Namibia is the most unique of all African countries. It is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world, famous for its stark beauty, where towering dunes meet a tempestuous coastline and where abundant wildlife still roam. We can create a fully customized, private Namibia safari for you and your family or friends in Africa’s best-kept safari destination secret.
Namibia has some rare national parks, the most well known of these is Etosha National Park in the north. Plains game such as zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, springbok, impala and eland abound in great numbers on the grasslands and congregate at waterholes here. Herds of fifty elephants are not unusual and often walk right down the middle of the road giving people in cars an incredibly close and thrilling encounter.
It is a country with vast, diverse habitats and exceptional game viewing. As a geologist’s and naturalist’s paradise, it lays claim to one of the most spectacular desert ecosystems in the world. Namibia is situated in the sub-tropics and flanked by the cold Atlantic Ocean. The cold Benguella current, which drifts northward from Antarctica has a massive influence on the climate causing cool, dry air to push inland, resulting in a temperate coastline and the extreme desert conditions of the Namib.
A visit to Namibia would not be complete without venturing into the Namib-Naukluft National Park. It is one of the largest conservation areas in the world at 19,305 square miles. If not on foot or vehicle then take a light aircraft or hot air balloon, for the best view you will ever get of an endless rippling desert of red sand. In the south, there is the little known but equally mystifying Fish River Canyon Reserve, a canyon second in size only to the Grand Canyon in the U.S.
The Kalahari Desert straddles Botswana and Namibia. A Kalahari Desert safari offers a truly off-the-beaten-path experience. The Kalahari Plains are home to the black-maned lion and some of the best cheetah viewing in the world, particularly in the summer months when huge herds of springbok, oryx and wildebeest attract predators from all corners of the desert.
In the north is the Skeleton Coast National Park – Ghostly shipwrecks on remote and inaccessible shores has given the Skeleton Coast its’ well-deserved name. This 2 million-hectare (20,000 km) park is one of the most inhospitable and least visited places on earth that protect unique desert ecosystems. Desert elephants have been seen in the interior of the Park surfing down sand dunes like snow-boarders. Desert dwelling oryx are completely at home in such dry conditions. Springbok, giraffe, brown hyena, ostrich, rare black rhino and even lion are found inland where riverine bush supports the grazers and freshwater can usually be found. Don’t miss the Cape Frio seal colonies where you will likely see several thousand Cape fur seals. Whales and dolphins swim this coast on their way to and from breeding grounds. Immense whale skeletons are sometimes seen washed up on the sands.
The attraction for visitors to this park is its untouched and mysterious barren beauty, swept by cold sea breezes and often enveloped in a dense fog. The far-ranging sea mist creeps great distances inland and gives life to a singular unique ecosystem and most unusual plants. By mid-morning the mist has cleared and the timeless beauty of the Skeleton Coast is revealed. Such isolation as is found here, is not the usual domain for humans, but those that visit are privilege to one of the few places on earth where you can experience fearless solitude and become attuned to ocean echoes and desert silence.