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Namibia Dunes and Wildlife Experience - 6 Days

Windhoek to Windhoek
from £795 (6 days)

Ref: AT063

Travellers with limited time available will enjoy this fully accommodated six day tour, experiencing the best Namibia has to offer.  Overnight accommodation is in well located lodges in and near Etosha National Park and outside Namib Naukluft National Park and includes ibe night at Swakopmund in between.  The tour will allow the traveller to experience the amazing sand dune sea of the Namib and Sossusvlei region as well as Etosha National Park, renowned as one of the best game reserves in Africa.

Who can join: Aged 8 years and over
Accommodation: Twin Permanent Safari Tents or Lodges
Transfer time: Not applicable
Pick up Point: Central Windhoek
Meals: Included as indicated
Volunteer numbers: approx. 5 volunteers

Duration & Fees

6 days£795

Per Person based on twin shared room

6 days£920

Per person single occupancy

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Start Dates

Departs every Tuesday

Please note: This trip is offered as a guaranteed departure.

Anyone preferring their own room guaranteed should book on the single supplement rate.

Payment

£180 deposit at time of booking – balance payment of project fee due 12 weeks before departure

What's Included

  • Fully equipped custom built expedition vehicle with pop up roof (no air conditioning)
  • 5 nights' twin share en-suite accommodation as indicated
  • Meals as indicated
  • National Park entry fees (2 days Etosha and 1 day Sossusvlei)
  • Game drives as indicated
  • Sossusvlei excursion (including 4x4 shuttle) and cheetah tracking activity at Solitaire
  • Service of a professional English speaking guide/driver
  • Pick up and drop off within Windhoek city limits 
  • Pre-departure pack and support and advice from Amanzi Travel staff and trip leaders

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Optional excursions
  • Restaurant meals and drinks

Day 1  Tuesday  Halali, Etosha National Park (L / D)
Travellers will be collected from their accommodation at 7.15 am and taken to a central lodge for a pre-departure talk and the chance to meet the rest of the group.  After departing from Windhoek the tour will stop briefly at Otjiwarongo to enjoy a light lunch pack before entering Etosha National Park through the Anderson Gate.  During the afternoon there will be a game drive through the Park visiting waterholes looking for predators as well as zebra, giraffe, elephant, rhino and many different species of antelope. The night's accommodation will be reached just before sunset and there is a floodlit waterhole next to the camp, a visit to which is highly recommended.  Accommodation will be in twin share double rooms with en-suite bathroom and tea/coffee making facilities. Dinner will  prepared by the tour guide over an open fire and an early night is recommended.

Day 2  Wednesday  Taleni Etosha Village  (B / L / D)
The first game drive will be at sunrise to catch the predators while they are still active, visiting many waterholes before returning to Halali for breakfast.  The second, mid-morning game drive will take travellers to the impressive Etosha Pan "great white place" where everyone can get out of the tour vehicle and experience this 4500 sq km "saline desert" before continuing the drive in search of the Big 4.  On arrival back in Halali the tour guide will prepare a delicious lunch while travellers can have a dip in thepool or time to relax beside the waterhole.  After lunch there will be more time to relax before the final game drive across the park towards Okaukuejo calling into some well-known waterholes before leaving the park before sunset.  Accommodation will be in twin-share permanent tents with en-suite bathroom facilities.  Dinner will be prepared by the tour guide and another early night is recommended.

Day 3  Thursday  Hotel a La Mer Swakopmund (B / L)
After an early morning breakfast the tour will depart from the lodge at 7.30 am to drive into the dramatic and beautiful scenery of Damaraland.  Here there will be the chance to visit with the beautiful Herero ladies who sell their small art and craft items to support their families.  Lunch will be taken in the shadow of the Brandberg Mountain and there will be time to met some of the colourful local characters who live in this harsh environment.  On the drive down the Skeleton Coast the remains of a small shipwreck will be explored, arriving in Swakopmund mid-afternoon with time to explore this quaint seaside town on foot. The tour guide will be happy to recommend a good restaurant for an evening meal (at own expense) and overnight accommodation will be on a twin share basis with en-suite bathroom.

Day 4  Friday  Desert Camp near Sesriem (B / L / D)
This morning after breakfast, a visit to the Museum or Aquarium (optional and unguided) is highly recommended while adrenalin junkies may enjoy a 2 hour sand boarding  experience in the dunes to get their pulses racing.  Travellers will be picked up from their accommodation at 11.15 am (or 10.15 am winter time) with the aim of leaving Swakopmund at 12 noon.  The tour will then drive through the Namib Desert via the Kuiseb Pass and Solitaire, arriving at camp late afternoon for a chance to relax and enjoy the views before taking a short walk to view the sunset looking over the Naukluft mountain range. Overnight accommodation will be in twin rooms/permanent tents with en-suite bathroom facilities. Pool and bar available. Dinner will again be prepared by the tour guide.

Day 5  Saturday  Desert Camp near Sesriem (B / L / D)
This morning there will be a dawn departure to arrive at the park gate in time for sunrise and in time to drive down an ancient river bed surrounded by towering dunes to the 2x4 parking (around 55kms).  This will be followed by a 4x4 shuttle into the Sossusvlei area to appreciate the beauty of this place in early morning light and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the region. This unique area will be explored on foot before heading into Dead Vlei with its large expanse of bleached cracked clay and skeletal camel thorn trees, contrasting with a backdrop of huge dunes with their ever-changing colours. Travellers can either walk or take the 4x4 shuttle back to the vehicle.  During the drive back to the accommodation a stop will be made at the famous Dune 45 for members of the group to climb this dune if they wish or just wander around the base. On return to Sesriem a visit will be made to the nearby Sesriem Canyon, one of the few permanent water sources before arriving back at the lodge late afternoon to watch the sunset over this spectacular desert. Overnight accommodation will again be in twin share rooms/ permanent tents with en- suite bathrooms and dinner  will be prepared by the tour guide.

Day 6  Sunday  Windhoek (B)
To-day there will be an early morning breakfast before heading to Solitaire Guest Farm where an expert biologist will lead the group to track wild cheetahs at the Namib Conservation Centre. The return to Windhoek will be via Bullsport and Rehoboth, arriving mid afternoon when group members will be dropped at their accommodation. Those wishing to travel onwards today are NOT recommended to book any flight prior to 17.00 hours in case there are delays returning from safari.  Transfers to the airport can be organised by Amanzi Travel on request and at own expense.

This safari is semi-participation and travellers will be asked to help with light kitchen duties.

Optional Excursions available in Swakopmund

Sandboarding
Quad Biking
Tandem Skydiver
Living Desert Tour
Dolphin Cruise
Township Tours
Paragliding
Kayaking Scenic Tour
Fishing Trips 

Please note: Prices are subject to change and should be taken as a guide only.  The trip leader will advise about optional activities that are available during the tour.

Getting There

This trip departs from Windhoek and travellers can be picked up at their accommodation in central Windhoek on the morning of the tour start date.  It will be necessary to fly into Windhoek International Airport and airport transfers and pre-and post-trip accommodation can be arranged.

Amanzi Travel holds an ATOL licence and can make any flight arrangements upon request.

Support and Orientation

Support and advice is available from Amanzi Travel office staff and project/trip leaders. Upon booking, you will receive a comprehensive pre-departure pack that provides all the details you will need to prepare for your trip to Africa.  This document includes information on accommodation, staff, visas, optional activities, packing checklist and medical advice and if you have any questions that are not answered in the pack we are always on hand to help and advise. We will do all we can to ensure that you are well prepared and looking forward to your trip to Africa. You will also receive an in country orientation on arrival.

A 24 hours a day, 7 days a week emergency contact number is provided for everyone who travels with us.

Amanzi Travel holds an ATOL licence (9401) and is able to arrange your flights on request giving you financial protection for your flight and trip costs. We also offer advice on personal travel insurance for your trip.

Windhoek to Windhoek, Namibia Dunes and Wildlife Experience - 6 DaysWindhoek to Windhoek, Namibia Dunes and Wildlife Experience - 6 DaysThe accommodation provided is on a twin share basis in safari style permanent tents or twin rooms with en-suite bathroom facilities and self catering kitchen facilities where the tour guide will provide the meals. 

Sleeping bags or bath towels are not necessary but please take swim wear and pool towels, especially during the summer months

Meals are provided as indicated.

 

Click here to view the full interactive mapNamibia - Work At a Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary

Why visit Namibia?

Namibia is one of those dreamlike places that makes one question whether something so visually fabulous could actually exist. It is characterised by vast open spaces, with breathtaking scenery and great contrasts – ocean, dunes, mountains and deserts. A predominantly arid country, Namibia can be divided into four main regions. The Namib Desert and vast plains of the Skeleton Coast in the west; the eastward-sloping Central Plateau; the Kalahari desert along the borders with South Africa and Botswana; and the densely wooded bushveld of the Kavango and Caprivi regions – a magical undeveloped oasis of waterways and wildlife, providing abundant game and birdlife viewing opportunities.  Despite its harsh climate, Namibia has some of the world’s grandest national parks, ranging from the wildlife-rich Etosha National Park, to the dune fields and desert plains of the Namib-Naukluft Park. The Namib-Naukluft Park is superb for hiking, with a number of spectacular trails. It is also home to the renowned dunes of Sossusvlei - said to be the highest in the world - and the fascinating Sesriem Canyon. Windhoek is the country’s geographical heart and commercial nerve centre, with an ethnic mix of people, while surfers, anglers and beach-lovers won’t want to miss Swakopmund, with its lively entertainment and sporting activities.

Highlights

  • Etosha National Park is one of Africa’s finest parks, both in size and diversity of wildlife.
  • The Namib-Naukluft Park is the largest conservation area in Namibia and one of the largest in the world.
  • Two spectacular deserts - the Kalahari and Namib - each with distinctive wildlife and scenery.
  • The Namib, at 80 million years, is the world's oldest desert. Namib means “open space”.
  • The Namib and Damaraland offer remarkably clear skies for astronomers and keen star gazers.
  • Stunning Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world, after the Grand Canyon – it is 161km long, up to 27km wide and 550m deep.
  • Sossusvlei are said to be the highest sand-dunes in the world.
  • Superb birding and good fishing is available from the banks of the Kavango and Kunene Rivers on the northern border.
  • Popular self-drive destination with excellent infrastructure.
  • Largely malaria-free.
  • More than 300 days of sunshine per year.

Climate

Seasons Max Min
Summer/wet (October - April) 40 °C 20 °C
Winter/dry (May - September) 25 °C 0 °C
Rainfall: October – December “little rains”, January to April more stormy period

The winter months (May - September) range from 25 to 30°C during the day but night temperatures may drop to below freezing. June to August is the dry season with very little rain. This can be a good time for game viewing as wildlife converge at the waterholes.

The summer months (October - April) can reach highs of over 40°C and nights in the 20°C range (in the arid central Namib Desert temperatures can fall to below freezing during the night). This is a summer rainfall area, but overcast and rainy days are few and far between. Welcome thundershowers may occur in the late afternoon, bringing relief to flora and fauna. In October and November, large herds of blue wildebeest, zebra, springbok and oryx migrate from the Namutoni area to Okaukuejo, where they remain until May.

Rainfall is heaviest in the northeast, which enjoys a sub-tropical climate, and reaches over 600mm annually along the Okavango River. The northern and interior regions experience ‘little rains’ between October and December, while the main stormy period occurs from January to April.

Key Facts

Population – 2.1 million
Capital - Windhoek
Currency - Namibian dollar
Language – official language English; most widely spoken is Afrikaans; half of all Namibians speak Oshiwambo as their first language. German is also widely spoken, plus some Portuguese.
Namib – means “open space”
Etosha – means “great white place”
Time difference – GMT +2 hours
Telephone – country code 264, international access code 00

Namibia Dunes and Wildlife Experience - 6 Days

This is a fantastic way to see the sights of Namibia if you're on a tight schedule. The guide was really informative and the scenery was stunning. We stayed in some beautiful places.

Natasha, UK, aged 37 (Namibia Dunes and Wildlife Experience - 6 Days)

Namibia Dunes and Wildlife Experience - 6 Days

I spent 3 weeks volunteering at the Namibian Wildlife Sanctuary and it was by far the best experience of my life! I have made friends for life from all over the globe who I still keep in touch with. The project was very valuable to conservation efforts to protect big cat populations in the wild, including Cheetahs and Leopards. I loved helping with the rehabilitation of all the animals at the sanctuary, especially babysitting the orphaned baby baboons overnight! Not only does the Sanctuary support the animals in need, they also give back to the community by letting the volunteers help out at the school, built for the worker’s children, which was a very rewarding and unforgettable experience.

The Co-ordinators and other volunteers were all very welcoming when I arrived and I felt at home immediately. The accommodation was great and the food was amazing.

The Amanzi Travel Team are extremely helpful and I felt at ease throughout the booking process, having spoken to Gemma who was very informative from her own personal experiences in Namibia, and was able to answer any of my queries as well as give me many useful tips! Gemma was also very helpful when booking my airport transfers and accommodation at Chameleon Backpackers! The My Journey page on the Amanzi Travel website is a very useful tool ensuring that all the important details about the project, as well as personal details including insurance, visa forms and flight details are in one place, making the whole process simple and easy to follow!

In addition, I went on the Namibia Dunes and Wildlife Experience Overland Trip which I would highly recommend to anyone who loves an adventure! On this trip I had a true African Experience and the flood lit waterhole in Etosha was definitely a highlight, as well as sand boarding in the Namib desert. The tour guide was fantastic and all accommodation and food was excellent.

Becky, 18, Wales (Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary (Naankuse) , Namibia Dunes and Wildlife Experience - 6 Days)

Namibia Dunes and Wildlife Experience - 6 Days

I had the most amazing time, and none of that would have been possible without all of your hard work organising everything. So I just want to say a big thank you! I greatly appreciate it, and it was nice not having to worry about anything while I was away - a number of people did have issues with transfers. So thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I will definitely be back to organise another volunteer project soon!

Everything was great. Whenever I had any questions they would be answered very promptly. Gemma was very friendly and professional. I've really had a great experience with Amanzi Travel and would recommend them to anyone.

My time at Neuras was wonderful. The accommodation was fantastic! - a nice little luxury from the wildlife sanctuary. It's a beautiful place. It was a lot of fun going on the game counts, making the enrichment for the cheetahs at Solitaire and climbing the dunes. There's so much natural beauty in Namibia :)

I really enjoyed my time at the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary. The baboons are beautiful! Sleeping with a baby baboon was an awesome 'once in a lifetime' experience, which I will treasure forever. 

Organising my trip through Amanzi Travel was one of the best decisions of my travelling life. I was (and still am) very impressed and happy with all of the work Gemma did with organising not only my time at the volunteer projects, but also transfers to and from the airport and accommodation after leaving the project. There were no issues at all which was fantastic! I've got nothing but praise for all of the hard work Gemma, and the rest of the Amanzi Travel team do :) 

Fiona, Australia, aged 23 (Namibia Big Cat, Wild Dog and Elephant Conservation Project , Namibia Dunes and Wildlife Experience - 6 Days)

Jennie and Stuart, Sweden, 32 and 34

The overland trip was excellent - really well run. The guides were fantastic, the campsites great, and the food excellent. This has got to be the best way to see Africa in a short period of time ...   

Amanzi Travel are excellent - professional, informative but with a real personal service ...     The cheetah volunteer project was an absolutely fantastic experience, and the Overland trip was brilliant.

Jennie and Stuart, Sweden, 32 and 34 (Cheetah Volunteer Project and Overland Trip)

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