Discover Namibia - Camping

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Trip code: 
AZN
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Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
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Culture
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–12

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 merge seamlessly 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 which congregate around Etosha’s watering holes and a melting pot of different communities from traditional tribes to the descendants of German colonialists.

Highlights

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

  • 8 nights full-service camping and 4 nights guesthouses
  • Travel in a purpose-built overland truck
  • Some long drives

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 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:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 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.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Depart London.

    Depart London.

  • Day 2

    Arrive 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 3

    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/6-7hrs)
    Sesriem Campsite or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    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 best light and have the opportunity to climb one of the dunes as the sun rises, truly one of Africa’s greatest sights. 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 visiting the Namib Carnivore Conservation Centre where we can join conservationists working on a cheetah conservation project (depending on time we may go tomorrow morning). We then continue on to our next camp which is approximately 1 hour away. (driving 200kms/ 3hrs).
    Solitaire Guest Farm Campsite or similar

  • Day 5

    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 6

    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 7

    Brandberg

    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).
    Bradberg Whilte Lady Lodge or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    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. In the afternoon we can view Vingerklip, a striking pinnacle of rock balancing vertically on its own (driving 230kms / 3.5hrs).

    Sophienhof Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    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 camping at Okaukuejo, which has an excellent waterhole for viewing game at night. Our itinerary allows plenty of time to really enjoy this fabulous game park. (driving 350kms / 5hrs)
    Okaukuejo or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Days 10-11

    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 and number of game, which is easy to find as the animals congregate at different times around the waterholes. There are waterholes next to the excellent campsites, and it is not uncommon for us to spend all night watching a gala performance of animals: 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 move from Okaukuejo to Halali and/or Namatoni rest camps. These camps now offer optional night drives which you can book and pay for on arrival.
    Namutoni or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    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
  • Day 13

    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 / 3.5hrs).
    Utopia Boutique Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Depart 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 (which is a 15 minute walk away) 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
  • Day 15

    Arrive London.

    Arrive London.

Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Namibia

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.

Vaccinations

Namibia

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 and 7 dinners included.

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.

Weather

Swakopmund

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).

As this is a fully supported camping trip, all cooking and other camp chores are done for you. We will be camping everywhere except in Swakopmund and Windhoek, in the very good and well-equipped campsites that are common to Namibia.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Accommodation

Camps & Guesthouses

In Swakopmund we use a hotel with a bar and Wi-Fi and in Windhoek we stay in a lodge and a hotel which both have swimming pools. On all other nights we will be camping in two-person tents. Camping is undeniably a great way to experience Africa and fixed campsites in Namibia are generally well cared for, clean and tidy with facilities of a reasonable standard. All communal camping gear is provided, including spacious dome tents, thick foam mattresses and folding stools, although you will need to take your own sleeping bag. Most hotels do not provide mosquito nets. The tents have mosquito mesh across the windows.

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:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
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Experts

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  • Reviewed November 2018
    Anne Slatter

    Oh dear

    Disappointing service from the company. Itinerary description didnt really match up with events. No biologist with the cheetah tracking as advertised. Possibly inexperienced guide lacking information about anything. Most drives were done in guide silence. My Homeward info was only given to someone else a complete stranger that happened to be on the same flight. It had the wrong departure hotel on it nothing was corrected. When you are that far from home you need your info correct and in your possession

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the elephants unfortunately most animals were only seen at the waterholes.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Not much. A nice person but leader no

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Dont go with exodus but if you do insist you get info about your holiday not a generic trip that isnt yours

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I wouldnt recommend exodus
  • Reviewed November 2018
    Douglas Robertson

    A Vast and Beautiful Country

    If you like huge landscapes and wildlife this is a must do trip. Namibia is unlike any country i have been to before and certainly felt different to other areas of Africa (im no expert!). The scale and space has to be seen to be believed and adds to the beauty - sunsets are amazing. We went towards the end of the dry season and this meant that animals were gathering at the waterhole. We were lucky enough to see herds of elephants and several rhino ... not to forget giraffes, oryx, gazelle, hyenas and many many more. We were on the camping trip and Ronney and Jonas done an amazing job to set up camp and take it down ... we tried to help but they are so good at it I think we slowed them up. They were fantastic guides, great ambassadors for the country and Jonas cooked food on a fire that i couldnt in a fully equipped kitchen. This is our fourth trip with Exodus and I will certainly be back for more.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Being on top of Dune 45 at sunrise

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ronney was a fantastic leader and just made the whole trip go smoothly. Nothing was a problem and he put up with our sometimes dodgy timekeeping with a smile

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    book it ..... its a fantastic place to see!
  • Reviewed November 2018
    Paul Richardson

    Excellent Trip

    A very busy schedule, with lots of early starts, lots of dust and sand and quite a bit of travel over rough roads. But, it was all worth it. I would do it again. You see a wide variety of landscape and wildlife that could not be encountered any other way in two weeks.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Dune 45 and Deadvlei, I am a landscape rather than an animal person, so you may disagree.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ronnie, and his assistants, were excellent. Nothing was a trouble to them. They were always friendly and helpful. their knowledge was excellent and their animal spotting capabilities astonishing.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't get stressed about the dust, it washes out. Don't worry about it getting on your camera sensor, several photo enthusiasts (I was one) on the trip both confirmed that despite a bit of lens swapping the sensors remained clean. Ear plugs, tent canvas is not a good foil for snoring :)

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I've been on about 8 Exodus trips and this was probably the best.
  • Reviewed November 2018
    Philip Mason

    Fantastic holiday

    The crew were fantastic. Group leader Ronney Kavari was a great leader, explaining the plans for each day and telling us what to expect with plenty of local tips. He was an exceptional spotter of wildlife and we saw large numbers of a huge variety of animals and birds. He was also very knowledgeable about the animals, birds and plants as well as the country. There was plenty of opportunities to see and photograph. Benson was the main driver and Jonas the main cook and the food was very good. All the crew were very friendly with a good sense of humour. The tents went up and came down very efficiently. The optional trips were also good-at least the ones we did: Visit to the Township was very interesting and enjoyable but quite thought provoking as well. We also went on the flight over the desert and although we enjoyed it, it was quite long and expensive and there was no commentary and the plane was very old-I don't think we would recommend this at the price. We would thoroughly recommend this trip, esp with the crew we had!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the wild animals in their environment

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Group leader Ronney Kavari was a great leader, explaining the plans for each day and telling us what to expect with plenty of local tips. He was an exceptional spotter of wildlife and we saw large numbers of a huge variety of animals and birds. He was also very knowledgeable about the animals, birds and plants as well as the country.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared to camp! Despite this being clear in the description some people found this tiring.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    No-fantastic trip
  • Reviewed August 2018
    John Saxton

    Brilliant

    Certainly the way to see Namibia - early starts frequently and rough roads but all fades into significance when put into perspective. If your're considering it, but are uncertain, just book it and enjoy.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Difficult. Standing on top of a massive sand dune at sunrise? The 800 year old dead acacia trees against the white salt pan, red dunes and blue sky in Deadvlei? Or elephants drinking at a water hole at sunset? I cannot decide.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader, Ronney, was excellent. Nothing was too much trouble, constantly attentive, we lacked nothing. He seems to do the camping trips end-to-end so there's a good change of getting him.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    In July/ August the desert is COLD. A duvet jacket is not out of place, as are fleece trousers, warm socks and a hat. The days can also be cold despite the sun, only warming up towards midday. As you go north, after the third day, it gets warmer and the warm gear becomes unnecessary. Camping is fun and confortable, the tents are easy to put up (the staff are supposed to do it, but we found it more fun to do it ourselves, which they appreciated) but getting organised in the dark in the tent is a pain. I would recommend a lantern to hang from the centre loop of the tent roof (intended for mozzie nets which aren't necessary most of the time) and of course good head torches are vital. Don't bring a cheap one. Toilets at the campsites are immaculate at virtually all the sites. As are the service station toilets - you could eat off the floor in most of them. Even the longdrop toilets (thankfully very few and none in the campsites) are clean and don't smell. The whole country is clean: I don't think I saw a single piece of litter the whole trip. It puts our country to shame. Everything gets a bit dusty and sandy. Packing clothes and sleeping bag into dustproof bags (or even drybags) helps to keep you organised and everything stays relatively dustfree. For all but the most hardened campers, an inflatable pillow is useful. If for nothing else, sitting on it helps iron out some of the jarring on the dirt roads!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Batteries AA and AAA are widely available , although quite expensive, so better to bring plenty of spares. A good camera with a lot of memory cards. If you are using an SLR then a long lens is a big advantage for the animals (I took a 500mm) but a wideangle wasn't used.
  • Reviewed August 2018
    Helen Ross

    Action packed

    Very good ,well organised holiday. Enjoyed the hotel and camping food . No day was boring.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing a leopard. Climbing sand dune 45 at sunrise.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ronney was an excellent leader. Communicated well with the group and took good care of us.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take plenty of warm clothing in July August We were surprised how cold it was at the start of the camping Temperature in the north much much warmer .We went from one extreme to the other. Camping is not glamping but one step up from my last camping trip as we had proper toilets and showers . Quite a lot of travelling involved ,sometimes on bumpy terrain.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Very good holiday , but I would agree with ‘ not for the faint hearted’
  • Reviewed August 2018
    Aaron Wood

    Awesome Safari

    Whilst the driving at times becomes slightly tiresome the sights and nature where fantastic. The group were wonderful and the guide Ben was extremely informative.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    At Etosha watering hole where we saw 30 elephants walking with there young

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was incredible

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring a cushion for the trip and definitely bring some decent binoculars and camera

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would recommend it to anyone who loves animals
  • Reviewed August 2018
    Patricia Barnett

    Loved it!

    My husband and I have never done a trip like this and we have never camped before. We loved it. The tour is interesting and varied. The walk in the dessert was spectacular, climbing the Dune was quite hard, but watching the sun rise made the climb worth every step. Eating supper round a camp fire was really nice and sociable and the food was really good. We are vegetarian and we were well looked after. We saw hundreds of animals: giraffe, rhino (and a baby rhino), lions, elephants and their babies, springbok, zebra, ostrich, fabulous birds, warthogs, hyena, jackal, many types of deer and antelope, baboons... We wish we could do it all over again.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The most inspirational moment of the trip was the herd of elephants that came to the waterhole in Etosha. So many other animals came too. It was a really beautiful experience.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader, Ben, was excellent. He looked after us with care and consideration. He had excellent knowledge on every question that was asked and he was very good at finding the animals for us to see. The crew (the driver and the cook - Jonas and Orbert) were also excellent.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    July was a good time to travel because it was not too hot during the day. The temperature does fall at night so a really good sleeping bag and a blanket (if you feel the cold) is a good plan. The facilities at each site vary so it is better if you can be flexible. You need malaria tablets, but there were very few insects at that time of year - it may be different at other times. We are very cautious so we had insect repellent clothes. You can get clothes washed at the hotel in Swakopmund and one or two other places, so you need to plan clothes carefully. Some of the roads are very bumpy, but then we were travelling through the dessert. It would definitely help if you have a head torch with you.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you have a little bit of adventure tucked in your spirit and you like so see animals in the wild - this is a fantastic trip.
  • Reviewed March 2018

    Discovering Namibia

    If you haven't been to Namibia and you like wildlife and stunning landscapes - book now! Our trip was absolutely amazing, and so much more varied than I thought it would be. I must thank our two local guides on the trip, as without them we would not have seen half the wonders we did. They were knowledgeable, helpful and unfailingly cheerful, which made our visit so much more enjoyable.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were so many highlights it is difficult to single out any one element, but I suppose our stay in Etosha National Park must rank with any wildlife experience I have ever had. Watching lions mate whilst springbok leapt in the background, being charged by an angry bull elephant, and seeing a family of cheetah stalk their prey, will stay in my memory for ever.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I must thank our two local guides on the trip, as without them we would not have seen half the wonders we did. They were knowledgeable, helpful and unfailingly cheerful, which made our visit so much more enjoyable.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We booked a flight over the Skeleton Coast when we were staying in Swakopmund and this was a wonderful way to see the landscape from a different perspective. I would mention however that if you are my height or taller (I am 1m 80), then the leg room on the plane is not generous and you are in the air for over two hours. Also, I would recommend taking a small compact camera with a good zoom, as my DSLR with a bulky zoom lens was much too cumbersome.
  • Reviewed May 2017
    Julian Penge

    Discover Namibia - Camping Trip

    What a fantastic trip in an amazing country! This is my eighth Exodus adventure in the last 6 years, and again, I wasn’t disappointed. From start to finish it was an exemplary journey. The trip itself was very comprehensive, from walking through a gorge at sunset to climbing a sand dune at sunrise; to dolphin watching in the morning and quad biking in the dunes in the afternoon. Both the wildlife viewing and the variation in geomorphology were outstanding across this beautiful county.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The wildlife viewings were fantastic, especially the leopard and bull elephant we saw next to our vehicle. We were extremely lucky; it was as if the leopard was posing just for us. These animals are generally very solitary and evasive and seeing one so up close was just incredible.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Rooney our group leader was superb; his driving skills and knowledge of Namibia were incredible. How he spotted some of the wildlife from the distance, I will never know. His two deputies, Jonas and Ruben, were also very hard-working gentlemen who looked after the twelve of us very well from dawn to dusk. They were very efficient in setting up and dismantling our tents, loading and unloading our vehicle and their cooking skills were great. What a great team to look after us!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Travelling across this large country was very comfortable and safe; and both the tarmac and dirt roads were in excellent condition. The townships and campsites were very clean and the people were very friendly. I would just recommend bringing a good sleeping bag - and an excellent camera for the beautiful landscape and wildlife on show!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    To date, I have visited nine African countries and this trip to Namibia is easily number one. What a beautiful country, what a great adventure! Definitely a five star trip for me!

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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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