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Namibia – Tours

Tours in Namibia

Namibian landscapes have an other-worldly quality about them – pink mountains jut out from the swirling red sands of impossibly high desert dunes, slaves to the wind; forgotten towns and shimmering salt pans stretch across the horizon; and with no signs of life, you would be forgiven for thinking you’re the last people on Earth.

First on your Namibia checklist should be the monumental Fish River Canyon. The largest canyon in Africa – and second largest in the world, after the Grand Canyon – experience the sheer enormity of this natural landmark as part of our Exploring Namibia tour. Klipspringers scurry along the crags, avoiding perilous drops and spiny cliff edges, while solitary leopards stalk mountain zebra as they quench their thirst at the canyon’s many stagnant pools. Expect moments of complete silence, with nothing but the occasional shrill cry of a black-chested snake eagle hovering overhead.

Next up, wander the vast and arid Namib Desert on our Sossusvlei Adventure tour, climbing the soaring five million year old Dune 45 at Sossusvlei, before exploring a land that time forgot at the eerie Kolmanskop ghost town – an abandoned mining town knee-deep in sand. Return to civilisation with a visit to the charming coastal town of Swakopmund – known for its hospitality, European architecture and quaint little shops – not forgetting to visit the historic German castles and contemporary glassy towers of Namibia’s modern capital Windhoek.

13 days

Exploring Namibia Tour

Guide Price £3,129 pp  

A comprehensive journey capturing Namibia’s breath-taking scenery, this 13-day itinerary gives you an extensive insight into the sights, sounds, aromas and tastes of this spectacular country. Beginning in the vast Kalahari Desert, you’ll explore the otherworldly Namibian flora of Quiver...

Solo holidays

Exploring Namibia Tour
5 days Sossusvlei desert

Sossusvlei Adventure Tour

Guide Price £1,239 pp  

Explore the red sculpted dunes of Sossusvlei on this short fly-in tour from Johannesburg. At a height of 325 metres, these are some of the highest dunes in the world and their patterns are being continuously reshaped by the wind...

Couples Holidays

Sossusvlei Adventure Tour
9 days Lynx in a tree, Namibia

Highlights of Namibia Tour

Guide Price £2,969 pp  

An ideal introduction to this breathtaking country, our Highlights of Namibia tour takes you on a journey from the dark waters of the Atlantic Ocean to the dusty plains of the Namib Desert. Explore the geological formations in Damaraland, climb...

Escorted tours

Highlights of Namibia Tour
12 days

Shongololo Express - Dune Express: East bound

 

Experience Africa’s stunning and expansive landscapes in style aboard the luxurious Shongololo Express. Your first-class safari adventure will see you taking one of six scenic routes across the plains and undulating hills of South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland, Mozambique and Zimbabwe...

Wildlife holidays

Shongololo Express - Dune Express: East bound

Expert Tips

Nick

Senior Destination Manager

“While shorts, T-shirts and sandals are a must for Namibia, I highly recommend bringing extra layers for the winter evenings. Temperatures can plummet pretty quickly once the sun goes down, and you don’t want to be caught out shivering in the desert.”

Christie

Destination Executive

“Protect your electronics from the environment; the desert has claimed the lives of many cameras and laptops. Sand can get into the cracks and crevices of your devices so it’s worth investing in a protective case.”

Martyn

Destination Manager

“Make sure to stop off at the Kolmanskop ghost town for spectacularly eerie vistas and fantastic photo opportunities. It's truly fascinating to see how nature has reclaimed this old mining town.”

Frequently Asked Questions

As of 1993, the Namibian dollar is the official currency of Namibia. The South African rand is still legal tender here though, and if you intend on visiting South Africa as part of your trip, we recommend exchanging the majority of your travel cash to the rand – the Namibian dollar cannot be used anywhere else.

While English is the official language of Namibia, locals tend to speak a complex and diverse range of dialects and languages, with the most prevalent household dialects being Oshiwambo, Damara/Nara and Afrikaans.

Given that a vast percentage of Namibia is covered by arid desert, it’s easy to see why visitors might assume scorching temperatures all year round. While there is on average around 300 days of sunshine, it’s important to remember that at night, temperatures can plummet below freezing. These fluctuating temperatures can be difficult for some travellers to acclimatise to.

Generally speaking, the north-east enjoys a tropical climate, and is the most humid territory – home to the country’s highest average rainfall. The central highlands experience similar weather, but less rainfall, while you will encounter extreme highs and lows when visiting the Kalahari and Namib Desert. Near the coast you will find the least rainfall, but the lowest average temperatures.

With its seemingly boundless dunes, imposing mountains and canyons, jaw-dropping desert vistas and abundant wildlife, Namibia is a photographer’s dream, and a nature-lover’s fantasy.

Why you'll love Namibia...

• Exploring the abandoned mining settlement of Kolmanskop
• Spotting the Big Five on safari at Etosha National Park
• Climbing the enormous Dune 45 at Sossusvlei
• Strolling along quaint seaside promenades at Swakopmund
• Navigating the haunting Skeleton Coast
• Winding down with a cocktail at Windhoek
• Traversing the rugged terrain of Damaraland
• Taking in jaw-dropping vistas at Fish River Canyon
• Riding across Namibia aboard the opulent Shongololo Express
• Sampling fine red wine at one of South Africa’s wine estates or vineyards
• Tasting delicious fresh crayfish in the harbour town of Luderitz

Did you know?

• Namibia is home to the world’s largest free-roaming population of both the endangered black rhino and cheetah.
• Namibia's Ombalantu Baobab Tree and Heritage Center is home to a giant baobab tree that is estimated to be 800 years old. With a hollowed centre, it can fit around 30 people inside, and has served as a church, a post office and a home throughout the years.
• Damaraland has one of the largest collections of ancient rock art and paintings in the subcontinent, with close to 2,500 pieces dating as far back as 6,000 years.