Useful Information when traveling to Namibia

Good to know when visiting Namibia

Capital City
Windhoek

Languages
English – plus German, Afrikaans and various indigenous languages.

Climate
Coastal areas cool, rain-free mostly, with fog and day temperatures of 15-25C.
Winter day temperatures in interior 18-25C, frost and minus-zero temperatures common at night.
Summer average interior temperatures 20-34C, sometimes above 40C in the north.
Low humidity in most parts, but can be as high as 80% in extreme north during summer.
Rainy season from October – April. Rainfall varies from under 50mm at coast to 350mm in central interior and 700mm in Caprivi.
Pack both warm and cold weather clothing.

Time Zone
Summer: GMT+2 hours from the 1st Sunday in September to the 1st Sunday in April.
Winter: GMT+1 hour from the 1st Sunday in April to the 1st Sunday in September.

Money & Cards
Currency is Namibian Dollar, or South African Rand (linked 1:1).
American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa, Maestro and European Community credit/debit cards accepted – for others, check with your bank.
Advisable to take travellers cheques in US dollars or South African rands.

Telecommunications
International Dialling Code: +264 plus local area code.
Good telecommunications network.
Cellphone Operator: MTC – has international roaming agreements with many countries.
Cellphone coverage limited to urban areas.
Cellphones can be rented, prepaid cellphone cards can be bought.

Internet
Internet cafes throughout the country – most hotels & lodges have internet facilities.

Postal Services
Good postal service – airmail to Europe takes between 4 days & 2 weeks.
Excellent private courier services also available.

Electricity
220 volts AC, 50hz – plug outlets are of the round three-pin type.

Airlines
National airline is Air Namibia.
British Airways, South African Airways, Condor and TAAG fly to Namibia.
Most international airlines fly to neighbouring South Africa with good connecting flights to Namibia.
Smaller air charter companies operate in Namibia.

Airports
Main airport is Hosea Kutako International Airport 40km (25 miles) from Windhoek.
Other airports at Eros (Windhoek), Katima Mulilo, Rundu, Ondangwa, Walvis Bay, Luderitz, Keetmanshoop & 16 licensed air strips.
Transport available between airport and city.

Taxes
15% VAT payable on goods and services.
No airport departure taxes payable.
Bona fide tourists to Namibia are exempt from paying sales duty or excise duty on luxury items. Visitors may reclaim VAT at Hosea Kutako International Airport, Eros Airport and Walvis Bay Airport.

Entry requirements
Foreign visitors need passports valid for at least 6 months after date of entry.
Visas required for most visitors – check with embassies for exemptions.
Tourist visas from Namibian Ministry of Home Affairs and Namibian embassies abroad.
Entry fees payable when entering from neighbouring countries.

Health & Medical
Yellow fever vaccinations for people coming from affected countries.
Malaria vaccinations for people going to affected places in Namibia.
Inoculations regulations can change at short notice – please check with embassies.
The country has good private and public medical and health facilities.

Driving & Local Transport
Driving on left hand side of roads – speed limits apply – valid international driver's license required.
Various car rental companies at airports and in major cities.
Regular transport services in Windhoek.
Tourism Board registered shuttle operators recommended for tourists.
Several trains from South Africa including luxury tourist trains.
Excellent tarred major road network, with gravel and sand roads in rural areas.

Safety
Namibia is politically stable and considered safe.
Crime occurs mostly in urban areas.
Do not travel unprepared or alone off main routes into isolated rural or wilderness areas.

Useful Contacts
Namibia Tourism Board Tel +264 61 290 6000 | Fax +264 61 254 848 | info@namibiatourism.com.na
Bank of Namibia Tel +264 61 283 5111 | Fax +264 61 283 5067
First National Bank of Namibia Tel +264 61 299 2920 | Fax +264 61 299 2930
Standard Bank Namibia Tel +264 61 294 2126 | Fax +264 61 294 2583
Windhoek Police Tel +264 61 10111
Windhoek Ambulance & Fire Brigade Tel +264 62 21 1111
Air Namibia Tel +264 61 299 6000 | Web www.airnamibia.com.na
TransNamib Rail Tel +264 61 298 2032/2175 | Fax +264 61 298 2405
Avis Car Hire Windhoek Tel +264 61 233 166
Budget Car Rental Windhoek Tel +264 61 228 720

Directions to Sossusvlei Lodge

Sossusvlei Lodge is situated in Southern Namibia amidst the Namib Desert - at the entrance gate to the famous Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon in the Namib Nauklauft Park.

Sesriem is situated at the intersection of the C27 road from Helmeringhausen and the D826 which brings traffic in from Solitaire in the north and Maltahöhe in the south when it joins with the C19.

GPS Coordinates: S 24°29' 12.1" E 15°48' 15.0"

Download Directions:

    Download Directions from Windhoek

    Download Directions from Walvis Bay or Swakopmund

    Download Directions from Lüderitz

    Download Directions from Noordoewer or Vioolsdrif

Approximate Distances from:

    Windhoek - 330km
    Swakopmund - 346km
    Walvis Bay - 315km
    Lüderitz - 506km
    Vioolsdrif - 686km / 740km via Keetmanshoop and Maltahöhe
    Cape Town - 1366km
    Johannesburg - 1636km

Guideline to what to pack

You can expect hot, wet summers and cooler, dry winters in Namibia. Generally the days can be quite hot and the evenings and early mornings can be remarkably cool.

Comfortable, lightweight clothing (cotton fabrics) for the daytime and a sweater or jacket for early mornings and evenings. Some neutral colour clothing is best if you will be undertaking game drives / excursions on your trip.

Comfortable walking shoes and sandals.

Protection against the sun - sunblock, hat, sunglasses, lip balm and moisturising lotion.

Flashlight, binoculars and a good camera with extra film or memory card.

For electrical small appliances or chargers a conversion plug to a three-pin type outlet.

Swimsuit as most lodges and hotels have swimming pools.

Insect repellent, rehydrating solutions or concentrates, diarrhoea medication, malaria prophylaxis (if traveling in malaria areas), bandages, etc.

Traveller's cheques in US dollars or South African Rands. American Express, MasterCard, DinersClub, Visa, Maestro cards are widely accepted. Some cash to buy souvenirs from street markets.

Passport (valid for at least 6 months after date of entry) and Visa's if required.

Please note effective from 1 June 2015 unabridged birth certificates for minors is compulsory for travelling through South African ports of entry/exit. Click here for more info from the Department of Home Affairs.

Sossusvlei Lodge Layout

Sossusvlei Lodge Layout

Sossusvlei Lodge Superior Unit Layout

Sossusvlei Lodge Superior Unit Layout

Please note that the Junior Suite and the Standard Family Units have different layouts as the Superior Units.

Sossusvlei Lodge Facilities
Facilities

Facilities include a sparkling pool, bar, sundowner deck, beer garden and an al fresco terrace where one can enjoy exquisite food, award-winning wines and magnificent views of the floodlit waterhole.

  • Restaurant
  • Air-conditioned Bar
  • Sundowner Deck
  • Sparkling Pool
  • Beer Garden
  • Curio Shop
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Activities in the Sossusvlei Area
Sossusvlei Activities

The nearby Sossusvlei Lodge Adventure Centre offers a range of exciting Desert activities to explore this unspoiled natural environment.

  • Guided Excursions
  • Hot-Air Ballooning
  • Scenic Flights
  • Sundowner Drives
  • Helicopter Flights
  • And so much more!
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Sossisvlei Lodge Superior Units
Superior Units

The Superior Units feature a patio to enjoy the magnificent views over the Desert landscapes, a spacious air-conditioned bedroom and a full en-suite bathroom.

  • Twin Bedded Rooms
  • En-Suite Bathroom
  • Air-conditioning
  • Patio
  • Electronic Safe
  • Refreshment Station
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