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Epic Namibia

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 Limited Time!  Book Epic Namibia by Nov. 18, 2016 for 2017 and received $400 off! 

NOTE: These departures are filling fast! Click the Dates/Rates tab for open dates.

Namibia offers wildlife enthusiasts a wealth of game viewing and a lot of territory to see it in - the country is larger than the state of Texas. This former colony of South Africa gained its independence in 1990 and is a shining example of democracy and economic progress. Its parks and systems of private reserve are some of the best in the world. Our Epic Namibia tour is designed for those who want to explore a cross-section of this beautiful and fascinating desert country.

From the capital city of Windhoek, you'll visit the massive dunes at Sossuvlei in the Namib-Rand Nature Reserve, look for rare desert elephants in Damaraland, meet the traditional Himba pastorialists and explore famed Etosha National Park.

Epic Namibia is a great option for those who want to see as much of Namibia as possible from the south to the north. This trip can also be linked with a Botswana tour - contact our office for details.

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Book Epic Namibia by Nov. 18, 2016 for 2017 and receive $400 off. (Must be paid in full at time of booking.)

Epic Namibia Itinerary

This group trip accommodates up to 7 travelers, and can be taken as a stand-alone or as an add-on to a Botswana tour.

Itinerary in brief:

Day 1: Arrive Windhoeck, transfer to Galton House or similar
Day 2: Drive through Khomas Hochland highlands down the Great Escarpment into the Namib Desert, to Sossus Dune Lodge, Sossusvlei
Day 3: Game drives through the NamibRand Nature Reserve, overnighting at Sossus Dune Lodge
Day 4: Drive through Namib Naukluft National Park to the seaside town of Swakopmund
Day 5: Kayak in Walvis Bay and explore Swakopmund
Day 6: Drive from Swakopmund into Damaraland, stopping at prehistoric rock engravings and unusual geological sites.
Day 7: Explore the Aba Huab River valley, in search of desert adapted elephants
Day 8: Depart for Etosha National Park, stopping at a remote Himba village.
Day 9: Wildlife viewing at various watering holes in Etosha National Park
Day 10: Game drives through Eastern Etosha and the private Onguma Game Reserve.
Day 11: Visit the Okonjima Day Centre and tour the AfriCat Foundation, then return to Windhoek
Day 12: Transfer to the airport and return home.

Day 1:  Arrival

On arrival you will met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.  O/N Galton House or similar, dinner included 

Day 2:  Sossusvlei area

Your guide will pick you up in your 10 passenger safari vehicle, designed for your comfort and maximum wildlife viewing, with windows that open and a popup top. You and your guide drive southwest through the scenic Khomas Hochland highlands, down the Great Escarpment into the Namib Desert, stopping for a picnic lunch along the way. You arrive at Sossus Dune Lodge in the midafternoon. If there is still time., you can explore Sesriem Canyon, or Elim Dune, or simply relax at the Lodge and bask in its scenic and tranquil surroundings.

About Sossusvlei: This most popular section of the massive 50,000 square kilometer Namib Naukluft National Park is famous for its towering orange sand dunes that rise up to 300 meters above the surrounding plains, making them among the tallest dunes on earth. This dramatic region with its contrast between the pale white clay pan and the orange sands forms the end of the intermittent Tsauchab River, at the interior of the Great Sand Sea.  The river originates south of the Naukluft Mountains in the Great Escarpment, and traverses the sand sea for some 55 km before it finally terminates at Sossusvlei. Overnight: Sossus Dune Lodge lunch, dinner

Day 3: Sossusvlei

Today is full of activities, including a variety of game drives throught the stunning scenery of the NamibRand Nature Reserve.  The emphasis will be on learning about this amazing ecosystem, wildlife spotting, photographing and marveling at the stunning scenery as you enjoy a picnic lunch in the desert. Overnight: Sossus Dune Lodge, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4:  Sossusvlei to Swakopmund

NOTE: Option to include a sunrise balloon flight or scenic light aircraft flight over the Namib Naukluft National Park before you depart for Swakopmund (optional extra at additional cost). 

The fascinating drive today takes you northwest through impressive desert landscapes of the Namib Naukluft National Park, including the impressive Gaub and Kuiseb canyons. At Swakopmund  you can enjoy the pleasant seaside location and cooler coastal air for your next two nights. We'll explore the town and wander along the waterfront on foot before dinner at a popular restaurant which specializes in fresh seafood.

NOTE: As an option to the drive from Sossus Dune Lodge to Swakopmund you may take a scenic light aircraft flight over Sossusvlei and along the Diamond Coast (optional extra at additional cost), allowing you a birds-eye view over the dune sea, abandoned mining camps, shipwrecks, Sandwich Harbour and salt pans. You then rejoin the group in Swakopmund later in the day. Let our office know at the time of booking if you prefer this option.

About Swakopmund: Swakopmund is a small, German-era coastal resort nestled between the desert and the sea. Its charming German colonial architecture blends with modern hotels, shops, restaurants, museums, galleries and cafés. Swakopmund originated as a landing station in 1892 when the German Imperial Navy erected beacons on the site. Settlers soon followed but the advent of World War One halted developments, and the town sank into decline until half a century later when an asphalt road opened between Windhoek and Swakopmund. This made reaching the formerly isolated town quicker and easier and it prospered once more to become Namibia’s premier resort town. Although the sea is normally cold for swimming there are pleasant beaches and the cooler climate is refreshing after time spent in the desert. Overnight: Centrally located Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Swakopmund

We head back south today to Walvis Bay for a memorable kayaking adventure in the outer lagoon, after viewing the variety of birdlife on your way to the launch point. Kayaking is a great way of seeing Cape fur seals, Heaviside and bottlenose dolphins, pelicans, flamingos and a wide variety of other sea birds. With luck, we have a chance of seeing whales, leatherback turtles and sunfish.

If you prefer, you can take a seal and dolphin excursion by motorized boat within the outer lagoon. You should also see Cape fur seals, Heaviside and bottlenose dolphins, pelicans, flamingos and a wide variety of other sea birds. Again, if luck is on your side, there is also a chance of seeing whales, leatherback turtles and sunfish. Snacks will be served along with local sparkling wine and fresh oysters, before you return to the jetty around midday.  

The afternoon is at leisure. Relax at your guesthouse or explore the town. Activities such as camel rides, scenic flights, quad-biking in the coastal dunes, tandem or solo sky diving and more can all be booked at an extra cost. Overnight:    Centrally located guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: Swakopmund to Damaraland

A departure this morning from Swakopmund takes us north into the loneliness of Damaraland, known for its displays of color, magnificent table topped mountains, rock formations and bizarre-looking vegetation and indigenous birds. The present day landscape has been formed by the erosion of wind, water and geological forces which have formed rolling hills, dunes, gravel plains and ancient river terraces. 

We plan to spend the afternoon visiting the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein (a World Heritage Site) and the fascinating geological sites at Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes. We return to the camp before sunset in time to freshen up and enjoy pre-dinner drinks and a stunning sunset from Kipwe's sundowner rock, a short stroll from the camp.

Twyfelfontein: Among Twyfelfontein's boulders and slabs of red sandstone are some 2,500 prehistoric engravings that depict wildlife, animal spoor and abstract motifs, perhaps one of the largest and finest assembly of petroglyphs in Africa. Stone tools and other artifacts found at Twyfelfontein indicate that hunter-gatherers occupied the site during a period of perhaps 7,000 years. The engravings lie along two circular routes, one an hour's climb and the other 40 minutes longer. Twyfelfontein is one of Namibia's key National Monuments and has recently become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Burnt Mountain: A rounded hill located a short distance from Twyfelfontein and the Organ Pipes, known as the Burnt Mountain, appears to catch fire again at sunrise and sunset. Its wild range of colors at dawn and dusk are due to molten lava which penetrated sedimentary shale and limestone deposits some 125 million years ago, resulting in contact metamorphis. In ordinary sunlight it is a dull black.

Organ Pipes: The Organ Pipes are another geological oddity nearby consisting of a mass of perpendicular dolerite columns that intruded the surrounding rocks also around 125 million years ago and have since been exposed in a ravine due to river erosion. Overnight: Camp Kipwe fully inclusive, breakfast, lunch, dinner 

Day 7: Damaraland

This morning we set out on an exciting excursion:  We load up in off-road vehicles and explore the Aba Huab River valley, searching for the elusive desert adapted elephants. If we are lucky, they will be in the area searching for forage. After our excursion, we return to camp for lunch and a well-deserved siesta.

If you haven't been the previous day, your guide will arrange to fit in a visit to Twyfelfontein and other nearby attractions at a suitable time in the afternoon if this appeals and you haven't already been there the previous day, or you can go out with your guide and take a walk into the local area around Camp. Alternatively, if you prefer, you can stay in to relax and enjoy some well-deserved leisure time in the comforts of the camp.

Desert Adapted Elephant: An African elephant in a desert? The answer is yes, and not only elephant, but other large game as well, such as black rhinoceros and giraffe. Their ranges extend from drainage systems in northern Kaokoveld to as far south as the northern Namib. In addition to the Kunene River, seven river courses northwards from the Ugab enable them to traverse the desert all the way to the Skeleton Coast. Overnight: Camp Kipwe fully inclusive, breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8: Damaraland to Southern Etosha National Park

We depart early today for Etosha National Park, travelling via the Grootberg Pass. En route you will visit an extremely remote Himba village rarely visited by outsiders. Your guide's contacts with the local community will ensure you are welcomed as a 'friend of a friend' and that you will be able to spend considerable time learning about these fascinating nomadic pastoralists. In late afternoon you arrive at Anderson's Camp on the southern border of Etosha in time to relax at the camp's floodlit waterhole and photograph the wide range of wildlife coming in for a drink.

The Himba: The Himba, Tjimba and other Herero people who inhabit Namibia's remote north-western Kunene Region are loosely referred to as the Kaokovelders. Basically Herero in terms of origin, language and culture, the these groups are semi-nomadic pastoralists who follow their herds from one watering place to another. They seldom leave their home areas and determinedly maintain their traditional culture, resisting the encroachment of the outside world. For many centuries they have managed to live a relatively isolated existence and were not involved to any great extent in the long conflicts for pasturelands between the Nama and the Herero.

The largest group of Kaokovelders is the Himba, semi-nomads who live in far-flung villages throughout the Kunene Region. The Himba are a tall, slender and statuesque people, noted especially for their proud yet friendly bearing. The women are especially characterized for their unusual sculptural beauty, augmented by intricate hairstyles and traditional adornments. They rub their bodies with red ochre and fat, a treatment that protects their skins against the harsh desert climate. The homes of the Himba of Kaokoland are simple, cone-shaped structures of saplings, bound together with palm leaves and plastered with mud and dung. Overnight:     Andersson’s Camp                            Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9: Southern to Eastern Etosha National Park

We'll have a full day of game viewing as we make our way from the southern Andersson’s Gate to Halali (our lunch stop) and then on across via selected waterholes such as Goas, which are normally particularly good for game viewing, to Namutoni Gate in the east. We arrive at the delightful Onguma Tree Top Camp with enough time to relax and freshen up before for dinner. The rest of the evening can be spent game viewing at the camp’s floodlit waterhole.

Etosha National Park: Etosha National Park, which translates as the 'Place of Mirages', Land of Dry Water' or the 'Great White Place', covers 22,270 square kilometers, of which over 5,000 square kilometers is made up of saline depressions or 'pans'. The largest of these pans, the Etosha Pan, is characterized as a saline desert. It formed part of a huge, shallow lake that around three million years ago was reduced to a complex of salt pans when the major river that fed it, the Kunene, changed course and began to flow to the Atlantic instead. Overnight:   Onguma Tree Top Camp     Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10: Etosha National Park / Onguma Game Reserve

Another morning dedicated to game drives within the eastern section of Etosha National Park, a spot well-known for wildlife numbers. Return to camp for lunch and an early afternoon rest, spending your final afternoon on a game drive on the private Onguma Game Reserve, wrapping up in a final sundowner overlooking Fischer’s Pan.

Onguma Game Reserve: Located on the eastern side of Etosha and borders Fisher’s Pan. Onguma Game Reserve has more than 20,000 hectares of protected land and wildlife. The nature reserve boasts over thirty different animal species consisting of plains game including kudu, giraffe, eland, oryx, hartebeest, zebra, impala, as well as predators such as lion, cheetah and leopard. Onguma Game Reserve is now also proud to be home to a family of black rhinos! More than 300 bird species can also be viewed at Onguma Nature Reserve. Overnight:    Onguma Tree Top Camp    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11: Onguma Game Reserve to Windhoek via the AfriCat Foundation

This morning we drive south to the Okonjima Day Centre. Here you will be treated to a short game drive and educational tour of the AfriCat Foundation in order to learn about the great efforts being made here with the conservation of Africa's large cats. Lunch at the centre before heading on to Windhoek, stopping in Okahandja to visit the local craft market for some last minute curio shopping if time permits. In Windhoek your guide will transfer you to Galton House or similar for an overnight. Breakfast and dinner included. 

Day 12: Home

Transfer to airport for home or to continue on to another part of Africa. 


You have the option to extend your safari for an additional night or two at Okonjima, staying at their delightful Luxury Bush Camp. This affords you the opportunity to get a more in-depth insight into the work being done by the AfriCat Foundation as well as getting to see more of cheetah, leopard and other big cats in the wild.






Date - Rates:

2016 Group Departure Dates:  All group trips sold out.  Private guided available. 

Book Epic Namibia by Nov. 18, 2016 for 2017 and receive $400 off. (Must be paid in full at time of booking.)

2017 Group Departure Dates: 

Safari #1:   March 6 -  17 
Safari #2:   March 20 - 31      Limited space 
Safari #3:   April 3 -14           Sold out
Safari #4:   April 24 - May 5  Limited space
Safari #5:   May 8 - 19          Limited space
Safari #6:   May 22 - June 2  Limited space
Safari #7:   May 29 - June 9  Limited space   
Safari #8:   June 12 - 23        Limited space
Safari #9:   June 26 - July 7  Sold out 
Safari #10: July 10 - 21         Limited space
Safari #11: July 24 - Aug. 4   Limited space 
Safari #12: July 31 -  Aug. 11  
Safari #13: Aug. 14 - 25         Sold out   
Safari #14: Aug. 28 - Sept. 8  Limited space   
Safari #15: Sept. 4 - 15           Limited space
Safari #16: Sept. 18 - 29  
Safari #17: Oct. 9 - 20             Limited space

Safari #18: Oct. 16 - 27  

Safari #19: Oct. 23 - Nov. 3     
Safari #20: Nov. 13 - 24     
Safari #21: Dec. 4 - 15
Safari #22: Dec. 18 - 29  

NOTE: Private guided trips are available at any time. Please inquire with our office for your date preferences and rates.

2017 Rates 

All prices US Dollars

Low Season (March 1 - May 31, 2017):  $3,995 per person based on two sharing. Single supplement: $1,395

High Season (June 1 - December 31, 2017):  $4,595 per person based on two sharing. Single supplement: $1,495

All prices from Windhoek and are based on double occpuancy per person, exchange rates at time of publication.  Price includes meals as indicated, internal transportation, lodging on itinerary, all activities listed and guide services. 

The day-to-day itinerary is subject to weather and animal activity.  Flight delays can happen due to weather  and neither IWA nor the in-country operator is responsible for any additional costs due to delays.

Registration: To confirm your space on this tour, a 25% deposit is required.  Balance is due 90 days prior to departure.

Cancellation Policy: In the event you must cancel your reservation, refunds will be made according to the following schedule: Deposit is nonrefundable. 90 to 61 days prior to departure, 50% of total is nonrefundable; less than 60 days prior  to departure, 100% nonrefundable.

Insurance: Because many advance logistical arrangements have been made prior to the running of this trip, we must adhere to the above policy.  In light of this, we strongly recommend trip cancellation insurance.  A quote will be sent to you upon request. Evacuation insurance is mandatory for trips to Africa. 




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Sossus Dune Lodge: Sossus Dune Lodge is built in an environmentally sensitive manner, primarily from wood, canvas and thatch, in an attractive 'afro–village' style. Situated within the Namib Naukluft Park, close to the Sesriem Canyon, and providing sweeping vistas of the dunes to the west, guests benefit from being able to reach Sossusvlei before sunrise, or to stay until after sunset. Accommodation units are interlinked by elevated wooden walkways, and consist of 23 well spaced en suite desert chalets, equipped with tea stations and small fridges, with an additional relaxation gazebo. All units offer magnificent open vistas of the surrounding landscapes. Sossus Dune Lodge offers a good base from which to go on guided excursions to Sossusvlei, Sesriem and the surrounding areas, as well as sunset drives and guided walks, to fully unleash the beauty and biological diversity of the desert environment.








Camp Kipwe: Camp Kipwe is ideally located a short drive from the local attractions in the area. The Camp is nestled amongst an outcrop of giant granite boulders a stone's throw away from the ephemeral Aba Huab riverbed where desert adapted elephants often traverse. Each comfortable thatched bungalow is simply but tastefully furnished with en-suite open-air bathroom. In the centre of the camp lies a large alfresco dining area, bar, lounge and reception with an inviting fireplace nearby to relax beside in the evenings. A refreshing swimming pool and sunset lookout with lovely views also complement the Camp.

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 Andersson's Camp: Located just 4.5 km from Etosha National Park's Andersson Gate, Andersson's Camp takes its name from Charles Andersson, the Swedish explorer who first 'discovered' the Etosha Pan with Sir Francis Galton in 1851. Set against a backdrop of the low Ondundozonanandana Mountains, Andersson's Camp is located within the private Ongava Game Reserve which borders onto Etosha National Park. The Ongava Game Reserve is typified by white calcrete soils, rocky outcrops and scrub-covered plains which support a rich variety of game such as giraffe, lion, rhino and various antelope species. The Camp overlooks a waterhole where guests can enjoy the interaction of wildlife coming and going throughout the day and night.

This former farmstead has been tastefully rebuilt to modern-day standards. The design and construction of Andersson's Camp was guided primarily by the principles of environmental sustainability – reduce, reuse, recycle. The old farmhouse now forms the main dining, bar and swimming pool area of Andersson's Camp, with guest tents radiating outwards into the secluded Mopane woodlands typical of the region. Tents are constructed using a clever mix of calcrete stone cladding, canvas and wood, with double-door entrances and a small verandah that is an extension of the elevated wooden decks on which the tents are raised. The open-air en-suite bathrooms continue the unique design. Andersson's Camp's close proximity to Etosha National Park is ideal for game drive excursions into Etosha to take in the array of game found there.

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Onguma Tree Top Camp: Tree Top is a unique and beautiful camp, situated on the Onguma Game Reserve, bordering on the eastern side of Etosha National Park. It is a small and intimate camp, especially designed for those travellers who would like to truly experience the bush in all its raw splendour. This Camp is built on wooden stilts amongst the tree tops with full views over one of the most beautiful watering holes on the Reserve. The Camp consists of 4 thatched wooden chalets and a main complex, making the camp ideal for a small group looking for a private getaway.

The main complex is completely open towards the front where the waterhole is situated, but there is also the option of letting down canvas sides if the weather is inclement. Guests can relax in the comfortable lounge or in front of the fire place. The kitchen is open plan so guests can watch whilst the chef conjures up wonderful dishes on an open fire. The Boma area steps off from the lounge deck, where guests can relax while watching the animals and birds that frequent the hole throughout the day. The four thatched rooms are designed in such a way that the canvas sides can be opened to expose breath-taking view and animals any time. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom as well as a wonderful private outside shower, and a private deck in front where guests can relax and enjoy exactly the same views as from the main area's deck.




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