Namibia is an ideal, rewarding destination for the individual traveller as well as for tour groups. Here one can experience the magic of Africa with its friendly, natural people and its unique animal and plant life in a comfortable and affordable manner. For many visitors their Namibia tour is the most beautiful journey of their lives, unforgettable, and many return to Namibia time and again.
Travelling in Namibia is almost as easy as in highly developed countries, for example in Europe. The country has an excellent infrastructure. The road network is well maintained, even the gravel roads are mostly in good condition. And there is a great variety of hotels, lodges and other accommodation.
Namibians are known to be friendly and helpful, and most of them speak English. Namibia has a low crime rate and the visitors are not exposed to special safety risks.
Namibia is not a destination for the quick beach holiday. Travel routes are in Namibia – compared with South Africa, for instance – relatively clear-cut. But there is a multitude of attractions and destinations, regions and landscapes. Therefore, good preparation is an advantage, especially if you intend to explore the land on your own. Good knowledge about the country makes for an interesting tour. The more you know, the more you’ll see.
Namibia is a huge country to travel, with many attractive destinations often hundreds of kilometres apart from each other. We have marked the most interesting destinations on our Namibia map with semi-transparent circles, dividing Namibia into three travel regions and accordingly three menus. All the circles are clickable and connect directly to the respective pages with photos and information.
• Central Namibia
Central of the country stretches from the capital of Windhoek up to the Etosha National Park and in the west to the Atlantic. The central region boasts a great number of highlights, including Windhoek and the seaside town of Swakopmund. For many visitors, however, the magnificent Etosha Game Reserve is the top destination.
• Southern Namibia
Destinations in southern Namibia are between Windhoek and the southern border along the Orange River. The Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park and the Augrabies National Park – both in South Africa – can also be found in this menu, because many travellers include them in their trip. Highlights in the south are the grandiose Fish River Canyon and the Sossusvlei region of the Namib Desert.
• Northern Namibia
Northern Namibia stretches from remote Kaokoveld (or “Kaokoland”) in the far north-west to the Caprivi in the east. The Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Zambia as well as the Chobe National Park in Botswana and the Okavango Delta in the Maun area are also presented in this menu. Highlights in the north are the Caprivi, the impressive Victoria Falls and the harsh Kaokoveld with the semi-nomadic Himba people.
Accommodation in Namibia
Namibia offers accommodation in any price range, from backpackers, small B&B’s, comfortable middleclass hotels and holiday apartments to luxurious game lodges of the highest standard.
Many drought-stricken farmers have resorted to “farming tourists” and have created idyllic places for visitors on their premises, usually many thousands of hectares in size. Stylish accommodation, good food, beautiful surroundings, peaceful nature, hiking and horse-riding, game viewing and much more await the guests. You can also learn about life on a Namibian farm, ecology, geology and the plants and animals of the region.
The ‘restcamps’ in the National Parks are still government-run. The quality of the accommodation is acceptable, but not always good value. Nevertheless, they are often fully booked, particularly in the Etosha Park.
Staying at a lodge is usually costly. You have to, however, keep in mind that the maintenance costs of these venues are high. All the provisions have to be transported over large distances, often hundreds of kilometres on gravel roads. The construction and furnishing of a lodge is equally costly.
Today, a good number of campgrounds is also available in Namibia. Even in the remotest places like the Kaokoland or Bushmanland you find clean camps in wonderful nature.
They are usually run as communal projects by the local population and are fairly cheap. Wild camping is not allowed in Namibia.
To get to the accommodation options, please click on the patches which mark different regions: red ones for the north of Namibia, blue ones for central Namibia and brown ones in the south. Of course, you can also use the accommodation finder module on the right.