Country Infomation - Namibia
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General Information - Namibia

Riding in Namibia:

Cape Bike Travel, Bike tours, Country Info, NamibiaOnly the main thoroughfares through Namibia are tarred, all other roads are gravel paths. Namibian gravel and dirt roads are regularly graded and generally in good condition. Traffic is non-existent, off-road experience is not required but encouraged. Adventure riding classes (2-3 Days) and more challenging routes are available on request.

Climate:

Namibia is a vast country with mostly arid landscape. During the summer months (October-April) the average daily temperature ranges in the mid 30°C but can go as high as 45°C. Relief from the heat is brought by thunderstorms in the evenings. The winter months (May - September) bring much more bearable temperatures during the day and no rains. Night-time temperatures fall considerably all year round often below freezing.
Best time to travel: May - September

Safety:

This is a vast country with a very small population. In population density Namibia is second only to Mongolia it is not uncommon if you do not encounter any other person for a whole day. The usual care should be taken in the cities as pickpockets can spoil your holiday.

Health and Malaria:

The medical infrastructure in Namibia is generally of European standard, however distances to the nearest hospital/pharmacy can be long. If you are required to take any medication remember to take enough with you. Our support vehicles carry a small selection of medication for headaches, diarrhea and similar ailments. Our itineraries do not cover any malaria risk areas and no special vaccinations are indicated. Comprehensive travel and health insurance is recommended. Please be aware that AIDS/HIV is widespread.

What do I need to bring?

Cape Bike Travel, Bike tours, Country Info, NamibiaWe recommend you bring suitable motorcycle clothing, preferably textile, as leathers can be very hot, as well as a helmet, gloves and motorcycle boots. Remember daytime temperatures will be high. Usually the climate in the region doesn't require heavy rain protection, but we recommend lightweight waterproofs just in case. A warm sweater or fleece is a must, as the nights will be chilly. Sun block, sunglasses and a hat/bandana are essential. Laundry service is available en route. Helmets can be hired locally if pre-booked.

Money matters:

The Namibian currency is the Namibian dollar. It has the same value as the South African Rand and both currencies are accepted in Namibia. Traveler cheques are NOT popular and not accepted as payment. Cash-machines (ATM) are widely available and all major credit cards are accepted at most outlets except in remote locations.
Food and drink is good value and a wide variety of curios is on offer, however do not expect Namibia to be a location for luxury shopping. A full tank of fuel will set you back about N$75.

Accommodation:

We try and use small hotels and guesthouses wherever possible, as we believe this gives you a much better experience of life in Namibia. Occasionally we have problems with availability, so the actual accommodation may differ if the given accommodation is fully booked. This applies particularly to late bookings and in high season (June-September).

What else can I do?

Anything you dream of, we can arrange extensions of you trip in Etosha National Park, Kruger National Park, Shark Cage Diving, Whale-watching, Special Interest Tours (like botanical, geological...), train journeys, car hire.

 

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