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
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
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.
Wildlife & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
2 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Expert Guide
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.
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.
A 3-star lodge within close distance from the centre of Windhoek. Bar, Restaurant, Pool and WiFi (free). 40 air-conditioned rooms with TV, hairdryer and minibar.
Situated in the Namib Desert area, 60 kms from the gate to the Namib-Naukluft Park. Restaurant, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 56 air-conditioned rooms.
Originally the old station building, this landmark hotel has a Victorian Platform 1 restaurant, pool, gardens, gym, spa and WiFi (free). Air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
A 3-star safari lodge at the gates of Damaraland. Restaurant, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 60 air-conditioned chalets with safe and tea/coffee making facilities.
Nestled on an outcrop of dolomite rocks, under a forest of Mopane and white Seringa trees, this lodge offers enchanting accommodation close to Etosha National Park. Restaurant, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 38 air-conditioned rooms with mosquito nets and tea/coffee making facilities.
A 3-star hotel in a quiet area just outside of Okahandja and a 5 minute drive to the popular Okahandja Woodcarver Market. Restaurant, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 22 air-conditioned rooms with TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
Cape Town - Extension
Rarely can one city offer such a variety of experiences as Cape Town. From the Winelands to the Cape of Good Hope, from the historic Mount Nelson and Company Gardens to townships, Robben Island and the waterfront, all presided over by the iconic Table Mountain. Explore colonial and African history along with a varied and unique flora and fauna at the ‘fairest cape’ on this 5 nights extension including sightseeing and wine tasting.
Day 1 Fly from Windhoek to Cape Town for five nights at the 4-star Pepper Club Hotel.
Day 2 Cape Town sightseeing including the SA Museum, Cape Castle and Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden. Enjoy afternoon tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, an icon of Cape Town and nestled on a lush garden estate in the heart of the city. (B)
Day 3 Full-day Cape Point excursion via the breath-taking Chapman’s Peak Drive including Hout Bay, Cape Point, the Good Hope Nature Reserve and Boulders Beach, to see the penguins. The tour ends at the V&A Waterfront with a sunset cruise and amazing views of Table Mountain. (B)
Day 4 At the heart of the South African wine industry, Stellenbosch, visit the Village Museum. Continue to visit the Huguenot Memorial. Enjoy a wine tasting and cellar tour at Vergenoegd Low wine estate followed by a light lunch. (B, L)
Day 5 Day at leisure or perhaps visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years in prison. (B)
Day 6 Transfer to the airport for the return flight to London. (B)
A 5-star hotel situated at the foot of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head in the centre of town and 5 minutes from the waterfront. Facilities include Sinatra’s restaurant, Paparazzi bar, pool, Cayenne spa and WiFi (free). Complimentary shuttle to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and to beach club facilities at Camps Bay. 210 air-conditioned rooms with safe and satellite TV.
per person in a twin/double room
Ethiopian Airlines from Heathrow (7 Nov - British Airways from Heathrow)
Supplements per person
Single supplement £185
Walvis Bay £45
Extension – Cape Town
5 nights £1545 (Sep & Nov £1645)
Single supplement £245 (Sep & Nov £295)
Windhoek Luxury Suites (per night) £45
Single supplement £20
Add £995 per person
Arrival or departure transfer add £45
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.
Travel insurance, overseas airport taxes, optional excursions, visa procurement, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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