Kalahari Desert | Namib Desert | Sossusvlei | Fish River Canyon | Walvisbay | Skeleton Coast | Damaraland | Himba | Etosha National Park
Namibia: Land of the contrast.
Atelier Africa Safaris is based in Namibia. While we have ample experience in all the other destinations we have in our portfolio, Namibia really holds our absolute expertise. We can make anything happen here to make this a perfect Namibia Luxury Safari. With years of experience in the field and having travelled almost every inch of this amazing country we will make sure you get to see and experience some things no other operator can offer you.
Next to the Victoria Falls, this really belongs to one of the wonders of the world. With its enormous high dunes and breathtaking hidden dead-vlei this will be one of the highlights on your Namibia Luxury Safari. The Sossusvlei and the Deadvlei are a hidden part of the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world. The amazing bright colours of the orange dunes and the blue sky give way for some amazing photography. In this area we’ve selected some of the best lodges in Namibia where you can comfortably refresh and relax after a visit to this part of the Namib Desert.
Skeleton Coast & Walvis Bay
Right in the middle of the Skeleton Coast and at only 30 km from the vibrant city Swakopmund lies Walvisbay. As a town, it is nothing special but the bay itself is a real highlight on your Namibia Safari. Take a boat cruise and encounter an amazing variety of sealife. From pelicans and flamingos to seals, dolphins, turtles and during the months August to October maybe even some whales! To really get the feeling of a Namibia Luxury Safari, we’ve selected some of the smallest boutique guesthouses in Swakopmund as your home for this part of Namibia or when you prefer to stay away from any form of civilisation, the Pelican Point Lighthouse Lodge is probably the best choice for luxury accommodation during your Namibia Safari.
Namibia Kalahari Desert
The Kalahari Desert runs from South Africa all the way to the southern parts of Zambia, covering most of Botswana. It is more of a semi-desert that still supports plants and animals. In Namibia you will find one of the more beautiful corners of the Namib Desert in the east of the country where you get the large Camelthorn trees scattered all over bright orange dunes. The valleys form a home for plenty of wildlife and the San people or Bushmen. At only 250 km from Windhoek, you can visit and stay at the Intu Afrika Private Reserve, our favourite place in the Kalahari hosting 3 distinctive lodges and plenty of interesting quality activities like walks with the Bushmen, Quad-Bike tours and 4×4 Safaris, on the reserve you even have the chance of spotting the last Kalahari Lions.
Another completely different corner of Namibia. The landscapes you see here, you will find nowhere else in the world. The rock formations and ancients bushmen art you find here are truly worth the detour on your way from the coast towards Etosha National Park and if that is not enough this is the only location in the world where you can find the desert elephant and rhinos roaming free in the dried out riverbed. Again here Atelier Africa Safaris has found some amazing camps and lodges offering the best services and guides to make your stay an unforgettable experience in Damaraland.
Etosha National Park
There is no park in Africa that can be compared to the Etosha Park, the salt-pan that makes out the largest part of this reserve can be seen from space and the white dust that spreads through the park creates the most amazing atmosphere. Etosha is known to be home to some of the largest elephants in the world and around the park there are some amazing private reserves that offer top of the range accommodation combining great food, wellness and real African charm. In other words, a perfect stop for your Namibia Luxury Safari.
With still about 50.000 left, the Himba people are probably one of the largest semi-nomadic cultures you will find in Africa. The women are easily recognised by their red skins and are responsible for the more labor-intensive work in the tribe. They take care of the children, build the houses, milk the goats and cows and carry water. Another remarkable fact about the Himba woman is that they never wash themselves. You can find the Himba villages mainly in the north-western corner of Namibia along the Kunene river. If you would like to find out more about the Himba culture on your tour in Namibia, let us know and we can organise a visit to one of the villages.
Luderitz or Luderizbucht is the most southern harbour town of Namibia and was founded by a German trader, Frans A. E. Luderitz in 1883. This was almost 400 years later than when Bartolomeu Diaz was the first to put foot on this land in 1488. You can still find proof of this event at Diaz Point, just a kilometersouth of where you now find the harbour.
Fish River Canyon
The Fish River Canyon located all the way in the South of Namibia is known to be the Biggest Canyon in Africa and probably the second biggest in the world after the Grand Canyon in the U.S. You can discover the canyon from the top at various viewpoints. For the more active one there is the option to go down on walking trails or even do a guided trekking trip with mules for a couple of days where you camp inside the Canyon. One of our favourite destinations right at the edge of the magnificent Canyon would be Fish River Lodge, the absolute top place to stay when discovering this amazing corner of Namibia.
Just outside Luderitz, about 15 km into the desert you will find what is probably one of the most photographed locations in Namibia after the Death Vlei; Kolamanskuppe or Kolmanskop. It is the old Diamond village built right at the entrance of the mines and named after a transporter Johnny Coleman who got lost in that area during a heavy sandstorm and was found in the dunes.
Sometime around 1908, a railway worker, Zacharias Lewala, who was cleaning the rails of sand between Luderitz and Keetmanshoop found a shinny stone and took it to his German chief, August Stauch. He confirmed that it was a diamond and the rush to Kolmanskoppe began. The village was flourishing and had everything you can imagine. There was a casino, bowling alley, ballroom, library and the hospital had the first X-ray machine in the southern hemisphere! About fifty years later, the diamonds dried out and in 1954 the last residents left town. Since then the desert has been taking over and almost all the buildings are now knee-deep in sand.
The Caprivi, also know as the panhandle of Namibia, was created by the German Chancellor Leo Von Caprivi who traded with the United Kingdom to create a connection between the Sud-West-German-Afrika – today Namibia – and East-German-Afrika – today Tanzania. The Caprivi is crossed and surrounded by four rivers, the Okavango River that runs into the Okavango Delta in Botswana, the Kwando River, the Chobe River and the mighty Zambezi River. All these rivers make the Caprivi definitely the greenest area in Namibia and the parks, lodges and camps along the river are absolutely worth a visit. As any other corner of Namibia, the Caprivi is now also easily accessible for self-drives or via private plane. From here you can swiftly cross border into Botswana and visit the Chobe park of the Okavango Delta or cross borders in to Zambia or Zimbabwe and visit Livingstone and Victoria Falls at only 70 km from tip of the Caprivi. At Atelier Africa, we can help you out with any tour you desire and we don’t let the borders stop us. Combining Namibia, Botswana and Zambia in one itinerary is no problem at all.
Because horses are not native to southern Africa, the way these Wild Horses or the Namib Desert Horses came to exist is still a mystery. There are theories that they survived from a sinking ship that ran abroad the Namibian coastline. Others think that they escaped during the wars in South Africa where horses were brought by the Dutch. All they know is that the Namib Desert Horse is a very strong breed and it is the most isolated population in the world with only around 150 horses on a 300 square kilometre area. The horses can go very long without water, even up to 3 days in winter time. The best place to spot them is about 10km west of Aus, a small village between Ludertiz and Keetmanshoop on the B4, you will find a waterhole that was installed for the horses.
With speeds up the 70 mph or 110 km per hour, the cheetah is the fastest animal on land and Namibia has the highest population of cheetah in the world. Thanks to the great work of many various cheetah conservation programmes, the population of the cheetah in Namibia has now also stabilised. When you are in Namibia, make sure to visit one of the great conservation programmes around the country on your tour.
Is a Namibia safari what you are looking for?
FAQ – Namibia Luxury Safari
When is the best time to go?
Namibia has more then 300 day of sun per year. The rainy season in the summer ( December – March ) really only has some short rains and in the southern desert areas it barely ever rains. To spot wildlife it is better to come in the dry season. The winter (May – August ) has very soft temperatures up to 25 degrees even during the day but the nights can get really cold as is usual for a desert climate.
How to get to Namibia?
With Air Namibia ( www.airnamibia.com.na) you can get on a daily flight from Frankfurt Airport ( Germany ) to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia.
Frankfurt airport is one of the largest airports in Europe and connects to almost every corner of the world.
Other options are connecting via South Africa. Johannesburg and Cape Town are at only 1h30 flight from Windhoek.
Air Namibia flies a brand new Airbus 330-200 daily from Frankfurt, click here for more info.
Any injections / medication needed ?
Namibia is declared malaria free region below the northern border of the Etosha National Park. No injections are required to enter the country.
What does it all cost ?
Depending on how much time you have and how much of this vast country you wish to see, we put together various Namibian Safaris. The most popular Namibia Luxury Safari – and our speciality of the house at Atelier Africa Safaris – is the Ultimate Namibian Self-Drive. Here you get a proper 4×4 Jeep, a map, a roadbook with detailed instructions and all the vouchers for your accommodation, booked at the best camps and lodges in the country. If you are short in time we can ofcourse also make it a Fly-In Safari or in case you really want to discover every corner of the country with one of Namibias’ best guides we can make that happen too!