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Namibia Safari Holidays
Unforgiving deserts stretching as far as the eye can see, sand dunes seemingly reaching to the sky, specialist desert-adapted wildlife and ancient tribes surviving for centuries in this hostile environment, Namibia is like no other place on earth.
Visit the immense Etosha National Park for Big 5 game viewing and more.
Witness the daily challenges of unique desert-adapted wildlife.
Climb the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei.
Visit the eerie and unique white clay pan of Dead Vlei.
Adrenaline junkies will love the adventure playground of Swakopmund.
Explore the vast and unforgiving Skeleton Coast.
Float effortlessly in a hot air balloon and appreciate the vastness of the Namib Desert.
Trek through the planet’s second largest canyon, Fish River Canyon.
Trek black rhinoceros on foot at the Palmwag Conservancy in Damaraland.
Visit the superb AfriCat Carnivore Rehabilitation Programme at Okonjima Nature Reserve.
Witness dinosaur tracks and African game at Waterberg Plateau.
Experience ancient cultures by spending time with the Himba Tribe or San Bushmen.
Marvel at the Caprivi Strip, an oasis of water in a predominantly parched land.
Namibia literally translates as ‘vast emptiness’ in the Nama language. These two words epitomise it better than any others. Visiting Namibia is unlike any experience you will have had previously. Everything is vast, big and largely void of human life. It is a place to visit to really leave behind what you know of life and escape to a world of solitude. It epitomises authentic Africa.
Namibia is a huge country. At 825,615 km² it is almost three and a half times the size of the United Kingdom but astonishingly has only 4% of the population. This provides an indication of the vastness and remoteness you will experience on a trip to Namibia. Namibia is the second least populated country on earth with an average of 2.9 persons per square kilometre. This is in stark contrast to the United Kingdom, the 14th most populous country on the planet, with a relatively whopping 272 persons per square kilometre.
Despite its seemingly harsh terrain Namibia is still well represented with wildlife. There are more than 250 recorded mammal species, 70 species of reptiles with 25 reported as endemic or near endemic, and astonishingly in excess of 660 species of birds including 72% of all Southern African species.
The wildlife in Namibia, although not as abundant as in other African countries, offers you unique and rare sightings. The main draw are the specialist desert-adapted animals who have evolved to survive in this unforgiving environment. Desert elephants roam the vast plains for miles in search of water and free-roaming black rhinoceros are present in greater numbers than anywhere else in Africa. Lions search for food in this barren landscape and the beautiful oryx is a regular sighting. The vast open space provides perfect hunting habitat for the cheetah. Desert specialists such as the brown hyena, honey badger and endangered Cape pangolin offer rare and wonderful sightings.
Namibia plays host to a variety of landscapes, each bringing their own individual interest. Etosha National Park is a huge game reserve occupying 22,270 km², more than one and a half times the size of the Serengeti. Within its boundaries is the Etosha Pan, an immense salt pan of over 5000 km² which is visible from outer space. The park protects an abundance of animals including all the Big 5 species.
The Namib Desert is the oldest desert in the world and at over 80,000 km² it is the size of Switzerland. The Namib-Naukluft National Park, at just shy of 50,000 km² is the 4th largest national park in the world, and larger than the European nation of Austria. Here you are able to visit the natural wonders of Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei, as well as climb immense sand dunes for an unforgettable sunrise vista. Taking a hot air balloon ride is arguably the best way to appreciate the vastness of this land.
Swakopmund is the adventure capital of Namibia. Here you can break off from the wildlife theme for a few days to enjoy adrenaline activities such as sky diving, sandboarding and quad biking in the dunes. Just north of here lies Cape Cross, the location of the largest colony of cape fur seals in Southern Africa totalling in excess of an estimated 270,000 individuals.
Visit the Himba Tribe and San Bushmen and learn of their culture and bear witness to their daily struggles in this unforgiving environment.
Fish River Canyon is highly recommended for a walking activity within the canyon. Okonjima is a superb project run in association with the AfriCat Foundation. The reserve aims to rehabilitate carnivores, mainly cheetah and leopard, with the goal of returning them to the wild. Thankfully 80% are successfully released into their natural habitat.
The Palmwag Concession in Northern Damaraland is 4,500 km² in size and is home to the largest free roaming number of black rhinoceros in Africa. They are protected by Save The Rhino Trust. Visitors are able to participate in the rare activity of approaching and observing these notoriously grumpy animals on foot. For those interested in the history of the natural world the ancient rock art at Twyfelfontein in Damaraland or the 2 million year old dinosaur tracks at Waterberg Plateau are appealing.
Namibia is the most amazing country and certainly one of our favourites. However, care has to be taken when recommending it to our guests as its offerings are not able to meet everybody’s desires. When considering Namibia as a wildlife destination it is more of a subtle option. It is favourable to more experienced travellers. Those who have witnessed the large game in abundance on previous trips and who are now happy to forsake a large amount of sightings for rare wildlife experiences and solitude in this vast land.
There are essentially 3 options to consider when designing a trip to Namibia, self-drive itineraries, fly-in safaris or guided tours. It is safe and relatively easy to self-drive. This is the cheapest option and certainly offers a sense of adventure as you navigate yourself through the vast wilderness. However, there is always the added pressure of questioning whether you’re going in the right direction. A missed turn can mean hundreds of miles in the wrong direction. Light aircraft can be used for those on a higher budget. It is perfect for those wanting to see all the country has to offer in a limited amount of time. You will also be able to reach much more remote areas than those achievable by driving. However, you may feel you miss out on that sense of adventure. Private guided overland safaris are an ideal compromise of being in the thick of the action on the ground, but also having the autonomy to go way off-piste and set up camp pretty much where you and your guide desires.
Due to the sheer expanse of the land Namibia can cause logistical headaches as travellers wrest with the difficulty of knowing how much is achievable in the time they have. By knowing the land and listening to you we can advise, plan and deliver a logistically perfect itinerary that suits your every desire.