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Namibia is a stunning country for maverick safari holiday seekers. If you are a free spirit seeking a really beautiful and perhaps a touch unorthodox safari, Namibia is the place. Many say Namibia is best suited to the second time safari-goer and we disagree. Africa is epic everywhere you turn and here in Namibia, one continually experiences jaw dropping moments. Isn’t that what you want first, second and indeed every time you go on safari or any holiday? Let’s get to the point – a Namibia wildlife safari is hugely rewarding as you are privileged to experience a diverse array of animal interactions in the heart of the country, on the coastline (marine life) and indeed in the far north Caprivi region. It makes quite an impressive circuit that you can access by air for ease or in 4×4 for a challenge.
Something less known about Namibia is that it’s in the top three destinations for stargazing in the world closely following Chile and Hawaii. With a mostly cloudless night sky particularly in dry winter months, minimal light and air pollution Namibia does have great star gazing conditions. A vast number of properties provide telescopes for guests and a basic introduction to astrology. It’s best to go remote to really savour the Namibian starry nights. We hope a Namibia holiday is high on your priority list for the wilderness and wildlife, adventure activities, remote luxury camps, Namibia safari lodges, empty and ancient land and fascinating cultures of the Himba and San Bushmen.
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Etosha National Park Top Five
The quintessential Namibia safari always features world famous Etosha National Park. Here’s why
- Affordable accommodation inside the park
- A decent range of affordable through to luxury offerings in private concessions surrounding the park with easy access into Etosha proper
- Famous for its waterhole wildlife viewing day and night (in camp)
- Traditional wildlife safari game drives where you enjoy landscapes and wildlife from the comfort of a 4×4. Impressive pans, overwhelming animal populations makes for great Namibia wildlife sightings from the cats and big mammals to endless plains game and birds
- Great road infrastructure so it’s ideal for Namibia self drive holidays, one of our specialties plus airstrips galore so we have our Namibia flying safari circuit too
Capri Strip Top Five
You may not have heard of the Caprivi before and you’ll be glad you considered it once you learn about its beauty. This sensationally remote region of Namibia is one of our favourite hidden safari secrets. Here’s why 1. Fantastic birding safaris whilst on foot, in 4×4 and on the water 2. The thrill of tiger fishing right on your door step 3. Traditional 4×4 wildlife safaris in four outstanding parks, Mudumu, Bwabwata, Mahango and Nkasa Lupala National Parks 4. Extremely remote and it puts inaccessibility into perspective 5. We get you there with private guide and even private pilot to reveal the beauty of the waterways and its impressive concentrations of game and prolific birdlife. Be quick though, this paradise will quickly emerge from obscurity and become more popular with mavericks seeking remote and authentic Namibia safari experiences.
Damaraland Safari Top Five
In the North East where many people ignore is a gem for our safari mavericks, ruggedly beautiful and hugely rewarding. Why? Not least for star gazing, you can also
- Track for elephant and rhino that go as they please thanks to no fences or boundaries. With large feet to walk on desert sand these animals have adapted to survive evidently in the desert!
- Climb Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain, also home to the famous ‘white lady’ bushman painting
- Explore UNESCO site Twyfelfontein, and nearby Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain for rocky outcrops, bushman art and beautiful scenery
- Explore a petrified forest literally millions of years old
- Visit a Himba tribe, fascinating cultural experience
Beyond Etosha National Park, a Namibia safari also offers guests the opportunity to track for the desert adapted elephant and rhino in arid areas where they have changed behaviours to survive. Both species can go for days without drinking water by surviving on moisture obtained from the vegetation they consume. Larger feet to walk on desert sand, smaller herd sizes thus less pressure on food and water sources are two of the evident adaptations. These creatures are not restricted by park boundaries or fences and wander as they please. Namibia birding safaris are hugely popular perhaps because there is a variety of habitats that attract 706 species. Endemic birds of Namibia number thirteen, eight of which are found in the Etosha region (and a total of 412 species in Etosha). Namibia is home to one of the smallest birds, the Scaly Feathered Finch to the heaviest flying bird, the Kori Bustard. The Namib Desert offers great opportunities to sight the rare endemics like the Herero Chat and Dune Lark whilst Sandwhich Harbour and Walvis Bay Lagoon are home to hundreds of species.
Did you know Namibia boasts a Marine Big Five? On the coastline you can see penguins and seals and head out into the waterways to see them in their natural habitat and even kayak alongside the seals. Namibia’s Marine Big Five includes whales – the humpback and southern right whales, dolphins – Benguela dolphins endemic to Southern Africa (plus if you’re lucky you may see bottlenose and dusky dolphins). What you won’t see is the mola mola or sunfish, perhaps one of the oceans strangest creatures. The last two members of the Marine Big Five are the leatherback turtle and Cape Fur Seals.
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