Namibia Tour Overview
The latest addition to the Rock My Adventure tours portfolio is a truly special expedition – NAMIBIA!!!!
Do you love culture, ethereal other-worIdly landscapes, epic adventures, starry skies and incredible wildlife? Then this is the trip for you!
Join me on an epic and immersive adventure in Namibia and let me show you a different side of Africa, not the Africa you see in the media but the adventurous, beautiful, wild and real Africa I know and love.
Namibia is one of the most incredible destinations on the planet and I can’t wait to show you why!
Rock My Adventure tours are culturally immersive trips created by me to show you a rounded portrayal of the countries we visit and leave you with a new group of like-minded friends and beautiful memories that will last a lifetime.
I work with the best local operators to provide you with the highly personalised African adventure you’ve always dreamed of but without the hassle of planning it all yourself!
Rock My Adventures aren’t typical ‘tours’. They’re fun and laid-back group trips, that are similar to an independent backpacking trip, but with some free time to explore and do your own thing and a group of friends built in – the best of both worlds!
Read more about Rock My Adventure here.
- Duration: 17 Nights (or 15 nights – if you are short on time, you could arrive on 19th August and depart on 3rd September)
- Dates: 18 August – 4 September 2018
- Start: Windhoek (nearest airport – Hosea Kutako International Airport)
- Finish: Windhoek (nearest airport – Hosea Kutako International Airport)
- Maximum Group Size: 10 people (9 participants plus 1 group leader)
- Group Leader: Helen
- Minimum Age: 18
- Cost: £2,595 (approx. $3,465)
- Deposit: £200 (non-refundable)
- Balance Due: 18 June 2018
Week 1 Highlights
- Take a behind the scenes tour at the N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary and learn about the the workings of the reserve and the animals they care for such as cheetahs, lions, African wild dogs, leopards and baby baboons.
- Explore the capital Windhoek – visit many of the main historical sites, try local food in the Katutura township, learn about the apartheid era, visit a local market and the Penduka Project Centre, a non-profit organisation which supports women in rural Namibia.
- Take in the amazing views over the Fish River Canyon, the 2nd largest canyon in the world, second only to the Grand Canyon.
- Drive out to find the rare and beautiful wild Namib Desert Horses.
- Camp in the stunning Aus Mountains.
- Visit the pretty German colonial town of Lüderitz and take a boat ride to see the jackass penguins .
- Take a tour of the abandoned ghost town of Kolmaskop.
- Marvel at the incredible post-apocalyptic scenery of the Namibian landscape.
- Take a tour of a local village and learn about the Ovambo people and their traditional way of life.
- Explore Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert, including Dune 45, Big Daddy and Deadvlei.
- Hike at Sesriem Canyon.
- Soar high above the Namib Desert in a hot air balloon (additional cost).
Week 2 Highlights
- Go on safari and look for elephants, giraffe, lions, rhino and many other animal species in the incredible Etosha National Park.
- View animals at night at the floodlit waterhole just a few metres from our campsite in Etosha National Park.
- Discover your adventurous side with 2 full days in Namibia’s awesome adventure capital, Swakopmund. Here you can skydive, sand board, cycle, go horse riding and much much more.
- Visit the Mondesa township, try some Namibian street food and have a beer (or two) in a local shebeen.
- Drive the Skeleton Coast and see thousands of seals at the Cape Cross Seal Colony.
- See the ancient rock engravings at Twyfelfontain a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Spend time with the fascinating Himba tribe at an authentic Himba village in the far north of Namibia.
- Visit the incredible AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit conservation organisation that rehabilitates big cats who have been orphaned or caught in traps.
- Track leopards in the Okonjima Nature Reserve.
- Barter for traditional Namibian souvenirs at the Okahandja Craft Market.
- Enjoy a goodbye meal at one of Windhoek’s best restaurants.
- Try amazing German and Namibian food!
“You showed me “Africa” the real Africa, the people, the villages, the wildlife! I didn’t want hotels, complexes, swimming pools! I want to see the world, the real world, how other people live, the real Africa!! I got the whole package, the reality, the beauty, the wonder! You left me wanting more and eager that see more of what the amazing Africa has to offer! Second trip with you! I keep coming back so clearly I enjoy them!” (Karen, UK – Rock My Uganda, Rwanda & DRC Adventure 2017 & Rock My Kenya Adventure 2016)
Namibia Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Windhoek
Arrive in Windhoek and relax and get to know your fellow travellers during a welcome meal and a beer or two at a fantastic local restaurant! Your Rock My Namibia Adventure starts here and you’re going to love it!
* If you have the time and can arrive earlier, I can organise any other activities you wish to do. Additional accommodation and activities charged separately.
Day 2: Windhoek
In the morning we’ll visit the amazing N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary founded by Dr Rudie and Marlice van Vuuren. The sanctuary is dedicated to land and wildlife conservation, as well as improving the well-being of local communities.
They run several projects to improve the health and well-being of the San Bushmen tribe of Namibia, care for and rehabilitate orphaned or injured animals and carry out a number of conservation projects to help with the human-wildlife conflict. Their vision is ‘an Africa where humans and wildlife can live together’ and their mission ‘is to conserve the land, cultures and wildlife of Namibia and rescue species threatened by an ever-shrinking habitat’.
We will take a behind the scenes tour and get an intimate view of the workings of the wildlife reserve and the animals they care for, such as cheetahs, lions, African wild dogs, leopards and baby baboons.
In the afternoon we will take a tour of the capital Windhoek, including many of the main historical sites, a local market and the Penduka Project Centre, a non-profit organisation which supports women in rural Namibia.
We’ll have a chilled evening in preparation for our road trip tomorrow!
Day 3: Fish River Canyon
Today is a drive day as we make our way to the south of the country and Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa and thought to be the second largest canyon in the world, after the Grand Canyon.
In the afternoon/evening, we will arrive at our very cool and quirky camp a few kilometres away from the national park. Here you can take a dip in the pool and we’ll watch the sunset from the hill overlooking the camp.
After dinner we can head to the bar and if you’re still hungry, rumour has it that they have the best Amarula cheesecake around.
Day 4: Aus
In the early morning, we will make our way to Fish River Canyon to enjoy one of the most spectacular and breath taking views in Africa – in fact, there’s nowhere else quite like it!
You will be in awe at the sight before you, with towering rock faces, deep gorges and a snaking river (the area we will see is known as ‘Hell’s Corner’).
From there, we’ll head to our magical camp in Klein Aus, a beautiful place on the edge of the desert, where we will spend the next two nights.
In the late afternoon, we’ll take a drive to look for the wild Namib Desert Horses that roam freely in the area and watch the sunset over the mountains before dinner around the campfire.
Day 5: Aus, Lüderitz and Kolmanskop
First we’ll head to the coastal town of Lüderitz, a place full of full of history, German colonial charm and colourful buildings.
Here you’ll have the opportunity to take an optional boat tour (weather permitting) to visit Halifax Island and see the very cute African penguins (jackass penguins). Alternatively, you can have a wander around the town.
From there we’ll visit Kolmanskop, a ghost town about 20km from Luderitz. The old diamond mining town was built in the early 20th century but later abandoned when bigger and better diamonds were found elsewhere.
These days, it’s a photographer’s paradise, with eerie abandoned buildings that have been reclaimed by the desert.
In the evening it’s back to the campsite for another relaxed evening under the stars.
Day 6: Sesriem
Today we will drive to our campsite at Sesriem, the starting point for our journey to see Namibia’s epic sand dunes.
You will see the landscape change as we drive, first over bleak landscape and gravel roads, to grass savannah and farmland before we reach the deep orange sand dunes of the Namib Desert. The best I can describe it is, other-worldly! Think post-apocolyptic Mad Max!
We’ll set up camp when we arrive and you will have the chance to enjoy the pool and watch ever changing colours of the mountains to the east as the sun sets in the west.
Day 7: Sossusvlei, Deadvlei & Sesriem Canyon
Today we’re heading towards the ever changing landscape of Sossusvlei. This is the Namibia of your dreams.
We’ll start very early in the morning, as this will give us the chance to see the desert in the incredible morning light, which casts sharp shadows over the dunes.
Here we will visit Dune 45, Big Daddy and Deadvlei to see the famous seemingly petrified trees (they’re actually not, petrified, but they are dead and the air is so hot and dry that they do not decompose) – one of Namibi’as most iconic sights.
We’ll return to camp for lunch and then take a trip to Sesriem Canyon before heading back to camp to do some stargazing!
Day 8: Swakopmund
Early in the morning, there will be an opportunity for those who want to, to go hot air ballooning over over the Namib Desert (additional cost) – a once in a lifetime opportunity!
Our next destination is Namibia’s adventure capital, Swakopmund on the spectacularly scenic coast.
Here we’ll get a break from camping and spend 3 nights in a guesthouse in the centre of town!
We’ll drive via Solitaire and Walvis Bay, where we may see flamingos and pelicans!
Tonight we’ll head to a great local restaurant and if you like seafood – this is a great place to be!
Day 9 & 10: Swakopmund
The next two days are totally free to take part in some of the amazing activities on offer in Swakopmund!
You can skydive, go sandboarding, visit Sandwich Harbour, take a boat tour (chances of seeing dolphins and whales), explore the town, go horse riding, go on a desert tour, take a bike tour, go quad biking and there are many more options!
I suggest that on one of our days, we take a trip to the township of Mondesa township, to sample some local food, have a drink at a shebeen and meet the people who live there
Swakopmund also has fantastic nightlife and we’ll be there at the weekend, so those who want to can sample the Namibian nightlife!
Day 11: Damaraland
Today we’re heading up the Skeleton Coast to one of the most beautiful regions of Namibia, Damaraland, with mountains, valleys and amazing flora and fauna.
We’ll pass by Hennies Bay on the way to the Cape Cross Seal Colony, where up to 100,000 seals congregate to loll on the beach and play in the surf – an impressive sight. Hold your nose though, it’s pretty stinky!
We’ll make a stop in the old mining town of Uis and pass Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandberg.
When we arrive at our camp there will be time to chill and the option to take a sundowner walk, relax by the pool or look for elephants who like to visit the campsite.
Day 12: Opuwo
We’ll spend the first part of the morning visiting the ancient rock engravings at Twyfelfontain, UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Next we’ll head a little off the well beaten path to the Kunene Region (Kaokoveld) in the north of Namibia, a place of extreme beauty and the ancestral home of the Himba tribe.
We’ll spend the night just outside the town of Opuwo (which means ‘the end’ in the Herero language) at our campsite in the grounds of a beautiful lodge which has amazing views over the surrounding area.
Day 13: Opuwo
Today is an exciting day, as we’re off to meet the semi-nomadic Himba tribe, one of the most recognisable and traditional tribes in all of Africa.
Accompanied by a guide and translator, we’ll visit an authentic Himba village (some are not so authentic) to learn about the Himba culture and their traditional practices. Here you will have the chance to ask questions and talk with the residents of the village. Meeting a tribe should always be a 2-way process, so please come with an open mind and be willing to share stories.
Meeting the Himba tribe is still, to this day, one of my fondest memories of my very first Africa trip.
Day 14: Etosha National Park
Today we’re off to Etosha National Park for our safari! Etosha is one of the most incredible safari destinations on the planet with a wide variety of animals including lion, rhino (white and black), elephant, giraffe and antelope, so you will not be disappointed!
We’ll enter the park via the north and on the way you will have chance to meet one of the tribes that live in the area.
Once we reach camp, you can relax at the campsite, take a dip in the pool or look for animals at the waterhole.
Day 15: Etosha National Park
Today we’ll spend the whole day on safari!
We’ll depart early in the morning in the hope of catching the animals when they are most active. We will visit a number of waterholes during the day, where animals congregate and have incredible views over the Etosha Pan.
In the afternoon, we’ll head back to camp, but the safari isn’t over yet!
After dinner we’ll have the chance to view animals at a floodlit waterhole just a couple of minutes walk away from the camp, known as one of the best places for animal viewing Southern Africa. There’s a very high chance that you will get to see lions, elephants, antelope and endangered black rhino drinking here, as it’s one of their favourite hang out spots – often at the same time.
Day 16: Okonjima Nature Reserve
We’ll depart Etosha National Park in the morning, but not before taking an early morning game drive through the park to see if we can spot any more animals!
Leaving the park we’ll head south passing villages and small towns on the way to the Okonjima Nature Reserve where we’ll set up camp for the evening. Okonjima is from the Herero word meaning ‘place of the baboon’ so you best keep an eye on your dinner!
In the afternoon we’ll head out on a game drive to try and spot the elusive leopard up close!
In the evening, we’ll head to a pretty viewpoint for sundowners and after dinner, we’ll sit round the campfire and watch the ‘African TV’.
Day 17: Windhoek
In the morning we will visit the incredible AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit conservation organisation that rehabilitates big cats who have been orphaned or caught in traps and then releases them back into the wild.
At the sanctuary, we will have the chance to learn more about the animals here and get up close to some of the cheetahs that are currently being rehabilitated.
Leaving Okonjima Nature Reserve, we’ll make the journey back to Windhoek, stopping the Okahandja Craft Market, a co-operative where you can barter for truly authentic Namibian souvenirs.
Back in Windhoek, we’ll say goodbye over a meal at one of Windhoek’s best restaurants. Later on, those who want to can sample the Windhoek nightlife.
Day 18: Departure Day
Today is always a sad day as we say goodbye to our new friends (there’s usually a few tears, I will warn you), but the memories and shared experiences will last a lifetime!
I can arrange the transfer to Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport or you can continue your Africa travels from there.
- Meals: 16 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 14 dinners (some of these are activities in themselves)!
- Accommodation: 17 nights accommodation in good quality camps, hostels, hotels and guesthouses.
- Transport: All transport within Namibia to and from included excursions and between the main destinations on the tour (includes – taxi, safari vehicle).
- Safaris in Etosha National Park
- Visit to the Himba tribe
- Behind the scenes tour at the N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary
- Visit to the AfriCat Foundation
- Leopard spotting game drive
- Windhoek city tour
- Fish River Canyon
- Drive to see the wild Namib Desert Horses
- Visit to the town of Lüderitz
- Tour of Kolmanskop ghost town
- Sossusvlei, sand dunes & Sesriem Canyon
- Cape Cross Seal Colony
- Twyfelfontain rock paintings
- Village walk
- Okahandja Craft Market
- And a few more surprises
What’s Not Included
- Airport transfers – however I can arrange these for you.
- Namibia visa (if needed).
- Medications, antimalarials or vaccinations.
- Travel/health insurance.
- Drinks & meals not mentioned.
- Optional activities.
- Transport for optional activities.
- Tips for local guides.
Please bear in mind that the itinerary is subject to minor changes. But whatever happens, I’ll endeavour to make sure you have an amazing trip!!
You can find full Terms & Conditions here.
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Rock My Tanzania & Zanzibar Adventure – 2017
“This trip is definitely one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made in my life!!” (Sharmi, Malaysia)
“The trip went beyond my expectations. I feel the soul of the trip was Helen. Having a guide that is enthusiastic, knowledgeable, sweet and energetic is very important.” (Nayeli, Mexico/USA)
Rock My Kenya Adventure – 2017
“I had the best time ever on the trip & it was so much fun traveling with you! It was everything I had hoped for and more! It 100% met my expectations. I love the fact that your trips are more unique than a normal tour operator. I enjoyed being taken out of my comfort zone in some places and seeing some really different sides of Kenya. I enjoyed the fact that we were made to feel so at home everywhere we went and I’m sure that was helped by the fact you’ve obviously created a lot of meaningful friendships in the country during your time travelling there. It felt like we got a more unique experience than you would get with usual tour operator. I think you make a fantastic guide and your passion for the country definitely shows and adds to the experience.” (Sarah, UK)
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Rock My Uganda, Rwanda & DRC Adventure – 2017
“Helen is one of those people who will make any situation really fun. This girl could make a tour through my mildewy basement seem like a blast, so having her introduce me to sub-Saharan Africa was pretty much the best thing ever!!” (Silvia, Norway/USA)
“This was everything I hoped for and more. If the plane had crashed on the way home, I would have died happy!” (Natalie, Northern Ireland)
“You showed me “Africa” the real Africa, the people, the villages, the wildlife! I didn’t want hotels, complexes, swimming pools! I want to see the world, the real world, how other people live, the real Africa!! I got the whole package, the reality, the beauty, the wonder! You left me wanting more and eager that see more of what the amazing Africa has to offer! Second trip with you! I keep coming back so clearly I enjoy them!” (Karen, UK)
Rock My Kenya Adventure – 2016
“Everything was amazing! I learned so many things!” (Oana, Switzerland)
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“Africa is not always the easiest place to travel around, and after 3 months of backpacking I was all ready to give my brain a break from travel planning, so it was definitely a relief to have Helen come in and manage all that! I like her tour because it fit me – it was a small group tour, just 8 of us which is a nice number to make new friends and get to know everyone yet have our own thing, and it was a good mix of fancier stuff and indie backpacking. You just might see us on the next tours because we are all game for round 2 with Helen! Definitely a 5 star review ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!“ (Jac, Singapore)
“I’ve a lot to thank my African adventure for, it truely did help me find myself and has given me the confidence to just go see the world. I never wanted to leave!!! You’ll have the most amazing experience!!!” (Karen, UK)
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