Summary

from NAD 159,893.00 Per Person Sharing15 Days

After a romantic night on the outskirts of the capital city, your rental vehicle will be delivered to your lodge in the afternoon. Start your adventure by heading south to the Namib Desert, from your exclisove luxury lodge pay a visit to the iconic Sossusvlei and Deadvlei pans before relaxing under one of the most spectacular starscapes in the world.

Head north-west to the coastal town of Swakopmund, its colourful Germanic buildings an architectural throw-back to colonial times. Get your adrenaline pumping on the dunes with a sky-dive, sand-board or quad-bike, or take a relaxing boat cruise to explore the coastal wildlife.

After your time at the coast, continue back inland, entering the culturally rich and mountainous Damaraland region.Visit the Petrified Forest and San rock etchings at the Twyfelfontien World Heritage Site. Your adventure will then take you into the Etosha National Park – one of the largest game reserves in Africa. In the dry season, the many waterholes act as magnets to huge congregations of game animals and of course the predators that follow them!

The last part of your journey will venture back into the centre of the country to the Africat Foundation.Get up close and personal with rehabilitated cheetah and leopard and learn the ancient art of animal tracking from San Bushmen. 

 

 

Highlights

  • Okonjima
  • Etosha National Park
  • Damaraland
  • Swakopmund
  • Sesriem
  • Sossusvlei

Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1&2: Sunset on the outskirts of the city

Windhoek

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 Omaanda Lodge, a 30 minutes drive from the airport.

Omaanda, meaning rhinoceros in Oshiwambo, is a five-star lodge set within the Zannier Reserve by N/a’an ku sê, an incredible private animal conservation reserve of 9000 hectares in the countryside surrounding Windhoek. Overlooking the boundless savannah, the lodge offers 10 comfortable round thatched huts, paying tribute to the traditional architecture of Ovambo. It also features a restaurant and a cosy bar, overlooking a heated infinity pool. A spa and a boma complete the lodge facilities, offering a typically local place to meet and mingle by the fire.

Destination: Namibia, Windhoek
Accommodation: Omaanda
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Day 3&4: Desert Vistas & Starscapes

NamibRand Nature Reserve

Depart Windhoek this morning and drive southwards into the vast Namib Desert. One of the most pristine areas on Earth, the Namib Desert is a world of vast spaces, endless horizons, dramatic landscapes and jagged mountain heights. Cradled against the ancient mountains, andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is renowned for its luxurious accommodation overlooking the starkly beautiful Namib Desert. Designed to capture the splendour and solitude of the desert, just ten stone and glass suites spread out along the curve of the escarpment, allowing absolute privacy.

Suites are air-conditioned against the searing heat of day and cosy fireplaces ward off the chill of winter nights. WI-FI is also provided in the suites, and well as outdoor showers and star-viewing skylights. The fully inclusive rate includes three meals per day, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas & coffees, refreshments on scenic nature drives, laundry, fatbiking, safari activities, guided nature walks and quad bike excursions in the NamibRand Nature Reserve, stargazing with the lodge astronomer, airstrip transfers if applicable, and one Sossusvlei excursion per stay.

Destination: Namibia
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Day 5&6: Coastal wildlife and dunes

Swakopmund

Head north-west towards the coastline this morning. Set along Namibia’s spectacularly scenic coast, the seaside town of Swakopmund is known for its wide-open avenues, colonial architecture, and its surrounding otherworldly desert terrain.

With its extensive, unique and creatively entertaining Restaurants, Bars, Deli, Lobby-Lounge, Sea Facing Terraces, Beach Kiosk and state of the art Conference & Banqueting Center, all set on the Mole, a historic and iconic site surrounded by Ocean on three sides, the Strand Hotel Swakopmund is a social epicenter and destination in itself for all visitors to and residents of Swakopmund.

Destination: Swakopmund
Accommodation: Strand Hotel
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Day 7&8: Rock Art Adventure

Damaraland

Your journey will take you back inland to the Twyfelfontein & Damaraland region. Set in the Kunene Region of northwestern Namibia, Twylfelfontein is a spectacularly scenic area, featuring one of the largest and most important concentrations of rock art in Africa. The name ‘Twyfelfontein’ translates to ‘Fountain of Doubt’, which refers to the perennial spring situated in the impressive Huab valley flanked by the slopes of a sandstone table mountain.

In the Huab River Valley lies in one of the best wilderness areas in Namibia, offering endless vistas of plains, valleys and mountains. Damaraland Camp is run in partnership with the Torra Conservancy and visits to the local farmstead reveal the fruits of this very positive relationship.

Destination: Damaraland
Accommodation:
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Day 9&10: Wondrous Wildlife

Ongava Game Reserve

Today you will head to Etosha Game Reserve, you will be staying just outside of Okaukuejo on the Ongava Reserve.

With pressing environmental issues threatening our future, Ongava is once again responding to the
needs of the planet and our guests with the creation of Anderssons at Ongava and the Ongava Research Centre (ORC), the next generation in eco-tourism.

Taking a lesson from the wild in the power of symbiotic relationships, Anderssons at Ongava provides an interactive hub for guests to be a part of conservation science, where cutting edge technology meets hands on, field-based research.

Guests at Anderssons at Ongava have the option of being immersed in and can contribute to developing creative, knowledge driven solutions with resident scientists, visiting researchers, conservationists and rhino security personnel, or simply relaxing and enjoying the luxurious guest suites, waterhole, viewing hide, and pool where they will find their own personal place for reflection.

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Day 11&12: Venture across the Park

Namutoni

Originally part of the greater Etosha Game Reserve, Onguma Game Reserve is one of Namibia’s best kept secrets. Situated on the eastern side of Etosha, bordering Fisher’s pan, it has so much to offer visitors.

The Reserve covers an area of over 34,000ha and incorporates ecological substrata such as savanna, bushveld, omuramba and dry pan. Age-old and well-worn migration routes, once used by elephant and buffalo wander through Onguma’s three dry riverbeds.

The Reserve boasts over thirty different animal species. Plains game roam freely on the Reserve and predators although not easy to spot are nevertheless common residents of the area. Lions are frequently seen and often heard. There is a healthy black rhino and leopard population and hyenas are also often seen.

More than 300 bird species can be viewed at Onguma. The reserve boasts the biggest breeding colony of white-backed vultures in Namibia. During the summer months Onguma becomes a bird-watchers paradise with thousands of species migrating to wetlands created by the seasonal rains and ephemeral river systems. This part of Namibia has been identified as one of the key bird watching sites in Southern Africa.

Accommodation: Onguma the Fort
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Day 13&14: Carnivore Exploration

Okonjima

Midway between the spectacular Etosha National Park and the capital city of Windhoek, lies the well-known Okonjima Nature Reserve. The 22 000 ha nature reserve is home to AfriCAT, a carnivore sanctuary, which gives the captive cats a second chance to be released back into the wild and become completely independent hunters in a protected area right in the middle of commercial cattle farmland. Visitors can enjoy a stay at a variety of excellent accommodation options including everything from luxury villas to secluded camping. Enjoy thrilling cat tracking guided safaris, leopard-spotting, off-road night drives and learn about local San culture along the Bushmen trail.

The Private Bush Suite is situated in the open Acacia thornveld within the secluded wilderness area of the Okonjima valley with a backdrop of the sandstone Omboroko Mountains.

Accommodation: Okonjima Bush Suite
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Day 15: Flying on!

Fly out of WIndhoek

After what we hope will have been a fantastic holiday, you will make your way to Windhoek, in time for your onward flight.

Destination: Windhoek

Included

  • Transfer as per the itinerary
  • Zero excess 4×4 air-conditioned Toyota Hilux vehicle hire
  • Accommodation in luxury lodges, chalets or guest houses on the meal basis stated
  • Free of charge mobile phone hire, route map & 24 hour support.

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