Discover Namibia - Lodges

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Africa's unknown gem - desert scenery, coastal wilderness and wonderful game-viewing

The scenic beauty of Namibia is only matched by its diversity. Deep canyons, towering sand dunes, otherworldly rock formations and vast salt pans seamlessly merge into each other in an endlessly shifting landscape. The sky seems particularly big here with spectacular sunsets and, at night, the sight of billions of stars twinkling overhead. This is the backdrop for healthy wildlife populations and a melting pot of different communities.


Two full days in Etosha National Park

World's highest sand dunes

The spectacular Namib-Naukluft Park Desert

Brandberg, Namibia's highest mountain

Key information

  • 12 night lodges, chalets or hotels
  • Travel in a purpose-built overland truck
  • Some long drives
  • Countries visited: Namibia

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival and departure transfers (from Windhoek)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
056 631 86 64
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Responsible Travel

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company. 

All accommodations employs local staff and uses local produce and supplies wherever possible, benefiting the wider community. Energy saving bulbs and water conservation signs utilised in the lodges are a great way to reduce environmental impact but we are still careful about managing waste, litter and noise pollution.

On our wildlife safaris and game drives, twenty-five percent of all park entrance fees paid is reinvested into essential infrastructure and services related to tourism in Namibia’s parks. This is done through the Game Products Trust Fund by the MET (Ministry of Environmental and Tourism). In addition, by running game drives in Etosha National Park, we are also contributing to local community initiatives and helping to fund the protection of the wide range of species which live there.

This trip includes a visit to the Namib Carnivore Conservation Centre which is used to assist the long-term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores through research, education and rehabilitation. We will meet the resident cheetahs and learn about the conservation efforts to protect the majestic creatures. However, the cheetah enclosure has now been reduced in size as the centre is making improvements to its fencing. It is due to be completed in April/May 2019 but an exact date is yet to be confirmed. Exodus does not wish to stop supporting the project during the transitional period so we decided to continue to include it in our itinerary. However, it does mean seeing the cheetahs in a smaller enclosure than normal.

In March 2019, Exodus Travels launched the Exodus Travels Foundation where we support initiatives all around the world. But it cannot exist without travellers who care. Get involved or learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus here


  • Day 1

    Start Windhoek.

    The tour starts at the Arebbusch Lodge in Windhoek. Those on group flights will be picked up at the airport and we will drive into town for an hour or so. In town everyone will have a chance to change money and pick up any supplies they may need; this is also an opportunity for our guides to buy fresh food. We will then drive to our lodge. The afternoon can be spent exploring or relaxing.
    Arebbusch Lodge or similar

  • Day 2

    Drive through Namib Nuakluft to Sesriem.

    Today we head southwest through the spectacular scenery of the Namib-Naukluft Park to Sesriem. This national park, one of the largest in the world, is home to one of the driest and oldest deserts on earth. It contains the finest desert scenery in Africa, if not in the world, with towering jagged rock formations and an incredible lunar landscape so be prepared for some great photo stops. (driving 300-350kms/7hrs)
    Solitaire Guest Farm or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Sossusvlei and the Namib Carnivore Conservation Centre

    Today we spend much of today in the Namib Desert. Rising early we catch the tallest sand dunes in the world in the morning light and have the opportunity to climb one of the dunes for fantastic views. We can either walk to Hiddenvlei or catch a transfer (optional extra) to Deadvlei where ancient acacia trees in the desert form an eerie scene. If we’re lucky we may see gemsbok or ostrich among the sand dunes. In the afternoon we visit Sesriem Canyon before joining a guide to see the cheetahs at the Namib Carnivore Conservation Centre (please see Responsible Travel section) - depending on time we may go tomorrow morning. (driving 200kms/3hrs)
    Solitaire Guest Farm or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    To Swakopmund via Walvis Bay.

    A long but very scenic drive through the Namib-Naukluft Park to Swakopmund. En route we visit Walvis Bay for lunch and to see local flamingos. Swakopmund is a small German colonial resort town with quaint cake shops and coffee houses and a centre for adrenaline activities. (driving 300kms /5.5hrs).
    Prost Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Free day for optional activities.

    Today is a free day to enjoy one of the many optional activities on offer in and around town. At sea you can go deep-sea fishing and dolphin watching, in the desert you can go sand-boarding and quad-biking and in the sky you can fly over the skeleton coast. Or if none of these appeal you can spend the day enjoying the fantastic Viennese style cakes, walk along the beach or in the nearby dunes or just enjoy watching the world go-by in this town which seems strangely out of place in Africa.
    Prost Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6


    After a relaxing start we leave the cool breeze of the Atlantic Ocean behind and head inland towards Namibia’s highest mountain, Brandberg, in Damaraland. The Damaraland area is famous for the desert elephants which roam in the Ugab River. Star gazing is normally spectacular from this remote area (240kms / 3.5hrs).
    Brandberg Whilte Lady Lodge or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    White Lady Painting & Vingerklip

    We begin our day with a short drive to Brandberg, where we will enjoy a walk through valley 45 for approximately 1.5 hours. Along the way we will view beautiful, granite rock formations and a variety of birdlife. The valley takes us to the famous ‘White Lady’ rock painting which, along with a number of other small paintings and engravings, are thought to have been left by Bushmen at least 2000 years ago. Afterwards we will drive towards the Khorixas area where we should pass various Himba and Herero women selling crafts from the roadside. There is also the possibility of spotting Desert elephants and meerkats on the way. We will arrive at our accommodation after lunch and then in the afternoon we can view Vingerklip, a striking pinnacle of rock balancing vertically on its own (driving 250kms / 4.5hrs).
    Outjo Lodge or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    To Etosha N.P.

    Today we begin with a short drive to Etosha. We should arrive at Etosha in time for a late afternoon game drive before arriving at our accommodation for the night. The itinerary allows plenty of time to really enjoy this fabulous game park. (driving 200kms / 3hrs)
    Okaukuejo or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Days 9-10

    Two days gameviewing in Etosha.

    Etosha is a huge park of mixed forest and grassland centred around a large salt pan. Etosha is home to a great variety species, which are generally easy to find as the animals congregate at different times around the waterholes. Wildebeest, zebra, impala, springbuck, kudu, elephant, giraffe, lion and even rhino are all common sights here. Take plenty of camera memory and lots of patience and you will be rewarded by one of the greatest game spectacles in Southern Africa. Etosha is also a good place for birds, with plenty of water birds on the lakes (when filled with water), and weaverbirds and hornbills in the trees. While in Etosha we typically stay within the park on some or all of the nights (subject to availability) and some of these are located next to waterholes. These camps also offer optional night drives which you can book and pay for on arrival.
    Namutoni or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast (x2), Lunch (x1), Dinner (x1)

  • Day 11

    On to the Waterberg Plateau. Optional 4x4 game drive.

    Leaving Etosha behind, we head towards the Waterberg Plateau. This 200 metre high gigantic flat-topped plateau with bushveld on top is one of Namibia’s most fertile areas. There are several walking trails, including one leading to a spectacular viewpoint near the top of the plateau offering a great view of the surrounding area. It is also possible to do an optional 4x4 game drive. (driving 300kms / 5hrs)
    Waterberg or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 12

    Waterberg Plateau and on to Windhoek

    We have some free time this morning to relax or explore the Waterberg Plateau a little further. Later we head back to Windhoek stopping at a crafts market on the way. (driving 320kms / 4.5hrs).
    Utopia Boutique Hotel or similar

  • Day 13

    End Windhoek.

    The trip ends after breakfast. Those on the group flights will be taken to the airport in time for their flight home. Free time can be spent relaxing at the accommodation or exploring Windhoek where there are museum and shopping opportunities. Alternatively, a township tour of Windhoek can be arranged and Okapuka and Daan Viljoen game reserves are close by (see Optional Excursions section).

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info



Visas for Namibia are not required for UK or Commonwealth passport holders. Other nationalities should check before travelling. Please ensure you have a one full blank page in your passport. If you are transiting through South Africa and are a non UK passport holder you may require a transit visa. Please check before travelling. Please note that if flying via South Africa you will probably have to pass immigration there.

Please note that new regulations relating to travel with children means that 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 (listing the child’s 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. If a child is travelling with only one parent, the other parent should give consent for travel in the form of an affidavit.



There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

Malaria prophylaxis is essential and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners

In the itinerary we state which meals are included on which day. Please allow approximately £10/US$15 per meal per person for meals not included. Some meals are in restaurants whilst others will be prepared by the tour leader and assistants. Camp meals are freshly cooked over the camp fire. They are wholesome and plentiful, but do not expect cordon bleu cuisine and please note it is not always easy to get fresh meat. However, the standard of food is generally good. Breakfast - cereals, coffee, yoghurt, muesli, fresh fruit or the occasional fried breakfast. Lunch - cheese, cold meats, pasta, salads, bread or rolls. Dinner - potjie (stew), braai (BBQ) or stir fries. Vegetarians are well catered for on this trip though sometimes options might be more limited.



Is this trip for you?

Transport is in a specially modified safari truck with ten to twelve seats for clients. The roof opens for game viewing and there is plenty of legroom and packing space. All vehicles carry a reference library, fridge and/or icebox. Smaller groups may be in a Mercedes Sprinter or a Hilux/Land Cruiser. By keeping the group size deliberately small we are able to maximise the exposure to the great African wilderness.

80% of Namibian roads are good gravel roads. However, the road conditions are completely dependent on how they are being maintained at the time and on occasion conditions can be poor. This can have an impact on journey times as well as comfort, and can be punishing on the vehicles. Drive times on this trip are moderate and we will normally arrive at our destination in the afternoon. The total distance covered on the trip is about 2,800kms. Drive times below are only approximations and do vary with road conditions and the number of stops. We will rarely exceed 6 hours driving in one day.

All activities done on tour are moderate, such as climbing Dune 45 and visiting the White Lady rock painting at Brandberg. The walks on the Waterberg Plateau can be classified as moderate to strenuous as it can get a bit steep and rocky.

There are some days where we will have to get up before sunrise but this will allow us to get the most from our activities (for example, the game drives in Etosha where we are more likely to see wildlife in the early mornings before it gets too hot).

Please note that due to the limited amount of accommodation within Etosha National Park, it may be necessary to sleep outside the park on some or all of the nights that we are there. This will not impact on the number of game drives that we have within the park.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
056 631 86 64
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.


Guesthouses & Lodges

Throughout this trip we stay in mostly 2 and 3-star en suite lodges and occasionally in permanent tented camps (which also have beds and en suite facilities). The rooms are simple, comfortable and clean. Most properties have swimming pools. On tour our rooms in Etosha are the only accommodation where mosquito nets are provided as the park is in a low risk malaria area. WiFi is available in a number of properties but not everywhere, notably it is not available in Sesruenm, Etosha or Waterberg.

Please note that due to the limited amount of accommodation within Etosha National Park, it may be necessary to sleep outside the park on some or all of the nights that we are there. This will not impact on the number of game drives that we have within the park.

Single accommodation (available on request)

Call for general departures:
056 631 86 64
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Expert Blog Entries

Sunset at the Namib Desert

Tracing a circular route through Namibia, we arrive into the coastal town of Swakopmund.

  • Reviewed July 2019
    Peter Nelson

    Great trip, poor company service

    The trip itself was excellent. Run by a local company (Malabiu) the guide (Shaun) worked extremely hard and his side kick cook (Jona) were both very profesional and knowledgeable. Geology information was a bit sparse, but customs and culture info was very good. The small group gelled together well. Be warned they is a lot of travelling with many miles on Namibia style roads - basically very dusty and stoney dirt tracks. Food and drink is cheap in Namibia and the lodges are comfortable if basic. The main down side was the company (Exodus) which did not respond effectively to queries asked. Also did not pass on important information to the group guide which meant that arrangement were compromised. For 10 of us in the party there were five different group flights - not their finest hour. Overall, I would certainly recommend this trip to others.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing lots of different animals in their natural environment

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent knowledge and very professional

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    See above summary

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    See above summary
  • Reviewed June 2019
    Geoff Culver

    A big and beautiful country with lots of wildlife and few people

    Some wonderful but stark scenery and plenty of wildlife. Expect some long drives on bumpy roads though.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Climbing up the sand dune and a busy water hole

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Superb. Very knowledgeable and trip ran like clockwork.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Prices for options and tips in the trip notes are out of date, so allow a bit more cash. Pretty much all the restaurants and shops take cards. Note that some EU passport holders will need a visa.
  • Reviewed March 2019
    Sheila Morrison


    What a fantastic trip. Our wonderful guide Ronney and his assistant Jonas who both knew all the best spots to spot wildlife (leopard inside a roadside sign) (Pride of 10 lions at a kill) but could also produce 5 star lunches at the roadside under the shade of a tree, effortlessly change rooms to suit my disabled husband, drive with the utmost skill on bumpy roads and have none of us complain and generally do their job at 110% Highly recommend a trip to this most interesting country.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing a pride of 10 lions feeding on a kill (including 2 cubs) who then pottered slowly back to the shade of a tree right in front of our van. Amazing

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ronney was just FANTASTIC. Great at wild life spotting, orgainizing, lunches, bird identification, friendly, always around to assist if needed.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It is hot in February. Internet weather said 28-30c and 14 days of rain expected. One 10 minute shower and temps in mid 30's all the time.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Go and visit this wonderful country for yourself. it is cheap to eat and drigk when you are there. Quality of lodges js fantastic with fridges, air con, pools etc.
  • Reviewed November 2018
    Tony Ruberry

    Beautiful Namibia

    This was a wonderful holiday in a beautiful country. Having been to South Africa and Kenya before, we had some idea what to expect from a holiday in Southern Africa, but if anything Namibia exceeded our expectations. The country is, of course, very dry and the land is beautiful in a stark, rather than a pretty, way. The holiday in general was well planned, with the first part concentrating on the deserts in the south, a break in Swakopmund on the coast, and a final few days on safari in Etosha. This gave a variety of environments and activities.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There was much to admire over the whole trip. The sand dunes of the Namibia-Naukluft, the strange rock scenery of the Kuiseb region and the salt pan in Etosha were all memorable. The majority of the lodges were excellent, especially the Ugab Terrace Lodge - one of the most spectacular places I've ever stayed. But the highlight of the trip must have been the sighting of two cheetahs in Etosha. There were lots of other vehicles there when we arrived, but, with the gates about to the park about to close, they all had to leave - apart from our vehicle and one other. We were able to watch as the cheetahs made their way to a waterhole and calmly had a drink for ten or fifteen minutes before wandering away in the opposite direction. A very special experience!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Shane was excellent - a lovely man, very knowledgeable, an excellent driver, and full of enthusiasm for his country. Reuben provided us with fine food while on the road as well as sharing much of the work with Shane. However good an itinerary is, the success of this sort of holiday largely depends on the group of travellers and, especially, the leader. Fortunately this was a very friendly group, and Shane was an excellent leader.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Read the trip notes - there is a lot of time spent travelling on this holiday, and much of it is along rough roads - real African roads as Shane described them. There is some walking involved in the trip, although the walks are all optional; be aware that although none of these are long or arduous, the heat makes it harder work then you might expect!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This holiday is thoroughly recommended!
  • Reviewed October 2018
    Yvonne M

    Unlike anywhere else

    A truly stunning country - vast open spaces, wide skies, sunsets, stars, sand dunes, and a national park crammed with animals and birds. We stayed in some wonderful lodges with huge views, saw the desert from above and came back with many memories, and even more photos.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The flight over the desert - and the night drive in Etosha - and seeing a hyena in daylight - and the sand dunes (such fine orange sand) - and the colours of the landscape (like a painting) - and the herds of elephants playing in the watering holes ... I could go on....

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Shane was great - knew his stuff, worked hard, good sense of humour. Maybe a little misleading when it came to the walks (Waterberg is not a stroll)

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This trip does have some long days driving but the stunning scenery and some lovely accommodation (Sesriem and Ugab in particular) make it all worth while. Be prepared for heat and dust and some bumpy roads. Don't worry too much about the malaria tablets, half our group did not have them and Etosha turned out not to be a malaria-risk area. Some of the accomm. is more basic, but it is the location that counts. Take a good telephoto lens - and if you can afford the desert flight then go for it. Although the notes say water is provided on the truck, it wasn't; we bought water from supermarkets.
  • Reviewed October 2018
    yvonne m

    What a fab trip

    I cannot describe how amazing this trip was, Namibia is a stunning country, with wonderful scenery - 2nd most sparsely populated country in the world so there is lots of open space (and lots of driving) but the desert, the night sky, the ancient rock art and the animals at Etosha are so worth it

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing rhinos and hyenas in the red search light on a night drive - I was holding my breath, it was spine tingling to just catch them in the beam of the lamp, and to be close enough that we could hear the rhino's footsteps. And to then see a rhino and a spotted hyena at the waterhole in the daytime - a rare treat. But closely followed by the desert trip and the flight over the desert and coastline

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Shane was very hard working,, knowledgeable and humorous

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for some long hot dusty days - and bumpy rides on the gravel roads. Mosquitos were not an issue in Etosha. Make sure your camera has a good zoom or telephoto lens - and heaps of memory. Binoculars are useful. you will not regret booking this trip, Namibia is a stunning place to visit. Namibia has a very meat focused diet - if you are not a meat eater, its not the best but you will get by

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    only to say thanks again
  • Reviewed August 2018
    Neil Thomas

    How many elephants does it take to fill a waterhole?

    I always hope that my annual holiday will deliver a "wow" moment. This trip delivered three. Firstly, the trip from Sessriem to Walvis Bay was astonishing, passing through several radically different environments in one day - from the fringes of the Namib desert, via plains and mountains to the sea; then the incredible views from Vingerklip - reminiscent of California; then best of all the proliferation of wildlife at Etosha - we had 40 elephants young and old playing at the waterhole just yards from where we were sitting at Okaukuejo. Then there were the walking lions, the sleeping lions, zebras, springbok, kudu and a dozen giraffes at another waterhole. Oh, we finally got to spot a family of wild cheetahs after a long game drive near Namatoni. Mustn't forget Dune 45 and Dead Vlei and the fact that often ours was the only vehicle on the road.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Etosha, Etosha, Etosha. I guess we were particularly lucky to visit during the dry season, but even though I knew our chances of seeing the "big" mammals would be good, I could not have predicted the vast numbers we actually saw. We ticked off more than 40 species of animal - birds and mammals - in Etosha overall.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Shane was quite a character who clearly knows Namibia well and is proud of his country. He ensured everyone in the group got what they wanted from the trip. Our driver, Benson, was also a star, coping with the harsh African roads, despite having to repair a double puncture and a shattered window. He also proved to be a decent campsite cook.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you love spectacular scenery and spotting wild animals, then this is a must trip for you.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We took South African Rand to Namibia from the UK and this was readily accepted as if it was their own currency. We also flew out a day earlier than the group. This gave us a chance to look round Windhoek, but also meant we had the opportunity to recover from the overnight flight before starting the tour.
  • Reviewed May 2018
    Paul Smith

    Noteable Namibia Trip

    Discover Namibia - Lodges, is a well organised and good value tour, taking in the main tourist locations of mid to north Namibia. If you are prepared for some long travel days on dirt/salt roads and go with an open mind about the sights and scenes you will encounter, you will not be disappointed. It is accurately marketed as a low to moderate activity level, even the ascent of Dune 45 at Sossusvlei. Accommodation is in 2-3* lodges, all of a satisfactory standard for 1 or 2 nights, some even memorable. Transport in a specialised safari truck with a push up roof provided the opportunity to view the landscape and game in relative comfort and from a high position. The driver/guide (Ronney) and his assistant (Jonas) were first class, very knowledgeable and took excellent care of our party.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were so many great experiences on this trip that it is difficult to single one out, so here's a few. Watching the sunrise on the crest of Dune 45 followed by the eerie scene of petrified trees at Deadvlei was remarkable. Watching sunsets across a desert landscape and the emergence of the southern hemisphere night sky in the desert at Sesriem were stunningly beautiful. Driving through Etosha N.P., seeing game close up and even coming across an old lion that had been injured in a fight and unlikely to survive was sad to see but a true reflection of what actually happens in nature. Above all, observing a male Cheetah on the prowl close to Namutoni Camp in Etosha N.P. was breathtaking. The Waterburg Plateau was like a lost world in the sky and despite the rain, a memorable place......and so many, many more.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ronney was a first class driver and an excellent guide. While not a specialist in any particular discipline, his general knowledge of his country, its history, geography, geology, large and small animals, plants and ornithology to mention a few was outstanding. He constantly ensured our safety and well-being throughout the trip, kept us posted on the day's events and provided us with invaluable information on do's and dont's. He was very ably supported by his assistant, Jonas, who was also a very capable cook and prepared some excellent lunches and evening meals. They worked as a team and nothing was too much trouble for them. While in Etosha N.P., Ronney provided us with more game drives than we had expected and used his local knowledge and contacts to find us some great photo opportunities. I'm sure other guides and assistants are good but if you book this trip and get Ronney and Jonas, you've hit the jackpot !

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You can't easily obtain Namibian Dollars before you arrive in the country (or exchange them outside) but you don't really need them as South African Rand are accepted everywhere at an exchange rate of 1:1 with no commission charged at banks or Bureau de Change. If you buy anything in Rand, change is often given in N$ which you can offload. My advice is to take some Rand to cover your day of arrival and get more when you are in Windhoek. We had the opportunity to do so before we hit the road on the first day at the Western Union office and again at Swakopmund using an ATM. Both gave very favourable rates compared to getting your currency in the UK, as did our Halifax Clarity and Revolut cards for other spending. This trip includes Swakopmund which appears on almost all similar tour itineraries in Namibia, so quite difficult to avoid. It is a former German colonial town but only a few buildings from that era remain. If you are not into high octane activities or do not have the budget for the rather expensive optional extras (most of which we had done elsewhere), do find time to visit the excellent small museum which contains lots of information and artifacts on the history, geography, geology, plants, wildlife, etc., and a particularly good gallery describing the various native peoples that are now collectively Namibians. It's run by volunteers who really help you to enjoy the experience. Next door, there's a great little café with patio seating where you can have coffee and cake while watching the Atlantic breaking on the shoreline. For a good value, quality meal with excellent service go to Kucki's Pub for seafood or game - book a table as it was full on both nights we went. Namibians do not consider a meal without meat a meal at all and it is served everywhere, with good portion sizes, which is good news for carnivores ! Try the Gemsbok (Oryx) - actually you'll find it difficult to avoid in the set dinners at lodges, Springbok and Kudu, all of which have a unique flavour. Vegetarians may find menus more limited and in some places even difficult to get a balanced diet. As experienced travellers both on business and leisure, in our opinion Himba (and perhaps to a lesser extent Herero) women are further examples of female exploitation. Our route took us past a Himba village just outside Outjo where stalls are set up and women in traditional dress sell cheap (plastic) souvenirs . It was only on our arrival and when apparently prompted by their male "minder" that they started their combining their hair, applying ochre and posing for photos (which we avoided by staying in the truck with another couple). Most were just teenage girls and this may be the only way they can make a living but it saddened us to see it. As stated, this is our opinion and you must make your own decision on whether or not it is acceptable in the 21st century.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Our only real disappointment with the whole itinerary was the visit to the Namib Carnivore Conservation Centre on Day 4. It is described in the itinerary as "Cheetah tracking" but in fact we were driven into a fenced compound to observe a family of approximately 7 rather docile-looking cheetahs laying under a tree. In addition, the word conservation is not entirely accurate. The cheetahs are all orphaned or born into captivity and will remain in the sanctuary for life as they have not learnt any hunting skills from their mothers that would allow them to be returned to the wild. They must be fed regularly and although they could potentially be used for breeding purposes, any offspring would end up in zoos (or similar centres). That said, it was a couple of hours in a two-week itinerary, so not much to complain about. In all other respects, this is a highly recommended tour of a fascinating country.
  • Reviewed April 2018

    Discover Namibia - Lodges

    This trip combines the highlights of the Namibian landscape with game viewing in the parks.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The wildlife was the highlight for me. The most memorable being the night drive when we found a lioness at the waterhole nearby, she got up and walked down the road in front of our truck roaring on the way. She then met up with a male and disappeared in to the scrub. On our return to camp that night, she was waiting at the roadside with her mate. My husband and I went to the camp waterhole on returning and found the male there.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ronney was extremely hard working as he also did all the driving on the trip as well as guiding and organising. He was warm friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Along with Jonas the cook the leaders made a good team.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take any cash in South African rand, one Namibian dollar equalled one rand when I was there. Namibian dollars are only available in Namibia and not exchangeable outside the country. Also, whilst you are there take advantage of all opportunities - you may never go back to Namibian. My husband and I, went on the Dolphin cruise (a bit cheesy but fun) with sea lions and pelicans climbing on the boat as well as dolphins surfing in the wake. The flight, a very interesting perspective of the landscape. A full day and a night game drive and in Etosha, very enjoyable, the night drive was particularly interesting (my highlight of the trip). A game drive in Waterbury plateau which had rare species such as Roan and Sable antelope and rhino. Finally on the last day in Windhoek as our flight was not till the evening - we went to Okapuka Ranch - which was a delightful way to end the tour. The restaurant/ bar is beautifully designed with the seats viewing the grounds with animals grazing.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I travelled at the beginning of April by which time the wet season should of and apparently normally would of ended. However, I did have some rain. This meant that in the parks the animals did not need to congregate around the waterholes as water was available all around. An additional game drive was also cancelled due to the weather. On the plus side when climbing for example Dune 45 the temperature was cooler than it would be in the summer.
  • Reviewed April 2018
    sofia graves

    photography paradise

    The country is large, the roads are long and bumpy, however not an inch should be missed. Etosha and the dunes are particularly magnificent.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    So many inspirational moments. Enduring image three oryx racing towards the dunes, leaving their perfectly formed tracks in their wake. .

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Absolutely great, Not only with his driving which on a rainy day got particularly difficult but also with his perseverance in searching for the big photo ops. He was also informative with his tips regarding what we should be expected to pay for local crafts or even toilet fees. He has built a great relationship with local people to ensure the travellers can get the most out of their trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make the most of the additional hikes and drives. I particularly recommend the 2.5 hour flight over the sand dunes which was absolutely fabulous not enough words to describe how extensive the desert is.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Exodus, please add an extra day at Namib-Naukluft Park Desert, it was great and I would have enjoyed spending more time there, as would most of the other travellers on my trip.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.


What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.


2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.


3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.


 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 


Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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