Highlights of Namibia

Travel by road and discover this magnificent and memorable destination during a ‘True African Safari’. The highlights include climbing some of the world’s highest freestanding sand dunes, sea-kayaking with seals and dolphins on the Skeleton Coast, tracking desert adapted elephants, staying in Africa’s 4th largest National Park, visiting the UNESCO World Heritage site at Twyfelfontein and remote Himba settlements, game viewing in Etosha National Park, and experiencing the world renowned AfriCat Foundation.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Windhoek

On arrival at Windhoek Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Hotel: Galton House

Day 2: Namib Naukluft National Park

This morning depart Windhoek and travel southwest through the scenic Khomas Highlands into the Namib Desert with a picnic lunch enroute. Visit the Sesriem Canyon and Sossusvlei from your lodge which is situated within the Namib Naukluft Park, providing sweeping vistas of the dunes. Enjoy the benefit of being able to reach Sossusvlei before sunrise, or to stay until after sunset.

Hotel: Sossus Dune Lodge, 2 nights
Day 3: Sossusvlei

An early morning start to capture this awesome landscape and explore the dune fields, enjoy a picnic brunch. Your afternoon is at leisure after an exhilarating morning in the dunes.

Day 4: Swakopmund

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

The fascinating drive northwest today takes in the ever changing landscapes of the Gaub and Kuiseb canyons. You will meet the coast at Walvis Bay and arrive into the historic town of Swakopmund.

Please note: As an alternative to the drive from Sossus Dune Lodge to Swakopmund you may like to take a scenic light aircraft flight over Sossusvlei and along the Diamond Coast (at own expense), allowing you a bird’s eye view over the dune sea, abandoned mining camps, shipwrecks, Sandwich Harbour and salt pans before you land at Swakopmund Airport. Your guide will drive to meet up with you in Swakopmund later in the day. Please note that if making use of this offer, flights will need to be booked exclusively with Ultimate Safaris for absolute logistical reasons.

Hotel: Local Guesthouse, 2 nights
Day 5: Swakopmund

Today either enjoy a memorable kayaking adventure or motorised boat trip within the outer lagoon of Walvis Bay, an ideal way of seeing Cape fur seals, dolphins, pelicans and flamingos. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure.

Day 6: Damaraland

The journey continues north into the wonderful region of Damaraland. Pass the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain, in one of the least populated and geologically diverse areas in Africa. The harsh, rocky environment is home to the desert adapted elephant. Spend two nights at Camp Kipwe, nestled amongst giant granite boulders. A refreshing swimming pool and sunset lookout with lovely views also complement the camp.

Hotel: Camp Kipwe, 2 nights
Day 7: Damaraland

Spend the day on an exciting 4X4 excursion in this remarkable region in search of wildlife, a visit to Twyfelfontein and other nearby attractions, and a guided walk.

Day 8: Etosha National Park

Today after a very early breakfast set off on your journey to the Etosha National Park, travelling via the scenic Grootberg Pass. Along the way your guide will take you to visit a local Himba settlement – you may have to search for a while as 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. Depending on the school semester and school holidays, you may also visit the Grootberg Primary School, a rural school where Ultimate Safaris’ Conservation Travel Foundation is 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 south western border of the Etosha National Park. A picnic lunch will be enjoyed en-route and arrival will be in the very late afternoon or early evening (after a long but rewarding day). After your arrival you will have some time at leisure, which can be spent appreciating the unique surroundings and enjoying the game viewing at the camp’s floodlit waterhole and enjoy a different vantage point from the camps underground and elevated hides.

Hotel: Estosha Mountain Lodge, 3 nights
Day 9: Etosha National Park

Today enjoy a full day of game driving through the central part of the Park via selected waterholes. Leaving the Park at sunset you will spend this evening at a floodlit waterhole on the Onguma Game Reserve and the next two nights at Onguma Tree Top Camp. Onguma is a small and intimate camp, especially designed for those looking to truly experience the bush in all its raw splendour, and overlooking one of the most beautiful watering holes on the Reserve.

Day 10: Etosha National Park

Enjoy game drives in the National Park and in the private reserve.

Day 11: Windhoek

Your early departure will take you south from Onguma Tree Top via Tsumeb, Otavi and Otjiwarongo to reach Okonjima’s AfriCat Day Centre, a wonderful highlight with which to conclude your safari. 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 will 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.

After the excursion and freshening up, the journey continues further south to arrive back in Windhoek in the late afternoon, just as the sun is setting. On your arrival in Windhoek you will be transferred to your hotel.

Hotel: Galton House

Day 12: Windhoek

Today our tour comes to an end after breakfast. Take the day to explore the city or relax at the lodge until your departure flight.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 20, 27$5,475.00$6,645.00
June: 03, 10, 17, 24 $6,550 .00$7,865.00
July: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29 $6,550 .00$7,865.00
August: 05, 12, 19, 26 $6,550 .00$7,865.00
September: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30 $6,550 .00$7,865.00
October: 07, 14, 21, 28 $6,550 .00$7,865.00
November: 04, 11, 18, 25 $6,550 .00$7,865.00
December: 16, 23 $6,550 .00$7,865.00
2020 Dates & Prices
February: 10$6,355.00$7,715.00
March: 16, 23$6,355.00$7,715.00
Meals:11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 9 Dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & 4x4 Safari Vehicle
Accommodation:11 nights Guesthouse, Lodge, Tented Camps
Guide:English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Namibia Explorer

During your 14 Day Namibia Explorer peer into the depths of Africa’s largest canyon, admire the stark beauty of Sossusvlei’s ancient backdrops and see the shimmering expanse of the Etosha Pan on this expedition through Namibia’s surreal landscapes.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Windhoek

Your epic encounter with Namibia kicks off in its capital, Windhoek. On arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy a day at leisure – play a round of golf on the superb 18-hole golf course or relax in the swimming pool before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and dinner.

Hotel: Windhoek Country Club Resort
Day 2: Windhoek – Rehoboth – Kalahari Desert

Embrace the freedom of the open road as we venture into the Kalahari Desert – Namibia’s boundless, sandy beauty. We make our way through the historic town of Rehoboth, a former mission station just north of the Tropic of Capricorn, then take our front-row seats on a scenic nature drive through this ‘thirst land’, where trees loom and rocky shadows stretch out on the horizon against the setting sun. Arrive later at one of Trafalgar’s ‘Stays with Stories’ – the elegant Zebra Kalahari Lodge, located within the Intu Afrika Private Game Reserve.

Hotel: Zebra Kalahari Lodge & Spa
Day 3: Kalahari Desert – Keetmanshoop – Fish River Canyon

See the iconic forest of Quiver Trees – the towering aloes from which the San people fashion their quivers to this day. After a short stop in Keetmanshoop with free time for lunch, travel to Naute Dam before arriving at your motor-themed lodge to savour a spectacular Namibian sunset.

Hotel: Canyon Roadhouse
Day 4: Fish River Canyon – Aus

Peer over the ancient chasm carved by the Fish River to form Africa’s largest canyon. Carved over millennia, the Fish River Canyon’s gigantic ravine provides sanctuary to klipspringer, zebra and even wild horses. We continue our journey to the spectacular Auas Mountains where you’ll spend the afternoon getting close to nature.

Hotel: Desert Horse Inn
Day 5: Aus – Maltahohe

Immerse yourself in the Southern Namib region admiring desert vistas and expansive skies as we conquer the open road. We pay a visit to Baron von Wolf’s Duwisib Castle to learn about its history as a gift of love for his American wife. After a day of exploring, you’ll want to settle in to the comfort of your lodge and spend the afternoon relaxing.

Hotel: Hammerstein Lodge
Day 6: Maltahohe – Sossusvlei – Namib Naukluft National Park

In a country renowned for its epic landscapes, competition for the top spot is tough. But it is Sossusvlei that rightly deserves this crown and it is where we begin our adventure today. Gaze up at the towering Dune 45 surrounded by the eerie, but beautiful salt pans, then explore the ravine walls of the Sesriem Canyon, carved out by the Tsauchab River. We journey past the Namib Naukluft Mountains that are a haven for the rare Hartmann’s mountain zebra, then set off on a 4×4 drive into the depths of the Namib Desert under whose glittering canopy of stars we’ll stay tonight at one of Trafalgar’s ‘Stays with Stories’ – the Namib Naukluft Lodge.

Hotel: Namib Naukluft Lodge
Day 7: Namib Naukluft National Park – Swakopmund

After breakfast, we drive to the German-inspired seaside town of Swakopmund with its colonial buildings and encroaching desert. After a leisurely afternoon, we embark on a sundowner tour into the sands of the desert and an opportunity to snap a selfie on the crest of Dune 7, the highest dune in Namibia.

Hotel: Strand Hotel, 2 nights
Day 8: Swakopmund At Leisure

Live life in the fast lane and embark on some of Swakopmund’s action-packed activities such as quad-biking, sand-boarding, or a catamaran trip. Make the most of your free time by sampling Black Forest cake and Florentiners at one of the town’s quaint German Bäckerei or indulge in some locally brewed Windhoek Lager. Then it’s time to ‘Connect with Locals’ and savour some hearty vetkoek with a Damara family in Swakopmund’s Mondesa Township during our Be My Guest experience. Watch how the dough rises in a traditional three-legged potjie pot as you learn about life in the township.

Day 9: Swakopmund – Damaraland

Follow Namibia’s salt route en route to Damaraland, a place where mysterious flat-topped lava mountains and petrified trees cast shadows across the terracotta-coloured terrain. We make an important stop at Twyfelfontein to admire its ancient rock engravings, then explore the rocky-red Organ Pipes carved into the face of the mountain before arriving at our lodge this afternoon.

Hotel: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, 2 nights
Day 10: Damaraland

Enjoy free time today until it’s time to join a drive along the Aba Huab River in search of kudu, oryx, springbuck, ostrich and herds of rare desert-dwelling elephant. These elephants have adapted to living harsh desert conditions and can only be found in Namibia and Mali.

Day 11: Damaraland – Etosha National Park

As we journey north, we meet the OvaHimba tribe with whom we’ll ‘Dive into Culture’ to gain insights into their hunter-gatherer traditions that have spanned thousands of years. Your visit will make a difference by contributing to funds used for food and other necessities. Despite vast desolate landscapes, Namibia is renowned for its wildlife and there’s no better place to encounter the array of animal and birdlife that live within its borders than Etosha National Park. This afternoon, we venture out on our first game drive through the park.

Hotel: Okaukuejo Resort, 2 nights
Day 12: Etosha National Park Full Day Safari

Explore one of the world’s great wildlife sanctuaries on a full-day safari to gain an understanding of its diverse eco-system. Enjoy a deep connection with your natural surrounds, joining a guide who will uncover the secrets of the bush and maximise your game viewing chances.

Day 13: Etosha National Park – Windhoek

We bid farewell to Etosha and travel south back to Windhoek. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner at your resort to celebrate the end of a magical journey through Namibia.

Hotel: Windhoek Country Club Resort
Day 14: Depart Windhoek

With our journey at its close, we say goodbye to our new-found friends and transfer to Windhoek airport.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
June 15$7,250.00$8,190.00
July 13$6,995.00$7,935.00
August 10$7,375.00$8,315.00
September 07$7,375.00$8,315.00
October 05$6,875.00$7,815.00
November 09, 30$8,025.00$8,965.00

Meals: 13 breakfasts, 12 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers, Transportation by air conditioned vehicle & 4x4 Safari
Accommodation:13 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director, Driver Guide or Trafalgar Representative
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Namibian Explorer

Overland specialists, Nomad Africa Adventure Tours, have launched their small group Luxury Adventure Tours, suited for guests who prefer to travel in a small group, with a maximum of 12 passengers. Travelling in custom built 4X4 vehicles, with reclining seats, onboard toilet, reading lights, USB ports, safes and a water filtration system, this small group adventure begins in Windhoek and travels around Namibia. From game viewing in Etosha, exploring the dunes of Sossusvlei to stargazing in the Kalahari, this small group tour is perfect for those who want a sense of adventure – without the inflated price tag.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Waterberg Plateau

Welcome to Namibia and its capital, Windhoek. This morning, after meeting your crew, you pack your bags into your vehicle and set off for The Waterberg Plateau National Park. Arriving in the early afternoon, your game viewing experience starts immediately with your activity package game drive. The Waterberg Plateau is an impressive sandstone table-top mountain that rises 200m above the surrounding bushveld providing a home to more than 25 species of game and at least 200 bird species.

Hotel: NWR Waterberg Resort

Day 2: Etosha National Park

After breakfast, you leave the Waterberg Plateau for Etosha National Park. With vast salt pans, savanna and woodland, Etosha is one of Africa’s finest game parks. At 18 000 sq km, it is one of the biggest Parks in Southern Africa. Etosha means “great white area”, which refers to the large dried pan in the middle of the Park.

Hotel: NWR Okaukuejo Resort, 2 nights

Day 3: Etosha National Park

Today is all about game driving and going in search of the abundant wildlife in the park. Your afternoon will include a stop at the Etosha Pan and many waterholes. This evening you can relax at the floodlit waterhole as the animals make their way to drink after dark.

Day 4: Twyfelfontein

Your final morning in Etosha ends with you making your way to the gate to exit the park. The road today leads you towards the Brandberg / Khorixas area. Today you will explore the Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings and the Petrified Forest in the Kunene Region. This area has been inhabited for 6000 years by the Khoi San. These inhabitants used the site to conduct shamanist rituals. In the process, 2500 rock paintings were created. This site displays one of the largest concentrations of rock petroglyphs in Africa. Also on route, you visit the Petrified Forest, a national monument, comprising of prehistoric tree trunks now fossilised. In prehistoric times huge tree trunks were washed down a river and deposited in alluvial sands, creating this relic.

Hotel: NWR Khorixas Camp
Day 5: Swakopmund

This morning you travel from Twyfelfontein via Brandberg to the seaside town of Swakopmund. The Brandberg (Burning Mountains), are regarded as the highest in Namibia and home to the famous White Lady, one of more than 45,000 rock paintings in the area. This morning you will make the 1-hour hike to visit the painting that is said to be around 2,000 years old. (Please be advised that the hike does traverse rough terrain along the gorge of the normally dry Tsisab River).

Hotel: Atlantic Villas, 2 nights
Day 6: Swakopmund

Today is all about exploring Swakopmund or participating in the many activities on offer in this coastal town. Not to be missed is the selection of famed coffee shops and bakeries that offer a delightful range of treats.

Day 7: Namib Naukluft National Park

It is an early start today as you leave Swakopmund and head towards the famous Namib Naukluft National Park. You begin your exploration of the desert by joining an expert guide for an educational desert excursion. No visit to Namibia would be complete without a stop at the famous bakery in Solitaire, known for its apple pie – not to be missed. You will enjoy our apple pie and a wonder around this one-horse town before heading to your accommodation for the next 2 nights.

Hotel: Desert Quiver Camp, 2 nights

Day 8: Namib Naukluft National Park

A brisk climb up Dune 45 offers you the perfect vantage point to marvel at the changing colours of the desert. Once satisfied you descend this famous dune before catching a 4×4 transfer into Sossusvlei. Here you will spend time on foot visiting the pans at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. As you leave you will make a short stop at the Sesriem Canyon. Tonight you empty the red sand from your shoes and spend the night under the magnificent desert stars, knowing that you have spent a full-day enjoying the wonders of this harsh land.

Hotel: Namseb Lodge
Day 9: Kalahari

Route: Namib Naukluft to Kalahari Region – 420km
You make your way towards Kalkrand, the area is one of the most beautiful parts of Namibia and a must see. Enjoy the beauty of the deep red dunes colours. You may spot several types of antelope’s like the Oryx. You may even spot a meerkat.

Hotel: Intu-Afrika Zebra Kalahari Lodge, 2 nights
Day 10: Kalahari

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Kalahari today as you participate in the various optional activities on offer. Today is for you to enjoy the area. One of the many highlights of the Kalahari is the star gazing and tonight you get the opportunity to view the stars, planets, clusters and depending on the time of month, the moon.

Day 11: Windhoek

Route: Kalahari Region to Windhoek – 260km
After breakfast you bid farewell to the red sand of the Kalahari and make your way back to Windhoek. (BD)

Hotel: Hotel Safari
Day 12: End of Namibian Explorer

Today your tour comes to an end after breakfast. Take the day to book a city tour of Windhoek or relax at the lodge until your departure flight.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 19$3,772.00$4,281.00
June: 02, 16, 30$3,772.00$4,281.00
July: 14, 28$3,772.00$4,281.00
August: 11, 25$3,772.00$4,281.00
September: 08, 22$3,772.00$4,281.00
October: 06, 20$3,772.00$4,281.00
November: 03, 17$3,772.00$4,281.00
December: 01, 15, 29$3,772.00$4,281.00

Meals: 11 breakfasts, 8 dinners
Transport: 12 Seater 4X4 Vehicle
Accommodation:11 nights accommodation
Guide: English Speaking Driver/Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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