Large group of animals at a waterhole, a drinking place in Etosha, Namibia. The group consists of Burchell's zebras, Springb…

From the immense vastness of the Kalahari in the east, to the expanse of the deep blue Atlantic Ocean in the west, Namibia boasts enigmatic scenery, fantastic wildlife and regions of stunning natural beauty. Come and explore this fascinating country with us over the festive period. The country’s incredible array of wildlife and abundant and fabulously varied flora and fauna – sit back and enjoy the show!

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Itinerary

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Upon arrival at Windhoek International Airport, we will be met by our local Tour Leader with a short orientation tour of the city on our way to the hotel. Namibia’s capital has a colonial legacy that is reflected in its many German eateries and shops, as well as an interesting mix of historical architecture including the Alte Feste (Old Fort), the 1896 Christuskirche (Christ Church), and the more contemporary Supreme Court. Overnight Windhoek.

  • Accommodation 4* Windhoek Country Club
  • MEALS Dinner included

Head into the desert via the small town of Rehoboth, a community that still lives according to their paternal laws dating back to 1872. The Kalahari Desert; not a desert in the strictest sense of the word, as it receives too much rainfall, derives its’ name from the vast expanses of sand, through which precipitation filters rapidly, that have made the Kalahari into the “thirst land”. We will enjoy a scenic, sunset drive through the desert in an open vehicle before dinner – what a start to the holiday! Overnight Kalahari.

  • Accommodation 3* Auob Safari Lodge
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

Today we head for the Hardap Region via Maltahöhe passing through ever-changing beautiful vistas of the desert landscapes when driving along the Namib Desert. We will arrive late afternoon and enjoy a scenic game drive in closed touring vehicle. Overnight Namib

  • Accommodation 4* Desert Homestead
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

Enjoy early morning coffee and tea before departing for Sossusvlei, a fascinating world of ecology and unearthly geography. Our route travels along the Tsauchab dry riverbed, which has found a way through the dunes until it reaches the vivid white clay saltpan, called Sossusvlei. The early morning sun offers spectacular pastel colours in the star-shaped dunes. The first stop will be at Dune 45 before continuing to Sossusvlei. Climb one of the dunes and be overwhelmed by the sight of the dynamic and living desert! Breakfast will be served as a picnic under one of the shady camelthorn trees. Afterwards, walk over patches of dunes until you reach the base of the ‘Dead Vlei’, where all that remains today are the skeletons of trees.

  • Accommodation 4* Desert Homestead
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

Today we journey through Kuiseb Canyon via the Moon Landscape, a barren, undulating rocky desert which was formed by the valleys of the Swakop River. Enjoy the rugged beauty of this lunar landscape before continuing towards Swakopmund, a city that resembles a small German town, with seaside promenades, restaurants, cafes and museums.

  • Accommodation 4* Hansa Lodge
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

We enjoy a stunning catamaran cruise in the morning through Walvis Bay, a 100 km² natural harbour sheltered from prevailing waves and rich in marine life. The afternoon is free to relax, or perhaps explore the quaint town of Swakopmund, take a guided tour through the Mondesa township, or a spectacular flight over the Skeleton coast. 

  • Accommodation 4* Hansa Lodge
  • MEALS Breakfast included

We travel on the salt road towards Henties Bay, past salt pans and a wonderful array of bird life. Our destination, Damaraland, one of the most scenic areas in Namibia, where we visit Twyfelfontein, a site of ancient rock engravings and the Organ Pipes, a distinctive series of dolerite pillars that have been exposed by erosion.

  • Accommodation 3* Twyfelfontein Lodge
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

Our adventure continues to the Etosha National Park. Visit a Damara village and learn more about the culture and the tradition of this half-nomadic people and before continuing via the little town of Outjo. It’s then on to Etosha National Park for an afternoon first game drive into the park.

  • Accommodation 3* Toshari Lodge
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

Our entire day will be spent exploring the waterholes along this enormous saltpan. There are close to 114 species of mammal in Etosha, including the black faced impala and the threatened black and white rhino.

  • Accommodation 3* Toshari Lodge
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

Today we travel south to Okonjima, to visit The AfriCat Foundation, a world renowned 55,000 acre sanctuary for cheetahs and leopards. Late afternoon we continue to Windhoek where we will enjoy a relaxing group dinner at Joe’s Beerhouse, one of Namibia’s most famous eateries.

  • Accommodation 3* River Crossing
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

Enjoy a final breakfast before taking in the highlights of the capital with its three castles keeping watch over the city before departing for home.

  • Accommodation
  • MEALS Breakfast included
Approx. Flight Time

14 hours

TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT + 1 hour

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Useful Information

Hotels

We stay in comfortable hotels throughout the tour.

Transfer Time

The transfer from Windhoek Airport to the hotel is approximately 45 minutes depending on traffic.

A reasonable level of fitness/mobility is required as we include plenty of sightseeing/travelling, sometimes with early starts.

Included Programme

A sightseeing programme is included in your touring package.

More to Explore

There will be several optional activities available to you during the course of your holiday, full details of which will be given out at the Information Meeting by your Tour Leader. Your Tour Leader will arrange these for you but may not necessarily accompany you.

Gratuities

There is often confusion on the question of gratuities, since it frequently depends on the type of holiday, location and, of course, your attitude towards tipping, as to what is normally expected. In order to give you a rough idea, we have given appropriate guidance below.

We suggest a group collection at the beginning of your holiday to cover drivers, guides, porters and hotel staff (including restaurant, kitchen and reception staff) of approximately £60 (or the equivalent amount in local currency). Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of bar staff and housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate add on.

Dress Code

The emphasis is on casual clothing for throughout. Comfortable shoes or walking boots are recommended. Dressing in layers and waterproofs to allow for changes in the weather is recommended. Please bring some warm clothing for example a fleece and warm outer jacket for the evenings and early mornings. A cap or wide brimmed hat to protect from the sun and sunglasses are recommended.

 

 

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Depart Return Nights Age Group Price COMMENTS  
19 Dec 2018 30 Dec 2018 11 All Ages £ 4445 BOOK

What's Included

  • Scheduled return flights from London Heathrow/Windhoek via Johannesburg with British Airways & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Single room with private facilities
  • Sunset drive in the Kalahari Desert
  • Game drive in Hardap Region
  • Catamaran cruise in Walvis Bay
  • 2 game drives in Etosha National Park
  • Visit to AfriCat Foundation
  • City tour of Windhoek
  • Porterage at hotels (1 standard piece per person)
  • Nature Drive in the Kalahari
  • Nature in Sossuvlei
  • Park entrance fees to Sossuvlei, Namib Naukluft Park & Etosha National Park
  • Cruise in Walvis Bay
  • Entrance to Twyfelfontein Rock Art & paintings, organ pipes and Burnt Mountain
  • Entrance to Damara Living Museum
  • Okonjima Day visit to AfriCat Foundation
  • Local Tour Leader / driver throughout

 

What’s Extra:

  • Insurance see here
  • Flight upgrades (World Traveller Plus) from £695 one way

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