Namibia Luxury Holidays: An Overview

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 Namibia is one of the most sophisticated, individual and downright original luxury holiday destinations on Earth.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Namibia safaris offer a very different experience from the country's southern African neighbours, and this 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

Namibia Safari Holidays: The Detail

We at Original Travel have travelled the length and breadth of Namibia and think it's just a brilliant holiday destination; but first, 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. 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.

Did you know

  • Namibia is home to the highest sand dune in the world - 980 ft tall!
  • 80% of the country is made up of desert
  • The world's largest underground lake is the 'Dragon Breath' in Hariseb

Littered with the bleached rib-cages of whales and the rusting hulks of stranded ships, the aptly named Skeleton Coast is wilderness in the truest sense. Most of this desolate but hauntingly beautiful region is only accessible on a fly-in safari by light aircraft. From remote camps, Land Rovers, guided walks and low-level flights are then used to explore the desert's various points of interest, from canyons, salt pans, dune belts and lichen fields to shipwreck sites, ancient rock art, strange 'roaring dunes' and the clay 'castles' of the Hoarusib River. Safaris on the Skeleton Coast are primarily about experiencing the stunning physical beauty and extraordinary geographical diversity of the landscapes rather than game viewing. And yet (to get all David Attenborough for a moment) even in this seemingly inhospitable environment, life manages to find a foothold. Seal colonies cling to the shoreline, patrolled by scavenging jackals, and rare, desert-adapted elephants inhabit the dried-up riverbeds. Equally fascinating are plants such as lithops, known as 'flowering stones', and the villages of the local Himba tribe - some of the last nomadic people in Africa.

Heading inland, in a country famed for its spectacular scenery the ancient Namib Desert, from which Namibia takes its name, is undoubtedly the star attraction. This 80 million-year-old wilderness - the oldest desert in the world - contains unique flora and fauna, but is above all a visual paradise. The giant red dunes of Sossusvlei, framed against a blue sky, are perhaps the most impressive sight of all - especially at sunrise or sunset, when the colours are at their most intense. On the rare occasions when the vlei fills with water, the resulting turquoise lake makes the view from the top of one of the 300-metre-tall dunes even more surreal. Not far from Sossusvlei lie the broad, open expanses of the NamibRand Nature Reserve. Virtually all facets of the Namib are represented here, from mountains to dune belts and grassy plains dotted with granite kopjes. This is the perfect place to unwind for a few days, experience the peace, space and grandeur of the desert, and discover the remarkable adaptations of interesting plants and creatures - from the !nara melon (the '!' indicates a click in the Nama language) to the fog-harvesting tok-tokkie beetle and the graceful oryx - all surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery in Namibia, if not the whole of Africa.

That's not all - landscape safari holidays are all well and good, but Namibia has the big beasts as well, namely in Etosha and Damaraland. Etosha National Park may be (relatively) flat, but its low dolomite hills, mopane woodland and large salt pans, particularly in the 30,000 hectare Ongava Game Reserve, have healthy populations of Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, spotted and brown Hyena, with a smattering of Black and white rhino. Meanwhile Damaraland has extraordinary scenery consisting of huge boulders that wouldn't look out of place on The Flintstones with no fences for mile upon mile and plenty of Oryx, Springbok, Ostrich, Kudu, Giraffe and even Black Rhino (in the west) to spot.


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Flamingos at Skeleton Coast
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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.

Eleanor, 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

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  • Rainfall — 7cm / 2.9 inches
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Top picks for Namibia

Little Ongava, luxury camp in Namibia

Little Ongava

Etosha & Damaraland

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.

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Mushara Lodge

Mushara Lodge

Etosha & Damaraland

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.

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Shipwreck at 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.

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Terrace at Okonjima, luxury camp in Namibia


Etosha & Damaraland

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.

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Rocks and mountains in Namibia

Etosha & Damaraland


Northern Namibia has the country’s best game viewing.

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The terrace at Mowani, luxury Camp in Namibia


Etosha & Damaraland

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

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The sunset at Onguma, luxury camp in Namibia


Etosha & Damaraland

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.

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Villa Mushara

Villa Mushara

Etosha & Damaraland

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.

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Desert rocks and dunes

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.

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A rhino at Desert Rhino, luxury camp in Namibia

Desert Rhino

Etosha & Damaraland

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.

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The pool at  Okahirongo Elephant Lodge, luxury lodge in Namibia

Okahirongo Elephant Lodge

Etosha & Damaraland

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.

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The pool at Serra Cafema, luxury camp in Namibia

Serra Cafema

Skeleton Coast

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.

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