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The official language is English.
Namibia can be visited throughout the year. The climate is generally dry and pleasant. Namibia only receives a fraction of the rain experienced by countries further east. Between December and March, some days will be humid and rain may follow, often in localized, afternoon thunderstorms. Wildlife viewing is best in the dry season from June to October.
Summer (October – April) Average temperatures range from 20C to 35C during the day. Early rains may occur from October onwards and the main rainy season falls between January and April. During this time, flash floods are common.
Winter (May – September) Temperatures range in the interior from 18C to 25C during the day. Below freezing and frost are common at night.
For most passports, a visa is required. Please check with local authorities for details. Two blank passport pages are required when travelling to Southern Africa. Check the number of days given on arrival at the immigration desk as there are steep fines for overstaying the number of days given. Departure tax is dependent upon which airline you are travelling with.
Please contact your local Namibian Embassy to establish whether a visa is required.
Regulations aimed at improving the safety of children travelling in and out of Namibia have been implemented. The following documents will be required when travelling:
Child and both parents:
Child and one parent, parent must produce:
Child and guardian, guardian must produce:
There will be little access to ATMs or banks while on safari. We suggest guests travel with cash in small denominations for tipping. Accepted currencies are USD, GBP, Euro and Namibian dollars - change will be given in the local currency. All cash should be locked in the safes, or safe bags, provided. Sanctuary Retreats' lodges and camps in Namibia accepts credit cards, apart from Diners and American Express.
Tipping is not obligatory but general suggestions are as follows:
$15 per guest per day for the guide and $15 per guest per day for the rest of the staff.