A Namibia lodge safari is a must when visiting this African nation. The scenery is breathtaking and the animals are very friendly. There is much to see and do in Namibia; you can drive along the famed “Great Migration Route” and see many wild animals and birds that have been impacted by human interference. Namibia is also home to great game reserves, such as the Etosha National Park and the Hluhluwe-Unfolozi Game Reserve. These parks and reserves are a great way to see the wildlife in their natural habitat.
If you enjoy the game, you will love to go on an Namibia lodge safari and staying at one of the lodges in the region. Many tourists join game drives in Namibia, which draw hundreds of safari enthusiasts from the US, Europe, Asia, South Africa, Australia and even Canada. However, driving through these parks can be very tough due to the animals’ habit of hiding. Many visitors prefer to ride on jeepneys or on their own vehicles, which can make for a challenging journey for the most seasoned traveller.
While we are taking a look at the game reserves and game drives, I must tell you about the experiences that have made Namibia a popular destination for game enthusiasts from the US. I went on a Namibia lodge safari with my friend Les who is from Canada. We arrived at the Namibia guesthouse early in the morning and spent the first day hiking and exploring the terrain around Windhoek. It was very exciting and a lot of fun, but I do caution you to not drive through the parks, even though it is recommended to do so, on your first trip.
The second day we decided to visit the Namibian highest dunes in the world and the Namibia lodge safari guide told us not to go too high into the dunes. We ended up taking only one ride through the Grand Canyon, and after that we decided to camp out at the lowest point that we could find. This was a really cool experience because we didn’t normally go much higher than ten thousand feet. It was also very hot that day, with temperatures reaching up to ninety degrees. Luckily the next day we had a light wind, so our evening didn’t get nearly as hot as the day before.
After a short break we decided to drive down to Windhoek and see the big mammals in the area. We picked a good day and drove to the top of Mt Ncube. On the way up, we saw an antelope and a hippo and it was really exciting! Then we reached Windhoek and visited Namibia’s largest national park, the Big Five Game Reserve.
The next day we woke up early and made our way to the Namibian town of Windhoek. The first thing we noticed were all the tourists, all of them wanting to have a look at the big mammals. After we had a quick breakfast, we decided to check out the Namibia lodge accommodation for a little more adventure. On the way to the Namibian lodges we had breakfast and then drove to the Grand Canyon. We didn’t take much time and enjoyed a great game viewing trip up into the canyon.
After we finished up at the Namibia lodge we packed up and headed towards the national parks. We started walking towards the desert, passing by the beautiful dunes. By the time we arrived we were almost tired but still had a lot to see. Once we had reached the desert we stopped for lunch and had some coffee before continuing to the next area. This was a really great trip, there were no lions, elephants or cheetahs but it sure was a beautiful place to walk.
On the second day we visited the Amboseli National Park, which is a very good site with lots of photographic opportunities. For more adventure we decided to camp at one of the Namibia lodges around that area, this was actually my first experience of camping in Namibia so it was a bit scary but I was very glad that I had the correct protective clothing. I also wanted to give my two friends who were travelling with me, a few tips on Namibia so they could also experience a wonderful safari. I ended up doing a lot more walking in the national parks than I usually do, but it was a fantastic experience and I am so happy that I went with my friend to Namibia.