Walk your way through Namibia
Namibia is a magical country to explore and what better way to do so than by foot?Walk your way through Namibia available in Damaraland, Etosha National Park, Fish River Canyon, Namibia, Skeleton Coast, Windhoek
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Namibia is a magical country to explore and what better way to do so than by foot?
With vast and mesmerising landscapes and undulating scenery, one can pretty much walk wherever you so choose. Namibia is generally not characterised by dedicated walking trails, so exploration with a trained guide is truly an exciting propsect.
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Namibia's appeal lies in its variety. From the amazing Fish River Canyon, to the Skeleton Coast and and Namib Desert - it's a country with mass appeal. On some of the walking safaris, you can come face-to-face with Namibia's famous dunes or Damaraland. Your journey largely depends on what you want to experience.
Birding is surprisingly good, with excellent game viewing like cheetah, Bat eared fox, oryx, springbok and ostrich.
Know before you go
- Be prepared for a lot of dust and sand.
- Expect long driving distances (Namibia is twice the size of Germany).
- Plan your trip to avoid unnecessary travelling.
- Use or rent a 4x4 vehicle.
- Expect extreme weather, it can get very hot during the day and cold at night.
- Most of Namibia’s water is pumped from boreholes and is fine for human consumption, if you do want to use bottled water then opt for bigger (reusable) bottles because a lot of the remote areas in Namibia don’t see a garbage as often.
- You can use the Namibian Dollar and South African Rand interchangeably.
- Mobile telephone network coverage is actually good.
- Namibia is a family-friendly destination.
- Namibia is the world’s second least populated country.
- Prepare to take a lot of photos.
- Fill up on petrol when you get the chance.
- Know the major national routes.
- Look out for animals.
- Take a physical map with.
- When driving, keep your headlights on even during the day.
- Close farm gates behind you when passing through.
When to go
Namibia can be visited throughout the year, because the climate is generally dry and pleasant. Namibia only receives a fraction of the rain experienced by countries further east. Viewing wildlife in all parks, especially Etosha is best in the dry season from June to October.
What to pack
- First-aid kit and medicine
- Insect repellent
- Flashlight and batteries
- GPS and a good map
- Electrical adapter
- Camera, tripod and binoculars
- E-reader with built-in light
- Small backpack
Weather and Climate
Partially covered by the Namib Desert, one of the world’s driest deserts, Namibia’s climate is generally very dry and pleasant. Between December and March, some days will be humid and rain may follow, often in localised, afternoon thunderstorms. These are more common in the centre and east of the country, and more unusual in the desert.
April and especially May are great months in Namibia. Increasingly dry, with a real freshness in the air, and much greenery in the landscape; at this time the air is clear and largely free from dust.
From June to August Namibia cools down and dries out more; nights can become cold, dropping below freezing in some desert areas. As the landscape dries so the game in the north of the country gravitates more to waterholes, and is more easily seen by visitors. By September and October it warms up again; game-viewing in most areas is at its best, although there’s often a lot of dust around and the vegetation has lost its vibrancy.
November is a highly variable month. Sometimes the hot, dry weather will continue, at other times the sky will fill with clouds and threaten to rain – but if you’re lucky enough to witness the first rains of the season, you’ll never forget the drama.
Safari / Holiday Styles
A walking safari with a lot of game viewing.
Where to stay
- The Fort, Onguma
- Wolwedans Dune Camp, NamibRand Nature Reserve
- &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
- Mushara Outpost
- Doro !Nawas
- Little Ongava, Etosha National Park
- Little Kuala, Sossusvei
- Boulders Safari Camp, NamibRand Nature Reserve
- Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
- Hoanib Skeleton Coast, Skeleton Coast National Park