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Essence of Namibia: Dunes & Skeleton Trees

Namibia in 9 Days, 7 Nights in Destination

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Get to know the must-sees of Namibia in this journey taking you through majestic deserts, sand dunes, immaculate canyons, picture perfect lagoons and Deadvlei's unique skeleton trees.

Trip Highlights

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    Deadvlei
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    Dune 45
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    Kalahari Desert
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    Namib Desert
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    Sesriem Canyon
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    Sossusvlei
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    Swakopmund
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    Walvis Bay
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    Windhoek

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  1. All flights

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  3. All transfers

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  5. Breakfast only

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  1. Departures available until December 2024

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  3. Solo travelers from + £ 160

  4. Add up to 5 nights to your stay

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    Accommodation: 7 Nights

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    Day 2 to 3

    Safari Court

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    Windhoek

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    The hotels we select comply with our high standards and requirements per category. The allocation is dependent on availability and seasonality, so you can be assigned any of our selection, including the following: Arebbusch Travel Lodge, Olive Grove Guesthouse

    Itinerary

    Experience Namibia in all its beauty, from desert excursions to urban explorations. Discover the charming cities of Windhoek and Swakopmund, the majestic natural landscapes of the Kalahari Desert and Sossusvlei, the stunning sand dunes of Dune 45, Sesriem Canyon and Deadvlei as well as the exotic marine wildlife in Walvis Bay, home to yellow dunes by the seaside. 

    1st Day: UK/Ireland - Night on board
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    Arrive at your UK/Ireland departure airport ready to board a flight to Windhoek, the Namibian capital. Night on board.*

    * If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

    **You will have the option to add early check-in on arrival in the next step of the booking process. To guarantee optional services, we recommend that you add them to your current booking, as they are subject to availability.

    2nd Day: Windhoek, Namibia
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    Arrival at Windhoek International Airport where you will be picked up by your driver and taken to your hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure. Take this time to explore your new surroundings and marvel at the beauty of this magical city. Overnight stay in Windhoek.

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Safari Court or similar

    388 Reviews

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    3rd Day: Windhoek - Kalahari Desert
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    Breakfast at the hotel. After a quick safari briefing by your tour guide you will be ready to embark on this unforgettable journey. Transfer to Mariental located in the heart of the orange dunes of the Kalahari Desert where gazelles and Oryx can be observed in their natural habitat. Enjoy the rest of the day as you see fit; taking in the beauty of the relaxing desert. Overnight stay in Kalahari Desert.

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Kalahari Anib Lodge or similar

    1306 Reviews

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    4th Day: Kalahari Desert - Sossusvlei
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    Breakfast at the hotel. Start the day with a quick briefing with the guide about the excursion we are about to embark on. Once we are ready to embark on this unforgettable journey, we head to the heart of the orange dunes of the Kalahari Desert: the town of Mariental. Observe the gazelles and oryx in their natural habitat and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure, immersing yourself in the beauty of the breathtaking desert. Alternatively, we recommend taking part in an unforgettable sunset tour of the Kalahari Desert*. Overnight in the Kalahari Desert.

    *Sunset tour in the Kalahari Desert: Embark in an unforgettable sunrise or sunset panoramic drive through the Kalahari desert to truly familiarize yourself with its exceptional landscape. 

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Solitaire Country Lodge or similar

    219 Reviews

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    Activities

    included
    Landscapes of Sossusvlei

    Moderate

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    Optional
    Sunset tour in the Kalahari Desert

    Light

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    5th Day: Dune 45, Deadvlei & Sesriem Canyon
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    Breakfast at the hotel. Today, embark on a safari* adventure like no other where you will truly familiarise yourself with the magnificence of Namibia. Start by exploring the Namib Naukluft National Park at sunrise to watch the first rays of light colour the mountains in beautiful apricot, red and orange hues—the perfect opportunity to immortalise this moment on film. Next, make your way to captivating Deadvlei, home to some of the highest dunes on Earth and Sossusvlei, where the dry Tsauchab River ends abruptly amongst dunes. Take this opportunity to walk up one of these majestic dunes to admire the desert landscape beneath. Finally, you will visit the Sesriem Canyon, a life sustaining natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert. Overnight stay in Sossusvlei.

    * Please note: This activity is done in the morning, before sunrise, in order to avoid extreme weather (very hot/direct sunlight). There are no set pick up times as these vary according to sunrise. At your lodge, please consult your guide the day before to confirm the pick up for this activity. 

    This activity is not suitable for a person with reduced mobility or a wheelchair user due to the nature of the excursions and the terrain.

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Solitaire Country Lodge or similar

    219 Reviews

    See our full selection

    Activities

    included
    Dune 45, Deadvlei & Sesriem Canyon

    Challenging

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    6th Day: Soussusvlei - Walvis Bay - Swakopmund
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    Breakfast at the hotel. Start your day making your way towards Solitaire, located on the very edge of the Namib Naukluft National Park, where you can take this time to enjoy a calming cup of coffee and snack before heading towards the desolate, rolling hills of the Kuiseb Valley towards the Atlantic Ocean.


    You will stop by the coastal harbour town of Walvis Bay to acquaint yourself with its shallow lagoon, one of the most important wetland areas on the African continent and a RAMSAR World Heritage Site. Here, you’ll also have the chance to marvel at the beauty of African flamingos feeding in large flocks.


    Continuing along the scenic route between the dune belt and the Atlantic Ocean you will reach Swakopmund, where the rest of the day is spent at leisure. Optionally, you can take part in a truly marvellous dolphin cruise on Walvis Bay* for you to get to know the extent of its biodiversity; from herds of seals to pods of dolphins enjoy the sights while eating fresh oysters and sipping on champagne on board. Overnight stay in Swakopmund.

    *Optional Dolphin Cruise on Walvis Bay: Enjoy an action-packed cruise tour of Pelican Point and Walvis Bay's beautiful bay area where you will get to marvel at the beauty of the marine big 5: dolphins, whales, turles, seals and Mola Mola (ocean sunfish). Not included: Transfers (available on request; N$200 per person)

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Swakopmund Plaza Hotel or similar

    155 Reviews

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    Activities

    included
    Stop in Solitaire

    Light

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    included
    Drive to Swakopmund via Walvis Bay

    Light

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    Optional
    Dolphin & Seal Cruise in Walvis Bay

    Moderate

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    7th Day: Swakopmund
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    Breakfast at the hotel. Today will be spent at your leisure exploring awe-inspiring Swakopmund, known as ‘the playground of Namibia’ for its array of different activities and sights to discover. As you get to know more of this idyllic coastal town, why not indulge in a much-needed cup of coffee or tea and a freshly baked pastry in one of its many cafés? Take this time to appreciate the town’s historic buildings, museums, shopping arcades and beach bar. Alternatively, take part in a half day 4x4 excursion to Sandwich Harbour*, where you will be able to marvel at the vastness of some of the world’s highest dunes. Overnight stay in Swakopmund.

    *Optional Half Day 4x4 Excursion Tour of Sandwich Harbour: Hop on a 4x4 to drive through dunes and the sea for you to catch a glimpse of some of the world's highest dunes. Make sure you're on the lookout for the array of bird wildlife as well as eight of the world's endangered species. 

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Swakopmund Plaza Hotel or similar

    155 Reviews

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    Activities

    Optional
    Half Day 4x4 Excursion Tour of Sandwich Harbour

    Moderate

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    8th Day: Swakopmund - Windhoek
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    Breakfast at the hotel. Today, you will head back to Windhoek, the very centre of the country, passing through bushland savannah. If time allows, while en-route, you might be able to stop at the famous wood carver’s market in Okahandja or the craft market in one of the main streets of Windhoek for you to stock up on last minute souvenirs. Check-in to your hotel before taking part in a short city tour of Windhoek, where you can visit the emblematic Christ Church and Tintenpalast, the House of Parliament. Finally, we recommend one last dinner at Joe’s Beerhouse, or any of the multitude of restaurants for you to choose from, at your own expense, to relish in Namibia's culinary treasures. Overnight stay in Windhoek.

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Safari Court or similar

    388 Reviews

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    Activities

    included
    Windhoek City Tour

    Moderate

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    included
    Okahandja Wood Carver’s Market

    Light

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    9th Day: Windhoek - Night on board
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    Breakfast* at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a return flight back to the UK/Ireland. Night on board.

    * Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

    Included activities

    Included

    Landscapes of Sossusvlei

    Included activity for day 4 in Sossusvlei

    Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the red sand dunes by road from the Kalahari Desert to the Sossusvlei Valley and gaze at the iconic Oryx and Naukluft Mountains in the background.

    Duration 05:00h Approx. Pick up time: 05:30 Approx

    Physical rating:

    Moderate

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    There are no set pick up times as these vary according to sunrise.This activity is not suitable for a person with reduced mobility or a wheelchair user due to the nature of the excursions and the terrain.

    Dune 45, Deadvlei & Sesriem Canyon

    Included activity for day 5 in Sesriem Canyon

    Defy gravity by climbing Dune 45 and visit the incredible Deadvlei dry white clay lake before exploring the incredible rock formations of Sesriem Canyon.

    Duration 06:00h Approx. Pick up time: 07:15 Approx

    Physical rating:

    Challenging

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    Stop in Solitaire

    Included activity for day 6 in Namib Naukluft

    Stop in Solitaire in the Khomas Region at the edge of the Namib-Naukluft National Park. This small settlement is famous as the setting for the book of the same name by Dutch author Ton van der Lee.

    Duration 01:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx

    Physical rating:

    Light

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    Drive to Swakopmund via Walvis Bay

    Included activity for day 6 in Walvis Bay

    Explore the route from the Sossusvlei Salt Flat to the coastal town of Swakopmund. Along the way, stop by to admire the Kuiseb Pass mountain, the Kuiseb Canyon and the emblematic Quiver tree forest.

    Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 07:30 Approx

    Physical rating:

    Light

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    Available Activities

    Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
    Optional

    Sunset tour in the Kalahari Desert

    Suggested activity for day 4 in Namib Desert

    Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime experience of driving through sunset with panoramic views of the Kalahari desert where refreshments and snacks will also be offered.

    Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 15:00 Approx

    Physical rating:

    Light

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    Morning activity, available from 8.00h to 13.00h.

    Dolphin & Seal Cruise in Walvis Bay

    Suggested activity for day 6 in Walvis Bay

    Experience the biodiversity of Walvis Bay on an exciting dolphin-spotting cruise. Look out for friendly seals and pods of dolphins as you cruise on Walvis Bay and enjoy fresh oysters and champagne on board.

    Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 07:30 Approx

    Physical rating:

    Moderate

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    Optional
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    You have the possibility to start the tour at 8.30 a.m. or at 12.30 p.m. This activity is not suitable for a person with reduced mobility or a wheelchair user due to the nature of the excursions and the terrain.

    Half Day 4x4 Excursion Tour of Sandwich Harbour

    Suggested activity for day 7 in Walvis Bay

    Catch a glimpse of some of the world’s highest dunes while also spotting its extensive variety of birdlife and marveling at the vastness of the Atlantic ocean.

    Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 14:00 Approx

    Physical rating:

    Moderate

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    The price includes

    • Included in all our trips. more information
    • Departures from the UK/Ireland airports.
    • International flights: UK/Ireland - Windhoek - UK/Ireland.
    • 7 nights hotel accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.
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    • 7 breakfasts.
    • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles.
    • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary. *
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    • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
    • ATOL Protection.
    • English-speaking guide during the whole trip.
    • Adventure activity at the Namib Naukluft National Park.
    *The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

    Not included

    Drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

    Important: The airport transfer on departure is not included when adding additional nights to the itinerary. If required, a departure airport transfer can be added for an additional cost.

    Namibia is a country with a diverse climate. It is recommended to pack lightweight clothing made of breathable materials, such as cotton or linen, to combat the heat during the day. In the evenings, temperatures can drop significantly, so it is best to pack warmer layers. Visitors can bring hiking shoes or sneakers for outdoor activities. Long pants and a shirt with buttons are often quite adequate for a formal occasion or work wear.

    This trip is not suitable for a person with reduced mobility due to the nature of the excursions and the terrain. However, please note that this tour can be taken privately. There will be a private guide and a specifically designed itinerary to ensure maximum enjoyment. The excursions will be taken via alternative routes with ease of access and the pace will be dictated by the passenger. To take part in the private tour it is required that the person with reduced mobility is accompanied by a dedicated person at all times, to assist in any necessary situations, such as getting in and out of the transport vehicle, on excursions, and so on.

    Possibility to rent a wheel chair in resort at ZAR 200 per day.

    • Entry requirements

      Valid passport with at least six months validity and at least two blank pages.

    • Visa

      No visa is required for British nationals.

    • Currency

      Namibian Dollar

    • Language

      English

    • Electricity

      220V. Adapter required.

    • Health

      There are no mandatory vaccinations, however an up to date vaccinations are recommended for hepatitis, typhus, tetanus and diphtheria. Please consult your doctor regarding malaria prophylaxis.

    • Time zone

      UTC + 01:00.

    • Other useful information

      Always drink bottled water and avoid ice in drinks, salads and fruit where possible. It is advised to bring medication for diarrhoea and mosquito repellent.

    • Tourist Office website

      http://www.namibiatourism.com.na/

    Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

    Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

    In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or canceled without prior notice.

    Children: 3-11 years old.

    If you have reduced mobility, require the use of a wheelchair, or you would prefer this tour to be a private experience for you and your group, you must contact our Experts at +44 20 8068 3176 before booking to ensure that your needs can be met.

    While on the road, it is highly unlikely that the vehicle will be equipped with wifi or bathroom facilities, though rest stops will be made for long trips. We recommend purchasing a new SIM card at the airport or placing an e-SIM before travel to guarantee internet connection.

    The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

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    We had an awesome time in Namibia. The accommodations were great, the pace of the trip was great and our guide, Uanee, was the best. He made our trip so interesting and so much fun. I highly recommend going to Namibia and if you get Uanee as your guide, you will not be disappointed.

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