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Namibia


Where to go - rocks & sand, mountains & valleys, canyons & plains

Namibia means ‘open space’ and this is what Namibia is famous for. Here, in one of the world’s least populated countries, you can experience some of the world’s largest and oldest deserts, dunes and canyons, under the sunniest skies and starriest nights. The scenery is staggeringly beautiful and different, as are the desert adapted plants and animals.

Sossussvlei - Along the coast a vast dry sea of huge red sand dunes of the Southern Namib-Naukluft National Park, ‘rolling’ between the icy cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the hot blue/grey mountains of the interior.

Damaraland - Inland sandy tree lined river valleys frequented by desert elephants against a beautiful backdrop of endless mountain vistas of greys, mauves & purples, on soft terracotta soils under brilliant blue skies. Ancient Bushman art etched into red rocks and beautiful Himba in traditional clothing.

Etosha - In the centre the seemingly endless, shimmering, flat white salt pans of Etosha National Park with a remarkable diversity of animals congregating around welcome waterholes.

Kunene - In the very North West the Kunene River cuts a deep and dramatic gorge through rugged mountains of black volcanic rock. The coastline of the Skeleton Coast National Park is desolate, the plains stark, the valleys ancient.

Caprivi- In the North East is a little known yet magical oasis of waterways and wildlife along the Chobe, Okavango, Kwando and Zambezi Rivers. It is the gateway to the magnificent Victoria Falls.

Swakopmund - Relax in cafes and browse the shops of this charming little seaside town whose buildings show the German influence of days gone by. Or go the adventure route and take a quad bike or sandboard out onto the dunes, a kayak into Walvis Bay, or a boat out to see the delightful antics of the Cape Fur Seals.

Windhoek - This clean and sparkling capital city offers beautiful boutique accommodation and cheetah conservation projects.

Namibia is one of the region’s most visited and rewarding destinations. Most visitors take scenic flights between camps but it is also suitable self-drive destination for those who have the time to travel the long distances. Read more about special sightings, activities and accommodation.

Read more about Safari experiences and Safari Accommodation.
What to see - rare rhino and weird Welwitschias

Thougn game populations might be lower in the deserts of Nambia is it more easily seen due to the sparseness of the vegetation and the need to congrete around water. Special fauna include Oryx, Rhino, Sprinbok, Black Faced Impala, Ruppel's Koran, Ludwig's Bustard, Dune Larks. Unique flora include Welwitshias, Euphorobias and Moringas. The scenery is spectacular. You can also see ancient Bushman rock engravings and visit the homes of the tradtional Himba people.

Where to stay - under canvas or thatch, on the earth or water

We can offer a fine selection of lodges and camps - all personally visited by us. They are chosen for superb settings, authentic African design, interesting activities, excellent guides and a high standard of food and accommodation. All provide something different and special. We can also arrange exciting stays in mobile camps where you get even closer to the 'Out of Africa' feeling - always in comfort, safety and style. Contact us to define your perfect safari.

How to get there - road and air

Fly in to Namibia from Johannesburg or Victoria Falls to the capital - Windhoek. From there take a scheduled or chartered light aircraft to your camp. The transfers from camp to camp are experiences in themselves - we prefer to call them 'winged safaris'. You fly over spectacular desert scenery, getting a completely different perspective, and you often see wildlife. We take care of all the arrangements.

Drive in If you prefer to drive, and have the time, the main roads are of a good standard, though the distances are long. Due to the good infrastructure Namibia is a favourtie self drive destination. Most of the main roads are paved, but many are not, and a 4x4 vehicle is recommended.

More to know - seasons and speciality trips

Seasons We can advise on the best time to go for what you want to see and experience.

Speciality safaris We can organize speciality safaris such as birding, hiking and fishing. Contact us to discuss your special interests.