About Us

Crisscross Namibian Safaris is a premier safari and tour operator that specializes in designing unique and unforgettable experiences across the breathtaking landscapes of Namibia, Botswana and Vic Falls.

 The company has been in operation for over 20 years, providing first-class services to travelers from around the globe.

Our team at Crisscross Namibian Safaris is composed of seasoned travel professionals who are passionate about delivering personalized and immersive safari adventures. We are committed to showcasing the best that Namibia has to offer, from its stunning wildlife and diverse ecosystems to its rich culture and history.

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Our Services

Our services range from arranging wildlife safaris, cultural tours, and bird watching to nature walks and visits to historical sites. We are also keen on promoting responsible and sustainable tourism, ensuring that our operations contribute to the conservation of natural resources and the empowerment of local communities.

At Crisscross Namibian Safaris, we believe that every journey should be a personal adventure. We work closely with our clients to understand their interests and preferences, thereby creating tailor-made itineraries that meet their specific needs and exceed their expectations.

Whether you are seeking an adrenaline-filled adventure, a tranquil escape in the heart of nature, or a deep dive into cultural heritage, Crisscross Namibian Safaris is your go-to travel partner, promising an unforgettable African adventure.

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Our Story

Our founder, Thinus Blaauw, established our company in 2002. Thinus was very proud of his Namibian heritage and had a strong connection to Damaraland in northwest Namibia and its people.

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Thinus was born and raised in Damaraland on Farm Blaauwpoort, which was owned by his father, Andries Blaauw. Farm Blaauwpoort spanned more than 16,000 hectares and was situated on land that would later become known as Twyfelfontein. Below is the story of how Andries Blaauw came to name Twyfelfontein.


In 1946, Andries Blaauw was a pioneering sheep farmer in Kaokoveld in north-west Namibia when David Levin was looking for a place to call home there with his pregnant wife, Ella, their two children and their animals. Andries offered David a piece of land with a small spring on his massive property to build his home. David and his father-in-law, Dirk de Beer, stayed with Andries at Farm Blaauwpoort during the time they were investigating the spring that seemed to be blocked by rock and trying to determine how to increase its flow.  Eventually, at the beginning of 1947, David Levin brought his family to Farm Blaauwpoort, where they stayed with Andries and his family, which included Thinus, until David and his worker were able to prepare the spring for the arrival of the Levin family’s animals, which included 230 sheep and goats, six chickens, two horses, and four donkeys. To ready the spring for the animals, they dug under rocks and excavated a furrow to clay hollows for watering the animals. This would continue to be a regular and arduous task David would have to undertake. The watering process consumed everyone’s lives.

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Whenever Andries Blaauw visited his new neighbors, Ella would inform him that David was at the spring, and Andries would always find David on his knees digging. When Andries would ask David about his health, David would reply that he was well but that he doubted the spring would make it to October when the first rains would arrive. As a result, Andries began referring to David as David Twyfelfontein, meaning David ‘Doubtful Spring.’ When the Land Board finally granted David Levin a grass license, and he had to register a name for the land, the name Andries used for David stuck, and the land became known as Twyfelfontein.


In 1948 David struck water on the farm and was able to increase his flock, but in the late 1950s the family was forced to trek to surrounding areas to graze the animals when the land was depleted. Twyfelfontein and Farm Blaauwport came to an end in the 1960s when the Odendaal Commission investigated creating a homeland for the Damara people in the Kaokoveld. David Levin, Andries Blaauw and the other farmers in the area were required to sell their land for this purpose. To this day, the land south of the Aba-Huab River is still known as Twyfelfontein.


While Thinus spent his childhood and early teen years at Farm Blaauwpoort in Damaraland, he would eventually play a significant role in the South West African transitional government before Namibia’s independence in 1990. He served as the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Water Affairs, and Fisheries. Thinus’ deep love for Namibia and his ability to connect with people of all ethnicities and ages inspired his desire to share his roots with others. This led him to start Crisscross Namibia Safaris. Thinus created an opportunity for guests to experience the incredible cultural diversity, wildlife, and history that the beautiful country he grew up in had to offer. Thinus continued to share his love of country and its people with guests from all over the world until his passing in March of 2023. His legacy in Crisscross Namibia Safaris is carried on today by his son, Andre Blaauw, who was also born and raised in Namibia and maintains strong bonds with the local Damara community. Like his father, he is committed to showcasing the real essence of the remarkable nation from where he and his forefathers originated. Andre has extensive background in the tourism industry with more than 20 years of experience creating unforgettable experiences that go beyond being just a guest. His aim is to make every visitor feel like a part of Crisscross’ extended family.

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Note from Andre

In Namibia, the rhythm of nature orchestrates a symphony of breathtaking sights. From the majestic Etosha National Park, where graceful giraffes roam freely amidst a sea of shimmering salt pans, to the ethereal landscapes of Sossusvlei, where towering sand dunes stand like sentinels against the horizon, every corner of this remarkable country is an invitation to explore and fall in love.

I hope you will join us on a journey of discovery, where you can immerse yourself in the wonders of Namibia’s rich heritage, encounter breathtaking wildlife, and create cherished memories. You may come as a guest, but you will leave as a cherished member of the Crisscross Namibia Safari family.

So, let your heart be guided by the call of the wild, and let Namibia’s beauty envelop you in its embrace. For in this captivating land, where the spirit of Africa is alive and thriving, love blossoms amidst the boundless horizons, creating memories that will forever hold a special place in your heart.

Yours in Adventure,

Andre Blaauw

Chief Memory-Maker & Flip-Flop Guru