Namibia, with its harsh, beautiful landscapes is rugged Africa at its very best, offering visitors an unrivalled feeling of freedom and space. Home to the world’s highest sand dunes, second deepest canyon, and one of Africa’s largest game parks, it’s an alternative safari destination not to be missed.
The haunting beauty of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast stretches from the south of Namibia up into Angola, it’s a vast area of rolling sand dunes, uninhabited desert plains, fossil beds, unique geological formations and desert-adapted animals, with colonies of penguins and seals scattered along the coastline. Namibia is a fascinating destination and an excellent place to self-drive.
Did you know?
- Skeleton Coast Safaris offer fantastic trips throughout Namibia using their own aircraft for low level flights between destinations.
- There is so much life in the desert that you will only really learn about with a specialist guide.
- Go on a sea safari in Swakopmund and Walvis Bay with a delicious seafood lunch on the beach.
- We recommend flying from Sossusveli to Swakopmund to see the dunes from the air and flying over the old diamond mines and ship wrecks on the coast.
- You can combine a self-drive and a flying safari if you are short of time.
- A self-drive itinerary will let you explore this amazing country at your own pace. This is a vast country with limited accommodation, so it is essential to book accommodation in advance, especially in the school holidays.
- Don’t miss the opportunity to track the desert rhino on foot at Palmwag.
- The Herero people traditionally wear Victorian style dresses and hats which are designed to resemble cows horns to show their strong attachment to their cattle.
- The Benguela current keeps the coastal desert cool and damp as the cold air from the Atlantic hits the desert and creates a sea fog.
- February is the wettest month in Namibia and if you are self-driving you must be aware of flash floods in dry river beds.
- High season is June to October with July/August being the coldest time and can be below freezing in the desert. Make sure you pack enough warm clothes. September/October are warmer months.
- On the Skeleton Coast from May to August it can be foggy in the mornings.