Dinosaur footprints and desert elephants, sky-high sand dunes and deep-cut canyons, Kalahari plains and Cape Cross seals, prolific wildlife, and ancient petroglyphs … Namibia has all the continent’s best characteristics in one captivating country.
One of the world’s least densely populated countries, with some of Africa’s most abundant wildlife; one of Africa’s youngest nations, with the world’s oldest rock art; Namibia enthrals, entertains, and educates with its extraordinary landscapes, cultural sites, conservation ethos, and long-held customs.
The country is known for prolific wildlife, not only in the National Parks but also in the unfenced miles between them. Our tours travel by road, river and rough tracks, for the best wildlife watching, up-close.
Lush, less travelled, Caprivi Strip marks Namibia’s remote northern reaches, where hippos rendezvous at Rundu; Mahango is home to magnificent baobabs; and the region is renowned for its 500+ bird species.
The Kalahari Desert conjures images of arid emptiness but, with rainfall in its Namibian miles, trees, grasses, and fossil watercourses make it a habitat for gemsbok and springbok, mongoose and meerkat.
Etosha Reserve is home to herds of plains game and flocks of flamingos, with big cats, elephants and rhinos among the 100 species of mammals, and night-lit waterholes bringing birds and beasts in abundance, a delight of twilight wildlife-watching.
Jaw-dropping scenery includes the other-worldly topography of Sossusvlei, in the Namib Desert, its landscape a stark, sparkling salt pan, encircled by wind-sculpted ‘star dunes’, and forming a photogenic arena, from bleached-white floor to rust-red sands, and bright blue sky.
The Gaub Pass crosses lunar landscapes, twisting around the rock formations of the Kuiseb Canyon; Fish River Canyon has walls up to 650m high, its river a torrent in the rainy season and barely a stream in the dry; and mountains hem Damaraland’s Twyfelfontein valley, a UNESCO listed gallery of ancient rock art.
Urban interludes include the capital, Windhoek, with a couple of castles, and the gingerbread Lutheran Christus Church a landmark in its strollable, colonial streets; while coastal Swakopmund hems surfing beaches on the Skeleton Coast with palm-lined avenues, half-timbered houses, and an iconic lighthouse.
On a Jules Verne journey aboard the private Rovos Rail train, contemporary comfort combines with Edwardian elegance, to traverse the Namibian reaches of the Kalahari Desert, visit the Quiver Tree Forest and the ghost town of Kolmanskop, and enter South Africa for Kimberley’s gold-rush country.
While Namibia is one of the driest countries in sub-Saharan Africa, its regional climates do vary, from hot and dry in the south to higher rainfall and lower temperatures in the north. Daytime temperatures are generally 20-32°, dipping in June to August - the coolest months, with the least chance of rainfall, and peaking at over 40° in the humid midsummer months of January and February. Night temperatures frequently drop to 10° and can fall below freezing in the deserts. The December to February rainy season creates landscapes at their greenest from April/May, while the lack of rain from May to October encourages animals to gather at the waterholes, ideal for wildlife watching. Jules Verne tours in Namibia run from March to June, September, and October.
With wildlife viewing on every tour, an 11-night journey celebrates local culture, crafts and landscapes; two 2-week tours, by road or by rail, introduce lesser-known regions and visit Namibia’s neighbours, South Africa, or Botswana and Zimbabwe; and our 17-night grand tour is a superb circling of Namibia, from the capital to the Kalahari, from Sossuvlei to Swakopmund, from beautiful wilderness to bountiful wildlife. Choose the tour that suits your style, tempo, and time available, and travel with like-minded people on our small-group journeys.
With 45 years’ experience and a passion for creating extraordinary adventures, Jules Verne’s Namibian safaris typically take to the tracks with small groups of travellers and a knowledgeable driver/guide, well versed in the habits and habitats of the country’s amazing animals. Memorable features range from a special dinner at Windhoek’s Hotel Heinitzburg castle, to a bush dinner in Etosha, sculptures among the aloe trees of Quiver Tree Forest, and a flight over Swakopmund’s Skeleton Coast or a cruise of Walvis Bay.
All our guided tours to Namibia are ABTA and ATOL protected, and we offer a 100% price guarantee, so you can book with complete confidence.
Namibia By Private Train - Walvis to Pretoria
Explore the astonishing landscapes and wonderful wildlife of Namibia, crossing the mesmerising miles of this vast country in the comfort of the Rovos Rail train, from Etosha National Park to the saltpan of Sossusvlei, and the Namib and Kalahari Deserts
Wilderness, woodlands and wildlife are the backdrop for this superb safari, from Namibia’s famous National Parks to its lush, less travelled Zambezi strip, to huge herds of elephants by Botswana’s Chobe River, and the fabulous finale of Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls
A Namibian Journey
Picturesque towns, prolific wildlife and stunning landscapes reveal the beauty and variety of Namibia. Ancient petroglyphs, local crafts and long-held customs uncover the culture, from Sossusvlei’s dunes to the Skeleton Coast, Damaraland, and Etosha National Park