After a night in the capital city, start your adventure by driving north to the Waterberg Plateau. Drop in to the local cheetah conservation projects, or check out some lounging reptiles at a local crocodile farm before continuing 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!

Continue your journey southwest into the mountainous and rugged Damaraland region, keeping an eye out for desert-adapted elephant and elusive black rhino along the way. Visit the San rock etchings at the Twyfelfontien World Heritage Site before heading south into the magnificent granite landscape of the Erongo mountains. Take a hike through the amazing rock formations, observing up to 48 species of bird and keeping an eye out for the many rock paintings and engravings in this culturally rich landscape. After a relaxing final evening head back to Windhoek and your onward flight home.

Highlights

  • Waterberg area
  • Etosha National Park
  • Twyfelfontein
  • Damaraland
  • Erongo Mountains

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 our transfer driver holding a sign in the arrivals hall who will escort you to the city centre and onto Elegant Guest House.

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 set against a back drop of mature blue gum trees and close to a crystal clear pool. Breakfast included.

Destination: Namibia, Windhoek
Accommodation: The Elegant Guesthouse
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Day 2: Sunset over the Plateau

Waterberg Plateau

Situated 43km from Otjiwarongo on the road to Otavi, Frans Indongo is an ideal stopover en-route to or from Etosha and the far north.

Decorated in local African style, the lodge is surrounded by lush gardens boasting a lapa from where guests can enjoy sundowners overlooking the beautiful thorn bush savanna. Accommodation is offered in en-suite rooms with TV, air con, mini-bar, phone, hairdryer and coffee & tea making facilities.

Activities offered include bird watching, nature drives, half day visits to the nearby Cheetah Conservation Fund, the Otjiwarongo Crocodile Farm or to observe the endangered Cape Griffon Vulture project. Guided walks are also available, or guests could choose to take a guided day trip to Waterberg Plateau. Dinner & breakfast included.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Frans Indongo Lodge
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Day 3: Wildlife encounters

Etosha National Park

You head further north today, via Tsumeb towards the Eastern von Lindequist Gate of the Etosha National Park. Before you reach the Park entrance you will see the turn off to Mushara Bush Camp.

Mushara Bush Camp is the third addition to the outstanding Mushara Collection and is only 1km away from, and on the same reserve as, The Mushara Lodge. The Villa and The Mushara Outpost complete the group. The Bush Camp offers a more down-to-earth tented camp experience and is a suitable and an affordable base for travellers, including families, who wish to explore Etosha National Park.

The main thatched Bush Camp area houses a restaurant, bar and guest lounge. There is disabled access, internet connection and secure parking. A hot and cold breakfast style buffet, light lunches and a set dinner menu are served on the verandah, with the bush as your closest companion.

The swimming pool is ideal for a splash and a dip after a day’s activities as well as a chill out zone. The true bush camp impression is enhanced by the evening campfire, a great chance to exchange wildlife sightings, travel stories and plans with fellow guests. Dinner & breakfast included.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Mushara Bush Camp
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Day 4: Wildlife encounters

Etosha National Park

Spend today making your way slowly across the Park to the western most rest camp of Okaukuejo. 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. You will stay in a waterhole chalet.

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 the 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. Breakfast included.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Okaukuejo Resort
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Day 5: Culture and history

Twyfelfontein

Continue your journey this morning, driving towards Damaraland via Outjo & Khorixas. The landscape changes from vast open areas to rocky hillsides, once home to the Bushman hunters and gatherers.

Your accommodation will be at Camp Kipwe, a beautiful recently established lodge, tucked away in the huge boulders that characterise this unique unsurpassed desert scenery. The thatch buildings and tented rooms merge perfectly with the environment. During the day you can relax in the rock pool or the shady lounge.

Optional nature drives offer an excellent opportunity to see the mountain zebra and the desert elephants, unique to this arid 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
Accommodation: Camp Kipwe
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Day 6-7: Culture and history & Spectacular scenery

Erongo Mountains

The lodge is set in the foothills of the Erongo Mountains on the edge of the enormous Erongo Crater. A small, 10-room owner-managed lodge, Erongo blends into the surrounding boulder-strewn landscape.

The rooms are all linked by walkways meandering between the boulders, overlooked by the main lodge building perched above.

Dinner is served in the partially open, thatched dining room with a central fireplace for cooler evening complete with magnificent views, a well-stocked bar and good wine cellar. The lodge swimming pool offers a wonderful position to relax and the secluded open-air reading lounge is also a great place to while away an afternoon.

Guided walks are included each day, in the morning and the afternoon, the camp also offers many self-guided walking trails and nature drives into the 200,000 ha conservation area. Birding is one of the main attractions with 48 different species been sighted in the immediate vicinity, including Black Eagle, Rosy Faced Lovebird & Ruppell’s Parrot.

This lodge is part of the Erongo Conservancy, and the Conservancy’s mission includes the preservation of the rich cultural heritage in the form of rock paintings and engravings that are found throughout the area, such as at the Paula’s Cave rock art site at Erongo Wilderness Lodge. Dinner & breakfast included + guided walks.

Destination: Namibia
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Day 8: Fly Off!

Fly out of Windhoek

After what I hope will have been a fantastic holiday, you will return to Windhoek, a drive of approximately 4 hours, in time to connect with your onward flight.

Destination: Windhoek

Included

  • Transfers as stated
  • Accommodation and Meals as stated
  • Activities as stated
  • Vehicle hire for the duration of the trip

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