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Namibia safaris

Mark and David's verdict:

Namibia is Africa at its most starkly beautiful. Think vast sand dunes, endless deserts and the shipwreck-strewn Skeleton Coast and velvety night skies. You can sleep under the stars or in superb lodges, while in the game parks you can track rhino, leopard and cheetah. Namibia is clean and safe and from the UK there’s no jetlag.

Recommended tour operator: Discover the World

Discover the World says

Namibia is a superlative destination for wildlife holidays, supporting the last free-roaming populations of black rhino and desert elephant and 25% of the world’s cheetah. There’s so much more, however.

  • Stunning landscapes
  • Tours or self-drive
  • Wildlife encounters

The country is uniquely beautiful with endless, seemingly deserted landscapes and wide horizons. It is a feast of colour, from vibrant sand dunes through white salt pans to the deep blue Atlantic Ocean. The German colonial heritage is also fascinating.

Highlights include Fish River Canyon, Etosha National Park with its superb wildlife, Sossusvlei in the Namib-Naukluft National Park, Swakopmund and the Skeleton Coast and Damaraland, Southern Africa’s last true wilderness.

We offer a wide range of independent and escorted wildlife and cultural holiday itineraries.

Namibia is one of the few countries in Africa where a self-drive holiday works really well. Our fly-drive holidays range from 8-18 days and cover the length and breadth of Namibia. The 11-night Essential Namibia is a perfect choice for your first visit, whilst the 16-night Namibia in Depth is as comprehensive as it is awe-inspiring.

Etosha Experience is a 7-night self-drive trip which is all about wildlife encounters, including the chance to track Cheetah at the AfriCat Foundation.

On our private tours, you will be accompanied by our expert driver-guide, travelling in a comfortable safari vehicle with air-con. Privately-Guided Namibia is 12-day mosaic of the best of Namibia.

Our small group tours (ideal for solo travellers as well as couples) are from three up to 11 days and can be bolted on to a self-drive holiday. Highlights of our 10-day Ultimate Namibia group tour, for example, include sea kayaking, a 4WD adventure in search of Damaraland’s desert-adapted elephant and black rhino and the chance to meet the semi-nomadic Himba people.

Special interest group tours include photography, walking and cultural encounters – Himba Cultural Encounters for example.

We can arrange for you to extend your holiday to visit other parts of Southern Africa, such as a classic safari in Botswana or a city escape in beautiful Cape Town – we can even fly you out to the remote mid-Atlantic island of St Helena.

Our team of Southern Africa experts will tailor your holiday to suit your time-frame, budget and interests. We are an independent, family-owned travel company, established in 1983 – in-depth destination knowledge and a passion for creating fantastic holidays underpin everything we do.

Find out more about our holidays in Namibia and let us create your experience of a lifetime. See also the best time to visit Namibia.

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