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 west to the coastal town of Swakopmund, its colourful Germanic buildings an architectural throw-back to colonial times. From your luxury hotel, explore the diverse wildlife of the coastline by 4×4 or boat cruise, or visit the town’s many boutique shops and seafood restaurants before heading back to Windhoek and your onward flight home.

Highlights

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

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.

After arrival at Nhoma Camp, guests walk to the village with a guide from the community to meet the community of about 30 adults and 60 children and see the village. If there is time, the hunters demonstrate how they make arrows and how they prepare the poison or any other traditional equipment for the hunt, using only materials found in the bush.

There will also be a healing dance at the village on at least one of the evenings. If this doesn’t happen spontaneously, then the lodge asks them to dance, but there is no “performance”.

The full day with the Ju/’hoansi involves walking with four hunters in the morning. They will be looking for fresh tracks, collecting bush food and demonstrating how they use different water roots when they’re hunting and all the bush food and medicine they find along the way. They’ll also make rope and traps.

There is no set route that is followed. In the afternoon, guests go into the village again where almost the entire community will demonstrate their many traditional games.

This is always a lot of fun for the community and visitors alike. All meals & activities included.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Nhoma Safari Camp
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Day 7: Incredible game viewing

Etosha National Park

After departing from Nhoma Camp, drive westwards today, to Mushara Outpost located just outside the eastern gate of Etosha National Park. Accommodation at the Outpost consists of 8 guest units, each sleeping two people.

The tents are facing eastwards, to allow for privacy and protection from the sun which is harshest from the west. Pathways leading to and from the main lodge are on the western side.

Etosha in general offers excellent game viewing opportunities while simply driving. The Park is dominated by the vast Etosha salt pan, and many water holes exist, joined by a network of well-maintained gravel roads to enable visitors the best chances of seeing the many inhabitants of Namibia’s premier wildlife reserve.

Species present in the Park include lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, rhino, giraffe & zebra in addition to many antelope and bird species. Dinner & breakfast included.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Mushara Outpost
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Day 8: 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 9-10: 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.

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Day 11: History and culture

Damaraland

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

Relax and unwind in the lounge – the mountain views from here are breathtaking as are the stunning sunsets. There is also a swimming pool, which many guests head straight to after a day’s activities, and a laundry service.

Accommodation is in 8 igloo-shaped double bungalows, allowing a maximum of 16 guests at a time, emphasising the peace and quiet of the camp. Outside each bungalow is an en-suite bathroom with a shower, as well as a private veranda, overlooking the surrounding plains. They all have an in-room safe.

Maybe take an optional Twyfelfontein excursion starting in the afternoon. The drive will include visits to the Burnt Mountain, the Organ Pipes, as well as to the fascinating Bushman Engravings.

There are a number of guided nature walks that will cover trails in and around Camp Kipwe, the durations will depend on the guests. Dinner & breakfast included.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Camp Kipwe
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Day 12-13: Coastal wildlife and scenery

Swakopmund

Drive onwards to the coast this morning. The scenery changes from the mountains of Damaraland to endless, gravel plains towards the coast. If time allows, you may like to make a detour to Cape Cross fur seal colony where as many as 100,000 individuals may be seen during breeding season.

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.

In addition, there are many adventure activities such as sandboarding, tandem parachuting, fishing & quad biking which can be arranged prior to arrival. We can also recommend some excellent day trips including the marine sanctuary of Sandwich Harbour, a unique environment comprising of towering dunes, a freshwater lagoon and the wild Atlantic Ocean.

Alternatively, a half day boat cruise from Walvis Bay may offer the opportunity to see dolphins, fur seals and many species of marine birds.

This lodge is situated just out of town, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and long stretches of beach.

Each room has a TV and telephone, whilst the small number of rooms create a warm and friendly atmosphere. Most rooms have basic self-catering facilities and all have a wonderful view of the ocean and a private veranda or balcony. A new restaurant offers dinners overlooking the ocean. Breakfast included.

Destination: Namibia
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Day 14: 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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