From Namibia’s most iconic desert landscapes in Sossusvlei to an abundance of wildlife in the famous Etosha National Park and all the good stuff in between, this 11-day group tour explores Namibia’s finest attractions, must-see destinations and proclaimed highlights. Explore some of the world’s highest dunes in the world’s oldest desert (which is also one of only two coastal deserts in the world). The Skeleton Coast and all its delights and activities in Swakopmund. Desert-adapted wildlife in the harsh rugged and beautiful desolate area of Damaraland and ending with a wildlife extravaganza in Etosha.
We currently have departure dates for: 9 June 2024, 14 July 2024, 4 August 2024, 15 September 2024
Day 1: Windhoek ( 1 night )
Welcome to Namibia - meaning ‘vast place’ – and soon you’ll come to know why. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in Windhoek where you will meet your guide and get acquainted with the group. There will be a short briefing to explain your itinerary and route for the next few days.
When you’re there: Depending on the arrival times of all in the group as booked, the day will be spent mostly at leisure. Your transfer is included and once everyone has arrived, plans will be made for the remainder of the day and dinner will be arranged at a local restaurant where you will have a chance to get to know everyone including your guide. Tomorrow your adventure begins so get a good night’s rest
Your stay is booked on BB basis to include breakfast in the morning. All other meals will be additional at own cost.
Day 2 & 3: Sossusvlei ( 2 nights )
Today your guided adventure begins. Rise for breakfast and stop in town for any extra provisions before leaving the capital. You’re off to one of Namibia’s most famed attractions – the Namib Desert. It’s spectacular. The drive (4 to 5 hours) takes you south through some beautiful landscapes to the endless sea of sand dunes.
On the way: You will travel south to Rehoboth before you head southwest to Sossusvlei. Your drive takes you down the Spreetshoogte Pass. Stop at the top of the escarpment for a panoramic photo of one of Namibia’s many incredible landscapes. Stop again in Solitaire, as your guide refuels, you can grab something cold to drink and a bite to eat for the last stretch onto your lodge.
When you’re there: Enjoy the afternoon at leisure, for those who wish to, an afternoon nature walk in the area with your guide or book an optional extra sundowner activity with the lodge.
In the morning of day 3 you will head to the famous sand dunes of Sossusvlei. It’s an early rise to be at the park entrance gates at sunrise. This time of the morning reveals something special about the area, the colours and the contrasts. It’s also cooler. Explore the wonder of Dead Vlei and Sossusvlei as the sun comes up. Climb Big Daddy or Dune 45. The view from the top is amazing, more and more dunes as far as the eye can see. Have a picnic breakfast in the dunes and then there’s more time to explore. Visit Elim Dune and Sesriem Canyon too. Your guide know the best times to visit the best places and your day will be planned accordingly to give you the very best experience.
Spend some time relaxing on return to the lodge. You are on holiday after all. Then it’s a sundowner and dinner beneath one of the darkest night skies.
Your stay here is booked on DBB – Dinner, bed and breakfast basis. Lunches are optional extra at own cost.
After breakfast, you’re leaving the heat of the desert and making your way to the cooler coast. Your next destination is Swakopmund, sandwiched between the desert and the Atlantic Ocean. This is Namibia’s activity hub, so you’ll be spending your days on activities and enjoying all that this quaint coastal town has to offer. The drive (5 to 6 hours) takes you via some beautiful scenic passes and open endless landscapes. It is here you get to, yet again, grasp just how vast the country is.
On the way: Travel via to Solitaire and through the desert landscapes and open plains to the coast, where the dunes quite literally run into the sea. You will drive through the Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons and the Tropic of Capricorn, some great places to stop for photos and to stretch your legs. Take a detour via Moonlandscape to take in the thousand year old desert-adapted Welwitschias.
When you’re there: Explore the coastal towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. Each to his own, you can do any of the incredible activities on offer, whether you wish to explore the dunes or the ocean or both. You decide. Join others in the group or go it alone. You have one full day available here to explore and relax.
Your stay is booked on BB so breakfast is included. All lunches and dinners are for your own account. Let your guide make your restaurant bookings for dinners for the group.
You’re heading inland to Damaraland, an area of dry riverbeds, enormous granite boulders, endless grassy plains and open skies. Easily one of the best places for Namibian sunsets.
On the way: Today’s drive takes you along the coast to Cape Cross to see the world’s largest Cape Fur breeding seal colony. Then you backtrack to Henties Bay before heading inland via Uis. You will stop en route at the lichen fields and a salt pan which is an excellent birding spot. Depending on your departure time and plans for the day, you could detour to Brandberg Mountain – the largest inselberg in Namibia. Then continue on to the Twyfelfontein area. Spend the afternoon at leisure, go on a nature walk with your guide or join a lodge guided activity (optional extra).
When you’re there: During your time in the Twyfelfontein area, your guide will ensure you get to see the highlights, such as the Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings, Burnt Mountain and Organ Pipes. You’ll also head off on a nature drive in the surrounding areas and dry riverbeds in search of the elusive desert-adapted elephants and other wildlife. It’s a harsh and dry rugged area, seeing any life in these parts seems surreal and to see wildlife thrive, even more so. If time allows, explore the Damara Living Museum to see how the local Damara people used to live and thrive here too.
Your stay includes DBB – Dinner, bed and breakfast. Lunches are additional at own cost.
Today’s drive is not as far as you head east to Etosha National Park, Namibia’s famed wildlife attraction. You head through more of Damaraland’s scenic landscapes and wide open plains to Outjo and then north to the southern entrance gate into the park. From desert-adapted wildlife to four of the Big 5, this is where your game viewing extravaganza begins. Etosha National Park is known for large numbers of game and a chance to see up to seven different species at one waterhole at one time.
On the way: Stop en route near to Khorixas to view the Petrified Forest. In Outjo you can stop at the bakery for some fresh baked goods or a slice of cake and a cold drink before the last stretch on to Etosha. If time allows, you could also detour via Vingerklip and Ugab Terrace for a quick photo stop.
When you’re there: Etosha is easily one of the greatest game parks in Africa. It has an estimated 250 lions, 300 rhinos, 2,500 giraffes, 6,000 zebras, 20,000 springbok and 2,000 elephants and there’s more. You’ll see a large number of lesser and common plains herds, and there’s an abundance of birds. Game viewing against the backdrop of the vast white pan in Etosha makes this something very different and truly special. Your guide will take you on game drives in the park. Wildlife, wildlife and more wildlife.
Your stay is booked here on a DBB basis including dinner, bed and breakfast. All lunches will be on own additional cost.
You head through the park today and this will be the day’s activity – a full day game drive as you head from the southern entrance to the eastern entrance stopping off at numerous waterholes along the way. Your wildlife extravaganza continues.
When you’re there: You have the afternoon on arrival and one full day on this side of the park to explore and enjoy game drives with your guide in your safari converted vehicle. Enjoy the waterholes and many amazing sightings. When at the lodge, relax and put your feet up. Take a dip in the pool during the heat of the day and simply enjoy the African sun. Sunsets are pretty good here too.
Your stay is booked on a DBB basis – Dinner, bed and breakfast is included. All additional meals are for your own account.
It’s an early start this morning as your safari comes to an end and you return to Windhoek. The drive on tarred roads will take roughly 5 to 6 hours. Your guide will drop you at your accommodation in Windhoek for the night (optional extra) or at the Windhoek International Airport to catch you departure flight out (this would have to be a late afternoon or evening flight to allow your travelling time from Etosha).
We can book post night accommodation in Windhoek for you for this night if you plan to fly out the next day to accommodate possible flight schedules.
Bid your guide farewell and head back home with amazing memories and photographs to remember for a lifetime.
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