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We are strong believers in the fact that no two travelers are alike, and thus all our safaris are usually tailored and can ever so slightly differ even though they could be similar on paper. It is our job to help you plan a fabulous vacation, so please feel free to ask as many questions as you would like and let us know if you’d like to adjust/modify any of our proposed tour packages to suit your special interests, budget and liking.
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The climate is typical of a semi-desert with hot days and cool nights. Midsummer temperatures may rise to over 40℃ and Winter days are warm, but dawn temperatures may drop to freezing. Temperatures along the coast are cool with low rainfall and fog prevails from late afternoon until mid-morning. Namibia is known for its year-round sunshine. The rainy season in Namibia is predominantly from October to March. The rest of the year is usually dry.
Yes, travel insurance is a necessity. It’s prerequisite for people travelling on our safaris to make sure that they are adequately insured. It is also important to realize that should you need to make a claim on your policy (for medical expenses for example), it is most likely that you will personally have to pay any bills up front, at the time the service is provided. You will then have to make a claim against your insurance company when you get home.
Tents are dome-like canvas tents with built-in ground-sheets and screened windows and doors. They are spacious inside and allow standing headroom, and are also quite simple to set up. The mattresses we use are normally around 5cm (2 inches) thick and are supplied by us, along with all other camping equipment, including chairs with backrests, tables, washstands, cutlery and more. The tents are also 100% bug proof, as long as they are securely closed.
In northern Namibia, including Etosha National Park is considered to be higher Malaria risk than the Southern Parts of Namibia. Malaria risk is also higher during the rainy months from December till May. You should use an effective insect repellent on any exposed skin. Local insect repellents in Namibia include Peaceful Sleep and Bug Off. If you sleep outdoors or in an unscreened room, you should use mosquito nets infused with an insecticide (such as pyrethroid). The net should be long enough to fall to the floor all round your bed and be tucked under the mattress. If practical, you should try to cover up bare areas with long-sleeved, loose-fitting clothing, long trousers/pants and socks – if you are outside after sunset – to reduce the risk of mosquitoes biting.
Safaris with bigger groups are predominantly conducted in an overland truck. These vehicles have modified seating provisions for more leg room and large windows for better game viewing. Safaris with smaller groups may either be in a modified minibus with optimized suspension, double cab 4x4 or SUV.
Electrical plugs in Namibia are 220 V and are 3 pin (round pin as opposed to the square pin). The adaptors are widely available in Windhoek.
While touring with us, typical dishes include spaghetti bolognaise, various stews, the traditional ‘braai’ (barbeque), freshly prepared salads and assorted wraps, health sandwiches, and much more. Vegetarians and vegans will also be catered for with dishes such as Couscous Salad, Inca-style stuffed squash, vegan burgers, Basmati rice with chickpeas etc. Most restaurants in Namibia offer a good variety on their a la carte menus, ranging from everyday favourites such as hamburgers and pizza, to some of the best variety of steaks. A popular choice of game steak is oryx, kudu, eland or springbok, and they all come highly recommended.
If on one of our camping trips, there will be laundry facilities (with washing machines and dryers) in the bigger towns such as Swakopmund, Otjiwarongo, Keetmanshoop and Windhoek. You are also welcome to pack a bar of soap or some laundry detergent that you’ll be able to use for smaller items of clothing at your campsite. With Namibia’s dry climate, items normally dry quite quickly overnight. When staying in lodges on your safari, the majority (but not all) of them will offer laundry services. We suggest checking directly with the receptionist at your lodge or asking your guide for assistance.
Africa is a huge continent that it’s very difficult to confirm with certainty which safari experience is ‘best’ or superior. You should carefully consider exactly what it is, that you expect from your African safari (specific animals, safety, climate, landscape etc.) before deciding on a safari destination.
- Etosha National Park, Namibia:
Etosha National Park is one the best places in Africa for a safari! The largely dried-out salt pan and surrounding grassland is home to: lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, giraffe, wildebeest, cheetah, hyena, zebra, springbok, kudu, oryx, eland and much more. Etosha offers an authentic, unspoiled special feel about it.
- The Okavango Delta, Botswana:
The mysterious waterways, tranquil lagoons and the surrounding land are home to elephant, lion, buffalo, hippopotamus, giraffe, Nile crocodile, cheetah, leopard, hyena, rhino and antelopes including: lechwe, sitatunga, springbok, kudu and sable antelope. Mokoro (dug-out canoe) canoe-like boat is the mode of transportation when exploring the delta to its fullest.
● Chobe National Park, Botswana:
The Chobe is one of Africa’s finest game sanctuaries, well comparable in status to South Africa’s Kruger, Zimbabwe’s Hwange and Kenya’s Masai Mara. With its sun-blistering grasslands, mopane and acacia terrain, it’s home to a variety of animal and bird species. Chobe is known for its largest concentration of African elephants.
- The Maasai Mara, Kenya:
This is an area of preserved savannah wilderness. The famous great migrations which sees hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, often joined by zebras and other antelopes, travel to and from the region every July to October. Its name honouring the Maasai people, the region is globally famous for its exceptional populations of lions, cheetah and leopard.
- The Serengeti, Tanzania:
Located in the northern part of Tanzania, this wildlife haven spans approximately 30,000km2 (12,000 sq mi). This region is world renowned for hosting the second largest terrestrial mammal migration in the world, and thus is also known as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa.
- The Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe:
The largest and most popular game reserve in Zimbabwe is situated a few hours’ drive from Victoria Falls in the western part of Zimbabwe. This park is home to large herds of elephants, African wild dogs, and lions.
- Kruger National Park, South Africa:
Kruger is arguably the most famous wildlife park in the world and is one of Africa’s largest game reserves. The outfit and facilities of Kruger are very well-established, and one can see: elephant, African wild dog, buffalo, zebra, bushbuck, cheetah, giraffe, rhino, kudu, hippopotamus, lion, leopard, hyena, waterbuck, blue wildebeest, impala and much more.
Foreign Nationals travelling to Namibia from the countries listed below are not required to obtain Visas prior to travel to Namibia on holiday for visits shorter than three months (90 days):
- Angola | Ireland | Portugal | Armenia | Italy | Russian Federation | Australia | Japan | Seychelles | Austria | Kazakhstan | Singapore
Azerbaijan | Kenya | South Africa | Belarus | Kyrgyzstan | Spain | Belgium | Lichtenstein | Swaziland | Botswana | Lesotho | Sweden | Brazil | Luxemburg | Switzerland | Canada | Macau (SAR) | Tajikistan | Congo | Brazzaville | (only Diplomatic/Official and service Passports) | Malawi | Tanzania | Cuba | Malaysia | Turkey | (only Diplomatic and Official passports) | Denmark | Mauritius | Turkmenistan | Finland | Moldova | Ukraine | France | Mozambique | United Kingdom | Germany | Netherlands | United States of America | Ghana (only Diplomatic, Official and Service passports) | New Zealand | Uzbekistan | Hong Kong | Nigeria | (Only Diplomatic and Official Passports) | Venezuela | (Only Diplomatic/Official passports) | Iceland | Norway | Zambia | India | (Diplomatic and Official Passports up to 3 months) | Zimbabwe | Poland (Diplomatic and official passports up to 3 months).
Note: * Applies only to Official and Diplomatic Passport Holders.
Visa requirements all applicants must submit:
- Completed Visa Application form;
- A valid passport with at least 6 months validity from the date of entry in Namibia and at least 3 or more blank pages;
- One (1) colour passport photograph;
- Copy of round-trip ticket or itinerary indicating your trip in and out of Namibia;
- Applicants must have (a) a return ticket; (b) adequate funds for the duration of their stay in Namibia; (c) proof that they will be supported by a person who is permanent resident of Namibia or is Namibian if such a case applies; (d) letter of invitation or business contacts in Namibia are required for a business visa.
- Visitors with tourist visas are not allowed to engage in any employment while in the country. Should they wish to do so, they should apply for an employment permit in their country of residence prior to entry in Namibia.
- Health requirements: yellow fever inoculation is a requirement only if the journey to Namibia entails passing through a yellow fever area of Africa by any other means than by a scheduled air service.
- Visa fee (c/o the nearest Namibian Embassy/High Commission) (you are advised to bring along the exact fee required when submitting your application).
Be advised that the processing time for visa applications is around 3 Working days. Incomplete forms and requirements may delay the process.
Tap water in Namibia is usually purified or comes directly from wells and is therefore safe to drink. Bottled mineral water is readily available at shops and resorts should you prefer it. When tap water is unsafe to drink, your guide will always advise you before you arrive in the area.
The currency in used in Namibia is The Namibian Dollar. We have the following denominations: N$10, N$20, N$30, N$50, N$100 and N$200 notes and 10c, 50c, N$1 coins. The Namibian Dollar (NAD or N$) is linked (with a ratio of 1:1) to the South African Rand (ZAR), and South African Rand notes and coins are also a legal tender in Namibia. Here is an idea of what general items cost in Namibia:
- Local beer: Namibia produces some fantastic beer and a bottle will cost you about N$ 15 – N$ 25.00 per beer (340ml).
- Wine: Namibia imports quite a good selection of wines from South Africa and a very drinkable bottle (750ml) will cost around N$ 80 – N$ 300.00.
- Soft Drinks/Sodas: A 500ml bottle of mineral/bottled water or branded, fizzy drink (Coca Cola, Pepsi, Fanta) is about N$ 20.00 per drink
- Restaurants: Prices will range according to the type of restaurant you visit, but most starters (entrees) range from about N$ 80 – N$200.00. Main courses will be around N$ 150 – N$ 400.00 per dish and desserts will be in the region of N$ 70 – N$ 170.00.
- Sunscreen: Namibian sun can be quite harsh at times, so we recommend a good sunscreen, which will cost about N$ 150 -N$ 280.00.
- Gas/Petrol: The gas prices are constantly fluctuating but as of 2019 expect to pay around N$ 13.00 per liter.
- Taxi: We recommend using the services of Dial-a-Cab, charging between N$ 70 – N$ 150 per person one way, depending on group size, or alternatively you can also use our Uber like service called LEFA (www.lefa.com.na)