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.

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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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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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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Mr/s Fordham – Singapore

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