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Namibia

Namibia’s Splendor: Desert, Culture and Magnificent Wildlife

Discover Namibia — a seemingly endless country that is home to the oldest desert in the world, the Namib. Meet native people and learn about the country’s wildlife conservation efforts.
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Program No. 22269RJ
Length
16 days
Starts at
7,899
Flights start at
1,700
Namibia

Namibia’s Splendor: Desert, Culture and Magnificent Wildlife

Discover Namibia — a seemingly endless country that is home to the oldest desert in the world, the Namib. Meet native people and learn about the country’s wildlife conservation efforts.
Length
16 days
Starts at
7,899
Flights start at
1,700
Program No. 22269 RJ
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Feb 17 - Mar 4, 2022
Micro group
Starting at
7,899
Mar 22 - Apr 6, 2022
Micro group
Starting at
7,899
Apr 20 - May 5, 2022
Micro group
Starting at
7,899
May 13 - May 28, 2022
Micro group
Starting at
7,899
Sep 7 - Sep 22, 2022
Micro group
Starting at
8,249
Sep 21 - Oct 6, 2022
Micro group
Starting at
8,249
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Feb 17 - Mar 4, 2022
Micro group
Starting at
8,549
Mar 22 - Apr 6, 2022
Micro group
Starting at
8,549
Apr 20 - May 5, 2022
Micro group
Starting at
8,549
May 13 - May 28, 2022
Micro group
Starting at
8,549
Sep 7 - Sep 22, 2022
Micro group
Starting at
8,939
Sep 21 - Oct 6, 2022
Micro group
Starting at
8,939

At a Glance

Namibia is a vast country, even by African standards, covering an area roughly the size of California, Oregon and Washington combined. It’s also an ageless land, home to the oldest desert in the world, cultures that have remained unchanged for centuries, and a rich heritage of stone-age rock art. Come explore Namibia’s vast beauty and learn about the unique Himba, Herero and other traditional peoples, the fascinating desert-adaptations of the flora and fauna, the massive conservation effort undertaken by the country as a whole, and the fascinating geology of the Namib Desert.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Some long drives in enclosed, climate-controlled vehicles; roads traveled can be quite rough in places, with bumpy drives. Optional walks over uneven terrain offered. Elevations up to 5,400 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Visit the world-renowned AfriCat Foundation and experience close encounters with some of Africa’s big cats.
  • Search for rhino, elephants, giraffe and zebras in Etosha National Park.
  • Learn about traditional Himba practices at an authentic and remote settlement.

General Notes

Please refer to the day-to-day itinerary on the Road Scholar website or contact the Program Provider if you plan on booking your own flights for correct arrival and departure dates. Program limited to 16 participants. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Culture Smart! Namibia
by Sharri Whiting
A concise and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice.
The Elephant's Secret Sense, The Hidden Life of the Wild Herds of Africa
by Caitlin O'Connell
O'Connell chronicles the extraordinary social lives of elephants in Etosha National Park with this powerful account of a 14-year study.
Africa, a Biography of the Continent
by John Reader
With the ease of a practiced journalist, Reader weaves a masterful and lively tale of the continent, from ancient cultures to modern times. Both authoritative and informal, this is a splendid introduction to all of Africa.
Skeleton Coast
by Amy Schoeman
This revised edition of Shoenman's classic, first published in 1971, shows the magnificent landscapes, wildlife and nature of the Namib desert, Skeleton Coast and northwest Namibia in 160 color essays and accompanying essays on geology, climate, nature and history.
Namibia Map
by Reise Know How
A folded, indexed road map of Namibia, showing all major and many minor roads, cities and towns, at a scale of 1:1,200,000.
The Healing Land, The Bushmen and the Kalahari Desert
by Rupert Isaacson
A powerful account of the ancient traditions of the Kalahari Bushmen and the very contemporary struggle of a people who have been displaced from their land.
Don't Look Behind You!
by Peter Allison
Subtitled A Safari Guide's Encounters with Ravenous Lions, Stampeding Elephants, and Lovesick Rhinos, this harrowing and hilarious travel narrative makes you feel like you’re right there on safari.
The Black Rhinos of Namibia, Searching for Survivors in the African Desert
by Rick Bass
Bass' lifelong search for rare and iconic animals takes him into the harsh terrain of the Namib desert on the trail of the rare black rhino. With insightful prose, Bass tells the story of the rhinos -- brought back from near-extinction thanks to cutting edge conservation.
Bradt Guide Namibia
by Chris McIntyre
From the desolate Skeleton Coast to the lush Kavango and Caprivi Strip to the picturesque capital of Windhoek, Bradt has it covered.
Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals
by Jonathan Kingdon
A conveniently compact edition of Kingdon's gloriously illustrated Field Guide to African Mammals. The guide includes abbreviated information on identification, distribution, ecology and conservation status and 480 outstanding color illustrations and maps.





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