Explore Namibia and discover its incredible wildlife!

  • Cost: £2,750 per person for 12 days/11 nights (all inclusive from start point to end point as listed below).
  • Start Point: Windhoek, Namibia. 
  • End Point: Windhoek, Namibia.
  • Dates: Wednesday 19th September to Sunday 30th September 2018. This adventure will run multiple times over the coming year. Please email us for the dates. Please note that wildlife viewing is best undertaken during the dry season when animals are concentrated around waterholes. September is ideal.
  • Group Size:  6–10
  • Bespoke Tour: If you do not wish to join a group tour, we can customise a private trip to fit your dates and interests. Please email us for details and a quote.

Less well known than traditional “safari countries” nearby, Namibia is the best kept secret wildlife destination of southern Africa! This vast, spectacular and sparsely populated country harbours some of the most impressive animal populations on the entire continent. Namibia’s dry landscape makes water a prized commodity for wildlife, so wildlife is super-concentrated and really easy to observe at water holes.

During previous trips, up to forty game animal species have been sighted at a single water hole! This, combined with relatively low numbers of competing tourists, make Namibia one of the best destinations in Africa to photograph big mammals and birds up close and personal!

This expedition is specially designed to showcase Namibia’s very best wildlife, landscape and cultural attractions. From gigantic sand dunes, to the spectacular Skeleton Coast, enormous seal colonies, to ancient rock paintings, visits to fascinating Namibian tribes, and of course, the country’s best game reserves!

The accomodation during this trip is excellent. The desert lodges where we stay are luxurious and beautiful (generally between 4 and 5 stars). Enjoy amazing wildlife by day, and wine and fine dining by night! 

 

ONE OF OUR BEST EVER EXPEDITIONS!

 

Previous groups have left Namibia completely spellbound! During past trips, we have encountered African bush elephants (the tallest in Africa), white rhinos, black rhinos, giraffes, lions, leopards, cheetahs, serval, caracal, brown hyena, spotted hyena, black-backed jackal, crested porcupine, plains zebra, mountain zebra, springbok, black-faced impala, greater kudu and many more. We typically see several species of eagles, flamingos, vultures, hawks, kites, falcons, owls, herons, storks, waders, hornbills and many other birds!

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Adventure Itinerary

Day 1: Meet in Windhoek and drive to Sesriem (approx 6 hours). We pass by spectacular scenery, especially from the top of the escarpment of the Spreetshoogte Pass. We make many stops on the way.

Dinner in a local restaurant. Accommodation at a boutique resort / lodge hotel.

Day 2: After an early breakfast, we drive to Sossusvlei to explore the breath-taking landscape of dunes. Some of the key highlights are:

  • Dune 45 (one of Namibia’s star attractions), an 80 m high dune composed of 5 million year old sand. We arrive before sunrise to climb the dune for stunning views over the desert landscape. The climb takes most people about 15 minutes to reach the top. We often see dune beetles and desert geckos!
  • Dead Pan, a white clay pan set amongst the dunes, with the blackened skeletal remains of dead Acacia trees sticking out from the parched ground. The black “ghost trees”, the shiny white of the salty floor of the pan and the intense orange of the dunes makes the landscape other worldly.
  • Big Daddy and Big Mama; two enormous dunes. Big Daddy is the highest dune in the Sossusvlei area, at about 325 m. We can also visit petrified dunes (that have solidified into rock) not far away.

We return to our accomodation in the afternoon to relax. Dinner in a local restaurant. Accommodation at a boutique resort / lodge hotel.

Day 3: An early start to catch a hot air balloon flight over the desert (with stunning views), followed by a champagne breakfast in the desert and a scenic drive back to our accommodation. We then drive north to Swakopmund. Along the way, we cross the Tropic of Capricorn and often see ostrich, oryx, giant Euphorbia plants and quiver trees. En-route, we strop at Walvis Bay to see flamingo populations.

Dinner in a local restaurant. Accommodation at a boutique resort / lodge hotel.

Day 4: Today we drive from Swakopmund to the Welwitschia Plains and Moon Landscape. We can undertake a series of stops to explore this extraordinary part of the country and encounter Welwitschia mirabilis. This plant is a real botanical oddity as it only produces a single pair of (continually growing) leaves, but many of the specimens that we see are over 1,500 years old. In the Moon Landscape, we find an unforgettable scene of desolate but beautiful valleys and ridges. We have lunch at a restaurant at a desert oasis, then return to Swakopmund to visit the famous Crystal Gallery (with gigantic quartz crystals (the biggest in the world on public display) and we visit a boutique local weavers factory.

Dinner in a local restaurant. Accommodation at a boutique resort / lodge hotel. 

Day 5: This morning, we head north along the Skeleton Coast. We stop at the Lichen Fields to see ancient, mist-nourished lichens bushes that may be hundreds of years old, and a ship wreck to take photographs. We then visit the Cape Cross seal colony, home to more than 100,000 seals that bask on the beach and frolic in the surf (a bit smelly, but really amazing to see. There is a board walk through the seal colony allowing for really great photo opportunities).

As we drive further north, we can stop at Himba and Herero villages to meet local people. Usually, we are allowed to take photographs (just remember to first ask permission and give a small payment in cash (Namibian dollars), or maize meal, sugar or tea). The Himba people are semi-nomadic livestock farmers that often live in traditional huts and wear traditional clothing that befits the hot semi-arid climate of their homeland. The Himba are famous for covering themselves with otjize paste, a cosmetic mixture of butterfat and ochre pigment to protect their skin from the dry climate and insect bites. The mixture gives their skin and hair plaits a distinctive orange or red-tinge. Many of the Himba women wear elaborate and beautiful necklaces and ornaments. The Herero people wear long clothes (the women wear large petticoats and elaborate hats), and they make sewn products on sewing machines.

We overnight near Brandburg Mountain for stunning sunset views. Accomodation is in a desert lodge with desert safari tent style rooms to hear the sounds of the desert (large numbers of zebra and desert elephant are often nearby). Dinner in a local restaurant. 

Day 6: An early start, and we drive a series of tracks in the hope of spotting desert elephants (the movements of the elephants can be unpredictable - so no guarantee we will see them!) But large numbers roam close to Brandburg Mountain so we have a good chance. Afterwards, we can stop at further Himba and Herero villages (please remember, the Himba villages are real, living and working villages rather than tourist attractions (so we cannot predict what we may see or encounter)). We then reach the Twyfelfontein area to visit the organ pipes, the petrified forest (ancient trees turned to stone), and several sites with rock engravings of the San (Bushmen). More than 2,500 depictions have been recorded, and many are spectacular. Rock hyrax are often spotted in the Twyfelfontein area.

Dinner in a local restaurant. Accommodation at a boutique resort / lodge hotel. 

Day 7: Today is really about travelling towards Etosha and getting ready for the climax of the trip. We drive north along the Skeleton Coast, and stop to see ship wrecks. In days gone by, whale skeletons washed ashore along the coast’s vast beaches. We pass further Himba and Herero villages, and overnight at Palmweg. Giraffes are often sighted from the road.

Dinner in a local restaurant. Accommodation at a boutique resort / lodge hotel. 

Day 8: After breakfast, we drive to our accomodation close to the entrance of Etosha National Park. Depending upon the lodge we stay in, we can visit waterholes to see elephants, and undertake a sunset game drive to see black rhinos with a glass of wine as the sun goes down.

Dinner in a local restaurant. Accommodation at a boutique resort / lodge hotel. 

Day 9: After breakfast, we drive to Etosha National Park to spend the day driving to key waterholes: Ombika, Gemsbok Vlakte, Olifantsbad, Nebrownii, Okondeka and Okaukuejo. These locations are all excellent places to view animals.

Due to the aridity of the landscape, the wildlife is concentrated at waterholes offering some of the best game viewing opportunities in Africa!

Etosha is famed for multi-species herds of animals. A single herd can consist 20 or more game species.

Etosha National Park is a haven for wildlife and harbours 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species and 16 amphibian species! Highlights include African bush elephants (the tallest in Africa), Southern white rhinos, black rhinos, Angolan giraffe, Southwest African lion, African leopard, South African cheetah, serval, caracal, brown hyena, spotted hyena, crested porcupine, plains zebra, mountain zebra, springbok, black-faced impala and greater kudu. In terms of birds, we may see several species of eagles (martial, tawny, bateleur, booted, Circaetus and Verreaux’s), flamingos (lesser and greater), vultures (lappet-faced and white-backed) and many species of hawks, kites, falcons, owls, herons, storks, waders and hornbills. Photographic opportunities are incredible.

Dinner in a local restaurant. Accommodation at a boutique resort / lodge hotel. 

Day 10: Today we have another day exploring Etosha National Park as we drive east, stopping at numerous waterholes along the way. To maximise the diversity of wildlife that we encounter, we focus on visiting different waterholes from those that we visited yesterday, namely Homob, Salvadora, Rietfontein, Okerfontein, Kalkheuvel, Chuddop and Klein Namutoni. We end with a drive to see the endemic Damara Dik Dik (a tiny antelope species that lives in pairs. Each animal is just 50 cm tall).

Dinner in a local restaurant. Accommodation at a boutique resort / lodge hotel. 

Day 11: We drive to Na’ankuse Lodge, a wildlife conservation centre, to see large carnivore species in free-roaming enclosures. We learn how the animals at the centre were rescured and being conserved, and can watch lion, chetah, leopard, caracal, baboon and African wild dog feeding! Optional activities (at extra cost) include walks with San guides to hear ancient stories by starlight.

Dinner in a local restaurant. Accommodation at a boutique resort / lodge hotel. 

Day 12: This morning, we transfer back to Windhoek International Airport in time for onward travel arrangements, or drop off in Windhoek city for those remaining in Namibia.

 

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Getting there

Many flight options from Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia route to Windhoek via Cape Town or Johannesburg. Some find it most economical to fly to Cape Town or Johannesburg, and then purchase separate low cost flights with South African Airways to/from Windhoek.

Adventure Rating: Relaxing

No strenuous trekking is required for this adventure or, if present, such treks are minimal and can be substituted for alternate activities.

Participants must be capable of walking on uneven ground and carrying a day pack with water, camera and appropriate weather protection.

Possible extensions


- we can set up add on trips as multi-day excursions to Ovahimba, Epupa Falls, Kunene River and Fish River Canyon.

- We also strongly recommend spending additional time at Na’ankuse Lodge at the end of this adventure to undertake extra San-guided game drives and bush walks, carnivore walks with feeding, ancient San stories by starlight, a night out under the stars and tracking outings.

To get a quote for any extensions, simply mention which extension(s) you are interested in when you apply to Join this Adventure!

Simplified Map of the Wildlife of Namibia Adventure

What's Included

All transport during the itinerary
Professional guide
Porters for group logistics
Accommodation (on a twin/double basis)
All main meals during the itinerary

Note: single room upgrade is available at extra cost

What's Not

International flights
Souvenirs
Personal porters (if requested)
Alcohol