FAQ

WHAT IS THE NAMIBIAN WEATHER LIKE?


NAMIBIA’s climate is typically semi-desert with hot days and cool nights. The cold Benguela Current keeps the coast cool and free of rain most of the year. In fact, NAMIBIA averages about 300 days of sunshine annually. The rainy season lasts from October to April, while the rest of the year is dry and cloudless. JANUARY – MARCH

  • Peak of Summer & Rainy Months – Hot days with afternoon cloud build up and possible showers (generally short-lived) Wildlife can disperse during this time in search of new grazing. Northern NAMIBIA and the Caprivi usually receive most of NAMIBIA’s annual rainfall.
APRIL – MAY
  • Morning temperatures start to drop and the evenings become cooler. Rainfall is limited and wildlife start to congregate more at perennial water sources.
JUNE – AUGUST
  • The early part of June sees very cold mornings and evenings, occasionally even dropping below zero, continuing through the end of winter in August. Days are typically sunny and pleasant. Warm clothing is recommended for the evenings and early mornings. Game viewing can be excellent in the dry winter months in some areas.
SEPTEMBER- DECEMBER
  • Spring starts in September. Days are much warmer with occasional cool evenings and mornings. From October we experience very warm sunny days with warm evenings. Sporadic rain does occur, though larger showers are usually limited to around December. Wildlife sightings vary depending how early the rains have started.
  • December is the hottest months of the year, averaging 95°F to 105°F in the shade. Cooler temperatures occur along the coastline thanks to the ocean breeze, with low rainfall and fog prevailing from late until mid-morning.
  • Make no mistake, in the winter months the evenings and early mornings can be bitterly cold. If you are on safari during this time, you will need to take very warm clothing especially for early morning game drives.




WHAT ARE THE VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR NAMIBIA?


  • Passports are required by all foreign visitors to NAMIBIA and must be valid for at least 6 months after the intended length of your trip. Visitors to NAMIBIA who also intend visiting South Africa should be advised that It is essential to have at least two blank, consecutive visa pages for each time entry to South Africa is sought. This excludes Amendment and Endorsement pages.Otherwise, the traveler, even when in possession of a valid South African visa, may be refused entry into South Africa, fined, and returned to their point of origin at the traveler’s expense.
  • Visas may be required for NAMIBIA depending on the nationality of your passport. It is is your responsibility to check the entry visa requirements with the individual embassy of each country you intend visiting prior to departure.
  • If you are a parent / guardian traveling with a minor (aged 18 or younger), you must be in possession of a certified letter of consent from the non-accompanying parent or guardian.
  • VISA STAMPS IN PASSPORTS UPON ARRIVAL IN EACH COUNTRY:
  • PLEASE CHECK THE DATES THAT THE OFFICIALS STAMP IN TO YOUR PASSPORTS TO MAKE SURE THE ALLOTTED TIME FOR YOUR STAY IS CORRECT BEFORE YOU WALK AWAY FROM THE COUNTER.
  • ON OCCASION PEOPLE HAVE BEEN GIVEN INCORRECT INCREMENTS OF TIME TO STAY IN THE COUNTRY CONCERNED CREATING A LOT OF UNNECESSARY AGGRAVATION AND INCONVENIENCE.
  • We also suggest that before you depart on any international trip that you take a photo of the information page of your passport as well as any visas on your cell phone and share with a family member or friend via text or email in case you lose your passport!




WHAT ARE THE LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS FOR A NAMIBIA SAFARI?


RULE OF THUMB – IF YOU WANT TO SEE IT AGAIN DO NOT PACK IT IN YOUR CHECKED BAGS!

  • Medications, eye glasses, sunglasses, wallets, passports, computers, iPads, cell phones, cameras, binoculars, jewelry etc should be carried with you at all times.
  • And why are you taking that expensive jewelry with you anyway? NOT A GOOD IDEA!
  • Do not take anything with you that is not replaceable or anything that you would be devastated to lose!
  • Most airports today do offer plastic wrapping of bags for a small fee.
  • Luggage restrictions vary between airlines / countries and aircraft. Please check with your travel consultant with regard to weight restrictions and quantity / size of bags permitted.
  • If you will be traveling in vehicles and small aircraft with limited luggage capacity, it is a requirement that you have a SOFT BAG without WHEELS




WHAT LEVEL OF PHOTOGRPAHY EXPERIENCE DO I NEED?


Our trips are created for photographers of every skill level. No doubt it helps to understand camera basics prior to your travels. Reviewing your camera manual (and bringing a copy of it with you on your trip) is a good start. If you have questions during your trip, our experienced tour guide will be there to answer them. Wynne will also give you a photography and wildlife tuition at the beginning of your trip.




WHAT SHOULD I PACK FOR A SAFARI IN NAMIBIA?


WHAT TO PACK FOR NAMIBIA SAFARI (OR NOT) – RULE OF THUMB – DON’T PACK TOO MUCH The other most frequently asked question. As a general guideline, comfortable casual wash and wear clothes are recommended. If you are going on safari, the less you take the better as most camps lodges and hotels do offer laundry service if you are staying at least two days. Muted colors such as stone, khaki, beige or brown are recommended when you are on safari.
Game drives in the early morning and evenings can BE VERY COLD especially in winter so you must pack accordingly. “BUT WE ARE GOING TO AFRICA- WHY WOULD IT BE COLD?” Trust us, we know! The key is to dress in layers in the early morning and strip down layer by layer as it gets warmer as the sun rises. Vice versa for evening game drives. Clothing Light weight shirts/blouses with long sleeves as protection from the sun and mosquitos
T-shirts
Shorts
Jeans or safari trousers
Pajamas
Socks
Underwear
A light weight water-proof jacket
Comfortable walking shoes/sneakers
Comfortable walking sandals or flip flops for warmer days
A wide brimmed hat with under-chin tie to prevent it from flying away
Swimsuit
A WARM WINDPROOF jacket (winter)
A fleece jacket that will go under the warm jacket (winter)
A warm polo neck shirt (winter)
A beanie (winter)
Gloves (winter)
A warm scarf (winter) Equipment & Other Sunglasses
Spare prescription eye glasses/contact lenses
Binoculars
Cameras and related paraphernalia like lenses etc and plenty of memory cards and spare batteries
A small powerful flashlight and extra batteries
Travel alarm clock
Small purse size umbrella can come in handy
Small lint roller
A light packable backpack or tote to carry equipment and stuff on game vehicles
A supply of Ziploc bags in different sizes may come in handy for dust or water proofing cameras , wet bathing suits etc.
Chargers for cell phones, iPads, cameras, computers and you may want to invest in a mini travel charger surge protector with dual USB ports and five charging outlets. Personal First Aid Kit Band aids
Antiseptic cream
Pain tablets
Heartburn relief
Eye drops
Insect repellant
Itch spray for bug bites
Sunscreen with high SPF factor
Hand sanitizer
Purse size kleenex packets
Eye drops
Chapstick
”make you go ” pills “make you not go” pills as well as any prescription medications that you rely on on a daily basis.




WHAT IS THE ELECTRIC CURRENT IN NAMIBIA?


Namibian electrical appliances run on 220/240v with round 3-pin outlets taking 15 amp plugs. Although adaptors are available at most camps, we highly recommend taking your own. If you are taking electric hair styling tools in any shape or form flatirons, curling irons, hairdryers etc. or any other electrical appliances, you should make sure they are dual voltage and remember to change the voltage if necessary when you get to NAMIBIA or you can undoubtedly kiss them goodbye! Due to their remote locations, many camps/game lodges in Namibia generate their own electricity by means of generators. Generators run for about 6-7 hours per day providing power in the rooms/tents for lighting and possibly ceiling fans. Not all camps provide plug points in the rooms/tents so if you have equipment that requires charging such as camera batteries the camps will often have charging facilities in the main areas. Sooooooooooo…………….you may as well face it ladies, you will be having some bad hair days as at most camps no hair dryers, flat irons or the likes allowed!!!!! Just go with the flow and enjoy.




WHAT ARE THE TIPPING AND GRATUITY GUIDELINES FOR A NAMIBIA SAFARI?


TIPPING/GRATUITY GUIDELINES FOR NAMIBIA SAFARI – TO GIVE OR NOT TO GIVE, THAT IS THE QUESTION! AND IF SO HOW MUCH. This is one of the questions we are asked most often prior to departure: How much should we tip? THE FOLLOWING IS A GUIDELINE :

  • Safari Guide : US$ 20 per guest per day
  • Game Ranger at Camps & Game Lodges : US$ 10 per guest per day.
  • Trackers at Camps & Game Lodges : US$ 5 per guest per day.
  • General Staff at Camps & Game LodgeS : US$ 5 per guest per day.
  • Porterage : US$ 1 per person per movement.
  • Restaurants / Hotels : 10% is customary.




WHAT IS THE CURRENCY AND WHAT CREDIT CARDS CAN I USE IN NAMIBIA?


Currency :

  • The currency in NAMIBIA is the Namibian Dol
  • lar (NAD), which is the equivalent value of the South African Rand (ZAR).
  • 1.00 USD = 16.2511 NAD (As of Nov 1st 2020)
  • The Namibian Dollar and South African Rand are the only legal tender in NAMIBIA and can be used freely to purchase goods and services.
Credit Cards :
  • Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted throughout NAMIBIA
  • American Express and Diners Club – not so much!
  • Credit cards are not accepted at fuel filling stations.
  • Most safari camps in NAMIBIA also accept US dollars, Euros and British Pounds as payment for curios, drinks, etc.
  • PLEASE NOTE: The Namibian Dollar is not legal tender in South Africa.
  • For up to date rates of exchange click on the following link: www.xe.com




WILL I BE ABLE TO DO LAUNDRY DURING MY NAMIBIAN TOUR?


Limited laundry service is available at most camps in NAMIBIA due to limited water supplies. If washing is done, it is done by hand, therefore underwear (bras, panties and men’s underwear) are not included in this service. This is due to prevailing local traditions in the country. Please discuss with operator whether the Lodges you will be staying at have Laundry services.




DOES WAC WILD PHOTO SAFARIS RENT OUT PHOTO EQUIPMENT?


Unfortunaly we do not personal rent out photographic equipment. However Namibia does have a very well established photo equipment rental shop that is stationed in the the capital Windhoek. Discuss with your operator if you would prefere to rent from them and he can organise or follow the link to thier website if you would like to see what they have and do the renting yourself. www.capturenamibia.com




WHAT TYPE OF CAMERA GEAR SHOULD I BRING?


Just bring what you have. Everybody thinks that because they are heading out on a trip like this they need the best equipment and they think about the new toys they can get to enhance their experience. Its tough that you have to pay so much to get to Namibia then the fees that the experience involves, you dont need to rack up your credit card any further. Just bring what you have, some of me best images have been shot with cheaper bodies and lenses. This experince is about how to use your equipment to the best of its ability and to have a great and fun time doing it. For those big time Wildlife photographic enthusists here is a guidline to what to think about for your trip. Lenses: Zoom and/or prime lenses, preferable only one prime lense ie: a 500mm or 300mm with converter if possible. Optional lenses: macro/all pupose zoom lens. Travel tripod. Spare batteries and SD cards. Preferable one soft camera bag with all camera gear. No need to bring any lens support.




DO I NEED ANY VACCINATIONS FOR NAMIBIA? IS NAMIBIA A MALARIA FREE AREA?


There is no formal requirement for any shots for entry into NAMIBIA however, we highly recommend that you do take precautions against MALARIA particularly in the NAMIBIAN summer months.Your physician will be able to assist you with a prescription for prophylaxis for malaria prior to your arrival in the malaria infested area. Tips on avoiding Malaria :
Take a prescription antimalarial drug.
Use insect repellent liberally and wear long pants and sleeves to prevent mosquito bites.
Sleep in air-conditioned or well-screened rooms or use bednets.
To maximize the benefit of inoculations/immunizations we suggest you see a health-care provider at least 4–6 weeks before your trip to allow time for your vaccines to take effect. Please consult with your physician for recommendations regarding inoculations/immunizations.




IS NAMIBIA A SAFE DESTINATION?


Namibia is a peaceful country overall…it is considered to be one of the most stable and safe countries on the African continent. However like any country tourists can be targeted. Pickpockets can be a problem and don’t make yourself a target i.e. have your camera hanging around your neck – rather place your goods in a secure bag or back pack. Be alert and use some common sense and you should be fine. If you want to visit a township, do so in a group and with someone who is familiar with the area. Driving under the influence of alcohol is also a problem, so when driving and walking over the weekends, be alert.