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south_africa_holidayExplore the soaring sand dunes and marvel at the wonderful hues of red orange and yellow.
south_africa_holiday Himba tribes of Namibia.
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south_africa_holidayA sea of sand dunes enticing adventure.

Family safari in Namibia

Namibia is a huge country that covers two immense deserts – the Namib, with its landscape of vivid red sand that hugs the Atlantic Ocean coastline and the vast Kalahari which spills out across Namibia’s eastern border. It is the dry climate and desert landscapes that create much of the amazing geological and wildlife features that are unique to Namibia and with the addition of some exciting activities makes an interesting destination for a family safari.

Within the Namib Naukluft Park lies Sossusvlei with its iconic blood red dunes artistically arranged by the elements – surely one of the most photographed sights in the World. In the Dunes gemsbok somehow manage to traverse the impossibly steep inclines. Along the Atlantic Ocean coastline to the north, the Namib Naukluft Park nudges up against the Skeleton Coast National Park with its eerie fogs and lonely beaches colonised by noisy seal numbering many thousands.

In the north of Namibia, approaching the border with Angola, is the Etosha National Park which contains the shimmering salt flats known as the Etosha Pan a harsh environment where giraffes manage an existence in the blinding landscape. Namibia has wildlife every bit as dramatic and individual as the landscape such as the desert–adapted elephants and as you would expect, many dune dwelling species including some 30 species of lizard. Etosha National Park is home to around 300 black rhino which are one of Namibia’s endangered species along with Wild Dog, Oribi and Puku antelope.

The indigenous Himba people, one of the last truly nomadic tribes on the planet, live in the northwest of Namibia in an area that is dry, rugged and mountainous and to accommodate their livestock they relocate several times a year. Several modern nations have had a hand in the recent history of Namibia and there is much evidence of their cultures.

One of the most efficient forms of transport for a luxury safari in Namibia is a fly-in safari which has excitement in abundance as you sweep over the dramatic landscapes setting down for stays or two or three nights at different camps.

Okonjima is home to the Africat Foundation which is one of Africa’s leading animal rescue and rehabilitation projects which is primarily for the cheetah although has now been extended to encompass leopard and wild dog. Guests staying at the excellent Okonjima lodges – Main Lodge, Bush Camp, the very exclusive and private Okonjima Bush Suite and Okonjima Villa have the opportunity to visit the foundation and get up close and personal to some of the residents!

There is a wide range of accommodation in Namibia with small guest farms and lodges and more luxurious properties. As well as the luxurious private villas at Okonjima in the south at Wolwedans there is a private camp which can be booked on an exclusive basis. Guests in private accommodation have the added bonus of a personal chef and their own private guide and game viewing vehicle.

For the brave at heart the desert dune landscape is ideal terrain for many fun activities for all the family – quad biking, sand-boarding and even a serene hot air balloon safari. A family safari in Namibia is certainly an exceptional holiday and one that will never be forgotten.

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