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6 Day Dunes & Wildlife Accommodated Safari Tour

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6 Day Dunes & Wildlife Accommodated Safari

The tour was amazing, far exceeding my expectations. Although distances were great so a lot of time was spent travelling, we saw so much. The accommodation was of a very high standard and the activities were well organised. Highest praise to our tireless guide/driver/mechanic/cook Tinashe who was always smiling and providing an endless stream of interesting information in an engaging way. The 6 Day tour is exceptional value for money and I can highly recommend it. The organisation by Chameleon was perfect throughout.

7 Day Namibian Highlights Accommodated Safari Tour

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7 Day Namibian Highlights Accommodated Safari

A great trip! Daniel is a great tour leader, excellent driver, good chef, communicate clearly, always on time, very knowledgeable and a very friendly and nice guy. The accomodation way exceeded my expectations. A few days of long distance driving on relatively bumpy roads, but if you are up for it and keen to see the country, that’s not an issue

Wonders of Namibia National Geographic Journeys Tour

Wonders of Namibia National Geographic Journeys

Beautiful country with stunning scenery. Accommodation was excellent and it was fantastic to have a comfortable, spacious, modern air conditioned coach for the unavoidable long journeys

Sossusvlei, Swakopmund & Etosha (Camping) - 7 Days Tour

Sossusvlei, Swakopmund & Etosha (Camping) - 7 Days

We really enjoyed our tour and were the only two with our driver; Seven. Whilst we would have preferred to meet other travelers, this meant that whatever we wanted to see or do, our choices were accommodated. Seven was an excellent guide whose broad knowledge of the area, locations and ability to find the Big Four was amazing. He totally made our trip the best it could be. The only criticism is that we spent a wasted night back in Windhoek midway through our 7 day tour.

Taste of Namibia 7 Days DEPARTING MONDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS **Sustainable Approach to Travel Tour

Taste of Namibia 7 Days DEPARTING MONDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS **Sustainable Approach to Travel

More than excellent !! Quick response and very good value for money. Our tour guide Stefanus was excellent and an amazing multitasker. He took great care of us and accommodated all of our needs. Would repeat in a heartbeat!!

Namibia Explorer (Accommodated) - 10 Days Tour

Namibia Explorer (Accommodated) - 10 Days

I had the best our of Namibia with my guides

Discover Namibia - Camping Tour

Discover Namibia - Camping

Pre-tour information For the most part, the pre-tour information on the itinerary, transport, accommodation, excursions, conditions and so on was fairly accurate. There are three points where changes are needed. 1. Temperatures. Our tour started at the beginning of October, on the cusp between the colder winter months and the hot summer. It was much hotter than I expected with daytime temperatures reaching or exceeding the mid to high 30s most days. My impression that it would be cooler than this was reinforced by the Swakopmund temperature chart you include in the trip notes. From this I expected mid teens to low 20s. I did not know that Swakopmund is by far the coldest place that we visited. If you are going to show any temperature charts, these should be representative of the general conditions that travellers are likely to experience in Namibia as a whole. The tour was actually run by a local company, Mabaruli and I found this statement on their website: “October is the hottest month in Namibia with temperatures above 40°C”. Why was that information not added to the Exodus website? If I had known that in advance I seriously doubt that I would have chosen October for this tour. 2. Activity level. The trip was described as “Leisurely/Moderate” and at level 2 on a 10-point scale. There is no way that this is accurate. While there is a lot of time spent sitting in the truck doing nothing more than looking out of the window, when activity is required it was very tiring in the heat of the day. Bear in mind that there is no upper age limit for this tour and I think that everyone on our tour was over 50. What might be leisurely for a 20 year old may not be for a septuagenarian like me. 3. Initial meeting. There was no information on the time and place of the initial tour meeting on day 1. This should be specified clearly and unequivocally. Then everyone would know what to do and could arrange their travel plans around this meeting. Itinerary Overall I was satisfied with the itinerary. Maybe some minor tinkering is needed (eg. two hours at the craft market on day 12 was too long) but there were no major deficiencies. Staff There were three staff: Ronney, the tour leader, and two camp assistants, Happy and Jonas. Ronney was responsible for the overall arrangements, acting as guide while on the road, and as the full-time driver. This is too much for one person and it is no wonder that he was somewhat grumpy at times. One of the camp assistants should be a qualified driver and be able to relieve the tour leader of some or all of the driving responsibilities. Happy and Jonas were responsible for preparing the meals, setting up and breaking camp. Both were lovely blokes, always ready to help with a smile. Happy was a bit reserved at first but warmed up after a few days. Transport The truck was quite comfortable and reasonably roomy with two spare seats that were used for excess luggage (backpacks and so on). However, it was not well designed for the purpose. There were two pairs of windows at the front, above the driver's cabin. However, there was a wide solid horizontal panel between them that was exactly at eye level for anyone of normal height. As a result, forward vision was very limited. That is a ridiculous design for a safari truck. The roof opened for “game viewing” but there was nowhere near enough room for all of the passengers and we had to stand on the seats to get high enough to see. I don't know what can be done about this but the truck was certainly not fit for the purpose. We saw other trucks on our travels where everyone could simply stand up and see. Such trucks should be used for future tours. The trip notes say “People are expected to move around to permit everyone a chance to have a window seat.” One couple hogged the prime position (the front left seats) for the entire tour and declined to move. Allegedly this was because one of them suffered from travel sickness. The tour leader should have been more assertive, insisting that everyone got a turn in that prime position. People who suffer from travel sickness should not go on tours that will exacerbate their condition, or take suitable medication to combat the problem. A couple of days into the tour I noticed that one of the rear tyres was totally worn out, with the canvas showing through. The truck should never have been sent out in that condition. A couple of days later a tyre blew out but it turned out to be a new tyre that had been installed to replace the bad one, probably while we were in Swakopmund. It took an hour for the spare tyre to be put on. This blew out within 15 minutes so clearly the spare tyre were not in a suitable condition. We limped the rest of the way to Sophienhof camp with this flat tyre. The next day we were dumped in Outjo while four new types were being obtained. We were told this would take two hours. It took more than four hours, with no communication from the tour leader in the meantime. I realise that time is a bit elastic in Namibia but that is no excuse for keeping us in the dark. We had no choice but to sit and twiddle our thumbs waiting where we were told we would be picked up. We missed half a day in Etosha, the most important tourist destination in Namibia. Hotels The Prost Hotel in Swakopmund was perfect. Beautiful rooms, great breakfast and well situated close to the centre of town. The two hotels in Windhoek were not so good and the logic for using a different starting and finishing hotel was unclear. I would prefer that the starting and finishing hotel were the same. The Arebbusch Lodge is too far from the centre of town. However, this was not my major objection. Near the restaurant and bar there is a very nice pool area with umbrellas, tables, chairs and loungers. This was off-limits to us, being reserved for residents in “The Square”. The pool that we could use was small, a bit dirty, far away, and lacked umbrellas, tables, chairs and loungers. It was totally inadequate. You should not patronise a hotel that practises such blatant discrimination against some of its guests. The Utopia Boutique is also inconvenient in its location, really not near to anything. Moreover, it was disappointing to find that some of our group had nice, airy rooms around the pool area while others (including us) had small dark rooms with no view at all except for a blank wall. We are all on tour together, paying the same price, and should have similar accommodation. If the Utopia Boutique cannot satisfy this requirement, then go somewhere else, preferably within safe walking distance from the centre of Windhoek. When we arrived at the Utopia Boutique mid-afternoon there was a noisy party going on next door but we were told that if it wasn't quiet by 9 pm reception would call the police. The trouble was, reception closed at 8 pm and there was nobody around to take action. Eventually, at 10.30 pm, I found a security guard who said he would phone the manager who would then phone the police. The management should have made sure that someone was available in reception at 9 pm to deal with the noise if it was continuing. Maybe the partying was a one-off event and would not happen again but the hotel should have made sure that we were not disturbed. Campsites The campsites were a mixed bag. The first one, Sesriem, was quite poor. Our site was a long walk from the bar, shop and restaurant. The pool was a bit closer but it was so poorly maintained that it was uninviting. The toilet and shower block closest to our site was in very bad condition. The two sites in Etosha were acceptable, while Solitaire and Sophienhof were both very good. Brandberg was nice except that it was a very long and dusty walk to the bar and pool area. The worst one was Waterberg. While the campsite itself was fine, to get to the bar and pool involved a very long walk up hill. And when you finally arrived, the pool was an absolute disgrace, full of slimy green algae. Meals The meals provided were generally good to exceptional, particularly the dinners where Happy and Jonas went to great efforts to provide variety and to allow for the special dietary requirements of two of our group. Quantity was never an issue; sometimes the amount left over was something of an embarrassment in a country where there are some very poor people. There is one meal that requires special mention, and that is the dreadful buffet dinner at Waterberg. This was not included in the tour and turned out to be the worst, and most expensive, meal that we had in Namibia. With nowhere else to eat, and nothing on offer apart from the buffet, we had no choice. This should definitely be deleted in future, substituting an included dinner at one of the other campsites such as the ones in Etosha. Paid excursions We went on two excursions in Swakopmund. In the morning we chose the Sossusfly joy flight. We had high expectations of this flight, especially considering the very high price of $N460 each for just over 2 hours. We were quite disappointed, especially by the Skeleton Coast which was obscured by fog. I suspected that this was a common occurrence and later found out that there is fog for 4 days out of 5. Another problem was that what you saw depended on which side of the plane you were on. Usually, in these types of flights, the pilot makes sure that everything is seen by passengers on both sides. You should not be recommending this flight. In the afternoon, we went on Charly's Namib Desert tour. The minibus was very comfortable and Borden, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable and likeable. It was a terrific four hours. We travelled through the 'moonscape' where we were told about the history, geology, flora and fauna. The main focus was on the plants and they were presented in an interesting and informative manner. There were plenty of stops to photograph the weird landscape. Overall we were extremely satisfied with this tour. Ron Duggleby October 2018

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6 Day Etosha & Skeleton Coast Experience * DEPARTING THURSDAYS Tour

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Discover Namibia - Lodges Tour

Discover Namibia - Lodges

Our Namibia tour was terrific. Such a diverise landscape from extreme deserts to amazing animals in Etosha. Most of the accomodations were good except for one but we had a terrific time. When we finished the tour, we found the world had changed drastically due to the virus.

10 Day Discover Namibia Small Group Safari Tour

10 Day Discover Namibia Small Group Safari

My daughter and I did the 9 day discover Namibia tour and had a fantastic time. The itinerary and accommodations were great, and our guide Willem was fantastic. He was extremely knowledgeable, patient, and accommodating; we could not have asked for a better guide. Namibia is a beautiful country; we would love to return.

7 Days / 6 Nights Sossusvlei, Swakopmund and Etosha National Park ( Comfort) Tour

7 Days / 6 Nights Sossusvlei, Swakopmund and Etosha National Park ( Comfort)

Thank you for everything. It was such an amazing tour. The place was great, the accommodation was quite suitable for everyone. Everyone was so nice, fun, and I meet a lot of new people.

11 Day Classic Namibia Highlights Tour

11 Day Classic Namibia Highlights

8-Day Etosha NP, Swakopmund & Sossusvlei ( Camping) Tour

8-Day Etosha NP, Swakopmund & Sossusvlei ( Camping)

I was very pleased with this tour of Namibia. We chose the 8 day camping tour which covers a lot of ground in a short time. However, our guide was excellent and he managed the time and sights well. He also was experienced and knowledgeable about his country so the journey was interesting on every level. If it is possible to request Shawn Kashima to be your guide you will be fortunate if he is available. Namibia is a beautiful desert land worth experiencing. Climbing the dune at Sossusvlei was a highlight as was witnessing the mass of seals at Cape Cross. Etosha was fantastic as we were fortunate to see a pride of 12 lions in the morning. Our guide was in contact with rangers and other guides so he knew where it was best to go at the moment. Overall, this journey was very enjoyable for our family, which includes our 5-year old daughter who loved camping and developed a friendly rapport with the guide.

Private 10 Days Beauty of Namibia - Lodges Tour

Private 10 Days Beauty of Namibia - Lodges

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Tailor-Made Best Namibia Tours, Private Trip Tour

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A wonderful tour. The tour description is precise, and we actually went through like that. Like the most tours, you'll probably need to ask something to them, but they were responsible almost all the time, which was helpful. Accommodations are very satisfiable. Of course, they're not like 5 star hotel, but are high quality given the places we visit. I liked especially 2nd to 5th nights. As others mentioned, we need to spend lots of time driving without music, but I feel that was inevitable to visit across the country. Still, what I was amazed the most was the guide. Gideon, our guide, prepared pretty meals every time, explained well about everything, spotted animals quickly in the safari, drove with safety, and clean the bus every day. Thank you for the experience
I loved it! Namibia is a beautiful country and it was such a great experience to see it with this tour. The places where we stayed were lovely and the people were very nice. The only maybe advice I can give is to have a better communication between company and tour guide. I and another girl had dietary requirements and he was not aware on the first day. Because of this, he had to go get a different lunch than he had prepared already. I also expected the company to communicate with the tour guide that I had a flight on the last day, since they asked me that. He was also not aware of this. I thought he would know, so this made it a little stressful on the last night to arrange this.
The group makes the trip good. The CEO was good with all the information he gave on daily basis whether it was on logistics or other tour related. The driver was very care and knew not only about driving but was able to fix problems given the long distance driving. All in all the tour pretty much covered the highlights of Namibia. We enjoyed the tour and the group and recommend it to others.

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Beautiful Himba woman, Namibia | Peter Walton

Namibia is an incredible destination that offers dramatic landscapes, stunning wildlife, diverse cultures and seemingly endless space to move around in. With its lonely deserts and spectacular sand dunes, rugged mountains and fertile valleys, immense canyons and windswept coastline, Namibia is without question one of the most photogenic places on Earth.

See the unforgettable red sand dunes of Sossusvlei, where you can hike to the top of Dune 45 to catch one of the world's most photographed sunrises over the breathtaking landscapes of the Namib Desert.

Get close to Africa's iconic wildlife with a game drive through the magnificent Etosha National Park and meet the cheetahs being rehabilitated through the Africat conservation program.

Hike through dramatic scenery in the vast Fish River Canyon, cycle through the rugged valleys and dry river courses of the Aus Mountains and engage with local culture and custom by visiting traditional tribal villages.

Visit the eerie sandblown ghost town of Kolmanskop, explore German colonial architecture in the charming town of Lüderitz, and see one of the world's largest collections of Stone Age artworks at Twyfelfontein.

Then head for the stark beauty of the Skeleton Coast, where you can marvel at the famous Walvis Bay flamingos, see the world's largest seal colony at Cape Cross and feast on seafood in Swakopmund. Whatever you do, just don't leave your camera at home!


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Our range of Namibia adventures offer phenomenal value for money by providing top quality service, atmospheric accommodation and private vehicles. Additionally, we aim to incorporate as many inclusions as possible in the tour cost such as most meals, transfers, game drives, excursions and national park fees.

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Namibia is a vast country with wide open spaces and long driving distances, which is why we have carefully designed our itineraries around the best wilderness areas and the most scenic landscapes. From watching the sunrise over the Sossusvlei sand dunes to spotting wildlife in Etosha and discovering the multitude of cultures and customs, our adventures allow you to experience this diverse country in its most beautiful form.

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We offer a range of adventures in Namibia to suit various budgets and interests. If you are looking for a little extra luxury, check out our 'In Comfort' range of trips which feature some high quality boutique accommodations.

Custom built, reliable transport

Trained drivers and well maintained vehicles, which are purpose built for our safaris, are what you can expect when on the lookout for Africa’s Big 5 game animals. Safari transport is designed with wildlife viewing in mind, providing unobstructed views and in most cases forward facing seats and air-conditioning.

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Our expert guides are the real key to our success. From spotting wildlife to sharing their extensive knowledge, our passionate and attentive guides take pride in going the extra mile to make your Namibia experience unforgettable.

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Responsible travel practice is at the heart of our Namibia programs. Our adventures provide a true wilderness experience by viewing wildlife in their natural habitat and supporting the protection of diverse environments, endangered species and local communities.

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Guides receive annual training on their responsibilities in relation to environmental, social, cultural and economic sustainability.

Animal welfare focus

We adhere to our Animal Welfare Code of Conduct in Namibia. We strongly discourage contact with lions through lion cub petting and walking with lion activities, as well as elephant back rides.

Traveller education

Upon arrival, our group briefing educations travellers on appropriate behaviours when interacting with local indigenous people, specifically in regards to dress code, photographic protocol and donations.

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In game parks, national parks and rural locations we use 3 to 4 star comfortable properties that reflect the character of the area. Some may have extra facilities such as a swimming pool or private balcony.

Permanent safari camps

Like a tented hotel room, this is the perfect way to experience the African wilderness. We use 3 to 4 star comfortable properties that reflect the character of the area.

We offer two styles of camping; fully supported and semi-participation. Both styles feature quality two person tents erected in scenic wilderness.

In cities or large towns you will be accommodated in 3 to 4 star, twin share properties that are centrally located, comfortable and reliable.


We use quality 2 to 3 star chalets or guesthouses. They can be rustic; however we ensure that they provide a comfortable and friendly experience.

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George Griffiths

George first started working as a guide in Namibia in 2006 and soon became a very much loved guide. His bright and friendly personality plus his years of experience make George a sought after guide, and his ability to speak many of the local languages opens up doors when you travel with him.

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Kembo Sithole

Starting life as a bank teller in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Kembo saw the light and began his safari career in Hwange National Park in 1998. Since then he has grown to become one of our most popular Southern African guides. He has vast knowledge of fauna and flora and this with his excellent manner with people ensures he brings that something extra to our guests' safari experience.

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Ian Williams

Ian lives and breathes the bush and is known as the "Africa Guru". It would be a hard task to determine where Ian has not travelled in Africa over the past 40 years! He is a keen photographer and is passionate about all things African. His in-depth knowledge is integral to the itineraries he organises for our Africa private and school groups.

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Gesine (Gus) Cheung

From Cairo to the Cape and beyond, Gus' travels have taken her to the roof of Africa (Kilimanjaro), the 'Big 5' in South Africa, Tanzania's annual migration, Botswana's Okavango Delta, Rwanda's Mountain Gorillas, Namibia, Zanzibar's beaches, majestic Victoria Falls, Morocco, Turkey, Iran, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Oman and Jordan. Gus' usual mode of transport is her own two feet, so don't be surprised if you see her out on an African trail sometime.

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Dr Ross Anderson

Dr Anderson lives with his wife in a small town near the Lakes District in the north of England. He is a family doctor and spends much of his spare time travelling as an expedition doctor. He has more than 10 years of altitude and travel medicine experience. Previous treks and expeditions have focused on the Himalayas, with others in the Scandinavian Arctic and mountainous areas of Africa. He also enjoys trail running, cycling and open-water swimming.

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Get close to Africa’s iconic game animals in the magnificent Etosha National Park

See the stunning Sossusvlei and ancient red sand dunes in Namib-Naukluft Park

Hike through the vast Fish River Canyon, the 2nd biggest canyon in the world

Witness ancient history at Twyfelfontein, one of the world’s largest collections of Stone Age rock carvings and paintings

Explore the fertile wetlands and game reserves of the Caprivi Strip and Okavango River

Visit the eerie sandblown ghost town of Kolmanskop

Enjoy galleries, museums and festivals in the capital of Windhoek

Try sandboarding or sand-skiing in the Namib Desert dunes near Swakopmund or Walvis Bay

Soak up the sun, surf and adventure sports in pretty Swakopmund, Namibia’s most popular holiday spot

Gain insights into village life and support local communities with an organised cultural visit to a rural village

Wander around the German colonial and art nouveau architecture in the oddly charming coastal town of Lüderitz

Sample the country’s excellent wine & local produce, or take part in a braai (barbecue) if you’re lucky

Shop for colourful traditional arts and crafts

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Namibia can be thought of in three broad physiographic zones: the Namib Desert in the west, the central plateau, and the Kalahari Desert in the east.

The country’s climate can be thought of in three broad seasons: the long rains (January to April), the dry season (May to September) and the short rains (October to December).

Given the large amount of desert area, the country’s climate is, understandably, mostly hot and dry, with sparse and erratic rainfall. In some areas, daytime temperatures can soar to above 40°C (104°F) in summer and plummet below freezing in winter.

Rainfall is highest in the northeast, in the fertile Caprivi Strip and Okavango River regions, with the balance of the country receiving unreliable rainfalls and prolonged droughts.

The Kalahari Desert and the central plateau both experience wide diurnal temperature ranges, with daily swings of 30°C (50°F) in summer and 10° C (20°F). Central Namibia’s rainy season runs from January until mid-April, with the rainy season being a little longer in the north and shorter in the more arid south.

The drier months of June to October are the best months for wildlife viewing in national parks and game reserves, as animals are attracted en masse to water sources.

The Namib coastal desert is different to the remainder of the country in that it almost never rains, is often blanketed in coastal fogs, and is only ever really hot in winter when the east wind blows.

Time in Namibia

Namibia is +2 hours ahead of UTC/GMT

Afrikaans, German and English were Namibia’s three official languages during the apartheid years, but since independence the government has made English the sole official language. However, English is the primary home language of only around 3% of the population.

The most widely spoken languages are Ovambo (aka Oshiwambo, spoken by the majority of the total population); Khoekhoe (aka Nama); Afrikaans; Kwangali (aka RuKwangali); Herero (aka Otjiherero). Various indigenous Bantu and Khoisan languages are also spoken by minorities. Khoisan languages include 'clicks' which usually pose significant linguistic difficulties to English-speaking visitors. Khoekhoe (aka Nama) is one of the most widely spoken Khoisan languages, with a quarter of a million speakers in Namibia

Of the white minority, more than 60% speak Afrikaans as their primary language, with 32% speaking German as their first language

Many Namibians speak two or more indigenous languages and at least a little of two of the three European languages (English, German and Afrikaans)

Where as many black South Africans see Afrikaans negatively as ‘the language of apartheid’, Namibians see the language as an essential and useful means of communication, stemming back to the high number of marriages between Afrikaner and black Namibian couples. Today, Afrikaans is the closest thing to Namibia’s national lingua franca

Dollar (divided into cents)

The Namibian Dollar is tied permanently 1-1 to the South African Rand (SAR). SAR notes and coins are legal tender in Namibia.

Credit cards can be used in Windhoek but should not be relied upon as your only form of cash.

International Dialing Code

Type D plug

Electricity in Namibia is 220 Volts, at 50 hertz. The most common pin types are D (3 pin round) and M.

Visas for Namibia are not required for passport holders from the following countries for a stay of up to 90 days:-

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United Kingdom

United States

However you must hold a valid return/onward ticket.

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Namibia Safari Tours & Holidays

A safari in Namibia is as much about the wildlife as the country’s scenic beauty. In Etosha National Park it has one of the most storied wildlife reserves on the continent, but there’s so much more to experience here. The national parks of the Zambezi Region (formerly Caprivi Strip) are only now getting the attention they deserve, while the dune-scapes of the Skeleton Coast and its hinterland are simply extraordinary. And these are just starting points for exploring a country rich in experiences and safari possibilities.

14-Day Namibia Flying Safari

14-Day Namibia Flying Safari

$18,918 to $27,807 pp (USD)

Namibia: Private tour Luxury Lodge & Tented Camp

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , N/a'an ku sê (Wildlife Sanctuary) , Kulala WR, Skeleton Coast NP, Kaokoland, Etosha NP, Windhoek (End)

Tour operator has an office in United States

4.9 /5  –  149 Reviews

3-Day Etosha Guided Camping Safari Experience

3-Day Etosha Guided Camping Safari Experience

$675 pp (USD)

Namibia: Shared tour (max 6 people per vehicle) Budget Camping

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Etosha NP, Windhoek (End)

People Tours And Safari   Tour operator has an office in Namibia

5.0 /5  –  30 Reviews

7-Day Desert and Dunes Self-Drive Safari

7-Day Desert and Dunes Self-Drive Safari

$3,224 to $3,510 pp (USD)

Namibia: Self-drive Luxury Lodge & Hotel

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Kalahari Region, Sossusvlei (Sand Dunes) , Swakopmund (City) , Erongo Mountains (Mountain Range) , Windhoek Airport (End)

Secret Namibia   Tour operator has an office in Namibia

5.0 /5  –  20 Reviews

14-Day Namibia Breathtaking Adventure Tour

14-Day Namibia Breathtaking Adventure Tour

$5,720 to $5,940 pp (USD)

Namibia: Private tour Mid-range Lodge & Tented Camp

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Kalahari Desert, Sossusvlei (Sand Dunes) , Namib-Naukluft NP (Namib Desert) , Swakopmund (City) , Twyfelfontein (Rock Art) , Damaraland, Kunene Region, Epupa Falls (Kaokoland) , Western Etosha NP, Etosha NP, Eastern Etosha NP, Erindi GR, Hosea Kutako Airport (End)

5.0 /5  –  125 Reviews

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3-Day Eco-Friendly Etosha Self-Drive Safari

$501 pp (USD)

Namibia: Self-drive Luxury Lodge

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Etosha NP, Windhoek Airport (End)

5.0 /5  –  42 Reviews

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6-Day Etosha, Swakopmund & Sossusvlei (Camping)

$1,078 pp (USD)

Namibia: Private tour Budget Camping

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Etosha NP, Swakopmund (City) , Sossusvlei (Sand Dunes) , Windhoek (End)

Safari World Tours   Tour operator has an office in Namibia

5.0 /5  –  2 Reviews

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16-Day Camping Namibia Self Drive Safari

$1,477 to $1,742 pp (USD)

Namibia: Self-drive Budget Camping & Guest House

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Kalahari Region, Fish River Canyon (|Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld TP) , Aus (Town) , Sossusvlei (Sand Dunes) , Sesriem Canyon (Highlight) , Swakopmund (City) , Spitzkoppe (Damaraland) , Twyfelfontein (Rock Art) , Etosha NP, Waterberg Plateau, Okonjima NR, Windhoek (End)

Great Explorations Namibia   Tour operator has an office in Namibia

5.0 /5  –  47 Reviews

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5-Day Taste of Etosha

$2,423 to $2,664 pp (USD)

Namibia: Private tour Mid-range Lodge

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Etosha NP, Eastern Etosha NP, Windhoek (End)

Nature Travel Namibia   Tour operator has an office in Namibia

4.9 /5  –  156 Reviews

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7-Day Highlights Namibia Mid-Range Fly-in Safari

$4,452 to $5,441 pp (USD)

Namibia: Private tour Mid-range Lodge & Hotel

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Sossusvlei (Sand Dunes) , Swakopmund (City) , Etosha NP, Hosea Kutako Airport (End)

Desert Africa Safaris   Tour operator has an office in Namibia

5.0 /5  –  17 Reviews

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12-Day Namibia Self-Drive

$2,158 pp (USD)

Namibia: Self-drive Mid-range Lodge & Guest House

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Okonjima NR, Etosha NP, Omaruru (Town) , Swakopmund (City) , Sossusvlei (Sand Dunes) , Windhoek (End)

Jenman African Safaris

4.9 /5  –  17 Reviews

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8-Day Highlights of Namibia Self Drive

$2,915 pp (USD)

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Sossusvlei (Sand Dunes) , Swakopmund (City) , Twyfelfontein (Rock Art) , Etosha NP, Windhoek (End)

Africa Zim Travel & Tours

5.0 /5  –  119 Reviews

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2-Day Ichingo Chobe River Lodge - 1 Night

$8,221 to $8,885 pp (USD)

Namibia: Private tour Luxury Tented Camp

You Visit: Kasane (Start) , Chobe Riverfront (Chobe NP) , Kasane (End)

East Cape Tours

5.0 /5  –  61 Reviews

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7-Day Makgadikgadi Pans, Okavango Delta & Chobe Safari

$4,220 to $7,900 pp (USD)

Botswana & Namibia: Private tour Luxury Lodge & Tented Bush Camp

You Visit: Maun (Start) , Makgadikgadi Pans NP, Moremi GR (Okavango Delta) , Zambezi Region, Chobe River, Kasane Airport (End)

Discover Africa Safaris

4.9 /5  –  423 Reviews

3-Day Etosha Explorer Namibia Safari

$715 pp (USD)

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Okonjima NR, Eastern Etosha NP, Swakopmund (City) , Windhoek (End)

Swahili Paradise Tours & Safaris

4.1 /5  –  85 Reviews

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7-Day Sossusvlei, Coast & Etosha Accommodated Tour

$2,037 to $2,170 pp (USD)

Namibia: Shared tour (max 8 people per vehicle) Mid-range Lodge & Hotel

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Sossusvlei (Sand Dunes) , Swakopmund (City) , Etosha NP, Windhoek (End)

Blue Crane Safaris Namibia   Tour operator has an office in Namibia

5.0 /5  –  121 Reviews

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9-Day Diverse Namibia Overland Guided Exploration Safari

$4,751 to $5,115 pp (USD)

Namibia: Shared tour (max 7 people per vehicle) Luxury Lodge & Tented Camp

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Sossusvlei (Sand Dunes) , Swakopmund (City) , Damaraland, Ongava GR, Windhoek (End)

Kingfisher Safaris

4.7 /5  –  51 Reviews

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4-Day Zannier Omaanda Safari

$1,921 to $2,086 pp (USD)

Namibia: Shared tour (max 6 people per vehicle) Luxury Lodge

You Visit: Windhoek

4.7 /5  –  186 Reviews

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11-Day Zambezi Guided Group Namibia Safari

$6,593 to $8,143 pp (USD)

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Okonjima NR, Etosha NP, Okavango River, Zambezi Region, Mudumu NP (Zambezi Region) , Hosea Kutako Airport (End)

Southbound Tours   Tour operator has an office in Namibia

5.0 /5  –  9 Reviews

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4-Day Desert Dash

$1,528 to $1,681 pp (USD)

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Sossusvlei (Sand Dunes) , Swakopmund (City) , Windhoek (End)

PEA Tours and Safaris   Tour operator has an office in Namibia

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7-Day Luxury Namibia Fly-in Safari

$12,843 pp (USD)

Namibia: Private tour Luxury+ Lodge & Tented Camp

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Skeleton Coast NP, Damaraland, Eastern Etosha NP, Windhoek Airport (End)

CrissCross Namibia Safaris   Tour operator has an office in Namibia

5.0 /5  –  59 Reviews

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8 Questions About Namibia Safaris

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When is the best time to visit Namibia?

“If I had to choose one month for a Namibia tour, it would be June (followed by May). Although June temperatures can plummet overnight, you get the best of both worlds: high-season prices have yet to kick in, but the weather is ideal for outdoor exploration. As long as you don’t mind high-season prices and higher numbers of visitors with whom to share the wilderness, July through to October is also excellent with generally dry, clear weather and good visibility. By October, temperatures are starting to rise towards uncomfortable levels. The rains are less of an issue in Namibia than they are elsewhere in southern Africa, but rain does occur, especially from December through to March or April. At this time, birdlife is abundant. However, some off-road trails may become difficult to navigate and wildlife tends to disperse and be harder to find (because of the additional water sources scattered around).”

What are the major attractions in Namibia?

“Wildlife is a major draw for visitors on Namibia safaris. Etosha National Park , in particular, is one of Africa’s most celebrated safari destinations – and rightly so. Its combination of hallucinatory salt pans and large wildlife populations (including lions, elephants and plains animals in abundance) give it a distinction found in few other parks. Less commonly visited, but for many travelers equally rewarding, are Damaraland and the reserves of the Zambezi Region, such as Bwabwata and Nkasa Rupara (Mamili) National Parks. Landscapes are another highlight. From the Waterberg Plateau and Namib-Naukluft National Park to Kaokoland and Fish River Canyon (Africa’s answer to the Grand Canyon), stark beauty takes on many forms here. Namibia has long been a popular destination for self-drive safaris, but a Namibia safari is now just as likely to be characterized by luxury lodges, both exclusive and remote, that bring class and comfort to the whole experience.”

How much does a Namibia safari cost?

“It is possible to do a Namibia safari on the cheap, by renting a 4WD and heading out into the wild. While vehicle rental costs are generally high, and fuel is never cheap, your vehicle will also be your home, and camping and national park fees are not as expensive as in some other countries. As a minimum, expect to pay US$175 per person per day. If you’re looking for higher comfort levels and for someone else to take care of the arrangements, Namibia safari prices also reach for the high end rather well. Although there are degrees of comfort and cost, the price of a Namibia safari package can go as high as US$1,075 per person per day.”

What is the wildlife viewing like in Namibia?

“The best places to see wildlife on a Namibia safari are in the country’s north. Etosha National Park is especially good for lions and elephants, but you’ll also see giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and all manner of antelope species. After dark, black rhinos gather at waterholes, including those alongside some of the main camping areas, and it was here that the BBC first filmed this unusual behavior. African wild dogs are a possibility in the northeast, while sable, sitatunga and red lechwe antelope are highlights in Bwabwata National Park. In the northwest, Damaraland and Kaokoland are famed for desert-adapted lions and elephants, and brown hyenas can be seen scavenging around seal colonies on the coast. Farther south, wildlife is scarcer and the main reason to visit is the scenery.”

How safe is Namibia for tourists?

“Namibia is generally safe and politically stable. You’re unlikely to experience any problems in safari areas, such as parks, reserves and wilderness areas. Although most Namibian cities are considered safe and very few travelers run into trouble, you should be careful in larger cities, especially Windhoek, where petty crime is a growing problem. Road conditions are generally excellent along the main road network, although off-road conditions can prove difficult, from the deep sands of Namib-Naukluft and Khaudum National Parks to the axle-breaking rocks of Damaraland and Kaokoland. If self-driving in these areas, make sure you are prepared. The only risk of malaria is in the extreme north, along the border with Angola and in the Zambezi Region.”

How do I select a reliable Namibian tour operator?

“Your first stop when planning a Namibia holiday should be, where you can see the widest range of safari options in one place. The insights that you’ll get from expert reviews of the parks and from travelers’ experiences with operators offering Namibia tours could prove invaluable. Beyond that, talk at length to any company you are considering for your travel plans. No question should go unanswered. A visit to Namibia can be expensive and you want to be well informed about what you’re paying for. Safaris are a dream trip for so many, and avoiding a nasty surprise or preventable disappointment while on the adventure of a lifetime should be more than enough motivation to ask questions of the company you book with. Make sure that you spell out your expectations of your Namibia safari. Is it wildlife or the landscapes that you most want to see? What wildlife is on your bucket list? What’s your daily itinerary? How many hours can you expect to spend in the car each day? If a company is unwilling or reluctant to answer these questions, you should look elsewhere.”

What type of accommodation can I expect?

“If you’re self-driving, as so many visitors to Namibia do, you’ll likely sleep in a tent: either on the ground or on the roof of the vehicle. Camping areas in Namibia are often crowded, especially in popular wildlife areas such as Etosha National Park, but they’re also fenced, unlike in neighboring Botswana. Most have facilities that include showers, toilets and sometimes even restaurants, kiosks and swimming pools. Elsewhere, Namibia has a full complement of lodges and hotels, usually on the fringes of wilderness areas. These span the complete range of costs and comfort levels. Inside the parks, reserves and remote areas, luxury lodges and tented camps, usually designed to blend into their surroundings, dominate. They often have just 8 to 10 tents, ensuring an exclusive experience at all times. Tents are large, with comfortable beds, writing desks, private bathrooms and private decks or terraces. The night noises of Africa and cooling evening breezes make the safari tent one of my favorite places to sleep anywhere on earth.”

What can I expect from a safari in Namibia?

“If your Namibia tour is all about wildlife, expect a similar experience in Namibia as you would elsewhere in Africa. This means a pre-dawn wake-up call, safari drives in the very early morning and again in the late afternoon, and perhaps even a night drive. On these drives, you’ll be accompanied by a guide, a driver and sometimes a local tracker perched on a seat on the hood of the vehicle looking for animal spoor (marks or substances left behind as animals move through their environment). You can also expect a full breakfast after you return from the morning’s drive, plus lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, with plenty of relaxation time in between. If your visit is more about exploring wild landscapes, your focus may be different, but the daily rhythms (formed in part to avoid being out during the hottest times of the day) are likely to be similar.”

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Lizzie is a reputed guidebook writer and author of the Footprint guides to South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Unspoilt wilderness and unique and stunning landscapes offering a variety of contrasting safari expe

A hauntingly beautiful country that stretches along the west coast of southern Africa, with wide open spaces, big skies and some of the earth's most mystical and vivid sunsets, any visitor is blown away by the way Namibia ‘looks’ –...

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Christopher is a British travel writer and has contributed to various Fodor's guidebooks and a range of travel magazines.

Sand, salt pans and stars: Southern Africa’s wild west

With the exception of the verdant Zambezi Region, most of Namibia is comprised of harsh and inhospitable desert, but I’ve always found it staggeringly beautiful. Namibia was the first place I really travelled in Africa; I’ve been back...

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The raw beauty of the country is striking.

Doing a self-drive in this country is an experience like no other. It is the most rugged, desolate, and hauntingly beautiful place I have ever been. The dunes, the sea, the wind, the rock, the vast emptiness. We saw stars at night with...

The most diverse scenery that still looks untouched by humans.

Arranged the Trip through Great Explorations. (Outstanding) Flew to Windhoek and hired a 4x4 from Namibia 2 Go. Drove down to Sesriem in the South where the magnificent red dunes then Deadvlei where the trees are frozen in time from a...

Beautiful country, people and nature!

We saw amazing sceneries, from deserts to ocean, from savanna to mountains, insane wildlife including rhinos fighting, leopards and all the expected animals and more! The roads were excellent, the lodges had character and luxury and the...


Incredible trip of 10 days all around Namibia. The travel agency organised everything and personalised it. All the lodges were excellent. Can't decide what was better, the dunes in Sossusvlei, or the wildlife in the North.

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“ Namibia - where your soul breathes ”

Namibia Active Adventures (NAA) welcome you to the country of vast open spaces, everchanging landscapes and heartpumping activities. Break away from the hustle and join our tailor made adventure excursions off the beaten track.

Enjoy physical exertion and discover the limits of your own personal frontiers in the heart of he Namibian wilderness. Without all the modern distractions, you can absorb the magic that is Namibia’s unique landscapes.

- Frank Bombosch


There’s more than one way to experience an active adventure in the Namibian landscape and we’ve got something to suit everyone. We offer a choice of four unique regions of Namibia that will take you from Namibia’s sun-scorched dunes and deserts to the beautiful unspoilt coastline. From full-speed excitement to more moderate activities, you can choose the pace.

And if you can’t find what you’re looking for here, just tell us what tickles your fancy and we’ll organise a customised adventure trip for you.

Damaraland Wilderness

Namibia is most certainly known for its sweeping sand dunes and impressive game reserves. However, in between the dunes of Sossusvlei and the wildlife sanctuary that is Etosha National Park, there lies a lesser-known treasure - the undomesticated landscapes of Damaraland.

This north-western semi-desert region is one of the country’s most spectacular, with vast, arid plains intersected by sudden towering outcrops of rust-colored granite. With such an abundance of natural beauty, it comes as no surprise that there are endless adventures to be had. Brandberg, Namibia’s highest peak, also offers the chance to see rock art. Hiking, rock-climbing and birding are all popular pastimes in Damaraland, while offering the opportunity to observe the region’s rare desert-dwelling lion, black rhino and elephant on foot.

The Skeleton Coast

The area’s name derives from the whale and seal bones that once littered the shore from the whaling industry, although in modern times the coast harbours the skeletal remains of the shipwrecks caught by offshore rocks and fog.

The Skeleton Coast is the northern part of the Atlantic coast of Namibia, although the name is sometimes used to describe the entire Namib Desert coast. The Bushmen of the Namibian interior called the region “The Land God Made in Anger”, while Portuguese sailors once referred to it as “The Gates of Hell”.

The coast is largely soft sand occasionally interrupted by rocky outcrops. The southern section consists of gravel plains, while north of Terrace Bay the landscape is dominated by high sand dunes.

Mountain, Sand & Sea

Northwestern Namibia is the kind of raw and rugged wilderness that so many places claim to be but so few actually are. Highlights include the Namibian High Plateau, the Khomas Hochland, the Naukluft hike, Bullspoort & Quivertree trail, the Tsaugab River that feeds Sossusvlei and has shaped the Sesriem Canyon. Also not to be missed is the unique Rostock Ritz and the quaint small towns along the Atlantic.

In the Kaokoland, mountains rub shoulders with desert expanses and nomadic Himba villages, fairy circles and desert-adapted giraffe dot the dry and dusty landscape.

You’ll discover unique, desert-adapted wildlife and flora, absorb the camera-bending vistas and enjoy a selection of activities that truly make the most of the environment.

Historical South

The Orange River, the mighty Fishriver Canyon and the massive dune fields covering over 400 km of coastline are all on the menu in the South. Then there is the impressive Neckertal Dam (nicknamed the Desert Dragon) and Naute Dam.

We visit Lüderitz - the first port where the German Schutztrupplers set off to explore the country back in the 1900. After the discovery of diamonds in the area Kolmanskoppe was formed which retains the feel of a frontier town founded on the 20th century diamond boom. The D707 is the most scenic district road linking Sossusvlei to the historical South - with Helmering Hausen, Bethlehem and the Tiras mountains.

Another rare sight to look forward to around Aus, is the Namib Desert horse, the only feral herd of horses residing in Africa, with a population ranging between 90 and 150.

It is pure, its raw, it’s somehow dangerous, it’s exciting - it calls for Adventure!

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Mountain bikes, sleeping bags.

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Namibia certainly has a flair for the dramatic. From vast desert landscapes to the wild Skeleton Coast and the wildlife-rich Etosha National Park, no feature falls short of spectacular. So imposing it gave its name to the entire country, the Namib is the world's oldest desert, with a great sand sea stretching for hundreds of kilometres in every direction, the only desert in Africa inhabited by elephant, rhino, giraffe, and lion. Etosha National Park is dominated by an immense salt pan edged by waterholes, guaranteeing rewarding wildlife viewing. Still not enough? Try the awe-inspiring Fish River Canyon, dotted with hot springs and demanding enough to test even the toughest trekker. Home to the largest population of cheetah still in existence, but with fewer than two million people, Namibia is known for its stars, not its nightlife.

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Peer into the depths of Africa's largest canyon, admire the stark beauty of Sossusvlei's ancient backdrops and see the shimmering expanse of the Etosha Pan on this expedition through Namibia’s surreal landscapes.

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Visit Kalahari Desert, Keetmanshoop, Quivertree Forest, Fish River Canyon, Duwisib Castle, Sossusvlei, Dune 45 & Deadvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Twyfelfontein Ancient Rock Art, the Petrified Forest and Etosha National Park

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Home to proud tribes steeped in tradition, herds of rare desert-dwelling elephants, wild horses and massive colonies of seals, Namibia showcases the very best of Africa's raw landscapes.

From quaint German-inspired towns to uninhabitable deserts, bushland filled with wildlife and a rocky coastline littered with shipwrecks, Namibia's untamed charm is compelling, captivating and camera-worthy.

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Windhoek (population 477,000)

2.6 million

English, Afrikaans

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Best time to visit namibia.

The best time to visit Namibia depends on what you want to see and do. The dry season (May-September) is considered the best time to explore the Nabim Desert and go on safari as the temperatures are comfortable, vegetation is thin and wildlife congregates around waterholes.

The shoulder months (April and October) may be a better option for a safari without peak season crowds; however, Namibia's national parks and reserves never feel   too   crowded.

While it can be trickier to spot game in the wet season (November-March), you might be lucky to see cute newborns as it coincides with the birthing season .

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Culture and customs

Human settlement in Namibia can be traced back to as early as 15000 BC. In the time since, a diverse mix of people and communities have inhabited Namibia, culminating in a unique cultural heritage made of symbolic beliefs, traits and traditions.

Today, most of the population sits within the larger Aawambo cultural group found mostly in the north of Namibia. Other large cultural groups that make up Namibia are the Nama, Damara, Kavango and Ovaherero people.

Namibia was colonised by Germany from the late 1800s until 1919. Because of this, Europeans now make up 5 per cent of the population. German influences can be seen throughout Namibia by way of cuisine, language, architecture and more. As much as 10 per cent of Namibia’s population is made up of people who have migrated from South Africa.

The national language is English; however, many Namibians also speak multiple Indigenous languages, such as the Aawambo language.

Eating and drinking

Like many countries, the majority of Namibia’s cuisine stems from the traditional cooking techniques and produce found in the area. In more recent times, immigrating cultures, specifically German and English, have added to the culinary scene. With a large variation of meats to cook with, it’s no surprise that many of the popular dishes feature meat in some way, often accompanied by a strong flavour and paired carbohydrate.

There are plenty of options for non-meat eaters, too. Some must-tries include green asparagus, omboga (dried spinach), Namibian olives, owawa mushrooms, geelrys (rice dish), oshigali (puree beans) and more.

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A staple daily dish to many, mieliepap is a porridge-like meal usually made with cornflour and served with a selection of vegetables or even a meat protein like fish or goat.

A dish cooked in a small iron pot, potjiekos is a stew that typically combines game meat with hearty vegetables like cauliflower, pumpkin and cabbage.

This dish is of Dutch and Afrikaans origin and serves as a way to store meat. By using a savoury rub of flavoured spices, salt and vinegar, then left to air dry, biltong is a tasty snack that can last for a long time if cured correctly.

Namibian oysters are known to be meatier and fast-growing than in other areas of the world. They are likely to be prepared differently depending on where you go.

Fat cakes are a very popular snack in Namibia and other parts of the world. Essentially, fat cakes are just deep-fried dough balls that can be made into sweet or savoury dishes. So, it's no wonder they're popular!

Geography and environment

Red desert dunes, rugged bushveld, dense woodlands and plains of gravel make up Namibia's ancient terrain. Home to the monumental Fish River Canyon and sharing the iconic Kalahari Desert with   South Africa   and   Botswana , Namibia has some of the most interesting landscapes in   Africa , if not the world.

With little arable land and a warm climate, Namibia is prone to prolonged periods of drought, making farming difficult. Bordered by Angola, Botswana, South Africa and   Zambia , Namibia also has a stretch of coastline along the Atlantic Ocean where visitors can see where the desert meets the sea.

Top 10 places to visit in Namibia

1. fish river canyon.

There's more to the Fish River Canyon than its sheer size. With remote hiking trails, magnificent view points and raging river torrents during the rainy season, visitors will be breathless at the epic views and sense of isolation when visiting this canyon, believed to have been formed more than 500 million years ago.

A not-to-be-missed stop on our epic 40 day Zanzibar to Cape Town wildlife tour.

2. Damaraland

The timeworn terrain of Damaraland makes for interesting, otherworldly landscapes to travel through. The combination of strange rock formations, parched valleys, ochre boulders and amber sunsets makes for magic memories.

See it for yourself on our 17 day Premium Botswana & Namibia tour .

3. Sossusvlei sands

This huge clay pan wrapped in red sand dunes occupies a large part of southern Namibia. With some of the tallest dunes in the world, Sossusvlei's variety of colour, size and flora make it a glory to behold.

Get a jaw-dropping view of the nearby dune giants from atop Dune 45 or below at the Dead Vlei pan while on our 30 day Southern African Adventure or a 13 day Namibia Discovery tour .

4. Cape Cross

This protected area on the cape of the southern Atlantic is most famous for its resident seal colony, one of the largest in the world.

While in Swakopmund, see enough seals to last you the rest of your life with an excursion to Cape Cross on our 10 day Premium Namibia tour .

5. Ship to shore

Namibia's Skeleton Coast has been called 'The Land God Made in Anger' by the San Bushmen and 'The Gates of Hell' by the Portuguese, and it's not hard to see why. With gale-force winds battering the shore, rolling surf and thick fog, the Skeleton Coast has ruined many a mariner over the years. Evidence of this is scattered along the coastal sands, with a collection of rusting ships resting on the beaches - an eerie yet enthralling sight.

See the Skeleton Coast for yourself on a 17 day Premium Botswana & Namibia adventure.

6. Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park might be one of the best places to see some of Africa’s iconic wildlife. With its artificial watering holes and wide clear spaces, it’s likely you’ll grab some stellar snaps of the hard-to-miss inhabitants, including elephants, zebras and even black rhinos.

Etosha NP is just one of the many unique animal-filled destinations on our incredible 22 day Cape Town to Vic Falls wildlife tour . But if you don’t have that long, it also makes a great last stop on our 10 day Premium Namibia adventure .

7. Zambezi River

The Zambezi River isn’t just the fourth-longest river in Africa; it’s also the hangout spot for some pretty famous animals. Look for hippos, monkeys, elephants, buffalo, birds and more aboard a canoe or cruise.

Sip a drink or two and watch for Africa’s mighty animals from your feature stay on the Zambezi River on our 17 day Premium Botswana & Namibia tour or 7 day Premium Botswana trip .

8. Walvis Bay

Bird lovers should consider a stop at Walvis Bay, which is typically a stop on the way to nearby Swakopmund. Thousands of migratory birds, including the fan-favourite flamingos and portly-pouched pelicans are seen across the lagoons and bird sanctuaries.

Get out your binoculars and get ready to tick off some bird sightings as you visit Walvis Bay on our 10 day Premium Namibia adventure .

9. Swakopmund

If, while in Africa, you have a hankering for German architecture, stop by the spookily named Skeleton Coast for a visit to the town of Swakopmund. Wander through the mix of Namibian and German influences of this seaside stop, enjoying the open-air market and fresh sea breeze. You could also find yourself on a dolphin and seal boating adventure to nearby Cape Cross or out on a local fishing excursion.

Swakopmund is a destination fit for any African itinerary. That’s why you can find it on all our Namibia tours, including our 13 day Namibia Discovery tour , our 22 Amazing Southern Africa adventure , and our 63 day Africa Encompassed Southbound tours .

10. Orange River

Named the Orange River for its unique hue, this waterway has been an important part of Namibian and South African history – namely, the diamond rush in the 1800s. While diamond mining is a continuing business in the region, many people simply come to enjoy paddling the waters.

Enjoy a day on the water at Orange River while on a 13 day Namibia Discovery tour .

What’s travel without a meaningful souvenir or two? When in Namibia, Intrepid encourages travellers to support local makers who put time and effort into handmaking their wares. Culturally significant items are often available for purchase, especially in tourist areas. Speaking to the local sellers can be a great way to learn about their culture and understand the significance of what they are selling.

It's a good idea to check with your local customs officials to ensure that you are able to bring certain items back into your home country. Australia and New Zealand generally have strict quarantine laws.

Things to buy in Namibia

Many of the beautiful textiles sold around Namibia can be used in a multitude of ways, e.g., for clothing, tableware, art and more. Look to buy from traditional artists and makers in craft markets to support local talent and local industries.

Wooden crafts

A hand-carved wooden object is a great memento to take home from Namibia. There’s likely a souvenir for everyone with crockery, bowls, animal figures, dolls, instruments and more. You’ll see traditional African masks for sale, which are often items that have a symbolic meaning to the local people.

Precious gems

As one of the largest producers of diamonds in the world, you’re likely to find a sparkly item or two in Namibia. Be sure to do some research or ask your guide about where to go, as not all shops will have the real deal.

Festivals and events

Public holidays that may impact travel include:.

Workers' Day

Cassinga Day

Ascension Day

Heroes' Day

Human Rights Day / Namibian Women's Day

 Please note Namibia public holidays may vary

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Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

Do I need a visa to travel to Namibia?

If you are from Australia, Canada, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States, or other visa-exempt countries, you generally do not need a visa if you are travelling in Namibia for up to 3 months (90 days). If you plan to stay longer or if you are intending to work or volunteer, you may need a visa.

All visitors are required to have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the intended date of entry into Namibia. You will also need blank pages in your passport for the entry and exit stamps, as well as a return ticket.

It is advised that you check your visa and noted entry period are correct before leaving the immigration counter upon arrival. If you plan on purchasing a visa on arrival, ensure that a visa can be issued at your intended entry location.

You may also need to hold a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate if you are arriving from a destination with active yellow fever.

This page is for general information only and may be subject to change. It is your responsibility to obtain relevant visa and travel information required for entry, departure and travel to each country or region you visit on your trip. You should confirm these with the relevant embassies and/or consulates.

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Is tipping customary in Namibia?

While not mandatory, a tip of 10% is considered standard when dining in Namibia. With the typical Namibian earning a modest wage, a small tip to porters, housemaids and other service workers would be appreciated.

What is the internet access like in Namibia?

Travellers will be able to access the internet quite easily in the cyber cafes of Namibia’s large cities, but limited to no access should be expected in regional and rural areas.

Can I use my mobile/cell phone while in Namibia?

Mobile phone coverage is good in Namibia's large cities and towns, but less so in rural and mountainous areas. Ensure you have global roaming activated before leaving home if you wish to use your mobile phone.

What are the toilets like in Namibia?

Depending on which areas of Namibia you are travelling in, expect to encounter a combination of squat toilets and flushable toilets. Carry your own supply of soap and toilet paper as these aren't always provided.

Can I drink the water in Namibia?

While tap water is considered safe in Namibia's cities, drinking tap water isn't generally recommended in Namibia. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead. Ask your leader where filtered water can be found; some hotels we stay in may have drinking water available. It's also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit and vegetables before eating.

Are credit cards accepted widely in Namibia?

Credit cards are usually accepted by large hotels and western-style restaurants but not by smaller vendors. Ensure you have adequate cash to cover purchases not able to be made on credit.

What is ATM access like in Namibia?

ATMs are easily found in large cities and urban centres, but are rarer in small towns, rural areas and villages. Be sure to have other payment methods available when venturing out of the big cities, as ATMs aren't always an option.

Does my trip support The Intrepid Foundation?

Yes, all Intrepid trips support the Intrepid Foundation. Trips to this country directly support our global Intrepid Foundation partners Eden Reforestation Projects and World Bicycle Relief. Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

Eden Reforestation Projects

Eden Reforestation Projects are helping to mitigate climate change by restoring forests worldwide; they also hire locally and create job opportunities within vulnerable communities. Donations from our trips support restoration across planting sites in 10 countries around the globe. Find out more or make a donation World Bicycle Relief

World Bicycle Relief provides people in low-income communities with bicycles to mobilise school kids, health workers, and farmers in far-out areas – giving them access to vital education, healthcare, and income. Donations help provide Buffalo Bicycles – specifically designed to withstand the rugged terrain and harsh environment of rural regions – to those who need them most. Find out more or make a donation

Do I need to purchase travel insurance before travelling?

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

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Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

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