Often overlooked as nothing more than a vast desert in south-western Africa, our clients return from Namibia awestruck by its dramatic landscapes, wildlife and the sense of freedom that comes from exploring one of the world’s least densely populated countries.
Namibia contains some of Africa’s largest private reserves and top conservation experiences, all of which co-exist in the territories of the native, remote tribes. A Namibia flying safari or safari holiday can easily combine the giant red sand dunes of Sossusvlei, tracking desert-adapted wildlife in Damaraland, coastal activities in quirky Swakopmund and an action-packed safari in Etosha National Park. For those of you itching for adventure, a Namibia self-drive holiday will not disappoint, and the well-maintained and signposted roads allow even the most amateur road trippers to enjoy the open roads, big skies and contrasting scenery of this lesser-travelled country.
Our favourite bush camps and safari lodges in Namibia harmoniously merge luxury and under-stated elegance with the remote wilderness of Namibia’s stark landscapes, offering guests supreme comfort without removing the sense of adventure.
Sleeping under the stars in Namibia is a must, and Little Kulala have created the optimum stargazing experience with night-time dune walks, private plunge pools and your own rooftop sleeping platform. Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is equally romantic and secluded, their light-filled indulgent suites make the most of their environment with outdoor showers and skylights over the beds. Don’t miss the opportunity to watch the sunrise over a sea of giant red sand dunes from a hot air balloon.
The eight private suites at Serra Cafema are some of the most sought after in Namibia, raised on wooden decks amongst the sparkling sand of the desert and lush vegetation of the Kunene River with breathtaking views over the Angolan Mountains. Activities are varied and include boat trips, guided walks, Himba village visits, 4×4 drives and quad-biking on the expansive dunes. Another S&A favourite, is the recently opened Hoanib Camp, striking in both location and style, it offers a privileged few the opportunity to explore the remote, barren and lunar landscapes of the mystical Skeleton Coast.
A stay at Desert Rhino Camp in Damaraland offers the chance to encounter up close the endangered black rhinos, which are tracked each morning by the resident ‘Save the Rhino’ team. In the same region, Damaraland Camp, oozes personality, which comes from the tight-knit family of fun-loving staff from the local Torra Conservancy. Damaraland Camp is a model of how community-based tourism can, and does, work. Aside from the community aspect, the pristine wilderness is an outdoor playground with various hiking trails and guided 4×4 drives in search of the desert-adapted species; elephant, rhino, brown hyena and oryx, amongst others. Further east, bordering the game-rich Etosha National Park, the Ongava Concession is the perfect base for a more conventional safari, with large numbers of wildlife, literally on your doorstep! Don’t miss Okonjima where you can experience one of the best cheetah rehabilitation projects in the world.
Coming soon: August 2015 sees the opening of four brand new camps from a new low impact and high value operator; Namibia Exclusive Safaris. With an impressive team behind it, N.E.S will open access to a previously undiscovered area from their remote Khaudum Lodge, and also introduce a new level of exclusivity at their camp on the western edge of Etosha National Park, the first private concession in the Park.