When to Travel

Namibia's climate is generally very dry and pleasant – it's fine to visit all year round

Between about December to March some days will be humid and rain may follow, often in localised, afternoon thunderstorms. These are more common in the centre and east of the country, and more unusual in the desert.

April and especially May are often lovely months in Namibia. Increasingly dry, with a real freshness in the air, and the landscape is very green. At this time the air is clear and largely free from dust.

From June to August Namibia cools down and dries out more; nights can become cold, dropping below freezing in some desert areas. As the landscape dries the wildlife move closer to waterholes, and is more easily seen by visitors.


By September and October it warms up again; game-viewing in most areas is at its best, although there's often a lot of dust around and the vegetation is not as lush.


November is a highly variable month. Sometimes the hot, dry weather will continue, at other times the sky will fill with clouds and threaten to rain – but you may be lucky enough to witness the first rains of the season.

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Namibia Highlights- Tailor made tour

Itinerary Overview

Duration 10 days / 9 nights. 7 nights camping on tour and 2 nights accommodated in Swakopmund.  Starts and ends in Windhoek.


Cost from:


£1100 Per person sharing (7 nights camping & 2 nights accommodation in Swakopmund) £75 single supplement


OR


£2499 Per person sharing when staying in hotels throughout - additional hotel info available on request. £150 single supplement (for own room, when travelling with a minimum of 2 people, not for a single traveller - rate available on request)


(subject to change & availability & depending on accommodation chosen, special conditions may apply for bookings over peak periods)


DEPART FOR NAMBIA - ARRIVE TO BEGIN DAY 1: NAMIB NAUKLUFT PARK

We depart 09h00 and travel over the Khomas Hochland, one of the highest points in Namibia, and down the steep gradients of the Gamsberg Pass. We should begin to see the first of our game species on the way from here to our campsite on the edge of the Namib- Naukluft Park, where will spend two nights. 
Overnight:  Solitaire Guest Farm or Weltevrede Guest Farm [Lunch & Dinner]                                                                                                                         


DAY 2: SOSSUSVLEI
Early morning start to get to the famous sand dunes. A climb up the famous Dune 45 will give you superb views up and down the Tsauchab River Canyon which forms the valley between the famous sand dunes of Sossusvlei. Coming down a nice cooked breakfast waits, after which we have short drive to the parking entrance to Sossusvlei. Guided walk through to Hiddenvlei exploring the desert life.  We then head toward Sesriem for picnic lunch and cool down in the swimming pool. Visit to Sesriem Canyon to admire the work of nature before returning to our camp site for the night under the stars.    


Overnight:  Solitaire Guest Farm or Weltevrede Guest Farm [Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]         


DAY 03: TO SWAKOPMUND
Some scientists regard the Namib Desert as the oldest in the world. We will travel through this desert stopping at the smallest town in Namibia, Solitaire and via the Kuiseb Canyon, home to two Germans and their dog for two years during World War 2. We include a visit to the Walvis Bay lagoon, famous for its huge numbers of flamingos. It’s a 5 hour very scenic drive to the coast. Overnight both nights at a centrally located lodge.                                                                                                          

Overnight: Swakop Lodge or Amanpuri [Breakfast & Lunch]

                           

DAY 4: SWAKOPMUND
A free day to explore Swakopmund or take part in various optional activities such as sand boarding, quad biking, desert flights, skydiving, dolphin cruise etc.                                                                                                                                                  

Overnight: Swakop Lodge or Amanpuri [Breakfast]


    

DAY 5: TO BRANDBERG AREA


From the desert we now travel along the Atlantic coast through the fishing village of Henties Bay to the Cape Cross Seal Colony. The largest colony of Cape Fur Seals breeds here up to 250 000 and we will be able to get up close to them and watch them at their daily tasks. From there we travel inland again through dry and rocky terrain and overnight near the Brandberg, the Highest Mountain in Namibia next to the Ugab River, where we might spot the famous desert Elephants 
Overnight: White Lady Lodge [Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]


DAY 06: KAMANJAB
We drive past Herero villages on our way to Twyfelfontein Rock Art; we were undertaking a guided walk, exploring the ancient paintings on the rocks. We travel through to the town of Kamanjab, stopping briefly to see the Petrified Forest en route (wood that fossilized into stone 260 million years ago) and the oldest plants in the world, Welwitchia mirabilis.  We stay overnight nearby the village of the last traditional tribe in Namibia, the Ova-Himba, thus we will have the opportunity to visit the tribe for in depth insight into the lives, an amazing photographic opportunity.     

Overnight: Kamanjab [Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]

                                                                                                           

DAY 07: TO ETOSHA
We head towards Etosha National Park for 2 days of game viewing. Our first overnight stop in Etosha will be either at Okaukuejo or Halali, both with a floodlit waterhole allows for 24-hour game viewing. Elephant and black rhinoceros are seen daily during the dry winter months & numerous other game species are also found here, including lion and leopard                       

Overnight: Okaukuejo or Halali [Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]


DAY 08: ETOSHA

Game driving slowly through the park we gaze in awe at the vast expanse of the Etosha Pan itself shimmering in the midday heat. Ostrich appear like moving black dots as they wander around miles out on the salt pan. We overnight either at Okaukuejo or Halali an excellent area for seeing game of all types.                                                                                                                               

Overnight: Okaukuejo or Halali [Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]


DAY 09: WATERBERG
On our journey through to the Waterberg Plateau Park we will visit the non-profit organization of the Cheetah Conservation Funds, learning more about this fascinating creature and how the organization is helping the cheetah in its natural way. The Waterberg Plateau Park has been set aside for the breeding of rare animal species such as the white and black rhino, sable and roan antelope and the endangered cape vulture.                                                                                                           

Overnight: Waterberg [Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]


DAY 10: RETURN TO WINDHOEK
An early morning walk up to the Waterberg Plateau will give us fascinating views of the region, before heading back to Windhoek, travelling via Okahandja, stopping at local craft markets. Arriving lunch time in Windhoek and in time for connecting flights.

[Breakfast]


TOUR ENDS


Included

All transport & accommodation (camping unless otherwise stated)

(Accommodated safari will travel with a VW Combi or similar)

National Park entrance fees.

Additional hotel info provided on request

Use of all camping equipment; including spacious two-man

dome tents (high enough to stand in), comfortable

folding chairs and foam mattresses.

Three meals a day unless otherwise stated, and

the services of a trained safari guide.

All meals are prepared by tour guide/assistant;

all evening meals are prepared on open fire

Coffee, Tea and Cordial Juice


Excluded

Flights, Visas and Insurance

Alcohol, Soft Drinks and Bottled Water

Tips & Gratuities,

Spending money and all other items of a personal -

nature

Anything else that is not stated as included