Set on the west coast of southern Africa, Namibia is a real one-of-a-kind place. Starkly beautiful deserts, deep-red sand dunes, lively safari plains and eerie coastlines lend a mysterious, almost fairytale-like aspect to this remarkable country.
Holidays in Namibia offer a truly diverse experience. There are natural wonders – salt pans, canyons and some of the highest sand dunes in the world. There are historic treasures – Neolithic rock art in Twyfelfontein and German colonial architecture in capital city Windhoek.
And, of course, there’s the wildlife. From elephants, zebras and black rhinos in Etosha National Park to whales and dolphins at Walvis Bay (on the wild, windswept Skeleton Coast), there’s plenty to look out for on a safari here.
Tipping is customary for obtaining good service. For service in restaurants etc. 10-15% is usual.
Namibian Dollar (N$) N$1 = 100 cents - it is equal to the South African Rand, which can also be used as legal tender in Namibia. It is not
possible to obtain N$ outside of Namibia.
Restaurants and cafés reflect the German influence in Namibia; a speciality is Biltong (airdried meat) or Rauchfleisch (smoked meat).
220-240 Volts, 3 round pins.
The climate is dry and typical of a semi-desert country; days are warm to hot, however in some areas evenings can be much cooler. In the northern Etosha area the landscape is greener around waterholes. When travelling on the Caprivi Strip, overland to Botswana, the landscape the weather can become much wetter in certain seasons.
For the latest country specific information please check the website for National Travel Health Network and Centre www.nathnac.org
British citizens do not require an entry visa for Namibia. However, all visitors to South Africa are required to have at least two unused pages in their passport to enable the entry/exit stamps to be issued in the country. Because our holidays to Botswana and Namibia fly internationally via Johannesburg you are required to have an additional blank page for your South Africa transit visa stamps.A standard 10 year British passport is required for all holidays, which must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your planned date of return travel.
From London to Namimbia is approx 10 hours and 50 mins
Windhoek and the Kalahari Desert
As you might expect from a capital city, bustling Windhoek is filled with things to see and do. Top attractions range from the 19th-century Alte Feste, or Old Fort, to the striking Christuskirche, a church built in 1910.
From Namibia, you can easily explore the wonders of the Kalahari Desert on an escorted tour. The desert spans several other countries besides Namibia and is perfect for a safari or big game drive thanks to the array of wildlife that makes its home here, including baboons, cheetahs and antelopes.
The sand dunes of Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon
Impressive as the Kalahari is, it is perhaps slightly overshadowed by the Namib Desert - the oldest desert in the world. It is here you will be able to explore the famous sand dunes of Sossusvlei on a 4x4 - an exhilarating activity sure to appeal if you have a true sense of adventure.
Nearby is Sesriem Canyon, a geological feature that took tens of millions of years to form. Evidence of its development can be seen in the shape of layers of sedimentary rock as you pass through the gap between the towering canyon sides.
Swakopmund and Twyfelfontein
Located on the coast, the resort town of Swakopmund provides a relaxing holiday experience as you enjoy the local seafood and take a short cruise to see some of the marine life in the area.
From here, you'll be able to visit Twyfelfontein on your coach holiday, where you can take in sights such as ancient rock paintings, the Organ Pipes - a natural feature consisting of columns of basalt dramatically rising from a ravine - and Burnt Mountain, which boasts striking colours and an unusual location that pose something of a mystery for geological experts.
Etosha National Park
Wildlife-rich Etosha National Park offers the potential for some of the best safaris in Namibia. Featuring a huge mineral pan that forms part of the Kalahari Basin, the diverse terrain of the park has led to numerous species of flora and fauna thriving here over the centuries.Just a few of the creatures you might spot here include lions, giraffes, zebras, black rhinos and antelopes, making for an unforgettable African adventure.
Where can I fly from and to?Our Namibia tours currently depart from London Heathrow and arrive into Windhoek. For the latest flight options (including connecting flights from other UK airports), take a look at the tour page or speak to our travel advisors.
What are the hotel options?You can view all the hotels featured on ‘Namibian Discovery’ by going to the tour page or speaking to our travel advisors.
What’s the local transport like?We travel by coach on our tours here. You might want to bear in mind that lots of roads in Namibia aren’t tar sealed, so they can be quite bumpy.
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