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."
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
Both naturalists and tour leader were invariably friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The lodges were in general excellent and very welcoming. I particularly remember the Kulala Desert Lodge for its wonderful situation. But top of the list, I think, must be the Damaraland Lodge, which produced a splendid cooked lunch in the middle of the wilderness when we were expecting a packed sandwiches. Then a parting breakfast at the top of the hill in similar fashion - very surprising and imaginative! And wonderful scenery! Oh and there was dinner under the stars to start with.
An excellent trip - l will never forget the Giant Eagle Owl flying over the sandgrouse in the dawn light at Hobatere. Jhan also took a lot of trouble to get people on the birds, and his addition of the Avis Dam at the end of the trips itinerary was inspired - a real high note to end on.
The guides, Festus and Jeremia made this trip with their care, calm approach and their unquestionable knowledge of their wonderful country, wildlife, ecology and geology. They made sure that the vehicles were always positioned so that all of us could see. They really cared for us in every way. We are general wildlife lovers and found the holiday brilliant. I had a checklist of 6 animals I had always wanted to see. We saw these and many more thanks to our guides.