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Namibia Wildlife Experience

Example 12 Day Tour
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Spend 12 days traveling across the dramatic landscapes of Namibia and learn first hand about the people and wildlife that live here. Explore Sossusvlei and the surrounding sand dunes, sea kayak with seals and dolphins, visit a Himba village, and navigate across the Etosha salt pans. This active Namibia adventure is a must for any wildlife enthusiast! 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Windhoek, Namibia
Day 2 : Transfer to Sossusvlei
Day 3 : Sossusvlei | Namib Desert
Day 4 : Sossusvlei to Swakopmund
Day 5 : Day on Wavis Bay | Return to Swakopmund
Day 6 : Swakopmund to Damaraland
Day 7 : Game Drive in Damaraland
Day 8 : Visit Himba Village | Southern Etosha National Park
Day 9 : Eastern Etosha National Park Safari
Day 10 : Onguma Game Reserve Game Drive
Day 11 : Visit AfriCat Foundation
Day 12 : Departure


  • Experience the world's tallest freestanding sand dunes, Sossusvlei
  • Observe seals, dolphins, turtles & more at play in the Atlantic Ocean
  • Visit a Himba village to learn about their traditions, beliefs & daily life
  • Explore the Etosha salt pans, created by a lake millions of years ago

Places Visited

  • Africa
  • Namibia
  • Anderson's Camp
  • Damaraland
  • Damaraland Adventurer Camp
  • Etosha National Park
  • Huab River Valley
  • Okonjima Bush Camp
  • Sossusvlei
  • Swakopmund
  • Walvis Bay
  • Waterberg Plateau Park
  • Windhoek


Trip Type

  • Independent

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

A herd of gemsbok The beautiful red sands of the NamibRand Nature Reserve Africa Safari, game of Namibia The Himba People of Namibia The Sossusvlei Dunes Rhinos in the safari Beware of close encounters with wildlife. Namibia Activities

Day 1 Arrive Windhoek, Namibia

You are met at the Windhoek International Airport and transferred to your hotel. Relax before you start your exciting tour of diverse Namibia!

Day 2 Transfer to Sossusvlei

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning depart Windhoek, heading south through the Khomas Hochland highlands before descending the Great Escarpment into the Namib Desert. Enjoy a scenic picnic lunch en route, and arrive to your lodge in the late afternoon. Time depending, you can explore Sesriem Canyon with your guide, or just relax and freshen up before dinner.

Day 3 Sossusvlei | Namib Desert

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Rise early and move further into Sossusvlei, beating the crowds coming from outside the park, and experience the unique dawn lighting over some of the world's tallest freestanding sand dunes. These apricot-colored dunes can stand up to 985 feet (300m) above the surrounding plains of contrasting white clay. Once you have explored Sossusvlei, Deadvlei, and the rest of the surrounding dune fields, return to the lodge to enjoy a free afternoon, a welcome respite after an exciting morning of dune exploration.

Day 4 Sossusvlei to Swakopmund

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel northwest through Namib Naukluft National Park, where you see the Gaub and Kuiseb canyons. Arrive to the port town of Walvis Bay where you can explore the lagoon and see an interesting mix of sea birds such as flamingos and pelicans. Continue on to Swakopmund and wander around the waterfront before heading to dinner at a popular restaurant which specializes in sea food.

*Option to include sunrise balloon flight, or scenic light aircraft flights over the Namib Naukluft National Park before departure.

Day 5 Day on Wavis Bay | Return to Swakopmund

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take to the Atlantic Ocean by boat this morning to see the seals and dolphins play in the wild. If you are lucky, you may even see whales, leatherback turtles, and sunfish. If kayaking doesn't appeal to you there is an option to take a motorized boat tour of the outer lagoon and harbor. Please let us know which you prefer. Enjoy a light lunch before heading to the inner lagoon of Walvis Bay where you find several varieties of sea birds. Back on land explore the waterfront area of Walvis Bay before returning to Swakopmund. Retreat to the lodge for the heat of the afternoon, but return to the shore for another dinner out.

*Activities such as camel rides, scenic flights, quad biking in coastal dunes, tandem or solo sky diving can all be booked at an additional cost.

Day 6 Swakopmund to Damaraland

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Continue northeast on your safari towards Damaraland passing Namibia's highest peak, the Brandberg. Damaraland is typified by displays of color, magnificent table-topped mountains, rock formations, and bizarre-looking vegetation. Wind, water, and other natural forces have created this expansive landscape of hills, table-top mountains, gravel plains, and ancient river terraces. Enjoy the feeling of solitude as you take the day traversing this sprawling countryside. If time allows, your guide makes stops at the Twyfelfontein rock engravings (recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Burnt Mountain, and the Organ Pipes.

Day 7 Game Drive in Damaraland

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After an early breakfast proceed on an exciting 4x4 expedition along the ephemeral Aba Huab and Huab River valleys in search of game; with any luck, the elusive desert-adapted elephants are in the area. The elephants are mostly active in the mornings and you normally have the best chance to see them then before returning to camp for the afternoon. Keep your eyes peeled for them and several species of animal who have adapted to this unique ecosystem. Return to camp for lunch and enjoy your afternoon by either spending time wandering the area with your guide, or relaxing and enjoy some well-deserved leisure time.

Day 8 Visit Himba Village | Southern Etosha National Park

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit an extremely remote Himba village on your way to Etosha National Park. This can take some time as the semi-nomadic Himba are known to move location with no notice. Spend considerable time with them learning about that traditions, beliefs, and daily routine. There has been virtually no modern influence on these communities, which makes for a fascinating cultural exchange. Enjoy lunch en route as you continue on your journey. By late afternoon arrive to camp, which gives you time to investigate the grounds prior to dinner. Spend your evening watching the local game visit the camp's floodlit waterhole.

Day 9 Eastern Etosha National Park Safari

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Navigate westward across the Etosha salt pans today watching out for exciting game sightings. Etosha houses huge salt pans which are leftover from a shallow lake that existed there three million years ago, lending to its name, which translates to 'Land of Dry Water'. Game-viewing revolves around the numerous springs and waterholes where numerous diverse species can often be seen at the same time. The park boasts over 100 mammal and over 340 bird species including elephant, lion, giraffe, blue wildebeest, kudu, gemsbok, zebra, rhino, cheetah, leopard, hyena, honey badger and warthog, as well as the endemic black-faced impala. Depart the park before sun down and arrive to camp in time for dinner. Spend the evening in the boma telling tales of your safari adventures and keeping an eye on the watering hole for visitors.

Day 10 Onguma Game Reserve Game Drive

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Move through Etosha this morning on another game drive in the park. Return to camp to enjoy lunch before heading out on your final game drive on the private Onguma Game Reserve. The nature reserve boasts over thirty different animal species consisting of plains game including kudu, giraffe, eland, oryx, hartebeest, zebra, impala and many more that roam freely, as well as predators such as lion, cheetah and leopard being common residents of the area. Onguma Game Reserve is now also proud to be home to a family of black rhinos! Enjoy sundowner's overlooking Fischer's Pan and return to camp for your final safari dinner.

Day 11 Visit AfriCat Foundation

Travel south from Etosha early this morning to arrive at Okonjima's AfricaCat Day center in time for lunch and a game drive and tour of the center. Learn about the function and vision of the AfriCat Foundation and meet some of the Foundation's special carnivore ambassadors before continuing on Windhoek, where you are dropped off at your hotel.

Day 12 Departure

  • 1 Breakfast
Today you are transferred to the Windhoek International Airport in time for your international flight home.

Anderson's Camp

Damaraland - Hotels

Sossus Dune Lodge

Swakopmund - Hotels

Windhoek - Hotels

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  • 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 9 Dinners
  • 11 Nights Accommodations
    • 4 Nights Hotel
    • 7 Nights Lodge
  • 12 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are included.
  • Park Entrance Fee


  • International Flights
  • Optional Excursions

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  • $50 Meals not Included
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The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
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