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Experience the classic Namibian safari
Located in the West of Southern Africa along the Atlantic seaboard, Namibia must be one of the most unique African safari experiences with its variety of activities, unique creatures and vast landscapes. Although it has great wildlife parks in the North of the country like Etosha and some of its surrounding concession areas, it is really the incredible landscapes and the unique wildlife that has evolved in the Namib desert – the World’s oldest, that make this such a special safari destination. Namibia is the last stronghold for free ranging Black Rhino in Africa.
Get a taste of it all
Watch Black Rhino come to drink at moonlit waterholes, climb The World’s largest sand dunes, fly at low level along the hauntingly beautiful Skeleton Coast, go quad bike riding in the dunes of the Namib Desert or float quietly over in a hot air balloon at dawn, kayak among playful Cape Fur Seals in shallow lagoons, drive through the ever changing landscapes of the Damaraland, meet the Himba people still living a very traditional lifestyle. There really is a lot to take in here with an excellent network of roads and low rainfall it is accessible throughout the year.
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Things that are worth knowing about when traveling to Namibia
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Along the Skeleton Coast, North of Swakopmund is the largest breeding colony for the Cape Fur Seal. There are thousands of them here and an easy stop off when travelling North from Swakopmund
The Fish River Canyon
In the South of Namibia is this incredible canyon reminiscent of the Grand Canyon of the USA. It is possible to hike along its course over a 4- or 5-day period. Not easy but beautiful and remote for the adventurous.
The Living Desert
We believe this is an essential part of a Namibian safari as it brings to life in front of you the extraordinary evolution of very specialised creatures that survive in this harshest of environments. It is amazing and a must do.
GeneralWhat do I pack for a safari in Zimbabwe? Please remember that there may be luggage weight or size restrictions on your Zimbabwe safari. Before you travel, we shall advise you on what would be suitable for your specific safari as sometimes you may need a wide range of clothing to cater for the different conditions of your safari. If bush walks are a part of your safari, we advise to not wear white or black coloured clothes. What Stone Ruins are in Zimbabwe? The name Zimbabwe translates as “House of stone”. Between the 11th to 15th Century these stone edifices were constructed around the country and were important centres of trade and government. The main ones being Great Zimbabwe, Khami Ruins and Dhlodhlo Ruins, there are many other smaller ones scattered around. Can I walk by myself in the National Parks? No, you cannot, this is only available in designated areas within Mana Pools National Park after paying for a special permit and signing a disclaimer. We do not recommend doing this, you will have a much better experience being accompanied by a trained professional safari guide familiar with the area. Licensed professional guides working for a registered operator are allowed to take you for walks anywhere within the National Parks. What currency is used in Zimbabwe? The currency in Zimbabwe is the Zimbabwean Dollar. In tourist areas most transactions are quoted and done in US Dollars with South African Rand also possible. What time zone is Zimbabwe in? Zimbabwe shares the same time zone as the rest of Southern Africa, which is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time – (GMT) + 2 hours, in the Central Africa Time Zone (CAT) Can I use my credit cards in Zimbabwe? Yes, but only really in the main cities or tourist areas like Victoria Falls with Visa and Mastercard the most widely accepted. To buy curios or paying for camp extras like National Parks Fees it is better to have actual cash. What power sockets are used in Zimbabwe? In the cities and safari camps Zimbabwe uses 220V power points in the camps mostly using Type G plugs. If you have an item that runs on 110V, please bring a converter. It is also advisable to bring additional universal travel adaptors and extra batteries.
VisasDo I need a visa to travel to Zimbabwe? Most nationalities can obtain a visa on arrival at the port of entry or apply for an e-visa before arrival. However, some nationalities may have to apply in advance through an embassy.Please check with your Travel Designer to find out if you require a visa to enter Zimbabwe.
MedicalWhat Vaccinations do I need for travelling to Zimbabwe? At this time there are no vaccination requirements for tourists visiting Zimbabwe – However if you are travelling to Zimbabwe from areas infected with yellow fever, you must have a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. We will advise the latest regulations before travelling. If you are unsure about what is best for you, please consult your medical practitioner for professional advice on what other vaccinations may be suitable for you. Medical Evacuations? Air medical evacuations are available in Zimbabwe, but it is important that you have medical insurance with this type of remote evacuation cover and declare the details to your travel designer prior to travel. Do I need to take malaria medication when visiting Zimbabwe? Zimbabwe is in a malarial zone so please consult with your medical practitioner a few weeks before your departure on what the best prophylactic for you would be. Some courses of medication may need to be started in advance of your visit to Zimbabwe.
Discover Namibia on safari
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Classic Namibia Safari
Drive around Namibia with your guide on this 11 night trip through historic regions of Nambia with some wildlife rich regions, topped off with being able to see the iconic sand dunes. Your driver guide will giving you insight into the historic facts about the country, geology, geography as well as guiding you on the safari portion with your animal and bird sightings, especially while you are in Etosha.
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