|Namibia’s internal air links are reasonably priced and good, these can be used to travel long distances quickly. Increasingly private charter flights are being used for short camp-to-camp flights. These flights are usually for the luxury lodges, as the flights are expensive. Driving by car in Namibia is not a problem, as the roads are excellent and signposts are numerous and clear.
There are several airlines flying to Namibia from Europe. Some are direct and all are reliable. Air Namibia also operates connecting flights to/ from Cape Town and Johannesburg to link up with most of these intercontinental flights to/ from Windhoek.
Please be aware that certain hotels and lodges do not allow children, or only children from a certain age. Should you have made the booking without giving the ages of children travelling with you, you may be turned away upon arrival. Some hotels also have rules as to how many people may share a room and regard a child from the age of 12 for instance, as an adult, due to pay an adult rate. Please always be aware of this when making a booking and inform the hotel or lodge of the child’s age on making a booking.
Should the children have a different name to the parents/ parent, there may be problems at the borders. Therefore, please enquire before travelling, what documentation is needed to travel with the child. Should only one parent be travelling, one may need an official letter of consent from the other parent. If the child is travelling with the grandparents or friends, this will also be required.
- Sun block (essential)
- Sunglasses (essential)
- Mosquito or insect repellent (essential)
- A hat (essential)
- Trainers or hiking boots (comfortable walking shoes and high shoes for at night in case of snakes)
- Blouses with long sleeves (even in summer, they will protect you from the sun and from mosquitoes)
- Shorts or a light skirt
- Jeans or safari trousers for evenings and cooler days
- Fleece or sweater and a warm jacket for game drives (necessary, even in summer for early morning game drives)
- Tracksuit - good for sleeping in during winter months
- Light, compact raincoat is a good idea for the summer
- Swimsuit, as most hotels/lodges have swimming pools
- Binoculars and a camera are a must
- Towel, torch and sleeping bag for camping safaris (not needed at lodges)
- Malaria tablets (if required)
There is no need for expensive jewellery on safari, should you however wish to keep your valuables safe most lodges provide a safe in the room or at reception.
If you are travelling with an organised safari, it is important to check what your weight limit is. Generally you will need to restrict your luggage to 12 kg (packed in a soft bag) plus a reasonable amount of camera equipment
|Around Easter and from late July to October, advanced bookings are essential. Many lodges in and around Etosha are fully booked in August by as early as April. The main season is from around mid-July to late October (overseas visitors).
Malaria occurs in northern and occasionally central Namibia. It is therefore important to take precautions. Consult your doctor well in advance of your departure, to ensure you have appropriate prophylactics and that you take it, if required, well in advance of your arrival in the country. Further precautions are to wear protective clothing, to use insect repellents, mosquito nets and mosquito coils.
If you are coming from an area where yellow fever is endemic, a vaccination certificate is mandatory. To be valid the vaccination must be obtained at least ten days before entering the country.
Passports and visas: the onus is on the traveller to ensure that their passports are valid for travel and that they are in possession of valid visas for all countries being visited and that all necessary health certificates for these destinations are in order. We suggest you contact the embassy or visa service in your area for updated information.
Anyone travelling to South Africa must have two consecutive blank pages in their passport, which lie side by side when the passport is open (i.e. left and a right hand page). Passports must also be valid for at least six months. Passengers who do NOT comply with these requirements, will either be stopped from boarding the aircraft of risk deportation on arrival in South Africa. In addition a parent travelling with children, WITHOUT the other parent, will need a letter of consent from the absent parent. The police must certify this letter of consent.
Departure Taxes: Please note that certain airports and certain countries charge departure taxes that must be paid in cash on departure by the traveller and cannot be pre-paid. The onus is on the traveller to provide such payments which are often required in US Dollars cash.
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- Hansheinrich von Wolf and Duwisib Castle, by Dr N Mossolow
- Africa: A Biography of the Continent, by John Reader
- The Bushman Myth: The Making of a Namibian Underclass, by Robert J Gordon
- Lake Ngami and The River Okavango, by Charles John Andersson
- Explorations in South- West Africa, by Thomas Baines
- The Lost World of the Kalahari, by Laurens van der Post
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- Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa, by Chris and Tilde Stuart
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- Damaraland Flora, by Patricia Craven
- Birds of Southern Africa, by Kenneth Newman
- The Living Deserts of Southern Africa, by Dr Barry Lovegrove
- Fascination of Geology, by Nicole Grunert
- The Harsh and Forbidden Sperrgebiet Rediscovered, by Sakkie & Theresa Rothmann
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- The History of Rehoboth, by Robert Camby
- The Price of Freedom, by Ellen Ndeshi Namhila
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- The Skeleton Coast, by Amy Schoeman
- Namib, by David Coulson
- Namibia - Africa’s Harsch Paradise, by Anthony Bannister
- The Rock Paintings of Southern Africa, by the Abbé Henri Breuil
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- Peoples of Namibia, by Professor JS Malan
- Art in Namibia, by Adelheid Lilienthal
- Ongoma!- Nates on Namibian Musical Instruments, by Minette Mans
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- Bugs, Bites & Bowls, by Dr Jane Wilson- Howarth
- Your Child Abroad: A Travel Health Guide, by Dr Jane Wilson- Howarth and Dr Matthew Ellis