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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…
Namib Desert, Namibia
Best for: Spectacular scenery, Luxury, Off the beaten track
Located in the vast and raw landscape of the Namib Desert, Sonop is a brand new luxury tented camp which opened in July 2019. Offering top-notch service and a 1920's era opulence, guests staying at Sonop will enjoy a unique stay like no other in Namibia.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
This new tented camp is located in the Karas Region of Namibia on a private reserve with the Namib Desert stretching out beyond the camp. With ten luxurious tents in total comprising eight one-bedroom tents and two two-bedroom tents, the camp has an intimate feel and has been designed with and old-world British colonial safari in mind. Furnished with antiques and decorated with fine material and colourful carpets, the camp offers a sophisticated stay in incredible, awe-inspiring surrounds.
Tented rooms are spacious and have numerous roll-up canvas windows to provide plenty of light and uninterrupted views of the Namib and beyond. Each tent comes with a four poster bed with a king-sized mattress and a living area furnished with arm chairs, a writing desk and vintage chest of drawers and a beautiful en-suite bathroom. The bathroom has a large central bathtub as well as featuring a rain shower and double vanity. Rooms come with all the modern amenities such as a Nespresso coffee machine, complimentary WiFi, an integrated sound system, a/c and heating system and much more.
During the day guests can make use of the spa which has two double treatment rooms, along with the fitness centre and heated outdoor infinity swimming pool offering panoramic desert views. Evenings at Sonop will be spent enjoying the open-air cinema, where a film proposed during the day will be available for anyone interested. Dinner is served every evening as a black-tie and white glove service where an incredible gastronomic experience is served up upon silverware, with candelabras to set the mood. After dinner, guests are welcome to retire to the cocktail and cigar lounge to socialise with other guests.
Activities at Sonop will revolve around spending time exploring the 5,600 hectare reserve where animals such as oryx, brown hyena, rabbits, foxes, jackals, kudu and even leopard call home. This unique landscape can be explored on foot, by electric bicycle, or even by horseback accompanied with an experienced guide. For those wishing for some wellness, Sonop offers an early morning desert yoga experience where guests can practice in these other-worldly surrounds.
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
Activities at Sonop
Guests staying at Sonop will spend their time exploring the 5,600 hectare nature reserve and Namib Desert to enjoy spectacular scenery and a feeling of true remoteness in a beautiful part of the world.