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Introducing Namibia

Make the most of your time in Namibia. 
Petrified trees suspended in time between giant dunes, plains dotted with black rhinos at lonely watering holes, German beer halls in foggy coastal towns, and the largest canyon in Africa: Namibia is all of this, and more. Getting to this southern African nation is the hardest part—Namibia is largely English speaking, politically stable, very friendly, and still far enough off the tourist radar that you'll likely have plenty of solitude in even the most popular areas. 

When is the best time to visit Namibia?
A true year-round destination, Namibia is nice to visit in any season. Summer spans October to May, with mostly warm and sunny days—highs are around 90°F. Technically, this is also the rainy season, though most bouts of rain are short-lived and there can be days (or even months) between them. Spring and autumn (falling in September and June, respectively) are both short transitional periods with pleasant weather. During winter months (late June through August) expect lots of sunshine and brisk mornings, with daytime highs in the 60-70°F range. Nights can be cold—travelers planning to camp should pack accordingly.

Where should I go?

Namibia is where you go to see nature show off in weird and wonderful ways. Sossusvlei in the ancient Namib Desert is an absolute must—climb brilliant orange dunes and pay a visit Deadvlei, where petrified trees stand frozen in the sand. Etosha National Park is perhaps the best place in Africa to spot black rhinos; elephants, giraffes, leopards, ostriches, and more have also adapted to the arid ecosystem. Fish River Canyon is the longest and deepest ravine on the continent, Swakopmund is the coastal home to adventure sports like sandboarding, and Damaraland is full of fanciful rock formations, petroglyphs, desert lions and other wildlife.

How many days do I need?
With 3 days in Namibia—most practically planned as an add-on to a longer South Africa tour—it's best to choose between a safari experience in Etosha or a trip to the famous dunes of Sossusvlei. In a week, you can comfortably visit both places and spend time checking out German colonial architecture and sandboarding in Swakopmund.

Add a trip to Damaraland and diversify your safari experience with an overnight in Okonjima Nature Reserve for a 10-day trip. And with two weeks, you'll have time to experience all of the above—plus a visit to Fish River Canyon and some off-the-beaten-path areas that fewer travelers get to see.

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Namibia Travel Insights

Self-Drive Namibia Exploration - 11 Days
Map of Self-Drive Namibia Exploration - 11 Days
Self-Drive Namibia Exploration - 11 Days

Take a road trip through Namibia, seeing the country's top highlights along the way. Climb ancient sand dunes at dawn in Sossusvlei, see German-colonial architecture in coastal Swakopmund, and hike the vast landscapes of Damaraland before two incredible days of safari in Etosha National Park—the best place in the world to see an endangered black rhino.

Namib Desert
Map of Pride of Namibia: Etosha, Swakopmund, Namib Desert - 7 Days
Pride of Namibia: Etosha, Swakopmund, Namib Desert - 7 Days

With one week in Namibia, travelers can safari through world-renowned Etosha National Park, visit coastal Swakopmund, and marvel at otherworldly Namib Naukluft Park—part of the oldest desert in the world. Hike some of Africa's highest sand dunes, check out the iconic petrified trees of Sossusvlei, and spot wildlife uniquely adapted to survival in Namibia's otherworldy ecosystems. 

Local wildlife
Map of Highlights of Namibia - 10 Days
Highlights of Namibia - 10 Days

Seeing the top highlights of otherworldly Namibia on this guided 10-day tour. Climb ancient sand dunes at dawn in Sossusvlei, see German-colonial architecture in coastal Swakopmund, and visit rescued cheetahs at the Africat Foundation. And of course, enjoy two days of safari in Etosha National Park—the best place in the world to see an endangered black rhino.

Giraffe happy hour
Map of Namibia & Botswana Safari Road Trip - 14 Days
Namibia & Botswana Safari Road Trip - 14 Days

Take two weeks to check out Namibia and Botswana's varied landscapes and the many creatures they contain on this itinerary. You'll travel up sand dunes, down into caves, out into the salt pans, and more as you watch for region's many wildlife residents.

Namibia From North to South
Map of Namibia North to South: Etosha, Sossusvlei, & More - 14 Days
Namibia North to South: Etosha, Sossusvlei, & More - 14 Days

On this self-guided tour of Namibia, you'll encounter the country’s most breathtaking sights. Begin your journey at the vast Fish River Canyon and travel to coastal Luderitz for ocean views and fresh seafood. A trip to Sossusvlei will reveal the world’s most captivating sand dunes, while a safari in Etosha National Park will be an excursion to remember. Your trip concludes in Okonjima, known as a hotspot for cheetahs and leopards.

Namibia Safari Tour
Namibia Self-Guided Safari Tour: Etosha, Swakopmund, & More - 13 Days

On this 13-day journey through Namibia, embark on a self-guided tour by car. You will spend time among the ancient sand dunes in Sossusvlei and experience the timeless coast of Swakopmund with its fusion of African and German influences. Ultimately, you will have access to exceptional game viewing, from the cozy Hobatere Lodge to the world-famous Etosha National Park.

Namibia Travel Maps

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Self-Drive Namibia Exploration - 11 Days
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Pride of Namibia: Etosha, Swakopmund, Namib Desert - 7 Days
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Highlights of Namibia - 10 Days
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

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Travel specialist Stephanie Louw
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Stephanie Louw

I am a junior consultant at African Travel Gateway. Where we plan, book and implement tailor-made holidays of all sorts, for all sorts, with all sorts of budgets... Our recipe for client...

Travel specialist Lize Enderstein
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Lize Enderstein

I work as a senior consultant for African Travel Gateway and have 15 years of experience in the travel industry. We plan, book and implement tailor-made holidays for our clients that fit within...

Travel specialist Sabine Behrmann
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Sabine Behrmann

I've been a traveller all my life and love to see new places, meet new people and experience different adventures. I've worked as a tour guide in Southern & East Africa and love sharing my...

Travel specialist Taf Chindove
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Taf Chindove

I am a consultant for Salty.Travel and have always wanted to travel the world. Having been to most of Southern Africa, I am itching to share my travel experiences. This is my passion and nothing...


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