Namibia has some of the world’s oldest and highest sand dunes; a mythological coastline; Himba and Herero cultures; desert adapted wildlife in Damaraland and Kaokoland; and impressive game viewing at Etosha National Park. With a small population of 2.5 million people, Namibia offers plenty of pristine wilderness. Over the course of a day’s drive, the landscape is constantly changing, each vista seemingly more magnificent than the next. Do not close your eyes for a second as a passenger on a Namibia road journey.
Namibia is set up for seeing the country by road, especially for self-drivers. Most roads – even the gravel network – are wide enough to land a bush plane, and in enviable conditions to someone who resides in one of Namibia’s neighbours. Etosha National Park is one of those rare national parks in Africa where self-driving is made simple. Park the car by a water hole, get your camera and binos ready, and stay awhile. A word of caution, however, for self-drivers. You might not see another person for days depending on your route. You should know how to change a tire. You must carry enough drinking water and provisions in the event of a breakdown. Taking along a satellite phone is a good idea. So is traveling with another vehicle. If self-driving does not appeal, then it is easy to arrange a driver/guide and 4×4 vehicle to show you this scenic country.
To travel around the entire country by road requires time. A ten to fourteen day itinerary can include the highlights in northern, central, and coastal Namibia, such as Etosha National Park, Damaraland, Southern Kaokoland, Swakopmund, and Sossusvlei. You need more time if you want to tour the far south.
MTT Safaris creates and books Namibian itineraries which can be either self-driven or guided.
I am often asked if I have a favourite destination in Africa and I have always replied that I do not. Africa is too diverse. Comparing African countries is like comparing apples with oranges.
However, I do admit that I really love Namibia! The scenery is breathtaking. Its population is small, and its wilderness is pristine. And did I mention its roads already? As such a big fan of Namibia, I am enthusiastic about creating the best itineraries for my guests.
Similar to South Africa and Zimbabwe, Namibia has a network of wonderful economical guesthouses in its cities and towns, and a diverse range of camps and lodges upcountry to suit every budget. Because so many people self-drive in Namibia, it has a good network of campsites with excellent facilities as well.
The final cost of a safari depends upon many factors: length of the safari; accommodation choice; seasonal rates for accommodation; safari vehicle rental; fuel; driver and guide expenses; local flights; airport transfers; and park, community, and activity fees.
Operators which offer set departures and itineraries which do not alter greatly throughout the year can provide safaris already priced on their websites. MTT’s specialty is bespoke safari services. Each itinerary is personalized, and its cost varies. However, Namibia is a less expensive safari destination than its neighbours Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Its prices fall into line with South Africa’s, whose citizens are among Namibia’s most frequent visitors along with Germany.
Namibia is also set up for self-drivers which helps keep costs in check. The guideline for a midrange safari in Namibia is 350 – 600 USD per person per day. The exception to moderately priced accommodations and locations is the remote northern Skeleton Coast which is only accessible by a chartered bush flight and where some amazing camps reflect that remoteness and exclusivity.
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