NAMIBIA

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As the world leader in travel experiences since 1947, we connect you to the real Namibia in a way like no other. There are few places as soul-stirring as Namibia. It’s an enchanting land of endless horizons, where the Fish River Canyon, Africa’s largest canyon, meets the Namib Desert, the world’s oldest desert. When you visit Namibia with Trafalgar, you’ll climb some of the highest sand dunes in Sossusvlei, and see the twinkling stars of one of the clearest night skies on earth. You’ll meet members of the OvaHimba tribe, the last semi-nomadic people of Namibia, and taste traditional vetkoek in Swakopmund. We’ll take you to the haunting shipwrecks on the Skeleton Coast, the Quiver Trees of the Kalahari Desert, and the glittering Etosha salt pan, Africa’s largest salt pan that’s visible from space. It’s set within Etosha National Park, a spectacular wilderness with remarkable populations of cheetah, black rhino and more. In a country where there’s more wild animals than people, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped onto another planet in Namibia.Travel with us and unlock the infinite possibilities thanks to our exclusive Triploves Highlights.

"With the world's biggest sand dunes, oldest desert, clearest night skies, ancient cultures and more wild animals than people, Namibia is truly extraordinary."

Travel Director

Namibia at a

glance

Currency

Namibian dollar

Winter avg temp

32°C

Summer avg temp

26°C

Time Zone

GMT +2

Capital City

Windhoek

Language

German,English

Good Morning

Guten Morgen

Good evening

Guten Abend

An enchanting land of endless horizons, Namibia is home to Fish River Canyon, the clear skies of Namib Desert and the red dunes of Sossusvlei. Join your expert Trafalgar Travel Director and see Africa's largest salt pan, Big Five widlife in Etosha and the haunting shipwrecks on the Skeleton Coast.

Our top 3 things to do in Namibia

We’ll show you all the best things to do in Namibia, from climbing the ancient dunes of Sossusvlei, to seeing Etosha’s wildlife and exploring the depths of Fish River Canyon.

Admire the stark beauty of Sossusvlei's ancient backdrops

The blazing red dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert is one of the world’s most spellbinding landscapes. We’ll take you on a journey through the world’s oldest desert and climb the soaring Dune 45, to see the striking white clay pans and camel thorn trees set against the red dunes.

Visit the Kalahari Desert

Feel the freedom of the open road as we venture deep into the Kalahari Desert of Namibia. Enjoy a scenic drive through the ancient red dunes, see the historic town of Rehoboth, and wander the famous forest of Quiver Trees, where the traditional San Bushmen of the desert make quivers to this day.

See the shimmering expanse of the Etosha Pan

‘Etosha’ means ‘great white place’, and the Etosha Pan certainly lives up to its name. This vast expanse of gleaming white salt covers a quarter of the Etosha National Park and is Africa’s largest salt pan. It’s even visible from space and our Namibia tours will take you up close to this surreal landscape.

Best museums in Namibia

Our Namibia travel experiences take you to the country’s fantastic museums, from the history of Namibia’s struggle for independence, to the Owela Museum, where you can play traditional games with locals.

National Museum of Namibia ACRE

Located in the capital Windhoek, the National Museum of Namibia houses extensive collections on Namibian natural history, culture and archaeology. There are two display centres, with the the Owela Museum showcasing natural specimens and the Alte Feste Museum displaying Namibia’s colonial history.

Owela Museum

The Owela Museum is part of the National Museum of Namibia, and focuses on the natural and cultural history of Namibia. You can find natural specimens, dioramas of village life and cultural artefacts. Owela is named after a traditional game played with pebbles, and you can watch and play with the locals outside the museum.

Independence Memorial Museum

Located on the grounds of St Fagans Castle in Cardiff, St Fagans National Museum of History is one of the world’s best open-air museums. Along with St Fagans Castle, a 16th-century manor house, you’ll find a collection of more than 50 original buildings from different historical periods that have been rebuilt on the 100-acre parkland.

Best food in Namibia

Our Namibia holiday packages reveal the delicious cuisine of Namibia, from barbecued game and hearty stews, to warm and doughy fat cakes.

Wild game

In Namibia, wild game refers to the animals of the bush like ostrich, impala, kudu, eland, oryx, zebra, crocodile, springbok and wildebeest. It’s often cooked on a barbecue (known as a braai in Namibia), and eaten in many ways, from sausages (boerewors) and steaks, to stews (potjiekos) and kebabs (sosatie).

Kapana

Kapana is one of Namibia’s favourite street snacks. It’s made from barbecued and seasoned meat, vegetables and chillies, served with doughy ‘fat cakes’ to soak up the juices. The fat cakes are made from yeast, flour and sunflower oil, and are one of the most delicious foods to try in Namibia.

Potjiekos

This meat and vegetable stew is traditionally prepared in a three-legged cast iron pot and placed on an open fire for around four hours. Alcohol, such as beer, sherry or wine is added to the stew for extra flavour. The pot descends from the Netherlands, while the ingredients are influenced by South African and German dishes.

Scarf

A scarf is one of the most useful items to pack for your Namibia trip. It protects you from the sun and keeps the desert sand out of your face.

An adaptor plug

Voltage in Wales is 230V and the sockets are of Type G, with standard British 3-pin plugs.

A pair of sunglasses

Summer or winter, a pair of sunglasses is essential. If visiting in the colder months, the reflection of the sun on the white snow will give your eyes a surprising strain.

Binoculars

Pack your binoculars for wildlife spotting in the Etosha National Park, and for stargazing in some of the clearest and darkest night skies in the world.

Versatile clothing

The environment in Namibia ranges from the scorching plains to chilly nights in the desert. Pack a variety of layers so you can easily transition between climates.

What to pack for Namibia

Other things to know before you go

Depending on your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter. Please check this well in advance of your trip departure date here. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

Road Trip Adventures

Slide into your seat, grip the wheel, start the engine, and hit the open road. From Norway to South Africa, the tundra to the rainforest, there is no limit to what you can reach with four wheels and an adventurous spirit. The road trip is no longer a means to get from point A to point B in your country; it crosses borders into new places, allowing for pure freedom in exciting destinations. Measure your next journey in viewpoints, road signs, and the people you'll meet along the way!

Guide to Namibia Visa Application

Learn about the types of visas and the step by step process of obtaining a visa for Namibia and quarantine regulations in this comprehensive guide.

  This includes types of visa applications, what to declare, and what is prohibited.

Keep in mind these handy tips for a smart, stress-free, and on-time visa application experience! 

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