Namibia Safari and Namibia Holidays

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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.

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flying time

12 hours 30 minutes via Johannesburg

time difference

GMT +2 hours


Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

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.

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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:

Skeleton Coast Flying Safari

Nights: 3 | from £5,870pp

A truly unforgettable 3 night flying safari over Namibia's bewitching Skeleton Coast, home to towering red sand dunes and the native Himba people. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Classic Namibia

Nights: 12 | from £5,875pp

Experience the contrasting textures, colours and captivating landscapes of Namibia on a journey through the highlights of the country, from vast orange... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Safari & Wildlife | Adventure & Culture

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Desert Dune Safari

Nights: 14 | from £5,935pp

The ultimate Namibian adventure, this itinerary will take you to the charming capital Windhoek, the beautiful barren landscape of Sossusvlei, the coastal... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Highlights of Namibia

Nights: 15 | from £4,830pp

This is a suggested self drive itinerary and a perfect introduction to Namibia, taking all in the key highlights including Etosha National Park, Damaraland,... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Adventure & Culture

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Little Kulala


Kulala means 'to sleep' and what better place to drift off, under a sky littered with thousands of stars. Little Kulala is a wonderful property furnished...Find out more

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Okonjima has a variety of accommodation on offer to suit everyone. The Main camp is the original family homestead and has 14 standard double rooms and...Find out more

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Ongava Lodge

Ongava Lodge comprises of 13 rock and thatch chalets and one family room. Each chalet is en suite, has air conditioning and its own private covered veranda...Find out more

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Serra Cafema Camp

Kunene River  

Located with views of the Kunene River, Serra Cafema is a special place hidden within the colossal Hartmann Valley. Just eight thatch and canvas chalets...Find out more

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Wolwedans Boulders Camp

Namibrand Nature Reserve

Wolwedans Boulders Camp is surrounded by massive granite boulders and overlooks the stunning reserve. The main area comprises a dining and lounge tent,...Find out more

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Kay, Ben Harrison, Ben Oxley-Brown, Robin, Sara, Chris, Charlotte and Jo - are experts in designing the perfect holiday to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every African hotel and resort featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout Africa, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.

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Just a short note to thank you for all your efforts in putting together our itinerary for our honeymoon. We had the most utterly fantastic time and we were impressed time and again by the A&K service; all of the transfers happened perfectly and we were looked after from the minute our journey began. We also got a sense that we were staying in places that we would not have found had it not been booked through you. In particular The Elephant Camp, The Hide and Ongava Lodge stand out as the most wonderful places to stay, with exceptional guides and hosts, and where we had the best experiences. It was just wonderful- better than we could have imagined. Thank you again and we will book with A&K in the future (just maybe not again this year!) Best wishes Tom


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