Namibia Safari Holidays

Sensational deserts landscape bathed in rich ice-cream light and intriguing desert-adapted mammals

Namibia is one of the most photogenic countries in Africa – sensational colours abound, complemented by a sublime quality of light, clear blue skies and immense wild spaces.

While there are plenty of opportunities to see wildlife here, from the desert adapted elephant of the Skeleton Coast, to the big cats of Etosha, this is only a small part of the reason to visit. This is a country where you can drive for a full day without seeing another soul. Literally.

To see Namibia properly, you need to gain perspective. Like looking at a painting, it’s best viewed at leisure. This can be done either by taking to the skies to see the stunning desert landscapes from above, or travelling overland through them over a period of days. You can do this on a self-drive safari which is outstanding in both adventure and value or on a specialist safari with a leading conservationist guide into the remote northwest of the country. If you want to leave Namibia with some sense of the scale and extent of its beauty, plan to do one of these things for at least part of your safari.

One of the best ways to see Namibia is to combine a number of the country's stunning desert lodges using a light aircraft to connect them.

Despite the noticeable lack of people in the majority of the country, there is frequent evidence of human attempts to tame this harsh landscape. On the wild coasts, shipwrecks and seals mingle. In the diamond fields of the Namib, quirky little towns are slowly reclaimed by the sand. Most strikingly, the Bushmen have left their mark in rock etchings and still live nomadically, with few possessions, on the edge of the Kalahari.

THE LESS-IS-MORE FORMULA NATURAL HIGH ADVOCATES MAKES COMPLETE SENSE. LUXURY LIES IN EXPOSING THE SENSORY, INSTINCTIVE SELF TO THE SCENTS AND SOUNDS OF THE WILD”

- The Daily Beast

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Namibia specialises in breathtakingly creative desert lodges where you can eat on plein air and sleep under a blanket of stars

Connect the best of these lodges using scheduled light aircraft flights and you add an extraordinary dimension that you will never forget - the colours, patterns and contrasts of the desert take on a whole different dimension when seen from above

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Mobile safaris are one of the few, and best, ways to properly experience the remote northwest of Nambia.

Expert guides and comfortable vehicles make the long days fascinating. Simple, comfortable camps set up in virgin spots every couple of days mean that each new day will bring fresh adventure and new territory to explore.

Travelling overland gives you a greater connection with your surroundings, allowing you to appreciate the transition from one unusual landscape to another, feeling more like an intrepid adventurer than a momentary visitor: somehow the experience is more ingrained.

One of the finest things about a mobile safari is the random places you’ll stop off for a leg-stretch and coffee served on the bonnet, or have an impromptu picnic under a tree with not a single other human in sight. Namibia's vast emptiness presents an ideal opportunity to get out and roam without the need for a permanent base or a structured time-table.  

The harshly beautiful landscape of the Kunene region is home to only the nomadic, ochred Himba people and a number of desert-adapted species. Venturing through the wide valleys and unusual rock formations of this inhospitable place, you can truly feel as though you are the only person on earth.  Entire days go by without seeing any sign of another person, and your camp-fire at night is likely to compete only with the stars.

Mobile safaris rank highly in our choice of the best ways to explore Africa, especially if you really want to venture off the tourist trail and get amongst nature in a very “real” way.  Nothing beats early morning tea brewed on a smoky fire, or the fact that there is just a sheet of canvas between your and miles and miles of unspoilt Africa.  A bucket shower after a long safari day is quite the most exquisite thing, and does a better job than your therapist of calming your mind and soothing your soul.  It really is hard to sum up so the only thing for it is to get out there and experience it for yourself.

Nothing beats early morning tea brewed on a smoky fire, or the fact that there is just a sheet of canvas between your and miles and miles of unspoilt Africa. ”

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Namibia's Skeleton Coast Flying safari

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The original and best - a remarkable journey into remote Namibia by private plane. Beach-landing, dune running, elephant tracking once in a lifetime adventure.

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Self drive the best of Namibia

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Head off with your own 4x4 on an itinerary that takes you to the best of Namibia's areas. Combine with one of two excursions in the hands of the experts along the way.

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Explore the wild northeast with a private camp

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A unique expedition lead by leading lion researchers and conservationists into Namibia's Northwestern deserts

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The Best of Namibia's Wildlife and Landscapes

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Combine stunning desert lodges, incredible desert landscapes and wildlife. Fly from lodge to lodge

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Namibia, with its perfect outdoor climate and magnificent deserts is an intoxicating place for families to have a proper adventure

Climb behind the wheel of your own 4x4 and take to Namibia's vast empty roads and you enter your very own road movie. Prepare for scenery so stunning and roads so endless that you wont believe your eyes. Pull into beautifully run desert lodges by night where you'll eat beautifully prepared food while the children marvel at the polution-free night skies. Climb dunes and run back down them, drive the Skeleton Coast, track desert elephant and more. 

It is entirely possible that amongst the trillions of anonymous pebbles that I crunch blindly beneath my boots, lies a diamond, created 3 billion years ago, washed out of the diamond pipes in the Kimberley region of South Africa, down the Orange river into the South Atlantic and thrown up on to the shore by the ocean’s gigantic sorting machine for me to find. ”

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As I stand on the lonely airstrip at 6 o’clock in the morning, I look at the plains where rocks are strewn as if in a giant Japanese garden, stretching to the foot of the mountains beyond.

Towering flat-topped basalt hills encircle me and there is not a living thing to be seen. The silence is eerie and complete. There are no bird calls, no sounds of cars or planes, no conversation, no trees for the wind to rustle.

The edge of a pale blue sky is scalloped by the hills; 360 degrees of rock exploding with the deep red of the dawn light.  The silence, space and emptiness makes me feel light and exuberant; I feel I am the only person on earth – only it seems more like Mars.

The day before, we land on a white sand beach upon which the Atlantic beats with frothy waves and the wind whips sharply around my ankles.  I walk barefoot away from the plane and into the bare reaches of sand, rock, and gravel to feel the emptiness of the desert.  The wind is quick and gusty and fills my lungs with fresh salty air.  There is not a cloud in the sky.  The impression is one of liberation, felt deep in the chest: it touches all the senses.

The following day, from our birdlike vantage point, we witness the patterns of rock and sand created by ancient processes.  At the right time of day, the paper-sheaf of angled rock is thrown into relief, the shadows emphasising every sinuous curve.  Patterns like veins in the sand made by rare water courses spread beneath us.  As we descend, the knobbly bald heads of rocky outcrops race by the windows.  I never knew the earth to be such a canvas of patterns and colours.  It is beautiful. As I try desperately to preserve the impressions in my brain of all I have seen, and touched, and felt so that I can revisit it all in later years, I realise that this nothingness is what I came for.  And the nothingness provided one of the richest experiences I have ever known.

we land on a white sand beach upon which the Atlantic beats with frothy waves and the wind whips sharply around my ankles. I walk barefoot away from the plane and into the bare reaches of sand, rock, and gravel to feel the emptiness of the desert”

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Etosha

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Damaraland & The North-West

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The Namib Desert

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It takes genuine local knowledge to craft trips that go beyond the ordinary.

All of us at Natural High have over 20 years’ experience in the countries we offer. We’ve lived there, worked there and arranged countless one-off journeys for clients. We live to travel – and love to share our tips on what’s really worth doing. For expert advice (and a traveller’s tale or two), speak to one of our team. They’ll be happy to let you in on their travel secrets, and help you plan a tailor-made trip that’s truly unforgettable.

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Reviews

Perfect holiday from start to finish.

"Absolutely excellent service. The itinerary was spot on and the whole holiday worked like clockwork. The pre holiday notes and briefing were most useful too. I would have no hesitation in recommending Natural High Safaris to others."

Angela R CR

Fabulous trip to Tanzania

"This is the second time we have used Natural High Safaris, and again they organised an outstanding holiday for us, this time in Tanzania, combining a safari and beach holiday that was top-notch. Highly recommend them, with huge range of experience and desire to really understand what it is their clients want - and then delivering! Thanks to Catherine Ronan."

Anonymous

An outstanding trip to the Himalayas superbly designed by Natural High.

"Natural High organised a 2 week family trip to Ladakh in August 2018. Andrea Hulme used her local knowledge to design an exciting trip that included a 5 day trek, white water rafting and numerous cultural visits and experiences. Their local partners Shakti were absolutely outstanding and we loved staying in the village houses as opposed to hotels. Their female Ladakhi guide Sonam was really one of the best we have every had on our travels."

Anonymous

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"Yet again another great holiday arranged by Natural High - Air France tried to ruin it but Natural High and their local agent were very helpful in resolving the problems caused. ."

James and Laura AH

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"as always prompt and comprehensive service"

Stefan and Eva

rock star experience!

"Had an amazing experience. Very attentive to detail and our needs."

Andrew and Sherry

Botswana and Victoria Fall

"All aspects of the itinerary went smoothly and according to schedule. The recommended camps offered different activities (including game drives, mokolo, sundowner) and wildlife based on their locations, terrains and environments. Unique at each camp was the viewing of the big five (except rhino), mammals, birds and diversities that we saw. Number of days recommended were ideal for each locations. All the staff and services at these lodges were efficient and provided great services including the varieties of meals.

The hotel at Victoria Fall was comfortable and service excellent. For this part, we arranged the activities on our own and that worked out well."

LS

super helpful!! we had the trip of a lifetime!!

"thanks for everything!!"

Joanna and Harold

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"Excellent guide / organiser for hike in the Atlas mountains, who was both highly efficient and well informed. Lunches and campsites were well chosen and food delicious. When not under canvas the Riads/hotels were comfortable and interesting and transport worked a treat."

Michael Rae CR

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"Vanessa helped us select a safari lodge and arranged private transfers to and from the airport for our recent visit to South Africa. Everything went perfectly smoothly, and everyone we met along the way took care of us. We were surprised by pre- and post-trip goodies from Natural High as well! Natural High was a recommendation from a colleague that I’m grateful to have received, and I would definitely use them again for my next safari experience."

Michelle Yu VJ

Thank you Natural High for your very friendly service. Highly recommended

"Very well organised holiday in Morocco with excellent local guides and agents. From the hustle and bustle of ancient Marrakesh to an exciting trek in the magnificent scenery of the High Atlas Mountains to the charming peaceful old trading port of Essaouira. A real flavour of a very diverse country and its peoples.
Natural High provided a terrific and seamless service throughout."

Anonymous

the trekiing in the high atlas with a fabulous gide Oulaid wad exceptional.

"Pretty good. Prompt email response and helpful. Slight blemish was the trekking itinerary being for a different trek."

David Webster VJ

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"Great trip. Very well planned."

Karin Tetlow CR

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"Itinerary and recommendations were excellent. The holiday was such a success."

Anthony, Susie, Victoria & Alexandra Wyld CR

Natural High Safaris knows Africa and its people and places

"Natural High Safaris led us to magical places. The accomnodations were stunning, the guides knowledgeable and sensitive, the staff skilled."

Ann Crittenden CR

fantastic Sahara

"our third holiday orgnised by the team at Natural High - the bar was already high but they had no trouble beating it. fantastic experience in the Sahara with our guides, crew, camels, comfortable tents and superb food, plus 2 very good hotels to 'top and tail' the trip. highly recommended."

Ian and Jo Ashby VJ

Rave Review for Natural High Sachs Safaris

"We have traveled with Natural High Safaris twice and were thrilled both times. They do an excellent job planning, are very detail-oriented, and use top notch guides and drivers. Their tailor-made trips are fantastic, interesting, and seamless."

Alli Allen VJ

Another great holiday arranged by Natural High.

"Holiday was very well planned to suit out interests. Choice of locations/camps excellent and Rod sorted out a lot of pre-travel queries very promptly. Rod was excellent company on the trip and made sure that the camps delivered what they had promised!"

Charles & Jo Mercey RT

Highly recommended for Unique Travel Experiences

"Excellent Service.
Very Responsive and Proactive Customer Care.
Bespoke Holiday very efficiently organised.
Excellent and Informative Feedback To help customise Itinerary.
Whilst not cheap, the company facilitated access to a variety of extra-ordinary travel experiences, which would not be available with many other companies.
A hugely rewarding holiday."

Neal and Kate Vaughan Jones AH

Exemplary service and attention to detail!

"We have used Natural High for many years now and their service and attention to detail is excellent. From trekking in Nepal and climbing Kilimanjaro to safaris in Tanzania and Zambia, we have always had a fantastic experience. They really tailor-make the trip to suit the individual and by now they know what kind of experiences we like and ensure that it meets our needs perfectly. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Natural High."

Sarah

Very helpful & get holiday

"We wanted a very last minute holiday to a challenging part of Africa and Alex & Rod totally delivered that, and with no stress to us. When there we also had to call for a bit of help to rearrange plans after getting ill whilst away and Rod was on it and very helpful and accommodating."

Alice Favre RT

Vanessa and team were excellent . Have and will recommend.

"Holiday was seamless. Venues excellent. Flights excellent. Guide Leonard really amazing so knowledgable really made trip. We had a wide age range from 82 years to 12 years and there was always something for everyone. Staff at lodge really interesting and such good ambassadors for Tanzania and the wider region.
Only issue was hotel in Zanzibar was mediocre!"

Christine Litton VJ

A fantastic trip......exactly as described

"Produced a fully detailed and personalised itinerary."

Patrick Smith CR

Natural High

"Great advice and information plus everything they booked for us was first class."

Malcolm Lloyd CR

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Anonymous

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"Alles bestens organisiert"

Hans

Thorough & Superb Attention to Every Detail

"Vanessa Janion was superb in her advice and her follow through. She made arrangements for us to ride horses in Arusha, which was not a normal part of the experiences they offer, and we really appreciated her going out of her way to do so. Our experience with Nomad was superior in every way, we feel very fortunate to have been referred to Vanessa and we heartily recommend Natural High Safaris to all who wish to visit Africa."

Anonymous

Perfectly organised by Natural High

"super organisation, brilliant guide. Zambia a fascinating and safe country to visit, its not all idyllic, its interesting."

Peter and Brigitta

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"We were interested in a Botswana safari in which wildlife viewing took precedence over luxury, but did wish to be reasonably comfortable. Rod Tether made excellent suggestions re timing of safari, and lodges in Livingstone and the Okavango Delta. He organized the trip in all its’ details; it went flawlessly- truly a trip of a lifetime. Superb organization."

Frank & Ann

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