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This small group tour of Namibia takes in the highlights of this outstanding country: dunes, desert, plains and wildlife - the complete Namibia adventure.

Staying largely in exclusive accommodation in private reserves, you visit Sossusvlei’s soaring dunes, take a boat trip at Swakopmund, explore the desert in Damaraland, and marvel at Etosha’s prolific wildlife. Activities include walking, mountain biking, seeing ancient rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, and rhino tracking.

Typical itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart the UK

  2. Day 2: Arrive Windhoek, transfer to Sossusvlei

    On arrival in Windhoek, you will meet your guide and the rest of your group, and set off for Kulala Reserve, a full day's drive drive through the Khomas Hochland mountains and down into the iconic Sossusvlei region. Depending on your arrival time, in the late afternoon you may head out for a vehicle safari on the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve, a 37,000-hectare tract of land bordering Namib-Naukluft National Park near the spectacular sights of Sossusvlei.

    Accommodation: Kulala Adventurer Camp, Sosussvlei, 2-nights

  3. Day 3: Sossusvlei dunes; day & night vehicle & walking safaris

    Soon after dawn you head into Sossusvlei, the world’s highest dunes. In the soft morning light the dunes are flushed an intense red colour that gradually fades as the sun rises higher and contrast is lost. You will have plenty of time to appreciate the spectacular scenery before returning to the camp for lunch and a siesta, after which you head out again for another activity.

    On your drives and walks, you should see desert-adapted wildlife such as ostrich, springbok and gemsbok, plus smaller creatures such as black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox and Cape fox. Other highlights include dining under star-filled skies, and watching blood red sunsets accompanied by a cacophony of barking geckos. 

  4. Day 4: Transfer to Swakopmund

    Today you head on to your next destination, Swakopmund - a drive of 350 kilometres. After an early departure you follow the road that snakes through the dramatic Kuiseb Canyon, before eventually arriving in Walvis Bay. From here it is a short distance up the coast to 'Swakop', as it is known. Once you have checked in at the hotel, the rest of the day is free to explore this quaint coastal town with its distinctly Germanic air.

    Accommodation: Hansa Hotel, 2-nights

  5. Day 5: Swakopmund: boat trip

    Today is dedicated to exploring the ice blue Atlantic coast around Swakopmund to see its incredible marine life, with a private catamaran trip from Walvis Bay (weather permitting). You'll visit the oyster platforms to learn how oysters are cultivated - with an opportunity to taste them - before moving on to Pelican Point to see the lighthouse and an area where three species of dolphins may be encountered: the rare endemic Heaviside's dolphin, dusky and Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. As well as spotting diverse pelagic (ocean-going) birdlife, in season you can see pelicans, Cape fur seals, flamingos, massive sunfish, leatherback turtles, humpback and southern right whales.

  6. Day 6: Transfer to Damaraland

    Continue by road to Damaraland, to the west of the Brandberg Mountain, the second largest monolith in the world after Ayer's Rock in Australia. En route you stop for lunch at the Ugab Save the Rhino Trust Camp - this non-profit organisation has focussed on rhino conservation since the 1980s, and today this area of Namibia boasts the largest concentration of black rhino anywhere on the planet outside a national park. Community game scouts, employed by the trust as monitors, will be your trackers and guides.

    Accommodation: Damaraland Adventurer Camp, 3-nights

  7. Days 7-8 : Day & night vehicle & walking safaris, mountain biking, Twyfelfontein rock art

    During your stay here, you will have plenty of opportunity to explore the Damaraland's spectacular scenery and unique wildlife.  Availability of food and water governs the cyclical movements of the rare and endangered desert elephant, black rhino, gemsbok and other species that have successfully adapted to this unforgiving environment. Even lion and cheetah may, occasionally, be seen in the area. Birders have the chance to spot endemic species, Monteiros' hornbill, Ruppell's parrot, plus a wide variety of resident raptors.

    This evening, take some time to relax under the night skies - Damaraland’s crystal-clear skies offer fabulous stargazing opportunities.

  8. Day 9: Transfer to Ongava Reserve, Etosha National Park

    Drive to Ongava Game Reserve (a distance of 330 kilometres and around five hours drive) on the boundary of Etosha National Park, to experience big game viewing at this iconic saltpan.

    Accommodation: Andersson's Camp – 2-nights. All meals are included today.

  9. Day 10: Day & night vehicle & walking safaris

    This morning you embark on a full day wildlife safari in Etosha National Park, exploring the south side of the pan from Okakeujo to Halali. Spending time at waterholes, this is a fabulous opportunity to enjoy the endless vistas and mirages, with unexpected encounters with the prolific wildlife found in the park.

  10. Day 11: Transfer to Windhoek & depart

    Early this morning you set off for the drive back down Namibia's main highway to Windhoek. Later in the afternoon, check in for your overnight flight back to the UK via Johannesburg.

  11. Day 12: Arrive UK

Key info

  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 12 days from £3,495 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 10 days from £2,495 pp
  • Single supplement: No additional cost
  • Group size: 7
  • Departures: View all departure dates
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Transfers
    • 9 nights tented camp/lodge accommodation
    • Most meals
    • Guided activities
Featured locations:

Namib Naukluft Park & Sossusvlei

The Namib Desert is the oldest in the world and the wildlife to be found here is extremely interesting and often totally unique, having adapted itself to the harsh environment. However, the most remarkable sight is at Sossusvlei, where the world’s highest sand dunes tower more than 300 metres.

  • Where: Karas, Hardap & Erongo Regions
  • Ideal for viewing: aardwolf, cape fox, gemsbok, springbok, lanner falcon
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris

Swakopmund

Swakopmund is a charming Germanic seaside town, from where there are many excursions. In particular, Walvis Bay has huge colonies of Cape fur seals and is a world-renowned sanctuary for over 160,000 resident birds, as well as a feeding station for around 200,000 waders and terns on their migration routes.

  • Where: Erongo Region
  • Ideal for viewing: cape fur seal, Heaviside’s dolphin, Damara tern, Namaqua chameleon, yellow mongoose

Damaraland

Damaraland is an ancient area of arid plains, deep chasms and dramatic red, rocky peaks, dominated by the huge Brandberg Mountain. With the Atlantic coast nearby, sea mists drift inland providing sustenance to various desert life forms and natural laws of food and water dictate the movement of the desert elephant.

  • Where: Erongo Region
  • Ideal for viewing: black rhino, desert elephant, springbok, white-tailed shrike, augur buzzard
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris

Etosha National Park & Ongava Reserve

Etosha is considered to be one of the finest sanctuaries in southern Africa. It is famous for its vast, dazzling saltpan with permanent waterholes, which attract a multitude of wildlife particularly during the dry winter. The neighbouring Ongava Private Game Reserve offers the attraction of tracking rhino on foot.

  • Where: Oshikoto & Oshana Region
  • Ideal for viewing: black rhino, black-faced impala, damara dik-dik, African elephant, lion
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, Just Conservation