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Namib Desert safaris, tours & holiday packages

The most ancient desert on the planet

Accounting for around half of Namibia's surface area, the ancient Namib Desert is probably best known for harbouring the world's tallest dunefields at Sossusvlei

Namibia’s dominant geographic feature is the Namib Desert, large tracts of which are protected in two immense national parks: Namib-Naukluft in the south and Skeleton Coast in the north.

The best-known feature of the Namib, a genuine must-see, is the Sossusvlei area, where several dry pans are enclosed by the world's tallest sand dunes, rippled apricot beauties that stand up to 300 metres high. The desert receives a paltry annual average rainfall of 15 millimetres, and some areas go years on end without receiving a drop. Yet it still supports a low volume of wildlife, with the handsome gemsbok being perhaps the most common large mammal, often seen walking nobly across the crests of the dunes.

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Philip Briggs says

I love the immensity of the Namib. It is starkly beautiful by day, but utterly compelling after dark, when the awe-inspiring night skies are complemented by a nocturnal silence so total that it can be quite a shock when it is broken by the chatter of a barking gecko or whoop of a jackal.

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The Namib is surprisingly varied in topography. There are wide-open stony plains, ancient tree-lined waterways that flow briefly a couple of times every decade, tall black mountains whose slopes support a scanty cover of shrubs and smaller succulents, and a forbiddingly rocky coast alleviated by sparkling lagoons renowned for their marine birdlife.

A worthwhile introduction to the stony desert is provided by Welwitschia Drive, a half-day motor trail that follows the Swakop River inland from Swakopmund past stark black dolerite outcrops and fields of mist-fed lichen. Here you are sure to see the remarkable Welwitschia mirabilis, an aberrant ground-hugging conifer that consists of just one stumpy, spongy stem and two very long serrated leaves that form windblown tangles reminiscent of stranded seaweed.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Namib Desert

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

What vaccinations should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines. go there.

Is it okay to drink the water?

In some parts of Southern Africa it is safe to drink the tap water, however it is highly recommended to stick to bottled water (mostly supplied) during your trip as even drinkable African water is completely different in taste and… go there.

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Reviews on our Namib Desert safaris

Discover Africa put together a fantastic itinerary for us and we had no travel hassles. We stayed at Villa Violet in Windhoek (1 night), Little Kalula Lodge in Sossusvlei (3 nights), and GoncheGanas in Windhoek (1 night). Each place was…

Memorable Trip to Namibia - Fantastic Accommodations

from Namibia

All details were covered, all staff and food excellent, service was perfect - would highly recommend for sure.

Ron

from United States of America

Excellent combination of calling to chat about plans and details, followed up with emailing of detailed information. Made all arrangements easy for us from the actual booking to payment procedures, exchange rate recommendations, visa advice,…

Saldrix

from South Africa

Waking up at 5:00 am to a bumpy ride all the way to a hidden hyena den, was something I’ll never forget. But the absolute best part was when the 1 month old cub peeked his head out to say hello. It was heartbreakingly cute.

Alana Krutoyarsky

from United States of America

We have just returned from our 3rd African safari, this time as far north as Zambia and had an amazing time. It was everything we expected and more. The scenery was beautiful and the wildlife spectacular and the kids loved every minute of…

Howes Family

from New Zealand

Steve, It has been so long, I hope you remember who I am, lol. As a I said before the trip was magnificent, a never-to-be forgotten experience! Thank-you for everything you and your staff did to make this one of the most fabulous…

Viljoen Group

from Australia

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