12-Day Namibian Safari Tour
Join other Solo Travellers on this exciting adventure to Namibia where you will explore some of the most stunning landscapes in Southern Africa, see endless wildlife, and climb the dunes of the Namib Desert. Start your 12-day Namibian Safari Tour in the country’s capital, Windhoek, before travelling north to the Etosha National Park, home to lions, black rhinos, elephants and giraffes. Continue to Damaraland, Namibia’s most beautiful desert region, where you will see ancient bushman rock engravings and the country’s highest mountain. Take a break from travelling in Namibia’s premier seaside town of Swakopmund, famous for its delicious seafood restaurants. And finally, finish your tour with a trip to the Namib Desert, a place where you will always remember taking a sunrise walk amongst the world’s tallest sand dunes.
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Day 1 – Arrive Windhoek
Upon arrival at the airport you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in. Overnight in Windhoek.
Day 2 – Windhoek / Mount Etjo Safari Lodge
Today you will have an early start, departing Windhoek at 08.30 to travel north, roughly 300km, towards the Okonjati Wildlife Sanctuary. On the way, you will stop at several small towns including Okahandja, home to Namibia’s largest wood carving market. You will arrive at Mount Etjo Safari Lodge around mid-afternoon. The Lodge is built to face a large lake where animals regularly quench their thirst and hippos come to visit. Further in the distance the magnificent Mount Etjo can be seen, completing the picturesque scenery. The Lodge also has a pool which overlooks the watering hole, so you can relax and watch the animals come to drink during the day.
Activities: Cheetah Feeding / Meals: B,L,D
Day 3 – Mount Etjo / Etosha National Park
Another early start, continuing north another 300km to the East Etosha region, passing through more small towns and making stops for fresh supplies along the way. Arriving at the Etosha National Park in time for lunch, giving you time to relax before heading into the park during the cool of the day to experience your first game drive. You will spend tonight at the Namutoni Rest Camp, which overlooks the King Nehale waterhole and offers incredible views of the surrounding area, as well as beautiful sunsets.
Activities: Game Drive / Meals: B,L,D
Day 4 – Etosha National Park
Today will be a full day’s game driving, leaving early to enjoy the cool morning air. Whilst you will remain in the Etosha National Park, you will be moving to Okaukuejo Rest Camp in the middle of the park. On the drive, you will visit several waterholes and are afforded spectacular views of the Etosha Pan. The game viewing is usually excellent and you will see new species on this side of the park. Stopping in Halali for lunch and a quick dip in the swimming pool, you will continue to Okaukuejo, where you will be spending the night. After dinner, there is another chance to witness Etosha’s big game at a floodlit waterhole on the outskirts of the site. The waterhole has been described as one of the ‘best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa’ as black rhino, African elephants, lions and numerous species of antelope are frequently seen there.
Activities: Full Day Game Drive / Meals: B,L,D
Day 5 – Etosha National Park / Kaokoveld
Today you will travel roughly 210km through the previously restricted area of the Western Etosha Park to Kaokoveld. Kaokoveld is a dry, mountainous region that takes in the harsh beauty of the Skeleton Coast and the coppery sands of the Northern Namib Desert. Overnight at the Hobatere Lodge, an area home to a wide selection of wildlife, including lions, leopards, cheetah, giraffes, zebras and elephants.
Activities: Evening Nature Drive / Meals: B,L,D
Day 6 – Kaokoveld / Twyfelfontein
Leaving Kaokoveld today, you will have the opportunity to visit a Himba Village. The Himbas are a community of tribes-people who have migrated to this region with their traditional lifestyle and customs intact. You will learn about marriage customs, traditional food and the mysteries of the ‘Holy Fire’ religion. The rest of your journey today will take you into one of the most beautiful desert regions in Namibia; Damaraland. Driving west via the Grootberg Pass and taking a detour to visit the ancient Bushman Rock Engravings at Twyfelfontein, you will finally reach the Twyfelfontein Country Lodge where you will spend the night.
Activities: Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings Tour & Himba Village Visit / Meals: B,L,D
Day 7 – Twyfelfontein / Swakopmund
From Twyfeltontein, you will head deeper into the desert and past Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandberg. You will make a stop in the small town of Uis, an old mining town, before heading towards the Atlantic Ocean and the Skeleton Coast. Once on the coast, you will head to Cape Cross to visit the seal colony where, at certain times of the year, as many as 100,000 seals congregate. From here, you will be following the Skeleton Coast down to Swakopmund, a seaside town with excellent seafood restaurants. Overnight at a hotel in Swakopmund.
Activities: Cape Cross Seal Colony / Meals: B,L
Day 8 – Swakopmund / Windhoek
After breakfast at the hotel, you will have the morning at your leisure to further explore Swakopmund. The town is full of shops, has a good stretch of beach and an open-air curio market. There is a very good museum and the Namibian National Marine Aquarium is also located here. Optional activities such as boat trips, aeroplane flights over the desert, quad-biking, sky-diving and surfing can also be arranged. In the afternoon, you will depart Swakopmund and take a 4.5 hour drive to Windhoek, where you will spend the night.
Day 9 – Windhoek / Sossusvlei
Today you will be heading towards the tiny settlement of Solitaire via the beautiful Remhoogte Pass. From here, you will cross some grass savannah and farmland before the terrain gives way to the immense red sand dunes of the Namib Desert. You will spend tonight at Sossusvlei Lodge, a carefully laid out array of luxurious accommodation units which blend in perfectly with the natural environment. The Lodge also provides a range of optional activities, such as quad-biking, sundowner trips, hot air ballooning and scenic fights.
Day 10 – Sossusvlei
A pre-dawn start is essential this morning in order to catch the soft light of the sunrise over the desert. You will drive to the heart of the dune field and then reach Sossusvlei itself by foot (5km walk through the dunes). In the cool of the morning, with the soft sun on the dunes, the walk is like nothing else… and you might even see a gemsbok or ostrich on route. You will spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei, also visiting Dune 45, and Dead Vlei, famous for its scorched black trees, before heading back to Sesriem to escape the heat of the afternoon. In the late afternoon, you will take a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon. Overnight at Sossusvlei Lodge.
Day 11 – Sossusvlei / Windhoek
After breakfast, you will begin the 450km journey back through the mountains to Windhoek, stopping in Solitaire to stretch your legs. You will arrive back in the city late afternoon and will be dropped at your hotel. Overnight in Windhoek.
Day 12 – Depart Windhoek
Today will be your last day in Namibia, it will be spent at your leisure until international flights home.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE NAMIBIAN SAFARI TOUR
- 11x Nights sharing a twin room in beautiful lodges throughout trip
- All transportation (excludes airport transfers)
- Meals as indicated in itinerary (B,L,D)
- Park entrance fees
- Professional English-speaking guide
- Up to six weeks before departure, a place can be reserved on our Namibian Safari Tour on payment of a deposit of £250.00, after this date it would be the full amount of the trip.
- Click the book now button and fill in the details and tick the box confirming you accept booking conditions.
- The outstanding balance is due 6 weeks before travel.
- Please ensure you have checked visa requirements. Get in touch if you are unsure.
- International flights are not included in the price of the Namibian Safari Tour and will need to be booked separately. Please get in touch for recommended flights, and do not book flights until we give the go-ahead to do so.
- Ensure you have purchased travel insurance, as this is mandatory for all trips.
Trip Type Safari
Group Size Maximum 14
Physical Rating Moderate (includes walking up sand dunes)
Currency & Spending Money Namibian Dollars / Spending £20 and upwards per day
Hosts A knowledgeable local guide will be your main point of contact for the duration of your Nambian Safari tour, and will stay with the group throughout.
Clothing The weather will be very hot in the day and can get cold at night – especially in the desert. You will also need comfortable shoes. In rural areas it is advised to keep shoulders and knees covered as a mark of respect to the locals.
Health Always seek medical advice from your doctor or travel nurse at least 8 weeks before your departure date and make sure your vaccinations are up to date. Remember that your travel insurance may not cover you if you do not have up-to-date vaccinations. You will need to bring lots of mosquito repellent and if practical, try to cover up bare areas of skin with long-sleeved, loose-fitting clothing. The locals also advise a Gin & Tonic at sunset to keep mosquito’s at bay.
Single Supplement £275
Travel Advice We highly recommend that you read the foreign travel advice for Namibia before your departure date.