A country of expansive landscapes and astonishing contrasts, Namibia takes its name from the Namib desert, the oldest desert on the planet and a simply stunning ribbon of towering red sand dunes running along the Atlantic coastline which a luxury Namibia holidays would allow you to discover.

Vast and dramatically beautiful, Namibia’s diverse landscapes range from plunging gorges to soaring sand dunes – some of the highest in the world. Whether you choose to embark on a self-drive tour or one of our guided Namibia holidays, you’ll discover a country full of surprises, welcoming people and an impressive amount of game.

In the south, the iconic red dunes of Sossusvlei give way to a shimmering salt pan, dotted with gnarled and blackened acacia trees. On the Atlantic shoreline, explore the crumbling carcasses of doomed ships beached upon the harsh sands of the aptly-named Skeleton Coast, and explore the Germanic-influenced towns of Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and inland, Windhoek, the tiny but fascinating capital.

In the north of the country is where you will find Namibia’s greatest surprise, the game reserves and national parks which are home to a huge variety of animals. Many travellers’ exposure to Namibia usually consists of the sandy places, such as Sossusvlei’s red desert and the Skeleton Coast’s deadly dunes, but the country is an excellent safari destination and home to many animals that have adapted to cope with Namibia’s harsh environments. In Damaraland, the desert-adapted elephants have developed smaller body masses and larger feet to cope with the lack of water and abundance of sand, and are able to travel for days without hydration. Nearby, Etosha National Park is home to enormous watering holes, where you’ll find a huge variety of wildlife, with four of the Big Five living here – everything except the buffalo.

The climate of Namibia and its open spaces and Western influences can be likened to South Africa, but due to its enormous expanses of desert, it can get incredibly hot. We’d recommend visiting in the winter months of June to October when temperatures are generally cooler.

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The &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge has just ten air-conditioned suites with in-room fireplaces, en suite bathrooms, outdoor showers and star-viewing skylights. The suites have glass windows for spectacular views out over the desert and are furnished tastefully to complement the vast desert environment. The lodge has an observatory where stargazers will be accompanied by a professional astronomer...

At Namibia’s Shipwreck Lodge, you’ll find yourself marooned on the evocative sands of the Skeleton Coast, overlooking the ever-imposing Atlantic Ocean in this most untamed of landscapes. The lodge takes its inspiration from the many shipwrecks that have been spat out by the wild ocean over the years, paying homage to the region with 11 standalone cabins that have been designed to resemble those do...

At Camp Kipwe stay in one of nine dome-shaped bungalows and one suite; at first glance, the bungalows resemble the boulders that they are built between. Organic and understated, a stay at this ecolodge will soon find you feeling at one with the landscape. Each room has either two twin or one double bed, an en suite bathroom, outdoor shower, air-conditioning and access to the lodge swimming pool. C...

Gocheganas is a luxury lodge situated on a 6,000-hectare reserve with 15 spacious, elegant suites and one family suite. All rooms have four-poster beds with mosquito nets, air-conditioning, en suite bathrooms and some have outdoor showers. Each has a private deck with spectacular views over the plains. The emphasis here for your holiday in Namibia is on relaxation and wellness and the lodge boast...

Okonjima is situated on its own private 200-square kilometre reserve, and has a variety of different accommodation options to suit all travellers. The plains camp has 14 standard rooms and 10 view rooms, each with their own private veranda, two double beds, en suite bathrooms and the usual amenities you’d expect from a safari lodge. The highlight at Okonjima is the incredible conservation work t...

The Onguma Game Reserve is made up of five lodges and two campsites, with a style to suit all travellers. The reserve’s location on a private 34,000-hectare concession to the east of Etosha National Park means that it is a perfect base for wildlife and safari holidays; enjoy game drives on the private reserve or even drives into the National Park itself. Bush Camp and Etosha Aoba lodge both ac...

Not far from the Von Lindequist Gate, the Mushara Collection is a luxury collection of lodges with great access to Etosha National Park. The Collection is made up of the Mushara Lodge, Bush Camp and Outpost. The lodge has just ten spacious chalets, one family room and two single rooms. The chalets are spacious and spread around the pool. All rooms have air-conditioning, mosquito netting, en suite ...

There is so much to love about the Zannier Hotels Omaanda safari lodge, though even before considering the beauty of this boutique bolthole here in the Namibian savannah, one of the most impressive things about Zannier Hotels Omaanda is its commitment to conservation. The lodge contributes directly to the protection of species (as well as research) in the Zannier Reserve, and supports the nearby S...

The Mowani Mountain Camp blends perfectly into its natural surroundings. The camp has 13 rooms and two suites. The four Superior View rooms face west over an incredible panorama, the three View rooms look out over the eastern valley, and the five Standard View rooms have views over the rocky valley. The Luxury Room boasts its own private deck overlooking the valley to the west. Both the Mini Suite...

This intimate and luxurious boutique hotel has just seven suites, each individually decorated to reflect a different region in Namibia. Each suit has its own lounge with fireplace, dining room and wide glass doors opening up onto a large private deck. Each room has a spacious extra-length bed, en suite bathroom with freestanding bath, air-conditioning, computer and complimentary Wifi. The hotel’s...

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