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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…
Onguma Tented Camp
Best for: Safari, Wildlife, Family
Onguma Tented Camp is an elegant yet earthy camp with seven large and luxurious en-suite tented rooms which are the ultimate in safari chic, and are found on the private Onguma reserve next to Etosha National Park.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Located on the eastern side of Etosha, in the Onguma Private Nature Reserve has over 20,000 hectares of protected land and wildlife and boasts over 30 different animal species, including a family of black rhino.
In the local Herero language, Onguma means, "the place you don't want to leave". With a stunning main building and seven tents providing private, exclusive accommodation, Onguma Tented Camp, certainly lives up to its name.
Each spacious tent is well appointed and decorated in earthy colours (inspired by the markings of an oryx) with white linen heightening the natural beauty. Each tent has en-suite facilities and a private deck where you can spend a lazy afternoon relaxing and watching the world go by. An atmosphere of elegant dining prevails, complimented by the daily activities taking place around the watering hole, approximately 60 metres away.
Activities revolve around game viewing in and around Etosha National Park. The Etosha Pan is parched and dry most of the time, but occasionally a few rivers and the unpredictable heavy summer rains can fill it. After particularly good rains, Etosha Pan can attract over a million flamingos to its salty waters. While the Pan itself is extremely salty and as a result does not support much vegetation, its edges give way to a surprising variety of vegetation types: from the broad swathe of mopane that encircles the broader area; to the tall tree canopies of the tamboti and terminalia woodland in the east; and to the open acacia-strewn plains, grasslands and dwarf shrub savannah in the west. Here mopane woodland dominates, whilst a low row of dolomite hills, evocatively called the Ondundozonanandana Range, provide relief to the otherwise flat surroundings and harbour populations of the endemic Anchieta's dwarf python and the local subspecies of rock hyrax.
Guests at Onguma Tented Camp can chose to relax around the rim flow pool between safaris and sit in the flowing waters while enjoying an ice cold cooler. Alternatively if more strenuous activity is required, then relaxing on a private patio and reading a good book should provide all the exercise you may need.
When to go
The best time to visit Etosha is from April to September as the temperature is tolerably cool, especially at night. From May to September the increasingly thirsty animals gather at waterholes, making it the best time to go to Etosha for game viewing. Summer is best time to travel to Etosha for bird watching as migratory birds (both intra-African and Palaearctic) flock into the park's many habitats after the summer rains.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Guided drives in Etosha
Enjoy full- or half-day guided morning and afternoon game drives in Etosha National Park with a unique landscape dominated by a salt pan and excellent wildlife sightings, particularly around the park's famous waterholes.
Self Drive Etosha
Explore Namibia's famed Etosha National Park on a self-drive adventure taking in amazing wildlife viewing at the network of waterholes throughout the park. There is plenty to see including lion, elephants, rhino and plenty of plains game.
Etosha National Park is famous for its waterholes which attract a huge variety of game, particularly during the dry season when water is otherwise scarce. Expect to see a range of species all jostling for position making for excellent photo opportunities.
Bush Walks in Etosha
When staying on private game reserves in the Etosha region it is possible to go on bush walks with a qualified guide where you can get closer to the bush and appreciate the smaller species and details, as well as possibly coming across some larger game.