Namibia small group guided holiday and safari

“Our top selling Namibia tour reveals what makes the country so incredible, from the Himba tribe to desert elephants. Lux lodges ensure peaceful sleep between the action.”

Highlights

Namib Desert | Sossusvlei | Deadvlei | Sesriem Canyon | Namib Naukluft National Park | Swakopmund | Kayaking with seals in Walvis Bay | Damaraland | Twyfelfontein rock art | Tracking desert elephants | Himba tribe | Etosha National Park | AfriCat, Okonjima | Optional: boat cruise, balloon ride

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2016: 9 Oct, 23 Oct, 13 Nov, 4 Dec, 18 Dec
2017: 5 Mar, 19 Mar, 2 Apr, 23 Apr, 7 May, 21 May, 28 May, 11 Jun, 25 Jun, 9 Jul, 23 Jul, 30 Jul, 13 Aug, 27 Aug, 3 Sep, 17 Sep, 8 Oct, 15 Oct, 22 Oct, 12 Nov, 3 Dec, 17 Dec
Our top tip:
Bring layers. The desert is surprisingly cold at dawn - but can reach over 40°C during the day.
Trip type:
Small group. 2-8 people. Minimum recommended age: 12.
Activity level:
Leisurely.
Accomm:
Mostly small, luxury lodges. Some have swimming pools.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available with surcharge.
Included:
Accommodation, all meals, local guides, transport in private safari vehicle, airport transfers, listed activities.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Namibia small group guided holiday and safari

Admission fees to the Big Cat rehabilitation project ensures that the valuable work undertaken by the charitable foundation is supported. The foundation has rehabilitated over 80% of cats back into the wild since its work began. Our visits to the rock art sites in Damaraland are lead by local guides, and fees paid for our tours are reinvested directly back into the local community. We stay at eco-friendly, locally owned and managed lodges which have been built using local materials and which blend into their environments. We recommend eco-friendly activities for optional activities, use local guides in rural areas and aim to minimise our impact on all the destinations we visit.

Our guide on this trip is local, his wildlife spotting skills and knowledge of the flora and fauna will make for an informative and exciting experience. His knowledge of local cultures will provide a valuable insight when passing through different tribal areas, and guests will be fully briefed about local customs and traditions before visiting local villages.

We use accommodation that is small and locally owned, ensuring that the costs are retained in the local economy. We travel in small groups of up to 8 people, to avoid overwhelming local communities and to give our guests an overall better experience. Small group travel means we can get off the beaten track and use small lodges and guesthouses that tend to be more homely and personable.

Our local ground handler is particularly supportive of local conservation projects, and the company has its own trust, funded by a percentage of its revenue. The aim of the trust is to give tangible assistance to African people and their environment in their efforts to achieve economic viability without doing harm to natural habitats and wildlife, thus utilizing both on a sustainable basis for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.

We have forged a link with the Child Hope Initiatives Project in Windhoek, which provides basic numeracy and literacy teaching programme to 50 orphans. Guests are invited to bring items to donate to the project such as stationery, basic English books, toys and deflated footballs or other sports equipment. A visit to the project is possible as part of the city tour on day 1. We are a wholly online company, and do not produce paper brochures.

Reviews of Namibia small group guided holiday and safari

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 29 Jun 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


So many highlights in this diverse holiday, but for us our 1st sighting of a leopard was breathtaking. Being up the dunes at daybreak. The wonderful Camp Kipwe & the stunning Aricat centre. The wonderful singing of the children at the school

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Heed the warning of taking warm clothes & long trousers as it is quite cool early morning & evening.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Absolutely. Our visit to a local school was so touching. The children so friendly & happy just wanting to be around us & when we through balls into the yard the pure joy was immeasurable on their faces.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Absolutely fabulous. Can't find any fault, the sights where stunning, the accommodation mostly luxurious, the guides great & knowledgeable & the Africat centre is not to be missed 2 nights was not enough

Reviewed on 15 Apr 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Namibia is such a diverse country that it's difficult to choose the most
exciting part. Sossusvlei and the red dunes were truly amazing. But so was
Etosha park but for different reasons. Damaraland as well for it's beautiful
prairie landscape ... Africat centre was a perfect end to our trip.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Just go and enjoy! You are well taken care of. You have to wake up early and
distances are Wide so there is often lot of sitting in the car but it's all
worth it.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I'd like to think so. Tourism gives work for local people and safari
organiser cooperates with himbas as well as with local orphanage. We donated
for example vitamine b and some stationary to the orphanage. We were also
given steel bottles which were also then refilled to reduce plastic waste.
Small thing but big effect.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


One of the best holidays ever. Truly enjoyed trip and already planning to
revisit Namibia and neighbouring countries sometime in the future.

Reviewed on 17 Jun 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The animals have to be the highlight of Namibia. However we loved the red dunes in the Namib Naukluft Nat Park. The landscape in that area is awesome. A visit to a school and the Himba people was very interesting, and we really enjoyed the boat cruise from Walvis Bay, where we saw fur seals and Haviside's dolphin. The very tame, but wild Pelicans were very entertaining on board. The
accommodation was very good.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take South African Rands, as Namibian currency not necessary. You cannot rely on ATM' s, as they run out of money! Credit cards are ok.
Laundry can be done at most lodges, so it is possible to travel light.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, as we all bought items from the Himba people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very enjoyable, & very well organised. A wonderful country to visit.

Reviewed on 06 Jan 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Great holiday. The agents in Namibia were extremely good. Their documentation, the vehicle provided and the first class guide helped make this a holiday to remember. Its a beautiful country with lots of animals and unusual countryside such as the Namib Desert. The Lodge accomodation was first class at every location.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Having a good organisation when you get to Namibia is essential highly recommend the local operator used. The areas of interest are miles apart over terrible roads, you need to be ready to endure hours of very rough roads.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The people are great and we supported local organisations where ever we could.
Having travelled through other African countries Namibia seems to be handling the relationship between all races much better tahn many other countries.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good.

Reviewed on 25 Nov 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The scenery in different parts of Namibia is very dramatic and beautiful, especially Sossusvlei and Damaraland. The lodges are well situated with no fences round the camps so you can just watch the wildlife from your room. We saw a male lion at the water hole just 20 yards away from our porch and while in a night hide saw two rhinos fighting and they were only about 5 yards away. It was also very special going out for the sundowners with our guide singing and playing the guitar while the sun went down - we have come back with some lovely memories


2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be aware that the days are very long (the longest was from 5.30am, spent all day at Etosha National Park, had dinner, went to a night hide and got back to the lodge at midnight). There is a lot of travelling on very uneven, rocky roads. The weather was extremely hot and the vehicle not air-conditioned, which made all the travelling very tiring. I dont think this holiday would be suitable for anyone over about 70 years old

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


All the lodges used employed local people and were all trying hard to reduce environmental impacts. All the people concerned supported conservation

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was a brilliant holiday. The guide was great, very knowledgable, very professional and his enthusiasm and love for his country shone through everything he did. He made our time in Namibia very special. All the lodges used were comfortable and clean and the food great and the people there friendly and helpful.

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