Population: 2.5 millions of inhabitants
Time Zone: The same of Italy but from April till September Namibia is 1 hour behind because of summer time
Currency: Namibian Dollar (NAD) - 0.064 € (2017)
The best period to visit Namibia is the dry season that starts in May and lasts till October. During these months, temperatures reach 30° during day and drop to 0° during night. It's almost impossibile to see a drop of rain, a thing that makes roads safer and wildlife sightings much easier. The only con of these season is related to the duration of daylight since sun sets around 4/4.30PM.
For those who want to visit Namibia during the wet season ( Novembrer - April ), keep in mind the temperatures can reach 50° in the Namib Desert ... but you'll have the opportunity to see this amazing country with unexpected colors.
First of all: Nambians drive on the right ( as in UK ). 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.
Namibia is a malaria free nation, especially during the dry season. so malaria prophylaxis is not necessary and there are no mandatory vaccinations.
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 ... )
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.
We suggest buying a Namibian phone card when you arrive in Windhoek. We had a very good experience with MTC, so try it.
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).
This was our itinerary! We started from Windhoek and then we went South passing by the Kalahari Desert and the Fish River Canyon. Contuining clockwise, the next steps were Aus, Kolmanskop ( the ghost city ) and Luderitz, then we started to go North visiting the Namib Desert, Swakopmund and Damaraland before getting to the wonderful Etosha National Park. A night in Okonjima at the AfriCat Foundation was our last stop before going back to Windhoek.
The beginning of our road trip discovering the amazing colors of Kalahari Desert ...
We leave the Kalahari Desert to reach the Fish River Canyon, a truly amazing canyon that is ...
Have you ever felt the sensazione of infinity? There are few places as Aus where you can feel ...
The most ancient desert in the world gives you indescribable emotions and unforgettable ...
In Swakpomund the Namib Desert meets the Atlantic Ocean, creating a wonderful landscape ...
The Land of Damaras is the most ancient part of Namibia, inhabited since thousands of years ...
A dream came true ... Safari! There are no words to describe this experience ...