Flight - 1 night
Windhoek - 1 night
Sossusvlei area - 2 nights
Swakopmund - 2 nights
Damaraland - 1 night
Etosha National Park - 2 nights
Okahandja - 1 night
Flight - 1 night

A Namibian Journey

Picturesque towns, prolific wildlife and stunning landscapes reveal the beauty and variety of Namibia. Ancient petroglyphs, local crafts and long-held customs uncover the culture, from Sossusvlei’s dunes to the Skeleton Coast, Damaraland, and Etosha National Park

An enthralling blend of extraordinary landscapes, heritage sites, colonial towns and a conservation ethos, Namibia counter-balances its sparsely spread population with an abundance of wildlife; not only in the National Parks but also in the unfenced miles between them, where local conservancies form pockets of sanctuary on public and private land. This tour is a journey through all the country’s aspects, from eye-opening cultural sites to jaw-dropping scenery. It starts in the strollable streets of Windhoek, the cosmopolitan capital, before a stark change of scene and tempo in Sossusvlei. This is the Namib Desert, its other-worldly topography teaming bleached-white saltpans with rust-red sand dunes, and a dome of bright blue sky. From here the tour traverses lunar landscapes along the Gaub Pass, twisting around the rock formations of Kuiseb Canyon, enroute to Swakopmund, where German colonial houses meet Atlantic surfing beaches on the Skeleton Coast. Mountains hem Damaraland, the site of the world’s oldest rock-art, and still home to the animal species depicted in the carvings; and the waterholes of Etosha Reserve bring birds and beasts in abundance, to deliver a feast of up-close wildlife-watching.

Key Features

Wildlife & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
2 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Expert Guide

Special Event

Traditional Namibian Braai

Braai is a traditional barbecue and a social custom in Namibia. Enjoy a tapas style Braai in Windhoek and a traditional Braai at Etosha.

Day 1 Fly overnight from London Heathrow, via Johannesburg, to Windhoek.

Day 2 On arrival, enjoy a drive through of Windhoek, where colonial churches and a couple of castles meet contemporary towers and palm fringed parks, and landmarks include the gingerbread Lutheran Christus Church, and the Tintenpalast parliament building. Transfer to the 3-star Hotel Windhoek Luxury Suites for overnight stay. This evening, enjoy a tapas-style ‘braai’ (barbecue). (D)

Day 3 Travel by road (5hrs) to the Sossusvlei area, in the southern Namib Desert. Its landscape is a huge, gleaming ‘vlei’, a clay and salt pan, encircled by enormous wind-sculpted ‘star dunes’, and forming a fantastically photogenic arena. Two nights at the Hammerstein Lodge. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the lodge facilities. (B, D)

Day 4 Drive into the Namib-Naukluft National Park to visit ‘Dune 45’, perhaps the most photographed dune on Earth, the colour of its 85m-high sands mutating from red to rust and gold with the day’s changing light; continue to Dead Vlei, with long-dead, pitch-black thorn trees rising from a salt-white floor; and visit the deep cleft of Sesriem Canyon, its soaring rock walls indented with caves. (B, D)

Day 5 Travel (5hrs) through the dramatic Kuiseb Canyon, and along the sweep of Walvis Bay to coastal Swakopmund, with its palm-lined streets, half-timbered houses, and iconic lighthouse. Afternoon at leisure to explore the charming town. Two nights at the Swakopmund Hotel, a short walk from the shore. (B)

Day 6 A day at leisure to stroll ‘the Mole’ seawall and elegant avenues; or join our optional tours, a morning cruise at Walvis Bay, to see the marine and birdlife (£45, pre-booking essential); and a flight over the Skeleton Coast, for a bird’s eye view over its shipwrecks, and the Namib Desert (bookable locally, weather permitting). (B)

Day 7 Travel (5hrs) to Damaraland’s Twyfelfontein valley, to visit Namibia’s first UNESCO World Heritage site, its gallery of ancient rock-art lauded as Africa’s largest collection of petroglyphs; and the Living Museum of Damara, a unique project aiming to revive the ‘lost culture’ of the Damara people. Continue to the Petrified Forest, where perfectly preserved, petrified tree trunks, millions of years old, are thought to have been carried downriver to this spot in the thaw of one of the Ice Ages. Overnight at the 3-star Damara Mopane Lodge. (B, D)

Day 8 Drive (3hrs) to Etosha National Park, home to well over a hundred mammal species and three times as many bird types. Explore the park with an open-vehicle game drive. Two nights at the 3-star Etosha Toshari Lodge. (B, D)

Day 9 In the country known as the ‘cheetah capital of the world’, Etosha gives you a good chance of seeing them, sharing the saltpan and plains with lions and leopards, both black and white rhinos, the tallest African elephants, and huge herds of antelopes. Enjoy a full-day of wildlife-viewing with an open-vehicle game drive. (B, D)

Day 10 Journey south to Okonjima, the enclosed nature reserve home to the AfriCat Foundation, dedicated to conservation of various rare and endangered species, from leopard and brown hyena to aardvark and pangolin. Continue (3hrs) to Okahandja and visit its famous wood-carvers market. Overnight at the 3-star Okahandja Country Hotel. (B, D)

Day 11 Travel to Windhoek for the return overnight flight via Johannesburg. (B)

Day 12 Arrival at London Heathrow.

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner


Optional excursions are bookable locally (except Walvis Bay cruise).
On occasion, alternative hotels of the same standard may be used.
Open vehicle game viewing is included as indicated.


per person in a twin/double room
Ethiopian Airlines from Heathrow (7 Nov - British Airways from Heathrow)

Date Price
November 7 £3575


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Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £185

Optional Excursions

Walvis Bay £45

Extension Options

Extension – Cape Town
5 nights £1545 (Sep & Nov £1645)
Single supplement £245 (Sep & Nov £295)

Extra nights 
Windhoek Luxury Suites (per night) £45
Single supplement £20

Privately Guided

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Tour Only

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Arrival or departure transfer add £45

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 9 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 7 dinners itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, overseas airport taxes, optional excursions, visa procurement, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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