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Wonders of Namibia

Embark on an adventure rich in wildlife and culture during 10 days in Namibia. Set out on open-vehicle wildlife drives in search of elephants, giraffes, and lions in Etosha National Park; visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund for a chance to get up close with these endangered cats; and gaze out over one of Africa’s most dramatically beautiful desert landscapes. Like the shifting sand dunes that reshape the horizon, this incredible place will transform you.

Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys
Service Level: Upgraded
Physical Rating: 2 - Light
Trip Type: Small Group
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Holiday Highlights

  • Ride through Namib-Naukluft National Park
  • Visit ancient petroglyphs
  • Stroll through the traditional village of Mondesa
  • See fossilized tree trunks approximately 280 million years old
  • Visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund
Pricing Information

Total From €2,699
Nights  9



Flight prices are not included, prices are p.person.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Windhoek

Arrive at any time. Transfer to hotel.

Included Activities
  • Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


Transport

Arrival Airport Transfer

Day 2 Windhoek/Sesriem

Enjoy postcard perfect desert scenery around Sesriem and Sossusvlei - vast desertscapes of reds and orange, stark camel thorn trees and towering dunes with dramatic curved ridges. Also keep an eye out for the surprising amount of wildlife that call this area home such as oryx, springbok, jackal, ground squirrel and hyena.


Transport

Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 340km)

Included Meals

1B, 1D

Day 3 Sesriem

Embark on a scenic excursion into the national park to explore the Namib Desert. Visit Sossusvlei and Deadvlei — clay pans covered in a crust of salt-rich sand surrounded by burnt orange and red towering dunes. It's considered one of the most stunning desert landscapes in Africa. After, visit Sesriem Canyon, a natural gorge carved out by the Tsauchab River.

Included Activities
  • Sesriem Canyon Visit
  • Sossusvlei Dunes Visit


Transport

Private Vehicle
4x4

Included Meals

1B, 1D

Day 4 Sesriem/Swakopmund

Continue through changing desert landscapes, keeping an eye out for free-roaming zebra, kudu, springbok, and oryx. Stop in the quirky town of Solitaire for a break before heading out into the countryside. Here we meet a local to this remote region who takes us on a drive and talks about the survival strategies of ancient bushmen who lived in the area. We also search out smaller animal life that manages to survive in these harsh conditions such as snakes, geckos, spiders, and insects to learn how they have adapted to this arid region. After, continue to Swakopmund on the Atlantic coast.

Included Activities
  • Living Desert Tour


Transport

Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 375km)

Included Meals

1B, 1L

Day 5 Swakopmund

Explore the town's unique mix of German and African culture and opt to visit curio shops, the museum and restaurants. Optional activities include sandboarding, quad biking, or if you're feeling brave, skydiving.

Included Activities
  • Mondesa Township Walk


Included Meals

1B, 1D

Day 6 Swakopmund/Palmwag

Continue on to Twyfelfontein where we visit the ancient petroglyphs which were named Namibia's first UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site is thought to hold the largest concentrations of bushman engravings in Africa with over 2,500 figures ranging from 2,000 to 5,000 years old. Finish the day on the Palmwag Concession, in northwest Damaraland.

Included Activities
  • Prehistoric Rock Engravings Guided Tour


Transport

Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 350km)
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 115km)

Included Meals

1B, 1D

Day 7 Palmwag/Etosha National Park

Visit the Petrified Forest national monument, a stunning site of fossilized tree trunks dating from approximately 280 million years ago, before continuing to our lodge located in the Etosha National Park area. Etosha is considered the greatest wildlife sanctuary in Namibia. This evening, spend time at the waterhole to view the abundant number of wildlife who come to drink.

Additional Notes

Etosha is a very popular park with limited accommodation. While we aim to secure lodging inside the park, on some departures we will stay at lodges adjacent to the park (the park is unfenced allowing the animals to roam freely throughout the area) which still provides access to all safari activities and wildlife.

Included Activities
  • Visit Petrified Forest national monument


Transport

Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 325km)

Included Meals

1B, 1D

Day 8 Etosha National Park

After the vast desert, Etosha National Park, offers a contrast of wide open grasslands, a massive salt pan that covers 4731km² and tall camel thorn trees intermixed with Mopani trees. With a combination of natural waterholes, and diverse vegetation, wildlife flock to the park. Some of the largest elephants in Africa can be found in areas of thicker vegetation, as well as leopard and the critically endangered black rhino. Lions, giraffe, ostrich and many antelope species can be found in the grasslands, while birders will love the salt pans which attract flamingos in the rainy season. More than 340 bird species have been counted in Etosha National Park including the European bee-eater, the kori bustard and numerous migratory birds.

Included Activities
  • Etosha Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive
  • Etosha Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive


Included Meals

1B, 1D

Day 9 Etosha National Park/Windhoek

After breakfast, visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund, a global field research and education facility founded by Dr. Laurie Marker whose research has been supported by National Geographic. Tour the facility to learn about the important research, conservation, and community outreach work they do as one of the world’s leading organizations dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild. Meet with a researcher for a lecture to learn about the various projects in the works, then enjoy a cheetah drive to view some of these amazing creatures up close. After, enjoy lunch on the veranda overlooking the magnificent Waterberg Plateau. Continue on to Windhoek for our final evening.

Included Activities
  • Cheetah Conservation Experience


Transport

Private Vehicle (4.50-5.50 hours, 415km)

Included Meals

1B, 1L

Day 10 Windhoek

Depart at any time.

Included Activities
  • Departure Day


Included Meals

1B

What's Included

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Mondesa Township Walk, Swakopmund
    National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Cheetah Conservation Experience, Windhoek
  • Arrival transfer
  • Sossusvlei desert excursion
  • Desert excursion with a local
  • View the Twyfelfontein ancient petroglyphs
  • Visit the Petrified Forest national monument
  • Two open-vehicle wildlife safari drives
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodation

Hotels/lodges (9 nts)

My Own Room

Please note that if you have booked the "My Own Room" option for this tour, you will receive your own single room for all night stops
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