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Guided Sightseeing Tours in Namibia

13 Day Untamed Namibia Tour

Our 13 Day Untamed Namibia Tour is a breathtaking journey to view the diverse wildlife and interesting cultures of Namibia. Includes Etosha National Park, Himba tribe, Damaraland, Sossusvlei & much more!

Join in on a timeless adventure on the 13 Day Untamed Namibia, filled with awesome contrasting landscapes, spectacular vistas & abundant wildlife. Namibia has sights, sounds, aromas, tastes & emotions waiting for you to experience.

The Untamed Namibia Tour runs on scheduled departures throughout the year and is sure to leave a lasting impression of Namibia. This tour is ideal for travelers looking to join an extended tour in Namibia which also visits some of the local cultural areas.

For a shorter journey we recommend our 9 Day Namibia Deserts & Canyons Tour

TOUR AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH & GERMAN

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Traverse the Etosha National Park in search of fascinating animal species
  • Visit a local homestead of the Oshiwambo tribe and learn about local life & culture
  • Visit a traditional Ovahima Village, one of the last surviving communities that have lived according to their ancestral cultures for hundreds of years
  • Damaraland, home to unique desert elephants & free roaming rhinos
  • Visit the age-old Petrified Forest & marvel at the oldest desert plant on Earth
  • Twyfelfontein, home to over 2,500 Bushman painting over 6,000 years old
  • Burnt Mountain & the Organ Pipes
  • Visit the traditional “living museum” of the Damara people
  • Leisure time in Swakopmund to partake in activities in this idyllic coastal town
  • View an amazing sunrise over the Namib Desert
  • Early morning excursion into Sossusvlei
  • Walking excursion to Dead Vlei
  • Visit the Sesriem Canyon, a 30-metre deep gauge incised into the desert floor

Summary

Breakfast included daily

13 Day
Small group tour

Namibia

Day 1 - Otjihavera Mountains

After arriving at the Airport or collection at your pre booked hotel in Windhoek we travel the short distance towards the foot of the Otjihavera Mountains on the outskirts of Okahandja. On this local Namibian farm we have the optional opportunity to experience our first afternoon game drive and typical African sundowner. The farm offers rich bird life and there are 11 different animal species to see; eland, kudu, oryx, springbok and giraffes to name just a few. Take time to absorb this natural habitat whilst taking photos or just listening while our ranger describes the various fauna, flora and birdlife of the farm. Typical African sundowner drinks and snacks will be enjoyed during the spectacular sunset.
Overnight at The Elegant Farmstead

Day 2 Etosha National Park

Departing Okahandja we travel north through extensive cattle farming areas and bush land to the Etosha National Park, famous for its abundant wildlife scattered throughout the park and especially densely populated at the waterholes. In the afternoon after we have reached our camp located on the outside of the National Park, should time allow guests can still optionally book a guided game drive in open game viewing vehicles. The park is home to 4 of the Big Five - elephant, lion, leopard and rhino as well as numerous antelope species. The Park was proclaimed as Namibia’s first conservation area in 1907 by the then Governor, von Lindequist. At the lodge enjoy the unique and local flair of proud Namibian cuisine.
Overnight at Mokuti Etosha Lodge or Shikamasha Etosha Camp

Day 3 Etosha National Park

The day is devoted purely to the abundant wildlife found in the Etosha National Park, which surrounds a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan. Despite the size of the Etosha National Park, only the southern edge of the pan is accessible to visitors. Game viewing in the park is largely focused around the waterholes, some of which are spring fed and some supplied from a borehole, ideal places to sit and watch over 114 different game species, or for an avid birder, in excess of 340 bird species. Popular game species such as giraffe, blue wildebeest, plains and mountain zebra, hyena, lion, leopard, antelopes such as kudu, oryx, eland, as well as some of the endangered species such as Black rhino, cheetah and the black-faced impala are all found here. An extensive network of roads link the over 30 water holes allowing the visitor an opportunity to do a real game viewing safari over the stretch of the park as each different area will provide different encounters. We will take the entire day to traverse the park looking for exciting animal encounters – stopping en-route for something to eat (not included). Late afternoon we will exit the park for our accommodation for the evening.
Overnight at Mondjila Safari Camp

Day 4 Etosha National Park

Today your guide again takes you on a game drive in the Etosha National Park. We may encounter animal species we have not seen the previous day and look forward to any new surprises at the different waterholes visited. The Etosha Pan dominates the park. This salt pan desert, which is nearly completely enclosed by the park and is lined by numerous watering holes, is roughly 130 km long and as wide as 50 km in places. During Etosha’s notorious dry spells the pan is a deathly place, lying parched and cracked under the molten African sun. It is claimed that game viewing is best during the dry spells as animals will then congregate closer to water. But even in the rainy season the park remains an abundant wildlife haven. You then have the pleasure of experiencing the rebirth of life as the young foals, cubs and chicks are seen frolicking with their parents and the sprouting new green shrubs and grasses create a pleasing green oasis. In the afternoon we travel back to our lodge, where we enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure. It is also possible to optionally book a game drive with an open game drive vehicle rather than travelling in the closed vehicle.
Overnight at Mondjila Safari Camp

Day 5 Kaokoland

This morning we have our last opportunity to explore the western parts of the park and exit through the Galton gate on the most western border of the Etosha National Park. In the late afternoon we reach Opuwo, the “capital” of Kaokoveld. Kaokoveld is home to some of the last true untouched wilderness areas in Africa. Our lodge is set high on a hill that allows us a magnificent view over the far reaching landscape. Opuwo is a contrast of people that have remained true to their traditions and cultures and those that have embraced western culture, living in harmony side by side.
Overnight at Opuwo Country Lodge

Day 6 Kaokoland

Today we enjoy a slow paced day with an excursion to a local village of the Himba tribe, where we experience an authentic introduction into the Ovahimba culture. Our guide will guide us through their traditions, culture and taboos. The Himba have managed to maintain much of their traditional lifestyle, perhaps owing to the fact that the land they inhabit is extremely harsh and unyielding and therefore it has rarely been coveted by the colonialists and commercial farmers. Today the Himba live as they have for centuries as proud cattle farmers. During your visit the Himba demonstrate important parts of their traditions including daily life, food production, craftsmanship and singing and dancing. You will learn and see details of their homestead, the holy fire, their religious beliefs and the importance of livestock. You are more than welcome to join in at the activities. Hereafter we will explore the surrounding area before returning to our lodge to relax at the sparkling pool, looking at our pictures and reliving the moments or just contemplate the awesome environment from our perch on top of the mountain.
Overnight at Opuwo Country Lodge

Day 7 Damaraland

After an early breakfast we travel south through the Joubert Pass and Sesfontein (weather and road conditions permitting) into Damaraland, one of the least populated areas on earth with majestic mountain formations, similar to the formations experienced in the Alps. The area exhibits neither fences nor boundaries in its vast, stony desert landscape. It is marked by endless vistas across stark plains, ancient valleys and mountain massifs which bind the traveller closer to nature. It’s also the home of the elusive desert elephant and free roaming rhino population. After we arrive at our lodge, we have the afternoon at leisure to stretch our legs and explore this unique and remote area on walking trails.
Overnight at Brandberg White Lady Lodge (or similar)

Day 8 Damaraland

Accompanied by a local Damara guide we visit Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO world heritage site where Bushman communities engraved and painted over 2.500 pictures some 6.000 years ago! The reddish sandstone boulders seem to glow in the fierce heat, yet ancient Bushman and Damara sheltered from enemy and spied on game from these surreal rock formations. Thereafter we visit a Living museum of the Damara to learn about how these people lived in the past, their beliefs, traditions and customs. Returning to our lodge we drive off the main roads traversing dry riverbeds and rugged off-road trails in search of the elusive desert elephant and other desert adapted game. En route your guide will stop and serve a light lunch of some refreshments and snacks.
Overnight at Brandberg White Lady Lodge (or similar)

Day 9 Swakopmund

Departing Damaraland we travel past the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain and home to the famous “White Lady” rock painting (2.579m) a spiritual site of great significance to the San (Bushman) tribes. We proceed via less travelled dirt roads passing through the Messum Crater with its giant Welwitschia plants onwards towards the Atlantic Ocean along the Skeleton coastline. The route is an unusual one and will allow you to explore areas of Namibia seen by very few travellers. Reaching the coast, we head south to Swakopmund where the rest of the day is spent at leisure.

With palm-lined streets and seaside promenades, Swakopmund is a popular holiday destination in Namibia. Its pleasant summer climate and long stretched beaches attract anglers and surfers from all over Southern Africa. For the international guest, Swakopmund is a bohemian mix of German architecture and African rhythms, a laid back attitude with adrenalin activities, misty mornings and desert heat. It is colourful, it is vibrant, but most of all, it is pure fun.
Overnight at Swakopmund Plaza Hotel

Day 10 Swakopmund

Swakopmund is often fondly referred to as the “playground of Namibia”, as it has numerous activities ranging from adventure to exploring the fascinating features of the Namib Desert and the animals and plants that occur and survive here. Embrace the relaxed pace of this idyllic coastal town whilst enjoying coffee and freshly baked pastries in one of the many café’s. Alternatively explore the undulating dunes and expanses of the desert on a living tour of the life found there, or view this awesome, environment from the air on a scenic flight. Find your inner child and push adrenaline to its limits with extreme adventures such as skydiving over the desert or quad biking and sand boarding on the dunes. Take time to get the feel of this quaint town with its historic buildings, museums, shopping arcades and beach bar that has transformed into its own personality by the vibrant use of colour and the bohemian lifestyle.
Overnight at Swakopmund Plaza Hotel

Day 11 Namib Desert

Today we continue south into the heart of the Namib Desert, the seas of sand of which have also been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Our journey takes us via two geologically interesting canyons (Kuiseb and Ghaub) and via endless desert plains into the vicinity of Sossusvlei. Our Eco Camp, in harmony with its surroundings, is located in close proximity to Sesriem, the gateway to Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon, offering true Namibian hospitality within the magnificent desert vistas.
Overnight at The Elegant Eco Desert Camp / Desert Lodge

Day 12 Sossusvlei / Namib Desert

The morning demands an early start. Entering the Namib Naukluft National Park with sunrise, the first rays of sunlight paint the mountains of sand into a variety of apricot, red and orange, contrasted against a crisp blue skyline, enrapturing our senses, and providing an opportunity to capture this awesome landscape on film. You will be captivated by the surreal Deadvlei surrounded by some of the highest dunes on earth and Sossusvlei, where the dry Tsauchab River ends abruptly amongst dunes. Take the opportunity to walk up one of these majestic dunes to admire the desert landscape beneath. Thereafter we visit the Sesriem Canyon, a life sustaining natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert. On our way back to the lodge we stop at the Neuras Wine & Wildlife Estate to taste a selection of wines produced in this harsh and dry environment. Here you have the option of enjoying a light lunch (lunch not included) before returning to our desert hide away to enjoy stunning views of the wide open plains during sunset.
Overnight at The Elegant Eco Desert Camp / Desert Lodge

Day 13 Departure

After breakfast we travel back through an ever changing landscape, from white gravel plains, to shrub bush vegetation to bushland savannah, until we reach the capital in the centre of the country. Windhoek is a cosmopolitan melting pot of European architecture with African culture, with a variety of good restaurants to choose from. You will be dropped off at your accommodation of choice, or transferred to the airport for your outward flight.

 

 

Rates quoted per person sharing

13 Day Untamed Namibia

IN ZAR
01 Nov -
30 Jun'19
01 Jul -
31 Oct '19
Per Person Single Per Person Single
Scheduled Tour
(max 12 clients per vehicle)
R38,000 R42,900 R40,500 R45,400
 
TOUR DEPARTS ON WEDNESDAYS
Departure Dates / English Departures (Bold)
Departure Dates
Mar 2019 06
April 2019 10
May 2019 08
June 2019 12
July 2019 03, 17, 31
August 2019 14, 28
September 2019 11, 25
October 2019 9, 23
 

Included:

  • All accommodation as specified
  • Transportation and sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary (12 Breakfasts)
  • Entrance Fees: Etosha National Park, Himba Village, Twyfelfontein, Living Museum of the Damara, Namib Naukluft National Park
  • Portages
  • Services of an experienced driver/guide
  • Activities as specified
  • Tourism levy & Government taxes where applicable
  • 24 hours Medical Evacuation insurance
  • Dual Language (English/German)
  • Bottled water for the duration of the journey

Excluded

  • All International / Domestic Flights
  • Drinks
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Personal insurances
  • Excursions / activities not specified
  • Tips
  • Personal items
Prices are subject to change due to airfare increases, currency exchange, fluctuations and any unforeseen circumstances, without prior notice.
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