Discover Namibia & Victoria Falls

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 12 Days | Windhoek to Victoria Falls
  • Group Size: Max 16

Trip Details

 

Go on an epic 12-day adventure in Namibia that includes two days on the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls. From the parched red and orange landscapes of Namib-Naukluft National Park to the astounding wildlife sanctuary at Etosha, Namibia will bring out your inner explorer. Cap off the experience amid the awe-inspiring thunder and rush of one of the world’s greatest waterfalls.

Trip Highlights

    • 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 gain insight into everyday life during a walk through the local market and dinner at a family homestead. The next day, take a guided tour along the trails of the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls. In the afternoon, enjoy free time for optional activities, including a river safari, canoeing, or even a flight over the falls. (2B, 1D)

Day 12 — Victoria Falls

Depart at any time.

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Dates

2017
  • Nov 20 - Dec 01, 2017 (sold out)
  • Dec 18 - 29, 2017
2018
  • Jan 08 - 19, 2018
  • Feb 05 - 16, 2018 (sold out)
  • Mar 05 - 16, 2018 (sold out)
  • Apr 02 - 13, 2018
  • Apr 30 - May 11, 2018 (sold out)
  • May 14 - 25, 2018
  • May 28 - Jun 08, 2018 (sold out)
  • Jun 11 - 22, 2018
  • Jun 25 - Jul 06, 2018
  • Jul 09 - 20, 2018
  • Jul 23 - Aug 03, 2018
  • Aug 06 - 17, 2018 (sold out)
  • Aug 20 - 31, 2018
  • Sep 17 - 28, 2018
  • Oct 01 - 12, 2018
  • Oct 15 - 26, 2018
  • Oct 29 - Nov 09, 2018
  • Nov 26 - Dec 07, 2018
  • Dec 24, 2018 - Jan 04, 2019
2019
  • Jan 02 - 13, 2019
  • Jan 16 - 27, 2019
  • Jan 30 - Feb 10, 2019
  • Feb 06 - 17, 2019
  • Feb 13 - 24, 2019
  • Feb 20 - Mar 03, 2019
  • Mar 06 - 17, 2019
  • Mar 20 - 31, 2019
  • Apr 03 - 14, 2019
  • Apr 24 - May 05, 2019
  • May 01 - 12, 2019
  • May 15 - 26, 2019
  • May 29 - Jun 09, 2019
  • Jun 12 - 23, 2019
  • Jun 19 - 30, 2019
  • Jun 26 - Jul 07, 2019
  • Jul 03 - 14, 2019
  • Jul 10 - 21, 2019
  • Jul 17 - 28, 2019
  • Jul 24 - Aug 04, 2019
  • Jul 31 - Aug 11, 2019
  • Aug 07 - 18, 2019
  • Aug 14 - 25, 2019
  • Aug 21 - Sep 01, 2019
  • Aug 28 - Sep 08, 2019
  • Sep 04 - 15, 2019
  • Sep 11 - 22, 2019
  • Sep 18 - 29, 2019
  • Sep 25 - Oct 06, 2019
  • Oct 02 - 13, 2019
  • Oct 09 - 20, 2019
  • Oct 23 - Nov 03, 2019
  • Oct 30 - Nov 10, 2019
  • Nov 06 - 17, 2019
  • Nov 13 - 24, 2019
  • Nov 20 - Dec 01, 2019
  • Nov 27 - Dec 08, 2019
  • Dec 04 - 15, 2019
  • Dec 18 - 29, 2019
  • Dec 25, 2019 - Jan 05, 2020

Trip Cost

Price From

$3,059

Activity Level

Light/Moderate

Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.

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Cost Details

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

What's Included

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

Accommodations
Comfortable, mid-range hotels/lodges (11 nights)

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

Optional Experience

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.