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Namibia Overland Travel

Namibia is truly a country of extremes. A brutally hot climate, arid grasslands, granite outcrops and ochre-red sand deserts make up its starkly beautiful landscape.

As a starting point or through-way for many Africa overland trips, Namibia is at the same time a country of compelling beauty and endless horizons, as well as a hugely attractive travel destination. From the vast expanses of Etosha National Park in the north, home to huge elephant herds and the mystical Etosha Pan, to the snaking Fish River Canyon in the south, the 2nd largest of its kind in the world, Namibia is an incredible country worth exploring on any overland adventure tour.

Namibia’s ‘adrenalin capital’ Swakopmund has become known for its amazing adventure activities, while the barren Skeleton Coast disappears northwards, a scary and treacherous stretch of uninhabited land. Read more about our featured Namibia destinations for more travel ideas.

If you’re overlanding through Namibia, make sure you sky dive over the Namib Desert, climb to the top of Dune 45 in Sossusvlei, meet the ochre-clad Himba people and encounter an elephant in Etosha. Namibia overland activities are all about the adrenalin rush!

Namibia Overland Travel Guide

• Namibia covers over 800 000km² and is situated on Africa’s south-western Atlantic coast, with South Africa to the south, Angola to the north and Botswana to the east. It also touches Zambia where the Caprivi Strip ends at the Zambezi River.
• Despite Namibia’s vast size, it is inhabited by only 2.1 million people, but this is mostly due to the uninhabitable areas, like the 49 000km² Namib Naukluft National Park which includes the Namib Desert, the oldest desert on earth.
• Windhoek is Namibia’s capital city and is the only city of any size located in the middle of the country. The Nambian Dollar is of the same value as the South African Rand, which is also widely accepted.
• Nambia is also home to 5 big rivers which flow along the perimeters, but the interior has very little permanent surface water.
• The climate is continually hot and dry, with summer temperatures often creeping over the 40s. The coastal temperatures are cooled by the cold Benguera Current, which reduces rainfall and often causes a thick fog to shroud Swakopmund and the Skeleton Coast.

Travel Tips:

  • Most nationalities don’t need a visa, but find out before you go
  • The Namibian Dollar has the same exchange rate as the South African Rand
  • Namibia is credit-card friendly, with most activities payable in US dollars, Nam dollars or ZAR
  • Be sure to ask the local people first before taking a photograph!
  • Contribute to water-saving efforts, as water is scarce in Namibia

Dont forget to:

  • Quad bike in the Namib Desert
  • Watch a floodlit Etosha waterhole at night
  • Clamber up a giant sand dune at Sossusvlei
  • Slide down a dune on a sandboard
  • Drink a flagon of beer in a German alehouse
  • Go sky diving over the desert

Quick Facts:

  • Namibia covers over 800 000sqkm - most of it completely uninhabited
  • It borders the Atlantic Ocean, South Africa, Angola, Botswana and Zambia
  • The 49 000sqkm Namib Naukluft National Park includes the vast Namib Desert
  • Windhoek is the capital city and is located slap-bang in the middle of the country
  • The climate is hot and dry, with summer temperatures often over 40degrees