NAMIBIA – Desert & Wildlife
15 nights / 15 days – Windhoek- Windhoek

€3195- Fully Accommodated

€2095- Camping

Boasting the world’s most ancient desert, Namibia is considered unmatched in its raw, natural beauty. From the rolling red sand dunes of the Namib extending inland from the cold Atlantic ocean, to the uninhabitable rubble of Ais-Ais, whose spiny mountains create the outline of the world’s second largest canyon: the Fish River. This land is also home to the endless golden grass plains of the Kalahari and the jewel-toned wetland of the Caprivi Strip in the north, which leads us to wonder if there is indeed an iconic African landscape that Namibia does not possess. As if this isn’t enough, the rare desert elephant ambles along Namibia’s dry riverbeds, and the critically endangered black rhino dwells in the country’s northern Damaraland. Namibia is one of the continent’s most exciting destinations, and it is one not to be missed.

SOSSUSVLEI

Namibia’s greatest attraction and the heart of the world’s most ancient desert.

FISH RIVER CANYON

Stare into the vast emptiness of the world’s second largest canyon carved into the Ais Ais Desert.

PRIVATE DESERT RESERVE

Spend two nights on a private Desert wildlife reserve to enjoy nature walks and a desert safari.

ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

Namibia’s top wildlife destination and home to the giant desert elephants.

SPITZKOPPE

View this amazing desert phenomenon where the 700 m high granite rock features tower over the barren land bellow.

PALMWAG CONSERVATION RESERVE

Stay in the amazing Palmwag Conservancy (including safaris), most well known for its rhino and cheetah populations

SWAKOPMUND

Relax in the quaint German town of Swakopmund – some downtime before the adventure continues!

KOLMANSKOP

Discover the abandoned ghost town of Kolmanskop, where a once wealthy village was been left for the desert to engulf.

SKELETON COAST

Driving north between sand dunes and the ocean, we will will stop off at the Cape Cross seal colony, one of the largest colonies of cape fur seal in the world, where we will enjoy a quick lunch listening the sounds of the whaling seals being drowned out by the crashing Atlantic Ocean.

ROUTE

  • Windhoek (pre-night)
  • Windhoek – Fish River Canyon (1 night)
  • Fish River Canyon – Kolmanskop (1 night)
  • Kolmanskop – Namib Naukluft (2 nights)
  • Namib Naukluft – Sossusvlei (1 night)
  • Sossusvlei – Swakopmund (2 nights)
  • Swakopmund – Spitzkoppe (1 night)
  • Spitzkoppe – Palmwag (2 nights)
  • Palmwag – Okaukeujo, Etosha (2 nights)
  • Okaukeujo, Etosha – Onkoshi, Etosha (2 nights)
  • Etosha – Windhoek (TOUR END)

INCLUDED Highlights:

  • Fish River Canyon view points
  • Kolmanskop, ghost town
  • 2 nights Namib Naukluft – Private Desert
    Reserve with game drive
  • Desert walking safari
  • Sossusvlei & Deadvlei
  • Sesriem Canyon
  • Spitzkoppe Arch
  • Palmwag Game Reserve with game drive
  • 4 nights Etosha with multiple game drives

Included:

  • Pre-tour accommodation (Windhoek)
  • Airport transfers
  • Transport (in a fully equipped 13 seater
    overland truck)
  • All Accommodation (between lodges and
    hotels)
  • Meals: 15x breakfast, 13x lunch, 10x dinner
  • Professional & experienced tour guide
  • All national park entrance fees
  • Drinking water
  • Footsteps welcome package

Additional Expenses:

  • Personal drinks/snacks
  • International flights
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Personal spending money
  • Visas
  • Any optional activities
  • Gratuities/tips for guides used along the way (tipping guideline will be provided)

TOUR DATES & Prices

At Footsteps Through Africa, we run our tours seasonally, ensuring the best possible conditions in our chosen destinations. 
Our Namibia tours avoiding the icy cold desert in mid-winter, but before the summer heat arrives.
This time of year also has good water levels in the national parks, attracting the wildlife to the well located 
waterholes.

Departure Arrival Tour Style Price Status
17 April 2020, Windhoek 2 May 2020, Windhoek Fully Accommodated €3195 Available
17 July 2020, Windhoek 1 August 2020, Windhoek Fully Accommodated €3195 Available
18 September 2020, Windhoek 3 October 2020, Windhoek Fully Accommodated €3195 Available

Full Tour Itinerary

Day 0: Windhoek (pre-night)

Today will be your chance to meet your fellow travellers and get ready for the adventure ahead! On the evening of your pre-night, you will be met by your guide for the tour and get a detailed briefing about the day-to-day operations of the trip. Meals today will be at your own expense.

AccommodationArrebusch Hotel

Day 1: Windhoek - Fish River Canyon

And the adventure begins! Today we start our journey south to one of Namibia’s greatest marvels, the Fish River Canyon. After a relatively long day on the road, we will arrive at the canyon in the late afternoon with plenty of time to relax and enjoy our first Namibian sunset. We will visit the canyon’s viewpoints in the morning.

B/L/D
Accommodation: Lodge – Hobas
Mileage: 514 km
Highlights of the day:
Fish River Canyon

Day 2: Fish River Canyon – Kolmanskop

After a mind-boggling morning gazing into the enormous ravine that is Africa’s largest canyon from various scenic viewpoints, we will start making our way towards the Namibian coastline, where we will spend the night in Lüderitz, a small German town neighbouring the ghost town of Kolmanskop. We will have a relaxed afternoon exploring this quaint little fishing village and visit the ghost town in the morning.

B/L/D
Accommodation: Guesthouse – Cormorant House (or similar)
Mileage: 260 km
Highlights of the day:
Kolmanskop
Fish River Canyon viewpoints

Day 3 & 4: Kolmanskop – Namib Desert Private Reserve

After a morning spent exploring the historic deserted ghost town of Kolmanskop, we will start making our way into the heart of the Namib Desert where we will spend two nights in a magnificent private game reserve surrounded by towering red sand dunes, granite outcrops, and shimmering grass plains. During our time here, we will experience the desert both on foot and in an open 4 x 4, as our guides conduct walking safaris and game drives in the protected Namib Naukluft National Park. During leisure time between activities, enjoy the refreshing swimming pool, which is interestingly built into a large granite rock, or switch off completely and indulge in an afternoon siesta.

B/L/D
Accommodation: Lodge – Greenfire Desert Reserve
Mileage: 260 km
Highlights of the day:
Bush walk
Game drive
Namib Naukluft National Park

Day 5: Desert Reserve - Sossusvlei

We’re up with an early start this morning, as we begin our short journey to Namibia’s most famous natural area: Sossusvlei. If you’ve ever seen a Namibian postcard, you will recognise this incredible feature of the ancient Namib Desert. The lava-like red sand dunes are unforgettable in their unique appearance, and breath-taking in their entirety. We will spend our morning taking a short walk over some of these dunes to admire and walk among the perfect dead tree valleys of Sossusvlei, also known as Deadvlei. And for those brave enough, attempt to summit the world’s highest sand dune – affectionately known as Big Daddy – standing at 308m high! After a well-deserved lunch, we will visit the winding valley of Sesriem Canyon.

B/L/D
Accommodation: Lodge – Sossusvlei Lodge (or similar)
Mileage: 240 km
Highlights of the day:
Sossusvlei / Deadvlei
Sesriem Canyon

Day 6 & 7: Sossusvlei - Swakopmund & Swakopmund

Today, we enjoy a relaxed start before embarking on our drive through the boundless desert to the quaint German town of Swakopmund. En route, we will stop off at Namibia’s smallest town, Solitaire, to visit its famous German bakery that put the town on the map. We will arrive in Swakopmund just after lunch where comfort awaits at a lodge in the town’s centre. Our time in Swakopmund is spent at leisure, and with a variety of exciting adrenalin activities on offer, plenty of seaside restaurants to enjoy, and old German architecture to admire. Some of the popular optional activities in Swakopmund include quad biking in the dunes, ocean safaris, and sky diving for a bird’s eye view of the desert meeting the sea.

B
Accommodation: Guesthouse – Hotel A La Mer (Or similar)
Mileage: 310 km
Highlights of the day:
Sossusvlei / Deadvlei
Sesriem Canyon

Optional:
Ocean Safari
Horse riding
Quad biking
Sky-diving
Desert safari
Township tour
and more…

Day 8: Swakopmund - via cape cross - Spitzkoppe

Leaving civilisation behind, we head north up the Skeleton Coast towards one of Namibia’s most recognisable landmarks, the 1728 metre-high Spitzkoppe, rising mirage-like above the bare plains of southern Damaraland. En route, we will stop off at the Cape Cross seal colony, one of the largest colonies of Cape fur seals in the world. Here, we will enjoy a quick lunch accompanied by the sounds of the wailing seals being drowned out by the crashing Indian Ocean against the Skeleton Coast. After lunch, we will head to our luxurious lodge for the night at Spitzkoppe where you will have a chance to climb to the famous Spitzkoppe Arch for sunset.

B/L/D
Accommodation: Lodge – Spitzkoppen Lodge
Mileage: 212 km
Highlights of the day:
Spitzkoppe
Cape Cross seal colony
Skeleton Coast

Day 9 & 10: Spitzkoppe - Palmwag & Palmwag

Today we journey further north, deeper into the heart of Damaraland – also known as the ‘stone desert’ – and this is where our wildlife experience really begins. Here, we will check in at Palmwag Lodge, which is like an oasis in the seemingly harsh surroundings of the wild Torra Conservancy. Game drives, scenic sundowners, and guided walks among big game, including black rhino, lion, oryx, springbok, jackal, leopard, giraffe, and mountain zebra.

B/L/D
Accommodation: Lodge – Palmwag Lodge
Mileage: 330 km
Highlights of the day:
Torro Conservancy
Game drive
Bush walk

Day 11: Palmwag – Etosha (Okaukuejo)

Etosha National Park is one of the world’s great protected areas, famous for its enormous ‘white’ elephants, frenzied waterhole activity, black rhino feeding on euphorbia bushes, and great salt flats shimmering in a state of mirage. Etosha’s charm lies in its ability to bring the animals to you. Parking up at one of its many waterholes, we can sit and watch as hosts of animals gather in diverse groups. This is going to be the scenery for the next three nights of the tour. Today, we arrive at our campsite around lunchtime, enjoy a bite to eat, and embark on our first game drive in the park.

B/L/D
Accommodation: Lodge – Okaukeujo Rest Camp (or similar)
Mileage: 200 km
Highlights of the day:
Etosha National Park
Evening game drive

Day 12: Etosha

This morning we will rise with the sun, grab a quick coffee and head out for our early morning game drive. After a few hours spent exploring the park and looking for some more of the Big Five, we will return to the rest camp for a hearty brunch and a relaxing siesta before heading on a lengthy evening game drive.

B/L
Accommodation: Lodge – Okaukeujo Rest Camp (or similar)
Highlights of the day:
Morning game drive
Evening game drive

Day 13 & 14 : Etosha (Okaukuejo – Onkoshi)

It’s a full day of excitement ahead, as our full-day safari takes us across Etosha from Okaukuejo to the far eastern corner at Onkoshi. En route, we will stop at the inimitable Etosha salt pan, which, at around 4500km squared, is a vision of pure white. It offers views and photographic opportunities not easily beaten or forgotten. Take it in – this is something extraordinary. By the early evening, we will have arrived at our campsite in time to enjoy the abundant wilderness of the iconic Namibia for the last time.

B/L/D
Accommodation: Lodge – Onkoshi Lodge (or similar)
Mileage: 118 km
Highlights of the day:
Full-day game drive

Day 15: Etosha - Windhoek

Our final day dawns with a mixture of emotions as we prepare to bid farewell to what has been a journey of discovery and understanding in a place like nowhere else in the world. We get off to an early start as we begin a long drive to Windhoek where the tour comes to an end.

B/L
Mileage: 520 km

Tour End

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