Namibia Travel Guide

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    Our first Sundowner in Africa!
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Namibia Highlights

  • Pro
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    850prc says…

     Beautiful scenery, beautiful animals, and even more beautiful people welcome you to Namibia 

  • Con
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    850prc says…

     OK, it IS dry. Make sure you stay hydrated! 

  • In a nutshell
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     Visiting here feels like visiting another planet 

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Windhoek

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232,829,32

Namib-Naukluft Park

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143,405,26

Walvisbaai

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75,148,0

Swakopmund

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41,108,22

Etosha National Park

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194,539,0

Katima Mulilo

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21,101,0

Daan Viljoen Game Park

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13,12,0

Waterberg Platopark

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13,26,0

Rundu

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6,13,0

Cape Cross

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11,50,0

Skeleton Coast Park

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12,29,0

Opuwo

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3,13,0

Luderitz

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9,14,3

Uis

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7,10,0

Spitzkop

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10,21,0

Ai-Ais

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Africa/Namibia/Karas/Ai_Ais-2150794/TravelGuide-Ai_Ais.html

8,27,0

Ruacana

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Africa/Namibia/Kunene/Ruacana-2149055/TravelGuide-Ruacana.html

1,16,0

Hentiesbaai

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4,18,0

Helmeringhausen

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3,8,0

Omaruru

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0,7,0

Noordoewer

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0,1,0

Namutoni Gate

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1,13,0

Mahango

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2,3,0

Kongola

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1,4,0

Keetmanshoop

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0,1,0

Gross Barmen

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1,2,0

Henties Bay

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Africa/Namibia/Erongo/Henties_Bay-2272002/TravelGuide-Henties_Bay.html

1,1,0

Windhoek

See all 232 Windhoek Tips
  • THE TRAIN

    Windhoek Transportation

    Before you get really excited about travelling around Namibia by train, let me lower your expectations now. The train system is primarily designed for shipping freight and agricultural products. They travel VERY slowly and don’t go to many places. You may need more than one large book to read. Notably they do go to Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, and...

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  • Hotel Heinitzburg

    Windhoek Hotels

    We only stayed for one night sadly, as on our return to Windhoek we travelled on to a game farm. But...

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  • International Buses

    Windhoek Transportation

    The ticket office and departure/arrival for Intercape buses to Cape Town (every day 10 am), Johannesburg, Livingstone (friday and monday 15 pm), Swapokmund (most days at 9am) and Oshikango (Angola border) is now at Bahnhof street, next to the train station.The departure/arrival for Monnakgotla Transport for buses to Gaborone, Botswana is also at...

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Namib-Naukluft Park

Walvisbaai

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  • By shared taxi to Swapokmund

    Walvisbaai Transportation

    The Intercape bus is only running in the morning and not every day to Swakopmund (and on to Windhoek) the train takes over 2 hours. But there are informal shared taxis 30 to 35 Namibian $ (€ 3) and 25 minutes leaving when full from north of the town (i think near Kuisebmond stadium, the realy fight for passengers, get then of at Pick&Pay...

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  • Walvis Bay harbour tour is wonderful for...

    Walvisbaai Things to Do

    To be honest, I would probably not have bothered with the harbour tour at Walvis Bay if my parents hadn't done it a few months earlier and waxed lyrical about how wonderful it was. And, if I hadn't, I'd have missed out on one of the most fun ways to pass half a day in the Swakopmund/Walvis Bay area - which is saying something given how many...

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  • Beware of poor visibility at Walvis Bay...

    Walvisbaai Transportation

    Just a word of warning if you decide to fly out of Walvis Bay to connect with an international flight.The airport is right on the edge of the Namib desert, and when the wind gets up, the visibility can be so compromised that flights out of Walvis are delayed or even postponed until the next day (see photo). It doesn't happen very regularly, but it...

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Swakopmund

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Etosha National Park

  • Lion

    Etosha National Park Things to Do

    The king of the animal kingdom is truly a magnificent beast. These territorial cats will fiercely defend their territory, which can be anything from 50 to 400 sq km! Lions usually hunt in the night and for most of the day they are just napping, lazing around. Your best chances of seeing them in person will be in the very early hours of the morning,...

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  • Photography gear for a safari

    Etosha National Park What to Pack

    [This section contains technical information on photography and is intended for those who own/ plan to bring a DSLR on a safari trip.]A telephoto lens that goes up to 400mm would be ideal, although I went on to Etosha with a Canon 70-200mm and it was fine for 80% of the time. The 20% when I needed more zoom? When we saw the pride of 11 lions and...

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  • Drive and be driven in Etosha

    Etosha National Park Things to Do

    When going to game parks we like to drive parts ourselves but also always take a drive with a guide. Although we saw a lot of animals while driving ourselves. You do not know the trails the animals use to go to the waterholes. This is something the guides know and what makes the difference on every game drive. Ok you pay more but you will most...

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Katima Mulilo

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  • Flame Grilled Restaurant

    Katima Mulilo Restaurants

    The restaurant "Galinhas Flame Grilled in Africa" is in my opinion the best eating place for western food in Katima Mulilo. All meat are grilled. And the prices are not too expensive (1/4 grilled chicken with french fries and fresh bread was 45 N$).I had just arrived from Windhoek on a 15 hours trip and was hungry like a lion. This restaurant was...

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  • Ngoma border warning

    Katima Mulilo Warnings and Dangers

    If you travel from Katima Mulilo to Botswana, make sure to go all the way to Kasane and DON'T stop your journey at the border. It's nothing to do on the Namibian side except for staying at the Chobe bridge. (It's only a low bridge over some wetlands, and not a flowing river). The nearest inhabited place on the Namibian side is 5 km away, but it is...

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  • The bus stop and Shell station in Katima...

    Katima Mulilo Transportation

    The bus stop for the "CapiLine-bus" from/to Windhoek and Zambia in located at the Shell station in the main street of Katima Mulilo. It's easy to go off the bus here. Restaurants and shopping centres are not far away.

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Daan Viljoen Game Park

  • What to pack

    Daan Viljoen Game Park What to Pack

    Good walking shoes for comfortable walking around here. Light safari cloths recommended for better camouflage, walking around you do not want to scare the animals. Be aware that bright colours might attract insects.If you visit here during winter months (June-August) warm cloths is a MUST.It can get very cold here at night. Warm sleeping bags in...

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  • Dan Viljoen ***temporary closed.

    Daan Viljoen Game Park Favorites

    The Dan Viljoen National Park is one of the smallest in Namibia, but it is unique for the area because of its small lake in the middle. It is perfect place for short walks and trekking. The landscape is just amazing and it is very close to Windhoek so you can visit this place even if you have only one day.***** Latest I heard this park is temporary...

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  • Self Drive

    Daan Viljoen Game Park Transportation

    We got our rental car in Windhoek and after getting our supply we drove straight here for the park. That is of course the easiest way to get here, I am not sure if there is any bus line to take you here :)))It is about one hour drive from Windhoek, take road C28.

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Waterberg Platopark

  • Schutztruppe graves from Battle of the...

    Waterberg Platopark Things to Do

    (work in progress)A few lonely Schutztruppe graves in a small and little-visited military cemetery are the only tangible evidence of what was probably the largest battle ever fought on Namibian soil.The Waterberg region is the heartland of the Herero people, who rose up against German colonial rule in 1904. The largest battle of this conflict took...

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  • Useful information on walking in the...

    Waterberg Platopark Things to Do

    One of the nicest - and most underrated - ways of exploring the Waterberg is on foot. This allows you to appreciate both the beautiful landscape and the wildlife as well as the poignant history of the Schutztruppe graveyard.Walking is an ideal way of appreciating the smaller wildlife that often gets overlooked when you're in a vehicle. Highlights...

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  • Game spotting on Waterberg plateau is...

    Waterberg Platopark Things to Do

    The Waterberg plateau is a splendid sight to behold, rising up in sheer 200m cliffs from the flat surrounding plain. The physical isolation from the surrounding plain and the relative abundance of water that seeps out from the sandstone along the flanks of the plateau make it a very protected environment for wildlife.The only way to access the top...

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Rundu

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  • Row, row, row your boat gently down the...

    Rundu Things to Do

    Get up early and get onto a boat!Would have been wefully romantic to go along the Okavango is a couple of mokoros but it was a ll a little last minute and spur of the minute and so we went on what can only really be described as a "contraption". It was a platform that had a couple of plastic chairs for us to sit on - I did not feel too safe sitting...

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  • Divundu

    Rundu Things to Do

    An odd place. It has a couple of supermarkets but the most intriguing thing baout Divundu are the three whopping large petrol stations here (which sell Bic biros so if you have run out and still have a thousand children wanting them... this is your place!).The villages that branch off from Divundu are bursting with gorgeous children.One thing I...

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  • Supermarket

    Rundu Shopping

    Quite a large supermarket. I got water, bread, apples, some biscuits, crisps and other non perishable snacks. There was a tub of biros by the till.Guards on the door - you have to show them yourreceipt before you are allowed to leave with your goods.And the fat, white, presumed to be owner looking down from the gods at his little empire. A good...

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Cape Cross

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  • More Seals

    Cape Cross Things to Do

    The reason to come to Cape Cross is to see the seals - they are amazing and you will get as many great photos as your memory card allows!The smell is vile - but the seals are fabulous.Look not only on the beach, but also in the sea and you are sure to see many of them swimming.

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  • Baby Seals

    Cape Cross Things to Do

    At the time of year we were here (late Nov early Dec), there were a lot of pups.Not all of them were a pretty sight either. As there are so many seals living on this beach, sometimes as our guide told us, the mother will forget who her pup is, not so many of them survive. So, do expect to see a lot of dead pups - which is a sad sight.Some of them...

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  • A beach of seals

    Cape Cross Things to Do

    Visiting Cape Cross is a must visit in Namibia.When we visited I had never seen seals in the wild before and I was totally amazed and so excited!In fact, even now, living here in New Zealand where there are plenty of seals along the coast, I still have not seen this many all in one go.The smell, the noise, the sights - it's just incredible.

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Skeleton Coast Park

  • The desert

    Skeleton Coast Park Warnings and Dangers

    The desert is always very danger place, canyons, snakes, other animals and most of all, the heat, water are essential for surviving. Why else they call it Skeleton Coast? Go deep into the desert and you will find the remains of those who didn't survive.Please be aware that some remote areas are not even accessible and needed special permission and...

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  • Skeleton Coast Park

    Skeleton Coast Park Favorites

    The Skeleton Coast Park is very unique place on earth with its own special climate, nature and ecological status. Unique animals that learn to survive on the harsh conditions of cold nights and hot days.

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  • Drive

    Skeleton Coast Park Transportation

    Like most of Namibia also here you can have very nice self drive in the park. But some remote areas are not accessible and flying safari will be needed to get to those places.

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Luderitz

See all 9 Luderitz Tips
  • Visit Kolmanskop

    Luderitz Things to Do

    We visited Kolmanskop in the afternoon, when you have to purchase the photographer's license instead of the normal entry ticket. Due to the fact that this price is much higher, almost no one visits in the afternoon. In fact we were the only visitors which made it extra special. The grounds keeper played piano for us in the abandoned casino. Great...

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  • Nest Hotel

    Luderitz Hotels

    The hotel is situated at the shore, and all rooms face the sea. It is quiet. The have a playground...

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  • Felsenkirche

    Luderitz Things to Do

    The Felsenkirche Evangelical Lutheran Church was consecrated in 1912 and built by German architects. Ironically the church only saw another two years of German colonial times. The church looks especially striking in the late afternoon when the stained-glass windows are illuminated by the setting sun.

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Fish River Canyon

  • Driving around in the 4x4

    Fish River Canyon Things to Do

    We used a simple map given to us by the hotel (Canyon Road House) to navigate the sites. Roads are well indicated no need for guides. Some parts of the dirt road are 'challenging' and I wouldn't recommend going with a 2wheel drive.

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  • Vogelstrausskluft Lodge

    Fish River Canyon Hotels

    90km from Keetmanshoop in Namibia alongside the Fish River Canyon.

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Fish River Hiking Trail

    Fish River Canyon Things to Do

    The 4 day, 85 km Fish River Hiking Trail is reputed to be one of Africa's top (and toughest) walks for nature enthusiasts. Starting at the northern end of the Canyon, the trail descends into the Canyon down a steep path, and follows the meandering sandy river bed all the way to the Ai-Ais Hot Springs.Fish River hiking trail startThere are no set...

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Uis

See all 7 Uis Tips
  • The White Lady of the Brandberg

    Uis Things to Do

    The White Lady of the Brandberg is probably the best known set of Bushman (San) paintings in Namibia, and is also relatively accessible provided that you're willing to do a bit of hiking.The White Lady was first discovered under a rock overhang by a German explorer - Reinhard Maack - in 1918 and its origin has been long been the subject of spirited...

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  • Scars of Uis' tin mining past on the...

    Uis Things to Do

    Even as a mining person, I wouldn't recommend visiting Uis on account of its tin mining heritage, but this history does help to explain the most prominent eyesore in the region.As you drive north from Uis to Khorixas, you may notice a pile of white material stacked up against the hillside on your right hand (western) side: it's hard to miss because...

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  • Meet The Gladiator: a whole new suborder...

    Uis Things to Do

    Meet Tyrannophasma gladiator ... a splendidly named and highly carnivorous beastie, known respectfully as The Gladiator by his friends and prey!It may not mean much in your world, but the entymological world was set alight when a whole new suborder of insect was identified by researchers from the Max Planck Institute in the Brandberg during 2002!...

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  • Dec 17, 2012 at 3:40 AM

    Hello! I'm a writer and photographer traveling to Namibia to work on a book about the Himba People. I will also attempt to photograph desert animals, especially the elephant. I will spend my time in Himba Land and Damara Land. I would love to hire a safari company that can help me with a relatively simple tented camp near a Himba village. Can anyone recommend one?

    Another possibility is finding a driver/guide who can meet me at the Grutberg Lodge or a lodge in that area (right outside Damaraland). I can stay in a lodge and do daytrips out to photograph/document the Himba People and wildlife.

    Thanks! I'll be traveling for two weeks in April.

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      Dec 17, 2012 at 6:11 AM

      You might find it useful to also post this in the Namibia Forum where it could reach a wider audience than here.

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