Namibia is one of Africa’s youngest countries and home to unique landscapes that are perfect for a self-drive adventure. Wedged between the Kalahari Desert to the east and Atlantic Ocean to the west, Namibia is visually spectacular. Vast red dunes collide with crashing waves, desert-adapted wildlife roams freely in Damaraland, Etosha’s famous waterholes are a magnet for game and Fish River Canyon is the second largest in the world – it is quite simply a photographer’s paradise, crying out to be explored.
Home to a vast array of environments, Namibia is one of Africa’s most unique countries with varied landscapes which are never less than scenically pleasing and at their best, breath-taking in their intense beauty. Despite only gaining independence from South Africa in 1990, Namibia has rapidly established its place as one of Africa’s most adventurous destinations where because of its small population (a little over two million people) it is easy to get away from it all and experience a feeling of total wilderness.
Namibia lends itself to a tailor-made self-drive trip where you can explore at your own pace and despite the sometimes large distances, become completely absorbed by the spectacular landscapes that are constantly evolving. For those who prefer a guided experience we can organise a private driver or if you wish to appreciate Namibia from the air or are short on time we can plan a luxurious flying safari.
The vertiginous red dunes of the Namib-Naukluft Park are one of Namibia’s most iconic landscapes and those around Sossusvlei are thought to be the highest in the world – summiting Big Daddy in the early morning and adventuring to Dead and Hidden Vlei are amongst the most popular activities for visitors to Namibia.
Although not primarily seen as a safari destination, Namibia offers plenty of unique wildlife viewing. Etosha National Park is one of Africa’s great parks with a landscape dominated by the Etosha Pan which becomes mesmerising during the heat of the day. The dry climate makes for exceptional sightings at the park’s waterholes which are a magnet for game in an otherwise inhospitable environment. For bird watching enthusiasts the Caprivi Strip is a haven with the lush vegetation and permanent rivers hosting some of the continent’s most impressive species.
The opportunity to track rare, free-roaming desert-adapted species including black rhino and elephant awaits in Damaraland, a highland desert wilderness which is also a must for those interested in San rock art, the Petrified Forest and the unique rock formations of Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes at Twyfelfontein.
Swakopmund is known as the adventure capital of Namibia and offers a whole range of activities from sedate seal-spotting cruises in Walvis Bay to skydiving over the The Namib Desert, conquer the dunes on a quad biking tour and hurtle down them on a sand-boarding excursion – there’s plenty to keep your adrenaline pumping while staying in this charming German-Namibian seaside town.
For those looking for a true wilderness experience we recommend venturing into the hinterland of the Skeleton Coast – which gets its name from the ships wrecked on this perilous stretch of coastline which are best seen on a scenic flight – and Kaokoland – one of Namibia’s least accessible regions which is home to the 37 metre high Epupa Falls on the Angolan border and the Himba people, a semi-nomadic, pastoral tribe who are highly-photogenic. The dramatic Fish River Canyon in the far south of the country is the second largest canyon in the world and another gem which is best explored on a hiking and camping trail.
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