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
- A 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.