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Namibia Safaris

Namibia, a destination in Africa that is often overlooked. An intriguing and lunar landscape of vast desert, sweeping dunes, and seascapes, Namibia is incredibly rich when it comes to natural resources and offers some of Africa’s most breathtaking scenery. Contrasting starkly with other savannah and rainforest countries of the continent, journeying into Namibia’s interior is an eye-opening experience. Some say it does not have the plethora of wildlife that the east or southern African destinations can have, however, what it does have is space and lots of it. Space that offers the modern-day traveller a truly unique experience and a variety of choices from the monumental dunes of Sossusvlei, to the wild coasts of the Atlantic, the desert region of Damaraland, and the savannah plains of Etosha.

Safaris in Namibia offer a variety of travel options where most other African destinations do not. Traditionally, safaris in Africa revolve around game drives and being driven from one place to another. In Namibia, why not rent a 4x4 and set off on a self-drive and explore on your own. If that’s too daunting, then enjoy the freedom of a self-drive but stop in at lodges along the way to offer you that break and allow you to sit back and enjoy comfort as you go. Alternatively, take to the skies with a flying safari; a must when exploring these vast landscapes. Flying safaris afford you even more flexibility than a self-drive as you drop in on camps from the sky, pitch camp in the midst of deserts alone, or hop the skeleton coast taking in the shipwrecks as you go.

Why Natural World Safaris for your Namibia Safari?

Natural World Safaris specialises in tailor-made safaris and has a team of experts who have extensive knowledge of Namibia's wildlife, culture, and geography. Committed to sustainable tourism, we work with local communities and conservation organisations to protect Namibia's natural resources. A Namibian safari can be tailored to suit and with such a host of attractions, your safari can take many different shapes. We offer a range of safari options from luxury lodges to camping adventures and can customise your itinerary to suit your budget and specific interests.

How much does Namibia cost?

Due to the vast size of the country, we would recommend no less than a 10 day safari to Namibia. A 10-day self-drive safari to Namibia, starts from £7000 per person. If you prefer a fly-in safari, you are looking at starting from £19000.

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The Namibia Safari Experience

  • Fly-in Safari - The fly-in safari offers unbeatable aerial views and quick connection to the various highlights of Namibia.
  • Self Drive - The self-drive safari allows you to take to the well-paved, unhurried and empty roads with complete flexibility to see what you want, when you want.
  • Namib Desert - Often referred to as the world’s oldest desert, with brilliant red dunes set against a vivid blue sky. Endless deserts punctuated by skeletal trees and the odd incongruous breakout of vegetation.
  • Fish River Canyon - The deep south plays home to the second largest canyon in the world second only to the Grand Canyon in the USA, a quiet region with some stunning trekking experiences for the more active among us.
  • Sossusvlei - These gigantic dunes are to be marvelled at on an early sunrise adventure; climbing them is not to be underestimated, but that early morning trek earns its just rewards as the sun draws up over the horizon and the landscape below lights up as the day begins.
  • Damaraland - Offers the chance to track the desert-adapted wildlife of this unforgiving region, whilst the vast savannah plains and pans of Etosha provide the backdrop for a more traditional African safari experience.

Where to Stay in Namibia?

Namibia’s safari lodges also offer a generous selection from adventure to luxury, offering the ideal camping spots for those self-drive enthusiasts, or the perfect luxury getaways for those wanting a bit more comfort. What you can be assured of however, whatever your choice, is that wherever you stay, you are likely to have never-ending views of vast Namibian landscapes unfolding before your eyes. Read more about where to stay.

When to Go to Namibia?

Namibia can be visited year-round but the best time for wildlife viewing is during the dry season from June to October. During this time, the climate is dry, pleasant and the wildlife congregates around waterholes so is easier to spot. In the wet season, wildlife will be harder to spot and some days will be humid with afternoon thunderstorms. Read more about when to go to Namibia.

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Namibia Safaris FAQs

Is Namibia good for a safari?

Absolutely, Namibia is an excellent destination for safaris. Its diverse landscapes, including the iconic sand dunes of the Namib Desert and the wildlife-rich parks like Etosha National Park, offer incredible opportunities to observe a wide variety of animals in their natural habitats. The country's commitment to conservation and well-managed tourism infrastructure make it a top choice for both first-time and experienced safari-goers. Whether you're interested in spotting the Big Five, unique desert-adapted species, or stunning desert scenery, Namibia's safaris promise unforgettable experiences for nature and wildlife enthusiasts.

Check out our Namibia wildlife guide for detail on animal spotting opportunities.

What to wear on safari in Namibia

For a safari in Namibia, opt for neutral-toned clothing like khakis and browns to blend with the environment. Pack lightweight, long-sleeved attire for sun and insect protection, and don't forget a wide-brimmed hat. Closed-toe, comfortable shoes are essential. Layering is key for chilly mornings and evenings. Sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent, and a rain jacket might be needed. Respect local customs with appropriate attire for cultural visits. Binoculars, camera gear, and swimwear complete the essentials for an unforgettable Namibian safari experience.

Is Namibia a good family destination?

Namibia is a fantastic destination for families, offering limitless adventure opportunities and great value for money.

Many lodges and camps will only accept children 12 years and over, but there are some that are specific family accommodations that cater your younger children. Get in contact with us to find out how we can tailor a trip for your family.

Do I need travel insurance for Namibia?

As part of the Terms and Conditions of your safari with Natural World Safaris it is essential that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance when making final payment for your safari.

Your insurance should be inclusive of full medical cover including costs of emergency repatriation, cancellation and travel delay.

How safe is Namibia?

Namibia is a safe and captivating destination for tourists, offering a stable political environment and relatively low crime rates. Its diverse natural wonders, from the Namib Desert's dunes to Etosha National Park's wildlife, provide ample exploration opportunities. The friendly and welcoming nature of the Namibian people further adds to the sense of safety for visitors. Just remember to follow standard safety precautions and stay informed about any travel advisories for a secure and enjoyable trip.

Are there luggage limits?

The amount of luggage you can bring to Namibia will depend on your chosen safari type and how you will be travelling.

For fly-in and guided driving safari departures the luggage limits are between 12 and 20kg per person and soft bags must be used to minimize luggage damage. Any excess luggage can be safely stored with us in our Windhoek office, or in Maun or Kasane if you are flying into the Okavango Delta.

Can I drink tap water in Namibia?

Tap water is purified in hotels, lodges and other public places so is safe to drink. If you are worried about drinking the tap water, bottled water is available to purchase throughout Namibia.

Two litre bottles of water are available in the supermarkets which are great if you are on a self-drive safari. If you need to purify water yourself, you can do this by boiling it if you have gas, or by using purification tablets. Vitamin C tablets are good for disguising the taste.

Am I safe on a self-drive safari in Namibia?

Safety is often a concern, but Namibia boasts a notably low crime rate against tourists, offering a secure environment. The roads are well-maintained and sparsely travelled, making self-navigation straightforward. A local mobile phone is provided with lodge contacts and ground operator details for support. Maps, guidance, and essential information are supplied before departure, ensuring a seamless experience. Car handover and thorough checks occur in Windhoek, with comprehensive insurance covering various aspects. Lodge coordination and emergency assistance are facilitated through provided mobile phones. Optional GPS and Sat phone hire enhance your journey. Namibia's self-drive safaris combine ease, safety, and exploration.