Namibia.. Dunes Coasts & wildlife
October 11 to 25, 2019
Join us for an amazing Safari through Namibia, one of the most scenic countries in Africa. We will visit Etosha and Namib Naukluft National Parks as well as Erindi Private Game Reserve which offers brilliant game viewing which include Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Black and White Rhino, African Wild Dog, Giraffe, Zebra, the majestic Oryx and more than 500 species of birds. From a cultural side we will spend time with the San Bushmen, Himba and Damara tribes and visit some of the most scenic landscapes in the world. This safari is a brilliant mixture of game viewing, culture and scenic landscapes.
Per person sharing in double occupancy (land): $6,495.00
Single Supplement: $695.00
Led by local guides
Price based on a group size minimum of 6 and maximum of 8 participants
Your tour does not include
- Entry visa (US Citizens do not require a visa).
- International airfare from US
- Personal expenses such as telephone calls, email, laundry, beverages at meals, etc.
- Use of a dayroom or extra hotel nights if required by airline schedules.
- Trip insurance in case of medical emergency, or cancellations or medical evacuation (highly recommended).
- Any fluctuations of currency exchange or any new imposed taxes by the Namibia government.
Your tour includes
- Accommodation in all lodges & hotels (1st class properties).
- Airport transfers upon arrival and departure in Windhoek and private ground transportation by air-conditioned minivan or 4x4 vehicles
- Experienced, English-speaking guide throughout.
- All touring, site visits, Park and village entry fees.
- All meals: (B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner).
- Mineral water on vehicle during touring only.
- All VAT and local taxes.
- Gratuities to guide and driver (provided minimum number met.)
- Porterage at hotels and lodges
Trip Grade: II Active – Some hikes, slightly more demanding walks at or to sites, few elevations, comfortable but busy schedule and some long rides. Some walks will be on sand and on uneven terrain in some areas. Many hikes are optional.
Lodging Level: *** Superior: Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined service and comfort level acceptable to western standards. (3 or 4 stars)
About Your Guide: Nick was born and raised in the beautiful country of Namibia, a privilege that made Africa and its wildlife a concrete part of his childhood. He completed an EcoTraining field guiding course in the famous Timbavati Game Reserve, now part of Kruger National Park and has been guiding birding, wildlife and cultural safaris throughout Africa ever since. After completing his Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree from the University of Pretoria, he worked extensively in the Caprivi region where he was involved in various wildlife research and community projects, including assembling courses for the training of field guides. His knowledge of the birds and wildlife of this wonderful continent has led to him being considered as one of the leading guides of the region. Nick is currently based in Windhoek, Namibia from where he leads birding and wildlife tours throughout Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia. When not leading tours he tries to explore new wildlife and birding areas and setting up future trips to some of the lesser known parts of the continent.
Pertinent Information: Namibia is a large country and to visit all its treasures and natural wonders you have some day’s long drives amidst beautiful scenery and enormous expanses.
- This is a camping and lodge safari with game viewing by 4WD vehicle and nature walks.
- Dust levels can be high on some drives and may possibly cause problems for people with asthma or respiratory problems.
- Restroom facilities may be primitive or non-existent in remote areas.
- Some vaccinations are required and even though this is not Malaria season, you may want to consider taking malaria pills.
- Costs are based on current exchange rate with the Euro and if it changes, clients will be responsible for the supplement.
View Tour Itinerary
Friday, Oct 11
US to Windhoek
Depart the USA to Johannesburg.
Saturday, Oct 12
Arrival at Windhoek International Airport; upon arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to Hilton Hotel or similar for check in. Have dinner at 7:00pm and overnight at the hotel. Accommodation: Hilton Hotel (D)
Sunday, Oct 13
Windhoek to Erindi Private Game Reserve
After an early breakfast we will be on the road north driving through downtown Windhoek passing through some of the most famous monuments and buildings. Once we pass the town of Okahandja the landscape is dominated by private game farms and will be our introduction to the more common animals and birdlife of Namibia. Arrive at Erindi Private Game Reserve for check in and have lunch then depart for your first game drive. Erindi is the largest private game reserve in the world and is home to Elephant, Black and White Rhino, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, African Wild Dog, Hippo, Giraffe, as well as, the more common antelope species and more than 250 species of birds. The restaurant and rooms at the resort overlooks the two flood-lit waterholes which gives us the opportunity to see some of the shy nocturnal animals. We will drive back to the lodge after sunset and enjoy dinner before your overnight. Accommodation:Old Traders Lodge at Erindi (B,L,D)
Monday, Oct 14
Erindi Private Game Reserve
After a quick cup of coffee we will be back in the game drive vehicles for our morning game drive enjoying the early morning chorus of the African bush waking up. We will be back at the lodge around 10:00am for breakfast and the rest of the morning to relax by the pool or at the waterhole. By mid- afternoon after enjoying a slice of cake and a cup of tea we will depart for our afternoon game drive and after enjoying a sun-downer drink in the bush we will be back at the lodge for dinner. Accommodation: Old Traders Lodge at Erindi (B,L,D)
Tuesday, Oct 15
Morning Game Drive, Hoba Meteorite and Roy’s Camp
We will start today with another exciting early morning game drive followed by a well-deserved breakfast. After a very short break, we will be on the road north towards Roy’s Camp and Bushmanland stopping near the town of Otjiwarongo for lunch. We will also stop at the Hoba Meteorite, the largest intact meteorite in the world before arriving at Roy’s Camp. Roy’s Camp is situated on a game farm and is the perfect base from which you will spend time with the San or Bushman people. Arrive at Roy’s Camp by late afternoon for check in, dinner and overnight. Accommodation: Roy’s Camp (B,L,D)
Wednesday, Oct 16
San Bushman village visit
After a relaxing breakfast we will make our way further eastwards to where we will spend time with the Ju ‘hoansi Bushman, who lives in small villages scattered across the area. We will follow the men and women into the veld where we will learn more about where they find plants and animals for food and traditional medicine. They will also show us how they make a fire using only natural product, how to set traps for catching birds and where to find the plants used as poison for their bow and arrows. We will have a picnic lunch at the village and we will return to Roy’s Camp sometime during the afternoon when we get into our vehicle and depart to Mokuti Lodge just outside Etosha National Park where we will spend the next three nights. We should arrive by late afternoon in time for a well-deserved dinner and rest at the beautiful lodge. Accommodation: Mokuti Lodge (B,L,D)
Thursday, Oct 17
Etosha National Park
Today we have the full day dedicated to game viewing in Etosha. Etosha is one of the premier wildlife parks in Africa and after an early breakfast we will be in the vehicles looking for Elephant, Rhino, Giraffe, Zebra, Oryx, Kudu, Red Hartebeest, Springbok, Blue Wildebeest, Steenbok, Black-backed Jackal, Spotted Hyena, Cheetah, Leopard and Lion. We will return to our lodge for lunch and a bit of a rest before we are back into the open safari vehicle for a full afternoon of game viewing. We will again stay in the same lodge. Accommodation: Mokuti Lodge (B,L,D)
Friday, Oct 18
Etosha National Park
Today we have another day of exploring the grassy plains and surrounding bushveld of Etosha in the open vehicles. We will then do a game drive to our lodge for the next 2 nights. The lodge has a floodlit waterhole which is excellent for game viewing long after the sun has set. Accommodation: Halali Resort inside Etosha(B,L,D)
Saturday, Oct 19
We have another full day to explore Etosha with a full day game drive in our vehicle. We will also visit the Etosha Pan, a massive 120x60km salt pan visible from space around which the national park was created. The waterholes in the drier western part attract huge herds of animals. We will spend some time sitting at one of the waterholes watching the incredible spectacle herd coming and going. With a bit of luck we might see one of the big cats, Lion, Leopard or Cheetah coming to the waterhole as well. We will arrive at our lodge famous for its flood-lit waterhole by late afternoon in time to enjoy a beautiful Namibian sunset. We will be back at the waterhole after dinner for some more excellent game viewing opportunities. Accommodation: Halali Resort inside Etosha (B,L,D)
Sunday, Oct 20
Kaokoland to Damaraland
After breakfast we will have a final opportunity to look for animals as we slowly make our way out of the park towards Outjo where we will refuel before turning northwards towards Kamanjab where we will spend a few hours with the Himba people, one of the last true nomadic tribes in Southern Africa. After lunch we make our way south towards Damaraland, home of the Damara tribe and brilliant geological rock formations and paintings/engravings. This part of Namibia is also famous for the desert adapted elephants, rhino, lions and other wildlife that have found ways to survive in this arid part of the country. We will stop at the Petrified Forest along the way and we should arrive at our lodge by late afternoon in time for a sundowner enjoying a spectacular sunset for which this part of Namibia is famous for. Accommodation: Twyfelfontein lodge (B,L,D)
Monday, Oct 21
Damaraland to Swakopmund
After breakfast, we start the morning with a visit to Twyfelfontein world heritage site, where bushman communities engraved and painted over 2500 pictures some 6000 years ago. We will also visit a traditional Damara village in the form of a living museum to learn more about this fascinating tribe. At the Tin mining town of Uis we will turn westwards towards the Atlantic Ocean. This route crosses the desolate ‘gravel plains’ of the Namib Desert before arriving at the Skeleton Coast. After a nice lunch break at the only lodge in the area, we will visit Cape Cross and its world famous Cape Fur Seal colony which is home to thousands of these animals. Then we continue south along the coast, visiting a shipwreck along the way, and make our way to Swakopmund where we will spend the next two nights. This beautiful charming German town is like an oasis in the Namib Desert and we plan to arrive by late afternoon and after checking into The Strand Hotel we will enjoy a great dinner and then overnight. Accommodation: Strand Hotel (B,L,D)
Tuesday, Oct 22
After breakfast we will depart for a unique living desert adventure where we will learn more about the fascinating wildlife of the Namib Desert. We will look for the various snakes, scorpions, reptiles, insects and plants that call the sea of sand home. After returning to Swakopmund for a traditional Namibian German lunch you have the afternoon at leisure to explore the town known for its German style architecture and curio shopping. Accommodation: Strand Hotel (B,L,D)
Wednesday, Oct 23
Swakopmund to Sossusvlei
After an early breakfast we will commence with a short but very scenic drive to Walvis Bay, Namibia’s main harbor town. The drive offers a unique view of the sand dunes of the Namib Desert on our left and the Atlantic Ocean on our right. Once we have reached Walvis Bay we will board a catamaran for a 4 hour cruise in the Walvis Bay lagoon. During the cruise we will visit the oyster farm, shipwreck and seal colony and hope to see Heaviside and Bottlenose Dolphins, Cape Fur Seals, Great White Pelican, Sunfish, Cape Cormorant, African Penguin and possibly whales if we are lucky. Once back on shore we will depart for Sossusvlei, this very scenic drive takes us through the Kuiseb and Gaub canyons as well as the Namib Naukluft National Park. We should arrive at Little Sossus Lodge just before sunset and enjoy dinner under the African sky and then an early overnight to prepare for our very early wake-up call tomorrow. Accommodation: Little Sossus Lodge (B,L,D)
Thursday, Oct 24
We will be up very early today and will drive towards Sossusvlei and the world famous Dead Vlei, sunrise is a truly magical time of the day, as the giant dark shapes suddenly dress in color and the mosaic of shades and sunlight creates incredible photo opportunities. As we make our way along the dry Tsauchab River we will drive between some of the highest sand dunes in the world. The highlight is Dead Vlei, where red dunes provide a breathtaking backdrop to centuries old, dry trees standing in the desert. Once we get back to the vehicle we will enjoy a great picnic breakfast with the dunes in the background. We will then slowly make our way back to our new lodge for this evening but not before exploring the Sesriem Canyon. We will then enjoy a sundowner drink watching our last Namibian Sunset. It’s the perfect way to say goodbye to Namibia. Overnight at the lodge. Accommodation: Rostock Ritz Lodge (B,L,D)
Friday, Oct 25
Sossusvlei to Windhoek to USA
We will again be up early and after breakfast we will depart for Windhoek with a scenic drive up the escarpment and through the Khomas Hochland. Upon arrival in Windhoek, transfer to Windhoek International Airport for your flight back home, connecting via Europe or Johannesburg arriving USA Oct 26.
We (STS) reserve the right to change hotels, restaurants or the order of activities if/as needed