Namibia is a land of varied terrain including rugged coastline, vast desert areas, mountain ranges and huge dune fields - all of it jaw-droppingly wonderful. Its people are equally diverse, with over a dozen ethnic groups. The first human inhabitants were San, who were later joined by the tribal Khoikhoi, who coexisted for several centuries. Other African settlers included Bantu and Herero.
A potted history
The first European to arrive in Namibia were the Portuguese, but they did not settle, perhaps put off by the inhospitable coastline and largely barren hinterland. In 1884 the country was annexed by Germany until 1915 when it was under South African administration. In 1948 the Afrikaner led National Party came to power in South Africa and an apartheid regime was introduced in Namibia. In 1960 political parties in Namibia merged to form the South West Africa People’s Organisation, or SWAPO, which launched a widespread guerilla campaign against South African rule. Independence was finally achieved on 21st March 1990, after many years of struggle. The country now enjoys political stability.
A classic introduction to Nambia from beach to desert.
A great way to enjoy a mobile camping trip without breaking the bank. This trip takes you to Botswana, Namibia and Zambia, finishing up at the mighty Victoria Falls.
Experience Namibia together as a family on this epic self-drive holiday visiting some of Namibia's highlights.
See the best scenery and wildlife Namibia has to offer while staying in luxury accommodation and enjoying supern service - this is Naimbia in luxury.
A small group guided holiday travelling by road and air to some of Namibia's highlights.
Read about some of the inspirational experiences you could have in Namibia
Below you’ll find some of our very favourite places to stay in Namibia. However you can also see our full directory of properties by clicking the ‘All Places to Stay’ button.
Huddled in the rocks in the Abu Huab valley is the hidden gem of Camp Kipwe. Quirky, natural touches add a perfect finish to this unique oasis in the desert.
A simple, down-to-earth small tented camp at the foot of the Grootberg Massif, surrounded by beautiful scenery.
An affordable and comfortable tented safari lodge, close to Andersson's entrance gate to Etosha. A taste of a traditional tented safari lodge.
Ideal location less than 10km outside Etosha National Park, enjoy an authentic safari stay at this down-to-earth tented camp.
Recently rebuilt, Okonjima Plains Camp offers excellent and affordable accommodation at the home of the AfriCat Foundation.
This is about as remote as you can get, a beautiful setting on the banks of the Kunene river in northern Namibia.
This family run guest house is just 5 minutes walk from the beach and from the centre of this quaint coastal town.
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Time: GMT +2 hours
Flight time: Flights from UK to Windhoek are usually via Johannesburg or Frankfurt and take about 12.5 hours. Windhoek International Airport is 60km from the city centre.
Language: Namibia’s official language is English. Afrikaans, Dama/Nama, German, Herero, Oshiwambo, Sukwangali, Setswana and Silozi are also recognised.
Visas: Visas are not required British citizens for stays of up to 90 days.
Health: Malaria is present in Namibia. Certain areas are more high risk. A yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission; this includes transiting through a yellow fever risk country; make sure you have a valid yellow fever certificate with you.