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8 days

Swakopmund & Sossusvlei

This tour is for you who have limited time at your disposal – or perhaps dream of combining a visit in Namibia with a visit to beautiful Cape Town or a beach holiday in Mauritius.

We support sustainability development in Africa. For every tour booked with us, we plant 10 trees in Zambia. Read more about the sustainability project here.

Swakopmund & Sossusvlei Swakopmund & Sossusvlei
8 days

Swakopmund & Sossusvlei

This tour is for you who have limited time at your disposal – or perhaps dream of combining a visit in Namibia with a visit to beautiful Cape Town or a beach holiday in Mauritius.

We support sustainability development in Africa. For every tour booked with us, we plant 10 trees in Zambia. Read more about the sustainability project here.

What is included in the price?
This package includes the following
  • Flight from the UK to Swakopmund – return from Windhoek
  • Transport as described in the itinerary with a local English-German-speaking guide/driver
  • 5 nights at hotels and lodges
  • 5 x breakfast (days 2-7)
  • Entrance and guided tour of Sossusvlei & Sesriem Canyon
  • ATOL certificate
  • Emergency hotline staffed 24/7 throughout your trip
  • Departure guarantee – the tour goes ahead with at least 2 people travelling

The tour in short

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.

You get a taste of some of the biggest highlights of Namibia, from the Namib desert with its red sand and hundreds of metres-high dunes stretching 2000 km along the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean to the world-famous sand dunes of Sossusvlei. In sharp contrast to this is Swakopmund with its coastal atmosphere, rich history and beautiful architectural remnants from the German colonial era.

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.

Please note that the tour takes place in small, international groups with an English-German-speaking guide.

Why choose this tour

  • You get a taster of Nambia and experience a couple of the country’s biggest contrasts
  • You are accompanied by a local guide throughout the tour
  • It is a perfect tour for those who do not wish to drive themselves
  • You can combine your tour with a stay in Cape Town or a beach holiday in Mauritius

Our prices always include

  • All international and domestic flights
  • All destination transfers
  • All specified excursions and activities
  • All accommodations
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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Departure from the UK

Today, you leave the UK and head to Namibia with connecting flights along the way.

Day 2: Arrival in Swakopmund

On your arrival at Walvis Bay Airport, you will be met by a local guide, who drives you to your hotel in Swakopmund. You spend two nights in Swakopmund.

Swakopmund as 47,000 inhabitants and is both Namibia’s biggest coastal town and its preferred holiday town, featuring a pleasant atmosphere and many tourist attractions. The city’s German colonial history can be clearly seen in its beautiful architecture, considered to be among the best-preserved examples of German colonial architecture in the entire world.

Day 3: Swakopmund

The day is spent at your leisure. There is a wealth of possible excursions that can be purchased, or you can simply choose to walk around this lovely town on your own, looking at its beautiful architecture. Visit sites including the museum, the Crystal Gallery or the Aquarium. Perhaps you’re interested in a catamaran cruise in the bay, or maybe a trip with a quad bike on the big dunes. We can also warmly recommend a desert trip in the dune landscape between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, where you can get closer to the incredible life that can be found there.

Day 4: Swakopmund – Sossusvlei

It’s time to say goodbye to this coastal town and go further into the country. Namibia’s contrasts show themselves in earnest on this drive!

Through the spectacular Gaub Pass and the small town of Solitaire, you reach Sossusvlei at the entrance to Namibia’s biggest national park, Namib Naukluft Park, which stretches across an area of 50,000 km2, bigger even than places like Switzerland and the Netherlands. In the afternoon, there is an opportunity to purchase an excursion in the area, unless you would simply like to relax after the day’s drive.

Please note: For departures on 30 April 2020, 9 May 2020, 10 August 2021 and 17 August 2021, you will stay at Tsauchab River Camp on instead of A Little Sossus Lodge.

Day 5: Experiences in Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon

You start early in the morning and drive to Sossusvlei, where you experience the dramatic colour shift in the desert as the sun slowly rises.

If you like, you can wander to the peak of one of the world’s biggest sand dunes and enjoy the unique view of Sossusvlei and the dry lake Deadvlei, where dead, sculpture-like trees stretch their bare branches to the high blue sky. One dune in particular; “Dune 45”, is very famous, and is undoubtedly one of the most photographed sand dunes in the entire world.

Later in the day, you visit Sesriem Canyon, which is 30 metres deep and 3 km long, created by the waters of the Tsauchab River over millions of years.

The rest of the afternoon is spent at your leisure, and you can participate in some of the activities at the lodge or relax by the pool.

Please note: For departures on 30 April 2020, 9 May 2020, 10 August 2021 and 17 August 2021, you will stay at Tsauchab River Camp on instead of A Little Sossus Lodge.

Day 6: Sossusvlei – Windhoek

You depart from hotel early once again. This is because if you reach Windhoek at a reasonable hour, there will be time for an afternoon city tour.

Windhoek is, aside from being the capital of Namibia, the country’s biggest city with 300,000 inhabitants. It sits at 1650 metres above sea level in a beautiful valley, bordering with the Eros Mountains in the north and the Auas Mountains in the South. To the west, the Khomas Highlands slope down into the Namib desert and the Atlantic Ocean.

Windhoek is a modern city with a clear architectural influence from the German colonial era. Windhoek’s city centre is situated at Independence Avenue and can certainly be explored on foot. The busy main street starts with Ausspannplatz in the south and stretches up to the district of Katutura in the north.

The evening is spent at your leisure.

Please note: For departures on 21 February, 20 March, 17 April, 9 May, 14 June, 12 July, 21 August, 14 September and 16 October 2020, you will stay at Windhoek Gardens Boutique Hotel instead of Rivendell Guesthouse.

Day 7: Departure day

You will be picked up from the lodge and driven to Windhoek’s international airport, from which your journey home begins with connecting flights along the way.

Day 8: Arrival in the UK

You land in the UK after an exciting and eventful holiday.

Combine with
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Beach holiday in Mauritius, 5 nights

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.

Experiences at Victoria Falls, 3 nights

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.

Safari experiences in the Okavango Delta, 4 nights

Extend your tour with a safari holiday to one of the world’s most unique areas of natural beauty.

At the beginning of January, it starts raining in the highlands of Angola. The rain cascades down the mountainside and floods large areas of land. When the soil cannot absorb more water, the rainwater begins to flow south, away from the sea. Within a few months, it reaches the Okavango River, and the scenario repeats itself; when the river cannot hold more water, the surrounding land is flooded and the water continues its journey south, towards Botswana. Around 6 months after the water fell as rain in the highlands of Angola, it reaches Botswana’s Kalahari Desert, where it flows out into nothing. There is no sea, no river – only golden desert, which, without this water, would be completely dry and lifeless most of the year. Thanks to the Angolan rainwater, however, it is transformed into one world’s largest inland deltas and one of Africa’s most wildlife-rich areas – and a fantastic safari destination.

It goes without saying that the Delta is a veritable paradise for bird lovers. Some 530 different bird species are found here. You can also see hippos, crocodiles, elephants, giraffes, zebras and lots of antelope species. And where there’s prey, there are predators, so lions, leopards and wild dogs are not uncommon sights here.

You spend the night at a rustic yet comfortable and very cosy tent camp, where all tents have their own shower and toilet in true bush style. From here, you go on safari in the delta. It is possible to purchase a boat trip in a traditional canoe if you would like to experience it all from the water.

Please note: This extension only goes ahead when there are at least two people travelling, and it is not recommended for children under the age of 12.

Optional upgrades: If you like, you can choose to upgrade to a permanent tent camp with a pool – see below. If you choose to upgrade, you will instead have a return flight from Maun and into the delta.

Note that the tent camps in the Okavango Delta generally have few rooms (tents) and are often fully booked many months in advance. Therefore, we recommend that you book with plenty of time to spare if you would like to upgrade. We have selected three camps, all of which are very close to each other and are extremely similar in terms of interior and styles. We cannot predict in advance which one of the three you will stay at, but we will naturally do our best to meet your wishes!

This extension must be booked at least 60 days before departure.

City break in Cape Town, 4 nights

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.

Elephant experiences in Chobe National Park, 3 nights

For an elephant guarantee, head to Chobe National Park in Botswana. Here you will find the largest concentration of elephants on the entire African continent. At least 50,000 elephants live here – some say there are as many as 120,000. You can also see large flocks of buffalo, gnus, zebras, antelopes, lions, hippos, crocodiles and rich bird life including storks, bee-eaters and vultures. You can often see hyenas, leopards or rare wild dogs too. It is not without reason that Botswana was named the best safari country in all of Africa!

Chobe National Park offers unique and varied safari experiences with both traditional game drives and countless activities on the life-giving Chobe river.

This 4-day safari extension to Chobe offers the best of both worlds on land and on water, and we have even added a spare day to the programme, for which you can purchase tours such as a trip to the mighty Victoria Falls, an extra river boat trip, or several game drives. A unique opportunity to experience Botswana, now that you’ve come all the way to Africa!

Single room supplement £269
Discounts are available for groups
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