Namibia Safaris

flight time

12 Hours

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UTC+2

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Air Namibia, British Airways, South African Airways

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Windhoek

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Sossusvlei and Sesriem

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Fish River Canyon

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Tracks Safaris- We get you closer to Africa

Namibia is a fabulous destination to visit if you love big open spaces, dramatic desert scenery, wild and rugged coastlines, endemic and desert specialised wildlife, fascinating and diverse cultures and adventure!  

It is a vast land of great contrasts - located on the south west coast of Africa. The country straddles the Namib and Kalahari Deserts, with Angola and Zambia to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south and west.    Discover the country in a small group, on a flying safari, on a private guided tour or enjoy the freedom and very good roads in Namibia and self-drive.  However you want to experience Namibia call us first - we have travelled extensively around the country and know it well!

The Namibian landscape consists generally of five geographical areas, each with characteristic abiotic conditions and vegetation with some variation within and overlap between them: the Central Plateau, the Namib Desert, the Great Escarpment, the Bushveld, and the Kalahari Desert.

Namibia's many national parks and game reserves boast a huge variety of wildlife and different environments: the white saltpans of Etosha National Park; the red dunes of Sossusvlei; deserted beaches along the Skeleton Coast and the uninhabited wilderness of the Kunene region.

Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes located in the southern part of the Namib Desert in the Namib-Naukluft National Park.  Sossusvlei is formed where the natural course of the ephemeral Tsauchab River is blocked by the mass of sand which stretches for 400km south of Walvis Bay.   

This area is characterised by high sand dunes of vivid pink to orange colour - an indication of a high concentration of iron in the sand and consequent oxidation processes. The dunes are among the highest in the world - many of them are above 200m.   The highest dune is Big Daddy which is around 325m high.

The highest and more stable dunes are partially covered with a relatively rich vegetation which is mainly watered by a number of underground and ephemeral rivers which seasonally flood the pans, creating marshes that are locally known as vlei.   When dry these pans look white due to the high concentration of salt. Another relevant source of water for Sossusvlei is the humidity brought by the daily morning fogs which drift into the desert from the Atlantic Ocean.

Fauna in the Sossusvlei area includes small animals which can survive with little water - arthropods, small reptiles and small mammalians such as rodents or jackals; bigger animals include antelopes (mainly oryxes and springboks) and ostriches. 

During the flood season several migrant bird species appear along the marshes and rivers. Much of the Sossusvlei and Namib fauna is endemic and highly adapted to the specific features of the area.  For example the Namib Desert Beetle has developed a technique for collecting water from early morning fogs through the bumps in its back.

Kulala Wilderness Reserve is located close to Sossusvlei and borders the expansive Namib Naukluft Park. The reserve is home to ostrich, springbok, gemsbok, bat eared foxes, cape fox, brown hyaena and jackal. Emphasis is on desert fauna, spectacular scenery and incredible night skies.

Further south is Fish River Canyon - the largest canyon in Africa featuring a huge ravine around 160 km long, up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550m deep.  The Fish River is the longest interior river in Namibia and cuts deep into the plateau which is today dry, stony and sparsely covered with hardy drought-resistant plants. 

The Kunene region is situated in the north west of Namibia and is one of the harshest environments on the planet. Desert adapted wildlife like black rhino, elephant, springbok, gemsbok, giraffe and Hartmann's mountain zebra can be seen across it's ancient valleys and rugged peaks.

Within this region an exciting new tourism initiative has been formed - Kunene Conservancy Safaris. The main stakeholders of Kunene Conservancy Safaris are the Himba and Herero semi-nomadic pastoralists who live in the Puros, Orupembe, Sanitatas, Okonjombe and Marienfluss conservancies. Tracks Safaris are delighted to be able to offer our clients these innovative and eco-friendly cultural and wildlife safaris with a twist of conservation.

Further to the east is Etosha Pan - a result of a geological shift that dramatically changed the course of the Kunene River. Once a lake, today the Pan is mostly dry with the white surface giving the Pan its Herero name "Great White Place".

A number of waterholes sustain the high density of large mammal fauna and include elephant, white and black rhinoceros, Angolan giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, serval, caracal, southern African wildcat, black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox, cape fox, brown and spotted hyena, aardwolf, meerkat, banded, yellow, slender and dwarf mongoose, genet, warthog, scrub and spring hare, African ground squirrel, honey badger, aardvark, crested porcupine, ground pangolin, plains and mountain zebra, springbok, black-faced impala, gemsbok, common duiker, damara dik-dik, steenbok, red hartebeest, blue wildebeest, common eland and greater kudu.

Birding in Etosha is superb and there are in excess of 360 species in the park.  Fishers Pan is a hotspot for birding with a good number of flamingos and storks when there is water present -  it is also possible to see greater flamingo, lesser flamingo, marabou stork, Abdim’s stork, greater painted-snipe, blacksmith lapwing, black-headed heron, black-winged stilt, blue crane, little grebe.

Etosha has around 35 different species of raptor including tawny eagle, African hawk eagle, martial eagle, southern pale chanting goshawk, gabar goshawk, peregrine falcon, lanner falcon, red necked falcon, greater kestrel, lappet faced vulture, giant eagle owl, and the secretary bird

Ongava Game Reserve borders Etosha National park on its southern boundary and is a haven to large concentrations of wildlife and birds.

The Doro Nawas Conservancy is a landscape ranging from boulder-strewn plains to wonderful rock formations surrounded by sand dunes and inhabitants include desert adapted elephants, gemsbok, springbok, black rhino and cheetah. Birdlife is excellent.

Torra Conservancy is characterised by hills interspersed with valleys and dry riverbeds. Despite is aridity the area supports a high diversity of wildlife including desert adapted elephants, giraffe, gemsbok, springbok, cheetah and black rhino. Birding is excellent.

Palmwag Concession features rolling, rocky hills, flat topped mountains and has the largest free roaming populations of desert adapted black rhino in Africa, elephant, Hartmann's mountain zebra, giraffe, gemsbok, springbok, kudu, lion, cheetah, leopard and hyaena. Birdlife is equally varied.

Skeleton Coast National Park is one of the planet's most inhospitable places: roaring dunes, towering canyons, saltpans, seal colonies and whalebones conceal jackal, hyaena, gemsbok, springbok, ostrich, elephant, giraffe, Hartmann's mountain zebra, lion and unique bird species.

Skeleton Coast National Park is one of the planet's most inhospitable places: roaring dunes, towering canyons, saltpans, seal colonies and whalebones conceal jackal, hyaena, gemsbok, springbok, ostrich, elephant, giraffe, Hartmann's mountain zebra, lion and unique bird species.

Dense coastal fogs and cold sea breezes caused by the cold Benguela Current add atmosphere to the windswept beaches that are littered with shipwrecks and debris.  The park contains rich lichen fields - more  than 100 species have been recorded – and is a sanctuary for desert dwelling elephants, rhino and lion and the Kunene River mouth is a vital wetland.

In this stark environment enormous elephant thrive along with giraffe, lion and brown hyaena. Gemsbok (oryx), springbok, steenbok, scrub hare, and ground squirrel are also seen. Entirely different to the rugged mountains and valleys inland, the Skeleton Coast hosts Cape fur seals in their thousands along with black-backed jackals and brown hyaena.

Birds are equally diverse, with regular endemics like Rüppell's korhaan, Benguela long-billed lark and lark-like bunting. Towards the coast, the bird community changes and tractrac chat can be seen, as well as jaegers and skuas found around the seal colonies.

Marienfluss Conservancy is situated in the Namibia's far north and is a little visited area due to its pure remoteness and limited accommodation.  The Kunene River – the only permanent source of water in the region and the border between Namibia and Angola – is lined with a narrow belt of riverine vegetation and palm trees. Perpendicular to this northern border lie the enormous Hartmann’s and Marienfluss Valleys, which comprise part of the vast Marienfluss Conservancy.

The principal, albeit minimal, source of water comes from the famous Namibian early morning mists generated when the icy water of the Atlantic Ocean meets the hot desert air of the Skeleton Coast. This daily cycle of airborne moisture rolls inland along the various depressions and canyons formed by ancient rivers. As the dew settles, it is eagerly harvested by plants, animals and insects before the sun burns it off.

Wildlife such as gemsbok (oryx), springbok, brown hyaena, Hartmann's mountain zebra and Cape fox occur sporadically, while smaller creatures abound in this surreal setting. The Kunene River also harbours a population of Nile crocodile and vibrant birdlife. Desert plated lizard, Kunene racer, Namaqua chameleon and horned adder are some of the reptiles to be seen here.

Burchell's courser, bokmakierie, pririt batis, Stark’s lark, Rüppell’s korhaan and Benguela long-billed lark are among the characteristic bird species to be found in this area.

Stay at the iconic Serra Cafema Camp which is a superb place to meet the Himba people in a respectful manner.

Caprivi is in the extreme north east of Namibia and is a narrow strip of land between Botswana, Angola and Zambia. A number of national parks and thriving community conservancies ensure that the large mammal fauna of the region is well conserved and rural populations benefit from ecotourism.

The Caprivi Strip provides significant habitat for the critically endangered Wild African Dog and is a corridor for African elephant moving from Botswana and Namibia into Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe. National parks found in the Caprivi Strip are Bwabwata National Park, Mudumu National Park and Nkasa Rupara National Park. 

The Caprivi strip is quite unlike the rest of Namibia and is green and lush with a high rainfall.  It is a superb route for those on a self-drive exploration from Namibia into Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia via Katima into Chobe and Kasane.

We know Namibia inside out and have travelled around the south, coastal and north west Kunene regions and up to Serra Cafema in the far north and we would be delighted to use our expertise to help you plan your trip. We have first-hand experience of many of the lodges and camps, have flown the length of the country on a flying safari and have travelled with both Wilderness Safaris and Conservancy Safaris on their expeditions.  

Call us on 01984 667420 or email [email protected] to start planning your Namibia adventure!