Namibia is a country of astonishing contrasts, with wild, vast, unpopulated desert landscapes that offer photographic safari opportunities few places can compete with. Under infinite blue skies and starry nights, experience solitude and stillness like nowhere on the Continent.
From the red dunes of Sossusvlei, to the Atlantic coastal ghost town of Kolmanskop, from wild horses to the Majestic Fish River Canyon, Namibia encompasses some of the most spectacular wilderness tapestries in Africa. Visit the Himba and Herero people, and learn more about their fascinating cultures and way of life.
“The first time I went to Namibia, it was with 7 clients and it became the most exciting expedition I have ever done. For 22 days we explored the deserts, visited the people and learnt about their cultures, got close up to wildlife and experienced scenery like nowhere else on earth. This harsh, arid, but spectacular country, rocked my boat and expectations, and I fell in love with it.” - Hylton Langley
Namibia’s Sossusvlei is situated in the largest conservation area in Africa- the Namib-Naukluft National Park. It is here where one finds the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib Desert. The dunes of the Sossusvlei area consist of ‘star dunes’ that are shaped from all directions due to wind action, and it is these large dunes that, against the contrast of bright blue skies, create brilliant photographic opportunities. Scenic hot air balloon flights over these dunes are on offer, and if you are fortunate you might be able to see some of the desert-adapted wildlife such as springbok, oryx, and ostriches - all from the sky.
The Skeleton Coast is referred to by the Namibian Bushmen as “The Land God Made in Anger”, and this hostile coastline is best known for its beaches that are scattered with bones and shipwrecks caused by thick fog, rough seas, stormy winds and unpredictable ocean currents. Large colonies of Cape Fur seals can be found around the Cape Cross area, where brown hyeanas and jackals can be seen patrolling the coastlines in search of abandoned seal pups. Other larger mammals such as springbok, giraffe and lion can also be found along the coastal riverbeds.
Etosha means 'the great white area' in reference to the enormous mineral pan that spans more than 5,000-square kilometres across Namibia’s best-known game reserve. The pan itself is dry during most of the year, but when the summer rains arrive the area is filled with water and transformed into a haven for large flocks of pelicans and flamingos. Etosha has good sightings of lions, spotted hyaenas, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, and black rhinos, especially in the dry months when animals are forced to congregate around the waterholes. Some of the camps have waterholes lit by spotlights, and at night time, one can sit quietly and watch as the animals come to quench their thirst after a long hot day. This is a very special experience, and one Hylton can highly recommend.
If you are in search of untamed wilderness, a visit to Damaraland is highly recommended. Damaraland is part of the Kunene region in Namibia’s northwest, and is located between the Brandberg and the Sesfontein villages. The area is characterized by its rocky and rugged landscapes, interspersed with ancient valleys and open plains. It is one of the driest and most desolate regions in Africa, yet in this arid environment, desert-adapted species such as elephants, black rhino, oryx, Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra, springbok, lion, and cheetah can be found. This area is also home to the biggest collection of San rock art, with more than 2,500 rock paintings and engravings visible. A visit here gives you a glimpse into the ancient lives of these ancient hunter-gatherers.