If there’s one word to describe Namibia, it’s ‘cool’. Except in the height of summer when it can regularly reach temperatures over 40°C. So why so cool? Because this is one of the most sophisticated, individual and downright original countries on earth. We at Original Travel have travelled the length and breadth and think it’s just a brilliant destination.

Why we think you’ll love it

  • Namibia safaris offer a very different experience from its southern African neighbours, and is a photographer's dream. Add some of the most stylish lodges around and Namibia is the quintessential Original Travel safari destination.
  • The Skeleton Coast, a great expanse of shoreline with the remains of shipwrecked boats eerily scattered along the sand, is hauntingly beautiful.
  • The immense Etosha National Park is one of the best wildlife spots in Africa - but while Namibia is home to its share of impressive creatures, to come here only for a safari would be to seriously miss the point. In Namibia, the country itself is the star.
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Original Highlight

The Skeleton Coast felt like falling off the edge of the world: desert and ocean simply collide head-on, and wraith-like spectres punctuate the landscape at alarmingly regular intervals.

Sam, Original Traveller

A note on price

A no expense spared flying safari (from 10 days to two weeks) could cost from £10,000 per person - but a self-drive Namibia safari could cost a more affordable £3,000 per person, including international flights. Learn more about our pricing

Where to go in Namibia

Etosha & Damaraland

Etosha & Damaraland

Northern Namibia has the country’s best game viewing.

Etosha & Damaraland
Skeleton Coast

Skeleton Coast

A flying safari along the Skeleton Coast takes in some of the most remote wilderness areas of Namibia, and this remains one of Original Travel’s favourite African experiences.

Skeleton Coast
The Namib Desert

The Namib Desert

It doesn’t get much more dramatic than the gigantic dunes of Sossusvlei, in the heart of the Namib Desert, and one of the most iconic sights in Africa.

The Namib Desert

Where to stay in Namibia

The terrace at Mowani, luxury Camp in Namibia

Mowani

Mowani Mountain camp is located between the Huab and Ugab rivers in southern Damaraland.

Mowani
The sunset at Onguma, luxury camp in Namibia

Onguma

Situated on the eastern side of Etosha, bordering Fisher’s Pan, Onguma Private Nature Reserve has more than 20,000 hectares of protected land and wildlife.

Onguma
A rhino at Desert Rhino, luxury camp in Namibia

Desert Rhino

Desert Rhino Camp, in the 1,700 square mile private Palmwag Reserve, is fed by a number of freshwater springs that lure game, predators and birds in huge numbers.

Desert Rhino
Little Ongava, luxury camp in Namibia

Little Ongava

Little Ongava sits in an exceptional position on a rise, in the vast Ongava Game Reserve. This is one of Namibia’s most luxurious safari destinations, bordering the Etosha National Park.

Little Ongava
Mushara Lodge

Mushara Lodge

Mushara Lodge is located 5 miles from the Von Lindequist Gate on the eastern outskirts of the Etosha National Park, and is therefore ideally situated for travelers visiting the park.

Mushara Lodge
The pool at  Okahirongo Elephant Lodge, luxury lodge in Namibia

Okahirongo Elephant Lodge

Located on a private conservancy in Namibia’s remote Koakoland, the best way to access this exclusive lodge is by private charter which can be arranged from almost anywhere in Namibia. Overland travel is possible in a 4x4 however be warned, the journey is long but the stunning desert scenery makes it worth it.

Okahirongo Elephant Lodge
Mushara Outpost

Mushara Outpost

The Mushara Outpost, one of the Mushara Collection establishments, is one of Namibia’s most spectacular lodges. The gates of the famous Etosha Pan National Park are just six miles away so access is easy.

Mushara Outpost
Terrace at Okonjima, luxury camp in Namibia

Okonjima

Not only is Okonjima a luxury lodge but it is also home to Africat, a non-profit organisation, committed to long-term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores, especially cheetahs and leopards. A visit to Okonjima will give you the opportunity to witness some of Africat’s work. Okonjima is halfway between Windhoek and Etosha National Park.

Okonjima
Villa Mushara

Villa Mushara

The harsh wilderness of the surrounding landscape contrasts starkly with the elegant villas of Villa Mushara - the jewel in the crown of the Mushara Collection.

Villa Mushara
The pool at Serra Cafema, luxury camp in Namibia

Serra Cafema

Situated on the banks of the Kunene River, which forms Namibia’s border with Angola, Serra Cafema is one of the most remote destinations in southern Africa.

Serra Cafema
 Schoeneman Skeleton Coast Flying Safaris, luxury camp in Namibia

Schoeman Skeleton Coast Flying Safaris

Accommodation on a fly-in safari with Skeleton Coast Safaris is at three remote desert camps.

Schoeman Skeleton Coast Flying Safaris
Okahiringo River Camp, luxury camp in Namibia

Okahiringo River Camp

Okahirongo River Camp looks out over the Kunene River, Namibia’s border with neighbouring Angola.

Okahiringo River Camp
Luxury bedroom at Wolwedans Dunes Lodge, luxury lodge in Namibia

Wolwedans Dunes Lodge

Perched high on a ridge of red sand dunes, Wolwedans Dunes Lodge consists of nine individual chalets strung out on either side of the central lodge building.

Wolwedans Dunes Lodge
Little Kulala, luxury hotel in Namibia

Little Kulala

Little Kulala is located just outside the national park that is home to the extraordinary towering sand dunes of Sossusvlei.

Little Kulala
Double bedroom at  Wolwedans Private Camp, luxury camp in Namibia

Wolwedans Private Camp

Deep in the desolate but utterly stunning Namib Desert lies Wolwedans, a superslick lodge, and if that wasn’t hermit-like enough, they have their own Private Camp, another two miles further into the bush and designed for just one couple or a small family.

Wolwedans Private Camp
Bedroom at Desert Homestead, luxury camp in Namibia

Desert Homestead

Basic but very atmospheric, Desert Homestead is an unrivalled desert respite with grassy valleys stretching away to the distant dunes of the Namib Desert.

Desert Homestead
Wolwedans Boulders, luxury camp in Namibia

Wolwedans Boulders

Located 30 miles south of the other Wolwedans camps, in the far south of the NamibRand Nature Reserve, Boulders Camp is the latest addition to the Wolwedans Collection.

Wolwedans Boulders

Details for Namibia

A little more info

NAMIBIA LUXURY HOLIDAYS

Some context - wedged between the Kalahari and Namib deserts, Namibia is a country of contrasting landscapes. The Namib - the oldest desert on Earth - runs the length of the country's Atlantic coast and is home to the monumental dunes of Sossusvlei and to the desolate reaches of the Skeleton Coast, populated by shipwrecks (the skeletons of the title) and seal colonies.

The majestic Fish River Canyon snakes through the south of the country, while the north has superb game viewing in the Etosha National Park and the lush vegetation of the Caprivi Strip. In between are rugged mountains, endless plains and an awe-inspiring sense of space.

Weather in January January February March April May June July August September October November December
  • Average Temp. — 24°C / 75°F
  • Rainfall — 7cm / 2.9 inches
Flight from London

10:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +2 hrs

Eleanor is our Namibia expert and as a seasoned traveller has the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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