Namibia embodies the dramatic with wild and vast landscapes of towering red sand dunes, mountainous ridges, endless stretches of untouched coastline, white salt pans, desert adapted wildlife and nomadic tribes. A former German colony, the country embraces a graceful convergence of European and Namibian traditions apparent in the architecture, art, cuisine, and ways of life throughout Namibia. Any journey will begin in populated cities of Windhoek or Swakopmund, before visitors venture into the wild desert escape.
On the list of highlights is Sossusvlei, located in the world’s oldest desert and characterized by towering red sand dunes lining the ephemeral Tsauchab River that winds into a series of vleis recognizable by the mesmerizing contrast of cobalt skies, glowing orange dunes, snow-white salt and clay pans, and trees burnt black. To the north lies Damaraland, a mountainous region known for its desert adapted elephant and rhino, situated as a gateway to Etosha, an astonishing national park, home to the big predators including lions, leopards, cheetah and more than a hundred other species of mammals. To the west lies the staggering Skeleton Coast, stretching hundreds of miles north with the thundering sea giving way to the graves of shipwrecks and whale bones and where fur seals, antelopes, zebras, and hyenas have breathed life back into the empty, vast lands. Namibia is the epitome of off-the-beaten-path adventures where harsh desert climates have given way to incredible wildlife and astonishing scenery, a true photographer’s paradise.
What’s To Love in Namibia
Ascend Big Daddy
Sossusvlei is home to some of the tallest sand dunes in the world with red crumbling ridges that make for unforgettable scenic treks at dawn. For the truly adventurous consider ascending Big Daddy, the most glaring of them all, standing at a staggering 1400 feet.
Sleep Beneath the Desert Stars
Spend a night sleeping underneath the glistening sky on a private deck in the tranquility of the desert and dunes of Sossusvlei.
Get your Quad On
Tear through the mountainous sunburned dunes of the vast desert on an ATV, available in the rugged landscape of the Sossusvlei and the fragile habitat of Damaraland.
See the Sunrise as it Changes the Colors of the Landscape, From a Hot Air Balloon
Soar over the glowing landscape of vast orange desert cut by the dancing black lines of distant shadows separating towering dunes that surround the acacia lined Tsauchab River and give way to the white, flat landscapes of the cracking vleis.
See Stunning Topography and Desert Adapted Species
Explore the wildlife of the Kulala Wilderness Reserve characterized by grassy plains, towering mountains and abundant wildlife including ostrich, springbok, gemsbok, bat eared fox, cape fox, brown hyena, black backed jackal and numerous birds.
Capture Surreal Landscape Photos
Visit the most photographed of the vleis, a white clay pan whose cracked surface has given way to 1,000 year old trees scorched black from the sun and looming beneath the towering sand dunes that glow with sunburned hues and rise into the cobalt skies above. The stark contrast in colors and drama of the sparse landscape make for fantastic photographs.
Fly Over the Skeleton Coast
Fly above the dramatic coastline in a light aircraft witnessing the crashing waves, stunning dunes, numerous shipwrecks, and scattered wildlife. A visit to the Skeleton Coast Research Center will offer insight into history and animal adaptation in this unique "end of the earth" environment.
Visit a Local Tribe
Explore the village and huts of the semi-nomadic northern Himba tribe struggling to maintain their way of life and customs amidst an increasingly unforgiving climate.
Walk with Nature in Etosha
Traverse on foot through the savannah, witnessing the grand salt pan and natural springs as you discover the incredible flora and fauna of the region. Along the way you might spot an antelope, white rhino, elephant or even a lion!
Rise early to track these stunning predators on foot through the Okonjima Nature Reserve before visiting the AfriCat’s Carnivore Centre to discover the incredible work being done to ensure Namibia’s predators remain their natural habitats.
Track the Nocturnal Activities
Take a safari through the desert landscape after dark to track nocturnal activity, potentially stumbling across bat-eared foxes, aardwolves, brown hyaena and even the elusive leopard in the Okonjima Nature Reserve.
See but Don't be Seen
Sit amidst the midnight camouflage of a hide to witness the nocturnal activity of active porcupines, honey badgers, and caracals at the foot of the sandstone Omboroko Mountains.
Enjoy the Tranquility of a Small Boutique Camp
Namibia offers a number of 4 and 5- star accommodations in which to relax and find your inner peace.
The ideal months for game viewing in Namibia span from June through October when temperatures are relatively mild. If you are traveling to the northern regions, the ideal months are a bit more limited with May through September offering warm days and cool nights while the remaining months are often characterized by sweltering heat and chances of rain.
Typically for the type of Custom Itineraries we build, prices in Namibia can run from $900 - $1,500 + USD per person per day, primarily dependent upon destinations, lodging, activities, time of year, flying verus driving and single or double occupancy. Quoted Tour prices include accommodations guides, excursions, park entrance and conservation fees, ground transfers, all meals and beverages.
Tour proposals exclude international flights, travel insurance, and gratuities. Each proposal will detail all inclusions and exclusions for clarity.