Experiences

Namibia 2024 (26 November to 07 December)

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A glimpse of what’s waiting for you

Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Namib Desert as you venture into the stunning Sossusvlei area during your stay at Dead Valley Lodge.

Prepare for an exhilarating adventure as you conquer some of the planet’s tallest free-standing sand dunes at Sossusvlei, an experience not to be missed.

Capture the stark beauty of Deadvlei through your lens.

Drift silently over the Namib in a hot air balloon, then indulge in a desert breakfast with sparkling wine, weather permitting.

Enjoy daily authentic yoga sessions in breathtaking locations guided by a professional yoga instructor.

Join an Atlantic Ocean marine cruise for the chance to get up close with seals, dolphins, marine birds, and maybe even whales.

Discover the stunning Sandwich Harbour on an exhilarating half-day 4×4 excursion.

Stroll among prehistoric rock art at the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Twyfelfontein.

Enjoy exciting guided game drives in the renowned Etosha National Park from a specially modified, air-conditioned 4×4 vehicle with a pop-top roof.

Itinerary at a glance

Day 1

Arrival in Windhoek and overnight.

Day 2

Drive from Windhoek to Sossusvlei Area/Namib Naukluft National Park.

Day 3

Sossusvlei & Dead Vlei.

Day 4

Memorable balloon flight over the Namib Desert and Drive Sossusvlei area to Swakopmund.

Day 5

Swakopmund/Walvis Bay. Walvis Bay lagoon. Dolphin & Seal Cruise.

Day 6

Swakopmund/Walvis Bay. Sandwich Harbor.

Day 7

Drive from Swakopmund to Damaraland. Twyfelfontein.

Day 8

Damaraland. Desert Black Rhinoceros.

Day 9

Drive Damaraland to Southern Etosha National Park Boundary.

Day 10 & 11

Etosha National Park.

Day 12

Drive Southern Etosha National Park to Windhoek International Airport.

Windhoek

Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, nestles among rolling hills, bounded by the Eros Mountains in the east, the Auas Mountains to the south and the Khomas Hochland in the west.

It is a meeting place between Africa and Europe, the modern and the old. In the capital’s main street, well-preserved German colonial buildings are in sharp contrast with modern architectural styles, while Herero women in their traditional Victorian dresses mingle with executives dressed in the latest fashions.

Centrally located within Namibia, Windhoek is an excellent starting point for an adventurous holiday for many visitors to the country and an ideal base from where to explore the rest of Namibia.

Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei is a clay pan set amid monstrous piles of sand known as star dunes that reach the height of a 70 storey skyscraper and rank among the tallest dunes on earth. A deathly white against red sands, the pan is the endpoint of a usually dry river, Tsauchab, in the interior of the Great Sand Sea.

The river course rises south of the Naukluft Mountains in the Great escarpment. It penetrates the sand sea for some 55km before it finally peters out about the same distance from the Atlantic.

Sesriem Canyon

Sesriem Canyon has evolved through centuries of erosion by the Tsauchab River which has incised a narrow gorge about 1.5 km long and 30 meters deep into the surrounding conglomerates, exposing the varying layers of sedimentation deposited over millions of years.

The shaded cool depths of the canyon allow pools of water to gather during the rainy season and remain for much of the year round.

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Swakopmund

Swakopmund resembles a small, German coastal resort nestled between the desert and the sea. It boasts a charming combination of German colonial architecture blended with modern hotels, shops, restaurants, museums, craft centres, galleries and cafés.

Swakopmund had its beginnings as a landing station in 1892 when the German Imperial Navy erected beacons on the site. Settlers followed and made attempts to create a harbour town by constructing a concrete Mole and then an iron jetty – which attempts were ultimately unsuccessful.

The advent of World War one halted developments, and the town sank into decline until half a century later when infrastructure improved and an asphalt road opened between Windhoek and Swakopmund.

This made reaching the previously isolated town quicker and easier and it prospered once again to become Namibia’s premier resort town. Although the sea is normally cold for swimming there are pleasant beaches, and the cooler climate is refreshing after time spent in the desert.

Walvis Bay

Walvis Bay is Namibia’s main Port town as well as being the base for a variety of fishing and recreational activities on the Lagoon and out at sea.

The town is less of a seaside resort than Swakopmund, but it has a variety of areas that are of specific interest, especially to birders, including the Lagoon itself and the area around the salt works on the way out towards Pelican Point.

The Port was a British Protectorate during the years that Southwest Africa was a German Colony and did not immediately become part of Namibia after Independence. In fact, it took almost another five years before that happened.

Damaraland

Damaraland is typified by displays of color, magnificent table topped mountains, rock formations and bizarre-looking vegetation.

The present-day landscape has been formed by the erosion of wind, water and geological forces which have created rolling hills, dunes, gravel plains and ancient river terraces.

Desert adapted wildlife that can be seen include oryx, steenbok, springbok, ostrich, bat-eared fox, cheetah, black rhino and the elusive desert adapted elephant.

Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park covers 22,270km², of which approximately 5,000km² is made up of saline depressions or ‘pans’. The largest of these pans, the Etosha Pan, can be classified as a saline desert in its own right.

The Etosha Pan lies in the Owambo Basin, on the north-western edge of the Namibian Kalahari Desert. Until three million years ago it formed part of huge, shallow lake that was reduced to a complex of salt pans when the major river that fed it, the Kunene, changed course and began to flow to the Atlantic instead.

If the lake existed today, it would be the third largest in the world. Etosha is the largest of the pans at 4,760 km² in extent. It is nowadays filled with water only when sufficient rain falls to the north in Angola, inducing floods to flow southward along the Cuvelai drainage system.

The Park consists of grassland, woodland and savannah. Game-viewing centers around the numerous springs and waterholes where several different species can often be seen at one time. The Park boasts some 114 mammal and over 340 bird species.

Wildlife that one might see includes elephant, lion, giraffe, blue wildebeest, eland, kudu, gemsbok (oryx), zebra, rhino, cheetah, leopard, hyena, honey badger and warthog, as well as the endemic black faced impala.

Prices* & dates

2024

NAMIBIA

  • 26 November to 07 December (11 nights, 12 days): 9.860USD / 9.150€ pp shared.

Single rates are on request.

Limited space with no more than 12 passengers.

*Prices increase depending on when the reservation is made: From 1st June (+100€/$). From 1st September (+200€/$).

Frequently asked questions

What is included in the tour package?

Our tour package includes accommodations, meals, transportation, and activities as outlined in the “itinerary & services” section of the full brochure. Please note that any items or services not explicitly mentioned in the “itinerary & services” section of the full brochure will be considered excluded.

This includes premium and imported drinks, international and regional scheduled flights, internal transfers not stipulated, travel insurance, visas, and discretionary gratuity. We encourage you to carefully review the quote and inclusions per service line to ensure that you are aware of the scope of services covered, and to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Who are these trips for?

Our trips are designed for people who want to experience an amazing landscape/safari trip, which may include the option to practice yoga with an experienced teacher in stunning locations. It’s important to note that the practice of yoga is not mandatory and is entirely optional.

Whether you are a seasoned traveler or someone who is new to adventure travel, our trips are suitable for anyone who is looking for an unforgettable experience in some of the most beautiful and exotic destinations in the world. Our itineraries are carefully crafted to offer a balance of adventure and relaxation, so you can enjoy a truly unique and transformative travel experience.

What is the itinerary for the trip?

You can find the full itinerary and all the relevant details in our brochure, which provides a comprehensive overview of the trip. We highly recommend that you review the brochure before booking to ensure that the itinerary meets your expectations and needs. 

What type of accommodations will be provided?

You can find complete details about the accommodations provided in the brochure. Every accommodation offers a unique experience and a range of amenities to ensure that you have a comfortable and enjoyable stay.

If you have any specific questions or concerns about the accommodations, please do not hesitate to contact us for further clarification.

What is the group size for the trip?

The group size for this particular trip is between eight and twelve people. In any case, we will travel with two 4×4 Land Cruisers. This also allows us to provide a high level of service and attention to each individual traveller. We believe that smaller groups provide a more intimate and authentic travel experience.

However, if you are interested in travelling in a group and it is larger than six people, contact us, and we will organize it exclusively for you.

What is the physical fitness level required for the trip?

Our trip requires a moderate level of physical fitness. Participants should be in good health and able to walk at a normal pace for short to moderate periods of time. Additionally, some activities, such as walking through the dunes, may involve walking or hiking on uneven terrain, so participants should be comfortable with these types of activities. However, if participants prefer not to participate in walking activities, they can opt out of these activities and still enjoy the rest of the trip. If you have any concerns about the physical demands of the trip, please let us know before booking.

For the yoga classes, participants should inform the teacher if they have any physical limitations that may affect their ability to participate in the classes. The teacher will be able to provide modifications or alternative poses to accommodate different levels of physical ability.

What is the weather like in the destination during the time of the trip?

During the time of the trip (26th November to 7th December), the weather in Namibia is typically warm and dry. It is the beginning of the summer season, with temperatures ranging from around 20°C to 35°C (68°F to 95°F) in most parts of the country. It’s important to note that Namibia is a large country with varying landscapes, so weather conditions can differ between regions.

What kind of wildlife can we expect to see on the safari?

During your safari in Namibia, you can expect to encounter a diverse range of wildlife. In Etosha National Park, you may have the opportunity to see iconic African animals such as elephants, lions, giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, and various antelope species. The park is also known for its large population of endangered black rhinos.

In the Namib Desert, you may encounter unique desert-adapted species such as oryx, springbok, and ostriches. Additionally, the desert landscapes offer the chance to observe fascinating smaller creatures and birdlife that have adapted to the arid environment.

What kind of food will be provided during the trip?

During your trip, you will be provided with a variety of delicious and healthy meals that are prepared to high standards. The lodges and camps that we work with take great care in providing high-quality food to ensure that you have a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

If you have any food intolerances or allergies, please let us know in advance so that we can make the necessary arrangements. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available upon request.

What is the cancellation policy for the trip?

Please check the Terms and Conditions (T&C) section in the full brochure.

What kind of travel insurance should I purchase?

We require all clients to purchase comprehensive travel insurance at the time of confirming a booking. The insurance should cover accidental death and disability; major medical; emergency medical evacuation; loss of personal effects and trip cancellation.

It is the responsibility of the traveller to ensure that their insurance policy covers all necessary risks and activities. Certain dangerous and high-risk activities may require additional cover to be taken, and it is important to check with your insurance company to ensure that you are fully covered.

In the event of cancellation, wwwildnature.com cannot be held responsible for covering any loss incurred, regardless of the circumstances. This is why we strongly recommend that all clients purchase travel insurance that includes cancellation and curtailment cover.

Overall, purchasing comprehensive travel insurance is an important part of preparing for your trip. It provides peace of mind and financial protection in the event of unexpected events or emergencies.

What kind of medical precautions should I take before the trip?

We recommend that you visit a travel health clinic or consult with your doctor at least 4-6 weeks before your trip. They can provide you with personalized advice on the recommended vaccinations, medications, and precautions to take based on your individual health status, vaccination history, and the specific regions you will be visiting. Additionally, taking precautions to prevent mosquito bites and traveler’s diarrhea is important.

Do you offer other dates?

Other dates may be available upon request and a minimum of 8 passengers. Please, contact us for further information.

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