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Namibia Holidays Road Trip Self Drive Safari Tours Etosha Namib Desert

Grand Namibia Tour
NYA14W
14 NIGHTS
FROM £2,795
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Namibia Safari Tour Etosha Kalahari Fish River Canyon Karoo Namib Desert

This wonderful Grand Namibia safari tour visits the wildlife of Etosha National Park, the red sands of the Kalahari, majestic Fish River Canyon, the Succulent Karoo, diamond town of Luderitz, ghost town of Kolmanskop & the gigantic sand dunes of the Namib Desert. Regular departures. Standard (2-16 pax) or upgrade to Superior (2-6 pax). English & German dual language. No children < 12.

Namibia Safari Tour Etosha Kalahari Fish River Canyon Karoo Namib Desert
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Namibia Safari Tour
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Windhoek
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Kalahari
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Luderitz & Kolmanskop
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Fish River Canyon
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Succulent Karoo
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Namib Desert
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Swakopmund
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Twyfelfontein Rock Art
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Safari Tour, Etosha National Park
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Namibia Safari Tour
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Windhoek
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Kalahari
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Luderitz & Kolmanskop
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Fish River Canyon
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Succulent Karoo
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Namib Desert
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Swakopmund
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Twyfelfontein Rock Art
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Safari Tour, Etosha National Park
Day 1
You will be met at Windhoek Airport and transferred 1-hour to your hotel in this small capital city.
  
Check in and relax under warm blue Namibian skies.
Day 2
This morning you will be collected from your Windhoek hotel around 08h00 for your escorted group tour of Namibia. We travel southwards for 3-hours towards the scrub vegetation and red sands of the vast Kalahari, the largest sand mass on earth.
 
The migratory Bushman people who live here call it the “Soul of the World” and its endless grass plains interspersed with acacia trees provide the only form of survival for a vast amount of wildlife that has survived in this semi-desert environment for thousands of years. After good rains (end November/early December - although this can vary greatly) you can see hundreds of different wildflowers here.
 
On arrival enjoy a included Nature Drive to experience the red dunes, wildlife and plants of this desert environment.
 
Note: Most small group tours are dual language with a bilingual guide, but as Namibia was a former German colony there are normally more German-speakers than English-speakers on tour.
 
On escorted group tours please note that for operational reasons it is sometimes necessary to substitute one hotel with another of similar quality. Luggage needs to be packed in soft side bags (sports bags are ideal) not exceeding 15 kg and 65 x 46 cm. Due to limited space in the vehicle, rigid suitcases are not suitable. Excess baggage can be left in Windhoek and collected after your safari.
Day 3
A full day on the road today as we drive 6.5-hours southwards to the great Fish River Canyon, the second largest on earth.
 
As we travel through these expansive rocky plains, notice the unique Quiver Trees that bloom in June and July and nestle between huge dolerite boulders, some of which are stacked in such mysterious ways that it seems impossible they were formed by natural forces.
 
We continue to our lodge situated close to the Fish River Canyon. Explore the area on foot or enjoy an optional guided nature drive in the late afternoon.
Day 4
Our morning starts on the edge of the Fish River Canyon, where we gaze down 550 meters into this magnificent canyon. The Nama Karoo desert has dramatic geological formations, which take on stupendous proportions in this canyon. The vegetation is characterized by dwarf shrubs & scattered grasslands and the slopes of the plateau mountains and vast plains are home to Hartmann’s mountain zebra, springbok, gemsbok, kudu & ostrich.
 
We then drive 5-hours to Luderitz following the Orange River, which forms the natural border to South Africa and travelling through the Ai Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. We continue driving through the spectacular scenery of the Succulent Karoo, a winter rainfall area with bizarre looking shrubs that store moisture in their leaves and stems to tide them over the dry summer months. This desert is one of the top 20 plant biomes in the world, with an amazing diversity of desert-adapted flora.
 
As we pass the watering point at Garub, keep an eye out for the wild desert horses that are sometimes observed here. We check into our hotel in the small diamond town of Lüderitz on the Atlantic Coast, where you may see colonies of aquatic birds, seals and penguins.
Day 5
Our morning starts with a visit to the ghost town of Kolmanskop, where the first diamond was found in 1908. Now standing barren and abandoned to the harsh winds and sands of the unforgiving desert, it is a great reminder of the opulence and decadence of the diamond rush days.
 
We return down the great escarpment onto the wide plains below, where the scenery gives way to the shifting dunes of the Prohibited Diamond Area. Here we visit Diaz Cross where daring Portuguese sailors erected a stone pillar in the 1480’s, before returning to Luderitz.
Day 6
Today we travel 3.5-hours northwards into the fascinating landscapes of the spectacular Namib Desert.
 
Check into your remote desert lodge and marvel at the pristine desert scenery, before dining under the stars.
Day 7
Set out early this morning on a 4x4 tour into the famous sand dunes at Sossusvlei, as this is the coolest part of the day and the best for photography.
 
This clay pan is surrounded by some of the highest dunes in the world – an endless sea of reddish sand stretching all the way to the distant horizon. These monumental star shaped dunes, some as high as 1,000 ft (325 m), were formed by strong multi-directional winds. The warm tints of sand range in colour from apricot to orange, red and maroon - and contrast vividly with the stark white clay pans at their base. You will be astonished by surreal Deadvlei, surrounded by some of the highest dunes and Sossusvlei, where the mostly dry Tsauchab River abruptly ends.
 
Take the opportunity to climb one of these dunes, which afford endless vistas across the desert landscape and the sea of sand. Also visit the narrow gorge of the impressive Sesriem Canyon, with its rock pools fed by the Tsauchab River during the rainy season. The name is derived from the six “rieme” (leather thongs) that early pioneers used to draw water from these pools. Afterwards we drive back  to our lodge in the Namib Desert.
Day 8
Today we drive for 6-hours through the starkly beautiful Kuiseb Moon Valley to the harbour town of Walvis Bay. This shallow lagoon is home to hundreds of thousands of African flamingos and is one of the most important wetlands in Namibia. It is a RAMSAR World Heritage birding site.
 
We continue to the beach resort of Swakopmund with its old lighthouse. Swakopmund is situated on the Atlantic Coast where the cold Benguela Current sweeps up from Antarctica, releasing no moisture into the prevailingly onshore winds – hence the very low rainfall and desert conditions. Fog is common along the coast in the early mornings and late afternoons and this is what gives life to the desert-adapted flora and fauna of the region. The cold current is also highly oxygenated, causing it to teem with marine life.
 
Check into your hotel and relax on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.
Day 9
This morning transfer 30-minutes to Walvis Bay for a 3-hour Marine Cruise. Here you can see a resident school of dolphins and large colony of Cape fur seals at Pelican Point.
 
Marine bird life is also abundant and includes pelicans, terns and large flocks of flamingos which live in the shallow waters surrounding the harbour. You should see many Cape cormorants and hopefully some more difficult birds such as the Cape gannet, Pomarine skua and African black oyster catcher. You may also see migrating whales in season (September to October).
 
Your afternoon is at leisure to relax at the beach resort of Swakopmund.
Day 10
A full day on the road today as we head northwards and travel 7-hours to Twyfelfontein, driving across timeless Damaraland - home of the Brandberg Mountain, the highest in Namibia.
 
Damaraland is one of the least populated and most geologically diverse areas in Africa. This harsh, rocky environment is home to the rare desert elephant, the endangered black rhino and free-roaming antelope. There are many fascinating rock formations on these vast uninhabited plains, where magnificent semi-desert flowers can grow after good rains.
 
We visit the World Heritage site at Twyfelfontein, which means "Doubtful Spring". Over 6,000 years ago, San communities engraved and painted over 2,500 pictures here. These ancient Bushman Paintings have been well preserved in this dry environment and the hills are strewn with rock art - making this an open-air museum.
 
Close by we can explore the Burnt Mountain, Organ Pipes and Petrified Forest. We can also see the desert-adapted Welwitschia Mirabilis plant - the oldest living desert plant on earth - and visit a traditional Damara Village.
Day 11
Today we travel 5-hours to our lodge situated near the southern gate of the world famous Etosha National Park.
 
Etosha owes its unique landscape to a vast shallow depression – the Etosha Pan – with its open pans offering magnificent game viewing. Etosha is home to over a hundred different species of mammals, including cheetah, leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, giraffe, zebra and wildebeest.
 
Check into your lodge situated near the southern gate. In the afternoon there is the option of a game drive in an open top vehicle with a lodge ranger (pay locally).
Day 12
Today is devoted to the abundant wildlife of the famous Etosha National Park, one of the largest wildlife conservation in Africa surrounding an enormous salt pan that is the size of the Netherlands.
 
During drier seasons it becomes an expanse of white cracked mud, shimmering with mirages and spiralling dust devils.  Waterholes along the southern edge frequently offer a rewarding game viewing experience, including several rare species such as black and white rhino.
 
This park is home to four of the Big 5, elephant, lion, leopard and rhino (as the terrain does not support buffalo) and its waterholes support a rich diversity of other mammals and birds, including species such as the black-faced impala, roan, cheetah and Namibia’s smallest antelope, the Damara dik-dik.
 
We enter the reserve at the southern gate and travel across Etosha National Park all day, exiting in the late afternoon at the eastern gate where we check into our lodge.
Day 13
Today enjoy another game drive in Etosha National Park in our closed vehicle, as we explore the eastern sector of this great wildlife reserve.
 
Etosha is home to over 100 different species of mammals and over 350 different birds, so superb game viewing and birding is assured. Your guide will explain some of the complexities of managing such an enormous reserve, as you view wildife in its natural surroundings.
 
In the afternoon we return to our lodge, with balance of day at leisure.
  
Note: This afternoon you have the option of booking another open-top game drive with your lodge (pay locally).
Day 14
Today we drive 5-hours southwards through central Nambia to Windhoek.
 
Along the way we stop at the Kavango craft market in Okahandja. The Kavango woodcarvers ply their trade at this large open-air craft market on the outskirts of town - one of the best places in Namibia to purchase woodcarvings. Afterwards continue to Windoek, from where you will be transferred 1-hour to your lodge situated in the direction of the airport.
 
Here you can visit N/a'an ku se Wildlife Sanctuary that provides a safe home to animals orphaned or injured in the wild, watch the carnivore feeding and have a close-up encounter with a cheetah (pay locally).
Day 15
Transfer to Windhoek Airport for your flight home.