Namibia

With its warm and mysterious landscapes, Namibia, officially the Republic of Namibia, is a relic of Southern Africa. It is bordered by Angola and Zambia to the west, Botswana to the east, South Africa to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Its largest city and capital is Windoek. Namibia is also a member of the United Nations(UN), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU) and the Commonwealth.

From ancient times, Namibia has been inhabited by the tribes Khoisan, Damaras and Namaqua, with a noticeable immigration of Bantos. Most of all, it is an extremely precious territory where hundreds of animals life, many of which are desert species. Among lions, hyenas, zebras and wildebeests, Namibia also has the largest population of chetas in Africa. Here also lives the rare black rhinoceros, which is a severely endangered species.

The history of Namibia is complex, but extremely interesting. The ever growing pleas by African leaders had ONU take direct responsibility over the country. This way, the South West Africa People’s Organisation (SWAPO) was recognized as the official representative of the people of Namibia in 1973. Namibia, however, remained under the rule of South Africa during this time, governed by South West Africa. After guerrilla wars and conflicts, with great participation by SWAPO, South Africa created an internal administration in Namibia in 1985. Five years later, on march 21st 1990, Namibia obtained complete independence from South Africa, except for Walvis Bay and the Penguin islands, which remained under the latter’s control up until 1994.

With a population of over 2.1 million inhabitants, this country is one of the least populated in the world. At the basis of its economy stand agriculture, tourism and the mining industry — which includes mining for diamonds, uranium, gold, silver and base metals.

Program details


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Day 1 | Lisbon – Windhoek
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    Welcoming the participants at the Lisbon airport, in a schedule to be announced. Night flight.

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Day 2 | Windhoek
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    The time of arrival depends on the chosen airline. After the disembarking formalities and gathering up all the members of the group, we leave for the parking lot of the 4×4 vehicles.

    After distributing the vehicles among the participants, we continue our journey to Windhoek. After checking in, resting and refreshing ourselves, we’ll get the necessary supplies for the first days of travel. Windhoek is a modern capital with excellent infrastructures and plenty of large stores for this first mission of ours.

    After returning to the lodge in an arranged schedule, we’ll have our first dinner at a local restaurant: a very special and unique place in Namibia. This gastronomic experience will spark up your sense of taste for the adventure-filled days that follow.

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Day 3 | Windhoek – Sossusvlei
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    Our expedition begins just a few kms outside of Windhoek, where tar gives way to dirt roads. These are the main travel routes across Namibia. The morning with be mostly on wheels with few stops so as to get to the National Park of Nauklut, one of the most famous in Namibia.

    It is at Naukluft, beyong the world-known Dead Vlei, that we find the famous orange sand dunes, being the most distinguished of them Dune 45. But the experience that awaits us at the end of the day, after checkin in at the lodge, is the Sesriem, a small canyon that the sunset rays light up. Its runways carved by the erosion of water that ran here thousands of years ago. The people who lived in the area used to pull up water buckets with six knotted up belts, thus naming it Sesriem, which means ‘six belts’. After this stroll by the canyon, we return to the lodge at an arranged time, where we get together for dinner.

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Day 4 | Sossusvlei – Solitaire – Walvis Bay
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    This is an early day, so we can be at the opening of the park and travel to Dune 45 to watch the fantastic sunrise at the top of the dune.

    The view from Dune 45 is simply stunning. The chain of dunes of Sossusvlei, stretching out in the horizon, is an infinite sea of sand wherece you can find the largest dunes in the world. They get to be 400m tall. This marvel is a reason in itself to visit Namibia, though it’s not its only nature attraction.

    Dead Vlei, further ahead, is probably one of the most incredible and most photographed places in Namibia. The arid beauty of this small dry lake, which means ‘dead marsh’, was once a lake that eventually dried up due to the advancement of the dunes. The trees ended up dying, but, because of the heat, they almost petrified. The white riverbed, the black of the trees scorched by the sun, the orange of the dunes that envelop the lake, and the blue of the sky make this scene unique which any photographer and nature enthusiast will fall in love with. At this time of the day the heat is rising and we must return to the vehicles and head back to the road.

    After leaving the park, we travel to another amazing place. This one is Man-made: Solitaire. Here we can rest, either for 15 minutes or for a whole day. Arriving at Solitaire is like entering a small paradise after walking many miles. It’s a place where there are no worries, but there is everything we need. That which we want the most at the moment, Solitaire is there to offer it to us. This is where we will have lunch and coffee, along with the best apple pie in the country.

    After recharging our energy, we continue along to Walvis Bay. On the way, we’ll cross the Tropic of Capricorn, the Kuiseb River Canyon and a few miles until we sight the usual mists of the shore. Walvis Bay is a small city with the largest seaport of Namibia. The charm of the residential area, facing the bay, contrasts with the sea giants that moor here each day. The night will be spent at a nice little hotel and dinner will be at a local restaurant where the fish is the king of the menu.

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Day 5 | Walvis Bay - Cratera Messum (camp)
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    Walvis Bay doesn’t really show a lot on tourist itineraries because its neighbour, Swakopmund, steals away its protagonism. However, Walvis Bay has a lot to see: its bays shelters colonies of sea-lions, flamengos, pelicans and jackals. The contrast between this wild environment and the great containers and oil tankers that stop at the bay and make the scene an uncommon postcard.

    In the morning, we’ll take a boat ride around the bay, where we can have a closer look at the colony of sea-lions and flamengos. To top the ride, we might even be visited by a pelican friend which likes to show off on the bow of the boat in the hope of getting a treat. We then make way to Swakopmund and then Cape Cross, discovered by Diogo Cão, where there is one of the largest colonies of sea-lions i the world..

    We say goodbye to the shore and venture into land, to the semi-desert region of Damaraland. We’ll set our camp in the Messum Crater, where we can see the first ever Welwitschias Mirabilis, a plant that can live over 2000 years and that only grows here. The first camp of the program will be in the wilderness, where the panorama is indescribable. Wait until you see the star-speckled sky… this will be a night to remember.

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A part of the history of Namibia is connected to Europe

The first European to travel to Namibia was the Portuguese explorer Diogo Cão, who, in an exploratory mission along the western shore of Africa, stopped briefly at Skeleton Coast in 1485. Here, he rose a sandstone cross. This cross is now known as Cape cross and its historical importance is surpassed by the fact that there lives a colony of over 100.000 sea lions, or cape fur seals. Bartolomeu Dias was the next distinguished visitor to stop at Wavis Bay and Lüderitz, as he went around the Cape of Good Hope. Since the desert of Namibia was a fearsome barrier, none of the Portuguese explorers went too far into it.


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Day 6 | Cratera Messum - Twyfelfontyein
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    At dawn we break and get started on one of the two days which we will be spending across the Damaraland region, one of the most inhospitable in Namibia. The semi-arid and petrified landscape is a treasure of geology, archeology and ancestral natural history put together. The region has vast plains of gravel, steep areas, plateaus and sandstone agglomerations of several sizes.

    Damaraland gets its name from the Damara people, who, along with the bushmen San, are known to be the oldest original inhabitants of Namibia and the creators of prehistoric art found in the rocky massifs of the region.

    It is impressive that this region can hold animals with a supernatural ability to resist and to adapt, such as the oryx and the elephants. Even so, we can find an important amount of zebras, antelopes, giraffes and a few black rhinos.

    In Damaraland there is also the Brandberg Mountain, or ‘the fire mountain’ (its summit is 2600m high and the highest in Namibia), the petrified forest with over 200 million years, the Burt Mountain, the basalt layers called Organ Pipes, as well as the world-famous prehistoric paintings of Twyfelfontein. There are over 2500 paintings and carvings across the region, made by hunters in the Neolithic Age about 6000 years ago. After visiting Twyfelfontein, a relaxing afternoon awaits us at an exclusive lodge. Dinner at the lodge.

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Day 7 | Twyfelfontyein - Grootberg
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    In the next morning, we will visit the ‘living museum’ village of the San tribe and we will still have time to visit the petrified forest before we leave for a special place, where we will rest and enjoy the magnificent view from Grootberg, a unique lodge that you will not want to leave.

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Day 8 | Grootberg - Olifantsrus - Etosha National Park
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    We will be able to enjoy the cooler hours of early morning on this new day by trekking with the local guide around the lodge. After breakfast, we’ll have one last swim with the unique view that the pool at the lodge offers. After this treat, we continue to Etosha, with a short stop at the small village of Kamanjab to get supplies for dinner at camp this very night.

    As we camp on this day, the last day of the program, we are already inside the Etosha National Park, over 60 km away from the entrance gate. At this isolated campsite in the wilderness, there is an observatory where it is frequent to spot lions, rhinos, elephants and many other animals. It also has an information center on the history of the elephants in Etosha, which tells some of its most dramatic tales in the 1880s.

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Days 9 & 10 | Etosha National Park
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    After sunrise, we take on two full days to explore this amazing park. Etosha is one of the most important natural reserves in the south of Africa. It was declared a National Park in 1907, with 22 270 km2, and it’s the home to 114 species of mammals, 340 species of birds, 110 species of reptiles, 16 species of amphibians and, surprisingly, one species of fish.

    Etosha, which means ‘Great White Place’, holds an enormous pan (dried salt lake). It was originally a lake fed by the river Kunene, but the course of the river changed thousands of years ago and the lake dried. The pan is now a geological depression of dusty salt and clay which fills only with the intense rainfall and so attracts thousands of wading birds and impressive flocks of flamingos.

    Our adventures at the park start at dawn, with the sunrise. The wild animals don’t wait for us and it is at this time that it all begins, while it’s still cool and the animals travel to water sources.

    The two nights will be spent at the lodge, in Okaukuejo for the first night, and then in Onkoshi, an exclusive lodge where a night drive awaits us after dinner on the second night.

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Etosha National Park

The Etosha National Park is one of the most important nature reserves in southern Africa. It cover an area of 22 270 square km and is the home to 114 species of mammals, 340 species of birds, 110 species of reptiles, 16 species of amphibians and, surprisingly, one species of fish. Etosha, which means ‘Great White Place’ holds an enormous dried salt lake. It’s part of the  Faz parte da Kalahari Basin, formed over 1000 million years ago. It was originally a lake fed by the river Kunene. However, the course of the river changed thousands of years ago and the lake dried. It is now a dusty geological depression of salt and clay that fills up only with the intense rainfall, attracting thousands of wading birds, including impressive flocks of flamingos.


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Day 11 | Etosha - Windhoek
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    After an early breakfast, we’ll enjoy the cooler hours of the day for our last miles within Etosha before leaving for the capital.

    The rest of the day will be on wheels on a connection route to Windhoek, where we expect to arrive mid afternoon. After checking in at the hotel, at a time yet to be scheduled, we head to our farewell dinner.

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Day 12 | Windhoek - Lisbon
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    At a time yet to be announced, and having completed the check out at the hotel, we head for a stroll around Katatura, the Soweto of Namibia. This poor but charismatic neighbourhood is full of life and colour. We finish the visit with typical food for lunch. After lunch and Katatura, at the same time we say goodbye to Windhoek, we can shop for some last minute souvenirs before driving to the airport so as to fly back to Lisbon.

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Day 13 | Lisbon
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    Arrival in Lisbon in the afternoon.

    END OF THE TRIP

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⃛ 19/02/2022 to 03/03/2022 (13 days)

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Prices and Terms

4.650€

Adult in a double room


1.470€

Single room supplement


The price includes

  • Return flight (to and from Namibia)

  • SUV vehicle (4 people per vehicle) with insurance included

  • Fuel

  • 8 nights at hotel/lodge with breakfast

  • 1 night of wild camping

  • 1 night at a camping site

  • 8 dinners

  • 3 lunches

  • Entrance to parks and reserves

  • Boat ride in Walvis Bay

  • Visit to a Damara village

  • Visit to the Petrified Forest

  • Night Drive at Etosha

  • Visit to Katutura

  • Travel insurance for each participant

  • UHF radios for each car

  • Satellite phone

  • Expedition t-shirt


Does not include

  • 8 picnic lunches e 2 dinners at camp (5 picnics may have a restaurant alternative)

  • Extra activities at the parks or reserves not mentioned above (Night Drives, Morning Drives, etc.)

  • Drinks at mealtimes and extra personal expenses


Conditions for participation:

  • Payment of 50% of the total price upon enrolment
  • Payment of the other 50% up to 30 days before the beginning of the trip
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Participants:

  • Min: 10 people
  • Max: 18 people

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