Can I go now – Namibia Safari

August 19th 2020  |   Wildlife Safaris, Namibia  |  by   Alice Gully
Can I go now – Namibia Safari

Namibia, reopened to visitors in September, is a remarkable country in so many ways. With ever-changing landscapes, wonderful light, and incredible scenery, it is far from a barren wasteland or a one-trick pony; it has desert adapted wildlife aplenty, rich seas along the Atlantic coast, and a surprising variety of incredibly beautiful places to visit. There are a few honeypot destinations to add to a Namibia safari, including the immense dunes at Sossusvlei, and Etosha National Park, but then plenty of hidden gems known only by the experts.

Black rhino at Desert Rhino Camp. © Michael Viljoen

There are various ways to enjoy all that’s on offer (see our recent ‘how to do Namibia‘ article) but if we were to suggest the ultimate Namibia safari it would run along these lines:

First, spend some time in the Namib Desert where you can explore the Sossusvlei Dunes. Chose a camp in a private conservancy like Little Kulala and you will find few other people, a wide range of activities and the freedom to be out in the wild at any time of day.

The majestic dunes as Sossusvlei, within easy reach of Little Kulala

It’s a gentle start, giving just a glimpse of what’s on offer before you pick up your Skeleton Coast Flying Safari.  This, one of Africa’s finest journeys, offers the most extraordinary access to remote and private parts of Namibia that no one else sees. Spend three nights in three locations, and the days buzzing from highlight to highlight in your own little Cessna aircraft with some of the finest, most experienced guides in Africa; it’s an incredible adventure and the most exhilarating way to see the wildest parts of this immense country.

The Schoemans are expert pilots and land their aircraft in all the best places! This beach stop is perfect to explore seal colonies and ship wrecks.

If you wanted to extend your stay you could either go tracking rhino in Damaraland at Desert Rhino Camp or Camp Onduli, or go to Ongava Tented Camp for three nights of superb wildlife viewing in Etosha. Better still, do both; it’s perfectly feasible.

Lions on the prowl in Ongava Private Reserve. © Dr Olwen Evans

Extended or short version, this would be a magnificent safari exploring an intoxicating mix of spellbinding scenery, remarkable wildlife and fabulous safari camps. Nambia has – and rightly so – gained in popularity over the last few years so book as early as you can to get the best.

Visitors to the waterhole at Ongava Tented Camp. © Dr Olwen Evans

Update 20 November

The UK Foreign Office no longer advises against all but essential travel to Namibia, and it is now on the list of counties where self-isolation is not required on return to England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  The US State department’s advice is at Level 3 where they suggest travellers ‘reconsider travel’. We have arranged for clients to travel in such circumstances, but understanding the situation and having the right travel insurance in place is key. Please do talk to us if you’d like to:

  • Know more about travelling now
  • Have us contact you when the travel advice changes

What Next?

Let us know if you would like further itinerary ideas for a  Namibia safari and we’ll put something together for you. Email is probably the best way to contact us right now and we’ll respond as quickly as we can – usually on the same day.  We very much look forward to talking to you.

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