The sublime sunsets are only one of many natural wonders that draw adventurers and nature lovers into arid and overwhelming Namibia. The silent beauty of its landscapes will penetrate your heart and soul.
Behind a hot, dry and sparsely populated façade lies a treasure trove of wildlife, geological wonders, cultural diversity and famously picturesque landscapes. This is a country of vast deserted landscapes and amazing wildlife offering visitors a truly wonderful wildlife adventure. The best method of travel is by air as the unique locations are situated quite far from each other. There are numerous flight routings in Namibia allowing for quick and easy transfers right to your accommodation.
Namibia’s climate is mostly hot and dry. Temperatures during winter range from 18-22⁰C during the day and from 0-10⁰C at night. Summer temperatures range from 20-34⁰C during the day and drop below 18⁰C at night. Namibia is a summer rainfall area. The rainy season runs from October to April with the heaviest rains from January to March. This is of particular interest when travelling to the tropical south eastern region.
Bear in mind that from the first Sunday in September to the first Sunday in April Namibia is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and from the first Sunday in April to the first Sunday in September Namibia is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
The most popular destinations are the Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert, Damaraland and the Skeleton Coast for a wilderness adventure and Etosha National Park for a special bush safari adventure.
There are a number of wonderful attractions to be enjoyed around Sossusvlei in the largest conservation area in Namibia, the Namib-Nakluft National Park, which covers almost 50,000 km2. The top attraction of the park and the second most popular attraction in Namibia, Sossusvlei is renowned for its majestic, warm red, star-shaped dunes contrasting against the stark white floors of the pans.
Other attractions in close proximity to Sossusvlei include Sesriem Canyon, Dune 45, Hiddenvlei, Big Daddy and Deadvlei. All of these attractions can be accessed from the road that takes you to Sossusvlei, and are all well worth a visit. In a number of areas surrounding Sossuvlei look out for the petrified dunes. These are ancient dunes that are approximately 1 billion years old and have solidified into rock.
With some of the highest sand dunes in the world, the Namib Desert has a number of activities for visitors to enjoy, making it one of the most popular areas to visit in Namibia. Take your pick from a host of activities and experience the desert’s beauty from all angles, from quad-biking in the dunes, to nature walks, to hot-air balloon flights and so much more. Explore the wonders of the Sossusvlei with our outstanding selection of activities.
Lying between a high inland plateau and the Atlantic Ocean, the Namib Desert extends along the coast of Namibia, merging with the Kaokoveld Desert into Angola in the north and south with the Karoo Desert in South Africa.
Throughout this vast and unforgiving landscape, a number of animals and plants have adapted to life here.
Namibia is home to a unique population of elephants that have adapted to the arid, and sometimes inhospitable, climate.
Found mostly in the Damaraland region in the northwest part of the country, these “desert” elephants can go for days without drinking water, surviving on moisture obtained from the vegetation they eat.
Although not a different species or subspecies than other African elephants, they have larger feet, making it easier to walk through sand, and often live in smaller herds, which puts less pressure on their food and water sources.
Namibia’s best-kept secret!
Namibia has the second-lowest population density of any country on earth (after Mongolia) but in the northwest, the country’s least populated area, there are even fewer people. Only a few thousand Himba live in a mind-boggling landscape of 100 000 square kilometres, stretching from the town of Khorixas in the south to the Angolan border.
The climate and the terrain is the reason for this paucity of people. Less than 150mm of rain falls every year, sometimes none at all, and ephemeral rivers flow only after irregular thunder storms.
The landscape is as impressive as it is intimidating. Rugged mountains in the eastern escarpment spread out into massive valleys and plains, before the beginning of the Skeleton Coast in the west, where endless dunes lie adjacent to the cold Atlantic Ocean.
Despite the aridity and foreboding topography, the Kunene region – comprising Damaraland in the south and Kaokoland in the north – is now becoming one of the most accessible, authentic wildlife destinations in Africa. Visitors can reliably see desert-adapted elephants, black rhino, lions, Hartmanns Zebra, giraffe and gemsbok.
Unlike most protected areas in Southern Africa, the wildlife roams free, unrestricted by fences or gates, moving among the local Himba and the goats and cattle. It all adds up to give the intrepid visitor a feeling of ancient Africa, a time before the white man arrived and stamped his colonial mark. At the core of this remarkable wildlife area is Namibia’s conservancy program.
The Skeleton Coast is the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean coast of Namibia and south of Angola from the Kunene River south to the Swakop River.
There is a constant heavy surf on the beaches. In the days of human-powered boats it was possible to get ashore through the surf but impossible to launch from the shore. The only way out was by going through a marsh hundreds of miles long and only accessible via a hot and arid desert.
The coast is largely soft sand occasionally interrupted by rocky outcrops. The southern section consists of gravel plains while north of Terrace Bay the landscape is dominated by high sand dunes. Skeleton Bay is now known as a great location for surfing.
The Skeleton Coast is normally associated with famous shipwrecks, and stories abound of sailors walking for hundreds of kilometres through this barren Namibian landscape in search of food and water. The coast has scores of shipwrecks, some are barely recognizable, other are still in remarkably good condition. For the best views of these shipwrecks, you would need to visit the Skeleton Coast Park either on a fly-in safari or alternatively on a scenic flight.
Despite its arid and deadly appearance, the Skeleton Coast has a greater variety of species than many other parks in Southern Africa. Large mammals include Namibia’s famous desert-adapted elephant, black rhino, lion, cheetah, giraffe, gemsbok, zebra, springbok and spotted and brown hyena, are found in the dry river beds which flow from the interior of Namibia, through the Namib Desert to the Skeleton Coast.
A Skeleton Coast Fly-In safari is the highlight of any trip to Namibia – and if you are serious about visiting this spectacular area we highly recommend this trip!
Etosha National Park
In the vast arid space of Northern Namibia lies one of Southern Africa’s best loved wildlife sanctuaries. Etosha National Park offers excellent game viewing on one of Africa’s most accessible venues. Zebra and Springbok are scattered across the endless horizon, while the many waterholes attract endangered black rhinoceros, lion, elephant and large numbers of antelope.
Game viewing at the waterholes, especially during the dry season (June to November). Great chances of seeing the endangered black rhino. The 5000 km square pan attracts thousand of flamingos after heavy rain. Floodlit waterholes for night-time game viewing. Malaria free!