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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 the 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.

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Map of Namibia & Botswana Safari Road Trip - 15 Days
Namibia & Botswana Safari Road Trip - 15 Days

Botswana is home to the world's largest concentration of African elephants, so you should be able to see plenty of them and their friends on this 15-day tour.  You travel through both Botswana and neighboring Namibia on a landscape-laden road trip across ecosystems, keeping an eye for the elephants and other wildlife along the way.

Namibia Travel Maps

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

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Namibia
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...

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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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Travel specialist Sabine Behrmann

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...

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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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Trip Reviews for Namibia

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Northern Namibia Tour · Namibia - Nov 4 - Nov 14, 2018

Traveler: Wayne J. - Local specialist: Deborah Smook

A big thank you to the KimKim team for the planning, organisation and great communication that went into making our 5 weeks in Namibia a truly memorable trip. From the first contact, throughout our requests for changes and alternate itineraries, nothing seemed like it was too much trouble for Tara and Deborah.

Everything around our self drive Safari/Tour was exceedingly well planned and co-ordinated with a perfectly suited vehicle, that was ideal for the conditions and well equipped. Their... read more

A big thank you to the KimKim team for the planning, organisation and great communication that went into making our 5 weeks in Namibia a truly memorable trip. From the first contact, throughout our requests for changes and alternate itineraries, nothing seemed like it was too much trouble for Tara and Deborah.

Everything around our self drive Safari/Tour was exceedingly well planned and co-ordinated with a perfectly suited vehicle, that was ideal for the conditions and well equipped. Their local representatives were both very friendly, helpful and informative, which added to the overall sense of confidence in the planning and the enjoyment of the tour.

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Deborah Smook, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Wayne

Thank you so much for the lovely review. We really do appreciate it and we are so happy you enjoyed your trip. I'm thinking back about your trip now and itching to do the same trip myself. We will hopefully be going to Namibia as a family in June.

Whenever you feel like coming back or exploring other parts of Africa, give us a shout and we will happily assist again.

All the best!

Deborah & Tara