Namibia Encompassed

Tailormade Holiday

Namibia Encompassed – a tailormade Namibia holiday from £2445 per person based on 2 people travelling.


Travel with Undiscovered Destinations on this tailormade Namibia tour that is perfect for first time visitors. The tour takes in many of the country’s highlights and is flexible in length and places to stay. Speak to one of our experienced travel consultants for further information.

On this tailormade Namibia tour, you will be staying at comfortable lodges and hotels. Experience the dramatic scenery and varied wildlife as we explore the Kalahari Desert, Fish River Canyon,  Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland and the world famous Etosha National Park.

On this tailormade Namibia tour, we hope to meet the Damara people as well as experience the wonderful wildlife on safari.

Forty five miles inland from the Skeleton Coast, Damaraland is a dramatic and mountainous setting which is home to an impressive array of key species: the largest elephants in Africa, lions, rhino and zebra have all adapted to the driest of dry landscapes. The dominant peak here is the delightful Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain, which boasts countless ancient rock paintings.

The region has only recently taken up its name, linked as it is to the ancient and ethnically unique Damara people, who were forcibly relocated here in 1960 by the South African government.

A traditionally pastoral and hunter-gatherer people, their way of life was seriously damaged by this move to poor quality soils and many of the tribe moved in time to the Windhoek region. However, much of their cultural integrity remains intact and traditional hide clothing; green, white and blue dress and rituals such as elaborate hunting performances required for a boy to come of age are still prized.

Tour ratings.

  • Fitness
  • Off the beaten track 
  • Culture
  • History
  • Wildlife

Tour Pace

Moderate

Tour style

Traveller

Relaxed Pace

Relaxed tours are easy paced with plenty of leisure time built in. The tour will in all probability still be off the beaten track, with the occasional early start and there may still be occasional long drives. In general on a relaxed pace tour you can enjoy easy-going activities and experiences with opportunities to absorb the sights and immerse yourself in the local surroundings.

Moderate Pace

Moderate pace tours are ideal if you want a tour experience that combines activities and experiences with some time to relax. Typically you will be active and busy for part of the day but then also have time to rest and recharge your batteries. In general on a moderate paced tour there may be some long journeys involved but the tour is not an expedition or a road trip. On a moderate paced tour it will be necessary to have some early starts.

Busy Pace

A busy paced tour means that you can expect to be doing, seeing or experiencing something new almost every day, and moving on from place to place to pack in as much as possible. There may be early starts, long journeys and tiring days along the way, but you’ll return home feeling you’ve really experienced as much as you possibly could.

Pioneer Class Tours

On our Pioneer tours, you will be amongst an elite group of intrepid travellers and some of the first to explore a country that few have been privileged enough to discover. Of course, exploring such areas of the world will come with its challenges; it may mean several nights camping, long journeys by 4WD and the need to maintain a degree of flexibility for when carefully laid plans change. These are challenging tours in countries and areas that may have poor infrastructure, high levels of poverty and illiteracy. This can translate in to low standards in hotels, bad roads and poor driving standards among other issues. We try and smooth out as much of these issues as we can but you should be prepared to experience the bad with the good.

Traveller Class Tours

Our Traveller itineraries are at the core of our programme. These journeys are designed for travellers who still want to discover a land away from the tourist crowds but expect minimum standards. Accommodation will be primarily hotel based, although you could still find yourself camping, or the guest of a local family. Depending on the destination and itinerary, you’ll likely be travelling in a private vehicle, with occasional use of public transport. This is adventure travel with some of the rough edges smoothed out.

Itinerary.

Arrive in Windhoek and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure with no guided activities. Overnight at Safari Court Hotel or similar. No meals nor guided arrangements are included today.

Approximate driving time today: three hours.

Today we head for Mariental, a small, flourishing market town in the heart of Southern Namibia, and the administrative capital of the Hardap Region. Founded in 1912 as a railway stop between Windhoek and Keetmanshoop, the town was named by Rhenish (German Lutheran) missionaries after Maria the wife of the first colonial settler of the area, Herman Brandt. The lodge for tonight is a relaxed and down-to-earth stopover offering a taste of the Kalahari, the desert which lies over the vast areas eastern Namibia, southern Botswana and northern South Africa. Among large arid and semi–arid areas of brown sands and red dunes many rare species may be found, such as sand antelope, black desert rhino and cheetah. In late afternoon we’ll take a three-hour sundowner drive to explore the local area. Overnight at Kalahari Anib Lodge or similar. (BLD)

Approximate driving time today: five hours.

Today our journey takes us south to Fish River Canyon – at 500m deep and 27km wide, the world’s second largest canyon after the US Grand Canyon. Fish River is itself the longest river in Namibia. However, the riverbed is mostly dry, an intermittent flow in late summer later becoming a chain of long narrow pools along the canyon’s sandy, rock-strewn floor. At the canyon’s lower extent, the hot springs resort of Ai-Ais provides an oasis for the surrounding arid area. En route to Fish River we visit the remarkable site of a fossilised Mesosauraus, and aquatic lizard from the early Permian Period, almost 300 million years ago. Overnight at Canyon Roadhouse or similar. (BLD)

(Approximate driving time today: four hours)

This morning we leave early and head to the lookout point over Fish River Canyon for jaw dropping panoramic views. Our route takes us through the Aus Mountains, where we stop for lunch (not included) and have a chance to see wild horses that inhabit the area. Continuing the scenic drive to Lüderitz, we hope to arrive mid-afternoon, in time for a short orientation tour of the town. Overnight Lüderitz Nest Hotel or similar. (BL)

Subject to sea conditions, we board the catamaran Zeepaard for a thrilling two-hour voyage to Halifax Island and Diaz Point, hoping to observe African penguins in their natural habitat. Along the way, heaviside dolphins escort the boat, riding the bow wave. Other possible sightings include numerous seabirds, cape fur seals and in season, southern right and humpback whales. Zeepaard has plenty of comfortable seating in the saloon, cockpit or on deck. However, despite the availability of copious hot chocolate it’s definitely worth taking warm clothing. Later, we continue to Kolmanskop, founded in 1908 when a diamond was discovered by a worker building the railway line to Lüderitz. The discovery triggered a massive diamond boom. For a while Kolmanskop was Africa’s richest town, but by 1915 the diamond field was exhausted. The town declined and was abandoned in 1954, rendering Kolmanskop the atmospheric ghost town we see today. Later, we’ll visit Diaz Point, noted for extraordinary, desolate coastal vistas. Overnight Lüderitz Nest Hotel or similar. (B)

Approximate driving time today: six hours.

Today we depart Lüderitz early for a scenic drive to the Sossusvlei area of the Namib, the oldest desert on earth, and a habitat for some of the strangest flora and fauna on the continent. Along the route dramatic scenery unfolds, and there are plenty of photo opportunities. Upon arrival in Sesriem the rest of the afternoon is free, although locally booked activities are on offer. Overnight at Sossusvlei Lodge or similar. (BLD)

A spectacular sunrise over the 300m high red dunes of Sossusvlei is the reward for a very early start today – it is worth it. The sun’s first rays light up the dunes with a deep orange glow – this is a ‘golden hour’ on steroids. In this wild and beautiful landscape sparse vegetation fringes the few water courses flowing from the Tsauchab River. It’s a place where springbok and ostrich are often observed. We’ll also explore the cool passageways of the Sesriem Canyon. The canyon is small but many plants grow among its shelter and shade, and its permanent water is a magnet for birds. The Africaans words ‘sesriem’ refers to the six lengths of rawhide rope once needed to draw a bucket of water from the stream below. Later, we’ll have free time to relax after the morning’s early start. Overnight at Sossusvlei Lodge or similar. (BLD)

Approximate driving time today: four hours.

Travelling via Solitaire and the Kuiseb Canyon, we traverse the expansive landscape of the Namib gravel flats as we head towards the Atlantic Coast. An excursion to the lunar landscapes of the Welwitschia Plains allows time to contemplate life’s fragility. Continuing the short journey to Swakopmund, we’re surrounded by the Namib Desert on three sides, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Swakopmund is heavily influenced by its colonial past, with many beautiful examples of German colonial architecture. On arrival there’s a short orientation tour followed by time to independently explore the town. Attractions include Swakopmund Museum, the National Marine Aquarium and the Crystal Gallery. Overnight The Delight or similar. (BL)

Today is free for relaxation or independent exploration. However, it is possible to arrange a cruise on the Walvis Bay Lagoon where dolphins, seals and many bird species may be observed. Other activities, at additional cost, include a Skeleton Coast scenic flight. Overnight at The Delight or similar. (B)

Please Note: Your guide will escort you to any optional activities.

Approximate driving time today: 4 hours.

Our journey continues to ruggedly beautiful Damaraland. Along the way we stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein where over 2,500 prehistoric rock petroglyphs make it the largest concentration of Stone Age art in Namibia. Nearby, a curious geological formation made up of perpendicular slabs of basalt is known as The Organ Pipes. Elsewhere, amid Damaraland’s rough terrain, Khorixas was the capital of Damaraland prior to Namibia’s independence and is still the main centre for the Damara ethnic group. Close to the town we visit an accumulation of enormous fossilised tree trunks, about 280 million years old, known as The Petrified Forest. Overnight at Damara Mopane Lodge or similar. (BLD)

Today is a day at leisure. Either relax by the pool, or if you wish to stay active then perhaps explore the self-guided hiking trails in the vicinity ranging from 1 – 3 hours. Towards the end of the day ascend the hill to a viewing platform for a sweeping vista of the epic landscape whilst the sun sets.  Beverages  can be provided and are charged to the room.Overnight at Damara Mopane Lodge or similar. (BLD)

Approximate driving time today: five hours.

After breakfast we leave for Etosha National Park, an immense saline desert covering over 32,000 square kilometres and providing a habitat for 114 animal and 340 bird species. Etosha has been described as the best game reserve in Africa. We arrive in time for an afternoon game drive and stay in the park until sunset. Following a network of gravel roads, visiting various viewpoints and permanent waterholes, terrain ranges from dense bush to large open plains where animals roam freely. We hope to see elephant, rhino and hopefully lion. Overnight at Etosha Safari Camp or similar. (BLD)

Today we continue game viewing in the park, focusing particularly on the numerous waterholes and underground springs attracting springbok, zebra, wildebeest and giraffe. We also visit Etosha Pan, a vast salt lake at the heart of the park, believed by geologists to have formed some 12 million years ago after an inland lake the size of Holland dried up. Now a gigantic depression, the flat, saline and silvery expanse of the pan is the domain of mirages and dust-laden images. Overnight at Etosha Safari Camp or similar. (BLD)

Approximate driving time today: five hours.

After breakfast we travel back towards Windhoek, making a short stop at the Okahandja Woodcarvers’ market for last minute souvenirs and a picnic lunch. We arrive mid-afternoon and continue directly to the airport for onward flights. (BL)

Approximate driving time today: three hours.

After breakfast we travel to Okonjima Reserve, home of the AfriCat Foundation, located approximately half-way between Etosha and Windhoek. The foundation was formed to promote the conservation of Namibia’s predatory species in their natural habitat. Okonjima offers a range of interesting activities among the reserve’s 200 square kilometres, including a good chance to see leopard in the wild. Overnight Okonjima Reserve – Plains Camp. (BLD)

Please Note: You will be transferred part of the way from Etosha National Park to Okonjima with the group and then closer to Okonjima you will then continue to the reserve for your accommodation.

A day spent enjoying the Okonjima Reserve. You will be able to choose your activities on arrival. Here is a link to the activities on offer – https://okonjima.com/activities/ . Overnight Okonjima Reserve – Plains Camp (BLD)

Approximate driving time today: two hours.

Today we leave and transfer to the international airport for onward flights or, if scheduled departure times are early morning, stay an extra night in Windhoek (not included). (B)

Important Note: Those departing on Day 17 should book flights leaving on or after 3pm.

Dates & Price.

This is a private tour and can be tailored to your requirements.

Prices for this advertised holiday start from £2445 per person (on self drive) and from £5495 per person (on private guided), based on 2 people travelling and sharing a room.

Tour Notes

If you are taking this tailormade Namibia holiday as a single traveller, there is a single supplement payable  from £420.

Return flights from London to Windhoek start at £650 in low season. Contact us for a quotation.

Airport transfers are included if you are booking pre and/or post tour accommodation at the hotel mentioned in our tour dossier.

For those who wish to enjoy more independence or are on more of a budget, Namibia’s open expanses and almost non-existent traffic are perfect for self-drive.

This tailormade Namibia itinerary can be offered as a self-drive adventure with just your accommodation and vehicle included from £2445 per person based on 2 people sharing a room.

Contact is if you are interested in the self-drive option.

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Tour inclusions.

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • All accommodation as per the itinerary
  • Transport throughout the tour
  • Services of English-speaking tour leader/guide (not on self-drive option)
  • Meals as listed (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Entrance fees for sites listed as part of the itinerary (not on self-drive option)
  • Bottled water on board vehicle (not on self-drive option)

Tour exclusions.

  • International flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any airport taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Drinks (except mentioned in inclusions)
  • Tips (discretionary)

PJ was an exceptional guide. We were very impressed by his enthusiasm and energy plus his knowledge of the country, flora and fauna was incredible. We all felt sure that without him we wouldn’t have seen some of the wild life in the Entosha National Park as some of the animals were hard to find with the migration season underway. I have some superb photographs of animal behaviour that I knew nothing about before I came away.

I was very impressed by the standard of the accommodation and food provided. Without exception, the lodges and hotels were clean and modern and the service friendly and efficient. Disappointed not to find oryx/zebra steak, springbok casserole, gnu sausage and other culinary delights waiting for me to consume when I got home. What a come down!

 

Mrs R. Rennie, U.K.