Best Time to go: May to September (dry season)
Best For: Safari
Very much a desert country, Namibia offers contrasting landscapes. The Namib Desert is a vast expanse of high dunes and desolate plains with an awe-inspiring sense of space. The thorn bush savannah and rugged mountains of the central plateau give way to the majestic Fish River Canyon in the south.
In the north, landscapes range from the dense bush and open plains of the great Etosha Pan, to woodland savannah and lush vegetation. Etosha National Park, the third largest in Africa, owes its unique landscape to the Etosha Pan, a vast shallow depression edged by waterholes to the south which guarantee rewarding game viewing.
Waterberg Plateau Park, Namibia`s only mountain game park, has striking red sandstone cliffs, and harbours many rare and endangered animal and plant species. Hiking trails of one to three hours have been mapped out and are well signposted
At Sossusvlei, you can climb some of the world`s highest sand dunes. There`s a good campsite nearby at Sesriem Gate, close to the point at which the Tsauchab River disappears down a deep gorge, leaving pools of water where many animals come to drink.
The delightful little German-style seaside resort of Swakopmund is surrounded by desert that is great for adrenaline sports such as quad-biking, dune buggy racing and sand-boarding. Windhoek, the capital, is a cosmopolitan city with excellent hotels and restaurants.
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*Cross Border Charge: R220.00 for the vehicle
*Cross Border Charge: R140.00 for a trailer
*Registration papers of the vehicle ( Copy will be sufficient )
*ZA sticker, which you can purchase at any AAA valid passport, which must be valid for longer than 6 months from the date of return from Namibia – SA passports do not require visa`s
*A valid driver`s license
R150 for Single, R250 for Double crossing of the Pont at Sendelingsdrift.
Capital: Windhoek (WDH)
Currency: Namibian Dollar (NAD) (The Namibia Dollar and South African Rand are the only legal tender in Namibia and can be used freely to purchase goods and services.)
Language: English, German, Afrikaans, Bantu and Khoisan
Dialling code from SA: + 264
Time Zone: UTC/GMT +1 hour (1 hour behind South Africa).
Daylight Savings Time: from first Sunday in September until first Sunday in April: UTC/GMT +2 (same time as South Africa).
Side of the Road: Left. South African drivers` licences are recognised in SADC countries (Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe). It is recommended that a letter of verification be obtained from the South African Department of Transport.
Plugs: 220 volts AC, 50hz. Outlets are of the round three-pin type.
Drinking Water: Tap water in the major towns is purified and perfectly safe to drink. Outside of the main towns, water should be boiled before use. Hotels and Safari Lodges usually provide drinking water which is safe for consumption. Alternatively, bottled water is available.
Health: Comprehensive health insurance is recommended and it should include emergency air evacuation coverage if travelling outside of Windhoek, as medical facilities are spread out.
Customs: In rural towns, it is best to check with an indigenous guide about local etiquette. In the main towns, western culture prevails but tends to be conservative.
Travel Tips / Warnings: Travellers should carry identification such as photocopies of their passport at all times. If police are seen guarding a building, it is best to check before taking photographs.
Duty Free: The following may be imported into Namibia by persons over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty: • 400 cigarettes and 50 cigars and 250g of tobacco.
• 2L of wine and 1L of spirits.
• 50ml of perfume and 250ml of eau de toilette.
• Gifts to the value of N$1,250.
Prohibited Imports: Prohibited imports include narcotics, automatic weapons, handguns, unnumbered weapons, toxic and poisonous substances. Hunting rifles need a permit issued by customs when entering the country. Special authorisation is required for the import of endangered species. Plants or plant materials require a permit obtained in advance.
Prohibited Exports: Prohibited exports include endangered species, narcotics, stolen property, ivory, rhino horn, and protected cultural artefacts. You must obtain permits in order to export the following: military weapons, ammunition, explosives, firearms, conflict diamonds and minerals, pornography as defined by the export country, and products which violate national intellectual property protection law (eg counterfeit goods).