Embark on a real adventure with a Namibia safari
Still a relatively unknown destination, Namibia is a more authentic take on Africa, with plenty of entrancing landscapes, landmarks and history to capture your imagination. Here you’ll find everything from epic sand dunes to national parks teeming with life, and from the vast Namib-Naukluft desert to the sub-tropical northern towns of Rundu and Kongola.
- The dunes of Sosusvlei, especially the impressive Dune 45 and Big Daddy, the biggest dune in the area
- The AfriCat Foundation in Okonjima where you can see big cats that have been rescued and are in the process of being rehabilitated
- Still much-less visited than some of its eastern Africa counterparts, you can really experience Africa untouched
- Flying over the skeleton coast, home to decaying shipwrecks buried in sand drawn upon the rocks by the dense coastal fog
- The varied wildlife, from the meerkats and oryx of the desert to the flamingos and cheetah of Etosha.
Namibia holiday highlights
Wedged between the Kalahari and the chilly South Atlantic, Namibia's charms are well known in neighbouring South Africa, but outsiders have only recently discovered its deserts, seascapes and bushwalking. Blessed with rich natural resources, a solid modern infrastructure and diverse traditional cultures, Namibia is a beautiful country of vast potential.
Namibia offers the safari savvy a fresh safari destination, with the seemingly never-ending expanse of the Namib desert, the vast Etosha salt pan, the eerily beautiful Skeleton Coast and the towering sand dunes of Sossusvlei.
One of the oldest conservation sites in Africa, Etosha sustains a huge variety of mammals and birdlife including the endangered black rhino and rare gemsbok. Dominated by the extensive Etosha salt pan, predators and plains game here are attracted to the waterholes, creating particularly prolific wildlife viewing during the dry season (June to November).
A landscape of rugged mountains, vast desert, magnificent burnt orange sand dunes, river canyons and clay pans, it is perhaps surprising that Namib-Naukluft sustains any life at all – and yet hyena, gemsbok, jackal and unique plantlife all survive in this hyper-arid region. See the spectacular Dead Vlei: a forest frozen in time, and a dawn visit to the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossuvelei is a magical experience.
The Kalahari Desert stretches across a section of Southern Africa and covers parts of Namibia, South Africa and Botswana. The section that crosses into Namibia includes part of the Succulent Karoo which is home to approximately 5,000 species of plant including many of which are endemic. Namibia is also known for its scattering of inselbergs (isolated mountains) which provide flourishing microclimates above the desert floor.