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  • Planning a trip, highlights and helpful...

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    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...

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  • Wildlife

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    I did saw cheetahs 2 times in my 14 day travel along Namibia. In both time they where not free cheetahs. The first time I saw one was at Quiver Tree Forest Camp. They had one there 3 cheetahs and they let us to get inside the fence while he was eating. He didn't look at us, he was only thinking in his meal. The second time was at Africat...

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  • Dunes and desert

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    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...

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  • History and architecture

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    Namibia's independence came in the early 1990s only after a protracted civil war that included involvement from both superpowers' proxies and pre-apartheid South Africa. Many of the third world's "revolutionary leaders" contributed to the final success of Namibia's bolt to independence. And, the Namibians have remembered those who have helped...

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  • Rock formations and landscapes

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    Namibia has a wide variety of landscapes: the red hight dunes of Sossusvlei and the flat hills of Damaraland, the terrific desolate skeleton coast and the dry wild kaokoveld, with one of the last primitive people of Africa. Etosha is wide reserve with an enormous quantity of every kind of animals, easy to see near the wather pools.There is a German...

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  • Food and drink

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    Bushman TV??? Well, of course, there's actually no such thing. Damaraland is certainly not the sort of place that you'd find a plethora of cable channels. "Bushman TV" is a cute phrase that I heard used more than once on my trip to Namibia. It refers to the practice of taking your evening meal outdoors. We enjoyed "Bushman TV" in several places....

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  • The peoples of Namibia

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    Meeting and interacting with local people is always an important addition to the overall impressions of the country. In case of Namibia I'll have wonderful memories. I didn't have a chance to make friends or spend time discussing some important issues, but those short moments of exchanging a few kind words and smiles were very frequent and I...

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  • Swakopmund

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    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 The...

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  • Sunsets

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    I know that sunsets are a 'worn-out' topic, that in a way they are kitschy, but somehow I can't help being enchanted by them. And African sunsets can't leave anyone indifferent. Vast skies, open spaces, vivid colours and these fleeting moments of natural transition that you want to keep in your memory for ever. You try to catch all the beauty and...

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  • Etosha (In and around)

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    Just inside the southern boundary of the Etosha National Park, Okaukuejo is a rest stop, supply center and camp. It is located approximately 10 km north of the Andersson Gate, on the extension of what is (outside the park) the C38 route. It is about 120 km north of the town of Outjo. One big attraction of Okaukuejo is that it overlooks a permanent...

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  • Getting around Namibia

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    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...

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  • Skeleton coast

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    SKELETON COAST >From Swakopmund to the northern border of Namibia lies the Skeleton Coast, and endless coast of dunes, where the main attractions (besides the animals that you can see in many National Geographic programs) are the Cape Cross Seal Colony and the many shipwrecks all along the coast.

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  • Outer space - stars and meteorites

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    As most of Namibia is quite rural, there are not a lot of city lights to obscure astronomical viewing in the evening. With the naked eye, you can literally see hundreds more stars than you'd see back home. I like to describe the Namibian sky as "boiling with stars". I am not, by nature, into astronomy. But, out in the Kalahari or Namib deserts,...

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  • Souvenirs, shopping, native crafts

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    If you're like me, you always like to pick up a few native craft-type items when you travel in the "third world". In Namibia, this means carvings, polished stones and the like. You can find them at various shops in the cities, but you can also cut out the middleman, so to speak, in buying them from roadside vendors. You can also bargain and get a...

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  • Fish River Canyon

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    Fish River Canyon, it´s said to be the second largest canyon in the world after Colorado Canyon. It measures 160 km in length and up to 27 km in width, and the inner canyon reaches a depth of 550 km. It typically flows between March and April, and then it diminishes to a mere trickle until the end of winter. There is a legend among San people that...

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  • Rest camps and other places to stay

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    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...

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  • RETURN OF THE MAP !

    When I arrived in Windhoek by car I travelled from Botswana on paved roads. I bought this map, the only road map of and sold in Namibia. A few miles outside of Windhoek the ‘road’ ended and I began to travel on dirt, rocks, gravel, sand, and salt for the 800 miles. This map was a life saver. I fuelled up in places only on the map when I could see...

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  • Tipping

    Tipping rules vary from country to country. Here is what we found in Namibia 1. Tipping is bars and restaurants is not practiced everywhere, but in tourist establishments or higher class establishments, 10% seems to be the practice.2. Gas station attendents get a $N or two, especially if they do the windows or perform other tasks.3. Car guards get...

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  • You can use South African Rand here

    We like hitting the ground with a bit of local cash in our pockets, but found it impossible to buy $Namibian at home. No problem 1 $N = 1 South African Rand, and Rand are far easier to obtain.Rand are freely accepted everywhere, but your change will likely be in $Namibian. Make sure you get rid of yor $Namibian by changing to Rand before you leave...

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  • PICK UP HITCHHIKERS !

    What do all these people have in common? They were all hitchhikers that I picked up in my car across Namibia. Hitchhiking is a way of life across southern Africa. In rural areas – and Namibia is very rural – this is a safe and fun thing to do. The first photo is of 3 school children studying away from their home village. They had several days break...

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  • FAVOURITE NAMIBIAN SIGNS - ELEPHANTS

    This is definitely a road sign your just aren’t going to see in Europe. If the local Police were worried about speeding, they could just put a few more of these signs up. I found this sign, and a few more like it in the Caprivi Strip. The thought of running into something like a brick wall in the middle of the road made me slow down. Besides, I...

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  • FAVOURITE NAMIBIAN SIGNS – GIRAFFES

    Do giraffes really walk on the left side of the road? Actually they walk all over the road and they are very very big. I could have used this sign several hundred kilometres before I actually saw it. Yes, there are pictures on this tip of a family of giraffes having their lunch, but I saw them long before the sign. I still laugh at this sign. You...

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  • Termite mounds

    What for some can appear usual, for others is unique. So were for me the termite mounds - one of the typical features of Namibian savanna. I didn't see the record holders which can reach even nine metres in height, but the ones that I saw were impressive enough for me. Those huge constructions should be an inspiration for humans - they can teach us...

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  • African sunsets

    I know that sunsets are a 'worn-out' topic, that in a way they are kitschy, but somehow I can't help being enchanted by them. And African sunsets can't leave anyone indifferent. Vast skies, open spaces, vivid colours and these fleeting moments of natural transition that you want to keep in your memory for ever. You try to catch all the beauty and...

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  • The people I met

    Meeting and interacting with local people is always an important addition to the overall impressions of the country. In case of Namibia I'll have wonderful memories. I didn't have a chance to make friends or spend time discussing some important issues, but those short moments of exchanging a few kind words and smiles were very frequent and I...

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  • Children

    Meeting children is one of the things I love. Perhaps my teacher's soul doesn't leave me even when I'm on holidays? Besides, children are so easy to approach. They have no inhibitions and are curious to get to know someone from a foreign country, even if verbal communication is very limited.So here are the photo recollections of some of the kids...

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  • Sociable Weavers' nests

    When I am in a country so different from home, what I like best is that any moment I can come across something I had no idea about, something that is a wonder in itself. A haystack on the tree? I asked myself seeing those big constructions on the trees along the road. They turned out to be the nests made by small brown birds called sociable...

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  • NACOBTA

    For those of you who wants to travel in the countryside in Namibia, try accomodations run by the organisation NACOBTA (Namibia Community Based Tourism Assistance Trust). They have campsites owned by local communities, and your stay creates employment and improve the circumstances for the local people. The accomodations are basic and cheap. The...

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  • Stars, celebrities, scoundrels...

    One thing about Namibia is that it's definitely come onto the radar of the rich and famous. I'd like to think that MY journey there in 2003 started it all, but that's just not true. World-wide interest in Namibia, at least among the losers in People Magazine, probably started when Brad Pitt and Angelie Jolie decided to have one of their three or...

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  • FINE DINING AT SOUSSVLEI

    This could have been a real disaster. I gave 3 people a ride to Soussvlei from Windhoek and had absolutely no supplies except 2 litres of 8 year old Scottish Whiskey. And bottles of water. They have a small shop here with VERY limited supplies and no restaurant at the Sesriem Campsite. I bought the few tins of luncheon that they had and some beans...

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  • SAND !

    From time to time as I drove across Namibia I would see signs warning me of SAND! OK. Let’s get this straight. For those of you who have not been here or are planning to come here, I am going to let you in on a secret I and some other VT’ers know. The whole country is sand. Seriously. You will almost never be out of eyesight from some sand, even in...

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  • Namibia in general.

    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...

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  • Our route

    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...

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  • Electricity

    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...

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  • Clothing

    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...

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  • Health

    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...

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  • Paying for things

    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...

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  • Value Added Tax

    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...

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  • Tipping!

    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...

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  • Research!

    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...

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  • Go for it on your own ....

    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...

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  • Money in Namibia

    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!!

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  • sunrise between sessriem and sossusvlei

    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...

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  • sossusvlei

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

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  • the HIMBAS

    What I will never forget of our visit to Namibia is HIMBAS village trip. What a charm and extraordinary people!

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