- The captivating landscapes of Namibia
- Etosha National Park
- Fish River Canyon
- See one of the oldest plants in the world
Where Deserts Meet
- Small Group 19 or less
- Top Performer
- VIP door to door
- Half board plus
Discover Namibia, a land of striking contrasts
Tour Windhoek – Namibia’s capital, head into the Kalahari Desert for a bushman tracking experience, and stay on the rim of the second largest canyon in the world, Fish River Canyon. You’ll see the sunrise over the lunar-like landscapes of Namib-Naukluft Park, and take a 4x4 ride to the famous Sossusvlei sand dunes, plus enjoy a cruise around Walvis Bay to see dolphins and seabirds. A highlight of the tour is sure to be a visit to Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its rock engravings and paintings.
3 nights in hotels, 10 in lodges and 2 in flight
30 meals: 13 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L) and 13 dinners (D)
Local expert guide
- Return flights and transfers
- Welcome drink
- Drink reception
- Farewell dinner
- Sundowner drink at a memorable location
- Porterage at all hotels
Included excursions and visits
- City tour of Windhoek
- Rehoboth Museum
- Bushman walk
- Visit the Fish River Canyon area
- Scenic drive through Namib Naukluft Park
- Sossusvlei dunes
- Sunset drive through the desert
- Walvis Bay cruise
- Cape Cross Seal Reserve
- Etosha National Park game viewing
Use of audio headsets on guided tours
- Day 1 UK-Windhoek
- Day 2 Windhoek
- Day 3 Windhoek-Kalahari Desert
- Day 4 Kalahari Desert
- Day 5 Kalahari Desert-Fish River Canyon
- Day 6 Fish River Canyon
- Day 7 Fish River Canyon-Sesriem
- Day 8 Sesriem
- Day 9 Namib Desert-Swakopmund
- Day 10 Swakopmund
- Day 11 Cape Cross Seal Reserve and Damaraland
- Day 12 Etosha
- Day 13 Etosha
- Day 14 Etosha-Midgard
- Day 15 Midgard-Windhoek-UK
- Day 16 UK
Windhoek Country Club Resort and Casino
Lapa Lange Lodge
Fish River Lodge
Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre
Damara Mopane Lodge
Epacha Game Lodge
Midgard Country Lodge
Day 1 UK-Windhoek
After taking your VIP door-to-door travel service to the airport, depart on your flight to Windhoek via Johannesburg.
Day 2 Windhoek
Travel to the 4-star Windhoek Country Club Resort and Casino (4Q).
Facilities include two restaurants and bars, a swimming pool, fitness centre and complimentary Wi-Fi. There is also an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, casino and foreign exchange facility. All 152 rooms have a television, telephone and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Later this evening you'll be able to meet fellow guests at a special welcome dinner. D
Day 3 Windhoek-Kalahari Desert
The capital of Namibia is a city of many contrasts, both architecturally and in a cultural sense.
On a morning tour see the State House, now home to the President, and the Christuskirche, built for the German Evangelical Lutheran settlers in 1907. Leaving the city behind, travel to Rehoboth and visit the Rehoboth Museum, to discover the history, culture, architecture, and special character of the original settlers.
Afterwards, continue to the 3-star Lapa Lange Lodge (4Q) for the next two nights (187 miles, three hours). Built around a waterhole this lodge features 12 tents, each with its own private deck and bathroom with hot and cold running water, a flush toilet and shower. The lodge's comfortable African-style lounge is the perfect setting for your meals and drinks. B, D
Day 4 Kalahari Desert
After breakfast at the lodge, walk in the Kalahari with a bushman tracker to learn his desert survival secrets and hear the history of the ancient San people. After this fascinating walk, enjoy lunch (at your own expense) before spending the rest of the day at leisure. Alternatively, you may wish to join an optional game drive through the Kalahari Private Game Reserve. B, D
Day 5 Kalahari Desert-Fish River Canyon
Set off towards the second largest canyon in the world, Fish River Canyon (273 miles, five hours), pausing for a packed lunch en route. This journey will take approximately six hours. Fish River is the longest interior river in Namibia, but its flow is now a small trickle compared with the immense volume of water that once poured down its length. The canyon itself is 1800 feet deep and up to 17 miles, and you'll be able to take plenty of photos of the dramatic landscape.
Later, you arrive at the 3-star+ Fish River Lodge (3Q) where you stay for the next two nights. Perched directly on the rim of the Fish River Canyon the lodge offers breathtaking views of the canyon from sunrise to sunset. Each chalet has a separate shower, dressing facility, double basins, toilet and fan, while an additional outdoor shower offers a chance to cool down under the stars on warm nights. B, L, D
Day 6 Fish River Canyon
This morning look forward to a Canyon Rim Walk in the company of a guide, when you can discover more about this extraordinary landscape. After lunch (at your own expense) enjoy the afternoon at leisure. B, D
Day 7 Fish River Canyon-Sesriem
Rise early for the long journey to Sesriem, a small settlement located in the Namib Desert (306 miles, six hours), pausing for a packed lunch en route.
Tonight you stay at the 4-star Sossusvlei Lodge (4Q), a resort whose adobe-style rooms with canvas roofs blend in with their desert surroundings. Each of the 45 rooms has air conditioning, tea and coffee-making facilities, a safe and bathroom (shower only). The lodge also has a restaurant which serves international cuisine, plus a bar, lounge, pool and small gift shop. B, L, D
Day 8 Sesriem
This morning enjoy a guided visit to Sesriem, as well as famous Sossusvlei and Sesreim Canyon.
Drive through Sesriem Gate into Namib Naukluft Park. Travel though the national park and then transfer to a 4x4 vehicle to see the famous dunes of Sossusvlei – a huge clay pan surrounded by massive dunes of up to 800 feet high! Enjoy the amazing views and changing shadows and colours of the sand then head back, stopping to view Sesriem Canyon. The name Sesriem is Afrikaans and means 'six belts', since the early settlers had to join six belts together in order to lower buckets into the canyon to scoop up water.
After lunch (at your own expense) take time out this afternoon. Dinner is at your lodge this evening. B, D
Day 9 Namib Desert-Swakopmund
Leave the desert behind as you make your way to the coast (213 miles, four hours).
En route you'll visit the canyons and surreal lunar-like landscapes of Namib Naukluft Park where you'll see the endemic welwitschia mirabilis, a plant with only two leaves but which can live for over a thousand years. This afternoon take a city tour of Swakopmund which has a distinctly German influence, with attractive old buildings, seafront promenade and palm-lined streets.
You'll spend the next two nights at the modern 3-star Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre (3Q), a modern hotel situated in the heart of Swakopmund. All 90 rooms have a television, telephone, tea and coffee-making facilities and and Wi-Fi (free of charge). There’s also a restaurant, bar, casino, swimming pool and gym. B, D
Day 10 Swakopmund
Enjoy a morning cruise around Walvis Bay – with sparkling wine and fresh oysters included! From your vantage point on deck, look out for seals, dolphins and sea birds including pelicans and cormorants. This afternoon is at leisure. B, D
Day 11 Cape Cross Seal Reserve and Damaraland
This morning head for Damaraland, a huge, untamed, ruggedly beautiful region of Namibia (263 miles, five hours).
Stop en route for an included trip to Cape Cross to visit the seal reserve, where these endearing animals thrive on the abundant fish and undisturbed surroundings. The fur seals found here differ from other seals and are distinguished by their little external ears. After lunch at the Cape Cross Lodge continue to Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its rock engravings and paintings.
Stay overnight at the 3-star Damara Mopane Lodge (3Q), built in the style of an African village. All 55 air-conditioned chalets have their own garden and are connected by walkways to a central area. Designed to blend into the environment, the lodge facilities include a lounge, restaurant, bar and swimming pool. Each of the 56 rooms has a ceiling fan, and tea and coffee-making facilities. B, L, D
Day 12 Etosha
Depart this morning and head towards Etosha National Park, visiting the Twyfelfontein rock paintings en route (200 miles, four hours).
In Afrikaans, Twyfelfontein means 'fountain of doubt', referring to the inconsistent water supply of the area. Here is the richest archaeological site in Namibia – approximately 2,500 rock engravings and rock paintings.
There will be time for lunch (at your own expense) before continuing to the 3-star+ Epacha Game Lodge (4Q) where you will stay for the next two nights. Epacha Game Lodge lies on a hilltop location in Epacha Wildlife Reserve. All 18 luxury air-conditioned chalets surround the main lodge and overlook the private game reserve. The main lodge has a restaurant, bar, library, cognac and cigar room. Other facilities include an infinity pool and spa (charges apply). B, D
Day 13 Etosha
After breakfast set off for a full-day visit to the Etosha National Park, the third largest game park in Africa, covering more than 8,000 square miles.
The Park was first established in 1907, when Namibia was a German colony known as South West Africa. The park supports up to 114 different mammal species, including the endangered black rhinoceros and endemic black-nosed impala, as well as some 300 different bird species. The Etosha Pan dominates the park. This salt pan is roughly 80 miles long and as wide as 30 miles in places. The pan is usually dry, but fills with water briefly in the summer, when it attracts pelicans and flamingos. Return to your lodge in time for dinner. B, L, D
Day 14 Etosha-Midgard
After an early start, set off for a game drive on Epacha Lodge property, looking out for wildlife.
Later, travel to the 4-star Midgard Country Lodge (3Q) (255 miles, four hours). Stay overnight at the Lodge, set on a private nature reserve at the foot of the Otjihavera mountain range. All 46 air-conditioned rooms have television, free Wi-Fi, safe, hairdryer and tea and coffee-making facilities. There is a dining room with terrace, a bar and lounge, swimming pool and pool bar. B, D
Day 15 Midgard-Windhoek-UK
Relax at your lodge this morning. After lunch (at your own expense) travel by road to Windhoek for your overnight return flight to the UK, via Johannesburg. B
Day 16 UK
Arrive in the UK for your included VIP door-to-door travel service home.
Price available in resort. Drive through the Kalahari Private Game Reserve. The 10,000 hectare reserve is characterised by ancient red-hued sand dunes and grassy plains peppered with centuries-old camelthorn trees. The valleys between the dunes are known as 'dune streets' and provide a home for the indigenous animal and birdlife.
Optional on 15 nights itinerary
Pre-holiday extension - half board
Before your tour enjoy a stay at the 4-star Victoria Falls Safari Lodge (4Q).
Available in 2021 only.