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Windhoek - Sossusvlei - Swakopmund - Damaraland - Etosha National Park - Okonjima - Windhoek: 10 Day Private Tour

The sheer natural beauty combined with being one of the best places in Southern Africa to see wildlife, not to mention the coastline, quaint towns and taking claim to the oldest desert in the world - Namibia is one incredible place to visit. 

This 10 day tour takes you to all the highlights - the sand dunes of Sossusvlei, the flamingos of Walvis Bay, the desert of Swakopmund, the nature of Damaralnad, the wildlife galore of Etosha National Park and more... spend 10 days lapping up the delights of Namibia. 

This is a Private Tour, meaning you will have your own personal driver/guide and private vehicle. We also offer Tailor Made Tours to Southern Africa. 

*Price includes 9 nights' accommodation, transfers, personal guide/driver, 19 meals and more. Price does not include return international flights from your place of origin.

We would be happy to provide you with a quote for international flights. Flights from Australia vary in price and range from around $1,300 to $1,700 per person return. The actual price varies depending on departure city, time of year and luck of the draw!  

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Day 1: Welcome to Windhoek

On arrival in Windhoek, you will be met at the airport by your guide (also your driver) and taken to your accommodation which is conveniently located in the centre of Windhoek.

Day 1 also includes a guided tour of Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. Visit the castle of Schwerinsburg, the Old Fort and more. 

If your flight arrives late in the day or you have come directly from a long journey, you might prefer to arrive a day earlier and settle in first. If so we will still collect you from the airport, but will need to charge for one extra nights accommodation.

Overnight in Windhoek: Olive Grove Guesthouse

Day 2: Drive to Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert

Your guide will collect you from your accommodation and take you to Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert. The drive usually takes a little over 4 hours. 

Sossusvlei is one of Namibia’s most magnificent landmarks. It is located in the Namib Desert in the Namib-Naukluft National Park in the southwest of Namibia. You will be staying here for two nights and have a chance to explore the area.

Some people say the red sand dunes are the highest in the world, we don’t know if that is true but they are certainly huge, awesome and a highlight of any visit. There are also many other spectacular geographical formations in the area such as the Sesriem Canyon. 

Overnight in Sossusvlei: Hoodia Desert Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Day 3: Explore the Incredible Sand Dunes and Nature of Sossusvlei

The sand dunes at sunrise is a lovely experience so today is an early start. You can either climb the iconic sand dunes or if you prefer, soar above the amazing landscape in a hot air balloon. The hot air balloon option is not an inclusion and would incur an extra charge.

On your drive back through the National Park, your guide will help you spot wildlife. Enjoy a picnic lunch and in the afternoon take a sunset drive on the dunes. 

In addition to the above there is the option to go horse riding, sand boarding or take an after dark guided star gazing excursion. These options are not included and incur a charge. 

Overnight in Sossusvlei: Hoodia Desert Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Enjoy a scenic drive to Swakopmund passing through Walvis Bay

This morning you will leave the Namib Desert and enjoy a very beautiful drive north towards Swakopmund on the Skeleton Coast. This drive is usually a little under 5 hours and takes you through some gorgeous scenery and canyons.

Shortly before completing your journey you will pass through and stop off at Walvis Bay for a short visit. Walvis Bay is a port town just outside of Swakopmund. It is famous for its huge natural lagoon and abundance of sea birds including pelicans, flamingos and 200,000 migratory birds.

Swakopmund itself is a coastal city with Atlantic Ocean facing sandy beaches. Swakopmund is a former colonial town famous for its German heritage and architecture. In fact many people still speak German.

It is a great place to enjoy a couple of days between visiting the dunes of Sossusvlei and exploring the attractions of Northern Namibia.

Overnight in Swakopmund - Villa Margherita

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5: Enjoy the many delights of Swakopmund

Today you can explore Swakopmund and the surrounding area. Take a Living Desert Tour - a 4x4 adventure drive through the dunes. See the hidden life in what seems like a barren landscape - adders, geckos, chameleons and more. Find out how the plants and animals survive the harsh climate and enjoy the different colours of the dunes. 

You may like to add on one of the following options (additional charges apply):

  • A boat cruise off Pelican Point to search for Cape Fur seals and dolphins
  • A guided kayaking trip 
  • A bird watching excursion
  • A visit to the Swakopmund Lighthouse, the Swakopmund Museum and Sandwich Harbour
  • Adventure activities - Just outside Swakopmund several sand dunes have been set aside for adventure activities, including sand boarding, quad biking, camel riding and off-road driving

Overnight in Swakopmund - Villa Margherita

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6: Travel to the nature and wildlife rich Damaraland

This morning resume your Namibian road trip and head further North along the Skeleton Coast to Damaraland (approximately 5-6 hours).

Along the way stop at Henties Bay to see the Cape Cross seal colony and visit the shipwreck of MS Winston at Durissa Bay.

In Damaraland take an elephant nature drive in search of Namibia's desert-dwelling elephant and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein to see the ancient rock engravings. Have a picnic lunch in the Twyfelfontein area. 

Overnight in Damaraland: Camp Kipwe

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: Wildlife galore in Etosha National Park

This morning after breakfast continue on to Etosha National Park. The driving today is around 4 hours. 

The wildlife in Etosha is fantastic, particularly around the waterholes. Here you are likely to see elephants, giraffes, lions, leopards, zebras, springboks and gemsboks. It is also one of the best places in Southern Africa to see the endangered Cheetah, Black Rhino and rare Antelope species such as black-faced Impala, Damara dik dik and Roan antelope. 

Overnight in Etosha National Park: Dolomite Resort

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8:  Wildlife safari in Etosha National Park

Today enjoy a full day exploring Etosha National Park. With your guide, visit the different waterholes such as Halali, Okondeka and Okaukuejo where large concentrations of wildlife congregate. 

Almost a quarter of Etosha consists of salt pans, including the Etosha Pan - a distinctive and dramatic feature of the park. The Etosha Pan is the only known mass breeding ground for flamingos in Namibia and at times there can be up to a million flamingos here!

Overnight in Etosha National Park: Dolomite Resort

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9: Travel to Okonjima Nature Reserve

This morning after breakfast, depart from Etosha and head south to the Okonjima Nature Reserve. The drive is around 5 hours and on arrival you can check in. The Okonjima Nature Reserve is home of the famous Africat Foundation - an education and research facility dedicated to the rehabilitation of Namibia's big cats, particularly cheetahs and leopards. In the afternoon visit the centre and take a guided drive through the reserve where you can spot some of the big cats and other wildlife roaming on the reserve. The guides and conservation experts will explain more about big cat conservation.  

Spend the afternoon at leisure. There is the option of a night game drive - an additional charge applies and you can arrange at the centre. 

Overnight in Okonjima: Okonjima Plains Camp

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Day 10: Time to go home or onto your next adventure

Today is your last morning on your Classic Namibia tour. After breakfast, you will be taken back to Windhoek (approximately 3 hours drive) in time for your departure flight.

Meals included: Breakfast

 

*All international travellers need to be prepared to sign indemnities whenever you enter National Parks and Reserves in Africa or partake in activities. This is a requirement of the Reserves. 

All accommodation and hotels are subject to change. If the stated hotel is not available a hotel of a similar standard and location will be booked.

 

INCLUSIONS
Inclusions:
  • 10 day classic tour of the highlights of Namibia. 
  • 9 nights' accommodation.
  • 19 meals included. 
  • All airport transfers – your guide (also your driver) will be there to meet you on arrival and get you to the airport on time for your departure.
  • English speaking driver/guide. For the duration of your holiday you will have the same guide with you. Your driver is also your guide.   
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees as stated in the itinerary, including all National Park fees.
Highlights:
  • Explore the Namib Desert, its dunes, wildlife and more in Sossusvlei.
  • Travel along the Skeleton Coast and stay in Swakopmund, an African town with a German feel. 
  • Enjoy the dramatic landscape and history of Damaraland - home to rock formations, black rhinos and rock engravings. 
  • Take a safari in the wildlife packed Etosha National Park - elephants, giraffes, lions, thousands of flamingos and much much more. 
  • Visit the Okonjima Nature Reserve, home to one of Africa's most impressive conservation projects - Africat.  
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 Travelbay Southern Africa Tours -10 Day Namibia

 

How to get there:
This tour starts and ends in Windhoek.

Travelbay works together with an excellent corporate flight booking company and is happy to provide you with a quote and organise your flights. We charge a $50 booking fee for this service. Alternatively, if you would like to arrange flights yourself you can find more information and suggestions here.

If you are wanting to know more about how far it is between destinations and how long your flight will take, you can visit www.travelmath.com and use their trip calculator.

 

Timezones:
To help you calculate the time difference we recommend World Time Buddy.

 

Visa information:
If a visa is required for any country you are visiting it is each travellers responsibility to ensure they have obtained a valid visa prior to travel. Every country has different requirements and it also depends on the nationality of the passport you are travelling on. 

To find out the visa requirements for your destination, you can check here with Visalink.

If a visa is required you can use the services on the same link, or you may wish to apply directly yourself.

In addition to the above link, we have provided some more information on visas here: Visa Information page

Please note: Every country has different visa requirements and charges. To support we attempt to provide you with the latest information and links. However, please be aware that it is each traveller’s responsibility (and not Travelbay’s) to ensure that you have a valid visa if required for any country you visit.

 

Currency information:

Both the Namibian Dollar and the South African Rand are used in Namibia. Zambia is the Zambia Kwacha (ZMW).

We recommend letting your bank know the overseas countries where you will be using your card to avoid them freezing any 'suspicious' activity. 

 

Tipping and Tour Guides:

Tipping is entirely at your discretion. In response to some customers questions here are a few guidelines:

It is usual to tip the guides, drivers, porters and waiters.

Please be aware that tipping is a sign of gratification for good service, and therefore view the guidelines as the middle ground, which can be adjusted depending on the level of service you feel you have received. 

  • Guides: R200-300 per day (total per day)
  • Drivers: R100 per day (total for 2 people)
  • Porters / Bell boys: R10

Tipping tip: It can be handy to have small notes for tipping. 

 

Safety tips:
Please remember to take care of yourself and your belongings at all times when travelling. We recommend using an over the shoulder bag /handbag with a zip to keep your belongings safe and secure.

 

Extra travel tips:
Take extra water, especially on safaris. It is hot in Southern Africa and whilst your tour guide will have some water for you in the car, you may want extra. 

 

Vaccination Information:
Travelbay recommends you check with your doctor as to any immunisations that you may require or that are recommended for your travels.  Alternatively, you can visit The Travel Doctor or Travelvax for more information. 

 

Electricity and Adaptors
A useful resource to find out what plug or adaptor you might need for any country can be found by clicking here: https://whatplug.info/to/ and then selecting the country or countries you are visiting.

 

Climate:

Namibia has a subtropical desert climate with great differences between the day and nighttime temperatures. 

Dry season: from May to October. 

Wet Season: January to April. 

Best time to visit: If it's wildlife you want to see, the dry season is the best for this. The colours of Namibia are most vibrant in the wet season as well as just after.  

Peak season: from August to September. We recommend booking your holiday early if you are traveling during these months.

 

Population:  2.49 million

 

Language: Oshiwambo is the most widely spoken language in Namibia and English is the official language. 

Predominant religion: Christianity is the predominant religion.

 

Some interesting facts: 
Namibia was a German colony before being taken over by South Africa in World War I. It became independent in 1990. 

Namibia is only one of 2 countries (Mali is the other) where you can find desert elephants. 

The sand dunes in Sossusvlei are some of the highest in the world.  

  

More Travelbay Africa Tours: 

Contact us for more Africa tours - we have many in the pipeline and can also offer Tailor Made Tours to Africa.  

  

 

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TERMS
Terms & Conditions

Booking Process:

Upon purchase of your tour online you will immediately receive a receipt and order confirmation. Travelbay will contact the tour operator to confirm availability for all accommodation and transportation for your tour.

As soon as we have confirmed the dates (usually within 48 hours sometimes a little longer at weekends) we will email you your booking confirmation.

We will request further information from you to ensure that all your personal preferences are taken care of. This will include details such as your accommodation preferences, dietary requests, allergies, health issues, emergency contact and any special requirements. We will also request copies of the passport for each traveller so that we can organise and book all the flights that are listed as being included in the price of this tour.

Very Important:

It is extremely rare for any of the tours to not have availability (as we remove them when full) however, it is important to note that your dates are only confirmed once we have been in touch with you to confirm availability. Therefore, please wait on purchasing your international flights until you have received booking confirmation from us.

In the unlikely event that there is no availability on your chosen date we will offer you alternate dates. If these do not suit we will fully refund your payment.

All international travellers, tour operators, guides, drivers and staff need to be prepared to sign indemnities whenever they enter National Parks and Reserves in Africa or partake in activities. This is a requirement of the Reserves.

Booking Information:

  • Quoted prices are per person.
  • Booking valid for selected and booked travel dates.
  • Please book at least 45 days prior to your desired date of travel.
  • Bookings are subject to availability.
  • Child prices: Please contact us for rates.
  • Minimum group size is 2.
  • For single travellers or for single room pricing, please contact us. 
  • If you would like to arrive before the start of tour or leave later and require extra nights’ accommodation, please contact us and we can arrange it for you at very reasonable rates.
  • Prior to completion of your booking we take great care to go through all the details together with you until we get everything exactly as you would like it. At that point we confirm your booking and the details and you pay for it. If after payment, you decide to make further changes we will do what we can to accommodate them and will also need to charge an additional $50 administration fee.

Inclusions:

  • 9 nights' accommodation.
    • Check-in & check-out time: generally, check in is after 2 pm and check out before 12 pm. Early check-in and late check-out are subject to room availability and may generate additional full day room rate.
  • 19 meals as per itinerary (9 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 6 dinners).
    • Mineral water on tour days.
    • English speaking local guide (also your driver) - you will have the same driver/guide with you for the duration of your holiday. 
      • Please note: if your group is larger than 4 people we will provide you with a driver and guide. Your driver in this case may not have as fluent English as your guide and will be primarily a driver. 
    • Entrance and sightseeing fees as stated in the itinerary - this includes all National Park fees and safaris listed.
    • All airport transfers.
      • Please note: There is one airport transfer on arrival and one airport transfer on departure for the group booked. If within your group you will be arriving separately, please contact us for a quote.
    • All transport as per itinerary. This is a private tour and your transport will be by private vehicle. The size of the vehicle will depend on the size of your group. 
    • Taxes and service fees. 

      Exclusions:

      • International airfares to and from Australia. 
      • Meals not outlined in the itinerary.
      • Drinks for all meals.
      • Accommodation before or after the tour. 
      • Visas fees.
      • Travel insurance. Please contact us if you would like a quote. 
        • Please note: travel insurance is compulsory for this tour. 
      • Tips and gratuities.
      • Government impose increase of taxes and/or park fees.
      • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry etc.
      • Others not indicated in the inclusions.

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          • Please note: Travel insurance is compulsory for this tour. 
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        • Passport and visa regulations can change and it is your responsibility to ensure that you possess the relevant travel documents before you travel. Delays can be experienced in obtaining a passport or visa, so you are advised to apply in plenty of time. We accept no responsibility in any regard in relation to customers who are denied entry to a country because they do not possess the correct travel documents.
        • It is also your responsibility to ensure that you hold a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond your date of return. If you hold multiple passports, you may be required to present your passport of residence on departing that country. If you hold a passport for a country to which you are travelling, you may be obliged to produce that passport on entering the country. Accordingly, you could be obliged to carry more than one passport when travelling overseas. You should make your own enquiries in relation to your specific circumstances and requirements.
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        YOU CAN START THIS TOUR ON ANY DATE - pending availability

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