Luxury Namibia Safari
Travel to Namibia - the worlds oldest desert
The country’s name derives from it’s oldest desert, the Namib. The grand and vast emptiness of Namib Desert will captivate any traveller. With soaring red dunes, desert adapted wildlife, mountains, sea and safaris this is one iconic destination in Africa.
From the sand sea and perfect dead-tree valleys at Sossusvlei to the sentinel-like sand dunes plunging down to the sea on the Skeleton Coast, Namibia is a visual delight.
The enormous red dunes of Sossusvlei is a classic Namib desert scenery unique to Namibia. The red sand dunes with sharply curved ridges are perfectly sculpted – by nature. Named according to their height – Dune 45, dune 60, big daddy, big mama each dune is more challenging than the other.
Further inland, a spine of mountain ranges creates glorious scenery – the Naukluft Mountains, the Brandberg, Spitzkoppe, Damaraland, and the jaw-dropping Fish River Canyon, 2nd only to the Grand Canyon in sheer size.
With the Caprivi wetlands and the vast golden plains of the Kalahari, it’s difficult to think of a landscape that Namibia doesn’t possess.
Best time to travel to Namibia
Namibia is a true year-round destination, with less extreme seasonal changes than other parts of Southern Africa. It has the typical semi-desert climate with hot days and cool nights. Namibia is a great destination for travelers looking to experience the best of both the green and dry seasons.
The best time to visit Namibia is in the dry season from June to October, although it can be visited throughout the year. Wildlife viewing in all parks, especially in Etosha, is best in the dry season and the climate is generally pleasant.
Between December and March, some days will be humid and rain may follow, often in localized, afternoon thunderstorms. In the wet season, animals move away from the waterholes and scatter around the park.
Along the coastline, the cold Atlantic Benguela Current dictates the weather. The skeleton coast and the coastal town attractions such as Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, and Luderitz are often enveloped in moody fog for a few hours in the mornings before it is burnt off by the sun. Namibia is equally about the scenic grandeur of immense landscapes as the wildlife.
Month-by-Month guide for traveling to Namibia
June/July – August: Namibia's dry season sets in and is a great time to explore the country. Cool to cold nights and warm days make for comfortable traveling conditions. Rivers and water sources recede, creating excellent game-viewing opportunities as wildlife congregates around waterholes.
September, temperatures begin to rise.
October, generally being hot, is best known for the dusty pictures of the dry season when large concentrations of game are drawn to the waterholes. So, if you don't mind the heat, this is the perfect time to experience Namibia's natural beauty.
Late summer brings a 'green desert' with a profusion of color and life. Temperatures reach around 4 degrees Celsius, and mornings are exceptionally beautiful with dramatic light and lighting displays. Photographers love the breathtaking horizons, towering cloud formations, and visibly more energetic game. It’s the best time for birding in Namibia.
From April to March, and again in November, the climate is moderate and perfect for traveling to Namibia.
In May, temperatures start to cool, while November brings the heat of summer and the arrival of many summer migrant bird species.
April to May/June is a great time to visit, with crisp air, lush landscapes, and increasingly dry weather conditions.
November, in Namibia, is very dramatic with dry and rain.
8 Days Itinerary To Namibia - The Oldest Desert In The World
Namibia is a unique destination offering unique holiday experiences. Incredible desert escapes, rare desert wildlife sightings, Sossusvlei sand dunes, wildlife in Etosha National Park, and a lot more magical and wildly fun activities await you.
Day 1: Arrival in Windhoek.
Day 2: Drive to Solitaire, Sesriem Gate, and onto Sossusvlei, and go on a twilight ATV ride.
Day 3: Early AM drive into Namib-Naukluft Park, climb Dune 45 or Big Daddy, then onward to Deadvlei, enjoy sundowners among rocky outcrops with ancient etchings.
Day 4: Drive to Swakopmund, the ocean retreat. Go Quad biking or take a Dune bashing trip. (The more adventurous travelers can go further south from Swakopmund to hike in Fish River Canyon, 2nd largest after the Grand Canyon.)
Day 5: Short drive to Walvis Bay. Go whale watching or to the seal islands. End the day oyster fishing. Overnight Swakopmund.
Day 6: Drive to Etosha National Park on a safari.
Enjoy a sundowner at Etosha’s famous water holes before heading back to camp.
Day 7: Enjoy a full-day open jeep safari – watch out for Etosha’s unique wildlife like desert elephants and gemsbok.
Day 8: After a sumptuous breakfast, take a short game drive en route to the airport for your transfer home.
Discover the beauty of Namibia’s wilderness with a tailor-made safari itinerary from xplorearth travel experts. Enjoying a luxurious holiday in this stunning desert landscape is a life-changing vacation experience. Adventures await! Come #xplorearthwithus
People, food and culture to experience when you travel to Namibia
The population of Namibia is unevenly distributed with about 60% of people living in the northern regions, while the southern and coastal areas are almost unpopulated. Namibia's population can be divided into (at least) 11 ethnic groups, the biggest group of which is the Owambo people. The Himba and San tribes are amongst one of the oldest living humans on this planet. As a country Namibia is still trying to find a national identity, but each of the countries cultural groups has its own rich heritage and traditions. Namibian cuisine is a melting pot of different flavours, with strong influences coming from both the German colonial era as well as South African dishes. One of their specialties is the Potjiekos, a meal comprising of meat and vegetable stew-style dishes for vegetarians and meat-lovers alike. For those wanting to try just a glimpse of Namibian cuisine, Fat Cakes made of flour, yeast and sunflower oil are the perfect mouth-watering combination of barbecued cuts of seasoned red meat, vegetables and chillies. This is most definitely one of the most unusual delicacies we have come across!
The Namib Desert is said to be over 55 million years old! The desert is large, stretching for 2000 km along the Atlantic coasts of Namibia, South Africa and Angola.
One reason you should go here
Whether you want a desert adventure or connect with Himba tribes people, Namibia’s awe-inspiring landscapes are perfect places to get away and experience a unique place on our planet.
Travel FAQs on visiting Namibia
A visa is not required when traveling from the United States to Namibia. As a tourist, Americans can stay in Namibia for up to 90 days. A valid passport is mandatory to travel. Your passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after the date you enter Namibia.
If you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines, including Tetanus, you don’t need any specific shots to visit Namibia. Vaccinations recommended by the CDC: Hepatitis A, Malaria, and Typhoid. It’s always advised to carry your proof of immunization.
Please note that if you are entering Namibia from countries like Zambia, you will need to have proof of a yellow fever vaccine. For details, visit the CDC website.
From sand dunes over 300 meters high to beaches that are over 300 miles long, Namibia is a country where the concept of ‘vastness’ can not only be truly comprehended but also felt.
Named for the oldest desert on Earth, Namibia is celebrated for its abundance of space and its arid yet extraordinary landscapes. The name ‘Namib’ translates as “vast place”, rightly so it defines the breathtaking vast desert scape of Namibia. One of the most beautiful nations in southern Africa, it is well-known for its endless plains, rugged mountains, and dunes. Visit Namibia to explore the famous red sand dunes of Sossusvlei, the wild Skeleton Coast, the rugged Damaraland, and the unique wildlife that this desert land presents.
Namibia is also one of the best locations with some of the most luxurious and intimate safari camps.
Travelers can either fly into Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport or drive in from one of Namibia’s adjacent countries.
When you travel with xplorearth, chances are a private charter will fly you from Windhoek to your safari camp. Upon landing, your safari guide and 4×4 jeeps will be awaiting your arrival, ready to take you to your safari lodge where a warm welcome awaits you.
Traveling with xplorearth, you can be assured of top-notch accommodation at some of Namibia’s best safari lodges in locations offering excellent game viewing opportunities.
Luxurious and intimate, the safari lodge and your expert safari guide will plan all the logistics of your day with early morning game drives, packed lunch, sundowners, night game drives, and activities for an unforgettable Namibian safari experience.
Etosha National Park in Namibia is a renowned conservation area, acclaimed for its size. The park is rich in wildlife, including 4 of the Big 5, the elephant, lion, and leopard, and is home to the critically endangered black rhino. In addition, hyena, springbok, and two kinds of zebra are part of the wildlife thriving in this park. One of the park’s most striking features is the Etosha Pan, an immense salt pan covering almost a quarter of the park’s area, which can be seen from space. With a variety of habitats, including grassland and woodland, Etosha offers an exceptional safari experience with wildlife-rich sightings at the park’s many waterholes.
Remote, otherworldly, and vast, the Namibia safari experience is nothing less than stunning. The terrain is very diverse, as are the habitats and ways to explore it. There is plentiful game and wildlife in all of Namibia, you can go for conventional game viewing in Etosha National Park or on private concessions in Damaraland and the Kalahari Desert.
The vast Namib Desert is home to rare desert-adapted wildlife, such as desert-adapted elephants, black rhinos, giraffes, lions, cheetahs, and numerous other unexpected species. Did you know, Namibia has the largest population of free-roaming cheetahs and black rhinos?
The best time to visit Namibia for a safari depends on your interests, as the country is open all year round.
1. The dry months from June to October are prime time for wildlife watching, as animals congregate around water sources.
2. The wet months from November to April are the best times for bird watching due to the influx of migratory birds into the country.
3. The months from December to March are known as the “green season,” and it is during this time that the landscape undergoes a dramatic transformation, becoming lush with new growth and teeming with newborn wildlife.
Ask the travel experts at xplorearth to advise you and customize your Namibian safari to fit your travel interests, depending on the time of year, you decide to travel.
The Skeleton Coast is a remote coastline in Namibia named after the many shipwrecks that occurred there over the past few centuries. It is home to the flourishing Cape Cross seal colony and the Skeleton National Park, which stretches the northern one-third of Namibia’s shore. Despite its ominous name and shipwrecks, the park is home to a variety of species such as big cats, desert-adapted elephants, black rhinos, and desert-adapted lions.