Travel Tips

Deep blue sky, from horizon to horizon. Deserts and savannahs, canyons, mountains, rivers without water; this is the mysterious magic of our majestic nature. Abundant wildlife, diverse indigenous cultures, modern cities, the rough Atlantic coast and beautiful sunsets. All that and much more is what makes Namibia a truly unique destination.

Vaccinations / Health

For your stay in Namibia and at Kiripotib you do not need any special vaccinations beyond the requirements in Central Europe. However, it is recommended to renew the immune protection for tetanus and hepatitis A+B in time before starting your trip. If you plan a safari to the northern part of Namibia between September and May, you should seek individual advice from your doctor. With the exception of the northern part, Namibia is free of Malaria! Throughout Namibia conditions are very hygienic.

Money

The Namibian Dollar (NAD) is the official currency in Namibia. There is a fixed exchange rate of 1:1 to the South African Rand (ZAR), therefor you can also pay with Rand. At the airport in Windhoek you can withdraw money from the cash machine („ATM“) with your EC-card. Exchange bureaus are also located at the airport as well as in all major towns and cities. Here you can exchange your currency for Namibian Dollars for a small fee. In principle you don’t need any cash at our lodge. Everything can be booked onto your room bill and paid by card. Only for a shopping tour, a trip to one of the farms in the neighbourhood, or if you want to give a tip to our employees, you have to be in possession of cash.

Flight

Air Namibia offers direct flights over night from Frankfurt to Windhoek (capital of Namibia) with two Airbus A330, new in service since 2014. Since 2015, Condor has two flights a week to Windhoek, one from Frankfurt and one from Munich. Flight time to Windhoek is about ten hours. Other airlines offer only flights via Johannesburg (SA) to Namibia but expect KLM and Qatar Airways to open new services to Windhoek in the near future. Take a fleece jacket along on your flight as the air condition can sometimes be excessively icy and cause an unwanted cold.

Safaris

For more than 20 years African Kirikara Safaris has been offering custom made guided and self-drive tours in Namibia and neighbouring countries. We are happy to suggest exciting routes, and do the bookings of lodges, camps, rental cars etc. for you. But we don’t just organize your trip: if you wish we enrich your experience by accompanying you as experienced travel guides. For further details do not hesitate to contact safaris@kiripotib.com.

Insurance

On Kiripotib it is mandatory to have a private travel health insurance including repatriation and accidents. Better safe than sorry! Furthermore, insurance for last minute cancellations and baggage loss are also a good idea.

Infrastructure

Kiripotib is supplied with 220 Volt electricity, internet (wifi) and mobile network. All our rooms include full board, which means meals and even mineral water is included in the price.

Apparel

For the summer in Namibia you should bring mostly light clothing, such as shorts, t-shirts and sandals. Pack a pair of trousers and a jacket, as it can get chilly sometimes. But don’t forget your swim suit! The sun in Namibia is extremely intense and so it is recommended to wear long sleeves, a hat and sun block whenever you’re outside. SPF 30 and above are recommended. Also, do take some proper shoes along.

Our winters are best enjoyed in jeans and a shirt, or even shorts and a t-shirt. But don’t underestimate the sun! A hat and sun block are obligatory, also in winter. As the nights and evenings can be decidedly chilly, bring a proper jacket, hat, scarf and warm shoes. Also, the ambient humidity drops to very low levels (20-30%) in winter and calls for a good moisturiser for hands, face and body.

Climate

The Namibian summer lasts from October to April, during which time daily temperatures usually range between 30-38°C. The height of summer (around December to January) can also see temperatures as high as 40°C. Don’t be alarmed however, as the low humidity makes for a much less intense heat than in the tropics. Nights hover mostly around the 20°C mark. The rainy season is at the beginning of November and then again from January to March, during which there is a good chance of dramatic spectacles in the sky! During the nights on the other hand, the skies are usually clear and feature some of the best star gazing in the world.

The Namibian winter is usually milder than the central European summer. It lasts from May to September and daily temperatures are between 20 – 28°C. There is no rain during winter and the skies are crystal clear! The lack of clouds during winter causes night temperatures to plummet as soon as the sun sets. Be prepared for 10°C and lower (even the occasional frosts).

Telephone, Internet, Wi-Fi

Pre-paid SIM cards are available directly at the arrival terminal at the airport. Look out for MTC, the local provider. On farm Kiripotib there is full reception for your mobile devices as well as Wi-Fi.

Pick up service or rental car?

If you wish, we will gladly pick you up from the airport upon arrival in Namibia, and of course, we bring you back too. In case you want an individual solution, we are happy to organize the car-rental for you. All rentals in Namibia conform to international quality and safety standards.

Required Immigration Documents

EU-citizens need a passport valid at least six month longer than the intended visit (meaning after your planned departure). There must be at least TWO pages available/empty for stamps. Upon entry, you will be issued with a tourist visa, which is valid for a maximum of 90 days. Always cross-check the validity period of the visa with the date of your homebound flight!