Wonders of Namibia

from £1999
excluding flights *
9 nights Year round

Overview

Discover the Wonders of Namibia on a small group escorted tour, including its spectacular landscapes, fascinating wildlife and interesting people.

Highlights

  • Climb some of the world’s highest free-standing sand dunes
  • Embark on a ‘Living Desert’ tour to uncover the surprising amount of flora and fauna that lives in the desert
  • Enjoy a township tour immersing yourself in the local culture
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein
  • Memorable and exciting guided game drives within Etosha National Park
  • Visit the world renowned Cheetah Conservation Fund and learn more about their conservation initiatives involving Africa’s large cats

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 4 dinners
  • Small group tour with an experienced guide
  • AfriCat Foundation

Full description

For the wildlife and cultural enthusiast looking for a new kind of adventure, Namibia is the ideal destination. Set out on open-vehicle wildlife drives in search of elephants, giraffes, and lions in Etosha National Park, and drop by the Cheetah Conservation Fund for an outstanding up-close opportunity with these endangered cats. Include time in one of the most dramatically beautiful desert landscapes anywhere and you've got a journey you'll talk about for years to come.

This National Geographic Journey with G Adventures is part of a collection of unique tours designed to take you deeper into the cultures and habitats of our destinations. By booking this holiday you are supporting the National Geographic Society’s non-profit work in conservation, exploration, research, and education.

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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 Twin Price (pp)
11 Jun 2018 9 nights Sold out
09 Jul 2018 9 nights Sold out
06 Aug 2018 9 nights Sold out
17 Sep 2018 9 nights £2,239
01 Oct 2018 9 nights Sold out
26 Nov 2018 9 nights £1,999
24 Dec 2018 9 nights £2,069

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 4 dinners
  • Services of an experienced guide throughout, as well as local guides and rangers
  • AfriCat Foundation
  • Transfers from Windhoek airport to Windhoek centre
  • Transfers in an air-conditioned touring vehicle
  • Entrance and park fees as per itinerary
  • All applicable taxes and levies
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Group Size:

Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 16

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

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Day 1: Windhoek

Arrive at Hosea Kutako (Windhoek International) Airport, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore the city, before meeting your guide this evening for a welcome briefing. Windhoek is a city of many contrasts; modern skyscrapers blend with historic buildings from the German colonial era. Windhoek attractions you may wish to explore include the Christ Church (Christuskirche); the capital’s best-recognised landmark and the National Museum of Namibia.

Day 2: Windhoek-Sossusvlei

Depart Windhoek and drive through dramatic Namibian landscapes en route to Sesriem, gateway to the Namib-Naukluft National Park. This area boasts postcard-perfect desert scenery; vast desertscapes of reds and orange, stark camel thorn trees and towering dunes with dramatic curved ridges. Keep an eye out for the surprising amount of wildlife that call this area home including oryx, springbok, jackal, ground squirrel and hyena. Relax at the pool or enjoy a cool drink watching the sun set.

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. Afterwards, enjoy a short stop at Sesriem Canyon, which 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.

Day 4: Sossusvlei-Swakopmund

Drive north through changing desert landscapes, stopping in the quirky town of Solitaire en route. Keep your eyes peeled for free-roaming zebra, kudu, springbok and oryx during the drive. This afternoon, head out in a 4x4 vehicle on a Living Desert tour, where you can discover the surprising amount of flora and fauna that lives in the desert and learn about the survival strategies of ancient and modern Bushmen who live in the area. You will search out the smaller animal life that manages to survive in these harsh conditions such as snakes, geckos, spiders and insects and learn how they have adapted to this arid region. Then continue 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.

Day 5: Swakopmund

The morning is free to explore the town’s unique mix of German and African culture or for optional activities. In the afternoon, visit the working-class community of Mondesa Township with an expert resident guide. Learn about its daily life, history and traditions through an immersive experience with the welcoming people that live there. You will visit its lively market for an introduction to traditional foods like wild spinach, mopane worms, and dried kapenta fish. You will also visit Datango arts and craft shop, a project that helps train local unemployed youth in traditional crafts. Then you will drop by a shebeen (tavern) to enjoy a drink, meet some local residents, and dance to popular African music. Finally, continue to a nearby home for dinner and entertainment by a choir from the township.

Day 6: Swakopmund - Twyfelfontein

Today you journey north and east into the wonderful and diverse region of Damaraland. This afternoon you will 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, ranging from 2000-5000 years old. It is perhaps the largest and finest collection of petroglyphs in Africa. The engravings show animals such as elephant, giraffe, kudu, rhinoceros and lion.

Day 7: Twyfelfontein – Etosha National Park

Departing early today, you will visit the Petrified Forest National Monument, a stunning site of fossilised tree trunks dating from approximately 280 million years ago, before continuing to a lodge in the Etosha National Park area. After the vast desert, Etosha National Park offers a contrast of wide open grasslands, a massive pan that covers 4,731 square kilometres and tall camel thorn trees intermixed with Mopani trees. Some of the largest elephants in Africa can be found in areas of thicker vegetation, as well as leopard and the critically endangered black rhino. More than 340 bird species have been counted in Etosha National Park including the European bee-eater, kori bustard and numerous migratory birds. This afternoon, take an open vehicle game drive to view the abundant wildlife that congregates around the park's many waterholes.

Please note - Etosha is a very popular park with limited accommodation. While we aim to secure lodging inside the park, on some departures we will stay at lodges close to the park, which still provide access to all safari activities and wildlife.

Day 8: game drives in Etosha National Park

Early this morning, embark on a sunrise wildlife safari drive in an open vehicle with a local guide through the park. Etosha National Park covers 22,270 square kilometres and 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 you might see includes elephant, lion, giraffe, zebra, rhino, cheetah, leopard, hyena, honey badger and warthog, as well as the endemic black faced impala. The remainder of the day is free to relax at our lodge or take a swim. The lodge is perfectly situated, so sit back with a sundowner and enjoy the sunset over the park. This afternoon or evening, opt to take another open vehicle safari drive (additional cost).

Day 9: visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund before returning to Windhoek

Today you will visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), a global field research and education facility founded by Dr. Laurie Marker whose research has been supported by National Geographic. Tour the facility to learn about the important research, conservation, and community outreach work they do as one of the world’s leading organisations dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild. Meet with a researcher for a lecture to learn about their various projects, then enjoy a cheetah drive to view some of these amazing creatures up close. Afterwards, enjoy lunch on the veranda overlooking the magnificent Waterberg Plateau. Continue onto Windhoek for your final evening.

Day 10: tour ends

The tour ends today after breakfast.

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