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 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…
Wildlife of Namibia
Windhoek, Swakopmund, Grootberg, Damaraland, Etosha, Okonjima
Best for: Highlights, Self Drive, Wildlife
A wildlife focused self-drive adventure around Namibia taking in marine life at Walvis Bay, rare desert-adapted elephant and rhino in Damaraland, exceptional game viewing in Etosha National Park and big cats at Okonjima - Namibia's wildlife at its finest.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
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Namibia is home to some of Africa's most rare desert species of wildlife and this itinerary will allow you to explore a variety of Namibia's highlights which play host to these rare animals. Along the way you will be able to appreciate the ever-changing landscapes that Namibia is famed for. The properties included in this itinerary are not the most luxurious available, but have been chosen because of the superior wildlife viewing and experiences on offer - we guarantee you will come home with a camera bursting with amazing photographs following this trip!
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. Make your way to Villa Violet where you will stay for one night with breakfast included. Here you can recover from your flight - we recommend venturing to Joe's Beerhouse just up the road for some traditional Namibian hospitality.
Days 2 - 4 : Swakopmund, Namibia
Stay at Villa Margherita for 2 nights
Today you will venture to the coast to the Germanic town of Swakopmund, nestled between the towering dunes of the Namib Desert and the crashing waves of the Atlantic. You will stay here for two nights at Villa Margherita on a bed and breakfast basis. Swakopmund is the adventure capital of Namibia with plenty of activities to choose from including skydiving, quad biking, sandboarding and desert tours. We recommend that you spend the day exploring Walvis Bay and its seals and birdlife on a kayak tour followed by a 4x4 adventure to Sandwich Harbour.
Days 4 - 6 : Grootberg, Damaraland, Namibia
Stay at Grootberg Lodge for 2 nights
Today you will drive into the beautiful region of Damaraland with its impressive landscape of rugged valleys and unique desert-adapted wildlife. You will stay at Grootberg Lodge overlooking the amazing rock formations of the Etendeka Mountains. Spend two nights here with dinner and breakfast included. Whilst staying here you have the chance to track elephants and black rhino on a mixture of 4x4 game drives and guided walks. For those looking for a cultural experience we recommend visiting a local Himba village to learn more about this traditional tribe that are largely untouched by modern technologies and are striking thanks to their red-hued ochre skin and braided hair.
Days 6 - 8 : Damaraland, Namibia
Stay at Desert Rhino Camp for 2 nights
You will venture deeper into Damaraland to the 450,000 hectare Palmwag Concession where you will stay at Desert Rhino Camp for two nights with all meals, house drinks and activities included. This arid and dramatic environment is home to the last free-roaming black rhino in Africa. Activities revolve around tracking these rare giants either by foot or in vehicles and the conservation efforts of Save the Rhino Trust, whose project can be visited.
Days 8 - 10 : Etosha, Namibia
Stay at Okaukuejo Restcamp for 2 nights
You will continue your wildlife exploration in Etosha National Park, one of Africa's best yet most unique reserves. For the majority of the year the dry climate and desert conditions make for excellent wildlife sightings as game is attracted to the waterholes dotted throughout the park. You will stay at Okaukuejo Restcamp for two nights on a bed and breakfast basis. Okaukuejo is famed for its waterhole which makes for incredible sightings, your chalet overlooks this allowing for some fantastic game viewing from your room. Spend your time exploring Etosha on a self-guided game drive or alternatively you can organise to join guided game drives from the camp. Game is varied with elephant, rhino, lion, giraffe and zebra being attracted to the waterholes, as well as much more...
Day 10 - 11 : Etosha, Namibia
Stay at Onguma Bush Camp for 1 night
Today you will drive across Etosha passing a variety of waterholes along the way with plenty to see. You will exit the park in the far east at the Von Lindquist Gate to stay at Ongume Private Game Reserve just outside the main park. You spend one night at Onguma Bush Camp on a half board basis. This private reserve has excellent rhino sightings as well as plenty more game besides.
Days 11 - 13 : Central Highlands, Namibia
Stay at Okonjima Plains Camp for 2 nights
Your final stop is at Okonjima, home to the AfriCat Foundation which rehabilitates and conserves threatened big cats. You will stay at Okonjima Plains Camp for two nights on a half board basis and with two activities included. A stay at Okonjima offers the unique opportunity to track leopard, hyena, wild dog and cheetah as well as there being plenty of plains game on the reserve - the perfect way to round off your wildlife exploration of Namibia!
Day 13 : Okonjima - Windhoek
Today you will make your way back to Windhoek in time to return your hire car and for your onward flight arrangements.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
From $3511 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
Car hire - Hyundai IX35 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.