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A UNIQUE & EXTRAORDINARY LAND OF AMAZING CONTRASTS


Namibia is a land of extraordinary and unique landscapes – it is rugged yet fragile, barren yet beautiful, harsh but compelling, with clear and unpolluted skies. Namibia was the first country in the world to include protection of the environment and wildlife in its constitution and over 15% of the country has been set aside to protect rare and endangered species of animals, birds and plant life.
 
It also has a population density that is the 6th lowest in the world (only 1.5 million in an area four times the size of Britain giving a population density of just 2½ people per square kilometre!). The main cities of Windhoek and Swakopmund blend modern high-rise buildings with German architecture, historic buildings and African street markets. Swakopmund is Namibia’s premier holiday resort and offers a range of hotels, restaurants and shops plus adventure and relaxation in an unspoilt natural environment.
 
The Namib-Naukluft Park is Namibia’s largest conservation area and one of the most unusual wildlife and nature reserves in the world with an amazing array of animal, bird and plant species. The park contains an impressive variety of topography, ranging from the mountainous escarpment and peaks of the Naukluft Mountains to the towering dunes and arid plains of the Namib Desert, generally believed to be the world’s oldest desert.

Stretching along the coast of Namibia it provides visitors with an intriguing variety of desert-adapted animals and plants, the towering, shifting dunes of Sossusvlei and the notoriously treacherous Skeleton Coast, strewn with wrecks of old ships.
 
One of Africa’s great natural wonders is the Fish River Canyon, only second in size to the Grand Canyon. A gigantic ravine, 161 km long and 27km wide, it descends with dramatic suddenness almost 550 metres providing spectacular views.
 
The vast Etosha National Park is home to great concentrations of game and birdlife. At its heart is the Etosha Pan, a huge, silvery-white depression that is dry for most of the year but which fills with water during exceptionally rainy periods.
 
Namibia is also home to a kaleidoscope of people who hail from all corners of Africa and Europe. Over time these people have adapted their cultures and customs to the terrain in which they live – mostly arid and desolate.
 
Namibia is astoundingly different from typical ‘bush’ Africa, but without doubt it is a gem waiting to be discovered.


    • Flight Time:Approx 12-13 hours via Johannesburg
        • Time Difference: GMT +2 hours
           
            • Language: Oshiwambo dialects, English, German & Afrikaans
               
                • Currency: Nambian Dollar (which is linked to the South African Rand)
                   
                    • Area: 318,700 sq miles (about 3 times the size of the UK)
                       
                        • Population: Approx. 2.3 million
                           
                            • Capital: Windhoek

The cold Benguela current keeps the coast of the Namib Desert cool, damp and free of rain for most of the year, with a thick coastal fog. Inland, rain falls in summer (Oct-Mar). Summer temperatures are high whilst the altitude means that nights are cool. Winter nights (Apr-Sep) can be fairly cold, but days are generally warm and pleasant.
 
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
The peak season for travel to Namibia is June to September during the dry winter months with temperatures being very pleasant, although it can get cold at night. February to April and October are also good times to visit with good offers available. April & May are probably the best time for photography and also offer the best climate with lovely warm days and nights. The rainy season is basically from November to March, although December can often be be much dryer. Whales frequent the coast during October & November with game viewing in Etosha best between June & September.

Health & Vaccinations

We recommend that you are up to date with all of the usual vaccinations – Typhoid, Polio, Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus and Rabies. In addition a course of malaria prophylaxis is required. Please contact your local GP for full advice at least 3-4 weeks before travel.

Passport & Visa

British passport holders must be in possession of a full 10-year passport and must have at least 6 months validity beyond the date of the return journey. In addition you will need to have a minimum of 2 consecutive blank pages in your passport if travelling to Namibia via South Africa. British passport holders do not require a visa. Parents travelling with children into or out of South Africa may be asked to show the child’s unabridged (full) birth certificate, and where only one parent is accompanying, parental or legal consent for the child to travel (eg an affidavit from the other parent, a court order or – if applicable – a death certificate). You should travel with these documents in case you’re asked to provide them.


OUR TOP PICKS

 

SERRA CAFEMA CAMP – NAMIBIA

Serra Cafema is one of the most remote luxury safari camps in southern Africa and is set in a lush riverine oasis surrounded by the lunar-like desolate Namib Desert landscape.
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&BEYOND SOSSUSVLEI DESERT LODGE

&Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is located in the foothills of the 445,000 acre NamibRand Private Nature Reserve, which is the largest private reserve in Southern Africa and a pristine desert wilderness area.
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LITTLE ONGAVA – NAMIBIA

Little Ongava is one of Namibia’s most exclusive private game lodges and is situated on 75,000 acres of private land bordering the southern boundary of the Etosha National Park, Namibia’s premier wildlife sanctuary.
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WHERE TO STAY BY REGION

 

WINDHOEK

Windhoek is the capital and largest city in Namibia and is the gateway in and out of the country. It is often necessary to spend a night in Windhoek and it has a cosmopolitan feel and a contrast of Neo-baroque cathedrals, German castles, and high-rise buildings.
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SWAKOPMUND

The coastal town of Swakopmund is sandwiched between the surf of the Atlantic and the Namib Desert and offers a myriad of attractions including surfing, fishing, quad-biking, skydiving and golf and is the proclaimed adventure sports capital of Namibia.
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ETOSHA

Etosha National Park is made up of a vast salt pan so large it can be seen from space and is regarded by wildlife aficionados as one of Africa's greatest and most intriguing wildlife sanctuaries.
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NAMIB & SOSSUSVLEI

The Namib-Naukluft National Park encompasses part of the Namib Desert and the Naukluft mountain range, with the most well-known area of the park being Sossusvlei, which is Namibia’s number one tourist attraction with huge sand dunes reaching as high as 325m!
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DAMARALAND & KAOKOLAND

Damaraland & Kaokoland are probably the most scenic regions in Namibia, and a true wilderness area with untamed natural beauty. This extremely arid area still manages to sustain wide-ranging, populations of desert-adapted elephant, black rhino, giraffe, ostrich and springbok.
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THE CAPRIVI STRIP

The narrow Caprivi Strip is bordered with Angola, Botswana Zambia and Zimbabwe and also surrounded by the rivers of the Zambezi, the Okavango, the Chobe, the Kwando and the Linyanti. This area feels much more like a part of Botswana or Zambia and is rich in wildlife.
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SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

  

DIVERSE NAMIBIA

Explore the diverse range of landscapes Namibia is home to on this luxury safari. Stay in 3 amazing accommodations to grasp a taste of culture and sites within the country, they are all home to some amazing activities which you can experience.
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HEART OF NAMIBIA SAFARI

This itinerary has been designed to give you a taste of the exciting and endless possibilities Namibia has to offer on this 14 day holiday. You will be staying in some of the most luxurious lodges and camps Namibia is home to.
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ULTIMATE NAMIBIAN SAFARI

This is an 12 night Namibia Itinerary , travelling through the most amazing areas of Namibia’s habitats. You will be explore some amazing sights including a dune plateau, the Kunene River and the Etosha National Park, all with different activities and sightings to add to your experience.
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Speak to any of the team at Inspirational Travel to get ideas for your holiday or honeymoon to Namibia. Call us on 01778 382764.