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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…
Best for: Self Drive, Family, Imagine Favourites
Cornerstone Guesthouse is a charming contemporary bed and breakfast within walking distance of central Swakopmund. Relaxed, quiet and friendly, Cornerstone Guesthouse makes a great base for exploring Swakopmund’s quirky charms.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Cornerstone Guesthouse is a small, private and peaceful bed and breakfast within easy walking distance of the ocean and the town centre of Swakopmund. Occupying a quiet corner of Swakopmund's old town near the marine museum and the old brewery, Cornerstone Guesthouse offers the charm and intimacy of a family run bed and breakfast combined with the amenities of a modern hotel. Seven en-suite rooms, five of which are double/twin rooms and two are family rooms, all have private entrances and patios with table and chairs; inside, the rooms are light, spacious and neat with tile and wood floors, beach house colours and modern amenities.
The breakfast room at Cornerstone Guesthouse is large, light and airy. You can sit on the veranda on warm days or inside at individual tables, and enjoy excellent breakfasts after which you'll be ready to explore the attractions of Swakopmund and the Skeleton Coast.
Within a few minutes of Cornerstone guesthouse you can walk to Swakopmund’s beaches, cafés, restaurants, pubs, attractions and a variety of interesting shops and markets in town, and the delightful nearby Tug seafood restaurant is well worth a visit. Recommended activities in and around Swakopmund include marine cruises in Walvis Bay Lagoon, the Living Desert Tour, quad-biking, kayaking tours, scenic flights and hot-air ballooning.
When to go
The best time to visit Swakopmund is between April and November, when it's cool and dry. Summer (November to March) is hot with heavy rains that sometimes make the roads to the coast tricky to negotiate. December and January see the main school holidays: much of the populace heads to the coast, so if you visit outside this time you may find some shops and restaurants closed.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Sandboarding in Namibia
Spend a morning or afternoon sandboarding in the Namib Desert to offers thrill-seekers the ride of your life. Enjoy the surrounding desert scenery as you glide down the dunes.
Sandwich Harbour 4x4 tour
The Sandwich Habour Tour allows you to experience the thrill of 4x4 through the dunes to Sandwich Harbour and along the way enjoy the spectacular scenery of where the dunes meet the ocean.
Dolphin Cruise in Walvis Bay
This popular catamaran cruise is the perfect way to explore the marine and bird life of Walvis Bay. Keep your camera handy to take shots of cheeky dolphins as they follow the boat and leap out of the water.
Pelican Point Kayaking
You will join the seals and dolphins for a paddle at the tip of the remote Pelican Point peninsula. On the 4x4 drive to the kayaking site, you get to see the Walvis Bay wetlands with plenty of birds including flamingos and Pelicans, and the salt mine.
Living Desert Tour
The Lving Desert Tour is a 4x4 adventure into the Namib Desert which specialises in bringing the desert to life. These deserted adapted animals survive off the fog that is so commonly seen rolling in.
Scenic flights along the Skeleton Coast
Explore the dramatic Skeleton Coast coastline from the air.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Windhoek, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Etosha, Okonjima
An exciting family self-drive adventure taking in the highlights of Namibia including Sossusvlei's dunes, activity-filled Swakopmund, desert-adapted wildlife in Damaraland, a safari in Etosha and the big cats of Okonjima - this is a road trip to remember.