We are back! It's been 2 days since we landed in Milan and we're ready for giving you some useful information about the beautiful Namibia!
In Namibia you'll find the dry season from May till September. During this period, it never rains and maximum temperatures are around 25/30°, while mins can drop to 5°, especially in the Etosha and Damarland area where we experienced the highest thermic excursion.
The weather on the coastline is completely different, so in Swakopmund and Luderitz during the winter time it's likely to have thick fog, formed by the cold oceanic air that meets warm air of the desert. Temperatures are among 15/20° during the day but the thermic excursion is limited.
June is the month with fewest hours of daylight. The sun rises at 6 am in the morning and sets, amazingly, at 5.15 pm. Keep that in mind while defining your itinerary if you don't want to drive after sunset.
To first timers and less experienced travelers we suggest against visiting Namibia during the wet season (October to April) because flash flooding is very likely, you'll need a 4x4 and temperatures can rise up to 50° in Sossusvlei and to 40+° in Etosha.
Gravel roads are the majority of Namibian roads, but they are in very good conditions, at least the ones we took during the trip. However, don't underestimate the problem and rent, as we did, at least a 2x4 or 4x4 if you're planning to go deep in the north (Epupa Falls) or in the Caprivi area, because other tourists told us that roads, there, are in bad conditions.
We suggest against renting a sedan car because punctures or damages are more likely than with 2x4 and you'll have to reduce the speed losing precious time for lodge activities. However, on gravel roads, the speed limit is set at 80km/h.
In Namibia fuel is not a problem. Fuel stations are in almost every city and it's really easy to locate them on the map. Just be aware of the distance among cities. To avoid problems, we set a rule during the trip: never get below half tank.
Every lodge we stayed in and every shop/restaurant we went in accepted credit/debit cards as a method of payment. We used cash only for fuel (even if credit cards were often accepted) and for National Parks entrance fees.
There are various ATM machines in the cities, each one monitored by a security guard. If you need cash at your arrival in Windhoek, you'll find 2 ATM machines in the airport (one inside and one outside).
Although Namibia is a dry country, as a tourist you won't have problems related to water because it is drinkable almost everywhere. In nation with less than 100mm of rain in a year, it is normal that every lodge/campsite pays attention to wasting water and asks you to spend less than 5 minutes for a shower, but the miracle is that you always have water for a shower.
Meals in lodges are very tasty and complete (meat, vegetables, dessert), while if you're going to camp you will find beautiful supermarkets (SPAR) in the main towns (Windhoek, Luderitz, Swakopmund ...)
Namibia is a malaria free nation, especially during the dry season. so malaria prophylaxis is not necessary and there are no mandatory vaccinations.
During our trip we always felt safe and relaxed. In Windhoek you have to be more cautious, paying attention to your belongings and avoiding after sunset hours.