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1. Posted by tomik (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Hello All,
I am looking for some tips on travelling to Namibia as I plan a trip there in November and my time is limited to 8 - 10 days maximum. What's the part of the country I should go for bearing in mind my time limitation.
Is it worth to visit Windhoek? Is it safe there and in other parts of Namibia?
I will appreciate some feedback from thsoe who have explored the country or simply live there.

best regards,
Tomek

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Namibia is a very safe country considering criminal attacks etc.
Not that strange, it's almost empty apart from Windhoek, Swakopmund and the north.
The Caprivi strip used to be a bit more unsafe, but it's ok these days.
With 8-10 days in mind, I would go straight westwards from Windhoek towards the Namib Naukluft National Park, visiting Sossusvlei and the amazing sand dunes of the Namib desert.
From there go north to Damaraland and on to Etosha Nationa Park for some great safari experience. Then back to Waterberg Plateau National Park and on to Windhoek.
Swakopmund, Walvisbaai and surroundings isn't too bad, but nothing special either. On a 10 day trip, I would skip it.
Cheers! Michael

3. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 9y

I would agree with the above but take in Swakopmund if you want to do crazy sports like skydiving, dune buggying, sandboarding etc.
Naukluft an absolute must, likewise Etosha.
Have a great trip!

4. Posted by tomik (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Thanks! You guys recommend to make the itinerary and pick a tourist agency before arrival (eg. via Internet) or it's still fine to arrive in Windhoek and then look around to find an agency that provides a vehicle, guide, accomodation etc.
What is price wise?

What you think is the best way to do and still be clever about spending money?
What approximete budget I need to have for 10 days travelling in Namibia (averagde standard of life) ?

regards,
Tomek

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Hi Tomek,
Namibia is not a cheap place to travel around and stay for the night, if you don't camp.
Car rental is the best way to experience the country, public transport is not really well developed at all and few and far between.
Even gravel roads are perfect, so you don't need a fourwheel drive. Depending on the season, booking accomodation ahead is not really necessary, but remember that there are not so many options. If one is full, you might have to drive for another hour at least.
So if you have 10 days, I really would advise you to arrange a car and accomodation in you home country. Car rental is almost always cheaper if booked ahead.
Cheapest cars are already around 50 dollar a day, midrange lodges as well. So adding some other things, about 150 dollar a day is really not that much, although if camping it can be done much cheaper.

6. Posted by tomik (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Okay, thanks. What about the holiday season? We plan to fly to Namibia in October/November, do you think it's fine? doesn't it rain too much at that time? Are there any other circumstances we should think of flying there at the end of the year?

Tomek

7. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Highseason in Namibia is in July and August, because temperatures are best and no rain at all with clear blue sky.
october/november is still ok, but temperatures are much higher, probably up to 40 in the desert. But it's still ok, dry air, not humid and probably you won't see more than a shower during that time.

8. Posted by tomik (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Michael, what about driving in Namibia? Do they drive on left or right like in Europe mainland?
If they drive on left I might face a bit of a problem. So far I have prefered to skip driving on left myself :-)

regards,

9. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Quoting tomik

Michael, what about driving in Namibia? Do they drive on left or right like in Europe mainland?
If they drive on left I might face a bit of a problem. So far I have prefered to skip driving on left myself :-)

regards,

Hi Tomek,
Yep, they drive on the left, but really, after one day you are already used to it. And because it's totally empty, you won't face any problems with that. If it's possible, try to get a car with automatic gear, that way it's a bit easier. I have driven in several countries on the left but it's no problem. After coming back in Holland, i even had to get used to driving on the right again.
And because you are obviously sitting on the right when driving left, it feels naturrally, you are in the middle of the road.
What's more difficult for example, is driving with your own car in england, you drive left but sit left as well, you don't see a thing when overtaking a car.
Cheers! Michael