What to See in Namibia for First Time Travelers?
With the spectacular scenery and stunning landscapes like no other place on earth, Namibia is always regarded as a land of brave and free. For first time travelers who take Namibia tours, we suggest to plan a trip of 8 to 10 days to cover the highlights in Windhoek, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Twyfelfontein, Etosha National Park. Windhoek is the capital and the entry point to Namibia.
In Sossusvlei, the iconic huge red sand dunes of Namib Desert contrasting with the clear blue Africa sky will absolutely leave you a deep impression. Then go to the beautiful coastal city Swakopmund to do some extreme activities or just sniff the relaxing atmosphere there. In Twyfelfontein, you will marvel at the rock carvings that have been created 6,000 years ago by the San people. In Etosha National Park, various amazing wildlife congregating in a waterhole to drink at the same time is a grand scene you will never forget, which also makes Etosha so different with the other national parks in Africa. All above will make your Namibia tour memorable.
When is the Best Time to Travel Namibia?
The best time to visit Namibia is in the winter dry season from June to October, when the days are sunny and pleasant. It is also the best time to view wildlife in all parks as they will congregate near the rivers and waterholes.
Walvis Bay, Swakopmund
Do I Need a Visa to Visit Namibia?
Yes. You may need a visa to travel to Namibia which depends on your nationality. Currently, the passport holders of 55 countries including the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada can enter Namibia without obtaining a visa for 3 months. It is better to check the visa policy before preparing your Namibia tour packages.
How to Get to and Travel Around Namibia?
The main way to get to Namibia is flying into Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in the capital city Windhoek. At present, only the direct flights from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Namibia are available, most of the travelers need to have a stopover in Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) or Cape Town international airport (CPT) of South Africa to arrive at Namibia. Moreover, Walvis Bay Airport (WVB) is the second largest airport which mainly serves international routes from Johannesburg and Cape Town. The most popular and convenient way to travel around Namibia is to rent a vehicle with a driver guide or self-driving.
Is Tipping Customary in Namibia?
Tipping is certainly voluntary in Namibia. But it is a common practice to tip if you are satisfied with the service you received. Tipping 10% of the total bill is a standard in restaurants and bars. We recommend you tip your safari guide at the end of the Namibia travel packages NAD80-100 per day per guest, but still it should depend on your individual satisfaction.
Is Namibia a Good Destination for Family?
Yes, travelling Namibia with kids is very relaxing. Most of Namibia are low malaria risk areas and the pleasant climate makes it a good destination for families. Unlike many other wildlife national parks in Africa, Etosha National Park allows you to safari with the kids under 5, also the entrance fee for the children under 15 are free. Swakopmund is a wonderful city if children look for some exciting activities, like quad-biking, horse riding, etc. It is also a good choice to do a living desert tour, children will learn a vast of knowledge about the different beetles and insects in the dune desert from local expert. In Sossusvlei, kids can climb to the Big Daddy Dune and overlook the world' oldest desert, it must be an interesting and splendid experience.