Namibia 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 this is one of the most sophisticated, individual and downright original countries 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
  • Learn more and find out when to go in our in-depth guide
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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.

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

Top picks for Namibia

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.

Where to stay

Desert Rhino
Etosha & Damaraland

Etosha & Damaraland

Namibia

Northern Namibia has the country’s best game viewing.

Where to go

Etosha & Damaraland
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.

Where to stay

Mushara Lodge
Terrace at Okonjima, luxury camp in Namibia

Okonjima

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.

Where to stay

Okonjima
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.

Where to stay

Villa Mushara
The terrace at Mowani, luxury Camp in Namibia

Mowani

Etosha & Damaraland

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

Where to stay

Mowani
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.

Where to stay

Okahirongo Elephant Lodge
The Namib Desert

The Namib Desert

Namibia

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.

Where to go

The Namib Desert
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.

Where to stay

Serra Cafema
The sunset at Onguma, luxury camp in Namibia

Onguma

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.

Where to stay

Onguma
Skeleton Coast

Skeleton Coast

Namibia

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.

Where to go

Skeleton Coast
Mushara Outpost

Mushara Outpost

Etosha & Damaraland

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.

Where to stay

Mushara Outpost

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