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

What Makes Our Namibia Expedition Special?

The Most Extensive and Diverse Itinerary — This is the most extraordinary Namibia safari available. We get you off the beaten track, with an unmatched range of activities.

Enchanting Accommodations — You’ll have unrivaled comfort at private tented camps sited for access to rare wildlife, and charming lodges inside parks and game preserves.

Custom-Built Vehicles & Guaranteed Window Seats — Our air-conditioned Land Cruisers give each passenger a great view and ample space. We also include a private charter flight along the Diamond Coast!

Small Groups & the same Expert Leader Throughout Your Safari — With a maximum of 12 adventurers per departure, our small group size ensures that you never feel crowded or rushed.

Be Part of the Greatest Conservation Story Ever Told — Over 40% of Namibia’s land is preserved; the country is now home to the only growing wildlife population in all of Africa.

Special Event!

A special variation of this itinerary is part of our Namibia: A Vision for Wildlife Symposium and Safari Program in April 2019.

Overview

Austere. Breathtaking. Unforgettable. Namibia’s landscapes are unlike any other on the planet. Here, in the oldest desert on earth, iconic species have evolved to survive and even thrive. Wilderness Travel has designed an unsurpassable experience of this hauntingly beautiful land. Our safari explores wildly varied regions, from the salt pans of Etosha, where wildlife gathers in huge numbers around waterholes, to the surreal sand dunes of Sossusvlei—the highest in the world. We give you special access to private concessions and wildlife reserves, a wonderful diversity of activities, accommodations as unique as Namibia itself, and logistics that make the most of your time in "the vast place."

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Windhoek / Okonjima Bush Camp / AfriCat Foundation

We head to Okonjima, home to AfriCat, the largest cheetah and leopard rescue and release program in the world. Here we learn about conservation efforts and track these captivating species—our up-close encounters with leopard and cheetah are unforgettable.

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Days 3-4
Leopard Tracking / Great Wildlife Encounters in Ongava Private Reserve / Etosha National Park

Ethereal salt pans in this world-famous habitat are gathering places for throngs of wildlife. We explore by 4WD vehicle, on the lookout for elephant, lion, giraffe, blue wildebeest, kudu, gemsbok (oryx), zebra, and more.

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Days 5-8
Surreal Damaraland / Encounter with the Himba / Tracking Desert Adapted Rhino & Elephant / Twyfelfontein

Damaraland is a surprising refuge for desert-adapted wildlife including elephant, giraffe, oryx, and springbok. We’ll track game in this unfenced landscape and visit the Himba, the semi-nomadic pastoralists who live here. At Twyfelfontein, a World Heritage Site, we’ll walk among sandstone boulders that hold some 2,500 prehistoric engravings in a great gallery of petroglyphs, including intriguing shamanic symbols.

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Days 9-10
Damaraland to Swakopmund / Charter Flight Along the Skeleton Coast

From the coastal town of Swakopmund, a scenic flight brings us into Namib-Naukluft National Park, where we can climb the towering Sossusvlei Dunes.

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Days 11-14
Climb Sossusvlei Dunes / Namibrand Private Nature Reserve / Tok Tokkie Trail / Windhoek

We set off on foot across the Tok Tokkie Trail, an impossibly beautiful landscape, with an expert leader who will unlock its secrets. After candlelit dinners watching the twilight colors, we’ll sleep in our own “dune beds” under the stars—an extraordinary experience. Depart Day 14 via Windhoek.

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Highlights

Highlights

Incredible access to world-class game viewing in Etosha National Park
Hike the Tok Tokkie Trail and sleep under breathtaking stars in Africa’s first Dark Sky Reserve
Go behind the scenes at Okonjima’s leopard and cheetah rehabilitation project
Track desert rhino on foot with researchers from the Save the Rhino Trust
Climb the epic dunes in Sossusvlei with early-morning access
Hike below the extraordinary rock art in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein
Private charter flight above the legendary ‘Skeleton Coast’

Details

Length: 14 days
Cost From: $8495  
Arrive: Windhoek, Namibia
Depart: Windhoek, Namibia
Lodging: 8 nights deluxe wildlife camps, 2 nights open-air camping, 1 night hotel, 2 nights guesthouse
Meals: All meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History, Walking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

4WD game viewing, easy to moderate hiking

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