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.

Safari Ideas

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 and breathtaking landscapes. Over the last few years, Namibia’s popularity has exploded, and it is a now a well-known safari destination famed for its remote and intimate lodges, fascinating indigenous culture and pioneering community-centric conservation as well as splendid wildlife in spectacular desert ecosystems.

Overland near the Kunini River

The 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 dunes and silence, there’s a feeling of antiquity, solitude and wilderness.

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.

We generally recommend a minimum of 8-nights to experience Namibia’s highlights like Sossusvlei, Etosha National Park and the adjacent Ongava Reserve, the Skeleton Coast and Damaraland to mention a few. Camps and lodges throughout Namibia are most-efficiently linked with scheduled or charter flights. Namibia is large so overland road transfers between regions are possible but involve long drives. With safe, good quality roads, self-driving itineraries are a wonderful way for experienced safari travelers to explore Namibia.

 



Namibia Experiences

Himba Woman in Remote Northern Namibia - Photo by Louise McGowan

Conservation Travel Foundation

The Conservation Travel Foundation was founded in 2006 by Tristan Cowley, later also a co-founder of Ultimate Safaris. From the […]

Read More

Children in the Wilderness

Children in the Wilderness is a non-profit organization supported by ecotourism company Wilderness Safaris, which aims to facilitate sustainable conservation […]

Read More

Desert Lion Conservation

Desert Lion Conservation, or the “Desert Lion Project”, as it is often referred to, is a small non-profit organisation dedicated […]

Read More

Rhino Recovery Fund

The Wildlife Conservation Network created the Rhino Recovery Fund (RRF) with the goal of protecting rhinos from wildlife crime and […]

Read More

Lion Recovery Fund

Created by the Wildlife Conservation Network in partnership with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, the Lion Recovery Fund funds game-changing conservation […]

Read More

Pack for a Purpose

Pack for a Purpose travelers have taken over 194,783 kgs (428,522 pounds) of supplies meeting essential needs in over 60 […]

Read More

Natural Selection Covid-19 Village Support

In Botswana and Namibia, 8.9% and 15.7% of the population respectively are employed by the tourism sector. One employed person […]

Read More

Cheetah Conservation Fund

Founded in Namibia in 1990, Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) is dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild. CCF’s mission […]

Read More

AfriCat Foundation

AfriCat provides environmental education programmes for the youth of Namibia by guiding them towards a greater understanding of the natural […]

Read More

Under Canvas & Flying Circuits in Namibia

Maybe no country has seen the buzz of the travel world like Namibia, and it’s been fascinating to watch it […]

Read More

Namibia Under Canvas Safari

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS Travel with one of Namibia’s most reputable and well-known naturalist guides. Visit the world renowned AfriCat Foundation and […]

Read More
Tree-scratching Lion

Bee & Chaz Capture Rare Safari Moments

On the way to the airstrip at Mara Plains we watched this baby gazelle being born on New Year’s Day. […]

Read More

Kili's Look at Namibia's Skeleton Coast

The Skeleton Coast has an evocative, enigmatic name that sounds like a place one “has” to visit. In practical terms, […]

Read More
Flying over Sossusvlei, Namibia - Photo by Kili McGowan

Photos from Kili's group trip to Namibia

This past September Kili led her first safari to Namibia. Read our 5 reasons for loving this spectacular destination. Here’s […]

Read More
namibia kunene river valley

Five Reasons We Love Namibia

1. A Landscape Like No Other Maybe this is true of any place, but there is nowhere on earth like […]

Read More

Namibia Safari Video Playlist