Where to go on holiday in Namibia? – Namibia’s range of climate and tiny population make it an easy place to get away from it all. Even its key attractions are relatively under visited, so you’re unlikely to encounter more than a handful of like-minded people as you seek out the dense herds of big game in Etosha National Park, or take in the show-stopping scenery of the Namib-Naukluft National Park. For something more offbeat, consider Damaaraland, home to black rhino, elephant and other fascinating, desert-adapted wildlife. Then there are the vast, coastal wilderness of the Skeleton Coast, the rugged mountains of semi-desert Kaokoland, and Bushmanland – which are Namibia at its most remote.
If you can’t resist the thrill of adventure, then head for Namibia’s adrenalin capital, Swakopmund – where adventure activities abound, along with some exceptional excursions into the surrounding desert. Or combine adventure with the wilderness that is Fish River Canyon, a 500m-deep gouge in the landscape that makes a spectacular backdrop for hiking.
Travel in Namibia is very easy – although how you travel around Namibia is at least as crucial as where you travel.
There’s a choice of different ways to travel around Namibia, and you should address the various options early when you’re planning a holiday. Whilst styles can be ‘mixed and matched’, the choice boils down to driving yourself between different areas; being driven around everywhere by a guide; or being flown around.
Where to go on holiday in Namibia – Driving yourself is by far the most popular way to visit Namibia on holiday. This isn’t intrepid exploration; we’ll arrange normal 2WD car hire for you (4WD is available, but is mostly unnecessary), with a full itinerary, detailed route maps, and all the information that you’ll need to drive yourself around. Driving yourself is the most economical way to travel, giving you complete freedom to create your own Namibian adventure at your own pace.
Distances might appear daunting, but Namibian roads are usually good, straight and empty. Driving is a joy in Namibia; it’s far easier than a self-drive trip around Europe. We will advise you from first-hand knowledge and pre-arrange your trip – you simply hop into your hire car and drive away! In more remote areas, you’ll often stay at small camps and lodges. From there we’ll arrange for specialist naturalist guides to walk with you, or guide you around difficult 4WD terrain in their vehicles.
For those with limited time, or who don’t want to drive themselves, flying around Namibia can be magical – albeit not the cheapest way to visit. Flying over Namibia’s dramatic landscapes gives you a completely different perspective. You’ll marvel at the size of the great Namib Desert, fly low over seal colonies and land at grass airstrips only a few miles from your camp.