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This 12-day journey combines an incredible adventure in Namibia with a visit to spectacular Victoria Falls. On a variety of game drives, track animals of all sorts, including cheetahs, leopards, elephants, and endangered black rhinos. Visit lively towns and markets, get acquainted with the ancient San culture, and opt to go quad-biking or sandboarding in the Namib desert. From the burnt red and orange landscapes of Namib-Naukluft National Park to the astounding wildlife of Etosha, this experience will bring out your inner explorer.
Meet with a researcher from the National Geographic-supported Cheetah Conservation Fund before embarking on a game drive to observe these magnificent animals up close.
Visit the township of Mondesa with a local resident and spend time with the community’s welcoming people.
View the ancient rock carvings at Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Enjoy a traditional Zimbabwean dinner in a family home and learn about daily life.
Itinerary - 12 Days
Day 1 — Windhoek
Arrive at anytime and transfer to our hotel.
Days 2 & 3 — Sesriem
Take in the dramatic Namibian scenery on a drive to the desert town of Sesriem. The next day, embark on a 4x4 excursion in Namib-Naukluft National Park, one of the most stunning desert landscapes on the African continent. See Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, clay pans covered in a crust of salt-rich sand surrounded by burned orange and red towering dunes. Explore Sesriem Canyon, a natural rock formation carved over millions of years by the Tsauchab River. (2B, 2D)
Days 4 & 5 — Swakopmund
Journey through the desert, keeping an eye out for zebras, kudus, springboks, and oryxes. Stop in the quirky town of Solitaire to pick up a boxed lunch before heading into the countryside. Here, we'll meet a local for a drive and talk about the survival strategies of the Bushmen who live in the area. Continue to Swakopmund on the Atlantic coast. The next day, take advantage of a free morning to go quad-biking or sandboarding in the nearby dunes, or explore the city. Visit the township of Mondesa with a local guide. Venture into the colorful market for an introduction to traditional foods, and stop in at Datango, an arts-and-crafts shop that offers employment to local youth. Later, visit the shebeen (tavern) for a refreshing drink before heading to a family home for a festive evening of dinner and musical entertainment. (2B, 1L, 1D)
Day 6 — Twyfelfontein
Travel to Twyfelfontein, Namibia’s first UNESCO World Heritage site. Examine ancient San petroglyphs that are thought to be the largest concentration of engravings in Africa, dating back some 5,000 years. (1B, 1D)
Days 7 & 8 — Ethosha National Park
Depart early to visit the Petrified Forest national monument, a stunning collection of fossilized tree trunks approximately 280 million years old. Continue to our lodge in the Etosha National Park area, considered the greatest wildlife sanctuary in Namibia. This afternoon, take a game drive in an open safari vehicle to view the abundant wildlife. At sunrise, embark on another game drive, and keep your camera at the ready to capture elephants, lions, leopards, and endangered black rhinos. The remainder of the day is free to relax at our lodge, take a swim, or join our CEO for another game drive. (2B)
Day 9 — Windhoek
Visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund, an organization National Geographic has supported. Tour the facility and learn from one of its researchers about ongoing efforts to study, monitor, and protect cheetahs. Then enjoy a game drive to view some of these amazing animals up close. Later, return to Windhoek. (1B, 1L)
Days 10 & 11 — Victoria Falls
Fly to Zimbabwe and take a guided tour along the trails of the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls. Gain insight into everyday life during a walk through the local market and dinner at a family homestead. The next day, enjoy free time for optional activities, including a river safari, whitewater rafting, canoeing, or even a flight over the falls. (2B, 1D)
Our newest line of trips, offered in partnership with G Adventures, blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.
All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.
My Own Room
During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.
My Own Room Option: From $999
Arrival transfer, internal
flights, transport between destinations and to/
from included activities, and activities as listed in
the itinerary. Optional experiences are at an additional cost
Meals Included 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners. Allow an additional $280-365 for meals not included
Transportation Air-conditioned touring vehicle, 4x4, open safari vehicle, plane, van, walking
You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.