Namibia is not only one of Africa’s most beautiful countries, but its infrastructure and friendly people also make it easy to travel. Yet there are some things you should know before you leave for Namibia.
The best place to organize your travels and make booking is certainly Windhoek. Here you will find the Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) office as well as Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) which manages accommodation in the national park. Other tourist information offices in Windhoek are Big Travel Information in the Namibia Craft Centre, the Windhoek Tourism Office in Post Street Mall and the Windhoek Tourist Info Office City Terminal on Independence Avenue and Fidel Castro Street. NTB also has offices in Frankfurt and Cape Town for those who want to organize and book before departure.
If you are travelling to the coast or the Namib Desert the tourist information offices in Swakopmund and Walvis Bay are more than helpful. The Namib-i centre in Swakopmund provides comprehensive information and booking service and is situated on the corner of Hendrik Witbooi and Sam Nujoma avenues. The Walvis Bay Tourism Centre offers information, booking services as well as a restaurant, internet, a golf shop and accommodation leaving you with little else to ask for.
When to Visit
Namibia’s climate is mostly hot and dry. Temperatures during winter range from 18-22⁰C during the day and from 0-10⁰C at night. Summer temperatures range from 20-34⁰C during the day and drop below 18⁰C at night. Namibia is a summer rainfall area. The rainy season runs from October to April with the heaviest rains from January to March. This is of particular interest when travelling to the tropical south eastern region.
Bear in mind that from the first Sunday in September to the first Sunday in April Namibia is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and from the first Sunday in April to the first Sunday in September Namibia is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
Namibia is a popular destination and to avoid disappointment, bookings should be made well in advance. The busiest times are during the South African, Namibian and European school holidays.
Accommodation facilities in Namibia have to be registered with the Namibia Tourism Board. Along with regular inspection this guarantees a high standard of quality and service. Namibia offers a wide range of accommodation facilities from luxury lodges to community campsites beautiful natural landscapes. The NTB classifies establishments as:
- Backpackers’ hostels
- Bed-and-breakfast establishments
- Camping and caravan parks
- Guest farms and guest houses
- Hotels and hotel pensions
- Lodges (other than tented lodges)
- Rest camps
- Self-catering establishments
- Permanent tented camps and tented lodges
Accommodation in the national parks and other conservation areas is mostly run by Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR). The community campsites are a great option for travellers looking for basic accommodation close to nature. Staying at community run establishment is also a great way to support the people of Namibia.
Guidelines for Visitors
Namibia as a whole is very accessible. Still, there are a few things you can do to make your travels more pleasant for yourself and the land and people you are visiting:
- Support the people of Namibia by spending money within the local economy such as restaurants, craft shop and community run projects.
- Don’t encourage begging by giving away money or sweets. If you want to help enquire about community projects and local charities.
- Respect local customs and traditions. Dress appropriately when visiting traditional villages.
- Learn a local word every day. It is fun and people will appreciate your effort.
- Namibians are very relaxed, so please be patient.
- Prevent bush fires by putting keeping burning matches and cigarettes in the car.
- When in national parks stay and the roads to prevent damage to the fauna and flora.
- When visiting historical or natural sites, please do not move or damage any of the objects. Help preserve Namibia’s heritage.
- Water is valuable in Namibia, so don’t waste it. Take showers instead of baths, close the tap whenever possible and report leaking taps to your hosts.
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