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

Top holiday deals in Namibia

Departing Days Price USD
13 Aug 2015 Cape Town to Vic Falls 22 $2902
25 Aug 2015 Vic Falls to Cape Town 22 $2740
29 Aug 2015 Namibia Discovery 13 $4032
6 Sep 2015 Kenya to Cape Town 45 $6188
15 Sep 2015 Namibia Discovery - Southbound 13 $3735

All our Namibia trips

Vic Falls to Cape Town

22 days from
USD $2,740
CAD $2,812
AUD $2,772
EUR €1,903
GBP £1,597
NZD $3,087
ZAR R27,729
CHF FR2,308

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

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Cape Town to Vic Falls

22 days from
USD $2,902
CAD $2,979
AUD $2,938
EUR €1,960
GBP £1,692
NZD $3,271
ZAR R29,394
CHF FR2,308

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

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Kenya to Cape Town

45 days from
USD $6,188
CAD $6,383
AUD $6,260
EUR €4,101
GBP £3,616
NZD $6,974
ZAR R62,666
CHF FR4,951

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

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Amazing Southern Africa

22 days from
USD $7,360
CAD $7,590
AUD $7,445
EUR €5,120
GBP £4,305
NZD $8,290
ZAR R74,520
CHF FR6,200

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

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Africa Encompassed Southbound

60 days from
USD $8,546
CAD $8,818
AUD $8,648
EUR €5,665
GBP £4,998
NZD $9,630
ZAR R86,568
CHF FR6,859

See Africa encompassed on a tour through Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, and...

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Namibia Discovery

13 days from
USD $3,840
CAD $3,960
AUD $3,885
EUR €2,750
GBP £2,250
NZD $4,325
ZAR R38,875
CHF FR3,325

Travel up from Cape Town to Windhoek in Namibia and see Fish River Canyon, wildlife in Etosha National Park and the...

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Namibia Discovery - Southbound

13 days from
USD $4,030
CAD $4,155
AUD $4,075
EUR €2,750
GBP £2,355
NZD $4,540
ZAR R40,790
CHF FR3,325

Travel up from Windhoek to Cape Town and see Fish River Canyon, wildlife in Etosha National Park and the giant sand...

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Amazing Southern Africa - Reverse

22 days from
USD $7,360
CAD $7,590
AUD $7,445
EUR €5,120
GBP £4,305
NZD $8,290
ZAR R74,520
CHF FR6,200

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

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Botswana Adventure - Southbound

10 days from
USD $3,350
CAD $3,460
AUD $3,395
EUR €2,610
GBP £1,960
NZD $3,780
ZAR R33,955
CHF FR3,160

Spot hippos, Cape Buffalo and elephant on a journey from Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park to the Okavango Delta...

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Cape Town to Kenya

45 days from
USD $6,420
CAD $6,955
AUD $6,820
EUR €4,470
GBP £3,810
NZD $7,595
ZAR R68,265
CHF FR5,410

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

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Africa Encompassed Northbound

60 days from
USD $9,575
CAD $10,375
AUD $10,175
EUR €6,665
GBP £5,685
NZD $11,330
ZAR R101,845
CHF FR8,070

Jump aboard this epic tour from Cape Town to Nairobi. From safaris in Tanzania and Kenya to gorilla trekking in...

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Namibia & Botswana Family Adventure

19 days from
USD $3,085
CAD $3,340
AUD $3,300
EUR €2,255
GBP £1,820
NZD $3,660
ZAR R32,775
CHF FR2,725

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

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Namibia Getaway

15 days from
USD $2,873
CAD $3,111
AUD $3,051
EUR €2,018
GBP £1,695
NZD $3,395
ZAR R30,549
CHF FR2,443

Travel from historic Windhoek to the fantastic Fish River Canyon, the surreal sand dunes of Sossusvlei and the...

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Namibia trip reviews

Our Namibia trips score an average of 4.77 out of 5 based on 112 reviews in the last year.

Vic Falls to Cape Town, July 2015

Delta, Dunes & Falls - Northbound, June 2015

Articles on Namibia

Life unplugged: 6 reasons your next family break should be an African safari

Posted on Tue, 9 Jun 2015

An African family safari is on the once-in-a-lifetime end of the holiday spectrum. Here are 7 reasons why you should make this the year of the family safari.

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8 African snacks you must try

Posted on Tue, 11 Mar 2014

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

Posted on Wed, 2 Jun 2010

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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from young to old namibia

Posted on Sun, 21 Mar 2010

The country only celebrates its 20th anniversary of independence on 21 March this year, but as Intrepid’s Gill Leaning discovered, Namibia is an ancient land of dramatic deserts and stunning […]

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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

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

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.
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

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.

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