Privately Guided Namibia

from £4112
excluding flights *
11 nights Jan-Oct

Overview

Travel around Namibia with your own personal guide discovering the highlights of this spectacular country including its dramatic scenery, fascinating wildlife and diverse culture. This 12-day holiday includes all the major highlights of Namibia.

Highlights

  • Climb some of the world’s highest free-standing sand dunes
  • Stay in the colonial coastal town of Swakopmund
  • Track desert adapted elephants in Damaraland
  • Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein
  • Visit an authentic and remote Himba settlement
  • Guided game drives within the renowned Etosha National Park
  • Track Africa’s large cats at the AfriCat Foundation

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All meals (except lunch on day 5)
  • Your own professional and experienced safari guide
  • AfriCat Foundation
  • Transport in an air-conditioned safari vehicle with large windows and pop top roofs

Full description

This southern African nation boasts spectacular sand dunes, coastal wilderness and an abundance of wildlife. A remarkable country, Namibia is unlike any other destination, in Africa or elsewhere. Namibia's scenery is impressive, and this is one of the country's main attractions. The country is also home to extraordinary wildlife, including almost half the world’s population of black rhino, approximately 40% of the world’s cheetahs and a wealth of marine life. Namibia is also one of only two countries in the world where you can find desert adapted elephants.

Experience the fascinating flora and fauna of the harsh Namib Desert and climb to the top of one of the highest dunes in the world at Sossusvlei. Discover the coastal town of Swakopmund, nestled between the ocean and desert, before heading to Damaraland where you can track desert adapted wildlife. Cross the world famous Etosha National Park from west to east viewing large herds of wildlife en route. Finally, visit the AfriCat Foundation and see some of its big cats up close.

A privately guided holiday affords you the opportunity to experience this magnificent and memorable country in a very personal way. You will be accompanied by your own professional and experienced safari guide who will drive you around Namibia, leaving you free to relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery and wildlife. All of our guides have an intimate knowledge of Namibia and are able to share local insights with you. You will travel in a specially designed air conditioned safari vehicle with a guaranteed window seat, large windows and pop top roofs allowing for great game viewing vantage points.

This itinerary is just an example of what you could do; a privately guided holiday is completely tailor-made to your specifications and interests. You may also wish to combine a privately guided trip with some self-driving or flights around Namibia. Contact our Namibia Travel Specialists to discuss further.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £700 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom

Departure Duration Accommodation Twin Price (pp) 4 Share (pp)
Jan - May 2018 11 nights Standard £4,112 £3,101
Jan - May 2018 11 nights Superior £4,749 £3,719
Jun - Oct 2018 11 nights Standard £4,141 £3,127
Jun - Oct 2018 11 nights Superior £5,206 £4,143

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All meals (from breakfast on day 2 to lunch on day 12 except lunch on day 5)
  • Mineral water on board the safari vehicle
  • Services of an experienced naturalist guide throughout as well as local guides
  • Damaraland and its desert-adapted elephants
  • Etosha National Park
  • AfriCat Foundation
  • Transport in an air-conditioned safari vehicle with large windows and pop top roofs
  • Excursions, entrance and park fees as per itinerary
  • Return airport transfers
  • All applicable taxes and levies
  • Welcome pack
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Windhoek

Arrive at Hosea Kutako (Windhoek International) Airport, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. Windhoek is a city of many contrasts; modern skyscrapers blend with historic buildings from the German colonial era. Attractions you may wish to explore this afternoon include the Christ Church (Christuskirche) - the capital’s best-recognised landmark, the National Museum of Namibia which houses an excellent display on Namibia’s independence and Katutura, a former apartheid-era black township. Windhoek has a selection of restaurants for you to dine at this evening.

Day 2: Windhoek - Sossusvlei

Depart Windhoek in your safari vehicle with your guide and drive southwest through the scenic Khomas Hochland Highlands before heading down the Great Escarpment into the Namib Desert below, stopping for a picnic lunch at a scenic location along the way. You will arrive at your lodge mid afternoon where you will stay for two nights. If there is time today, your guide will take you to visit Sesriem Canyon. This canyon has evolved through centuries of erosion by the Tsauchab River which has incised a narrow gorge about 1.5 kilometres long and 30 meters deep into the surrounding conglomerates, exposing the varying layers of sedimentation deposited over millions of years. However, if you prefer, you can just relax and soak in the scenic and tranquil surroundings.

Day 3: explore Sossusvlei

Rise early this morning to visit Sossusvlei, normally setting off before sunrise to capture the dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate the towering shapes and curves. This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world, some over 300 metres high, which you will have an opportunity to climb up for spectacular views. You can also visit Deadvlei, famous for its gnarled and ghostly camel thorn trees. Deadvlei’s striking camel thorn trees; dead for want of water, still stand erect as they once grew. They survived until about 900 years ago when the sand sea finally blocked the river from occasionally flooding the pan. Your guide will give you an insight on the formation of the Namib Desert and the myriad of fascinating creatures and plants that have adapted to survive these harsh conditions. Once you have explored Sossusvlei, Deadvlei and surrounding dune fields to your heart’s content you will enjoy a relaxed picnic brunch in the shade of a camel thorn tree. You will then return to your lodge in the early afternoon in time for a late lunch, with the option to visit Sesriem Canyon afterwards if you haven’t already done so the day before. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure.

Day 4: Sossusvlei - Swakopmund

This morning, it is possible to enjoy a sunrise hot air balloon flight or scenic light aircraft over the Namib-Naukluft National Park for spectacular views of Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert (additional charge, need to pre-book). The fascinating drive today takes you northwest through the ever changing desert landscapes of the Namib-Naukluft National Park, including the impressive Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons. You will meet the coast at the port town of Walvis Bay and then continue north to Swakopmund. Resembling a small, German coastal resort nestled between the desert and the sea, Swakopmund boasts a charming combination of German colonial architecture blended with modern hotels, shops and restaurants. Although the sea is normally too cold for swimming, there are pleasant beaches and the cooler climate is refreshing after time spent in the desert. There will be time this afternoon to explore the town and wander along the waterfront on foot, before heading off for dinner at a popular restaurant which specialises in fresh seafood. It is possible instead of this drive to take a scenic light aircraft flight along the Diamond Coast 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 (additional charge, pre-booking essential).

Day 5: day at leisure for optional activities in Swakopmund

Today is a free day for optional activities (additional cost, activities must be pre-booked). From Swakopmund, there are several excellent activity options, taking advantage of either its marine wildlife or the surrounding desert. Kayaking is a fantastic way to experience the marine wildlife up close and personal including Cape fur seals in their thousands, bottlenose and Haviside’s dolphins, pelicans and flamingos. If you are lucky, you may also spot whales, leatherback turtles and sunfish. If you would prefer not to kayak, you can choose to partake in a motorised boat cruise instead, searching for the same wildlife. Another option would be to explore the desert by taking part in the fascinating and informative ‘Living Desert’ tour where you will learn about the surprising life hidden under the sand. Also, highly recommended is a half or full day excursion to Sandwich Harbour, the most important wetlands and feeding area on the west coast of Southern Africa for many migratory birds.

Day 6: Swakopmund - Damaraland

Today you journey north and east into the wonderful and diverse region of Damaraland, passing Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandberg (2,573m) en route. Damaraland is typified by displays of colour, magnificent table topped mountains, rock formations and bizarre-looking vegetation. The present day landscape has been formed by the erosion of wind, water and geological forces which have formed rolling hills, dunes, gravel plains and ancient river terraces. It is the variety and loneliness of the area as well as the scenic splendour which will reward and astound you, giving one an authentic understanding of the word 'wilderness'.

Day 7: search for desert adapted elephants & visit Twyfelfontein

After an early breakfast, you will enjoy an exciting 4WD excursion to explore this remarkable region and search for game, including black rhinoceros, giraffe and the elusive desert adapted elephants if they are in the area. Desert adapted elephants walk further for water and fodder than any other elephant in Africa. The distances between waterholes and feeding grounds can be as great as 68 kilometres.

Your will then be transferred to visit the pre-historic rock engravings at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein. Twyfelfontein’s boulders and slabs of red sandstone hold some 2,500 prehistoric engravings that depict wildlife, animal spoor and abstract motifs. It is perhaps the largest and finest collection of petroglyphs in Africa. The engravings show animals such as elephant, giraffe, kudu, rhinoceros and lion. Stone tools and other artefacts found at Twyfelfontein suggest that hunter-gatherers occupied the site over a period of perhaps 7,000 years. You will be accompanied by a local guide.

Day 8: Damaraland - Etosha National Park

After breakfast, you will set off on your journey to 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. Here you will learn about the customs and traditions of this very proud nation, and will be given an insight into their beliefs, way of life and everyday routine. Depending on the school semester and school holidays, you may also visit the Grootberg Primary School, a project we support. After visiting the Himba and school you will head east towards tonight’s destination, situated just south of the Andersson’s Gate to Etosha.

Day 9: game drives in Etosha National Park en route to Onguma Private Reserve

Today is dedicated to a full day of exciting game viewing within the central section of Etosha National Park from your private safari vehicle. Etosha National Park covers 22,270 square kilometres, of which approximately 5,000 square kilometres are made up of saline depressions or ‘pans’. The largest of these pans, the Etosha Pan, can be classified as a saline desert in its own right. The park consists of grassland, woodland and savannah. Game viewing centres around the numerous springs and waterholes where several different species can often be seen at one time. The park boasts some 114 mammal and over 340 bird species. Wildlife that one might see includes elephant, lion, giraffe, zebra, rhino, cheetah, leopard, hyena, honey badger and warthog, as well as the endemic black faced impala. Driving through the park, you will stop at several waterholes en route, exiting the park at the Von Lindequist Gate in the east. You will spend the night at a lodge located on the Onguma Game Reserve. The rest of the evening can be spent game viewing at the camp’s floodlit waterhole.

Day 10: search for wildlife in Etosha National Park & Onguma Private Reserve

This morning, you will enter Etosha National Park again searching for wildlife, before returning to camp for lunch. In the late afternoon, you will head out on another game drive, this time on the private Onguma Game Reserve. Situated on the eastern side of Etosha National Park and bordering Fisher’s Pan, Onguma has more than 20,000 hectare of protected land and wildlife. The nature reserve boasts over 30 different animal species consisting of plains game such as kudu, giraffe, eland, oryx and hartebeest, as well as predators such as lion, cheetah and leopard. More than 300 bird species can also be viewed at Onguma Game Reserve. The game drive will culminate in a sundowner overlooking Fischer’s Pan. You will return after sunset with enough time to freshen up and enjoy your final ‘safari dinner’ overlooking the camp’s floodlit waterhole.

Day 11: Etosha National Park - AfriCat Foundation

Leave Etosha behind and head south to reach Okonjima, home of the AfriCat Foundation. En route you have the option to visit the sink hole of Lake Otjikoto. A highlight of any visit to Namibia, AfriCat was founded in the early 1990s and their mission is the long term survival of Namibia’s predators in their natural habitat. AfriCat is most well-known for cheetahs, but they also work with leopards, lions, hyenas and wild dogs. This afternoon, you will set off on an exhilarating game drive in the 200 square kilometre nature reserve searching for one of Okonjima’s rehabilitated animals using radio-tracking. You will search for one animal at a time; cheetah, leopard, wild dog or spotted hyena. Your focus will be on finding this animal but you may see other wildlife en route including giraffe, jackal, warthog, antelope and perhaps even another predator! When found, wild dog, hyena and cheetahs can be approached on foot.

Day 14: return to Windhoek

You will rise early this morning for another memorable game drive before you return to Plains Camp for a sumptuous breakfast. After freshening up you will depart for Windhoek in the late morning, via the town of Okahandja where a short stop will be made at the craft market. Upon your arrival into Windhoek you will be transferred to the international airport.

Galton House, Windhoek

Namibia

Grade: Standard

Type: Guesthouse

Perched on the edge of Windhoek's affluent suburb of Eros, 10 minutes drive from the centre, guests staying here will be ensured of peace and tranquillity.

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Huab under Canvas, Damaraland

Namibia

Grade: Simple

Type: Camping

An exclusive-use camp nestled in a grove of Mopane trees on the banks of a tributary of the Huab River.

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Sossus Dune Lodge, nr Sossusvlei

Namibia

Grade: Superior

Type: Luxury Lodge

Sossus Dune Lodge is the only lodge situated within the Namib Naukluft National Park.

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Desert Homestead Lodge, nr Sossusvlei

Namibia

Grade: Standard

Type: Luxury Lodge

Located 30km south-east of Sesriem, Desert Homestead Lodge can be used as a base to explore Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon.

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Grootberg Lodge, Damaraland

Namibia

Grade: Standard

Type: Luxury Lodge

Grootberg Lodge is perched on the rim of the Etendeka Plateau, with stunning views overlooking the Klip River Valley.

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Etosha Safari Lodge, nr Etosha National Park

Namibia

Grade: Standard

Type: Luxury Lodge

Etosha Safari Lodge is set on a hillock only nine kilometres away from the Andersson Gate entrance into Etosha National Park and affords magnificent views of the African bush savannah.

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Onguma Bush Camp, nr Etosha National Park

Namibia

Grade: Standard

Type: Luxury Lodge

Onguma Game Reserve is situated on the eastern side of Etosha, bordering the Fisher’s pan and a short drive from the von Lindequist Gate.

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Okonjima Plains Camp, nr Otjiwarongo

Namibia

Grade: Superior

Type: Luxury Lodge

Okonjima Plains Camp is home to the AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organisation, committed to the long-term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores.

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