The world's biggest sand dunes, unusual desert wildlife and epic self-drive & flying safaris
Namibia is a land of endless horizons, from blazing desert dunes to glittering celestial vistas across some of the darkest and clearest skies on Earth.
As one of the world’s least densely populated countries and with more wild animals than people, Namibia’s otherworldly landscapes will make you feel like you’re the only person on the planet.
Navigate the sand seas of the Namib, the world’s oldest desert, the burning orange mountains of Sossusvlei, the barren clay pan of Deadvlei, the haunting shipwrecks of the Skeleton Coast, and the photogenic ghost town of Kolmanskop, half-submerged in sand.
They are some of the harshest environments in the world, yet you'll still find an abundance of desert-adapted life. Namibia is home to the famed Big Five (elephants, rhinos, buffalo, lions and leopards), and is an emerging leader in conservation, with initiatives such as the AfriCat Foundation.
The country also boasts some of Africa's best game viewing at nature reserves such as Etosha National Park. By day, the Etosha waterhole is frequented by elephants, jackals, giraffes and zebras, while at night there are visits from lions, leopards and critically endangered black and white rhinos – some of the continent’s most fascinating and elusive animals.
Namibia is home to diverse native cultures, including the San of the Kalahari (the world's most ancient tribe), the Herero (known for their distinctive colonial-influenced dress), and the Himba (recognised for the red ochre cream they use on their skin and hair).
You can venture out on a special sunset walk with the San (formerly Bushmen) of the Kalahari, who are believed to be the ancestors of all humans, due to their high genetic diversity. Wayfairer only offers authentic visits with indigenous groups, which benefit the tribes or communities.
With well-maintained roads, clearly mapped routes and so much to explore, Namibia is perfect for a self-drive safari. We also offer privately guided trips with expert local guides, for those who prefer not to drive, yet still want to experience Namibia up close.
A flying safari is a fantastic option for those short on time, as it cuts out long drives and offers a unique bird’s-eye view of this awe-inspiring country.
With unique cultural encounters, phenomenal wildlife viewing, and unparalleled landscapes, Namibia is a place that must be seen to be believed.