FOOTPRINTS IN NAMIBIA
13 Night / 14 Day Scheduled Lodge Hiking Tour
Hike through some of Namibia’s most beautiful natural surroundings with a trained guide by your side. This 14-day hiking tour provides a multitude of memorable moments and is perfect for any hiking enthusiast. Overnighting in small and intimate guest farms along the way, a friendly and familiar atmosphere is created no matter where you go. With game drives in Etosha, multiple stunning sundowners and hikes through everchanging and beautiful landscapes, this tour will give you a real feel for Namibia.
Day 1-14 | Namibia
- Waterberg region: scenic hikes
- Etosha National Park: game drives, beautiful landscapes
- Ugab Valley: hiking through stunning scenery, to the Vingerklip and the Ugab terraces, fantastic views
- Damaraland: Herero women’s craft market, desert-adapted elephant tracking
- Swakopmund: unique hike through the Moon Landscape
- Namib Desert: Sossusvlei, hike to the Dead Vlei, Sesriem Canyon
- Namib Naukluft Park: scenic drive, hike through beautiful Quiver Tree Gorge
- Windhoek area: epic hike through beautiful farmlands
Scheduled Lodge Hiking Tour:
Footprints in Namibia
From: Windhoek International Airport
To: Windhoek International Airport
Min number to guarantee tour: 2
Max number of participants:
10 (window seat guaranteed)
Departure day: Saturday
Price: from 53,500 NAD
Single Supplement: from 4,000 NAD
Day 1 | Windhoek – Waterberg Area
Driving distance approx. 260 km; driving time approx. 3 hours
Hiking distance approx. 4 km; hiking time approx. 2 hours and elevation approx. 200 m↑↓
With a warm smile, your guide greets you at the Windhoek International Airport and after a short tour briefing, your adventure can begin. You leave Windhoek and make your way north, passing through the small town of Okahandja along the way. Your destination for today is the charming Waterberg Guest Farm. After some time to relax, you go on your first hike together with your guide. You hike along one of the guest farm’s nature trails, to the top of the Small Waterberg Mountain. Here you will be greeted with a stunning view of the Waterberg Plateau. In the evening, a delicious meal awaits you.
Day 2 | Waterberg Area – Etosha National Park
Driving distance approx. 250 km; driving time approx. 2.5 hours
Hiking distance approx. 6 km; hiking time approx. 2-3 hours and hardly any elevation
After breakfast, your guide leads you on a casual hike through the Omumborombonga Forest nearby. The Omumborombonga tree is called leadwood in English due to the fact that it is the heaviest wood in the world and according to local Herero folklore, the very first humans stepped out of the first Omumborombonga tree. After hiking through this enchanting forest, you have the chance to freshen up before your journey continues towards the Etosha National Park. The Etosha is Namibia’s most famous national park and for good reason. In the afternoon, you head out on a game drive and have the opportunity to spot some of its many wild inhabitants. After your game drive, you arrive at the Okaukuejo Rest Camp, inside the Etosha National Park, where you will spend the next two nights.
Breakfast | Dinner
Day 3 | Etosha National Park
The Etosha National Park is known to deliver fantastic sunrises, so if you are an early riser then chances are you will be well rewarded. It is also during the cool morning hours that the animals are most lively, so you will want to start your game drive as early as possible. You have the chance to admire elephants, lions, giraffes, zebras and many types of antelope species on today’s full day game drive. You may even see a black rhino and if you are particularly fortunate, a leopard lurking in the bushes. You never know what a safari might bring, but your trained safari guide will help you find animals you may otherwise have missed. With many new safari impressions in tow, you make your way back to your camp for another night. Be sure to spend some time at Okaukuejo’s floodlit waterhole in the evening, the animals like to come here for a night-time drink of their own.
Breakfast | Dinner
Day 4 | Etosha National Park – Ugab Valley
Driving distance approx. 220 km; driving time approx. 2-3 hours
Hiking distance approx. 3,5 km; hiking time approx. 1 h and elevation approx. 100 m↑↓
The morning’s game drive will provide you with more safari opportunities and perhaps you will encounter some animals which you had not seen the day before. Exiting the Etosha National Park, you make your way to the Vingerklip Lodge, your accommodation for the following two nights. After a light lunch (optional), you are welcome to spend some time lounging by the pool before you go on a beautiful afternoon hike. Together with your guide, you hike around the Eagles Nest Plateau towards the Vingerklip, a rock formation which resembles a finger pointing towards the sky. You might encounter smaller antelope species, as well as zebra, kudu and giraffe, on your hike here. The short ascent to the Vingerklip will be rewarded with a fantastic 360-degree view of the stunning Ugab Valley below. Eventually, you make your way back to the lodge via a shortcut, where you will spend the remainder of the afternoon at your leisure. In the evening, a delicious dinner awaits you before you get cosy in your chalet and welcome another restful night.
Breakfast | Dinner
Day 5 | Ugab Valley
Hiking distance approx. 7 km; hiking time approx. 3-4 hours and elevation approx. 250 m↑↓
Embark on another great hike today. Starting at your lodge, you hike to and then around the southern terrace. Along the way you will stop at several viewpoints offering you fantastic views of the Ugab Valley. Your experienced guide can share his wealth of local knowledge with you and tell you more about the area’s flora and fauna as well as the unique geological features found in this region. The hike ends atop the Eagles Nest Plateau with a delightful lunch with a view. Afterwards, you can put your feet up and enjoy your wonderful vantage point or you can descend back down to the lodge and jump into the pool to cool down. Once the shadows start to grow longer, you should visit the lookout deck, overlooking the local waterhole. Here you can best admire the enchanting sunset with a cool and refreshing beverage in hand. You spend another night at the Vingerklip Lodge.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 6 | Ugab Valley – Damaraland – Erongo Mountains
Driving distance approx. 360 km; driving time approx. 5-6 hours
Hiking distance approx. 3-4 km; hiking time approx. 1-2 hours and elevation approx. 50 m↑↓
Savour a hearty breakfast before heading into the Damaraland. Along your journey, you can stop at the Herero Women’s Craft Market and purchase some handmade souvenirs. Soon thereafter, your guide takes you off-road and you continue your journey through the dry riverbed of the Ugab. This is definitely a 4×4 track, so you will want to hang on. But if you are lucky, you might find some of the rare desert-adapted elephants along this route. These desert elephants have learnt to survive in the harshest of climates and still roam this area freely. Once back on the road, you continue to your camp for the night, the Omandumba Bush Camp. In the afternoon, you can take part in another hike, to stretch your legs and explore your surroundings all while, building up a healthy appetite for a delicious, farm-style meal in the evening.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 7 | Erongo Mountains
Hiking distance approx. 6.5 km; hiking time approx. 3-4 hours and elevation approx. 150 m↑↓
Another exciting day awaits you. After breakfast and a short drive, you begin a hike which will leads you through the imposing granite rock formations of the Erongo Mountains. It is a beautiful landscape, once inhabited by the ancient San/Bushmen. Your guide will show you some of the hidden and well-preserved rock art left by these hunter/gatherers of ages ago. At the end of the hike, you are greeted with a warm, farm-style lunch served in a wonderful outdoor setting. You then make your way back to your camp, but first you visit the Living Museum of the Ju/’Hoansi-San/Bushmen. Here you can go on either a bushwalk with a San/Bushman guide or alternatively, learn about life in a San/Bushman village. Once back at the Omandumba Bush Camp, you may spend some time relaxing, before joining the sundowner drive in the afternoon and enjoying a refreshing beverage whilst marvelling at another beautiful Namibian sunset.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 8 | Erongo Mountains – Swakopmund
Driving distance approx. 280 km; driving time approx. 4 hours
Have a relaxed start to the day before continuing your journey. Soon you will notice the Spitzkoppe Mountains on the horizon, towering over the surrounding landscape. After a brief photo stop at the Spitzkoppe Bridge, you continue along the Namibian backroads until you can feel a cool sea breeze and the fresh air of the Atlantic Ocean. Many a ship has run aground on this coastline and along the way you stop at one of these shipwrecks, which can be seen from the shoreline. Your destination today is the charming seaside town Swakopmund. Your guide will show you some of the town’s main attractions before you arrive at your accommodation, the Organic Square Guesthouse. You have the rest of the afternoon to spend at your leisure. Swakopmund offers a variety of dinner options and your guide knows all the best restaurants (optional).
Day 9 | Swakopmund – Moon Landscape – Swakopmund
Driving distance approx. 90 km; driving time approx. 1.5 hours
Hiking distance approx. 5-6 km; hiking time approx. 3-4 hours and elevation approx. 100 m↑↓
Prepare yourself for a unique hike today by having an early breakfast before heading into the Moon Landscape. This almost other-worldly place offers some of the most beautiful hiking opportunities. Observed from a distance, the region looks desolate and uninhabited. But on your hike, your guide can show you various plants and maybe some creatures, which have developed ingenious ways of surviving this harsh climate. Of the plants, none is more famous than the Welwitschia mirabilis. This fascinating plant dots the landscape and can grow well over one thousand years old. As the midday sun starts to make its presence felt, you head to the Goanikontes Oasis to end your hike and reward yourself with an ice cream or a lunch (both optional). Once back in Swakopmund, you have the rest of the afternoon to spend as you please. You overnight at the Organic Square Guesthouse once more, just a few minutes’ walk from the coast.
Day 10 | Swakopmund – Namib Desert
Driving distance approx. 360 km; driving time approx. 4 hours
Time to leave the coast and journey back into the inland. You make your way through the Kuiseb and Gaub passes, crossing dried riverbeds along the way. After heavy rains, the rivers sometimes flow with water for a short while and this makes for a special sight. You stop at the small settlement of Solitaire, where a light lunch can be had and you can try the most famous apple pie in Namibia (both optional). Once back on the road, you head further into the Namib-Naukluft region and arrive at your accommodation for the night, the Elegant Desert Eco Camp. You are welcome to spend the rest of the afternoon lounging by the pool or explore the area on foot. Dinner will be a delicious meal under the stars.
Breakfast | Dinner
Day 11 | Namib Desert – Namib-Naukluft
Driving distance approx. 300 km; driving time approx. 4 hours
Hiking distance approx. 4-5 km; hiking time approx. 3 hours and elevation approx. 150 m↑↓
You will want to rise early this morning, before even the sun is up. That is because, you are only a short drive from the gates of the Namib-Naukluft Park. Your guide will then take you to a deserted dune, away from the main crowds from which you can marvel at a spectacular sunrise over the oldest desert in the world. Following a breakfast picnic, you venture deeper into the desert until the tarred road comes to an end. The short 4×4 section that follows however, is no match for your vehicle or your guide. After visiting Sossusvlei, you get out of the car and together with your guide you begin your hike. You make your way over desert dunes and through another hidden “vlei” towards the memorable Deadvlei. The white clay pan, with its dried camelthorn trees and with the blue sky above makes for a surreal setting. You also visit the Sesriem Canyon, where you can take a walk along the dried riverbed of the canyon’s gorge. With plenty of new impressions to savour, you exit the park around midday and continue onwards to Buellsport Guest Farm. In the evening, a hearty meal awaits you and a good night’s rest.
Breakfast | Dinner
Day 12 | Namib-Naukluft
Hiking distance approx. 6 km; hiking time approx. 3 hours and elevation approx. 550 m↑↓
By now, rising early will almost be second nature to you. After breakfast, you climb aboard an open 4×4 vehicle and start driving up the nearby mountain plateau. The drive can take up to two hours and offers beautiful scenery along the way. You might even see some mountain zebra, kudu or oryx on your drive. Once you have reached the mountain top, you begin your hike and descend into the Quiver Tree Gorge. This beautiful hike provides you with stunning landscapes and scenery. Keep an eye out for any animal tracks you might find along the way and your guide will interpret them for you. You will also come upon crystal clear water pools and you might be in the mood to have a quick swim. Lunch will be in the form of a picnic under the shade of a tree in the gorge. At the end of the hike, you will be greeted with a cold, refreshing drink and you will be brought back to your accommodation in another off-road vehicle. The rest of the afternoon can be enjoyed relaxing by the pool.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 13 | Namib-Naukluft – Windhoek Area
Driving distance approx. 260 km; driving time approx. 3.5 hours
Hiking distance approx. 4 km; hiking time approx. 1-2 hours and elevation approx. 50 m↑↓
After a relaxed breakfast you travel onward. Your guide has an insider tip for a good cup of coffee or lunch along the way should you be interested (both optional). You drive through the small town of Rehoboth before leaving the main road and driving further along Namibia’s backroads. These backroads lead you through picturesque landscapes and towards your accommodation, the Hohewarte Guest Farm, located on the outskirts of Windhoek. After check-in, you will have some time to relax before joining your guide on a hike through the beautiful surrounding farmlands. The hike ends at a sundowner lookout spot and you can marvel at another stunning Namibian sunset. In the evening, a mouth-watering meal awaits you.
Breakfast | Dinner
Day 14 | Windhoek Area
Hiking distance approx. 12 km; hiking time approx. 4 hours and elevation approx. 100 m↑↓
A tasty breakfast to start the day, before you embark on one last epic hike. Along with your guide, you traverse over the farmlands around the Hohewarte Guest Farm. You could very well encounter kudu, oryx, red hartebeest, steenbok, baboons and mountain zebra on this hike. After witnessing beautiful scenery and once your lungs are filled with fresh morning air, you return to the guest farm around midday. Here you have the opportunity to take a shower and freshen up. Should your return flight be in the early evening, there is a transfer from the guest farm scheduled to arrive at the Windhoek International Airport at 15h00. There will be an additional transfer later in the evening should you have booked a later, night-time flight. We wish you safe travels and hope that it will soon be time to lace up your hiking boots again and to welcome you to Namibia once more.
- Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle
- Professional guide
- 13 Nights’ stay in lodges, rest camps and guesthouses (depending on availability, accommodation of a similar standard will be booked)
- Meals according to the itinerary
- Activities as per itinerary
- All national park fees
- Flights (international & domestic)
- Meals not indicated in the itinerary
- Alcoholic and soft drinks
- Optional activities
- Personal expenses
- Visa fees
- Travel insurance
Frequently Asked Questions
A hiking tour is a journey along a well-planned route, through the wide expanses of Namibia. You will get to see impressive landscapes, experience game viewing and gain an insight into different cultures. In order to experience Namibia in all its facets, long driving distances on tar and gravel roads are inevitable.
Hikes vary in terms of their length, but you can expect that most hikes will be between 3 km and 6 km (2 miles and 4 miles) and require between 2 hours to 4 hours for completion. Elevation gain is usually between 100 m and 150 m (330 ft and 500 ft).
On a hiking tour, all accommodations offer rooms with en-suite bathrooms as well as a comfortable atmosphere and personal service.
The size of the group varies between 2 and 10 people per vehicle with travellers coming from near and far.
A guided lodge hiking tour is suitable for individuals who want to feel Africa and experience its splendid nature and wildlife while travelling in comfort and ease.
You do not have to be extremely fit for this tour, however a certain level of fitness is required in order to participate in all of the hikes.
Clocks tick differently in Africa and unexpected hurdles can arise on the way. Flexibility, patience, an open mind as well as a good sense of humour are the key to an enjoyable trip and an unforgettable experience.
Your qualified and registered guide is also your driver. Our guides know the fauna, flora, people and roads of Namibia like the back of their hand and have many years of driving experience on gravel roads. Our guides have a passion for Namibia and love nothing more than sharing interesting facts and stories about the country.
Namibian food is a combination of African and European styles. The latter is often German cuisine – pork dishes, potatoes, breads and pastries. Dishes with game meat, beef and lamb are very popular. Seafood is also regularly on the menu. Biltong (cured, dried meat) and droëwors (dried sausage) are typical Namibian snacks. All lodges serve a full breakfast, most include a 3-course dinner as well. In some towns there is the option to have supper at a restaurant (own account).
When booking with us, please notify us of any dietary requirements and/or allergies you might have.
A normal day will start with breakfast at around 8am and end with supper at around 8pm. Due to the fact that it can become very hot in Namibia, most hikes will be either in the morning or in the late afternoon.
In general, departure times are quite flexible and can be arranged in consultation with the guide. As your guide knows his or her way around and is familiar with the driving times and distances, he or she will decide what time to leave. You will either travel to your next destination or explore the surroundings on hikes and excursions. You arrive at the overnight accommodation in the afternoon, with some time to relax, go on a sundowner hike later in the afternoon and then freshen up before supper. After supper, you might want to chat and enjoy a nightcap before you go to bed.
We use specially designed and customised Toyota Land Cruisers with large sliding windows and pop-up roofs for great game viewing and vistas. The passenger compartment comprises six individual and comfortable seats which provide great comfort while travelling. A window seat is guaranteed for each guest.
You will overnight in guest houses, guest farms, lodges or permanent tented camps. While guest houses, guest farms and lodges consist of permanent buildings, tented camps provide accommodation in large walk-in tents with en-suite bathrooms, including washbasin, shower and toilet. The standard is 3-star to 4-star. Most accommodations are nestled in beautiful scenery and offer spectacular views.
Different safety measures apply when on a game drive in the bush. Always stay in the vehicle and only get out at designated picnic stops. Our safari vehicles have pop-up roofs to allow for safe photography – never get out of the vehicle to get closer to animals for a better photo. Wild animals can be dangerous, even if it does not look like it. Please do not feed the animals or remove plants, flowers, seeds or stones.
During a bush walk, do not approach the animals too closely just for the sake of a good photo and do not be loud as animals respond immediately to noise.
Always remember that your tour guide is a trained professional and knows the area well. For your safety (and that of the animals), follow the guide’s instructions at all times.
You need a passport, which must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in Namibia and have at least three blank pages.
Most nationalities travelling to Namibia for holiday purposes do not require a visa for up to 90 days. Nevertheless, visa requirements are constantly changing – please contact Namibia’s embassy in your home country. Namibia-Experience cannot be held responsible if you are refused entry and cannot begin your trip. All costs incurred due to a delay in travelling are for the traveller’s account.
If you travel with children via South Africa to Namibia: From 1 June 2015, all passengers under 18 years old, arriving in and departing from South Africa, will be required by law to travel with an unabridged birth certificate.
You must have a valid return flight ticket or other onward travel documents which allow you to leave the country when your trip ends. Otherwise you must provide proof that you have sufficient funds (i.e. credit card) to purchase a return ticket.
Since you will be staying outside your home country, you are not covered by your personal health insurance. You will be treated as a private patient and must be adequately insured for. Also check whether your personal liability covers damage when travelling outside of your country.
Although the tour price includes most meals, entry fees to national parks and accommodation, you still need to plan for other expenses. Plan for optional activities (game drives, boat trips, cultural visits etc.), tipping, souvenirs, extra meals and drinks.
Tipping in Namibia is a reward for good service and is at the guest’s discretion. Normally you can add 10% to a restaurant bill. For lodge staff, there is generally a communal tip box. If you want to tip your Namibia-Experience guide, we recommend 150 – 220 N$ per group per day.
The currency in Namibia is the Namibian Dollar (N$) and is traded at 1:1 to the South African Rand. South African Rands can also be used as payment in Namibia.
You can draw cash at a local ATM with your credit card or Maestro card (PIN required). Transaction fees depend on your bank and the establishment which you are using it at.
In many big shops/shopping malls you can pay with credit card. At smaller shops and at some fuel stations you sometimes can only pay cash. Furthermore, we recommend having cash for emergencies and small purchases such as curios or at markets as well as for tips. Also have cash for tipping as some accommodations will not add the tips onto your service bill.
Traveller’s cheques are not recommended. They are rarely accepted because of fraud, high fees and long waiting times at the exchange.
The travel destination and season will determine what to pack. Bear in mind that Namibia is in the southern hemisphere with opposite seasons to the USA and Europe. Namibia’s summer (with intermittent thunder showers) is from December to February and the dry winter months are from June to September.
Bring warm clothes if you travel between April to September, which you will need especially in the evening, at night and in the early morning. Even in summer include long trousers, closed shoes and a long sleeve shirt – these will help against mosquitos, which are mainly found in the north of Namibia and in the Zambezi Region (Caprivi Strip).
Due to limited space in our safari vehicles, please restrict your luggage to no more than 15 kg and one small hand luggage. The best bags to bring with you on safari are definitely soft shell bags. NO SUITCASES PLEASE! Hard shell bags are often too big and bulky.
Here is a rough checklist for clothing:
- Warm jacket, warm pullover
- Wind jacket or rain jacket
- 2 long-sleeved shirts
- 1 pair of long trousers
- 1 spare pair of trousers (comfortable and durable)
- 2 pairs of shorts
- 4-6 T-shirts
- Sufficient underwear and socks
- Sturdy hiking boots
- Sandals or flip flops
- Base cap, sun hat
Very colourful textiles are not necessarily an advantage if you want to observe wild animals. Military style clothing is also not advisable, as it can be a problem for government officials.
- Sunglasses with good UV-protection
- Torch, preferably headtorch
- Neck pouch, money belt or hip bag for money, documents, passport, vaccination card
- Photo equipment
- Alarm clock
- Toiletry bag
- Sunscreen with high sun protection factor
- Mosquito repellent
- Malaria prophylaxis (after consultation with your doctor)
- First-aid kit
- Water bottle
- Hiking or trekking poles (optional)
It is recommended that you have your regular vaccinations updated – tetanus, hepatitis A and B and polio. Malaria is a concern in some areas and we therefore recommend that some precautionary measures are taken. For more detailed information on prophylaxis and the effects as well as possible side effects, please contact your doctor, travel clinic or tropical institute.
Namibian custom officials require proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever.
Namibia’s climate can be extreme. In summer (November to February) it can be scorching in the interior and Namib Desert with temperatures of up to 50°C. This is also the rainy season and afternoon thunder showers can bring relief. In the northeast of the country, the summers are more humid. In winter (from May to September) the central plateau can be very cold at night with pleasant day time temperatures.
No smoking is allowed in the safari vehicle or in the rooms. While on the road, there will be frequent stops for smoking and bathroom breaks.
For most people it goes without saying that one has to comply with the laws and regulations of the country visited. Guests who do not comply, are responsible themselves for any consequences that might result. If any non-compliance has negative effects on the tour itinerary, continuous travel arrangements would be at one’s own account. Please accept that in such cases, refunds are not possible.
Please also comply with unwritten rules such as patience and courtesy towards government representatives and Namibians in general. Please always ask first before taking pictures of local people and respect their privacy.
When travelling anywhere, basic safety measures apply. Do not carry large sums of cash, be careful of your cameras, cell phones and jewellery and never leave valuables lying open in the safari vehicle. Carry cash and travel documents in a pouch on your body or leave in a lodge safe. Do not walk alone at night and be especially cautious when drawing money at an ATM. When in doubt, ask your guide.
Voltage is 220 Volt and the South African plug with three round pins in a triangular pattern is used. The common two-pin plugs are not compatible and you will need an adapter. Our safari vehicles are equipped with 220 Volts electric sockets to charge cell phone and batteries while driving.
Should – against expectation – any problems arise while travelling, please speak to your guide right away. Only once your guide knows about problems of any kind, can these be rectified.
Speaking frankly will be to your advantage. If your objections are not met by immediate redress, please contact our office in Windhoek directly. We will do everything we can to rectify the situation immediately.