Wonders of Namibia

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 10 Days | Round-trip Windhoek
  • Group Size: Max 16

Trip Details

 

Embark on an adventure rich in wildlife and culture during 10 days in Namibia. Set out on open-vehicle wildlife drives in search of elephants, giraffes, and lions in Etosha National Park; visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund for a chance to get up close with these endangered cats; and gaze out over one of Africa’s most dramatically beautiful desert landscapes. Like the shifting sand dunes that reshape the horizon, this incredible place will transform you.

Trip Highlights

    • 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)

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Dates

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

Trip Cost

Price From

$2,399

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 $699

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 (9 nights)

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

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.