16 DAYS ●
From the colossal red dunes of the Namib to lush, wildlife-filled plains, Namibia is the African destination to beat. Explore desert, spot the Big Five and discover untamed wilderness on a diverse and varied adventure.
Drive through the spectacular scenery of this huge savannah
Marvel at this mind boggling canyon, the largest in Africa
Voyage Walvis Bay and the Skeleton Coast
Spot game in the captivating Etosha National Park
Our Namibia: Wildlife & Wilderness itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly overnight to Namibia’s capital, Windhoek. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel where the rest of the day will be at leisure.
Depart Windhoek and head south into the stark, sand-covered plains of the Kalahari. Arrive at your accommodation and embark on a scenic drive through the magical landscapes, passing crimson dunes, lush vleis and an abundance of wildlife, which could include gemsbok, zebra, wildebeest and an array of bird life.
Leave for Fish River Canyon, savouring the beauty of the pristine landscapes as you continue further south. This afternoon, explore the Gondwana Canyon Park on a sundowner drive, examining the fascinating geology of this semi-desert as you go. Keep an eye out for the local flora and fauna, which includes small populations of kudu, oryx and ostrich. You'll then find the perfect spot to enjoy the sunset.
This morning, stand awestruck before the magnificent Fish River Canyon. One of the world’s largest canyons, it is 550 metres deep, 27 kilometres wide and 160 kilometres long: a colossal sight! Take a scenic drive to the viewpoint at Hobas where, standing close to the edge of the precipice, you can get a breathtaking overview. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the facilities of the lodge.
Leave the Fish River Canyon behind and travel to Sossusvlei, in the south of the mighty Namib Desert. Your lodge is located in the Naukluft Mountains – settle into this spectacularly located accommodation with an afternoon at leisure.
Spend the day in the midst of some of the world’s highest sand dunes, visiting the otherworldly Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. Both are salt and clay pans, which are very occasionally full of water, but are most likely to be a splash of white amongst the red sands. Dead Vlei once had enough water to support trees – what’s left creates a wonderfully artistic effect. Swing by the Sesriem Canyon for a walk through its jagged formations before returning to the lodge for a sunset drive through the Naukluft Mountains.
Travel north to the historic, seaside town of Swakopmund, via the spectacular Kuiseb and Ghaub passes. Founded in 1892 as the main harbour of German South West Africa, Swakopmund quirkily combines Namibian and German influences with an easygoing atmosphere. Tonight, tuck into Namibian flavours at a local restaurant.
This morning, climb onboard a catamaran for a cruise that takes in both the wildlife haven of Walvis Bay and the desolate Skeleton Coast. Voyage out to the offshore oyster farms, spot seals lazing on the beach and keep an eye out for dolphins, leatherback turtles and even whales. Your backdrop throughout will be the wild and bleak Skeleton Coast with the dunes of the desert stretching out behind it. Enjoy a light lunch, including oysters and a glass of sparkling wine as you sail. Return to Swakopmund, where the rest of the day is at leisure for you to experience the charms of the town.
Continue your Namibian adventure by journeying on to Damaraland. A huge, untamed and rugged area with ancient roots. The scenic landscapes are striking, with open plains and spectacular rock formations filling the horizon. On arrival at the lodge, the rest of the day will be at leisure.
Venture out into the heart of Damaraland for a day of exploration. Start at Twyfelfontein to see the ancient rock engravings. The area was inhabited over 6,000 years ago by hunter-gathers and then tribes of herders who left behind Africa’s largest concentration of petroglyphs. Carry on to two incredible geological features, Burnt Mountain and Organ Pipes, and learn about how they were created.
This morning, transfer to the edge of the Etosha National Park. Spend the rest of the day relaxing at the camp-style accommodation, which has a waterhole and view point for exceptional wildlife spotting.
Spend the full day out on safari in Etosha National Park. Surrounding a massive salt pan which has created a vast, open expanse, Etosha provides a home to a huge variety of animals including critically endangered black rhinoceros, elephants, leopards, cheetah, zebra, lions… the list goes on and on! This is one of Africa’s premier game reserves, so today will be unforgettable.
Head up into the cool of the central highlands for your final day in Africa. You will be staying in the Erindi Private Game Reserve, an area of pristine wilderness packed with exciting creatures to spot. On arrival at the lodge, the rest of the day is at leisure. Head up to the viewing deck for views over the savannah – the perfect place to spot passing game and savour your last night in Namibia’s wilderness.
Transfer back to Windhoek and proceed to the airport. Fly to the UK, arriving home the following day.
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
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