Namibia

Namibia is a landscape photographer’s dream

Namibia is a landscape photographer’s dream, with wild and ever-changing vistas of shifting desert dunes, cracked red salt pans and the silhouettes of shipwrecks along the windswept skeleton coast. At once stunningly beautiful and hauntingly desolate, Namibia is nevertheless home to a host of specially adapted animals, such as the hardy desert elephant, rare desert lion, the beautiful Oryx and the endangered black rhino. Good roads and superb lodges mean comfort even in the country’s remotest corners.

  • CAPRIVI STRIP

    CAPRIVI STRIP

    In the far northeast of the country, a thin strip of land connects Namibia to the great Zambezi River. A remote riverine habitat, this lesser-visited region offers a lush contrast, with five protected reserves home to astounding birdlife and elephant.…

  • DAMARALAND

    DAMARALAND

    A vast tract of wilderness littered with world-class bushman rock art sites, scenic Damaraland is home to Namibia’s famous desert elephant and rare black rhino. A petrified forest of 200,000 year old trees is just one of the geological gems…

  • ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

    ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

    One of Africa’s best (and largest) game reserves, Etosha National Park is known for the large groups of game which congregate at its waterholes. Rare black rhino, large herds of elephant, and lion, cheetah and leopard are all found here.…

  • KALAHARI / BUSHMANLAND

    KALAHARI / BUSHMANLAND

    Much of the south and east of Namibia is covered by the Kalahari, a fossil desert which sustains a surprising variety of life. Home to the very ancient San people, a visit to Bushmanland in the northern Kalahari is the…

  • SESRIEM AND SOSSUSVLEI

    SESRIEM AND SOSSUSVLEI

    The iconic, towering sand dunes of Sossusvlei are just one part of Namib-Naukluft National Park, which is also home to the rocky Naukluft Mountains and Sesriem Canyon, carved by the Tsaucheb River. Undeniably one of the country’s most spectacular sights,…

  • SKELETON COAST & KAOKOLAND

    SKELETON COAST & KAOKOLAND

    North of Swakopmund the coast of Namibia becomes progressively wilder and more remote. The skeletons of whales and shipwrecks litter the often foggy shores. Self-drivers can experience a section of desolate coast but to see more, fly in safaris offer…

  • SOUTHERN NAMIBIA

    SOUTHERN NAMIBIA

    Namibia’s lesser-visited far south rewards the intrepid with yet more contrasts; the characterful German coastal town of Luderitz and the desert-encroached houses of Kolmanskop as well as spectacular Fish River Canyon, second largest on earth. Carving its way through the…

  • SWAKOPMUND

    SWAKOPMUND

    A sea-side resort from the days when Namibia was called German West Africa, Swakopmund retains a distinctly colonial air, with promenades and half-timbered houses dating from around 1905. Lying between the breakers of the Atlantic Ocean and the dunes of…

  • WINDHOEK & CENTRAL HIGHLANDS

    WINDHOEK & CENTRAL HIGHLANDS

    Namibia’s capital has some pleasant galleries and museums but is usually used as a stop-off on arrival or departure. North of the city, halfway to Etosha, game farms in the rolling hills of the Central Highlands offer a chance to…

  • Diverse Namibia

    Days: 12 Type: Group tour
    This guided small group tour explores Namibia’s contrasts from the iconic Sossusvlei dunes to the Namib Desert and from the Atlantic coast to the ancient Damaraland plains and Etosha’s wildlife. Staying in small seasonal tented camps using comfortable dome tents with camp beds and plumbed bathrooms, travel between destinations by road with Namibia’s spectacular landscapes revealing themselves along the way.
  • Desert Dune Safari – Namibia

    Days: 12 Type: Group tour
    This small group set-departure tour takes you through some of the most remote areas of the fascinating land of Namibia; areas which have been rarely explored by others. The dunes of Sossusvlei are not to be missed but you’ll also see the amazing marine life just off Swakopmund, the secluded and dramatic coastline of the Skeleton Coast littered with historic remnants of shipwrecks and the rugged and rocky landscape of Palmwag where the last free-roaming...

Planning your trip

Most itineraries start in Windhoek, reached via Johannesburg, but if the Caprivi Strip is part of your itinerary it is easier to get there from Kasane in Botswana or even Victoria Falls.

Namibia is one of Africa’s easiest countries to get around, despite a lack of regional airports and scheduled domestic flights.  Instead, there is a comprehensive network of light-aircraft routes making easy work of the country’s vast distances.  Namibia is also an ideal self-drive destination – overland itineraries pass through arguably the world’s most incredible scenery and the well-maintained roads are safe and well-signed.

Quick country facts

 

  • Recommended airlines
    BA or South African Airways via Johannesburg or Air Namibia via Frankfurt.
  • Flight time
    Around 14 -16 hours depending on the length of connection.
  • Time zone:
    GMT +1
  • Visa requirements:
    No visa required for 90 day stay (UK passport)

Accommodation and costs
Accommodation ranges from fairly basic government-run rest camps to ultra luxurious bush lodges with prices in a broad range. Namibia has something for most budgets and is a lot more cost-effective than Botswana.

How long to stay
With the time taken to get here, a week would be the minimum we’d recommend in Namibia, with two to three weeks an ideal length of stay.  To see nearly everything you would need about a month.  The average itinerary visits 3-5 different parts of the country, with 2-3 night stays in each.  Namibia also makes a great combination with Botswana or South Africa.

Whether and when to go
Namibia can be visited all year round, with a dry and pleasant climate most of the time.  Wildlife viewing is best in the dry season from June to October.  Cool mornings and evenings give way to sunny, dry days which warm up as they go.

Between December and March, hot and humid days often result in afternoon thunderstorms.  In this wet season,  animals have no need of Etosha’s waterholes and disperse through the park making them harder to spot.

May is a lovely month, with moderate temperatures, low rainfall and a lush green landscape.

Namibia never gets crowded but accommodation is scarce. Lodges in July, August and September can fill up many months in advance so this is a holiday best planned 6 months or more ahead of time.

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Expert tip

“Namibia has a number of world-class luxury lodges but unlike Botswana, can be explored independently as a self-drive, making it accessible on a wider range of budgets.”

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