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Hike, Safari and Stargaze in Namibia

9 nights
Easy

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

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with expert, English-speaking guides and wildlife rangers

Camping & Lodge

2 nights in lodges, 7 nights camping

Meals

All your breakfasts, 2 lunches and 4 dinners

Transfers & Permits

Airport transfers and a truck to carry all your overnight kit, plus all permits and entry fees

Equipment

Tents and sleeping mats for the desert camping

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 12 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

4.9
| 50 reviews
Fast paced and full of adventure
July 2024
Debbie C.
Fast paced and full of adventure
July 2024
Debbie C.
Fast paced and full of adventure
July 2024
Debbie C.
Fast paced and full of adventure
July 2024
Debbie C.
Beautiful Namibia
July 2024
Donna F.
Beautiful Namibia
July 2024
Donna F.
Beautiful Namibia
July 2024
Donna F.
Beautiful Namibia
July 2024
Donna F.
Beautiful Namibia
July 2024
Donna F.
Beautiful Namibia
July 2024
Donna F.
Beautiful Namibia
July 2024
Donna F.
Beautiful Namibia
July 2024
Donna F.
One of the most special weeks of my life
April 2024
Alex M.
One of the most special weeks of my life
April 2024
Alex M.
One of the most special weeks of my life
April 2024
Alex M.
Wonderful wild Namibia!
April 2024
Victoria P.
Wonderful wild Namibia!
April 2024
Victoria P.
Wonderful wild Namibia!
April 2024
Victoria P.
Wonderful wild Namibia!
April 2024
Victoria P.
Wonderful wild Namibia!
April 2024
Victoria P.
Wonderful wild Namibia!
April 2024
Victoria P.
Wonderful wild Namibia!
April 2024
Victoria P.
Wonderful wild Namibia!
April 2024
Victoria P.
Trip of a lifetime
April 2024
Stephanie H.
Trip of a lifetime
April 2024
Stephanie H.
Trip of a lifetime
April 2024
Stephanie H.
Trip of a lifetime
April 2024
Stephanie H.
Trip of a lifetime
April 2024
Stephanie H.
Trip of a lifetime
April 2024
Stephanie H.
Trip of a lifetime
April 2024
Stephanie H.

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

Want to explore more of southern Africa? Our Desert to Delta Journey takes you through Namibia and across Botswana

Key Information

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 Olive Trail

Hiking

5hrs · 10-15km · 500m up · 250m down

Tackle a spectacular day hike today on the Olive 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 (depending on the season). 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. There is an 8-10 metre fixed-chain section to traverse on this hike, your guide will show you the way, navigating large boulders on your descent into the valley. 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

Sossusvlei, Namibia. Photo: Customer/Chloe Donovan

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 stroll 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

Etosha and the Waterberg Plateau

The rich, red Waterberg Plateau in Namibia against the horizon at sunset

Hiking

2hrs · 50m up · 50m down

Enjoy your morning in Etosha, before heading further south to Waterberg National Park, a prominent red sandstone massif rising 300m above the Kalahari plains with spectacular views. Due to its inaccessibility, the plateau was declared a nature reserve in 1972 and used to protect several endangered species from predators and poachers. Today, Waterberg is a haven for a huge variety of bird species and flora in particular, with its own unique climate providing a garden-like environment for wildlife to thrive in. After lunch, hike up to the plateau keeping your eyes peeled for banded mongoose, dassies, dik dik, warthogs and more. It offers one of the best chances for sightings compared with vehicle safaris, as you quietly observe the intimate lives of wild animals from a careful distance. (There are optional 4x4 game drives for those wanting to explore the area further with a ranger, with the potential opportunity to see rhinos and other larger game.)

Day 10

Wildlife bushwalk and back to Windhoek

Hiking

2hrs

Time for one last hike this morning as you head out to spot some more wildlife on foot and enjoy the stunning scenery. After your bushwalk, you'll bid farewell to Waterberg 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.

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. The guides will appreciate your help with washing the dishes. 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 spend two nights at campsites in canvas tents in or near Etosha National Park. This is usually at Okakuejo or Halali camps, or a combination of the two.

Camping

You’ll stay in twin-share tents at desert camping spots in Naukluft, Sesriem, Solitaire, Spitzkoppe, Etosha and Otjiwa. 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. The crew will appreciate your helping hand when setting up the tents.

Swakopmund

You'll stay in the Dunedin Star Guest House or similar, in a central location so you can easily explore the town.

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).

This trip has been rated as Easy

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.

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.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Windhoek International Airport, Namibia (WDH)

10:00 on Day 1

Ends

Windhoek International Airport, Namibia (WDH)

16:00 on Day 10

Transfers

On Day 1, there is an included group airport transfer at 10:00am, as there are several overnight flights arriving into WDH in the morning. If required, private transfers to the accommodation in Windhoek can be booked for those arriving at earlier or later times for an additional cost, please see below for more details. Transfers from the airport to the starting hotel take approximately 1hr.

On Day 10, there is an included transfer to drop you at the airport for 16:00 for all flights departing after 18:00. If you are flying home the next day (please arrange an extra night's accommodation), a transfer can be arranged to drop you at the airport for your return flight.

Arrival and departure transfers are only included in the main price if you use the group arrival transfer on Day 1 and departure transfer 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.

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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 May-September - otherwise 2 season)
  • Lightweight packable travel pillow (please check the Optional Extras if you prefer to hire sleeping bag and pillow from your host)
  • Sleeping bag liner & pillow case (optional)

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
May-September: Down Jacket and Gloves

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
Headlamp or handtorch 2 x reusable water bottle (x1 litre)

OPTIONAL
Earplugs
Energy bars and snacks

*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

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

Debbie C.(July 2024)
Fast paced and full of adventure
Fast paced and full of adventure
Fast paced and full of adventure
Fast paced and full of adventure
Fast paced and full of adventure

There's a lot to love about this trip - from the massive sand dunes, the wild ocean, the vast and changing desert and the wildlife. We were constantly amazed. Our guide Omumborobonga did a great job of ensuring we were fed, safe and happy. The hiking is mostly just walking, but due to the pace of travel, early mornings and dusty roads, it seemed harder at times than it was. Overall, a very enjoyable trip. My advice would be to tack on a cultural tour in your free time in Swakopmond to get to meet local people and see their lifestyles.

Beverley G.(July 2024)
Amazing country and wildlife

This trip exceeded my expectations, the country is fantastic. We camped and walked in some gorgeous landscapes, and saw so much wildlife. Our guide was brilliant, looking after us so well and with huge knowledge of the places we visited and the wildlife we saw.

sian H.(July 2024)
An amazing and very busy trip to this fabulous country.

Wow what an amazing place. I didn’t know what to expect but I certainly wasn’t disappointed. Who would have thought the desert could be so interesting and beautiful? Our guide Omumborombonga (Samora to some) was knowledgeable, hard working, funny and amazingly kind. I couldn’t fault him.

Donna F.(July 2024)
Beautiful Namibia
Beautiful Namibia
Beautiful Namibia
Beautiful Namibia
Beautiful Namibia
Beautiful Namibia
Beautiful Namibia
Beautiful Namibia
Beautiful Namibia

This was an incredible and magical trip where we were so so lucky to see a leopard on our safari drive. The scenery , the people, the country are all beautiful Our guide Omumborobonga was so knowledgeable, funny and ridiculously hard working as he drove, guided, cooked, organised absolutely everything he made the trip even more special. I’m leaving wanting to return……

James B.(July 2024)
James B/June

Another great trip booked through MBA and the local hosts Samora and Happy were exceptional. Hikes were pretty easy throughout including the chain walk assuming your fairly active, no need to be super fit. Highlights for me was running down dune 45 after sunrise and seeing wild animals at Etosha national park including lions, rihinos, elephants and giraffes to name a few.

Elizabeth J.(July 2024)
Amazing trip!

Incredibly experience. We covered a lot of ground, which meant early starts most mornings, but 100% worth it. The landscapes and wildlife were breathtaking and unlike anything I had seen before. Our guides (Samora and Happy) added to the trip - helpful with any request and able to answer our endless questions. From a physical fitness level, the "Easy" rating is accurate (even the chain walk on the Olive Trail was easier than expected thanks to Samora's excellent guidance). Book now!

James B.(June 2024)
James B. (May/June 2024)

This is an absolutly brilliant trip, the holiday of a lifetime. I slept out in the desert under the southern cross! climed stunning dunes at sunrise, saw masses of big game, flew over the Namib desert and much much more. The group were all great, all interseting, fun and we had a brilliant time. We had the best Guide ever, Gabriel and MC cooked great meals throughout. Namibia is a shear joy, the Itinary was great, it takes you out of your normal comfort zone on just a couple of occasions but we all coped and actually, that makes a good trip. My advice to MBA, don't change anything, my advice to you - Book Now!

Nicole F.(June 2024)