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Namibia Tours

We're a small and flexible company.  With a deep knowledge of Namibia the best holidays we can put together are those we build just for you.  Below we give a general impression of what we offer.  If you don't find exactly what you're looking for, please feel free to chat directly with us

We're passionate about building tailor made experiences.  We specialize in nature focused and special interest tours throughout Namibia.  Below we provide some details on what we have to offer. 

Etosha pan view

Regular Namibia Tours

These tours are our standard Namibia trips that we offer throughout the year.  Our standard trips are planned with much thought and discussion.

Check out the individual tour pages below. 

We don't have any regular tours to show at this time.  This is either because we're busy making some changes to our tour list, or because we're working on the website. 

Either way, we'll soon have our tours back up on the website, so check back soon.  Otherwise, feel free to contact us so we can help you out. 

Our regular tours have a focus on experiences.  We want every trip to provide fascinating Namibia experiences. 

Specialist Namibia Tours

These tours are special, once-off tours. 

We're working with Andy Biggs to provide a photograhic workshop tour to Namibia.  The photographer leading the tour is Randy Hannan.  Click here to learn more about this tour:  www.andybiggs.com/page/2015-03-namibia/

Tailor Made Namibia Tours

Help us build the perfect Namibia tour just for you!  Contact us right now for a no obligation look at what we could offer you on a Namibia tour. 

All you need to do is write to us and say “build a tour for us” and we'll start helping you create a Namibia experience for you.  Below we've provided pointers to help you get the idea of what's involved, and make the process easier for you. 

What are you interested in

The first thing we want to know from you is your interests.  We're all about creating wonderful experiences on Namibia tours, and so this is a natural starting point. 

You don't have to be a hot-shot birder or geologist.  We'd like to know whatever stuff you' interested in and build the trip with that in mind. 

Your interest may be birding, astronomy,desert ecology, photography or simply stunning landscapes.  Your interest may be general, such as a “nature tour of Namibia”, or as specific as “I want to see a Cinderella Waxbill”. 

We've put together recommendations for field guides and other books for you.  If you have special interests, you'll find this list useful. 

Your interests may be more in what you do.  Perhaps you'd like to canoe on the Orange River or hike the Fish River Canyon.  There are a bunch of adventure activities on offer in Namibia. 

If you've been to Namibia before, Your interests my revolve around specific places.  Or know something about the country.  We've covered some of the places in Namibia that may interest you: 

  • Etosha, Namibia's flagship National Park, and one of Africa's great game reserves. 
  • Sossusvlei, which is a large gap into the center of the Namib Sand Sea.  The gap is lined with massive dunes and an intriguing ephemeral river system. 
  • The dry and wild north-west of Namibia, the Kunene Region.  Remote and interesting, this area is where you find desert elephants and rhino.  The northern Kunene region is also home to the interesting Himba people.  Located in the south of this region, Namibia's first world heritage site is at Twyfelfontein. 
  • Namibia's central coast, where the towns of Walvis Bay and Swakopmund sit on the Skeleton Coast.  Fur Seals occur in large numbers at Cape Cross Reserve.  Sandwich Harbor, a land where dunes and sea meet in a very dramatic setting. 
  • The grand Fish River Canyon, one of the largest canyons on earth. 
  • The strange remote diamond centered south-west of Namibia.  The town of Luderitz sits on the foggy southern coast.  South of this town is the restricted diamond area.  The abandoned diamond town of Kolmanskop is situated just outside Luderitz. 
  • The Orange River forms the border between South Africa and Namibia.  The area is a contrast between the perenial river and the riverine vegetation surrounded by an extremely arid region.  The most common reason to visit the region is to canoe the river, camping on the riverbank. 
  • The Kunene River forms the northern border of Namibia and provides some interesting birding, various activities and in some areas, the chance to visit Himba people. 
  • Look at any Namibia map and you'll see the unusual piece of land jutting out from Namibia's north-east.  The Caprivi Strip.  This is Namibia's highest rainfal region, and boasts great birding opportunities, as well as some wonderful game viewing opportunities. 
  • Windhoek is the capital city, located right in the middle of the country.  With the countries main international airport located near Windhoek, the city is the hub of Namibian tourism. 
  • The Kalahari and eastern Namibia. 

For more info on Namibia as a country, visit our Namibia page

Budget

The next question is budget.  You may have a specific amount in mind, or simply want to give us some indication, so that we can make sure we build a tour that suits your budget. 

With regards to budget, our normal rates will be fully inclusive (what exactly this means will be discussed based on what the tour is), but we can make the tour's rates slightly cheaper by leaving out certain thing. 

How much time do you have

Perhaps you have specific dates, or perhaps the budget itself will determine how much time you spend in Namibia. 

Be aware, as well, that there are high season rates, usually valid from July until October in Namibia.  Namibia's tourist season is largely based on the European holidays.  December can also have high season rates. 

Transport

Your budget and group size will largely determine what type of transport will suit your tour.  Below is a description of what is available, though there may be more options as well. 

Flying.  If you don't have much time, and you have the budget to do it, flying around Namibia is a great way to get around. 

If you plan to travel by road, you may be in a typical modified safari vehicle.  These vehicles are purpose build and usually cater for a group size of around 2 to 8 guests. 

Safari vehicles often have a ‘pop-top’ roof for game viewing, and may need a trailer additionally for luggage. 

Regular four-wheel-drive vehicles are usually best for groups of 1 to 3 guests.  They are usually a bit more comfortable than the safari vehicles, though they are very limited for space. 

Another option is to do a tour with a two-wheel-drive vehicle, such as the nissan x-trail.  This is a bit of a limiting option, but can be a saving on your budget.  This option is again suited best for a group size of 1 to 3 guests. 

For larger groups there are various options up to the size of a bus.  This isn't our usual market, but can certainly be arranged. 

For the very adventurous there are also some other options, such as doing a tour by bike through Namibia. 

One frequent question is about traveling Namibia by train.  Right now the train products out there aren't very good at all to the best of our knowledge.  You can look up The Desert Express if this is of interest. 

Aside from group size, your specific interests will affect the vehicle choice a lot.  For example, to do photography you often want to have much more space and access to both sides of the vehicle. 

In some cases it may be useful to combine various options in one tour.  For example, you may want to fly the expansive south, and then do a vehicle tour in the north. 

Guides and Hosts

Our tours are normally guided by the owner, Vernon Swanepoel or a bunch of freelance guides we know and trust. 

However, if you have specific interests or requirements from a guide, let us know and we'll do our best to source the guide that will best suit you. 

In some cases you may want an expert to lead a tour.  We can help arrange some of these experts, though it is tricky to organize busy people with short notice.  Where these special hosts are arranged, the costs naturally will go up considerably, especially if one of our guides needs to accompany the group as well. 

The pace

Taking all the above into consideration, another aspect to think about is how much time to spend in each area. 

If you are visiting an area for one night you will just have the chance to visit the main attractions.  You will have to unpack and pack daily if you have lots of one nights.  It allows you to see more, but limits the experience at each location. 

For areas where you'd like to have a bit more of a chance to experience the area, two nights is much better.  It basically gives you one full day there. 

For tours with a special focus, you may even consider three (or even more) nights at some prime locations.  This certainly isn't suitable for the whole trip, but spending three nights in an area dramatically changes how much you get to feel like you know the place. 

Additionally, adding at least one three night stay in your trip will allow you to break up that ‘continuously traveling’ feeling that tours often give you.  Distances are big in Namibia, and you'll want to take this into consideration when planning. 

Hopefully you've got some ideas buzzing around in your head for the tour of a lifetime.  Contact us, and lets put it together! 

Countries

Although our focus is Namibia, we can help you plan trips into Botswana, South Africa, Zambia and beyond. 

Lodges in Namibia

Of course, a big consideration is the accommodation you'd like to use on your trip.  Namibia offers a variety of lodges, from upmarket to budget.  You could also camp in many areas, and we can offer full camping trips. 

If you're building a tour based on specific interests, sometimes you'll end up with a variety of accommodation types, from basic to upmarket.  If you're planning a trip with us, we'll discuss these things in detail. 

Tour Namibia Self Drive

If you're interested in self drive tours through Namibia we can help you with every aspect of it.  Contact us for more details

What to consider before booking a self-drive tour

  • You need a valid license.  The license must be in English.  If your license is not in English, you will need to get an international driver's license. 
  • You should be able to handle left-hand drive. 
  • Most rental vehicles are manual transmission.  Make sure you're comfortable driving a manual before coming out to Namibia. 
  • Though roads are well maintained in Namibia, much of the driving on a typical self-drive tour of Namibia will be on gravel roads.  There is an element of danger to driving on gravel, and you'll need to be sure you're comfortable with this before embarking on a Namibia self-drive journey. 
  • In general, days are really long.  If you book with us, we'll give you some idea of the specifics, but it is a consideration to make before booking a self-drive tour. 
  • Although credit cards are accepted in much of the country, you will need to carry around some cash (in Namibian dollars) while self-driving through the country. 

Security

Namibia is known to be one of the safest countries in Africa, and most certainly this is one of the reasons why self-drive safaris are popular in Namibia.  But Namibia isn't perfect.  There is a high level of poverty, and there are criminal elements. 

In general, once you're away from towns in Namibia there is very little to worry about in terms of safety.  But it still pays to be vigilant and not to flaunt what you have with you. 

In towns there are often cases of opportunistic crime.  If you give these types a chance, you'll soon find you've lost a valuable item. 

Logistics and conditions in Namibia

Typically destinations in Namibia are far apart, and you should expect to spend a good bit of time on the road.  It's a good idea to try to spend two nights at each location.  Don't do a tour of just one night stays, you'll regret it. 

In many areas you'll have the opportunity to do game drives on your own.  It's a good idea to prepare yourself for these experiences.  Make sure you know what to do if you encounter game like elephants. 

Namibia enjoys fairly good weather all year long.  Some months can be really windy, but that doesn't have much impact on your travels.  The rains come in the warmer months which run from September until April.  However, it is only the peak rain times, usually from January until end March that rain will influence your travels.  If you plan to travel in those month, we'll advise you where you might expect to have trouble so you can book and plan accordingly. 

If you are self-driving you certainly can take kids with you, depending on the lodges you plan to visit.  Make sure that you rent vehicles with enough space. 

You could travel with two or more vehicles, though this does mean that often one car is driving in the dust of the other vehicle. 

There are various options for the 4x4 enthusiast.  These are usually best for the locals with their own vehicles. 

There are a few special places that require special consideration for the self-drive tourist.  We'll look at some of them below:

  • Sossusvlei.  At Sossusvlei you'll have the chance to drive through a bit of soft sand yourself.  People frequently get stuck here.  If you plan to visit the area, we'll make sure this is covered in your briefing. 
  • Sandwich Harbor.  We advise against driving this area.  Rather take a day tour to Sandwich Harbor with a local company.  The area is very risky, and getting stuck there can mean losing a vehicle. 
  • The north-west (Kunene region, otherwise known as Damaraland and Kaokoland) is another area to be very careful.  There is rough countryside, and we advise staying on main roads only.  It is also very, very important to respect wildlife in the area. 
  • Self-drive tours from South Africa.  You may choose to visit Namibia driving in from another country.  We will asisit you as best we can, but it is best to get local advice for the other countries. 

What we offer self-drive guests

We will help you put together your tour (see the tailor-made tour sections above).  We will book your vehicle, hotels and lodges and where you'd like, we can pre-book activities such as ballooning at Sossusvlei. 

If you'd like to do a camping tour in Namibia, we'll help you book the camping kit you need. 

We can also offer self-drive briefings at the airport in Windhoek.  With the briefing, we provide a map, detailed routing and other self-drive advice. 

We can also help you arrange special requirements like satellite phones, cooler boxes and so on. 

Something Else

If none of the above suit what you think you'd like to do and experience in Namibia, we'd love to have a chat and see if we can come up with a plan that will suit you. 

For example, with the type of logistics we're involved in with Namibian tourism, we can help anyone doing similar things.  We have helped organize a visiting scientific group with their logistics, including bookings, camp set-ups and so on. 

Contact us to arrange your self-drive safari in Namibia. 




What our guests say about us:

Vernon,

I really appreciated your help with our tour into Southern Namibia.  In the beginning, we gave you a basic outline of things we wanted to do and you turned those ideas into a wonderful trip with some unusual individual activities that are not usually available on commercial tours (such as hiking, wildlife, geology, local history and much more).  We loved your expert guiding, friendly and fascinating company and wonderful accommodations during our tour.  Booking our tour with the Frantic Naturalist was well worth its cost.  Thank you very much for making our vacation something that we will remember for a long time. 

Pat Hanrahan
Portland, Oregon USA

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