Namibia,

Namibian Wanderings on the Wild Side

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Group Tour
11 Days
From £3995
GEOIP Not Available
Big Cat Safari
Off The Beaten Track
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Tour Introduction

11 Days from £3995
GEOIP Not Available
per adult. Prices based on rates applicable at the time of costing which may vary. Please ask for a definitive quote

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 nature cruise with oysters and bubbly; Damaraland, home to the UNESCO World Heritage 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. Offering a range of monthly departures in 2021, this exceptional small-group escorted tour should have a date to suit you.

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Full Itinerary

Price from £3995
GEOIP Not Available
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. The group dinner tonight will be at the legendary restaurant, Joe's Beerhouse (meal not included - payable at the restaurant).

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 Sossusvlei Lodge, close to the entrance for 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 Sossusvlei Lodge. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 3
Sesriem

This morning we will wake very early and drive through 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 Sossusvlei Lodge. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 4
Swakopmund

Today the trip will head up to Swakopmund, about a five hour drive. You will be staying at the Strand 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 Strand Hotel. Includes Breakfast.

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 Strand Hotel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 6
Twyfelfontein

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

Staying at Camp Kipwe. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 7
Twyfelfontein

In the morning the group will take part in a nature game drive of around three hours in the area to look for desert adapted elephants and other wildlife.

Staying at Camp Kipwe. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 8
Etosha South

Depart Damaraland and head to southern Etosha National Park. This is about a 4.5 hour drive. Today the group will be staying at Etosha Safari Lodge. The guide will take everyone on a game drive in southern Etosha for the afternoon.

Staying at Etosha Safari Lodge. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 9
Etosha South

Today you will go on another game drive or two into Etosha with the guide and hopefully spot some of the animals you missed yesterday.

Staying at Etosha Safari Lodge. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 10
Otjiwarongo

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

Staying at Okonjima Plains Camp. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 11
Depart Namibia.

Depart to Windhoek and then take your international flight home.

Includes Breakfast.

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Tour Accommodation

Namibia Swakopmund

Strand Hotel Swakopmund

Overview

The Strand Hotel Swakopmund is a social hub for visitors and residents of Swakopmund. The hotel has creatively entertaining restaurants, bars, deli, lounge, sea-facing terraces, beach kiosk and state of the art conference & banqueting centre, all set on the Mole, a historic site surrounded by ocean on three sides.
The Strand’s architectural inspiration has roots in Namibian-German history and reflects this in a tasteful contemporary manner. The interiors are residential in nature, and the brief to all designers involved was to create a non-hotel hotel, one as charming and welcoming as the town itself. The result is simply warm and comfortable and, as they say in German, gemütlich, providing a genuine sense of place and adding to any Namibian visit.

Arriving at the Strand is a dramatic experience as one passes through its 13m high and 9m wide Ocean View Atrium which travels right through the hotel offering sea views at either end. Off the Atrium Lobby is Reception, consisting of three individual desks and an inviting open fireplace which rounds off the residential feel and warm welcome.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
125
Facilities

There are various room levels with the Standard Rooms having panoramic sliding doors with garden views, en-suite bathroom, writing desk and armchair. Enabled Rooms have in addition a second bathroom for disabled use and full wheelchair access. Luxury Rooms have balconies offering sea views and large beds, dining tables, couch and two armchairs. There are also Junior and Luxury Suites sleeping four and one Presidential Suite.

Optional Activities

Bicycle hire

Namibia Northern Namibia

Etosha Safari Lodge

Overview

This subtantial lodge is just 10km south of Etosha’s Andersson’s Gate and overlooks a vast expanse of mopane woodland. Space is an attractive element at Etosha Safari Lodge with a spacious deck and dining area, and airy rooms with private verandas.

After visiting Etosha, return to the lodge to relax, dive into the cool pools or indulge in quality food and wine – and peace. The lodge, a world away from the hustle and bustle of Okaukuejo, offers comfortable accommodation with easy reach of the park. Dine under a dome of stars on the veranda, sit next to a blazing fire or watch the red orb of the sun sink gracefully into the landscape from the sunset deck.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
65
Facilities

Each of the 60 twin/double rooms and five family rooms has air-conditioning/heating, en-suite bathroom with shower, safe, veranda and tea/coffee.

Local Wildlife

All the abundant wildlife to be found in Etosha National Park

Optional Activities

Visits to Etosha National Park for game drives

Namibia Central Namibia

Sossusvlei Lodge

Overview

Situated at the entrance to the Namib Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei Lodge offers direct access to the towering red sand dunes, the famous pan of Sossusvlei, the scorched camel thorn trees of Dead Vlei and the remarkable depths of the Sesriem Canyon.

The Superior Units feature a patio to enjoy views over the desert landscapes, a spacious air-conditioned twin-bedded room and a full en-suite bathroom. The Standard Family Units feature two rooms connected by a lockable inter-leading door between the two private bathrooms. An elegant Junior Suite boasts a spacious bedroom, living area, patio with a splash pool, large bathroom and inspiring views.

Facilities include a sparkling pool, bar, sundowner deck, beer garden and an al fresco terrace where one can enjoy outside dining, award-winning wines and magnificent views of the floodlit waterhole.

The Sossusvlei Lodge Adventure Centre provides a range of optional activities including guided excursions to Deadvlei and Sossusvlei, Elim dune walks, sundowner trips, quad buggy nature drives, hot air ballooning, scenic flights and much more to explore the area’s natural beauty.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
44
Facilities

Each spacious room has a patio, air conditioning, twin/double beds, corner sofa, safe, tea/coffee, mini fridge, en suite bathroom with tub and shower.

Local Wildlife

Oryx

Ostrich

Jackal

Optional Activities

Sundowner drive

Scenic flights by plane and helicopter

Hot air ballooning

Quad bikes

Namibia Windhoek

Rivendell Guesthouse

Overview

Rivendell Guest House is a small welcoming bed and breakfast a short walk from Windhoek’s city centre. It makes a good-value, convenient stopover on your way in and out of Namibia.

The attractive, friendly guesthouse is located in a safe district and has off road parking, a security guard and is gated at night. The rooms are simply furnished but clean and comfortable and most have private attached bathrooms. Some rooms have air-conditioning and tea and coffee making facilities but all have ceiling fans and mosquito nets.

Rivendell has an attractive garden with many cacti, and a swimming pool to enjoy as well as communal lounge with a digital satellite TV. WiFi is available in the communal areas and a laundry service is available on request. The guesthouse staff have excellent local knowledge and will be delighted to assist you with any requests.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
10
Facilities

Some private bathrooms, ceiling fans, mosquito nets, lounge, satellite TV, swimming pool, off-road parking, Wi-Fi and laundry service.

Optional Activities

City tours of Windhoek and excursions to areas further afield.

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 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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Okonjima Bush Camp & Plains Camp: -20.856509, 16.645007
Rivendell Guesthouse: -22.563411, 17.072702
Sossusvlei Lodge: -24.483756, 15.802555
Etosha Safari Lodge: -19.405377, 15.910672
Strand Hotel Swakopmund: -22.675519, 14.521949

Departure Dates

Tour Dates
Adult Price
Single Supp
13/06/2021
£3995
Price TBC
11/07/2021
£3995
Price TBC
08/08/2021
£3995
Price TBC
12/09/2021
£3995
Price TBC
10/10/2021
£3995
Price TBC

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:

May to December

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