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Namibia Safari and Namibia Holidays
For many travellers Namibia does not rank highly on the bucket list. This is both brilliant and a travesty at the same time;brilliant because it still feels so remote, untouched and vast -you'll often be the only souls watching over a herd of desert adapted elephants -and yet a travesty because Namibia is so extraordinary as to leave visitors dumbfounded. Don't go to Namibia expecting animals at every corner, or endless herds. Namibia is all about the desert landscape -ever changing, and ever more otherworldly. It's home to wildlife that have adapted to living in the harsh conditions of their desert environment: the handsome oryx, the largest free roaming number of desert-adapted black rhino, and the adorable bat eared fox. Perhaps the most adapted of all, however, is its people: the ochre-red hair of the Himba, the clicking speech of the Damara, the fascinating San Bushmen of the Kalahari, and the German descendants of Swakopmund. In Namibia you'll find yourself drawn in by vistas of endless red sand dunes at Sossusvlei, with the sky a brilliant blue (dare you climb Big Daddy?). The desert wildlife, bushman rock art, and mountainous landscape of Damaraland embraces you, and the eerie, desolate, dramatic Skeleton Coast will capture the imagination of even the most seasoned traveller. Let's not forget Etosha too: lions hunting zebra on this brilliantly stark stage is an experience to savour. Namibia is a real African success story;every one of the 1,570 kilometres is protected in the country's constitution (that is a massive 26.6 million acres), a hugely prosperous oyster farming industry is changing the business around the world (sample some of these fine treats on a catamaran tour of Walvis Bay), and eco-friendly is the way forward (everything is green…except the landscape).
Namibia with A&K
Namibia is unique. From its deserts, lush bush and savagely wild coast; to its ever-changing light and gloriously incongruous colonial architecture, it's a total one-off.
And great guides - A&K guides - can make it even better. Take Damaraland, where elephants have evolved to survive among the starkly beautiful plains and dry riverbeds. We can arrange skilled rangers to take you tracking the desert-adapted black rhino on foot - an experience open to very few visitors. Most haven't even have heard of it.
The knowledgeable guides, with their passion for understanding and explaining Namibia's sun-baked wilderness, are a crucial ingredient in our large Southern African team that has provided premium travel for over 50 years, including 24-hour emergency contact, seamless ground arrangements and well established local contacts to arrange unique one-off experiences.
Take a luxury Namibian holiday and safari with Abercrombie & Kent and you'll discover an amazingly diverse and photogenic country. There's the Etosha National Park swaddling a shimmering salt pan, one of Africa's most legendary reserves, with 340 species of birds - admittedly 100 less than in the Caprivi Strip, a long finger of animal-rich wetland spiking to the northeast with huge herds of elephant and tiny numbers of visitors.
Head west and the vast Skeleton Coast - a wild, otherworldly landscape punctuated by shipwrecks and bleached whalebones - is the evocative stage for a memorable flying safari. And you're only just starting. To the south, in the central Namib Desert, Sossusvlei has the highest - and perhaps reddest - dunes on the planet, reaching over 300m towards a cyan blue sky, juxtaposed with dry white clay pans.
It's a remarkable landscape, matched by the Fish River Canyon, the second largest on earth: 160km of vertiginous cappuccino coloured rock walls and flat topped buttes. Want to walk it? We'll find the best walking guide to take you.
Then there's the quirky German architecture of Swakopmund, Luderitz and Kolmanskop - a diamond-mining ghost town being swallowed by desert sands. And we haven't even mentioned Walvis Bay, a vital wetland for 200,000 migratory coastal birds, or the Namibrand Nature Reserve, established to protect unique desert ecology and wildlife. Namibia has a lot. An awful lot. And with A&K all possible.
12 hours 30 minutes via Johannesburg
GMT +2 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an endemic area
Best time to travel
April - October
The best time to visit Namibia is between April and October, the days are warm and sunny and rainfall at a minimum. The wet season arrives in December and generally runs through until March.
Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:
Nights: 10 | from £8,495
Traverse the intoxicating sands and savannahs of Namibia on a 10 night self-drive adventure in a Land Rover Discovery 4 Find out more
Holiday type: Group departure
Adventure & Culture | Special Interest
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Joanne Swinton was excellent and dealt with our numerous changes with courtesy and timely attention. Some of the places we stayed we might not have found without A&K and we would certainly return to them.
- TA, Somerset