Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/namibia) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.
Namibia Tourism (www.namibiatourism.com.na) Tourism portal for the Namibian government, with excellent, high-level coverage of the country.
Namibia Wildlife Resorts (www.nwr.com.na) Gateway to the country's national parks, with a focus on the government-run accommodation options.
Safari Bookings (www.safaribookings.com) Fantastic resource for booking your safari, with expert and traveller reviews.
The Cardboard Box Travel Shop (www.namibian.org/travel/travel.htm) Good overview of the country, with entries on everything from corruption to climate, golf to game drives.
- Distances can be long – plan your trip to see a few places well instead of trying to see everything and ending up spending all your trip driving.
- Book your luxury lodge or tented camp, or your self-drive campsite, many months in advance.
- Ditto for your 4WD rental vehicle.
- If you're staying at a luxury lodge or tented camp, laundry is usually included, so no need for a really full suitcase.
- Consider taking an off-road driving introductory course before setting out.
- If driving, fill up with fuel at every available opportunity – you never quite know when supplies will run out, and off-road driving uses up much more fuel than you might think.
- Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months past your arrival date
- Check airline baggage restrictions (most charter flights to luxury lodges have strict limits, usually around 15kg)
- Inform your debit-/credit-card company or bank that you’re heading away
- Arrange for appropriate travel insurance
- Book your accommodation as early as you can
What to Take
- Binoculars and a field guide
- Mosquito repellent, net and prophylaxis for the northern half of the country
- Neutral-coloured clothing for safari
- Small beanbag for steadying camera while in safari vehicles
- Tracks4Africa paper and GPS maps
- Travel insurance
- Wind and waterproof jacket
- Yellow fever vaccination certificate
- A South African–style adapter for electrical appliances
- Torch (flashlight)
- Multi-purpose Swiss Army knife and a compass
What to Wear
Loose-fitting, light casual wear is recommended. If you're self-driving and camping, dress codes don't really apply. For luxury lodges and tented camps, a nice set of clothes (eg a button-up shirt for men) or two is a good idea for dinner. Out on safari, light neutral tones are recommended.