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Namibia Explorer Tour

By Helen Austin
Purchasing Manager for Alfred&

This 13day small group tour is perfect for those wanting to uncover the highlights of Namibia. Discover a backdrop of wild and dramatic landscapes, from the world’s highest sand dunes to the stunning wilderness of Damaraland. Encounter a variety of wildlife species in Etosha National Park alongside the more elusive and uniquely rewarding desert adapted species of the northwest. Throughout the tour, you will be accompanied by a local tour guide who will provide you with a deeper understanding and appreciation for the incredible places you visit. 

Places

Length
13 days
Group tour
Max group size 12
All departures guaranteed
Guide price range
£4,075 - £4,795pp
Including international flights. Also available on a private basis, see guide pricing below.
Included meals
12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners
Best months to go
July to October

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Day by day
Itinerary in detail

1

Arrival in Windhoek

On arrival into Windhoek, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation for the night. Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, is a small city of many contrasts; modern skyscrapers blend with historic buildings from the German colonial era. Depending on the arrival time of your flight, you may have some free time to explore the city, we recommend the National Museum of Namibia which houses an excellent display on Namibia’s independence, or you may wish to simply relax. This evening, get to know your fellow companions for the next 13 days over a welcome dinner, at Joe’s Beerhouse, a Windhoek institution. Overnight at The Weinberg (or similar).

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2

Windhoek & Otjiwarongo

Following breakfast, your guide will take you on a tour of the city, where you will discover some of Windhoek’s history, architecture, culture and people. Later travel to Okahandja to see the Kavango woodcarvers and their wonderful animal and bird carvings. Next, drive for approximately 2 hours to Okonjima, home of the AfriCat Foundation. The mission of this non-profit organisation is the long-term survival of Namibia’s predators in their natural habitat. During your visit, observe some of this programme at work and learn more about these amazing and beautiful animals, including meeting some of the animals kept in the Carnivore Care Centre by taking a game drive around their large enclosures. Overnight at Otjiwa Lodge (or similar).

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3

Otjiwarongo & Etosha

After breakfast, travel via Otjiwarongo, Otavi and Tsumeb to the border of the world-renowned Etosha National Park (approximately 3.5 hours). Your lodge is situated only four minutes' drive from the Von Lindequist Gate to the park, allowing you to enjoy Etosha’s wildlife without having to travel long distances. Overnight at Mokuti Etosha Lodge (or similar).

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4

Etosha

Spend the day game driving through Etosha National Park in your touring vehicle. Etosha covers 22,270 square kilometres and consists of grassland, woodland and savannah. The park boasts some 114 mammal and over 340 bird species. Wildlife that you might see includes elephant, lion, giraffe, zebra, as well as the endemic black faced impala. As soon as the sun sets peace succumbs over the park and you will return to your lodge to relax and reminisce about the day’s adventure. If you prefer, game drives in open 9-seater vehicles are possible at an additional cost, payable locally. Overnight at Mokuti Etosha Lodge (or similar).

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5

Etosha

Travel through Etosha, from east to west, searching for wildlife, stopping at several waterholes en route including the most prolific in Namibia; Okaukuejo. This waterhole especially comes into its own during the dry season when animals are drawn out of hiding to drink at the water’s edge. Exit the park in the afternoon through the Anderson Gate in the south and drive to your accommodation for the night, on the Epacha Private Game Reserve. Relax by the pool after a busy day or for those who want yet more animal adventure, you can book an optional night game drive round the Epacha Reserve. Overnight at Epacha Game Lodge & Spa (or similar).

6

Etosha & Damaraland

Journey to Damaraland, one of the least populated and most geologically diverse areas in Africa. This region is typified by displays of colour, magnificent table-topped mountains, rock formations and bizarre-looking vegetation. Visit the rock art at Twyfelfontein, accompanied by a local Damara guide. This is Namibia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site and features 2,500 examples of bushman paintings and engravings dating back 6,000 years. Explore the Petrified Forest, a geological phenomenon depicting the creation and metamorphosis of wood into stone amongst some of the oldest landmasses on Earth and marvel at the Welwitschia mirabilis plant – the oldest living desert plant on Earth. Finally, learn about Damara culture at the fascinating Damara Living Museum. Overnight at Ondjamba Hills (or similar).

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7

Damaraland

Head out early this morning on a scenic nature drive through, at times untouched wilderness area of the Otjimboyo Concession to Brandberg, Namibia’s highest peak. This is the best time to capture the perfect light of sunrise and catch the last mist engulfing the mountain. As well as boasting some of the most spectacular scenery in Namibia, Damaraland is a surprising refuge for desert adapted wildlife including elephants, giraffe, oryx, springbok and rhino. These animals roam large tracks of unfenced desert landscapes and finding game can be challenging, but this is all part of the adventure of exploring this wild untouched gem of Namibia. Drive along the dry Ugab riverbed back to camp, looking out for the elusive wildlife. Back at camp, you may wish to explore the area on foot, following one of the walking trails. Overnight at Ondjamba Hills (or similar).

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8

Damaraland & Swakopmund

After breakfast, travel via Uis, a former tin mining village, to the Atlantic Ocean and along the coast to Swakopmund (approximately 3.5 hours). A small, coastal resort nestled between the desert and the sea, Swakopmund boasts a charming combination of German colonial architecture blended with modern hotels, shops and restaurants. There will be time this afternoon to explore the town and wander along the waterfront on foot. Overnight at Swakopmund Sands Hotel (or similar).

9

Swakopmund

Today is a free day for optional activities, letting you take advantage of either Swakopmund’s marine wildlife or the surrounding desert. Take a catamaran cruise on Walvis Bay to spot pelagic birds and the marine Big Five: whales, dolphins, mola mola (sunfish), leatherback turtles and seals. Alternatively explore the desert on a tour, go fat biking or sand boarding. Overnight at Swakopmund Sands Hotel (or similar).

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10

Swakopmund & Sossusvlei

Leave the Atlantic Coast behind, drive across seemingly endless desert plains to reach your lodge for the next two nights. The drive will take 4-5 hours but you will be mesmerised by the scenery and keep your eyes peeled for oryx and other wildlife. When you arrive, there will be time to have a refreshing dip in the pool or explore the area on an optional nature walk or tour. Overnight at Sossusvlei Lodge (or similar).

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11

Sossusvlei

Rise early this morning for an awe-inspiring excursion into the dunes. This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world, several over 300 metres high. Those who choose to climb one of the Sossusvlei dunes are rewarded with breathtaking views over the surrounding salt pan. You will also visit Deadvlei, probably the most photographed site in Namibia. Next, your tour guide will take you for a walk through Sesriem Canyon. Late afternoon, embark on a scenic drive on the lodge's private reserve, enjoying sundowners as you watch the spectacular sunset. This incredible day is complete with a bush dinner in the heart of the Namib Desert. Overnight at Sossusvlei Lodge (or similar).

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12

Sossusvlei & Windhoek

Say goodbye to Sossusvlei and head back to Windhoek, for your final night in Namibia, the journey will take approximately 5 hours. En route, stop at Neuras Wine Estate. Nestled in the foothills of the Naukluft Mountains, Neuras is one of the world's driest vineyards. Discover this unique winery on a vineyard tour and sample some of its wine. Overnight at The Windhoek Luxury Suites (or similar). Passengers who are travelling on the 16-day Namibia Explorer tour with Desert Extension will instead travel to Luderitz today.

13

Departure

You will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight home, or onward travel.

Another stop?

Why not extend your trip by three days and join our 16-day Namibia Explorer tour with Desert Extension, on an independent basis, to discover Namibia's southern highlights? Explore the Kalahari Desert, marvel at the vastness of Fish River Canyon and visit the ghost town of Kolmanskop. Alternatively, finish your African adventure with a trip to South Africa’s vibrant capital, Cape Town, or perhaps the world-famous Victoria Falls. Ask your Personal Travel Expert for more information.

Extensions

Extensions

Holiday Budget
Guide price information

Low Season

Small Group Tour
2024: 15 Jun

£4,075

High Season

Small Group Tour
2024: 10 Aug, 14 Sep, 05 Oct, 19 Oct, 23 Nov

£4,795

Private Tour

This itinerary is also available as a private departure, on the dates of your choice. This option is ideal for families or groups of friends, as the price per person reduces as the size of your group increases.

£5,950

Alfred & Helen Austin

Helen was fascinated by travel from an early age, avidly watching holiday programmes and dreaming of future travel plans. Fantasy became reality when she joined Kuoni just over 20 years ago, and she has continued to explore ever since. She fell in love with Africa on her first safari experience in Zambia, watching an elephant herd meander across a dusty track as the sun set dramatically. Subsequent trips to South Africa, Namibia, and Kenya have further fuelled her passion for the wildlife, diverse cultures, and beautiful landscapes of her favourite continent.

Plan your holiday withAlfred&

Contact us and one of our UK team will help shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. Someone like Malcolm who's travelled extensively in Namibia. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the expert guides who can help you spot rare animals or the fat bike enthusiasts who can take you on a cycling adventure through the Namib Desert. Give us a call, set up and appointment or enquire online to start planning your tailor-made Namibia holiday.

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