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‘A good traveller is one who does not know where he is going to, and a perfect traveller does not know where he came from.’
Lin Yutang

Witness the Desert Lion, Desert Elephant, Brown Hyena, and Desert Rhino….a great diversity of habitat greets you in the deserts of Namibia, from the Great Game Parks of Etosha to the Great Sand Dunes of the Namib Naukluft National Park to the Fish River Canyon – Grand Canyon of Southern Africa.

Experience the great sights of this fragile desert environment where colourful and uniquely adapted plants and animals make this harsh environment their home.

The Jewels in the Desert can be learnt about in our highlights below;

What to visit and explore in Namibia

The following features are found in this bountiful region:

A Trip of a Lifetime to Explore Namibia

A trip of a lifetime to explore the unique deserts & wildlife of Namibia Of all the trips we design for Namibia, this is one you should pay extra attention to. This wilderness adventure is going to take you to four well protected regions, where one of these is plane access only. Very few get access to these areas to keep the impacts low on the environment, so Jackson's African Safaris is keen to promote these types of opportunities to our clients. These destinations are unique and certainly the absolute best you can experience in Namibia when it comes to supporting [...]

  • Kunene River & Kaokoland

Kunene River & Kaokoland

Unspoilt landscapes, wildlife and historic Himba culture abound in this wild, remote part of Africa. The Kunene River forms a natural boundary at Namibia’s northern extremity, and here we find one of the country’s adventure centres spoilt with Ruacana Falls, the spectacular Epupa Falls, and the area is an ideal gateway for those setting out to explore the rugged and beautiful Kaokoland region of Namibia to the north-west. Whether your looking for a Himba cultural experience, kayaking, raging white-water action, trekking, hiking or birding… Or, taking life a little easier with some river fishing, the Kunene River wilderness has much [...]

  • Okonjima – home of the AfriCat Foundation

Okonjima – home of the AfriCat Foundation

Jackson’s African Safaris supports staying at Okonjima during a safari to Namibia, for learning and experiencing everything the Africat Foundation has to offer. Visit WWW(.)AFRICAT(.)ORG for more information. The AfriCat Foundation has specific objectives as found on their website: Objectives; – To create awareness and promote the tolerance of large carnivores among the farming community by assisting farmers in effective farm management techniques including targeting problem predators as opposed to indiscriminate removal. – To educate youth about large carnivores and environmental awareness. – To research large carnivores, particularly cheetahs and leopards, on farmland and in captivity. – To provide humane [...]

  • Vingerklip – Finger Rock

Vingerklip – Finger Rock

The 35m high pillar of sedimentary rock, the Vingerklip, (Finger Rock) is one of the most impressive rock formations in Namibia. It stands proudly above a valley, known as the Ugab terraces, mid-way between the Etosha National Park and Swakopmund in the heart of Damaraland. This is an excellent base to explore the many attractions of Damaraland, a vast beautiful wilderness in north-west Namibia. Vingerklip Lodge is the location where this picture was taken.

  • Spitzkoppe – An Ancient Mystery

Spitzkoppe – An Ancient Mystery

Spitzkoppe rises abruptly above the arid and sparsely vegetated plains of the Namib. Also known as the “Matterhorn of Namibia”, the granite outcrop is a typical example of Namibia’s recognizable landmarks. It is located in the Namib Desert, between Swakopmund and Usakos, which is also the nearest town (approximately 50km away). The summit of this imposing granite rock formation is 1,728m and the shape of it reflects how it got it’s name, the Matterhorn of Africa. A minor peak – the Little Spitzkoppe – lies nearby. The Spitzkoppe is the country’s top rock climbing destination. Timothy Jackson, in his early [...]

  • Twyfelfontein World Heritage Site – Bushman Engravings

Twyfelfontein World Heritage Site – Bushman Engravings

Twyfelfontein is situated in the Huab valley in the southern Kunene Region of Namibia, an area formerly known as Damaraland. The rocks containing the art work are situated in a valley flanked by the slopes of a sandstone table mountain. An underground aquifer on an impermeable layer of shale sustains a spring in this otherwise very dry area. The name Twyfelfontein refers to the spring itself, to the valley containing the spring, and in the context of traveling and tourism also to a greater area containing nearby tourist attractions: the rock engravings, the Organ Pipes, Burnt Mountain, Dorros crater, and [...]

  • The White Lady Bushman Painting

The White Lady Bushman Painting

The White Lady was first discovered in 1918 by German explorer Reinhard Maack as he was surveying the Brandberg. Modern studies on the White Lady suggest this is a bushman painting just like the thousands of other painted figures in the Brandberg. Damaraland is very rich in bushman rock art sites, including Twyfelfontein.

  • Damaraland


Damaraland is one of the most scenic areas in Namibia, a huge, untamed, ruggedly beautiful region, incredibly able to sustain small, but wide-ranging populations of desert-adapted elephant, black rhino, giraffe, ostrich and springbok. These animals have adapted their lifestyles to survive the harshness. The name Damaraland is derived from the fact that the Damara people live in this area (they were relocated here as a result of the Odendaal Plan in the 1960’s). The name Damaraland is still commonly used in tourism circles, although the entire region has now been renamed; the southern section now lies in the Erongo region [...]

  • Quad driving in Swakopmund


Swakopmund (German for “Mouth of the Swakop”) is considered a seaside resort, the weather is cooler here in December to January (Namibia’s summer months). The German colonial architecture is well know here and a sizable part of its population is still German-speaking today. Buildings in the city include the Altes Gefängnis prison, designed by Heinrich Bause in 1909. The Wörmannhaus, built in 1906 with a prominent tower, is now a public library. Attractions in Swakopmund include the Swakopmund Museum, the National Marine Aquarium, a crystal gallery and spectacular sand dunes near Langstrand south of the Swakop River. Outside of the [...]

  • Cape Cross Seal Colony

Cape Cross Seal Colony

Cape Cross is 120 km north of Swakopmund on the west coast and is the home to the Cape Cross Seals Reserve. The reserve is the home of one of the largest colonies of Cape Fur Seals in the world. The name refers to the large stone cross erected in the area by Portuguese explorers in the 15th century. The smell here is one that few forget. It smells like fish fertilizer, for those of you who have spread some of this on your gardens? The seals call out sounding like young lambs(Sheep). There are 1000’s and 1000’s, and the [...]

  • Kayaking in Walvis Bay

Walvis Bay

Walvis Bay (meaning “Whale Bay”), is a coastal city in Namibia. The town has 85,000 residents approx. The bay has been a haven for sea vessels because of its natural deepwater harbour, protected by the Pelican Point sand spit, being the only natural harbour of any size along the country’s coast. Rich in plankton and marine life, these waters also draw large numbers of whales. Walvis Bay, with its large bay and sand dunes, is the tourism activity centre of Namibia. Other attractions include the artificial Bird Island, centre of a guano collection industry, the Dune 7 sand dune, salt [...]

  • Orange River

Orange River

The Orange River is the longest river in South Africa. It rises in the Drakensberg mountains in Lesotho, flowing westwards through South Africa to the Atlantic Ocean. Although the river does not pass through any major cities, it plays an important role in the South African economy by providing water for irrigation, as well as hydroelectric power. The red sand found in the coastal dunes along Namibia’s coastline, is brought by the Orange River all the way from the Drakensberg and deposited out at sea. Northerly moving ocean currents, carry the sand north. Winds blowing inland moves some sand inland [...]

  • Fish River Canyon

Fish River Canyon

The Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world and the largest in Africa, as well as one of the most popular attractions in Namibia. It features a gigantic ravine, in total about 100 miles (160 km) long, up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550 metres deep. The Fish River is the longest interior river in Namibia. It cuts deep into the plateau which is today dry, stony and sparsely covered with hardy drought-resistant plants. The river flows intermittently, usually flooding in late summer; the rest of the year it becomes a chain of [...]

  • Sossusvlei


Sossusvlei (sometimes written Sossus Vlei) is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia. The name “Sossusvlei” is often used in an extended meaning to refer to the surrounding area (including other neighbouring vleis such as Dead Vlei and other high dunes), which is one of the major visitor attractions of Namibia. The name “Sossusvlei” is of mixed origin, and roughly means “dead end marsh”. Vlei is the afrikaans word for “marsh”, while “sossus” is the name for “no return” or “dead [...]

  • Namib-Naukluft National Park

Namib-Naukluft National Park

The Namib-Naukluft National Park is a national park of Namibia encompassing part of the Namib Desert (considered the world’s oldest desert) and the Naukluft mountain range. The Namib-Naukluft is the largest game park in Africa and the fourth largest in the world. The most well-known area of the park is Sossusvlei, which is the main visitor attraction in Namibia. A surprising collection of creatures survive in the hyper-arid region, including snakes, geckos, unusual insects, hyenas, gemsboks and jackals. More moisture comes in as fog off the Atlantic Ocean than falls as rain, with the average 106 millimeters of rainfall per [...]

  • Skeleton Coast National Park

Skeleton Coast National Park

The Skeleton Coast is the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean coast of Namibia and south of Angola from the Kunene River south to the Swakop River, although the name is sometimes used to describe the entire Namib Desert coast. The Bushmen of the Namibian interior called the region “The Land God Made in Anger”, while Portuguese sailors once referred to it as “The Gates of Hell”. On the coast the upwelling of the cold Benguela current gives rise to dense ocean fogs for much of the year. The winds blow from land to sea, rain fall rarely exceeds 10 [...]

  • Elephants in Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park was first established when Namibia was a German colony known as South West Africa. At the time, the park’s original 100,000 km² (38,500 mile²) made it the largest game reserve in the world. Due to political changes since its original establishment, the park is now slightly less than a quarter of its original area, but still remains a very large and significant area in which wildlife is protected. The Etosha Pan dominates the park. The salt pan is roughly 130 km long and as wide as 50 km in places. The hypersaline conditions of the pan limit [...]

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Information about Namibia

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  • Capital: Windhoek
  • Official language: English
  • Currency: Namibian dollar (NAD)
  • Time zone: WAT (UTC+1)
    • Summer WAST (UTC+2)
  • Drives on the: left
  • Calling code: +264
  • Motto: “Unity, Liberty, Justice”
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