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12 days/9 nights:

Highlights of Namibia

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 incl. transfer
  • 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
  • ATOL certificate
  • 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

NB: Changes apply from 1 January 2019 on the following nights:

  • Days 3 and 4: You will stay at The Elegant Desert Lodge instead of Sossusvlei Lodge
  • Days 5 and 6: You will stay at Beach Hotel Swakopmund instead of Zum Kaiser
  • Days 7 and 8: You will stay at Etosha Safari Lodge instead of Etosha Village
Single room supplement £429
Discounts are available for groups.

Please contact us for child rates.
Choose this tour because…

Would you like to experience the contrasts of Namibia without having to drive yourself? And do you have limited time to do so? Then this is the tour you should choose.

The tour takes place in a small international group with a local guide who knows the area and is with you all the way. Along the way, you will stay at good hotels and lodges. We’ve included breakfast on all days and dinner on seven of the evenings – as well as the main excursions of course.

You will experience the highlights of Namibia from the red sands and several hundred-metre-high dunes of the Namib Desert, which stretches 2,000 km along the Atlantic coast to the dried salt lake Deadvlei, which stands in marked contrast to the far-reaching blue sky. At the private game reserve at Otjiwa Safari Lodge and in Etosha National Park, you will discover the country’s iconic and unique wildlife, including elephants, lions, leopards, giraffes, oryx antelopes, sable antelopes and white rhinos.

Namibia is the country of contrasts and offers world-class sights. The scenery is simply enchanting and hugely impressive with its deep gorges and lunar landscapes.

NB: Changes apply from 1 January 2019 on the following nights:

Days 3 and 4: You will stay at The Elegant Desert Lodge instead of Sossusvlei Lodge
Days 5 and 6: You will stay at Beach Hotel Swakopmund instead of Zum Kaiser
Days 7 and 8: You will stay at Etosha Safari Lodge instead of Etosha Village

A description of all the hotels can be found in the itinerary below.

Detailed Itinerary
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Day 1: Departure from the UK
Day 1: Departure from the UK

Departure day, where you will fly to Namibia with connecting flights along the way.

Day 2: Arrival in Windhoek
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.

On the first evening, you are invited to dinner at the hotel, where you will meet your guide and your fellow travellers on the tour.

Overnight stay Safari Court Hotel 

Day 3: Windhoek – Sossusvlei (approx. 380 km)
Day 3: Windhoek – Sossusvlei (approx. 380 km)

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.

NB: From 1 January 2019, you will stay at Elegant Desert Lodge instead of Sossusvlei Lodge.

Overnight stay Sossusvlei Lodge  / Elegant Desert Lodge 

Day 4: Sossusvlei – Sesriem Canyon (approx. 60 km)
Day 4: Sossusvlei – Sesriem Canyon (approx. 60 km)

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.

NB: From 1 January 2019, you will stay at Elegant Desert Lodge instead of Sossusvlei Lodge.

Overnight stay Sossusvlei Lodge  / Elegant Desert Lodge 

Day 5: Sossusvlei – Swakopmund (approx. 370 km)
Day 5: Sossusvlei – Swakopmund (approx. 370 km)

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.

NB: From 1 January 2019, you will stay at Beach Hotel Swakopmund instead of Zum Kaiser.

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

Overnight stay Hotel Zum Kaiser  / Beach Hotel Swakopmund 

Day 6: Swakopmund
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.

NB: From 1 January 2019, you will stay at Beach Hotel Swakopmund instead of Zum Kaiser.

Additional details about the extra excursions:

Overnight stay Hotel Zum Kaiser  / Beach Hotel Swakopmund 

Day 7: Swakopmund – Etosha (approx. 500 km)
Day 7: Swakopmund – Etosha (approx. 500 km)

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.

NB: From 1 January 2019, you will stay at Etosha Safari Lodge instead of Etosha Village.

Overnight stay Etosha Village  / Etosha Safari Lodge 

Day 8: Etosha National Park
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 (one of the largest antelopes), Damara Dik-Dik (one of the smallest antelopes), 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).

NB: From 1 January 2019, you will stay at Etosha Safari Lodge instead of Etosha Village.

Overnight stay Etosha Village  / Etosha Safari Lodge 

Day 9: Etosha – The private game reserve at Otjiwa Safari Lodge (approx. 200 km)
Day 9: Etosha – The private game reserve at Otjiwa Safari Lodge (approx. 200 km)

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
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 (approx. 210 km)
Day 11: Start of the trip home (approx. 210 km)

You will be picked up at the lodge and driven to Windhoek’s international airport to start the return trip, which will include connecting flights along the way.

Day 12: Arrival back in the UK
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
Mauritius for families with children 6 days/5 nights
Mauritius for families with children 6 days/5 nights

Price:
Per person in double room: + £1200
Per child u/12 years: + £690
Single room supplement: + £125

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 Hotel Le Meridien 

Following upgrades are possible:

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

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.

A selection of supplementary trips is listed below:

Overnight stay Onjala Lodge 

Victoria Falls 4 days/3 nights
Victoria Falls 4 days/3 nights

Price:
Per person in double room: + £750
Per child u/12 years: + £350
Single room supplement: + £245

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.

Below you can see a selection of optional tours possible:

Overnight stay David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa 

Upgrade:

Cape Town 5 days/4 nights
Cape Town 5 days/4 nights

Price:
Per person in double room: + £525
Per child u/12 years: + £640
Single room supplement: + £305

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.

Below you can see a selection of optional tours possible:

Overnight stay aha Harbour Bridge Hotel & Suites 

Upgrades in Cape Town:

Mauritius for adults 6 days/5 nights
Mauritius for adults 6 days/5 nights

Price:
Per person in double room: + £1200
Single room supplement: + £125

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 Le Meridien 

Following upgrades are possible:

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