Namibia Discards PCR Test Requirement

PCR test requirement for fully vaccinated travellers to Namibia has been removed.

Maybe it’s time for that safari?

We are excited to confirm that the Namibian Government has removed the requirement for FULLY VACCINATED travellers to Namibia to obtain a negative PCR test certificate to gain entry. NAMIBIA IS FULLY OPEN TO VACCINATED TRAVELLERS.

Effective as of March 2022: The wearing of masks in public in Namibia and negative PCR tests for vaccinated visitors are no longer required, President Hage Geingob said on Tuesday, as active COVID-19 cases fall to just a couple of hundred.

This is a fantastic step towards renewed travel that is safe and revitalising.

Read on for a selection of beautiful safari camps to enjoy + special offers…

WHERE TO SAFARI IN NAMIBIA?

Namibia is so huge, yet so much less populated than many countries, that Namibia can provide some of the most majestic and dramatic vistas known to man; from the rugged mountains in the Kaokoveld, the vast sand dunes of Sossusvlei and the dust covered wildlife of Etosha.

Some parks, like the huge Etosha National Park, focus primarily on wildlife, while others like the Namib-Naukluft Park and Fish River Canyon are very much landscape oriented, with their natural beauty easily upstaging the game.

Travellers and photographers who come to Namibia are never disappointed.

* Better Safaris can create a wide range of BUDGET or LUXURY safari itineraries and operate directly with various safari camps across Africa. Speak to us today to start your journey and we’ll create the perfect vacation for you.

SPECIAL OFFERS AVAILABLE ON OUR SAFARI CAMP RECOMMENDATIONS

NAMIB-NAUKLUFT

Namibia’s largest conservation area contains some of the country’s most iconic attractions: towering sand dunes at Sossusvlei, the imposing canyon at Sesriem, forgotten shipwrecks and ghost towns along the icy Atlantic coast, stark inselbergs and mountain ranges, and lichen-encrusted gravel plains.

Evidence of Stone Age life in the Kuiseb River dates back 200 000 years. Other archaeological finds indicate that the area was used by semi-nomadic communities when rain provided enough grazing for animals. The Topnaar people still live along the Kuiseb River inside the park and were guaranteed rights of residence by Queen Victoria more than a century ago.



OUR SAFARI CAMP RECOMMENDATION
Little Kulala Camp starting from US$ 725 per person per night, fully inclusive

ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

One of the greatest game parks in Africa–and one of the oldest–is also Namibia’s number-one tourist destination. Home to 114 large and small mammal species, more than 400 recorded bird species, scores of reptiles and even a fish species, Etosha is the country’s flagship park. The size of the park has been reduced considerably since it was first proclaimed in 1907, but its till remains larger than several European countries.

The Ondonga name for the pan was Etosha, meaning ‘the place where no plants grow’, but early European traders, unable to pronounce the name, called it ‘Etosha’. The pan was once part of the massive Lake Kunene fed by the Kunene River, which at sometime in the distant past dried up, leaving the current pan system. Newly excavated fossils belonging to marsh-dwelling antelopes such as sitatunga, lechwe and tsessebe, and a 90- cm long catfish, are testament to much wetter periods.



OUR SAFARI CAMP RECOMMENDATION
Safarihoek Lodge starting from US$ 360 per person per night, fully inclusive

SKELETON COAST

Skeleton Coast is acknowledged as one of Namibia’s greatest treasures, in that it is one of the world’s last great wildernesses.

Initially proclaimed in 1971, in its present form in 1973, it extends from the Ugab River in the south for 500 km to the Kunene River in the north and about 40 km inland. Dense coastal fogs and cold sea breezes caused by the cold Benguela Current add atmosphere to the windswept beaches that are littered with shipwrecks, bones and other debris.

The park also contains rich lichen fields (more than 100 species have been recorded), is a sanctuary for desert-dwelling elephants, rhino and lion and the Kunene River mouth is a vital wetland.



OUR SAFARI CAMP RECOMMENDATION
Hoanib Valley Camp starting from US$ 699 per person per night, fully inclusive

SWAKOPMUND & WALVIS BAY

Steeped in Germanic history and almost like a quaint European outpost on the west coast of Africa, Swakopmund is Namibia’s second biggest town and is flanked by the vast Namib Desert and the treacherous Atlantic Ocean. With a collection of Bavarian buildings, a surprising amount of greenery with many palm-lined streets, flower gardens and lawns, it makes for a pleasant resting spot and strategic base during your safari itinerary, but is perhaps mostly known for being a hub for adventure sports enthusiasts and the country’s main beach resort.

Walvis Bay is an equally appealing area of natural beauty, with wide open spaces and unique marine and plant life. An ideal place to visit for those who like the outdoors and aquatic activities, there is plenty to do here to pack into one or two days, with much of the action centred on its lagoon.

The lunar landscapes that lie inland but within easy reach of Swakopmund centre offer a completely different scenic moonscape, one that is a totally barren, comprising undulating, rocky desert formed by the valleys of the Swakop River. Once a high mountain range, it has eroded over time to become what it is now – a stark and empty landscape and photographer’s dream.



OUR GUESTHOUSE RECOMMENDATION
Swakopmund Guesthouse starting from US$ 80 per night, bed & breakfast

DAMARALAND

Demonstrating perfectly the dramatic contrast that draws people to Namibia, Damaraland is a place of barren plains, petrified forests, flat-topped mountains, ancient valleys and rocky outcrops; a wilderness that not only entices with its scenic beauty but also contains desert-adapted wildlife and one of the few places where Africa’s magnificent wildlife can be seen successfully co-existing with rural farms and villages.

Arguably the main attraction of Damaraland is tracking the rare desert-adapted elephant, and you get a real sense of how powerfully adaptable animals can be when you first witness these dust-blown animals in such a harsh environment, as they usually rely so heavily on bountiful food and water. Black rhino have also survived on communal land without any conservation status here, meaning that Namibia is the only place in the world that this is currently true of. Tracking on foot with one of our expert guides to sight the rhino roam freely in this harsh environment comes highly recommended.



OUR SAFARI CAMP RECOMMENDATION
Desert Rhino Camp starting from US$ 425 per person per night, fully inclusive

WINDHOEK

Namibia’s capital city is a refreshingly small and pleasant location to start or end your Namibian safari. Set atop rolling hills in the central part of the country, the altitude here is 1,600 metres above sea level, making the climate much fresher and milder than other areas. The city dates back to 1840 when it was established as a settlement, and the name is said to refer to ‘windy corner’ due to the uninterrupted wind that blows at any given time.

Highlights of the city include the Alte Fest or ‘Old Fort’ which is the oldest surviving building in the capital and has a vibrantly whitewashed appearance. Situated almost next door to this you’ll find the Christuskirche, is one of the most striking buildings in the city, with its distinctive Germanic spire. The Gibeon Meteorite Fountain is homage to the meteorite shower that took place in the south east of Gibeon in south Namibia and has 31 of the 77 fallen meteorites mounted on steel columns.



OUR GUESTHOUSE RECOMMENDATION
Elegant Guesthouse starting from US$ 85 per night, bed & breakfast

FISH RIVER CANYON

The Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon worldwide after the Grand Canyon in the USA. The southern hemisphere’s largest canyon is slightly off the beaten track in the southern half of Namibia in the Karas Region. The canyon was formed by the erosion of the Fish River, the country’s longest interior river, which started 500 million years ago.

If the canyon itself wasn’t impressive enough, visitors are also treated to a variety of animals that roam the nearby plains in modest supply, such as antelope, zebra, kudu and baboons.



OUR SAFARI CAMP RECOMMENDATION
Fish River Lodge starting from US$ 170 per person per night, fully inclusive

KAOKOVELD

One of Namibia’s most pristine and untouched regions nestled in the northwest corner of the country. Sparsely populated, serene and largely empty, you will find scattered settlements of semi-nomadic Himba tribes and a variety of ecosystems from desert terrains to the west and mopane savannah to the east, with mountain ranges to the north near the Kunene River. Due to the remoteness of these parts, they are usually visited through fly-in safaris.

Wildlife in this region is mostly centred on the desert elephants, and it is possible to see herds roaming the desert plains. Namibia’s Kaokoveld, more specifically in the 300 000-hectare Marienfluss Conservancy, owned primarily by the Himba, and a model of ecotourism.

Hear the stories of the local Himba people, and share yours. When water levels permit, boat on the Kunene, with Angola’s craggy mountains in the distance and plenty of Nile crocs on the banks and in the water. Explore the dunes on foot and in game vehicles, perhaps spotting oryxes, springbok, Hartmann’s mountain zebras, or tiny desert chameleons. Along specially allocated, low-impact pathways, quad bike across the untamed, lunar landscape.



OUR SAFARI CAMP RECOMMENDATION
Serra Cafema Camp starting from US$ 799 per person per night, fully inclusive

LUDERITZ & KOLMANSKOP

Once thriving cities, Luderitz & Kolmanskop are now some of Namibia’s most famous ghost towns.

The port town of Luderitz lies in the south west of Namibia on what is one of the continent’s least hospitable coastlines. Founded in 1883, it was in 1909 that diamonds were discovered in the region and a surge of popularity ensued, creating a boom town in the nearby Kolmanskop, where the diamond mining settlement burgeoned as German miners were attracted to the region. The village saw grand mansions spring up out of the desert, as well as facilities such as hospital, school, casino and theatre, reminiscent of a small German town in the middle of the desert, also with a rail link to Luderitz.

Following World War I the diamond field slowly diminished, and the town started heading into decline, and was ultimately abandoned in 1954, becoming one of Namibia’s most infamous ghost towns.



OUR RESORT RECOMMENDATION
Zur Waterkant Guesthouse starting from US$ 75 per night, bed & breakfast

TRAVEL TO NAMIBIA

No matter where you are travelling from, access to Namibia is as easy as ever, with regular daily flights to Windhoek from Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Better Safaris arrange everything from the time of you arriving in Africa to the time you fly home. We include in all of our safaris – local flights, meals, drinks, game drives and safari walks, park and conservation fees – we look after you all the way to a memorable, relaxing, yet thrilling adventure.

Don’t regret it, visit Namibia now

Think about travel in green season (between January-June and November) to receive lower rates, special offers and no single supplement – with equally spectacular experiences and wildlife.

Plan your trip to Namibia today with Better Safaris.
Email us here or use the contact form below to send us an enquiry.
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