Namibia is one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes and true wilderness. One of the least densely populated nations on earth, it is a land of limitless horizons, endless sand dunes, oases of fascinating wildlife, exotic food and ancient culture. Namibia will not disappoint.
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This is an active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend a fair amount of time driving over gravel roads that are very rough and bumpy, some days for an extended period of time.
13 days of travel - From Door to Door
DEPART FOR SOUTH AFRICA
Overperson flight to South Africa
ARRIVAL - JOHANNESBURG
Arrive in Johannesburg, known as "Gauteng - the City of Gold." Today, Jo’burg is the largest city in South Africa by population, and also the wealthiest province. Board a shuttle transfer to your hotel.
A morning flight takes you to Windhoek in Namibia, a country that possesses some of the most stunning and untamed scenery on the planet with spectacular species of wildlife. Upon arrival, meet your Tour Manager and travel to the Namib Desert*, stopping en route to visit a local winery. Take a leisurely stroll through the vineyards and sample some of the fine wines and enjoy a delicious lunch before continuing south to Sossusvlei, marked by towering red sand dunes, surreal landscapes and an incredible splash of dazzling colors. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers.
DUNES AND CANYONS
Rise before dawn to explore the Sossusvlei area, a salt and clay pan situated in Namib-Naukluft National Park. The large, red sand dunes are some of the tallest in the world. Perhaps climb to the upper ridge of Big Daddy dune, one of the highest in the area, surrounded by dreamlike scenery and extraordinary panoramas. At star-shaped Dune 45, stand in awe at the world’s most photographed dune. Walk over the dunes to reach Deadvlei, a "dead" marsh that sits eerily in a forest frozen in time.* Here, witness surprising palettes of colors ranging from shades of orange to bright red and violet. Marvel at the majestic dunes, among the highest in the world, and see unique plants and wildlife that survive in the harsh terrain. On your exploration, keep your camera ready for sightings of springbok, geckos, and other desert wildlife. After lunch at the lodge, travel to Sesriem Canyon, a narrow 100-foot deep gorge carved into the rock by the mighty Tsauchab River. Learn the history of this magnificent natural canyon that dates back over two million years and view the canyon’s multicolored layers of rock on the trails. Visit the Elim Dune before returning to the lodge. At dinner together toperson, share recollections of this exhilarating day.
Today, drive via the Kuiseb Canyon toward Swakopmund*, a lively resort town nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Namib Desert. A packed lunch will be provided en route before stopping in Walvis Bay. Continue to Swakopmund, known as the adventure sports capital of Namibia. Enjoy the friendly atmosphere, lovely seaside promenades, colonial-era architecture and cool ocean breezes along the tree lined boulevards and sandy beaches. Toperson, dinner is at a popular restaurant in Swakopmund.
This morning, travel in a 4x4 through dry desert dunes searching for life in a barren landscape populated by geckos, chameleons, sand diving lizards and scorpions. Your knowledgeable guides enlighten you about the plant life and minerals as you zoom through the dunes traveling from the scenic eastern side through to the Atlantic on the west. Spend the afternoon at leisure in Swakopmund, or join the optional Mondesa Township Tour for a glimpse into everyday life in a typical Namibian township. Dinner toperson is at a local restaurant.
After a leisurely morning in Swakopmund, drive to Damaraland*, with its dramatic rugged terrain, one of the most picturesque areas in Namibia. This pristine wilderness of harsh wind eroded mountains, wide gravel plains, dry valleys and stark desert landscape is dotted with unusual succulent plants that thrive from the mists of the Atlantic. Arrive at your lodge in the afternoon for time at leisure, or join the optional Desert Elephant Safari. Embark on a safari to see Namib desert elephants in the wild, a once in a lifetime opportunity. Marvel in the vast desert expanses from the comfort of your lodge, and enjoy a traditional sundowner while watching the sunset. This evening, dinner toperson is at the lodge.
this morning visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein. These remarkable petroglyphs of wild animals, including rhinos, elephants, giraffes and zebras, were created over 2,000 years ago by ancient hunter-gathers. Continue to the Organ Pipes, a distinctive section of geometric rock pillars formed by natural erosion. This afternoon, visit the Damara Living Museum to gain insight into one of the oldest traditional nations in Namibia. Dinner together is at the lodge.
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
An exciting morning with a visit to a Himba tribe dwelling; these semi-nomadic pastoralists live in homes built of palms and mud in scattered settlements throughout the region. Learn first-hand about their history, proud culture and unique traditions that have not changed over the centuries. The Himbas are colorfully adorned with shells and jewelry made of iron and copper and clothes cut from goatskin, with ochre glazed skin to protect them from the harsh desert climate. Drive to Etosha National Park* in the vast arid space of Northern Namibia. One of the most important reserves and wildlife sanctuaries in Africa, the park is centered on the white salt Etosha Pan that dominates the landscape. At Etosha, meaning "place of dry water," amazing wildlife sightings await you! The pan itself contains water only after very good rains (a few days a year) but enough to stimulate growth of blue-green algae which lures thousands of flamingos. After a box lunch en route, arrive at your lodge on the outskirts of the park. On the late afternoon open vehicle game drive, observe the perennial springs and waterholes within the park that allow the predominantly desert environment to support an incredible diversity of wildlife.
Rise early this morning, and set out to explore the many waterholes along the enormous saltpan. More than 114 species of mammals survive in Etosha, including the rare black faced impala, along with over 340 species of birds. The game reserve is also home to ostrich, the world’s largest bird and the kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird on the planet. On the full day game drive you’ll look for cheetah on the vast open plains, lions lazing under the hot sun, and plenty of springbok and striking gemsbok. Relax and enjoy dinner at the lodge Overperson: Etosha National Park (West).
EASTERN ETOSHA PARK
Today, move to the Eastern side of the National Park. Enjoy game viewing en route where you may have a chance to look for endemic birds like the bare cheeked babbler and catch glimpses of elephants splashing at the water’s edge. The areas with thicker vegetation are home to elephant, some of the largest in Africa the endangered black and white rhino and even leopard. Lions are camouflaged in the pale-golden color of the grasslands, while giraffes rise high above most of the dry vegetation. After stopping at a rest camp for lunch (on your own) continue to your lodge, arriving in the late afternoon.
Today, continue to Okahandja, the "Garden Town" of Namibia, for a specially arranged visit with staff at the AfriCat Foundation, dedicated to long term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores. A guided drive begins at the AfriCat Carnivore Care and Information Centre. Here, meet Species Ambassadors responsible for the care of young, orphaned or injured animals until they can be rehabilitated and released back into the wild. The guide answers your questions and explains the work being done with carnivores in Namibia. AfriCat also provides an environment for non-releasable carnivores to hone their hunting skills in a 50,000 acre nature reserve with a goal of long term survival in their natural habitat. Continue to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Toperson, bid a fond farewell to your Tour Manager and newfound friends as you gather for a Farewell Dinner. Share memories together of your magnificent adventure in Namibia that will last a lifetime.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Windhoek for your flight to Johannesburg, where you will connect to your departure flight. Please select flights that depart no earlier than 7 PM.
Itinerary Highlights (Included in pricing):
- Hotel accommodations (TBA) - First class accommodations
- Meals as specified in itinerary (11 breakfast, 5 Lunches, and 10 dinners)
- Sightseeing with entrance fees as specified in itinerary
- Private transportation with an experienced tour guide (gratuity included)
- Group arrival and departure transfers (Note: If you decide to arrive at a different time than the group, your airport transfers will be an additional cost)
- Travel Protection
Excluded (Not Included in pricing):
- Airfare *Group Air available*
- Any meals other than the ones stated in this itinerary
- Beverages at meals or any other meals not specified in this itinerary
- Personal expenses such as telephone bills, laundry, room service, etc.
Passport: A valid U.S. passport is required to travel and it must be valid for a minimum of six months after date of arrival to Namibia. To apply for or renew your U.S. passport, please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports.html for additional details.
SOUTH AFRICA - Passengers are required to have at least two, entirely blank (unstamped) visa pages (i.e. one side of such a page not front and back thereof) in their passport, each time entry is sought into South Africa, including re-entry from eSwatini.
Namibia - Visa required however it may be obtained at the port of entry at no charge. Travelers are strongly encouraged to have a minimum of 4 or more unstamped visa pages in their passport prior to commencing travel (amendment and endorsement pages cannot be used to fulfill this requirement).
To secure your booking, a non-refundable deposit of $400.00 is required to secure your spot.
You can submit full payment at the time of booking or you can be provided a monthly payment plan for the remaining balance. Roommates are encouraged to submit their deposit on the same day.
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1. Pay-in-full at the time of booking
2. Monthly payment arrangement in equal payments up to the date of final payment due.
3. Uplift Financing; 12 monthly payments *Please note, down payment required may be higher than our listed amount*
Travel protection for the land portion of your travel is included in your pricing. Your travel protection plan allows you to cancel your trip for almost any unforeseen reason and you can receive up to 75% reimbursement. For escorted trips, travel protection is not optional however, you may choose a different provider but this will not reduce the cost of the trip.
There is a $400.00 per traveler cancellation fee charged at the time of cancellation. Additional cancellation fees may apply depending on when the cancellation takes place.
Due to the nature of this trip, bring only soft sided bags (i.e. duffel bags, hiking and book bags). Suitcases and checked baggage are unsuitable. Retractable luggage carts are permissible. Baggage should not exceeding 15kgs and 65x46 cm.
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