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Friday
Feb232018

Travel Guide to Namibia’s Best Adventures, Honeymoons, Luxury, and Wildlife

 

Visit Namibia and you’ll find incredible and diverse places, each offering a different kind of perfect luxury vacation depending on the what kind of African safari adventure you’re looking for. Namibia is one of Africa’s best kept secrets, and it’s one of the best countries for a safari because Namibia has thrilling adventures, plenty of opportunities to see rare and endangered wildlife like the desert-adapted black rhino, top choices for secluded romantic lodges with luxurious amenities, and the possibility of an unusual cultural immersion with indigenous Namibian tribes. One of the things that makes Namibia unique is that it is the second least populated country in the world, so if you want an off-the-beaten-path adventure Namibia is a top choice for a rewarding and wild safari experience. Most of the country is mountainous desert - the Namib is the second largest in the world, after the Sahara - but there is also a long stretch of beautiful coastline to explore.

We’ve compiled a Namibia travel guide with the best reasons to travel to Namibia for every kind of traveler:

Namibia for honeymooners

Namibia is one of the best places to experience a romantic safari honeymoon. Known as one of the best destinations in the world for stargazing because of the vast open expanse of desert, cloudless skies, and lack of light pollution. Some of the best and most luxurious and romantic lodging properties in Namibia have rooftop starbeds and telescopes to make the experience extra special. And the remote nature of some of the accomodation options make for plenty of privacy, a lost-in-the-desert fantasy come true.

Namibia for wildlife lovers

Namibia is known worldwide for making efforts toward environmental conservation and protection of wildlife. It was the first country in Africa to include environmental protections in its constitution.Through various organizations like Africat or Save the Rhino Trust it’s possible to visit with rhinos, leopards, lions, cheetahs, and positively impact the preservation of these incredible species. Namibia is home to the iconic animals that make for a perfect luxury safari, as well as lesser known endangered species including the wild dog, oribi, and piku. For birders, Namibia’s Kunene River is one of the best places to observe rare birds from a boat or, for the more adventurous, while white water rafting.

Namibia for luxury seekers

Seeing the topography and ethereal landscapes by air is one of the most special ways to experience in Namibia. Fly by hot air balloon over Sossusvlei, the tallest dunes in the world, or Deadvlei with its wild-looking dried out camel thorn trees. Take a helicopter ride to explore the shipwrecks and seal colonies on the mysterious Skeleton coast. Stay at a luxury lodge and enjoy sundowners, spas, stargazing and more.

Namibia for adventure junkies

There are several ways to experience the soaring scarlet dunes of Sossusvlei, arguably the highest dunes in the world. Climbing them is an adventure in itself, even for very fit travelers, so another option is to jump on a quad bike for a thrilling ride over the hilly sands. The Skeleton coast isn’t your typical beach, so called for the seal and whale remains that have been pushed ashore by strong currents, and also for the ancient shipwrecks just off the coast, where sailors and their vessels met their doom on hidden rocks in the roiling waters. No wonder it was dubbed as “the land God made in anger.” Drive or ride by car or swoop along the rugged terrain in a low-flying plane - both are fun and adventurous ways to see the mysterious sights and wildlife that live in the areas that connect the interior of the country with the coast.

Namibia for cultural enthusiasts

Immerse yourself in local culture with an authentic experience with the Himba tribe, a fascinating semi-nomadic indigenous group living in the remote northwestern corner of Namibia. The Himba’s traditional cultural practices are very different from the western world. Both adults and children wear hairstyles and headdresses that signify certain life milestones have passed or how big their families are. They apply a substance called “otjize” made from butterfat and ochre to their skin for care and beautification, giving it a striking red hue. For a really special and impactful interaction, Epic Road clients can give the gift of light to one of the Himba communities by delivering LUCI solar powered lights. The Himba live without electricity, and solar powered lights help them work or study in the evening and cut back on respiratory illnesses caused by keeping fires lit inside huts.

Check out our Namibia page for the best luxury lodging options in Namibia, and more information on the best time of year to visit.

Wednesday
Jun222016

The Best Honeymoon Safaris - Top 5 Honeymoon Safari Destinations According to Travel Experts at Epic Road

This list of our top 5 honeymoon safaris are each the perfect blend of romance and spectacular wildlife sightings. Africa is home to epic landscapes, natural wonders, incredible cultures, iconic wildlife and remote romance. It really is the perfect destination for newlyweds looking for an extraordinary romantic getaway. After all, a honeymoon is meant to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and an African safari vacation is exactly that. The best honeymoon safari destinations according to us are Mozambique, Tanzania, South Africa, Namibia and the Seychelles. We recommend Benguerra Island and Tofo Beach for Mozambique, Zanzibar for Tanzania, the Cape Winelands & Kruger National Park for South Africa, Hardap for Namibia and both North Island and Fregate Island for the Seychelles.

Best Honeymoon Safari #1 - Benguerra Island & Tofo Beach, Mozambique

Mozambique is the perfect destination for incredible underwater safaris and an all-around 5-star luxury experience, as we wouldn't suggest anything less for your honeymoon. The warm current contributes to the never-ending buildup of the pristine sandy coastline, over which coutless palm trees dangle - creating an idyllic tropical island stretch of beach.

An exquisite piece of paradise surrounded by the azure waters of the Indian Ocean where the pace of life slows and the scent of fresh grilled lobster fills the air. Relax on intimate beaches and only get up for a dip in the crystal clear, bathtub-like waters.

Situated on the second largest island in the sunny Bazaruto Archipelago off the coast of Mozambique, is &Beyond Benguerra. Set in a protected marine conservation area boasting unspoiled coral reefs teeming with marine life. Looking out onto a sandy beach and set on a deep lagoon unaffected by the tides, this exclusive beach getaway is ideal for swimming and snorkelling. Surrounded by premier diving sites, the lodge provides access to an underwater wonderland with a rich variety of tropical fish species complemented by Africa’s only population of the rare dugong. The deep Mozambique Channel, which runs alongside the island, is renowned for its game fish and Benguerra Island offers some of the world’s best catch-and-release deep sea fishing and fly fishing opportunities. While the island is fringed with golden, sandy beaches, its interior is a lush patchwork of forests, wetlands & fresh water lakes. Horse riding trips and island expeditions cross both the coastline and the interior of the island, uncovering traditional culture at the local village and climbing soaring sand dunes.

As for Tofo Beach, it just so happens to be the world's premier destination for swimming with whale sharks and manta rays.

Best Honeymoon Safari #2 - Zanzibar, Tanzania

Zanzibar is a gorgeous white-sand archipelago located off the coast of Tanzania and home to historic Stone Town, one of East Africa's last remaining ancient cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can wander the town's narrow cobblestone streets and bustling marketplaces, swim in the azure waters of the Indian Ocean and come face-to-face with the exceptional aquatic life that Zanzibar has to offer. One of our favorite properties here is the Mnemba Island Lodge. The lodge occupies a previously uninhabited island just 5 km from the eastern coast of Zanzibar and at its center lies a tropical forest, home to spaniel-size suni antelope and brilliantly colored butterflies. The lodge itself boasts ten private bandas perfectly nestled in between lush forest and white beach.

Best Honeymoon Safari #3 - Cape Winelands & Kruger National Park, South Africa

A trip incorporating both the Cape Winelands and South Africa's Kruger National Park is the perfect romantic getaway. The Winelands' breathtaking bucolic hills, award-winning vineyards, restaurants and 5-star luxury properties paired with Kruger's 2 million hectares of land and over 147 species of mammals is simply guaranteed to be incredible - and that's exactly what you want for your honeymoon.

The Winelands has the quintessential charm and activities such as biking through the vineyards with a romantic picnic at sunset and Kruger has the adventure, the adrenaline-filled safari and the experience of a lifetime that will surely make the best of memories - and both have the luxury. Our selection of properties in the Winelands are mostly private estates boasting suites with verandahs and pools overlooking the vineyards and our selection of properties in Kruger are built on the very grounds that the animals call home, so you can often see them grazing or galloping by as you relax from your private jacuzzi as the big African sun sets, champagne in hand.

Best Honeymoon Safari #4 - Sossusvlei & Skeleton Coast, Namibia

Namibia is beginning to make an appearance on travellers' radars, especially those looking for an epic getaway that is romantic, luxurious and adventurous all at the same time. Namibia gets its name from the Namib Desert, a 10 million acre expanse of mountainous terrain, broken up by endless streaks of red and golden dunes and bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. It's both rugged and peaceful in the sense that the surrounding wildlife and wilderness have adapted to harsh surroundings in an incredible way. The coastline is scattered with sunken shipwrecks and massive seal colonies, meanwhile lion, antelope, elephant, rhino and more roam the dunes. And you get to observe all of this from light aircraft or hot air balloon above and quad bike or 4x4 on ground. You can also trek up the dunes and roll down!

As for the properties, they're mind-blowing. The challenge of eco-tourism in Namibia has led way to incredibly innovative and luxurious desert lodges - ones that reflect and respect the natural surroundings yet provide every comfort imaginable. Among our favorites are Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, Little Kulala and Serra Cafema.

Namibia is considered one of the top stargazing destinations in the world. Skies are often cloudless, there is little to no artificial light or pollution contamination and the overhead views of the southern constellations are truly unmatched. Some of our favorite lodges, as mentioned above, feature private rooftop sky beds built above open-aired luxury suites so that you can literally sleep under the stars.

In Namibia, everything is uncapped - the romance, the luxury, the nature, the wildlife and the adventure.

Best Honeymoon Safari #5 - North Island & Fregate Island, Seychelles

Saving the best for last may apply here. The Seychelles is a drop dead gorgeous archipelago of 115 pristine islands scattered across the Indian Ocean, just off the coast of Kenya. We always say that the best part about the Seychelles are the sweeping vertical views, because when you're relaxing from your private pool or swinging lounge chair for 2, the panoramic view looks out over spectacular mountain tops, crystal clear waters, crescent shaped white powder beaches and some of the msot massive granite rock formations on the planet. Warm weather year-round, amazing luxury properties, award-winning beaches such as Anse Source D'Argent and spectacular diving make the Seychelles the ultimate destination for an exclusive luxury honeymoon.

North Island and Fregate are both private islands, exclusively accesible by helicopter or small boat. As North Island features only 11 villas, each at 5,000 square feet and with your own private butler on call 24/7, the property guarantees a truly luxurious experience. Rates include just about everything from scuba diving, private yacht rentals, hiking and kayaking but the price certainly reflects the abundance of services and amenities. Fregate Island similarly boasts 16 intimate villas, each one nestled into the coastal line, with a private pool and sunken jacuzzi and a sumptuous daybed overlooking the lush jungle behind and the deep blue seas beyond. Fregate Island is also home to 7 beaches, one frequently voted 'most beautiful beach in the world'. And we haven't even covered the spas...

Now onto the safari part. The Seychelles is consistently rated one of the best diving destinations in the world. Sea turtles, sting rays, whale sharks and a plethora of tropical fish decorate the healthy coral reefs and granite alcoves. And keep in mind that all of the resorts we recommend feature house reefs, which means that what will easily be the best diving or snorkelling experience you've ever had, is just steps from your daybed. The Seychelles is also home to 660 pound giant tortoises. The Aldabra Tortoise is native only to the Seychelles, they roam freely on the islands and will happily eat a handful of leaves right out of your palm. To learn more about our signature honeymoon in the Seychelles, click here.