Begin your journey south with your private guide into the dramatic landscape of the Namib Desert. Continue into the spectacular mountains of the Namib Naukluft National Park, stopping to explore some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world. Head west to the coastal town of Swakopmund. Get your adrenaline pumping amongst the dunes with an optional sky-dive, sand-board or quad-bike, or take a relaxing kayak or boat cruise to explore the diverse coastal wildlife. Head north into the rugged mountainous landscape of Damaraland, watching out for mountain zebra and elusive black rhino along the way.

Visit the Petrified Forest and San rock etchings at the Twyfelfontein World Heritage Site and take a cultural journey through a traditional Himba settlement before continuing north east to Etosha National Park, one of the largest game reserves in Africa. Encapsulating the very essence of Namibia, the wide open pans of Etosha stretch to the horizon. In the dry season, the many waterholes act as magnets to huge congregations of game animals – and of course the predators that follow them! Experience the amazingly diverse desert flora and fauna including rhino, giraffe, elephant and lion. As you head back towards the capital pause to visit the museum at Tsumeb, an old mining town, or pick up some handcrafted souvenirs at Okahandja before returning to Windhoek and your onward flight home.

The advertised price is based on two people travelling together. Please contact us for more details. Please note that this tour does note have set departures and is on request only.

Highlights

  • Sossusvlei
  • Swakopmund
  • Twyfelfontein
  • Kaokoland
  • Etosha National Park

Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1-2: Desert vistas

Namib Desert

Depart at around 09:00 from Windhoek via the scenic and steep Spreetshoogte Pass to the beautifully set Namib Naukluft Lodge. A light lunch will be served. During the afternoon you have time to relax at the swimming pool and/or join a walking trail in the mountains. Overnight with full board at Namib Naukluft Lodge.

An early morning rise will be rewarded by the sight of the spectacular dunes at Sossusvlei on your excursion. Make the effort to climb one of the dunes and you may be overwhelmed by the sight of the dynamic and living desert.

Visit the Sesriem Canyon before returning to the Lodge for lunch. During the late afternoon a sundowner drive to the natural marble mountains on the 25,000 ha private nature reserve is offered. Overnight with full board at Namib Naukluft Lodge.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Namib Naukluft Lodge
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Day 3-4: Coastal scenery and wildlife

Swakopmund

En route to Swakopmund we will drive through the Namib Desert. Enjoy the Kuiseb Canyon, the drive along the Swakop riverbed and stops at the moonlandscape and at the Welwitschia mirabelis, an ancient plant endemic to the Namib Desert. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure and you can explore the little coastal resort on your own.

We will drive to Walvis Bay on day 4 and you may want to join one of the optional tours (kayaking in the Walvis Bay lagoon, quad biking on the dunes en route to Walvis Bay, a boat trip from the Walvis Bay yacht harbour, etc.) or you might enjoy walking along the lagoon to view the prolific birdlife including a huge population of flamingos.

Return to Swakopmund in the afternoon and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (Optional: A sundowner flight along the coastline in a small aircraft). Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at the Hansa Hotel or similar.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Hansa Hotel
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Day 5: Rugged wilderness and local culture

Twyfelfontein

Today we drive along the coastline via Henties Bay and Uis to the vast regions of the Damaraland. We shall visit the famous rock-engravings at Twyfelfontein and arrive at the lodge during the course of the afternoon. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis at Twyfelfontein Lodge.

Destination: Namibia
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Day 6-7: Iconic landscapes

Opuwo

We carry on via Palmwag & Sesfontein into the Kaokoveld. This area is shared by desert elephant, black rhino, giraffe and lion, as well as the Himba people, one of the last nomadic tribes in Africa. The Kaokoland is often described as one of the last truly wild areas in the North West of Namibia. Our lodge is located on a mountain side and you’ll have beautiful views into this arid landscape.

After breakfast on day 7 we take along a local guide and a few items for the Himba people, and depart to a Himba settlement. Here you will meet the people and gain some insight into their day to day lives.

We return to the lodge for lunch (for your own account) and have the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Overnight on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis at Opuwo Country Lodge.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Opuwo Country Lodge
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Day 8: Incredible wildlife

Etosha National Park

Today we enter the Etosha National Park at the western side. This gate is closed to the public and only open for tour operators with a special permit. We shall see the ‘ Haunted Forest ‘, before we arrive at Okaukuejo or Halali.

A floodlit waterhole at either of the camps enables you to view the game also during the evening and night time, which is otherwise not possible. Dinner, bed and breakfast at Okaukuejo or Halali Rest Camp or outside the park at one of the private lodges.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Okaukuejo Campsite
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Day 9-10: Incredible wildlife

Etosha National Park

We follow the rhythm of the animals during our stay in Etosha – up early to watch them feed in the coolness of the morning, returning to camp then heading across the Park to one of the lodges just outside Etosha, our base for tonight. Etosha is home to species of game including elephants, black and white rhino, lion, leopard, endangered cheetah, hyena, giraffe and numerous species of antelope, it’s a wildlife enthusiast’s paradise.

We enter once more into the Etosha National Park on day 10 and explore the ‘Fisher’s Pan’ as well as the north-eastern section at Andoni. We return the same route through the Etosha National Park for more game viewing before we arrive back at the lodge. Overnight, dinner, bed and breakfast.

Destination: Namibia
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Day 11: Culture and shopping

Return to Windhoek

After breakfast we depart to Tsumeb, an old mining town. We visit the ethnological museum here and continue via Otjiwarongo to Okahandja, where we stop at the woodcrafters market. You can do some shopping here before we arrive in Windhoek during the later afternoon.

Destination: Windhoek

Included

  • VW Microbus or 4×4 Landcruiser vehicle, both with air con.
  • Most meals
  • all scheduled activities included as per the itinerary.

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