Travel to Namibia With These 40+ Bucketlist Ideas

Few world countries can rival Namibia for natural splendor. From the world's second largest canyon to its highest sand dunes and Africa's largest national park, Namibia is all about monumental scale, space, and surreal landscapes.

Air Safari, Namib Desert

Skeleton Coast & Namib Desert Multi-Day Air Safari

Namibia
White rhino starring at the camera in the Welgevonden game reserve, South Africa.

Track Rhinos on Foot in Ongava, Etosha Region

Namibia
Fish River Canyon Aerial, Namib Desert

Fish River Canyon Scenic Flight, Drive & Hike

Namibia
Balloon and red dunes

Hot Air Balloon Above the Namib

Namibia
Desert Elephant, Hoanib Valley

Track Rhino & Elephant in the Hoanib Valley

Namibia
Big Game Tracking With the San, Namibia

Big Game Tracking With the San, Namibia

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portrait of Kudu, Etosha national Park, Ombika, Kunene, Namibia.

Ongava Game Reserve Fly-In Safari

Namibia
A male lion in Etosha National Park, Namibia.

Lions & Rhinos Etosha Safari

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Wild Namibia

While the safari is good in select destinations, Namibia can't quite rival its neighbors for widespread wildlife encounters. However, you don't always need big game when the landscapes are so spellbinding. Namibia is a unique experience, absolutely disparate from traveling in other African countries and a place that's impossible to forget. Tourist services and facilities are generally good, just remember that you're heading into wilderness that will never be tamed.

Namibia makes you feel small. Sand dunes tower 400 meters high, forming an unbroken spine that traverses over 1000 miles along the Atlantic Ocean. Wildlife crosses the great dusty savannah to crowd around a final shriveling waterhole. Stand in places like Damaraland or Etosha and there's a real sense of being just a tiny dot in an untouched and unending natural world. Like Botswana, this is a land of sublime wilderness. While its neighbors offers exceptional safari, Namibia provides jaw-dropping natural wonders unrivaled anywhere else on the planet, with a couple of prime safari highlights. Distances are long, the journey can be challenging, but what an adventure!

Dune 45 view from the air, Namib Naukluft national park in Namibia

Namib Desert Scenic Flight

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Rock Art, Damaraland

Rock Art & Rock Formations of Damaraland

Namibia
Photographer under the milky way

Namib Desert Night Sky Safari

Namibia
Fish River Canyon, Namib Desert

Walk Fish River Canyon

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Four-Wheel Drive, Skeleton Coast

Skeleton Coast Four-Wheel Drive Expedition

Namibia
Quad Biking, Namib Desert

Namib Desert Quad Biking

Namibia
Sussusvlei, Namib Desert

Sossusvlei & Deadvlei at Sunrise

Namibia
Tigerfish Fishing, Caprivi Strip

Caprivi Strip Tiger Fishing

Namibia
Dune Boarding, Swakopmund

Dune Boarding in Swakopmund

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Spitzkoppe, Damaraland

Mountain Biking in Damaraland

Namibia
Sublime Namibia Safari

Namibia is almost exclusively desert, incorporating everything from imposing sand dines to scorched savannah and permanently dry riverbeds. These conditions make survival a constant battle and it's rare to come across large herds of anything. Animals in Namibia are mostly nomadic wanderers, from melancholy elephant bulls to giraffe and wild rhino. However, parched landscapes inevitably push the wildlife towards congregating around the few sources of water, most notably the vast Etosha pan in Etosha National Park, truly one of Africa’s best safari destinations.

Smaller parks and reserves are still on a large scale and they center around other permanent water sources. So while Namibia doesn't have the wildlife abundance of other countries, seeking it out rarely poses a problem. Predators are also well aware that wildlife must stay close to water, although the landscape isn't able to support an abundance of big cats.

Namibia also excels in unique safari activities. These include glorious aerial trips that drop you in the middle of usually inaccessible landscapes, walking safaris with indigenous San bushmen, and multi-day game drives where you're unlikely to encounter any people. Outside the reserves there's still a chance of the odd wild encounter and these surprising moments add another layer to the natural wonder.

Black rhinoceros at waterhole artificially lit

Etosha Nighttime Game Drive

Namibia
Close encounter with a cheetah right after dawn in the Onguma Reserve at the Eastern edger of the Etosha National Park, Namibia. She was hiding two young cubs in the bush

Multi-Day Safari in Onguma Game Reserve

Namibia
Leopard in Okonjima Game reserve

Leopard & Cheetah Conservation in Okonjima

Namibia
Game Drive, Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park Game Drive

Namibia
Elephant Migration Safari, Namibia

Namibia Elephant Migration Safari

Namibia
Self Drive Safari, Etosha National Park

Etosha Self Drive Safari

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Leopard at Okonjima, Namibia, resting while eating raw meat. Okonjima is a game preserve dedicated to saving African carnivore cats. It operates a program rescue and rehabilitation program called AfriCat.

Okonjima Wild Cat Safari

Namibia
Crowned Hornbill, Caprivi Strip

Caprivi Birdwatching Safari

Namibia
Cape Cross Seal Reserve, Skeleton Coast

Visit 100,000 Cape Fur Seals at Cape Cross

Namibia
Multi Day Safari, Caprivi Strip

Caprivi Strip Multi-Day Safari

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Travel to Namibia - Accommodation & Getting Around

Namibia's accommodation and tourist services offer some of the best value in Africa. Even at the lowest end you'll be fully immersed in the country's natural spell. Mid-range and high-end accommodation is cheaper than elsewhere and there's little loss of quality. It can be quite baffling to travel 500miles through the desert to suddenly find a luxury camp tucked inside sand dunes. Namibia's great appeal is its landscapes and the accommodation always blends in rather than stands out. Wild camping is often a big part of the experience and local travel designers excel in making this very comfortable.

Flying in a small aircraft over the Namib desert, Sossusvlei sand dunes, Namibia, Africa, red desert. Aerial view above the sea of sand. Enjoying of unique landscapes with a bird's-eye-view - paragliding, microlighting, hang-gliding, hot-air ballooning, airplane or small aircraft.

Namibia Air Charter

Namibia
Four-Wheel Drive Safari, Kaokoland

Kaokoland Four-Wheel Drive Safari

Namibia
The Lodge, _Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

&Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

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Cabins, Shipwreck Lodge

Shipwreck Lodge

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Lounge, Zannier Hotels Omaanda

Stay at Omaanda

Namibia
Restaurant Deck, Wilderness Safaris Doro Nawas Camp

Stay at Doro !Nawas

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Sundowner, Ongava Safari Lodge

Ongava Safari Lodge

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Private Deck with View, Wilderness Safaris Damaraland Camp

Damaraland Camp

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A Little Piece of Namibian Culture

Namibia has not been tamed. But many have tried. And indigenous tribes have found a way to live in harmony with nature. So while this is a country of silence, you can find some remarkable cultural moments as well.

Walk With the Himba People, Northern Namibia

Walk With the Himba People

Namibia
Sand overtaking the ghost town of Kolmanskop, Namibia.

Kolmanskop Photography Tour

Namibia
Luderitz, Namib Desert

Luderitz Diamonds & Dunes Tour

Namibia
Luteran Christ Church, Windhoek

Windhoek Cultural Tour

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Namibia Eperiences

Experiences are itinerary ideas, created by leading travel designers. Use them as inspiration and planning tools for your dream trip. Make a trip request and we will connect you to a travel designer who can create your personal Namibia experience.

Sussusvlei, Namib Desert

Best of Namibia Fly-In Experience

Namibia
Matusadona Private Safari, Lake Kariba

African Safari Trip of a Lifetime

South Africa