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7-Day Namibia Safari Tours

4.6/5  –  226 Namibia Reviews

Namibia never disappoints. There is beauty wherever you go. Sossusvlei, with its huge red dunes, is one of Africa’s most iconic destinations. The Fish River Canyon is second only in size to the Grand Canyon. The Skeleton Coast, littered with shipwrecks and home to large seal colonies, is refreshingly wild. Etosha National Park’s pans are a magnet for wildlife in the Dry season, but tracking desert elephants and black rhinos in Damaraland offers a different kind of wildlife experience. No wonder Namibia is a photographer’s dream. To do these landscapes justice, go out in the golden hours of early morning and late afternoon, when the sun is low in the sky. You’ll get better pictures and truly feel the magic of this extraordinary place.

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6 Questions About 7-Day Namibia Safaris

 
 

6 Questions About 7-Day Namibia Safaris

Answered by Ariadne van Zandbergen

What can I expect from a 7-day Namibia safari?

“A Namibia safari is as much about the landscapes as the wildlife. The striking desert environment doesn’t support the wildlife densities of some other safari destinations. However, with such sparse vegetation, sightings tend to be excellent. The one exception is Etosha NP in the Dry season. Here you can see lots of wildlife together at the waterholes. The highlights of Namibia are spread out and you should expect a fair amount of driving time on a 7-day safari. That is, unless you opt for a fly-in safari where you hop between destinations by small aircraft. Driving time in Namibia is never wasted though. You’ll get to appreciate the vast open spaces and endless horizons. The daily routine of a 7-day Namibia safari consists of 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 less active and hide in the shade. When staying 2 or more nights in a lodge, you get a chance to relax when you get back from your morning excursion. Afternoons are usually spent exploring again. You might get back to the lodge before dusk or even after dark if you are doing a night drive where you look for nocturnal animals by spotlight.”

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Where should I go on a Namibia trip?

“A popular 7-day itinerary includes stays at Windhoek, the capital city, Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert, the coastal town of Swakopmund and Etosha NP. On this tour you can also visit Walvis Bay for its flamingos, pelicans and other birdlife, and Cape Cross for its seal colony. You can add a stop in Damaraland, especially on a fly-in safari. Here you can see some of the best rock art in southern Africa at Twyfelfontein. If you get a chance to go deeper into this magnificent wild area, you’ll have the opportunity to see desert elephants. Another option is to head south from Windhoek to one of the most impressive viewpoints in the country, the Fish River Canyon. This can be combined with stops in Tsau //Khaeb National Park, Sossusvlei and Swakopmund. There are obviously lots of different options and you’ll have to make some hard choices when going on a 7-day Namibia safari. If you’re going on a road trip (self-drive or guided), you should avoid trying to cover too much distance.”

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What kinds of tours are available for a Namibia safari?

“There are different ways to travel in Namibia on a one-week safari. You can book a private tour or a shared tour. If you’re not a group person, private might work best for you. It also gives you the most flexibility. Your guide won’t have to consider other travelers, so they can discuss the daily program with you and accommodate your wishes where possible. However, shared tours are great fun and a good opportunity to meet people sharing your love for travel. And group tours are usually more cost-effective than private tours. When booking a shared tour, always check the maximum number of people and the vehicle used. 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. If you feel adventurous and you like more independence on your travels, you can consider booking a self-drive safari. Namibia is a very safe country and self-drive holidays are popular here. While it is possible to rent a vehicle and make your own travel arrangements, many visitors prefer to leave the planning to the experts. This doesn’t only save you time, it also ensures that travel distances are realistic and bookings are confirmed. This kind of package usually includes 24/7 road assistance in case of a breakdown or any other problem.”

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Should I choose a fly-in or road safari?

“When booking a 7-day Namibia tour, you should think about whether a fly-in or road safari is most suitable for you. Both have pros and cons to consider. There are many 7-day road safaris available in Namibia. One week isn’t a lot of time for a Namibia safari and you can expect to be spending quite a lot of time driving between destinations. The long drives can be tiring, but covering distance gives you a chance to appreciate the scenery and the emptiness of this beautiful country. However, the main advantage of a road safari is that it is cheaper than a fly-in safari. If you want to save valuable time on a 7-day Namibia safari, a fly-in safari is a good choice. It allows you to spend more time at prime locations without having to schedule overnight stops between highlights. 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 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 Namibia trip?

“Namibia has a dry desert climate and can be visited throughout the year. Overall the best time for wildlife viewing is from June to October, the middle and end of the Dry season. Etosha NP, in particular, is a very seasonal park. During these months, animals gather around the waterholes and sightings tend to be phenomenal. Once the rains start, animals disperse and the viewing is more hit-and-miss. The Wet season, especially from November to February, is usually very hot and humid. April and May are lovely months in Namibia. As the rains subside, temperatures are mild and the scenery is green and crisp. Even when traveling in the Wet season, rainfall is sporadic. It usually comes in afternoon thunderstorms, which can be refreshing as the temperatures drop temporarily. December to April is the low season and you might get discounted packages during these months.”

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How much will a 7-day Namibia safari cost?

“You can expect a starting price of US$1,000 per person for a 7-day shared camping tour, going up to US$3,000 per person for a mid-range private tour. Fly-in tours start at around US$4,500 per person. There are a lot of factors that determine the cost of a safari in Namibia. The most budget-friendly option is to join a group camping tour. These are a lot of fun, but there is some lovely accommodation to choose from, and staying in safari lodges can be part of the experience. There are lodges in different price brackets offering different levels of luxury and comfort. Most popular is mid-range accommodation at competitive prices. Whether you’re going for a mid-range or luxury tour, you should consider traveling out of the high season. You’ll probably get a better deal at this time; the scenery is lusher and the parks are less busy. Be warned though that animals in Etosha NP are scattered and harder to find at that time. Once you’ve narrowed down your priorities, get a few quotes before making a final decision. ”

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Namibia Reviews

4.6/5 226 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, former 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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Karen  –  
Australia AU
Reviewed: May 22, 2024
A land of contrasts? Landscapes change as you move around the country.
5/5

We did a fly-in Safari, visiting Sossusvlei where the Sand Dunes and hot air ballooning were the highlights, then Swakopmund with a 4WD trip along the sand dunes to Sandwich Harbour. Next Damaraland to a gorge, cultural visit and bush...

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Kyle Fiddelke  –  
United States US
Reviewed: May 21, 2024
Truly Magical!!!
5/5

This was my second time to this beautiful country. The people, the place, and the stunning scenery are unmatched in my travels. You cannot go wrong with a visit through the variety of landscapes, cultures, flora and fauna!

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Andrew J  –  
United States US
Reviewed: May 9, 2024
The raw beauty of the country is striking.
5/5

Doing a self-drive in this country is an experience like no other. It is the most rugged, desolate, and hauntingly beautiful place I have ever been. The dunes, the sea, the wind, the rock, the vast emptiness. We saw stars at night with...

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Dave Manson  –  
South Africa ZA
Reviewed: Apr 30, 2024
The most diverse scenery that still looks untouched by humans.
4/5

Arranged the Trip through Great Explorations. (Outstanding) Flew to Windhoek and hired a 4x4 from Namibia 2 Go. Drove down to Sesriem in the South where the magnificent red dunes then Deadvlei where the trees are frozen in time from a...

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