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Namibia Highlights

Experience Namibia’s biggest highlights

Namibia Highlights

N$31150 per person

Be swept away by Namibia’s extraordinary sights and experiences. This intensive 10-day tour takes you from the rolling dunes of the Namib Desert in the south to the semi-arid heartland of Namibia’s north to showcase the country’s showstopper highlights.

Explore the world’s oldest desert, discover a soulscape of dunes at Sossusvlei and wander among the ancient rock formations of the Sesriem Canyon. Embrace the German concept of Gemütlichkeit (the good life) in the seaside town of Swakopmund and marvel at the dramatic geological formations and natural rock art galleries of Damaraland. End your journey with an exhilarating Big 5 game viewing experience in Etosha National Park, a wildlife destination famous for the vast, mirage-inducing salt pan at its centre.

  • Destination
  • Departure
    Windhoek / Windhoek
  • Included
    Namibia Highlights
    German & English Guide
    Accommodation
    Bottled water
    Specified meals
    Air-conditioned vehicles
    Special entrance fees
  • Not Included
    Game drives in Etosha
    Porterage
    Flights
    Single Supplements
    Travel Insurance
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Day 1 Wednesday: Windhoek - Namib Desert
Departing Windhoek, we travel to our lodge in the Namib Desert. This is the gateway to Sesriem Canyon and Sossusvlei, where some of the highest sand dunes on Earth stand towering over the white desert plains. The afternoon can be spent relaxing at the pool, or taking part in optional activities offered at our lodge.
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Day 2 Thursday: Namib Desert
The morning demands an early start. Entering the Namib Naukluft National Park with sunrise, the first rays of sunlight paint the mountains of sand into a variety of apricot, red and orange, contrasted against a crisp blue skyline, enrapturing our senses, and providing an opportunity to capture this awesome landscape on film. You will be captivated by the surreal Deadvlei surrounded by some of the highest dunes on earth and Sossusvlei, where the dry Tsauchab River ends abruptly amongst dunes. Take the opportunity to walk up one of these majestic dunes to admire the desert landscape beneath. Thereafter we visit the Sesriem Canyon, a life sustaining natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert.
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Day 3 Friday: Namib Desert - Swakopmund
After breakfast we continue our journey approaching the little settlement of Solitaire on the edge of the Namib Naukluft National Park, feeling like you have arrived in the middle of nowhere. Here it is worthwhile to enjoy a cup of coffee with the delightful apple-pie written about in so many travel books before travelling via the desolate, rolling hills of the Kuiseb Valley towards the Atlantic Ocean. Reaching the coastal harbour town of Walvis Bay, we visit the shallow lagoon, one of the most important wetland areas on the African continent and a RAMSAR World Heritage Site. Over 80% of the African flamingos feed in this lagoon and present a breath-taking picture when they appear in groups. Continuing along the scenic route between the dune belt and the Atlantic Ocean we reach Swakopmund, where the rest of the day is spent at leisure. With palm-lined streets and seaside promenades, Swakopmund is a popular holiday destination in Namibia.
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Day 4 Saturday: Swakopmund
Swakopmund is often referred to as the “playground of Namibia” and it has numerous activities ranging from, adventure to exploring the fascinating features of the Namib Desert and the animals and plants that occur and survive here. Embrace the relaxed pace of this idyllic coastal town whilst enjoying coffee and freshly baked pastries in one of the many café’s. Alternatively explore the rugged, sweltering desert on a day tour, or view this awesome, environment from the air on a scenic flight. Find your inner child and push adrenaline to its limits with extreme adventures such as skydiving over the desert or quad biking and sand boarding on the dunes. Take time to get the feel of this quaint town with its historic buildings, museums, shopping arcades and beach bar that has transformed into its own personality by the vibrant use of colour and the bohemian lifestyle.
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Day 5 Sunday: Swakopmund - Damaraland
On long yet interesting and scenic roads we head further north, traveling past the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain (2.579m), into the Damaraland, one of the least populated and geologically diverse areas in Africa. This harsh, rocky environment is home to the elusive desert elephant, the black rhino and free-roaming antelope species. Accompanied by a local Damara guide we visit Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO heritage site where Bushman communities engraved and painted over 2.500 pictures some 6.000 years ago! After a visit to the nearby Living Museum of the Damara we proceed to the Petrified Forest - a geological phenomenon depicting the creation and metamorphosis of wood into stone amongst some of the oldest landmasses on Earth. Here we also see the Welwitschia mirabilis plant – the oldest living desert plant on Earth.
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Day 6 Monday: Damaraland - Etosha National Park
After a relaxed breakfast, we travel towards the Etosha National Park, famous for its vast amount of wildlife. Once we have reached our camp located just outside of the National Park, we head onto our first safari into the National Park. Together with our guide we explore the various waterholes located close to Okaukuejo and the Anderson gate. Optional and time permitting open vehicle game drives can be booked with the lodge.  
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Day 7 Tuesday: Etosha National Park
The day is devoted purely to the abundant wildlife found in the Etosha National Park, which surrounds a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan. The park is home to 4 of the Big Five - elephant, lion, leopard and rhino. The Park was proclaimed as Namibia’s first conservation area in 1907 by the then Governor, von Lindequist. Despite the size of the Etosha National Park, only the southern edge of the pan is accessible to visitors. Game viewing in the park is largely focussed around the waterholes, some of which are spring fed and some supplied from a borehole, ideal places to sit and watch over 114 different game species, or for an avid birder, in excess of 340 bird species. Popular game species such as giraffe, blue wildebeest, plains and mountain zebra, hyena, lion, leopard, antelopes such as kudu, oryx, eland, as well as some of the endangered species such as Black rhino, cheetah and the black-faced impala are all found here. An extensive network of roads link the over 30 water holes allowing visitors the opportunity of an extensive game viewing safari over the stretch of the park as each different area will provide different encounters.
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Day 8 Wednesday: Etosha National Park
Today your guide again takes you on a game drive in the Etosha National Park, or optionally you can book an open game drive park drive with the lodge. We may encounter animal species we have not seen the previous day and look forward to any new surprises at the different waterholes visited. The Etosha Pan dominates the park. This salt pan desert, which is nearly completely enclosed by the park and is lined by numerous watering holes, is roughly 130 km long and as wide as 50 km in places. During Etosha’s notorious dry spells the pan is a deathly place, lying parched and cracked under the molten African sun. It is claimed that game viewing is best during the dry spells as animals will then congregate closer to water. But even in the rainy season the park remains an abundant wildlife haven. You then have the pleasure of experiencing the rebirth of life as the young foals, cubs and chicks are seen frolicking with their parents and the sprouting new green shrubs and grasses create a pleasing green oasis. In the afternoon we travel back to our lodge, where we enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.
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Day 9 Thursday: Etosha National Park - Windhoek
After breakfast we travel back through the centre of the country exposing bushland savannah to the capital in the centre of the country. Time permitting, en-route we may stop at the famous wood carvers market in Okahandja or the craft market in the main street in Windhoek to pick up a last few souvenirs. Windhoek is a cosmopolitan melting pot of European architecture with African culture, with a variety of good restaurants to choose from. You will be dropped off at your accommodation of choice, or transferred to the airport for your outward flight.

TOUR LOCATION

Travel from the Namib Desert to the dunes of Sossusvlei and the seaside town of Swakopmund; explore Damaraland, visit a Damara village and experience Big 5 game viewing at Etosha National Park

Please treat all pricing as a guide only. All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.   Rates are valid: 01/11/2021 - 31/10/2022 Bed and Breakfast:
  • NAD 31 150 per person sharing
  • NAD 3 310  single supplement
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast:
  • NAD 34 350 per person sharing
  • NAD 3 150 single supplement
Dinner on Day 1-2/5-8 (6 dinners) Tour Exclusions:
  • Flights
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • Optional extras
  • Single supplements (all departures require a minimum of 2 people)
  • Game drives in open vehicles can be booked at an additional cost
  • Travel insurance
Accommodation used:
  • Elegant Desert Lodge or similar x 2 nights
  • Hansa Hotel or similar x 2 nights
  • Damara Mopane Lodge or similar x 1 night
  • Etosha Safari Camp or similar x 1 nights
  • Mokuti Etosha Lodge or similar x 2 nights
  • This tour requires a minimum of two people up to a maximum of 16 people per departure.
  • This tour departs on selected departure dates: please enquire for more details.
  • All departures are in dual language German/English commentary except dates indicated as English.
  • Departure of the tour will be between 08:00 and 09:00 on the first day.
  • Same day departure flights from Windhoek should only be booked after 19:00.
  • Collection by your guide at the International airport if arrival is before 09:00 on day of tour departure.
  • *denotes tour departures from NOV 21 - FEB 22 on request. Please enquire.
  Departure dates:

 

Nov 21 Dec 21 Jan 22 Feb 22 Mar 22 Apr 22 May 22 Jun 22 Jul 22 Aug 22 Sep 22 Oct 22
Ger/Eng 10, 24 1, 8 12, 26 9, 23 23 20

4, 18

15 13, 27 3, 17, 24, 31 14, 21, 28

12, 19, 26

English 17 9 6 1, 29 10 7

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