Africa + Indian Ocean Namibia Flying safari, cultural sightseeing, game viewing, desert quad biking, hot-air ballooning There are times, in Namibia, when the landscape literally takes your breath away: along the mystical and haunting Skeleton Coast; overlooking the vast and wild Fish River Canyon; amongst the roaring sand dunes of Sossusvlei. And there are places where the peace is so deep and the colours so astonishing that the only response can be silence. In our opinion, one of the best ways to see this spectacular country is from the air – whether on a bespoke flying safari over several days, or simply a scenic flight from one desert camp to another. But Namibia is more than just scenery: the rocks of the central plateau are a blueprint for evolution; the Himba tribes provide an insight into some of the world’s last nomadic peoples, and the desert of Damaraland gives a glimpse of some of the strangest wildlife adaptations on Earth. Of course, there is also the famously teeming wildlife of the Etosha Pans – although we have found that the teeming tourists detract greatly from the experience there. Stories Places to Stay Highlights Location Stories As every one of the holidays we create is truly tailor-made, all of our clients come back with different and interesting stories. We love to hear from our clients on their return to find out about their most memorable moments. Our Destination Experts are also always travelling to our extraordinary destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences. Quad Biking in Namibia When Georgina Sargent visited Namibia she experienced a different kind of safari - a thrilling desert adventure on quad bikes. Speeding through Hartmann's valley, she was mesmerised by it's breathtaking natural beauty. Find out more A luxury driving holiday in Namibia Louise Holman-Baird joined her Grandparents on an extraordinary driving adventure through Namibia. Designating herself as chauffeur for their trip Louise was able to navigate through Namibia's amazing diverse landscape and really understand the sheer enormity and solitude this wonderful country encompasses. Find out more 10 EXTRAORDINARY DAYS Dee Hickey, our US Representative, spent 10 extraordinary days in Namibia with her daughter. They saw and did more than they could have ever imagined - flying along the Skeleton Coast by light aircraft, quad biking through the famous orange Sossusvlei dunes, discovering a herd of 25 desert elephants and meeting the Himba tribesmen. Find out more EXPLORING DAMARALAND Louisa Dickson was unsure what to expect from Damaraland. However, on arrival she was completely blown away by the incredible rugged mountain landscape. A night spent under the star-studded sky, a private lunch by the river bed and a rare meeting with the elusive desert elephant made for an extraordinary day. Find out more Places to Stay At cazenove+loyd, we have no vested interest in the hotels, lodges, boats, trains and tented camps which we select. We only choose what is right for a particular client. We visit each destination in our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with our clients on their return so our choices are continually refined. Here are just four c+l reviews. This is by no means a prescriptive list, but hints at what we look for and value in places to stay. Desert Rhino Camp Desert Rhino camp is an area which has become synonymous with the desert adapted black rhino, so emphasis is placed on walks to find these majestic animals. There is a real sense of adventure here due in part to the camps remoteness as well as its traditional tented design. Set amongst rocky hills looking out at the Etendeka Mountains, the rugged landscape offers a contrasting beauty to the red desert landscapes of the south. Run in conjunction with Namibia’s Save the Rhino Trust guests can get involved with conservation efforts which is unique to this camp. Find out more Serra Cafema Undoubtedly one of the most impressive camps in Namibia, Serra Cafema’s remoteness is absorbing, and with so many exhilarating activities to explore the area, this is a unique experience. Complete luxury in one of the most remote locations in Southern Africa, Serra Cafema is perfect for anyone who wants a complete escape with some heart racing activities on the side. Serra Cafema is a great camp for those wanting to get out of the vehicle. The area can be explored on quad bikes, boat and on foot without another soul in sight. Find out more Wolwedans Collection In a place where natural beauty and stylish design meet in the lunar-like expanse of the NamibRand Nature Reserve, the Wolwedans Collection offers a special experience for families or couples. A selection of camps and lodges to suit anyone, each property is designed to immerse you in the lunar-like expanses of the NamibRand Nature Reserve. A place where natural beauty and stylish design meets together seamlessly to make the most of the glorious feeling of space. Find out more Highlights For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made holidays, we know our countries inside and out and really know how to get under the skin of each one and the best way to experience them. Damaraland A vast area measuring 120,000 square kilometres stretching from the Huab River in the North to the Swakopmund River in the South. Hills made of vast boulders, piled one on top of the other, meet wide open plains and grasslands. Damaraland is famous for its white rhino and rare desert elephant. Find out more Flying Up The Skeleton Coast Enjoy a 3 night flying safari, landing wherever and whenever you see something of interest, with your pilot/guide. It gets you right under the skin of Africa in the raw. Camp at night with dome tents and bucket showers, and see large parts of the country where roads simply don’t exist. Find out more KUNENE NORTH WEST NAMIBIA There are a few places left untouched by human interaction; this is one of them. Metamorphic mountains historically split by wild rivers, most notably the 'Kuneue', provides spectacular views. With your private guide explaining this remote land will leave you speechless. But please do not tell everyone.... Find out more The South Namib Desert A visit to the ancient Namib Southern desert is a true escape from the real world, with some of Africa's most breathtaking landscapes and diverse natural environments that will take your breath away. Experience the oldest desert in the world... Find out more Visit the Nomadic Himba Tribe Spend time with the Himba tribe, an ethnic group of nomadic pastoral people who move with the rains. This is as far from modern life as you can get. The women cover their bodies in ochre and butter, producing a striking dark red appearance. This experience will really allow you to see a different cultural side to Namibia and Africa as whole. Find out more Show All Location We know Namibia better than most. The possibilities are endless and ever-changing. On the map below, we have plotted some of our current favourite places to stay, some c+l highlights and a few pertinent client stories. And you can see if there is a team member travelling in that particular country and link through to them and what they are up to, so you can get them to call you on their return. Best time to visit Namibia Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Best time to go Namibia’s climate is typical of a semi desert terrain, hot days and cool nights. The coastal areas tend to be cooler because of the Benguela current causing a fog to hang over the coastline. With over 300 days of sunshine a year Namibia truly is a sunny place to spend time. Summer is from October to April where temperatures can reach a scorching 40 degrees but cool at night allowing an easy night’s sleep. The rain tends to fall between November and February but this makes the air crisp and clear so is a good time for keen photographers to be visiting. Winter is from May to September with warm days which are contrasted by freezing cold nights! Many combine Namibia with Botswana for the dramatic contrast it offers and most access Namibia via South Africa, so some time spent in one or other parts of South Africa is very common before or after a stay in Namibia. 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