Namibia Travel, Backpacking & Gap Year Guide
Namibia is one of the most beautiful countries in Africa with exotic wildlife, forests, stunning beaches and desert. View our comprehensive travel and backpacking guide with tips, ideas for the best things to see and do and information about itineraries, costs, how to save money, and more!
Adventure Tours, Gap Year Trips & Volunteer Programs in Namibia
Travel to Namibia
Our destination guide aims to give you all the information you need to have an amazing experience in this amazing country. Find affordable travel and backpacking ideas with advice for amazing things to do and how you can be more than just your average traveller. You can also get recommendations for budget travel tips, where to stay and advice how to stay safe.
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- Capital: Windhoek
- Currency: Namibian Dollar (NAD) and also the South African Rand is also accepted in some places
- Population: 2,030,000 (approx)
- Language: English, Afrikaans, German 32% + local languages
- International Dailing Code +264
- Country Area: 825,400 sq km
Travelling & Backpacking in Namibia
Namibia is a very up and coming destination with one of the main attractions in the desert with red sand dunes and the Orange River. This is a raw country full of natural beauty, sunshine, stunning landscapes, exotic wildlife and various adventures on are on offer throughout the year. This country has some of the largest sand dunes in the world, you might get to see the coast where the desert meets the ocean which is a really amazing setting.
Namibia also has some of the best beaches in the region and with sunny weather almost all year round you might want to dip in. You might be suprised to learn this is one of the best adventure destinations in the world, you could go skydiving, white water rafting, sandboarding or get close to wildlife like elephants, leopards, rhinos and lions! When you travel to Namibia you will get to make new friends, visit awesome places, meet friendly people, taste local food, see remote towns and experience beautiful sunsets.
Namibia is such a diverse country with so many different places you should see. Here are some of our top recommended attractions which you should add to your Namibia travel itinerary:
- The Kalahari desert
- The Atlantic Ocean coast
- Sossusvlei for sand/dune boarding
- Amidst desert
- National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries
- Jagged Fish River Canyon
- The ‘Giant’s Playground’
- Rock-art sites at Twyfelfontein
Gap Year in Namibia
Namibia might not be the first country which comes to your mind when thinking about taking a gap year, but you will really enjoy visiting this Southern African destination. Namibia is very easy to get to country, you can fly, cross from South Africa or join an overland tour. We list programs for students, graduates, budget travelers, career breaks and anyone wanting to do something new. This destination ranks highly with travellers, see why for yourself.
Namibia is a great destination, a lot of people don't think about visiting when planning a break away but this country often turns out to be everyones favorite place. The only way to understand is to visit for yourself, try to research all places you might want to visit as there are short and long term trips available depending on your interests and requirements. You will get to see the spectacular Atlantic Ocean and also the mindbogling Kalahari desert, National Parks full of wildlife and also lots of different adventure activities like sandboarding and canyon trekking.
To visit Namibia most people initially take a gap year in South Africa and fly into Cape Town, from here you can travel by land into Namibia. There are also trips from other countries like Botswana or you could catch a flight direct into Namibia. There is great infrastructure for tourists with budget and luxury accommodation throughout the country whilst several travel operators offer gap year packages and trips.
By working on a gap year in Namibia you will be able to help projects and communities in a variety of areas like conservation and community development. Structured gap year programs will provide independent experiences where you can mix with friendly locals and make a real difference. Popular projects include helping exotic animals like cheetahs. You may also be volunteering alongside another international participants and get to meet backpackers from all over the world. A lot of people travel overland throughout this region.