Classic Namibia Under Canvas

Luxury mobile safari in Etosha National Park and Namib Desert
Overview

overview

Discovering Namibia is a captivating experience. Venture into a world of changing scenery and vast unspoiled wilderness with a cosmopolitan atmosphere and people. Explore Namibia's attractions including central Namibia with the Namib Desert (Sesriem and Sossusvlei) and the North, home to the famous Etosha National Park. Explore Namibia on a 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.

itinerary

itinerary

  • 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.

    Meals
    None
    Lodging
    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.  

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    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.

    Meals
    2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
    Lodging
    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.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    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.

     

    Meals
    2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
    Lodging
    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.

     

    Meals
    2 Breakfasts
    Lodging
    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.

    Meals
    2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
    Lodging
    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.

    Meals
    Breakfast
Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

Nov 3-14, 2014
Dec 22, 2014-Jan 2, 2015
Jan 12-23, 2015
Feb 2-13, 2015
Mar 2-13, 2015
Apr 6-17, 2015
May 4-15, 2015
May 18-29, 2015
Jun 1-12, 2015
Jun 15-26, 2015
Jul 6-17, 2015
Jul 20-31, 2015
Aug 3-14, 2015
Aug 17-28, 2015
Aug 31-Sep 11, 2015
Sep 14-25, 2015
Oct 5-16, 2015
Oct 19-30, 2015
Nov 2-13, 2015
Dec 22, 2015-Jan 2, 2016
Or Privately on Request
Land Cost:
$3,995
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:
$420
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Need to Know

Need to Know

Duration:
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. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
3
comfortable & delightful safari-style tents with en-suite bathroom facilities
Group Size:
2-8
Guaranteed departures with 2
Activity Level:
3
comfortable & delightful safari-style tents with en-suite bathroom facilities

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Trip Extensions

Trip Extensions

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