NAMIBIA: A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY
- Dates: November 4-15, 2016
- Pricing: From $6,425/pp
- Activity Level: 3/5
Namibia is a land of transformation. A rare place where you can disconnect from technology and the stresses of life in order to reconnect with yourself. The deafening silence of the desert whispers to your soul, and the dust, sand, and heat cleanse you of your vanity. Massive sand dunes serve as humbling reminders of how small we truly are, and the harmonious existence of desert-adapted wildlife and nomadic peoples demonstrates the incredible impact we all have on one another and the world. This Journey of Discovery affords you the chance to experience the endless deserts, ancient cultures, and magnificent wildlife of Namibia in a very personal way. On this 12-day expedition through Namibia, you will:
- Experience Africa’s large cats up close while learning about the AfriCat Foundation
- Embark on exciting game drives and night game viewing at a floodlit waterhole
- Visit an authentic and remote Himba settlement
- Walk through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Twyfelfontein rock engravings
- Search for desert-adapted elephants
- Go on an exciting night walk to ‘hunt’ for nocturnal critters
- Climb some of the world’s highest free-standing sand dunes
- Sleep under the Southern Skies from the rooftop of your room
Along the way, you'll be supported by Michael Bennett, MSA's Founder & Chief Adventure Officer, on your journey of personal exploration and discovery. Michael will use the trip's many adventures as catalysts for casual yet inspirational discussions that will help you learn from what you are experiencing and develop a strategic action plan for kick-starting the next chapter in your life!
You will be joined by a professional and experienced safari guide. Your guide’s intimate knowledge of each area and lodge allows them to share local highlights while providing expert naturalist and cultural insights throughout the tour. We hope you’ll join us on this personal and transformational Namibia Journey of Discovery through one of the world’s most spectacular and memorable destinations!
MEET YOUR PROGRAM LEADER
MICHAEL BENNETT, ED.D. | Founder & Chief Adventure Officer @ MSA
Michael is a seasoned traveler, organizational consultant, accidental entrepreneur, and life/career coach who has dedicated his life to helping others change their lives through his coaching and travel programs. Inspired by his own transformational travel experiences and a personal struggle to find meaningful work, Michael launched MSA in 2011 as way to support others in bringing more passion, purpose, and meaning to their lives. He earned his Bachelors Degree from the University of Delaware and both his Global MBA and his Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University.
Day 1: A Journey of Discovery
- Meals: Dinner
- Overnight: Hilton Hotel
Welcome to Namibia + Arrival in Windhoek!
Land at the Hosea Kutako airport, 40 km outside Windhoek; transfer to the Hilton Hotel for the night. Dine together with your private naturalist safari guide and Program Leader, who will walk the group through the itinerary for the next 11 days and answer any questions you may have about the trip.
Windhoek to AfriCat Foundation
After breakfast we’ll set off for Okonjima, home to the AfriCat Foundation. The foundation is a wildlife sanctuary developed in 1991 to drive conservation awareness, preserve habitats, promote environmental education and research, and support animal welfare. We will arrive in time for lunch at Okonjima Bush Camp, followed by a guided afternoon excursion to track leopards, cheetahs, and wild dogs. After dinner, visit the night hide for more wildlife viewing.
AfriCat Foundation to East Etosha National Park
Spend the morning tracking big cats before returning to the Bush Camp for brunch. We may pursue cheetahs by foot on one of the nearby walking trails or hop back in the safari vehicle to cover more ground. After brunch we’ll head to the eastern boundary of Etosha National Park. We’ll have lunch en-route to arrive at the Mushara Bush Camp in the early afternoon. If time allows, we’ll embark on our first game drive of Etosha National Park!
Etosha National Park
Spend the day exploring the waterholes and salt pans of the north-eastern side of Etosha National Park. Wildlife flocks to the pockets of life-giving water that dot the more than 1900 square miles of saline depressions. We’ll watch for elephants, lions, giraffes, blue wildebeests, elands, warthogs, zebras, endemic black faced impalas, and more. You’ll have the option to stay the entire day in the park, exiting before sunset, or to split the day in two, returning to camp for lunch and a nap before heading out again in the afternoon.
Eastern Etosha National Park to the Southern Etosha Boundary
After an early breakfast we’ll head southwest for another day of game viewing through the grasslands, woodlands, and savannahs of Etosha National Park. In the afternoon, depart the Park for Andersson’s Camp, set against the backdrop of the Ondundozonanandana Mountains, in the private Onvaga Game Reserve. Depending on time, we may take a short nature walk or just let you relax among the tranquil scenery before dinner.
Etosha National Park to Damaraland
Depart Etosha for the earthy sepia tones and profound solitude of Damaraland. While the landscapes are striking, the real highlight of the day is a visit to a local Himba settlement. The semi-nomadic Himba live in scattered settlements of simple, cone-shaped structures made from saplings bound together with palm leaves and plastered with mud and dung. Your guide will help facilitate an authentic cultural exchange with the friendly and resilient people of the village, and you’ll have the opportunity to learn about their traditional customs and lifestyles. After the visit we’ll enjoy a refreshing picnic lunch at an oasis before we continue to Camp Kipwe in time for sunset.
Start your day with an exciting 4×4 excursion along the ephemeral Aba Huab and Huab River valleys to search for elusive desert adapted elephants and other game. Desert adapted elephants are an eco-type unique to Namibia and walk further for water and fodder than any other elephant in Africa. They typically rest during the day, and walk and feed at night to conserve energy. After the excursion, we’ll have lunch either under the shade of a large ana tree or back at camp, and then leave you time to rest before the day’s transformational discussions.
Damaraland to Swakopmund
Continue on to Swakopmund, stopping along the way at Twyfelfontein, Namibia’s only World Heritage Site. Strewn over a hillside at Twyfelfontein, boulders and slabs of red sandstone serve as a canvas for 2,500 prehistoric engravings depicting wildlife and abstract motifs. Arrive in the coastal town of Swakopmund mid-afternoon, with time to wander around its German colonial architecture and visit its museums, craft shops, or cafes. Spend the evening on an informative night walk in the Swakop River Valley, focusing on the nocturnal reptiles and insects of the Namib Desert, and culminating in a group BBQ.
Swakopmund to Sossusvlei
Drive southeast through the ever-changing desert landscapes and impressive Kuiseb and Gaub canyons of the Namib Naukluft National Park. Head inland from Walvis Bay and on to Kulala Desert Lodge where we’ll stay for the next two nights as a base to explore the Namib Desert. If time allows, we’ll take a hike up Elim Dune.
Note: As an alternative to the drive from Swakopmund to Sossusvlei, you can take a scenic flight over Sossusvlei and along the Diamond Coast (at an additional cost and weather permitting). The flight gives you a bird’s eye view over the salt pans, Sandwich Harbour, shipwrecks, abandoned mining camps, and dunes, before landing in Sossusvlei. Your guide will drive ahead and meet up with you in Sossusvlei later in the day.
Rise early to enter the Naukluft National Park at sunrise to capture the magical landscapes while the light is soft and the shadows accentuate the shifting shapes and curves of the dunes. This area boasts some of the highest freestanding sand dunes in the world. Your guide will explain how the Namib Desert was formed and how its myriad of fascinating creatures and plants have adapted to survive in these harsh environs. Once we’ve explored to your heart’s content, we’ll relax with a picnic breakfast under the shade of a camel thorn tree. Return to Kulala Desert Lodge in the early afternoon for a late lunch, stopping off to view Sesriem Canyon (if we missed it the previous day). The rest of the afternoon is free for you to relax in the Lodge’s plunge pool or wrap-around veranda.
Day 11: A Journey of Discovery
- Meals: B, L, D
- Overnight: Gocheganas Nature Reserve and Wellness Centre
Sossusvlei to Windhoek
Head back to Windhoek where we’ll spend our final night at the Gocheganas Nature Reserve and Wellness Centre. Explore the night’s sky with the Lodge’s astronomer and powerful telescope. Note: Optional sunrise balloon flights are available over the Namib Naukluft National Park before departing for Windhoek (at extra cost).
Day 12: A Journey of Discovery
- Meals: Breakfast
- Overnight: None
Depart from Windhoek
Enjoy a final breakfast before you make your way back to Windhoek International Airport for your international flight back home. Return home feeling restored and transformed from your Namibia Journey of Discovery, with a plan to start the next chapter of your life!
The following items are included in your Adventure:
- 1 pre-adventure coaching call with Michael
- A Welcome Pack from MSA & Evergreen Escapes
- Transfers to/from Windhoek International Airport
- Accommodations as stated in the itinerary
- Meals as stipulated in the itinerary
- Most locally branded drinks with meals
- Facilitated discussions and workshops with Michael
- Registered and experienced English-speaking guide
- Transportation in a luxury air-conditioned vehicle
- Mineral water on board the safari vehicle
- Entrance fees and excursions described in itinerary
- 1 post-adventure coaching calls with your Michael
What's NOT Included
The following items are NOT included in your Adventure:
- International flights to Namibia and airport taxes
- Meals & drinks not included in the above itinerary
- Personal travel insurance
- Entrance fees & excursions not included in itinerary
- All premium and export brand beverages
- Laundry (available at lodges at extra cost)
- Items of a personal nature (Ex: Medicines, etc.)
- Visa Entry Fees
Every Adventure includes our 3-month pre-trip Call to Adventure and 1-month post-trip Return of the Hero group process.
Pricing for this Namibia: A Journey of Discovery varies slightly depending on the number of people who go on the trip with us. Rates based on double occupancy. Single supplement may be available upon request. Contact us for more info.
4--5 People: $7425/pp
6--7 People: $6425/pp
Single supplement may be available upon request. We are happy to offer different payment options for you. We always strive to maintain a balance between offering our programs to the widest range of participants and running a sustainable and thriving company so that we can continue to create and share our experiences with you. Occasionally we offer scholarships and work/trade opportunities for those that are interested. Rates are approximate and may be subject to change until the final itinerary and dates are set. Contact us for more info!
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Below you will find answers to some of the frequently asked questions about this Adventure. Have more questions? Contact us!
Is this program for me?
This program is for you if you love traveling, making new friends, challenging yourself with physical activities, exploring new cultures, and engaging in informal yet inspirational conversations. You are ready to create something exciting and new in your life — a job or career or even a new company, a new relationship, and/or new perspectives and new ways of looking at things.
Do I need to be in great shape to participate?
You do not need to be a world-class athlete to participate in this program. You should, however, be fit enough to walk/hike for 4—6 hours at a time, occasionally on steep terrain. If you have questions or concerns about your ability to complete this program, please contact MSA at (424) 216—8339.
How does the Your Hero's Journey process work?
All of our Adventures follow a three-part process of exploration, discovery, and transformation that we call Your Hero's Journey. Like the Hero's Journey itself, YHJ consists of 3 stages:
- The Call to Adventure — A series of pre-departure calls help us get to know each other and prepare for our Journey
- The Adventure — We explore the world, have fun, engage in meaningful discussions, and learn from our experiences
- The Return of the Hero — A series of post-trip calls that help us keep each other accountable for the actions we commit to
The goal? To create an exciting, powerful, and life-changing experience for you and your fellow travelers!
What does a typical day on this Adventure look like?
The days will be exhilarating and in many cases physically challenging. In the evenings, over a delicious meal and a sundowner, we'll dive into casual yet inspirational conversations about what you are learning from your experiences (and one another) and how you can apply those lessons to transform your life.
How many people will be going with me on this Adventure?
The maximum group size for this adventure is 7 participants. (We also require a minimum of 4 people for this trip.) Most participants for this program are between the ages of 25—45, but we've had adventurers as young as 65 on our programs. Generally speaking, we see a few more women than men on our programs.
How do I sign up for this Adventure?
How much is the deposit for this trip? What is the payment schedule like?
MSA requires a $500 deposit for this program. We can break your remaining balance into two payments due 120 and then 90 days before the program starts. We'll send you en electronic invoice a few days before your final payments are due. You can pay by credit card or by check, although a 3% fee will be added to all credit card payments.
What is the cancellation policy for this Adventure?
If you need to cancel your booking prior to departure, money will be returned less the cancellation fees based on the following schedule:
Days Prior to Departure: Fee Per Person
- 91 or more days: Initial deposit
- 31—90 days: 50% of program cost
- 30 or fewer days: 100% of program cost
Check out our Terms & Conditions for more info.
What's the weather like in Namibia in November?
Nice if not a touch warm (Hey, it's Africa, what do you expect! :) Highs are typically in the mid- to upper-80s during the day, and temps can drop into the low-60s (or below) at night. In other words, wonderful and perfect for A Journey of Discovery!
What do I need to bring or pack?
The best approach is to bring layers of clothing: Everything from shorts and t-shirts to jackets, sweaters, and gloves. We strongly encourage you to purchase trekking poles for this adventure, as we’ve found them to be incredibly valuable on day hikes, particularly when exploring unfamiliar terrain. A broken-in pair of hiking boots with excellent tread is critical. A detailed packing list will be sent out via email about 30 days prior to the program date.
Which airport should I fly into?
We will pick you up and drop you off at Windhoek International Airport (WDH).
What should I do if I have questions that are not addressed here?
Simple — CONTACT US! We're happy to talk to you about any questions, concerns, or ideas you have about your program.