Summary

from NAD74051.00 Per Person Sharing18 Days
Departs from: Windhoek
Ends in: Windhoek
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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 tribes people 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 to the Erongo region. 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
  • 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&5: 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 Onguma Bush Camp.

Onguma Bush Camp is ideal for families who would like to have a base from which they can explore Etosha National Park. Upon your return, relax and cool off around the swimming pool while watching a spectacular sunset and the children can run around on the lawns as this is an enclosed camp.Onguma Game Reserve features over 34000 hectares of protected land scattered with a variety of wildlife including plains game, black rhino, kudu, giraffe, zebra, lion, cheetah, leopard and more than 300 bird species. The seasonal rains attract thousands of migrating birds to the Fisher’s Pan wetland area. The neighbouring Etosha National Park is home to a rich array of wildlife, including four of the Big 5. Visitors can enjoy game drives, guided walks and rhino research drives within the private reserve as well as wildlife safaris into Etosha National Park to view abundant game in the largest national park in Namibia.

Accommodation: Onguma Bush Camp
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Day 6&7: Another side of Etosha

Etosha National Park

Etosha King Nehale is an exciting development that forms part of the Gondwana Collection Namibia and is opening on 1 May 2020, about 5km north of the King Nehale Gate on the northern border of Etosha National Park.

Etosha King Nehale will host 40 rooms, which will pay homage to the rich cultural heritage of the area. The lodge is situated in the King Nehale Conservancy. The area is characterised by vast and spectacular landscapes including the Andoni Plains, artesian springs and woodlands. To the north, the conservancy is surrounded by the pulsating life of the communal areas of the Oshikoto, Oshana, Ohangwena and Omusati Regions.

Some of the property facilities will include a veranda with private splash pool, Wi-Fi available as well as a restaurant and bar. Guests have the opportunity to combine the cultural vibrancy of so-called Owamboland with the natural wonders of the rarely frequented northern part of the Etosha National Park.

Destination: Namibia
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Day 8-9: Kunene Adventure

Kunene River

Communal tourism is still in the fledgling stages. However, an increasing number of indigenous people are starting to take fate into their own hands by getting actively involved in the tourism industry. One such example is the Ongula Traditional Homestead Lodge near Ohangwena.

Built within the boundaries of an active homestead, Ongula is the first lodge in Namibia to introduce visitors to the authentic, traditional lifestyle of the Ovambo, the largest cultural group in the country. Stopping over at Ongula is a definite “must” when travelling the area north of Etosha National Park.

With only 4 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. Each chalet has an en-suite bathroom with shower, tea & coffee making facilities, a mosquito net and twin beds.

Destination: Namibia
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Day 10-11: Epupa Falls

Kunene

Visitors descending on the Kunene River are welcomed by a lush oasis of Makalani palms and Baobab trees and the Epupa Falls appear quite unexpectedly as a spectacular surprise!. Watching the numerous waterfalls from the Sundowner Hill on a late afternoon, while sipping a glass of wine, one is encouraged to stay for more than only a night. In the evening the singing, clapping and dancing of local people adds to the murmur of the river. During the early morning hours, the fish eagle’s call reminds visitors that they are indeed in Africa.

Destination: Damaraland
Accommodation: Epupa Falls Lodge
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Day 12-13: Cultural immersion

Kaokoveld

Located in one of the most beautiful areas of Namibia, the camp and its surrounds are truly breathtaking with many visitors feeling time spent here is a life affirming experience. The north western area, Kaokoland, is identified by its vast open desert wilderness, towering dunes and swathes of rocky mountains. Tucked into the backdrop are six guest tents exuding a modern safari style that reflects their surrounds in the furnishing and design.

Your days are spent exploring this spectacular area, understanding its unique geology, wildlife and culture. Home to one of the last great nomadic tribes, the iconic Himba, as well as the indentifiable Herero, there is plenty of opportunity for cultural interaction. The Giraffe Conservation Foundation, with whom this is a joint venture, add a wealth of specialist knowledge to your morning and afternoon drives, searching for the desert adapted elephant, giraffe, lion, black rhino and mountain zebra. Alternatively there are few better places to spend restful time contemplating the beauty around you than from the privacy of your veranda before enjoying exceptional hosting and dining.

Destination: Kaokoland
Accommodation: Hoanib Valley Camp
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Day 14-15: Magnificent granite landscapes

Erongo Mountains

Huddled in the rocks, with sweeping views across the Aba Huab valley, Camp Kipwe is full of surprises, starting when guests first arrive. It appears as if huge granite rocks have tumbled down the hill to reveal this beautiful camp. Relax and unwind in the lounge – the mountain views from here are breath-taking as are the stunning sunsets. There is also a swimming pool, where many guests head straight to after a day’s activities, and a laundry service. Accommodation is in igloo-shaped double bungalows. Outside each bungalow is an en-suite bathroom with a shower, as well as a private veranda, overlooking the surrounding plains. They all have an in-room safe. The 9 specially-designed rooms are unique and private, with an outdoor bathroom, thatched roofs and spectacular views over the surrounding area. A luxury thatched suite is also available, with a lounge equipped with air-conditioning, a satellite television, a double room with en-suite bathroom, laundry service and a mini-bar.

Activities on offer include elephant nature drives lasting 3-6 hours, starting in the morning. These guided trips include exploring the surrounding area in a 4×4 vehicle, in search of Namibia’s remaining 600 desert dwelling elephant. The Twyfelfontein excursions will last for around 2 ½ hrs, starting in the afternoon. The drive will include visits to the Burnt Mountain, the Organ Pipes, as well as to the fascinating Bushman Engravings. There are a number of self-guided nature walks that will cover trails in and around Camp Kipwe, the durations will depend on the guests.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Camp Kipwe
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Day 16-17: Experience the wild

Erongo

Set afoot massive granite rock boulders, overlooking the magically beautiful Erongo mountain range, is Ai Aiba – The Rock Painting Lodge. B

The overwhelming panoramic view from the restaurant and bar is amazing. The crystal clear pool invites you to refresh and relax. Your view sways leisurely over the endless landscape. Here you can enjoy the tranquility and purity of Africa.

Ai Aiba is an active member of the Erongo Mountain Nature Conservancy, an association of farmers dedicated to the protection and preservation of the unique fauna and flora, as well as the magnificent granite landscape of the Erongo.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Ai-Aiba Lodge
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Day 18: Fly out from Windhoek

Departure
Destination: Windhoek

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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