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Frequently Asked Questions: Namibia Safaris

Why should I do my safari in Namibia?

Namibia is the only place in the world you can view desert adapted animals including elephants, black rhino, lions, gemsbok, kudu, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, southern giraffe, cheetah, spotted hyena, and brown hyena. Birding is excellent, with over 240 species recorded. The Namib Desert is the oldest desert on the planet and the scenery in the desert and along the Skeleton Coast is stunning. Namibia is a photographer’s paradise with great light and exotic scenes, including the famous Soussesvlei.

For those who like to introduce culture into their safari, there are opportunities to visit 79 communal conservancies developed through partnerships between local communities and the Namibian government. The conservancies offer quality wildlife viewing of desert adapted wildlife, in wilderness areas, without the crowds, with upscale and good value accommodations available. Plus meeting and working with local people knowing that your tourism dollars are benefiting their families.

What is the best time of year to visit Namibia?

Namibia has 300 days of sunshine on average each year. Go on safari any month of the year.  Just remember wildlife viewing in November is highly variable. Sometimes great, sometimes not. Even so, it is low season and the prices are great.

What kind of weather can I expect on safari?

Namibia can be visited any month of the year because it is partially covered by the Namib Desert, one of the world’s driest deserts. The entire country receives only a fraction of the rain received in other safari countries. The average rainfall along the coast is less than two inches (50 mm) for the entire year. Central Namibia only sees about 13 ½ inches (350 mm) in a year. Up in the northeast where the Caprivi Strip reaches out to touch the great Zambezi things become wetter with 27 ½ inches (700 mm) of rain falling within the year.

There are some small temperature and humidity variations you should be aware of. December to March has some humidity, as well as short thundershowers in the afternoon. Rain in the Namib Desert is uncommon, but if it occurs it will be in these months. Etosha National Park gets rain during this time frame. April and May are green season with clear and fresh air, as well as drier humidity. From June to August expect the humidity to lower and nights to be cooler, even reaching freezing in some areas of the desert. Game in northern Namibia moves more to the waterholes, although the desert adapted animals in the Namib always have to deal with limited water. It is hard to predict the weather in November. Sometimes it stays dry and in other years you get to witness the first rains of the season.

Morning fog belts coming in from the ocean and pushing inwards into the desert are a regular phenomenon along the coast. Animals and plants rely on the fog as their main source of water. The fogs frequently envelop parts of the desert. Amazingly beautiful and still.  

What kind of shape do I need to be in?

You get to choose the activity level of your safari. Traditional wildlife viewing requires little or no physical activity, but in Namibia there are opportunities to do walking safaris, hike and run in the dunes, bicycle, and horseback ride. You can schedule in as much, or as little, activity as you choose.

What type of clothing do I need to bring?

After you book your safari we provide you with our Deeper Africa guide book which has an extensive section on packing, along with several packing lists. There are no special items that you need to purchase for your safari. Casual wash and wear clothing is the most appropriate. During the day, the best clothing is shorts or safari pants. Lightweight cotton or nylon tops and cotton or nylon shirts are the norm. While in the bush, it is helpful to wear neutral colors such as khaki, grey, tan, or olive. Primates, birds, and insects have color vision. 

What kind of medical care do I need before I go on safari?

Before you leave for an international destination you should consult your physician. The pre-departure materials you receive from Deeper Africa include detailed information about vaccinations and other health related matters you should discuss with your physician. You will also need to decide on a malaria prevention medication. Our pre-departure materials outline the alternatives available so you can talk intelligently with your physician about the choices.  We also give you detailed recommendations for personal mosquito prevention measures you should follow while in Africa.