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  • African safari specialist with 35 years experience
  • Customer care available 24/7 while on safari
  • Hand-picked Tours & Activities
  • Avoid the crowds by staying in private conservancies and concessions

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12 days
Availability : Daily departures
Windhoek, Namibia
Windhoek, Namibia
Max People : 6

Namibia is a vast country, even by African standards, covering an area approximately twice the size of California and four times the size of the United Kingdom, but with a population of a mere 2 million. This gives one of the lowest population densities in the world. It is also an ‘ageless land’, visible through our heritage of rock art created by stone-age artists and geological attractions such as the petrified forest where fossilised tree trunks have lain for over 280 million years. When added to the space and silence, these factors all contribute to a feeling of antiquity, solitude and wilderness.

The climate is typical of a semi-desert country. Days are warm to hot and nights are generally cool. Temperatures are modified by the high plateau in the interior and by the cold Benguela Current that runs along the Atlantic coastline. Except for the first few months of the year, the country is generally dry with very little rain.

On this Namibia safari you will experience this magnificent and memorable country in a very personal way. Your professional and experienced safari guide will escort you on a fascinating and stress-free journey of discovery amidst very dramatic scenery. The knowledge, experience, and character of our guides are critical to a successful safari which is why we ensure that they are both personable and very professional. Your guide will have an intimate knowledge of each area and camp/lodge that you visit, allowing them to share the local insights and highlights whilst adding continuity and depth to your safari. It goes without saying that they all know exactly what a “True African Safari” is all about. Not only are our guides highly qualified, but each also has a specific area of expertise. Together they possess the breadth and depth of knowledge to allow them to answer questions and satisfy the particular interests of each of our guests. The presence and company of your guide will turn your safari into the experience of a lifetime!

  • Travel with one of Namibia’s most reputable and well-known naturalist guides.
  • Stay in the only camp inside the world’s 4th largest National Park.
  • Climb some of the world’s highest free-standing sand dunes.
  • Sea kayak with seals and dolphins on the Skeleton Coast (alternative option ski boat).
  • Track for desert-adapted elephants in ephemeral river systems.
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Twyfelfontein.
  • Visit a Himba settlement.
  • Memorable and exciting guided game drives within the renowned Etosha National Park, from the vantage point of a specially modified, air conditioned 4×4 with pop tops.
  • Explore 2 very different parts of Etosha by spending time on both the Etosha Heights and Onguma Private Game Reserves.
  • Sleep in the tree tops overlooking one of the most productive waterholes on the Onguma Private Game Reserve.
  • Visit the world renowned AfriCat Foundation and learn more about conservation initiatives involving Africa’s large cats.

Arrival & Departure

Arrival: Windhoek, Namibia

Departure: Windhoek, Namibia

Price Includes

  • Quality accommodation in luxury tented camps.
  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 12 
  • All transport as per itinerary
  • Return airport transfers
  • All Park and Private Concession fees
  • Transportation in a luxury air-conditioned safari vehicle 
  • Local drinks with meals (this includes water, soft drinks, beers and table wine)
  • A licensed English-speaking safari guide 

Price Excludes

  • International airfares
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • All premium and imported wines, champagnes and spirits
  • Hot air balloon flight over the Sossusvlei dunes (weather-dependent)
  • Laundry (laundry service available at lodges at extra cost)
  • Any Personal Expenses
  • Tips & gratuities
Itinerary

Day 1Windhoek to Sossusvlei

Your guide will pick you up at your pre-tour accommodation or Windhoek International Airport (assuming your flight lands before 08h00) and you’ll drive southwest through the scenic Khomas highlands and down the Great Escarpment into the Namib Desert. You arrive at Sossus Dune Lodge mid-afternoon. You will stay two nights here, exploring the remarkable Namib Desert with your guide. Time permitting, you will visit Sesriem Canyon, a nearby geological attraction, or explore Elim Dune this afternoon. However, if you prefer, you can just relax and soak in the scenic and tranquil surroundings at Sossus Dune Lodge.

Day 2Sossusvlei / Namib Desert

This morning you will need to rise early for a magical excursion in the Namib Naukluft National Park. You will set off before sunrise to capture the spectacular dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate the towering shapes and curves. This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world and your guide will give you an insight on the formation of the Namib Desert and its myriad of fascinating creatures and plants that have adapted to survive these harsh environs. Once you have explored Sossusvlei, Deadvlei and surrounding dune fields to your heart’s content you can enjoy a relaxed picnic brunch in the shade of a camel thorn tree. You then return to Sossus Dune Lodge in the early afternoon in time for a late lunch, with the option to visit Sesriem Canyon afterwards if you haven’t already done so the day before. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure (from experience, this is usually welcomed after an exhilarating morning in the dunes.)

Day 3Sossusvlei to Swakopmund

NOTE: Option to include a sunrise balloon flight or scenic light aircraft flight over the Namib Naukluft National Park before you depart for Swakopmund (optional extra at additional cost). Please note that if making use of this offer, it will need to be booked in advance in order to fit in with other timings for this day.

The fascinating drive today takes you northwest through awesome and ever-changing desert landscapes of the Namib Naukluft National Park, including the impressive Gaub and Kuiseb canyons. You will meet the coast at the port town of Walvis Bay and then continue north to Swakopmund where you can enjoy the pleasant seaside location and cooler coastal air for your next two nights. There will be time this afternoon to explore the town and wander along the waterfront on foot, before heading off for dinner at a popular restaurant which specializes in locally harvested seafood.

Day 4Swakopmund

After an early breakfast, you’ll return to Walvis Bay for a memorable kayaking adventure within the outer lagoon. After meeting your kayaking guide you will be taken on a short scenic drive to Pelican Point to see its lighthouse and windswept beauty, stopping briefly at the salt works to view the variety of birdlife on your way to the launch point. The kayaking is an ideal way of seeing Cape fur seals, Heaviside and bottlenose dolphins, pelicans, flamingos and a wide variety of other sea birds. If you are lucky, there is also a chance of seeing whales, leatherback turtles and sunfish. During the course of the day the guide will stop and inform you about the environment and light refreshments will be served on the beach before heading back to Walvis Bay.

Should the kayaking not appeal you can take a seal and dolphin excursion within the outer lagoon and harbour. Here you should also see Cape fur seals, heaviside and bottlenose dolphins, pelicans, flamingos and a wide variety of other sea birds. Again, if luck is on your side, there is also a chance of seeing whales, leatherback turtles and sunfish. During the course of the excursion snacks will be served along with local sparkling wine and fresh oysters before you will return to the jetty at around midday.

You then have the opportunity to explore the waterfront area of Walvis Bay further before returning to Swakopmund for an afternoon at leisure at your guesthouse or out in town. Activities such as a scenic flight, sandboarding and more can all be booked at an extra cost.

Day 5Swakopmund to Damaraland

Continuing on your safari today you’ll travel north-east into the wonderful and diverse region of Damaraland. You pass Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandberg which peaks at 2,573 m above sea level. Damaraland is typified by displays of colour, magnificent table topped mountains, rock formations and bizarre-looking vegetation. The present day landscape has been formed by the erosion of wind, water and geological forces which have formed rolling hills, dunes, gravel plains and ancient river terraces. The remoteness and the scenic splendour are astounding.

If time allows this afternoon your guide will take you to visit the nearby attractions and geological sites of the pre-historic Twyfelfontein rock engravings (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) – if not there is plenty of time to see them tomorrow.

Day 6Damaraland

After an early breakfast you will take an exciting 4×4 excursion along the ephemeral Aba Huab and Huab River valleys to explore this remarkable region and to search for game, including the elusive desert adapted elephants if they are in the area. Damaraland is home to a variety of desert adapted wildlife and hidden desert treasures. The elephants are most active in the mornings when you will have the best chance to see them then before returning to camp for lunch. You also have the option to take a picnic lunch to enjoy in the shade of a large Ana tree by the riverbed, ideally while watching a herd of elephant browsing nearby.

Your guide will take you to Twyfelfontein this afternoon if you haven’t already done so the previous day..

Day 7Damaraland to Southern Etosha National Park

Today after a very early breakfast you set off on your journey to the Etosha National Park, travelling via the scenic Grootberg Pass. Along the way you may have the opportunity to visit a local Himba settlement if they are in the area – the semi-nomadic Himba people sometimes move location with no notice. They are one of the last truly traditional peoples of Namibia and have little time for conventional practices. Here you will learn about the customs and traditions of this very proud nation, and will be given insight into their beliefs, way of life and everyday routine. Depending on the school semester and school holidays, you may also visit the Grootberg Primary School, a rural school where our Namibia partners are actively involved, assisting with improved education infrastructure and methods.

After visiting the Himba and school you will head east through the small town of Kamanjab before heading on towards tonight’s destination at the new Etosha Mountain Lodge, which is situated on the southwestern border of the Etosha National Park. You’ll have a picnic lunch en-route and arrive at the lodge in the very late afternoon or early evening (after a long but rewarding day). Enjoy the unique surroundings and the game viewing at the camp’s floodlit waterhole, with different vantage points from the camps underground and elevated hides.

Day 8Etosha National Park

Spend a full day of exciting game viewing within the central section of Etosha National Park as you make your way from the southern Andersson’s Gate to Halali (where you may stop for lunch) and then on across via selected waterholes such as Goas, which are normally particularly good for game viewing, to Namutoni Camp in the east. You will have to leave the Park before sunset and head out to stay at the delightful Onguma Tree Top Camp. The evening can be spent game viewing at the camp’s floodlit waterhole where game comes and goes throughout the day and night.

Day 9Etosha National Park

Another morning of memorable game drives within the eastern section of Etosha National Park with your guide. You return to camp for lunch and an early afternoon rest, spending your final afternoon on a game drive on the private Onguma Game Reserve, culminating in a sundowner overlooking Fischer’s Pan. Return to camp after sunset with enough time to freshen up and enjoy your final ‘safari dinner’ overlooking the camp’s floodlit waterhole.

Day 10Etosha National Park to Okonjima

Your early departure will take you south from Onguma Tree Top via the bustling towns of Tsumeb, Otavi and Otjiwarongo to Okonjima. Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation, a wildlife sanctuary which focuses on the research and rehabilitation of Africa’s big cats, especially injured or captured leopard and cheetah. You arrive in time for lunch before embarking on an exciting and informative game drive and tour of the centre. Here you will learn about the function and vision of the AfriCat Foundation and will also get to meet some of the Foundation’s special captive carnivore ambassadors. Tonight you’ll stay at Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp within the sanctuary. Each exclusive chalet enjoys complete privacy and is a unique combination of earthy ochre walls, glass windows and khaki-green canvas, under a thatched roof.

Day 11Okonjima to Windhoek

This morning get a more in-depth insight into the work being done by the AfriCat Foundation as well as getting to see more cheetah and leopard in the wild. After the excursion and freshening up, the journey south continues to arrive back at your guesthouse in Windhoek in the late afternoon, just as the sun is setting. You will bid farewell to your guide here.

Day 12Departure

After breakfast transfer to Windhoek International Airport to join your flight home.

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Karen de Willimoff & John McIndoe

Couple Traveller

“We would like to say a big thank you for a fabulous trip.  We both loved every minute.  I am now a huge “Africa Convert.” Look forward to hearing about options for next year.”

18/02/2020