Home to proud tribes steeped in tradition, herds of rare desert-dwelling elephants, wild horses and massive colonies of seals, Namibia showcases the very best of Africa's raw landscapes. From quaint German-inspired towns to uninhabitable deserts, bushland filled with wildlife and a rocky coastline littered with shipwrecks, Namibia's untamed charm is compelling, captivating and camera-worthy.
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Articles on Namibia
8 African snacks you must try
Posted on Tue, 11 Mar 2014 by Jacqueline Donaldson
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In step with the kalahari
Posted on Wed, 02 Jun 2010 by Sue Elliot
Tracking with the San Bushmen in Namibia is on Intrepid’s Top 10 Real Life Experiences list. Which is no surprise when you read great travel tales like this one from [...]Read more
Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.
Depending on which trip you're on while in Namibia, you may find yourself travelling by:
Travelling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.
When travelling with us in Namibia you may find yourself staying in a:
At a glance
- Trips Available:
- Capital city:
- Windhoek (population 161,000)
- 2.1 million
- English, Afrikaans
- Time zone:
- (GMT+02:00) Windhoek
- Type D (Old British 3-pin) Type M (see D)
- Dialing code:
Best time to visit Namibia
May to October is considered one of the best times to visit Namibia as the days are warm and sunny and the weather is generally dry. Namibian and South African school holidays are mid-December to mid-January, late April to early June and late August to mid-September, so expect Namibia to be busier during these times.
Geography and environment
Top 5 Awe-Inspiring Views in Namibia
1. Colossal Canyon
There's more to the Fish River Canyon than its sheer size. With remote hiking trails, magnificent view points and raging river torrents during the rainy season, visitors will be breathless at the epic views and sense of isolation when visiting this canyon, believed to have been formed more than 500 million years ago.
The timeworn terrain of Damaraland makes for interesting, otherworldly landscapes to travel through. The combination of strange rock formations, parched valleys, ochre boulders and amber sunsets makes for magic memories.
3. Sossusvlei Sands
This huge clay pan wrapped in red sand dunes occupies a large part of southern Namibia. With some of the tallest dunes in the world, Sossusvlei's variety of colour, size and flora make it a glory to behold.
4. Cape Cross Critters
This protected area on the cape of the southern Atlantic is most famous for its resident seal colony, one of the largest in the world. Witnessing thousands of Cape Fur Seals basking in the sun is a life affirming sight not to be missed when in this part of the world.
5. Ship to Shore
Namibia's Skeleton Coast has been called 'The Land God Made in Anger' by the San Bushmen and 'The Gates of Hell' by the Portuguese, and it's not hard to see why. With gale force winds battering the shore, rolling surf and thick fog, the Skeleton Coast has ruined many a mariner over the years. Evidence of this is scattered along the coastal sands, with a collection of rusting ships resting on the beaches - an eerie yet enthralling sight.
FAQs on Namibia
A bottle of local beer = 15 NAD
Budget lunch = 36 NAD
Sit-down dinner in a nice restaurant = 100 NAD
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Mar 21 Independence Day
Mar 29 Good Friday
Apr 1 Easter Monday
May 1 Workers' Day
May 4 Cassinga Day
May 9 Ascension Day
May 25 Africa Day
Aug 26 Heroes' Day
Dec 10 International Human Rights Day
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 26 Family Day
Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Namibia/public-holidays
Currently visas are not required for most nationalities to enter Namibia. Please check with the relevant visa office before departure to make sure there has been no change.
Health and Safety
Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:
From New Zealand?
Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/
Go to: http://travel.state.gov/
Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/
The World Health Organisation
also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/
Namibia Travel Tips
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Namibia
1. Be considerate of Namibia’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
2. Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.
3. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
4. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
5. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!
6. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
7. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
8. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
9. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
10. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.
|The Place of Stunted Ironwood Trees||David P Crandall|
|Soul of a Lion||Barbara Bennett|
|The Elephant's Secret Sense||Caitlin O'Connell|
|Blood Rose||Margie Orford|
|Histories of Namibia||Colin Leys and Susan Brown|