The climate in Namibia is typically semi-desert, with hot days and cool nights. Namibia averages about 300 days of sunshine annually. Summer, the rainy season, lasts from November to April, while the rest of the year is dry and cloudless. Temperatures can rise to over 40C. During April to May days are warm, but morning and evening temperatures start to drop. The early part of June is very cold in the mornings and evenings, occasionally even dropping below zero, and winter lasts until August.
Passports & visas
No visa is required for Australian and New Zealand passport holders. You need a current passport with six month’s validity from the date you return and two blank pages. All children under the age of 18 are required to present an unabridged copy of their birth certificate when entering or leaving Namibia. For more information, see Travelling to Africa with Children.
Consult your GP or a travel doctor at least six weeks before you travel. You may be required or recommended to get vaccinations for measles, typhoid and hepatitis A & B, among others. Malaria is not overly prevalent in Namibia, however malaria prophylactics are recommended for safari travellers.
Namibia’s international airport is in Windhoek. There are also domestic airports and airfields that connect major towns and safari destinations. The national airline is Air Namibia. Depending on your arrival time, you may require a night in Windhoek.
Namibia is accessible by light aircraft flights and road transfers. Private guided safaris, small group tours and self-drive safaris are the ideal way to experience the most of Namibia’s sweeping landscapes. Keep in mind the hotter temperatures and long distances between camps, as road conditions can slow you down. Flying in light aircrafts provides great scenic views and reduces the transfer time between camps.
Currency & language
The local currency is the Namibia dollar which is fixed and equivalent to the South African rand. The Namibian dollar and South African rand are the only legal tender in Namibia. Visa and Mastercard are generally accepted. English is the official language in Namibia. German and Afrikaans are also widely used, along with the Bantu and Khoisan dialects.
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