Home to the oldest desert in the world, formidable wildlife, dramatic scenery, and rich culture
Namibia is a great country to explore with a self-drive, traversing its horizons on the wide open road. There’s a tonne to see and do in every corner of the country, starting with the most famous spot, Etosha National Park, which is known for the large herds and sly predators that crowd its waterholes. Sossusvlei is another popular destination, where visitors come to see the dramatic sight of long-dead camelthorn trees contrasted against a backdrop of deep orange sand dunes. The Skeleton Coast, where the desert meets the sea, gets its name from the many ships wrecked at its shores, leaving behind only their sombre structures on the beach.
Enjoy the teeming wildlife and exciting game drives at epic Etosha National Park
Float over the dramatic and stark Namib Desert in a hot-air balloon
Cruise down the river between hippos and crocodiles in the wet and wild Zambezi
Explore the picturesque ghost town of Kolmanskop
Watch the sunrise over the Fish River Canyon – the second largest in the world
Climb the massive dunes surrounding photo-worthy Deadvlei
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Best time to go to Namibia
Namibia is best visited between May and October when safari viewing is at its best. Between the winter months of May and July, daytime temperatures are moderate, while nights can get quite cold, so remember to pack a warm jacket. The veld fills with baby animals during the summer months of November and December. This is also an excellent time for birders as many migrant bird species have returned. The rainy season is from November to April, resulting in dramatic thundershowers and even desert flooding.
Featured Namibia stays
Found on a riverbed with the Naukluft Mountains looming from the east