Namibia small group holiday, sand dunes & safari

“This Namibia tour reveals what makes the country so special, from vast empty desert to diverse wildlife to ancient local cultures”

Highlights

Etosha National Park | Damaraland | meeting Herero and Himba people | Skeleton Coast | Swakopmund | Soussusvlei | Namib Conservation Centre

Description of Namibia small group holiday, sand dunes & safari

This 8-day Namibia small group sand dunes and safari holiday will take you on an adventure through Namibia’s raw landscapes, visiting charming towns and viewing diverse wildlife along the way.

After leaving the capital, Windhoek, you’ll drive deep into Etosha National Park, a desolate pan of silvery white sand where big cats, elephants, rhinos and giraffes can all be viewed from a safe distance. Next, you’ll visit the open plains and grasslands of Damaraland, where you’ll meet members of both the Herero and the Himba tribes, before heading through the Namib Desert to the windswept Skeleton coast. Here you’ll stay in Swakopmund, a charming town full of half timbered German colonial architecture, known as the country’s adventure capital. If you want to jump out of a plane or try out a quad bike, now’s the time to do it.

Sleeping in a tented camp in the Namib Desert is another highlight of your trip. You'll watch the sunset over the Naukluft mountain range before rising early to head for Sossusvlei, a white salt and clay pan surrounded by sweeping red dunes.

On your way back to Windhoek, you’ll have just enough time to join a biologist and track wild cheetahs at the Namib Conservation Centre.

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2019: 27 Aug, 3 Sep, 10 Sep, 17 Sep, 24 Sep, 1 Oct, 8 Oct, 15 Oct, 22 Oct, 29 Oct, 5 Nov, 12 Nov, 19 Nov, 26 Nov, 3 Dec, 10 Dec, 17 Dec, 24 Dec, 31 Dec
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Namibia small group holiday, sand dunes & safari

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

As a company: We strive to operate as a paperless company as far as possible, and recycle wherever facilities are available. We use toxic-free fair trade products whenever we can.

Our clients’ requirements are of primary importance to us at all times, as we know that our growth and success depend on their continued support. Having travelled extensively ourselves and witnessed first-hand how tourism can have either positive or negative effects on local communities; we vowed to always endeavor to leave a positive mark on all places we visit and send clients.

On the road: Many of the resorts and operators we work with offer our clients free drinking water refills to minimise wastage of plastic bottles through out the trips; and ask clients if they want items laundered before simply washing towels and linens unnecessarily, to conserve water.

At the game reserve all the guides and trackers are local to the area and have been trained by the reserve management, bettering their communities. When visiting Estosha National Park for example, you’ll be accompanied by a local guide who is knowledgeable about not only the local culture and history of the area, but also of the flora and fauna around the sanctuary. The guide will ensure that the group understand all the do’s and don’ts while visiting this National Park.
A portion of the reserve fees go to their conservation efforts. Guests are told of this campaign and educated about the conservation issues in an attempt to encourage awareness, and action.

The accommodation is focused on responsible travel, 80% of the staff are from the local community and sources products and produce from local suppliers wherever possible.

Community

This tour has been designed to both operate in a way that minimises our impact on the environment that we visit and to maximise the benefit that our clients can have on the host community.

We endeavour to follow responsible guidelines, as with all trips. Here the group goes to a local craft market to purchase items directly from the local artisans.

We encourage interaction with local communities, however we keep our group sizes small and provide advice during the trip to ensure our impact on the indigenous way of live is minimised. We encourage our clients to have a truly immersive experience as well as support the livelihood of the local community.

When visiting Estosha National Park, you’ll be accompanied by a local guide who is knowledgeable about not only the local culture and history of the area, but also of the flora and fauna around the sanctuary. The guide will ensure that the group understand all the do’s and don’ts while visiting this National Park.

We use local guides and drivers to support the local community.

Where possible we have choosen to stay in privately owned boutique accommodation where possible to support the local community

7 Reviews of Namibia small group holiday, sand dunes & safari

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Reviewed on 13 Mar 2019 by

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


So many to mention, but the wildlife encounters and interactions in Etosha National Park was my overall favorite part. The white roads and salt pans against
the endless blue sky was dramatic enough- combine that with epic wildlife such as elephants, lions, herbivores in layers at waterholes... it felt otherworldly!
I'm also a huge fan now of the gorgeous Orxy, Namibia's national animal. So regal! And I also really loved being able to hike on the dunes!

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


I would definitely tell guests to make sure they stay at the Halali Camp waterhole in the evening! I just chanced it, being very tired and wanting to retire to
bed. But luckily we said, "Let's just go for a half hour" and we saw 30+ elephants and 4 Black rhinos. Not only that, but the interactions between elephants
and rhinos themselves was thrilling! And hyenas as well... and then a leopard came out of the dark and drank from the waterhole before getting chased off
by a young ele! Granted we live in the best wildlife area in Zambia, so this was still phenomenal and something we don't get to see in our national park of
South Luangwa!!! Also seeing a cheetah in the wild vs. in a sanctuary- just makes it extra special knowing how unique these animals are (and we don't have
back home in Zambia where we live). I would also recommend the flamingos of Walvis Bay if people don't want to do an adrenaline activity in the dunes.
Personally, I also recommend that visitors spend another day or two in the Windhoek. I didn't realise how many other parks were available! We also hiked
in Daan Viljoen Game Reserved (organised by our hotel) and went horseback riding at a German-family-owned farm with wildlife around us!

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


Yes, I feel like any nature-based tourism supporting lodges, stores, businesses around wildlife areas creates and overall incentive to protect and conserve
for the long-term interest of income-generation through tourism. I liked going with a smaller group and having local guides with the intimate knowledge of
history, culture and wildlife of course, plus I believe it can prevent damaging behaviours that some tourists do when travelling on their own (extracting
natural resources, climbing the Deadvlei trees, etc.). We also stopped at a few places where local tribes were selling their goods, which gave an opportunity
of purchasing directly from communities that tourists go through.

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


I LOVED Namibia and the itinerary- absolutely fabulous "highlights" tour and great combination of wildlife and scenery. Would absolutely recommend this
trip and Namibia to any friends and family. Amazing choice of lodging in beautiful locations, each with its own character and friendly staff.

Read the operator's response here:

Thanks Karlyn and Camiel. So happy you had a great trip to Namibia :)

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2018 by

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


There were several: many lions in Etosha (including lion eating zebra just killed (didn't see kill), also black rhino mating, many giraffes, zebras, a honey
badger, elephants barging into the water hole to drink and "shower". The dunes in Sossousvlei were spectacular, but very high winds. And it started to rain, completely out of season. It was wonderful for me because the whole
region has been experiencing a severe draught over the last 3 years.

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


Just the thing for people who are not "happy campers". It mixed luxury accommodation with "picnic" by the road and other typical southern african cooking like a "braai" (BBQ), etc. If you are a stuch up snob, this is not for you.

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


Yes, I do. This is a country where water is scarce. The tour operator explained about having water to drink; while reducing plastic waste for example.

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


Excellent! Will recommend it to anyone who isn't stuck up. It is a combination of luxury and also getting close to nature.

Reviewed on 01 Jul 2018 by

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


The wildlife at Etosha, especially seeing rhinos around the watering hole in the Halali camp after dark. Second to that would be seeing the sunset in the Namib desert.

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


I think that when you are with a small group it's good to make an effort to get to know each other.

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


Yes, I'm sure it must have contributed to the local economy. Tourism is important to Namibia.






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


Excellent: I saw a great deal in the space of eight days. I was amazed at the high quality of the accommodation and the holiday
was very good value for money.

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2018 by

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


Viewing animals in the wild and the dunes.

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


Take changes of clothes- water shortage and single overnight stays make washing impractical.

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


I think so- more than other types of holiday anyway.

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


Excellent

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for your review. We are very glad you enjoyed your time in Namibia.

Reviewed on 08 Sep 2018 by

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


The Sossusvlei sand dunes.

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


If you travel during the dry season, be aware of how dry and dusty the air is, i.e. take nasal cream and handcream with you. Wear solid shoes and always carry enough water. Always have small change ready, e.g. to pay for the toilet (ladies). If you are a bit spoiled like me then I recommend the price uplift for the first and last day (pre/post round trip) nights in Windhoek.

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


benefited local people, local drivers, locally managed accomocations, purchased locally made souvenirs, e.g. Penduka reduced environmental impacts, not sure, but tried to save on water consumption supported conservation. I guess the carnivour feeding fits this buzzword, but I was not so excited about this extra excursion

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


great

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2017 by

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


Climbing the dunes at sussusvlei with our fantastic guide Gabriel. Just driving through such a diverse landscape.

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


Enjoy!!!!!

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


Yes

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


Fantastic. A real adventure and brilliantly organised and guided by Gabriel from the local agent.

Reviewed on 12 Dec 2017 by

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


Meeting new friends and enjoying the beautiful landscapes of Namibia.

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


It’s a busy trip with a fair amount of driving and not a lot of time at each site. Good if you want a jam-packed trip where you can see the highlights.

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


Yes. We stopped at local craft vendors to shop. Reminder to always purchase a large bottle of water and refill your smaller bottles.

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


It was a good trip. Enjoyable. Accommodations were above expectation.

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