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Holidays & Sabbaticals to Namibia – In a Nutshell

Meaning ‘Wide Land’, Namibia certainly lives up to its name. The second most sparsely populated country in the world, this vast land is a destination of immense landscapes and open spaces. Dramatic vistas sweep beyond the horizon. The elements collide as sand dunes plunge into the ocean. Balancing rock formations defy gravity. Light and shadow contrast strikingly on each slope of the velvet folds of towering sand dunes. Among the ancient red sands and scorched desert earth you could mistake your destination for the surface of Mars. This is a place to feel dwarfed by the immensity of nature. Bring your camera.

Experiences you shouldn’t miss in Namibia:

  • Erongo rocks: Clamber through trails between spherical rocks. Marvel at the balancing boulders in this area, also famed for its rock engravings, in the Central highlands
  • Skeleton trunks: In the white clay pans of Deadvlei, walk among the blackened trunks of old acacia trees, jutting from the parched earth against a backdrop russet dunes
  • Waterhole action: In Etosha National Park, let your patience pay off as you wait at a waterhole to see what encounters unfurl before your eyes
  • Damara Land: In this Martian landscape, wonder at the resilience of the wildlife that has adapted to survive these harsh conditions
  • Stargaze: Sleep under the Milky Way in the world’s oldest desert, and Africa’s only dark sky reserve: Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert. There is no danger here
  • Oysters: Dine on some of the best, plumpest oysters in the world in Swakopmund
  • Get active: In Swakopmund, get active with dune biking, guided walks, and kayaking among seals and bottle nosed dolphins
  • Road trip: Namibia is the best country in Africa for self-driving

Off the Beaten Path in Namibia

  • Desert ocean: Take a helicopter ride over the sand dunes to the ocean to see the desert drop into the waves
  • Clay bathing: daily rituals
  • Seals & Shipwrecks: Along the Skeleton Coast, take a light aircraft over the crashing shoreline to see the vessels that met their fate at the ‘Gates of Hell’. View vast colonies of seals draped over rocks along the shore
  • Dune hike: Embrace the challenge of hiking the spectacular dunes of Sossusvlei – the highest freestanding dunes in the world. Marvel at the contrast of light and shade
  • Balloon ride: For a more serene view of the tallest dunes in the world, take a balloon ride over the velvet folds of the Sossusvlei and marvel at the contrast of light and dark of their winding slopes
  • Zambezi safari: In this lush riverine paradise, spot elephants, water buffalo, wild dogs and elusive leopards on a boat or jeep safari

Wildlife in Namibia

Along the coast, huge seal colonies flourish. Flamingos festoon the lagoons in Swakopmund in their thousands.

With water at a premium in most of this country, wildlife has adapted to survive. On safari, patience is rewarded with spectacular sightings at waterholes.

The North Eastern strip of green riverine savannah is populated with large game, with a lot of wildlife to be seen on boat and jeep safaris.

How to get to Namibia

Connect into the capital Windhoek via Frankfurt, Germany, or via other African countries such as Ethiopia. There are no direct flights from the UK or USA. Flight time to Namibia is from 15 hours from London UK, and from 19 hours from New York.

When & Weather – Namibia

Dry season is May to November – this is best for spotting wildlife as it congregates around sources of water.

Young are born Feb-March, although sightings can be harder in this greener season.

Daytime temperatures can rise to 30 °C, and higher in November, but drop substantially at night time.

Who will Namibia appeal to?

  • Photographers
  • Landscape lovers
  • Adventure seekers


Mix up tented camps, luxury lodges, B&Bs and grand colonial houses.

Start Planning

Our experienced team will guide you through a number of ideas based on how you would like to experience Namibia.

No matter how long you have to travel, we will ensure your trip is carefully pieced together to suit your interests, pace of travel and budget.

Browse our gallery for inspiration and contact us to find out more.


Photos courtesy of The Africa Hub and Namibia Tourism.