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Highlights of Namibia - Privately Guided

A 12 day privately guided journey featuring the very best of Namibia. Highlights include superb safari experiences Etosha NP, Onguma Reserve and the AfriCat cheetah conservation project. You will also visit the Sossusvlei Dunes, the vibrant coastal town of Swakopmund, and unique geological formations & rock art in Damaraland.

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Flights are typically an additional $1,047 per person economy class from London

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Itinerary

Overview

     
  • 12 day highlights of Namibia itinerary with a private driver-guide.

  • Visit the gargantuan sand dunes of the ancient Namib Desert
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  • Unwind with adventure-style activities in the vibrant coastal resort of Swakopmund, and a wildlife-packed cruise in Walvis Bay
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  • Witness the unique geological formations of Damaraland, and the ancient rock art at Twyfelfontein, a stunning world heritage site
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  • Enjoy superb game drives in the wildlife-rich Etosha National Park and Okonjima Game Reserves, and visit the AfriCat cheetah preservation project
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  • Stay in charming guesthouses and lodges, with an indulgent final night at a luxury bush camp

 

Day-by-day

DAY 1: ARRIVAL AND TRANSFER FROM AIRPORT TO GALTON HOUSE GUESTHOUSE, WINDHOEK
On arrival at Windhoek Airport you will be welcomed and driven in your private, air conditioned 4X4 vehicle to Galton House guesthouse in Windhoek's quiet Eros suburb, conveniently located within easy reach of the capital's many shops and restaurants. The transfer takes around 45 minutes, with stops along the way to stock up on supplies.
Accommodation: Galton Guesthouse

DAY 2: WINDHOEK TO SESRIEM IN THE NAMIB DESERT
Today's drive to Sesriem takes the best part of the day, with late afternoon arrival at the Desert Homestead lodge. This friendly and unpretentious property provides comfortable farmhouse-style accommodation with a bar, restaurant and pool. It occupies a superb location just 30 kilometres from the Sesriem entrance to the Namib Naukluft National Park, and boasts fabulous views over the plains to the dunes and mountains beyond. The lodge specialises in horse-back safaris, and also offers nature drives and guided hikes into the Namib Naukluft Mountains. If time allows, a guided nature drive with fabulous sunset scenery provides a perfect end to the day.
Accommodation: Desert Homestead Lodge

DAY 3: A DAY'S ADVENTURE IN THE NAMIB DESERT
Make an early start and arrive at the Sesriem entrance to the vast and remote Namib-Naukluft National Park at dawn. This beautiful park comprises a mix of landscapes from expansive gravel plains, to orange sand dunes, inselburgs, and mountain plains. Travel 70 km through the park to reach the 'great dune sea' of Sossussvlei, gigantic dunes which cascade down to the Atlantic Ocean shore. Explore the 500 year-old petrified trees at Dead Vlei, and discover unique desert-adapted wildlife. If time allows, visit the stunning Sesriem Canyon which, at certain times of year, can be a great place for a refreshing swim. Note that the desert can be extremely hot in the middle of the day, so do remember plenty of water, a hat, high factor sunblock and sturdy, enclosed walking shoes. Return to the lodge for a rest and afternoon tea, followed by a guided two hour sundowner horse ride. Ride back to the lodge under the clear night skies in time for dinner.
Accommodation: Desert Homestead Lodge

DAY 4: SESRIEM TO SWAKOPMUND
Onwards today to Swakopmund, a vibrant Atlantic seaside town approximately 5 ½ hours' drive from Sesriem via a series of gravel roads and steep mountain passes. Stay overnight at Cornerstone Guesthouse, a peaceful, family-run B&B located between the beach and the town centre. With German architecture harking back to its colonial days, this intriguing town boasts historic buildings, well-maintained gardens, palm tree lined avenues, coffee bars, and some great restaurants. The town is considered a holiday resort by the locals, and is becoming increasingly known for adventure-style activities from gentle sea kayaking, to sand-boarding, quad biking in the enormous dunes, sky diving, fishing, kitesurfing and windsurfing. Temperatures rarely drop below 15C and rainfall is very rare, although note that the town is subjected to 9 months of morning fog each year. Boat cruises in nearby Sandwich Harbour and Walvis Bay are also on offer, along with guided tours into the desert to see the ancient Welwitschia plants.
Accommodation: Cornerstone Guesthouse

DAY 5: CATAMARAN CRUISE IN WALVIS BAY, NEAR SWAKOPMUND
Make the short journey to Walvis Bay by 8.30am and check in for a morning's cruise at the Catamaran Charters café. Depart from the Walvis Bay Yacht Club at around 9.00am and cruise into the beautiful bay, and out towards Pelican Point Lighthouse from where the Cape Fur Seal Colony can be seen, with large numbers of playful seals both in and out of the water. See the local oyster platforms and learn about the industry, and enjoy the area's enormous bird diversity. Species include flamingos, pelicans and cormorants. Depending on the time of year, and of course on luck, you may also see dolphins, and occasionally the bizarre mola-mola (sunfish), leatherback turtle, or whale. Return to the yacht club at around 12.30pm. The rest of the day is to spend at leisure in Walvis Bay or Swakopmund.
Accommodation: Cornerstone Guesthouse

DAY 6: SWAKOPMUND TO TWYFELFONTEIN
Today's five hour journey leads to Camp Kipwe in southern Damaraland. This charming and quirky camp is huddled directly into the rocks, with sweeping views across the Aba Huab Valley. Each of the 10 eco-friendly, igloo-shaped rooms has a private veranda and charming outdoor bathroom. Guided morning nature drives are on offer, in search of Namibia's unique desert-adapted elephant. Afternoon excursions to Twyfelfontein, a world heritage site boasting impressive boulders inscribed with Africa's greatest concentrations of rock paintings and engravings, last around 2 ½ hours and include visits to the Burnt Mountain, and the famed series of volcanic rock formations known as the 'Organ Pipes' which appear to shimmer in bright sunshine. If time allows, it's also possible to visit Damara Living Museum, a nearby community venture introducing visitors to local people and traditions, plus there are a number of guided nature walks in and around camp.
Accommodation: Camp Kipwe

DAY 7: DAY AT LEISURE IN AND AROUND TWYFELFONTEIN
A full day to relax and enjoy activities in and around camp.
Accommodation: Camp Kipwe

DAY 8: TWYFELFONTEIN TO OKUAKUEJO, AND A VISIT TO ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
After witnessing Damaraland’s fascinating geological formations, travel today to the western side of the Etosha National Park for a contrasting change of scene. The park's chalky and sun-scorched 'lunar' landscape is home to a rich variety of wildlife including the rare black rhino, elephant, giraffe, eland, blue wildebeest, zebra, impala, an abundance of big cats, and an impressive array of birdlife. Overnight at the Okaukuejo Rest Camp, a former military outpost now offering pristine and comfortable accommodation, along with a bar, restaurant and swimming pool. The camp's main draw is it's waterhole, floodlit at night and attracting an amazing diversity of animals including lion, elephant, the endangered black rhino, and plenty more.
Accommodation: Okaukuejo Rest Camp

DAY 9: OKAUKUEJO TO ONGUMA GAME RESERVE, NAMUTONI
Originally part of the greater Etosha Game Reserve, Onguma Game Reserve is one of Namibia’s best kept secrets. Plains game roam freely and predators, although not easy to spot, are nevertheless common residents of the area. Lions, however, are frequently sighted and there are healthy black rhino, leopard, and hyena populations. During the summer months, Onguma becomes a bird-watchers paradise with thousands of species migrating to wetlands created by the seasonal rains, and the reserve boasts the biggest breeding colony of white-backed vultures in Namibia. Stay overnight at the Onguma Bush Camp, a superb 19-roomed, safari-style camp with a small games room, swimming pool, thatched bar, and a lounge and dining area overlooking a superb waterhole frequented by abundant wildlife around the clock.
Accommodation: Onguma Bush Camp

DAY 10: DAY AT LEISURE NAMUTONI
Enjoy a relaxing day enjoying the scenery and taking part in one or two of the optional activities on offer as preferred. Activies include Big Five game drives, birdwatching, sunset drives, and bush walks.
Accommodation: Onguma Bush Camp

DAY 11: NAMUTONI TO the Okonjima Game Reserve, Otjiwarongo
Situated halfway between the capital Windhoek and the Etosha National Park, the 55,000 acre Okonjima Game Reserve has some of the best accommodation in Namibia, but the true highlights are the thrilling cheetah and leopard safaris, carnivore foot-tracking activities, bushman trails, and a visit to the AfriCat Foundation, a conservation project which rehabilitates cheetahs, wild dogs, hyenas and leopards in their natural environment. The elegant Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp is a wonderful place to stay, combining Edwardian safari elegance with an abundance of modern creature comforts. There are 8 private split-level chalets with stunning views, and facilities include a main ‘lapa’ in the shape of a camelthorn pod, a dining area, and lovely gardens with a swimming pool overlooking the grassy plains.
Accommodation: Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp

DAY 12: OKONJIMA TO WINDHOEK
Your guide will transfer you to the airport to arrive in time to connect with your onward flight out of Windhoek International Airport. You should arrive no later than 2 hours before your flight departs.

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Only 8 rooms
- Hands on management
- Swimming pool and day room available
- Easy reach of restaurants and shops

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Stunning panoramic views
- Affordable yet stylish lodging
- Guided horse riding safaris

Cornerstone Guesthouse

Swakopmund & Walvis Bay

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 2

- Simple but stylish rooms
- Friendly and efficient service
- Located between beach and town

Camp Kipwe

Damaraland

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

-Elusive desert elephants
-Impressive boulder strewn landscape
-Locally run

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Beautiful national park location
- Vibrant waterhole in camp
- Large property, affordable prices

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Floodlit watering hole
- Easy access into Etosha National Park
- Rhino tracking
- Stylish accommodation

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Vibrant wildlife
- Famous cheetah conservation
- Spacious rooms with views

Details

Getting there

Namibia has excellent regular connections via Johannesburg (and less frequently via Cape Town). Air Namibia also operates via Frankfurt. Extensions to Botswana and the Victoria Falls are possible with regular connections. Flight prices on this route are always cheaper booked in advance, particularly when flying during school holiday periods. Please let us know your preferred departure airport and we would be pleased to quote for a flight inclusive ATOL protected package.

Price includes

Guide price is based on peak travel (August) and inclusive of private driver-guide, 4wd vehicle, accommodation, park fees and mentioned activities.

Suggested vehicle is a Nissan Pajero 4wd or similar for the duration with private driver-guide

When is best?

The months from June to September are winter in Southern Africa but temperatures during the day reach very comfortable early 20 degrees Celsius, just pretty chilly at night but you can keep comfortable with various layers. This is the time of the least / no rainfall making the vegetation less dense and the game easy to spot. You could use a standard sedan vehicle for this journey but a 2x4 makes the trip more comfortable.

Autumn, April-May tends to be a lovely time with all the young being born and the vegetation still green. Spring, late September into early November can have variable weather depending on the previous rainfall but offers excellent game viewing

The summer months November to March tend to be the highest rainfall which is generally when a 4x4 vehicle is suggested; it tends to be hot and humid with afternoon thunderstorms.

Is it for me?

Having an expert local driver-guide allows you to make the most of your time in Namibia adding colour and insight to the journey. You can relax and enjoy the scenery without needing to worry about driving.


For those preferring a lower cost, more independent option, we can also offer this itinerary as self drive.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

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  • Everything was fab, I especially loved Tuningi such a special place and my son got to see his favourite animal the cheetah (after a bit of time hunting about on foot!). Mauritius is lovely we saw quite a bit of the island in the end.

    MissingLaura L reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 12 December 2018

  • We had a wonderful trip to Morocco. What a fascinating country. Thank you so much for all of your help making things smooth and less stressful!

    Here are a few things we wanted to pass on:

    Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.

    I was a little unclear how to ask what time we were being picked up etc, but your office promptly replied to my emails - even on weekends- when we had these questions about transport times. Once, we met our guide in Imlil these details we not problematic as our guide “Abraham” totally took care of us. Abraham was awesome. You should definitely request him again in the future. He was young (29)and energetic. He had a ton of hiking experience in Imlil as he was from there. He also seemed to know everything else about morocco, the desert, the culture, etc, etc. He was approachable, kind, patient, great with our kids and answered SO MANY of our questions.

    The hike was lovely - after rain the day prior in Marrakech - there was snow in the mountains. It was gorgeous. We may have been up for a longer hike up Mt Taboukel if I had known this was a realistic option for families ( I thought from reading that it was too technical for us). Yet not sure we had enough days for all these things always since getting in the desert was a priority.

    The mountain house, Dar adar, was just as described… very basic. The wifi was broken (which was a nice break when you have pre-teens addicted to phones, plus my husband called no wifi an amenity to not be available by email for his work!)). There was no heat and the fireplace helped a tad - but was so very cold in the rooms. My husband loved the rustic space, I may have gone up one step in niceness of mountain accommodation if I had to do it over again. Yet, meeting the other families in this Dar Adar (including another Tourdust family from England) made this house very memorable.

    We were then joined by our driver for the next several days, Jamal. What a fun guy and a perfect driver. He could joke with my kids, he had a fun smile, and he had worked with Abraham before so they were a great team. The drive to desert was long as I knew it would be. It was nice to have the stop on way there near Ait Ben Haddu. The drive back from desert was long. It was more near 10 hours of driving (plus 1 hour at lunch = 11 hours) but I wouldn’t have made any different choices.

    The luxury desert camp was far and away the highlight of our trip. The tents were adorable, I was sufficiently warm even at night inside the tent. We loved the camel riding, the ATV vehicles at a nearby camp, sunsets on the dunes, music around the camp fire, meals with others at the camp and more.

    The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.

    MissingGwyneth R reviewing Luxury Family Desert Holiday on 11 December 2018

  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
    Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!

    MissingWilliam K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

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