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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…
Desert Homestead Outpost
Best for: Wildlife, Honeymoon, Spectacular scenery
Located deep in a private nature reserve, Desert Homestead Outpost adjoins the Unesco world heritage site Namib Sand Sea. It offers relaxed and natural atmosphere and boasts a perfect backdrop of panoramic views of the wide open plains.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Desert Homestead Outpost is the perfect location to experience what Namibia is all about. Set deep in the 7000 hectare nature reserve of the Desert Homestead Lodge, the Outpost offers impressive views and an immersive desert experience where the wide open plains there are often cheetahs to observe, roaming the endless grasslands.
Accommodation includes 12 guest houses all of which offer private shaded view decks, an en-suite bathroom, mosquito nets and air conditioning. To further appreciate the truly amazing panoramic views, there is an observation deck above the lodge on the mountain. And as a respite from the warm weather, a swimming pool with a sun deck.
Outpost offers a wide range and variety of activities and tours, including trips to the Sossusvlei, Desert Horse trails, nature and game drives in the Namib desert and trail rides in the morning and evening. Spending the night in a romantic tent camp on a camp fire under the starry sky of the Namib desert will be an unforgettable experience. For those wishing to be more active, Desert Homstead is famous for its guided trails such as the hike from Desert Homestead Lodge to Desert Homestead Outpost, as well as various unguided hiking trails. For a truly spectacular view, you could even take a hot-air balloon ride over the desert.
When to go
If you're visiting Sossusvlei, 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 and September) but bear in mind that the desert regions can be bitterly cold at this time of year. The climate of the southern coast is hospitable from February to May, but quite cool and misty year-round, and particularly windy in August.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Hot Air Ballooning in Sossusvlei
The sand dunes of Sossusvlei are an incredible sight, particularly in the early morning when the colours change as the sun rises. What better way to view them than from above, drifting gently in a hot air balloon?
Horse riding in the Namib
Explore the dunes of the Namib on horseback whilst staying at Desert Homestead. You can venture deeper into the desert with your trusty steed minimises your own excursion. For those looking for a more in-depth experience we recommend an overnight trail.
Explore the dunes at Sossusvlei
The iconic dunes at Sossuvlei are one of Namibia's most famous landscapes and are well worth a visit. Climb Big Daddy and Dune 45 and trek through the desert to Hidden and Dead Vlei for amazing photographic opportunities, but avoid the heat of the day.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Windhoek, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Etosha
This active exploration of Namibia is the perfect holiday for anyone looking for adventure, breathtaking scenery and to experience a different side to Africa. Spend your time hiking some barren but beautiful landscapes, horse riding, quad biking and kayaking.
Windhoek, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast, Etosha National Park
Namibia's diverse landscapes are never less than impressive when viewed from above. This is the perfect flying safari taking in the country's highlights and is well-suited to those who prefer not to drive or who are short on time.