Namibia August 1 – 14, 2018

  • Destination:
  • Duration: 14 days
  • Departs: 08/01/2018
  • Price: $2,490

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.

$100 DISCOUNT IF SIGNING UP BEFORE JULY 31, 2017.

Register for this trip by clicking the button below, with your $300 deposit due 7 days later.

Download Namibia 2018 Itinerary

LAND COST = $2490

(includes lodging, private tour bus, entries/activities, breakfasts, 6 dinners, Matt Ebiner as leader)

International airfare to Namibia is extra and costs about $1400-1800 from LAX, including taxes

Arrive Namibia

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.

Windhoek, 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.

Namib Desert

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.

Namib Desert

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.  

Walvis Bay

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.

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.

Skeleton Coast

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).

Bushmen Encounter

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.

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.

Himba Village

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.

Depart Namibia

 

Monday, August 13 – Windhoek to USA or to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Tuesday, August 14 – Arrive USA

Download Namibia 2018 Itinerary