It often isn’t an easy task to pack the correct things for your forthcoming trip. A look at Namibia’s weather data demonstrates it constantly changes - between summer and winter, almost all the time, the country’s interior as well as the coast… are all distinctive. While it is hot from the desert every single day of the year, would seem impossible to cools down in the evening. During the European warm weather, it might freeze in the evening in Namibia.
Namibians love the always fresh and cool climate on the coast, the location around Swakopmund is definitely an especially popular resort. Thick clouds often cover the sky plus the sun cannot warm the oxygen as quickly as elsewhere.
What must be in your suitcase for the Namibian vacation and what might you leave in the home?
More layers can be better than not enough. I stood a thick Merino sweater for your flight in January and I wore it in Swakopmund frequently. In other places use a thin vest to wear from the evening. A thin, long trouser is the correct attire for hikes.
Safari-Look or Africa chic?
If you might be travelling along one with the self-drive safaris and have absolutely planned day trips, you may want to capture your entire safari look.
Thin shirts are practical (also from the sun), a hat, sun glasses (that stretch along the sides to defend your eyes from sand and dirt) and shoes using a firm sole (thorn bushes are everywhere, without exception). In the evenings, it is possible to dress up in the event you’d like - nonetheless it isn’t necessary.
The best will be at the gate by sunrise (in the event the park opens) along with the cooler hours of morning will be as part of your favour.
Shoes with socks are recommended, but you may manage the climb up Big Daddy, barefoot or with flipflops. However this is dependent upon the heat in the sand, right after the sun expires it does not take very long before the sand becomes hot enough to lose your feet.
Hiking in Sossusvlei
Otherwise, what to keep within your backpack: a minimum of 1 litre of water, snacks, a camera, hat and sunblock.
The Cool Coast and Rainy Season
A rain jacket never hurts, from the rainy season anyway (whether or not the rain barely lasts a few moments). At the coast what's more, it protects up against the wind.
You may coped well with light ankle-high walking shoes, sandals and a couple of ballerina pumps.
First-aid travel kit
This topic caused lots of headaches. We finally solved it to ensure that we didn’t take any prophylaxis and were fully dedicated to a variety of resources from your own home and from Namibia. By the way, areas south of Windhoek possess a minimal risk for malaria.
For mosquito protection within the supermarket in Namibia
If you're sensitive, you might quickly get nose bleeds inside dry climate, nasal ointment helps. For sensitive eyes and speak to lenses, eye drops are well.
Traveling by car
The great distances between sights may be entertaining, fill some time with music along with perhaps some or some other audio book (get pretty much everything together before your journey).
We also always experienced a few soda pops and snacks around (Typical for Namibia: Biltong - dried meat of all - dried fruit, nuts and crackers). Chocolate and Gummy bears will probably be cheaper should you bring them you at home.
Namibia is one kind of those countries that will not offer a European plug and therefore you'll need your adapter. The best is usually to bring one from your own home.
All the Gondwana properties offer European adapters from the rooms, but sometimes they simply offer one which is not near the bed (i.e. pack enough cables and multiple plugs to accommodate all your devices).
WIFI and Cell phone Reception
WIFI is mainly available from the reception and main buildings from the Gondwana properties, however, not always inside the room. Cell phone reception is cool, a SIM card from MTC could be purchased directly inside the arrival hall on the airport and also the appropriate airtime and data packages likewise.
All in all of the it costs not just 6€ for a fortnight. The phone reception is remarkably good and available all over the place.
Ambitious photographers - I would give you advice bring along a 300mm the len's, I (that has a 200mm and full-frame camera on the highway) could have loved to obtain one. Practical: a couple of binoculars! Also an adapter for the mobile phone, you may take amazingly good photos of animals. For night photographs and patient wildlife photographers: Tripod.
Recorded with iPhone and Swarovski binoculars + adapter
Also useful, is often a small camera cleaning kit in order to away sand and dust within the evenings.
A mix could be ideal: Euros, in small bills if needed, along with a credit and debit card. ATM’s are for sale in many from the larger places, the fees vary 2-3€ with regards to the bank. For petrol stations and permits to National Parks, you generally need cash!
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