When you think about an African Safari holiday, Namibia may not be the first destination that comes to mind, but this spectacular country is bursting with unique wildlife that you simply will not find anywhere else in the world, awe-inspiring landscapes, friendly people, and fabulous accommodations, making it the perfect place for your next tailor-made safari holiday.
The beauty of Namibia, is that you can self-drive this vast country without worrying about overcrowded roads or high crime levels. With a population of just 2.3 million people, Namibia is sparsely populated, especially when you consider that the country covers an area of 825,418 km², and if your dream holiday includes road tripping across pristine landscapes with little more than the sunshine and the odd passing vehicle for company, this is the perfect holiday destination for you.
Safari’s in Namibia are somewhat different to other countries in Africa such as Tanzania, Botswana, South Africa and Zambia, quite simply because the terrain is so hostile. Over centuries, the wildlife here has adapted to the harsh desert climate, and as such, you will only see larger concentrations of animals in the larger National Parks such as Etosha and Ongava where there is a constant water supply.
However, that doesn’t mean that animal sightings are few and far between – they are most definitely not! You can expect to share the road with a giraffe or two in Damaraland, spot all kinds of weird and wonderful creatures on the red sand dunes of Sossusvlei, and if you are really lucky, you could get up close and personal with a pride of desert adapted lions when driving through the Skeleton Coast National Park.
When it comes to choosing your safari accommodations in Namibia, the choice is vast! Most properties are built to complement the natural landscape, and the majority of hotels, lodges, and guesthouses support both the local economy and sustainable travel. With something to suit every budget, you can treat yourself to something really high-end for a special occasion such as your honeymoon, stretch your holiday budget by staying in cheaper accommodations, or combine the two – the possibilities are endless… much like the Namibian sky!