After a night in the capital city, your journey takes you south by light aircraft into the dramatic landscape of the Namib Desert. From your base at Kulala Lodge, nestled amongst the red dunes of the NamibRand Nature Reserve, pay a visit to the iconic Sossusvlei before relaxing on your rooftop under one of the most spectacular star-scapes in the world.

Continuing by air, cross the Namib Desert to Namibia’s western coastline and the sleepy town of Swakopmund, its colourful Germanic buildings an architectural throw-back to colonial times. From here hit the dusty road north into the culturally rich and mountainous Damaraland region, looking out for desert-adapted elephant and mountain zebra along the way. Visit the San rock etchings at the Twyfelfontein World Heritage Site before continuing into Etosha National Park, one of the largest game reserves in Africa.

In the dry season, the many waterholes act as magnets to game animals – 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 Okonjima before returning to Windhoek and your onward flight home.

Highlights

  • Sossusvlei & Sesriem
  • Wolwedans
  • Swakopmund
  • Sandwich Harbour
  • Twyfelfontein
  • Etosha National Park
  • Okonjima & AfriCat

Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1: Sunset over the City

Windhoek

Land at Windhoek International Airport today where you will be met by a transfer driver holding a sign in the arrivals hall. He will then escort you to the city centre.

Villa Vista is an upmarket accommodation establishment situated in a quiet neighbourhood, close to Windhoek city centre. Being well situated makes it a true home hidden in the big city. All the rooms are individually decorated in a unique style, using wood, glass, candles and natural elements. Looking out over the garden, swimming pool, town, western mountains and afternoon sunsets, the open terrace offers a romantic and peaceful place to relax. Facilities at the guest house include a cross-fit gym, sauna, swimming pool, honesty bar, Wi-Fi and laundry facilities. Breakfast included.

Destination: Namibia, Windhoek
Accommodation: Villa Vista Guesthouse
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Day 2: Ancient Dunes

Sesriem & Sossusvlei

Take a transfer to Windhoek’s Eros Airport today and from here a light aircraft flight to the Namib Desert. Arrive at Kulala after your scenic flight of around 1.5 hours. This beautiful lodge has a swimming pool, bar and dining area overlooking the stark desert landscape of the Namib. Each room at Kulala has a roof-top sleeping platform offering guests the unique opportunity to sleep under the stars.

The lodge offers nature drives on the reserve as well as a guided excursion to the dunes of Sossusvlei through Kulala’s private entrance. This afternoon you can enjoy an inclusive desert nature drive. All meals & activities included.

Accommodation: Kulala Desert Lodge
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Day 3-4: Endless Desert Vistas

NamibRand Nature Reserve

This morning you can wake early and take your inclusive guided drive into the National Park area of Sesriem and onwards towards Sossusvlei, around 70km from the Park entrance. Return to Sesriem and perhaps take a look at Sesriem Canyon before returning to the lodge and transferring onwards to Wolwedans by road.

A little south of Sesriem is the NamibRand Nature Reserve, one of Namibia’s Southern Africa’s biggest privately owned reserve covering an area of some 200,000 hectares close to Sossusvlei.

Accompanied by experienced guides, visitors are introduced to the NamibRand Nature Reserve’s desert habitat with its diverse fauna and flora; on foot, by car, or from the air in a hot-air balloon (an optional extra). The traditional programme for two nights would entail an afternoon drive on the day of arrival, followed by early morning and late afternoon drives the following day. The lodge also lends itself to relaxing for an afternoon, the choice is entirely yours. Guests stay in comfortable tents, which are pitched on wooden platforms.

A spacious deck, allowing for safe sleep-outs under the stars and a private bathroom make for a rather civilised camping experience. All meals, road transfer & activities included.

Accommodation: Wolwedans Dunes Lodge
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Day 5-6: Coastal Wildlife and Dunes

Swakopmund

Take a scenic flight over the Namib Desert today and along the coastline to Swakopmund, this flight should take around 1h20, passing over stunning mountain, desert and coastline scenery. From the airport here you will take a short road transfer to your hotel.

Hotel Zum Kaiser consists of 21 beautifully decorated rooms split between two adjacent properties. The spacious and welcoming entrance lobby leads guests upstairs to the rooms, and eventually to the rooftop terrace which boasts superb views of the old town to one side and the ocean to the other. The terrace is the perfect spot for sundown drinks.

The hotel is located just a short walk from the Tug, as well as many of the other restaurants in town. Your hire car will be delivered to the hotel late on the afternoon of day 6.

The inclusive tour to Sandwich Harbour on day 6 begins when you are collected from your hotel at 08h45 to drive along a beautiful dune chain running next to the sea all the way to Walvis Bay. This is an opportunity for a detailed look at the formation of ‘the world’s oldest desert’ – its origins, its composition and its movements. Birding is usually excellent, and a luxury picnic lunch will be enjoyed before some 4×4 dune driving. Breakfast included + full day guided Sandwich Harbour excursion.

Destination: Swakopmund, Namibia
Accommodation: Hotel Zum Kaiser
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Day 7-8: Rugged Mountain Wilderness

Twyfelfontein

Continue your journey this morning, driving towards Damaraland. The scenery changes slowly today from wide, open gravel plains to the mountainous region of Damaraland. Perhaps take a detour to visit the fur seal colony of Cape Cross which opens each day at 10am.

Your accommodation will be at Mowani, a beautiful lodge tucked away in the huge boulders that characterise this unique unsurpassed desert scenery. It lies between the Ugab and Huab Rivers, with a beautiful view of the Abu-Huab valley. The thatch buildings and luxury tented rooms merge perfectly with the environment.

An enormous flat boulder is the spot for sun-downers, giving you spectacular views of the table top mountains, cone shaped peaks and the majestic Brandberg. During the day you can relax in the rock pool or the shaded lounge. Optional nature drives offer an excellent opportunity to search for mountain zebra, plains game and desert elephants which are unique to this arid area.

You can also drive yourselves to visit the nearby rock etchings at Twyfelfontein, or the Damara Living Museum. Dinner & breakfast included.

Destination: Damaraland, Namibia
Accommodation: Mowani Mountain Camp
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Day 9-10: Incredible Wildlife

Etosha National Park

Continue north today, to Ongava Lodge located on the southern border of Etosha. Many fascinating species can be found in Etosha, and you may hope to see animals including lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, giraffe, zebra & antelope in addition to many bird species. Ongava is located in a private nature reserve bordering the Etosha National Park.

In addition to the optional early morning and late afternoon guided game drives that are offered from the lodge into Etosha itself, you will be able to enjoy viewing the many species present around the lodge grounds. The waterhole situated in front of the main deck provides the perfect place to relax and watch the movements of the many animals quenching their thirst. You can also choose to drive yourself into Etosha and make your way between the various waterholes, game viewing at your own leisurely pace.

The accommodation is in luxurious brick & thatch chalets and a bar, dining area and swimming pool blend in to the surrounding environment. Dinner & breakfast included.

Accommodation: Ongava Lodge
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Day 11-12: Close Encounters with Big Cats

Okonjima & AfriCat

Drive southwards to Okonjima today and arrive in time for lunch, or for the afternoon activities which begin at 15h00 in winter or 16h00 in summer. Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation, which works with farmers and the public to conserve the big cat species of Namibia. The project is there to educate local communities on how to work with big cat species rather than capturing them and removing them from arable land. On the day of arrival you will be invited to join an inclusive afternoon activity, usually tracking radio-collared leopard or cheetah 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. This afternoon may be spent enjoying the ancient San (Bushman) walking trail, or taking part in another game trail.

Maintaining a quintessential bush flavour, the lodge offers Edwardian safari elegance, subtly combined with modern necessities and comforts. The large, spacious rooms open out onto the grass and acacia savanna, and each have a relaxing lounge/sala area open to the bush. All meals & activities included.

Destination: Namibia
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Day 13: Departure Day

Fly out of Windhoek

Return your hire vehicle back to Windhoek today, in time to connect with your onward flight from the International Airport.

Destination: Namibia, Windhoek

Included

  • Light aircraft flights & transfers as specified
  • 4×4 double cab hire vehicle with zero excess insurance
  • Meals & activities as specified

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