After my recent visit, here are my updated top 10 travel tips for visiting Namibia.
- Take a scenic flight over the Skeleton Coast, either from Sossusvlei to Swakopmund, from Swakopmund or further north along the Skeleton Coast including Cape Cross or Terrace Bay.
- Pack lightly: Many visits to Namibia include small plane flights which have restrictive luggage weight limits.
- Dress in layers. Namibia can be cold, hot, dry and damp in the same day, sometimes within hours.
- Bring a sun hat and sunscreen. You’ll spend a lot of time in the hot sun.
- Bring sturdy walking shoes as you’ll normally spend some time walking on sand, on the beach, in the hills or mountains, etc. While I usually take flip flops, some sport sandals would have been a better choice for walking on hot sand.
- Bring a three-pronged, big rounded “M”-style adapter. It’s not found on many multi-plug adapters.
- Bring your patience/Get your Zen on: distances are great and travel times can be long; life moves slowly; things take time. You’ll enjoy yourself if you slow down and let things come as they may.
- Connect with local people. Namibians are generally very friendly, and even the less outgoing tribes are very interesting if you take the time to interact with them.
- Study up on brown: I found myself running out of adjectives to describe the seemingly unlimited number of shades of brown we could see. Dark, espresso, cocoa, burnt, reddish, black…
- Come with important questions: With its gorgeous sunsets, awesome night skies, and wide open spaces, Namibia provides a fantastic place to reflect on life’s burning questions.
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