Attractions / highlights
Sossusvlei is undoubtedly Namibia’s most spectacular and best-known attraction with its towering red sand dunes, the highest in the world and spectacular Dead Vlei. This natural attraction is located in the Namib-Naukluft National Park, the largest conservation area in Africa.
Etosha National Park
The greatest wildlife sanctuary in Namibia, Etosha National Park offers excellent game viewing. Zebra and springbok are scattered across the endless horizon, while waterholes attract endangered black rhinoceros, lion, elephant and large numbers of antelope.
Swakopmund, a small German-inspired town with seaside promenades and palm-lined avenues, is considered to be the adventure capital of Namibia. On offer are quadbiking, sand-boarding, sand-skiing, parasailing and dozens of other guided adrenalin-inducing activities.
Fish River Canyon
The Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world, spanning some 180km long and stretching up until the Orange River, the border between Namibia and South Africa. The Fish River Canyon has become a popular hiking destination. However, hikes require good physical health and can only be undertaken during the winter months between May and September.
The desolate and barren Skeleton Coast spanning some 16 000 square kilometres has been made famous by its numerous shipwrecks. The landscape in this region is unique and breathtaking with extraordinary rock formations. Noteworthy are the clay castles of the Hoarisib, the Agate Mountain salt pans and the large seal colony at Cape Fria.
Visas/ Passport requirements
Most visitors from Europe, the UK and the US do not require a visa to visit Namibia for a holiday of up to 3 months. Visitors should check with Namibian embassies or consulates, or their travel agents, before departure.
Malaria is a small risk in the more remote northern parts of Namibia, especially during the rainy season. Visitors planning to remain in the southern part of the country do not need to take anti-malaria medication. Malaria risk in Etosha National Park is very small in the dry months. It is best to seek medical advice before your departure and take any medication prescribed.
Exposure to sun and heat Always take preventive measures that include wearing a wide-brimmed sunhat and sunglasses, liberally applying sunscreen every three or four hours, regularly taking rehydration mixes, drinking plenty of water and fruit juices (at least three litres of liquid daily), avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun, and avoiding excessive amounts of alcohol, which causes dehydration.
It is advisable to stick to drinking bottled water. Tap water in Namibia is safe to shower with and brush teeth.
Air Namibia, South African Airways and BA Comair offer several flights a day between Johannesburg and Windhoek, with a flight time of two hours.
Best time to visit
The dry winter months are from May to October, this is regarded as the best time to go, especially for game viewing as there is less vegetation and water, so it is easier to spot the animals and they tend to congregate around water holes and rivers. The days are sunny and pleasant with early morning and evening temperatures dropping quite low. Risk of malaria at this time is also much lower.
November to April is the wet season and the best time for birding and seeing new-born animals. The scenery is much greener and short afternoon showers rarely spoil a day. However this is the highest malaria risk season and from November to February the temperatures can be unpleasantly hot.