Travel to Namibia; a fascinating country, a destination like no other. Towering dunes dwarf you from one side, as the ferocious Atlantic thrashes from the other. A land so vast and sparse that it seems almost Martian- but look closer and you’ll discover an abundance of wildlife that roam in famously dense populations.
With over 300 sunny days a year, Namibia offers landscapes and encounters that are utterly unique: an other-worldly experience in the oldest desert in the world. To visit here is to understand life in a new light, as desert-adapted plant and animal life breathe miracles into this arid & desolate desert.
From the razor-sharp silhouettes of the dunes, and the outlines of quiver trees pressing their unique shape against the horizons in Sossusvlei, to the stark and rugged beauty of the Skeleton coast, to the mountainous, almost barren areas of Damaraland, or the unmatchable wildlife on the hunt for sustenance- Namibia has so much to offer, and will surprise you at every turn.
Wildlife in Namibia
Namibia is host to a varied assortment of game and bird life. In a country that is double the size of California, only 2.5 million people call Namibia home- making it the 2nd least populated place on earth. In Namibia, the vast lands and space belong to the free roaming wildlife. Travel to Namibia to discover the Big 5, and more!
- The northern areas of Namibia invite an impressive number of springbok, elephant, black rhino, zebra, blue wildebeest, and even cheetahs to its watering holes in the dry months, making exceptional encounters frequent.
- In the inhospitable rugged mountains of Damaraland, sightings of exceptionally rare desert-adapted populations can be seen- desert adapted elephants, black rhinos, and lions roam these harsh lands.
- Go further north-east to the Zambezi Region (formerly known as the Caprivi Strip), and discover a different wildlife experience entirely. Here, heavy summer rainfalls create established rivers and water sources that attract an abundance of hippo and crocodile, even prompting buffalo to seek them out.
- Travel to the northern coastlines to explore the Skeleton Coast. Although not visited by much land wildlife, it is these stark territories that attract one of the largest Cape fur seal breeding colonies on earth- and their predators.
Luxury Lodges in Namibia
To not only survive but thrive in these tough territories, we recommend staying in our luxury safari lodges dotted throughout the Namibian landscapes. If you’re wanting to travel Namibia, look out for prime locations, unparalleled expertise, and a collection of the finest that Africa has to offer means that your experience is a life-changing one.
Accessible by light air craft only, each lodge offered by our partners, Wilderness Safaris, offers exclusive living in one of the most pristine areas of Africa. Their private concessions are beacons of conservation efforts, striving to sustain the precious lands and rare wildlife that survive here, even in the face of daily adversity.
Experiences in Namibia
Namibia invites new memories with a plethora of activities, from land adventures, to water, or air. Each luxury lodge offers activities that are not only captivating, but are also underpinned by unrivaled expertise, conservation, and the intention to create intimate encounters that last a lifetime.
Make sure to take advantage of the morning and evening game drives, and discover the wildlife against ever-changing backdrops, or go on an eco-sensitive guided quad bike tour across the infinite sands. Book a guided walk to discover elephants by day and scorpions at night, or fulfill a lifetime dream by tracking a desert-adapted black rhino on foot. Take to the skies in a hot air balloon, and capture the endless beauty of Namibia from a new angle, viewing her contrasts from above. Or immerse yourself in the most precious commodity of all- water, as you explore hidden depths from a boat or a traditional mekoro canoe.
Climate in Namibia
As with most arid to semi-arid areas, Namibia is prone to extremes. Wildlife viewing is available year-wide, with peak season occurring over the dry months, and the low season starting in the wet summer months. When wanting to travel to Namibia, research the best times to achieve what you want!
WINTER IN NAMIBIA | THE DRY SEASON
From May to October, you can expect to see the most wildlife as they gather at the infrequent watering holes or full rivers. The days are pleasant and warm, and there is virtually no chance of rain over these months. Morning and night time temperatures can plummet to freezing, so pack something warm for those game drives!
SUMMER IN NAMIBIA | THE WET SEASON
When the much wished-upon first rains arrive, the desert landscapes transform and are awash with new colours and vibrancy, sometimes making sightings a little harder. From October to April, new life visits the lands as migratory birds makes homes and newborn animals are seen. The days are warm, and sometimes interrupted by a short afternoon thunderstorm that brings relief. October to February can get uncomfortably hot.
Nights are cold and clear, with some areas dropping to freezing | 7°C/45°F)
Nights are cooler and clear | 15°C (59°F)