• Kimberley Sims

Highlights of Namibia

On this private tour you will have the chance to see some of Namibia's great wildlife including the endangered black rhino, lions, elephants, cheetahs, leopards and more. Discover the ancient bushman rock paintings of Damaraland and climb one of the highest sand dunes in the world in the Namibian desert to get a view of the famous Deadvlei.

Duration: 12 days, 11 nights

Starts: Windhoek, Namibia Ends: Windhoek, Namibia

Cost from: £3535 per per person

With flights from: £4235 per person

Day 1: Okonjima Nature Reserve (1 night) On arrival into Windhoek you will be met by your local driver guide ready to take you straight to the 20,000-hectare nature reserve. Okonjima is known for its frequent sightings of cheetah and leopard as well as being home to the AfriCat Foundation which conducts conservation work with predators all across Namibia. Enjoy beautiful views of the sandstone Omboroko Mountains for a one night stay in your safari lodge.

Day 2: Etosha (3 nights) Enjoy breakfast at the lodge before departing on your 230km journey to the Erosha National Park which is known to be Namibia's greatest wildlife sanctuary. Enjoy the next couple of days exploring the park on your game drives. Experience wide grasslands, Camelthorn and Mopani trees and an enormous saltpan that can be seen from space. With an abundance of wildlife you will have a good chance to see lots of animals such as elephants, black rhino, giraffe, lions and more. Look out for hidden animals in the thick vegetation that attracts elephants and giraffes due to the vitamins and minerals found on the ground and in the trees; lions amongst the golden grass and lots of wildlife around the many waterholes across the park. Enjoy all your meals included in your 3 night stay. There will be plenty of time for relaxation at the safari lodge that features a swimming pool.

Day 5: Damaraland (2 nights) Today you will leave Etosha and start your 330km journey towards the rugged, untamed Damaraland where you will find Namibia's highest mountain, the Brandberg, famous for it's rock painting of the 'White Lady'. Visit other rock formations which boast thousands of bushman rock paintings and engravings. Your guide will be on hand to talk to you about the culture and history of this artwork from the indigenous people in Southern Africa. While in the desert you will start tracking rhino and desert elephant. These amazing creatures have adapted to survive the harsh desert conditions and can only be found in two places in the world, Namibia and Mali. They are a priority for national conservation and have been designated top priority for protection. Once you spot them you will notice they have smaller bodies than the more commonly known elephants and have longer legs and larger feet which allows them to cross miles of sand dunes in order to reach water.

Day 7: Swakopmund (2 nights) Rise early to start your four hour drive to Swakopmund which is situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Namib Dunes. There are historic buildings and landmarks to see in this town. During your 2 night stay enjoy the beach, luxury accommodation and fine restaurants that overlook the Atlantic Ocean. From here you can include optional activities into the Namib desert including walking, sand-boarding or to see where the dunes meet the ocean. Join a dolphin spotting cruise or visit the Spitzkoppe granite peaks which date back more thant 120 million years. There is plenty going on in Namibia's most popular tourist town and something to suit everyone.

Day 9: Sossusvlei (2 nights)

Start another long journey today of 400km towards Sossusvlei which is in the Namib Naukluft Park. View beautiful tall sand dunes that get blown around and sculpted by the wind, some as tall as 200m. The area is known as the 'Dune Sea'. This is one of the most famous attractions of Namibia, the 'cracked white floor'- a dried white saltpan surrounded by red sand dunes. Small animals that don't need lots of water can survive here such as reptiles, rodents and ostriches. When the rain comes so does the migrating bird life. Enjoy your night in your traditional African accommodation and wake up early the next morning to catch the sunrise over the dunes, and take a guided excursion into Sossisvlei and Deadvlei to climb one of the highest sand dunes to get panoramic views of the area. The contrasts of the shadows on the dunes, the clear blue sky and blackened dead trees against the red background is a must do when visiting Namibia.

Day 11: Windhoek (1 night) After breakfast sit back and relax taking your journey back to where it all started in the capital city of Namibia- Windhoek. Explore this city and enjoy a nice meal in one of the local restaurants before spending one final night at your hotel. Day 12: Transfer to Windhoek airport for departure. The tours are tailor made by me and can be changed to suit your needs. This tour is based on 2 people sharing and includes all accommodation, transfers, touring and food where mentioned. The price is based on low season and is subject to change based on availability.


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