11 days – Namibia camping tour

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11 days
Camping Group Tour
Windhoek - Windhoek
Namibia
Min Age : 12
Max People : 17
Tour Details

Namibia: Africa’s adventure playground. The land of unrelenting sun, where the ground appears to beg the heavens for rain and the vast landscapes stretch uninterrupted for hundreds of kilometres, without signs of human intervention. Living deserts, where one gazes in wonder and amazement at the displays of changing natural colours, and at the animals and plants that somehow survive in this seemingly harsh environment.

This international camping tour covers all of the popular highlights, but also includes many “off the beaten track” destinations, seldom visited by mainstream tourism.
Flexibility, a willingness to participate, an awareness of the elements, and a desire for unlimited adventure, are essential in order to best absorb all this tour has to offer.

Highlights

Windhoek City Tour; Private Namib Desert reserve: Open-vehicle game drive; Desert walk;  Desert night drive; 4×4 trip to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei dunes; Sesriem Canyon; Walvis Bay; Swakopmund; Skeleton Coast; Cape Cross seal colony; Brandberg; Etosha National Park

Accommodation

This is a camping tour. Camping mats and tents will be provided. You will need a sleeping bag and pillow for the tour. There is an option to upgrade this tour to an accommodated tour

Restrictions

Minimum age is 12, max 65. Older travellers are welcome if they can send us a medical certificate stating they don’t mind climbing daily in and out of the overland truck and that they are in good health.

Extras/Upgrades

Quad biking Dune Boarding Sky Diving Marine Wildlife Boat Trip, Kayaking and more. Please Note: Optional Activities can be booked on arrival. No bookings are made in advance. Rates are subject to change without notice Activities are subject to availability Activities are weather dependent

Hotel Pickup

Your tour will depart from: Hotel Safari, Corner of Auas & Aviation Roads, Windhoek @ 14h00 on day of of the tour. Guests not staying at the Hotel Safari must arrive at the Lodge at 13h00. Tel: 264 61 296 8000 Please note that we strongly advise against flying out on the day that the tour ends. We will not be held responsible for missed flights on this day. We generally travel long distances and late arrivals are common

Departure & Return Location

Windhoek – Windhoek

Departure Time

14h00 on day of departure

Price Includes

  • Included highlights as per itinerary
  • Transport
  • accommodation
  • Meals as indicated
  • Max. 17 passengers
  • English speaking guide & driver
  • Flexible payment options in multiple currencies
  • No booking or credit card fees
  • Coverage by Guarantee Fund

Price Excludes

  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Flights
  • Departure Taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • Tips
  • Optional activities
  • Items of a personal nature
Itinerary

DAY 1WINDHOEK

Our adventure in Namibia begins in the capital city of Windhoek.
After a short tour briefing and “meet and greet”, we set off exploring Windhoek, viewing the attractions of the city before ending the day welcoming the warm hospitality at the infamous Joe’s Beerhouse restaurant. Tonight we spend in comfort at our hotel and prepare for the next day’s adventure.

Meals: Dinner own expense
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Windhoek city Tour

DAY 2NAMIB DESERT RESERVE

Leaving the city lights behind we enter the heart of the Namib, taking in its vast plains, red dunes, towering mountains and ever changing landscapes. Late afternoon, we reach the GREENFIRE DESERT CAMP, a remote camp nestled against a rock outcrop, within a conservancy that forms part of the vast Namib Rand Nature Reserve, and home for the next two nights. The reserve gives life to a variety of desert adapted fauna and flora and many an animal species. Enjoy an extensive walk as well as a day, and a night desert drive during our time here.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Private Desert Camp
– Private Desert Reserve

DAY 3DESERT RESERVE

We awake to desert vistas that extend further than the eye can see. All animals here exist in completely natural surroundings, and are free to move unrestricted over the full extent of the reserve. Our expert guide will help us understand the unique desert fauna and flora, so today we start off with an ecology walk in this beautiful environment, searching for animals, foot prints, and signs of the behaviour and survival strategies that allow them to exist in these harsh conditions.

During the heat of the day guests have time to relax at the camp, or to explore the surrounding area on foot, should they wish to. Mid-afternoon we depart on a desert drive, up and over the magnificent dunes. As the evening approaches, a traditional sundowner drink is enjoyed while the sun dips over the African landscape. Once dark, we slowly drive back to camp anticipating to encounter some of the nocturnal animals adapted to living in the desert.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Open-vehicle desert drive
– Desert walk
– Private Desert Reserve

DAY 4SOSSUSVLEI DUNES

Setting off early, we cross the endless desert plains to the Sesriem Canyon and the awesome red Sossusvlei dunes – reputedly the highest in the world.
We transfer into the heart of the dunes, to spend some time climbing these spectacular mountains of sand, before taking a 4×4 transfer into Sossusvlei and Deadvlei – a clay pan characterized by dark dead camel thorn trees against the white pan floor. We explore these truly unique sites on foot, before the 4×4’s take us back to our vehicle.

In the afternoon we visit the Sesriem Canyon, before continuing to our camp-site for the night.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Sesriem Canyon
– Sossusvlei
– Deadvlei
– 4×4 transfer into these areas
– Dune climbing

DAY 5 – 6SWAKOPMUND

Crossing through Kuiseb Canyon, and the Namib-Naukluft National Park, we make our way to the port town of Walvis Bay, and then on to Swakopmund, where German influence still lingers from late 1800’s, and spend two nights in comfortable accommodation.
We explore this holiday town and its surrounds thoroughly, and enjoy both our evening meals at local restaurants (own expense).
Swakopmund is a must-see for any visitor, and offers guests a variety of adventure activities. Clients will have the opportunity to partake in quad biking, sand boarding and skydiving whilst here (own expense). For those that simply want to relax, the town offers a variety of restaurants and shops, where one can get a feel for the local culture.

B L; B (Dinner on Day 5, lunch and dinner on Day 6 all own expense)
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic drive through Namib-Naukluft National Park
– Swakopmund

DAY 7SKELETON COAST – BRANDBERG

Today we head north up the harsh Skeleton Coast, a barren stretch of coastline along the Atlantic Ocean, with scattered ship wrecks, littering the beaches.
We visit Cape Cross, a spectacular breeding ground for Cape fur Seals where more than a 100 000 seals take refuge.

We then venture back inland, travelling through the vast desert to the iconic Brandberg Mountain, the highest mountain in Namibia, and view a canvas of ancient rock art. Those not up for the walk can remain in camp and enjoy the beautiful surrounding views.

Tonight we snuggle in at the foot of the mountain, hoping to encounter the elusive rare desert elephant.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Cape Cross seal colony
– Brandberg White Lady

DAY 8DAMARALAND

Our trip takes us to breath taking Damaraland, region and home of the Damara people. Along the way we include several stops including visiting the Organ Pipes – formed about 150 million year ago, and the Ancient Rock Engravings at Twyfelfontein before reaching our camp for the night in the Khorixas area.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Twyfelfontein
– Damaraland

DAY 9 – 10ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

Making our way further north, we enter the renowned Etosha National Park, arguably the highlight of the tour. Becoming one with nature we enjoy two days of exploring the park. During these days we conduct extensive game drives, visiting little water holes, exploring, letting your senses free, making the most of our time in the park.

In peak season when the park rest camps are very busy tours might stay outside the park and go in and out for game drives.

Meals: B L D, B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– 2 days within the Park
– Extensive game viewing opportunities

DAY 11WINDHOEK

An early morning, we pack up and begin our journey back to civilization. The drive to Windhoek will take the majority of the day and the tour will officially come to an end in the late afternoon on arrival back in the capital city.

Meals: B
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic drive to Windhoek

The day by day descriptions published are intended as a rough guideline only. Adventure travel by nature is unpredictable, weather patterns, game migrations, road conditions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.

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