Namibia luxury safari vacation

luxury Namibia vacations


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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 colors so astonishing that the only response can be silence.

In our opinion, one of the best ways to see the spectacular country of Namibia 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.

Best visited: All year round

All itineraries are individually designed, but as an indication, we can arrange a ten day vacation in Namibia (excluding international flights) from $7800 per person.

“In Henrietta Loyd, you won't get to meet anyone who is better plugged in to the safari scene in Africa”
Rupert Strong, London UK
Namibia private exclusive safaris

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We know Namibia better than most. The possibilities are endless and ever-changing. On the map below, we have plotted some of our current favorite places to stay, some c+l highlights and a few pertinent client stories. And you can see if there is a team member traveling 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.

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For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made vacations, 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.

Exploring the remote damaraland

Luxury vacation to Namibia

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.

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flying up the skeleton coast

Private Flying Safari in Namibia

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.

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Kuneue north west namibia

Untouched scenery 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...

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The south namib desert

Visit the stunning 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...

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visit the himba TRIBE

Visit the Himba Tribe in Namibia

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 ocher 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.

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The creation of each individual itinerary starts with a client’s dream.  In discussion we translate these initial desires and aspirations into our vision of the best achievable vacation. Our meticulous planning and love of our destinations ensure that we create once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We promise you precious and everlasting memories.

discover namibia

private desert safari Africa

The landscape in Namibia is breathtaking and the best way to experience this is from the air either through your own flying safari or the ultimate trip flying from one camp to another. Other than its spectacular scenery from the skeleton coast to the sand dunes of Sossusvlei, Namibia also holds one of the worlds last nomadic peoples, therefore a visit to the Himba tribe is a must and an experience which will allow you to see a different cultural side to Africa. Lastly is you're a true adventurer then visit Damaraland where you can track wild game such as white rhino and desert elephant.

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As every one of the holidays we create is unique, 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.

flying safaris in namibia

desert flying safari namibia

Claire Ferguson, head of the African department, was able to fulfill a lifetime dream when she took a research trip to Namibia. She had always wanted to fly along the remote Namibian coast after Susie Cazenove spoke about it with such enthusiasm and delight when she first started cazenove+loyd.

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nature at its finest

explore Damaraland in Namibia

Co-owner, Christopher Wilmot-Sitwell remembers his time spent exploring the Skeleton Coast and Damaraland in Namibia. Every minute of every day on his trip was a new surprise and is still his favorite trip to Africa.

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quad biking in namibia

adventure trip to 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 its breathtaking natural beauty.

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A self drive adventure

drive through desert 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.

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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

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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.

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Our relationships count for a lot and we still work with some of the same people we have worked with for twenty years. There is also constant change and the teams are always reviewing and adding to the experiences which they can offer and the lodges, hotels and guides they work with.



best tour guide Namibia

Lloyd is a quite exceptional individual besides being an excellent guide.  Having paddled a small boat the length of the Okavango Delta and completed 26 marathons he is determined and active; two vital characteristics for a talented guide. This drive is exactly what makes Lloyd so special. He inspires clients to do things they would not otherwise think possible, such as trekking up a forested slope to see mountain gorillas. His experience in different parts of Africa over the last 21 years gives him a depth and wealth of knowledge far exceeding most guides. Indeed, he has previously trained and recruited managers and guides throughout Africa, such is his understanding of what is required to make a client’s safari experience unique and special.

Lloyd is both engaging and good-spirited. His recent years working as a free-lance guide have shown just how sought after he is.  Always in high demand, we are grateful to have such a good relationship with him which means he will always try and make himself available for cazenove+loyd clients.  On your journey with, you will hear tales of close encounters with lion, rhino and crocodile and be enlivened by the places he takes you, so prepare yourself for a safari like no other.

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At c+l, we have no vested interest in the hotels and lodges which we select - we review everything and choose the best for a particular client. And because we visit our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with over 90% of our clients on their return, our choices can be refined continually. The choice of what is best for the client is our only consideration

camp kipwe

luxury camp in Damaraland Namibia

At Camp Kipwe you can really appreciate the stark and unforgiving landscape of Damaraland. We love the way the camp has been designed, nestled in enormous granite boulders, fitting in perfectly with the dramatic scenery. The nine round rooms have a quirky, modern finish to them with large private decks, where you can sit out and take in the breath taking views of the Aba Huab Valley. We believe that Camp Kipwe is fantastic value but still offers all of the activities that are to be expected from a visit to Damaraland.

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desert rhino camp

tented luxury desert camp Namibia

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.

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serra cafema

luxury safari lodge Namibia

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.

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skeleton coast flying safari

exclusive flying safari Namibia

For intrepid adventurers and those who love the romance of mist-enshrouded isolation and uninhabited quietness, a Schoeman Flying Safari is an experience that you will never forget. Originally founded by Louw Schoeman in 1977, his family have expanded on his vision and will introduce you to the Namib Desert coastline with the use of their private aircraft, retiring each evening to the most incredible starlit nights observed from the fireside; sleep soundly in your colonial-style tent knowing that you are the only inhabitants for hundreds of miles.

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wolwedans collection

Luxury safari open-air tent

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 place where natural beauty and stylish design come together seamlessly to make the most of the glorious feeling of space.

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kulala desert

Luxury Desert Lodge Namibia

Kulala Desert Lodge is located in the heart of the Namib Desert, just south of Sesriem - perfectly positioned to make the most of Namibia’s famous red desert dunes. It is the only lodge in the area that has such close and spectacular views. At Kulala, guests have their own luxurious thatched and canvas chalet built on wooden platforms making the most of the magnificent views. There is plenty on offer here; with your own private entrance to the Sossusvlei National Park, enjoy moments of total privacy to discover this amazing landscape.

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brigadoon guesthouse

Luxury Boutique Hotel in Namibia

With only seven rooms Brigadoon Guesthouse is perfect for those looking for that personal and intimate feel. With an enviable reputation for comfort and hospitality, the guesthouse has been newly refurbished and lovingly decorated to incorporate an African flair. Rooms are spacious with private wooden patio decks where you can enjoy a delicious breakfast overlooking the lush landscaped garden. It is close to the beach and all of Swakopmund's attractions.

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doro nawas

5 star lodges in Namibia

Perched up on a hill like a fortress Doro Nawas offers the most unbelievable 360 degree views of surrounding Damaraland. It is built on a rugged, rocky knoll in the middle of a plain, adjacent to the Aba-Huab River. The staff are extremely welcoming and pride themselves on their local knowledge. The rooms are spacious and airy with views of the sprawling desert. They each have a large private deck where you can enjoy the view and at night your bed can be wheeled  outside for star gazing and a sleep out.

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olive grove guesthouse

Luxury Hotels in Namibia

The main attraction of the Olive Grove Guesthouse is its location. Situated in a quiet and peaceful area close to the center of Namibia’s capital Windhoek, it is the perfect place to stay at the start or end of your trip, away from the hustle and bustle of the capital yet situated conveniently close to the airport. Each room is extremely comfortable and comes with its own large, private veranda.

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