Set your out-of-office reply, throw some clothes in a bag, dust off your passport, the adventure of a lifetime awaits you in Namibia. Whether it’s the big cats, game drives and wildlife encounters, the awe-inspiring scenery or the enchanting culture that has brought you to Namibia – you’re in for one heck of a holiday. For first-timers, safari in Etosha National Park is an absolute must. A salt pan so large you can see it from space, the park is also home to an incredible array of wildlife. Of course, no trip to Namibia would be complete without visiting the Namib Desert and exploring some of the highest dunes in the world in the Sossusvlei area. Watching the sun sink over the red-orange desert dunes is a worthy addition to your ultimate bucket list. After all of that climbing, you’ll be in need of a little rest. For that, head to Skeleton Coast, a once-treacherous stretch of coastline that’s now recognised as a place of beauty and tranquillity. If your idea of relaxation is a little less solitary and generally involves long lunches overlooking the water, Walvis Bay offers a cluster of restaurants and bars dotted along the esplanade. The area around Walvis Bay is also home to one of the largest flocks of flamingos in the whole of Southern Africa.
If you’re dreaming of an adventure that’s a little out of the ordinary, Namibia is it.
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Where to stay in Namibia
Where to stay in Namibia
Namibia offers a bounty of accommodation options in vastly different settings, from along the Skeleton Coast (named after the many shipwrecks in centuries past) to the modern capital city of Windhoek or the wilds of the Caprivi Strip. It really all depends on where you feel most at home.
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Namibia’s laid-back capital city is just the place for safari-goers to clean off the dust and stock up on travel essentials. If you’re wanting a boutique hotel with a stellar view, check yourself into the centrally located Hotel Thule. Looking to splurge? The ultra-luxurious Olive Exclusive should get you oohing and aahing.
Sandwiched between the desert and the ocean, Namibia’s adventure capital of Swakop offers a wide range of accommodation choices. Want to level up on luxury? Snap up a stay at the Strand Hotel. On a shoestring? Keep it low-key at Skeleton Beach Backpackers.
Etosha National Park
If you’re venturing into Namibia’s famous Etosha, known for its abundant wildlife, there are plenty of lodges and camps to try. Onguma Bush Camp remains a strong favourite, with its open-air lapa and game-rich waterhole. Parents take note: this camp is also child-friendly, should you want to bring the little ones along for the ride.
While Namibia’s iconic Skeleton Coast can be somewhat tough to reach, it’s not impossible. Hiring a 4x4 or taking a tour are good bets. And if you’ve got room in the budget, then there’s only one place to stay, and that’s Shipwreck Lodge. If you’re feeling the pinch but still desperate to experience ‘The land God made in anger’, bed down at Terrace Bay.
Frequently asked questions
We recommend packing a little bit of everything to withstand the African sun but don't forget sunscreen, wide brim hat, your best sunglasses & durable clothing!
Whether it’s the big cats, game drives and wildlife encounters, the awe-inspiring scenery or the enchanting culture that has brought you to Namibia – you’re in for one heck of a holiday.
Take advantage of less rainfall when you travel in the dry season: April to October. Less crowds and more chances to get a better seat on your game drive safaris.
No trip to Namibia would be complete without visiting the Namib Desert and exploring some of the highest dunes in the world in the Sossusvlei area.