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NAMIBIA SAFARI TOURS

A utopia of vast terrain and brimming with wildlife, Namibia is a stunning destination for adventure and discovery. With a large Atlantic coast that crosses the Tropic of Capricorn, the country also has many national parks which are host to hundreds of species of animals, birds and plants.

The coastal city of Swakopmund has lots to offer in terms of adrenaline fuelled activities as its landscape is wild and rugged. The dunes are ideal for sandboarding and quad biking, as well as the town being a great place to skydive and see dolphins. The city itself is great for shopping and has delicious local cuisine to try. The dunes soon turn to mountains as you venture through to Spitzkoppe to see the mighty granite monoliths and strange rock formations.

Our Namibia tours also give you a chance to meet and integrate with the socially dynamic Himba tribe, well known for their semi-nomadic pastoral lifestyle. The Himba population is estimated at about 50,000, and they're famous for their practice of applying otjize, a red paste made of ochre which symbolises the richness of the earth and life essence.

If you're a lover of wildlife, there are few better places than Etosha National Park to see a great variety of amazing creatures in their natural habitat. Our Namibia holidays take you by the waterholes and natural springs of the park, which are ideal to catch a glimpse of zebras, impala, wildebeest, cheetahs and elephants. The capital city of Windhoek gives you an opportunity to explore the streets, visit markets and get a taste for the contemporary culture of Namibia.

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TAILOR-MADE Namibia TOURS

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Our tailor-made tours seek to create a personalised experience – one that is completely exclusive to you. By taking all your interests and requests into consideration, we design an itinerary that ticks off your specific boxes. If you are after adventurous exploration, cultural immersion, a relaxing escape or a balanced blend of everything, we can make it happen.

A highlight of our tailor-made tours is that the itinerary is flexible and incorporates plenty of free time – so you can do some exploring on your own. Our local, friendly guides, experts in their country’s history and culture, will be happy to adjust the activities or your schedule as you travel.

If you are a group of friends, a large family or a company, our tailor-made tours are an ideal, stress-free option. You can even select your own hotels or make use of our recommended accommodation. We have a varied selection of sample holiday itineraries to choose from, either as they stand or as a base for inspiration.

TOUR REVIEWS

Amazing tour. Any issues we had were addressed in a timely fashion and the resolutions were satisfactory. My only complaint is the driver picking us up was late and none of the cell numbers worked when we tried to call and figure out what to do.

I had an amazing time on the trip. Everything was incredibly well organized and planned out to a tee. Our tour guide, Big Mo, was amazing and super knowledgeable. I couldn't have imagined a better trip to Egypt!
Excellent

There was a lot of communication from the beginning. The encounters staff was very responsive and the tour guide was great and very accommodating. Encounters was also able to help me with last minute changes to my itinerary while I was on the trip.

Ant provided excellent service. He always responded as quickly as he could, attending to the questions I had for him. He was also very patient and pleasant. I depended on his knowledge and service to make the trip.
I liked the service and the tour guide & driver on the tour. They were professional and provided very good service. I thought 1-2 hotels on the trip were not quite 4-star. It also happened that this group of people was always late for schedule and our walk pace was too slow. It really needs the guide to make people on schedule and be punctual for the activity. Overall I think the time management of this tour needs improvement.

Everything about the trip was thought through, fine-tuned , and marvelous. From Ant Horribin helping us arrange the trip, to rep Waled Ali, and our guide Big Mo, we could not have asked for a better team. Our sincere thanks to them.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is it safe to visit Namibia?

Namibia is a safe and politically stable country to visit.

What is the official currency of Namibia?

The currency used in Namibia is the Namibian dollar and the South African rand.

When is the best time of the year to visit Namibia?

May to October are the best times of the year to visit, especially for game viewing.

What should you wear in Namibia?

It is recommended to wear light, loose-fitting clothing to be comfortable in the heat and neutral tones on safari rides.

Can you drink the tap water in Namibia?

The tap water is either purified or comes directly from boreholes and is safe to drink. Bottled mineral water is readily available at shops and resorts.

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Namibia Country Guide

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Time: GMT+2
Dial Code: +264
Area: 825,615 km²
Elevation: The lowest point in Namibia is the Atlantic Ocean at 0m | The highest point in Namibia is the Konigstein Mountain at 2,606m (8,545 ft.)
Population: 2,587,801 (2018)
Capital: Windhoek
Governemnt: Multi-party parliamentary democracy
Language: English, German

Namibia, officially the Republic of Namibia, is a country located in Southern Africa. The Atlantic Ocean is along the western border, and the country also borders with Angola and Zambia to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south and east.

In 1990, Namibia gained independence from South Africa, following the Namibian War of Independence. The capital and largest city in Namibia is Windhoek. Kenya is a member state of the United Nations, the African Union and the Commonwealth of Nations.

This country is the driest in Sub-Saharan Africa and was inhabited by the San, Damara and Nama groups. Namibia is a multi-party parliamentary democracy. The expansive Namib Desert means that Namibia is one of the least densely populated countries in the world. It also has the least rainfall of any country in sub-Saharan Africa.

The landscape of Namibia features five varied geographical areas, including the Namib, the Bushveld, the Kalahari Desert, and the Great Escarpment. The coastal desert of Namibia is one of the oldest deserts in the world. The sand dunes are created by the strong onshore winds and are the highest in the world.

As Namibia is the driest country in sub-Saharan Africa, the country depends on groundwater. There are more than 10,000 boreholes scattered across the country. Tourism is a major contributor to Namibia's GDP. The country is a popular destination in Africa and is renowned for its ecotourism, which encompasses Namibia's vast wildlife.

Highlights

  • Swakopmund – a coastal city in the west of Windhoek, with sandy beaches overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Skeleton Coast – located along the Atlantic Ocean and south of Angola, this area is scattered with shipwrecks.
  • Kaokoveld – a coastal desert in the north and the ancestral home of the Himba people.
  • Okonjima Nature Reserve – known for the AfriCat Foundation that protects cheetahs and other carnivores.
  • Cape Cross Seal Reserve – a protected area for breeding seals in the South Atlantic on the Skeleton Coast.
  • Caprivi Strip – a lengthy panhandle stretching towards Zimbabwe, with beautiful scenery and wildlife.
  • Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings – a site of ancient rock engravings that has been inhabited for 6,000 years.

Tips

  • English is widely spoken, so you will be able to interact with ease.
  • Pack a jacket and wear layers in the evening, as it can get cold.
  • Vegetarians will struggle to find meat-free dishes – give your dietary requirements before.
  • Carry medication with you, as it will be hard to access a pharmacy.
  • Do not flash your valuables and lock them away in your accommodation.
  • Bring a sturdy pair of hiking shoes for exploring the varied landscape.
  • Take extra batteries, memory cards and a battery charger for your camera.
  • Most of the country is malaria free, apart from the far north and Caprivi.