Namibia Safaris & Tours
Map for planning your Namibia Safari & Tour
Namibia offers the visitor bountiful
sunshine, abundance of wildlife, scenic beauty and rich diversity of
The friendliness and cultural diversity of its people, a well-developed
infrastructure and an extensive choice of parks, resorts and
accommodation establishments make it a sought-after tourist destination
to which visitors return again and again.
The Etosha National Park is one of the most famous game sanctuaries in
the world and remains largely free of human influence. There are vast
stocks of wildlife, particularly elephants, lions, zebras, giraffes,
wildebeest, springboks, kudus, gemsboks or oryxes, hyenas, jackals,
leopards and cheetahs.
Waterberg Plateau Park has striking red sandstone cliffs and is home to
many rare and endangered species of game. It is a popular stopover for
visitors on their way to Etosha National Park.
Northeast is the Caprivi, bordered by the Kwando, Linyanti, Chobe and
Zambezi rivers - a region of swamps and flood plains that has several
safari lodges and offers boat trips, fishing, hiking and game viewing.
The Fish River Canyon is in the south of the country and only second in
size to the Grand Canyon in the US. Lüderitz is a small port in the
southern Namib region, with much charm and atmosphere from bygone days
of diamond prospecting.
The Namib Desert with its towering sand dunes is believed to be the
oldest desert in the world. Namib Naukluft Park is the fourth-largest
conservation area in the world. At Sesriem the Tsauchab River disappears
down a deep gorge in the plain (leaving pools of water where many
animals feed) and in the Naukluft.
The seaside resort of Swakopmund is situated in the middle of Namibia’s
coastline, surrounded by desert and sea. Further north, the Skeleton
Coast is a strange desert shoreline with massive dunes and treacherous
rocks, the name relating to the number of ships wrecked and lost in the
Inland, the Brandberg/Twyfelfontein area has some very ancient rock
engravings and paintings, of which the White Lady of the Brandberg is
the best known. The Petrified Forest and the Welwitschia mirabilis plant
are other attractions.
Inland all the rain falls in summer (November to April). Summer
temperatures are high while the altitude means that nights are cool.
Winter nights can be fairly cold, but days are generally warm and
The cold Benguela current keeps the coast of the Namib Desert cool, damp
and free of rain for most of the year, with a thick coastal fog.
English is the official language. Afrikaans is spoken by most people.
German, Herero, Kavango, Nama and Owambo are also spoken.
GMT + 2 (GMT + 1 from April to August).
220 volts AC. Outlets are of the three-pin type.
Telephone: IDD is available. Country code: 264. Outgoing international
Mobile telephone: GSM 900 network in use.
Required by all except the following for stays of up to 3 months:
1. nationals of Britain, Australia, Canada, USA, Japan
2. nationals of EU countries (except nationals of Greece who do require
3. nationals of Angola, Botswana, Brazil, China, CIS, Cuba, Iceland,
Kenya, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Malawi, Malaysia, Mozambique, New
Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Swaziland, Switzerland,
Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe;
4. those continuing to a third country and not leaving the airport
Please verify information with the relevant authorities as it is subject
to change without notification.
The Namibian Dollar (NAD) has been introduced in note denominations of
NAD200, 100, 50 and 10.
It is linked to the South African Rand (R) on a 1:1 basis. The South
African Rand is also acceptable as currency in Namibia.
Currency exchange is available in banks and at bureaux de change. A
better rate of exchange can be obtained on travellers cheques than on
American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted.
To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to
take travellers cheques in US Dollars or South African Rand.
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers
arriving from infected areas.
Malaria risk exists in the northern regions and in Otjozondjupa and
Omaheke from November to May/June and along the Kavango and Kunene
rivers throughout the year.
Bilharzia (schistosomiasis) is endemic. Avoid swimming and paddling in
fresh water, but swimming pools which are well chlorinated and well
maintained are safe.
Health insurance is essential.