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Wonders of Namibia
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10 days

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Prices are indicative. Based on twin share. The rate of exchange calculated is approximate and the final tour cost will be as on the final date of payment. Taxes are additional.

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Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Casual trips offer immersive travel experiences at an unbeatable value with free time and plenty of choices built into the itineraries. Accommodations are comfortable, well-located, and modest. Trips are led by dynamic local guides, some meals and activities are included, and transportation is provided for included excursions.

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Expedition Overview

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Trip Details
TRIP OVERVIEW
  • Visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund for a lecture and a game drive.
  • Meet the residents of Mondesa Township and enjoy dinner and entertainment in a family home.
  • Explore the dunes of Namib-Naukluft National Park.
Itinerary

From flaming red sand dunes to arid woodlands that harbour some of the world’s largest elephant herds, Namibia bursts with unique natural wonders. Set out on wildlife drives in the renowned Etosha National Park in search of lions, rhinos, giraffes, and the elusive leopard. Visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund to learn about efforts to protect these vulnerable cats, and delve into one of the continent’s most dramatic landscapes—the timeless Namib desert.

This trip is offered in partnership with G Adventures.

Day 1: Windhoek

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.

Day 2: Windhoek/Sesriem

Set off from the Namibian capital towards Sesriem, the gateway to jaw-dropping Namib-Naukluft National Park. Drive past red-hued desertscapes, stark camel thorn trees, and dramatic curved dunes while keeping an eye out for the astonishing creatures that call these arid lands home—the oryx, springbok, jackal, hyena, and more. Settle in to our lodge and relax poolside, watching a fiery crimson sunset over the desert.

Day 3: Sesriem

Embark on a thrilling excursion into one of Africa’s largest national parks aboard a 4x4. Explore the Namib desert, the oldest desert in the world; and venture to the massive dunes at Sossusvlei and the white clay pan of Deadvlei. Capture dramatic images of dead camel thorn trees against a backdrop of orange dunes and a crisp blue sky. Then visit the Sesriem Canyon, a natural gorge carved out by the Tsauchab River over millions of years.

Day 4: Sesriem/Swakopmund

Continue by road through changing desert landscapes towards the coastal city of Swakopmund. Look out for roaming zebra, kudu, springbok, and oryx on the way, and take a break in the quirky town of Solitaire before heading into the countryside. Here, we meet a local for a 4x4 drive through the desert, learning about the survival strategies of bushmen who lived in this inhospitable area thousands of years ago. We also search for the smaller wildlife that has managed to survive here, such as snakes, geckos, spiders, and an array of insects.

Day 5: Swakopmund

Enjoy a free morning in Swakopmund, getting a taste of the town’s unique Afro-German culture; or opt to go sandboarding in the Namib desert. This afternoon, take a tour of Mondesa township with a local guide, learning about its people and history. Visit the local market for an introduction to traditional foods such as wild spinach, mopane worms, and dried sardines or kapenta. Stop by an arts and crafts shop; chat with the locals; and round off the day with dinner and a performance at a cozy family-run establishment.

Day 6: Swakopmund/Palmwag

Make your way to Twyfelfontein—Namibia’s first UNESCO World Heritage site—to see some of Africa’s largest concentrations of petroglyphs. Marvel at these remarkable engravings, carved by prehistoric hunter-gatherers and depicting rhinos, elephants, and ostriches, as well as human and animal footprints. Then continue to our lodge on the Palmwag nature reserve in northwest Damaraland.

Day 7: Palmwag/Etosha National Park Area

Enjoy a relaxed morning at our lodge or opt for a guided walk in the Palmwag reserve, home to many rare, desert-adapted species. In the afternoon, travel towards Etosha National Park, arguably Namibia’s most spectacular wildlife sanctuary. Settle into our lodge, located outside of the park.

Day 8: Etosha National Park Area

Spend a full day on safari in Etosha National Park, where open grasslands converge on a massive salt pan. Etosha harbours some of the largest populations of lions, elephants, and endangered black rhinos in the world, so keep your camera on the ready as you explore in your open vehicle. Enjoy lunch at one of the park’s rest areas, where you can also take a swim; and sit back and watch all manner of creatures—including hundreds of species of birds—flock to the nearby watering hole.

Day 9: Etosha National Park Area/Windhoek

After breakfast, visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund, a global research and education center founded by National Geographic Grantee Dr. Laurie Marker. Tour the facility to learn about the important conservation and community outreach work they do to protect the world’s fastest land animal, and enjoy a talk by one of the researchers. Then head out on a drive through the grounds to meet some of the center’s rescued and rehabilitated cheetahs. Continue to Windhoek for our final evening.

Day 10: Windhoek

Depart at any time.

PRICES & DATES

  • date Aug 5-14, 2020
  • double occupancy $ 3,799 Per Person
  • single occupancy $4,618 Per Person

  • date Aug 12-21, 2020
  • double occupancy $ 3,799 Per Person
  • single occupancy $4,618 Per Person

  • date Aug 19-28, 2020
  • double occupancy $ 3,799 Per Person
  • single occupancy $4,618 Per Person

  • date Aug 26-Sep 4, 2020
  • double occupancy $ 3,799 Per Person
  • single occupancy $4,618 Per Person

  • date Sep 9-18, 2020
  • double occupancy $ 3,799 Per Person
  • single occupancy $4,618 Per Person

  • date Sep 23-Oct 2, 2020
  • double occupancy $ 3,799 Per Person
  • single occupancy $4,618 Per Person

  • date Oct 7-16, 2020
  • double occupancy Sold Out
  • single occupancy Sold Out

  • date Oct 14-23, 2020
  • double occupancy $ 3,799 Per Person
  • single occupancy $4,618 Per Person

  • date Oct 28-Nov 6, 2020
  • double occupancy $ 3,799 Per Person
  • single occupancy $4,618 Per Person

  • date Nov 4-13, 2020
  • double occupancy $ 3,499 Per Person
  • single occupancy $4,318 Per Person

  • date Nov 18-27, 2020
  • double occupancy $ 3,499 Per Person
  • single occupancy Sold Out

  • date Nov 25-Dec 4, 2020
  • double occupancy $ 3,499 Per Person
  • single occupancy $4,318 Per Person

  • date Dec 23, 2020 - Jan 1, 2021
  • double occupancy $ 3,699 Per Person
  • single occupancy $4,518 Per Person

  • date Dec 30, 2020 - Jan 8, 2021
  • double occupancy $ 3,699 Per Person
  • single occupancy $4,518 Per Person

  • date Jan 20-29, 2021
  • double occupancy $ 3,499 Per Person
  • single occupancy $4,318 Per Person

  • date Feb 24-Mar 5, 2021
  • double occupancy $ 3,499 Per Person
  • single occupancy $4,318 Per Person

  • date Mar 17-26, 2021
  • double occupancy $ 3,499 Per Person
  • single occupancy $4,318 Per Person

  • date Apr 14-23, 2021
  • double occupancy $ 3,699 Per Person
  • single occupancy $4,518 Per Person

  • date Apr 28-May 7, 2021
  • double occupancy $ 3,699 Per Person
  • single occupancy $4,518 Per Person

  • date May 5-14, 2021
  • double occupancy $ 3,699 Per Person
  • single occupancy $4,518 Per Person

  • date May 12-21, 2021
  • double occupancy $ 3,699 Per Person
  • single occupancy $4,518 Per Person

  • date May 26-Jun 4, 2021
  • double occupancy $ 3,699 Per Person
  • single occupancy $4,518 Per Person

  • date Jun 23-Jul 2, 2021
  • double occupancy $ 3,799 Per Person
  • single occupancy $4,618 Per Person

  • date Jun 30-Jul 9, 2021
  • double occupancy $ 3,799 Per Person
  • single occupancy $4,618 Per Person

  • date Jul 9-18, 2021
  • double occupancy $ 3,799 Per Person
  • single occupancy $4,618 Per Person

  • date Jul 14-23, 2021
  • double occupancy $ 3,799 Per Person
  • single occupancy $4,618 Per Person

  • date Aug 4-13, 2021
  • double occupancy $ 3,799 Per Person
  • single occupancy $4,618 Per Person

  • date Aug 18-27, 2021
  • double occupancy $ 3,799 Per Person
  • single occupancy $4,618 Per Person

  • date Sep 15-24, 2021
  • double occupancy $ 3,799 Per Person
  • single occupancy $4,618 Per Person

  • date Sep 22-Oct 1, 2021
  • double occupancy $ 3,799 Per Person
  • single occupancy $4,618 Per Person

  • date Sep 29-Oct 8, 2021
  • double occupancy $ 3,799 Per Person
  • single occupancy $4,618 Per Person

  • date Oct 1-10, 2021
  • double occupancy $ 3,799 Per Person
  • single occupancy $4,618 Per Person

  • date Oct 20-29, 2021
  • double occupancy $ 3,799 Per Person
  • single occupancy $4,618 Per Person

  • date Nov 3-12, 2021
  • double occupancy $ 3,499 Per Person
  • single occupancy $4,318 Per Person

  • date Nov 24-Dec 3, 2021
  • double occupancy $ 3,499 Per Person
  • single occupancy $4,318 Per Person

  • date Dec 22-31, 2021
  • double occupancy $ 3,699 Per Person
  • single occupancy $4,518 Per Person

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy or single occupancy unless otherwise noted, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. Optional activities are at an additional cost. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

  • Accommodation: Hotels/lodges (9 nts)
  • Meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Transport: Air-conditioned touring vehicle, 4x4, open safari vehicle
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Mondesa Township Walk, Swakopmund
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Cheetah Conservation Experience, Windhoek
  • Arrival transfer
  • Sossusvlei desert excursion
  • Desert excursion with a local
  • View the Twyfelfontein ancient petroglyphs
  • Full-day open-vehicle wildlife safari drive
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

    What's Not Included

    • Airfare to and from destination
    • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
    • Visas
    • Any activity not described in What's Included
    • Meals on your own
    • Gratuities

    My Own Room

    During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

    My Own Room Option: From $4,218

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS

Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

Age Requirement: 12+

All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.