This 10-day escorted tour is ideal for those who want to travel in a small group of like-minded people in the company of an experienced safari guide. With your own expert at hand, you’ll glean fascinating local insights into Namibia’s wildlife, culture and geology – adding depth to your experience.
- Discover the fascinating life of the Namib Desert
- Scale the giant sand dunes at Sossusvlei
- Kayak with seals and dolphins near Walvis Bay
- Track desert-adapted elephants in Damaraland
- Marvel at the ancient rock art of Twyfelfontein
- Meet the Himba people and learn about their culture
- Spot predators and prey on game drives in Etosha
- Explore Ongava and Onguma private game reserves
- Find out about cheetah conservation at AfriCat
- Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
- All meals
- Small group tour with an experienced guide
- AfriCat Foundation
- Transport in an air-conditioned safari vehicle
As well as outstanding guides and stunning accommodation, our Ultimate Namibia holiday also features several amazing excursions. Your expert guide will bring the Namib Desert to life for you at Sossusvlei where you'll fall under the spell of some of the world's most beautiful desert scenery.
At the coast, you’ll join a sea kayaking adventure or boat trip at Walvis Bay, mingling with hundreds of fur seals, while Damaraland is the setting for an exciting 4WD adventure in search of the region’s desert-adapted elephant and black rhino. You will also meet the semi-nomadic Himba people and discover the rock art of vanished hunter-gathers.
Two full days on safari in Etosha National Park are likely to be a highlight of your holiday, along with a visit to the AfriCat Foundation to witness big cat conservation in action.
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||Twin Price (pp)||Single Price|
|07, 14, 21, 28 Aug 2018||9 nights||£2,632||£3,113|
|04, 11, 18, 25 Sep 2018||9 nights||£2,632||£3,113|
|02, 9, 16, 23, 30 Oct 2018||9 nights||£2,632||£3,113|
|06, 13 Nov 2018||9 nights||£2,632||£3,113|
|18, 25 Dec 2018||9 nights||£2,632||£3,113|
|12 Feb 2019||9 nights||£2,753||£3,290|
|19, 26 Mar 2019||9 nights||£2,753||£3,290|
|02, 09, 16, 23, 30 Apr 2019||9 nights||£2,753||£3,290|
|07, 14, 21, 28 May 2019||9 nights||£2,753||£3,290|
|04, 11, 18, 25 Jun 2019||9 nights||£3,138||£3,712|
|02, 09, 16, 23, 30 Jul 2019||9 nights||£3,138||£3,712|
|06, 13, 20, 27 Aug 2019||9 nights||£3,138||£3,712|
|03, 10, 17, 24 Sep 2019||9 nights||£3,138||£3,712|
|01, 08, 15, 22, 29 Oct 2019||9 nights||£3,138||£3,712|
|05, 12, 19, 26 Nov 2019||9 nights||£3,138||£3,712|
|17, 24 Dec 2019||9 nights||£3,138||£3,712|
- Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
- All meals (from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 10)
- Mineral water on board the safari vehicle
- Services of an experienced naturalist guide throughout as well as local guides
- AfriCat Foundation
- Transport in an air-conditioned safari vehicle
- Entrance and park fees as per itinerary
- All applicable taxes and levies
- Welcome pack
- 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
- No surcharge guarantee
Itinerary & Accommodation
Itinerary & Accommodation
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.
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.
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, need to pre-book).
After an early breakfast your guide will drive you along the scenic coastal road back south to Walvis Bay for a memorable kayaking adventure within the outer lagoon. After meeting your kayaking guide you will be taken on a short scenic drive to Pelican Point to see its lighthouse and windswept beauty, stopping briefly at the salt works to view the variety of birdlife on your way to the launch point. Kayaking is an ideal way of seeing Cape fur seals, bottlenose and Haviside’s dolphins, pelicans, flamingos and a wide variety of other sea birds. If you are lucky, there is also a chance of spotting 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. Local sparkling wine and fresh oysters will also be provided on the boat. Returning to Swakopmund, activities such as camel rides, scenic flights and sandboarding can all be booked at an extra cost.
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'.
If time allows this afternoon (if not time, you will visit tomorrow) your guide will take you 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.
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. As the elephants are mostly active in the mornings you will normally have the best chance to see them then before returning to camp for lunch. However, if all members of the group agree, you also have the option to take a picnic lunch and stop to enjoy that in the shade of a large Ana Tree by the riverbed, ideally while watching a herd of elephant browsing nearby. On return to the lodge there should be time to take a walk in the local area with your guide if desired, or simply relax and enjoy some well-deserved leisure time.
Today after a very early 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 through the small town of Kamanjab before heading towards tonight’s destination. 2018 departures will stay at Safarihoek and 2019 departures will stay at Etosha Mountain Lodge. A picnic lunch will be enjoyed en-route and you will arrive in the late afternoon or early evening. After your arrival you will have some time at leisure, which you may wish to spend watching the game viewing at the camp’s floodlit waterhole or enjoy a different vantage point from the camps underground hide.
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.
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.
Another early start will take you south from Onguma 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 carnivore ambassadors. After the excursion, the journey continues further south to arrive back in Windhoek in the late afternoon. Upon your arrival in Windhoek you will be transferred to your accommodation establishment of choice.
Alternatively, instead of returning to Windhoek today, you have the option to extend your safari for an additional night or two, staying at one of the accommodation options at AfriCat; Okonjima Bush Camp. This is highly recommended and affords you the opportunity to get a more in-depth insight into the work being done by the AfriCat Foundation as well as getting to see more of cheetah, leopard and other big cats in the wild. The extension cost includes a transfer back to Windhoek at the end.
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