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Highlights of Namibia - Guided tour and safari

Highlights of this trip:

Windhoek, Sossusvlei, Sesriem Canyon, Swakopmund, Etosha National Park, the private game reserve at Otjiwa Safari Lodge.

The package includes the following:

  • Return flights from the UK to Windhoek
  • Transport as described in the itinerary, with English-speaking driver/guide
  • 9 nights’ accommodation in good hotels and lodges
  • 9 x breakfast (day 2-10)
  • 7 x dinner (day 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  • Emergency hotline staffed 24/7 throughout the trip
  • Departure guarantee – Tour requires minimum 2 participants

Comprehensive package of excursions included:

  • Sossusvlei
  • Sesriem Canyon
  • Safari in Etosha National Park
  • Admission to the sights and attractions listed

Single room supplement £265
Discounts are available for groups.
The trip can’t be booked later than 60 days prior to departure.

Choose this tour because…

Namibia is the land of contrasts and home to truly world-class sights and attractions. The towns and cities are rich in history and architecture from the German colonial age. German is still the first language in many places. The landscapes are quite simply enchanting and hugely impressive, featuring wonderful sights such as deep gorges and ‘lunar landscapes’. And, of course, there is the breath-taking red sand of the Namib Desert and the towering dunes that stretch 2,000 km along the coast of the blue Atlantic Ocean. It is also here that you can visit the dried up lake Deadvlei, which presents a stark contrast to the deep blue sky. In the private game reserve at Otjiwa Safari Lodge and in Etosha National Park, you will have the opportunity to encounter the country’s iconic wildlife, which includes elephants, lions, leopards, giraffes, oryx, sable antelopes and white rhinoceroses.

Detailed Itinerary
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Day 1: Departure from the UK

Departure from the UK and flight to Namibia, with one or more transfers en route.

Day 2: Arrival in Windhoek

On arrival at Windhoek’s international airport, you will pass through immigration, collect your luggage and then continue through customs. Your English-speaking driver will meet you in the arrival hall and then drive you to your hotel in the northern part of Windhoek. En route, you may be lucky enough to see some wild animals wandering around.

Windhoek is not only the capital of Namibia, it is also the largest city in the country, with a population of 300,000. It is located at an elevation of 1,650 masl in a delightful valley, bordered by the Eros Mountains to the north and the Auas Mountains to the south. To the west, the Khomas highlands slope down towards the Namib Desert and the Atlantic Ocean.

Windhoek is a modern city that still clearly shows the influence of the German colonial age. The heart of Windhoek is centred around Independence Avenue, and is ideal for exploring on foot. The busy main avenue starts at Ausspannplatz in the south, and runs all the way to the Katutura area in the north.

Overnight stay: Safari Court Hotel ****

Day 3: Windhoek – Sossusvlei

Leaving Windhoek, you will head south to the Namib Desert, which stretches 2,000 km along the Atlantic coast of Africa. It is considered the oldest desert in the world, estimated to be more than 50 million years old. This is the perfect place to admire enchanting countryside and animals that have adapted to life in the desert – as well as the famous red sand dunes at Sossusvlei, which are the tallest in the world, reaching heights of hundreds of metres

You will be staying at Sossusvlei Lodge at the entrance to Namib Naukluft Park. This is the biggest national park in Namibia and covers an area of 50,000 km2 – making it larger than Switzerland or the Netherlands, for example.

Overnight stay: Sossusvlei Lodge ****

Day 4: Sossusvlei – Sesriem Canyon

The day starts early, with a drive to Sossusvlei to experience how the desert dramatically changes colour as the sun gradually rises.

If you like, you can climb to the top of one of the tallest sand dunes in the world and admire the truly extraordinary view out over Sossusvlei and the dried-up lake Deadvlei, where withered, almost sculptural trees stretch their bare branches towards the deep blue sky.

You can then enjoy a delicious breakfast under an acacia tree before heading off to Sesriem Canyon, which is 30 metres deep and 3 km long, carved by the relentless flow of the Tsauchab River over millions of years.

The rest of the afternoon is yours to do with as you wish; for example, you can take part in some of the activities at the lodge or simply relax by the pool.

Overnight stay: Sossusvlei Lodge ****

Day 5: Sossusvlei – Swakopmund

You can start the day with a once-in-lifetime experience: a fantastic balloon flight over Sossusvlei.

Today, you will be heading to the coast to visit the city of Swakopmund. Your route leads you alongside Namib Naukluft Park, and then on through the impressive desert landscape at Kuiseb. You will pass the famous ‘lunar landscape’, and as you travel you will have the chance to see the remarkable Welwitschia mirabilis – the national plant of Namibia.

With a population of 42,000, Swakopmund is the largest coastal city in Namibia and a popular holiday destination. The German colonial history of the city is clear to see in the delightful architecture, making the contrast with the Namib Desert even more striking. You can try sandboarding among the dunes outside the city, or go kayaking on the waters of the bay.

Overnight stay: Hotel Zum Kaiser ****

Details of the trip, for which there is an extra charge:

Day 6: Swakopmund

The day is yours to do with as you wish. All kinds of excursions are available for an additional fee. For example, you can visit the museum, the Crystal Gallery or the Aquarium. Or perhaps you would prefer to enjoy a scenic flight over the desert and the dunes … You can also go on a dolphin safari in Walvis Bay and watch the dolphins frolicking in the water. As an added bonus, you may even see some cape fur seals, which sometimes hop up onto the stern of the catamaran.

Overnight stay: Hotel Zum Kaiser ****

Additional details about the extra excursions:

Day 7: Swakopmund – Etosha

It is now time to head north to Etosha via Outjo. Etosha is one of the most special national parks in Africa, and its distinguishing feature is the giant – 5,000 km² – salt flat known as Etosha Pan. It is so large that it can be seen from space. This gigantic area is actually the remains of a dried-out lake, and the white, seemingly endless salt flat is a fantastic, almost surreal sight.

Despite the extreme conditions, the area is still home to a rich wildlife population, and the park is considered to be one of the very finest places in Africa for observing a variety of animals – particularly around the watering holes, which also attract plenty of migratory birds that come there to breed.

Overnight stay: Etosha Village ***

Day 8: Etosha National Park

The visit to Etosha National Park is one of the absolute highlights of the trip, and today you will be taken on a game drive to experience lions, giraffes, gnus, kudu, zebras and elephants searching for food and water, or relaxing in the shade of a tree.

In Etosha, you also have a pretty good chance of spotting a number of rare and remarkably beautiful birds and animals such as elands (the biggest species of antelope), Damara Dik-Diks (the smallest species of antelope), oryx with their long, straight black horns, black-headed impalas, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, Bataleur eagles and the lilac-breasted roller, with its magnificent and colourful plumage.

Available at additional cost: Daily price approx. 700-800 NAD (can only be booked at the lodge)

Overnight stay: Etosha Village ***

Day 9: Etosha – The private game reserve at Otjiwa Safari Lodge

Today you will be travelling to the private game reserve at Otjiwa Safari Lodge via the town of Outjo, which is famous for its bakery. If the bakery is open, we will naturally stop there to give you the chance to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with freshly baked bread and cakes – the apple strudel is absolutely heavenly!

Your destination is Otjiwa Safari Lodge, which is one of the oldest farms in Namibia. The lodge is surrounded by the unspoiled Namibian countryside and encompasses 12,000 hectares of bush that are home to 25 species of game and a rich population of birds. For example, it is the habitat of the majestic African fish eagle, the white rhinoceros and one of the biggest herds of sable antelope in the country.

After checking in, the rest of the day is your own to relax and enjoy the tranquillity and magnificent surroundings of the lodge.

Overnight stay: Otjiwa Safari Lodge ****

Day 10: The private game reserve at Otjiwa Safari Lodge

The day is yours to do with as you wish. You can participate in one of the numerous activities and excursions organised by the lodge, such as nature rambles, a game drive, bird-watching, rhino-tracking or even a visit to a place where vultures feed … In the afternoon, you can enjoy a refreshing ‘sundowner’ by the pool.

Overnight stay: Otjiwa Safari Lodge ****

Day 11: Start of the trip home

You will be picked up at the lodge and driven to Windhoek’s international airport to start the return trip, which will feature one or more transfers.

Day 12: Arrival back in the UK

Land back home in the UK after a magnificent holiday, packed with wonderful experiences.

Combine your safari with nature, city or seaside

4 days/3 nights | The private nature reserve at Onjala Lodge

Price:
Per person in double room: + £395
Per child u/12 years: + £320
Single room supplement: + £60

Enjoy three nights at the private nature reserve at Onjala Lodge, which is a 40-minute drive from Windhoek, the Namibian capital.

The nature reserve comprises 1,700 hectares of bush, where you can experience the amazing wildlife that features giraffes, black wildebeest, warthogs, zebras, oryx – famous for their long, straight, black horns – and, if you are really lucky, a leopard or two.

Onjala is an absolute gem in the heart of the unspoiled Namibian bush. Make the most of the opportunity to relax and ‘recharge your batteries’, lazing by the pool, enjoying treatments in the spa department or simply sitting on the veranda, enjoying the surroundings and reading a book to the accompaniment of the sounds of the local birds and animals. There are also a number of excursions you can join for an additional fee.

The stay includes full board.

Overnight stay: Onjala Lodge ***

A selection of supplementary trips is listed below:

4 days/3 nights | Victoria Falls

Price:
Per person in double room: + £750
Per child u/12 years: + £350
Single room supplement: + £235

Victoria Falls is considered one of the world’s most spectacular waterfalls. The waterfall is not only one of the most dramatic and impressive natural wonders around, it is also set within a fabulous location surrounded by the tropical landscape of Africa.

The days at Victoria Falls are at your own leisure.

The stay includes breakfast.

Overnight stay: David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa ****

Below you can see a selection of optional tours possible:

5 days/4 nights | Cape Town

Price:
Per person in double room: + £470 
Per child u/12 years: + £330
Single room supplement: + £180

Cape Town has an impressive location at the foot of Table Mountain and a beautiful waterfront out to the Atlantic. Trendy cafes and restaurants, combined with a relaxed atmosphere, markets and exciting attractions make Cape Town a fascinating city where shopping, relaxation and excursions which can all be found and combined.

The days in Cape Town are at your own leisure.

The stay includes breakfast.

Overnight stay: Premier Hotel Cape Manor ****

Below you can see a selection of optional tours possible:

6 days/5 nights | Mauritius for adults

Price:
Per person in double room: + £1170
Single room supplement: + £165

The tropical island of Mauritius is one of the most exclusive and fascinating islands in the Indian Ocean. With its delightful climate and friendly population, this little slice of paradise is the perfect setting for an exotic holiday. The island is typically associated with relaxation and romance, but it is also ideal for everyone who loves gastronomic treats, water sports and beautiful countryside. Mauritius is ringed with beautiful beaches lined with swaying palm trees, crystal clear water and brightly coloured coral reefs. The landscape features lush forests, fields of sugar cane, tall mountains, roaring waterfalls and dramatic stretches of coast dotted with small lagoons. The capital, Port Louis, is home to a variety of fine shops and fascinating museums.

The days on Mauritius are yours to do with as you wish.

The stay includes half board.

Overnight stay: Hotel Veranda Paul & Virginie

Following upgrades are possible:

6 days/5 nights | Mauritius for families with children

Price:
Per person in double room: + £1170
Per child u/12 years: + £745
Single room supplement: + £145

The tropical island of Mauritius is one of the most fascinating islands in the Indian Ocean and an absolute gem if you are travelling with children. The climate is pleasant all year round, and the local people are remarkably friendly and accommodating. The island is surrounded by crystal clear water and beautiful, child-friendly beaches that are protected by a brightly coloured coral reef – making this the perfect place to go snorkelling. Mauritius is blessed with magnificent countryside featuring lush forests, small lagoons and waterfalls that crash down the mountainsides.

The island is ideal for all the family, and there are all kinds of things to see and do both on land and on the water. For example, just 8 km from Flic-en-Flac beach, you will find Casela Nature Park, where you can see giant tortoises, zebras, lions, giraffes, apes and 1,500 birds. You can also try riding a Segway, walk along rope bridges and much more besides.

The days on Mauritius are yours to do with as you wish.

The stay includes half board.

Overnight stay: Pearle Beach Resort & Spa

Following upgrades are possible:

Highlights of this trip:

Windhoek, Sossusvlei, Sesriem Canyon, Swakopmund, Etosha National Park, the private game reserve at Otjiwa Safari Lodge.

The package includes the following:

  • Return flights from the UK to Windhoek
  • Transport as described in the itinerary, with English-speaking driver/guide
  • 9 nights’ accommodation in good hotels and lodges
  • 9 x breakfast (day 2-10)
  • 7 x dinner (day 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  • Emergency hotline staffed 24/7 throughout the trip
  • Departure guarantee – Tour requires minimum 2 participants

Comprehensive package of excursions included:

  • Sossusvlei
  • Sesriem Canyon
  • Safari in Etosha National Park
  • Admission to the sights and attractions listed

Single room supplement £265
Discounts are available for groups.
The trip can’t be booked later than 60 days prior to departure.
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