Best of Namibia
Namibia borders Angola, Botswana and South Africa on the Atlantic coast. The driest country in sub-Saharan Africa, Namibia is sparsely populated. The mostly desert and savannah climate along with a low population density mean stunning views, sweeping landscapes and wildlife that tends to concentrate around available water.
This Best of Namibia adventure will see a lot of fantastic landscapes with concentrated wildlife viewing and photography in places such as Etosha National Park. We will see the big dunes, the seal colony at Walvis Bay, desert adapted elephants in Damaaraland, the panoply of wildlife in Etosha and more on this extensive safari throughout Namibia.
Namib Naukluft National Park
We will spend 3 mornings and 3 afternoons photographing and walking amongst the world famous big dunes. We will visit the Deadvlei pan with the ancient dead Camel Thorn trees, Sossuvlei and the Apricot Dunes. These are perhaps the most impressive sand dunes on earth. Optional helicopter rides will also be available.
We will see cape fur seals and a panoply of birds in the lagoon and at a local bird sanctuary. A morning boat cruise may reveal dolphins, southern humpback whales and southern right whales. The flamingo photography is particularly spectacular in this area.
Etosha National Park
Seven nights in Etosha National Park. We add a third vehicle so that everyone has their own row on the morning and afternoon wildlife drives. See desert elephants, giraffes, rhinos, oryx, antelopes, lions, leopard, cheetahs and more. This is Namibia’s premier wildlife preserve. At our lodging at Okaukuejo and Onguma you may well be able to photograph and watch wildlife from your lodging as they come to the watering holes.
July is the height of the southern winter. Our January. It will be hot during the day and the sun is strong, but the nights can be quite pleasant. As always, we recommend lightweight boots, long pants, long sleeves and definitely hats.
There will be more walking on this tour. You will be photographing both inside and outside of the vehicle.
You should be able to walk up to about 1.5 miles at a time.
Key Areas Visited
Namib Naukluft Park - Big Dunes, Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei
Etosha National Park
Onguma Private Reserve
Okonjima Nature Reserve
- Meet & Greet service at Windhoek Airport
- All road transfers
- 1 night at Galton House
- 3 nights at Dead Valley Lodge
- 2 nights at The Strand Hotel
- AM harbour cruise at Walvis Bay
- AM private Living Desert Tour
- 2 nights at Mowani Mountain Camp
- 4 nights at Okaukuejo Camp
- Park Fees at Etosha
- 3 nights at Onguma Tented Camp
- Park fees at Onguma
- 1 night at Okinjima Plains Camp
- Complimentary use of professional beanbags
- Experienced professional local driver/guides
- All meals are included
- Local drinks include local house wine, local beer, and soft drinks with meals (including water, tea & coffee). Water is also provided in the safari vehicles. No vintage wines or imported spirits (Johnny walker, Chivers Regal, etc.) are included – these will be for the guest’s own account.
- International flights to Windhoek, Namibia (arrive in the morning and depart after 18:00)
- VISA fees
- Travel & Equipment Insurance
- Any entry fees and excursions not included in the above itinerary (e.g.: hot air balloon flight or helicopter flights in Sossusvlei).
- Tips/gratuities for your local drivers/guides
- Tips/gratuities for the lodges, camps, and hotels
- Tips/gratuities for luggage porters