“Two weeks in Namibia, fully guided and staying in either lodges or campsites. The choice is yours. No matter where you wake up, it will blow your socks off.”

Highlights

Windhoek | Namib Desert | Sossusvlei | Swakopmund | Etosha National Park | Waterberg Plateau | Africat Foundation

Description of Namibia safari

This two week Namibia safari holiday has been carefully crafted to take in coast and desert, wildlife and wilderness while offering you the choice between camping along the way, or staying in lodges and hotels. No matter which one you choose, the places you visit will have one thing in common. They are all stunning. Starting in Windhoek we see these dramatic landscapes almost immediately, heading south across the Namib-Naukluft Park, where the great Namib Desert spreads out in all directions. This part of the trip also includes a visit to the dunes of Sossusvlei, some of the highest in the world, with views across centuries-old camelthorn tree skeletons and seas of sand.

Journeying north again and following the coast, our first urban stop after the desert is the coastal town of Swakopmund, known for being Namibia's adventure capital but also a quaint town with German inspired architecture, great seafood and plenty of things to do. Which is why we choose it as your free day, with optional activities such as dune boarding, skydiving and camel riding.

The inland deserts and mountains call once more, our next stop being in Damaraland, which is not only home to the county’s highest peak, Brandberg, but also desert elephants. There are plenty more of those to be found in the country’s most celebrated wildlife zone, Etosha National Park. The name translates as 'Great White Place', because of its vast white, salt encrusted Etosha Pan, a dry lakebed that takes up much of the park and attracts over 140 species of mammal. During the three days that we spend here, you have chances to see lions, wildebeest, zebra elephants, black and white rhinos and the endemic black-faced impala.

More spectacular wildlife experiences await on the last couple of days of this trip, before heading back to Windhoek. First, the Waterburg Plateau with hiking trails that take you to the top of this flat topped landscape with panoramic views, or you can take an optional game drive through the reserve that has protected the endangered white rhino. And last, but certainly not least, the AfriCat Foundation which is a sanctuary for carnivores. Seeing a cheetah on your last day in Namibia isn’t a bad finale to an amazing adventure.

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Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Namibia safari

Environment

Accommodation and Meals:
For lodge departures, we spend 12 nights in lodges, chalets or hotels. For camping departures, we spend 9 nights full-service camping and 3 nights in guesthouses. All of the accommodation we use is locally staffed and local produce and supplies are used, which benefits the wider community. Energy saving bulbs and water conservation signs are common in our permanent accommodations, whilst camping is a great way to reduce environmental impact in itself. We are careful with managing waste, litter and noise pollution. Meals will generally consist of fresh fruit, cold cheese and meat, bread rolls and more traditional dishes like Potjie (Stew) or Braai (BBQ). Where meals are not provided, we encourage clients to support local restaurants. In Windhoek, clients can even try local game meat varieties such as Oryx, Zebra and Crocodile!

Activity:
During wildlife safaris and game drives we behave responsibly with any wildlife we may come into contact with and this is reinforced by our staff and by an environmental code of conduct which is posted in every vehicle we use. Twenty-five percent of all park entrance fees paid is reinvested by the MET (Ministry of Environmental and Tourism) through the Game Products Trust Fund into essential infrastructure and services related to tourism in Namibia’s parks. So by running our game drives in Etosha National Park, we are contributing to local community initiatives and helping to fund the protection of the wide range of species which live there. Our optional activities on day 6 (deep-sea fishing, dolphin watching, sand-boarding, quad-biking etc.) are also run by local businesses, so we encourage people to go on these excursions.

Conservation:
We stop at the headquarters of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in Otjiwarongo. The centre is a renowned research facility and home to leading conservation studies for the species. The cheetah is the fastest animal on earth, but also the most endangered big cat in Africa. You will have the chance to meet the animals that cannot be released back into the wild, as well as visiting the education centre and museum. By buying souvenirs and donating here, we are contributing to this impressive initiative.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

A Fair Deal:
Our tour operators are 100% African owned and each member of staff has a huge passion and knowledge of Namibia. This is not only beneficial for our clients, who get real insider’s knowledge on our tours, but this benefits the economy by creating local jobs and ensuring that all income stays within Southern Africa. Our local employees are trained on responsible tourism issues and are given refresher courses regularly. When visiting places like Etosha, the Petrified Forest and the Twyfelfontein rock paintings, we employ an experienced guide from that area which helps surrounding communities benefit directly from our tours.

Local Craft and Culture:
We visit Swakopmund, which is a small German colonial resort town with quaint cake shops and coffee houses and a centre for adrenaline activities. This is a great chance to explore local businesses and learn about Namibian culture on an optional township tour. Clients can support the local economy by buying beer brewed in the area or – if you’re feeling brave- trying a regional specialty like Mowpane worms. There are also plenty of craft markets in Swakopmund, as well as on route to Etosha, selling wooden carvings, jewellery and material Herero dolls.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

Reviews of Namibia 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 16 Dec 2009 by

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


Seeing a leopard "in the wild" for the first time. I have been trying for over 35 years! The group, including the tour guide and camp assistants, became like a family. The guys were magnificent, always having our interests and comfort in mind, sometimes in the most adverse conditions.

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


Be prepared for the cold and the wind in the desert.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes I did.

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


In the top three of the holidays I have been on.

Reviewed on 10 Dec 2007 by

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


The leader - Obi - knew his stuff. He could answer most questions so that we came away with a greatly enriched knowledge of wildlife & the country. He also had very sharp eyes. Wildlife is always a problem because there is no guarantee that the animals will turn up. However, Obi was constantly pointing out animals that I would have missed. The most memorable part of the holiday was spotting the leopard. We would have missed it & driven on, but the leaders saw it & we went back. We had to be patient because the leopard hid in a culvert, but eventually came out. Another tour group got inpatient & left without seeing it.

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


Not much because the trip notes covered most things. The only minor quibble is that during the last day we were supposed to stop at Okahandja for 2 hours to see the craft market. None of us were interested so Obi agreed to push on to Windhoek instead. Future travellers could be forewarned about this so they could choose to go to the craft markets, or somewhere en route instead.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


I think so, we were able to tip individual guides etc & we were able to give a tip to the crew.

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


Excellent!!!

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