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Namibia Luxury Safari Tours

4.5/5  –  183 Namibia Reviews

Dreaming of a Namibia luxury safari? The country's big open spaces seem custom-made for the kind of exclusive, deep-wilderness experience most travelers think of when imagining such a holiday. The country has an extraordinary breadth of landscapes, terrific wildlife-viewing possibilities and an experienced safari industry. Although there are exceptions, many of Namibia’s luxury lodges and tented camps inhabit some of the most beautiful country in Africa. With very few visitors nearby, there’s often a real sense of having discovered your own private corner of the continent.

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6 Questions About Namibia Luxury Safaris

Answered by Anthony Ham

Why should I choose Namibia for a luxury safari?

“Namibia is perfect for a luxury safari because it is home to some of Africa’s most spectacular landscapes and best wildlife experiences. It also has one of Africa’s fastest-growing safari industries, with fabulous new tented camps and lodges being added to the country’s luxury portfolio every year. The rich wildlife of Etosha and elsewhere combine with landscapes of real beauty. This includes deep canyons in the south, rugged mountains in Damaraland and soulful seas of sand all along the Skeleton Coast and beyond. At the luxury end of the market you’ll find the operators, lodges and tented camps that truly take advantage of the remoteness. There’s practically nowhere that a Namibia luxury safari can’t reach and there may well be occasions when your nearest neighbors are 50km/31mi or even 100km/62mi distant. If this is your first time on safari or your first trip to Africa, Namibia has another advantage. Often described as Africa for beginners, Namibia is a safe travel destination, and one with a highly professional safari industry.”

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What is included in a Namibia luxury safari?

“Almost all Namibia luxury tours offer all-inclusive rates. ‘All-inclusive’ usually means that most of your transport will be covered from your safari’s starting point, as well as all meals, most activities and your accommodation. However, you should always quiz any safari operator about what is and is not included in your price. In some cases, particularly in the country’s northwest, remote lodges or tented camps are accessible only by small plane. Check with your operator whether air transfers to these lodges are included. Additional activities such as some spa treatments, balloon rides and scenic flights, are usually extra. It may also surprise you to learn that you will not have your own private guide or safari vehicle but will be sharing with other travelers. You will need to pay extra to have the vehicle and guide to yourself. Check also whether park or conservancy fees are included in what you’ve paid – they should be. However, tips for guides and other safari staff are always extra.”

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Apart from Etosha what other parks can I visit?

“In the north, there’s Damaraland, with its desert-adapted lions, rhinos and elephants, as well as Himba villages. There’s also the remote charm of Khaudum National Park and the parks of the Zambezi Region (formerly known as the Caprivi Strip). In the country’s east, there are numerous opportunities to spend time among the San people. The coast is lined with sand dunes, shipwrecks and extraordinary scenery. North of Windhoek, Erindi Private Game Reserve and Okonjima are two brilliant, privately run wildlife reserves. There’s stirring rock art at Twyfelfontein and Brandberg. Further south, Sossusvlei is a classic example of Namib Desert sand-dune scenery. Swakopmund is one of the adventure capitals of southern Africa and Fish River Canyon is often described as the ‘Grand Canyon of Africa’. With so much to see and experience, the question becomes what to leave out. The reason Etosha forms the centerpiece of most Namibia safaris is because it is one of Africa’s best parks with an extensive network of trails. It has excellent habitat for a full portfolio of wildlife and it’s especially good for lions, elephants and rhinos. There are numerous luxury lodges, tented camps and even a few private concessions where visitor numbers are restricted to those staying on site. If wildlife is your reason for visiting, Etosha is not to be missed. But there is so much more to Namibia than Etosha.”

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Can you describe a typical day on a Namibia luxury safari?

“A day on safari begins before dawn with a wake-up call from a camp attendant who’ll most likely bring you tea or coffee and a small breakfast snack. Next is your morning game drive in the cool, crisp morning light that draws Africa’s animals out of hiding and into view. How long your drive lasts will depend on what the wildlife’s up to. If things are quiet, you may stop somewhere for a bush breakfast. You’ll probably be back in camp by mid-morning. Lunch somewhere in the shade occupies the middle of the day when the heat drives animals under cover and out of sight. This is the time to enjoy your luxury accommodation and other possibilities of camp life, such as a spa session, a massage, time in the pool or perhaps a long siesta. Afternoon tea, which is sometimes an impressive affair, sets you up nicely for the afternoon game drive when animals starts to stir. The sunset sundowner (a drink while the sun sets) is a near-sacred rite of safari life. And some form of night drive should introduce you to Africa’s nightlife. Dinner and post-meal relaxation around a campfire mark the usual end to the day.”

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What type of accommodation can I expect on a Namibian luxury safari?

“Lodges and tented camps are the mainstays of most luxury safari packages in Namibia. The former is, for the most part, a solid-walled structure with rooms, a hotel in the wild. If the thought of a lion roaring in the night not far away fills you with more fear than excitement, the lodge may well be your preferred accommodation. The tented camp, on the other hand, consists of large safari tents, usually on slightly elevated platforms, with canvas walls. These are tents like you’ve never imagined them before. They are spacious, often beautifully appointed and with attached bathrooms, showers, large beds, writing desks and usually an open deck at the front. The better tented camps space their tents nicely, ensuring that you’re more likely to listen to animals of the night than your neighbors. Some tented camps are mobile, moving with the seasons or even to follow your itinerary. In such cases, fittings and furnishings are necessarily less refined.”

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What are the typical costs of a Namibia luxury safari?

“Generally, the per-person per-day price rarely exceeds US$640, although this assumes that you will be traveling on a twin-share basis. Solo or individual travelers usually pay a single supplement that equates to around 75% of the twin-share rate. The price of a Namibia luxury safari varies greatly, depending on the size of the group, the level of luxury in the accommodation, and the time of year when you wish to travel. You can, of course, pay less, sometimes significantly so, if you’re willing to travel at a time of less-than-optimal weather conditions, or don’t need the latest in luxury. How much of your travel within Namibia is by plane can also have a significant impact upon how much you pay.”

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Namibia Safari Reviews

4.5/5 183 Reviews
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Emma Gregg  –  
United Kingdom UK

Emma is an award-winning travel writer for Rough Guides, National Geographic Traveller, Travel Africa magazine and The Independent.

A place to bond with the desert and marvel at the stars
5/5

It’s rare for travellers to return from Namibia with anything other than glowing praise. I’m always impressed by the spacious drama of its desert landscapes, where oryx pick their way over towering, apricot-coloured dunes or stare out...

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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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Anne Mbugua  –  
Tanzania TZ
Reviewed: Apr 12, 2020
Amazing safari.....totally enjoyed it. Awesome country!!Loved
5/5

Lovely scenery with a lot of wild life and the weather was great. Most memorable accommodation with super cooking. Transportation was top notch, guide was knowledgeable and very professional. l would definitely return for another visit...

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Bob  –  
Canada CA
Reviewed: Mar 26, 2020
A wonderfully interesting destination with lots of variety.
5/5

We spent a wonderful 10 days in Namibia with an outstanding guide (Lucky) The tour was organized by Nature Travel Namibia and the staff were responsive and helpful. We managed to see a lot of game at the Erindi Game Reserve, including...

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Daniela  –  
Italy IT
Reviewed: Feb 16, 2020
Magic experience in Namibia
5/5

This was my first time in Africa...and I couldn't have chosen anything better than Namibia!
Everything was wonderful: landscape, wildlife, sense of peace...I will bring this experience in my heart forever!

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Pravitha Naidoo  –  
South Africa ZA
Reviewed: Feb 14, 2020
Most wonderful , exciting and adventurous 10 day Tour of Namibia
5/5

The tour company was very fast and efficient in communicating and arranging all our bookings. We were happy with most of the accommodation which were clean and comfortable. The weather was very hot but fortunately we travelled in a...

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