Exploring NamibiaOctober 16th - 27th, 2023.
12 days and 11 nights of classic Southern African deserts and wildlife. Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei, Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Twyfelfontain, Etosha National park, Onguma Private Reserve and more.
Cost: $6595 per person based on double occupancy, single supplement available on request
Monday – Oct 16th
Arrive in the capitol city of Windhoek. We will pick you up at the airport and drive approximately 5 hours to Neura’s Wine and Wildlife Estate, where we will spend two nights. We will take a guided evening jeep tour to feed the resident Cheetah and have dinner at the lodge.
Tuesday – Oct 17th
Depart early this morning at 5:30 am to Namib-Naukluft National Park for a wildlife & scenic drive through the dunes in morning light, then take a short 4×4 drive and hike to the famous Sossusvlei dry ancient lakebed. Expect to see Oryx and Springbok on the drive. We will spend about 2 hours at Sossusvlei before returning to Neura’s lodge for a wine tasting and cheese platter/lunch. Sundowner tour near the lodge followed by dinner.
Wednesday – Oct 18th
Depart early again at 5:30am to Namib-Naukluft National Park for a morning drive, stopping to photograph the dunes of the Namib Desert (the Earth’s oldest desert), and hike to the top of dune #40 for panoramic views. The hike will last about one hour total. From there we will drive to Walvis Bay, approximately 5 hours, where we still stay for two nights. Walk to a local restaurant for dinner.
Thursday – Oct 19th
After breakfast we will walk to the harbor for a 9 am boat tour of the surrounding bay, followed by an afternoon 4×4 jeep tour of Sandwich Harbor and the surrounding dunes. You can expect to see fur seals, pelicans, flamingos, dolphins and possibly humpback whales. Drinks and snacks will be served on both the boat and the dune tours. Return to our rooms and walk to a nearby restaurant for dinner around 7 pm.
Friday – Oct 20th
After breakfast we will load the vehicles and depart Walvis Bay by 7:30 am for Swakopmund, where we will take a guided “Little Five Wildlife Tour” via 4×4 jeep in the surrounding Namib Desert. Our guide, Chantelle, is a very knowledgeable and passionate naturalist who will show us the often overlooked and misunderstood creatures and why it is important to be aware of the smaller life right below our feet. Expect to see skinks, lizards, geckos, tube spiders and possibly snakes. The tour lasts approximately 4 hours, afterward we will have lunch and drive approximately 4 hours to Twyfelfontein/Khorixas, where we will have dinner and spend the night at the Damara Mopane Lodge.
Saturday – Oct 21st
After breakfast, we will take a short-guided walking tour of the Twyfelfontein cultural sites & petroglyphs and visit a living museum of the Damara people. After the morning tours, we will drive to the Palmwag Lodge, approximately two hours, where we will be staying for the night. We can swim in the pool and enjoy a relaxing afternoon followed by a guided evening tour of the local area and dinner at the lodge. Expect to see giraffes, springbok, oryx, and possibly desert-adapted elephants and mountain zebras.
Sunday – Oct 22nd
After breakfast we will pack up and drive to Okaukuejo Rest Camp in Etosha National Park, approximately 5 hours. We will go for a self-guided drive in the park and later walk to the waterhole wildlife viewing area on the lodge grounds for sunset. We will have dinner and spend the night at the lodge. Expect to see elephants, giraffes, plains zebras, several species of antelope, the endangered black rhino (of which Etosha is home to more than 50% of the remaining population), abundant birdlife and possibly lions, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, and leopards.
Monday – Oct 23rd
Depart Okaukuejo at 6:30 am for a self-guided drive into Etosha National Park to view wildlife. Stop at Halali Camp for lunch and then continue through the park to Namutoni Camp. We will go on a self-guided evening game drive near the camp, followed by dinner and room at the lodge. Expect to see elephants, giraffes, plains zebras, several species of antelope, black rhinos, abundant birdlife and possibly lions, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, and leopards.
Tuesday – Oct 24th
Depart Namutoni Camp at 6:30 am for a self-guided drive to view wildlife at nearby waterholes before leaving Etosha National Park through the east gate for a very short drive to the neighboring Onguma private game reserve, where we will spend two nights at the beautiful Bush Camp Lodge. We will go on a guided sundowner drive in the reserve and return to the lodge for dinner. Expect to see elephants, giraffes, plains zebras, several species of antelope, abundant birdlife and possibly lions, black rhinos, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, and leopards.
Wednesday – Oct 25th
After breakfast we will depart the lodge at 8:30 am to view wildlife from a ground level waterhole hide within the reserve. Have lunch and relax at the lodge (they have a nice outdoor swimming pool) and go on a guided sundowner drive, then return to the lodge for dinner. Expect to see elephants, giraffes, plains zebras, several species of antelope, abundant birdlife and possibly black rhinos, lions, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, and leopards.
Thursday – Oct 26th
Early morning departure on a guided game drive within the reserve. Expect to see elephants, giraffes, plains zebras, several species of antelope, abundant birdlife and possibly black rhinos, lions, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, and leopards.
After the morning wildlife viewing, we will return to the lodge to pack up and drive back to Windhoek, approximately 5 hours. Dinner and lodging in Droombos Vineyard & Lodge in Windhoek.
Friday – Oct 27th
Late morning breakfast followed by possible SPA treatments at Droombos. Depart Namibia from Windhoek International Airport and return home.
* Breakfast is included with the tour every morning with the exceptions of Days 8 & 9 as we will be departing the lodges for early morning game drives before the dining facilities open. We recommend bringing snacks, tea and instant coffee to hold you over until we stop for lunch.
What is included with the tour fee:
- All transportation and lodging, including an airport pickup/drop off
- Breakfast each morning and Dinner on nights 1,2,5,6,9,10,11
- All National Park entry fees
- Catamaran/Dune 4×4 tour Walvis bay
- Little Five Living Desert Tour
- Twyfelfontain Petroglyph and Damara village entry fees
- Evening game drive Palmwag.
- Sundowner Game Drives and Morning Hide at Onguma Private reserve
- For those who are interested, photographic instruction from Mike and Colin
What the fee does not include:
- Airfare to Namibia
- Travel insurance – recommended
- Passport fees
- Lunch and snacks
- Drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, unless specified “included” in the itinerary
- Any optional excursions not listed in the original itinerary
- Personal items