Classic Namibia Under Canvas

Luxury mobile safari in Etosha National Park and Namib Desert


Discovering Namibia is a captivating experience. Venture into a world of changing scenery and vast unspoiled wilderness.  Visit the legendary dunes in the Namib Desert (Sesriem and Sossusvlei), the famed wildlife of Etosha National Park, and the nomadic Himba people, known for their beauty and intricate coiffures.  Meander in the coastal city of Swakopmund or partake of one of the many adventure activities on offer.   Explore Namibia on this fully-serviced classic mobile safari “under canvas” in exclusive bush camps. A safari crew traveling in a separate vehicle erects the comfortable camp, while a professional safari guide travels with you. The group size is limited to eight guests to ensure personalized attention and utmost comfort. An experienced chef prepares excellent bush cuisine, enjoyed in the dining tent or under the stars. This is Namibia in style.

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  • Day 1: arrive in windhoek
    Welcome to Namibia

    Upon arrival in Windhoek, you will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel for you overnight. With its lingering heritage of German architecture, activities and atmosphere, Windhoek is a city that can be visited throughout the year. The day is spent at leisure. You will be met by your guide at the hotel reception for a safari briefing around 6:00 p.m.

    Belvedere Boutique Hotel (or similar)
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  • Day 2: cheetah conservation fund

    We depart Windhoek after breakfast, arriving at the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in time for lunch.  We visit the education center and learn about cheetahs and their history.  After lunch, we join the staff for the feeding of the cheetahs that stay in the center and then continue on to our overnight lodging.  


    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Frans Indongo Lodge (or similar)
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  • Days 3-4: etosha national park
    Elephants and lions are among the animals you will observe in Etosha National Park

    Etosha National Park is one of the most important reserves and game sanctuaries in Africa, and one of the last refuges of the wild black rhino. Your exclusive camp is set up on a private concession from where you will enjoy early morning and late afternoon game drives, visiting the famous Etosha Pan and numerous water holes.

    2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
    Luxury Mobile Camping
  • Day 5: etosha national park
    See giraffes at the water hole

    Tonight is spent at one of the Park's rest camps, in the comfort of en-suite bungalows. The floodlit water hole at the camp offers an amazing spectacle with an array of animals visiting throughout the night.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    En-suite Bungalows
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  • Days 6-7: damaraland / twyfelfontein / himba village
    Make new friends with Himba villagers

    An early morning drive takes you to your exclusive camp at Damaraland. En route, visit a Himba village. The Himbas are a semi-nomadic tribe, who live in scattered settlements throughout the region. They are characterized by their proud, yet friendly stature, and the women are noted for their unusual beauty, enhanced by intricate hairstyles and traditional dress.  Spend a few hours learning more about these fascinating people. Enjoy the changing colors of surrounding landscapes on a guided sunset walk, including explanations of the unique flora and geology of the area.


    On the second morning, visit the Twyfelfontein area with walks to view the rock engravings, the volcanic Burnt Mountain, and the Organ Pipes, an unusual geological formation made up of numerous dolomite columns.  In the afternoon, we drive along the river in search of unique desert-adapted elephants, stopping at Welwitshia Hill for a sundowner on our way back to camp. The unusual prehistoric Welwitschia plant, a dwarf-tree flourishing on the moisture of the Atlantic Coast, has a life span estimated at more than 1,000 years. 


    Visit the Damara Living Musuem to experience the routine of daily life, including blacksmith, leather tanning, jewelry and craft-making demonstrations, and displays of tranditional dancing and singing.  Together with the Bushmen, the Damara belong to one of the the oldest nations in Namibia and, owing to their loose social structure, were unable to defend themselves against Colonial agressors.


    2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
    Luxury Mobile Camping
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  • Days 8-9: swakopmund
    Experience unusual plants

    Traveling through Damaraland, you’ll reach the coastal town of Swakopmund, the principal coastal resort of Namibia with a German colonial atmosphere.  Spend time at leisure to enjoy the charm of this old town or to undertake one of the many optional activities on offer (scenic flights, hot air ballooning, etc., at own expense). A morning marine boat cruise is included, where you can see a variety of bird speciesand feed seals by hand. There is also the chance to see two dolphin species and leatherback turtles that inhabit the Namibian coast.


    2 Breakfasts
    Hansa Hotel (or similar)
  • Days 10-11: namib desert / sesriem
    Camp at Sesriem

    Drive via Kuiseb River en route to your camp on the edge of the Namib Desert. The following morning is an early departure for Sossusvlei, stopping in the dune belt to enjoy the changing colors of the world’s highest sand dunes. Spend the morning walking among the dunes of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. En-route back to camp, enjoy a short hike through Sesriem Canyon and experience sunset in the dunes surrounding the camp.

    2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
    Luxury Mobile Camping
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  • Day 12: windhoek
    Leave the majestic scenery behind you as you carry on your way home

    Climbing through the mountains of the Namib Naukluft Park, you will arrive in Windhoek in the early afternoon, around 2:00 p.m. and will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
The cost quoted is the Land Cost and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in Journeys' Trip Notes. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates.
Single Supplement:
Oct 5-16, 2015
Oct 19-30, 2015
Nov 2-13, 2015
Dec 22, 2015-Jan 2, 2016
Jan 11-22, 2016
Feb 1-12, 2016
Mar 7-18, 2016
Apr 25-May 6, 2016
May 16-27, 2016
Jun 13-24, 2016
Jul 4-15, 2016
Jul 18-29, 2016
Aug 1-12, 2016
Aug 15-26, 2016
Sep 5-16, 2016
Sep 19-30, 2016
Oct 3-14, 2016
Oct 17-28, 2016
Nov 7-18, 2016
Dec 22, 2016-Jan 2, 2017
Need to Know

Need to Know

12 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
(see full descriptions)
Comfortable & delightful safari-style tents with en-suite bathroom facilities
Activity Level:
(see full descriptions)
Fully serviced camping, optional hiking
Group Size:
Guaranteed departures with 2
Terms & Conditions: 

Southern and South Africa

Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our Terms and Conditions as noted in our Global Expedition Catalog, on our website and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Included in costs: Meals as noted in (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner), each night in double occupancy accommodations, land transfers between components, English speaking guides, park or site entry fees, surface transport, equipment other than personal gear, government tax, airport transfer assistance, in-country ticket reconfirmation & check-in assistance (where permitted), complete pre-departure packet, toll-free pre-departure phone assistance.

Not included in costs: Meals not noted as included, gratuities, beverages (except tea or coffee at meals), international or domestic airfare unless specified, airport departure taxes not included with air tickets, visas, itinerary changes after confirmation, any services not included in itinerary, any costs incurred due to canceled or delayed flights, acts of nature or other happenings beyond our control, or other costs as are more fully described in Journeys Terms & Conditions.

Deposit and payment schedule: A non-refundable twenty-five percent (25%) deposit per person per trip or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. A second deposit of $800 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure. Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted by fax, mail or via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted in our Global Expedition Catalog, on our website and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Insurance: When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy. NOTE:COMPREHENSIVE TRAVEL INSURANCE IS COMPULSORY FOR ALL PASSENGERS TRAVELING ON THIS SAFARI! 

Air fares: Journeys can make complete air arrangements applicable to your trip as noted in this itinerary. If you wish to redeem frequent flyer mileage or arrange flights directly with the airline, you may do so on your own at no penalty. If you do, please consult with us on exact arrival and departure dates and times before having your tickets issued to avoid errors.

Itinerary Change Fee: There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

Trip Extensions

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

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comfort level
Choose accommodations and amenities that fit your personal style
●○○○○ Simple
Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
●●○○○ Delightful
Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
●●●○○ Superior
Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
●●●●○ Deluxe
Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
●●●●● Uncommon
The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
activity level
Match the trip’s intensity to your ability and motivation.
●○○○○ Gentle
Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
●●○○○ Active
Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
●●●○○ Vigorous
Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
●●●●○ Challenging
Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
●●●●● Demanding
Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.