What makes Namibia Unique

Few countries in the world have as many loyal regular visitors as Namibia. Numerous national parks and game reserves for terrific wildlife viewing combined with varied landscapes make visitors' hearts beat faster.

Visit the highest dunes in the world in the oldest desert in the world, look down into huge canyons, marvel at striking mountains that grow abruptly out of the vast plains. Experience how wind and waves shape the rough skeleton coast of the Atlantic. Golden savannahs and evergreen alluvial plains are home to vast herds of wildlife from tiny meerkats to the Big Five elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards, hippos-and, of course, many more. The vast stretches of untouched, uninhabited wilderness always offer an element of adventure.

Namibia offers friendly locals, European-level travel safety, and an outstanding tourist infrastructure. You can explore the country solo with a rental car or private guide, or go on air shuttles and fly-in safaris to the most remote corners. Group tours cater to various interests such as photography, hiking, cycling, motorcycling, geology, astronomy, or general exploration.

Namibia is a year-round travel destination that promises unique experiences with every visit. For those with extra time, Namibia can be easily combined with famous sights in neighbouring countries, like the Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls, Cape Town, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Kruger Park, KAZA wilderness region, and the famous winter blossom in Namaqua Land. These add-ons cater to absolute Africa enthusiasts and offer exclusive wilderness experiences.

Top Highlights in Namibia

Caprivi Strip

This is a narrow strip of land in the northeast of Namibia that is bordered by Angola, Zambia, and Botswana. It is known for its lush forests, wetlands, and wildlife such as hippos, crocodiles, and buffalo.

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This is a remote and wild region in the far northwest of Namibia that is home to the Himba people, as well as a wide variety of wildlife such as elephants, lions, and desert-adapted giraffes.

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This is a region of rocky hills, deep gorges, and ancient petroglyphs. It is home to the rare desert-adapted elephants, as well as other wildlife such as lions, cheetahs, and zebras.

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Himba People

The Himba are an indigenous tribe of semi-nomadic herders who live in the remote northern region of Namibia. They are known for their distinctive red ochre body paint and traditional way of life.

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Skeleton Coast

This is a rugged and desolate coastline that is known for its shipwrecks, seal colonies, and vast stretches of barren sand dunes.

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This is a coastal town that is known for its German colonial architecture, wide beaches, and adventure activities such as sandboarding and skydiving.

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Fish River Canyon

This is the second-largest canyon in the world, after the Grand Canyon in the United States. It is around 160 km long, up to 27 km wide, and up to 550 metres deep.

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Etosha National Park

This is one of Africa's largest and most diverse game reserves, home to a wide variety of wildlife including elephants, lions, giraffes, and rhinos.

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This is a salt and clay pan located in the southern part of the Namib Desert. It is famous for its towering red sand dunes, which are some of the highest in the world.

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Travel Ideas for Namibia

Elephant Project in Namibia (17+ years)

In Africa, wildlife faces numerous threats: hunting, overpopulation, and habitat loss. Conservation projects play a vital role in protecting these species. In this project, participants will have the opportunity to make a real difference. For 2 weeks or more, you will be involved in feeding and caring for the elephants, ensuring their well-being. Your efforts will also contribute to data collection for further research, aiding in the understanding and preservation of these magnificent creatures. By joining anti-poaching patrols, you will actively participate in the prevention of illegal hunting, safeguarding the wildlife. Planting trees and essential vegetation for the animals' habitat will play a crucial role in their survival. Equally important, you will engage with local communities, raising awareness about the importance of wildlife protection. This experience offers a unique opportunity to connect with Africa's incredible biodiversity while making a positive impact on conservation efforts. Your dedication and contributions will help secure a future for these precious species.

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Namibia: Rock Art Safari

Embark on a captivating 12-day adventure through the heart of Namibia, where the ancient rock art of the Bushmen awaits discovery. This unique journey takes you deep into the unspoilt wilderness of Gamsberg and Mt. Barry, where you'll encounter a breath-taking landscape adorned with stunning granite rock formations and elusive White Rhino. Immerse yourself in the mesmerizing world of Bushmen rock paintings, providing a fascinating glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of this enigmatic region. The expedition continues to the iconic Sossusvlei Lodge, where you'll witness the majestic beauty of Sossusvlei's red sand dunes and the surreal Dead Vlei. Capture the perfect shot of the world-renowned Dune 45, often hailed as the most photographed dune in the world. Discover the charming seaside town of Swakopmund, blending German colonial architecture with the striking desert terrain. Engage in a range of exhilarating activities, from quad biking to desert tours, and savour the cool sea breeze along the coast. Venture further into Damaraland and explore the renowned Twyfelfontein UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to over 2,500 Stone Age rock engravings. Witness the elusive desert-adapted elephants and mountain zebras that roam freely in this rugged landscape. In Etosha National Park, be mesmerized by vast open plains teeming with wildlife, including lions, elephants, giraffes, and more. Cap off this unforgettable journey at Mushara Bush Camp, a serene retreat just outside Etosha East. This expedition is a true celebration of Namibia's cultural and natural wonders, providing an enriching experience for adventurers and photography enthusiasts alike. Unearth the ancient mysteries of rock art and create lasting memories amidst Namibia's breath-taking wilderness. Join us for an unforgettable journey of discovery and exploration.

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Family Safari in Namibia

Discover Namibia with your family and experience a journey full of adventure and unique experiences. Our carefully crafted family-friendly itinerary ensures that your kids will have an unforgettable time exploring the stunning landscapes, meeting the friendly locals, and encountering the incredible wildlife. From exciting game drives in Etosha National Park to sandboarding on the dunes of Sossusvlei, this trip has something for everyone. Let us help you create cherished memories with your loved ones on a tailor-made Namibia family adventure.

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Fly-In Safari in Namibia

Experience Namibia in unrivalled luxury with our exclusive tailor-made fly-in safari. This is the ultimate way to discover the breath-taking landscapes and unique wildlife of Namibia. Your private charter flight will take you to some of the most remote and stunning locations in the country, where you will stay in luxurious lodges and enjoy once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounters. From the towering red sand dunes of Sossusvlei to the rugged mountains of Damaraland and the game-rich plains of Etosha National Park, every moment of this exclusive fly-in safari will leave you breathless. So sit back, relax and let us create your dream safari itinerary for an unforgettable Namibian adventure.

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Best Time to Visit

Namibia's allure as a travel destination remains constant throughout the year, with unique experiences to be found in every season.

During the months of January to April, Namibia is a tranquil destination with fewer visitors. However, during Easter, the country experiences a surge in tourism. This time of year marks the Namibian rainy season, when the country is awash with greenery and blooming flowers, providing an incredible display of vivid colours and contrasts. In the dry southern regions, infrequent rain showers, thunderstorms, and rainbows are celebrated, while in the humid northeast, rain can be more persistent. Large herds of antelopes and other animals can be spotted, although predators and solitary animals may be harder to find in the thick vegetation. These months are perfect for landscape photographers, while wildlife enthusiasts can expect to see a variety of animals. The days are hot, and the nights are warm.

May and June mark a transitional period in Namibia, with warm, spring-like days and gradually colder nights. The rainy season comes to an end in May, and by June at the latest, the entire country takes on the appearance of the dry season. The green hues of the landscape are now replaced by the desert's yellow, red, and brown tones. Animals become more visible and concentrate around waterholes and watercourses as the vegetation thins out. The number of visitors slowly increases due to the holidays in May. The cooler daytime temperatures make extended hikes and bike rides more comfortable, and wildlife photographers benefit from the combination of fewer tourists and easily observable animals, particularly in June.

Tourism in Namibia peaks from July to October, coinciding with summer and autumn holidays in Europe. As a result, popular accommodations often get fully booked up to a year in advance during these four months. This is also the country's dry season, making it the ideal time for wildlife viewing near waterholes and waterways. Guests may choose to book slightly cooler days and colder nights until early August, or gradually transition to warmer days and nights in August and September, until October when temperatures can become quite hot during the day and warm at night.

In November, the country experiences the onset of the "little rainy season" as rain clouds move from the northeast in the Caprivi region, resulting in the gradual return of green colours. As soon as there are abundant rain showers, wild animals scatter across the large areas of national parks, conservancies, game reserves, and farms. November typically has the fewest visitors, the best availability, and the lowest prices. The days are already hot and the nights are very warm, making it an ideal time for vacationers who enjoy warmth and relaxation in the country. Luxurious and exclusive accommodations often offer special deals for longer stays during this month. Feel free to ask our Namibia travel experts about current possibilities.

In December, Namibia experiences high season once again, with European visitors finding it especially difficult to secure flights at reasonable prices. It's advisable to book flights as early as eleven months in advance. While car rental and accommodations may be easier to find once in the country, December is still one of the busiest months for travel, with many South African and Namibian tourists also enjoying their summer holidays. The days are long and hot, with short and equally warm nights. Short rain showers and clouds start to appear in the centre of the country, bringing back green colours and the sight of new born animals.

Important Information for Your Travel Plans

Special Travel Tips from our Experts

Namibia's vast expanse, rugged terrain and breath-taking landscapes demand adequate time for travel, photo stops, and exploration of the surrounding areas. It is recommended to limit daily travel to 300 kilometres and plan for a minimum of 2nights at most lodges, camps, and guest farms to fully immerse in the offered experiences. While luxurious accommodations may appear pricey, they are often situated in the most exquisite locations with stunning views and unique natural features. These lodges, camps, and accommodations are usually in large private areas, often spanning several square kilometres, and offer rare experiences such as encountering wildlife on hiking trails, taking in panoramic views from mountain tops, or exploring a gorge teeming with rare plants and wildlife.

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Local Cuisine

The cuisine in Namibia has been heavily influenced by European immigrants over the past 200 years, as well as by the challenges and opportunities posed by the country's barren landscape. Traditional Namibian cuisine features a rich array of meat dishes, with beef, antelope, and wild boar being among the most commonly served delicacies. Vegetables that store well, such as local squash and carrots, are usually served as accompaniments, along with hearty and durable side dishes like rice, potatoes, and sweet potatoes. A famous Namibian dish is the "Braai," which features grilled meats, and the "Poitjie-Kos," a rich stew prepared over several hours in a large Dutch oven over an open fire. If you're a fan of meat, Namibia is the perfect destination to indulge your cravings.

Along the coast of Swakopmund, Walvisbay, and Lüderitz, freshly caught fish is a staple food. Restaurants in the area can recommend sustainable local fish species, and the Namibian oysters, thanks to the year-round cold Benguela current, are renowned globally. Vegetarians and vegans have increasingly better options in recent years, particularly in lodges and guest farms in the upper-class category, where a wide range of high-quality vegetarian dishes is offered. However, since most vegetarian ingredients need to be imported and transported over long distances, availability may be limited.

Namibia's beverage culture is as diverse as its food culture. The country's farm cuisine is often accompanied by farm beverages such as refreshing shandies - mixed drinks made of lemonade, beer or mineral water. A gin and tonic is a popular choice for enjoying the magnificent Namibian sunsets. Namibians are also proud of their beer, with several large and small microbreweries located throughout the country. Fine South African wines are commonly served with dinner at restaurants, lodges, and guest farms. In fact, even some small Namibian vineyards are gaining a good reputation. In addition to alcoholic beverages, Namibia offers fruit juices - mostly from South Africa - and the full range of soft drinks.

Unfortunately, traditional African cuisine is not widely available in Namibia. To find restaurants that serve such cuisine, you will need to inquire in the cities of Windhoek and Swakopmund. The typical starch side dish is usually a porridge made from white corn or millet, which is served with chicken or a well-seasoned goulash made from less expensive cuts of beef or antelope. Namibian spinach or local varieties of beans are also commonly included in the meal. For those who are adventurous eaters, dried caterpillars can be tried as a side dish, along with dried small fish or a traditional fermented millet beverage. Some local delicacies include giant Omajova mushrooms, nutty Kalahari truffles, and colourful Mopane caterpillars. Please feel free to ask our travel experts for more information.

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Festivals & Public Holidays

Special festivals and holidays in Namibia that tourists may enjoy:

  • March 21st: Namibian Independence Day
  • May 4th:  Cassinga Day (One celebrates a military attack on Namibian fighters and members of the Namibian independence struggle).
  • Aug 26th: Heroes Day also celebrates a military raid on Namibian fighters of the struggle independence struggle.

There are carnival events held throughout Namibia all year round, primarily organised by the German Namibian community and modelled after the Cologne carnival. Festivities take place in various locations, including Walvis Bay and Witvlei in mid-March, Windhoek at the end of March to early April, Swakopmund in June, Otjiwarongo in July, Tsumeb at the end of July/beginning of August, and Lüderitz in September.

When to Start Planning your Trip

The ideal time to plan a trip to Namibia depends on the number of travellers and the preferred travel months. The best accommodations are often small and may only offer a single room option for families. For groups of up to 4 adults, it is recommended to plan and make reservations approximately 11 months before the trip. At this time, flights are usually still available at reasonable prices, and conditions and prices for lodges, farms and activities are usually fixed. For families or groups of more than 4 people, it is recommended to make reservations for Namibia at least 12 months in advance to secure availability of special vehicles and larger family accommodations, as well as small boutique lodges and guest farms with more than 2 rooms.

If planning short-term travel, less than 11 months in advance, it is still possible to find available accommodations by consulting with our travel experts. However, the more popular the travel season, the more flexibility is needed. It is easiest to plan short term travel for Namibia during the months of January through June (excluding the weeks around Easter and Whitsun) and November through mid-December.

Currency & Payment

The official currency in Namibia is the Namibia Dollar (NAD). The NAD is pegged 1:1 to the South African Rand (ZAR), which is also commonly used as official currency. ATMs and shops in Namibia may dispense either currency, and both can be used interchangeably, but Namibian dollars are not accepted in South Africa. Cash, credit cards, and debit cards are all commonly accepted forms of payment, but credit card payments may be unreliable due to unstable internet connections. The cost of living in Namibia is relatively high due to factors such as long distances, low local production, and limited infrastructure. It is advisable to carry some cash as a backup in case credit card payments are not possible. 

Game meat, South African wines, and Namibian beer are reasonably priced in Namibia. However, imported fruits, vegetables, and dairy products are relatively expensive due to low local production and the need for importation.

Some Samples Costs (2023):

  • Upscale lodges: 150-200 euros per night per person with half board.
  • Luxury lodges: 300-500 Euro per night per person all inclusive, also including activities
  • Exclusive lodges: 1000-2000 Euro per night per person, all inclusive, also including activities, in the most remote parts of the country
  • Activities and safaris: from 40 euros for short trips of several hours, from 80 euros for half-day trips, from 150 euros for full-day trips
  • Domestic flights: 200 to 300 Euro per person
  • Four-wheel drive rental car with full insurance: 90-150 Euro per day
  • Private guide including vehicle, fuel and expenses: about 600-800 Euro per day, up to 7 persons
  • Private small plane including pilot, fuel and expenses: approx. 1100-1500 Euro per day, up to 4 persons
  • Restaurant dinner: 10-30 Euros per person, plus drinks.


Namibia and Botswana are consistently rated as the two safest countries for travel in Africa, with a level of travel safety comparable to that of Europe.

Visa & Immigration Rules

As of March 2023, entry into Namibia is uncomplicated, and neither a COVID PCR test nor a COVID vaccination is required.

For Germans, Austrians and Swiss, the passport is sufficient for entry, which must still contain at least 2 free pages at entry and be valid for at least 6 months after travel end.

Children also need their own passport. In addition, children under the age of 18 require an English birth certificate and - if a parent or legal guardian is not traveling with them - an English-language, certified declaration of consent from this parent or legal guardian.

Of course, our travel experts for Namibia will always be happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information when planning your trip.

Health & Hygiene

There are no obligatory vaccinations for Namibia, but certain recommended travel vaccinations should be considered. As some vaccinations may require significant advance notice, we suggest consulting with your family doctor or a specialist in tropical medicine at least 6 months before your trip.

Some areas in the northern part of Namibia are considered malaria zones, so it is recommended that you consult with a medical professional to determine if prophylaxis is necessary based on your travel duration, season, length of stay, and medical history.

As a result of the large distances and low population density, medical assistance and hospitals may take longer to reach in Namibia than in most other countries. In case of emergencies, air rescue services are available, and satellite phones can be rented to ensure access to help from anywhere at any time.

Local Time

Namibia follows Central Africa Time (CAT) or UTC+2 throughout the year, which means there is no daylight saving time. Compared to Central European Time, Namibia is one hour ahead, but there is no time difference during Central European summer time. This eliminates the issue of jet lag, making Namibia an attractive travel destination.

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