Classic Namibia Safari

10 Day Group Safari

Safari Description:

Namibia is a rare country – it has space and silence, where visitors experience a feeling of antiquity, solitude, and total wilderness, and has one of the lowest populations in the world. This safari takes in the dramatic landscapes of the Namib Naukluft and towering apricot dunes of Sossusvlei, the coastal town of Swakopmund . Damaraland brings ancient rock art, free-roaming wildlife including desert elephant and spectacular landscapes. Etosha is Namibia’s premier wildlife destination alonng with Ongava Private Game Reserve.

Safari Highlights:

Namib Naukluft National Park – Sossusvlei dunes, Dead Vlei, Dune 45, Sesriem Canyon; Swakopmund coastal town for marine cruise or kayaking; Twyfelfontein rock etchings; Track desert–adapted elephants in wild–open spaces of Damaraland; Etosha National Park for game drives; Big Cat Research at AfriCat Foundation

Main Attractions:

Namibia: Etosha Park, Sossusvlei, Damaraland, Swakopmund

Map & Short Itinerary:


Day 1&2 Dead Valley Lodge for Sossusvlei
Day 3&4 The Delight  Swakopmund
Day 5&6 Camp Kipwe Damaraland
Day 7-9  Ongava Tented Camp Ongava Private Reserve Etosha
Day 10 Return to Windhoek

Map & Itinerary
Length 10 days
Safari Type Group Safari
Price From NAD 86961
Countries Namibia
Accommodation Accommodation
Group Size Maximum 7 people
Single Supplement Yes
Please Note Subject to availability of accommodation
Departures Set Departure Dates

Departure Dates:

01 July | 03 October | 07 October
01 October | 02 April | 03 August | 03 December | 03 September | 04 June | 05 March | 05 November | 05 October | 07 May | 08 October | 10 August | 10 September | 11 June | 11 May | 12 October | 13 April | 13 July | 14 September | 15 June | 17 December | 17 September | 18 June | 18 May | 19 March | 20 August | 20 February | 20 July | 21 May | 22 June | 22 October | 24 August | 25 June | 25 May | 27 April | 27 August | 27 July | 28 September | 29 June | 31 August

Comfort Level:

Accommodation Comfort4 Star

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1 Dead Valley Lodge, Sossusvlei

The safari departs Windhoek in your safari vehicle and guide, driving southwest through the scenic Khomas Hochland highlands before heading down the Great Escarpment into the Namib Desert below, stopping for a picnic lunch at a scenic location along the way. We arrive at Dead Valley Lodge mid–afternoon and visit Sesriem Canyon, a small gorge which has evolved through centuries of erosion and gets its name from a translation of “six reins”.  Alternatively we may visit Elim Dune to enjoy sunset and listen to the calls of the barking gecko as the sun dips behind the dunes and purple colours shadow the distant mountains

Day 2 Dead Valley Lodge, Sossusvlei

An early morning start for an incredible excursion with your guide in the Namib Naukluft National Park, setting off before sunrise to capture the dunes as the shadows accentuate the towering shapes and curves, as the sun lifts higher into the sky the colours soften to almost pastel shades from deep hues. This area boasts some of the highest free–standing sand dunes in the world and your guide will explain how the Namib Desert formed and its myriad of fascinating creatures and plants that have adapted to survive these harsh environments. Climb a towering apricot dune and view this endless sand–dune sea.

Day 3 Swakopmund

It’s a fascinating drive today taking through ever–changing landscapes of the Namib Naukluft National Park, from the impressive Gaub and Kuiseb canyons to gravel plains and joining the coast at the port town of Walvis Bay, then continue north to Swakopmund to enjoy the cooler coastal air and the quaint colonial architecture.

Day 4 Swakopmund

Return to Walvis Bay where you have the choice of activity either join an exciting kayaking tour, or a wonderful marine cruise, both are great ways of seeing Cape fur seals, heaviside and bottlenose dolphins, pelicans, flamingos and a wide variety of other sea birds. If you are lucky, there is also a chance of seeing whales, leatherback turtles and sunfish. From here, we return to Swakopmund and the remainder of the day is free.

Day 5 Camp Kipwe, Damaraland

Passing Namibia’s highest mountain, Brandberg reaches 2,573m above the surrounding plains, sit and absorb the vastness of the scenery along the way before reaching our destination. Damaraland is typified by displays of colour, magnificent flat–topped mountains, rock formations and bizarre–looking vegetation. The present–day landscape has been formed by the erosion of wind, water and geological forces and this variety and solitude of the area will both reward and astound you.

Day 6 Camp Kipwe, Damaraland

This morning, join an exciting 4×4 excursion along the ephemeral Aba Huab River valley to explore this remarkable region and to search for game, including the elusive desert adapted elephants if they are in the area. Damaraland is home to a variety of desert adapted wildlife including giraffe and zebra. During our stay we visit the fascinating and ancient Bushman etchings

Day 7-9 Ongava Private Reserve & Etosha National Park

Our journey today takes us to Ongava Private Reservelocated on the south border of Etosha, later this afternoon enjoy a guided game drive on the private reserve in an open vehicle and our first chance to spot some of the wildlife found here – watch out for large prides of lion, rhino and elephant
Days 8&9   Explore the remarkable Etosha National Park visiting some of the many waterholes
Look out for endangered species such as cheetah and the lesser-known black-faced impala, along with lion, hyena, and leopard. There are giants such as elephant, rhino and giraffe and plentiful plains game ranging from kudu, oryx, wildebeest and springbok – in fact, there’s 114 species of mammal, along with around 340 species of birds.  A further activity on the wonderful private Ongava Reserve is included where game such as Hartmann’s mountain zebra, waterbuck and more have been reintroduced.  Ongava is renowned for its reintroduction and conservation programmes

Day 10 Windhoek – Departure

After breakfast we depart Ongava heading south to Okonjima’s AfriCat Day Centre, a wonderful highlight to finish our safari. After lunch with views over the veld, join an informative game drive and tour of the centre and the opportunity to learn about the function and vision of the AfriCat Foundation and see some of the Foundation’s special carnivore ambassadors with the chance for some great photos of cheetah. From here, return Windhoek arriving in the late afternoon. No flights prior to 21h00 or alternatively you can be dropped at your accommodation to overnight. End of services.  Note there is no close interaction of the cats ie petting

How we rate our safaris

Namibia, Botswana and some other African destinations do not have a set star system that is familiar worldwide to many countries, however, as this is widely used, we have tried to replicate this format to give you an idea of the level of comfort during your safari. For example, a mobile camping tour in Namibia is given 1* and luxury accommodation increasing to 5*. Depending on your tour, there may be a bit of a mix of levels of comfort so please check if you are not sure.

1* or 1–2* Rated Safaris – Camping tours:

These are generally scheduled/small group or self–drive safaris (though a private–guided safari can also fall into this category if you wish to camp); the scheduled trips generally involve client participation where you may be expected to put up/take down your tent and assist with camp chores, dome tents and a ground mattress is supplied. For self–drive options this will often mean roof tents on the vehicle and all camping equipment. There may be the occasional night in simple accommodation but majority of nights are spent camping and most camp sites will have shared ablution facilities. If there is a good mix of both camping and accommodation, this may be rated at 1&2*. These are the most basic level of safaris offered and scheduled safari group sizes vary according to the trip and company – 1* tours are the most affordable option and geared for adventurous travellers who do not mind a bit of discomfort.

Accommodated Safaris

Standard/Mid–range safaris 2–3.5*

Standard accommodation style trips generally have no camping included (though on occasion with a specific activity such as a Delta or Serengeti excursion, or perhaps hiking, a couple of nights may be included). As a general rule this is not the case. With most small group/scheduled tours accommodation is generally 2/3* level – clean and affordable but generally without too many frills; rooms will have en–suite facilities, most will offer air con/fans in the rooms, swimming pools etc (not guaranteed), restaurant/bar facilities, though location can be a little further away from main place of interest this option offers excellent value for money for those seeking a bed each night! We try to indicate on each trip the level of comfort for the particular tour

Superior/Luxury Safaris 3.5–5*

A superior style of accommodation. Most lodges at this level will have air–conditioning or fans in the room though some accommodation establishments are technically “camps” as they may be partially build of canvas – these “camps” are permanent fixtures, generally built on a platform, and will have full and comfortable facilities – the occasional trip may have a more basic night or two involved depending on location to ensure clients can fully appreciate the region they are experiencing. Service is generally very good and most places (outside of towns/cities) will have just a few rooms/chalets. Tours in this bracket include very small group safaris (up to 8 clients), self–drive and private–guided options which are tailored to suit you. The luxury options offer a high standard of accommodation, facilities and service in the region with attention to detail – some “camps” /lodges will have private guides and vehicles, but all accommodation is the best available with personalized service and a quality or unique experience perhaps unavailable elsewhere or in a more moderate price bracket. Tours include fly–in safaris, self–drive and private–guided options.

Please note: this is a guideline only and each destination can vary – some areas in Southern Africa do not always have 5* accommodation (there are limited hotels outside of cities that have the same * grading accommodation) but will be best in the area, have limited volume of rooms and some of the best locations and experiences for clients that is outside of the normal “tourist/travel” route. This can include exclusive conservation regions and emphasis is place on clients having a unique experience rather than offering hairdresser type of facilities that may be found is hotels in cities in other countries. Please also remember that some of these locations can be remote so wifi may not always be available, nor a huge menu range.

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