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What time of year to go to Namibia?

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My husband and I want to drive thru Namibia for about 3 weeks to see the coast and game parks. We have been on safari four times in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Botswana. I would like to hear from people who have travelled in Namibia and what the weather & game viewing was like different times of the year.

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    My husband and I (along with another couple) spent 10 days traveling throughout Namibia last year in early October. We had a great time and no problems. We spent one night at a farm just outside Windhoek called Dusternbrook (e-mail: dbrook@iwwn.com.na webpage: http//iwwn.com.na/dbrook It was neat they have leopards and other game on this farm and take you to view a big tom leopard feeding plus giraffes, kudu, eland, worthogs, baboon, etc.. Great view and meals. We also spent one night at Okonjima which is the Africats foundation. They're a bit more pricey but worth every penny. If you can stay more than one night do as you only get to tour the cheetahsif you stay 2 nights. They also do leopard reseach and have lions and a bird hide. Their bushman walk is neat. They charge $140.00 per person but this price is all inclusive. This was one of the nicest places I've been. They do a subperb job. I think Dusternbrook is about $40.00 per person and includes meals and game viewing. Both places have pools. We spent 5 nights in Etosha national park which is really cheap. Most of the rooms are air-conditioned and all camps have lite water holes. October is a great month for game viewing in Etosha as there is little water so all the animals a congested around the water holes. You can also book Etosha over the internet. We drove in one day from Etosha to Swakopmund on the coast and stayed at the Schweizerhauz (011-264-400331). For an ocean view room it was about $65.00 U.S. for 2. We went to Walvis Bay and saw the thousands of Flamingoes that live there. What a sight. We continued on the the Namib dessert and the Sossusvlei. We stayed at Namib-Naukluft Lodge and I was not impressed. No air-conditioning. There are fans, but they turn the generator off from 1 pm to 6pm (the hottest time of the day) and turn it off again at 10 p.m.. So you can't use the fan at night either. The trip to the dunes is worthwhile. If you need more info. e-mail me. Have a good time and the roads are good.

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    I do hope this reply is not too late. I grew up in Namibia and is currently staying in SA. Since moving here we have made two BIG trips to Namibia.

    It is difficult to recommend a time of year. We love the coast and headed there last December. The coast is fine in summer. Although it is blistery hot getting there it is nice and cool at the coast. (Summer time). If you fly in to Windhoek this would not be such a problem, since the drive from Windhoek to the coast is less than 4 hours. (Fos us it is 20 hours!) The coast can be wonderful or horrible in June/Jule (winter). If you have eastern winds (berg winds) it is really unpleasant (sand sandblasting you whenever you get out of the house). This applies only to the coast. If you are lucky and the winds do not blow, then June is lovely. Fishing (a large attraction to us) is poor in December and January, much better from April.
    Also December and January is summer holidays and ALL the locals flock to the coast. You will not find accommodation without reservations. May-August would be the best for the rest of the country. I think Etosha closes during the summer and would be really uncomfortably hot.

    Please feel free to mail me for more info. I had no idea what the previous person was talking about, as we never visited such 'touristy' places, and would NEVER pay $100 for a place to stay.

    Windhoek is lovely, Luderitz is unique and Swakopmund will place you in Germany in the middle of the dessert. Etosha is also special and the Namib is just spectacular.

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