The best time to visit Namibia is during the dry season, which typically runs from May to October. During this time, the weather is pleasant, with warm days and cool nights. The wildlife congregates around waterholes, making it easier for game viewing. It’s also a great time for outdoor activities like hiking and exploring the stunning landscapes. However, it’s worth noting that Namibia’s climate can vary depending on the region, so it’s essential to research specific areas you plan to visit for more accurate information.
Tap water is purified in hotels, lodges and other public places so is safe to drink. If you are concerned about drinking the tap water, you can purchase bottled water throughout Namibia. Two litre bottles of water are available in the supermarkets which are great if you are on a self-drive safari.
Driving yourself in Namibia is very possible, in order to reach most of the parks, reserves and other places you are most likely to want to visit, you will need to book yourself on a tour or rent a vehicle. Public transport is generally good and most of the luxury safari lodges even have access to their own airstrip.
While many hotels and lodges have a menu influenced by western and European cuisine, tourists should try Namibia’s traditional cuisine as part of their stay. Most Namibian ethnic dishes use maize as a base accompanied by meat, occasionally vegetables and a variety of sauces.
Besides anti-malaria pills, travellers should pack their personal prescription medication along with the following:
• Cameras, lenses and binoculars
• Light clothing for summer safaris
• Bathing suits
• Walking shoes
• Mosquito repellent, sunscreen and hats
• Warmer clothing for winter stays
Namibia has a very favourable climate, averaging 300 days of sunshine each year. Summers (October to March) can be very hot with temperatures reaching 38C, but this also the rainy season so a lightweight rainproof jacket is very useful. Winter days, during April to September, are agreeably warm but temperatures can plummet to below zero at night so warm clothing is essential.
Electricity is supplied at 220/240v, accessed through both square and round wall plugs.
Consult your doctor about vaccinations and boosters for Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Rabies, Cholera, Malaria and Dengue Fever.
The official language in Namibia is English, so communication should not be a problem. However, many people communicate through German and Afrikaans as well.
Most banks, shops, lodges, and restaurants in Namibia readily accept Visa and MasterCard. In all countries, you must pay for petrol/diesel and National Park entry fees in cash only, using the currency of that country. Throughout Namibia, Namibian dollars are linked 1:1 with the South African Rand, and businesses accept South African Rand notes and coins.
Some of Namibia’s premier national parks include Etosha National Park, Bwabwata National Park, Namib-Naukluft Park, Skeleton Coast Park, Tsau Khaeb National Park and the Waterberg Plateau Park.
Tipping is entirely voluntary in Namibia.
We recommend experiencing a safari in any of Namibia’s game reserves, either by 4×4 vehicle or on foot. However, it is important to note that Etosha National Park holds the distinction of being Namibia’s most famous destination. We highly recommend taking a quad bike tour through the dunes of the Namib Desert. Additionally, some of the country’s game lodges offer cultural tours of traditional Namibian villages, which is also a great idea to consider.
Travel insurance for a Namibian holiday will cover you for emergencies and physical injuries. Personal effects cover is also recommended.