Namibia,

Wanderings on Namibia’s Wild Side

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Group Tour
11 Days
From £4297
GEOIP Not Available
Big Cat Safari
Off The Beaten Track
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Tour Introduction

11 Days from £4297
GEOIP Not Available
per adult. Prices based on rates applicable at the time of costing which may vary. Please ask for a definitive quote

With the first departure in November 2019 and five more in 2020, this new small-group tour should have a date that suits you.

Combining all the major highlights of Namibia, the exceptional group itinerary includes: Sossusvlei with its huge ancient dunes, and iconic Deadvlei, subject of so many photographs: the quaint German colonial seaside town of Swakopmund with nearby Walvis Bay from where you enjoy a catamaran cruise with oysters and bubbly; Damaraland, home to the UNESCO rock art site of Twyfelfontein and desert-adapted elephants; Etosha National Park, containing the best concentrations and widest range of wildlife in Namibia; and Okonjima, renowned for its exemplary AfriCat Foundation and much visited by the BBC’s Chris Packham.

All departures will be organised by Orlando Huaseb, a Certified First Class Tour Guide and silver medal winner in 2015’s Wanderlust Magazine’s World Guide awards. Orlando is perhaps Namibia’s premier birding and general wildlife guide and his knowledge, professionalism and respect for nature will be apparent to all the groups’ members. Please Note: If for any reason Orlando is unavailable at any point, a replacement guide of similar calibre will be taking his place. Furthermore, there will be local guides on hand at some locations, such as during the catamaran cruise from Walvis Bay.

Transport will be in a specially customised seven-seat safari vehicle with pop-up top for optimal viewing: the vehicle has been hand crafted to strict specifications so that every guest has a comfortable window seat, equipped with super deluxe reclining seats with good back support.

With a maximum of seven people, good accommodation and a great deal of excursions included, this group tour offers exceptional value for those wishing to travel in comfort with like-minded people in the company of Namibia’s most sought-after guide.

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Full Itinerary

Price from £4297
GEOIP Not Available
per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms
Day 1
Windhoek

On arrival, you will be met and then transferred to your guesthouse in Windhoek. You will have the rest of the day to meet fellow group members, explore Windhoek city on your own or just relax by the pool. If you would like a dinner reservation at a town restaurant, please let the hotel know and they can also arrange a taxi for you.

Staying at Rivendell Guesthouse. Includes No Meals.

Day 2
Sesriem

Today the group will start the drive to the Namib Desert. The journey will take about five hours and you will be staying at Elegant Desert Lodge, close to the dunes of Sossusvlei. The rest of the day is at leisure at the lodge to relax, swim in the pool and later enjoy a welcome sundowner.

Staying at Elegant Desert Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 3
Sesriem

This morning we will wake very early and drive to the Sesriem gate of the Namib-Naukluft National Park and on towards Sossusvlei, around 70km from the park entrance. The entrance opens at sunrise and this is the best time of day to see the dunes as the colours change to reflect the sun's rays as it rises.

Staying at Elegant Desert Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 4
Swakopmund

Today the trip will head up to Swakopmund, about a 5hour drive. You will be staying at Hansa Hotel. Your guide will show you around the quaint town and then you will have the rest of the day at leisure. The town centre is within walking distance of the hotel so it’s ideal to explore on foot.

Staying at Hansa Hotel. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 5
Swakopmund

This morning you will make your way down to the Walvis Bay Waterfront (the Yacht Club) for a few hours aboard one of the three catamarans, where you will experience the lagoon in luxury, style and comfort!

Staying at Hansa Hotel. Includes All Meals.

Day 6
Aba Huab River

Bidding farewell to Swakopmund, the tour departs to Damaraland. The duration of the drive is 5 hours, and you will be staying at Doro Nawas. The guide will take everyone into Twyfelfontein to do an excursion if there is time before reaching the lodge.

Staying at Doro Nawas. Includes All Meals.

Day 7
Aba Huab River

In the morning the guests will take part in a nature drive along the Aba Huab River.

Staying at Doro Nawas. Includes All Meals.

Day 8
Okaukuejo

Depart Damaraland and head into Etosha. This is about a 4.5 hour drive. Today guests will be staying at Okaukuejo Rest Camp. The guide will take everyone on a game drive in Etosha for the afternoon.

Staying at Okaukuejo Rest Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 9
Okaukuejo

Today you will be be staying at Eagles Tented Camp. You will go on another game drive into Etosha with the guide and hopefully spot the animals you missed yesterday.

Staying at Eagle Tented Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 10
Otjiwarongo

Leave the Etosha area and head south to Okonjima is about a 3.5hour drive. You will partake in an activity (The Okonjima Experience) at the lodge.

Staying at Okonjima Plains Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 11
Depart Namibia.

Depart to Windhoek and then take your international flight home.

Staying at London. Includes Breakfast.

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Tour Accommodation

Overview

Eagle Tented Lodge & Spa is a small lodge in a private reserve providing breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains and valleys. It is situated about 55 km from the Etosha National Park. Each of the comfortable canvas tents has a wooden balcony with stunning views of the surrounding area. The spa, situated at an adjacent lodge, offers a variety of pampering options. The game reserve is home to 21 antelope species including sable, as well as other rare fauna such as black rhino.

Set along a ridge, the main lodge building is constructed from natural rock with thatch roofs. The lodge boasts 8 standard and 8 luxury canvas tents all with spacious en-suite facilities. All tents have their private raised wooden balcony with a splash pool or outside bath, coffee and tea facilities.

Delicious meals are served in the main dining or restaurant area and there is a good wine list.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
16
Facilities

A restaurant, bar, outdoor swimming pool and spa. The luxury tents feature patio, fan, refrigerator and tea-and-coffee-making facilities together with lounge area and large deck with a bathtub or splash pool and views.

Local Wildlife

Experience the thrill of game viewing in one of the largest national parks in the world where you will see more than 340 different species of birds as well as various game species such elephant, giraffe, eland, kudu, oryx, springbok and many more.

Optional Activities

Epacha and Etosha Game drives, Guided walking safaris, Clay Pigeon Shooting, and visit the Mystique Spa.

Hansa Hotel

Overview

The Hansa Hotel is an impressive German colonial building dating from 1905 and an integral part of Swakopmund’s architectural heritage. The hotel is located in the very centre of the small town of Swakopmund, not more than a few minutes’ walk from the beach which stretches for miles along the wild Atlantic coastline.

The hotel offers a classic atmosphere and elegant interior, complemented by friendly and personalised service. There is a small, pretty courtyard garden filled with plants that attract bird life, and many nearby shops and restaurants.

The well appointed accommodation consists of five family units, four suites and 49 twin/double rooms. Each room is individually decorated and fitted with under-tile or under-carpet heating, 15 satellite television/radio channels, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, safe, high speed internet, coffee/tea facilities and en-suite bath or shower.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
58
Facilities

Two restaurants, a bar, terrace, garden, air conditioning, and free WiFi in all areas, laundry service, dry cleaning, safety deposit boxes, 15 satellite TV/Radio channels, foreign exchange, babysitter, lunch packs and medical services.

Optional Activities

Optional activities in the surrounding area include boat cruises, sand boarding, desert tours, quad biking, moon valley tours, skydiving and fishing.

Elegant Desert Lodge

Overview

Situated 43km from Sesriem, the Elegant Desert Lodge is a convenient and relaxing property close to the famous dunes of the Namib desert and Sossusvlei. Facilities include a bar, restaurant, swimming pool and hiking trails and the lodge offers guided Sossusvlei excursions and welcome sundowners. Excellent farm-style meals are served in the dining room and you can enjoy a Namibian brewed beer while watching the sun go down from the bar or swimming pool.

The rooms are all en suite, with modern furnishings.

The fusion of old and new at the Elegant Desert Lodge provides a refreshingly different experience. From the outside it looks like a traditional lodge but from the inside you can appreciate the thoughtful touches and elegant interiors which give it a modern and stylish twist.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
29
Facilities

There is a bar and restaurant under a lapa roof or one can dine outside on the lawn with a fire pit, inside and outside lounge areas, a swimming pool with loungers, a large garden, library, reception, free WiFi, two waterholes and a landing strip.

Local Wildlife

Elegant Desert Lodge has two waterholes. Wildlife biodiversity is high in reptiles with around 70 species, of which 25 are endemic or near-endemic to the Namib Desert. The wedge-snouted sand lizard, small-scaled sand lizard, web-footed gecko, barking gecko and Namib day gecko all dive beneath the sand when they sense danger. Small rodents include Grant’s golden mole which can ‘swim’ through the sand dunes, gerbils, the Namaqua dune mole rat, the Namib long-eared bat and Angola wing-gland bat which feed on the dune dwelling insects. This is also the home to Peringuey’s adder (Namib Desert sidewinder) – an ambush hunter that buries itself beneath the sand, with only the eyes and tip of its tail exposed, waiting for prey such as desert lizards. The Namaqua chameleon is also specially adapted to the desert, digging holes and changing colour throughout the day to help thermoregulation and excreting salt from nasal glands to conserve water. They stalk prey such as beetles, crickets, scorpions and lizards, and are in turn hunted by hawks, eagles and jackals. Desert insects includes tiny endemic Namib Desert darkling beetles or “fog beetles” which use their bodies as fog collectors by assuming the characteristic fog-basking pose, while the ‘flying saucer trench beetle’ digs trenches to capture the fog’s moisture to drink.

Optional Activities

A two-our scenic drive with sundowner drinks included, a two-hour quad bike scenic drive in the afternoon, a 1.5-hour morning quad bike scenic drive with breakfast and a half-day Sossusvlei excursion with breakfast, a variety of walking trails guided and un-guided.

Rivendell Guesthouse

Overview

Rivendell Guest House is a small welcoming bed and breakfast a short walk from Windhoek’s city centre. It makes a good-value, convenient stopover on your way in and out of Namibia.

The attractive, friendly guesthouse is located in a safe district and has off road parking, a security guard and is gated at night. The rooms are simply furnished but clean and comfortable and most have private attached bathrooms. Some rooms have air-conditioning and tea and coffee making facilities but all have ceiling fans and mosquito nets.

Rivendell has an attractive garden with many cacti, and a swimming pool to enjoy as well as communal lounge with a digital satellite TV. WiFi is available in the communal areas and a laundry service is available on request. The guesthouse staff have excellent local knowledge and will be delighted to assist you with any requests.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
10
Facilities

Some private bathrooms, ceiling fans, mosquito nets, lounge, satellite TV, swimming pool, off-road parking, Wi-Fi and laundry service.

Optional Activities

City tours of Windhoek and excursions to areas further afield.

Doro Nawas

Overview

The peaceful Doro Nawas camp is located in the Doro Nawas conservancy in central Damaraland. The camp has been designed to be unobtrusive within its natural rocky environment.

There are 16 private, spacious chalets built of local stone with traditional thatched roofs and outside decks. The comfortable beds can be wheeled onto the patio area to enable guests to sleep under the stars if they wish. All the chalets have private bathrooms with outdoor showers and seating areas. There is no air-conditioning but ceiling fans help to keep the rooms cool and extra duvets are supplied in the cool winter months.

The main building sits atop a rocky outcrop and commands far- reaching views to distant mountains. There is a spacious open dining and lounge area, small library and a staircase to the roof terrace for uninterrupted views of the vast landscape, ideal for sundowners and stargazing.

Activities include visits to the Twyfelfontein UNESCO World Heritage Site to see the largest collection of petroglyphs (prehistoric rock art) in Africa. Other nearby fascinating geological sites include the Petrified Forest, Burnt Mountain and Organ Pipes. Cultural activities include visits to local Damara villages, and the Damara Living Museum showcases the tribe’s traditional culture.

Game drives and walks, night drives and stargazing (there’s a large telescope) are also available. The area is very good for sightings of a unique population of desert adapted elephants that normally roam the area.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
16
Facilities

Dining room, lounge, bar, swimming pool, rooftop terrace

Local Wildlife

The area is home to desert adapted elephants, giraffes, Hartmann’s mountain zebras, kudu, steenbok, springbok and gemsbok. Bat-eared foxes and black-backed jackals can often be tracked, while black rhino, lion, cheetah and brown hyena are more rarely seen. Bird life includes flocks of rosy-face lovebirds, olive bee-eaters and the range restricted white tailed shrike. Ancient welwitschia plants – Namibia’s national plant, which is actually a tree although it only grows around a foot tall – that can live to be 2000 years old, can also be seen in the area.

Optional Activities

Visits to Twyfelfontein petroglyphs, Burnt Mountain, Organ Pipes, Petrified Forest and cultural activities. Game drives and walks, night drives and stargazing are also available.

Okaukuejo Camp

Overview

Okaukuejo was the first tourist camp to open in the now world famous Etosha National Park and is famous for its floodlit waterhole where visitors can observe myriad wildlife congregating and interacting at close quarters.

There are 104 chalets at the government-run camp spread across six accommodation styles. The most luxurious accommodation is in five premier waterhole chalets that have a lounge, fridge and upstairs a large double bedroom with queen size beds, separate washbasins, private shower, wardrobe and patio with sun loungers. There are also 30 standard waterhole chalets with views of the waterhole but are smaller and lack the spacious living area. For families, there are two large self-catering chalets with room for four and a kitchenette and lounge.

Located a little further back from the main camp are twenty bush chalets that have a small living area, private bathroom and comfortable beds plus a BBQ facility. Also within the Camp are 45 double occupancy en suite rooms and two with disabled access.

There is a buffet restaurant, bar, fuelling station, curio shop, post office and viewing tower. The camp also offers two large swimming pools and a separate, shallow children’s pool.

The camp was originally established by the military in 1901 and is located just 17 km from the Andersson’s entrance to the Etosha National Park. Game drives and nature walks are available and at night the shy and endangered black rhino regularly visits the waterhole. This is actually one of the most reliable places in Africa to watch black rhinos as they are well protected in Etosha and have few other options for drinking in the immediate area.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
104
Facilities

Private bathrooms, restaurant, lounge, bar, swimming pool, curio shop, food shop, post office, viewing tower, fuel station, BBQ facility, air-conditioning, fridge and tea and coffee facilities.

Okonjima Bush & Plains Camps

Overview

The delightful accommodation at Okonjima Bush Camp consists of luxury thatched chalets, spaced widely apart for privacy in the tranquil bush surroundings, plus a main “lapa” area in the form of a camelthorn pod where meals and drinks are taken and activities commence. Each exclusive en-suite chalet is completely private and the green canvas ‘walls’ can be rolled up to give you a 180-degree view so you can watch life in the bush going on around you whilst you lie in bed and relax in total comfort.

The accommodation at the larger Plains Camp consists of 14 Standard en suite terraced rooms and 10 new View Rooms that are set further apart: all rooms overlook the savannah. Two of the View Rooms and four of the Standard Rooms can combine to make a family unit. Each unit has a verandah, a wheelchair-friendly ramp, two double beds, desk, chair, mini bar, coffee/tea facilities, ceiling fans, twin basins, twin showers, safe and internal telephone. The main building, the Barn, contains the restaurant, pool, shop and lounge.

Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation, a wildlife sanctuary founded in 1991 that is dedicated to creating conservation awareness, preserving habitat, promoting environmental educational research and supporting animal welfare. Their main focus is Africa’s big cats, especially injured or captured leopards and cheetahs.

AfriCat runs the largest cheetah and leopard rescue and release programme in the world. In the last 17 years over 1000 of these predators have been rescued with over 85% being released back into the wild. Close encounters with leopard and cheetah are an unforgettable highlight here. Activities include leopard tracking by vehicle, a visit to the cheetah welfare project and a visit to the night hide where nocturnal animals such as porcupine, caracal, honey badger, eagle owl and even leopard may be seen.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
23
Facilities

Bush Camp: 8 luxury thatched chalets; 1 luxury honeymoon suite (two double beds next to each other). Plains Camp: 14 Standard en suite rooms and 10 new View Rooms. Other facilities include restaurant, bar, boutique shop, swimming pool,

Local Wildlife

Rehabilitated and wild carnivores - in particular cheetah and leopard - can be tracked in the reserve. Spotted hyena, African wild dog, lions and commoner plains herbivores such as impala, springbok, zebra and wildebeest. There is a hide overlooking a floodlit area where cape porcupines and honey badgers are frequently seen and caracal and leopard are also possible.

Optional Activities

Visits to the big cat rehabilitation and welfare centre, visit nearby REST (rare and endangered species trust), night excursion, tracking of wild big cats and other wildlife and bird walks.

Route Map

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Okonjima Bush Camp & Plains Camp: -20.856509, 16.645007
Doro Nawas: -20.449400, 14.302539
Rivendell Guesthouse: -22.563411, 17.072702
Okaukuejo Camp: -19.181319, 15.917583
Elegant Desert Lodge: -24.619757, 15.992628
Hansa Hotel: -22.677340, 14.526137
Eagle Tented Lodge: -19.385771, 15.686624

Departure Dates

Tour Dates
Adult Price
Single Supp
10/11/2019
£4297
£525
14/06/2020
£4297
£525
12/07/2020
£4297
£525
09/08/2020
£4297
£525
13/09/2020
£4297
£525
11/10/2020
£4297
£525

Travel Information

Are International Flights Included?

No. Please contact us for a quote if required.

Flight Info:

Fly from London to Johannesburg, connecting to Windhoek

Best Visited:

January to January

Alan Godwin

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding this Tour, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

Beautiful country with a wide range of opportunities on offer – wildlife viewing, varied scenery, culture and memorable sunsets. The colours, shapes and shadows of the Dead Ulei at dawn will stay with me forever. Very helpful and informative discussions with Alan Godwin before booking.  Everyone in country did their bit at the right time in the right place. I felt very well looked after. The care and attention to detail was outstanding and this helped me to relax and enjoy the experience and enabled me to begin to make new but different memories.

Mrs RF- Suffolk