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Namibia Highlights

Duration: 13 days

This tour takes in some of the best spots Namibia has to offer.

Day 1: Swakopmund – Arrive at Walvis Bay Airport where we will meet you with your hire car and transfer you to Swakopmund for your full tour briefing. Swakopmund is the main coastal town of Namibia with distinctively German colonial architecture. Here you can pick up any shopping for your trip ahead.

Days 2 & 3: Sossusvlei – Climb the world’s highest sand dunes! The impressive landscape of the Namib Desert is a treat for any nature lover and a dream for photographers. Rise early on your second morning and head for the Sesriem entrance gate to the Namib Naukluft Park. This gate only opens at sunrise, so there is no point arriving earlier, but driving the 60km from Sesriem through the dunes towards Sossusvlei while the sun rises is a truly unique experience. A visit to the Sesriem Canyon is also worthwhile.

Day 4: Windhoek – This is Namibia's capital city. Take in a township tour and enjoy curio shopping, and in the evening be sure to experience the famous Joe's Beerhouse for a truly unique dining experience!

Days 5 & 6: Okonjima – Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation which is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation and protection of Namibia’s threatened cats, primarily cheetah and leopard. Guests will be able to see this programme at work and learn more about these beautiful creatures, in addition to having some excellent photographic opportunities. For clients wanting to get in touch with nature there are a number of walking trails including a guided San trail where you will learn about the traditional lifestyle and philosophy of these unique and ancient people.

Days 7 & 8: Etosha – You will spend 2 nights at Etosha allowing for amazing game viewing. It is worthwhile to rise early and head out on your game drive as soon as the gates open at sunrise. Animals are most active in the cool of the day (early morning & late afternoon) and in order to maximise your chances of good viewings it is worth imitating their behaviour. The roads in Etosha are unsealed gravel roads but are in good condition, and the general tourist behaviour is to drive between various waterholes searching for animals.

Day 9 & 10: Damaraland – Twyfelfontein is a World Heritage Site and has many examples of ancient San rock art, and a local guide can escort you on an excursion to see these. The ‘Burnt Mountain’ is an interesting area of volcanic rock and is also close by, as are the dolomite ‘organ pipes’. Nature drives offer an excellent opportunity to see the mountain zebra and the desert elephants which are unique to this arid region. A visit to a local Damara village is also an interesting and very worth while cultural excursion.

Day 11 & 12: Swakopmund – A historical coastal town, complete with German architecture, monuments, historic buildings and palm trees. In addition there are many adventure activities such as sand boarding, sky-diving, fishing & quad biking which can be arranged prior to arrival. We can also recommend some excellent day trips such as desert tours and boat cruises where you could see hump-back whales, sun fish, dolphins, fur seals and many species of marine birds. Please ask us for advice on restaurants, the more popular ones should be booked in advance and we are happy to do this for you. Catch up on last minute souvenir shopping.

Day 13: Departure – Return to the airport in Walvis Bay and hand in your hired car.

PLEASE NOTE: Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours!