Voyages Jules Verne

Grand Tour of Namibia

The Kalahari, Sossusvlei dunes, Fish River Canyon, Etosha, Damaraland and game reserves

The Namib is the world's oldest and possibly most beautiful desert, its fascination derives from its seas of multitoned wind-sculpted dunes and the exoticism of the plants and animals that have adapted to life there. Much of Namibia is covered by the Kalahari, a fossil desert with golden grass and small red dunes.

Fish River Canyon, in places up to 17 miles wide, is surpassed in size only by the Grand Canyon. Swakopmund lies between the dramatic Atlantic coastline and desert dunes, with elaborate Germanic architecture. Travel through Etosha National Park, one of Southern Africa's finest game reserves, established in 1907 and dominated by a massive mineral pan. Discover Damaraland, famous for its desert adapted elephant and rhino, as well as the rock paintings of Twyfelfontein. Stay at characteristic accommodations including an Etosha rest camp with floodlit waterhole and fine hotels and country/safari lodges.

Key VJV Features
VJV Sightseeing Programme
Reduced Prices (selected dates)
8 Dinners
Walking Content: 2
Group Size: 4 - 25

Grand Tour of Namibia

The Kalahari, Sossusvlei dunes, Fish River Canyon, Etosha, Damaraland and game reserves

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

Day 2 Transfer to the 5-star Hilton Hotel in Windhoek for overnight. Tour including Christuskirche and the Tintenpalast. Dinner and wine tasting at the castle Heinitzburg. (D)

Day 3 Visit the museum in Rehoboth, home of the Baster people, then continue to the margins of the Kalahari Desert (5 hrs) for overnight at the 3-star Anib or Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge. Nature drive. (B)

Day 4 Continue south to Fish River Canyon via the Quiver Tree forest (6 hrs). Optional nature drive. Two nights at the 3-star Ai Ais Resort. (B)

Day 5 Visit Fish River Canyon viewpoint. Afternoon at leisure. Optional sundowner walk. (B)

Day 6 Travel to the Sossusvlei area of the Namib Desert (8 hrs). Stay two nights at the 4-star Desert Camp. (B, D)

Day 7 An early morning drive to the Namib National Park. A 4x4 transfer takes you into the actual 'vlei' and to 'Dune 45'. Visit Sesriem Canyon. Optional sundowner drive to the petrified dunes. (B, D)

Day 8 Travel to Swakopmund (6 hrs). Stay two nights at the central 4-star Hansa Hotel. (B)

Day 9 Optional morning cruise at Walvis Bay (pre-booking essential) to view the birdlife, dolphins and seals. Optional Skeleton Coast flight. (B)

Day 10 Travel to Twyfelfontein (7 hrs). Visit the rock art sites and Organ Pipes. Overnight at the 3-star Twyfelfontein Country Lodge. (B)

Day 11 Visit the Damara Living Museum and the Petrified Forest. Continue to Palmwag for two nights at the 3-star Palmwag or Grootberg Lodge. Optional game drive. (B, D)

Day 12 Morning open vehicle game drive in search of desert elephant and rhino. Optional afternoon game drive. (B, D)

Day 13 Visit a Himba village and travel through the less-visited western Etosha with game viewing en route (8 hrs). Overnight at Okaukuejo rest camp. Optional open-vehicle night game drive. (B)

Day 14 Open-vehicle game drive through Etosha. Overnight at the 4-star Mokuti Lodge, near the eastern park gate. (B, D)

Day 15 Travel via Tsumeb Museum and Okonjima Day Care Centre, home of Africat and known for its rehabilitation of cheetahs, then to the 4-star Mount Etjo Safari Lodge for two nights (6 hrs). (B, D)

Day 16 Morning game drive. Optional afternoon game drive. (B, D)

Day 17 Visit the Kavango woodcarvers market in Okahandja. Transfer to the airport (3 hrs) for the return flight. (B)

Day 18 Arrive London.

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

Grand Tour of Namibia

The Kalahari, Sossusvlei dunes, Fish River Canyon, Etosha, Damaraland and game reserves

Hilton - Windhoek

Hilton - Windhoek

A 5-star hotel in the heart of Namibia's capital with restaurant, bar, gym, plunge pool and WiFi (chargeable). 150 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, mini-bar, hairdryer, safe, TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

Anib Lodge - Kalahari Area

Anib Lodge - Kalahari Area

In the midst of the red dunes of the Kalahari in eastern Namibia, Kalahari Anib Lodge rises like a plush green oasis. Restaurant, bar, pool, WiFi (free) and 55 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities and safe.

Hansa Hotel - Swakopmund

Hansa Hotel - Swakopmund

In the center of the charming town of Swakopmund, this classical building dating from 1905 is an integral part of Swakopmund's architectural heritage. Restaurants, bar, WiFi (free) and 58 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, TV, mini-bar and tea/coffee making facilities.

Twyfelfontein Country Lodge - Twyfelfontein

Twyfelfontein Country Lodge - Twyfelfontein

Twyfelfontein Country Lodge is situated in the ancient Huab valley in the Kunene region of Namibia with a restaurant, bar and pool. 56 rooms with private facilities.

Palmwag Lodge - Damaraland

Palmwag Lodge - Damaraland

Located on the Uniab River in northwest Damaraland. Restaurants, bar, pool and 20 rooms with private facilities and tea/coffee making facilities.

Okaukuejo Rest Camp - Etosha National Park

Okaukuejo Rest Camp - Etosha National Park

Okaukuejo Rest Camp is located inside Etosha National Park and famous for its flood-lit waterhole, where visitors can observe at close quarters a spectacle of wildlife congregating and interacting. Restaurant, bar, pool and 104 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities and tea/coffee making facilities.

Mokuti Lodge - Etosha National Park

Mokuti Lodge - Etosha National Park

As the closest lodge to Etosha National Park, Mokuti is five minutes drive from the eastern Von Lindequist Gate near the historical Namutoni Fort and lies on its own private nature reserve with a common border with the park. Restaurants, bar, gym, sauna and WiFi (free).106 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

Mount Etjo Safari Lodge - Mount Etjo

Mount Etjo Safari Lodge - Mount Etjo

Mount Etjo Safari Lodge in the heart of the Okonjati wildlife sanctuary offers the opportunity to engage with the African wildlife and the pristine beauty of the African wilderness. Restaurant, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 22 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-fridge, safe and tea/coffee making facilities

Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge - Kalahari area

Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge - Kalahari area

This 4-star lodge has a restaurant, bar and pool. 12 rondavel-style thatched huts with air-conditioning, private facilities and tea-coffee making facilities.

Ai Ais Resort - Fish River Canyon

Ai Ais Resort - Fish River Canyon

This 3-star resort has a restaurant, bar, pool and hot spring. 43 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities and tea/coffee making facilities.

Desert Camp - Sossusvlei area

Desert Camp - Sossusvlei area

The 4-star Desert Camp includes a bar, pool and 20 eco-friendly units with private facilities. VJV guests will enjoy 1 dinner at the nearby Sossusvlei Lodge and 1 BBQ dinner at the Desert Lodge.

Grootberg Lodge - Damaraland

Grootberg Lodge - Damaraland

This 3-star lodge is set on the edge of Etendeka Plateau. Restaurant, bar and pool. 16 chalets with private facilities and tea/coffee making facilities.

Grand Tour of Namibia

The Kalahari, Sossusvlei dunes, Fish River Canyon, Etosha, Damaraland and game reserves

Cape Town Extension

Cape Town Extension

Fly to Cape Town for five nights at the central 5-star Pepperclub Hotel, with a tour of the city and of Cape Peninsula. Dinner at the Gold Museum. Visit to District 6 Museum and township tour. Breakfast daily.

Day 1 Fly to Cape Town for five nights at the 5-star Pepperclub hotel. (B)

Day 2 Visit Table Mountain, weather permitting (excludes cableway ticket), Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, picturesque Bo-Kaap and the Castle of Good Hope. Walk through Company Gardens to the South Africa Museum. Ending with afternoon tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel. (B)

Day 3 A tour of the Cape Peninsula includes Hout Bay, Cape Point, the Good Hope Nature Reserve and Boulders Beach. Walk through historic Simon's Town and visit the SA Navy Museum. Harbour cruise in Cape Town. (B)

Day 4 No Easy Road to Freedom: visit the District Six Museum and Cape townships with local community guides. Gold Restaurant dinner with drumming lesson. (B, D)

Day 5 Day at leisure. (B)

Day 6 Morning at leisure. Transfer to the airport for the overnight flight to London. (B)

Day 7 Arrive Heathrow in the morning.

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

Grand Tour of Namibia

The Kalahari, Sossusvlei dunes, Fish River Canyon, Etosha, Damaraland and game reserves

2016

Fridaysper person in a twin roomBritish Airways from Heathrow
DatePrice
July 22 £3595
August 12 £3595
September 02 £3595
October 07 £3595
October 21 £3695
November 11 £3595
December 23 £3995

2017

Fridaysper person in a twin roomBritish Airways from Heathrow
DatePrice
January 13 £3495
February 24 £3495
March 10 £3445
April 14 £3395

Prices Reduced

Save up to £300 (selected dates)

Supplements per person

Single supplement £345
London/Johannesburg/London
British Airways World Traveller Plus from £645
British Airways Club World from £2495
Walvis Bay Excursion £43
Extra nights - Windhoek
Hilton Hotel (per night) £65
Single supplement £39
Airport transfer £39
Extension - Cape Town
Pepperclub Hotel - 5 nights £745
Single supplement £150
Add £1595 per person
Price reduction £950
Arrival transfer add £39
Departure transfer with group included

Price Includes

Air travel, UK departure taxes, overseas airport taxes, transfers, 15 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 8 dinners, itinerary as described, services of driver/ guide and local representatives.

Not Included

Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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