Scheduled Tour from Windhoek

9 Day Highlights of Namibia Group Tour

Discover Namibia on the 9 Day Highlights of Namibia Group Tour, from the awe-inspiring seas of sand of the Namib desert, the cultures and impressive landscapes of Damaraland and the variety and amounts of wildlife. This tour showcases the significant highlights of the country.

This safari is ideal as an introduction or as a once-only visit for travellers with minimal time to explore the vast expanses of the country or perhaps combination trip with other countries in Southern Africa (Botswana, Zimbabwe or South Africa).

Even though The Highlights of Namibia Group Tour is shorter than other tours, it certainly does not disappoint, with tons of excitement, scenic beauty and culture fitted into the guided journey. The top attractions you will get to see on this scheduled tour in Namibia is the Namib Desert, Swakopmund, Damaraland and Etosha National Park. This offers you a unique view of Namibia that will be sure to create lasting memories.

This tour is available in a Classic & Superior Version
Classic Tour Maximum Group Size - 16 People
Superior Tour Maximum Group Size - 6 People

Highlights:

  • See the Deadvlei, a surreal white clay pan surrounded by towering sand dunes
  • Climb a sand dune in the world's oldest desert
  • Leisure time in Swakopmund, Namibia's 'playground'
  • Visit the living museum of the Damara tribe & Petrified Forest
  • Game Viewing Safari in Etosha National Park

See also our 13 Day Explore Namibia Tour

Summary

Meals Vary

9 Days / 8 Nights
Minbus or Coach

Namibia

Day 1 Namib Desert
Departing Windhoek, we travel to our lodge in the Namib Desert. This is the gateway to Sesriem Canyon and Sossusvlei, where some of the highest dunes on Earth stand towering over the white desert plains. The afternoon can be spent relaxing at the pool or taking part in optional activities offered at our lodge.
Classic Accommodation: The Elegant Desert Lodge
Superior Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge (Dinner)

*Collection by your guide at the International airport if arrival is before 09h00, or directly at your pre-booked hotel/guesthouse in Windhoek

Day 2 Sossusvlei & 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 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. After that, we visit the Sesriem Canyon, a life-sustaining natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert.
Classic Accommodation: The Elegant Desert Lodge (Desert Breakfast)
Superior Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge (Desert Breakfast, light lunch, Dinner (incl. Selected Beverages))

Day 3 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. Here it is worthwhile to enjoy a cup of coffee with the delightful apple-pie written about in so many travel books 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 Accommodation: Europa Hof Hotel (Breakfast)
Superior Accommodation: Strand Hotel (Breakfast, Light Lunch)

Day 4 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 excellent, 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 sandboarding 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 personality by the vibrant use of colour and the bohemian lifestyle.
Classic Accommodation: Europa Hof Hotel (Breakfast)
Superior Accommodation: Strand Hotel (Breakfast & Marine Cruise)

Day 5 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 Accommodation: Damara Mopane Lodge or similar (Breakfast)
Superior Accommodation: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge (Breakfast, light lunch, Dinner (incl. Selected Beverages))

Day 6 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 Accommodation: Etosha Safari Camp (Breakfast)
Superior Accommodation: Etosha Oberland (Breakfast, light lunch, Dinner (incl. Selected Beverages))

Day 7 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 Accommodation: Mokuti Etosha Lodge (Breakfast)
Superior Accommodation: Onguma Collection (Breakfast, light lunch, Dinner (incl. Selected Beverages))

Day 8 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.
Classic Accommodation: Mokuti Etosha Lodge (Breakfast)
Superior Accommodation: Onguma Collection (Breakfast, light lunch, Dinner (incl. Selected Beverages))

Day 9 Departure
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 Accommodation: (Breakfast)
Superior Accommodation: (Breakfast, light lunch)

Highlights of Namibia Tour

Rates in SA Rand Adult Sharing Adult Single
Classic Version
01 Nov'20 - Jun'21 R 23,615 pp sharing R 26,770 pp
01 Jul'21 - 31Oct'21 R 26,000 pp sharing R 29,155 pp
Superior Version (Small Group)
01 Nov'20 - Jun'21 R 55,415 pp sharing R 61,800 pp
01 Jul'21 - 31Oct'21 R 61,380 pp sharing R 68,600 pp

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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

Package Includes:

  •  All meals as specified in the itinerary
    Classic: 8 x Breakfasts
    Superior: 8 x Breakfasts;7 x Lunches; 6 x Dinners
  • Drinks:
    Superior: Selected Beverages
  • Entrance Fees: Namib Naukluft National Park; Twyfelfontein; Petrified Forest; Living Museum of the Damara; Etosha National Park
  • Portages
  • Still Mineral Water on Bus
  • Activities as specified
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Tourism levy & Government Taxes where applicable
  • 24hrs Medical Evacuation Insurance

Package Excludes:

  • All International / Domestic Flights & taxes
  • Visas
  • Travel & Personal accident insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Excursions / Activities not specified
  • Gratuities
Prices are subject to change due to airfare increases, currency exchange, fluctuations and any unforeseen circumstances, without prior notice.

 

Tour Departures
Special Discount / No Single Supplement / English Only
  Classic Tour 2021 Superior Tour 2021
January 13, 27 13, 27
February 10, 24 10, 24
March 10, 24 10, 24
April 3, 7, 21 7, 21
May 5, 15, 19 5, 19
June 2, 16, 30 2, 16, 30
July 14, 17, 28, 31 14, 28
August 4, 11, 14, 18, 25 4, 11, 18, 25
September 1, 8, 11, 15, 22, 25, 29 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
October 6, 9, 13, 20, 23, 27 6, 13, 20, 27

 

 

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