Red sand dunes that seem to sweep across the landscape in waves is the image that the word 'Namibia' evokes in most people's minds. A remarkable land of dramatic contrast defines the scenery and a journey here really is unlike anywhere else on earth. Travelling with a small group of like-minded people, uncover the remote delights of this little-explored land.

• Windhoek: 1 night

• Central Namibia:1 night

• Etosha National Park: 3 nights

• Damaraland: 1 night

• Swakopmund: 3 nights

• Sossusvlei: 2 nights

• Windhoek: 1 night

14nights Escorted Small Group Tour

Namibia is a land of dramatic contrast where the scenery is just mind-blowing. From lunar-like salt pans and ancient old rock carvings to towering orange sand dunes that appear to sweep across the landscape in waves, a journey here really is unlike anywhere else on earth. Uncover the remote delights of this little explored land on this fantastic small group tour across Namibia.

• Windhoek: 1 night

• Central Namibia: 1 night

• Etosha National Park: 3 nights

• Damaraland: 1 night

• Swakopmund: 3 nights

• Sossusvlei: 2 nights

• Windhoek: 1 night

14nights Escorted Small Group Tour
 
 
ITINERARY

Day 1: UK to Windhoek Depart the UK for your overnight flight to Windhoek.

Day 2: Windhoek On arrival, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel with the rest of the day to spend as you please. This evening, get to know your group as you head to the famed Joe’s Beerhouse for a welcome dinner. Stay: Hilton Windhoek (or similar). D.

Day 3: Windhoek to Central Namibia Following breakfast, meet your local tour leader and take in some of Windhoek’s signature buildings including the Christuskirche (Christ Church), the Alte Feste (old fort) and the Tintenpalastt (Ink Palace), remnants of Namibia’s past under German rule between 1884 and 1915. Travel to the town of Okahandja to see the Kavango woodcarvers and their wonderful animal and bird carvings. On arrival at the Erindi Game Reserve you’ll have some time to get settled before heading out on your first Namibia game drive or wild leopard bush walk. Approx. journey time: 3 hours, 98 miles. Stay: Old Traders Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 4: Central Namibia to Etosha National Park Depart Erindi after breakfast and travel towards Etosha National Park, stopping at the Okonjima AfriCat Centre to learn all about the amazing conservation work that this non-profit organisation does in helping to rescue, rehabilitate and release Namibia’s powerful big cats back into the wild. Continue to your lodge in Etosha National Park and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Approx. journey time: 4¾ hours, 290 miles. Stay: Mokuti Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 5: Etosha National Park This remarkable landscape is home to a salt pan so large that it can be seen from space. Add to this a collection of waterholes, an abundance of wildlife and a mix of habitats, and you have something truly special just waiting to be explored. You’ll be staying in the luxurious Mokuti Lodge and enjoying game drives in your tour bus. Stay: Mokuti Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 6: Etosha National Park Spend a full day exploring the park, stopping at waterholes along the way to view the big game. As you travel through the park watch out for the endangered black rhino and the elusive leopard. While we cannot guarantee sightings, there is always the possibility that you may be lucky enough to spot one of these rare and beautiful animals. Arrive at your lodge in the afternoon and enjoy some free time to embark on various optional activities (payable locally). Stay: Eagle Tented Lodge & Spa (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 7: Etosha National Park to Damaraland Leave the beautiful landscapes of Etosha behind as you travel south into Damaraland for one night. En route, visit an eerie petrified forest formed by extreme geographical processes over millions of years. You’ll also visit the ancient rock art of Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of engravings from the Late Stone Age depicting the local wildlife. If you are lucky, you might see the famous desert elephants along one of the dry riverbeds, typical of Damaraland. Approx. journey time: 5 hours, 203 miles. Stay: Twyfelfontein Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 8: Damaraland to Swakopmund Rise early this morning and head south-west to Swakopmund, Namibia’s premier holiday retreat. Along the way drive through dramatic semi-arid landscape, passing by ancients volcanoes, dusty river beds and the soaring granite Brandberg Mountain. Approx. journey time: 4½ hours, 203 miles. Stay: Strand Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 9: Swakopmund Today you can explore the city at your own pace, perhaps enjoying some of our optional activities on offer. You may like to head out on a Walvis Bay Dolphin & Seal Cruise or alternatively, take a scenic desert flight to enjoy the wondrous landscapes of Namibia from the air. There are also plenty of extreme activities and 4x4 adventures on offer for you to enjoy (all at extra cost). Stay: Strand Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 10: Swakopmund Head out on a city tour today to see the best of Namibia’s coastal city playground. Wedged between the cool refreshing breeze of the ocean and the scorching heat of the Namib Desert, you’ll uncover the heritage of this extraordinary place. See historic buildings and colonial-style architecture before enjoying some time at leisure, perhaps booking onto one of our great optional experiences. Stay: Strand Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 11: Swakopmund to Sossusvlei Today, you’ll have the opportunity to delve deep into the fearsome Namib Desert to seek out the unique Welwitschia Mirabilis desert plant, with some specimens estimated to be between 1500 to 3000 years old. Visit the Welwitschia and Moon Valley before stopping at Rostock Ridge Lodge for lunch. You’ll then continue towards Solitaire and onwards to your lodge. Approx. journey time: 4½ hours, 213 miles. Stay: Sossusvlei Lodge (or similar). B, L, D. 

Day 12: Sossusvlei Head out early for an exploration of the massive dunes both by 4x4 and on foot. Scale Dune 45, one of the most popular dunes to climb in the area, and walk on the ancient clay pans of Sossusvlei and the Dead Vlei. Later, you’ll visit the gorges of Sesriem Canyon, a natural canyon carved by the Tsauchab River where many of the animals in the vicinity come to drink. Stay: Sossusvlei Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 13: Sossusvlei to Windhoek After breakfast, travel back to Windhoek where the rest of the day is free for independent exploration. Approx. journey time: 4¼ hours, 321 km. Stay: Hilton Windhoek (or similar). B, L.

Day 14: Windhoek Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK, arriving the following day. B.


Stay longer

Southern Namibian Deserts 4 nights

Explore some of Namibia's most breathtaking natural landscapes on this four-night extension. Discover the unique local culture of the Kalahari Desert and visit the impressive Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa.

Victoria Falls 2 nights

Continue your adventure with this two-night extension in Zimbabwe. Stay at the charming Ilala Lodge in Victoria Falls town and take some time to visit the legendary waterfalls that are just a short walk from the hotel.

Cape Town & Winelands 5 nights

Combine this tour with our five-night Essential South Africa itinerary. From a taste of cosmopolitan Cape Town to a stay in the famous Winelands, this short tour offers the perfect introduction for first timers visiting South Africa.

Day 1: UK to Windhoek Depart the UK for your overnight flight to Windhoek.

Day 2: Windhoek
On arrival, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel where the rest of the day is free to spend at leisure. This evening, get to know your group and local tour guide as you head to the famed Joe’s Beerhouse for a welcome dinner. Stay: Hilton Windhoek (or similar). D.

Day 3: Windhoek to Central Namibia After breakfast, join your local guide to take in some of Windhoek’s signature buildings. Travel to the town of Okahandja to see the Kavango woodcarvers and their wonderful animal and bird carvings. On arrival at the Erindi Game Reserve you’ll have some time to get settled before heading out on your first game drive. Approx. journey time: 3 hours, 98 miles. Stay: Old Traders Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 4: Central Namibia to Etosha National Park
Depart Erindi and travel to Etosha National Park, stopping at the Okonjima AfriCat Centre to learn all about the amazing conservation work that this non-profit organisation does in helping to rescue, rehabilitate and release Namibia’s powerful big cats back into the wild. Continue to your lodge in Etosha National Park and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Approx. journey time: 4¾ hours, 290 miles. Stay: Mokuti Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 5: Etosha National Park
This remarkable landscape is home to a salt pan so large that it can be seen from space. Add to this a collection of waterholes, an abundance of wildlife and a mix of habitats, and you have something truly special just waiting to be discovered. Home to thrilling wildlife that includes the endangered black rhino and the elusive leopard, spend a full day exploring the park in a touring vehicle. While we can’t guarantee sightings, there’s always the possibility that you may be lucky enough to spot one of these rare and beautiful animals. Stay: Mokuti Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 6: Etosha National Park
After breakfast, it’s another full day of exploring the park as you travel across to its western edge. Arrive at your lodge in the afternoon and enjoy some free time to relax. Stay: Eagle Tented Lodge & Spa (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 7: Etosha National Park to Damaraland
Leave Etosha behind as you travel south into Damaraland for one night. Home to some of Namibia’s most impressive scenery, Damaraland is a desolate haven of ancient rock carvings and incredible geological landmarks. On the way, you’ll stop at Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site of engravings from the Late Stone Age depicting the local wildlife. If you’re lucky, you may get the chance to see the famous desert elephants along one of the dry riverbeds. Approx. journey time: 5 hours, 203 miles. Stay: Twyfelfontein Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 8: Damaraland to Swakopmund
This morning, head south-west to Swakopmund, Namibia’s elegant seaside retreat. Leaving the mountains behind you, pass through sweeping desert landscapes and dramatic scenery as you make your way down to the rugged Skeleton Coast. On arrival in Swakopmund, check into the Strand Hotel where the remainder of the day is at leisure. This gorgeous retreat has a superb spa and a selection of delicious restaurants, offering you the ultimate in relaxation after the long days spent exploring the wild. Approx. journey time: 4½ hours, 203 miles. Stay: Strand Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 9: Swakopmund
Namibia’s largest coastal city was founded in 1892 and still retains its German origins through its old colonial buildings and Bavarian-styled spires. Take today to explore the city at your own pace, perhaps enjoying some of our optional activities on offer. You may like to head out on a Walvis Bay Dolphin & Seal Cruise or alternatively, take a scenic desert flight to enjoy the landscapes of Namibia from the air. There’s also plenty of extreme activities and 4x4 adventures on offer for you to enjoy (all at extra cost). Stay: Strand Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 10: Swakopmund
Head out on a city tour to see the best of Namibia’s coastal city playground. See historic buildings and colonial-style architecture before enjoying some time at leisure, perhaps booking onto one of our optional experiences. Stay: Strand Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 11: Swakopmund to Sossusvlei
Today, you’ll have the chance to delve deep into the fearsome Namib Desert. Depart the cool coast of Swakopmund for the fiery orange dunes of Sossusvlei, on the way passing huge flocks of flamingos in Walvis Bay and making a pit-stop in the barren desert settlement of Solitaire. While here, why not treat yourself to a slice of the famous apple strudel from the Solitaire bakery. Approx. journey time: 4½ hours, 213 miles. Stay: Sossusvlei Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 12: Sossusvlei One of our ultimate tour highlights is Sossusvlei, an epic salt and clay pan that’s surrounded by some of the world’s tallest sand dunes. Start the day heading out early for an exploration both by 4x4 and on foot. Walk the majestic sand dunes and marvel at the extraordinary petrified forest of Dead Vlei before you continue to Dune 45 – one of the area’s most photographic and scalable dunes. Later, you’ll visit the gorges of Sesriem Canyon, a natural canyon carved by the Tsauchab River where many of the animals in the vicinity come to drink. Stay: Sossusvlei Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 13: Sossusvlei to Windhoek
After breakfast, travel back to Windhoek where the rest of the day is free for some independent exploration. Approx. journey time: 4¼ hours, 321 km. Stay: Hilton Windhoek (or similar). B, L.

Day 14: Windhoek
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK, arriving the following day. B.


Stay longer

Southern Namibian Deserts 4 nights

Explore some of Namibia's most breathtaking natural landscapes on this four-night extension. Discover the unique local culture of the Kalahari Desert and visit the impressive Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa.

Victoria Falls 2 nights

Continue your adventure with this two-night extension in Zimbabwe. Stay at the charming Ilala Lodge in Victoria Falls town and take some time to visit the legendary waterfalls that are just a short walk from the hotel.

Cape Town & Winelands 5 nights

Combine this tour with our five-night Essential South Africa itinerary. From a taste of cosmopolitan Cape Town to a stay in the famous Winelands, this short tour offers the perfect introduction for first timers visiting South Africa.

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Is this for you?

If you're looking for something a little more untouched and authentic, Namibia is the ideal destination, unlike anywhere else.

Good to know

• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey)

• Average group size of 12 guests

• A maximum of 16 guests.

What to expect

• Air-conditioned transport

• Frequent rest stops will be made

• All optional excursions are payable locally

• Some long journey times and dusty, bumpy roads

• In Etosha National Park, game drives will be in your tour bus.

Accommodation on tour

A mix of remote desert lodges and well-placed city hotels make up the accommodation on this tour. In Swakopmund, the Strand Hotel is a stylish resort which enjoys a prime position right on the seafront promenade, while in Etosha the lodges include the beautiful Eagle Tented Lodge & Spa, where each tent has a raised wooden platform overlooking amazing views.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £660

Is this for you?

If you’re looking for something a little more untouched and authentic, Namibia is the ideal destination that’s unlike anywhere else in Africa.

Good to know

• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey, where the minimum age is 12)

• Average group size of 12 guests

• A maximum of 16 guests

• Journey times do not take into account stops or local traffic conditions

• We recommend travelling with no more than one suitcase and one day bag.

What to expect

• Air-conditioned transport in a tour vehicle

• All optional excursions are payable locally

• Some long journey times and dusty, bumpy roads

• In Etosha National Park, game drives will be in your tour bus

• Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

Accommodation on tour

A mix of remote desert lodges and well-placed city hotels make up the accommodation on this tour. In Swakopmund, the Strand Hotel is a luxury retreat on the coast, right on the city’s seafront promenade. Next to the entrance of Namib Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei Lodge offers an outdoor pool and direct access to the famous orange dunes, while in Damaraland you’ll stay in close proximity to the ancient rock art of Twyfelfontein.

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2019 May 18; Jun 15; Aug 03; Sep 14; Oct 12, 26; Nov 16

Included in price

• Quality accommodation

• Insightful local tour leaders

• Hand-picked itineraries

• Flexible arrival times

• Small groups and a relaxed approach

• Porterage and guide tips

• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), or the freedom to explore local restaurants independently

• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £2115.

Tour dates

2020 Apr 25; May 23; Jun 20; Jul 18; Aug 15; Sep 12, 26; Oct 10; Nov 14, 28

2021 May 15, 29; Jun 12, 26; Aug 14; Sep 11, 25; Oct 09, 30; Nov 13, 27

Included in price

• Quality accommodation

• Insightful local tour leaders

• Hand-picked itineraries

• Flexible arrival times

• Small groups

• Porterage and guide tips

• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

• All specified flights.

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Namibian Explorer

Kuoni highlights

Everything is taken care of when you embark on a small group journey through Namibia with Kuoni, and each detail has been carefully considered to provide the most immersive experience possible. Scale towering dunes, walk on ancient clay pans and visit outstanding national parks. The balance of included sightseeing, optional experiences and free time makes this tour a great choice.

Kuoni highlights

Everything is taken care of when you embark on a small group journey through Namibia with Kuoni, and each detail has been carefully considered to provide the most immersive experience possible. Scale towering dunes, walk on ancient clay pans and visit outstanding national parks. The balance of included sightseeing, optional experiences and free time makes this tour a great choice.