After a night in the capital city, start your adventure to the top destination in Namibia, Etosha National Park, and also 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! Continue north, taking a cultural journey through an Owambo traditional village before heading to the northern reaches of Namibia and the spectacular waterfalls of the Kunene River. Circle southwards through the inaccessible Kaokoveld region, home to the ochre painted Himba tribespeople before entering the rugged and mountainous Damaraland region.

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 west 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. Pause for a final hike through the magnificent granite landscape of the Erongo mountains before heading back to Windhoek and your onward flight home.

Highlights

  • Etosha National Park
  • Ondangwa
  • Epupa Falls
  • Damaraland
  • Twyfelfontein
  • Swakopmund
  • Erongo

Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1: Sunset over the city

Windhoek

Arrive at the Windhoek International Airport during the day. From the airport, you will receive a transfer into town and onto Elegant Guesthouse. The rest of the day is spent at leisure. Your Europcar car rental vehicle will only be delivered this afternoon.

Situated in a tranquil suburb, close to both restaurants and city centre, this new stylish development is perfectly placed for self-drive clients taking their first or last night in Windhoek.

The Elegant is an owner managed establishment, offering genuine Namibian warmth and hospitality. The guest house consists of just 6 luxurious en-suite double rooms. Breakfast included.

Destination: Windhoek
Accommodation: The Elegant Guesthouse
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Day 2-3: Iconic landscapes and wildlife

Etosha National Park

Depart this morning for your drive to Etosha National Park, Namibia’s premier wildlife reserve. Spend the evening relaxing with a drink at one of the seats overlooking the floodlit waterhole.

Watch the theatre unfold as predators and prey alike take their place in the shadows for the chance to get a refreshing drink. The waterhole chalets where you will stay are just a short walk from the restaurant, bar and small shop.

Each room contains an en-suite bathroom, small bar fridge and tea & coffee station. Some also have an outdoor BBQ area.

Etosha in general offers excellent game viewing opportunities by either day while simply driving or by night from floodlit waterholes.

The Park is dominated by the vast Etosha salt pan, and many water holes exist, joined by a network of well maintained gravel roads to enable visitors the best chances of seeing the many inhabitants of Namibia’s premier wildlife reserve.

Species present in the Park include lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, rhino, giraffe & zebra in addition to many antelope and bird species. Breakfast included.

Accommodation: Okaukuejo Resort
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Day 4: Journey through Etosha

Etosha National Park

Enjoy driving from Okaukuejo eastwards towards Namutoni. This is a whole day’s game drive and we would advise stopping at Halali for lunch and a dip in the pool, before continuing further east. Leaving Etosha through the Namutoni Gate, continue for about 12km before turning right following the signs to the Mushara Bush Camp.

The main thatched Bush Camp area houses a restaurant, bar and guest lounge.

There is disabled access, Internet connection and secure parking. A hot and cold breakfast style buffet, light lunches and a set dinner menu are served on the verandah, with the bush as your closest companion.

The swimming pool is ideal for a splash and a dip after a day’s activities as well as a chill out zone.

The true bush camp impression is enhanced by the evening campfire, a great chance to exchange wildlife sightings, travel stories and plans, with fellow guests. Dinner & Breakfast included.

Accommodation: Mushara Bush Camp
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Day 5: Cultural immersion

Ondangwa

Drive northwards out of the Andoni gate of Etosha today, and towards the town of Ondangwa.

Situated a stone’s throw from Ondangwa, Ongula Village Homestead Lodge offers an experience like no other. Here you are taken on a cultural journey, exploring traditional Namibian practices, rest next to Makalani palm trees and visit traditional homes.

With the aim of discovering the beauty, simplicity and dignity of traditional village life, you are invited to look beyond the familiar Namibia of dunes, wildlife and vast landscapes. Here you will discover the Owambo, a people with a rich cultural history.

You will have a chance to participate in the traditional daily activities of the homestead and its community. Watch the simplicity and sometimes harsh reality of tradition finding its place within modern society and offering the best of both worlds. Here you don’t simply watch, you will be encouraged to join in and learn the art of basket-weaving, cooking on an open fire, cattle herding and clay-pot making. You can even create your own gift to take home with you.

With only 8 chalets, Ongula Village Homestead Lodge provides authentic Owambo experience in a relaxing, comfortable village life whilst offering all the comforts of home with a touch of luxury and attention to detail, ensuring your comfort amidst the unexplored wilderness and harsh beauty of your surroundings. Dinner & breakfast included.

Destination: Namibia
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Day 6: Kunene Adventure

Kunene River

Make your way further north to the Ruacana Falls. The Kunene River Lodge is located overlooking the beautiful Kunene River with stunning views across white water rapids and meandering stretches of water.

Located 50km west of Ruacana Falls, the lodge offers bungalows with en-suite facilities, campsites, restaurant, bar, pool and much more.

Activities include white water rafting and river boarding, bird watching, sun-downer cruises, canoeing, hiking & fishing. Enjoy a relaxing time at the lodge, and appreciate the lush riverine region of this mainly desert country. Dinner & Breakfast included.

Destination: Namibia
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Day 7-8: Northern reaches

Epupa Falls

From Kunene River Lodge we recommend an early start, and taking the C46 then the C35 to Opuwo, before travelling further north on the C43 all the way to Epupa.

Omarunga is located close to the spectacular Epupa Falls, a unique landscape which is very different to anywhere else in Namibia. In the shade of Makalani palm trees are ten comfortable furnished tents, each with own en-suite bathroom.

Omarunga Camp also offers eight camping sites with ablution blocks and hot water next to the river. This beautiful region is the remote home to the Himba people who live a very traditional existence, and who you may enjoy visiting whilst you are in this area.

Enjoy meeting these people, seeing the Epupa Falls and perhaps walking and driving through this rugged terrain. Dinner & Breakfast included.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Omarunga Lodge
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Day 9: Rugged tribal wilderness

Opuwo

This lodge is located on the edge of the town of Opuwo, overlooking the beautiful scenery of Namibia’s northwest.

The hotel provides comfortable luxury accommodation with air conditioning in the form of 28 luxury rooms, 12 standard rooms, a dining room, bar & lounge, as well as a wine cellar, curio shop, patio and swimming pool.
Self-drive excursions to Epupa Falls, Swartbooisdrift (Kunene), Kaoko, Otavi and other points of interest or a guided excursion to an authentic Himba village can be undertaken.

Enjoy a perfect end to your day with your selected wine from the cellar and a magnificent sunset over the beautiful landscape of Namibia’s extreme North West.

The ancient Himba people in this area still live a very traditional existence, and a visit to their home villages can offer a unique insight into their way of life. Dinner & Breakfast included.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Opuwo Country Lodge
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Day 10-11: Desert wildlife

Twyfelfontein

Continue your journey this morning, driving towards Damaraland via Outjo & Khorixas. The landscape changes from vast open areas to rocky hillsides, once home to the Bushman hunters and gatherers.

Your accommodation will be at Camp Kipwe, a beautiful recently established lodge, tucked away in the huge boulders that characterise this unique unsurpassed desert scenery. The thatch buildings and tented rooms merge perfectly with the environment.

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.

Maybe make an excursion to the Twyfelfontein rock etchings and paintings today, a local guide will escort you around the ancient hillsides which are open for guests between 08:00 and 17:00.

This area is covered in numerous fascinating examples of San rock art and is well worth a visit where a local guide will explain the area to you. The ‘Burnt Mountain’, an interesting area of volcanic rock, is also close by as are the dolomite ‘organ pipes’. Dinner & Breakfast included.

Destination: Damaraland
Accommodation: Camp Kipwe
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Day 12-13: Coastal scenery and wildlife

Swakopmund

Swakopmund itself is a fascinating and intriguing resort town, complete with German half wooden architecture, monuments, historic buildings, well maintained gardens and palm lined avenues, coffee bars and great seafood restaurants.

In addition, there are many adventure activities such as sand boarding, tandem parachuting, fishing & quad biking which can be arranged prior to arrival. We can also recommend some excellent day trips including the marine sanctuary of Sandwich Harbour, a unique environment comprising towering dunes, a freshwater lagoon and the wild Atlantic Ocean. Alternatively, a half day boat cruise from Walvis Bay may offer the opportunity to see dolphins, fur seals and many species of marine birds.

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. All rooms have en suite bathrooms with large solar-assisted showers and modern fittings. Breakfast included.

Destination: Swakopmund
Accommodation: Cornerstone Guesthouse
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Day 14: Magnificent granite landscapes

Erongo Mountains

The lodge is set in the foothills of the Erongo Mountains on the edge of the enormous Erongo Crater. A small, 10-room owner managed lodge, Erongo blends into the surrounding boulder-strewn landscape.

The rooms are all linked by walkways meandering between the boulders, overlooked by the main lodge building perched above. Dinner is served in the partially open, thatched dining room with a central fireplace for cooler evenings, complete with magnificent views, well stocked bar and good wine cellar.

The lodge swimming pool offers a wonderful position to relax, and the secluded open air reading lounge is also a great place to while away an afternoon.

Guided walks are included each day, in the morning and the afternoon, the camp also offers many self-guided walking trails and nature drives into the 200,000 ha conservation area. Birding is one of the main attractions with 48 different species been sighted in the immediate vicinity, including Black Eagle,

Rosy Faced Lovebird & Ruppell’s Parrot. This lodge is part of the Erongo Conservancy, and the Conservancy’s mission includes the preservation of the rich cultural heritage in the form of rock paintings and engravings that are found throughout the area, such as at the Paula’s Cave rock art site at Erongo Wilderness Lodge. Dinner & breakfast included.

Destination: Namibia
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Day 15: Fly out of WIndhoek

Return to Windhoek today, a drive of approximately 3 hours, in time to connect with your onward flight.

Destination: Namibia, Windhoek
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Included

  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Meals and accommodation as per itinerary
  • 4×4 Vehicle with a second spare tyre for duration of the trip

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