Namibia safaris, tours & holiday packages

A vast, empty and beautiful place

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 art

Namibia 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

Northern Namibia Self Drive Camping Adventure

An adventure that encompasses areas like the Central Highlands of Namibia, Etosha National Park and Damaraland.

Price on Request

per person

15 days

South Africa and Namibia Classic Self Drive Adventure

This is a great adventure, travelling up the West Coast of South Africa and visiting iconic destinations in southern Namibia

$ 1,389

£ 1,038

R 18,986

1,179

per person

11 days

Short and Sweet Sossusvlei Sojourn

Reconnect with nature in Namibia's southern desert and marvel at Sossusvlei's high red dunes glowing in the early morning light

$ 1,882

£ 1,406

R 25,730

1,598

per person

5 days

Luxury Namibia: Sossusvlei, Damaraland and Kunene

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

$ 5,830

£ 4,355

R 79,690

4,948

per person

7 days

Namibia safari adventure

Namibia is an ideal destination for travellers seeking an unforgettable African experience in a uniquely beautiful untamed wilderness

$ 1,048

£ 783

R 14,320

889

per person

11 days

Namibian Etosha Self Drive Adventure

Drive yourself through the majestic landscapes of Namibia en-route to Etosha and spend your days searching for, and finding the wildlife that Etosha is known for

$ 1,252

£ 935

R 17,110

1,062

per person

8 days

Botswana and Namibia family safari

Explore Botswana's Okavango Delta and Namibia's Caprivi Strip

$ 7,100

£ 5,304

R 97,045

6,026

per person

11 days
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Philip Briggs says

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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Introduction

There is more to Namibia than desert. The country's relatively well-watered northeast is the site of the superb Etosha National Park, centered 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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Impalila Island Lodge View in Caprivi Strip, Namibia

Impalila Island Lodge, Caprivi Strip, Namibia

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Frequently Asked Questions about Namibia

Do I need any vaccinations when entering Namibia?

Before heading out for a Namibia safari, it’s important to receive a few key vaccinations. The World Health Organization and Centre for Disease Control recommend the following vaccines. Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Yellow… go there.

When is the best time to visit Namibia?

June to October is the best time to visit Namibia - wildlife viewing in the dry season is the best in all national parks, especially in Etosha National Park. The newborn animals are also born in summer. go there.

What types of plugs are used in the Southern and Eastern African countries?

Botswana: Electric plug M 230V and 50Hz Kenya: Electric plug G 240V and 50Hz Malawi: Electrical plug G 230V and 50Hz Mauritius: Electrical plug C & G, 230V and 50Hz Mozambique: Electrical plug C,F,M, 220V and 50Hz Namibia: Electric plug… go there.

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 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…

Kerfoot Family

from Australia

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…

Eady Family

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…

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

Megan - Kids are super excited. I'm sure it's going to be an awesome trip. Thanks for all your help.

Gareth Butler

from South Africa

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