Rock My Namibia Adventure

Do you love other-worldly scenery? Ethereal, starry skies? Stunning coastlines? Colossal sand dunes? Vast deserts? Incredible wildlife and epic adventures? Namibia is unique and unlike anywhere else in the world and this trip covers all the highlights of this wonderful country!

 

Tour Overview

Namibia is unique and unlike anywhere else in the world and on this epic trip you’ll get to experience the best of the country!

Starting in the capital city Windhoek, we’ll take a N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary, a place dedicated to land and wildlife conservation, as well as improving the well-being of local communities.

Our next exciting stop is the incredible and beautiful Namib Desert. We’ll visit the colossal sand dunes of the area including Dune 45, Big Daddy and Deadvlei.

From there we’re off to Swakopmund, the adventure capital of Namibia, where you can take part in a whole host of activities including skydiving, sandboarding, quad biking, living desert nature tours and much much more!

We’ll camp in stunning Sptizkoppe before heading up the Skeleton Coast to see the Cape Cross Seal Colony.

Heading inwards to Damaraland we’ll look for the desert elephants that roam the land, before we spend time in Opuwo, where you’ll spend time with and learn about the fascinating Himba tribe.

Our final stop is an incredible safari in Etosha National Park where we’ll watch animals drink from the waterhole at our camp at sunset – a simply magical experience.

Essential Info

Duration: 15 Nights

Dates:

  • 18 August – 2 September 2019

Start: Windhoek

Finish: Windhoek

Maximum Group Size: 12 people

Minimum Age: 18

Physical Level: Moderate

Cost: £2,595 + $200* (local payment paid on arrival)

Deposit: £200 (non-refundable)

* The local payment is a portion of your overall tour cost paid on arrival to your tour leader in US Dollars. This includes the on tour expenses that we cannot pay prior to arrival, such as national park entry fees, food, local transport and some activities.

Come with us on the adventure of a lifetime!

“After participating in Helen’s inaugural Rock My Namibia Adventure tour, all I have to say is…not only would I repeat that same tour again, but I will absolutely be joining more of Helen’s other tours in future! It was an unforgettable, adventurous and inspiring experience, full of all the spectacular landscapes and fun activities that Namibia has to offer. I’ve been back home for a day now, and all I can think is “take me back to Namibia…let’s do it again!”.

CAMILA / USA / ROCK MY NAMIBIA ADVENTURE 2018

Tour Highlights

  • Take a behind the scenes tour at the N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary and learn about the the workings of the reserve and the animals they care for such as cheetahs, lions, African wild dogs, leopards and baby baboons.
  • Try amazing German and Namibian food at some of Windhoek’s best restaurants.
  • Marvel at the incredible post-apocalyptic scenery of the Namibian landscape.
  • Explore Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert, including Dune 45, Big Daddy, Deadvlei and Elim Dune.
  • Go hiking through Sesriem Canyon.
  • Soar high above the Namib Desert in a hot air balloon (additional cost).
  • Discover your adventurous side with 2 full days in Namibia’s awesome adventure capital, Swakopmund.
  • Go skydiving, sand boarding, cycling, horse riding and much much more in Swakopmund
  • Visit the Mondesa township, try some Namibian street food and have a beer (or two) in a local shebeen.
  • Visit Walvis Bay and take a trip to stunning Sandwich Harbour, where the desert meets the dunes.
  • Marvel at stunning Spitzkoppe as you hike through the area.
  • Drive the Skeleton Coast and see thousands of seals at the Cape Cross Seal Colony.
  • Go on safari and see the desert elephants that roam Damaraland.
  • See the ancient rock engravings at Twyfelfontain a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Spend time with the fascinating Himba tribe at an authentic Himba village in the far north of Namibia.
  • Go on safari and look for elephants, giraffe, lions, rhino and many other animal species in the incredible Etosha National Park.
  • View animals at night at the floodlit waterhole just a few metres from our campsite in Etosha National Park.
  • Enjoy toasting marshmallows, drinking Amarula and sharing stories around the campfire.
  • Barter for Namibian souvenirs at the Okahandja Craft Market.
  • Enjoy a goodbye meal at one of Windhoek’s best restaurants.

Itinerary

DAY 1:  Windhoek

Dinner

Glamping (camping with proper beds) or lodge

None

Arrive in Windhoek and relax and get to know your fellow travellers during a welcome meal and a beer or two at a fantastic local restaurant!

Your Rock My Namibia Adventure starts here and you’re going to love it!

*  If you have the time and can arrive earlier, we can organise any other activities you wish to do. Additional accommodation and activities charged separately.

DAY 2: N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary

Breakfast

Glamping (camping with proper beds) or lodge

N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary

In the morning we will take a behind the scenes tour of N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary founded by Dr Rudie and Marlice van Vuuren. The sanctuary is dedicated to land and wildlife conservation, as well as improving the well-being of local communities.

They run several projects to improve the health and well-being of the San Bushmen tribe of Namibia, care for and rehabilitate orphaned or injured animals and carry out a number of conservation projects to help with the human-wildlife conflict. Their vision is ‘an Africa where humans and wildlife can live together’ and their mission ‘is to conserve the land, cultures and wildlife of Namibia and rescue species threatened by an ever-shrinking habitat’.

They run several projects to improve the health and well-being of the San Bushmen tribe of Namibia, care for and rehabilitate orphaned or injured animals and carry out a number of conservation projects to help with the human-wildlife conflict. Their vision is ‘an Africa where humans and wildlife can live together’ and their mission ‘is to conserve the land, cultures and wildlife of Namibia and rescue species threatened by an ever-shrinking habitat’.

On our tour, we’ll get an intimate view of the workings of the wildlife reserve and the animals they care for, such as cheetahs, lions, African wild dogs, leopards and baby baboons. This includes a cheetah walk and you’ll also have the chance to interact with baby baboons!

On our tour, we’ll get an intimate view of the workings of the wildlife reserve and the animals they care for, such as cheetahs, lions, African wild dogs, leopards and baby baboons. This includes a cheetah walk and you’ll also have the chance to interact with baby baboons!

DAY 3:  Sesriem

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Camping

Elim Dune

Today we will drive to our campsite at Sesriem, the starting point for our journey to see Namibia’s epic sand dunes.

You will see the landscape change as we drive, first over bleak landscape and gravel roads, to grass savannah and farmland before we reach the deep orange sand dunes of the Namib Desert. You will be in absolute awe of this other-worldly, almost post-apocalyptic and photogenic landscape.

We’ll set up camp when we arrive and you will have the chance to climb Elim Dune at sunset and watch the changing colours of the mountains to the east as the sun sets in the west.

DAY 4:  Sesriem

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Camping

Dune 45, Deadvlei, Sossusvlei & Sesriem Canyon

Today we’re heading towards the ever changing landscape of Sossusvlei. This is the Namibia of your dreams.

We’ll start very early in the morning, as this will give us the chance to see the desert in the incredible morning light, which casts sharp shadows over the dunes.

We’ll climb Dune 45 at sunrise, see Big Daddy and visit Deadvlei to see the famous seemingly petrified trees (they’re actually not petrified, but dead and the air is so hot and dry that they do not decompose) – one of Namibia’s most iconic sights.

After lunch you will have the opportunity to visit Sesriem Canyon or just relax by the pool with a cold drink.

DAY 5:  Swakopmund

Breakfast, Dinner

Lodge

None

Early in the morning, there will be an opportunity for those who want to, to go hot air ballooning over over the Namib Desert (additional cost – approx. $480 USD) – a once in a lifetime opportunity – before we head to our next destination and Namibia’s adventure capital, Swakopmund, on the spectacularly scenic coast.

Here we’ll spend 3 nights in a guesthouse in the centre of town. On the way we’ll drive via Solitaire (where you can pick up a piece of Namibia’s best apple pie) and Walvis Bay, where we may see flamingos and pelicans in the bay.

Once we arrive in Swakopmund, there’ll be some time to chill before we go out to dinner at a great local restaurant!

DAY 6:  Swakopmund

Breakfast

Lodge

None

Today is a totally free day to take part in some of the amazing activities on offer in Swakopmund!

You can skydive, go sandboarding, take a boat tour, take a living desert tour (must be booked in advance), visit the Mondesa township, explore the town, go horse riding, take a bike tour, go on a photography tour or go quad biking through the dunes plus much more!

Swakopmund also has great restaurants (one of them has the best dessert Jessi and I have ever tasted) and good nightlife and we’ll be there at the weekend, so those who want to can head out on the town!

DAY 7:  Swakopmund

Breakfast, Lunch

Lodge

Sandwich Harbour Tour

Today we’ll head to Walvis Bay where we’ll jump in our 4 x 4 vehicles to see and drive across the epic sand dunes of Sandwich Harbour.

This is a great and exciting adventure and you will have the chance to see pelicans, flamingoes, black backed jackals and other wildlife as we explore the Namib Desert.

However the highlight of this trip is seeing the sand dunes that run straight into the Atlantic Ocean. Simply breathtaking!

DAY 8:  Spitzkoppe

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Camping

Cape Cross Seal Colony, Shipwreck, Spitzkoppe Walk

Today we’re heading up the Skeleton Coast via Hennies Bay on the way to the Cape Cross Seal Colony, where up to 100,000 seals congregate to loll on the beach and play in the surf – an impressive sight. Hold your nose though, it’s pretty stinky but the noises they make are absolutely hilarous!

We’ll visit one of the shipwrecks that the Skeleton Coast is famous for before making our way to stunning and majestic Spitzkoppe, one of the most recognisable places in all of Namibia.

Spitzkoppe, which has been called ‘The Matterhorn of Africa’, is a series of granite peaks and rock formations that have been the backdrop for a number of movies and a photographers dream.

In the afternoon, we’ll take a walk through the giant boulders and spend the night sleeping under an epic starry sky!

DAY 9:  Damaraland

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Camping

Village Walk

Today we’ll head towards one of the most beautiful regions of Namibia, Damaraland, with mountains, valleys and amazing flora and fauna. We’ll make a quick stop in the old mining town of Uis and pass Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandberg.

In the afternoon, we’ll visit a local village and spend an interesting few hours learning about life in Damaraland.

Before dinner, there is the option to take a sundowner walk, relax by the pool or look for elephants who like to visit the campsite before we enjoy a night under the stars and around the campfire.

DAY 10:  Damaraland

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Camping

Elephant Tracking Safari

Today is a special day as we head out on safari to look for the incredible desert elephants that live in this area.

We’ll spend the best part of the day with an experienced safari guide who will help us find these beautiful creatures as they roam in their natural habitat. There’s a good chance that we’ll see lots of other animals too as we go, the preview to our fantastic Etosha safari in a few days time.

Damaraland is also known as being one of the most beautiful places in the country (although it’s all pretty spectacular) and so have your cameras at the ready.

This an amazing day and one that you will never forget!

DAY 11:  Opuwo

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodge

Twyfelfontain Rock Paintings

We’ll spend the first part of the morning visiting the ancient rock engravings at Twyfelfontain, UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Next we’ll head a little off the well beaten path to the Kunene Region (Kaokoveld) in the north of Namibia, a place of extreme beauty and the ancestral home of the Himba tribe.

We’ll spend the night at a wonderful lodge just outside the town of Opuwo (which means ‘the end’ in the Herero language) which has a fabulous pool, spa and amazing views over the surrounding area.

DAY 12:  Opuwo

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodge

Himba Tribe Visit

Today is an exciting day, as we’re off to meet the semi-nomadic Himba tribe, one of the most recognisable and traditional tribes in all of Africa.

Accompanied by a guide and translator, we’ll visit an authentic Himba village to learn about the Himba culture and their traditional practices. Here you will have the chance to ask questions and talk with the residents of the village. Meeting a tribe should always be a 2-way process, so please come with an open mind and be willing to share stories.

The afternoon will be free to relax by the pool, visit the town of Opuwo or perhaps visit one of the other tribal groups that live in the area,

DAY 13:  Etosha National Park

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Camping

Etosha National Park Safari

Today we’re off to Etosha National Park to go on safari.

Etosha is one of the most incredible and unusual safari destinations on the planet with a wide variety of animals including lion, rhino (white and black), elephant, giraffe and antelope, so you will not be disappointed!

We’ll arrive in the park in the afternoon, entering from the north and go  spotting animals safari as we drive to our camp where we may spot a few animals! Fingers crossed!

DAY 14:  Etosha National Park

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Camping

Etosha National Park Safari, Waterhole

Today we’ll spend the whole day on safari!

We’ll depart early in the morning in the hope of catching the animals when they are most active. We will visit a number of waterholes during the day, where animals congregate and have incredible views over the Etosha Pan.

We’ll rest in the middle of the day, before heading back out on safari to try and see more animals before going to our next camp, but the safari isn’t over yet!

After dinner we’ll have the chance to view animals at a floodlit waterhole, known as one of the best places for animal viewing Southern Africa. There’s a very high chance that you will get to see lions, elephants, antelope and endangered black rhino drinking here, as it’s one of their favourite hang out spots – often at the same time.

A truly magical sight!

DAY 15:  Windhoek

Breakfast, Dinner

Glamping (camping with proper beds) or lodge

Etosha National Park Safari, Okahandja Craft Market

We’ll depart Etosha National Park in the morning, but not before taking an early morning game drive through the park to see if we can spot any more animals!

Leaving the park we’ll head south passing villages and small towns on the way back to Windhoek. On the way we’ll stop at the Okahandja Craft Market to pick up any last minute souvenirs.

Back in Windhoek, we’ll say goodbye over a meal at one of Windhoek’s best restaurants. Later on, those who want to can sample the Windhoek nightlife.

DAY 16:  Departure Day

Breakfast

None

None

Today is always a sad day as we say goodbye to our new friends (there’s usually a few tears, I will warn you), but the memories and shared experiences will last a lifetime!

We can arrange the transfer to Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport or you can continue your Africa travels from there.

If you need any support with your pre or post-tour Africa travels, please don’t hesitate to contact us. It’s all part of the Rock My Adventure service!

Please bear in mind that the itinerary is subject to minor changes – This is Africa! But whatever happens, we’ll ensure you have an amazing trip!! Have a question? Feel free contact us here or take a look at our FAQ’s page.

What’s Included?

SUPPORT

Rock My Adventure Group Leader, comprehensive pre-departure information & planning advice.

MEALS

15 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 12 dinners.

ACCOMMODATION

15 nights accommodation in good quality safari camps, hostels, hotels and guesthouses. This trip is a mix of camping (putting up/taking down your own tents) and lodges. Please see individual days.

TRANSPORT

All transport within Namibia to and from included excursions and between the main destinations on the tour (includes – overland vehicle, taxis, & safari vehicles). Some of the roads in Namibia are not sealed, therefore incredibly bumpy – you have been warned!

ACTIVITIES

N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary

Elim Dune

Dune 45

Deadvlei

Sossusvlei

Sesriem Canyon

Sandwich Harbour Tour

Cape Cross Seal Colony

Skeleton Coast Shipwreck 

Spitzkoppe Walk

Village Walk

Elephant Tracking Safari

Twyfelfontain Rock Paintings

Himba Tribe Visit

Safaris in Etosha National Park

Okahandja Craft Market

What’s Not Included?

      • Flights.
      • Airport transfers (however we can arrange these for you).
      • Visas (if needed).
      • Medications, antimalarials or vaccinations.
      • Travel/health insurance.
      • Drinks & meals not mentioned.
  • Optional activities.
  • Transport for optional activities
  • Tips for local guides.

Come with us on the adventure of a lifetime to Namibia!

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