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 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.

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.

Stories

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. We from c+l are also always travelling to our destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences.

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Flying Safaris in 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: remarkable 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

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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Guided Walks

A luxury driving vacation 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.

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A Mother and Daughter Trip to Namibia

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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A Day in 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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Places to Stay

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.

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Ongava Lodge

A charming lodge located in the Ongava Game Reserve bordering Etosha, Ongava Lodge offers superb accommodation perched on the top of a small rocky outcrop overlooking its enormous 30,000 hectare private reserve. Etosha is Namibia’s prime wildlife area with good concentrations of black rhino, elephant, lion and all the plains game including springbok and blackfaced impala.

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Camp Kipwe

Camp Kipwe

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

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.

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Serra Cafema

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.

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Skeleton Coast Flying Safari

Skeleton Coast Flying Safari

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

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 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 Lodge

Kulala Desert Lodge

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

Brigadoon Guesthouse

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

Doro Nawas

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

Olive Grove Guesthouse

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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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.

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Exploring The Remote 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.

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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.

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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...

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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...

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Visit the 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 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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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
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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 100 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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