For the OSHIWAMBO PEOPLE, IT’S OSHI LI NAWA. FOR THOSE WHO SPEAK AFRIKAANS, IT’S WELKOM.
Both mean that you are welcome in Namibia, a stunningly beautiful country of stark, endless vistas and eerie silence. Most of the country is dominated by the Namib Desert, which translates as The Vast Place. In the thrumming heat of the day and the quiet chill of the night, you’ll find a surprising variety of wildlife perfectly adapted for their desert world.
One unmissable highlight is Namibia’s many enormous dunes, including Dune 7 in Swakopmund, the highest dune in the world at around or 383m, or 1256 feet. The sheer scale of these shifting mountains has to be seen to be believed.
Namibia is one of the most sparsely-populated countries in the world. There are about 3 people per square kilometer.
Namibia’s capital city is Windhoek, its population is about 2.5 million, and although at least 30 languages are spoken, English is the official language.
With an estimated age of 80 million years, the Namib is the world’s oldest desert.
Namibia is home to the world’s largest population of cheetah.
Journeys around Namibia
When to travel
The best time to visit Namibia for game viewing is between June and October.
During this time the average temperature is just above 20°C and the chance of
rain is low. The best times to visit Sossusvlei are in autumn (March - May) or
spring (August - October).
Namibia’s main attractions are its vast open spaces, bewitching scenery, and great contrasts.
Number one on any visitor’s to-do list must be Sossusvlei, home of some of the world’s largest sand dunes, including the world’s highest, Dune 7, which stands over 383m.
The Deadvlei features huge white salt pans dotted with ancient acacia trees.
Safari-enthusiasts will love Etosha National Park, home to lion, elephant, leopard, giraffe, cheetah, hyena, springbok, two kinds of zebra, eland and many more species of wildlife.
What language is spoken in Namibia?
While English is the official language of the country, Afrikaans and German are widely spoken in Namibia.
What currency is used in Namibia?
The currency used throughout the country is the Namibian dollar. Mastercard and Visa are widely accepted, although sometimes ATMs might be slightly difficult to come by.
Is there transportation within Namibia?
Public transportation in Namibia covers the bare minimum. Thus, the best way to get around the country is by car. Small or private groups will find the mini Safari coach very comfortable and the most usual way to see the best of this large and remote country.
Is Namibia a family-friendly destination?
Namibia is a great destination for your next family vacation as the country is very safe and there are activities for everyone! If you’ve a desire to see the wide open spaces of the desert and the many animals that survive this arid landscape, Namibia is for you.
Visa & Travel
Do I need a visa and passport to travel to Namibia?
Check on visa requirements with your travel agency before travel. A valid passport is mandatory to travel. Your passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after the date you enter Namibia.
Health & Vaccinations
What, if any, vaccinations are required or suggested for travel to Namibia?
There are no compulsory vaccinations required for Namibia, however, we recommend you consult with your local travel clinic for the most up to date recommendations, particularly in regards to malaria prophylactics. Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required if you are coming from or have transited through an airport of a country where yellow fever occurs.
COVID -19 PROTOCOL
If you are entering Botswana, Namibia, or Zimbabwe, you will need a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test conducted 48 hours before your time of departure.
We highly advise you to constantly check the most recent government announcements about COVID- 19 protocols before you start to travel. Temperature checks, mask-wearing, and frequent hand sanitisation are required at all destinations.
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