13 Day Namibia, Naturally

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Dates Land Only Air & Land
Feb 18  (Sold Out) $3349 $4329*
$3349 $4469*
May 06  (Sold Out) $3599 $4449*
May 20  (Sold Out) $3549 $4459*
Jun 17  (Sold Out) $3549 $4599*
$3449 $5159*
Sep 02  (Sold Out) $3449 $4429*
Sep 16  (Sold Out) $3549 $4389*
Oct 07  (Sold Out) $3549 $4399*
$3449 $4579*
$3449 $4389*

*Not Included:
Gratuities for guide/tour manager


Additional Information:
Passengers should select international flights from Johannesburg that depart no earlier than 7:30 pm on Day 13.


Accommodation Details:
Triple rooms are not available for this package.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend most of our time driving over roads that are often rough and bumpy. Game drives will be performed in small safari vehicles or boats that cannot be air conditioned. Only "bush toilets" are available during game drives. Some of our tours require walking or stairs between huts or tents. Small boats, a mokoro canoe, and our safari vehicles require agility to embark and disembark.

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Flight Details


Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Round trip international flights New York-Johannesburg, Johannesburg-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Johannesburg-Windhoek & Windhoek-Johannesburg
  • 11 nights First Class accommodations
    • 1 night Johannesburg
    • 2 nights Sossusvlei
    • 2 nights Swakopmund
    • 2 nights Damaraland
    • 1 night Etosha National Park (West)
    • 2 nights Etosha National Park (East)
    • 1 night Okahandja
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers and sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Desert excursions and game drives in modern 4X4 vehicles
  • 28 meals: 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 10 dinners (including Welcome and Farewell dinners)
  • Services of local guide in Johannesburg (Day 2)
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager (Day 3-13)
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features
  • National Park Fees

 

Tour Highlights

  • Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.
  • Your Sossusvlei adventure is marked by towering dunes, surreal landscapes and dazzling colors
  • Rise before dawn to visit the Sesriem Canyon, carved into the rock by the mighty Tsauchab River
  • Travel through a dunes corridor to Deadvlei, a "dead" marsh that sits eerily in a forest frozen in time
  • Drive to Swakopmund on the Atlantic, known as the adventure sports capital of Namibia
  • Catamaran Cruise on Walvis Bay, a wetland area at the Southern end of the Skeleton Coast
  • Ride in a 4x4 through desert dunes in a barren landscape populated by geckos and chameleons
  • Zoom through the "singing" dunes traveling from the eastern side through to the Atlantic on the west
  • A scenic drive takes you to Damaraland, one of the most dramatic and picturesque areas in Namibia
  • Discover the world-famous rock engravings at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein
  • Visit a Himba tribe dwelling and learn first-hand about their history, culture and unique traditions
  • Spend three days exploring Etosha National Park, the most important wildlife sanctuary in Africa
  • Meet with staff at the AfriCat Foundation dedicated to conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores


DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for South Africa
Depart for South Africa

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Johannesburg
Arrive in Johannesburg, known as "Gauteng - the City of Gold." Today, Jo’burg is the largest city in South Africa by population, and also the wealthiest province. Board a shuttle transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure, to rest, relax and acclimate to your new time zone
Overnight: Johannesburg

DAY 3, Monday - Windhoek and Sossusvlei in Namibia
A morning flight takes you to Windhoek in Namibia, a country that possesses some of the most stunning and untamed scenery on the planet with spectacular species of wildlife. Upon arrival, travel into Namib-Naukluft National Park, and head to Sossusvlei in the southern part of the park, marked by towering red sand dunes, surreal landscapes and an incredible splash of dazzling colors. An unmatched desert experience is waiting for you this afternoon as you drive in an open 4×4 into the striking Namib Desert. Its secrets are waiting to be discovered! At a panoramic location, watch the shadows lengthen and wait for the spectacular sunset. Your Welcome Dinner tonight is accented by magnificent views of the desert plains and star-studded Namibian night sky
Overnight: Sossusvlei
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Tuesday - Sesriem Canyon, Deadvlei Marsh, Dune 45
Rise before dawn to travel to the Sesriem Canyon, a narrow 100-foot deep gorge carved into the rock by the mighty Tsauchab River. Learn the history of this magnificent natural canyon that dates back over two million years and view the canyon’s multicolored layers of rock on the trails. Here, witness surprising palettes of colors ranging from shades of orange to bright red and violet. Marvel at the majestic dunes, among the highest in the world, and see unique plants and wildlife that survive in the harsh terrain. On your exploration, keep your camera ready for sightings of springbok, geckos, and other desert wildlife. The spectacular drive then takes you through the dunes corridor to Deadvlei, a "dead" marsh that sits eerily in a forest frozen in time. At star-shaped Dune 45, stand in awe at the world’s most photographed dune. Then reach the upper ridge of Big Daddy Dune, one of the highest in the area, surrounded by dreamlike scenery and extraordinary panoramas. After lunch en route, begin your return to the lodge. At dinner together tonight, share recollections of this exhilarating day
Overnight: Sossusvlei
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Swakopmund
Today, drive via the Kuiseb Canyon toward Swakopmund, a lively resort town nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Namib Desert. Enjoy a packed lunch en route before arriving in Swakopmund, known as the adventure sports capital of Namibia. Enjoy the friendly atmosphere, lovely seaside promenades, colonial-era architecture and cool ocean breezes along the tree lined boulevards and sandy beaches. Dinner tonight at the hotel
Overnight: Swakopmund
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Dolphin & Seal Cruise, Desert Dunes
Embark from Walvis Bay on a scenic catamaran cruise that takes you into the lagoon at the southern end of the Skeleton Coast. Look for hordes of flamingos and observe different varieties of dolphins endemic to the Namibian coast. Sometimes, a mighty whale may even make an appearance! Look out for colorful mola mola, leatherback turtles and hear about the cultivation of the famous Walvis Bay oysters. Your delightful day of discovery is highlighted by comfort and luxury - relax on board, sip sparkling wine, and enjoy delicious snacks as you observe a colorful profusion of marine life and countless species of birds. Later, a definitive contrast in scenery as you leave the sparkling waters to travel in a 4x4 through dry desert dunes searching for life in a barren landscape populated by geckos, chameleons, sand diving lizards and scorpions. Your knowledgeable guides enlighten you about the plant life and minerals as you zoom through the dunes traveling from the scenic eastern side through to the Atlantic on the west. Dinner at a popular restaurant in Swakopmund
Overnight: Swakopmund
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Damaraland & Twyfelfontein Excursion
This morning depart for a scenic drive to Damaraland, with its dramatic rugged terrain, one of the most picturesque areas in Namibia. This pristine wilderness of harsh wind eroded mountains, wide gravel plains, dry valleys and stark desert landscape is dotted with unusual succulent plants that thrive from the mists of the Atlantic. Stop for a box lunch and continue to UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein. These remarkable petroglyphs of wild animals, including rhinos, elephants, giraffes and zebras, were created over 2,000 years ago. This afternoon time to enjoy a traditional sundowner while watching the sunset. Dinner together at the lodge
Overnight: Damaraland
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday - The Himba Tribe
An exciting morning with a visit to a Himba tribe dwelling; these semi-nomadic pastoralists live in homes built of palms and mud in scattered settlements throughout the region. Learn first-hand about their history, proud culture and unique traditions that have not changed over the centuries. The Himbas are colorfully adorned with shells and jewelry made of iron and copper and clothes cut from goatskin, with ochre glazed skin to protect them from the harsh desert climate. Return to the lodge for lunch and leisure time for personal pursuits. Dinner together at the lodge
Overnight: Damaraland
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday - Etosha National Park
In the next few days, explore the wonders of Etosha National Park in the vast arid space of Northern Namibia. One of the most important reserves and wildlife sanctuaries in Africa, the park is centered on the white salt Etosha Pan that dominates the landscape. At Etosha, meaning "place of dry water," amazing wildlife sightings await you! The pan itself contains water only after very good rains (a few days a year) but enough to stimulate growth of blue-green algae which lures thousands of flamingos. After a box lunch en route, arrive at your lodge on the outskirts of the park. On the late afternoon open vehicle game drive, observe the perennial springs and waterholes within the park that allow the predominantly desert environment to support an incredible diversity of wildlife
Overnight: Etosha National Park (West)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday - Eastern Etosha National Park
Today, move to the Eastern side of the National Park. Enjoy game viewing en route where you may have a chance to look for endemic birds like the bare cheeked babbler and catch glimpses of elephants splashing at the water’s edge. The areas with thicker vegetation are home to elephant, some of the largest in Africa the endangered black and white rhino and even leopard. Lions are camouflaged in the pale-golden color of the grasslands, while giraffes rise high above most of the dry vegetation. After stopping at a rest camp for lunch (on your own) continue to your lodge. Relax and enjoy dinner at the lodge
Overnight: Etosha National Park (East)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Tuesday - Eastern Etosha National Park
In the park today, explore the many waterholes along the enormous saltpan. More than 114 species of mammals survive in Etosha, including the rare black faced impala, along with over 340 species of birds. The game reserve is also home to ostrich, the world’s largest bird and the kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird on the planet. On the morning and afternoon game drive you’ll look for cheetah on the vast open plains, lions lazing under the hot sun, and plenty of springbok and striking gemsbok. All meals are together at the lodge
Overnight: Etosha National Park (East)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Wednesday - Okahandja, AfriCat Foundation
Today, continue to Okahandja, the "Garden Town" of Namibia, for a specially arranged visit with staff at the AfriCat Foundation, dedicated to long term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores. A guided drive begins at the AfriCat Carnivore Care and Information Centre. Here, meet Species Ambassadors responsible for the care of young, orphaned or injured animals until they can be rehabilitated and released back into the wild. The guide answers your questions and explains the work being done with carnivores in Namibia. AfriCat also provides an environment for non-releasable carnivores to hone their hunting skills in a 50,000 acre nature reserve with a goal of long term survival in their natural habitat. Return to Okahandja for leisure time after this stimulating day. Tonight, bid a fond farewell to your Tour Manager and newfound friends as you gather for a Farewell Dinner. Share memories together of your magnificent adventure in Namibia that will last a lifetime
Overnight: Okahandja
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Thursday - Depart Namibia
This morning drive south to Windhoek and visit a local craft market for some last minute souvenir shopping. Continue to the airport for the flight to Johannesburg, connecting to your international flight
Meals: Breakfast


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Namibia, Naturally, July 2016
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We are back from Namibia. We had a wonderful trip. The accommodation, the food and the itinerary were very good. Above all, our guide, Belinda was great...she was fun, caring and ready to please. She made the long bus journeys fun. Thanks to Gate 1 for the trip.

Nina R. Oro Valley, AZ
Namibia, Naturally, July 2016
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I can honestly say that Namibia is my all time favorite trip! It was relaxing, exciting, the hotels were all first class...the food was fabulous.. Our driver Keenan was by far the best driver ever...Our guide Belinda was great...very helpful and mindful of all of her travelers! She took us to 2 unplanned options... 1 was live music at the campsite of one of our lodges which was so much fun! The second was in Windhoek on our return to spend time in the craft market and a city tour! If I had 1 complaint it would be that our "box lunches" consisted of way too much food!

Linda G. Bloomsburg, PA