Adventures / Wild Hikes

Hike, Safari and Stargaze in Namibia

A staggering stomp through sand dunes, deserts, salt pans and national parks jam-packed with Africa's greatest wildlife

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Adventures / Wild Hikes

Hike, Safari and Stargaze in Namibia

A staggering stomp through sand dunes, deserts, salt pans and national parks jam-packed with Africa's greatest wildlife

DURATION

9 nights

LOCATION

Namibia

ANNUAL LEAVE

6 days off work

SEASON

Mar-Sep

GROUP SIZE

Up to 12 people

MEETING POINT

Windhoek International Airport, Namibia

ACCOMMODATION

Lodge · Campsite

DIFFICULTY

Easy

Anyone with decent fitness and some broken-in hiking boots will be absolutely fine on this trip

Track iconic wildlife on bushwalking safaris and quintessential African game drives in Etosha National Park

Tackle otherworldly hikes through technicolour desertscapes amidst the enormous sand dunes of the Namib Desert

Road trip through the desert, camp out beneath the stars and tuck into braai cooked over the fire

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Paula, July 2022

Namibia is an amazing place and exceeded all of my expectations! Our guide Sam was awesome and always went above and beyond! Such a great trip and a great group! Super combination of amazing wildlife and incredible landscapes! Stargazing at Spitzkoppe was a particular highlight!

Mia, June 2022

Wonderful trip! Had an incredible time with a lovely group and fantastic guides. Namibia is beautiful and this trip gives a wonderful review of the variety of landscape and highlights. Fully recommend!

Bas, May 2022

Great trip through stunning scenery. The campsites/lodges were all excellent and quite diverse, from quiet mountain or desert sites to lodges in touristic heavyweights like Sossusvlei or Etosha. Don't expect much hiking, just enjoy the tour through a supremely photogenic country.

Mahgul, March 2022

Highly recommend for adventure seekers

Sam, March 2022

Great trip - an absolutely incredible country with friendly guides. If you're even a bit outdoorsy you won't get bored, the variety of landscapes and places to swim/drink a beer is huge. The campsites are much nicer than you'd expect and where food was included it was excellent. There's not much in the way of hiking but you might not care once you're out there.

Esmee, March 2022

This is an absolutely amazing trip with so many highlights. Namibia has the most amazing scenery from sand dunes you can walk up, to wildlife spotting in the national park (we saw elephants, lion and warthogs!) and the hikes are beautiful. The camping is also good fun- the tents are roomy and the sleeping mats make it super comfy. And sleeping under the stars is a great experience!

Included

Guides

Expert, English-speaking guides and wildlife rangers

Accommodation

2 nights in lodges, 5 nights desert camping, 3 nights in safari camps

Meals

All your breakfasts, 2 lunches and 4 dinners

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in-between

Equipment

Tents and sleeping mats for the desert camping

Permits

All permits and park entry fees

Luggage Transfer

A desert truck to carry all your overnight kit

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Some meals as described

Personal expenses

The Area

map

Logistics

Starts

Hosea Kutako International Airport, Windhoek

Anytime on Day 1

Ends

Hosea Kutako International Airport, Windhoek

16:00 on Day 10

Transfers

You are free to arrive anytime on Day 1 and your host will collect you from the airport.

On Day 10, you can choose to be dropped at the airport at 16:00 for all flights departing after 18:00. If you are flying home the next day please arrange an extra night's accommodation.

Arrival and departure transfers are only included in the main price if you arrive on Day 1 and depart on the evening of Day 10. If you would like a private transfer outside of these times, this can be arranged with your host for an extra cost - please see optional extras for the price.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Namibia from major airports across the UK, Europe and North America.

Day 1

Lodge · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Campsite · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Campsite · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Campsite · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Lodge · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6

Campsite · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 7

Campsite · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 8

Campsite · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 9

Campsite · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 10

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Various campgrounds that you stay at have a restaurant on-site where the group will eat together. These meals are not included, so please budget £10-15 for the dinners that aren't covered on the trip. Some of the more remote campsites your guides will cook for you. These will be hearty meals cooked over an open fire - expect braai (BBQ) food, potjie and stir-fries for dinner. Breakfasts will be continental style and usually consist of cereals, coffee, yoghurt, muesli, fresh fruit or the occasional fried breakfast. All but 2 of the lunches on the trip aren't included - you'll need to buy lunch from small shops, cafes and restaurants during the trip. Your guide will factor these supply runs into the trip and often you'll buy packed lunches from the restaurant or small shops on-site at certain campgrounds for the day ahead. Expect a good selection of sandwich ingredients like cheese and cold meats, plus pasta and salads. Budget £5 for each lunch that isn't provided. Snacks are also provided while hiking.

Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for - please just let your host know on booking. Note that vegan options are very limited in Namibia, so if you're a strict vegan we suggested packing some of your favourite protein bars for extra fuel.

What is the accommodation like?

Windhoek

You'll stay in a twin room at the Arebbusch Travel Lodge. It's set in large grounds by the dry Arebbusch River with a huge pool outside, making it the perfect spot to relax on arrival.

Etosha National Park

You'll stay at three different spots within the Etosha and Otjiwarongo reserves. One night will be at a basic camping area within the park, one night you'll stay at Etosha Safari Camp, and your final night will be in a twin tent at the campground within the grounds of Otjiwa Safari Lodge.

Camping

You’ll stay in twin-share tents at desert camping spots in Naukluft, Sesriem, Solitaire, Spitzkoppe and Etosha. These campsites will have shared bathrooms and hot showers. Some are basic but very remote, making for some true Namibian wilderness campout experiences, and great chances for stargazing.

Swakopmund

You'll stay in the Dunedin Star Guest House or similar, in a central location so you can easily explore the town. The guesthouse has a spa area with a sauna so you can kick back here before heading on to your next hiking adventure.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room and tent can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

Day 1

Welcome to Namibia!

Head to your hotel in Windhoek and if you’ve got time and energy, explore the surrounding area. If you'd rather relax, then the hotel has its own pool - so just kick back and enjoy! Join your group and guide later for dinner and a chance to sample some delicious Namibian cuisine as you get to know your fellow adventurers.

Day 2

Windhoek to Naukluft

Driving

4.5hrs · 235km

Hiking

2hrs · 4km

Hop into a desert truck heading for the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Get your first glimpses of Namibia's famous expanses of desert landscapes as you head for the southwest part of Naukluft in the granite hills. Arriving after lunch, settle into your desert camp before heading out for a warm-up hike to get the legs moving. Enjoy a campfire dinner and some desert stargazing tonight - your first of many!

Day 3

Hiking and wild swimming on the Waterkloof Trail

Hiking

5hrs · 10-15km · 500m up · 250m down

Tackle a spectacular day hike today on the Waterkloof Trail, meandering through a diverse range of landscapes and habitats, from riverbank to canyon, plateau to rocky ridge. Hike alongside the Naukluft River, past a series of pools that make for a perfect refreshing swim spot. The trail climbs steeply to a 1910m ridge, the highest point on the hike giving you incredible desert views. More swimming holes and an impressive waterfall dot the path to the finish line. Finish up an epic day with a drive through stunning mountain scenery to your next camp at Sesriem, surrounded by enormous red sand dunes.

Day 4

Sossusvlei

Hiking

3hrs · 4km

An early start today as you hop in the desert truck for a pre-dawn ride to the Sossusvlei area of the national park. Stop to watch the sunrise over the dunes before climbing up them for views along the Tsauchab River Canyon. Tuck into breakfast and coffee at the foot of the dunes before hiking through the acacia trees and ever-shifting shapes and colours of Hiddenvlei and Deadvlei. After lunch take a short drive to your next desert camp and grab a sunset hike on the edge of the Namib dunes.

Day 5

Namib Desert road trip to Swakopmund

Driving

5hrs · 260km

Road trip time today through the Namib Desert - regarded by many scientists as the oldest in the world - towards the coastal city of Swakopmund. You'll have various stops en route while keeping eyes peeled for ostrich, springbok or gemsbok. Enjoy lunch and a cool Atlantic breeze while watching flamingos at Walvis Bay Lagoon before the final drive up the coast to Swakopmund, the adventure capital of Namibia. Arriving in the afternoon you can explore town and grab a cold beer overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Alternatively, treat yourself to an optional desert flight over the dunes.

Day 6

Hike the Spitzkoppe Mountains

Hiking

1.5hrs · 4-5km

Enjoy a relaxed start to the day in Swakopmund before heading inland to the imposing Spitzkoppe mountains. Set off hiking beneath the massive pyramid-shaped granite boulders which reach 1650m. Pass by iconic stone arches to a viewpoint for an amazing panorama of the area. Spitzkoppe is a truly spectacular spot for sunset and another night camping beneath the star-studded sky.

Day 7

Get a first taste of Etosha

Hiking

2hrs · 4-5km · 200m up · 150m down

Driving

5-6hrs · 390km

Breakfast and coffee at the desert camp before another short hike around Grosse Spitzkoppe, one of the highest peaks in the range at 1700m. Hop in the truck for the drive to Etosha National Park, arriving late afternoon. Waste no time in Etosha as you spend the evening viewing various wildlife at a waterhole with the chance to see elephants, zebras, wildebeest and even lions, cheetahs and leopards.

Day 8

Time for a classic African safari

Wildlife Watching

6-7hrs

Rest your legs today as the hiking takes a backseat while you settle in for a classic day of safari game drives throughout Etosha National Park. You'll be taken to various spots by your trained wildlife rangers to give you the best chances of seeing Namibia's most famous wild residents. Dinner at the safari camp in Etosha this evening.

Day 9

Bushwalking

Hiking

2hrs · 50m up · 50m down

Head out on a morning game drive in Etosha before heading further south to the Otjiwarongo area. This is one of the oldest reserves in Namibia and a haven for a huge variety of species and offers a quintessential African safari experience. After lunch, head into the wilderness on a guided bushwalk with a wildlife ranger, eyes peeled for the rare sable antelope and white rhino. A safari on foot is an incredible and humbling experience, treading along the same paths that animals roam free. It also offers one of the best chances for sightings compared with vehicle safaris, quietly observing the intimate lives of wild animals from a careful distance.

Day 10

Wildlife tracking and back to Windhoek

Wildlife Tracking

2hrs

Time for one last wildlife odyssey this morning as you head out to track wildlife on foot through the bush to get a closer look at some of the wildlife in the Otjiwarongo area. After your bushwalk, it's time to bid farewell to Otijwa as you drive back to Windhoek Airport in time for your onward flight. Your host can take you to your accommodation in Windhoek if you are staying on longer in Namibia.

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What do I need to bring?

BAGS
Soft duffel bag or rucksack
Daypack (25+ litres)

SLEEPING
Sleeping bag (3/4 season if travelling in July/August - otherwise 2 season) Lightweight packable travel pillow (please check the Optional Extras if you prefer to hire sleeping bag and pillow from your host)

CLOTHES
Lightweight waterproof and windproof jacket
Breathable wicking layers
Warm base layers Fleece jacket or similar
Lightweight trousers/shorts/skirts for hiking
T-shirts
Underwear & socks
Swimwear
Sunglasses
Sunhat
Something to sleep in
Hiking boots (worn-in)
Lightweight shoes for camp

OTHER
Universal travel plug adapter
Power bank or solar charger
Passports (and visas)
Travel Insurance documents
Suncream
Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
Quick-dry towel
Alcohol hand-gel
Face mask
Headtorch or torch
2 x reusable water bottle (x1 litre)

OPTIONAL
Earplugs
Energy bars and snacks

Sleeping bag and pillow hire

Payable Before Departure

Sleeping bag and pillow hire

Per Person

Double/Twin Room in Windhoek

Payable Before Departure

Double/Twin Room in Windhoek

Single Room in Windhoek

Payable Before Departure

Single Room in Windhoek

Optional Private Room & Tent Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room & Tent Upgrade

Airport Transfer One Way

Payable Before Departure

Airport Transfer One Way

Per Person

We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 340kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal for 2022 to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. For every person booked with us since 2016 we’re planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

You'll need a decent level of general fitness, but this is a lighter hiking trip and if you are happy walking for a few hours at a time in the mountains and over sand dunes, you'll be just fine. The pace is easy going and you'll be stopping often to marvel at sweeping vistas in the Namib desert, and, of course, the myriad wildlife in Etosha National Park. The morning of Day 7 involves a slightly more challenging ascent up to the summit of Grosse Spitzkoppe, however, your legs will be plenty warmed up for this by the time Day 7 comes along.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Your host will provide you with clean, safe drinking water from large containers. Bring a refillable bottle, it will be used well.

Namibia is in the Southern Hemisphere, so essentially has the opposite seasons to the UK. Due to the desert climate, it is generally dry and pleasant all year round. The months of June to August remain sunny and warm during the day (20-25 °C), but drop down to single figures at night in the desert.

Between September and May it gets warmer, with highs of around 30°C, however, it is always a dry heat and still gets cold at night throughout the year. Rainfall is usually in November to March. If it does rain, it is minimal and in short sharp downpours that are quite spectacular in the desert.

Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion but there is an expectation to tip for good service. Your guide will help with advice, however, we would suggest £5 per person per day as a guideline.

Of course, you are free to tip more or less, and the amount should be reflective of your perception of service and quality - a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

Your luggage will be transferred with you from each location on this adventure, you can safely leave your luggage in the desert truck before heading out for each hiking adventure, or securely in your room when staying at the lodges. We suggest bringing a small day bag for carrying essential items like money, phone, sun cream, water and light snacks while on the hikes.

We recommend checking out the country specific information here and also talking to a travel nurse.

For current advice about travelling in Namibia, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages here.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our adventures. Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure.

Your insurance policy should also include specific Covid-19 cover, including cancellation and curtailment cover if you, your travel companion or a close relative are diagnosed with Covid-19.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

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