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Namibia Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Namibia , created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

The word 'Namibia' literally translates as ‘big emptiness’, a hauntingly beautiful, profoundly silent landscape that is simply awe-inspiring. At eighty-million years old, the Namib Desert is the planet's oldest and home to some of the world's highest sand dunes. Covering almost 50,000km², the Namib-Naukluft National Park is one of the largest conservation areas in Africa; viewed from the air (either by balloon or private charter flight), the rich colours and lunar-like landscapes are truly inspiring.

Etosha National Park
The Namib is home to a wealth of desert-adapted wildlife, however, the greatest variety of wildlife can be found in Etosha National Park. Etosha National Park lies in a vast, arid landscape in northern Namibia and is an important wildlife sanctuary that provides excellent game-viewing opportunities, especially in the dry season from June to November, when thousands of animals converge to drink at the waterholes. The park takes its name from the world-famous salt pans, which are flat areas formed by the wind, and most of the time the area is dry, but following a good deluge of rain, the pans can attract over a million flamingoes to their salty water. Due to the high levels of salt, there is a distinct lack of vegetation across them, but around the edges reside broad swathes of mopane, canopies of tall trees, shrub savannah and acacia-strewn plains. While here, you can expect to encounter elephants, giraffes, White Rhinos, lions, antelopes and, if you’re lucky, leopards and cheetahs. The park has one of the largest concentrations of the rare Black Rhino in the world, while its birdlife is fantastic and encompasses species blessed with such wonderful names as the Crimson-breasted Shrike (Namibia’s national bird), Bare-cheeked Babbler and the Sociable Weaver.

Hartmann Valley
Residing on the lush banks of the Kunene River, in the Hartmann Valley, is Serra Cafema. In this part of Namibia the luna-like terrain comprises rugged mountains, the sand dunes of the Namib Desert and Albida trees dotted along the riverbank. In this region, you will come across Nile Crocodiles, oryxs, gemsbok, springbok, Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra, Desert Chameleons and some characteristic bird species, including the Benguela Long-billed Lark. Additionally, the famous nomadic Himba tribe makes this area their home and you may have the opportunity to visit them in their village, should they be in the locale during your stay.

Sossusvlei
The Kulala Wilderness Reserve, bordering Namib Naukluft Park in Sossusvlei, is an extremely special retreat that nestles in isolated desert splendour. Amongst the landscape, you’ll discover sand dunes that are precisely sculpted by the elements, along with evocatively named vleis and desert-adapted wildlife that makes the landscape its home, including ostriches, hyaenas, Bat-eared Foxes and Anchieta’s Dune Lizard.

General Information
CapitalWindheok
LanguageEnglish
Time Difference1 hours
CurrencyNamibian Dollar
Voltage230v

Health

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. We highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your Doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Sources of information include: www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.


Visa

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

Although British nationals can enter Namibia for a holiday or private visit of up to 90 days without a visa, there are cases where, on arrival, visitors have only been given permission to stay for periods much shorter than 90 days, some as short as only seven or ten days. Before leaving the Immigration Desk in the Airport Arrivals Hall, we recommend you check that you have been given a correctly dated entry stampp by Namibian Immigration officials, as this will be checked on departure.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Climate+

Namibia enjoys an average, three-hundred days of sunshine a year. Whilst the winter months (from July to September) are cooler and the most popular time to visit is generally between April and June, it's worth bearing in mind that during the summer (from November to February) the country bursts into life with vibrant floral displays and many wildlife and bird species giving birth to their young during this time. Rainfall isn’t as much of a concern as you might think, and with fewer travellers you'll often enjoy more intimate experiences.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Namibia.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January3073
February2985
March2885
April2633
May233
June211
July211
August231
September273
October2912
November3025
December3134

Highlights+

Etosha National Park
This is the best place to encounter Namibia’s animals; at Little Ongava you can take part in wildlife viewing drives and white rhino tracking on foot, both with an experienced guide.

Hartmann Valley
The Kunene River offers the opportunity for cruises in search of crocodiles, while quad-biking through the pristine terrain can be arranged − where you might catch sight of an Oryx if you’re lucky. Outside the parks there is plenty more to explore, from the exquisite San rock art to the fascinating lifestyle of the Himba, one of the last truly nomadic people in Africa.

Sossusvlei
The surrounding scenery is very impressive and includes a series of sand dunes including ‘Big Daddy’ which can be climbed up and sand-surfed down, while there are fabulous photo opportunities at Dead Vlei – an ancient and dried-out lake bed of white clay in which a number of petrified acacia trees have been trapped, which is edged by bright orange sand.

Getting There+

Flight Information
British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and South African Airways direct from London Heathrow to Johannesburg.
Via Dubai with Emirates from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow.
Onward connecting flights with South African Airways and Air Namibia to Windhoek.

Flight Time
From London Heathrow to Johannesburg: 10 hours, 50 minutes.
Onward connecting flight from Johannesburg to Windhoek: 2 hours.

Flight Upgrades
British Airways upgrades start from as little as £1,255 per person, each way.

Travel Gems+

Travel Planning
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.

Sleep Beneath The Stars
At Little Kulala the staff will set up a mattress and duvet out there and you can literally fall asleep under the stars.

Botswana & South Africa
One of the world’s most beautiful and dramatic desert regions, Namibia partners wonderfully well with Botswana (which offers a contrasting, water-based safari experience) and also Cape Town, in adjacent South Africa, which offers a mixture of cosmopolitan city, history, coastal splendour and fabulous Cape cuisine and wine. Why not combine your stay in Namibia with one or both of these destinations, for a multifaceted African adventure?

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