13 Days
1 Country

Namibia

12 Cities

Windhoek, Uhlenhorst, Kalahari Desert, Keetmanshoop, Fish River Canyon, Aus, Solitaire, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Khorixas, Twyfelfontein, Etosha National Park

23 Meals

9 Dinners, 12 Breakfasts, 1 Be My Guest, 1 Farewell Dinner

Active

Faster paced with mix of 1 and 2-night stays in each destination. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar

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Peer into the depths of Africa's largest canyon, admire the stark beauty of Sossusvlei's ancient backdrops and see the shimmering expanse of the Etosha Pan on this expedition through Namibia’s surreal landscapes.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Windhoek

Your epic small group encounter with Namibia kicks off in its capital, Windhoek. On arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy time at leisure – play a round of golf on the 18-hole golf course or relax in the swimming pool before meeting your Driver Guide and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception and dinner.

Christ Church in Windhoek, Namibia
Accommodation Weinberg Hotel
Included Meals Dinner
Stays With Stories
Stays with Stories

Originally built in 1901 the Weinberg wine estate was bought by the Stoermer family in the 1950's. Steeped in history this heritage hotel is a true Namibian gem.

Included in Trip

Stays With Stories

Day 2

Depart for the Desert

Embrace the freedom of the open road as we venture into the Kalahari Desert – Namibia’s boundless, sandy beauty. We'll Connect With Locals en route, joining the third generation Seifart family on their agriculture and livestock farm. Head out on a farm tour, meeting some of the resident cattle, goats and sheep and learn about Namibian farm life along the way, before tucking in to a delicious buffet lunch of homemade specialties during this Be My Guest experience.

Lion in Kalahari Desert, Namibia
Accommodation Kalahari Anib Lodge Kalahari Desert
Included Meals Breakfast, Be My Guest, Dinner
Be My Guest Meet Seifart family on their livestock and agricultural farm for lunch, Mariental
Meet the Seifart Family on their Farm in Uhlenhorst

Meet members of the third generation Seifart family on their livestock and agricultural farm, who'll share stories of Namibian farm life over a lunch of home made specialties.

Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Day 3

Onwards through the Kalahari Desert to Fish River Canyon

See the iconic forest of Quiver Trees – the towering aloes from which the San people fashion their quivers to this day. After a short stop in Keetmanshoop with free time for lunch, travel to Naute Dam before arriving at your motor-themed lodge to savor a spectacular Namibian sunset.

Quiver Tree Forest in Kalahari Desert, Namibia
Accommodation Canyon Roadhouse Hotel Fish River Canyon
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Discover the beauty of Keetmanshoop, Namibia
Keetmanshoop Orientation

Enjoy discovering the beauty of Keetmanshoop.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Enjoy the sights as you explore Naute Dam outside of Keetmanshoop, Namibia.
See Naute Dam

Enjoy the sights as you explore Naute Dam.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Drive to Gondwana Canyon Park in Fish River, Namibia
Sundowner Drive - Canyon Roadhouse

Starting at Canyon Lodge or Canyon Village, this three hour drive is the perfect opportunity for you to acquaint yourself with Gondwana Canyon Park...

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Optional Experiences

Day 4

Admire Fish River Canyon and on to Aus

Peer over the ancient chasm carved by the Fish River to form Africa’s largest canyon. Carved over millennia, the Fish River Canyon’s gigantic ravine provides sanctuary to klipspringer, zebra and even wild horses. We continue our journey to the spectacular Aus Mountains where you’ll spend the afternoon getting close to nature.

Scenic Fish River Canyon in Namibia
Accommodation Desert Horse Inn Aus
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Admire the views at Fish River Canyon, Namibia
See Fish River Canyon

Admire the stunning views at Fish River Canyon.

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Iconic Experience

Day 5

Off to the Solitaire Region

Immerse yourself in the Southern Namib region admiring desert vistas and expansive skies as we conquer the open road. We pay a visit to Baron von Wolf’s Duwisib Castle to learn about its history as a gift of love for his American wife. Settle in to the comfort of your lodge and spend the afternoon relaxing, before embarking on a nature drive into the desert.

Tractor in Solitaire, Namibia
Accommodation Namib Desert Lodge Solitaire
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Discover the history of Duwisib Castle, Namibia
Duwisib Castle Visit

Discover the rich history of Duwisib Castle. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 6

Sand Dunes of Sossusvlei and Landscapes of Deadvlei

In a country renowned for its epic landscapes, competition for the top spot is tough. But it is Sossusvlei and Deadvlei that rightly deserve this crown and it is where we begin our adventure today. Gaze up at the towering Dune 45, then meander into the eerie but beautiful photographers' paradise of Deadvlei, to snap iconic photos of dead camel thorn trees on a bed of white clay pans, perfectly framed by towering sand dunes and clear blue skies. Your early morning adventure in Sossusvlei complete, travel on to explore the ravine walls of the Sesriem Canyon, carved out by the Tsauchab River.

Tree in Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, Namibia
Accommodation Namib Desert Lodge Solitaire
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Discover the iconic landscapes of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, Namibia
Sossusvlei and Deadvlei Scenic Drive

Discover the iconic landscapes of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei on your scenic drive. 

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Iconic Experience

Day 7

Head to Coastal Swakopmund

After breakfast, we drive to the German-inspired seaside town of Swakopmund, known for its colonial buildings and encroaching desert. Take in striking architectural landmarks like the Woermannhaus and the Kaiserliches Bezirksgericht during an orientation tour. This evening is at leisure, and a perfect opportunity to experience Swakopmund's characteristic local cuisine over dinner. 

Colourful houses in Swakopmund, Namibia
Accommodation The Delight Hotel Swakopmund
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Pier in Swakopmund, Namibia
Swakopmund Orientation

Enjoy the seaside town of Swakopmund. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 8

Swakopmund Your Way

During your free time perhaps consider joining an Optional Experience catamaran wildlife cruise in Walvis Bay in search of the marine 'Big 5'. Or make the most of your free time by sampling Black Forest cake and Florentiners at one of the town's quaint German Bäckerei or indulge in some locally brewed Windhoek Lager.

Flamingos in Swakopmund, Namibia
Accommodation The Delight Hotel Swakopmund
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Take a catamaran cruise from Walvis Bay to Pelican Point in Namibia
Walvis Bay Marine Cruise

Join this marine educational sightseeing tour in the Walvis Bay area in search of the marine big 5: Whales, Dolphins, Mola, Leatherback turtle and ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Desert tour through Swakopmund, Namibia
Living Desert Tour

The desert has so much more to offer than just sand and you’ll learn the incredible secrets and surprising hidden life of the Namib Desert on this ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

Venture to Damaraland

Follow Namibia’s salt route en route to Damaraland, a place where mysterious flat-topped lava mountains and petrified trees cast shadows across the terracotta-colored terrain.

Rock formations in Damaraland, Namibia
Accommodation Damara Mopane Lodge Damaraland
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Discover Namibia's mysterious Salt Route
Travel Along Namibia's Salt Route

Discover the mysterious landscapes of Namibia's Salt Route. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 10

Continue to Etosha National Park Area

We make an important stop at Twyfelfontein to admire its ancient rock engravings. As we journey north, we visit the Petrified Forest and its unique fossilised tree trunks. Meet members of the OvaHimba tribe with whom we'll Dive Into Culture to gain insights into their hunter-gatherer traditions that have spanned thousands of years. During your MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience visit to the village, learn about the OvaHimba culture and traditions.

Himba Woman in Etosha National Park, Namibia
Accommodation Etosha Safari Lodge
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Visit the Otjikandero Himba Orphan Village Project in Namibia's Kaokaland
Learn about the Otjikandero Himba Orphan Village Project

Visit an OvaHimba village to learn from the residents about the local culture and traditions.

Included in Trip

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Iconic Experience Enjoy the beauty of Twyfelfontein, Nambia
See Twyfelfontein

Enjoy the beauty of Twyfelfontein. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Discover the Petrified Forest in Khorixas, Namibia
See the Petrified Forest

The Petrified Forest is a remarkable scene, with numerous fossilised sections of trees dating back to prehistoric times. Take time to contemplate t...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 11

Explore Etosha National Park

Explore one of the world’s great wildlife sanctuaries on a full-day safari. Climb aboard your safari vehicle and join your expert guide as you travel between watering holes, renowned as the best spots to view the parks' plentiful wildlife. Track herds of elephants as the matriarch slowly and purposefully leads them to the nearest waterhole, and look out for the big cats seeking refuge in the shade from the heat of the day. After a full day of wildlife spotting you'll return to your accommodation in time to watch a beautiful sunset and perhaps toast to a successful day on safari.

Elephants in Etosha National Park, Namibia
Accommodation Etosha Safari Lodge
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Zebra at Etosha National Park, Namibia
Etosha National Park Tour LS

Spend your day surrounded by the beautiful wildlife at Etosha National Park. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 12

Journey Back to Windhoek

We bid farewell to Etosha and travel south back to Windhoek. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner at one of the city's most famous and lively beer houses to celebrate the end of a magical journey through Namibia.

Jeep in desert, Windhoek, Namibia
Accommodation The Windhoek Luxury Suites
Included Meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 13

Farewell Windhoek

With our journey at its close, we say goodbye to our new-found friends and transfer to Windhoek airport. Shuttle transfers have been arranged to depart at 09:30am and 12:00pm.

Please Note: This Namibia Adventure trip is run on a small group basis. The vehicle operating it will be smaller than a standard coach, relative to the number of guests, and it is standard tour operator practice in Namibia for trips of this group size to have a Driver Guide. 

Roads in Namibia are a combination of tarmac roads and dirt/gravel roads where dust levels can be higher than in other parts of the world. The Namibian government implements a road maintenance program but their condition can vary and sometimes journeys can feel less than smooth and rougher than on the tarmac roads.

Cityscape of Windhoek, Namibia
Included Meals Breakfast

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Stays With Stories
Stays with Stories

Originally built in 1901 the Weinberg wine estate was bought by the Stoermer family in the 1950's. Steeped in history this heritage hotel is a true Namibian gem.

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Meet the Seifart Family on their Farm in Uhlenhorst

Meet members of the third generation Seifart family on their livestock and agricultural farm, who'll share stories of Namibian farm life over a lunch of home made specialties.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Keetmanshoop Orientation

Enjoy discovering the beauty of Keetmanshoop.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Naute Dam

Enjoy the sights as you explore Naute Dam.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Fish River Canyon

Admire the stunning views at Fish River Canyon.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Duwisib Castle Visit

Discover the rich history of Duwisib Castle. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Sossusvlei and Deadvlei Scenic Drive

Discover the iconic landscapes of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei on your scenic drive. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Swakopmund Orientation

Enjoy the seaside town of Swakopmund. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Travel Along Namibia's Salt Route

Discover the mysterious landscapes of Namibia's Salt Route. 

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Learn about the Otjikandero Himba Orphan Village Project

Visit an OvaHimba village to learn from the residents about the local culture and traditions.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Twyfelfontein

Enjoy the beauty of Twyfelfontein. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See the Petrified Forest

The Petrified Forest is a remarkable scene, with numerous fossilised sections of trees dating back to prehistoric times. Take time to contemplate t...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Etosha National Park Tour LS

Spend your day surrounded by the beautiful wildlife at Etosha National Park. 

Included in Trip

About this trip

All transport and transfers shown
Driver Guide in Kenya, Tanzania and Namibia
Cherry-picked hotels and safari lodges, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Air-conditioned coach or Quantum bus
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Visit Kalahari Desert, Keetmanshoop, Quivertree Forest, Fish River Canyon, Duwisib Castle, Sossusvlei, Dune 45 & Deadvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Twyfelfontein Ancient Rock Art, the Petrified Forest and Etosha National Park
View Naute Dam, Sesriem Canyon and the Moon Landscape valley near Swakopmund
See the Namib-Naukluft Mountains

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Sundowner Drive - Canyon Roadhouse

Starting at Canyon Lodge or Canyon Village, this three hour drive is the perfect opportunity for you to acquaint yourself with Gondwana Canyon Park...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Walvis Bay Marine Cruise

Join this marine educational sightseeing tour in the Walvis Bay area in search of the marine big 5: Whales, Dolphins, Mola, Leatherback turtle and ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Living Desert Tour

The desert has so much more to offer than just sand and you’ll learn the incredible secrets and surprising hidden life of the Namib Desert on this ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Namibia

  • Official Languages across Namibia: English is the official language of Namibia.
  • Currency used in Namibia: The currency of Namibia is the Namibian Dollar (N$).
  • Capital City:: The capital of Namibia is Windhoek.
  • Time Zone(s) in Namibia: Namibia operates on Central Africa Time (CAT) and The Zambezi Region in the northeastern part of Namibia follows West Africa Time (WAT).

Namibia passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip.
  • Visa Requirement: A Tourist Visa is required to enter Namibia. Learn more about obtaining a visa for Namibia.
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Namibia's weather and climate vary significantly across different regions due to its diverse topography. In general, Namibia has two primary seasons: the dry season and the wet season. The dry season typically occurs from June to October, offering pleasant and cooler temperatures, making it an ideal time for wildlife safaris. The wet season occurs from November to May, with the "long rains" from March to May and the "short rains" from November to December. During the wet season, some areas experience heavy rainfall, while others, like the coastal regions, may have more moderate and consistent rain. Namibia's climate allows for a wide range of landscapes, from arid deserts to lush savannas, making it a popular destination for tourists seeking diverse experiences.

Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits for Africa Tours

  • Luggage & Carry-On Bag: East Africa safari vehicles cannot accommodate the typical on-tour luggage and carry-on bag dimensions. We kindly ask our guests to travel with a soft-sided bag or medium-sized suitcase.

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a safari tour in Africa requires careful consideration to ensure you have everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable experience in the wild. It's best to travel light and prioritize the essentials. The less you bring, the easier it will be to move around and enjoy the experience without unnecessary weight. The specific items you'll need can vary based on the destination and time of year. Here's a general packing list to get you started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Neutral-colored clothing: Pack lightweight, breathable, and neutral-colored clothing (e.g., khaki, beige, green) to blend in with the natural environment and avoid attracting insects.
  • Long-sleeved shirts and pants: These will protect you from the sun, insects, and any thorny vegetation you might encounter during walking safaris.
  • Lightweight jacket or fleece: Evenings and early mornings can be cool, so having a warm layer is essential.
  • Wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses: Protect yourself from the sun's strong rays.
  • Sturdy, comfortable shoes: Bring closed-toe walking shoes or hiking boots for bushwalks or trekking.
  • Sandals or flip-flops: For relaxing around the campsite or lodge.
  • Swimwear: Some lodges or camps have pools or natural swimming spots.
  • Rainproof gear: Depending on the season and location, rain showers can be common, so a waterproof jacket and pants are useful.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • Binoculars: Get a good pair for wildlife viewing.
  • A camera: You’re traveling on a safari to see extraordinary scenery, animals, and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Taking pictures of wildlife can be a daunting experience; everything is moving so fast, and the last thing you want is blurry photos to document one of the most extraordinary trips of your life. To get the results you want for your photo album, Instagram account, or Facebook feed, use these tips for taking photos while on safari. No matter what, disable geotagging on all your devices. Posting locations of wildlife can attract poachers, which is probably the last thing you want. Here’s a site that fills you in on how to do this.
  • Extra camera batteries and memory cards: You won't want to miss any photo opportunities.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Flashlight or headlamp: Useful for navigating in the dark.
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

Most African countries, including South Africa, run on 220-240 volts at 50 Hz. This means that the electrical outlets and voltage used in African countries are different from the standard 110-120 volts at 60 Hz used in the United States.

If you plan to bring American appliances or electronics to Africa, you will likely need a voltage converter and a plug adapter. Here's what you need to know:

  • Voltage Converter: American appliances designed to run on 120 volts may not function properly or could be damaged if connected directly to the higher voltage in African countries. A voltage converter (also known as a voltage transformer) will step down the voltage to 120 volts, allowing your devices to work safely.
  • Plug Adapter: The physical shape of electrical outlets in African countries may also differ from those in the United States. You'll need a plug adapter to match the American-style plug with the outlets in the destination country.

It's essential to check the voltage and plug type requirements for the specific African country you plan to visit, as they might vary slightly from one country to another. Some modern electronic devices, like laptops and smartphones, are often designed to handle a wide range of voltages, so they might only require a plug adapter. In Kenya, Morocco, and South Africa, the standard electrical voltage is 220-240 volts at 50 Hz. In Namibia, the standard electrical voltage is also 220-240 volts, but it operates at 50 Hz in most areas and at 60 Hz in some regions. If you plan to bring American appliances or electronics to any of these African countries, you will likely need a voltage converter (transformer) as well as a plug adapter.

Before your trip, verify the compatibility of your appliances and devices. You can find this information on the labels or tags of your electronics or in the user manuals. If in doubt, consult with the manufacturer or a qualified electrician.

We suggest buying an adapter with a voltage converter to help reduce the number of things you have to pack. Additionally, it's essential to get any required adapters or converters for your electronic devices before embarking on your guided tour and bringing them along. It's crucial to be cautious when using electrical appliances in foreign countries, as using incorrect voltage or plugs without the right adapters can cause damage to your devices or even pose a safety hazard.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

In hotels in Kenya, South Africa, Morocco, and Namibia, you will typically find hair dryers available for guests to use. These hotels are accustomed to hosting international travelers, and providing hair dryers in the rooms is a common amenity. Some remote safari camps may not have the infrastructure or resources to support electrical appliances like hairdryers due to their location in more pristine and wilderness-focused areas.

It is important to keep in mind that the voltage of the hair dryer provided by the hotel will match the local electrical standards of the country where it is located. For example, in Kenya, South Africa, Morocco, and Namibia, the standard electrical voltage is 220-240 volts at 50 Hz. However, some regions in Namibia may operate at 60 Hz.

You will need a voltage converter (transformer) to safely use your own hair dryer or other 120-110 volt appliances you bring. Before using your hair dryer or any electronic device, it is important to verify voltage compatibility and use the appropriate plug adapter if necessary. Although many modern hair dryers are designed to be dual voltage, meaning they can work on both 120 volts and 220-240 volts, it is always recommended to double-check the label or user manual to be sure.

If you are unsure about the electrical compatibility or amenities provided by a specific hotel, you can contact them directly before your trip to inquire about the availability of hair dryers and other electrical considerations for international travelers. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but cannot find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

  • Air conditioning is commonly available in various accommodations and public places in Kenya, Morocco, Namibia, and South Africa, especially in urban areas and more developed regions. However, the availability of air conditioning can vary based on the type of accommodation and the specific location within each country. In major cities like Nairobi, Marrakech, Casablanca, Fes, Cape Town, and Johannesburg, many hotels, lodges, and upscale accommodations provide air conditioning. However, in more remote or rustic safari lodges or tented camps, air conditioning might be limited or not available.

Regardless of where in the world your tour visits, we do our best to ensure your transportation is as comfortable as can be. On Africa safaris, you may be on a coach part of the time and a 4 X 4 safari vehicle at other times.

Airport transfers

Transfers will depend on the trip you choose and vary among destinations. In general, if you are joining or departing your guided vacation on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included. You’ll find specific information on your itinerary page.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

Traveling to Africa on a guided tour can be an exciting and enriching experience. However, it's essential to prioritize your health and safety while exploring new territories. Health risks can vary based on the specific countries or regions within Africa you are visiting. Staying informed, prepared, and cautious will go a long way in ensuring a safe and enjoyable travel experience. Always stay in touch with your Travel Director and always follow their recommendations.

Here are some health advice and recommendations for travelers heading to Africa:

Visit the Doctor: Before embarking on your trip, schedule a visit with a medicine specialist or your healthcare provider. They can provide personalized health advice based on your medical history, current health status, and the specific countries you'll be visiting.

Travel Insurance: Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, evacuations, and trip cancellations.

Vaccinations: While there are no vaccine or testing requirements, travelers should ensure that all routine vaccinations are up to date.

  • Routine Vaccinations: These include measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap), and influenza.
  • Yellow Fever: Some countries in Africa require a yellow fever vaccination certificate for entry. Even if not required, it's highly recommended, as yellow fever is a serious disease transmitted by mosquitoes in some regions.

Malaria Prevention: Malaria is prevalent in many parts of Africa. Consult with your healthcare provider about the appropriate malaria prevention measures, such as antimalarial medications and mosquito bite prevention strategies (e.g., insect repellents, mosquito nets, long-sleeved clothing).

Insect Bite Prevention: Besides malaria, mosquitoes can transmit other diseases like dengue, chikungunya, and Zika. Use insect repellents containing DEET or Picaridin and wear long-sleeved clothing and pants to reduce the risk of bites.

First Aid Kit: Carry a basic first aid kit with essential items like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, antidiarrheal medication, and any prescribed medications.

Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water, especially in hot and humid climates, to prevent dehydration.

Respect Local Customs: Be aware of and respect local customs and traditions, as some practices may have health implications.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these. 

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Gail Glen
Review date: Wednesday, August 7, 2019
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GET provided a whole lot of documentation with very little explanation of what it was for.
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In a word it was terrible. I filled out the Trafalgar comments form while I was there and meant to go into detail in a report to them when I got back. But I'm too busy with moving into a new house to do that right now. Suffice it to say that the van was totally inadequate for 8 people and luggage, no big windows for viewing, no big tires or heavy duty shock absorbers. The roads were unbelieveably bad!! All day long every day of the trip. The guide was very nice and knowlegeable but totally unorganized especially about lunches. And when Trafalgar changed the itinerary mid trip he didn't even let us know that until 9 pm the night before when we were expecting to stay another night in the hotel and do game viewing around that area. He also dragged us to another site to see the petroglyphs even the World Heritage site place for them was right at the lodge. The
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are terribly sorry to hear about your disappointing experience. We will be sharing this information with our team at Trafalgar and a member of our Guest Relations team will be in touch with you directly. Thank you for bringing this to out attention.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
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