Classic Namibia Holiday
Taking in the highlights of this amazing destination, this is the perfect itinerary for your first crack at a self-drive safari.
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.
Wayfairer recommends spending at least two weeks exploring Namibia. Self-drive safaris are the most popular way to travel for our guests, and our Classic Namibia itinerary takes you through Etosha National Park to see an unparalleled amount of wildlife, before crossing to the Omboroko Mountains. If you're short on time, we recommend embarking on a fantastic flying safari. Our Namibia Flying Safari takes you across the country to some of Africa's most remote luxury properties.
Namibia has two main seasons - the rainy season (November to April) and the dry season (May to October). Thanks to the vast area of desert and cool coastal winds, Namibia has great temperatures all year round. The rainy season offers its own charms, and while it can get humid, visitors are rewarded with dramatic thunder and lightning storms over the desert.
Etosha National Park is best visited in July and August, when herds of animals gather around the few remaining watering holes. During September and October the country tends to get more dusty, although Namibia has its own Oktoberfest celebration due to its German heritage.
One of Wayfairer’s favourite accommodations is Serra Cafema camp in the Hartmann’s valley of northern Namibia. Remote as you can get but with all the luxurious touches, the chalets sit on elevated decks near the Kunene River, with exceptional views of the surrounding desert.
The intimate resort is perfect for honeymooners and also welcomes families. Possibly the most impressive camp is Hoanib Camp on the Skeleton Coast. Located in a dry river bed in the remote area of Kaokoveld, the camp has only 8 tents and arranges cosy evenings around a bush campfire.