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15 days from £7250pp plus international flights.

If you're looking for the best accommodation, world class game viewing, stunning scenery, and varied activities this is the holiday for you. In 15 days you'll experience the many facets of Namibia, from the dunes and plains of NamibRand to the adrenalin sports of Swakopmund, the amazing rock formations of Damaraland to the big game of Etosha, not forgeting face to face emcounters with big cats at the AfriCat Foundation.

From the moment you arrive to be whisked off to your all-suite guest house in a prestigious Windhoek suburb you'll knwo you're in for a special holiday. You'll be treated to the finest accommodation Namibia has to offer, including a dune-top lodge, the grand dame of Swakopmund hotels, and an exclusive wilderness camp. Service levels match the facilities, and you'll be truly spoilt.

The trip has been designed to make the best of your precious time, substituting the more usual road transfers with domestic flights for all lengthy journey, keeping travel times to a minimum.   

Highlights include game drives and nature walks in private reserves, far away from crowds, where you can take time to learn about the flora and fauna from expert guides. The scenery is sure to impress, too, with enormnous sand dunes glowing gold in the sunset, other-worldly rock formations, sweeping savannah and grasslands, sparkling salt pans and soaring mountains. Add the excitement of sand boarding, searching for rhinos on foot and participating in the radiio tracking of predators, and you have a holiday brim-ful of unforgetable experiences.

Itinerary
Terrace at The Olive Exclusive

DAY 1: ARRIVE IN WINDHOEK

A guide is waiting at the airport in Windhoek to meet you and welcome you to Namibia and drive you to your luxury hotel. The airport is about 45kms from the city, giving you time to sit back and enjoy the ride. The Olive Exclusive is an all-suite hotel in a quiet suburb. relax after your journey, maybe with a refreshing swim in the outdoor pool or chatting to fellow guests in the lounge. Your holiday has begun!  

Wolwedans Dunes Lodge pool

DAY 2: FLY TO NAMIBRAND NATURE RESERVE

After a good night's sleep and reviving breakfast your driver arrives to take you back to the airport for your flight 400kms south to NamibRand Nature Reserve, which takes just over an hour. You're driven from the airstrip to Wolwedans Dunes Lodge where you spend the next 2 nights. With just 9 chalets this is a small and intimate camp. You arrive in time for lunch and this afternoon you have your first foray into the nature reserve, one of the largest private reserves in Africa. You return in time to freshen up for dinner, followed by some superb star gazing.    

Game drive at Wolwedans Dunes Lodge

DAY 3: AT NAMIBRAND NATURE RESERVE

An exciting day! This morning you can board a 4x4 vehicle to witness the varied scenery of NamibRand which include plains and dunes against the backdrop of the imposing Numib Mountains. Drives usually cover 40-50kms and take 3-4 hours. Have lunch in camp, followed by a siesta or swim in the pool, and in the afternoon you can set out again to a different part of the reserve. This trip inludes sundowner drinks among the glowing sand dunes. Watch the changing colours as the light fades. You head back to camp, arriving in time for dinner.   

Cuisine at Hansa Hotel

DAY 4: FLY TO SWAKOPMUND

This morning you leave camp for the airstrip and the 80 minute flight to Swakopmund. On arrival you are driven to Hansa Hotel in the heart of town. The afternoon has been left free so you can choose how to spend your time. The hotel is within walking distance of museums and shops, or you might prefer to have an easy afternoon down on the beach. Tonight you have your pick of the many restaurants, unless you opt to stay put and dine at the hotel sampling some delicious local seafood or game.  

Sand boarding near Swakopmund

DAY 5: IN SWAKOPMUND

Swakopmund is called 'the adventure sports capital of Namibia', and there are opportunities to go sand boarding or quad biking on the dunes, try a parachute jump or go kayaking to Pelican Point. If you prefer something a little more sedate you can go for a boat cruise, browse among craft markets visit the seal colony at Cape Cross, or take a stroll along the beach. A scenic flight is a great way to view this amazing coastline and dunescape and should provide some great photo opportunities.  

Damaraland Camp safari

DAY 6: FLY TO DAMARALAND

After breakfast you are collected by a driver for the 10 minute drive to the airport and your flight north to Damaraland, which takes about an hour. A guide from Damaraland Camp is waiting to meet you and take you to the camp where you can enjoy a bite of lunch or afternoon tea, depending on the flight time. Later you can venture out on a game drive along the Huab River for your first sightings of the rare desert-adapted elephants for which the area is known. Arrive back for a yummy dinner.

Lion near Damaraland Camp

DAY 7: IN DAMARALAND

Damaraland Camp is in the private 3,500sqkm Torra Conservancy, forged through the co-operation and dedication of a community partnership. As well as the desert-adapted elephants this area is home to black rhino, mountain zebra, oryx, springbok, giraffe and predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena, so there's plenty to see. 4x4 drives are complimented by nature walks into the Etendeka Mountains and visitis to local communities which can be arranged locally.

Damaraland Camp nature walk

DAY 8: IN DAMARALAND

A second full day to enjoy the Torra Conservancy. Take a walk with one of the guides to find out about the geology and history of the region, pausing to examine plants, small creatures, birds and reptiles that are often overlooked from a vehicle. As well as learning a great deal about Damaraland this is a good way to get close to nature and feel part of the scene rather than just an observer. Relax back at camp enjoying swim in the pool and a light lunch, and in the mid-afternoon you can set off again on a scenic drive.  

Elephants in Etosha

DAY 9: FLY TO ETOSHA

Today you leave Damaralland on a short flight to Etosha, Namibia's best known national park. Your ultimate destination is Ongava Lodge in the reserve of the same name which borders the southern side of Etosha. Settle in, this is your home for the next 3 nights. Later you have your first Ongava safari. This private reserve is blessed with plentiful game making for an exciting drive which is sure to whet your appetite for the next couple of days to come. Return to shower and change for dinner served either in the dining area or outside on the deck.

Springbok near Ongava Lodge

DAY 10: IN ONGAVA GAME RESERVE

Widely regarded as one of the finest private game reserves in the country, Ongava is all yours today. A game drive is one of the best ways to experience this richness and variety, allowing you to cross large areas, and travel into the Okaukuejo area of Etoshs National Park. You can hope to see lion, elephant, giraffe, both black and white rhino and many types of antelope. Be certain to have your camera at the ready to capure the many memorable moments. In the middle of the day you can rest at the lodge, socialising, sipping a drink from the bar and cooling off the swimming pool.  

Zebra at Etosha waterhole

DAY 11: IN ONGAVA GAME RESERVE

A second day to enjoy the abundance of Ongava. Today you might like to vary your safari with a nature walk. Leaving the vehcile behind gives a real sense of being at one with nature and lets you pay attention to the small details you might otherwise miss, all with the help of your expert guide. Rhino trackig is another fascinatiing option, carried out on foot, and adds an extra dimension to your safari experience. Keen photographers are sure to make a beeline to the hide for some exceptional sightings and shots.  

Okonjima campfire

DAY 12: TRANSFER TO OKONJIMA

Enjoy breakfast as you watch wildlife at the waterhole, after which it's time to pack your bags for the drive to Okonjima. This will take around 4 hours, with your driver stopping en-route as you wish, and you should arrive at Okonjima Bush Camp by lunchtime. Okonjima is the home of the AfriCat Foundation, a non-priofit organisation that protects threatened cheetahs, leopards and other carnivores including wild dog, and this afternoon you can witness some of this work and see these creatures for yourself. Tonight enjoy dinner in camp followed by a nightcap by the camp fire.

Cheetah at AfriCat

DAY 13: AT OKONJIMA

Your visit to Okonjima includes the opportunity to take part in the radio tracking of large rehabiliitated carnivores on foot, not something you get to do every day! Hyenas, wild dog and cheetahs are among the most frequently spotted species. It's exciting and should give you a good stock of after dinner tales when you get home. You also have the chance to visit the cheetah project, to learn about the work of the AfriCat Foundation and observe some of these most elegant of big cats up close.     

Suite at The Olive Exclusive

DAY 14: TRANSFER TO WINDHOEK

After a leisurely breakfast yor driver collects you for the journey back to Windhoek. This will take in the region of 3 hours, depending on stops en-route, and takes you back to The Olive Exclusive where your Namibian adventure began some 2 weeks ago. The remainder of the day is yours to do as you wish. You might want to take the opportunity to explore Winhoek or maybe stay put and relax, enjoying a swim in the pool or sitting among the flowers in the garden. 

The Olive Exclusive breakfast

DAY 15: DEPART WINDHOEK

After breakfast in The Olive Restaurant, it's time to gather your belongings together, bid farewell to your hosts and be driven to the airport for your onward travel  plans.

Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £7250 (ex. international flights)

Price notes: 2016/17 price pp sharing: £7495 pp from 1 July-31 October 2016. £7250 pp from November 2016 to 30 June 2017. £8450 pp from 1 July-31 October 2017.

Includes: 

Domestic flights Windhoek to NamibRand Nature Reserve, NamibRand to Swakopmund, Swakopmund to Damaraland, Damaraland to Ongava
Private road transfers Windhoek airport to The Olive Exclusive, Ongava to Okonjima, Okonjima to Windhoek, The Olive Exclusive to Windhoek airport 
Private trnsfers to and from airports and airstrips
14 nights acommodation
Bed and breakfast in Windhoek and Swakopmund, full board in NamibRand Nature Reserve, Damaraland, Ongava Game Reserve and Okonjima Game Reserve
Activities in NamibRand Nature Reserve, Damaraland, Ongava Game Reserve and Okonjima Game Reserve  
Park fees in Damaraland and Ongava Game Reserve 
  

Excludes: 

International flights
Visas
Vaccinations
Travel insurance
Tips
Persoal expenses
Meals not shown 
Drinks in Windhoek and Swakopmund 

Getting there: This holiday starts and ends in Windhoek. 

places you will see

places you will see

Swakopmund
Swakopmund & Walvis Bay
Known as the adrenalin capital of Namibia with adventure sports aplenty, along with plenty of good restaurants and bars, Swakopmund is a pleasant stop-off on any holiday in Namibia.

Damaraland rock formations
Damaraland
This region is one of the most scenic in Namibia with imposing granite mountains, dry riverbeds and sweeping savanna that goes on for miles, add in desert elephants and black rhino to complete the scene.

Oryx grazing on grasslands
Etosha
This National Park offers excellent game viewing opportunities. Whilst the landscape may seem barren and unable to support any form of life, it is home to a vast array of wildlife. The waterholes are always a hive of activity.

sand dunes of Sossusvlei
Sossusvlei & Namib-Naukluft NP

Arguably the main attraction in the Namib Naukluft National Park is the towering orange dunes of the Sossusvlei, possibly some of the highest dunes in the world.

Cheetah
Central Highlands

This is a region of gentle rolling hills, bushland and striking mountains that form the divide between the temperate interior and the coastal desert regions of Namibia.

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Time: GMT +2 hours

Flight time: Flights from UK to Windhoek are usually via Johannesburg or Frankfurt and take about 12.5 hours. Windhoek International Airport is 60km from the city centre.

Language: Namibia’s official language is English. Afrikaans, Dama/Nama, German, Herero, Oshiwambo, Sukwangali, Setswana and Silozi are also recognised.

Visas: Visas are not required British citizens for stays of up to 90 days.

Health: Malaria is present in Namibia. Certain areas are more high risk. A yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission; this includes transiting through a yellow fever risk country; make sure you have a valid yellow fever certificate with you.  

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