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Namibia Tours & Overland Safari Packages

Namibia is situated between the large Kalahari Desert and the South Atlantic coastline, known for its incredibly vast and varying landscapes. It is made up of four main regions and home to some of the world’s largest, and oldest, national parks.

Windhoek is the capital with a booming trade industry in semi-precious stones. Wedged between the South Atlantic and the Kalahari, the beautiful Namibia harbours the world’s oldest desert, the highest sand dunes, and one of the most notorious coasts to shippers, aptly named Skeleton Coast. It’s one of the world’s newest independent republics. With its deserts, seascapes, bushwalking and boundlessness, Namibia is a real treat for any traveller going on a Namibia safari package tour. It’s rich in natural resources, has a solid modern infrastructure, diverse cultures and 300 days of sunshine a year.

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    Cape Town to Kruger Overland Tour (Accommodated) (26 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 20
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU ACS0416
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    Why book this tour?

    Cape Town to Kruger Overland Adventure takes you from Cape Town, to the scorched deserts of Namibia and the unique wildlife sanctuaries of Botswana. The tour kicks off with a festive wine tasting in the Mother City where you can enjoy unspoiled views of the mountains and vineyards. From there the tour just keeps getting better with highlights like the Okavango Delta, Kruger National Park, the majestic Victoria Falls and the beauty of the Blyde River Canyon. Don’t miss out! Call us today!

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    Price from R46,870 R43,575

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    Cape Town to Kruger Overland via Vic Falls (Camping) (26 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 24
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU CAS0447
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    Why book this tour?

    26 Day Cape Town to Kruger Overland via Victoria Falls Adventure, a wonderful route to tour if you are looking for the best of Southern Africa. We start off in the beautiful and vibrant city of Cape Town with exquisite views of Table Mountain. Then we wind our way to the beauty of Namaqualand where we will stay at a campsite. Also included is the Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei, Chobe National Park and The Okavango Delta to name but a few highlights.

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    Price from R31,470 R29,495

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    Southern Africa Adventure Overland (Under 39’s) (25 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia
    Starts Johannesburg
    Ends Cape Town
    Group Size Max 24
    Age Range 18 - 39 Years
    SKU CAE2509
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    Why book this tour?

    The Southern Africa Adventure Overland covers 5 countries in 25 days and gives you a very comprehensive tour of Africa. There are numerous highlights, starting with the Kruger National Park where you will spend two nights. Then there is Matobo National Park where you can view even more wildlife while camping in twin share tents, giving you a feel for the natural wilderness of Africa. Adding to those highlights includes Mosi O’ Tunya National Park, Chobe National Park, the Okavango Delta for a canoe trip in a traditional canoe. You won’t be disappointed with the variety of activities on this tour!

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    • 10% early bird discount (6 months or more)
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    Price from R37,515 R29,262

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    Cape to Vic Falls & Joburg Comfort Tour (Under 39’s) (25 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 24
    Age Range 18 - 39 Years
    SKU ACE2511
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    Why book this tour?

    This Cape Town to Victoria Falls and Johannesburg overland allows you to travel through some of Southern Africa’s grandest attractions. Our unique itinerary has been carefully mapped to maximise your experience in the time you spend exploring this magnificent continent with us. From the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town to the gigantic sand dunes in ancient deserts, from the tranquility of the Chobe River to the almighty Victoria Falls, ending in the City of Gold; Johannesburg. This tour will leave you with memories to cherish forever…

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    • 10% early bird discount (6 months or more)
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    Price from R61,895 R54,312

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  • Cape Town to Johannesburg Safari Tour (Comfort) (25 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 20
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU ACS0445
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    Why book this tour?

    You will be swept away by the colourful West Coast, explore desert ecosystems, take canoe trips along The Okavango Delta, enrich yourself with historical places and all of this while staying in comfortable lodgings. It is for the traveller who wants to be out in nature, freeing their spirit, meeting new people and discovering the natural wonders of Africa.

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    Price from R46,060

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  • Cape Town to Johannesburg Overland via Victoria Falls (25 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 20
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU CAS0444
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    Why book this tour?

    If you are looking for a great mix of  desert, semi- desert and savannahs, then this is the trip to go on because you will get to visit Etosha National Park with a plethora of incredible wildlife. Add to that the Grand Fish River Canyon with spectacular sunsets, hikes in the Sesriem Canyon under star-studded skies, educational discoveries of the harsh desert conditions of Sossusvlei and the spectacular Victoria Falls. This trip offers the adventurous traveller a true and beautiful experience of Africa.

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    Price from R30,460

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    Cape Town to Vic Falls & Joburg Tour (Under 39’s) (25 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 24
    Age Range 18 - 39 Years
    SKU CAE2511
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    Tour Highlights

    Why book this tour?

    This Cape Town to Victoria Falls and Johannesburg overland allows you to travel through some of Southern Africa’s grandest attractions. Our unique itinerary has been carefully mapped to maximise your experience in the time you spend exploring this magnificent continent with us. From the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town to the gigantic sand dunes in ancient deserts, from the tranquility of the Chobe River to the almighty Victoria Falls, ending in the City of Gold; Johannesburg. This tour will leave you with memories to cherish forever…

    • Price Beat Guaranteed
    • 10% early bird discount (6 months or more)
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    Price from R37,515 R29,262

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    Southern Africa Adventure Comfort Tour (Under 39’s) (25 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia
    Starts Johannesburg
    Ends Cape Town
    Group Size Max 24
    Age Range 18 - 39 Years
    SKU ACE2510
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    “Why book this tour?

    The Southern Africa Adventure Comfort Tour covers 5 countries in 25 days and gives you a very comprehensive tour of Africa. There are numerous highlights, starting with the Kruger National Park where you will spend two nights. Then there is Matobo National Park where you can view even more wildlife,  giving you a feel for the natural wilderness of Africa. Adding to those highlights includes Mosi O’ Tunya National Park, Chobe National Park, the Okavango Delta for a canoe trip in a traditional canoe. You won’t be disappointed with the variety of activities on this tour!

    • Price Beat Guaranteed
    • 10% early bird discount (6 months or more)
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    Price from R61,895 R54,312

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  • Cape to Vic Falls & Joburg Tour (Inclusive/Comfort) (24 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 12
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU ACS0305
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    Why book this trip?

    On this Cape Town to Victoria Falls and Johannesburg accommodated tour we travel to the arid desert of Namibia and the wildlife sanctuaries of Botswana and Zimbabwe. A variety of accommodation from lodges and cabins ensures a good variety to make you comfortable. The tour includes cities and remote wildernesses allowing you to get a good feel for the beauty of Southern Africa.

    This trip can end in Victoria Falls should you not continue down to Johannesburg.

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    Price from R53,677

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  • Cape Town To Victoria Falls & Johannesburg Tour (24 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 17
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU CAM0305
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    Why book this trip?

    On this Cape Town to Victoria Falls and Johannesburg overland tour we travel to the arid desert of Namibia and the wildlife sanctuaries of Botswana and Zimbabwe. A variety of accommodation from camping on stretcher beds, lodges and cabins ensures a good variety to make you comfortable. The tour includes cities and remote wildernesses allowing you to get a good feel for the great region of Southern Africa.

    The tour has a mixture of 6 nights lodge, 2 nights cabins, and 15 nights camping.

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    Price from R35,250

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  • Victoria Falls to Cape Town Tour (Small Group) (24 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia
    Starts Victoria Falls
    Ends Cape Town
    Group Size Min 4 Max 12
    SKU ACS4108
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    Why book this tour?

    This amazing Small Group (max 12) Victoria Falls to Cape Town adventure tour passes through the highlights of Botswana and Namibia on its way down to Cape Town. Experience the awesome natural wonder of Victoria Falls, the plethora of wildlife in Chobe National Park and finish off in the great city of Cape Town.

    You will be driven through Africa in custom-built safari vehicles and the experienced guides will inform you about the fauna and flora that surrounds you.

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    Price from R50,590 R49,325

    + Local Payment USD 195 Add to COMPARE

  • Namibia, Botswana & Victoria Falls Safari (24 Days)

    Countries Visited Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe
    Starts Windhoek
    Ends Windhoek
    Group Size Min 2 Max 14
    Age Range All Ages
    SKU CAS1410
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    Why book this trip? 

    This is a combination small group (max 14) safari tour of our most popular destinations: Namibia, the Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls. Breathtaking views over the Fish River Canyon, safaris through vast desert landscapes and big game in Etosha National Park are just a few things you can look forward to on this great odyssey of Africa.

    A massive amount of highlights are visited such as Caprivi, Chobe, Damaraland, Deadvlei, Dune 45, Etosha National Park, Fish River Canyon, Kalahari area, Koakoveld, Kolmanskop, Luderitz, Skeleton Coast, Sossusvlei, Sesriem Canyon, Twyfelfontein, Victoria Falls.

    You can end on day 23 in Victoria Falls and receive a rate reduction. Contact your consultant.

    Includes 2 Day Transfer from Victoria Falls to Windhoek.

    This can be upgraded to a comfort trip.

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    Price from R56,550

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  • Cape Town to Victoria Falls Comfort (22 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Victoria Falls
    Group Size Min 4 Max 16
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU ACS1009
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    Why book this tour?

    If you are looking for a Cape Town to Victoria Falls Adventure that has the creature comforts you expect when you stay in 3-4 star lodges, then have a look at this trip. There will be plenty of game drives across African plains, wildlife and cultural attractions. Some of the places you will visit include Augrabies Falls, Fish River Canyon, Etosha National Park, Chobe National Park and the spectacular Victoria Falls.

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    Price from R50,700 R49,433

    + Local Payment 2500 Add to COMPARE

  • Cape to Vic Falls Tours Overland Adventure (21 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Victoria Falls
    Group Size Max 28 - 30
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU CAS09171
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    Why book this tour?

    This inclusive Cape Town to Victoria Falls Overland Budget Adventure travels north through South Africa, Namibia and Botswana and ends in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

    • Includes an arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room
    • 5% discount for trips booked 6 months in advance or more
    • 10% discount for ISIC cardholders
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    Price from R15,000 R14,625

    + Local Payment USD 500 Add to COMPARE

  • Victoria Falls to Cape Town Overland Tour (Camping) (21 Days)

    Countries Visited Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
    Starts Victoria Falls
    Ends Cape Town
    Group Size 28 - 30
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU CAS0947
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    What book this trip?

    Very popular Victoria Falls to Cape Town Overland starts at Victoria Falls and takes us south through Zimbabwe, Botswana (Okavango Delta, Chobe) and Namibia. The Popularity is due to the pricing on the trip. The group size is a larger group of max 30 travellers of all ages thus giving a great saving. It covers all the highlights.

    • An arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room
    • 5% discount for trips booked 6 months in advance or more
    • 10% discount for ISIC cardholders
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    Price from R15,000 R14,625

    + Local Payment USD 500 Add to COMPARE

  • Cape Town to Victoria Falls Adventure (21 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Victoria Falls
    Group Size 4 -16
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU CAS1001
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    Tour Highlights

    Why book this trip? This Cape Town to Victoria Falls Tour is a great opportunity to see the highlights of Southern Africa. There is an abundance of wildlife, scenic safaris and cultural attractions. It kicks off in the vibey city of Cape Town where you can view the majestic Table Mountain and ends by the beauty of Victoria Falls. All this in comfort having your personal needs met by our guides.

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    Price from R31,000 R30,225

    + Local Payment 2500 Add to COMPARE

  • Namibia & Botswana Overland Small Group (21 Days)

    Countries Visited Namibia, Botswana, Zambia,
    Starts Livingstone
    Ends Livingstone
    Group Size Max 12
    Age Range 12 - 65 and above
    SKU CAS0601
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    Why book this tour?

    This Livingstone to Livingstone Camping adventure leads you through the beautiful lands of Namibia and Botswana highlighting the wildlife of Etosha National Park, the scenery of Damaraland and the dunes of the beautiful Namib Desert. Travelling to the Etosha National Park, being one of Southern Africa’s most loved wildlife sanctuaries packed with a variety of animals and amazing scenery for your viewing pleasure and to the vast landscapes of the Namib Desert where you enjoy sunsets over the world’s highest sand dunes and end off with a boat cruise in the Chobe National Park.

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    Price from R33,940

    + Local Payment ZAR 2000 Add to COMPARE

  • Namibia & Botswana Tour (Inclusive/Comfort) (21 Days)

    Countries Visited Namibia, Botswana, Zambia,
    Starts Livingstone
    Ends Livingstone
    Group Size Max 12
    Age Range 12 - 65 and above
    SKU ACS0602
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    Why book this tour?

    This Livingstone to Livingstone Accommodated adventure leads you through the beautiful lands of Namibia and Botswana highlighting the wildlife of Etosha National Park, the scenery of Damaraland and the dunes of the beautiful Namib Desert. Travelling to the Etosha National Park, being one of Southern Africa’s most loved wildlife sanctuaries packed with a variety of animals and amazing scenery for your viewing pleasure and to the vast landscapes of the Namib Desert where you enjoy sunsets over the world’s highest sand dunes and end off with a boat cruise in the Chobe National Park.

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    Price from R48,100

    + Local Payment ZAR 2000 Add to COMPARE

  • Cape Town to Victoria Falls Tours Accommodated Tour (21 Days) 2019

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Victoria Falls
    Group Size Max 28 - 30
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU ACS0901
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    Tour Highlights

    Why book this tour?

    This inclusive Cape Town to Victoria Falls Accommodated Adventure travels north through South Africa, Namibia and Botswana and ends in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

    • Includes an arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room
    • 5% discount for trips booked 6 months in advance or more
    • 10% discount for ISIC cardholders
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    Price from R63,900 R62,303

    + Local Payment USD 600 Add to COMPARE

  • (Inclusive/Comfort) Cape to Vic Falls Small Group Tour (21 Days)

    Countries Visited Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Victoria Falls
    Group Size Max 12
    Age Range 12 - 65 and above
    SKU ACS0605
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    Why book this tour?

    This small group (max 12) Cape Town to Victoria Falls Adventure Tour visits Fish River Canyon, Etosha National Park, the majestic Okavango Delta and Sossusvlei. Accommodation is in small lodges and tented lodges with en-suite facilities making this a comfortable tour. Look forward to chatting around the open camp fire or boma and enjoying a meal prepared for you by the tour guides. Your participation will be appreciated as far as washing dishes and keeping the camp site clean. The rewards are in knowing that you are looking after what nature has created in the bush.

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    Price from R51,060

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Namibia Tours & Overland Safari Packages

Previously known as South West Africa, Namibia used to be a German settlement. Since World War I it came under the administration of South Africa, but the German heritage is still very evident in the architecture, place and dress of the Herrero tribe’s womenfolk, who still copy the dress of the 19th century German missionaries’ wives.

Namibia overflows with diamonds, uranium, copper, silver, tin and other minerals.

Namibia Tours

Namibia Tours by Game Reserves

Why go on an overland Namibia Tour?

  • * Admire the Skeleton Coast from the air
  • * Stay up at night watching the Okaukuejo waterhole in Etosha National Park
  • * Visit the ghost town of Kolmanskop
  • * Camp below the monolthic boulders at Spitzkoppe
  • * River raft down the Orange River
  • * Explore the sand dunes beyond Swakopmund on a quadbike
  • * See the sunrise over Sossusvlei from the top of Dune 45
  • * Meet the Himba Tribe
  • * See ancient rock art at Twyfelfontein
  • * Stargaze in Namib Desert
  • * Get up close to cheetahs
  • * View Africa’s greatest canyon , the Fish River Canyon

With its deserts, seascapes, bushwalking and boundlessness, Namibia is a real treat for any traveller going on a Namibia safari tour. It’s rich in natural resources, has a solid modern infrastructure, diverse cultures and 300 days of sunshine a year.

The Namib Desert (meaning vast place) stretches for more than 2000 kilometres along the Atlantic Coastline from South Africa to Angola. This desert is renowned for its giant red sanded dunes, known to be some of the highest dunes in Africa, making it both the oldest and most beautiful desert in the world. Etosha National Park is known as the ‘great white place’ which offers terrific game viewing opportunities. The park is known for its enormous salt pan of 4590 square kilometres which is only filled with water after heavy rain seasons. During the wet season you can spot plenty of animals at the waterholes.

Most Budget Namibia tours visit Swakopmund, a quaint Bavarian town offering a variety of activities including; quad biking, sand boarding, sky diving, museums, shops and restaurants. Situated on the Atlantic coastline it is a popular holiday destination offering wonderful beaches and superb seafood. The mighty Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world, leaving you breathless as you take in all its glory.

On the Skeleton Coast you can visit the many shipwrecks that scatter the shores and have given this eerie place its nickname of ‘the land God made in anger’. The Namib-Naukluft National Park is bordered by the Namib Desert (considered the oldest in the world) in the west and the Kalahari Desert in the east. The reserve’s dry southern location provides every visitor with exquisite views. Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan amid towering red dunes in the southern part of the Namib desert, which is part of the Namib-Naukluft National Park.

The Spitzkoppe is very popular with rock climbers all over the world due to their granite peaks, with the highest outcrop being 1784 metres above the desert floor.

The Caprivi is a narrow strip of land north-east of Namibia and has considerably more rain than the rest of Namibia, hence the Okavango and the Kwando rivers.

Damaraland has a dramatic landscape of red-hued mountains, enormous granite koppies (hills) and wide, open, sandy plains all of which you will experience on this Budget Tour to Namibia.

When is the Best Time for Namibia Tours?

The most popular time to visit is Mid-Dec to Mid- Jan; late April to Early June; late Aug to Mid-Sept. The resort areas are at their busiest during these times. In May to Oct it is the dry winter season. The days are warm and sunny, while nights are cold, often with temperatures falling below freezing.

From Dec to March the Namib-Naukluft Park and Etosha National Park are extremely hot. Because of this, the Fish River Canyon is closed to the public between December and April. Flooding also occurs at this time, making the roads impassable.

How to get to Namibia (Airports)

Hosea Kutako International Airport, located 45 minutes east of Windhoek, is the main entry point for air traffic. There are a number of international flights into Namibia from from Frankfurt, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Victoria Falls and Maun to the international airport. The airport is serviced by British Airways, South African Airways and Lufthansa who all operate flights to Namibia.

Other domestic airports included: Eros, Keetmanshoop, Oranjemund, Ondangwa, Oshakati, Grootfontein, Mpacha, Runud, Walvis Bay and Luderitz Airports. Eros Airport is located just outside of Windhoek and has daily flights to Sossusvlei, Swakopmund and Etosha.

Namibia Wildlife Highlights

Namibia is largely a desert country, so many of its animals are ones that are able to survive in a harsh dry climate such as oryx, springbok, meerkat, ostrich and bat-eared fox, as well as the desert-adapted elephants and rhino. Seeing these animals against spectacular desert scenery is one reason travellers pick Namibia as their safari destination.

Etosha National Park is the country’s flagship park and offers the best chances for viewing game, especially in the dry winter months, when animals congregate around waterholes, making them incredibly easy to spot. Four of the Big Five (elephant, rhino, leopard and lion) are in the park and are easy to find, while cheetah are a more lucky sight. Around waterholes expect to see giraffe and herds of zebra, blue wildebeest and springbok. Black-faced impala and the damara dik-dik are special antelopes for Etosha, as the only other place where they occur across the border in Angola.

Damaraland, in the northwest of the country, is home to free-roaming desert elephant and desert rhino. Desert elephants, found only in northern Namibia and Mali, are not a distinct species but rather African elephants that have adapted to surviving in desert conditions, while desert rhinos are adapted from black rhinos. One exceptional wildlife highlight of Namibia is being able to track these desert rhinos on foot with a guide.

The Skeleton Coast National Park, which stretches along Namibia’s largely uninhabited desolate coastline, is where you’ll find large colonies of Cape fur seals (which are preyed on by brown hyenas). On boat trips from places such as Walvis Bay you may be able to see Namibia’s marine mammals: whales and dolphins.

In far northeastern Namibia, the Zambezi Region (formerly known as the Caprivi Strip) offers a different wildlife experience to the rest of Namibia, due to its rivers and water sources. This is where you can see hippo and crocodile and it’s one of the only places in the country where buffalo occur.

There’s a herd of between 90 and 150 wild horses in the southwest of Namibia near Aus – probably Africa’s only feral herd of horses. No one knows the exact origin of the horses, but it’s thought that they were part of German breeding programs and released from farms during World War I. While not your usual safari animal, the herd is famous enough to become a tourist attraction, and they can usually be spotted from the road between Aus and Lüderitz.

10 Reasons to travel to Namibia on Tour

Wildlife of Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park, a 22 000-square kilometre area of wilderness set around a salt pan, is one of Africa’s best safari destinations, especially in the dry winter months of May to October when water sources dry up and the animals congregate around the waterholes. Wildlife viewing is as easy as it could possibly be, when all you have to do is park off at one of the many waterholes dotted around the park, and wait for herds of zebra, springbok and elephants to arrive, along with lion and the occasional rhino. The three camps inside the park have their own waterholes too, so if you’re camping at one of them, you don’t even need to go for game drives – just sit and watch the wildlife show play out!

The landscapes of Namib Desert

The Namib Desert, which stretches across much of Namibia, is the oldest desert in the world and provides some of the country’s most spectacular scenery: oceanic vistas of undulating terracotta sand dunes, rugged mountains and silvery grass dotted with mysterious fairy circles. The Namib is home to desert animals such as oryx and springbok, as well as the tallest sand dunes in the world, which you can climb at Sossusvlei and ride down on sand boards at Swakopmund. The best way to take in the epic scenery of the Namib is by doing a hot air balloon ride at dawn, where you’ll get to watch the sun rise floating above a desert wonderland.

Layers of history at Kolmanskop

Located in the southwest corner of Namibia, Kolmanskop was once a prosperous diamond mining town, but after it was abandoned a few decades ago, it has begun to be reclaimed by the desert. Half of the ghost town is submerged in sand, while the other half crumbles away year by year. Walking around the ruins is one of Namibia’s most eerie – and photogenic – experiences.

The otherworldly beauty of Deadvlei

In the Namib-Naukluft National Park, Deadvlei is one of Namibia’s most visited places and it’s easy to see why. Deadvlei was once covered in water and trees but when the water dried up, the trees died, leaving their blackened skeletons among the cracked puzzle pieces of the dry pan. Surrounded by huge dunes, Deadvlei looks impossibly cinematic – like the set from a film shot on another planet.

Hiking the Fish River Canyon

In southern Namibia lies the Fish River Canyon, Africa’s largest canyon at 500 metres deep and 27 kilometres wide. The best way to experience the canyon is to do the challenging Fish River Canyon hike, a seven-day, 90-kilometre long trek that covers half the length of the canyon and takes in some spectacular landscapes and unbeatable camping spots under the stars.

The desert-adapted animals of Damaraland

Namibia is famous for its desert-adapted elephants and rhino, which can be found in the north west of the country, in Damaraland, where they roam freely in this unofficially designated wilderness area of rugged mountains and cliffs rising up from the desert. Desert elephants cover a vast territory in search of water, so tracking them down is part of the experience – and the thrill of finding them on game drives beats easy sightings of elephants on your usual safari. Desert rhinos also have vast ranges, and aren’t easy to find, but you can track them on foot with guide from the Save the Rhino organisation, which has been working to protect these animals for the last 30 years.

4x4ing the Skeleton Coast

Much of the the Skeleton Coast, a 500-kilometre stretch of dune-swept coastline in northern Namibia, is largely uninhabited and inaccessible. Part of the southern section is open – but only to 4x4s. Going on a 4×4 adventure in this desolate but beautiful part of Namibia rewards you with epic dune drives, eerie shipwrecks, ancient river canyons, Cape fur seal colonies and sightings of dolphins and whales in the Atlantic Ocean.

Water-based game viewing in the Zambezi Region

A narrow strip of land wedged between Angola and Botswana, the Zambezi Region (formerly known as the Caprivi Strip), offers a totally different safari experience to the rest of Namibia, with its rivers and lush vegetation supporting animals such as hippos, crocodiles and buffaloes. For a change from land-based game viewing, you can spot these animals and others, such as lion, elephant and kudu, from small river boats or from gently gliding mokoros (traditional dug out canoes).

Road tripping through vast uninhabited landscapes

Sparsely habited Namibia is one of the best countries in Africa for road tripping, with excellent roads (although many of them are gravel), mind-blowing desert and mountain scenery, amazing campsites in remote locations and countless diverse attractions to see along the way.

Adrenaline activities

Apart from game viewing and hiking, Namibia has a whole host of exciting outdoors activities to get your adrenaline pumping. In Swakopmund, go sandboarding down the world’s tallest dunes, see the vast desert landscapes from the air on a skydive or from a paraglider, go rock climbing on the Spitzkoppe and Brandberg Massif mountains, cave diving in the Dragon’s Breath Cave (a world-famous cave diving spot), try kite surfing with southwesterly winds at Walvis Bay, raft the rapids of the Kunene River in the north, or go off-road motorbiking through the desert.

Where to go in Namibia

Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park, Namibia is a scrubby savannah that defines the western part of the park, while further east, the landscape is made up of mixed woodland. However, the surrounding bush and grasslands provide a home for 114 mammal species and 340 bird species. Meaning ‘great white place’, the salt pans are what defines the Park. A strong contrast to the white terrain is when the flamingos flock to the pan’s edge creating a pink hue only seen in picture books. It is also known as ‘place of dry water’ because the pan is usually very dry, occasionally filling with water for brief periods in the summer, attracting pelicans, flamingos, black rhino and black-faced impala.

The Fish River Canyon

The mighty Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world, leaving you breathless as you take in all its glory. Several mammals, reptiles, insects and fish live in the natural pools of this unusual habitat. Hiking around this area is a popular sport and well-worth the effort.

The Skeleton Coast

On the Skeleton Coast you can visit the many shipwrecks that scatter the shores and have given this eerie place its nickname of ‘the land God made in anger’. When sailors were washed ashore here, they had no chance of survival. To add to this, there’s a misty fog that hangs in the air for most of the year. Here you can see clay castles, experience the salt pans, hike the dunes, view the rock engravings, go on desert walks and drives and take a flight over the coast.

The Namib-Naukluft National Park

The Namib-Naukluft National Park is bordered by the Namib Desert (considered the oldest in the world) in the west and the Kalahari Desert in the east. The reserve’s dry southern location provides every visitor with exquisite views. It is the most versatile conservation region of Namibia, and is one of the country’s main tourist destinations. This expansive wilderness is bigger than Germany, reaching the size of around 49,768 square kilometres, making it the biggest game park in all of Africa and the fourth biggest in the world. It also encompasses vital features, including Sossusvlei, Sesriem, the Welwitschia Trail, Sandwich Harbour, the Naukluft Mountains and the Kuiseb Canyon. There is a variety of landscapes in the Park, such as dunes, gravel plains and rugged mountainous regions. The reserve is one of the least populated areas in the country, giving guests a true sense of the nature and enormity of the Park, providing beautiful and clear evening skies.

An astonishing assortment of animals inhabits this arid area, such as hyena, gemsbok, jackal, snakes, geckos and intriguing insects such as the Namib desert beetle, a unique insect that collects water on its back. Moisture enters the Park as fog that floats off the Atlantic Sea then falls as rain, giving the region an annual rainfall of approximately 106 millimetres, all between the months of February and April. The winds that help in bringing this fog in are also responsible for forming the Park’s massive sand dunes that show their age with their burnt orange hue. Sossusvlei’s dunes are amongst the highest in the world, rising in certain areas to heights of over 400 metres above the desert ground. Lagoons, wetlands and mudflats draw in an abundance of birdlife.

Namib means ‘open space’, and the Namib Desert offered its name to help create ‘Namibia’, which means ‘land of open spaces’. The reserve was founded in 1907 after the German Colonial Administration declared the region between the Swakop River and the Kuiseb River a game park. The Naukluft portion completes the other half of the Namib and includes such features as the Naukluft Mountains and huge rock formations that make the region a geologist’s heaven. The reserve contains five different vegetation communities that result in plenty of tree and shrub vegetation, and a wide range of aloes. In addition to the Hartmann’s mountain zebra found here, there are also plenty of kudu, gemsbok, klipspringer, duiker, steenbok, leopard, baboon, black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox, African wild cat, caracal and aardwolf. Naukluft’s steep escarpments are the nesting lands for numerous cliff-breeding bird species, including majestic Black eagles.

The Naukluft Mountains are located in the northeast of Sesriem, where the primary slope juts out into the desert, creating a range that is known as the Naukluft Mountains. These mountains were guarded within the Park in 1968 in order to protect a rare breeding concentration of Hartmann’s mountain zebra. Briefly following this, land was purchased to the west of the mountains and was joined to the reserve, thus creating a corridor that links the mountains to the Park. This permitted oryx, zebra and other wildlife to migrate between the two regions, and in 1979 the reserves were eventually combined to form the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Though most of the land in the Park tends to be rocky and lightly peppered with plant life, the ravines and valleys are lush. The area boasts an incredible variety of fauna and flora, and is a scenic must-see for anyone preparing a visit to Namibia.

Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan amid towering red dunes in the southern part of the Namib desert, which is part of the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Rust-red dunes mark this territory by rising 300 metres above the valley floor, a spectacular sight to see.

The Spitzkoppe

The Spitzkoppe is very popular with rock climbers all over the world due to their granite peaks, with the highest outcrop being 1784 metres above the desert floor. The peaks are for seasoned rock climbers, but despite this there are many conquests of these rocky outcrops. So if you are looking for adventure and a good challenge, why not try your hand (or feet!) and conquer one of these peaks.

Swakopmund

Swakopmund is a seaside resort with a difference, since it’s surrounded by the harsh Atlantic Ocean, a strip of foggy coastline, windswept dunes and barren gravel plains. There are plenty of action-packed activities for adrenalin junkies such as skydiving, hot-air ballooning, paragliding over the dunes, quad biking and sandboarding. However, there are also leisurely safari drives, tranquil fishing spots, an interesting museum to visit, the national Aquarium, or a boat cruise to visit the dolphins and seal colonies.

Windhoek

The capital and largest city of the Republic of Namibia, Windhoek is the social, economic and cultural hub of the country. It is a very vibrant city with much to see and do. Many African safaris begin here, so make sure to spend some time exploring the city before you head off into the desert.

The Caprivi Strip

The Caprivi is a narrow strip of land north-east of Namibia and has considerably more rain than the rest of Namibia, hence the Okavango and the Kwando rivers. This changes the landscape and vegetation slightly and you have extensive floodplains, floating papyrus swamps and lush riverine forest.

Damaraland

Damaraland has a dramatic landscape of red-hued mountains, enormous granite koppies (hills) and wide, open, sandy plains. It lies south of Etosha National Park and north of Swakopmund. Some of the highlights are the bushman paintings in Twyfelfontein, and learning more about the way they used to live off of the land.

Facts on Namibia

  • Full name: Republic of Namibia
  • Capital city: Windhoek
  • Area: 825,418 sq km; 318,694 sq miles
  • Population: 2,055,080
  • Time Zone: GMT/UTC +1 ()
  • Daylight Saving Start: 1st Sunday in September
  • Daylight Saving End: 1st Sunday in April
  • Languages: English (official); Afrikaans (official); Herero (other); German (other); OshiKwanyama (other); Nama (other)
  • Religion: Christian (80-90%); Native religions (10-20%)
  • Electricity: 240V; 50HzHz
  • Electric Plug Details South African/Indian-style plug: 2 circular metal pins above large circular grounding pin
  • Country Dialing Code: 264

 

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