Wanderings on Namibia’s Wild Side

# Group Tour

Wanderings on Namibia’s Wild Side

11 Days from £4297 per adult. Prices based on rates applicable at the time of costing which may vary. Please ask for a definitive quote
11 Days
Group Tour
Big Cat Safari
Off The Beaten Track
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With the first departure in November 2019 and five more in 2020, this new small-group tour should have a date that suits you.

Combining all the major highlights of Namibia, the exceptional group itinerary includes: Sossusvlei with its huge ancient dunes, and iconic Deadvlei, subject of so many photographs: the quaint German colonial seaside town of Swakopmund with nearby Walvis Bay from where you enjoy a catamaran cruise with oysters and bubbly; Damaraland, home to the UNESCO rock art site of Twyfelfontein and desert-adapted elephants; Etosha National Park, containing the best concentrations and widest range of wildlife in Namibia; and Okonjima, renowned for its exemplary AfriCat Foundation and much visited by the BBC’s Chris Packham.

All departures will be organised by Orlando Huaseb, a Certified First Class Tour Guide and silver medal winner in 2015’s Wanderlust Magazine’s World Guide awards. Orlando is perhaps Namibia’s premier birding and general wildlife guide and his knowledge, professionalism and respect for nature will be apparent to all the groups’ members. Please Note: If for any reason Orlando is unavailable at any point, a replacement guide of similar calibre will be taking his place. Furthermore, there will be local guides on hand at some locations, such as during the catamaran cruise from Walvis Bay.

Transport will be in a specially customised seven-seat safari vehicle with pop-up top for optimal viewing: the vehicle has been hand crafted to strict specifications so that every guest has a comfortable window seat, equipped with super deluxe reclining seats with good back support.

With a maximum of seven people, good accommodation and a great deal of excursions included, this group tour offers exceptional value for those wishing to travel in comfort with like-minded people in the company of Namibia’s most sought-after guide.

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Itinerary

Price from £4297 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Windhoek

On arrival, you will be met and then transferred to your guesthouse in Windhoek. You will have the rest of the day to meet fellow group members, explore Windhoek city on your own or just relax by the pool. If you would like a dinner reservation at a town restaurant, please let the hotel know and they can also arrange a taxi for you.

Staying at Rivendell Guesthouse. Includes No Meals.

Day 2 - Sesriem

Today the group will start the drive to the Namib Desert. The journey will take about five hours and you will be staying at Elegant Desert Lodge, close to the dunes of Sossusvlei. The rest of the day is at leisure at the lodge to relax, swim in the pool and later enjoy a welcome sundowner.

Staying at Elegant Desert Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 3 - Sesriem

This morning we will wake very early and drive to the Sesriem gate of the Namib-Naukluft National Park and on towards Sossusvlei, around 70km from the park entrance. The entrance opens at sunrise and this is the best time of day to see the dunes as the colours change to reflect the sun's rays as it rises.

Staying at Elegant Desert Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Swakopmund

Today the trip will head up to Swakopmund, about a 5hour drive. You will be staying at Hansa Hotel. Your guide will show you around the quaint town and then you will have the rest of the day at leisure. The town centre is within walking distance of the hotel so it’s ideal to explore on foot.

Staying at Hansa Hotel. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 5 - Swakopmund

This morning you will make your way down to the Walvis Bay Waterfront (the Yacht Club) for a few hours aboard one of the three catamarans, where you will experience the lagoon in luxury, style and comfort!

Staying at Hansa Hotel. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Aba Huab River

Bidding farewell to Swakopmund, the tour departs to Damaraland. The duration of the drive is 5 hours, and you will be staying at Doro Nawas. The guide will take everyone into Twyfelfontein to do an excursion if there is time before reaching the lodge.

Staying at Doro Nawas. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Aba Huab River

In the morning the guests will take part in a nature drive along the Aba Huab River.

Staying at Doro Nawas. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Okaukuejo

Depart Damaraland and head into Etosha. This is about a 4.5 hour drive. Today guests will be staying at Okaukuejo Rest Camp. The guide will take everyone on a game drive in Etosha for the afternoon.

Staying at Okaukuejo Rest Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Okaukuejo

Today you will be be staying at Eagles Tented Camp. You will go on another game drive into Etosha with the guide and hopefully spot the animals you missed yesterday.

Staying at Eagle Tented Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - Otjiwarongo

Leave the Etosha area and head south to Okonjima is about a 3.5hour drive. You will partake in an activity (The Okonjima Experience) at the lodge.

Staying at Okonjima Plains Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - Depart Namibia.

Depart to Windhoek and then take your international flight home.

Staying at London. Includes Breakfast.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
No

Flight Info:
Fly from London to Johannesburg, connecting to Windhoek

Best visited:
January to January

Area Specialist

Alan Godwin

Choose this tour if you are looking for a good value group tour of Namibia with expert guiding throughout and a customised safari vehicle offering real comfort.

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

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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

Route Map

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Okonjima Bush Camp & Plains Camp: -20.856509, 16.645007
Doro Nawas: -20.449400, 14.302539
Rivendell Guesthouse: -22.563411, 17.072702
Okaukuejo Camp: -19.181319, 15.917583
Elegant Desert Lodge: -24.619757, 15.992628
Hansa Hotel: -22.677340, 14.526137
Eagle Tented Lodge: -19.385771, 15.686624