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Central Highlands

Why visit the Central Highlands?

The rolling hills of the central highlands are often overlooked by visitors to Namibia in favour of more well known areas. This is where you find many large farms, ranches and private game reserves. You can be assured of great Namibian hospitality at the guest houses and lodges here and an insight into rural Namibian life.
Reasons to visit the central highlands include:

  • The Okanjima Private Nature Reserve is home to the AfriCat Foundation. The foundation works to rehabilitate wild animals and teach them to survive in a natural environment. It strives to educate people in conservation, research and human-wildlife conflict.
  • The small town of Okahandja, north of Windhoek is known for its extensive curio markets, particularly wood carvings, and also the production of excellent biltong. It is definitely worth a stop here to replenish supplies.
  • The Erongo Wilderness conservancy, a co-operation between landowners, is the site of some excellent cultural examples of rock paintings - those found at Paula’s Cave are some of the more well known.
  • This is an excellent area to explore on foot and many of the farms and guest houses will offer walking safaris.
  • The Waterberg Plateau National Park is an area of scenic beauty, the plateau rises up from the surrounding plains – it’s a great place to hike. The park is home to both black and white rhino, many species of antelope such as tsessebe, roan and eland and also buffalo, leopard and cheetah.

When to visit the Central Highlands

This area can be visited year round. The winter mornings and evenings will be cool so fleeces are advised, and during the summer months temperatures can be high.

How to Visit this area

Namibia lends itself very easily to a self-drive holiday giving you the freedom to go where you want. The central highlands are easy to get to by driving. Distances can be long, but the roads are good quality, this area makes for a good stopover en-route to the north.

Accommodation in the Central Highlands

There are plenty of options here from lodges to guest houses to family farms. Often your hosts will be the farm owners, it's a great way to get to know a bit about rural life in Nambia and enjoy some wholesome, home cooked meals and interesting conversations.

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Time: GMT +2 hours

Flight time:

Flights from UK to Windhoek are usually via Johannesburg or Frankfurt and take about 12.5 hours. Windhoek International Airport is 60km from the city centre.

Language: Namibia’s official language is English. Afrikaans, Dama/Nama, German, Herero, Oshiwambo, Sukwangali, Setswana and Silozi are also recognised.

Visas:

Visas are not required British citizens for stays of up to 90 days.

Health:

Malaria is present in Namibia. Certain areas are more high risk. A yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission; this includes transiting through a yellow fever risk country; make sure you have a valid yellow fever certificate with you.  

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