After a night in the capital city, start your adventure by driving north to Okonjima where San bushmen will teach you the ancient art of tracking and you can get up close and personal with rehabilitated cheetah and leopard. Continue north to the wide open plains of 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!

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, and visit the town’s boutique shops and seafood restaurants. Continue your journey east to the Namib Rand Nature Reserve and pay a visit to the iconic Sossusvlei pan before relaxing under one of the most spectacular starscapes in the world. Make a last stop in the wildlife-rich red dunes of the Kalahari before returning to Windhoek and your onward flight home.

 

Highlights

  • Kalahari Desert
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Aus
  • Luderitz
  • Sesriem & Sossusvlei
  • Swakopmund

Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1: Escape from the City

Gocheganas Nature Reserve

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 Rivendell Guest House where your car will be delivered. You will they drive to Gocheganas for your first night in Namibia. Dinner & breakfast included.

This beautiful lodge is located just half an hour’s drive south of Windhoek and offers the perfect place to relax and unwind at the beginning or end of your holiday in Namibia. Accommodation is provided in spacious thatched chalets perched on the hillside overlooking the beautiful private game reserve which is home to white rhino, zebra & many antelope species.

Facilities include a heated indoor swimming pool, outdoor pool, small exercise gym, sauna & self-guided walking trails. Optional early morning or late afternoon game drives can be arranged, and the on-site wellness centre also offers a range of excellent optional treatments including massage, pedicures, manicures, facials, detox & spa treatments. Dinner & breakfast included.

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Day 2: The rolling dunes of the Kalahari

Kalahari Desert

Located on the edge of the Kalahari Desert and surrounded by rolling red dunes, Bagatelle offers a very different desert experience to the more well-known Namib Desert.

The Kalahari is not officially categorised as a desert but is rather a savannah environment of wide open grasslands and stunted acacias.

As such, it is home to many interesting wildlife species including meerkat (suricate), porcupine, bat-eared fox, oryx, ostrich, wildebeest and zebra.

Optional nature drives are offered which allow guests to learn about the ecology of this unique area and to enjoy a beautiful sunset before returning to the lodge for an excellent dinner.

Accommodation is provided in luxurious dune chalets perched on the dune ridge and overlooking a small waterhole offering an uninterrupted view of the vast Kalahari.

All rooms have air con/heaters, mini-bar and tea & coffee making facilities. Dinner & breakfast included.

Destination: Namibia
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Day 3-4: The geographical wonders of the Fish River Canyon

Fish River Canyon

Three hundred million years of geological wonder lie below Fish River Lodge, the only lodge perched directly on the rim of the Fish River Canyon, the world’s second largest canyon.

From the comfort of your bed, you can enjoy spectacular views of the Canyon from sunrise to sunset.

A visit to Fish River Lodge can be as adventurous or as tranquil as you like. For the more energetic, there are long walks along the rim of the Canyon and sundowner trails where you can watch the sun set whilst sipping a glass of champagne.

The qualified guides can take you on an optional excursion hiking down into the heart of the Canyon or serve lunch at a permanent waterhole on the Fish River. Dinner & breakfast included.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Fish River Lodge
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Day 5-6: The rich history of the Namib Desert

Klein-Aus Vista

Klein Aus is a beautifully positioned private farm located on the edge of the Namib Desert with spectacular views from the boulder strewn hillsides across wide open plains.

Eagle’s Nest is set at the foot of the Aus mountains, 7km away from the reception and restaurant complex and yet easily accessible by sedan car in 10 minutes. Each chalet also has an equipped kitchenette, so guests are welcome to take a dinner pack and eat in their chalet, soaking up the desert atmosphere if they prefer.

There are self-guided walks that can be taken on the farm as well as optional nature drives to view the Namib wild horses, or you may decide to just relax in the peaceful surroundings.

You may like to drive to Luderitz on day 6 where you could enjoy an optional boat cruise (this can be booked through Luderitz Tours & Safaris who have an office on the high street), or a drive out to Diaz Point where you may see some of the many bird species that can be found here.

Nearby is the ghost town of Kolmanskop, abandoned to the desert when the diamond mining became unfeasible in this area. Dinner & breakfast included.

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Day 7-8: Experience the peace

NamibRand Game Reserve

Your drive today will take you through some rugged and beautiful scenery, from open gravel plains to mountain ranges.

Accompanied by experienced guides, visitors are introduced to the Namib Rand 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 a full day safari.

The lodge also lends itself to relaxing for an afternoon, the choice is entirely yours. Accommodation is in one of eight chalets, each with its own private veranda offering wonderful views of the desert. Each has an en-suite bathroom fitted with hot shower, 2 washbasins and flush toilet. All chalets are equipped with solar-powered lights. All meals & activities included.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Wolwedans Dunes Lodge
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Day 9-10: The Oldest Desert in the World

Sesriem

Arrive at the luxurious Sossusvlei Desert (formerly Mountain) Lodge and relax this afternoon around the beautiful pool or in your suites.

This unique lodge is situated on the NamibRand Nature Reserve and each suite boasts an endless view across the magnificent desert.

Inclusive activities here take the form of nature drives within the NamibRand Conservancy, quad biking for the more adventurous and an early morning trip to Sossusvlei & Deadvlei to view the extensive dunes and scenery that contains the highest dunes in the world.

It is also worth taking the opportunity to enjoy the amazing night sky using the Lodge’s computer-controlled telescope, you will be amazed at the sheer numbers of stars visible with the lack of light pollution in the desert.

On the morning of day 10 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.

The entrance opens at sunrise and this is the best time of day to see the dunes. Enjoy the amazing scenery of the desert, and maybe take a short walk to Deadvlei, a bizarre collection of ancient camelthorn trees, or climb the nearby dunes. All meals & activities included.

Destination: Namibia
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Day 11-12: A slice of Bavaria in the desert

Swakopmund

This new addition to Swakopmund consists of 21 beautifully decorated rooms. The terrace is the perfect spot for sundown drinks. The hotel is perfectly positioned, just two minutes from the main beach area and the centre of town, making it ideal for exploring this quaint old resort town on foot.

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 sand boarding, 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.

Each room is equipped with tea & coffee station, satellite TV (there is also a DVD channel), air conditioning, phone, mini bar, balcony and large en-suite bathroom.

The hotel also offers conference facilities and a full restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining.

Alternatively, it is located just a short walk from the Tug, as well as many of the other restaurants in town. Breakfast included.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Hotel Zum Kaiser
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Day 13: Time to reflect

Windhoek

Olive Exclusive is an upmarket boutique hotel situated in a quiet area of Windhoek.

The property comprises just 7 luxury suites, equipped with all the comforts you would expect including satellite TV, iPod docking stations, air conditioning, exclusive body products, free WiFi and a mini-bar (with complimentary Amarula & sherry).

All suites have access to the communal pool and your Premier Suite also has a private plunge pool.

Olive Exclusive offers its own private fine dining restaurant, alternatively guests will also be able to enjoy an in-room dinner service. A wellness centre is located in the adjoining Olive Grove property. Breakfast included.

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Day 14

Fly out of Windhoek

After what we hope will have been a fantastic holiday, you will connect with your onward flight.

Destination: Windhoek

Included

  • Transfers as stated
  • Vehicle hire, including zero excess insurance
  • Meals & Activities as stated

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