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Sensory Safaris: Namibia

 
For some, it is the intoxicating allure of open spaces that first beckons them to Africa. It’s that vast sense of freedom that draws them back, time and again. At some basal level, there is a comfort in endless grassy savannahs — a primal connection to our ancient, nomadic lifestyle. Nowhere embodies this sense of scale or primitive awe like Namibia. Here semi-arid grass oceans are dissected by towering apricot sand dunes and lunar-like salt pans. The scale of these desertscapes is matched only by the star-studded sky that blankets the scorched earth each night.
Here we hope to transport you to these ethereal landscapes, introducing you to one of Africa’s most stark, but scenically remarkable countries. Namibia is unlike anywhere else, standing alone in its unique, arid beauty with creatures that thrive in such seemingly harsh conditions. Discover what makes this one of our favourite African destinations in our latest sensory safari.
Balloon over Sossusvlei, Namibia, by Steve Allen.

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Springbok in Sossusvlei, Namibia, by Y Nakanishi.

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Sossusvlei Desert Lodge suite, Namibia.

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Personal service at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Namibia.

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Desert people experience, san rock art, Sossusvlei, Namibia.

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Indoor lounge, Star Dune Suite, Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Namibia.

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Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei is an ever-changing patchwork of colour; you’ll wake to burnt umber vistas, which shift to a fiery orange as the sun rises, and you with it, suspended in a hot air balloon. Midday brings a dramatic contrast of cerulean sky above tangerine dunes, which you drive through in search of oryx, springbok and wild horses. The cycle peaks as the sun sets ablaze in fierce pinks, reds and yellows, while the earth takes a bleached backseat. You’d be remiss to think that was the end though. The stars shine down upon the land in equal brilliance, which you will discover on a galactic safari with your personal astronomer.

It goes without saying that you’ll play witness from an oasis of uncompromised luxury — we love Sossusvlei Desert Lodge. Tucked into a mountainside, the 10 suites are inspired by the mysterious ‘fairy circles’ of the Namib. Guest areas merge into desert views and tones of slate, stone and timber harmonise with those outside. Relax on your wrap-around veranda and imbibe the profound silence and stillness, before enjoying an extravagant meal set up anywhere you like.
Superior room view at Mowani Mountain Camp, Damaraland, Namibia.

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Guests looking at Rock paintings, Damaraland, Namibia.

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Rhino in Damaraland, Namibia.

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Walking in Damaraland, Namibia.

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Etendeka Camp, Damaraland, Namibia.

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Damaraland

For us, Damaraland is the beating heart of Namibia. Against epic backdrops of mountains, desert valleys and tiny oases, there is much to see and do. You might be wending your way along a craggy trail, lost in thought when your guide abruptly stops to point out a black rhinoceros trundling below. There are prehistoric petrified forests and age-old galleries of Bushman rock art. Scraggy plants sprout up in shocking pockets of green, from which desert-adapted wildlife survive against all odds.

You are spoiled for accommodation , the best of which is defined by the beauty of its setting. You can sleep out under a starry sky or stay in Mowani Mountain Camp, nestled among massive ochre boulders. Walkers will fall in love with the simplicity of Etendeka Mountain Camp, set among flat-topped basalt mountains. More traditionally luxurious and a fine example of partnership with the local community is Doro Nawas Camp, perfectly located to see ostrich, oryx, elephant and other creatures that call the area home.
Wildlife at Etosha, Namibia, by ronnybas, SS.

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Sunset game drive, Etosha, Namibia.

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Herd of elephants with babies at Etosha National Park, Namibia, by johan63.

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Lion family, Etosha, Namibia, by Jason_YU.

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Etosha

Each great wilderness of Africa has its distinct character. The endless silvery salt pan of Etosha offers its own enriching safari experience. Once a vast lake, the shimmering sweep of land offers no cover for cats, and so provides a refuge for thousands of nervous springbok. From May to November, dry conditions force scores of antelope, zebra, giraffe and rhino to converge on diminishing waterholes. Late afternoons bring a moment of mayhem as elephant plunge into the refreshing waters, scattering smaller creatures in all directions.

Among the tawny short grass plains, you stand a good chance of encountering cheetah families. Also caracal and large lion prides, for whom there is no shortage of prey. We recommend you stay on one of the private reserves near the national park. Ongava Tented Camp has eight delightful tented rooms, spaced around an active waterhole. An idyllic retreat after days spent finding felines.
Plane over sand dunes, Skeleton Coast, Namibia.

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Seals, Skeleton Coast, Namibia, by Zeila.

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Shipwreck Lodge, Skeleton Coast, Namibia.

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Clay castles activity, Shipwreck Lodge, Skeleton Coast, Namibia.

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Aerial view of Hoanib Valley Camp, Skeleton Coast, Namibia.

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Skeleton Coast

From the moment you fly in, it becomes immediately apparent why this coast was so feared by mariners. With its onshore winds, pounding waves and almost waterless inland landscape, it is a haunting, but beautiful natural wonder. This is another of Namibia’s iconic colour palettes. Inky Atlantic waves crash in foamy white breakers against a buttery beach littered with sun-bleached whale bones and ancient boat planking. This is the only place on the continent where lions have adapted to beach life. If you’re lucky, you may spot them feasting among anxious fur seal colonies — a unique example of how life indeed finds a way.

If you’re going all the way to the Skeleton Coast, how about staying in a shipwreck? This is the thinking behind Shipwreck Lodge. Each of the 10 chalets is designed like a miniature of its namesake, albeit more comfortable. A 30 minute flight inland takes you to the rugged hills, desert plains and dunescapes of Kaokoland, to Shipwreck’s sister property, Hoanib Valley Camp. Dedicated to the protection of stately Angolan giraffe, staying here offers opportunities to track black rhino and search for kudu and klipspringer, which have adapted to thrive in this sparse land.
Drinks stop with a view, Namibia.

So Much More

Namibia is a land that repays on time invested. Some places are so remote that a small plane is the only means of access. But if you can spare two weeks or longer you can experience the glories of the unfolding landscapes travelling by road in a private fully equipped safari vehicle with an expert guide. You can build a rapport with them and they will respond to your interests, unveiling a desert odyssey. Make fascinating detours and discover that what lies en route can be just as interesting as each destination.
Man on vehicle under stars in Sossusvlei

Why is Namibia a great post-COVID travel destination?


  • The current levels of infection are very low, making the prevalence of the virus in the country minimal.

  • Windhoek's private hospitals have world class medical facilities, and screening of arriving visitors has been efficient and effective.

  • The dry, hot climate makes the country appear to be unsuitable for virus survival and spread.

  • Namibia has the second lowest population density on the planet, so social distancing has always been a given and is even more so now.

  • There are a low overall number of visitors, so Namibia is a destination that naturally limits exposure between tourists.

  • Having opened to local tourism in mid-May, camps and lodges in Namibia have had ample time and practice to become well-versed in hygiene and safety protocols, which will have improved further once international travellers start returning.

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