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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $6995  
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


  • Specialist guides for tracking leopards and cheetahs at Okonjima
  • World-class gameviewing in a remote section of Etosha
  • Remote Himba villages in Damaraland, desert-adapted wildlife
  • Sunrise and sunset in the towering Sossusvlei Dunes, 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.


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.

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 San rock paintings adorn flat-topped sandstone peaks. Under the deep blue skies of this photogenic land, you’ll track cheetahs, search for the “Big Five” in Etosha’s wild western reaches, sea kayak among dolphins, 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 radio-tracking leopards with a specialist at Okonjima, explore Etosha, where wildlife includes elephant, lion, giraffe, blue wildebeest, eland, kudu, gemsbok, zebra, rhino, cheetah, and hyena.

Days 6-11
Damaraland / Twyfelfontein / Sossusvlei

Visit a remote Himba settlement, then walk the trail at Twyfelfontein to view the most incredible rock paintings in all Africa. From charming Swakopmund, kayak and explore Walvis Bay, then head into 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

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 15 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

Jul 6-20, 2015  Orlando Haraseb
Jul 25-Aug 8, 2015  Orlando Haraseb
Sep 7-21, 2015  Orlando Haraseb
May 6-19, 2016
May 20-Jun 2, 2016
Jul 1-14, 2016
Jul 19-Aug 1, 2016
Aug 12-25, 2016
Sep 9-22, 2016

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015
$6995 (5-12 members)
Single supplement: $620
Forced single supplement: $420
Low season discount (May): $-600
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Extension Costs
Cape Town Extension
   from: $1695
Shumbalala Game Lodge Extension
   from: $2095

Trip Payment Schedule

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

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
90-46 days prior to departure: 25% 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 arriving to and departing from Windhoek, Namibia. For more detailed information, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip and have reviewed your proposed air schedule with our office. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule so we can reserve your airport transfers.

Windhoek, Namibia
Date: Day 1

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

Windhoek, Namibia
Date: Day 15

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

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 adventure. 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:

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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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, July 6-20, 2015
Namibia Expedition, July 25-August 8, 2015
Namibia Expedition, September 7-21, 2015

Client Testimonials:

Orlando was a fabulous leader. Very knowledgeable and fun to be with. Donna P., Montville, NJ
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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
Orldando was a wonderful guide and was very committed. He really looked after all of us very well. Elaine C., Zurich, Switzerland
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Orlando is the best local guide I have encountered in more than 45 years of travel to more than 100 countries. His knowledge is extensive, his organizational skills are superb. Martha F., New York, NY
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Orlando is an outstanding guide. His knowledge, energy, enthusiasm, humor, and great kindness contributed so much to the quality and enjoyment of our trip. Johanna S., Sunnyvale, CA
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Orlando is extremely knowledgable and personable. His knowledge of the flora and fauna was truly impressive. Gary S., Oakland, CA
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Orlando was clearly one of the highlights of the trip. His knowledge, patience and humor are all very much appreciated. Scott F., New York, NY
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Orlando was extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the trip. In addition to being a superb trip leader, he was also a very pleasant man who took great pride in being able to show us the diversity of Namibia. Nancy B., Charlestown, MA
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Orlando's knowledge was encyclopaedic and his concern for the welfare and well-being of his group evident and sincere. Irene K., Avon Lake, OH
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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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