Holiday to Namibia
Description of Holiday to Namibia
Discover a diverse wonderland of spectacular landscapes, iconic wildlife and timeless native cultures in Southern Africa's most fascinating country. Experience the rolling red sand dune vistas of the Namib Desert, the boulder festooned grassy plains of Damaraland and the dramatic storied Skeleton Coast, while visiting raging waterfalls and tribal villages – or just relaxing in beautifully-set wilderness lodges after magical game drives.
Contrast insights into Namibia's intriguing German colonial history between the capital Windhoek and the coastal town of Swakopmund – gateway to the shipwreck-strewn Skeleton Coast as well as the whales, dolphins and seals of Walvis Bay.
You'll discover the timeless human imprint in this unforgettable land spending time amid the settlements of the Himba tribal lands alongside visits to ancient rock art sites - including the UNESCO world heritage site at Twyfelfontein, one of the largest concentrations of stone age petroglyphs in Africa.
Experience a night of wilderness camping beneath starlit skies, then enjoy the comforts of wonderfully-sited nature lodges as a base to spot some of Africa's most distinctive wildlife in the Ethosha National Park.
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PlanetWe are very aware of the economic, ecological and ethical impact tourism can have on ancient cultures and fragile environments. We realise that taking clients through such a region can have a negative impact on the environment if not handled responsibly and as such, on all of our trips we go to great lengths to minimise the negative and accentuate the positive… after all, there are also many good things that the traveller can bring.
We have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the fragile eco-structure of the desert is not damaged or spoilt in any way. Our guides are trained to uphold this policy and all clients are fully briefed on appropriate/responsible behaviour whilst in wilderness areas. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to all trips in all regions, and as tour operators is something we are careful to promote.
By keeping the group size to a maximum of 12, we can also minimise the human impact on the fragile sites we visit – particularly important as this trip visits some remote sites that aren’t policed by tourist regulators.
PeopleIn Namibia we use local ground handlers who in turn book locally run hotels, providing employment for a number of members of staff and support families. The ground handlers also use local drivers and guides at the sites, meaning that all the operational costs go directly into the local economy.
Such visits not only help the communities financially but also break down boundaries over decades of misunderstanding. It will enable close interaction with clients and local people offering the chance to see how people live and learn about their livelihoods and culture through first-hand experience. Secondly and probably most importantly, you will be contributing directly communities and homes some of those most in need.
In each area we employ and develop close relationships with drivers and guides. We feel the interaction between our friends and our clients offers both parties a valuable understanding between cultures.
In order to facilitate an enduring support structure for the communities we visit, and to show a commitment to these values, in January 2009 we set up a charitable foundation through which we can directly channel funds to both existing NGOs and our own development projects. In addition to organising ethically sensitive tours, having our own charitable foundation allows us to raise money – through the cost of our tours, charity trips and fund raising events – which can then be used to fund various projects in education, sanitation, reforestations and a number of other important issues facing developing communities.
We also support several NGOs around the world such as the Hope Foundation, A-Cet and Adopt-A-Minefield, which are all carefully selected to improve the standard of living for the communities we visit.