Namibia is celebrated for its vast open landscapes; an abundance of space in which to inhale deeply and bask in an infinite supply of blue skies and star filled nights. Its immensity of space – it is the fifth largest country in Africa (and about the size of France and Holland combined) – is accentuated by the fact that it is the driest country south of the Sahara, with vast portions of its landmass split across two deserts.
Namibia is also a land of startling contrasts that straddle the two great deserts; the Namib (after which the country is named) is the oldest desert on the planet with its sea of red sand lying along the Atlantic coastline, whilst in the eastern interior lies the Kalahari, a vast and sparsely vegetated savannah that sprawls across the border into neighbouring South Africa and Botswana.
To the far south is the Fish River Canyon, a massive feature little known and rarely visited in any numbers but on a scale to rival many more famous canyons on the planet. Moving further north you enter the stunningly beautiful Namib Sand Sea of the Namib Desert where the red dunes of Sossusvlei soar up to 250 metres in height and change colour in spectacular fashion with each dusk and dawn. The northern coastline is dominated by the Skeleton Coast, with its graveyard of ships driven ashore by Atlantic storms.
The many national parks and game reserves boast a huge variety of wildlife in a kaleidoscope of differing environments; giraffes and elephants amble across the blinding white salt pans of the Etosha National Park, oryx plunge headlong up the impossibly steep red dunes at Sossusvlei and seals in their many thousand colonise beaches along the world famous Skeleton Coast. Astonishing contrasts are everywhere for the visitor to savour and photograph.
The distances involved between destinations in Namibia are truly huge and visitors are advised to fly between camps. This allows a greater appreciation of the country in all its vast splendour. If you decide to self-drive then hire a vehicle up to the job, a 4×4 being ideal and give yourself sufficient time to cover the distances between camps, given that many roads are shale and therefore you will be driving slower than you may think. Also spend at least two nights at each location, three ideally, or your holiday will just become time in a car. We’ll advise you on this.
Namibia can be combined with Mozambique
Below is an exciting selection of our suggested Namibia itineraries. As with all our itineraries, they can be adapted to suit your requirements. Please get in touch to discuss your bespoke safari.
Additional Namibia Information
Namibia has a dry climate typical of a semi-desert country where droughts are a regular occurrence. Days are mostly warm to very hot, although not humid, whilst nights are generally cool. Rain falls in the summer months from October to May and snow has even been known on the highest dunes in Sossusvlei. Wildlife in the Etosha National Park disperses during the rainy seasons but converge on available water sources from July onwards. October to December can be very hot but game viewing excellent.
We would advise all travellers, prior to booking, to consult the Foreign & Commonwealth Office travel advice for the country(s) they are thinking of visiting, both in respect of the safety of travel and also passport and visa requirements. Please click here.
Articles on Namibia
Our news section is regularly updated with inspirational articles to help you plan your safari holiday. Below is a selection of articles featuring Namibia.
Where To Go In Namibia
One of Africa’s newest countries, Namibia is still a relatively unknown destination that offers visitors the opportunity to experience a more authentic Africa. It’s also an incredibly varied part of the continent encompassing the seemingly never-ending expanse of the Namib Desert, after which the country is named, the eerily captivating Skeleton Coast, the lofty sand dunes of Sossusvlei, and the vast white Etosha salt pan.
Namibia’s range of climate and tiny population make it ideal for an intimate safari experience that offers excellent viewing of wildlife adapted to this stark desert landscape.
Visit the Etosha salt pan for dense herds of large game, drawn here during the dry season for the waterholes. If you’re lucky you may catch a glimpse of the endangered black rhino or the rare gemsbok, and be prepared for a spectacular gathering of flamingos.
The north-west of the country is home to the desolate Skeleton Coast, a vast coastal wilderness of decaying shipwrecks and whale bones, and home to Mowe Bay, one of the largest seal colonies in the world.
In the south, the show-stopping scenery of the Namib-Naukluft National Park is home to the magnificent red sand dunes of Sossusvlei, best viewed from the air in the still of the morning.
Where To Stay In Namibia
Here at Signature Safaris, we have an impressive array of Namibia camps and resorts. For further information on our accommodation options, please contact us directly.
When To Go To Namibia
To ensure you visit Namibia at the optimum time for you, we’ve compiled some climate details to help you plan your trip.
Namibia’s climate is generally dry and pleasant, and it’s often called one of the sunniest countries in the world. November to March can be extremely hot and generally have the highest rainfall, though this varies depending on the region.
These are the average lows and highs for Namibia:
Average rainfall but will vary according to where you are in Namibia:
What To Do In Namibia
A Namibian safari offers visitors an African experience like no other. Fly over the eerily beautiful Skeleton Coast to witness the skeletal remains of ships lured here by the dense coastal fog, laying next whale bones washed ashore in stormy seas. Also in the north-west, visitors can watch a diverse array of wildlife that’s adapted to cope with this harsh desert landscape.
Head inland to stroll through the petrified forest, view some of the oldest bushman rock art, and visit the iconic Etosha salt pan to witness dense herds of big game and spend an evening watching the endangered black rhino by moonlight.
Further south, climb the world’s tallest sand dunes to watch the sun-rise or fly over these spectacular rolling waves of sand at dawn for a magical experience. For an adrenaline rush, head further south to Fish River Canyon for a unique hiking experience and a choice of adventure activities.
When travelling to a new destination it’s good to understand a little about the country, so here are some essential details about Namibia.
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