Packing for Namibia: Helpful Travel tips

It often isn’t easy to pack the right things for your next trip. A look at Namibia’s weather data shows that it constantly changes – between summer and winter, day and night, the country’s interior and the coast …are all very different. While it is hot in the desert every day of the year, it often cools down at night.

During the European summer months, it can freeze at night in Namibia. Namibians love the always fresh and cool climate of the coast, the region around Swakopmund is an especially popular resort. Thick clouds often cover the sky and the sun cannot warm the air as quickly as anywhere else.

Image: Lea Hajner

Image: Lea Hajner

What should be in your suitcase for your Namibian holiday and what can you leave at home?

Clothing

More layers are better than not enough. I had a thick Merino sweater for the flight in January and I wore it in Swakopmund quite often. In other places have a thin vest to wear in the evening. A thin, long trouser is the right attire for hikes.

Firm shoes & long trousers - Image: Lea Hajner

Firm shoes & long trousers – Image: Lea Hajner

Safari-Look or Africa chic?

If you are travelling along one of the self-drive safaris and have planned day trips, you might need to capture the entire safari look.

Safari drive

Safari drive

Thin shirts are practical (also against the sun), a hat, sun glasses (that stretch along the sides to protect your eyes from sand and dust) and shoes with a firm sole (thorn bushes are everywhere, without exception).

In the evenings, you can dress up if you’d like – but it isn’t necessary.

Sossusvlei

The best is to be at the gate by sunrise (when the park opens) and the cooler hours of morning will be in your favour.

 Image: Pinterest

Image: Pinterest

Shoes with socks are recommended, but you can manage the climb up Big Daddy, barefoot or with flipflops. However this depends on the heat of the sand, as soon as the sun is up it does not take long before the sand becomes hot enough to burn your feet.

Hiking in Sossusvlei - Image: Judy & Scott Hurd

Hiking in Sossusvlei – Image: Judy & Scott Hurd

Otherwise, things to keep in your backpack: at least 1 litre of water, snacks, a camera, hat and sun block.

The Cool Coast and Rainy Season

A rain jacket never hurts, in the rainy season anyway (even if the rain barely lasts a few minutes). At the coast it also protects against the wind.

A rain jacket - Image: static1.squarespace.com

A rain jacket – Image: static1.squarespace.com

Shoes

I coped well with light ankle-high walking shoes, sandals and a pair of ballerina pumps.

First-aid travel kit

This topic caused a lot of headaches. We finally solved it so that we didn’t take any prophylaxis and were fully committed to a variety of resources from home and from Namibia. By the way, the areas south of Windhoek have a minimal risk for malaria.

For mosquito protection in the supermarket in Namibia - Image: Lea Hajner

For mosquito protection in the supermarket in Namibia – Image: Lea Hajner

If you are sensitive, you will quickly get nose bleeds in the dry climate, nasal ointment helps. For sensitive eyes and contact lenses, eye drops work as well.

Traveling by car

The great distances between sights can be entertaining, fill the time with music and perhaps some or other audio book (get all this together before your trip).

Image: chroniclesofnamibia.com

Image: chroniclesofnamibia.com

We also always had a few soft drinks and snacks with us (Typical for Namibia: Biltong – dried meat of all kinds – dried fruit, nuts and crackers). Chocolate and Gummy bears will be cheaper if you bring them with you from home.

Adapter Worries
Namibia is one of those countries that does not offer a European plug and therefore you will need your own adapter. The best would be to bring one from home.

European adaptor - Image: www.ebay.com.au

European adaptor – Image: www.ebay.com.au

All the Gondwana properties offer European adapters in the rooms, but sometimes they only offer one and it is not beside the bed (i.e. pack enough cables and multiple plugs to suit all your devices).

WIFI and Cell phone Reception

WIFI is mostly available in the reception and main buildings of the Gondwana properties, but not always in the room. Cell phone reception is cool, a SIM card from MTC can be purchased directly in the arrival hall at the airport and the appropriate airtime and data packages as well.

Image: www.puresignals.com

Image: www.puresignals.com

All in all it costs not even 6€ for fourteen days. The phone reception is remarkably good and available almost everywhere.

Camera Equipment

Ambitious photographers – I would advise you bring along a 300mm zoom lens, I (with a 200mm and full-frame camera on the road) would have loved to have one.

Practical: a pair of binoculars! Also an adapter for your mobile phone, you can take amazingly good photos of animals. For night photographs and patient wildlife photographers: Tripod.

Recorded with iPhone and Swarovski binoculars + adapter - Image: Lea Hajner

Recorded with iPhone and Swarovski binoculars + adapter – Image: Lea Hajner

Also useful, is a small camera cleaning kit to clear away sand and dust in the evenings.

Money
A mix would be ideal: Euros, in small bills when needed, and a credit and debit card. ATM’s are available in many of the larger places, the charges vary 2-3€ depending on the bank. For petrol stations and permits to National Parks, you always need cash!

For refueling you always need cash - Image: Lea Hajner

For refueling you always need cash – Image: Lea Hajner

Lea Hajner is a Travel Blogger. On her Blog, Blog Escape Town she writes about outdoor adventures and lifestyle.  The thing she found most beautiful in Namibia, was to watch the sunset with biltong and a cold beer in hand.

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A million views for Namibia First

NAMIBIA FIRST NOT SECOND

America First – Namibia First (NOT SECOND) Response to the Netherlands Trump welcome video.

The whole world was watching the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States: Donald J. Trump. Because we realize it’s better for us to get along, and because the Netherlands (Zondag met Lubach Late Night Show) did this great introduction video – we decided to introduce our country to him as well. In a way that will probably appeal to him the most.

The video clip ” America First – Namibia First (NOT SECOND) Response to the Netherlands Trump welcome video” was also feature on Mashable:

Namibia has joined Europe in mocking Trump and it’s glorious

 

Namibia First

 

 

 

Make a Namibian Tour again! With http://www.gondwana-collection.com

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What does Gondwana mean?

The Gondwana Collection is celebrating its 21st birthday this year. To the public we are known as a lodge group that strives for service excellence and to conduct business in a way that is environmentally conscious. One of our major aims as a company is to preserve the natural heritage of Namibia.

The basic history, summed up quite bluntly, is that four like-minded people came together in 1996 to create a place where wildlife could roam freely and safely along the Fish River Canyon. They intended to have this project funded by a temporary tented camp on the property. This humble idea grew rapidly and the Gondwana Collection grew into fourteen properties across the country.

Gondwana Collection Namibia

Some may recall that we once had a different name, the Gondwana Travel Centre, which was changed to the Gondwana Collection. I’m sure you’ve noticed though that the one idea that remains at its centre, is ‘Gondwana’.

The word itself has prehistoric origins. Scientists believe that there was once a super continent, in which all continents of earth were connected as one. This massive continent was named Pangaea. Its name is derived from the Ancient Greek words pan (meaning “whole / entire”) and Gaia (meaning “Mother Earth” and also the name of the ancient Greek goddess of earth).

Rights to John Pangaea

Rights to John Pangaea

This super continent was divided into a northern and southern hemisphere. The northern half was named Laurentia or Laurasia and the southern half was named Gondwana.

Rights to ZME Science

Rights to ZME Science

The name of this southern super continent has unique origins. The continent was named by Austrian scientist, Eduard Suess, after a region in central northern India. This region is named the ‘forest of the Gonds’, after a tribe that lives in the area.

The Gonds are a people who live in central India. The reason the continent was named after this group, is because India had been part of the Gondwana super continent.

Rights to Indianbijou

Rights to Indianbijou

It is because of this rich background that the four founders of our company decided to use this name. However the meaning of Gondwana was brought in once again, when the lodge group received its new logo. To explain the logo, one needs to understand the origins of the company’s name. The new logo consists of the hand. A very simple but also loaded image.

The hand can symbolise history and heritage through the lines embedded in the skin. It can also be a welcoming idea, an introduction through a handshake. And of course it symbolises unity and the ‘coming together’ of people and communities. These are some of the reasons why we chose the hand as our identity. And if you look closely, there is so much more.

"You can see Africa & South America"

“You can see Africa & South America”

When you consider the logo above, you can see Africa. You can also see South America, as it was once connected to the African continent. And if you look carefully you will see Namibia, forming part of all the continents afore mentioned.

"Look carefully you will see Namibia"

“Look carefully you will see Namibia”

We here at the Gondwana Collection see the world as interconnected. One thing cannot exist without the support of another. This ideology is also grounded in our philosophy. We believe that we can only be successful if we bring the tourism sector, environmentally conscious methods and the local communities together. And so far this has not let us down.

If you have any information regarding Gondwana or experiences with the Gondwana Collection, we invite you to share it with us in the comment section below.

Author – Jescey Visagie is a proud Namibian and is passionate about writing and language. Tag along for the ride as she tries to uncover new insights into Namibia and explores what the country has to offer.

Jescey Visagie

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