13 Day Namibia, Naturally

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Additional Information:
Passengers should select international flights from Johannesburg that depart no earlier than 7:00 pm on Day 13. The flight from Windhoek arrives to Johannesburg at approximately 4 pm. Passengers with late evening flights will have a long layover in Johannesburg airport.


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 a fair amount of time driving over gravel roads that are rough and bumpy. We have many early wake-ups, and long bus rides are necessary to cover the territory. Game and dune drives will be performed in small 4x4 vehicles that cannot be air conditioned. These vehicles have high ground clearance and require agility to embark and disembark. Only "bush toilets" are available during game drives. Electricity for some properties is provided by generator and may not be available 24 hours a day. Accommodations may require walking outside or traversing stairs between public areas and rooms. Visitors to Namibia are encouraged to consult with their healthcare providers regarding malaria prophylaxis. We suggest you check with your healthcare provider before signing up for this tour. During this tour, you may come into proximity to wild animals, which should be considered at your own risk. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.

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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 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 Windhoek
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • Desert excursions and game drives in modern 4X4 vehicles
  • 28 meals: 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 10 dinners (including Welcome and Farewell dinners)
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • 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, one of the most important wildlife sanctuaries in Africa
  • Meet with staff at the AfriCat Foundation dedicated to conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend a fair amount of time driving over gravel roads that are rough and bumpy. We have many early wake-ups, and long bus rides are necessary to cover the territory. Game and dune drives will be performed in small 4x4 vehicles that cannot be air conditioned. These vehicles have high ground clearance and require agility to embark and disembark. Only "bush toilets" are available during game drives. Electricity for some properties is provided by generator and may not be available 24 hours a day. Accommodations may require walking outside or traversing stairs between public areas and rooms. Visitors to Namibia are encouraged to consult with their healthcare providers regarding malaria prophylaxis. We suggest you check with your healthcare provider before signing up for this tour. During this tour, you may come into proximity to wild animals, which should be considered at your own risk. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.


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
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 to the Namib Desert*, stopping in the town of Rehoboth for lunch on your own. In the late afternoon, check into your hotel before departing for the Namib-Naukluft National Park, heading south to Sossusvlei, marked by towering red sand dunes, surreal landscapes and an incredible splash of dazzling colors. An unmatched desert experience is waiting for you 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
*Today's route from Windhoek to the Namib Desert will cover a considerable distance.
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. At star-shaped Dune 45, stand in awe at the world’s most photographed dune. Perhaps climb to the upper ridge of Big Daddy dune, one of the highest in the area, surrounded by dreamlike scenery and extraordinary panoramas. Walk over the dunes to reach Deadvlei, a "dead" marsh that sits eerily in a forest frozen in time.* At dinner together tonight, share recollections of this exhilarating day
*Climbing the Big Daddy dune can be challenging. The walk to reach Deadvlei is an active hike.
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. A packed lunch will be provided en route before arriving in Swakopmund by mid-afternoon, 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. Tonight, dinner is at a popular restaurant in Swakopmund
*Today's route from Sossusvlei to Swakopmund will cover a considerable distance.
Overnight: Swakopmund
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Dolphin & Seal Cruise, Desert Dunes
This morning, drive to Walvis Bay for 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 tonight is at the hotel
Overnight: Swakopmund
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Damaraland
After a leisurely morning in Swakopmund, depart on 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 in the small town of Uis for lunch and continue to your lodge, arriving in the late afternoon for time at leisure. Marvel in the vast desert expanses from the comfort of your lodge, and enjoy a traditional sundowner while watching the sunset. This evening, dinner tonight is at the lodge
*Today's route from Swakopmund to Damaraland will cover a considerable distance.
Overnight: Damaraland
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday - Twyfelfontein Excursion
This morning visit the 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 by ancient hunter-gathers. Continue to the Organ Pipes, a distinctive section of geometric rock pillars formed by natural erosion. Visit a Damara family, one of the oldest ethnic groups in Namibia occupying this rugged landscape, before returning to the lodge for lunch and time for personal pursuits. Dinner together is at the lodge
Overnight: Damaraland
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday - The Himba Tribe & Etosha National Park
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. Drive to 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
*Today's route from Damaraland to Etosha National Park will cover a considerable distance.
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, arriving in the late afternoon. Relax and enjoy dinner at the lodge
Overnight: Etosha National Park (East)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Tuesday - Eastern Etosha National Park
Rise early this morning, and set out to 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 - AfriCat Foundation, Windhoek
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. Continue to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. 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
*Today's route from Etosha National Park to Windhoek will cover a considerable distance.
Overnight: Windhoek
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Thursday - Depart Namibia
After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Windhoek for your flight to Johannesburg, where you will connect to your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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It was wonderful! What a surprise Uganda was. The gorilla tracking was harder than I expected (and I am pretty athletic) but I survived.

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Namibia, Naturally, October 2018
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I loved Namibia! Belinda shared her love for her country. The country is beautiful, new looks around every corner. Keegan our driver handled all the bumps with ease and there were lots of bumps on the roads. I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to see a beautiful unspoiled country.

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The Serengeti & Beyond: A Tanzania Safari, September 2018
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Our trip was fantastic, everything went smoothly, all of the connections, transfers, etc. were perfect. I cannot say enough positive things about Gate 1 and the travel guides for both tours. We are looking forward to our next tour and will be contacting you sometime early next year.

Thomas L. Florence, SC
Kenya & Tanzania Safari Exploration, June 2018
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We had such a wonderful experience on the Kenya Tanzania Safari ... Especially I want to extol the wonders and praises of our driver guides ... All the while they are safely and carefully negotiating the rutted roads in the conservation areas and national parks ... noticing all those subtle signs that indicate wildlife that my eyes would never see. They have so much knowledge and understanding of the animals, the vegetation, the ecosystems, the interactions between animals! I especially commend Yusuf in Kenya and Nurdin Mohammed in Tanzania. Not only do they know the biology and zoology, they are completely conscientious about all of us as passengers and clients ... I want to make sure the company understands what treasures the driver/guides are and how important they are to your customers’ feeling of safety and comfort, but also they obviously enjoy the natural environment and the thrill of showing us these wonders of nature in their homeland. And as we drove through the villages and towns they were able to explain much about the local customs and people. This wonderful experience was made even more wonderful because of Yusuf and Nurdin!

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Kenya Safari Exploration with Zanzibar, June 2018
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Kenya and Zanzibar were spectacular! It was a great way to relax after the many amazing game drives through Kenya. Our guide, Daniel, was friendly, funny and knowledgeable. He explained the culture of Kenyans, the landscape of Kenya along with the habits and habitats of the many animals during the game drives. The itinerary was well planned (time/place), the Land Cruisers were perfect for the drives, the hotels and the "tent hotels" and food was excellent. Zanzibar is an idyllic island with its own history and culture, a learning experience. I would highly recommend this trip, but wait for the direct flights into Nairobi.

Constance I. Brooklyn, NY
Uganda Wildlife Exploration, May 2018
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Hi Caitlin, Our Adventure to Uganda was awesome! Thank you!! We had a great time, everything went really well. Visiting gorillas in the rainforests of Bwindi was of course THE highlight of the trip. We saw chimps as well in their forests and that was thrilling! Our guides Morris and Jonah were exceptional, they took such good care of all of us. Thank you again Gate 1 for an another amazing trip!!! Looking forward to another destination with you guys!!!

Larry K. Westmount, QC, CA
Namibia, Naturally, February 2018
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Our trip was fantastic - much better than we ever imagined. Our tour manager Belinda was exceptionally informed and accommodating to all of our needs. Can't wait to take off again.

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13 Day Zimbabwe, Botswana & South Africa Adventure, October 2017
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The Serengeti & Beyond: A Tanzania Safari with Zanzibar , October 2017
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Outstanding. Very well organized from beginning to end. Excellent accommodations and facilities. Very personable and efficient guides. Very happy with the overall experience.

Fred E. Newton, MA
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