Medicine and Society in Namibia

4 - 17 Oct 2019
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

Discover the Republic of Namibia, host to some of the planet’s most extraordinary scenery, from the world’s second largest canyon to national parks and reserves with an abundance of big game wildlife. Explore its varied and diverse cultural heritage from Kalahari Bushmen through over a dozen different ethnic groups to more recent German settlers. Formerly known as South West Africa, Namibia is one of the world’s least densely populated countries, with an average of fewer than three people per square kilometre, scattered across a captivating but unforgiving landscape.

This starkly beautiful land is relatively untouched by tourism . As well as visual treats, our tour includes safari days and opportunities to meet the fascinating peoples of this unique country. There is also a full professional programme looking at the healthcare system and approaches to medicine - both traditional and Western - within Namibia, with professional visits encompassing private and public hospitals and healthcare facilities in both urban and rural areas.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Rachel Hargest

Rachel Hargest

Rachel Hargest is an academic colorectal surgeon at Cardiff University and the University Hospital of Wales. She is a member of the Cardiff China Medical Research Collaborative (CCMRC).  She regularly visits China in order to enhance the collaboration between universities and hospitals in Cardiff, Beijing and Yantai.  She has previously worked in Toronto, Pakistan, South Africa and Madagascar in a variety of employed and voluntary roles.   

Rachel has been a member of the RSM for 25 years and is currently a trustee & Honorary Treasurer. She was President of the Section of Surgery during 2016-17 and led a large group tout to Beijing, Yantai and Xian.  She has travelled extensively with the RSM Sections of Surgery and Coloproctology including visits to Israel, Lebanon and Australia along with various parts of the USA and European countries.

 She is also a trustee of the Society of Academic and Research Surgeons.  In 2017 she won the Silver Scalpel Award for the best surgical trainer in the United Kingdom, awarded by the Association of Surgeons in Training.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 4 Oct (Fri) Windhoek: Arrive and transfer to the hotel. Panoramic city tour. Welcome dinner
  • 5 Oct (Sat) Windhoek: Morning visit to the Lady Pohamba Private Hospital. Examine traditional medicine. At leisure
  • 6 Oct (Sun) Windhoek/ Kalahari Desert: Depart for the Kalahari Desert. Stop at the previous missionary station of Rehoboth. Continue to the Kalahari Desert, where you can see huge herds of antelope and other animals grazing.
  • 7 Oct (Mon) Kalahari Desert/ Sossusvlei: Drive to Hoachanas, the main settlement of the Khaillkhaun (Red Nation). It is also home of Markus Kooper, a reverend, educator and anti-apartheid activist. Visit a rural health care facility. Continue via Kalkrand and Maltahohe to the beautiful Namib Desert
  • 8 Oct (Tues) Sossusvlei: Early start to the Namib Naukluft Park to see the famous red sand dunes of the Namib. Visit Sesriem Canyon, a deep chasm carved through the rocks by water
  • 9 Oct (Wed) Sossusvlei/ Swakopmund: Head towards the coast via Solitaire, a small desert settlement. Continue to Walvis Bay. Arrive in the coastal city of Swakopmund for a city tour. Visit Cottage Medi-Clinic, a private hospital
  • 10 Oct (Thurs) Swakopmund: Visit the DRC school project. The afternoon is at leisure
  • 11 Oct (Fri) Swakopmund / Damaraland: Visit Twyfelfontein and view the 6000-year-old rock art. Continue to Damaraland, first stopping at the Living Museum of the Damara
  • 12 Oct (Sat) Damaraland: Visit a health care facility in Khorixas. Explore the town and head to The Vingerklip, a prehistoric formation
  • 13 Oct (Sun) Damaraland / Etosha South: Depart Vingerklip for the famous Etosha National Park via Outjo. Visit the museum and learn about the town’s history. Continue to Omapaha Himba village, home to the indigenous Himba tribe. Continue to the Lodge for a safari
  • 14 Oct (Mon) Etosha South: Full day game viewing in Etosha National Park
  • 15 Oct (Tues) Etosha South / Otjiwarongo: Depart the National Park for Otjiwarongo, which means ‘pretty place’. Visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund
  • 16 Oct (Wed) Otjiwarongo/ Windhoek: Depart Otjiwarongo to return to Windhoek via Okahandja, a town of great significance to the Herero people and a place of pilgrimage. Farewell dinner in Windhoek
  • 17 Oct (Thurs) Windhoek: Morning at leisure before departing for the airport

Tour cost

Ground only cost: US $5,370 pp sharing (excluding international flights and transfers)

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