After arriving in the capital city, drive west to the sleepy town of Okahandja. Relax over a delicious meal at your farmstead accommodation before heading north 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.

Continue north into the rugged wilderness of Damaraland where local guides will lead you on foot through the bush, teaching you tracking skills and revealing the secrets of the elusive wildlife. Circle back south-west visiting the San rock etchings at the Twyfelfontien World Heritage Site while looking out for desert-adapted elephant and mountain zebra along the way. As you head back towards the capital get up close and personal with AfriCat’s rehabilitated cheetah and leopard at Okanjima before returning to Windhoek and your onward flight home.

Highlights

  • Etosha National Park
  • The Himba
  • Etendeka
  • Damaraland
  • Okonjima

Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1: Sunset at the Farmstead

The Elegant Farmstead

Land at Windhoek International Airport today, where you will be met by our transfer driver holding a sign in the arrivals hall who will escort you to the city centre and onto the ATI offices, where you will be met and briefed by one of our consultants.

From Windhoek you head out in a northerly direction along the B1 to The Elegant Farmstead where you will spend your first night in Namibia.

Take this gravel road and drive for about 26 km to reach the entrance to The Elegant Farmstead on your right hand side.

The original name of the farm was ‘Otjisazu’ (red oxen), derived from the red cattle of an old Herero man who used to live here.

It is also the site of a historic mission station and some of the rooms in the main building remain from the original plans. Dinner & Breakfast Included

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: The Elegant Farmstead
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Day 2-3: Iconic landscapes and wildlife

Etosha National Park

This morning you will head back along to the B1 and head in a northerly direction, continuing on towards Otjiwarongo.

Continue on through town, taking the C38 turn off in the direction of the Etosha National Park. Approximately 110kms along the C38 you will see Taleni Etosha Village on your left.

Forty well-appointed self-catering chalets are available, each featuring twin beds, sleeper couch (free for children under 12) and en-suite bathroom with open air shower. Each chalet has its own boma type self-catering area, complete with wash-up area, stove, fridge and BBQ. Eating & cooking utensils are available.

The well stocked on-site utility store, “One Stop Cuca Shop”, caters for all basic needs. Dinner & Breakfast Included

Accommodation: Taleni Etosha Village
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Day 4: Iconic landscapes and wildlife

Western Etosha

You will need to pay park entry fees of approximately N$80.00 per person per day and N$10.00 per vehicle. These unfortunately cannot be paid in advance.

Care should be taken to be back in the rest camp before sunset when the Park gates close.

Breakfast Included

 

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Dolomite Camp
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Day 5-6: Exploring the Etendeka Mountain Ranges

Etendeka

Today you head, via Grootberg Pass, to the veterinary gate at Palmwag. At Palmwag Lodge, just before the gate your Etendeka guide will meet you!

Access to the camp is 4×4 only, in the company of your lodge guide through the beautiful & rugged terrain of the Etendeka Mountains.

The journey will take around 90 minutes and gives you a great introduction to the area so have camera and binoculars ready!

Etendeka – the land of the layered hills, the land of wide open spaces, rugged natural beauty and vistas that go on forever.

The Etendeka Tourist Concession comprises an area of 50,000 ha in the foothills of the Grootberg on the edge of the rocky Namib Desert. All Meals & Activities Included

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Etendeka Mountain Camp
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Day 7-8: Land of San Paintings and Desert Elephants

Damaraland

Doro Nawas Camp, is situated on a rugged, rocky hill, on the edge of the dry Aba Huab River.

The elevated site, supplies endless and spectacular views of the Etendeka Mountains, and red sandstone cliffs of Twyfelfontein (famous for its San rock engravings.) This area of Namibia is commonly referred to as Damaraland and is one of the most rugged and uninhabited areas on the African continent.

Guests will be accommodated in one of the camp’s 16 chalets. They have all been built from a combination of a stone base and canvas walls, supported on wooden posts, which also prop up the thatched roof. Each chalet is of an open-plan design, with a large bedroom, a double bed, a couple of comfortable, padded wicker chairs, and a ceiling fan.

Activities revolve around the game found in and around the Haub River Valley, that occasionally fill with floodwater in the rainy season; a favourite being a guided 4×4 trip to track desert-adapted elephants.

Many of their guests also head out on a fascinating expedition to the local rock art site at nearby Twyfelfontein, with some of the most renowned San art engravings in Namibia, which usually calls in at the Petrified Forest. There is also a walking trail in the vicinity of the lodge which can be done with or without a guide.

Twyfelfontein: Maybe make an excursion to the Twyfelfontein rock etchings and paintings whilst in the area; 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.

Burnt Mountain & Organ Pipes: The ‘Burnt Mountain’, an interesting area of volcanic rock, is also worth visiting. This area is an amazing site as the sun shines over these rocks, giving the impression of flames moving over the mountain. Another intriguing site is the ‘Valley of the organ pipes’ situated across the road from the Burnt Mountain.

This strange formation was created when basalt slabs were gouged out by a river thousands of years ago. Dinner & Breakfast Included

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Doro Nawas Camp
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Day 9-10: Close encounters with big cats

From Doro Nawas follow the C39 via Khorixas and Outjo, where you take the C38 in a southerly direction to Otjiwarongo and about 50kms south of Otjiwarongo you will see Okonjima on your right.

West of the Waterberg Plateau, the vast plains are occasionally broken by the remnants of ancient Sandstone outcrops, which once covered large areas of northern Namibia. Nestled among the Omboroko Mountains lies Okonjima – a Herero name meaning ‘Place of the Baboons’. This is much more than just a lodge.

Okonjima is also home to The AfriCat Foundation. Dinner & Breakfast included on Day 9. Dinner, Breakfast & 2 Activities included on Day 10.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Okonjima Plains Camp
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Day 11: Happy memories of Namibia

Fly out of Windhoek

After what I hope will have been a fantastic holiday you will make your way back to Windhoek, this will give you the chance for a little last minute gift shopping and sight-seeing around the capital before heading out to the airport for your onward flight.

Destination: Windhoek

Included

  • Transfers as stated
  • Meals & activities as stated
  • Fully inclusive vehicle hire, with a second spare tyre

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