Namibia is a completely unique experience, unlike anywhere else in the world let alone Africa. Twice the size of California and with one of the lowest population densities on earth, exploring this truly spectacular country can really feel like a journey of discovery and wonder.
Situated in South West Africa on the Atlantic coast Namibia straddles the Namib and Kalahari deserts. Safari here is not your standard African safari and can comprise of Magical arid and desert landscapes, huge dunes, wildlife, culture, fascinating history and adventure.
Extremely interesting and semi-nomadic tribes like the Herero and Himba. As well as Hunter-gatherer tribes the San Bushmen
Although naturally less dense in these desert habitats, Namibia boasts very rewarding wildlife viewing including lions, cheetah, leopard, Black Rhino and also some desert-adapted species such as desert elephant, brown hyaena, Bat-eared fox, oryx and very good birding.
Great historical sights such as old shipwrecks, dinosaur footprints, petrified forests and fabulous ancient rock art.
A country you can explore self-drive with good roads and at a reasonable cost.
Fun, adventure and adrenaline sports in Namibia's adrenaline capital Swakopmund
Important conservation projects such as the Cheetah Conservation Fund's field research and education centre.
Safari in Namibia can be done in a variety of different ways depending on your preference and budget. You can choose to explore on your own, with a hired car or a 4 wheel drive. A classic flying safari cutting out the travel time or a privately guided safari hosted by your own personal guide.
Although most would not choose Namibia as a first-time safari destination because of the lower animal densities in these arid and desert habitats.
The country more than makes up for that with the quality and interest of seeing animals in these very stark and tough landscapes, the interest enhanced by desert-adapted species and their consequent behaviours. It is also many times more rewarding when you ultimately find that animal you actively had to track down.
Self-drive safaris are popular here because it keeps costs down, gives the opportunity for independent adventure and is possible because of the relatively good roads connecting the main areas of interest. Whereas this is not advisable in other parts of Africa where roads and infrastructure make self-drive impractical and not the best use of time.
There are a few areas that may not be practical or reachable by self-driving and if wish to make full use of the time available, you may wish to fly between destinations and lodges.
Alternatively, you may choose to enhance the experience with the depth and understanding provided by being escorted and driven by your own private guide.
Highlights to look at including on a trip to Namibia include;
In the South West of Namibai, Sossusvlei on the edge of the Namib desert where you can see or even climb some of the highest dunes in the world and visit Dead vlei, a dried out pan with the stark skeletons of ancient and long dead trees, both of which popularly known from many a postcard. Namib-Naukluft NP with its jaw-dropping scenery of mountains and canyons is also well worth a visit.
If you seek a bit of adrenaline on your trip you could head further north and on the coast to Swakopmund a Germanic town with which can make for a good stop over and where you can try such activities as Sandboarding, quad biking and skydiving.
Walvis Bay is a town slightly south of Swakopmund and serves as the starting point to what is surely one of the most spectacular and unique experiences in the world: A privately guided, multinight 4x4 expedition into the Namib desert - a truly breathtaking experience with astonishing sights at every turn!
The Skeleton Coast is a strip of