Known for having the world’s oldest desert, Namibia offers visitors some of the most beautiful landscapes and wildlife-viewing available on the African continent. Once your flight lands in the capital city of Windhoek, enjoy the German-influenced area until you head off to your Namibia safari. You’ll enjoy the massive, awe-inspiring geography, as well as take a safari to see wild animals up close, including elephants, antelopes and lions.
Okonjima Natural Reserve
This nature reserve, which is located about midway between Windhoek and Etosha National Park, welcomes visitors to stay and take in guided and self-guided tours allowing them up-close views of the animals living on the reserve, which includes animals that cannot be returned to the wild.
Okonjima Nature Reserve also offers a variety of accommodations, from a private suite to villas, which provide untethered access to animals roaming the reserve. Additionally, thatch-covered lodges provide comfortable stays. A picture perfect safari in Namibia awaits!
Etosha National Park
Home to Namibia’s largest collection of the endangered black rhino, it lies along grassy plains, offering animals a safe environment to freely roam. The park is home to several water areas where you’re likely to view animals grazing, including elephants, giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, cheetahs, and rhinos, as well as hyenas and leopards.
You can stay inside the park, in the popular Okaukuejo Camp’s chalets provide guests with close views of elephants and rhinos congregating near the waterhole. Outside the park, visitors have a choice of up to nine camps at which to stay. Emanya Lodge provides 20 chalets, with views of animals roaming nearby. Etosha Village has 45 lodges located about four miles from the gate.
Namibia Desert Safaris
If your adventure includes taking a safari in Namibia into the desert regions, then you’ll want to visit one of the three regions of Damaraland, Skeleton Coast, and Sossusvlei. With guided tours, including accommodations, a visit to one of the desert locations offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience, from coming face-to-face with black rhinos to standing among thousands of Cape fur seals.
Located in the northern region, the Skeleton Coast’s is a beautiful but harsh environment. It provides an impressive view of Namibia’s landscape and wildlife. Among the rugged peaks, endless vistas and valleys, traveling into Kaokoveld provides breathtaking views.
From walking amongst the Cape fur seals on a rocky coastline to lions and elephants farther inland, Skeleton Coast and Kaokoveld provide a beautiful backdrop for a variety of wildlife sighting on a Namibia safari. At least a dozen camps or lodges offer accommodations, ranging from Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp in the southern area of Kaokoveld to Epupa Camp near the Epupa Falls on the Kunene River.
Sossusvlei calls the dunes of Namib desert home. The red sand abounds as you take in the natural beauty of the desert, which runs about 250 miles long. With an opportunity to see aantelope and hyaena, the region also provides an opportunity to walk among ancient water carvings on the Tschauchab Trail, which was once part of a flowing river.
When visiting Sossusvlei, consider staying at one of several lodges or camps. The Kulala Desert Lodge is located near the base of the Sossusvlei Dunes. With 23 thatch-covered sleeping rooms, the lodge provides glass-enclosed sleeping areas, along with a veranda, where you can enjoy nature’s view while enjoying a drink or just relaxing. Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge offers 10 enclosed and climate-controlled lodges. With walls that open to allow a view of the Namib Desert.