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    Namibia in general.

    by Gili_S Updated Aug 16, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Namibia is a very large country with very small population, it is great country for the nature lovers, animals, desert, wilderness and so on. I do not know how other countries in the region are as I did not visit any other but Namibia is a great country to visit as a tourist, there is a lot to do and see and everything is function so well, so it is easy to travel and not too expensive either.
    I would surely visit Namibia again as soon as I will have another chance.

    Namibia Tourism Board

    Fondest memory: You surely did not expect I can write it here ha?

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    Our route

    by toonsarah Updated Jan 13, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Namibia is a big country and the gravel roads mean that you can’t cover large distances, so you need to plan your route carefully to fit in everything you most want to see, especially if like us your time is limited. We had only two weeks, so had to make some tough decisions about what NOT to see as well as what we would fit in. With that amount of time you can probably see either the northern half, or the southern half, or like we did, focus on a band in the centre.

    This meant that Fish Canyon in the south, and the Caprivi Strip in the north were off our list. Regretfully we eliminated the Skeleton Coast too, on grounds of cost – that, and the Caprivi Strip, are still very definitely on the list for a return visit!

    So what route did we follow? Starting from Windhoek we drove south to the Kalahari and then west to the Namib Desert and Sesriem. Then north and west again to Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. From there further north up the coast and then inland to Damaraland and beyond to Etosha. Finally we drove back south to Windhoek.

    This route filled the two weeks comfortably. With a little more time, and hindsight, I would have split the drive from Sesriem to Swakopmund into two days as it was long and tiring on those roads, and would have tried to fit in an extra day in Swakopmund so we could have done one of the flights over the Skeleton Coast (by the time we arrived the next day’s tours were booked up, and we had to leave the following day). Otherwise, this is a route I can certainly recommend if you have limited time and money.

    A car is quicker!
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    Electricity

    by nigelw6443 Written Nov 24, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Electrical appliances operate on 220/240 volts the same as in Europe. Plugs however are 3-pin (round), 15 amp. Most good hotels and lodges have adaptors in the rooms but it would be a good idea to bring one if possible.

    In some of the lodges especially gov. rest camps the electricity can often go out. Sometimes it is switched off during the day even.

    Good advice too is to bring a torch/flashlight.

    A bit dark in here innit!
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    Clothing

    by nigelw6443 Written Nov 24, 2006

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    Favorite thing: During the day dress is generally casual, but in some of the more sophisticated hotel restaurants and bars, jeans, T-shirts and are not acceptable during the evening when "smart casual" clothes are the norm.

    Early mornings and evenings can be cold during the winter months (May to September), so pack warm clothing such as long trousers, long-sleeved shirts, a fleece is always good. During the hot summer months (October to April) loose-fitting clothes, a wide-rimmed hat and a fleece isn't a bad idea and something waterproof. Mosquitoes can be troublesome during summer, so remember to pack loose-fitting trousers and long-sleeved shirts to protect legs and arms during the evenings. Warm clothing is necessary throughout the year along the coast where fog and a chilly breeze can create unpleasant conditions.

    Depending on the type of sarari you intend on going on wear suitable colours ie earth tones. However usually if you are sitting on a big bus I don't think it matters too much.

    The sun is very strong here so a proper hat is a must and sunglasses.

    Most important! Cold beer!
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    Health

    by nigelw6443 Updated Nov 24, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Vaccinations against smallpox, cholera and yellow fever are not required. However, if you
    are travelling from or through countries where yellow fever is endemic you must be in possession of a valid International Certificate of Vaccination. This requirement does not apply to air travelers in transit.

    In Germany where I live, they a bit paranoid about illness, so I had a Hepatitis jab and also which is advisable is to make sure Tetanus and Polio jabs are up to date.

    If you are visiting Etosha in the rainy season some precaution against Malaria is advisable although all the lodges and rest camps supply mosquito nets and in some cases spray. Malaria is endemic in the north and Northeast of the country and it is necessary to take precautions throughout the year. The disease is epidemic from the Etosha pan eastwards to Bushmanland and in the northern part of Kaokoland, then precaution is a must.

    Regarding AIDS, it is an African country and they all have a problem with AIDS so avoid shagging any locals. If you have to then Wrap up well!

    Our room at Okaukeujo Rest Camp.
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    Paying for things

    by nigelw6443 Written Nov 24, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Currency:

    The Namibian currency unit is the Namibian dollar (N$), and has the same value as the South African Rand, which is legal tender in Namibia so bringing Rand with you is okay.

    Important:

    When you arrive at the airport they have a couple of money exchanges and an ATM. The queue for the money exchange is usually long andbut the exchange rate was rather good here compared to some other places.

    Currency exchange:

    Foreign currency can be converted into Namibian dollars at banks and bureaux de change in Windhoek or Swakopmund. Foreign currencies are not accepted at state-owned rest camps, nor are facilities to exchange foreign currency available although some of the lodges will accept US dollars, GB pound and the Euro but the exchange rate is usually quite poor and I don't think there is a black market like some other ASfrican countries.. There are currency-exchange facilities at the airport.

    Banks:

    First National Bank and Standard Bank are represented throughout Namibia. Banking hours are from 09:00 to 15:30 on weekdays and 08:30 to 11:00 on Saturdays, except in country towns where banks close between 13:00 and 14:00.

    ATM's:
    This is one of the cheapest ways to get your Namib dollars but you will only find ATM's and bank machines in the larger towns.

    Travelers’ cheques:

    May be cashed at any bank and at major hotels in Windhoek or Swakopmund. State-owned rest camps and resorts will only cash travelers cheques in South African Rand. Your host and hostess would gladly except your travelers cheques.

    Credit cards:

    Most hotels, lodges, restaurants, shops, car-hire firms and tour operators accept international credit cards (American Express, Visa, Diners Club and master Card). Some German-owned businesses, guest farms in remote areas and shops in rural areas do not accept credit cards. Petrol cannot be bought with a credit card; some banks, however, issue a special "Petrolcard" or "Autocard".

    The lobby Mokuti Lodge...
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    Value Added Tax

    by nigelw6443 Written Nov 24, 2006

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    Favorite thing: VAT of 15% is levied on all goods. Prices displayed on all goods are inclusive of VAT and additional sales duty.

    If you kepp your receipts there are booths at the airport where you can claim back the 15%, but I'm pretty sure that they refund you in Namib dollars which unless you are coming back can then change at the exchanges in the airport or you can spend in the Duty Free or Souvenir shops.

    Don't forget the receipt!!
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    Tipping!

    by nigelw6443 Written Nov 24, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Tipping is a subject that is definately worth knowing about especially coming from countries in Europe and North America where we usually tip quite high.

    It is customary to tip porters, waiters, waitresses, taxi drivers, room attendants and golf caddies, provided the service is satisfactory. It is usual to tip petrol attendants about N$1 when they offer to clean car windows or to check the water, oil and tire pressure.

    Usually for waiters/waitresses and taxi drivers 10% of the bill, and tips for porters are generally around N$2.

    If you are on an organised safari you guide/driver will usually tip the porters when they load and unload your bags, however, when they take your bags to your room a tip of N$1 per bag is usually enough. It doesn't seem like much to us but it is to them. The contrast in wages is considerable and if you tip too much that can offend too as they will think you are being a bit flash. Do not tip until the job is done ie if you hire a local guide do not tip them each day, save it for the end otherwise they will expect the same every day.

    We had our guide from the safari company for 9 days. We decided that for all the driving and organising she did we all put in 50 euro per couple of course she was white and would therefore earn a better wage. I actually thought this was maybe a little short but I had to think of the other 3 couples and their budgets. One of the other couples didn't want to tip at all the cheap pr***s and they were not poor either, but this is typical of the older generation of Germans. The other German couple were actually very nice and they organised an envelope although I was the one who had to present it to our guide and make a bit of a thank you speech!

    Obviously in that situation you tip what you feel is acceptable.

    Jackson making Springbokkies! He got 10% for sure!
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    Research!

    by SanguiniA Updated Aug 3, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Exploring a country on your own takes a different dimension when you know what you are doing, and makes the waiting and preparation to get there so much more fun!! (Warning - such research is especially wonderful and enticing if you are supposed to be studying for an important exam instead!! .......)

    Do invest in a guide book, to help with the preparation and to take with you for reference. The best one around at the moment is Bradt's Namibia

    If you are a wildlife lover like me, than it is absolutely necessary to familiarise yourself with what you might encounter BEFORE setting foot in Namibia. A good all round book for general information is Bradt's Southern African Wildlife. If you will need more detail, especially concerning the birds, one of the best guides around is Sassol's Birds of Southern Africa. More info on animal behaviour can be found in the excellent book The Safari Companion (Richard D.Estes)

    Of course all this should be supplemented by plenty of research from the net, and especially VT ;-)

    Research!

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    Go for it on your own ....

    by SanguiniA Written Jul 30, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Namibia is just made to self-drive and explore on your own - it has excellent infrastructure and flexibility as regards how long you want to spend there, what you want to see, accomodation budget etc etc. It makes for a different and incredible road-trip. Take time to plan the route, get hold of a decent map, and I assure you there will be no trouble. If you are visiting and have even the minimal desire to self-drive - just do it, as you will regret not doing it afterwards!

    For a better experience I would suggest a good guidebook and lots of research to make sure you don't miss anything that might interest you. If you are off on safari, get an animal guide and familiarise yourself with the animals and their behaviour before you set out for the safari.

    Fondest memory: There is nothing more rewarding than spotting the animals on safari on your own, or the sense of freedom whilst driving in the desolate desert roads. Also there is this wonderful feeling of 'getting away from it all', especially while driving certain roads, where it is just you and the desert and rarely another car in sight.

    Self Driving
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    Money in Namibia

    by MikeAtSea Written Jun 25, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Namibia has got its own currency - the Namibian Dollar. The currency is en-par with the South African Rand, which is also accepted everywhere in the country.
    Be reminded that if you do get your hands on local currency, try and spend it in the country, since you will battle to exchange it back into anything else later; even in South Africa!!

    Namibian Dollar
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    sunrise between sessriem and sossusvlei

    by cbeaujean Updated Jan 3, 2006

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    Favorite thing: first of all,to enjoy sunrise on namib dunes,you MUST spend the night ONLY in sessriem campground (see hotel pic)....
    WHY?because the only gates to open one hour before sunrise are campground gates....
    BTW,don't forget to buy gate entrance tickets the day before!

    if you visit ONE thing in south namibia,here you are!really a must!
    huge NAMIB NAUKLUFT (50000 square km) covered by a sea of sandhills...among them,the highest in the world (340m)...
    you have to visit it very early in the morning...sunrise among dunes is really A M A Z I N G!...colors are unique....moreover, later,sun can be very,very hot!

    road between sessriem and sosussvlei,65km,is not the best one...anyway,no problem at all,excepted the last five km,only for 4x4 ....if you don't have,leave the car at km 60...there, expensive 4x4 (90N$/person) are waiting for driving you the last 5km to sossusvlei .

    Fondest memory: grains of sand.....millions years before us and after us....really our life is soooo short!

    climbing on dune 45
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    sossusvlei

    by cbeaujean Written Jan 3, 2006

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    Favorite thing: almost mystic landscape of dead trees among the red orange dunes....
    and the sensation to be ALONE!

    Fondest memory: the highest dunes in the world....an ocean of sand...all is pure orange and red....becoming yellow in the middle of the day;blue of the sky;white of the salt,green of rare plants....

    I had forgotten the splendid night sky could be so full of stars!

    sossusvlei sossusvlei sossusvlei dune 340 sossusvlei
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    Beach at Swakopmund

    by cleocat Written Jun 27, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Take a late afternoon walk on the beach. You can walk forever. Seemed like it is the in thing to do for the locals. We met several walkers. The strollers, the serious walkers that doesn't look around but just walk, the animal lovers, everybody just walks. If you're lucky and there are no clouds you will be able to watch the wonderful sunsets

    Fondest memory: The atmosphere and the beautiful ocean and dunes

    beach at Swakop
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    Sunset over the sea at Swakopmund

    by cleocat Updated Jun 22, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The sunsets are breathtaking over the sea at Swakopmund. It only occured on a rare occasion as there is mist most early mornings and late afternoons. When the skies are clear the sunset is unbelievable.

    Fondest memory: The openess and the beach where you can walk forever, the ships in the mist on the way from Walvis Bay to Swakopmund and the sunsets.

    sunset over the sea at Swakop
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