NAMIBIA

Wonders of Namibia

from £1849 9 nights | Year round Exc. flights See price details
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Overview

Discover the Wonders of Namibia on a small group escorted tour, including its spectacular landscapes, fascinating wildlife and interesting people.

Highlights

  • Climb some of the world’s highest free-standing sand dunes
  • Embark on a ‘Living Desert’ tour to uncover the surprising amount of flora and fauna that lives in the desert
  • Enjoy a township tour immersing yourself in the local culture
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein
  • Memorable and exciting guided game drives within Etosha National Park
  • Visit the world renowned Cheetah Conservation Fund and learn more about their conservation initiatives involving Africa’s large cats

For the wildlife and cultural enthusiast looking for a new kind of adventure, Namibia is the ideal destination. Set out on open-vehicle wildlife drives in search of elephants, giraffes, and lions in Etosha National Park, and drop by the Cheetah Conservation Fund for an outstanding up-close opportunity with these endangered cats. Include time in one of the most dramatically beautiful desert landscapes anywhere and you've got a journey you'll talk about for years to come.


This National Geographic Journey with G Adventures is part of a collection of unique tours designed to take you deeper into the cultures and habitats of our destinations. By booking this holiday you are supporting the National Geographic Society’s non-profit work in conservation, exploration, research, and education.

 

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Extend your stay from £650

Extend your holiday by two days to include a visit to Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. This extension includes a tour of the legendary falls and a dinner with a local Zimbabwean family. Contact us for more information.

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Windhoek
Arrive at Hosea Kutako (Windhoek International) Airport, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore the city, before meeting your guide this evening for a welcome briefing. Windhoek is a city of many contrasts; modern skyscrapers blend with historic buildings from the German colonial era. Windhoek attractions you may wish to explore include the Christ Church (Christuskirche); the capital’s best-recognised landmark and the National Museum of Namibia.
Day 2: Windhoek-Sossusvlei
Depart Windhoek and drive through dramatic Namibian landscapes en route to Sesriem, gateway to the Namib-Naukluft National Park. This area boasts postcard-perfect desert scenery; vast desertscapes of reds and orange, stark camel thorn trees and towering dunes with dramatic curved ridges. Keep an eye out for the surprising amount of wildlife that call this area home including oryx, springbok, jackal, ground squirrel and hyena. Relax at the pool or enjoy a cool drink watching the sun set.
Day 3: Explore Sossusvlei
Rise early this morning to visit Sossusvlei, normally setting off before sunrise to capture the dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate the towering shapes and curves. This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world, some over 300 metres high, which you will have an opportunity to climb up for spectacular views. You can also visit Deadvlei, famous for its gnarled and ghostly camel thorn trees. Deadvlei’s striking camel thorn trees; dead for want of water, still stand erect as they once grew. They survived until about 900 years ago when the sand sea finally blocked the river from occasionally flooding the pan. Afterwards, enjoy a short stop at Sesriem Canyon, which has evolved through centuries of erosion by the Tsauchab River which has incised a narrow gorge about 1.5 kilometres long and 30 meters deep into the surrounding conglomerates, exposing the varying layers of sedimentation deposited over millions of years.
Day 4: Sossusvlei-Swakopmund
Drive north through changing desert landscapes, stopping in the quirky town of Solitaire en route. Keep your eyes peeled for free-roaming zebra, kudu, springbok and oryx during the drive. This afternoon, head out in a 4x4 vehicle on a Living Desert tour, where you can discover the surprising amount of flora and fauna that lives in the desert and learn about the survival strategies of ancient and modern Bushmen who live in the area. You will search out the smaller animal life that manages to survive in these harsh conditions such as snakes, geckos, spiders and insects and learn how they have adapted to this arid region. Then continue to Swakopmund. Resembling a small, German coastal resort nestled between the desert and the sea, Swakopmund boasts a charming combination of German colonial architecture blended with modern hotels, shops and restaurants.
Day 5: Swakopmund
The morning is free to explore the town’s unique mix of German and African culture or for optional activities. In the afternoon, visit the working-class community of Mondesa Township with an expert resident guide. Learn about its daily life, history and traditions through an immersive experience with the welcoming people that live there. You will visit its lively market for an introduction to traditional foods like wild spinach, mopane worms, and dried kapenta fish. You will also visit Datango arts and craft shop, a project that helps train local unemployed youth in traditional crafts. Then you will drop by a shebeen (tavern) to enjoy a drink, meet some local residents, and dance to popular African music. Finally, continue to a nearby home for dinner and entertainment by a choir from the township.
Day 6: Swakopmund - Twyfelfontein
Today you journey north and east into the wonderful and diverse region of Damaraland. This afternoon you will visit the pre-historic rock engravings at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein. Twyfelfontein’s boulders and slabs of red sandstone hold some 2,500 prehistoric engravings that depict wildlife, animal spoor and abstract motifs, ranging from 2000-5000 years old. It is perhaps the largest and finest collection of petroglyphs in Africa. The engravings show animals such as elephant, giraffe, kudu, rhinoceros and lion.
Day 7: Twyfelfontein – Etosha National Park
Departing early today, you will visit the Petrified Forest National Monument, a stunning site of fossilised tree trunks dating from approximately 280 million years ago, before continuing to a lodge in the Etosha National Park area. After the vast desert, Etosha National Park offers a contrast of wide open grasslands, a massive pan that covers 4,731 square kilometres and tall camel thorn trees intermixed with Mopani trees. Some of the largest elephants in Africa can be found in areas of thicker vegetation, as well as leopard and the critically endangered black rhino. More than 340 bird species have been counted in Etosha National Park including the European bee-eater, kori bustard and numerous migratory birds. This afternoon, take an open vehicle game drive to view the abundant wildlife that congregates around the park's many waterholes.

Please note - Etosha is a very popular park with limited accommodation. While we aim to secure lodging inside the park, on some departures we will stay at lodges close to the park, which still provide access to all safari activities and wildlife.
Day 8: game drives in Etosha National Park
Early this morning, embark on a sunrise wildlife safari drive in an open vehicle with a local guide through the park. Etosha National Park covers 22,270 square kilometres and consists of grassland, woodland and savannah. Game viewing centres around the numerous springs and waterholes where several different species can often be seen at one time. The park boasts some 114 mammal and over 340 bird species. Wildlife that you might see includes elephant, lion, giraffe, zebra, rhino, cheetah, leopard, hyena, honey badger and warthog, as well as the endemic black faced impala. The remainder of the day is free to relax at our lodge or take a swim. The lodge is perfectly situated, so sit back with a sundowner and enjoy the sunset over the park. This afternoon or evening, opt to take another open vehicle safari drive (additional cost).
Day 9: visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund before returning to Windhoek
Today you will visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), a global field research and education facility founded by Dr. Laurie Marker whose research has been supported by National Geographic. Tour the facility to learn about the important research, conservation, and community outreach work they do as one of the world’s leading organisations dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild. Meet with a researcher for a lecture to learn about their various projects, then enjoy a cheetah drive to view some of these amazing creatures up close. Afterwards, enjoy lunch on the veranda overlooking the magnificent Waterberg Plateau. Continue onto Windhoek for your final evening.
Day 10: tour ends
The tour ends today after breakfast.
Notes

The information provided for this holiday has been compiled in good faith, however it is subject to change. The itinerary featured may differ slightly to the one that is eventually operated. Occasionally itineraries will undergo improvements and amendments that stem from past travellers’ comments, research and factors outside of our control. Ultimately, the goal is to provide the most rewarding experience possible and we will endeavour to inform you of any changes as soon as they have been finalised. Whilst we endeavour to accommodate guests at the stipulated lodges, we reserve the right to replace one with another of a similar standard and location.

Accommodation Options

This holiday includes the below accommodation (or similar).

Okaukuejo Resort, Etosha National Park

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

Okaukuejo is home to the most prolific waterhole in Etos…

Prices & Dates

 Departure date Price from
08 January 2018 £1,999
05 February 2018 - SOLD OUT £1,849
05 March 2018 £1,999
02 April 2018 £2,069
30 April 2018 £2,069
14 May 2018 £2,069
28 May 2018 £2,069
11 June 2018 £2,139
25 June 2018 £2,139
09 July 2018 £2,139
23 July 2018 £2,139
06 August 2018 £2,139
20 August 2018 £2,139
03 September 2018 £2,139
17 September 2018 £2,139
01 October 2018 £2,139
15 October 2018 £2,139
29 October 2018 £2,139
26 November 2018 £1,999
24 December 2018 £2,069

Please note: these are from prices and are subject to change.  Please contact us for up to date pricing information.

Price Includes
9 nights’ accommodation • 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 4 dinners • Transfers from Windhoek Airport to Windhoek centre • Services of an experienced guide throughout, as well as local guides and rangers • Transfers in an air-conditioned touring vehicle • Entrance and park fees as described in the itinerary • All applicable taxes and levies

Price Excludes
International flights • Travel insurance • Gratuities • Items of a personal nature • All beverages and meals not described in the itinerary • Optional excursions

Maximum group size: 16 (2017), 14 (2018)

Minimum age: 12. All travellers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Single room – from £489
We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Extra services
Please contact us to arrange any extra night’s accommodation in Windhoek as well as any airport transfers that you may need.

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