AWAKEN YOUR SENSES ON THIS FULL AFRICAN EXPERIENCE WHERE DESERT MEETS OCEAN
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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Seek out wildlife in the desert and rock landscapes of the Namib Desert where rich red sand dunes roll up from the
floor. Etosha National Park gives you the chance to see an abundance of game in their natural habitat, while the beautiful Walvis Bay provides a haven for the big marine five. Ancient rock art dating back 6,000 years at Twyfelfontein and the Erongo mountains gives a glimpse into stone age life.
HF Holidays Worldwide Product Manager, Jane Sedgwick, recently spent two weeks in this fascinating country. Read about her adventures HERE.
- Experience the mighty dunes in the Namib desert
- See pelicans and flamingos at the Walvis Bay Lagoon
- Take a boat ride at Swakopmund and search for the big marine 5
- Walk through the ‘Boulder Forest’ in the Erongo mountains
- See rock art at Twyfelfontein and enjoy a game drive in the Etosha National Park
- 14 nights ensuite accommodation
- Full board from dinner on day 2 to breakfast on day 16
- A full holiday programme of walks, sightseeing and game drives led by local guides and a specialist local leader.
- All national park entry fees, and transport.
One of the many highlights of this tour will be the delightful settings of the desert and wilderness lodges with open views onto the varied Namibian landscapes. Sundowners on terraces overlooking watering holes or vast desert landscapes will be the perfect finish to the day’s activities. Many have swimming pools. Most of the accommodations are 4-star but two nights are spent in wilderness camps where facilities are more basic, but offer a genuine Namibian experience.
Safari Court Hotel Windhoek (1 nt) 4 star. Being one of the most well-known hotels in Namibia, it caters for the holiday maker, the family, the businessman and conference delegate alike. 215 luxuriously appointed rooms, and guests also have the free use of the hotel sauna and steamroom. Spa treatments available on request.
Namib Desert Lodge, Namib (1 nt)
The main building and the chalets of Namib Desert Lodge are spread out along the foot of the fossilised dunes of the ancient Namib desert. A comfortable stay is guaranteed by 65 en suite rooms with air conditioning. A restaurant and bar, an inviting terrace with views of the fossilised dunes and two swimming pools beckon you to linger and relax. Oryx antelope and springbok make frequent appearances at the illuminated watering hole.
Namib Dune Star Camp, Namib (1 nt)
Escape from the world. Enjoy the vast desert wilderness and magnificent night skies. 9 wooden chalets offer comfortable accommodation, with the dining room and bar in a central chalet with far reaching views. After the dunes have transformed to gold and the distant mountains glow purple, it’s time to wheel beds onto balconies for a night under the glittering sky of the Namib. An early morning walk will take you back to the Namib Desert Lodge.
Rostock Ritz Desert Lodge & Spa Namib (1 nt)
The Rostock Ritz Desert Lodge, located on a 12,000-hectare property on the edge of the Namib Desert, consists of unique, semi-subterranean rock “igloos” aesthetically integrated with the natural surroundings. Accommodation consists of 16 fully equipped standard double rooms and 3 suites with views over the desert. There is a pleasant dining room, bar and reception area. Relax by the outdoor swimming pool or enjoy the sundowner drive operated by the lodge.
Beach Hotel Swakopmund (2 nts)
The ideal location of Beach Hotel Swakopmund, just 50 m from the Atlantic Ocean and within walking distance to the centre of Swakopmund, allows you to experience the flavour of this charming town, while providing you with the opportunity to explore the surrounding areas. All rooms have a balcony and only 4 without sea views. Facilities on site include Restaurant, "Anchor Point" which is open all year round as well as a lounge with Sundowner bar, a roof terrace with panoramic view and where you can enjoy some Sundowners or relax in the swimming pool. After a long day out you can enjoy a professional massage or head to the gym for the fitness enthusiasts.
Hohenstein Lodge, Erongo (1 nt)
The Hohenstein Lodge is located at the foot of the Hohenstein, the highest peak of the Erongo mountains. The Hohenstein Lodge offers accommodation in 14 spacious rooms with en-suite shower/WC and in-room safe. A shady terrace belongs to each room. Facilities: Reception and restaurant are located in the main building which is connected by comfortably paved walkways with swimming pool and bungalows.
Etemba Wilderness Camp, Erongo (1 nt)
The legendary Etemba. Even the drive to the lodge is a unique experience, leading through one of the most beautiful landscapes of Namibia, the Erongo mountains in the north west. Charming sandy meadows, wild canyons, mighty dry rivers, bizarre rock formations and granite boulders, Namibia’s national monument with rock and cave paintings, home of the threatened black rhino are just some of the catchwords of the area. The tented camp offers twin bedded tented accommodation with proper beds and duvets. Each tent has its own outdoor private flush toilet and shower area (cold showers). There is a separate facilities block with hot outdoor showers and indoor toilets. The evening meal at this accommodation will be a traditional braii (BBQ).
Huab Lodge, Damaraland, (2 nts)
Huab Lodge lies in an 8,000 hectare nature reserve of pristine wilderness on the Huab River in Damaraland, Namibia. Breathtaking mountainous scenery, naturally occurring wild creatures and perfect peace and balmy weather combine to make this a place to recover from the stresses of your day-to-day lives and for total relaxation. Huab Lodge was created in 1993 using local materials and already then the focus on environmental considerations making use of solar energy and taking care with waste products found approving recognition. The spacious 45qm bungalows have large private patios and are tastefully furnished. They include a separate en-suite toilet, two hand-wash basins, even the shower has a view. Due to the small intimate nature of this lodge, the owners, managers and staff and all guests will sit together and have meals at one sitting.
Etosha Safari Lodge, Etosha National Park (2 nts)
Guests rave about the view: the restaurant and chalets, situated on a hillock, offer magnificent views of the African bush savannah. All of the 65 double room chalets have air conditioners and mosquito nets, and a choice of three swimming pools between them. Apart from the restaurant and bar there is a wooden platform for sundowners high above the Mopani bush.
Mokuti Lodge, Etosha National Park (1 nt)
Upon arrival, guests are welcomed by a cool, green, tropical oasis. Charming thatched buildings and two sparkling pools nestle among the vast indigenous gardens give credence to the name “Mokuti”, which in Ovambo means “In the forest”. Mokuti Etosha Lodge promises guests a warm Namibian welcome, and a stay during which they will be hosted in a relaxed, uncomplicated manner. This intimate lodge has 90 rooms and 16 luxury rooms. Recently refurbished, they are all air conditioned and come equipped with satellite TV, a mini-fridge, safe, free Internet Wi-Fi access, tea/coffee-making facilities and en-suite bathrooms with showers. Mokuti Etosha Lodge offers the Tambuti Dining Room & Marula Bar, the Pool Bar & Terrace and the only open air African Boma in the area. Meals are typical Namibian feasts, featuring many local products and the famous local choices of both beef and game, all lovingly prepared according to home-style recipes.
Otijwa Lodge, Waterberg Region (1 nt)
Set amidst the unspoilt beauty of Namibia’s oldest game farm, Otjiwa Safari Lodge is the ultimate holiday destination for those in search of an authentic African experience that meets the very best in international tourism standards. All the chalets overlook the water hole, and offer spacious bedrooms with traditional African decor, and large modern bathrooms with shower. True Namibian hospitality and personal service go without saying.
On occasion we may need to change the accommodation listed above. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible, we will contact you in advance.
A good balance of walking, sightseeing and game drives. Walks are up to 5-6 miles (8-9.5km) with some ascent. Some of the walks will be at sunrise/sunset to get the best light and opportunity of spotting wildlife. This holiday includes some long drives on gravelled roads, so be prepared for some bumpy rides. Tarmac is a rare thing, and usually only around the main towns.
Day 1: depart UK.
Day 2: arrive Windhoek (1nt). City tour and dinner at Joe’s Beerhouse.
Days 3-4: drive to the Namib desert. Spend 2 nights (1 lodge, 1 wilderness camp) in Sossusvlei. Walks and drives in the dunes.
Day 5: drive through spectacular scenery to our next overnight accommodation, the Rostock Ritz lodge (1nt). Enjoy a sundowner drive.
Days 6-7: Pre-breakfast walk on the plains in search of wildlife, before driving to the coast for time at Swakopmund (2nts). Enjoy a night dune experience to see the night time creatures which inhabit the dunes. Visit Walvis Bay Lagoon and take a boat cruise in search of the big marine 5.
Days 8-9: to the Erongo mountain region for 2 nights (1 lodge, 1 camp). Walk up through the Boulder Forest and enjoy a morning hike in this stunning region followed by an afternoon walk to visit rock formations and thousand year old rock paintings. Enjoy a traditional braii at the wilderness camp.
Days 10-11: To Twyfelfontein to see ancient rock art, visit the Damara Living Museum and a petrified forest before arriving at your lodge (Huab lodge) for 2 nights. Enjoy a sunrise walk with a further optional walk after breakfast and take a game drive in search of desert elephant.
Days 12-13: Visit a Himba tribal village en route to Etosha National Park (2nts). Optional afternoon game drive in open sided vehicles. Full day game drive in the west part of the park.
Day 14: full day in the east part of Etosha National Park. Arrival at Mokuti lodge (1nt) and time to relax or visit the Snake park.
Day 15: visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund at Otjiwarongo before arriving at our final lodge at Otjiwa. Optional game drive or rhino tracking or join your guide for a walk around the local dam to spot wildlife and birdlife.
Day 16: return to Windhoek for our lunchtime flight to UK.
Day 17: arrive UK.
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Namibia and have at least 1 completely blank page for Namibian immigration to use.
UK, US, Canadian, and Australian citizens do not need a visa to enter Namibia for periods of less than 90 days, however before leaving the immigration desk in the airport arrivals hall, check that you have been given permission to stay in Namibia for the duration of your intended visit up to the maximum allowable of 90 days and that you have been given a correctly dated entry stamp by Namibian Immigration officials, as this will be checked on departure.
Travellers should be up to date with routine vaccination courses and boosters as recommended in the UK. These vaccinations include for example measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and diphtheria-tetanus-polio vaccine. Before booking, you should check with your doctor to see if any health precautions are needed. The following websites provide a wealth of information on travelling and health: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk www.traveldoctor.co.uk Please also check regarding anti-malarial tablets as Namibia is a malaria active zone.
We travel to Namibia in their winter months, the dry season. Namibia generally experiences over 300 days of sunshine per year, so it's generally warm, dry and pleasant. It can get cold at night, and at the coast towards August, September you might experience some coastal fog.
Namibia uses the Namibian Dollar (N$) this is linked on a one to one exchange with the South African Rand. The Rand is legal tender in Namibia, but the N$ cannot be used in South Africa. If you are wishing to purchase currency before arriving in Namibia, it is easiest to buy Rand as the Namibian Dollar is seldom available in banks outside of Namibia. Banks are found in most towns, and are generally open from 09h00 to 15h30 on weekdays and 08h30 to 11h00 on Saturdays. Closed on Sundays and public holidays. Most of them offer foreign exchange services - with cash, bank and credit cards as well as travellers cheques. You can also obtain cash from many of the ATMs. Several international banks have branches in main city centres. Always advise your bank that you are travelling outside of the country as they might block your purchases if they have not been informed.
In the winter months (April to October) Namibia is GMT +1 hr.
Traditional Namibian cuisine is rarely served for visitors, so the food at restaurants tends to be European in style, with a bias towards German dishes and seafood. It is at least as hygienically prepared as in Europe, so don't worry about stomach upsets. Namibia is a very meat-orientated society, and many menu options will feature steaks from one animal or another. However, there is usually a small vegetarian selection in most restaurants, and if you eat seafood you'll be fine. The water in Namibia's main towns is generally safe to drink, though it may taste a little metallic if it has been piped for miles. Natural sources should usually be purified, though water from underground springs and dry riverbeds seldom causes any problems.
Namibians have a somewhat relaxed attitude to dress codes. A jacket and tie is very unusual. A pair of sensible shoes, jeans and a t-shirt is recommended. During the day it is generally hot, so pack light weight loose fitting clothes in natural fabrics, such linen or cotton, that will keep you cool and are easy to wash and dry. Long sleeved shirts and long trousers will protect you against mosquitoes at night.
Jaco du Plooy
Once a professional hunting guide, now turned professional guide and part of the anti-poaching unit, Jaco is an extremely knowledgeable, considerate, bush-tracking local Namibian who brings a lot of added extras to the walks and game drives on this holiday. He’s a full time guide, but also owns a farm. His first language is Afrikaans; he learnt to speak English on a working visit to England when he was 19. He also speaks fluent German, Dutch and gets by in a couple of the local tribal languages, Himba and Herero. As an aside, he likes catching snakes, and he feels most at home when he’s camping in the bush and enjoying a braii (BBQ).
Jaco will be leading our April and September 2017 Namibia tours.
Joël, a local Namibian with an outgoing personality, has been in the tourism industry for the past nine years.
He grew up in the northern part of Namibia where he completed primary and secondary school and then moved to the capital city. While in Windhoek he completed a diploma in tourism management from The Association of Business Executives (ABE) UK via distance study.
After Joel obtained his diploma, he started tour guiding courses with NATH while working as a camp assistant for a tour operator. Joel was later promoted to senior tour guide and thereafter he started taking on various tours as a freelance guide. These tours ranged from camping, Flying Safaris and lodging safaris by road.
He has a special interest in hiking, wildlife, birds, flora, geology, astronomy and Namibian culture. English is one of his languages, but Otjiherero is his native language. He also speaks Afrikaans, Nama-Damara and Oshiwambo.
Joel will be leading our October 2017 Namibia tour.
Dates & Prices
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- Single room: £280
- No flight holiday starts day 2 in Windhoek, finishes Windhoek day 15
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person