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10 Days
Windhoek, Namibia
Windhoek, Namibia
Min Age : 5+
Max People : 4

About the Experience

During a thrilling independent journey, savor the beauty of the vast Sossusvlei dunes and pristine Damaraland with its desert elephants; see the petroglyphs of Twyfelfontein; visit Otjikandero Himba village and the historic coastal town of Swakopmund; and take game drives at the private Etosha National Park.

Why Travel to Namibia

  • Explore the spectacular dunes of Sossusvlei, entering through the private gate on the Tsauchab River
  • Pause for sundowners on a scenic safari in the Namib Desert
  • Search for desert-adapted elephants and other wildlife in Damaraland
  • Visit a Himba village for in-depth insight into Namibia’s last traditional tribe
  • Watch dolphins cavort in the wild Atlantic off the coast of Swakopmund
Tour Details

About the Experience

During a thrilling independent journey, savor the beauty of the vast Sossusvlei dunes and pristine Damaraland with its desert elephants; see the petroglyphs of Twyfelfontein; visit Otjikandero Himba village and the historic coastal town of Swakopmund; and take game drives at the private Etosha National Park.

Why Travel to Namibia

  • Explore the spectacular dunes of Sossusvlei, entering through the private gate on the Tsauchab River
  • Pause for sundowners on a scenic safari in the Namib Desert
  • Search for desert-adapted elephants and other wildlife in Damaraland
  • Visit a Himba village for in-depth insight into Namibia’s last traditional tribe
  • Watch dolphins cavort in the wild Atlantic off the coast of Swakopmund

Departure & Return Location

Windhoek, Namibia (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Accommodation and all breakfasts
  • Private guide and vehicle
  • All entry fees
  • Daily activities, expert guiding, park entrance fees & VAT

Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Premium brand drinks
  • Tips and gratuities
  • fully comprehensive travel insurance
  • Pre and Post accommodation
  • Meals - 9 Lunches and 7 Dinners and all drinks
What to Expect

Why Travel to Namibia

  • Explore the spectacular dunes of Sossusvlei, entering through the private gate on the Tsauchab River
  • Pause for sundowners on a scenic safari in the Namib Desert
  • Search for desert-adapted elephants and other wildlife in Damaraland
  • Visit a Himba village for in-depth insight into Namibia’s last traditional tribe
  • Watch dolphins cavort in the wild Atlantic off the coast of Swakopmund

DAY 1

ARRIVE WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA

DAY 2

SOSSUSVLEI | NAMIB DESERT

DAY 3

SOSSUSVLEI | TOWERING RED DUNES, SWAKOPMUND | BAVARIAN ENCLAVE

DAY 4

SWAKOPMUND | BAVARIAN ENCLAVE

DAY 5

DAMARALAND | TRIBAL TRADITIONS

DAY 6

DAMARALAND | ECHOES OF THE PAST

DAY 7

ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK | INTO THE WILD

DAY 8

ETOSHA OKAUKUEJO | SAFARI ADVENTURE

DAY 9

ETOSHA | PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

DAY 10

DEPART WINDHOEK

  • Fulfil your safari dreams with game drives and bush walks in the private Etosha Reserve.
  • Search for endangered rhino; the area around Etosha has one of the highest concentrations of white rhino on the continent.
  • Spend time with the iconic Himba and Herero people of northern Namibia.
  • Look for desert-adapted elephants, free roaming black rhino, and other unique, desert wildlife in the sandy river beds of the Hoanib Valley.
  • Explore the dunes of the Skeleton Coast, a dramatically beautiful yet eerily mysterious part of the country.
Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVE WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA

Arrive in Windhoek and get your transfer to your hotel, an intimate boutique property set in the heart of the capital.

Accommodation: The Olive Grove Boutique Hotel

Day 2Drive to the Namib Naukluft Park

SOSSUSVLEI | NAMIB DESERT

After breakfast, we will travel to the Namib Desert to Sossusvlei, marked by towering red sand dunes, surreal landscapes and an incredible splash of dazzling colors. This evening, enjoy a dinner together

*Today’s route from Windhoek to the Namib Desert will cover a considerable distance.

The starkly beautiful Namib Desert, with its dunes, streams and craggy outcrops. Sossusvlei stuns with its bands of amber, copper and vermillion cutting through the arid desert. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure at your tented camp perched on the doorstep of Namibia’s Sand Sea.

Accommodation: Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3Exploring Sossusvlei Dunes and Sesriem Canyon 

NAMIB DESERT | TOWERING RED DUNES

Experience the desert, from its clay pan that rarely fills with water to its magnificent terracotta sand dunes that rise nearly 1,000 feet into the blue sky. Set out early in the morning to witness it firsthand, embarking on a guided nature drive to the dunes along the old ancient Rivers. Return to camp for an afternoon at leisure.

Sossusvlei Dunes, Deadvlei & Sesriem Canyon

Rise before dawn to explore the Sossusvlei area, a salt and clay pan situated in Namib-Naukluft National Park. Perhaps climb to the upper ridge of Big Daddy dune,* one of the highest in the area, surrounded by dreamlike scenery and extraordinary panoramas. At star-shaped Dune 45, stand in awe at the world’s most photographed dune. Walk over the dunes to reach Deadvlei, a “dead” marsh that sits eerily in a forest frozen in time.** Here, witness surprising palettes of colors ranging from shades of orange to bright red and violet. Marvel at the majestic dunes, and see unique plants and wildlife that survive in the harsh terrain. After lunch at the lodge, travel to Sesriem Canyon, a narrow 100-foot deep gorge carved into the rock by the mighty Tsauchab River. Learn the history of this magnificent natural canyon that dates back over two million years and view the canyon’s multicolored layers of rock on the trails. Visit the Elim Dune before returning to the lodge. At dinner tonight, share recollections of the day

*Climbing the Big Daddy dune can be challenging.

The walk to reach Deadvlei is an active hike.

Enhance Your Journey

Elevate your experience with a host of options available for an additional cost.

SOSSUSVLEI BY BALLOON

Gain a bird’s-eye view of Sossusvlei’s awe-inspiring landscape aboard a hot air balloon, enjoying the ultimate photographic vantage point and the memory of a lifetime.

SWAKOPMUND | BAVARIAN ENCLAVE

Today, drive via the Kuiseb Canyon toward Swakopmund,* a lively resort town nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Namib Desert. A packed lunch will be provided en route before stopping in Walvis Bay. Continue to Swakopmund, known as the adventure sports capital of Namibia. Enjoy the friendly atmosphere, lovely seaside promenades, colonial-era architecture, and sandy beaches. Tonight, dinner is at a restaurant in Swakopmund

This former German colonial town of seaside promenades, half-timbered homes and wind-swept beaches retains much of its Bavarian ambience. Keep a lookout for playful dolphins who frequent the wild Atlantic waters just off the coast.

*Today’s route from Sossusvlei to Swakopmund will cover a considerable distance*

Overnight: The Delight Hotel, Swakopmund

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4Swakopmund Activities 

SWAKOPMUND | THE LIVING DESERT

This morning, I traveled in a 4×4 through dry desert dunes searching for life in a barren landscape populated by geckos, chameleons, sand diving lizards and scorpions. Your knowledgeable guides enlighten you about the plant life and minerals as you zoom through the dunes traveling from the scenic eastern side through to the Atlantic Coast on the west. Spend the afternoon at leisure in Swakopmund, or join the optional Mondesa Township Tour for a glimpse into everyday life in a typical Namibian township. Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant

Optional: Mondesa Township Tour

Overnight: The Delight Hotel, Swakopmund

Meals: Breakfast 

Day 5Damaraland Expeditions

DAMARALAND | TRIBAL TRADITIONS

After a leisurely morning in Swakopmund, drive to Damaraland,* one of the most picturesque areas in Namibia. This pristine wilderness of harsh wind eroded mountains, wide gravel plains, dry valleys and stark desert landscape is dotted with unusual succulent plants that thrive from the mists of the Atlantic. Arrive at your lodge in the afternoon for time at leisure, or join the optional Desert Elephant Safari. Embark on a safari to see Namib desert elephants in the wild. Marvel in the vast desert expanses from the comfort of your lodge, and enjoy a traditional sundowner while watching the sunset. This evening, dinner is at the lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

*Today’s route from Swakopmund to Damaraland will cover a considerable distance.

Optional: Desert Elephant Safari

Overnight: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 6Damaraland Expeditions - Search for Desert Elephants

DAMARALAND | ECHOES OF THE PAST

Embark on nature drives in search of desert elephants, which have adapted to this harsh region. They tend to roam around the dry riverbed and may be seen standing on their back legs, trying to snatch the very last leaf with their trunks. You may also take a guided walking safari, keeping watch for gemsboks, greater kudus and springboks. 

Twyfelfontein Excursion

This afternoon we will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein. These remarkable petroglyphs of wild animals, including rhinos, elephants, giraffes and zebras, were created over 2,000 years ago by ancient hunter-gatherers. Continue to the Organ Pipes, a distinctive section of geometric rock pillars formed by natural erosion. This afternoon, visit the Damara Living Museum to gain insight into one of the oldest traditional nations in Namibia, followed by dinner at the lodge

Overnight: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 7Etosha National Park 

HIMBA TRIBES | ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

An exciting morning with a visit to a Himba tribe dwelling; these semi-nomadic pastoralists live in homes built of palms and mud in scattered settlements throughout the region. Learn first-hand about their history, proud culture and unique traditions that have not changed over the centuries. The Himbas are colorfully adorned with shells and jewelry made of iron and copper and clothes cut from goatskin, with ochre glazed skin to protect them from the harsh desert climate. 

Witness Himba rituals, such as the milking ceremony and smoke bath, and learn about their beliefs regarding holy fire, ancestors and herbal medicine. Continue driving to Damaraland, a striking landscape of stark desert plains offset by amber mountains, seasonal river valleys, petrified forests and caves bearing rock art that dates back hundreds of years.

Drive to Etosha National Park* in the vast arid space of Northern Namibia. One of the most important reserves and wildlife sanctuaries in Africa, the park is centered on the white salt Etosha Pan that dominates the landscape. At Etosha, meaning “place of dry water,” amazing wildlife sightings await you! The pan itself contains water only after very good rains (a few days a year) but enough to stimulate growth of blue-green algae which lures thousands of flamingos. After a box lunch en route, arrive at your lodge on the outskirts of the park. On the late afternoon open vehicle game drive, observe the perennial springs and waterholes within the park that allow the predominantly desert environment to support an incredible diversity of wildlife

*Today’s route from Damaraland to Etosha National Park will cover a considerable distance.

Overnight: Etosha National Park (West)

Meals: Breakfast &  Dinner

Day 8Etosha Safaris

ETOSHA | SAFARI ADVENTURE

Explore the Okaukuejo area of Etosha National Park with a game drive in an open 4×4 safari vehicle, tracking the lions, elephants, cheetahs, gemsbok, springbok and hartebeest that frequent the park’s many watering holes. After nightfall, set out on a nocturnal game drive or walk as the reserve’s predators amble out to hunt.

Western Etosha National Park

Rise early this morning, and set out to explore the many water holes along the enormous salt pan. More than 114 species of mammals survive in Etosha, including the rare black faced impala, along with over 340 species of birds. The game reserve is also home to ostrich, the world’s largest bird and the kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird on the planet. On the full day game drive you’ll look for cheetahs on the vast open plains, lions lazing under the hot sun, and plenty of springbok and striking gemsbok. Relax and enjoy dinner at the lodge

Overnight: Etosha National Park (West)

Overnight: Etosha National Park (West)

Meals: Breakfast &  Dinner

Day 9Africat Foundation

We depart Etosha after a morning Safari and we have an option to visit the Cheetah Foundation.

The AfriCat Foundation is dedicated to the long term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores. A guided drive begins at the AfriCat Carnivore Care and Information Center. Here, meet Species Ambassadors responsible for the care of young, orphaned or injured animals until they can be rehabilitated and released back into the wild. The guide answers your questions and explains the work being done with carnivores in Namibia. AfriCat also provides an environment for non-releasable carnivores to hone their hunting skills in a 50,000 acre nature reserve with a goal of long term survival in their natural habitat.

(The entry fees are not included)

Overnight: Otjiwa Luxury Lodge

Meals: Breakfast &  Dinner

Day 10Rhino Trekking on Foot

We have a morning game drive and rhino trekking at the luxury lodge, we return for breakfast and departure to windhoek.After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Windhoek for your flight, where you will connect to your departure flight. Please select flights that depart no earlier than 7 PM

Meals: Breakfast

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