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Ultimate Namibia - with the Okavango Delta

Cost

from £4,490 pp

(ex international flights)

Duration

26 days

This in-depth tour will show you all the highlights of Namibia and take you off the beaten track into its rural northern provinces. Visit the world renowned Sossusvlei with its towering dunes, the floodlit waterholes of Etosha National Park and enjoy a desert camping experience in NamibRand before travelling to the country's northern regions to get to know more about Namibian culture. Meet members of the indigenous Himba community in Damaraland and San Bushmen in the Otavi Mountains, while also exploring the region's natural wonders. Travel to Mahango National Park and cross the border into Botswana where you will spend several days exploring the wildlife and cultural highlights of the iconic Okavango Delta. Covering everything from the city streets of Windhoek and Swakopmund, to the babbling backwaters of the Kavango River, this 25 day itinerary is the ultimate Namibia trip.

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Windhoek

Day 1 - Windhoek

  • Transfer from Windhoek Airport to your hotel
  • At leisure in Windhoek
Mariental

Day 2 - Mariental

  • Collect self-drive vehicle in Windhoek
  • Self-drive from Windhoek to the Kalahari Desert
  • Afternoon Drive on the Kalahari (Optional)
Keetmanshoop, Fish River Canyon

Day 3 - Keetmanshoop, Fish River Canyon

  • Self-drive from the Kalahari Desert to Fish River Canyon, via Keetmanshoop
  • Stop at Mesosaurus Fossil Site and Quivertree Forest
Fish River Canyon, Aus

Day 4 - Fish River Canyon, Aus

  • Visit Fish River Canyon
  • Self-drive Fish River canyon to Aus
Luderitz, Aus

Day 5 - Luderitz, Aus

  • Visit Kolmanskop - Namibia's 'Ghost Town' (Optional)
  • Cruise of Luderitz Bay (Optional)
The NamibRand Nature Reserve

Day 6 - The NamibRand Nature Reserve

  • Self-drive from Aus to the NamibRand Nature Reserve
  • Hike the Tok Tokkie Trail - Day 1
The NamibRand Nature Reserve

Day 7 - The NamibRand Nature Reserve

  • Hike the Tok Tokkie Trail - Day 2
Sossusvlei, Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Day 8 - Sossusvlei, Central Kalahari Game Reserve

  • Self drive from NamibRand Nature Reserve to Sossuvlei.
  • At leisure in Sossusvlei
Sossusvlei, Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Day 9 - Sossusvlei, Central Kalahari Game Reserve

  • Visit to Dune 45, Sossusvlei, Deadvlei and Sesriem Canyon.
Swakopmund

Day 10 - Swakopmund

  • Self-drive from Sossusvlei area to Swakopmund
  • At leisure in Swakopmund
Swakopmund

Day 11 - Swakopmund

  • Experience the Catamaran Charters (Optional)
  • Eco Marine Kayak Tours (Optional)
  • Desert Explorers Quad Biking (Optional)
Henties Bay, Twyfelfontein, Damaraland

Day 12 - Henties Bay, Twyfelfontein, Damaraland

  • Self-drive from Swakopmund to Damaraland
  • Cape Cross seal colony
  • At leisure in Twyfelfontein
Twyfelfontein, Damaraland

Day 13 - Twyfelfontein, Damaraland

  • Explore Twyfelfontein
  • Damara Living Museum
Himba woman at Epupa
The Himba people are one of the last nomadic tribes in Africa and indeed the world. They keep cattle and grow a few subsistence crops supplemented by hunting and gathering. One of the most striking features of the Himba is the way they colour their skin and hair. Women mix ground ochre, fat from their cattle, and ash to make a paste which they smear on their skin and hair. It is a deep red colour which is considered very desirable in their culture. It is also a protective layer against the hot Namibian sun and keeps the skin supple and moisturised. There are numerous theories for the tradition of coating the skin in the red ochre paste, but one of the primary reasons given by the tribe’s elders is to distinguish between men and women. The Himba people survive on quite a limited diet. Their staple is a maize meal porridge which makes up the majority of meals. Meat is eaten for celebrations but really isn’t a frequent component of their diet. The strong belief system of the Himba falls into the animist group, and they believe in a supreme being known as Mukuru, who they communicate with using smoke. When smoke from the holy fire drifts up towards the sky, it sends messages to their ancestors who are able to pass these on to Mukuru.

Day 14 - Opuwo, Etosha National Park

  • Self-drive from Damaraland to Etosha National Park
  • Visit a Himba village (optional)
Etosha National Park

Day 15 - Etosha National Park

  • Full day of game drives at Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park

Day 16 - Etosha National Park

  • Full day at Etosha Park - Halali
Zebras in Etosha National Park
At over 20,000 square kilometres, Etosha National Park is around half the size of Switzerland. Its name translates as ‘great white place’ after the Etosha pan, a 4,590 square kilometre salt pan which lies entirely within the park. Etosha is home to over one hundred species of mammal, hundreds of reptiles and insects, and more than 300 species of birds. Depending on what you wish to see during your trip to Etosha, you should aim for different times of year. The dry season is best for viewing the bigger game animals as they have restricted access to water so their behaviour becomes predictable with daily visits to the water sources in the park. You can expect to see zebra, elephants, rhino, lion, springbok, oryx, hyena, giraffe, eland, jackal, and if you a lucky, leopard. There are many more interesting species present but these are the major crowdpleasers. Raptors are also easy to spot during the dry winter season, but the wet summer is best for spotting other varieties of birdlife. The salt pans fill with water and flocks of flamingo come to breed, among many other exciting species.

Day 17 - Etosha National Park

  • Game drive at Etosha National Park
  • Explore Etosha Pan (optional)
Otavi Mountains

Day 18 - Otavi Mountains

  • Self-drive from Etosha to the Otavi Mountains
  • Explore the Otavi Mountains region
Otavi Mountains

Day 19 - Otavi Mountains

  • Visit Ju/Hoansi Living Museum.
Rundu

Day 20 - Rundu

  • Self-drive from the Otavi Mountains to Rundu
  • At leisure in Rundu
Mahango Game Reserve

Day 21 - Mahango Game Reserve

  • Self-drive from Rundu to Mahango Game Reserve
  • Game Drive at Mahango Game Reserve
Okavango Delta

Day 22 - Okavango Delta

  • Transfer from Mahango Game Reserve to the Okavango Delta (cross border)
Okavango Delta

Day 23 - Okavango Delta

  • Enjoy a traditional moroko trip
Ghanzi

Day 24 - Ghanzi

  • Transfer from the Okavango Delta to Ghanzi
  • San Bushman Experience in Ghanzi
Windhoek

Day 25 - Windhoek

  • Self-drive from Ghanzi to Windhoek
Windhoek

Day 26 - Windhoek

  • At leisure in Windhoek
  • Self-drive from Windhoek to the airport