After a night in the capital city, your journey takes you south by light aircraft into the dramatic landscape of the Namib Desert. Pay a visit to the iconic Sossusvlei pan and climb ‘Big Mama’ to see the red dunes roll out to the horizon. Crossing the Namib Desert by light aircraft, meet Namibia’s western coastline and the sleepy town of Swakopmund, its colourful Germanic buildings an architectural throw-back to colonial times. Spend a morning sea-kayaking with friendly seals while keeping an eye out for pelicans, flamingos and dolphins.

Leaving the coast behind follow the road into the culturally rich and mountainous Damaraland region, home to desert- adapted elephant and mountain zebra. Visit the San rock etchings at the Twyfelfontien World Heritage Site before continuing on to Etosha National Park, one of the largest game reserves in Africa.

In the dry season, the many waterholes act as magnets to game animals here– and of course the predators that follow them! As you drive 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

  • Sossusvlei & Sesriem
  • Swakopmund
  • Kayaking with seals
  • Damaraland & Twyfelfontein
  • Etosha National Park
  • Okonjima & AfriCat

Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1: Sunset over the city

Windhoek

Arrive at Windhoek International Airport this afternoon. From the airport, you will receive a transfer into town and onto Elegant Guesthouse. The rest of the day is spent at leisure.

A representative of ATI Holidays will come around to hand over your travel documents, discuss the trip with you and answer any last minute questions you may have. Situated in a tranquil suburb, close to both restaurants and city centre, this stylish development is perfectly placed for self-drive clients taking their first or last night in Windhoek.

The Elegant Guesthouse is an owner managed establishment, offering genuine Namibian warmth and hospitality. It consists of just 6 luxurious en-suite double rooms set against a backdrop of mature blue gum trees and close to a crystal clear pool. Breakfast included.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: The Elegant Guesthouse
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Day 2-3: Discover Namibia’s Sand Sea

Sesriem & Sossusvlei

Today you will be met at the Guesthouse and transferred to the Eros airport in town. Here you meet the scheduled flight from Windhoek to Sesriem.

Desert Homestead is a beautifully decorated and friendly establishment with a bar, restaurant and pool. Optional horse riding or nature drives within this spectacular area can be arranged. The lodge is designed in a rustic, farm style and is located just 27km from the entrance to Sesriem & Sossusvlei.

Enjoy home cooked meals and friendly service.On the morning of Day 3 you depart on an early morning excursion to Sossusvlei.

Climbing to the top of Big Mama, as it is known to the locals, is well worth every bead of sweat.

Catch your breath, take a drink and try to avoid camera shake before capturing some unique moments in your life. Dinner & breakfast included + guided Sossusvlei excursion.

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Day 4-5: Amazing Coastal experiences

Swakopmund

Today you meet the scheduled charter flight from Sossusvlei to Swakopmund. On your arrival you will be met and transferred to the Guesthouse. 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.

Sandfields is located in Vineta, Swakopmund. A warm family welcome, crackling log fires, tranquil, friendly and efficient service are what you can expect from your stay at Sandfields Guesthouse.

Day 5: This morning you will be met at the Guesthouse and transferred to Walvis Bay for Kayaking. Guests meet at 07h45 for an early start at the Kayaking meeting point (the Dolphin Coffee shop in Walvis Bay). You will drive out to Pelican Point in the Eco Marine 4×4 vehicle to begin your kayak tour. Each person will be given a lifejacket and there are waterproof jackets and trousers available as well as shoes, towels and dry bags for cameras etc.

Experience the splendour of the beautiful wetlands and offshore coastal areas from the unique vantage of the sea kayak. With luck, guests can witness splendid scenes such as flamingos, pelicans, seals and dolphins splashing around the kayaks. Breakfast included + guided kayaking tour.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Sandfields Guesthouse
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Day 6-7: Rugged mountain wilderness

Damaraland & Twyfelfontein

Continue your journey this morning, driving towards Damaraland. Departing from Swakopmund you take the C34 towards Henties Bay. Perhaps take a detour to visit the fur seal colony of Cape Cross which opens each day at 10am.

The Lodge is situated in the heart of the Twyfelfontein Uibasen Conservancy and has 56 en suite double rooms, reception, lounge, curio shop, open dining room, bar and swimming pool. In construction utmost care was taken to blend into the mountainside with the use of thatch roofs, natural stone and paint colours toning in with the surrounding rock formations. The scenic bar and restaurant overlooks the dry, boulder strewn plains and you may enjoy relaxing around the swimming pool this afternoon.

Alternatively you could take part in an optional nature drive searching for desert elephant, or perhaps hire a mountain bike to explore the nearby 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: Namibia
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Day 8-9: World class wildlife encounters

Etosha National Park

Departing from Twyfelfontein Lodge you continue on the D2612 until you reach the C39. From here you drive towards Khorixas and Outjo. From Outjo you take the C38 north to the Etosha National Park.

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 Outjo. The Okaukuejo waterhole is often voted as the best of all rest camp waterholes and enjoys an amazing array of wildlife.

Animals that come 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, binoculars, and some warm clothes to settle down and wait.

Among the regulars are elephants and jackals, while lion and black rhino often visit in the dry season. Waterhole Chalet, Breakfast included.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Okaukuejo Resort
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Day 10: Incredible wildlife

Etosha National Park

Spend today making your way slowly across the Park to the eastern most rest camp of Namutoni and then out of the park via the Von Lindequist Gate.

You may like to stop at the central, Halali camp for lunch and a rest during the heat of midday before continuing later this afternoon.

The Bush Camp accommodates 32 guest and 8 children in custom made tent like structures. The Mushara Bush Camp offers a down-to-earth tented bush camp experience which is well suited as an exceptionally affordable base for independent travellers and families exploring the magical Etosha Pan National Park.

The main Bush Camp House is thatched and has a true bush camp feel to it. The early evenings see a camp fire lit where guests can exchange stories of the day’s wildlife sightings.

Dinner, lunch and breakfast are served on the thatched veranda with the bush being a mere step away. The Mushara Bush Camp is your optimal family destination on the doorstep to the magical Etosha National Park.

Each of the 16 custom-made ensuite tents is built from canvas, wood and local limestone. With an 8 m2 private veranda and windows from floor to ceiling, these tents are spacious and airy. Dinner & breakfast included.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Mushara Bush Camp
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Day 11: Home of Big Cat Conservation

Okonjima Lodge & Africat

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.

The Africat Foundation, works with farmers and the public to conserve the big cat species of Namibia. The project is there to educate the local communities on how to work with big cat species rather than capturing them and removing them from arable land and includes a local school.

One of the first steps along this route is to reinstate visits to the Africat clinic and education centre. Other unique and inclusive activities here include lion viewing, nature walks, cheetah & leopard tracking, and bushman walks.

On the day of arrival you will be invited to join an afternoon activity, usually tracking leopard in the immense reserve.

After dinner you will also be offered the opportunity to visit a night hide where many nocturnal animals, including porcupine, honey badger and leopard are frequently sighted.

The following morning you will be taken on a drive to visit some of the 60-70 cheetah presently being rehabilitated or in some cases cared for on a more permanent basis.

You will have the opportunity to view feeding, see the veterinary/research and learn more about AfriCat’s work.

Dinner & breakfast included, plus one afternoon activity and one morning activity.

Accommodation: Okonjima Plains Camp
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Day 12: One last night

Windhoek

Today you depart for Windhoek. Travelling from Okonjima you drive back to the B1 and continue to Windhoek, and then to Hilltop Guest House, via Okahandja.

Your vehicle will be collected around 16h00 at the Guest House.

Hilltop Guest House is a Bavarian styled house built in the 1950’s as an art studio with an Oregon pine deck extending around the entire upper floor.

This guest house is situated on a quiet cul de sac at the top of a hill, over-looking the area of Klein Windhoek, with magnificent views extending over the greater Windhoek area. When night falls it becomes a wonderland of light and colour!

The guest house is also within easy walking distance of the town centre and several of Windhoek’s choice restaurants.

Breakfast Included

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Hilltop Guest House
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Day 13: We bid you a fond farewell

Fly out of Windhoek

Today marks the end of your visit in Namibia. You will be met at River Crossing for your transfer to Windhoek International Airport, we will reconfirm your transfer time the night before.

Included

  • Transfers and air charters, as stipulated
  • Vehicle Hire & Activities, as stipulated
  • Meals as stipulated

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