With vast and mesmerising landscapes and undulating scenery, one can pretty much walk wherever you so choose. Namibia is generally not characterised by dedicated walking trails, so exploration with a trained guide is truly an exciting propsect.
Namibia is a magical country to explore and what better way to do so than by foot?
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What You Need To Know
Namibia’s appeal lies in its variety. From the amazing Fish River Canyon, to the Skeleton Coast and and Namib Desert – it’s a country with mass appeal. On some of the walking safaris, you can come face-to-face with Namibia’s famous dunes or Damaraland. Your journey largely depends on what you want to experience.
Birding is surprisingly good, with excellent game viewing like cheetah, Bat eared fox, oryx, springbok and ostrich.
Be prepared for a lot of dust and sand.
Expect long driving distances (Namibia is twice the size of Germany).
Plan your trip to avoid unnecessary travelling.
Use or rent a 4×4 vehicle.
Expect extreme weather, it can get very hot during the day and cold at night.
Most of Namibia’s water is pumped from boreholes and is fine for human consumption, if you do want to use bottled water then opt for bigger (reusable) bottles because a lot of the remote areas in Namibia don’t see a garbage as often.
You can use the Namibian Dollar and South African Rand interchangeably.
Mobile telephone network coverage is actually good.
Namibia is a family-friendly destination.
Namibia is the world’s second least populated country.
Prepare to take a lot of photos.
Fill up on petrol when you get the chance.
Know the major national routes.
Look out for animals.
Take a physical map with.
When driving, keep your headlights on even during the day.
Close farm gates behind you when passing through.
Namibia can be visited throughout the year, because the climate is generally dry and pleasant. Namibia only receives a fraction of the rain experienced by countries further east. Viewing wildlife in all parks, especially Etosha is best in the dry season from June to October.
First-aid kit and medicine
Flashlight and batteries
GPS and a good map
Camera, tripod and binoculars
E-reader with built-in light
Partially covered by the Namib Desert, one of the world’s driest deserts, Namibia’s climate is generally very dry and pleasant. Between December and March, some days will be humid and rain may follow, often in localised, afternoon thunderstorms. These are more common in the centre and east of the country, and more unusual in the desert.
April and especially May are great months in Namibia. Increasingly dry, with a real freshness in the air, and much greenery in the landscape; at this time the air is clear and largely free from dust.
From June to August Namibia cools down and dries out more; nights can become cold, dropping below freezing in some desert areas. As the landscape dries so the game in the north of the country gravitates more to waterholes, and is more easily seen by visitors. By September and October it warms up again; game-viewing in most areas is at its best, although there’s often a lot of dust around and the vegetation has lost its vibrancy.
November is a highly variable month. Sometimes the hot, dry weather will continue, at other times the sky will fill with clouds and threaten to rain – but if you’re lucky enough to witness the first rains of the season, you’ll never forget the drama.
A walking safari with a lot of game viewing.
The Fort, Onguma
Wolwedans Dune Camp, NamibRand Nature Reserve
&Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
Little Ongava, Etosha National Park
Little Kuala, Sossusvei
Boulders Safari Camp, NamibRand Nature Reserve
Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
Hoanib Skeleton Coast, Skeleton Coast National Park
Popular Walking Safaris in Namibia
Each of our popular itineraries can be tailor-made to suit your budget as well as your specific interests.
A safari in Namibia is best done between July and October, when temperatures are just above 20°C and the chance of rain is low. This is also the best time for wildlife viewing, making it peak travel season.
Because of the slower tempo and lower angle of being on foot, minor elements that are neglected on game drives become more evident.
No, but you would need an experienced safari guide for your walk. It is not recommended to walk out on your own on a walking safari in Africa.
Yes, all guides have intensive wilderness and safety training, and they are equipped wherever a potential threat may exist.
The Kunene Region has a mix of accommodation options which consists of lodges, campsites and rest camps. Examples of this include; Sorris Sorris Lodge, Grootberg Lodge, Omarunga Lodge & Campsite.
The free-roaming population of desert elephants in the Kunene region is currently estimated to be around 600.
Windhoek is a relatively safe city to visit. Pickpocketing does occur, so it is important not to flash any expensive items when visiting.
Visit the historic Lutheran church - Christuskirche
Go walking at Avis Dam Nature Reserve in Windhoek
Explore the Independence Memorial Museum
See the Gibeon meteorites on your Windhoek Holiday
Visit Joe's Beerhouse
Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia, is located roughly in the country's centre.
It is located about 400 miles (650 kilometres) north of the Orange River and 760 miles (1,225 kilometres) north of Cape Town.
Twyfelfontein is famous for its many San (Bushmen) rock paintings and rock engravings (Petroglyphs), of which 2500 have been counted.
The valley was designated a national monument in 1952 to combat the widespread theft of rock engravings. The paintings/engravings are only accessible with the assistance of a local guide.
Twyfelfontein was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2007.
The most well-known rock art areas are Damaraland's Brandberg Massif (2697m – mostly painting sites) and Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage rock art site also in Damaraland.
Yes. The Himba are a semi-nomadic indigenous people who live primarily in Namibia's Damaraland region.
Visit the Twyfelfontein and Brandberg Massif Bushman rock art sites
Explore Spitzkoppe or take photos from afar on your Damaraland holiday
Learn about the amazing Damara culture on an organised cultural tour
Try out scenic flights over Damaraland and see the beauty of the Namibian landscapes
Safari/bucket showers are common in mobile or tented camps where there is no permanent plumbing. They are an effective yet environmentally friendly way to shower where water is at a premium and provide plenty of hot water to wash comfortably.
Generally, there is an en-suite private shower stall within your tent with a “rainfall” style shower head at which you can control the water flow. Outside the tent, there is a large waterproof bag or bucket which is filled with about 10 to 15 litres (5 US gallons) of hot water before being raised with a pully/rope system to either connect to the shower pipe or fill a cistern.
The water is delivered at the ideal temperature so it is best to use it as soon as it arrives. Staff typically fill the showers at a pre-arranged time of day, or you simply need to give them a few minutes notice so they can get it ready.
Before heading out for a Namibia safari, it’s important to receive a few key vaccinations.