Once-in-a-decade event: Namibia as it is hardly ever seen – with Expert Africa

March 8, 2022 | Expert Africa



After several very dry years, Namibia’s 2022 rains have arrived and they have been phenomenal – filling dams, flooding rivers, and spreading carpets of vegetation across one of the driest areas in the world.

Namibia is already a popular destination thanks to the breathtaking beauty of its diverse landscapes and something of an ‘untamed’ appeal. But this year there is an opportunity to see this country at its most spectacular: in a desert spring, with vegetation thriving and flowering all around.

Stretching the length of the country, in a coastal strip north to south, the Namib Desert is one of the oldest and driest deserts in the world. Rain is very rare here. However, specialist African operator Expert Africa reports that heavy rains have fallen in areas across the country, which will make visiting this year a truly exceptional experience.

Perhaps the most amazing sight, in the heart of the Namib Desert, is the ephemeral Tsauchab River which has filled and now flooded Sossusvlei, an immense salt and clay pan surrounded by soaring red sand dunes. This astounding occurrence hasn’t been seen for a decade.

Meanwhile, beside the coast, the Swakop River has burst through into the ocean – again, something that has not happened in a decade or so – depositing a massive plume of sand into the South Atlantic (see image above, left). All over flowers will be blooming, which hasn’t been seen for years.

To witness these scenes, take a trip to Namibia this spring. April and especially May are often lovely months in Namibia. Increasingly dry, with a real freshness in the air and, this year, an amazing amount of greenery in the landscape; at this time, the air is clear and largely free from dust.

Expert Africa, established almost 30 years ago, specialises in high quality, tailor made and sustainable safaris, staying at the most charming, friendly and well-organised camps and lodges across East and Southern Africa.

The 14-day Caracal Self-drive Safari is the perfect introduction to Namibia. A two-week adventure taking in all the best bits and staying in a great mix of lodges. It combines the best of northern and southern Namibia: the Namib Desert and game viewing in Etosha National Park, with drives in between that will blow your mind. The cost is from £1,850 pp (two sharing) in March. This includes 14 nights¹ accommodation (mixed board basis), car hire throughout, and a complimentary copy of the Bradt Travel Guide to Namibia. International flights can be arranged at extra cost. For further information, or to talk to a safari specialist, call Expert Africa on 020 3405 6666 or visit www.expertafrica.com.