Multi-Day Tour

Namibia: Untouched Wilderness (11 days)

Cox and Kings

Windhoek, Namibia To Depart Okonjima Game Reserve

Valid for Departures: 13 May 2018 - 23 May 2018

Namibia: Untouched Wilderness (11 days)

Day 2

To Sossusvlei

Day 3


Day 10

To Okonjima Game Reserve

Day 11

Depart Okonjima Game Reserve


Day 1
13 May 2018
Windhoek, Namibia
Villa Vista Guesthouse None
On arrival, you will be met and taken to your hotel in Windhoek.
Day 2
14 May 2018
To Sossusvlei
Desert Homestead Lodge - 2 Nights Breakfast, Dinner
You will be driven from Windhoek to Desert Homestead, near Sossusvlei. This is a drive of 198 miles, and a journey time of approximately 5.5 hours, excluding stops.

About 3 miles south of the town of Rehoboth, the gravel road adventure begins! Weather permitting, this journey will go via the Spreetshoogte Pass. This pass is not the highest or the most difficult pass in Namibia, but it is certainly one of the most scenic and allows for a perfect photo and/or lunch stop. The whole of the central portion of Namibia is on a central plateau which falls away dramatically as you travel to the south-west of the country. The majority of the pass has been cobbled to prevent erosion during the rainy season.

At Solitaire, time allowing, there will be a stop for an apple pie at the Moose McGregor Desert Bakery. Moose McGregor (real name Percy Cross) was the original baker of apple pie in the area. His legacy is still strong and his pie is as good as ever.

About 2 hours south of Solitaire, and approximately 30 minutes on from the Seisrem Gate into the Namib Naukluft National Park, is Desert Homestead.

Lunch will be a packed lunch from 'The Taste Academy' in Windhoek (payable locally).
Day 3
15 May 2018
Desert Homestead Lodge Breakfast, Dinner
This morning, proceed on a dunes and Sesriem excursion. A very early start enables you to enter the Namib Naukluft National Park as the gates open. The gate opening times change throughout the year to coincide with the sunrise, usually around 6:30 am in winter and slightly earlier in the summer.

Drive along a 37 miles stretch of tar road and stop at Dune 45, one of the most photographed dunes in Namibia. Continue to the end of the tar road, and past the parking area (where there is a bathroom stop) and continue on up the sand road.

The first stop after the sand road is dead vlei. The Tsauchab river, which feeds Sossusvlei, used to terminate in dead vlei. However, over the years clay and silt deposit built up which diverted the river onto its present course. This has left a stark white clay pan and there are a number of dead camelthorn trees that protrude from the vlei which are believed to have died five centuries ago. It rains so infrequently in this area that it is estimated that once a decade this area transforms into a lush flowing river. The rest of the time it is a cracked, dry clay bed.

Above the 'vlei' towers Big Daddy, (the tallest dune in the Sand Sea) which you may like to climb (optional).

Enjoy a packed breakfast before continuing to Sesriem Canyon, a narrow fissure in the sandstone which is 98 feet deep in places and also carved by the Tsauchab river. It was used by early settlers to draw water from the river by knotting together six lengths of thongs (called riems) hence the name sesriems. The riverbed is now accessible via steps cut into the rock.

Return to the lodge for a late lunch (payable locally).
Day 4
16 May 2018
Swakopmund, Namibia
Pension Rapmund - 2 Nights Breakfast
Optional Excursion: Early morning balloon flight.
Early this morning, you will take off on an unforgettable experience as the sun rises over the world's oldest desert. Enjoy the tranquillity and seemingly endless views as your balloon soars over the windswept red sand dunes of the Namib. After your flight, a champagne breakfast awaits you where you land.

You will be driven from Sossusvlei to Swakopmund via Solitaire and Walvis, a journey time of approximately 6 hours (excluding stops).

The stretch north of Solitaire goes over two passes, the Kuiseb and the Gaub. These passes, especially the Kuiseb Pass was made famous by Henno Martin's 'Sheltering Desert'.

Once Walvis Bay is reached, there may be time to stop off at the Walvis Bay Lagoon which is considered to be one of the richest and most important wetland areas in the world. This lagoon is home to hundreds of thousands of water birds. See both greater and lesser flamingos here during the summer season. It has been declared a Ramsar site for its importance as a wetland area and is the feeding ground for many bird species on migratory routes between Africa and the Arctic Circle.

A stop will be made at Solitaire for lunch (payable locally).
Day 5
17 May 2018
Swakopmund, Namibia
Pension Rapmund Breakfast
Day at leisure or

Optional Excursion: Catamaran Cruise (shared, 3-hour excursion)

Departing from Walvis Bay Yacht Club at 9am, set sail for Pelican Point, home to a large seal colony as well as pods of heavyside and bottlenose dolphins. Other points of interest on the tour are the oyster farms and Bird Island, where you may possibly sight white-chinned petrels, Cape gannets, black oystercatchers and even endemic Damara terns. The trip is rounded off with fresh oysters, snacks and cold sparkling wine as you sail back to Walvis Bay.

Optional Excursion: Half-day Living Desert tour (shared excursion)

This half day tour departs from Swakopmund at 8:00 am and lasts for 4 to 5 hours. It concentrates on exploring the local dune belt between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. Throughout the tour special care is taken not to damage the gravel plains and cause unnecessary damage to the dune ecosystem. Your guide will continuously look for tracks (known locally as reading the bushman newspaper), to determine which animals are active in the area. If you are lucky enough, you may even catch a glimpse of some of these animals. Your guide will also share their knowledge with you of each desert animal and plant, including how each species has adapted to survive in these desert conditions.
Day 6
18 May 2018
Damaraland, Namibia
Grootberg Lodge - 2 Nights Breakfast, Dinner
You will be driven from Swakopmund to Damaraland, a distance of approximately 267 miles and journey time of about 6 hours, excluding stops. En route, visit the prehistoric rock art at Twyfelfontein.

Depart Swakopmund in a northerly direction, first along the C34, the only salt road in Namibia. Salt roads look like tar roads and behave like gravel roads, so this will be slower going than a tar road. Just north of Henties bay, head inland. After passing Branberg (Namibia's highest mountain) you will enter Damaraland, one of the most scenically diverse areas in Namibia.

Continue to Twyfelfontein, home to the largest concentration of Bushman paintings and rock engravings anywhere in southern Africa, declared Namibia's first Unesco world heritage site back in 2007.

Travel north to Grootberg Lodge via Palmwag.

Enjoy a packed lunch (payable locally) en route.
Day 7
19 May 2018
Damaraland, Namibia
Grootberg Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Set out in the early morning (7:30 am) with a guide and tracker to the surrounding farms in search of elusive desert-adapted elephant. Since the elephants roam free in the conservancy, sightings cannot always be guaranteed, but the experience also provides an opportunity to learn and appreciate more about the lifestyle of the local people. Lunch is provided in the shade of a tree in the remote wilderness of Damaraland. Return to the lodge during the early afternoon.
Day 8
20 May 2018
Etosha National Park, Namibia
Okaukuejo Rest Camp - 2 Nights Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Drive from Grootberg Lodge in Damaraland to Okaukuejo in Etosha National Park, a journey of approximately 205 miles and 5.5 hours, excluding wildlife viewing stops, of which there may be many.

The route today will continue in an easterly direction over the Grootberg Pass and on to the town of Kamanjab. Here the road turns northwards and enters Etosha National Park at the Galton Gate, traversing the National Park from the previously inaccessible western side. There are at least 15 waterholes on the western side and with the reduced traffic flow in this area, this can make for some spectacular wildlife viewing, where often you may be the only vehicle at the waterhole (season dependent).

The western part of Etosha was used for research and has only been opened to the public since 2014. Bear in mind that the speed limit in the national park is 35 miles per hour and you are not permitted to get out of the vehicle unless in a demarcated 'bathroom break' area.

Enjoy an afternoon game viewing activity. This activity will be in your touring vehicle and accompanied by your guide.

Wildlife Viewing at Okaukuejo waterhole. The floodlit waterhole at Okaukuejo Rest Camp is legendary. The waterhole is a hub of animal activity starting in the early hours of the morning, especially during winter when a huge diversity of wildlife congregate in close proximity to the camp to quench their thirst. After sunset, floodlights illuminate the waterhole. This is the best time and place to see the endangered black rhino. This archaic mammal can often be seen drinking alongside lions and elephants. The number and interaction of the animals is the major drawcard of Okaukuejo Rest Camp and they seem oblivious to both the floodlights and the tourists. Head down to the waterhole whenever you have a spare moment and check out the action!
Day 9
21 May 2018
Etosha National Park, Namibia
Okaukuejo Rest Camp Breakfast, Dinner
Today, experience a full day game viewing in Etosha National Park. This activity will be in your touring vehicle and accompanied by your guide.

Lunch will be taken at one of the rest camps (payable locally).
Day 10
22 May 2018
To Okonjima Game Reserve
Okonjima Plains Camp Breakfast, Dinner
You will be driven from Okaukuejo Rest Camp in Etosha National Park to Okonjima Game Reserve, a distance of about 168 miles and a journey time of approximately 3.5 hours.

Time permitting, stops may be made at the towns of Outjo and Otjiwarongo where delicious baked German cakes or breads can be bought.

Lunch will be taken at Outjo, or, travel on to Okonjima and enjoy lunch at Plains Camp (paid locally).

Later in the afternoon, enjoy a leopard viewing activity. Leopards are frequently seen at Okonjima, giving you an opportunity to observe these magnificent predators from a hide, or 'radio-tracked' from the game-viewing vehicles. The leopards roam freely and catch their own prey within the 4,500 hectare rehabilitation area. These cats however, are notoriously people-shy and sightings are not guaranteed.
Day 11
23 May 2018
Depart Okonjima Game Reserve
None Breakfast
Enjoy a morning game viewing activity including the tracking of cheetah. Join a morning game viewing activity arranged by your accommodation, on a shared basis. You will also get the opportunity to track cheetah on this drive.

You will be driven from Okonjima Game Reserve to Windhoek, a distance of approximately 142 miles and a journey time of 3 hours, excluding stops.

If time allows, stops will be made at the wood carver's market in Okahandja or the Craft Centre in Windhoek and at Rivendell, the ATI Windhoek guesthouse, where you can enjoy a good cup of coffee, repack and refresh before you depart for your international flight.

You will be collected at your hotel and taken to the airport.

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Namibia is one of the world's last great wilderness countries. This tour visits the magnificent sand dunes of the Namib desert and the German colonial town of Swakopmund. Travelling inland, experience the wildlife of Damaraland and Etosha National Park, before ending your journey at Okonjima, home of the AfriCat Foundation.

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For over 250 years, Cox & Kings, as a luxury travel company, has listened to the needs and aspirations of passionate travelers, and has consistently delivered journeys full of wonder, surprise and unforgettable moments. With Cox & Kings, travelers are immersed in the heart of the action, experiencing authentic moments on far-flung adventures across the globe. Cox & Kings offers exquisite cultural & wildlife adventures designed for individuals, small groups, and families seeking to experience the grandeur of India & The Subcontinent, Africa, Middle East, Europe, Latin America, Antarctica and Asia & The Pacific.

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For most trips, a per person deposit of 25% of the program price is required to secure the arrangements, and will be your only obligation until 90 days prior to your departure date. For trips with other deposit and cancelation requirements, your travel specialist will inform you at time of booking. The balance of the cost must be paid 90 days before you travel. Payment should be made to Cox & Kings in Los Angeles, California. If the final balance is not received on time, Cox & Kings reserves the right to treat the booking as cancelled by you and to levy cancellation charges. If you book your travel 90 days or prior to departure, the full amount of your trip must be paid in order to confirm the booking.


A fee of $150 per alteration will be charged for any amendments to your travel arrangements once your booking has been confirmed. If you request any changes in services or accommodation, once commencement of travel, Cox & Kings will do all possible to accommodate your request, however, any costs incurred due to such amendments, you will be liable for any cancellation/retention charges that may be levied for the previously booked service and for any costs incurred to secure revised arrangements.


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highly recommended

By: rebecca

Reviewed on: 04 Oct 2013

Cox and Kings coordinated a complicated itinerary with many different air segments and they were very detailed and thorough. Their guides were knowledgeable and enthusiastic and very accomodating to the needs and interests of their clients
Travel Advisor:  Barbara Luttenberger
Not Recommended

missed some key things

By: travelgal

Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2013

1) hospital not be open on moon day wasted time 2) misinformation about internal connecting flight 3) already had visa and they got duplicate 4) no idea about what time living goddess would appear wasted time again 5) no one reconfirmed departure times, would have been sitting around the airport for hours 6) didn't need as many days as recommended
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overall was fine but could have better

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 05 Mar 2014

the agency used too many different companies and out sourced the trips and guides to different areas that it was difficult to find who was responsible and who to contact in case of an issue. People will be better served if the same company was consistently used. Also if they have booked a room in a hotel, not to book the lowest category of the room in the hotel but give guests an option to book a room with a balcony or overlooking the water
Travel Advisor:  Cassandra Bookholder
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Never again

By: Johnstew

Reviewed on: 07 Apr 2014

I have a major issue with Cox and Kings as a “luxury supplier”.There is more to the term than booking expensive hotels and tours. A well planned, informative experience that ensures client satisfaction must occur. Communication with Cox and Kings was almost nil. There was virtually no information provided to us once they had payment. The final delivery of documents was nothing more than a copy of the original booking marked final. These documents (such as they were) came late. Cox and Kings excuse was they “were waiting on ‘final’ confirmation from suppliers”. Based on the start of our trip, it’s not clear that they were communicating with them any better than they were talking to us.  They failed to tell us that the in country flight could only accomodate 25lbs of luggage, great fun repacking. They screwed up the excursions planned at our first stop and we missed one. Another listed tour stop did not happen and several were not as described. GO ELSEWHERE!
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By: Fellow Traveler

Reviewed on: 27 May 2014

Eva was an excellent guide in Prague.  Enjoyed the tours and would recommend again.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson
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By: LC47

Reviewed on: 16 May 2014

As a single traveler I thought their services were good but too expensive. The tour operators seemed competent.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson
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Recommended, but with a caveat

By: Jean

Reviewed on: 22 May 2014

Our travel agent used Cox and Kings for our group's three-day stay in Prague. The hotel, Hotel Paris, was wonderful and the tour guide was exceptional.  We had a wonderful time while we were there.  The only disappointment was the Hungarian folk dancing show/dinner.  The local singer and dancers did a very nice job, but the meal was not just bad, it was inedible.  Two slices of gristle in cold, gelatinous gravy, followed by cake so dry it was like sawdust.  Have a glorious time in Prague, but skip that dinner!
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson
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Excellent trip thanks to Cox And Kings

By: Barrett

Reviewed on: 24 Nov 2014

The safari experience at three camps was unbelievable. External well planned and executed. Absolutely no flaws. Ready to go back and do it all over again. They know what they are doing. One can have high confidence in their work.
Travel Advisor:  Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg

Incan Peru Done Perfectly

By: JohnSt2

Reviewed on: 11 Jul 2016

My wife and I just completed an ideal week in Peru arranged by Cox and Kings, America. The itinerary they planned was executed flawlessly. All the hotels, tours, meals and guides exceeded our high expectations. We stayed in Belmond hotels in Lima, Cusco, Urubamba & Machu Picchu. They are all exceptional; immaculate and well situated; large and well appointed rooms. The staffs are welcoming and couldn’t do enough to ensure we had a memorable stay. Our package included breakfast and lunch. Hotel breakfasts had many choices both North & South American dishes; all tastefully prepared. Lunches at upscale restaurants with a great selection of Peruvian dishes. You’ll love Peruvian cooking & you will get plenty of it. You won't need dinner. Our guide, Henry Coavoy Goongora (we called him Henry), was excellent; able comprehend the subtleties of our questions. He went above & beyond to personalize our experience, e.g. arranging for my wife to ride a Peruvian Paso horse. We had a fantastic time.
Travel Advisor:  Jesse Taylor

Prague One on One

By: Pat and Lee

Reviewed on: 12 Nov 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our private tour of Prague. It was one of the best experiences of our trip. Professional and well versed guide who was sensitive to our needs. Made Prague come alive for us. Could not have been better.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson

Land assistance

By: David

Reviewed on: 03 Nov 2016

Cox and kings land packages, and their guides were absolutely excellent as usual.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson

Well managed operation

By: JRobert

Reviewed on: 27 Jan 2017

Cox and Kings spare no effort or cost on every detail of the trip ensuring complete satisfaction in every detail.Particularly impressed by the quality of all the people and the seamless teamwork.
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Hardy

Cox & Kings - India 2017

By: K.Bueso

Reviewed on: 10 Feb 2017

As a tour operator, I would definitely recommend Cox & Kings but I would make mention of certain concerning items which I have not seen with other tour operators such as G Adventures. The Good Cox & Kings made us feel welcomed since the day we arrived in India. A very friendly representative met us at the airport in India with our names on a board. This made us feel welcomed and safe. Also the representative was very helpful in some inquiries we had such as ATM withdrawal and purchase of a SIM Card at the airport. He was very friendly and conversational on the trip to the airport. At every step of the way, Cox & Kings had a representative to meet us and explain the process. We visited four different cities in India and they had several representatives assisting us to make sure the trip was great. The drivers were very professional and on time. The Kind of Bad Not sure if it was Cox & Kings or individual guides, but they push their "trusted" stores on to us for purchasing souvenirs
Travel Advisor:  Lisa Renae Torgerson

Scenic Cruise river tour April 2017

By: sue

Reviewed on: 13 May 2017

We are fans for life .An excellent ship, plus everything was first class...., comfort, wonderful quality, very professional staff. .Excursions, (all choices prepaid with 3 choices) were the best we have experienced , above all others. The entertainment at all venues ,including on board the ship, was top quality. Accommodations for inclement weather ( not too warm and or sunny) were thoughtful and efficient.
Travel Advisor:  Sherry Wilczewski

Great planning.

By: High Altitude

Reviewed on: 05 Jun 2017

Trip planning and documentation were thorough and complete. Follow-through after trip completion also very good.
Not Recommended

Inconsistency in Trip Planning

By: Anonymous

Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2017

There were many inconsistencies in the planning and execution of this recent trip. Turns out we could have gotten our China Visas in the States and could have bypassed Nepal which was our preference. Receiving other pertainent documents was also done at the last minute. Some of the hotel accommodations (in the countryside in Tibet) were not up to the standards of a trip of this caliber. The service and food at the Taj Tashi in Thimphu was also not up to par. The room at the Uma Paro was tiny and cramped. There was a very long day driving to Gantey, fours hours each way that could have been handled differently, by having us sleep overnight at the Gantey Lodge and returning the next day. Had we known It was a National Holiday in China for 8 days, we would have bypassed the one day in Chendu to see the Pandas; the crowds were horrific and made it very unenjoyable and impossible to see the Pandas even though we got up very early that day.
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Excellent drivers and guides

By: Penny

Reviewed on: 08 Nov 2017

We would recommend Cox and Kings to anyone. Our guide Michele inPrague was excellent. She knows and loves Prague, and it was great to talk with her about so many different aspects of Czech life. All Cox and Kings services were professionally and flawlessly executed.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson
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Cox & Kings tour operators were awesome

By: Humphrey

Reviewed on: 10 Mar 2018

The contact I had with Cox & Kings was great. Dania in the US was really helpful and provided me with all of the information and help I needed. Their representative in Tanzania was very helpful too. Our guide, John was great. He was so knowledgeable about the animals and the parks, and he knew where to look for the animals. We really enjoyed having him as our guide. He was very professional and took very good care of us.
Travel Advisor:  Katie Schmitz