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Namibia feels a world away from many other African safari destinations – from the vast sand dune landscape of the Namib Desert and the eerily beautiful Skeleton Coast, to the moonlike atmosphere of Sossulvlei and the stark salt pan at Etosha National Park, this country is massive, dramatic, and full of exciting adventure and wildlife opportunities!

Namibia is sparsely populated, safe and easy to self-drive through with good road networks and many accommodation options at different price points. If it’s wildlife you want, then Namibia won’t disappoint. Excellent game viewing is what you’ll get at Etosha National Park between June-October when the park’s waterholes become crowded with animals like elephants, rhinos, lions, giraffe and zebra. The Caprivi Strip is a watery paradise of lush riverine habitat and unique wildlife, and the Waterberg offers excellent “traditional safaris” where you can see big cats like lions and cheetahs, and unique animals like springbok, gemsbok and honey badgers!

Namibia has so much on offer for any travel style or taste. Do it in luxury for your honeymoon, on a budget by self-driving, or with your whole family and kids in tow – the diverse safari and adventure opportunities are endless!

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Namibia offers an entirely unique safari experience when compared with Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe so it’s a good idea to add it to your Southern Africa itinerary if you have the time! On the flip side, Namibia is a vast country with so much on offer that it can be hard to do it justice in less than two weeks, so it can most definitely be a stand-alone destination worthy of a 3-week trip in itself! Just avoid the peak season of June-October if you don’t like crowds. April and May are great months to visit.

Namib Desert & Sosssvlei

The Namib is the world’s oldest desert and Sossusvlei is the site of Namibia’s famous red dunes that reach almost 1,000 feet high! This is a beautifully haunting landscape that seems lifeless, but soon desert-adapted creatures like gemsbok, ostriches, chameleons, sidewinder snakes and much more will make themselves noticed. Take a hot-air balloon over the dramatic terrain at sunrise, enjoy scenic flights over the area or take advantage of the phenomenal photographic opportunities in this stark and completely unique ecosystem.

Etosha National Park

Dominated by its enormous salt pan, Etosha is Namibia’s wildlife mecca and home to zebra, giraffe, and elephants as well as species like black rhino, gemsbok, spotted hyena, and lion! Etosha’s famous wildlife-packed waterholes are a must-see in the dry season when thousands of animals can be seen drinking together with a watchful eye on nearby predators. Guided bush walks and game drives from various campsites are popular ways to see the park, or simply self-drive along the many designated routes and loops.

Skeleton Coast

Skeletons of age-old shipwrecks litter the beaches of the Skeleton Coast National Park, but abundant life exists here too! Seal colonies, shaggy brown hyenas and jackals frequent the beaches, while inland rivers and valleys are home to lions, antelope, giraffe, rhino and baboons. This region is properly remote and “off the tourist track”, perfect for those intrepid adventurers looking for space, isolation and endless wilderness! Like most of Namibia, the vast and contrasting topography here is a photographer’s dream and a naturalists’ playground – towering dunes, ancient Welwitschia plants, and lichen fields abound.

Damaraland

Stark beauty and dramatic scenery is what you’ll find in the inland region of Damaraland. Rugged mountains, seasonal riverbeds, and prehistoric-looking trees will make you feel like you’re on another planet. This is where you’ll find exceptional stargazing opportunities with its clear skies and cold desert air. The area is also steeped in history with San “bushman” art and geological oddities dotted all around. Unique wildlife lives here too – desert-adapted elephants, black rhino and many antelope species have learnt to thrive in this harsh environment.

Kaokoveld

The northernmost frontier of Namibia is perhaps one of the last true wildernesses where nomadic people still thrive in Africa. The ochre-painted Himba people have long made this region their home despite the wild, sun-baked and remote environment. The Kaokoveld is bordered by the Kunene River in the north, where remote lodges and plenty of crocodiles can be found, visit Epupa Falls or discover plants and animals that have adapted perfectly to the harsh conditions of the region – if you’re lucky, you may spot desert-dwelling elephants and lions, or simply appreciate the ancient baobab trees that dot the area’s dry riverbeds and gravel plains.

Caprivi Strip

In the very north-east of Namibia, sandwiched between Angola and Botswana, a strip of land juts east towards Zambia and Zimbabwe. This Caprivi “strip” is a lush, tropical ecosystem of various river systems, green floodplains, and herds of abundant wildlife like Cape buffalo, sable and roan antelope – in stark contrast to the rest of Namibia! The region is the entry point to Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana, making the Caprivi a logical destination to tag onto an itinerary to these fantastic safari destinations. Self-driving is popular here and the several lodges offer game drives, walking safaris, sunset boat cruises, fishing adventures and bird watching!

Swakopmund

The seaside town of Swakopmund is a charming mix of German-African culture with European-style supermarkets and an orderly feel. It’s also considered the adventure capital of Namibia with quadbike trails, sand-boarding and desert-wildlife tours on offer. The town can get very busy in peak season and each morning its blanketed by thick sea fog coming off the cold Atlantic Ocean, so it can get surprisingly cold! Unless you’re spoilt for time, we don’t suggest spending too much time in Swakopmund, rather stock up on supplies if you’re camping, and head for Namibia’s more remote wilderness areas.

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