Namibia is the soul of Africa, characterised by vast open spaces, breathtaking scenery and great contrasts - ocean, dunes, mountains and deserts. This vast desert country of rolling dunes and swirling mists stirs the spirit and moves the heart. Namibia is so large and sparsely populated that it is possible to discover enormous open spaces without roads, towns, trees or even stones, just the lonely desert wind passing through one of the most enchanting corners of the earth.
Africa's largest game park, the Namib-Naukluft Park, is a must see when on safari in Namibia, with its magnificent sea of rolling red dunes at Sossusvlei. Other components of the park includes Sandwich, one of the most important coast wetlands in Africa. About 240 000 waders, terns, flamingos and pelicans are found on this lagoon. The Naukluft Park also supports a healthy leopard population as well as gemsbok, springbok and kudu. Covering some 200 000 hectares of plains, magnificent dunes, granite outcrops and mountains, The NamibRand is home to herds of gemsbok, springbok, zebra and host of smaller creatures. Its main attraction however, is the awesome scenery and solitude and activities include scenic drives and guided walks, with balloon safaris start from Camp Mwisho.
Swakopmund, Namibia's second biggest town and is one of the most surreal and unique destinations in the country, a typical Europe meets the African desert next to the ocean kind of place. After a dusty trip to the desert dunes of Sossusvlei or the Namib-Naukluft Park, you can return to Swakopmund and experience great colonial ambience and luxury accommodation.
Etosha National Park is one of Africa's great parks in both size and diversity of wildlife. In the country’s far northwestern pocket is the captivating and largely unexplored Caprivi Strip.
The Namib a world of vast space, endless horizons, dramatic desert scapes and jagged mountain heights. It is one of the oldest, driest and most pristine deserts on Earth and home of predator-rich game reserves, rugged mountains and coastal resorts, prehistoric flora and a cultural tapestry of people from the Sun hunter-gatherers to the Herero and Himba tribes of the north.
With the Okavango and Victoria Falls as neighbours, many visitors combine a Namibian safari with either a Botswana safari or a Zimbabwe safari, or both. The enormous distances between destinations in this huge breathtaking land means we encourage our guests to fly from camp to camp. This allows a greater appeciation of the country in all its vast splendour from the air, as well as provinding more time for exploring ton the ground in the company of highly trained, passionate guides who are eager to share their enthusiasm for the knowledge of this wonderful, surprising land. Longer combination fly-and-drive safaris also offer a fascinating and popular experience, but these are only recommended if guests have about 10 days to enjoy the country.
With an unpredictable annual rainfall and very high evaporation rate, Namibia is largely an arid country and the Namib Desert is one of the driest areas in the world. Except in the southwestern corner of the country, a winter-rainfall area, more than half of the precipitation is recorded between October and March and usually occurs as violent thunderstorms during mid-afternoon or early evening.
Daytime temperatures in summer are usually very high in the extreme north and south of the country. The central highlands are usually a bit cooler, while winter days are mild and temperatures are low.
There are frequent flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Windhoek or Walvis Bay. Regular flights also operate between Windhoek and Swakopmund / Windhoek and Etosha. Scheduled flights from Maun and Victoria Falls to Windhoek are also available.
Shuttle / Charter Flight
A few light aircraft shuttle flights are available into the NamibRand, but getting into most areas necessitates a private charter from Windhoek. These are relatively inexpensive and save time for the busy traveller.
Namibia is an ideal self-drive destination, although distances between major centres are considerable. All &Beyond guests beginning their self-drive journey in Windhoek or Swakopmund are given a comprehensive briefing by our knowledgeable staff regarding road conditions, suggested sightseeing along the route and other relevant information.
Every visitor to Namibia must be in possession of a passport that is valid until six months after the initial date of travel; however no visas are required for citizens of the USA, UK, most European countries (including France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Spain and Switzerland), Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Malaysia, Japan and Singapore. Travellers receive entry for 90 days and visas for onward travel can be obtained in Windhoek.
For visitors from other countries, please check with your nearest Namibian Consulate about obtaining a visa.
The Namib may appear to be a harsh environment, but the fascinating desert-adapted wildlife combined with endless space, utter tranquility and extraordinary light, makes it one of Africa’s most compelling wilderness regions. Although seemingly devoid of life, these dunes actually buzz with a unique community of desert adapted beetles, spiders, lizards, golden moles and other creatures, whose presence is most evident from their telltale tracks left in the fine sand. Large mammals such as oryx, springbok, Burchell’s zebra, the unique Hartmann’s mountain zebra (found only in Namibia and Southern Angola), ostrich and giraffe are most commonly encountered on the plains and dry watercourses. Predators include leopard, spotted hyena, cheetah, jackal, foxes and African wildcat, while elephant and blue wildebeest are commonly spotted.
Sossusvlei, a famous highlight in the heart of the Namib Desert, is a huge clay pan surrounded by towering sand dunes. Some of the spectacular dunes reach a height of 300 meter, the highest in the world and are continuously being reshaped and reformed by the wind to form breathtaking landscapes. In hues of orange, buttermilk, pumpkin and sienna, they are magnificent and much photographed. When exceptional rains fall, the Tsauchab River breaks through the sand, flowing all the way to Sossusvlei. The huge pan that is encircled by the mighty dunes fills with water, attracting hundreds of flamingoes and other wildlife.
The NamibRand Nature Reserve spans 180 000 hectares of unspoilt desert wilderness and is the largest private nature reserve in Southern Africa.
The capital, Windhoek, situated among the rolling hills of the central highland, is a perfect blend of colonial Germany and modern city architecture. Swakopmund is Namibia’s premier coastal holiday town. It is a pleasant coastal resort and perfect as a base to explore the Cape Cross seal colony, the Namib Desert and Sandwich Harbour. To the south of Namibia lies the awe-inspiring Fish River Canyon and to the north the most notable attraction is the shimmering Etosha Salt Pan and the Etosha National Park, a densely populated wildlife sanctuary and home to the largest Black rhino population in Africa. Combining a visit to the unique Skeleton Coast and Seffa Cafema also has to be one of the best safaris in Africa.Health & Safety
Namibia is a safe and stable country boasting modern infrastructure and facilities and one of the cleanest and neatest African capitals. Still, be careful, remain alert and keep a close watch over your belongings. It is advised you check with your tour operator or hotel concierge - they will know if there are any potentially unsafe areas along your travel route.
It is wise to avoid deserted areas, particularly at night and if you are on a self-drive adventure then please ensure your car is locked at all times - park in well-lit, busy areas. Dress-down (i.e. don’t wear excessive jewellery) when exploring Africa’s diverse cities. Concealed travel wallets are recommended. Stopping for hitch hikers is not recommended.
Consult your doctor or an immunisation centre about the relevant vaccination requirements for the countries to which you will be travelling. We do suggest you get a Yellow Fever vaccination, because it’s compulsory for most African countries. . For extra safety while travelling African countries, we recommend vaccinations for typhoid, polio, tetanus, hepatitis, meningitis and cholera. Also with your passport, make a certified copy of your certificate. Refer to www.travelclinics.co.za for more medical advise.