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Namibia - Tribes and Natural Wonders

From $6,399
Duration 12 Days
Departures from: May 2023 - Sep 2023
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From $6,399
Duration 12 Days
Departures from: May 2023 - 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 holiday Classic Touring
  • meals included tour Half Board
  • max group size Max Group Size 24

Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Holiday Director 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 Holiday Director will meet you for your welcome meeting that evening. Meals included: D

Day 2 Windhoek - Sossusvlei

Today, we take the snaking roads through mountains and via the town of Rehoboth, home to Namibia’s Baster community, before heading for one of Namibia’s top touristic attractions, Sossusvlei with its red dunes, and our lodge for the next two nights. Dinner is served under the Namibian Sky. Meals included: B,D

Day 3 Sossusvlei

An early rise this morning for an exciting day exploring Sossusvlei. Considered some of the tallest dunes in the world, these monumentally high star shaped dunes are a sought-after destination. The hues constantly change with the sun rising from deep apricot to warm red and all shades in between. As the sun rises above the soaring dunes, admire the views as we eat our breakfast in these wonderful surroundings. You will have the opportunity to climb these awesome dunes and explore the Deadvlei before we continue towards Sesriem Canyon and return to the lodge for an afternoon of relaxation. Meals included: B,D

Day 4 Sossusvlei - Swakopmund

The coastal area of Namibia awaits our discovery today. A journey that takes us via the Kuiseb Pass and onto the Walvis Bay Lagoon, a site famous for the thousands of flamingos that live there. We then make our way to our coastal hotel via a beautiful stretch of road that has the cold Atlantic on the left of us, and the towering dunes on our right. Dinner in Swakopmund this evening will be at the converted oil-fired Danie Hugo tug boat restaurant, aptly named The Tug, 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 the optional 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

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 will 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 Region

This morning we visit the Petrified Forest where you will find the remains of tree trunks, estimated to be about 200 million years old, scattered over a small enclosed area. We then proceed towards Etosha National Park and visit an authentic Himba Village before reaching our lodge. A guided tour around this village will not only give one an in-depth insight into the life and ways of the last traditional tribe in Namibia, but amazing photographic opportunity as well. Experience the milking ceremony, the smoke bath, and learn more about the beliefs around the holy fire, ancestors, and herbal medicine. One will also learn about the jewellery and hairstyles to imitate the status of each tribe member and their close relationship with nature, their cattle and children. In the afternoon, if time permits, we will enjoy a game drive. Returning to the lodge just prior to sunset. PLEASE NOTE that plastic bags are not permitted into Etosha National Park 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. PLEASE NOTE that plastic bags are not permitted into Etosha National Park Meals included: B,D

Day 10 Etosha National Park

Todaywe’ll board our 4x4 safari vehicles once more for a full-day game drive in the park. The Park is home to hundreds of species of mammals, birds and reptiles, including several threatened and endangered species such as the black rhinoceros. We’ll return to the lodge for dinner together this evening. PLEASE NOTE that plastic bags are not permitted into Etosha National Park Meals included: B,D

Day 11 Etosha National Park - Windhoek

This morning we head for Tsumeb, Otjiwarongo and Okahandja. Okahandja is the traditional home of the Herero people of Namibia. Here we will stop at the local wood carvers’ market where we have the opportunity to buy some of these crafts. 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.

Sossusvlei Lodge

The Sossusvlei Lodge is situated at the entrance gate to the Namib Naukluft Park with views over the surrounding landscape and the nearby flood lit waterhole. Facilities include a swimming pool, bar, beer garden, restaurant with outdoor terrace and sundowner deck - designed to make the most of the inspiring views of the ridges of the Nauluft Mountains.

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

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.
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Namibia - Living Desert 4x4 Dune Adventure

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