Start planning your safari in Namibia
A Namibian safari is the perfect adventure for those seeking wild encounters. From the large elephants at Etosha National Park in the north, to the arid Namib desert further south, you’ll love the range of landscapes and experiences available here. You’ll see 6,000-year-old rock paintings in Damaraland and meet the indigenous tribes that offer insights into the history of Namibia's greatest treasures.
What makes a safari in Namibia unique?
Namibia is arguably one of Africa's best-kept secrets. Many travelers miss out on the brilliant desert landscapes and teeming wildlife for its more popular neighbors. But stick around in Namibia and you’ll be delighted, as there are brilliant boat rides, enormous sand dunes, and desert bike rides on offer. Whether you enjoy the serenity of bird-watching or want to see spectacular battles between some of the Big Five, you can't go wrong with a Namibia safari.
The best places for a safari in Namibia
Burnt-orange dunes, roving lions and towering giraffes—Namibia's landscapes are filled with fascinating life. Migrating flamingos form a pink sea at Etosha when the rains arrive, and the Himba people with their spectacular head adornments will teach you about the vast region of Damaraland.
Lose yourself to the sands of Namibia's deserts
Fly in a hot air balloon over the orange dunes and valleys of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, where bright white salt pans and petrified trees make the landscape completely unique. In Swakopmund, take an exhilarating bike ride, or simply explore breath-taking moon-like landscapes on foot.
Ride with elephants at Etosha National Park
Located in Namibia's northwest, Etosha National Park is home to some of the largest elephants in Africa. From comfortable lodges dotted around the park, visitors can catch sight of giraffes, leopards and more than 300 species of birds during the rainy season.
See German architecture in Swakopmund
The past still clings to this Namibian coastal town, with old architecture built by German colonialists still visible today. The beaches along the Atlantic offer surfing opportunities, while those seeking more thrills can enjoy balloon rides, skydiving, and boat-based wildlife watching tours.
Explore the treasures of Damaraland
The long stretch of desert land between Sossusvlei and Etosha National Park a wild, red-tinted landscape called Damaraland. You can see the 120-million-year-old mountain peaks of Spitzkoppe, and meet the local Himba people who often sell souvenirs at roadside stalls. At Twyfelfontein, rock paintings almost 6,000 years old offer a glimpse into the land's first inhabitants.
Go stargazing in Sesriem
Completely cut off from the surrounding cities, Sesriem in the Namib desert offers the perfect spot for stargazing. At certain times of year, the Milky Way is right overhead, and the darkness all around makes for spectacular views like nowhere else in the world.
What's the best time of year for a safari in Namibia?
The best time to visit Namibia is between May and October when the weather is dry and not too hot. Wildlife tours in Namibia at time are great, as most animals gather around watering holes.