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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 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 dunes, while a safari in Etosha National Park will be an excursion to remember. Your journey concludes in Okonjima, known as a hotspot for cheetahs and leopards.

Deadvlei, Namibia
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 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.

Aerial view of the Kuiseb Canyon in Namib desert at sunset
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 the region's many wildlife residents.

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 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.

Grazing giraffes in Namibia's Hardap Region
Map of Namibia Self-Drive Adventure - 14 Days
Namibia Self-Drive Adventure - 14 Days

Perfect for first-timers to Africa, this two-week road trip explores Namibia's wild, beautiful, and safe environs. The adventure kicks off in Windhoek, where you'll drive through two deserts (Kalahari and Namib) known for epic dunes, rivers, canyons, and gorges. From here, continue west toward the Atlantic coast before heading north to meet nomadic tribes. Finish with several days at Etosha National Park—as well as a private reserve—for the ultimate game-viewing experience.

Desert adventures are plentiful in Namibia
Map of Namibia Self-Drive Adventure - 8 Days
Namibia Self-Drive Adventure - 8 Days

Often called "Africa for beginners," this eight-day road trip is a great introduction to the otherworldly landscapes, activities, and culture of Namibia. Kick off the trip in Windhoek, the modern capital, before delving into the Namib Desert for massive dunes, rivers, canyons, and gorges. From here, continue west toward the Atlantic coast for two nights of seaside splendor. Circle back to Windhoek by way of Spitzkoppe—the "Matterhorn" of Namibia—for some hiking and rock art to finish the adventure.

Make the Most of Your Time in Namibia

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Explore the Sesriem Canyon and Tsauchab River
How Many Days to Spend in Namibia

Namibia is a vast country with great distances between destinations. In one week, it's possible to see the highlights of the deserts and national parks and go on a safari....

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Sunset over Epupa Falls in the Kaokoland area of Namibia
10 Days in Namibia - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

10 days is a great amount of time to explore the best of Namibia's extreme, otherworldly landscapes and the giraffes, rhinos, and elephants that call it home. The salt pans and rolling dunes of Sossusvlei, the ancient rock engravings of Damaraland, and the abundance of wildlife in Etosha National Park are not to be missed. Indulge in luxury lodgings in the Namib Desert, or go off-grid with a trip to the spectacular yet elusive Kaokoveld and a hike up Waterberg Mountain.

Angolan giraffe in Etosha National Park, Namibia
Map of 2 Weeks in Namibia - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
2 Weeks in Namibia - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With two weeks in Namibia, you can visit famous National Parks and desert landscapes on a classic highlights tour. Or, opt for an off-the-beaten-path itinerary complete with a camping trip through Kunene's wilderness and game drives in Etosha National Park. For those who cherish their creature comforts, a luxury safari itinerary brings you on guided game drives deep in NamibRand Nature Reserve and Etosha National Park while an African road trip checks off Namibia, Botswana, and Victoria Falls.

Sunset over Sossusvlei
Map of Namibia Self-Drive Luxury Safari - 14 Days
Namibia Self-Drive Luxury Safari - 14 Days

Discover Namibia's natural wonders on this 14-day luxury safari. Start by driving from the rugged Tiras Mountains to star-studded NamibRand and Sossusvlei's world-famous dunes. 4WD adventures and geological wonders await along the eerie Skeleton Coast, followed by a luxury safari in Etosha National Park. Finish with a trip to the AfriCat Foundation, where you'll take part in leopard conservation work.

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5 Days in Namibia - 3 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

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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...

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Carla Ferreira

I have traveled to over 50 countries and know the importance of having someone with local knowledge and advice to give you tips on where to go for those unforgettable experiences. A born and bred...

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Lucy Berndt

Mother, wife, traveller and dreamer! Having travelled extensively throughout Southern Africa, I know the importance of logistics and selecting the right product offerings. Southern Africa...

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Petru van Zyl

I started in the travel industry in August 1998 and have 21 years experience as a travel consultant. I am a senior consultant who specializes in FIT travel, group travel, VIP clients, luxury...

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Trip Reviews for Namibia

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Arranged were very good. Suggestion: west Etos... would have loved to stay at Etosha village lodge. Rest were perfect.
Namibia | Oct 8 - Oct 19, 2022

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Gurjit K.
Columbus, OH | Reviewed on Oct 20, 2022

Arrangeywere very goid. Suggestion: west Etosha park- would have loved Etosha village lodge by the gate. read more

Arrangeywere very goid. Suggestion: west Etosha park- would have loved Etosha village lodge by the gate.

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Am Weinberg Boutique Hotel
Windhoek

Very good. Great service.

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Sossusvlei Lodge
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Swakopmund Luxury Suites
Swakopmund
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Twyfelfontein Country Lodge
Khorixas
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Taleni Etosha Village
Outjo
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Mushara Lodge
Tsumeb
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Local specialist: Stephanie Louw
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Stephanie Louw
Local specialist in Cape Town, South Africa | Reviewed on Oct 24, 2022

Thank you for taking the time to write a review! I am so happy that you had a great time and hope to welcome you back in future!

Namibian AdventureTo Lize Enderstein and Ci...
Namibia | Aug 28 - Sep 30, 2022

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Peter L.
New Zealand | Reviewed on Oct 05, 2022

Namibian Adventure

To Lize Enderstein and Cindy Botha, a huge THANK YOU !!

We have just returned from a 33 day, Namibia self drive, which was initially scheduled for 2020. Cindy and Lize you have had to contend with postponing our trip by, first one, then two years. You have always been informative, accomodating, courteous and prompt with all our correspondence. Your Kimkim appointed travel consultant Pepe, who met us at the airport to send us off, was also very helpful and... read more

Namibian Adventure

To Lize Enderstein and Cindy Botha, a huge THANK YOU !!

We have just returned from a 33 day, Namibia self drive, which was initially scheduled for 2020. Cindy and Lize you have had to contend with postponing our trip by, first one, then two years. You have always been informative, accomodating, courteous and prompt with all our correspondence. Your Kimkim appointed travel consultant Pepe, who met us at the airport to send us off, was also very helpful and informative.

Although we provided the skeleton of the trip from Windhoek via, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Twyfelfontein, Etosha, Caprivi, Waterberg, Erindi and finally Witvlei, your choices of accomodation and the comprehensive itinerary booklet, with suggested activities were excellent. You left nothing to chance, so there were no unpleasant surprises. On the contrary, our accomodation was, without fail perfectly matched to our budget and in all cases exceeded our expectation.

Our trip has so many highlights, however, two need special mention, our first night at Namibgrens Guest Farm with their quirky accomodation and friendliness and Fishermans Guesthouse for their kind hospitality and a truly delicious meal. We come away from Namibia with such a positive impression of the place and its people. All our hosts, staff and the public have been helpful and fun to deal with. It is difficult to imagine an improvement to what has been a wonderful Namibian adventure.

To Lize, Cindy and Kimkim, thank you again,
Peter, Wendy, Jon and Jan Lorentz.

Local specialist: Lize Enderstein
Lize
Lize Enderstein
Local specialist in South Africa | Reviewed on Oct 05, 2022

Hi Peter, Wendy, Jon and Jan,
Thank you so, so much for the beautiful review and amazing feedback.
Namibia is an amazing country, and I am happy that your holiday was special.
I hope to hear from you again in the near future when you decide to return to Southern Africa.
Take care and keep well.
Best Wishes, Lize

Flawlessy Executed Trip to Namibia and South Africa
Namibia | Aug 15 - Aug 31, 2022

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Nick R.
San Jose, CA | Reviewed on Sep 12, 2022

We just returned from one of the best trips of our life. An amazing trip plan was put together by Lize and team to navigate us through 3 weeks of Safari, wildlife viewing, amazing accomidation and so much more. I had been working with Lize for the better part of a year initially to get this trip planned and everything went off without a hitch. Truly thankful for this expirence and the people that all made it happen. Would not hesitate to use again or reccomend this service to any of our... read more

We just returned from one of the best trips of our life. An amazing trip plan was put together by Lize and team to navigate us through 3 weeks of Safari, wildlife viewing, amazing accomidation and so much more. I had been working with Lize for the better part of a year initially to get this trip planned and everything went off without a hitch. Truly thankful for this expirence and the people that all made it happen. Would not hesitate to use again or reccomend this service to any of our friends. Thanks again for everything!

Hotel Reviews
The Victoria & Alfred Hotel
Cape Town
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Am Weinberg Boutique Hotel
Windhoek
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Hoodia Desert Lodge
Sesriem
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Strand Hotel Swakopmund
Swakopmund
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Mowani Mountain Camp
Damaraland
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Etosha Oberland Lodge
Okaukuejo
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Naankuse Lodge
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Local specialist: Lize Enderstein
Lize
Lize Enderstein
Local specialist in South Africa | Reviewed on Sep 12, 2022

Hi Nick,
Thank you for a wonderful review and amazing feedback of your trip to South Africa and Namibia.
I am delighted to hear that you loved all accommodations and the trip was one of the best of your life!! Just amazing.
I hope to hear from you again in the near future should you wish to return to the beautiful Southern Africa, or experience the exceptional East Africa.
Take care and best wishes, Lize