Namibia Travel Guide
A Travel Guide To An Unforgettable Safari Experience in Namibia
Namibia is a country located in southern Africa. It is bordered by Angola and Zambia to the north, Botswana to the east, and South Africa to the south. The country has a population of around 2.5 million people and covers an area of 824,292 square kilometres. The Namib Desert, which makes up most of the country, is one of the oldest deserts in the world.
A beautiful country within which to travel with plenty of things to see and do. Some of the top attractions include the Etosha National Park, the Namib Desert, and the Naukluft Mountains. The Etosha National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. The Namib Desert is one of the oldest deserts in the world and is known for its stunning landscapes. The Naukluft Mountains are a great place to hike and explore the beautiful scenery.
Other popular attractions include the Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, and the Skeleton Coast. The Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world and is a popular hiking destination. Sossusvlei is a salt pan located in the Namib Desert and is known for its beautiful red sand dunes. The Skeleton Coast is a stretch of coastline that is littered with shipwrecks and is a popular travel destination for photographers.
As one of Africa's most sparsely populated countries, home to an abundance of wildlife, making it a popular destination for safaris and tours. Some of the most common animals seen on safari in Namibia include lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos, buffalo and, of course, countless species of plains game.
Namibia is also home to the world's largest population of cheetahs, and visitors to the country often have the opportunity to see these majestic animals in their natural habitat. Other popular travel activities include hiking, mountain biking, and exploring the many national parks and reserves. The country is one of the most popular destinations for both wildlife and landscape photographers with scenic vistas around every corner.
Accommodation options when travelling in Namibia range from wild and remote campsites when camping to the more budget-orientated tented camps for those on self-drive safaris all the way through to the utmost in luxury lodges when on a fly-in safari. Whatever your budget, there is an accommodation option to suit you.
Whether one is flying around, being guided around or self-driving in Namibia, travel in the country is safer than almost all other countries in Africa.
It is important to note that as far as currencies are concerned, the Namibian Dollar is 1-1 with the South African Rand.
A great travel destination to visit for anyone looking for an African safari experience. Whether you're a nature lover or just looking for an adventure, Namibia is sure to delight. So what are you waiting for? Enquire and book your trip to Namibia now.
The Ultimate Guide To Travelling In Namibia
Namibia offers untamed and vast expanses of bushveld, desert scapes teaming with wildlife a photographer's paradise.
Home to the Etosha, Kunene River, Damaraland, Caprivi Strip, Namib Desert, Windhoek, Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast to mention just a few of the attractions.
Combine these attractions in the form of a fly-in, camping or self-drive safari, and one is sure to have a safari of a lifetime.
Our specialized Namibia safari consultants can prepare you bespoke and unique itineraries incorporating the game viewing areas of Etosha, Damaraland along with the Caprivi Strip mixed with a trip to the Namib Desert or the Skeleton Coast along with the Fish River Canyon and a night or two in the small coastal town of Luderitz.
Our safari lodge, tented camp and boutique hotel portfolio is designed to suit most budgets and expectations.
A few pages in which we showcase all that makes Namibia one of the most fantastic safari destinations in all of Africa.
It is here where you will find what lodges and safaris are best suited for families or honeymooners, what lodges are the most expensive and most remote and even the best destination on offer to spot and photograph rhinos or lions.
Namibia Photo Gallery
Our photographic gallery in which we showcase images and photographs that we at Uyaphi.com have taken of the past 19 odd years from across this amazingly photogenic country of Namibia including the highlights of the Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Sesriem and of course Etosha to mention only but a few.
Namibia Lodges Visited
Namibia lodges, camps, guesthouses and hotels visited by the team at Uyaphi.com showcasing our images and thoughts (reviews) on each establishment from our perspective.
More of a personal experience to travel photography with our artistic flair (not) shining through with cameras in hand.
Best Namibia Attractions
Namibia attractions and destinations over desert, semi-desert and bushveld environments with excellent wildlife and birdlife sightings in the north and Caprivi Strip.
Let us not forget the cultural side with educational options to experience the daily lives of the Damara, Nama, San, Himba and Herero people.
Getting To Namibia
Getting to Namibia is a little more tricky than, say getting to South Africa due to only +- seven international airlines that fly directly into Windhoek's Hosea Kutako International Airport.
A rather large country with a small population and does not require the aviation backbone that other African powerhouses need.
Getting Around Namibia
Getting around Namibia is easy with good infrastructure, excellent roads, and numerous small airports; all of this in one of Africa's safest countries.
For most travellers, good tar and dirt roads are the norm when travelling between popular destinations, attractions and towns with all their activities on offer.
Namibia Safari Planner
Finding that perfect safari in Namibia can be a daunting task, to say the least. It is here that, by means of filling out a simple form that we can do all the hard yards in finding you exactly what you are looking for.
We find that safari that will suit your budget, wants and needs as well as interests.
When To Visit Namibia
When is it best to safari in Namibia? What will the weather be like at Swakopmund in July?
I am going to the Etosha and the Namib Naukluft National Park in December, is there a chance of rain? Some of the numerous questions asked, here is a "When to visit" page that can answer most of the questions posed.
Namibia Distance Table
Namibia distance table in kilometres featuring all the main cities and towns that are close to a few of the main attractions.
A guide for those at the planning point of a guided or self-drive safari, the distance between destinations as well as the type of roads is essential.
Namibia Visa Requirements
All visitors entering Namibia must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months and can stay a maximum of 90 days in total.
Unabridged birth certificates are required for those travelling with children under years of age.
Visitors must also have outgoing travel documents and sufficient funds to finance their stay.
Our map (Google Map) of features lodges, camps and hotels in all of the country's famous safari destinations, including; Etosha, Namib Naukluft, Damaraland, Namib Desert, Swakopmund and Windhoek, to mention only but a few.
Namibia is famed for her desert-scapes and wildlife, a must-visit African destination.
Malaria In Namibia
Malaria In Namibia is only found in the north of the country and the Caprivi Strip/ Zambezi region. A small information guide for travellers on where malaria can be found in the country, including a malaria map.
The disease should be taken seriously and, as always, consult a health professional for advice on what prophylaxis to take.
The Road To Sossusvlei
Once one navigates the main Sesriem entrance gates and enters the national park a pleasant surprise awaits, a tarred road (yes, a tarred road) that extends all the way through to the main parking area near Sossusvlei.
Cape Town To The Kunene River
In November and December of last year (2019), we loaded our Jeep and headed north out of Cape Town, destination Namibia and the Kunene River, her border with Angola.
A couple of thousand kilometres later, we returned, this time, more in love with country than ever.
Windhoek Oktoberfest 2021
On the 25th and 26th of October, the Sports Klub Windhoek will host the 55th edition of the Oktoberfest. Over 5000 people are expected to attend (compared to 1000 in 2010).
Adding a certain local flavour will be the Namibian band Famaz Attak, and there will be long-established activities and games like archery and tree trunk sawing.
Top 5 restaurants in Windhoek
Continuing our series of dining in Africa, we look at Windhoek. More and more visitors are becoming aware of the unique attractions that this country as a safari destination has to offer.
Nowhere is too far to travel in this small (and clean) city of 330,000 but be warned when you go out to eat, vegetarianism is not common!
Best Places To Go In Namibia
The Uyaphi team has compiled a list of the "Best Places to go" which most safari itineraries would include. A different destination from most African safari destinations.
Instead of lush green forests or open savannas, the primary attraction being vast, open deserts interspersed with canyons, mountain ranges, and oasis.
Living With The Himba
In May 2012, we arranged for Uyaphi.Com client Ken Vine from Devon in England to stay with the traditional Himba people in two remote villages in the middle of Kaokoland.
He lived, slept, ate, conversed and photographed these Himba villagers.