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Namibia Safari Tours & Holidays

A safari in Namibia is as much about the wildlife as the country’s scenic beauty. In Etosha National Park it has one of the most storied wildlife reserves on the continent, but there’s so much more to experience here. The national parks of the Zambezi Region (formerly Caprivi Strip) are only now getting the attention they deserve, while the dune-scapes of the Skeleton Coast and its hinterland are simply extraordinary. And these are just starting points for exploring a country rich in experiences and safari possibilities.

10-Day Classic Namibia

10-Day Classic Namibia

$4,423 to $5,055 pp (USD)

Namibia: Self-drive Mid-range Lodge & Hotel

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Kalahari Region, Sossusvlei (Sand Dunes) , Swakopmund (City) , Damaraland, Etosha NP, Okonjima NR, Windhoek (End)

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4.9 /5  –  149 Reviews

7-Day Classic Namibia Guided Safari

7-Day Classic Namibia Guided Safari

$2,771 pp (USD)

Namibia: Shared tour (max 6 people per vehicle) Mid-range Lodge & Guest House

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Sossusvlei (Sand Dunes) , Swakopmund (City) , Himba Village (Cultural Village) , Etosha NP, Eastern Etosha, Windhoek (End)

People Tours And Safari   Tour operator has an office in Namibia

5.0 /5  –  20 Reviews

7-Day All Inclusive Namibia Desert Luxury Fly-in Safari

7-Day All Inclusive Namibia Desert Luxury Fly-in Safari

$9,806 to $15,924 pp (USD)

Namibia: Private tour Luxury+ Lodge & Tented Camp

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Sossusvlei (Sand Dunes) , Skeleton Coast NP, Kaokoland, Windhoek Airport (End)

Secret Namibia   Tour operator has an office in Namibia

5.0 /5  –  14 Reviews

10-Day Eco-Adventure from Damaraland to Sossusvlei

10-Day Eco-Adventure from Damaraland to Sossusvlei

$2,014 pp (USD)

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Etosha NP, Erongo Mountains (Mountain Range) , Swakopmund (City) , Sossusvlei (Sand Dunes) , Windhoek Airport (End)

5.0 /5  –  36 Reviews

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6-Day Etosha, Swakopmund & Sossusvlei (Camping)

$1,078 pp (USD)

Namibia: Private tour Budget Camping

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Etosha NP, Swakopmund (City) , Sossusvlei (Sand Dunes) , Windhoek (End)

Safari World Tours   Tour operator has an office in Namibia

5.0 /5  –  2 Reviews

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4-Day Zannier Omaanda Safari

$1,485 to $2,086 pp (USD)

Namibia: Shared tour (max 6 people per vehicle) Luxury Lodge

You Visit: Windhoek

4.7 /5  –  186 Reviews

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16-Day Camping Namibia Self Drive Safari

$1,423 to $1,679 pp (USD)

Namibia: Self-drive Budget Camping & Guest House

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Kalahari Region, Fish River Canyon (|Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld TP) , Aus (Town) , Sossusvlei (Sand Dunes) , Sesriem Canyon, Swakopmund (City) , Spitzkoppe (Damaraland) , Twyfelfontein (Rock Art) , Etosha NP, Waterberg Plateau, Okonjima NR, Windhoek (End)

Great Explorations Namibia   Tour operator has an office in Namibia

5.0 /5  –  43 Reviews

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7-Day Namibia First Glance Luxury Fly-in Safari

$4,822 to $5,377 pp (USD)

Namibia: Private tour Luxury Lodge & Hotel

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Sossusvlei (Sand Dunes) , Swakopmund (City) , Eastern Etosha, Windhoek (End)

Desert Africa Safaris (PTY) Ltd   Tour operator has an office in Namibia

5.0 /5  –  13 Reviews

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5-Day Affordable Sossusvlei Short Stay

$3,302 to $5,927 pp (USD)

Namibia: Self-drive Luxury Lodge & Guest House

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Namib Desert, Sossusvlei (Sand Dunes) , Windhoek (End)

Discover Africa Safaris

5.0 /5  –  406 Reviews

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14-Day Guided Family Namibia Safari

$6,439 to $7,146 pp (USD)

Namibia: Shared tour (max 4 people per vehicle) Mid-range Lodge & Tented Camp

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Okonjima NR, Etosha NP, Damaraland, Swakopmund (City) , Namib-Naukluft NP, Sossusvlei (Sand Dunes) , Windhoek (End)

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2-Day Ichingo Chobe River Lodge - 1 Night

$8,221 to $8,885 pp (USD)

Namibia: Private tour Luxury Tented Camp

You Visit: Kasane (Start) , Chobe Riverfront (Chobe NP) , Kasane (End)

East Cape Tours

4.8 /5  –  60 Reviews

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3-Day Etosha Explorer Namibia Safari

$715 pp (USD)

Namibia: Shared tour (max 6 people per vehicle) Budget Camping

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Okonjima NR, Eastern Etosha, Swakopmund (City) , Windhoek (End)

Swahili Paradise Tours & Safaris

4.1 /5  –  85 Reviews

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7-Day Best of Namibia

$2,635 pp (USD)

Namibia: Shared tour (max 20 people per vehicle) Mid-range Lodge & Hotel

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Sossusvlei (Sand Dunes) , Swakopmund (City) , Twyfelfontein (Rock Art) , Etosha NP, Windhoek (End)

Africa Zim Travel & Tours

5.0 /5  –  115 Reviews

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3-Day Standard Sossusvlei Tour from Windhoek

$474 to $527 pp (USD)

Namibia: Shared tour (max 12 people per vehicle) Budget Chalet

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Sossusvlei (Sand Dunes) , Windhoek (End)

Getaway Africa

5.0 /5  –  15 Reviews

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14-Day Namibia in a Nutshell

$9,159 pp (USD)

Namibia: Shared tour (max 6 people per vehicle) Mid-range Lodge & Hotel

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Sossusvlei (Sand Dunes) , Swakopmund (City) , Grootberg, Western Etosha, Etosha NP, Eastern Etosha, Windhoek Airport (End)

Pictus Safaris

5.0 /5  –  4 Reviews

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7-Day Namibian Highlights

$3,168 pp (USD)

Namibia: Private tour Mid-range Lodge & Hotel

PEA Tours and Safaris   Tour operator has an office in Namibia

5.0 /5  –  7 Reviews

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9-Day Diverse Namibia Overland Guided Exploration Safari

$4,191 to $5,115 pp (USD)

Namibia: Shared tour (max 7 people per vehicle) Luxury Lodge & Tented Camp

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Sossusvlei (Sand Dunes) , Swakopmund (City) , Damaraland, Ongava GR, Windhoek (End)

Kingfisher Safaris

4.7 /5  –  51 Reviews

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11-Day Lush Northern Namibia Self-Drive Safari

$4,232 to $5,404 pp (USD)

Namibia: Self-drive Luxury Lodge

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Okonjima NR, Etosha NP, Kavango Region, Zambezi Region, Kwando River, Hosea Kutako Airport (End)

Southbound Tours   Tour operator has an office in Namibia

5.0 /5  –  8 Reviews

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7-Day Luxury Namibia Fly-in Safari

$12,843 pp (USD)

You Visit: Windhoek (Start) , Skeleton Coast NP, Damaraland, Eastern Etosha, Windhoek Airport (End)

CrissCross Namibia Safaris   Tour operator has an office in Namibia

5.0 /5  –  59 Reviews

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15-Day Zambia and Namibia Camping Safari

$2,292 pp (USD)

Namibia & Zambia: Shared tour (max 12 people per vehicle) Budget Camping & Guest House

You Visit: Livingstone (Start) , Victoria Falls, Zambezi Region, Rundu (City) , Etosha NP, Brandberg Mountain (Rock Art) , Spitzkoppe (Damaraland) , Swakopmund (City) , Namib Desert, Windhoek (End)

Sunway Safaris

4.4 /5  –  28 Reviews

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8 Questions About Namibia Safaris

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When is the best time to visit Namibia?

“If I had to choose one month for a Namibia tour, it would be June (followed by May). Although June temperatures can plummet overnight, you get the best of both worlds: high-season prices have yet to kick in, but the weather is ideal for outdoor exploration. As long as you don’t mind high-season prices and higher numbers of visitors with whom to share the wilderness, July through to October is also excellent with generally dry, clear weather and good visibility. By October, temperatures are starting to rise towards uncomfortable levels. The rains are less of an issue in Namibia than they are elsewhere in southern Africa, but rain does occur, especially from December through to March or April. At this time, birdlife is abundant. However, some off-road trails may become difficult to navigate and wildlife tends to disperse and be harder to find (because of the additional water sources scattered around).”

What are the major attractions in Namibia?

“Wildlife is a major draw for visitors on Namibia safaris. Etosha National Park , in particular, is one of Africa’s most celebrated safari destinations – and rightly so. Its combination of hallucinatory salt pans and large wildlife populations (including lions, elephants and plains animals in abundance) give it a distinction found in few other parks. Less commonly visited, but for many travelers equally rewarding, are Damaraland and the reserves of the Zambezi Region, such as Bwabwata and Nkasa Rupara (Mamili) National Parks. Landscapes are another highlight. From the Waterberg Plateau and Namib-Naukluft National Park to Kaokoland and Fish River Canyon (Africa’s answer to the Grand Canyon), stark beauty takes on many forms here. Namibia has long been a popular destination for self-drive safaris, but a Namibia safari is now just as likely to be characterized by luxury lodges, both exclusive and remote, that bring class and comfort to the whole experience.”

How much does a Namibia safari cost?

“It is possible to do a Namibia safari on the cheap, by renting a 4WD and heading out into the wild. While vehicle rental costs are generally high, and fuel is never cheap, your vehicle will also be your home, and camping and national park fees are not as expensive as in some other countries. As a minimum, expect to pay US$175 per person per day. If you’re looking for higher comfort levels and for someone else to take care of the arrangements, Namibia safari prices also reach for the high end rather well. Although there are degrees of comfort and cost, the price of a Namibia safari package can go as high as US$1,075 per person per day.”

What is the wildlife viewing like in Namibia?

“The best places to see wildlife on a Namibia safari are in the country’s north. Etosha National Park is especially good for lions and elephants, but you’ll also see giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and all manner of antelope species. After dark, black rhinos gather at waterholes, including those alongside some of the main camping areas, and it was here that the BBC first filmed this unusual behavior. African wild dogs are a possibility in the northeast, while sable, sitatunga and red lechwe antelope are highlights in Bwabwata National Park. In the northwest, Damaraland and Kaokoland are famed for desert-adapted lions and elephants, and brown hyenas can be seen scavenging around seal colonies on the coast. Farther south, wildlife is scarcer and the main reason to visit is the scenery.”

How safe is Namibia for tourists?

“Namibia is generally safe and politically stable. You’re unlikely to experience any problems in safari areas, such as parks, reserves and wilderness areas. Although most Namibian cities are considered safe and very few travelers run into trouble, you should be careful in larger cities, especially Windhoek, where petty crime is a growing problem. Road conditions are generally excellent along the main road network, although off-road conditions can prove difficult, from the deep sands of Namib-Naukluft and Khaudum National Parks to the axle-breaking rocks of Damaraland and Kaokoland. If self-driving in these areas, make sure you are prepared. The only risk of malaria is in the extreme north, along the border with Angola and in the Zambezi Region.”

How do I select a reliable Namibian tour operator?

“Your first stop when planning a Namibia holiday should be SafariBookings.com, where you can see the widest range of safari options in one place. The insights that you’ll get from expert reviews of the parks and from travelers’ experiences with operators offering Namibia tours could prove invaluable. Beyond that, talk at length to any company you are considering for your travel plans. No question should go unanswered. A visit to Namibia can be expensive and you want to be well informed about what you’re paying for. Safaris are a dream trip for so many, and avoiding a nasty surprise or preventable disappointment while on the adventure of a lifetime should be more than enough motivation to ask questions of the company you book with. Make sure that you spell out your expectations of your Namibia safari. Is it wildlife or the landscapes that you most want to see? What wildlife is on your bucket list? What’s your daily itinerary? How many hours can you expect to spend in the car each day? If a company is unwilling or reluctant to answer these questions, you should look elsewhere.”

What type of accommodation can I expect?

“If you’re self-driving, as so many visitors to Namibia do, you’ll likely sleep in a tent: either on the ground or on the roof of the vehicle. Camping areas in Namibia are often crowded, especially in popular wildlife areas such as Etosha National Park, but they’re also fenced, unlike in neighboring Botswana. Most have facilities that include showers, toilets and sometimes even restaurants, kiosks and swimming pools. Elsewhere, Namibia has a full complement of lodges and hotels, usually on the fringes of wilderness areas. These span the complete range of costs and comfort levels. Inside the parks, reserves and remote areas, luxury lodges and tented camps, usually designed to blend into their surroundings, dominate. They often have just 8 to 10 tents, ensuring an exclusive experience at all times. Tents are large, with comfortable beds, writing desks, private bathrooms and private decks or terraces. The night noises of Africa and cooling evening breezes make the safari tent one of my favorite places to sleep anywhere on earth.”

What can I expect from a safari in Namibia?

“If your Namibia tour is all about wildlife, expect a similar experience in Namibia as you would elsewhere in Africa. This means a pre-dawn wake-up call, safari drives in the very early morning and again in the late afternoon, and perhaps even a night drive. On these drives, you’ll be accompanied by a guide, a driver and sometimes a local tracker perched on a seat on the hood of the vehicle looking for animal spoor (marks or substances left behind as animals move through their environment). You can also expect a full breakfast after you return from the morning’s drive, plus lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, with plenty of relaxation time in between. If your visit is more about exploring wild landscapes, your focus may be different, but the daily rhythms (formed in part to avoid being out during the hottest times of the day) are likely to be similar.”

Namibia Safari Reviews

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Lizzie is a reputed guidebook writer and author of the Footprint guides to South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Unspoilt wilderness and unique and stunning landscapes offering a variety of contrasting safari expe

A hauntingly beautiful country that stretches along the west coast of southern Africa, with wide open spaces, big skies and some of the earth's most mystical and vivid sunsets, any visitor is blown away by the way Namibia ‘looks’ –...

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Christopher is a British travel writer and has contributed to various Fodor's guidebooks and a range of travel magazines.

Sand, salt pans and stars: Southern Africa’s wild west

With the exception of the verdant Zambezi Region, most of Namibia is comprised of harsh and inhospitable desert, but I’ve always found it staggeringly beautiful. Namibia was the first place I really travelled in Africa; I’ve been back...

United States

Namibia was one of the most enchanting, fascinating, and beautiful countries I've ever been to!

My recent trip to Namibia was nothing short of extraordinary. From the moment I set foot in this captivating country, I was greeted by a landscape that seemed to stretch endlessly, offering a mesmerizing blend of natural wonders and...

Cyprus

Wild, remote, exclusively for adventurous nature lovers...

From all the many things we worried about before booking our Namibia trip that potentially could go wrong, nothing did! I think that must my starting point of my review. We didn't get sick, we had no road accident (not one flat tyre in 4000...

Hong Kong

Exceed expectation, will definitely visit again!

If you are from urban area, you can never imagine there is a place like Namibia in the world. Animals and breathtaking sceneries everywhere! Comfortable lodges and good food make sure you can also take a good break. People in this...

Spain

Amazing scenery, fabulous space, friendly people, a great experience

Loved the remoteness, the wild scenery, the endless space and the adventures of traveling around the country and seeing the changing environments. I would highly recommend Namibia as a destination for a self drive safari.

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Ultimate Safaris is an award winning Namibian Conservation Travel Company. We are dedicated to the protection and conservation of the areas in which we operate as these are some of the most pristine and delicate wilderness areas on earth.

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Ultimate Safaris is privileged to be able to operate in pristine wilderness areas. We believe that the future of the environment and the natural inhabitants of these regions lies in the hands of the communities living there, and that this means they must be involved in the custodianship of their surroundings. The Conservation Travel Foundation is Ultimate Safaris’ registered non-profit organisation and it fully supports these ideals.

Rare And Endangered Species Trust

Rare And Endangered Species Trust

Saving the ‘Forgotten Five’, Africa’s lesser known creatures!

Giraffe Conservation Foundation

Giraffe Conservation Foundation

Preventing a silent extinction of one of Africa’s most threatened species!

Africat Foundation

Africat Foundation

Conserving the world’s largest population of cheetah!

North West Human Wildlife Conflict Management Plan

North West Human Wildlife Conflict Management Plan

Finding the balance for the sake man and beast!

Desert Lion Project

Desert Lion Project

Protecting the world’s only growing lion population that lives outside of a National Park!

Rhino Ranger Programme

Rhino Ranger Programme

Empowering communities for conservation through rural employments and training!

Save The Rhino Trust

Save The Rhino Trust

Conserving Africa’s only free-roaming population of black rhino!

Bunny Cottage

Bunny Cottage

Care for urban orphans in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital city!

Little Bugs

Little Bugs

Self-help initiative for a marginalized desert community!

Grootberg Primary School

Grootberg Primary School

Development of future conservationists by supporting education!

Namib Tsaris Conservancy

Namib Tsaris Conservancy

Returning the land to nature!

Doro !Nawas Conservancy

Doro !Nawas Conservancy

Turning the tide on joint venture tourism by improving profits for land custodians!

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//Huab Conservancy

Conservation Travel impacting on marginalized communities!

Lionscape Coalition

Lionscape Coalition

Using Conservation Travel partnerships to effect conservation change!

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Pack For Conservation

The perfect gift/donation for guests to make when travelling to Namibia!

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Camp Doros

Camp Doros is deliberately small and intimate, and it is located in a core area for desert adapted black rhino with activities largely focused on finding the black rhino with an experienced and qualified Rhino Ranger team.

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Onduli Ridge

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Onduli Ridge, named after the resident giraffe of the area, is built at the base of two south facing granite outcrops which are connected by a ridge.

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Located in Windhoek and named after the famous explorer Sir Francis Galton, Galton House has a relaxed but efficient sty

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Damaraland, Namibia: The Complete Guide

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Namibia is perhaps most famous for its sweeping sand dunes and magnificent game reserves. However, in between the dunes of Sossusvlei and the wildlife sanctuary that is Etosha National Park , there lies a lesser-known treasure – the wild, untamed landscapes of northwestern Damaraland. This semi-desert region is one of the country’s most spectacular, with vast, arid plains intersected by sudden towering outcrops of rust-colored granite.

Where is Damaraland?

Here, elephant and rhino roam free, and the stars at night are like a thousand fires burning against the black backdrop of the velvet sky.

The Road From Swakopmund

TripSavvy / Christopher Larson

Namibia is a country custom-made for self-drive safaris , with easily navigable gravel roads, minimal traffic and an impressively low crime rate. One of the most commonly driven routes to Damaraland starts in Swakopmund , the adventure capital of Namibia’s Atlantic coast. From there, it’s approximately an hour's drive north to Henties Bay, stopping en route to admire the wreck of the Zeila  wallowing in the surf at the start of the Skeleton Coast . At Henties Bay, the road to Damaraland turns sharply inland. The cold, moisture-laden air of the coast melts away, to be replaced by the hot desert sun.

Into the Wild at Spitzkoppe

For travelers on this route, the first taste of Damaraland’s alien rock formations comes as the flat, arid scrubland on either side of the road gives way without warning to the jaw-dropping granite peaks of Spitzkoppe. Often referred to as the “Matterhorn of Namibia”, Spitzkoppe is more than 120 million years old. The tallest of its many outcrops stands 5,853 feet/1,784 meters high against the blue sky; and at its feet nestles one of the country’s most remote campsites . For those with a ground or rooftop tent, a night at one of these sites offers the opportunity to experience wilderness at its very best.

There are many ways to spend your time at Spitzkoppe. At the camp reception, you can book a walking tour with a guide from the local village to see the area’s ancient rock art. Birders will find many endemic and near-endemic mountain species in the surrounding scrub, including the vividly colorful rosy-faced lovebird. Perhaps the most unforgettable activity, however, is a sunset walk up to the campsite’s natural granite arch. From there, you can watch as the last light paints Spitzkoppe’s peaks with gold, before the moon rises to be framed for a few perfect moments within the arch’s embrace.

Damaraland's Himba Tribes

After Spitzkoppe, the road into the region’s heart shows very few signs of life, save for the occasional makeshift shack on the side of the road. Here, women from Damaraland’s Himba tribes sit in the shade, waiting to sell beadwork and mobiles made from shaped tin to passing tourists. The Himba are an indigenous people whose culture has remained largely unchanged for hundreds of years. Their traditional dress is no exception, and the Himba women on the roadside are bare-breasted, their skin and hair coated with an ochre-and-fat paste that acts both as a cosmetic and as protection from the sun. Many lodges and tour operators offer cultural visits to remote Himba villages.

Ancient Rock Art at Twyfelfontein

To learn more about the people who inhabited Damaraland in ancient times, pay a visit to Twyfelfontein , an arid valley whose name means “Doubtful Spring”. Here, the valley walls are adorned with ancient rock etchings, some of which are believed to be 6,000 years old. Professional guides give visitors the opportunity to walk amongst the etchings, which were carved by the area’s Late Stone Age tribes. It is thought that they used drawings of animals or animal tracks to share information about their hunting trips to other regions. Etchings depicting penguins and seals show just how far the nomads traveled in their quest for food.

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With such an abundance of natural beauty, it comes as no surprise that there are endless adventures to be had in Damaraland. Twyfelfontein is the most famous example of the area’s rock art, but there are friezes and figures to be found in many other places, including at Brandberg , Namibia’s highest peak. Hiking, rock-climbing and birding are all popular pastimes in Damaraland, while most lodges offer the opportunity to track the region’s rare desert-dwelling black rhino and elephant on foot. Both populations are especially adapted for life in the desert, and are unique to Namibia.

Where to Stay

For some, bush campsites like Hoada Camp offer the most authentic way to experience Damaraland. For those that want their wild with a serious helping of luxury, however,  Grootberg Lodge is an excellent option. Perched high on the top of a plateau, the lodge’s infinity pool overlooks the breathtaking Klip Valley, where black-chested snake eagles ride on invisible thermals over the void. Amongst the excursions offered by the lodge is a sundowner drive across the plateau to a viewpoint, where the valley and its layered escarpments fade towards the horizon in a dozen different shades of lavender and blue.

Essential Information

Wherever you choose to stay and however you decide to spend your time, visiting Damaraland will undoubtedly be a highlight of your Namibian adventure. The closest major airport is in Windhoek , and from there the easiest way to get there is to drive – either in a hire car, or with an organized tour . The gravel roads that traverse the region can be both challenging and slow, but are generally suitable for 2WD and 4WD vehicles. The dry season (May to October) is the best time to visit for wildlife viewing, as the elephants retreat up the Huab River when the rains arrive. The wet season (November to April) is best for birding.

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Located in the Southern part of the African continent, Namibia is one of the most famous safari destinations in the world. It is rich in wildlife like lions, leopards, elephants, cheetahs, and the like and is also known for its desert landscapes. The wilderness safari Namibia starts at Windhoek. From Windhoek, travel to the famous Kalahari Desert and get to know the San population- Africa’s original inhabitants. The safari continues to the Fish River Canyon which offers majestic sceneries. Luderitz is the next stop in the wilderness safari Namibia. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the Atlantic Ocean from Luderitz. From Luderitz, travel to Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert followed by Swakopmund and Damaraland. The Etosha National Park is the highlight of the wilderness safari Namibia. Okonjima is the last destination on this trip.

  • Explore the vast Kalahari Desert and get to know the lifestyle of the San bushmen.
  • Enjoy the dramatic and arid landscape in the Fish River Canyon.
  • Indulge in the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean from Luderitz.
  • Visit the iconic towering sand dunes at Sossusvlei.
  • Explore the beautiful town of Swakopmund and witness the wonderful German architecture.
  • Spend time with flamingos and pelicans at the Walvis Bay.
  • Marvel at the beautiful landscapes in Damaraland.
  • Gather a fantastic wildlife viewing experience at the Etosha National Park.
  • Visit the big cats at Okonjima.

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The 6 best hikes in Namibia for desert explorers

Richard Holmes

Sep 17, 2022 • 7 min read

73 year old man embarks on the tough fish river canyon hike

Dry and rugged, Namibia calls out to adventurous hikers © Rainer von Brandis / Getty Images

With its searing summer heat and parched desert plains, Namibia is not a country for faint-hearted hikers. It’s not surprising that most travelers prefer to discover this southern African country from the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle. But you’ll miss out if you don’t lace up your boots and step out into the wilds.

These are visceral landscapes, and exploring Namibia's hiking trails will open up your senses to a new realm of discovery. Savor the crunch of gravel underfoot, listen for the bark of a kudu in the thickets, and feel the warm desert winds stroke across your cheeks. It's an experience.

From trails around dolomite outcrops to paths up desert dunes, Namibia is filled with wonderful hiking trails to explore. Worried about the heat? Don’t be. Plan your visit for the mild winter months or wake early to walk in the cool before the sun rises. Pack a hat and plenty of water, and head out on these top hiking trails in Namibia.

Tourist looking at the Fish River Canyon, Namibia

Fish River Canyon

Best hike for multi-day adventures

85km (52 miles) one-way, 5 days, challenging

When it comes to the top tier of multi-day hikes in southern Africa, the Fish River Canyon is spoken of in hushed tones. It’s tough. It’s long. It’s remote. And it’s a must for any hiker with a taste for adventure.

Running from the viewpoint at Hobas to the /Ai-/Ais Hot Springs and Spa , the trail follows the belly of the world’s second-largest canyon (after the Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon in Tibet, or the Grand Canyon in the UK, depending on who you speak to). A desert trail might sound a little monotonous, but the Fish River Canyon offers a wonderful variety of landscapes, from tranquil pools for a cooling dip to sandy beaches that are perfect for pitching camp.

Shortcuts over saddles and koppies (small peaks) show a different side to the landscape, and the sunset tinge on the rocky cliffs is not something soon forgotten. You’ll find wildlife along the way too, from hardy kudu to the bark of rancorous baboons.

Most hikers complete the trail in five days, but you can walk it faster or slower if you prefer. However, this trail requires complete self-sufficiency, so you’ll need to carry enough food, fuel and shelter for as long as you plan to walk. Happily, the endpoint at the /Ai-/Ais Hot Springs offers the welcome reward of a cold beer and a soak in the hot mineral springs.

Because of the extreme conditions, the trail is open only during the winter months. It’s best to start walking in the cool of the early morning. A good map is essential as it's surprisingly easy to get lost in the canyon. The charts produced by Slingsby Maps are excellent.

Young woman climbing in a canyon above a natural pool, Olive Trail, Namibia

Olive Trail

Best hike for adventurers with a head for heights

10km (6.2 miles) round trip, 3–4 hours, moderate to challenging

Many travelers speed past the Naukluft Mountains on their way to or from the dunes at Sossusvlei , but these rugged dolomite ridges offer an enigmatic beauty that’s well worth slowing down for.

Even in winter, it won’t take long to work up a sweat hiking here, with the Olive Trail ascending steeply to a high plateau. Happily, your hard work is soon rewarded with glorious desert views. Keep your eyes out for free-roaming kudu, klipspringer and Hartmann’s zebras.

Moving on, you'll drop into a dramatic canyon, where boulder-hopping calls for keen eyes and strong ankles. Next comes the highlight (or heart-dropping moment) of the trail – a rocky scramble around a deep pool where chains set into the cliffs help hikers traverse the sheer rock face. It’s not for the faint-hearted, and there are no alternate routes, except for turning heel and walking back the way you’ve come.

If you clear the chains, the going gets easier, eventually leading to a gravel track that returns you to the starting point. It’s an adventurous taste of Namibia, but you'll need a good head for heights and at least two liters of drinking water per person to tackle the route.

The Olive Trail begins and ends at Namibia Wildlife Resorts’ Naukluft Campsite , on the eastern flanks of the mountain range. Here you’ll find shady campsites and modern chalets if you want to linger before or after the hike.

A tracker leads the way along a mountain track at Etendeka, Namibia

Etendeka Walking Trail

Best hike for spotting desert wildlife

25–35km (15–21 miles) round trip, 3–4 days, moderate

The harsh landscapes of Damaraland come to life in the company of the local nature guides who lead hikers on two- and three-night walks through the Etendeka Concession. These overnight hikes are run as a partnership between the Etendeka Lodge Company and the local Etendeka Community Trust, offering an authentic experience of this less-visited corner of Namibia.

The trail roams across the privately-owned Etendeka Concession, traversing a remarkable landscape of flat-topped mountains and basalt lava flows. This rugged terrain is home to an array of hardy antelope species; if you’re lucky, you may encounter desert-adapted rhinoceroses and elephants.

Each day ends at a rustic but comfortable campsite set on a remote hillside, where hikers sleep on raised platforms under the stars and enjoy home-style meals around the campfire. A good level of fitness is required, but porters will carry your luggage so you’ll only need to carry a daypack with water and lunch.

Hikers approach the Waterberg Plateau, Namibia

Waterberg Plateau Park

Best hike for families and birdwatching

2–10km (1–6 miles) round trip, 30 minutes up to 4 hours, easy to moderate

The rocky massif of the Waterberg Plateau – “water mountain” in Afrikaans – leaps from the landscape of northern Namibia, a 200-million-year-old dollop of sandstone surrounded by lush woodland and savanna. More than 200 species of birds have been recorded here, and these cliffs are home to Namibia’s only colony of endangered Cape vultures.

This dramatic landscape is easily explored on a range of well-marked walking trails departing from both the government-run Waterberg Resort and the privately owned Waterberg Plateau Lodge . The longest trails run for around 9.5km (6 miles), while shorter routes offer you a chance to explore the base of the plateau – a great activity for active families.

Family climbing up Big Daddy in Sossusvlei, Namibia

Big Daddy dune walk

Best hike for dune vistas and building calves of steel

5km (3 miles) round trip, 1–2 hours, moderate

The sand dune landscapes of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei are must-sees on any Namibia itinerary, but only the truly adventurous climb the sand dune affectionately known as "Big Daddy." And that’s a pity, as aside from the bragging rights that come with tackling the highest sand dune in Sossusvlei, the climb to the summit rewards walkers with spectacular views over the Namib Desert.

Finding your way is easy – simply follow the ridge from the main parking area at the entrance to Deadvlei. Coming back down is even more fun, as you launch yourself down the steep face of the dune to reach Deadvlei some 300m (984ft) below.

Before you brag too much around the braai (barbecue), be aware that Big Daddy may be the tallest dune at Sossusvlei, but it is not the highest dune in Namibia. That honor belongs to Dune 7 , east of Walvis Bay , which tops out at 383m (1257ft).

National Botanic Garden of Namibia

Best hike for stretching your legs in the city

2km (1.2 miles) round trip, 1 hour, easy

Windhoek doesn’t have many hiking trails, but if you find yourself with a few hours to spare, the National Botanic Garden of Namibia is well worth a wander. Don’t arrive expecting manicured lawns and lush flower beds; instead, this 29-acre reserve celebrates the arid landscapes and desert-adapted flora of Namibia.

You can explore self-guided trails with useful information boards along the way. It’s open Monday to Friday (and the second Saturday of every month), and entry is free.

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World-Exclusive Safari with GPS Tagging of Giraffes

Namibia: Giraffe Conservation Safari

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Join field conservationists and vets from the Giraffe Conservation Foundation and work alongside them for the thrilling experience of tracking and attaching GPS tags to giraffes in the wild—be prepared to be awed! We have two tagging days with the GCF staff and pioneering conservation scientist Dr. Julian Fennessy for an adventure in a unique country that is one of Africa's greatest wildlife conservation stories. Encounters with the giraffe will be unforgettable, but we'll also radio-track leopard at famed AfriCat, track desert-dwelling black rhino with rangers at the Save the Rhino Trust, and meet the nomadic Himba people of the remote Kaokoveld.

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Arrive: Windhoek, Namibia

Depart: Windhoek, Namibia

  • Just 6 participants—and led by Jason Nott, one of Namibia's most respected safari guides
  • Hands-on participation in GPS tagging of giraffe with Dr. Julian Fennessy—an incredible experience!
  • Track leopard at AfriCat, track endangered rhino in Damaraland with the Save the Rhino Trust
  • Stay in gorgeous game lodges and wonderfully remote camps

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Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

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  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader
  • Accommodations in hotels, permanent camps, and mobile camp
  • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
  • All ground transportation and baggage handling from arrival until departure
  • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
  • Gratuities and tips for staff and porters

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  • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
  • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
  • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders and assistant guide
  • Optional travel insurance
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)

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Galton House

Windhoek, Namibia

Day 1 (1 night)

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Okonjima Bush Camp

Omboroko Mountains, Namibia

Days 2-3 (2 nights)

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Huab Under Canvas

Damaraland, Namibia

Days 4-5 (2 nights)

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Expedition Mobile Camp

Days 6-8 (3 nights)

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Onduli Ridge

Days 9-11 (3 nights)

Day 12 (1 night)

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From $3,095

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From $6,795

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Sossusvlei Dunes Extension

From $5,195

Client Testimonials

"As a first-time, unique, conservation-oriented trip it was impressive! Julian Fennessy and the GCF team went overboard in their interaction with us—before, during, and after the field work. We never felt we were intruding or hindering them. This positive interaction was a true highlight of the trip."

David and Audrey N.

Albuquerque, NM

"This trip far exceeded our expectations, largely due to Jason’s leadership, passion for his country and its wild places, and intimate knowledge and participation in conservation projects around the country."

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With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

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Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

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Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

  • Our African safaris
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Level 3 – Moderate

Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

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  • Some trips with minimal hiking but rugged travel conditions or long drives, such as  Tribal Ghana, Togo & Benin,  are Trip Level 3.

Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

  • Ultimate Patagonia
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Level 5 – Strenuous

Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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Level 6 – Very Strenuous

Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

  • Everest Base Camp
  • Climb Kilimanjaro!

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The Ultimate Family Safari: Namibia

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Melissa Siebert

A safari generally promises adventure. After months of lockdown, especially, what greater gift could you give your kids and yourselves? Exploring wide-open spaces and untouched wildernesses that take your breath away, rich with endlessly absorbing wildlife and people ready to share their fascinating cultures. Breaking out of the familiar, leaving electronic gadgetry and social media addictions behind. Connecting with nature, and each other, in some of the most beautiful landscapes on Earth. Seeing the world through your children’s eyes, as they discover, learn, wonder.

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Namibia is a fabulous family safari destination. Its stark yet ‘living’ deserts, intriguing desert-adapted wildlife, strange flora, and traditional tribes gratify on many levels. It’s malaria-free. It’s unique, sure to leave indelible memories with all of you.

We’ve compiled a special family-focused itinerary taking in three of our Namibian camps: Little Kulala; Damaraland; and Hoanib Skeleton Coast. Each offers something different, yet all offer the following: family suites; private vehicles for families; child minders for younger children to give parents a break; child-friendly menus; libraries and fun activities for young explorers.

Your unforgettable journey starts here…

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Little Kulala (3 nights)

Wilderness Safaris’ newly refurbished camp in Namibia’s 27 000-hectare Kulala Wilderness Reserve entices with its adventures. Yet along with all the activity it offers a vast amount of space, arresting landscapes, and peace. The ultimate pristine wilderness. You can’t get much closer to the renowned dunes of Sossusvlei and the haunting panoramas of Dead Vlei, accessible through an exclusive-use gate.

There’s something for everyone, and then some. Climb Sossusvlei’s 300-metre high red dunes, including ‘Big Daddy’. Float over the Namib, the world’s oldest desert, in a hot-air balloon (age seven and up). On foot, explore ‘the Living Desert’, encountering some of the smaller creatures, perhaps a sidewinder snake slithering across the sands; a Namaqua chameleon with a tongue as long as its body; an iconic barking gecko; an endemic dune lark hunting insects. At night, track scorpions with a guide using UV light to make them glow. On nature drives, look for local wildlife, such as ostriches; bat-eared foxes; black-backed jackals; springbok; gemsbok; porcupines; the occasional brown hyaena. Explore Sesriem Canyon or the riverbed trails, learning more about the area’s geology dating back five million years. Thrill to guided, eco-sensitive quad bike and e-bike excursions on designated trails. Learn about the constellations in the southern sky from your suite’s roof deck, seeing more stars than you could ever imagine and sleeping under them.

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During down time, parents can head to the spa for a soothing massage while kids help the chef make pizzas, enhance their knowledge in the library, or, if older, get schooled in photography on one of the in-camp Olympus camera units. At some point, or repeatedly, everyone should take a moment to just be in the desert’s silence.

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Damaraland (3 nights)

Ancient mountains upon mountains, changing from rust to purple as the sun sets…endless vistas across the stark plains of the Huab River Valley… startling sightings of desert elephants, black rhinos, lions, and other arid-adapted wildlife.

Damaraland Camp – simply beautiful, relaxed, and open to the desert – has been a model for community-based conservation initiatives since 1996. In the early 1900s a group of refugees fleeing the German-Herero conflict settled on a reserve in South Africa; in 1973 they were sent back to their ‘fatherland’, which became known as Damaraland. Human wildlife conflict was inevitable as they battled to survive on the harsh land. But today, the Torra community thrives, largely through its partnership with us, and wildlife populations are growing.

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So there’s a firsthand ‘teaching moment’ for the whole family: visits to farms on the Torra Conservancy to learn about the farmers’ way of life, how their conflict with local wildlife has changed to protecting them. An inspiring lesson in conservation tourism.

Other activities in and around camp include nature walks and drives, searching for the smaller desert dwellers as well as the larger; guided scorpion night walks with UV spotlighting; excursions to Tywfelfontein for the astounding San rock art; tours of the Damara Living Museum; photography sessions with a guide and the in-camp Olympus camera unit; a pool to cool off and play in; a special breakfast stop in the wilds; a fireside boma evening of cultural cuisine, song, and dance (certain evenings only); incomparable stargazing.

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(* For a limited time – 2021 only – and available exclusively from Damaraland Camp, guests will be able to take part in the once-in-a-lifetime rhino tracking experience usually offered from Desert Rhino Camp.)

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Hoanib Skeleton Coast (3 nights)

Spectacular Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp never fails to impress, particularly its excursion to the wild Skeleton Coast. From camp – with tented suites themselves like whitecaps on the sand – drive by 4X4 over the ancient Namib Desert dunes to the sea and fly back, or fly both ways. Marvel at how the ochre dunes drop off to the cold Atlantic, how the endless beach is littered with shipwrecks and whalebones, the ‘skeletons’ of the coast’s name. Run down the roaring dunes; smile at the entertaining Cape fur seals barking loudly or sunning themselves on the rocks; enjoy lunch on the beach, as your guide explains how the Atlantic’s icy Benguela current, hitting the warmer sands, creates fog and moisture enough to sustain desert life. En route visit an oasis, a hotspot for wildlife, and a quaint museum revealing some of the area’s secrets.

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Hoanib’s setting – the rust-coloured crags of the famed Kaokoveld – almost looks like Mars. The landscape may seem empty at first, but soon reveals itself to be full, home to desert-adapted elephants and lions, giraffes, hyaena, black-backed jackal, oryxes, springboks, a host of various birds, and many other creatures. Morning and afternoon game drives explore the nearly always dry Hoanib riverbed. Nature walks among the dunes introduce guests to some of the area’s smaller denizens, and to plants such as the ancient welwitschia, as well as to remnants of the Strandloper – beachcomber – way of life from centuries ago. Local birding yields many rewards, including raptor species and the occasional flamingo.

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Closer to camp, a waterhole yields multiple sightings and an on-site research centre offers fascinating insights into the camp’s conservation impact projects, monitoring desert-adapted elephants, lions, giraffes, and brown hyenas.

A pool provides a spot to refresh and relax, and an Olympus photo hub affords the chance to sharpen one’s photographic skills.

All told, an out-of-this-world experience for all the family.

Written by Melissa Siebert

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Luxury Namibia and Botswana Wilderness Safari

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The Skeleton Coast

Kunene River

Explore Namibia's vast deserts and remote coasts before a Botswana safari

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Delve into some of Africa ‘s last true wildernesses on this exclusive, private flying adventure. Fly from Windhoek to the striking Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, light aircraft being the only way to access this remote corner of the world. Found among the valley’s stark, moon-like landscape, spend your days enjoying the desert-adapted wildlife and on flying safaris over thrillingly desolate shores.

The flying continues with a journey to one of the most remote places on Earth, Kunene River , and Serra Cafema. Explore this fascinatingly wild outpost as our specialist guides take you to discover endless dunes and meet the extraordinary nomadic Himba tribe.

After a short stay in Windhoek, move into Botswana ‘s Linyanti for three final days of epic, wildlife-rich safari at the opulent Zarafa. Listen to the sounds of the bush as our expert trackers take you on game drives, bush walks and pontoon boat trips to spot everything from lion to wild dog to zebra.

Back at camp sink into absolute luxury and watch the animals from your opulent free-standing bath, Swarovski binoculars or lantern-lit pool.

Example trip itinerary

Skeleton coast.

Meet and greet at Windhoek airport

Wilderness Air Nambia flight to Hoanib Skeleton Coast

Camps on the Skeleton Coast

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  • Seven twin-bedded suites and one family unit
  • Shaded, private outdoor decks
  • Laundry services
  • Wildlife activities on foot and by jeep
  • Cultural experiences

Placed at the confluence of two tributaries in a broad valley of the Kaokoveld Desert, the camp offers an unforgettable gateway from which to experience both the thrillingly desolate Skeleton Coast and the private Palmwag Concession, alive with desert-adapted wildlife.

You’ll get a feel for the exclusivity and wonderful remoteness of your accommodation as you fly in by light aircraft – the only way to access the camp. The imitate, luxury tented camp consists of just seven twin-bedded suites and one family unit, each complete with shaded outdoors decks from which to contemplate the valley’s starkly stunning, moon-like landscape.

Scenic flights over desert shores reveal lonely shipwrecks, massive dunefields, floodplains and the Auses Spring.

Explore the Hoanib Riverbed for sightings of elephant, lion, giraffe, gemsbok and springbok, shaggy brown hyaena and opportunistic black-backed jackal, or head to the rocky shoreline to get an earful of the noisy Cape fur seal colony.

Unravel the mysterious history of the original ancient Strandloper people and the enigmatic stone circles they left behind and encounter the Welwitschia on a nature walk – one of the oldest and strangest plants on the planet.

The impact of your stay:

  • Wilderness Hoanib Camp collaborates with three neighbouring conservancies. Within these conservancies, land is leased from the local community under a sustainable conservation agreement. This provides a unique and exclusive setting for incredible animal sightings while simultaneously fostering social and environmental benefits.
  • In rural areas of Namibia, like the Skeleton Coast, poaching is frequently tied to poverty. To address the underlying causes of poaching, Wilderness has established programmes for empowerment, enterprise, and skills training. These encompass initiatives such as small-scale farmer development, business training, mentorship, and school scholarships.
  • Wilderness’s impact in Namibia spans a cumulative area of around 167,310 hectares. Under the Namibia Large Fauna Programme, they conduct continuous conservation initiatives for desert-adapted wildlife species, encompassing large predators such as lions, leopards, brown and spotted hyenas, as well as desert-adapted elephants, black rhinos, giraffes and other ungulates.

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Placed at the confluence of two tributaries in a broad valley of the Kaokoveld Desert, the camp offers an unforgettable gateway from which to experience both the thrillingly desolate Skeleton Coast and the private Palmwag Concession, alive with desert-adapted wildlife. You'll get a feel for the exclusivity and wonderful remoteness of your accommodation as you fly in by light aircraft - the only way to access the camp.

The imitate, luxury tented camp consists of just seven twin-bedded suites and one family unit, each complete with shaded outdoors decks from which to contemplate the valley's starkly stunning, moon-like landscape. Scenic flights over desert shores reveal lonely shipwrecks, massive dunefields, floodplains and the Auses Spring. Explore the Hoanib Riverbed for sightings of elephant, lion, giraffe, gemsbok and springbok, shaggy brown hyaena and opportunistic black-backed jackal, or head to the rocky shoreline to get an earful of the noisy Cape fur seal colony. Unravel the mysterious history of the original ancient Strandloper people and the enigmatic stone circles they left behind and encounter the Welwitschia on a nature walk – one of the oldest and strangest plants on the planet.

Kunene River Region

Wilderness Air Nambia flight to your camp in the Kunene River Region

Camps in the Kunene River Region

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  • Seven luxury canvas tents
  • One luxury canvas family unit
  • Ceiling fans in each tent
  • In-room massage
  • Nature drives in open Land Rovers

Wilderness Serra Cafema is located in the extreme north-west of Namibia on the banks of the Kunene River  in the Hartmann Valley. Undoubtedly amongst the most remote camps in Southern Africa, Serra Cafema is only reachable by light aircraft which adds to the exclusivity of this beautiful property.

Wilderness Serra Cafema is an intimate, peaceful camp with a unique mix of rustic and luxury elements nestled amongst the shady Albida trees on the banks of the Kunene. Rapids just below camp provide a calming ambiance with guests often lulled into dreamland by the gurgling waters after a day exploring one of the driest, starkly beautiful regions in the world.

Accommodation at here consists of eight riverside Meru-style canvas and thatched villas on spacious, elevated decks blended smoothly into the picturesque surroundings. Each fully furnished tent has an en-suite bathroom, ceiling fan and mosquito nets. A late afternoon spent lounging on the front deck soaking up the breathtaking vistas of this contrasting wilderness is an absolute must.

  • Serra Cafema is located in the Marienfluss Conservancy, an area leased from the Himba community, a semi-nomadic tribe rooted in this region for centuries. These conservancies serve as protective shields, preserving the land and environment from threats like industrial farming while ensuring the well-being of local communities. The strong bond with the Himba led to continuous pandemic support, funding a community garden, providing seeds, and installing a solar borehole.
  • Wilderness has established Children in the Wilderness Namibia, a programme focused on community engagement and educational impact. The initiative promotes sustainable conservation through the leadership development and education of children in Africa. This goal is achieved through activities like eco-club programmes at local schools and annual camps for children in rural communities on the outskirts of Africa’s wild areas.
  • Wilderness’s impact in Namibia spans a cumulative area of around 167,310 hectares. Operating under the Namibia Large Fauna Programme, they engage in continuous conservation efforts for desert-adapted wildlife species. These initiatives encompass large predators such as lions, leopards, brown and spotted hyenas, as well as desert-adapted elephants, black rhinos, giraffes and other ungulates.

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Enjoy exploring one of the remotest places on Earth. Fill your days with nature drives, guided walks and even visits to the local villages of this extraordinary nomadic Himba people.

Wilderness Air Nambia flight to Windhoek

Private transfer to your hotel in Windhoek

Accommodation in Windhoek

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Your home before you venture off into the barren and beautiful Namibian Desert, this stylish boutique hotel is hidden away in the Eastern corner of Namibia’s capital and only proclaimed city, Windhoek.

The city itself is the seat of the country’s cultural and administrative powers but despite this, it remains one of the smallest capitals in the world with just 250,000 residents. The Olive reflects Windhoek’s small size, providing a cosy but luxurious bolt-hole with great access to the surrounding wilderness.

Reminders of the prevalent Namibian culture are spread throughout the hotel as the modern is combined with the traditional. Rough-hewn wooden benches sit on plush carpets around sculpted granite coffee tables, animal-skin rugs lay beneath large beds covered in crisp white cotton and wide glass doors lead out onto your personal terrace for a view across the small city.

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Famed to be one of the smallest capital cities in the world with a population of just 234,000. The city itself has some fascinating buildings with typical German architecture, and a burgeoning restaurant scene.

Private transfer to Windhoek airport

Flight from Windhoek to Maun

Light aircraft flight from Maun to your lodge in Linyanti

Lodges in Linyanti

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  • Four luxury tents
  • Indoor and outdoor dining areas
  • Views overlooking the floodplain of the stunning Zibadianja Lagoon
  • Private deck
  • Plunge pool
  • Indoor and outdoor showers
  • Separate lounge area
  • Bush boutique
  • In-room massages
  • From camp you can spot hippos and elephants
  • The Selinda Reserve is a refuge for uncommon species

Zarafa Camp is set inside the 320,000 acre Selinda Reserve, created to conserve and protect the wildlife of the area alongside connecting Botswana ’s Okavango Delta to the Linyanti waterways. This reserve is home to a diverse and rich abundance of species similar to those found in the Savuti and Chobe National Parks, but with the exclusivity of a private reserve.

Simply one of the most beautiful tented camps in Africa , Zarafa is a triumph of conservation and attention to detail. There are just 4 immense tented suites set on raised wooden platforms overlooking the floodplain of the Zibadianja Lagoon. The tents are decorated in a style befitting of the explorations of the early 20th Century, matched with modern comforts and technological surprises. Outdoor decking wraps around each guest suite and offers guests a private plunge pool, private outdoor shower, and outdoor seating.

Within the suite your lounge flows into a well-decorated bedroom and an open layout indoor bathroom that is adorned with a polished copper bath tub and fireplace. The main camp, made up of a generously-sized main lounge, library, dining area and bush boutique, is nestled under a canopy of  trees a slight distance from the suites. An outdoor gym and in-room massages are also available.

Environmentally, Zarafa has a number of initiatives in place to ensure they have as light an impact on their surrounding as possible, from solar power and water filtration systems, to vehicles that run mostly on vegetable oil. The camp also supports the notion that conservation can only be successful if communities living alongside wildlife and protected areas are given opportunities to learn, interact, and benefit from these conserved areas.

As part of Great Plains Conservation, Zarafa is involved with the Great Plains Foundation’s launch of the Great Plains Academy, which provides enrichment opportunities for a community in the upper reaches of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. The academy will supply vocational training, supplemental education, and scholarships with a conservation and tourism focus. All programmes seek to invest in the skill and capacity of the individual whilst displaying respect for natural heritage and a solid conservation ethic.

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  • 9 spacious canvas and thatch 'tents' with private plunge pools
  • Two wildlife hides
  • Communal pool
  • Dining and Lounge Area
  • Twice daily game drives
  • Barge excursions on the river dependant on the river level

This is one of the most luxurious camps in Botswana, with nine huge canvas ‘tents’ with thatched roofs set on raised wooden platforms. Each comes equipped with a private plunge pool, four poster bed, indoor and outdoor showers.

The camp sits overlooking the  Linyanti River and the oxbow lake of Wilderness King’s Pool from which it derives its name. Communal areas include a lounge dining area, bar and a shared pool. These all sit on raised decking allowing for excellent armchair game viewing of the river and lake. This part of the Linyanti borders the Chobe National Park, meaning that great numbers of elephant frequent the area during the dry months as they visit the lagoon and river. Other game is abundant too during these months including giraffe, lechwe, zebra and impala, all helping to draw the large predators; lion, leopard, cheetah and wild-dog.

As well as game drives the camp offers seasonal barge cruises along the river (dependent on the river level) , basic fishing and walking safaris (on request in advance). The camp also has two wildlife hides, excellent for close up observation of game.

  • Every night you spend in a room contributes directly to the Children in the Wilderness programme – a dedicated initiative fostering sustainable conservation through leadership development and education for children in Botswana. This impactful programme operates eco-clubs, annual camps, and eco-mentor training, making a meaningful difference in the lives of the youth while promoting environmental stewardship.
  • In rural regions of Botswana, Wilderness has implemented a water provision programme, ensuring local communities have access to safe and clean water. This initiative addresses a fundamental need and enhances the well-being of the people in these areas.
  • Wilderness is also actively involved with Ecoexist, a non-profit organisation dedicated to empowering local farmers. Through this collaboration, practical, affordable, and effective tools are provided to deter crop-raiding and reduce conflicts with elephants. By working closely with local communities and organisations, Wilderness is making strides in promoting coexistence between humans and wildlife while addressing real-world challenges.

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  • 10 luxury tents
  • Luxury deck
  • Swimming pool
  • Animal hides
  • 4x4 day and night game drives
  • Boat safaris
  • Guided walking safaris

With uninterrupted views over Osprey Lagoon, and a fantastic vantage point from which to watch the areas mega-herds of elephants, Wilderness DumaTau and nearby Wilderness Little DumaTau are perfectly located for making the most of your stay in the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve.

Each spacious tented guest suite has been positioned to offer great views whether you’re relaxing on your deck, or cooling off in your plunge pool. You’ll also find the tents include spot-cooling, meaning you can find respite from the hot afternoons indoors. Spend time investigating the ‘curiosity boxes’ you’ll find mounted on the walls in your room and the drawers filled with fascinating artefacts and information. They’re a great way to learn more about the area’s wildlife and rich history. Look out for unique elephant and wild dog art in the rooms and library made from reclaimed snare wire.

Wilderness Safaris have constructed both camps to give maximum comfort and offer guests a large array of facilities. In addition to the in-tent cooling systems, you’ll discover that the central Osprey Retreat which sits between the two camps boasts a pool, drink and snack counter and a Safari Boutique area, offering you more space to mingle with your fellow guests if you choose to do so. Large decks, plunge pools and awnings are attached to each of Wilderness Duma Tau’s eight tented suites as well as at the four at Wilderness Little DumaTau.

The Wilderness DumaTau team continues to focus on the sustainability of wildlife corridors, as they have done since 1997. They believe that it is more vital than ever to protect large wildlife corridors of wilderness,  like those within the vast Linyanti Wildlife Reserve – especially for the African elephant and wild dog that cover extensive ground.

Staying at Wilderness DumaTau offers you easy access to the Linyanti floodplain as well as the Savuti Channel, in fact, it’s the only concession from which you can access both. The region has all the habitat diversity to make it a haven for wildlife, and is well-known for its elephant concentrations as they congregate along the waterways and lagoons during the dry winter months. General wildlife viewing is excellent year round including impala, wildebeest, red lechwe, Burchell’s zebra, giraffe, Cape buffalo, chacma baboon, vervet monkey, and warthog. Predator sightings of lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and spotted hyena are good. As well as day and night game drives, you can explore on nature walks or take to the water on motorboats or the river barge (depending on water levels).

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With a diverse and rich abundance of species similar to those found in the Savuti and Chobe National Parks but with the exclusivity of a private reserve, spend your days exploring the thriving wildlife here on morning and afternoon game drives through the 320,000 acre Selinda Private Reserve, in the company of Zarafa's expert rangers and trackers. Further activities such as guided bush walks to observe Selinda's smaller species and flora at a slower pace, or pontoon boat trips over the lagoon (water levels permitting) are just some of the other ways to fill your time and encounter this dynamic reserve. In between all of this relax in the luxurious surrounds of your tented suite, looking out over this extraordinary territory and listening to the distinctive sounds of the bush.

Light aircraft flight from Linyanti to Maun

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  • North Western Wilderness

Welwitchia

We will be exploring the main river beds which are usually dry with a few water sources. These include Ugab, Huab, Uniab, Hoanib and Hoarusib ephemeral rivers. We will visit the Damara and OvaHimba tribes, to learn more about their culture and every day way of life.

Bordering Namibia and Angola is a perennial river, the Kunene. We will explore it after our stay at the Epupa Falls. Our last stay will be the western side of Etosha National Park from the Galton gate side. Our accommodation will range from remote camping to luxury lodges. This safari can start in either Windhoek or Swakopmund and ends in Windhoek.

We will be on the lookout for some free-roaming wildlife as well as some special Namibian bird species like Herero Chat, Tractrac Chat and Ruppell’s Korhaan.

After arriving at our lodge in the late afternoon we will check in and freshen up. We have the option of exploring the Ugab River for some desert adapted wildlife that this area is renowned for. We will enjoy our first Namibian dinner at our wonderful lodge.

Day 2: Brandberg After an early breakfast and coffee, we will make our way to the White Lady rock painting. This landmark is located within Namibia’s highest mountain complex, the Brandberg (2,573m above sea level). There are over 1,000 known rock shelters on the Brandberg that house more than 45,000 individual paintings of animals, human figures or glyphs. Of these, the most popular one is the White Lady painting. Our guided hike to the painting will take about 3 to 4 hours in total.

After an exciting morning we will return to our lodge for lunch. We will have some time to relax in the pool during mid-day or take a walk around the lodge area for spectacular birding.

In the late afternoon we will explore the Ugab River during our sundowner drive. Depending on the amount of energy we have left, a night drive is worthwhile after dinner to explore some of the nocturnal mammals and birds of the area.

Day 3: Twyfelfontein After a relaxed morning and breakfast, we will make our way to the Twyfelfontein area. We will visit the Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings, Burnt Mountain and Organ Pipes.

Twyfelfontein is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of only two in Namibia. Meaning “uncertain spring” in Afrikaans, it is a massive open-air art gallery in the northwestern Kunene region that is of great interest to international rock art connoisseurs.

The 2,000-plus rock petroglyphs, estimated to be 6,000 years old, represent one of Africa’s largest and most noteworthy concentrations of rock art. Most of these well-preserved engravings represent rhinoceros. The site also includes depictions of elephant, ostrich and giraffe, as well as drawings of human and animal footprints, all done in red ochre. Here we will also look out for the Namib Desert’s weird-looking living fossil plant, the Welwitschia.

We will spend about one hour on a guided walk amongst hundreds of engravings before we continue to our lodge where we will spend the next 2 nights.

We will reach our lodge mid-afternoon and after settling in we have the option to do a short game drive in our own vehicle. During our drive, we will explore the dry riverbeds that surrounds our accommodation. We will enjoy dinner at our lodge.

Day 4: Twyfelfontein After breakfast we will do a morning game drive and explore the conservancy. If we are lucky we might encounter some of the desert adapted African Elephants amongst other wildlife. This drive will take us up to lunch time and we have some time to relax before our afternoon excursion.

In the afternoon we will visit the Petrified Forest. It is an interesting geological phenomenon whereby millions of years ago huge trees, Dadoxylon arberi, were washed away and buried. They could not decompose because they were immediately covered by a mudstone layer. Silicon then fused into the trunks of the trees taking their shape, then exposed by erosion over years. The same tree is responsible for coal fields in Europe. On our way back we will go past the Damara Living Museum to learn more about one of the main tribes of Namibia, the Damara people.

We will arrive back at our lodge late afternoon and after freshening up, meet up for dinner.

Day 5: Palmwag After a wonderful breakfast, we will set off on our journey northwards. This will be our first day of camping on the trip. Our drive will be a scenic one, where we will watch the landscape change as we head to our next destination.

We will reach our campsite just in time for lunch. It is situated within one of Namibia’s best-run conservancies in an area between Kaokoland and the Skeleton Coast, where the flat-topped Etendeka mountains and the carpet of rich red rock greet the tributaries of the Uniab River. The lodge close to the campsite overlooks the sweeping northern Damaraland landscape peppered with green euphorbias. It truly is a beautiful place!

After lunch we will depart for an afternoon game drive in the 600,000 hectare Palmwag concession, looking for African Elephant, Gemsbok, Springbok, Chacma Baboon, Giraffe, Steenbok, Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra and Lion. This area is also great for seeing many of Namibia’s near-endemic birds like Monteiro’s and Damara Red-billed Hornbill, Ruppell’s Parrot, Benguela Long-billed Lark and Ruppell’s Korhaan.

Upon returning to our campsite we will enjoy a great dinner at the nearby lodge while going over the plan for tomorrow’s exciting Rhino tracking activity.

Day 6: Palmwag and Rhino tracking Today will be one of the highlights of our safari! After an early breakfast we will depart and dedicate most of the day in tracking down one of Kaokoland’s Black Rhinos that call this beautiful but harsh habitat home.

Black Rhinos are native to eastern and southern Africa, and although the animal is referred to as black, its colours vary from brown to grey. Unlike other Black Rhino populations, the ones of this region of Namibia are usually unsociable, tending to live in small groups. A mother will remain with her calf for around two and a half years; enough time for the youngster to obtain all the vital methods of surviving in one of the toughest habitats on the planet!

These specially adapted individuals can withstand scorching heat; in excess of 40°C (100°F), but can also cope with the below freezing temperatures common after dark in Namibia’s arid regions. Black Rhinos are least active during the heat of the day (between 10am and 3pm) when they take to the shade of large rocks. They become more active after dark when the temperatures drop.

Black Rhinos are browsers (i.e. they eat trees, bushes and shrubs), as opposed to their White Rhino cousins, which are grazers. Remarkably, the Namib Desert Black Rhino has evolved to survive without water for 2 or 3 days! The population density of the Black Rhino in the desert plains of northwestern Namibia is only one rhino per 100 km2, and still the Black Rhinos in Namibia make up to one third of the world’s remaining rhino population!

The area where we will be walking and driving today holds the only population of Black Rhinoceros outside a protected area anywhere in the world. They do cover huge distances in search of food and water and have big territories so it might take a great tracking effort to find them. During the tracking we will encounter various other species of game.

After our fantastic morning we will have lunch back at the lodge and enjoy a short siesta. In the afternoon we will join a game drive with Palmwag Lodge. The concession is rich in reptiles, including Kaokoland Sand Lizard, Namaqua Chameleon, and Anchieta’s and Namib Rock Agama.

There are also some strange-looking but fantastic flora, including Welwitschia, Toothbrushtrees, Bottle Trees, euphorbias, Leadwood Trees, Shepherd’s Trees and more. This seemingly lifeless part of Namibia is indeed a treasure trove of incredible species!

We will return to our campsite and have dinner at the lodge that will hopefully include some local delicacies, and then enjoy a good night’s rest.

Day 7: Purros After breakfast, we will continue our journey northwards, deep in into the Kaokoland. Our destination for the next two days is the community campsite in the village of Purros. Nestled next to the Hoarusib river, the small Himba village of Purros is a true gem of Kaokoland.

We will stop for lunch and in the afternoon visit a Himba Village to learn more about their everyday way of life.

Known as the last true nomadic tribe of Namibia, the Himba has a unique and wonderful culture. The Himba, who currently number between 30,000 and 50,000 individuals, have been plagued by severe droughts, guerrilla warfare (during Namibian independence and the Angolan civil war) and the German forces that decimated other groups in Namibia. Despite Himba life nearly coming to a close in the 1980s, they have persevered and their people, culture and tradition remain. Himba women are known for their unusual sculptured beauty, enhanced by their complex hairstyles and traditional beautifications. In the Himba culture a sign of wealth is the cattle you had owned during your lifetime, represented by the horns on your grave. The cattle are therefore kept as a sign of wealth, whereas the sheep and goats are bred for food. Only occasionally are the livestock sold for cash.

We will spend a couple of hours learning about their history, culture and get an insight into their daily lives.

Late afternoon we will make our way to our campsite. After setting up camp and settling in, we will meet up for dinner and discuss our wonderful day.

Day 8: Purros After enjoying a wonderful bush breakfast, we will spend the day exploring the Hoarusib River and be on the lookout for some desert adapted wildlife. The desert adapted African Elephants are completely dependent on water from this river. Desert adapted Lions are also present in this area but are generally quite difficult to find. There are approximately 150 desert adapted Lions in the Kunene region, widely distributed over an area of 52,000 km2.

We will enjoy a packed lunch or return to camp and have the afternoon to further explore the river area. The area around Purros is rich in wildlife and we will be on the lookout for African Elephant, Giraffe, zebras, rhinos and more. We return to our campsite for another wonderful dinner under the African stars.

Day 9: Epupa Falls (Kunene region) After an early breakfast we will continue our safari northwards towards the Kunene river and more specifically Epupa Falls, which forms Namibia’s northwestern border with Angola. Kunene is one of the fourteen official regions of Namibia and is located in the far northwestern corner of the country.

Kunene’s western edge is the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, and in the north it borders Angola’s Namib province. Compared to the rest of Namibia, it is relatively underdeveloped. This is due to the mountainous, inaccessible geography and the dryness that significantly hinders agriculture. It is, however, home to an abundance of wildlife. This includes a wealth of desert adapted wildlife, including the largest population of free-ranging Black Rhinoceros in the world, African Elephant, Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Spotted Hyaena, Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra, Springbok and Gemsbok.

The region gets its name from the 1,050 kilometre (650 miles) long perennial Kunene river, which forms the northern border with Angola. There are all sorts of exciting activities to be enjoyed on and long the river, from boat cruises and canoeing to white-water rafting and fishing. It is also a birdwatching hotspot, with many localised and highly prized species occurring here.

We will stop at Opuwo, the capital of Kaokoland, for fuel and lunch before driving the last 130km to our campsite on the banks of the Kunene River.

After settling in at our campsite and enjoying a refreshing swim, we will visit the famous Epupa falls, a series of waterfalls that stretch over 1.5km with the longest drop being 37m. The Kunene river is about 500m wide at this point. The name “Epupa” is a Herero word for “foam”, in reference to the foam created by the falling water. Despite being difficult to reach, the falls are a major visitor attraction in Namibia, because of the largely unspoiled environment, with fig trees, baobabs, palm trees, and coloured rock walls framing the falls. We will enjoy dinner on a deck overlooking the river, with the sounds of falls remaining with us throughout the night.

Day 10: Kunene River After breakfast we will depart for our next destination, about a 3 hour drive from Epupa. We will stay in a beautiful lodge overlooking the Kunene River.

For birdwatchers this area is highly rewarding. Some very special species occur here that are very difficult to see anywhere else in the southern African subregion. These include Rufous-tailed Palm Thrush, Grey Kestrel, Cinderella Waxbill and Angolan Swallow, to name just a few.

After lunch and a couple of hours to relax we will depart for an afternoon and sundowner cruise on the Kunene river before enjoying dinner on the deck overlooking the river.

Day 11: Hobatere – Etosha West This morning after breakfast we make our way south to our next destination on the western side of Etosha National Park.

The Hobatere Concession covers an area of 33,000 hectares, and will be our destination for the day. It is the main corridor for movement of wildlife from Etosha to outside the park, which is not very desirable as it creates conflict with farming communities nearby.

Our lodge located inside the Hobatere Concession is our home for the next two nights. The beautiful lodge is nestled on the banks of the Otjovasandu river. After checking in and freshening up we will meet up for dinner and then enjoy a night drive afterwards.

Day 12: Hobatere – Etosha West Today we will spend the full day in Etosha National Park. We will enter the park at Galton gate located on the western section of this wonderful park. Undoubtedly one of the great parks of Africa, Etosha covers more than 22,300 km2 (8,620 sq mi) and is synonymous with big game and wide open spaces. The name Etosha actually means “great white place” referring to the massive (130km long and 50km wide) dry saline pan in the middle of the park, believed to have been formed over 100 million years ago.

Because of the different habitat we will encounter species like Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra and Roan Antelope together with the general Etosha species. African Elephant, Lion, Gemsbok, Greater Kudu, Hartebeest and Plains Zebra are all present in good numbers in this section of Etosha.

We will arrive back at our lodge late in the afternoon in time for our sundowner drive on the concession. We will return to our lodge early evening and enjoy our last dinner together on this amazing safari.

Day 13: Departure to Windhoek After breakfast we will do a quick game drive before making our way back to Windhoek (5 to 6 hour drive) or continuing for an additional couple of nights in Etosha’s eastern section. Alternatively, we can spend a night at the Waterberg Plateau National Park close to Otjiwarongo. Please contact us for suggestions on possible extensions.

In Windhoek we will take you to the Hosea Kutako International Airport for your homeward flight or for your connecting flight if you decide to combine this safari with an extension to the Caprivi Strip, Victoria Falls, Botswana, Zambia or South Africa. We will gladly assist with accommodation in Windhoek should you need to stay over.

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A Journey Through Namibia’s Wildlife and Landscapes

When WT Adventurer Roland Feiner began dreaming of another journey to Africa, he was lured back to the austere Mars-like landscapes of Namibia and wanted to explore the wildlife-rich Etosha Pan. “It was 40 years ago when I first visited what is now called Namibia,” Roland says. “Since Namibia has embraced tourism, I was able to convince my wife that a desert or semi-desert safari would be another memorable adventure in Africa.” The couple experienced Namibia’s stunning and surreal landscapes, witnessed a wide variety of wildlife, and stayed in extraordinary lodges on our Namibia Private Journey . Here are some of their memorable moments.

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Wilderness Air in  Namibia  is your first choice for a luxury  fly-in safari in Namibia , Botswana and Southern Africa. Wilderness Fly-in Safaris started in 1991 and has flown clients from worldwide to some of the most pristine wildlife areas in Africa. Some top fly-in Safari destinations include Victoria Falls, Okavango Delta and Namibia. Wilderness Air operates over 26 aircraft with about 70 daily flight connections flown by over 40 experienced and highly-trained pilots.

A flying Safari includes travelling between lodges and camps within a safari destination, like Namibia, via light aircraft. These lodges are often luxurious and exclusive, with a runway catering to light aircraft. This type of travelling saves much time travelling to often remote locations. It also offers unforgettable views of some of the most dramatic landscapes in the world. A Namibian flying safari will provide unique photographic opportunities that can only be captured from the air. A fly-in safari with Wilderness Air lets one see and experience places one would not usually see. The restricted diamond area in the deep south of Namibia (known as the Sperrgebiet) and the Skeleton Coast Park are two areas that very few people ever get to see.

Wilderness Air offers various Namibia fly-in packages—experience Etosha National Park  and the gigantic dunes of  Sossusvlei . Fly over the Okavango Delta in Botswana and experience one of the world’s most significant wildlife areas. If you are planning a honeymoon to Africa, look no further. Our fly-in safaris have become very popular with couples seeking a honeymoon safari.

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