Namibia safari

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.
Windhoek Namib Desert Sossusvlei Swakopmund Etosha National Park Waterberg Plateau Africat Foundation
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£2699To£3099including UK flights
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Duration
15 Days
Type
Small group
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From £1799 - £1899 excluding flights.
Optional single supplement from £220 - £240.
Minimum age 16.
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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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Price information

£2699To£3099including UK flights
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From £1799 - £1899 excluding flights.
Optional single supplement from £220 - £240.
Minimum age 16.
Make enquiry

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Desert & dunes
There is something intrinsically romantic about travelling in the desert. The harsh beauty of landscapes shaped by the elements; the honour and genero...
Small group safari
It’s the camaraderie that makes a small group safari. After a long day out in the bush spotting wildlife, you’ll return to base with your fellow trave...

Holiday information

Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled 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. Those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

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Reviewed on 28 Nov 2018 by

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


Climbing Dune 45 at sunrise.
Watching animals visiting waterholes in Etosha.
Landscapes and sunsets.

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


Be prepared for very hot, sandy walks!
Don't believe everything you read in the operators itinerary.

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


Very little. It provided employment opportunities and excess food was passed to local people. However we were forced to buy water in plastic bottles from shops throughout our trip. There was a visit to a 'cheetah sanctuary' included in the trip, which was not the conservation project advertised and was extremely distasteful.

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


Namibia was a fascinating country and I would like to visit again. But I would not go on this trip or use this tour company again, given the poor service I received.

Read the operator's response here:

We were pleased that Michael found Namibia to be a fascinating country and enjoyed watching animals visiting waterholes in Etosha, although we regret that he was disappointed with aspects of the trip. The usual process on this tour is for clients to bring a water bottle with them and to fill it up at each campsite, lodge, or from the water tank in the tour vehicle.

We were concerned to learn of Michael's experience and so have asked our local operations
manager to ensure that all tour leaders are advising clients correctly regarding this matter, so that single-use plastic bottles are not being bought and used unnecessarily.

The enclosure for a number of rescued cheetahs at the Namib Carnivore Conservation Centre used to be much bigger, approximately 500 hectares, but earlier this year the size was, regrettably, significantly reduced as one of the fences did not meet Ministry of Environment and Tourism standards. Whilst we feel it is a project worth supporting, and we are of the understanding that the conservation centre will be able to re-upgrade to a larger enclosure again in March 2019, we have asked our local operations manager to ensure that tour leaders clearly explain the situation regarding the smaller enclosure to groups in the interim. Should we continue to receive similar feedback, we will remove the Namib Carnivore Conservation Centre from the itinerary until the situation improves.

Reviewed on 01 Oct 2017 by

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


Sossusfly and the waterhole at Okaukuejo

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


Although theoretically available in many places (lodges, hotels and coffee shops - at a charge in Namibian Wildlife Resorts), wi-fi is often "down". Expect long driving times and bumpy roads - we did over 3100 km, including game drives.The weather is much cooler in Swakopmund than elsewhere.

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?


Excellent. Our leader (Ronney) did much, far beyond the call of duty.

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

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 (dolphin watching, sand-boarding, quad-biking etc.) are also run by local businesses, so we encourage people to go on these excursions.

Conservation:
On this trip we visit the Africat Foundation. The foundation was set up to assist with the long-term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores through research, education and rehabilitation. We will meet the centre's resident cheetahs (cheetahs are the most endangered big cat in Africa but Namibia has the world’s largest free roaming population) and learn about the conservation efforts taking place.

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.

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.

People

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.

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, we employ an experienced guide from that area which helps surrounding communities benefit directly from our tours.

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