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Namibia - Tribes and Natural Wonders

From $6,399
Duration 12 Days
Departures from: Sep 2022 - Sep 2023
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From $6,399
Duration 12 Days
Departures from: Sep 2022 - Sep 2023
Tour Overview
Explore Namibia’s unique landscape of plunging canyons and towering sand dunes and set your sights on its national parks to discover thrilling wildlife.
  • Classic Touring
  • Half Board
  • Max Group Size 24

Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host & Specialist Local Guide 
  • 11 nights in great quality hotels & lodges 
  • A guaranteed twin or double room of your own
  • 22 meals: 11 breakfasts, 11 dinners including welcome drink & farewell dinner 
  • Transportation excluding overseas transfers to and from the airport * & porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Visit to Sossusvlei & Sesriem Canyon with a 4x4 drive into the heart of the dunes
  • Breakfast in the Soussusvlei Dunes
  • Drive through Kuiseb & Canyon Pass to Swakopmund, start of the Skeleton Coast
  • Visit to The Moon Landscape & see 'Welwitschia Mirabilis' plants
  • Enjoy fresh seafood in a converted tug boat
  • Petrified forest & Twyfelfontein rock carvings
  • Living museum of Damara people
  • Game drives in 4x4 open safari vehicle in Etosha National Park

Itinerary

Day 1 Windhoek

Make your own way to the hotel where your Tour Manager will meet you for your welcome meeting that evening. Meals included: D

Day 2 Windhoek - Sossusvlei

The Sossusvlei area sits in the heart of Namibia. As we head here today, we'll see incredible scenery including towering red dunes and parched landscapes. Our desert lodge for the next two nights has views over the Nakluft Mountains, and is perfectly positioned to witness the amazing sunsets and the night sky.

Meals included: B,D

Day 3 Sossusvlei

​Today we discover more of the unique landscape of Sossusvlei in the company of a tour guide. We will rise early to enjoy a scenic drive into the heart of Sossusvlei. Here, we'll admire the deep red tones of this dramatic landscape that has been shaped by the elements over millions of years. As the sun rises above the soaring dunes, admire the views as we eat our breakfast in these wonderful surroundings. We will get chance to climb some of the highest sand dunes on earth, a real once-in-a lifetime experience. 

Sesriem Canyon was formed two million years ago by the Tsauchab River and plunges deep into the parched earth. We'll take in this memorable sight before returning to the lodge, where the afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps gather with some of your fellow travellers, relax by the pool and enjoy the spectacular desert views.

Meals included: B,D

Day 4 Sossusvlei - Moon Landscape & Swakopmund

The coastal area of Namibia awaits our discovery today. We drive via the Kuiseb and Gaub mountain passes to the coast, where we'll stay for the next two nights. The Moon Landscape is a fascinating area where the eroded remains of a mountain range create an incredible sight. Explore this unique landscape, a hit with the film industry, and see one of the world's biggest Welwitschia Mirabilis plants.
We will stay for two nights at Swakopmund, located at the beginning of the Skeleton Coast. For dinner tonight enjoy warm hospitality and fresh seafood as you dine in this unique setting overlooking the ocean from aboard an original oil-fired Danie Hugo Tug boat, constructed in the ship yards of Port Glasgow Scotland.

Meals included: B,D

Day 5 Swakopmund - at Leisure

Today is free for you to spend relaxing. Alternatively, why not join our optional dolphin and seal catamaran cruise from the nearby town of Walvis Bay – sure to be a truly memorable experience. You will also have the chance to join a Living Desert Tour, a unique 4x4 adventure drive through the nearby dunes to introduce you to the flora and fauna that survives in this inhospitable landscape.

Meals included: B,D

Day 6 Damaraland

Heading north along the coastline of the Skeleton Coast this morning, we call at Henties Bay, a popular Holiday resort for the locals, before moving inland towards Damaraland, a seemingly lifeless part of the country, but home to the desert adapted rhino and elephant. Prehistoric water courses with open plains and grassland, massive granite hills and deep gorges make up what is without doubt one of Namibia’s most scenic areas. Spend the rest of the day relaxing at your lodge.

This evening we'll gather for a meal made using fresh ingredients from the lodge's gardens.

Meals included: B,D

Day 7 Damaraland

The Twyfelfontein area is rich in fascinating geology and culture. Today we call at one of the largest collections of ancient rock paintings and engravings in Africa. The formation and colour of the nearby Burnt Mountain is a phenomenon that has caused much speculation, and the Organ Pipes, a mass of basalt slabs in a ravine gouged out by a river, is another geological curiosity in the area. Later you have the option to visit the Damara Living Museum, where you'll learn about some of Namibia's oldest inhabitants. Discover a Damara village, watch traditional performances and perhaps even buy hand-crafted jewellery during your visit.

Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Damaraland - Etosha National Park

This morning we will visit the petrified forest, a collection of fossilised trees that exist within an old river channel, en route to Etosha National Park, a vast game reserve which hosts an incredible array of mammals, reptiles and birds. Here, we experience our first game drive this afternoon in open 4x4 safari vehicles so you will have great views of the wildlife that inhabits the park, including endangered species such as black rhinos. This evening at the lodge, we'll enjoy a drink on the deck before gathering for dinner.

Meals included: B,D

Day 9 Etosha National Park

This morning we'll head to the eastern border of the Etosha National Park in our touring vehicle, where our next lodge is situated. On the way, there will be even more opportunities to watch the animals as they gather around the waterholes and roam freely around the park – incredible sights that you'll surely never forget. Once we have arrived, the rest of the day is free for you to relax. Enjoy dinner at the lodge this evening.

Meals included: B,D

Day 10 Etosha National Park

Today we'll board our 4x4 safari vehicles once more for a full-day game drive in the park, with plenty of chances to tick more fascinating wildlife off the list. We'll return to the lodge for dinner together this evening.

Meals included: B,D

Day 11 Etosha National Park - Windhoek

Today we make our way towards Windhoek, stopping at a crocodile farm and Okahandja, home of the Herero people of Namibia. Our final hotel is an old country estate outside of the city where we will enjoy a farewell dinner. Enjoy delicious, authentic food and heartfelt hospitality as you share stories of your adventures, all with an ice-cold Namibian beer in hand.

Meals included: B,D

Day 12 Departure

Today it's time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers as your holiday comes to an end. Meals included: B

Additional Information

Namibia is a unique and vast country which means long days driving and travelling.   The 2023 itinerary will differ from shown. On day 6 dinner will not be included to allow for time at leisure exploring Swakopmund. On day 8 the visit to the Damara Living Museum will be an optional activity. On day 9 the afternoon game drive will be replaced by an included visit to an authentic Himba village. 

Accommodation

Safari Court Hotel

The Safari Court Hotel is well located in the southern part of Windhoek, benefitting from a restaurant and bar, as well as a large swimming pool in a lush garden. Other facilities include a spa and fitness centre. The spacious hotel rooms have ensuite, air conditioning and satellite TV.

Agama Lodge

Located in the Sossusvlei area, Agama River Lodge is adjacent to the Naukluft Mountain Zebra Park. The public area and pond area often have wildlife from the Namib Desert, such as antelopes, mountain zebras and occasionally giraffes. The Lodge has a total of 40 rooms, each room has air conditioning, a separate bathroom and a patio. Other facilities include an infinity pool, restaurant, a deck with spectacular sunset views and public rest area with views of the Naukluft Mountain Range.

Strand Hotel Swakopmund

The Strand Hotel Swakopmund is located just a short walk from the beach, on the promenade, with beautiful ocean views. Facilities include a choice of restaurants and bars, fitness centre, garden and private beach. Hotel rooms are equipped with air conditioning, minibar, hairdryer and TV.

Twyfelfontein Country Lodge

Located in the Huab Valley, Twyfelfontein has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for the rock engravings and paintings, a testimony to the first hunter-gathers and inhabitants of 6000 years ago. Facilities include a popular restaurant, lounge and bar with views of your surroundings, and it is possible to enjoy a cocktail by the poolside. It is not unheard of to spot elephants and giraffe roaming past the lodge. Rooms have en-suite facilities, a fan and benefit from views of either the mountain or the plains.

Etosha Safari Lodge

Etosha Village is a prime destination for nature lovers combined with excellent service and cuisine. Etosha Village uniquely combines affordability with comfort and delivers the perfect safari style experience in a private and protected reserve directly adjacent to the Etosha National Park near Okaukuejo.

At Etosha Village nature and luxury are in perfect harmony through design and comfort. The individual luxurious units offer a spacious air-conditioned bedroom and a modern en-suite bathroom with shower. The patio and outside seating area create an ideal space to sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you.

Mokuti Etosha Lodge

As the closest lodge to Etosha National Park, Mokuti is only 4 minutes’ drive from the eastern Von Lindequist Gate near the historical Namutoni Fort and is located on its own private 4.000 hectare nature reserve, which shares a common border with this fascinating wildlife reserve. Our rooms are available as standard, luxury and luxury family rooms.

This intimate lodge has 82 rooms, 8 luxury rooms and 8 luxury family rooms. Recently refurbished, they are all air-conditioned and come equipped with satellite TV, minifridge, safe, free Wi-Fi, tea/coffee-making facilities and en-suite bathrooms with showers.

Midgard Country Estate

The Midguard Country Estate is situated at the foot of the Otjihavera Mountains and set in lush gardens. Facilities include a gym, sauna, skittle alley, tennis courts, dining room and bar, and an outdoor pool. Guest rooms are spacious with en-suite, TV, tea and coffee making facilities and hair dryer.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your trip before you set off. Take a look below at the extra trips you can enjoy on this tour

Namibia - Living Desert 4x4 Dune Adventure

Namibia - Living Desert 4x4 Dune Adventure

This is an exciting educational tour that explores the local dunes between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, and the abundance of life therein. Geckos, rolling spiders, scorpions, lizards, snakes, chameleons and skinks are some creatures to be found on this exciting tour. A scenic panorama drive across the dunes allows you to absorb and enjoy a variety of the beautiful dune landscapes.
This is an exciting educational tour that explores the local dunes between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, and the abundance of life therein. Geckos, rolling spiders, scorpions, lizards...

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Dolphin and Seal Catamaran Cruise

Dolphin and Seal Catamaran Cruise

Depart Walvis Bay Yacht Club and head out into the beautiful bay area, which holds more splendour than can at first be seen – a shipwreck, lighthouse, oyster platforms, different bird species, seals and an abundance of marine life. In the bay area, the catamaran will move alongside the oyster platforms and your guide will share more information with you about locally cultivated Walvis Bay oysters – a tasting is included. Proceed to the Pelican Point to achieve a closer look at the lighthouse. It is here that you will hopefully see three different types of dolphins, namely the heaviside dolphins – endemic to the Namibian coast, dusky dolphins and Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. In season (July-November), the larger mammals like the southern right whale and the humpback whales may be spotted and with a bit of extra luck, the mighty killer whales (orcas) might make an appearance. All this can be experienced while comfortably relaxing in the saloon or on the deck whilst enjoying a glass of sparkling wine and delicious snacks.

Please note: Occasionally this tour may be operated by a slightly smaller vessel.
Depart Walvis Bay Yacht Club and head out into the beautiful bay area, which holds more splendour than can at first be seen – a shipwreck, lighthouse, oyster platforms, different b...

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