• Namibia Safari Tour
  • Namibia Safari Tour
  • Namibia Safari Tour
  • Namibia Safari Tour
  • Namibia Safari Tour
  • Namibia Safari Tour
  • Namibia Safari Tour
  • Namibia Safari Tour
  • Namibia Safari Tour

Namibia Safari Tour is a 14 Day Southern and Northern Namibia Tour Safari that takes you to Etosha national Park for wildlife, Sossusvlei to hike sand dunes and Swakopmund.

This is a combination of Southern Namibia safari and the Northern Namibia camping trip. This Namibia tour therefore gives you a comprehensive Namibia safari like no other.

Your Namibia safari tour starts with a journey to Namibia’s southern areas. This includes Sossusvlei, the Namib Desert, Lüderitz and the Fish River Canyon.

Your Namibia safari tour will then turn north. You will experience the cheetah and leopard at Africat. Enjoy a tour to Etosha National Park. Finish the Northern tour of Namibia on this Namibia safari tour with a detour to Damaraland and beach tour to Swakopmund.

The Namibia safari tour is your chance to view exquisite feline carnivores and great landscape of Namibia. You will see the wild animals in their personal Eden with a tour to Etosha. Tour the wildlife rich drylands of Damaraland with a trip to the beach resort town of Swakopmund.

This Namibia safari tour also visits tours unique mountainous vistas. You get to enjoy the elaborate carvings and drawings of Africa’s eldest human inhabitants. Enjoy going up the big daddy on a 3 day Sossusvlei tour on this Namibia tour that starts and ends in Windhoek.

Namibia Safari Tour Destinations

Kalahari Desert

Namibia Safari Tour

The Namibia safari tour starts with a tour to the Kalahari Desert. This is a large semi-arid sandy savannah in Southern Africa extending for 900,000 square kilometres.

It occupies almost all of Botswana, the eastern third of Namibia, and the northernmost part of Northern Cape province in South Africa. In the southwest it merges with the Namib, the coastal desert of Namibia.

The Kalahari’s longest north–south extent is roughly 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometres), and its greatest east–west distance is about 600 miles

The Kalahari Desert that covers much of Botswana, and parts of Namibia and South Africa. The Kalahari sand dunes compose the largest continuous expanse of sand on earth.

The dunes are covered with a relative abundance of vegetation because of a rainfall of between 5 and 10 inches annually, of which over four hundred species of plants have been identified in the Kalahari Desert.

The Kalahari Desert is formed in a region of subsidence in the Hadley cell known as the “horse latitudes” and also its continentality. But, the cause of the Namib desert is the cold Benguela current in the Atlantic ocean.

There are small amounts of rainfall and the summer temperature is very high. It usually receives 3–7.5 inches (76–190 mm) of rain per year. As a result the Kalahari supports some animals and plants because most of it is not true desert.

The Desert was previously havens for wild animals from elephant to giraffe, and for predators such as lion and cheetah. On your Namibia safari tour to the riverbeds are now you will mostly have grazing fauna.

With luck your Namibia safari tour may come across leopard or cheetah.

Fish River Canyon

The Namibia safari tour will continue further south to Fish River Canyon. It is the largest canyon in Africa, as well as the second most visited tourist attraction in Namibia.

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Your Namibia Safari Tour will  enjoy the Fish River Canyon tour. This features a gigantic ravine, in total about 100 miles long, up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550 meters deep.

The Canyon forms part of the state-run Ais-Ais Richtersveld Transfontier Park. Entrance to the Park is situated 10 kilometres from the well-known view point Hell`s Bend at the Hobas Restcamp.

All visitors including those on Namibia safari tour have to report here. It is important to know that during the summer month the Canyon hike is closed due to the heat.

The Fish River Hiking Trail can be conducted during the months April – September. The hike can be completed within 4 to 5 days, depending on fitness.

It covers a length of 85 km and the descent into the Canyon is only allowed for hikers doing the trail. Because Namibia safari tour is not on Fish River Hiking Trail, you will not climb into the Canyon.

The history of some of the oldest rocks in Namibia (gneiss) cut by the Fish River started over a billion years ago. A might mountain range eroded down to a vast plain flooded by the ocean about 650 million years ago.

Then about 350 million years ago the biological formation of the Fish River Canyon started. A vast graben formed along old tectonic faults. It formed the broad ancient valley of the Fish River.

The edges of this graben that are more than 20 km apart today form the upper edges of the canyon. After the formation of the graben structure 300 million years ago the riverbed was still 300 metres higher than it is today.

With the so-called Gondwana-Glaciation glaciers further deepened the graben. Today ice in the canyon is completely unimaginable.

There was the separation of the continent Gondwana about 120 million years ago. Combined with the uplifting of the African continent the gradient of the Fish River increased allowed it to erode even deeper into the rock. Today the deepest point of the canyon is 549 metres deep.

Luderitz

Your Namibia safari tour then makes a detour to Lüderitz. This is a coastal town in southwestern Namibia. It’s known for its German colonial buildings, including the art nouveau Goerke Haus, built into the rock face on Diamond Hill.

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Nearby, Felsenkirche is a hilltop church with panoramic bay views stretching around to Robert Harbor. The Lüderitz Museum has displays about the town’s diamond-mining past as well as local and natural history.

Lüderitz, formerly Angra Pequena, town on the Atlantic coast of Namibia (formerly South West Africa). The Portuguese navigator Bartolomeu Dias stopped there in 1487 and named the bay Angra Pequena.

Long neglected, it became the first German settlement in South West Africa. This is when a Hamburg merchant, Franz Adolf Lüderitz, began trading operations here. He persuaded the German government in 1883 to place the territory under German protection.

In 1908, during construction of a railway, diamonds were discovered in the Namib desert hinterland. Lüderitz then became a booming mining town in what the German colonial government.

It later established as a huge prohibited zone, Sperrgebiet, where no one may enter without permit, for diamond mining was strictly controlled.

Aus

The Namibia safari tour will proceed to Aus, a settlement in the ǁKaras Region of southern Namibia. It lies on a railway line and the B4 national road, 230 km west of Keetmanshoop. This is about 125 km east of Lüderitz and belongs to the ǃNamiǂNûs electoral constituency.

The region around the little village of Aus and the Huib Plateau was originally inhabited by nomadic hunter-gatherer groups of the Nama. They already gave the town its present name.

!Aus means snake fountain and it was the last reliable fountain before the start of the 120 km wide waterless Namib. Until the year 1882 the region remained spared from European influence, only a few missionaries visited the snake fountain.

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The history of Aus goes back to the end of 1904 the war between the Nama and the Germans erupted. More German soldiers had to be brought into the country for the “protection of the peoples”.

For this reason the construction of a railway connection between Lüderitz and Aus was authorized by the German government. Until today the construction work is praised – within one year the complete distance of 120 km was completed.

If it wasn’t for the wild herds alo the reason for the Namibia Safari Tour coming here, Aus could be described as the original one-horse town. This small village is located on the B4 national road and is a popular pit-stop for tourists. It is ideally located as a scenic and tranquil base for discovering Namibia’s southern interior.

The most unique feature of Aus is the resident wild horses. They are most likely descended from South African and Namibian horses which threw off the bonds of domestication during World War I.

These unique animals are capable of going without water for up to five days. They seem willing and able to survive the harsh conditions on the edge of the Namib Desert.

Alongside the horses are ostriches and oryx which are endemic to this area, with no ill effects. A hide has been erected at Garub Pan so that those on Namibia Safari Tour can view these amazing creatures at their favourite watering hole.

Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes. Namibia safari tour here will take you to the southern part of the Namib Desert, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia.

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The name “Sossusvlei” is often used in an extended meaning to refer to the surrounding area, which is one of the major visitor attractions of Namibia.

Sossusvlei is possibly Namibia’s most spectacular and best-known attraction, a top choice for Namibia Safari Tour. It is characterised by the large red dunes. Sossusvlei is a large, white, salt and clay pan and is a great destination all year round.

The dunes in this area are some of the highest in the world, reaching almost 400 meters. Thye will provide photographic enthusiasts with wonderful images in the beautiful morning and evening light.

Sossusvlei literally translates to “dead-end marsh”. This is the place where the dunes come together preventing the Tsauchab River to flow any further, some 60km east of the Atlantic Ocean.

However, due to the dry conditions in the Namib Desert the River seldom flows this far and the pan remains bone-dry most years.

During an exceptional rainy season the Tsauchab fills the pan, drawing visitors from all over the world to witness this spectacular site.

Photographic enthusiasts are spoilt with a glassy “lake” holding reflections of the surrounding dunes.  When the pan fills it can hold water for as long as a year.

Many endemic animal and plant species call the Namib their home. They have adapted perfectly to the heat. Many desert inhabitants make use of the fog which every now and then emerges from the Atlantic Ocean. This is often the only source to humidity and vital for the survival of many.

Those on Namibia safari tour may see oryx antelope. They often can be found deep in the desert has developed a unique system to cool down its blood.

They have fine network of blood vessels to cool the brain. This enabled the animals to handle a body temperature of more than 40°C for longer periods.

Windhoek

Windhoek is the capital of Namibia, in the country’s central highlands and the starting point of your Namibia Safari Tour. South of the city, the sprawling Heroes’ Acre war memorial commemorates Namibia’s 1990 independence.

On a hilltop in the city center are the 1890s Alte Feste, a former military headquarters with historical exhibits, and Independence Memorial Museum. Colonial influences are visible in nearby buildings like the sandstone Lutheran Christus Church.

Windhoek is a bustling metropolis and on the Namibia Safari Tour, you will unexpectedly neat and orderly. It is perhaps less surprising when one considers it was a German territory for many years.

This is the main port of call for most tourists including those on Namibia Safari Tour, and all travellers pass through the city at least once. Situated in a pretty valley, Windhoek boasts buildings very much in the German architectural style.

The German presence can be strongly felt in the food, restaurants – and, of course, the beer. The Namibian beer is said to be the best in Africa and is brewed in Windhoek.

Okonjima Nature Reserve

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Your Namibia safari tour starts by heading to Okonjima. Okonjima was born of the desire to find balance for cattle farmers and predators. It is now a game reserve home to the beloved AfriCat foundation.

The Northern Namibai tour safari goes half way between Windhoek and Etosha to the well-known Okonjima Nature Reserve. The 96 kilometre fence surrounding the 22 000 ha Okonjima private, Nature Reserve was finally completed in 2010.

Okonjima is home of The AfriCat Foundation, was established as a small ‘guest farm’ in 1986. For many years, this was a cattle haven but increasing livestock losses and post-independence interest changed it to a tourist destination.

The Okonjima Nature Reserve sprawls over 200 square kilometres of undulating plains. There are mountainous outcrops, and riverine thickets. It is here that leopard (Panthera pardus), the most adaptable of all the wild cats, thrive. Read more about our Leopard Research.

These intelligent, solitary predators occur in high density in the expanse of Okonjima Nature Reserve’s multi-faceted topography.

The Reserve’s predator research programme has spanned three decades. Its findings have provided great insight to leopard behavioral patterns as well as offered an upbeat prognosis for a sustainable future for the species in today’s Africa.

A two-day Okonjima stay on Namibia safari tour offers the best chance to view wild leopard in Namibia. There are also other collared for research purposes, in their natural habitats.

Research programme leopard are actively tracked, and their collars are an invaluable resource for locating, and then returning to the Reserve. Cats which have migrated to surrounding farmland where they are perceived as threats to livestock.

The Okonjima Nature Reserve, a huge protected area set amongst the rugged commercial farmlands of central Namibia. It comprises a diversified ecosystem representative of both the larger and small mammals of Namibia, as well as most of the country’s endemic birds.

There are game drives and guided bush walks on Namibia safari tour here. These offer visitors an intimate, up-close perspective of Namibia’s wildlife and, especially, its most protected species.

Etosha National Park

The Namibia safari tour heads to the easiest and safest safari destinations in Africa, Etosha National Park is Namibia’s best game viewing destination.

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Etosha is one of Africa’s great wildlife parks and Namibia’s prime wilderness conservation area. This Namibia national park span a vast 22 300 square kilometres (8 610 square miles).

Etosha National park consists mostly of grassy plains around a huge salt pan, which becomes a beautiful lake after heavy rains and attracts large flocks of pink candy-floss-coloured flamingo.

Etosha holds one of the largest, and perhaps the most stable, population of black rhino in the world, as well as giraffe, and rare and unusual species like the black-faced impala, Hartmann’s mountain zebra or the smallest antelope in the world, the Damara dikdik.

It is home to savannah animals and desert specialists, Etosha is where elephant, giraffe and zebra mix with springbok, black rhino and the scimitar-horned gemsbok antelope.

It’s also a predator paradise: lions, leopards and hyenas are resident in healthy numbers and it’s a top destination for cheetah sightings.

Within easy reach of the capital Windhoek, Etosha is as suitable for families with children on safari to Africa. It is also suitable for couples and honeymooners.

The risk of malaria is low, the climate usually warm and dry, and, thanks to simple logistics Etosha is a can-do self-drive destination.

The relaxed nature of the wildlife means an Etosha safari offers excellent photographic opportunities, especially during dry season. Great numbers of animals are concentrated at water and there are many busy waterholes to watch from the shade.

At night you’ll dine under dazzling stars, keeping an eye on a flood-lit waterhole and an ear out for the wavering contralto of the black-backed jackal.

Damaraland

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This Namibia safari tour will the head to the north-central part of what later became Namibia, inhabited by the Damaras. It was bounded roughly by Ovamboland in the north, the Namib Desert in the west, the Kalahari Desert in the east, and Windhoek in the south.

This will be a great stop on your Namibia safari tour. Damaraland lies in between the dunes of Sossusvlei and the wildlife sanctuary that is Etosha National Park. It is home to the Himba Tribe.

It is a lesser-known treasure – the wild, untamed landscapes of northwestern Damaraland. This semi-desert region is one of the country’s most spectacular, with vast, arid plains intersected by sudden towering outcrops of rust-colored granite.

The first taste of Damaraland’s alien rock formations comes as the flat, arid scrubland. This is on either side of the road gives way without warning to the jaw-dropping granite peaks of Spitzkoppe.

They are often referred to as the “Matterhorn of Namibia”, Spitzkoppe is more than 120 million years old. The tallest of its many outcrops stands 5,853 feet/1,784 meters high against the blue sky.

To be discovered on your Namibia safari tour are culture and an assortment of desert-adapted wildlife. They include elephant, rhino, zebra and lion, which eke out an existence in this near-barren landscape.

A not-to-be-missed attraction is the picturesque Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain, which is home to thousands of ancient rock paintings – most notably the White Lady.

The rocky outcrops of Twyfelfontein feature exceptional Bushmen engravings. They are considered to be some of the best-preserved etchings on the continent.

Your Namibia safari tour may visit the Petrified Forest. It dates back millions of years and offers a haunting landscape of gigantic fossilised trees.

Swakopmund

Your Namibia safari tour then heads to Swakopmund is the capital of the Erongo Region and has about 34,000 inhabitants. Swakopmund is known as activity centre of Namibia, nowhere else in the country will you find such a variety of possible activities.

The city’s German origins are quite pronounced in beautiful old German Colonial buildings throughout the city, making an even starker contrast for this town sitting at the edge of the Namib Desert.

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One artifact of the German colonization includes an old museum/store, selling genuine artefacts from the 19th century. Cover a child’s eyes, because some of what is on sale is aesthetically–and historically–difficult to look at.

Swakopmund was used as the setting for The Village in the 2008 production of The Prisoner by AMC and ITV. Its quaint buildings and unusual appearance made a perfect replacement for Portmeirion where the original 1960’s series of The Prisoner was set.

Swakopmund Skydiving Club, founded in 1974, operates 7 days a week from Swakopmund Airfield, and organises the Desert Skydiving Boogies.

Lying directly due west of Windhoek, Swakopmund offers the closest coastal access to the capital. It attracts thousands of domestic holidaymakers over the peak Christmas season.

But it’s not hard to see why this pretty little port is also popular with foreign visitors. The town centre has retained much of its colonial character. It also boasts some of the best tourist facilities in the country.

In addition, Swakopmund is the main springboard for exploration of the dramatic Skeleton Coast. The more immediate attractions include the bird-rich lagoon at nearby Walvis Bay and at Sandwich Harbour.

The adventure activities operating along the dunes that separate the two ports, and Welwitschia Drive in the nearby northern Namib. So your Namibia safari tour has a lot of activities to choose from while in Swakopmund.