Why go to Namibia?

namibia desert

A blockbuster combination of sublime landscapes that will make you feel like you’re on another planet, some of the best wildlife viewing on the continent, a host of fascinating desert-adapted plants and animals and jaw-dropping natural wonders make Namibia a country you’ll never forget.

sand and sea in namibia

Namibia’s scenery and sights are as astonishing as they are varied, ranging from the Namib – the world’s oldest desert – a vast and beautiful wilderness that covers much of the country in sandy plains, dune seas and savanna, to where dunes meet crashing oceans on the dramatic Skeleton Coast, to rugged granite mountains adorned with ancient rock art, the giant cracked salt pan of Etosha National Park and the dizzying depth of the Fish River Canyon.

Adventure is always just around the corner in Namibia. Whether it’s tackling a challenging 4x4 route in a remote area, hurtling down a sand dune on a board, or sky diving above the desert, there are endless ways to experience the country with some adrenaline-inducing fun.

slef drive sand dunes namibia

To seal the deal, the network of well-maintained roads, excellent tourist infrastructure and a wide range of lodging options mean that Namibia is both one of the safest and easiest countries in southern Africa for self-guided travelling and a strong contender for this world’s best road tripping destination.


Our Recommended Itinerary

Best of Namibia Self-Drive Adventure (8 days)

day 1 to 2

Sossusvlei

day 3 to 4

Swakopmund

day 5 to 7

Etosha South

day 8

Departure

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Popular Namibia Safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates



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