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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…
The Kalahari, Namibia
Best for: Wildlife
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch is a perfect place to break the journey down to Sossusvlei or the Fish River Canyon. A homely ranch, originally housing sheep and cattle, Bagatelle nestles in the red Kalahari dunes and offers a warm welcome.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Bagatelle Kalahari makes for a wonderful stop en route through Namibia - the lodge has a beautiful main area, once a working farmhouse, decorated in rustic, warm, earthy tones which mirror the colours of the Kalahari dunes which surround it.
A welcoming, homely atmosphere can be expected here - wonderful meals created by Bagatelle's chef, and taken in the farmhouse's own dining room - perhaps accompanied by wine from the lodge's very own well-stocked wine cellar. Before dinner, sundowners on the surrounding dunes are a highlight. The lodge also has a swimming pool and a small library.
Activities here focus on the amazing Kalahari landscape - the Bushmen and the hardy animals that live here.
The lodge also has an association with the Cheetah Conservation Fund and they are proud custodians of cheetahs which have been rescued and are now houses in an enclosure close to the lodge, with the primary purpose being their rehabilitation. Also offered are nature drives and bird walks, accompanied by one of Bagatelle's excellent guides. A different but fascinating experience is venturing out on a guided walk with a local San bushman.
The lodge offers two types of accommodation - first the dune chalets, which are perched atop a dune ridge and offer amazing views over the orange landscape - each has a beautiful en-suite bathroom with a shower and bath and are very spacious. The lodge also has the "strohbale" chalets - these are built in the valley between dunes, using an innovative straw bale construction.
Bagatelle makes for a perfect stop for a night or two en route south in Namibia - a warm welcome awaits.
When to go
If you're visiting Southern Namibia, the best thing to do is avoid the summer, which is extremely hot. Therefore, the best time to visit southern Namibia is in winter (May to September) but bear in mind that the desert regions can be quite cold at this time of year.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870