Damaraland, Namibia
Binoculors SAFARIS

Classic Namibia Explorer

Our Classic Namibia Explorer guided tours leave from Windhoek and take you to several of the country's most iconic destinations, including Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert, the charming coastal town of Swakopmund, Cape Cross on the Skeleton Coast, the beautiful Damaraland and the wildlife of the reknowned Etosha National Park.
TOUR DETAILS | ITINERARY

Tour Details

Major Attractions on this Trip:

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These guided tours will take you through some of Namibia's top attractions as we explore the Namib Sea of Sands and ever-impressive sand dunes of Sossusvlei, to the thundering waves of the Atlantic, witnessing what few have seen before, the massive waves as they break against the banks of high dune walls. You will visit thousands of the Cape Fur Seals on the Skeleton Coast before venturing inland to enjoy the endless, mountainous landscape of Damaland and ending your journey in the animal Kingdom of the Etosha National Park.

Sossusvlei

Namib Desert

Swakopmund

Cape Cross

Damaraland

Etosha National Park

DURATION:

9 Days | 8 Nights

Min: 2pax

Standard Tour

COST:

1915.62 Euro per person

TOUR INCLUDES:

Transport/fuel, accommodation (or tents/camping equipment), meals as per itinerary, national park entrance fee, experienced tour guide for the entire tour, transfer to and from the airport, pick-up in Windhoek and guests' transfer to the lodge/hotel after the tour.

TOUR EXCLUDES:

Scheduled flights (bus tickets) to and from Namibia, individually extended accommodation or additional transfers, sleeping bags on camping tours, compulsory insurance, water and drinks, alcoholic beverages, optional activities/attractions, snacks, gratuities and tips, trip extensions, personal shopping, visa to Namibia.

Itinerary

Day 1

Sossusvlei

We pick you up at your hotel /airport early in the morning and head down south to the small town of Rehoboth. Here you get a last opportunity to stock up on your goodies before we head west to the Namib Desert through the magnificent and spectacularly scenic Spreethoogte Pass. We make a quick stop for some exotic pictures overlooking the Namib landscape below. From there we stop for lunch in the desert restaurant at the small, iconic settlement of Solitaire and you are more than welcome to taste the famous apple pie at the desert bakery. After lunch we travel on to our lodge just in time to relax before an early dinner so as to get a good night's rest for the next day.

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge /Desert Camp /Quiver Desert Camp

Gemsbok on horizon Climbing a dune - guided tours Gemsbok, Namibia

Day 2

Sossusvlei

Today we wake up early to explore one of the most visited parks in Africa. We will stop to allow for your first sunrise picture in the Namib Desert on our way to Sossusvlei (translated as ‘dried up pan, or a shallow depression’ that can hold water after a very good rain). We will be driving through a dune corridor created by the towering dunes of the Namib. You can choose to climb on some of the popular dunes including Dune 45 (80-90 metres high) or the second highest, Big Daddy Dune, standing at ±312 metres above the surrounding plains. After climbing the dunes a 1km walk to Deadvlei is must-do. Once in Deadvlei we witness a surreal landscape of old Camelthorn (Acacia trees) silhouetted impressively against the dunes in the now dried-up lake. Trees here are estimated to be around 800 years old. This is one of the most photographed places on earth. After a visit to Sossusvlei itself we drive back to Sesriem before the heat of the day become unbearable. We stop for lunch at Sesriem camp and relax. In the afternoon we explore the fascinating geology of the nearby Sesriem Canyon. After that we return to the lodge bringing this exhilarating and adventurous day to an end.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge /Desert Camp /Quiver Desert Camp

Day 3

Swakopmund

After a relaxing breakfast we travel along the edges of the Namib Naukluft Park in the Namib Desert. We stop for a geographical picture at the Tropic of Capricorn. From there we venture through the rugged terrain of the Namib, passing by two geologically impressive canyons, Gaub and Kuiseb, respectively. You will be offered the opportunity to test how far your eyes can see as we travel through the endless vastnesss of the Namib Desert as we approach the coastal town of Walvis Bay. We stop for lunch at the picturesque waterfront while watching the pelicans and other coastal birds fly by. After lunch we pay a quick visit to the lagoon for some flamingo and other sea bird sightings before driving to our hotel in Swakopmund. After checking in, you can relax or stroll around the town. Dinner will be at one of the iconic restaurants in town.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Meerkat Guesthouse /Plaza hotel Swakomund/Swakop Sands Hotel/Stay@Swakop Guesthouse

Day 4

Swakopmund

Today you can join your guide on a tour of the Moon Landscape and Welwitschia Exploration. These exciting guided tours will take you to a bygone era as you experience a surreal landscape resembling outer space and study an ancient living fossil plant. Alternatively choose from an abundance of optional activities at the coast. Your guide can assist in arranging them. Examples are: quad biking, scenic flights, boat cruises, skydiving etc.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Meerkat Guesthouse /Plaza hotel Swakomund/Swakop Sands Hotel/Stay@Swakop Guesthouse

Quad biking, Namib desert dunes Desert Elephants, Damaraland Sundowner

Day 5

Damaraland

Early after breakfast we head north into Damaraland, but first we journey along the treacherous Skeleton Coast to the seal colony at Cape Cross passing by various shipwrecks and skeletons. At Cape Cross you are welcomed by almost 100 000 lovely Cape Fur Seals. It is one of the largest seal colonies on the African west coast. Take a picture next to one of the crosses erected by the first Europeans to set foot on Namibian soil.
After this visit we start to travel inland towards the massive Brandberg Mountain which is the highest point in Namibia at 2575m above sea level. The Brandberg is well known for housing almost 45 individuals rock painting done by the San people, some believed to be over 2000 years old, notably the famous White Lady painting. You will start to get a feel for some real Namibian lifestyles as we pass by the small mining town of Uis and several Damara villages and mini gemstone stalls along the road side. We arrive at our lodge in the late afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Twyfelfontein Lodge/ Ugab Terrace/ Mowani Camp

Day 6

Damaraland

The San people not only painted on the rocks but also engraved on them. We head today to the world famous Twyfelfontein site to see one of the largest concentrations of petroglyphs ever made by man. These paintings were not created randomly, but rather express what the San community were going through at that time in the form of art. We can derive and interpret a lot of information from observing these mysterious images from a time gone by.
There are a host of other available activities in the area, including tracking the elusive desert Elephants, visiting the Burned Mountain and the Organ Pipes, a geological phenomenon. The Damara culture is at your disposal at their Open Air Living Museum, where you can learn all about their culture and traditions. A visit to the Petrified Forest is a unique experience and worth seeing.
After our exhausting day we enjoy some rest with refreshments as we witness another day passing by over the endless landscape of Damaraland in Namibia.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Twyfelfontein Lodge/ Ugab Terrace/ Mowani Camp

Day 7

Etosha National Park

Just after breakfast we travel to Namibia's famous Etosha National Park, one of the largest wildlife parks in Africa, where you will be welcomed by thousands of animals in their natural environment. The park covers an area of 22 000 square kilometres and is home to some of Africa's largest, including rhino, elephant, lion, giraffe.
We will explore this magnificent wildlife kingdom for the next two days. The vast expanse of the park makes it great for game viewing. After dinner, you are welcome to sit at the floodlit waterhole to watch the animals arrive one by one to drink.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Okaukuejo Resort/ Halali Resort/Namutoni Resort

Day 8

Etosha National Park

After an early breakfast we leave the camp to venture into the less travelled western area of the park, exploring areas around Sprokkieswoud, Ozonjutji Mari waterhole, Andamax area and the beautiful Okondenka which offers a vast vista of the great Etosha Pan. There will be plenty of time to capture some stunning pictures. Etosha is a jewel for wildlife photography. We stop for lunch at one of the camps and explore the park for our last afternoon, covering areas such as Aus, Oliphantsbads and Gemsboks waterhole. In the evening after dinner you're welcome to a treat of nature's theatre at the popular Okaukuejo waterhole, one of the best at night for game viewing, with a chance of spotting the highly endangered Black rhino. Soak up your last night under the African sky as animal arrive one by one to drink.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Okaukuejo Resort

Day 9

Windhoek

Today, after a late breakfast, we will bid farewell to the animal kingdom of Africa and head back to the capital . A lunch stop will be provided at one of the small towns en-route and, if time permits, we will stop at Okahandja's open air craft museum where Namibian craft are on sale. This is the end of your guided tour. We hope we have made your African dreams come true. We arrive at the airport in time for your flight or take you to your hotel in Windhoek.

Meals: Breakfast

Giraffe and Eland at a waterhole, Etosha Tourist photographs an approaching lion Rhino and sprinkbok
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