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    by King_Golo Updated Sep 8, 2015

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    Luggage and bags: When on a safari, you are likely to be asked not to bring a hard-shell suitcase as most safari trucks have only limited space to store luggage and these suitcases can't be piled well. Instead, bring a soft sports bag. We were given a weight limit of 12kg/person and thought at the beginning that this is impossible for three weeks travelling. However, it was not a problem at all. We brought a detergent for travelling called "Rei in der Tube" which enabled us to wash clothes two or three times.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Namibia does get quite chilly at night when you go there in winter time. Bring at least one thick and warm pullover. I found a hoodie to be ideal as it also protects your neck. Apart from that, some shorts are useful as the days are very hot - even in winter! Sturdy boots are a must. Anything that mustn't get dusty shouldn't be part of your travel clothes. The roads are so dusty that lots of clothes will change their colour.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun protection is a must. But what is also necessary is a moisturising cream as the air is very dry and will affect your skin.

    Photo Equipment: Bring the best telephoto lens you have - or buy a good one! By good, I mean at least 200mm zoom, better 300mm or more. Bring a tripod if you plan to take good pictures with your telephoto lens. Bring lots and lots of memory cards. Bring at least one extra battery for your camera - you can't bank on recharging it everywhere. Also, don't forget a polarising filter.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring your binoculars. They are great for spotting and watching animals.

    Miscellaneous: WATER!!! Our guides always advised us how much water we should buy. We pretty much had 5 litres available at all times, but if you travel on your own I would recommend even more.

    A definite must: binoculars

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    by King_Golo Written Sep 8, 2015

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    Miscellaneous: The official currency in Namibia is the Namibian Dollar. However, South African Rand are also commonly used, and are, in fact, another official currency. Every shop or restaurant will take both currencies. 1 Namibian Dollar (N$) is worth 1 South African Rand. 1 Euro is roughly 15 N$. 1 US$ is 13.60 N$.

    When travelling to Namibia, you don't need to exchange money before. You can either withdraw money at one of the banks (only available in larger towns or cities) or exchange money there. Alternatively, get some Rand and use them. We found that FNB was the easiest to use bank. Barclays caused quite a few problems and Bank Windhoek didn't accept foreign cards at all.

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    by DAO Updated Jan 7, 2011

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    Luggage and bags:

    Namibia is mostly desert. You need a strong rucksack that can hold lots of water, especially if you go to Sossusvlei. Don't take a cheap bag.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear:

    BOOTS! Ladies - boots! Look at the pictures. Fashion shoes will have to be taken off, then the sand, stones, thorns and rocks cut your feet. You need socks and bandages for the before and after arrival of blisters.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies:

    Wet wipes. Not much water here to wash your hands.

    Miscellaneous: WATER
    You need to have at least 2 litres on you at all times and at least 10 litres in a car. The country is very dry during most of the year and your vehicle could break down. I met a man with a broken down vehicle on a deserted road at 8pm who said he rang the breakdown company at 8am. And he was still waiting. Buy water as soon as you arrive. You will drink it.

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    Wind up (battry-less) torches

    by smirnofforiginal Written Dec 30, 2009

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In the winter months you WILL need winter clothes for the night or you will freeze. We thought we were prepared but we soon bought wooly hats. I wish I had had a much thicker jacket and a hooder sweater and gloves....

    Photo Equipment: I could not recharge the batteries for my camera quickly enough - take as many as you can as there is so much to photogrpah.
    If your camera has one a filter may be nice especially with places such as Sossusvlei in mind.
    You will need a tripod if you have any intention of shooting at water holes because even flood lit you need a loooong exposure time.

    Miscellaneous: Our wind-up (battery-less) torches proved absolutely invaluable....

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    Camping Safari

    by tampa_shawn Updated Jan 25, 2008

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    Luggage and bags: Duffel bag is recommended. I found a great little waterproof number (figured it would be relatively dust proof which would be a big advantage here) I was trying to buy something less than 3300 cu but ended up with one about 4000 cu.

    Also bring a day back pack

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Nights are very cold here - be sure to bring several things that can be layered and a beanie (hat), scarves and gloves

    2 button-down shirts (high tech wicking for misquotes)
    3 short sleeve knit shirts
    2 t-shirts with built in shelf braw
    Lightweight long sleeve tee shirt for warmth (Patagonia “wick” shirt)
    1 long skirt
    3 pairs pants
    3-5 pair underwear
    2 sports bras (necessary for African roads)
    Sun hat
    Shower Sandals (for everyday use)
    Tennis shoes and/or hiking boots (maybe)
    Shoes - Keens
    3 pair socks

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Medications
    Malaria Meds
    Neosporin cream (antibiotic ointment)
    Imodium AD (diarrhea relief)
    Pepto Bismal (upset stomach)
    Benadryl pills (allergy medicine)
    Melatonin or other sleeping pills (for long bus and plane rides)
    Motrin IB (anti-inflammatory)
    Safety pins
    Dental floss
    Nail clippers
    Sunblock SPF 45
    Hand sanitizing lotion
    Hand wipe
    Cotton balls/Q tips
    + Neddi pot & salt (to clean nasal passages)
    Female Supplies

    Photo Equipment: I bought a digital camera with 3 sets of batteries and 3 1 Gig cards
    This should be enough for 600 pictures
    Down loadable adapter (to go download pictures and make CDs in Internet cafes)

    Also bought one disposal able 35 MM waterproof camera

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Tent
    Sleeping bag - I brought one that went down to 20 degrees (US) and was thankful
    Sleeping Sac - for extra warmth and warm nights
    Clothes line
    Towel (extra large special fabric quick drying)
    Letterman or swiss army knife

    Miscellaneous: Be sure to buy a regular size pillow when you get there + they are cheap and are great for sleeping and traveling
    Earplugs – bus trips or hotels with street noise
    Eyeshades – for naps in the tent, bus trips & plane ride
    Insect repellent with Deet
    toilet paper
    Duct tape - bring a small amount and wrap around a straw
    Copies of Passport and airline tickets, credit cards, emergency numbers

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    Chilly nights

    by toonsarah Written Dec 22, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Namibia can be pretty cold at night in July, which is when we visited, so you need to pack some warm clothes and things that can be worn in layers. We found we often started the day with three layers (t-shirt, thin jumper, fleece) and by mid-morning would be down to one! At night you'll need long trousers and a warm jacket or fleece.

    Most of the lodges do their best to keep things cosy with log fires and hot water bottles, for which we were very grateful.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Don't let what I've said about the cold fool you though - you need good strong sun protection too. The middle of the day is hot and sunny, even in winter, and as you're near the equator the sun is fierce.

    Photo Equipment: One of the joys of a Namibian holiday is the wildlife, and if you want to capture that on film you really do need a zoom lens. Having said that though, most of the pictures on my pages were taken with a basic digital camera, so it is possible to get good pics if you're patient - and lucky!

    A cold night at Eningu Lodge

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    Travel light but be prepared!

    by SanguiniA Written Aug 4, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: I always recommend backpack, especially if camping. For sure leave any posh suitcase at home, it will get very very dusty!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Nights are surprisingly cold, and days are hot - so layering is the best approach. Warm jacket is a must! As are good sunglasses and a hat

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Anywhere in Africa it is best to carry certain medical basics with you - antibiotics, panadols, immodium, motilium, dehydration sachets etc etc. Good idea to bring along eye-drops since the dust and the dryness can have a nasty effect on the eyes

    Photo Equipment: This is always a must :-) Long lens for the animals, wide lens for the landscapes. UV filter to protect the lens and get better pics & VERY VERY IMPORTANT - lens cleaning kit!!! There will be so much dust you will constantly be cleaning!! Also, many memory cards ....

    Miscellaneous: Zip-Lock freezer bags of various sizes to store anything you don't want to get dusty
    Large garbage bags for the backpacks - without them, the backpack will end up looking like the latest excavation from the pyramids of Giza ....

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    Batteries are hard to find when in the bush.

    by Acirfa Written Nov 20, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: Take easy mouldable luggage, the kind that can get battered and squashed into car boots, covered in dust and lugged into the bush.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Walking shoes are a must, flip flops too. Shorts, t- shirts, a warm jersey or windbreaker for cooler evenings and early mornings.
    Leave the high heels and make up at home, it's surplus to requirements.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Hair conditioner, hair dries out badly in the dry heat and this helps keep some sort of condition to it. Plenty of sun cream, antiseptic for bites and cuts, malaria tabs, plasters, hayfever pills if applicable. Moisturiser, again a very drying atmosphere, so the skin needs lots of care.

    Photo Equipment: DO remember your video camera, camera, plenty of cards or film...........take an adapter to recharge batteries or plenty of batteries, they are like gold dust in the bush believe me. A polarizer and wide angled lens. Mkae sure you keep equipment well covered and cared for, it is an extremely dusty country and many including us lost equipment to dust wrecking it.

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    • Photography
    • Road Trip

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    A warm jumper or fleece is a must...

    by TracyG Updated Jun 14, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: A rucksack is probably best and as light as you can get away with.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A warm jumper/fleece if you are going to be along the coast, because it can get quite chilly, and even cold in the winter monthes..

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The usual first aid kit, including re-hydration salts, and anti-malarials (but only if going to the Etosha area or further north.)

    Photo Equipment: Film, batteries etc. are readily available everywhere and is pretty well priced, but remember to take more than you will need into the national parks as film can be rather expensive here.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A waterproof jacket will probably come in handy, particularly along the coast.

    Miscellaneous: A water bottle is a must if trekking in Fish river Canyon and on the dunes, also a torch comes in very handy wherever you are.

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    Winter in Namibia is cold

    by chicabonita Updated Jan 16, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: When you travel during the Namibian winter time (Mai - September) make sure to bring something warm. Early in the morning and after sunset it gets very cold. In some areas it can even freeze. During day time it can be warm and sometimes even hot. So take functional clothes that you can change quickly during the day.

    Also in October/November it can get cold in the evening in some regions or also during daytime if you are at the coast. The temperature difference can be very high. In Solitaire it was about 37 at 9am and arriving in Walvisbay at 1pm only 18!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Don't forget suncream.

    Photo Equipment: If you are an ambitious photographer make sure to have enough films with you. You will find countless motives.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Torch - It might be obvious, but I forgot mine!

    Miscellaneous: Binoculars!

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    • Photography
    • National/State Park

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    What to take

    by diageva Updated Oct 25, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: Sleepbag of -5 C
    Head torch and normal one

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: For very cold and for very hot weather clothes

    Photo Equipment: Take a good camera with a good zoom. I did make the error of go with my digital camera with a zoom of only 3X... also my camera was not good for so bright days

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Walk shoes and chanclas

    Quiver tree Forest

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    by diageva Updated Oct 24, 2004

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    Miscellaneous: If you can find Tampax in a supermarket is that you can find nearly anything. Despite I was told to bring my own tampon or pads, I did founded all kind of articles of this kind Tampax, OB, pads with or without winds ... so ... For me this is a kind of indicator of what you can find in a country ...

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    What to take with?!

    by THLIN Written Sep 10, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: It's okay if you stop over in Windhoek between North & South trip to bring 7-day clothes with a 35L bag. But if you decide not to do laundry during the trip, Than I suggest you take 70L.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It's clod at night and early morning in the winter time. So, I think you'd better take 1~2 jersy and 1~2 long pants. Others keep as light as possible. Taking 1 covered shoes and 1 sandols should be enough.
    Remember, Namibia is a country across tropic of cancer, so it may differ from the north to the south.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: It's okay if you live in a camp site.

    Photo Equipment: Take SAND protection if going to dunes.

    Miscellaneous: Malaria tablet is required during the malarian season.

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    what to bring

    by Myndo Updated Jul 22, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good shoes (especially if you go hiking).
    means: not sandals and so!

    Light clothes,
    I prefer Linen or Cotton but wide woven.
    You can even wear them with long sleeves and they protect you against the sun and insects.

    A Hat ! - always protect yourself of the sun.

    Sun Glasses.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: A good Sun Screen,

    Bug repellent (haven´t seen that many of these beasts, but anyway)

    You do only need Malaria Tablets in the rain Season or when you travel up to the Caprivi.

    Bring the medications you need anyway: Painkillers, First Aid Kit...

    Photo Equipment: Do take enough film with you.
    You may get it here, but since it is very hot here and you never know how they were stocked... films get bad when stored too hot.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: depends on how much Outdoor you choose to do...
    Toilet paper is always a must.
    A Lighter

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    Pack Light

    by dln6874 Written Jun 13, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Don't wear white or light colored clothing. Many parts of Africa is hot and dry and you are always covered in dust. You are also more likely to spend lots of time camping on any overland tours, and you will just get dirty putting up and taking down your tent each day. Since some places will lack camping facilities, you may also end up bush camping.

    Miscellaneous: Travel light - very light. I must've left with about 18 kilos and ended up giving away a lot of stuff to lighten the load. I even went as far as buying a smaller pack to fit my body size better. Basic necessities are few clothes, first aid kit, and toiletries. Everything else, think really hard about whether you need it or not. You can also almost buy what you need along the way. If you can't, you will manage to make do with out it somehow just as the locals do.

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