Namibia is a country in Southern Africa nestled between Botswana and the Atlantic Ocean. It is a popular tourist destination. If you love the wilderness, then get ready to make sensational discoveries. But when to go? And what activities to do? What sites to visit?
What is the best season to discover Namibia?
Between May and October, the climate in Namibia is really nice. It is also the best period to visit the country: the climate is hot and dry. However, it is the high season and there is often a shortage of accommodation. Moreover, prices are on the rise… So, to avoid the influx of tourists, it is preferable to leave at the beginning of November or in April.
Beware! The period between December and March is to be avoided, because it is the rainy season. If you are planning to go on safari, it’s a missed opportunity! The tracks are impassable and the heat is stifling!!
What to do in Namibia?
Namibia has a breathtaking natural heritage! It is also an exceptional safari destination, especially in the Etosha Park, the emblem of Namibia. The idyllic landscape offers visitors a breathtaking spectacle. Also, the fauna and flora are rich. During your trip you can meet the mythical animals of Africa such as elephant, rhino, zebra, kudu, oryx, etc..
The two deserts (the Namib and the Kalahari) which have everything to charm the tourists, the dunes of the Namib-Naukluft National Park which are the highest in the world. It is also an exceptional beach destination. The country alone has more than 1,570 km of coastline.
A hike in the First River Canyon, in the second largest Grand Canyon in the world, will also spice up the trip to Namibia. In any case, there is no shortage of activities to enjoy to complete your stay: trekking in Namibia, rafting and canoeing, climbing, fishing, paragliding, quad biking, sandboarding or sand surfing, visiting historical relics, discovering rock paintings, etc.
Note: It takes an average of one month to tour Namibia.
More information to know!
To move around in the interior of the territory, it is highly recommended to rent a car. This will save you a considerable amount of time. Moreover, buses only serve the big city. Nevertheless, the distance between the sites is sometimes important, so don’t forget to fill up your car with petrol to avoid any unpleasant surprises.
Note: There are two tourist trains in Namibia: the Desert Express and the Shongololo Dune Express. Although the fare is expensive, the trip is really worth it.
Moreover, in Namibia, you must respect the environment and protect yourself against insects such as mosquitoes and scorpions. Concerning accommodation, there is something for all tastes and for all budgets: hotels, hostels, lodges… However, if you leave between July and August, book in advance, as it is the tourist period. Finally, do not enter the forbidden zone, located south of the A4 Lüderitz-Keetmanshoop road: Sperrgebie.