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Safarilodges and gamedrives in the Namib desert, Caprivi and Etoscha

Enjoy the stunning environment and the rich wildlife of Namibia in the Etoscha, Caprivi and the Namib desert

Namibia is a diverse travel destination. Since independence in 1990, 12 tribes are living peacefully together. The Namib, the eldest desert in the world, reaches as far as to the Atlantic Ocean. To the east, the Kalahari stretches across the Botswana border. In the south you will find the world-famous Fish River Canyon bordering to South Africa, and in the north the Etosha Pan and the Caprivi Strip (Zambezi Region) are popular destinations. The wildlife of Namibia reaches far beyond the "Big Five" and reflects the biodiversity of the entire continent. The Caprivi Strip is home to most species because of its abundance of water. In the desert regions of the Namib and the Kalahari, on the other hand, life is harder. Particularly noteworthy are state and many private foundations and initiatives that have set themselves the goal of preserving the diversity of the animal world. Threatened species, such as rhinos and cheetahs, are protected in reserves so that they can live a largely "wild" life. Immerse yourself in the original life of the Himbas, the San and the Nama during your journey. Not only for animal lovers, Namibia is a prime destination, but also for photographers. Specially the desert regions with a nearly inexhaustible play of colors of the dune landscapes is unique. The drive from Sesriem to Sossusvlei can be addictive. We have explored Namibia for you and selected the most attractive sights, the best lodges and tent camps as well as the most beautiful photo locations for you.
Kanaan Desert Retreat | Comfortable desert camp in untouched nature near the Namib-Naukluft Park
  • 16 persons
  • 8 bedrooms
  • from 195 to 350 EUR / day
This desert camp enchants by its secluded location in an intact environment with dunes and steppe landscape, and it borders to the Namib-Naukluft Park. The concept of a Wildlife Conservation Foundation is the renaturation of the former farmland and the subsequent reintroduction of wild animals. The ...Read more

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The facts:

Capital City
Windhoek

Languages
English – plus German, Afrikaans and various indigenous languages.

Climate
Coastal areas cool, rain-free mostly, with fog and day temperatures of 15-25C.
Winter day temperatures in interior 18-25C, frost and minus-zero temperatures common at night.
Summer average interior temperatures 20-34C, sometimes above 40C in the north.
Low humidity in most parts, but can be as high as 80% in extreme north during summer.
Rainy season from October – April. Rainfall varies from under 50mm at coast to 350mm in central interior and 700mm in Caprivi.
Pack both warm and cold weather clothing.

Time Zone
Summer: GMT+2 hours from the 1st Sunday in September to the 1st Sunday in April.
Winter: GMT+1 hour from the 1st Sunday in April to the 1st Sunday in September.

Money & Cards
Currency is Namibian Dollar, or South African Rand (linked 1:1).
American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa, Maestro and European Community credit/debit cards accepted – for others, check with your bank.
Advisable to take travellers cheques in US dollars or South African rands.

Telecommunications
International Dialling Code: +264 plus local area code.
Good telecommunications network.
Cellphone Operator: MTC – has international roaming agreements with many countries.
Cellphone coverage limited to urban areas.
Cellphones can be rented, prepaid cellphone cards can be bought.

Internet
Internet cafes throughout the country – most hotels & lodges have internet facilities.

Postal Services
Good postal service – airmail to Europe takes between 4 days & 2 weeks.
Excellent private courier services also available.

Electricity
220 volts AC, 50hz – plug outlets are of the round three-pin type.

Airlines
National airline is Air Namibia.
British Airways, South African Airways, Condor and TAAG fly to Namibia.
Most international airlines fly to neighbouring South Africa with good connecting flights to Namibia.
Smaller air charter companies operate in Namibia.

Airports
Main airport is Hosea Kutako International Airport 40km (25 miles) from Windhoek.
Other airports at Eros (Windhoek), Katima Mulilo, Rundu, Ondangwa, Walvis Bay, Luderitz, Keetmanshoop & 16 licensed air strips.
Transport available between airport and city.

Taxes
15% VAT payable on goods and services.
No airport departure taxes payable.
Bona fide tourists to Namibia are exempt from paying sales duty or excise duty on luxury items. Visitors may reclaim VAT at Hosea Kutako International Airport, Eros Airport and Walvis Bay Airport.

Entry requirements
Foreign visitors need passports valid for at least 6 months after date of entry.
Visas required for most visitors – check with embassies for exemptions.
Tourist visas from Namibian Ministry of Home Affairs and Namibian embassies abroad.
Entry fees payable when entering from neighbouring countries.

Health & Medical
Yellow fever vaccinations for people coming from affected countries.
Malaria vaccinations for people going to affected places in Namibia.
Inoculations regulations can change at short notice – please check with embassies.
The country has good private and public medical and health facilities.

Driving & Local Transport
Driving on left hand side of roads – speed limits apply – valid international driver's license required.
Various car rental companies at airports and in major cities.
Regular transport services in Windhoek.
Tourism Board registered shuttle operators recommended for tourists.
Several trains from South Africa including luxury tourist trains.
Excellent tarred major road network, with gravel and sand roads in rural areas.

Safety
Namibia is politically stable and considered safe.
Crime occurs mostly in urban areas.
Do not travel unprepared or alone off main routes into isolated rural or wilderness areas.

Useful Contacts
Namibia Tourism Board Tel +264 61 290 6000 | Fax +264 61 254 848 | info@namibiatourism.com.na
Bank of Namibia Tel +264 61 283 5111 | Fax +264 61 283 5067
First National Bank of Namibia Tel +264 61 299 2920 | Fax +264 61 299 2930
Standard Bank Namibia Tel +264 61 294 2126 | Fax +264 61 294 2583
Windhoek Police Tel +264 61 10111
Windhoek Ambulance & Fire Brigade Tel +264 62 21 1111
Air Namibia Tel +264 61 299 6000 | Web: www.airnamibia.com.na
TransNamib Rail Tel +264 61 298 2032/2175 | Fax +264 61 298 2405