Namibia is full of opportunities for unique experiences that set it apart from the rest of Africa. We've compiled a list of the top things to do in Namibia, and why we at Imagine love it so much.
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…
Here is a list with wildlife you can spot in Namibia...
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.
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...
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.
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…
Off the Beaten Track Namibia
Windhoek, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Skeleton Coast, Koakoland, Etosha, Erongo
Best for: Spectacular scenery, Off the beaten track, Safari
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.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
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Namibia is a country of unique landscapes that change by the day. This exciting itinerary takes in Namibia's most wild places, taking you off-the-beaten track where you can appreciate their remote and rugged beauty. In Damaraland you can track desert-adapted wildlife including elephants and the last free-roaming black rhinos in Africa. A unique Skeleton Coast experience is also on offer staying at one of the ultimate camp in terms of luxury and remoteness, with the rare opportunity to learn more about the conservation efforts aimed at protecting the desert lions found here. A cultural element is found in authentic Himba interaction in the far north of Kaokoland as well as safari on a private reserve bordering the fantastic setting of Etosha National Park and the pristine wilderness of Erongo. For those looking to escape the crowds and explore remote Namibia on a deeper level there could be few finer options for the holiday of a lifetime.
Days 1 - 3 : Erongo Mountains, Namibia
Stay at Erongo Wilderness Lodge for 2 nights
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 drive into the Central Highlands to the scenic Erongo Mountains where you will spend two nights at Erongo Wilderness Lodge with dinner and breakfast included. Set in an area of pristine wilderness you are guaranteed fantastic views across the mountains and desert which surrounds the lodge. During your stay here you will be able to go on nature drives and guided walks, as well as being able to take to walking trails independently.
Day 3 - 4 : Windhoek, Namibia
Today your holiday in Namibia begins in Windoek. You will spend your first night in Montebello Guesthouse giving you plenty of time to relax and recharge after a long flight. Your hire car will be delivered to you where you will get a full safety briefing before you set off on your Namibian adventure.
Days 4 - 6 : Swakopmund, Namibia
Stay at Namib Guesthouse for 2 nights
Today you will self-drive to Swakopmund, the adventure capital of Namibia where you will spend the next two nights at the Namib Guesthouse. During your time in Swakopmund, you could enjoy a range of exciting activities, we recommend you go kayaking with seals in Walvis Bay, head over the dunes in a 4x4 Sandwich Harbour tour and go on a quad biking adventure.
Days 6 - 8 : Damaraland, Namibia
Stay at Doro Nawas Camp for 2 nights
After breakfast you will drive into Damaraland - an area of wilderness and exceptional beauty with interesting geological sites and rare desert-adapted wildlife. You will spend the next two nights at Doro Nawas Camp where all meals and activities will be included. The camp offers the chance to view an array of desert-adapted wildlife including desert elephant and black rhino. Your days here are spent exploring the area on foot and in open game drive vehicles with the exceptionally knowledgeable guides.
Days 8 - 11 : Hoanib River, Skeleton Coast, Namibia
Stay at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp for 3 nights
Today you will leave your car at Doro Nawas and fly by light aircraft to Hoanib Skeleton Coast camp, a luxurious camp with a unique setting that makes the most of Namibia's infamous Skeleton Coast. You will stay here for three nights with all meals, house drinks and activities included (including a scenic flight over the Skeleton Coast). This is one of the most remote areas of Kaokoland and you will rarely see anyone else; you can expect the ultimate wilderness experience. During your stay in addition to the complimentary Skeleton Coast flight you will be able to partake in game drives which showcase the desert-adapted wildlife including elephants and the last free-roaming black rhino in the world. Additionally you can go on nature walks and visit a series of desert oases.
Days 11 - 13 : Hartmanns's Valley, Kaokoland, Namibia
Stay at Serra Cafema Camp for 2 nights
Today you will fly back to Doro Nawas, change planes and connect with your next flight taking you further north to the border with Angola in the far north of Kaokoland to Serra Cafema Camp where you will stay for two nights with all meals, house drinks and activities included. This is another of the most remote camps in southern Africa and offers a truly unique stay. Here you can have an authentic interaction experience with the Himba, go on boat trips on the Kunene River, explore the dunes on a quad bike tour as well as going in search of fairy circles in the Hartmann's Valley.
Day 13 - 14 : Damaraland, Namibia
Stay at Doro Nawas Camp for 1 night
Today you fly back down to Doro Nawas where you will have one more night before you head onto Etosha. This is the perfect opportunity to relax by the swimming pool, or even to head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein for an afternoon learning about the ancient rock engravings and visiting the unique rock formations of the Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain.
Days 14 - 16 : Etosha, Namibia
Stay at Safarihoek Lodge for 2 nightsToday you will head towards Etosha where you will spend the next three nights at Safarihoek Lodge, located on the Etosha Heights Private Reserve bordering the western edge of Etosha.
Perched on top of a hill, Safarihoek Lodge boast wonderful views across the plains below. Staying on a fully inclusive basis guests can enjoy early morning or afternoon 4x4 game drives on the private reserve in search of both black and white rhino, as well as large concentrations of plains game. Spend a few hours in the double tiered photography hide or head out after dark for a night drive for some rarer seen nocturnal sightings.
Day 16 - 17 : Erongo Mountains, Namibia
Stay at Erongo Wilderness Lodge for 1 night
After a last game drive on the private reserve, you will make your way south towards Erongo Wilderness Lodge where you will spend your final night.
Erongo Wilderness Lodge is located on the 20,000 hectare Erongo Mountain Nature Conservancy and offers guests an ideal spot to unwind and enjoy a pristine wilderness area. Either spend your final afternoon relaxing, or head out on a nature drive or guided walk to understand what makes this area so incredible.
Day 17 : Okonjima - Windhoek Airport
Today you will drive to Windhoek Airport in time to return your hire car and check in for your onward international flight. This marks the end of your exploration of Hidden Namibia.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Quadbiking at Serra Cafema
Quad bikes are a great way to explore the remote hinterland around Serra Cafema Camp with a qualified guide who will expertly guide you around this fragile environment so that you make the most of your surroundings without impacting upon them.
Dune driving on the Skeleton Coast
The Skeleton Coast is dominated by enormous dunes, and one of the best way to explore these is in a 4X4 vehicle specially adapted for dune-driving. A fun and exciting adventure awaits as you traverse these mighty dunes with a skilled guide at the wheel
From $10255 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
Car hire - Ford Ranger Double Cab 4x4 or similar - on a super cover basis
Activities as per the itinerary
Internal light aircraft flights
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.