Namibia Tours & Holidays
Small Group Tours & Tailor-Made Holidays
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The traditional homeland of the ancient San bushmen, Namibia shares its land borders with the neighbouring countries of Angola, Zambia, South Africa and Botswana, whilst its western coastlines look out across the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. Sandwiched between the Namib and Kalahari Deserts, Namibia offers some truly wonderful landscapes, with the Skeleton Coast and the towering dunes of the Namib Desert in particular providing visitors with some astonishingly unforgettable panoramas, ...
The traditional homeland of the ancient San bushmen, Namibia shares its land borders with the neighbouring countries of Angola, Zambia, South Africa and Botswana, whilst its western coastlines look out across the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. Sandwiched between the Namib and Kalahari Deserts, Namibia offers some truly wonderful landscapes, with the Skeleton Coast and the towering dunes of the Namib Desert in particular providing visitors with some astonishingly unforgettable panoramas, just one of the many highlights from our Namibia tours.
The harsh and dramatic features of the Skelton Coast are littered with wind scoured shipwrecks and the bones of whales and seals that hark back to the days of the whaling fleets. The bushmen called this world, “The Land God made in Anger”. The Portuguese sailors had another name for it - “The Gates of Hell”. In contrast, the forested wetlands of the Caprivi Strip are home to a staggering variety of life, whilst the stunning Fish River Canyon provides immense vistas only beaten in scale by the Grand Canyon. Then there are the mountainous dunes of the searing Namib desert, which provide the surreal landscapes of Sossusvlei and the dramatic shadows at sunrise and sunset for which Namibia is famed.
Amongst the powerful landscapes, visitors are also blessed with an abundance of wildlife. Pick one of the many vantage points and waterholes in Etosha to settle in next to and watch as the desert-dwellers, such as the roaming desert elephants make their way to you in herds.
Rich in extraordinary landscapes, desert-adapted wildlife and some incredibly comfortable wilderness camps, Namibia is guaranteed to capture the imagination of every visitor whether on a group tour; an adventurous self-drive or on your very own tailor-made, Namibia holiday.
Start your journey
Travel to Namibia with like-minded people on one of our small group tours (usually max size 12), featuring knowledgeable local guides and an expert tour leader.
Whether you want to travel on one of our award-winning itineraries or build your own journey from scratch, our expert consultants will help create the perfect tour for your tastes and budget. Below are a few suggestions of the kind of trips we can offer, all of which can be tailored to you.
HIGHLIGHTS OF NAMIBIA
Be your own safari guideEtosha National Park covers a huge 20,000 squared km and is home to 4 of the big 5, including the endangered black rhino. The vast majority of roads are in good condition and adequate for self-drivers, so take your own pace as you journey through the park.
Experience a desert dune safariTravel to the heart of the Sossusvlei Desert in your jeep with your guide who will show you around this vast, breathtaking landscape. Challenge yourself with a climb to the top of the massive ‘Big Daddy,’ the tallest dune in the Sossusvlei area at 325 metres.
Explore the coastal shipwrecksMarvel at the shipwrecks that have become synonymous with the Skeleton Coast. Take a 4x4 along the sandy border and visit the famous shipwreck, the Eduard Bohlen, a 100m wreck on the desolate beach, slowly eroding into history.
Meet the HimbaThe Himba people are pastoralists who have survived years of famine, war and threats of modernisation. Take the day to experience local Himba culture and customs, and some of the most wonderful walks around the compound.
Track rhino on footEtosha National Park is home to the endangered black rhinos. Take a research drive where a ranger will explain various conservation efforts and data collection that has been carried out and get you as close as possible to one of these incredible animals.
Trek through the SossusvleiTake a hike up Dune 45; the fine sand does make it a bit of an arduous journey but the views over the dunes to the Deadvlei Sea are incredible. Top tip is to take off your shoes and wear your socks to climb, they create more traction on the fine sand.
Walk through the Okonjima plainsA safari on foot through the central highlands reserve is a truly authentic experience which gives you a unique view of the life that unfolds in this area. With vast open plains and mountainous rocks, you may spot some cheetahs and hyenas on your way.
Visit the AfriCat foundationVisit the AfriCat conservation centre to see what efforts are being made to protect and grow the local cheetah population. You will learn how the centre provides education and training to the youth of Namibia to ensure the conservation lives on in the future.
Experience community tourismLearn about the local Damara people who built the local museum, a UNESCO world heritage site, that their communities are benefiting from by learning about the importance of preserving their cultural heritage for long term benefit and making a profit.
TOP PLACES TO VISIT
OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY
WHEN TO GO
The weather in Namibia can change significantly depending on where you are so it is important to do some good planning if you are doing a tailor made trip. Naturally, our group trips will visit a specific area at the best time we can.
Health and Vaccinations
There are no mandatory immunisations for travellers to Namibia though you should be up-to-date with Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A. Malaria is present in most parts of Namibia so we recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments.
In Namibia, the currency is the Namibian Dollar. Please note that the South African Rand is also widely accepted as the Namibian Dollar is pegged to the Rand at the same exchange rate. Please note that changing Namibian Dollars outside of Namibia is almost impossible so try not to exchange too much.
To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to www.oanda.com.
On our tours you will frequently interact with local people, each with their own distinct customs and traditions. We therefore ask you to be considerate and to treat them with respect. Your tour-leaders and guides will always be able to advise you accordingly.
Language & Religion
English is the official language, but Namibia’s relatively small population is extraordinarily diverse in language and culture. More than 11 languages are indigenous to Namibia but with its cosmopolitan society a number of languages from around the world are spoken in Namibia. People commonly speak two or three languages and more than 50% of the population speaks Oshiwambo. Due to the country’s colonial history Afrikaans, the language of the previous South African occupiers, is still widely spoken and functions as the lingua franca in Namibia. Namibia has two small groups of nomadic groups; the Khoisan speaking people, known as the Bushmen or San and the Ovahimba people, figuratively known as the red people.
The constitution of Namibia allows for freedom on religion and the country is a secular state.
It is thought that around 90% of Namibian's are Christian, and a surprisingly large number actively practice their religion with regular church attendance. The largest Christian group is the Lutheran Church which grew out of the work of the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission. Next largest are Roman Catholics, while most other Christian denominations can also be found.
Namibia is 2 hours ahead of GMT.
A useful website to check the time zone differences is www.worldtimezone.com.
Food and drink
Namibian Food is a blend of traditional German influence mixed with the South African delicacies. The common food in Namibia are game dishes with the popular ones being kudu meat, springbok and gemsbok.
The national drink of Namibia is the Tafel lager and Windhoek lager.
Although Namibia is a meat-orientated society and many menu options will feature steaks from one animal or another, vegetarians are readily catered for and all of the lodges and camps provide a good standard of food.