"Namibia’s natural beauty is absolutely astounding. Untamed landscapes – some shaped by the wind, others by geological forces – often seem to reach out into infinity, while others end abruptly at the feet of rugged mountains or the wild waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Sand, in all shades of rust, moves with the air and creates shifting dunes; rivers weave lush green ribbons through desolate gravel plains; and extensive tracts of open spaces allow you to truly disconnect from the outside world. From bucket-list encounters with vast herds of wildlife to that exhilaration of running down a sand dune – there really is something magical about this remarkable country. ”

- Narina Exelby

Namibia

It is almost guaranteed that Namibia will leave its markings on your soul – whether it’s the result of unforgettable sightings of wildlife, that sense of wonder as you gaze into the clearest night skies or the simple joy of watching seals lump themselves up and over boulders.  There can be little doubt: a holiday in this dry Southern African country will be the trip of a lifetime.

Some wildlife enthusiasts find it very difficult to tear themselves away from the extensive herds of animals seen in the northern parts of the country, particularly at Etosha National Park and in the Caprivi Strip. Others bask in the sheer delight of finding and learning about the desert-adapted species of beetles, snakes and rodents that thrive in the seemingly inhospitable dunes around the country. Birdwatchers are charmed by flocks of hundreds if not thousands of pelicans and flamingos near Walvis Bay. Photographers often claim the vast, desolate landscapes Damaraland to be their favourite place, while others are held in awe by the mighty Fish River Canyon and sand sea of the Namib Desert. Travellers with a sense of adventure get their adrenaline highs in Swakopmund and along the extraordinary Skeleton Coast, while many find utter peace in the stillness of simply being in vast desert spaces.

Namibia, a former German colony and once governed by South Africa, is the ancestral home of the San Bushmen (regarded as Africa’s most skilled hunters and trackers) as well as the Ovambo, Himba, Kavango, Herero and Damara people. With a population density of just three people per square kilometre, Namibia is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world and the majority of Namibians live in Windhoek. It’s a laid-back capital city that’s almost in the very centre of the country and a very convenient starting point from which to explore Namibia.

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WET SEASON

This is the peak of the wet season, when temperatures are at their highest - often reaching over 40°C/104°F away from the coast. Rain is likely in much of the country, however generally this is restricted to very dispersed afternoon thunderstorms with clear skies in between. The rains in many locations transform the land into a 'green' and blooming desert.

Namibia has an arid climate with very distinct wet and dry seasons. The wet season occurs from November through to early May, during this time, thunderstorms infrequently occur, the rest of the year is dry. Although the country can be visited throughout the year, it is generally at it's best during the peak of the dry season when day time temperatures are a little more pleasant. The dry season also improves the likelihood of good game view sightings, as wildlife concentrates itself around the few remaining water sources. There is also a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; a rich diversity of blooming flowers, beautiful green scenery and fantastic birding make for a wonderful and unique experience.

WET SEASON

This is the peak of the wet season, when temperatures are at their highest - often reaching over 40°C/104°F away from the coast. Rain is likely in much of the country, however generally this is restricted to very dispersed afternoon thunderstorms with clear skies in between. The rains in many locations transform the land into a 'green' and blooming desert.

Namibia has an arid climate with very distinct wet and dry seasons. The wet season occurs from November through to early May, during this time, thunderstorms infrequently occur, the rest of the year is dry. Although the country can be visited throughout the year, it is generally at it's best during the peak of the dry season when day time temperatures are a little more pleasant. The dry season also improves the likelihood of good game view sightings, as wildlife concentrates itself around the few remaining water sources. There is also a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; a rich diversity of blooming flowers, beautiful green scenery and fantastic birding make for a wonderful and unique experience.

WET SEASON

This is the peak of the wet season, when temperatures are at their highest - often reaching over 40°C/104°F away from the coast. Rain is likely in much of the country, however generally this is restricted to very dispersed afternoon thunderstorms with clear skies in between. The rains in many locations transform the land into a 'green' and blooming desert.

Namibia has an arid climate with very distinct wet and dry seasons. The wet season occurs from November through to early May, during this time, thunderstorms infrequently occur, the rest of the year is dry. Although the country can be visited throughout the year, it is generally at it's best during the peak of the dry season when day time temperatures are a little more pleasant. The dry season also improves the likelihood of good game view sightings, as wildlife concentrates itself around the few remaining water sources. There is also a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; a rich diversity of blooming flowers, beautiful green scenery and fantastic birding make for a wonderful and unique experience.

WET SEASON

The likelihood of rain continues to decrease during this period as Namibia approaches the dry season. Midday temperatures are also a lot more pleasant, between 25-30°C/77-86°F throughout most of the country. The mornings are however rather cool. The rains in many locations transform the land into a 'green' and blooming desert.

Namibia has an arid climate with very distinct wet and dry seasons. The wet season occurs from November through to early May, during this time, thunderstorms infrequently occur, the rest of the year is dry. Although the country can be visited throughout the year, it is generally at it's best during the peak of the dry season when day time temperatures are a little more pleasant. The dry season also improves the likelihood of good game view sightings, as wildlife concentrates itself around the few remaining water sources. There is also a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; a rich diversity of blooming flowers, beautiful green scenery and fantastic birding make for a wonderful and unique experience.

DRY SEASON

This month marks the start of Namibia's long dry season. The land in many locations is still surprisingly green following the rains earlier in the year. Temperatures are pleasant during the day but can be surprisingly cold at night.

Namibia has an arid climate with very distinct wet and dry seasons. The wet season occurs from November through to early May, during this time, thunderstorms infrequently occur, the rest of the year is dry. Although the country can be visited throughout the year, it is generally at it's best during the peak of the dry season when day time temperatures are a little more pleasant. The dry season also improves the likelihood of good game view sightings, as wildlife concentrates itself around the few remaining water sources. There is also a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; a rich diversity of blooming flowers, beautiful green scenery and fantastic birding make for a wonderful and unique experience.

DRY SEASON

As the land continues to dry animals are drawn to the few remaining sources of water; in locations such as Etosha this can equate to some incredible game viewing. Temperatures however are quite cool, and cold in the mornings, so do pack some warm clothes!

Namibia has an arid climate with very distinct wet and dry seasons. The wet season occurs from November through to early May, during this time, thunderstorms infrequently occur, the rest of the year is dry. Although the country can be visited throughout the year, it is generally at it's best during the peak of the dry season when day time temperatures are a little more pleasant. The dry season also improves the likelihood of good game view sightings, as wildlife concentrates itself around the few remaining water sources. There is also a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; a rich diversity of blooming flowers, beautiful green scenery and fantastic birding make for a wonderful and unique experience.

DRY SEASON

As the land continues to dry animals are drawn to the few remaining sources of water; in locations such as Etosha this can equate to some incredible game viewing. Temperatures however are quite cool, and cold in the mornings, so do pack some warm clothes!

Namibia has an arid climate with very distinct wet and dry seasons. The wet season occurs from November through to early May, during this time, thunderstorms infrequently occur, the rest of the year is dry. Although the country can be visited throughout the year, it is generally at it's best during the peak of the dry season when day time temperatures are a little more pleasant. The dry season also improves the likelihood of good game view sightings, as wildlife concentrates itself around the few remaining water sources. There is also a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; a rich diversity of blooming flowers, beautiful green scenery and fantastic birding make for a wonderful and unique experience.

DRY SEASON

As the land continues to dry animals are drawn to the few remaining sources of water; in locations such as Etosha this can equate to some incredible game viewing. Temperatures however are quite cool, and cold in the mornings, so do pack some warm clothes!

Namibia has an arid climate with very distinct wet and dry seasons. The wet season occurs from November through to early May, during this time, thunderstorms infrequently occur, the rest of the year is dry. Although the country can be visited throughout the year, it is generally at it's best during the peak of the dry season when day time temperatures are a little more pleasant. The dry season also improves the likelihood of good game view sightings, as wildlife concentrates itself around the few remaining water sources. There is also a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; a rich diversity of blooming flowers, beautiful green scenery and fantastic birding make for a wonderful and unique experience.

DRY SEASON

As the land continues to dry animals are drawn to the few remaining sources of water; in locations such as Etosha this can equate to some incredible game viewing. Temperatures however are quite cool, and cold in the mornings, so do pack some warm clothes! .

Namibia has an arid climate with very distinct wet and dry seasons. The wet season occurs from November through to early May, during this time, thunderstorms infrequently occur, the rest of the year is dry. Although the country can be visited throughout the year, it is generally at it's best during the peak of the dry season when day time temperatures are a little more pleasant. The dry season also improves the likelihood of good game view sightings, as wildlife concentrates itself around the few remaining water sources. There is also a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; a rich diversity of blooming flowers, beautiful green scenery and fantastic birding make for a wonderful and unique experience.

DRY SEASON

As the land continues to dry animals are drawn to the few remaining sources of water; in locations such as Etosha this can equate to some incredible game viewing. Temperatures however are quite cool, and cold in the mornings, so do pack some warm clothes!

Namibia has an arid climate with very distinct wet and dry seasons. The wet season occurs from November through to early May, during this time, thunderstorms infrequently occur, the rest of the year is dry. Although the country can be visited throughout the year, it is generally at it's best during the peak of the dry season when day time temperatures are a little more pleasant. The dry season also improves the likelihood of good game view sightings, as wildlife concentrates itself around the few remaining water sources. There is also a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; a rich diversity of blooming flowers, beautiful green scenery and fantastic birding make for a wonderful and unique experience.

WET SEASON

As temperatures continue to rise they trigger the first of the summer thunderstorms and mark the start of the wet season.

Namibia has an arid climate with very distinct wet and dry seasons. The wet season occurs from November through to early May, during this time, thunderstorms infrequently occur, the rest of the year is dry. Although the country can be visited throughout the year, it is generally at it's best during the peak of the dry season when day time temperatures are a little more pleasant. The dry season also improves the likelihood of good game view sightings, as wildlife concentrates itself around the few remaining water sources. There is also a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; a rich diversity of blooming flowers, beautiful green scenery and fantastic birding make for a wonderful and unique experience.

WET SEASON

This is the peak of the wet season, when temperatures are at their highest - often reaching over 40°C/104°F away from the coast. Rain is likely in much of the country, however generally this is restricted to very dispersed afternoon thunderstorms with clear skies in between. The rains in many locations transform the land into a 'green' and blooming desert.

Namibia has an arid climate with very distinct wet and dry seasons. The wet season occurs from November through to early May, during this time, thunderstorms infrequently occur, the rest of the year is dry. Although the country can be visited throughout the year, it is generally at it's best during the peak of the dry season when day time temperatures are a little more pleasant. The dry season also improves the likelihood of good game view sightings, as wildlife concentrates itself around the few remaining water sources. There is also a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; a rich diversity of blooming flowers, beautiful green scenery and fantastic birding make for a wonderful and unique experience.

Central Highlands

Central Highlands

Namibia’s Central Highlands is celebrated for the outstanding hospitality offered at the area’s guesthouses, small lodges and large farms. This region separates the Namib Desert from the Kalahari, and offers the perfect opportunity to rest, relax, and enjoy the warm, genuine Namibian hospitality.

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Damaraland

Damaraland

Lovers of wide, open spaces will revel in Damaraland’s dramatic landscapes and sheer magnitude of space. This region is a photographer’s dream, and from rocky hills and dry plains to a petrified forest and ancient rock art, there is a real variety of attractions.

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Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park

The sheer concentration of wildlife at Etosha National Park is astounding. Game-viewing is easy, and herds of animals, often in their hundreds, populate the waterholes throughout the dry months. You can also expect to see large flocks of cranes and flamingoes when Etosha Pan fills with water.

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Fish River Canyon & Southern Namibia

Fish River Canyon & Southern Namibia

The beautiful arid and mountain landscapes of Southern Namibia more than make up for what the region lacks in wildlife. Extensive plains, sand dunes, rocky outcrops, hot springs, a quiver tree forest, ghost town and wild horses – Southern Namibia is, beyond doubt, an intriguing part of the country.

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Kaokoland

Kaokoland

It can be fairly challenging to reach isolated Kaokoland in the far north-west of Namibia but the hidden valleys, rugged mountains and extreme landscapes of this wild place are breathtaking. In the far north the Kunene River offers excellent bird watching, canoeing and whitewater rafting.

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Skeleton Coast

Skeleton Coast

Namibia’s Skeleton Coast must be one of the most hauntingly dramatic stretches of coastline on the planet. This vast, windy graveyard for rusting ships is said to be one of the most inhospitable places in the world – and yet it is compelling to travellers, who are drawn to this wild, desolate place.

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Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert

Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert

Within a sea of deep red-orange dunes lies perhaps the most iconic of all landscapes in Namibia. It’s here that you’ll find Deadvlei, a place much loved by photographers for the pitch-black dead camel thorn trees that are scattered in the foreground against the immense red dunes.

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Swakopmund and Walvis Bay

Swakopmund and Walvis Bay

Swakopmund is a delightful little city that is both a treat to explore and a fantastic base for trips into the desert. It’s an aluring culminaton of colonial German architecture, seaside promenade, scattered palm trees, and its position between the Atlantic Ocean and Namib Desert.

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The Kalahari

The Kalahari

The extensive Kalahari Desert, which stretches across seven countries, creeps into the eastern edge of Nambia. It’s not a desert in the classic sense but this vast arid area is intriguing to explore, and seems to simmer in a silence millennia old.

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Windhoek & Surrounds

Windhoek & Surrounds

Namibia’s capital city has its own beguiling Europe-meets-Africa charm. With a German architectural style, the vibe of the city carries all that sass and liveliness that is so wonderfully African. Windhoek is also a very pleasant place to spend a day or two at the beginning or end of a journey.

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Zambezi Region and Caprivi Strip

Zambezi Region and Caprivi Strip

The Caprivi Strip is a lush and captivating area. There are four national parks within Caprivi and four rivers that pass through the region offering, both from water and from land, incredible game viewing and some of the best birding opportunities in Namibia.

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