Namibia

Namibia

One of the oldest places on earth and one of the youngest nations – Namibia gained independence only in 1990.

An extraordinary place – magnificent, magical and mysterious, Namibia is a land of two deserts, the Namib and the Kalahari, acres of nothingness and a coastline where the icy waters of the Atlantic meet the searing heat of the African desert.

Inland there is the drama of Damaraland with its petrified forest, 1,000-year-old Welwitschia plant and the endangered desert elephant and rhino, while at Sossusvlei, one of the oldest and driest eco-systems, climbing to the top of the highest sand dunes is a must. Then there are the famous salt pans of the Etosha National Park with their abundance of game, the wilderness of Kaokoveld in the far north, and the Fish River Canyon in the south – second only to the Grand Canyon in size. There is also the Caprivi strip – a narrow strip of lush wetlands extending across the top of Botswana where the Chobe and Zambezi rivers meet.

 

Highlights

  • Climb the world’s highest sand dune
  • Search for the elusive desert elephant
  • Take a dawn balloon ride over the desert
  • Spend a night under the stars
  • Trek Fish River Canyon

Seasons

  • Rainy: November to March
  • Dry: April to October

Wildlife

  • Elephant, oryx, springbok, rhino, zebra, cheetah

Fast facts

  • Capital – Windhoek
  • Currency – Namibian Dollar
  • Point of Entry – Windhoek, Walvis Bay
  • Airlines – British Airways & South African Airways via Johannesburg, Air Namibia via Frankfurt
  • Flying Time – 2 hours from Johannesburg & Cape Town
  • Time Zone – GMT +1
  • Visa on arrival
  • Seasons: Rainy: January – March, Dry (winter): June – August, Rainy: September – November
  • Medical Requirements – Malaria prophylaxis recommended for visiting northern areas

When to go

  • May to October are the best game viewing months in the Etosha National Park
  • Keen bird-watchers should travel in January & February
  • The most comfortable temperatures in Sossusvlei are found in March, April, September & October

Insider tips

  • When self-driving try not to include too many areas of the country as the distances can be huge
  • Be prepared for an early start at the dunes – they are at their best (and coolest) at sunrise
  • Fill up with fuel wherever possible as there can be large journeys between petrol stations
  • Stick to the speed limits as it easy to slide off the gravel roads when driving too fast
  • If transferring between the domestic & international airports allow three hours as they are 45 kms apart 

&Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Escape to the NamibRand Reserve and &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, an indulgent retreat from which to explore the huge red dunes at Sossusvlei and revel in the peace and tranquillity of this pristine desert environment.The views of the mountains and desert plains are truly breathtaking and expert guides are on hand to show you the animal and ...
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Camp Kipwe

Located close to its sister property Mowani Mountain Camp, Camp Kipwe is also nestled amongst large granite boulders.  The main areas and the rooms are are built around the rocks with rough hewn wooden furniture giving a natural, organic feel that complements the rugged, rocky surroundings.Camp Kipwe is a relaxed camp with a rustic charm that ...
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Canyon Lodge

Set within the Gondwana Canyon Park the lodge is 20km from the main viewing point of the Fish River Canyon and  and is set amongst dramatic granite boulders.The main lodge area that houses the reception, bar, restaurant and curio shop is an old, restored farmhouse overlooking a beautifully well kept garden while the charming stone and thatch c...
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Damaraland Camp

Situated on the northern face of the Huab River valley and looking south towards the imposing Brandberg Mountains, Damaraland Camp is rated as the most successful eco-tourism venture in Namibia. It's also big game country, and although wildlife is not concentrated like it is at Etosha, Damaraland Camp is situated where the rare desert-adapted e...
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Desert Rhino Camp

Desert Rhino Camp is in the vast Palmwag concession, an area of flat topped mountains, rocky hills and plains in the ruggedly beautiful Damaraland region.  The area is home to the largest free roaming population of black rhino in Africa and the chance to track these desert adapted animals on foot is a highlight of a stay here. This arid area s...
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Divava Okavango Lodge and Spa

Just a few hundred metres from Popa Falls at the western edge of the Caprivi Strip and a short drive from Mahango National Park, Divava Okavango Lodge and Spa lies on the banks of the Okavango River.Let yourself be pampered in the spa, relax in the contemporary styled lounge and take in the views over the river. The 20 chalets are modern and luxuri...
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Dolomite Camp

For many years the western section of the Etosha National Park was off limits to visitors and even now there are fewer people and vehicles allowing those who do venture here to enjoy game viewing in relative exclusivity.  A stay at Dolomite Camp is a great stopover when driving between Damaraland and the rest of Etosha and the camp enjoys an e...
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Doro Nawas Camp

Located on a rocky outcrop in ruggedly beautiful Damaraland, Doro Nawas Camp is set on the floodplain of a small tributary of the Huab River. The unique lodge design allows for unspoilt panoramic views of this diverse and dramatic landscape through large glass windows or from the open roof-top terrace. Guided game drives are an excellent opportunit...
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Erongo Wilderness Lodge

Set in a secluded valley amongst dramatic granite boulders Erongo Wilderness Lodge is a tranquil haven where  you can do as much or as little as you like.You may just want to relax by the pool or sit on the shaded deck of your tented chalet and take in the stunning views but the lure of the mountains and bushveld will be hard to resist. Join o...
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Etendeka Mountain Camp

Etendeka Mountain Camp not only offers the chance to explore the stunning Damaraland wilderness in the company of superb guides but also has strong community, conservation and eco friendly credentials.Manager and co-owner Dennis Liebenberg has been here for over 20 years and has built a traditional, rustic tented camp with outdoor bucket showers an...
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Fish River Lodge

With truly breathtaking views, Fish River Lodge perches on the edge of one of the world's largest canyons. Situated on the western side of Fish River Canyon the lodge is part of the Canyon Nature Park, a vast desert wilderness of parched plains and rugged, flat topped mountains.  The stunning views of the canyon can be enjoyed from all par...
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Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is located in a vast valley in the Namibian desert and offers one of the greatest concentrations of desert-adapted elephant and lion. With game drives, nature walks and scenic flights over Skeleton Coast on offer Hoanib looks to be one of the best Wilderness Safaris has to offer. "Out Of This...
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Kaza Safari Lodge

Kaza Safari Lodge is situated on an island where the Chobe and Zambezi rivers meet. From the air it is an amazing mosaic of waterways, floodplains and bush, while on the ground, exceptional birdlife, game viewing and assorted vegetation abound. The surrounding waters provide for outstanding fishing opportunities.Many activities may be enjoyed at Ka...
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Klein Aus Vista Desert Horse Inn

On the privately owned Gondwana Sperrgebiet Rand Park, just a few kilometres from the town of Aus, is Klein Aus Vista Desert Horse Inn. Set in a rugged landscape of desert plains and granite outcrops the inn is a convenient place to stop when travelling between the dunes of Sossusvlei and Fish River Canyon.Wild desert horses (how they ended up here...
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Kulala Desert Lodge

Surrounded by red dunes, desolate mountains and gravel plains, Kulala Desert Lodge is set at the heart of the Namib Desert. The camp's main buildings have been built in a North African style and constructed entirely from clay bricks with a wrap-around veranda overlooking a waterhole and the surrounding desert scenery. A guided excursion to the ...
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Lianshulu Lodge

In a private concession inside the Mudumu National Park in the Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip) of north eastern Namibia you will find Lianshulu Lodge nestled in the forest on the Kwando River.The spacious main lodge area, decorated with African masks and with hand crafted wooden furniture, has plenty of room to relax and raised wooden d...
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Little Kulala

Set in a private reserve with direct access to the Namib Naukluft National Park and the famous red dunes of Sossusvlei, Little Kulala is located at the heart of Namibia's Namib Desert. The lodge is stylishly designed using neutral colours and organic material so that it blends into the landscape and is cleverly positioned to maximise your views...
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Little Ongava

Little Ongava, in the private 66,000 acre Ongava game reserve shares a common boundary with Etosha National Park, nestles on the crest of a hill with wonderful views onto the plains below.Enjoy unrivalled privacy with only three spacious suites, each with private plunge pool, en-suite bathroom, a sala, and outdoor shower with views of the waterhole...
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Mowani Mountain Camp

The rugged, rocky desert scenery in this part of Damaraland in north eastern Namibia is truly magnificent with ancient rock engravings, desert adapted animal and plant life and unusual rock formations to explore.  Built around huge granite boulders, Mowani Mountain Camp is an oasis of peace and tranquillity, its round, thatched buildings blend...
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Mushara

Located less than 10 kilometres from the eastern entrance to the Etosha National Park, Mushara is a family run collection of properties.Guests are able to take guided game drives in Etosha or those on self drive itineraries can also explore the wildlife and waterholes on their own.The four accommodation options provide something for everyone from t...
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Ntwala Island Lodge

Only 70km upstream from Victoria Falls, Ntwala Island Lodge consists of intricate floating walkways that link a cluster of islands within the Mambova rapids where the mighty Zambezi and Chobe Rivers converge. Each private suite is utterly luxurious and features secluded river frontage and private splash pools - Ntwala Island Lodge is simply made fo...
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Okahirongo Elephant Lodge

In the north west of Namibia the Purros Conservancy is a rugged piece of true wilderness. The terracotta buildings of Okahirongo Elephant Lodge enjoy fantastic views of the green Hoarusib riverbed and the distant Purros mountains.Taking influence from the rich ochre and sand of the surrounding area and decorated and furnished with African designs a...
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Okahirongo River Camp

In the far north west of Namibia the Marienfluss region is extremely isolated. On the banks of the Kunene River that separates Namibia from Angola, Okahirongo River Camp is an eco friendly lodge with stunning views over the river to the mountains beyond.The tents are minimalist in style and are constructed from wood and canvas with private verandah...
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Okaukuejo Camp

Okaukuejo Camp is a very popular stop for self drivers exploring Etosha.  The camp is close to the Andersson Gate and in close proximity to the western edge of the park's vast salt pan.  There are numerous waterholes in the area where you can sit for as long as you like watching a variety of animals come and go.  However the wate...
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Okonjima

Okonjima, a three hour drive north of Windhoek, has a beautiful, hilly bushveld setting and is home to the Africat Foundation, a non-profit organisation committed to the long term conservation of Namibia's carnivores through education, research and managing human-wildlife conflict. Guests at Okonjima can visit the information and care centre to...
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Olive Exclusive

Located in a quiet, residential area of Windhoek next door to sister property Olive Grove Guesthouse, Olive Exclusive is Windhoek's premier boutique hotel.A chic and luxurious all suite hotel, Olive Exclusive has a striking, modern design with a natural, organic feel through the use of rough hewn wooden tables and granite while the walls are ad...
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Olive Grove Guesthouse

Located in a quiet, residential area of Windhoek Olive Grove Guesthouse is a stylish and friendly place to stay at the start or end of your time in Namibia.Whether you are getting ready to start your Namibian adventure or relaxing before heading home, unwind in the small, tranquil garden and comfortable lounge or pamper yourself with a massage in t...
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Ongava Lodge

Ongava Lodge is situated along the southern boundary of Etosha National Park in the privately owned Ongava Game Reserve. Ongava is the ideal place from which to base your activities when visiting Etosha. Accommodation comprises twelve air-conditioned brick, rock and thatch chalets, each with en-suite facilities.Meals are either served in the main d...
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Onguma

Located adjacent to the eastern edge of Etosha National Park Onguma has a huge 34,000 hectare reserve of its own where many different species of antelope can be found with lion and black rhino also present. Each of the five lodges and camps has a waterhole so wildlife is never far away.The accommodation ranges from luxury tents to more rustic rooms...
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Serra Cafema

Serra Cafema Camp is situated under shady trees overlooking the Kunene River in a very wild and remote corner of far-north Namibia. Set between the haunting Skeleton Coast and dramatic Kaokoland, it's one of Southern Africa's last true wilderness areas and a complete respite from the outside world. Serra Cafema provides luxurious comfort in...
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Skeleton Coast Safaris

The Skeleton Coast evokes visions of decaying shipwrecks and whale bones on desolate beaches and a flying safari with Skeleton Coast Safaris is a wonderful way to explore the remote coastline and inland desert.  The Schoeman family have been taking guests on their exhilarating and fascinating safaris since the 1970s sharing their love and know...
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Sossusvlei Lodge

Sossusvlei Lodge is located next to the Sesriem entrance to the famous red dunes so it is very convenient for those wanting to experience the dunes in the early morning.This hotel style lodge has 45 comfortable accommodation units with a tented bedroom and ensuite adobe walled bathroom. Each has a patio and those at the front of the property have v...
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Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre

The Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre is built in and around the old railway station building from the early days of the twentieth century and the influence of this bygone era is found throughout the hotel.This four star hotel has 90 rooms, most of which overlook the garden courtyard and swimming pool, and a range of amenities including a g...
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Villa Margherita

Centrally located in the coastal town of Swakopmund in an area with many colonial era buildings, Villa Margherita is itself a restored turn of the twentieth century villa. In contrast, the interiors are stylish and contemporary with modern artwork and bright colour schemes.This friendly, upmarket B&B has just eight bedrooms, each individually d...
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Wolwedans

In the heart of the privately owned NamibRand Nature Reserve you will find Wolwedans, a collection of camps and lodges with a commitment to the conservation of this pristine natural environment.The landscape is breathtaking with red sand dunes, plains and mountains and the mysterious "fairy circles", bare patches of earth that dot the lan...
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Namibia's Desert Delights

Days: 17 | From: £3,445 per person based on two sharing
For an experience like no other and to really get away from it all, make sure you head to Namibia. Explore the magnificent dunes of Sossusvlei along with the famous Skeleton Coast, to dropping by and witnessing the spectacle that is the lunar landscape of Damaraland and the wildlife of Etosha. Make ...
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The Best Of Namibia

Days: 12 | From: £5,495 per person based on two sharing
This luxury holiday will take you on an adventure and will showcase why we love Namibia so much. From the wild coastline to the dramatic landscapes of Damaraland and the Sossusvlei, then topped off with a splash of wildlife at Etosha. This is a journey you won&rsqu...
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Explore Etosha National Park & Beyond

Days: 14 | From: £3,495 per person based on two people sharing
Namibia is a great country for self-drive holidays and Etosha National Park can easily be explored in your own vehicle and at your own pace.  Beyond that this itinerary takes you to Okonjima to learn about their carnivore conservation and rehabilitation programme, a private reserve on the edge ...
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Ultimate Namibia

Days: 17 | From: £4,745 per person based on two people sharing
Magnificent, magical and mysterious, Namibia should be at the top of any traveller's bucket list. From incredible game viewing in Etosha National Park to the dramatic landscapes of Damaraland, you will discover the very best that this extraordinary Southern Africa country has to offer ...
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