13 Day Namibia, Naturally
Air & Land
|City Lodge Hotel At OR Tambo International Airport||Johannesburg|
|Elegant Desert Lodge||Sesriem|
|Twyfelfontein Country Lodge||Damaraland|
|Etosha Safari Lodge||Okaukuejo|
|Mokuti Etosha Lodge||Tsumeb|
|!Uris Safari Lodge||Tsumeb|
|The Windhoek Luxury Suites||Windhoek|
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|2022 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $450|
Optional tours and gratuities.
Passengers should select international flights from Johannesburg that depart no earlier than 7 PM on Day 13. The flight from Windhoek arrives to Johannesburg at approximately 4 PM. Passengers with late evening flights will have a long layover in Johannesburg airport.
Triple rooms are not available for this package.
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.
Is This Trip Right for You?
- Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
- Round trip flights New York-Johannesburg, Johannesburg-New York
Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
- Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
- All intra-flights: Johannesburg-Windhoek & Windhoek-Johannesburg
- 11 nights accommodations
- 1 night Johannesburg
- 2 nights Sossusvlei
- 2 nights Swakopmund
- 2 nights Damaraland
- 2 nights Etosha National Park (West)
- 1 night Etosha National Park (East)
- 1 night Windhoek
- Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
- Hotel porterage
- All transfers included
- Desert excursions and game drives in 4X4 vehicles
- 26 meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 10 dinners (including welcome and farewell dinners)
- Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
- Services of local guide in Johannesburg (Day 2)
- Services of English-speaking tour manager (Day 3-13)
- Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
- Active itinerary with unique cultural features
- National Park Fees
Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.
- Your Sossusvlei adventure is marked by towering dunes, surreal landscapes and dazzling colors
- Travel through a dunes corridor to Deadvlei, a "dead" marsh that sits eerily in a forest frozen in time
- Explore the Sesriem Canyon, carved into the rock by the mighty Tsauchab River
- Ride in a 4x4 through desert dunes in a barren landscape populated by geckos and chameleons
- Zoom through the "singing" dunes traveling from the eastern side through to the Atlantic on the west
- A scenic drive takes you to Damaraland, one of the most dramatic and picturesque areas in Namibia
- Discover the world-famous rock engravings at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein
- Visit a Himba tribe dwelling and learn first-hand about their history, culture and unique traditions
- Spend three days exploring Etosha National Park, one of the most important wildlife sanctuaries in Africa
- Meet with staff at the AfriCat Foundation dedicated to conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores
Is This Trip Right for You?
This is an active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day. Expect to spend a fair amount of time driving over gravel roads that are very rough and bumpy, some days for an extended period of time. A long drought has led to very dusty conditions, and face masks are recommended for long drive days. There are many early wake-ups, and long bus rides that are necessary to cover the territory. Game and dune drives will be performed in small 4x4 vehicles that cannot be air-conditioned. These vehicles have high ground clearance and require agility to embark and disembark. Only "bush toilets" are available during game drives. Electricity for some properties is provided by generator and may not be available 24 hours a day. Accommodations may require walking outside or traversing stairs between public areas and rooms. Visitors to Namibia are encouraged to consult with their healthcare providers regarding malaria prophylaxis. We suggest you check with your healthcare provider before signing up for this tour. During this tour, you may come into proximity of wild animals whose actions can be unpredictable. Certain inherent risks are involved which should be considered at your own discretion. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.
Discovery Tours itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.
This tourist class hotel is a short walk from the OR Tambo railway station.Hotel Details
This tourist class lodge is situated in the Namib Desert.Hotel Details
This superior tourist class hotel features views of the Atlantic Ocean.Hotel Details
This tourist class lodge is situated in the in the Huab valley.Hotel Details
This first class lodge has wonderful views of the African bush.Hotel Details
This tourist class lodge is set amid Mopane and white Seringa trees.Hotel Details
This first class lodge is a short drive away from Etosha National Park.Hotel Details
This tourist class lodge is about a 30 minute drive from the city of Tsumeb.Hotel Details
- Tours purchased while travelling may cost an extra 10% or more
- Tours often sell out. Avoid disappointment
- Save your cash. Credit card processing may not be possible locally
- Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure
- Book Online or call to book these tours up to 1 week before your departure
- The day the optionals operate varies by the day of the week
This afternoon, drive to Mondesa Township, a suburb of Swakopmund, and learn about the history of the township from your local guide. Mondesa was established in the early 1950s to provide housing for blacks working in Swakopmund. During your visit, get a glimpse into everyday life in a typical Namibian township. You will have a chance to meet with some of the residents, who will introduce you to their customs and traditions. Stroll along the streets to view typical homes, small craft markets and schools. At the conclusion of your visit, return back to Swakopmund.
Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.
|Day #6||01 Jan 2021 - 31 Mar 2022||$40.00|
Embark on a safari to see Namib desert elephants in the wild, a once in a lifetime opportunity. These hardy elephants are smaller than standard African elephants, and have evolved to make the most of their extreme environment, with larger ears to aid their cooling and broader feet that help them dig for precious water in soft riverbeds. Your guide will use fine tracking skills as well as information from the indigenous Damara people to bring you to safe watching distance of these wondrous creatures. Unlike the large herds of the savanna, desert elephants travel in small groups due to scarcity of resources, so it may take some time to find a group to observe. Afterwards, enjoy a refreshing drink in the bush before returning to your lodge.
During this tour, you may come into proximity of wild animals whose actions can be unpredictable. Certain inherent risks are involved which should be considered at your own discretion. Sightings of the animals cannot be guaranteed.
Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.
|Day #7||01 Jan 2021 - 31 Mar 2022||$59.00|
|01 Apr 2022 - 30 Apr 2024||$59.00|
Our trip was one of the best we have ever been on. Our guide Benson, really did make the whole trip wonderful. I can't imagine a better guide. We do not have a single complaint, except maybe it wasn't long enough!Grace H. Ortonville, MI
One of my best trips ever (one of a kind). We had the most "wonderful " tour leader Paul, people from Uganda made us feel at home, excellent food and a fantastic group of people traveling with us. Thanks Gate 1.Maria R. Odessa, FL
Our trip to Kenyon and Tanzania for 19 days was wonderful. We had 8 days in Kenya and saw the big "5" . Also in Tanzania it was the same. We had amazing game drives and saw so many different animals. Elephants, zebras, lions, leopards, cheetahs, cape buffalo, giraffes, warthogs, rhinos, hyenas, birds and many more. Our guides were terrific and it was great with only 6 to a jeep. We also lucked out and only had 4 in ours. The hotels and tented camps were lovely and food was very good. We were very pleased with Gate 1/Discovery Tours - we were well taken care of. We are recovering from 36 hours traveling home but it was all worth it. We can't wait until our next Gate 1/ Discovery Tour.Marlene A. Delta, British Columbia
Outstanding! Absolutely the best! Loved every minute of it.Donna K. Greenville, NC
Trip was fantastic! Great people, great accommodations, great guides and of course great viewing .... All in all, it ranks up there with our best all time trips. Highly recommend!Joann D. Spring Lake, NJ
The trip to Tanzania was fabulous! It was a well planned trip, and one of our best. Our guide, Phillip, was fantastic. Everything was organized, he took good care of us when there was a problem, he made sure we had a lovely experience and saw many animals, and he is a kind, caring man that all carried over to how he ran our tour. Gate 1 needs to take good care of Phillip, give him a raise and/or a promotion. He is one of the best guides we have ever had on a Gate 1 tour.Candy W. Sarasota, FL
We had an amazing time. We thought this trip was exceptional value for what was offered. The accommodations were wonderful, the meals were good, and logistically, all details were considered (rest stops, day hotel room on departure day, etc.). I anticipated a great trip prior to our departure and shared our trip with many of our friends. I will now share our experience with them along with some amazing pictures. Our guides, James, David and Sam were all wonderful. We rode with David and James took care of the overall tour as well as drive another vehicle. These guys are the best. I will look into Gate 1 Discovery Tours again in the future. It was a really great experience.Lisa and Chuck J. El Segundo, CA
Our trip was AMAZING!! It exceeded our expectations by far. Belinda was such an attentive tour guide and so much fun. Okavango Delta was the experience of a lifetime—at one point we had 5 lionesses on the left side of our Jeep and a mother with 4 cubs on the right side. 10 lions at once and no other jeeps! We also saw 3 leopards in one day in Chobe. Unbelievable and it was due to the talented guides and locations. The accommodations were excellent, the food was great—even the kids enjoyed all the meals. I can’t tell you how many friends and family have told us they wish they had gone after hearing about the trip and seeing the photos. Thank you for all your help organizing this and thanks to Gate 1 for the trip of a lifetime! Most importantly our Zambian son smiled the entire time.Aliisa S. Mequon, WI
The trip was great and memorable! Hotel choices was excellent except for Tarangire Sopa Lodge and Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. My favorite stay were Lake Manyara Kilimanmoja Lodge and Lemala Ewanjan Tented Camp. I would come back and stay anytime. Our tour guide Adam was wonderful. He was full of energy, fun and with a positive altitude. We already missed him.Anntuyet N. Missouri City, TX
The Namibia trip was very enjoyable! Lots of beautiful scenery, both inland in the deserts and along the coast. We saw lots of wildlife in Etosha National Park and I took some amazing pictures of both the animals and the desert scenery. All in all, a great trip.Louis C. Phoenix, AZ
The trip was magnificent. Easily the most physically demanding trip I have ever taken (jungle treks) ... I am 72 years old and in good health but the porters made the gorilla trek possible! The Ugandan people seem naturally friendly and outgoing. I love them. Morris 1 and Morris 2 are exceptional guides and just great guys. I recommend this trip to anyone and everyone. All of my Gate 1 trips have been super. My wife and I have always been taken care of extremely well. We go with another couple ... A great time for us to get together and have a great time. Thanks Gate 1 for another fantastic adventure.James A. Shreveport, LA
It was wonderful! What a surprise Uganda was. The gorilla tracking was harder than I expected (and I am pretty athletic) but I survived.Ella S. Treasure Island, FL
I loved Namibia! Belinda shared her love for her country. The country is beautiful, new looks around every corner. Keegan our driver handled all the bumps with ease and there were lots of bumps on the roads. I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to see a beautiful unspoiled country.Susan W. Outlook, WA
Coming to Namibia has been a dream come true, and experiencing the beauty of its landscapes, wildlife, people and culture is all more than I could ever expect. Much thanks to our wonderful guide, David and our driver, Mojari - she was so fantastic, given the challenging roads throughout our trip. We were all so well taken care of every minute along the way. I am grateful for the warm hospitality everywhere we went, the many opportunities to learn about Namibia's history, the tribesmen's way of life, marvel at the stunning sand dunes, watching the gorgeous African sunsets every day...can't wait to share this amazing country with everyone back home!Jingying C. Singapore, SG
Incredible doesn’t begin to describe it! From the moment we were met at the airport until the moment we left it just kept getting better. The accommodations were outstanding. The highlight though of course were the game drives. All of our drivers were so extremely knowledgeable which allowed us to track and see all of the Big 5. Don was our tour manager and he just made everything seem so effortless although I know there was a lot of coordination going on in the background. It won’t be our last visit to Africa or our last trip with Gate 1....thanks for the trip of a lifetime!Margaret M. Ontario, Canada
Our trip was fantastic, everything went smoothly, all of the connections, transfers, etc. were perfect. I cannot say enough positive things about Gate 1 and the travel guides for both tours. We are looking forward to our next tour and will be contacting you sometime early next year.Thomas L. Florence, SC
I have traveled a lot but never with a tour. Our trip to Kenya was spectacular and unlike any place I have ever been. Our guide was Yusuf. We could not have had a better guide ... Yusef is a very special man who made the trip even more amazing. I fell in love with the people and their spirit, the land was so beautiful and wild, and of course the animals were so up close and free. This experience will be the one that will thrill me for a lifetime. The experience could not have been better. Thank you Gate 1 for just the greatest experience. Also thanks to our booking agent Donna for advice on the time of year to make the trip and invaluable tips. And thanks to Yusuf for teaching us the language, educating us on the animals and of Kenya, and for his gracious company and friendship.Nancy H. Lexington, KY
We had such a wonderful experience on the Kenya Tanzania Safari ... Especially I want to extol the wonders and praises of our driver guides ... All the while they are safely and carefully negotiating the rutted roads in the conservation areas and national parks ... noticing all those subtle signs that indicate wildlife that my eyes would never see. They have so much knowledge and understanding of the animals, the vegetation, the ecosystems, the interactions between animals! I especially commend Yusuf in Kenya and Nurdin Mohammed in Tanzania. Not only do they know the biology and zoology, they are completely conscientious about all of us as passengers and clients ... I want to make sure the company understands what treasures the driver/guides are and how important they are to your customers’ feeling of safety and comfort, but also they obviously enjoy the natural environment and the thrill of showing us these wonders of nature in their homeland. And as we drove through the villages and towns they were able to explain much about the local customs and people. This wonderful experience was made even more wonderful because of Yusuf and Nurdin!Janell L. Nashville, TN
Kenya and Zanzibar were spectacular! It was a great way to relax after the many amazing game drives through Kenya. Our guide, Daniel, was friendly, funny and knowledgeable. He explained the culture of Kenyans, the landscape of Kenya along with the habits and habitats of the many animals during the game drives. The itinerary was well planned (time/place), the Land Cruisers were perfect for the drives, the hotels and the "tent hotels" and food was excellent. Zanzibar is an idyllic island with its own history and culture, a learning experience. I would highly recommend this trip, but wait for the direct flights into Nairobi.Constance I. Brooklyn, NY
Hi Caitlin, Our Adventure to Uganda was awesome! Thank you!! We had a great time, everything went really well. Visiting gorillas in the rainforests of Bwindi was of course THE highlight of the trip. We saw chimps as well in their forests and that was thrilling! Our guides Morris and Jonah were exceptional, they took such good care of all of us. Thank you again Gate 1 for an another amazing trip!!! Looking forward to another destination with you guys!!!Larry K. Westmount, QC, CA
Our trip was fantastic - much better than we ever imagined. Our tour manager Belinda was exceptionally informed and accommodating to all of our needs. Can't wait to take off again.Morris S. Bala Cynwyd, PA
We had a terrific trip. Very well organized and paced, which we have come to expect of Gate 1. Botswana, particularly the Okavanga Delta was a real highlight. We may be back for Namibia.Lois Olcott P. Kennett Sq, PA
Outstanding. Very well organized from beginning to end. Excellent accommodations and facilities. Very personable and efficient guides. Very happy with the overall experience.Fred E. Newton, MA
I can honestly say that Namibia is my all time favorite trip! It was relaxing, exciting, the hotels were all first class...the food was fabulous.. Our driver Keenan was by far the best driver ever...Our guide Belinda was great...very helpful and mindful of all of her travelers! She took us to 2 unplanned options... 1 was live music at the campsite of one of our lodges which was so much fun! The second was in Windhoek on our return to spend time in the craft market and a city tour! If I had 1 complaint it would be that our "box lunches" consisted of way too much food!Linda G. Bloomsburg, PA
We are back from Namibia. We had a wonderful trip. The accommodation, the food and the itinerary were very good. Above all, our guide, Belinda was great...she was fun, caring and ready to please. She made the long bus journeys fun. Thanks to Gate 1 for the trip.Nina R. Oro Valley, AZ