Namibia Travel Guide
Namibia is one of the most nature-filled and beautiful countries in Africa. Experiencing a trip to this stunning country will astound you with its wilderness and vastness. With such an incredible landscape and impressive wildlife, Namibia is a photographer’s dream come true!
Namibia is known for its wildlife, open spaces, fauna, culture and exciting extreme sports! This beautiful land is bursting with life, home to more than 100 mammal species and more than 300 varieties of birds!
I’ve explored Namibia on two different occasions. On my first visit, I road tripped from Walvis Bay down to Sossusvlei and, on my 2nd visit, explored the incredible Skeleton Coast.
Namibia is a year-round destination, but the weather and wildlife viewings are at their best during the winter months. From June to August, the temperatures dip making it more comfortable to drive long distances through the desert.
If you have plans to visit Etosha National Park, the winter months are also Namibia’s dry season. The animals gather around the waterholes making it easy to spot the more elusive wildlife.
One thing to keep in mind is that winter is the most expensive and busiest time to visit Namibia. It’s not uncommon for some lodges to fill up a year in advance. If you want to skip the crowds and don’t mind the higher temperatures, plan your trip during the shoulder or low seasons.
What To Expect
Language: The official language of Namibia is English. However German, Afrikaans and Oshiwambo dialects are spoken by the locals as well.
Currency: The Namibian Dollar and the South African Rand are both used in the country.
Credit Cards and ATMs: In the big cities like Windhoek, you won’t have a problem paying for your purchases with your credit card or finding an ATM. However, if you’re planning a road trip through Namibia, you’ll need to keep money on you at all times. This is because the more remote towns only accept cash and many do not have ATMs including the gas stations.
Plugs: The plugs in Namibia are type D and M. The standard voltage is 220 V, and the frequency is 50 Hz. I recommend buying a universal adapter that has surge protection and using a converter for hair dryers and hot tools.
Safety: In my opinion, Namibia is one of the safest countries in Africa. It’s politically stable and has a low crime rate. The only thing I was concerned about was the vastness of the country and our car potentially breaking down in the desert. I recommend learning how to change a tire and bringing along a satellite phone in case you get stuck!
Read my 10 Essential Tips for Road-Tripping in Namibia for more tips!
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