Unique Holiday Experiences In Namibia
Namibia is a unique holiday destination. It is huge, beautiful, exciting and safe.
It is the perfect place to
- see and photograph the exquisite desert landscapes
- see wild animals in all sorts of environments, but specially in the desert
- stay in superb, lodges, designed to complement their extraordinary landscapes and benefit from the expertise of dedicated guides
- be part of world class biodiversity conservation efforts
And there are several different ways to do it:
- fly from Windhoek or Swakopmund to a luxury lodge and then out again or on to another one
- explore the country on your own self drive expedition
- join a group of like-minded people on a small group tour to experience the country as locals know it and make friends at the same time
We have close family members in Windhoek, the capital, and in the quaint coastal resort town of Swakopmund. With access to a huge range of extraordinary and wonderful holiday options, we would love to plan and book your ABTA and ATOL protected unique holiday experience in Namibia.
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Options for Unique Holiday experiences In Namibia
Namibia is extraordinary. All along the coast, on the west, is the Namib desert, which is full of surreal landscapes of the sort you will never see again, unless you go back. Inland there are canyons, deserts, salt pans, mountain ranges and, in the north, big rivers. There are also friendly people with very different lifestyles.
In response to the uniqueness of the country and landscapes there have developed unique places to stay. They vary from rustic to extraordinarily luxurious, but they all immerse you in their environments.
Wherever you go in Namibia it is amazing...
The Namib Desert
Stretching the whole length of the coast, and about 50 to 80 miles inland, the Namib Desert can be seen in several different ways.
Sossusvlei & the Namib-Naukluft Park
Probably the best known place in Namibia, and the source of many extraordinary photographs, is Sossusvlei, a huge clay pan, enclosed by giant sand dunes. Some of the spectacular hills of sand are 900 feet high, the highest in the world. Famous for its sunrises and sunsets, this is a magnet for photographers.
Sossusvlei is situated in the Namib-Naukluft Park an area of about 20 000 square miles, which gives many opportunities to experience and photograph these unique landscapes.
Swakopmund & Walvis Bay
At the northern end of the Namib-Naukluft Park are Swakopmund, the coastal resort town of Namibia and Walvis (Whale) Bay, the port. Swakopmund is a nostalgic colonial town much loved by Namibians and well frequented by tourists. Walvis Bay is best known for the birds on its lagoon. With over 100 000 resident birds and an annual influx of about 200 000 migrants, this is a birder's paradise. In particular there are huge numbers of flamingoes and pelicans.
The Skeleton Coast in the far north of Namibia and the other conservation areas in the Namib north of Swakopmund are also great places for birders. The forbidding beaches, littered with old shipwrecks and whale skeletons are home to thousands of Cape fur seals, and, particularly close to the occasional fresh water oases, many different animals can be seen. But it is the vastness, the emptiness and the harshness of the land that make it unique and fascinating.
Kunene & Damaraland
Many would say that the greatest attraction of Namibia is the vast dry north west area, which is divided into huge private conservancies. Rolling sand dunes, vast arid plains, ancient valleys and dry river beds: it is hard to believe that anything can survive in this wild, exquisite landscape.
And yet this is the home of lots of wildlife that has adapted superbly over time to survive here. Herds of nomadic elephant are found in the dry riverbeds in search of water and vegetation. Small oases also provide sustenance to springbok, gemsbok, giraffe and a variety of other species, as well as lion and cheetah. This is also home to the largest free roaming population of black rhino.
For birders there are several endimic species that you will only find here.
Himba people still live their traditional nomadic way of life here. Africa's largest collection of prehistoric rock engravings and San rock art can be found at Twyfelfontein, Namibia's first World Heritage Site.
Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park is one of Southern Africa's finest and most important Game Reserves.The National park is an impressive 8 500 square miles and there are several private conservancies open to it. The area is dominated by a massive dry mineral pan which fills with water for a short time occasionally when there is heavy rain. This water attracts thousands of wading birds and sustains the game which makes for a top class game viewing experience.
Southern Namibia is a vast expanse of arid land with very few farms scattered across it and even fewer towns.
The Orange River
The great Orange River, now more commonly called the Gariep River, is the only major source of water in the south. For those seeking adventure there are outstanding river rafting and canooing trips to be had on the Orange River. At its mouth is the unique town of Oranjemund, the heart of the alluvial diamond mining industry. Oranjemund was closed to outsiders until 2017. Although it is now open, it is not exactly a tourist hub, despite the Gemsbok (Orxy) that wander the streets in great numbers.
The Fish River Canyon
The Fish River Canyon in the /Ai/Ais/ Hotsprings Park is the second largest canyon in the world and the largest in Africa. It is 100 miles long and a unique and awe inspiring sight in the hot dry landscape.
Other Areas and Combinations
- Bushmanland and the Kalahari in the east of the country provide great, though very remote game viewing opportunities, especially the Khaudum National Park.
- Far more accessible is the Caprivi, the thin strip of land that extends eastwards to the north of Botswana. This is the only wet section of Namibia with four perennial rivers. There are great wildlife viewing and birding opportunities here.
We can tailor make an itinery for you including any combination of these unique experiences. Whether you want to fly into your destination of choice and stay at a luxury lodge or whether you want to drive yourself and camp, or any combination of the two. It is all possible.
Also Namibian holidays can easily be combined with holidays in Botswana, or at the Victoria Falls. Or what about a trip to Cape Town? You can even get to Windhoek on a luxury train from Johannesburg.
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With One Stop From London Or Major Airports: From 14 hrs
At 12 o'clock in the UK it's 2 o'clock in Namibia or 1 o'clock during daylight saving.
Have a look at the weather graph to see how the average temperature and average rainfall in Windhoek compare with the averages in London each month. The further north you go in Namibia the hotter it gets.