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Travelling To Namibia

FAQs FAQs When is the best time to visit Namibia?

The best time to visit Namibia and its neighbouring countries, to encounter spectacular game viewing is during July, August, September, October and November.

FAQs FAQs When is it rainy season in Namibia?

The Namibian rainy season generally starts in November and continues well into April. Thundershowers can be expected during December, January, February and March. Temperatures increase by about 6°C for every 1,000m you descend (or 3.5°F per 1,000ft). As a result, Namibia’s parks are hotter, especially those located in the desert. Rainfall is higher in the far north, including Etosha and the Zambezi Region (Caprivi Strip). Further south the climate is hotter and drier.

FAQs FAQs Are there Low & High travel seasons in Namibia?

High travel season in Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa runs from July until December. The low travel season runs from January until April. Pre-travel season is in May. Please keep in mind, when you plan on travelling during July, August, September, October and November, bookings need to be made at least a year in advance, as this is the busiest time of the year and most good quality accommodations as well as campsites get fully booked a year in advance.

FAQs FAQs Can we rent a 4x4 vehicle with camping equipment?

Yes. We work with privately owned Namibian Car Rental Companies who have a well maintained fleet and an excellent 24/7 back-up and emergency service. These companies offer fully equipped Toyota Hilux 4×4 single cabs (manual transmission only) or fully equipped 4×4 double cabs (manual or automatic transmission). Land Cruisers are also available.

FAQs FAQs What Camping Equipment can I Book?

The following camping gear is available for two (2) to five (5) persons travelling: Basic Camping Equipment: Rooftop tents (These are water resistant. Not waterproof), Mattresses & sheets, Sleeping Bags & Pillows are available on request. Foldable Camping Table, Camping Chairs, Gas Cylinder, Water Container, BBQ / Braai / Grill Grid, BBQ / Braai / Grill Tools & Tongs, Cooler Box (on request), Axe & Spade, Compressor Pump (Tyres), Jumper Cables & Towrope, First Aid Kit, Triangle, Namibia Map Basic Kitchen Equipment:Tin Opener, Bread Knife, Drinking Mugs & Glasses, Sharp Cutting Knife, Coffee Mugs, Bottle Opener, incl. cork screw, Dinner & Side / Salad Plates, Potato Peeler, Tea & Coffee Pot, Soup / Breakfast Bowls, Pots & pans, Cutlery (Knives, Forks & Spoons), Potjie Pot (3 leg cast iron pot), Battery powered lamp, Wooden Bread Board, Large Serving Spoon, PVC Wash Basin, Dish Soap & Towels. Fridge which runs on a separate battery.

FAQs FAQs Is Namibia child friendly?

Yes, Namibia is very child friendly and it is super easy to travel with kids of all ages. For adults travelling with children under the age of 18, please take note that parents need to present their childs original Birth Certificate, as well as a consent form if only one adult is travelling with a child / children under the age of 18 years. Failure to present the necessary documentation may result in travellers being turned away at port of entry.

FAQs FAQs Is a 2x4 sedan vehicle suitable for Namibian roads?

2×4 Sedan vehicles should only be driven on the tarred roads and highways, these types of vehicles are ideal for business trips between towns. We recommend renting a 4×4 vehicle for any self-drive tours. The higher ground clearance will make it less likely of under body damage to your vehicle, and make for better game viewing.

FAQs FAQs Which restaurants would we recommend?

Restaurants we recommend while visiting Windhoek; Stellenbosch Bistro & Wine Bar, Joes Beerhouse, Utopia at Fresh & Wild and Klein Windhoek Guesthouse. Make sure to stop by the Brauhause, Kückie’s Pub, The Tug or The Lighthouse while staying in Swakopmund.

Health & Safety

FAQs FAQs Do I need Malaria Prophylaxis?

Please consult your doctor for any questions on this subject.

FAQs FAQs What are the speed limits in Namibia?

The maximum speed limit on any untarred surface is 80km / h. All Namibian rental vehicles are equipped with satellite trackers that record the driving speed at all time. In towns the speed limit is 60 km /h or as stated on traffic signs. You are allowed to travel 120km / h on the highways or as stated on traffic signs.

FAQs FAQs Are the roads in good condition?

Most highways and tarmac roads are well kept and in good driving condition. Dirt, gravel and sand roads are unfortunately not in the best condition, it is therefore very important to stick to the speed limits indicated. Always keep a lookout for wildlife, as most of the animals are active at night which makes driving during dusk, night-time and dawn quite dangerous. Driving during these times are prohibited by all rental companies.

FAQs FAQs Is it safe to travel in Namibia?

Namibia is not a very dangerous place but mugging and robbery incidents do happen (as they do everywhere else in the world). So, it's advisable to remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings, your possessions and people in your vicinity. Always lock your doors when while driving or while outside your vehicle, never leave any valuable items visible in your vehicle; don’t give criminals any opportunity to take advantage. During the day, walking around the city centre is quite safe, but be careful at night especially if you're not familiar with the area. Make use of radio taxi services when going out at night. Okutembuka Safaris or your accommodation reception can assist you with reliable taxi service contact details.

FAQs FAQs How accurate is Google Maps travelling times?

Due to the poor road conditions, Google Maps gives an estimated time with maximum speed limits. You will most likely be driving a lot slower, so make sure to compensate for the added travelling time.

General Queries

FAQs FAQs How do I pay for my tour?

The only payment method we currently offer is Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). The bank details will be included on your booking form.

FAQs FAQs Are foreign currencies accepted in Namibia?

No foreign currency will be accepted at fuelling stations, only Namibian Dollars (N$) or South African Rands (ZAR). Some fuelling stations don’t accept credit cards, but most do. Most lodges offer credit card facilities but are unreliable and sometime offline due to weather conditions.

FAQs FAQs Are park entry fees and permits included in my tour rate?

No, all park entry fees and permits need to be purchased and settled on site. Always make sure to keep the receipts as these will need to be presented upon exiting the national parks.

FAQs FAQs Can I Customise my Tour Itinerary

Each itinerary is unique, and tailor made to suit your budget and travel preference. The tours we have outlined on our website are tours that have either been booked by our clients, or itineraries we’ve put together with our local knowledge and understanding we have of the countries.

FAQs FAQs Can you assist me in German?

We do speak German and can provide our clients with detailed German itineraries. Our guides are fluent in English, German and Afrikaans.

FAQs FAQs What is a self-drive tourc?

A self-drive tour is when drive yourself from one location to the next. When on a camping tour, you will be in charge of setting up camp and preparing your meals on an open fire or the gas cookers provided.

FAQs FAQs What is a Fly-In Safari?

A Fly-In Safari will take you from one destination to the next by charter flights. This type of safari is based on luxury to exclusive lodging which is generally catered on a fully inclusive basis.

FAQs FAQs What is a fully guided safari?

A Fully Guided Safari is when a qualified guide travels with your group. He/ She will inform you about all the interesting and notable facts about your surroundings this includes and is not limited to the history, flora and fauna and wildlife. Your guide is also responsible for getting you to the best hidden locations.

FAQs FAQs What are the rates?

The rates vary according to the destination, type of accommodation and type of travel methods you make use of, rates are often much higher during the peak travel seasons.

Travel Tips

FAQs FAQs Our Recommendations

• Spend the first night in the capital to acclimatise and rest up before tackling the dirt roads.
• Make sure to always have drinking water in the vehicle.
• Wear sunscreen and a hat.
• Do not leave any valuables visibly in the vehicle (cameras, phones, laptops etc.).
• Make sure to always have both (two) spare tyres.

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