Exploring Namibia Tour (12 Days)

Exploring Namibia Tour

The 12 days Exploring Namibia Tour is the ultimate Namibia experience; with a tour that starts and ends in Windhoek and covers the highlights of this spectacular land of contrasts.

Travel to the Kalahari Desert, Fish River Canyon, Luderitz, the vast and desolate Namib Desert with Sossusvlei and other attractions; the coastal town of Swakopmund, the many highlights of Damaraland, the game-rich beauty of Etosha National Park, and surrounding areas; before returning to Windhoek; the capital of Namibia where your tour comes to an end.

This tour is available in 2 different ratings – Superior / Upmarket & Classic / Affordable.
The Classic / Affordable Package is on a Bed & Breakfast basis; while the Superior / Upmarket Tour is on a full board basis that includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner and has more inclusions.

Exploring Namibia Tour Rates

Rates are in Namibian Dollars (N$) which is equivalent to South African Rand.

Exploring Namibia Tour1st November 2021 until 31st October 2022
Per Person SharingSingle
Classic / Affordable TourN$ 39 900N$ 44 700
Superior / Upmarket TourN$ 96 275N$ 107 300

Supplement to include dinner on the Classic / Affordable Package is N$ 4 470 until 31st October 2022.

Exploring Namibia Tour

Daily Itinerary for the 12 day Exploring Namibia Tour

Day 1: Kalahari Desert

Leaving Windhoek, we travel into the enormous sand mass on Earth, the Kalahari Desert. The Kalahari is a vast semi-desert of wind-blown sand; held by a sparse mantle of thorn scrub; making it the most extensive continuous stretch of sand covering 9 African countries. Unlike other true deserts, the Kalahari does receive erratic rainfall. For many, therefore; “thirstland” is a more fitting description. Lacking permanent surface water, the Kalahari is a challenging place to live; except for those who have adapted to not only survive; but flourish here. The Bushmen refer to it as the “Soul of the World”, an emotive description for this area! With its deep red dunes and endless grass plains interspersed with acacia and shrubs; it is still home to a surprisingly large amount of specially adapted wildlife.

Enjoy the opportunity to experience the red dunes, wildlife, and plants, in this desert environment; on an optional nature drive. On the Superior Tour, this nature drive is included.

Classic: Intu Afrika Collection
Superior: Intu Afrika Collection including a light lunch, Dinner & a Nature Drive in the Kalahari plus also selected beverages

12 day Exploring Namibia Tour
Kalahari Safari with giraffe

Day 2: Fish River Canyon

We continue south through arid and extensive rocky plains. Visiting the unique Garas quiver tree forest you are welcomed by quirky human-made sculptures of scrap metal; which set a contrast to this serene, timeless space with Quiver trees and aloes; nestled amongst huge dolerite boulders, stacked mysteriously; also aptly referred to as “Giant’s Playground”.

We continue to our lodge, situated in close vicinity to the Fish River Canyon. Here we can explore the area on foot or an optional guided nature drive in the later afternoon; highlighting the Quiver trees, rugged landscape, and impressive sweeping rock formations.

Classic: Canyon Village on a Bed & Breakfast basis
Superior: Canyon Lodge including Breakfast, light lunch, Dinner, and selected beverages

Quiver tree at Fish River Canyon
Quiver tree at Fish River Canyon on Exploring Namibia Tour

Day 3: Lüderitz

Our morning starts on the edge of the Fish River Canyon where we gaze into this magnificent geological phenomenon. The Fish River Canyon is located in the northern part of the Nama Karoo. It is the second-largest canyon on earth featuring a gigantic ravine; that measures in total about 160 km long, up to 27 km wide; in places almost 550 meters deep! The Fish River is the longest interior river found in Namibia but its current flow is just a drop; compared with the immense volume of water that poured down its length in ages past.

We continue our journey past the Naute dam, where we shortly stop at the Naute Kristall Cellar and Distillery; to optionally taste some of the unique liquors or simply enjoy a delicious cup of coffee. Proceeding onwards we head towards the coastal town of Lüderitz.

On the way to Lüderitz, we stop at Garub, a viewing point for the Wild Horses of the Namib Desert.

Wild Horses of the Namib Desert
Wild Horses of the Namib Desert

Arriving in Lüderitz we recommend stopping at Diaz Café; for an optional fresh and delicious seafood snack before heading out along the “Große Bucht” towards Diaz Point. Your hosts for the evening will have you enjoying a typical Namibian homestay feeling and atmosphere.

Classic: Obelix Guesthouse on a Bed & Breakfast basis
Superior: Lüderitz Nest Hotel in a Deluxe Room including Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and also selected local beverages

DAY 4: Kolmanskop and Namib Desert

After an early breakfast, our morning starts with a visit to Kolmanskop ghost town. Kolmanskop is a deserted Diamond Mining Town in the Sperrgebiet National Park. Once an opulent and decadent town, a monument to the Diamond boom and built to last; until the diamonds ran out. Today Kolmanskop stands as a haunting monument to the thriving past, offering visitors unique photo motives into a bygone era.

We continue across vast open plains; stopping for an optional light lunch which is included in the Superior tour; in the countryside town of Helmeringhausen; before continuing further north along with the Tiras Mountain range to our lodge in the Namib Desert. We are staying close to Sesriem the gateway to Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei, and Sesriem Canyon; with some of the highest dunes on Earth towering over the white desert plains. Spend the afternoon relaxing at the sparkling pool, enjoying the vast open desert plains; or taking part in optional activities offered at the lodge.

Classic: The Elegant Desert Lodge on a Bed & Breakfast basis
Superior: Sossusvlei Lodge including Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and also selected local beverages

Day 5: Namib Desert

The morning demands an early start. Entering the Namib Naukluft National Park shortly after sunrise; the first rays of sunlight paint the mountains of sand into a variety of apricot, red, and orange; contrasted against a crisp blue skyline, enrapturing our senses, and providing an opportunity to capture this impressive landscape on film. You will be captivated by the surreal Deadvlei; surrounded by some of the highest dunes on earth and Sossusvlei; where the dry Tsauchab River ends abruptly amongst dunes. Take the opportunity to walk up one of these majestic dunes to admire the desert landscape beneath.

After this thrilling experience, we visit the Sesriem Canyon, a life-sustaining natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert; before returning back to our lodge and cooling off along the swimming pool; or with a refreshing drink at one of the quiet retreats located all around the lodge.

Classic: The Elegant Desert Lodge on a Bed & Breakfast basis
Superior: Sossusvlei Lodge includes a Desert Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and also selected local beverages

Sossusvlei Dune
Towering Sossusvlei Dunes

Day 6: Swakopmund

After breakfast we continue our journey approaching the little settlement of Solitaire; on the edge of the Namib Naukluft National Park; where you feel like you have arrived in the middle of nowhere; before traveling via the desolate, rolling hills of the Kuiseb Valley towards the Atlantic Ocean. Reaching the coastal harbor town of Walvis Bay, we visit the shallow lagoon; one of the most important wetland areas on the African continent, and a RAMSAR World Heritage Site. Over 80% of Africa’s lesser flamingos breed in this lagoon and present a breath-taking picture when they appear in groups.

Continuing along the scenic route between the dune belt and the Atlantic Ocean we reach Swakopmund. With palm-lined streets and seaside promenades, Swakopmund is a popular holiday destination in Namibia. Its pleasant summer climate and long stretched beaches attract anglers and surfers from all over Southern Africa. For the international guest, Swakopmund is a bohemian mix of German architecture and African rhythms; a laid-back attitude with adrenalin activities, misty mornings, and desert heat. It is colorful, it is vibrant, but most of all, it is pure fun.

Classic: Hansa Hotel on a Bed & Breakfast basis
Superior: Strand Hotel – Breakfast, lunch, and also selected local beverages

The Strand Hotel in Swakopmund
The Strand Hotel in Swakopmund

Day 7: Swakopmund

Swakopmund has numerous activities ranging from adventure; to exploring the fascinating features of the Namib Desert, and the animals and plants that occur and survive here; therefore; is often fondly called the “playground of Namibia”. Embrace the relaxed pace of this idyllic coastal town; while enjoying coffee and freshly baked pastries in one of the many café’s.

Alternatively explore the rugged, sweltering desert on a day tour; or view this awesome, environment from the air on a scenic flight. Find your inner child and push adrenaline to its limits with extreme adventures; such as skydiving over the desert or quad biking and sandboarding on the dunes. Take time to get the feel of this quaint town; with its historic buildings, museums, shopping arcades, and also; a beach bar that has transformed into its own personality by the vibrant use of color and the bohemian lifestyle.

Classic: Hansa Hotel on a Bed & Breakfast basis
Superior: Strand Hotel includes Breakfast & a Marine Cruise

Day 8: Damaraland

Today we first head east into the Erongo Mountain range; to stretch our legs on a short informative bush walk with local Bushmen; whereby we listen to stories of the bushman culture, traditions, and see some of their desert survival skills. Returning from the walk our journey continues through Uis past the Brandberg; Namibia’s highest mountain (2.579m), into Damaraland, one of the least populated and most geologically diverse areas in Africa. This harsh, rocky environment is home to the elusive desert elephant, the black rhino, and free roaming antelope species. We arrive at our lodge in the afternoon, where we have the remaining day at leisure.

Classic: Damara Mopane Lodge on a Bed & Breakfast basis
Superior: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge on a Breakfast, lunch, and dinner basis; plus also selected local beverages

Exploring Namibia Tour to Damaraland
Damara Mopane Lodge – a spectacular spot for watching the sun set

Day 9: Etosha National Park

During the cooler hours of the morning; we start our adventure filled day in the company of a local Damara guide who takes us to Twyfelfontein; a UNESCO heritage site where Bushman communities have engraved and painted over 2500 pictures some 6000 years ago! After a visit to the nearby Living Museum of the Damara, we proceed to the Petrified Forest; a geological phenomenon depicting the creation and metamorphosis of wood into stone amongst some of the oldest landmasses on Earth. Here we also see the Welwitschia mirabilis plant – the oldest living desert plant on Earth.

Our onward journey takes us to the wildlife heaven of Namibia – the Etosha National Park. We check into our lodge; located on the border of the Etosha National Park and can unwind after the amazing day at the pool.

Classic: Etosha Safari Camp on a Bed & Breakfast basis
Superior: Etosha Oberland on a Breakfast, lunch, and dinner basis; plus also selected local beverages

Day 10: Etosha National Park

The day is devoted purely to the abundant wildlife found in the Etosha National Park; which surrounds a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan. The park is home to four of the Big Five; elephant, lion, leopard, and rhino.

The Park was proclaimed as Namibia’s first conservation area in 1907 by the then Governor, von Lindequist. Despite the size of the Etosha National Park, only the southern edge of the pan is accessible to visitors. Game viewing in the park is primarily focused around the waterholes; ideal places to sit and watch over 114 different game species, or for an avid birder; more than 340 bird species.

Popular game species such as giraffe, blue wildebeest, plains and mountain zebra, hyena, lion, leopard, antelopes; such as kudu, oryx, eland; as well as some of the endangered species; such as Black rhino, cheetah, and the black-faced impala are all found here. An extensive network of roads link over 30 water holes; allowing visitors the opportunity of a comprehensive game viewing safari throughout the park; as each different area will provide various encounters.

Classic: Mokuti Etosha Lodge on a Bed & Breakfast basis
Superior: Onguma Collection on a Breakfast, lunch, and dinner basis; plus also selected local beverages

Sundowners at Mokuti Etosha Lodge
Sundowners at Mokuti Etosha Lodge

Day 11: Etosha National Park

Today your guide again takes you on a game drive in the Etosha National Park or optionally; you can book an open game drive park drive with the lodge. We may encounter animal species we have not seen the previous day; look forward to any new surprises at the different waterholes visited. The Etosha Pan dominates the park. This salt pan desert is lined by numerous watering holes; roughly 130 km long and as wide as 50 km in places.

Etosha safari
Etosha safari – Elephants

During Etosha’s notorious dry spells the pan is a deathly place, lying parched and cracked under the molten African sun. It is claimed that game viewing is best during the dry periods; as animals will then congregate closer to water. But even in the rainy season; the park remains an abundant wildlife haven. You then have the pleasure of experiencing the rebirth of life; as the young play with their parents; and the sprouting of new green shrubs and grasses; create a pleasing green oasis. In the afternoon we travel back to our lodge where we enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure. Enjoy an optional open vehicle game drive. Your guide will assist you with this booking.

Classic: Mokuti Etosha Lodge on a Bed & Breakfast basis
Superior: Onguma Collection – Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and also selected local beverages

Day 12: Return to Windhoek – end of 12 day Exploring Namibia Tour

After breakfast, we travel back to Windhoek. Time permitting, en-route we may stop at the famous wood carvers market in Okahandja; or the craft market in the main street in Windhoek to pick up the last few souvenirs. The tour ends at your accommodation of choice or; at the airport for your outward flight.

Classic: Breakfast
Superior: Breakfast, lunch, and also selected local beverages

Exploring Namibia Tour Scheduled departure dates

The Exploring Namibia Tour departs on some Sundays on a scheduled basis (with other people); however; this tour can depart on any date on request on a private basis. The tour is available with an English or German speaking guide.

Min / Max people on the Classic / Affordable tour: 2 / 16
Min / Max people on the Superior / Upmarket tour: 2 / 6

Set Departure Dates 12 day Exploring Namibia Tour
Tour Language Bilingual English 
2022January9th, 23rd
February6th, 20th
March6th, 20th
May1st, 15th, 29th
July10th, 24th, 31st
August7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
September11th, 18th, 25th4th
October9th, 16th, 23rd2nd

Please note there is no pre or post-day in Windhoek included in this tour. We would recommend booking this too; due to the scheduled departure and arrival time of this tour.
The 1st day of the tour begins between 8 am and 9 am from Windhoek
On the last day of the tour; it’s advisable to book a flight departing Windhoek International at the earliest 7 pm; or later.

All accommodation is subject to availability.

Exploring Namibia Tour Includes:

Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
Drinks: Selected beverages on the Superior / Upmarket Tour only
Included entrance fees: Fish River Canyon; Namib Naukluft National Park; Twyfelfontein; Petrified Forest; Living Museum of the Damara; Etosha National Park
General: Still mineral water on the bus, tourism levy and government taxes where applicable, 24hrs medical evacuation insurance
Accommodation and activities as specified

Exploring Namibia Tour Excludes:

Travel insurance, flights, airport transfers, gratuities, visa fees, optional activities, and personal expenses

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