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If you like to be around other travelers, the best places to explore as a solo traveler are the most popular ones: Etosha National Park in the north, Sossusvlei in the center, and Swakopmund at the coast .

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In each of these places, you’ll find camps and lodges where you can meet up with other travelers, and a host of activities where you can join up with other groups.

In northern Namibia, the Zambezi Region, which is popular with overlanders and backpackers, is another place where you’ll easily be able to meet up with other travelers.

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You can look forward to seeing lions, elephants, and rhinos on guided game drives in Etosha National Park, and meeting new friends around the fire at a camp in the Zambezi Region.

Or go Skydiving, sandboarding, drinking beer with locals in Swakopmund, and soaking up the silence and timeless beauty of the desert atop a dune in the sands of Sossusvlei.

Travel Tips for a solo safari in Namibia

The only thing that you need to be aware of as a solo traveler in Namibia is long driving distances in remote areas. You’ll often drive for hours without coming across a gas station or town. Make sure that your lodge or hotel knows to expect you in case you have a breakdown.

Driving a 4x4 through the iconic Etosha National Park

It’s also good to tell someone where you’re going if you head off from your lodge or camp on a day hike. If possible, join up with a guided hike or find someone to hike with, as it’s much safer to hike in a pair or a group in case of an emergency.

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Solo female travel in namibia: my experience, i was sick and practically penniless when i arrived in namibia., solo female travel in namibia was different than in neighboring countries, but still, the general rules of solo female travel in the region apply to solo female travel in namibia:, solo female travel in namibia: outside of the cities, on public transportation-, solo female travel in namibia and money, so there you go-.

But I was just so happy to be there! Sure I didn’t have a debit card and had a wad of cash that was useless there , but I had made it! Namibia had been on the top of my bucket list for the longest time. Just crossing the border gave me an adrenaline rush.

I was technically traveling alone in Namibia. But any solo traveler will agree that you are never really  alone  during the journey.

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But since I know there are some ladies out there who may be curious about solo female travel in Namibia, I decided to write a little post about my own experience going to Namibia alone.

As a tourist in Namibia, you will either be in the middle of a desert or in their modest, relatively manicured cities. The country is so sparsely populated that being stranded in the desert may prove to be the most dangerous thing about the country!

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  • Avoid any displays of wealth. As a tourist, you will already be seen as a wealthy person, even if it may not be true in your home country. Swinging your expensive camera around on the streets of Windhoek isn’t a great idea.
  • Also, I am not going to tell you how to dress, but I always was sure to be covered. It was just easier to avoid extra attention that way.
  • Avoid walking around alone at night. This is my number one rule for solo female travel on the African continent. There were plenty of groups of young men looking for trouble in the outskirts of Windhoek at night. You would probably be fine in Swakopmund, but be cautious unless you know exactly what you’re doing.
  • Keep your valuables safe, especially on public transport. To save me from always worrying, I always kept mine in this bag.
  • If you are renting a car, know that you drive on the left side of the road in Namibia. It is like England. I rented a car and it was terrifying! This is especially since the majority of them are manual transmission and I am a stereotypical American and hate driving a stick!
  • Windhoek is a little spread out so make sure you prepare how to get home before you set out. This is especially because there isn’t a lot of set public transit in Windhoek or in the country as a whole.
  • People may think you are soliciting sex if you go to a bar alone, though this doesn’t really apply to safari lodges and campsites.

Most people go to Namibia to see the amazing nature the country has to offer. Dressing modestly and hiding your camera don’t apply when you are in the desert. Though you may still want to cover up in the desert just because the sun is so strong! Sunscreen didn’t work for my pasty white self.

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Drink plenty of water, and this will have to be bottled water once you are out of town. The only time I got sick during my big Southern Africa trip was after I drank tap water at a luxurious campsite in Namibia. My fault, I know, but I didn’t stock up beforehand.  They only sold tiny, expensive bottles of water there!

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Watch out for wildlife.

I turned a corner in Sossusvlei and nearly ran into an ostrich. My couchsurfing host casually mentioned he saw a black mamba (a deadly snake for those of you who don’t know) in his garden…if you are on safari always listen to your guides and just stay vigilant!

See also:  My tips for not getting eaten alive when camping in Africa

This was the same in Swaziland and South Africa as well as in Namibia, but the minibuses that go in between cities usually stick all the larger bags into a sort of wagon/trailer behind the bus. I never saw anyone tampering with the bags, and I never had a problem putting my own bag with the rest.

I would just be careful to make sure you don’t have any valuables in your bag. It is not because they may be stolen, it is because the wagon may hit a bump and your bag will definitely get shaken up.

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So Namibia is known to have a lackluster public transportation system. The fact that it is one of the least densely populated countries on earth probably is the reason for that!

I just wanted to mention that solo travel in general in Namibia can become a little pricey if you want to leave the big cities.

It is possible to go on some nice, affordable desert expeditions from Swakopmund, but if you want to visit Sossusvlei or Etosha you will either need to rent a car or pay for a pricey tour.

Staying in a hostel may be the easiest way to find like minded tourists who may want to split a car rental. Or check ahead of time on couchsurfing! I got lucky and met another traveler who split a car with me to visit Sossusvlei.

There is plenty of public transportation between Windhoek and Swakopmund, in case you were wondering.

Solo female travel in Namibia really didn’t feel like anything special. In fact, I felt really relaxed and comfortable in and outside the major cities.

People seemed more reserved there than in Zimbabwe or Zambia. I was never stopped on the street or hassled in any way. This held true in the big cities, little country towns, and even in the tent city on the edge of Windhoek. No problems.

I hesitated even writing a post about solo female travel in Namibia because it didn’t stick out as a place that seemed particularly difficult for women to visit alone. But since there isn’t a whole ton of information about Namibia floating around out there I figured I would just throw in my experience. Have a wonderful trip!

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Buffalo

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Giraffe

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Spotted Hyena

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Brown Hyena

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Pangolin

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Roan antelope

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Sable antelope

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Sitatunga

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A Solo Traveller's Guide to Namibia

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If you’re looking to get away from it all and clear your head for a while, then there’s no better place for this than Namibia . Its wide open spaces call for quiet contemplation while the essence of existence hangs in the air. Solitude is one of Namibia’s gifts, but it can also get lonely out in the oldest desert in the world. Here is Culture Trip’s guide for a solo traveller in Namibia.

Just me, myself and i.

Those who need to get away from all of life’s demands will find Namibia’ s emptiness eminently appealing. If it’s some me-time you’re looking for then one of the best things to do is hire a car and just drive. There is no need for a co-pilot as traffic, with the exception of the bigger cities, is almost non-existent. Pulling off on the side of the road to scrutinise a map or reset the GPS is therefore easy and unlikely to invoke any road rage.

Road traffic in rural Namibia

Solo travellers especially, though, should bear in mind that Namibia is an enormous and often isolated place, where modern technology could quite easily let you down. So it’s always sensible to have a good old road map handy.

If you’re the kind of traveller who prefers a hearty chinwag, as opposed to hours of silence, then consider hooking up with a tour group. This is a great way to cover all the highlights of the country and can be enjoyed by young and old alike. Although you may be restricted by a set tour itinerary, on the plus-side you should never be short of conversation.

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Crime is rare

For solo travellers, Namibia is one of the safest destinations to choose in Africa. Due to the sprawling size of the country and low numbers of local inhabitants, petty crime and theft are generally not big concerns. This is not to say that one should be complacent, and common sense should always prevail. Windhoek , Namibia’s capital and most populated city, is the most prone to petty crime, while out in the dunes of Sossusvlei travellers are more at risk of getting a flat tire than becoming a victim of lawlessness.

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Always check in with someone

While losing yourself in the desert may sound enticing, the hard reality is that you really don’t want to be stuck out in the middle of nowhere without another soul knowing where you are. Road conditions in rural areas of Namibia are not great, and potholes can swallow up entire vehicle tires, sometimes more than one a day. Once stranded, it could be anything up to 24 hours before another vehicle passes your way. At least if you’ve told someone where you’re headed, then they’ll know in which direction to send the search party.

Lonely desert road

It’s also a good idea to be well-prepared if a crisis does arise. Bottled water, a few snacks and some ready cash should be kept close at hand. Remember that gas stations are few and far between when travelling outside of the cities, so carrying extra fuel could help get you out of a tight spot.

Don’t rush it

This is especially true for solo travellers following a self-guided itinerary – and another gift that Namibia gives, to seemingly make time stand still. If you’re following your own schedule and have no one to please but yourself, then it’s almost guaranteed that pleasure will be found in simply marching to your own beat. Stop, linger, delay the departure, wait and watch. The stunning desert landscape of Namibia is far from monotonous, but only those who have the patience will be rewarded with its hidden magic.

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Namibia Solo Travel Guide

The majority of Namibia is uninhabited by humans and, in the most obvious way, this makes it one of the best places to embark on a trip for one. Beyond this, Namibia’s wide open spaces and deserts that seem to go on forever, make for quiet moments of contemplation that don’t come around very often.

Namibia is also one of Africa’s top self-driving destinations and, as long as you pack the necessities (plenty of water and a spare tyre) and become well-acquainted with your route (an old-fashioned paper map is always handy), a solo road trip is a fantastic way to explore the country at your own pace. If you don’t fancy the long drives, guided or not, flying from one corner to the next also promises dreamy views of Namibia from an entirely different perspective. Read on to hear about our favourite Namibia trips for solo travellers.

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Deserts and Wildlife of Namibia

On a road trip across Namibia , your first stop comes in the otherworldly, scorched-orange form of the Namib, the oldest desert on Earth. After travelling across the vast landscape, Dead Valley Lodge appears like a mirage in the distance. Under yards of pillowy, white canvas, you’ll find a refuge with plush carpets, huge and inviting beds, and hand-crafted ‘desert’ decor. And did we mention the pool has a wonderful view of the well-known Elim Dune? The lodge also happens to be just a few minutes from the entrance to the Namib-Naukluft National Park, so you’ll easily be one of the first to see the iconic dunes at sunrise, the previous day’s footprints erased by the wind. From the lodge, you’ll have the chance to explore on foot or four wheels, searching for the hardy creatures that have adapted to this environment, and capture the eerily-beautiful scenes at Deadvlei .

A very scenic drive later, and you’ll be enjoying the refreshing Atlantic air in Swakopmund . The Delight does just what it says on the tin, and the hotel has funky interiors that combine nautical touches, vivid patterns, and wall-sized prints of Namibia’s natural highlights. Begin your day the right way with a decadent breakfast (including fresh oysters and sparkling wine), before seeing the sights, whether it’s strolling past German architecture and taking in the town’s quaint atmosphere or something more adventurous. Take your pick from quad-biking and sandboarding, or horseback riding and catamaran cruises. Or, head down the coast to Walvis Bay for a peaceful kayaking excursion and spy swooping seabirds, pelicans, flamingos, seals and dolphins.

Barely distinguishable from the boulders that surround them, the domed structures at Camp Kipwe are a picturesque spot from which to explore Damaraland . Spend your days examining the ancient rock art at Twyfelfontein , which has over 2,500 engravings across its walls and caves, or take in the silence of Damaraland’s fascinating Petrified Forest . You can also set out to follow desert-adapted elephant along the dry Aba Huab River, track black rhino on foot , or see herds of mountain zebra on horseback. Then return to Camp Kipwe for a dip in the pool ensconced in the boulders or enjoy the views from your fabulous outdoor bathtub.

Up the wildlife ante even more at your final stop, a wonderfully authentic camp in the private Ongava Reserve. A sight to be enjoyed from every corner of the camp, the waterhole attracts a bevy of animals including daytime visitors like oryx, zebra and kudu, and after nightfall, a floodlight illuminates big cats who have arrived for a drink. Ongava’s crowning glory is the chance to track white rhino on foot and spot these endangered Jurassic creatures up close. Thrilling game drives in Etosha National Park are also on the cards, where wildlife gathers round the waterholes in their numbers. Before heading for Windhoek and your flight home, visit the AfriCat Foundation in Otjiwarongo to learn about everything they do to protect the country’s cheetah and leopard. What a way to remember Namibia!

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The best of Namibia by air

On this trip , you’ll see Namibia from every angle (quite literally) as you fly from one epic destination to the next. After landing in Windhoek, get your bearings with a night at Galton House , a fabulous boutique hotel with dining that rivals the city’s finest.

Jump into a tiny plane, and take in the limitless plains, mountains and deserts of Namibia, before touching down in the sun-baked Neuhof Nature Reserve and Camp Sossus . Built to be as unobtrusive as possible, the semi-permanent camp was entirely constructed from recycled and natural materials. The shimmering desert is your constant companion, from the bed in your open-sided tent to under the boundless, starry sky as you sit beside the fire. You could even spend the night on a rooftop sleepout deck! Explore this stunning reserve on driving, biking or walking excursions and spot oryx, zebra and meerkat, or take to the air once again for a breathtaking hot air balloon flight.

Your next flight takes you to the northern end of the Namib Desert, Damaraland . Surrounded by monolithic mountains, the region is home to an incredible collection of animals, from herds of desert-adapted elephant who spend days migrating between water sources, to black rhino who are able to navigate precipitous cliffs to reach the best plants. Amongst the crags, you’ll also discover centuries-old rock art including the most famous site, Twyfelfontein . After days like this, the best thing to do is watch the sunset from the boulders above the one-of-a-kind Camp Kipwe .

Soar high overhead as the landscape changes below you, before landing in the private Ongava Game Reserve. Positioned on a hill overlooking a very busy waterhole, Ongava Lodge has plenty to keep you entertained in between safari activities, whether you’d like to curl up in the reading nook, snooze beside the pool, or get comfy in the Hide for the ultimate wildlife snaps. Enjoy drives and walking safaris in the reserve, including the chance to track black and white rhino on foot; or venture into neighbouring Etosha where elephant, giraffe, lion and zebra roam. Then, enjoy one last, supremely scenic flight back to Windhoek where you can replay the memories over a local brew.

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  • Discover the best of Namibia with this wonderful 15-night solo traveller holiday.
  • Meet other like-minded solo travellers & enjoy the comfort of your very own hotel room
  • Explore Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, with recommendations from our local guide.  
  • Experience the incredible deserts of Soussuvlei and Deadvlei.
  • Visit the beautiful coastal town of Swakopmund, established by German colonists in the late 1800s.  
  • Search for the elusive Desert Elephant in Damaraland. 
  • Enjoy a safari experience in Etosha, one of Africa’s third largest National Parks.

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Experience Namibia’s top attractions and discover one of the top safari destinations in Africa on this unforgettable solo traveller holiday. This will be an exciting small group experience, our African adventure will begin with a short tour of Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia, before travelling on to Sossusvlei or the “Dune Sea.” Located in the Namib Naukluft Park and one of Namibia's most spectacular landmarks, we will enjoy the sunrise over the red dunes and there’s an opportunity to climb the highest Dune in the area, ‘Big Daddy’, at 325 metres. We’ll travel through Damaraland and see Brandberg, the highest mountain in Namibia, before beginning your search for the elusive Desert Elephants on your safari trek. We’ll explore Etosha, Africa’s 3rd largest game park, which showcases the best of free roaming Namibia wildlife and rarest species. In Otjiwa there will be a high possibility of spotting the White Rhino, as they are more concentrated in this area. Take this incredible solo traveller holiday and discover the highlights of Namibia. 

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  • This holiday includes 10 lunches and dinners, and breakfast is included each day of your stay in Namibia
  • For departures from Dublin, outbound and return flights will be via Doha or Frankfurt depending your chosen date.
  • For departures from London, outbound and return flights will be via Doha or Frankfurt depending your chosen date.
  • This tour is operated by an overland Safari truck, designed for off road experience, while on tour. The roads in Namibia can often be rough and bumpy, and the robust safari truck is an ideal way to travel in this unique terrain, through the national parks, where it is more difficult for coaches to go.
  •  Air-conditioning is very rare in Safari trucks in Namibia, it is mostly a dry climate; opening windows can help, however there may be heat and dust due to the desert environment.
  • There will be stops for comfort breaks, and some days can be long with early starts. The truck is small and fits 15 people, offering a better safari experience.

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Travel to namibia, depart for windhoek, namibia.

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We begin our adventure as we travel to Windhoek, Namibia.

Windhoek - Including a Panoramic Tour by Safari Truck

Panoramic tour to hotel.

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On arrival in Windhoek, we meet our guide. Let’s begin our adventure as we transfer to our hotel by overland safari truck (50km) one of the best ways to venture in this beautiful and rugged land. Before arriving we enjoy a panoramic tour along the way.

 This is a small group a maximum of 15 people. Travel is in a small  overland safari truck.

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Let’s unpack, stretch our legs and get to know our surroundings as we enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. 

Dinner is included tonight and breakfast is included for each day of our stay in Namibia.

Scenic transfer to Sousselvlei

Depart for the red dunes of sousselvlei.

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This morning we head southbound towards Sousselvlei. Located in the heart of the Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei has some of the highest sand dunes in the world and can inspire an air of isolation and tranquility. The closer you get to your destination, the higher and redder the dunes become. Todays’ journey will be over five and a half hours (330km).

Get settled in and enjoy the scenic drive

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We have arrived! Check in late in the afternoon; soak up the serene atmosphere of this unique location.

The rest of our day is at leisure to relax after our journey.

Dinner is included tonight.

Experience Sossusvlei & Deadvlei

Guided excursion to sossusvlei, deadvlei and ‘big daddy’.

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Lets see more of this beautiful country! This morning we depart very early, for a guided excursion into Sossusvlei and the Deadvlei to avoid the heat during the day. We arrive early enough to catch the sunrise and have time for some great photo opportunities. The Deadvlei is beautiful with its stark scenery, orange dunes, white cracked ground and the 900-year-old Camelthorn trees coming out of the saltpan, an iconic image of Namibia! You will also have the option to climb the highest dune “Big Daddy” at 325 meters. It is not for the faint hearted and a tough climb, however you are rewarded with a panoramic view of the Deadvlei. For those who prefer not to climb the dunes, you will have free time to explore around the Deadvlei and take in the natural beauty of the area.

Free time to relax in Sossusvlei

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After this morning’s early morning start to see the sunrise, we depart the Deadvlei in time for a well-deserved lunch (included).

The afternoon is free to relax and enjoy our surroundings.

Dinner is included this evening

Transfer to Swakopmund

Swakopmund & panoramic orientation tour.

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This morning we depart for Swakopmund one of Namibia’s biggest tourist destinations, it will take around five and a half hours (370 km) drive before we will arrive into the coastal town. Swakopmund is located between the Atlantic Ocean and Namib dunes, it was established by German colonists back in the late 1800s and is filled with historic buildings, landmarks, and museums making this town a great place to further explore in your free time.

Lunch is included today.

Upon arrival, experience a one-hour orientation tour of the town before checking in to our hotel in the afternoon.

Explore Swakopmund at Our Leisure

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Our expert guide will be happy to make suggestions for local restaurants where we can purchase dinner and places to enjoy a drink afterwards.

Please note - Swakopmund is known for various adventurous  excursions. These  excursions are not pre bookable with Travel Department and our guides will not be selling these excursions locally.

Discover Swakopmund – Mondesa Township

Morning at leisure.

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This morning we can explore Swakopmund in our own time as we take a stroll down to the jetty, spend time on the pier and soak up the atmosphere and views.

There may be the possibility to join in some optional tours:

See more, with a three-hour optional Living Desert tour which takes place just outside Swakopmund in the coastal dune belt.  Learn about some of the life forms that are not always so easy to spot with the naked eye; from Track Palmato Geckos, sand diving lizards, fog basking beetles, Chameleons, snakes, and spiders, during this three-hour exploration. End the tour with a short dune drive.  Our guide will be happy to provide additional details and help book this optional excursion; subject to availability.

Uncover Mondesa on a Guided Township Tour

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Uncover more of Swakopmund, on a guided tour of the township of Mondesa.  Meet local people,  hear about their community projects and everyday life in the township.  Learn of the many different tribes that created today’s melting pot of people, tradition and culture in Namibia.  

Uncover Swakopmund

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Today is a day of leisure, our guide will be happy to tell us of further places of interest and options for you to do today.

Experience a half day optional Sandwich Harbour tour. Take a Sandwaves morning tour, in a 4 x 4 vehicle into the lower Kuiseb Delta hummock- duned valleys, salt pans, into Namib – Naukluft Park (where ocean and desert come together) and Sandwich Harbour Lagoon. Enjoy a refreshing stop in the dunes for a glass of sparkling wine and snacks. There will also be photography opportunities along the way for those budding photographers.

Please ask your guide for more details on this optional excursion, subject to availability.

Please note various optional excursions that are adventurous are not sold by our guide locally, or part of our programme. Should you wish to purchase these optional tours, please ensure you have adequate insurance to cover such activities.

Uncover the Rugged Beauty of Damaraland

Scenic transfer drive to damaraland - twyfelfontein.

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Today’s destination is Damaraland!

After breakfast we transfer for the untamed and rugged scenery that is Damaraland; the journey will take around five hours (340 km). Take in the scenic beauty during our drive, with the “Brandberg Mountain” as your backdrop. A stop is included along the way to stretch your legs and enjoy lunch (included).

At Leisure - Twyfelfontein

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Arrive in the late afternoon, the rest of the day is at leisure to further enjoy your surroundings.

Damaraland and Desert Elephant Safari

At leisure in damaraland.

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This morning, enjoy a relaxing breakfast and a sleep in.

For those who want to see more, there is the possibility to book an optional excursion (depending on availability) to the Rock Engravings of the San Bushmen including the Burnt Mountain and the Organ pipes (very similar to the Giants causeway). The rock engravings depict animals and their spoor more than human images. 

Please ask the guide for assistance and information on booking this locally; subject to availability.

Guided Desert Elephant Safari

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After our relaxing morning, we enjoy some lunch at the lodge before we go on safari.  

Join us as we go in search of the elusive Desert Elephant, which can only be found in two places in the world, Mali and Namibia. These majestic animals have adapted to their dry, semi-desert environment by having a smaller body mass, longer legs and rather larger feet to other elephants. They have also been designated as a top priority for their protection by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Keep your eyes peeled and cameras ready!

Also included is a visit to Damara Living Museum - Daily routine in a traditional museum, including traditional blacksmith (making of weapons and tools), tanning of leather (production of traditional clothes), jewelry and crafts, dancing, singing and traditional games, Holy Fire and fire making and more.

Return to our hotel, relax and recharge. Dinner is included tonight.

Transfer to Etosha National Park – South

Full day safari drive, etosha national park.

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Join us on a day of adventure as we transfer to South Etosha, enjoying a  safari in search of all the African animals. The drive will take around four hours (300km), during this time we take the opportunity to search near waterholes, where an abundance of wildlife like congregate, especially in dry seasons. Birders will also love the experience, where more than 340 bird species have been counted in Etosha National Park. Keep your eyes peeled for Black Rhino, Elephant, Lion, Giraffe and even Leopards.

Enjoy a lunch stop in the park along the way.

Please note for March 2023 Solo - Two nights will be spent in Etosha South and one night in Tsumeb. We will enjoy a safari in Etosha and a full day safari on the way to Tsumeb.

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Check into our accommodation and enjoy more free time at leisure, immerse yourself into our African surroundings, relax and unwind after an adventurous day.

Etosha National Park East

Transfer to etosha national park east.

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After breakfast we transfer to Etosha National Park East, the third biggest park in Africa, the drive will take approximately four hours (275km). The park is home to many species including the endangered black rhino and even leopard. It is also is one of the few places where animals still roam freely and unrestricted by human influence. Relax sit back and enjoy the scenic drive towards our hotel. Lunch is included today.

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On arrival to our hotel check in, relax and enjoy your evening at leisure, dinner is included tonight.

Etosha East National Park

Etosha safari game drive.

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Experience more on a four-hour guided game drive, in an open truck, one of the best ways to enjoy a safari and makes a great opportunity for taking photos! Take in the beauty of this natural landscape and the variety of wildlife, in wide open grasslands, large camel thorn and Mopani trees and an enormous salt pan, that can be seen from space! The diverse vegetation accounts for the abundance of wildlife that thrives in the park. Lunch is included today

At Leisure in Etosha

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After the excitement of your safari, take time to relax and enjoy your African surroundings.

It may be possible (depending on availability) to book an extra game drive, your guide will be happy to assist you.

Transfer to Otjiwa - Enjoy a Game Drive

Discover more wildlife on a safari game drive.

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In the morning transfer towards Otjiwa (320km); the drive will take around 4 hours. Arrive in time for lunch (lunch included). There will be a two-hour game drive included today in an open truck searching for wildlife.

Otijwa Safari Lodge is one of the oldest game farms in Namibia, and offers around 25 species, including the white rhino.

Okonjima - AfriCat Foundation Tour

Africat foundation tour otijwa.

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Enjoy a leisurely breakfast. Before lunch we have our first encounter with wildlife on a guided tour of the AfriCat foundation in Okonjima. The AfriCats’s Carnivore Care Centre, rescues and rehabilitates carnivores. The centre offers a second chance in hope that the animals they rescue can be released back in the Okonjima Nature Reserve.

Lunch is included today

Evening at Leisure

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After our excursion to the AfriCat Centre we return to our hotel and enjoy our final evening in this enchanting country.

Tonight join our fellow travelers for our final dinner (included).

Transfer to Windhoek Airport

Depart for home.

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We say farewell with fond memories of our journey through the Highlights of Namibia, with an early morning transfer for our flights home.  

We depart for Windhoek Airport, the drive will take us approximately five and a half hours (260km). Sit back relax and savour the last of the changing scenery before we catch our flights home. 

Arrive Home

Arrive home from your once in a lifetime safari adventure!

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Namibia Solo Travel Tips

Namibia is one of my favorite places in the world! This remote, sparsely populated, otherworldly country is unlike anywhere else I’ve been. So to help you prepare for your trip, here are my Namibia solo travel tips!

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I felt very safe during my solo trip to Namibia, but as with any destination, you must take precautions to keep yourself safe. Don’t walk alone at night. Stay in a secure and well-located hotel or safari lodge. Use slash-proof, lockable, and RFID-protected bags and purses, and always have a charged cell phone.

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When I visited Namibia, I hired a private guide and driver, Eric, through Namibia Tours & Safaris . And this is one of the best travel investments I’ve ever made!

I had Eric one-on-one to myself for my entire two-week trip, so I got the most personalized, local, and authentic experience you can have in Namibia.

Eric knew people at every safari lodge we visited, so I got room upgrades, food credits, and priority activity bookings. Plus, I had a traveling companion who went above and beyond to ensure every trip detail exceeded my expectations.

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This way, if anything goes wrong at any point on your trip, you can always contact Namibia Tours & Safaris!

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Getting Around Namibia

Namibia is a large country (about twice as big as California), so it takes several hours to drive between destinations. A road trip is the best way to see the country, but plan your itinerary to account for the long driving distances, so you have time to explore each place.

I lost count of how many people I met during my trip to Namibia who hadn’t built enough travel time in their itinerary. So they didn’t have time at each stop to actually enjoy the activities, wildlife, and accommodations.

You can also do fly-in safaris, where you’ll take bush flights between destinations. This gets you from place to place faster, but it’s much more expensive than driving, and you won’t see as much of the country. If you want to visit the Skeleton Coast, a fly-in safari is your best bet, which you can combine with a driving safari to other places in Namibia.

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Planning Your Itinerary

I’ve rounded up the best places to visit in Namibia . You’d probably need a month to see all the destinations on this list, so I’d prioritize Sossusvlei, Etosha National Park, Spitzkoppe, The Caprivi Strip, The Skeleton Coast, and Okonjima Nature Reserve (in that order).

But even focusing on my top six destinations, you’d still need two or three weeks to visit them. So I’ve created recommended Namibia itineraries for various travel times and preferences.

Pro Tip: give yourself at least two nights in each place!

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Where To Stay

Namibia has every type of lodging, from treehouses and glamping tents to luxury bungalows and rustic campsites. So I’ve rounded up the best safari lodges in Namibia .

If you want to camp along your route, I recommend booking campsites in advance because this is a VERY popular way to travel in Namibia, especially for locals.

While budget and location are important, there are more things you need to consider when selecting a safari camp. So read through my step-by-step guide to finding the perfect safari lodge for your trip .

Unlike hotels where you come and go, a safari lodge will be where you spend most of your time at each stop. Your accommodations will set the tone for your entire trip, so before you commit, do your due diligence!

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Self-Driving Tips

So rent a 4×4 vehicle because many of Namibia’s best locations are only reachable via off-roads. Even if you stay primarily on the main routes, it’s good to have the option to go wherever you want.

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Recommended tours in namibia, frequently asked questions, can you travel namibia alone.

Yes! I felt very safe during my solo trip to Namibia, but as with any destination, you must take precautions to keep yourself safe. Don’t walk alone at night. Stay in a secure and well-located hotel or safari lodge. Use slash-proof, lockable, and RFID-protected bags and purses, and always have a charged cell phone.

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Is Namibia good for tourists?

Namibia is home to deserts, mountains, incredible safari lodges, national parks, dreamy beach towns, and some of the best wildlife viewing in Sub-Saharan Africa. So whether you’re climbing sand dunes in Sossusvlei or tracking rhinos in Etosha National Park, this Namibia luxury safari guide has everything you need to plan an epic trip!

Fun Fact: Namibia has one of the lowest population densities in the world, which means this is one of the best destinations to escape the crowds.

When To Go:

Namibia is a desert country – one of the driest places in Sub-Saharan Africa. July – October are the driest months of the year and the peak travel season. Wildlife will gather by the hundreds around water holes, meaning these months have some of the best game viewings anywhere in Africa. These months have the highest prices and crowds, so book your lodge and tours as far in advance as possible. In July and August, daytime temperatures average in the 60s and 70s, and nighttime temperatures can drop below freezing, so bring layers. September and October nights are warmer, but you’ll still want a jacket.

May and June are the shoulder months. The rains will have stopped, the landscape will be lush, and wildlife will be easily visible at waterholes (though not as high a concentration as in July – October). Travel costs will be less during these months, and the safari lodges and destinations won’t be overrun with tourists. Daytime temperatures range from the 60s to 80s, with nighttime temperatures falling below freezing in June, so bring layers for the mornings and evenings.  

November, February, and March are the rainy and off-season months. It will be wet and humid, and wildlife will be hard to see because they won’t need to gather at watering holes. You can score some great accommodation deals during these months, though, and it can feel like you have the entire country to yourself.  

December, January, and April are the best months for bird watching. These are the months directly after the rainy months, when the weather will be drier, the skies clearer, and the feeding conditions are ideal for water birds. These months have drastic temperature changes from night to day, so bring shorts, pants, short-sleeve shirts, and jackets.

Is it OK to go on vacation by yourself?

Namibia is home to deserts, mountains, incredible safari lodges, national parks, dreamy beach towns, and some of the best wildlife viewing in Sub-Saharan Africa. So here are more most-visit places in Namibia:

1.Sossusvlei

2. The Caprivi Strip

3. Spitzkoppe

4. Epupa Falls

5. Okonjima Nature Reserve

6. Twyfelfontein

7. Swakopmund

8. Walvis Bay

9. Skeleton Coast

10. Etosha National Park

Is Namibia safe for solo female travellers?

Can i speak english in namibia.

Yes. English is the official language in Namibia. Almost everyone you encounter on your trip will speak English, though German and Afrikaans are also widely spoken.

Etosha National Park is the top place to visit in Namibia. Namibia is home to deserts, mountains, incredible safari lodges, national parks, dreamy beach towns, and some of the best wildlife viewing in Sub-Saharan Africa. So here are more most-visit places in Namibia:

Is it cheap to visit Namibia?

Yes. Relatively speaking, Namibia is one of the most budget-friendly safari destinations in Africa.

May and June are the shoulder months. The rains will have stopped, the landscape will be lush, and wildlife will be easily visible at waterholes (though not as high a concentration as in July – October). Travel costs will be less during these months, and the safari lodges and destinations won’t be overrun with tourists. Daytime temperatures range from the 60s to 80s, with nighttime temperatures falling below freezing in June, so bring layers for the mornings and evenings.

November, February, and March are the rainy and off-season months. It will be wet and humid, and wildlife will be hard to see because they won’t need to gather at watering holes. You can score some great accommodation deals during these months, though, and it can feel like you have the entire country to yourself.

How many days is enough in Namibia?

If you only have a week in Namibia, I recommend spending two nights in Sossusvlei, two nights in Spitzkoppe, and three nights in Etosha National Park.

If you have two weeks, add two nights a Okonjima Nature Reserve, two nights in Twyfelfontein, one night in Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, and two nights in the Skeleton Coast.

If you have three weeks, add The Caprivi Strip.

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In-Depth Namibia Travel Guide: What’s it Like to Travel in Namibia? (2023)

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My road trip around Namibia is the best travel experience I’ve ever had.

Hands down.

I can’t even find the words to describe how fantastic my time in the country was. Namibia has everything. It’s easy to explore independently, it’s safe, it’s beautiful, the locals are lovely, the landscapes are diverse, the wildlife is exciting, and there are so. few. tourists.

I’ve got a dozen posts planned about my time in this amazing country, so brace yourself for an onslaught of information! By the end of the month, you’ll have everything you need to book a trip to this kickass country. And hopefully you’ll decide to do exactly that.

This is what it’s like to travel in Namibia.

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Where is Namibia?

Let’s start off with a little bit of context. Where even is Namibia?

Namibia is a Southern African country on the west coast of the continent. It’s located above South Africa , below Angola, and to the west of Botswana.

Interestingly, Namibia is where you’ll find the world’s only quadripoint, which is defined as the place where the corners of four different countries meet. Yes, in the far north-eastern reaches of this country, Namibia nestles up against Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. There are over 150 tripoints in the world, but only one quadripoint, making this a very special place on the planet.

Unfortunately, it’s in a part of the country that few tourists choose to visit, at the eastern end of the Caprivi Strip, which is isolated from many of the main tourist activities. Somewhere that’s much easier to visit, however, is the Tropic of Capricorn! Most visitors end up driving past the iconic Tropic of Capricorn sign while driving around Namibia, and fortunately, it’s marked on Google Maps, so you won’t have to worry about missing it.

Namibia is the Perfect Introduction to Africa Travel

If you’re dreaming of travelling in Africa but have no idea where to go first, head to Namibia. It’s one of the safest and least intimidating countries I’ve travelled through.

One of my aims with my recent Africa travels has been to prove you can easily travel around much of the continent independently. So many people opt to jump on overland truck tours in this part of the world, but what I’ve found so far is that it’s really not necessary. And in Namibia you definitely don’t need to join a tour in order to visit.

With the exception of the bad roads, I found it no more difficult or dangerous to travel in than the U.S., Europe, or Australia. And when you’re traveling independently, you’re in control of your schedule and where you stay and what you do.

On top of that, the official language of Namibia is English, which makes independent travel even easier. You can ask questions, you can get directions, you don’t have to mime all the time… it’s all so easy .

Namibia also felt like the safest country in Africa I’ve been to so far. Outside of Windhoek, you really don’t need to worry about much at all. The locals are friendly and welcoming, theft is rare, and your only real concern will be how many flat tyres you’ll end up with on the seemingly-endless gravel roads.

Not only is Namibia safe and easy to travel through, but it also has just as much to offer as other countries in Africa. Head to Etosha National Park and you’ll get to drive alongside elephants, giraffes, lions, black rhinos, and more. You can hit up the Namibian desert for sand dune climbing at sunrise. There are beaches and coastlines full of shipwrecks to explore. The darkest skies in the world are in Namibia, so the Milky Way is always shining brightly above your head at night. Oh, and there’s a ghost town in the middle of the desert. Badass.

In other words: Namibia is the best!

Hippo Crocodile Warning Sign Namibia

Not Many People Will Know Where You’re Going

I couldn’t believe it: after six years of travel, Namibia was the first country nobody seemed able to locate on a map. In my digital nomad community here in Portugal — so, y’know, people who have travelled full-time for many years — a surprisingly number of people had never even heard of Namibia.

I get it: it’s a country that isn’t often spoken about outside of travel blogging circles, but it was still surprising to be met with blank faces when I spoke about where I was visiting next.

The bonus of this? Hardly anybody decides to visit the country, so there are hardly any tourists around!

Empty road in Namibia

It’s Ridiculously Sparsely Populated

Namibia is the second-least-densely populated country in the world, with an average of just five people for every square mile. And it’s easy to see why: desert takes up the bulk of the country and so outside of its short rainy season, it’s a very arid place.

This was one of my favourite aspects of travelling around Namibia, though: you could drive for four hours straight and not see a single human, car, or building over that time. As an introvert with a love of wide, open spaces, I couldn’t get enough of the isolation.

Views of Sesriem

Planning Where to Stay Is… Interesting

Because the country is so sparsely populated, the majority of places you’ll stay at will be lodges that feel as though they’re in the middle of nowhere. Because they kind of are.

There aren’t many major towns and cities in the country — and honestly, the best parts of Namibia are outside of them — so that makes finding accommodation tricky. The best places to stay at are often hours from the nearest signs of civilisation and miles down a tiny gravel path.

I found booking.com  best for finding places to stay. First, decide on which major destinations you want to hit in Namibia. For us, this was: Windhoek – Etosha National Park – Swakopmund – Sesriem – Luderitz – Windhoek. Most of these destinations are so far from each other that you’ll have to break up the drive into two days.

Next, on Booking, search for all hotels in Namibia, and once you’re on the search page, click on view on map. Once you’ve got a map view of every hotel listing in Namibia, zoom in on the route you’re planning to take and see which lodges pop up close to the midpoint between two distances. We did this for almost everywhere we stayed in Namibia and found some incredible lodges as a result. In fact, some of the highlights from my time in the country were getting to stay outside of the main tourist trail.

And if you can’t find anything suitable or affordable on the drive, just googling “where to stay between Swakopmund and Sesriem”, for example, will bring up a ton of forum threads with recommendations from other people. Not everywhere is listed online, so there were a few places we had to book through email.

Sesriem desert lodge

Frustratingly, It’s Tough to Visit on a Budget

In Namibia you have two options: expensive or camping.

I’m all about that budget travel life, but in Namibia I had to give up my aim of spending $50 a night on accommodation and quadruple it for much of our trip. Yep, almost every lodge we stayed at in Namibia was well over $100 a night, and we were nearly always booking the cheapest option we could find. And we were visiting in low season, where accommodation prices are around half what they’d be in high season!

Unfortunately, if you want to save as much money as possible on your trip, your only real option in Namibia is to camp. Most lodges will offer a camping option for around $30 a night, so if you’ve got your own gear, this is an easy way to save money on accommodation.

The only exceptions to the crazy prices are the cities: Windhoek has cheaper options  ($50 a night), and so did Swakopmund  ($40 a night) and Luderitz  ($50 a night).

Everything else wasn’t too bad when it came to price. Our rental car — a Toyota Corolla — had us up for $30-a-day, which is pretty standard for most countries around the world. Activities and entrance fees (around $6) were also affordable. Food could get a little pricey at the camps and lodges, which made sense because they were so isolated, but nothing was over-the-top extreme. We’d usually pay around $10-15 for dinner each night.

Vingerklip Lodge swimming pool

But the Lodges are Amazing

Some of the best hotels I’ve ever stayed in are in Namibia. And while you’ll pay a lot for them, they’re worth every penny.

At Ovita Wildlife Restcamp , we fell asleep listening to hippos in the lake outside our room. At Vingerklip Lodge  (pictured above), we ate dinner on a towering cliff top, looking over Namibia’s version of Monument Valley. At Sesriem Desert Camp  (pictured above Vingerklip Lodge), we slept in luxury tents in the desert with wild oryx roaming outside.

I loved every single place we stayed in in Namibia, and even though they were ridiculously expensive, it felt as though we were still receiving fantastic value for money.

Car at the Tropic of Capricorn

You Will Need Your Own Transport

Public transport doesn’t really exist in Namibia, so if you’re not going to take a tour, you’ll most likely need to hire a car. As for what type of car, it depends a lot on the time of year you’ll be visiting and how confident you are on gravel roads.

My Kiwi boyfriend grew up racing falling-apart cars on gravel roads in New Zealand, so he had the driving skills of a Namibian and we were happy opting for a tiny Toyota Corolla to make the trip for us. Guesthouse owners were always shocked to see us rocking up in it, but honestly, we had next to no problems with it. If you’ve got the cash, opting for a two wheel drive with higher ground clearance would be a smart idea, as part of the bottom of our car fell off on our second day of driving, thanks to all the rocks that had been flicked up into the undercarriage.

People advise to go with a 4×4, and especially if you’ll be visiting in the rainy season, but we decided against it for several reasons. First, it’s over double the price for a 4×4 (around $100 a day), second, being so high up makes the car easier to roll, and third, um, did I mention it’s expensive?

If you can’t drive? You won’t be able to visit Namibia without taking a tour or hiring a driver. You could take a bus between major destinations, but I believe you’d miss out on a lot of the wonderful lodges that make travelling in Namibia so wonderful. There are also reports of travellers rocking up in a hostel, getting together with a group of travellers, and car-sharing their way around the country, so this could be an option if you’re willing to take the risk of potentially finding nobody to travel with.

Gravel road in Namibia

The Roads are So Bad

We drove 4000 kilometers in Namibia and probably only several hundred of them were sealed.

Yes, in Namibia, get used to urging your car over gravel, sand, rocks, and more. Because of this, travel days are long and bumpy — we rarely drove for less than six hours each day, and even listening to podcasts was a struggle over the crunching noises of driving over gravel while rocks pinged into our car

Black rhino in Etosha National Park

Get Yourself a SIM Card, But Expect to Rarely Use It

Getting connected is tough in Namibia, so if you work online like I do, resolve to spend most of your time on vacation.

Wi-Fi was sometimes around, was always slow, and often expensive. It’s worth getting a SIM card, though, as although we rarely got more than an EDGE signal, leaving our phones on while we were driving around usually meant we’d pick up a signal here and there to download emails.

We picked up a SIM card at Windhoek Airport upon arrival and it was super simple to do. The SIM card costs 50 US cents and 1 GB of data is a whopping $2.50. Too Many Adapters has a comprehensive guide for buying a SIM card in Namibia  if you need any extra information. When it’s that cheap, there’s no reason not to get one.

Warthog fillets

You’ll Get to Try Some Interesting Game Meat

One of my favourite aspects of eating in Namibia was getting to try so many of the delicious game meats on offer. The biggest surprise was warthog, which was delicious, but I also loved kudu, impala, oryx, zebra, and more. Most of the lodges will have some kind of unusual game meat on offer each evening, so it’ll be easy to access and you’ll soon grow used to it.

If you’re vegetarian, you’ll most likely struggle to eat super well in Namibia. Everything was very meat based at the lodges although bizarrely, Greek salads were available in basically every single restaurant, so you won’t have to go hungry. Just prepare yourself for a hell of a lot of feta cheese!

giraffe road sign

Namibia Has the Best Road Signs Ever

One of the highlights from our time in Namibia was the kickass road signs we came across while driving. The giraffe one above was one of my favourites. In addition to that, we saw signs for zebras, elephants, warthogs, and more. And even better: we actually saw some of those animals wandering around in the wild! There’s nothing quite like seeing a desert-adapted giraffe wandering through the sand.

Kolmanskop Namibia

The Bradt Namibia Guide is Invaluable

If you’re planning a trip to Namibia, you need this guidebook .

Not only was it essential for planning our trip, but we used it on an hourly basis while we were in country. When it comes to Africa, Bradt guidebooks are king, so don’t even consider picking up a Lonely Planet for this part of the world; almost all of them have terrible reviews as well as outdated and too-condensed information.

Because you’ll be unlikely to have data coverage while you’re driving, and sometime even in lodges, the guidebook made our trip so much less stressful. When we wanted to figure out which animal we’d just spotted by the side of the road, the wildlife section had a photo to help us out; when we decided to stop for a lunch break in a tiny village, we could look up if there was anywhere to eat, and if so, which place was best; when we were planning our driving for the day, we could look up route recommendations and find out which attractions we might want to stop at along the way.

I don’t often recommend using guidebooks (I think I’ve only done it twice before!) because I believe you can get a lot of the information online for free, but in Namibia, this guidebook definitely helps. We struggled to find detailed information about the country both before we arrived and while we were there, so our Bradt book was 100% invaluable.

Etosha National Park

Two Weeks is the Perfect Amount of Time to Spend in the Country

I spent just under two weeks in Namibia, and feel as though I saw almost all of the highlights. If I’d had three weeks, I would have spent time at Fish River Canyon in the south, a few extra days in Damaraland, and some time exploring the Caprivi Strip in the northeast .  Still, I feel as though two weeks is a good amount of time to dedicate to the country, which is refreshing as most places I visit have me feeling as though I need to explore for a minimum of three months just to start scratching at the surface.

I wanted to share my two-week itinerary here, because I feel as though I got it pretty close to perfect.

Day 1: Landed in Windhoek, picked up our rental car, and drove straight to peaceful  Ovita Wildlife Restcamp . You can read about my first day in Namibia in my article, The Perfect First Day in Namibia . Day 2: Time for wildlife! We drove north to Etosha National Park and stayed within the park at Halali . We spent the afternoon sitting at the camp’s waterhole to see if any animals emerged. You can read about my experience in Etosha National Park in the dry season: Desperately Seeking Elephants at Etosha National Park . Day 3:  For our first full day at Etosha, we drove around the eastern region of the park for almost 12 hours. We saw dozens of giraffes, zebras, and a rare black rhino, then spent the night back at Halali. It was magical. Day 4:  On day four, we opted to drive around the central parts of Etosha for the entirety of daylight hours, then switched up our accommodation to spend the night at Okaukuejo . Day 5:  For our final morning in Etosha, we decided to explore the western region of the park, then at lunchtime, drove to beautiful Vingerklip Lodge to spend the night. You can read about how incredible Vingerklip was in my article, Finding Paradise in Vingerklip: Africa’s Monument Valley . Day 6:  Day 6 brought a long drive to Swakopmund, where we spent much of the day on terrible roads. Still, getting to drive part of the Skeleton Coast was amazing, and we even got to see a shipwreck stranded off the coast. We spent the night in an Airbnb apartment. Day 7:  For day 7, we took a day trip out to nearby to Walvis Bay to see its seal colony, which is one of the largest in the world. You can read about this wonderful experience in the article, Seals, Swakopmund, and the Skeleton Coast . Again, we spent the night in our Airbnb apartment. Day 8:  We spent this day relaxing and exploring Swakopmund. You could use this day to get your adventure on if you wanted, as Swakopmund is the adventure capital of the world. You could try your hand at quad biking on the nearby sand dunes , for example. Once more, we spent the night in an Airbnb apartment. Day 9:  The following day, we drove to Sesriem and spent our afternoon climbing Dune 45. I highly recommend doing this, as we practically had the entire park all to ourselves. We slept at Sesriem Desert Camp , which was magnificent. Day 10:  We got up at sunrise to enter the park, climb Big Daddy sand dune, and explore Deadvlei. This day was spectacular and you can read about the experience in the article, Climbing Big Daddy: An African Travel Highlight . That afternoon, we drove south to Betta Camp to spend the night. Day 11:  The following morning, we drove down to Luderitz. We spent the afternoon exploring this adorable town and spotting pelicans as we drove around the areas just outside of Luderitz. It was a fairly relaxed day after all of the movement, and we spent the night at Kairos B&B . Day 12:  We saved the best for last, because for day 12, we drove to Kolmanskop at sunrise and and had the entire place to ourselves. Kolmanskop is an old mining town that has since been abandoned and is now being taken over by the desert. It was incredible and we spent a full three hours taking photos. I wrote about it in-depth in the article, Exploring Kolmanskop: Namibia’s Ghost Town in the Desert . In the afternoon, we drove to Maltahohe Hotel  to break up the long journey back to Windhoek. Day 13: Final day! Sad face. We spent this day driving from Maltahohe to Windhoek and left Namibia in awe of how much the country has to offer.

This was one of the best trips of my life and I highly recommend putting together a similar itinerary if you’re planning a trip to Namibia.

Giraffes in Etosha National Park Namibia

Yeah, You Should Definitely Get a Zoom Lens

The biggest regret of my trip? Not splashing out on a zoom lens for my camera and then getting uniformly awful photos in Etosha.

I ventured into Namibia with my Sony 28-70mm  lens and while it was absolutely fantastic for landscape photos, it was nowhere near good enough for the wildlife. Had my boyfriend not packed his 80-300mm lens, I would have had close to zero photos of any animals. Because we were in Namibia in the rainy season (more on that below), the animals at Etosha were hiding in dense grass and hard to spot, so it was rare for us to get up close to them.

If you’re going to Namibia and will be hitting up Etosha while you’re there, make sure you’ve got a decent zoom lens for the trip.

Lauren in Kolmanskop

Get Yourself Some Excellent Travel Insurance

You know I’ll always yell at you if you’re dumb enough to skip out on travel insurance , but in Namibia, it’s an essential.

Why? Because Namibia has the highest car-accident death rate in the world, with 45 people killed on the road for every 100,000 citizens. On top of that, malaria hangs out in the northern parts of the country, and there are several other awful-sounding tropical diseases you definitely don’t want to contract. 

Travel insurance  will cover you if your flight is cancelled and you need to book a new one, if your luggage gets lost and you need to replace your belongings, if you suddenly get struck down by appendicitis and have to be hospitalised, or discover a family member has died and you need to get home immediately. If you fall seriously ill, your insurance will cover the costs to fly you home to receive medical treatment.

I use  SafetyWing  as my travel insurance provider, and recommend them for trips to Namibia. Firstly, they’re one of the few companies out there who will actually cover you if you contract COVID-19. On top of that, they provide worldwide coverage, don’t require you to have a return ticket, and even allow you to buy coverage after you’ve left home. If you’re on a long-term trip, you can pay monthly instead of up-front, and can cancel at any time. Finally, they’re way cheaper than the competition, and have a clear, easy-to-understand pricing structure, which is always appreciated.

With SafetyWing, you’ll pay  $1.50 a day  for travel insurance.

On top of standard travel insurance, you’ll also want to make sure you get some of the best car insurance money can buy. Most tourists get a flat tyre in Namibia at some point at a minimum (we got one roughly an hour from the airport on our final day) and replacing them/repairing the rental car can be pricey. We rented our car through  rentalcars.com , bought their insurance, and they refunded us for all of our car disaster expenses in Namibia.

milky way in namibia

You’ll Never Have Seen This Many Stars Before

Namibia is home to some of the darkest skies in the world , and I couldn’t believe how magical the night sky was. With the exception of the cities we stayed in, we fell asleep every night with the Milky Way twinkling above our heads. And with the lack of light pollution in the country, you didn’t even need to wait for your eyes to adjust.

If you’re all about stars, this is one destination not to miss.

Solitaire Namibia

I Loved Visiting During the Low Season

Well, low-ish season. We hit up Namibia in March, which is typically the final month of the rainy season.

We experienced just one hour of rain and the rest of our trip was full of gloriously blue skies. There were fewer tourists, prices for accommodation were almost half what they’d be in high season, and the weather wasn’t bad at all. I highly recommend considering a shoulder-season visit because of this.

Surely there has to be a downside? Yep. We struggled to see anything at Etosha. There are thirty-odd waterholes inside the park and during the dry season, they usually look like this:

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Well, over three whole days of 12-hour drives, Dave and I saw literally nothing at any of the waterholes. Our waterholes looked like this:

Namibia Waterhole

We didn’t even see a bird.

The problem is: during the rainy season, there’s no reason for the animals to go to the waterholes because there’s water everywhere. And being on the tail end of that meant that instead we had to drive around in search of animals in the bushes. We didn’t come up empty handed, though: while we didn’t see a single elephant, we managed to see three black rhinos (super rare) and countless giraffes (my favourite animal).

It was funny, though, to have seen so many spectacular photos of Etosha before arriving, then to end up spending 90% of our time driving from deserted waterhole to deserted waterhole.

Dead Vlei Namibia

Have I Convinced You to Visit Yet?

I’m not exaggerating when I say travelling in Namibia is one of the best experiences of my life, and I can’t wait to start sharing every incredible minute of my time there. Next up: a detailed itinerary guide followed by dozens of stories to convince you to add Namibia to your bucket list! :-)

Have you been to Namibia before? Would you like to visit?

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Lauren Juliff

Lauren Juliff is a published author and travel expert who founded Never Ending Footsteps in 2011. She has spent over 12 years travelling the world, sharing in-depth advice from more than 100 countries across six continents. Lauren's travel advice has been featured in publications like the BBC, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Cosmopolitan, and her work is read by 200,000 readers each month. Her travel memoir can be found in bookstores across the planet.

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I have never heard a bad thing about Namibia, and though we haven’t hit Sub-Saharan Africa, it would definitely be atop our list – maybe alongside Botswana? And on top of all you’ve listed, I’ve also heard that they have some decent German beer there since it was a German colony for a while. Any truth to that rumor?

There was *amazing* beer in Namibia! I’ve heard Botswana is pretty expensive and really tough to visit independently, but it’s very high on my list nonetheless. I know you guys would definitely love Namibia though!

Windhoek Lager (best beer in Africa)

Have you convinced me? Actually you have, I would have never thought of visiting there but it looks super amazing and peaceful! It sort of reminds me of Arizona. It sounds like heaven compared to NYC where I am currently at!

-Rachel @ Backcountry Petite

Score! I actually commented several times to Dave that I felt as though we were driving through the U.S. Southwest a lot of the time.

Great post, Lauren! I love all your pictures – especially the one of the night sky and the doors with the sand. It looks SO different than the places I’ve visited in Africa (Uganda and Zanzibar) that I’m very intrigued.

I think you’d love Namibia, Ashley! It’s very different to the other African countries I’ve been to, as well — so arid and empty!

Wow your pictures are absolutely stunning! Namibia has been calling my name lately but as you said it’s so darn expensive. Hopefully one of these days I’ll save up enough to see it. Did you find the food expensive even at local restaurants?

The problem was there often wasn’t any local restaurants. You’ll stay at lodges where the nearest town is several hours away, so you usually have to eat where you’re staying. In Swakopmund and Luderitz, food was slightly cheaper at around $8-10 per meal.

Wow Namibia looks wonderful! Thanks for writing this complete guide. Good to know it is safe. x

It really is the perfect introduction to travel in Africa :-)

Yep! I’m convinced! All I knew of Namibia was the rockin’ sand dunes. But with all this extra awesomeness (aside from the lodging prices) sound right up my alley! What city do you fly into?

I’ve heard of Namibia before, I’m surprised so many others haven’t. It looks wonderful! You have 100% convinced me!

I was there in march and I loved it. I highly recommend it to every one. It’s very safe!

Best regards!

Glad to hear you enjoyed it as well, Rui! :-)

You have definitely convinced me to go to Namibia. I had never thought of it before, but I think I will have to look into a bit now. Look forward to reading more posts about your trip.

I’m so happy to hear that! It’s definitely worth the visit :-)

I enjoyed the read! Amazing photos. Thanks for the tips <3

Glad you enjoyed it, Nadia!

I’ve been to Namibia on honey moon in 1995. Afraid to go back and see it changed. Apart from the occasion, it has been the most fabulous trip I have made. Did you miss the Skeleton coast?

We saw a small part of it while we were driving down to Swakopmund. Managed to see one shipwreck on the beach, but didn’t have enough time to get anywhere else. I would be interested to know if it has changed — it didn’t feel like the type of place that was changing quickly, but that’s totally just me guessing!

Namibia was my first ever solo trip abroad (around 8 years ago) and it was incredible. Yes the driving days are long but it is definitely worth it. The landscapes and hiking are fantastic, like nowhere else I’ve been, and the wildlife is so diverse. Other than South Africa I don’t know what country you can see penguins at one end and all the traditional safari animals at the other end. Looking forward to reading more posts to relive my trip/see how it’s changed.

Totally agree with you, Laura! I was surprised by how diverse the landscapes and wildlife were, and how empty the country the feels.

Looks and sounds like a great trip. Thanks!

It was amazing :-)

Wow, it really looks amazing. Must have been an incredible experience visiting the country.

As I said, the best trip I’ve ever taken. I loved every second I spent in the country :-)

I have to say Namibia looks amazing – it’s never particularly been on my radar, but it definitely is now! Looking forward to more posts on your time there. :)

I’m so happy to hear that, Clazz! It’s one of the coolest countries I’ve ever been to.

And great for children too. The number of ‘cute’ animals identified for airlifting to a proposed zoo in our back garden was extensive! Animals are everywhere: on the beach, by the side of the road, wandering around your lodge or tent. The whole family loved every bit of the holiday.

Ooh, I can imagine! I was filled with childlike excitement over every animal I spotted in Namibia.

I haven’t been before but you have me just about convinced! I’ve heard that the oysters from Namibia are something else as well.

Yes! Oh my god, I had the best oysters of my LIFE in Namibia!

Yep, I’m convinced! Everything looked amazing! Where did you flew from and how much did it cost you?

I flew from Portugal for $250 return with TAAG.

To be honest, this is the first time I’ve heard of Namibia. Probably because I’m from the other side of the globe.. or maybe I need to travel more! Nevertheless, thank you for this post! Very inspiring!

Well, you’re definitely not alone! But hopefully it convinced you to try to make it there one day :-)

Awesome photography. Thank you for sharing these amazing pictures and your experience in Namibia. I can’t wait to visit.

This place looks so stunning. I am one of those who had never heard of Namibia…..glad you shared this post. Thanks!

Glad you enjoyed it, Alex!

Namibia is terrific. I have been there only once but I still remember its beauty…yes it does gives you a lot of pocket pinch but then it’s worth it.

100% worth it!

I’m really excited to delve into the rest of your blog posts about Namibia. I have to confess I knew nothing about it before you visited but it looks like such an incredible country. Loved this introduction into what it’s like the travel there.

Happy to hear you enjoyed the post! Namibia is so underrated!

Namibia has been on my bucket list since I first set foot in Africa, After seeing your images and reading your blog I need to get there! Perhaps it will be the destination booked when I visit Africa again rather than the Safaris I did in 2010 or the Gorilla trekking in Rwanda! Great post!

I highly recommend it! :-)

Good to know, where would you suggest other than sousevlei and kolmanscop?

Walvis Bay, Vingerklip, and Etosha!

Honestly I don’t think it’s that expensive in the grand scheme of things. Sure, it’s not backpacking on a tight budget, but the prices aren’t that bad compared to the rest of the world. And if you compare what you get for the money with what you’d pay in somewhere like Australia, it seems like you definitely got your moneys worth.

That’s true. I guess the only problem is that there isn’t a super easy way to visit on a budget without missing out on a ton of awesome stuff. Most countries around the world will have hostels in most destinations. In Namibia, there isn’t really that option if you want to get outside of the cities and towns. But I agree: if you usually spend this amount of money in other countries as you travel, you’d feel as though you got a lot for your money in Namibia.

If Namibia is ‘Africa for beginners’, as is often said, what a wonderful place to start. Stunning photos, especially the view from the Sesriem Desert Camp. It’s perfect.

Absolutely! It was so easy to visit, and probably my favourite country I’ve now been to in Africa.

Fantastic post about a country I don’t know a lot about. Do they have a dress code in Namibia at all? Do women have to cover up while travelling in the country?

Not really. I would cover up my shoulders sometimes, but usually wandered around in a t-shirt and shorts. Almost all of the tourists I saw in the country were wearing shorts and t-shirts.

Wow it does sound amazing, how many days was this trip? My hubby turns 60 in October, after much nagging he has chosen Namibia.

Great decision! We spent 12 days in the country. Ovita for 1 night – Etosha for three nights – Vingerklip for a night – Swakopmund for 3 nights – Betta Camp for 1 night – Sesriem for 1 night – Luderitz for 1 night – Maltahohe for 1 night – drive to Windhoek and out!

Dear Lauren I am a Namibian, who often enjoys reading visitor’s blogs about my beloved country. It is always interesting to see Namibia through the eyes of other’s…..your photos and posts have been great fun to read. Thanks for the free advertisement……..might I add, Namibia is quite clean, it helps to have a small population density. Nonetheless, we do take pride in keeping it clean, hope you noticed that! Enjoy your travels, hope you make your way back here for an extended journey and with many other wide-eyed visitors in tow! P.S. the dust gets to me too!!! Regards Indileni

Yes, I definitely noticed that! I’m so glad to hear you’ve been enjoying my posts — it’s been a fun country to write about :-)

Hi! Looks like it was a great trip to Namibia. In search of things about this country I found your article. I am interested to go this year there. Can you tell me if you took pills for malaria or vaccine for yellow fever. Thank you

I took malaria pills for my time in Etosha. No yellow fever vaccine — they don’t have it in Namibia.

Hi Lauren, I’m currently finding out as much as I can about Namibia from books and the net, which is where I stumbled on your blog, which I’ve got to say, is excellent. I’d really like to hire a car and go camping, probably with a roof top tent, and only in campsites. My main concern is waking up in the middle of the night, wandering out to go to the toilet and having a close encounter with wild animals. Any advice? Thanks, Tony

It’s not my area of expertise, as I didn’t camp when I was in Namibia, but I’d imagine that you’d be okay in campsites. The animals are very spread out across the country, so it was extremely rare to see them while we were staying anywhere.

Your pictures are so amazing that I want to cry. This is on my list of possibilities for next summer. Thanks for the information!

Ah, thank you! It was easy to take great photos of such a beautiful country :-)

Thanks for a great blog series on Namibia! Great information and very helpful. I’m planning on doing a big road trip in the fall of 2018 and am really looking forward to it!

Sweet! You’ll have an amazing time, Rand :-)

I would like to drive myself through Namibia as I like the independence. However, I know nothing about mechanics and shamefully I’ve never been able to change a flat tire (I’ve tried but I’ve never had the strength to get the bolts off.). So is a tour package the only way to go for me?

You could look into hiring a guide to drive you. That’ll be cheaper than a tour and then you won’t have to worry about tackling the bad roads yourself.

Greetings for Oranjemund,Namibia Lauren,

Thanks so much for highlighting our beautiful country, I see you made Luderitz. Next visit head down to the deep South , Oranjemund was a forbidden town since 1936 due to the vast diamond deposits and only opened to the public towards the end of 2017. We walk amongst the Gemsboks in our streets down here. On the way to the beach last night, I had to stop and shout out the window at all the wild springboks hogging the road. They did not even scatter, but rather stood there giving me the evil eye…. Anyhow, Next time if you make it down here, give us a shout! Thanks again.

Ooooh, I would love to go! Sounds amazing :-)

Awesome read! Namibia is really one of the those countries people don’t seem to know about unless they’ve travelled to Southern Africa, or actually come from the area, like myself. ;) Well, South Africa, but I spent a good few years in that amazing country. Atleast South Africa gives you an idea of where it is directly in the name!

The endless nothingness on the roads is amazing, especially when you drive for hours without seeing a soul.

The amount of wildlife is another incredible thing about Namibia, unfortunate time to travel there in March, whilst you got to experience Nam at its greenest (or there abouts), the animals had plenty of watering holes to choose from, which is a pain when you want to see them ;)

For travelling during the low season, guided tours really are worth it, as the guides all communicate with one another and give each other live information about animal sightings etc. They can be rather pricey though :/

For anyone making a short trip, Erindi Private Game Reserve is a good stop, especially during the low season, the park is one of the largest privately owned reserves, but it is also tiny compared to Etosha, with a lot of the animals you could see in Etosha, the guides are very informed and make a real effort to get you to the animals you want to see (and the tours aren’t too expensive), it’s probably the most worthwhile 1 or 2 nights stay for anyone looking into some wildlife during the low season.

Otherwise, October/November is probably the best time to visit Etosha.

So I think the real question is, when are you visiting again? ;)

Amazing! Thank you so much for sharing! I’d love to get back within the next couple of years — especially because I need to have a better Etosha experience!

Awesome pictures that reminds me of my journey to Namibia although it’s been almost 6 years meanwhile… would go there again any time.

I’ve also published some of my black & white pictures in a Blurb photo book.

Maybe that would be an option for you as well? :)

For all the would-be tourists out there: I am a Namibian and love my country with all my heart! The reasons for my addiction to Namibia`s wild open spaces, spectacular scenery and incredible wildlife are numerous, but the ones standing out for me is the silence (you hear yourself breathe), the fact that you can stop anywhere alongside the road for a cuppa or to pitch your tent without fear of any danger (be it human or nature) and above all….the solitude! Take your 4×4 for an excursion into Damaraland and the Kaokoveld and have your soul completely rejuvenated! The friendly and helpful locals are just the icing on the cake – Namibia for ever. Hope to host you guys soon in our beatyfull paradise – so peacefull, quiet and serene.

Thank you for this post, Lauren! My grandparents lived in Namibia and I was lucky enough to visit them when I was 16. We stayed for 2 months and did a little bit of traveling. Now, 20 years later, I’ve been dreaming of a trip to Namibia with my 14 & 15 yr old daughters and decided to do a little research to see if it was still as empty and beautiful as I remember… From your post it looks like it’s still the perfect place to visit and I’m looking forward to planning a visit next summer. Thanks again.

I just came back from South Africa and that has made me want to visit Namibia. Your blog has now convinced me, although it seems like the dry season is best for animals. What’s the best way to get to Namibia? Is it best to fly to Cape Town and then catch a flight to Windhoek?

Either that or via Angola with TAAG Angola Air — they have some seriously cheap flight deals from Lisbon.

So glad to have come across this overview…

I nabbed a cheap ticket to Cape Town for May of 2019 and am planning on a 3-week Namibia road trip as the focus of my visit.

Looking forward to digging into the accompanying posts soon!

You’re going to have the best trip ever, Chris! Namibia is one of my favourite countries in the world :-)

I recall learning about the Welwitschia plant of Namibia while in school. Recently, an opportunity to travel to Namibia came up and I actually might be able to visit this intriguing country. This post got me even more excited. And the photos are crazy beautiful. thank you!

Oh, wow! I hope you do get to visit, Misael! It’s such a beautiful country :-)

I’m a bit worried that we haven’t booked enough in between stops for our upcoming trip! I have only allowed one day to get from Walvis Bay to Sesriem and one day between all our other destinations. Hopefully our experience of travelling in the Australian outback will help us in Namibia – we have driven over 1,000 sand dunes in our Simpson Desert and tackled corrugated roads like the Gibb River in the Kimberley. We have hired a 4×4 and will be camping – my only fear is meeting a lion in the shower when we do a side trip to Rooiputs in Botswana. I might just use baby wipes for those 2 days!

I have just come across this blog – and just WOW! Namibia looks amazing and the thorough description and itinerary is superb. I’ve recently watched Romesh Ranganathan’s Misadventures where he went to Ethiopia which is another astounding yet non touristic place that people would not think of visiting. I have travelled around the majority of Morocco in a 4×4 over a month and that wasn’t enough time. I’ve travelled all around Australia and NZ over a year – in the outback, NT and WA which have some similarities in terms of plenty of driving and not seeing anyone else for miles and plenty of unsealed road. Both in Aus and Morocco we didn’t seem to have problems with flat tyres but we were deflating / inflating when appropriate. Crazy how you did the trip in a Toyota Corolla.

Sorry for waffling on, I get excited with planning new trips – especially when you say you only need 2 weeks! Anyway just a few questions if you still remember from your time there – How much did you roughly spend during the two weeks, excluding flights, travel insurance, vaccinations. Although these details would be handy to know. – What was the heat like, was it still cool (ish) after rainy season? And were there places to buy / stock up on bottled water or did you kind of need to ration to make it to the next lodge or gas station. – What was the price of gas roughly? – Apart from flat tyres, did you have any major problems or was there anything you were worried out before you went or whilst you were travelling through the country – malaria, insects, the heat etc?

Maybe I need to check out your travel anxiety course again and stop asking questions and just dive right in. It’s been almost a year since I got back from Aus, so I’m gagging to travel properly again but still anxious about Africa. Thank you!

Your website/blog is a true gift. I stumbled on it while planning my trip to hike Hadrians wall and went exploring to see if you had been to Namibia. BINGO. You have an itinerary and everything I need to know for both trips. I can’t tell you how excited and fortunate I feel to have found this site. Thank you!!!

Hi Lauren…We are starting our “Journey Down That Path” yearlong family trip around the world July 1st. Our first month we are renting a 4×4 and touring Namibia.. It’s been on my bucket list since I gave up an opportunity to do Peace Corps work there in the early 90s. We can’t wait to experience all these sites. Thanks for your inspiration!

Hi Lauren. We are travelling to Namibia for the first time in October. I’m just wondering about travel injections. We will be getting Typhoid, Hepatitis A and advised to take Malarone anti malaria tablets as we are visiting Etosha National Park and staying outside of it at El Dorado Guest Farm. Is it necessary to get the rabies vaccine? There are a lot of dogs at this farm. Maybe I’m just being over cautious. Any advice would be greatly appreciated for first timers. Itinerary is arrive in Windhoek, drive to El Dorado Guest Farm in the morning, spend two nights there and then head southwards. Many thanks

I wouldn’t bother with the rabies vaccine. It’s highly unlikely you’ll even be bitten by a dog, and I can’t imagine the owners would be keeping rabid dogs on their property, either! You can tell when a dog has rabies, so the owners wouldn’t just let them hang around their other animals and endanger them and themselves :-)

I don’t see how you would get bitten because I doubt anyone would allow wild dogs roam free on commercial property. You would be fine, don’t just overthink it.

Great tips! In retrospect, would you have splurged on a bigger car better suited for the roads, are was the struggle with the bad roads in your little car worth it? And did you get any flats or have other car troubles?

There are definite pros and cons for each option. If we’d had a bigger car, there’d have been a greater chance of it rolling on the bad roads, for example, and they can be much more expensive to rent while also using more fuel. We really didn’t have too many problems with our car, so would stick with what we drove. We had one flat tyre, right at the end of our trip (on the first bit of paved road we’d had in a fortnight, haha), but it was no big deal. A local actually pulled over within two minutes of us stopping and changed the tyre for us!

If you don’t have much experience on gravel roads, maybe go for the 4WD option, but we didn’t really have any major problems with our Corolla. And the rental cars are definitely well-equipped for any flats you might have, with a spare tyre and a jack.

It just looks like the most beautiful country in the world! I can see why you loved it so much. I bet they’re probably doing ok with COVID with their population all spread out!

I spent 4 months in this beautiful country; 25 years ago. I would highly recommend Waterberg plateau, you would struggle to find a more stunning place on the planet. I will never ever forget this country, I have travelled around the world and visited some fantastic countries, and I can say without a shadow of a doubt, Namibia is by far the country that I will never forget. The stars, the sunset and sunrise, the scenery and the tranquility are my cherished memories.

Namibia has been on my wishlist for several years. You don’t mention renting the jeeps with tents attached. Are you familiar with this option?

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Tips for Travelling Solo through Namibia

  • March 3, 2023 October 17, 2023
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There are many different ways that you can see Namibia, but one of the most underappreciated kinds of holidays that you can book and plan for is the solo trip.

Solo holidays are a completely unique experience. And they are not for everyone. While going on an adventure all by yourself might sound like the dream getaway, many others would prefer to rather have a shared experience. For the solo traveller, Namibia is a spectacular place to go on holiday, and when travelling by yourself, these tips might be just what you need to help you plan that epic getaway.

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Solo Namibia Holiday Tips

  • Safety first

The most important question that all would-be solo travellers need to ask is whether or not the destination they are hoping to visit is safe. When you are travelling on your own you are instantly making yourself quite vulnerable. In the wrong place, a solo traveller is not going to be able to fully enjoy the experience, because they are going to be constantly on their toes, keeping a look out for possible threats.

There is no country on earth that is completely safe but for those who are travelling to Namibia on a solo trip, they can rest easy knowing that Namibia is one of the safest countries in Africa. The people of Namibia are welcoming and friendly, and while there are some places, especially in the more urban areas like Windhoek, where you will need to be extra careful and not walk around at night, for the most part, the country is safe to explore.

  • Think about how you are going to get around

Most guided Namibia safaris are booked as part of a group, which means when you are travelling you are not going to be on your own. To avoid the group experience, you will need to think about hiring a vehicle. Make sure that you have planned where you want to go before hand, so that you know what type of vehicle to hire, as some destinations are only accessible via a 4×4.

If you are going to be driving long distances on your own, make sure that you let your lodge know that you are on your way. Should you have trouble on the road, and not arrive at your destination, the lodge will be able to send someone out to look for you.

  • Have backups

Keeping a digital copy of your travel documents and having a battery backup to charge your phone, especially when you are travelling to those more distant places, is a must. You don’t want to be caught out in the middle of nowhere with a dead phone. You should also print out your itinerary and any other travel information like contact information for your lodge and embassy information and contacts.

Namibia is the perfect place to explore on your own and we have a number of Namibia safari packages for you to have a look at. Browse our website for more information.

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Solo Travel Namibia by 4WD – 10.000 km Travelling Solo in Namibia

When I made plans that I would have 5 months to travel around in 2021, I did not think that I would undertake a solo travel Namibia trip! And that I would drive more than 10,000 kilometres in a 4WheelDrive with rooftop tent! Actually, I wanted to go on a pilgrimage…or else I wanted to stay in Asia… Because of corona the options and my plans changed and this became the perfect trip for this time: A solo roundtrip Namibia!

How is it possible that I have so much free time? I changed my contract with my employer into a part-time contract whereby I can work all hours in the summer. A perfect combination if you like to travel in the winter period. This time it was time for solo travel Namibia!

Solo Roadtrip Namibia by 4WD - 10.000 km Solo Travel in Namibia

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The choice was not difficult, because where can you travel more safely in corona times than in Namibia ? The country has few inhabitants (about 2.5 million) and the way of travelling around in a 4WD with rooftop tent is very safe in corona time! The downside is that I sometimes felt a bit alone… But then again, I feel like that at home sometimes, so yes… I’d rather feel alone once during a solo tour of Namibia than sit at home for three months without having to work and experience the beginning of the introduction of the lockdown. As I understood from colleagues, it was a drama…and I saw that on the news too, of course… There was also a evening curfew in Namibia, no alcohol was sold anywhere and in Botswana even supermarkets did not sell alcohol anymore…. So we don’t have it that bad in The Netherlands 🙂

Sundowner in Brandberg, from out of my rooftoptent

I flew to Windhoek, Namibia at the beginning of January and started my solo tour of Namibia with the Toyota Hilux 2.5 in which I would eventually drive more than 10,000 km. In the beginning it is a bit strange, quite a big car… and you have to drive on the left! But you get used to it pretty quickly! I drove out of Windhoek and into the Kalahari Desert. I spent the first night at the Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch campsite. At the lodge, I could have breakfast, lunch or dinner and I was allowed to use the swimming pool. My journey had a great start!

Waterberg - View on the Kalahari Desert

On the campsite, I spoke to a French woman, my age, who had been travelling around for a while and found it super! It was her second time on this campsite and she stayed a bit longer in Namibia than planned, because South Africa was closed due to corona. The French and I were the only campers. That night it rained and was very windy. My tent held up very well, I did not get any rain and after a few hours it was quiet. When I spoke to the French woman the next day, she said that she had been thinking of me…it never rained or blew so much and if I had been through this well, nothing could go wrong anymore!

How encouraging? 🙂

I also booked an introduction to the San by doing a bushwalk at Bagatelle. Super interesting!

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After this, I went to Quiver Tree Rest Camp where I stayed on the campsite for one night and then I went to Fish River Canyon where I stayed at the Canyon Roadhouse hotel for a couple of nights. I really recommend that too! What a super nice hotel with all the old American cars in and around the hotel. Again, a lovely swimming pool and in the surroundings I could do some nice hikes.

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My trip got off to a great start and on day 8 I went on to Aus, towards the coast! From Aus I could make a trip to Luderitz and Kolmanskop. After 3 days here I left (day 11 of 72)   for Sesriem to visit Sossusvlei. A must visit of course! After Sossusvlei, I went into the Naukluft Mountains and drove to Weltevrede farm just before Solitaire. It was only a short drive and so I could lie by the pool and catch up on everything.

The next day, I visited the town of Solitaire, which as a Dutch citizin I should visit because Ton van der Lee lived there for a few years and started the hotel/campsite. I saw the book he wrote about it lying around and of course I bought it! When I rode off, I heard a little sound in my front tyre… Only when I drove softly I heard a pathetic squeaking sound … As there is a garage, I thought I’d rule out that something was really wrong and asked the man to look at the tyre.

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Solitaire.. it has a connection with the Dutch

I didn’t mention that I only heard it when I drove very slowly…and when he didn’t see anything, he asked if he could take it for a little drive. I gave the man the key and he got in. Seeing how he drove off with my car, and all my stuff in it, onto the C19 and disappeared out of sight… I stood there in amazement… with my mouth full of teeth…. Not expecting him to drive onto the main road and when he did, I thought he would turn and come back. But no, he just turned onto the road and disappeared from my sight… But now I was standing there, just my phone in my hand, watching in the town of Solitaire!!

Really…it took at least 7 to 8 minutes for him to come back! How relieved I was! Completely unaware of what had been going on in my head the past few minutes he said…. I have driven hard, soft, braked hard and you name it but I hear nothing! Only then did I tell him that I only heard it when driving at walking pace…. He checked that also but couldn’t find anything.

I drove through a great area and later on to the coast, where I would stay a few days in Swakopmund at Meike’s Guesthouse. It had just been 2 weeks and I was totally in my element!

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After Swakopmond, I went back into the desert and visited Spitzkoppe, Brandberg, Twyfelfontein and Palmwag. I love the desert, I find it amazingly impressive to drive across that plain. To see all the surprising landscapes and all the life in it. It took me almost a week to get to Opuwo. The big city….that felt so crowded to me….where I couldn’t keep much distance from all the people and where I first saw the Himba, Herero and modern Namibian walking the streets.

From Opuwo, I went to a Himba village and visited the huts and talked to them. I had a local guide and of course he translated everything for me. Some of the young people also spoke English and I was able to talk to them briefly. I found it very impressive and was amazed. I could ask a lot of questions…but as always, I come back with even more questions. How beautiful they are, the women! The men don’t look so impressive but those women…. REALLY!

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It was already 1 February when I arrived at the Epupa Falls. All the way up in Namibia and with a view on the border with Angola. I had a campsite right next to the water and I was not allowed to come too close to the water and certainly not to bathe my feet because there were crocodiles in the Kunene River. I walked around the waterfall and talked to a policeman who guards the border here… When I was driving away 2 days later, another policeman came up to me to ask if I could not take someone with me for a while, I was that policewoman and that is why he asked me. Such news always spreads like wildfire…and of course there were not many tourists…haha!

Kunene River - Namibia

At this campsite, I also met another couple that I’ve been seeing the whole trip, the man is Cambodian and she is French. They travel around indefinitely and are a bit typical. She can’t speak English, he is small, walks around with an enormous camera with a hood over the lens to protect it from the weather. Here and there, they stand by the side of the road or I see them working near the car. Then they have everything that belongs in the car outside to clean the car. You sometimes have those people who stand out because of their behaviour, these are two of them hahaa!

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After this, I spent 2 days at Kunene River near Ruacana and then I went into Etosha for 5 days. I stayed 2 nights at Olifantsrus, 2 nights at Okaukuejo and 1 night at Halali and after that 2 nights at Onguma Game Reserve. This is just outside the NP and from there I went into Etosha for an afternoon. At that time, it was raining very hard and because I heard that there was a lot of rain in the Caprivi Strip, I didn’t go higher but went down to Ghaub, Waterberg NP and via Dusternbrook back to Windhoek.

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By now, I had been travelling for 40 days. I had Botswana on my list and since the national parks there seem to be really great, I decided to go there as well. One day later, after a covid19 test, I left Windhoek for the border and spent the night just before at Kalahari Bush Breaks. Wonderful place!

In Botswana I was in Ghanzi, Maun, Xhumaga, Gweta and the Lesoma Valley from where I visited Chobe NP for one day. Unfortunately I had a lot of rain which caused Moremi NP to be closed. Too many cars got stuck in the mud. Also the salt pans that I was going to visit were totally flooded and therefore not accessible. A real pity!

After Chobe NP I came back to Namibia and found myself in the Caprivi Strip where the weather was nice at the time. I did not have rain again!  2 days I camped in Divundu where I visited Bwabwata NP one night Rundu where I did a boat trip and came very close to the hippos. After that I camped 2 nights at a living museum of the San, the Ju/’Hoansi . I booked several trips to see and learn how they lived. Again, I found it very interesting to see and experience.

The San at the Living Museum Ju/'Hoansi

This musea was situated between Tsemkwe and Grootfontein.

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From Mount Etjo I drove to Damara Mopane Lodge to go to the Skeleton Coast. What a super special area. I had been driving in the desert for a couple of days and so slowly I dissapeared into the Skeleton Coast where there is really nothing anymore…. Only sand and lots of wind! but also lions! I had not expected that!  Unfortunately I only saw many fishermen on the coast, local fishermen tourists or from South Africa. But also the footprint of the lion as proof that he is really there!

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From Terrace Bay I drove along the coast to Cape Cross. I saw a number of shipwrecks and visited the largest fur seal colony in the world. What a filthy mess…. Of course, they don’t clean up after those animals, so it stank there and I thought the howling of those animals sounded rather pathetic. I stood there for a moment and thought I could put a tick in the box…and went on! Hahaha!

After this I drove to Swakopmund where I had a delicious Indian meal at Garnish (which had moved in the meantime). I also had another look at the neighbouring desert dunes, only now from the fatbike.

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Via Spitzkoppe and Donkerhuk I went back to Windhoek where I had to hand in my 4WD on day 71. The journey was over.  It turned out that I had driven in those 71 days 10,776 km!

And how it always works for me, in recent years, with a long journey. I was really looking forward to being home again…although I had sold that home last year…. So now I have to make my tiny house in the countryside into my new home… I was also looking forward to going back to work! Putting on my uniform and playing outside!

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I have now briefly shared the entire Namibian solo tour. Of course, I will share it extensively so I can tell you where I slept…what I visited and what I saw… And what I have experienced because in 2.5 months you can experience a lot!

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It has not been a cooperation in which I have saved costs or earned money, but I would like to mention that I booked this trip with Explore Namibia. They have arranged everything perfectly for me and were always available for me by phone or whatsapp . If you are making a longer solo trip, that is really very nice. The route that they had mapped out could be viewed in the Travelkey app and I received all kinds of information about what to do in the area and everything that is useful to know during a roadtrip Namibia.

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Namibia is not particularly favorable for solo travelers. It's a vast desert, where often for hundreds of kilometers there are no gas stations, shops or villages. Namibia is the second least populated country in the world, after Mongolia. Public transportation only operates on the main road and at the borders.

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Traveling on your own can be fulfilling, empowering and exciting. Exploring places alone allows you to do whatever you want, whenever you want.

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If you’re comfortable behind the wheel on gravel roads and happy to drive long distances, hire a car and explore at your own pace. If you’re on your own but want to benefit from the experience of a local guide opt for a private guided tour and see the region through their eyes or, if your travel time is limited, a fly-in safari will get you to your destination quicker with amazing aerial views of the ever-changing landscapes.

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Namibia is vast with wide open spaces and mostly unpopulated, the ideal destination if it’s some me-time you’re looking for. Travelling solo in Namibia also means meeting many friendly faces along the way. You’re seen as more approachable so you’ll meet more people. And, since English is widely spoken throughout, communication is easy.

Is Namibia safe?

Namibia is one of the safest destinations to choose in Africa with a great infrastructure despite its low population. Roads are well sign-posted, traffic is low and destinations are uncrowded. Should you encounter any difficulties along the way (flat tyre, took a wrong turn, need help booking that last-minute activity) your consultant at Namibia Tours & Safaris is on-hand 24/7 to assist.

Is solo travel expensive?

Travelling solo is often more expensive taking single supplements into account, but there are ways to cut on costs. This is just one of the reasons why we’d recommend booking your Namibia solo travels with us. We know where single travel is discounted and how to get the best possible rates.

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It’s a good idea to have someone who knows your Namibia travel itinerary and route to ensure safe arrivals from destination to destination. We’ll check in and contact your lodges along the way for peace of mind. There’s decent coverage throughout the country and there’s also the option to rent a sat phone just in case. With a good map in hand, a GPS and some common sense it’s an easy adventure and exciting journey.

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Whether you’re a seasoned globetrotter or a first-timer, Namibia is ideal for solo travel all round. So if you ask us it’s a definite GO. Contact us today to start planning.

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A majority of people traveling abroad alone these days are women, and demand for women-led tour groups is rising. Stephanie Sy takes a closer look at the reasons why women are drawn to solo travel and how the hospitality industry is taking notice.

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A majority of people traveling abroad alone these days are women, and demand for women-led tour groups is rising.

Stephanie Sy is back with a closer look at the reasons why women are drawn to solo travel and how the hospitality industry is taking notice.

Julia Roberts, Actress:

I want to go someplace where I can marvel at something.

Stephanie Sy:

Middle-aged woman liberated by divorce jets out to explore the world and find herself through travel.

Julia Roberts:

And I'm going to end the year in Bali.

Between 2010's "Eat, Pray, Love" and the 2014 film adaptation of the memoir "Wild"…

Reese Witherspoon, Actress:

What have I done?

… the solo female traveler has become a Hollywood trope. But it's not just in books and films. More and more women prefer to explore the world solo. A few years ago, then-23-year-old Molly Furey explored New Zealand alone.

Molly Furey, Traveler:

I got to go on an incredible boat ride through Milford Sound. I went whale watching in Kaikoura, once-in-a-lifetime kind of opportunity, went snowboarding in Queenstown. So there were a lot of things happening that I'm not doing in my day-to-day life here in Ireland.

Yes, she returned with great adventures under her belt, but,

Molly Furey:

I came back, and I felt like people were expecting me to have something interesting to say about it. I was kind of struck by the fact I didn't have some big epiphany or big transformation or self-discovery to share.

The things that actually mattered or that I actually learned from would never show up in a film.

She later wrote a piece for "Vogue" titled: "I Failed at Solo Female Travel," noting that what she learned on the trip was more mundane, how to shop, get gas, and navigate a foreign country on her own.

Barbara Winard, Traveler:

I was always afraid and sometimes panic-stricken when I first started out.

Barbara Winard did what Molly did in her 20s too, but at a time before solo female travel was as commonplace. Her first solo trip was to Europe in 1970.

Barbara Winard:

People would always ask me where my husband was. Wasn't I afraid of traveling alone? How did my husband allow me to travel? And I didn't have a husband at the time, so I would make something up.

Now 75 and married, she still takes solo trips, but with many female travelers doing the same, she's rarely alone.

I may go places by myself, but I kind of have made a lot of friends who love to travel. So, I have alternatives now. When I first started traveling, no one wanted to go where I wanted to go or when I wanted to go, so I felt I had no choice.

One of the people Winard met in her travels was Patricia Patton. As a young Black Pan Am flight attendant in 1970, she was already a pioneer. World travel pushed the frontier even further.

Patricia Patton, Traveler:

Travel has been really helpful in supporting me and my desire to live into the fullness of who I am, to push into those margins and my boundaries.

She says its become more and more socially acceptable for older women, married, divorced or otherwise, to travel solo.

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Because so many of our mates have made other choices besides accompanying us on something that maybe we want to do, I think that women feel that they can relax, they can create the kind of memories that they want, traveling solo, and that not disrupt the relationship, because that's an antiquated idea anyway.

And technology has only made solo travel easier, says University of Florida tourism Professor Heather Gibson, who began researching solo women travel in 1998.

Heather Gibson, University of Florida: When we first started our solo women research back in the late 1990s, there wasn't a mobile phone. And so one of the things that many of the women spoke to us about was fleeting loneliness, for example, or needing to find a way to share their experiences back home.

Smart mobile phones mean not only communications, but maps, GPS, booking accommodations are all at ones fingertips, and social media, of course.

The solo female travel influencer has also become travel agent and tour guide, as in the case of Nabila Ismail. She's been to 63 countries, many of them alone. In 2022, she set off with the Dose of Travel Club, planning group trips for mostly women of color travelers. Their last major trip was to Iraq.

Nabila Ismail, Dose of Travel Club: My idea is to go explore places that we have either heard about in a negative limelight in the media or while growing up, and just countries that people kind of don't even have on their radar.

The 29-year-old content creator also uses social media to exchange travel advice with her over 100,000 followers.

Nabila Ismail:

It's helped me make my friends while traveling and it's made solo travel that much more enjoyable. It also kind of fuels my travel addiction. There's always something new being added to my bucket list, based on what I'm seeing online.

There's a growing market catering to solo female travelers like Ismail and her followers, companies like Air India introducing rows reserved for solo women travelers, Trafalgar introducing a women-only set of tours, or luxury hotel chains offering solo packages, in addition to honeymoons or rather, "oney-moons."

And post-pandemic, some travel companies reported that 85 percent of their solo travelers are women.

I don't know if you have ever walked past a mirror and seen your reflection and not recognized yourself, but, often, travel will give you that experience as well.

For Patricia Patton, years of solo travel have helped form her identity.

When I initially started to travel, I realized that not everybody lived the same and that I could decide, I personally could decide how I wanted to live.

But whether for adventure, well-being, or "Eat, Pray, Love"-style epiphanies, it's clear women are more empowered than ever to travel solo.

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​​The 8 things I really wish I knew before I traveled solo to 100 countries

  • I've solo traveled to more than 100 countries since 2013 and I've learned lessons along the way.
  • Travel insurance is super handy and I like to plan my trips a lot in advance.
  • Long-term travel should be a marathon, not a sprint. 

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I started my solo-travel journey in 2013 with a one-way ticket to Bangkok and a freshly created remote job.

What was meant to be a short sabbatical from the US turned into visiting over 100 countries in the last decade.

Here are the things I wish I'd known back when I set foot in country No. 1.

Planning is your friend

Although I love the idea of spontaneity, I usually stick to a more structured itinerary.

Still, I make sure my reservations and bookings are refundable. That way, my trip's stricture is never too rigid, and I can change my mind.

I've used apps like Wanderlog and TripIt to efficiently plan out my multi-city trips.

Travel insurance is, no pun intended, a lifesaver

My travel insurance has helped me in many binds, from when I was robbed in Cambodia to when I had to be helicoptered to a hospital in Nepal.

Some travelers I've met don't deem it necessary, but I say you won't realize how much you need it until you actually do.

I've used World Nomads and Safetywing and have been happy with the coverages from each.

A lot of apps can help you feel safe and confident when you travel

As a woman traveling alone , I lean on tech to help me feel safe and secure.

If I have service, I link Google Maps to my smartwatch, so my wrist buzzes when I need to make a turn, eliminating my need to have my phone out if I'm navigating a place where petty theft is common.

I use the Maps.Me app to access maps offline.

Google Translate also has helpful features. I use the audio feature to communicate in countries where I don't speak the language and the camera feature to translate menus and signs in real time.

You may be alone, but you don't have to be lonely

Solo travel means you're on your own, but there are plenty of chances to stay social and connect with local customs and cultures.

Throughout my travels, I realized things as simple as going on free walking tours of a city are a great way to connect with other travelers.

I've also made friends during my travels by participating in activities from sites like EatWith, Airbnb Experiences, or WithLocals.

It's OK to get inside info from others — we don't need to reinvent the travel wheel

There's no need to plan an entire trip from scratch without insights for others.

I'm all for connecting with locals, joining travel communities , or finding destination-specific groups on social media.

In recent years, I also started consciously incorporating women-run tour companies, businesses, and activities into my itineraries.

Doing so has helped me create a global community from the women I've met throughout my travels.

A long-term trip is a marathon, not a sprint

At the start of my solo-travel journey, I rushed my trips and eventually felt burned out. Fortunately, I learned to take breathers and slow down my pace.

Slow travel has helped me dive into a destination while making my trip more sustainable.

Responsible tourism has always been at the core of my travels, and a way to be more mindful on the road is to limit your carbon footprint and keep tourism dollars in one location.

Pick destinations that are meaningful to you, and don't feel pressure to see something because everyone else is

Design a trip around your priorities, and don't feel like you have to go to trendy destinations or overhyped tourist attractions unless you want to.

Conversely, if you want to go to that tourist trap, do it. Don't let anyone make you feel bad for doing something that might be deemed overrated.

Lastly, just take the trip

Don't wait for friends, family, or your partner if you've been dreaming of traveling somewhere.

Solo travel will push you out of your comfort zone and challenge you in ways nothing else can.

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Growing Opportunities for Solo Travel: ‘A Journey of Loving Me’

Survey finds 60 percent of solo travelers were married but traveling without spouse.

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For those interested in solo travel , it is a time to explore and see the world on their own terms. The motivation for these solo travelers is to have more time for themselves as empty nesters, recognize life post-divorce or celebrate retirement. Each reason can be a driving force to dust off the traveling shoes and hit the road.

Older adults do not hesitate to travel alone. In AARP’s 2023 Travel Trends report , 12 percent of international travelers planned a solo vacation in 2023, while 6 percent of domestic travelers planned a solo vacation. A recent survey from Road Scholar, an educational travel company, reports that 20-30 percent of the company’s 80,000-100,000 travelers each year choose solo travel, and many are 65 and older. The report surveyed 600 women over the age of 50 who have used Road Scholar’s services in the past two years.

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Road Scholar reported that 19,000 older women travel solo with the tour company each year. The survey found that two of the most popular reasons for traveling solo are meeting new friends on the trip and having ultimate control over activities.

For Nina Sowiski, 77, traveling alone has its benefits. “When I travel solo, it is much easier to meet new people and make friends,” says the Pittsburgh resident. “People are more likely to approach you when you’re alone than with a partner.”

Sowiski traveled alone on a yacht tour along the Croatia coast and remains friends with people from that trip. “Although we are scattered from coast to coast, we stay in touch via Zoom and FaceTime calls,” she says. For some older adults, great friendships can be good for their well being.

One finding from Road Scholar’s survey that stood out was that 60 percent of the agency’s solo travelers were married but traveling without their spouse. The reasons were varied, but the top two involved spouses not being interested in travel and travelers having different travel interests than their spouse, according to Road Scholar. The survey found that traveling solo can give you the ability to control what you decide to see and do. 

The desire for Generation X women in their early 50s to venture out independently is driving a generational shift in solo travel.  As Gen Xers approach the empty nest stage and retirement, they bring a greater sense of independence, autonomy and adventure than previous generations. About Generations, a company that researches and reports on all generations, lists the members of Gen X as independent, resourceful and self-sufficient.

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“Solo travel is immensely important for me as a Gen X traveler,” says Tomiko Harvey, 52, a seasoned traveler. “It’s not just about exploring new destinations but a journey of loving me and spending time with me without guilt. … I have a profound sense of growth after each trip!” 

Nadeen White, M.D., 53, not only makes time for her patients, but adventure, too. “I solo travel to reset my mind, body and soul,” she says. “It is a time to shut out the noise and refocus on me. Solo travel also makes me powerful and strong by conquering tasks on my own.”

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Wanting to create opportunities for like-minded women, White created Culinary Travels, a series of small curated tours featuring culture, history and food. This generation is ready to climb Mount Everest, hike the Appalachian Trail , and take a road trip across Europe to feel a sense of accomplishment. 

Solo trips are not limited to older adults as getaways for self-care and recharging are popular, and everyone can use more pampering. Many resorts and spas offer trips for digital detox, wellness retreats and solitude to refocus and renew.

Entertainment industry executive Nichole Roberts of Los Angeles is often on the road. “I want to get away from my day-to-day responsibilities and just relax; a self-care getaway,” she says. “No plans, no schedules, just me, myself and I.” 

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Road Scholar found these travelers crave the unique opportunity to connect with themselves. For solo travelers looking for unique ways to go it alone, Oku Japan , a small Kyoto-based tour operator offers guided tours with a focus on sustainability. The Kumano Kodo Ancient Trail allows travelers to trek along deep valleys, mountains and small villages, meeting residents while connecting with culture, food and nature.

“Traveling alone allows you to discover not only new landscapes but, in many cases, provides a transformative experience for many of our solo guests,” says Hiroshi Kawaguchi, general manager for Oku Japan. “Be it on one of our guided or self-guided itineraries, exploring solo opens the door to so many new encounters, to meet like-minded people and in many cases being open to stepping beyond one’s comfort zone.”

Tour companies and adventure guides create itineraries with exciting and thrilling ways to go alone as the number and variety of solo traveler types increase. Adventure seekers can hike and island-hop along Ireland’s west coast, traversing the Wild Atlantic Way. Wilderness Ireland offers sustainable tours designed exclusively for women. 

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Kelsey Knoedler Perri, director of public relations for Road Scholar, says the company has new programs for solo travelers only, including ones in Greece and Chicago. It’s also taking some of the most popular programs and reserving specific dates for solo travelers only, such as trips to Croatia and Costa Rica and their Civil Rights program. Some of the new programs began in January, with additional programs opening by June.  

Losing a spouse or life partner is another reason some women go solo. Voyaging alone can offer a chance to honor loved ones in a private, sentimental and reflective way. Susan Grady, 69, from Strafford, Vermont, took her first trip four months after her husband’s death.

“On my first trip with Road Scholar, I chose a garden tour in Vancouver,” she tells AARP. “One of the last things we did together was work on a garden in our backyard.” She says she spread his ashes in the Vancouver harbor. 

“I like casting in the water,” Grady says. “I bring a small amount [of ashes] with me in a prescription bottle. Bringing the ashes is like he is coming along with me on the trips.”

Solo travelers return home after exploring the world on their own terms with a renewed sense of self and accomplishment, and with a big boost of confidence. These are all things money can’t buy, but travel can provide. 

Annita Stokes Thomas is an on-air personality of the award-winning  Travel With Annita  radio show.

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Voyages d'exception vous propose une croisière en mer Baltique à travers des escales qui ont toutes été des portes d'entrée vers des siècles d'histoires et qui restent marquées par une activité géopolitique intense. À bord de votre navire le Celebrity Silhouette, vous découvrirez la ville portuaire florissante de Rotterdam avant de rejoindre Warnemünde, vieux port allemand, dont l'implantation remonte au Moyen Âge.

Vous retrouverez les stigmates de la Seconde Guerre mondiale à Gdansk ainsi que l'histoire ouvrière de ses chantiers navals, avant d'aborder Visby, charmante ville médiévale classée au patrimoine mondial par l'Unesco. À Stockholm, vous partirez sur les traces de Bernadotte, maréchal français élu sur le trône de Suède, puis vous succomberez aux charmes de la petite sirène à Copenhague. Nos invités Franck Favier et Nathalie Lorrain aborderont les aspects historiques et géopolitiques des villes de la Baltique durant les conférences données à bord.

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Jour 1 – Ville de départ / Rotterdam* (Pays-Bas) : Selon votre ville de départ, vous retrouverez nos équipes d'accompagnement dans une gare parisienne ou à votre arrivée à Rotterdam. La ville de Rotterdam est célèbre pour son architecture audacieuse et novatrice. Elle a subi une destruction totale pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, et il a fallu dix années pour qu'elle renaisse de ses cendres. Aujourd'hui, elle se distingue par son architecture unique en Europe. À destination, vous profiterez d'un tour panoramique durant lequel vous passerez par la ville neuve avec le Lijnbaan, Coolsingel et l'Église Saint Laurant, l'architecture futuriste, les rives de la Meuse. Vous serez ensuite transféré vers votre navire, le Celebrity Silhouette. Après votre installation, vous déjeunerez et vous serez convié au salon pour une présentation de l'équipage et de l'équipe de Voyages d'exception qui sera à vos côtés durant toute la croisière. *Les prix forfaitaires publiés dans le feuillet Tarifs et Conditions dépendent de votre pays et ville de départ (France ou Étranger). En fonction des plans de transport qui seront proposés, votre départ et/ou votre retour de Genève pourraient se faire de façon anticipée pour l'aller et différée pour le retour, le tarif serait alors réajusté. Si vous partez d'une autre ville, nous pouvons vous proposer une solution d'acheminement avec supplément (nous consulter). La ville de départ et de retour devra être la même.

Jour 2 – En mer : Vous profiterez de votre première journée en mer pour vous familiariser avec votre navire et assister à une conférence dispensée par nos invités.

Jour 3 – Warnemünde : Votre navire fera sa première escale dans cet ancien village de pêcheurs, située au nord de l'Allemagne, au bord de la mer Baltique. En 1723, Warnemünde fut acheté par la ville de Rostock au prince Mecklembourg et est aujourd'hui une station balnéaire prisée pour son ambiance maritime, ses plages immaculées et son riche patrimoine culturel. Le centre historique vous séduira avec ses maisons pittoresques à colombages, ses rues pavées et ses boutiques locales pleines de charme. Son phare datant de 1897 est l'un des emblèmes de la ville. Il offre une vue panoramique spectaculaire sur la mer Baltique et les environs. Cette escale permet aussi la découverte des villes hanséatiques aux alentours. Nous vous proposons une excursion optionnelle dans les pittoresques villes de Bad Doberan et Lübeck.

Jour 4 – En mer : Lors de cette journée, vous profiterez des installations du bateau et assisterez aux conférences animées par nos spécialistes.

Jour 5 – Gdansk (Pologne) : Autrefois connue sous le nom de Dantzig, la ville a joué un rôle crucial dans l'histoire de l'Europe, car elle fut le théâtre de nombreux événements marquants tel que le début de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Son histoire tumultueuse a laissé de nombreuses traces qui ont marqué son patrimoine architectural, comme sa célèbre grue médiévale qui témoigne de l'importance du commerce maritime. Son centre historique, avec ses façades colorées, ses maisons à pignons qui bordent la pittoresque rue Długa et la magnifique fontaine Neptune, constituent les joyaux architecturaux de la ville de Gdansk.

Jour 6 - Visby (Suède) : Ce joyau médiéval est situé sur l'île de Gotland en Suède où chaque coin de rue raconte une histoire captivante qui vous transporte au cœur du Moyen Âge. Ses remparts médiévaux bien conservés, datant du XIIIe siècle, entourent la vieille ville. En flânant le long des ruelles pavées étroites, vous pourrez admirer les maisons à colombages colorées ainsi que les ruines impressionnantes des anciennes églises et couvents, dont l'église Sainte-Marie et l'église Saint-Nicolas. Ces vestiges offrent un aperçu fascinant de l'architecture gothique de l'époque.

Jour 7 – Tallin (Estonie) : Vous arriverez dans la capitale enchanteresse de l'Estonie, Tallin. Sa vieille ville médiévale est classée au patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO et ses tours et ses remparts offrent de belles vues panoramiques de la ville et de la Baltique. Les rues étroites pavées, les maisons à colombages colorées et les églises gothiques créent une atmosphère intemporelle. Ses églises historiques telles que la cathédrale Alexandre-Nevski, célèbre pour ses dômes en oignons, et l'église Sainte-Olga, sont un aperçu captivant de l'architecture médiévale estonienne. Son charme médiéval et sa modernité florissante donnent un cachet tout particulier à la ville.

Jour 8 – Stockholm : Parfois surnommée "la Venise du Nord" ou "la reine du lac Malar", Stockholm possède le seul vaisseau du XVIIᵉ siècle au monde, conservé en parfait état. Sur les rives du lac de Malaren, le château de Drottningholm, résidence de la famille royale suédoise, permet de profiter d'un magnifique panorama sur ses nombreux joyaux... Auréolée du prestige que lui confère l'attribution annuelle des prix Nobel, la ville a aussi été la ville qui a couronné un maréchal d'Empire : Bernadotte. Stockholm vous dévoilera son atmosphère scandinave unique où le design contemporain, sa riche histoire et sa beauté naturelle se rencontrent.

Jour 9 – En mer  : Lors de cette journée de navigation, vous profiterez des installations du bateau et assisterez aux conférences animées par nos spécialistes.

Jour 10 et 11 – Copenhague : Vous apprécierez ces deux journées à Copenhague pour découvrir la ville. Elle est située sur la côte orientale de l'ile de Seeland, face au détroit d'Oresund, qui relie la mer du Nord à la mer Baltique. Elle fut bombardée par les Anglais en 1807, ceux-ci désirant prendre le contrôle de la flotte danoise avant que Napoléon ne s'en empare. C'est une ville haute en couleurs où les canaux se teintent doucement du reflet des façades, mais aussi une ville verte agrémentée de nombreux parcs. Les quartiers chics aux larges avenues côtoient les ruelles pittoresques. La Petite Sirène d'Andersen, le quartier de Nyhavn aux charmantes maisons colorées, la relève de la Garde du palais d'Amalienborg et les châteaux du Seeland du Nord sont les temps forts de cette escale.

Jour 12 – En mer  : Vous pourrez participer aux dernières conférences de nos invités durant cette journée en mer.

Jour 13 – Rotterdam / Ville de retour*  : Après le petit déjeuner et le débarquement, vous visiterez Delft, la ville natale de Veermer. Vous passerez par son centre historique et ses canaux, la place du marché, la Nouvelle Église, l'Hôtel de ville, le vieux canal, la Vieille Église. Vous visiterez la Faïencerie Royale où l'on vous expliquera l'art ancien de la fabrication de cette porcelaine, héritage des maîtres italiens du 16ᵉ siècle. Vous serez ensuite transféré vers la gare ou l'aéroport pour votre transport de retour. *La ville de retour doit être la même que la ville de départ.

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