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Namibia

Wildlife holidays in Namibia

Tell me about Namibia …

Situated along Africa’s most inhospitable coastline, Namibia is a wild and spectacular country of desert landscapes and deep blue skies. It is a vast country: three times the size of its one-time colonist, Germany, yet with a population of less than two million!

The name Namib is a Hottentot word meaning ‘great plains’, epitomised by the magnificent Etosha Pan, whose amazing wildlife spectacles we have all seen so many times on television. To the east of Etosha lies the great Kalahari Desert, while to the west is the beautiful Namib Desert which stretches along the full length of the country’s coastline.

Namibia was colonised by Germany from 1894, and presents a German flavour and architecture in its towns even today. Modern Namibia still boasts the rich indigenous cultures of its tribes – the Bushmen, Himbas, Hereros, Ovambos and Damara.

Our Namibia specialist recommends...

"Our ‘Namibia’s Etosha Pan & Skeleton Coast’ tour is a wildlife safari on which we look for the birds and mammals of Namibia’s varied landscapes. Etosha Pan is a natural wonder and the beauty of the Namib Desert is indescribable."

Paul Stanbury
Operations Manager

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Desert adapted Elephant (Paul Stanbury)Damaraland (Paul Stanbury)Cape Fur Seals (Paul Stanbury)Entrance to the Skeleton Coast National Park (Paul Stanbury)An ancient Welwitschia Mirabilis (Paul Stanbury)A useful road sign (Paul Stanbury)Sociable Weaver nest (Paul Stanbury)Springbok (Paul Stanbury)Black Rhino and African Elephant (Neil Macleod)Brown-hooded Kingfisher (Neil Macleod)Burchell's Courser (Neil Macleod)Burchell's Zebra (Neil Macleod)Copperytailed Coucal (Neil Macleod)Goliath Heron (Neil Macleod)Half-collared Kingfisher (Neil Macleod)Kirk's Dikdik (Neil Macleod)

Whats special about its landscapes?

Namibia has some truly breathtaking scenery. Its landscapes are varied and full of contrasts, from towering brick red sand dunes (the tallest on Earth) & vast stretches of bushland to deep canyons, shimmering plains, high mountains & plateaux.

Along the Skeleton Coast the cold Benguela Current sweeps northward, transporting plankton-rich Antarctic waters into warm subtropical regions. This current has created the Namib Desert –the Benguelas low temperature prevents evaporation and assures an incredibly low rainfall in the region.

Whats special about its wildlife?

The Benguela Current limits the land-based flora and fauna, but its nutrient-packed waters are a haven for fish, seals and seabirds.

Namibias wildlife has suffered less at the hands of man than in most other African countries, and such endangered species as the Black Rhinoceros still retain a viable toehold.

It has a fabulous range of mammal and bird species, many of which are endemic. Its also home to some real biological curiosities such as the Welwitschia plant, found only in the Namib desert and which can reach 2,000 years old!

Naturetrek tours to Namibia

Naturetrek offers a range of tours to Namibia, each of which is specially tailored to include the very best of the countrys scenery and wildlife. Here’s a selection of what we offer:

  • Dunes of the Namib Naukluft Park
  • Seabirds of the Skeleton Coast
  • The table-top mountains of Damaraland
  • Huge herds of game in Etosha
  • Cape Fur Seals, African Penguins & Heavisides Dolphins off Walvis Bay

WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Namibia HOLIDAYS

Zul the leader was superb on the birds and helping people to recognise birds - very patient with beginners.
...the whole trip was excellent.
Rob (Mileto) was a very good leader and the local guides were wonderful and contributed much to the safari...