All your questions about Namibia answered

The following is a list of questions that are often asked by people planning trips to Namibia, together with answers from our travel experts: 

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    What type of destination is Namibia?

    Namibia is a fascinating destination filled with stark contrasts and inimitable scenery. From the rugged Skeleton Coast to the famous Etosha National Park, and the ancient Namib Desert, Namibia unfolds with an unmatched, otherworldly beauty. Namibia is also a safe, family-friendly destination offering something for everyone.

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    Is Namibia safe for tourists?

    Namibia is mostly a safe destination, yet you should take all the usual precautions when travelling to a foreign destination. Travel in groups if possible, keep a list of emergency numbers, and keep any valuables out of sight or locked away. Travel insurance is a must for travel to Namibia or any other country.

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    What is Namibia famous for?

    One of Namibia’s greatest assets is its conservation success story, but the country is also famous for many other things including the highest dunes in the world at Sossusvlei, the ancient Namib Desert, a Dark Sky Reserve at NamibRand, and the huge Etosha Pan with its abundant opportunities for wildlife sightings. These fascinating destinations make Namibia a top travel choice for any adventurer.

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    What is the best time of year to go to Namibia?

    Namibia is a year-round type of destination that you will enjoy no matter the weather or the season. Winter (July to October) is the best time for wildlife viewing but summertime is perfect for the beach and other coastal attractions. During the summer rainfall season, the country abounds with new life and unexpected abundance.

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    Where is Etosha National Park located?

    Etosha National Park is a leading national reserve in northern Namibia located about 4 hours’ drive from Windhoek. The reserve incorporates some 8,598 square miles (22,269 square km) of pristine wilderness centered on the Etosha pan, an expanse of salt and salt springs that attract an abundance of wild species.

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    Can you swim in Namibia?

    Most definitely. Summer is the best time for swimming in Namibia. You’ll find opportunities for all level of swimmers to enjoy a dip in the ocean at Swakopmund and further afield as well as many safe dams, lakes, and public pools for your enjoyment. Most accommodation establishments boast swimming pools for exercise or relaxation during your trip.

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    Which language is widely spoken in Namibia?

    Local people in Namibia speak a vast array of languages including local dialects, German, Afrikaans, and English. However, if you’re planning a self-drive trip to the country, it’s best if you can speak, read, and write basic English.

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    What is the capital of Namibia?

    Windhoek is the capital city of Namibia and the first port of call for most visitors to the country. Windhoek is a modern, welcoming city filled with interesting shops, restaurants, accommodation providers, galleries, museums, and parks. You’ll find everything you need for your trip in Windhoek.

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    Are Namibians friendly?

    Namibians are friendly hospitable people with a peaceful welcoming nature. The country boasts a relatively clean sheet when it comes to corruption in Africa, and you’ll find everyone you meet is polite, welcoming, and keen to help you enjoy your visit.