Namibia,

Ultimate Namibia Wildlife & Landscapes

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Group Tour
14 Days
From £3312
GEOIP Not Available
Big Cat Safari
Culture and Archaeology

Tour Introduction

14 Days from £3312
GEOIP Not Available
per adult. Prices based on rates applicable at the time of costing which may vary. Please ask for a definitive quote

Namibia is world-renowned for its breathtaking scenic beauty, endless horizons, towering dunes, historical tales of survival and adventure, the wild Skeleton Coast, diverse and fascinating peoples and its desert adapted wildlife inhabiting a wonderfully photogenic backdrop.

This superb value small group tour incorporates the chief scenic and wildlife highlights of Namibia. Your experience will be further enhanced by your guide who will add deep insights into the flora, fauna, geology and cultures of this magnificent country, to be enjoyed within a small group of no more than eight like-minded travellers. The itinerary is suitable for everyone with a love of nature and we’re confident you will come away spellbound by Namibia’s unspoilt wildness and beauty.

Best of all, each group departure is guaranteed with a minimum of one guest, and the maximum number of guests is only seven so you will never feel too crowded.

Improve the experience even further with a two-night extension at Okonjima’s Bush Camp to learn about AfriCat’s conservation efforts and for more game viewing (see Specialist Tip below).

2019 tour details (PDF file)

Full Itinerary

Price from £3312
GEOIP Not Available
per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms. Single Supplement: from £670
Day 1
Depart London

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2
Johannesburg / Windhoek

Arrive Johannesburg. Connect with flight to Windhoek. Met and transfer to your hotel.

Staying at Galton House. Includes Breakfast.

Day 3
Sesriem

Drive through the scenic Khomas Hochland highlands and down the Great Escarpment into the Namib Desert. Visit Sesriem Canyon, time permitting.

Staying at Sossus Dune Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 4
Sossusvlei

Early rise to explore the stunning Namib Naukluft National Park, and Sossusvlei.

Staying at Sossus Dune Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 5
Swakopmund

Scenic drive north to Swakopmund. [Optional: morning balloon ride or scenic light aircraft flight over the desert are available. Also: scenic flight to Swakopmund as an alternative to the drive is available – all must be booked in advance.] Afternoon free to explore the town.

Staying at A Swakopmund guesthouse. Includes All Meals.

Day 6
Swakopmund

Choice of a morning’s sea kayaking or catamaran cruise for marine wildlife
(included) from Walvis Bay. Return to Swakopmund. Afternoon at leisure. Various optional excursions are available.

Staying at A Swakopmund guesthouse. Includes All Meals.

Day 7
Damaraland

Scenic drive to Damaraland. Visit Twyfelfontein rock engravings
(UNESCO World Heritage Site), Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes.

Staying at Camp Kipwe. Includes All Meals.

Day 8
Damaraland

Morning 4x4 excursion along the Aba Huab and Huab River valleys in search of desert adapted elephants and other wildlife. Afternoon guided walk or simply relax at the lodge and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Staying at Camp Kipwe. Includes All Meals.

Day 9
Etosha

Scenic drive towards Etosha National Park via the Grootberg Pass, visiting a local Himba settlement en route. Picnic lunch included. Arrive at Etosha Mountain Lodge, situated in the Etosha Heights Private Reserve bordering the southwestern boundary of Etosha National Park. The lodge has six luxury chalets with breathtaking views, and a main complex with lounge, dining room, bar and swimming pool. Game species found there include black rhino and white rhino, giraffe, eland, mountain zebra, kudu, oryx, cheetah, leopard, springbuck, blue wildebeest, warthog, duiker, black-faced impala and sable antelope.

Staying at Etosha Mountain Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 10
Etosha

Game drive across Etosha National Park to Onguma Game Reserve
(lunch included en route).

Staying at Onguma Tree Top Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 11
Etosha / Onguma

Morning safari in Eastern Etosha National Park. Afternoon game
drive in Onguma Game Reserve.

Staying at Onguma Tree Top Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 12
Africat / Windhoek

Drive south to Okonjima. Guided day visit with AfriCat where you may track leopard, wild dog or hyena in the reserve and visit the leopard and
cheetah rehabilitation projects.

[OPTIONAL: Extend your tour with two nights at Okonjima’s luxury Bush Camp to explore further that great private reserve – details below under Specialist.]

Later, transfer to Windhoek.

Staying at Galton House. Includes Breakfast.

Day 13
Windhoek / Johannesburg

Transfer to the airport. Depart Windhoek. Connect with flight to London.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 14
Arrive London

Includes In-flight Meals.

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Tour Accommodation

Namibia Northern Namibia

Safarihoek Lodge

Overview

Opened in 2017, Safarihoek Lodge is beautifully situated on a mopani-wooded hillside overlooking a large floodlit waterhole in a 60,000-hectare private game reserve on the southwest border with Etosha National Park, about 60km from Andersson’s Gate. There is a bright dining room, indoor and outside bar, lounge, wine lounge, swimming pool, viewing deck, boma area, curio shop, photographic game hide and floodlit waterhole.The entire lodge is solar powered, aided by a backup generator. Each of the eleven well-appointed rooms is positioned for maximum privacy yet enjoys wonderful views over the savannah. Safari game drives are de rigeur, with other options including floodlit waterhole viewing.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
11
Facilities

WiFi and mobile phone reception available in main area
All rooms have panoramic views of the savannah, minibar, coffee/tea station, mosquito nets, air-conditioning, electronic safe, hair dryer, two 3/4 beds that are convertible to king beds, en-suite bathroom with eco-friendly bath products, and a small desk work area. Laundry Services are available at extra cost.

Local Wildlife

Sable antelope

Zebra

Black-faced impala

Giraffe

Black rhino

White rhino

Optional Activities

Night drive

Private game drive

Photography hide

Full day Etosha trips

Interactive bush walks

Namibia Windhoek

Galton House

Overview

Situated at 72 Amasoniet Street in the upmarket residential area of Eros Park, Windhoek, Galton House offers quiet charm and easy comfort. Each of the eight guest rooms features a direct dial telephone, air-conditioning, satellite TV, safety deposit box, 100% cotton linen with down duvets and coffee/tea making facilities on request. The central lounge area is perfect for relaxing whilst the swimming pool and gardens offer welcome respite from the sun on hot days.

Wireless internet is available free of charge. There is a laundry service, guest lounge and full bar service, and a la carte light lunches and dinners are served daily in the restaurant with prior notice. Guests are also welcome to use the dedicated bathroom facilities for early check in or late checkout and secure on-site parking is available with remote access. Galton House is just a ten-minute drive from Windhoek city centre and within good proximity to the airport.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
8
Facilities

En suite bathroom, direct dial telephone, air-conditioning, satellite TV, safety deposit box, on-site parking, free Wi-Fi, swimming pool, restaurant and laundry service.

Optional Activities

City tours of Windhoek.

Namibia Northern Namibia

Camp Kipwe

Overview

Charming and full of character, Camp Kipwe lies in the heart of Damaraland and is ideally located for the local attractions. The camp is nestled amongst an outcrop of giant granite boulders, a stone’s throw away from the ephemeral Aba Huab riverbed, often traversed by desert adapted elephants.

Each comfortable thatched bungalow is simply yet tastefully furnished, with an en suite, open-air bathroom. In the centre of the camp lies a large alfresco dining area, bar, lounge and reception with an inviting fireplace nearby to relax beside in the evenings. A refreshing swimming pool and sunset lookout with lovely views also complement the camp.

Excursions are offered to Twyfelfontein’s boulders and slabs of red sandstone which hold some 2,500 prehistoric engravings depicting wildlife, animal spoor and abstract motifs. It was Namibia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site and is perhaps the largest and finest collection of petroglyphs in Africa.

Geological attractions include the Burnt Mountain with its fantastic range of colours at dawn and dusk, caused by a chemical reaction that took place roughly 125 million years ago when molten lava penetrated organic shale and limestone deposits, resulting in contact metamorphism. In ordinary sunlight it is a dull black.

The Organ Pipes are another geological curiosity in the area consisting of a mass of perpendicular dolerite columns that intruded the surrounding rocks also about 125 million years ago and have since been exposed in a ravine due to river erosion.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
10
Facilities

Private bathrooms, restaurant, bar, lounge, swimming pool, room fans, safes, mosquito repellent, hairdryer and private veranda.

Local Wildlife

There is a population of 600 desert adapted elephants in the region, though they roam over vast areas and are not also easy to see. Other desert adapted mammals include black rhino, besia oryx, springbok, zebra, jackals and birds such as ostrich and bustards. There is also a colony of brightly coloured agama lizards around the lodge.

Optional Activities

Exploration of Damarland. Safaris in search of desert adapted elephants, and other wildlife. Excursions to Twyfelfontein, Burnt Mountain and Organ Pipes as well as exploration of the dramatic landscapes of Damaraland.

Namibia Northern Namibia

Onguma Bush Camp

Overview

Onguma Bush Camp is a family-friendly lodge with pool and games room which is fenced for safety and security.

Accommodation consists of sixteen terraced rooms built around an active waterhole. The spacious air-conditioned rooms are spread around the fenced gardens in a small village design, allowing for both privacy and fantastic views. The main guest area also overlooks the rewarding waterhole and includes a reception area, lounge, games room, dining room as well as a swimming pool. Every need is attended to and the bush-chic styling ensures guests are cocooned in comfort.

Guests can relax in the comfortable lounge or in front of the fireplace. Children can enjoy the games room. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom, private outside shower and a private deck in front where guests can relax.

The camp is within the Onguma Private Game Reserve which protects 34,000 hectares of wilderness adjoining the famous Etosha National Park, home to abundant game including both black and white rhinos, various big cats and more than 300 bird species.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
16
Facilities

Private bathrooms, restaurant, bar, lounge, swimming pool, mosquito nets, hairdryer, ceiling fans, tea and coffee facilities and laundry service.

Local Wildlife

Common plains game includes impala, besia oryx, wildebeest hartebeest and springbok and there is a population of both black and white rhino, which can be sometimes, be seen at water holes. Predators such as lions, leopards, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, jackals and honeys badgers are present in the reserve. While the nearby Etosha National Park contains greater concentrations of plains game, rhino, and big cats and also has a population of elephants.

Optional Activities

Safari game drives around the private reserve and Etosha National Park. Walking safaris are also available.

Namibia Southern Namibia

Sossus Dune Lodge

Overview

In operation since July 2007, Sossus Dune Lodge is built primarily from wood, canvas and thatch in an environmentally sensitive, attractive ‘Afro–village’ style, and provides sweeping vistas of the massive dunes to the west and has been .

At is it the only lodge situated actually within the Namib Naukluft Park, close to the Sesriem Canyon, guests benefit from being able to reach Sossusvlei before sunrise (when the gates to the park open) or to stay until after sunset (when they shut): one can be almost alone in the wilderness once the other visitors are gone. On returning to the lodge, guests can relax by the pool in the tranquillity of the Namib Desert under a spectacular African sky.

The comfortable accommodation is interlinked by elevated wooden walkways and consists of 23 well-spaced, en suite desert chalets equipped with tea stations and small fridges, and two honeymoon suites with an additional relaxation gazebo. All units offer magnificent open vistas of the surrounding landscape.

Sossus Dune Lodge provides professionally guided excursions to Sossusvlei, Sesriem Canyon and the surrounding areas, as well as sunset drives and guided walks.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
23
Facilities

Restaurant, swimming pool, private bathrooms with hot water showers, mini bars, mosquito nets, solar powered lighting, ceiling fans and verandahs.

Local Wildlife

Springbok and besia oryx are often seen nearby and black-backed jackals are attracted close to the lodge at dusk by the smell of food.

Optional Activities

Excursions into the Namib Naukluft Park to see the Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon in the early morning and late evening light.

Namibia Central Namibia

Okonjima Bush & Plains Camps

Overview

The delightful accommodation at Okonjima Bush Camp consists of luxury thatched chalets, spaced widely apart for privacy in the tranquil bush surroundings, plus a main “lapa” area in the form of a camelthorn pod where meals and drinks are taken and activities commence. Each exclusive en-suite chalet is completely private and the green canvas ‘walls’ can be rolled up to give you a 180-degree view so you can watch life in the bush going on around you whilst you lie in bed and relax in total comfort.

The accommodation at the larger Plains Camp consists of 14 Standard en suite terraced rooms and 10 new View Rooms that are set further apart: all rooms overlook the savannah. Two of the View Rooms and four of the Standard Rooms can combine to make a family unit. Each unit has a verandah, a wheelchair-friendly ramp, two double beds, desk, chair, mini bar, coffee/tea facilities, ceiling fans, twin basins, twin showers, safe and internal telephone. The main building, the Barn, contains the restaurant, pool, shop and lounge.

Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation, a wildlife sanctuary founded in 1991 that is dedicated to creating conservation awareness, preserving habitat, promoting environmental educational research and supporting animal welfare. Their main focus is Africa’s big cats, especially injured or captured leopards and cheetahs.

AfriCat runs the largest cheetah and leopard rescue and release programme in the world. In the last 17 years over 1000 of these predators have been rescued with over 85% being released back into the wild. Close encounters with leopard and cheetah are an unforgettable highlight here. Activities include leopard tracking by vehicle, a visit to the cheetah welfare project and a visit to the night hide where nocturnal animals such as porcupine, caracal, honey badger, eagle owl and even leopard may be seen.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
23
Facilities

Bush Camp: 8 luxury thatched chalets; 1 luxury honeymoon suite (two double beds next to each other). Plains Camp: 14 Standard en suite rooms and 10 new View Rooms. Other facilities include restaurant, bar, boutique shop, swimming pool,

Local Wildlife

Rehabilitated and wild carnivores - in particular cheetah and leopard - can be tracked in the reserve. Spotted hyena, African wild dog, lions and commoner plains herbivores such as impala, springbok, zebra and wildebeest. There is a hide overlooking a floodlit area where cape porcupines and honey badgers are frequently seen and caracal and leopard are also possible.

Optional Activities

Visits to the big cat rehabilitation and welfare centre, visit nearby REST (rare and endangered species trust), night excursion, tracking of wild big cats and other wildlife and bird walks.

Route Map

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Sossus Dune Lodge: -24.506597, 15.788963
Galton House: -22.532462, 17.091390
Camp Kipwe: -20.537560, 14.429590
Onguma Bush Camp: -18.731240, 17.048340
Okonjima Bush Camp & Plains Camp: -20.856509, 16.645007
Safarihoek Lodge: -19.242648, 15.285370

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Travel Information

Are International Flights Included?

No. Please contact us for a quote if required.

Flight Info:

Fly from London to Johannesburg, connecting to Windhoek

Best Visited:

January to January

Are you ATOL Registered?

Yes. This means we are legally able to book your international flights in conjunction with your ground arrangements so you can book with us with complete confidence. Read more about our ATOL license here.

Alan Godwin

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding this Tour, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

This was our second visit to Namibia in just over 12 months, with Reef and Rainforest and our seventh consecutive wildlife trip with them. I think that speaks for itself. This year we were particularly keen to try and observe some desert adapted Lions. The Lions found in ‘The Namib Desert’ are genetically identical to those found in the rest of Southern Africa but have adapted to live in one of the harshest environments on earth. They number around 150 and have a huge range, and are rarely seen. They came to prominence in the outstanding documentary film ‘Vanishing Kings’. The best chance of observing members of this subset of Lions is during a stay at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, although sightings cannot be guaranteed and weeks can pass by without any success. Therefore a stay at this camp was at the heart of our itinerary and we were very lucky to spend time with a Lioness and her niece who had killed an Oryx in the conservancy. The camp itself is absolutely outstanding in every respect and the location is just spectacular.

Visitors should be aware that this is not ‘The Serengeti’ and that the wildlife is quite thin on the ground. However you would have to be very unlucky not to see Elephant, Giraffe and several other species. Whilst we were out in the desert we were lucky to bump in to Dr P. Stander who has dedicated the whole of his adult life to the conservation of The Desert Lion, what a thrill. The day trip out to the coast was pretty special as well.

The rest of the itinerary worked very well and we were very pleased to have three full days in Etosha N.P. where we recorded 25 mammal species, including 32 individual Lions, observed the aftermath of 4 zebra kills, 11 Rhinoceros (both Black & White), an African Wildcat and the rarely seen in Etosha, elusive Leopard.

So a big thank you to ALL at Reef and Rainforest, another highly successful trip, you certainly delivered again.

Mr JW - Scottish Borders