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1. Living Dunes Experience from Swakopmund

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2. 4-Day Swakopmund And Sossusvlei Accommodated Adventure from Windhoek

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3. Welwitschia Tour from Swakopmund

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4. 11 Day Namibia Experience Fully Accommodated Tour

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5. Moonlandscape & Welwitschia Drive

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6. 3 Day Etosha Budget Camping Safari

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7. Full Day Drive to Cape Cross

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8. Walwitschia Plan Moonlandscape &Namib Desert Explorer Day Tour

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9. 10 Days Namibia Tour and Safari Private Guided Tour

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11. Half Day Namib Desert

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Namibia: Eco Tours Information

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Sustainable Travel in Namibia

Namibia features striking landscapes in both the Kalahari and the Namib deserts. In southern Namib, the world’s oldest desert, the Sossusvlei Dunes’ sea of red sand casts up some of the tallest dunes in the world. Fish River Canyon is said to be the second largest canyon on the planet. Even in these harsh environments, life persists with 70 reptile species, including the barking gecko, golden mole, jackal and sidewinder. The Cape Cross coast has the largest seal colony in the southern hemisphere. Etosha Pan National Park supports life that includes the rare desert elephant. Indigenous societies such as the Kalahari San Bushmen and the Himba in the far north work to keep their traditional customs alive generation after generation. The infamous bones of shipwrecks are still found on the Skeleton Coast on the Atlantic. Walvis Bay has a natural lagoon that is home to more than 120,000 birds with an additional 200,000 migratory birds that join them each year. Namibia is a multi-faceted gem with dramatic landscapes, unique wildlife and hospitable people that provides a once-in-a-lifetime African experience.

What are they doing right?

Namibia has been at the forefront of empowering local communities to manage their natural resources for conservation and tourism. Enshrining the protection of natural habitat, ecosystems, and protection of natural resources in their constitution, Namibia set up a Community Based Natural Resource Management system in the early 1990’s, establishing some of the first community-based conservancies in Africa. NACOBTA, the Namibian Community Based Tourism Association, was established in 1995 as a way for local villagers to work together and learn from each other in implementing sustainable tourism as a way to support wildlife conservation and improve local people's livelihoods. Since then, the number of community wildlife conservancies has grown across the country to number more than 80 private wildlife reserves today, owned and managed by local people, in addition to the establishment of significant areas of the country as national parks and protected areas. Other countries in Africa and around the world have looked to Namibia as a model for the development of sustainable tourism that empowers local communities in the management of their natural and cultural resources.

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The country has fully embarked on a national level sustainable tourism master plan incorporating the three main pillars of best practice: environmentally-friendly operations; support for the protection of cultural and natural heritage; and improving the special and economic well-being of local people.

Namibia is the only nation to have placed its entire coastline (976 miles) under protection, designating it a national park. The Namib-Skeleton Coast National Park covers 26.6 million acres. It stretches from the Kunene River on the northern border linking to Angola’s Iona National Park. It runs south to Orange River, where it connects to South Africa’s Richetersveld National Park.

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Eco Friendly Travels

Eco-friendly travel guide to Namibia advises how to be a responsible tourist. Learn how to travel in a sustainable way and how to respect the local people and culture. Make your trip green by supporting locally owned hotels, organic restaurants and other businesses. Read more on how to protect the environment by making conscientious choices and how to travel green in Namibia , Africa .

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  • Air quality : 3.9/ 5
  • Bus connections : 3.7 / 5
  • Train connections : 3.5 / 5
  • Hitchhiking : 3.7 / 5
  • National parks : 4.4 / 5
  • Outdoor activities : 3.8 / 5
  • Locals' English level : 4.6/ 5
  • Safety : 3.6 / 5
  • Accommodation : US$55 - $210
  • Budget per day : US$75 - $330
  • 1 Responsible Travel
  • 2 Air Quality and Pollution
  • 3 Respect the Culture
  • 4 Top 10 Places to Visit
  • 5.1 City Parks
  • 5.2 National Parks
  • 5.3 Beaches
  • 5.4 Landmarks
  • 5.5 Museums
  • 7.1 Tap-water
  • 8 Activities
  • 9.1 Green Hotels
  • 9.2 Hostels and Guest Houses
  • 9.3 Apartments
  • 9.4 Couchsurfing
  • 9.5 Camping
  • 12.4 Hitchhiking
  • 12.5 Others
  • 13 Sustainable Shopping
  • 15.1 Exchange Student
  • 15.2 Au Pair
  • 15.3 Volunteering
  • 16 See Also

Responsible Travel

Namibia is one of the southern countries of Africa . Its capital is Windhoek which is the largest city in the country. We will need to travel responsibly in this country so as to assure its growth and continuity are not interfered with. The national government has struggled to set up waste disposal bins across the capital and even in other cities in the country. We as tourists who will be visiting this beautiful country we are advised to minimize depositing waste aimlessly but rather use the disposal bins put in place. While we are here, we are also advised to embrace the use of public transport more often. Not only will this reduce the amount of toxic emissions being released into the air but also we will be able to reduce the number of vehicles that congest in jams and we will also be able to interact with locals at a more personal level. Of course, the most eco-friendly way of traveling is walking. When you walk, you will be able to admire and appreciate the structures and artifacts in this country.

More ways in which we can be responsible travelers while we are in Namibia include:

  • Closing tap water when we are not using it
  • Promoting initiatives and volunteer programs that aim to raise the living standards of Namibians
  • Promoting the local economy

Air Quality and Pollution

The most air pollutant in Namibia is dust. The majority of the land in Namibia is covered in dessert thus a lot of sand is usually blown into the air as a result of sandstorms. However, in cities such as Windhoek, these sandstorm episodes are usually very rare thus the quality of air here in the capital is usually good. In terms of pollution, rivers are usually faced with siltation where soil which is usually loose is carried into rivers by surface run-off water.

Respect the Culture

The culture of Namibia is one of the diverse cultures in the continent with the main communities being the Ovambo, the Kavango, the Damara, the San, the Herero, the Nama, the Tswana, the Caprivian, the Himba, and White Namibians. Namibia is believed to have11 communities where each of these communities comprises several smaller communities that have the same traditions. The Ovambo community makes the majority of all the communities in Namibia. They are considered to be farmers and cattle herders together with the Kavango and the Caprivian communities. Namibia finally gained its independence from South Africa in 1990 . The first Namibia government to ascend into power embraced English as the official language in the country and has remained to be the official language in the country ever since. Schools and universities are using English as the instruction medium. In terms of arts, there are many Namibia artists and craftsmen who usually craft souvenirs that represent their traditions and also the passion for their work. Many tourists usually purchase these souvenirs and travel with them back to their countries. The Kavango community is known to be wood crafters making carvings and containers while the Owambo are known to be weavers of baskets. Namibia is believed to have the majority of rock art sites within the country. The two main rock art areas are the Brandberg Massif in Damaraland and the Twyfelfontein, which is a UNESCO World Heritage located in Damaraland too. The genres of music that are usually common in Namibia include hip hop, R&B, Soul, reggae, afro-pop, house, and kwaito.

Top 10 Places to Visit

  • Sossusvlei : Here, you will be wowed by the scenic views of many dunes and indigenous trees. You will also get a chance to scale the highest dune here, known as 'Big Daddy' where you will be able to see further on the horizon. You will also be able to see breathtaking views of the sunrise. Hot air balloon tours are also available here, thus you will get a chance to soar into the sky and enjoy the sea of dunes around.
  • Windhoek : It is the capital and the largest city in Namibia. You will be able to visit parliament buildings here where you can learn about the history of Namibia. You can also visit the Christuskirche, which is an old Lutheran church here. You will also be able to purchase souvenirs from various shops here in the capital. If you desire shopping, Windhoek is dotted with many big shopping centers such as the Maerua Mall where you will be able to purchase what you need. There are also local markets where you can purchase local cuisines and groceries.
  • Walvis Bay : It is one of the biggest ports here in Namibia. Many tourists and travelers alike usually visit this bay to engage in the various dessert sports offered here. You will get a chance to engage in kite surfing in the lagoon here. On land, you can participate in dune boarding which is usually a fun experience, a new one to many. At the coast, you will get to engage in fishing and site seeing of the dolphins, seals, and even flamingoes.
  • Swakopmund. This city has a lot of ancient structures which explain the history of this place. It is usually frequented by most locals as a domestic tourist destination. Many refer to this town as the adventure capital of Namibia. Activities that you can engage in here include quad biking, sandboarding, and camel safaris. Several restaurants and bars are also dotted within the city.
  • Damaraland Here, you will get to enjoy the amazing wildlife living in the desert. They include desert-adapted elephants, springbok, lions, rhinos as well as birds. The scenic landscapes surrounding this place include grass plains and the Rocky Mountains. The complete atmosphere at this place is very enjoyable and you can make memories here.
  • Caprivi : It is close to the border with neighboring Botswana. Animals usually cross borders between these countries during seasonal migrations. Be prepared to take a drive into the wilderness when you come here. You will be able to see enormous floodplains as well as seasonal rivers.
  • Epupa Falls. It is located on the border between Namibia and Angola in Kaokoland. These waterfalls come into life as a result of the Kunene River. There are spread out up to a total distance of one mile. You will be able to enjoy the ancient fig and palm trees as well as enjoy the scenic views of the Rocky formations. You are advised to use a 4×4 vehicle when heading to these falls. There are various lodges around this place. You can choose to engage in whitewater rafting along the river.
  • Kalahari : Here, you will be able to witness scenic views of dunes which usually have a red appearance. You will also be able to see wildlife here, such as lions, meerkats, and Oryx. The dunes usually appear like sea waves as they stretch over a large tract of land. It is believed to be the home of the San Hunter-Gatherers. Be assured that you will enjoy scenic views when you visit this place.
  • Fish River Canyon : Here, you will be able to see the large tract of land being cris-crossed by many permanent rivers. Many quiver trees are spread across the plains here making this place seem like an oasis. There is usually no human interference here thus it is nature bliss. One of the most famous movie series, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, was filmed here.
  • Kaokoland : It is usually a quiet place where you can relax and enjoy the calm atmosphere and sweet breeze blowing through here. It is one of the most remote places in the country thus it is not disturbed by human activities as first of all, it is a very difficult place to get to. You will find big mountains that are not easily scalable and also encounter a few wild animals who have adapted to the desert here. In one end, you will be able to find an indigenous community of the Himba people. You are advised to visit this place using a four-wheel-drive vehicle and also to travel in groups. Please do drive carefully here.

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You will be able to explore this beautiful country and see what it has to offer. From the majestic landmarks and national parks to the beautiful points of interest where you can appreciate what this country has to offer. You can even visit the various museums within the country and learn about the history of the people here.

  • Waterberg Plateau Park: It is located towards the north of Namibia. It is usually a very scenic sandstone plateau where you can be able to see some of the most endangered animals in the country. You can be able to participate in the game drives usually arranged by the management here where you can get to see rhinoceroses, buffalo, and antelope. This park is also home to many bird species including the Cape vultures. Various hikes are usually conducted here.

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National Parks

  • Etosha National Park : Here, you will be able to some of the big animals that are usually located here. You are assured of scenic game drives where you will be able to see animals such as elephants, leopards, rhinos both white and black, hyenas, giraffes, antelopes, hyenas, zebras, and lions. You will also be able to enjoy viewing more than 300 bird species found here at this park. There are several waterholes around this park where the animals usually come to take a drink. It is usually one of the best spots to view animals here.
  • Skeleton Coast National Park. As the name suggests, it was one of the most dangerous stretches to sail a ship along the coast. It is considered the biggest ship graveyard in the world to date. This national park is inhabited by local communities that are spread out across sparse communities. Many of the tourists who visit this place usually come to visit the Cape Cross Seal Reserve. It is believed to have e been the first landing point of the first Europeans to come to the coast here during the 15th century. It is also a breeding ground for seals to date.
  • Namib-Naukluft Park. This park stretches from Namibia central plateau to the Namib Desert covering up to 50, 000 meters squared. It is home to some of the most ancient remains believed to date back to 20 million years. Sunrays during sunset usually shine in between the mountains here, completing the feeling of a beautiful romantic sunset here. You will be able to enjoy the gentle breeze and the calmness of this place.

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  • Skeleton Coast beach : It is located towards the north of Namibia. Here, you will be able to spot a large congregation of seals and bones of white wales, across this coastline. They were left here when whaling was being conducted in this country back then. You will be able to see the long coastline found here. You can also take amazing photos but you will need permission from the local authorities first.
  • Cape Cross beach. This beach is considered to be part of the National West Coast Tourist Recreational Area. Many seals usually come and congregate here thus this beach is considered a protected area of the Cape Cross Seal Colony.

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  • Luderitz : Germans left a lot of influence on the local culture here during the colonization period. This town is proof of this. Many of the streets here in this town have German names and also most of the structures here are of German origin. While here, you will be able to see the Deutsche Afrika bank building, ancient Lutheran parishes, and the popular Troost House. You will also be able to visit a ghost town, Kolmanskop, believed to have been a diamond mining town. Dunes now tower over the town thus creating the eerie and beauty that comes with the place.

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  • Independence Memorial Museum : This museum is situated along Robert Mugabe Avenue. It is one of the most ancient museums here in the capital. You will be able to learn about the history of the anti-colonial resistance and the national liberation struggle of Namibia. It was constructed by a North Korean company, Mansudae Overseas Projects, and was commissioned on March 21, 2014, during the twenty-fourth anniversary of the country's independence. This museum has two statues, one at each end of the structure. One statue is for Sam Nujoma Statue and the other statue represents the Genocide that happened in the country.
  • Swakopmund Museum : This museum is located along Strand Street in Swakopmund. Here, you will find displays of plants, historical exhibits, traditional artifacts, and minerals. The entrance is fitted with a wheelchair ramp. It is usually open all through the week from 10 am to 5 pm. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +264 64 402 046.
  • National Museum of Namibia : This museum is located along Robert Mugabe Avenue in Windhoek. Here, you will be able to learn about the history of Namibia. The structures here were beautifully constructed by a North Korean company and the museum was commissioned to the public in 2014 by the Namibian national government. The entrance here is usually free and you are assured of scenic views from the top of this museum. The restaurant located at the top here is a plus. The entrance is fitted with a wheelchair ramp. It is usually open from Monday to Friday between 9 am to 6 pm while it is open on Saturday and Sunday between 10 am to 12:30 pm and between 3 pm to 6 pm. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +264 81 691 5132.

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  • Joe's Beer house : This restaurant is located along Nelson Mandela Avenue in Windhoek, Namibia. Here, you will get to enjoy tasty delicacies with amazing music playing in the background. The portions offered here are usually very generous. You will get to enjoy tasty African cuisines with the prices offered here being reasonable. It is one of the busiest restaurants in the capital. It is usually open all through the week from 1 pm to 9:30 pm. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +264 61 232 457.
  • Xwama Traditional Restaurant : This restaurant is located along Independence Avenue on Omongo Street in the capital. You will be able to enjoy African cuisines such as Mopane worms and chicken. The prices offered here are very reasonable. The entrance is fitted with a wheelchair ramp. It is open all through the week from 11 am to 10 pm. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +264 81 761 0458.
  • Nyama Restaurant : This restaurant is located along Jan Jonker Road in Windhoek. You will be able to enjoy a variety of red meats prepared with passion and professionalism. There is adequate seating space here with the amazing atmosphere created here being a plus. The staff here professionally interacts with clients. The entrance is fitted with a wheelchair ramp. It is usually open all through the week from 10 am to 11 pm. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +264 61 400 499.
  • Kubata Restaurant : This restaurant is located along Nelson Mandela Avenue in Windhoek. You will be able to enjoy amazing seafood with locals here. The staff here is charming and friendly to clients with their service being fast and reliable. It is usually open all through the week from noon to 10 pm. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +264 61 401 944.
  • Cassia Thai Restaurant : This restaurant is located along Sam Nujoma Drive in Windhoek. It is a very enjoyable place with the friendliness and professionalism of the staff being a plus. Cleanliness here is given a priority. The delicacies offered here are very amazing. You will be able to enjoy amazing Thai food here. The chefs here spice the food according to your preference. The customer service here is very professional. It is usually open from Monday to Saturday between 10 am to10 pm. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +264 81 703 2730
  • Chopsi's Bar : This bar is located along Tal Street in Windhoek, Namibia. It is one of the most famous joints here in the capital. Be advised that the entry fees are subject to change well into the night but be assured that you will get the value for your money. The entrance here is fitted with a wheelchair ramp. It is usually open all through the week from 11 am to 2 am.
  • Andy's Pub & Restaurant : This bar is located along Sam Nujoma Drive in Windhoek, Namibia. The ambiance created here is very amazing with the amazing food sold here being a plus. You will be able to relax and enjoy a cold beer here. There is adequate seating space, both indoor and outdoor seating arrangement. It is usually open all through the week from11 am to 12 am. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +264 81 602 5045.
  • The Wolfshack : This bar is located along Macadam Street in Windhoek. You will be able to enjoy an amazing selection of wines and beers. The staff here is professional and friendly towards clients. The décor of the place completes the amazing ambiance found at this joint. The entrance is fitted with a wheelchair ramp. It is usually open from Monday to Friday from 12 pm to 10 pm while it is closed over the weekend. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +264 81 423 4243.
  • Die Bendehuis : This bar is located along Rugby Street in Windhoek. You will be able to enjoy a fast and reliable service from the staff here. You will also be able to enjoy amazing music here with a live band performance on selected days. You will also be able to enjoy an amazing burger here. It is usually open from Monday to Saturday between 10 am to 8 pm. You will be able to get in touch with the management here using this number, +264 81 248 1666.
  • TMT bar Greenwell Matongo : This bar is located along Eveline Street in Windhoek, Namibia. You will be able to enjoy amazing bar games here. The cocktails offered here are usually very amazing. They have a great section of wines and beers here. It is suitable for those who prefer to have fun in groups or even as individuals. It is usually open all day and all night every day. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +264 81 248 6911.

Several locals here in Namibia believe that faucet water is safe to drink, whereas we believe that you should buy bottled water just to be safe. You might drink tap water if you have water purifying tablets. You are advised not to leave the tap water running when you are not using it as this will go a long way in conserving tap water here in the country.

Accommodation

  • Sossusvlei Lodge : At this lodge, you will be able to enjoy an outdoor pool, a bar, and a free internet connection. Other amenities that you will get to enjoy here include air conditioning, personal patios, electric kettles in every room, a work desk, and well equipped personal bathrooms. You will also have the opportunity to choose either an n English breakfast or a continental breakfast. Delicacies offered here include grilled meat, omelets, and sausages. You will also be able to buy souvenirs at a shop here where you will find jewelry, clothes, and books. You may also engage in fun tours such as nature drives and hot-air balloon tours.
  • Gondwana Etosha Safari Lodge : Is located in Okaukuejo, about 10 kilometers from the Anderson Gate that leads to Etosha National Park. You will be able to enjoy scenic views of the surrounding landscapes. The rooms here are fairly large and are fitted with air conditioning, tea making facilities, and a safe. There is also a bar and a restaurant here where you can relax and eat while you enjoy the surrounding landscapes. This lodge also has 3 outdoor pools. You will be able to enjoy amazing game drives to the Etosha National Park for a small fee.
  • Arebbusch Travel Lodge : It is situated close to the Arebbusch River, approximately 5 kilometers from Windhoek. It has several outdoor swimming pools and a very beautiful garden. The rooms are fairly large and are fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen, and a personal bathroom. There is also a restaurant within this property where you can enjoy breakfast buffets and many African cuisines. There is also a shared braai barbeque and a bar on site. The staff here is amazing and willing to help whenever you need them. The reception service here is usually round the clock. Various points of interest that are close to this lodge include the National Rugby Stadium which is just within the vicinity, a golf course, and the Eros Domestic Airport which is just a five-minute drive from here.
  • Toshari Lodge : It has a beautiful garden where many native birds usually fly above, thus you are guaranteed enjoyable sightings of these birds. The rooms here are fairly large and are fitted with wooden furniture, a mosquito net, and a private bathroom. This lodge has one outdoor pool where guests can relax and have fun. You will get to enjoy a complimentary breakfast every morning and local cuisines for other meals. The bar located on-site is a plus. The management here usually organizes game drives, especially to Etosha National Park.

Green Hotels

  • Am Weinberg Boutique Hotel : This hotel is located in Klein in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Amenities that you will get to enjoy here include an outdoor pool, a spa, a restaurant, and ample parking. The rooms here are fairly large and are fitted with, a desk, a private bathroom, air conditioning, and a flat-screen TV. The lounge areas found here are exquisite where you can even enjoy the scenic views of the surrounding landscape. There are several high-class restaurants and a beauty treatment center within this property. Various points of interest near this facility include the Hosea Kutako International Airport which is a thirty-minute drive from this hotel, the Independence Museum, the Avis Dam Nature Reserve, and the National Botanical Gardens.
  • Hilton Windhoek : Amenities that you will get to enjoy here include a private garden, a spa, an outdoor swimming pool, and three bars on site. The rooms here are relatively large and are fitted with air conditioners, a minibar, and a work area. Guests here will be getting a free newspaper every day that they stay here. There are very high-class restaurants on-site here including Ekipa Restaurant, where you will be entertained by shows on the cooking of local delicacies. The other restaurant here is the D'Vine Restaurant where you will get to enjoy a wide selection of wines. Points of interest close to this hotel include the National Botanical Gardens, which is just a few minutes' walk from this hotel.
  • Hotel A la Mer : This hotel is located in Swakopmund. There is a bar on-site at this restaurant with a free internet connection and ample parking here is a plus. The rooms here are very spacious and are fitted with a seating area, a private bathroom, and a balcony. The management here has arranged for an area where guests can store their luggage while here at this hotel. The point of interest close to this airport is the Walvis Bay Airport which is located 36 kilometers from the property.
  • Etosha Village : This hotel is located close to the Anderson gate which is the entrance point to Etosha National Park. This hotel has a restaurant, a curio shop, and two swimming pools on site. The rooms here are fairly comfortable as they are fitted with air conditioners and private bathrooms. There is a patio where guests get to relax and enjoy this adequate seating area. There is a buffet offered here where guests can enjoy walking tours here. The management here also organizes scenic drives and stargazing sessions.

Hostels and Guest Houses

  • Chameleon Backpackers : It is located along Voight Street in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Guests here will get to enjoy free internet connection, power points, and electronic safes in some rooms. The rooms are also fitted with an outdoor shower, air conditioning, tea-making facilities, and a balcony. You will also get to enjoy a complimentary breakfast. There is also a bar on-site, a TV room, and an outdoor pool. The check-in time at this hotel is usually 2 pm while the check-out time is 10 am. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +264 61 244 347.
  • Capbon Guesthouse : This guest house is located 5 minutes from Windhoek. Amenities that you will get to enjoy here include an outdoor swimming pool, air conditioning, and barbeque facilities. The rooms are fitted with a seating area, a TV room, a safe, and a fully equipped kitchen. Breakfast is usually offered here at an extra charge. There are several restaurants within the vicinity with the Zoo Park being just five minutes away by car. Eros Airport is located 8 kilometers away from this facility while the Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport is located 45 kilometers away.
  • Tourmaline Guest House : It is located just a few meters from the Eros shopping center in Windhoek. It has an outdoor swimming pool, a garden, barbeque facilities, and ample parking. The rooms here have a patio, air conditioning, a desk, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fully equipped kitchen, and a personal bathroom. Guests will be able to enjoy continental breakfast here. Points of interest from this guest house include the National Theatre of Namibia which is located 2.5 kilometers from this property while the Eros Airport is located 7 kilometers away.
  • Be-Still Accommodation : It is located in Swakopmund. Guests here will be able to enjoy a free internet connection and free ample parking at the property. This apartment has an indoor swimming pool and a sauna. The rooms here are fitted with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a safe, a fully equipped kitchen, a personal bathroom, and a shared lounge. The management here also offers bicycle rental services. You can also engage in hiking, fishing, and cycling expeditions. This apartment also offers shuttle services at an extra charge. The point of interest from this apartment is the Walvis Bay Airport which is located 36 kilometers from this apartment.
  • Lagoon Chalets : This apartment is situated in Walvis Bay. There is a bar and a restaurant on-site here. Guests here will get to enjoy a free internet connection, a barbeque, and a children's' playground. Points of interest close to this property include the Shoprite Walvis Bay, Spar Food Store, and the TOPS bottle store. Walvis Bay Airport is located 15 kilometers from this property.
  • Platz Am Meer : It is located in Swakopmund, about 1.6 kilometers from Woermann Brock Vineta Shopping Centre. Guests here will get to enjoy a patio, a TV with satellite channels, a fully equipped kitchen, a washing machine, and a personal bathroom. Points of interest near this property include the Ocean View Shopping Centre is 1.8 kilometers from this property and the Walvis Bay Airport which is located 39 kilometers from this property.

Couchsurfing

Many hosts here will be more than happy to host you when you come to Namibia. They do understand that tourists usually contribute a lot to the local economy thus there are many websites where you can get in touch with the locals here who will be willing to host you. You can connect with the most suitable host make arrangements on how you are going to meet. This will allow you to experience the culture here at a more personal level.

  • Urban Camp : It is located 3 kilometers from Windhoek. Amenities that you will get to enjoy at this camp include a bar, an outdoor pool, free internet connection, ample parking, and a beautiful garden with a barbeque. It is located several meters from Joe's Beer house. Each tent here is located next to a patio. There is a mini-market next to this property. It is located approximately 2.5 kilometers from the Windhoek Train Station.
  • Mukolo Camp : It is situated in Kongola where it is approximately 13 kilometers away from the Namusha Heritage Center. The tents here are fitted with a fully equipped kitchenette with the free internet connection in the entire property being a plus. Free ample parking is available here. Guests will be able to enjoy breakfast and dinner here at an extra charge. There is a bar on site. Points of interest located near this campsite include the Kwando River Viewpoint which is located 13 km from this campsite.
  • Palmwag Campsite : Campers here will be able to eat at the restaurant here on this property. You will also be able to have fun at the outdoor swimming pool located here with the bar on site being a plus. The tents here are fitted with a barbecue and personal washrooms.

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  • Windhoek —Namibia's capital and largest city.
  • Keetmanshoop —Small town on the rail lines and highway, jumping off point for treks in the Fish River Canyon Park.
  • Lüderitz —Colonial-era German coastal town.
  • Ondangwa and Oshakati —Twin towns in the heart of Owamboland, northern Namibia.
  • Outjo —Gateway to the Etosha National Park, Koakoveld and Damaraland.
  • Swakopmund —Coastal town, a mecca for Namibians on holiday.
  • Tsumeb —Mining town east of Etosha.
  • Tsumkwe —rural desert town surrounded by San (Bushmen) villages.
  • Walvis Bay —Desert sports.

Getting There and Moving Around

The roads in Namibia are considered as being one of the best in Africa. The roads here are constructed and maintained in adherence to international standards. Namibia has a total of 48,875.27 kilometers of road. They are usually managed by the Roads Authority of Namibia. Most of the roads here in Namibia are not tarred as there is a low volume of traffic.

  • Hosea Kutako International Airport : This is the main civilian international airport in the country and is located in the capital, Windhoek. It is located towards the east of the city, approximately 45 kilometers from the CBD. It was constructed in 1965 and was initially named J.G. Strijdom Airport. It was later renamed in 1990 as a commemoration of the Namibian national hero, Hosea Kutako.
  • Walvis Bay International Airport. This airport serves Walvis Bay which is a town in the Erongo Region of Namibia. It is located to the east of this town, approximately 15 kilometers from the CBD. Airlines that usually land here include Airlink, Air Namibia, and FlyWestair.
  • Eros Airport. This airport is located in the capital of Namibia, Windhoek. It is situated in the Khomas region, approximately 5 kilometers from the CBD. It is a secondary hub for Air Namibia.

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There are no buses ferrying passengers within the street of Windhoek. Passengers alternatively use taxis to move around. However, coaches are available for those traveling towards other towns and cities in the country. The Intercape Mainliner is the main bus company offering transport services within Namibia and even in other Southern countries in Africa . The prices offered here are usually very reasonable.

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There exists a 2,687-kilometer railway line in Namibia.it is usually operated by the TransNamib railway company. There are talks to connect the railway line from Windhoek to cities in neighboring countries with that one from Windhoek to border towns in South Africa having been already completed.

Hitchhiking

You will be able to hitch a ride while you are here in Namibia when you motion with your hand and you might be lucky to find a motorist en route to your destination. The temperatures here in Namibia can surely rise and motorists do understand that thus most of them will be happy to give you a ride . Some will even offer you bottled water as they do understand the heat here is sometimes unbearable. You will get a chance to chat with these drivers as you head towards your location.

  • Walvis Bay : In this town, you will find a port where a boat or a ship can safely dock. It is a natural harbor with the depth of the water being favorable for even large ships. It is the only natural harbor in Namibia and is protected by the Pelican Point sand spit. You can easily access the country from the sea through this port.
  • Lüderitz : This is also a harbor town here in Namibia where sea vessels can dock. You can then proceed inland from here.

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  • Fashion Futures : This organization has been pushing to be heard all across Windhoek and the country at large. It has continued to gain prominence all through the country. After its commissioning in 2014, this NGO has continued to grow and has been hosting fashion galas in a bid to sensitize designers on the importance of embracing zero wastage materials in designing their clothes.

Both the national and local governments here work together to curb waste accumulation in the cities and towns in Namibia. They have been working with the management of hotels across the country to try and sensitize the guests who stay in their establishments on the importance of disposing of waste properly. This will ease the process of recycling as recycling companies will have reduced the time of sorting waste as many people usually adhere to this calling of proper waste disposal.

Namibia is usually sensitive when it comes to matters waste. Due to episodes of water shortages often experienced in the country, governments usually come in to reduce the number of waste generated to reduce the risk of a disease outbreak brought about by waste accumulation. Locals here have also made an effort to try and dispose of waste appropriately to reduce this risk.

Work and Study Abroad

Namibia continues to show promise of growth and this potential has been noticed by investors and expatriates at large. Many are swarming into the country every year, especially to the capital Windhoek, where they continuously pump resources to set up business opportunities here in the country.

The United Nations has also set up offices in the country. These offices include:

  • International University of Management (IUM)
  • International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
  • International Labor Organization (ILO)
  • International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Exchange Student

Many foreign students are coming into the country to enroll in the institutions of higher learning here to pursue their studies. A larger population of local students usually flock to these universities here where they can further their studies and acquire skills that will make them more outstanding in the job market.

The universities available here in Namibia are:

  • Namibia University of Science and Technology located in Windhoek
  • University of Namibia (UNAM) located in Windhoek

Many organizations are offering AU pair services here in Namibia . Most of the locals here have the tendency of welcoming younger relatives or fellow locals into their homes for nanny jobs but this should not discourage you from applying as there are several employers here who will be more than willing to take you in. most of the websites here in Namibia are usually filled with people seeking nanny jobs in the European countries. You can undertake training in specific organizations here where you will get to acquire skills that will make you fit for these jobs here in Namibia.

Volunteering

The United Nations has continued to send volunteers to different volunteering initiatives in Namibia. You can be part of this volunteering group whether you are skilled or not. Many of the volunteers usually deployed by the UN are nurses, doctors, teachers, and administrative workers. The education sector here in Namibia is facing a shortage of teachers thus volunteers will go a long way in making this dream of giving education to the children in Namibia a reality.

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A Guide to Eco-Friendly Safari Escapes in Namibia

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In an era where eco-conscious and sustainable travel is emerging as an extremely popular trend, the allure of eco safaris has captured the imagination of discerning travellers worldwide. Among the myriad of destinations vying for to attract eco tourists, few can rival the charm of Namibia, one of Southern Africa’s lesser-known gems.

From stunning eco lodges that embrace sustainability to a host of safari activities that promote responsible tourism, Namibia, the place aptly nicknamed ‘ the land of many faces’ truly has it all. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll illuminate the path to a world-class eco safari experience in this exceptional destination, where luxury seamlessly intertwines with environmental consciousness.

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  • 1 Namibia: A Global Leader in Sustainable Tourism
  • 2 The Best Eco-Conscious Destinations to visit on safari in Namibia
  • 4 Lodges in Namibia: Combining Luxury & Eco Awareness and Opulence
  • 6 Best Namibia Safari Activities for Eco-conscious Travellers 
  • 8 Tips for choosing an eco-aware Safari Tour Operator
  • 9 Packing for a Sustainable Safari Namibia

Namibia: A Global Leader in Sustainable Tourism

Namibia has emerged as a true global leader in the realm of sustainable tourism, setting an exemplary standard for countries around the world. The nation’s approach to sustainable tourism not only reflects a commitment to safeguarding its unique natural and cultural heritage but also its dedication to providing tourists with a transformative and environmentally responsible experience.

According to the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Criteria, Namibia boasts an impressive total sustainable destination score of 95%, underscoring the country’s unwavering commitment to four key sustainability themes:

Sustainable Management (Score: 98%) : Namibia excels in sustainable management by embracing a proactive approach to protecting its natural landscapes and ecosystems. The country’s conservation efforts include the establishment of community-based conservancies , where local communities actively engage in the preservation of their natural surroundings. Through sustainable management, Namibia has successfully rejuvenated populations of endangered species like the black rhino and desert-adapted elephants, contributing to the overall health of its ecosystems.

Socio-economic Sustainability (Score: 97%): Namibia’s dedication to socio-economic sustainability is apparent in its focus on inclusive community involvement in the tourism industry. Indigenous communities play a significant role in wildlife conservation and sustainable resource management, ensuring they derive tangible benefits from the industry. As a result, safari goers can engage with these communities, gaining cultural insights and supporting local livelihoods. This model helps strike a harmonious balance between economic development and conservation efforts.

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Cultural Sustainability (Score: 100%): With a perfect score in cultural sustainability, Namibia has effectively preserved its rich cultural heritage. The nation’s diverse ethnic groups, such as the Himba and San people, are actively engaged in tourism, offering visitors a chance to immerse themselves in indigenous cultures. Traditional practices, rituals, and languages are cherished, ensuring that Namibia’s cultural tapestry remains vibrant and resilient in the face of modernisation.

Environmental Sustainability (Score: 89%): Namibia’s approach to environmental sustainability reflects a commitment to minimizing its ecological footprint. Many eco-friendly lodges and safari camps in the country incorporate practices like waste reduction, renewable energy sources, and efficient water management. Additionally, low-impact lodge design ensures that accommodations blend harmoniously with their natural surroundings, reducing their impact on the environment. Despite the country’s arid conditions, Namibia also invests in reforestation initiatives to help restore and maintain its delicate ecosystems.

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The Best Eco-Conscious Destinations to visit on safari in Namibia

For eco-conscious travellers, Namibia is a treasure trove of sustainable destinations that beckon with their breathtaking landscapes and unique wildlife. As you embark on your luxury eco safari in this remarkable country, here are some of the best destinations to include in your itinerary, alongside some of the most popular attractions and landmarks:

  • Etosha National Park : A jewel in Namibia’s conservation crown, Etosha National Park is one of Africa’s premier wildlife sanctuaries. Home to a stunning array of wildlife, including elephants, lions, and the endemic black-faced impala, Etosha is renowned for its pristine landscapes and unique salt pans that are said to induce spiritual awakenings . The park also places a strong emphasis on environmental sustainability, with eco-friendly lodges and responsible tourism practices that leave a minimal footprint on this delicate ecosystem.
  • Sossusvlei & Namib Desert: Located within the breathtaking Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei is famous for its towering red sand dunes and surreal desert landscapes. As you explore this iconic destination, you’ll encounter eco-friendly accommodations that harmonise with the desert surroundings. Activities like sunrise hikes up Dune 45 and guided desert walks provide immersive experiences while preserving the environment.

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  • Damaraland : Damaraland’s rugged beauty and striking geological formations make it a must-visit for eco-conscious travellers. Explore Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its ancient rock engravings that showcase the deep cultural heritage of the region. Many lodges in Damaraland also prioritise community involvement and conservation efforts, ensuring that your visit directly benefits the local communities.
  • Kunene Region: The remote Kunene Region is a destination of unparalleled natural beauty and cultural richness. It’s here that you can embark on kayaking adventures along the Kunene River, taking in the pristine landscapes while supporting eco-friendly practices. A visit to a local Himba community also provides a window into the indigenous cultures that call this region home, emphasising the cultural sustainability that Namibia cherishes.
  • Caprivi Strip: For a unique experience where the green oasis of the Caprivi Strip meets the arid landscapes of the Kalahari Desert, head to the northeastern part of Namibia. Explore the lush Zambezi Region, where sustainable lodges offer a serene escape along riverbanks teeming with birdlife. This region is also a gateway to the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls , making it a popular stop for eco-conscious travellers who wish to marvel at this natural wonder while promoting sustainable tourism practices.

Lodges in Namibia: Combining Luxury & Eco Awareness and Opulence

One of the foremost reasons Namibia has become such a sought-after destination for luxury and eco-conscious travellers is its abundant selection of world-class lodges. These lodges not only pamper guests with plush amenities but are also idyllically located in some of the country’s most striking wilderness areas. If you’re considering booking a Namibia safari adventure soon, consider staying at some of these stand out picks:

  • Wolwedans Dunes Lodge: Perched atop red sand dunes in the NamibRand Nature Reserve, Wolwedans Dunes Lodge boasts low-impact, eco-conscious design. This lodge is part of the Wolwedans Foundation, which focuses on the sustainable development of the Namibian desert.
  • Ongava Lodge: Situated on the southern boundary of Etosha National Park, Ongava Lodge offers an up-close wildlife experience. It is known for its strong conservation ties and rhino protection efforts.
  • Desert Rhino Camp: Located in the Palmwag Concession, Desert Rhino Camp is a joint venture between Wilderness Safaris and the local community. It actively supports the Save the Rhino Trust, contributing to black rhino conservation.
  • Serra Cafema : Serra Cafema, operated by Wilderness Safaris, is an oasis in the remote Kunene Region. The lodge is the epitome of luxury and boasts an exclusive collection of spectacular suites kitted with all the first-class amenities you could wish for. In terms of sustainability, Serra Cafema prides itself on reducing its environmental footprint by using sustainable power sources such as heat logs . The camp also provides support to local Himba communities.

Best Namibia Safari Activities for Eco-conscious Travellers 

Namibia offers a wealth of eco-friendly and sustainable tourism activities to cater to travelers of all ages and interests. Whether you’re drawn to epic wildlife encounters, water-based adventures, or cultural experiences, this captivating country presents a multitude of options to choose from. Among the diverse array of activities available, we highly recommend trying the following:

  • Guided Rhino Tracking in Damaraland: One of the most memorable experiences in Namibia is joining a guided rhino tracking expedition in Damaraland. Accompanied by expert guides, you’ll venture into the rugged terrain of the region, silently observing desert-adapted black rhinos. This thrilling activity not only provides a chance to witness these magnificent creatures up close but also contributes to their conservation, as proceeds often support rhino protection initiatives.
  • Namib Desert Night Photography: The Namib Desert’s mesmerising landscapes transform under the star-studded night sky. Participate in guided night photography tours that provide an opportunity to capture the ethereal beauty of the desert dunes bathed in moonlight. By choosing this eco-conscious activity, you’re appreciating the pristine nightscapes of Namibia while respecting its fragile environment.
  • Kayaking on the Kunene River : In the remote Kunene Region, you can immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of Namibia by embarking on a kayaking adventure along the meandering Kunene River. As you paddle through pristine landscapes and encounter diverse birdlife, you’re supporting an eco-friendly activity that leaves minimal environmental impact.
  • Cultural Interactions with Himba Communities : The Kunene Region is also home to the Himba people, one of Namibia’s indigenous communities. Engaging in cultural interactions with the Himba offers a unique opportunity to learn about their traditions, lifestyles, and sustainable practices. This form of tourism ensures that your visit directly benefits the local communities, promoting cultural sustainability.
  • Visit to the AfriCat Foundation: Your eco-conscious journey in Namibia should include a visit to the AfriCat Foundation. This organisation is dedicated to the conservation of big cats, especially cheetahs and leopards. Here, you can learn about their rehabilitation and release efforts, understanding the critical role of organizations like AfriCat in preserving Namibia’s incredible wildlife.

Tips for choosing an eco-aware Safari Tour Operator

When selecting an eco-friendly safari tour operator for your Namibia adventure, there are several important considerations to keep in mind that can make all the difference in your experience. 

First and foremost, try to opt for an operator that is based in Namibia. This local knowledge is invaluable, as it ensures a deep understanding of indigenous communities, the terrain, and the sustainable practices employed by the lodges in the region. An operator with a strong connection to the country is well-equipped to provide you with an authentic and responsible eco-safari.

Flexibility in crafting your itinerary is another crucial factor to consider. For example, if you book a Namibia safari with SecretNamibia or other reputable operators you can tailor your safari to align with your tastes and preferences. Based in Swakopmund, companies like SecretNamibia specialise in crafting safaris that are both that personalised and fulfilling. You are free to dictate the duration of your safari, select specific activities, and travellers are even invited to request stays at specific lodges and camps.

To add to your sustainable journey, consider flying with eco-conscious airlines when traveling to Namibia. While this can be challenging, companies like Delta in the US and KLM in Europe have built reputations for their efforts in environmental responsibility, making them a commendable choice for eco-conscious travellers.

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Packing for a Sustainable Safari Namibia

When preparing for a sustainable safari adventure in Namibia, thoughtful packing is essential to minimise your environmental footprint and ensure a responsible travel experience. Here’s a list of the top items to consider when packing:

  • Reusable Water Bottles: Carry a durable reusable water bottle to reduce single-use plastic waste.
  • Eco-friendly Toiletries: Opt for biodegradable soaps, shampoos, and toiletries to minimise pollution in natural areas.
  • Solar-Powered Chargers: Invest in solar-powered chargers to keep your electronic devices powered while conserving energy.
  • Clothing for Layering: Pack clothing suitable for layering, allowing you to adapt to varying temperatures and reduce overpacking.
  • Reusable Shopping Bag: Carry a compact, reusable shopping bag to minimise plastic bag usage during your trip.
  • Sustainable Footwear: Choose durable, eco-friendly footwear that’s suitable for hiking and exploring.
  • Insect Repellent and Sunscreen: Select eco-friendly, biodegradable options to protect both your skin and the environment.
  • Lightweight, Reusable Cutlery and Utensils: Reduce single-use plastic waste by carrying your own cutlery and utensils for on-the-go meals.
  • Reusable Food Containers: Carry reusable food containers to reduce food waste and packaging.
  • Binoculars and Camera: Invest in high-quality optics and a camera to enhance your wildlife viewing experience while minimising the need for disposable materials.
  • Compact First Aid Kit: Pack a compact, eco-friendly first aid kit with essential medical supplies.
  • Sustainable Reading Material: Carry e-books or magazines on your tablet to reduce the need for printed materials.
  • Respectful Wildlife Viewing Gear: Binoculars, a field guidebook, and a notebook to record observations ensure responsible wildlife encounters.

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Namibia's breathtaking landscapes, from the vastness of the Namib Desert to the diverse wildlife of Etosha National Park, are meant to be admired and preserved for future generations. In this article, we explore the world of Eco-Friendly Fly-In Safaris, a journey beyond adventure that treads lightly on the earth.

The Ethical Skyways

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When done ethically, fly-in safaris take carefully planned routes that minimise disturbance to wildlife and ecosystems. Certified pilots follow ethical flying practices , ensuring that these aerial journeys have little impact on Namibia's delicate environmental balance. Eco-friendly fly-in safaris provide visitors with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Namibia's breathtaking landscapes while minimising ecological impact.

Several destinations are actively involved in conservation efforts. The remarkable Okavango Delta is one such example. Some of Africa's most iconic wildlife thrive in one of the continent's most distinctive natural habitats. Between March and August, the Delta triples in size, attracting thousands of animals to this pristine stretch of wilderness. It is the world's largest inland Delta, and its crystal-clear waters have earned it UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

These conservation efforts are supported and funded by fly-in safaris. Eco-friendly travel companies, for example, support initiatives such as Namibia's Rhino Conservation Project . Tourists who choose eco-friendly travel help to preserve wildlife and habitats.

Aeroplanes with a Low Carbon Footprint

The use of modern aviation technology has helped to reduce the environmental impact of fly-in safaris. Environmentally-friendly aircraft with lower carbon emissions are becoming more common in Namibia and other parts of Africa. These aircraft provide tourists a smooth and comfortable flight while minimising their environmental impact. Visitors can enjoy the breathtaking views of Namibia's landscapes while reducing their ecological impact by flying in these aircraft.

Accommodations that are Long-Term

Eco-friendly fly-in safaris are also committed to sustainability in their accommodations. The lodges and camps that host tourists on these safaris frequently practise environmentally friendly practices. To reduce environmental impact, they incorporate solar energy, use sustainable building materials, and implement waste management systems. These accommodations give visitors a comfortable and sustainable experience in Namibia's wilderness.

Wildlife Observation and Research

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These safaris can be used not only for tourist enjoyment but also for wildlife monitoring and research . These trips are frequently accompanied by scientists and researchers who collect data on animal behaviour, migration patterns, and the overall health of the ecosystems. As a result, tourists unwittingly contribute to vital conservation research. Visitors who take part in these trips can help support conservation efforts and contribute to the preservation of Namibia's natural habitats.

Recycling and waste reduction

Fly-in safari operators are actively involved in waste reduction and recycling initiatives. This includes reducing the use of single-use plastics, recycling materials, and, in some cases, collaborating with local communities on waste management. These initiatives contribute significantly to the overall conservation goals of the regions visited by these fly-in safaris. By supporting these initiatives, visitors can help reduce their environmental impact and contribute to a more sustainable future.

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As the engines hum softly against the backdrop of Namibia's wilderness, it is clear that Eco-Friendly Fly-In Safaris are about more than just exploration; they are also about fostering a sustainable coexistence with nature. Route planning, conservation support, the use of eco-friendly aircraft, sustainable accommodations, wildlife monitoring efforts, and waste reduction initiatives all help to redefine responsible travel.

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Steeped in history and rich in geologic wonder, Namibia is a fascinating eco-luxury safari destination for the seasoned traveler looking to break the norm. As one of the world's least densely populated countries, this is undoubtedly one of the most secluded escapes in Africa.

On its Atlantic seaboard, Namibia's famed sand dunes tower above an endless stretch of coastline where you can cruise from Walvis Bay on a luxury catamaran. Inland, the Namib Naukluft National Park's desert landscapes are a haven for intriguing desert-adapted species and host exclusive luxury lodges pioneering environmental sustainability in the safari world.

By supporting community-led programs that introduce and highlight local life, tourism helps sustain livelihoods and keep traditions alive. For authentic insight into the ancient culture of Namibia, hear bushman hunting stories under the stars, learn about the milking ceremony from the Himba tribe, and stay in a remote campsite in the ruggedly beautiful Damaraland, where you can see ancient rock art and remarkable geological formations. You'll have the opportunity to respectfully visit local villages to connect with their community and better understand their way of life.

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Namibia is a great destination choice for visitors wanting an eco friendly safari holiday.  Namibia is the first country in the world to incorporate environmental protection into it’s constitution, so you can be sure that conservation is of key concern to Namibians.  

Community based tourism projects are popular in many locations across the country, hence travelling to Namibia can offer a true ecotourism experience which has tangible benefits for local communities and for wildlife, the ethos upon which ecoTravel Africa was created.

The accommodation options used by ecoTravel Africa have been selected based on their environmental and conservation management practices and it’s often possible for you to see the conservation and/or development projects on the sites themselves.   A variety of accommodation options exist, from camping to luxury lodges, it’s completely up to you how you would like to spend your time in Namibia.  ecoTravel Africa will tailor your accommodation directly towards your needs and can encompass any mix you desire, from camping in the foothills of Sossusvlei to sipping cocktails on the veranda of your personal bungalow overlooking the Kwando river.

Visiting National Parks, Private Reserves and Conservancys means that you are contributing to the conservation of wildlife in Namibia.

More information about all the projects that you will be contributing towards throughout the course of your holiday will be explained in more detail once your itinerary has been finalised.  ecoTravel Africa believes that environmental education is important for all travellers, it is essential that you are aware of the issues facing the country which are visiting and that you appreciate how you can help, both whilst you are away and upon your return home.  

Namibia encompasses some of the most diverse and stunning scenery in the world, where else can you be lazing on the beach in the morning, driving along a salt road in the afternoon and end up having a sundowner in the company of elephants and spend your evening looking out over a floodlit waterhole.  

Where to go depends on what you are looking to get out of your holiday.  ecoTravel Africa will put together a tailormade itinerary for you based on your individual requirements.  Whilst we highly recommend a self drive  tour in Namibia, we also offer escorted tours or small group travel  for those that prefer to travel with a guide or with other travellers.

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Are you in search of an exceptional eco-tour for your upcoming journey? We have conducted extensive research on a range of eco-friendly, environmentally conscious, and nature-focused tours provided by highly acclaimed tour companies, presenting you with an extraordinary chance to immerse yourself in the natural wonders of Namibia. These environmentally conscious tours not only offer an opportunity to reconnect with nature and witness breathtaking landscapes but also contribute to the preservation of our precious environment. With our thorough evaluation of factors like guest reviews, destinations, and activities, you can embark on an exhilarating adventure. Get ready to embark on an eco-tour that will leave you mesmerized!

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Curious about the diverse range of eco tours? Prepare to be amazed by the array of options available to suit every traveler's preferences. It comes as no surprise that visitors adore these tours, given their exceptional average guest rating of 4.71 out of 5 stars. When it comes to group sizes, the average maximum capacity stands at 15 people, allowing for a comfortable and sociable experience. The shortest tour is 3 days, while the longest is 19 days. As for physical activity options, the tours are thoughtfully categorized as easy and moderate, with the most being easy. With a comprehensive analysis encompassing 54 eco tours, you can rest assured that Namibia has something tailored to your interests and preferences, promising an unforgettable experience for all.

(All tour prices are in US Dollars before taxes, and come from a base price that is reported by TourRadar. Peak season prices can vary significantly, particularly in destinations where seasonal travel fluctuates dramatically.)

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Check out this incredible voyage that has received a 4.9 out of 5 rating from previous guests, visiting South Africa and Namibia. You'll love the emphasis on overlanding and safaris, too. With a duration of 13 days, this journey ensures an intimate group size of 22 people, and is good for travelers from 18 to 39 years old. Traverse through 10 enchanting destinations, with Spitzkoppe, Etosha National Park, Waterberg Plateau Park, and Cederberg Wildnerness Area among the must-see stops along the route. Cape Town marks the starting point, while Windhoek stands as the final stop on your incredible journey. This fantastic option, organized by G Adventures , presents an unbeatable value at just $123 per day. Act quickly to seize the current limited-time sale and reserve your spot now.

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Spanning over 9 days, this voyage, visiting Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe, has a maximum size of 22 individuals. Welcoming travelers from 18 to 39 years old, it is organized by G Adventures , a very popular company with plenty of great reviews. This trip visits 7 destinations, including Okavango Delta, Gweta, Kasane, and Central Kalahari Game Reserve along the way. Beginning in beautiful Windhoek, you'll have a terrific journey that ends in Victoria Falls. With an emphasis on overlanding, wildlife, and safaris, you know you'll have an amazing adventure. Available at an unbeatable price of only $125 per day, this option also has a rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars from previous guests. Hurry and secure your spot while this incredible sale lasts!

11-day Namibia to Cape Town (Camping)

Here's your chance to take off on an exceptional trip, visiting Namibia and South Africa, that has garnered a 4.9 out of 5 rating. With a duration of 11 days, this jouney will have 16 participants, and it warmly welcomes travelers from 18 to 75 years old. And since the priority is on overlanding, wildlife, and safaris, this tour is a great choice. Expertly organized by Acacia Adventure Holidays , this amazing trip is an incredible value at just $128 per day.

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This memorable trip, visiting Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia, is offered by G Adventures which has received plenty of positive reviews. The trip itself has a guest rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars, and is priced affordably at $131 per day. Explore 7 incredible locations on this trip, including Ghanzi, Kasane, Gweta, and Maun. Victoria Falls marks the starting point, while Windhoek stands as the final stop on your incredible journey. Rest assured, this trip is all about overlanding, wildlife, and safaris, guaranteeing an unforgettable adventure. The maximum group size is 22 people, welcoming travelers from 18 to 39 years old. It's currently on a special discounted offer.

12-day Etosha & Okavango Delta Express (Camping)

Set off on an extraordinary journey, visiting Namibia, Botswana, and Zambia, that has been awarded a 4.3 out of 5 stars by previous guests. This extraordinary adventure also revolves around overlanding, wildlife, and safaris. With a duration of 12 days, this journey offers an intimate group setting, accommodating 16 individuals, while extending a warm welcome to travelers from 18 to 75 years old. Discover a journey that spans 11 destinations, with notable stops in Kasane, Chobe National Park, Spitzkoppe, and Etosha National Park. Beginning in beautiful Swakopmund, you'll have a terrific journey that ends in Livingstone. Brought to you by Acacia Adventure Holidays , this exceptional deal is an incredible steal at a mere $127 per day.

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With this option you can experience an unparalleled voyage for 12 unforgettable days, visiting Namibia and South Africa. It ensures an intimate group setting with 20 participants at most. This trip takes you on an adventure to 12 destinations, including Keetmanshoop, Fish River Canyon National Park, Orange River, and Citrusdal. Windhoek will mark the start of your journey, while Cape Town will serve as its final destination. Nomad Africa Adventure Tours , the organizer of this journey, extends a warm invitation to guests travelers from 6 to 65 years old. This terrific trip also highights overlanding, family-friendly activities, and safaris. This extraordinary opportunity offers exceptional value at only $136 per day.

11 Day Namibia Tour

This fantastic journey has a rating of 4 out of 5 stars. With 8 destinations to explore, you'll get the chance to see Skeleton Coast Park, Brandberg Mountain, Damaraland, and Namib Desert Lodge Gondwana Collection, and more. Begin and conclude your remarkable journey in the gorgeous destination of Windhoek. You're in for an epic adventure with a strong emphasis on overlanding, wildlife, and safaris. Lasting 11 days, the maximum group size is 17 people, and it's good for travelers from 12 to 70 years old. Organized by Drifters Adventure Tours , this is a great deal because it's only $174 per day.

Sossusvlei, Swakopmund & Etosha (Camping) - 7 Days

With a stellar 4.9 out of 5 rating, this extraordinary voyage is the perfect choice. You'll love the emphasis on wildlife, family-friendly activities, and safaris, too. Along the way, this journey encompasses 4 destinations, including Sossusvlei and Swakopmund. You'll start and end your journey in beautiful Windhoek. Spanning across 7 days, the voyage accommodates 7 individuals, and is suitable for travelers from 5 to 80 years old. Offered by Discovery Transfers and Tours , this remarkable voyage is priced at just $186 per day. Don't miss out on this incredible experience.

3 Days Etosha National Park - Camping

This exceptional trip offering by Motema Tours and Safaris has received a 4.3 out of 5 rating. On this 3-day voyage you can unwind while also making new memories. This itinerary covers 5 captivating destinations, with stops in Okahandja, Otjiwarongo, and Outjo, among others. Windhoek kicks off your expedition, serving as both the starting and finishing point. With a group size of 20 people, it's suitable for travelers from 7 to 80 years old. With an emphasis on wildlife, family-friendly activities, and safaris, you know you'll have an amazing adventure. This remarkable trip is priced at an unbeatable $135 per day.

12-day Okavango Delta & Etosha Express (Camping)

Check out this journey that has received rave reviews, earning a stellar 4 out of 5 rating, visiting Zambia, Botswana, and Namibia. Immerse yourself in a travel experience that includes 11 destinations, featuring Maun, Okavango Delta, Ghanzi, and Windhoek. Livingstone marks the starting point, while Swakopmund stands as the final stop on your incredible journey. And since the priority is on overlanding and safaris, this tour is a great choice. Spanning across 12 unforgettable days, this voyage offers an intimate group experience with 16 participants, and it's great for travelers from 18 to 75 years old. Brought to you by the renowned Acacia Adventure Holidays , this exceptional opportunity is priced at an incredible $127 per day - an unbeatable value.

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How much do Eco Tours in Namibia cost?

Visitors will find a large range of terrific options for eco tours when planning a visit to Namibia. The price of these specific trips can vary according to length, destinations, and travel style. The average price of eco tours in Namibia based on data from 54 options is an affordable $261 per day. If you're interested in more information about tours here, see our guide to tour prices in Namibia .

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Namaste Namibia: Eco-Friendly Travel Tips

Namaste, Namibia! Greetings from Africa’s Eco-Friendly Paradise

Namibia is a land of adventure, stunning landscapes, and a rich cultural heritage. However, it’s also a country that is taking significant strides towards sustainable tourism practices. As a traveler, it’s important to be mindful of the impact we have on the environment and local communities. In this article, we’ll share some eco-friendly travel tips and the best ways to explore Namibia’s natural beauty while preserving it for future generations. So, let’s dive in!

Travel Light and Right: Tips for Sustainable Tourism in Namibia

One of the most important ways to travel sustainably in Namibia is to pack light. The lighter your luggage, the less fuel is needed to transport it, which reduces your carbon footprint. Additionally, avoid single-use plastics by bringing your refillable water bottle and reusable shopping bags. Namibia is a water-scarce country, and plastic pollution is a severe problem. Carry your trash with you and dispose of it properly.

Another way to be a responsible traveler is to support local businesses and communities. Choose eco-friendly accommodations that use sustainable practices, such as solar energy and water conservation. In addition, visit community-owned conservancies, where the land is conserved, and wildlife is protected. These conservancies offer activities such as guided nature walks, game drives, and cultural experiences with local communities.

Go Green and Explore: The Best Eco-Friendly Adventures in Namibia

Namibia is known for its stunning natural beauty, and there are plenty of eco-friendly activities to explore it. Join an eco-friendly safari that supports conservation efforts, such as tracking rhinos with Save the Rhino Trust or visiting the Cheetah Conservation Fund. You can also hike the Fish River Canyon, the second-largest canyon in the world, or explore the dunes of Sossusvlei, one of the most beautiful landscapes in Namibia.

Another eco-friendly adventure is kayaking on the Orange River, where you can witness a diverse range of flora and fauna. Or, take a hot air balloon ride over the Namib desert, where you can see the sunrise and stunning landscapes from above. Finally, don’t forget to stargaze in one of the darkest skies in the world. Namibia is a perfect destination for eco-friendly travelers who want to combine adventure, nature, and culture.

Namibia is a country that is committed to preserving its natural beauty and cultural heritage. As a traveler, we can do our part by embracing eco-friendly travel practices and supporting local communities. By traveling light, choosing sustainable accommodations, and exploring Namibia’s natural wonders responsibly, we can make a positive impact on the environment and local communities. So, Namaste Namibia, let’s explore this eco-friendly paradise together!

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Welcome to NAMIBIA-ECO-TOURS. Due to my studies in Namibia and interest in dryland ecology, I have known this exceptionally beautiful country for more than 20 years now. I invite you to an exclusive tour through Namibia.

NAMIBIA-ECO-TOURS: The concept behind the exclusive tour

I invite you to forget time and space in the sheer endless vastness of Namibia. Discover fascinating natural phenomena including the Namib, the oldest desert in the world, the mysterious fairy circles and the diverse, occasionally bizarre varieties of flora and fauna that have evolved to survive in this ancient land threatened by constant drought.

ECO-Tours stands for ECOLOGY, because the main focus of the journey will be on sharing information about the fascinating ecology of Namibia with you.

I have known Namibia for over 20 years now, first by studying ecology and geography in Windhoek and then through research on savanna and desert ecology, including scientific publications on the fairy circles . With NAMIBIA-ECO-TOURS I would therefore like to share this knowledge and experience with you on selected tours. On your Namib-Lodge-Tour you will learn about the latest findings on fairy circle research, natural wonders of the Namib and nature conservation in Namibia.

Beyond exclusive information on desert ecology, NAMIBIA-ECO-TOURS also offers you ample opportunity to get to know this fascinating country and its welcoming people. You will stay in beautiful accommodation and enjoy great food, including local specialities. For the Namib-Lodge-Tour, there are two differently priced options to choose between – the Tour Deluxe and the Tour Comfort . Group size is limited to eight people, ensuring a personal and customized experience that will maximize your enjoyment and learning. Tips on photography as well as great conversation under the starry evening sky are included.

I look forward to sharing this amazing country and its ecology with you!

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Namibia-eco-tours – a voyage of discovery into namibia's fascinating wilderness, 10 suggestions why you should have experienced namibia.

Namibia is an ideal travel destination for an unforgettable holiday in Africa. I would like to give you the 10 most important reasons why you should have experienced Namibia.

1) With about 300 days of sunshine a year, the weather is very predictable and you can be sure that you will return home tanned. Rainfall events during the season from February to April are by no means “bad weather”. Rather, they reveal how dynamically life and landscape changes within a short period of time, because for humans, animals and plants, the precious water is a pure event of joy.

2) Due to the few clouds and the dry desert climate, the warm air rises quickly in the evening and the nights have relatively pleasant temperatures for a restful sleep.

3) The clear cloudless sky without urban light pollution allows a unique view of the starry sky. Namibia holidaymakers are always thrilled how many stars you can see at night.

4) Namibia is the land of vast expanses and therefore offers a maximum contrast to the usual city life. Here the visitor can really relax and enjoy being alone with himself and nature.

5) With a rainfall spectrum of practically 0 to over 600 mm annual precipitation, the country offers a wide variety of habitats – from the desert to sub-human regions in the Caprivi Strip.

6) As a land of contrasts, Namibia is exceptionally exciting – high daytime temperatures vs. cool nights, hostile drought vs. life-affirming bizarre adaptations of animal and plant species, modern capital vs. traditional rural lifestyles – the list could be extended by much more.

7) In times of international crises and crime, Namibia is a relatively safe and politically stable travel destination.

8) Namibia offers high travel comfort – there are first-class hotels and lodges, excellent food and well paved roads and even the gravel roads are regularly smoothed and mostly in good condition.

9) Namibia does not require any special vaccinations or health care because the dry country is predominantly free of pathogens such as malaria, sleeping sickness, bilharzia and similar pathogens. You can take malaria prophylaxis for visiting Etosha Park, but the risk of getting malaria is low. In addition, there is very good medical care, well-equipped pharmacies, a flying rescue service and a functioning mobile phone network, also outside the cities.

10) Last but not least, Namibia offers unique natural wonders such as the mysterious fairy circles, Welwitschias or Onymacris plana , one of the world’s fastest running beetles.

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Area: Namibia covers 824,292 km² (318,259 mi²).

Location: Situated on the southwestern coast of Africa, Namibia borders Angola and Zambia in the north, South Africa in the south and Botswana in the east.

Population: About 2.5 million

Capital City: Windhoek

Official name: Republic of Namibia

Date of Independence: 21 March 1990

System of Government: Multi-party democracy

Head of State: President Dr Hage Geingob since 2015

Prime Minister: Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila since 2015

Language: English, German, Afrikaans, Oshiwambo, Rukwangari, Silozi, Otjiherero, Damara, Nama, Khisan and Setswana

Literacy: The current literacy rate in Namibia is about 83 %, one of the highest in Africa.

Religion: Freedom of religion was adopted through Namibia’s Bill of Fundamental Rights. About 90 % of the population is Christian.

Currency: The Namibia Dollar (N$); the Namibia Dollar and South African Rand are the only legal tender in Namibia and can be used freely to purchase goods and services.

Time Zones: Summer time: GMT + 2 hours from the 1st Sunday in September to the 1st Sunday in April. Winter time: GMT + 1 hour from the 1st Sunday in April to the 1st Sunday in September.

Electricity: 220 V AC, 50 Hz. Outlets are of the round three-pin type D or M.

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4 Highly Sustainable Eco Lodges In Namibia

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Planning a trip to Africa? It you go to Namibia, make it a sustainable one by staying in these  eco lodges!

By Sean O’Connor

According to recent research, Africa has one of the fastest growing tourism industries in the world. Visitors come here mainly seeking a luxury safari holiday.

However, with more and more tourists flocking to the continent, sustainability is becoming an issue. How can these nations attract tourists, whilst minimising their impact on wildlife, natural resources, and local communities?

Fortunately, one country is leading the way when it comes to sustainable African travel: Namibia. The land of sprawling desert landscapes, striking coastlines and spectacular National Parks is a true leader. It has become the first African country to incorporate the sustainable management of its natural resources within its constitution.

Namibia recognised that to safeguard its precious resources, they’d have to make some collaborative efforts. Today, the government, private sector, and local communities collaborate to protect ecological resources here.

With this vision in mind, sustainable tourism and localised initiatives are now commonplace. These initiatives have helped to preserve endangered wildlife and land. Additionally, they ensure local livelihoods are protected and even enhanced.

So, if you’re considering a trip to Namibia, check out some of the country’s most popular eco-friendly hotels, below!

From remote desert lodges to luxury hideaways, the following eco lodges in Namibia proudly advocate sustainable travel .

4 Sustainable Lodges To Stay At In Namibia

Sustainable Eco Lodges In Namibia

1. Damaraland Camp

Championing sustainable tourism ideals doesn’t mean compromising on luxury. And nowhere does that statement ring truer than Damaraland Camp.

Nestled in the heart of the Torra Conservancy in north-western Namibia, Damaraland Camp is encircled by some of the most dramatic and stunning landscapes in Southern Africa. Many visitors are drawn to the camp owing to its remote location. This allows for more peace and quiet reflection. Especially wonderful under star-strewn skies!

After a quick scan of the arid landscape, you could be forgiven for thinking nothing ever grows here. However, that’s the beauty of Namibia: expect the unexpected. Look closely, and you’ll find an abundance of desert-adapted animals and plants that are absolutely thriving.

Satisfying the needs of the luxury safari traveller, the camp boasts ten stunning adobe-style chalets. Each of these come with a range of modern amenities. These include free wifi, tea and coffee makers, and blow driers.

Feeling the desert heat? Guests can dive into the huge, sparkling swimming pool during their stay. They’ll also enjoy first-class cuisine in the magnificent dining area. But that’s not even the best part. Get this: guides here can lead you to families of elephants that live in the deser t!

Since the camp’s inception in 1996, it’s been instrumental in championing eco values and supporting both education and conservation in the local area. In fact, all this work culminated in a Sustainable Travel Award in 2017.

One of the best eco lodges in Namibia for : Food! The full English or vegetarian breakfasts here are famous.

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2. Desert Homestead

Set against a jaw-dropping backdrop of rocky mountains lies Desert Homestead. This eco lodge blends into its natural environment of grassy plains and sprawling sand dunes perfectly.

Guests will find accommodations that boast natural linens, stylish wooden furniture and huge windows. And of course, views of endless desert scenery! Other features guests love  include: a cosy library, fully-stocked bar, spacious lounge and refreshing pool. The staff at Desert Homestead are super-professional and friendly. You can rest assured they’ll go above and beyond to make your stay extra special.

Location-wise, Desert Homestead lies in the Namiba Tsaris Conservancy. This a 150,000 hectare private reserve adjacent to NamibRand in the west. Wondering what to do? Try a trip to the famous Sossusvlei. There, visitors can take photographs of some of the world’s largest sand dunes. Hot air balloon rides, as well as sundowner game drives, are other popular activities.

In line with the lodge’s commitment to sustainable tourism, all amenities are powered by solar energy. As well as producing their own electricity, Desert Homestead ensure that all the produce they serve is sourced from nearby farms. This helps to support local communities.

But there’s more! All profits earned by the lodge are invested in the maintenance of the Ondili Nature Reserve. Which means by staying here, you’re essentially promoting the survival of local flora and fauna.

One of the best eco lodges in Namibia for : Viewing wildlife. You’re likely to see everything from lions to gerbils! You can also tailor-make your own safari tour .

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3. Serra Cafema

Located close to the magical Kunene River, Serra Cafema Camp is widely considered as one of the best places to stay during a luxury Namibia safari . A magical oasis situated on the Marienfluss Conservancy, here guests can escape reality, indulge their every luxury whim and experience life-changing excursions.  

Guests stay in one of ten canvas-and-thatch villas. Each one boasts a large private lounge, elegant beds, and intimate viewing decks complete with sun beds. The privacy here makes it the perfect place for a honeymoon !

Bush walks, relaxing boat trips and sunset drives give you a flavour of just some of the incredible activities you can experience. Uniquely, Serra Cafema is also one of a select few camps that offer guests the opportunity to engage with the semi-nomadic Himba Tribe.

Emphasising their commitment to sustainable initiatives, the camp runs on a hybrid power system. Owing to Serra Cafema’s work supporting the local Himba, as well as tireless wildlife conservation efforts, the camp is recognised as being extremely sustainable travel friendly.

One of the best eco lodges in Namibia for : Luxury accommodation, getting to know the local culture

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4. Shipwreck Lodge

Namibia’s Skeleton Coast is vast and desolate. It’s also famed for the ships that have perished attempting to charter treacherous stretches of the Atlantic. In homage to these stricken ships, the magnificent Shipwreck Lodge comprises ten charming chalets. Each features a design clearly inspired by fallen vessels.

All the chalets come with a luxury private bathroom and viewing deck. Guest rooms also feature a wood-burning stove, which is handy as the Skeleton Coast region regularly experiences cooler temperatures. In the communal area, visitors can socialise at the charming bar and enjoy some world-class cuisine in the lodge’s dining room.

Thrill seekers can go sand boarding or hot air ballooning, and of course, safaris are available. At Cape Cross, guests will marvel at the sight of over 200,000 Cape Fur seals.

One of the best eco lodges in Namibia for : Strong sustainability efforts. In fact, the Shipwreck has received the Green Flower Eco Award in recognition of their waste management, conservation and energy practices. 

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WINDHOEK (Reuters) - Namibia's President Hage Geingob will travel to the United States on Wednesday to undergo cancer treatment, the presidency has announced.

A regular medical check-up earlier this month revealed the 82-year old head of state had cancer, his office said last week, without giving details about his condition.

The president has accepted an offer by scientists and medical professionals in Los Angeles, California, to undergo novel therapy to deal with the cancerous cells, the presidency said in a statement on Wednesday.

As prime minister in 2014, Geingob told the public that he had survived prostate cancer. He became president the following year.

Vice President Nangolo Mumba would take over presidential duties until Geingob's return on Feb. 2, his office added.

The southern African country is due to hold presidential and parliamentary elections at the end of 2024.

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In-Depth Namibia Travel Guide: What’s it Like to Travel in Namibia? (2023)

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My road trip around Namibia is the best travel experience I’ve ever had.

Hands down.

I can’t even find the words to describe how fantastic my time in the country was. Namibia has everything. It’s easy to explore independently, it’s safe, it’s beautiful, the locals are lovely, the landscapes are diverse, the wildlife is exciting, and there are so. few. tourists.

I’ve got a dozen posts planned about my time in this amazing country, so brace yourself for an onslaught of information! By the end of the month, you’ll have everything you need to book a trip to this kickass country. And hopefully you’ll decide to do exactly that.

This is what it’s like to travel in Namibia.

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Where is Namibia?

Let’s start off with a little bit of context. Where even is Namibia?

Namibia is a Southern African country on the west coast of the continent. It’s located above South Africa , below Angola, and to the west of Botswana.

Interestingly, Namibia is where you’ll find the world’s only quadripoint, which is defined as the place where the corners of four different countries meet. Yes, in the far north-eastern reaches of this country, Namibia nestles up against Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. There are over 150 tripoints in the world, but only one quadripoint, making this a very special place on the planet.

Unfortunately, it’s in a part of the country that few tourists choose to visit, at the eastern end of the Caprivi Strip, which is isolated from many of the main tourist activities. Somewhere that’s much easier to visit, however, is the Tropic of Capricorn! Most visitors end up driving past the iconic Tropic of Capricorn sign while driving around Namibia, and fortunately, it’s marked on Google Maps, so you won’t have to worry about missing it.

Namibia is the Perfect Introduction to Africa Travel

If you’re dreaming of travelling in Africa but have no idea where to go first, head to Namibia. It’s one of the safest and least intimidating countries I’ve travelled through.

One of my aims with my recent Africa travels has been to prove you can easily travel around much of the continent independently. So many people opt to jump on overland truck tours in this part of the world, but what I’ve found so far is that it’s really not necessary. And in Namibia you definitely don’t need to join a tour in order to visit.

With the exception of the bad roads, I found it no more difficult or dangerous to travel in than the U.S., Europe, or Australia. And when you’re traveling independently, you’re in control of your schedule and where you stay and what you do.

On top of that, the official language of Namibia is English, which makes independent travel even easier. You can ask questions, you can get directions, you don’t have to mime all the time… it’s all so easy .

Namibia also felt like the safest country in Africa I’ve been to so far. Outside of Windhoek, you really don’t need to worry about much at all. The locals are friendly and welcoming, theft is rare, and your only real concern will be how many flat tyres you’ll end up with on the seemingly-endless gravel roads.

Not only is Namibia safe and easy to travel through, but it also has just as much to offer as other countries in Africa. Head to Etosha National Park and you’ll get to drive alongside elephants, giraffes, lions, black rhinos, and more. You can hit up the Namibian desert for sand dune climbing at sunrise. There are beaches and coastlines full of shipwrecks to explore. The darkest skies in the world are in Namibia, so the Milky Way is always shining brightly above your head at night. Oh, and there’s a ghost town in the middle of the desert. Badass.

In other words: Namibia is the best!

Hippo Crocodile Warning Sign Namibia

Not Many People Will Know Where You’re Going

I couldn’t believe it: after six years of travel, Namibia was the first country nobody seemed able to locate on a map. In my digital nomad community here in Portugal — so, y’know, people who have travelled full-time for many years — a surprisingly number of people had never even heard of Namibia.

I get it: it’s a country that isn’t often spoken about outside of travel blogging circles, but it was still surprising to be met with blank faces when I spoke about where I was visiting next.

The bonus of this? Hardly anybody decides to visit the country, so there are hardly any tourists around!

Empty road in Namibia

It’s Ridiculously Sparsely Populated

Namibia is the second-least-densely populated country in the world, with an average of just five people for every square mile. And it’s easy to see why: desert takes up the bulk of the country and so outside of its short rainy season, it’s a very arid place.

This was one of my favourite aspects of travelling around Namibia, though: you could drive for four hours straight and not see a single human, car, or building over that time. As an introvert with a love of wide, open spaces, I couldn’t get enough of the isolation.

Views of Sesriem

Planning Where to Stay Is… Interesting

Because the country is so sparsely populated, the majority of places you’ll stay at will be lodges that feel as though they’re in the middle of nowhere. Because they kind of are.

There aren’t many major towns and cities in the country — and honestly, the best parts of Namibia are outside of them — so that makes finding accommodation tricky. The best places to stay at are often hours from the nearest signs of civilisation and miles down a tiny gravel path.

I found booking.com  best for finding places to stay. First, decide on which major destinations you want to hit in Namibia. For us, this was: Windhoek – Etosha National Park – Swakopmund – Sesriem – Luderitz – Windhoek. Most of these destinations are so far from each other that you’ll have to break up the drive into two days.

Next, on Booking, search for all hotels in Namibia, and once you’re on the search page, click on view on map. Once you’ve got a map view of every hotel listing in Namibia, zoom in on the route you’re planning to take and see which lodges pop up close to the midpoint between two distances. We did this for almost everywhere we stayed in Namibia and found some incredible lodges as a result. In fact, some of the highlights from my time in the country were getting to stay outside of the main tourist trail.

And if you can’t find anything suitable or affordable on the drive, just googling “where to stay between Swakopmund and Sesriem”, for example, will bring up a ton of forum threads with recommendations from other people. Not everywhere is listed online, so there were a few places we had to book through email.

Sesriem desert lodge

Frustratingly, It’s Tough to Visit on a Budget

In Namibia you have two options: expensive or camping.

I’m all about that budget travel life, but in Namibia I had to give up my aim of spending $50 a night on accommodation and quadruple it for much of our trip. Yep, almost every lodge we stayed at in Namibia was well over $100 a night, and we were nearly always booking the cheapest option we could find. And we were visiting in low season, where accommodation prices are around half what they’d be in high season!

Unfortunately, if you want to save as much money as possible on your trip, your only real option in Namibia is to camp. Most lodges will offer a camping option for around $30 a night, so if you’ve got your own gear, this is an easy way to save money on accommodation.

The only exceptions to the crazy prices are the cities: Windhoek has cheaper options  ($50 a night), and so did Swakopmund  ($40 a night) and Luderitz  ($50 a night).

Everything else wasn’t too bad when it came to price. Our rental car — a Toyota Corolla — had us up for $30-a-day, which is pretty standard for most countries around the world. Activities and entrance fees (around $6) were also affordable. Food could get a little pricey at the camps and lodges, which made sense because they were so isolated, but nothing was over-the-top extreme. We’d usually pay around $10-15 for dinner each night.

Vingerklip Lodge swimming pool

But the Lodges are Amazing

Some of the best hotels I’ve ever stayed in are in Namibia. And while you’ll pay a lot for them, they’re worth every penny.

At Ovita Wildlife Restcamp , we fell asleep listening to hippos in the lake outside our room. At Vingerklip Lodge  (pictured above), we ate dinner on a towering cliff top, looking over Namibia’s version of Monument Valley. At Sesriem Desert Camp  (pictured above Vingerklip Lodge), we slept in luxury tents in the desert with wild oryx roaming outside.

I loved every single place we stayed in in Namibia, and even though they were ridiculously expensive, it felt as though we were still receiving fantastic value for money.

Car at the Tropic of Capricorn

You Will Need Your Own Transport

Public transport doesn’t really exist in Namibia, so if you’re not going to take a tour, you’ll most likely need to hire a car. As for what type of car, it depends a lot on the time of year you’ll be visiting and how confident you are on gravel roads.

My Kiwi boyfriend grew up racing falling-apart cars on gravel roads in New Zealand, so he had the driving skills of a Namibian and we were happy opting for a tiny Toyota Corolla to make the trip for us. Guesthouse owners were always shocked to see us rocking up in it, but honestly, we had next to no problems with it. If you’ve got the cash, opting for a two wheel drive with higher ground clearance would be a smart idea, as part of the bottom of our car fell off on our second day of driving, thanks to all the rocks that had been flicked up into the undercarriage.

People advise to go with a 4×4, and especially if you’ll be visiting in the rainy season, but we decided against it for several reasons. First, it’s over double the price for a 4×4 (around $100 a day), second, being so high up makes the car easier to roll, and third, um, did I mention it’s expensive?

If you can’t drive? You won’t be able to visit Namibia without taking a tour or hiring a driver. You could take a bus between major destinations, but I believe you’d miss out on a lot of the wonderful lodges that make travelling in Namibia so wonderful. There are also reports of travellers rocking up in a hostel, getting together with a group of travellers, and car-sharing their way around the country, so this could be an option if you’re willing to take the risk of potentially finding nobody to travel with.

Gravel road in Namibia

The Roads are So Bad

We drove 4000 kilometers in Namibia and probably only several hundred of them were sealed.

Yes, in Namibia, get used to urging your car over gravel, sand, rocks, and more. Because of this, travel days are long and bumpy — we rarely drove for less than six hours each day, and even listening to podcasts was a struggle over the crunching noises of driving over gravel while rocks pinged into our car

Black rhino in Etosha National Park

Get Yourself a SIM Card, But Expect to Rarely Use It

Getting connected is tough in Namibia, so if you work online like I do, resolve to spend most of your time on vacation.

Wi-Fi was sometimes around, was always slow, and often expensive. It’s worth getting a SIM card, though, as although we rarely got more than an EDGE signal, leaving our phones on while we were driving around usually meant we’d pick up a signal here and there to download emails.

We picked up a SIM card at Windhoek Airport upon arrival and it was super simple to do. The SIM card costs 50 US cents and 1 GB of data is a whopping $2.50. Too Many Adapters has a comprehensive guide for buying a SIM card in Namibia  if you need any extra information. When it’s that cheap, there’s no reason not to get one.

Warthog fillets

You’ll Get to Try Some Interesting Game Meat

One of my favourite aspects of eating in Namibia was getting to try so many of the delicious game meats on offer. The biggest surprise was warthog, which was delicious, but I also loved kudu, impala, oryx, zebra, and more. Most of the lodges will have some kind of unusual game meat on offer each evening, so it’ll be easy to access and you’ll soon grow used to it.

If you’re vegetarian, you’ll most likely struggle to eat super well in Namibia. Everything was very meat based at the lodges although bizarrely, Greek salads were available in basically every single restaurant, so you won’t have to go hungry. Just prepare yourself for a hell of a lot of feta cheese!

giraffe road sign

Namibia Has the Best Road Signs Ever

One of the highlights from our time in Namibia was the kickass road signs we came across while driving. The giraffe one above was one of my favourites. In addition to that, we saw signs for zebras, elephants, warthogs, and more. And even better: we actually saw some of those animals wandering around in the wild! There’s nothing quite like seeing a desert-adapted giraffe wandering through the sand.

Kolmanskop Namibia

The Bradt Namibia Guide is Invaluable

If you’re planning a trip to Namibia, you need this guidebook .

Not only was it essential for planning our trip, but we used it on an hourly basis while we were in country. When it comes to Africa, Bradt guidebooks are king, so don’t even consider picking up a Lonely Planet for this part of the world; almost all of them have terrible reviews as well as outdated and too-condensed information.

Because you’ll be unlikely to have data coverage while you’re driving, and sometime even in lodges, the guidebook made our trip so much less stressful. When we wanted to figure out which animal we’d just spotted by the side of the road, the wildlife section had a photo to help us out; when we decided to stop for a lunch break in a tiny village, we could look up if there was anywhere to eat, and if so, which place was best; when we were planning our driving for the day, we could look up route recommendations and find out which attractions we might want to stop at along the way.

I don’t often recommend using guidebooks (I think I’ve only done it twice before!) because I believe you can get a lot of the information online for free, but in Namibia, this guidebook definitely helps. We struggled to find detailed information about the country both before we arrived and while we were there, so our Bradt book was 100% invaluable.

Etosha National Park

Two Weeks is the Perfect Amount of Time to Spend in the Country

I spent just under two weeks in Namibia, and feel as though I saw almost all of the highlights. If I’d had three weeks, I would have spent time at Fish River Canyon in the south, a few extra days in Damaraland, and some time exploring the Caprivi Strip in the northeast .  Still, I feel as though two weeks is a good amount of time to dedicate to the country, which is refreshing as most places I visit have me feeling as though I need to explore for a minimum of three months just to start scratching at the surface.

I wanted to share my two-week itinerary here, because I feel as though I got it pretty close to perfect.

Day 1: Landed in Windhoek, picked up our rental car, and drove straight to peaceful  Ovita Wildlife Restcamp . You can read about my first day in Namibia in my article, The Perfect First Day in Namibia . Day 2: Time for wildlife! We drove north to Etosha National Park and stayed within the park at Halali . We spent the afternoon sitting at the camp’s waterhole to see if any animals emerged. You can read about my experience in Etosha National Park in the dry season: Desperately Seeking Elephants at Etosha National Park . Day 3:  For our first full day at Etosha, we drove around the eastern region of the park for almost 12 hours. We saw dozens of giraffes, zebras, and a rare black rhino, then spent the night back at Halali. It was magical. Day 4:  On day four, we opted to drive around the central parts of Etosha for the entirety of daylight hours, then switched up our accommodation to spend the night at Okaukuejo . Day 5:  For our final morning in Etosha, we decided to explore the western region of the park, then at lunchtime, drove to beautiful Vingerklip Lodge to spend the night. You can read about how incredible Vingerklip was in my article, Finding Paradise in Vingerklip: Africa’s Monument Valley . Day 6:  Day 6 brought a long drive to Swakopmund, where we spent much of the day on terrible roads. Still, getting to drive part of the Skeleton Coast was amazing, and we even got to see a shipwreck stranded off the coast. We spent the night in an Airbnb apartment. Day 7:  For day 7, we took a day trip out to nearby to Walvis Bay to see its seal colony, which is one of the largest in the world. You can read about this wonderful experience in the article, Seals, Swakopmund, and the Skeleton Coast . Again, we spent the night in our Airbnb apartment. Day 8:  We spent this day relaxing and exploring Swakopmund. You could use this day to get your adventure on if you wanted, as Swakopmund is the adventure capital of the world. You could try your hand at quad biking on the nearby sand dunes , for example. Once more, we spent the night in an Airbnb apartment. Day 9:  The following day, we drove to Sesriem and spent our afternoon climbing Dune 45. I highly recommend doing this, as we practically had the entire park all to ourselves. We slept at Sesriem Desert Camp , which was magnificent. Day 10:  We got up at sunrise to enter the park, climb Big Daddy sand dune, and explore Deadvlei. This day was spectacular and you can read about the experience in the article, Climbing Big Daddy: An African Travel Highlight . That afternoon, we drove south to Betta Camp to spend the night. Day 11:  The following morning, we drove down to Luderitz. We spent the afternoon exploring this adorable town and spotting pelicans as we drove around the areas just outside of Luderitz. It was a fairly relaxed day after all of the movement, and we spent the night at Kairos B&B . Day 12:  We saved the best for last, because for day 12, we drove to Kolmanskop at sunrise and and had the entire place to ourselves. Kolmanskop is an old mining town that has since been abandoned and is now being taken over by the desert. It was incredible and we spent a full three hours taking photos. I wrote about it in-depth in the article, Exploring Kolmanskop: Namibia’s Ghost Town in the Desert . In the afternoon, we drove to Maltahohe Hotel  to break up the long journey back to Windhoek. Day 13: Final day! Sad face. We spent this day driving from Maltahohe to Windhoek and left Namibia in awe of how much the country has to offer.

This was one of the best trips of my life and I highly recommend putting together a similar itinerary if you’re planning a trip to Namibia.

Giraffes in Etosha National Park Namibia

Yeah, You Should Definitely Get a Zoom Lens

The biggest regret of my trip? Not splashing out on a zoom lens for my camera and then getting uniformly awful photos in Etosha.

I ventured into Namibia with my Sony 28-70mm  lens and while it was absolutely fantastic for landscape photos, it was nowhere near good enough for the wildlife. Had my boyfriend not packed his 80-300mm lens, I would have had close to zero photos of any animals. Because we were in Namibia in the rainy season (more on that below), the animals at Etosha were hiding in dense grass and hard to spot, so it was rare for us to get up close to them.

If you’re going to Namibia and will be hitting up Etosha while you’re there, make sure you’ve got a decent zoom lens for the trip.

Lauren in Kolmanskop

Get Yourself Some Excellent Travel Insurance

You know I’ll always yell at you if you’re dumb enough to skip out on travel insurance , but in Namibia, it’s an essential.

Why? Because Namibia has the highest car-accident death rate in the world, with 45 people killed on the road for every 100,000 citizens. On top of that, malaria hangs out in the northern parts of the country, and there are several other awful-sounding tropical diseases you definitely don’t want to contract. 

Travel insurance  will cover you if your flight is cancelled and you need to book a new one, if your luggage gets lost and you need to replace your belongings, if you suddenly get struck down by appendicitis and have to be hospitalised, or discover a family member has died and you need to get home immediately. If you fall seriously ill, your insurance will cover the costs to fly you home to receive medical treatment.

I use  SafetyWing  as my travel insurance provider, and recommend them for trips to Namibia. Firstly, they’re one of the few companies out there who will actually cover you if you contract COVID-19. On top of that, they provide worldwide coverage, don’t require you to have a return ticket, and even allow you to buy coverage after you’ve left home. If you’re on a long-term trip, you can pay monthly instead of up-front, and can cancel at any time. Finally, they’re way cheaper than the competition, and have a clear, easy-to-understand pricing structure, which is always appreciated.

With SafetyWing, you’ll pay  $1.50 a day  for travel insurance.

On top of standard travel insurance, you’ll also want to make sure you get some of the best car insurance money can buy. Most tourists get a flat tyre in Namibia at some point at a minimum (we got one roughly an hour from the airport on our final day) and replacing them/repairing the rental car can be pricey. We rented our car through  rentalcars.com , bought their insurance, and they refunded us for all of our car disaster expenses in Namibia.

milky way in namibia

You’ll Never Have Seen This Many Stars Before

Namibia is home to some of the darkest skies in the world , and I couldn’t believe how magical the night sky was. With the exception of the cities we stayed in, we fell asleep every night with the Milky Way twinkling above our heads. And with the lack of light pollution in the country, you didn’t even need to wait for your eyes to adjust.

If you’re all about stars, this is one destination not to miss.

Solitaire Namibia

I Loved Visiting During the Low Season

Well, low-ish season. We hit up Namibia in March, which is typically the final month of the rainy season.

We experienced just one hour of rain and the rest of our trip was full of gloriously blue skies. There were fewer tourists, prices for accommodation were almost half what they’d be in high season, and the weather wasn’t bad at all. I highly recommend considering a shoulder-season visit because of this.

Surely there has to be a downside? Yep. We struggled to see anything at Etosha. There are thirty-odd waterholes inside the park and during the dry season, they usually look like this:

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Well, over three whole days of 12-hour drives, Dave and I saw literally nothing at any of the waterholes. Our waterholes looked like this:

Namibia Waterhole

We didn’t even see a bird.

The problem is: during the rainy season, there’s no reason for the animals to go to the waterholes because there’s water everywhere. And being on the tail end of that meant that instead we had to drive around in search of animals in the bushes. We didn’t come up empty handed, though: while we didn’t see a single elephant, we managed to see three black rhinos (super rare) and countless giraffes (my favourite animal).

It was funny, though, to have seen so many spectacular photos of Etosha before arriving, then to end up spending 90% of our time driving from deserted waterhole to deserted waterhole.

Dead Vlei Namibia

Have I Convinced You to Visit Yet?

I’m not exaggerating when I say travelling in Namibia is one of the best experiences of my life, and I can’t wait to start sharing every incredible minute of my time there. Next up: a detailed itinerary guide followed by dozens of stories to convince you to add Namibia to your bucket list! :-)

Have you been to Namibia before? Would you like to visit?

Related Articles on Namibia 💰 The Cost of Travel in Namibia: My Detailed Budget Breakdown 🦛 The Perfect First Day in Namibia 🐘 Desperately Seeking Elephants in Etosha National Park 🏜 Finding Paradise in Vingerklip: Africa’s Monument Valley 🦭 Seals, Swakopmund, and the Skeleton Coast 🥾 Climbing Big Daddy: An African Travel Highlight 🏚 Exploring Kolmanskop: Namibia’s Ghost Town in the Desert

Lauren Juliff

Lauren Juliff is a published author and travel expert who founded Never Ending Footsteps in 2011. She has spent over 12 years travelling the world, sharing in-depth advice from more than 100 countries across six continents. Lauren's travel advice has been featured in publications like the BBC, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Cosmopolitan, and her work is read by 200,000 readers each month. Her travel memoir can be found in bookstores across the planet.

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96 comments.

I have never heard a bad thing about Namibia, and though we haven’t hit Sub-Saharan Africa, it would definitely be atop our list – maybe alongside Botswana? And on top of all you’ve listed, I’ve also heard that they have some decent German beer there since it was a German colony for a while. Any truth to that rumor?

There was *amazing* beer in Namibia! I’ve heard Botswana is pretty expensive and really tough to visit independently, but it’s very high on my list nonetheless. I know you guys would definitely love Namibia though!

Windhoek Lager (best beer in Africa)

Have you convinced me? Actually you have, I would have never thought of visiting there but it looks super amazing and peaceful! It sort of reminds me of Arizona. It sounds like heaven compared to NYC where I am currently at!

-Rachel @ Backcountry Petite

Score! I actually commented several times to Dave that I felt as though we were driving through the U.S. Southwest a lot of the time.

Great post, Lauren! I love all your pictures – especially the one of the night sky and the doors with the sand. It looks SO different than the places I’ve visited in Africa (Uganda and Zanzibar) that I’m very intrigued.

I think you’d love Namibia, Ashley! It’s very different to the other African countries I’ve been to, as well — so arid and empty!

Wow your pictures are absolutely stunning! Namibia has been calling my name lately but as you said it’s so darn expensive. Hopefully one of these days I’ll save up enough to see it. Did you find the food expensive even at local restaurants?

The problem was there often wasn’t any local restaurants. You’ll stay at lodges where the nearest town is several hours away, so you usually have to eat where you’re staying. In Swakopmund and Luderitz, food was slightly cheaper at around $8-10 per meal.

Wow Namibia looks wonderful! Thanks for writing this complete guide. Good to know it is safe. x

It really is the perfect introduction to travel in Africa :-)

Yep! I’m convinced! All I knew of Namibia was the rockin’ sand dunes. But with all this extra awesomeness (aside from the lodging prices) sound right up my alley! What city do you fly into?

I’ve heard of Namibia before, I’m surprised so many others haven’t. It looks wonderful! You have 100% convinced me!

I was there in march and I loved it. I highly recommend it to every one. It’s very safe!

Best regards!

Glad to hear you enjoyed it as well, Rui! :-)

You have definitely convinced me to go to Namibia. I had never thought of it before, but I think I will have to look into a bit now. Look forward to reading more posts about your trip.

I’m so happy to hear that! It’s definitely worth the visit :-)

I enjoyed the read! Amazing photos. Thanks for the tips <3

Glad you enjoyed it, Nadia!

I’ve been to Namibia on honey moon in 1995. Afraid to go back and see it changed. Apart from the occasion, it has been the most fabulous trip I have made. Did you miss the Skeleton coast?

We saw a small part of it while we were driving down to Swakopmund. Managed to see one shipwreck on the beach, but didn’t have enough time to get anywhere else. I would be interested to know if it has changed — it didn’t feel like the type of place that was changing quickly, but that’s totally just me guessing!

Namibia was my first ever solo trip abroad (around 8 years ago) and it was incredible. Yes the driving days are long but it is definitely worth it. The landscapes and hiking are fantastic, like nowhere else I’ve been, and the wildlife is so diverse. Other than South Africa I don’t know what country you can see penguins at one end and all the traditional safari animals at the other end. Looking forward to reading more posts to relive my trip/see how it’s changed.

Totally agree with you, Laura! I was surprised by how diverse the landscapes and wildlife were, and how empty the country the feels.

Looks and sounds like a great trip. Thanks!

It was amazing :-)

Wow, it really looks amazing. Must have been an incredible experience visiting the country.

As I said, the best trip I’ve ever taken. I loved every second I spent in the country :-)

I have to say Namibia looks amazing – it’s never particularly been on my radar, but it definitely is now! Looking forward to more posts on your time there. :)

I’m so happy to hear that, Clazz! It’s one of the coolest countries I’ve ever been to.

And great for children too. The number of ‘cute’ animals identified for airlifting to a proposed zoo in our back garden was extensive! Animals are everywhere: on the beach, by the side of the road, wandering around your lodge or tent. The whole family loved every bit of the holiday.

Ooh, I can imagine! I was filled with childlike excitement over every animal I spotted in Namibia.

I haven’t been before but you have me just about convinced! I’ve heard that the oysters from Namibia are something else as well.

Yes! Oh my god, I had the best oysters of my LIFE in Namibia!

Yep, I’m convinced! Everything looked amazing! Where did you flew from and how much did it cost you?

I flew from Portugal for $250 return with TAAG.

To be honest, this is the first time I’ve heard of Namibia. Probably because I’m from the other side of the globe.. or maybe I need to travel more! Nevertheless, thank you for this post! Very inspiring!

Well, you’re definitely not alone! But hopefully it convinced you to try to make it there one day :-)

Awesome photography. Thank you for sharing these amazing pictures and your experience in Namibia. I can’t wait to visit.

This place looks so stunning. I am one of those who had never heard of Namibia…..glad you shared this post. Thanks!

Glad you enjoyed it, Alex!

Namibia is terrific. I have been there only once but I still remember its beauty…yes it does gives you a lot of pocket pinch but then it’s worth it.

100% worth it!

I’m really excited to delve into the rest of your blog posts about Namibia. I have to confess I knew nothing about it before you visited but it looks like such an incredible country. Loved this introduction into what it’s like the travel there.

Happy to hear you enjoyed the post! Namibia is so underrated!

Namibia has been on my bucket list since I first set foot in Africa, After seeing your images and reading your blog I need to get there! Perhaps it will be the destination booked when I visit Africa again rather than the Safaris I did in 2010 or the Gorilla trekking in Rwanda! Great post!

I highly recommend it! :-)

Good to know, where would you suggest other than sousevlei and kolmanscop?

Walvis Bay, Vingerklip, and Etosha!

Honestly I don’t think it’s that expensive in the grand scheme of things. Sure, it’s not backpacking on a tight budget, but the prices aren’t that bad compared to the rest of the world. And if you compare what you get for the money with what you’d pay in somewhere like Australia, it seems like you definitely got your moneys worth.

That’s true. I guess the only problem is that there isn’t a super easy way to visit on a budget without missing out on a ton of awesome stuff. Most countries around the world will have hostels in most destinations. In Namibia, there isn’t really that option if you want to get outside of the cities and towns. But I agree: if you usually spend this amount of money in other countries as you travel, you’d feel as though you got a lot for your money in Namibia.

If Namibia is ‘Africa for beginners’, as is often said, what a wonderful place to start. Stunning photos, especially the view from the Sesriem Desert Camp. It’s perfect.

Absolutely! It was so easy to visit, and probably my favourite country I’ve now been to in Africa.

Fantastic post about a country I don’t know a lot about. Do they have a dress code in Namibia at all? Do women have to cover up while travelling in the country?

Not really. I would cover up my shoulders sometimes, but usually wandered around in a t-shirt and shorts. Almost all of the tourists I saw in the country were wearing shorts and t-shirts.

Wow it does sound amazing, how many days was this trip? My hubby turns 60 in October, after much nagging he has chosen Namibia.

Great decision! We spent 12 days in the country. Ovita for 1 night – Etosha for three nights – Vingerklip for a night – Swakopmund for 3 nights – Betta Camp for 1 night – Sesriem for 1 night – Luderitz for 1 night – Maltahohe for 1 night – drive to Windhoek and out!

Dear Lauren I am a Namibian, who often enjoys reading visitor’s blogs about my beloved country. It is always interesting to see Namibia through the eyes of other’s…..your photos and posts have been great fun to read. Thanks for the free advertisement……..might I add, Namibia is quite clean, it helps to have a small population density. Nonetheless, we do take pride in keeping it clean, hope you noticed that! Enjoy your travels, hope you make your way back here for an extended journey and with many other wide-eyed visitors in tow! P.S. the dust gets to me too!!! Regards Indileni

Yes, I definitely noticed that! I’m so glad to hear you’ve been enjoying my posts — it’s been a fun country to write about :-)

Hi! Looks like it was a great trip to Namibia. In search of things about this country I found your article. I am interested to go this year there. Can you tell me if you took pills for malaria or vaccine for yellow fever. Thank you

I took malaria pills for my time in Etosha. No yellow fever vaccine — they don’t have it in Namibia.

Hi Lauren, I’m currently finding out as much as I can about Namibia from books and the net, which is where I stumbled on your blog, which I’ve got to say, is excellent. I’d really like to hire a car and go camping, probably with a roof top tent, and only in campsites. My main concern is waking up in the middle of the night, wandering out to go to the toilet and having a close encounter with wild animals. Any advice? Thanks, Tony

It’s not my area of expertise, as I didn’t camp when I was in Namibia, but I’d imagine that you’d be okay in campsites. The animals are very spread out across the country, so it was extremely rare to see them while we were staying anywhere.

Your pictures are so amazing that I want to cry. This is on my list of possibilities for next summer. Thanks for the information!

Ah, thank you! It was easy to take great photos of such a beautiful country :-)

Thanks for a great blog series on Namibia! Great information and very helpful. I’m planning on doing a big road trip in the fall of 2018 and am really looking forward to it!

Sweet! You’ll have an amazing time, Rand :-)

I would like to drive myself through Namibia as I like the independence. However, I know nothing about mechanics and shamefully I’ve never been able to change a flat tire (I’ve tried but I’ve never had the strength to get the bolts off.). So is a tour package the only way to go for me?

You could look into hiring a guide to drive you. That’ll be cheaper than a tour and then you won’t have to worry about tackling the bad roads yourself.

Greetings for Oranjemund,Namibia Lauren,

Thanks so much for highlighting our beautiful country, I see you made Luderitz. Next visit head down to the deep South , Oranjemund was a forbidden town since 1936 due to the vast diamond deposits and only opened to the public towards the end of 2017. We walk amongst the Gemsboks in our streets down here. On the way to the beach last night, I had to stop and shout out the window at all the wild springboks hogging the road. They did not even scatter, but rather stood there giving me the evil eye…. Anyhow, Next time if you make it down here, give us a shout! Thanks again.

Ooooh, I would love to go! Sounds amazing :-)

Awesome read! Namibia is really one of the those countries people don’t seem to know about unless they’ve travelled to Southern Africa, or actually come from the area, like myself. ;) Well, South Africa, but I spent a good few years in that amazing country. Atleast South Africa gives you an idea of where it is directly in the name!

The endless nothingness on the roads is amazing, especially when you drive for hours without seeing a soul.

The amount of wildlife is another incredible thing about Namibia, unfortunate time to travel there in March, whilst you got to experience Nam at its greenest (or there abouts), the animals had plenty of watering holes to choose from, which is a pain when you want to see them ;)

For travelling during the low season, guided tours really are worth it, as the guides all communicate with one another and give each other live information about animal sightings etc. They can be rather pricey though :/

For anyone making a short trip, Erindi Private Game Reserve is a good stop, especially during the low season, the park is one of the largest privately owned reserves, but it is also tiny compared to Etosha, with a lot of the animals you could see in Etosha, the guides are very informed and make a real effort to get you to the animals you want to see (and the tours aren’t too expensive), it’s probably the most worthwhile 1 or 2 nights stay for anyone looking into some wildlife during the low season.

Otherwise, October/November is probably the best time to visit Etosha.

So I think the real question is, when are you visiting again? ;)

Amazing! Thank you so much for sharing! I’d love to get back within the next couple of years — especially because I need to have a better Etosha experience!

Awesome pictures that reminds me of my journey to Namibia although it’s been almost 6 years meanwhile… would go there again any time.

I’ve also published some of my black & white pictures in a Blurb photo book.

Maybe that would be an option for you as well? :)

For all the would-be tourists out there: I am a Namibian and love my country with all my heart! The reasons for my addiction to Namibia`s wild open spaces, spectacular scenery and incredible wildlife are numerous, but the ones standing out for me is the silence (you hear yourself breathe), the fact that you can stop anywhere alongside the road for a cuppa or to pitch your tent without fear of any danger (be it human or nature) and above all….the solitude! Take your 4×4 for an excursion into Damaraland and the Kaokoveld and have your soul completely rejuvenated! The friendly and helpful locals are just the icing on the cake – Namibia for ever. Hope to host you guys soon in our beatyfull paradise – so peacefull, quiet and serene.

Thank you for this post, Lauren! My grandparents lived in Namibia and I was lucky enough to visit them when I was 16. We stayed for 2 months and did a little bit of traveling. Now, 20 years later, I’ve been dreaming of a trip to Namibia with my 14 & 15 yr old daughters and decided to do a little research to see if it was still as empty and beautiful as I remember… From your post it looks like it’s still the perfect place to visit and I’m looking forward to planning a visit next summer. Thanks again.

I just came back from South Africa and that has made me want to visit Namibia. Your blog has now convinced me, although it seems like the dry season is best for animals. What’s the best way to get to Namibia? Is it best to fly to Cape Town and then catch a flight to Windhoek?

Either that or via Angola with TAAG Angola Air — they have some seriously cheap flight deals from Lisbon.

So glad to have come across this overview…

I nabbed a cheap ticket to Cape Town for May of 2019 and am planning on a 3-week Namibia road trip as the focus of my visit.

Looking forward to digging into the accompanying posts soon!

You’re going to have the best trip ever, Chris! Namibia is one of my favourite countries in the world :-)

I recall learning about the Welwitschia plant of Namibia while in school. Recently, an opportunity to travel to Namibia came up and I actually might be able to visit this intriguing country. This post got me even more excited. And the photos are crazy beautiful. thank you!

Oh, wow! I hope you do get to visit, Misael! It’s such a beautiful country :-)

I’m a bit worried that we haven’t booked enough in between stops for our upcoming trip! I have only allowed one day to get from Walvis Bay to Sesriem and one day between all our other destinations. Hopefully our experience of travelling in the Australian outback will help us in Namibia – we have driven over 1,000 sand dunes in our Simpson Desert and tackled corrugated roads like the Gibb River in the Kimberley. We have hired a 4×4 and will be camping – my only fear is meeting a lion in the shower when we do a side trip to Rooiputs in Botswana. I might just use baby wipes for those 2 days!

I have just come across this blog – and just WOW! Namibia looks amazing and the thorough description and itinerary is superb. I’ve recently watched Romesh Ranganathan’s Misadventures where he went to Ethiopia which is another astounding yet non touristic place that people would not think of visiting. I have travelled around the majority of Morocco in a 4×4 over a month and that wasn’t enough time. I’ve travelled all around Australia and NZ over a year – in the outback, NT and WA which have some similarities in terms of plenty of driving and not seeing anyone else for miles and plenty of unsealed road. Both in Aus and Morocco we didn’t seem to have problems with flat tyres but we were deflating / inflating when appropriate. Crazy how you did the trip in a Toyota Corolla.

Sorry for waffling on, I get excited with planning new trips – especially when you say you only need 2 weeks! Anyway just a few questions if you still remember from your time there – How much did you roughly spend during the two weeks, excluding flights, travel insurance, vaccinations. Although these details would be handy to know. – What was the heat like, was it still cool (ish) after rainy season? And were there places to buy / stock up on bottled water or did you kind of need to ration to make it to the next lodge or gas station. – What was the price of gas roughly? – Apart from flat tyres, did you have any major problems or was there anything you were worried out before you went or whilst you were travelling through the country – malaria, insects, the heat etc?

Maybe I need to check out your travel anxiety course again and stop asking questions and just dive right in. It’s been almost a year since I got back from Aus, so I’m gagging to travel properly again but still anxious about Africa. Thank you!

Your website/blog is a true gift. I stumbled on it while planning my trip to hike Hadrians wall and went exploring to see if you had been to Namibia. BINGO. You have an itinerary and everything I need to know for both trips. I can’t tell you how excited and fortunate I feel to have found this site. Thank you!!!

Hi Lauren…We are starting our “Journey Down That Path” yearlong family trip around the world July 1st. Our first month we are renting a 4×4 and touring Namibia.. It’s been on my bucket list since I gave up an opportunity to do Peace Corps work there in the early 90s. We can’t wait to experience all these sites. Thanks for your inspiration!

Hi Lauren. We are travelling to Namibia for the first time in October. I’m just wondering about travel injections. We will be getting Typhoid, Hepatitis A and advised to take Malarone anti malaria tablets as we are visiting Etosha National Park and staying outside of it at El Dorado Guest Farm. Is it necessary to get the rabies vaccine? There are a lot of dogs at this farm. Maybe I’m just being over cautious. Any advice would be greatly appreciated for first timers. Itinerary is arrive in Windhoek, drive to El Dorado Guest Farm in the morning, spend two nights there and then head southwards. Many thanks

I wouldn’t bother with the rabies vaccine. It’s highly unlikely you’ll even be bitten by a dog, and I can’t imagine the owners would be keeping rabid dogs on their property, either! You can tell when a dog has rabies, so the owners wouldn’t just let them hang around their other animals and endanger them and themselves :-)

I don’t see how you would get bitten because I doubt anyone would allow wild dogs roam free on commercial property. You would be fine, don’t just overthink it.

Great tips! In retrospect, would you have splurged on a bigger car better suited for the roads, are was the struggle with the bad roads in your little car worth it? And did you get any flats or have other car troubles?

There are definite pros and cons for each option. If we’d had a bigger car, there’d have been a greater chance of it rolling on the bad roads, for example, and they can be much more expensive to rent while also using more fuel. We really didn’t have too many problems with our car, so would stick with what we drove. We had one flat tyre, right at the end of our trip (on the first bit of paved road we’d had in a fortnight, haha), but it was no big deal. A local actually pulled over within two minutes of us stopping and changed the tyre for us!

If you don’t have much experience on gravel roads, maybe go for the 4WD option, but we didn’t really have any major problems with our Corolla. And the rental cars are definitely well-equipped for any flats you might have, with a spare tyre and a jack.

It just looks like the most beautiful country in the world! I can see why you loved it so much. I bet they’re probably doing ok with COVID with their population all spread out!

I spent 4 months in this beautiful country; 25 years ago. I would highly recommend Waterberg plateau, you would struggle to find a more stunning place on the planet. I will never ever forget this country, I have travelled around the world and visited some fantastic countries, and I can say without a shadow of a doubt, Namibia is by far the country that I will never forget. The stars, the sunset and sunrise, the scenery and the tranquility are my cherished memories.

Namibia has been on my wishlist for several years. You don’t mention renting the jeeps with tents attached. Are you familiar with this option?

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11 of the best places to visit in Namibia

Mary Fitzpatrick

Oct 23, 2023 • 7 min read

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Experience the best of Namibia with these unmissable places © maydays / Getty Images

Namibia is a land of superlatives and contrasts.

It's home to Africa’s largest canyon, its oldest desert and some of its highest dunes. It has a 1,500km (932mi) coastline and a network of languid waterways, yet it is one of Africa’s driest countries. Sun-baked tracts of desert are nourished by fog that rolls in from the icy Atlantic, enabling seemingly empty expanses to support a variety of mega- and microfauna.

Exploring Namibia is a delight, thanks to its good infrastructure and well-developed tourism industry. For a taste of the country's highlights, here are the best places to visit.

Two rhinos standing in grassland

1. Etosha National Park

Best safari destination

Etosha is Namibia’s safari destination, famed for large herds of zebras, wildebeests, impalas and other wildlife that gather around its many water holes during the dry season , as well as the huge flocks of flamingoes that make their way to Etosha pan for breeding during the rainy season. Etosha is also notable for being home to one of Africa’s largest populations of the critically endangered black rhino. One of the best places to spot these is the floodlit water hole at Okakuejo.

Planning tip: Etosha is ideally set up for self-drive exploration , with a well-spaced network of camps and a good road network.

2. Skeleton Coast National Park

Best place for solitude and desolate, raw beauty

Stretching 500km (310mi) along Namibia’s northwestern shoreline is Skeleton Coast National Park , splendid in its desolation with barren, wave-pounded sands that were once littered with the bones of whales, seals and hapless humans.

Permits are required for exploring the park’s northern section, although you can get a good feel for the area in the lower portion between the Ugab River entrance and the fishing outpost of Terrace Bay. The exception to this is the December–January high season, when it is a favored destination for anglers.

A young man sandboarding in the desert

3. Swakopmund

Best spot for adrenaline activities

Dune boarding, skydiving and surfing are just some of the many activities that are possible in Namibia’s adventure capital of Swakopmund . With its chill vibe, German-influenced architecture, array of adventure sport operators and good range of restaurants and accommodations, the town has become a favorite stop on the Namibian travel circuit.

Just 35km south is Walvis Bay , known for its flamingoes and wetlands, and the nearby 383m-high (1,256ft) Dune 7, Namibia’s highest. Further along, don’t miss Sandwich Harbour  with its bird-filled lagoon dramatically set against a backdrop of towering sand dunes.

Distances between attractions along the central coast aren’t too prohibitive. Even if you have time for just a week here, you’ll be able to get a good introduction to many of Namibia’s highlights.

Detour: Don’t miss at least a day excursion from Swakopmund north to Cape Cross seal reserve , where you can see, hear and smell thousands of Cape Fur seals as they lounge on the beach and frolic in the waves.

4. Damaraland

Best region for desert-adapted wildlife

Damaraland , nestled between Etosha National Park and the coast, is a hauntingly beautiful region where desert-adapted elephants and lions roam amidst craggy rock formations, along dry riverbeds and past gnarled welwitschia mirabilis. It’s also the site of one of Africa’s most extensive collections of rock art, at Twyfelfontein , with more than 2,500 engravings.

Detour: There’s also a wealth of rock art at Brandberg , or "fire mountain", several hours' drive to the south. Watch the sun set against the red rocks to see how it got its name.

Springbok passing in front of a red dune in Sossusvlei

5. Sossusvlei

Best place for photography

In the heart of the Namib Desert is the tiny enclave of Sesriem, gateway to the stunning dune panoramas around Sossusvlei and nearby Deadvlei . These pans are among Namibia’s most iconic sights and a photographer’s paradise with the sharp lines of the surrounding ochre dunes standing in stark contrast to the clear blue skies. Nearby are some lovely desert lodges, and not far away is NamibRand Nature Reserve , a designated dark sky reserve.

Planning tip: Overnighting at Sesriem campsite, inside the main park gate or at one of the lodges inside the park, allows you to get a jump start on your explorations and climb Big Daddy or the nearby Dune 45 while the sun is still relatively low in the sky. For another perspective on this otherworldly landscape, try a sunrise hot-air balloon safari.

6. Lüderitz

Best place for coastal birds and wildlife

Lüderitz , the largest population center in southwestern Namibia, has a completely incongruous setting, sandwiched between sea and desert. Its busy port and single paved-access road contrast with early 20th-century German-style architecture, giving the town a time-warped, end-of-the-road feeling.

About 20km (12.5 miles) west of Lüderitz around the bay is Diaz Point, a rocky, wind-buffeted outcrop known for its seabirds and seals. Southeast of Lüderitz is the old ghost town of Kolmanskop , a mining settlement that is slowly being taken over by the desert. 

Detour: Stretching south from Lüderitz are the empty expanses of Tsau //Khaeb (Sperrgebiet) National Park . This former diamond-mining zone is a biodiversity hot spot with a diverse array of succulents. Day excursions can be organized in Lüderitz. On the park’s eastern edge, near the small town of Aus, watch for survivors of the area’s once-large population of wild horses.

People paddle along in kayaks on a river with large rocky peaks in the surrounding landscape

7. Southern Namibia

Best destination for a river adventure

The Orange River, which forms Namibia’s border with South Africa, is all about multi-day canoe adventures where you paddle by day, camp under the stars and spend languid afternoons relaxing on the riverbank. The vineyard-fringed border town of Noordoewer is a popular base.

Combine four or five days on the river with a visit to Fish River Canyon and |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park . A handful of viewpoints let you glimpse the canyon’s massive scale.

Planning tip:  Fancy a challenge? In the cooler months, put on your hiking boots for an unforgettable 85km (53mi) hike through the canyon’s interior, finishing at the relaxing |Ai-|Ais hot springs.

8. Kunene Region (Kaokoland)

Best place for remoteness

In Namibia’s far northwestern corner is the remote and seldom visited Kunene region, with its isolated valleys, empty scrublands, mountains and desert. It is home to the semi-nomadic Himba people, known for their traditional lifestyle and red ochre skin cream. You’ll have many opportunities here to get to know them and learn about their culture.

Kunene is fringed to the north by the sandbanks and waterways of the Kunene River delta. East of here, the winding Kunene River, which forms Namibia’s border with Angola , flows past pretty Epupa Falls and some lovely riverside lodges. 

Planning tip: Kunene is high adventure country. Fully equipped 4WD excursions and fly-in tours are the main ways of exploring the region’s remote expanses.

A hippopotamus standing on a riverbank with birds resting on its back looks at the river with flowers floating in the water

9. Zambezi Region (Caprivi Strip)

Best destination for water-based wildlife watching

Northeastern Namibia is miles away from Windhoek and much of the rest of the country, both in distance and in feel, its languid waterways offering a complete contrast to the arid desertscapes more prevalent in the south. Home to Bwabwata National Park , the far northeast is ideal for a detour if you’re combining travel in Namibia with visits to Zambia and Victoria Falls .

Enjoy the night-time symphonies of chirping and river noises and the area’s relaxed lodges and campgrounds while listening to hippos and watching elephants spraying water over themselves along the riverbanks.

10. Northern Namibia

Best place for getting to know local culture

Densely populated northern Namibia is the cultural heartland of the Owambo, Namibia’s largest ethnic group. Learn about local culture around Ondwangwa, visit the moving memorial marking the birthplace of Namibian independence at Omugulugwombashe, hunt up local festivals such as oshituti shomagongo (marula fruit festival) and sample some omagungu (mopane worms) and omboga (greens) at one of the region’s many small eateries.

11. Windhoek

Best place to delve into Namibia’s history

No visit to Namibia is complete without at least a brief stop in the country’s lively capital . Perched atop an inland plateau at about 1,700m (5,577ft), Windhoek is one of the world’s highest capital cities. It is also Namibia’s main urban hub and the best place in the country to buy crafts and to stock up before setting off to explore.

Detour: Surrounding Windhoek between 1,700m (5,577ft) and 2,000m (6,562ft) in altitude are the Khomas Highlands with cloud-free skies, open grasslands and rolling peaks. Check out the local wildlife at tiny Daan Viljoen park on Windhoek’s western edge or Na’ankuse Wildlife Sanctuary to the east.

This article was first published September 2022 and updated October 2023

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Namibia's president Geingob to travel to US for cancer treatment

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WINDHOEK (Reuters) - Namibia's President Hage Geingob will travel to the United States on Wednesday to undergo cancer treatment, the presidency has announced.

A regular medical check-up earlier this month revealed the 82-year old head of state had cancer, his office said last week, without giving details about his condition.

The president has accepted an offer by scientists and medical professionals in Los Angeles, California, to undergo novel therapy to deal with the cancerous cells, the presidency said in a statement on Wednesday.

As prime minister in 2014, Geingob told the public that he had survived prostate cancer. He became president the following year.

Vice President Nangolo Mumba would take over presidential duties until Geingob's return on Feb. 2, his office added.

The southern African country is due to hold presidential and parliamentary elections at the end of 2024.

(Reporting by Nyasha Nyaungwa, Writing by Bhargav Acharya; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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Namibia's president Geingob to travel to US for cancer treatment

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WINDHOEK - Namibia's President Hage Geingob will travel to the United States on Wednesday to undergo cancer treatment, the presidency has announced.

A regular medical check-up earlier this month revealed the 82-year old head of state had cancer, his office said last week, without giving details about his condition.

The president has accepted an offer by scientists and medical professionals in Los Angeles, California, to undergo novel therapy to deal with the cancerous cells, the presidency said in a statement on Wednesday.

As prime minister in 2014, Geingob told the public that he had survived prostate cancer. He became president the following year.

Vice President Nangolo Mumba would take over presidential duties until Geingob's return on Feb. 2, his office added.

The southern African country is due to hold presidential and parliamentary elections at the end of 2024. REUTERS

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Beautiful Himba woman, Namibia | Peter Walton

Namibia is an incredible destination that offers dramatic landscapes, stunning wildlife, diverse cultures and seemingly endless space to move around in. With its lonely deserts and spectacular sand dunes, rugged mountains and fertile valleys, immense canyons and windswept coastline, Namibia is without question one of the most photogenic places on Earth.

See the unforgettable red sand dunes of Sossusvlei, where you can hike to the top of Dune 45 to catch one of the world's most photographed sunrises over the breathtaking landscapes of the Namib Desert.

Get close to Africa's iconic wildlife with a game drive through the magnificent Etosha National Park and meet the cheetahs being rehabilitated through the Africat conservation program.

Hike through dramatic scenery in the vast Fish River Canyon, cycle through the rugged valleys and dry river courses of the Aus Mountains and engage with local culture and custom by visiting traditional tribal villages.

Visit the eerie sandblown ghost town of Kolmanskop, explore German colonial architecture in the charming town of Lüderitz, and see one of the world's largest collections of Stone Age artworks at Twyfelfontein.

Then head for the stark beauty of the Skeleton Coast, where you can marvel at the famous Walvis Bay flamingos, see the world's largest seal colony at Cape Cross and feast on seafood in Swakopmund. Whatever you do, just don't leave your camera at home!

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Namibia highlights.

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Visit Etosha National Park

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Scale the massive Sossusvlei sand dunes

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Support the Africat Foundation

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Admire Fish River Canyon

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Experience the Skeleton Coast

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Visit a Himba village

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Our all inclusive approach

Our range of Namibia adventures offer phenomenal value for money by providing top quality service, atmospheric accommodation and private vehicles. Additionally, we aim to incorporate as many inclusions as possible in the tour cost such as most meals, transfers, game drives, excursions and national park fees.

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Authentic experiences

Namibia is a vast country with wide open spaces and long driving distances, which is why we have carefully designed our itineraries around the best wilderness areas and the most scenic landscapes. From watching the sunrise over the Sossusvlei sand dunes to spotting wildlife in Etosha and discovering the multitude of cultures and customs, our adventures allow you to experience this diverse country in its most beautiful form.

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Choice of accommodations

We offer a range of adventures in Namibia to suit various budgets and interests. If you are looking for a little extra luxury, check out our 'In Comfort' range of trips which feature some high quality boutique accommodations.

Custom built, reliable transport

Trained drivers and well maintained vehicles, which are purpose built for our safaris, are what you can expect when on the lookout for Africa’s Big 5 game animals. Safari transport is designed with wildlife viewing in mind, providing unobstructed views and in most cases forward facing seats and air-conditioning.

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Experienced local guides

Our expert guides are the real key to our success. From spotting wildlife to sharing their extensive knowledge, our passionate and attentive guides take pride in going the extra mile to make your Namibia experience unforgettable.

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Leaders in responsible travel

Responsible travel practice is at the heart of our Namibia programs. Our adventures provide a true wilderness experience by viewing wildlife in their natural habitat and supporting the protection of diverse environments, endangered species and local communities.

Guide training

Guides receive annual training on their responsibilities in relation to environmental, social, cultural and economic sustainability.

Animal welfare focus

We adhere to our Animal Welfare Code of Conduct in Namibia. We strongly discourage contact with lions through lion cub petting and walking with lion activities, as well as elephant back rides.

Traveller education

Upon arrival, our group briefing educations travellers on appropriate behaviours when interacting with local indigenous people, specifically in regards to dress code, photographic protocol and donations.

Safari lodges

In game parks, national parks and rural locations we use 3 to 4 star comfortable properties that reflect the character of the area. Some may have extra facilities such as a swimming pool or private balcony.

Permanent safari camps

Like a tented hotel room, this is the perfect way to experience the African wilderness. We use 3 to 4 star comfortable properties that reflect the character of the area.

We offer two styles of camping; fully supported and semi-participation. Both styles feature quality two person tents erected in scenic wilderness.

In cities or large towns you will be accommodated in 3 to 4 star, twin share properties that are centrally located, comfortable and reliable.

Chalets/guesthouses

We use quality 2 to 3 star chalets or guesthouses. They can be rustic; however we ensure that they provide a comfortable and friendly experience.

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George Griffiths

George first started working as a guide in Namibia in 2006 and soon became a very much loved guide. His bright and friendly personality plus his years of experience make George a sought after guide, and his ability to speak many of the local languages opens up doors when you travel with him.

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Kembo Sithole

Starting life as a bank teller in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Kembo saw the light and began his safari career in Hwange National Park in 1998. Since then he has grown to become one of our most popular Southern African guides. He has vast knowledge of fauna and flora and this with his excellent manner with people ensures he brings that something extra to our guests' safari experience.

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Ian Williams

Ian lives and breathes the bush and is known as the "Africa Guru". It would be a hard task to determine where Ian has not travelled in Africa over the past 40 years! He is a keen photographer and is passionate about all things African. His in-depth knowledge is integral to the itineraries he organises for our Africa private and school groups.

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Gesine (Gus) Cheung

From Cairo to the Cape and beyond, Gus' travels have taken her to the roof of Africa (Kilimanjaro), the 'Big 5' in South Africa, Tanzania's annual migration, Botswana's Okavango Delta, Rwanda's Mountain Gorillas, Namibia, Zanzibar's beaches, majestic Victoria Falls, Morocco, Turkey, Iran, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Oman and Jordan. Gus' usual mode of transport is her own two feet, so don't be surprised if you see her out on an African trail sometime.

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Dr Ross Anderson

Dr Anderson lives with his wife in a small town near the Lakes District in the north of England. He is a family doctor and spends much of his spare time travelling as an expedition doctor. He has more than 10 years of altitude and travel medicine experience. Previous treks and expeditions have focused on the Himalayas, with others in the Scandinavian Arctic and mountainous areas of Africa. He also enjoys trail running, cycling and open-water swimming.

A custom made itinerary is the ultimate way to see the world how YOU want. They are created especially for you, giving you complete freedom to choose what you want to see, where you want to go and when you want to do it. If you love our current itineraries but want to customise it privately as a couple, a group of friends, family, club, business or school, you have the freedom to add or remove as many elements as you like to suit the interests of your group. Alternatively, you can start with a blank canvas and create a new and exciting itinerary from scratch! Our well-travelled consultants can give you firsthand suggestions and eliminate any uncertainty with trip planning to ensure you maximise the quality of your experience and get truly off the beaten track. Simply email, phone or visit us to start planning your dream adventure.

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Get close to Africa’s iconic game animals in the magnificent Etosha National Park

See the stunning Sossusvlei and ancient red sand dunes in Namib-Naukluft Park

Hike through the vast Fish River Canyon, the 2nd biggest canyon in the world

Witness ancient history at Twyfelfontein, one of the world’s largest collections of Stone Age rock carvings and paintings

Explore the fertile wetlands and game reserves of the Caprivi Strip and Okavango River

Visit the eerie sandblown ghost town of Kolmanskop

Enjoy galleries, museums and festivals in the capital of Windhoek

Try sandboarding or sand-skiing in the Namib Desert dunes near Swakopmund or Walvis Bay

Soak up the sun, surf and adventure sports in pretty Swakopmund, Namibia’s most popular holiday spot

Gain insights into village life and support local communities with an organised cultural visit to a rural village

Wander around the German colonial and art nouveau architecture in the oddly charming coastal town of Lüderitz

Sample the country’s excellent wine & local produce, or take part in a braai (barbecue) if you’re lucky

Shop for colourful traditional arts and crafts

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Namibia can be thought of in three broad physiographic zones: the Namib Desert in the west, the central plateau, and the Kalahari Desert in the east.

The country’s climate can be thought of in three broad seasons: the long rains (January to April), the dry season (May to September) and the short rains (October to December).

Given the large amount of desert area, the country’s climate is, understandably, mostly hot and dry, with sparse and erratic rainfall. In some areas, daytime temperatures can soar to above 40°C (104°F) in summer and plummet below freezing in winter.

Rainfall is highest in the northeast, in the fertile Caprivi Strip and Okavango River regions, with the balance of the country receiving unreliable rainfalls and prolonged droughts.

The Kalahari Desert and the central plateau both experience wide diurnal temperature ranges, with daily swings of 30°C (50°F) in summer and 10° C (20°F). Central Namibia’s rainy season runs from January until mid-April, with the rainy season being a little longer in the north and shorter in the more arid south.

The drier months of June to October are the best months for wildlife viewing in national parks and game reserves, as animals are attracted en masse to water sources.

The Namib coastal desert is different to the remainder of the country in that it almost never rains, is often blanketed in coastal fogs, and is only ever really hot in winter when the east wind blows.

Time in Namibia

Namibia is +2 hours ahead of UTC/GMT

Afrikaans, German and English were Namibia’s three official languages during the apartheid years, but since independence the government has made English the sole official language. However, English is the primary home language of only around 3% of the population.

The most widely spoken languages are Ovambo (aka Oshiwambo, spoken by the majority of the total population); Khoekhoe (aka Nama); Afrikaans; Kwangali (aka RuKwangali); Herero (aka Otjiherero). Various indigenous Bantu and Khoisan languages are also spoken by minorities. Khoisan languages include 'clicks' which usually pose significant linguistic difficulties to English-speaking visitors. Khoekhoe (aka Nama) is one of the most widely spoken Khoisan languages, with a quarter of a million speakers in Namibia

Of the white minority, more than 60% speak Afrikaans as their primary language, with 32% speaking German as their first language

Many Namibians speak two or more indigenous languages and at least a little of two of the three European languages (English, German and Afrikaans)

Where as many black South Africans see Afrikaans negatively as ‘the language of apartheid’, Namibians see the language as an essential and useful means of communication, stemming back to the high number of marriages between Afrikaner and black Namibian couples. Today, Afrikaans is the closest thing to Namibia’s national lingua franca

Dollar (divided into cents)

The Namibian Dollar is tied permanently 1-1 to the South African Rand (SAR). SAR notes and coins are legal tender in Namibia.

Credit cards can be used in Windhoek but should not be relied upon as your only form of cash.

International Dialing Code

Type D plug

Electricity in Namibia is 220 Volts, at 50 hertz. The most common pin types are D (3 pin round) and M.

Visas for Namibia are not required for passport holders from the following countries for a stay of up to 90 days:-

New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

However you must hold a valid return/onward ticket.

All other nationalities should check with your nearest embassy or consulate.

Regulations are in place for people travelling with children to/from Namibia. Anyone who is a minor (less than 18 years) must produce a certified copy of their unabridged (original) birth certificate in addition to a valid passport.

If the child is not travelling with both parents named on their birth certificate a statutory declaration or affidavit must be given by the parent/s or legal guardian/s who are not accompanying the child, declaring that they give consent for the accompanying adult/s or legal guardian/s to travel with the child. This should be done and signed before a Justice of Peace. Other additional documents may also be required; for example – death certificate (if one parent is deceased); copies of their parents’/legal guardians’ passports or identity documents; contact details of the minor’s parents/legal guardians. If the new requirements are not met, then boarding can be denied by any airline flying to/from Namibia, or travellers may be turned back at the border. If this applies to you, please make enquiries with your respective Namibia consulate/mission to confirm, as the conditions frequently change. We can assist with contact details of the relevant authorities if required.

Your safety is our number one concern. Our safety track record is exemplary thanks to careful management and thorough consultation with local partners. Our industry leading risk management procedures have become a skill that we continue to refine. Our leaders in the field are highly trained and have safety as their number one priority. Expert leaders, risk assessments, quality inclusions and your financial security all come standard when you travel with us.

Please refer to our Travel Advisory page for updates on recent events, travel warnings and advice.

We strongly recommend that all clients take out travel insurance at the time of booking to cover against sickness, accident, loss of baggage, unexpected alterations to travel arrangements and travel disruption, emergency evacuation, cancellations, etc. Insurance information is enclosed with your pre-departure information. Please contact us if you would like to obtain a quote for your trip duration.

We suggest that you consult your doctor, local government inoculation centre or a travel medical specialist in order to get the most current advice regarding vaccination requirements.

Money and valuables should always be stored safely when travelling. Keep your passport with you at all times and do not leave it in your main luggage. You will need it to change money and check into hotels. Where safety deposit boxes are available, we recommend that you use them. Keep jewellery and valuables to a minimum.

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A Guide to Sustainable Safaris in Namibia

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Sustainable tourism is big business in Namibia. In this stark yet stunning part of the world, sand dunes are sacred, wildlife has the right of way, and vehicles that veer off the beaten track pose a danger to all – even the crusty surface of the semi-desert landscape . Namibia has dug deep to protect its outstanding natural heritage, making it easy for travellers to choose sustainable safari options.

Why go to namibia.

Remarkable natural attractions such as the Fish River Canyon, Etosha National Park, the Kalahari Desert, and the Namib Desert that runs the entire length of the country’s coastline, are just a few reasons to visit this unique country. Add a complex ecology, surprisingly large numbers of game, Germanic architecture, and Sossusvlei lake, one of the world’s most visited photographic destinations, and intrepid eco-travellers shouldn’t hesitate to pack their bags.

Etosha National Park , Namibia, +264 81 180 0016

Sossusvlei, Namibia

Fish River Canyon, Namibia

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Sleep soundly, tread lightly

While there are a good variety of lodges and guest houses in Namibia that offer eco-friendly accommodation , there are also those that have just put up a few solar panels and claim to have ‘gone green’. Sustainability is about much more than going off the grid, so do some research before booking a spot. Eco Awards Namibia is a good resource for environmentally conscious travellers, as its sustainable tourism certification programme promotes accommodation establishments and tour operators that utilise resources selectively and carefully, as well as actively adopt reducing, recycling and reusing.

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Choose a community-owned tourism project

It is unfortunate that many so-called cultural tours in Africa have become little more than a well-acted show with the aim of putting a big dent into innocent tourists’ wallets. Choosing a tour in a community-owned settlement located in a conservancy should negate this commercial money-making factor, and ensure a more genuine cultural encounter.

Visitor at a Himba village

The Himba of the Kunene region in northwest Namibia, and the Ju’/hoansi San in the northeast are both communal conservancies that are wholly owned by the indigenous tribes . Here, the local communities take full responsibility for the conservation and management of their land and wildlife in order to generate income for themselves through sustainable farming and tourism. By touring communities such as these, visitors can be assured they are directly supporting and compensating the local people. Try travel company Responsible Travel for tour ideas.

Cuddle a big cat?

While it may sound cute to cuddle a lion cub, visitors should ask themselves; ‘Is this really necessary?’ Private wildlife reserves and sanctuaries in Namibia all do an excellent job of protecting, rehabilitating and releasing big cats, and the country is renowned for its impressive conservation record. But where should the line be drawn between ethical and authentic and just anther great photo opportunity ?

A leopard with its kill

While some reserves have outlawed the handling of big cats, others still permit hands-on interaction, but visitors should always bear in mind that these creatures are wild animals , and not pets. At the end of the day, it’s a personal choice but consider organisations such as Africat. This centre rescues and rehabilitates big cats before setting them free in a protected reserve to hone their hunting skills and become self-sustaining. So instead of walking with a cheetah, visitors can track a radio-collared leopard as they are being prepared to be reintroduced into the wild.

Africat Foundation Day Visitors Centre, Okonjima Nature Reserve, Namibia

Never follow the road less travelled

In Namibia, with its age-old sand dunes and unique desert adapted animals, veering off the beaten path has several disadvantages – the first being a traveller’s safety. Many vehicles have met their fate after slamming into enormous potholes or meeting with an irate elephant – and there are plenty of mangle desert wrecks to prove this.

Abandoned car in Solitaire

Environmentally, the impact of tyre treads can also spell ecological disaster for the landscape. Tyres that lash into the crusty surface of the desert sand leave scars that will last for decades, while quad bikes and off-road vehicles can instantly destroy sensitive plant and animal life that live less than 10cm (4 inches) under the surface of the dunes. When booking a dune safari, stick to accredited companies such as the ones below that belong to the Quad-biking Association of Namibia and, first and foremost, protect and promote the environment in which they operate.

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Outback Orange, Swakopmund, Namibia

Dare Devil Adventures, B2 – Long Beach, Swakopmund, Namibia , +264 64 220 158

Desert Explorers Adventure Centre, Swakopmund, Namibia , +264 64 406 096

Dune 7 Adventures, Namibia , +264 81 626 1714

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Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.

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Pristine shores, abundant marine life, and an address that's fairly far-flung make this a unique luxury escape amongst a sea of competition.

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The Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

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Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

The overwater villas at the Park Hyatt Maldives

What’s the deal? The Maldives are a schlep, and nobody can deny that. This one takes even more effort. To get here you’ll need to transfer to a domestic flight that adds hours to your already egregious travel time, followed up by a 45-minute speed boat chaser. It’s no surprise that the staff at this 51-villa resort is used to guests exhibiting bleary eyes and a slack-jawed, dumbfounded droopiness upon arrival.

There are many dozen excessively nice resorts just outside the Malé airport, so why bother heading here? It’s simple—literally. The island’s pure, natural simplicity is without compare. Most of the Maldives’ islands are manufactured paradises; fantasies that never existed. They brought in that sand and they planted that palm. Not here. The Park Hyatt occupies an island where the trees pre-existed the resort; where the sand shifts with the tides as they always have. It’s authentic. More and more, that counts for something. It’s something their roster of repeat guests get. They’ve kept the resort afloat since it first opened in 2011—that’s like a century in Maldives years.

The Overwater Reef Residence at the Park Hyatt Maldives

Because it is the house at the end of the pier, it floats over the reef. Watch the little reef sharks twirl from the net hammocking on the wrap-around terrace. On both sides, steps descend into the transparent water for private snorkeling. Inside a number of glass peep holes allow you to spy on fish. There’s a huge private gym and even an outdoor hot tub, seemingly just because. It’s that kind of place.

Rates from $9,500.

The Rundown 

A turtle at the Park Hyatt Maldives

Does the resort have a standout perk? The ocean. The perk of arriving on this green spec in the middle of the Indian Ocean is that the reefs and sea life are remarkably rich, even by Maldives standards. Pray you get good weather and you’ll see huge numbers of tropical fish, turtles, and sharks (both the gentle reef variety that circle the dock, and massive schools of tigers a boat excursion out). No wonder it caters to experienced Maldives travelers, and particularly divers. The dive center is excellent here.

Did they greet you by name at check-in? Again and again. I was greeted at the airport, at the airport lounge, at the boat, and most spectacularly upon my arrival at the resort, where the whole staff was there to welcome me. But it doesn’t stop there. The staff here is observant and especially deft at making you feel special all day, every day.

Welcome drink ready and waiting when you arrived? (Bonus point if it wasn’t just fruit juice.) But of course. A virgin fruit cocktail was in my hand the second I stepped ashore. Thereafter, I was whisked to my room where Champagne awaited on ice. Check-ins (and check-outs) are simple and happen in the privacy of your villa.

A public space shaped like an inverted boat at the Park Hyatt Maldives.

Is the sheet thread count higher than 300? Bedding is important in a place guaranteed to induce jet lag. That’s why the linens are Park Hyatt branded but created by the British commercial bed and bath company Liddell. The bedding is nice, fluffy. The rooms (both over-water and nestled into the sandy shore) are generous, with a style that weaves colonial with contemporary.

Is there a heated floor in the bathroom? What about a bidet? The bathroom floors are indeed heated, but we aren’t sure that man is the responsible party. No bidet. Still, the bathrooms here are probably the average villa’s showpiece. The bathroom-area (as it should probably be called) extends into a sort of indoor-outdoor zen garden nearly the size of the room itself. Not only is there the de rigueur outdoor shower, but an outdoor bath to boot, laid within a spacious walled oasis. Fill it with cool water on a hot day and finish the Times crossword. We suppose it has more romantic functions as well.

Are the toiletries full sized? Yes. This (mostly) plastic free isle is all about eco-luxury and your full-size soaps, shampoos, and apres-shampooing are scented by Le Labo.

Is there a private pool for the room’s exclusive use?

A beach villa at the Park Hyatt Maldives

No matter where you stay, there’s a plunge pool just outside your door. They are however a tad on the shallow side. Still, on a hot day you’ll want to be in and out, over and over.

For even more healing head to the resort’s Vidhun Spa. It’s focused on Ayurvedic wellness. Get in touch before arrival to create a holistic battle plan for what ails you.

Is the restaurant worth its salt?

The Treehouse dining table at the Park Hyatt Maldives

Is there caviar on the room service menu? Not here—although if you really need a fat tin of Beluga, we are sure they could rustle that up given notice. Just relax. Order the club sandwich.

Do you want to spend Friday night in the lobby bar?

The bar at the Park Hyatt Maldives

The main bar area faces the pool and it is just fine (although it uses faux-leather, rather than cloth coasters: a cardinal sin in a hot country where drinks sweat). In fact, it would be semi-forgettable if it weren’t for Shubhankar, the capable and enthusiastic mixologist. With a passion for cocktails both classic and craft, chatting him up brings rewards. Ask for a milk punch.

Would you buy the hotel if you could? Hadahaa is a lovely little gem; a true paradise. But until science gives us the gift of teleportation, or until my address is say Dubai, rather than N.Y.C., I fear I would make little use of it.

The Verdict

The Overwater Reef Villa at the Par

This is one of the most understated and sophisticated islands in the Maldives. Nothing gaudy about it. There are no waterslides and no gimmicks. It’s for grown-up people with great taste, and if you dive you’ll be in heaven. Hell, it’s heaven even if you don’t. But the domestic transfer in Malé leaves much to be desired. The security is third-world excessive (beware if you fly with such normal medications as insulin), and the flight is uncomfortable even in the best seats. The speedboat doesn’t make a wonderful first impression either. I’ve been to remote African camps where the long arrival was easier and more humane. Luckily, it’s a well-known curiosity of the human mind that we soon forget unpleasantness once happier times are here. The Park Hyatt makes it very hard indeed to be unhappy.

Rates from $750

Score: 8.5 out of 10

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