Safari lovers can spot lions, giraffes and elephants at Namibia’s flagship park, Etosha National Park. Here you can see desert-adapted elephants in the Kunene region, and whale-watch off Swakopmund – the adventure capital that quirkily mixes colonial-era buildings, seaside promenades, and a German-Namibian charm. Equally inspiring are the cheetah and leopard safaris held at the 55,000-acre Okonjima Game Reserve, home of the AfriCat foundation, and the big game and water-loving species that are found in the protected areas within the Caprivi Strip.
For cultural highlights, we can plan a day-trip to Namibia’s capital city, Windhoek, where neo-baroque cathedral spires and skyscrapers punctuate the skyline. Here you can also visit the once-opulent Kolmanskop – an eerily deserted diamond-mining ghost town now abandoned to the sand. We can also arrange for you to the experience the Himba tribe, who live a semi-nomadic life in the Kunene Region and have managed to maintain their traditional way of life.
For dusty splendour, we can head to The Namib Desert for the ephemeral salt pan of Sossusvlei, located in the Namib-Naukluft National Park – one of Namibia’s star attractions. Equally spectacular is Dead Vlei, a surreal-looking white clay pan, scattered with dead Acacia trees and some of the highest sand dunes in the world. Further north lies the spooky Skeleton Coast, where dunes are filled with animal graveyards and skeletal ship remains – a scene straight out of The Lion King.