Luxury safari Namibia, Southern Africa - private safari package

Visiting Sossusvlei on a luxury safari circuit in Namibia

SOSSUSVLEI, SURROUNDED BY MAGNIFICENT RED SAND DUNES

Top reasons to choose a luxury safari in Namibia

Abundant vast open space and total tranquility

The wilderness areas of spectacular Namibia offer a rare opportunity to reconnect with oneself in an intimate and remote luxury lodge or camp, situated in a secluded and serene world of vast spaces and endless horizons under clear blue skies.

Hauntingly beautiful Namib desert landscapes

The Namib desert is the largest sea of sand south of the Sahara. Splendid in its simple beauty, if offers awe-inspiring views that stretch endlessly to a distant horizon. Discover the grandeur and solitude of the stark but magnificent Namib desert landscapes on scenic nature drives, sundowner excursions, a spectacular sunrise hot air balloon flight over the dunes or by eco-sensitive quad biking.

Star-filled nights

The Namib desert is one of the darkest places on earth, and the night sky is magnificent. Select lodges offer an optional open rooftop 'star bed' or bedroom skylight for those who wish to fall asleep under a brilliant starry sky. But elsewhere in Namibia too the conditions for stargazing are superb, thanks to generally cloudless nights especially in the dry winter, minimal light and air pollution and excellent view of the southern hemisphere star constellations.

Desert-adapted wildlife and plants

Parts of Namibia such as the Kunene region, represent some of the harshest environments of our planet. Even so a diverse array of animals and plants occur, unique in their desert adaptations. These include desert-adapted black rhino, elephant, springbok, gemsbok (oryx), hartman's mountain zebra and ostrich. The Namib, known as the Living Desert, is famed for a large number of endemic and specially adapted dune-dwelling creatures such as lizards, beetles, spiders, and for the bizarre and endemic Welwitschia mirabilis, one of the oldest plants known to man.

Unique Etosha game viewing landscape

At the heart of Etosha national park lies the Etosha pan. Formerly an ancient lake, the pan today is a parched bleak white expanse where mirages often shimmer. A surprising variety of vegetation types surround the Etosha pan and a number of waterholes sustain a high density of large mammals. These include elephant, lion and vast herds of springbok, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe and gemsbok. Rare and endangered animals such as black-faced impala, black rhino and cheetah can also be seen among the more than hundred species that occur in Etosha national park and the surrounding private game reserves.

Towering Sossusvlei dunes

At Sossusvlei in the Namib-Naukluft park in the Namib desert, some of highest sand dunes in the world are found. The warm hues of the red sand that forms these majestic dunes are in stark contrast with the desiccated white clay pans at the base of the dunes. Dead Vlei is one such a pan - an expanse of dry white clay dotted with the skeletons of dead camel thorn trees. 

Himba cultural encounters

Tall, slender and statuesque, the semi-nomadic Himba of the isolated and barren Kunene region is a proud and culturally distinctive people who still lead a traditional semi-nomadic pastoral way of life. The women, famed for unusual sculptural beauty, wear intricate hairstyles that indicate their age and social status. They cover their bodies in a red paste made from ochre and fat as protection against the harsh climatic conditions. Guests at select luxury camps in the Kaokoland may have the opportunity to pay a respectful visit to a Himba village (if they are in the area) and learn about their lifestyle and traditions.

Rich diversity 

Namibia offers a kaleidoscope of diverse environments: monumental red sand dunes at Sossusvlei in the Namib-Naukluft national park; open gravel plains, rugged valleys and dry watercourses in the adjacent Kulala wilderness reserve and Namibrand nature reserve; white salt pans fringed by savanna and woodlands at iconic Etosha national park; dolomitic hills at the adjacent private Ongava game reserve; lonely beaches on the Skeleton coast, dotted with shipwrecks, seal colonies and whale bones; and an uninhabited stark and hostile wilderness in the Kaokoland Marienfluss conservancy near the Kunene.

Our preferred luxury safari accommodation in Namibia

On request your personal safari itinerary could include alternative Nambia luxury camps or lodges.

LITTLE KULALA

  • Intimate Sossusvlei luxury camp overlooking a water hole. Eleven canvas and glass climate-controlled rooms each with private plunge pool, indoor and outdoor shower, optional open rooftop “sky-bed”.
  • Situated close to Sesriem canyon on exclusive Kulala wilderness reserve. Closest luxury lodge to Sossusvlei.
  • Excursions to Sesriem canyon, Sossusvlei dunes and Dead Vlei. Nature drives, walking trails, eco-sensitive quad biking, scenic sundowner drives. Optional hot air balloon excursion.


 LITTLE ONGAVA

  • Exclusive luxury Etosha camp. Perched on a rocky outcrop with magnificent vistas of waterhole below and plains beyond. Only three spacious suites. Ensuite bathroom, outdoor shower, sala, private plunge pool. 
  • Located on private Ongava game reserve adjacent to Etosha national park. Diverse wildlife. Especially good lion and rhino populations. 
  • Day and night game drives on Ongava, game viewing from hides at waterholes, seasonal nature walks, full day and half day excursions into Etosha national park. 


SERRA CAFEMA

  • Remote luxury Kaokoland camp. Eight unique canvas and thatched chalets under large shady trees on the banks of the perennial Kunene river.
  • Situated in Marienfluss conservancy in the extreme north western corner of Namibia. One of the driest places in the world where desert-adapted wildlife eke out an existence.
  • Visit to Himba community, nature drives and walks in Hartmann's valley, full day outing to Marienfluss valley, seasonal boating on Kunene river, guided eco-sensitive quad bike excursions.


andBeyond SOSSUSVLEI DESERT LODGE 

  • Sophisticated and elegant Sossusvlei luxury lodge. Ten stone and glass air-conditioned villas. Each with private veranda, fireplace, glass-encased bathroom, outdoor shower, skylight. Communal areas offer swimming pool.
  • Cradled against ancient mountains in exclusive and starkly beautiful Namibrand nature reserve. 
  • Scenic drives, guided nature walks and quad bike trails, marked hiking trails. Observatory for stargazing with resident astronomer. Optional excursions to Sossusvlei dunes and Sesriem Canyon. Optional hot air ballooning.


When we plan private packages for luxury safari trips in Southern Africa, we use the above hand-picked top end exclusive luxury safari lodges and camps in Namibia. On request, your personal safari itinerary could include other luxurious destinations. If you have a luxury family safari or luxury honeymoon safari in Namibia in mind, be sure to mention this as it will influence our choice of luxury accommodation in Namibia.

Best time of year for a luxury safari in Namibia

Namibia is the most arid Southern African country, which means you get clear blue skies during your Namibia safari almost year round. The little rain that does fall generally occurs from November to March and is of short duration. Days are generally warm to very hot throughout the year. Winter nights are cold and temperatures at night can drop to freezing in winter. Average daytime temperatures range from 20 to 35°C in summer (Oct - April) and from 18 to 24°C in winter (May-Sept). 

Contact us for a tailor-made African luxury safari itinerary that includes the very best of Namibia

We create a private luxury African safari package, tailor-made to suit your own specific profile and requirements. The great distances that need to be covered when travelling on a luxury African safari in Namibia must be taken into account in order to create a comfortable journey. For an extended luxury African safari we recommend to combine your Namibia luxury safari with luxury camps and lodges in other Southern Africa countries. On request your luxury safari in Namibia can also be combined with luxury safari camps and lodges in East Africa, but this will involve more travelling.

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