Namibia in detail

Planning Tips


Lonely Planet ( Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.

Namibia Tourism ( Tourism portal for the Namibian government, with excellent, high-level coverage of the country.

Namibia Wildlife Resorts ( Gateway to the country's national parks, with a focus on the government-run accommodation options.

Safari Bookings ( Fantastic resource for booking your safari, with expert and traveller reviews.

The Cardboard Box Travel Shop ( Good overview of the country, with entries on everything from corruption to climate, golf to game drives.

Top Tips

  • 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.

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • 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.