Game Viewing and Safaris
It wouldn’t be a trip to Africa without the opportunity to see some of the continent’s wildlife, and Namibia certainly doesn’t disappoint!
Etosha National Park is home to the entirety of the iconic Big Five, while parks such as Skeleton National Park and local conservancies offer unique ways in which to see the nation’s wealth of big cats, antelopes, birds, and more.
Namibia's Etosha National Park is one of the most sustainable parks in all of Africa, and offers a fantastic opportunity to see four members of the Big Five in their natural habitats. Only the cape buffalo is absent from this arid park.
Great prides of lions, a larger than usual number of rhinoceros, and the presence of both leopards and elephants clustered around the park's waterholes make it an incomparable game viewing park. When the dry season starts, animals are forced to move closer and closer to the park's few sources of water in order to survive.
Outside of the park, Namibia is home to Africa's largest cheetah population and is the last country on earth with a free-roaming rhinoceros population that exists beyond the confines of its national parks. It is one of only two countries that supports a desert roaming elephant population and is an ideal place to see the elusive bat-eared fox, dik-dik, and black-backed jackal.
With its unique combination of landscapes, Namibia is an adventurer’s dream playground. From sandboarding in the deserts to kite surfing off the coast to exploring the depths of the world’s second largest canyon, there is something in Namibia for every adrenaline junkie and nature lover.
Namibia is a country of stark contrasts, from the angry Atlantic Sea in the west to the vastness and silence of the world-famous Kalahari Desert. This landscape diversity offers up a cornucopia of locations for the adventurous to get their hit of adrenaline.
Caving, off-road quad-biking, sandboarding, hiking, skydiving, paragliding, white water rafting, and more are on offer in this adventurer's playground.
Alongside Chile and Hawaii, Namibia is considered one of the best places in the world to observe the night sky. With its clear skies and lack of light pollution, Namibia offers incomparable views of the night sky and some of the Southern Hemisphere's most beautiful and iconic constellations.
For those looking to give back to the world or help in the struggle to conserve Namibia’s immense natural beauty, the nation’s progressive approach to volunteering makes it an ideal place for voluntourism. Whether volunteering in social projects or wildlife conservancies, Namibia is a land of opportunity.
As the first country in the world to integrate environmental protection into its constitution, Namibia is at the forefront in the battle to protect the fragile ecosystems and natural resources that exist within its borders.
This dedication makes Namibia a fantastic place for those of a civic mindset to come and make a difference with the full support of the government and the many charitable organisations on the ground.
Organisations such as Pratika Afrika are a gateway into a world of volunteer opportunities and cultural exchange, while more focused programs such as the Cheetah Conservation Fund or the Penduka Women Project allow visitors to focus on causes that speak to them.
Namibia is perhaps most famous for its stunningly beautiful deserts. From the towering dunes of Sossusvlei to the depths of Fish River Canyon to the arid wilds of Damaraland, Namibia has no shortage of deserts to explore.
As a predominantly arid country, Namibia has a vast sea of deserts ranging from the towering red dunes of Sossusvlei to the dry and dusty riverbeds of Damaraland in the north.
Despite the heat and the arid conditions, these deserts are far from lifeless. Living Desert Safaris from Swakopmund explore the Namib Desert and show visitors just how much life exists just below the surface of the baking sands, and the country's iconic desert adapted elephants are a sight to behold.
The adventurous will find the dunes perfect for 4x4 treks, sandboarding, hiking, and quad biking, while the more sedate will be stunned by the sheer beauty of Namibia's deserts. People travel from across the world to take in the towering, ancient dunes of Sossusvlei and the alien landscape of Deadvlei, while the Namib Desert sits on the very doorstep of the quaint seaside town of Swakopmund.
Fish River Canyon, the Waterburg Mountains, and other stunning geological features offer unique perspectives on the sheer variety of landscapes that Namibia's desert offers up.
As evidenced by Mad Max: Fury Road, it's a country of stark beauty.
The Atlantic Coast
Who doesn’t love the beach? While the windswept Atlantic coast of Namibia isn’t the tropical playground that Zanzibar or the Maldives is, it makes up for this with its rugged beauty and an abundance of activities including wreck diving, wind surfing, deep-sea fishing, and much more!
Namibia's western coast is a place of stark beauty where the scorching desert meets the churning Atlantic. The seaside towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay are quaint coastal settlements, with Swakopmund in particular boasting an endearing Germanic feel that makes you feel immediately at home.
Activities along the coast range from the sedate: catamaran tours, dolphin watching, and deep-sea fishing, to the more adventurous: wind surfing, wreck diving, and kite boarding.