tours to africa safaris in africa safaris namibia travelling namibia africa
African national parks etosha National Park tour guides africa
namib desert guided tours tailor-made tours
namibia tours sossusvlei Namibia photographic safaris wildlife in africa
  Home About Us Our Tours Travel Tips Information Gallery Guest Book Contact Us
travelling namibia tour operators namibia travel operators namibia tour facilitator
 
 
  Our Guided Tours
 
  4 days Etosha National Park Safari
  4 days Sossusvlei Desert Tour
  12 days Namibian Explorer Safari
  18 days Namibia, Botswana & Victoria Falls Safari
 
   
 
 

What is the best way to travel in Namibia?
Namibia is an ideal self-drive destination with good infrastructure and well indicated roads although distances between destinations are quite far.

Other recommended ways of travelling around Namibia are by charter flights. We also can offer you a wide range of guided tours led by our expert guides.

Is Namibia a good family destination?
Namibia offers wonderful value for families, although some establishments are more child friendly than others. As we have children ourselves, we can advise you on the best options for you and your family according to the ages and interests of your children.

What is the best time to visit Namibia?
Namibia enjoys sunshine virtually every day of the year, and you can expect hot summers (October – April) and pleasant winters (May – September) in this arid climate.

Daytime summer temperatures can rise to 40ºC/104ºF and drop to around 20ºC/68ºF at night. Winter days are sunny and mild to warm with temperatures of about 25ºC/77ºF, which may drop to as low as 5ºC/41ºF at night.

The coastal region is cool and dry throughout the year. Best birding is during summer (November – April); best botanical months: December – May; peak season for travelers: July – October.

Can you tell me about my passport and visa requirements?
International visitors require a valid passport together with onward travel documents. All passport holders should verify with their relevant consulate concerning visa entry requirements. If you are extending your journey to other countries, please establish entry requirements for those countries as well. Please ensure that you have all the necessary visas prior to departure (unless available on entry) as we cannot be held liable for any errors on your side.

What is the weather like in Namibia?
Summer is from November to April, with hot and sunny days. Daytime temperatures can rise to 35C, but drop at night to around 14-18C. The coastal region is cool and dry through the year.

The rainy season lasts from February to March and rainfall varies from 50mm to 700mm depending on the region. Winter is from May to October and days are generally dry, sunny and mild to warm. Temperatures reach about 23C and drop at night to between 0 - 10C. It can be quite cold and windy at the coast, for which warm clothing and a windbreaker are necessary.

Temperature (ºC) - These are the average lows and highs for Windhoek (keep in mind that there are variations depending in which region you are):

January

February

March

April

May

June

17 / 30

17 / 29

15 / 27

13 / 25

9 / 22

7 / 20

July

August

September

October

November

December

7 / 20

8 / 23

12 / 26

14 / 29

16 / 29

17 / 31

Rainfall (mm). This varies according to the year and where you are.

January

February

March

April

May

June

43

53

26

28

5

3

July

August

September

October

November

December

3

3

3

10

23

95

 

Can I use my credit card?
International Visa and Mastercard credit cards are generally accepted throughout Namibia. Holders of other cards are advised to clarify with a commercial bank whether their card is acceptable in Namibia. Most safari camps are unable to accept American Express cards.

What currency must I bring with?
The currency in Namibia is the Namibian Dollar, which is fixed to and equals the South African Rand on a one-to-one basis. The Namibian Dollar and South African Rand are the only legal tender in Namibia and can be used freely to purchase goods and services in the country.

The Namibian Dollar, however, is not legal tender in South Africa. Traveller's cheques and foreign currency can be exchanged at any of the commercial banks, which are well represented throughout the country. Visitors may bring any amount of foreign currency into the country.

What are Namibia’s banks opening hours?
Windhoek, Swakopmund, Rundu:
Mon - Fri 09h00 - 15h30. Sat 08h30 - 11h00
Keetmanshoop, Tsumeb:
Mon - Fri 09h30 - 12h30; 14h00 - 15h30. Sat 08h30 - 10h30
Katima Mulilo:
Mon - Fri 09h00 - 12h45; 14h00 - 14h30

Can I use my electric hairdryer or shaver in Namibia?
Most safari camps are situated in remote areas and have to generate their own electricity. Each camp has a generator that runs for about 6 hours per day (3 hours in the morning and 3 in the afternoon when guests are out on activities). These generators then charge batteries located at each tent / room, which provide good 12v lights all night (if used sensibly). There are no 220v or 110v power points in the safari camps.

If you need to have your video battery re-charged this can be done while you are out on an activity. Therefore, please bring a spare battery for use while the other is being charged. Electrical plug outlets are not available in most safari camps therefore it is not possible to use such appliances such as hairdryers or electric shavers during your stay there. In major cities all electrical appliances run on 220/240 volts. Outlets are round 3-pin, 15 amp plugs.

Are there any health precautions I need to be aware of?
Medical facilities in the major cities are of international standard, although the remote areas are less well provided. There are relatively limited risks of malaria and bilharzias in the northern game areas, so you should exercise common sense precautions regarding untreated water and possible exposure to mosquitoes. If you are visiting the area north of Windhoek, you must obtain malaria prophylactics before entering Namibia. It is best to consult your pharmacist or doctor in this regard.

Do the local people speak English in Namibia?
Languages include Oshiwambo, Damara, Kavango, Herero, although the official language is English with German and Afrikaans being widely spoken.

What time zone does Namibia use?
Namibia operates on daylight savings time as follows: Summer: From the first Sunday in September to the first Sunday in April - two hours ahead of GMT Winter: From the first Sunday in April to the first Sunday in September - one hour ahead GMT.

What can I look out for when shopping?
In the major centres, such as Windhoek and Swakopmund, many shops specialize in attractive local products such as diamonds, semi-precious stones, curios of all types including dolls dressed in the traditional Herero style (these are made by Herero woman), hand-carved wooden objects, beautifully fashioned jewellery, shoes made of Kudu leather, karosses (rugs made from the pelts of wild animals), and popular SWAKARA garments.

Value Added Tax (VAT) in Namibia is 15% all round. Bona fide tourists to Namibia are exempt from paying sales duty or excise duty on luxury items such as jewellery or Swakara (fur) garments.

Do you have any safety tips for me?
It's sensible to take the same precautions in major cities as you would in any of the world's metropolitan areas. Never leave luggage unattended in front of the hotel or in the lobby. Deposit your valuables in the hotel's safety deposit box. Don't stroll around the streets after dark.

Always lock your car doors and keep the windows closed. Do not walk around the city looking like a tourist and keep your camera concealed. Do not walk around with large amounts of cash and with cameras around your neck.

tour with guide guided tours africa tourism fish river canyon
himba people in kaokoland best places to visit in africa african safari packages namibia top attractions
  Home About Us Our Tours Travel Tips Information Gallery Guest Book Contact Us
camping tours, safaris
  All rights reserved by Mother Africa Tours Another website by Maestro Media