Namibia 4WD Desert Safari

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WZP
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Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Wildlife Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–9

Enjoy an adventurous camping safari far off the normal tourist route in the remote and isolated regions of northwest Namibia.

Namibia’s northwest corner is one of the least populated areas on Earth and one of Southern Africa’s last true wildernesses. Here wildlife outnumbers people and we have the opportunity to look for a large variety of animals including Desert elephants, lions and the world’s largest population of free-ranging Black rhino. This is a trip that rewards a spirit of adventure and the willingness to explore the path less travelled, but the journey is made easier by the use of specially designed 4WD safari vehicles and the relative luxury of full service camping.

Highlights

  • Explore a vast wilderness home to Desert elephant, lion and Black rhino
  • Spend two days in the private Palmwag Concession with, amongst others, over 100 lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena
  • Marvel at nature's theatre around Etosha's water-holes Stylish, full service wild camping

Key information

11 nights full-service camping and 1 night comfortable hotel

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 11 lunches and 11 dinners
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
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Trip Notes

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Depart London.

    Depart London.

  • Day 2

    Arrive Windhoek.

    The group flight arrives in Windhoek and rest of the day is free to relax or explore town. There will be a briefing this evening about the rest of the trip.
    Hotel Safari or similar

  • Day 3

    Drive to the Erongo Mountains.

    This morning we drive to Ameib Guest House in the Erongo Mountains. The afternoon is free to explore the area with a number of self-guided trails. The drive is approximately 4 hours.
    Ameib Guest House or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Visit Twyfelfontein San Bushman Engravings.

    Heading in a northwesterly direction we'll make our way through Damaraland's varied landscape of stark plains, petrified forests and ancient valleys to the rocky outcrops of Twyfelfontein. This area has the highest concentration of San Bushman engravings in Africa, some dating up to 6,000 years. We have the opportunity to explore the area on foot and see some of these San Bushman engravings.
    Twyfelfontein Wild Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 5-6

    Visit the Palmwag Concession to search for Desert elephants and Black rhinos.

    Continuing on our journey, we will spend the next two days in the Palmwag Concession. There are few places on Earth that offer such a great opportunity for wildlife viewing but with none of the crowds that can be found at the better known safari destinations. This 5,000km2 private desert reserve has a number of springs which support a healthy wildlife population. This includes Desert elephants, the second largest population of predators in Namibia after Etosha National Park (including lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena), Hartmann's gazelle, zebra, giraffe, oryx, springbok, kudu and about 70% of the world's free ranging Black rhinos. The concession is also home to most of the country's endemic bird species as well as diverse vegetation.

    The two days here will be spent tracking wildlife and visiting various hidden springs.
    Palmwag Concession Wild Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 7-8

    Transfer to Hoanib River; game drives

    We have a final hike within the Palmwag Concession to see what activities the wildlife may have been up to overnight before continuing our journey to the Hoanib River, where we will spend the next two nights. This dry riverbed is densely overgrown with nutritious acacia trees, a favourite food of Desert elephant, and we have good chances of seeing breeding herds of these giant creatures over the next game drives. The exact schedule over these two days will be decided by the tour leader and is dependant on the weather.
    Hoanib River Wild Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Drive towards the narrow Khowarib Gorge.

    Today we travel via Sesfontein to the Khowarib Gorge, a narrow gorge on the dry Hoanib River and home to a few Damara and Herero families. On the way we visit a local Himba village. The Himba are a nomadic people who move with their cattle to graze new lands. They are very traditional and still wear few clothes other than a loin-cloth and covering their bodies in a mixture of red-ochre and fat giving their skin a distinctive colour.
    Wild Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Etosha National Park

    Leaving the Khowarib area behind we travel via the Grootberg Pass to Kamanjab and further on a tarred road towards Etosha National Park. We arrive at Okaukuejo Rest camp, within the park, in the afternoon. Etosha National Park is centred around the Etosha Pan, a vast, dry depression. Springs feed water-holes where wildlife abounds. This evening we can sit by the flood-lit waterhole at the restcamp and watch the natural theatre unfold before us.
    Okaukuejo Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    Etosha National Park and Onguma Game Reserve

    We spend much of the day on game drives as we travel across the national park via Halali Camp and Namutoni towards Onguma Game Reserve. This reserve is on the eastern edge of Etosha National Park and covers 20,000 hectares of land. It is home to over 30 mammal species and numerous bird species.
    Onguma Game Reserve Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    Explore Etosha N.P., famous for its watering holes and wildlife.

    We spend another day exploring Etosha National Park looking for lions, elephants, giraffes, rhinos, and various other animals which call this part of the world home.
    Onguma Game Reserve Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 13

    Visit Waterberg Plateau, renowned for its birdlife.

    Leaving Etosha and Onguna, we head towards the Waterberg Plateau. This plateau is home to over 200 species of birds including Black eagles and the only breeding colony of Cape vultures in Namibia. There are several short self-guided walks through the plateau's beautiful scenery and even a couple of longer hikes for those feeling more energetic.
    Waterberg Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 14

    To Windhoek; end.

    We take our final drive towards Windhoek in time to catch our flight this afternoon.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    To Windhoek; depart.

    We take our final drive towards Windhoek in time to catch our flight this afternoon.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 16

    Arrive London.

    Arrive London.

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. New regulations, as of the 1 Oct 2014, mean that children under 18 will have to have an unabridged birth ciritificate showing the names of both parents. If the child is travelling with only one parent they will need to have an affidavit from the other parent, of no more then 3 months, confirming the child can travel with the other parent; a court order granting full legal guardianship of the child; or a death cirtificate of the deceased parent.

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

13 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 11 dinners.

Whilst camping we will be treated to three wholesome meals a day sat around a table prepared by our camp staff. Breakfast is 'full English' style, lunch is comprised of cold meats, cheese, salad, pickles, vegetables and fruit and dinner is a tasty warm meal cooked over the fire. Drinking water is provided throughout the trip.

Weather

Namibia is in the Southern Hemisphere, therefore essentially has the opposite seasonality to the UK. The summer months of June, July and August, whilst clear and warm during the day, can drop down to single figures and even freezing at night. Between September and May it is considerably warmer with the time between October and March being the hottest, getting up to the high 30sºC. However it is always a dry heat and the temperature does drop at night. The wet season is between November and February, but this is not a bad time to go as the desert blooms after rainfall, there is plenty of birdlife to see and, it never rains for very long.

Windhoek

Is this trip for you?

This trip visits some remote areas where infrastructure can be limited. We do, however, bring along everything we need to be fully self-sufficient, including solar showers and wash-basins. Even though this is a camping trip, including some wild camping, it is comfortable, full service camping where camp is set up for you and the delicious meals cooked by our camp-staff (see Accommodation section for more details). There are some long drives on dirt roads, though these are through stunning landscapes as well as on game drives. This is a trip for anyone who is ready to get away from the normal tourist trail and explore a remote but fascinating part of Southern Africa. A hardly inhabited area of dramatic beauty where age-old tribes eke out a nomadic existence and game roam outside of national parks.

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Accommodation

Camping & Hotel

11 nights full service camping and 1 night comfortable hotel. Some of the camping will be wild camping but we bring everything we need to be fully self-sufficient. The tents are comfortable dome tents (2.6m x 2.6m x 1.8m), sleeping is on fold-up camp beds with mattresses, linen, cushions and duvets and there is a bedside table and electric(battery operated) lantern. We will also have solar bucket showers and long-drop bush toilets as well as canvas wash-basins.

Single accommodation (available on request).

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Trip Notes

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  • Reviewed December 2015
    Sanna Daw

    Full service glamping

    An excellent trip going to all those places in Namibia you never knew you wanted to explore in more depth

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Trekking on foot to get a closer view of a black rhino AND 4 hours enthralled by the waterhole in Etosha, where we kept meaning to go to bed but more and more animals kept arriving. An evening I will remember for ever.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hans was a jack-of-all-trades and a master of all... he looked after us all with understated attention, was up to cook bacon for breakfast, drove all day, guided us and answered no end of questions, was excited to find the wildlife, either made lunch or kept us company at various restaurants, then jumped out and organised dinner. Then served it to us. There was nothing that was too much trouble... apart from he wouldn't let me go swimming in any of the waterholes (I checked at each and every one).

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Pack light... you don't need a sleeping bag, towel, or too many changes of clothes as you can wash at lots of places and it was so hot everything dried overnight. Take a head torch. Take spare camera batteries as we only had chance to recharge 2 things at a time (in the jeep). There is free internet in a few places, but you are totally off grid for around 4 days. Don't bother with Duty Free, it was much cheaper at the bottle store, and buy plenty of stocks at the bottle store. You can get soft drinks and snacks most days in small shops or petrol stations.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This could be seen as a trip for those who have been to the main sights in Namibia but the 6 of us had never been before and loved it. You are wild camping or in fairly exclusive camp sites most of the time, so the first night in Etosha feels a bit over-populated (but we were at the water hole most of the time anyway). Gerson and Wilson were great and our camp was always set up with the fire going when we arrived. They worked so hard for us and I must admit we didn't lift a finger. I would even go on this trip again, there's always something new to see.
  • Reviewed October 2015
    Daphne Lewsley

    4wd Namibia

    Trip was well balanced building through the whole experience of wild camping in the desert to the amazing wild life in Etosha. The crew who looked after the camp and the two guides who as well as acting as drivers and guides were also very able chefs could not be faulted.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I think probably coming on a herd of about 30 wild elephants thoroughly enjoying bathing in a waterhole but the floodlit waterhole in Etosha was very special.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Knowledgeable , hard working and experienced.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You need a South African power converter if you have anything other than the odd camera battery to charge. The camp sites have points and the inverters in the land cruisers are limited. I am glad to have done the Swakopmund extension but given the long journey in the crowded shuttle to get there and back it really needed another day and the option to book activities before you arrive.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The trip notes weren't accurate for our group but the itinerary was fine. Camp site on at Twyfelfontein was poor but would not have changed anything else.
  • Reviewed October 2015
    Jo Dolan

    4WD Desert Explorer

    A fantastic trip - which more than lived upto my expectations. We covered a lot of miles, and got to see so much of this fascinating country, its wildlife and people. We travelled in Toyota Land Cruisers which had been adapted - so the roof lifts to give excellent game viewing to all passengers. The support vehicle carries all the tents and camp equipment - so space is never an issue!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It's impossible to say, as there were so many, each time we thought the wildlife could not get any better, it would. However for me it had to be sitting in the middle of nowhere under the clear star filled southern hemisphere night skies, no light pollution and no "man-made" noise. We were also lucky enough to be able to view the Desert Elephants in the Hoanib river from a hill-top, which gives a totally different perspective on these fascinating creatures.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Like Graham said, Hans and Richard were just great. They did a fantastic job of looking after us, I am sure Hans could see Rhino even before they came over the horizon! nothing seemed to escape his eyes. I would also add that the support crew were fantastic, each evening when we arrived at camp, the tents had been erected, camp beds made up, fire lit, table set etc etc etc. And then each morning we moved on, the reverse, after breakfast as we headed out on our next adventure the camp crew would pack up and move on to the next site.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yep take plenty of batteries and memory - you will be amazed at the number of pictures you will take. In the group I travelled with most people took over 2000 pictures. I'm not much of a photographer so I used my binoculars most of the time. The tents, bedding, towels, toilet-rolls etc and just about all your meals are provided, so yes pack light. We travelled in September - and at times it got incredibly hot - so if you don't like the heat, choose the time of year for your trip carefully.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Some of us in the group found that we had different trip notes - so make sure you do your homework. One of the earlier reviews commented on the long drives, which yes there are some - however with frequent stops, stunning scenery, great guides, the well prepared Land Cruisers - the journeys are very much an integral and enjoyable part of the trip.
  • Reviewed October 2015
    Graham Johnson

    Superb trip!!

    This trip delivered exactly what I had hoped for. Namibia is a huge and rugged country and this is an ideal trip to get beneath the skin of it and get close to nature.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Lots, but 12 rhino at Okaukuejo waterhole in Etosha at night was spectacular. Tracking a rhino on foot was an unexpected bonus, a late evening vantage point on top of rocks in the Hoanib river watching elephants passing below was magical. The wild camps in Palmweg were wonderful, food exceptional and camp facilities extremely comfortable. Finally on our last day in Etosha we were lucky enough to see a leopard at Klein Namutoni waterhole in the morning. We returned there for sunset, and right on cue 2 rhino appeared. What more could we ask.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hans and Richard were true professionals. Both extremely hard working, bearing in mind they drive, spot game, prepare lunch and then cook the evening meal. In addition, two great guys, sociable and instructive but also keen to interact with the group. I personally give them top marks.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you read the trip notes right you will pack warm clothes, and after the first 2 nights you may well be thinking you've brought too much. When you get to the 2nd camp in the Palmweg you'll be glad you brought warm stuff!! Also, I don't know whether it was the heat or whatever but we all seemed to go through camera batteries at an alarming rate. The vehicles have charging facilities but you will need AT LEAST one spare battery, preferably more, for each camera

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The amount of wildlife, the spectacular scenery, the al fresco lunches, the wonderful camp stops ( provided you can ignore the overlanders in Etosha, but hey we were all young once!!) do make this a superb trip. Highly recommended.
  • Reviewed September 2015
    Debra Anthony

    Namibia 4WD Desert Explorer

    I can only echo what has been written in the review below. This has to be one of, if not the best trip I have made. The camping was excellent, under the circumstances far preferable to lodges, the game viewing great with each day bringing it's own wonders- bathing elephants, rhino, leopard, giraffe, zebra... If you are thinking of booking this trip but unsure just go for it you will not be disappointed. Pack light, there are opportunities for hand washing, everything is provided in the tent - sheets, blanket, pillow, hand and bath towel even a flannel! Don't forget a head torch, it's a must.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    So many, but seeing all the stars with no light pollution was pretty amazing
  • Reviewed September 2015
    Peter Rogerson

    Namibia 4WD Desert Explorer

    I had an absolutely wonderful time on this trip. Namibia is an amazing country with some breathtaking views and wonderful wildlife. Given the small population, it also feels very wild and remote and it's very easy to get off the beaten track and find yourself with a huge African sky all to yourself. The camping is very comfortable - with fold up beds and sheets in tents you can easily stand up in. The food provided is excellent and varied. Camping is the only way to see Namibia I think as you spend the evenings looking at the stars over a beer, and the mornings having tea while the sun comes up over the mountains .. simply wonderful (and someone else puts up and takes down your tent for you).

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I loved visiting the Himba people & Etosha is amazing with huge quantites of wildlife in a stunning setting - I'd suggest it can rival the Mara as a safari destination. The landscapes around the Palmwag concession, and seeing the Elephants in the Hoanib River were also very special. We saw a leopard in Etosha too, which was a treat. Watching 12 Rhinos come and go around the floodlit waterhole in Okuquejo (1st night in Etosha) was also memorable. I think the scenery really makes Namibia special as although dry, it is surprisingly varied.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The leaders were Hans and Richard from Tracks & Trails, the local operator. Hans had led Exodus tours before, but it was Richard's first time. Both were excellent guides. Nothing was too much trouble and they cooked some amazing food and drove a VERY long way in hot conditions, jumping out of the 4WD and straight into camp to start working again. They constantly volunteered information and taught us a huge amount about the country, and basically, worked extremely hard, yet both still managed to be enthusiastic about everything we did. They were both among the best guides I have travelled with.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    1. The trips notes are not quite accurate. The first night is in the Safari Hotel in Windheok and the second night, in the Erongo mountains, is not at Farm Eileen as the joining instructions suggest, but somewhere else, and according to the guides, a better campsite. 2. Alcohol cannot be bought or sold in Namibia on Sunday's, which is why the first night in the hotel (on a Sunday) is a good idea as hotels CAN serve alcohol and you are on the road on the second day, Monday, when beer CAN be bought for the subsequent six or seven nights before you will have another chance to purchase any. We bought a LOT of beer on the Monday to see us through this period - the guides were a little surprised by the quantity, but there was room for it on the trucks and there are powered fridges on the support vehicle to keep a day's worth cold each day. 3. You don't spend much money at all on this trip - when you do, everything is very cheap. Beer was less than a pound a can when bought in bulk and food also cheap. The Rand is currently about 20 to the pound, which certainly helps. 4. You don't need to take towels with you as these are all provided for the camping. 5. You won't have access to your luggage during the day as these are in the lockups on the 4WDs, so don't take things you think you "might" need as you will only have access to your day pack while driving. 6. The weather is hot during the day so shorts are better than long trousers generally, and while camping you won't need to be changing clothes all the time so pack light for this trip as you will be in a 4WD or a campsite for most of the holiday. 7. It doesn't actually get that cold at night either, despite what the trip notes suggest. There was only 1 or nights when you needed your fleece, in PalmWag and Hoanib when the wind gets up in the evening. In Etosha it stayed warm into the evening. I would stick with a fleece and long trousers for the evenings, when required and the tents never felt cold. Certainly, hats and gloves are not required (based on September departure). 8. On the last day on the way back into Windhoek you stop at a huge wood carving market where you can do loads of shopping - although bear in mind you are en route to the airport by that point. 9. You only spend around 1 hour with the Himba, so don't expect an immersive experience. It's more of a photo opp and a chance to buy some rather overpriced trinkets from the village which can transform itself in to a market in only a few minutes it seems. 10. There may be a little walking on rocky ground - we had a couple of goes at getting closer to Rhinos in Palmwag. I found an old pair of trainers fine for this so you may wish to leave your walking shoes at home if you are comfortable with some basic hiking. This also includes Twyfelfontein, which involves a walk to the rock paintings. If you are not confident, make sure you have some sturdy walking shoes, but otherwise, trainers will be fine. 11. you have to work hard for your wildlife in the Palmwah concession as the wildlife is very skittish, being so remote, so your initial photos may be of distant blobs or bottom shots. Don't worry too much as Etosha is very different with stacks of photo opportunities with much more habituated animals in much greater quantities. 12. In September, the sunrise / sunset times meant getting up and going to bed in the dark, so a light you can hang from the centre of the tent would be a good idea. 13. South African Rand could be used everywhere we went, so no need to buy Namibian at the airport if you can get a good rate for Rand before you go. 14. Don't worry about the camping if you've not done too much before, it's very comfortable and a great way to see the remote locations in Namibia.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was one of the most enjoyable trips I've ever been on. I loved Namibia and would really love to go back some day and I'm so pleased I chose the camping trip as I'm sure this is the best way to see the country.
  • Reviewed December 2014
    Nigel Martin

    4WD Desert Explorer

    Yes, a good trip, but be prepared for some very long days on the bus with few opportunities for exercise: you cannot go far if there are lion / elephant nearby! The problem is that safari drives merge into trips to take you from A to B, so 8/9 hours on the bus is not exceptional.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    A herd of giraffes investigating the body of a giraffe that had been killed by a lion.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Frank was very good and ably supported by the second guide / driver and camp staff. They all worked very hard to ensure that the holiday went well.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Exodus could do with providing better information regarding what to take dependent on season. November is spring in Africa and we experienced hot weather during the day and warm weather at night. Everyone on the trip took far too many clothes because the trip notes mention cold nights (which would be appropraite at other times of the year). Towels are provided. Due to flight times, we had no time in Windhoek and the hotel is some distance out of town. Could do with a better location for the hotel. Beware the term 'group flights' because it does not necessarily mean that we all travel together - some of us had 7 hours to wait for a connecting flight in J'burg and others had 1 hour to catch a connecting flight to London: check your flight times very carefully.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Clearly some improvements are needed to the trip notes e.g. warnings over group flights, time on bus, what to take. I also think that improvements are needed to the toilet 'canvases' that are used with the wild camping because they were a little see through - similar material to the shower canvas would help.
  • Reviewed October 2014
    Anonymous

    Namibia - 4WD Desert Explorer

    This trip was everything I expected and more.this was my third trip to Namibia but this time because of the wild camping I saw far more and really appreciated the beauty of the desert and of Namibia as a whole.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The couple of days we spent in the desert.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Frank Austin was excellent, he taught us so much about the history of the areas we went through,about the problems of the endangered species and of the people, I do not think we could have had better.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a travel wash basin and sink plugs with you because most camp sites do not have them.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It was such a good trip I could have stayed longer.
  • Reviewed September 2014
    Emma Emma

    4 Wheel Drive Desert Explorer

    This was a fantastic holiday with a real wilderness feel. We camped in some stunning locations miles away from any other people and the scenery and wildlife were incredible.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Wild camping out in the middle of nowhere where the stars lit up the night sky and there were no other humans for miles around. Watching a huge herd of elephant bathing and playing in the waterhole. Finding a family of desrt elephants and wathcing the eat and play.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hans was incredibly well organised. He lead the team well and the way they set up the camp each night and the amazing food that they created over the camp fires made the holiday experience exceptional. Mathias was the guid in my vehicle and he had eagle eyes for spotting the wildlife, he was very knowledgeable about all things Namibia; there were no questions he couldn't answer and he had a great sense of humour so there were lots of laughs on the long drives.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for all extremes of temperatures, we had some very cold nights but also some warmer evenings and some hot days.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was an amazing holiday that I will never forget. Namibia is extraordinarily beautiful and I would recommend this trip to anyone who is looking for wildlife, wilderness and scenery.
  • Reviewed September 2013
    Anonymous

    NAMIBIA: 4WD DESERT EXPLORER

    Excellent off the beaten track camping safari.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Coming across the desert elephants in the Palmweg concession, and the lions, giraffes, mountain zebra and all the other wonderful animals.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hans was a star. Even when we had technical problems with vehicles he was calm and confident.  He's a great cook!  

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take thermals for ice cold nights under canvas in the desert.  Mornings were cold up to about 11am. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was a five star trip.  Not only did we see the whole range of animals in Etosha where animals gather at watering holes but we saw a wonderful selection of wild life in the completely wild conditions of Damaraland. Our co-leader Charles was a bird expert and the long-lens boys took photos of a lifeltime.  The atmosphere of the trip was relaxed and friendly.

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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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