The timeless country of Namibia is a land of contrasts. Home to 13 distinct cultural groups still enriched with ancient traditions, Namibia’s rich and colourful culture is the result of the fusion of German, European and South African traditions, customs and architecture. With rough seascapes, remote deserts, jagged mountains, spectacular wildlife, colonial cities and a striking assortment of cultures, Namibia is fast becoming one of Africa’s hottest destinations.

When to Visit

The best time to visit is during the winter dry season from May to October when you can expect clear, warm and sunny days and cold, clear nights. During the rainy season between January and March, temperatures can become hot and roads may be difficult to negotiate, but you can witness the impressive desert bloom into flower.


SOSSUSVLEI The stunning Sossusvlei is the most amazing red sand dunes in the world.

ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK Game drives in the Etosha National Park in search of the big five.

DAMARALAND Dramatic geological formations and the possibility of seeing some of the largest free-ranging population of desert-adapted black rhino in Africa.

SWAKOPMUND Swakopmund is a quaint desert seaside town.

SKELETON COAST Along the northern Atlantic coast of Namibia lies a virtually uninhabited stretch peppered with shipwrecks and seal colonies

FISH RIVER CANYON The second largest canyon in the world offers spectacular views at sunrise as well as endemic wildlife and day hikes.

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Travel Restrictions

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Official travel advice is available by visiting the Travel.State.Gov website


Extended greetings and handshakes are very important in most Namibian cultures. When food and drink is offered, it is polite to accept. There is a general emphasis on emotional restraint in public, and public displays of affection between spouses or lovers are frowned upon, especially in rural areas.


Electrical Socket types: Indian and the larger South African. Voltage: 220-240 volts
Modem Plug Type: South African.


Country Code for Namibia: +264
Visa Global Assistance: Call the US on +1 303 967 1096
Emergency Services: Ambulance - 203 2276 Fire - 203 2270 Police - 1011 These emergency services numbers may not be available in all areas of Namibia.


With rich deposits of natural minerals, Namibia can be a good place for the enthusiast to buy crystals and gems – but don't expect many bargains, as the industry is far too organized. For the amateur, the desert roses (sand naturally compressed into forms like flowers) are unusual and often cheap, while iridescent tiger's eye is rare elsewhere and very attractive.


Tipping for good service is only expected in upmarket tourist establishments but is officially prohibited in national parks and reserves. A service charge is included in many restaurant bills – if not, and the service was satisfactory, a tip of 10% is standard.

Getting around

Transfers and game drives in Namibia are usually conducted in open-sided 4X4 vehicles. The country's good infrastructure means that many visitors to Namibia hire a car for a self-drive holiday which makes for independent, flexible travel within the ambit of a pre-planned itinerary. Self-drivers staying at private reserves join the other guests for guided game drives in 4X4s.


English, German, Afrikaans, Bantu and Khoisan.

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