Namibia has a lovely summer climate all year round. Summer months are hot, temperature of 35°C or higher are common Northern and Southern Namibia. Winter days are generally pleasant but night temperatures can drop below zero. Travelers to Namibia are advised to pack for both cold and hot scenarios with layering being the best choice. Travelers to Namibia are advised to pack for both cold and hot scenarios with layering being the best choice. Average annual rainfall varies from a meager 10 mm along the coast to 700 mm in the North East.The national average rainfall is 270 mm per year. More than 70% of Namibia's rainfall is recorded between December and March. Fog is common occurrence along the coast, but usually lifts about mid-morning and settles again in the afternoon.
Best time to travel
Namibia has a lovely summer climate all year round. However, if wildlife is the main reason for your visit, sightings are generally better in the dry season (May to October). In May the scenery is still green from summer rainfall and, as the land begins to dry, animals move closer to water sources. June to August become even drier, which makes for more predictable (and better) game viewing, but these months are also cooler, especially at night. August and September are the best months for game viewing, but the dry land can make the atmosphere very dusty. The dry months until August are great for going to the desert, the air is clear of dust and clouds: perfect conditions for photography.
Are you a birdwatcher? Then the wet season (October to April) might be a better time to go. Don't be put off on account of the rain, it usually rains hard for a brief period in the afternoon and clears up before sunset. With the rains comes lush green growth, which coincides with when many animals birth their young. The temperatures peak from October to February and it can get unpleasantly hot, however, the coastal areas are very pleasant at during these months.
It is a booking compulsory condition that all travellers have adequate and comprehensive travel insurance. Your guide will check for these details on day one of the tour and we may request them ahead of time so they are on the passenger list.
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What to bring along
Days are generally hot but mornings and evenings can be cool, especially on early morning game drives...we do supply fleecy blankets but it is advisable to bring clothing appropriate to hot and cool conditions.
Shorts, light shirts, t-shirts
Long pants, long sleeved shirts, warm jacket
Comfortable closed shoes, sandals or slops for around camp
Wide brim hat
If you are camping, mattresses, pillows and sleeping bags will be provided.
You know what to bring :-). Baby wipes are always useful and a large towel.
Any personal medication, if you are on any chronic medication be sure to bring a sufficient supply or bring a prescription if you may run out.
Equipment - personal gear
Camera with additional memory cards, charging cables and batteries
Day pack for your gear on game drives
Passports & Visas
To enter Namibia, a passport valid for at least 6 months from date of entry is required. Kindly ensure that you have at least 6 blank pages for entry and exit stamps in your passport. A valid return ticket is also required. Entry into Namibia will be allowed up to a maximum of 90 days.
Visitors from the following countries do not require a visa: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Germany, Italy, Iceland, France, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Russia, Scandinavian countries, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, UK, USA. For other countries please consult our offices about visa requirements.
The following documents should be with you during travel:
Airline tickets and/or any e-ticket references for commercial flights
A certified colour photocopy of your passport and other important documents in case of loss or theft
Valid passport with a minimum validity of 6 months and 6 empty pages
Our Tour Consultant will check the latest visa regulations and restrictions applying to your nationality before the start of your tour.
Driving in Namibia
Namibia has an excellent road system that reaches just about every popular tourist destination in the country.To drive a vehicle in Namibia, you need a valid driving licence and must carry it with you when you are driving. If your driver’s licence is not printed in English, it is advisable to travel with an International Driver’s Licence.
Namibia drives on the left side of the road.
The maximum speed on highways is 120km/h unless otherwise specified. Within urban areas the speed limit is 30 to 60km/h.
Plan your trip carefully, ensuring that you have enough fuel for the journey you have planned. Fill your tank at every available opportunity, even though you may not be in immediate need.
When entering any game park or other area where there are wild animals, read the safety guidelines provided. It is dangerous to leave your vehicle when you are in a wildlife area. The only safe way to look at a wild animal is from the safety of your vehicle.
ATMs are widely available in Namibia, reducing the need to carry travellers cheques or large amounts of cash on your person. We do, however, advise to carry around N$ 2000 with you during your trip.
Most people choose to travel with a credit or debit card to Namibia where almost all cards (with the exception of American Express & Diners Club) are accepted at banks and retail outlets.
Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted and we recommended these. American Express and Diners Club are accepted only in selected locations.
Bring the majority of your spending money in Pounds, Euros or preferably US Dollars since they are the easiest to exchange in Namibia
If you carry US dollar bills in Africa please ensure they are clean, un-torn and post 2005.
Travelling with Children
From October 1, 2014, anyone travelling to Namibia with children under the age of 18 must bring the children’s official unabridged birth certificates. A statement pertaining to the child in your passport is no longer sufficient. If one (or none)
of the child’s parents are travelling with the child, a written declaration from the absent parent/s must be provided, granting permission for the child to travel to Namibia with those adults accompanying him/her.
With beautiful wilderness, the wild animals and rich cultures; Namibia is the ideal destination for a family vacation! Most 3-star accommodation, provincial and national parks, allow children of any age without problems. However, not all activities will be suitable for young children.
Please, clearly indicate your preferences, requirements and your children’s ages at the time of your trip, in your request for a quotation from Ramon Safaris. Our Consultants will then create a trip based on your wishes
If you regularly watch the news, you may ask yourself if it is safe to travel in Africa.
As long as you keep your wits about you and take advice from the locals, travelling in Namibia need be no riskier than in any other country.
The majority of your trip, however, will be spent in national parks and tourist destinations, which are generally very safe.
Try to arrive at your destination before sunset. This will ensure that you will not get lost in the dark. Rural roads often aren't illuminated and cows (or people) can suddenly cross the highway at night.
Do not give lifts to hitchhikers.
Do not park in secluded spots (unless in a national park).
Do not drive around a township on your own.
Do not wear flashy expensive jewellery.
Do not leave valuables visible in your vehicle, rather keep them on your person or hide them in the boot/trunk.
Be on the alert for handbag snatchers and pick pockets.
Make copies of travel documents and keep these separate from the original documents.