About Namibia Travel
Windhoek: The capital and largest city of Namibia, Windhoek sits on a sloping plain on the northern side of the Khomas Highlands at an altitude of 5,463 feet. Originally inhabited by the Herero people, the region was occupied by Germany in 1885, and the city became the seat of colonial rule in 1892 as the capital of German South-West Africa. It retains an almost European feel in its colonial architecture and German-influenced cuisine. Christ Church dates from 1896. Two castles were built between 1913 and 1918. The 1912 Cape Dutch-style railroad station hosts the Trans Namib Transport Museum.
Sossusvlei Dunes: The Namib Desert stretches from the Orange River in the south into Angola in the north. Tsauchab River is a dry riverbed that only comes to life in years of exceptionally heavy rainfall, and provides just enough water to support the specially-adapted animals such as oryx, jackal, springbok, ostrich, spotted hyena and species of plants. Sossusvlei is renowned, however, for its physical beauty rather than game viewing. Its soaring red sand dunes are the tallest in the world.
Damaraland: Damaraland has amazing rock paintings that stand as testament to the stone-age artists who created them. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has thousands of engravings and some early paintings. Only here do desert-adapted elephant and rhino exist.
Etosha National Park: The famous park was established in 1907, when Namibia was a German colony known as South West Africa. Today, the park is only a quarter of its original size, but remains a significant wildlife sanctuary, almost 85,000 square miles. In the center, a vast saltpan is surrounded by grass and thorn savanna, Mopane bush in the west, and dry forest in the northeast. Life-sustaining waterholes are scattered in the southern sections of the park. Africa’s large animals are seen here, including lion, rhino, giraffe, zebra, elephant and large herds of springbok.
Skeleton Coast: Near the Angola border, the Bushman named this “The Land God Made in Anger” by the Bushmen of the interior. Skeleton Coast National Park is one of the most inhospitable but hauntingly beautiful places found anywhere. Its fantastic terrain ranges from towering canyons and mountainous dunes, to windswept plains and saltpans. Freshwater springs percolate down through barren sands creating pockets that sustain wildlife such as gemsbok, desert elephant and brown hyena. The Benguela current brings cold water and air from Antarctica that bumps into hot desert air along the coast, generating a cool mist with life-sustaining moisture. This is the homeland of the Himba people.
Serra Cafema: Surrounded by the stark landscapes of the Namib Desert, Serra Cafema is one of the most remote destinations in Africa. In the extreme northwest of Namibia, it is reached only by air. A small camp overlooks the Kunene River, with just eight canvas-and-thatch chalets. The river is the only permanent source of water. This is one of the driest desert environments in the world, with broad mountain expanses. Oryx, springbok, ostrich and Kunene crocodiles live here. Ovahimba families are some of the last semi-nomadic peoples in Africa.
Suggested Namibia Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa / Windhoek, Namibia
Day 2: Windhoek / Namib Desert – Sossusvlei Dunes
Day 3: Sossusvlei Dunes
Day 4: Sossusvlei Dunes / Swakopmund / Damaraland
Day 5: Damaraland
Day 6: Damaraland / Etosha National Park
Day 7: Etosha National Park
Day 8: Etosha National Park / Windhoek / Johannesburg
Custom Travel Options
Skeleton Coast (4 days)
On the bare fringes of the Atlantic Ocean, the Skeleton Coast gained its daunting name for bleached whale and seal bones as well as for the remains of more than 1,000 shipwrecks.
Serra Cafema (3 days)
In the extreme northwest of Namibia, Serra Cafema Camp is one of the most remote camps in all of Southern Africa.