Namibia is hauntingly beautiful, yet harsh and untamed. Its violent extremes and stunning open landscapes linger in the memory.
Game is good in Etosha National Park but that misses the real beauty of Namibia. Its open spaces free the spirit, while the battle of people and animals to survive in the desert region fires the imagination.
Highlights include the wild Skeleton Coast, the majestic Sossusvlei Dunes, the remote wilderness areas of Kaokoland and Damaraland. Namibia is home to the elusive desert elephant and has a rising population of both black and white rhino.
Namibia - Travel Tips
- Namibia can be visited throughout the year as the rainy season between November to March normally produces very little rain.
- Self drive and family trips work well in Namibia as it has a good infrastructure and many of the areas of interest are outside the national parks and can be easily visited without a guide.
- For those on a tight timescale, there are some excellent fly-in safaris taking in all the key areas.
- Namibia combines well with Botswana and South Africa.
Namibia Safaris - A Personal View
I was totally oblivious, prior to my first visit, by the extent to which I would be captivated by this spectacular, sparsely populated country. Nothing I’d seen or read did anything to prepare me for its incredible beauty and wild remoteness.
I was mesmerised by the ever-changing colours and the cloudless blue skies. The sheer vastness, sense of space and endless horizons are a photographers dream. I climbed the vast Sossusvlei sand dunes, tracked desert adapted rhino and elephant in the harsh and remarkably inhospitable Kaokoland. I kayaked with Cape Fur Seals in the Atlantic and photographed the eerie shipwrecks strewn along the wild Skeleton Coast. Game highlights included driving myself through the game rich Etosha National Park and bird watching on the northern most Kunene River.
People want different things from their African adventure and I believe that Namibia, arguably more so than any other country we sell, has not just a bit but a lot of everything, to keep even the most regular visitor to Africa happy. I merely scratched the surface of what this captivating country has to offer and look forward returning so I can carry on exploring its unique wonders where I left off.
Victoria Langmead - One of Aardvark's Namibia safari specialists
Namibia Safaris - Ideas You Might Not Have Thought About
Star Gazing at Sossusvlei Mountain Lodge
Explore the magnificent desert skies at Sossusvlei Mountain Lodge’s private observatory where clear skies and lack of ambient light make the night sky particularly brilliant. The resident astronomer is on hand to talk you through the incredible star show which can be viewed through the state of the art electronically-controlled telescope as well as the naked eye.
Ballooning at Wolwedans
Stay at one of Wolwedans’ stylish Camps in the heart of the NamibRand Nature Reserve and enjoy hot-air ballooning over the dunes as the sun rises. Admire the stark beauty of the Namib desert from the best viewpoint imaginable. Soaring silently over the dune belts and never-ending plains your basket provides unforgettable and breathtaking 360 degree views.
|Kayaking with Seals
Walvis Bay is home to several seal colonies and sea kayaking in the area is an exhilarating way to meet these fascinating creatures. The stable, single or double kayaks intrigue the seals who swim all-around and under the kayaks as they playfully come to greet you.
Skeleton Coast Safaris
A flying safari with Skeleton Coast Safaris is like nothing else on offer in Africa. The pilots have an encyclopaedic knowledge of this astonishing country and delight in flying you over its dramatic terrain, sharing many secrets of this untouched wilderness. From the shipwrecks on the Skeleton Coast to the majestic Sossusvlei sand dunes, a flying safari takes in many of the highlights of this fascinating country.
Black Rhino Tracking
Spend time tracking black rhino in northern Damaraland. The wild and remote area around Desert Rhino Camp is one of the last strongholds of these endangered animals and it is a real thrill to track on foot the last free roaming black rhino in the world. Dedicated conservationists and local trackers are on hand to show guests the work the Save the Rhino is carrying out to protect these animals from extinction.