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Dominated by the Namib Desert (whose Nama name means "Vast Place"), Africa's most thinly populated country enthrals with its immense arid landscapes, bountiful wildlife and ancient rock artNamibia is a vast and thinly inhabited country (only two million people in an area almost as large as France and Italy combined) whose dominant geographic feature, the Namib Desert, extends over some 34,000 square kilometres. The Namib's vast empty landscapes may not be to everybody’s taste, but this ancient desert does support a fair amount of wildlife, including the emblematic rapier-horned gemsbok (oryx) and the desert-adapted elephants and hippos of Damaraland. The Namib is also home to several spectacular scenic landmarks, most famously the tall rippled dunes and ancient desiccated mud pans around Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei, which are surely the most iconic sights in the country, and much beloved by landscape photographers.
Popular Namibia safaris
These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates
Experience Sossusvlei's red dunes glowing in the early morning light, find desert-adapted elephant in Damaraland and meet the Himba nomads in Namibia's far north-west
per person7 days
Reconnect with nature in Namibia's southern desert and marvel at Sossusvlei's high red dunes glowing in the early morning light
per person5 days
Very different to anywhere else in Africa, Namibia's main attraction is its incredible dry-country landscapes and liberating sense of space. That said, as safari destinations go, Etosha National Park ranks right up there with the best, and the seals at Cape cross and coastal birdlife are also very special.
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There is more to Namibia than desert. The country's relatively well-watered northeast is the site of the superb Etosha National Park, centred on the seasonal Etosha Pan. This vast game reserve, home to all the Big Five, ranks among southern Africa's top destinations for wildlife photography, thanks to the mixed herds that congregate at its waterholes in the dry season. A highlight of southern Namibia, the immense Fish River Canyon is memorable when viewed from the rim, and even more dramatic if you hike down to the canyon floor. A feature of the interior is its many well-preserved rock art sites. The best-known individual artwork is the misleadingly named "White Lady" panel on the slopes of the Brandberg (it's actually a male shaman). More accessible, however, are the innumerable ancient paintings and engravings at Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The coast, though not exactly geared for conventional seaside holidays, is dotted with isolated towns whose architecture betrays the country's strong Germanic influence. Renowned for its game fishing, the Namibian coast also hosts a colony of 200,000 Cape fur seals at Cape Cross (part of the aptly named Skeleton Coast), while Sandwich Harbour offers peerless marine birdwatching.
Know before you go
Besides for Mongolia there is no country in the world with as little people as Namibia. The country has a population of only 2 million less than many African cities with a far smaller geographic area.
Another distinctive aspect about Namibia is it has remained largely unspoiled for hundreds upon hundreds of years so it has an ancient almost forgotten feel to it with a vast variety of natural landscapes and heritage to explore.
The country also boasts one of the largest conservation sites on planet earth in the form of The Namib-Naukluft Park a must for all nature lovers.
Although Namibia is a desolate place this is exactly what has been keeping people coming back for the spooky shipwrecks along the iconic Skeleton Coast and some of the extensive wildlife in various areas including elephants who take refuge from the desert heat in the icy Atlantic oceans, a site you are unlikely to see anywhere else on the planet. These are some of the attractions which one can expect to see when venturing to this desert wonderland.
The indigenous people of Namibia are believed to be The San Bushmen people located in the famous Kalahari Desert. A lot of the rich cultural influence in the area is inspired by this. They are believed to be a nomadic people with no real country of origin due to their extensive migratory nature.
When to go
There is no real set time to go to Namibia and it’s largely believed that the country can be visited anytime of the year. Namibia’s desert climate ensures that rain is generally low most of the year and they are blessed with a temperate climate for a desert. December to March there is a good chance one will experience a late afternoon thunderstorm and these really do change the terrain of the desert quite drastically and are a sight to behold.
If wildlife is what you are after it’s best to travel there around June to October especially in the Etosha area. In the rainy part of the year animals are more sporadically found so you will have to do a little more travelling to get optimal game viewing.
What to pack
- Neutral coloured clothing in lightweight fabric
- Comfortable walking shoes as well as sandals
- Swimming costume and spare beach towels
- Camera, batteries plus spare film or memory cards
- Warm jacket for cooler weather
Weather and Climate
As you travel weather gets hotter by around 6 degrees centigrade every 1000 metres you travel. This results in the country’s national parks being hotter particularly the parks found in the desert.
There is more rainfall the further north you go resulting in slightly more greenery in areas such as the Caprivi Strip and Etosha, as you descend to the south of the country one experience hotter and drier weather conditions.
Safari / Holiday Styles
Namibia is a destination of adventure, wonder and world class pampering, from having an extensive candle lit dinner on a deserted beach to going on long and isolated hikes in the various natural splendor the country has to offer. One can take short flights with amazing views of the desert and ocean, see the shipwrecks and immerse themselves in the ancient San Bushmen culture one of the most ancient and fascinating cultures on the planet.
For a more extensive itinerary of what to do the popular Swakopmund area of the country read this blog from the Discover Africa team.
Where to stay
Namibia has a world of great luxury accommodation facilities, ranging in price and stature. Just call and ask one of our excellent consultants to give you the lowdown on what is available and what the prices will be during different times of year.
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There is a special wilderness area, encircled by the Erongo Mountains,where the desert, mountain, and bushveld ecosystems combine. Here, in a…
Villa Mushara is situated a mere 8 kilometers from the Von Lindequist gate of the world famous Etosha National Park, thus allowing the best…
Epako Safari Lodge is located in a beautiful mountainous setting, bordering the renowned Damaraland region and is conveniently located midway…
The rush of the Mambova Rapids casts a soft blanket of sound over Impalila Island Lodge. Nestled close to the junction of four countries -…
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Frequently Asked Questions about Namibia
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Reviews on our Namibia safaris
Reliable and helpful, excellent service...everything was in line with our expectations! We had a great time in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana!
Valentina & Stefano
from South Africa
My young family and I utilised the Discover Africa Group over our 2008, 2009 and 2012 holidays - in total some 14 weeks through South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. Our expectations in terms of itinerary planning and accommodation bookings…
I would like to place on record the very important role that Discover/Overlanding Africa and in particular Steve Conradie played in making a success of our Africa trip (Cape to Kenya). The vital information that we were given (that you don't…
from South Africa
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…
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…
Megan - Kids are super excited. I'm sure it's going to be an awesome trip. Thanks for all your help.
from South Africa
There’s something magical that happens every time you stand still to watch a sunset. The world, for those few seconds seems to stand still. As you watch the big sky come alight with bright and brilliant colour, although only lasting only but… read more
Visible from space, Namibia’s Etosha Pan is an excellent self-drive safari destination for travellers looking for a little more freedom with their holiday plans. With wildlife aplenty, the Etosha Pan is home to the endangered Black rhino,… read more