HOW LONG SHOULD I SPEND IN NAMIBIA?
Namibia provides more than enough incredible locations and experiences to fill several weeks. Indeed, to see all this country has to offer will require a more extended trip. However, each region has its own somewhat specific appeal that may require only a day or two to encapsulate. Because of this, it is best to coordinate a complete itinerary comprising numerous destinations or select key aspects that you wish to experience as a weekend element of an Africa-wide vacation.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT?
A southern hemisphere destination, Namibia’s winter falls in the middle of the year, the more favorable temperate temperatures coinciding with a rise in wildlife populations, making nature watching both abundant and more pleasant than in the stifling summer months.
Likewise, May to October are also far drier, though the cold nights will require a warm winter jacket, and light gloves may even be advisable for early morning walks or photo opportunities.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM ACCOMMODATION IN NAMIBIA?
Like the entire country, something truly unique. From luxury lodges inspired by the elaborate nests of weaver birds to cabins resembling marooned timber sailboats, every venue evokes the wow factor. The unconventional tented camps of the Namib hug the desert floor, their sweeping canvas canopies perfectly juxtaposed with the graceful arcs of the encompassing dunes, while to the south, luxurious hotels poised on the brink of Fish River Canyon offer every modern convenience you could wish for.
Visas are required for most visitors, though they are free of charge and available on arrival, and inoculations may be recommended. We suggest you contact your travel designer or a travel medicine specialist for advice.
International flights will usually alight at Cape Town or Johannesburg, with direct flights limited. Internal charter flights will bring you conveniently to your destination, though booking in advance is essential.
Namibia has numerous languages. Though English is the official language, it is spoken fluently by just seven percent of the population. Afrikaans and German are also spoken, but it is best to ensure your guide is multilingual rather than relying upon English for all of your interactions.
Many locations are desert, but they are cold. Especially in the winter season, it is essential to pack warm clothing.Food and service, both in accommodation staff and guides, are excellent though occasionally cuisine can be a little limited. Advise your Travel Designer as early as possible about your dietary requirements.
As with any cultural interaction, respect is paramount, but with Namibia’s wonderful Himba people humility is also strongly encouraged. These simple people have a highly minimalist way of life, so it is advisable to be subtle and humble when interacting, especially if you wish to take photos. They are, however, beautifully gentle and hospitable, so with politeness and courtesy, you will doubtlessly enjoy an incredible interaction.
Lastly, Namibia is not a conventional African safari experience, despite being an incredible destination filled with wonderful sights. As explained above, the rolling grassy plains so typical of safaris are very minimal. While Namibia does have plenty of wildlife, if that is your sole purpose for visiting you may feel a little unfulfilled. It is highly advisable to discuss your vacation ambitions with your Travel Designer to assess whether Namibia will meet your specific expectations.