Other natural highlights include the great white saltpans of etosha, the vast wilderness of the Kunene Region and the lonely beaches of the aptly named Skeleton Coast, whilst on a human level the distinctive Namibian character blends African styles with German, British and South African influences.
Rustic luxury in the heart of the Kulala Wilderness Reserve is what makes Little Kulala so very special. The beautifully appointed thatched villas verge seamlessly into the desert landscape and provide easy access to Sossusvlei’s iconic red dunes, with all suites boasting their own plunge pool and viewing deck.
Nearby, the &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is a contemporary retreat in the wilds of nature, surrounded by dunes and mountains. Stargazing here is exceptional and you’ll find the skylight over your bed ideally placed for viewing the Milky Way as you drift off in comfort.
Serra Cafema’s isolated luxury is an astonishing creation. Set on the banks of the Kunene River this truly remote camp is an oasis in one of the harshest environments known to man. A private dinner on one of the elevated decking areas overlooking the river is a romantic way to spend an evening.
For a touch of exclusivity, stay at Little Ongava - an intimate lodge with just three spacious suites and easy access to the iconic saltpans and game-filled plains of Etosha. For a relaxing night either end of your tour of Namibia and Botswana stay in Windhoek at the Olive Exclusive Boutique Hotel; an elegant, contemporary spot in which to kick back.
The iconic, shimmering, towering red sand dunes of the world’s oldest desert, the Namib, are a sight to behold. They’re best appreciated from the ground and then again from the air as the two experiences complement each other perfectly. Natural highlights of Namibia include the great white saltpans of Etosha, the vast wilderness of the Kunene Region and the lonely beaches of the aptly named Skeleton Coast. At once inhospitable but of rare beauty, the Skeleton Coast is an uninhabited wilderness where gravel plains covered with lichen are interspersed with sand dunes before giving way to harsh Atlantic coastline. Freshwater springs and fog off the Atlantic Ocean sustain a surprising amount of life though and there are subtleties aplenty, from salt pans to seal colonies and whale bones to shipwrecks. On a human level the distinctive Namibian character blends African styles with German, British and South African influences.
Time difference: GMT +1 hour
Flight duration: 14 hours 15 minutes (with flight change)
Currency: Namibian dollar (South African Rand and US dollar are also accepted)
British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and South African Airways fly direct from London Heathrow to Johannesburg, where a charter carrier will connect to Windhoek.
Typically semi-desert with hot days and cool nights. Traditionally the dry months of May to September. Midsummer temperatures can climb to over 40 °C.