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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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....
In a week, you can enjoy a range of wildlife-spotting highlights in Namibia's deserts and canyons, plains and watering holes, and coast and wetlands. Between safaris, you'll...
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...
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...
January is midsummer in Namibia, bringing sweltering, wet conditions inland. However, coastal areas of the country remain cool, so there's no need to avoid Namibia this month if...
February is midsummer in Namibia, and temperatures can range from warm on the coast to scorching in the desert. Summer is the best time of year to go bird-watching, so grab a...
March is late summer in Namibia and is generally a hot time of year, although some areas are much hotter than others. Visit the capital, Windhoek, to enjoy cultural festivals;...
April is fall in Namibia and a great time to visit to enjoy warm temperatures, lush landscapes, and cultural festivals. Photographers of all skill and experience levels will...
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.
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.
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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Jul 8 - Jul 18, 2023
The Namibia travel experience was amazing. All places visited and stays overnight were special in one way or the other. Onguma was out of this world whereas Madisa was a lot more down to earth. I might change make some changes if I did it again, but that is the benefit of hindsight. Anyway, thank you for setting it up Lize.
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