FIRST TIME TRAVELLER INFORMATION
Situated in South West corner of Africa, Namibia is an ideal destination for travellers seeking an unforgettable African experience in a uniquely beautiful untamed wilderness.
Travelers to Namibia can discover the coastal town of Swakopmund featuring traces of the country’s German influence, reflected in the architecture, culture, cuisine and the annual Oktoberfest celebrations. For the true experience of this extraordinary country, you will have to venture out of the cities to explore the remarkable natural landscapes Namibia has to offer. These include: the impressive Fish River Canyon; the vast Etosha National Park swarming with abundant wildlife, such as lions, desert-adapted elephants, the hauntingly beautiful Kalahari Desert; and of course, the Namib Desert stretching for over 2000 km along the magnificent Atlantic Coast.
Herewith is a sample itinerary of what to experience and do in Namibia!
The currency of Namibia is the Namibian Dollar (N$). It is linked to the South African Rand (R) on a 1:1 basis and is accepted and used in Namibia.
Can use this link to convert your local currency to the Namibian Dollar – EXCHANGE CONVERTER
TRAVEL, TRANSPORT AND GETTING AROUND
Public transport in Namibia is mainly aimed towards the needs of the locals, as most of Namibia’s tourist attractions are situated off the beaten track into the wilderness and away from major cities and towns. It is easy to travel around Namibia by car for those self-drive tours or guided tours and a 4X4 vehicle is recommended to ensure comfort for most journeys as long distances can occur on rugged terrain – nonetheless an experience to behold. There two major international Airports namely Windhoek and Swakopmund. Other destinations are reachable by car or by Private Charter Flight.
In Namibia they drive on the left side and travel signage is written in English.
CLIMATE & WEATHER
Namibia’s climate is generally very dry and pleasant – it’s perfect to visit all year round. Between December to March some days will be humid and rain may follow by afternoon thunderstorms. These are more common in the centre and east of the country and more unusual in the desert.
April and May are ideal months to visit in Namibia. The weather becomes increasingly dry with a real freshness in the air and free from dust. The landscape also tends to become verdant during this period. From June to August the weather becomes more cooler and dries out more. Nights tend to become cold, dropping below freezing in some desert areas. As the landscape becomes drier this has an effect on the wildlife pushing them towards waterholes. By September and October, the weather warms up again and game-viewing in most areas are at its peak making it very attractive for tourists whose interests lie in viewing the wildlife. November is a highly inconstant month. Sometimes the hot, dry weather will continue, at other times the sky will fill with clouds and threaten to rain – but if you are lucky enough to witness the first rains of the season, it is truly a fresh and remarkable experience to indulge in.