Summary

from NAD 90,259.00 Per Person Sharing15 Days
Departs from: Windhoek
Ends in: Windhoek
Destinations: Namibia, Windhoek

Spend an afternoon exploring the shops and restaurants of the capital city before heading north into the Otavi Mountains. Spot some of the 260 species of birds in the green valleys and Dolomite crags of the Mundulea Nature Reserve before spending a day with the hunter gatherer Bushman community. Continue your journey west 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 towards the coast, entering the culturally rich and mountainous Damaraland region where experienced guides will teach you to track elusive black rhino on foot. Visit the San rock etchings at the Twyfelfontien World Heritage Site before heading to the Spitzkoppe.

Your journey will meet its end in Windhoek, in time for your onwards flight.

Highlights

  • Mundulea Nature Reserve
  • Nhoma San Village
  • Etosha National Park
  • Damaraland Rhino Trekking
  • Spitzkoppe

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 who will escort you to the city centre.

The Heinitzburg Hotel is an elegant and exclusive establishment situated high in the hillsides of Windhoek overlooking the city, on Heinitzburg Street.

Facilities include a swimming pool surrounded by beautiful gardens, the exclusive Leo’s restaurant and an atmospheric wine cellar. Explore the shops and restaurants of the city if time allows and maybe eat at Leo’s restaurant on site, or take a recommendation on one of the city’s other fine restaurants.

Each room has an air-conditioning/heating unit, direct telephone line, electronic safe, mini-bar, television with cable channels and music facilities. Your hire vehicle will be delivered this afternoon. Breakfast included.

Destination: Namibia
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Day 2-4: Mountain wildlife

Mundulea Nature Reserve

Drive north today towards the Otavi Mountains. You should aim to arrive in the early afternoon, just after lunch.

Enjoy three nights exploring a unique and unspoilt area of Namibia. This beautiful private farm is located 25 minute’s drive from Otavi and is characterised by Dolomite crags, lush green valleys and an abundance of fascinating flora and fauna ranging from large mammals to reptiles, many varied bird species and a magnificent variation of floral habitat.

Wildlife that has been sighted in the area includes leopard, caracal, cheetah, brown & spotted hyena & many antelope including eland, kudu, oryx & klipspringer. Around 260 birds are found on the reserve. Mundulea is also part of the black rhino custodianship programme. Accommodation is in permanent fully furnished tents set in beautiful wild surroundings, with en-suite bathrooms.

Your personal guide, Bruno Nebe, has lived and worked as a guide and photographer throughout Namibia for many years and has a thorough knowledge of the unique geology and wildlife heritage of his country.

Walks are geared to your personal interests and stamina; take time to learn about this ancient region and the interactions of its many inhabitants. All meals, activities & local drinks included.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Mundulea Bush Camp
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Day 5 & 6: Ancient Cultures

Bushmanland

The area previously known as Bushmanland in North-eastern Namibia is home to the Ju/’hoansi, the largest remaining Bushman or San group, who are also the most traditional because they had virtually no contact with civilization before the 1950s and they still live on the land of their ancestors.

Their culture has been the subject of many anthropological studies due to the fact that they had lived a hunting gathering lifestyle within living memory.

Fiume Bush Camp is situated on a sand dune, which is surrounded by Kalahari Desert vegetation and savannah grass lands. Come and celebrate the freedom of the African Bush and at the same time rejuvenate, relax and enjoy the riches of nature and the San Culture.

Situated just 75 km north east from the town Grootfontein on the D2844 Fiume Bush Camp is the ideal stop for travellers who have a special place in their hearts for ancient cultures.

Destination: Namibia
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Day 7 & 8: Incredible game viewing

Etosha National Park

After departing from Fiume, drive westwards today, to Onguma Tented Camp.

Situated east of Etosha, bordering Fisher’s Pan, Onguma Game Reserve is one of Namibia’s best-kept secrets. The reserve offers visitors the opportunity to experience Africa in all her beauty and diversity. Onguma Game Reserve features over 34000 hectares of protected land scattered with a variety of wildlife including plains game, black rhino, kudu, giraffe, zebra, lion, cheetah, leopard and more than 300 bird species. The seasonal rains attract thousands of migrating birds to the Fisher’s Pan wetland area. The neighbouring Etosha National Park is home to a rich array of wildlife, including four of the Big 5. Visitors can enjoy game drives, guided walks and rhino research drives within the private reserve as well as wildlife safaris into Etosha National Park to view abundant game in the largest national park in Namibia.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Onguma Tented Camp
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Day 9 & 10: Traversing one of the World’s Wildlife gems

Etosha National Park

Ongava Lodge is located in a private nature reserve bordering the southern section of the famous Etosha National Park.

In addition to the early morning 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 during afternoon drives.

Many fascinating species can be found in Etosha and on the Ongava concession, and you may hope to see animals including lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, giraffe, zebra & antelope in addition to many bird species.

The lodge 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.

The accommodation is in luxurious en-suite brick & thatch chalets and a bar, dining area and swimming pool blend into the surrounding environment. All meals and activities included.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Ongava Lodge
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Day 11 & 12 :Rugged mountain wilderness

Palmwag

Your guide will be waiting at Palmwag Lodge to escort you from Palmwag Lodge to the semi-nomadic Rhino Camp situated inside Southern Africa’s largest private conservancy area of 450,000 ha.

Desert Rhino Camp is situated in the 1-million-acre private Palmwag Reserve in northwest Namibia, between Etosha and the Skeleton Coast – few places on the planet can offer this level of privacy and the wilderness experience.

The camp itself is run in conjunction with the Save the Rhino Fund and is the central research base for monitoring and tracking Africa’s last free roaming Black Rhino population, giving you an incredible opportunity to learn and understand a little more about these highly endangered creatures.

A portion of every guest’s revenue goes to the Trust. The camp consists of luxury tents with en-suite facilities including bucket showers with hot water on call, accommodating a maximum of 12 guests.

Activities include tracking on foot with the aid of local guides, game driving both night and day and general nature walks.

This massive area of Damaraland is also home to Brown Hyena, Desert Elephant, Lion, Leopard and Cheetah, offering a wonderful, unexploited and exclusive view of wildlife in its natural environment. All meals and game drives, rhino tracking on foot and nature walk activities are included.

Destination: Namibia
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Day 13 & 14: History and culture

Spitzkoppe

Bid farewell to the openness of Desert Rhino Camp before you continue your journey this morning.

Situated in Namibia’s spectacularly scenic Namib Desert, between Usakos and Swakopmund, the Spitzkoppe are a group of bald granite peaks forming one of Namibia’s most recognizable and dramatic landmarks. These enormous towering
domes provide a paradise for hikers and mountaineers, from beginners interested in guided historic walks to professional climbers eager to ascend some challenging slopes. Other popular activities include exploring the many bushmen rock paintings and camping in some of the area’s scenic secluded campsites or rustic tented camps.

Destination: Namibia
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Day 15: Flying on

Fly out of Windhoek

Return to Windhoek today, a drive of approximately 4.5 hours, in time to connect with your onward flight.

Destination: Windhoek

Included

  • Transfers as stated
  • Meals & activities as stated
  • Accommodation as stated

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