The Namib Desert Safaris

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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Why we think you’ll love it

  • You just can't fail to be impressed by climbing these huge iconic sand dunes as the sun rises - the sight is a photographer's dream
  • The Namib is a vast coastal desert that just has to be seen from the sky, as well as by climbing up the huge 300-metre high iconic dunes of Sossusvlei, which is believed to be the oldest desert in the world

Namib Desert Safaris: The Detail

Sossusvlei is a clay pan, or dry lake, enclosed by giant sand dunes - thought to be the tallest in the world. Very occasionally, when there has been sufficient rainfall to cause the Tsauchab River to flow, the pan fills with water and becomes a turquoise lake that lasts just a few weeks and makes the scenery even more surreal. The dunes have been sculpted by the wind over millions of years, and some of them have become petrified over time.

The nearby NamibRand Nature Reserve lies on the eastern edge of the Namib Desert and contains a desert tapestry of colours and shapes that make it a visual utopia for those in search of natural beauty on a safari holiday. Game species found in the reserve include oryx, zebra, ostrich, giraffe, several species of antelope, and a wide variety of smaller desert creatures. Over a hundred species of birds have also been recorded.

Conservation is key in the NamibRand, so the number of guests to this wilderness paradise is strictly limited, and we know all the finest places to stay and can arrange activities from guided game drives or walks led by knowledgeable guides to picnics in the reserve.


A note on price

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

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  • Average Temp. — 24°C / 75°F
  • Rainfall — 7cm / 2.9 inches
Flight from London

10:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +2 hrs

Top picks for The Namib Desert

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

The Namib Desert

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is a wonderfully secluded oasis at the foothills of the private NamibRand Nature Reserve, tucked away in the in the heart of Namibia's ancient Namib Desert.

Where to stay

Luxury bedroom at Wolwedans Dunes Lodge, luxury lodge in Namibia

Wolwedans Dunes Lodge

The Namib Desert

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.

Where to stay

Wolwedans Boulders, luxury camp in Namibia

Wolwedans Boulders

The Namib Desert

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.

Where to stay

Double bedroom at  Wolwedans Private Camp, luxury camp in Namibia

Wolwedans Private Camp

The Namib Desert

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.

Where to stay

Bedroom at Desert Homestead, luxury camp in Namibia

Desert Homestead

The Namib Desert

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

Where to stay

Little Kulala, luxury hotel in Namibia

Little Kulala

The Namib Desert

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

Where to stay

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