Although it has its fair share of wildlife, the best reason to visit Namibia is for its unique desert scenery. Between rugged mountains and towering red sand dunes (the tallest on the planet), Namibia must rank as one of the most photogenic countries in the world. Be sure to bring lots of memory cards for your phone or camera!
Wonderful as the people and wildlife are, it’s likely to be the landscapes of Namibia that impress you the most. Caught between the cold Atlantic waves and the desert, shipwrecks loom out of the mists, with only seal colonies and seabirds for company. Between beaches and dunes, sand is a recurrent theme in Namibia, as you’d expect. You can hike up the dunes and slide down them, or soar over them in a hot-air balloon. Perhaps best of all is to get to the iconic Sossusvlei before dawn and then watch as the rising sun makes the dunes glow with fire.
Flights are typically routed through Johannesburg or Cape Town via gateways like Amsterdam, Paris and Zurich. Flights directly into Windhoek via Frankfurt, London (LGW), Doha, Nairobi and Addis Ababa are also quite popular.
We advise spending 4 days if you are just going to Sossusvlei or Etosha or 7-14 days for a more in-depth Namibia safari. Namibia is easily combined with any destination in Southern Africa.
We recommend Namibia to seasoned safari veterans and those seeking romance and adventure. First-time safari goers will love Namibia but should not expect large numbers of wildlife.
Visas are required for most visitors and are available upon arrival, but inoculations may be recommended. We suggest you see a travel medicine specialist for advice.
There is a good network of shared charter flights to tourist destinations and remote camps. Flying is typically the norm and there are some excellent guided overland options. Namibia is perfect for intrepid travelers who want to self-drive with good roads.
English is widely spoken along with Afrikaans and German. Communication is relatively easy throughout the country.
You will find high-caliber guides in Namibia at the various properties you visit.
Food is of good quality and variety on safari.
Hike to the top of the soaring red dunes of Sossuslevi, the highest dunes in the world
Watch nature unfold at a waterhole in Etosha National Park, one of the best spots for watching wildlife on the planet
Explore the bone-littered beaches of the Skeleton Coast and wander through the shipwrecks left ashore
Witness the mountainous landscapes of Damaraland turn burnt orange and blood red as the sun sets across the region
Hot Air Ballooning
Scenic Coastal Flights
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