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Namibia Safari Tours & Holidays

A safari in Namibia is as much about the wildlife as the country's scenic beauty. In Etosha National Park it has one of the most storied wildlife reserves on the continent, but there’s so much more to experience here. The national parks of the Caprivi Strip are only now getting the attention they deserve, while the dune-scapes of the Skeleton Coast and its hinterland are simply extraordinary. And these are just starting points for exploring a country rich in experiences and safari possibilities.

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8 Questions About Namibia Safaris

Answered by Anthony Ham

When is the best time to visit Namibia?

“If I had to choose one month for a Namibia tour, it would be June (followed by May). Although June temperatures can plummet overnight, you get the best of both worlds: high-season prices have yet to kick in, but the weather is ideal for outdoor exploration. As long as you don’t mind high-season prices and higher numbers of visitors with whom to share the wilderness, July through to October is also excellent with generally dry, clear weather and good visibility; by October, temperatures are starting to rise towards uncomfortable levels. The rains are less of an issue here than they are elsewhere in southern Africa, but rain does occur, especially from December through to March or April. At this time, birdlife is abundant, but some off-road trails may be difficult and, with more water sources scattered around, wildlife tends to disperse and be harder to find.”

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Why visit Namibia, and what are the major attractions?

“Wildlife is a major draw for visitors on Namibia safaris. Etosha National Park, in particular, is one of Africa’s most celebrated safari destinations – and rightly so. Its combination of hallucinatory salt pans and large wildlife populations (including lions, elephants and plains animals in abundance) give it a cachet found in few other parks. Less commonly visited but for many travelers equally rewarding are Damaraland and the reserves of the Caprivi Strip (such as Bwabwata and Nkasa Rupara National Parks). Landscapes are another highlight, from the Waterberg Plateau Park and Namib-Naukluft Park to Kaokoland and Fish River Canyon, Africa’s answer to the Grand Canyon – stark beauty takes on many forms here. Namibia has long been a popular destination for self-drive safaris, but a Namibia safari is now just as likely to be characterized by luxury lodges, both exclusive and remote, that bring class and comfort to the whole experience.”


What does a Namibian holiday cost?

“It is possible to do a Namibia safari on the cheap, by renting a 4WD and heading out into the wild. While vehicle rental costs are generally high, and fuel is never cheap, your vehicle will also be your home, and camping and national park fees are not as expensive as in some other countries. As a minimum, count on paying US$175 per person per day. If you’re looking for higher comfort levels and for someone else to take care of the arrangements, Namibia safari prices also reach for the high-end rather well. Although there are degrees of comfort and cost, the cost of a Namibia safari package tour can go as high as US$1075 per person per day.”


How is the wildlife viewing in Namibia?

“The best places to see wildlife on a Namibia safari are in the country’s north. Etosha National Park is especially good for lions and elephants, but you’ll also see giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and all manner of antelope species. After dark, black rhinos congregate at waterholes, including those alongside some of the main camping areas, and it was here that the BBC first filmed this unusual behavior. African wild dogs are a possibility up in the northwest, while sable, sitatunga and red lechwe are highlights in Bwabwata National Park. The northwest, too – especially Damaraland and Kaokoland – is famed for its desert-adapted lions and elephants, with leopards and spotted hyenas also possible. Further south, wildlife is scarcer – the scenery is the main reason to visit, rather than the wildlife.”

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How safe is Namibia for tourists?

“Namibia is generally safe, and you’re unlikely to experience any problems in safari areas, such as parks, reserves and wilderness areas. Although most Namibian cities are considered safe and very few travelers run into trouble, you should be careful in larger cities, especially Windhoek, where petty crime is a growing problem. Road conditions are generally excellent along the main road network, although off-road conditions can prove difficult, from the deep sands of the Namib-Naukluft and Khaudum National Park to the axle-breaking rocks of Damaraland and Kaokoland. If self-driving in these areas, make sure you are prepared. Political stability is another hallmark of Namibia. The only risk of malaria is in the extreme north, along the border with Angola and in the Caprivi Strip.”


How do I select a reliable Namibian tour operator?

“Your first stop when planning Namibia holidays should be Apart from seeing the widest range of safari options in the one place, the insights that you’ll get from expert reviews of the parks and from travelers’ impressions of, and experiences with, those offering Namibia tours could prove invaluable. Beyond that, talk at length to any company with whom you are thinking of traveling. No question should go unanswered – a visit here can be expensive and you have a right to be well informed about what you’re paying for. Safaris are dream destinations for so many, and avoiding a nasty surprise or an avoidable disappointment while on the trip of a lifetime should be more than enough motivation for asking questions of the company you book with. Make sure that you spell out your expectations of your Namibia safari – is it wildlife or the landscapes that you most want to see? What wildlife is on your bucket list? What’s your daily itinerary? How many hours can you expect to spend in the car each day? If a company is unwilling or even reluctant to answer these questions, you should look elsewhere.”


What type of accommodation can I expect on a safari?

“If you’re self-driving, as so many visitors to Namibia do, you’ll likely sleep in a tent: either on the ground or on the roof of the vehicle. Camping areas in Namibia are often crowded, especially in popular wildlife areas like Etosha National Park, but they’re also fenced, unlike in neighboring Botswana. Most also have facilities that include showers, toilets and sometimes even restaurants, kiosks and swimming pools. Elsewhere, Namibia has a full complement of lodges and hotels, usually on the fringes of wilderness areas. These span the full range of costs and comfort levels. Inside the parks, reserves and remote areas, luxury lodges and tented camps, often designed to blend into their surroundings, dominate. They often have just eight to 10 tents, ensuring an exclusive experience at all times. Tents are large, with comfortable beds, writing desks, private bathrooms and private decks or terraces; the night noises of Africa are a wonderful lullaby, while cooling evening breezes also make the safari tent one of my favorite places to sleep anywhere on earth.”


What can I expect from an African safari in Namibia?

“If your Namibia tour is all about wildlife, expect a similar experience in Namibia as you would elsewhere in Africa – a pre-dawn wake-up call, safari drives in the very early morning and again in the late afternoon, and perhaps even a night drive. On these drives, you’ll be accompanied by a guide, a driver and sometimes a local tracker perched on a seat on the hood of the vehicle, looking for animal spoor. You can also expect a full breakfast after you return from the morning’s drive, plus lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, all interspersed with ample relaxation time. If your visit is more about exploring wild landscapes, your focus may be different, but the daily rhythms, built in part around avoiding being out and about during the hottest parts of the day, are likely to be similar.”


Namibia Safari Reviews

4.6/5 191 Reviews
Lizzie Williams  –  
South Africa ZA

Lizzie is a reputed guidebook writer and author of the Footprint guides to South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Unspoilt wilderness and unique and stunning landscapes offering a variety of contrasting safari expe

A hauntingly beautiful country that stretches along the west coast of southern Africa, with wide open spaces, big skies and some of the earth's most mystical and vivid sunsets, any visitor is blown away by the way Namibia ‘looks’ –...

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Christopher Clark  –  
United Kingdom UK

Christopher is a British travel writer and has contributed to various Fodor's guidebooks and a range of travel magazines.

Sand, salt pans and stars: Southern Africa’s wild west

With the exception of the verdant Zambezi Region, most of Namibia is comprised of harsh and inhospitable desert, but I’ve always found it staggeringly beautiful. Namibia was the first place I really travelled in Africa; I’ve been back...

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Deeksha Rathi  –  
United Kingdom UK
Reviewed: Dec 21, 2022
Epic landscape and lovely people

We did an 11 day wildlife, dunes and canyons trip, booked by Indigo safaris and organised locally by Chameleon safaris. From the time we landed to the time we left, we saw amazing landscapes - it’s really a breathtaking variety of...

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Pedro A. E. Duarte  –  
Portugal PT
Reviewed: Nov 19, 2022
Namíbia Is the most civilized country and also one of the most beatifull from the ones i know.

Namibia is a country with very beautiful landscapes.
It is also a country with excellent natural parks where we can observe its abundant fauna and flora.
all this in a country with a very friendly, civilized and welcoming population.

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Pauline  –  
United States US
Reviewed: Oct 13, 2022

We choose to visit Southern Namibia including the Kalahari Desert, Fish River Canyon, Kolemanskop, Luderitz, the colossal dunes of Sossusvlei. Swakopmund, Spitzkoppe and Windhoek. Each destination offered great scenery, wildlife, beautiful...

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Phil Atkinson  –  
United Kingdom UK
Reviewed: Oct 4, 2022
A wonderful few weeks in an extraordinary country. We will be back as much more to see

We booked very late really, early August but our tour organiser, Lilly of Great Explorations Namibia, pulled out all the stops to ensure we had our agreed car and accommodation which was great. Time is always an issue with trips as there is...

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