10 Best Namibia Safari Tours: Our Top Picks

Home to iconic and richly rewarding safari destinations, Namibia continues to be a safe, friendly and diverse country to visit. But it’s a big place – bigger than France - and there are long distances between key destinations such as the Sossusvlei dunes and Etosha National Park. And then there are other amazing places like Damaraland and the Skeleton Coast to fit in as well as opportunities to combine a Namibia safari with Botswana and Victoria Falls.

If you are having a bit of trouble working out where to go and how to do it, then these are our most popular Namibia safaris as chosen by our Africa Safari Experts and returning Go2Africa clients. Truly tried and tested as it were – and with all accommodation, activities and transfers included. Go2Africa can organize your international flights, too.

There is a Namibia safari for every type of traveller: itineraries with honeymoon hideaways as well as ones with family-friendly camps. Consider also a self-drive safari: it’s a great way to keep costs down and the roads are well-maintained. Fly into Windhoek, pick up your car at the airport and off you go. Namibia’s top destinations are easily accessible and you simply travel between accommodations with GPS leading the way.

1. Wildlife, Himbas and Dunes

Duration: 10 Days | Destinations Visited: 5 | Accommodation Visited: 5

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Days 3-4 Okahirongo River Camp on the Kunene River in the Marianfluss Valley.

Covering Etosha, Sossusvlei, Damaraland and the Kaokoveld, this fly-in safari makes light work of Namibia’s big distances. The accommodation is some of the best – intimate, exclusive lodges – and the highlights include private game viewing, interactions with the Himba community and stunning scenery. It’s perfect for discerning honeymoon travellers.

Tour highlights

  • Visit the Himba people
  • See the ‘fairy circles’ of Marianfluss
  • Exciting game drives in Etosha National Park
  • Germany-meets-Africa in Swakopmund
  • Ancient San rock art at Twyfelfontein

Best for these traveller types

Couples, Honeymooners, Families & Groups

2. Etosha, Damaraland and Sossusvlei Fly-in

Duration: 10 Days | Destinations Visited: 5 | Accommodation Visited: 5

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Day 6 Sossusvlei Desert Lodge in the NamibRand Nature Reserve.

The name says it all: Namibia’s three big destinations on one simple fly-in itinerary plus great accommodation and 10 well-paced days to do it all in. Private settings and romantic, luxurious camps mean that this is a great tour for romantic travellers and safari-goers looking for comfort while off the beaten path.

Tour highlights

  • Thrilling wildlife encounters
  • Desert-adapted wildlife
  • Incredible landscapes
  • Fantastic service and cuisine
  • Delightful variety of lodges
  • Nature walks & mountain biking

Best for these traveller types

Couples, Honeymooners, Families & Groups

3. Family Self-Drive

Duration: 10 Days | Destinations Visited: 5 | Accommodation Visited: 5

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Days 2-5 Onguma Bush Camp at Etosha National Park.

Starting and ending in Windhoek, this easy 10-day self-drive opens with big game at Etosha National Park before taking you on a journey through breathtaking desert, coastal and mountain scenery. Enjoy family-friendly camps and excellent wildlife viewing plus two nights in Swakopmund, Namibia’s adventure activity capital on the Atlantic coast: skydiving, dune quad biking or desert walks, anyone?

Tour highlights

  • Self-drive Namibia at your own pace
  • Spot wildlife in Etosha National Park
  • Marvel at millions of stars in Damaraland
  • Search for desert elephants & rhino
  • See San rock art in Twyfelfontein
  • Stay in the heart of buzzing Swakopmund
  • Marvel at Dune 45 in Sossusvlei

Best for these traveller types

Couples, Honeymooners, Families & Groups

4. Sossusvlei, Damaraland and Etosha Self-drive

Duration: 15 Days | Destinations Visited: 6 | Accommodation Visited: 7

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Day 2-4 Sossusvlei Lodge outside Namib-Naukluft National Park.

Designed to appeal to adventurous couples and families with older children, this 2-week Namibia self-drive safari has at least two nights at each destination after a night in Windhoek. Explore at your own pace, do your own thing along the route and enjoy great hospitality each night; you’ll finish the tour with a stay at a big cat conservation centre.

Tour highlights

  • Experience Namibia at your own pace
  • Explore the dunes of Sossusvlei
  • Land and sea adventure in Swakopmund
  • Ancient rock art at Twyfelfontein
  • Safari in Etosha National Park
  • See big cats at the AfriCat Foundation

Best for these traveller types

Couples, Honeymooners, Families & Groups

5. Etosha and Damaraland Self-Drive

Duration: 11 Days | Destinations Visited: 5 | Accommodation Visited: 5

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Days 4-7 Onguma Bush Camp in Onguma Private Game Reserve.

An 11-day loop through northern Namibia, this great-value tour will appeal to independent-minded travellers and families with children. Beginning with the wildlife of Etosha National Park before moving to the magnificent mountain scenery of Damaraland, this safari ends on the coast at Swakopmund, giving you a chance to explore desert and marine environments, too.

Tour highlights

  • Family-friendly accommodation
  • Visit the salt pans & game in Etosha
  • Experience the wilderness of Damaraland
  • Enjoy history in Swakopmund
  • Experience the Waterberg Plateau
  • Game watch at an illuminated waterhole

Best for these traveller types

Couples, Honeymooners, Families & Groups

6. Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia

Duration: 17 Days | Destinations Visited: 11 | Accommodation Visited: 8

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Days 13-16 Ongava Tented Camp at Etosha National Park.

Bursting with biodiversity, this 17-day, multi-country safari opens with the primal beauty of Botswana’s Okavango Delta before whisking you to Victoria Falls where your hotel is within walking distance of the ‘Smoke that Thunders’. Then it’s a flight to Namibia where an 11-day self-drive adventure and a 4X4 rental vehicle are waiting for you – Sossusvlei, Etosha, Damaraland and Swakopmund are all on the itinerary.

Tour highlights

  • Experience the excitement of Victoria Falls
  • Drift along the Okavango in a mokoro
  • Be awed by Sossusvlei
  • Road trip through the best of Namibia
  • Find the Big 5 in Etosha

Best for these traveller types

Couples, Honeymooners, Families & Groups

7. Namibia Desert & Community Safari

Duration: 10 Days | Destinations Visited: 4 | Accommodation Visited: 3

Days 1- 3 at Little Kulala Lodge in Sossusvlei.

Spend 10 days exploring three of Namibia’s most popular destinations – Sossuvlei, Damaraland, and Kaokoveld – on this trip with a purpose. Immerse yourself in enriching cultural experiences with local communities and discover the world-famous dunes and wildlife of Namibia.

Your journey begins in the world-famous Sossuvlei region at Little Kulala Lodge before heading off to Damaraland for a chance to experience big game country within a private conservancy. Finally, venture to Kaokoland and enjoy a luxury tented escape at Serra Cafema Camp, an ideal base from which to explore the Marienfluss Conservancy.

Tour highlights

  • Luxuriously styled and comfortable accommodations in private conservancies
  • Game drives, nature walks, quad biking, boating & hot-air ballooning
  • Climb the world-famous Big Daddy and Dune 45 sand dunes
  • Exceptional game viewing in the Torra Conservancy
  • Visit some of Namibia’s most popular destinations, like Sossusvlei
  • Insightful and educational culture experiences

Best for these traveller types

Couples, Honeymooners, Families & Groups

8. Journey Through Northern Namibia

Duration: 7 Days | Destinations Visited: 4 | Accommodation Visited: 3

Days 5 - 7 at Shipwreck Lodge.

Experience the best of northern Namibia’s captivating landscapes and incredible wildlife on a 7-day sojourn. The adventure begins with an exclusive experience at a legendary safari destination, Etosha National Park. From there, journey to Kaokoveld for a chance to track unique desert wildlife, commune with locals, and witness the magic of a star lit sky.

Finally, venture to one of the wildest parts of Africa, the Skeleton Coast. Shipwreck Lodge welcomes you to discover lonely shipwrecks and study stark contrasts from sea to sand to sky. Track desert-dwelling elephants and enjoy 4x4 excursions to the Namib Desert dunes and Hoanib River Delta. If that doesn’t satisfy your adventurous spirit, head out for quad-biking and sand boarding.

Tour highlights

  • Exceptional game viewing on an Etosha safari
  • Discover unique desert adapted wildlife
  • Interact with local communities
  • Sensational star gazing
  • Exciting adventure activities a Shipwreck Lodge

Best for these traveller types

Couples, Honeymooners, Families & Groups

9. Namibia’s Desert Flying Safari

Duration: 7 Days | Destinations Visited: 3 | Accommodation Visited: 3

Days 3 - 5 at Hoanib Valley Camp.

Experience the best of Namibia from above and below on this 7-day jaunt. Explore some of the most popular safari destinations, including the game dense Hoanib Valley, the world-renowned Sossusvlei Dunes, and the exquisite Skeleton Coast. Starting with a flight from Windhoek to the NamibRand Nature Reserve, your first few nights are spent at Kwessi Dunes.

By day, enjoy game drives and walks through the reserve and stargaze in Africa’s first International Dark Sky Reserve by night. A scenic coastal flight then transports you to Hoanib Valley after a brief stop in Swakopmund for lunch. An elegant, tented camp and an abundance of game await. Finally, take in the exquisite landscapes on a drive to the Skeleton Coast for a stay at the award-winning Shipwreck Lodge. Those with a thirst for adventure will find themselves at home here with activities like quad biking, dune boarding and 4x4 drives.

Tour highlights

  • Soak in Namibia’s spectacular scenery from the air and ground
  • Visit Sossuvlei’s iconic sand dunes
  • Discover the desert-adapted wildlife of Hoanib Valley
  • Quench your thirst for adventure at Shipwreck Lodge
  • Enjoy game drives and walks
  • Stargaze in Africa’s first International Dark Sky Reserve

Best for these traveller types

Couples & Honeymooners

10. Namibia’s Sossusvlei, Damaraland & Kunene Fly-in

Duration:  7 Days | Destinations Visited: 4 | Accommodation Visited: 3

Days 5 - 6 at Serra Cafema Camp.

Uncover Namibia’s must-see spots and best-kept safari secrets on this 7-day journey. Begin at the famous Sossusvlei dunes and take advantage of the region’s top activities from hikes on sand dunes and guided wildlife walks to hot-air ballooning and scenic flights. This is the ideal place to discover desert wildlife, star gaze to your heart’s content, and even enjoy a sleep-out experience.

Step back in time with your next stop at Twyfelfontein and discover unique geological sites and ancient rock drawings. An air transfer takes you to the Kunene region where an oasis awaits amidst the arid landscape, Serra Cafema. Discover the area on foot, by quadbike expedition, or even by boat along the river. Take advantage of a unique opportunity to enjoy an authentic Himba cultural experience where locals share details and stories about their lifestyles and traditions.

Tour highlights

  • Discover one of Africa’s most important collections of rock art
  • Hike the spectacular sand dunes in Sossusvlei
  • Experience life in a desert oasis
  • Enjoy an authentic culture experience
  • Explore and discover local desert-adapted wildlife on game drives and walks

Best for these traveller types

Couples, Honeymooners, Families & Groups

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