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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $6595  
Length: 14 days
Arrive: Windhoek, Namibia
Depart: Windhoek, Namibia
Lodging: 8 nights deluxe wildlife camps, 2 nights rustic camping, 1 night hotel, 2 nights B&B
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History, Walking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: 4WD game viewing, easy to moderate hiking
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Highlights

  • Specialist guides for tracking leopards and cheetahs at Okonjima
  • World-class game viewing in a remote section of Etosha
  • Himba villages in Damaraland, desert-adapted wildlife
  • Climb some of the world’s highest free-standing dunes in Sossusvlei, optional Skeleton Coast overflight
  • Trekking across NamibRand Nature Reserve, a stunning desert landscape


We have loved all our WT trips, but this one stands above them all. Not only was the itinerary fantastic, but our guides Orlando and Perez were the best ever. They helped us see more wildlife than I dreamed possible (and I was dreaming big!). Seventeen black rhinos, lions and lions and lions, leopard, cheetah, desert-adapted elephants, aarvark, caracal, giraffes, and thousands of seals nibbling on our kayak paddles. It doesn't get any better than this!Jeannee S.—Milwaukee, WI

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Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

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Otherworldly landscapes surround you in Namibia, where a sea of sand mountains turns red at sunrise, the lone tracks of desert elephants trace across salt pans, and 6,000-year-old rock carvings adorn flat-topped sandstone peaks. Under the deep blue skies of this photogenic land, you’ll track cheetahs and leopards, search for the “Big Five” in Etosha’s wild western reaches, climb the dunes of the Namib Desert, and meet traditional Himba nomads. For a grand finale to your diverse adventure, hike across the wilds of NamibRand Nature Reserve amid majestic mountain ranges, orange dunes, and wondrous desert silence.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-5
Windhoek, Namibia / Okonjima / Etosha National Park

After up-close encounters with cheetahs and radio-tracking leopards with a specialist at Okonjima, explore Etosha, where wildlife includes elephants, lions, giraffes, blue wildebeests, elands, kudus, gemsboks, zebras, rhinos, cheetahs, and hyenas.

Days 6-10
Damaraland / Twyfelfontein / Sossusvlei

Exploring the table-topped mountains of Damaraland, visit a remote Himba settlement, then walk the trail at Twyfelfontein to view the most incredible San rock etchings in all Africa. In the heart of magical Namib-Naukluft National Park, enjoy dune-climbing at sunrise and sunset, capturing the colors of Sossusvlei in perfect light.

Days 11-14
NamibRand Nature Reserve / Tok Tokkie Trail

Hike across the private NamibRand Nature Reserve as your specialist guide brings the immense diversity of the desert world to life, and sleep under the open sky beneath a brilliant canopy of stars. Depart on Day 14 via Windhoek.

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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

What the Trip is Like

The trip is Level 3, Moderate, according to our trip grading system. This is a camping and lodge safari with gameviewing by 4WD vehicle, nature walks, and long driving days. On the Tok Tokkie hike, we will be hiking on desert trails. The hiking is mostly on easy terrain, but there are some sections of walking through sand dunes or rough, hilly terrain with loose scree. There is a backup vehicle available should you wish to cut a day’s walk short. Please bring well broken-in lightweight hiking boots for these days, as well as for the hikes on the Sossusvlei Dunes.

It is important to note that an integral part of any Namibia safari is driving, and it’s part of the adventure. We will be in the company of the Trip Leader, who will make the road journeys very interesting and point out many highlights and hidden treasures en route. While the driving times may appear long, please note that there is a lot to see and the scenery is dramatic and beautiful. Our vehicles are very comfortable and the Trip Leader brings along supplies for the stops, such as tea, picnic lunches, etc.

Although this is not a particularly rigorous trip, we still recommend you undertake a preparatory program of physical conditioning (especially if you want to climb the sand dunes in Soussusvlei, which can be quite challenging). Daily walking or regular hiking, jogging, and stair-climbing are excellent preparatory exercises. Any African safari is an adventure, and the traveler to Africa should bring along flexibility, a sense of humor, curiosity about new peoples and places, and an openness to the unexpected.

While on safari most breakfasts and evening meals will be taken at the lodge you are staying at or in camps along the Tok Tokkie Trail. Lunches while traveling between destinations will be served picnic style at a scenic location en route, or at a café or restaurant should there not be a suitable picnic site. Bottled water, soft drinks, juice, house wine, and beer are included throughout the trip. All vehicles are equipped with a fridge or cool box stocked with bottled water for your convenience. Tea and coffee are offered by most accommodation establishments free of charge with meals and at afternoon tea time.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures & Leaders

2015
Sep 7-21, 2015  Orlando Haraseb
2016
May 6-19, 2016  Orlando Haraseb
May 20-Jun 2, 2016  Orlando Haraseb
Jul 1-14, 2016  Orlando Haraseb
Jul 19-Aug 1, 2016  Orlando Haraseb
Aug 12-25, 2016  Orlando Haraseb
Sep 9-22, 2016  Orlando Haraseb

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2016
$6595 (5-12 members)
Single supplement: $580
Forced single supplement: $380
Low season discount (May): $500
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Extension Costs
Cape Town Extension
   from: $1595
Shumbalala Game Lodge Extension
   from: $2095

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $600
90 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

Up to 91 days prior to departure: No charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader
  • Accommodations, based on double occupancy
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All meals included
  • Water, soft drinks, juice, beer, and table wine at meals; mineral water on board the safari vehicle
  • Park fees
  • Land transportation
  • Airport transfers for passengers as noted
  • Baggage handling and sightseeing as noted

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare to and from Africa, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, cost of medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, and other expenses of a personal nature (drinks outside of meals as noted, premium alcoholic beverages, etc.). Optional side trips and excursions are also at your own expense.

Arrival & Departure Information

You are responsible for your own transportation to the arrival and from the departure cities listed below. For more detailed information, including transfers, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule.

2015 Departures

Arrival:
Windhoek, Namibia
Date: Day 1

Suggested Arrival Airport:
Windhoek, Namibia (airport code WDH)
Suggested arrival time: 4:00 pm or earlier
Departure:
Windhoek, Namibia
Date: Day 15

Suggested Airport for Departure:
Windhoek, Namibia (airport code WDH)
Suggested departure time: anytime

2016 Departures

Arrival:
Windhoek, Namibia
Date: Day 1

Suggested Arrival Airport:
Windhoek, Namibia (airport code WDH)
Suggested arrival time: 4:00 pm or earlier
Departure:
Windhoek, Namibia
Date: Day 14

Suggested Airport for Departure:
Windhoek, Namibia (airport code WDH)
Suggested departure time: anytime

Galton House

Galton House

Day 1 (1 night),
Day 13 (1 night), Windhoek, Namibia

A stay at the Galton House is a great way to kick-start our Namibia adventure. The stylish eight-room hotel, a 10-minute drive from the center of ...
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Okonjima Bush Camp

Okonjima Bush Camp

Day 2 (1 night), Omboroko Mountains, Namibia

Home to The AfriCat Foundation, this luxury bush camp features eight thatched, African-style chalets decorated in earthy tones of ochre and ...
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Andersson's Camp

Andersson's Camp

Days 3 to 4 (2 nights), Ongava Game Reserve, Namibia

Andersson's Camp, located in Ongava Game Reserve just outside of Etosha National Park, has an intimate feel and an ideal location, along with simple ...
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Hobatere Lodge

Hobatere Lodge

Day 5 (1 night), Etosha National Park, Namibia

Hobatere Lodge is ideally situated on the western part of Etosha National Park, and has comfortable cottages surrounded by a lush environment. ...
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Camp Kipwe

Camp Kipwe

Days 6 to 7 (2 nights), Twyfelfontein, Namibia

Situated in the Twyfelfontein Conservancy, this unique camp is creatively tucked among the dramatic granite boulders of the area. The nine guest ...
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Hansa Hotel

Hansa Hotel

Day 8 (1 night), Swakopmund, Namibia

In the center of historic Swakopmund, the Hansa has a great location close to the main street. It was built in 1905 and still retains its ...
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Desert Homestead Lodge

Desert Homestead Lodge

Days 9 to 10 (2 nights), Sossusvlei, Namibia

Inspired by nature’s color palette, with cascading thatched roofs, draped canopy beds, and tiled bathrooms for a cool, relaxing indoor ...
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Tok Tokkie Trail

Tok Tokkie Trail

Days 11 to 12 (2 nights), NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia

Tok Tokkie is located in the southern part of the NamibRand Nature Reserve, the largest privately owned nature reserve in southern Africa. Here we ...
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Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions options:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Our Trip Leaders

Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change).

Orlando Haraseb

Departure Dates: September 7-21, 2015, May 6-19, 2016, May 20-June 2, 2016, July 1-14, 2016, July 19-August 1, 2016, August 12-25, 2016, September 9-22, 2016

“Orlando” Petrus Haraseb is a Damara with easygoing charm along with a wide-ranging knowledge of Namibia’s natural and cultural history. A former soccer star (and one-time captain of Namibia’s national soccer team), Orlando has been a professional safari guide for over 15 ...
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Perez Kamukuenjandje

Departure Dates:

Perez Kamukuenjandje has guided safaris in the Namib Desert for many years, and has become an expert on desert ecosystems. He received his formal training on the Phinda Game Reserve in South Africa and has a wealth of experience, including walking in “Big Five” territory. He was also a ...
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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

South Africa

cape town table mountain south africa

Cape Town Extension

Africa’s Most Romantic City

Cultural Adventures, Walking
4 days  -  Level 2

Shumbalala Game Lodge Extension

Gameviewing in Thornybush Private Game Reserve

Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History
4 days  -  Level 1

Client Comments

We have loved all our WT trips, but this one stands above them all. Not only was the itinerary fantastic, but our guides Orlando and Perez were the best ever. They helped us see more wildlife than I dreamed possible (and I was dreaming big!). Seventeen black rhinos, lions and lions and lions, leopard, cheetah, desert-adapted elephants, aarvark, caracal, giraffes, and thousands of seals nibbling on our kayak paddles. It doesn't get any better than this! Jeannee S., Milwaukee, WI This was our eighth trip to Africa and we were overcome with Namibia's beauty and ever-changing landscapes. This is far more than just a "big five trip." Our group was great as well. We had a wonderful time and learned a great deal. Charles C., Wayne, PA
There is a great variety of experiences on this trip—it's action packed! Elaine C., Zurich, Switzerland This was my ninth Wilderness trip and one of my very favorites. This trip had it all, great animal viewing, stunning landscapes including dunes and deserts, fascinating cultural exchanges with the Himbas, and a real appreciation of Namibia past and present. Nancy B., Charlestown, MA

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