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Namibia Holidays

We like Namibia because it is wild and inaccessible and because, despite being the size of Spain and Germany combined, it has a population of just two million. As clichéd as it may sound, Namibia is vastly different to any other country in Africa, not least because of its 300 mile northern coastline, the aptly named the Skeleton Coast, which is littered with the rusting hulks of ships that floundered in the notoriously rough seas.

What to expect on your Namibia safari holiday

A safari in Namibia will give you a feeling of pioneering adventure as each camp takes you further and further away from civilisation. Due to the remote location of many lodges the accommodation tends to be more basic than in Botswana and other classic safari destinations, but the rewards are worth it tenfold. Eighty percent of Namibia is desert and it is amazing to see how the wildlife has adapted to this harsh environment. On your safari you'll find elephants, oryx, lions, kudu and even rhinos making the long trek in search of water. Hopefully you will also spend time with two of the indigenous tribes, the Herero and the closely related Himba, both pastoralists but with differing cultures.

Some ideas for a Namibia holiday

  • flying safari on the Skeleton Coast with the Schoemans family is a must - you cannot go with anyone else.
  • Search out the desert-adapted wildlife in Etosha National Park.
  • Go quad biking along the coast of Swakopmund.
  • Climb the beautiful sand dunes at Sossusvlei, the highest dunes in the world.
  • Visit the Africat sanctuary where cheetahs are the centre of attention.
  • For the independent traveller explore this area on a self-drive.

Beyond the ordinary

In the north of Namibia there is a pride of lions that hunts seals. How patient are you and how much time do you have?

Our Namibia Experts

At the last count Illona and Jackie had over thirty years of combined experience exploring Namibia. They have flown over it, walked and driven through it and, knowing Illona, she has probably ridden over it as well. Both were brought up in Africa and first visited Namibia at an early age, giving them a different perspective and a wealth of experience that they will use to plan your perfect holiday to Namibia.

Namibia FAQs

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How long are the flights to Namibia?

Anyone wishing to visit Namibia will have to fly via Johannesburg which acts as a hub for onward flights to Windhoek, Namibia.

The flight to Johannesburg from London Heathrow takes approximately 11.5 hours. The onward flight is approx 2 hours to Windhoek.

Can I use my credit card?

Yes, some lodges will accept credit cards for purchases such as souvenirs. It is also wise to carry some cash for staff gratuities, Namibia Dollars and South African rand are gratefully received.  You can only get South African Rand in UK but not Namibian dollars.

What is the time difference between Namibia and the UK?
Namibia is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
What is the climate like in Namibia?
Namibia has a subtropical climate, characterized by hot and dry weather with little rain along the coast. The dry winter season is between May and October and the coolest months, June and July are the coldest months at night and early mornings. November to March are the wettest months with the north of the country seeing the most rain.
Is Namibia a good place for self drive holidays and if so what side of the road should I drive on?
Namibia is the perfect country for a self drive holiday. The roads are generally well maintained and devoid of traffic so driving is relatively hassle free. Steppes has access to a large range of rental vehicles all with air-conditioning and cooler boxes to keep drinks nicely iced for stops en route. Your pre trip briefing will cover the best routes to travel and you will be given a mobile phone with all the numbers of the lodges you are staying at programmed into the phone. Don't forget to drive on the left hand side.
When is the best time to travel to Namibia?
Between April and October are the best times to travel to Namibia when there is less rain and the temperature is most pleasant. Outside of these months you can expect hotter temperatures and a higher chance of rain - no problem as long as you are prepared and of course, being out of season, you may be able to take advantage of better rates.


Namibia - Flying

Namibia - Skeleton Coast Flying Safari

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Namibia - Dunes of Sossusvlei and Wildlife of the North

Dunes of Sossusvlei and Wildlife of the North

Begin with the windswept dunes of Sossusvlei – best admired from a balloon, before tracking deser...

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Namibia - Family Self-Drive Adventure

Namibia - Family Self-Drive Adventure

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Namibia Self Drive Holiday

Namibia - Self Drive Holiday

This classic Namibia holiday offers a very comprehensive journey around some incredibly diverse a...

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Namibia Privately Guided Safari

Namibia - Sossusvlei, Etosha and Damaraland

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Africa - Ultimate African Elephant Conservation Journey

Ultimate African Elephant Conservation Journey

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New: Desert Elephant Camp

Opening in 2017, this comfortable tented camp will sit in the Hoanib River valley, in Namibia's arid Kunene Region. Brilliantly located for exploring this fascinating and starkly beautiful landscape, the camp will focus on the desert-adapted wildlife that survives here.

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Africat Health Check, Okonjima Nature Reserve, Namibia

Conservation: AfriCat - Steppes partner

AfriCat continue to strive towards the long term survival of Namibia’s predators in their natural habitat. They support environmental education, rehabilitation programmes, provide solutions to human-wildlife conflict and conduct wildlife research

Working exclusively with AfriCat, Steppes offer a unique conservation tour with the opportunity to work with AfriCat’s vets on the Annual Big Cat Health Examination weekend that takes place at Okonjima

Namibia, Khaudum National Park, Elephants

Blog: Khaudum National Park – Namibia’s Forgotten Wilderness

"During a late afternoon game drive, my guide Piers and I visit a waterhole, nicknamed the “oil slick” – black cotton soil mixed with water makes a thick, viscous liquid as black as stout and adored by elephants. Enormous bulls glisten like polished coal in the late afternoon sun, their tusks standing out like well-used piano keys against their mud-covered skin. Ebony and ivory."

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Client Reviews

Soussusveli, Namibia
''Jackie was excellent- she listened and was very knowledgeable.
The pre- trip pack was good, especially adding a smaller version which could be taken instead of the larger booklet, or given to a friend or family so that they know where you are.''

Patricia Munby

Baby Rhino, Etosha, Namibia
Our trip lived up...
... to the excellent standard of Steppes.''

Erika Lindsay

Elephant Feet, Etosha National Park, Etosha, Namibia
''Bridget planned the perfect Holiday...
... the timings and varied activities were absolutely ideal.''

Antony Browne

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