We've put together a guidebook with everything you need to know about Namibia. Written by our specialists, it details destination information, a wildlife guide, some suggested itineraries and plenty more to inspire your holiday. Fill in the form below and if you live in UK, your guidebook will arrive by post within the next couple of days. For those who live abroad, we will send you a link by email which will allow you to download your own copy.
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 head to. 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 in Depth
Kalahari, Fish River Canyon, Aus, Sossusvlei, Naukluft, Swakopmund
Best for: Self Drive, Spectacular scenery, Walking Trekking
This trip explores Namibia in depth, from the far reaches of the south, from the spectacular scenery of the Fish River Canyon, the ghost town of Kolmanskop and the dunes at Sossusvlei, to the stunning Damaraland landscapes and wildlife of Etosha.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
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Take to the road and explore Namibia with this self-drive adventure which takes in the breathtaking Fish River Canyon, the wild horses at Aus, the ghost town of Kolmanskop and the vast dunes of Sossusvlei - one of the most iconic landscapes of Namibia. The journey continues to an activity-filled stay on the coast at Swakopmund, a chance to find desert-adapted wildlife in Damaraland and rounding off with some of the best game viewing in Namibia in Etosha National Park. This is the perfect itinerary for those looking to be wowed by magnificent landscapes and who enjoy getting out an about whether on foot, mountain bike, horseback or on a scenic drive.
Day 1 - 2 : Windhoek, Namibia
Stay at Villa Violet for 1 night
On arrival into Windhoek you will collect your rental car along with a Namibia road map, driving directions, a detailed itinerary with contact numbers and 24 hour assistance in Namibia and the UK. You will spend your first night in Windhoek at Villa Violet on a bed and breakfast basis. Windhoek isn't the most exciting city but is the perfect spot to recover from your flight and acclimatise. We recommend paying a visit to Joe's Beer Garden for an authentic Namibian atmosphere.
Day 2 - 3 : The Kalahari, Namibia
Stay at Bagatelle Kalahari for 1 night
Today you will drive to the edge of the Kalahari Desert to stay at Bagatelle Kalahari to break the journey south to Fish River Canyon. You are here for one night on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. A haven in the desert, there are fantastic views of the dunes as well as nature drives, star gazing and bushmen interaction on offer.
Days 3 - 5 : Fish River Canyon, Namibia
Stay at Fish River Lodge for 2 nights
Continue to the southern-most reaches of Namibia to the magnificent Fish River Canyon. Second only in size to the Grand Canyon, this is Namibian scenery at its most impressive. You will spend two nights at Fish River Lodge with dinner and breakfast included. Activities on offer include nature walks as well as self-guided walks around the canyon rim. For the more adventurous it is possible to extend your stay to include either a hiking or mountain biking trail.
Days 5 - 7 : Aus, Namibia
Stay at Klein-Aus Vista - Eagle's Nest for 2 nights
Today you will begin your journey northwards to Aus - home of the famous wild-roaming desert horses. You will stay at Eagle's Nest at Klein-Aus Vista for two nights with breakfast and dinner included. This is an area of spectacular beauty with views across mountainous desert which can be explored on foot, mountain bikes or horseback. We recommend spending your free day here visiting the ghost town at Kolmanskop which is becoming ever-more adsorbed by the encroaching desert.
Days 7 - 9 : Sossusvlei, Namibia
Stay at Desert Homestead for 2 nights
You continue your exploration of Namibia by visiting the breathtaking dunes of Sossusvlei. An iconic sight and seen by many as a highlight of any visit to Namibia. You will stay at Desert Homestead for two nights with dinner and breakfast included. Desert Homestead is situated a little further away from the dunes but offers a peaceful and relaxing stay, whilst still being within easy reach of the wonders of Sossusvlei. There is plenty to do whilst staying here in addition to visiting the dunes including hot air balloon flights, and horse riding which is particularly recommended whilst staying at Desert Homestead.
Days 9 - 11 : Naukluft Mountains
Stay at Rostock Ritz Desert Lodge for 2 nights
Today you will drive to the Naukluft Mountains, an area of intense beauty with the mountains rising out of the desert landscape; make sure you stop off en route at Solitaire Bakery where you can sample the best apple pie in southern Africa! You will stay at Rostock Ritz Desert Lodge for 2 nights on a bed and breakfast basis. Whilst here you will be able to explore the desert landscape on foot with marked hiking trails, visit bushman paintings as well as scenic nature drives which take advantage of the impressive setting.
Days 11 - 13 : Swakopmund, Namibia
Stay at Swakopmund Guesthouse for 2 nights
Your journey continues further north to Swakopmund, a charming, if sleepy seaside town with a strong Germanic feel regarded as the adventure capital of Namibia. You will stay at Swakopmund Guesthouse for two nights with breakfast included. There is plenty to keep you busy whilst staying in Swakopmund - our top recommendations are kayaking with seals in Walvis Bay and a 4x4 tour to Sandwich Harbour where the Atlantic and Namib Desert meet, and for real adrenaline junkies, skydiving, sand boarding and quad biking are all on offer.
Day 13 - 14 : Windhoek, Namibia
Stay at Villa Violet for 1 night
Today you will make your way back to Windhoek for a final night at Villa Violet on a bed and breakfast basis. Spend the afternoon relaxing on by the pool or if you prefer stocking up on some last minute souvenir shopping.
Days 14 - 16 : Damaraland, Namibia
Stay at Doro Nawas Camp for 2 nights
Today you will leave Swakopmund and head north to the stunning area of Damaraland. Here you will stay at Doro Nawas for two nights with breakfast, dinner and activities included. The Damraland area is well-known for it's desert-adapted animals such as elephant and rhino, as well as some incredible scenery. Activities here include nature drives and game drives to find some of the desert-adapted wildlife, as well as nature walks and even sleep-outs under the stars.
Days 16 - 18 : Etosha National Park, Namibia
Stay at Okaukuejo Restcamp for 2 nights
Continue your journey across Namibia as you head towards Etosha, where you will stay just inside the park at the Okaukuejo Restcamp for the next two nights with breakfast included. This camp overlooks the Okaukeujo waterhole to offer some incredible game viewing from the comfort of camp. Staying within the Etosha National Park means that you will have quick and easy access into the park in the morning, allowing plenty of time to explore and visit some of the many water holes where you could find animals such as lion, elephant, wildebeest, zebra, hyena and much more.
Day 18 - 19 : Onguma Game Reserve, Etosha, Namibia
Stay at Onguma Bush Camp for 1 night
Today you will leave Okaukeujo and drive across the Etosha National Park to stay at Onguma Bush Camp for one night with breakfast, dinner and one activity per day included. You should arrive into the Onguma Private Reserve in time for an afternoon sundowner drive where you will be on the lookout for more animals before you stop in a scenic spot for a refreshing drink.
Day 19 - 20 : Central Highlands, Namibia
Stay at Okonjima Plains Camp for 1 night
Your final night in Namibia will be spent in the Central Highlands area at the Okonjima Nature Reserve at Okonjima Plains Camp with breakfast, dinner and activities included. Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation and works hard to conserve and rehabilitate leopards and other animals. Guests staying at Okonjima can enjoy leopard tracking as well as searching for other rare animals such as the brown hyena, and even pangolin.
Day 20 : Windhoek - Windhoek Airport
This morning you will need to drive the short distance to Windhoek Airport in time to return your rental car and check in for your onward flight.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
From $3775 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
All accommodation included
Car hire - Reunlt Duster or similar - on a super cover basis
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.