Namibia is soul-stirring. Here on the southwest edge of Africa, burnt-orange dunes rise a thousand feet high against a cobalt sky. Inside are diamonds, tucked into the mountains of sand by waves and wind. The coastal desert is washed by the relentless ocean, while inland, the sun bakes the plains into a cracked puzzle of dried mud, pocked with enough grass and thornbush to sustain desert rhinoceros and other rare species. Raptors survey arid canyons that slice through vast plateaus, and dry riverbeds run like veins across the landscape. There is water here, too, although its presence is subtle. At times, life is sustained merely by remnants of fog that drift in from the sea. In the stark Etosha salt pan, waterholes attract game pursued by feline predators. Springbok, oryx, kudu and dik-dik run to elude them in a great and ancient desert dance.
Explore Private Wildlife ReservesDelve into the vast nature reserves of Kulala, Palmwag and Ongava, filled with rare and endemic wildlife, though never with crowds
Track Rare Desert RhinocerosTrack rhinos on foot from Desert Rhino Camp in the remote Palmwag Concession, and search for other uniquely desert-adapted species
Fly Between Remote CampsFly between luxury camps enveloped in silent wilderness, maximizing time for wildlife viewing and exploring the desert landscape
Less well known than Kruger or the Serengeti, Namibia's dramatic desert landscapes and uniquely adapted wildlife make for an especially intriguing safari location. But less-informed safari-goers can easily end up in large impersonal lodges, viewing wildlife in public parks from tarmac roads alongside many other vehicles. With our focus on personalized wildlife encounters and our long history in Namibia (our founder performed one of Namibia’s first ecotourism surveys in 1990), we are uniquely qualified to show you Namibia's vast and mesmerizing wilderness. Here's how we ensure a truly exceptional Namibia safari:
Maximum Group Size Is Just Seven Travelers An authentic encounter with nature is hard to achieve outside of a small group. While Namibia's paved road system encourages a more "bus-like" safari approach in many places, we limit our groups to just seven guests, allowing us to access remote areas that mini buses can't get to.
Chartered Flights Maximize Your Time on Safari
We opt for light aircraft transfers to maximize your time with wildlife, rather than negotiating rough and dusty roads between destinations. And from the air, you'll gain a whole different perspective on Namibia’s dramatic landscapes.
Private Reserves Offer Seclusion & Exclusive Activities Private reserves are essential to an optimal Namibia safari. From the million-acre Palmwag Concession to the Ongava and Kulala wilderness reserves—private concessions adjacent to national parks—we view abundant wildlife away from crowds (since most visitors are traveling on paved and gravel roads inside the parks). When we do visit the national parks, we enter prime wildlife-viewing areas quickly and return to our private reserves for a much quieter experience. We also enjoy exclusive activities not permitted in the parks, such as safari walks and night drives. And from fly-in Desert Rhino Camp, we have the rare chance to track endangered desert rhinos alongside conservation experts and researchers.
Exclusive Opportunities to Explore on Foot, Including Rhino Tracking
Guided bush walks are available on private reserves—rare opportunities to stretch your legs while on safari. Track rhino on foot during our stay at exclusive Desert Rhino Camp, a remote outpost that gives you the best access in Namibia to view this endangered species. And consider an optional climb up the sand dunes at Sossusvlei for a perspective on the landscape that most safari-goers confined to vehicles miss.
An Open "Window" Seat for Everyone
We limit our capacity to just seven travelers per vehicle on wildlife drives, assuring unimpeded views, maximum comfort and the best photo opportunities. In the Sossusvlei region, we explore in spacious closed vehicles that provide protection from wind and sand, with eight cushioned seats plus ample room for your gear. In less-sandy regions, our private chartered safari vehicles have open sides (no glass to interfere with your view) and 10 cushioned passenger seats—one in front next to the driver, followed by three rows of three seats each...lots of extra room for all!
Remote Accommodations in Harmony with the Landscape The isolated luxury camps we've chosen are truly exceptional. Each is seamlessly integrated into the natural environment in a way that allows you to be fully absorbed in the landscape. Each tent or chalet also has a private veranda for personal wildlife viewing opportunities. We are proud to include a stay at rarely visited Desert Rhino Camp, located within the distant wilderness of the Palmwag Concession where many of the world's last desert rhinos still roam free.
Africa's Most Outstanding Safari Guides We are proud to provide the personalized service of some of Namibia’s top naturalist guides. We employ only the most highly trained and experienced Safari Expedition Leaders, who accompany your group from start to finish. Rather than relying on less-qualified local camp guides at each stop, our NHA Expedition Leaders are the best-trained guides in Africa, averaging 15 years' experience, with additional resources provided by WWF’s leading scientists. See Expedition Leader bioswith traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Superior Namibia Safari With Natural Habitat Adventures, you receive our exclusive guarantee, which clearly states that we will meet the lofty expectations we set in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
Feel Good About Your Carbon-Neutral Journey
We care deeply about our planet, as we know you do. When you travel with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100% offset—including your round-trip flights from home. Natural Habitat Adventures has been the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company since 2007.
Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF's Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our adventures, World Wildlife Fund—the world's leading environmental conservation organization—has named Natural Habitat Adventures as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!