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Activity level: Level 2 Requires moderate physical activity. You need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing steps and be comfortable with some periods of standing. Not suitable if you have limited mobility.
Destination: Namibia Highlights Safari
Duration: 10 days
Pickup location: Windhoek International Airport

Overview

Explore Namibia in the presence of an expert guide, who will show you jaw dropping landscapes, fascinating culture and thrilling wildlife in this amazing country.

Namibia is a vast country with so much on offer it’s tricky to know where to start. On this trip you will be taken to all the ‘best bits’ from the world’s highest sand dunes and desert ecosystems, to a charming coastal town for marine safaris and adventure activities. Then there’s Etosha National Park where you’ll drive amongst lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, giraffe, cheetah, hyena and zebra. You will meet the fascinating Himba people on a visit to their settlement and see ancient rock art made by hunter gatherers over 10,000 years ago. The range of awe inspiring attractions here makes Namibia such a special destination to visit.

Itinerary

Itinerary summary:

Day 1 - Windhoek, Sossusvlei
Day 2 - Sossusvlei
Day 3 - Swakopmund
Day 4 - Swakopmund
Day 5 - Damaraland
Day 6 - Damaraland
Day 7 - Southern Etosha National Park
Day 8 - Eastern Etosha National Park
Day 9 - Onguma Game Reserve
Day 10 - Okonjima and Windhoek

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Day 1 - Windhoek to Sossusvlei

You will be met in Windhoek by your private guide and then drive through the scenic Khomas Hochland highlands before heading into the Namib Desert. Enjoy a picnic lunch at a scenic location along the way.

Arrive at Sossus Dune Lodge in the mid-afternoon. The lodge is built in an environmentally sensitive manner in an attractive afro-village style and offers sunset drives and guided walks of the area. If there is time, your guide will take you to visit Sesriem Canyon, a nearby geological attraction, or explore Elim Dune. Or you can just relax and soak in the scenic and tranquil surroundings at the lodge.

Included meals: Lunch, dinner
Accomodation: Sossus Dune Lodge

Day 2 - Sossusvlei

Set off before sunrise for the Namib Naukluft National Park. At dawn the light accentuates the towering shapes and curves of these incredible sand dunes - some of the highest in the world. Your guide will give you an insight on the formation of the Namib Desert and the myriad of fascinating creatures and plants that have adapted to survive these harsh environs.

Return to Sossus Dune Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon either visit Sesriem Canyon, if you did not have time to do this yesterday, or relax at the lodge.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch dinner
Accommodation: Sossus Dune Lodge

Day 3 - Swakopmund

There is an option this morning to include a sunrise balloon flight or scenic light aircraft flight over the Namib Naukluft National Park before you depart (at additional cost). The drive today takes you northwest through the ever changing desert landscapes before arriving at the pleasant seaside town of Swakopmund.

In the afternoon explore the town before having dinner at a popular seafood restaurant.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Centrally located guesthouse
Optional activities: sunrise balloon flight or scenic light aircraft flight (at additional cost)

Day 4 - Swakopmund

After an early breakfast head back to Walvis Bay for a kayaking adventure. 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. Alternatively, you can enjoy a boat tour to see this wide variety of marine life.

Return to Swakopmund for an afternoon at leisure or you can enjoy the wide variety of activities on offer here.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accomodation: Centrally located guesthouse
Optional activities: motorised boat seal & dolphin excursion, camel ride, scenic flight, sandboarding

Day 5 - Damaraland

After breakfast head to the diverse region of Damaraland. Damaraland is typified by displays of magnificent table topped mountains, rock formations and bizarre-looking vegetation in this beautiful wilderness.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Camp Kipwe

Day 6 - Damaraland

After an early breakfast enjoy a 4x4 excursion along the Aba Huab and Huab River valleys to search for game, including the elusive desert adapted elephants if they are in the area.

In the afternoon visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Twyfelfontein to marvel at this impressive collection of ancient rock art and engravings made by Stone Age Hunter Gatherers many thousands of years ago.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Camp Kipwe

Day 7 - Etosha National Park

After breakfast drive to a Himba ‘Living Museum’ where you will be able to meet some of the local community who will be happy to demonstrate elements of their traditional lifestyle. The Himba are one of the last truly traditional peoples of Namibia and are happy to share their culture and way of life with visitors.

In the afternoon head to Etosha Mountain Lodge, where you can watch wildlife at the camp's floodlit waterhole or in the underground and elevated hides.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Etosha Mountain Lodge

Day 8 - Etosha National Park

After breakfast, your private safari vehicle will take you right across Etosha National Park on a spectacular full day game drive via the many water holes which are great for wildlife viewing.

Leaving the park before sunset you will arrive at Onguma Tree Top Camp. Your room here is set on wooden stilts amongst the treetops, with full views over the camp’s beautiful watering hole.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Onguma Tree Top Camp

Day 9 - Onguma Game Reserve

After breakfast head back into the eastern section of Etosha National Park for another day of spectacular wildlife spotting on your game drive. Return to camp for lunch and a rest before your afternoon game drive on the private Onguma Game Reserve, culminating in a sundowner overlooking Fischer’s Pan. Enjoy your final ‘safari dinner’ overlooking the camp’s floodlit waterhole.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Onguma Tree Top Camp

Day 10 - Okonjima, Windhoek and home

Early departure for Okonjima’s AfriCat Foundation. This is a wildlife sanctuary which focuses on the research and rehabilitation of Africa's big cats, especially injured or captured leopards and cheetahs. You arrive in time for lunch before embarking on an exciting and informative game drive and tour of the centre.

Continue back to Windhoek in the late afternoon for your transfer to an onward hotel or to Windhoek International Airport

Included meals: Breakfast

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What's includedWhat's not includedImportant information

What's included

  • All transfers as specified
  • Transportation in a luxury air conditioned safari vehicle
  • Accommodation, meals and local drinks as specified
  • Entrance fees and excursions (as specified)
  • Experienced English speaking guide

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks (water is provided in the safari vehicle)
  • Phone calls
  • Laundry
  • Personal purchases
  • Tips and gratuities

Important information

  • Vaccinations are recommended for Namibia. Please consult your doctor for advice.
  • US Passport holders require a visa to visit Namibia. These are obtained at the port of entry and are free of charge.
  • Please let The Big Safari Company know prior to travelling if you have any medical needs or take any medication that we need to be made aware of to ensure that you have a safe and pleasant tour.
  • Cancellation 90 - 0 days prior to departure: cancellation fee is 100%. It is your responsibility to ensure the correct travel insurance in place to protect you against the need to cancel your holiday. Deposits are non-refundable. Balance payments due 14 weeks prior to departure.
  • Further terms and conditions apply and will be provided upon request or at the time of booking. The Big Safari Company reserves the right to withdraw any offer prior to accepting a reservation request. This does not affect your statutory rights. This offer is subject to availability.

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