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Weather / Climate        In the Restaurant
Clothes / Laundry   Lodges
Refuel   Gravel roads
Money   In the towns
Food / Barbecue   Souvenirs

Weather / Climate
We were on trip in the south african winter and it was cold accordingly. Indeed the expression "winter" is exaggerated in consideration of the temperatures, inspite of this 0° C at night are at no rarity in the winter. The coldest regions were the Waterberg, Windhoek (there lies on a 2,000 m high plateau) as well as the Fish River Canon in the south. Because in Namibia the sky is clear and the air is warmed up by the solar radiation on approx. 20 to 25 °C during the day, you get an ideal temperature for travel, not to hot and not to cold.
In contrast for it, it was very hot in Swakopmund. In the day, we had temperatures till 35° C in the shadow and could even lie on the beach and swimming in the ocean! The reason for these warm temperatures are a hot east wind coming from the inland. Above the plateau of Windhoek the air is very cold and falling down. In the Namib desert it is also in winter relative hot, the air rises upwards and it comes into being an aerial circulation with the inland, so that the hot air of the Namib desert flow to the coast.

Clothes / Laundry
Due to the temperatures described on top, to take along warm, as well as light clothes is advisable. High-summery things like sandals or very light shirts can let be at home. Anyway one should take along steady footwear, because of the poisonous snakes to be found on the ground. If somebody plans to camp at this season, a thick anorak would be advisable - it gets very cold in the evening. In some Lodges there is a cleaning service, indeed, then one should stay more than one day.


Refuel
Because the land is settled above all in the south very thinly, so its reasonable to keep an eye at the refuelling indicator. Especially on the roads Keetmansshoop - Lüderitz - Namib it is better with every opportunity to refuel. The supply with diesel is a little bit more critical than with gasoline, here canisters are to be taken. Normally it is paid with cash.

Money
We have exchanged a little bit money at the airport, later we have withdraw the most with EC-or credit card. Hotel accommodations and restaurants are paid often with credit card. It is important always to take along enough cash. In the south of the country, the banks and cash machines become rarer and only on the plastic money one cannot count. As mentioned, it is paid at the filling station, with few exceptions, always with cash.

Food / Barbecue
If one has a fridge in the car, the food transportation is generally no problem. Also here its the same like at refuelling, in the north the supply is good, in the south it can already become rare (with fresh food). In the bigger towns there are everywhere well sorted supermarkets according to European model. One needn't renounce German breads and pastries. The food has a lower price than in Germany. There are everywhere fresh inlaid grill meat. Anyway, this should not be kept longer in the fridge as one day.

In the restaurant
Actually one needn't buy a lot of food in the supermarket. The dishes in Namibians restaurants are excellent and not so expensive. Many Lodges also offer half board, although the dishes in the normal restaurants are mostly even better. Advisable on the coast are fish restaurants, otherwise various grill dishes like Ostrich, Kudu, Gemsbok and Springbok. It is macabre: During the day one shoot photos and observes the animals and in the evening they lie as a juicy steak on the plate! Once we have also tried crocodile - one can forget it. It is anything between chicken and fish and tastes of nothing at all.
Lodges with very good restaurants were the Sossusvlei Lodge and Rostock Ritz. In both one can having only a dinner, without booking an overnight accommodation. The Sossusvlei Lodge offers a very extensive and varied buffet for an all-inclusive price. One sits on the terrace with look at a waterhole. If one have luck or is unlucky, just in this moment stoped at the waterhole that, what lies on the plate. Rostock Ritz is managed by a former, German-speaking restaurant owner. Accordingly, dishes are very good there - particularly the steaks or the baked oysters are advisable and the servings gigantic.


Lodges
If you book one of the expensive Lodges only for one night, you shouldn't arrive too late (till 15 o'clock). Farm round trips about the terrain are most offered and a relaxed possibility the day to let end. In the darkness one should leave the care anyhow, because....

Gravel roads
...driving on the gravel roads is dangerous enough during the day. The hints for speed limitations to 70/80 of km/h should considered absolute. Even in the short time, when we stayed in Namibia, some people were killed in the follow of traffic accidents. The gravel roads tempt to driving faster, because they are rather empty and often go straight up for a long time. Driving on gravel is the same feeling like driving on snow. If the speed is too high and one must brake and/or steer, the car gets easy out of control. Particulary the pickups are more endangered, because of their upwards shifted weight.

In the towns
No fear in the towns! Parking attendant stand about everywhere, which guard the care for a small tip. We are never roughly got in a disagreeable or even dangerous situation. At night and with fat jewellery one shouldn't walk around the street - the people there are partly very poor in spite of all.

Souvenirs
Good opportunities to buy souvenirs come up in:

  • Swakopmund near "Altes Amtsgericht"
  • Okahandia (entrance and exit of the town)
  • Windhoek (Craft Center)

It is traded of course, but never so aggressive, like in North Africa. Your bought giraffes should you let pack well. They are received in the airport counter and spend the flight separately in company of a lot of other giraffes.


 

 

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