Travel to the southern coast of Africa and craft a customized safari that will take you across the amazing country of Namibia. This choose-your-own adventure will take you to some of the finest lodges and within insanely close (yet very safe) proximity to fabled African wildlife. Watch prides of lions as they lounge in the sparse desert shade, or gaze in awe as herds of elephants, giraffes and zebras wander among the acacia trees and act as if you and your travel partners aren't even there. You'll see leopards dining on freshly killed springboks high in the trees, and watch as rhinos bully their way through the bush.
And, while the wildlife is the highlight of this adventure, this experience also includes visits to some of the most vibrant communities on the continent, and to some of the most luxurious and service-oriented bush lodges in Africa. You'll enjoy five-star meals, great South African wines and "sundowners" from vistas that will take your breath away as the sun slips below the horizon.
But maybe the best surprise? This is a safari that's within financial reach of many--it's not just for the deep-pocketed traveler. Come and experience all Africa has to offer on a budget that will allow you to do and see more without compromising on luxury. You'll find Namibia and its people to be warm and welcoming, and you'll be amazed how fast your trip of a lifetime flies by. The solution to this problem? Well, you'll just have to come back.
With Namibia Tours and Safaris guidance, we will help craft a completely custom itinerary for you and your group. You can literally drive the entire country, starting on the beach among a colony of cape fur seals and ending high among the sand dunes of the Namib desert. You can focus your tour on wildlife and add in customized stops in charming African communities for shopping and fine meals as you drive from lodge to lodge, or you can stay put in one place for multiple days and enjoy some of the best hospitality anywhere.
This is your adventure, and you get to craft it to the desires of your group, whatever they may be. You can see as much or as little of Namibia as you like, but no matter where you go, or where you stay, you'll meet wonderful people, see things you've only dreamed of and come home with memories that will last a lifetime.
On your tour, you'll stop at a number of the finest lodges in Africa, Each is unique in its own right, boasting a character all its own. Each provides luxurious accommodations you likely wouldn’t expect in the bush of Africa and each offers a one-of-a-kind experience for guests. Some of the lodges boast wonderful bars and offer out-of-this-world dining. Others have refreshing swimming pools and spacious outdoor gathering spaces. Still others put you right in the middle of it all, within a quick drive of a “sundowner” wildlife experience like no other.
Lodges vary by location and geography, from the stunning Pelican Point lodge on the Atlantic coast to Mowani Lodge in Damaraland (where you’ll see large herds of elephants), you’ll find that you’re doing so much more than just finding a place to lay your head. You’ll be very well taken care of and you’ll fall in love with people who have a deep appreciation for tourism and travelers.
As for transportation between stops and lodges, that’s completely up to you. You’ll rent a car from Namibia Tours and Safaris, which allows you to further customize your experience. From behind the wheel, you can choose multiple routes to each day’s destination and take as much time as you like as you make your way through this stunning country.
From each lodge, you will then join a tour, where you’ll be taken in a lodge vehicle to view wildlife and the stunning scenery each destination offers.
Food and drink
Each lodge has a professionally trained chef–your meals will not disappoint. You’ll dine on some of the most unique dishes in the world, including fresh and locally sourced meats and vegetables, fine South African wines and creative cocktails inspired by the country around you. Meals are an event, where you and your group can mingle with other travelers and share stories from the day’s adventures.
You'll meet your tour operator at the airport and transfer to a hotel in town. Rest up, because your safari starts the minute you wake up the next day! The next morning, you'll leave Windhoek and venture into the African bush on your way to Sossusvlei via Spreetshoogte, a gorgeous drive through the shrub savannah and into the desert where you'll be among steep granite cliffs and you'll likely encounter your first African wildlife while you drive. You'll overnight at Dead Lodge (don't worry, there's plenty of life!) and visit Namib Naukluft Park, home of the world-famous sand dunes where you can hike and climb. From there, you'll travel north to Walvis Bay, home of the giant colonies of cape fur seals. But, on your way, look out for Hartmann's mountain zebras, wild ostrich and the ever-present springbok. You'll over night at Pelican Point Lodge, right on the south Atlantic coast. You'll spend your fourth day in Walvis Bay, where you'll see the seals frolicking in the surf, enjoy some of the best seafood anywhere and take in the unique coastal culture that thrives in the shadows of towering sand dunes.
On your fifth day, you'll head to the waterfront after an early breakfast and board a dolphin cruise through Pelican Point Bay, where you'll likely see dolphins, whales and seals. When the tour ends, buckle up. You're off to Damaraland. It's a long drive and perhaps the most beautiful tour in Namibia. You'll likely stop often and wonder at the scenery or herds of wildlife on your way--you'll smell the colony of 100,000 seals before you see them (it can be a bit overpowering!), and you'll spot the remnants of several shipwrecks as you drive along the Skeleton Coast to Cape Cross on your way to Twyfelfontein and the Mowani Lodge. Over the next few days, you'll enjoy what looks like an arid wasteland, but you'll be surprised to encounter massive desert elephants, and you might surprise a rare black rhino. If you're lucky, you'll get a glimpse of a cheetah as it stalks the plentiful springbok. It'll be hot and dry, and you'll love the pool at the lodge!
From Damaraland, your wildlife adventure really begins. First, you'll visit the private Hobatere Concession and then Etosha National Park. Over the next three days, from the wonderful home bases of Hobatere, Ongava and Mushara lodges, you'll experience more wildlife than you thought possible. You'll likely see everything from elephants and lions to leopards, zebras and giraffes. This is what a safaris is supposed to be! Your evenings at the lodges will be luxurious, with delicious meals fine winds and great company. Each day, in Etosha National Park, you'll encounter some of the world's most treasure wildlife. This is the exclamation point on your adventure!
It's hard to believe, but this is your last destination. Managed by the AfriCat, the Okonjima is a private reserve that primarily focuses on the conservation or leopards and cheetah. Here, you'll spend two days among the big cats on their turf -- it's one of the most in-demand stops on any Namibian safari. Here, you become the "hunter," and you'll stalk leopards on cheetahs on foot (with a guide, of course) across this 220-square-kilometer reserve.
- Lodging Hotel in Windhoek, all lodging on the tour and the hotel the final night in Windhoek.
- Transportation Car rental from the tour operator. Lodges provide transportation into the bush for safaris.
- Meals Three chef-prepared delicacies plus snacks each day
- Beverages Some alcoholic beverages, including wine and beer, and all non-alcoholic beverages are included
- Guides Lodges provide some guiding services; some guided safaris cost extra.
You'll fly from the U.S. to a European hub, such as Frankfurt, Germany. From there, you'll fly south to Windhoek, Namibia, where your tour begins. Tour operators will meet you at the airport and get you settled for your first night in Africa. Your adventure awaits.