We love Namibia. Not always on the beaten track and that is precisely where the attraction lies. With a Western border along the Atlantic Ocean, Angola in the North and South Africa in the South, Namibia offers an incredible holiday destination well away from the crowds. Formerly known as German South-West Africa, Namibia was managed as a region of South Africa for many years following World War 2. Namibia gained its independence in 1990 and has never looked back.
The first step to planning your holiday is to understand the regions and how to get there. From the UK, the only Southern African country with direct links to the United Kingdom is South Africa with flights to Johannesburg and Cape Town from London with onward connections to Windhoek and Walvis Bay. Many of our guests prefer to travel indirectly from Regional Airports in the UK. Airlines such as Lufthansa offer one stop connections to Namibia's capital, Windhoek. Our Travel Team are on hand to plan the best route for you alternatively we are able to fly you privately directly to Namibia from Europe and the United States.
Your Gateways to Namibia are Windhoek and Walvis Bay. The biggest attraction in Namibia is definitely the Etosha National Park. Don't expect huge herds of animals but do expect stunning scenery. We recommend that our guests also head down to the coast, the town of Swakopmund and the Skeleton Coast offers a unique experience and a couple of nights out in the desert in Sossusveli has been described as life-changing. Contact our Travel Team to get the ball rolling.
An oasis sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Namib Desert, Swakopmund is a unique stop on a Namibian itinerary. Also known as the adventure capital of Namibia, Swakopmund offers a glimpse into Namibia's German Colonial past and also acts as a gateway to the Skeleton Coast. Palm-lined streets, seaside promenades, fine accommodation, a pleasant summer climate and decent beaches.
For the adrenalin junkies there a host of activities to delight, From quad biking and sand-boarding in the dunes, canoeing, para-sailing and boating. For us, Namibia offers an incredible self-drive destination although it must be noted that distances are significant.
The bustling Capital City of Namibia and the gateway to the country. The city centre is characterised by a proliferation of German style buildings, a lasting reminder of Namibia's early colonial history. Early buildings such as the Alte Feste (old fort), Christuskirche and Tintenpalast (the parliament buildings) are of particular historical interest.
In a wonderful display of irony, the Alte Feste Fort, once the bastion of German colonialism, now houses the National Museum which places particular emphasis on the freedom struggle and Namibian independence, right in front of the fort is the iconic Reiterdenkmal (equestrian memorial). Other notable buildings in Windhoek include St Mary's Cathedral and the Turnhalle Building.
Although the entire coastline of Namibia was formerly called The Skeleton Coast, more commonly today it refers only to the Skeleton Coast National Park. The park stretches from the Kunene River in the north for approximately 500km to the Ugab River in the south, and protects about one-third of Namibia's coastline.
The Skeleton Coast is is normally associated with famous shipwrecks, and stories abound of sailors walking for hundreds of kilometres through this barren Namibian landscape in search of food and water. The name came from the bones that lined the beaches from whaling operations and seal hunts, but more than a few of the skeletons were human. The Bushmen called it The Land God Made in Anger and the Portuguese knew it as The Gates of Hell.
THE NAMIB DESERTS
The sand dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert are often referred to as the highest dunes in the world. Various arguments are laid out to support this claim, but all miss the point, which is that Sossusvlei is surely one of the most spectacular sights in Namibia. Located in the Namib Naukluft park, the largest conservation area in Africa, and fourth largest in the world - the sand dunes at Sossusvlei are just one excellent reason to visit Namibia.
We have curated a collection of remarkable lodges across the Namib Deserts and for us, they represent the true magic of Namibia. The stars you will see at night are like nothing you will see elsewhere and many offer the opportunity to sleep al-fresco.