Summary

from NAD32842.00 Per Person Sharing18 Days
Departs from: Windhoek
Ends in: Windhoek

 

After a night in the capital city, start your adventure by driving north to the Waterberg Plateau. Take a dip in a natural spring swimming pool in the spectacular high-lying valley or join a hike onto the plateau itself. Continue your journey north to Etosha National Park, one of the largest game reserves in Africa. In the dry season, the many waterholes act as magnets to huge congregations of game animals– and of course the predators that follow them! Circle west and visit the Petrified Forest and San rock etchings at the Twyfelfontien World Heritage Site, or join a guided trip to see the rare desert-adapted elephant before heading to the coastal town of Swakopmund. Get your adrenaline pumping amongst the dunes with a sky-dive, sand-board or quad-bike, or take a relaxing kayak or boat cruise to explore the diverse coastal wildlife.

Continue your journey driving east into the red dunes of the Namib Desert and pay a visit to the iconic Sossusvlei and Deadvlei pans. From here continue south via the Namib wild horses or the eerie ‘Ghost Town’ of Kolmanskop before arriving at the Fish River Canyon, a spectacular geological scar through the otherwise featureless landscape. Make a last stop in the wildlife rich red dunes of the Kalahari before returning to Windhoek and your onward flight home.

 

Highlights

  • Waterberg
  • Etosha National Park
  • Twyfelfontein
  • Damaraland
  • Swakopmund
  • Sesriem
  • Sossusvlei
  • Luderitz
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Kalahari desert.

Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1: Sunset over the city

Windhoek

Land in Windhoek, here you will be met by a transfer driver holding a sign in the arrivals hall who will escort you to the city centre.

A representative of ATI will meet you here to hand over your vouchers, road map and itinerary and to answer any last minute questions you may have. Your hire vehicle will be delivered this afternoon.

Rivendell Guest House is located in a quiet suburb close to the city centre and has just ten guest rooms. Relax around the swimming pool or lounge area, and maybe take the afternoon to explore the shops and restaurants of the city.

Facilities include satellite TV lounge, swimming pool, self-catering kitchen, small bar, internet & guest phone and safe parking. Breakfast included.

Destination: Namibia, Windhoek
Accommodation: Rivendell Guest House
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Day 2: High-lying plateau

Kalahari Farmhouse

If there was ever an enchanted garden, this is it. Entering the Kalahari Farmhouse is like stepping into a magical enclave or an oasis in the desert – far away from the world. It urges you to take off your shoes, lie on the soft grass, open a book and relax. The cottagey chalets with colourful patchwork quilts, fireplaces and oodles of charm look onto the garden lined with towering palms. Birds flutter through the trees, water runs in the streamlets and the feeling of peace pervades the intimate Kalahari resort. Well-positioned on the outskirts of Stampriet where life-giving artesian water spurts to the surface, the Farmhouse enjoys this generous boon in the Kalahari Desert.

The ample water supply allows the garden to be kept lush and Gondwana’s Self Sufficiency Centre to grow its produce for the collection of lodges around the country. At the Centre, adjacent to the lodge, seasonal vegetables are grown, cows are milked, and a variety of cheeses, salamis, sausages and biltong are produced. Several chickens wander about and pigs grunt contentedly from their enclosures. Easily accessible if travelling between Windhoek and the South, or if en-route to the Kgalagadi or South Africa, the lodge is best enjoyed over a few days. Visit the Self Sufficiency Centre, lounge around the pool or in the garden, join a sunset excursion into the burnished dunes at Kalahari Anib Lodge, 30km away, and REST.

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Day 3-4: Game rich landscapes

Etosha National Park

Resembling a roadhouse with a large red roof, the lodge is a veritable treasure-house and a ‘must-do’ stop when visiting the canyon. The outside area hints of the wonderland interior with its rusty old Chevys and Fords from a bygone era adorned with corky quiver trees and desert flora. The large doors into reception open onto an international truck serving as the reception desk, a ‘pompstasie’ (filling station) bar and an assortment of classic vehicles and transport paraphernalia assembled with an innovative and creative flair – and a good deal of humour. Restaurant tables are placed in-between and several cars serve as fireplaces during the chilly winter months.

The canyon resort has a swimming pool, a campsite, a terrace to enjoy Roadhouse specialities like Amarula cheesecake (and the best cappuccino for miles around) and a walking trail through the hills. Sunset is best appreciated from the hill above the lodge looking out onto the flat-topped Holoog Mountain and the Gondwana Canyon Park. Maybe take a guided excursion to the canyon viewpoints or drive the 4×4 Wildebeest Route towards Canyon Lodge and Village to view zebra and wildebeest – and who knows what other interesting wildlife – on the grassy plains.

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Day 5-6: Fresh air

Klein Aus Vista

Large old camelthorn trees greet camping guests at the Desert Horse Campsite in a small valley of the Aus Mountains surrounded by granite outcrops. Each of the ten sites is equipped with a tap, table with benches, grill and windbreak. There are clean and neat ablution facilities to service the sites with gas heated showers and flush toilets.

Note there are no power point outlets at the Desert Horse camp. If you have equipment that need to be charged it can be done at reception of Desert Horse Inn. Barbecue packs are also available at the reception of Desert Horse Inn (1.5km); those who like to skip cooking for a change are more than welcome at the Inn’s restaurant (subject to space being available, please enquire upon arrival).

Several hiking trails run through the valley; the Vista Trail leads to a lookout point where you can watch the sun disappear behind the distant horizon at the far end of vast desert plains. The Desert Horse Campsite is just 20km away from the habitat of the Wild Horses.

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Day 7-8: Rugged mountain vistas

Sossusvlei

The Sossus Oasis Campsite, fuel and service station is conveniently located 300m from the Namib Naukluft National Park entrance gate at Sesriem. Luxury campsites are provided very close to the area well known for the towering red sand dunes of the Namib Desert and the remarkable depths of the Sesriem Canyon. Treasure the ambience of the Namib Desert – under the star studded skies, to the tune of the barking gecko and far cry of a jackal.

The well-kept sparkling swimming pool is a focal point in the centre of the Sossus Oasis Camp Site. A shaded seating area is available adjacent to the pool. The pool is only available to paying guests of Sossus Oasis Camp Site and is used at one’s own risk. Children must be under the supervision of a responsible adult at all times.

A fuel and service station, tyre workshop, stocked utility shop and Internet Café is available at the adjacent Sossus Oasis Service Station. The on-site tyre workshop will be able to assist travellers with any tyre problems. Meals and adventure activities may be booked at the nearby Sossusvlei Lodge.

Accommodation: Sossus Oasis Campsite
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Day 9-10: Coastal wildlife and landscapes

Swakopmund

Drive onwards to the coast this morning. If time allows, you may like to make a detour to Cape Cross fur seal colony where as many as 100,000 individuals may be seen during breeding season. Swakopmund itself is a fascinating and intriguing resort town.

In addition, there are many adventure activities such as sand boarding, tandem parachuting, fishing & quad biking which can be arranged prior to arrival. Please ask us for advice on restaurants, the more popular ones should be booked in advance and we are happy to do this for you. Cornerstone is located on the corner of Rhode Allee and Hendrik Witbooi, at number 40 Hendrik Witbooi.

Cornerstone Guesthouse is a small, private and peaceful bed and breakfast an easy walk away from the sea and the town centre of Swakopmund on Namibia’s fascinating Skeleton Coast.

Within a few minutes from the guest house you can walk to beaches, cafés, restaurants, lively pubs, Swakopmund tourist attractions and a variety of interesting shops and markets. Breakfast included.

Destination: Swakopmund
Accommodation: Cornerstone Guesthouse
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Day 11-12: Explore the Mountains

Twyfelfontein

Mowani is a beautiful lodge tucked away in the huge boulders that characterise this unique, unsurpassed desert scenery.  It lies between the Ugab and Huab Rivers, with a beautiful view of the Abu-Huab valley. The thatch buildings and luxury tented rooms merge perfectly with the environment.

An enormous flat boulder is the spot for sundowners, giving you spectacular views of the table-top mountains, the cone shaped peaks and the majestic Brandberg.  During the day you can relax in the rock pool or the shady lounge.  Optional nature drives offer an excellent opportunity to see the mountain zebra and the desert elephants, unique to this arid area.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Mowani Mountain Camp
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Day 13-14: Into Etosha

Okakuejo

Okaukuejo was the first tourist camp to open in Etosha and it currently functions as the administrative hub of the park, and home of the Etosha Ecological Institute.  It is situated at the western end of the pan, and about 120km north of the town of Outjo. The Okaukuejo waterhole is often voted as the best of all the rest camp waterholes and enjoys an amazing array of wildlife.

Animals that visit appear to be oblivious of the camp – unaware of the bright lights or the people sitting on benches just behind the low stone wall. The light doesn’t penetrate into the surrounding bush. It creates something of a stage – with the water at its centre – focusing the attention on the animals that come to drink.  During the dry season, you’re bound to see something of interest by just sitting here for a few hours in the evening – so bring a couple of drinks, your binoculars, and some warm clothes in winter, and settle down to watch. Among the regulars are elephants and jackals, while lion and black rhino often visit during the dry season.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Okaukuejo Resort
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Day 15-16: Running with the AfriCats

Okonjima

Camping in Okonjima Nature Reserve epitomises the African safari experience. Your small group or family can become one with nature as they visit the Carnivore Care Centre, track leopards and cheetahs, learn about the indigenous people during the Bushman trail, and grow attuned to the sights, sounds and ways of Namibia’s grassy plains.

The four, partially-equipped, private campsites share a swimming pool at the foot of the Ombokoro Mountains and are located in the 2000ha non-rehabilitation area. All four sites boast spectacular sundowner viewpoints.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Okonjima Plains Camp
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Day 17: Back to the capital

Windhoek

Located in a quiet suburb of Namibia’s capital city Windhoek, Rivendell caters for guests who enjoy homely, comfortable accommodation at a reasonable price. Rivendell is for many, “the last homely house before the wilds”! The emphasis is on friendly hospitality and helpfulness, whether it be reserving a table at the best restaurant in town, organising a day trip, finding a rental car, booking a safari or planning a full self-drive itinerary. Families are welcome and a cot with bedding can be provided on request.

Relax around the swimming pool or lounge area, and maybe take some time to explore the shops and restaurants of the city.  Accommodation consists of five en-suite rooms, five rooms with shared bathroom facilities, and two self-catering flats.  Facilities include satellite TV lounge, large swimming pool, gardens, self-catering kitchen, honesty bar, free of charge WiFi internet, guest computer for people travelling without laptops, guest phone and safe off-road parking.

Destination: Windhoek
Accommodation: Rivendell Guest House
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Day 18: Flying out of Windhoek

Return to Windhoek today, a stunning drive of approximately 3.5 hours, in time to connect with your onward flight.

Destination: Windhoek
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Included

  • Windhoek – Breakfast Included
  • Waterberg Plateau – Camping only.
  • Etosha National Park – Camping only.
  • Okaukuejo, Etosha – Camping only basis.
  • Twyelfontein – Camping only basis.
  • Swakopmund – Breakfast included.
  • Sesriem – Camping only basis.
  • Klein Aus Vista – Camping only basis.
  • Fish River Canyon – Camping only basis.
  • Kalahari Desert – Camping only basis.

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