Namibia highlights tour
Description of Namibia highlights tour
This tour is ideal for first time visitors to Namibia, taking in a diverse spread of the country’s many fantastic highlights. Staying in comfort, experience the dramatic scenery, distinctive wildlife and intriguing culture of places including the Kalahari, the iconic red dunes of Sossusvlei, fascinating colonial towns like Swakopmund and the world famous Etosha National Park. And you will meet the Himba people to learn at first hand about their culture and way of life in this awe-inspiring land.
Begin with an instant contrast between the old German colonial capital Windhoek and the thriving market town of Mariental, staying on the edge of the Kalahari Desert where an evening game drive will take you in search of Sand Antelope, Black Desert Rhino and Cheetah.
In the Fish River Canyon, you'll get to explore the second largest canyon in the world - at up to 500 metres deep and 27 kilometres wide, only America's Grand Canyon is bigger. Next up, highlights of the Namib Desert – the world's oldest - include the atmospheric ghost town of Kolmanskop, wild horses and diamond mines.
Hemmed between desert and the Atlantic, the storied colonial town of Swakopmund memorably combines nature with culture - plus a chance of a marine safari on the Walvis Bay Lagoon.
In Damaraland, meanwhile, discover some of the world's finest ancient rock art at Twyfelfontein, the geological basalt wonder known as the “Organ Pipes”, plus the ethnic Damara inhabitants of the historic town of Khorixas – before spending a night on the banks of the Hoanib River in the magnificent Khowarib Gorge prior to an encounter with the famous semi-nomadic Himba people.
The Etosha National Park provides a stupendous finale - an immense saline landscape whose 12,400 square miles provide a striking habitat for over 400 species of animals. No wonder it is often described as the best National Park in Africa.
PlanetOur guides will brief travellers on appropriate behaviour, both cultural and environmental, and when visiting areas of natural beauty such as the Fish River Canyon, Aus Mountains and Etosha National Park, we make a point of ensuring that we leave no permanent traces of our stay behind, taking all rubbish with us to protect these valuable tourist attractions. This is also important when visiting local towns and villages as we want to encourage tourism and work with the local people, instead of leaving a negative impact.
There is a focus on wildlife in this itinerary. When we visit Etosha National Park, we stick to the marked trails as to not to disturb the wildlife or destroy habitats. This is the same if we come across wildlife in other parts of Namibia; we brief clients on the appropriate behaviour as to not disturb the animals.
We visit the Petrified Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. By visiting sites such as these, we are contributing to the conservation and protection of these vulnerable sites.
PeopleWe meet the Damara ethnic people and learn about their very traditional way of life, which they have kept for centuries, who teach us about the environment and their local customs, both providing income for a remote community and helping to ensure that traditions that have been passed down through generations are maintained, as the younger generation is able to see the value in this.
We only employ local staff and unlike many operators we believe that to send a foreign Tour Leader along to accompany your trip is an unnecessary burden on your wallet and our carbon footprint. We believe that locals know best. Our local operators only use locally owned accommodation, using lodges and inns rather than big hotels. This means your money stays in the area to benefit the local community. When possible we use local transport, (i.e. rail or bus) and we always use local restaurants, markets and shops and encourage our clients to interact both financially and socially with the communities that they are passing through. In doing this your travels are supporting and encouraging the development of local services.
Our groups average only six clients, and many tours operate on a private basis with just two travellers. This has much less impact when travelling through rural areas, reducing our environmental and social affects. Finally to emphasis our commitment to Responsible Tourism all clients will receive a copy of our Travellers Code of Conduct with their travel documents.
We believe that tourism is a double edged sword that needs to be wielded very carefully. Our philosophy is to have a limited amount of departures - usually between one and three a year - for each of our itineraries. By limiting our presence in areas where local culture can be quite fragile, we hope to avoid as much as possible the phenomenon whereby an area changes in character due to repeated and prolonged exposure to tourism. We want to visit an area as friends, not intruders and to ensure that what we see will also be there for others to enjoy for many years to come.