Tailor-made holidays throughout Namibia, from the sand dunes of Sossusvlei to the Fish River Canyon.
Land Only price from: £7,945
Namibia is a great country for a self-drive holiday - good roads, beautiful scenery and they drive on the left.
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• In Windhoek, have dinner at NICE, an innovative training school for local Namibian chefs.
• If hiring a 4x4, take a refresher on how to change a car tyre and take gallons of water!
• Follow Brangelina's footsteps and have a few days in the coastal town of Swakupmond - packed full of adventure.
• Take a scenic flight over the rugged dunes and coastline of the Skeleton Coast.
• Climb the world's highest dune, Big Daddy - but go early as it gets very hot!
Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles, Richard Dowden Journalist Richard Dowden tackles the huge topic of Sub Saharan Africa, country by country. A controversial, but fascinating read that attempts to tackle the problems that Africa has faced in the effort for development.
Histories of Namibia: Living Through the Liberation Struggle, Colin Leys and Susan Brown A revealing account of 11 Namibians, struggling through post-independent Namibia; a reflection of a whole generation coping and maturing into a new Namibia.
Namibia: Culture Smart! The Essential Guide to Customs and Culture A concise guide, "full of fascinating as well as common sense tips to help you avoid embarrassing faux pas", The Observer.
Running with the Moon: A Boy’s Own Adventure: Riding a Motorbike through Africa, Jonny Bealby Jonny’s account of his journey, both physical and mental, is touching, honest and ultimately uplifting.
The Healing Land: a Kalahari Journey, Rupert Isaacson Rupert Isaacson travels through Southern Africa following the Kalahari bushmen.
Drawn from the Plains: Life in the Wilds of Namibia and Mocambique by Lynne Tinley An account of two ecologists’ lives in Namibia, including the Etosha Pan, their discoveries and personal hardships.
Not Untrue and Not Unkind, Ed O’Loughlin Takes us on his journey through African conflict touching on the ambition, vanity, guilt and anger that drives us all.
The Burning Shore, Wilbur Smith Wilbur Smith was born in Central Africa in 1933. This is an epic adventure story set in Namibia.
The Number One Ladies Detective Agency series of novels, Alexander McCall Smith Alexander McCall Smith was born in Zimbabwe and his stories are wildly entertaining and insightful.
One of Namibia's very few native born novelists, Joseph Diescho has written two noteworthy novels, Born of the Sun: a Namibian Novel and Troubled Waters. Out of print but worth tracking down a second-hand copy.
Namibia, Footprint A good practical guide: fully updated 7th edition published in January 2015.
Namibia, Bradt The fifth edition of this practical and informative guide was published in June 2015.
Namibia, Insight A heavily illustrated guide, strong on history and culture.
Namibia is 2 hours ahead of GMT from September to April and 1 hour ahead during daylight savings.
A useful website to check the time zone differences is [http://www.worldtimezone.com | www.worldtimezone.com]
Food and Alcohol: Namibian Food is a blend of traditional German influence mixed with the South African delicacies. The Game dishes are most common and the popular ones are namely the kudu meat, springbok and gemsbok. Although Namibia is a meat-orientated society, and many menu options will feature steaks from one animal or another, vegetarians are readily catered for and all of the lodges and camps provide a high standard of food. Please let us know your requirements as soon as possible so we can make any arrangements to cater for your needs.
The national drink of Namibia is the Tafel lager and Windhoek lager.
Money: In Namibia the unit of currency is Namibia Dollar & South African Rand.
To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to [http://www.oanda.com | www.oanda.com]
A few points to help you plan: • Payments are mainly made in cash. • Increasingly more shops and hotels will accept credit card payments, though a cash advance is unlikely. • You can easily exchange Euros, US Dollars and UK Sterling cash. • ATM machines are available in the larger towns but best not to be relied upon. • If using ATM machines, be sure to notify your bank before you travel. • By keeping the receipt you get when you change money in Windhoek you can change back any spare currency prior to departure.
Language: The official language is English and until 1990, German and Afrikaans were also official languages. Half of all Namibians speak Oshiwambo as their first language, whereas the most widely understood language is Afrikaans. Among the younger generation, the most widely understood language is English. Both Afrikaans and English are used primarily as a second language reserved for public communication, but small first-language groups exist throughout the country.
Even today, 90 years after the end of the German colonial era, the German language plays a leading role as a commercial language. Afrikaans is spoken by 60% of the white community, German is spoken by 32%, English is spoken by 7% and Portuguese by 1%.
Cultural Sensitivity: At Wild Frontiers we are very aware of the ethical impact tourism can have on ancient cultures. We realise that taking a group of tourists through such a region can have a negative impact on the lives of those who live there and on all our tours we therefore go to great lengths to minimise the negative and accentuate the positive…after all, there are also many good things that the tourist can bring.
To help this process we ask that our clients do not hand out pens or sweets to children. As one sign in Egypt emphatically put it, ‘Please don't make beggars out of our children!' No matter how well intentioned, in our opinion the dolling out of free gifts fosters a ‘beggar mentality' that is ultimately extremely destructive to a society. In addition we do not condone giving out money to beggars or ‘students'.
However, we also realise that we are exceptionally privileged to be travelling in areas where most of the people have far less than us and that the desire to ‘help' can be very powerful. As a result we ask that you refer to your trip dossier for information on the Wild Frontiers Foundation which supports specific projects in the areas where we travel.
Photography: Please remember, we are guests in the countries through which we travel and we may sometimes inadvertently cause offence by taking photographs without first asking permission.
Also many countries have very strict rules about taking photos of army, police or any official personnel; restrictions apply at borders, bridges and any government building. Please exercise care in this regard as the penalty may be to have your film and/or camera confiscated.
The weather in Namibia can change significantly depending on where you are so it is important to do some good planning if you are doing a tailor made trip. Naturally, our group trips will visit a specific area at the best time we can.
Windhoek The capital is mainly cool and dry between May and September. From November to March the summer is hot with heavy rains that sometimes make the gravel roads to the Namib completely impassable.
In December and January most of the local people will head to the coastline for their holidays so Windhoek will be significantly quieter than at other times.
Southern Namibia If you're visiting southern Namibia then May to September is your optimum time, although the desert regions can be incredibly cold. There can be a lot of wind in August while February to May can be subject to mists. During our winter period it can get incredibly hot.
The Namib October to March is the best time to go to the Namib coast (including Walvis Bay and Swakopmund) as the weather is pleasant on the coast. When the dry easterly winds blow however, it can be very hot at this time of year.
Inland May to September are the cooler months, though the easterly winds have the same effects here as on the coast.
Skeleton Coast & Kaokoveld The northern Skeleton Coast experiences much the same weather year-round: moderate temperatures with mist, wind, and hardly any rain. For the inland Kaokoveld, the dry winter season from May to August is the best time to travel.
The summer months bring very high temperatures and occasionally flash floods as most rain falls between January and March.
Etosha and the North The best time to visit Etosha is from April to September as the temperature is tolerably cool, especially at night. From May to September the increasingly thirsty animals gather at waterholes, making it the best time to go to Etosha for game viewing.
Summer is best time to travel to Etosha for bird watching as migratory birds (both intra-African and Palaearctic) flock into the park's many habitats after the summer rains. The main Etosha Pan itself can become a huge expanse of shallow water filled with flamingos, wildfowl and waders.
There are no direct flights from the UK to Windhoek, Namibia's capital. The quickest option is usually via Frankfurt with British Midland & Air Namibia which takes around 12 hours, or via Johannesburg with British Airways or South African Airways which takes around 15hours.