Namibia in 12 Days
Safari, Sand Dunes & Naukluft Mountains
Our most complete tour for a deep dive into the landscapes and culture of Namibia, from sand dunes and safaris to the rock carvings of Twyfelfontein.
Travel to Namibia and discover the most impressive landscapes in Africa. Experience unforgettable safaris in the Etosha National Park. Enjoy the otherworldly landscape of Sesriem, the ancient rock carvings of Twyfelfontein and surprise yourself with the atmosphere of charming Swakopmund. See the famous red dunes of Sossusvlei and explore the Naukluft Mountains.
11 days trip including flights*
10 days and 9 nights in destination
LON - WDH
LON - WDH
WDH - LON
* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.
The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.
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.
Touch down in Windhoek and meet your guide at the airport. If you arrive early in the day, enjoy a short city tour and stop for a coffee whilst waiting for the rest of the group to arrive before departing to Otjiwarongo. Arrive in Otjiwarongo, set in beautiful countryside and depending on your arrival time, enjoy a visit at the local wood carvers market in Okahandja. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight stay in Otjwarongo.
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, set off for Etosha National Park, home to a diverse array of wildlife. On the way, stop at a traditional Himba Village to experience the culture of this unique community.* Continue into the wilds of Etosha and enjoy spectacular game-viewing on the way to the lodge, admiring the landscapes dotted with wildlife such as lions, giraffes, elephants and rhinos. Arrive at the lodge and get comfortable, soaking up the amazing landscapes. Be sure to make time to watch the sunset over the vast plains of Etosha. Overnight stay in Etosha.
* Important: For the visit to the Himba Village, a mandatory fee of NAD 450.00 (local currency) must be paid at the destination.
After breakfast at the lodge, set off on an unforgettable full-day game drive through abundant Etosha National Park in a special open-sided 4x4 safari vehicle. Keep an eye out for large predators, beautiful game species as well as colourful and unique bird species. Snap photos, take in the landscapes and look out for wildlife. Etosha is home to 114 mammal species and 340 varieties of bird. Overnight stay in Etosha.
Breakfast at the lodge. Continue your adventure the morning as you depart for Damaraland, an untamed, rugged and beautiful desert landscape. Known for its spectacular rock formations, see the regions most iconic sights such as the ancient rock engravings of Twyfelfontein, the granite peaks of Spitzkoppe and the huge Brandberg Mountain. Explore the impressive Petrified Forest and unearth the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein. Afterwards, transfer to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay in Damaraland.
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, set off to Swakopmund, Namibia's most famous coastal city, known for its charming German colonial architecture. Along the way, pay a visit to the settlement of Uis and continue along the coast. Arrive at the hotel in Swakopmund and spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, enjoying the sandy Atlantic coastline and the colourful buildings that line the beach. Overnight stay in Swakopmund.
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure in Swakopmund. Explore this unique coastal oasis, nestled between the Atlantic and the dunes of the Namib desert. See the half-timbered Woermannhaus, a relic of German architecture, today a public library, examine precious gems at the Kristall Galerie museum, home to a huge collection of precious stones and jewels, or explore the famous Skeleton Coast. We recommend an optional Dolphin Cruise on Walvis Bay.* Overnight stay in Swakopmund.
* Optional Dolphin Cruise on 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.
Breakfast at the hotel. It's time to explore Namibia's most famous landscapes in Sossusvlei, a photographers paradise known for its huge red sand dunes. Pass through Namib Naukluft Park, between the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and the edge of the Great Escarpment, and continue to the breathtaking Naukluft Mountains, known for their rich wildlife including mountain zebras and leopards. Take in the spectacular views of red sand dunes, strange welwitschia plants, endemic to the Namib desert, along the way and transfer to the lodge. Dinner and overnight stay in the Naukluft Mountains.
After breakfast at the lodge, set off early into the vast landscapes of Soussusveli to explore the Sesriem Canyon, shaped by the Tsauchab River over millions of years. Appreciate the breathtaking rock formations and learn about how the canyon has been an important source of water in an otherwise arid region. See the gravity-defying Dune 45 and the breathtaking white clay pan of Deadvlei before returning to the hotel. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure. Dinner and overnight stay in the Naukluft Mountains.
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a free morning before transferring back to the lively city of Windhoek. This afternoon, enjoy a city tour to learn more about the capital. See it's most emblematic sights such as the Old Fort before visiting a local township, a vibrant neighbourhood where you can experience authentic Namibian culture. Overnight stay in Windhoek.
Breakfast* at the hotel. Spend the morning at your leisure and then check-out. 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.
*In case the advertised hotels are not available they will always be replaced by one of the same, or a higher category.
Included activity for day 2
Duration 00:30h Approx.
Okahandja Craft Market
Enjoy a visit at the local wood carvers market in Okahandja.
Included activity for day 3
Duration 04:00h Approx.
Enjoy watching animals on the way to the lodge, admiring the landscapes dotted with wildlife such as lions, giraffes, elephants and rhinos.
Included activity for day 3
Duration 01:00h Approx.
Visit a Himba Village
Stop at a traditional Himba Village to experience the culture of this unique community.
Included activity for day 4
Duration 08:00h Approx. Pick up time: 06:00 Approx
Full-day Etosha Safari in a 4x4 vehicle
Set off on an unforgettable full-day game drive through abundant Etosha National Park in a special open-sided 4x4 safari vehicle.
If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Suggested activity for day 7
Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 07:00 Approx
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.
The price includes
- Included in all our trips. more information
- Departures from main UK airports.
- International flights: UK - Windhoek - UK.
- 9 nights hotel accommodation in Charm category hotels.See hotels included
- 9 breakfasts and 3 dinners.
- Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles.
- Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary with an English-speaking guide. *more informationSee itinerary
- All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
- ATOL Protection.
- Game Drive in Etosha National Park in an open-sided 4x4 vehicle on day 4.
Drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.
* Please note: For the visit to the Himba Village, a mandatory fee of NAD 450.00 (local currency) must be paid at the destination.
- Entry requirementsValid passport with at least six months validity and at least two blank pages.
- VisaNo visa is required for British nationals.
- CurrencyNamibian Dollar
- Electricity220V. Adapter required.
- HealthThere 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 zoneUTC + 01:00.
- Other useful informationAlways 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 websitehttp://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 cancelled without prior notice.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
Children: 5 - 11 years.
Exoticca Travel Stories
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We had an amazing adventure in the otherworldly and beautiful country of Namibia. Our guide was knowledgeable, super friendly, caring, and helpful. He made our trip fun and safe. The accommodations were fantastic and the people were super nice and welcoming. One of my best trips ever!