Dear Valued Customer and our much respected following community,
We are excited to share important news regarding the evolution of our company and how this change will benefit you. Furthermore, we are delighted to announce that our company name will be changing as follows.
Our digital Platforms is up for a big change!
Our brand name will change as follows:
From Hippo Adventure Tours to Namibia-Adventures.
As such, please Note, Hippo Adventure Tours will still be operational.
Our commitment to our customers and partners remains our highest priority. By rebranding ourselves as Namibia-Adventures and becoming a complete closure solutions company with multiple product category offerings and diverse service brands, we believe that we are providing our customers with the best selection of free information.
What to expect:
– more specials regarding African Travel options throughout many, many more locations throughout Africa (not just Namibia).
We are also offering up a free advertisement for selected Tourist and Entertainment related locations and/or offerings*. Feel free to contact us should you wish to get the word out on our new upcoming Platform.
Expect a lot more Media coming your way. We are not closing down, we are just moving on to bigger things. Also, please note that this webpage is currently under construction!!!
P.S. Our Webpage Domain will still remain the same, https://www.namibia-adventures.com
P.S.2: We are working within the background to update our Website to get everything ready for you all. Watch this space! 🙂
* T&C’s apply
On a recent study via the Namibian Tourism Board regarding domestic tourism in Namibia, a conclusion was found that many respondents commented on the high prices of tourism services and accommodations. From the distributed questionnaire for a majority of Namibian locals, interviews, and observations, it was found that tourism in Namibia is focused primarily on the international market. This causes prices to increase beyond the affordability of many Namibians, which deters many potential tourists from travelling. Although the domestic tourism industry is currently not a major contributor to the Namibian economy, data analysis discovered that Namibians do spend money on travel but the amount spent and the amount Namibians are willing to spend differ greatly. If the Namibia Tourism Board and service providers do not fix this problem throughout Namibia, domestic tourism will diminish. Comments from responses to the questionnaires and interviews informed the third finding; the tourism industry does not cater to Namibians. The tourism industry in Namibia focuses on the international market. This creates a disparity in pricing and quality of services. The majority of guests are European, and only 31% of guests are Namibian. This percentage is at the unsatisfactory level. As stated, Namibians would like to see improvements in the tourism industry. Pricing in the industry remains a problem throughout the country and prevents Namibians from travelling. Poor quality of service and accommodations are also common complaints among tourists. If services are not improved, domestic tourists may not travel in Namibia (featured Image: Stock image)
As far as we know, the following solutions and projects are currently being put forth:
+ Conduct more research on domestic tourism
An NTB project has only just begun to determine the issues preventing the domestic tourism industry from expanding. Due to resource limitations, a small sample size was used in this study. Although the sample targeted the desired population of middle-class Namibians, the sample was not representative of the Namibian population as a whole. Several recommendations were made based on the collected data in order to improve the current domestic tourism industry; however, more research must be conducted before conclusive results can be determined. The Namibia Tourism Board should continue conducting research on the current state of domestic tourism in Namibia; specifically, the disposable income of Namibians and the amount of money Namibians are willing to spend on accommodations, activities, and transportation. This Project already seems to show some significant effects (click for more Info).
+ Improve marketing strategies
From observation and interviews, the majority of service providers focus marketing towards international travellers. Therefore, Namibians are unaware of the types of attractions and accommodations available to them at affordable prices. To improve this situation, it is recommended that the Namibia Tourism Board distributes literature to service providers regarding the importance and potential benefits of domestic tourism, as well as successful domestic advertising methods to attract more locals to their establishments. A sample brochure that specifically markets domestic tourist attractions is included in the full report. Combined with segmentation of the Namibian market, marketing and branding techniques can be applied to better target the population of potential domestic travellers.
+ Transportation service providers should establish a pass system
Transportation is an important part of any tourism industry but is a major problem throughout Namibia. As mentioned in the findings, the majority of domestic tourists travel by personal car because the bus and train systems are too expensive and often inaccessible due to scheduling issues. To help alleviate this and other problems, it is suggested that transportation service providers establish a pass system where individuals or families can pre-pay for a pass and receive discounts over a period of months. So in other words, by creating more affordable and easily accessible modes of transportation can encourage Namibians to travel more frequently.
+ Encourage service providers to accommodate domestic tourists
The first approach is to create an understanding of the importance of domestic tourism to Namibia’s tourism market. This should be done through the distribution of literature describing the seasonality of international and domestic tourist travel, as well as disposable income data outlining suggested pricing structures that locals can afford. If the literature does not encourage service providers to reduce pricing, thus increasing the percentage of domestic tourists engaging in leisure travel, an incentive should be introduced.
+ Improve the variety and accessibility of attractions throughout Namibia
As previously noted, Namibians would most like to visit natural attractions. The Namibia Tourism Board should begin to identify and market underdeveloped and underutilized nature-based attractions throughout Namibia. Since the significant majority of questionnaire respondents expressed a desire to explore Namibia’s vast landscapes and changing scenery, successful marketing of such attractions would greatly encourage more domestic travel. Again, attractions in Namibia need to be marketed to Namibians. By reducing pricing and advertising low-cost attractions throughout the country, domestic tourists will be encouraged to travel within Namibia.
If the situation with domestic tourism does not change, the market may cease. Currently, service providers are forcing Namibians to spend money outside the country or not at all which brings the economy down. As discussed in the findings, Namibians do travel, would like to continue travelling, and enjoy travel in their home country but are prevented from travelling more due to several limitations such as high pricing, lack of marketing, inaccessible transportation, and poor quality of services. Domestic tourists must be motivated to participate in Namibian tourism which can be accomplished through several recommendations. To reduce pricing, service providers must see the benefit of the domestic tourism market. Wide-Scale distribution of literature and comprehensive data must be made available to service providers throughout Namibia explaining the importance of domestic tourism. Marketing practices must be implemented that focus on the local domestic tourist market in addition to the international domain. Transportation, accommodations, and activities need improvement both in quality of services and pricing. These recommendations are a means to begin changes in the domestic tourism market; however, further research and years of improvements are necessary to develop the industry to a sustainable level. There is a great sense of national pride and love of their country among Namibians. Through making changes to domestic tourism in the upcoming years, the country can evolve and grow into a greater Namibia: a country belonging to the people.
One recommendation which has been addressed by the Namibian Tourism Board
+ Encourage Service Providers to Accommodate Domestic Tourists
One conclusion made based on the analyzed findings was the need for service providers to accommodate domestic tourists. As stated, only 31% of guests at Namibia Tourism Board registered accommodations analyzed are Namibians. This figure needs to be improved to have a sustainable domestic tourism industry. To encourage Namibians to travel, discounts and reduced pricing plans must be made available. To produce the most profit from the tourism industry, service providers currently focus on marketing and pricing techniques to the foreign market. While prices are affordable to foreign travellers, the cost is much higher than Namibians can afford or are willing to pay. The majority of Namibians spend an average of less than N$1,500 on travel, accommodations, food and activities each while on holiday. With the current prices of accommodations and other tourism commodities, Namibian travellers are forced to stay with friends and relatives or at other low-cost accommodations. This situation does not contribute to the economy because less money is being invested in tourism as prices increase and people are less willing to travel. First, the realization of the importance and potential benefits of domestic tourism needs to be established.
+ The conclusion:
The recommendation of a widespread campaign to inform service providers of the importance of domestic tourism is the first step towards improving pricing. The distributed literature should explain the importance of domestic tourism to Namibia and include statistics outlining the benefits of increasing the number of domestic tourist clients. Further research should be 66 conducted discovering the average prices of tourism establishments throughout the country, as well as the amount Namibians can spend, and be presented to service providers in a comprehensive pricing guide. Currently, businesses do not know the prices of their competitors. By forcing the release of this information, the market will become more competitive and prices may be driven down in an attempt to bring in the greatest possible number of guests. An incentive can also be introduced to motivate service providers to accommodate Namibians; however, this should only be done if there are insignificant improvements in the domestic tourism market as a result of the distributed literature. One incentive could be a subsidized rate for the levy tax charged by the Namibia Tourism Board in exchange for proof of compliance to a price reduction and marketing campaign.
If companies devise a pricing plan and implement an advertising strategy to market the new price reduction, some levy tax should be waved. To measure the effectiveness of this plan and to ensure the validity of its implementation, businesses will need to provide data showing a certain percentage of increase in domestic clients. This will not only convince the Namibia Tourism Board of the success of the program but results could be organized and distributed to nonparticipating service providers throughout Namibia to further emphasize the importance and benefits of domestic tourism. Paired with successful marketing techniques, the redistributed literature would be helpful to many companies and the domestic tourism industry.
Whether you and your children plan to travel Namibia together – or your child will be travelling alone, prepare well in advance to ensure a safe and happy trip. Prepare your Child’s (or your Children’s) Travel documents thoroughly. Check the entry and exit requirements of Namibia, generally provided for you from the specific Airline which you will be embarking on. Travelling with Minors needs more than just a simple Visa! Contact the embassy or consulate of each country you plan to visit to check their entry requirements. All children should carry a valid passport when they are travelling or living abroad. Children under the age of 16 can sign their own passports, but if they do not, leave the signature block on page 3 blank. If you sign it on behalf of the child the passport will be invalid. If you or your children are dual or multiple citizens, always travel with your passport from your country of residence. Always present yourself as an individual from your current country of residence towards foreign authorities, especially when entering and leaving the country of your other nationality, unless you must enter and exit the country using that country’s passport. (featured photo by Southern Destinations)
+ Please take Note of the following:
• Guardians (family member, friend) travelling with the child(ren) must provide affidavits from both parents giving permission for a child(ren) to travel, in addition to the valid birth certificate(s). Certified copies of their parents/ legal guardian’s passports must be available upon request.
• Both parents travelling with the child(ren) under the age of 18 have to produce a full/unabridged birth certificate for the child (both parents’ details must be on the birth certificate). Certified copies of the birth certificates are also accepted. It is no longer sufficient to merely have a statement pertaining to the child(ren) in the parent’s passport.
• One parent travelling with a child(ren) when the other parent has passed away, must produce a certified copy of the death certificate of the deceased parent.
• One parent travelling with a child(ren) must have consent from the other parent in the form of an affidavit (no older than 4 months from the date of travel) or custody agreement, confirming permission to travel with a child(ren). A certified copy of the absent parent’s passport must also be available for presentation upon request.
• A minimum of six months prior expiration date needs to be shown clearly on every Passport before the expiry date of the Travel Document/Booklet.
• At least three free pages (clean without Stamps) inside the individual’s Passport.
• Proof of return air tickets is a must.
• Birth Certificates from each minor is highly recommended.
• ⇒ Medical documents are highly recommended in case of medical allergies or similar. In the rare case for the need of a specific medication, it is very likely that the medication for the minor will be very different from the medication available than from the country of residence. Especially when prescription medication plays a role! Also, take into consideration, should the child(ren) eg. break a leg during horseplay by falling from of a Tree (or similar), difficulties could seriously become a massive bourdon for everyone. This will create a beautiful Vacation into an unimaginable nightmare.
+ Video clip with International Travel Tipps
Furthermore, we recommend carrying supporting identification for each child, such as a birth certificate, citizenship certificate, divorce papers, consent letters, custody court orders or a death certificate, if one or both parents are deceased. This will help prove your citizenship, residency and custodial rights when you return to your country of home residence. Make sure you have a consent letter or a court order if a child is travelling abroad alone, with only one parent or guardian, or with friends, relatives or a group (see our download section below). A consent letter proves that the child has permission to travel abroad from parents or guardians who are not accompanying him or her. The consent letter should be signed by any person or organization who is not travelling with the child and who has the legal right to make major decisions for the child, including anyone with access rights, custody rights, guardianship rights or parental authority. Make sure the letter includes the date on which the child is to return home. It may also help to have the letter certified by a commissioner of oaths, notary public or lawyer so that border officials will be less likely to question it. Speak with a lawyer if you are involved in a custody dispute or if a dispute might develop while the child is abroad.
If you already have a custody order or agreement, make sure that it permits the child to travel outside the specific country of residence. If you travel to Namibia (or abroad in general) with the child without the legal right to do so, you could be accused of parental child abduction. Human trafficking is a big topic for the international society and should be monitored by all means necessary. In regards to Namibian custody orders are not automatically recognized or enforceable in other countries without going to court. Check with your country of residence, (if established) at the Namibia embassy or consulate if you have any questions. If your child has been abducted or retained without authority abroad, contact the Namibian police or the nearest embassy or consulate of residence abroad. For more information on Child abduction and custody issues view the selection of our .pdf downloads below or get in contact with the professionals listed below.
+ Document Downloads and various Legal Information
Should you have any unclarity with such a matter than our recommendation would be to get in contact with Mr David Viljoen right here in Windhoek, Namibia. Contact him at Tel: +264-81-270-8680, or Mrs Vissie Viljoen at Tel: +264-81-122-0523 (paid service). Office hours are from Monday to Friday btw. 07hoo – 13hoo and 14hoo – 17hoo (CAT). From our experience, their service is very professional and they will gladly help you out. Their Office in Windhoek works directly with the Namibian Ministry of Tourism and they are always true to all Visa deadlines. English and Afrikaans only! Otherwise feel free to give us a call at our Office Head-Quarters.
For many guest’s first time visiting Namibia the array of Vehicle Registration Plates could be somewhat confusing. Herewith our simple insight on how to understand each Vehicle plate. The first letter is always “N” for Namibia. The last one or two letters indicate the town or region the car originates from. In between, numbers are issued sequentially within each region, starting with single-digit numbers, and increasing in length as required. The vast majority of vehicles are registered in the capital, Windhoek, and require six digits; most other regions are currently using 3 or 4 digits. Shown below is a Registration Plate with two letters “N” and “W” which simply stands for “N – Namibia” and “W – Windhoek”. Selected locations carry their own letter, as listed further down below.
Since 2007, personalised number plates are available at an extra fee. Such plates may carry up to seven alphanumerical characters, followed by the Namibian Flag and the letters NA. They also differ in colour and material, the personalised plates are made from acrylic white plastic and have light blue characters. The design change is not only the colour of the Plate but also the removal of the second identificational letter(s) from each Namibian location.
+ The following list shows the location of each individual Vehicle registration which is still present on all yellow Namibian Registration Plates:
AR – Aranos, B – Bethanie, EN – Eenhana, G – Grootfontein, GO – Gobabis, K – Keetmanshoop, KA – Karasburg, KH – Khorixas, KM – Katima Mulilo, KR – Karibib, L – Lüderitz, M – Mariental, MA – Maltahoehe, ND – Ondangwa, OH – Okahandja, OJ – Outjio, OK – Okakarara, OM – Omaruru, ON – Otjinene, OP – Opuwo, OR – Oranjemund, OT – Otjiwarongo, OV – Otavi, R – Rehoboth, RC – Ruacana, RU – Rundu, S – Swakopmund, SH – Oshakati, T – Tsumeb, U – Usakos, UP – Outapi, W – Windhoek, WB – Walvis Bay
Government vehicles use dark green license plates with white imprints. As with ordinary number plates, numbers are issued sequentially within each region, starting with single-digit numbers, and increasing in length as required. The Government vehicle plates are prefixed with the following letters:
• Pre-Independence Vehicle Registrations (Prior to independence in 1989 the then South West Africa’s number plates started with an “S” and followed the South African layout. e.g. Windhoek was: SW 123-456, Swakopmund SS 2121, etc)
+ Below an image collection from Worldlicenceplates.com:
Not everyone knows the fact that the renowned “Black Friday” is an informal name for the day after Thanksgiving Day in the United States. It is a public holiday in more than 20 states inside the USA and is considered the start of the US Christmas shopping season. Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days not just in the USA but in many countries all over the world, even in Namibia. As the Collins English Dictionary puts it: “The day after the US Thanksgiving Day in late November, regarded as the start of the Christmasshoppingseason“. There are two popular theories as to why the day after the American Thanksgiving Day is called Black Friday. The first theory is that the wheels of vehicles in heavy traffic on the day after Thanksgiving Day left many black markings on most American roads, leading to the term “Black Friday”. The second theory is that the term Black Friday comes from an old way of recording business accounts. Losses were recorded in red ink and profits in black ink. Many businesses, particularly small businesses, started making profits before Christmas. Many hoped to start showing a profit, marked in black ink, on the day after Thanksgiving Day. Now since Namibia doesn’t celebrate the American public Holiday “Thanks Giving” somehow almost 90% of all Namibian Retailers adopted the Black Friday idea into their Sales strategy, with great effect (see video clips below).
Over the years, one occasionally gets to see video clips, photos or even first-hand accounts on the absolute mayhem and chaos with which many Shopping and Retail Outlets need to be prepared for… disregard of global location. Below is a small insight with media showing the insanity happening throughout Namibia specifically from 2018/11/23 – Namibia’s Black Friday.
The next three photos below show the masses cue’ing up before opening time at one of the biggest South African retail-franchises here in Namibia – Game.
The photo above:Game Shopping Mall in Hochlandpark, Windhoek – Black Friday in Namibia 2018 approx. 23h30 (Photographer unknown). On the Black Friday of 2018, the doors opened at 24h00 to make the specials available to the public, hence the parking bay gathering.
The photo above:Game Shopping Mall in Grove Mall, Windhoek – Black Friday in Namibia 2018 approx. 07h45 (Photographer unknown)
The photo above:Game Shopping Mall in Grove Mall, Windhoek – Black Friday in Namibia 2018 approx. 07h45 (Photographer unknown)
Above (International): A nice compilation on how different countries react towards Black Friday (Israel, USA, UAE, Canada, Finnland, Russia and RSA)
We would like to Note that the Game Retail outlet is not in any way to be seen as a negative perspective due to “Black Friday” but rather in how well the folks at Game handle their Marketing to achieve brilliant success. The masses seen inside each clip prove a point of excellent forms of advertisement. Respect! Furthermore, it still boggles our mind how the back-office of Game handled the overall sum of sales once closing. Must have been quite a mountain to climb (symbolically)…
+ The extra clip’s with extreme mayhem and chaos from 2017:
Below are three clips showing the absolute chaos from the Foschini Fashion Retail Outlet having their first Black Friday in 2017 at their Windhoek Outlet (Please Note: low cellphone quality recording).
⇒Authors Note: After seeing this, imagine how mankind will behave in a scenario where food runs out(?)…. just something to think about!
Namibia was originally inhabited by nomadic hunters, gatherers, and pastoralists (livestock herders), the ancestors of today’s Bushman and Khoi-speaking people. Agriculturalists and pastoralists speaking Bantu languages, such as the Owambo and Herero, arrived in the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries and settled throughout northern and central Namibia. This beautiful African country of Namibia was founded in 1990 after it won independence from the Apartheid War hosted by South Africa. Namibia’s population density is considered to be the second lowest in regards to the population worldwide, leading to the statistics of having significant land surface area per person – per hectare. Tribes and cultures have inhabited the area since ancient times and Bantu- speaking tribes began arriving in the 14th century AD. Following where the German colonizers who began developing agriculture and infrastructure in the region during the 1800’s until the first World War conflict in 1915 when South Africa took over its administration. The current population of Namibia is estimated at around 2.4 million, and this is made up of several different tribes, ethnic groups and the new influx of Asians/Chinese. The general ethnicity is relevant in Namibian politics although it is – as everywhere globally – a complicated and unstable issue with constant regroupings and changing tribal and cultural identities. The indigenous people living Namibia is estimated make-up about 11% of the total population and reside in various regions throughout the country, including the Kalahari Desert, the entire stretch of the Kunene region and a great part of the southern part of Namibia. (First Image above showing three Herero Ladies with traditional Dress – photo by the Telegraph)
+ Selected Namibian Tribes and Ethnicities
Image above shows the traditional dress code for Herero Ladies – photo by I Dream Africa
One of the biggest groups with an estimate of Namibia’s population counting for 8% of the total population is made up of the Herero group. Records show that this ethnic group has historically inhabited the central part of the country for its vast pastureland. This geographic separation meant that the Herero did not have much interaction with the mentioned Ovambo and Kavango people which are being listed below. This group is originally from the eastern part of the continent in the 17th and 18th centuries. They were later followed by the Nama Tribe, which make up approx. 5 to 6% of the population.
Image above of a Kavango gathering – photo by Roman Catholic Missionary Museum
The Kavango people of Namibia make up an estimate of 9 to 10% of the total Namibian population. This ethnic group is also a Bantu group, and they live along the northeastern region of Namibia. They practice fishing, livestock raising, and agricultural harvesting for subsistence. Namibian law protects their right to practice their traditional government which divides the group into five kingdoms each ruled by a separate king. Their customs place a lot of respect towards elders.
Image above of a Damara male gathering – photo by Wikipedia
Another ethnic group are the Damara people which comprise about 6 to 7% of the population and live in the northwestern part of Namibia. Their native language is registered as “Khoekhoe”. Very little else is known about the Damara ethnic group. Their behaviour traits show that this group generally has no relationship with other tribes and are believed to have descended from a tribe of hunter-gatherers (San). They once practised ancient methods of coppersmithing, herding, and agricultural in the central part of Namibia.
Image above showing Ovambo Ladies with beautiful traditional garments – photo by Alkebulan Movement
About half of the Namibian population is made up of the Ovambo people (also referred to as Ambo) who mainly inhabit the northern part of the country. The Ovambo group consists of approximately 12 smaller tribes and is part of the larger Bantu people. Traditionally, the Ovambo people have lived under the guidance of a tribal chief who assigned selected pieces of land to each family. When the tenant died, the chief assigned the land to a new tribe member. Up to this day, the Ovambos generally live by harvesting millet (a type of grain) and raising livestock (cattle, goats etc.). The most common religion is the Lutheran faith although it is mixed with traditional beliefs in good and bad spirits. Nature religion practices still have a strong following in many Ovambo groups.
Image above showing white farmer having a discussion – photo by the Economist
In general, white Namibians are people of European birth or descent living in Namibia. The majority of white Namibians are Afrikaners (locally born or of South-African descent), with a large minority being Namibian Germans (descended from Germans who colonised Namibia in the late 19th century). Many are also Portuguese or English immigrants. The Portuguese minority has established in Namibia because of the bordering country of Angola. Current estimates of the white Namibian population run between 74,000 and 102,000. This discrepancy in data is because the Namibian government (SWAPO) no longer collects data based on race.
Image above showing a gathering of San/Bushmen – photo by Afrizim
Other tribes and ethnicities live in Namibia though they make up a small percentage of the population. These include the: Busmen/San (2 to 3%), Tswana (1%), Caprivian (4 to 5%) and other groups that make up less than 1% each.
+ For a deeper insight have a look at the two linked .pdf documents below:
Image above shows a simple displacement of Namibian Groups/Tribes – image by Peace Corps
Please Note that this Blog Post is just a quick insight from some ethnic Groups currently living in Namibia. Some Groups which are not explained here are the Rehoboth Basters or the Tswana’s. But we will touch base on these individual Groups in a future Blog post. But please have a look at the mentioned links and .pdf Documents for a more thorough understanding of the diversity regarding the study, culture, lifestyle and tradition of each mentioned and non-mentioned culture residing within Namibia.
+ Some other past Blog Post with similar field of interest: