We would like to assist you during your preparations for your upcoming trip to Namibia. Irrespective of the seasons in which you are travelling to Namibia, we would suggest that you read through the below information and take the mentioned items along on your trip next to your normal luggage.
The right type of suitcase:
We suggest the use of soft bags as luggage instead of hard shell suitcases. The softer bags are easier to pack into any rental vehicle or even during a group tour. Furthermore, not all accommodation establishments have paved walkways to the rooms, making the rolling of hard shell suitcases nearly impossible.
If you have booked a fly-in safari you are not allowed to take hard shell suitcases as luggage, since the small aircraft do not have enough storage space for these types of suitcases.
Please also bear in mind that there a luggage restrictions for any scheduled flights. In general, persons travelling in economy are allowed 20 kg of luggage or 1 piece, while in Business Class you may take 30 kg or 2 pieces. Please refer to the luggage regulations of the airline you are travelling with for detailed information about the valid restrictions.
On international flights there are very strict hand luggage regulations in place. If you booked your flight ticket with us, you will receive detailed hand luggage regulations together with your electronic tickets, informing you about all items which may NOT be carried in your hand luggage.
We would also like to advise you which items should most definitely be carried in your hand luggage:
Passports, money, credit cards and generally any valuables (cameras, mobile phones, etc.) should be carried in your hand luggage. You should also have a copy of your electronic ticket as well as the most important travel documents readily available. These contain next to general contact details also information about pick-up times, transfers, etc, and the vouchers which will need to be presented to local service providers upon your arrival in Namibia.
Furthermore, any important medication such as blood pressure pills or similar should also be carried in your hand luggage. The internationally valid hand luggage regulations stipulate in detail, which types and amounts of medications may be carried in your hand luggage.
Namibia is a desert country which also means that you can expect quite extreme weather conditions in parts of the country. In general you should pack light summer clothes for the warmer days but also warm jackets and trousers as the evenings and nights can get quite chilly to really cold in the winter months (June to August). This also applies during the hot summer months, where it can still get cold at night at the coast and in the Namib regions.
The following weather diagrams from Windhoek, Swakopmund and Etosha National Park will give you a rough guideline as to what weather conditions can be expected during your trip. Please take note that this is just an indication; detailed weather forecasts are nowadays nearly impossible:
(1.650 m above sea level)
|Max. temperature (°C)||30||28||27||26||23||20||20||23||27||29||31||31|
|Min. temperature (°C)||17||16||15||12||9||4||4||9||12||14||16||17|
|Hours of sunshine (daily)||8||8||8||9||9||10||10||10||10||10||10||10|
(0 m above sea level)
|Max. temperature (°C)||25||20||20||19||19||20||17||16||15||16||18||22|
|Min. temperature (°C)||16||17||14||13||11||10||9||9||9||11||13||14|
|Hours of sunshine (daily)||7||7||7||8||8||8||8||6||7||7||7||6|
|ø water temperature (°C)||15||17||16||16||14||13||13||13||12||13||14||15|
Weather Etosha N.P.
(1.150 m above sea level)
|Max. temperature (°C)||30||29||27||26||23||20||21||23||27||29||30||31|
|Min. temperature (°C)||17||17||15||13||9||7||6||9||12||15||16||17|
|Hours of sunshine (daily)||9||8||8||9||10||10||10||10||10||10||10||10|
During a normal trip through Namibia you will travel through various types of landscapes and for some sights it is also necessary to walk through the stony terrain to experience them (e.g. Twyfelfontein). You should therefore pack shoes that are suitable for walking in rough terrain. But, taking the warm daytime temperature into consideration and the often sandy landscapes in the Namib Desert, you should also pack light, open shoes.
Due to the dry climate and the generally high altitude the sun’s rays are very strong during any season in Namibia. This can very quickly result to serious sunburns, if you are not sufficiently protected.
To avoid this we suggest that you take along a suitable hat as well as sunglasses and sufficient sun protection lotion. You can also get excellent and very effective sun protection lotions here in Namibia in most of the cities and towns through-out the country.
Except for the Caprivi region, which is quite tropical, you will not find enormous swarms of mosquitoes or flies in Namibia, which is mainly due to the dry environment. But, during the rainy season (January – April) you can expect to encounter mosquitoes in all parts of Namibia, but primarily in the northern regions. In the Caprivi Region and areas north of the town of Outjo there is a small risk of contracting Malaria, mainly in the rainy season. Since most tourists only spend a few days in these minimal risk areas, we suggest to be mosquito-aware (wearing long-sleeved shirts and trousers, using insect repellent lotions, etc.), rather than taking Malaria-prophylactic medication. You will be able to buy insect repellents in nearly all the shops through-out the country. Furthermore, nearly all of the accommodation establishments have mosquito nets in the rooms.
Spiders and other insects do exist and you will also see them occasionally at the accommodation establishments through-out Namibia, but most of these are completely harmless and are no threat at all to humans.
Namibia is a photographer’s paradise. The untouched nature, the endless horizons and obviously the spectacular wildlife are presented in ideal light conditions. A zoom lens, ideally with integrated image stabiliser, is essential for good wildlife pictures. To capture the endless landscapes you should have a wide-angle lens.
The best light conditions to take pictures are during the mornings and afternoons. In the direct sunlight during lunchtime many landscapes seem to be without any contrasts. Animals are also more active during the early mornings and afternoons.
Photo shops are very rare in Namibia. Therefore please ensure that you bring sufficient memory cards for your camera, as these are very expensive in the few shops, where you might find them. People also tend to take more pictures than anticipated due to the scenic beauty of the country. We therefore suggest that you definitely take a few extra memory cards along on your journey. Furthermore it is advisable to have a spare battery for your camera as not all the accommodation establishments have a 24 hour power supply. This can cause problems when trying to recharge the batteries during your trip.
The many wide open spaces are ideal to be explored with a set of binoculars. Animals on the open plains and at the waterholes of the Etosha National Park are best observed through binoculars. Should you plan to buy a new set of binoculars before your trip, we suggest that you rather invest into better quality binoculars than opting for the cheaper version. Bad quality binoculars are mostly not worth the money at all and will cause you more frustration than joy.
Many of the accommodation establishment during a typical Namibia trip are located in remote areas and often do not have a 24 hour power supply. Even though the rooms and all the public areas are usually well lit, walkways to the rooms are often dark, making it difficult to find one’s way after sunset. For such cases we suggest that you pack as small, compact torch.
Travel adapter plug:
Plugs in Namibia have three round pins (see picture on the right). Through-out the country you will find adapter plugs for the European two pin plugs in most supermarkets. Adapter plugs for other countries such as the UK, USA or Asian countries are only found in very few specialist travel shops in Windhoek or Swakopmund. Accommodation establishments will also only have adapter plugs for the European two pin plugs (if at all). We therefore suggest that you buy a suitable adapter plug in your home country before departure, therefore ensuring that you can recharge your mobile phone, camera and other electric devices.
The voltage in Namibia is 220v.
In case you forgot something:
Through-out Namibia, especially in Windhoek and Swakopmund, you will find well stocked supermarkets and convenience stores, which sell most of the goods available elsewhere in the world. You will easily find toiletries, clothes and a good selection of food, snacks and drinks.
So, do not panic if you forgot to pack something. You can easily get most goods at the shops through-out Namibia. Please feel free to contact the staff of Natural Destinations should you have further questions regarding what you should pack for your tour to Namibia.