With its well-developed infrastructure, some of the best tourist facilities in Africa and an impressive list of natural wonders, touring Namibia is an absolute pleasure. Visit the capital of Windhoek and the lovely coastal town of Swakopmund to discover remnants of the country’s German influence. To properly appreciate this extraordinary country, you also have to venture out of the main cities to explore the remarkable natural landscapes. These include the impressive Fish River Canyon Park, the vast Etosha National Park, the hauntingly beautiful Kalahari Desert, and of course, the Namib Desert stretching along the Atlantic coastline. Namibia is an ideal destination for travellers seeking an unforgettable African experience in a uniquely beautiful, untamed wilderness.
Days 1 - 2
The cosmopolitan city of Windhoek is the capital of Namibia, home to an international airport and a plethora of restaurants, shops and entertainment venues. The city boasts an interesting mix of historical architecture and modern buildings, and a colonial legacy that is reflected in its many German eateries and shops. Windhoek is the ideal place to begin your Namibian journey. Its great selection of accommodation, food variety, cultural sights and a unique African buzz give it a unique edge found nowhere else across the country.
Days 2 - 5
The city is a market town whose economy is highly dependent on agriculture. The production of fruits, corn and vegetables in the town is aided by the irrigation from the nearby Hardap Dam, which is the largest reservoir in Namibia. Ostrich farming is also quite popular due to the ability of the birds to adapt in arid conditions.
NamibRand Nature Reserve
Days 5 - 9
Spanning an area of 172,200 hectares and encompassing four distinct ecosystems, the Namib Rand Reserve is among the largest privately owned game parks in Southern Africa. Founded to conserve the unique environment and wildlife species of the south-western Namib Desert, the park’s mix of dunes, mountains, rocky outcrops, sandy flats and gravel plains provides habitats for a diversity of mammals – including hyenas, jackals, foxes, antelopes and various wild cats – as well as a plethora of bird species, reptiles, insects, frogs and flora. Visitors can discover the mysterious ‘fairy circles’, which dot the landscape and sip on sundowners while watching the sunset over this unspoilt ancient landscape. Having been named Africa’s first International Dark Sky Reserve, it is one of the least light-polluted areas in the world, so don't miss this excellent star gazing opportunity.
Days 9 - 10
Conveniently located only a few hour’s drive from Namibia’s capital city of Windhoek, the Erongo Mountain Range stretches across the plains between the towns of Omaruru and Karibib, and is home to a remarkably rich natural heritage. This expanse of rugged wilderness serves as one of Namibia’s most popular tourist drawcards, attracting visitors with its spectacularly scenic landscapes, magnificent caves and rock painting sites, and its impressive array of wildlife species. These include, among others: rhino, elephant, cheetah, leopard, giraffe, wildebeest, impala, blesbok, waterbuck, kudu, warthog, mountain zebra, oryx, eland, springbok and over 200 species of bird. Visitors can look forward to enjoying a variety of adventurous activities such as hiking, rock climbing, games drives, horse riding safaris and mountain biking.
Days 10 - 12
Palmwag is a nature reserve idyllically located along a palm-lined tributary of the Uniab River. Water is scarce in this area, so the river’s presence often lures elephants closer to the camps. Palmwag is situated halfway between Swakopmund and Etosha, and is the ideal base from which to see the sights of the Kunene region or embark on one of the many local hiking trails. The reserve is notable for its unusual species of palm tree, the hyphaena pertesiana, and for being home to the largest population of south-western black rhinos in Africa. Animal lovers can also get a peek at leopard, lion, cheetah, mountain zebra, Angolan giraffe, springbok, kudu, and African bush elephant.
Onguma Game Reserve
Days 12 - 15
Onguma Game Reserve is one of Namibia's best-kept secrets. The game reserve covers over 34,000 hectares of protected land scattered with a variety of wildlife including plains game, black rhino, giraffe, zebra, lion, cheetah, antelope and more than 300 bird species. Visitors can enjoy game drives, guided walks and rhino research drives within the private reserve, as well as wildlife safaris into Etosha National Park to view abundant game.