Alright let’s get ready for Namibia. 10 things you should definitely take with you on your trip:
Please don’t make the same mistake as me and take only light clothes with you, assuming that it must be hot in Africa. As soon as the sun goes down it gets pretty cold. The best thing to do before your trip is to take a look at the climate table and pack functional clothes like the ones here:
If you want to get low-cost data volumes in Namibia, I recommend to buy a SIM card at the airport from mtc. Apple users should therefore remember to use the needle to open the iphone compartment when exchanging cards.
Recommended are types M and D where I have only used M during the two weeks. But better safe than sorry:
The north of Namibia belongs to the Malaria area including the Etosha pan and the best prevention against it is not to be stung at all. I had the best experience with Nobite for skin and clothes and didn’t get a single sting within the two weeks.
Also make sure that you keep your tent closed at all times so that the insects leave you alone at night. The beds in the lodges usually have mosquito nets. If you still want to be on the safe side, here is a travel mosquito net that you can attach to the ceiling with duct tape.
Most animals in Namibia are very shy and can therefore often only be observed from a distance. Whether on guided game drives or in your own car. You’ll need a good spyglass. Since I didn’t want to spend a fortune right away, I ordered this one here and was very satisfied:
If you don’t want to take any painful memories from your Namibia holiday with you, you should pack solid Footwear. Not only thorns can hurt on hikes but also domestic and partly poisonous scorpions and snakes lurking under stones. Not exactly fancy but ankle-high and bite safe:
You should have it with you on every trip abroad, not only in Namibia.
The paths in the camps and lodges are usually only sparsely lit after sunset. Better if you see where you’re going and always have one of these with you:
It’s better to carry less luggage around and wash it once on the way. Remember to then think of a small string to hang up.
Who is on the way with the car must show a valid international driving licence to be allowed to drive in Namibia. This is usually applied for free at your local driving licence office (attention: can take up to 6 weeks).
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