Discover Namibia : Magnificently Varied

The diverse and varied activities on offer in Namibia are a reflection of its amazingly varied landscapes. Travelling through this country offers the chance to marvel at the towering red sand dunes of Sossusvlei, wonder at the rugged beauty of the Skeleton Coast or kayak with seals in Swakopmund, and so much more. Even the modes of transport are varied; drive yourself, fly or have a private guide – or a combination of all three. In this blog we explore all that this vast country has to offer and the myriad of experiences that promise to captivate and inspire.

Sossusvlei: A Desert Wonderland

No holiday to Namibia would be complete without a visit to the mesmerizing dunes of Sossusvlei. One of Namibia’s most iconic landscapes, the dunes tower over the desert floor. Constantly moving, the sharp ridges are returned to each dune over night after visitors have hiked to the summit. Climbers of Big Daddy (the largest in the dune field) or Dune 45 are rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding desert. Running down the dunes to hear them ‘roar’ is highly entertaining. For the ultimate adventure, why not try a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the dunes, offering a bird’s eye perspective of this stunning landscape?

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Stunning dunes in Sossusvlei. Little Kulala.

Swakopmund: Adrenaline and Exploration

Situated between the desert and the sea, Swakopmund is a haven for thrill-seekers and nature lovers alike. Adventure enthusiasts can try their hand at sandboarding down the towering dunes or kayak amongst the seal colonies. For those seeking a more laid-back experience, the coastal town offers charming cafes, art galleries, and craft markets to explore. Don’t miss the chance to take a scenic boat tour along the Skeleton Coast, where you’ll encounter shipwrecks, seal colonies, and maybe even a glimpse of a passing whale, or take a tour of Sandwich Harbour, Walvis Bay and the surrounding desert.

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Seal colonies at Swakopmund. Villa Margherita.

Bushmen Rock Art: Tracing Ancient Footsteps

Namibia’s ancient rock art offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the country’s earliest inhabitants. The Twyfelfontein area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to one of the largest concentrations of rock engravings in Africa, with thousands of intricate carvings depicting animals, humans, and spiritual symbols. Guided tours provide insight into the cultural significance of these ancient artworks, allowing visitors to connect with Namibia’s rich cultural heritage.

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Bushmen Rock Art at Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mowani Mountain Camp.

Skeleton Coast: A Land of Mystique

The Skeleton Coast is a land of stark contrasts, where the harsh desert meets the wild Atlantic Ocean. Named for its treacherous coastline littered with shipwrecks and whale bones, this remote wilderness offers a hauntingly beautiful landscape to explore. Visitors can take guided tours to see the remains of ancient ships protruding from the sand dunes or witness the dramatic clash of waves against the rocky shoreline. Wildlife enthusiasts will also delight in the chance to spot desert-adapted animals such as elephants, lions, and seals that call this unforgiving landscape home.

Wildlife Viewing: A Safari Paradise

A trip to Namibia would be complete without experiencing its incredible wildlife. Etosha National Park is a premier safari destination, offering unparalleled opportunities to see Africa’s iconic animals in their natural habitat. Embark on thrilling game drives across the park’s vast plains, where wildlife congregates around the waterholes. Herds of elephants, beautiful rhino,  giraffes, zebras, and more can be seen on drives here. Predators are often seen and include lions, leopards, and cheetahs on the prowl.

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Wildlife at the watering hole at Little Ongava Camp, Etosha National Park

Getting around Namibia

Namibia, with its vast and sparsely populated terrain, boasts an extensive network of gravel roads, making it an ideal destination for self-driving adventures. Renting a 4×4 and exploring at your own pace allows you to delve into the country’s wonders, pausing at points of interest and enhancing the overall sense of adventure. Alternatively, if you prefer a guided experience but don’t want to drive yourself, a privately guided safari is an excellent choice. These expert guides offer unparalleled knowledge of the flora, fauna, and the country as a whole, enriching your journey in ways that are truly invaluable.

For a different perspective, consider taking a scenic flight over Namibia’s vast landscapes. This bird’s-eye view offers a unique glimpse into the dramatically diverse terrain and allows access to remote areas like the Hartmann Valley in the Kunene Region. Even for those travelling by road, including a scenic flight, or a hot air balloon ride, perhaps from Sossusvlei or Swakopmund, can provide a breathtaking overview of the country from above. The beauty of travelling in Namibia lies in the flexibility to combine these various options, or even join a small group departure, creating a truly unforgettable journey.

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A Hot Air Balloon Flight from Sossusvlei, Little Kulala


Namibia stands apart from its neighbouring countries, offering photographers a dreamlike canvas of extraordinary light and expansive landscapes. Nowhere else in the world can you capture the contrast of an elephant against towering sand dunes or witness the striking juxtaposition of deep red sands against a flawless blue sky. It’s a photographer’s paradise, beckoning amateurs and professionals alike to capture its unique beauty through the lens.

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Elephants at Damaraland Camp


In conclusion, Namibia is a land of unparalleled beauty and adventure, where travellers can immerse themselves in the wonders of the natural world. Whether you’re seeking heart-pounding thrills or quiet contemplation, Namibia, is a country offering something for everyone.

If you would like to learn more about the different options for a walking safari, or any other holiday to Africa, please do get in touch to discuss your wishes. We would be delighted to help you.