Namibia

Vast wilderness of spectacular deserts and wonderful wildlife

Namibia is a vast arid wilderness of rocky deserts, spectacular sand dunes, wild coastline and incredible wildlife.  The country’s well maintained and empty roads mean that it is a perfect destination for a self drive holiday.  For the more adventurous, roof top camping vehicles can be hired, but Namibia can also be visited as a private or small group tour.  Highlights of Namibia include:

  • the towering red sand dunes of Soussuvlei in the Namib Desert. Said to be the highest in the world, one of the dunes, Big Daddy, rises over 300m above the desert floor
  • Namibia’s Grand Canyon, Fish River Canyon,  is a harsh but stunning environment.  At nearby Luderitz you can visit abandoned diamond mines and mining ghost towns
  • Etosha National Park, an area of bush, savannah and salt pans covering over 8600 square miles in the north west of Namibia.  It is a great place for viewing the wildlife which gather at watering holes in the dry season, having an abundance of African elephant, giraffe, lions, leopards and more.  In fact the greater park is home to several hundred species.  
  • the Skeleton Coast, named after the bones from whaling that once lay scattered on its shores, is home to colonies of Cape Fur Seals and seabirds.  Inland, amongst its sand dunes, canyons and mountains you can find desert adapted elephants, black rhino, lions, giraffe, zebra and cheetahs.  Offshore you can see killer whales, dolphins and humpback whales.   
  • Damaraland is a rocky desert wilderness with huge granite domes and geological features such as Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain.  You can visit caves with rock engravings and paintings.  
  • Swakopmund is coastal centre for adventure activities including sand boarding, quad biking, parachuting and deep sea fishing.  It is also a great place for birdwatching.  
  • Visit the Africat Foundation in Okomjima and stay in one of its lodges where you can track cheetah on foot and watch leopards from hides or game viewing vehicles.  The aim of the foundation is long term conservation and survival of Namibia’s largest carnivores in their natural habitat.  
  • Flying time: 15 hours via Johannesburg
  • Time difference: + 2 hours
  • Currency: Namibian dollar and South African Rand
  • Best time of year to travel: April to October

Ideas for a trip to Namibia

Here are some ideas for trips to Namibia all of which can be adapted for you and we are always happy to create a bespoke trip from scratch

Self Drive Namibia

from £3350 per person
A two-week self-drive circular trip around Namibia that takes in the most famous highlights including: the Africat project at Okonjima, game viewing in the world-famous Etosha National Park, tracking rhino in the stark and mesmerising deserts in the Damaraland, visiting the coastal town of Swakopmund and last by no means least, climbing the towering dunes of the Sossusvlei. Throughout you stay in top quality camps, lodges and guesthouses.

Namibia in Style - Fly around safari

from £4805 per person
Namibia’s vast and cinematic landscapes make travel by light-aircraft the perfect way to get around and to cover great distances quickly. Not only is the experience exhilarating but the views are superb. On this 11 day trip you will stay in some of Namibia’s best accommodation and take in world-famous Sossusvlei, Etosha and Damaraland.

Group Camping Safari

from £1995 plus flights
Group trip across the vast Namibian deserts and through national parks in a customised overlanding truck on this true African adventure. From searching for wildlife in Etosha National Park to climbing some of the largest sand dunes in the world, this trip covers Namibia's highlights. Includes 7 nights' camping and 4 nights' hotels and lodges

Frequently Asked Questions

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Although British nationals can enter Namibia for a holiday or private visit of up to 90 days without a visa, there have been cases where visitors have only been given permission to stay for periods much shorter than 90 days, sometimes as short as only 7 or 10 days. Before leaving the immigration desk in the airport arrivals hall, check that you have been given permission to stay in Namibia for the duration of your intended visit up to the maximum allowable of 90 days and that you have been given a correctly dated entry stamp by Namibian Immigration officials, as this will be checked on departure.  check latest information on FCO website.  

Ensure your usual immunisations are up to date and consider Diphtheria, Tetanus and Hepatitis A.  For more information visit the NHS Fit for Travel pages.  

It’s illegal to buy, sell, kill or capture any protected wild animal or trade its parts without a licence. Namibia is a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which bans trade in ivory and rhino horn. Anyone caught buying or trafficking these goods will be prosecuted and could receive a prison sentence or fine.  

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