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Namibia Adventure Guided Tour

13 Day Namibia Safari Tour from Windhoek

13 days, 1 country and 12 cities

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12 Breakfasts, 1 Be My Guest, 9 Dinners, 1 Farewell Dinner

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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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Sightseeing highlights.

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

View Naute Dam, Sesriem Canyon and the Moon Landscape valley near Swakopmund

See the Namib-Naukluft Mountains

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Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals

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Air-conditioned coach or Quantum bus

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On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

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Namibia Safaris

Wildlife safaris in the living desert.

Welcome to the most unique wildlife destination on Earth. Along with our friends at AfriCat, Save the Rhino Trust, and Dr. Flip Stander, we have developed world-class safaris that support critical conservation efforts. Search for desert-adapted elephant, oryx, rhino, and lion, have a chance to assist with behind-the-scenes vet checks at AfriCat, and scale the world’s largest free-standing dunes of Sossusvlei! These adventures encapsulate the best of this top-tier safari destination.

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What Makes Our Namibia Safaris Special?

  • The Most Extensive and Diverse Namibia Itineraries — We get you off the beaten track, with an unmatched range of activities including visiting with Himba tribes, climbing the epic dunes of Sossusvlei, and hiking the Tok Tokkie trail.
  • Accommodations as Enchanting as the Landscape — Chosen to give you unrivaled comfort in Namibia’s most remarkable locations, our accommodations include private tented camps sited for access to rare wildlife, and charming lodges inside parks and game preserves.
  • Custom-Built Vehicles & Guaranteed Window Seats — Our air-conditioned Land Cruisers guarantee each passenger a window seat and ample room for camera gear. We also include a private charter flight with dramatic views along the Skeleton Coast.
  • Small Groups &  Expert Trip Leader — With a maximum of 12 travelers per departure, we ensure you never feel crowded or rushed, and our world-class Trip Leader accompanies you throughout your entire safari.
  • Be Part of the Greatest Conservation Story on Earth — Namibia took the extraordinary step of writing conservation into its constitution, and now has over 40% of its land preserved. It is the only growing wildlife population in all of Africa!

Everything You Need to Know

We plan our adventures for Namibia’s best seasons, when wildlife viewing is at its peak. The “dry” season (April-September) is the most popular time of year, when daytime temperatures are in the mid-70sºF and wildlife viewing is at its peak as waterholes attract a vast array of animals. We also highly recommend the “green” season (January-March) when the crowds are gone and sporadic rains bring the desert to life to reveal carpets of flowers and calving season begins for plains game such as springbok and zebra.

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Namibia’s varied landscapes and unique wildlife viewing offer seemingly endless opportunities for exploration—we’ve highlighted our favorite activities below!

Our purpose-built Land Cruisers are ideally suited for Namibian road conditions and ensure the best possible ride comforts on the many miles traveled; and Namibia’s awe-inspiring landscapes are the ideal destination for road adventures! With a maximum of 5 passengers per vehicle, everyone is ensured a window seat and plenty of room to stretch out their gear and legs.

All of our vehicles feature:

  • Pop-top roofs for better photography and game vantage points, located at both driver’s front and back cabin
  • Air conditioning
  • Onboard fridge and freezers with plenty of water
  • Library, including guide books, maps, stationary and check lists
  • 220 volt electrical outlets to recharge batteries on the go
  • VHF radios to allow group communication while on the road
  • “Magic Boxes” for en-route catering from bush breakfasts, coffee and tea stops, to sundowners!

Wildlife in Namibia.

Not sure which Namibia adventure is best for you? See below for a side-by-side comparison of each of our itineraries to help make your decision easier. Still unsure? Our Africa Area Specialists are happy to answer any questions and explain the journeys in greater detail.

Experience Namibia

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Hoanib Skeleton Coast Extension

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Shipwreck Lodge Extension

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Sossusvlei Dunes Extension

From $4,395

REVIEWS FROM OUR CLIENTS

From our arrival to departure everything fell into place perfectly: the hotels, lodges, and food were all first rate. Being able to track the cheetahs on foot at AfriCat was absolutely amazing. What an experience!
This was my ninth Wilderness Travel trip and one of my very favorites. This trip had it all, great animal viewing, stunning landscapes including dunes and deserts, fascinating cultural exchanges with the Himba, and a real appreciation of Namibia past and present.
This is a wonderful trip. I was reluctant to leave just about every place we were. The place, the animals, the landscape, the accommodations, the people were all outstanding. The devotion of all to preserving their unique environment was impressive and enviable.
I love Wilderness Travel. You select the best guides, a variety of special places to stay, the food is always plentiful and cultural, and the adventure is top drawer! This trip to Namibia met all my expectations and more. Thank you for offering a trip that expands one’s knowledge of other cultures while making it enjoyable and fun.
Namibia is a fascinating and varied country. I feel privileged to have seen it. The quality of a trip often rests with the quality of the guides, and both were excellent!
This is an astounding trip to a really beautiful country. I really liked the itinerary. The Tok Tokkie desert hike is what caused me to choose the Wilderness Travel trip over some others and it was great. I was surprised by how many animals you see on that hike and how close they let you come to them.
Couldn’t have asked for a more interesting trip and two outstanding guides, accommodations, and meals. This was our fourth trip with Wilderness Travel and one of the best (although we say that about every trip we have been on!).

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Community & Conservation

Our trips directly donate to Save the Rhino Trust, Desert Lion Project, Giraffe Conservation Foundation, and AfriCat Foundation. They are all actively working to establish protected habitats and create a sustainable future for endangered wildlife.

Talk to an Expert

Our Africa Specialists know every detail about our Namibia safaris. They will be happy to answer any questions and help you choose the journey that’s right for you. Contact us to learn more or book your trip today!

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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.

13-Day Highlights of Namibia Tour

13-Day Highlights of Namibia Tour

$5,893 to $7,984 pp (USD)

Namibia: Self-drive Luxury Lodge & Tented Camp

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Namib-Naukluft NP (Namib Desert) , Swakopmund (City) , Damaraland, Etosha NP, Okonjima NR, Windhoek (End)

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4.8 /5  –  156 Reviews

6-Day Etosha, Coast & Sossusvlei Guided Camping Safari

6-Day Etosha, Coast & Sossusvlei Guided Camping Safari

$1,181 pp (USD)

Namibia: Private tour Budget Camping & Self Catering Accommodation

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Etosha NP, Swakopmund (City) , Namib-Naukluft NP (Namib Desert) , Windhoek (End)

People Tours And Safari   Tour operator has an office in Namibia

4.9 /5  –  41 Reviews

11-Day Classic Namibia Thrilling Wildlife Adventure

11-Day Classic Namibia Thrilling Wildlife Adventure

$4,510 to $4,730 pp (USD)

Namibia: Private tour Mid-range Lodge & Tented Camp

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Erindi GR, Eastern Etosha NP, Etosha NP, Twyfelfontein (Rock Art) , Damaraland, Swakopmund (City) , Walvis Bay (City) , Sossusvlei (Sand Dunes) , Kalahari Desert, Hosea Kutako Airport (End)

5.0 /5  –  132 Reviews

10-Day Highlights of Namibia Luxury Self-Drive Safari

10-Day Highlights of Namibia Luxury Self-Drive Safari

$6,791 to $7,214 pp (USD)

Namibia: Self-drive Luxury Lodge & Hotel

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Kalahari Region, Namib-Naukluft NP (Namib Desert) , Swakopmund (City) , Damaraland, Etosha NP, Otjiwa Game Farm, Windhoek (End)

Secret Namibia   Tour operator has an office in Namibia

5.0 /5  –  22 Reviews

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13-Day Classic Namibian Self-Drive Circuit

$2,154 to $2,370 pp (USD)

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

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Etosha NP, Palmwag Concession (Damaraland) , Erongo Mountains (Mountain Range) , Swakopmund (City) , Sossusvlei (Sand Dunes) , Windhoek Airport (End)

5.0 /5  –  43 Reviews

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

$4,963 to $5,472 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  –  20 Reviews

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7-Day Fly in Namibia Journey from Sossuvlei to Etosha

$4,840 to $6,131 pp (USD)

Namibia: Private tour Luxury Lodge

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

Discover Africa Safaris

5.0 /5  –  447 Reviews

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5-Day Taste of Etosha

$2,437 to $2,679 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  –  162 Reviews

10-Day Namibia - Highlights Expedition

$2,634 to $2,857 pp (USD)

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

African Wanderer Tours & Safaris   Tour operator has an office in Namibia

5.0 /5  –  16 Reviews

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10-Day Namibia for the Solo Traveller

$1,629 pp (USD)

Namibia: Shared tour (max 18 people per vehicle) Mid-range Lodge & Guest House

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

Jangwa Tours and Safaris   Tour operator has an office in Namibia

5.0 /5  –  2 Reviews

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7-Day Best of Namibia

$2,398 to $2,442 pp (USD)

Namibia: Shared tour (max 20 people per vehicle) Mid-range Lodge & Hotel

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

Africa Zim Travel & Tours

4.9 /5  –  136 Reviews

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3-Day Marvelous Sossusvlei at Desert Grace Lodge Safari

$1,041 pp (USD)

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Namib Desert, Sossusvlei (Sand Dunes) , Windhoek (End)

Beyond Africa Safaris

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3-Day Etosha Explorer Namibia Safari

$715 pp (USD)

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

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

Swahili Paradise Tours & Safaris

4.1 /5  –  86 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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4-Day Superior Desert Dream Tour

$728 to $801 pp (USD)

Namibia: Shared tour (max 12 people per vehicle) Mid-range Lodge

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Namib-Naukluft NP (Namib Desert) , Namib Desert, Windhoek (End)

Getaway Africa

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3-Day Dunes Express

$880 to $1,017 pp (USD)

Namibia: Shared tour (max 10 people per vehicle) Mid-range Self Catering Accommodation

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

Indigo Safaris

4.8 /5  –  130 Reviews

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12-Day Namibia Classic Self-Drive, Starting at Windhoek

$3,616 to $3,978 pp (USD)

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Kalahari Region, Sossusvlei (Sand Dunes) , Swakopmund (City) , Damaraland, Etosha NP, Okonjima NR, Windhoek Airport (End)

Go Self-Drive Tours

4.8 /5  –  11 Reviews

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4-Day Desert Dash

$1,527 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

5.0 /5  –  10 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  –  52 Reviews

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10-Day Namibia Self-Drive Safari Adventure

$6,171 to $7,338 pp (USD)

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Okonjima NR, Ongava GR, Damaraland, Swakopmund (City) , Namib-Naukluft NP (Namib Desert) , Windhoek Airport (End)

Southbound Tours   Tour operator has an office in Namibia

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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 SafariBookings.com, 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...

Kilometers of nothing and yet it's own beauty and surprises waiting for you.

We had an awesome trip. We can't say it happened just around the next corner because the roads are so straight. Yet everything was there to see. Traveling up from Windhoek to Etosha and staying in star rated lodges with excellent food and...

France

The organization of this trip was perfect ! Big thanks to our "safari leaders" Chimonia and Bronihel !!! Perfect Duo ! About Namibia : Amazing wildlife and landscapes, from the beginning to the end. A new surprise every 30 minutes ! It...

United States

Namibia lacks the abundance of wildlife and classic African scenery of East Africa but certainly has its own charm, beauty and wildlife. In particular, Etosha's water holes have wildlife sittings that rival any in Africa. While in Namibia,...

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A unique, picturesque country that allows for intense contact with nature and calming relaxation.

In two weeks we drove 4200 kilometers, and on each of them we experienced a great adventure. Kalahari, Fish River Canyon, Skeleton coast, Namib desert delighted with their difference from anything we have seen so far. The last days in...

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Worthwhile Life Journeys

Welcome to Nali Safaris! Your Gateway to Namibia's Extraordinary Safari Journeys And Experience!

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  • Okavango Delta
  • Bushmanland
  • Caprivi Strip
  • Damaraland Area
  • Epupa Falls
  • Etosha National Park
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Kalahari Desert
  • Luderitz Town
  • Otjiwarongo
  • Sesriem Canyon
  • Skeleton Coast
  • Swakopmund City
  • Windhoek City
  • Victoria Falls
  • Afternoon Game Drive
  • Dolphin Boat Cruise
  • Full Day Game Drive
  • Morning Game Drive
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Let’s go on a worthwhile safari journey!

Seamless logistics.

The logistics of travel can be overwhelming. We take care of all the details, and you enjoy your tour.

Scheduled Group Tours

Sit back and relax, allowing your highly competent Tour Guide/Driver to take care of all the details.

Customized Itineraries

we create personalized tour experiences tailored to your specific preferences and interests.

24/7 Travel Support

We provide round-the-clock tour support to ensure your peace of mind during your journey.

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Nali Safaris – Where Extraordinary Safari Journeys Begin!

With a wealth of experience and a team of dedicated tour consultant experts, we are committed to providing you with seamless tour experiences, personalized service, and attention to detail. We take the time to listen to your desires and craft tailor-made itineraries that reflect your individual style and exceed your expectations.

We offer scheduled group joining tours, private tours, tour packages etc.. for all interests and needs. Since Nali Safaris was established in 2008, we have had the pleasure of welcoming many happy travelers from over the world. We hope to welcome and introduce you to the beautiful and fascinating Namibia we are proud to call home.

We are proud to be awarded by Global Recognitions

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Jewel of Namibia "Caprivi Strip" (Low Season) Accommodated Luxury Tour

This trip unlocks the greatest jewel of Namibia – The Caprivi Strip. The Caprivi Strip is in effect the Okavango...

Jewel of Namibia "Caprivi Strip" (High Season) Accommodated Luxury Tour

Namibia discovery adventure (low season) accommodated private tour.

This trip unlocks vast iconic attraction sites of Namibia, visiting the Kalahari Desert, Quiver Tree Forest a spectacular collection of...

Namibia Discovery Adventure (High Season) Accommodated Private Tour

Majestic victoria falls (low season) private accommodated tour.

Spend four magnificent days exploring this legendary African icon and experiencing the scenic beauty of the area. It is known...

Majestic Victoria Falls (High Season) Accommodated Private Tour

For a truly exceptional and unforgettable safari journey experience., book with confidence.

Plan your trip safe and risk-free with Nali Safaris Namibia to enjoy flexible terms and peace of mind. Book your tour package and secure your booking with a 30% deposit or more. We take care of all the details so you can get straight to the fun..! Nali Safaris Terms and Conditions apply.

Trusted Local Tour Consultants

Nali Safaris is a leading Namibian Inbound Tour Operator with passionate local experts who know our destinations inside out. A personal tour consultant will plan your dream tour using their in-depth knowledge. They’ll be delighted to arrange an unforgettable tour for you.

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Nali Safaris is dedicated to offer the best service quality, and this is reflected by reviews. We also take great pride in our customer feedback: 97% of our travelers say they would recommend us to friends and family.

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With thousands of kilometers of coastline, riverine, woodlands and mountain ranges and wildlife, Namibia is an endless playground of all travelers.  Whether it is a cruise or a bike ride, an unusual region or a unique excursion, no doubt you will find among these suggestions great ideas for your itinerary.

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This 11-day Epic Namibia adventure safari takes you through two of Africa’s great deserts – the Kalahari and the Namib,...

Majestic Delta and Dunes Adventure (High Season) Accommodated Tour

This tour is designed to show you the very best of iconic and breath-taking wonders of the world. Explore Botswana...

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Delta and falls (high season) accommodated tour.

Camping option available on request with a minimum of 6 Pax, guaranteed departure and a pre-booking is required.

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This tour is designed to show you the very best of iconic Namibia, from the breath-taking landscapes of Sossusvlei one...

Taste of Namibia Adventure (Low Season) Accommodated Tour

Beauty of namibia (low season) accommodated tour.

Spend a week to really enjoy 3 incredible hot spots of Namibia, i.e. Sossuvlei (tall red sand dunes), Swakopmund (West...

Beauty of Namibia (High Season) Accommodated Tour

Camping option available on request with a minimum of 6 Pax, guaranteed departure any day of the week.

What Our Past Clients Say

My travel experience with Nali Safaris surpassed all expectations and left an indelible mark on my heart. They have set the bar incredibly high, and I cannot wait to embark on my next adventure with them. From the moment I embarked on this adventure, I knew I was in for something truly extraordinary.

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I had the most amazing trip to Namibia, thanks to Nali Safaris! I had a very aggressive itinerary I wanted to follow, as I had a very short amount of time to experience the whole country (4 days total). My driver Pendy graciously agreed to take me from Windhoek to Cape Cross to see the seal reserve, then to Walvis Bay to see the flamingos (through Swakopmund and the sand dunes) — all in one day. 

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Nali Safaris offered a very competitive price for the private tour with lodge accommodation. I did a 6 days Etosha-Swakopmund-Sossusvlei with them & I've enjoyed every moment of it. Verikomba is a very professional driver & guide. He drove safely with patience despite the road conditions in most part of Namibia is very bad. He answered most of my questions about Namibia made me have deeper understanding of his country. 

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Namibia Experience

Your Namibia tours and safaris start here

Experience a country like no other

Explore Namibia with us

We take you on authentic journeys across Namibia – we not only plan and book your trip, but are on the ground, right where you need us.

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Guided Lodge Tours

Travel with your local guide and relax at guest houses and lodges.

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Small Group Tours

Lodge and camping experiences for budget-conscious travellers.

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Self-Drive Tours

The road trip experience: Travel independently in your rental car.

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Luxury Tours

Enjoy the luxury of remoteness and privacy on exclusive journeys.

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Private Tours

Private custom experiences for you and your family and friends only.

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Guided Camping Tours

Your million-star experience sleeping in a tent in the middle of nature.

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Hiking Trips

Hiking experiences for every fitness level - one-day or multi-day trips.

Dune in the Sossusvlei area in the Namib Desert

FEEL THE TRUE MAGIC OF NATURE

To experience the magic of Namibia is to discover an entirely different world, a strange and beautiful place unlike anything or anywhere you’ve ever imagined. To see and feel this awe-inspiring part of southern Africa in all its glory, book your trip with Namibia-Experience. It is a place of contrasts, where sparse, arid, inhospitable, and other-worldly landscapes somehow support an incredible array of wildlife and a number of fascinating cultures. It is a place of seemingly endless horizons and perhaps the biggest skies you’ll ever see. It is a largely unspoilt place, roughly four times the size of Britain but with a total population of just over two million. It is a place of incredible geological and ecological diversity, with a rich natural and human history. Join us in Namibia for a journey of discovery!

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A big compliment to the whole team: the trip was planned perfectly, and everything worked out wonderfully. Our guide was very knowledgeable and taught us a lot about the country, its geology, its flora and fauna. We are amazed by Namibia’s landscapes, its wide horizons, solitude, and of course the wildlife. We hope it hasn’t been our last trip to Southern Africa!

DISCOVER NAMIBIA’S WILDERNESS AREAS

The majestic dunes of Sossusvlei towering like burnt orange waves above you, the myriad of wildlife congregating around the waterholes on the edges of the great moon-like expanse of the Etosha Pan. Ancient rock art telling tales of times gone by against the dramatic backdrop of the landscapes of the Damaraland, lush and wildlife-rich national parks teaming with safari adventures in the Zambezi Region – Namibia’s wilderness areas are the places to experience the true meaning of the great outdoors.

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Caprivi Strip (Zambezi Region)

Lush, green and rich in wildlife - Namibia's hidden safari gem.

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Desert elephants, ancient rock art and captivating landscapes.

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Etosha National Park

The safari destination of Namibia: wildlife and waterholes.

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Fish River Canyon

Dramatic sunsets across the second largest canyon in the world.

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Star gazing, nature walks, sunset drives and stunningly rugged beauty.

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Kaokoland (Kunene Region)

True wilderness areas in Namibia's remote north, off the beaten track.

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Where wild horses roam and a diamond ghost town rests.

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One of the most famous and exciting areas in Namibi Desert.

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Namibia's "Adventure Capital" by the Atlantic Ocean.

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A capital with small-town charm: cafés, museums & friendly locals.

DISCOVER ALL NAMIBIA HAS TO OFFER

Why travel with us.

You will plan your journey together with experienced travel consultants. So you spend less time researching, worrying and comparing, and more time living the experience.

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A safari is only as good as the guide who accompanies you. Our local safari and tour guides will share their knowledge with you and let you see beyond picture perfect sunsets.

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Enjoy the hospitality of Namibia at hand-selected camps, lodges, guesthouses, and guest farms. Where you are welcomed as guest, not just a room number.

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Your wishes and desires are important to us. We make it our priority to listen to your ideas and suggestions when putting together a personalised itinerary for your dream holiday. So you will have the unique experience you were looking for.

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We are small enough to care and provide you with personalized service but big enough to offer you competitive prices.

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Trips To Inspire

Whether you prefer luxury or back to basics, a guided tour or a self-drive trip – our popular Namibia tours and safaris will take you on authentic trips across a country unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

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Fascinating Namibia

Places Windhoek, Kalahari, Namib Desert, Swakopmund, Erongo Mountains, Damaraland, Etosha National Park, Waterberg Plateau

from 63,000 NAD person sharing a double room

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Marvels of Southern Africa

Places Windhoek, Namib Desert, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Etosha National Park, Zambezi Region, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls

from 86,000 NAD person sharing a double room

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The Namibia Family Tour

Places Windhoek, Namib Escarpment, Namib Desert, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Etosha National Park, Otjiwarongo Area

from 61,500 NAD (adults) | 54,000 NAD (children)

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Magnificent Namibia

Places Windhoek, Kalahari, Keetmanshoop, Fish River Canyon, Luderitz, Namib Desert, Swakopmund, Erongo Mountains, Damaraland, Etosha National Park, Waterberg Plateau

from 88,000 NAD person sharing a double room

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Namibian Explorer

Places Namib Desert, Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast, Damaraland, Etosha National Park

from 30,800 NAD (based on 6 persons)

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Namibia’s Untouched North

Places Windhoek, Grootfontein, Etosha, Epupa Falls, Sesfontein, Hoanib Valley, Damaraland, Okahandja

from 60,900 NAD (based on 6 persons)

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Namibia Highlights

Places Windhoek, Namib Desert, Swakopmund, Spitzkoppe, Erongo Mountains, Damaraland, Etosha National Park, Waterberg Plateau

from 29,500 NAD person sharing a double room

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The Best of Namibia

Places Windhoek, Kalahari, Fish River Canyon, Luderitz, Tiras Mountains, Namib Desert, Swakopmund, Ugab Valley, Etosha National Park, Waterberg Plateau

from 49,500 NAD person sharing a double room

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Highlights Windhoek to Victoria Falls

Places Namib Desert, Swakopmund, Etosha National Park, Kavango & Zambezi Region, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls

from 50,500 NAD person sharing a double room

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The North of Namibia

Places Windhoek, Erongo Mountains, Twyfelfontein, Grootberg, Epupa Falls, Kunene River, Etosha National Park, Okonjima Nature Reserve

from 44,000 NAD person sharing a double room

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Namibia Highlights in Style

Places Windhoek, Okonjima, Onguma Reserve, Twyfelfontein, Erongo Mountains, Swakopmund, Namib Desert

from 79,000 NAD person sharing a double room

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Highlights of Namibia and Botswana

Places Kalahari, Namib Desert, Swakopmund, Etosha National Park, Zambezi Region, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls

from 116,500 NAD person sharing a double room

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Namibia’s Wild Side

Places Gamsberg, Namib Desert, Swakopmund, Brandberg mountain, Damaraland, Palmwag, Grootberg, Etosha National Park

from 37,000 NAD (based on 6 persons)

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Camping Adventure Kaokoveld

Places Khomas Highland, Etosha National Park, Kunene River & Ruacana Falls, Epupa Falls, Hoanib Valley, Palmwag Concession, Brandberg, Erongo Mountains, Spitzkoppe

from 48,500 NAD (based on 6 persons)

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A Namibian Journey

Places Namib Desert, Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast, Damaraland, Etosha National Park, Waterberg Area

from 45,600 NAD (based on 6 persons)

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Footprints in Namibia

Places Waterberg, Etosha, Ugab Valley, Damaraland, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Namib Naukluft Park, Windhoek

from 59,500 NAD person sharing a double room

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Tok Tokkie Trail

Places NamibRand Nature Reserve

from 9,380 NAD person sharing a double room

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Experience Namibia with us

Speak to one of our local advisors, let's start planning your trip.

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Namibia Tours & Safaris

" True adventure is rare"

  • Custom Safaris
  • Desert Elephant Discovery ( 4 Nights )
  • Kunene Explorer ( 5 Nights )
  • Kaokoland Classic ( 8 Nights incl 3 nights lodging )
  • North West Adventurer ( 6 Nights )
  • Last Roaming Black Rhino ( 4 Nights )
  • Kaokoland Stonemen ( 6 Nights )
  • What is included
  • What to take
  • Namibia Climate
  • Namibia Attractions

Welcome to Kunene Tours & Safaris

Explore and discover the real namibia on an exclusive adventure safari with some of the country's most experienced guides., with kunene tours and safaris, you will go to the most remote and spectacular regions of namibia. you will travel in specially adapted 4x4 vehicles far from roads, fences and people, but luxury will always be at hand..

Namibia is a land of stark beauty, fascinating detail and ancient landscapes. It is a dramatic and compelling world waiting to be discovered. With over 25 years experience, you can be assured that Kunene will deliver true adventure in comfort.

You can choose either a custom safari to cater for your particular requirements or pick from a menu of our standard shorter tours in the remote north west of Damaraland and Kaokoland. We have chosen these routes as they provide an opportunity to experience the majesty and interest of the area in a short space of time. These operate from a base at our sister company, Khowarib Lodge , set in the dramatic surroundings of Khowarib Gorge.

To help you plan your trip, we have included some suggestions of what to take with you and an overview of the climate in Namibia.

We look forward to making your trip to Namibia a true adventure.

Highlights:

  • Choose lodging &/or Camping
  • Expert guides
  • Camp assistant(s)
  • Specially adapted 4x4's
  • Self drive option
  • Each tour exclusive to your party

Safaris Packages

Our safaris often combine luxury lodges and small family-run hotels with luxury camping in the wild, giving you an intimate experience of namibia's wild places.we camp in pristine wilderness, not a soul in sight, and in some of the remotest places in the country., desert elephant discovery.

Depart Khowarib Lodge and head west in challenging driving to camp in the Hoanib river near Amspoort. After breakfast, explore the beauty of Damaraland while tracking desert adapted elephant.

Kunene Explorer

Leave Khowarib Lodge with guide and back up staff and head north to Opuwo. Mix with the Himba and Herero women in this bustling market town. Continue onto Ruacana and camp by the Kunene river on the Angolan border.

Kaokoland Classic

Leave Khowarib Lodge with guide and back up staff and head north to Opuwo. Mix with the Himba and Herero women in this bustling market town. Continue onto Ruacana and camp by the Kunene river on the Angolan border.t

North West Adventurer

We leave Khowarib for the township of Opuwo where you can happily expect to be standing in a supermarket queue with Herero and Himba women.

Last Roaming Black Rhino

Arrive at Khowarib Lodge for luxury and comfort on your first night. Early morning departure via Sesfontein into the Northern section of the Palmwag Concession Area. (Orowau Spring).

Kaokoland Stonemen

Travel with us to find 12 of the lone stonemen of Kaokoland via untraveled territory. The route will stretch over seven days along Khowarib Lodge, Opuwo, Etanga, Otjihipa Mountains...

Khowarib Lodge & Safaris

Khowarib Lodge nestles on the banks of the Hoanib river in the magnificent Khowarib Gorge in north west Namibia.

14 canvas chalets project out from the river bank on stilts over the river bed providing unrivalled, shady views of the cliffs opposite. On the fringe of Kaokoland, the lodge offers a perfect jumping off point to explore the remote north west of the country, either independently or on one of the lodge's extensive guided tours. The immediate surrounding area of Damaraland has many rich and interesting activities including desert adapted elephant and Himba settlements within easy reach.

Kunene Tours & Safaris offers guests a true outdoor getaway, providing luxury Kunene Accommodation set alongside the Hoanib river and in the beautiful Khowarib Gorge of North West Namibia

Get in Touch:

Tel/Fax: +264 64 402 779 Email: [email protected] Email: [email protected]

Postal Address:

PO Box 1648, Swakopmund, Namibia

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Safari Adventure Travel Packages in Namibia

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Caminos & Hikes in Namibia

Are you are looking for an unforgettable experience in Namibia? Wild Cherry Adventures is absolutely your 1st choice.

Offering you the ultimate in wilderness trails in Namibia – We run 5 different Caminos and Hikes, ranging from a 3 day slackpacking hiking trail, which covers a short 29km,right up to 222km over 16 days on the infamous Kaokoveld Camino.

All our walking tours are fully catered for and are geared to provide you with the perfect holiday whilst showcasing our beautiful country. Personal service, tasty food & lots of laughs are guaranteed on all our holidays!

Find out more below on each of our unique Caminos – (full details, Itinerary with booking procedures and pricing).

Also visit our FAQ’s page to learn more.

See you in Namibia!

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Brandberg Camino

Damaraland Camino

Damaraland Camino

Khan River & Swakop River Hike

Khan River & Swakop River Hike

Kaokoveld Camino

Kaokoveld Camino

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Namibia Tours and Safaris

Whether you are a single traveller and would like to join a tour or perhaps you want to design your perfect holiday. Contact us and let your adventures begin.

The breath-taking sights of Namibia impart a sense of wonder to all who visit. Here at Wild Cherry Adventures, we treasure every opportunity to showcase our beautiful country. Providing you with well-spoken knowledgeable guides, good food, comfortable sleep but most importantly, a fun filled adventure.

Wild Cherry is owner run and our Namibian holidays are designed to be fun and flexible, with a maximum of 10 guests. Above all, we aim to give our guests an unforgettable insight into our ancient Namib Desert and its people, fauna & flora.

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Safari Adventures

We specialise in Sossusvlei, Etosha & Kaokoveld safaris.

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We aim to give our guests a fun & interesting view into our ancient Namib desert, its people, the fauna & the flora.

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The ultimate guide to your Namibian safari adventure

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Namibia offers an extraordinary blend of stunning landscapes, unique wildlife, and luxurious accommodations. From the dramatic dunes of Sossusvlei to the wildlife-rich Etosha National Park, a safari in Namibia promises unforgettable experiences in the heart of Southern Africa.

This remarkable country encompasses a range of environments and eco-friendly lodgings that seamlessly blend luxury with nature. With its abundant wildlife, incredible birdlife, and world-renowned national parks, Namibia is a prime destination for a memorable African safari.

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Why Visit Namibia?

Namibia captivates the heart and soul of every traveller. Here’s why you should embark on an unforgettable journey to this incredible country:

Wildlife Encounters

Big Game Viewing: Witness elephants, lions, leopards, and rhinos in their natural habitat. Namibia is known for its high concentrations of wildlife, particularly in Etosha National Park, where waterholes attract a variety of animals.

Unique Wildlife: Discover rare and endemic species like the black-faced impala, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, and the desert-adapted elephants and lions of the Kaokoveld. Birdwatchers will delight in spotting over 600 bird species, including the elegant flamingo and the elusive Pels Fishing Owl.

Scenic Beauty

Stunning Landscapes: From the towering red dunes of Sossusvlei and the eerie beauty of Dead Vlei to the rugged terrain of Damaraland and the vastness of the Namib Desert, Namibia’s landscapes are incredible.

Iconic Natural Wonders: Explore the Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world, and marvel at the Skeleton Coast’s shipwreck-strewn shores. Each region offers unique ecosystems and unforgettable scenery.

Cultural Richness

Vibrant Communities: Engage with the Himba people in the Kunene region, known for their traditional lifestyle and ochre-adorned appearance. Learn about their deep connection to the land and wildlife through cultural exchanges and bushcraft demonstrations.

Heritage and History: Visit historical sites such as the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or explore the colonial architecture and vibrant culture of Swakopmund.

Luxury and Comfort

Exclusive Lodges and Camps: Stay in world-class luxury lodges and camps that offer exceptional comfort and service. Enjoy eco-friendly accommodations that blend seamlessly with nature, providing an immersive yet opulent experience. Many lodges offer private plunge pools, gourmet dining, and personalized safari activities.

Gourmet Cuisine and Fine Wines: Indulge in Namibia’s renowned culinary scene, where you can savor exquisite dishes crafted from fresh, local ingredients. Pair your meals with fine wines from some of the best vineyards in and around Southern Africa, ensuring a delightful dining experience.

Adventure and Activities

Outdoor Adventures: Experience the serene beauty of the Namib Desert on a hot air balloon ride, explore the dunes on a sandboard, or take in the breathtaking views from a scenic flight over the Skeleton Coast.

Photography Safaris: Namibia is one of the most photogenic destinations in the world. With its unique landscapes and abundant wildlife, it offers countless opportunities for both amateur and professional photographers to capture incredible shots.

Accessibility and Infrastructure

Easy Access: Namibia boasts excellent infrastructure with a range of flight options, making travel convenient and comfortable. The country is well-connected by air, with regular flights to major safari destinations from its capital, Windhoek.

Tourism Services: Benefit from well-developed tourism services, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable travel experience. From professional guides and reliable transportation to well-equipped lodges and camps, Namibia is committed to providing a high-quality safari experience.

Responsible Tourism

Conservation Efforts: Your visit supports vital conservation and community initiatives, contributing to the protection of wildlife and local communities. Namibia is a leader in sustainable tourism, with numerous programs aimed at preserving its natural heritage and supporting local livelihoods. By choosing a safari in Namibia, you help fund anti-poaching efforts, wildlife research, and community development projects.

Embark on a journey to Namibia and discover a destination that promises adventure, beauty, and unforgettable memories.

Where to go in Namibia

On a luxury Namibia safari, you’ll have the choice of exploring the iconic Etosha National Park, with its waterholes and abundant wildlife, or Sossusvlei, with its iconic red dunes and surreal landscapes. These are a few of the exceptional experiences on offer. The vast Namib Desert, the rugged Damaraland, and the coastal Skeleton Coast each promise extraordinary adventures. Namibia is truly a top destination for an extraordinary safari, off the beaten path.

  • Central Namibia
  • Erindi Private Game Reserve
  • Etosha National Park in Namibia
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Namib-Naukluft National Park
  • Northern Namibia
  • Sossusvlei in Namibia
  • Southern Namibia
  • Swakopmund in Namibia
  • Where to Go on a Namibia Safari

Windhoek, Namibia’s capital city, is where many people will start and end their trip, picking up supplies before they head off north to visit Etosha National Park . The Auas Mountains, the Eros Mountains, and the Khomas Hochland hills can all be seen from Windhoek.

Windhoek city from above view

The city and its surrounding suburbs are dispersed throughout many attractive valleys at the intersection of Namibia’s main road and rail lines. The city is located in the geographic center of Namibia.

Windhoek remains the nation’s political, legal, economic, and cultural hub despite being a small and quiet capital city by international standards.

Highlights of Central Namibia

The capital city, Windhoek, is where you’ll start and end your trip if you’re flying into Namibia. Most travelers only spend a day or two in Windhoek to hire a car and stock up on provisions before driving either north or south.

Still, with its laidback atmosphere, colonial architecture, museums, and good restaurants, a quick Windhoek holiday makes for a great first stop on your Namibia vacation itinerary .

A Damaraland safari in Namibia offers a perfect blend of untamed wilderness, breathtaking scenery, majestic mountains, ancient rock art, off-the-beaten-track adventure, and thrilling wildlife sightings, making it an ideal destination for travelers seeking a unique and authentic African experience .

Located southwest of Etosha National Park, Damaraland may not be as easily accessible as other areas in Namibia (you’ll need to hire a 4×4 to explore the region’s rough roads). Still, it offers a wilderness experience you don’t find in many places in Africa.

Road to the Brandberg Mountain, Namibia, Africa

As one of Namibia’s last unofficial wildlife areas, Damaraland is unfenced so that animals can move freely outside the confines of parks and reserves.

Desert-adapted elephants, rhinos, and lions roam these vast plains and rocky outcrops. While tracking these animals can be tricky, seeing them roaming free against stunning desert backdrops is a far more exciting experience than spotting game in a wildlife park.

Brandberg in Damaraland

Animals aside, Damaraland is home to Namibia’s tallest peak – Brandberg – an imposing granite mountain that glows in the setting sun, giving rise to its name, “fire mountain”.

It’s not just for climbers, though: the ancient rock art in the mountain ravines – thousands of paintings, including the famous White Lady – is among the best preserved on the continent.

The Brandberg is a spiritual site of great significance to the San (Bushman) tribes.

Known as the “Matterhorn of Africa”, the granite peaks of Spitzkoppe loom above the sandy plains of Damaraland. Climbing to the top is a challenge even for experienced mountaineers, but there are plenty of strikingly unusual rocky landscapes for non-climbers to explore.

Twyfelfontein in Damaraland

Damaraland’s major attraction is Twyfelfontein, where more than 2000 engravings, some thought to be over six millennia old, are etched into rock faces across the valley.

Ancient bushmen rock engravings (petroglyphs) at Twyfelfontain in Damaraland, Namibia

Preserving Africa’s greatest concentration of rock art, Twyfelfontein offers the chance to get a glimpse into the world of Stone Age hunter-gatherers.

Erindi Private Game Reserve is a conservation area in central Namibia.  With 70,719 hectares of unspoiled wilderness under their care, they have taken on an enormous task of pursuing conservation efforts in the name of eco-friendly tourism, while also empowering their local people. Today, Erindi is a beautiful getaway with a rich cultural heritage, expert guides, and unrivaled hospitality, guaranteeing visitors have the safari of a lifetime.

One of Africa’s most incredible safari destinations , the 22 000km2 (8494 square mile) wilderness of Etosha National Park is a top highlight for many travelers to Namibia.

Made up of grasslands and woodland savanna and dominated by a giant salt pan, Etosha is home to 114 species of mammals, including four of the Big Five and the world’s largest concentration of black rhino.

Walking Safari in Etosha National Park

A safari in Etosha during the dry months of June to October means you’ll be treated to some of the best wildlife viewing experiences on the continent. The lack of rain forces animals to congregate around the waterholes spread out in the park.

Seeing black rhinos, herds of elephants, prides of lions, zebras, giraffes, and springboks is as effortless as parking next to a waterhole and waiting for the animals to arrive.

Hundreds of eyes pointed on the lion. Herds of oryx and impalas looking for water at a rare waterhole in Etosha national park, Namibia, Africa

The rainy summer months have their own appeal, though. At this time of year, the vegetation is lush and green, and for tourists on birdwatching tours , there are roughly a million flamingos that use Etosha as a breeding ground and a host of migratory bird species that make the park their temporary home.

Highlights on an Etosha National Park Safari

The best experiences in Etosha are all about spotting wildlife at waterholes during the dry winter months on a Namibia safari.

A number of them are spread throughout the park near accessible roads, so all you have to do is park, kick back with a flask of coffee, and wait for the animals to arrive.

Self Drive Safari in Etosha National Park

Each camp inside Etosha National Park features a waterhole where you can sit around for hours enjoying the most effortless wildlife viewing possible.

Of all the camp waterholes, Okaukuejo waterhole (at the camp of the same name) is a stand out. There’s a low wall around one side of the big waterhole, so you can sit on a bench just a few meters away from a herd of elephants having a mud bath: Etosha magic at its best.

Practical Advice for an Etosha National Park Safari

Etosha National Park is a perfect choice for a self-drive Namibia holiday. The roads are easy to navigate and are in excellent condition, suitable for 2WD vehicles, although you might prefer to hire a 4WD for better visibility.

namibia adventure safari

Several camps inside Etosha National park offer camping grounds, self-catering chalets, and luxury rooms, but the lodging options outside the park gates are also excellent.

Etosha National Park is best visited in the winter months, from June to September when it’s much easier to spot animals than in the rainy summer months. The winter months can get very busy, so book your lodging well in advance.

The Fish River Canyon, Africa’s answer to the Grand Canyon, is one of the best places in Namibia to stand in awe of the raw majesty of nature.

Measuring 27km/17mi wide, 550m/1804ft deep, and 160km/99mi long, it’s the largest canyon on the continent and Namibia’s greatest geological wonder.

Sunset Over the Fish River Canyon in Namibia, Africa

The canyon lies in different nature reserves. Its southern stretch (the deepest section) is in the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, while private reserves protect its northern reaches.

The main viewpoint for the canyon is in the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. This is where you’ll get the best outlook, with views of the Hell’s Corner riverbend.

Highlights of a Fish River Canyon Safari

One of southern Africa’s most popular treks and the best way to experience the canyon, the Fish River Canyon Hike covers 85km/52mi – half the length of the entire canyon – in five to seven days.

It’s a challenging self-guided camping hike, but the rewards include soaking up spectacular canyon scenery, floating in hot springs, cooling off on swims in the river, and sleeping under the stars. If you want to do some easier hikes, lodges in the area offer shorter and more leisurely walks.

"Start of hiking trail" sign at the beginning of the Fish River Canyon hiking trail starting at Hobas and leading to Ai-Ais, 85km away.

Whether you do the Fish River Canyon Hike or not, soaking your body in the healing waters of Ai-Ais natural hot springs at the southern end of the canyon is a real treat. There’s a resort at the hot springs where you’ll find indoor and outdoor thermal baths and spas on the banks of a river surrounded by mountains.

Practical Advice for a Fish River Canyon Safari

In terms of lodging options for the Fish River Canyon, there’s a range of choices from campsites to luxury lodges in both the national park and private reserves.

73 year old man embarks on the tough fish river canyon hike

You need to book a year in advance to do the Fish River Canyon Hike, which is only open during the cooler winter months from May to September.

It’s a grueling hike, and you may experience temperatures of over 40°C/104°F, so it’s essential that you are fit, strong, and healthy before you decide to tackle it.

The fourth largest national park in the world, the Namib-Naukluft National Park is a 50,000km2 (31,068 square miles) wilderness in the Namib Desert.

It’s a place of shifting terracotta dunes, vast plains, and shimmering savanna fringed in the east by the dramatic Naukluft Mountains.

Dead tree in Sossusvlei, in the Namib Desert, Namibia

This is Africa’s largest conservation area and one of the best places on the planet for a genuinely mind-blowing desert safari experience .

Far from barren, the Namib Desert is home to a stunning array of plant and animal life, all of which have adapted to survive under a harsh sun with very little water.

Welwitschia is the national flower of Namibia

Desert wildlife includes oryx, kudu, giraffe, springbok, black-backed jackals, African wild cats, aardvarks, and leopards.

It also features more than 340 species of birds, many reptiles, and some weird and wonderful plants, such as the strange-looking Welwitschia, which can live for up to 2,000 years.

Stretching up to the Angolan border and with a slice of land sandwiched between Botswana and Zambia, northern Namibia is the country’s wildest and most remote region. Its most famous attraction is Etosha National Park , but northern Namibia also has far more to offer.

Waterberg Plateau Park in Northern Namibia

Waterberg Plateau Park in the North of Namibia has an unusual setting of a giant sandstone plateau looming over the desert plains. You can expect to find rare species such as sable and roan antelope here during your holiday in Namibia.

Damaraland in Northern Namibia

To the northwest of Namibia, you can find Damaraland. Damaraland is a starkly beautiful rugged landscape where you can explore ancient rock art sites, climb mountains, and track desert elephants and rhinos.

Kaokoveld in Northern Namibia

Kaokoveld is Namibia’s least accessible area and one of southern Africa’s last remaining true wildernesses. Desert elephants roam in vast spaces and semi-nomadic Himba people live in scattered villages.

Highlights of Northern Namibia

Etosha National Park is the standout highlight of northern Namibia and one of the top parks on the continent. Visit in the winter months to easily spot lions, black rhinos, herds of elephants, and a host of other animals as they traverse the parched landscape and congregate at waterholes.

etosha national park

Etosha is an easy option for a self-drive holiday, with good safari lodging options spread out in the park and well-marked roads that can be navigated in a 2WD vehicle.

With its sandstone plateau towering over the plains of the desert, Waterberg Plateau Park is another excellent park to the south of Etosha, offering great wildlife viewing from waterhole hides.

Waterberg landscape in Namibia

On hiking trails, you can expect to see species such as black and white rhinos, rare sable and roan antelope, eland, kudu, tsessebe, brown hyenas, and leopards.

One of the best places in Africa to take part in cheetah and leopard tracking, the 200km2 (77 square mile) Okonjima Nature Reserve is home to the AfriCat Foundation , one of the country’s best conservation initiatives.

The foundation rescues and rehabilitates cheetahs and leopards from human-wildlife conflict situations and allows you to track these predators on foot in the nature reserve. Not only is it a thrilling experience, but it also contributes to the survival of these threatened species.

Cheetah Conservation in Namibia

Covering a vast area in northwest Namibia, Damaraland is harsh, remote, and incredibly beautiful, a land of immense plains, deep gorges, granite outcrops, and jagged peaks. Here you can track free-roaming desert rhinos and elephants.

Damaraland is one of the only places left in southern Africa where wildlife is found outside parks and reserves.

Other highlights of the region include climbing the mountains of Brandberg (Namibia’s highest peak) and Spitzkoppe and exploring the incredible rock art gallery of Twyfelfontein (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), where more than 2500 paintings are spread across 17 sites.

To the north of Damaraland, Kaokoveld is a true wilderness and the least accessible region in the country. It’s a sparsely inhabited place of sandy tracks, massive open vistas, desert elephants, and dramatic mountain scenery.

Kaokoveld is the ancestral home of the semi-nomadic Himba people, whom you can visit in scattered villages to learn more about their fascinating culture and traditions.

Another highlight of Kaokoveld is Epupa Falls, a beautiful waterfall oasis surrounded by baobabs, fig trees, and palms.

Practical Advice for a Northern Namibia Safari

Parts of northern Namibia are extremely remote with rugged terrain and rough roads (or no roads at all), which means you need to have done some thorough research before your travels.

Epupa Falls in Namibia

You’ll need to be prepared with two spare tires, extra fuel, and plenty of food and water. In the more remote regions, such as the Kaokoveld, it’s advisable to travel with a guide and in a convoy of at least two vehicles.

From November to May, there is a medium risk of malaria in northern Namibia, especially in Etosha National Park and the Zambezi Region. Consult your doctor about taking malaria prophylactics and take necessary precautions such as mosquito repellant to prevent being bitten.

Namibia’s most visited attraction is one of the best places to experience the serene beauty of the Namib Desert , that quintessential landscape of undulating burned orange and apricot-colored dunes towering above the desert floor.

Sossusvlei itself is a salt and clay pan encircled by dunes in central Namibia, but the name has now come to refer to the surrounding area, which includes other pans and dunes.

Sossusvlei Namibia

Lying within the Namib-Naukluft National Park , Sossusvlei is the only point of call in the park for many travelers due to its ease of reach and accessibility, even in a 2WD vehicle. It offers a wonderful taste of the vast and largely untouched wilderness.

Despite being the most popular place for safari in Namibia, the magic of Sossusvlei lies in just how remote and isolated you can feel, even on a busy day, when you’re on top of your own massive dune and all you can see is sand and sky as far as the horizon.

Highlights of a Sossusvlei Safari in Namibia

Near Sossusvlei is Deadvlei, another clay pan, which is even better for photographic safaris in Namibia. Surrounded by soaring terracotta dunes, the blinding white pan is dotted with the blackened skeletons of 900-year-old petrified trees under a brilliant blue sky, a scene that’s so startling you can hardly believe it’s real.

Photographic safaris in Namibia

Sand dunes surround Sossusvlei in every direction. These are the world’s tallest dunes and climbing them is a highlight of any trip to Namibia. Some are famous, such as the 170m/557ft Dune 45, which is one of the most climbed dunes due to its accessibility next to the road 45km/28mi from Sesriem. Another popular dune is Big Daddy, towering 350m/1148ft above Deadvlei.

hot air balloon trips namibia

If you want to find your own sandy spot away from other travelers, just pick a slope and climb to the top for breathtaking views over a never-ending sea of dunes. Soaring high above Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert in a hot air balloon as the sun rises is one of Namibia’s most unforgettable activities.

Practical Advice for a holiday in Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei lies within the Namib-Naukluft National Park. You need to buy a permit to enter the park, and your visit is limited to the hours of the gates, which close around sunset and open around sunrise.

The best times to explore Sossusvlei are in the early morning and late afternoon, when the sun isn’t so harsh, and the golden light makes the desert glow.

Check the opening and closing times of the gates (they differ in summer and winter months) to plan your visit, and bear in mind that it’s a 60km/37mi drive from the parking area of Sossusvlei to the gate, so leave enough time in the afternoon to drive back before the gates close.

If you want extra time before sunrise and after sunset, you can opt to stay at one of the two lodging options within the park – a campsite or an upmarket luxury lodge.

The last few kilometers to Sossusvlei are on a sandy track that’s only suitable for 4x4s. If you’re traveling in a 2WD, you can park your vehicle in a car park and get a ride in a safari shuttle.

Andbeyond Lodge in Sossusvlei

The Petrified Forest in Namibia is a national monument with 280 million-year-old petrified trunks. Take caution when visiting, and avoid sitting on trunks or damaging any part of the monument.

There are plenty of lodging options near the entrance of Sossusvlei in the tiny village of Sesriem and just a short drive away. Take your pick from well-maintained campsites with all the amenities you would need to high-end luxury lodges set in private reserves.

Bordering South Africa, Namibia’s southern region has a lot to offer in terms of wild desert landscapes and outdoor activities, ranging from canoeing on the Orange River through the other-worldly desert scenery of the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park to hiking the jaw-dropping majesty of the Fish River Canyon, Africa’s largest canyon.

sunset with amazing clouds and golden light at sunset

Southern Namibia may not be a prime safari destination , but what it lacks in famous wildlife, it makes up for in sublime desert scenery. Imagine sandy plains dotted with quiver trees, jagged granite mountains, and imposing rock formations.

The standout highlight of southern Namibia is the Fish River Canyon, but the rest of the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park is also full of desert wonders, including the richest diversity of succulent flora in the world.

On the coast, Lüderitz is an intriguing colonial town, while nearby Kolmanskop, a ghost town, is one of Namibia’s most photographed places and lies on the edge of the Sperrgebiet National Park, Namibia’s newest national park.

Luderitz in Namibia with lutheran church called Felsenkirche at sunset

Most of the park, a diamond mining area closed to the public for a century, remains inaccessible, but travelers can now visit on guided expeditions to explore a rich, succulent biome, a colossal rock arch, and two mysterious ghost towns.

At Namibia’s border with South Africa, the Orange River meanders its way through wild desert landscapes. Taking a paddle down the river in a canoe for a few hours or days is the perfect way to take in this southern beauty at a slow pace.

Further north, the NamibRand Nature Reserve is a vast concession on the edge of the Namib-Naukluft National Park, where you see desert wildlife such as oryx and springbok against a backdrop of apricot-colored dunes and silvery plains. Highlights of a Southern Namibia Safari

Gemsbok with orange sand dune evening sunset. Gemsbuck, Oryx gazella, large antelope in nature habitat, Sossusvlei, Namibia. Wild animals in the savannah. Animal with big straight antler horn.

Crossing over the border of South Africa, the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park has some wildlife such as oryx, springbok, zebra, and baboons, but with its low density of animals and lack of big game, it’s not usually known as a prime safari destination.

Instead, travelers visit the park for its out-of-this-world Mars-like landscapes of looming mountains, boulder-strewn plains, striking quiver trees, and its incredible diversity of plant life (try to visit in August and September when wildflowers are blooming).

The park is the world’s only arid biodiversity hotspot, conserving the richest diversity of succulents on the planet. Another highlight of the park is the |Ai-|Ais thermal hot springs, where you can soak in outdoor baths under the shadow of mountains in a photogenic setting.

The ancient water-carved Fish River Canyon, Africa’s largest canyon at 550m/1804ft deep and 160km/99mi wide, is a truly humbling sight to take in and the star attraction of the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park.

Standing on the edge of the gorge and peering down into the abyss makes you realize how small and insignificant you are compared to the mighty forces of nature.

There are easy hikes around the canyon, but if you’re up for a challenge, the 85km/52mi multi-day Fish River Canyon Hike, which traverses half the gorge’s length, is the best way to get to grips with this geological wonder.

Canoeing trips on the Orange River, which forms a natural boundary with South Africa, are a must-do when traveling southern Namibia. Whether you have a few hours or days, paddling down the river at a gentle pace is the perfect way of taking in the desert scenery.

Rafting the Orange River

A few different outfitters offer guided trips that include all your meals and camp setup, so all you have to do is spend your days paddling and swimming and enjoying magical nights sleeping under a sky thick with stars.

The colonial coastal town of Lüderitz is an interesting place to visit, with its historic mansions and restaurants serving tasty fresh seafood (don’t miss the local oysters). Activities not to be missed are boat tours to a Cape fur seal sanctuary and penguin colony.

Kolmanskop Namibia

Close by, the abandoned diamond mining town of Kolmanskop is now a ghost town and one of Namibia’s most photogenic places. It’s an eerie experience to wander around the town’s crumbling buildings, slowly being swallowed by the desert sands.

When you’re driving between Lüderitz and Aus, keep an eye out for the herd of wild horses (the world’s only wild desert horses) that roam this area of this desert and can often be seen near the road.

Another worthy roadside stop is the beautiful Quiver Tree Forest near Keetmanshoop, where 250 of the unusual and striking-looking quiver trees (or kokerboom) stand sentinel over grass and boulders.

Practical Information for a Southern Namibia Safari

It’s easy to drive to southern Namibia from South Africa, so if you’re thinking of traveling to South Africa on your holiday , you might want to consider flying to Cape Town and renting a car to drive up to Namibia .

If you’d like to hike the Fish River Canyon, you need to go during the cooler months from May to September and be sure to book a year in advance.

Orange river canoe adventure

While the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park is extremely hot during the summer months from November to March, it’s a good time to do a canoeing trip down the Orange River as you spend a lot of the day in the water and can sleep under clear night skies.

Don’t attempt to enter the Sperrgebiet (Forbidden Area) unless you’re on a guided tour – it’s a diamond mining area, and you will be prosecuted for trespassing without a permit.

Sandwiched between the ocean and the Namib Desert, Swakopmund, a coastal town in central Namibia, is one of the most popular places in the country for travellers to visit.

The laidback town has charm by the bucketload with its colonial architecture, oceanfront promenades, historical sights, cosy guesthouses, and excellent restaurants and beer houses where you can sample traditional German food and beer.

Swakopmund,Namibia

Swakopmund is a perfect base for exploring the coast, from taking boat and kayaking trips from Walvis Bay to spot the abundant marine life of the Atlantic Ocean to going birdwatching at Sandwich Harbour further south.

It’s also a centre for adventure activities – it’s easy to fill several days with adrenaline-pumping fun. Take your pick from sandboarding down the huge dunes just outside of town, quad biking in the desert or sky diving.

Sandboarding in Swakopmund

The Living Desert Tour is a wonderful activity for families to experience. Guided by an expert, you will embark on a walk through the Namib desert and learn about the unique plants and animals that have adapted to thrive in harsh environments.

Another great family-friendly holiday option is the Welwitschia Drive, a short road trip through the Namib-Naukluft National Park, showcasing some of the most interesting and unique sights, including the oldest welwitschia plant in the world, estimated to be over 1500 years old.

Namibia has its own distinct charm, with a different sense of adventure when it comes to taking an African Safari. From iconic sand dunes to wildlife-rich national parks, here are some must-visit places to include in your Namibia safari itinerary.

1. Sossusvlei and Deadvlei

Gemsbok with the dunes of Sossusvlei in the background, Namibia.

Sossusvlei is one of Namibia’s most iconic landscapes, known for its towering red sand dunes. Deadvlei, located within Sossusvlei, is a white clay pan famous for its dark, dead camel thorn trees.

Key Highlights: 

  • Dune 45 and Big Daddy: Famous dunes offering spectacular sunrise and sunset views.
  • Photographic Opportunities: The stark contrast of the white clay pan against the red dunes provides stunning visuals.

Unique Facts

  • Dune Heights: Some dunes reach up to 325 meters.
  • Ancient Trees: The dead camel thorn trees in Deadvlei are over 900 years old.

2. Etosha National Park

Elephants crossing the road during a game drive in Etosha National Park | Photo credit: Ute von Ludwiger

Etosha National Park is renowned for its abundant wildlife and excellent game viewing opportunities, centered around its vast salt pan.

Key Highlights:

  • Wildlife Viewing: Elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos, and various antelope species.
  • Waterholes: Prime spots for observing wildlife, especially during the dry season.

Unique Facts: 

  • Salt Pan: The Etosha Pan is visible from space.
  • Birdwatching: Home to over 340 bird species.

3. Skeleton Coast

Fishing on the Skeleton Coast in Namibia.

The Skeleton Coast is a remote and hauntingly beautiful region, known for its shipwrecks, desolate landscapes, and dense fogs.

  • Shipwrecks: Explore remnants of historical shipwrecks.
  • Cape Cross: Home to a large seal colony.
  • Desert-Adapted Wildlife: Includes elephants, lions, and hyenas.
  • Dense Fogs: Create an eerie, mysterious atmosphere.

4. Damaraland

Walking safari in Damaraland, Namibia

Damaraland is an area of stark beauty, known for its rugged landscapes, ancient rock art, and desert-adapted wildlife.

  • Twyfelfontein: UNESCO World Heritage Site with ancient petroglyphs.
  • Brandberg Mountain: Namibia’s highest peak.
  • Desert-Adapted Elephants: Unique to this region.
  • Rock Art: Some petroglyphs are over 6,000 years old.

5. Namib-Naukluft National Park

Mountains in Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

This park covers much of the central Namib Desert and is home to some of Namibia’s most iconic landscapes, including Sossusvlei and Deadvlei.

  • Sesriem Canyon: A narrow gorge carved by the Tsauchab River.
  • Iconic Landscapes: Towering sand dunes, deep canyons, and rocky outcrops.
  • Ancient Rock Formations: Visible while hiking through Sesriem Canyon.
  • Diverse Scenery: From dunes to canyons.   

6. Fish River Canyon

Excursion into Fish River Canyon, Namibia

The Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world, offering breathtaking views and challenging hikes.

  • Main Viewpoint: Near Hobas for spectacular canyon views.
  • Fish River Canyon Hike: A multi-day adventure through rugged terrain.
  • Size: Second largest canyon in the world.
  • Best Time to Visit: Cooler months from May to September.

7. Swakopmund

Famous Swakopmund Lighthouse in Swakopmund, city on the Atlantic coast of northwestern Namibia

Swakopmund is a charming coastal town with a distinct German colonial influence and a gateway to the Skeleton Coast.

Key Highlights

  • Adventure Activities: Sandboarding, quad biking, and scenic flights.
  • Quaint Architecture: German colonial buildings and vibrant cafes.
  • Moon Landscape: Nearby surreal desert scenery.
  • Welwitschia Plains: Home to ancient Welwitschia mirabilis plants.

8. Caprivi Strip (Zambezi Region)

Beautiful sunset at Caprivi Strip in Namibia

The Caprivi Strip, now known as the Zambezi Region, is characterized by its rivers, wetlands, and abundant wildlife, offering a lush contrast to Namibia’s arid landscapes.

  • National Parks: Bwabwata, Mudumu, and Nkasa Rupara.
  • Water-Based Activities: Boat safaris and fishing.
  • Abundant Wildlife: Diverse ecosystems with rich wildlife.
  • Cultural Experiences: Interactions with local communities.

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Namibia offers a variety of safari experiences that cater to different interests and preferences. Enjoy game drives in Etosha National Park, where you can see a plethora of wildlife at the waterholes. Explore the dunes of Sossusvlei on guided walks or hot air balloon rides. Discover the remote and rugged beauty of Damaraland and its desert-adapted wildlife. For a unique adventure, take a scenic flight over the Skeleton Coast or a boat trip to see marine life in Walvis Bay. Each safari promises memorable encounters only made possible in Namibia.

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The dry winter months from May to September are ideal for wildlife viewing, as animals gather around water sources, making them easier to spot.

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Whether you aim to witness the dramatic dunes of Sossusvlei, enjoy the striking beauty of the Skeleton Coast, or explore vibrant wildlife habitats, each season in Namibia brings its own special charm.

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Our recommended activities in namibia.

Namibia offers a wide range of activities to suit every traveler’s interests. Climb the iconic red dunes of Sossusvlei, enjoy wildlife viewing at Etosha National Park’s waterholes, and discover the haunting beauty of the Skeleton Coast. For adventure enthusiasts, Swakopmund provides sandboarding, quad biking, and skydiving.

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  • Hot Air Balloon Rides over the Namib Desert

Planning your Namibian adventure holiday is a matter of deciding which sorts of experiences you’d like to have. Without much planning or preparation, you can have a jam-packed itinerary full of adventurous activities , some of which are suitable for the whole family.

Just by staying in Swakopmund, various tour operators offer everything from skydiving and sandboarding down massive desert dunes to quad biking and ocean kayaking.

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Going 4x4ing in Namibia’s most remote places is one of the most adventurous ways of experiencing the country’s wildest landscapes. Two of the best 4x4ing areas are the Skeleton Coast National Park and Damaraland – wild, rugged, remote, and inhospitable but incredibly scenic.

Regarding active adventures, Namibia’s tough peaks in the Brandberg and the Spitzkoppe mountains lure experienced climbers looking for a challenge.

Spitzkoppe in Namibia

The five-day Fish River Canyon hike, which takes you through some of the best scenery of Africa’s largest canyon, is a beautiful trekking option for those with stamina. You can also find shorter, less strenuous hiking routes throughout the country.

A perfect family-friendly adventure is an Orange River canoeing journey, where you paddle down the watery boundary between Namibia and South Africa, passing through magnificent desert landscapes.

A trip to Namibia isn’t complete without a camping trip, which is a great way to see the country’s huge deserts, steep highlands, and unique wildlife.

Namibia is a great destination for campers of all skill levels, from those who are seasoned veterans to those seeking their first taste of the great outdoors on their Namibia holiday.

Woman tourist on safari travel vacation in Africa, young girl near camping car with tent and kitchen in camp, quiver tree forest, Namibia

We at Discover Africa realize that the prospect of camping in Namibia can be intimidating, so we’ve simplified the planning process as much as possible.

Our many camping alternatives, from primitive campgrounds to five-star Namibia lodges , have been handpicked to provide you with the finest camping experience imaginable. Relax and enjoy your vacation without worrying about a thing thanks to our professional tour guides.

The Namibian night sky is one of the highlights of any camping trip there. Stargazers flock to the country because it has some of the clearest and darkest skies in the world.

Envision yourself unwinding in your tent, letting the gentle desert breeze caress your skin as you watch the stars twinkle above you. It’s the kind of amazing adventure you won’t soon forget.

Sleeping in roof tent outside in desert Namibia, Africa

Wildlife enthusiasts flock to Etosha National Park , one of Namibia’s most popular camping spots, to see elephants, lions, cheetahs, and hundreds of other species.

Camping is permitted in the park, and there are a number of authorized areas to choose from, each with its own set of amenities.

Etosha boasts camping options for all kinds of people, whether you want a remote area to pitch your own tent or a more organized campground with access to showers and bathrooms.

Woman and man traveler camping with a camper car under the tree during sunset in the desert of Namibia

Sossusvlei , known for its towering red sand dunes, is another fantastic camping spot in Namibia. Many of the campgrounds in this area have stunning views of the dunes, and they range in price from free to luxurious.

Damaraland is the place to go camping if you want to get away from it all and enjoy nature in all its raw, unrefined glory. Rare desert lions and elephants that have adapted to life in the desert can be found here. A variety of camping alternatives, from simple tent sites to opulent lodges, are available in this area, each providing its guests with an unforgettable outdoor adventure.

A vacation in Namibia offers the chance to explore the incredible wildlife and natural beauty of the country as well as learn about its many and varied cultures. A Namibian culture tour is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the customs and way of life of the various ethnic groups who live here.

Himba Woman of Namibia

The north of Namibia, where you may visit Himba, Herero, and Damara communities, is one of the greatest locations to explore Namibian culture. The ancient way of life of the Himba has remained mostly untouched for centuries. They are recognized for their striking red ochre body paint and exquisite hairstyles. The pastoralists known as Himba continue to live in little villages.

The Herero people are renowned for their Victorian-era attire, which is a result of the German conquerors’ influence. The ancient beliefs and practices of the Damara people are a significant part of their vibrant culture. They are well-known for their rock engravings and paintings, which can be seen throughout Namibia.

Traditional Herero Woman in Namiba

The San people, often known as Bushmen, who live in the Kavango and Zambezi regions, are another fantastic cultural group to encounter in Namibia. Because of their long history in the region, the San have a profound familiarity with southern Africa and its natural riches. Both their intricate rock art and their traditional lifestyle of hunting and gathering have gained them widespread recognition.

There is a lot more to Namibia than just its communities, though. The country’s music, dancing, and art are all worth exploring as well. The country has a thriving music scene, with artists and bands performing anything from classical music to modern pop. Traditional dance is also highly valued in Namibia, and its performers can be seen at celebrations and other occasions all around the country.

Combining your safari with a cultural tour of Namibia is a fantastic way to learn more about the country and its people. Seeing the world through the eyes of a different culture is one of the greatest benefits of travel. You should add a cultural trip to your Namibia safari if you want to have a genuinely authentic and immersive experience while you’re there.

If you’re planning a holiday in Namibia, consider adding fishing to your itinerary. Namibia is home to a wide variety of fish species, including tigerfish, tilapia, catfish, and yellowfish, making it a great destination for anglers of all levels.

One of the best places to go fishing in Namibia is the Zambezi Region, also known as the Caprivi Strip. This area is known for its large population of tigerfish, which can weigh up to 20 pounds and put up a strong fight.

The Zambezi Region is also home to various other species such as Tilapia, catfish and yellowfish. The best time to fish for tigerfish is during the rainy season, from January to April.

Fisherman catching a sea fish. Namibia, Africa.

Another great destination for fishing in Namibia is the Kunene River, which is located in the far north of the country and forms the border with Angola. This river is home to a variety of fish species, including tilapia, catfish, and yellowfish. The best time to fish here is during the dry season, from May to December.

If you’re looking for a more remote and peaceful fishing experience, the Skeleton Coast , a remote and desolate stretch of desert along the Atlantic coast, is a great option. This area is known for its huge schools of yellowtail, which can be caught using various techniques such as trolling and fly fishing.

Surf fishing on the Skeleton Coast in the north of Swakopmund, Namibia

In addition to these specific fishing spots, there are many other places in Namibia where you can catch a wide variety of fish.

No matter where you go, you’re sure to have a great time fishing in Namibia and make lasting memories during your holiday in Namibia. So, if you’re an angler looking for a new and exciting vacation in Namibia, pack your fishing gear and head to one of these fantastic fishing destinations.

One of the most unique and impressive ways to experience Namibia’s stunning landscape is from the basket of a hot air balloon. Visualize yourself floating above the vast plains of Namibia, taking in the stunning scenery from above.

The best way to enrich your Namibian safari and acquire a new viewpoint is to take a hot air balloon ride.

Hot Air Ballooning over the Namib Desert

One of the best ways to see Namibia is from above on a hot air balloon ride, and Sossusvlei, in the southernmost part of the Namib Desert, is a perfect place to do just that.

The sand dunes in this area are well recognized as among the highest in the world. Taking a hot air balloon ride above Sossusvlei is a great way to see the desert in all its glory and to see the sand dunes transform as the sun rises.

Beautiful Colorful Hot Air Baloons and dramatic clouds over the sand dunes in the Namib desert

Etosha National Park , in Namibia’s north, is another great spot for a hot air balloon tour. Tourists can see the park’s many animals, such as lions, giraffes, and elephants, from the air on a hot air balloon ride.

The Etosha Pan, a large salt pan and one of the park’s most breathtaking sights, attracts thousands of migratory birds every year.

A hot air balloon ride above the landscape in Damaraland is an unforgettable experience. Damaraland is characterized by its rugged landscape, which consists largely of deserts but also of rugged mountains and deep valleys.

On a hot air balloon flight over Damaraland, you can take in the stark beauty of the region and see desert wildlife like springboks, elephants, and lions.

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One of the most memorable ways to see Namibia is from above on a hot air balloon tour. Your Namibia safari will be greatly enhanced by taking a hot air balloon ride so that you can see the landscape from a new perspective.

So, if you’re looking for something truly unique and exciting to do in Namibia, consider booking a hot air balloon ride.

See Namibia in Your Comfort

Experience Namibia in your own comfort with a variety of accommodation options that suit different preferences and budgets. Stay in luxury lodges with stunning views and personalized service, or embark on a self-drive safari with well-equipped campsites. Each option ensures you can explore Namibia’s beauty at your own pace.

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Namibia is home to superb luxury safari lodges in spectacular locations, often on private concessions in wilderness areas where part of the luxury is going on game drives without seeing other vehicles.

Most of the luxury lodges in the country are concentrated around popular destinations, such as Etosha National Park , on private reserves near Sossusvlei, in the Waterberg Plateau area, and Twyfelfontein.

Luxury Namibia Safari in Sossusvlei

There are also intimate high-end lodges and camps in Namibia’s more remote areas, such as the Skeleton Coast and Kaokoveld, some of which are only accessible by light aircraft.

If budget isn’t an issue, fly-in safaris are the ultimate way to experience a Namibia Safari. On a fly-in safari, you’ll travel to Namibia in a small plane, flying between exclusive high-end safari camps in remote areas and visiting several parks and reserves along the way.

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With Namibia’s vast distances and 4×4-accessible areas, doing a fly-in luxury Namibia safari is the best way of maximizing the time on your trip. Fly-in luxury safaris in Namibia usually include everything from accommodation, meals, and drinks to activities such as game drives.

A Namibia safari offers excellent value for money, especially if you hire a car and stay in campsites or lodges outside the national parks. While there are a lot of pros to staying inside the parks, camps can be pricey, especially in high season.

Choosing to sleep at a camp or lodge just outside the park gates means you can get better value for your money and only miss out on being inside the park in the early mornings and late afternoons when the gates are closed.

The low season (February, March, April, May, and November) sees hotels and lodges drop their room rates, so traveling during these months means getting better value for your lodging.

Staying at all-inclusive Namibia safari lodges can give you great value for money. Many lodges offer many activities, such as game drives, guided nature walks, and animal tracking as part of your stay.

The best way to travel through Namibia on a budget is to rent a car , stay at campsites and cook your own food. Namibia has some superb campsites in beautiful wild places, and many offer shops where you can stock up on things like meat, charcoal, and canned food so that you can self-cater

4x4 driving in Namibia

Another way to travel to Namibia on a budget is to join an organized tour that includes your lodging, transport, food, and activities. Traveling in the low season months of February, March, April, May, and November means you can get good deals on rooms in lodges and hotels as the rates are significantly lower than in the peak season.

African Elephant (Loxodonta africana), desert adapted elephant

Hiking and exploring the national parks and reserves in your car are two of the top budget activities you can do on a safari in Namibia. They also happen to be the best ways to experience the most beautiful places and extraordinary wildlife that the country has to offer.

Holiday Styles and Options in Namibia

Tailor your Namibian holiday to match your personal style, whether it’s a luxury retreat, an adventurous self-drive, or an immersive cultural tour. Enjoy the freedom of a self-drive adventure, the exclusivity of luxury lodges, or the rich experiences of guided tours. Namibia caters to all types of travelers, ensuring a memorable and personalized safari experience.

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Food and cuisine in Namibia are generally divided between indigenous food types and westernized foods to accommodate a broader range of palates, and range from German, Afrikaans, and European in nature.

The vast majority of visitors to Namibia concentrate their time in a handful of destinations, where restaurants, National Parks, and resort kitchens almost exclusively feature the latter. As such, nearly all meals are very familiar to western visitors.

Biltong is a popular snack in Namibia

Breakfasts consist of cereals, yogurt, cheeses, cold cuts, eggs, sausage, bacon, and bread, which are familiar to most tourists.

Dinner mains feature a lot of game meats (kudu, springbok, oryx, wildebeest, and others) as well as chicken, pork, and steak. Sides are your typical variety of vegetables. Bread is served with most meals, and seafood is readily available along the coast.

Namibia is a photographer’s dream destination. The country’s spectacular landscapes of soaring dunes, vast horizons and cracked pans, rugged mountains, dramatic canyons, startling Skeleton Coast, unpolluted night skies, incredible wildlife, and unusual flora, couldn’t be more photogenic.

Namibia’s top photographic destinations are:

  • Etosha National Park for wildlife photography
  • The dunes around Sossusvlei for those quintessential desert scenes
  • The petrified trees of Deadvlei in Sossusvlei
  • The deserted ghost town of Kolmanskop
  • Damaraland, where you can see desert elephants against a backdrop of arid mountains and stony plains

Make sure you have all the batteries and memory cards you need, as you won’t be able to find them in most of Namibia.

Namibia has such diverse landscapes and attractions that you’ll want to be traveling with a range of lenses, from wide-angle for the vast desert horizons to super telephoto for those wildlife shots.

gemsbok in the desert

A tripod is essential for landscapes and wildlife photography (where you can set up at a waterhole such as in Etosha’s camps) and night sky photos.

Namibia is very dusty, so be sure to protect your gear in closed boxes while traveling in the car and clean lenses carefully to get rid of dust.

Different seasons offer varied photographic safari highlights:

  • The rains have stopped by April and May, and these months are best for clear, dust-free skies.
  • For the best chance of getting up close to wildlife at waterholes in Etosha, June to October is the ideal time to travel.

The huge empty spaces and unspoiled wild places of Namibia make you feel like you’re a million miles away from civilisation, which for many people provides the basis for a deeply relaxing holiday.

The best way to have a relaxing holiday in Namibia is to take things slowly. Long drives between distant destinations can be tiring. Instead of trying to cover all of Namibia’s highlights on one trip, pick two or three destinations to spend your time in or spend all your time in just one region. You could even choose just one destination to stay in and do day trips from there.

Mowani Mountain Camp | Photo credits: Monwani Mountain Camp

Namibia’s luxury lodges are all about as much relaxation as you want: while they offer a lot of activities, you can also take it really easy, whiling away days reading on your private deck overlooking vast desert plains or animals walking across a cracked salt pan in Etosha, taking dips in the pool, having sunset drinks on top of a dune and eating gourmet food surrounded by other-worldly scenery.

If you have the budget for it, a flying safari is an ideal way to have a relaxing holiday in Namibia. You fly between luxury camps and lodges around the country and get to experience the best of Namibia’s wildlife and wild places without having to drive anywhere.

If you’re after an active holiday in Namibia, you’re in for a mind-boggling array of choices: everything from hiking, mountain biking and sand boarding to river canoeing, ocean kayaking, mountain climbing, animal tracking and quad biking.

Swakopmund is an ideal base for an active holiday, as the coastal town offers a huge range of outdoors activities nearby, including sandboarding down towering dunes, skydiving over the desert, kayaking with seals in the ocean and quad biking.

There are hiking trails all over the country but the most famous is the 85-kilometre, five-day hike in the Fish River Canyon , a route that is only open between May and September.

You’ll need to be self-sufficient for the hike, carrying your own sleeping gear and food and the terrain is tough going, so it’s not for the faint hearted.

A fantastic wildlife hike is the four-day Waterberg Hike in Waterberg Pleateau Park (which is open from April to November) where you can spot rare roan and sable antelope, as well as giraffe, kudu and hyena amongst the dramatic red sandstone cliffs of the park.

For an easier hiking option, there’s the Tok Tokkie Trail, three-day slackpacking trail in the NamibRand Nature Reserve, where the walking is easy and your luggage is transported for you to comfortable outdoor camps that are set up for you at the end of your walking day (complete with cold drinks, gourmet food and hot water for washing).

Canoeing on the Orange River for a few days in southern Namibia is a perfect choice for a relaxing active holiday for the whole family . Several outfitters offer similar multi-day paddling trips which include guides and meals, meaning all you need to do is paddle, swim, and sleep under the stars.

Rafting the Orange River

Namibia is a mecca for mountain bikers, with an endless array of routes that traverse some of the country’s most spectacular terrain and take you through wilderness concessions where you may be lucky enough to spot rhinos and elephants from the saddle.

There are strenuous multi-day cycles suited for experienced, fit riders through remote and little-visited areas such as the Kunene Region and Damaraland, but if you’re just looking to cycle for a few hours, there are many options for short trails on private nature reserves dotted around the country.

Namibia offers a diverse range of climbing opportunities for enthusiasts, with its rugged mountains providing a range of challenges for climbers of all levels.

Spitzkoppe is rocky ridge

The Spitzkoppe, known as “Namibia’s Matterhorn,” offers a challenging peak summit and sport-climbing routes, while the Brandberg offers a multi-day summit of the country’s highest point, with the added bonus of ancient rock art along the way. In the Erongo Mountains, there are thirty different routes to choose from.

All three of these climbing destinations can be found in the Damaraland region, located north of Swakopmund.

In Namibia it’s easy to combine an active holiday with wildlife experiences by tracking animals on foot. Take your pick from the free-roaming desert rhinos and elephants of Damaraland, the cheetahs and leopards of Okonjima Nature Reserve or rare and elusive pangolins in Erindi Private Game Reserve .

Cheetah spotted in the wilderness of Namibia

Having an active holiday in Namibia means you need the right gear: comfortable and sturdy hiking shoes, long lightweight trousers and long-sleeved shirts in neutral colours (so that you don’t stand out in the landscape when tracking animals on foot), and a wide-brimmed hat. A pair of binoculars is a must for game viewing.

The best months for outdoors activities in Namibia are the cooler winter months of May to September. In summer, day time temperatures can be brutally hot, and some activities not available, such as the Fish River Canyon hike and the slackpacking hike in the NamibRand Nature Reserve.

Namibia’s flagship reserve may lack the presence of buffalo (though they are in the nearby Waterberg Plateau and Caprivi Strip) but the abundance of elephants and lions more than makes up for it.

Etosha is also the best place in Africa to see black rhinos; stake out waterholes at night and check them again during the day – both lions and leopards often use them as ambush points.

Elephants in Namibia at Etosha National Park

Etosha is a stunning park by any stretch of the imagination, both in size the amount of extraordinary African wildlife that it contains.

The park is so large that it can easily be seen from outer space, and astronauts have been known to photograph it as they zoom over. How amazing is that? To give another comparison, Etosha National Park is as large as the country of Switzerland.

It also contains a very large salt pan that covers over 20% of the area, so in the rainy season parts of it become a shallow lake.

You can visit any time of the year, but winter May to September is the dry season, which means animals have to visit the water holes regularly and you can park up and “spy” on them easier.

It’s also a bit cooler for humans who don’t like sweltering in the heat. However, that is not to say you should avoid taking a Namibian holiday at other times of the year.

Namibia, and Etosha especially, has one of the largest populations of Black rhinos left in the world and is one of the few countries that have both Black and White Rhinos.

Black Rhino charging in Namibia

For the chance to see Cape buffalo and hippopotamus, you will need to travel to the northwest to the Caprivi Strip which reaches all the way to Victoria Falls .

The north is also on the edge of malaria territory, so while it is not likely, it is possible to be exposed to mosquitoes that may carry the disease. Take precautions by wearing dark-covered clothing (they prefer lighter colors) and using repellent while there.

Malaria-free safaris are an excellent option if you’re traveling with children if you’re elderly, if you’re pregnant, or in any way unable to take anti-malaria medication.

Sossusvlei may seem like a lifeless pan surrounded by the arid Namib Desert in the south of the Namib-Naukluft National Park in Namibia, however, the area is surrounded by red dunes that seemingly go on forever in every direction.

These dunes are among the most sought-after in Namibia for their height and shape, making them perfect for all kinds of activities that will bring out your adventurous spirit.

In addition, the scenery in nearby Deadvlei and Sesriem Canyon is a photographer’s dream, with brilliant colors and a silent window into a world that has been around since before antiquity – an amazing contrast to the ever-shifting sands that characterize the dunes.

Sossusvlei Namibia

From November to June malaria is prevalent in north and east Namibia, so that may strike Etosha National Park from your itinerary.

However, you can still get a malaria-free safari fix by visiting a game reserve in the Waterberg region or at Okonjima (over 12s only), where the AfriCat Foundation rehabilitates cheetahs and leopards.

Rhinos from behind in Etosha National Park

Having said that, during the dry months of July to September, there’s no risk of malaria in Namibia’s flagship National Park.

The dry months are the best time to go to Etosha anyway, as this is when the park’s water sources dry up and the animals congregate around waterholes, making it incredibly easy to spot them.

Just park off your car near a waterhole and wait for the zebras, springbok, giraffe, lions, elephants and rhino to arrive!

The ever-enchanting landscapes of Namibia has some of Africa’s most dramatic scenery and many great hikes as well as walking trails. However, walking safaris in Namibia offer a slightly different approach to the more traditional walking safaris of its African counterparts in that spotting prolific wildlife may not be as easy to come by because of the vastness of the country.

However, walks through the Etosha National Park are both awe-inspiring and humbling, as you tread along the very paths animals roam free on and observe their intimate lives from a careful distance, it is also one of the best ways to be guaranteed animal sightings. The slow pace of the walk and the interpretive skills of the armed guides open your eyes to a fascinating world.

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Walks tend to be led by experienced and trained guides who tailor the excursions to suit the preferences of guests, whether it’s to view a certain animal or plant species, to learn about the mannerisms of different wildlife species and their habitats or simply to enjoy the vast expanse of bush and the panoramic surroundings that sets Namibia apart.

Walkers will be instructed on the identification of various tracks, as well as on the smaller wildlife and plants that live in the park and that are often missed during a game drive.

Walking Safaris in Damaraland

One of the best regions to walk in is Damaraland which has several really excellent camps and lodges to choose from . The scenery is astonishing, from granite boulders and euphorbia candelabra, to desert dwelling rhinos and elephants.

There have also been recent sightings of cheetahs and lions in this region too.

Who is Travelling to Namibia with you?

No matter who you are or what you’re looking for, a luxury Namibia safari can be tailored to meet your needs. Couples can enjoy romantic getaways in secluded lodges, while families can embark on exciting adventures suitable for all ages. 

Solo travellers can find peace and exploration in the vast landscapes, and friends can share thrilling experiences together. Honeymooners will discover intimate settings perfect for creating unforgettable memories. Whatever your travel style, Namibia offers special and luxurious experiences for every type of traveller.

  • A Couple Safari in Namibia
  • Family Safari in Namibia
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If you want to get off the beaten track and into the rugged wilderness for a romantic holiday, you can’t get much better than Namibia. Despite its harsh climate and rugged terrain, Namibia offers a unique and romantic setting for couples.

The stunning desert landscapes, intimate experiences such as watching the sunset from the top of a dune or waking up to a view of animals drinking at a waterhole, and luxurious safari lodges with private rooms tailored for honeymooners and couples, make it a perfect destination for a romantic getaway.

Additionally, many lodges offer special extras, such as the opportunity to sleep under the stars, that add to the overall experience.

Highlights on a couple safari in Namibia

Central Namibia is the top pick if you’d like to see Namibia’s most popular attractions without too much driving. Clamber up and down the dunes of Sossusvlei , and get your adrenaline pumping with adventure activities in Swakopmund (where you can also indulge in hearty German food and excellent beer in good restaurants).

There’s a good choice of luxury lodges near Sossusvlei , where you can stay in exclusive and intimate rooms or chalets with private decks surrounded by breath taking views of the desert.

Romantic safari lodge setting | Photo credits: Little Kulala

For wildlife, Etosha National Park in northern Namibia is unmissable, and staying in one of the five-star lodges or camps in and around the park means that after a day of game viewing you can relax in luxury: think showering outdoors while watching giraffes walk by, cocktails while you lounge on your deck overlooking animals grazing and gourmet dinners by candlelit under the stars.

If getting as far away from civilization as possible appeals to you for a romantic holiday, then opt for a stay in one of the luxury lodges tucked away in Namibia’s remotest corners – in the Skeleton Coast National Park and Damaraland, where you arrive by plane and get to explore some of the country’s most rugged and untouched wilderness areas with only a handful of other people for hundreds of miles around.

The dead vlei of Sossusvlei at Night

Watching the sunset from the top of a dune with no one else around, stargazing on the private deck of your luxury chalet, eating dinner by candlelight sitting above the cracked salt pan of Etosha National Park, game viewing from your bed and road-tripping on long, lonely desert roads.

Travel Tips for a couple safari in Namibia

Don’t underestimate the driving time between destinations in Namibia and cram your itinerary so that you spend more of your holiday in the car. Plan to spend at least a few days in each destination to really soak up what Namibia is all about: wild scenery, space and serenity.

A Namibian Safari is an incredible choice for a family safari holiday . It’s safe, easy to travel around on a self-guided journey, and offers a wealth of attractions and activities that will delight kids.

There are fun things to do with kids of all ages: nature walks, wildlife spotting, and sandboarding for young ones, multi-day hiking, sandboarding, quad biking, animal tracking, and skydiving for teenagers.

Sandboarding in Swakopmund Namibia

With Namibia’s wide range of lodging options , choosing places to stay for a family holiday in Namibia is easy. Pick from self-catering bungalows and cottages, well-equipped campsites, or luxury lodges (just be sure to check with lodges beforehand if they have a minimum age limit).

Highlights of a family Safari in Namibia

  • Parking off at waterholes in Etosha National Park to watch herds of zebra, wildebeest, and giraffe congregate.
  • Going on guided bush walks in the barren-looking Namib Desert and discovering a fascinating world of insects, birds, lizards, and adapted plants.
  • Scrambling up the dunes near Sossusvlei and sliding back down or zooming down the dunes of Swakopmund on a sandboard.
  • Sitting around a campfire under the twinkling stars of the Milky Way.
  • Spending a day canoeing on the Orange River or kayaking among seals, turtles, and dolphins off the coast near Swakopmund.

Travel Tips for a Family Safari in Namibia

It’s a good idea to pick two or three destinations and spend longer at each one rather than trying to see all the highlights of Namibia at once.

Driving distances in Namibia are very long, and you won’t get the most out of your family safari in Namibia if most of it’s spent in the car with the kids getting restless in the backseat.

Etosha National Park Self Drive Safari

When you have to do a long drive, think about breaking your journey up with stopovers along the way, especially if you’re traveling with young children.

If you’re going to be exploring wildlife parks (which involves lots of driving around), plan to break up the game drives with snack breaks and picnics at designated areas.

Children Watching Elephant At Okaukuejo Waterhole in Etosha Namibia

If you have young children, it may be best to avoid traveling to high-risk malaria areas. Traveling to Namibia in the cooler months from April to October is advisable, as the summer months can be unbearably hot.

Bear in mind that Namibia’s climate is harsh, and your kids will need to be able to cope with the elements. It’s extremely dry and dusty, it can be sweltering, and the sun is intense.

Be prepared with lots of sunscreen lotion, high SPF cream for lips, hats and clothes to protect from the sun, good sunglasses, and a big shade cloth if you’re camping.

Etosha National Park safari with children

Take note of lodges’ policies regarding game drives with children. Many lodges have a minimum age limit for young children on a game drive vehicle, and some lodges won’t accept children under a certain age.

If you’re travelling over the border to Botswana or South Africa after your trip to Namibia, you must have unabridged birth certificates for your children.

Going on a honeymoon safari in Namibia means you can experience getting away from it all in remote campsites where you and your partner are the only people around for miles.

On your honeymoon safari, you can relax in five-star luxury in stylish, intimate Namibian lodges with rooms on the edges of dunes and water holes or built into the branches of trees.

Watching the sunset together over the desert from your private deck or sipping coffee in bed while zebras have a morning drink a few meters away are romantic moments that you can expect on a safari in Namibia.

Couple holding each other at sunset

Whether you explore Sossusvlei , Etosha, Damaraland, or the Skeleton Coast, luxury lodges offer romance by the bucket load, with exclusive honeymoon cottages set apart from the main camp for maximum privacy, and special touches such as private picnics or dinners by candlelight.

Romantic setting in Namibia

If you want to combine two of the most popular attractions of Namibia on a romantic holiday, stay in one of the luxury lodges inside Etosha National Park or just outside its gates.

Spend your days on game drives with guides, and then spend a while at one of the high-end lodges in the Sossusvlei area, where you can do several day trips.

If you like to be around other travelers, the best places to explore as a solo traveler are the most popular ones: Etosha National Park in the north, Sossusvlei in the center, and Swakopmund at the coast .

The Mole beachfront,Swakopmund,Namibia

In each of these places, you’ll find camps and lodges where you can meet up with other travelers, and a host of activities where you can join up with other groups.

In northern Namibia, the Zambezi Region, which is popular with overlanders and backpackers, is another place where you’ll easily be able to meet up with other travelers.

You can look forward to seeing lions, elephants, and rhinos on guided game drives in Etosha National Park, and meeting new friends around the fire at a camp in the Zambezi Region.

Or go Skydiving, sandboarding, drinking beer with locals in Swakopmund, and soaking up the silence and timeless beauty of the desert atop a dune in the sands of Sossusvlei.

Travel Tips for a solo safari in Namibia

The only thing that you need to be aware of as a solo traveler in Namibia is long driving distances in remote areas. You’ll often drive for hours without coming across a gas station or town. Make sure that your lodge or hotel knows to expect you in case you have a breakdown.

Driving a 4x4 through the iconic Etosha National Park

It’s also good to tell someone where you’re going if you head off from your lodge or camp on a day hike. If possible, join up with a guided hike or find someone to hike with, as it’s much safer to hike in a pair or a group in case of an emergency.

What You Need To Know

Planning your trip to Namibia involves considering several important factors to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience. Familiarize yourself with visa requirements, health precautions, and the best times to visit. Our experts provide all the necessary insights to help you prepare for an unforgettable adventure in Namibia.

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  • Why do People Come Back to Namibia?
  • Namibia vs Botswana
  • Namibia vs South Africa
  • Wildlife in Namibia
  • Safari Styles in Namibia
  • Best Time to go to Namibia
  • Travel Tips for Namibia
  • Visas for Namibia
  • Travelling to Namibia
  • Travelling in Namibia
  • Currency in Namibia
  • Lodges in Namibia
  • Food and Tipping in Namibia
  • Namibian Culture
  • Languages in Namibia
  • Medical Emergencies in Namibia
  • Packing List for Namibia
  • Vaccinations for Namibia
  • Emergency Services in Namibia
  • Namibia Health Care
  • Health Insurance for Namibia
  • Namibia Travel Costs
  • When to Go on a Namibia Safari

A safari in Namibia offers space, silence, and the chance to get away from it all. It’s the second least-densely populated country on the planet, with only two people per square kilometer.

Oryx in Sossusvlei

You can drive for hours under huge blue skies surrounded by landscapes so vast and empty that, at times, you feel like you’re on the edge of the planet. In an overpopulated world, there aren’t many places left where you can immerse yourself as deeply in remote wilderness areas as in Namibia.

Cheetah spotted in the wilderness of Namibia

The driest country in Africa south of the Sahara, Namibia is covered in a large swathe of desert, giving rise to an array of unique plants and animals adapted to the harsh climate, such as the Welwitschia (which can live for more than 1000 years) and the famous desert elephants, which are only found in one other place on the continent.

In terms of big game safaris , Namibia has several parks and reserves, but its stand out is Etosha National Park , where during the winter months, the ease of spotting wildlife is nearly unrivaled. Other notable wildlife highlights in Namibia include tracking black rhinos and cheetahs on foot.

Rhinos roaming in Namibia

Namibia’s extreme landscapes are a big part of why the country is so unique. From the sand seas of the Namib, where you’ll find the tallest dunes in the world, to the awe-inspiring Fish River Canyon, Namibia is home to some of Africa’s most spectacular natural sights.

A safari tour in Namibia draws people back with its otherworldly landscapes, endless space, magnificent desert, superb wildlife spotting, memorable animal experiences (such as tracking free-roaming black rhino on foot), and unique desert-adapted animals and plants.

There’s also so much to see and do on a Namibian safari that you couldn’t even begin to do the country justice on one trip. On a first visit, many travelers explore Namibia’s best-known attractions, and then, on return trips, they head into more remote regions for off-the-beaten-track adventures.

Spring flowers in Namibia

Namibia also has changing attractions that bring travelers back in different seasons. Expect superb game viewing in the dry winter, bird-watching safaris in the rainy summer months, spring flowers in |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park in August and September, and migratory whale sightings along the coast in October and November.

Botswana is known for its superb luxury camps and its policy of low-impact tourism. The country limits the number of people staying in conservation areas, so a Botswana safari tour tends to be relatively expensive.

On the other hand, a safari tour in Namibia is more tourist-friendly and, with its well-maintained roads, is far easier to visit on a self-driving trip. Many of Namibia’s most famous attractions can be explored in a 2WD vehicle.

Tourists on safari game drive with the elephants  in the bush of the Chobe National Park , Botswana.

The huge variety of places to stay in Namibia, from excellent campsites to five-star lodges, appeals to a broader range of travelers. At the same time, Botswana caters largely to the high-end market.

Of the two countries, Namibia has a broader diversity of more stunning landscapes, from a deep canyon in the south to rugged mountains in the north, the cracked salt pans of Etosha, the towering dunes of Sossusvlei, and the dramatic Skeleton Coast .

4x4's driving through Skeleton Coast

In terms of wildlife, Botswana has Africa’s largest elephant herds and vast numbers of buffalo, lions, and leopards, which makes for rewarding game viewing in its excellent parks.

However, the game viewing in Namibia’s Etosha National Park during the dry winter months, when animals congregate around waterholes, is hard to beat.

A large buffalo in the Okavango Delta

Even if you’re a first-time Namibia safari goer driving yourself around Etosha, you’ll be able to enjoy spectacular sightings of hundreds of animals at once if you park next to waterholes.

Namibia also scores for its unique desert-adapted animals, its free-ranging population of black rhinos (the last in the world) and desert elephants, and the largest population of cheetahs in Africa.

In terms of city culture, landscapes, flora, and fauna, safari in South Africa have much more diversity than a Namibian Safari.

South Africa also has excellent game parks where Big Five viewing is easy, as well as forests and mountains, a beautiful coastline with superb beaches, and culturally rich cities home to award-winning restaurants, fantastic shopping, art, museums, and nightlife.

Elephants in Addo Elephant National Park.

Many travelers choose South African holidays for the ease of combining a safari tour with beach time , cuisine, and culture in cities.

Namibia can’t compete in terms of beaches or cities, but what it does have that South Africa doesn’t is dramatic desert scenery, vast open spaces, extremely wild rugged landscapes, and a lot more chances to get far off the beaten track and escape the crowds.

namibia adventure safari

Having a real off-grid adventure in Namibia is also more accessible than in South Africa, with Namibia’s massive choice of 4×4 routes that take you into the country’s most remote corners.

In the busy season, the popular hotspots in South Africa can be bustling, while in Namibia, even during the peak months, the only place where you’ll see a lot of other travelers is Etosha.

In the north, Etosha National Park is Namibia’s unmissable wildlife destination. During the dry season, when water is scarce, the park’s animals gather around waterholes making game viewing as easy as parking your car in the right spot.

Along with herds of springbok, zebra, and blue wildebeest, you’ll see plenty of elephants and lions and, if you’re lucky, cheetahs.

You’ll also see desert animals such as oryx, meerkat, ostrich, and bat-eared foxes.

Meerkats can be seen all over in Namibia

The park is the best place in Africa to spot black rhinos, while black-faced impala and Damara dik-dik are two other remarkable species. They’re only found in one other place – across the border in Angola.

Wildlife surrounding Etosha National Park

To the south of Etosha, Waterberg Plateau Park is home to some rare species, such as sable and roan antelope and black and white rhino, and Namibia’s only breeding colony of Cape Vultures. This area contributes significantly to Namibia wildlife conservation efforts.

Wildlife in Damaraland

Among the rugged mountains of Damaraland, in Namibia’s northwest, are free-roaming populations of desert elephants (which are incredibly rare – the only other place in the world you’ll find them is Mali) and desert-adapted black rhinos and lions. These unique species are a testament to the adaptability and diversity of Namibia wildlife.

Namib Elephant in Namibia

Namibia’s most rewarding wildlife experiences include tracking black rhinos and elephants against spectacular desert backdrops.

Wildlife in the Zambezi Region of Namibia

In far north-eastern Namibia, the Zambezi Region (formerly known as the Caprivi Strip) offers a different wildlife experience to the rest of the country, thanks to its heavy summer rainfall, rivers, and water sources.

Hippos in water are an amazing sight to see

This is where you can see hippos and crocodiles, and it’s one of the only places in the country where buffalo occur. A highlight of the Zambezi Region is water-based wildlife viewing from boats or a mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe).

Wildlife on the Skeleton Coast of Namibia

Stretching along Namibia’s northern coastline, the Skeleton Coast National Park has one of the world’s largest breeding colonies of Cape fur seals at the Cape Cross Seal Reserve.

Cape fur seals skeleton coast

There are around 100,000 seals here year-round, and if you visit the reserve in November and December, you’ll see their tiny pups – and perhaps a stalking jackal.

Wildlife in Central Namibia

In central Namibia, there’s marine wildlife to see from a boat and kayaking trips from Walvis Bay to spot seals, whales, and dolphins.

Central Namibia also has two places to take part in animal tracking. Search for cheetahs and leopards at Okonjima Nature Reserve near Otjiwarongo and track rare and extremely elusive pangolins at Erindi Private Game Reserve .

Wildlife in Southern Namibia

Southern Namibia isn’t a prime big-game region. However, if you want to see the animals of the Namib Desert (oryx, springbok, kudu, zebra, giraffe, hartebeest, leopard, hyena, jackal, and fox), the NamibRand Nature Reserve , a vast conservation area with spectacular scenery and a low density of visitors, is your best bet.

Springbok in Sossusvlei Namibia

An unusual wildlife highlight of southern Namibia is the herd of around 150 wild horses that roam freely in the desert between Aus and Lüderitz – the world’s only desert-dwelling wild horses.

Namibia’s safari experiences are all about taking in the spectacular landscapes of desert, mountains, and coastline, running the gamut from the sedate to the extreme, and everything in between.

For many travelers to Namibia, wildlife viewing will be at the top of their list of experiences. Spotting Etosha’s abundant wildlife by driving yourself around the park or going on guided game drives is an unmissable highlight of any holiday to Namibia.

You can also enjoy more active animal experiences, including horseback wildlife viewing in various reserves, camel rides in Swakopmund and tracking desert rhinos on foot in Damaraland.

Namibia’s safari adventures and outdoor activities are endless and cater to all fitness and experience levels.

Damaraland Camp in Namibia

From short, gentle walks in the desert to multi-day strenuous hikes, bouldering to serious mountain climbing and easy mountain biking routes to tough long cycles through rugged desert terrain, there’s literally something for everyone.

Then there’s family-friendly ocean kayaking, gentle canoeing on the Orange River, quad biking in the desert, sandboarding down massive dunes, and the ultimate adrenaline-pumping fun of skydiving.

For experienced drivers, Namibia offers memorable 4×4 adventures that range from routes of just a few hours to days-long journeys into the country’s most remote and wildest corners.

Namibia generally has a dry climate, and you can visit the country year-round. However, deciding on the ideal month to travel to Namibia really depends on which regions and attractions you’ll be traveling to and what your interests are.

In general, the dry winter season from May to September is the most popular time for travelers to visit Namibia.

Malaria risk is lowest, daytime temperatures aren’t too hot (though nights between June and August are freezing), and, in parks such as the iconic Etosha National Park .

The combination of sparse foliage and the lack of rain forces animals to congregate around waterholes, which makes wildlife spotting particularly easy.

November to March are the hottest months in Namibia, and temperatures in some regions can reach above 50°C (122°F) during the day.

These months are also the rainy season, although many areas in Namibia receive little or no rain at all. During the wetter months, some tracks in the northeastern part of the country can become unsurpassable.

These are the hardest months for spotting wildlife in parks such as Etosha and carry the highest malaria risk.

Namibia is one of the easiest and safest African countries to travel in. Still, due to the huge distances between destinations and remote locations, a successful trip usually requires some advance planning and research.

In terms of communication, many hotels don’t offer WiFi, and cell phone coverage can be sparse in remote areas.

Namibia Self Drive Safari

In the peak season from July to October and over the Christmas holidays, lodging and campsites in Namibia get booked up well in advance, especially in the most popular parks.

Make sure you place your reservations well before your trip if you’re traveling to Namibia for holiday during these months.

Etosha National Park and Sossusvlei are busy year-round, so it’s a good idea to book your camp or safari lodge in advance, even if you’re not traveling during the busiest months.

Self-drive adventure Namibia

Distances in Namibia are significant, and it’s vital that you do some research before plotting out a self-driving itinerary so that you’re not spending the entire time in the car driving from one spot to the next.

It’s a good idea to spend a few days in each place rather than packing too many places into your trip so that you have time to soak up the serenity of Namibia’s beautiful landscapes.

Namibia has visa exemption agreements with the USA and many European countries, so if the exemption covers your country, then you can travel visa-free to the country for up to three months. Everyone entering Namibia needs a passport with six months of validity from the date of entry to the country and one blank page.

If you’re flying to Namibia from the US, it’s easiest to travel to Johannesburg in South Africa and catch a two-hour connecting flight to Windhoek in Namibia.

Travelers from Europe have the option of direct flights to Windhoek from Frankfurt on Air Namibia or from Cologne-Bonn on Eurowings or from Amsterdam on KLM, or connecting flights via Johannesburg from London on British Airways or South African Airways. Qatar Airways flies to Windhoek from several European cities via Doha.

If you’re traveling by car in South Africa or Botswana before your trip to Namibia, it’s easy to cross the Namibian border with your hired car. Just let the rental car company know beforehand so that they can provide you with the paperwork you’ll need to bring your car across the border.

Namibia is a vast country without many public transport options, so hiring a car is the best way of getting around. Namibia’s tarred and gravel roads are in good condition and are well maintained, making it easy to do a self-drive holiday.

It’s a good idea to have both a GPS (or offline map on your smartphone) and a paper map for navigating.

4x4 in Namibian sand

You don’t need to hire a 4×4 to drive around Namibia – 2WD vehicles can drive on the gravel roads – but it’s preferable to have a car with high ground clearance, especially for the ungraded dirt secondary roads.

If you’re traveling in Namibia’s more remote regions, such as the Skeleton Coast National Park, Kaokoveld, and Damaraland, you’ll need a 4×4. You’ll also need a 4×4 to explore Khaudum National Park, Nkasa Rupara National Park, and parts of Bwabwata National Park in the Zambezi Region.

The Skeleton Coast of Namibia

Some car rental companies offer vehicles fully kitted out for camping trips , with rooftop tents, freezers, gas cookers, camping chairs and tables, sleeping bags, jerry cans, and cooking sets.

Namibia has one of the world’s highest rates of road accidents, and it’s recommended to take out fully comprehensive insurance to cover you for any damage or accidents that may happen during your trip.

The currency in Namibia which is the Namibian Dollar is equivalent to the South African rand.

If you’re travelling to Namibia after spending time in South Africa, this South African currency, is accepted all over Namibia (although Namibian currency is not accepted in South Africa). You can draw currency in Namibia from ATMs using your international bank cards.

namibian sand dunes

Many hotels, lodges and restaurants in towns will accept credit card payments, but you do need carry enough currency in Namibia with you to cover yourself for places that don’t accept cards.

You’ll also need cash for park entrance fees and tips. Few petrol stations will accept cards for payment of petrol, and while there are usually ATMs at bigger petrol stations, many small stations will not have an ATM, so have enough currency in Namibia for filling up with petrol in rural areas.

Euro, British Pounds, US Dollars and other major currencies may be traded locally or in advance of departure. In addition, exchange facilities are available in the various offices of change and banks in the major cities of ATMs. It is best to request bank notes in smaller denominations, as it can often be difficult to get a change from large notes, and smaller notes are handy for smaller transactions.

Himba woman

Traveller’s checks are not recommended as they are often difficult to exchange and incur high fees for currency in Namibian.

Please note that while South African Rand is used in Namibia, Namibian Currency is not legal tenders in South Africa, so make sure you have used or exchanged them before you leave Namibia.

Many lodges in Namibia offer activities, food, and drinks as part of your rate. It’s always a good idea to check exactly what is and isn’t included before your stay, so you don’t get any surprises on your bill when you check out.

Luxury Lodge in Namibia | Photo credits: Boulders camp

Lodges usually explain their tipping practice in the in-room booklet, but if you’re unsure, check with the management staff.

Meat – ostrich, chicken, beef, and free-range venison such as kudu, eland, and oryx – features heavily in Namibian cuisine and is cooked barbecue-style or in potjiekos, a one-pot stew.

Most tourist restaurants serve meaty international fare, so you’ll have to look out for restaurants that offer Namibian eats such as oshifima (a millet and maize meal porridge served with stew), dried fish, oshingali (bean soup), and spicy mopane worms.

You can taste Namibia’s German influence in dishes such as eisbein (pork knuckle), pork schnitzel, and delicious cakes and pastries such as apfelstrudel and black forest cake.

Potjiekos is similar to a stew cooked over a long period in a traditional pot (potjie), credit: Jenman Safaris

Local specialties to look out for are fresh oysters in Lüderitz on the coast and Kalahari truffles from eastern Namibia, delicious rare delicacies which are in season in April and May.

Namibian beer, brewed in accordance with the Bavarian purity law, is excellent. Two favourite local brands are Windhoek and Tafel, and you can also find German beers in bars and restaurants around the country.

There are few Namibian wineries, so if you’re not drinking beer, you’re most likely going to be sipping South African sauvignon blancs and pinotages.

Oysters you can expect to eat in Namibia

It’s standard to leave a 10% to 15% tip in restaurants. If you park your car in Windhoek, there may be a car guard who offers to watch over it while you’re gone. It’s usual to tip them a few Namibian dollars when you return to your car. People usually tip petrol attendants around N$5 for fuelling.

Most lodges will suggest tipping amounts for guides, trackers, and housekeeping staff which is usually an amount per day. Some lodges ask for you to put your tip in an envelope and hand it to the manager or guide; some have tip boxes at reception.

It’s customary to leave a tip at the end of your stay (it’s not necessary to tip at the end of each day or activity), especially for guides and trackers.

The San Bushmen are descendants of Africa’s Stone Age tribes and are considered Namibia’s oldest inhabitants. Confined in the desert and semi-desert regions of Namibia, their survival skills in such a harsh climate are renowned worldwide.

Cultures of Namibia

Bantu-speaking populations include the Himba, Ovamba, and Herero people, who are also highly adept at living in the stark landscape of Namibia.

On March 21, 1990, Namibia declared independence from South Africa. The indigenous peoples of the nation were the San, Nama, and Damara. Later, during the Bantu expansion, Bantu immigrants arrived in the region.

Since then, the Bantu people (known as the Ovambo) have become the majority of Namibia’s population, and their language, Oshiwambo, has become the country’s most commonly spoken language.

Himba Woman in Namibia

Namibia has a population of 2.1 million people and is sparsely populated due to the vast Namib Desert, which covers most of the region.

Despite its limited population, Namibia has a complex linguistic environment, with languages in ranging from the Indo-European, Khoisan, and Bantu families being spoken.

The three languages in Namibia, English, German, and Afrikaans, were designated as official languages in Namibia during the apartheid regime.

The German culture in Namibia is quite strong

However, after Namibia achieved independence from South Africa, the country’s new government declared English to be the only official language in Namibia, as stated in the country’s constitution.

The language is now used in the country’s government administration and schools and universities as a medium of instruction.

Oshiwambo is spoken by the majority (48%) of Namibians, especially the Ovambo people who live in the region formerly known as Ovamboland.

Sand Dunes in Namibia

The Khoekhoe languages are Namibia’s second most widely spoken indigenous language, with approximately 11% of the population speaking it. About the same number of people speak Afrikaans. The Hereo and Kwangali languages are spoken by 10% of the Namibian population.

Other Bantu (Fwe, Kuhane, Yeyi, Tswana, Mbukushu) and Khoisan languages (Naro, Kung-Ekoka, Xó, Kxoe) are spoken by smaller percentages of the Namibian population.

Due to its dry climate, Namibia is generally a safe country regarding health issues. Windhoek has good medical facilities, although you will probably only spend a few days in the city and the rest of your trip in more remote areas.

Most of Namibia is rural and sparsely populated and big towns with hospitals are few and far between.

If you have a minor health problem, you’ll need to travel to the nearest clinic or hospital, which may be several hours away. For a serious medical emergency, you’ll need to be medically evacuated to Windhoek for treatment.

Private hospitals may insist on a cash or credit card payment before starting treatment, and it’s likely that you’ll need to pay upfront and then claim back from your travel insurance.

Namibia has an arid climate, so it’s easy to get dehydrated. Make sure to drink plenty of water (tap water is safe to drink in most places in Namibia).

The sun is particularly strong, so always wear high SPF sunscreen, a hat, and protective clothing, and avoid the midday rays.

Since many places you may end up visiting in Namibia are remote, it’s best to bring along any medication you might need.

It’s also a good idea to carry a comprehensive first aid kit that includes antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, antidiarrheal medication, antibacterial ointment, antimalarial tablets, rehydration electrolyte sachets, insect spray and repellent, water purification tablets and bandages.

For driving and hiking navigation, it’s a good idea when you have WiFi to download offline maps of Namibia on your smartphone using the Google Maps and maps.me apps.

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for people visiting Namibia from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission. It’s recommended that you get vaccinations for cholera, typhoid, tetanus, hepatitis A and B, and diphtheria. The rabies vaccination is recommended if you’re going to be staying in remote areas where you may not have medical access for an emergency vaccination, if you’re going for a particularly long trip, or if you’re going to have a higher risk of contact with animals and bats.

From November to June there is a high risk of malaria in the Ohangwena, Omaheke, Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto and Otjozondjupa regions and a medium risk in northern Namibia, such as in Etosha National Park and the Zambezi Region. In all other areas there is a low to no risk of malaria throughout the year. It’s best to contact your doctor or travel clinic about malaria prophylactics before your trip. To prevent mosquito bites, use repellent on your skin and clothes, wear long trousers and shirts in the early morning and evenings and if possible, sleep under a mosquito net.

If you aren’t able to get to a nearby hospital, then call E-Med Rescue 24, a private emergency evacuation company that runs ground ambulances and aircraft. If you’re in a remote location they will be able to arrange transport for you to hospital.

Namibia has both public and private healthcare providers and mobile clinics in remote locations. There are big differences between public and private healthcare facilities: private hospitals and clinics are far more sophisticated and better staffed, while public facilities, which serve the majority of the population, are often understaffed and aren’t able to offer all healthcare services such as organ transplants and dialysis. Travellers are advised to only use private healthcare services for which you will usually need to pay yourself and afterwards claim back from your travel insurance.

It’s advisable to get full travel insurance that includes medical coverage for your Namibia vacation. Make sure that your medical insurance covers you for medical evacuation, as well as any adventure activities you may want to do, such as skydiving, hiking, mountain climbing, sand boarding and quad biking. It’s a good idea to get comprehensive insurance on your rental car too.

Prices for lodging in Namibia range from:

  • N$140 (US $12) per person in a campsite
  • N$200 (US $17) for a budget guesthouse
  • N$700 (US $60) for a B&B room
  • N$1000 (US $85) per person for a chalet in one of the camps in Etosha National Park
  • N$1500 (US $128) per person in a mid-range safari lodge
  • N$7000 (US $600) per person for a night in an all-inclusive luxury safari lodge

A meal for two people in a mid-range restaurant will cost around US $30. Entrance fees for some national parks are N$80 (US$6) per person per day, while other parks are N$40 (US$3).

The cost of activities varies greatly ranging from:

  • N$85 (US $7) for a guided tour of Kolmanskop ghost town
  • N$650 (US $55) for a half-day guided nature walk on the dunes near Swakopmund
  • N$6500 (US$557) per person for a hot air balloon flight

Namibia offers spectacular safari experiences year-round, but the timing of your visit can significantly enhance your adventure. Understanding the country’s seasons and climate will help you plan the perfect safari.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Giraffe drinking water in Etosha National Park, Namibia.

The best time to visit Namibia for wildlife viewing is during the dry season, from June to October. During these months, animals congregate around waterholes and rivers, making them easier to spot. The sparse vegetation also improves visibility, and the weather is generally mild and pleasant.

  • June to October : This is the prime time for game viewing in Etosha National Park. As water sources dwindle, wildlife gathers in large numbers at the park’s numerous waterholes. Expect to see elephants, lions, giraffes, and rhinos, among other species.

Ideal Time for Birdwatching

Close up of bird in Damaraland, Namibia | Photo credit: Huab Lodge

For birdwatchers, the summer months from November to March are ideal. This period coincides with the rainy season, bringing migratory birds and lush landscapes. Over 600 bird species can be spotted, including the flamingos at Walvis Bay and the colorful carmine bee-eaters.

  • November to March: The wet season transforms Namibia’s arid landscapes into green oases. Birdwatchers will delight in the arrival of migratory species and the vibrant display of local birds.

Best Time for Scenery and Photography

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Namibia’s landscapes are stunning year-round, but the lighting and scenery vary with the seasons. Photographers often prefer the dry season (June to October) for its clear skies and dramatic landscapes. However, the wet season (November to March) also offers unique opportunities with lush greenery and dramatic thunderstorms.

  • April to May: These months offer a beautiful transition between the wet and dry seasons. The landscapes are still green from the rains, and the weather is starting to cool down, providing excellent conditions for photography.

Special Highlights Throughout the Year

Namibia offers unique experiences no matter when you visit. Here are some highlights to consider:

  • January to March: Witness the desert bloom after the rains, especially in regions like Sossusvlei. The usually arid landscapes burst into life with wildflowers and lush vegetation.
  • April to May : This is a great time for visiting the Fish River Canyon and enjoying moderate temperatures and fewer tourists.
  • June to August : Perfect for game viewing in Etosha and experiencing the cool, clear mornings and evenings ideal for photography.
  • September to October: The end of the dry season brings excellent wildlife viewing as animals concentrate around diminishing water sources.
  • November to December: Enjoy birdwatching and the green transformation of the landscapes as the rainy season begins.

Seasonal Travel Tips

Start of the hiking trail at Fish River Canyon, Namibia.

Dry Season (June to October)

  • Pack Warm Clothes: Mornings and evenings can be chilly, especially in the desert regions.
  • Book Early: This is the peak travel season, so book your accommodations and tours well in advance.
  • Stay Hydrated: The dry climate can be dehydrating, so drink plenty of water.

Wet Season (November to March)

  • Bring Rain Gear: Light rain showers are common, so pack a waterproof jacket.
  • Insect Repellent: The wet season can bring an increase in insects, including mosquitoes.
  • Flexible Itinerary: Rain can sometimes affect travel plans, so allow for flexibility in your schedule.

Namibia is a year-round destination offering diverse and unique experiences with each season. Whether you’re looking for incredible wildlife encounters, stunning landscapes, or vibrant birdlife, Namibia’s varying climates and seasons ensure an unforgettable safari adventure.

Our expert travel advisors are on hand to help you tailor the perfect trip according to your interests and needs so you can enjoy the best that this magnificent country has to offer.

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A self-drive safari in itself is an adventure and every itinerary in Namibia can be classified as adventurous but we’re channeling special experiences into the wild. Something to thrill your inner Bear Grylls. It’s not all adrenaline but the experiences sure will get your heart racing as there is nothing else like it.

Hike the Fish River Canyon with not much more than a backpack. Explore the red sands of the Namib Desert on foot. Sleep under a blanket of stars in a 'fairy circle'. Go on a 4x4 escapade of Namibia’s most unrelenting terrain. Even better, combine it with a quad bike adventure on the endless pans of the Makgadikgadi , go canoe the channels of the Okavango Delta or explore on a walking safari and sleep out in the raw wilderness on Chief’s Island. Go shark cage diving in Cape Town . Hike up Table Mountain.

Adventure is everywhere. In our special part of southern Africa there is no shortage of it. You’ll find it at every turn and if you aren’t sure where to look, we know all the best experiences, what not to miss and the ‘must includes’ that will take your itinerary up a notch and see you exploring deeper, going further and living just a little harder.

Adventure is going beyond. It’s the unusual. It’s about the experiences that not everyone has the guts to attempt. The experiences that take a safari itinerary from ordinary to extraordinary. Once in a life-time kind of stuff that you’ll remember forever and always look to top.

Africa is vast. It’s wild and untouched. There’s so much to discover and experience. You’ll need a lifetime to do it all.  Let the adventure begin.

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Taste of Namibia Safari Adventure

Dive into the heart of Namibia on this 7-day adventure that encapsulates the wildlife, culture, and landscapes of one the world’s most fascinating destination! Visit Etosha National Park, with a high concentration of animals including lions, elephants, rhinos, giraffes, and more. Explore the red dunes of Sossusvlei, the rugged mountains of Damaraland, and the surreal Skeleton Coast. On this Namibia safari you’ll get to experience the adrenaline rush of Swakopmund’s adventures, the serene vistas of Walvis Bay, and the ancient majesty of the Namib Desert. Meet the Himba, Herero, and San people and learn about different ways of life. With comfortable accommodations and local flavors enriching your journey, this tour is an intimate gateway to the soul of Namibia, promising memories that will last for a lifetime.

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INCREDIBLE WILDLIFE AND CULTURAL INSIGHTS

This 7-day and 6-night safari, departing on Mondays and Wednesdays, offers unparalleled views of Namibia, combining wildlife conservation efforts with thrilling natural encounters. Your Namibia safari adventure begins at the N/a’an ku se Wildlife Sanctuary , where you’ll gain insights into the conservation and rehabilitation of Namibia’s wildlife. Continue to Etosha National Park , known as “ The Great White Space ,” where the search for predators and their prey comes alive amidst 22,000 square kilometers of sensational terrain. The journey continues through Damaraland and introduces you to the “ Big Sky ” experience, with its towering pink granite formations and interactions with the local Himba, Herero, and Damara communities , each offering a unique perspective on life in this breathtaking landscape.

NATURAL WONDERS AND THRILLING ADVENTURES

At last it’s time for the world famous Skeleton Coast , followed by the adrenalin-pumping adventures in the charm of Swakopmund . The Namibia safari continues across the Tropic of Capricor n to the heart of the Namib Desert, the oldest desert on Earth, and witness the majestic beauty of Dead Vlei and Sossusvlei at sunrise, a moment where nature’s artistry is unmatched. Keep an eye out for desert-adapted wildlife like oryx and springboks. The trip concludes with a visit to the Solitaire cheetah conservation project , followed by a scenic return journey across Namibia’s central plateau, ensuring that every moment of this safari brings you closer to the soul of Namibia.

If you want to explore other perspective of experiencing Namibia, please check out Canyons, Dunes & Wildlife , Northern Namibia & Skeleton Coast , or our Unforgettable Namibia Classic Camping Safari for an extra exploration of this African treasure!

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DISCOVER THE ESSENCE OF NAMIBIA

Experience the heart of Namibia with a meticulously crafted 7-day journey designed by experts deeply rooted in the essence of this mesmerizing country. An on-point journey where we cut out the fluff and take you straight to the good stuff!

• A carefully crafted selection of the best spots in Namibia. Thoughtfully planned day by day. • The local guides are experts in Namibia , this is their and home and priority which gives you a special insight into this country. • The accommodation is comfortable in lodges and gives you a wonderfully comfortable experience while exploring the desert and going on safari.

A LAND OF WILD BEAUTY AND BOUNDLESS ADVENTURE

Namibia is a land of contrasts and breathtaking beauty, where towering sand dunes of Sossusvlei and the rugged mountains of Damaraland frame the vast plains of Etosha National Park. This remarkable country not only boasts a kaleidoscope of landscapes but is also a sanctuary for an incredible array of wildlife, including elephants, lions, cheetahs, giraffes, and rhinos. Etosha National Park stands as a testament to nature’s splendor, offering unparalleled wildlife viewing opportunities. Namibia is also home to the Himba, Herero, and San people, each preserving their unique traditions and ways of life against the backdrop of Namibia’s wild scenery. Here you can enjoy unique experiences such as the thrill of sandboarding down the towering dunes, to hiking in the Fish River Canyon and stargazing under some of the world’s clearest skies. Our Namibia safari is an adventure that leaves no room for the feeling of missing out, every new experience is more unreal than the other!

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Is Namibia a good family holiday destination?

Namibia is a fantastic destination for families, offering limitless adventure opportunities and great value for money. Many lodges and camps will only accept children 12 years and over, but some are specific family accommodations that cater to your younger children. We can advise you on the best places to stay. Please get in touch with us at [email protected]

Which language can I communicate with in Namibia?

The official language in Namibia is English, so communication should not be a problem. German and Afrikaans are widely spoken as well.

Is it easy to navigate Namibia while on safari?

Yes, The road network is well maintained and very well signposted, all through the parks.

Do I need a visa to visit Namibia?

Travel documents required differ based on your citizenship, so please check your visa needs ahead of time. Please get in touch with us at [email protected] .

What kind of accommodation is provided in Namibia while on safari?

Lodges and camps are available for your stay during your holiday in Namibia. We have selected the best comfortable accommodations that give you an incredible Namibian experience.

Can I bring along a power adapter?

Namibia has type D or M power sockets so you will need an adapter for this socket. Most global power adapters do not include an adapter for these types of sockets. If you have forgotten yours, let your guide know, and they will do their best to organize a power adapter for you.

Do we need a Malaria vaccine during our visit to Namibia?

Malaria is present in some parts of Namibia, especially in the northern regions such as Caprivi, Kavango, Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto, and Zambezi. The risk of malaria transmission varies throughout the year and depends on a number of factors, such as rainfall patterns, temperature, altitude, and location. The highest risk of malaria transmission in Namibia occurs during the rainy season, which typically runs from November to April. During this time, there may be an increased risk of mosquito bites, especially at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. Suppose you are planning to travel to Namibia, especially to the northern regions during the rainy season. In that case, it is recommended that you take appropriate precautions to prevent malaria, such as taking anti-malaria medication as prescribed by a doctor, using insect repellent, and wearing protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts and pants. It’s also a good idea to sleep under mosquito nets and to avoid outdoor activities at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

What should I wear on my Namibian safari trip?

The key is to dress in layers, wear comfortable and practical clothing, and protect yourself from the sun and potential insect bites. When going on a safari trip in Namibia, it’s important to wear comfortable and practical clothing that will protect you from the sun, wind, and potential insect bites. Light, breathable clothing: Pack lightweight, breathable clothing made of natural fibers such as cotton or linen. Long-sleeved shirts and pants are also recommended to protect you from the sun and insect bites. Closed-toe shoes: Comfortable and sturdy closed-toe shoes or boots are essential for walking safaris and hiking in rocky terrain. Hat and sunglasses: Bring a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect your face and eyes from the strong sun. Jacket or fleece: Evenings and early mornings can be chilly, so pack a warm jacket or fleece to layer over your clothing. Neutral colors: It’s best to wear neutral-colored clothing, such as khaki, beige, or brown, to blend in with the natural surroundings and avoid attracting unnecessary attention from wildlife. Swimwear: If your safari includes visiting a lodge with a pool, pack your swimwear. Rain gear: Bring a waterproof jacket or poncho to keep you dry if you’re traveling during the rainy season.

When is the best time to visit Namibia?

The dry season is between May to October. This is the peak tourist season in Namibia, as it offers cooler and drier weather, making it the best time for game viewing and outdoor activities. The landscapes are also more dramatic during this time, with clear blue skies and sparse vegetation, making spotting wildlife easier. However, accommodation and activities can be more expensive and may need to be booked in advance. The wet season is between November to April. This is the low tourist season in Namibia, as it offers hotter and more humid weather, and some of the roads and national parks may be inaccessible due to flooding. However, the landscapes are more vibrant and green, and the birdlife is abundant during this time. Accommodation and activities may be cheaper during this season, but it’s important to note that some lodges and camps may be closed during the wet season.

What is the tipping etiquette for safari guides and mountain crews on trips like this?

Tipping is highly appreciated at the end of safari/mountain climb. The size of tips will vary depending on the length and complexity of the trip, the number of staff on the trip and the number of clients on the trip. Generally, groups like to meet together before the end of the trek to discuss how much they would like to tip each staff member based on their individual trek experience. You should prepare an envelope after your trek for your tip money at the Hotel. You can use US dollars, Euros, TZ Shillings or a combination of these. Please ask the Safari/Climbing coordinator at the Hotel for advice.

RECOMMENDED TIP:

Mountain Climbs : $25-50 USD per Day per Climber to be shared between guides, chefs and porters.

Safaris : Driver/Guide: $35-50 USD per Day per Car. If it is a camping safari there will be a tip for the cook $10 USD per Day.

THESE ARE JUST GUIDELINES AND TIPS CAN BE GIVEN TO SAFARI STAFF/MOUNTAIN CREW ACCORDING TO SERVICES PROVIDED.

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Hilton Windhoek

This 5-star hotel features a rooftop pool, a spa, and panoramic city views, and 24-hour fitness and business center. Enjoy Namibian specialties at one restaurant, wine and sushi at another, and/or snacks at any of the three bars.

Rooms comes with AC, rainfall shower, city views, and some with private gardens or lounges.

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Hotel a la Mer

Located in Swakopmund’s center and only seconds from the beach, this welcoming hotel provides 46 en-sutie bedrooms with a variety of amenities, including a generous breakfast, security and free Wi-Fi

Rooms offers a teracce or balony, a seating area, and are all equipped with private bathrooms and showers.

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Halali Resort & Campsite

Located in Etosha National Park, this camp offers a variety of accommodations suitable for all types of travelers including 2 Family Chalets, 20 Bush Chalets where the larger units have a kitchen and lounge area, and 39 Double Rooms – all featuring en-suite bathrooms.

Enjoy the largest pool in the park and the nearby waterholes for excellent wildlife spotting. This is the ideal base for exploring Etosha.

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Etosha Village

An affordable yet luxurious gateway to Etosha National Park, offering 55 air-conditioned accommodation units with modern amenities, camping facilities, dining areas, a pool, a bar and a utility and curio shop.

Enjoy activities as guided game drives in Etosha, walking tours, sundowner driver, stargazing sessions and a special Boma Dinner – perfect for both relaxation and adventure.

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Desert Camp

Located near Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon, this camp offers 28 self-catering units with stunning views and en-suite bathrooms, kitchenettes, BBQs, and can accommodate up to two adults and two children under 12 for free.

Facilites include a bar, pool, and communal bomas. There is no shuttle service, but you can enjoy meals and activities at the nearby Sossusvlei Lodge and find supplies at the Sossus Oasis Service Station.

Included in the Price:

  • Transport in a custom-built safari vehicle with a pop-up roof and USB charging capabilities & air-conditioning
  • Services of a professional English-speaking guide
  • 6 nights’ accommodation in twin share rooms with en-suite bathrooms as stated above in the Travel Plan
  • Meals as stated in the Travel Plan
  • National park entry fees (2 days Etosha & 1 day Sossusvlei)
  • Carnivore Feeding activity at N/a’ankuse Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Game drives mentioned in the Travel Plan
  • Sossusvlei excursion (including 4×4 shuttle) and cheetah activity at Solitaire
  • Return Airport transfers

Excluded from the Price:

  • International or Domestic flights
  • Health and Travel Insurance are excluded, but we highly recommend getting insurance from your home country before your trip.
  • Snacks between meals
  • Alcoholic and Non Alcoholic Drinks during the Safari
  • Gratuities to your guide, hotel staff, and porters – Find guidelines in the FAQ

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Established in 1995, Chameleon Safaris is your premier choice for experiencing Namibia’s breathtaking landscapes and rich biodiversity. Our safaris in Namibia  span a variety of safari adventures tailored to meet any traveller’s desires. Our services include scheduled accommodated & camping safaris, private guided safaris and a range of volunteer and conservation safari options in Namibia.

For those lusting for adventure, our guided camping safaris in Namibia are a fantastic value, providing a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the region’s natural wonders. Conversely, our accommodated or lodge safaris are an excellent choice for individuals seeking a more comfortable and relaxed experience.

At Chameleon Safaris, we’re dedicated to delivering exceptional service and fostering positive impacts within local communities. Our approach to sustainable travel ensures that your safari adventures contribute to the betterment of vulnerable individuals and communities, making your journey through Namibia enriching and meaningful. 

Through our in-depth knowledge and commitment, we aim to make your Namibia safari a remarkable venture, unveiling the true essence of this captivating land.

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Based in the South of Namibia, Unbounded Namibia Safaris & Tours has been operating as the Namibian partner of Bhejane Adventures  and 4 x 4 since 2012.

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Why Travel with us?

It’s not just about the destination.

Unbounded Namibia Safaris & Tours offers a Guided self-drive African Safaris suitable for the whole family – young couples and families with children, newly weds, groups of friends, retirees and pensioners. In the past 18 years, over 8 000 clients have travelled with us and enjoyed our tours.

The tour’s dynamics allow you and your family to enjoy the trip from the privacy of your own vehicle while ensuring your safety and comfort in the camaraderie of group participation.

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Accomodation?

Tents and chalets or a bit of both.

Unbounded Namibia & Safaris offers tented adventures, lodge-based adventures as well as a combination of both tented and beach chalet adventures.

We provide, carry, pitch and take down the tents leaving you free to enjoy your holiday in a leisurely and relaxed manner. Although our dome tents (2.5m x 2.5m x 1.8m high) come with mosquito net barriers on all the openings and built in groundsheets, we strongly recommend you bring mosquito and / or tick repellent with you on tour as well as a Room Spray to spray your tent each night – mozzies can be pesky critters when you are trying to sleep!.

Our tents have no electiricy so a tent torchlight can be very useful – as well as of course, your own headlamp.

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Meals on the tour?

Everything gets done on the fire, while you sit and enjoy the scenery..

We pride ourselves on creating a lovely atmosphere at each destination we reach.  We will have coffee brewing on the fire, and each dinner, lunch and breakfast is hearty and prepared with pride by our crew.  Everything gets done on the fire, while you sit and enjoy the scenery, and have a well-deserved drink after a good day of 4×4 driving!

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The Ultimate Adventure Safari: Namibia

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Melissa Siebert

Imagine soaring by hot air balloon over the world’s oldest desert, with its endless ochre plains, mountains, canyons. Racing up and down 300-metre high dunes at renowned Sossusvlei. Flying over the dunes to one of the world’s wildest coasts, littered with the skeletons of whales and ships. Searching for desert-adapted wildlife – elephant, lion, and others – which miraculously survive in this harsh land. Tracking Critically Endangered black rhino, aiding their conservation…

This is Namibia: jaw-dropping. Otherworldly. Flush with adventure.

We’ve created a seven-night, adrenaline-charged journey to three of our Namibian camps. Inspiring, exhilarating – taking you places you’ve never been, on many levels:

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Little Kulala, Sossusvlei (2 nights)

First stop is Little Kulala , one of our most beloved camps, appreciated for its beauty but also for the activities on offer. Sited in the Namib Desert not far from the Sossusvlei dunes, Little Kulala entices with its landscapes, serenity, and – if you’re so inclined – nearly uninterrupted thrills.

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Climb the massive red dunes at Sossusvlei and gaze upon oceans of sand. Hike through Sesriem Canyon, carved by water over the millennia. Float above the desert in a hot air balloon, and see it come alive on nature walks, drives, e-bikes, or low-impact quad bikes. Spot desert-adapted wildlife such as ostriches, springbok, gemsbok, brown hyaenas, black-backed jackals, bat-eared foxes, perhaps an aardwolf, or the endemic dune lark. Listen for the unique call of barking geckos at dusk; follow a guide on a nocturnal scorpion safari. Stargaze in one of the darkest, starriest places on Earth at a private ‘star supper’ – just you, your loved one, the desert, the universe. Sleep out under the constellations.

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Relax. Recharge. Reflect.

Recently refurbished, Little Kulala is a peaceful oasis, opening out to the desert – its pink and grey tones a nod to the local geology. Take it all in from your climate-controlled suite’s plunge pool, or from your private rooftop, ideal for intimate sundowners, suppers and siestas.

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Desert Rhino Camp, Damaraland (2 nights)

Next adventure: tracking Critically Endangered, desert-adapted black rhino out of Desert Rhino Camp . The camp lies in a wide, boulder-strewn valley in north-west Namibia’s enormous Palmwag Concession. Home to the world’s last free-ranging black rhino population, Palmwag’s 550 000 hectares comprise surreal basalt landscapes created by eruptions roughly 125 million years ago – when Africa and South America were still joined as the landmass Gondwana. An inconceivably ancient, prehistoric setting for a singularly unforgettable experience.

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On foot or by vehicle, led by seasoned Save the Rhino Trust trackers, follow these majestic creatures across the rocky plains. Sixty years ago, an estimated 100 000 black rhino roamed Africa. Today, though numbers have increased since 1995, fewer than 5 630 are left in the wild. Assist the monitors in their protection – a humbling, profound wilderness experience like no other.

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Find other wildlife along the way. On game drives look for elephants; zebras; spotted hyaenas; giraffes; and antelopes such as oryx and springbok. Key species for birding enthusiasts include Ruppell’s korhaan; Benguela long-billed lark; Herero chat; Verreaux’s eagle. Join a guided nature walk and better understand how life adapts in a place with so little rain and vegetation. Welcome the night, setting out on a scorpion safari, guided by UV light, or sitting around the campfire sharing stories. Marvel at the impossibly starry sky.

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From your comfortable Meru-style tent or the common areas, hued with earthy colours and hints of red, look over a sweeping plain dotted with Namibia’s national plant, the welwitschia. With a lifespan of 2000-plus years, they are truly wonderful. Strange and unique. Much like Namibia itself.

Hoanib Skeleton Coast, Kaokoveld (3 nights)

Your journey culminates at this remote, magical camp, named after an ephemeral river meaning ‘place of the elephants’. Offering a wealth of experiences. Unusual. Exceptional. Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp.

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Explore the Namib Desert’s rust-coloured crags and arid plains in search of desert-adapted wildlife – elephants, lions, hyaenas, giraffes, oryxes among the regular sightings. Take a rollicking drive over the floodplain and dunes to the Skeleton Coast, a wild stretch of the Atlantic where the desert meets the sea, where white sand beaches hold artifacts from the past, whale bones and shipwreck remains. Picnic to the sound of crashing waves, seabirds, and Cape fur seals. Fly back to camp for an aerial view of what seems uninhabitable, but is full of life – the ‘Living Desert’. Walk with a guide to witness that life, including the smaller creatures, a fascinating variety of birds (lots of raptors) and unusual flora. Discover the remnants of Strandloper – Beachcomber – lifestyle from centuries ago. In the camp’s wildlife research centre, share in the latest local conservation initiatives protecting lion, elephant, and brown hyaena. Lunch in a dry riverbed, envisioning prehistory. Learn about it on an archaeological walk.

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Surrender to the desert, to Hoanib’s beauty. Its eight pale olive, eminently chic tented suites peaking like whitecaps on a sand sea. Its views over a wide, rugged valley sloping down to the usually dry river. From your suite or the common areas, marvel at the wildlife in camp, meandering elephants, on occasional brown hyaena, and others come to drink at the waterhole. Dine under brilliant, countless stars, perhaps at the firepit as a jackal cries or a lion moans, notes to the night’s stillness.

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All told, a journey delivering ultimate wilderness immersion – three times over.

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Let’s plan your next journey

When we say we’re there every step of the way, we mean it, literally. From planning the perfect circuit, to private inter-camp transfers on Wilderness Air, and easing you through Customs. We’re with you on the ground, at your side, 24-7, from start to finish. Ready to take the road less travelled? Contact our Travel Designers to plan an unforgettable journey.

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Namibia desert flying safari

Free safari planning

Trust us to find you the rarest animals, the most spectacular wildlife events, the remotest landscapes and deeply meaningful cultural encounters!

Marvel at Namibia's awe-inspiring landscapes from above during multiple scenic flights, and delve into the iconic sand dunes of Sossusvlei on this luxury safari. Explore the diverse landscapes of NamibRand Nature Reserve through thrilling game drives, walks, and quad-biking. Encounter desert-adapted elephants, lions, and rhinos in the rugged terrain of Hoanib Valley in the Kaokoveld, and immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of the Himba people.

You'll take to the skies to explore the Skeleton Coast and the great Atlantic coastline from above in a unique flying experience. Fuel your adventurous spirit with adrenaline-pumping activities at Shipwreck Lodge before journeying through dramatic landscapes

From desert-adapted lions, elephants & rhinos to the iconic dunes of Sossusvlei & the Skeleton Coast

Length: 7 Days / 6 Nights Group Size: Flexible – you tell us how many in your party (minimum 2 people) Location: NamibRand Nature Reserve, Sossusvlei, Hoanib River (Kaokoveld), Skeleton Coast Departure Dates: All year Lodges visited: Kwessi Dunes + Hoanib Valley Camp + Shipwreck Lodge

Wild adventure connecting with nature and communities

View the dramatic landscapes of Namibia from the air in four Cessna aircraft flights

Encounter desert-adapted wildlife, including elephants, lions and rhinos

Visit the iconic dunes of Sossusvlei

Experience the coastal deserts of the Skeleton Coast

Stay at three luxurious camps

Guided by a conservation specialist

Thrilling activities in NamibRand Nature Reserve, including exploration of mysterious 'fairy circles'

Engage with vibrant Himba culture

Fun activities such as quad biking, stargazing and nature walks

Hot-air ballooning and helicopter flights (optional)

Experience responsible tourism impact firsthand

Prices and dates

Departures every Sunday.

Lodges visited: Kwessi Dunes , Hoanib Valley Camp , Shipwreck Lodge

All travelling costs as per itinerary (including four small aircraft flights: Windhoek to Kwessi Dunes, Kwessi Dunes to Swakopmund, Swakopmund to Hoanib Valley Camp, Shipwreck Lodge to Windhoek; and one scenic road transfer from Hoanib Valley Camp to Shipwreck Lodge)

Accommodation on a sharing basis

All meals & beverages

Daily activities (excluding hot air ballooning at Kwessi Dunes)

All relevant park fees, conservancy fees and concession fees

Expert guiding

Accommodation taxes and tourism levies & VAT.

WiFi is available throughout this trip

24/7 Office support

International flights, unless otherwise stated

Airport departure tax, if applicable

Excess weight charges for luggage

Visa or entry permits

Telephone calls

Travel, cancellation, and medical insurance (recommended for safaris)

Optional safari extensions and unspecified activities (e.g hot air ballooning or helicopter flights)

Personal expenses and any charges not specified in the itinerary

Tips and gratuities

Areas visited

Sossusvlei:

Sossusvlei is at the heart of the enormous Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia's largest protected area at 50,000 km2 (5 million hectares). The rich, soft sand has blown in over the centuries to create some of the largest dunes in the world, their shape dynamic and ever-changing. The tallest of these in the national park is Dune 7, standing at 388m, while Big Daddy overlooks the Sossusvlei area from a height of 325m. Scampering up to the top of these dunes on sliding sands presents a view unlike any other – with the umber sands stretching as far as the eye can see.

NamibRand Nature Reserve:

Covering 172,200 hectares and embracing four unique ecosystems, the NamibRand Reserve in southern Namibia stands as one of Southern Africa's largest privately owned game parks. This reserve preserves the distinctive environment and wildlife of the Namib Desert. The area's diverse landscape - including dunes, mountains, rocky formations, sandy expanses, and gravel plains - offers habitats for a rich variety of mammals such as hyenas, jackals, foxes, antelopes, and assorted wild cats including cheetahs, leopards, caracals and African wild cats. A plethora of bird species, reptiles, insects, and frogs also call this place home, alongside a myriad of plant species. Explore the enigmatic 'fairy circles', and revel in a night of unparalleled stargazing. Recognised as Africa's inaugural International Dark Sky Reserve, NamibRand ranks among the world's least light-polluted locales.

Hoanib River:

In the western expanse of Namibia, where Kaokoland intersects with the Skeleton Coast, stretches the 270km-long Hoanib River, a vital oasis amid the arid landscape. 75% of Namibia's endemic species thrive here, and the area boasts the world's largest populations of desert-adapted elephants, lions and rhinos. These are seen alongside zebra, kudu, and giraffe. Visitors can embark on four-wheel-drive expeditions, traverse adventurous hiking trails, conquer colossal sand dunes, or scale uniquely shaped rock formations. You'll partake in guided nature walks that unveil the wonders of this remarkable landscape.

Skeleton Coast:

Extending from the Swakop River to southern Angola, Namibia's Skeleton Coast earns its moniker as the 'Land God Made in Anger'. Here, thousands of miles of sandy desert, peppered with shipwrecks, meet the chilly embrace of the Atlantic, where ocean fog drifts ashore. Yet, amidst this desolate beauty, an astonishing array of wildlife and flora not only survives, but thrives. Seabird colonies, Cape fur seals, zebras, gemsbok, desert-adapted elephants, and lions call this rugged landscape home. Surfing aficionados are drawn to the mighty crashing waves, while photographers journey from far and wide to capture the haunting shipwreck graveyards and the awe-inspiring coastline in their lenses.

When to travel

Summer (January to March) marks the peak of heat and potential rainfall. April and May offer cooler temperatures, while June to October brings winter with warm days, clear skies, and abundant sunshine. Towards the end of the year, temperatures rise again, with warmer days and occasional thunderstorms.

This safari begins in Windhoek, where you’ll meet your pilot and take to the skies for the flight to Kwessi Dunes, nestled in the NamibRand Nature Reserve - a stone's throw from Sossusvlei. Namibia is awe-inspiring from all angles, but viewing the landscapes from a small plane, high in the sky, is magical. As you near the reserve, you’ll fly over the iconic, blood-red dunes stretching for as far as the eye can see.

Get ready to indulge in refreshing G&Ts upon arrival!

Today is all about immersing yourself in the enchanting landscapes of NamibRand and Sossusvlei. Whether you're eager to partake in every activity or simply revel in the area's natural beauty, this day promises unforgettable experiences, from scenic drives and walks to quad biking and star gazing. Hot-air ballooning and helicopter flights are also available if you would like to explore the area further from above.

Embark on a picturesque flight in a turboprop aircraft over renowned sights like the Eduard Bohlen shipwreck, Conception Bay, and Sandwich Harbour, followed by a delightful lunch stop in Swakopmund, before continuing north in the plane towards Hoanib Valley Camp. From the air, witness nature's power as you view the remnants of shipwrecks and the Atlantic Ocean hitting the rocky coastline along the dramatic Skeleton Coast. The plane will then turn inland toward the Hoanib Valley in Kaokoveld.

Dedicate today to seeking out desert-adapted giraffes, lions, elephants and rhinos amidst the sandy terrain, embarking on exhilarating game drives, walking through the dry riverbeds and dunes, or immersing yourself in the vibrant culture of local Himba communities.

Prepare for an awe-inspiring journey on what can easily be deemed the finest transfer drive on the continent. Traverse a land of astonishing rock formations and witness desert elephants delicately excavating for water, all leading up to the breathtaking spectacle of the Skeleton Coast's crashing waves and undulating dunes. It's an experience that will leave you speechless.

Indulge in the renowned hospitality of the award-winning Shipwreck Lodge. Choose from an array of activities such as quad biking, explorations of the Clay Castle and seal colony, thrilling game drives, or sundowner drives to the roaring dunes. Enjoy beach lunches, and unwind, kick back, and soak up the mesmerising vistas at your leisure.

Start your day with a rendezvousing with the plane, as you embark on a scenic flight along the captivating Atlantic coastline. Upon return to Windhoek, your journey concludes.

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Travel in Africa is about knowing when and where to go, and with whom. A few weeks too early/late or a few kilometres off course, and you could miss the greatest show on Earth. And wouldn’t that be a pity?

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Client safari payments remain in a third-party TRUST ACCOUNT until they return from safari - protecting them in the unlikely event of a financial setback on our part.

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We donate a portion of the revenue from every safari sold to carefully selected conservation projects that make a significant difference at ground level.

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Established in 1999, Wild Space Adventure is a Namibian based Safari company, who specialise in taking you to some of the most remote places on the African continent. Our footprint stretches from Namibia’s hinterland deep into to Angola, Zambia and Tanzania.

Off the beaten track tours are our specialty, traveling in remote regions, often not accessible or open for the public. We have access to areas where Special Community Concession Permits are required, giving us exclusive entrance to these unique environments and its people, and so helping community-based tourism efforts.

These concession permits fees are paid into transparent community trust accounts and are managed by the native communities of that specific regions. Booking a Safari with us therefore ensures that a percentage of the tour funds are paid to the local community. This way you are investing in and supporting the future of Africa.

We pride ourselves in our eco-friendly tourism approach. When visiting untouched nature areas of Africa, we leave an environment behind us that is just as pristine as when we took you there. We accept responsibility for future generations to also have this unique experience. Africa is our heritage.

WHAT WE OFFER

Day-Tours

Heading to the coast of Namibia. We can assist you in booking some of the best day tours experience in and around Walvis Bay. A unique Experience for individual, couples, families, friends, group travels. Activities range from morning kayaking with the seals at Pelican Point, or set sail early morning for a cruising in the Walvis Bay Lagoon exploring the marine big 5 or begin or end your day with a half day experience where the dunes and the ocean meet at Sandwich Harbour. Or simply combine your two preferred activities for a true experience, on and off sore.

Service Safari

Looking for a true expedition, for a journey in some of the pristine areas in Southern Africa. We specialise in some of this areas and can take you there. Discover the untouched wilderness of Namibia, Angola, & Zambia on our Exclusive Off-road Safari either as a self-driver or as a passenger on our guided safaris.

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Self-Drive Tours is now one of the most popular ways to explore Namibia by yourself. Let us make this possible for you, tailored to your preferences and vision.  We can assist in creating your perfect tour by booking your rental vehicle, lodge/campsite accommodation and activities. Leaving you with a relaxed and creative itinerary based on your wishes and expectation. Or even better let one of our guides take you through Namibia in the comfort of your own private guided tour.

Car Rental

CAR RENTALS

We know having the right wheels for your holiday through Namibia is very important. Tell us what your ideal rental vehicle for your preferred safaris would be, whether it’s for cozy lodging accommodations or camping trips, we can help you find the right fit for you and your travel partner, family, group of friends or solo traveller.

Testimonials

What our clients have to say.

The trip to Sandwich Harbor and dunes was breathtaking, and it was made even better with Marius as our guide. He was knowledgable, friendly, entertaining and patient. He answered all of our questions, taught us things about the dunes and Namibia, and went out of his way to make sure we had the best experience possible. He even prepared a delicious lunch with champagne for us in the middle of the dunes. His knowledge of the dunes was incredible and I don’t think we personally could have had the same experience with any other guide. Thank you Marius!

Marius and Chantal thank you for a once in a lifetime experience with Wild Space Adventure Safaris. Everything was perfect and fun from the beginning to end. Pieter learned so much about dune driving with you on his self-drive to Sandwich Harbour and our camp in the middle of the dunes. You rock!

Everything was perfect. From the locations where we stopped to the lunch included. Marius drove us around Sandwich Harbour and told us so many interesting facts about Namibia. Such an amazing experience. We took our time, and he went the extra mile to make our tour an unforgettable experience. We definitely recommend booking a tour with Wild Space Adventure if you are around Walvis Bay!

Un super moment; des paysages de fou, Marius est un très bon guide tant pour la conduite dans les dunes que pour la qualité de ses explications. la cerise sur la gâteau : la pique nique au mousseux dans les dunes avec une version végétarienne.

Marius, unser deutschsprachiger Guide, war einfach super! Er hat sogar im Sand mehrmals gebuddelt, um einen Gekko zu finden. Mitten in der Dünenlandschaft ein leckeres Mittagessen gehabt. Wir haben auch sehr viel über Land und Leute erfahren. Die Tour hat eine Menge geboten: Flamingos, rotes Wasser durch das Salz, lange Fahrt durch Sandwich Harbour mit tollen Aussichten, Gekko und weitere Tiere gesehen, sportliche Fahrt durch die Dünen, Aussichtspunkte auf den Dünen, Mittagessen mitten in den Dünen. Einfach alles dabei.

What a professional team. Very knowledgeable about their surroundings. We had the most amazing Aus to Walvisbay tour with you. Thank you once again for the wonderful memories we made in the Namibian dunes.

Shirley Randall

We recently joined Marius & Chantal for the 8 day Skeleton Coast expedition. A truly unforgettable experience. Wild camping at its best. Every night a different place under the stars. Pitch your tent, take your chair and drinks to the kitchen / dining area and relax with friends while Chantal & crew cook up culinary delights.

Estelle Langenhoven

Hallo Hallo Marius & Chantal. I am a short writer. Best tour ever (and it was my 5th in Nam with an operator). Your humble personalities, interesting stories as we drive and Chantal’s best ever food are unsurpassed. Hope to see you again.

Groete Kabols

We absolutely loved our trip to Namibia and all it has to offer, especially the Khaudum/ Caprivi Tour! It was special and different from the normal tourist routes. Khaudum was an adventure in itself with the deep sand roads, campsite with a view and the delicious meals you produced for us with such ease. It was a treat to have our catering done for us, Chantal you added a special touch with fresh fruit every day! Thank you both for making our trip so special. We will definitely book with you again and recommend others to book with you. We wish you both everything of the best for the season and we hope to see you soon. With thanks and best wishes.

Bridget & Doug

Thank you for a wonderful trip, yet again. You are a well-equipped, well informed, and professional team. The Skeleton Coast Expedition is a life-changing experience. We felt privileged to have had this experience. It is a well-planned trip regarding routes, duration, camping facilities. The meals provided were excellent. The information and knowledge provided during and prior to the tour were sufficient and much appreciated. We thank you for a wonderful trip.

Heinz & Comientjie Zastrau

Marius, this was the very best tour ever!!! We toured along the Skeleton Coast for a day, escaped inland up the Hoarusib River for a day, drove further up the coast line to the Kunene. To sleep in the desert was awesome. To drive up and down the dunes was a once in a lifetime-experience. We could never ever do it without Marius and Cornelius. They taught the us how to drive the dunes, they got us out of the sand when we got stuck, they had the most wonderful stories about the country and best of all.. they treated us with five-star meals!! Thank you for the greatest experience.

Erika & Hennie

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Kowas Adventure Safaris is a family operated trophy hunting operator in Namibia with over 25 years of experience specialising in fair-chase ethical hunting in free range areas.

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Testimonials

Kowas is the perfect hunting adventure safari location for families!

Andrea B

I didn’t come to Namibia expecting to return for another hunt in future, but that has changed – I will definitely be back! I enjoyed my time both on the hunt and off the hunt. Thank you for the excellent food, hunting, learning and memories. I will never forget my experience at Kowas.

Anton B

This is my 3rd hunting trip to Africa – It was an outstanding safari! Top level service, hospitality and hunting resulted in outstanding emotions during this safari. The best place in Namibia for perfect hunting!

Dmitry N

Outstanding safari! Lots of game and a truly challenging hunt, led by expertise PH’s. Kowas offers a high-quality, customized experience which is head-and-shoulders above the “fast food hunting: offered by the large corporate “safari factories” in other places.

John T

We did not dream of seeing so much game! This has been above and beyond a trip of a lifetime for us. We’ll forever cherish our memories of Kowas. Amazing trophies. We will be back.

Lauren C

Ever since I was a kid, I dreamt bout coming to Africa. I read every book by Peter Hathaway Capstick and becoming more fascinated with Africa. Coming to Kowas was truly an experience of a lifetime. This was magical. Thank you for the phenomenal experience. Can not wait to be back.

Mathew K

I have hunted with other outfits in the past but nothing compares with the excellent attention and experience that the Strauss family offers. Thank you for allowing me to fulfil a dream and an experience of a lifetime!

Raul de L

We keep on coming back – and will return again. You have perfected the art of creating memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Wayne G

Our second trip to hunt with Kowas Adventure Safaris was just as impressive as the first.  Great hunting, beautiful accommodations,  and creating friendships that will last forever. We look forward to out next trip with Kowas.

Josh H

2022 was the first African Safari for my oldest son and I. We had our best adventure together! We harvested many great trophies but had no idea we would make a new family in Namibia. We were blown away by the camp, the staff and the hunting. Already planning for 2024!

Steve A

My wife and I had our first trip to Africa, and we are glad we chose Namibia and Kowas Adventure Safaris. From the moment we started planning the trip prior to Covid 19, to the day we left Kowas to fly home, the entire staff was always responsive and helpful. Danie, Ansie, Jacques, Elleni and Matheus made us feel part of the family. We experienced genuine friendship at Kowas. Kowas is not only run as a successful business but also as a passionate way of life for the Strauss Family and all the Kowas staff.

Paul Y

It is impossible for me to appropriately articulate the amount of gratitude I have for the Strauss family and the entire Kowas team. Their approach to client service was warm, welcoming, and caring. It’s rare to find such genuine people, and we’re incredibly fortunate that they are now part of our lives.

Trent B

When it comes to finding and successfully hunting big free-range kudu bulls, PH Jacques Strauss has no equal. With nearly a half-million acres of prime free-range kudu habitat in his concession and a lifetime of passion for the species, Jacques will find you the bull of your dreams. I’m convinced he’s part kudu himself. 

Joseph vB

We had an amazing time during our Honey Moon Safari at Kowas, the service was next level, the trophies outstanding and the experience unbelievable! We can’t wait to go back!

Jose N.

My first experience in Africa was with Kowas and after other trips to Africa it is still by far the best experience I have had. The hospitality of the Strauss Family is second to none. They strive to make your experience the best available through their impeccable attention to detail, trophy quality and generous spirits.

Austin B

I couldn’t have imagined a better first African hunting Safari. Thank you Kowas for an incredible adventure and amazing hospitality!

Adam W.

I can not express what a life changing time we had. The hunt experience and magnificent game would always be cherished.

George M.

I've been with Kowas 15 times, and looking forward to 15 more. I booked for the Bwabwata National Park with Kowas in July ‘23 for my 80th birthday celebration. I have conducted 38 trip to Africa - and have not met anyone better.

Terry B.

I can’t say enough positive things about all the staff at Kowas! Matheus and Jacques were great introductions to hunting with PHs in Africa, and we were all in awe of their capability to spot/stalk/track/answer any questions about any animals we saw. Danie, Ansie, and Elleni were wonderful company at every delicious meal and explained numerous traditions and customs in Namibia. All of the staff, including the chefs, drivers, skinners, and housekeeping were extremely friendly, polite, and catered to everything we could have asked. 

Austin M.

This was my 5th trip to Kowas. It was the best African hunt/tour trip ever! The touring, hunting, meals, and accommodations were superb. The hospitality extended to us by the whole Strauss family was exceptional. Jacques and Matheus do their best to get you the animals you are hunting. Every visit to Kowas had new additions to the camp making it bigger and better. Mahango camp and staff were excellent too. Thank you for the memorable experience. Hard to believe it has been 19 years since our first hunt at Kowas.

Bill W.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful home and providing the best hunt ever!!!

Michael M

I have had the opportunity to hunt with Kowas 3 times and have taken numerous world class trophies. Although this is probably testimonial enough, the biggest compliment that I can pay them is the feedback of the people I recommend to trust Kowas with their safari. In all of the instances I have sent my friends and colleges to Kowas, they all have come back extremely happy. Whether it is the hunting, the hospitality or the overall experience, they all book again.

Jeremy H

What we have experienced here at Kowas, was perfection in every way. We had successful hunts, great trophies and we met a lot of nice people. We will be back.

THOMAS & ANKE LANGKAMP

This was the 5th trip to Africa, and the best African hunt/adventure ever!! The hunting, meals and accommodation were wonderful. The hospitality extended to us by the whole Strauss family, were exceptional. They make you feel at home. We are already planning a next trip to Kowas. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

LARRY & STEPHANIE STAAB

We will never forget the times spend at Kowas. We will always cherish the excitement of the hunts and then the moments by the campfire. Thank you for allowing us the chance to be part of the family, thanks to all the staff. The wonderful trophies are icing on the cake.

PABLO & ADRIANA LOHMANN

This was my 3rd trip to Kowas. The first two trips, I came with my father. As always, this father-and-son hunting was excellent and exciting. My 15-year-old son was amazed by the wildlife and the African experience in general as it is such a departure from our everyday life. The staff was friendly and helpful. We were always treated like a member of the Strauss family. We are so thankful for the opportunity to experience Africa in this way. I will cherish this trip with my son for the rest of my life and will always remember what Jacques taught us in the field.

STEPHEN POLITO

The Kowas experience has been truly an outstanding one. This was my first hunt with Kowas and the 4th hunt in Africa. The hunting experience was truly outstanding. The Mahango camp and staff were excellent as was the Kowas location. The level of care, attention, and assistance provided by the Strauss family through the entire process, was outstanding.

GEORGE FAIRS

This was the first trip and safari to Africa. It was the most amazing two weeks we could imagine. Everything exceeded our already high expectations. Our time together was tremendous. The hunting was better than I could possibly have imagined; amazing, with exceptional trophies taken. The accommodation was comfortable. The meals were delicious. It was a hunter’s paradise. We enjoyed the evening campfires and comradery. We are grateful for the way we were treated. We think about our trip often and we still talk about it daily. See you soon again.

KELLY CARMICHAEL

While the place is magnificent, the hunting extraordinary and the camp an oasis, it is you, the Strauss Team and Staff who we will treasure the most. Thank you for making our father-and-son trip to Namibia so very special by harvesting unique trophies. We pray it will only be the beginning of a lifetime friendship. Your delivery of an experience was characterized by: integrity, clear communication, a warm sense of humour, generosity, unpretentiousness, and family.

CHARLES HARTFORD

We not only made memories for a lifetime but new friends for a lifetime as well. Kowas will be the place to introduce the kids to Africa. I re-read my journal all the time, reliving those great memories of the hunt, great trophies harvested, and the time spent in camp with Kowas.

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How to Plan the Perfect African Safari Adventure

A n African safari is a dream vacation for many, offering breathtaking landscapes and unforgettable wildlife encounters. To make the most of your safari experience, consider these key factors when planning your trip.

The best time for a safari depends on your destination and what you want to see. Generally, there are two main seasons to consider:

When you visit during the dry season (June to October) animals will be gathered around water sources, making them easier to spot. The climate is less humid, and vegetation is thinner.

Travelers who go during the wet season (November to April) can expect to witness animal migrations and lush landscapes. However, thick brush may make wildlife viewing more challenging.

For desert safaris, like in Namibia , June to October is ideal. For plains safaris in countries such as Kenya, July to October is considered the peak time.

Where to Go

Africa offers diverse safari experiences across several countries:

South Africa: Explore Pilanesberg National Park, home to the "Big Five" (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and Cape buffalos).

Kenya:  Visit renowned parks like Masai Mara, Shaba Reserve, and Amboseli National Park for excellent wildlife viewing.

Namibia: Experience the otherworldly Namib Desert and Etosha National Park.

Tanzania: Explore the Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, and witness Mount Kilimanjaro.

Botswana: Take a river safari in Chobe National Park, known for its large elephant population.

Zimbabwe: Visit Hwange National Park, home to over 100 mammal species and 400 bird species.

Types of Safaris

There are several different types of safaris, so knowing what your signing up for is key.

Game drives are the most common type and typically utilize 4x4 vehicles to take guests up close to wildlife.

There are other types, however, such as walking safaris. Travelers get up close to nature and can spot smaller wildlife.

There are also water safaris where guests observe animals and birds from boats on rivers or lakes.

What to Pack

Packing can seem almost overwhelming but it doesn't need to be. Follow this packing list to streamline your adventure:

  • Clothing: Light, comfortable, earth-toned layers. Think breathable fabrics and neutral colors
  • Footwear: Sturdy hiking boots for walking safaris, comfortable sneakers for game drives.
  • Sun protection: Hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses
  • Camera and binoculars: Capture memories and get a closer view of distant wildlife
  • Day pack: For carrying essentials during excursions.Medications: Bring enough for your entire trip plus extra, in original containers.

Safety Considerations

When booking with reputable tour operators like Collette , which has more than 30 years of experience leading African safaris, you can expect a safe and well-planned experience. Tour managers are local experts who ensure your safety and enhance your understanding of the destination. 

Booking Your Safari

Research different tour options and consult with travel professionals to find the safari that best suits your interests and budget. Consider factors like the specific parks you'll visit, the types of safaris offered, and the level of accommodation.

An African safari is a truly unique and life-changing experience. With proper planning and the right expectations, you're sure to create memories that will last a lifetime. So pack your bags, grab your camera, and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime in the breathtaking wilderness of Africa.

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Top African Safari Vacations

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Safari vacations in Africa are just as diverse as the continent itself, though these types of trips typically require a large sum of money. Whether you want to spend a few days gorilla trekking in Uganda or a couple weeks spotting the "big five" – lions, leopards, African elephants, rhinos and Cape buffalos – in South Africa, you'll find an array of experiences to suit your needs. To help you narrow down your options, U.S. News compiled a list of 12 can't-miss African safari tours. Read on to find your once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Note: Some of the African countries visited by tours in this article may require travelers to get an entry visa and certain vaccinations (particularly yellow fever) in order to visit. Jump to the list of visa and vaccination requirements by country for more information.

&Beyond: Kings of the Jungle Tour

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Length: 10 days Starting price: $14,265

Visitors who don't want to sacrifice creature comforts while on safari will appreciate &Beyond's diverse offerings across numerous African destinations. For a classic safari, consider the tour operator's 10-day Kings of the Jungle tour, where travelers will see breathtaking natural wonders like Ngorongo Crater and the Maasai Mara savannah with its elephants and cheetahs. Arguably, the highlight of this journey is its four-night stay at Tanzania's Serengeti National Park .

After watching animals like wildebeest and zebras partake in the great migration while also spotting lions, giraffes and more, vacationers retreat to high-end tents and lodges with private bathrooms. Prices start at $14,265 per person, but are higher around the peak season of June to October.

Wild Rwanda Safaris: Bwindi Gorilla Safari

Gorilla as seen on a safari with Wild Rwanda Safaris.

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Length: Three days Starting price: $1,450 for two people with lowest-cost lodging

Adventurous travelers sticking to a more conservative budget should consider Wild Rwanda Safaris' Bwindi Gorilla Safari. The three-day package features a full day in southwestern Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (a haven for gorillas) and adjacent Batwa Pygmy communities. Wild Rwanda Safaris offers a choice of midrange, luxury and super luxury accommodations, allowing you to keep costs down if necessary.

The company's packages include the $700 permit required to visit the gorilla park. The round-trip journey by safari vehicle to and from Kigali, Rwanda, as well as English-speaking guides are covered in all rates. The tour can begin from Kampala, Uganda, as well, although you'll spend a lot longer on the road to the park. Contact the safari company for pricing information.

Nomad Tanzania: Southern Tanzania

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Length: Eight days Starting price: $6,055

Sign up for Nomad Tanzania's Southern Tanzania safari and you're bound to get an up-close look at Tanzania's diverse wildlife. Offering eight days of activities, including game drives and boat trips in Ruaha National Park and Nyerere National Park, this safari gives you prime opportunities to spot lions, cheetahs, leopards and elephants, among other species.

You'll get around the parks with the company's custom-built vehicles, ideal for catching a glimpse of that spectacular wildlife. What's more, the package rates include lodging at the company's campsites; select meals; and the short, scenic flights to and from Dar es Salaam as well as to the parks. Prices are only available upon contacting the company; they vary depending on the time of year, and the tour isn't offered in April and May.

Micato Safaris: The Micato Grand Safari

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Length: 15 days Starting price: $29,500

If you want to explore multiple destinations while on safari with plenty of comfort (but a price tag to match), book the 15-day Micato Grand Safari. This extraordinarily thorough itinerary from Micato Safaris starts with a two-day visit to bustling Nairobi, Kenya, before continuing to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Maasai Mara National Reserve, and the Amboseli and Serengeti national parks. You'll be treated to wildlife-viewing excursions that just might check every animal off your bucket list, from lions and cheetahs to rhinos, hippos and more. During your trip, you'll get to see Mount Kilimanjaro as zebras, gazelles and more roam in the foreground.

The package costs at least $29,500 per person (based on double occupancy rates) and includes activities like a sunrise hot air balloon ride and a camel tour led by members of the Samburu tribe. Lodging at upscale properties like the Serengeti's Four Seasons Safari Lodge and glamorous safari camps with en suite bathrooms is also included. The company also offers various extensions allowing you to explore other parts of Africa, from the island paradise of Zanzibar to the deserts of Namibia.

Rothschild Safaris: Essence of Tanzania

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Length: Nine days Starting price: Contact company for pricing details.

If your ideal safari vacation consists of customizing your trip from start to finish, consider an outing with Rothschild Safaris. The company offers itineraries in locales like Zambia and Ethiopia, but if you're hoping to catch a glimpse of the "big five" animals, the Essence of Tanzania safari is a good bet.

This nine-day experience, which embarks from Arusha, Tanzania, and returns there by plane, includes game-viewing drives spotting animals like ostriches, zebras and impalas in Tarangire National Park, plus accommodations like luxurious tents and farmhouse lodges. You'll also have the opportunity to go on a nighttime safari to spot nocturnal wildlife. If you time your safari right, you may also be able to see the famed wildebeest migration, when more than a million animals move between the Maasai Mara Reserve in Kenya and Tanzania's Serengeti plains.

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Lion World Travel: The Best of Cape Town & Botswana

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Length: 10 days Starting price: $4,899

As the trip name implies, the 10-day Best of Cape Town & Botswana vacation package from longtime safari operator Lion World Travel combines a few days of sightseeing in Cape Town, South Africa – where you'll visit the iconic Table Mountain and the Cape Peninsula – with a classic safari in Botswana. During the latter half of the itinerary, visitors will explore Botswana's Okavango Delta, home to cheetahs, crocodiles, hippos and more; you'll have the option of a helicopter flight to spot wildlife from above for an extra fee. Then, you'll visit Chobe National Park, which is believed to have the world's largest African elephant population.

Prices start at $4,899 per person based on double occupancy. Rates cover game drives; many of your meals; and stays in a four-star hotel in Cape Town as well as luxury tents in Botswana. You'll need to pay an extra charge for the flights within the tour (from Cape Town to Botswana and from Botswana to Johannesburg ).

Discover Africa: Botswana – Chobe, Okavango & Makgadikgadi

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Length: Nine days Starting price: $4,800

For an inside-out trip through the natural wonders of Botswana, Discover Africa's nine-day trip through the country's sprawling game reserves and national parks is a formidable option. You'll start out at a riverside lodge on the Chobe River – a great location for spotting elephants – before moving on to the marshy Okavango Delta, a wildlife-rich area where you can spot a huge range of animals like leopards, rhinos, hippos and more. The safari ends at the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, a good place to admire wildlife such as zebras and buffalo on the savannah as well as the ethereal white salt pans from a former lake.

You'll stay in upscale lodges and camps within close reach of the wilderness. All meals and transport along the tour are included in the price tag (which starts at $4,800 per person and varies by time of year), but international flights to get to Botswana are excluded.

Wild Wings Safaris: 8 Day Battlefields, Bush & Beach Safari

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Length: Eight days Starting price: About $4,160 for self-drive option

If you're looking to have a broader experience that mixes in some local history and beach time, consider Wild Wings Safaris' eight-day Battlefields, Bush & Beach Safari. With an itinerary focused on the east of South Africa, you'll start off visiting some of the country's historic sites from the Boer wars, including locations where local Zulu warriors defeated the British, before moving on to Phinda Private Game Reserve. This park doesn't allow day visitors, so you should be able to look out for the "big five" without too many crowds.

The tour wraps up at Thonga Beach Lodge, where you can snorkel or scuba dive near coral reefs in the Indian Ocean. Kayaking and walks through coastal forests are other activities on offer here. As far as safaris go, this one is a somewhat more affordable option, starting at about $4,160 per person with all meals included as well as a rental car; for the cheapest price, you will need to drive yourself between the destinations, but it's possible to pay an additional fee for a driver to guide you instead.

Cuckoo Safaris: 4-Day Discover Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park and Hwange National Park

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Length: Four days Starting price: $1,015

This tour company kicks off many of its tours from the majestic Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, with a host of safaris that range from three to nine days, across Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana, including some family-friendly choices. For an affordable option, consider the four-day Discover Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park and Hwange National Park safari. It will take you on two full-day tours to Chobe National Park in Botswana and Hwange, Zimbabwe's largest national park, where you should keep your eyes peeled for lions, elephants and more, while also visiting rural villages. This safari includes a wildlife spotting boat cruise on the Chobe River as well.

The price starts at $1,015 per person, which includes the tours plus breakfast, lunch and well-rated lodging in Victoria Falls. Travelers will need to pay for their own travel to Victoria Falls. Dinners aren't included, although you'll be staying in the town of Victoria Falls, with access to restaurants.

Compass Odyssey: 8-Day Namibia Wildlife Safari

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Length: Eight days Starting price: Contact company for pricing details.

Explore the savannah and deserts of southwest Africa with Compass Odyssey's eight-day Namibia Wildlife Safari. You'll visit a community-based conservation area in Damaraland – known for its desert-adapted elephants, oryx, giraffes and other wildlife – while staying in the rustic-chic Doro Nawas Camp. Travelers will also spend two days in Etosha National Park, seeking wildlife like giraffes, zebras and elephants at the park's bustling waterholes by day and embarking on an evening game drive with a knowledgeable ranger as well.

The company provides prices on request. The tour includes most meals and all park entry fees, but not flights or the optional "Cheetah Walk." Compass Odyssey allows the tour to be customized on request.

Expert Africa: Big Cat Fly-in Safari

Lewa Safari Camp animal sightings with Expert Africa.

Length: Nine days Starting price: $5,010

Expert Africa offers safaris and other tours in a host of African countries. For a relatively classic tour, consider the Big Cat Fly-in Safari. It offers two different looks at Kenya's stellar wildlife. Firstly, you'll fly north for four nights at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, a sanctuary that channels all its profits into protecting the wildlife in its roughly 100-square-mile reserve. You'll stay in classic tented rooms and enjoy three-course dinners, with the option of going on horse- or camelback safaris for an extra fee.

Despite the tour name, you're most likely to see elephants, giraffes, zebras and rhinos here. In fact, you're more likely to see big cats at the tour's second stop, when you fly south to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The tour company reports a high success rate for travelers spotting lions (and a decent chance of spotting leopards or cheetahs too). Here, you'll spend four days in upscale tents and have the option of soaring over the plains in a hot air balloon. The tour starts at $5,010 for eight nights, with all transport within Kenya included – although Expert Africa customizes most of its tours, so you can likely adjust your safari to your preferences.

Volcanoes Safari: 7 Day Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari

The Deluxe Room at Bwindi Lodge from Volcanoes Safaris.

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Length: Seven days Starting price: $8,430

If you're looking to spot some great apes, Volcanoes Safari focuses exclusively on primate tours within Rwanda and Uganda – and with partnerships with the Jane Goodall Institute and Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, they're responsible too. One of its signature tours, this seven-day itinerary kicks off in Uganda, taking travelers to the famed Kyambura Gorge to spot chimpanzee communities, as well as on a trek through the Bwindi Forest to look for gorillas.

But it's not all about monkeys: The tour also includes chances to see lions on the Ugandan plains and to meet locals engaging in cooperative work raising bees and roasting coffee. Along the way, guests stay in stylish lodges with views of Uganda's mountains and forests. The tour starts at $8,430 per person based on double occupancy in the low season, with all meals included.

Vaccination and visa requirements for African countries

Some popular safari destinations may require you to have received certain vaccinations in order to enter the country as a tourist. Although COVID-19 vaccination requirements no longer exist, it's not uncommon for countries to require you to be vaccinated against illnesses such as yellow fever before departing on your trip. Be sure to bring proof of vaccinations with you. If you are transiting through another country en route to your safari tour, you must check that you also meet immunization requirements for the stopover location.

For many destinations, there are a number of other vaccinations that aren't mandatory but are still recommended, such as for cholera or rabies. Consult with a doctor and ensure you're up to date and fully protected before you travel. In addition, many safari locations are prone to malaria; you should consult with your doctor about potentially bringing anti-malaria medication on your trip.

Safari countries have varying visa requirements for travelers from the U.S. – these are detailed below. Depending on your itinerary, you may need a single- or multiple-entry visa, and some visas require you to apply in advance of traveling and/or have a certain number of blank pages in your passport. Regardless of destination, your passport should be valid for at least six months before you leave for your trip.

Here are the vaccine and visa requirements for major safari destinations as of July 2024:

Botswana: If you have recently visited or transited through a country where yellow fever is common, you will need to be vaccinated against this illness. This does not include the U.S. but does include a number of countries in Africa as well as Central and South America. Consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's list of countries with risk of yellow fever transmission, including Kenya and Uganda.

U.S. citizens and nationals can stay in Botswana for 90 days per year without a visa.

Kenya: Kenya is a country where you'll be at risk of yellow fever transmission; it also requires those traveling from other places where yellow fever is endemic to be vaccinated against it. The CDC recommends that you protect yourself against yellow fever before your trip here.

Americans need an eVisa to enter Kenya. You should apply online at the eVisa government website no less than two weeks before your trip, as visas are not available upon arrival in Kenya. See more on the U.S. Department of State's website .

Namibia: Those traveling from a country where yellow fever is common need to be vaccinated against it. No visa is required as long as you're staying for 90 days or less per year.

Rwanda: If you're coming from a country where yellow fever is endemic, a yellow fever vaccination is required before departure.

U.S. citizens and nationals can be issued a 30-day visitor visa on arrival in Rwanda or through the Rwandan Embassy in Washington, D.C. A single-entry visa costs $50 for a single entry or $70 for multiple entries, and it's recommended you bring sufficient cash in U.S. dollars to pay for this (although credit card payment may be accepted at Kigali International Airport). Consult the State Department website for more information.

South Africa: A yellow fever vaccination is required if you're traveling from a country with a risk of transmission, including transits of 12 hours or longer in such countries. No visa is required for stays of 90 days or less.

Tanzania: Yellow fever vaccines are mandatory if you're traveling from a location where yellow fever is present – including if you spend more than 12 hours in transit in such a country. The vaccine should be administered 10 days or more before arrival

Visas are required for tourism in Tanzania. You can apply for a single-entry, 90-day visa online for $50 or a multiple-entry, one-year visa for $100. Be sure to print a copy of the approval (called a "grant notice") to bring with you. The processing period takes up to 10 days. You can also obtain a single-entry visa on arrival in most cases, although the Tanzanian government still recommends the advance online application. Find more Tanzanian visa information on the State Department website .

Uganda: Like Kenya, Uganda is a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. All visitors must show proof of vaccination against yellow fever to enter Uganda, regardless of where you're traveling from.

American visitors to Uganda must apply online for an electronic visa before departure. The processing time is around seven days, but the Ugandan government recommends applying 30 days before you travel; arriving in Uganda without completing this process could result in your detainment. A single-entry visa costs $50. Visit the State Department website to learn more.

Zambia: Yellow fever vaccines are only required if you're coming from an area considered at risk, including long transits (12 hours or more) through such countries. Visas are not required for U.S. citizens visiting Zambia. Check the State Department website for more details.

Zimbabwe: As with other countries on this list, visitors from countries with yellow fever outbreaks require a vaccine against this illness. This includes long transit stopovers of 12 hours or more.

U.S. visitors can obtain a 30-day, single-entry visa upon arrival in Zimbabwe for $30. If you're taking a tour that requires you to leave and reenter Zimbabwe, be sure to get a double-entry visa for $45. You can learn more from the State Department website .

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Lillien Jones’ Wildlife and Conservation Adventure in Southern Africa

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As a child, Lillien Jones (BYU ’28) loved the wild animals that would venture into her yard—deer, coyotes, rabbits, and hawks—and she visited the Hogle Zoo every chance she could. Then, while taking a zoology class in high school, she expanded her passion from just viewing animals to studying them and realized she wanted a career in wildlife sciences.

Now at BYU, Jones studies wildlife and conservation with a desire to see animals in their natural habitats. She recently returned from a study abroad to southern Africa (Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, and South Africa) where she was able to explore the wildlife and learn about efforts to protect their environments.

The trip changed how Jones thought about conservation goals. AfriCat works to save big cats like leopards and cheetahs from farmers in Namibia. These cats eat farmers' cattle, which destroys their livelihoods. AfriCat works to minimize conflicts by curating the Okonjima Nature Reserve and teaching farmers sustainable farming practices. Jones was inspired by AfriCat’s efforts. “It is an environmental issue, but it is also a very human issue,” Jones mused. “Dealing with conservation means that you have to work through and with the community. You can't work against the community. We need to have empathy and work together to develop solutions.”

A girl stands next to a massive baobab tree.

Dealing with conservation means that you have to work through and with the community. You can't work against the community. We need to have empathy and work together to develop solutions.

A rhino is seen walking through a stony area

On various safari excursions, Jones and her fellow students saw a number of animals, some expected and others unexpected. Jones’s favorites were the black and white rhinos she saw at Etosha National Park in Namibia. She was thrilled to spy six in their natural habitat from their safari van. Animals like honey badgers, chameleons, flamingoes, and jackals in the desert regions of Namibia were a surprise that she didn’t anticipate to see. She also loved identifying the various species of antelope and impala in each country.

With every new animal sighting, her appreciation for God’s creations grew. “It was amazing to see different natural beauty than we have back home and to see God's hand in that,” Jones enthused. “The trip also gave me a greater appreciation for home and the beauty here just as much as it did there.”

Talking with the guides enlightened her view of climate change impacting Sub-Saharan Africa. Some regions are receiving more rain than expected and others are in extreme drought. This radical change in climate is affecting both the people and wildlife. “They don’t know how to prepare and don't have the infrastructure, so they’re being hit harder than we would,” said Jones.

A number of people from a Southern African tribe are seen dancing dressed in traditional garb

Jones is grateful to the donors who provided the experiential learning grants that made this trip financially feasible for her. “I've always dreamed of being able to see incredible places and incredible animals but I've never gotten to. It’s not something that I was anticipating having the resources to do,” shared Jones. Without their support, she would not have had the opportunity to study abroad and learn about wildlife conservation. This experience opened Jones’ eyes and has reinforced her desire to become a wildlife veterinarian.

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