Namibia: Wildlife & Wilderness

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.

tour duration 16 Days from
tour price 4,590pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Windhoek (1N) - Kalahari (1N) - Fish River Canyon (2N) - Sossusvlei (2N) - Swakopmund (2N) - Damaraland (2N) - Etosha National Park (2N) - Erindi Game Reserve (1N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Drive through the spectacular scenery of the Kalahari Desert
Marvel at the boggling Fish River Canyon
Stand amongst the Namib’s colossal dunes
Voyage Walvis Bay and the Skeleton Coast
View prehistoric rock art
Spot game in Etosha National Park

Days 1-2 Fly to Windhoek
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.
Days 1-2 Fly to Windhoek
Day 3 Discover the Kalahari Desert
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.
Day 3 Discover the Kalahari Desert
Day 4 Gondwana Canyon Park Sundowner
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.
Day 4 Gondwana Canyon Park Sundowner
Day 5 Views of Fish River Canyon
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.
Day 5 Views of Fish River Canyon
Day 6 Into the Namib Desert
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.
Day 6 Into the Namib Desert
Day 7 Sossusvlei Salt Pan
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.
Day 7 Sossusvlei Salt Pan
Day 8 Travel to Swakopmund
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.
Day 8 Travel to Swakopmund
Day 9 Walvis Bay and the Skeleton Coast
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.
Day 9 Walvis Bay and the Skeleton Coast
Day 10 Transfer to Damaraland
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.
Day 10 Transfer to Damaraland
Day 11 Prehistoric Rock Art
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.
Day 11 Prehistoric Rock Art
Day 12 Etosha National Park
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.
Day 12 Etosha National Park
Day 13 Etosha Game Viewing
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.
Day 13 Etosha Game Viewing
Day 14 Erindi Private Game Reserve
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.
Day 14 Erindi Private Game Reserve
Days 15-16 Fly Windhoek to UK
Transfer back to Windhoek and proceed to the airport. Fly to the UK, arriving home the following day.
Days 15-16 Fly Windhoek to UK

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Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrade available on request
Land only from £3,990
Single room from £390

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International flights and current taxes
Domestic transportation
All meals
Touring with guides and entrance fees

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