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Frequently asked questions

Do I need to get any vaccinations ahead of travel?


Malaria is only an issue in the northern parts of Namibia, such as Etosha and the Kunene River area. Do contact your local travel clinic at least six weeks ahead of the trip for up to date information on suggested precautions.




What is food like?


Namibian cuisine is like heavily influenced by its Germanic and South African history, from bratwurst to braai( BBQ ). Most places will serve European style meals as well as local delicaccies.The fish by the coast is good and there are usually vegetarian options. There is also a good selection of international cuisine. Fresh fruits, tasty western deserts and hot beverages are readily available. Breakfast portions are ample, with pleanty of coffee and tea, creal freshly made omeletes or eggs and so on. Depending on the lodge the meals maybe buffet or plated A la cart. Some special arrangments can be made in advance.




Is English widely spoken?


Yes,Its widely understood and spoken. Before independence, Namibia was a German colony and then annexed to South Africa, so German and Afrikaans are widely spoken as well as a number of local languages. All road signs and general tourism information is printed in English.




Can I drink tap water?


It`s generaly safe to drink tap water but bottled water is available everywhere.




Why Namibia ?


The defining characteristic of Namibia is its enormous landscapes. The changing contrasts, its rocky deserts and thirst-quenching salt pans, its deep rugged canyons and huge sand dunes, and finally its wind swept coastlines, battered by treacherous seas. If you enjoy being on the move and love vast scenic vistas, Namibia is probably the perfect destination




Is it safe to travel in Namibia ?


Namibia is a safe and stable country boasting modern infrastructure and facilities and one of the cleanest and neatest African capitals. Still be careful and remain alert and keep an eye on your belongings for petty crime like you would anywhere else in the world. Dress-down ( i.e. don`t wear excessive jewellery) when exploring Africa`s diverse cities. Concealed travel wallets are recommended. Stopping for hitch-hikers is not recommended




What is the currency in the regions we will visit?


NAD ( Namibian dollar ) is the official currency in Namibia, Pula ( BWP ) is the currency for Botswana and Kwacha is the currency of Zambia. However South African Rand ( RAD ) followed by US Dollars is widely accepted in all three countries but note that you will receive your change back in local currency. Although cash is king and recommended Visa,Mastercard, AMEX are accepted by most restaurants, shops and hotels. Proof of identity may be requested like the rest of the world so be sure to carry a passport or some sort of photo identification at all times.Credit cards are not accepted at petrol stations. ATM`s are found through out Namibia`s major city centres and shopping complexes but generally it will be difficult to use a credit card outside of major cities and finding ATM`s in the bush is not possible. ATM`s are also available in Livingstone Zambia but in Botswana we will not be near any cities as we will stay near Chobe game park




Photography


Please be sensitive when photographing people. Namibians are renowned for being friendly; however it is courteous to ask permission before snapping away. The use of Drones is not permitted in any of the conservation areas.( i.e Game reserves, Safari`s ) This rule will apply throughout Africa.




Passport & Visa Requirements


Tourist visiting Namibia must be in possesion of passport that is valid for six months from the date of travel and should have two blank pages available in their passports.Visitors who intend travelling to Namibia`s neighboring countries and back are advised to apply for multiple entry visas Visa requirements for the passport you are carrying, please check with your local consulate




What are the accommodations like on this tour ?


Hand picked exceptional 4* lodges where possible. Please see our " What is included " page for more information on this as well : Detailed itinerary page will have pictures of some of the lodges we use




What kind of animals will I see while on this road trip ?


In addition to the famous" Big 5 " ( elephant, rhino,lion, cape buffalo, leopard ), Southern Africa hosts a wide of animals in diverse habitats. Antelope are notable with about 40 different species, including elands,waterbuck, gerenuk,topis,hartebeest,impala,gazelles, and the diminutive dik-diks.These, along with the herds of zebras, giraffe`s and wildebeest, serve as the main prey for the ever-hungry carnivires such as lions, hyenas and cheetahs.It is always a treat to see roving bands of mongoose and comical warthogs.Southern African rivers are alive with hippoporotamus and opportunistic Nile crocodiles. Southern Africa boasts a large number of endangered mammals such as black and white rhino, warthogs and cheetah




What are roads like in Southern Africa?


Many of the roads in Southern Africa are hard packed gravel and because of their heavy use they are often rutted. Generally you will be mostly on combination of hard packed gravel and tar roads




What is the electrical current in Southern Africa?


Electiricity is supplied at all lodges and most permanent tented camps. Electrical current is 220 or 240 volts and the outlet is a type-G British three-pin rectangular pronged plug. You will need a plug adapter and converter will be required for Noth American devices, while most modern devices ( laptop, camera, cell phone to name a few ) usually can handle up to 240 volts please make sure to double check the voltage requirements of your device and bring a converter if necessary




Is internet widely available in places where we will be visiting ?


Major cities and most lodges/hotels have internet but it can be slow and unreliable compared to service in major US or EU cities. Outside of the major cities it will be difficult to find access to the internet. Plan to unplug while in Southern Africa on some days




Will my cell phone work during this trip ?


This is a good question for your cell phone service provider. To work internationally, you will most likely need a cell phone which uses GSM network which is most widely used globally. In the US AT&T and operate GSM networks while Verizon, Sprint and several smaller carriers use the CDMA network which has less worldwide coverage. In Canada major networks would be Rogers, Bell & Telllus and smaller ones would be Fido, Kudo and so on. It is higly recommended to bring along a unlocked phone and purchase local SIM card at the airport.




What is the weather like in Southern Africa?


The weather in Southern Africa can vary greatly depending on the region in which you are travelling. In general it`s quite pleasent ranging from 70-85 F ( 21- 29 C ) during the day. However many underestimate how cool Southern Africa can be, Especially in the southern hemisphere winter months of June to September. Prepare for temperatures that can drop down to 40 F ( 4 C ) in the evenings.




How many people will be on the tour ?


We will have five 4X4 `s that could accommodate up to 10 people plus your 2 guides in a support vehicle. So about 12 people in total.




Will there be any day off`s on this trip ?


Yes - 4 rest days




What do I need to bring ?


1- Passport that is valid for at least 6 months. Visa if required. We do not arrange visas , please check with your embassy if you are not sure 2- Your drivers license and an International driver license ( please keep a digital and paper copy of your documents ) 3- Medical Insurance - This is a must and proof of insurance will be required by us 4- Personal items such as , sunglasses , sun protection , camera, comfortable but rugged shoes or boots are recommended along with a light jacket, pair of long trousers, shirt or polo for evening outing, shorts , t-shirts ( you and your guest will also get a T-Shirt each ) , swimming wear for lodge pools if you choose to....




How much money do I need on this trip ?


You will need money for fuel, lunches , drinks ( including alcoholic beverages ) and personal purchases such as souveniers during trip. A valid Credit card will be required at the time of check-in , in some if not all lodges for extra purchases made during your stay.




Is any food included during the Trip ?


Yes, breakfast and all dinners are included during the tour. More detailed itinerary of what is included and excluded will be emailed to you well in advance of your trip. You can also find this information on our website




Is this trip for me?


If you love to travel and enjoy road trips, adventure, discovery , exploring, cultures, history, you are OK with getting out of your comfort zone , you always wanted to experience a Safari and see Africa`s magic - Then this trip is definately for you





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