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What to expect

Stunning Landscapes

Iconic red sand dunes & surreal terrain

Rich Biodiversity

Explore deserts, wetlands & savannahs

Immersive Experiences

Rare encounter with the Himba Tribe

Unique Accommodation

Amidst stunning desert landscapes

About the trip

Experience the wonders of Namibia on an enchanting 13-day journey, delving into its otherworldly landscapes and vibrant wildlife. Begin in the bustling capital, Windhoek, and traverse the red sands of the Kalahari Desert, marvel at the majestic Fish River Canyon, and explore the historic coastal town of Lüderitz. Take in the breathtaking vistas at Sossusvlei and immerse yourself in the rich culture of Twyfelfontein. Enjoy exhilarating game drives in Etosha National Park before concluding your adventure back in Windhoek. This trip promises an unforgettable blend of adventure, cultural immersion, and relaxation.

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What's included?

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Single room
  • 12 Breakfasts &, 10 Dinners
  • All transfers and game drives conducted in exclusive vehicle
  • All park entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Water on the vehicle (2 bottles per guest per day)
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Fully Financially Protected

Itinerary

  • Overnight flight from the UK
  • Arrival in Windhoek
  • Kalahari Desert & Fish River Canyon
  • Fish River Canyon, Lüderitz and Kolmanskop
  • Namib Desert
  • Sossusvlei and Deadvlei
  • Swakopmund
  • Swakopmund
  • Damaraland & Twyfelfontein
  • Damaraland & Twyfelfontein
  • Himba village & Etosha National Park
  • Etosha National Park
  • Final Game Drive in Etosha and Journey to Windhoek
  • Departure from Windhoek
  • Arrive back into the UK

Extras

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DAY 1

Overnight flight from the UK

Today we depart the UK and head to Namibia on an overnight flight.

DAY 2

Arrival in Windhoek

Upon arrival at Windhoek International Airport, we will be greeted by our driver/guide who will assist with formalities. Our journey begins with a drive towards the capital of Windhoek, known for its distinctive German flavour and vibrant atmosphere. From Windhoek, we embark on a three-hour drive south towards Mariental, reaching our accommodation at Kalahari Anib Lodge. After checking in, we can relax and prepare for the exciting journey ahead. In the evening, explore the Gondwana Kalahari Park on a sunset drive, celebrating life atop a red Kalahari dune while taking in the stunning views. Enjoy a leisurely dinner and rest up for the adventure that awaits.

Accommodation: Kalahari Anib Lodge
Included: Dinner & PM nature drive

DAY 3

Kalahari Desert & Fish River Canyon

After breakfast, we depart for the Fish River Canyon area, travelling via Mariental and Keetmanshoop. The journey takes us through the stunning landscapes of the Kalahari Desert, known for its iconic red sands and unique wildlife.

The Fish River Canyon, located in the south of Namibia, is the largest canyon in Africa and the second most visited tourist attraction in the country. It boasts a gigantic ravine spanning around 160 kilometres long, up to 27 kilometres wide, and nearly 550 meters deep in places. We arrive at Canyon Lodge in the late afternoon, where we have the option to spend the rest of the day relaxing by the pool or arranging an afternoon activity with the lodge. Take time to explore the unique quiver trees, admire the murals depicting the history of southern Namibia, and enjoy the lodge’s amenities.

Accommodation: Canyon Lodge
Included: Breakfast, dinner & visit to Fish River Canyon with own guide and vehicle

DAY 4

Fish River Canyon, Lüderitz & Kolmanskop

We begin our day with a visit to the spectacular Fish River Canyon viewpoint, before traveling through Aus en route to Lüderitz. Situated along Namibia’s rugged coastline, Lüderitz is renowned for its colonial architecture and diverse wildlife, including seals, penguins, flamingos, and ostriches. Explore its historic streets, visit the local museum (optional, ticket cost: NAD 150.00 per person), and learn about its intriguing railway history. A highlight of the day is a tour of Kolmanskop, a hauntingly beautiful ghost town steeped in mining history, located just inland from Lüderitz. Spend the night at Lüderitz Nest Hotel, offering luxurious accommodations and a memorable dining experience at the Penguin Restaurant featuring regional delicacies like west coast rock lobster and Lüderitz oysters.

Accommodation: Lüderitz Nest Hotel
Included: Breakfast, dinner, visit to Kolmanskop & sightseeing in Lüderitz

DAY 5

Namib Desert

Today begins with an early departure for the Namib Desert, a journey that promises awe-inspiring landscapes and a real sense of adventure. (Drive duration is six hours). Upon arrival at Namib Desert Lodge, nestled at the base of ancient, fossilised dunes, we take time to soak in the tranquillity and marvel at the red sand sea. Whether choosing to unwind by the pool with a drink or exploring the surroundings, the lodge offers a perfect blend of relaxation and exploration. As evening approaches, consider an optional sunset drive to witness the desert’s breathtaking transformation under the golden hues of dusk (extra fee: NAD 865.00 per person). The Namib Desert Lodge provides a welcoming retreat with comfortable accommodations, scenic trails into the dunes, and opportunities to observe wildlife such as gemsbok at the nearby waterhole.

Accommodation: Namib Desert Lodge
Included: Breakfast & dinner

DAY 6

Sossusvlei & Deadvlei

Today starts early to maximise the day’s adventures. Before sunrise, we’ll depart for Sesriem – the gateway to the iconic Sossusvlei Dunes. Sossusvlei, encompassing salt and clay pans surrounded by towering red dunes, forms a centrepiece of the Namib Desert’s Namib-Naukluft National Park, drawing visitors with its unparalleled natural beauty and unique ecological features.

The gates open at sunrise, offering a breathtaking spectacle as the dunes come alive with shifting colours under the morning sun. The journey covers approximately 60km, passing by Dune 45, renowned for its towering height and photogenic appeal.

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DAY 7

Swakopmund

After breakfast, we head towards Swakopmund – Namibia’s premier holiday destination, passing through Solitaire for a coffee and cake stop, famous for its renowned apple pie. Continuing on, a brief visit to Walvis Bay allows us to explore the vibrant birdlife at the Walvis Bay Lagoon – a RAMSAR site celebrated for its ecological richness. The final stretch to Swakopmund offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean to our left and towering dunes to our right.

Upon arrival, The Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre, designed to complement the historic 1901 station building now part of the hotel’s public areas, welcomes us with a perfect balance of charming, old-world tradition and the thrill of modern-day entertainment. Enjoy the evening exploring Swakopmund’s diverse array of excellent restaurants at our leisure.

Accommodation: Swakopmund Hotel & Entertainment Centre
Included: Breakfast

DAY 8

Swakopmund

Today is ours to explore Swakopmund – a coastal city known for its German colonial architecture and stunning location on Namibia’s western coast. Founded in 1892 as a harbour for German South West Africa, Swakopmund now offers a blend of beach resort charm and historical landmarks like the Altes Gefängnis and the Woermannhaus. Discover attractions such as the Swakopmund Museum and the National Marine Aquarium, or opt for optional activities to experience the natural beauty and recreational opportunities this vibrant city has to offer.

Swakopmund’s diverse dining scene invites us to indulge in local cuisine or international flavours, ensuring a memorable day of relaxation and exploration in this coastal gem of Namibia.

Accommodation: Swakopmund Hotel & Entertainment Centre
Included: Breakfast

List of optional excursions outlined in below FAQs

DAY 9

Damaraland & Twyfelfontein

This morning, we depart from the foggy coast and head towards Damaraland. The journey takes us through the mining village of Uis and past the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain, standing at nearly 2,600 meters. We visit Cape Cross to see the impressive seal colony before continuing deeper into Damaraland. Known for its sparse population and geological diversity, this harsh, rocky environment is home to elusive desert elephants, black rhinos, and free-roaming antelopes.

We arrive at  Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, nestled in the heart of this spectacular wilderness. Optional afternoon activities are also available. We enjoy dinner and overnight at Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, where the architecture harmonises seamlessly with the natural sandstone formations, offering panoramic views of the Huab Valley and desert plains.

Accommodation: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge
Included: Breakfast, dinner & visit to Cape Cross seal colony

DAY 10

Damaraland & Twyfelfontein

This morning, we begin with a visit to the Twyfelfontein rock paintings and the Damara Living Museum. Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Damaraland, boasts one of the most extensive collections of rock-art engravings in Southern Africa, created by the Khoi-San and other ancient tribes.

After immersing ourselves in this rich cultural legacy, we explore the nearby natural wonders, including Burnt Mountain, the Organ Pipes, and the Petrified Forest. Along the way, we might spot some of the unique desert-adapted animals that inhabit this harsh yet beautiful environment. Here we also see the Welwitschia mirabilis plant – the oldest living desert plant on Earth. The day promises a blend of cultural and natural marvels, offering a deep insight into the heritage and geological diversity of Damaraland.

Accommodation:Twyfelfontein Country Lodge
Included: Breakfast, dinner & visit to Twyfelfontein Paintings & Damara Living Museum with own guide & vehicle

DAY 11

Himba Village & Etosha National Park

Today, we embark on a drive from the Damaraland area to Etosha. En route, we visit a Himba village to experience the unique lifestyle and culture of the Himba people in Namibia.

Depending on our arrival time at Etosha, we may have the opportunity to enter the park with our own guide and vehicle for a game drive before the gates close. This will be a chance to spot some of the diverse wildlife that Etosha is renowned for. Arrival at the lodge will be in the late afternoon or early evening, allowing some time to relax and unwind after the day’s journey.

Accommodation: Etosha Safari Lodge
Included: Breakfast, dinner & Himba village visit

DAY 12

Etosha National Park

Today is dedicated entirely to exploring the abundant wildlife of Etosha National Park, centred around the vast, parched Etosha Pan. This park, Namibia’s first conservation area proclaimed in 1907 by Governor von Lindequist, is home to four of the Big Five: elephant, lion, leopard and rhino.

Despite the park’s vast size, only the southern edge of the pan is accessible to visitors. Game viewing focuses around the numerous waterholes, some spring-fed and others supplied by boreholes, which are ideal spots to observe over 114 different game species and more than 340 bird species. You can expect to see popular species such as giraffe, blue wildebeest, plains and mountain zebra, hyena, lion, leopard, and various antelopes including kudu, oryx, and eland. The park is also home to endangered species like the black rhino, cheetah, and black-faced impala.

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DAY 13

Final Game Drive in Etosha and Journey to Windhoek

This morning, our guide takes us on another game drive in Etosha National Park, where you may encounter animal species not seen the previous day and enjoy new surprises at different waterholes. The vast Etosha Pan, a salt pan desert nearly 130 km long and up to 50 km wide, dominates the park. During the dry season, the parched and cracked pan draws animals closer to waterholes, making it an excellent time for game viewing. In the rainy season, the park transforms into a lush oasis, with young foals, cubs, and chicks frolicking among the new green shrubs and grasses. After the game drive, we travel back through the country’s central bushland savannah to Windhoek, the capital. En route, we stop at the famous wood carvers market in Okahandja or the craft market in Windhoek’s main street to pick up last-minute souvenirs. The day concludes with optional activities at the lodge, providing opportunities for further exploration or relaxation.

Accommodation: Okapuka Safari Lodge
Included: Breakfast, dinner & a four hour game drive with safari vehicle in Etosha

DAY 14

Departure from Windhoek

After breakfast, we embark on the journey back to Windhoek, reflecting on the incredible experiences of our Namibian safari. Our guide will transfer you to Windhoek International Airport for your departure. Bid farewell to Namibia, taking with you unforgettable memories of an extraordinary adventure.

Included: Breakfast

DAY 15

Arrive back into the UK

We arrive back into the UK after an overnight flight from Windhoek.

Accommodation

Unearthly Landscapes of Namibia

We stay in comfortable three-star hotels/lodges throughout as detailed below (or similar):

  • Kalahari Anib Lodge
  • Canyon Lodge
  • Lüderitz Nest Hotel
  • Namib Desert Lodge
  • Swakopmund Hotel & Entertainment Centre
  • Twyfelfontein Country Lodge
  • Etosha Safari Lodge
  • Okapuka Safari Lodge

Frequently Asked Questions

Average Temperatures

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June 22 °C 7 °C

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