Highlights of Namibia Bike Tour

The classic Namibia highlights cycling holiday




From $2,020 Land only

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Holiday Overview


  • Ride the Skeleton Coast to the Cape Cross fur seal colony
  • World-class game viewing in Etosha National Park
  • Visit Herero and Himba villages off the beaten trail
  • Chill out at the charming coastal town of Swakopmund

Namibia is an outstanding destination for a mountain biking holiday, with its ever-changing desert landscapes, rugged Atlantic coastline, reliable sunshine and plenty of opportunity to spot wildlife. From a cyclist's perspective, it's a big country and our itinerary mixes vehicle transfers with daily 60 kilometre cycling stages, as we seek out the best of Namibia's highlights. From our first night's fixed camp accommodation in the Daan Viljoen Game Reserve, close to the the capital of Windhoek, this classic circuit takes us northwards on gravel roads, via Kalkfeld with its dinosaur footprints. We then spend 2 days at the Etosha National Park and have the chance to spot black rhino, lion and many other species that visit the floodlit waterholes of this world-famous park. Then, crossing the Grootberg Pass, we meet the Himba people and bike south down the Skeleton Coast, stopping off to visit the seal colony at Cape Cross. Free time in the picturesque seaside town of Swakopmund is a relaxing way to end this Namibian cycling holiday extravaganza. This tour on 2-wheels offers the best way to experience Namibia.

Is this holiday for you?

SEMI-SLICK ADVENTURE. A mountain bike fitted with semi-slick tyres is best for this holiday. Choose tyres with low rolling-resistance, but a minimum of tread to allow for better control on the gravel roads. It's also important to choose tyres with excellent puncture resistance and also to consider using a puncture sealant such as `Slime` in your inner tubes. This circuit has a mix of tarmac and mostly gravel roads, with an average of 55 kilometres of riding on each of 7 days and the option to do more biking on several other days. Group members will be expected to pitch in and help with camp chores. Vehicle support is always available. BIKE HIRE AVAILABLE LOCALLY.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at Windhoek Airport and transfer to Khomas Hochland camp. Optional warm-up ride.
  • Cycle north west to Omaruru. Transfer to Kalkfeld area and explore evidence of dinosaurs!
  • Ride gravel tracks to Namibia’s premier National Park, Etosha for overnight camp.
  • Full day exploring the salt pans, waterholes and ‘Big 5’ of Ethosha National Park.
  • Cycle local game farm trails. Short drive to Kamanjab to meet local Himba tribespeople.
  • Transfer to the Grootsberg Pass and cycle through Herero and Himba villages to Palmwag.
  • Drive to the Atlantic coast and ride the Skeleton Coast to Mile 108.
  • Cycle south to Cape Cross seal colony. Drive onto the adventure town of Swakopmund.
  • A free day to explore and sample the adventure activities of Swakopmund.
  • Departure day. A single transfer to Windhoek Airport is provided.
Thu 09 Jun - Sat 18 Jun Code HNMB/01/16/ Adult$2,020 Status Available Book now
The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Windhoek. For clients making their own flight arrangements, Windhoek Airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Please refer to 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' in the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

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* Against Land Only services.

Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at Windhoek Airport and transfer to Khomas Hochland camp. Optional warm-up ride.

    Meet at the airport in Windhoek. KE Land Only package services begin in the morning with the group transfer from Windhoek Airport. We have time for a brief city tour, before driving out to the nearby Daan Viljoen Camp, situated at around 1700 metres in the region known as the Khomas Hochland. After checking in and reassembling our bikes (if you have brought your own), we set out on an introductory ride in this game reserve, looking out for the wildlife that lives here.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Distance 25km

  • Cycle north west to Omaruru. Transfer to Kalkfeld area and explore evidence of dinosaurs!

    This morning we cycle directly from our camp in the Daan Viljoen reserve, following dirt roads north-west towards Omaruru. We then transfer to the Kalkfeld area and check in our fixed campsite accommodation on a guest farm. Close by are 220 million year old dinosaur tracks for us to check out.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Distance 60km

    • Meals bld

  • Ride gravel tracks to Namibia’s premier National Park, Etosha for overnight camp.

    We cycle from camp for a couple of hours on a gravel road and then transfer north to the Etosha National Park, , passing through the town of Outjo to pick up supplies en route and arriving in the park at lunchtime. The central feature of the Park is the Etosha Pan, a 6000 square kilometre salt-flat, once an inland sea, which can manifest itself either as a parched white desert or as a lush green land of plenty according to the season. Many rare animal species manage to survive here, such as the black rhino, roan antelope and black-faced impala. During infrequent flooding, the pan attracts thousands of flamingoes and other wading birds, although the water is so mineral-rich that it is undrinkable. The key to life here is the occurrence of underground springs which form waterholes on the edge of the pan. Together with the savannah grassland that they nourish, these springs enable more than 110 species of mammals to exist in an otherwise forbidding environment. We spend 2 nights at Etosha, in one of the fixed camps (Okuakuejo, Halali, Namutoni) and one of the highlights of our stay will be the chance to visit the floodlit waterholes at night. Elephant and black rhinoceros are seen daily during the dry winter months and numerous other game species are also found here including big cats. The rainy season at Etosha extends from November into March and April. This is a season of plenty, when grazing animals and their predators are widespread across the park. Within a few months, with the coming of the Southern Hemisphere winter, the waters evaporate and, once again, the animals become concentrated around the waterholes. Each of the Etosha camps has good facilities, including a shop and a swimming pool.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Distance 30km

    • Meals bld

  • Full day exploring the salt pans, waterholes and ‘Big 5’ of Ethosha National Park.

    During our time at Etosha, we will go out on morning and evening game drives. So, after an early breakfast we travel into the park. We drive to the different waterholes watching the animals quenching their thirst. We may have lunch in one of the ‘rest camps’, or return to our camp for lunch and to take a dip in the pool to cool off from the fierce mid-day sun. There will be a second game drive in the late afternoon. We spend a second night at our fixed camp.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Cycle local game farm trails. Short drive to Kamanjab to meet local Himba tribespeople.

    Driving out of Etosha, after about an hour we get back on our bikes and head west on a gravel road between game farms. We then transfer to Kamanjab where we have to chance to interact with some local Himba people. The Himba are a semi-nomadic pastoralist people indigineous to this area. They wear few clothes and the women cover their bodies with a reddish pigment called otjize, made from butter fat and ochre.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Distance 40km

    • Meals bl

  • Transfer to the Grootsberg Pass and cycle through Herero and Himba villages to Palmwag.

    We start out with a transfer towards the Grootberg Pass, but stop off to get back on our bikes for the ride over the crest and down towards Palmwag. In this area we are likely to pass through Herero and Himba villages and will, no doubt, stop off at some of the roadside stalls, where women sell handmade articles and semi-precious stones. We will also be on the look out for desert elephant and black rhino that roam freely in this area.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Distance 60km

    • Meals bl

  • Drive to the Atlantic coast and ride the Skeleton Coast to Mile 108.

    After a relaxing morning, we transfer into the Skeleton Coast National Park and set off on our bikes southwards along the coast road. Riding on a level gravel strip, we will be looking out for shipwrecks and seabirds. Overnight at a semi-wild camp beside the sea at Mile 108.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Distance 60km

    • Meals bd

  • Cycle south to Cape Cross seal colony. Drive onto the adventure town of Swakopmund.

    Today, we cycle south beside the sea to the Cape Cross seal colony, home to 250,000 fur seals. After checking out this amazing site, we transfer to Swakopmund, the adventure capital of Namibia, and check in at our hotel accommodation.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Distance 75km

    • Meals b

  • A free day to explore and sample the adventure activities of Swakopmund.

    Arguably Namibia’s premier holiday resort, the town of Swakopmund was founded in the last decade of the nineteenth century, as the principal deepwater port of German South West Africa. Today Swakopmund is a rather unusual place, with a quaint and atmospheric feel, sandwiched as it is between the Namib Desert and the cold Atlantic Ocean. It is as if a piece of 1950’s Bavaria has somehow been cast ashore on the harsh Skeleton Coast. Amongst the distinctly Germanic architecture, an odd mix of peoples make their home: artists, world travellers, big-game fishermen, safari guides, hippies and stately african tribesmen. We spend the day at leisure in this wild and whacky port-town. There are lots of activities that can be arranged locally, such as boat trips in search of dolphins, or to visit a nearby seal colony, dune-boarding and even scenic flights over the Namib and along the Skeleton Coast – these are entirely optional and payable directly. Alternatively, you may choose to take it easy, visit the Crystal Galley, the aquarium, or stroll along the beach.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • Departure day. A single transfer to Windhoek Airport is provided.

    There is no great rush this morning, but we do have a road journey of around 300 kilometres on good roads back to Windhoek. We will take our time and stop for lunch and then stop again in the town of Okahandja. This place is famous as a marketplace for wood carvings, which are brought here from all around the region. Spending some time at the market provides a good opportunity for us to stretch our legs, soak up that last little bit of Namibian culture and perhaps purchase some souvenirs. In the late afternoon, we drive to Windhoek Airport, where KE Land Only package services end.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • English-speaking local bike leader
  • Single timed airport transfers
  • A support vehicle and driver throughout the trip
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • All camping equipment (excluding personal equipment)

  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport departure taxes (if applicable)
  • Tips to local staff
  • Bike hire
  • Some meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Miscellaneous personal spending
  • Bike Carriage on the flights - please check with your carrier for charges

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

There will be a single group transfer from Windhoek Airport on the morning of Day 1 of the land Only itinerary, timed to meet the arrival of the preferred flight. At the end of the holiday, on Day 10 of the Land Only itinerary, there will be a single transfer back to Windhoek Airport early afternoon to meet the departure of the homeward flight.

This holiday has a mix of hotel and fixed camp accommodation. We stay in a hotel for 2 nights in Swakopmund. On all other nights, we stay at fixed camps which have reasonable facilities, toilet blocks, barbecue areas and usually a bar and a pool.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

Where we are staying at fixed camps and visiting areas where there are no restaurants, all meals are provided. The tour guide will prepare these meals, often working, at least in part, over an open fire. Our local guides pride themselves in being able to cater for a variety of tastes. Breakfasts include; cereals and milk with bread/toast, jam, yogurt, muesli and fruit with coffee and tea or the occasional cooked breakfast. Lunches are generally picnic-style, with cheeses, cold meats, tuna, fruit, pasta, salads and bread or rolls. Dinners tend to be potjies (stews), braais (barbecue), stir fries, curries etc. prepared either on an open fire or on a gas stove.

Breakfast is provided every day. Lunches are provided on Days 2,3,4,5 and 6. Dinners are provided on Days 2,3,4 and 7.

The unit of currency is the Namibian Dollar (note: South African Rand can also be used in Namibia). We recommend that you take £250 in cash (or the equivalent amount in US Dollars). This amount will allow you to pay for the non-included meals and also to pay a reasonable tip to local staff. If you are intending to buy expensive souvenirs, you should budget accordingly. Credit cards can be used to purchase goods and services and it is a good idea to carry one in case of emergency. You can exchange your currency to Namibian Dollars or South African Rand at Windhoek Airport. Traveller’s cheques can only be exchanged in large towns like Windhoek and Swakopmund. Most towns also have ATM machines available. You should keep your money secure in a money belt.

The group will be accompanied at all times by a professional, English-speaking Namibian cycking guide. There will also be a support vehicle driver.

Tips are the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your local guide and other staff. They do not form part of their wages. KE always pays local crews the best rates of pay, no matter what country they are in and any tips they receive are seen as a personal thank you from group members. For our part, we advise local teams that they cannot expect to receive a tip and that, if they do, it is a bonus and entirely dependent on the service that is given. We recommend that you tip your crew, if you feel that the services provided have been good. As a rough guide, we suggest you allow a total of £50 for tipping your crew.

Taking a bike on an aircraft is usually straightforward. Different airlines have differing policies with regard to baggage allowances and transporting bikes. We strongly advise that you check the current policy of your chosen airline for carrying bikes and their baggage allowances before purchasing your air ticket. The baggage section on your chosen airline’s website will usually contain this information. We suggest that you are aware of the weight and dimensions of your intended check-in baggage in advance of your arrival at the airport as airlines may charge for both excess and oversize baggage, or refuse to carry oversized baggage. If you are using a domestic flight to connect with your International flight then it is likely that a different baggage policy will exist for the domestic and international flight sections. Again you should check the baggage policy with your chosen domestic airline prior to booking your domestic flight tickets. Any additional charges incurred for transporting your bike on any of the flights required for this adventure (international, domestic and internal flights within the trip itinerary - if applicable) are the responsibility of each individual client.

Throughout this trip we have the back up of one or more support vehicles. Each morning our main baggage will be loaded onto the support vehicle which will at times follow the group on the day's ride and at other times go ahead to set up a lunch stop or a camp. This biking circuit also includes regular vehicle transfers and our support vehicles must also double-up as game-viewing vehicles during our time at Etosha. The local biking leader and the support vehicle driver will watch over the group and we will have regular stops for drinks and to allow the biking group to reassemble. We want everyone to enjoy their cycling experience on this trip and we recognise the importance of group members being allowed to cycle at their own pace. The support vehicle will pick up any group members who wish to take a break from cycling at any time.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

The altitudes attained on this holiday are not extreme and the maximum altitude attained is no more than the equivalent of a pressurised cabin on an international flight. You may ‘feel’ the altitude when biking at close to 2000 metres, but all that is required is a slower pace to compensate. You should pay particular attention to your hydration levels when biking at these elevations.

Southern Africa Visa’s

Countries: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi

We do keep our information up to date but be advised visa requirements are subject to change. It is strongly recommended that you contact the relevant commission prior to travel in case of recent alterations. Please also contact that the relevant commission if you are citizen of a country not mentioned below.

Entry to all countries requires evidence of return or onwards ticket. It is unlikely that you will be required to show these, but please have your flight tickets and travel itinerary to hand.


UK, USA, Canadian, Australian and most (but not all) EU passport holders are issued with visas on arrival at no charge.

A passport with at least 30 days remaining validity is required. In addition you are required to have a minimum of 2 blank consecutive pages in your passport.

Travelling with children under 18yrs

Parents travelling with children under 18 years will be asked to show the child’s full unabridged birth certificate and where one parent is accompanying, proof of parental or legal authority. Please note that they are very strict and they are not accepting photocopies of birth certificates. For further details please see the South Africa High Commission in your country. For the UK http://southafricahouseuk.com/visas/vis_forcit.html

NOTE: This is also required if you are transiting through South Africa (e.g. Johannesburg).


UK, USA, Canadian, Australian and most EU passport holders do require a visa. A passport with at least 6 months remaining validity is required along with 2 blank pages.

A KAZA UNIVISA for Zimbabwe and Zambia is available which is cheaper than purchasing them separately. The visa will be valid for 30 days as long as you remain within Zimbabwe & Zambia. It is also valid for day trips to Botswana crossing over the Kazangula borders. It will not be valid if you overnight in Botswana.

The visa cost US$50 (best to pay with cash) and can be obtained from these borders:

Zimbabwe: Victoria Falls airport, Victoria Falls land border, Kazangula land border (border with Botswana) and Harare airport.

Zambia: Harry Mwaanga Airport (Livingstone), Victoria Falls land Border, Kazangula land Border (border with Botswana), Kenneth Kaunda Airport (Lusaka).

*Important Note: Please check your itinerary at Victoria Falls if your accommodation is the town of Victoria Falls which is in Zimbabwe, or in the town of Livingstone which is in Zambia. If you visit the falls (on the border) and wish to cross the bridge to the other side you will require a visa for both countries. The UNIVISA (above) is usually the best option.


UK, USA, Canadian, Australian and most EU passport holders do require a visa. A passport with at least 6 months remaining validity is required along with 2 blank pages.

The easiest way is to obtain this visa on arrival at the land border or the airport. It is best to pay by cash, and costs $50 for single entry or $80 for double or multi-entry.


UK, USA, Canadian, Australian and most EU passport holders do require a visa. A passport with at least 6 months remaining validity is required along with 2 blank pages.

The easiest way is to obtain this visa on arrival at the land border or the airport. It is best to pay by cash, and costs $30 for single entry, $45 for double or $55 for multi-entry.


UK, USA, Canadian, Australian and most EU passport holders do not require a visa for visits up to 30 days. A passport with at least 6 months remaining validity is required.


UK, USA, Canadian, Australian and most (but not all) EU passport holders do not require a visa. A passport with at least 6 months remaining validity is required.


UK, USA, Canadian, Australian and most EU passport holders do not require a visa for visits up to 90 days. A passport with at least 6 months remaining validity is required.

(HNMB) Namibia – Namibia Cycling Safari

  • The following is a basic checklist to help you with your packing. We recommend using the layering principle of clothing for predominantly warm climatic conditions and cooler evenings. Good padded cycling shorts are essential.
  • Your bike MUST be at least a mid level Mountain Bike such as a Specialized Rockhopper or Trek 6500. Front suspension is essential. It is vital that your bike is THOROUGHLY SERVICED and in perfect working condition before the trip.


    • Stiff-soled cycling / SPD shoes


    • Base layer - short sleeve cycling top (x 2)
    • Mid layer - long sleeved cycling top (x 1)
    • Outer layer - lightweight waterproof jacket
    • Lightweight Fleece jacket or jumper
    • Arm Warmers


    • Regular biking gloves


    • Padded cycling shorts (x 2)
    • Cycling tights and leg warmers


    • Eyewear - Biking glasses
    • Cycling helmet - mandatory

    Daypack and contents

    • A cycling daypack (e.g. Camelbak) of at least 15- 20 litres total capacity is recommended
    • Water bladder - min. 2 litres
    • Lightweight waterproof top
    • Multi-tool
    • Puncture repair kit
    • Inner tube
    • Pump
    • Camera
    • Sun cream/block and lip block
    • Small roll of gaffer tape
    • Lightweight Fleece Jacket or Jumper
    • Basic First Aid Kit. Including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters, insect repellent (75-100% DEET) and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

    Trek Bag Contents

    • Travel and après biking clothes
    • Training/Leisure shoes for apres biking
    • Wash bag, towel, toiletries, including anti-bacterial handwash
    • Warm hat
    • Insect repellent (75 - 100% DEET)
    • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
    • Swimwear
    • Headtorch/Headlamp
    • 3 season sleeping bag
    • Sleeping bag liner
    • Camping Pillow
    • Chamois cream (e.g. Assos/Ozone)


    Please note: If you are hiring a bike, you do not need to bring any spares – just a mini-pump, a repair kit and a couple of standard 26 x 2 to 2.3 inch inner tubes.

    • You should bring the following with you as a minimum. Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs e.g. fixing a puncture, changing an inner tube. Naturally the bike guide will always be happy to assist with any repairs, but due to the often remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and inconvenience waiting for assistance.

    Tyres - for this trip you will need 1.9 to 2.2 inch semi-slick tyres suitable for predominantly dry dirt road conditions.

    • Pump
    • Plastic tyre levers
    • Small tube of grease
    • 1 rear brake cable
    • 1 rear gear cable
    • Spare set of brake blocks / disc pads (front and rear)
    • 2 spare spokes for front and rear wheels
    • Spoke key
    • 4 x inner tubes
    • Liquid chain lube (bottle not aerosol)
    • Multi-tool with allen keys
    • Chain link extractor (if not on multi-tool)
    • 2x puncture repair kits
    • A rag and brush for cleaning bike and drive train.
    • Spare chain links
    • Spares specific to your bike**

    KE tools and spares

    • On all of our trips we carry a toolkit and a basic range of spares for emergencies. As bikes become increasingly part specific it is impossible to carry a comprehensive range of spares compatible with all makes and models of bike. **Please ensure you bring any bike-specific spares that might be needed - such as disc brake bleed kits (and appropriate fluid), shock pumps etc.

    Energy Gels/Sports Drinks/Power Bars

    • Our back up vehicle will carry ample supplies of water and lunches but if you like a particular energy gel, sports drink or power bar we suggest you bring a selection of your preferred choice along.


    • It is possible to hire bikes for this holiday. Our local agent has Giant Revel 4 mountain bikes available in all sizes (S,M,L,XL). These are hardtail bikes with 26 inch wheels. They have Suntour 63mm forks, Shimano components and Tektro V brakes. Please refer to Bike Hire in the trip notes for an indication of hire costs. The bikes are equipped with flat pedals. If you prefer to use spd or clip-in pedals, you will need to bring these with you, along with your regular cycling shoes and cleats. Another item which you might choose to take with you on the holiday is your saddle. The hire bikes have standard saddles and anyone requiring more comfort, or a women-specific saddle, should consider taking their own. Helmets are not provided with the hire bikes and you will need to take your own. You will pay your bike hire fees directly to the local group leader in Sterling when the bike is delivered to you. This payment does not cover you if you lose the bike or damage it beyond 'fair wear and tear'. You will need to provide a photocopy of your passport information pages and your credit card details, as security against loss of or damage to the bike. If you want to hire a bike, please contact the KE office and we can reserve one on your behalf. We must stress that your hire contract will be with the local hire company and that KE cannot be held responsible for any issues arising from bike hire.
    • Please do not hesitate to call us for further advice about what to bring or any other aspect of this trip. We are more than happy to offer you the benefit of our experience. Further helpful information can also be found in the Your Bike, Baggage Allowances, Climate and Travelling with Your Bike sections of the detailed trip notes.

    A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

    We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:


    The better conditioned you are the more you will enjoy your trip. We suggest that you adopt a sensible weekly exercise regime and fit in a number of long cycle rides in hilly country to ensure you are physically capable of taking part in this trip - this will also provide you with an opportunity to make sure all your riding kit is tried and tested before you travel. Cycling is obviously the best activity to prepare for this trip, however, running, squash and swimming are also good for developing aerobic fitness and stamina.

    As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

    KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

    Namibia's climate is typical of semi-desert terrain, hot days and cool nights. Daytime temperatures are likely to range between 20 and 30 degrees centigrade. The coastal regions are cooled by the cold Benguela current, causing fog and some rainfall. With 300 days of sunshine on average per year, Namibia is truly a sunny place. Only during the summer months from November to the end of March does rain occur, mostly as heavy thunderstorms. Winter is from May to September with wonderful warm days which are contrasted by very cold nights, when temperatures can drop close to freezing.

    Half of all Namibians speak Oshiwambo as their first language and Afrilkaans is the most widely understood language in the country. Since independence in 1990, English is now the official language and all younger Namibians will speak good English. We do recommend that you take a pocket phrase book and learn some basics in Afrikaans such as common greetings.

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    Double sided road map (divided into north and south sections). Relief is indicated by contours and altitude tinting. Intermediate distances are shown for most roads. Tourist and other information (saltflats, regional boundaries (and names), national parks, antiquities, viewpoints, hot springs etc.) The map legend is in English and German.

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