Windhoek to Windhoek

10 days from 2,294pp

Embark on an adventure rich in wildlife and culture during 10 days in Namibia. Set out on open-vehicle wildlife drives in search of elephants, giraffes, and lions in Etosha National Park; visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund for a chance to get up close with these endangered cats; and gaze out over one of Africa’s most dramatically beautiful desert landscapes. Like the shifting sand dunes that reshape the horizon, this incredible place will transform you.
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10 days Windhoek to Windhoek

From 2,294 per person

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Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Physical Rating: 2 – Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 14, Avg 12

Age requirement: 12+

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

Day 1: Windhoek

Arrive at any time. Transfer to hotel.

Arrival Airport Transfer:
Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport – Windhoek

You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel to start your adventure.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting:
1h

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation

Windhoek Country Club Resort (or similar)

Day 2: Windhoek/Sesriem

Enjoy the dramatic Namibian landscapes as we drive to the desert area of Sesriem, gateway to Namib-Naukluft National Park. Settle in to our desert lodge, relax at the pool, or enjoy a cool drink watching the stunning sunset over the desertscape.

Enjoy postcard perfect desert scenery around Sesriem and Sossusvlei – vast desertscapes of reds and orange, stark camel thorn trees and towering dunes with dramatic curved ridges. Also keep an eye out for the surprising amount of wildlife that call this area home such as oryx, springbok, jackal, ground squirrel and hyena.

Private Vehicle
Windhoek – Sesriem5h-6h340km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 

Accommodation

Sossusvlei Lodge (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 3: Sesriem

Embark on a scenic excursion into the national park to explore the Namib Desert. Visit Sossusvlei and Deadvlei — clay pans covered in a crust of salt-rich sand surrounded by burnt orange and red towering dunes. It’s considered one of the most stunning desert landscapes in Africa. After, visit Sesriem Canyon, a natural gorge carved out by the Tsauchab River.

 

Private Vehicle
Sesriem

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

4×4
Namib Desert

Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle’s going, we don’t need roads.

Sesriem Canyon Visit
Namib Desert

Enjoy a short stop at Sesriem Canyon, a small canyon typical of the area. The Tsauchab River flows through the canyon every five to ten years, and this creates the nearby salt and clay pan of Sossusvlei.

Sossusvlei Dunes Visit
Namib Desert

This area is famous for its high, red sand dunes. This clay and salt pan is surrounded by the dunes, making it a spectacularly beautiful sight with a remote and isolated feel.

Accommodation

Sossusvlei Lodge (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 4: Sesriem/Swakopmund

Continue through changing desert landscapes, keeping an eye out for free-roaming zebra, kudu, springbok, and oryx. Stop in the quirky town of Solitaire for a break before heading out into the countryside. Here we meet a local to this remote region who takes us on a drive and talks about the survival strategies of ancient bushmen who lived in the area. We also search out smaller animal life that manages to survive in these harsh conditions such as snakes, geckos, spiders, and insects to learn how they have adapted to this arid region. After, continue to Swakopmund on the Atlantic coast.

Private Vehicle
Sesriem – Swakopmund5h-6h375km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Living Desert Tour
Swakopmund2h-2h

Hop into a 4×4 vehicle and set out into the desert. An expert guide will point out signs of animal life and emphasize survival in the harsh desert landscape for both humans and animals.

 

Accommodation:

Hotel Zum Kaiser (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 5: Swakopmund

Enjoy a free morning. Opt to go quad biking, sandboarding, or just take a walk in town. This afternoon, explore the township of Mondesa with a local guide, learning about its people and history. Visit the local market for an introduction to traditional food including wild spinach, mopane worms, and dried kapenta fish. Also visit an art and craft shop, meet with some locals, then visit a family-run establishment for dinner and local entertainment.

Explore the town’s unique mix of German and African culture and opt to visit curio shops, the museum and restaurants. Optional activities include sandboarding, quad biking, or if you’re feeling brave, skydiving.

Free Time
Swakopmund Half Day

Enjoy a free morning in the historic coastal town of Swakopmund.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Mondesa Township Walk

Visit the community of Mondesa Township with an expert resident guide. Learn about its daily life, history and traditions through an immersive experience with the welcoming people that live here. Visit its lively market for an introduction to traditional foods like wild spinach, mopane worms, and dried kapenta fish. Also visit an arts-and-crafts shop that helps train the township’s youth in traditional crafts. Drop by a shebeen (tavern) to enjoy a favourite drink, and meet some local residents. Finally, continue on to a nearby family run establishment for dinner and local entertainment.

Optional Activities – Day 5

Quad Biking
Swakopmund

600NAD per person

Hop on a quad bike and enjoy a guided off-road tour of this desert landscape. Follow a winding 55-60km route across the plains, and through the dune fields. Don’t forget to take in the amazing scenery along the way.

Sandboarding in the Namib Desert
Swakopmund

600NAD per person

Head out into the desert, grab a board, and surf the sand dunes. Choose to lie down headfirst, or stand up, surfer-style.

Skydiving
Swakopmund3h-4h

2515NAD per person

Buckle up your harness, practice your exit, then take a plane up and over the dunes of the Namib Desert. Take a deep breath, leap out and freefall with an instructor before he opens the parachute. Admire the view over the dunes as you descend and land safely back on the ground. Wow!

Forbidden Coast Scenic Flight
Swakopmund3h-4h

250USD per person

Fly over the moon landscape, the Kuiseb river bed, and the fabulous dune formations to Conception Bay. This aerial view gives you great views of the seal colonies, flamingos, and shipwrecks below.

Skeleton Coast Scenic Flight
Swakopmund3h-4h

3500NAD per person

Take in amazing views of bird life, shipwrecks, and one of the largest seal colonies in the world over the northern coastline. On the way back, see the Namibia’s highest mountain, Damaraland, and the picturesque Spitzkoppe rock formations from above.

 

Accommodation:

Hotel Zum Kaiser (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 6: Swakopmund/Palmwag

Continue on to Twyfelfontein where we visit the ancient petroglyphs which were named Namibia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site is thought to hold the largest concentrations of bushman engravings in Africa with over 2,500 figures ranging from 2,000 to 5,000 years old. Finish the day on the Palmwag Concession, in northwest Damaraland.

Private Vehicle
Swakopmund – Twyfelfontein5h-6h350km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Prehistoric Rock Engravings Guided Tour
Twyfelfontein1h

Step back in time to see prehistoric rock engravings made during the early Stone Age. Their exact origin is uncertain, but these works depicting animals and hunters are probably the work of Bushmen or Nama artists estimated to have lived near Twyfelfontein at least 5,000 years ago. Marvel at the more than 2,500 rock carvings and paintings and understand why this is Namibia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Private Vehicle
Twyfelfontein – Palmwag2h115km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 

Accommodation:

Palmwag Lodge (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7: Palmwag/Etosha National Park

Visit the Petrified Forest national monument, a stunning site of fossilized tree trunks dating from approximately 280 million years ago, before continuing to our lodge located in the Etosha National Park area. Etosha is considered the greatest wildlife sanctuary in Namibia. This evening, spend time at the waterhole to view the abundant number of wildlife who come to drink.

Etosha is a very popular park with limited accommodation. While we aim to secure lodging inside the park, on some departures we will stay at lodges adjacent to the park (the park is unfenced allowing the animals to roam freely throughout the area) which still provides access to all safari activities and wildlife.

Private Vehicle
Palmwag – Etosha National Park4h-5h325km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Visit Petrified Forest national monument

Visit the Petrified Forest national monument, a stunning site of fossilized tree trunks which was discovered in the 1940s by local farmers. This bizarre stone forest consists of fossilized tree trunks dating from approximately 280 million years ago.

 

Accommodation:

Etosha NP Okaukuejo Restcamp (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 8: Etosha National Park

Embark on two open vehicle safari drives today, one in the early morning, to see the sunrise, and another in afternoon. Both drives will be led by a local guide from the national park. There is abundant wildlife that congregate around the waterholes, so keep your cameras at the ready for elephants, lions, endangered black rhinos, and even leopards. Over lunch, you have time to relax at the lodge, take a swim, or sit back and watch the animals as they come to the waterhole.

After the vast desert, Etosha National Park, offers a contrast of wide open grasslands, a massive salt pan that covers 4731km² and tall camel thorn trees intermixed with Mopani trees. With a combination of natural waterholes, and diverse vegetation, wildlife flock to the park. Some of the largest elephants in Africa can be found in areas of thicker vegetation, as well as leopard and the critically endangered black rhino. Lions, giraffe, ostrich and many antelope species can be found in the grasslands, while birders will love the salt pans which attract flamingos in the rainy season. More than 340 bird species have been counted in Etosha National Park including the European bee-eater, the kori bustard and numerous migratory birds.

Etosha Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive
Etosha National Park3h Morning

Set off in an open 4×4 safari vehicle with a naturalist guide in search of the stunning wildlife in the park. Wildlife often come to the many watering holes to drink, so keep your eyes peeled for many animals on the move.

Etosha Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive
Etosha National Park3h Afternoon

Set off in an open 4×4 safari vehicle with a naturalist guide in search of the stunning wildlife in the park. Wildlife often come to the many watering holes to drink, so keep your eyes peeled for many animals on the move.

 

Accommodation:

Etosha NP Okaukuejo Restcamp (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 9: Etosha National Park/Windhoek
After breakfast, visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund, a global field research and education facility founded by Dr. Laurie Marker whose research has been supported by National Geographic. Tour the facility to learn about the important research, conservation, and community outreach work they do as one of the world’s leading organizations dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild. Meet with a researcher for a lecture to learn about the various projects in the works, then enjoy a cheetah drive to view some of these amazing creatures up close. After, enjoy lunch on the veranda overlooking the magnificent Waterberg Plateau. Continue on to Windhoek for our final evening.
Private Vehicle
Etosha National Park – Windhoek4h30m-5h30m415km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Cheetah Conservation Experience

The Cheetah Conservation Fund is a global field research and education facility founded by Dr. Laurie Marker whose research has been supported by National Geographic. Tour the centre and learn about the important conservation and community outreach work they perform as one of the world’s leading organizations dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild. One of the program’s researchers will give us a lecture before we head out on a cheetah drive to view some of these incredible creatures up close in their natural habitat. Conclude the experience by sitting down as a group for lunch on the veranda that overlooks the magnificent Waterberg Plateau.

 

Accommodation:

Windhoek Country Club Resort (or similar)

 

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 10: Windhoek

Depart at any time.

Departure Day

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

Meals included:

Breakfast

What’s Included

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Mondesa Township Walk, Swakopmund
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Cheetah Conservation Experience, Windhoek
  • Arrival transfer
  • Sossusvlei desert excursion
  • Desert excursion with a local
  • View the Twyfelfontein ancient petroglyphs
  • Visit the Petrified Forest national monument
  • Two open-vehicle wildlife safari drives
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels/lodges (9 nts)

Meals

9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners
Allow USD190-250 for meals not included.

Transportation

Air-conditioned touring vehicle, 4x4, open safari vehicle, walking

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides and rangers.

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