Namibia

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Our lodges in Namibia

Serra Cafema Camp

Serra Cafema Camp

Kunene
Doro Nawas

Doro Nawas

Damaraland
Wolwedans Mountain Suite

Wolwedans Mountain Suite

NamibRand Nature Reserve
Little Kulala

Little Kulala

Kulala Wilderness Reserve
GocheGanas

GocheGanas

GocheGanas Nature Reserve
Wolwedans Dunes Lodge

Wolwedans Dunes Lodge

NamibRand Nature Reserve

Why we recommend Namibia

  • This is untamed Africa at its best, with vast salt pans, arid deserts and pockets of lush green landscape
  • Visit Sossuvlei, a sea of rolling red sand dunes stretching for mile upon mile
  • Track the desert-adapted elephant and rhino of Damaraland by hot air balloon
Map of Namibia
About Namibia

The True Luxury Travel team can’t get enough of Namibia. There’s just so much to experience in this wonderful country and truly something for everyone, from those new to Africa to the most experienced safari enthusiast. Namibia is dominated by extraordinary landscapes and unique experiences. Not a country celebrating in the volume of wildlife found in neighboring Southern African countries, the animal sightings are more memorable when you work for them and feature as highlights of an experience dominated by incredible landscapes, wonderful guides and diverse activities.

Hike into the Fish River Canyon (only the Grand Canyon is deeper), scramble to the top of the highest sand dune on the planet in the Sossusvlei. Fly low over wild and untouched coastline along the Skeleton Coast, you may surprise nomadic lions prowling the beaches. Track the critically endangered and fiercely territorial black rhino on foot in Damaraland. Visit one of our last nomadic tribes the Himba in the far north of the country. Immerse yourself in any of the fantastic conservation success stories scattered across Namibia. Catch a special glimpse of desert-adapted elephants and witness the wildlife spectacular of Etosha National Park. Walking safaris, horse safaris, flying safaris, self-driving safaris. Authentic tented camps, luxury lodges, sleep-outs under the stars - kayak with sea lions, hot air balloon over the NamibRand. Or just marvel, and this is what you will come away from Namibia really remembering, at the massive and remarkable desert scenery… Need we go on?

Namibia can be accessed by direct flights from Europe, Air Namibia flies daily between Frankfurt and Windhoek, but most visitors tend to fly via Johannesburg or up from Cape Town. There are a number of different options to choose from. Domestically, scheduled flights crisscross the country, this is not the least expensive way of getting about, but with the distances involved the most efficient. That said, driving in this country is a spectacular experience and very easy to do – you’ll need to be prepared for long days, but with sensational scenery and largely straight roads, the journeys can be a real highlight. One tip, don’t drive past a petrol station as the next might be a long way away.

Being a desert dominated country, Namibia is a land of extremes. Characterized by year-round low rainfall, this is also a country when for short time of the year the desert turns to a carpet of flowers – an unforgettable sight. In mid-winter nighttime temperatures can drop below freezing, with 0% humidity this can feel pretty chilly, by day you’re back to high 20s and clear blue skies. In the Summer months temperatures can soar to 50oC in the day and night time temperature rarely dip below 20. It is so important to understand the season and what impact this will have over your itinerary – how you choose your route, your accommodation and your experiences – that’s why we are here to help.

To keep it brief a popular route uses Windhoek as the start base, we suggest spending a night at one of the boutique hotels here if you’ve just come off an international flight and are planning on self-driving. Visit the Sossusvlei, stop by Swakopmund before swinging through Damaraland. If you’ve time head up to Etosha and back to Windhoek. The more time the better as you’ll spend more time in each location than driving between. If you prefer to fly then take advantage of the circuit flights to take in as many of the highlights you have time for. Importantly True Luxury Travel encourage our guests not to over complicate an itinerary, don’t try to pack too much in, you’ll be exhausted and have less time to understand and enjoy each area. Speak to our specialists and let us help you organize the perfect itinerary.

With the Namibian dollar linked to the South African Rand, Namibia represents amazing affordability when compared to countries like Botswana. For whatever experience you are after and whatever budget you are looking to spend, Namibia will deliver in spades.

Snapshot of Namibia

Capital city: Windhoek
Flight time: 10.5hrs from UK
Language: English, German
Population: 2.3 million
Religions: Christianity
Sun hours / day: 10
Max. temperature: 27
Min. temperature: 31

Seasons in Namibia

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Where to go

Caprivi Strip

Namibia’s spindly northeastern appendage, the Caprivi Strip is typified by expanses of mopane and terminalia broadleaf forest, and punctuated by shonas or fossilised parallel dunes that are the remnants of a drier climate. For most travellers, the Caprivi serves as the easiest access route connecting the main body of Namibia with Victoria Falls and Botswana’s Chobe National Park. However, visitors with time and patience can get off the beaten path here, exploring such hidden gems as Mudumu, Mamili and Bwabwata national parks.

Damaraland

Perhaps our favorite area of all with a wide range of options, an area to easily immerse yourself for the duration of your safari or just a part of. Scenery, wildlife, culture – a wide range of accommodation and options of self-drive (quite an expedition) or at a higher cost, flying safaris.

Damaraland-and-the-north

Damaraland and the north is a beautiful and culturally-rich area to the country, home to a spectacular variety of game, including the desert elephant, desert rhino and sand-dwelling lions. The area is mountainous in parts, but is primarily a dramatic and breathtaking rocky wilderness.

Etosha National Park

Namibia’s most famous wildlife destination an area of grassland savannah, mopane and acacia bush and the famous white salt-pans. High volumes of wildlife move through and are resident in Etosha, the congregation of species around available surface water as the dry season progresses can be overwhelming!

NamibRand Nature Reserve

Possibly the best known area of Namibia, famous for the enormous dunes of Sossusvlei, a great variety of activities and the wide open spaces and dramatic mountains of the NamibRand, possibly the country’s most beautiful area and with low volumes of tourists – even for Namibia.

Sossusvlei and NamibRand

Possibly the best known area of Namibia, famous for the enormous dunes of Sossusvlei, a great variety of activities and the wide open spaces and dramatic mountains of the NamibRand, possibly the country’s most beautiful area and with low volumes of tourists – even for Namibia.

Practical info

Currency

Currency: Namibian Dollar (NAD) however the South African Rand (ZAR) is also used throughout Namibia.
Credit and Debit cards: Check in advance with your lodgings if credit and debit cards are accepted. MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted throughout Namibia in shops and lodges. American Express and Diners Card are not widely accepted. Debit cards featuring the Maestro and Electron signs are widely accepted. Credit and debit cards can be used to withdraw cash (Namibian Dollars).

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Passports and Visas

Passports: Required and must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Namibia. 2 blank pages are required for Namibian immigration use.

Visas: Not required if staying for less than 90 days. Make sure that Namibian Immigration officials have given you a correctly dated entry stamp, as this will be checked on departure.

Vaccinations

We recommend that you consult with your doctor 6-8 weeks in advance of travel.
• Make sure: Routine vaccinations are up to date including, measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), chicken pox (varicella), diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT), influenza and Polio vaccinations.
• We advise: Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccinations.
• Consider: Hepatitis B, cholera and Rabies vaccinations.
• Yellow Fever: The Namibian Government requires a valid vaccination certificate only if you are arriving from a country (even in transit) with a Yellow Fever risk.
• Malaria: Applies predominantly in the river meadows in the north, northeast and northwest. If this is where you will travel, you are recommended to take precautions year round. Speak to your doctor about suitable antimalarial tablets such as Malarone or Doxycycline and avoid mosquito bites by covering up and using insect repellent.

Insurance

Comprehensive travel insurance is essential, including medical cover. We also highly recommend trip cancellation cover. Flying Doctor: As you know, many safari camps operate in extremely remote areas and it is imperative that in the unfortunate cases of medical emergency, clients reach a well-‐equipped hospital fast and with expert care en-route. As previously stated, we insist that you take out travel insurance before allowing you to travel and while most good policies will include medical evacuation cover (which incurs huge costs for anyone not covered), inevitably emergencies arise out of hours, and delays whilst seeking authority from clients’ international medical insurers (or even Flying Doctors themselves when they are dealing with patients who do not carry their cover) can mean the difference between life and death. Therefore flying doctor cover is automatically included in our costed itineraries. We feel Flying Doctors offer the best in-flight care and equipment, the fastest response times and in our experience consistently prove to be the most reliable. The Flying Doctor Service is part of AMREF, a well-respected foundation that offers the premier evacuation service and all profits are ploughed back into their charitable work. There are two levels of Flying Doctors tourist membership, dependent on the duration of stay and distance from Nairobi Hospital: 1. Tourist Membership up to 500 Km from Wilson Airport (valid for travel on all Northern Circuit itineraries including Arusha, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti) Up to 14 days $15pp 2 months $25pp 2. Tourist Membership up to 1,000 Km from Wilson Airport (must be used for any itineraries that include southern Tanzania, Katavi, Mahale and Zanzibar) Up to 14 days $30pp 2 months $50pp The cover itself is as follows: “AMREF Flying Doctors Service operates a 24 hours, 365 days a year operation. Full time medical staff and aircrew are on standby to respond to emergencies. In case of a medical emergency that requires an evacuation from a remote area, the Flying Doctor service will send in a medical team and an aircraft which can be converted into an airborne intensive care unit to evacuate you to Nairobi Wilson Airport where you will be transported by an ambulance to a hospital in Nairobi (the Flying Doctors do not cover the cost of hospitalization). In addition the service operates one of Africa’s largest radio networks. So if you are in a remote area without any other form of communication it may be possible that you will be near an HF radio station that would be linked to AMREF's base at Wilson Airport in Nairobi. As a member of the Flying Doctor Society of Africa you are entitled to one free evacuation per year in case of a life threatening emergency that would necessitate the use of the flying doctors to transport you to a medical facility in Nairobi. The evacuation can be undertaken up to 500 or 1,000 kilometres radius of Nairobi depending on the type of membership you have taken.” Please also visit their website: http://www.amref.org/flying-doctors/ You are 100% financially protected through our membership of the Travel Trust Association.

Weather

J F M A M J J A S O N D
A 29 28 27 25 22 20 20 23 25 29 23 30
B 17 16 15 13 9 7 6 8 12 15 15 17
C 76 74 79 41 8 0 0 0 3 10 23 48

A = Maximum average temperature (C)
B = Minimum average temperature (C)
C = Average rainfall (mm)

Namibia enjoys year-round sunshine. April to September, the Namibian winter, is the better time to go to Namibia as the temperatures are much more pleasant for travel. It can be very hot from November through March, with temperatures over 35 centigrade, especially in the south. Summer is the rainy season, though there is very little rain and the main rains usually occur in March.

Weather

Namibia JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
min. temperature ( ℃ ) 17 16 15 13 9 7 6 8 12 15 15 17
Max. temperature ( ℃ ) 29 28 27 25 22 20 20 23 25 29 23 30
Rainfall ( mm ) 76 74 79 41 8 0 0 0 3 10 23 48

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