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Namibia is full of opportunities for unique experiences that set it apart from the rest of Africa.
Discover Namibia's diverse beauty with this excellent value self-drive trip taking in the dunes at Sossusvlei, activities galore in Swakopmund, desert-adapted wildlife and tribes in Damaraland, exceptional game viewing in Etosha and big cats at Okonjima.
Join our exclusive Imagine Africa Small Group Tour, fully escorted by a local Tour Leader to experience the very best of Namibia's prolific wildlife and spectacular landscapes. Witness the majesty of the giant sand dunes at Sossusvlei, search for desert adapted wildlife in Damaraland, track big cats at the AfriCat Foundation, and head out on game drives through Etosha National Park.
The range of activities on offer in Namibia matches the diversity of its landscapes with something to suit everyone whether you’re a wildlife fanatic, adrenaline junkie, stargazer or culture vulture. So many of the experiences are unique to Namibia and an essential aspect of any trip there – here are our top 10...
Experience off-the-beaten-track Namibia and some incredible wilderness landscapes that few others visit. Track desert-adapted animals in Damaraland, explore the remote and rugged Skeleton Coast, connect with the Himba in Kaokoland and go on safari in Etosha.
Deciding on how to travel around Namibia is primarily down to time and cost. Those short on time should opt for scheduled light aircraft flights. Most remote accommodation has its own airstrip or one very close by – and one real positive is that the views on these flights are spectacular. The most popular way to travel around Namibia though is a self-drive holiday; a more adventurous and more affordable option than flying - it is a hugely rewarding way to travel. Also worth considering is a combination of internal flights and driving.
Namibia is a fantastic destination for birders, with over 630 bird species on record. Here, we’ve whittled down our top five places throughout the country to go in search of these nimble creatures of the air…
Passionate about the wilderness and only 16 years old, here Zeki Basan shares tales of his unique experiences with Namibia’s Bushmen. He and his mother Ghillie travelled to Namibia with Imagine Africa on what was the first of many trips to this fascinating country for Zeki. He has since returned a number of times and has built a good relationship with the Bushmen.
Swakopmund is a small coastal town with a strong Germanic feel, nestled between the dunes of the Namib Desert and the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
Here are our favourite walking routes in Namibia...
Here is a list with wildlife you can spot in Namibia...
Namibia continues to be one of the hottest destinations to head to in Africa and we are constantly looking for new ways to experience this diverse country. We believe a helicopter safari is a very worthwhile experience, giving you a different perspective as well as access to some of the most remote parts of the country.
The Himba are a tribe of nomadic pastoralists who inhabit the Kunene region of Namibia. There are approximately 10,000 Himba people living in the northern part of Namibia and despite their turbulent history, they have managed to retain most of their ethnic individuality and culture. The tribe are cattle and goat farmers, and families live together in a circular homestead surrounding their livestock enclosure and okoruwo (ancestral fire), the two most important parts of their ancestor worship.
Damaraland is of one of the most unique environments that Namibia has to offer and it’s the perfect place to go in search of rare desert-adapted wildlife. Two of the most common species that can be spotted here are elephants and rhino. Here’s our lowdown on going in search of Damaraland’s giants…
Having fallen in love with Namibia for its ever-changing scenery, spectacular views and sense of adventure on offer, our Namibia specialist Matt set off to find something more remote. Searching for a true African wilderness experience led him to the Damaraland and Kunene regions in the north of the country and a unique mobile safari. Here are Matt’s highlights…
Namibia By Air
Windhoek, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast, Etosha National Park
Best for: Highlights, Safari, Spectacular scenery
Namibia's diverse landscapes are never less than impressive when viewed from above. This is the perfect flying safari taking in the country's highlights and is well-suited to those who prefer not to drive or who are short on time.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
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Flying around Namibia gives you a fantastic perspective of the scale of the country and its rich diversity of scenery, with no two days ever being the same. Flying between the highlights is much shorter than driving allowing you to spend longer enjoying activities at your lodges and camps. This itinerary departs from Windhoek and includes the mighty dunes of the Namib Desert at Sossusvlei; the adventure and adrenaline capital - Swakopmund; the stunning and hauntingly desolate beauty of the Skeleton Coast; the stark wilderness and unique desert-adapted wildlife of Hoanib; and wildlife galore in Etosha National Park - it can also be adapted for those wanting an even more extensive adventure around Namibia.
Day 1 - 2 : Windhoek, Namibia
Stay at Olive Grove for 1 night
On arrival into Windhoek airport you will be met and privately transferred to Olive Grove where you will stay for one night with breakfast included. Spend this afternoon rejuvenating after your flight - you can relax by the pool or if you prefer take a taxi into central Windhoek to the famous Joe's Beerhouse for some authentic Namibian hospitality.
Days 2 - 4 : Sossusvlei, Namibia
Stay at Desert Homestead Outpost for 2 nights
Today you are transferred back to the airport to take your scenic light aircraft flight to the Namib Desert where you can enjoy the incredible red dunes of Sossuvlei from above. You will stay at Desert Homestead Outpost for two nights with breakfast and dinner included. A highlight of a stay at Desert Homestead is the chance to sleep out under the stars on a star bed where you can appreciate the unspoilt star-strewn night skies. There are plenty of activities to choose from including: visits to the towering dunes at Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei, hot air ballooning, visits to Sesriem Canyon, and many more!
Days 4 - 6 : Swakopmund, Namibia
Stay at Villa Margherita for 2 nights
Today you take a scenic flight over the Namib Desert towards the Atlantic Ocean. You will pass over truly breathtaking landscapes with the chance to see where the Namib Desert meets the Atlantic Ocean, as well as shipwrecks and bird colonies. Upon landing in Swakopmund you will be met and privately transferred to Villa Margherita, a centrally-located guest house. You will spend two nights here with breakfast included. You are free to spend your time in Swakopmund how you wish. Known as the adventure capital of Namibia, popular activities in Swakopmund include quad biking, dolphin cruises and sandboarding. Our top recommendation is to combine a kayaking tour of Walvis Bay with a 4x4 adventure to visit Sandwich Harbour.
Days 6 - 8 : Skeleton Coast and Kaokoland, Namibia
Stay at Shipwreck Lodge for 2 nights
Today you will be privately transferred back to Swakopmund airport to fly to Shipwreck Lodge located on the hauntingly beautiful Skeleton Coast. You will fly over the coastline where you will see seal colonies and shipwrecks, and maybe even whales until you reach Hoanib where you will then catch a second flight which will take you into Mowe Bay where you will be met and transferred into camp over the dunes taking around an hour and a half. Your next couple of days here will be spent enjoying the unique shipwreck design of the lodge and the remote and exclusive location, as well as exploring the Skeleton Coast National Park on game drives, fishing trips and even sandboarding and quad biking.
Days 8 - 10 : Skeleton Coast and Kaokoland, Namibia
Stay at Hoanib Valley Camp for 2 nights
This morning you will be transferred back to Mowe Bay where your aircraft will be waiting for you to fly you across to Hoanib Valley Camp where you will spend the next two nights. You will leave the cooling breeze of the Atlantic Ocean and the endless sand dunes to experience the spectacular landscape of the Kaokoland. Your time spent here will be learning about the conservation and research efforts of the area, as well as searching for desert-adapted animals such as lion, elephant and giraffe. Other activities include nature walks, cultural experiences and even rhino tracking.
Days 10 - 12 : Etosha, Namibia
Stay at Ongava Tented Camp for 2 nights
Your final couple of nights will be spent near Etosha National Park on the Ongava Private Game Reserve. You will fly from Hoanib into the reserve where you will stay at Ongava Tented Camp for your final two nights with all meals, house drinks and game viewing activities included. Ongava Private Reserve is famous for its rhino sightings and has easy access in to Etosha National Park, where you can spend hours on safari watching wildlife come and go from the water holes. As well as being able to explore the Ongava reserve on game drives and bush walks you can also enjoy full and half day game drives in Etosha itself. There is also a hide in camp which is a great place to spend time watching wildlife up close whilst remaining undetected.
Day 12 : Etosha - Windhoek
Day 12 : Etosha - Windhoek
After breakfast this morning you will be flown by light aircraft back to Windhoek. Upon landing you will be able to check in for your onward flight.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
From $12520 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
Accommodation as listed
Activities as per the itinerary
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.