Namibia offers an African adventure like no other. Wind through sun-baked deserts of towering red dunes, travel past shipwrecks on the wave-battered Skeleton Coast and navigate through canyon-speckled plains carved with prehistoric rock art. Along the way, you’ll discover Namibia’s unique treasures, be it vast salt pans decorated with petrified trees, million-star-studded skies or colonial German seaside towns where you can sip Bavarian beer and gorge on bratwurst. Best of all, you can traverse this eye-popping wilderness at your own pace on a 4×4, self-drive road trip or opt for a private guided tour that’s tailored for you.
However, it’s the warm encounters with Namibia’s diverse people that will really make your trip. One day you could be weaving makalani-palm baskets in an Ovambo homestead; the next, making fire with Himba women clad in signature ochre body paint. Stop to meet the original custodians of the Kalahari, the semi-nomadic, spear-hunting San people, who descend from some of the earth’s oldest humans.
Then there’s the kaleidoscopic wildlife. You can spend untold hours on dolphin-spotting cruises, searching for desert-adapted beasts and watching animals mingle around Etosha’s waterholes. Take guided safaris to track endangered species, including rhinos and big cats blessed by Namibia’s stellar conservation schemes.
To get the most out of your Namibia adventure, let our Africa gurus put together the perfect self-drive or guided itinerary, complete with luxury lodges, wildlife encounters and heart-shaping cultural experiences.
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Time difference: GMT +2
Flight time: London + 10-11 hours
Currency: Namibian Dollar (N$/NAD), the South African Rand (ZAR) is also legal tender
Language: 13 recognised languages including Oshiwambo, Afrikaans, English and German
Telephone code: +264
Tipping: Is expected on safaris and most lodges will provide clear guidelines as to how much and when to tip. As a general rule, tip a private guide around N$100 per guest per day and put N$50 into the staff tip box at your lodge each day. Otherwise, tip porters N$30 and petrol pump attendants N$5-10; for that price they’ll also clean your windows and check your tyres and oil. When it comes to restaurants, tipping isn’t necessary except in formal settings when you can leave 10% of the bill for great service.
Etiquette: Greetings in Namibia are important, so start with some small talk and a handshake – always use your right as the left is seen as unclean, the same goes for eating. Namibians dress modestly so it’s a good idea to do the same, wearing light clothes with good coverage to protect from the sun. Ask permission before taking photos and avoid public displays of affection. If you’re visiting ethnic villages, be sure to accept any food or drink offered and pay ultimate respect to elders.
Religions: Roughly 80 percent of Namibians are Christian and are most commonly from the Lutheran Church, which was introduced by Finnish missionaries in the 1900s. The remaining portion of the population follows animism and indigenous beliefs, while minority religions include Judaism and Islam. The Nama ethnic group, for instance, are predominately Muslim.
Visas: You can look up the latest advice on https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/namibia/entry-requirements. Please be aware that this information can change at short notice.
Vaccinations: Health risks vary depending on the destination so it’s essential to check the specific vaccination and hygiene requirements for Namibia on the NHS Fit for Travel website.