When to Go
The best time of year to travel to Namibia depends on where you want to go. Fortunately, most of the country enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine a year. So there’s not really a bad time of year to visit except perhaps around the Summer season when it’s really hot —from November through March—or during the main rainy season —from January to April. From March to October, some regions are humid but generally you can expect clear, warm sunny days and cold, clear nights that often fall below freezing.
Getting Here & Away
Namibia is a little off-the-beaten-path since it’s not a hub of international travel nor is it on the major international routes. It is, however, relatively easy to get to Windhoek from a couple major hubs in Europe. Frankfurt or Munich are currently the best points of departure. Air Namibia provides direct service from Frankfurt to Namibia and LTU International Airways from Munich to Windhoek. In North America, routing through Johannesburg or Cape Town via British Airways and South African Airways is probably your best bet. Traveling overland from South Africa is also very popular and relatively easy.
The best way to experience Namibia is through one of the Joint-Venture tour operators or in the comfort of a rental car. Keep in mind that Namibia is sparsely populated, so distances between towns and villages can be significant. As a result, the public transportation network is pretty limited and is not focused on visiting the major sights. Fortunately, the country has an excellent infrastructure of well-maintained tarred and gravel roads.
A summary of transportation options is detailed below:
Car Rental Association of Namibia. CARAN is a non-profit association of 16 members whose main aim is to protect tourists and the car rental industry against sub-standard service and quality.
Triple Three Car Hire
Rhino Car Hire compares prices in Namibia from the leading car hire agents at Windhoek Airport and can often offer lower rates than if booked direct.
As long as you are up-to-date on your immunisations and take basic preventative measures, it’s highly unlikely that you will experience anything more than an upset stomach or diarrhoea. The main thing to concern yourself with is ensuring that you’re vaccinated against hepatitis A and B, rabies, typhoid, tetanus, diphtheria and measles. You should also ensure that you have anti-malarial medication for malaria if you’re traveling to an infected region. This is the only major health risk that you face while traveling in this region
For more information, visit the following websites:
The additional Resources listed here are places travelers can go for more trip planning information or to learn more about Namibia.
Articles and Stories
A brief history of the conservation and origin of the concession areas in the former Damaraland by Garth Owen-Smith
Turning Conservation On Its Head download PDF
Women in Conservancies download PDF
General Travel Information
42% and counting. 42% is the amount of land under conservation management in Namibia. No where else in the world comes close to this degree of protection. But 42% isn’t just a number. 42% is changing landscapes and it’s changing lives.
Destination Namibia is a short film that showcases Namibia as a tourism destination. Promoting tourism is a top priority for Namibia, and adventure tourism is a fast growing market – but what does it offer? In Namibia’s communal conservancies the great opportunities are in destinations where wildlife roams free in spectacular landscapes.