Namibia’s vast and enigmatic desert landscapes, rich game-watching opportunities and distinctive people offer visitors a deeply rewarding wilderness experience.

Along the coastal region, the world’s oldest desert, the Namib (which gave this country its name) dominates with all its otherworldly beauty. Intriguing plants, like the Welwitchia mirabilis have evolved here and animals such as the striking oryx antelope and the desert lion have adapted to their moonlike environment.

In the southern part of the Namib is Sossusvlei, where some of the world’s highest dunes bloom rose red in the morning light. To the north is the Skeleton Coast, another evocative name that tells of the fate of the sailors who were shipwrecked there – though wild and desolate, it is home to thousands of Cape Fur Seals. In the central part of the coastal region is the town of Swakopmund, its quaint old-world German influence and greenery a surprise in the desert. Swakopmund is the heart of adventure sport in Namibia.

Inland, rugged mountain ranges like the Naukluft, the Brandberg and the Erongos shimmer indigo blue across the wide open plains and are host to many animals including mountain zebra, leopard and cheetah, providing excellent opportunities for wilderness hiking and birdwatching. And like an inverse image of the mountains, the breathtaking Fish River Canyon, second-largest canyon in the world, adds another dimension to the diversity of the Namibian experience.

The rare solitude and dramatic landscapes that are synonymous with Namibia – a country twice the size of Germany, with a population of just 2,5 million people – are not the only attributes that draw the discerning traveller to this country. Some of the best game viewing in Africa can be found here. Nowhere is more prolific and easy to access then the bone-white salt pan and waterholes of Etosha National Park. During the dry winter months the Big Five can be observed in abundance from close vantage points around Etosha’s famous waterholes, Okaukuejo, Okondeka and Halali. At night some of these areas are floodlit to reveal the secret nocturnal life of many different species. Sitting metres away, you can watch great dramas unfold under the moonlight as big cats come to drink with antelope or a pair of rhinos dance out their stirring courtship ritual.

To the west of Etosha lies Damaraland, where you can experience the unforgettable activity of tracking desert elephants and black rhino through ancient dry riverbeds and hauntingly beautiful moonscapes. You can take walks around rock-art sites and petrified forests here, too: this is a chance to truly absorb the sense of timelessness that these landscapes exude.

This is a place where in a seemingly barren landscape you can suddenly be in the midst of migrating monarch butterflies. Untrammelled and empty yet constantly surprising, Namibia is renowned for its striking luxury lodges and tented camps in the most remote and seemingly inaccessible environments. Namibia brings together in perfect harmony an African safari experience that combines the raw wildness of nature with true comfort and sophistication.

 

Accommodation in Namibia

Hoanib Camp

With the Hoanib riverbed and its ancient floodplains being home to a host of fascinating flora and fauna and its close proximity to the Skeleton Coast National Park, this exclusive camp, with an emphasis on warm and engaging personal service, is the ideal desert sanctuary. Hoanib Camp is luxurious without compromising on its light footprint, an important consideration in this fragile ecosystem. There is no wifi here, no TV and all electricity is supplied by their ‘solar farm’. The eight stylish tented units all have a contemporary, almost minimalist feel that borrows its colour palette from the arid surroundings. With…

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Hoodia Desert Camp

Hoodia, a group of iconic desert plants of the succulent family, was an important medicinal plant for the San people who once roamed here, and it is a fitting name for a luxurious camp that still manages to embrace an earthy, rustic style that reflects its environment and the history of the area. The camp is surrounded by majestic mountains that change in a magical kaleidoscope of colour and texture depending on the time of day. There are 12 spacious thatched and partly tented bungalows with double or twin beds, mosquito nets and en-suite bathrooms with open-air showers and generous…

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Little Kulala

Little Kulala offers 11 spacious and light air-conditioned villas, exquisitely finished incorporating desert tones and using organic fabrics. Each unit has its own private plunge pool and shaded deck and is designed for easy inside-outside flow, ensuring a sense of integration with the surrounding landscape. The entertainment area, with its beautiful natural decor inspired by the pans at Sossusvlei, has a communal pool, library and wine cellar as well as a generous deck from which to watch the passing springbok. A lot of thought has gone into providing guests with unique amenities that transform usual daily activities into unforgettable experiences:…

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Little Ongava

Ongava Game Reserve has earned global recognition for its conservation initiatives and – with its high density of big game, which includes lion, white and black rhino, elephant, giraffe and plains game – it is an excellent and extremely rewarding safari destination. In this game-rich private reserve, Little Ongava is a haven of peace and privacy that allows you an intimate wilderness experience. An exceptionally luxurious camp, Little Ongava is perched on a dolomite outcrop and commands incredible views of the Ongava plains that stretch for miles to the horizon. Careful consideration is given to comfort at this intimate camp,…

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Ongava Lodge

A strong conservation ethos and focus on providing guests with highly experienced, passionate guides that facilitate a deeper connection to the wilds mean that Ongava luxury ecolodge offers the very best African-style retreat. Bordering on the southern edge of the world-renown Etosha National Park , Ongava Lodge sits on a rocky ridge in the Ongava Private Game Reserve in northern Namibia. From here it enjoys a beautiful vantage point over the plains and above a waterhole that attracts a wide variety of wildlife. Thirteen chalets and one family room, attractively built and incorporating local materials such as thatch, have en-suite…

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Serra Cafema

Remote and beautiful Serra Cafema in the Hartmann Valley is a tranquil, intimate lodge tucked among shady Albida trees on the banks of the Kunene River, the only permanent water source in this extraordinary desert landscape. The lush riverbanks provide welcome relief from the striking yet harsh Namib Desert surrounds. The camp – which has just eight guest villas on generous raised wooden decks across the Kunene River to Angola on the other side – is beautifully low-key yet totally luxurious. Proportions are generous, and the colonial-style wood, canvas and thatched spaces are both airy and gracious, with folding glass…

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Shipwreck Lodge

Open from June 2018, Shipwreck Lodge is located within the Skeleton Coast Central Concession between the Hoarusib and Hoanib rivers, which are both magnets for wildlife in this place of sand. These rivers are mostly dry but every few years, when the rains to the east are plentiful, they flow and slice through the towering dunes, forcing their desperate way to the sea and carving surreal sand cliffs in the process. Ten light and modern twin rooms and two family rooms with outside decks sit among the dunes, with stunning views of the Atlantic and the distant mountains of the…

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