Namibia is a destination like no other. It has three hundred days of sunshine per year, some of the most beautiful landscapes on the continent, remote and largely unexplored areas, wildlife with many endemic species and various tribes such as Herero, Himba and San. The best way to travel around Namibia is self-drive. But if you do not have much time, we recommend that you book a fly-in safari. Read more...
Botswana is a fascinating safari destination and is considered the best-kept secret in Africa. Its incredible variety of landscapes, ranging from the lush Okavango Delta water labyrinth to the peculiar Makgadikgadi pans and dry Kalahari desert, is home to numerous species of animals. Botswana is not a land of mass tourism, but a privilege for a few. It also offers some of the most exclusive camps in Africa. Read more...
This is a unique safari destination where you can enjoy the breathtaking natural richness, lush vegetation and abundant wildlife away from mass tourism, be it on foot, while canoeing on the mighty Zambezi or unforgettable day and night game drives. Read more...
Windhoek the capital city of Namibia where most of the tours start and end is centrally located. The international airport, Hosea Kutako is situated 45 km's east of Windhoek .
Windhoek is a small bustling city with an estimated population of 400 000. It lies in an airy basin in the central highlands, surrounded by the Auas Mountains in the south-east, the Eros Mountains in the north-east and the Khomas Hochland in the west.
Windhoek is often described as a city with a 'continental' atmosphere. This can be ascribed to its architecture - historical buildings dating back to German colonial rule - as well as to its cuisine, culture, dress codes and educational institutions. At the same time Windhoek has the colour, sounds and tempo of a modern African city.
The country's spectacular geological phenomenon and the highlight of 'Deep South' is the Fish River Canyon. Eroded over many millennia, the Fish River Canyon is the second-largest natural canyon in the world. Its full length is 160 k m - the width is up to 27 km and depth up to 550 meters -
Lüderitz, a coastal town in the "Deep South" is a unique destination. Ten km's to the east lays the world-renowned ghost town, Kolmanskop which will give you a spellbinding insight into what life was in this former diamond settlement. Other activities include bird-watching, visiting Halifax Island to view Namibia's largest colony of African penguins, Lüderitz Peninsula and its many bays and beaches, whale watching, windsurfing and speed-sailing
The Sossusvlei area is characterized by enormous red sand dunes and vast open plains. No part of the desert is visually more dramatic than Sossusvlei with its monumentally high dunes. These gigantic star-shaped mountains of sand - one of the largest was measured from the base as 325 meters high - are a sought-after topic for artists and photographers.
The warm tints of the sand contrast vividly with the dazzling white surfaces of the large deflationary clay pans at their bases. One of these, referred to as Dead Pan, is a large ghostly expanse of dried white clay, punctuated by skeletons of ancient camel-thorn trees, carbon-dated as being between 500 and 600 years old.
Swakopmund is Namibia's premier coastal holiday destination while Walvisbay is Namibia's harbor town and the hub for the fishing industry. These two towns are sandwiched between the cold Atlantic Ocean and the hot Namib Desert.
Swakopmund has a wide choice of hotels, pensions and restaurants, and several coffee shops selling traditional German cakes and pastries. The coast with its desert hinterland offers you many options, both for adventure and for relaxation. Swakopmund boast beautiful clean beaches and the coastline offers unique plants, animals and birds. This Coast line is the beginning of the famous Skeleton Coast waiting to be explored.
The rugged, rocky landscape of Damaraland in north-west Namibia is characterized by valleys and dry riverbeds that carve their way through deep gorges and ancient geological features. The Palmwag conservancy, which is well populated with desert adopted elephants and black rhinos, offers a picturesque setting for the unique photographic opportunity.
The area boasts the geologically fascinating Twyfelfontein World Heritage Site– with its wealth of rock engravings. Other special attractions are the majestic Brandberg with ancient Bushman rock art, the Petrified Forest, Burnt Mountain, Organ Pipes, the Spitzkoppe, and the Erongo Mountains. The area is home to around Nama, Damara, Riemvasmaker and Herero people.
The Etosha National Park is the country's top tourist attraction. Your Namibian tour is never complete without Etosha, which is one of the largest game reserves in Africa with a surface of approximately 23,000 square kilometer, 114 Mammals species and well over 300 various species of birds can be viewed in Etosha. Large mammals such as elephants, giraffes, rhinos, lions can be seen.
There are many accommodation establishments situated outside Etosha, but close enough to allow day excursions into the park. If you want to stay in the park, Namibia Wildlife Resorts provides comfortable accommodation.
Rising as an island of color some 200 meters above the surrounding African bush and savannah, the Waterberg Plateau with its flamboyant brick-red sandstone formations and lush green vegetation is without a doubt the main draw card of the region. Other attractions are the Hoba Meteorite, the Otjihinaparero dinosaur footprints and the Dragon's Breath underground lake neat Tsumeb.
Namibia is knows to be the cheetah capital of the world. The biggest population of cheetahs and leopards can be found in this region. Visit either Okonjima Wildcat foundation or the Cheetah Conservation Foundation (CCF) to view some of these magnificent cats.
The region is in stark contrast to the rest of the country. Its lure is its wild and untamed quality, which gives visitors a peek into authentic African lifestyles. Perennial rivers and expansive floodplains, lush tropical vegetation, an abundance of game and birds, and scattered settlements provide a complete change of scenery from the rest of the Namibian landscape
A large variety of game and an abundance of birds can be viewed in this areas. It is the only area where Buffalo and Hippopotamus can be seen in their natural habitat. Over 400 different species of birds have been recorded in this area and rare animals such as the sable and Roan antelope can be seen.
This region is the road gateway to Victoria Falls and the Okavango delta.
The Okavango Delta is the main attraction of Botswana. It is a flooded area, which is often mistakenly called a swamp. Around 6,000 km2 are permanent, the remaining area depending on the season, flooded.
The Okavango rises in the highlands of Angola, where he is still called Cubango and reaches Botswana after about 1'200 km. He flows so slowly that his waters dissolve in the haze of the desert. A river without an estuary, even the famous David Livingstone, who was one of the first to visit this delta, considered it completely out of the question. In fact, this slow disappearance of the river in the expanses of the Kalahari is one of the strangest wonders of the world. Every year, the Delta looks different again, because at high tide, the many streams change. Countless of the islands disappear, but others are reborn.
Chobe National Park is located in the northeastern part of Botswana. With 11,700 km2, this is the third largest game reserve in this country. The park has an aura of original Africa: Endless landscapes, open plains, baobabs and ancient forests dominate the panorama. With an estimated number of about 60,000 elephants, this is one of the largest, if not the largest, elephant population anywhere.
The elephants are especially good to watch in the late afternoon from a boat from the Chobe River when they come to the potions in huge herds of up to 300 animals. Especially during the dry season, most animals migrate from the south to the north to the Chobe River in the Serondela area. You will also meet impalas, kudu, puku, baboons, giraffes, hippos, lions, various species of birds and with a bit of luck also the malachite kingfisher.
Where the orange-sand dunes and scrubland fade into the depths and herds of oryx, springbok, eland and wildebeest follow the seasons, where the imposing camel thorn trees provide shade for the giant lions with black manes and viewpoints for leopards and birds of prey. This is the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park.
The park stretches along the border between South Africa and Botswana and consists of two adjacent national parks: Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa and Gemsbok National Park in Botswana. About three quarters of the park is in Botswana and a quarter in South Africa. With an area of over 36,000 square kilometers, Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park is one of the few nature reserves of this size in the world.
In the north of the Okavango, on the southern shore of the Linyanti River, which forms the natural border between Namibia and Botswana, lies the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve. In the heart of the reserve there are Linyanti marshes, which attract huge herds of elephants as well as many other animal species. Dry inland forest areas, open meadows, alluvial forests, marshes and lagoons provide habitat for many wild animals. Especially in the dry winter months (April to October) you can see large concentrations of elephants, zebras, buffaloes, giraffes, impala and roan antelope. Wild dogs are also present, which were the highlight of our visit to Linyanti concession in 2012, but you can also see the local Sitatunga antelope, hippos, crocodiles and many species of birds.
Savuti is an area located in the Chobe National Park and the Mababe Plain, the Savuti River and the Savuti march includes. The area is named after the river, which rises in the Linyanti Delta a little further northeast, but usually no water. From 1853 to 1957, over a hundred years, it was completely dried up. In a strange way, the canal filled up again in 1957, but it has already dried up again. For researchers, it is still a mystery when and why the river water or not. Nonetheless, the area, which is characterized by a savannah landscape, is known for its excellent game viewing. Wide plains allow good visibility, which are also grazing grounds for large animal herds; and where there are large herds, predators such as lions, cheetahs, hyenas and leopards are also likely to be seen.
The Moremi Game Reserve is located in the northeastern part of the Okavango Delta in the Batawana tribal area. They soon began to protect the area for future generations. The 3,875 km2 reserve is one of the leading in southern Africa. Here, land and delta mix to a remarkable landscape diversity. Flood plain, meandering watercourses, lagoons, giant acacia and dense mopane forests, steppes, savannas and small salt pans characterize the picture. Of course, these different landscape forms offer an equally diverse animal diversity. There are many animals that are typical of the Okavango Delta: zebras, buffalo herds, giraffes, elephants, wildebeest, impala, kudu, etc. With a little luck, you can also see lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas.
Makgadikgadi stands for a complex of grassy plains and the salt pans Sowa and Ntwetwe, which have an area of about 12,000 km2. The huge, glittering white area of the Makgadikgadi salt pans (the largest in the world) can be clearly seen on weather satellite images.
Once upon a time there was a large, prehistoric lake, probably even bigger than Lake Victoria (East Africa). Today, however, only a small part, and only during a good rainy season, is flooded. Thousands of flamingos then strengthen themselves in this shallow water on their restless journey - a moving spectacle! Interesting and just as spectacular is the migration of large animal herds. In addition to animals, you will discover archaeological sites with prehistoric finds and almost untouched sites that have never been documented.
This salt pan collection west of Francistown covers an area of over 12,000 km2, making it the biggest of its kind. These salt pans were formed by a lake that dried out 15,000 years ago and left the salt covering the ground like a massive blanket. Even outside the national park, the hostile area is sparsely populated. As you move over the slopes, the landscape changes from hard ground to areas of deep sand. Over the millenia, sand has blown in over the wastelands, sometimes over sharp rocks, sometimes through the tumbleweeds and sometimes, lingering in the heavens for minutes on end along with the dusty ashes of sandstorms.
The Kafue National Park was founded in 1950 by legendary British environmental and conservationist Norman Carr, making it the country's oldest and largest national park. With 22,400 square kilometers, Zambia is about half the size of Switzerland. The national park is one of the largest in the world. Kafue has the most diverse variety of animals in Zambia, including a number of rare antelopes and predators such as lions, cheetahs, wild dogs and leopards and more than 500 species of birds.
Lower - Zambezi National Park is located 120 kilometers east of Lusaka is the Lower Zambezi National Park, the youngest National Park designated area in Zambia. The opportunities for a safari are superb and the canoeing experience on the Zambezi is spectacular. Many mammals also live there: elephants, buffalos, lions, leopards, jackals and numerous antelope species can be seen daily in the park. With a bit of luck, you can also spot cheetahs and African wild dogs. The Zambezi River is home to large hippo and crocodile populations. This is also a paradise for bird lovers - over 400 species of birds are known, including Scarlet Spit, Angola Pitta, Narina Trogon and Pale Tortoise.
This park is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in Africa. It is the home of the foot safaris and an absolute must for animal and nature lovers. Breathtaking scenery and outstanding wildlife viewing along the Luangwa promise an unforgettable safari experience. Countless hippos and crocodiles bask on the sand banks of the Luangwa River, which is still one of Africa's most pristine rivers, providing stunning imagery for every visitor. This park also has an exceptional population of leopards and lions that are most active during the night. Since South Luangwa is one of the few national parks where night safaris are allowed, this is the place for big cat lovers.
North of the South Luangwa National Park, there is one of the wildest areas in Zambia: the North Luangwa National Park. This sanctuary is inaccessible to the public, and as it has no permanent lodges or camps, you will hardly see anyone for the duration of your trip. You reach the park with one of the few tour operators who have permission to visit. Then you can also do foot safaris (walking safaris) and stay in one of the few bush camps. Accompanied by an experienced guide, you can enjoy the freedom of the African expanse on foot and return home from your journey with an unforgettable safari experience. If you are looking for a real adventure, this almost untouched part of Zambia is just the place for you.
The spectacular view of the Victoria Falls is one of the great natural wonders of the world. The Victoria Falls are unique, among other things, because they completely unexpectedly plunge into the seething depth. The Africans called it "Mosi-Oa-Tunya": thundering smoke. Depending on the water level, the incredible spray called "smoke" can be seen for up to 60 kilometers. The Zambezi crashes into the Victoria Falls into a 1,688-meter wide crevasse. The maximum depth of fall is 108 meters. That makes them twice as high as Niagara Falls and one and a half times as wide. This is the largest uniformly falling body of water in the world.