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Namibia

Namibia is a huge and breathtaking land, famous for its magical scenery, wide-open spaces, and excellent game-viewing.

Embark on a safari to Namibia and experience thrilling wildlife encounters as well as some of the most stunning natural scenery that Africa has to offer. From the rugged raw beauty of the Fish River Canyon and the Skeleton Coast to the towering sand dunes of Sossusvlei, the exquisite Namibrand Nature Reserve, and the lush wetlands of the Caprivi Strip, each region of this most unique of African destinations offers something different. Astonishing contrasts are everywhere for the visitor to savour in Namibia.

The landscape and animals are Namibia’s defining natural assets. For a big-game focused Namibian safari, wildlife lovers should head straight to the waterholes of Etosha National Park, one of Africa’s largest game parks, or to Damaraland and Kaokoland, home to the desert adapted Elephant and Rhino, both unique to Namibia. The northern Caprivi Strip is home to a number of smaller reserves offering excellent game viewing, and is easily accessible from the Victoria Falls (and by extension, from Botswana, Zambia or Zimbabwe).

Adrenaline junkies will be pleased to hear that Namibia is equally famous for its adventure activities. Sky diving, quad biking, horse riding, sand boarding, and much more are on offer in and around Swakopmund, Namibia’s adventure capital. Nearby, the lagoon at Walvis Bay is a bird watcher’s paradise which is best explored by kayak with an expert guide. Those with a passion for trekking will also find much to discover in Namibia. The 80km hiking trail through the Fish River gorge is regarded as one of the most beautiful in southern Africa, and the northern Damaraland offers excellent walking safaris.

For your Namibia safari you can choose a fly-in option, which is an excellent way to see the different regions of the country in a relatively short period. There is a huge choice of outstanding lodges available to suit all budgets - please do ask us for our advice! Self-drive is ideal for those who have longer to linger. With an excellent road infrastructure and reasonable fuel prices, Namibia is a superb destination for those who prefer a more independent holiday.

Contact us to discuss the many options and current offers available for your personal Namibia holiday.

NAMIBIA AT A GLANCE

  • Namibia is a year-round safari destination but the best game viewing in Etosha is generally June-October.

  • Skeleton Coast daytime temperatures are comfortable all year round but nights are cold.

  • April & May are the best times for photography due to the natural light.

  • Namibia combines well with Botswana and South Africa - Cape Town is just two hours flight away.

Namibia

Regions in Namibia

Ichingo, Caprivi Strip

Caprivi

Situated in the north-east of Namibia, the Caprivi region is a narrow strip of land that borders four countries: Angoloa, Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. It is home to a number of wildlife reserves, including Mudumu, Mamili and Bwabwata National Parks.

Namibia young ostrich

Damaraland and Kaokoland

Damaraland is one of the most scenic regions in Namibia, with stunning landscapes ranging from expansive sand dunes to soaring mountain peeks, ancient valleys, boulder strewn floodplains and curious rock formations. This is a varied, vast and incredibly silent landshape, home of the Ovahimba people and an array of wildlife.

Namibia photographic safari - giraffe

Etosha National Park

Like all of Namibia's landscapes, Etosha National Park is immense. It is the third largest national park in the world and boasts a truly unique landscape, as well as a diversity of wildlife, much of which is unique to the region. Game activities include 4x4 safaris, walking safaris, fly-camping and rhino tracking.

The ghost town of Kolmanskop

Fish River Canyon

The Fish River Canyon is, with Sossusvlei, Namibia's most famous natural landmark. It is the longest canyon in Africa, stretching for some 160km. A rushing torrent in the summer months, it dries up in winter, and offers some of the best walking terrain in Namibia. The surrounding region is home to historic Luderitz and the Kolmanskop ghost town.

Namibian cape fox

Skeleton Coast

The Skeleton Coast is a stretch of coast in northern Namibia, famous for the numerous skeletal shipwrecks embedded in the shores and the almost inhospitable, yet incredibly beautiful, desert that surrounds them. We organise fly-in safaris to the Skeleton Coast - using light aircraft to hop around you will spend each night in a different area at small permanent camps.

NamibRand Nature Reserve

Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei’s apricot dunes, the largest in the world, are one of the main highlights of any trip through the Namib Dessert. Some of the dunes in Sossusvlei are a towering 300m, and while reaching the top can be draining, it is worth it for the views. The nearby Naukluft Mountains form a stark contrast to Sossusvlei, with flowing waterfalls and streams, and fig and olive trees.

Quad biking near Swakopmund

Swakopmund

Swakopmund is Namibia’s largest coastal town and traditional 'summer capital'. Surrounded by the sweeping expanse of the Namib Desert, Swakopmund retains a bustling atmosphere of a kind that you would never expect to find in the middle of a desert. Swakopmund is ideally situated as a base from which to explore the main attractions of East Namibia, including the Skeleteon Coast and Walvis Bay.

Meerkats in the Central Kalahari

Waterberg and Bushmanland

Looming 150 metres above the plains below, the Waterberg is a spectacular sandstone plateau, 50km long and 16km wide. The area is extremely lush and fertile with a mosaic of trees and savannah supporting an abundance of wildlife including many rare and threatened species.

Windhoek, Namibia

Windhoek and Central Region

Windhoek, Namibia's busy capital, is a lively city which boasts impressive colonial-era architecture, lots of good restaurants, and easy access to nearby reserves.

Example itineraries in Namibia

Namibia Small Group Safaris

These low-cost Namibia safari options will take you to the most remote and scenically beautiful regions of Namibia, including the Skeleton Coast, Damaraland Highlands, Kaokoland, and the northern parks of Kaudom, Mudumo and Waterberg. They are open, small group itineraries departing at fixed dates throughout the year. We can also offer these itineraries (or similar) for private groups at additional cost.

Guided Desert Hike in the NamibRand Reserve

This beautiful walking trail will allow you to experience Namibia's stunning desert landscapes up close and on foot. You’ll learn about the desert’s varied fauna and flora, as well as its unique geology, as you traverse the dunes, rocky hills and grassy plains that make up the NamibRand Reserve.

North Western Namibia Safari

Venture into the remote north-western area of Namibia in this 9 day safari, visiting the safari parks of Etosha and Kunene. Your safari will take place in private concessions. Independent of the larger National Parks, these private reserves offer a more intimate safari experience, away from the beaten track.

Namibia Fly-in Safari

Namibia one week fly-in safari visiting the Skeleton Coast, Windhoek and Etosha. This fantastic itinerary, new for 2014/15, includes three nights at the latest addition to the Wilderness Safaris portfolio - Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp.

Namibia 24-day Self-Drive

This comprehensive itinerary visits the main highlights of Namibia and is suitable for a family. If you don’t have the time available for this extensive route then it can be shortened to suit your requirements.

Quintessential Namibia

This twelve-day overview of central and northern Namibia includes plenty of wildlife-viewing - elephant and rhino tracking in Damaraland and Etosha, big cat spotting in Okonjima - time spent exploring the attractions of Namibia's caital Windhoek, sea kayaking off the coast of Swakopmund, and visits to Namibia's most famous sights, Twyfelfontein and Sossusvlei.

North Namibia and Caprivi

Explore Namibia’s little-visited northern territories in this 18-day safari. Your self-drive tour begins in Namibia’s vibrant capital, Windhoek, from where you travel west to the coastal enclave of Swakopmund. From Swakopmund, you begin your journey into the remote northern regions, taking in the rugged beauty of Damaraland, the vast Etosha salt pans, and the lush floodplains of Caprivi, before returning via the Waterberg Plateau.

Desert Lion Safari

Join leading lion conservationist Dr Philip Stander on a guided safari into the wilds of Kunene. These specialist mobile camping safaris accommodate only a very small number of guests.

Desert Nights (2016)

This small group guided tour of southern and central Namibia is a one-off departure scheduled for Sept 2015. It is timed to coincide with the Desert Knights 2015 mountain bike ride, which it combines with a guided tour of southern Namibia's best reserves and historic attractions.

Caprivi and Chobe Safari

This exclusive one week safari will take you to the eastern corner of the Caprivi Strip, where Namibia meets Botswana and Zambia at the confluence of the Zambezi and Chobe Rivers. Staying in the soon-to-open Chobe Water Villas, the region’s newest luxury lodge, you’ll have the chance to explore both Chobe National Park and the remote safari territories of the Caprivi Strip.

Botswana, Namibia and Zambia Circuit Safari

This low-cost accommodated safari begins and ends in Livingstone, Zambia, and visits the core game-viewing territories of north-eastern Namibia and Botswana, including Caprivi, the Okavango Delta, Chobe and Makgadikgadi.

Diverse Namibia (Small Group Safari)

Beginning and and ending in Windhoek, this 11-day small group safari offers a fabulous overview of central Namibia, taking in Damaraland, Sossusvlei, Etosha and more. With no single supplement, it is ideally suited to independent safari-goers looking to travel in the company of others.

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