There is no wrong time to travel Namibia. Here the sun is almost always shining and warm, and pleasant weather is plentiful. Because of the varied landscape of the Namibia countryside, the weather can change drastically from one region to the next. Before you pack your bags, you should make sure that you are well informed, prepared and have clothing options for all climates, as per our – Travel Information & Tips.
If you’re from the United States, UK, Asia or Europe you will find that the seasons to travel Namibia are the opposite of what you’re used to. While you are enjoying the summer heat, Namibia is in the middle of its winter, but although some frigid temperatures can occur in the evening, the days are usually warm. Most of southern Africa, including Namibia is a summer rainfall region with a winter rainy season in the South Western Cape of South Africa, so you’ll want to plan to travel Namibia accordingly to ensure that you get to participate in all of the activities that you have planned. One of the biggest mistake made by tourist that travel Namibia is they don’t take into account how cold it gets in winter when out on an open vehicle early morning or night safari in one of the wildlife reserves such as Etosha, it can be freezing so make sure you bring a warm coat with gloves and a “beanie”.
To travel Namibia on a holiday / tour can be a great relief in September, October, November, February, March or April when you’re tired of snow, ice and gloomy days in the USA, UK or Europe or your could decide to travel Namibia in May, June, July & August to get away from that blistering heat in some places of the world such as the southern states in the USA. The winter months are also a good time to travel Namibia if you are planning to do the add-on tour / safari to Chobe and Victoria Falls. When you travel Namibia, you’ll find sunny beaches and a hot climate that experiences very little rain in the summer months. In addition to sunbathing, you may also enjoy an adventurous safari through some of the protected wildlife reserves or national parks in the region.
Here at Self Drive Southern Africa or Bushveld Safaris, Tours & Transfers, we’ll send you on a trip / tour / holiday of a lifetime, through some of the most fantastic sites of Namibia. Spend your days travelling through the beautiful city of Windhoek – capital of Namibia (most Namibia safaris start and end here), Giant’s Playground, Kokerboom Forest, Ai-Ais, Fish River Canyon, Sesriem Canyon, Sossusvlei, Walvis Bay, Seal Island, Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast National Park, Twyfelfontien Rock Engravings, White Lady Rock Paintings, Burnt Mountain, Petrified Forest, Etosha National Park, Waterberg Plateau Park, Dinasour Footprints, Kaokoland, Epupu Falls, Popa Falls, Caprivi Strip, Kaudum Game Park and the AfriCat Foundation – Okonjima.
Health & Vaccinations
When you travel Namibia it is nice to know that Namibia has one of the best (maybe even the best) medical system in Africa. It is one of only three countries on the continent where operations on the open heart are done. Throughout the country when you travel Namibia one can find basic to good health clinics and hospitals, as well as eight first-class private hospitals. There is an ambulance emergency service in Namibia. However, when you travel Namibia, especially in rural areas it is recommended to find another way to get to an hospital, as due to long distances the ambulance might take up to 2 hours after call-out.
An international health insurance is strongly recommended!
- Windhoek Medi-Clinic
- Rhino Park Private Hospital
- Roman-Catholic Hospital
- Ongwediva: Ongwediva Medipark
- Oranjemund: Namdeb Private Hospital
- Otjiwarongo: Otjiwarongo Medi-Clinic
- Swakopmund: Cottage Medi-Clinic
- Walvis Bay: Walvis Bay Medipark
Throughout Namibia a flying-doctor service can help in cases of emergency. When you decided to travel Namibia, a special insurance to cover these costs might be needed. Please note that due to new regulations the rescue aircrafts are not allowed any more to land outside lighted airports during night time.
- SOS International: 081-707
- eMed 24 Rescue: 081-924
Please consult your doctor or your nearest institute for tropical diseases for detailed and true information!
No special vaccinations are required to travel Namibia and you do not need to bring your vaccinations card along. It is, nevertheless, recommended to have all vaccinations that are needed in your home country, e.g. Tetanus. For special groups (hunters, adventure travelers) it is also recommended to have an anti-rabies inoculation. Yellow Fever vaccination is required if you travel Namibia within a short period after staying in a WHO recognized Yellow Fever area.
Malaria does exist in some area when you travel Namibia. Broadly speaking the areas along the rivers in the north and the Caprivi strip are malaria risk areas throughout the year, other areas especially around Etosha and Gobabis in the east are malaria risk areas during and shortly after heavy rainy seasons (October to March). By WHO, to travel Namibia is considered as being a “low transmission country”