Namibia: An Exclusive Cultural Safari

Discover Unique Cultures

Namibia: An Exclusive Cultural Safari

Discover Unique Cultures

The Namib, a sea of red sand along the Atlantic coastline, and the oldest desert on the planet, lends its name to Namibia. A country of astonishing contrasts, Namibia is celebrated for its vast open landscapes, infinite blue skies and starry nights. Over the years, a number of cultural influences have contributed to the unique atmosphere of Namibia.
At various times Germany, Great Britain and South Africa governed the territory, but it was with the eventual independence of Namibia in 1990 that the country was able to develop its multicultural character and reinvent itself. There is a distinctive Namibian character that freely blends African styles with European influences on architecture, food, customs and art.
Fascinating people, ancient traditions and spectacular scenery all contribute to the cultural tapestry of this wonder-filled eight-day Namibian itinerary. Discover these rich cultures while exploring the vast desert landscape.

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Trip Overview

Countries Visited: Namibia
Starts In: Windhoek (WDH), Nambia
Ends In: Windhoek (WDH), Nambia
Duration: 10 days / 8 nights
Int'l Air Route: USA - Windhoek (WDH)..Windhoek (WDH) / Luanda (LAD), Angola or USA
Group Size: Min 4; Max 8
Accommodations: Luxury (5★)
Activity Level: Active
Experiences: Tribal cultures, safari wildlife, unique scenery

Highlights

  • Coda Tours signature small group size
  • Coda Tours signature comprehensive sightseeing programs
  • Coda Tours signature inclusive meal plan
  • Coda Tours signature deluxe accommodations
  • Interact with The Himba people, one of the world’s last nomadic tribes
  • Marvel at the pre-historic art Twyfelfontein
  • Climb “Big Daddy” sand dune in Sossusvlei
  • Soar over awesome landscape in an optional hot air balloon ride

Dates & Prices

Your TripDepart USAReturn USADouble Occupancy PriceSingle Occupancy PriceIntra Tour Air
NamibiaMarch 22, 2023April 1, 2023$9995$11290Included
A deposit of $750 is required to hold a reservation. This may be charged to a credit card. Final payment is due 60 days prior to Start Date of the tour. Final payment may be made by personal check or wire transfer. Credit card payments are assessed a 4% fee.
Special Notes:
  • Single Occupancy rates can be avoided if you wish to be matched with another single traveler who also wishes to share. If no share is available, the single rate will apply.
  • Rates are based on current rates and currency exchange rates at the time of publishing the tour online.
  • Rates are subject to change until final payment has been made. Rates are based on a minimum participation and if the minimum participation is not met rates may need to be revised.

 

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Itinerary

  • Wed Mar 22 | USA / WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA

    Depart the USA on any regularly scheduled flight to Windhoek, Namibia.

  • Thu Mar 23 | EN ROUTE WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA

    Transit Europe or South Africa.

  • Fri Mar 24 | WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA

    Upon arrival, transfer to The Olive Exclusive hotel for check in. Dinner is at the hotel this evening.

  • Sat Mar 25 | WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA to TWYFELFONTEIN

    Private road transfer from The Olive Exclusive to Hosea Kutako International Airport. Flight from Hosea Kutako International Airport to Doro Nawas Airstrip. Flight from Doro Nawas Airstrip to Damaraland Camp. Arrive at Damaraland Camp
    Transfer to the Damaraland Camp, situated in the Huab River Valley in one of the best wilderness areas in Namibia, offering endless vistas across stark plains, ancient valleys and a stunning ochre-purple mountain backdrop. Our accommodations are at Damaraland Lodge. Ten large adobe-style thatched cottages are raised off the ground, each with a walk-in dressing area and a large deck on which to sit and relax, while contemplating the desert. The spacious communal living area comprises a dining space and pool. An open campfire and outdoor boma are enjoyed during calm evenings and stargazing is superb, thanks to the crystal-clear night skies.
    Accommodations and meals at Damaraland Camp for 2 nights
    All meals, twice daily scheduled camp activities, park fees, laundry and all local drinks excludes premium imported brands and champagne.

  • Sun, Mar 26 | TWYFELFONTEIN

    Damaraland is an area of stunning natural beauty, characterized by flat-topped mountains, wind-sculpted sandstone cliffs, broad valleys, and dry riverbeds that carve their way through deep gorges indicating a wetter past. Today, the rivers – mainly the Huab, Ugab, Uniab and Koigab – flow only sporadically; their riverbeds are ribbon-like oases that push through the most desolate of terrains, the underground water and tree-lined courses allowing even large species like arid-adapted elephant and rhino, sand-dwelling lions, as well as giraffe to roam the seemingly inhospitable desert and semi-desert.
    Away from the river lines are vast open plains that in good rainfall years are covered by annual grasses, attracting herds of specialist arid antelope such as gemsbok and springbok. The area is known for its fascinating geological phenomena, petroglyphs – prehistoric rock engravings – and ancient San rock art at Twyfelfontein, Namibia’s first World Heritage Site.

  • Mon, Mar 27 | TWYFELFONTEIN to SERRA CAFEMA (HARTMANN VALLEY)

    Depart from Damaraland Camp. Flight from Damaraland Camp to Doro Nawas Airstrip. Flight from Doro Nawas Airstrip to Serra Cafema. Arrive at Serra Cafema.
    Fly from Damaraland to Serra Cafema in Kunene, Namibia.
    Accommodations and meals are provided at Serra Cafema, comprising eight, luxury canvas tented accommodations set on elevated decks and crafted in wood, canvas and thatch to create a unique camp that is at one with its surroundings and celebrates the culture of the Himba people. The Ozonganda (Herero, meaning “main area”) affords spectacular views over the Kunene River.
    Accommodations and meals at Serra Cafema for 3 nights
    All meals, twice daily scheduled camp activities, park fees, laundry and all local drinks excludes premium imported brands and champagne.

  • Tue, Mar 28 | SERRA CAFEMA (HARTMANN VALLEY)

    Set under verdant trees on the banks of the Kunene River, Serra Cafema is one of the most remote camps in southern Africa. We can truly disconnect, unwind and relax to the sound of rushing water, and explore one of the driest deserts in the world. Respectful interaction with the semi-nomadic Himba community, fascinating guided nature walks, boating (water levels permitting) and low-impact eco-sensitive guided quad-bike excursions complete the experience. The Kunene River is the only permanent source of water in this region, the river creating an oasis along its banks – a winding band of green surrounded by the lunar-like landscape of the Namib Desert which stretches to the Serra Cafema mountain range in the north. Game viewing in this area is limited to small herds of gemsbok, springbok and Hartmann's mountain zebra.

  • Wed, Mar 29 | SERRA CAFEMA (HARTMANN VALLEY)

    Continue our exploration of this remote region today. The Kunene River has a large population of Nile crocodiles. Burchell's courser and Benguela long-billed lark are among the characteristic bird species to be found in this area. There are also a number of endemic reptiles, the desert plated lizard being a particular speciality.

  • Thu, Mar 30 | SERRA CAFEMA to SOSSUSVLEI

    Depart from Serra Cafema. Flight from Serra Cafema to Doro Nawas Airstrip. Flight from Doro Nawas Airstrip to Little Kulala. Arrive at Little Kulala. We are met and transferred to Little Kulala Lodge.
    Located in the scenic Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib Desert, formed where the natural course of the ephemeral Tsauchab River is blocked by a mass of sand. These dunes stretch for an impressive 400 kilometres (249 miles) south of Walvis Bay, sandwiched between the cold Benguela Current of the west coast, and the escarpment that runs parallel more than 100 kilometres (62 miles) inland. The path of the Tsauchab is flanked by some of the tallest sand dunes in the world, and then ends in a series of pans or vleis that dot the end of this blind river. Sossusvlei is one such pan, Dead Vlei another.
    Our lodge, Little Kulala, features accommodation inspired by Dead Vlei. The design of the eleven luxury desert suites offer improved airflow (brick and glass accommodation under thatch), each feature a spacious deck, sala and private plunge pool – all merging seamlessly into the timeless desert setting. A private rooftop area for romantic stargazing, and sleep-outs on the bottom deck of each accommodation complete the experience. Interiors illustrate an extension of the desert's natural beauty, replicated in color choice, palette, decor and art.
    Accommodations and meals at Little Kulala for 2 nights
    All meals, twice daily scheduled camp activities, park fees, laundry and all local drinks excludes premium imported brands and champagne.

  • Fri, Mar 31 | SOSSUSVLEI

    Wake up to the clear blue skies that contrast with the majestic red sand dunes to make this one of the most scenic natural wonders of Africa and a photographer's paradise. This awe-inspiring destination is possibly Namibia's premier attraction.
    We can climb “Big Daddy”, one of Sossusvlei’s tallest dunes at 380 metres (1 246 feet); explore Dead Vlei, a white, salt, clay pan dotted with ancient trees; or for those who love a bird’s-eye view, hot air ballooning is on offer, followed by a once-in-a-lifetime champagne breakfast amidst these magical dunes.

  • Sat. Apr 01 | SOSSUSVLEI to WINDHOEK to LUANDA, ANGOLA or USA

    Depart from Little Kulala. Flight from Little Kulala to Hosea Kutako International Airport. Upon arrival in Windhoek, connect to the flight to Luanda, Angola (not included in trip price.) THIS IS FOR TRAVELERS TAKING THE WEST AFRICA CRUISE DEPARTING FROM LUANDA, ANGOLA.
    TRAVELERS TAKING THE NAMIBIA TRIP AS A STAND-ALONE TRIP WILL DEPART THIS DAY FOR THE USA.

  • Sun. Apr 02 | LUANDA, ANGOLA

    Travelers continuing on the WEST AFRICA cruise will spend April 1-2 in Luanda and join the cruise group on April 2.

What's Included

What's Included

  • 2 nights at The Olive Exclusive Boutique Hotel in Windhoek (with pre-registration for immediate check in); 2 nights at the Damaraland Camp; 3 nights at the Serra Cafema; 2 nights at Little Kalula
  • American breakfast daily, 1 Welcome Dinner in Windhoek
  • All meals, twice daily scheduled camp activities, park fees, laundry and all local drinks excludes premium imported brands and champagne at all three lodges
  • 7 flights on shared charter aircraft
  • Group transfers airport/hotel for arrival/departure
  • Coda Tours Representative with minimum participation
  • All local taxes and service charges
  • Pre-departure assistance
  • Comprehensive Pre-Departure Portfolio from Coda Tours

What's Not Included

International airfare USA to Windhoek, Namibia and Windhoek, Namibia to Luanda, Angola, including seat assignments & baggage fees; Passport or visa fees (if applicable); Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary; Premium drinks & champagne at lodges; Trip cancellation and Interruption insurance (highly recommended); Gratuities to guides, drivers; Items of a personal nature (laundry, phone calls, WiFi, etc.)

Travel Prep

Lufthansa & Qatar are among the airlines that offer flights from New York (JFK) or Miami (MIA) to Windhoek (WDH). You may also travel via Johannesburg (JNB) for more airline options. We recommend booking at least 7 months in advance if you want to use Frequent Flyer Miles. Please request a quote if you would like Coda Tours to assist with international airfare bookings. We often can offer favorable rates for Business or Economy class at a standard fee of $35 per ticket.

There are 7 charter flights on this trip aboard small passenger planes. The cost of the flights is included in the trip cost.

No visa is required for American or Canadian passport holders to enter Namibia.

All travelers must be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines and have proof of vaccination that is verified by a medical professional. No other immunizations are required for travel on this tour; however, the Center for Disease Control suggests that all travelers be up to date on routine vaccines, including Varicella (Chickenpox), Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTaP), Influenza (Flu), Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR), Polio, and Shingles. A Yellow Fever vaccine is required ONLY if you are coming from a Yellow Fever endemic country.

April in Namibia

The rain should have stopped by April and daytime temperatures should drop to around 25°C (77°F). Expect lows of around 13°C (55°F) at night, although it can be cooler in the desert.

 

Clothing

If you are taking this trip as a Pre-Trip to the West Africa cruise, you will leave your large suitcase in Windhoek, to be picked up upon our return to Windhoek. You should take a medium to small sized, soft-sided duffle bag on the Namibia trip. Our flights are on small aircraft that cannot handle large suitcases or even small hard-sided suitcases with wheels.

You will be “be on safari” so safari clothing is most appropriate. Shorts are fine during the day, but you will want lightweight long pants at night. Safari shirts and t-shirts and a jacket for warmth will round out the wardrobe. You will need sturdy walking/hiking shoes to get through the sand dunes. These same shoes will be useful during the cruise if you are taking it.

All departures and rates are guaranteed on a minimum number of participants. Our trip is limited to 8 persons (4 couples.) A Coda Tour Manager will accompany the tour based on this minimum number of participants. This tour can be operated as a Private Tour or customized and repriced based on a final itinerary.

A portfolio of pre-departure information will be mailed approximately three weeks prior to departure.

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