Below we would like to share some advices and travel tips to help you organize a trip to this amazing country.
Nationals from some countries (approx. 42) are not required to obtain tourist visa before arrival for visits shorter than 90 days. For the rest – you have to apply for tourist visa at the nearest Namibian embassy.
April and especially May are lovely months, increasingly dry, the landscape is green.
November is a highly variable month. Sometimes the hot, dry weather will continue, at other times the sky will fill with clouds and threaten to rain.
Namibia is huge, sparsely populated and because of that the best way to explore it is to rent a car. Roads are good. Many of the places you can visit with normal personal car. But if you are more adventures the best option is 4×4. Diesel price is cca. 0,70 USD per liter. Sometimes distances between towns with gas station are big, so refill it everywhere you can. Good place to look for some good rent a car deals is billiger-mietwagen.de. There are also many local operators – we rented a car at africantracks.com and were very satisfied.
Namibia is a camping paradise and for us the perfect way to explore the country. If you choose camping, kids will love it! There are 2 options. More expensive is to hire a 4×4 car with all camping equipment and rooftop tents. Or cheaper option – normal 4×4 or normal personal car with ordinary tents. We chose the first option and we didn’t regret it. In Namibia there is a lot of places, where you can camp – at some places it is advisable to book ahead, especially in summer months – July, August. In the northern part of the country it is also possible to camp in the wild. But be respectful to local communities. If camping is not an option, there are many resorts in all price ranges. Regarding this – sky is the limit. 🙂 Good place to find some affordable accomodation is airbnb.
If you will be traveling around Namibia with a rented vehicle and you will be camping, you will probably cook by yourself or eat out from time to time. You can find restaurants in all major towns and also around all major tourist attractions. You can buy all the essentials in food stores in Windhoek or other bigger cities. Fruits, vegetables and especially meat can be also bought at the farm ranches. Don’t forget to always carry lots of water with you.
Namibia is generally very safe country. In cities don’t keep your valuables on display. I would advise not to wander around Windhoek by night. While traveling around the country be aware of the animals crossing the roads – especially at night and early in the morning and late in the evening.
Health care in Namibia is generally OK. You can find first aid in all major towns. I recommend vaccination against Hepatitis A, if you will travel to remote parts of northern Namibia also antimalaric – Malarone is the best for kids. But please consult with your doctor. We recommend good health care insurance. Due to the long distances between the cities and remote areas we recommend a satellite phone that you can use in emergency.
More about our road trip to Namibia: Video – Namibia family road trip