A Namibia safari offers visitors some of the world's finest wildlife destinations as well as some of the most remote places on our planet. Popular safari parks and areas include Etosha National Park, Sossusvlei, Damaraland, Skeleton Coast Park, the Kunene Region as well as the Fish River Canyon. A place that seems harsh, dry and lifeless, Namibia offers approximately 4000 species of plants, 650 bird species and 80 mammal species, including the endangered black rhino, and unique desert adapted elephants and lions.
Namibia is known as the land of contrasts; the lively seaside town of Swakopmund is famous for its thrilling desert skydiving, and more romantic Hot Air Balloon rides over the spectacular sand dunes. Damaraland offers the ultimate in peace and tranquillity; an area known for its warm and friendly people, as well as fascinating rock formations and bushman paintings.
Namibia is a vast and open country, mostly arid and not highly populated. Its natural beauty is astounding, running from the stunning Namib Desert in the south through to the world-famous Etosha National Park in the north.
It is a country of contrasts, perhaps most famous for its undulating, burnt orange sand dunes that riple alongside the mysterious Skeleton Coast.
Africa's largest game park, the Namib-Naukluft Park, is a must-see with its magnificent sea of rolling red dunes at Sossusvlei. The Caprivi Strip is a magical oasis of waterways and wildlife, while Etosha National Park is the home of vast, white salt pans.
From luxury desert lodges to adventure-filled self drive safaris, Namibia offers a combination of wildlife and cultural richness, and rolling landscapes that seemingly go on without end.
Game viewing on a Namibian safari is a unique and unusual experience. For a place that may seem lifeless, Namibia offers approximately 4000 species of plants, 650 bird species and 80 large mammal species. Species like the Hartmann's mountain zebra, the dune lark and Peringuey's adder occur nowhere else on the planet but here.
Desert-adapted wildlife such as ostrich, springbok, gemsbok, elephant and wildebeest can be found as well as smaller animals like the bat-eared fox and aardwolf can be seen at night.
At Ongava Game Reserve, both the desert-adapted black and white rhino can be seen, as well as lion. The largest population of black-faced impala, listed as 'endangered', can be found at Ongava. Endemic bird species like the bare-cheeked babbler, violet wood-hoopoe and the rosy-faced lovebird are a highlight amongst birders.
Most of Namibia is dry and pleasant, becoming a year round destination. Recommended visiting period is between May and November, as most visitors prefer to avoid the hot, humid and humid Summer months, December to March, which bring thunderstorms in the afternoons. These are more common in the centre and east of the country, and more unusual in the desert.
March, April and May usually offer ideal weather conditions in Namibia with pleasant days. From June to August, also the winter months, the early mornings and late afternoons become cooler and dryer. Night temperatures can be very cold, dropping to below freezing in some desert areas.
During September and October, the days start to warm up again with dry conditions. November can be very hot and dry and when the first rains arrive, it is a celebrated occasion.
Etosha National Park is Namibia’s finest wildlife sanctuary covering an area of more than 22 750sq kms. Visitors can expect to see the nearly 150 mammal species in the Park, including several rare and endangered species such as the black rhino, black-faced impala, tssesebe and gemsbok.
Damaraland is unique and one of the most breathtaking areas in Namibia; a wild and untamed region situated between the Skeleton Coast and the Etosha National Park.
Sossusvlei is home to the highest and most spectacular sand dunes in the world. It is one of Namibia’s highlights and one of the most extraordinary places in the world; surrounded by ancient volcanic mountains.
The Waterberg Plateau, located in north-central Namibia offers an extraordinary landscape quite unlike the mostly flat terrain of the rest of the country. This is also near the location of the famous Cheetah Conservation Fund.
Sun Safaris can arrange scheduled flights for visitors from all major airports in South Africa into Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek.
Guests can take a light aircraft transfer from Hosea Kutako Airport or Eros Airport or Sun Safaris can arrange a rental car if time is not of the essence.
Self-drive holidays are very popular in Namibia and Sun Safaris can arrange a rental car for this purpose. While the roads are in good condition, sufficient time is essential when planning a self-drive holiday in Namibia due to the distances involved.
A simple sedan car (2WD) is suitable for most areas; however 4x4 vehicles can be arranged and is necessary for more off-road excursions.