Namibia is one of the most outstanding travel destinations in Africa. Enjoy the prolific wildlife in Etosha National Park, the magnificent sand dunes and landscapes of the Namib Desert, the charming cities of Windhoek and Swakopmund, the fascinating culture of the Himba tribe, the traditional lifestyle of Bushmen hunters/gatherers, seal colonies and shipwrecks on the Skeleton Coast, and more. Make this the ultimate African trip by adding Cape Town as a pre-trip option and/or Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and Chobe National Park (Botswana) as a post-trip option.
Dates are August 1 – August 14, 2018, and the cost is $2490 for lodging, private tour bus, entries/activities, breakfasts, and 6 dinners.
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International airfare to Namibia is extra and costs about $1400-1800 from LAX, including taxes
Wednesday, August 1 – Depart USA
Depart USA to Windhoek, Namibia (if not doing Cape Town – Part 1)
Thursday, August 2 – En Route
Friday, August 3 – Arrive Windhoek from the USA
If flying from the USA, arrive in Windhoek, Namibia, Africa’s cleanest and safest capital city. Settle in to the hotel and relax the rest of the day after the long flights. Two nights in Windhoek if starting the tour in Namibia.
Saturday, August 4 – Windhoek, Namibia
Early morning flight from Cape Town to Windhoek (if coming from Cape Town). Take a walking tour of Windhoek to see the German buildings from the colonial era, memorials, parks, and churches. Many restaurants and shopping opportunities to enjoy. Overnight in Windhoek.
Sunday, August 5 Windhoek to Solitaire (Namib Desert)
Leaving Windhoek we stop at the Tropic of Capricorn for a classic photo opportunity. We head into the Namib Desert, home to some of the world’s highest sand dunes. Spend one night in Solitaire, on the edge of Namib-Naukluft National Park. Option in the afternoon to go cheetah tracking. Two nights at Solitaire Guest Farm.
Monday, August 6 – Sossusvlei – Solitaire (Namib Desert)
Early start to visit the apricot-colored dunes of Sossusvlei at sunrise, with an option to climb to the top of them. In the morning sunlight this is one of the most beautiful sights in Africa. Visit “Dead Vlei”, a dry lake with skeletons of dead trees still standing, some of them 500 years old and very photogenic. Explore Sesriem Canyon, a narrow fissure in the sandstone carved by a river.
Tuesday, August 7 – Namib Desert to Swakopmund
We drive through the desert to Walvis Bay where we’ll see countless flamingoes in the shallow bay. We continue to the charming coastal town of Swakopmund, founded by Germans in the late 1890s. Afternoon is free. Two nights in Swakopmund.
Wednesday, August 8 – Swakopmund
Many optional activities are possible in Swakopmund (additional cost) – sandboarding, scenic flight over the Skeleton Coast, skydiving, camel riding, or take a desert tour with a naturalist guide. Or just relax around Swakopmund and visit a gem museum, the National Aquarium, or the beach. Night #2 in Swakopmund.
Thursday, August 9 – Swakopmund to Omandumba
Travel along the Skeleton Coast, named for the shipwrecks due to the foggy conditions. Visit Cape Cross Seal Reserve, home to thousands of Cape fur seals. We go inland and hike amidst the granite outcrops of Spitzkoppe, the “Matterhorn of Africa”. Continue to Omandumba to spend one night in comfortable tents at a deluxe bush camp (beds, private bathrooms with shower and toilet).
Friday, August 10 – Omandumba to Etosha National Park
Spend the morning with the Bushmen to learn about their traditional lifestyle of hunting/gathering, music, and more. Continue to Toshari Lodge for 2 nights, just outside of Etosha National Park.
Saturday, August 11 – Etosha National Park
Full-day game drive in open vehicles through Etosha National Park, one of Africa’s best national parks with an outstanding variety and concentration of wildlife. Opportunity to see many large mammals, such as elephants, giraffes, springbok, gemsbok, impala, wildebeest, kudu, lions, and the endangered black rhino.
Sunday, August 12 – Etosha to Windhoek
Visit a Himba village, one of Namibia’s most famous tribes, and learn about their culture and lifestyle. One night in Windhoek with a farewell dinner.
Monday, August 13 – Windhoek to USA or to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Tuesday, August 14 – Arrive USA