Namibia

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.

Namibia Tours & Travel

All our Namibia trips

Mokoro Canoeing at the Okavango Delta

Vic Falls to Cape Town

22 days from
USD $2,137.50*
CAD $2,201.76*
AUD $2,287.29*
EUR €1,581.02*
GBP £1,370.94*
NZD $2,709.97*
ZAR R20,817.07*
CHF FR1,963.31*

Travel to Africa and discover the unique, contrasting lands of Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. Visit...

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Victoria falls

Cape Town to Vic Falls

22 days from
USD $2,081.75*
CAD $2,147.62*
AUD $2,229.93*
EUR €1,549.24*
GBP £1,336.50*
NZD $2,644.98*
ZAR R20,295.12*
CHF FR1,906.26*

Take a wild African adventure from South Africa to Zimbabwe. Travel north from Cape Town into Namibia, cross over to...

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Local bushman, Botswana

Best of Botswana

14 days from
USD $4,330.00
CAD $4,385.00
AUD $4,555.00
EUR €3,170.00
GBP £2,730.00
NZD $5,400.00
ZAR R41,455.00
CHF FR3,905.00

Visit Africa and travel through Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Visit Windhoek, Etosha National Park, the Okavango...

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Kenya to Cape Town

45 days from
USD $5,120.00*
CAD $5,295.53*
AUD $5,499.17*
EUR €3,826.21*
GBP £3,289.88*
NZD $6,520.32*
ZAR R50,045.86*
CHF FR4,714.52*

Visit Africa and travel from Kenya to Cape Town through Tanzania, Zanzibar, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana,...

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Sands of Namib Desert

Amazing Southern Africa

22 days from
USD $7,070.00
CAD $7,170.00
AUD $7,445.00
EUR €5,180.00
GBP £4,455.00
NZD $8,825.00
ZAR R67,765.00
CHF FR6,385.00

Visit Southern Africa and travel from Cape Town to Victoria Falls. Tour Orange River, Fish River Canyon, the Etosha and...

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Africa Encompassed Southbound

60 days from
USD $7,530.00*
CAD $7,813.91*
AUD $8,115.58*
EUR €5,632.89*
GBP £4,853.50*
NZD $9,620.38*
ZAR R73,875.72*
CHF FR6,960.02*

See Africa encompassed on a tour through Kenya, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Zanzibar, Tanzania,...

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Residential houses, Swakopmund

Experience Namibia

9 days from
USD $2,845.00
CAD $2,885.00
AUD $2,995.00
EUR €2,085.00
GBP £1,790.00
NZD $3,550.00
ZAR R27,260.00
CHF FR2,570.00

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Local bushman, Botswana

Best of Botswana - Southbound

14 days from
USD $4,125.00
CAD $4,390.00
AUD $4,555.00
EUR €3,175.00
GBP £2,730.00
NZD $5,405.00
ZAR R41,500.00
CHF FR3,910.00

See the very best of Botswana on this two-week adventure through some of the country's most celebrated national parks....

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Residential houses, Swakopmund

Experience Namibia Southbound

9 days from
USD $2,790.00
CAD $2,970.00
AUD $3,085.00
EUR €2,145.00
GBP £1,845.00
NZD $3,655.00
ZAR R28,080.00
CHF FR2,645.00

Become acquainted with Namibia on this small-group adventure from Windhoek down to Cape Town. Encounter German heritage...

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Male lion, Etosha National Park

Cape Town to Kenya

45 days from
USD $4,990.00*
CAD $5,162.14*
AUD $5,361.80*
EUR €3,730.44*
GBP £3,211.44*
NZD $6,358.08*
ZAR R48,797.41*
CHF FR4,598.22*

Visit Africa and travel from Cape Town to Kenya through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi,...

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Chimp, Uganda

Africa Encompassed Northbound

60 days from
USD $7,350.00*
CAD $7,648.59*
AUD $7,925.05*
EUR €5,529.04*
GBP £4,750.19*
NZD $9,418.83*
ZAR R72,325.41*
CHF FR6,815.28*

Africa Encompassed is a truly epic tour from South Africa to Nairobi. From gorilla trekking in Uganda to safaris in...

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Hippo, Okavango Delta

Namibia & Botswana Family Adventure Southbound

19 days from
USD $3,525.00*
CAD $3,633.23*
AUD $3,724.13*
EUR €2,691.80*
GBP £2,226.88*
NZD $4,412.88*
ZAR R33,861.50*
CHF FR3,191.03*

Visit Africa and travel from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe to Windhoek in Namibia via Botswana's Okavango Delta and...

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Sands of Namib Desert

Amazing Southern Africa Reverse

22 days from
USD $7,070.00
CAD $7,170.00
AUD $7,445.00
EUR €5,180.00
GBP £4,455.00
NZD $8,825.00
ZAR R67,765.00
CHF FR6,385.00

Travel from Vic Falls down through Botswana and Namibia to spectacular Cape Town. Encounter the awesome natural...

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Articles on Namibia

8 African snacks you must try

8 African snacks you must try

Posted on Tue, 11 Mar 2014 by Jacqueline Donaldson

In Africa, most action takes place on the streets and roadsides – people hawking their wares, kids running to and from school, friends hanging out just chatting. There’s always movement [...]

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In step with the kalahari

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 [...]

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Namibia Highlights

Transport

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:

Accommodation

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:

About Namibia

At a glance

Trips Available:
12
Capital city:
Windhoek (population 161,000)
Population:
2.1 million
Language:
English, Afrikaans
Currency:
NAD
Time zone:
(GMT+02:00) Windhoek
Electricity:
Type D (Old British 3-pin) Type M (see D)
Dialing code:
+264

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.

Windhoek weather chart

Geography and environment

Silent sand dunes of the namibian desert
Red desert dunes, rugged bushveld, dense woodlands and plains of gravel make up Namibia's ancient terrain. Home to the monumental Fish River Canyon and sharing the iconic Kalahari Desert with South Africa and Botswana, Namibia has some of the most interesting landscapes in Africa, if not the world. With little arable land and a warm climate, Namibia is prone to prolonged periods of drought, making farming difficult. Bordered by Angola, Botswana, South Africa and Zambia, Namibia also has a stretch of coastline along the Atlantic Ocean where visitors can see where the desert meets the sea.

Top Picks

Citrus sunrise over the vast red Sossusvlei Sands

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.

2. Damaralandscape

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

While not mandatory, a tip of 10% is considered standard when dining in Namibia. With the typical Namibian earning a modest wage, a small tip to porters, housemaids and other service workers would be appreciated.
Travellers will be able to access the internet quite easily in the cyber cafes of Namibia’s large cities, but limited to no access should be expected in regional and rural areas.
Mobile phone coverage is good in Namibia's large cities and towns, but less so in rural and mountainous areas. Ensure you have global roaming activated before leaving home if you wish to use your mobile phone.
Depending on which areas of Namibia you are travelling in, expect to encounter a combination of squat toilets and flushable toilets. Carry your own supply of soap and toilet paper as these aren't always provided.
1 hour in a cyber cafe = 8-10 NAD
A bottle of local beer = 15 NAD
Budget lunch = 36 NAD
Sit-down dinner in a nice restaurant = 100 NAD
While tap water is considered safe in Namibia's cities, drinking tap water isn't generally recommended in Namibia. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead. Ask your leader where filtered water can be found; some hotels we stay in may have drinking water available. It's also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit and vegetables before eating.
Credit cards are usually accepted by large hotels and western-style restaurants but not by smaller vendors. Ensure you have adequate cash to cover purchases not able to be made on credit.
ATMs are easily found in large cities and urban centres, but are rarer in small towns, rural areas and villages. Be sure to have other payment methods available when venturing out of the big cities, as ATMs aren't always an option.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 1 New Year's Day
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
NAMIBIA:
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 Australia?

Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

From New Zealand?

Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

From Canada?

Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/

From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

From UK?

Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

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.

Young Himba village girl

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.

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
The Place of Stunted Ironwood TreesDavid P Crandall
Soul of a LionBarbara Bennett
The Elephant's Secret SenseCaitlin O'Connell
Blood RoseMargie Orford
Histories of NamibiaColin Leys and Susan Brown