Travel tips for Namibia

Namibia is one of the easiest and safest African countries to travel in, but due to huge distances between destinations and remote locations, a successful trip does usually require some advance planning and research.

In terms of communication, many hotels do not offer WiFi and cell phone coverage can be sparse in remote areas.

kunene river lodge Credit | Kunene River Lodge

In the peak season of July to October and over the Christmas holidays lodging and campsites in Namibia get booked up well in advance, especially in the most popular parks, so make sure you reserve your places to stay well in advance of your trip if you’re travelling in these months. Etosha National Park and Sossusvlei are busy year-round, so it’s a good idea to book your camp or lodge in advance even if you’re not travelling during the busiest months.

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Distances in Namibia are huge and it’s important that you do some research before plotting out a self-driving itinerary so that you’re not spending the whole time in the car driving from one spot to the next. It’s a good idea to spend a few days in each place rather than packing too many places in to your trip so that you have time to soak up the serenity of Namibia’s beautiful landscapes.


Our Recommended Itinerary

Best of Namibia Self-Drive Adventure (8 days)

day 1 to 2

Sossusvlei

day 3 to 4

Swakopmund

day 5 to 7

Etosha South

day 8

Departure

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Popular Namibia Safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

 | Etosha National Park Road Trip Adventure (8 days)

Etosha National Park Road Trip Adventure (8 days)

Drive yourself through the majestic landscapes of Namibia en-route to Etosha and spend your days searching for, and finding the wildlife that Etosha is known for...

 | South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)

South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)

This is a great adventure, travelling up the West Coast of South Africa and visiting iconic destinations in southern Namibia...

Scenery | Namibia’s Sossusvlei, Damaraland and Kunene Luxury Safari (7 days)

Namibia's Sossusvlei, Damaraland and Kunene Luxury Safari (7 days)

Experience Sossusvlei's red dunes glowing in the early morning light, find desert-adapted elephant in Damaraland and meet the Himba nomads in Namibia's far north-west...

 | Exciting Family Safari in Botswana and Namibia (11 days)

Exciting Family Safari in Botswana and Namibia (11 days)

Enjoy both Botswana's Okavango Delta and Namibia's Caprivi Strip on a safari holiday filled with fun ...

 | Northern Namibia Camping Road Trip (15 days)

Northern Namibia Camping Road Trip (15 days)

An adventure that encompasses areas like the Central Highlands of Namibia, Etosha National Park and Damaraland...

 | Nambian Desert to Coast Self-Drive Road Trip (9 days)

Nambian Desert to Coast Self-Drive Road Trip (9 days)

From the famous Sossusvlei, quaint Swakopmund, historical Damaraland and on towards Etosa National Park, this road trip through Namibia is an authentic and different take on a safari......

 | Namibia Safari on Board the Rovos Rail (9 days)

Namibia Safari on Board the Rovos Rail (9 days)

Immerse yourself in the luxury and old-world charm of this train journey through a land as old as time...

 | Affordable Luxury in Namibia (11 days)

Affordable Luxury in Namibia (11 days)

From the capital of Windhoek to the pristine Ongava Private Game Reserve, this Namibian adventure has all the elements of an unforgettable safari into the untamed wilderness...

 | Best of Namibia, Botswana & Victoria Falls

Best of Namibia, Botswana & Victoria Falls

Travel from enigmatic red sands and surreal pans to rugged coastline and open plains, before exploring pristine waterways and scenic rivers - Kwando, Chobe and lastly, the mighty Zambezi River...

 | Unforgettable Namibia Safari Adventure (11 days)

Unforgettable Namibia Safari Adventure (11 days)

Namibia is an ideal destination for travellers seeking an unforgettable African experience in a uniquely beautiful untamed wilderness...



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