Namibians recommend the Fish River Canyon as a must visit for digital nomads.
- Namibia has joined the growing list of countries offering a digital nomad visa.
- If your income is around R37,000 per month and you have a clean criminal record, you can apply.
- The cost of living in major Namibian cities is lower than in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
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Want to become a digital nomad but don’t want to stray too far from home? Now you can go right next to it.
With the new Namibia Digital Nomad program, you can get a visa to live and work in the country for six months. The visa allows our participants to work, travel and study in Namibia, and you can apply online.
All you need (besides the usual travel documents, insurance and police certificate) is to show your proof of income or funds to support yourself and your dependents. You must have $2,000 (around R37,000) per month for yourself, $1,000 (R18,000) per month for an accompanying spouse and $500 (R9,000) per accompanying child per month.
The visa application costs $62, the equivalent of just over R1,000.
This cost is comparable to Malaysia’s digital nomad visa, but significantly cheaper than the Thai offer. It is also much cheaper than visas for countries in Europe and North and Central America.
The cost of living in Windhoek is cheaper than in Cape Town or Johannesburg, but eating out is more expensive. The rent in Swakopmund is cheaper than Cape Town and Johannesburg, but eating out and buying groceries will cost you between 4% and 7% more.
Namibia has decent connectivity and a national network coverage footprint of 98%. This means you can connect to the Internet from virtually anywhere in the country. Monthly plans are usually less than R1,000 per month.
If you want to be more mobile, just note that the cell phone service becomes patchy the farther you travel from major hubs, and not all resorts and national parks have reliable Wi-Fi.
Once there and settled in (and you’ve hired a car, everything in Namibia is a long way off), here are some of the top attractions Namibians suggest you try:
- Hike the Fish River Canyon in Ai-Ais/Richtersveld Park in the south of the country. It is the second in size after the Grand Canyon.
- Fly in a hot air balloon over Sossusvlei, home to the largest sand dunes in the world.
- Explore the dunes of Sandwich Harbor, where the desert meets the sea.
- Take a half-day tour of Windhoek and see both sides of the city, including the township of Katutura.
- For wildlife photography, Etosha National Park in the north offers classic open vehicle safaris.
- Visit the ancient rock carvings of Twyfelfontain, which date back around 6,000 years.
- Go stargazing in the NamibRand Nature Reserve. It is one of the most surreal experiences as the International Dark-Sky Association has declared the reserve as the first dark sky reserve in Africa.
- Visit the ghost town of Kolmanskop.