Watching Wildlife

Namibia doesn't have the same reputation for wildlife as Botswana, but there are some stirring exceptions, not least among them Etosha, one of Africa's most rewarding wildlife destinations.

Etosha National Park A destination that showcases incredible wildlife numbers and accessibility, with animals crowding around easily seen waterholes.

Okonjima Nature Reserve Track leopards, cheetahs and even wild dogs while learning about AfriCat's important conservation message.

Damaraland One of Southern Africa’s last ‘unofficial’ wildlife areas, with zebras, giraffes, elephants and even black rhinos outside national parks and protected reserves.

Caprivi Strip Wildlife is making a spectacular comeback here, with rarely visited national parks just across the border from Botswana's epic Okavango and Linyanti regions.

Kaokoveld The miracle of elephants in the desert is worth the considerable effort of getting here and around.

Khaudum National Park Remote country with free-ranging wild dogs and lions in the far northeast.

Landscapes

Namibia possesses an incredible array of landscapes, from soaring sand dunes and slabs of ancient granite mountains, to rock-strewn moonscapes, salt pans and endless savannahs.

Fish River Canyon For once the clichés are true – this truly is Africa's equivalent of the Grand Canyon.

Etosha Pan Stand out on the pan and survey an empty saline nothingness that bursts into life after the rains, while just behind is an artist’s palette of African savannah.

Northwestern Namibia Some of the region’s most incredible landscapes imaginable include the Skeleton Coast and the Kaokoveld with its wide-open vistas and lonely desert roads.

Namib-Naukluft Park Some of the most beautiful sand dunes on the planet and the austerely beautiful Naukluft Mountains.

Spitzkoppe The summit of Namibia's rocky mountain spine that runs for most of the length of the country.

Off-Road Driving

There’s plenty to challenge 4WD enthusiasts who like to get off-road. In many remote places age-old tracks (in perilous condition after the rains) are the only way to navigate through the African wilderness.

Kaokoveld One of the last true wildernesses in Southern Africa, the remote and beguiling Kaokoveld is crisscrossed by sandy tracks laid down decades ago – this is a serious off-road challenge.

Khaudum National Park With virtually no signage, and navigation dependent on GPS coordinates and topographic maps, Khaudum is a wildlife and off-road adventure.

The Brandberg Real 4WD country out here, with gravel tracks yielding to rocky trails that you may just have to yourself.

Nyae Nyae Conservancy Very few travellers venture into the heart of San Namibia, a wonderfully remote, vast corner dotted with fascinating villages.

Cape Cross Drive north of Henties Bay along the coastal salt road, a very different kind of off-road experience.

Birdwatching

Namibia is a wonderful destination for birders, with options ranging from the shorebirds of the coast to the desert specialists of the interior. The rocky mountains and wild coast make a nice complement to Botswana's mix of desert and delta when it comes to building an impressive list of Southern African species.

Caprivi Strip Mahango Game Reserve and Mamili National Park present Namibia’s best birdwatching opportunities. Mamili has recorded more than 430 species.

Walvis Bay Lesser and greater flamingos flock in large numbers to pools along the Namib Desert coast, particularly around Walvis Bay and Lüderitz.

Etosha National Park Some of Namibia's best birding for desert-adapted species, including kori bustards and ostriches.

Fish River Canyon Bird numbers may be few, but there's a good chance to pick up some lesser-known species among the rocky valleys.

Fly-In Safaris

The fly-in safari is more a Botswana experience than a Namibian one, but there are a couple of fabulous options for those who value reaching those corners of the earth accessible only by air.

Skeleton Coast Wilderness Area Remote, wild and virtually inaccessible unless you're willing to fly in.

Serra Cafema Camp The ultimate in isolation in Namibia's remote, almost-trackless far northwest.