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Tommy's Lodge

3 Reviews
Sleeps 39 in 13 rooms

Tommy’s Lodge is situated in the small town of Karibab, halfway between Swakopmund and Windhoek. The lodge offers comfortable bed and...
Tommy’s Lodge is situated in the small town of Karibab, halfway between Swakopmund and Windhoek. The lodge offers comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation in a modern homely setting just of the main road through town. The rooms are all comfortably furnished with bedding provided. Each room is fitted with tea and coffee-making facilities and has Wi-Fi internet access. Onsite guest will find a range of services and facilities at their disposal. Facilities include a swimming pool with braai facilities for the warm summer days, a restaurants and conference facilities. Our family and single rooms can be converted into double rooms on request. The Lodge offers a safe environment and prides itself is friendly customer service in a tranquil setting.
from R160

Be-Still Accommodation

Sleeps 24 in 12 rooms

Guests hoping for a tranquil spiritual experience will not be disappointed when choosing to stay at Be-Still Accommodation. It offers a...
Guests hoping for a tranquil spiritual experience will not be disappointed when choosing to stay at Be-Still Accommodation. It offers a calming and relaxing atmosphere in the scenic town of Swakopmund in Namibia. This large complex has 12 lovely apartments. Each of them has a queen-size bed and an en-suite bathroom. All of the apartments have comfortable living areas and well-equipped kitchenettes. Some of them also have private gardens. The complex has an indoor swimming pool and a sauna. There is also a studio which can be used for meditation, music or yoga purposes. The use of this studio is by appointment only and will incur an additional cost. There are conference rooms available which can also be used for weddings or any other event. Even though the complex offers quiet solitude, it is within close proximity to many shops, restaurants and beaches. Guests can look forward to a stay filled with peacefulness, silence and spiritual guidance. Unwind with a massage, or explore the area with a prearranged trip. Whatever the purpose of your stay, rest assured that you will leave feeling rejuvenated and revitalised.
from R900

Toshari Lodge

13 Reviews
Sleeps 160 in 47 rooms

Situated under a forest of Mopane and white Seringa tree on a ridge of dolomite rock you will find Toshari Lodge. The lodge offers...
Situated under a forest of Mopane and white Seringa tree on a ridge of dolomite rock you will find Toshari Lodge. The lodge offers affordable but enchanting accommodation close to Etosha National Park, one of Namibia's major attractions. A refreshing complementary drink awaits you upon arrival. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the African bush and beautiful lawns. Take a dip in the pool or enjoy the African lapa which have photographs of local Etosha wildlife. Situated only 25 kilometers from Andersons Gate at the edge of the magnificent Etosha National Park and close to the main road between the towns of Outjo and Okaukuejo; Toshari Lodge is ideally positioned for day visits into the park; on your own or on our expertly guided tours.
from R270

The Village Courtyard Suites

1 Review
Sleeps 23 in 7 rooms

Situated at the very core of Windhoek's business and financial heart, The Village Courtyard...
Situated at the very core of Windhoek's business and financial heart, The Village Courtyard Suites and Executive Apartments offers a soothing, modern and welcoming environment that invites you to relax from the moment you arrive. Features include a beautiful courtyard area, with paved walkways and seating areas, in and around a small lawn and fish pond. This tranquil and delightful feature is a perfect example of why the Village is the most tasteful and stress-free venue in the region. Internet access is via Wi-Fi connection cards, and bed and breakfast vouchers are supplied for the nearby Fresh N' Wild restaurant. Accommodation at the Village Courtyard consists of seven double suites, all individually and elegantly styled and furnished. Each suite is equipped with an en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, a kitchenette with fridge and minibar, kettle, microwave and catering utensils, DStv bouquet, tea and coffee station, separate lounge and dining areas, and a work station. Other facilities include a laundry and concierge service, as well as baggage storage. Children of all ages are welcome, however unfortunately The Village Courtyard Suites are not equipped for wheelchairs.
from R2300

Shamvura Camp

Sleeps 28 in 8 rooms

Situated high on a prominent sand dune, fronted by the meandering Okavango River, this Shamvura Camp offers visitors more than 15 km of a...
Situated high on a prominent sand dune, fronted by the meandering Okavango River, this Shamvura Camp offers visitors more than 15 km of a pristine river system with a vast adjoining floodplain, it affords the visitor some spectacular vistas over the river into the Angolan floodplains. Together with the added advantage of being surrounded by the riverine forest, woodland and extensive floodplains that have created a haven for a large diversity of fish, birds and other wildlife, the camp offers you accommodation in the heart of it all. The Shamvura Camp strives to offer our guests a personalised service, and succeeds with a range of activities, that include river boat trips for fresh water anglers and excellent birding. We also cater for those who just wish to experience the Okavango River at sunset. Guests can take specialist bird tours in the surrounding woodland area, with experienced and expert guides available. For those who wish to just relax they are welcome to make use of our pool or unwind on our deck overlooking the river and floodplains. Shamvura Camp offers home-cooked meals and self-catering and has a well-stocked private bar available.
from R820

Rossmund Lodge

2 Reviews
Sleeps 46 in 20 rooms

Guests hoping for a memorable getaway in scenic surroundings will not be disappointed when choosing to stay at Rossmund Lodge in...
Guests hoping for a memorable getaway in scenic surroundings will not be disappointed when choosing to stay at Rossmund Lodge in Swakopmund. It is situated on a prestigious golf estate making it a great option for not only holiday travellers, but also for golf lovers. This beautiful lodge offers 20 comfortably furnished rooms and suites with a variety of bed configurations. Each en-suite room has a TV with DStv access and a mini bar. Guests can relax on the private patio while appreciating views of the surrounding area. These rooms and suites also have indoor fireplaces for those chilly winter evenings. The lodge provides a full English breakfast for guests to enjoy. Light lunches, dinners and delicious braais can also be arranged on request. Guests could choose to spend the days visiting the charms of Swakopmund, or by remaining at the lodge. The 72 par golf course is a true delight for enthusiasts. It also offers a club house and a full driving range. Twilight turns the area into a golden oasis and is a great time to appreciate views of the Swakop River and the seemingly untouched beauty of the area. Guests can end the evening off by relaxing around the lapa fireplace, or by enjoying a sunset swim in the natural rock pool.
from R1080

Stampriet Historical Guesthouse

2 Reviews
Sleeps 25 in 10 rooms

At Stampriet Historical Guesthouse we turn back the clocks to bring you the undiscovered myth of...
At Stampriet Historical Guesthouse we turn back the clocks to bring you the undiscovered myth of history. Antique decorations will take you back to days gone by; our main aim is to preserve the best of the past. Enjoy sundowners on our wooden deck while watching the sunsets and gazing over the town of Stampriet. We offer 10 comfortable en-suite rooms, all with air-conditioning and their own patio. We are situated in the beautiful town of Stampriet, only a 30-minute drive east from Mariental on your way to the Kgalagadi. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at our unique restaurant.
from R1640

Sun Karros Daan Viljoen

12 Reviews
Sleeps 112 in 31 rooms

Set in the rolling hills of the Khomas Hochland, less than 20km from Windhoek, is The Daan Viljoen Game Park. The 4000 ha Game Reserve is...
Set in the rolling hills of the Khomas Hochland, less than 20km from Windhoek, is The Daan Viljoen Game Park. The 4000 ha Game Reserve is home to a wide variety of indigenous mammals, reptiles and 200-plus bird species. Nestled in the heart of the park is the alluring Sun Karros Daan Viljoen. Modern-day chalets are dotted around the bank of The Augeigas Dam. These contemporary units all comprise of a main bedrooms and a bathrooms with a showers. The private patios comprise outdoor umbrellas, furniture and braai facilities. In unit facilities included air-conditioning, roof fans, small safes, hairdryers, 220v charging facilities, satellite TVs, Wi-Fi access, writer’s tables, tea and coffee stations with mini fridges, cutlery and crockery and basic kitchen amenities. The grass-covered camping terrace that snakes around the bank of the dam, is popular with self-catering camping guests. Each camp island is equipped with an open-air braai area, a wash basin and preparation area, 220v electricity access and a camp light. The three ablution facilities are the same standard as the main lodge bathrooms, making this one of the most popular camping destinations. Cauvery, the crisp blue swimming pool, of almost 20 m in length, is a welcome cool-down after long sun-filled days. Sunbeds and umbrellas are dotted around the pool area where guests can relax and soak up the sun. The ablution facilities include outdoor pool showers. The reception is tech-current and wired to offer overnight guests free internet access. The kiosk is stocked with essentials and curios for your convenience. Day visitors and guests to the park enjoy self-guided one-way game drives of 6.5 km, high-clearance vehicles are needed. There is also a choice of two hiking trails. The 3 km ‘Wag ‘n Bietjie’ Trail leading down to The Stengel Dam and The 9 km Rooibos Trail taking avid hikers along The Augeigas Dam and to the eastern highlands. Reception will provide information with regards to additional activities and costs. The Kudu, Gemsbok and Es Conference units are fully equipped with all the modern high-tech equipment. They boast the wonderful views. The Kraal Restaurant and option of two free-style tents and a number of alfresco venues are ideal for private functions and or corporate events. With on-site event coordinators and team-building facilitators each event is tailor made to perfection.
from R320

Onguma Bush Camp

1 Review
Sleeps 48 in 18 rooms

This camp is located on the Eastern side of Etosha, in Onguma Private Game Reserve that expands over 34,000 hectares of land. The camp...
This camp is located on the Eastern side of Etosha, in Onguma Private Game Reserve that expands over 34,000 hectares of land. The camp offers many rooming options to guests. The Water Hole or Pool View Rooms feature twin beds, with a large en-suite bathroom and a patio overlooking the great views. The Standard Rooms have twin beds and an en-suite shower. Three of the Standard Rooms can accommodate and additional two children in a loft. Settler’s Room used to be known as the Honeymoon Suite and offers a small seating area as well as an en-suite bathroom. The Family Rooms have twin beds as well as a small lounge that can accommodate two children. The lodge also boasts a great swimming pool, a thatched bar, lounge and dining room where guests are able to relax and unwind overlooking the large watering hole. Onguma Bush Camp focuses on creating a family friendly environment. Children can enjoy activities such as baking in the kitchen or taking a nature walk in the fenced garden of the camp. There are also DVDs and a large game area with books, toys and games. Child-friendly food is served and families can pre-arrange their own exclusive game drive. The lodge offers many activities for guests. When not relaxing in the lodge, guests are able to partake in morning game drives in the neighbouring Etosha National Park, and sunset and night game drives are also offered in Onguma Game Reserve. The lodge offers a Rhino Research Drive, where guests are able to learn more about the Black rhino and assist in gathering data to help protect these creatures. In the morning guests are able to join a ranger on a guided walk and spend some time focusing on the smaller animals and the vegetation that makes up Namibia.
from R2940

A Zebra Pausada Guest House

1 Review
Sleeps 16 in 8 rooms

A Zebra Pausada Guest House is situated five minutes’ drive to the city centre, and near a checkers...
A Zebra Pausada Guest House is situated five minutes’ drive to the city centre, and near a checkers shopping centre. It is set in a quiet environment offering a peaceful stay for business travellers and holiday makers. There are eight rooms available, each with a private neat bathroom, TV with DStv, ceiling fan and wardrobe. Bedding and towels are provided. The large property includes ample parking and a large garden where children can play. Parents will need to keep an eye on their children as the swimming pool is not enclosed. Make use of the braai facilities, internet access and enjoy breakfast in the communal dining room. A Zebra Pausada Guest House also facilitate birthday parties, year-end functions, team building events, weddings and conferences. Please book in advance.
from R890

Goanikontes Oasis Rest Camp

2 Reviews
Sleeps 75 in 21 rooms

Goanikontes Oasis Rest Camp is a stunning resort and camp situated in the lunar landscape of...
Goanikontes Oasis Rest Camp is a stunning resort and camp situated in the lunar landscape of Namibia, amid the Namib Naukluft and Dorob National Parks. The natural surroundings are amazing and the rest camp is just 50 m away from the Swakopmund River. The beautiful moonlandscapes strikes the oasis and even the famous Welwitchia grows close by. Take some days to spend in the sunny oasis and enjoy nature and sunshine. Accommodation is offered in comfortable bungalows, each with their own braai facility. In addition, there are twelve shady campsites, each with its own braai facilities, and toilets and showers close by. There is an on-site restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch. Pre-booked dinner is also available. With 350 days of sunshine you will enjoy our big natural swimming pool or explore some footpaths taking you onto the geological fascinating mountains to breathe the marvellous scenery of Goanikontes Oasis and surroundings. A bright variety of birds will always be a reliable companion to you. Come and share the special atmosphere of Goanikontes-Oasis and make use of the opportunity to be in town within only 30 minutes’ drive to Swakopmund or 50 minutes’ drive to Walvis Bay.
from R300

Spindrift Guest House

29 Reviews
Sleeps 21 in 8 rooms

Spindrift's friendly and homely atmosphere with beautiful rooms, verandahs and balconies overlooking the garden, pool and koi fish pond...
Spindrift's friendly and homely atmosphere with beautiful rooms, verandahs and balconies overlooking the garden, pool and koi fish pond makes it the perfect place to relax between your explorations of the Namib Desert coastline. All eight rooms are en-suite and are suitable from one to four guests. There is a swimming pool and off-road parking. Breakfast is served between 7 am and 10 am, and evening meals can be arranged in advance. The guest house is conveniently located a minute's walk from the famous Walvis Bay Lagoon, a slightly longer walk to well-established restaurants and bars, and a short drive to Sandwich Harbour and the Pelican Point Peninsula, allowing guests to enjoy the many activities offered locally. The nearby Namib Naukluft Park, Damaraland and the rest of the Erongo Region is ideal for self-drive and 4x4 exploration with scenic places such as Welwitchia, Brandberg, Spitzkoppe, and Sossusvlei. Your hosts have an extensive knowledge of the area and country. They look forward to welcoming you and assisting you with any travel arrangements you may require. Please note that all our rooms can be offered as doubles or singles. Please enquire with regards to rates and availability.
from R966

Onguma Tree Top Camp

1 Review
Sleeps 8 in 4 rooms

This intimate and basic camp is located on the Eastern side of Etosha, in Onguma Private Game Reserve that expands over 34,000 hectares of...
This intimate and basic camp is located on the Eastern side of Etosha, in Onguma Private Game Reserve that expands over 34,000 hectares of land. This small camp is ideal for exclusive use, with just four Tree Houses located around one of the most beautiful watering holes in the reserve. The houses are raised on stilts and among the tree tops, allowing for exceptional views. Each house features twin beds and en-suite bathrooms with a deck that provides the ideal setting for a sundowner. The main lodge offers a lounge area were guests are able to relax, as well as a dining room and an interactive kitchen. The camp allows guests to experience Africa in its raw splendour and offers many activities for guests. When not relaxing at the camp, guests are able to partake in morning game drives in the neighbouring Etosha National Park, and sunset and night game drives are also offered in Onguma Game Reserve. The lodge offers a Rhino Research Drive, where guests are able to learn more about the Black rhino and assist in gathering data to help protect these creatures. In the morning guests are able to join a ranger on a guided walk and spend some time focusing on the smaller animals and the vegetation that makes up Namibia.
from R3360

Windhoek Country Club Resort

Sleeps 574 in 152 rooms

Windhoek Country Club Resort is situated in Windhoek in Namibia. It is just under 50km from the...
Windhoek Country Club Resort is situated in Windhoek in Namibia. It is just under 50km from the Hosea Kutako International Airport and is 8km from Windhoek’s city centre. The hotel is ideal for the business and the leisure traveller. Guests can choose any of the standard rooms or opt for a studio, presidential, luxury or an executive suite. The standard rooms have twin or double beds with bathrooms with showers over the baths. They include the basic features which are televisions, hair dryers, electronic safes and tea and coffee facilities. The suites are more spacious and luxurious. The presidential suite is a duplex and includes indulgences such as a Jacuzzi bath and a private balcony. The luxury suites are lavish and both have spacious lounges, kitchenettes and dining areas. The executive suites have queen-size beds, seating areas and private patios. The resort has a lot to offer. Guests can enjoy a rendezvous with Lady Luck at the Desert Jewel Casino, play a round of golf on the superb 18-hole golf course, relax in the lazy river or take in any one of Windhoek’s cultural sites.
from R2172

Otjiwa Lodge

1 Review
Sleeps 242 in 35 rooms

Otjiwa Lodge captures Namibia’s natural beauty, with fascinating scenery and the charm of rustic luxury. Personal care and excellent...
Otjiwa Lodge captures Namibia’s natural beauty, with fascinating scenery and the charm of rustic luxury. Personal care and excellent home-style cuisine will make you feel instantly at home when breakfast and dinner is served in our dining room. A cosy lounge and bar next to our romantic swimming pool, overlooking the savannah bushveld and Omboroko Mountains, add to a wonderful time of relaxation and indulgence. The lodge offers five modern two-bed chalets, reflecting indigenous African style with amazing panoramic views. All rooms are privately situated and feature an en-suite bathroom, minibar and air-conditioning. The Nest is a stylishly decorated and fully equipped modern house, situated privately in the bush area. This four-bedroom self-catering unit provides sleeping facilities for up to 16 guests and is ideal for a group of friends or a family. A swimming pool with barbecue area, surrounded by big trees, provides the refreshing relaxation you need after a long warm African day. Eagles Rest features seven fully equipped self-catering units that vary from four- to six-bedroom houses. Each house is beautifully decorated in warm African style. The sleeper-decorated open-plan kitchen offers everything needed to cook up a storm, including an outside open fireplace. From your bedroom, walk out onto the open private veranda, overlooking true bushveld beauty and gorgeous sunsets. Otjiwa campsite is situated underneath big acacia trees next to a beautiful riverbed, where the setting of the sun creates a perfect atmosphere for true relaxation. For real a African camping adventure, there is no electricity available. The large campsites, ideal for bigger groups or families, are covered with clean river sand and include a private fireplace and washing area. A well-planned ablution area with separate bathrooms for men and women is also available. There are also smaller, more private campsites, each with its own water and fireplace as well as a smaller ablution area. All the campsites can be reached by a normal vehicle. Amidst the backdrop of beautiful gardens, Otjiwa sets the stage for a truly romantic wedding. We offer a choice of two outdoor venues for the wedding ceremony, as well as a large hall with a fully equipped kitchen for the reception. We also offer conference and team-building facilities. Activities include game drives, trips to the vulture hotel and education facility, rhino-tracking on foot, hiking, mountain biking, catch-and-release fishing, and bird-watching.
from R220

Onguma The Fort

Sleeps 26 in 13 rooms

The Fort is located on the Eastern side of Etosha, in Onguma Private Game Reserve that expands over 34,000 hectares of land. The Fort...
The Fort is located on the Eastern side of Etosha, in Onguma Private Game Reserve that expands over 34,000 hectares of land. The Fort consists of dramatic Moroccan-style buildings that are ideally situated overlooking the Etosha Pan, providing the most dramatic of sunsets. Accommodation is offered in 11 Bush Suites, each with an indoor and outdoor shower. The Honeymoon Suite is fitted with an indoor and outdoor shower as well as a magical outdoor bath for the romantic at heart. The Honeymoon Suite is also fitted with a TV. Sultans Suite is located on top of the Main Fort and provides dramatic views from the outside deck. All rooms feature fireplaces for the cooler days and air-conditioning for the hot summer months. The lodge offers many activities for guests. When not relaxing in the lodge, guests are able to partake in morning game drives in the neighbouring Etosha National Park, and sunset and night game drives are also offered in Onguma Game Reserve. The lodge offers a Rhino Research Drive, where guests are able to learn more about the Black rhino and assist in gathering data to help protect these creatures. In the morning, guests are able to join a ranger on a guided walk and spend some time focusing on the smaller animals and the vegetation that makes up Namibia.
from R5680

Ngoma Safari Lodge

Sleeps 16 in 8 rooms

Ngoma Safari Lodge is situated in the northern regions of Chobe within the forest reserve and overlooks the Chobe River. The small...
Ngoma Safari Lodge is situated in the northern regions of Chobe within the forest reserve and overlooks the Chobe River. The small luxurious lodge offers an exceptional experience for those wanting to spend time on game drives or relaxing around the swimming pool. The eight rooms have either twin or king-size beds and are well equipped with both internal and external living areas, baths, inside and outside showers, overhead fans, air-conditioners, minibars and tea and coffee-making facilities. The lodge boasts panoramic views over the Chobe River. The central area has a reception area, a guest sitting room and a dining and bar area. There are Internet facilities that are subject to local service providers. There is a swimming pool with a sundeck and a viewing platform.
from R17438

Kayova River Lodge

Sleeps 16 in 8 rooms

Kayova River Lodge is situated in the beautiful Kavango region in Namibia. It is set on the border of Angola and is the ideal getaway for...
Kayova River Lodge is situated in the beautiful Kavango region in Namibia. It is set on the border of Angola and is the ideal getaway for nature lovers. There are eight thatched-roof bungalows in this lodge. Each one of the air-conditioned bungalows have two bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms. Guests can relax in the lodge’s bar, on the outside terrace or next to the swimming pool. There is also a African-themed restaurant that serves local and international cuisine while guests look out onto the river. There are so many activities to enjoy at this lodge. Guests can view the hundreds of bird species, the wide variety of game, go fishing or book a tour or a cruise.
from R525

Onguma Tented Camp

Sleeps 14 in 7 rooms

This luxurious tented camp is located on the Eastern side of Etosha, in Onguma Private Game Reserve that expands over 34,000 hectares of...
This luxurious tented camp is located on the Eastern side of Etosha, in Onguma Private Game Reserve that expands over 34,000 hectares of land. The camp offers just seven luxury tents ensuring a secluded getaway. The tents are set in a U-shape, providing extra privacy and fantastic views. The tents feature twin beds and an en-suite bathroom with an indoor and an outdoor shower, as well as a bath where guests can relax and unwind. The lodge is built around an active watering hole which is overlooked by the main lodge. There is also a communal lounge, dining area and a rim-flow swimming pool, ideal for cooling down in the summer sun. The lodge is easily accessible is a two-wheel drive vehicle and offers many activities for guests. When not relaxing in the lodge, guests are able to partake in morning game drives in the neighbouring Etosha National Park, and sunset and night game drives are also offered in Onguma Game Reserve. The lodge offers a Rhino Research Drive, where guests are able to learn more about the Black rhino and assist in gathering data to help protect these creatures. In the morning, guests are able to join a ranger on a guided walk and spend some time focusing on the smaller animals and the vegetation that makes up Namibia.
from R4420
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River Crossing

1 Review
Sleeps 60 in 20 rooms

Feel the pulse of the city from the heart of the bushveld at River Crossing. We are 3 km from Windhoek on the Airport Road, on a pristine...
Feel the pulse of the city from the heart of the bushveld at River Crossing. We are 3 km from Windhoek on the Airport Road, on a pristine 6500-hectare game reserve. Rediscover the nuances of a bygone era of farm life that offers the discerning traveller all the modern amenities. The main lodge building comprises a dining room, a centrally situated bar, a lounge, a wellness room, a curio corner and a conference room seating up to 65 delegates. Nestled outside, between the lounge and dining area, is the pool which is great for swimming lengths as it is quite long. The elevated wooden deck offers a fairytale view of Windhoek. The wellness centre, run by Claire Liebenberg, offers tired and aching limbs a soothing way to rehabilitate. The lodge and the rooms have been designed to emulate old German farmhouses. The 20 guest Chalets consist of 14 twin Chalets and six double Chalets, all with en-suite bathrooms with showers, toilets and basins. Two of the Chalets have been designed with honeymooners in mind, offering baths instead of showers. All rooms have the feather duvets wrapped in 100% cotton, the environmentally friendly guest amenities and the unparalleled service and hospitality expected of a top-quality resort. Six Chalets offer views of Windhoek and 14 Chalets face east offering superb sunrise views of the Moltkeblick Mountain. Besides our accommodation, we also offer a host of activities including game drives, horse riding, guided or self-guided walks and mountain biking. We have a selection of function venues and would love to host your 60th birthday bash, your 25th wedding anniversary or any other occasion you can think of. The game drives during the morning and afternoon are engaging; the views are superb; the flora varied and the game abundant. There are 19 different species of game roaming the reserve including roan, sable, giraffe and wildebeest. Leopard and cheetah are also seen from time to time.
from R1785

Namibia

Namibia Wedding Venues Accommodation

Namibia is a startling country – a celebration of the weird and wonderful. It contains the world's second largest canyon, the highest sand dunes, the oldest desert, the largest existing meteorite, the smallest antelope, some of the most bizarre plants and many other truly unusual attractions. Everywhere you look, there is something astonishing.

It's mostly desert, with big rivers on its borders – the Orange on its southern border with South Africa,  the Kunene on its north-western border with Angola and the Okavango on the north-eastern border of the Caprivi Strip, which was tacked on to Namibia in order to give the German colonialists access to the Zambezi.

To the west, the icy Atlantic Ocean pounds the desert shore with relentless fury, throwing up all manner of flotsam, including numerous wrecks. It's called the Skeleton Coast and the name says it all, really. But don't, for a moment, think that desert means boring, dull or monotonous. Oh no. The Namib Desert presents a whole host of spectacular landscapes – from gravel pavements, huge red dunes and contorted geological formations which have been dubbed 'the moon landscape' to vast underground forests of welwitschias. These massive, ancient desert trees literally grow underground with only the top of the trunk, two enormous leaves and flowers showing. Many of the welwitschia trees are thousands of years old.

Vast areas of the country are true wilderness and there are a number of game reserves, most notable of which is the Etosha National Park. Centred on a huge saltpan, Etosha is home to an enormous array of animals. All the usual big guys like rhinos, elephants, lions, giraffes etc, abound but there are some interesting endemics. The black faced impala is much like the usual impala, except it looks like someone ran a sooty finger down its nose. It's hard to imagine anything prettier than an impala, anyway, but the black-faced ones looked like Max Factor got hold of them to great advantage. The smallest antelope in the world is the cute little Damara dikdik, which is endemic to the park.

One of Etosha's main attractions is the floodlit waterholes on the edge of the camps – you can stay up all night with a blanket and a flask of coffee watching an ever-changing parade of animals. The high-lying Waterberg Plateau Park is a bit anomalous, in that it's quite well watered – as the name suggests – and mountainous. Kaokoland, in the northern part of the country is a wild, desert area just to the south of the Kunene River, where the fascinating and friendly Himba people herd their goats and cattle and live as they have done for centuries.

There are desert elephants and desert rhinos, huge ephemeral lakes that support enormous flocks of flamingos that arrive mere days after the rains have filled the pans. Nobody knows how they know it has rained thousands of miles away. They just do.

There is so much to see and do in this awesome country. You could do a rafting or canoeing trip on either the Kunene or the Orange. The game viewing and bird watching is excellent in Etosha, the Waterberg or any of the many other game reserves. There is awesome rock climbing at the spectacular Spitzkoppe, a huge granite inselberg rising up from the plain with dramatic sheerness. Dragon's Breath Cave holds the largest underground lake in the world. There are interesting sinkholes, which local divers have been exploring for decades. Bitterwasser is a glider's paradise where international pilots spend the summer months doing immensely long cross country flights and setting all manner of records.

Only for the bold, a horseback trail across the Namib Desert is a real challenge and a wonderful experience. Camel expeditions are also on offer. There is wonderful sea kayaking near Swakopmund, where you may see seals and dolphins. There is good rock art scattered all over Namibia but the most unusual is the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. There are some very tough hikes, including one in the Fish River Canyon and one in the Namib Naukluft Park. You could do a balloon flight over the desert at sunrise.

And the capital city, Windhoek, is a clean, modern city rising up from the desert. It has all the usual facilities – golf courses, restaurants, shopping and good hotels. Namibia was a German colony, and many of the smaller towns still retain a Teutonic flavour, particularly Swakopmund and Lüderitz on the Atlantic coast. As well as the European-style buildings, you'll find lots of German restaurants and pubs. And, of course, Namibia makes the best beer in Africa, which is most definitely as a result of its German heritage. All Namibian beer conforms to the German Reinheidsgebod (purity law) of 1516. Germans don't muck about when it comes to making (or drinking) beer.

Namibia Border Posts Information

South Africa – Namibia Road Entry Points

Velverdiend / Mata Mata: 08:00 – 16:30
Klein Menasse / Rietfontein: 08:00 – 16:30
Ariamsvlei / Nakop: 24 hours
Vellorsdrift / Onseepkans: 08:00 – 17:00
Noordoewer / Vioolsdrift: 24 hours
Sendelingsdrift: 8:00 – 17:00
Oranjemund / Alexander Bay: 06:00 – 22:00

Botswana – Namibia Road Entry Points

Impalila Island: 07:00 – 18:00
Ngoma Bridge: 07:00 – 18:00
Muhembo / Shakawe: 06:00 – 18:00
Buitepos / Mamuno: 07:00 – 18:00

Zambia – Namibia Road Entry Points

Wanela (Katima Mulilo) / Sesheke: 6:00 – 17:00

Angola – Namibia Road Entry Points

Ruacana: 7:00 – 18:00
Omahenene: 8:00 – 18:00
Oshikango / St. Clara: 8:00 – 18:00
Rundu: 8:00 – 18:00

Easter Weekend, Public & School Holidays in Namibia

Book your holiday long before Namibia’s peak season begins. During the year-end holiday season and over Easter, most top destinations in Namibia are booked a year in advance. And if you’re living outside Namibia, it’s worth noting that banks are closed on public holidays and shops close for Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Public Holidays and Easter Holidays 2015

1 January – New Year's Day

21 March – Independence Day

3 April – Good Friday

5 April – Easter Sunday

6 April – Easter Monday

1 May – Workers' Day

4 May – Cassinga Day

14 May – Ascension Day

25 May – Africa Day

26 August – Heroes' Day

10 December – Human Rights Day

25 December – Christmas Day

26 December – Family Day

2015 School Holidays

December 2014 – 13 January 2015

18 April – 18 May

14 August – 31 August

5 December – mid January 2016 (tbc)

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