Travel tips

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Travel tips

Do you have everything with you? Is your passport still valid? If you find out at the airport that your passport is no longer valid or that you have not taken out travel insurance, you might have a rocky start to your holiday. That's why we have put together some helpful tips for your trip to Namibia. 

Our tip: You can easily navigate through the country with Google offline maps.

The first day of flying

For your safety, no flying is allowed on the day of arrival in Namibia. Due to the large temperature differences, it is important that you acclimatise before taking off.

Regulation according to SSN (Soaring Society of Namibia): If the time difference between Namibia and your point of arrival is less than four hours, you need a rest period of 24 hours. If the time difference is five hours or more, you may not fly within the first 48 hours.

The evening before your first flying day, you will take over the aircraft and familiarise yourself with it. The next day, after the briefing, you take off on your first flight.

Required entry documents

Entry requirements for Covid-19 protocols: Currently, entry into Namibia is only possible with a negative PCR test. Please enquire about the exact entry requirements before departure. If a negative PCR test is required for entry into your home country, we can help you with the logistics to obtain one.

Please note: Some EU countries require a visa to enter Namibia. Here is an overview of the required entry documents.

Entry requirements Covid-19: Currently, entry into Namibia is only possible with a negative PCR test. Please enquire about the exact entry requirements before departure. If a negative PCR test is required for entry into your home country, we can help you with the organisation.

Pick-up service or rental car?

We are happy to arrange a Shuttle from and to the airport for you. Alternatively if you would like to travel independently, we will be happy to organise a rental car for you. Of course, the vehicles comply with international quality and safety standards.

SIM card Namibia

To avoid any unpleasant surprises, it’s best to switch off roaming (data & voice) on your mobile phone when entering the country. Both can cause enormous costs. You will typically find free Wi-Fi across lodges in Namibia. The connection is typically strong enough to accommodate make phone calls via messenger.

Alternatively, you can buy a Namibian pre-paid SIM card at the airport from a local provider such as MTC You can use it on your round trip to go online outside of Wi-Fi coverage, make reservations and bookings on the spot or provide a hotspot to others.

Money

The Namibian dollar (NAD) is the official currency of Namibia. The exchange rate is pegged 1:1 to the South African Rand (ZAR), so you can also pay in Rand. At the airport or in Windhoek you can withdraw money from ATMs with your EC card or exchange euros for a small fee. No cash is required at the lodge. Items can be added to your room bill during your stay and can be paid for at check-out.

If you want to go shopping, visit one of the neighbouring farms or leave a tip for our staff, you will need Namibian dollars.

Please note: Check beforehand whether your EC card and credit card are activated for payments and cash withdrawals outside Europe.

Vaccinations and health

You do not need any special vaccinations for a holiday in Namibia and Kiripotib. However, we recommend tetanus and hepatitis A+B.

If you are planning a safari in northern Namibia between September and May, you can find out about the required vaccinations from your doctor or a tropical and travel medicine consultant.

With the exception of the north, Namibia is malaria-free. You will find that throughout the country the hygienic conditions are very good.

Insurances

At Kiripotib, private travel health and accident insurance, including repatriation coverage, is REQUIRED.

We also recommend travel insurance with Covid-19 coverage and travel cancellation inclusive luggage insurance.

Infrastructure

Kiripotib has 220 volt electricity, Wi-Fi access and mobile phone reception. A modern flight office awaits you, where you can use PCs and Wi-Fi free of charge. Thanks to the OGN receiver, the positions of the aircraft can be tracked while our weather station provides you with the latest weather data (wind and temperature) via app on your smartphone.

Clothes

In addition to swim suits, you will need long trousers, sturdy shoes and a jacket on cooler days. During the day, you are well equipped with shorts, a T-shirt and sandals. In direct sunlight, we recommend wearing a long-sleeved shirt and a good hat. Don't forget sun screen with a sun protection factor of at least 30!

Gliding equipment

The planes are fully equipped and ready for take-off. You only need your personal belongings:

  • Gliding license, medical and flight log
  • Language Proficiency Test, Minimum Level 4
  • Sun hat
  • Long-sleeved shirt (from 5,000 m it gets cool)
  • Sunglasses with good UV protection
  • Sun screen with a high sun protection factor (min. 30)
  • ev. nasal cannula
  • 2-3 litre drinking bag
  • Arrangements for the emergency toilet
  • Headlamp
  • 5V battery for your mobile phone
  • SD card and USB stick

Packing List Namibia

Are you ready for your trip? Here are a few tips for your packing list:

  • Valid travel and entry documents
  • Travel insurance
  • Any reservations for a round trip
  • Credit card - activated and sufficiently covered
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Insect protection for skin and clothing
  • Sturdy shoes (snakes, scorpions, sharp stones)
  • Airy garment made of cotton to protect against the sun
  • Long trousers, long T-shirt and jumper or jacket for the evening
  • Adaptors for power sockets are recommended when touring (mains voltage is 220 V at a frequency of 50 Hz). European sockets are available in all rooms on Kiripotib.
  • Thin gloves, hat and scarf for the game drive in the morning
  • Binoculars (Game Drive)

Safaris

African Kirikara Safaris has been offering safaris in Namibia and neighbouring countries for over 20 years. We are happy to put together bespoke safari itineraries for you and make the bookings for lodges, camps, rental cars, etc. If you would like a competent guide, one of our experienced guides will accompany you. Safaris can be requested in both English and German. Safaris can be requested in both English and German.