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Leopard on the prowl

Namibia is one of Africa’s prime wildlife destinations. We view game from superb “fly-in” camps and visit the traditional Himba tribespeople. Our post-trip extension visits Okonjima for amazing leopard and cheetah tracking.

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Namibia Expedition

Etosha, Himba Tribes, Sossusvlei Dunes, and a Desert Hike

Namibia Expedition route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $6895  
Length: 15 days
Arrive: Windhoek, Namibia
Depart: Windhoek, Namibia
Lodging: 8 nights deluxe wildlife camps, 2 nights camping, 2 nights hotel, 2 nights B&B
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History, Walking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: 4WD gameviewing, easy to moderate hiking, optional sea kayaking
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Highlights

  • Fantastic leopard and cheetah encounters at Okonjima
  • World-class gameviewing at Etosha, track desert-adapted elephant in Damaraland
  • Remote Himba villages, prehistoric rock art at Twyfelfontein
  • Climb the towering Sossusvlei Dunes, sea kayak amid dolphins in Walvis Bay
  • Extraordinary three-day hike bordering Namib-Naukluft National Park


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

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

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Departure Notes

Once you have signed up on the trip, we send a complete packing list, relevant health information, and required travel documents.

Special Offer!
Currency Discount

The South African Rand has fallen dramatically against the dollar recently, and we’d like to pass the savings along to you. 

Discount: $600 off per person valid on the following departures:
Jul 24-Aug 7, 2014 
Oct 10-24, 2014  

Vast, otherworldly landscapes lure us to 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 San rock paintings adorn flat-topped sandstone peaks. We’ve created a unique adventure under the endless blue skies of this remote land. We track cheetahs with specialist guides at Okonjima, safari in Etosha National Park’s wild western reaches, sea kayak among seals and dolphins, climb the dunes of the Namib Desert, and discover the ancient ways of the nomadic Himba people of Damaraland. Our final experience of Namibia finds us on the Tok Tokkie Trail, hiking across the stunning wilderness of the NamibRand Nature Reserve, the oldest living desert in the world, to savor its incredible diversity and sleep under a canopy of stars.

Itinerary at a Glance

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

After radio-tracking leopards at Okonjima, we explore Etosha from Andersson’s Camp, with its floodlit waterhole, and Dolomite, where black rhinos have been successfully bred.

Days 6-11
Damaraland / Twyfelfontein / Sossusvlei

Amid Damaraland’s mountains, we visit a remote Himba settlement, then walk the trail at Twyfelfontein to view the most incredible rock paintings in all Africa. From charming Swakopmund, with its German heritage, we explore Walvis Bay, then head into magical Namib-Naukluft National Park for dune-climbing at sunrise and sunset, capturing the colors of Sossusvlei in perfect light.

Days 12-15
NamibRand Nature Reserve / Tok Tokkie Trail

We hike across the private NamibRand Nature Reserve as our guide explains the intricacies of the unique fauna and flora along the way. Sleeping under the open sky, we watch the desert world “come alive” each morning. Depart via Windhoek on Day 15.

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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

2014
May 10-24, 2014  Orlando Haraseb
Jun 7-21, 2014
Jul 5-19, 2014
Jul 24-Aug 7, 2014
Oct 10-24, 2014  *
2015
May 11-25, 2015
Jun 8-22, 2015
Jul 6-20, 2015
Jul 25-Aug 8, 2015
Sep 7-21, 2015

*Added departure—due to popular demand!

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2014
$6895 (5-12 members)
Single supplement: $520
Forced single supplement: $320
High season surcharge (July): $600
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Extension Costs
Cape Town Extension
   from: $1995
Shumbalala Game Lodge Extension
   from: $1795
Sossusvlei Dunes Extension
   from: $5395

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader
  • Accommodations, based on double occupancy
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All meals included
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, juice, house wine, and beer
  • 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 (premium alcoholic beverages, etc.). Optional side trips and excursions are also at your own expense.

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20%
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

Minimum fee: None per person
46-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Galton House

Galton House

Day 1 (1 night),
Day 14 (1 night), Windhoek, Namibia

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

Day 2 (1 night), Omboroko Mountains, Namibia

In the Omboroko Mountains, we stay at one of the following camps:

Anderssonn's Camp

Anderssonn'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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Dolomite Camp

Dolomite Camp

Day 5 (1 night), Etosha, Namibia

Nestled in the dolomite outcrops of western Etosha National Park, Dolomite Camp offers an intimate experience of one of the most scenic areas of the ...
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Camps in Damaraland

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

In Damaraland, we stay at one of the following properties:

Hotels in Swakopmund

Days 8 to 9 (2 nights), Swakopmund, Namibia

In Swakopmund, we stay at one of the following properties:

Sosuss Dune Lodge

Sosuss Dune Lodge

Days 10 to 11 (2 nights), Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia

Accommodation is in en suite wood and canvas chalets with private wooden verandas overlooking the expansive desert plains. There is a large main ...
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Tok Tokkie Trail

Tok Tokkie Trail

Days 12 to 13 (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.

Orlando Haraseb

“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 years, starting as a guide at Hobatere Lodge under the mentorship of Steve Braine, one of Namibia’s top naturalists. Orlando has been featured in several publications including Conservation in Namibia, and in 2007, he was nominated for the International Wanderlust Guide of the Year Award. He is the vice chairman of the Namibian Academy for Tourism & Hospitality, the institution responsible for training safari guides.

Upcoming Trips:

Namibia Expedition, May 10-24, 2014

Client Testimonials:


Orlando is without question the best guide we've ever had on a WT trip (or any other trip). His knowledge and experience of Namibia's wildlife are first-rate, and his primary concern was always the guests' welfare and happiness. Jeannee S., Milwaukee, WI
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Orlando was a fabulous leader. Very knowledgeable and fun to be with. Donna P., Montville, NJ
Namibia Expedition
Orlando is a great guide and was particularly helpful to use with bird identification and spotting. Alla Sobel, Hoboken NJ Orlando is a kind, knowledgeable, and extremely helpful guide. He is unflappable and is always happy. I would gladly travel with him again! Carolyn McAlear, Bend OR Orlando has a heart or gold and the patience of a saint. He is one of your best, on par with some of my favorites—Hashmat, and Stanley! Abbe Eaton, Ann Arbor MI Orlando was amazing patience dealing with the group and myriad of questions. He is incredibly knowledgeable about the bird and wildlife and serious about protecting the unique Namibian environment including observing the park and reserve rules. He also worked hard to ensure we saw as many animals as we could during game drives and simply along the many roads. Jean Aaro, Hotchkiss CO
A very caring trip leader who is tuned in to making it the best experience possible. Knows everything about animals we saw. Richard Feferman, Albuquerque NM Very professional, caring, knowledgeable leader. One of the best in my experience. Yola Gibas, Washington Crossing PA Orlando was not just a terrific guide he was also a very caring person. On multiple occasions he went beyond the call of duty to provide assistance to individual travelers. Sandra Colony, New York NY Orlando is without question the best guide we've ever had on a WT trip (or any other trip). His knowledge and experience of Namibia's wildlife are first-rate, and his primary concern was always the guests' welfare and happiness. Because of him, we were able to appreciate this gorgeous country as much as he loves it. Jeannee Sacken, Milwaukee WI

Optional Extensions

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

Namibia

namibia sossusvlei sand dunes

Sossusvlei Dunes Extension

Explore a Legendary Landscape from a Beautiful Wilderness Lodge

Walking, Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History
4 days  -  Level 2

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