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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…
Windhoek, Sossusvlei, NamibRand Nature Reserve, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Etosha, Okonjima
Best for: Highlights, Imagine Favourites, Self Drive
This is the ultimate Namibian adventure which offers high-quality accommodation and exceptional experiences in some of the best locations for taking in the highlights of Namibia including Sossusvlei's dunes, Damaraland's elephants and Etosha's wildlife.
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This is the perfect trip for a self-drive adventure which encapsulates this diverse country which is famed for its spectacular and ever-changing scenery - you can be sure that no two days will be the same. Highlights include the magnificent red dunes at Sossusvlei, a 4x4 adventure tour to Sandwich Harbour, tribes and desert-adapted wildlife in Damaraland, spectacular scenery of the Skeleton Coast, wonderful game viewing in and around Etosha National Park and a unique big cat experience at Okonjima. You will be staying in some our favourite properties which offer an outstanding mix of luxurious surroundings and outstanding experiences, combining to make this the ultimate way of exploring Namibia.
Day 1 - 2 : Windhoek, Namibia
Stay at The Olive Exclusive 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. Make your way to the Olive Exclusive; Windhoek’s finest luxury boutique hotel, to stay for one night on a bed and breakfast basis, providing a perfect way to relax & recover from your flight.
Days 2 - 4 : Sossusvlei, Namibia
Stay at Kulala Desert Lodge for 2 nights
Today you drive to the Namib Desert, the oldest in the world, to stay at Kulala Desert Lodge at the foot of the magnificent red dunes at Sossusvlei.
Stay here for two nights with all meals, house drinks and selected activities included. Guided tours of Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei are on offer, as well as Sesriem Canyon and nature drives. There is also the unique opportunity to sleep out under the night sky on your very own star bed.
Days 4 - 6 : Namibrand Nature Reserve
Stay at Wolwedans Dunes Lodge for 2 nights
You will continue your desert exploration today as you go to stay in the private NamibRand Reserve - home to the first International Dark Sky Reserve in Africa. Wolwedans Dunes Lodge has a fabulous location, set on the edge of a 250 metre high dune to showcase the breathtaking beauty of this incredible environment.
Stay for two nights on a fully inclusive basis including activities. There are plenty of ways to spend your time here with nature drives, walks and village tours all included. There is also the opportunity to enjoy a scenic flight or balloon safari, horse riding and spa treatments.
Days 6 - 8 : Swakopmund, Namibia
Stay at Strand Hotel Swakopmund for 2 nights
You drive north through the Gaub and Kuiseb passes and past the coastal town of Walvis Bay, to Swakopmund. Make sure you stop in Solitaire en route, where you’ll find the best bakery in Southern Africa. You will spend two nights in Swakopmund on a bed and breakfast basis. This is the adventure capital of Namibia with plenty of activities to choose from including skydiving, desert tours, quad biking, kayaking and fishing.
Day 8 - 9 : Twyfelfontein, Damaraland, Namibia
Stay at Mowani Mountain Camp for 1 night
Head inland to the beautiful region of Damaraland with its impressive landscape of rugged valleys, unique rock formations and rare desert-adapted wildlife. You will stay at Mowani Mountain Camp for one night with dinner and breakfast included. From here you should visit the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein; Namibia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively just relax by the pool at the lodge which enjoys spectacular views over this magnificent region.
Days 9 - 11 : Skeleton Coast and Kaokoland, Namibia
Stay at Hoanib Valley Camp for 2 nights
Today you will drive north to Sesfontein where you will leave your car and meet your guide from Hoanib Valley Camp. Driving a further 1.5 hours through spectacular scenery, you will reach the luxurious tented camp where you will spend the next two nights.
Hoanib Valley camp is set within the spectacular Kaokoland region in the depths of north west Namibia. The camp is surrounded by towering mountains, sand dunes and vast wilderness home to desert wildlife and nomadic himba settlements. Activities on your first full day are included with plenty of choice available. Head out on game drives in search of desert wildlife including lion, elephant and giraffe, enjoy guided nature walks, track rhino, visit the giraffe conservation foundation or experience the traditions and culture of the local Herero tribe.
Days 11 - 13 : Etosha, Namibia
Stay at Safarihoek Lodge for 2 nights
This morning you will be driven back to Sesfontein where you will collect your car and self drive towards Etosha National Park where you will stay at Safarihoek Lodge located on a private reserve bordering Etosha. Here you will stay on a fully inclusive basis enjoying guided game drives and night drives on the private reserve where you have the chance to see lion, elephant, cheetah, gemsbok and hartebeest as well as black and white rhino. The camp also has a photographic hide which is well recommended especially for avid photographers.
Days 13 - 15 : Central Highlands, Namibia
Stay at Okonjima Grand African Villa for 2 nights
Today you will drive to Okonjima, home of the AfriCat Foundation, where you will stay for two nights in the beautiful private bush suite staying on an all inclusive basis. The luxurious accommodation has great bush views overlooking a flood lit waterhole. There is the unique chance to track leopard, wild dog and spotted hyena. After dinner we recommend heading to the hide where you may be lucky enough to see elusive nocturnal species including porcupine, aardvark and even pangolin!
Day 15 - 16 : Okonjima to Windhoek
Today you will make your way back to Windhoek in time to return your hire car and continue with your onward travel arrangements.
Day 16 - 17 : Okonjima to Windhoek
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Things to do
Leopard tracking at Okonjima
Despite being notoriously shy, leopard sightings are common on Okonjima's 20,000 hectare reserve. These magnificent big cats roam freely on the reserve, and you can radio track them from the comfort of a game-viewing vehicle.
From $7086 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
Car hire - Group W Ford Ranger Double Cab 4x4 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.