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16 days / 13 nights
Availability : January - October 2020
London
Windhoek

Tour Details

Discover the biggest highlights of Namibia, one of Africa’s most attractive tourist destinations, a country of endless horizon, with spectacular sand dunes and picturesque landscapes. Accompagnied by an expert local guide, explore the breathtaking sights and attractions of southern Namibia, including the Kalahari, Namib Desert and the spectacular Fish River Canyon. Discover the coastal oases of Swakopmund and the rock art at Twyfelfontein and experience unique wildlife encounters in Etosha National Park.

Departure & Return Location

London

Price Includes

  • International flight tickets: London – Amsterdam – Windhoek; Windhoek - Amsterdam - London
  • Airport fees for international flights
  • 13 nights accommodation at the mentioned hotels, in the specified type of rooms
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All the transfers and tours as described above
  • Transportation in sharing basis
  • Entrance fees
  • English speaking local guide for the included tours and visits
  • Travel tips
  • Medical & Travel insurance
  • Service fees
  • 24/7 emergency phone number

Price Excludes

  • Excess baggage charge
  • Tips for local guides and drivers
  • Early check-in, late check-out
  • Optional tours
  • Non-included meals (lunch and dinner do not include drinks)
  • Personal expenses (minibar items, phone, internet, safe lock, cleaning services, babysitting, etc.)

Top Attractions

Kalahari Desert

Fish River Canyon

Namib Desert and Sossusvlei

Swakopmund

Damaraland

Etosha National Park

Off the Beaten Track Experience

Experience the red dunes, wildlife and plants of Kalahari Desert

Visit the unique Garas Quiver Tree Forest

Admire the magnificent geological phenomenon at Fish River Canyon

View the wild horses of the Namib Desert

Walk up one of the majestic dunes at Sossusvlei

Admire the African flamingos at Walvis Bay

Admire the engraved and painted over 2.500 pictures some 6.000 years ago, at Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO Heritage Site

Visit the Living Museum of the Damara

Experience unique wildlife encounters in Etosha National Park

Itinerary

Day 1Departure London

Day 2Arrival Windhoek

Transfer airport – hotel in Windhoek (SIC)
On arrival at Windhoek International Airport, you will be transfered to the hotel.

Day 3Windhoek - Kalahari Desert

Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast at hotel’s restaurant.

Transfer Windhoek – Kalahari Desert (SIC)
Leaving Windhoek, you travel into the largest sand mass on Earth, the Kalahari Desert. The Kalahari is a vast semi desert of wind-blown sand held by a sparse mantle of thorn scrub making it the largest continuous stretch of sand covering 9 African countries. Unlike other true deserts, the Kalahari does receive erratic rainfall. For many therefor “thirstland” is a more fitting description. Lacking permanent surface water, the Kalahari is a challenging place to live except for those who have adapted to not only survive but flourish here. The Bushmen refer to it as the “Soul of the World”, an emotive description for this area! With its deep red sand dunes and endless grass plains interspersed with acacia’s and shrubs, it is still home to a surprising large amount of specially adapted wildlife. Enjoy the opportunity to experience the red dunes, wildlife and plants, in this desert environment on an optional nature drive.

Day 4Windhoek - Kalahari Desert

Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast at lodge’s restaurant.

Transfer Kalahari Desert – Fish River Canyon (SIC)
You continue south through arid and extensive rocky plains. Visiting the unique Garas Quiver Tree Forest you are welcomed by quirky man-made sculptures of scrap metal which set a contrast to this serene, timeless space with Quiver trees and aloes nestled amongst huge dolerite boulders, stacked in a mysterious way, the area is also aptly referred to as “Giant’s Playground”. You continue to your lodge, situated in close vicinity to the Fish River Canyon. Here you can explore the area on foot or on an optional guided nature drive in the later afternoon highlighting the Quiver trees, rugged landscape and impressive sweeping rock formations.

Day 5Fish River Canyon - Luderitz

Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast at lodge’s restaurant.

Visit Fish River Canyon (SIC)
Your morning starts on the edge of the Fish River Canyon where you gaze into this magnificent geological phenomenon. The Fish River Canyon is located in the northern part of the Nama Karoo and is the second largest canyon on earth, featuring a gigantic ravine that measures in total about 160 km long, up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550 meters deep. The Fish River is the longest interior river found in Namibia, but its current flow is just a drop compared with the immense volume of water that poured down its length in ages past.

Transfer Fish River Canyon – Luderitz (SIC)
You continue your journey past the Naute Dam, where you shortly stop at the Naute Kristall Cellar and Distillery, to optionally taste some of the unique liquors or simply enjoy a delicious cup of coffee. Proceeding onwards you head towards the coastal town of Luderitz. On the way to Luderitz you stop at Garub, viewing point for the Wild Horses of the Namib Desert.

Day 6Luderitz

Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast at hotel’s restaurant.

Visit Kolmanskop Ghost Town (SIC)
Your morning starts with a visit to Kolmanskop Ghost Town. Kolmanskop is a deserted Diamond Mining Town in the Sperrgebiet National Park. Once an opulent and decadent town, a monument to the Diamond boom and built to last…until the diamonds ran out. Today Kolmanskop stands as a haunting monument to the thriving past, offering visitor’s unique photo motives into a bygone era.

Visit Diaz Point (SIC)
On your return to town, you visit Diaz Point with its Padrao on a cliff overlooking the harsh Atlantic Ocean commemorating the initial Portuguese explorers and explore the forlorn coast.

Half day guided tour in Luderitz (SIC)
Arriving back in Lüderitz you explore this small, historic town.

Day 7Ludernitz - Namib Desert

Breakfast
Enjoy an early breakfast at hotel’s restaurant.

Transfer Ludernitz – Namib Desert (SIC)
After the breakfast you travel across wide open plains north along the Tiras Mountain range to your lodge in the Namib Desert. You are located in close proximity to Sesriem, the gateway to Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon, with some of the highest sand dunes on Earth towering over the white desert plains.

Free afternoon
The afternoon can be spent relaxing at the sparkling pool, enjoying the vast open desert plains, or taking part in optional activities offered at the lodge.

Day 8Namib Desert

Breakfast
Enjoy early breakfast at lodge’s restaurant.

Visit Namib Desert (SIC)
The morning demands an early start. Entering the Namib Naukluft National Park with sunrise, the first rays of sunlight paint the mountains of sand into a variety of apricot, red and orange, contrasted against a crisp blue skyline, enrapturing our senses, and providing an opportunity to capture this awesome landscape on film. You will be captivated by the surreal Deadvlei surrounded by some of the highest dunes on earth and Sossusvlei, where the dry Tsauchab River ends abruptly amongst dunes. Take the opportunity to walk up one of these majestic dunes to admire the desert landscape beneath. Thereafter you visit the Sesriem Canyon, a life sustaining natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert.

Day 9Namib Desert - Swakopmund

Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast at hotel’s restaurant.

Transfer Namib Desert – Swakopmund (SIC)
After breakfast you continue your journey approaching the little settlement of Solitaire on the edge of the Namib Naukluft National Park, feeling like you have arrived in the middle of nowhere. Here it is worthwhile to enjoy a cup of coffee with the delightful apple-pie written about in so many travel books before travelling via the desolate, rolling hills of the Kuiseb Valley towards the Atlantic Ocean. Reaching the coastal harbour town of Walvis Bay, you visit the shallow lagoon, one of the most important wetland areas on the African continent and a RAMSAR World Heritage Site. Over 80% of the African flamingos feed in this lagoon and present a breath-taking picture when they appear in groups.

Free afternoon
Continuing along the scenic route between the dune belt and the Atlantic Ocean you reach Swakopmund, where the rest of the day is spent at leisure. With palm-lined streets and seaside promenades, Swakopmund is a popular holiday destination in Namibia.

Day 10Swakopmund

Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast at hotel’s restaurant.

Free day
Swakopmund is often referred to as the “playground of Namibia” and it has numerous activities ranging from, adventure to exploring the fascinating features of the Namib Desert and the animals and plants that occur and survive here. Embrace the relaxed pace of this idyllic coastal town whilst enjoying coffee and freshly baked pastries in one of the many café’s. Alternatively explore the rugged, sweltering desert on a day tour, or view this awesome, environment from the air on a scenic flight. Find your inner child and push adrenaline to its limits with extreme adventures such as skydiving over the desert or quad biking and sand boarding on the dunes. Take time to get the feel of this quaint town with its historic buildings, museums, shopping arcades and beach bar that has transformed into its own personality by the vibrant use of colour and the bohemian lifestyle.

Day 11Swakopmund - Damaraland

Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast at hotel’s restaurant.

Transfer Swakopmund – Damaraland (SIC)
On long yet interesting and scenic roads we head further north, traveling past the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain (2.579m), into the Damaraland, one of the least populated and geologically diverse areas in Africa. This harsh, rocky environment is home to the elusive desert elephant, the black rhino and free-roaming antelope species. Accompanied by a local Damara guide you visit Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO heritage site where Bushman communities engraved and painted over 2.500 pictures some 6.000 years ago! After a visit to the nearby Living Museum of the Damara you proceed to the Petrified Forest – a geological phenomenon depicting the creation and metamorphosis of wood into stone amongst some of the oldest landmasses on Earth. Here you also see the Welwitschia mirabilis plant – the oldest living desert plant on Earth.

Day 12Damaraland - Etosha National Park

Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast at hotel’s restaurant.

Transfer Damaraland – Etosha National Park (SIC)
After a relaxed breakfast, you travel towards the Etosha National Park, famous for its vast amount of wildlife.

Safari in Etosha National Park (SIC)
Once you have reached your camp located just outside of the National Park, you head onto our first safari into the National Park. Together with your guide you explore the various waterholes located close to Okaukuejo and the Anderson gate. Optional and time permitting open vehicle game drives can be booked with the lodge.

Day 13Etosha National Park

Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast at lodge’s restaurant.

Safari in Etosha National Park (SIC)
The day is devoted purely to the abundant wildlife found in the Etosha National Park, which surrounds a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan. The park is home to 4 of the Big Five – elephant, lion, leopard and rhino. The Park was proclaimed as Namibia’s first conservation area in 1907 by the then Governor, von Lindequist. Despite the size of the Etosha National Park, only the southern edge of the pan is accessible to visitors. Game viewing in the park is largely focussed around the waterholes, some of which are spring fed and some supplied from a borehole, ideal places to sit and watch over 114 different game species, or for an avid birder, in excess of 340 bird species. Popular game species such as giraffe, blue wildebeest, plains and mountain zebra, hyena, lion, leopard, antelopes such as kudu, oryx, eland, as well as some of the endangered species such as Black rhino, cheetah and the black-faced impala are all found here. An extensive network of roads link the over 30 water holes allowing visitors the opportunity of an extensive game viewing safari over the stretch of the park as each different area will provide different encounters.

Day 14Etosha National Park

Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast at hotel’s restaurant.

Safari in Etosha National Park (SIC)
Today your guide again takes you on a game drive in the Etosha National Park, or optionally you can book an open game drive park drive with the lodge. You may encounter animal species we have not seen the previous day and look forward to any new surprises at the different waterholes visited. The Etosha Pan dominates the park. This salt pan desert, which is nearly completely enclosed by the park and is lined by numerous watering holes, is roughly 130 km long and as wide as 50 km in places. During Etosha’s notorious dry spells the pan is a deathly place, lying parched and cracked under the molten African sun. It is claimed that game viewing is best during the dry spells as animals will then congregate closer to water. But even in the rainy season the park remains an abundant wildlife haven. You then have the pleasure of experiencing the rebirth of life as the young foals, cubs and chicks are seen frolicking with their parents and the sprouting new green shrubs and grasses create a pleasing green oasis.

Free afternoon
In the afternoon you travel back to your lodge, where you enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

Day 15Etosha National Park - Windhoek

Breakfast
Enjoy early breakfast at lodge’s restaurant.

Transfer Etosha National Park – Windhoek (SIC)
After breakfast you travel back through the centre of the country exposing bushland savannah to the capital in the centre of the country. Time permitting, en-route you may stop at the famous wood carvers market in Okahandja or the craft market in the main street in Windhoek to pick up a last few souvenirs. Windhoek is a cosmopolitan melting pot of European architecture with African culture, with a variety of good restaurants to choose from. You will be transferred to the airport for your outward flight.

Day 16Arrival London

Meals included: 13 breakfast

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Availability Rates Single Supplement

4st of January – 30th of June 2020

£4,020 per person£310 per person

1st of July – 31st of October 2020

£4,250 per person£310 per person

 

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