Namibia·July 18 - 27 2024

Spectacular Namibia

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Overview

Namibia, with its extreme landscapes, is surely one of the most diverse and fascinating destinations on Earth. From the tallest dunes in the world at Sossusvlei to one of the world's most important conservations at Etosha National Park, this country is magnificent, magical, and mysterious. Various travel organizations have rated Namibia as one of the most beautiful places to visit. The giant salt pan is truly a sight to behold. Among the animals we’ll see are the incredibly rare desert elephant (only found here and in Mali), desert-adapted black rhino, lions, giraffes, cheetah, jackal, hyena, zebra, blue wildebeest, and red hartebeest.

Highlights

Witness the red Kalahari dunes with an oasis set inside

Witness the red Kalahari dunes with an oasis set inside

Snap photos of the picturesque colonial buildings at Swakopmund

Snap photos of the picturesque colonial buildings at Swakopmund

Revel in the ‘mountains of sand’ some of the highest in the world now a World Heritage site

Revel in the ‘mountains of sand’ some of the highest in the world now a World Heritage site

Discover elephants, black rhinos, lions, giraffes, antelopes and zebras in the Etosha Pan Reserve

Discover elephants, black rhinos, lions, giraffes, antelopes and zebras in the Etosha Pan Reserve

Take home Namibian arts and craft

Take home Namibian arts and craft

Take a sea safari to hunt for the Marine Big Five: whales, dolphins, mola, leatherback turtles, and seals

Take a sea safari to hunt for the Marine Big Five: whales, dolphins, mola, leatherback turtles, and seals

Appreciate the beauty of masses of flamingos at the Walvis Bay Lagoon.

Appreciate the beauty of masses of flamingos at the Walvis Bay Lagoon.

Visit Twyfelfontein, in the Kunene Region, home to 2,500 rock engravings from the Stone Age.

Visit Twyfelfontein, in the Kunene Region, home to 2,500 rock engravings from the Stone Age.

Itinerary

Here's a day-by-day itinerary of the trip.

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Kalahari Basin

Day 1: Thursday, July 18, 2024

A driver will pick the group up from the Hosea Kutako International Airport or your hotel and drive us to the Kalahari.

The Kalahari Basin covers most of Botswana and large parts of Namibia and South Africa. Kalahari means ‘the great thirst’ and describes the world’s largest continuous area of sand. It is an exceptionally beautiful semi-desert. The desert in Namibia is characterized by red dunes, acacia trees, and wispy golden grasses. The wide variety of wildlife includes gemsbok, impala, jackal, cheetah, and the famous meerkat. In all three countries, the Kalahari is the last bastion of the indigenous San people who lived as hunter-gatherers in the whole of southern Africa before the modern world took over.

Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge is a lush green oasis amid red Kalahari dunes. The restaurant and chalets are arranged around a shaded courtyard containing a large swimming pool. We'll have lunch at the lodge. Then, take some time to settle in or swim. Enjoy the open Savannah views and cool off in the pool.  

We will enjoy a sundowner and a dune and game drive in the late afternoon. 

We’ll dine at the lodge tonight to kick off an amazing Kalahari adventure.

Included

Sundowner Game and Dune Drive

Lunch

Dinner

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Namib-Naukluft National Park

Day 2: Friday, July 19, 2024

After breakfast, we'll drive to the Desert Grace Gondwana Collection, our home for the next two days. Step into your chalet to find soft shades of love floating across the canvas. The minibar has a perfect gin and tonic waiting, and your private plunge pool is just a sliding door away. Check in and relax.

After a scrumptious lunch at the lodge, we'll head out for a dune drive. We'll discover fossilized dunes, the red dunes above the plateau, and many other wonders of the Namib Desert on this drive around Gondwana Namib Park.

Tonight, we’ll dine in style at the Desert Grace.

Included

All Meals

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Sossusvlei

Day 3: Saturday, July 20,2024

This morning, after breakfast, we'll embark on a guided half-day excursion to the Sossusvlei dunes, the tallest on Earth and part of the Namib Sand Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage site. With clear blue skies contrasting against the towering red dunes, Sossusvlei is a photographer’s dream and one of Africa's most scenic natural wonders. Some dunes reach up to 400 meters, displaying vibrant colors in the morning and evening light. The area is home to various desert wildlife, including gemsbok, springbok, ostrich, and reptiles.

These massive sand formations, sculpted over millions of years by wind, showcase the resilience of nature. The dunes support a unique ecosystem of specially adapted flora and fauna.

You can choose to hike Big Daddy, a challenging trek offering stunning views, or the easier Big Mama. For a relaxed option, take the easy route to Deadvlei, a white clay pan with ancient fossilized trees.

In the afternoon, we'll visit Sesriem Canyon, a deep chasm carved by water. Explore its striking rock walls, home to birds and lizards. Early settlers named it 'ses riem' after the six lengths of leather used to draw water from its base.

Later, we'll enjoy a savory dinner back at camp and reflect on our amazing day.

Included

All Meals

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Swakopmund

Day 4: Sunday, July 21, 2024

It’s time to head off on our next exciting adventure.

Founded in 1892, Swakopmund quickly became a lively town with a blend of Namibian and colonial-era influences. Today, its palm-lined streets, seaside promenades, and cool sea breeze make it one of Namibia's most attractive destinations. 

We'll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in this charming coastal town. Swakopmund moderate coastal climate, thanks to the cold Benguela current, brings famous nightly fog that sustains the desert flora and fauna. Early mornings and evenings are chilly year-round, a welcome break from the inland heat.Known as Namibia’s adventure mecca, Swakopmund offers activities like sand boarding, sand skiing, quad biking, dune carting, beach angling, and deep-sea fishing. The town also features diverse shops, bistros, and restaurants selling handmade crafts and jewelry. Other attractions include art galleries, a local museum, Karakulia Weavers, and Kristall Galerie.

We'll stay at the Strand Hotel Swakopmund for the next two nights. Tonight we will dine at the hotel's Brewer and Butcher restaurant tonight.

Included

All Meals

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Pelican Point

Day 5: Monday, July 22, 2024

This morning, we'll have a leisurely breakfast at the hotel. Then, we'll spend time exploring and shopping. Who doesn’t love to shop? While you're about it, stop for lunch at one of the local cafes or restaurants. 

In the afternoon, we’ll sail with Catamaran Charters from the Walvis Bay Waterfront for an educational sundowner excursion. We're on the hunt for the marine big five - whales, dolphins, mola, leatherback turtles, and seals. Sip hot tea or coffee as we pass oyster farms approaching the landmark lighthouse and 60,000 resident Cape fur seals at Pelican Point.

The crew will hoist the catamaran sails (weather dependent) so we can switch off the engines and experience true sailing. Help to put up the sails and rig the ropes if you wish.

Our journey from Pelican Point takes us past some of the more interesting ships and oil rigs in the bay as we savor fresh oysters with sparkling wine, snacks, desserts, and long, cool drinks.

Tonight, we'll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in the coastal town of Swakopmund.

Included

Breakfast

Dinner

Sundowner Cruise

Not Included

Lunch

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Kunene Region

Day 6: Tuesday, July 23, 2024

It’s time to depart for our next encampment. Twyfelfontein, located in the Kunene Region of north-western Namibia, is home to Namibia’s first World Heritage Site and one of Africa’s largest concentrations of rock art. Thousands of tourists visit each year to view around 2,500 Stone Age rock engravings and 13 rock painting sites, featuring animals and other ancient imagery.This 'open-air art gallery' is situated in the Huab Valley, surrounded by flat-topped sandstone mountains. Twyfelfontein, meaning "spring of doubt," was named by a farmer in the late 1940s. The spring attracted Stone Age hunters over six thousand years ago, who used the petroglyphs for ritual, educational, and record-keeping purposes.

Our stay will be at Camp Kipwe, an intimate and remote bush lodge in the Twyfelfontein region. The unique and private rooms feature outdoor bathrooms, thatched roofs, and spectacular views of the surrounding area.

For a special experience, join an Elephant Nature Drive to explore the terrain in search of desert-dwelling elephants adapted to the arid conditions of northern Namibia. 

After exploring the region and admiring the engravings, we’ll enjoy a nice meal and a much-deserved rest.

Included

All Meals

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Etosha National Park

Day 7: Wednesday, July 24, 2024

After breakfast, we’ll depart for Etosha National Park in the central north. The park is world-famous for the abundance of wildlife and premiere game viewing opportunities. It's home to 114 species of mammals, including elephants, black rhinos, lions and other big cats and predators, giraffes, various antelopes, and zebras. There are also hundreds of bird and reptile species. The vegetation ranges from dense bush to open plains with semi-arid savannah grasslands. During the dry season and in times of drought, the animals flock to the perennial springs and artificial waterholes maintained all over the park.

Etosha Pan, in the heart of the nature reserve, is a vast shallow depression spanning 5000 kilometers. It's so big it can be seen from space. The vast salt pan is dry for most of the year, shimmering in the heat, but after good rains, it fills up with water and attracts scores of birds, especially flamingos from as far away as the Walvis Bay Lagoon on the Atlantic coast.

Today, we’ll explore the Damara Living Museum and take an afternoon game drive in the national park with guides familiar with the waterholes and the animals that visit them.

We will enjoy lunch at the Toshari Lodge. 

Why not dive into the cool waters of the lodge pool when we return? Dine on the veranda under a dome of stars, sit next to a blazing fire, and watch the ruby sun sink gracefully into the landscape. Be at peace.

The Toshari Lodge will be our home for the night (Etosha National Park).

Included

All Meals

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Etosha King Nehale

Day 8: Thursday, July 25, 2024

Explore the National Park and its amazing wildlife in a 9-seater game vehicle. Refreshments, snacks, and entrance fees to the National Park are included. We will enjoy a packed lunch on the game drive.

Etosha King Nehale's design and decor pay homage to the area's rich cultural heritage and the majestic riches of the Etosha animal kingdom. Guests are immediately captivated by the lodge's atmosphere and warm cordiality. This arises from meticulous attention to detail in the interior design, the food choices, and the small, detailed features you'll encounter at every turn.

The lodge is situated on the Andoni Plains, just one kilometer from Etosha’s northern King Nehale Gate and 48 kilometers north of Namutoni. At this welcoming lodge, we’ll have private access to a remote waterhole in Etosha National Park, the Ontalelo Outpost. The name says it all: "ontalelo" means “view sight,” and “outpost” describes a remote part of a kingdom or empire. You'll love the fascinating feeling of being close to the wonders of Etosha’s animal kingdom.

Tonight, we'll dine at the Etosha King Nehale Lodge and celebrate yet another amazing day.

Included

All Meals

Game Drive

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Etosha King Nehale

Day 9: Friday, July 26, 2024

Today, we’ll have a full day of game viewing as we explore the National Park and its amazing wildlife in a 9-seater game vehicle. Refreshments, snacks, and entrance fees to the National Park are included. We will see a private waterhole and herds of thirsty animals. We will enjoy a packed lunch from the lodge on our excursion. 

We’ll have a much-needed rest in the afternoon before we convene for celebratory cocktails, followed by a sumptuous final meal, reminiscing about all the incredible things we’ve seen and done on our extended week together.

Included

All Meals

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Windshoek

Day 10: Saturday, July 27, 2024

Sadly, our Namibian Adventure has come to an end. After breakfast, we’ll head back to Windhoek for your return home. Please try not to schedule your departing flight before 5 p.m. at the earliest. The drive back to the airport takes 5.5 hours.

Included

Breakfast

You'll Be Staying Here

Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge

Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge

Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge is located in and around a vlei in the dunes of the western outskirts of the Kalahari. It is here where the vast Karoo desert meets the first red dunes of the Kalahari Desert.

The Desert Grace

The Desert Grace

The Desert Grace Gondwana Collection is known for its graceful spaces, and gracious hospitality imbue this modern lodge with its elegance of yesteryear, spirited character, and refreshingly stylish interior.

Strand Hotel- Swakopmund

Strand Hotel- Swakopmund

Strand Hotel Swakopmund is a refreshing, seaside, relaxing, modern, light, and airy establishment to uplift and inspire.

Camp Kipwe

Camp Kipwe

Camp Kipwe is an intimate and remote bush lodge in Namibia’s arid yet starkly beautiful Twyfelfontein region.

Toshari Lodge

Toshari Lodge

Toshari Lodge is nestled under a forest of Mopane & white Seringa Trees. It opens doors to the mystery and magic of Etosha.

Etosha King Nehale

Etosha King Nehale

Etosha King Nehale has been designed and decorated to pay homage to the rich cultural heritage of the area and the majestic riches of the Etosha animal kingdom.

Hosts

Cheri Kendrick

Cheri Kendrick

Cheri calls the tiny island of Utila Honduras home. She loves the sea and tropical gardens. She is a lover of the natural world and all things ALIVE! Travel for her is a deeper experience where she can immerse herself in culture, learning, gastronomy, places of great beauty, and horticulture. She is the Operations Manager for Girls Guide to the World. Her second career is in tourism and hospitality. She has expertise in planning wellness retreats, creating order out of chaos, and managing people. Safari is her favorite adventure!

Price

Private Room

Private Room

Everyone gets their own fabulous room!

FROM$7,895

Shared Room

Shared Room

Share a room with a friend or family member.

FROM$7,445

Add Ons

Arrive one night early in Namibia

Arrive one night early in Namibia

Includes one night and breakfast at the Droombos Hotel in Windhoek

PRICE$225.00

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Stay one night longer in Namibia

Stay one night longer in Namibia

Includes one night and breakfast at the Droombos Hotel in Windhoek

PRICE$225.00

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Endless Horizons

Namibia

Few countries can claim limitless horizons, stark landscapes with harsh environs and untamed wilderness, complemented by rare beauty, great scenery, a pleasant climate, few people, a beautiful coastline, one of Africa’s greatest game parks and, the world’s oldest desert…Welcome to Namibia!

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What's Included

What's Included

Everything stated in itinerary above including most meals with one exception

2 glasses of wine or beer with your evening meal

Lodging at high standard tented camps or lodges

All guides, experts and entry fees

All in-country transport

Roundtrip airfare to Namibia

Additional wine, beer, or spirits beyond what is offered at meals

All personal souvenir purchases

Travel and Medical Insurance (required)

Any spa treatment desired

Reviews

"This truly was the adventure of a lifetime. From hiking the red sand dunes, to visiting the women of the Himba tribe, and watching all kinds of animals in their natural habitat, it was a week filled with new experiences. And the icing on the cake... new friendships with adventurous, interesting women who love to travel!"

Cynthia M, 2023 Trip Guest

"Namibia was on my bucket list of places to see & Girls Guide to the World did an excellent job of catching all of the incredible sites. Namibia has so much to see and experience. Plus the accommodations were fabulous & the meals, delicious. Traveling solo can be intimidating for some but traveling with a company like Girls Guide takes the anxiety out of doing so. It's nice to have a small group of women to travel with & get to know. So don't hesitate to travel with Girls Guide! They will take care of you!"

Jane S, Aug 2023 on Trip Advisor

FAQs

The trip officially starts on July 18th, but if you are traveling across an ocean to get to Nambia, consider arriving a day early so you have time to relax and adjust to the local time zone. If you decide to arrive early, please let us know and we will take care of booking your room and make sure that you are kept in the same room as you will be in when the trip starts.

Fly into the Hosea Kutako International Airport.

It takes over five hours to drive back to the airport at the end of the trip. Please try and book your departing flight no earlier than 5 pm. You can always stay an extra night at a hotel near the airport and fly out the next morning.

We will have a zoom call about 6 weeks before the trip starts to discuss all that information and give you a packing list. Here is a great website that we love that will help you with packing and travel trips.

Namibia weather in July. July is one of the driest and coolest months. Although the daytime temperatures are still warm (average 68F), the nights can be very cold (average 42F and dropping below freezing in some desert areas), so pack plenty of warm clothes.

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Spectacular Namibia

Namibia· July 18 - 27 2024· 9 nights

FROM$7,895/pp