Namibia is ideal
for independent adventurers - it has an excellent network of roads by African
standards with tar links between major towns and nearly 60000km of good secondary
gravel roads. Distances between attractions are immense, suitable time allowances
and special attention should be paid in planning a self-drive safari. All
of the major safari spots can be covered independently and accommodation
is available through the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) rest camps
or on game farms or lodges near these attractions. Certain areas of the Kaokoveld
and Caprivi should only be undertaken in 4x4 convoy fashion. Vehicle hire
in Namibia is reasonably expensive (outright vehicle purchase on a guaranteed
buy-back basis in Cape Town or hire from South Africa can be more economical).
If you have the time (less than 3 weeks on safari would be an injustice to
Namibia and yourself!) and are prepared to do some detailed planning then
an independent self-drive Namibian safari is a very attractive option.
cross county safaris offer an excellent means for accessing remote locations
with experienced local guides over a reasonably short safari duration - don't
count on less than 13 days as a bare minimum. We strongly recommend this
option when considering the Kaokoveld as a component of a safari in Namibia.
In general these safaris are conducted on fixed-date departures with less
than 8 guests making up a group, if you're planning your safari as a couple
then this is the best way to go. If you have your own group of between four
and eight people, then request a tailor-made trip - you're unlikely to pay
a premium and you have the advantage of being able to select options that
may be more consistent with your interests.
are definitely the best means for covering Namibia's highlights if you're
short on time (7 days minimum). These safaris tend to be more exclusive,
generally with a maximum of 4 guests on the trip. Extensions and custom
alterations to suit specific needs and interests can be arranged. Whilst
the bird's eye view of a "wing safari" might not do justice to Namibia's
"traditional" scenery the perspectives over the Skeleton Coast and desert
are once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The Sossusvlei and Etosha stopovers are
particularly recommended and include amongst the best lodges in the country.
some exceptional options for seasoned African travellers as well as those
who have a key interest in photographic pursuits (scenery, birdlife, wildlife),
birdwatching, geology, very particular game and/or bird species, regional
history or rock art. If the sense of timelessness is something that you've
ever experienced then you have to consider Namibia for a comparison. You
have the option of doing an independent self-drive safari or make contact
and we'll assign a Namibian specialist to assist you with your safari plan
- the mobile safaris are best customised for specialist excursions.