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Wildlife, rock art, ancient cultures, and some of the most unusual landscapes on Earth—Namibia has something for everyone. Set out safari in search of elephants, giraffes, and lions in Etosha National Park, and observe cheetahs close up at the National Geographic-supported Cheetah Conservation Fund. Peer at petroglyphs, spend time in a local township, and climb some of the most dramatic dunes on the planet.
Visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund for a lecture and a game drive.
Meet the residents of Mondesa Township and enjoy dinner and entertainment in a family home.
Explore the dunes of Namib-Naukluft National Park.
Itinerary - 10 Days
Days 1, 2, & 3 — Windhoek/Sesriem
Land in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital. Those arriving early may wish to explore the city’s leafy parks and German colonial architecture on their own. Set out across dramatic desert landscapes the following morning for our drive to the outpost town of Sesriem, and then enjoy an evening to relax at our lodge. The next day, embark on a 4x4 excursion into the otherworldly landscapes of Namib-Naukluft National Park. Take in the park’s towering red dunes of Sossusvlei, and keep an eye out for springbok, bat-eared foxes, and other desert wildlife. Continue to Sesriem Canyon, carved into the rock by the Tsauchab River over millions of years. (2B, 2D)
Days 4 & 5 — Sesriem/Swakopmund
Set out on a guided 4x4 desert drive and discuss the survival strategies of the San in the surrounding harsh environments, then continue to Swakopmund on the Atlantic coast. The next day, take advantage of a free morning to go quad-biking, or take a walk through town. Later, stroll the lively market of Mondesa with a guide, and then drop by Datango, an arts-and-crafts shop that offers employment opportunities to youth. Stop in at a shebeen, or tavern, to mingle with residents over a cool drink, and then continue to a family home for dinner, accompanied by entertainment from the local choir. (2B, 1L, 1D)
Days 6, 7, & 8 — Twyfelfontein/Etosha National Park
Travel to Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to view ancient San petroglyphs dating back over 5,000 years. Depart early the next day to visit the 280-million-year-old Petrified Forest, and then continue to our lodge in the Etosha National Park area. Over the next two days, set out into the surrounding grasslands on open-vehicle game drives to spot elephants, lions, and with luck, elusive leopards and endangered black rhinos. Enjoy free time to relax back at the lodge. (3B, 1D)
Days 9 & 10 — Cheetah Conservation Fund/Windhoek
Visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund, a global research organization founded by National Geographic grantee Dr. Laurie Marker. Meet a researcher for a tour of the facility, and learn about ongoing projects before setting out on a game drive to view cheetahs up close. Enjoy lunch on the veranda overlooking the magnificent Waterberg Plateau, and then return to Windhoek for our final evening. Depart at any time the following day. (2B, 1L)
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.
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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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 $699
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 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners. Allow an additional $230-300 for meals not included
Transportation Air-conditioned touring vehicle, 4x4, open safari vehicle
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.