Ultimate Guide to Planning an Adventure Elopement in Namibia

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Adventure Elopement in Namibia: How To Plan???

The question of all questions. Although as wedding photographers & videographers we have never shot any elopement or wedding in Namibia, we love Namibia, one of the best countries to get eloped to (especially an adventure road trip elopement would be so freaking epic). This is it and we still can't get enough of it!

One of our favorite destinations for sure, but it's not easy planning an elopement or a wedding here. Nevertheless It's an amazing experience to combine your adventure elopement with a classic african roadtrip. But there are so much more about Namibia so keep on reading! For ultimate guide to planning an adventure elopement in general, click the link below!

1) How to Get to Namibia?

Namibia is located on the south-west coast of Africa. It is bordered by South Africa in the south, Angola to the north, Botswana to the east, and Zambia in the northeast.

Most travelers to Namibia arrive by plane via Johannesburg in South Africa, since the only direct flight from Europe to Namibia is from Frankfurt (yay for us lol - we live just 1.5 hour drive from Frankfurt International Airport) and there are no direct flights from North America or Oceania.

International flights arrive at Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport, 42km east of the capital. The Johannesburg route to Namibia is more popular as you’ve a greater chance of getting a cheaper last-minute deal to Johannesburg and there are numerous daily connections between Johannesburg and Windhoek.

Also Namibia is well supported by a Charter Flight network.

Eros, Keetmanshoop, Oranjemund, Ondangwa, Oshakati, Grootfontein, Mpacha, Runud, Walvis Bay and Luderitz Airports are also available for immigration and customs. Eros Airport is outside of Windhoek and has daily flights to Sossusvlei, Swakopmund and Etosha...

2) How to Plan an Adventure Elopement in Namibia?

Exploring Namibia with car?

I strongly recommend renting a 4x4 off road vehicles and drive around exploring the country. The beauty of road tripping through Namibia is having the freedom to travel at your own pace, and go wherever you want to go.

Although there are fewer highways and many gravel roads, driving in Namibia is pretty hassle free and easy so you love driving and don't mind the long distance you will love driving in Namibia. It's a beautiful although huge country, there are long distances between 'must-see' places so take it slow and enjoy the process.

If you choose to drive you will need at least three weeks to be able to see "everything" and if you want I can accompany you the whole trip (what? Yup I'm that crazy but I guess no one wants a third wheel for three weeks lol) so maybe just document a small section (a few days) of your trip - one elopement day and maybe 1-2-3 days exploring. I think it works out best at the beginning or end of your trip? Of course it depends on the itinerary maybe we can even do it in the middle section.

If you don't fancy the idea of driving thousands of kilometres or don't have three weeks time to explore you have three other awesome options:

Fly-in Safari

- Plan an itinerary so you can fly between the places you want to see. If you have the financial mean, this is an amazing way to discover! The network of charter flights in Namibia as well as the number of fly-in safaris that companies offer provide a quick and easy way to explore the country. They allow you to discover great distances in a relatively short period of time. Flying over Namibia gives one a true understanding and appreciation of its size, especially a flight over the Namib Desert, which looks like a rippling strip of sand and the flight is an experience in itself. Flights from Sossusvlei in the South of Namibia to Etosha National Park in the North of Namibia, allow you to combine these two most popular destinations in a matter of a few days. Sounds like a dream right? For instance this luxury fly-in safari.

The great distances involved and the exclusivity of the lodges also mean that the planes are small and therefore only take a few guests at a time. Luggage is limited to between 10kg – 15kg (22lbs – 33lbs) per passengers which must be packed in soft pliable bags. And you'll probably will miss some less known spots along the way and somewhat a true feeling of a Namibia road trip by land.

- Or Just elope and explore only one part of the country: Fish River Canyon, Skeleton Coast, Kolmanskop, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Etosha National Park...

- Do the full road trip but you find a tour company who can coordinate the whole thing for you: from taking care of the vehicle with driver, contacting tented camps and lodge along the way to fit your preferred schedule, legalities (if applied), decoration, officiant... And many other small details. Or at least a coordinator. Or a camp with good customer service and dedicated general manager. It's not expensive and it's definitely worth the money and the stress you don't have to endure. Also make sure that the company has a sustainable and ethical approach when it comes to tourism. That said, we're experienced with extreme traveling so feel free to ask us anything!

Exploring Namibia by Private Train

Experience the nature and culture of this fascinating country in comfort, safety and convenience by travelling on a chartered train. During the trip, a maximum of 48 guests are looked after by an English-speaking senior tour guide and an English-speaking tour guide. A railroad safari across some of Africa’s most spectacular landscapes. Deep canyons, wide-open plains, wild animals and the highest sand dunes in the world. The voyage of a lifetime. Set out on an unparalleled adventure across South Africa and Namibia. See more details here - Jewel of the Desert

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3) Where & When to Elope & Travel to Namibia?

There is no such thing as the best time to have your wedding/elopement in Namibia because strictly depends on what do you want to see and where do you want to visit and the mood of the elopement! Or you have to make some compromises if the places you want to see have different 'best time to visit'.

Although it can be argued by many travel enthusiasts that the best time to visit Namibia is in the Dry season from June to October, which is themain tourist season in Namibia: there is practically no rain and no clouds, so you can experience a breathtaking night sky - a must for avid stargazer. It is also easier to spot wildlife during these months as the vegetation is sparse and the animals are forced to gather at established waterholes. The days are sunny, but the average maximum daytime temperatures are more bearable - 20 to 30 degrees, depending on where you are - even though they sink at night: in winter (June to August), they can drop to 5 to 10 degrees and even drop Zero in the desert and in more mountainous areas. The downside of visiting Namibian summer is that lodge prices and visitor numbers are often higher, although only Etosha, Swakopmund and Sossusvlei are really crowded because the country is so big.

Although climate change makes weather conditions less predictable, rains usually start seriously in late November or early December, turning the landscape into a light green carpet - where there is enough rain - and subsiding in March or April. Rain is highly localized and usually occurs as heavy thunderstorms in the late afternoon. Therefore, your trip is unlikely to be affected. The landscape was more scenic at that time; Breeding animals; and the bird life is most beautiful, with many migrants present. On the other hand, wildlife viewing is much more difficult because the vegetation is more dense and animal movements with less readily available food are less predictable because they are not limited to water holes. After heavy rain, gravel roads can become impassable.

4) Etosha National Park

How to get to Etosha

- Etosha is Namibia’s most popular park for wildlife watching and is characterized by the vast, saline Etosha Pan. Etosha is located 435km/270mi north of Windhoek. It is easy to visit either independently (self-drive) or on a tour. The drive on paved roads takes about six hours. The roads in the eastern section of the park can be reached by 2WD car.

- There are no scheduled flights - the closest airport to Etosha with scheduled Air Namibia flights from Windhoek) is at Ondangwa, which is 200km/125mi northwest of Namutoni Gate, but there are three airstrips inside the park for charter flights. Most of the upmarket lodges outside the park have private airstrips as well.

- There are a total of 4 entrances to Etosha national park: in the east, Lindequist Gate - connects to the B1. Tsumeb is the closest town to this gate and Namutoni Camp is only a short drive from the gate.

In the north the Nahale IyaMpinga Gate (or King Nehale Gate), 48km from the main road to Ondangwa.

In the south the Andersson gate, can be reached on the C38 via Outjo. The closest camp is Okaukuejo Camp.

And in the west the Otjovasondu gate, which in the future should enable general tourism to access the previously inaccessible west. It should be noted that visitors are registered and the gates are closed at sunset and opened again at sunrise so if you want to stay inside the park during night time you should book an accommodation that locates inside the park.

When to visit Etosha National Park:

- If you want to do a safari elopement, visit Etosha National Park, see a lot of wildlife then it's true to visit best in tourist season. From May to October –Dry Season – Winter, wildlife congregates around rivers and waterholes, making animals easier to spot – it is the best time to visit Etosha National Park. There are no clouds, it's sunny, and there is virtually no rain. Even though most tourists visit during the Dry season, the parks still don't feel crowded, except for Etosha National Park.

- In summer (October - February). After the rains, the scenery is greener and the rates are lower, because it's low season. This is the time of the year you can see newborn animals – migratory birds are present, and birding is at its best. Rains are mostly short showers in the afternoon and rarely have a negative impact on your trip. It can get very hot from October to February and It's more difficult to spot animals – this is especially true for Etosha National Park. But if you want to see green, lush Etosha National Park then it's the time.

What to do & see in Etosha:

Wild Life, Game Drives, Bird Watching, Discover the native Hai||Om Culture, Etosha Pan, Camping... 

Etosha National Park offers a huge array of wildlife, especially If you’re longing to see a rhino in Africa, go to Etosha!

Where to Stay in Etosha:

- One of the advantages of staying outside of the park is that you are spoiled for choice. From self-catering camping lodges, to luxury lodges with spa’s, we’re sure you will find somewhere that’s perfect for you. Therefore accommodations outside the park are nicer, but you won’t be able to be in the park for sunrise and sunset.

Just to name a few: Ongava Tented Camp, Little Ongava, Epacha Game Lodge & Spa, Eagle Tented Lodge & Spa, Anderssons at Ongava, Mushara Bush Camp, Mushara Lodge, The Mushara Outpost.

- There are only five camps which are situated inside the boundaries of the park and they are all run by Namibia Wildlife Resorts: Okaukuejo Camp, Halali Camp, Namutoni Camp, Onkoshi Camp, Dolomite Camp.

Please note that accommodation in Etosha National Park is immensely popular often making availability limited, hence advanced bookings/ reservations are recommended.

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5) Namib-Naukluft National Park

The fourth largest national park in the world, the Namib-Naukluft National Park is a 50, 000 square kilometre wilderness in the Namib Desert: a place of shifting terracotta dunes, vast plains and shimmering savanna fringed in the east by the dramatic Naukluft Mountains. This is Africa’s largest conservation area and one of the best places on the planet for truly mind-blowing desert landscapes.

How to Get to Namib-Naukluft

- The Namib-Naukluft National Park consists of different sections with different entry points. The park can be visited on an organized tour or independently on a self-drive safari. The main routes to and within the park are open to normal 2WD vehicles. Permits are required for back roads and a 4x4 vehicle is recommended. Most visitors to the park visit the Sossusvlei area, which is about 360 km from Windhoek by car and can be reached via the Sesriem entry point.

- Tour operators usually book charter flights between parks as part of the tour package. Domestic flights are usually booked through Air Namibia and leave from Eros Airport (ERS) in Windhoek. There are regular scheduled flights from Windhoek to Walvis Bay, 400km/250mi to the west of the capital – Walvis Bay is a handy base for exploring the northern reaches of the park.

When to Visit Namib-Naukluft

- Namib-Naukluft is a premier travel destination in Namibia, which is mainly visited for its breathtaking desert landscape and less for its wildlife. Therefore, the park can be visited all year round, but the most pleasant time is in the cooler months from May to October. It is less hot in the middle of the day (except in October), therefore best time for hiking in the Naukluft Mountains. The area around Sossusvlei is sometimes quite crowded! It is cold in the early morning - the air is very dry and dusty and the sky can be cloudy.

- Outside of these months, from November to April, it can be very hot, which limits the time you want to spend outside. But as rewards, the rain comes as a relief after a long dry period and flowers brighten the desert scenery and the views tend to be clearer after rain. This is also anxcellent time for watching migratory birds.

What to Do & See in Namib-Naukluft

- The Namib – it means open space – is a region of superlatives. Not only is it the world’s oldest desert, but it is also the biggest park in Africa, covering an area larger than Switzerland. Originally created to protect the rare Hartmann’s mountain zebra, it was enlarged in 1970 and extended again in 1979 when the area south of the Kuiseb River was added, including the dramatic Sesriem canyonlands and the blood-red dunes of Sossusvlei. Soaring into the blue for almost 1,000 ft, their spectacular crests are the world’s tallest sand hills.

- Besides spotting mountain zebra you could be rewarded by the sight of springbok, gemsbok, kudu and klipspringer, and a list of 200 bird species including black eagles and lanner falcons. But most visitors come for the wilderness experience itself in a desert whose mountains, kloofs and endless moonscapes are seldom less than stunning – especially in the first and last hours of daylight.

- In complete contrast to the desert itself with its gravel plains and weird welwitschia plants is the coast itself at Walvis Bay, just south of Swakopmund, where huge numbers of flamingos and pelicans share the lagoons and salt flats with thousands of plovers and sandpipers.

- There are many ways to experience the Namib-Naukluft, whether you’re on a short trip and just have time to visit Sossusvlei, where you can climb the highest dunes in the world or want a more adventurous take on the desert on a multi-day 4x4 trail or hiking route that takes you deep into isolated wilderness. Whatever way you spend your time in the Namib-Naukluft, the beauty, space and serenity of the desert will stay with you long afterwards.

- The most beautiful sand dunes in Namib-Naufkluft are Big Daddy, Dune 7, Elim Dune, Dune 45...

- Other amazing activities you can do here: Balloon ride Sossusvlei, Namib Naukluft Park, NamibRand nature reserve, Olive Trail, Duwisib Castle, Sesriem Canyon, Sossusvlei sightseeing flights, Sossusvlei and Deadvlei Excursion, Solitaire, Tok Tokkie hike, Waterkloof hike, Quad bike excursion, Safari Game Drive, Stargazing, Sundowner Tour, Walking Trails, Sleeping under the star...

Where to Stay in Namib-Naukluft

- andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge. Crème de la Crème. Your adventure elopement is not getting better than this! Sustainability and uncompromised luxury go hand in hand at Sossusvlei. 10 beautifully appointed stone and glass suites, spread out along the curve of the escarpment, open onto ever-changing outlooks.

- Moon Mountain Lodge is a good option closer to Swakopmund and Namib Mountains, but outside and far from the park so probably not the best if you want to see the sand dunes at sunrise/sunset.

- Desert Whisper Lodge. A unique intimate luxurious desert hideaway, perfectly designed as a retreat for two, enticing lovers ready to celebrate life in the desert; offering calming vast open views to the Namib Desert.

- Kulala Desert Lodge: Little Kulala is the closest luxury desert retreat to the famous, seen-from-space Sossusvlei dunes. Guests enjoy exclusive private concession access, and the camp’s location makes early morning dune visits (to see Sossusvlei at its best) very easy.

- Zebra River Lodge, Duwisib Guest Farm, Solitaire Lodge, Dead Valley Lodge...

6) Skeleton Coast National Park

How to Get to Skeleton Coast National Park

- By Land:
When entering from the south, the Skeleton Coast NP is located 200km/124mi from the town of Swakopmund and 485km/300mi from Windhoek. It is also possible to drive to the Skeleton Coast from Etosha in the north of the country. The distance is about 620km/385mi and the driving time about eight hours.

- By Air:
There are no scheduled domestic flights anywhere close to the Skeleton Coast. Charter flights between parks are generally arranged on your behalf, courtesy of your tour operator and leave from Eros Airport (ERS) in Windhoek. Lots of airstrip and private airstrip! Some luxury lodges even have their own airstrip.

When to Visit Skeleton Coast National Park

- The Skeleton Coast can be visited all year round, but the ideal time is in the warmer months from October to March. During these months it rains a little, which keeps the sky clear. The mornings are less foggy and warmer at night (and day) than in the winter months. This is also the best time for bird watching. However, wildlife viewing at Etosha National Park is less active at this point. Of course this is only relevant if you want to visit both parks.

- From May to October it usually stays cool in the middle of the day (October can be warmer). There is virtually no rain, it gets a bit chilly in the early morning and the weather is often windy and misty - so animals tend to seek cover when there is a cold wind

What to Do & See in Skeleton Coast National Park

Game drives through the Skeleton Coast National Park, sumptuous sundowners on top of vast sand dunes, 4×4 excursions to the Hoanib River Delta, full day excursion to Mowe Bay to see Seal colony and Clay Castles, visit some of the more infamous shipwrecks along the coast, beach lunch, quad bikes

Guided walks with the seals, jackals, flamingoes, pelicans, cormorants, terns and many more...

Sundowners at the tip of the Peninsula, guided Peninsula drives, featuring the Ramsar site, the Skeleton Bay surfers hotspot, the shipwreck, the Jetty, the absolute Point and the wildlife, strolling on the beach on your own pace, Shipwreck at walking distance, Kayaking with the Seals, Dolphin cruises with speedboat or catamaran, marine dune day: combo of cruise and 4×4 dune trip to Sandwich Harbour, dune trips, educational quadbiking, dune boarding, educational desert tours, educational Topnaar tour, Scenic Flightseeing......

Where to Stay in Skeleton Coast National Park

Shipwreck Lodge and Serra Cafema Camp. 
As the only luxury accommodation in the entire 6,300-square-mile concession for a long time, Shipwreck Lodge is in a prime position to let you explore what feels like the end of the earth. Though its exteriors, designed using sustainable materials and construction methods by Namibian architect Nina Maritz, are meant to resemble the skeletons of those ruined ships, inside is a plush reprieve from its raw environment.

- Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, a brand new luxury camp. Here, no request is too much for Hoanib’s expert staff.

- Pelican Point Lodge, situated on a unique stretch of land, the remote peninsula of Pelican Point at Walvis Bay, a committed venue to creating memories for all our guests that will last a lifetime. With the untouched beaches of the Atlantic Ocean on the one side and the Lagoon of Walvis Bay on the other, their aim is to provide you with an unique experience that demands nothing much of you, but to arrive, relax, reflect and unwind in one of the most enchanting and unique settings in our beautiful country.

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7) Fish River Canynon

The Fish River Canyon (Afrikaans: Visrivier Afgronde) in Namibia's South is one of the world's largest canyons and one of Namibia's most recognised natural wonders. For more than 160 km the Fish River, Namibia's longest river, washed into the ground up to 550 meters deep and up to 27 km wide. The Fish River has its source in the Eastern Naukluft Mountains and in Richtersfeld flows into the Orange River, after travelling for more 650 km through the desert of Southern Namibia. In its lower part (between Seeheim and Ai-Ais) it crosses a mountain range and thereby forms the Fish River Canyon.

How to Get to Fish River Canyon

- By car
  + Southern part (National Park): (Hobas Viewpoint) From Karasburg and B1, take C12 to C37 to the main Fish River Canyon Viewpoint. From Keetmanshoop, take B4 to C12, then to C37. (Ai-Ais) To go directly to Ai-Ais Hot Springs from B1, take C10 to Ai-Ais. The hiking trail, begins near Hobas on D601 and ends at Ai-Ais Hot Springs at the C10.
 + Northern part (Private Nature Reserves): From Keetmanshoop or Lüderitz take B4 and turn on D463.

- By airplane
The Fish River Canyon Area supplies several airstips for private and charter flights: at Ai-Ais, at Fish River Lodge and Vogelstrausskluft, at Seeheim, in the vicinity at Grunau, Keetmanshoop and Bethanie.

When to Visit Fish River Canyon

All year around - but if you want to do the full hike, you have to come in winter time since hiking is only allowed from March 15th to September 15th!

Hiking the Fish River Canyon

- Although the Fish River Canyon Trail is a very tough trail, it is one of the most popular hikes in southern Africa. It's a 85km hike (90km if you can't find the shortcuts - bring a GPS or a good map) from Hobas to Ai-Ais.

- Hiking is only allowed from March 15th to September 15th (which is winter) in groups of at least 3, maximum 20 people, minimum age 12.
Please pay attention to the following: Everyone needs medical approval on a form that can be downloaded.
- You'll need to present that medical certificate with doctor's approval stating that you're in good health and sufficiently fit. This certificate can't be older than 40 days.

- Only 30 people per day are allowed to hike!

- You have to carry everything except the water.

- A tent is not required as there are suitable locations along the route, including protection from wind and sun. Allow five days unless you are a seasoned hiker.

- At approximately 16 km there is an emergency exit near Sulfur Springs. It is not possible to leave the canyon by climbing the mountains after about 50 km.

- If something happens, one person stays with the injured and another gets out to get help. Therefore the minimum group size is 3.

- Don't forget a small stove or water filter; You don't want to drink water without boiling it first, and if the river hasn't flowed recently, you won't find a single piece of firewood. It is also not allowed to collect it or make a log fire.

- Water from the puddles in the river can be very salty, so it is essentially no longer drinkable. You can try different pools of water, sometimes there is a good one among them. A good trick is to bring instant soup with a little extra salt to help you quench your thirst.

- Don't try this hike alone or in summer. Even in winter, temperatures of 40 ° C are not uncommon on the trail. If you have to sneak into the canyon, nobody knows you are there. Because of this, many people died on this trail.

- Don't jump from rock to rock. Your body is probably not used to the extra weight on your shoulders. Injuries are likely. Quicksand is present during the first third of the hike. Watch and follow the animal track instead of making up your own shortcut.

- Check out this detailed report :)

Other activities in the Fish River Canyon

- Sulfur Springs Hike: Between March and September, you can descend into the fish from the 4x4 viewpoint near Hobas. It's pretty much a full-day hike and not comparable to a Sunday walk: 500 m down into the gorge, a break and a voluntary dip in the sulfur springs and then up again. This requires approval from the Hobas office under the same conditions (and price) as for the full hike.

- Scenic flights from several viewpoints.

- Most lodges offer more pleasure hikes in the canyon other than the very steep and long descent of the entire hike.

- Walk along the Fish River Canyon rim at sunset.

- Mule trekking, horse riding, nature drives and kayaking in season

Where to Stay in Fish River Canyon

- Fish River Lodge - the only lodge on the rim of the canyon!

- Vogelstrausskluft Lodge

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8) Other Destinations in Namibia

- Kunene Region: Kaokoland, Damaraland...

- Sperrgebiet National Park

- Ghost Town Kolmanskop

- Lüderitz

- Walvis Bay

- Spencer Bay

- Dorob National Park

- Tsiseb Conservancy

- Khaudum National Park

- Tsaobis Nature Park

- Erindi Private Game Reserve

- Torra Conservancy

9) What to Pack for Wedding/Elopement in Namibia?

For styling inspiration (aesthetic wise, safari outfit, elopement attires), you can check the two links above.

What else to pack? Of course it will depend on when are you going to visit but the rule of thumb for an Africa Roadtrip: June to October is the best time to visit. However if you're visiting during the rain season, it can be hot, humid and rainy in some regions.

- Warm Layers for chilly morning game drive, evenings and nights: scarf, jumper, light down windproof jacket... Even in the summer it can be quite chilly and cold at night, especially in the desert or mountainous regions.

- Layering & lightweight, earth-tone gears are the way to go.

- T-shirts / Long-sleeve shirts / Sweatshirt or fleece jacket

- Rain jacket (in rain season, but from my experience most of the camps have them if you want to save weight)

- Pairs of cotton trousers/pants (with zip-off function would be the best)

- Pairs of socks, Pairs of underwear. 

- Comfortable Shoes (hiking boots is recommended!), 1 pair of flip-flops or sandals (for wearing around camp)!

- Hat, Sunglasses & Sunscreen.

- Body Cream. Hand Cream. Lip Balm. Namibia is super dry!

- Insect Repellent.

- Toiletries & basic first aid kit (painkiller, other pills, bandage...)

- Chargers & right adapters, Powerbanks ...

- GPS.

- Binoculars (but usually camps have them)

- For small, domestic flight, charter and bush-flight planes you’ll often find strict weight restrictions (around 15 kilograms / 33 lbs in total, inclusive of hand luggage), and luggage is limited to soft-sided pieces such as duffle bag, travel backpack.... Pro Tip: use packing cubes to pack clothes is something we can't miss!

- Passport, vaccination certification for yellow fever, travel insurance...

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10) Namibia Example Elopement & Honeymoon Itineraries

8 Day Sossusvlei & Etosha Fly-In Safari

9 Day Skeleton Coast & Etosha Fly-In Safari

17 Day Highlights of Namibia Self Drive

- 18 Day Luxury Namibia Fly-In Safari

- 17 Day Ultimate Namibia Self Drive

Want a tailor-made elopement itineraries for you? Read on the ultimate guide to planning an adventure elopement itinerary in the link below. Or Let us help! Planning a trip is always the most exciting part of every adventure!

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11) Legalities for Wedding in Namibia

You can get married legally in Namibia as foreigners quite easily. Required documents:

• Valid passports (Copies and Original)

• Passport size photos 

• Birth certificates (Copies and Original)

• Prove of no impediment to marriage through:
    ➢ Certificates of No Impediment to Marriage.
    ➢ Death Certificate. (In the case of widowed person) - Copy and original
    ➢ Divorce Decree Absolute/Decree Nisi. (In the case of divorce person indicating current status) - Copy and original
    ➢ In the event the Divorce decree is more than a year old or a death certificate that is more than 2 years old, a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage

• BOTH PARTIES TO APPEAR before the Registrar when applying

• No Fee involved.

Otherwise you can always opt to having a symbolic elopement in Namibia and then legalities back home taken care of.

12) Visa Policy of Namibia

Citizens of the following 55 countries can visit Kenya with no visa for stays up to 90 days in one calendar year (unless otherwise noted):
Angola,  Armenia, Australia,  Austria,  Azerbaijan,  Belarus,  Belgium,  Botswana,  Brazil,  Canada,  Cuba, Denmark,  Eswatini,  Finland,  France,  Germany,  Hong Kong,  Iceland,  Indonesia, Ireland,  Italy,  Jamaica, Japan,  Kazakhstan,  Kenya,  Kyrgyzstan,  Lesotho,  Liechtenstein,  Luxembourg,  Macao, Malaysia,  Malawi,  Mauritius,  Moldova,  Mozambique,  Netherlands,  New Zealand,  Norway,  Portugal,  Russia,  Seychelles,  Singapore,  South Africa,  Spain,  Sweden,   Switzerland,  Tajikistan,  Tanzania,  Turkmenistan,  Ukraine,  United Kingdom, United States,  Uzbekistan,  Zambia,  Zimbabwe

Citizens of below countries can apply for 3 month visa on arrival:

Benin,  Bulgaria,  Burkina Faso,  Burundi,  Cape Verde,  Cambodia,  Cameroon,  Central African Republic,  Chad,  Chile,  Comoros,  Côte d'Ivoire,  Czech Republic,  Djibouti,  Equatorial Guinea,  Eritrea,  Gabon,  Gambi,a Guinea,  Guinea-Bissau,  Hungary,  Liberia,  Madagascar,  Mexico,  Nicaragu,a Nigeria,  Poland,  Romania,  Rwanda,  São Tomé and Príncipe,  Sierra Leone,  Slovakia,  South Korea,  Thailand,  Togo,  Tunisia,  Turkey,  Uganda,  United Arab Emirates,  Venezuela,  Vietnam.

In the future, visas will be issued on arrival at border crossings in Ariamsvlei, Noordoewer, Oranjemund, Trans-Kalahari, Katima Mulilo and Oshikango.

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13) Other things to Know Before Traveling to Namibia

- Book well in advance. Many destinations in Namibia is located remotely and accommodation can be limited.

- Namibia is one of the safest countries in Africa!

- There is time for spontaneous trips. A road trip in Namibia is not one of them. You will need a good, well-prepared itinerary to get the best out of your journey. Do your homework, tackle down the logistics, decide throughly what you want to see. Especially when you're driving, otherwise you will spend a lot of time driving and have too little time to see and enjoy.

- Be realistic with the driving time. One can't simply drive fast in Namibia. One can't simply drive at night in Namibia. 80km/h is the maximal speed on the gravel road - in reality, less than that.

- You will need an 4x4 car! Get the full insurance and have 2 spare tires with you. Tire punctures are quite common and better be safe than sorry. Fill up gas whenever you can, or even have an extra fuel canister with you.

- Have a basic first aid kit and good travel insurance!

- Prepare for a lot of sand getting everywhere.

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