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The Best of Namibia – Guided tour and safari

Highlights of this tour:

Etosha National Park, The Petrified Forest, rock paintings at Twyfelfontein, the Organ Pipe Valley, the Damara Village open air museum.

This package includes the following:

  • Return flights from the UK to Windhoek incl. transfer
  • Transport as described in your itinerary, with local English speaking guide/driver
  • 13 nights’ accommodation in good hotels and lodges
  • 13 x breakfast (days 3–15)
  • 11 x dinner (days 2–9 and 12–14)
  • ATOL certificate
  • Emergency hotline staffed 24/7 throughout your trip
  • Departure guarantee – Tour requires minimum 2 participants

The following excursions are included:

  • City sightseeing in Windhoek
  • Okonjima Nature Reserve
  • 2½ days on safari in Etosha National Park
  • The Petrified Forest, Organ Pipe Valley, Burnt Mountain
  • Damaraland
  • The rock paintings at Twyfelfontein
  • Damara Village open-air museum
  • Sossusvlei
  • Admission to the sights and attractions listed

Single room supplement £295
Discounts are available for groups.
The trip can’t be booked later than 30 days prior to departure.

Choose this tour because...

Namibia is the land of amazing contrasts. The towns and cities are clearly influenced by the German colonial age and you will often encounter examples of architecture from this period. German is still the first language in many places, and the landscapes are quite simply without compare. The red sand of the Namib Desert runs all the way out to the deep blue water of the Atlantic Ocean, providing an almost surreal contrast between dry land and sea. It is here you will find the world-famous sand dunes in Sossusvlei. The UNESCO World Heritage site at Twyfelfontein features more than 2,500 prehistoric rock paintings of people and animals – some of which are thousands of years old. The Kalahari Desert is not a barren expanse of grey sand; it is the habitat of all kinds of plants and animals, and the people of the San tribe have lived in harmony with this unique landscape for millennia. The finest gem, however, is without a doubt Etosha National Park, which can easily compare with the finest national parks in South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Kenya.

Detailed Itinerary
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Day 1: Departure from the UK

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

Day 2: Arrival in Namibia – Windhoek

On arrival in Windhoek, you pass through immigration before collecting your luggage and progressing through customs. Out in the arrivals hall, you will be met by your English-speaking guide who will accompany you to your hotel in Windhoek.

The rest of the day is yours to do with as you wish.

Windhoek is the capital of Namibia. It has a population of around 300,000, making it the largest city in the country. 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 – Waterberg

After breakfast, you will have time to go sightseeing in Windhoek before departing for Waterberg. During the journey you will stop off in Okahandja to visit a wood-carvers’ market.

Waterberg is a massive table mountain east of Otjiwarongo in the northern part of Central Namibia. The mountain is approx. 50 km long, up to 16 km wide and stretches up to a height of 200 m above the surrounding Omaheke plain, as the Kalahari Desert is called in this region. The mountain forms a natural barrier for incoming clouds, and the moisture is forced out of the clouds along the upper reaches of the mountain and its flat top. Made of sandstone, the mountain absorbs the rain water, which it then channels towards natural springs that never dry out – not even during the dry season.

Overnight stay Waterberg Wilderness Lodge ***

Day 4: Okonjima Nature Reserve

Today, you will be visiting Okonjima Nature Reserve which covers an area of 160 km². Okonjima is synonymous with the Africat Foundation, a nature reserve and rehabilitation centre for Africa’s great predators. Animals of this kind that come into conflict with modern civilization often find a new home here.

The animals are allowed to roam freely within the fenced-off reserve along with other wildlife, and every attempt is made to create conditions that allow the predators to keep on hunting their natural prey. Staff at the reserve will tell you about the work they do as they drive you around the park. You will return to Waterberg Wilderness Lodge in the early afternoon, and the rest of the day is then yours to do with as you wish.

Overnight stay Waterberg Wilderness Lodge ***

Day 5: Etosha National Park

To start the day, you will leave Waterberg behind and make your way via the mining town of Tsumeb to the world-famous Etosha National Park. Etosha is one of Africa’s special national parks and its distinguishing feature is the giant – 5,000 km² – salt flat known as Etosha Pan, which is so large 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 here, the region is still home to a rich wildlife population, especially around the watering holes. As a safari tourist, you will soon discover that the watering holes are the best places of all to observe the different animals. Day 5 of your trip includes a half-day safari into the Etosha region.

Overnight stay Mokuti Lodge ****

Days 6-7: Full-day safari trips in Etosha National Park

The visit to Etosha National Park is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip. The expansive park is considered to be one of the best places in Africa to observe all kinds of animals in their natural habitat.

You will be spending two full days in this magnificent national park, where you can spot a host of animals, large and small, including zebras, gnus, giraffes, elephants, kudus and ostriches – which are well-known throughout Africa. However, at Etosha you may also catch sight of some beautiful, rare birds and animals such as the oryx, with its long, straight, black horns; the black-headed impala; the eland, which is the largest of the antelopes; the Damara dikdik, which is the smallest of the antelopes; and the lilac-breasted roller, with its magnificent and colourful plumage. And when there is so much prey, there are bound to be plenty of predators as well: lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, wild dogs and Bateleur eagles, for example.

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

Overnight stay Etosha Village ***

Day 8: The Petrified Forest, Damaraland, Twyfelfontein

Today, you will be heading off to Damaraland, travelling through the spectacular table mountain landscape around Ugab Terraces. Your route will also take you to the Petrified Forest, where the tree trunks are more than 200 million years old – but some of them look like they fell only a few years ago as bark and thin branches are still clearly visible. The Petrified Forest is also home to Namibia’s peculiar national plant, the welwitschia, which has a very distinctive appearance. In fact, there is no other plant quite like it in the world. A couple of long, leathery leaves sprout from a thick taproot, and can actually grow to a length of several metres. The leaves lie flat on the soil, and continue to grow throughout the life of the plant. The wind and the sand shred the leaves, so the plant itself often ends up looking worn and dishevelled. The flowers are primitive and the fruit grows in cone-like bunches. It is believed that the individual plants can live to an age of up to 1,000 years.

Overnight stay Twyfelfontein Country Lodge ***

Day 9: Twyfelfontein

One of the most amazing cultural sights in Namibia is to be found right next to Twyfelfontein Country Lodge. It is here you can see more than 2,500 rock paintings created by the San people around 6,000 years ago. The rock paintings at Twyfelfontein – and the cave dwellings – were designated World Heritage by UNESCO in 2008.

Your excursion today will also take you to Burnt Mountain and Organ Pipe Valley. At the Damara Village open-air museum, you will find out more about the ancient culture of the Damara people. The museum has been created to preserve the remains of the culture and to assure a source of income for the Damara people. At the museum you will hear about the traditions and culture of this remarkable people, and following the museum visit the rest of the day is your own to do with as you wish.

At the lodge you can, for an extra fee, arrange a trip along the Aba-Huab River, where you can sometimes spot desert elephants. More details about the excursion here:

In the evening, you have the chance to go on a star-gazing trip. The sky above Namibia is clearer than almost anywhere else in the world, and you can often distinguish the different colours of the stars with the naked eye. There is a separate charge for this trip as well.

Overnight stay Twyfelfontein Country Lodge ***

Day 10: Twyfelfontein – Swakopmund

It is now time to head south, passing Brandberg – the highest mountain in Namibia. From here, you will follow the Atlantic coast to the city of Swakopmund. With a population of 42,000, Swakopmund is the largest coastal city in Namibia and a favourite 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 ****

Day 11: 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 … Of course, you can always choose to head off to Walvis Bay on a dolphin safari. A playful cape fur seal may well hop up on the stern while the dolphins frolic in the clear Water.

More details about the extra excursions:

Overnight stay Hotel Zum Kaiser ****

Day 12: Swakopmund – Namib-Naukluft Park – Sesriem – Sossusvlei

You will start the day heading away from the coast, moving farther inland past the famous ‘lunar’ landscape. You will then continue through the impressive desert landscape around Kuiseb Gorge and Namib-Naukluft Park to Sesriem.

Namib-Naukluft Park is the largest national park in Namibia, covering an area of almost 50,000 km² – which means it is larger than Switzerland or the Netherlands, for example. The park was established around 100 years ago and contains some incredible natural phenomena such as the red sand dunes at Sossusvlei, which can reach heights of several hundred metres, and the remarkable animals that have adapted to life in the desert.

Overnight stay Sossusvlei Lodge ****

Day 13: Sossusvlei

Today, you will make an early start and head off to Sossusvlei, where you can experience the dramatic change of colour in the desert as the sun gently rises.

If you would like to, you can hike to the top of one of the tallest sand dunes in the world and admire the breath-taking view out over Deadvlei and Sossusvlei. From the car park, the plain can only be reached in an authentic off-roader.

Before returning to the lodge you will visit Sesriem Gorge as part of the trip.

Overnight stay Sossusvlei Lodge ****

Day 14: Sossusvlei – Windhoek

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

It is then time to head back to Windhoek. En route, you will drive through Rehoboth, which is home to the Baster people. You will also call in at the Namibia Craft Centre where you can see and buy a variety of applied art items from Namibia. Choose between everything from jewellery and embroidery to wood carvings by many of the different tribes and peoples you have met on your magical travels. The rest of the day in the capital is yours to do with as you wish.

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

Overnight stay Safari Court Hotel ****

Day 15: Namibia – the UK

Transfer to the airport. Return journey from Windhoek to the UK, which will include connecting flights along the way.

Day 16: Return trip

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.

A selection of supplementary trips is listed below:

Overnight stay Onjala Lodge ***

4 days/3 nights | Victoria Falls

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 ****

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.

Below you can see a selection of optional tours possible:

Overnight stay Premier Hotel Cape Manor ****

6 days/5 nights | Mauritius for adults

Price:
Per person in double room: + £1190
Single room supplement: + £195

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: + £1190
Per child u/12 years: + £930
Single room supplement: + £326

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 Anelia Resort & Spa ****

Following upgrades are possible:

Highlights of this tour:

Etosha National Park, The Petrified Forest, rock paintings at Twyfelfontein, the Organ Pipe Valley, the Damara Village open air museum.

This package includes the following:

  • Return flights from the UK to Windhoek incl. transfer
  • Transport as described in your itinerary, with local English speaking guide/driver
  • 13 nights’ accommodation in good hotels and lodges
  • 13 x breakfast (days 3–15)
  • 11 x dinner (days 2–9 and 12–14)
  • ATOL certificate
  • Emergency hotline staffed 24/7 throughout your trip
  • Departure guarantee – Tour requires minimum 2 participants

The following excursions are included:

  • City sightseeing in Windhoek
  • Okonjima Nature Reserve
  • 2½ days on safari in Etosha National Park
  • The Petrified Forest, Organ Pipe Valley, Burnt Mountain
  • Damaraland
  • The rock paintings at Twyfelfontein
  • Damara Village open-air museum
  • Sossusvlei
  • Admission to the sights and attractions listed

Single room supplement £295
Discounts are available for groups.
The trip can’t be booked later than 30 days prior to departure.

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