Hai//Om Safaris & Tours

We offer safari tours to all parts of Namibia. Travel the country of the endless horizons and get close to our wildlife which includes the African Big 5. In addition, Namibia is home to a big variety of other mammals as well as many bird species.

Namibia is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. In other words, Nature is almost untouched in many parts of the country. Namibia is also home to the Namib Desert which is one of the oldest deserts in the world. In addition, the Namib Desert also merges with the Atlantic Ocean which is a unqiue natural feature.

Where Is Namibia?

Namibia is a country with 2.8 million inhabitants located in southern Africa, bordering North of South Africa. Namibia is one of the most popular African tourist destinations in European countries like Germany and Austria.

The Namibian landscapes consist mostly of Savannah and bushlands but is also partly desert. The overall climate in Namibia is arid with maximum temperatures in summer reaching around 45 degrees Celcius and minimum temperatures in Namibia reaching early freezing points in the Namibian winter season. Due to Namibia being the driest country in sub-Saharan Africa, it is important to conserve water during your travel to Namibia since it mostly depends on groundwater.

Traveling With Your Family?

A new travel regulation was introduced recently whereby children younger than 18 years who are traveling must have unabridged birth certificates.

These regulations apply to the entire SADC region and affirm the Child Protection Act and international law resolution through the United Nations Protocol regarding child safety against human trafficking. Due to an alarming rise in child and human trafficking, the authorities deem it necessary to reinforce these regulations.
In conclusion, inform yourself about complying with the regulations to avoid any inconveniences.

Children younger than 18 years who are traveling to Namibia must have unabridged birth certificates. This applies to the following cases:

1. When children travel with an adult who is not their biological parent. Necessary documentation includes an affidavit from the children’s parents giving the minor consent to travel with the said adult.

2. When children travel with an adult other than a parent/legal guardian. Said adult will need copies of the children’s legal guardians/parents’ passports or identity documents, as well as their contact numbers.

3. When children travel with only one parent. The parent will need to provide an affidavit from the other parent giving the minor consent to travel. A death certificate should be provided if one parent is deceased.

4.  When children travel unaccompanied, they will need to provide an affidavit from their parents/legal guardians consenting their travel, as well as a letter containing the contact details and residential information, a copy of the identity document, valid passport or permanent residence address of the person who will receive the minor passenger.

Minors’ unabridged birth certificate must always be provided at check-in, also when only in transit in Johannesburg.

Make sure all your documents are in place for the holiday of a lifetime!

Sossusvlei, Namibia

” Sossusvlei” is a combination of the Afrikaans word ” Vlei “which means ” marsh” in English and the Nama word ” Sossus ” which translates to ” Dead end “. The name derives from the fact that it is a drainage basin without any outflows to the Tsauchab River.

Sossusvlei is a salt pan which is surrounded by the spectacular red/golden dunes in the Namib Desert. It has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Namibia with many lodges opening in the Sossusvlei area. In fact, Sossusvlei is one of the most photographed places in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The maximum temperature in Sossusvlei is around 41 degrees celsius in Namibia’s summer whilst freezing temperatures can be reached during night in winter. The average rainfall per year is about 95MM, so rainfall is everything but guaranteed during your Sossusvlei visit.

Swakopmund, Namibia

Swakopmund lies on the at the coast in western Namibia, situated in the Namib Desert. The city is popular for the old German architecture in many of the old buildings that remain near the CBD in particular. The architecture originates from the early German colonisers building Swakopmund in 1982 as a main harbour town of Namibia.

The town features a big amount of coffee shops/ cafes, restaurants, B&B’s, Museums and much more attractions for the growing tourism in the town over recent years in particular.

Prominent tourist activities include camel riding, quad-bike tours through the desert, the Aquarium, Catamaran Tours in Walvis Bay, skydiving or just enjoying and exploring the peaceful ( outside of the local high season ) town.

Etosha National Park

One of the most popular tourist destinations, the Etosha National Park Namibia which covers an area of 22,270 square kilometres is only located a 1.5-hour drive from Hai//Om Safari Lodge. The name derives from the Etosha Salt Pan which covers the majority of the area.

The park is home to a variety of mammals, birds and reptiles including Elephant, Black Rhino, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and much more! Being frequently included in African documentaries showcased overseas, the Park has become very popular amongst German tourists in particular.

Expect to see a big variety of animals including some of Africa’s most popular wildlife. Keep in mind however that there are some park rules to adhere to including not getting out of the car inside the park as well as a plastic bag ban which was imposed recently.

Fish River Canyon

The Fish River Canyon in the south of Namibia is the second largest canyon in the world. Roughly 170km long and 30km wide with a depth of 550 metres makes this the biggest canyon in Africa. It is very popular amongst travellers and as such is one of the most visited places in Namibia.

The Fish River Canyon features on of the most popular hiking trails of southern Africa with a length of 88km that is usually completed over 5 days. There is no fixed trail leaving the hikers with an option to decide where and how long to hike. Sleeping along the route is outdoors.

Hiking in the area requires a hiking permit which is only issued during certain seasons due to flooding & high temperatures. Permits should be requested well in advance and bookings are only open from the 1st May of each year.

Caprivi, Namibia

The Caprivi Strip is an area in the north-eastern corner of Namibia. Plenty of wildlife is found in the area which is bordered by Angola, Botswana, Zambia as well as Zimbabwe.

The Okavango River and Zambezi River which form part of the border are home to animals including Crocodiles & Hippos. Furthermore, big herds of elephants, buffalos and a big variety of antelopes are roaming in the Caprivi area.Sunset Boat Cruises, Fishing ( seasonal and dependent on water levels ), Kayaking and many other activities are available.

The trip to the Caprivi Strip can also be combined with a visit at the popular Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe which are very close to the Caprivi Strip.

Kolmanskop Ghost Town

Kolmanskop is a ghost town located in the south of Namibia, close to Lüderitz. The small town was built back in 1908 when a railway worker found a diamond in the area. Thereafter German miners began to settle in the area realising it was rich in diamonds.

The population of the town started to decline as of 1928 when the richest diamond deposits in Namibia were found near the Orange River and the majority of Kolmanskop’s inhabitants joined the rush. In 1956 Kolmanskop was ultimately abandoned and became the ghost town it is known as today.

Being a prominent tourist attraction nowadays, the houses in Kolmanskop are partly filled with sand from the Namib Desert and make quite a unique experience.

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