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Namibia Travel Guide

Namibia

Overview

Parks & Reserves

Wildlife

Birds

Best Time To Visit

Weather & Climate

Popular Routes

Getting There

Malaria & Vaccinations

Safety

Overview – Namibia
Namibia
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Rates (USD)
$186 to $1,241 pp/day
Best Time To Go
June to October (All parks)
High Season
July to October (Etosha gets crowded)
Size
825,615km² / 318,772mi²
Pros & Cons
Fantastic wildlife observation centered around waterholes in Etosha
Extensive shoreline teeming with marine life, including colonies of seals
Solid infrastructure and exceptional opportunities for self-guided safaris
Luxury and affordable safari experiences
Sparse population and expansive undeveloped regions
Scenery and colors that are exceptionally photogenic
The desert habitat cannot sustain dense animal populations
Not the ideal destination for spotting big cats
Wildlife
Weather & Climate
Best Time To Visit
Premier Parks, Reserves & Wildlife Areas
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National Parks & Game Reserves – Namibia
All Parks & Reserves
Wildlife & Animals – Namibia
Lion
Leopard
Cheetah
Hyena
Wild Dog
White Rhino
Black Rhino
Wildebeest
Zebra
Buffalo
Giraffe
Elephant
Wildlife Highlights
Best Time for Wildlife Viewing
Recommended Wildlife Books
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Birds - Namibia

Notable Birds in Namibia

Great white pelican
common
Greater kestrel
common
Pel's fishing owl
common
Pale chanting goshawk
common
Shaft-tailed whydah
common
Best Time for Bird Watching
Recommended Birding Books
Roberts Bird Guide (2nd edition; book)
This best-selling field guide is comprehensive for Namibia by Hugh Chittenden, Greg Davies and Ingrid Weiersbye
Roberts Bird Guide (2nd edition; app)
Upgrade on the book, with extra info and birdcall recordings by Hugh Chittenden, Greg Davies and Ingrid Weiersbye
Sasol Birds of Southern Africa (book and app)
Great field guide with full Namibia coverage by App available. Ian Sinclair et al.
Pocket Guide: Birds of Namibia
Illustrates and describes 340 common or striking birds by Ian Sinclair and Joris Komen
Facts & Figures

Bird Species

550+

Migratory Birds

Oct to Apr

Best Time To Visit – Namibia

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Best Time
June to October - All parks
High Season
From July to October, it won't feel too crowded, except in Etosha and along the main access road in Namib-Naukluft.
Low Season
From December to April, all parks are very quiet
Best Weather
April and May feature moderate temperatures, little to no rainfall, and a green landscape
Worst Weather
November to February - Very hot
May to October – Dry Season – Winter
Wildlife gathers around rivers and waterholes, making animals easier to spot. This is the best time to visit Etosha.
The skies are clear, it's sunny, and there is virtually no rain
Although most tourists visit during the Dry season, the parks generally don't feel crowded, with the exception of Etosha
It gets cold at night and in the mornings, so it's advisable to pack warm winter clothing for the chilly morning game drives in June, July, and August
November to April Wet Season – Summer
After the rains, the scenery is greener and the rates are lower due to the low season
This is the time of year to see newborn animals. Migratory birds are present, making it the best time for birdwatching
The rains mostly consist of short showers in the afternoon and rarely have a negative impact on your trip
From October to February, it becomes very hot
Spotting animals becomes more challenging, especially in Etosha
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​Weather & Climate – Namibia
​Getting There – Namibia
Main Park Map
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Flights & Airlines to Botswana
Domestic Airlines & Flights in Namibia
Passport, Visa & Other Entry Requirements
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Malaria & Vaccinations – Namibia
Vaccinations
Malaria Risk
More Info
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Safari Tours to Namibia

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Things to know before traveling to the destination

What currency is used in Namibia?

Namibia uses the Namibian Dollar (NAD), which is pegged to, and thus equivalent to, the South African Rand (ZAR).

 

What time zone does Namibia observe?

Namibia is in the Central Africa Time Zone (CAT), two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2), aligning with the rest of Southern Africa.

 

Can I use my credit cards in Namibia?

MasterCard and Visa (both with raised credit card numbers for imprinting) are generally accepted in Namibia, including Wilderness. Other cardholders should check with a commercial bank to ensure their card is usable. American Express and Diners Club are not accepted in Namibia.

 

What type of power sockets are used in Namibia?

While some camps and lodges are connected to the national power grid, many operate in remote areas and generate their electricity using solar panels, generators, and battery banks. They typically use 220V power sockets with 3-prong round or 2-prong round configurations.

 

What should I pack for a Namibian safari?

Pack comfortable, casual clothing in neutral colors for game viewing. Include swimwear and adventure-appropriate attire. Mornings and evenings on game drives can be cold, so dress in layers.

 

Where is Namibia located?

Namibia is situated in the southwestern part of Africa. It shares borders with South Africa to the south and east, Botswana to the east, Angola and Zambia to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.

 

What is Namibia known for?

Namibia is renowned for having the world’s highest dunes at Sossusvlei and the vast Etosha National Park. It offers exceptional wildlife viewing, including desert-adapted elephants, lions, and giraffes, as well as unique flora and natural landscapes.

 

When is the best time to visit Namibia?

Namibia is a fantastic destination year-round, but the period between June and October is particularly popular. This is the dry season, characterized by comfortable temperatures.

 

What is the capital of Namibia?

The capital of Namibia is Windhoek.

Do I need a visa to travel to Namibia?

Namibia currently offers visa-free travel for stays of up to 90 days to citizens of all countries. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended departure date from Namibia.

Do I need a yellow fever vaccination to visit Namibia?

If you are traveling to Namibia from a yellow fever-infected area, a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate is required. We also recommend that guests have up-to-date TPD (tetanus, polio, diphtheria) and hepatitis A vaccines.

 

Do I need to take malaria tablets when visiting Namibia?

Yes, malaria is a risk in certain parts of Namibia. Please consult your Travel Designer or a travel clinic before departure to ensure you have enough time to obtain any necessary prescription medication to prevent malaria.

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Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions

Exploring the wild through a safari adventure is an exhilarating experience that brings you closer to nature’s most fascinating wildlife. Whether you opt for a guided tour with an experienced professional or decide to navigate the trails on a self-drive journey, safety is paramount to ensure an enjoyable and incident-free adventure. Here are some essential safety guidelines and tips to help you navigate your safari safely:

Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions

Traveling through Africa offers an enriching experience filled with breathtaking landscapes, diverse cultures, and unparalleled wildlife encounters. While it’s generally safe, especially on organized tours or safaris, navigating urban environments requires a bit of savvy to ensure your trip remains worry-free. Here are some straightforward tips to keep in mind, whether you’re exploring bustling metropolises or serene landscapes:

General Travel Safety Precautions

Embarking on an African safari promises an adventure of a lifetime, showcasing the continent’s rich wildlife, breathtaking landscapes, and diverse cultures. While safaris are widely considered safe, especially those organized through reputable tour operators, it’s prudent to take certain precautions to ensure a smooth and secure experience. Here are some essential safety tips to consider:

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