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Availability : Weekly, February-December

Ultimate Namibia

Highlights Include:

  • Climb some of the world’s highest free-standing sand dunes
  • Sea kayak with seals and dolphins on the Skeleton Coast
  • Tracking for desert-adapted elephants 
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Twyfelfontein.
  • Game drives in 2 very different parts of Etosha National Park 
  • Visit the world renowned AfriCat Foundation

Photo: Flip Stander

Tour Details

From: $4,322 per person | Single supplement from $725

10 days

2020 Departures: Weekly, February – December
February 13 – May 31, from $4,322 per person
June 1 – December 31, from $4,927 per person

This Ultimate Namibia Safari affords you the chance to experience this magnificent and memorable country in a very personal way. You and a small group (maximum 7 travelers) will have your own professional and experienced safari guide who will enhance your enjoyment of this unique country by making it a fascinating and stress-free journey of discovery amidst very dramatic scenery. The knowledge, experience, and character of our guides are critical to a successful safari, which is why we ensure that they are both personable and very professional.

Itinerary
This is an escorted tour. Our Destination Specialists will work with you to customize any pre- or post-departure arrangements to your travel preferences.

Day 1Windhoek, Namibia to Sossusvlei Area | Meals: L D

NOTE – we highly recommend a pre-night in Windhoek to meet the early departure of this tour.

8:00am – You are met by your guide and drive southwest through the scenic Khomas Hochland highlands before heading down the Great Escarpment into the Namib Desert below, stopping for a picnic lunch at a scenic location along the way. You arrive at your lodge in the midafternoon, where you stay for two nights while exploring the remarkable sights of the Namib Desert with your guide. If there is still time today, your guide will take you to visit Sesriem Canyon, a nearby geological attraction, or to explore Elim Dune. However, if you prefer, you can just relax and soak in the scenic and tranquil surroundings at your lodge. Overnight at Dead Valley Lodge

Day 2Exploring Namib Naukluft National Park | Meals: B L D

This morning you will need to rise early for a magical excursion with your guide in the Namib Naukluft National Park, normally setting off before sunrise to capture the dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate the towering shapes and curves. This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world and your guide will give you an insight on the formation of the Namib Desert and its myriad of fascinating creatures and plants that have adapted to survive these harsh environs. Once you have explored Sossusvlei, Deadvlei and surrounding dune fields to your heart’s content you can enjoy a relaxed picnic brunch in the shade of a camel thorn tree. You then return to Dead Valley Lodge in the early afternoon in time for a late lunch, with the option to visit Sesriem Canyon afterwards if you haven’t already done so the day before. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure (from experience, this is usually welcomed after an exhilarating morning in the dunes). Overnight at Dead Valley Lodge

Day 3Sossusvlei to Swakopmund | Meals: B L D

The fascinating drive today takes you northwest through awesome and ever changing desert landscapes of the Namib Naukluft National Park, including the impressive Gaub and Kuiseb canyons. You will meet the coast at the port town of Walvis Bay and then continue north to Swakopmund where you can enjoy the pleasant seaside location and cooler coastal air for your next two nights. There will be time this afternoon to explore the town and wander along the waterfront on foot, before heading off for dinner at a popular restaurant which specializes in fresh seafood. Overnight at The Delight

NOTE: As an alternative to the drive from Dead Valley Lodge to Swakopmund you may like to take a scenic light aircraft flight over Sossusvlei and along the Diamond Coast (optional extra at additional cost), allowing you a bird’s eye view over the dune sea, abandoned mining camps, shipwrecks, Sandwich Harbour and salt pans before you land at Swakopmund Airport. Your guide will drive to meet up with you in Swakopmund later in the day. Please note that if making use of this offer, flights will need to be booked exclusively via Borton for absolute logistical reasons.

Day 4Kayaking and Beach Lunch | Meals: B L D

After an early breakfast your guide will drive you along the scenic coastal road back south to Walvis Bay for a memorable kayaking adventure within the outer lagoon. After meeting your kayaking guide you will be taken on a short scenic drive to Pelican Point to see its lighthouse and windswept beauty, stopping briefly at the salt works to view the variety of birdlife on your way to the launch point. The kayaking is an ideal way of seeing Cape fur seals, Heaviside and bottlenose dolphins, pelicans, flamingos and a wide variety of other sea birds. If you are lucky, there is also a chance of seeing whales, leatherback turtles and sunfish. During the course of the day the guide will stop and inform you about the environment and light refreshments will be served on the beach before heading back to Walvis Bay. The rest of your day is at leisure to participate in activities such as camel rides, scenic flights, sandboarding and more, all available to be booked at an extra cost. Overnight at The Delight

Day 5Swakopmund to Damaraland | Meals: B L D

Continuing on your safari today, the road takes you north and east into the wonderful and diverse region of Damaraland. You pass Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandberg which peaks at almost 8,500 feet above sea level, and take time to view game and absorb the vastness of the scenery along the way. Damaraland is typified by displays of color, magnificent table topped mountains, rock formations and bizarre-looking vegetation. The present day landscape has been formed by the erosion of wind, water and geological forces which have formed rolling hills, dunes, gravel plains and ancient river terraces. It is the variety and loneliness of the area as well as the scenic splendour which will reward and astound you, giving one an authentic understanding of the word “wilderness.” Overnight at Camp Kipwe

Day 6Damaraland | Meals: B L D

After an early breakfast you will be treated to an exciting 4×4 excursion along the ephemeral Aba Huab and Huab River valleys to explore this remarkable region and to search for game, including the elusive desert adapted elephants if they are in the area. Damaraland is home to a variety of desert adapted wildlife and hidden desert treasures. As the elephants are mostly active in the mornings you will normally have the best chance to see them then before returning to camp for lunch. However, if all the safari participants agree, you also have the option to take a picnic lunch and stop to enjoy that in the shade of a large Ana tree by the riverbed, ideally while watching a herd of elephant browsing nearby. Your guide will arrange to fit in a visit to Twyfelfontein and other nearby attractions at a suitable time if you haven’t already done so the previous day. On return to camp there should be time to take a walk into the local area with your guide if desired, or simply relax and enjoy some well-deserved leisure time. Overnight at Camp Kipwe

Day 7Damaraland to Southern Etosha National Park | Meals: B L D

Today after a very early breakfast you set off on your journey to the Etosha National Park, traveling via the scenic Grootberg Pass. Continue your journey to the Etosha Mountain Lodge, which is situated on the south western border of Etosha National Park. You arrive in time for an afternoon game drive on the Safarihoek Reserve in an open game viewer with Etosha Mountain Lodge ranger, on shared basis with other lodge guests. Overnight at Etosha Mountain Lodge

Day 8Game Drives in Etosha National Park | Meals: B L D

Today is dedicated to a full day of exciting game viewing within the central section of Etosha National Park from your private safari vehicle as you make your way from the southern Andersson’s Gate to Halali (where you may stop for lunch) and then on across via selected waterholes such as Goas, which are normally particularly good for game viewing, to Namutoni Camp in the east. You will have to leave the Park before sunset and head out to stay at the delightful Onguma Tree Top Camp with enough time to relax and freshen up before for dinner. The rest of the evening can be spent game viewing at the camp’s floodlit waterhole where game comes and goes throughout the day and night. Overnight at Onguma Tree Top Camp

Day 9Explore the Private Onguma Game Reserve | Meals: B L D

Today enjoy another morning dedicated to memorable game drives within the eastern section of Etosha National Park with your guide. You return to camp for lunch and an early afternoon rest, spending your final afternoon on a game drive on the private Onguma Game Reserve, culminating in a sundowner overlooking Fischer’s Pan. You then return after sunset with enough time to freshen up and enjoy your final “safari dinner” overlooking the camp’s floodlit waterhole. Overnight at Onguma Tree Top Camp

Day 10Game Drive in AfriCat Foundation Day Centre and Depart Windhoek, Namibia | Meals: B L

Your early departure will take you south from Onguma Tree Top via Tsumeb, Otavi and Otjiwarongo to reach Okonjima’s AfriCat Day Centre, a wonderful highlight with which to conclude your safari. Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation, a wildlife sanctuary which focuses on the research and rehabilitation of Africa’s big cats, especially injured or captured leopard and cheetah. You arrive in time for lunch before embarking on an exciting and informative game drive and tour of the centre. Here you will learn about the function and vision of the AfriCat Foundation and will also get to meet some of the Foundation’s special captive carnivore ambassadors.
After the excursion and freshening up, the journey continues further south to arrive back in Windhoek in the late afternoon, just as the sun is setting. Upon your arrival in Windhoek you will be transferred to your accommodation establishment of choice, or out to the Windhoek International Airport (transfer to be booked additionally) if flying out in the evening (departure flights must be booked no earlier than 21h00). A final night in Windhoek is highly recommended.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION: You have the option to extend your safari for an additional night or two at Okonjima, staying at their delightful Luxury Bush Camp. This affords you the opportunity to get a more in-depth insight into the work being done by the AfriCat Foundation as well as getting to see more of cheetah, leopard and other big cats in the wild. Cost for this extension would be as follows (includes the transfer back to Windhoek City at the end):

1-NIGHT EXTENSION: From USD $880 per person sharing
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: from USD $110

2-NIGHT EXTENSION: From USD $1,495 per person sharing
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: from USD $220

Included
  • Nine nights’ accommodation
  • Transportation in a luxury air-conditioned safari vehicle.
  • All meals as indicated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
  • Mineral water on board the safari vehicle
  • Services of a registered and experienced naturalist English-speaking safari guide
  • Option of either kayaking or catamaran boat cruise in Swakopmund.
  • Etosha Mountain Lodge and Onguma afternoon property drive in open game viewer with lodge guide
  • Park entrance and conservation fees
  • Welcome pack
Not Included
  • All flights and related taxes
  • Round trip airport transfers Windhoek International Airport–Windhoek
  • Pre and post safari accommodation in Windhoek
  • Any entrance fees and excursions not included in the above itinerary such as scenic flights.
  • All beverages with the exception of mineral water on board the safari vehicle.
  • Laundry (laundry service available at lodges at extra cost).
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of personal nature such as spa services, internet, phone, curios etc.
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