Extended Classic Namibia Safari

This 11 day safari will take to you to three of Namibia’s must see natural wonders. We will visit the Namib Desert and Sossusvlei which is home to some of the highest sand dunes in the world. Then we move on to Swakopmund where the desert and the coast come together. We will then make our way up along the Skeleton Coast and turn inland into the dramatic and scenic Damaraland. Last but not least we will move on to Etosha which is one of Africa’s best game viewing destinations.

What's Included?

* Accommodation
* All meals except for dinner in Swakopmund
* Drinking water in the vehicle
* Activities as specified in the itinerary
* Private vehicle
* Private guide
* Fuel
* Park fees.


11 days

Destination Covered

Namib Desert, Etosha National Park, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Deadvlei, Sesriem and Twyfelfontein

Best Suited

Budget, Families, Groups, Kids, Luxury, Solo travellers
Day 1: Namib Desert Lodge, Gondwana Collection Namibia, Namib
After breakfast and meeting your guide for the safari you will depart for Sossusvlei. We will drive through the Khomas Hochland and down the escarpment via one of the scenic mountain passes into the Namib Desert. This journey will take about 4 hours depending on the number of stops for photographs. Dinner and accommodation will be at one of the best lodges in the area perfectly situated to explore the surrounding desert and its attractions.

The Namib is the oldest desert and boasts the highest sand dunes in the world. This region is one of the most spectacular areas of Namibia and always one of the highlights of any safari. The name Sossusvlei refers to the vlei or pan into which the seasonal Tsauchab River flows in years of exceptional rainfall. The neighbouring Dead Vlei with the ancient dead Camel Thorn trees is one of the most photographic sites in good early morning light. The Sesriem canyon is a narrow gorge about 1 km long and is well worth a visit. Several desert adapted wildlife like oryx, springbok, black-backed jackal, ostrich, sociable weavers and plenty of reptiles and small mammals call this place home.

Day 2: Namib Desert Lodge, Gondwana Collection Namibia, Namib
After an early breakfast and coffee, we will depart for a morning excursion to Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. We will stop at the scenic Dune 45 along the way and spend a couple of hours at both Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. Some of the dunes in the area are a few hundred meters high but the view from the top for those that dare is one you will never forget. After lunch and a well-earned siesta we will join the lodge for a sundowner Nature Drive before returning to the lodge in time for Dinner.

Day 3: Swakopmund Sands Hotel, Swakopmund
After a relaxing breakfast we will depart for Swakopmund via the Namib Naukluft National Park. We will spend the next 2 nights at a guesthouse and have dinner at some of the top restaurants in Swakopmund. Please note that dinner tonight is not included and for your own account.
Swakopmund is a very popular holiday destination for many Namibians and will probably be the only place that you will visit on the Namibian safari that has a real town feel to it. Wedged between the Namib Desert and the cold Atlantic Ocean, Swakopmund which is known for its very relaxed atmosphere, has something for everybody. There are plenty of great restaurants and bars, good shopping opportunities and fascinating architecture. For the adventurous there’s quad biking, sand-boarding, skydiving, beach angling and scenic flights over the coastline and Sossusvlei to name a few. The nearby Walvis Bay, Namibia’s major harbour town is well known for the lagoon and its prolific bird life.

Day 4: Swakopmund Sands Hotel, Swakopmund
After breakfast we will depart for a living desert adventure where we will encounter and learn more about the fascinating wildlife of the Namib Desert. We will look for gecko's, scorpions, side-winder snakes, lizards and beetles as well as the incredible plant life that survives in this harsh environment.

Once we are back in Swakopmund we enjoy lunch and then have the afternoon available to explore the town or perhaps finish the day with a quad-biking and dune-boarding adventure. Other optional activities that could be arranged include scenic flights over the coast and dunes.

Day 5: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, Twyfelfontein
Today we will embark on a Pelican Point Kayak adventure and join the seals and dolphins for a paddle at the tip of the remote Pelican Point peninsula. Afterword’s we continue our safari northwards along the Skeleton Coast. After visiting a shipwreck will turn inland towards Damaraland. We will drive past the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain with the highest peak at 2573 meters. We will be at our lodge in time for a sun-downer drink while we enjoy the view over this beautiful landscape.

Day 6: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, Twyfelfontein
After breakfast we will visit the Twyfelfontein rock engravings (Namibia’s only world heritage site), burnt mountain and organ pipes rock formation and the Petrified Forest or we can embark on an morning drive looking for the desert adapted elephants.

Day 7: Etosha Safari Camp, Gondwana Collection Namibia, Etosha National Park
Today our journey continues to Etosha National Park where will spend the next 4 nights. Etosha is one of Africa’s biggest and best National Parks and one of the main tourist attractions in Namibia. It is 22 912 km 2 in size of which the Etosha Pan, a shallow depression that only holds water after good rainy seasons, is 5000 km 2 in size. Etosha is known for its spectacular game viewing and the waterholes attract huge numbers of game in the dry season when all the open water has dried up. During the rainy season the park is transformed into a green oasis and this is the time you find young of various animal species in huge numbers. 114 Species of mammal are found in the park and it is the best place in the world to see Black Rhino. Other game include elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, giraffe, honey-badger, black-faced impala, kudu, eland, damara dik-dik, warthog and big herds of springbok, zebra, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest and oryx. More than 300 species of birds are found here and it is brilliant for finding raptors. One of the highlights of the park is the flood-lit waterholes at the 3 main camps where game viewing continues long after the sun has set.

Day 8: Etosha Safari Camp, Gondwana Collection Namibia, Etosha National Park
We will do morning and afternoon games drives and relax at the pool or camp waterhole between drives.

Day 9: Mushara Lodge, Etosha National Park
From here we will make our way across the park in a full morning game drive to Mushara Lodge on the eastern boundary where we will spend the next 2 nights. I love this lodge and park of the park with excellent game viewing and am sure you will enjoy this as well.

Day 10: Mushara Lodge, Etosha National Park
We will do morning and afternoon games drives and relax at the pool or camp waterhole between drives.

Day 11: Departure
After an early morning breakfast, we will depart for Windhoek where you will catch your connecting flight.
* Flights
* Pre and post trip accommodation if required or unless specified
* Drinks
* Gratuities
* Items of a personal nature
* Dinner in Windhoek and Swakopmund
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Reviews & References

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Totally blown away!
Knew the trip would be amazing due to Nick's responses to my emails whilst planning the trip - fast responses, swapped things around for us for the tailor-made trip (pleasing a group of friends flying in from opposite sides of the globe).
Kit, our local guide is an invaluable friend - he knew exactly where to find the animals, very patient for millions of elephant photo stops, and also has rather good knowledge and taste in the local vino! And met us at his local in Windhoek for a memorable last night dinner!
All of the lodges used by NTN are of the highest standard - can't fault anything!
Can't wait for the next trip!!

Oct 4, 2017
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Our adventure in Namibia was facilitated by Naturetravel Namibia. What an amazing country . Esmari planned our itinerary to give us an overview of the highest sand dunes in the world, cities surrounded by desert, ancient rock engravings and Etosha National Park for an amazing opportunity to see the animals. We opted to do a driving tour with a private driver/guide and we're extremely fortunate to have had Rodger spend 8 days with us. His knowledge of politics, animals, history, plants, geology and customs kept us alert and learning through out the trip. Some of the long drives seems a lot shorter due to lively informative discussions we shared along the way. We feel like we have a new friend in Namibia!
We did a counter clockwise loop through the country starting in Windhoek. We posed in front of 600 year old dead trees trapped in the dunes, hiked back into off road ponds of flamingos, watched thousands of seals frolicking in the ocean and nursing babies on the beach, were awed by Namibian nights skies, all the time knowing Rodger was taking care of details.
Thank you Esmari and Rodger for sharing Namibia with us!

Apr 13, 2017