Guided tour from Windhoek

13 Day Explore Namibia Group Tour

Join our 13 Day Explore Namibia Group Tour and take in all the treasures of this expansive country and thrill your senses with a full-circle tour of Namibia from canyons & deserts of the South to the wildlife of the North.

Discover Namibia's best safari and wilderness attractions on the 13 Day Explore Namibia Group Tour, all in one guided tour. Visiting all major highlights of this vast and beautiful country, there is a lot on offer!! You could spend a lifetime exploring Namibia, here we have assembled the highlights in a 13-day journey, including the Kalahari, Fish River Canyon, Lüderitz, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland and Etosha National Park.

The Explore Namibia Group Tour is ideal for travellers looking tour Namibia's greatest sights.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Enjoy a nature drive through the Kalahari Desert and learn how wildlife has adapted in this desert environment
  • Visit the unique quiver tree forest nestled among huge dolerite boulders
  • Gaze into the Fish River Canyon, second only to the Grand Canyon
  • Travel to the Succulent Karoo, the most specie diverse desert on Earth
  • Take a trip down to the Kolmanskop ghost town & other attractions in the area
  • Early morning excursion into Sossusvlei
  • View the most beautiful sunrise, painting the dunes with deep reds, apricot & purple
  • Oryx's can be spotted wandering the reserve
  • Short drive & walking excursion into the Dead Vlei
  • Visit the gaping Sesriem Canyon
  • Visit the shallow lagoon near the Atlantic Ocean, a feeding ground for thousands of African Flamingos
  • Leisure time in Swakopmund to partake in some of the many activities on offer
  • Meet the Damara people in one of the least populated and geologically diverse areas in Africa
  • Twyfelfontein, home to over 2,500 Bushman painting over 6,000 years old
  • Burnt Mountain & the Organ Pipes
  • Visit the age-old Petrified Forest & marvel at the oldest desert plant on Earth
  • Traverse the Etosha National Park in search of fascinating animal species

See also our 13 Day Untamed Namibia Tour

Summary

Meals Vary

13 Day
Minbus or Coach

Namibia

Day 1 - Kalahari Desert
Leaving Windhoek, we travel into the largest sand mass on Earth, the Kalahari Desert. The Kalahari is a vast semi-desert of wind-blown sand held by a sparse mantle of thorn scrub making it the most extensive continuous stretch of sand covering 9 African countries. Unlike other true deserts, the Kalahari does receive erratic rainfall. For many therefor "thirstland” is a more fitting description. Lacking permanent surface water, the Kalahari is a challenging place to live except for those who have adapted to not only survive but flourish here.

The Bushmen refer to it as the "Soul of the World", an emotive description for this area! With its deep red dunes and endless grass plains interspersed with acacia’s and shrubs, it is still home to a surprisingly large amount of specially adapted wildlife. Enjoy the opportunity to experience the red dunes, wildlife and plants, in this desert environment on an optional nature drive (On the Superior version this nature drive is included).
Classic Version: Stay at Intu Africa Camelthorn Lodge
Superior Version: Stay at Intu Africa Zebra Kalahari Lodge (light lunch, Dinner (incl. selected beverages) & Nature Drive in the Kalahari)
Note: Arrival flights on day of tour departure to be no later than 09h00.

Day 2 - Fish River Canyon
We continue south through arid and extensive rocky plains. Visiting the unique Garas quiver tree forest you are welcomed by quirky human-made sculptures of scrap metal which set a contrast to this serene, timeless space with Quiver trees and aloes nestled amongst huge dolerite boulders, stacked mysteriously, the area is also aptly referred to as “Giant’s Playground”.

We continue to our lodge, situated in close vicinity to the Fish River Canyon. Here we can explore the area on foot or an optional guided nature drive in the later afternoon highlighting the Quiver trees, rugged landscape and impressive sweeping rock formations.
Classic Version: Stay at Canyon Village (Breakfast)
Superior Version: Stay at Canyon Lodge (Breakfast, light lunch, Dinner (incl. selected beverages))

Day 3 - Lüderitz
Our morning starts on the edge of the Fish River Canyon where we gaze into this magnificent geological phenomenon. The Fish River Canyon is located in the northern part of the Nama Karoo and is the second largest canyon on earth, featuring a gigantic ravine that measures in total about 160 km long, up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550 meters deep. The Fish River is the longest interior river found in Namibia, but its current flow is just a drop compared with the immense volume of water that poured down its length in ages past. We continue our journey past the Naute dam, where we shortly stop at the Naute Kristall Cellar and Distillery, to taste some of their unique liquors (optional) or simply enjoy a delicious cup of coffee.

Proceeding onwards we head towards the coastal town of Lüderitz. On the way to Lüderitz, we stop at Garub, viewing point for the Wild Horses of the Namib Desert.
Classic Version: Stay at Nest Hotel (Breakfast)
Superior Version: Stay at Nest Hotel (Breakfast, light lunch, Dinner (incl. selected beverages))

Day 4 - Lüderitz
Our morning starts with a visit to Kolmanskop ghost town. Kolmanskop is a deserted Diamond Mining Town in the Sperrgebiet National Park. Once an opulent and decadent town, a monument to the Diamond boom and built to last…until the diamonds ran out. Today Kolmanskop stands as a haunting monument to the thriving past, offering visitor’s unique photo motives into a bygone era.

On our return to town, we visit Diaz Point, with its Padrao on a cliff overlooking the harsh Atlantic Ocean. Here we stop at a small café (drinks and snack optional)to experience natures forces the wildlife and residents of Lüderitz encounter each day before arriving back in Lüderitz where we explore this small, historic town.
Classic Version: Stay at Nest Hotel (Breakfast)
Superior Version: Stay at Nest Hotel (Breakfast, light lunch, Dinner (incl. selected beverages))

Day 5 - Namib Desert
After an early breakfast, we travel north to the Namib Desert and making our way to the lodge where we will be spending the next two nights in the desert. The Namib Desert is the gateway to Sesriem Canyon, Deadvlei and Sossusvlei, with some of the highest sand dunes on Earth towering over the white desert plains. Sossusvlei. The afternoon is spent at leisure where you can chill by the sparkling pool or participate in the optional activities offered at the lodge.
Classic Version: Stay at The Elegant Desert Lodge (Breakfast)
Superior Version: Stay at Sossusvlei Lodge (Breakfast, light lunch, Dinner (incl. selected beverages))

Day 6 - Namib Desert
The morning demands an early start. Entering the Namib Naukluft National Park shortly after 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 impressive 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. Your endurance will be rewarded with an unforgettable desert breakfast amidst the ancient camelthorn trees and endless dunes as backdrop.

After this thrilling experience we visit the Sesriem Canyon, a life-sustaining natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert before returning back to our lodge and cooling off along the swimming pool or with a refreshing drink on one of the quiet retreats located all around the lodge.
Classic Version: Stay at The Elegant Desert Lodge (Breakfast)
Superior Version:
Stay at Sossusvlei Lodge (Breakfast, light lunch, Dinner (incl. selected beverages))

Day 7 - Swakopmund
After breakfast we continue our journey approaching the little settlement of Solitaire on the edge of the Namib Naukluft National Park, feeling like you have arrived in the middle of nowhere, before travelling via the desolate, rolling hills of the Kuiseb Valley towards the Atlantic Ocean. Reaching the coastal harbour town of Walvis Bay, we visit the shallow lagoon, one of the most important wetland areas on the African continent and a RAMSAR World Heritage Site. Over 80% of Africa’s lesser flamingos breed in this lagoon and present a breath-taking picture when they appear in groups. Continuing along the scenic route between the dune belt and the Atlantic Ocean we reach 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.
Classic Version:  Stay at Europa Hof Hotel (Breakfast)
Superior Version: Stay at Strand Hotel (Breakfast & Light Lunch)

Day 8 - Swakopmund
Swakopmund is often fondly referred to as the "playground of Namibia", 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 while enjoying coffee and freshly baked pastries in one of the many café's. Alternatively explore the rugged, sweltering desert on a day tour, 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.
Classic Version:  Stay at Europa Hof Hotel (Breakfast)
Superior Version: Stay at Strand Hotel (Breakfast & Light Lunch)

Day 9 - Damaraland
Today we head further north, travelling along the skeleton coastline towards the Fisherman’s town of Hentisbay before turning east and heading back inland past the Brandberg, Namibia's highest mountain (2.579m), into the Damaraland, one of the least populated and most geologically diverse areas in Africa. This harsh, rocky environment is home to the elusive desert elephant, the black rhino and free-roaming antelope species. Accompanied by a local Damara guide, we visit Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO heritage site where Bushman communities engraved and painted over 2.500 pictures some 6.000 years ago! After a visit to the nearby Living Museum of the Damara, we proceed to the Petrified Forest - a geological phenomenon depicting the creation and metamorphosis of wood into stone amongst some of the oldest landmasses on Earth. Here we also see the Welwitschia mirabilis plant – the oldest living desert plant on Earth. Guests traveling on the Superior tour continue, after their visits to the local attractions, to their lodge located in the vicinity of Twyfelfontein. Here guests have the remaining afternoon at leisure to relax at the refreshing pool or terrace overlooking a wide open plain, with rocky outcrops lining the horizon.
Classic Version: Damara Mopane Lodge (Breakfast)
Superior Version: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge (Breakfast, light lunch, Dinner (incl. selected beverages))

Day 10 - Etosha National Park
Our destination today is the wildlife heaven of Namibia - the Etosha National Park. Guests traveling on the Superior tour today visit the Petrified Forest. The geological phenomenon found here depicts the creation and metamorphosis of wood into stone amongst some of the oldest landmasses on Earth. Here we also see the Welwitschia mirabilis plant – the oldest living desert plant on Earth. Before continuing to the Etosha National Park where we check into our lodge located on the border of the Etosha National Park, we today already enter the park for our first game viewing excursion. Together with our guide, we explore the various waterholes located close to Okaukuejo and the Anderson gate.
Classic Version: Etosha Safari Camp (Breakfast)
Superior Version: Etosha Oberland (Breakfast, light lunch, Dinner (incl. selected beverages))

Day 11 - 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. The park is home to 4 of the Big Five - elephant, lion, leopard and rhino. The Park was proclaimed as Namibia's first conservation area in 1907 by the then Governor, von Lindequist. 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 primarily focussed 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, more than 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 visitors the opportunity of a comprehensive game viewing safari throughout the park as each different area will provide various encounters.
Classic Version: Mokuti Etosha Lodge (Breakfast)
Superior Version: Onguma Collection (Breakfast, light lunch, Dinner (incl. selected beverages))

Day 12 - Etosha National Park
Today your guide again takes you on a game drive in the Etosha National Park, or optionally you can book an open game drive park drive with the lodge. 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 periods 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. An optional open vehicle game drive can be booked with the lodge. Your guide will assist you with this booking.
Classic Version: Mokuti Etosha Lodge (Breakfast)
Superior Version: Onguma Collection (Breakfast, light lunch, Dinner (incl. selected beverages))

Day 13 - Return to Windhoek
After breakfast, we travel back through the centre of the country exposing bush land savannah to the capital in the centre of the country. Time permitting, en-route we may stop at the famous wood carvers market in Okahandja or the craft market in the main street in Windhoek to pick up the last few souvenirs. Windhoek is a cosmopolitan melting pot of European architecture with African culture, with a variety of excellent restaurants to choose from. You will be dropped off at your accommodation of choice, or transferred to the airport for your outward flight.
Classic Version: (Breakfast)
Superior Version: (Breakfast & Light lunch)
Note: Same day flight departures out of Windhoek International are only possible after 19h00.

 

13 Day Explore Namibia Tour

Rates in SA Rand
Adult Sharing Single Adult
Classic Version
01 Nov'20 - 30 Jun'21 R35,675 pp sharing R38,290 pp
01 Jul '21- 31 Oct'21 R36,405 pp sharing R41,015 pp
Discounted Departures R 31,990 pp sharing on request
Superior Version
01 Nov'20 - 30 Jun'21 R79,285 pp sharing R87,385 pp
01 Jul '21- 31 Oct'21 R87,805 pp sharing R96,705 pp
Discounted Departures R 75,320 pp sharing on request

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*This Tour is Bilingual (English & German)
Classic Tour Group Size:
Min 2 / Max 16
Superior Tour Group Size:
Min 2 / Max 6

Included:

  • Accommodation used as per Classic and Superior Version (Refer to the itinerary for accommodation used)
  • Transportation and sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary (Classic: 12 breakfasts) / (Superior: 12 breakfasts, 10 dinners & selected drinks)
  • Entrance Fees: Fish River Canyon; Namib Naukluft National Park; Twyfelfontein; Petrified Forest; Living Museum of the Damara; Etosha National Park
  • Activities as specified
  • Services of an experienced driver/guide
  • Bottled water for the duration of the journey
  • Portages
  • Tourism levy & Government Taxes where applicable
  • 24hrs Medical Evacuation Insurance

Excluded

  • International flights / domestic flights & Taxes
  • Visas
  • Drinks and meals not mentioned
  • Excursions / Activities not specified
  • Gratuities
  • Personal insurances
  • Personal items

Prices are subject to change due to airfare increases, currency exchange, fluctuations and any unforeseen circumstances, without prior notice.

 

Departures
Discounted / No Single Supplement / English Only
  Classic Version 2021 Superior 2021
January 9, 23 9, 23
February 6, 20 6, 20
March 6, 20, 30 6, 20
April 3, 17 3, 17
May 1, 15, 29, 11 1, 15, 29
June 12, 26 12, 26
July 10, 13, 24, 27, 31 10, 24, 31
August 7, 10, 14, 21, 28 7, 14, 21, 28
September 4, 7, 11, 18, 21, 25 4, 11, 18, 25
October 2, 5, 9, 16, 19, 23 2, 9, 16, 23
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