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Escorted Tour - Namibia Highlights


NYH10W
9 NIGHTS
FROM £1,895
International flights quoted separately
This fully escorted holiday covers most of Namibia's key sights, including the dramatic sand dunes of the Namib Desert, the petrified forest & Bushman rock art at Twyfelfontein, and wildlife on the vast open plains of Etosha. Regular departures - some English only & some dual language. Group size 2-20, with upgrade option to a smaller group (2-6).  All game viewing included.
Namibia Escorted Tours Safari Etosha Namib Desert Tour
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Windhoek
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Namib Desert
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Sossusvlei
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Swakopmund
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Damaraland
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Brandberg
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Twyfelfontein Rock Art
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Petrified Forest
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Etosha National Park
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Game Drives
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Windhoek
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Namib Desert
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Sossusvlei
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Swakopmund
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Damaraland
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Brandberg
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Twyfelfontein Rock Art
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Petrified Forest
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Etosha National Park
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Game Drives
Day 1
You will be met at Windhoek Airport and transferred 1-hour to your hotel.
 
Check in and relax under warm blue Namibian skies.
Day 2
This morning you will be collected from your Windhoek hotel around 08h00 for your small group tour of Namibia.
 
We travel southwards for 5-hours through ever-changing landscapes and past the Naukluft massif into the Namib Desert, as the terrain becomes more arid. This is the gateway to Sesriem Canyon and Sossusvlei, where some of the highest sand dunes on earth tower over white desert plains. These great mountains of sand are a monument to the extreme forces of nature, with fog supplying the life giving moisture for the survival of plants and animals.
 
Relax at your Namib Desert lodge or participate in one of the optional activities on offer.
 
Most small group tours are dual language with a bilingual guide, but as Namibia was a former German colony there are normally more German-speakers than English-speakers on tour. On escorted group tours please note that for operational reasons it is sometimes necessary to substitute one hotel with another of similar quality. Porterage of one suitcase is included.
Day 3
Set out early this morning on a 4x4 tour into the famous sand dunes at Sossusvlei, as this is the coolest part of the day and the best for photography
 
This clay pan is surrounded by some of the highest dunes in the world – an endless sea of reddish sand stretching all the way to the distant horizon. These monumental star shaped dunes, some as high as 1,000 ft (325 m), were formed by strong multi-directional winds. The warm tints of sand range in colour from apricot to orange, red and maroon - and contrast vividly with the stark white clay pans at their base. You will be astonished by surreal Deadvlei, surrounded by some of the highest dunes and Sossusvlei, where the mostly dry Tsauchab River abruptly ends.
 
Take the opportunity to climb one of these dunes, which afford endless vistas across the desert landscape and the sea of sand.
 
Also visit the narrow gorge of the impressive Sesriem Canyon, with its rock pools fed by the Tsauchab River during the rainy season. The name is derived from the six “rieme” (leather thongs) that early pioneers used to draw water from these pools. Then return to your lodge, with afternoon at leisure.
Day 4
Today we drive for 6-hours through the starkly beautiful Kuiseb Moon Valley to the harbour town of Walvis Bay. This shallow lagoon is home to hundreds of thousands of African flamingos and is one of the most important wetlands in Namibia. It is a RAMSAR World Heritage birding site.
 
We continue to the beach resort of Swakopmund with its old lighthouse. Swakopmund is situated on the Atlantic Coast where the cold Benguela Current sweeps up from Antarctica, releasing no moisture into the prevailingly onshore winds – hence the very low rainfall and desert conditions. Fog is common along the coast in the early mornings and late afternoons and this is what gives life to the desert-adapted flora and fauna of the region. The cold current is also highly oxygenated, causing it to teem with marine life.
 
Check into your hotel and relax on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.
Day 5
Heading north, we travel 5-hours today from Swakopmund to timeless Damaraland - home of the Brandberg Mountain, the highest in Namibia.
 
Damaraland is one of the least populated and most geologically diverse areas in Africa. This harsh, rocky environment is home to the rare desert elephant, the endangered black rhino and free-roaming antelope. There are many fascinating rock formations on these vast uninhabited plains, where magnificent semi-desert flowers can grow after good rains.
 
We visit the World Heritage site at Twyfelfontein, which means "Doubtful Spring". Over 6,000 years ago, San communities engraved and painted over 2,500 pictures here. These ancient Bushman Paintings have been well preserved in this dry environment and the hills are strewn with rock art - making this an open-air museum.
 
Close by we can explore the Burnt Mountain, Organ Pipes and Petrified Forest. We can also see the desert-adapted Welwitschia Mirabilis plant - the oldest living desert plant on earth - and visit a traditional Damara Village.
Day 6
Today we travel to our lodge situated near the southern gate of the world famous Etosha National Park.
 
Etosha owes its unique landscape to a vast shallow depression – the Etosha Pan – with its open pans offering magnificent game viewing. Etosha is home to over a hundred different species of mammals, including cheetah, leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, giraffe, zebra and wildebeest.
 
In the afternoon there is an optional game drive into Etosha, travelling in an open top vehicle with a lodge ranger.
Day 7
Today is devoted to the abundant wildlife of the famous Etosha National Park, one of the largest wildlife conservation in Africa surrounding an enormous salt pan that is the size of the Netherlands.
 
During drier seasons it becomes an expanse of white cracked mud, shimmering with mirages and spiralling dust devils.  Waterholes along the southern edge frequently offer a rewarding game viewing experience, including several rare species such as black and white rhino.
 
This park is home to four of the Big 5, elephant, lion, leopard and rhino (as the terrain does not support buffalo) and its waterholes support a rich diversity of other mammals and birds, including species such as the black-faced impala, roan, cheetah and Namibia’s smallest antelope, the Damara dik-dik.
 
We enter the reserve at the southern gate and travel across Etosha National Park all day, exiting in the late afternoon at the eastern gate where we check into our lodge.
Day 8
Enjoy another superb day of game viewing in Etosha National Park, as we explore the eastern sector of this great wildlife reserve.
 
Etosha is home to over 100 different species of mammals and over 350 different birds, so superb game viewing and birding is assured. Your guide will explain some of the complexities of managing such an enormous reserve, as you view wildife in its natural surroundings.
Day 9
After breakfast we travel 5-hours southwards via Otjiwarongo and Okahandja to Windhoek, where you can visit the craft markets in the main street of the capital city.
 
Later transfer 1-hour to your lodge situated near the airport.
 
Here you can visit N/a'an ku se Wildlife Sanctuary that provides a safe home to animals orphaned or injured in the wild, watch the carnivore feeding and have a close-up encounter with a cheetah (pay locally).
Day 10
Transfer to Windhoek Airport for your flight home.
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