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Highlights of Namibia

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Namibia's landscape is as diverse as it is vast, even by Africa standards. This tour offers travelers the opportunity explore the highlights of Namibia in just 10 fascinating days. You will climb some of the world's highest free-standing sand dunes in Sossusvlei, search for desert-adapted elephants, visit a remote Himba settlement and embark on exciting game drives in Etosha National Park. Your professional guide will accompany you throughout your journey, ensuring a memorable and informative stay in Namibia. Throughout your adventure you will stay at unique lodges such as Sossus Dune Lodge, Camp Kipwe and Onguma Tree Top Camp.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Windhoek to Sossusvlei
Day 2 : Sossusvlei
Day 3 : Sossusvlei to Swakopmund
Day 4 : Swakopmund | Sea Kayaking Walvis Bay
Day 5 : Transfer to Damaraland
Day 6 : Explore Damaraland
Day 7 : Southern Etosha National Park
Day 8 : Southern to Eastern Etosha
Day 9 : Etosha National Park | Onguma Game Reserve
Day 10 : Onwards to Windhoek via the AfriCat Foundation

Highlights

  • Climb some of the world's highest free-standing sand dunes
  • Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site at Twyfelfontein
  • Visit a remote Himba settlement and learn about traditional culture
  • Track the endangered desert-adapted black rhino

Places Visited

  • Africa
  • Namibia
  • Damaraland
  • Etosha National Park
  • Namib Desert and Sossusvlei Area
  • NamibRand Nature Reserve
  • Okonjima Nature Reserve
  • Swakopmund
  • Walvis Bay
  • Windhoek

Activities

Trip Type

  • Independent

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sossusvlei dunes, Naukluft National Park Cheetahs rest an the dirt in the sunset A baby giraffe wanders across the beautiful landscape. Get a tour of the clear night sky. Himba woman dressed in traditional style Travelers resting on the high peaks of the sand dunes Zebras in Namibia Africa Safari, game of Namibia

Day 1 Windhoek to Sossusvlei

This morning your guide will collect you from the airport (flight must arrive before 8:00am) or from the guesthouse of your choice. Your journey begins with a scenic drive southwest through Khomas Hochland Highlands, down the Great Escarpment and finally arriving to the striking Namib Desert. Stop for a picnic lunch along the way, enjoying your first glimpse into Namibia's diverse landscape. Settle in for your first night at the Sossus Dune Lodge - adventure awaits! 

Day 2 Sossusvlei

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Rise early this morning and head into the Namib Naukluft National Park in time to catch the sunrise, where the soft lighting accentuates the towering shapes and curves of the surrounding sand dunes. This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world, and your guide will give you insight into the formation of the Namib Desert and the various creatures and plants that survive in this harsh environment. Explore Sossusvlei and Deadvlei to your heart's content before settling down to a picnic breakfast under the shade of a camel thorn tree. 

Make your way back to your lodge for a late lunch. The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy at your leisure. 

Day 3 Sossusvlei to Swakopmund

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you will drive northwest through the fascinating desert landscape of the Namib Naukluft National Park, including the impressive Gaub and Kuiseb canyons. The scenery changes as you near the coast, and upon reaching Walvis Bay keep your eye out for pelicans, flamingos and other sea birds before continuing north to Swakopmund. The afternoon is yours to wander through Swakopmund's well-preserved colonial streets, enjoying the cool seafront breeze as you do so. Your evening will conclude with dinner at one of Swakopmund's popular seafood restaurants. 

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 (optional extra at additional cost), allowing you a birds eye view (fog permitting) over the dune sea, abandoned mining camps, shipwrecks, Sandwich Harbor, Walvis Bay port and nearby salt pans before you land at Swakopmund Airport.
 

Day 4 Swakopmund | Sea Kayaking Walvis Bay

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Rise early for breakfast and a short drive back along the coast to Walvis Bay, where you will spend the morning exploring the sea by kayak. Keep an eye out for the seals and dolphins that frequent this part of the Atlantic Ocean. This exhilarating morning concludes with a light lunch and a visit to the Walvis Bay Inner Lagoon, home to interesting and unusual birdlife. Return to Swakopmund for an afternoon at leisure, exploring Swakopmund's charming shops, museums, cafés and galleries before dinner out on the town. 

Day 5 Transfer to Damaraland

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you set out for the diverse region of Damaraland, passing by Namibia's highest mountain, the Brandenberg, en route. Damaraland is typified by vivid displays of color, magnificent table topped mountains, and bizarre-looking rock formations and vegetation. Take the time to photograph and explore the variety, astounding wilderness and scenic splendor as you make your way toward your lodge. If time allows, your guide will take you to visit the nearby geological sites of Twyfelfontein rock engravings (recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site) - if not you can do so tomorrow.
 
Arrive at Camp Kipwe in the early evening, where you will have time to freshen up before dinner. 

Day 6 Explore Damaraland

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Rise early this morning for breakfast before embarking on an exciting 4x4 excursion along the Huab and Aba Huab River Valley in search of game. Damaraland is home to a variety of desert adapted wildlife and vegetation, including the unique yet elusive desert-adapted elephant and rhino. Spend the morning tracking wildlife and learning about survival in this extraordinary environment. Return to camp for lunch and set out again to visit Twyfelfontein or settle in for some much-needed relaxation back at camp. Enjoy dinner tonight under the expansive sky of Damaraland. 

Day 7 Southern Etosha National Park

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today is long yet extremely rewarding! Set out early toward Etosha National Park, visiting a remote Himba settlement en route. The Himba are semi-nomadic pastoralists who inhabit Namibia's northwestern Kunene Region. Your guide's presence and contacts within the community ensures that you are welcomed as a "friend of a friend", allowing you to spend a considerable amount of time with the community learning about their traditional way of life. Following this fascinating cultural exchange continue your journey north, stopping for a picnic lunch before arriving to Safarihoek Lodge in the late afternoon. Settle in after a fulfilling day of exploration. 

Day 8 Southern to Eastern Etosha

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Set out this morning for a full day game drive within Etosha National Park, traveling the breadth of the park from its southern to eastern gates. Etosha National Park translates to the "Place of Mirages", "Land of Dry Water", or the "Great White Place", and covers 22,270 square kilometers of land. Game viewing within Etosha centers around its numerous watering holes, where you can often encounter numerous species drinking from the source. The Park boasts some 114 mammal and over 340 bird species. Wildlife you may encounter includes elephant, lion, giraffe, blue wildebeest, eland, kudu, gemsbok (Oryx), zebra, rhino, cheetah, leopard, hyena, honey badger and warthog, as well as the endemic black-faced impala.
 
Arrive at Onguma Tree Top Camp outside Etosha's eastern gate just before sunset, where you will have time to freshen up before dinner in the main lounge. After dinner you have the option to embark on a night drive in the Onguma Reserve, searching for nocturnal species more easily spotted once the sun goes down. 

 

Day 9 Etosha National Park | Onguma Game Reserve

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning is dedicated to continued game viewing within the eastern section of Etosha National Park. Explore the area before returning to camp for lunch and a quick rest. Set out in the afternoon for your final a game drive in Namibia, searching for wildlife within the private Onguma Reserve. Your evening culminates with sundowners over the Fischer's Pan. Return to camp for a restful evening, reflecting on your Namibian adventure over dinner. 

Day 10 Onwards to Windhoek via the AfriCat Foundation

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Say goodbye to Etosha National Park as you head south this morning toward Okonjima, the home of the world-renowned AfriCat Foundation. This wildlife sanctuary is dedicated to creating conservation awareness, preserving habitat, promoting environmental educational research and supporting the welfare of Africa's big cats, particularly leopard and cheetah. Embark on an exciting and informative game drive of the center, learning about the vision of the foundation while also meeting some of the resident big cats. 

Freshen up and continue toward Windhoek, arriving in the late afternoon just before sunset. You will be dropped off at the accommodation of your choice, or, if flying out this evening, transferred out to Windhoek International Airport (additional transfer cost applies, flights must depart no earlier than 21:00). A final night in Windhoek is highly recommended! 

Camp Kipwe

Onguma Tree Top Camp

Sossus Dune Lodge

Swakopmund - Hotels

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Included

  • 9 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 9 Dinners
  • 11 Nights Accommodations
    • 3 Nights Hotel
    • 8 Nights Lodge
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are included.
  • Park Entrance Fee

Excluded

  • International Flights
  • Optional Excursions
  • Required Travel Insurance

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  • $50 Meals not Included
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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