FAQs: Namibia Overland Safari

Why is this called an Overland Safari?

We travel between destinations by safari vehicles. Along the way we drive through parts of the Kalahari Desert and Namib Sand Sea. Some of the drives are long and dusty, but the scenery is spectacular!

What about safety on this trip?

Namibia is a relatively safe country, but please observe the same safety rules you would at home. When in Windhoek, be cautious of mugging if you are alone on busy streets or in a taxi. Use the hotel room safes if they are available, and lock your luggage. When paying by credit card, keep the card in full view at all times, and do not let anyone see your pin number.

Where does the trip start and end?

Windhoek, the capital of Namibia

How do I get to Windhoek?

You can fly there via Frankfurt or Johannesburg. Namibia Airlines flies direct to Windhoek from Frankfurt and South Africa Airlines flies direct from Johannesburg. Hidden Places provides airport transfers on the first and last days of the trip.

What are the physical activities on the trip and what level of fitness do I need?

The activity level is generally easy. We will have some optional hikes, including to the top of a massive sand dune. We will also spend an afternoon kayaking, hoping to spot whales.

What is the food like?

The food in our hotels and lodges is generally Western in style.

I’m a vegetarian, is that a problem?

Not at all, but please let us know in advance, and advise us on what you can’t eat.

Do I need a visa?

Citizens of North America, the UK and Europe do not need entry visas. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the date of your departure date from Namibia, and have at least 3 blank pages.

Do I need any special insurance?

Medical insurance, including emergency evacuation, is mandatory on all our trips. We also strongly advise you to purchase trip cancellation insurance.

Do I need vaccinations?

Your routine vaccinations (Tetanus-Diphtheria, Poliomyelitis, Measles, Mumps, Rubella) should be up to date. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required if you are coming from a country where the disease is present. Please consult with your physician or local travel health clinic.

What about malaria?

The central part of Namibia is considered malaria free, but in other areas it is present. Please check with your local travel clinic about prophylactic medication.

What does the Land Cost cover?

Airport transfers on the first and last days of the trip, all ground transportation, guiding, game drives, trekking, park fees, entrance fees, all accommodation (based on double occupancy) meals as shown on the itinerary.

What does the Land Cost not cover?

Flights, airport transfers not on the first or last days of the trip, beverages, alcoholic drinks, personal insurance and gratuities.

How can I access cash when I’m on the trip?

There are ATMs at the international airport, in the towns we visit, and at gas stations. In most of our hotels and lodges you can pay your drinks bill by credit card (although American Express is not always accepted) and tips can be in US dollars. The currency is the Namibian Dollar but South African Rand is also accepted throughout Namibia.

What clothes and equipment will I need?

No special equipment is required. When you sign up for the trip, we will provide you with a comprehensive clothes and equipment list.

I’m travelling alone, is that a problem?

Absolutely not. We have many guests who travel with us on their own. They appreciate the camaraderie of our Hidden Places groups, and usually go home with newfound friends.

What will the weather be like?

We will be at altitudes between sea level and 5500 feet. Most of Namibia has a subtropical desert climate, with low rainfall. From late May through August, daytime temperatures range from 20 to 28 C (68 – 82F). The nights will be cool, with temperatures possibly dropping as low as 10 C (50F), and in desert areas on the coast it can get close to freezing.

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