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Reasons to enjoy Namibia Safaris

  • Dunes of Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert
  • Big five game-viewing in Etosha National Park
  • Tracking desert-adapted elephant and rhino in Damaraland
  • Drifting over the desert in a hot air balloon

Best Time for Namibia Safaris

What little rain Namibia receives falls in the summer months generally from November to late March/April, often in the form of afternoon thundershowers. Namibia does get very hot in the summer months especially in the desert, and so these months tend to be a quiet time. Most visitors come during the busy months of July to September when the climate is dry and sunny with easy daytime temperatures for travelling. However it can be very cold at night in the desert and accommodation is at a premium. If you want to travel during this time, book early! We recommend the shoulder seasons of April to June (and October to November) for Namibia safaris when the summer rains have ceased, temperatures have eased but the visitors are not so populous.

How to get to Namibia

Namibia is accessed via direct flights from Frankfurt or South Africa (Cape Town or Johannesburg). You can also combine Namibia safaris with Botswana or Victoria Falls using a connecting scheduled flight.

Reasons to visit Namibia

Cheetah Conservation & the Africat project

Cheetah Conservation & the Africat project

The AfriCat Foundation is a non-profit project to preserve and rehabilitate large cats. Visitors can view and learn about them at close range in their natural habitat – perhaps track leopards in the rehabilitation area, radio-track cheetah on foot or visit the cheetah project. Namibia is home to several large carnivore species including cheetah, leopard, lion, hyaena (brown and spotted) and wild dog. Most of these predators are in conflict with people as Namibia’s climate and terrain mean that livestock (mainly sheep) farming is the only real viable form of farming. The Africat Foundation was founded in 1992 to promote large carnivore conservation and animal welfare. They work with farmers and the Namibian community at large to educate farmers about predators and the need to conserve them. When a cheetah or other predator is harassing livestock, the AfriCat project is called to collect the animal, bring him to the rehabilitation centre. This offers the visitor a rare opportunity to view and learn about cheetah and leopard at close range in their natural habitat. For example, the cheetah, in preparation for being re-introduced to the wild, chase down their food on high-speed zip lines giving you an extremely rare show of the fastest land mammal in full flight. If all goes well the cheetah is then released from AfriCat into either a national park or a private game reserve usually in Namibia, but sometimes in South Africa. However some of the animals at AfriCat have been hand-reared or in captivity all their lives. These animals will not be released as they will not be able to fend for themselves and so AfriCat offers a safe home for them. As they are fed, guests at Okonjima get an unparalleled chance to get up close and personal with cheetah and other predators in the fenced off enclosures. Whilst staying at Okonjima you have the opportunity to track leopards in the rehabilitation area, radio-track cheetah on foot or visit the cheetah project, depending on whether you stay one or two nights. After dinner you can visit the hide to spot night creatures like caracal, porcupine or honey-badgers.

Mobile Camping Safaris

Mobile Camping Safaris

If you’re an adventurous traveller, consider a mobile camping safari, either participation or fully-catered. Participation camping safaris are an affordable and sociable option with scheduled departures. If you prefer something more luxurious, then we also recommend fully serviced camping safaris, which range from 5 to 14 days in duration. These feature proper camp beds, crisp linen, bedside tables with reading lamps, hot water bottles for the winter months, a flushing toilet and a bucket shower in a bathing enclosure. Take your pick!

Desert-adapted Elephants of Damaraland

Desert-adapted Elephants of Damaraland

Damaraland is characterised by flat-topped mountains, broken valleys and rock-strewn gravel plains. The abundant shelter of this rocky terrain makes Damaraland and the Kaokoland to the north a unique habitat for the rare and endangered desert adapted animals. The most famous of course, is the desert elephant, of which only a few hundred remain. This unique animal is able to survive in harsh dry conditions that would be devastating to any other elephant. This, along with its especially long legs, has led some to consider the desert elephants to be a separate sub-species, however others suggest this is an optical illusion caused by their skinnier appearance (relatively speaking!) In addition to the elephants, small numbers of western black rhinos still survive in these desert areas. Visit Damaraland if you wish to see the desert elephants.

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