Volunteers may enter with a tourist visa on arrival, depending on which passport they are traveling with. You can ask us if you can enter with your specific passport and we will check for you.
This document must be provided upon arrival for all volunteers traveling to Namibia: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/b1jogtamc4pz7my/AADfPtS7nGtr9xvODFbdW3mFa?dl=0
People who need to apply for a visa in advance will also need an additional invitation letter provided by the NGO on site.
You can stay for a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of three months. If you have booked less than three months and want to stay longer, you can renew your visa in the country.
Nothing special unless you need medication. The only other medicine you will need are malaria tablets for the clinic if you wish to volunteer there.
None of our southern sites are in a malaria risk area, with the exception of our Lifeline clinic, which is in a low risk area. Please contact the reservations manager for further information if you are participating as a medical volunteer doctor. Please note that you may need to take malaria tablets if you decide to travel to other parts of Namibia during your stay or after the project. Please consult your doctor for further advice.
A driver will be waiting for you at the airport in the arrivals hall with the Naankuse uniform.
Vaccinations are sometimes required to enter Namibia. We recommend that you be vaccinated against rabies and tetanus. Also, please contact your doctor to discuss and arrange appropriate vaccinations. Don’t forget to bring the vaccination certificate with your passport.
The Namibian dollar and the South African rand are both accepted in Namibia.
We advise you to bring some with you to cover your essential needs. Please note that there is an ATM at the refuge, and that we accept payment by credit card. You can also change money at the airport when you arrive.
There are mosquitoes. Please bring mosquito repellent (non-DEET mosquito repellent since DEET is not environmentally friendly).
We provide 24 hour support and you will be given a contact number to use in case of an emergency during your briefing.
We will organize and pay for your transport from the airport to your project and then your return to the airport at the end of your volunteer program.
Windhoek has a semi-desert climate, with very hot summers and mild winters, with temperatures tending to drop sharply at night. On average, Namibia receives about 300 days of sunshine per year. Summer runs from October to April, where temperatures can reach 40°C and drop below 0 degrees at night; therefore plan a fleece or additional clothing.
Average daily temperatures vary between 20 and 34°C. The rains generally occur between November and March, during which time heavy thunderstorms are to be expected. Winter runs from May to September, with wonderfully warm days that are contrasted by very cold nights, where temperatures often drop below zero. Average temperatures vary between 6°C (43°F) and 21°C (70°F). The most popular time to travel to Windhoek is between March and October, when rainfall is lowest and temperatures are mild.
All hours not worked are free time to explore!
Activities: (Please note that these activities are subject to availability and may change at any time)
*Transfer to town
*Lunch at the lodge
All of these activities can be arranged and paid for when you arrive at your project.
(Subject to availability and costs may vary)
Please keep the following points in mind when packing:
– May to September: the winter period, it can be very cold at night and in the early morning, and daytime temperatures can vary. It is advisable to bring your own sleeping bag for cold nights!
– From October to April: the summer period, it can be very hot during the day.
– November-February: the rainy season, it can be very hot during the day but it can rain and become cool in the evening, especially at our research sites. Be sure to bring a sweater or fleece and a waterproof jacket.
Instructions will be given on arrival by our filming service which will provide information on what you can and cannot photograph or film.
It is quite possible that you have an allergic reaction, but you would have to be in close contact with the felines to experience it.
If you are allergic to pollen, grass seeds and dust, you will also have an allergic reaction. Be careful and bring your medications to avoid any reactions.