Our iconic Namibia safari journeys through the wild heart of this unusually diverse and spectacular country – one of Africa’s exquisite lesser-known gems.

Discover enigmatic Namibia – with its vast landscapes and neverending skies – and experience an extraordinary sense of space. This is a place largely unchanged by time: it gives you a fascinating window into an unspoilt wilderness with preserved petrified forests, antediluvian valleys and mountains, and flora and fauna that have adapted to the extreme desert conditions.

Our Best of Namibia safari takes you from the unforgettable dunescapes at Sossuvlei in the south of the Namib Desert to Damaraland’s rugged terrain and ancient valleys in the remote northwestern reaches of the Namib, where the Kunene River threads through the landscape to bring lush life to the ancestral heartlands of the Himba people. From the fascinating Skeleton Coast – where the temperature contrast between the arid desert and the ice-cold Atlantic Ocean gives rise to a fog that supplies life-giving moisture to desert-adapted fauna and flora – journey to the game-rich wilderness of Etosha National Park. Track desert-adapted elephant and black rhino, and revel in life under the vast horizons of the African sky.

Namibia defines off-the-beaten-track travel. It is an extraordinary safari destination that will get under your skin and leave you longing for more.

Itinerary overview

Duration11 days/ 10 nights
CountryNamibia
AccommodationLittle OngavaLittle KulalaHoanib CampSerra Cafema
Suited ForFamily & friends; adventure; romance; off the beaten track
HighlightsExtraordinary vast spaces; prolific Big Five viewing; Sossusvlei Dunes; Etosha Pans

Itinerary in detail

Image of Little Kulala, Sossusvlei

Few lifetime experiences beat viewing the sun rise over the red-gold top of "Big Daddy", one of the world's tallest dunes. At Sossusvlei in the Namib-Naukluft National Park massive red dunes, white salt pan and fossilized trees at Deadvlei combine under a vast African sky to form an awe-inspiring landscape of stark contrasts. Little Kulala is the perfect base for exploring all this natural splendour and getting up close to its desert-adapted wildlife inhabitants.

Image of Hoanib Camp, Skeleton Coast

Hoanib Camp is ideally situated deep in the Namib Desert and close to the unique ecosystem of the Skeleton Coast. In this vast, isolated and seemingly hostile environment, desert-adapted fauna and flora flourish, including species such as elephant, giraffe, lion, brown hyena and gemsbok (oryx). Along the coast huge Cape fur seal colonies are a striking sight, while mirage-like shimmering salt flats support thousands of flamingo and great herds of springbok.

Image of Serra Cafema, Kaokoland

Damaraland in the remote northwest of Namibia is a study in extremes. The desolate coastline gives way to endless ancient valleys, rugged terrain and unbroken dune fields. The perennial Kunene River to the north is an oasis in this harsh landscape and the ancestral home of the Himba people. Highlights include tracking desert elephants and black rhino on foot or by vehicle. Explore rock-art sites, petrified forests and hauntingly beautiful landscapes.

Image of Little Ongava, Etosha National Park

Quintessential wild Africa comes into focus in Etosha, where numerous waterholes provide unequalled Big Five game viewing. Vast herds roam these plains, including plains zebra, wildebeest, eland, the endemic black-faced impala, as well as black-maned lions and the world’s largest population of black rhino. Whether you sit quietly beside a waterhole or explore the grassy plains by 4x4 safari vehicle, extraordinary sightings and close-up wildlife encounters are thrilling and life-changing.