Namibia

An incredible trip to a vast, lightly populated country with abundant wildlife in Etosha, some of the Worlds largest sand dunes in Sossusvlei, with luxury lodges and spectacular remote camping.

July – August, 2019. 15 Days.

Overview

As one of the least populated countries in the world and also a rare example of a stable African democracy, Namibia presents the perfect introduction to Africa and a magnificent playground for adventure. From the desolation of the Namib desert (one of the oldest in the world) to quaint and fascinating colonial towns, from incredible African wildlife to indigenous tribes with rich cultural and religious heritage, Namibia offers some of the best of Africa. Join 7P for a quick tour of this rich canvas that will stay with you forever and make you want to come back for more.

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Highlights

Namib Desert — One of the oldest deserts in the work and a landscape of evocative imagery. See places like Dune 47 and Deadvlei and take your own pictures of these famed areas.

Etosha National Park — This 8600 square mile national park is one of the biggest in Africa and is home to all of the big five save the buffalo. It is one of the rare parks where rhino might be seen in the wild.

Swarkopmund — This colonial town retains a lot of its German heritage and is a fascinating place to explore.

Kunene Region — Home to the Himba people as well as the few remaining desert lions and desert elephants, this is a magnificent area to explore

Cheetah Conservation Center — Namibia remains home to this endangered big cat. At the conservation center you can see the cheetah up close and listen to them purr.

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Your Itinerary

July – August 2019

15 days of great driving, spectacular scenery and engaging company.

Day 1: Arrive Windhoek

Windhoek – Arrival and transit to the Roof of Africa hotel.

Today, we’ll take it easy as you arrive and get settled in. We’ll spend some time on vehicle orientation, and end the day with a welcome dinner.

Day 2: Transit to Tsondab and Namib air safari

Tsondab Valley Lodge 

After an early start, we’ll drive for three hours to Tsondab Valley Lodge where we will camp. In the afternoon we’ll experience an air safari over the Namib desert taking in the scenery. Sundowners at the camp after the flight, in the private nature reserve. 

Day 3: Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei  

After a three hour drive to Sossusvlei, we’ll spend the middle part of the day in the Namib Naukluft Park exploring some of the worlds highest sand dunes and the low, flat pans between them, and in the evening we’ll drive out of the park to Agama River Camp where we stay in an exclusive site at the foot of the Naukluft Mountains.

Day 4: Through the Namib Desert

Namib Desert.  The worlds oldest desert.

Today we’ll transit across the Namib to Swalopmund, a delightful German colonial town. We’ll spend a leisurely afternoon in Swakopmund for shopping, relaxing and resupply.

Day 5: Skeleton Coast National Park

Skeleton Coast National Park.  

Today, we’ll have quite a long driving day to transit up the skeleton coast, where we’ll visit the seal colony at Cape Cross and various ship wrecks.  There is no camping in the park we will enjoy our first wild camping experience  in Damaraland.

Day 6: Rhino and Elephant

Grootberg lodge  

Today, after breaking camp and a relatively short drive we’ll arrive at Grootberg Lodge before lunch. We have many choices here, including game walks and Himba village visits with the lodge guides. Rhino and desert elephant trips are also an option.

Day 7: Grootberg Lodge

Grootberg Lodge  

We’ll spend another day at the lodge for relaxing or taking advantage of the lodge activities.

Day 8: Desert Lion Loop

Desert Lion Loop  

Today, we’ll start a 2 day loop in search of desert lion and the elusive desert elephant. the Hobatere Concession.

Day 9: Desert Lion Loop

Desert Lion Loop  

We’ll spend another day in the Hobatere Concession area continuing our track along the eco-trails search of the elusive desert lions and elephants.

Day 10: Cheetah Conservation Park

Cheetah Conservation Park  

Today we’ll complete the Desert Lion Loop and then transit to Otjiwarongo where we will visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund and see the worlds fastest land mammal up close.

Day 11: Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park  

Today, we’ll transit to the Etosha National Park, one of the largest game parks in Africa, where we’ll spend the day game viewing along the pans.

Day 12: Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park  

Another day in astonishing Etosha, with game viewing in and a transit from Okaukuejo to Halali.

Day 13: Etosha National Park

Wednesday, July 26th

Etosha National Park  

More game viewing in Etosha with a transit from Halali to Namutoni. Tonight we’ll stay at Namutoni camp.

Day 14: Etosha to Mushara

Etosha to Mushara  

Today is our last day of game viewing in Etosha as we transit out of the park to Mushara Lodge. Here we will have our final dinner and say our goodbyes.

Day 15: Mushara Lodge & Departure

Mushara Lodge & Departure 

Today we’ll have our final breakfast with the group. We’ll either catch the air-charter to Windhoek having one last air view of the fantastic Namibian landscape. Alternatively, we could return rental vehicles back to Windhoek. 

Or you can continue on with us to wonderful Botswana

Our Namibia trip has an easy to moderate pace, with a combination of luxury lodges and remote camping. We class the driving as “Grade 1”, which means the driving, while mostly off-highway is relatively easy though there may be some moderate technical sections. The weather in June and July is wonderful, with no rain and temperatures from 45F to 75F, depending on where in the country we are. This adventure is a combination of remote desert and iconic game viewing, with some beautiful scenery and colonial history also in the mix.

Namibia is a dry, sparsely populated country in South Western Africa. It is a sub-tropical country, with frequent blue skies and over 300 days of sunshine a year. In June/July, the temperature will range from the mid 40’s to the high 70’s Fahrenheit (that’s about 8-24C). Precipitation is highly unlikely. The road network is fairly well developed, it has a reliable electrical infrastructure and both cellular and wireless internet coverage is good in the cities. Namibia uses 220V at 50Hz, with “Plug Type D“, or the similar “Plug Type M“. The Namibian currency is the Namibia Dollar, and one US Dollar is worth around 13.5 Namibian Dollars (Jan 2017). In the cities, there are ATM’s and many places accept credit cards. Tipping isn’t compulsory.

The trip starts before dinner on Sunday, June 26th for the trip briefing at the Roof of Africa hotel, Windhoek. We depart after breakfast at 0900 from the Rood of Africa hotel, Windhoek. We recommend that you arrive into Windhoek airport no later than mid-day on Sunday, June 26th. We’ll be there to meet you at the airport and provide transport to the Roof of Africa hotel. Should you like to arrive earlier, please let us know and we’ll arrange accomodation for you.
You’ll need a full passport with at least 6 months validity. Bearers of U.S. passports who plan to visit Namibia for tourism for less than 90 days can obtain visas at the port of entry and do not need visas prior to entering the country. Short-term visitors do not need an international driving permit. Please ensure you have adequate health and medical insurance.

Equipment Lists

We recommend that you review our standard equipment lists. Clothing and Personal Kit Camping Equipment Vehicle Equipment

If there’s anything we’ve missed, or you would like to arrange a personal consultation, please get hold of us here.

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Our People

On each and every trip, you’ll have a number of US and UK-based guides with you. With years of experience in the field, they can cope with every eventuality. We also employ hand-picked in-country fixers and guides, drawn from our our past experiences in remote locations around the world. The local employees will form an important part of the team and your experience – their local knowledge will add a uniqueness to your trip, and help us get to locations that no-one else can. You can read more about our staff on the “About the 7P Team” page.

Support

We believe in “no car left behind”, and we won’t leave you behind either. The US and UK based 7P guides will ensure that any driving, mechanical or medical problem is resolved with as little impact to the trip as possible. We’re on-call 24x7 for the duration of the trip so we’re always available to help with problems, or even just the small things that help make the trip more enjoyable for you.

On the Ground

The weather in Namibia in June and July is extremely pleasant with no rain and temperatures from approx. 45F to 75F. We recommend you review our equipment lists to ensure you are comfortable on your trip. We grade the driving on this trip as “Grade 1”, which means easy driving, with some occasional technical spots. The roads are in good condition condition, and the off-highway driving is easy and scenic. Any obstacles we encounter should be passable, but can we affected by the weather. Namibia is a little different from the US and Europe. Parts of the infrastructure (road network, plumbing, electrical grid, etc,) are often not up to the standard we are used to, but on the whole these services work very well in Namibia.

Food & Drink

We love good food! Most meals (except where noted) are included. When we’re in lodges and hotels we’ll always use their wonderful restaurants. The midday meal is occasionally grabbed quickly, but we prefer to have a more leisurely lunch. We always include a reasonable amount of drinks, – we love a nice scotch, gin, beer, wine, etc. but we are a little picky about what we enjoy so have a great selection in the mobile bar. If you have any particular requirements, please let us know in advance.

Accommodation

As with most of our trips, the accommodation consists of four main types:

Boutique Hotels & Guest Houses

We pick some of the worlds finest hotels as accomodation for our adventures. We stay in smaller hotels and guest houses with highly personalised service, luxury rooms, great bars and restaurants and situated in glorious locations.

Luxury Lodges

One of the highlights of any of our Africa trips is staying in a Safari Lodge. They are as comfortable as any leading hotel, but located out in the wilds of Africa! With only a limited number of rooms, guests mingle together at the bar, and dinner is typically served around one large table – where you can meet new friends and exchange stories of the days game viewing.

Luxury Camping

Very similar to the Luxury lodges we love, in these high-end tents you are a bit closer to nature without sacrificing comfort. When we say tent – they are like no tent you’ve ever seen. Comfortable beds on raised wooden floors, curtains waving in the gentle African breeze and food and drink just a moment away.

Remote Camping

When we’re really remote, camping is our only option. Depending on the area (such as National Parks), we’ll stay in designated camping areas, and use the roof-tents on our vehicles for overnight accomodation. If we’re extremely remote (such as the Namib desert), we’ll camp in a beautiful, secluded and private locations. Just because we’re remote doesn’t mean we’ll miss out on wonderful food and drink – we’ll have a camp fire and a common dining area to share cocktails and stories each evening.

Vehicles

You’ll be spending quite some time in the vehicle on our trips, so it’s important you’re happy and comfortable with the options. For most of our destinations there are three choices:

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Ship your own

There’s nothing better that having the confidence and comfort that your own tried and tested vehicle brings to your adventure. The photos of your own truck in countless exotic locations are worth a thousand words. It can be difficult to arrange shipping without industry partners (it’s time-consuming, has lots of boring paperwork to be completed and there are many “gotchas” to be aware of). We can take this hassle away from you, so all you have to do is fly-in and drive! While the vehicle is in transit, you’ll be kept informed of it’s exact whereabouts. 7P staff will deal with the paperwork at our destination port so you don’t have to. The costs of shipping your own vehicle can vary widely, a good rule of thumb is that shipping costs will be similar to approximately 4 weeks of rental. Please contact us for more information if you’re considering this approach.
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Self-drive rentals

We’ve partnered with a few select companies globally to bring you well equipped 4×4 vehicles that are reliable, comfortable and safe. Typically, the vehicles are late model (up to 3 years old) Toyota Land Cruisers, Toyota Hiluxes, Nissan Patrol and Land Rover Defenders. The vehicles come with all camping and expedition equipment you’ll need – all you’ll need is your personal kit to throw in the back!
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Non-driving rental

Sometimes it’s better to be chauffeured around in style! We offer the option of having one of our US or UK-based guides drive the vehicle for you. This option gets you the same high-quality vehicle from one of our in-country partners, but you just need to sit back and enjoy the journey.

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