Namibia is the most sparsely populated country south of the Sahara due to the extremely dry climate. Barren and sandy-coloured landscapes and beautiful light will enchant photographers and animal lovers will find the wild life in Namibia unusual.
You will remember a safari through Namibia forever. Surreal dune landscapes and rock formations, friendly people, the hostile environment in which life flourishes and the wildlife are all aspects that make Namibia an extraordinary destination especially for first time tourists to Africa. These are the highlights of a Safari in Namibia:
- Impressive landscapes
- Exceptional photographic opportunities
- Interesting history and culture
- Hospitality of its people
- Excellent food
Most popular safaris in Namibia
12 Day Overland Tour, Camping
This tour covers all the highlights of central and northern Namibia including the Namib Desert, the Skeleton Coast, the Etosha National Park as well as the cities of Windhoek and Swakopmund.
12 Day Overland Tour, Accommodated
from 1,270 EUR
On this accommodated tour you will explore the vast and open desert of Namibia as well as the cities Swakopmund and Windhoek and of course the famous Etosha National Park.
Things to do in Namibia
The Namib is the oldest desert in the world and stretches along the whole Namibian coastline. The most popular region to visit is the red dune landscape of Sossusvlei in the south. Here hikes with a guide will reveal the many creatures of this hostile climate. A highlight is climbing the 300 m high dunes at sunrise or with sunset.
Etosha National Park
This nature reserve in the north of Namibia is a protected area since 1907 when it was the largest in the world. The 5000 km² dry salt pan dominates the reserve. Almost 150 species of mammals live in Etosha as well as numerous bird species. Seeing game in Etosha is easy as animals tend to congregate around watering holes. A unique experience is sitting at the floodlight water holes in the rest camps at night, watching elephants, lion, the rare black rhino and leopard jostle for drinking space.
Swakopmund is the ‚German’ city of Namibia and must be visited. Here you can still experience the colonial times through the language, food and pastries. German influence can be seen in the architecture of the light house, station, museum and Woermannhaus. Swakopmund is the adventure capital of Namibia. Sand boarding on the dunes, quad biking, surfing and parachuting are just some of the activities available.
This mountain range in central Namibia has many attractions. See rock paintings – the white elephant in Phillip’s Cave – and surreal rock formations such as “Bull’s Party” at Ameib Game Range. Trekking trips in the Erongo mountains or Spitzkoppe offers a good alternative to a long trip in a vehicle.
Twyfelfontein Rock Art
The collection of rock art in this remote area of central Namibia is the largest in the world and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Be sure to visit the “organ pipes” and the Petrified Forest nearby.
This 450 km long strip forms the border between Namibia and Angola. The war between these countries prohibited tourism for many years but it is now safe for travellers to experience the abundant bird and wildlife, teak forests and sausage trees of this region.
Fish River Canyon
The dry Fish River canyon in the south of Namibia is the second largest in the world. From various look-out points it is possible to take in the awesome views over this barren landscape. For something more breath-taking fit hikers can attempt the three to five day trek down the canyon to Ai-Ais.
Best time to visit
Any time is a good time to visit Namibia. It has a dry climate with some rain during January to March. After the rain it would be perfect to see new growth budding. In the dune landscapes of Sossus Vlei and Dead Vlei you will see oceans of water and the normally arid region turning green. July to October is the best time for game viewing. During these dry months, animals gather at water holes and visitors are treated to a large variety of animals at one point. In the summer months from December to February it is very warm and dry.
Namibia has enough to offer for a holiday of 14 to 21 days. If you have more time or have seen Namibia before, extend your journey to the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe or experience the highlights of Northern Botswana.