One country safari – Namibia

January 18th 2021  |   Unique Experiences  |  by   Francis Naumann
One country safari – Namibia

If you think you’ve ‘done’ Africa, but haven’t been to Namibia you still have so much to look forward to. This phenomenally beautiful county of spectacular landscapes and unique culture is home to more wildlife than you might imagine. With nearly half the country conserved in parks or community run reserves, Namibia boasts a large lion population, over half the world’s remaining black rhino, and almost a third of the continent’s cheetah population.

Damaraland Camp, desert adapted elephant

Desert adapted elephant crossing the plains near Damaraland Camp

Add in the unique desert adapted species and glorious panoramic scenery and it’s quite a destination. The roads are pretty good too so a self-drive or guided itinerary works well alongside the more traditional light aircraft transfers. It’s a one country destination full of surprises with easily enough interest for a two week safari.

Aardvark Safaris’ Namibia highlights:

It’s Scenically Extraordinary
Most visitors come away from Namibia raving about the scenery, the colours and changing hues. The country is perhaps at its most spectacular in the Namib Naukluft Desert where everywhere you look you’ll see dramatic, arid beauty. The must see highlights are the majestic Sossusvlei Dunes and the wild Skeleton Coast.

Shopwreck Lodge, Skeleton Coast

Spectacular sunset at Shipwreck Lodge on the Skeleton Coast

Activities Galore
Namibia offers excellent walking with some particularly good rhino tracking options. Visit the coast for kayaking and fishing, while activities in the dune belt include sand boarding, quad biking and hot air ballooning. Etosha National Park is the place for big wildlife, though it’s worth venturing into Damaraland in search of the shy desert elephant. Head north where the Kunene River supports a cast of colourful bird life and the odd crocodile. And after all that, night time star gazing in the 55 million year old Namib Desert will quite simply take your breath away.

Namibia Little Ongava Rhino

Tracking rhino on foot is one of a wealth of safari activities on offer. Little Ongava

An Incredible Range of Accommodation
There’s accommodation to suit every taste, from the super-luxury of Little Ongava, or the spectacular desert setting of the Wolwedans collection of lodges to the simplicity of eco-friendly Etendeka Mountain Camp. Mix and match and you’ll have a wonderfully diverse holiday.

Wolwedans Boulders Camp

Luxury in the desert at Wolwedans Boulders Camp

Culture Too
Venture into Kaokoland to see an Africa untouched by the modern age where the tiny human population is predominately Himba, ochred and braided guardians of their desert home, who drift in search of elusive grazing for their cattle. Visit Twyfelfontein in semi-desert Damaraland where ancient bushmen paintings crowd together to form one of Africa’s densest and most affecting open air galleries.

Serra Cafema Camp, Namibia, Himba

Himba ladies close to Serra Cafema Camp in Kaokoland

A Wide Variety of Safari Types
Home to some of the continent’s finest guides, Namibia offers far more safari options than you might expect at first glance. Sweep through the desert landscapes on a self-drive itinerary and you’ll feel like a real explorer. For the time-short, a flying safari allows speedy access to the highlights as well as a bird’s eye view of the ever changing landscape. Sandy, open terrain makes it a wonderful destination for a riding safari, perfect for experienced riders looking for something off the beaten track and a bit different.

Namibia Horse safari, desert ride

Riding across Namibia’s desert landscapes is an exhilarating way to see the country. Namibia Horse Safari Company

What Next?

If you like what you’ve read here about our one country safaris in Namibia and want to find out more, do get in touch – chatting to people by phone or email is what we do best. We listen, we explain, we answer all sorts of questions even those you didn’t know to ask, and finally we make suggestions. If this is your first time to Africa or your twenty first, we have a team standing by to help make the planning easy and the journey the best ever. Please get in touch whatever stage you’re at.

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