Through watching many landscape travel videos on Vimeo and Youtube, I came across Namibia. It looks like a beautiful place with so much wildlife and incredible contrasting landscapes with bright orange sand dunes mixed with dead trees. Africa is a continent that contains so much beauty, and it would be a great addition to our world trip.
Why do we want to go?
We’ve always wanted to travel to Africa, but we did not really know where to go. The more we see and hear about Namibia, the more we want to explore it. The epic landscapes, the culture, and wildlife are a big part of why we want to go. There is even a travel meetup on Namibia this month, so it seems to be calling us. These bucket list contenders should be convincing enough!
Subtropical desert climate with big swings between day and nighttime temperatures. Averages high temperatures during the best season are 21-25°C/70-77°F, but the lows can get down to 7°C/45°F and sometimes below freezing so be prepared.
Hiking, wildlife, photography, national parks, culture, epic landscapes
Entry / Visa Requirements
Passport Valid for 6 months beyond departure date. Tourist Visa available at port of entry. Requires 6 blank passport pages.
CURRENCY | Namibian Dollar (~$1 NAD = $.073 USD)
$617 NAD ($45 USD)
Book activities, etc. well in advance; cook your own food
THE STAY | Possible duration: Two weeks to a month
Meat barbecue, stews, homemade cheeses, beer, sausages, and bread rolls filled with cheese, eggs, meat or salad
Buses, trains, hitchhiking, car rentals (know how to change a tire as roads are corrugated, take 2-3 spare tires to remote areas)
Drive on the left side of the road; gasoline is cash only; road signs are in English; roadblocks are common and you need to show your international driver’s license; tolls are common; 4X4 recommended for remote along with adequate supplies
Wifi is not very common, so check to see where you are able to connect. Some accommodations will have it as well.
Modern medical care is readily available. Government hospitals tend to misdiagnose more frequently and are not as good quality as private hospitals. From most places you are likely a half a day away from a medical facility, so be prepared with a first aid kit. Some hotel lodges can provide basic first aid.
None unless traveling from a yellow fever endemic country
HIV is very common a 25% of the population has it. Also, malaria is prevalent in the most northern part of the country, north of Etosha.
Water is safe in hotels, lodges and other public places where it is purified. They do tend to recycle and purify wastewater, as water is a limited resource in Namibia. Bottled water is available at supermarkets.