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Wildlife and Wilderness of Namibia

Sossusvlei Dune, Namibia
Landscape, Damaraland, Namibia
Ostrich, Kalahari, Namibia
Lion, Etosha, Namibia
Dunes, Sossusvlei, Namibia
Sunset, Swakopmund, Namibia
Rhino tracking, Palmwag Lodge, Damaraland
Elephant game drive, Etosha, Namibia, Llama Travel
Deadvlei, Sossusvlei, Namibia
Zebra, Etosha, Namibia
Incl flights, accommodation & transfers
From   £3199 £2899
15 days

Holiday highlights

  • Be dwarfed by the highest dunes on earth in Sossusvlei
  • Stay in Palmwag, a nature reserve in the untamed Damaraland region. 
  • Discover abundant wildlife in Etosha National Park and the Kalahari
  • Explore Swakopmund's arid coast and Germanic influences.
  • Fly overnight from the UK to Windhoek. Namibia’s capital city is an interesting mix of European architecture and African culture. The current city was founded in 1890 when Von Francois laid the foundation stone of the Alte Feste (Old Fortress).

    Meals included: Meal included on the international flight.

  • After a morning arrival in Windhoek, you are met at the airport and taken to your hotel. You meet your driver-guide who will be accompanying you throughout the trip. The afternoon and evening are free for you to recover from your flight or explore the city at your leisure. Perhaps visit the Christ Church, built following the wars between the Germans and the Khoikhoi, Herero, and Owambo (indigenous groups). Another highlight is the Tukondjeni Market, where you can find Namibian food such as barbecued meat, dried fish, fried mopane worms (known as “omaungu”) and indigenous vegetables called “ombidi”.

  • Today is an early start as you drive south for around 300 kilometres to the Kalahari Desert. Most of the route will be on smooth paved roads, whilst the last third of it is a gravel road, but not too bumpy. The journey is stunning, with mountainous views and plenty of photo opportunities. As you enter the Kalahari you find yourself in a vast region characterised by red sand dunes and endless grass plains interspersed with acacias. There are a few breaks en-route to stretch your legs, use the toilet and buy snacks, before arriving at the lodge in the early afternoon where you can have a late lunch. This is often the case on travelling days throughout this itinerary, and you will generally either buy snacks and then arrive at the next hotel for a late lunch, or buy lunch enroute depending on the day. Spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing at the lodge, or take the optional Kalahari Sundowner Game Drive with the chance to spot giraffe, zebra, wildebeest as well as a breathtaking sunset over the unique dune formations. In the evening, enjoy dinner at the lodge.  

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. Dinner at the lodge.

  • Leave early for a scenic 300km drive (50% gravel roads, 50% paved roads) to Sossusvlei. Like yesterday you have a few breaks en-route to stretch your legs, use the toilet and buy snacks, before arriving at the lodge in time for a late lunch and the rest of the afternoon to relax. 

    Meals included: Breakfast at the lodge.

  • The day begins with an early start and a 45-minute drive to the park gate for opening time at sunrise (typically between 6 – 6:30am). The benefit of entering the park at sunrise is that you are able to see the sand dunes at their most picturesque, with the first light creating beautiful shadows on the imposing dunes. There will be a chance to stop at the 170-metre-high dune 45, which you can climb to be rewarded with a panoramic view of the surrounding desert. Depending on fitness levels, it takes around an hour to get to the top. Whether or not you climb is also dependent on factors such as the size of your group and climate. Once you reach the end of the 60km paved road, you switch to a park-operated vehicle for the final five kilometres. This takes you on a sandy track to visit Deadvlei, a large, ghostly expanse of dried white clay, punctuated by skeletons of ancient camelthorn trees. For the more adventurous, and if time allows, there is a chance to climb the tallest dune in the Sossusvlei area, the appropriately named Big Daddy, at a staggering 325 metres. Due to the extreme heat, the climb can be very demanding and you may choose to climb part of it, or not do it at all. On the drive back, keep an eye out for oryx and other desert wildlife. The final stop will be at Sesriem, a 30-metre-deep canyon which is one of the few places in the area that holds water, carved into the rock by the Tsauchab River. From here you will return to your hotel, with the afternoon free to relax.

    Read Scott's blog to find out how he got on when climbing Big Daddy and exploring Deadvlei. 

    Meals included: Breakfast at the lodge.

  • Leave early for a 400-kilometre drive to Swakopmund. It is a scenic but bumpy journey on gravel roads, taking around five hours. Make a pitstop at Solitaire, a welcoming settlement named due to its remote location in the middle of the desert, where you can enjoy a snack at the German bakery. Depending on timing you stop for lunch in Walvis Bay or Swakopmund, and also visit the lagoon where you may see large flocks of flamingos gathering from October to April. Arrive in Swakopmund where you'll have the rest of the afternoon free to relax. With palm-lined streets, seaside promenades and half-timbered German architecture, Swakopmund still manages to create a feel of timelessness and has the ambience of a small German village.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the lodge.

  • Today is a free day to explore Swakopmund. If you choose to take the optional Catamaran Cruise you will spend the morning looking for dolphins, whales, turtles, seals and pelicans whilst aboard a catamaran, with fresh oysters and sparkling wine served as you cruise past iconic landmarks such as Pelican Point.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Today is the longest drive of the trip (around 500km) as you make your way to Palmwag Lodge in Damaraland, situated halfway between Swakopmund and Etosha National Park. Around 80% of this full day journey is on a bumpy gravel road, however, the ever-changing scenery is beautiful, with a wide range of landscapes to admire along the way.  The day starts early by heading north along the Skeleton Coast, whose name derives from the bones that lined the beaches following whaling operations and seal hunts. Along the coast you will pass a shipwreck and Henties Bay where you will have your final chance to stock up on food before entering the remote and wild Damaraland. The landscape changes as you turn inland and pass through mountains and rugged scenery. The next stop is at Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back 6000 years and home to one of the largest concentrations of petroglyphs in Africa. The site includes engravings of rhino, ostrich, elephant as well as human figures and footprints. It forms an extensive record of ritual practices relating to the hunter-gather communities in southern Africa. After learning about the art on a one-hour tour, you continue to Palmwag, the ideal base from which to appreciate this wild and off-the-beaten-track region. Finish the day with dinner at the lodge. 

    Meals included: Breakfast and dinner for 2021 departures. From 2022 onwards, breakfast only. 

  • You can spend the day at leisure or take one of the optional excursions. The Rhino Tracking excursion starts early with breakfast at 5:30am before heading into the vast areas of Damaraland with a qualified guide and tracker, to search for these amazing creatures. The excursion is done with an open game drive vehicle and the actual tracking is done on foot, so can be quite strenuous in the heat. If you would prefer something a bit more gentle then you can take the Palmwag Game Drive excursion which goes into the concession in search of lion, elephant, rhino, giraffe and zebra. It may also be possible to do an afternoon game drive - please contact us for further details. In the evening, enjoy dinner at the lodge. 

    Meals included: Breakfast and dinner for 2021 departures. From 2022 onwards, breakfast only. 

    Read our blog to find out what to expect on the Rhino Tracking excursion.

  • Leave the lodge early for a drive of around five hours (around 300km) to Etosha National Park. The road is two thirds paved and one third gravel. Arrive at Etosha in time for a late lunch at the lodge, then, in the afternoon head into the national park for a game drive in the tour vehicle. The national park is home to a variety of wildlife including lion, giraffe, elephant, white and black rhino. Your guide will take you to the various waterholes to see these animals gather, before heading back to the lodge for the evening.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the lodge.

  • Spend the full day crossing Etosha National Park in the tour vehicle, mostly on a gravel track. As you cross the park, your driver will stop at waterholes so you can get as close as possible to the wildlife. If you are lucky, you may see zebra, elephant, lion, rhino, antelope and prolific birdlife. The pan itself contains water only after very good rains and sometimes for only a few days each year, but is enough to stimulate the growth of a blue-green algae which can lure thousands of flamingos if you are lucky. Stop for a couple of hours in the centre of the park for lunch (not included) at Camp Halali where there is a watering hole which sometimes attracts animals. Then, head east and continue exploring Etosha National Park before leaving the park and checking in at your lodge for the evening.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the lodge.

  • Today you can choose to either spend the day at leisure at the lodge, or go back into the park in the tour vehicle for another day of game viewing. Alternatively, there is an optional Open Vehicle Game Drive in the morning which gives a more classic safari experience as you will be in an open safari vehicle rather than the usual tour vehicle. When on safari in an open sided 4x4 vehicle, there is nothing between you and the wilderness. Sounds and smells can be picked up more easily, and you will have better photography opportunities as you follow the animals around. There is also the opportunity to do an afternoon open vehicle game drive - please speak to us for further details. 

    Meals included: Breakfast at the lodge.

  • The drive back south to Windhoek will take around seven or eight hours, on a paved road. Stop en route at Okahandja's craft market where woodcarvers from all over come to sell a variety of wooden carvings including animals, bowls, jewellery and curios. This is a great place to buy biltong, a classic snack in Southern Africa consisting of dried, cured meat. The evening is free to explore Windhoek.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the lodge.

  • Depending on your flight time, perhaps spend your last day shopping for souvenirs or relax before your flight. Transfer to the airport for your return overnight flight to the UK.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. Meal included on the international flight.

  • Your flight arrives in the UK.


Accommodation in Windhoek

Hilton Windhoek


Standard Hotel: Set in the centre of Namibia’s capital city, the contemporary Hilton Windhoek hotel is spread over 12 floors, featuring a restaurant, rooftop bar, lap pool and spa. The en-suite air-conditioned rooms are decorated in a warm, contemporary African style.

Why stay here? This comfortable hotel boasts a rooftop pool with panoramic views over Windhoek, and excellent facilities including a pool and spa.   

Hotel facilities

  • Free WiFi is available in public areas.

  • There is a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, shared lounge, gift shop, spa and wellness centre.

  • The hotel offers a shuttle service, room service, laundry service, concierge, luggage storage, currency exchange and 24-hour front desk. 

About the room

All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, flat-screen cable TV, safety deposit box and kettle.

Room types available 

Double Room

Accommodation in Kalahari

Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch


Standard Hotel: The Bagatelle has a great location in the middle of the desert, overlooking the red dunes of the Southern Kalahari. There is a restaurant, swimming pool and recreational area which includes a pool table and hammocks. The rooms are in individual chalets, constructed of wood and on stilts on top of a sand dune, with views across the desert.   

Why stay here? This ranch offers elegant individual chalets decorated with wooden furnishings, and a beautiful location in the Kalahari Desert.  

Hotel facilities

  • There is a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, spa and wellness centre, games room and garden.

  • The hotel offers packed lunches and laundry facilities. Dinner is included.

About the room

All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, safety deposit box, air conditioning, bathrobes, desk, kettle and mosquito net.

Room types available 

Savannah Chalet

Accommodation in Sossusvlei

Elegant Desert Lodge


Standard Lodge: Set on a farmland near Sesriem, around 40 kilometres from the entrance to Sossusvlei, the Elegant Desert Lodge enjoys a spectacular location in the desert. There is a swimming pool, terrace, bar and restaurant. The rooms are in individual units, with en-suite bathrooms and private terraces where you can sit and admire the vast desert landscape.

Why stay here?  The lodge is powered by solar energy and uses sustainable products. There is a pool area, beautifully-styled rooms and the opportunity to dine under the stars.  

Lodge facilities

  • The lodge offers free WiFi in the public areas.

  • There is a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, terrace and garden.

  • The lodge offers laundry, a safety deposit box and daily maid service.

About the room

All rooms have an en-suite bathroom, safety deposit box and mosquito net.

Room types available 

Standard Room

Accommodation in Swakopmund

Swakopmund Hotel & Entertainment Centre


Standard Hotel: Built in and around the old German Station Building, this hotel features beautiful architecture and superb facilities. There are three restaurants, a swimming pool, gym, gift shop, bar and health studio. All rooms are air-conditioned and come with a TV, minibar, en-suite bathroom and a view overlooking the pool or gardens.

Why stay here? This modern hotel is a few blocks from the seafront, and within walking distance of all the main attractions of Swakopmund. The outdoor pool and health club offers a variety of leisure options during the day.

Hotel facilities

  • The hotel offers free WiFi in public areas.

  • There are three restaurants, a bar, casino, cinemas, swimming pool, beauty area, squash court and fitness centre.

  • The hotel offers daily maid service, dry cleaning, laundry service, shuttle service, concierge, 24-hour front desk, currency exchange, shops and beauty services.

About the room

All rooms have a mini bar, TV, air conditioning and en-suite bathroom.

Room types available 

Standard Room

Accommodation in Damaraland

Palmwag Lodge


Standard Lodge: Palmwag Lodge is located on the dry banks of the Uniab River which winds through Damaraland. There is a swimming pool and bar serving light meals and drinks. The rooms are in individual stone bungalows with thatched roofs, close to the main area, each with mosquito nets, en-suite bathroom and seating area.

Why stay here? This lodge offers a peaceful location next to a palm-lined spring, often attracting elephants. It is the gateway to the vast Palmwag Concession which supports a healthy population of black rhino.

Lodge facilities

  • There is a restaurant, swimming pool, lounge and bar.

  • The lodge offers laundry service, tea, coffee and light refreshments.

About the room

All rooms have an en-suite bathroom, hot water, mosquito net, power point, safety deposit box, insect repellent and either a ceiling fan or standing fan.  

Room types available 

Tented Chalet

Accommodation in Etosha National Park (South)

Etosha Safari Lodge


Standard Lodge: Etosha Safari Lodge is full of character. It is located just ten kilometres from the Anderson Gate into Etosha National Park, on a hilltop where wildlife can roam freely. There is a restaurant, bar and swimming pool. The rooms are in individual blocks, each with a veranda where you can sit and enjoy great views.

Why stay here? This camp is the perfect place to relax and unwind, featuring a restaurant where you can dine on the terrace and watch the sunset.  

Lodge facilities

  • There is free WiFi in the reception area.

  • There is a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, tea and coffee facilities.

  • The hotel offers laundry service and 24-hour security.

About the room

All rooms have an en-suite bathroom, mosquito net, veranda, air conditioning and safety deposit box.

Room types available 

Standard Room

Accommodation in Etosha National Park (East)

Mokuti Etosha Lodge


Standard Lodge: The lodge is less than five minutes from the eastern Von Lindequist Gate and is located on its own private 4,000-hectare nature reserve. Charming thatched buildings and two pools are nestled among the vast indigenous gardens. The rooms are beautifully decorated with Namibian crafts and rich fabrics, with garden views.

Why stay here? Mokuti Etosha Lodge has an excellent location close to Etosha National Park, with lush grounds providing the perfect place to relax between excursions. 

Lodge facilities

  • There is free WiFi in the rooms.

  • There is a dining room, restaurant, three bars, two outdoor pools, tennis courts, gym and souvenir shop.

  • The lodge offers luggage storage, currency exchange, 24-hour front desk, airport shuttle and room service.

About the room

All rooms have air conditioning, garden views, tea and coffee facilities, flat-screen TV, mini bar and en-suite bathroom.

Room types available 

Standard Room


Excursions Package

Namibia Excursion Package Save £31

Take the Kalahari Sundowner Game Drive, Catamaran Cruise and Palmwag Game Drive excursions for a discounted price.

from £159

Kalahari Sundowner Game Drive


This late afternoon excursion takes you into the Kalahari where you can look for a range of desert-adapted flora and fauna including giraffe, oryx, wildebeest, eland and kudu. As the day draws to a close, enjoy a sundowner and refreshments whilst taking in the breathtaking sunset over the Kalahari.

Full Description:

Enjoy a stunning two-hour drive in a classic 4x4 safari vehicle, surrounded by the unique dune topography and vegetation of the Kalahari. The reserve has some of the highest dunes in the region, interspersed with acacia trees and offering panoramic views over the pan. You will have the opportunity to spot a diverse range of animals as well as over 150 different bird species. The well-known suricate (meerkat) can also to be seen, although they are very shy. There is no better way to spend an evening in the desert than to watch the sun sinking away into the distant dunes whilst sipping a refreshing beer or gin and tonic.

Catamaran Cruise


Observe dolphins, whales, turtles, seals, pelicans and sunfish whilst aboard a catamaran on this adventure-packed half-day excursion. Enjoy oysters and sparkling wine on-board while you look out for marine life. The journey goes past several ships and oil rigs in the bay, and you will cruise past oyster farms and see the lighthouse at Pelican Point, home to around 60,000 cape fur seals. 

Full Description:

You leave Swakopmund at around 8am for a half an hour drive to Walvis Bay. Depart at 9am from the Walvis Bay waterfront for an educational sightseeing tour in the bay area in search of the marine Big Five: whales, dolphins, mola, leatherback turtle and seals. Tea and coffee are served while cruising past oyster farms on the initial route to Pelican Point with its landmark lighthouse and 60,000 resident cape fur seals. In season (July to November), larger mammals such as the southern right whale and humpback whales are often spotted, while other whale species, such as the gray whale and the pygmy right whale have made appearances. Bottlenose, heaviside and dusky dolphins are regularly seen, as are ocean sunfish and leatherback turtles. The catamaran is usually accompanied by a variety of seabirds, such as the kelp gull, hartlaub’s gull, pelican and cape cormorant. The journey from Pelican Point goes past some of the more interesting ships and oil rigs in the bay as you are served fresh oysters with sparkling wine, savoury snacks and dessert. You return to the waterfront at around 12:30pm before being transferred back to Swakopmund. 

Palmwag Game Drive


This four-hour drive goes into the Palmwag Concession to search for the animals that roam in this arid paradise, as well as a number of plant species unique to Damaraland. The springs support diverse fauna including giraffe, kudu, zebra and oryx. This region also boasts Namibia's largest population of predators outside of Etosha National Park, including lion, cheetah and leopard.

Full Description:

On this half-day excursion, you will set off in the morning in an open safari 4x4 vehicle with an experienced guide who will show you all that the concession has to offer. Spreading over 450,000 hectares in northern Damaraland, the Palmwag Concession is an arid wilderness of rocky landscapes, grasslands and dry river courses.  Drive through the majestic landscape to look for a variety of animals including the zebra, giraffe, kudu, oryx, springbok, ostrich, jackal brown and spotted hyena, and with a bit of luck and skill, the desert adapted elephant, the endangered black rhino and lion. Birdlife is also prolific, with many endemic species including rüppell’s korhaan, benguela long-billed lark and herero chat, as well as birds of prey such as the verreaux’s eagle, booted eagle, lanner falcon and greater kestrel.

Rhino Tracking


This half-day excursion takes you in search of rhino in Palmwag, with the guidance of a qualified guide and tracker. It is done with an open game drive vehicle and once the rhino have been located, you attempt to approach this rare species on foot. The black rhino is one of the world's most endangered animals, and almost half them are found in Namibia. Whilst seeing the rhino is not guaranteed, there is a fairly good chance as Palmwag supports a large population of them. 

Full Description:

Start at dawn with an early breakfast then set off to the Torra Conservancy where you look for the rhinos. Damaraland, and specifically the Palmwag Concession, is home to a range of desert-adapted wildlife including the largest free-roaming black rhino population in Africa, so chances of spotting them are relatively high. You are taken off the beaten track into the vast areas of Damaraland to track and observe the rhino. Once the rhino have been located, you leave the vehicle and get closer to them on foot, observing them in silence. Seeing them amble around the savannah in search of roots and grasses to chew on or water to drink is a sight to behold. The communities directly benefit from these excursions since part of the income generated through rhino tracking is paid to the conservancies. This excursion requires a reasonable level of fitness, as it involves walking across very uneven ground in the heat. There will be a safety briefing beforehand to inform you of the possible dangers of approaching the rhino on foot. The length of the excursion depends on how long it takes to find a rhino, however you will generally be back at the lodge before lunch.

Click here to read our Product Manager's blog about his rhino tracking experience.

Etosha Open Vehicle Game Drive


This half-day excursion takes around four hours, as you enter from the eastern gate of Etosha National Park for a morning of game viewing in an open-sided safari vehicle with an experienced guide. For those who want a more classic safari experience, this is a great option. Sounds and smells can be picked up more easily, and you will have better photography opportunities as you follow the animals around.

Full Description:

Spend the morning spotting Etosha's wildlife on this morning excursion in a classic 4x4 vehicle. Etosha National Park’s main characteristic is a salt pan so large it can be seen from space. This endless white expanse in Namibia is an unlikely venue for the ideal African safari; yet the surrounding regions are home to numerous springbok and zebra. If you are lucky you may even spot elephant, the endangered black rhino and even leopard in areas of thicker vegetation. Lion are camouflaged in the pale-golden colour of the grasslands, while giraffe rise high above most of the dry vegetation. The abundant Etosha wildlife that congregates around the waterholes gives you almost guaranteed game sightings every day.


Holiday Information

All the practical information you need regarding your trip is found here. From how to prepare before you leave and travelling to your destination, to advice on travelling within your country of choice.

About Your Holiday

  • Prices listed are per person and based on two persons sharing a room and include all flights from the UK and within destination, service of guides and reps (please note that tips are not included), accommodation and all transfers and excursions listed in the itinerary. Where applicable, entrance fees, taxes and charges are included in our prices at the rates advised to us at the time of preparation. An adjustment will be made to your price if any of these change before your holiday. UK airport taxes are included.

  • All the flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to:

How To Book

  • To book a holiday or discuss your requirements, please call us on 020 7263 3000. We can usually confirm availability immediately, but may need to check with a supplier first.

  • You can pay your deposit by bank transfer, cheque, standard UK debit card or non-premium UK personal Visa / MasterCard credit card. Balance payments can be made by bank transfer or cheque. We do not accept cards for balance payments. We are unable to accept cash.

Getting there

  • A holiday in Africa inevitably means long haul flights, and at least one overnight sector. Air fares vary from date to date and between airlines. Our holidays are scheduled to use the most advantageous air fare.

    You can choose which airline you prefer, we will let you know if a supplement is payable. Levels of onboard service and facilities, such as entertainment, vary by airline and route. Please ask us for details.

  • Most airlines offer the option of flying from regional airports in the UK, avoiding the need to make your own way to London. Due to the timing of flights, in some cases this may involve an overnight stop in London or another intermediate airport. There is usually a supplement for regional departures. Please note that most of our flights depart from London. Most flights to Namibia go via Johannesburg in South Africa.

  • You can upgrade to business class or premium economy on most airlines. Prices start from £199 each way for Premium Economy and £699 each way for Business Class. Call us for prices for the route and airline you are interested in.

    Premium Economy
    British Airways World Traveller Plus, Air France Premium Voyageur and Virgin Premium Economy seats are available. These provide more comfortable seats which recline further and have more legroom. There are better meals and a bar service.

    KLM, Iberia and United offer standard economy class seats with extra legroom for additional cost. KLM seats can be booked through Llama Travel. United and Iberia seats can be reserved with the airlines one month prior to departure.

    Business Class

    British Airways Club World has seats which convert into full flat beds and have a privacy screen.

    Iberia Business Plus between Madrid and Latin America offers seats which convert into flat beds. Between the UK and Madrid, seats are usually the same as in economy class.

    KLM World Business Class offers seats that convert into flat beds. Between the UK and Amsterdam, seats are usually the same as in economy class. Air France Affairs Class offer seats which convert into virtually flat beds. Between the UK and Paris, seats are usually the same as in economy class.

    United Business First between the UK and the US offers seats which convert into full flat beds. Between the US and Latin America, seats are more spacious than in economy.

  • Most scheduled airlines have a baggage allowance of 23kg per passenger for international flights, but internal flight allowances can be less. Exact limits can be found on airline webpages. Please bear this in mind when packing, as carrying excess baggage will normally incur an expensive additional cost payable at check in. Additionally, certain excursions have a limited baggage allowance. Where this is the case, you will usually be able to leave the rest of your luggage in storage. Llama Travel accepts no responsibility for the delay, loss or damage of luggage.

  • Many airlines now charge a fee to select your seat prior to checking in for your flight, even when travelling in premium economy or business class. Alternatively, you may choose your preferred seat free of charge when online check-in opens 24 hours prior to departure or at the airport. Please ask us about the options available at time of booking.

    We all want a comfortable journey, particularly on long haul flights. If you would like a seat with some extra leg room or a larger recline please let us know. Airlines have introduced a range of “economy comfort” seats that may be purchased in advance. In some cases, these seats may only be purchased online directly with the airline once Llama Travel has issued your ticket approximately 30 days prior to departure.

    For flights within Africa, and for connecting flights in Europe, it is usually only possible to select seats when you check-in online or at the airport.

    It may not be possible to always use online check-in systems, especially when using a codeshare flight. On occasion, your preferred seat may be changed by the airline for operational reasons such as a change of aircraft or to facilitate a disabled passenger on the day you fly and as such, Llama Travel cannot always guarantee specific seats.

Before you Go

  • British nationals can enter Namibia for a visit of up to 90 days without a visa. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the appropriate consulate: Namibia (020 7636 6244). You need a passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK.

    If children are not travelling with both parents, Namibia require a letter of consent to enter or depart. To issue some tickets, we require passport details and ages when you book. If you subsequently change your passport, please let us know as soon as possible.

    To issue some tickets, we require passport details and ages when you book. If you subsequently change your passport, please let us know as soon as possible.

  • Adequate travel insurance is essential. We do not sell or recommend any specific policy. A list of insurance companies that our customers have found suitable is available from us. Please advise your insurer of any pre-existing medical conditions and, if you are booking a holiday involving high-altitude trekking, such as the Inca Trail, make sure that you are covered for this. If you are planning on carrying out any other activities, please ensure your insurance policy will cover you for these. Note that cancellation cover is often only available if insurance is purchased within two weeks of booking your holiday.

  • You will receive tickets approximately 10 days before departure, along with information on accommodation, transfers and excursions. Our agents will give you your hotel and excursion vouchers when you arrive. Please check airline tickets carefully in case timings have changed after we issued your confirmation.

  • Namibia introduced new immigration rules in 2016 relating to travel with children. In addition to valid passports, parents travelling with children (under 18) should at all times carry the original or certified copy of the unabridged birth certificate. The full unabridged birth certificate should list the child’s details and both parents’ details.  Adults travelling with children where they are not the biological or legal guardians of those children, should be in possession of an affidavit statement from the child’s parents giving consent for their travel. Please contact the Namibia consulate to check requirements.

  • Partially covered by the Namib, one of the world’s driest deserts, Namibia’s climate is generally very dry and pleasant. The cold Benguela current keeps the coast cool, damp and free of rain for most of the year. Inland, all the rain falls in summer (November to April). January and February are hot, when daytime temperatures in the interior can exceed 40°C, but nights are usually cool. Winter nights can be fairly cold so it is recommended to bring some warm items.

    During the day it is generally hot, so you should pack lightweight loose-fitting clothes in natural fabrics, such as linen or cotton. Although mosquitos are not a big problem in Namibia, and only found in certain parts, precautions should still be taken, such as wearing long-sleeved shirts and long trousers at night.

    Electrical sockets in Namibia are 220 Volts. Sockets fit plugs with three round pins.

    We recommend you carry a copy of your passport with you at all times.

    Please bring any medication you may require from the UK.

    You can bring whichever luggage you feel most comfortable with: suitcases, soft bags and rucksacks are fine.

    Lightweight, light coloured cotton trousers and long-sleeved shirts

    Absorbent socks

    Walking boots

    Pullover or jacket for the early mornings and evenings

    Warm hat and gloves for winter months

    Sun hat



    Camera equipment – a lens with a long zoom is recommended for photographing wildlife


    Water bottle

    Sun cream

    Insect repellent

    Day pack

Health & Fitness

  • For most of our holidays, age is not a concern. However, a reasonable level of fitness is required, as most holidays require some walking, sometimes on uneven ground.

  • Please consult your GP or a travel clinic about health and vaccination requirements. The NHS website gives good advice about travelling in Namibia.

    Malaria precautions are highly recommended in the north of Namibia, including Etosha.

    When visiting Africa, stomach illnesses are not uncommon due to changes in diet. In Namibia, tap water is either purified or comes directly from boreholes and is therefore technically safe to drink, however we suggest you only drink bottled water and avoid ice. If you are unsure if salads and fruits have been washed in purified water, it is best to avoid them. Bottled water is provided for you.

    If you have any health problems on holiday, please speak to our local agents or hotel staff. They will arrange for a doctor or hospital if necessary.

Travelling in Namibia

  • The currency in Namibia is the Namibian Dollar. The South African Rand is also accepted everywhere in Namibia, and both currencies have the same value (approximate exchange rate: 18R = 1GBP). Credit and debit cards can be used in many shops and restaurants, and can also be used to withdraw money from cash machines. In the remote areas, it is best to take cash as there are no ATMS at the lodges, although it is possible to pay by Visa or MasterCard.

    It is always recommended to inform your bank that you are travelling abroad and to which countries. This will allow them to authorise money withdrawals from your account when you are away. Some banks say that this is not necessary, however we would still recommend contact with your bank as in some cases people have had difficulty in withdrawing currency.

  • Most people who travel to the countries where Llama Travel operates experience no problems on holiday. However, as is the case anywhere in the world, crime can be a problem, especially in large cities. Tourists can appear attractive targets to criminals. To minimise the risk, use common sense. Do not display signs of wealth, such as expensive looking jewellery or cameras. Avoid empty streets, especially on your own. Take a taxi after dark. By taking sensible precautions, you should have a trouble-free holiday.

    Each country has its own standards for health and safety, but these are often not as good as in the UK. We take this into account when selecting hotels and request that they comply with all local regulations, but cannot guarantee that these are equivalent to British standards. Please take reasonable precautions to protect yourselves whilst on holiday, e.g. by locating fire exit routes.

    Please also check the Foreign Office travel advice for the countries you are visiting at 

  • Attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) travellers around the world can be very different from those in the UK. Whilst homosexuality is not illegal in Namibia, some consider LGBT relationships to be taboo. The vast majority of people in Namibia, however, are friendly to visitors, irrespective of the gender and sexual orientation. The UK Foreign Office offers up-to-date advice on LGBT Travel in Namibia.

  • In many destinations, you can arrange adventure activities. If you are interested in taking any of these, please make sure you are covered by your travel insurance. Llama Travel does not arrange any adventure activities directly and we cannot verify the safety measures of any local operators.

  • Excursions are operated together with other travellers. These will usually be in English, although groups are sometimes a mix of English and other languages. A minimum of 2 people is required for some excursions. On some occasions, the order of excursions may vary. Many excursions are with non-Llama Travel passengers, especially on wildlife excursions.

  • Tipping in Namibia is standard practice. Wages are low so many people depend on tips to make up the shortfall in their earnings. Restaurant staff are used to receiving 10-15% of the total bill. You can tip your cab driver by rounding up to the nearest ten (although use your discretion regarding distance, time of day etc), and the same goes for general hotel staff. It is recommended to tip guides and drivers USD10 per day when in a group (this will be shared between them).

  • To phone the UK from Namibia, dial the international dialling code for the UK (0044) and then the UK telephone number, leaving out the ‘0’ in the area code. Telephone cards are the easiest way to use public telephones, and can be bought in convenience stores.

    To phone Namibia from the UK, dial the international dialling code for Namibia (00264) and then the Namibian telephone number, leaving out the ‘0’ in the area code. Most UK mobile phones work in Namibia, but international roaming may need to be activated. Check with your mobile phone service provider if your telephone will work.

  • Probably the best way to describe our holidays is flexible tours, so you can choose where to visit by combining different extensions and excursions, and which hotels to stay in. In most cases, you will be with other Llama Travellers, but not necessarily the same people throughout. This allows you to get to know like-minded people, but not have to spend all your time with the same group. If we don't have anyone else taking a particular part of a holiday, we will still operate this just for you. All our holidays are guaranteed to operate if we have two passengers or more.

    Excursions are usually taken together with other Llama Travel customers in groups of no more than 18 people. If we have more than 18 booked, we operate two groups. In some places, the excursions are operated by one of our local partners, so you may be with people other than Llama Travel customers and the group may be a mix of English and other languages. In these cases, group sizes can sometimes be larger. If you would like to know the likely situation for your holiday, please ask us and we will be able to check. Transfers may be with more than 18 people.

    We get a wide range of people taking our holidays, with probably the largest group being couples aged in their forties to sixties, or even older. However, we also have a large number of customers in their twenties and thirties, especially for some of the more active holidays. What unites everyone is a sense of curiosity and a desire to discover new cultures, landscapes and wildlife. Although most of our customers travel with friends or family, we also have quite a few single travellers who are happy to mix and match as described above.

  • All hotels include breakfast, and other meals are included on some excursions and in several of the lodges. However, you will often need to arrange your own lunches and dinners. We recommend budgeting approximately N$100 – 120 for lunch in a restaurant, N$45 for a sandwich and N$250 – N$300 for a 2-course meal in a restaurant in Windhoek or Swakopmund.

    Bar prices are similar to the UK and you should expect to pay around N$25 for a coffee, N$15 for a soft drink, N$25 for a draught beer and N$45 for a glass of wine.

    Throughout Namibia there are opportunities to shop for souvenirs and we advise setting aside some of your budget for this purpose. Credit cards are accepted in many places although Amex has more limited use.

  • Whilst on safari, you will be with an experienced guide at all times, who is usually unarmed. Staff are experienced at dealing with wildlife, but by their nature, game drives have exposure to wild animals, and there will always be some risk in this. All of the game drives run according to schedule, although unexpected delays can occur, which the guide will deal with as quickly and safely as possible. Being in the wilderness means that the environment is unpredictable, so the unexpected can happen. For the rhino tracking excursion in Damaraland, there will be a safety briefing beforehand to inform you of the possible dangers of approaching the rhino on foot.

  • For the majority of the holiday, you will be in a tour vehicle with a maximum of 18 passengers. The benefit of this is that you are protected from the heat and dust, although views may be slightly more obstructed and you won’t have a wildlife spotter. In Damaraland, you are in an open safari vehicle with up to 9 passengers. In Etosha, there is the possibility to change from your normal tour vehicle to an open safari vehicle, for a supplement. This offers a more classic safari experience as you can get closer to the animals, with excellent photography opportunities.

  • Long journeys are a given in Namibia, due to the geography of the country and its vast landscapes which are spread across thousands of square miles. To give an idea of scale, Namibia is approximately three and a half times the size of the UK, but the UK is home to 64 million more people. The main itinerary covers long distances, and bumpy gravel roads are common, with some journeys taking up the majority of the day. The journeys are stunning with plenty of good photography opportunities, with ever-changing landscapes ranging from mountains to red sand dunes and endless grass plains with acacia trees. There are breaks to stretch your legs, use the toilet and buy snacks, before arriving at the next destination. There are not usually restaurants, so lunch is often just a few snacks you can buy – on these days, we recommend having a hearty breakfast. The journey from Swakopmund to Palmwag in Damaraland is the longest drive of the trip, and takes up the majority of the day. Delays can sometimes occur if the vehicle has a mechanical fault or a tyre needs to be changed.