A Journey into the Heart of Africa – Namibia Travel Guide


Welcome to Namibia, a land of stark beauty, contrasting landscapes, and rich biodiversity. As your personal travel designer, I, Andy Higgs, invite you to explore this captivating destination through The Grown-up Travel Company.

Why Visit

Namibia is a treasure trove of unique experiences. From the towering dunes of the Namib Desert to the wildlife-rich plains of Etosha National Park, Namibia offers an African adventure like no other. Its diverse landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and commitment to conservation make it a must-visit destination for any discerning traveller.

Getting There and Around

Namibia’s main international airport is Hosea Kutako International Airport, located 45 km east of the capital, Windhoek. The country has an extensive road network, making self-drive a popular option for getting around. Domestic flights are also available for those who wish to cover large distances quickly, and public transport options like buses and taxis are available in urban areas.

Visa and Entry Requirements

Most visitors, including those from the UK, US, and Norway, do not require a visa for stays up to 90 days. However, it’s always advisable to check the latest information before you travel.

Top Attractions and Experiences

  • Sossusvlei: Located in the heart of the Namib Desert, Sossusvlei is home to some of the highest and most spectacular sand dunes in the world. The red dunes, stark white salt pans, and the dead acacia trees create a surreal and photogenic landscape.
  • Etosha National Park: One of Africa’s premier wildlife destinations, Etosha National Park offers exceptional game viewing experiences. The park’s numerous waterholes attract a variety of wildlife, including elephants, lions, leopards, and even the endangered black rhino.
  • Swakopmund: This coastal town offers a unique blend of German colonial architecture and African vibes. It’s also the adventure capital of Namibia, with activities ranging from sandboarding and quad biking in the desert to dolphin cruises and kayaking in the Atlantic Ocean.

Hidden Gems and Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventures

  • Caprivi Strip: This lush, water-rich area is a stark contrast to the arid landscapes found in the rest of Namibia. It’s teeming with wildlife and offers excellent bird watching opportunities.
  • Kaokoland: Home to the semi-nomadic Himba tribes, Kaokoland is one of the last remaining wilderness areas in Southern Africa. A visit here offers a unique opportunity to learn about the Himba’s traditional way of life.

These are just a few of the hidden gems that Namibia has to offer. As your personal travel designer, I have an extensive knowledge of many more lesser-known, off-the-beaten-path destinations that can be included in your custom-built itinerary. Whether you’re looking for secluded wildlife spots, remote cultural experiences, or untouched landscapes, I can guide you to the parts of Namibia that most travellers never get to see.

Wildlife and Conservation

Namibia is a pioneer in conservation, with a significant portion of its land dedicated to protected areas. The country is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including the endangered black rhino and desert-adapted elephants. Namibia’s community-based conservation model has been successful in preserving its rich biodiversity while benefiting local communities.

Local Culture and Traditions

Namibia’s rich cultural tapestry includes the Himba, Herero, and San people. Visiting local communities offers a chance to learn about their traditions, from ancient rock art to traditional dances. The Herero women, known for their Victorian-style dresses and horn-shaped hats, are a testament to Namibia’s colonial history. The San people, also known as Bushmen, are one of the oldest cultures in the world and are renowned for their knowledge of the bush.

Culinary Delights

Namibian cuisine is a blend of African and German influences. Don’t miss the chance to try game meat like kudu or springbok, fresh seafood from the coast, and the national dish, kapana, a street food-style meat barbecue. For the adventurous, try biltong, a type of dried and cured meat, or mopane worms for a truly local delicacy.

Best Time to Visit

Namibia is a year-round destination, but wildlife viewing is best in the dry season (May to October), when animals congregate around waterholes. Birdwatchers will enjoy the wet season (November to April) when migratory birds are present.

Festivals and Events

Namibia’s calendar is dotted with cultural festivals, such as the Windhoek Oktoberfest, a nod to the country’s German heritage, and the Herero Day Parade, a colourful event where the Herero people pay homage to their fallen heroes. The Namibian Annual Music Awards is a showcase of the country’s musical talent, while the Bank Windhoek Arts Festival celebrates the arts in all its forms.

Accommodation Options

From luxury safari lodges to eco-friendly campsites, Namibia offers a range of accommodations to suit every traveller’s preference and budget. Whether you prefer the rustic charm of a tented camp or the comfort of a well-appointed lodge, you’ll find an option that suits your style and budget.

Responsible Travel Tips

Respect local customs, support local businesses, and follow guidelines in protected areas to ensure your visit contributes positively to Namibia’s people and environment. Opt for eco-friendly accommodations, participate in community-based tourism projects, and consider carbon offsetting your flights.

Health and Safety

Namibia is one of the safest countries in Africa. However, it’s advisable to take standard precautions and check the latest health advice before travelling. Always ensure you have travel insurance that covers medical evacuation, as some areas are remote and far from medical facilities.

Packing Tips

Pack light, breathable clothing for the day, warmer layers for the cool evenings, and essential gear for wildlife viewing and outdoor activities. Don’t forget a good pair of binoculars, a hat, sunscreen, and a reusable water bottle.

Local Customs and Etiquette

Namibians are known for their friendliness and hospitality. A basic understanding of local etiquette, such as polite greetings and respect for local traditions, will enhance your interactions. Remember to ask permission before taking photos of people.

Sustainable Tourism

Choose eco-friendly accommodations, participate in conservation activities, and respect wildlife to make your travel sustainable. Namibia is a leader in sustainable tourism, with many lodges and camps implementing green practices and supporting local conservation projects.

Customisation and Personalisation

At The Grown-up Travel Company, we tailor your Namibian adventure to your interests and preferences. Whether you’re a wildlife enthusiast, a culture vulture, or an adrenaline junkie, we’ll design an itinerary that’s just for you.

Read about just some of my adventures in Namibia in the following blog posts:

Trip report: Namibia – Driving north to Etosha National Park

Trip report: Namibia – Onward to Swakopmund and Sossusvlei

Why Choose The Grown-up Travel Company

With over 30 years of experience travelling the continent, I offer in-depth knowledge of African culture, wildlife, and geography. This expertise allows me to provide a high level of personalised service, from itinerary planning to on-trip support.

Get in Touch

Ready to embark on your Namibian adventure? Get in touch with me, and let’s start planning your unforgettable journey to this unique corner of Africa.


Namibia is more than a destination; it’s a journey into the heart of Africa. With its stunning landscapes, rich culture, and abundant wildlife, it offers an adventure that’s as unique as you are. Let The Grown-up Travel Company be your guide to this extraordinary land.

Travel Information


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Etosha South

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Okavango River

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Okonjima Nature Reserve

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Ongava Private Game Reserve

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Onguma Game Reserve

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Skeleton Coast

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