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Travelling to Namibia
All the practical information you need regarding your trip to Africa is found here. From how to prepare before you leave and travelling to your destination, to advice on travelling within your country of choice.
Before you Go
Visas and Passports
British nationals can enter Namibia for a visit of up to 90 days without a visa. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the appropriate consulate: Namibia (020 7636 6244). You need a passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK.
If children are not travelling with both parents, Namibia require a letter of consent to enter or depart. To issue some tickets, we require passport details and ages when you book. If you subsequently change your passport, please let us know as soon as possible.
To issue some tickets, we require passport details and ages when you book. If you subsequently change your passport, please let us know as soon as possible.
Adequate travel insurance is essential. We do not sell or recommend any specific policy. A list of insurance companies that our customers have found suitable is available from us. Please advise your insurer of any pre-existing medical conditions and, if you are booking a holiday involving high-altitude trekking, such as the Inca Trail, make sure that you are covered for this. If you are planning on carrying out any other activities, please ensure your insurance policy will cover you for these. Note that cancellation cover is often only available if insurance is purchased within two weeks of booking your holiday.
Receiving your tickets
You will receive tickets approximately 10 days before departure, along with information on accommodation, transfers and excursions. Our agents will give you your hotel and excursion vouchers when you arrive. Please check airline tickets carefully in case timings have changed after we issued your confirmation.
Travelling with Children
Namibia introduced new immigration rules in 2016 relating to travel with children. In addition to valid passports, parents travelling with children (under 18) should at all times carry the original or certified copy of the unabridged birth certificate. The full unabridged birth certificate should list the child’s details and both parents’ details. Adults travelling with children where they are not the biological or legal guardians of those children, should be in possession of an affidavit statement from the child’s parents giving consent for their travel. Please contact the Namibia consulate to check requirements.
What to pack
Partially covered by the Namib, one of the world’s driest deserts, Namibia’s climate is generally very dry and pleasant. The cold Benguela current keeps the coast cool, damp and free of rain for most of the year. Inland, all the rain falls in summer (November to April). January and February are hot, when daytime temperatures in the interior can exceed 40°C, but nights are usually cool. Winter nights can be fairly cold so it is recommended to bring some warm items.
During the day it is generally hot, so you should pack lightweight loose-fitting clothes in natural fabrics, such as linen or cotton. Although mosquitos are not a big problem in Namibia, and only found in certain parts, precautions should still be taken, such as wearing long-sleeved shirts and long trousers at night.
Electrical sockets in Namibia are 220 Volts. Sockets fit plugs with three round pins.
We recommend you carry a copy of your passport with you at all times.
Please bring any medication you may require from the UK.
You can bring whichever luggage you feel most comfortable with: suitcases, soft bags and rucksacks are fine.
Lightweight, light coloured cotton trousers and long-sleeved shirts
Pullover or jacket for the early mornings and evenings
Warm hat and gloves for winter months
Camera equipment – a lens with a long zoom is recommended for photographing wildlife
Health & Fitness
Age & fitness limitations
For most of our holidays, age is not a concern. However, a reasonable level of fitness is required, as most holidays require some walking, sometimes on uneven ground.
Vaccinations & medical requirements
Please consult your GP or a travel clinic about health and vaccination requirements. The NHS website www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk gives good advice about travelling in Namibia.
Malaria precautions are highly recommended in the north of Namibia, including Etosha.
When visiting Africa, stomach illnesses are not uncommon due to changes in diet. In Namibia, tap water is either purified or comes directly from boreholes and is therefore technically safe to drink, however we suggest you only drink bottled water and avoid ice. If you are unsure if salads and fruits have been washed in purified water, it is best to avoid them. Bottled water is provided for you.
If you have any health problems on holiday, please speak to our local agents or hotel staff. They will arrange for a doctor or hospital if necessary.
A holiday in Africa inevitably means long haul flights, and at least one overnight sector. Air fares vary from date to date and between airlines. Our holidays are scheduled to use the most advantageous air fare.
You can choose which airline you prefer, we will let you know if a supplement is payable. Levels of onboard service and facilities, such as entertainment, vary by airline and route. Please ask us for details.
Most airlines offer the option of flying from regional airports in the UK, avoiding the need to make your own way to London. Due to the timing of flights, in some cases this may involve an overnight stop in London or another intermediate airport. There is usually a supplement for regional departures. Please note that most of our flights depart from London. Most flights to Namibia go via Johannesburg in South Africa.
You can upgrade to business class or premium economy on most airlines. Prices start from £199 each way for Premium Economy and £699 each way for Business Class. Call us for prices for the route and airline you are interested in.
British Airways World Traveller Plus, Air France Premium Voyageur and Virgin Premium Economy seats are available. These provide more comfortable seats which recline further and have more legroom. There are better meals and a bar service.
KLM, Iberia and United offer standard economy class seats with extra legroom for additional cost. KLM seats can be booked through Llama Travel. United and Iberia seats can be reserved with the airlines one month prior to departure.
British Airways Club World has seats which convert into full flat beds and have a privacy screen.
Iberia Business Plus between Madrid and Latin America offers seats which convert into flat beds. Between the UK and Madrid, seats are usually the same as in economy class.
KLM World Business Class offers seats that convert into flat beds. Between the UK and Amsterdam, seats are usually the same as in economy class. Air France Affairs Class offer seats which convert into virtually flat beds. Between the UK and Paris, seats are usually the same as in economy class.
United Business First between the UK and the US offers seats which convert into full flat beds. Between the US and Latin America, seats are more spacious than in economy.
Most scheduled airlines have a baggage allowance of 23kg per passenger for international flights, but internal flight allowances can be less. Exact limits can be found on airline webpages. Please bear this in mind when packing, as carrying excess baggage will normally incur an expensive additional cost payable at check in. Additionally, certain excursions have a limited baggage allowance. Where this is the case, you will usually be able to leave the rest of your luggage in storage. Llama Travel accepts no responsibility for the delay, loss or damage of luggage.
Selecting your seats on flights
Many airlines now charge a fee to select your seat prior to checking in for your flight, even when travelling in premium economy or business class. Alternatively, you may choose your preferred seat free of charge when online check-in opens 24 hours prior to departure or at the airport. Please ask us about the options available at time of booking.
We all want a comfortable journey, particularly on long haul flights. If you would like a seat with some extra leg room or a larger recline please let us know. Airlines have introduced a range of “economy comfort” seats that may be purchased in advance. In some cases, these seats may only be purchased online directly with the airline once Llama Travel has issued your ticket approximately 30 days prior to departure.
For flights within Africa, and for connecting flights in Europe, it is usually only possible to select seats when you check-in online or at the airport.
It may not be possible to always use online check-in systems, especially when using a codeshare flight. On occasion, your preferred seat may be changed by the airline for operational reasons such as a change of aircraft or to facilitate a disabled passenger on the day you fly and as such, Llama Travel cannot always guarantee specific seats.
Travelling in Namibia
The currency in Namibia is the Namibian Dollar. The South African Rand is also accepted everywhere in Namibia, and both currencies have the same value (approximate exchange rate: 18R = 1GBP). Credit and debit cards can be used in many shops and restaurants, and can also be used to withdraw money from cash machines. In the remote areas, it is best to take cash as there are no ATMS at the lodges, although it is possible to pay by Visa or MasterCard.
It is always recommended to inform your bank that you are travelling abroad and to which countries. This will allow them to authorise money withdrawals from your account when you are away. Some banks say that this is not necessary, however we would still recommend contact with your bank as in some cases people have had difficulty in withdrawing currency.
Safety & Security
Most people who travel to the countries where Llama Travel operates experience no problems on holiday. However, as is the case anywhere in the world, crime can be a problem, especially in large cities. Tourists can appear attractive targets to criminals. To minimise the risk, use common sense. Do not display signs of wealth, such as expensive looking jewellery or cameras. Avoid empty streets, especially on your own. Take a taxi after dark. By taking sensible precautions, you should have a trouble-free holiday.
Each country has its own standards for health and safety, but these are often not as good as in the UK. We take this into account when selecting hotels and request that they comply with all local regulations, but cannot guarantee that these are equivalent to British standards. Please take reasonable precautions to protect yourselves whilst on holiday, e.g. by locating fire exit routes.
Please also check the Foreign Office travel advice for the countries you are visiting at www.fco.gov.uk.
Attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) travellers around the world can be very different from those in the UK. Whilst homosexuality is not illegal in Namibia, some consider LGBT relationships to be taboo. The vast majority of people in Namibia, however, are friendly to visitors, irrespective of the gender and sexual orientation. The UK Foreign Office offers up-to-date advice on LGBT Travel in Namibia.
In many destinations, you can arrange adventure activities. If you are interested in taking any of these, please make sure you are covered by your travel insurance. Llama Travel does not arrange any adventure activities directly and we cannot verify the safety measures of any local operators.
Extensions & Excursions
Excursions are operated together with other travellers. These will usually be in English, although groups are sometimes a mix of English and other languages. A minimum of 2 people is required for some excursions. On some occasions, the order of excursions may vary. Many excursions are with non-Llama Travel passengers, especially on wildlife excursions.
Tipping in Namibia is standard practice. Wages are low so many people depend on tips to make up the shortfall in their earnings. Restaurant staff are used to receiving 10-15% of the total bill. You can tip your cab driver by rounding up to the nearest ten (although use your discretion regarding distance, time of day etc), and the same goes for general hotel staff. It is recommended to tip guides and drivers USD10 per day when in a group (this will be shared between them).
Making calls to the UK
To phone the UK from Namibia, dial the international dialling code for the UK (0044) and then the UK telephone number, leaving out the ‘0’ in the area code. Telephone cards are the easiest way to use public telephones, and can be bought in convenience stores.
To phone Namibia from the UK, dial the international dialling code for Namibia (00264) and then the Namibian telephone number, leaving out the ‘0’ in the area code. Most UK mobile phones work in Namibia, but international roaming may need to be activated. Check with your mobile phone service provider if your telephone will work.
Llama Travel Groups
Probably the best way to describe our holidays is flexible tours, so you can choose where to visit by combining different extensions and excursions, and which hotels to stay in. In most cases, you will be with other Llama Travellers, but not necessarily the same people throughout. This allows you to get to know like-minded people, but not have to spend all your time with the same group. If we don't have anyone else taking a particular part of a holiday, we will still operate this just for you. All our holidays are guaranteed to operate if we have two passengers or more.
Excursions are usually taken together with other Llama Travel customers in groups of no more than 18 people. If we have more than 18 booked, we operate two groups. In some places, the excursions are operated by one of our local partners, so you may be with people other than Llama Travel customers and the group may be a mix of English and other languages. In these cases, group sizes can sometimes be larger. If you would like to know the likely situation for your holiday, please ask us and we will be able to check. Transfers may be with more than 18 people.
We get a wide range of people taking our holidays, with probably the largest group being couples aged in their forties to sixties, or even older. However, we also have a large number of customers in their twenties and thirties, especially for some of the more active holidays. What unites everyone is a sense of curiosity and a desire to discover new cultures, landscapes and wildlife. Although most of our customers travel with friends or family, we also have quite a few single travellers who are happy to mix and match as described above.
Budgeting for your stay
All hotels include breakfast, and other meals are included on some excursions and in several of the lodges. However, you will often need to arrange your own lunches and dinners. We recommend budgeting approximately N$100 – 120 for lunch in a restaurant, N$45 for a sandwich and N$250 – N$300 for a 2-course meal in a restaurant in Windhoek or Swakopmund.
Bar prices are similar to the UK and you should expect to pay around N$25 for a coffee, N$15 for a soft drink, N$25 for a draught beer and N$45 for a glass of wine.
Throughout Namibia there are opportunities to shop for souvenirs and we advise setting aside some of your budget for this purpose. Credit cards are accepted in many places although Amex has more limited use.
Risks on safari
Whilst on safari, you will be with an experienced guide at all times, who is usually unarmed. Staff are experienced at dealing with wildlife, but by their nature, game drives have exposure to wild animals, and there will always be some risk in this. All of the game drives run according to schedule, although unexpected delays can occur, which the guide will deal with as quickly and safely as possible. Being in the wilderness means that the environment is unpredictable, so the unexpected can happen. For the rhino tracking excursion in Damaraland, there will be a safety briefing beforehand to inform you of the possible dangers of approaching the rhino on foot.
How safari visits work in your vehicle
For the majority of the holiday, you will be in a tour vehicle with a maximum of 18 passengers. The benefit of this is that you are protected from the heat and dust, although views may be slightly more obstructed and you won’t have a wildlife spotter. In Damaraland, you are in an open safari vehicle with up to 9 passengers. In Etosha, there is the possibility to change from your normal tour vehicle to an open safari vehicle, for a supplement. This offers a more classic safari experience as you can get closer to the animals, with excellent photography opportunities.
Journeys in Namibia
Long journeys are a given in Namibia, due to the geography of the country and its vast landscapes which are spread across thousands of square miles. To give an idea of scale, Namibia is approximately three and a half times the size of the UK, but the UK is home to 64 million more people. The main itinerary covers long distances, and bumpy gravel roads are common, with some journeys taking up the majority of the day. The journeys are stunning with plenty of good photography opportunities, with ever-changing landscapes ranging from mountains to red sand dunes and endless grass plains with acacia trees. There are breaks to stretch your legs, use the toilet and buy snacks, before arriving at the next destination. There are not usually restaurants, so lunch is often just a few snacks you can buy – on these days, we recommend having a hearty breakfast. The journey from Swakopmund to Palmwag in Damaraland is the longest drive of the trip, and takes up the majority of the day. Delays can sometimes occur if the vehicle has a mechanical fault or a tyre needs to be changed.
- When to Travel: March to November (December to February is generally hot and rainy
- Population: 2.5 million
- Area: 825,419 square kilometres
- Capital City: Windhoek
- Languages Spoken: Afrikaans, German, English and indigenous languages
- Time Difference: GMT +2 hours
- Flying time from the UK: Approximately 12-13 hours
- Bordering Countries: Angola, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa