With its dry desert landscape and archaeological points of interest, Namibia is somewhat unlike its competing African safari destinations. Here, you’ll encounter stunning national parks teeming with wildlife, ancient rock art sites that shed a light on the country’s fascinating history and a natural beauty so unique you’ll wonder why you didn’t visit here sooner.
If wildlife-spotting is high on your travel bucket list, you’ve come to the right place. Namibia is home to the AfriCat Foundation, an organisation that promotes the conservation of wildlife in the country. Based in the Okonjima Nature Reserve, AfriCat welcome visitors and show them majestic animals in their natural habitat, all the while protecting them and helping them to thrive. In Namibia, you can observe big cats, black rhinos and even elephants.
For the archaeology enthusiasts, this destination is surprising. The story of this country can be found carved into its rocks, in engaging museum collections and in its people. The rock art of the Khoisans is a tradition that has continued over thousands of years and the sites are incredible. Visit the Spitzkoppe, where the rock art describes patterns of hunter-gatherer settlements and subsistence that occurred in the area until the introduction of farming practice. At the rock shelter of Ekuta, stand before detailed depictions of animals and people carrying equipment, such as bows and arrows.
British nationals may enter Namibia for tourist purposes without a visa for up to 90 days, but the advice on the official government website mentions to check that the right amount of entry time has been granted upon admission to the country because some visitors have been granted less time to visit than anticipated. For U.S. citizens, a tourist visa must be obtained prior to travel, even for stays of less than 90 days. Vaccinations may be needed, so you should always check the latest advice on this ahead of travel.
The official currency of Namibia is the Namibian dollar (N$).
Many parts of Namibia are remote, so always pack a decent day bag to bring with you when out visiting sites. A small first aid kit might be a good idea, as will be sunscreen, layered clothing and good walking shoes.
English is the official language of Namibia, although there are around 30 spoken languages here in total.
The majority of Namibians are Christian, with religious festivals being popular around the country throughout the year. Gender roles here are more traditional and defined, with men tending to do manual labour and women keeping the homes.
It’s not compulsory to tip in Namibia, however tips are always greatly appreciated.