Namibia - Best Tours & Trips 2019
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Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.
Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.
Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
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Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.
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- See the Namib Naukluft Mountains
- View Naute Dam, Sesriem Canyon, the Moon Landscape valley near Swakopmund
- Visit Rehoboth, Kalahari Desert, Keetmanshoop, Quivertree Forest, Fish River Canyon, Duwisib Castle, Sossusvlei, Dune 45 & Deadvlei, Namib Naukluft National Park, Twyfelfontein ancient Rock Art & National Park Paintings & the Organ pipes, Etosha National Park
- Visit Etosha National Park, san dunes of Sossusvlei as well as Swakopmund and Windhoek
- Meet and travel with like minded travelers
- For a unique way to explore Namibia, fly directly to lodges in scattered corners of the country, where few travelers have the chance to venture
- This exclusive itinerary is designed to offer the feeling that you truly have Namibia all to yourself
- Experience the famous Skeleton Coast National Park.
- Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site at Twyfelfontein
- Experience a picturesque walk to the beautiful surroundings of River Kunene
- Drive towards the Grootberg Mountain where you will find the beautiful Grootberg Lodge
- Epupa Falls and the Angolan borderlands
- Wilderness safari in Damaraland searching for black rhino & desert adapted elephants
- Rolling red sand dunes of the Namib Desert
- Quirky coastal town of Swakopmund and a marine life cruise
- Game viewing in Etosha National Park
- Join a small group of like-minded travelers accompanied by an experienced safari guide, who will enhance every aspect of the adventure
- Unique access to areas not seen by typical tourists
- Explore vibrant cape town
- Enjoy a traditional south african barbecue
- Look out for the big five on wildlife safaris
- Experience a traditional dinner with a local family
- Visit the cheetah conservation fund
- Explore Windhoek City
- Visit Twyfelfontein’s rock engravings which are now officially a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Explore Southern Etosha National Park
- Visit Damaraland
- Enjoy this private Namibian safari takes guests on a remarkable wildlife journey
- Climb the highest sand dunes in the world
- Fantastic wildlife viewing at Etosha National Park
- Optional quad-biking and sandboarding at Swakopmund
- Full service camping - no need to lift a finger!
- Get acquainted with the capital of Namibia in Windhoek
- Stand atop the huge ‘Big Daddy’ sand dune after a desert hike
- Relax in your accommodation on the edge of the desert in Sesriem or Solitaire
- Visit the renowned Dead vlei and Sossusvlei ancient lakebeds in the middle of the desert with scattered skeleton camel thorn trees dating back over 1,000 years.
- Get to know Namibia's rural wilderness and fascinating wildlife on a 10 day group safari adventure!
- Enjoy Game drive to Hoanib Riverbed
- Enjoy scenic views of Skeleton Coast flight to Möwe Bay, showcasing the dramatic landscape
- Experience the Nestled in a valley at the confluence of two tributaries of the Hoanib River.
- Enjoy the amazing Skeleton Coast
- Visit Namibia Desert and experience Namibia safari
- Explore Namib Naukluft National Park which is most visited
- Discover Damaraland and Southern Etosha National Park
- Enjoy an unforgettable kayaking adventure in the outer lagoon
- Discover Windhoek and Sossusvlei
- Explore Etosha National Park
- Visit Swakopmund and Damaraland
- Visit Auas Mountains and experience the nature beauty
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Top Namibia Experiences
- Spotting the big cats -- lions, leopards, cheetahs -- as they approach the waterholes in Etosha National Park, sending zebras and antelope scattering.
- Focusing your lens on the mammoth red dunes at Sossusvlei, perhaps the most photographed landscape features in all of Africa.
- Tracking endangered black rhinos and desert-adapted elephants in the presence of a skilled guide.
- Riding a hot air balloon over the desert to get the full view of the vast deserts below, a rugged patchwork of sands, plains, canyons, and mountains.
- Encountering San -- with their distinctive clicking language -- and Himba tribal peoples whose ancestors have occupied these lands for millennia.
- Coming upon ancient rock art depicting antelopes who look as though they could leap out from a nearby ravine today.
- Visiting the isolated Skeleton Coast National Park to view the Cape fur seal colonies.
- Drinking in the solitude and silence of a Namibian night while camping under a canopy of stars.
- Relaxing at a lodge offering wellness treatments such as massage and mud therapy.
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Namibia Attractions & Landmarks Guide
Travelers often overlook Namibia, a sparsely populated nation of two million tucked into the southwest corner of Africa and composed mostly of desert. But Namibia’s vast Kalahari (the third largest subtropical desert in the world) and Namib deserts hold not just mineral wealth, but growing tourist wealth as well. It’s well worth seeing why.
You’ve probably seen photographs of the gorgeous red dunes that grace the Sossusvlei region of Namibia. But you may not have heard of Etosha National Park, which ranks among the best game parks in Africa. Etosha shelters the Big Five (lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and Cape buffalo) along with zebras, wildebeest, antelope and many other species. A seasonal oasis in the arid desert of northern Namibia, the watering holes of Etosha draw animals from near and far, and you’re likely to witness nature “red in tooth and claw” when big cats stalk their unwary prey. Birdwatching is also excellent in Etosha, which is less crowded than many better known African game parks.
Track Black Rhinos
In Damaraland, northwest Namibia, you can track black rhinos and elephants that have learned to adapt to the arid desert. And in the Caprivi Strip, a panhandle-shaped sliver of land that makes up far northeastern Namibia, you’ll find a completely different landscape: lush, wet and almost within earshot of the Zambezi’s roaring Victoria Falls. The Caprivi Strip contains several wildlife sanctuaries, particularly strong on bird life, and offers the chance to take an uncrowded river safari.
For a largely off-the-beaten-path country, Namibia has a good tourist infrastructure, with decent if often deserted roads and good lodging for safari-goers. If you really want to experience the wild, however, sleeping under the stars is a popular way of spending the night at a remote camp. Ultimately, Namibia is a place to escape the crowds of better-known safari destinations, and to appreciate the solitude and silence that’s easy to find here. You can fly into far-flung destinations by small plane, ride helicopters or hot air balloons for scenic views, or join guided treks that take you deep into the desert.
Coastal Resort Towns
Along Namibia’s Atlantic coast, the Skeleton Coast National Park harbors fur seals and a few seaside resort towns that still retain a German flavor, left over from Namibia’s days as a colony called German South-West Africa. Besides game and dune viewing, many Namibia tours offer cultural explorations as well: whether it’s seeking out ancient pieces of rock art or encounters with the Bushmen whose ancestors created them. Some tours arrange visits to the Himba, Namibia’s indigenous semi-nomadic tribe.
While you can visit Namibia at any time of the year, the dry (and high) season, from June to October, is best for wildlife viewing in Etosha National Park, when animals gather at the watering holes. The low-season months of November to February are very hot, with afternoon rains sometimes breaking the heat. You won’t see as many animals then, though you might well see newborn animals as well as rich birdlife. Namibia’s winter (June-August) can bring cold temperatures in the early mornings and at night, so pack appropriate clothing.
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