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10-Day Namibia Safari Tours

4.6/5  –  191 Namibia Reviews

A vast land of immense beauty, Namibia never disappoints. Its defining feature is the Namib Desert, a sea of sand following the country’s 1,600km coastline. Wildlife is sparse in this stark environment, but seeing a single gemsbok walk among the shifting sands will take your breath away. Damaraland is home to desert-adapted elephants and rhinos. With the help of talented locals, who have tracking in their blood, you might come upon them against all odds. Etosha National Park in the Dry season is another sight to behold. It’s not uncommon to see up to 10 different animal species at a waterhole at the same time. If you like to get away from it all and to be overwhelmed by natural beauty, Namibia should be the right fit.

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6 Questions About 10-Day Namibia Safari

 
 

6 Questions About 10-Day Namibia Safari

Answered by Ariadne van Zandbergen

What can I expect from a 10-day Namibia safari?

“On your 10-day tour you’ll probably visit several scenic highlights, such as Sossusvlei or the Fish River Canyon. Namibia is a great wildlife destination, but it’s the landscapes that really set this country apart. Just seeing these breathtaking landmarks under the blue Namibian skies is a special treat, but there are lots of activities on offer too. You can go quad biking between immense red dunes or sand boarding down their steep slopes. While this might be much too adventurous for some of us, you might be tempted by an early morning hot-air-balloon flight across the Namib Desert or a light-aircraft flight along the Skeleton Coast. Many tours incorporate a few days in Etosha NP, where you’ll get a chance to see a lot of wildlife. You might do some conventional game drives, but it’s worth sitting at the waterholes and letting the animals come to you. As with anywhere in Africa, the daily routine on a Namibia safari is getting out and about early in the morning and late afternoon. Especially when looking for wildlife on game drives. The middle of the day is hot and animals become inactive and hide in the shade. When in Namibia, we should do the same.”

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Is 10 days a good length of time for a Namibia safari?

“Ten days is a fair amount of time for a Namibia safari. You’ll be able to see some of the main highlights, as well as some lesser-known locations along your route. There are a lot of places of interest in Namibia, so you’ll obviously have to make some hard choices, but 10 days will give you a chance to get a good feel for what the country has to offer. It’s also a good amount of time to get away from your work or other responsibilities at home. Although 10 days is a decent amount of time, you still need to resist the temptation to cram too much into your itinerary. Moving lodges every day is tiresome and it tends to be relatively unproductive in terms of wildlife viewing and sightseeing. Aim to spend at least 2 nights in each destination. That way you get some much-needed downtime in the middle of the day and you don’t lose too much valuable time moving between places.”

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What kinds of tours are available for a 10-day Namibia safari?

“There are different kinds of 10-day tours available in Namibia. Use the filters on the SafariBookings website to select the types of tours that suit your preferences and budget. Firstly, you can choose between a private or a shared tour. Shared tours are not for everybody, but some people love them and they’re a great way to meet people with a common interest for travel. They tend to be cheaper, especially if you are a single traveler. A big advantage of a private tour is that dates are more flexible. Also, your guide won’t have to worry about other guests and will be able to accommodate your wishes within reason. Group sizes of shared tours are variable and the vibe of a big or small tour tends to be different. Larger groups often travel in overland trucks, while groups of up to six or eight people usually get around in a minivan or 4x4 vehicle. As Namibia is very safe and crime is almost unheard of, self-drive safaris are popular too. The roads are mostly excellent and it’s easy to get around. The most adventurous way to travel is to rent a car and prebook all accommodation yourself or even just improvise as you go along. To make the most of a safari in Namibia, it might, however, make more sense to leave the planning to the experts. This saves you time and ensures that distances are realistic and bookings are confirmed. As this kind of package usually includes 24/7 road assistance, you are less likely to lose valuable time in case of a breakdown or other problem.”

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When booking a 10-day Namibia tour, should I choose a fly-in or road safari?

“When booking a 10-day Namibia tour you’ll have a choice between fly-in or road safaris. Both have their pros and cons. There are many great 10-day road safaris available in Namibia. You’ll probably follow a circular route visiting several highlights and other travel destinations. Note though that the main places of interest are spread out and you should expect a fair amount of driving time on a 10-day road safari. Time on the road is never wasted though; you’ll get to appreciate the vast open spaces and endless horizons. Fly-in safaris, where you get around by small aircraft, are also quite popular in Namibia. Although more pricey, they are a good way to save time traveling between destinations and you can incorporate highlights that are far apart. Fly-in packages are usually tied in with luxury accommodation. In some cases these lodges are in remote locations and offer a high level of exclusivity. Even if you can’t afford a full fly-in safari, you can consider combining a road safari with a flight to stay in one of the country’s remote fly-in lodges.”

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What is the best time of the year for a safari in Namibia?

“Namibia can be visited throughout the year. It has a dry desert climate and rainfall rarely interferes with travel plans. Wildlife viewing is, however, best from June to October, the middle and end of the Dry season, especially in Etosha NP. The waterholes in Etosha are a magnet for animals when water in the bush has dried out. Once the rains start, animals spread out and the viewing is not as certain. It is hot and humid in the Wet season from November to February. The Dry season months are more pleasant during the day, but cold at night. April and May are perhaps the most pleasant with temperate temperatures and little rain. Landscapes are green and the air is crisp at this time. December to April is the low season and you might get good deals during these months. ”

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How much does a 10-day Namibia safari cost?

“You can expect a starting price of US$1,500 per person for a 10-day shared camping tour. Mid-range private tours start at about US$3,500 per person, and fly-in tours start at around US$8,000 per person. There are several factors that determine the price of a 10-day Namibia safari. Joining a camping group tour is the most budget-friendly option. It’s a great way to feel close to nature and bond with fellow travelers. There is a wide range of accommodation to choose from too. Prices depend on the level of comfort and luxury. Namibia has a good selection of mid-range lodges offering competitive prices. Whether you’re going for a mid-range or luxury tour, you could consider traveling out of high season. Not only are prices favorable, the scenery is more beautiful and there are few travelers around at that time. This isn’t the optimum time for Etosha though. Once you’ve narrowed down your priorities, get a few quotes before making a final decision. ”

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Namibia Reviews

4.6/5 191 Reviews
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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
5/5

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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Mike Unwin  –  
United Kingdom UK

Mike is an award winning wildlife writer, editor of Travel Zambia magazine and author of the Bradt Guide to Southern African Wildlife.

Harsh beauty
5/5

Namibia breaks the mould. Its rugged rock and desert landscapes provide a quite different backdrop – and thus different visitor experience – from any other African safari destination. For many, the country’s attractions are as much...

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Deeksha Rathi  –  
United Kingdom UK
Reviewed: Dec 21, 2022
Epic landscape and lovely people
5/5

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.
4/5

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
Spectacular
5/5

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
5/5

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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