Namibia :: Central Namibia
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Namibia is a beautiful unspoilt country of extremes. This scarcely populated country (2,1 million people) with its vast open spaces and clear, starry skies is the ideal place for beginners who want to discover the beauty and richness of the African continent.
Located in South-West Africa, Namibia is a gem for those in search of wilderness. It has a great number of national parks, game reserves and conservation areas where a big variation in landscape, vegetation and animals can be seen.
You do not need to stick to these protected areas to experience the beauty of the country. Namibia is the ideal self-drive country. It has a good infrastructure and the people are friendly and welcoming.
Namibia is essentially a desert land with wide horizons crying out for exploration. Because Namibia has so much to offer, you can keep your itinerary flexible and just enjoy your road trip! It has an excellent road network that enables you to reach the varied sights and attractions that are spread all over the country. In remote areas you can drive for days without seeing people, and in some places the awe inspiring beauty of the surreal landscapes will simply give you goose-flesh.
Namibia offers comfortable accommodation, varying from basic campsites to well-equipped and comfortable camps, backpackers, tented camps, guest houses and lodges to the most luxurious hotels. However, if you venture into remote areas, you need to be a self-sufficient camper.
Windhoek is the capital of Namibia. It is the social, economic and cultural centre of the country and incidentally more or less in the middle of the country. It is a modern city, well worth a visit. For more important travel information on Namibia, please consult the Tracks4Africa self-guide travel book, available on our online shop or in selected retail stores.
|Best Time to Visit :||May to October.|
|Languages spoken :||English (Official Language), German, Afrikaans|
|Game Viewing, Game Drives, Night Drives, Quad Bikes, 4WD Trails, Tours and Excursions, Picnics, Wine Tasting, Hiking Trails, Guided Walks, Mountain Biking, Donkey Trekking, Horse Trails, Donkey Cart Drives, Camel Rides, Ostrich Showfarm, Animal Feeding, Golf, Fishing, Swimming, Diving, Snorkelling, Surfing, Sandboarding, Water Skiing, Canoeing, Makoro Trips, Sea_Kayaking, Sailing, Boat Trips, White Water Rafting, Bird Watching, Whale or Dolphin Watching, Scenic Flights, Hot-air Balloon Flights, Stargazing, Photography|
Do not rely on ATM's always working in smaller towns - they are often out of order or out of money, and many times they are situated inside shops, so you can only gain access to them during business hours. Draw enough cash from large city centres.
Try to avoid drawing money at Bank Windhoek 'cash express' ATM's in small shops in remote areas - travellers have reported problems.
Travellers reported never having to buy additional car insurance when entering or travelling to Namibia.
In Namibia, home affairs keep your passport when you apply for a VISA extension in Windhoek, and give it back when the extension is issued. In the interim, you have a piece of stamped paper to carry around, which you obviously cannot cross the border with. They process the extension application within 5 working days though. NAD80 for the application, and around NAD380 for the extended VISA when it is approved. (May-14).
Generally speaking you can take meat North in Namibia but not South. This is because of foot and mouth disease. Look for Vet fences on the Tracks4Africa maps which will indicate control points.
Take note: Garage or Petrol cards will no longer be accepted as a legal tender for purchase of fuel, spares or repairs in Namibia. Cash, Debit and Credit cards are accepted at most fuel stops in the larger and touristy towns. Just always take extra cash with in case they only accept cash!
Best advice for being prepared for paying for fuel in Africa, is to draw cash at ATM's as you go, and keep enough for an extra full tank or two. Keep extra cash hidden well in your car.
Always try to fill up with fuel at every opportunity you get, and keep your jerry cans full!
NAD12.29 p/litre (95 Unleaded). Diesel prices: NAD12.82 p/litre. (16-Apr-14).
If you want to travel into Namibia with your pets, normal quarantine rules will apply, but reportedly its just not worth all the effort.
The 'D-roads' in Namibia are in general in very good condition. Take not that Namibia road numbers do not necessarily translate to road classification/condition. For example, the D3703 NW from Opuwo deteriorates from a gravel highway to a sandy riverbed with any traces of tracks having been wiped out by passing cattle!
Tracks4Africa tries to indicate road conditions on their maps where the information is available. There are no 'D-roads' around Doros Crater, so plan carefully.
In some parts of Namibia there isn't a lot of traffic on the roads, and places are far apart. It should be fine to travel alone, but if you have a breakdown, you may have a long wait before someone possibly comes past to assist.
Travellers are advised to have some sort of satellite comms for emergency purposes. There are still large areas without cell reception. Always travel with sufficient water, food and first aid supplies.
The veterinary cordon fence is meant to prevent spread of foot-and-mouth disease from wildlife to cattle country. Therefore you should not have a problem travelling North. Coming back South passing a vet fence is much more strict. Then you should not carry meat products with you.
The rule would be NOT TO cross a vet fence with meat regardless of where you bought it. Cooked and processed meat such as smoked ham could be allowed through, but not always.
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