2023 September 7 to 22
Prices listed are per person:
Shared Room: $10,598
Private Room: $12,098
“One of the most unique experiences of my life….touring Namibia and sleeping in the desert under those stars! Also one of the most friendly cultures I have experienced in my life…the Namibian people.” – Jerome H. Minneapolis, MN
“Namibia is an out-of-this-world experience like nowhere else on Earth. It is a once in a lifetime experience.” – David L. Centerville, MA
“Of the many exotic locations I have visited, Namibia has given me the most lasting memories. I can still remember watching the Magellanic Clouds rising in the sky. I’ve never seen a more beautiful sky. I absolutely loved seeing the Himba people for the first time. I’ve dreamed of seeing them since I was a small boy and reading about Africa in National Geographic. I highly recommend this tour. ” – Zachary Moses, Key West, FL (CEO – HE Travel)
Drive into a blazing sunrise and witness the awakening of the Namib Desert.
Listen to the calls of the tok-tokkie beetle and other desert creatures during many excursions into the bush
Sleep under the vast, star-filled Namibian sky
Hike to Deadvlei, the most famous salt pan of Sossusvlei
Explore incredible deserts and search out endangered African animals
Eat exotic local cuisine
Soar above the sand dunes and the Skelton coast
We invite you to join our friendly gay group to explore the diversity of Namibia. Because of its sparse population, Namibia has a richer variety of wildlife than many of its neighbors. During this tour we will stay in a variety of habitats in which to observe the animals, even camping for two nights for an unforgettable experience. From some of the highest sand dunes in the world in the Namib Desert to the rugged Atlantic coastline to the wide savanna, this gay safari tour will take us on a scenic exploration of this remote country in Africa. For this reason, we will create a once-in-a-lifetime journey.
Day 1: Welcome to Windhoek
We will be transferred from the airport to our hotel in Windhoek for the night. No group activities are scheduled for today, so rest up and relax after your long flights. If everyone arrives in time, we will have our Welcome Dinner tonight, otherwise, we will meet up for a drink if you arrive earlier in the day, your host will reach out!
Day 2: Game Drive
This morning we will enjoy breakfast before departing to our first safari lodge. Upon arrival, we will get checked in, have our orientation and enjoy lunch together. Then it’s time for our first game drive into the Kalahari Dunes and a sundowner! Afterward, we will enjoy dinner in our first lodge of the tour.
Day 3: Onward to the Tok Tokkie Trail
After breakfast, we’ll begin our journey south and west, through the cities of Mariental and Maltahohe to our trailhead. We’ll arrive in the afternoon and stretch our legs with a hike to our first camp. Trained local guides will teach us to spot the wide variety of wildlife that calls this desert home. Our guide will certainly show us how to walk on sand dunes with the least amount of effort.
Finally, we’ll dine under the vast expanse of the Namibian night sky tonight. It certainly will be a new experience for most.
Day 4: Awaken with the Namibian Sunrise
We’ll take a 4-hour hike through the bush this morning before relaxing with a long 2-3 hour break in the shade so we can enjoy lunch and a nap. Desert-adapted wildlife, such as ostrich, springbok, and oryx sparsely populate the region. The aptly named dune lark is a species of bird that only makes its home here because it is dependent on the area’s characteristic sands.
We’ll continue just 2 more hours to our next camp where you can enjoy a nice warm shower, with amazing views! Then we will partake in snacks and sundowners before dinner later before we enjoy sleeping under the stars again tonight. Creatures such as bat-eared fox and aardwolf may be spotted at night in the cool desert air.
Day 5: The Classic Desert
Our 2-hour morning hike this morning concludes at the NADEET Desert Education Station. From here we will finish our hike and head over to the reception area where we started our journey. Enjoy refreshments and a tasty snack before departing in the afternoon to our luxurious accommodations in the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world. The Desert is part of the Namib Naukluft National Park that stretches 250 miles south of Walvis Bay between the west coast and the escarpment that runs parallel more than 70 miles inland. Its huge dunes and flat valley floors create the archetypal view of the Namib. We will arrive at our lodge and enjoy the rest of the evening at our leisure.
Day 6: Shifting Red Dunes – Deadvlei
This morning we enjoy a beautiful drive among the highest dunes in the world into the Namib Desert with our experienced guide for an amazing walk on mostly hard compacted sand. We’ll visit Deadvlei, the famous salt pan in the Sossusvlei clay pan, and enjoy the morning light on the gorgeous dunes.
Then a 4×4 shuttle will take us back to the tour vehicle just in time for lunch at the lodge. The afternoon is free to relax at the lodge.
Day 7: Holiday on the Shore
This morning we will enjoy an airplane tour all the way to the Atlantic Ocean at just 500 ft (150 m) above the ground. This special two-hour long flight takes us to the Forbidden Coast, over undulating dunes and canyons. This flight will take you to our next stop, Swakopmund where you can check into your hotel and have the afternoon free. The coastal town of Swakopmund, a German colonial town is situated on the Atlantic Ocean. Namibia was under German, South African, and United Nations control for most of the 20th Century, but has been stable and independent since 1990. For that reason, we’ll see many of the cultural influences at work in this urban center. Tonight we will meet up for a nice local dinner.
Day 8: Day of Leisure
Swakopmund has many optional excursions to choose from. Explore the town on your own, or enjoy a morning boat trip departing from neighboring Walvis Bay to see marine species such as pelicans, flamingos, cape fur seals, and Southern Right Whales. Enjoy local oysters and drinks on the tour. Our guide will help make arrangements for you today if you would like, or you may prefer to rest and relax after a very busy week of hiking.
Day 9: Ancient Africa
Today we will visit Spitzkoppe, an impressive granite mountain formation, to view the ancient rock paintings of the Khoisan (formerly referred to as the Bushmen).
We’ll spend some time hiking and exploring the unique rock formations. Then we will head to our welcoming wilderness lodge, nestled in amazing rock formations.
Day 10: Southern Etosha Pan
Today we will head towards the Southern end of the Etosha Pan. The surrounding savanna is home to huge herds of mammals and wildlife. We’ll check into our Safari Lodge and have time to enjoy a relaxing evening, including a dip in the pool.
Day 11: East Etosha Pan
Our drive today will be along the southern edge of the Etosha Pan, which should grace us with plenty of animal sightings as we stop at waterholes for wildlife/game viewing. We will arrive at our lodge for the next two nights.
Day 12: AM Game Drive – Etosha Pan
This morning we’ll take a game drive to see animals such as lions, elephants, eland, ostrich, giraffes, black rhinos, springboks, gemsboks, kudu, and many more antelope, as well as plenty of birdlife.
Our afternoon is at leisure to rest up and relax. This evening we will gather for another cozy dinner together.
Day 13: Heading South
Today we will start our journey south back towards Windhoek. We will enjoy two nights at our last lodge of the journey. It will be a luxurious stay at a bush lodge on a nature reserve with amazing views. You will have amazing views from your room, with plenty of animals passing by, and enjoy the water at your personal watering hole.
Day 14: Final Safari
This morning we will go enjoy the Cheetas and leaven about the rehabilitation that the lodge does for these beautiful animals. Relax this afternoon because we will be heading out this evening for some leopard tracking and our final sundowner.
Day 15: Return to Windhoek
Today we will arrive back in Windhoek. Enjoy the afternoon soaking up the sun in the pool overlooking the city. Tonight we will enjoy our farewell dinner and drinks with an amazing view of the sunset.
Day 16: Departure
After breakfast, we will enjoy some time shopping at some local stores. Then we will be transferred to the airport for our departing flights.
Price includes: Arrival and departure transfers between Windhoek International Airport and our lodging; hotel or luxury tented lodging for 13 nights plus camping for 2 nights; all breakfasts, 7 lunches, 13 dinners; Transportation between lodges in comfortable vehicles; Game drives and guided hikes with professional and knowledgeable local guides; Complimentary bottled water in vehicles and during meals; Professional local guides accompanying the group; Services of a knowledgeable HE Travel tour host (with a minimum number of participants); All applicable lodging taxes and gratuities for baggage handling (where available); All park entry fees; Complimentary baggage tags. HE Travel provides complimentary Medical & Evacuation Insurance for every US Resident on our group tours who does not have other coverage.
Not included: Airfare to and from Windhoek International Airport; International departure taxes; Visas; Vaccinations or medications recommended by your physician prior to travel; 7 lunches and 2 dinners; Activities shown as “optional”; Personal items including: alcoholic beverages, snacks, and telephone calls; Gratuities for National and local guides as well as your HE Travel host.
Optional Tour Choices:
$80 Optional Boat Cruise on Day 8 with a light lunch/drinks
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- What if I am traveling alone?
- Most of our trips draw more single travelers than couples. When couples do join us, it’s usually because they’re looking forward to interacting with a gay group; if they wanted a holiday by themselves, they wouldn’t have signed up to travel with us. Furthermore, the activities included with our trips serve as natural ice-breakers. Within a day, you’ll be traveling with friends. You don’t need to pay the single supplement if you’re traveling alone. We’ll be happy to match you with a roommate. Pay the single supplement only if you want a bedroom to yourself. For selected trips, including cruises, we will charge half the single supplement if you request a roommate but we can’t match you with someone.
- What is the physical activity level of this tour?
Physical Activity Level
Some challenging desert hikes and bike rides are offered during this trip. Days may be very hot and certainly very dry. Proper fitness and attention to hydration are necessary to enjoy this trip.
- Where does the tour start and end?
- This tour starts and ends in Windhoek, Namibia.
- What kind of lodging can I expect?
- We will spend 13 nights in lovely hotels or luxury lodges with private facilities. We will spend two nights sleeping under the stars on comfortably appointed cots. Bathroom and shower facilities will be available at our campsites.
- Do I need a Visa to visit Namibia?
- According to the U.S. Department of State Travel website: “Bearers of U.S. passports who plan to visit Namibia for tourism for less than 90 days can obtain visas at the port of entry and do not need visas prior to entering the country.”
Because these requirements can change, please consult their website for the most up-to-date travel information for Namibia. If you are not an American citizen, please confirm your travel requirements with the Namibian embassy in your country.
- Do I need any vaccinations or medications?
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website lists detailed guidelines for travelers to Namibia. Their website advises "Check the vaccines and medicines list and visit your doctor (ideally, 4-6 weeks) before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need."
- Are there any guidelines for tipping in Namibia?
- HE Travel Tour Director: Tipping your HE Travel tour director is at your discretion. Rest assured that he or she works hard behind the scenes to ensure that your vacation is a wonderful, adventurous, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Your HE Travel host is there to deal with any snags or hiccups so that you can enjoy your well-earned holiday. We suggest $10 to $12 per traveler per day depending on the level of service you receive.
Local Guides: $2 – $3 per guest per day
Hiking/Camping Crew: $4 – $5 per guest per day.
Restaurants: The customary tipping for waitstaff is 10% of the total. When dining independently, you can use that guideline. For included meals we share together, your HE Travel host will take care of the bill and tips, unless stated otherwise before the meal. Your National Guide should be tipped $15-$20 a day per guest.
- Additional Questions
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