Namibia Unearthed - A Limited Edition Small Group Journey (2021)

Venture into a vast landscape of shimmering salt pans, red dunes, glittering oceans and haunting coastlines where the sunsets are unforgettable and the wildlife abundant.

Journey Overview

Venture into Namibia’s vast landscape of shimmering salt pans, red dunes, glittering oceans and haunting coastlines where the sunsets are unforgettable and the wildlife abundant. This is Namibia, home to Africa’s iconic species – both terrestrial and marine – and some of the continent’s finest game reserves. With specialist guiding throughout, you’ll get an intimate understanding of the country’s ecology and wildlife and its ancient cultures. Photography enthusiasts will have outstanding opportunities to focus their lenses on big game and small, dramatic landscapes and tribal portraits, bringing home unforgettable memories of a unique part of the world.

Journey Highlights

  • Typically features a small group size of 10–12 guests
  • Climb some of the world’s highest free-standing sand dunes at Sossusvlei
  • Spend the night in a star bed gazing at one of the clearest skies in the world
  • See desert adapted wildlife including the elusive desert elephant at Damaraland
  • Admire extraordinary rock art at the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Twyfelfontein
  • Get a birds-eye view of dramatic dune and desert landscapes from light aircraft
  • Be welcomed into the homes of the proud Himba people
  • Marvel at Africa’s most remarkable conservation movement with visits to animal and community projects, including presentations by specialists and expert rangers

Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Windhoek

A warm A&K welcome to the Namibian capital Windhoek, and transfer to your elegant accommodation, AM Weinberg Boutique Hotel. 

Windhoek is a modern, charismatic city where office workers lounge around Zoo Park at lunchtime, tourists funnel through Post Street Mall admiring African curios and taxis whizz around honking at potential customers. Neo-Baroque cathedral spires, as well as a few seemingly misplaced German castles, punctuate the skyline, and complement the steel-and-glass high-rises. Windhoek makes a great place to begin or break up a journey through Namibia or rest at journey's end. The accommodation choices, flavourful fare, cultural sights, shopping and African urban buzz give it an edge not found anywhere else in Namibia. 

Tonight join your fellow travellers for a special fine dining welcome dinner.
Am Weinberg Boutique Hotel | Meals: D

Day 2: Sossusvlei | Majestic Dunes

Your day starts with a private light aircraft flight, delivering you south to the majestic Sossusvlei dunes where your accommodation at Kulala Desert Lodge awaits.

Head out into the desert in search of the fascinating flora and fauna. You will find yourself overwhelmed by the magnitude, solitude and tranquillity of the desert. Explore the immense expanse today on private tours to the endless red dunes that surround Sossusvlei and the famous breathtakingly stark salt and clay pan. Enjoy scenic nature walks and drives to view the desert's fascinating flora and fauna.
Kulala Desert Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 3: Sossusvlei | Design Your Day

Today you will adventure into the world famous Sossusvlei dunes, which are situated in the largest conservation area in Africa, the Namib-Naukluft National Park. This photogenic area is famous for its large, red sand dunes, some of the tallest in the world. At the foot of the dunes look out for the stark skeletons of trees in an area known as Dead Vlei. 

Choose your own adventure this afternoon as you Design Your Day:

  • Head out on a Nature Drive 
    Photographers should keep their camera handy in Kulala Wilderness Reserve for species such as ostrich, springbok, gemsbok, spotted hyena and the occasional brown hyena. Smaller creatures such as bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal, porcupine, Cape fox and aardwolf can also be seen. Enjoy a coffee or sundowner stop in scenic parts of the reserve.
  • Discover Ancient Sesriem 
    Head out to explore the ancient wonders of Sesriem. This fascinating geographical formation is the result of water carving its way through the rocks over millions of years. At three kilometres long, walks through the gorge reveal distinct geographical layers, laid down over aeons.
  • Take a Sundowner Tour 
    Set out in the late afternoon for a nature drive and complete your excursion in a remote and dramatic spot on the reserve, sipping a gin and tonic while watching the sun set over the distant mountains or dunes.

Return to your lodge for a delicious dinner after a day full of natural wonders. 

Kulala Desert Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 4: Swakopmund | Between Desert and Sea

Start your day with a flight by private light aircraft north to Swakopmund via the scenic route (weather dependent) with bird's-eye views of Sossusvlei and the dune sea that stretches all the way to the coast. Then veer north along the coastline (fog permitting) over abandoned mining camps, shipwrecks, salt pans and Walvis Bay lagoon before landing. 

With its half-timbered German architecture, seaside promenades and pervasive Gemütlichkeit (a distinctively German appreciation of comfort and hospitality), Swakopmund, especially out of season, can feel like a holiday town along Germany’s North Sea and Baltic coasts transplanted onto African soil. But the city is also thoroughly African and its multidimensional appeal means that most people end up staying longer than they planned.

On arrival you are met and transferred to your seaside hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this small, coastal town. Set out on foot, and appreciate the quirky architecture that the town is famous for: stopping at the Woermann House, Atlas House, the Lutheran church and many other interesting buildings, on a stroll around the city centre.

This evening enjoy a seafood dinner.
The Strand | Meals: BLD

Day 5: Swakopmund | Marine Big Five

Your day starts on the water as you set out on a catamaran cruise in search of the marine Big Five - whales, dolphins, mola mola, leatherback turtles and seals. Sail to Pelican Point with its landmark lighthouse and 60,000 resident Cape fur seals. Keep an eye out for larger mammals, such as the Southern Right and Humpback Whale, which migrate through the area with other whale species often seen, such as the grey whale and the pygmy right whale. Dolphins are easiest to spot from August to October, and whales from July to November. Freshly shucked oysters with sparkling wine and snacks complete your outing. 

The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure, you can explore the captivating city centre.
The Strand | Meals: BLD

Day 6: Damaraland | Himba Traditions

This morning transfer by light aircraft northwards and inland to wonderful and diverse Damaraland where you are invited to visit a local Himba settlement. The Himba are one of the last of Namibia's traditional people, with proud customs and traditions. Gain an insight to their extraordinary, unchanged way of life and everyday routines.

Damaraland boasts one of Namibia's most dramatic collections of landscapes. Hidden in the rocky clefts is Twyfelfontein, which along with the Brandberg contains some of Southern Africa’s finest prehistoric rock art and engravings, and there's even a petrified forest nearby, as well as palm-fringed, oasis-like valleys.

Afterwards drive onwards to luxury tented Mowani Mountain Camp, enjoying a picnic lunch en route.
Mowani Mountain Camp | Meals: BLD

Day 7: Damaraland | Rock Art & Rare Wildlife

Today is one for the photographers and lovers of wildlife, as after breakfast you drive into this remarkable region by 4WD, scouring the river valleys for game. Your guide will share their intimate knowledge while local villagers are welcoming and keen to share their experiences. One of the most underrated wildlife-watching areas, and one of Namibia's last ‘unofficial’ wildlife regions, it's home to critically endangered black rhinos, desert-adapted lions and elephants, as well as the full range of species endemic to Namibia such as gemsbok, zebra, giraffe and spotted hyena.

After your wildlife experience, partake in an extraordinary viewing this afternoon at World Heritage listed Twyfelfontein which has one of the largest concentrations of petroglyphs in Africa. The impressive rock art galleries depict an extraordinarily diverse range of wild animals and footprints.

Return to your lodge to unwind, and then enjoy sundowners before dinner with your group.
Mowani Mountain Camp | Meals: BLD

Day 8: Ongava Game Reserve | Underground Photographic Hide

Today you will journey north by road towards Etosha National Park, Namibia's premier wildlife destination, and the privately owned Ongava Game Reserve.

At almost the size of Switzerland, Etosha National Park is one of Africa's largest game parks. Large herds of plains game concentrate around the waterholes in the dry season, whilst the summer months' sporadic rainfall produces a profusion of new life - with prancing baby springbok and comical young wildebeest.

After lunch, one of the expert rangers will give you a talk on the conservation initiatives, efforts and projects that Ongava is involved with.

This afternoon, embark on a guided afternoon nature drive on the Ongava Reserve. What used to be unproductive farmland, has now been rehabilitated to natural wildlife habitat so Namibia’s species can thrive. The 30,000 hectare Conservancy offers visitors the perfect escape into the Namibian bush and the team at Ongava are working on a variety of research projects and conservancy efforts to help preserve that iconic species. After your game drive, settle into your luxurious accommodation.

Andersson's at Ongava | Meals: BLD

Day 9: Ongava Game Reserve | Conservation & Reflection

A day to soak up your idyllic bush surrounds, head out on an extraordinary full day of game viewing in Etosha or the Ongava Game Reserve. The reserve covers an area of over 34,000 hectares and is home to over 30 different animal species, including lion, black rhino, leopard and hyena, plus more than 300 bird species.

Enjoy a picnic lunch before returning to your lodge.
Andersson's at Ongava | Meals: BLD

Day 10: Etosha National Park | Saltpans & Waterholes

Today offers an extraordinary day of game viewing in Etosha National Park where waterholes in the desert terrain attract a wide range of animals from lion, leopard, elephant and rhino to giraffe, wildebeest, cheetah and more.

Arrive at Onguma Game Reserve later today. With over 84,000 acres of protected area to explore Onguma means ‘the place you don’t want to leave’ in the Heroro language, and the varied options in the reserve succeed in completely enveloping visitors in this magical place.

Onguma Game Reserve boasts over thirty different animal species consisting of plains game including kudu, giraffe, eland, oryx, hartebeest, zebra, and impala, as well as predators such as lion, cheetah and leopard. The latest addition to the to Onguma Game Reserve is a family of black rhinos.

Wildlife is not all there is on offer at Onguma Game Reserve. There are more than 300 bird species and during the Namibian summer months the reserve becomes a bird-watcher's paradise with thousands of species migrating to the wetlands created by the seasonal rains. 

This evening, soak up one of Namibia's finest sunsets as you gaze over the beautiful sparseness of the Etosha pans.
Onguma The Fort | Meals: BLD

Day 11: Onguma Reserve | Breathtaking Sunsets

Start your day with an immersion into the incredible local wildlife, as you set out on a game drive within the eastern section of the Etosha National Park, where the arid landscape makes the spotting of wildlife effortless. Keep an eye (and a camera) out for impressive predators such as lions and cheetahs, and other spectacular wildlife such as wildebeest, giraffe and rhino. 

Enjoy a picnic lunch in the park provided by your wonderful accommodation hosts. 

Later this afternoon, discover more wildlife surprises on a guided sundowner drive in the reserve. As the sun sets, the more elusive species are likely to emerge, offering a fresh perspective on this terrain with which you are slowly becoming familiar.
Onguma The Fort | Meals: BLD

Day 12: Otjiwarongo | Cheetah & Leopard

Your journey heads south today to Otjiwarongo and on to Okonjima Bush Camp, your luxury lodge which is also home to The AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organisation, committed to long-term conservation of Namibia's large carnivores, especially cheetah and leopard.

Take time this afternoon to settle into your safari-chic chalet amidst the pristine wilderness. Take some time to learn about the leopard research and conservation efforts, or simply relax in your luxurious tented room, and lose yourself in the incredible wilderness that surrounds you.
Okonjima Bush Camp | Meals: BLD

Day 13: Okonjima Nature Reserve | Home of The AfriCat Foundation

Today, be absorbed by the myriad activities on offer at Okonjima, including a fascinating cultural encounter on the Bushman Trail. Head out on foot into the reserve to learn about making traditional artefacts and how the San bushmen adapt and survive in an unforgiving wilderness environment. Alternatively, you may join a radio-tracking mission on foot in search of rehabilitated spotted hyenas.

During the afternoon, visit AfriCat's Carnivore Care and Information Centre. Hear from a specialist team member about the invaluable conservation work being carried out and how the programme assists in research and conservation through education and positive relations with the local farming community, with a special talk in the clinic.

This evening savour a special farewell dinner and relive memories of your trip with your fellow travellers.
Okonjima Bush Camp | Meals: BLD

Day 14: Depart Windhoek

After breakfast, transfer by road southwards through the central highlands to the international airport for your departure flight.
Meals: B

Journey Details

Charter flights included as per itinerary.
Maximum Group Size: 14
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

Tour Inclusions

  • All accommodation as detailed with private facilities
  • Meals as specified in itinerary, including welcome and farewell dinners
  • Internal flights as mentioned in itinerary
  • Services of English speaking A&K Resident Tour Director - Airport welcome
  • Porterage
  • Group transportation by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bottled water during transfers and touring
  • Wine & beer during lunches and dinners (selected by Resident Tour Director)
  • All entrance fees
  • Planning, handling, operational and communication charges
  • All tipping

Tour Exclusions

  • International flights to the tour start point and from the tour end point
  • Visas and other border fees
  • Insurance coverage of personal loss, injury, illness or damages incurred during your trip
  • Items of a purely personal nature such as drinks (unless specified), laundry, dry cleaning, internet, fax or phone charges
  • Transfers, sightseeing or meals not specified in itinerary
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Any entry fees and excursions not included in the above itinerary (e.g. hot air balloon flight in Sossusvlei)
  • All premium and import brand beverages and champagnes

Tailor Made Travel with A&K
If scheduled departure dates don’t work for you, or you would prefer to travel privately, talk to your A&K travel specialist or your travel agent about creating the perfect bespoke journey for your, or a small group.

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Accommodation/Partners

Accommodation/Partners

Kulala Desert Lodge

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The Strand, Swakopmund

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The Strand Hotel is found on the coastline of Swakopmund, only a 300 metre walk into the centre of town. It has a great location with fan ... Read more

Mowani Mountain Camp, Twyfelfontein

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Mowani is taken from the word M'Wane, meaning "Place of God", and it is here, that you will find the true meaning of peace and tranquilli ... Read more

Anderssons at Ongava, Etosha National Park

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Focussing on a light environmental footprint and an exceptional experience, Anderssons at Ongava has seven contemporary luxury guest un ... Read more

Onguma Tented Camp, Etosha National Park

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Okonjima Bush Camp, Okonjima Nature Reserve

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Am Weinberg Boutique hotel

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Situated in the upmarket suburb of Klein Windhoek, Am Weinberg Boutique Hotel sets a new benchmark for luxury accommodation in the Namibi ... Read more

Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Jun 1, 2021 - Jun 14, 2021
Price AU$15,990pp Single Supplement AU$2,015 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Book
Aug 7, 2021 - Aug 20, 2021
Price AU$16,990pp Single Supplement AU$2,220 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Book