My first cheetah sighting: a mama with her 4 month old cub. Being surprised by the staff with breakfast “in the bush” on our last morning in Sossusvlei. Sunset at Damaraland, the landscape was unbelievable. That was the highlight of my trip.
Beth, Redwood City, CA

Namibia MapSprawling across southwest Africa, Namibia is a country with vast tracts of wide-open spaces by day and star-filled desert skies at night. We love especially love that Namibia offers spectacular wildlife viewing in an extraordinary setting.

Obtaining its independence only in 1990, Namibia was the first country to include environmental and wildlife protection in its constitution. The country has great natural treasure to protect: seal colonies, flamingos, cheetah, oryx, Hartmanns zebra, desert-adapted rhino and elephants and much more. Attractions also include the grand and spectacular orange dunes of Sossussvlei, flamingos, seal colonies, shipwrecks along the Skeleton Coast and the pans of Etosha National Park and adjacent Ongava Reserve with plentiful wildlife.

Further Info

    Accommodations in Namibia

    Damaraland Camp Damaraland

    Little Kulala Namib

    Ongava Lodge Etosha

    Serra Cafema Camp Kunene

    Namibia is a large country even by African standards. About twice the size of California, its population is just 2 over million, one of the lowest densities in the world. There’s a lot of open space.

    Its Namib Desert is the world’s oldest desert and indeed the country feels like an ‘ageless land’. This quality is reflected in rock art created by stone-age artists at sites like the world-famous Twyfelfontein and in its geological attractions like a petrified forest of fossilized tree trunks over 280 million years old. Combined with vast open spaces, dunes and silence, there’s a feeling of antiquity, solitude and wilderness.

    Overland in Namibia's Kunini River Valley

    Overland in Namibia’s Kunini River Valley

    The climate is typical of a semi-desert country. Days are warm to hot and nights are generally cool. Temperatures are modified by the high plateau in the interior and by the cold Benguela Current that creates cooling fogs along the Atlantic coastline. Except for the first few months of the year, the country is generally dry with very little rain.
    Namibia is a well-known safari destination famed for its remote and intimate lodges, interaction with indigenous people as well as splendid wildlife and spectacular desert landscapes.


    Windhoek, the charming capital of Namibia, is found in the central highlands. The city is tranquil and scenic. Its atmosphere blends the flavors of German, English and Dutch colonists with the native African cultures. Windhoek’s streets are alive with the color of Namibia’s people and cultures. Its sights include the three Windhoek castles, built between 1913 and 1918, and the State Museum at the Alte Feste. The government seat is the beautiful and historic “Ink Palace”. Windhoek’s city center also has the sprawling gardens of Zoo Park.


    Etosha Salt Pans

    Photo by Karen Clark

    Etosha National Park is one of Africa’s premier reserves. This large park covers over 8500 sq. mi. of the northern landscape that contains dry woodland, mixed scrub and mopane savanna around the central feature, the Etosha Pan. This pan is a silvery depression, remnants of an ancient lake, with the full effect of mirages and dust devils. The edges have springs that attract animals during the dry season. The eastern region experiences more rainfall, and has denser brush than the northeastern grasslands. The park has a concentrated and diverse wildlife population. Etosha’s center is known for a huge elephant population. Zebra, blue wildebeest, springbok and gemsbok roam the plains. Lion are also common. The Black-faced impala and Damara dikdik are distinctive to the area. Black rhino can be found in the western regions of the park.


    Namibia's Vast Damaraland Landscape

    Namibia’s Vast Damaraland Landscape

    Damaraland is the large region east of Skeleton Coast named for the Damara herders who inhabit the region. The Damaraland Wilderness Reserve is a privately operated area full of beautiful, arid and mountainous scenery. Wildlife can be sparse, but is uniquely adapted to the arid landscape. Desert elephant, black rhino, lion, desert-dwelling giraffe and Hartmann’s mountain zebra inhabit some of the reserve.


    Fish River Canyon is a huge landmark whose size and grandeur is exceeded only by the Grand Canyon. The canyon follows the Fish River to the Orange River, which flows to the Atlantic. Varied and unusual wildlife and vegetation complement the spectacular scenery. An abundance of red aloe gives an otherworldly feel to the landscape. Rock dwellers like mountain zebra, rock rabbits, baboon, klipspringer and ground squirrels inhabit the area. Kudu and leopard are also present, but are more elusive.

    There is a main hiking trail that is relatively strenuous, taking about four days and covering 53 miles. It covers rocky, desert terrain and passes pools and sulfur springs.


    The Caprivi Strip is the region of Namibia bordered by Botswana to the south and Angola and Zimbabwe in the north. The area has three reserves: Mudumu, Caprivi and Mamili. Mudumu and Mamili reserves are very similar to Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Unlike many other Namibian parks, these allow open vehicles and walking safaris.

    Mahango Game Reserve is a scenic landscape of floodplain and savanna with lush vegetation, dotted with striking, majestic baobob trees. The park surrounds the Kavango River and is adjacent to the Caprivi Reserve. The wildlife has adapted to the relatively moist surroundings and includes elephant, bushbuck, reedbuck, impala, tsessebe, kudu and the rare sitatunga. There are also spectacular birds like the fish eagle, and wattled and crowned cranes. The Caprivi Game Reserve features lechwe, sable antelope, hippo, roan antelope, buffalo and crocodile, as well as a variety of waterfowl. Mudumu National Park contains floodplains, bush and islands similar to the Okavango. Wildlife includes a variety of the species also seen in the other northeastern parks. Mamili has similar terrain and animals.


    Sossusvlei Dune WalkSouthern Namibia has a beautiful region that combines the former Namib Desert and Naukluft Mountain Zebra parks. This is one of the world’s largest parks, and is also known for diamonds. The Namib-Naukluft National Park contains a diverse landscape including desert savanna grassland, mountains, lagoons and sand dunes. The park surrounds the Kuiseb River, which naturally separates the lower gravel plains from the southern deserts. Mountain Zebra, gemsbok, springbok and ostrich roam the region. The dunes house unique creatures like the shovel-nosed lizard, the golden mole and the translucent Palmato gecko.

    The Namib is one of the world’s oldest and most spectacular deserts. The hostile environment still has the prehistoric Welwitschia mirabilis plant, which can be two thousand years old. The Sandavis area includes the coastline and bays where fresh water seeps under the dunes and runs into a saltwater lagoon. The mountainous landscape of the Naukluft region has many picturesque rock formations and a variety of beautiful hiking trails. Mountain zebra, rock rabbits, klipspringer, black eagles, baboon, cheetah and many other creatures inhabit the area.


    Swakopmund is the resort town that is in the center of Namibia’s coastal region. The town is located between the Skeleton Coast and Namib-Naukluft parks and surrounded by the spectacular Namib Desert. It has some beautiful German colonial architecture, and is lined with greenery and colorful flowerbeds.


    SkeletonCoast_sm-153This spectacular and treacherous coastline is dotted with the skeletons of shipwrecks and beached whales. The Skeleton Coast Park covers the seashore as well as the wind-sculpted sand dunes and canyons of the Namib. The icy Benguela Current flows from the Antarctic and encounters the dry desert air off this coast, creating a thick fog bank that penetrates inland.


    Camps and lodges throughout Namibia are easily linked with scheduled or charter flights. Namibia is large so overland road transfers between locations may involve long drives. Highlights include Sossusvlei, Etosha National Park and the adjacent Ongava Reserve, the Skeleton Coast and Damaraland to mention a few. The slideshow itinerary below is just one example of a custom safari in Namibia. Click through to get some ideas and inspiration for your next safari.

    The slideshow itinerary below is just one example of a custom safari in Namibia. Click through to get some ideas and inspiration for your next safari.

    Namibia- 10-Day Luxury Fly-in/Guided Overland Safari- Sossusvlei, Damaraland, Etosha, AfriCat

    Scheduled Safaris

    The following scheduled safaris have pre-determined accommodations, routing and departure dates.

    Windhoek, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Ongava, Etosha, Okonjima - A Discovery Exploration

    Namibia is a land of stunning landscapes, endless skies, barren deserts, rugged mountains and spectacular wildlife – and the Great Namibian Journey encompasses it all. This cross-section explores the dunes of Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert, the stark beauty of the Skeleton Coast, amazing marine life just off Swakopmund and the game-filled savannah of Etosha. The activities provide a wide range of differing impressions, from scenic flights up the Skeleton Coast, dolphin cruises with private beach lunch, to hiking and cycling in Damaraland, quad biking in the Namib’s great dunes and interacting with traditional Himba people.

    This safari combines the exclusive luxurious lodges of Wilderness Safaris with the remote locations of private Discovery campsites, in unique hexagon Meru tents. The style of accommodation in the private Discovery campsites takes you back to the era of Africa’s exploration – on the ultimate Safari. Flowing linen of heavy, pure cottons, brass bucket shower’s and basins, separate flushing toilets and shower areas all add to the atmosphere, while luxury comforts and amenities are elegantly provided.Group size is limited to eight guests and all meals are included. Accommodation includes most nights in comfortable tented camps as well as hotels. Guides:

    The entire safari is guided and hosted by professional trained guides, who share their in-depth knowledge to present unsurpassed seamless safari experiences.Exclusive experience: Most areas in which we travel are private concessions, and many camps are private and for the use of Discovery Safari guests only. These areas are not open to the public, hence total privacy is guaranteed except at the Sossusvlei itself, Swakopmund and direct environs. Routes: To maximize guests’ travel time, a variety of travel modes that bring out the best of each area is used: flying in private charters and overland transfers provide both a bird’s-eye view and an in-depth experience of the contrasting landscapes of Namibia.

    Skeleton Coast to Kulala or Kulala to Skeleton Coast {alternating trips run in reverse}. Combination wilderness lodges, fully serviced camping in private concession areas and Hansa Hotel.

    Days 1 & 2 From Windhoek we drive to Kulala Desert Lodge in the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve. Here we explore the iconic dunes of Sossusvlei, the moon-like landscape of Dead Vlei and the surprising variety of wildlife of the Namib Desert.
    Days 3 & 4 We take a scenic flight to Swakopmund, a picturesque town that blends European and African culture. We’ll explore the Atlantic coast with a private boat cruise from Walvis Bay to Sandwich Harbour (weather permitting) to see diverse pelagic (ocean-going) birdlife, Cape fur seals and rare Heaviside’s dolphins up close. We stay at the grand Hansa Hotel.
    Days 5 & 6 Travel up the legendary Skeleton Coast and past the Brandberg Mountain – the second largest monolith on earth – to Damaraland Camp. Game drives and nature walks showcase the stark desert beauty and its fascinating desert-adapted wildlife.
    Days 7 & 8 Drive north to Desert Rhino Camp in the enormous Palmwag Concession. Few places on the planet can offer this level of privacy and wilderness experience. Highlights include tracking the black rhino, game drives and nature walks – and meeting ancient plants.
    Days 9, 10 & 11 We depart for Etosha National Park where we experience the pinnacle of game viewing and are accommodated in the privacy of Ongava Tented Camp on the extensive and productive private Ongava Game Reserve.
    Day 12 Say farewell to the adventure as we return by light aircraft to Windhoek, arriving at approximately 4pm.

    Note: This itinerary is available on flexible dates and itineraries, for tailor-made safaris for small groups of up to eight guests.

    10 DAY DIVERSE NAMIBIA SAFARI Windhoek, Etosha, Damaraland, Swakopmund, Namib, Sossusvlei

    Days 1 & 2 Drive from Windhoek Airport to the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve, Sossusvlei. Spend time on the iconic red dunes as well as scenic drives taking in the unique wildlife that survives in one of the world’s oldest and most arid deserts. We stay at Kulala Adventurer Camp.
    Days 3 & 4 Transfer by road, taking in spectacular scenery to Swakopmund, a picturesque town with an eclectic mix of European and African culture. Nights are spent at the Hansa Hotel, which forms part of city’s architectural heritage. We explore the ice-blue Atlantic coast with a “Dolphin and Seal” catamaran cruise from Walvis Bay (weather permitting).
    Days 5, 6 & 7 Travel up past Brandberg Mountain (second-largest monolith on earth) via Ugab Save the Rhino Trust Camp for lunch to Damaraland Adventurer Camp. Game drives and nature walks showcase the stark desert beauty and its fascinating desert-adapted wildlife and incredible geological formations.
    Days 8 & 9 Transfer by road to Andersson’s Camp in the private Ongava Game Reserve on the boundary of Etosha National Park, the highest density wildlife area within Namibia. In the former and the latter, we experience the pinnacle of game viewing.
    Day 10 Driving south, we return to Windhoek at 13h00 where the adventure ends.

    GRADE 1:  Fully accommodated guided safari, suitable for all healthy people. May include some walks. Namibia in Style safari travels with a maximum of 7 participants, in an air-conditioned safari vehicle, and accompanied by an expert Afro Ventures safari guide throughout. All meals are included in the safari fare (from dinner on day one, to lunch on day eleven), as well as airport transfers at the beginning and end of the safari. Window seat guaranteed throughout. Upper age limit 70 years, no children under 12 years. Private departures are possible, subject to vehicle and guide availability.

    UNIQUE FEATURES OF THIS SAFARI:  Small group with exclusive guide, Exclusive Lodges, Highlights of Namibia and Guaranteed window seat.

    Departures: Multiple late January through December.
    Cost: Low season January to March and November and December. High season April through October.

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