1. Do I have to take a sleeping mat/sleeping bag/mosquito net with me?
Tents and sleeping mats will be provided for you, on the truck. You should bring your own sleeping bag and/or sleeping bag liner. A mosquito net is not necessary.
2. What is the best time to see wildlife in Namibia ?
The winter (June / August) - offers the best chance of seeing wildlife as the vegetation in the parks is scarce. Wild animals will also gather around the waterholes during the dry season. In the summer months as well, most wild animals are born.
3. How much money should i bring?
During the tour 'Southern Africa over 3 weeks' you can pay with the South African Rand in all the countries you visit. It is best to withdraw money during the first few days in South Africa where there are many ATMs. After this, it will not always be possible. You should also bring U.S. Dollars in smaller denominations (10, 20 and 50 USD notes and printed after 2004), which you will need for the visa and the excursions you may want to make. To estimate how many dollars you should take, please visit our website at "excursions" to properly assess what is being offered.
4. How are the facilities in Namibia at the campsites?
The facilities at the campsites in Namibia are generally of a good standard. The campsites are spacious and the toilet facilities are good. Some campsites even have a pool.
5. Are there guidelines for interactions with tribes?
Many tribes live in remote areas and have little contact with Western travellers. If you are going to visit such an "exotic" region, prepare yourself well. This will be beneficial both for yourself and for the people you will meet. Here are some do's & don'ts that you can use as a guideline.
• Read up beforehand about the traditions and customs of the tribe(s) you will visit. Then you know what to expect when you are there. Your tour leader can often provide you with information as well.
• First make contact with the chief of the tribe and do not instantly begin photographing. You are dealing with people, not with objects.
• Always ask permission first if you want to take a picture of someone. Put yourself in the position of the person you want to photograph. How would you feel if a person unknown to you suddenly started taking photos of you? In some cases, the tour leader or local guide will ask for permission for you.
• Involve the local people in what you are doing. Make time for a conversation (with hands and feet) and show the photo that you have taken. You may like to bring a few photos from home, and then you can show how things are where you come from.
• Do not hand out things like candy (there are often few/no accessible dentists), balloons (plastic contaminates the area), money or Western trinkets. These types of donations can lead to disagreement, jealousy or quarrels between the various tribes-people.
• Do not purchase authentic, irreplaceable items (and do not accept them when given as a gift). Some examples include jewellery that belonged to ancestors, tools for work such as a sickle or hammer or weapons like a bow and arrow. The tribesmen often only realise afterwards, once the tourists are gone, that they have lost their irreplaceable object(s).