The Namibia travel experience is defined by intimate and exclusive lodges and safari camps amidst the backdrop of expansive wilderness landscapes such as the dunes of Soussusvlei, Etosha National Park, the interior of Damaraland and the mystical Skeleton Coast. The country offers everything that the discerning traveler hopes and expects to find in Africa – excellent wildlife viewing of Africa’s Big Five, sublime vistas and vivid local cultures – yet remains largely undiscovered, allowing those traveling in Namibia to experience an unmatched sense of exclusivity and serenity.
Though it may be one of the youngest countries in the world, Namibia is revered as a global leader in conservation and responsible tourism, having been the first to incorporate such ideas in its constitution. Local communities benefit from being granted the power to manage their own resources, creating conservancies that strike an ideal balance connecting people and nature. Roughly 42% of the country is under some form of protection, including its entire coastline (the only country in the world that can claim this). Namibia also boasts the world’s only remaining population of free-roaming Black Rhino, and only growing population of free-roaming lion and cheetah.
Furthermore, Namibia offers travelers to Africa a wealth of unique adventures, including tracking Black Rhino on foot, participating in cheetah and big cat research, viewing and photographing painted dogs, immersive interaction with iconic cultures, and sand-boarding the world’s tallest sand dunes . . . just to name a few. For those seeking adventure in Africa, there exist few other places where one can spend the day enjoying truly exclusive natural and cultural experiences that define the continent without encountering the crowds that inundate many of its other popular destinations – just hurry up and get here before everyone else discovers it!
Namibia is a year-round destination depending on what you want to experience. The dry winter months (May to mid-Nov) are best for game-viewing as wildlife concentrates around water holes, while the wetter summer (mid-Nov to April) turns the country green and can bring remarkable floods to the desert, creating dramatic landscapes.
How to get there?
Namibia’s capital, Windhoek (WDH), is easily reachable from the US via a number of other airports, including Johannesburg (JNB), Cape Town (CPT), and even Frankfurt, Germany (FRA); routing will depend on your carrier. Namibia is also accessible on driving safaris via border posts shared with both South Africa and Botswana.
How much time?
Namibia is big (the country is the size of Washington, Oregon, and California combined), and a minimum of 10 days is needed to see most of the highlights, with 2-3 weeks providing a more ideal time frame. However, a week in Namibia also combines excellently with Botswana or South Africa – just know that you can’t see it all in that time and you feel an undeniable need to return.
Who is it for?
Travel to Namibia is for those looking for an adventure combined with solitude, dramatic landscapes punctuated by striking wildlife, and truly unique experiences. It is also for those who want to know that their tourism dollars are making the biggest positive impact. Most first-time travelers to Africa will gravitate towards the iconic “Great Migration” destinations of Kenya and Tanzania; Namibia is most often the focus of a second or third trip to the African continent.
For US passport holders, visas can be obtained at the port of entry if visitors are staying less than 90 days and the passport has at least 6 months of validity beyond departure date from Namibia. Anyone staying longer or traveling on a work/study mission will require a visa ahead of time.
How to get around?
Most areas are accessible by self-drive thanks to solid infrastructure, but charter flights by small plane are often used for access to more remote areas and help reduce travel time in a large country. Most custom and small-group safaris with Evergreen Escapes will include all transportation in privately driven safari vehicles and chartered bush planes.
Health and safety concerns?
Malaria is present, but low-risk in most of Namibia, with the wetter north having a higher risk. Speak to your healthcare provider or travel wellness clinic about your plans to travel to Namibia.
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Desert Rhino Camp: Located in the Palmwag Concession in Damaraland, Desert Rhino Camp offers one of the most intimate and exclusive wildlife experiences in Namibia. Participate in critical research by accompanying local rangers as they keep they track and monitor the only remaining population of free-ranging Black Rhino on Earth.
Wolwedans: Nestled into the breathtakingly scenic NamibRand Nature Reserve, home of some of the largest sand dunes on earth, Wolwedans offers the uniquely Namibian experience of simple yet elegant luxury in an impressively remote and isolated area. This is one of the most immersive, exclusive, and intimate desert experiences you can find.
Serra Cafema: Perched on the banks of the Kunene River near the Angolan border, Serra Cafema ranks among the most extraordinary properties in Africa, offering an unmatched blend of exceptional remoteness, super-luxury, inspiringly stunning scenery, and superb activities focusing on the local, natural and cultural history. Truly unique and unparalleled.
Ongava Reserve: Ongava, a private Wilderness Safaris concession with fantastic game viewing on the south border of Etosha National Park, offers several excellent lodging options from which to explore this wildlife-rich area. The Tented Camp provides the most authentic safari experience while the Main Lodge offers a more upscale alternative. Little Ongava, consisting of only three spacious units offering unparalleled views of the African savannah, is pure bliss.
Mushara Outpost: Mushara Outpost, located on its own private concession on the eastern border of Etosha National Park, provides an idyllic base from which to explore this game-rich area. The experience here is defined by old-fashioned hospitality and friendly, warm, personalized service and a blend of authentic safari and more modern luxury.
Mowani Mountain Camp: With huts that miraculously blend into the surrounding boulder-strewn landscape of Damaraland, Mowani Mountain Camp generates a magical atmosphere. Nearby Twyfelfontein is home to one of Africa’s largest collections of ancient rock art, and regional activities include searching for desert-adapted elephants.
Okonjima: This private reserve is home to the AfriCat Foundation, arguably the largest big cat rescue program in Africa. While not a destination for a true, wild safari, Okonjima offers an excellent opportunity to see Africa’s big cats and other charismatic predators up close and learn about research and conservation.
Susuwe Island Lodge: Nestled amid jackalberry trees on an island in the Kwando River within the Caprivi Strip, the stylish Susuwe Island Lodge is the only lodge in the Mamili Game Reserve and provides a sense of luxurious isolation. Land Rover, boat and on-foot safaris are all available in this unique part of Namibia.
Galton Guesthouse: One of Windhoek’s newest properties, the simple elegance of Galton Guesthouse offers a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Located in the affluent northern suburb of Eros (10 minutes from city center), you will find all the amenities expected in an upscale city establishment, plus a sense of peace and tranquility.