Unmatched for sheer natural beauty Namibia is a true land of contrast and colour, explore the wonders of this African nation that reveals more than just a safari destination
Flight - 1 night
Pretoria - 1 night
Train - 6 nights
Sossusvlei - 1 night
Train - 2 nights
Etosha National Park - 1 night
Train - 1 night
Swakopmund - 1 night
Flight - 1 night
The word ‘namib’ translates as ‘vast place.’ To experience the best of Namibia vast distances need to be covered, indeed the enormity of this extraordinary country with varied roads and tiny populations make it quite a formidable destination to explore.
A comfortable and convenient way to explore the best of the natural wonders and wildlife is by rail. Whilst local trains are not a suggested option, we can fully recommend the Dune Express routing of the popular Shongololo Express, operated from South Africa by our friends at Rovos Rail.
The stark vistas of the Northern Cape and Karoo contrast with the garden city of Pretoria. This 12 day rail journey, covering some 3447 kms, enables travel from the savannahs of the Highveld to the Atlantic, visiting the oldest desert on the planet. There are few more fascinating desert realms than the Namib with seas of multi-toned wind-sculpted dunes and an exoticism of plants and animals.
Namibia is home to the world’s largest population of free roaming cheetah. Big cats, elephants and black rhinos patrol Etosha, Namibia’s greatest national park, but tour this beautiful land and you’ll discover so much more – surprising German architecture and magnificent sand dunes, raw scrub desert.
Sossusvlei in the Namib-Naukluft National Park is famed for its stunning and ever changing sand dunes of red, pink and orange, the Kalahari for the untamed beauty of its seemingly endless gold-grass plains and Fish River Canyon as the largest canyon in the southern hemisphere.
This may be Africa’s youngest independent country but it can more than hold its own in terms of attractions; it is indeed an unforgettable and quite remarkable journey!
Wildlife & Natural Wonders
Group Size: 2 – 20
Day 1 Fly from London to Johannesburg.
Day 2 Transfer to Pretoria for a city tour of the administrative capital of South Africa, continue to the 4-star Hotel Courtyard Arcadia for overnight. (D)
Day 3 Morning free for independent exploration, in the afternoon embark the Shongololo Express and travel south across the goldfields of the Witwatersrand. (B, D)
Day 4 Arrive in Kimberley, the city of diamonds, view the famous Big Hole, once the largest diamond mine in the world. Continue through the Karoo. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Morning arrival in Upington visit Bezalel Wine & Brandy Estate. Continue towards Namibia. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Reach Holoog and visit Fish River Canyon, second only to the Grand Canyon in geological importance. Enjoy a short walk along the canyon’s edge. Continue our journey to Aus. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Visit the ghost town of Kolmanskop and the harbour town of Luderitz before we continue our journey south. (B, D)
Day 8 Visit Garas Park and the unique Quiver Tree Forest rock formations. Continue our journey to Mariental. (B, L, D)
Day 9 Travel by road to Sossusvlei Lodge or similar, in the Namib-Naukluft Park. Visit Sesriem Canyon, overnight at the lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 10 The constantly moving dunes of the Namib were created by sand carried by the wind over millennia. Red in colour, as the lighting changes so do the dunes. Visit Dune 45 and Deadvlei. Drive through Namib-Naukluft Park across the Great Escarpment to re-join the train for dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 11 Arrive in the capital, Windhoek, enjoy a city tour with a visit to the Trans-Namib Transport Museum and see the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Depart for Otjiwarongo. (B, L, D)
Day 12 Transfer by road to Etosha National Park and overnight at the Mokuti Safari Lodge or similar. (B, L, D)
Day 13 Morning game drive, then depart for Otijwarongo to re-board our train and travel to Kranzberg. (B, L, D)
Day 14 Morning arrival at Walvis Bay disembark and transfer to the 4-star Strand Hotel Swakopmund for an overnight stay. (B, D)
Day 15 Depart Walvis Bay via Johannesburg to London. (B)
Day 16 Arrive London.
A boutique hotel with restaurant, bar, outdoor pool and WiFi (free), located in Pretoria, within close proximity to the Kruger Museum. 69 air-conditioned rooms all have private facilities, safe and satellite TV.
Located on the promenade with views of the ocean, the 4-star Strand Hotel Swakopmund features 3 restaurants, lounge bar, spa, fitness centre and free WiFi in public areas.. 125 rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, minibar and TV.
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.
The 4-star Sossusvlei Lodge is situated at the entrance gate to the Namib Naukluft Park, with direct access to the towering red sand dunes. The lodge offers an outdoor pool and a dining terrace overlooking a floodlit waterhole. Its bar serves cocktails and South Africa’s finest wine. Free WiFi access is available at reception. The air-conditioned, tented rooms feature private patios and individual bathrooms stocked with toiletries. Each has a work desk and an electric kettle.
Under the ownership of Rovos Rail, The Shongololo Express has undergone a complete refurbishment in 2016. The dining cars have been beautifully renovated and an observation car with an open-air balcony has been added. Compartments are air-conditioned with private facilities and room service, Gold Compartments are 75 sq. ft., Emerald Compartments 107 sq. ft. with an additional seating area.
Relax in the air-conditioned bar and restaurant. Two appointed dining cars set the scene for meals (one sitting). Modern and traditional local cuisine is offered with a selection of distinguished South African wines available (not included). Guests can also relax in the bar car, small smoking lounge or the observation car with an open-air balcony situated at the back of the train. No dress code and laundry available.
per person in a twin room/Gold Compartment
British Airways/Airlink from London Heathrow
Supplements per person
Single supplement £1995
Emerald Compartment £995
Single supplement £2995
British Airways World Traveller Plus from £695
British Airways Club World from £3495
Extra Nights - Swakopmund
Strand Hotel (per night) £195
Single supplement £45
Arrival or departure transfer add £45
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 13 nights’ accommodation in hotels/lodges/train, breakfast and dinner daily, 9 lunches, itinerary as described, services of expert local guides and representative. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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