Namibia - Trip of Lifetime
Namibia is home to dramatic sceneries, stunning vista and endless horizons. From one corner of the country to the another, the topography and biodiversity transform dramatically.
From the wet wonderland of the Zambezi Region, with its perennial river systems, to the large panoramic plains of the south that morph into canyons and mountain ranges, Namibia is an incredibly diverse and enigmatic land.
Etosha national Park, the jewel in the crown of Namibia, is home to the famous Etosha Pan and teems with wildlife. At the heart and soul of this land of endless horizons lies the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world.
With a host of lodges, hotels, accommodation establishments and campsites trough out the country, 18 national parks encapsulating all of this African gem’s natural wonders, exploring Namibia should be on every traveler’s bucket list.
When to travel
Namibia is made up of desert and most areas receive little rain so it is suitable to visit at any time. April and May are warm and clear, June to August can be cold at night, and September and October are good for game-viewing as the vegetation has thinned out, and animals gather at water holes. The rainy season runs from November to March.
Observe the usual rules around wildlife and follow the instructions of your guides. Both towns and countryside are generally safe but exercise caution after dark.
What to take
Light linen and cotton clothing for daytime, including muted colours for game viewing; sun hat; sunglasses; sunblock; and a fleece for cold nights. A good pair of binoculars (8x42s) is vital for the bush.
With all those empty roads and spectacular landscapes, driving is enjoyable in Namibia – but you can be lulled into a false sense of security if you’re not used to driving long distances, often on gravel. Make sure someone knows where you are expected to be each evening – tourists in remote areas have been known to break down and not be found for several days. Bear the following in mind at all times.
- Observe speed limit: 120km/h on tarred roads, 80km/h on gravel.
- Take special care on gravel, which can be deceptively tricky – for example, braking suddenly may turn your vehicle over, while you need to slow right down at dips and even on gentle curves.
- 4WD is advisable for gravel roads.
- Keep headlights on gravel roads.
- When overtaking on gravel, keep to the right-hand (opposite) side of the road for a good half-mile so the plume of dust from your vehicle does not obscure the vision of the overtaken driver.
- Take two spare tyres, plenty of water and snacks.
- Build in plenty of time for your journey.
- Do not drive at dawn, dusk or night-time when animals are most active and may be crossing roads.
- Watch your fuel and fill up when you can.
- Keep emergency numbers with you. Mobile phone coverage is generally good.