Exploring Classic Namibia: Small Group

From Windhoek to Windhoek
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Tour Description

Embark on an unforgettable Namibia tour with a small group of up to 16 travelers, exploring the country's most spectacular highlights. Departing from Windhoek, our journey begins with a visit to the awe-inspiring Fish River Canyon, where you'll witness the grandeur of the second-largest canyon in the world and soak in the breathtaking vistas.

Next, we venture to the mesmerizing Namib Desert, where towering dunes and ever-changing landscapes await. Prepare for unforgettable sunrises and sunsets over the red sand dunes of Sossusvlei and explore the surreal landscapes of Deadvlei, a photographer's paradise.

Our adventure continues to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where the rugged beauty of the Atlantic coastline meets the charm of a quaint German-influenced town. Enjoy thrilling activities such as dune boarding, quad biking, or a marine cruise, or simply relax and soak in the coastal atmosphere.

We then venture into the mystical Damaraland, a region defined by dramatic rock formations, ancient petroglyphs, and the chance to encounter desert-adapted wildlife, including elephants and the elusive desert rhino. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the local communities and learn about their traditions and way of life.

Our journey concludes with a visit to the renowned Etosha National Park, where a diverse range of wildlife roams freely across vast savannahs and a shimmering salt pan. Embark on thrilling game drives, seeking out majestic elephants, lions, giraffes, and countless other species in their natural habitat.

Finally, we return to Windhoek, enriched by the extraordinary landscapes, wildlife encounters, and cultural experiences that define Namibia.

This small group tour ensures an intimate and personalized experience, allowing you to create lasting memories of this remarkable journey through one of Africa's most captivating countries.

Note - Please enquire for the supplement if you would like Dinners can be included on the Classic tour or for the Superior upgraded tour (with maximum 6 guests).

Please note the 3 Dec, 7 Jan, 4 Feb and 9 Jun departures are bilingual, operating in English and German

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History galore! Twyfelfontein is home to one of the largest concentrations of rock engravings in Africa. The nearby Petrified forest dates back millions of years. The Welwitschia mirabilis plant is one of the oldest living desert plants on Earth.

The vastness of Fish River Canyon, the rugged rock formations, and the dramatic cliffs create a stunning and awe-inspiring landscape - its one of the most breathtaking natural wonders in Africa

It is a place of living deserts, where one can't help but be captivated by the ever-changing natural colors that paint the horizon. Explore the Deadvlei, an ancient clay pan surrounded by towering sand dunes, creating a mesmerizing and otherworldly lands

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Windhoek Kahalari Desert

Leaving Windhoek, we travel into the largest sand mass on Earth, the Kalahari Desert. The Kalahari is a vast semi-desert of wind-blown sand held by a sparse mantle of thorn scrub making it the most extensive continuous stretch of sand covering 9 African countries. Unlike other true deserts, the Kalahari does receive erratic rainfall. For many therefor "thirstland” is a more fitting description. Lacking permanent surface water, the Kalahari is a challenging place to live except for those who have adapted to not only survive but flourish here. The Bushmen refer to it as the "Soul of the World", an emotive description for this area! With its deep red dunes and endless grass plains interspersed with acacia’s and shrubs, it is still home to a surprisingly large amount of specially adapted wildlife.

Enjoy the opportunity to experience the red dunes, wildlife and plants, in this desert environment on an optional nature drive (On the Superior version this nature drive is included).

Classic: Overnight at Intu Afrika Collection
Superior option: Overnight Intu Afrika Collection – light lunch, Dinner (incl. selected local beverages)

Day 2
Fish River Canyon

We continue south through arid and extensive rocky plains. Visiting the unique Garas quiver tree forest where you are welcomed by quirky human-made sculptures of scrap metal which set a contrast to this serene, timeless space with Quiver trees and aloes nestled amongst huge dolerite boulders, stacked mysteriously, the area is also aptly referred to as “Giant’s Playground”. We continue to our lodge, situated in close vicinity to the Fish River Canyon. Here we can explore the area on foot or an optional guided nature drive in the later afternoon highlighting the Quiver trees, rugged landscape and impressive sweeping rock formations.

Classic: Overnight at Canyon Village - Breakfast
Superior option: Overnight Canyon Lodge – Breakfast, light lunch, Dinner (incl. selected local beverages)

Day 3
Fish River Canyon Luderitz

Our morning starts on the edge of the Fish River Canyon where we gaze into this magnificent geological phenomenon. The Fish River Canyon is located in the northern part of the Nama Karoo and is the second largest canyon on earth, featuring a gigantic ravine that measures in total about 160 km long, up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550 meters deep. The Fish River is the longest interior river found in Namibia, but its current flow is just a drop compared with the immense volume of water that poured down its length in ages past. We continue our journey past the Naute dam, where we shortly stop at the Naute Kristall Cellar and Distillery, to taste some of their unique liquors (optional) or simply enjoy a delicious cup of coffee. Proceeding onwards we head towards the coastal town of Lüderitz. On the way to Lüderitz, we stop at Garub, which is the viewing point for the Wild Horses of the Namib Desert.

Classic: Overnight at Obelix Guesthouse- Breakfast
Superior: Overnight Lüderitz Nest Hotel Superior Room – Breakfast, light lunch, Dinner (incl. selected local beverages)

Day 4
Namib Desert

After an early breakfast, our morning starts with a visit to Kolmanskop ghost town. Kolmanskop is a deserted Diamond Mining Town in the Sperrgebiet National Park. Once an opulent and decadent town, a monument to the Diamond boom and built to last…until the diamonds ran out. Today Kolmanskop stands as a haunting monument to the thriving past, offering visitor’s unique photo motives into a bygone era. We continue across vast open plains, stopping for an optional light lunch (included in the Superior tour) in the countryside town of Helmeringhausen before continuing further north along with the Tiras Mountain range to our lodge in the Namib Desert. We are located close to Sesriem the gateway to Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon, with some of the highest dunes on Earth towering over the white desert plains. The afternoon can be spent relaxing at the sparkling pool, enjoying the vast open desert plains, or taking part in optional activities offered at the lodge.

Classic: Overnight at The Elegant Desert Lodge - Breakfast
Superior: Overnight Sossusvlei Lodge – Breakfast, light lunch, Dinner (incl. selected local beverages)

Day 5
Namib Desert

The morning demands an early start. Entering the Namib Naukluft National Park shortly after sunrise, the first rays of sunlight paint the mountains of sand into a variety of apricot, red and orange, contrasted against a crisp blue skyline, enrapturing our senses, and providing an opportunity to capture this impressive landscape on film. You will be captivated by the surreal Deadvlei surrounded by some of the highest dunes on earth and Sossusvlei, where the dry Tsauchab River ends abruptly amongst dunes. Take the opportunity to walk up one of these majestic dunes to admire the desert landscape beneath. After this thrilling experience we visit the Sesriem Canyon, a life-sustaining natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert before returning back to our lodge and cooling off along the swimming pool or with a refreshing drink at one of the quiet retreats located all around the lodge.

Classic: Overnight at The Elegant Desert Lodge –Breakfast
Superior: Overnight Sossusvlei Lodge – Desert Breakfast, light lunch, Dinner (incl. selected local beverages)

Day 6

After breakfast we continue our journey approaching the little settlement of Solitaire on the edge of the Namib Naukluft National Park, feeling like you have arrived in the middle of nowhere, before travelling via the desolate, rolling hills of the Kuiseb Valley towards the Atlantic Ocean. Reaching the coastal harbour town of Walvis Bay, we visit the shallow lagoon, one of the most important wetland areas on the African continent and a RAMSAR World Heritage Site. Over 80% of Africa’s lesser flamingos breed in this lagoon and present a breath-taking picture when they appear in groups. Continuing along the scenic route between the dune belt and the Atlantic Ocean we reach Swakopmund, where the rest of the day is spent at leisure. With palm-lined streets and seaside promenades, Swakopmund is a popular holiday destination in Namibia. Its pleasant summer climate and long stretched beaches attract anglers and surfers from all over Southern Africa. For the international guest, Swakopmund is a bohemian mix of German architecture and African rhythms, a laid back attitude with adrenalin activities, misty mornings and desert heat. It is colourful, it is vibrant, but most of all, it is pure fun.

Classic: Overnight at Hansa Hotel - Breakfast
Superior: Overnight Strand Hotel – Breakfast, light lunch (incl. selected local beverages)

Day 7

Swakopmund is often fondly referred to as the "playground of Namibia", it has numerous activities ranging from, adventure to exploring the fascinating features of the Namib Desert and the animals and plants that occur and survive here. Embrace the relaxed pace of this idyllic coastal town while enjoying coffee and freshly baked pastries in one of the many café's. Alternatively explore the rugged, sweltering desert on a day tour, or view this awesome, environment from the air on a scenic flight. Find your inner child and push adrenaline to its limits with extreme adventures such as skydiving over the desert or quad biking and sand boarding on the dunes. Take time to get the feel of this quaint town with its historic buildings, museums, shopping arcades and beach bar that has transformed into its own personality by the vibrant use of colour and the bohemian lifestyle.

Classic: Overnight at Hansa Hotel - Breakfast
Superior: Overnight Strand Hotel – Breakfast & Marine Cruise

Day 8

Today our journey continues through Uis past the Brandberg, Namibia's highest mountain (2.579m), into the Damaraland, one of the least populated and most geologically diverse areas in Africa. This harsh, rocky environment is home to the elusive desert elephant, the black rhino and free-roaming antelope species. We arrive at our lodge in the afternoon, where we have the remaining day at leisure.

Classic: Overnight at Ondjamba Hills - Breakfast
Superior: Overnight at Twyfelfontein Adventure Camp – Breakfast, light lunch, Dinner (incl. selected local beverages)

Day 9
Damaraland / Brandberg

On an early morning scenic nature drive through, at times untouched wilderness area of the Otjimboyo Concession, we head out towards the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain. This is the best time to capture the perfect light of sunrise and catch the last mist engulfing the mountain. We continue down into the dry Ugab riverbed, which we follow back towards the camp. Stopping under one of the majestic camelthorn trees we enjoy a light picnic lunch. On our drive along the meandering river we might encounter the elusive desert elephant that roam the dry riverbeds of the Damaraland, feeding on the nutritious pods of the trees lining the riverbanks. Arriving back at the camp we have enough time left to enjoy the scenery.

Classic: Overnight at Ondjamba Hills - Breakfast and picnic lunch
Superior: Overnight at Twyfelfontein Adventure Camp – Breakfast, light lunch, Dinner (incl. selected local beverages)

Day 10
Damaraland Etosha National Park

During the cooler hours of the morning, we start our adventure filled day in the company of a local Damara guide, who takes us to Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO heritage site where Bushman communities engraved and painted over 2.500 pictures some 6.000 years ago! After a visit to the nearby Living Museum of the Damara, we proceed to the Petrified Forest - a geological phenomenon depicting the creation and metamorphosis of wood into stone amongst some of the oldest landmasses on Earth. Here we also see the Welwitschia mirabilis plant – the oldest living desert plant on Earth. Our onward journey takes us to the wildlife heaven of Namibia - the Etosha National Park. We check into our lodge located on the border of the Etosha National Park and can unwind after the adventure filled day alongside the pool.

Classic: Overnight at Eldorado Lodge - Breakfast
Superior: Overnight at Epacha Game Lodge & Spa– Breakfast, light lunch, Dinner (incl. selected local beverages)

Day 11
Etosha National Park

The day is devoted purely to the abundant wildlife found in the Etosha National Park, which surrounds a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan. The park is home to 4 of the Big Five - elephant, lion, leopard and rhino. The Park was proclaimed as Namibia's first conservation area in 1907 by the then Governor, von Lindequist. Despite the size of the Etosha National Park, only the southern edge of the pan is accessible to visitors. Game viewing in the park is primarily focussed around the waterholes, some of which are spring fed and some supplied from a borehole, ideal places to sit and watch over 114 different game species, or for an avid birder, more than 340 bird species. Popular game species such as giraffe, blue wildebeest, plains and mountain zebra, hyena, lion, leopard, antelopes such as kudu, oryx, eland, as well as some of the endangered species such as Black rhino, cheetah and the black-faced impala are all found here. An extensive network of roads link the over 30 water holes allowing visitors the opportunity of a comprehensive game viewing safari throughout the park as each different area will provide various encounters.

Classic: Overnight at Eldorado Lodge - Breakfast
Superior: Overnight at Epacha Game Lodge & Spa– Breakfast, light lunch, Dinner (incl. selected local beverages)

Day 12
Etosha National Park

Today your guide again takes you on a game drive in the Etosha National Park. We may encounter animal species we have not seen the previous day and look forward to any new surprises at the different waterholes visited. The Etosha Pan dominates the park. This salt pan desert, which is nearly completely enclosed by the park and is lined by numerous watering holes, is roughly 130 km long and as wide as 50 km in places. During Etosha’s notorious dry spells the pan is a deathly place, lying parched and cracked under the molten African sun. It is claimed that game viewing is best during the dry periods as animals will then congregate closer to water. But even in the rainy season, the park remains an abundant wildlife haven. You then have the pleasure of experiencing the rebirth of life as the young foals, cubs and chicks are seen frolicking with their parents, and the sprouting new green shrubs and grasses create a pleasing green oasis. In the afternoon we onwards to our lodge, where we enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

Classic: Overnight at La Rochelle Lodge - Breakfast
Superior: Overnight at Mokuti Etosha Lodge – Breakfast, light lunch, Dinner (incl. selected local beverages)

Day 13
Etosha National Park Windhoek

After breakfast, we travel back through the centre of the country exposing bush land savannah to the capital in the centre of the country. Time permitting, en-route we may stop at the famous wood carvers market in Okahandja or the craft market in the main street in Windhoek to pick up the last few souvenirs. Windhoek is a cosmopolitan melting pot of European architecture with African culture, with a variety of excellent restaurants to choose from. You will be dropped off at your accommodation of choice, or transferred to the airport for your outward flight.

Arrival and Departure info:
• Arrival flights on the day of tour departure to be no later than 09h00
• Same day flight departures out of Windhoek International are only possible after 19h00

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 2023: 11 nights Accommodation as specified
  • Included Copy 20 2024: 12 nights Accommodation as specified
  • Included Copy 31 Upgrade to Superior accommodation available
  • Included Copy 20 2023: 11 x Breakfasts
  • Included Copy 20 2024: 12 x Breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Entrance fees, porterage, Still mineral water on bus, Tourism levies
  • Included Copy 20 Services of registered driver guide throughout the tour
  • Included Copy 7 Any flights, visas, Insurance, personal expenses, activities not specified or gratuities


  • Included Discover the red dunes and plants as you search for desert adapted wildlife in the Kalahari desert
  • Included Visit the unique and mysterious Garas quiver tree forest
  • Included Spot the Wild Horses of the Namib Desert
  • Included Be amazed at the breathtaking vistas found at Fish River Canyon
  • Included Explore Kolmanskop ghost town, a deserted Diamond Mining Town.
  • Included Be amazed at the spectacular desert landscapes found in Namib Desert
  • Included Walk along the narrow canyon floor of Sesriem Canyon
  • Included Explore the amazing Deadvlei, a surreal pan surrounded by ancient dead camel thorn trees
  • Included Explore the ancient rock formations and spot desert adapted wildlife found in Damaraland
  • Included Discover the charming streets lined with German colonial-era buildings in Swakopmund
  • Included Wildlife spot in Etosha National Park and visit the vast salt pan
  • Included Visit Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO heritage site, home to ancient bushman engraved and painted pictures
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