Classic Namibia

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Best time to go: April to October

11 Nights | from £4,720pp

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Roam among the world’s tallest and most beautiful sand dunes at Sossusvlei
  • Watch for fur seals, dolphins and humpback whales on a boat tour from Walvis Bay
  • Promenade the seafront in the German colonial seaside town of Swakopmund
  • Look for desert-adapted elephant in the arid wilderness of Damaraland
  • Spot lion, huge herds of springbok and even rare black rhino in Etosha National Park

Day 1 UK / Johannesburg
Make the most of your time in Africa by taking an overnight flight to Johannesburg.

Day 2 Johannesburg / Windhoek
A short connecting flight from Johannesburg transports you to Windhoek, and your stylish city retreat, the Olive Grove Guesthouse, in a quiet eastern district. Roam this attractive city’s centre to catch a whiff of its German heritage: spy the three castles and numerous other early-20th-century buildings, learn about the country’s history and ethnic diversity in the National Museum and browse the shops of the colourful Post St Mall.
Olive Grove Guesthouse | Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Windhoek / Sossusvlei
This is the desert of your dreams: a sea of vast orange dunes broken by saltpans in which legions of dead acacia trees stand to attention. Namibia’s most striking sight, the sand mountains of Sossusvlei, are just a short flight from Windhoek – and a shorter drive from the Kulala Desert Lodge. Set on an expansive private reserve on the edge of the Namib-Naukluft National Park, the kulalas (chalets) have views over mountains and dunes.
Kulala Desert Lodge | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 Sossusvlei
Explore the extraordinary landscapes around Sossusvlei – the highest sand dunes in the world, soaring to 300m; the alien vegetation, such as the acacia known as the camelthorn tree, drinking water from deep beneath the surface; and the dry vleis (valleys) left by the Tsauchab River. Rise before dawn to capture the most magical vistas of the dunes as the sun sets them aflame – the rich colours provide fabulous photo opportunities.
Kulala Desert Lodge | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 Sossusvlei / Swakopmund
From parched dunes to swells and surf, fly from the heart of the desert to the German-style coastal town of Swakopmund. Admire the colonial architecture outside and in – you’ll stay at the splendid Swakopmund Hotel, based around the impeccably restored old station building, dating from 1901. Watch for flamingos and pelicans at the river mouth.
The Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre | Breakfast

Day 6 Swakopmund
The seas off Namibia’s coast are alive with dolphins and seals, best spotted on a cruise from Walvis Bay, just south of Swakopmund. Keep your eyes peeled for oyster platforms, countless seabirds and of course the marine mammals that are the raison d’être for your trip – in the mating season between July and November, you’re likely to spot magnificent southern right and humpback whales as well as the bustling colony of Cape Fur seals and pods of dolphins.
The Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre | Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 Swakopmund / Damaraland
There’s another striking change in scenery today, as you fly to Damaraland, a dramatic mountainous region that’s home to the Damara people who speak a distinctive ‘tongue-clicking’ Khoi language. Despite the arid habitat, wildlife thrives in this starkly beautiful wilderness: watch for desert-adapted elephant and the world’s last free-roaming black desert rhinos; you can also track down ancient rock art depicting wildlife and geometric shapes. Embed yourself in the community at Damaraland Camp, a wonderful eco-lodge in the Huab River valley with views towards the imposing Brandberg Mountains.
Damaraland Camp | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 Damaraland
Explore one of Namibia’s finest wilderness areas by 4x4 or on foot. As you’d expect in such a sparsely vegetated region, wildlife isn’t packed densely here, but rare desert elephant roam near the camp, along with gemsbok (oryx), springbok, ostrich and other hardy creatures. Rare succulent plants somehow manage to eke out an existence in this harsh landscape – look for the distinctive floppy leaves of welwitschia, which can survive for over 1,000 years.
Damaraland Camp | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 Damaraland / Etosha National Park
The wildlife jewel in Namibia’s crown is Etosha National Park, the ‘Great White Place’ – a seemingly endless expanse of sand, surrounded by plains and woodland. The wildlife particularly likes to congregate around the waterholes. Settle in to your luxurious chalet at Ongava Lodge, set within the award winning private reserve Ongava adjacent to the national park of Etosha. Ongava is home to plentiful wildlife including lion and leopard as well as rhino.
Ongava Lodge | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Days 10 - 11 Etosha National Park
Explore this magnificent park on foot or by 4x4 – and keep both camera and binoculars to hand: some 114 species of mammals and 340 bird species have been recorded here. You can’t fail to spot elephant, giraffe and antelope including huge herds of springbok. Lion, leopard, cheetah and caracal hunt the plains, while rare black and white rhino trundle around. Be sure to head to a floodlit waterhole as night falls for a good chance of spotting the nocturnal animals as they come for an evening drink.
Ongava Lodge | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12 Etosha National Park / Windhoek / Johannesburg / UK
Fly from Ongava Airstrip to Windhoek, where you will connect to your return flight to the UK via Johannesburg.
Ongava Lodge | Breakfast

Pricing
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 11 day suggested holiday will cost from £4,720 per person, based on two sharing including international flights.

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Namibia

Fly to

Windhoek

flying time

12 hours 30 minutes via Johannesburg

time difference

GMT +2 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an endemic area

Best time to travel

April - October

Weather

The best time to visit Namibia is between April and October, the days are warm and sunny and rainfall at a minimum. The wet season arrives in December and generally runs through until March.

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