Namibia Discovery

13 Days | Explore the coastlines, sand dunes and wildlife-filled savanna grasslands of Namibia

4.7 out of 5 based on 24 reviews submitted.
Overland
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NZD $6,494
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Travel to Namibia and discover one of the most sparsely populated countries on earth. Crossing the border from South Africa, you’ll travel along Namibia's beautiful coastline, to sand dunes, moonscapes and savanna grasslands teeming with wildlife. Namibia is a country of contrasts and a paradise for wilderness lovers! Canoe down Orange River, scale dunes, walk through the desert, savour local dishes and relax on seldom-visited beaches. Soak up African sunsets, birdwatch, go on game drives through Etosha National Park and do it all with a local leader armed with all the fascinating insights.

Trip overview

Map of Namibia Discovery including Namibia and South Africa
Start
Cape Town, South Africa
Finish
Windhoek, Namibia
Theme
Overland
Destinations
South Africa, Namibia
Physical rating
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Style
Comfort
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 13
Trip code
UBKN
This trip generates 24 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Dine in Lambert's Bay in an open-air restaurant, Muisbosskerm. National Geographic rated this amazing spot as having one of the 'Top Ten Sea Views to Dine For'.
  • Take a canoe adventure down South Africa's longest stream – the picturesque Orange River – winding through the ancient Richtersveld Mountains with a local guide.
  • Go birdwatching along Fish River Canyon and watch the African sunset that makes this place so much more than just one of the world's largest gorges.
  • Enjoy plenty of time for seaside leisure in Swakopmund, amid the dramatic breakers of the Atlantic Ocean. Maybe visit the local markets or chill out on the beach.
  • Etosha National Park is one of the best places in the world for wildlife spotting, and you'll enjoy a full day of game drives here, both in closed trucks and open-air 4WDs.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This is an overland trip. That means you’ll be travelling with a group in a purpose-built vehicle, visiting remote communities, and getting the best possible views of Africa's iconic wildlife. While the trucks don’t have air conditioning, they do have sliding windows that let in the breeze and make it even easier to take spectacular snaps of the local wildlife. The drive days can be long, but it’s as much about the journey as the destination, and half the fun is the camaraderie. For more info on this style of travel, see our Africa overland page: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/au/africa/overland
  • Namibian summer (November to March) can be very hot and humid with maximum temperatures around 30-35°C and peaks of over 40°C in the desert.
  • There will be many early starts either to make use of the better safari time or to beat the morning traffic on long travel days.
  • This trip can be partnered with other adventures into a ‘combo’, which means that some of your fellow travellers may carry on to further destinations at the end of this tour. If you’d like to spend more time in Africa, have a look at the combo itinerary: Amazing Southern Africa (UBKEC)

Itinerary

Map of Namibia Discovery including Namibia and South Africa

Inclusions

Meals

12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 9 dinners

Transport

Overland vehicle, Canoe

Accommodation

Lodge (6 nights), Hotel (4 nights), Desert Camp (2 nights)

Activities
  • Complimentary Arrival Transfer
  • Lamberts Bay - Cape Gannet Island
  • Fish River Canyon - Canyon entrance
  • Orange River - Canoe trip
  • Sesriem - Sesriem Canyon Visit
  • Sossusvlei - Dune 45
  • Damaraland - Petrified Forest
  • Damaraland - Twyfelfontein Bushman Paintings
  • Etosha National Park - Overland Vehicle Game drives
  • Etosha National Park - 4x4 Vehicle Game Drive
Add on activities
  • Cape Town - Table Mountain Hike - ZAR1600
  • Cape Town - Table Mountain Aerial Cable - ZAR380
  • Cape Town - Robben Island tour - ZAR550
  • Cape Town - Harbour cruise - ZAR200
  • Cape Town - Best of the Cape Combo Tour - Full Day - ZAR2000
  • Cape Town - Cape Peninsula and SUP Tour - Full Day - ZAR2100
  • Cape Town - Robben Island Ferry & Table Mountain Tour - Full Day - ZAR1800
  • Cape Town - Winelands Tour - Full Day - ZAR1600
  • Cape Town - Winelands Tour - Half Day - ZAR1000
  • Cape Town - Cape Peninsula & Table Mountain Tour - Full Day - ZAR2000
  • Cape Town - Cape Malay Cooking Tour - Half Day - ZAR1200
  • Cape Town - Township Experience - Half Day - ZAR965
  • Cape Town - City and Waterfront Tour - Half Day - ZAR1100
  • Cape Town - Cape Peninsula & Kirstenbosch Tour - Full Day - ZAR2000
  • Cape Town - District Six & Bo-Kapp Cultural Tour - Half Day - ZAR965
  • Swakopmund - Swakopmund Museum - USD2

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

2. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.

3. This trip finishes on arrival in Windhoek on Day 13. Please do not book any flights out this evening. The Airport is located 1hr drive out of Windhoek, and although we generally make it back to the hotel in Windhoek by 5:00pm, it can be difficult to get to the airport in time for flights.

4. The weight of baggage that can be brought on this tour is limited by the packing space and weight restrictions of the truck. The weight limit for luggage on all of our trucks is a maximum of 15-20kgs per person, plus a maximum of 5kgs for your day pack. Backpacks shouldn’t have an external frame unless it can easily be removed and stored separately to avoid damaging other people’s luggage. We strongly advise passengers to travel with a backpack or a duffel bag, and it is essential that no hard suitcases be brought on tour. For valuables, like passports, we offer a safe on each vehicle that is shared by all passengers to keep their documentation safe during their journey.

5. The minimum age for this trip is 15 at the time of travel. Any travellers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian, or in lieu of a legal guardian, by an escort over the age of 18, appointed by their legal guardian. The legal guardian or their designee will be responsible for the traveller under the age of 18 day to day’s care. If a legal guardian elects to designate an escort in their lieu, they will be required to complete and sign a relevant document to delegate their authority.

6. Border crossing delays in the region are sporadic and difficult to predict. What takes an hour one day may take four hours the next. This may affect the order of activities in the itinerary. We understand this uncertainty can be frustrating, and we strongly recommend packing a bit of patience and flexibility.

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Reviews

4.7 out of 5 based on 24 reviews submitted.
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Leonie · Traveled May 2024
It's a very good Tour to get an overview over the whole country in just about two weeks. Even the long drives where interesting, due to changing landscapes and multiple stops on the road. The Food was very good and even as vegetarians we found lots of different and delicious things. We will always remember Shadrack, our driver, and his funny and lovely character.
Review submitted 31 May 2024

Stefan · Traveled May 2024
A very interesting trip to two fascinating countries. A lot of nature, animals and history. Beautiful lodges and interesting cities.
Review submitted 08 Jun 2024

Edward · Traveled May 2024
A magical experience full of epic dunes, majestic animals and plentiful local food!
Review submitted 22 May 2024

CHRISTINA · Traveled April 2024
Great trip & very interesting. Yes the roads were awful but just added to the adventure. Accommodation & food was was good, lots of choices. The leader & driver could not be faulted, helpful & good fun. Overall an enjoyable trip. Suggest if booking this trip plan some extra days in Capetown as so much to see & do.
Review submitted 06 May 2024

Benjmain · Traveled April 2024
So happy I chose this tour! The landscapes of Namibia are otherworldly and the wildlife viewing was fantastic. Learning about the local ways of life was so interesting and to experience first-hand with such a small group made it so much more special and impactful. Well worth adding a few days in Cape Town before the tour as there is so much to see and do (and eat) there! 10/10 recommend this trip but be prepared for long, bumpy, dusty drives (with incredible views).
Review submitted 22 May 2024
Namibia Discovery
From
NZD $6,494