Begin your journey south with your guide into the dramatic landscape of the Namib Desert. Continue into the spectacular mountains of the Namib Naukluft National Park, stopping to explore some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world. Head west to the coastal town of Swakopmund. Get your adrenaline pumping amongst the dunes with an optional sky-dive, sand-board or quad-bike, or take a relaxing kayak or boat cruise to explore the diverse coastal wildlife. Continue north into the rugged mountainous landscape of Damaraland, watching out for mountain zebra and elusive black rhino along the way.

Visit the Petrified Forest and San rock etchings at the Twyfelfontein World Heritage Site, or join a guided trip to see the rare desert-adapted elephant before continuing north east 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! Experience the amazingly diverse desert flora and fauna including rhino, giraffe, elephant and lion. As you head back towards the capital get up close and personal with Africat’s rehabilitated cheetah and leopard at Okonjima before returning to Windhoek and your onward flight home.

 

 

 

Highlights

  • Sesriem
  • Sossusvlei
  • Swakopmund
  • Twyfelfontein
  • Damaraland
  • Etosha National Park
  • Okonjima & AfriCat

Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1-2: Spectacular desert vistas

Sesriem

This morning you will be collected from your various accommodation establishments or from the Windhoek International Airport (assuming you land before 08h00).

You then depart Windhoek in your safari vehicle with your private guide and drive southwest through the scenic Khomas Hochland highlands before heading down the Great Escarpment into the Namib Desert below, stopping for a picnic lunch at a scenic location along the way.

You arrive at Sossus Dune Lodge in the midafternoon and you will stay here for two nights whilst you explore the remarkable sights of the Namib Desert with your guide.

If there is still time today, your guide will take you to visit Sesriem Canyon, a nearby geological attraction, or explore Elim Dune. However, if you prefer, you can just relax and soak in the scenic and tranquil surroundings at Sossus Dune Lodge.

Sesriem Canyon: Sesriem Canyon has evolved through centuries of erosion by the Tsauchab River which has incised a narrow gorge about 1.5 km long and 30 meters deep into the surrounding conglomerates, exposing the varying layers of sedimentation deposited over millions of years.

The shaded cool depths of the canyon allow pools of water to gather during the rainy season and remain for much of the year round.

These pools were a vital source of water for early settlers who drew water for their livestock by knotting six (ses) lengths of rawhide thongs (riems) together, hence the canyon and surrounding area became known as Sesriem.

On day 2 you will rise early for a magical excursion with your guide into the Namib Naukluft National Park, entering the Park gates at sunrise to capture the dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate their towering shapes and curves.

This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world. Once you have explored to your hearts content you can enjoy a relaxing picnic breakfast under the shade of a camel thorn tree.

Return to the lodge in the early afternoon for a late lunch, stopping off to view Sesriem Canyon if you haven’t already done so the day before. Lunch & dinner included.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Sossus Dune Lodge
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Day 3-4: Coastal scenery and wildlife

Swakopmund

The fascinating drive today takes you northwest through awesome and ever changing desert landscapes of the Namib Naukluft National Park. You will meet the coast at the port town of Walvis Bay and then continue north to Swakopmund for your next two nights. There will be time this afternoon to wander around town, before heading off for dinner at the popular Tug Restaurant by the jetty which specialises in fresh seafood.

NOTE: As an alternative to the drive from Hoodia Desert Lodge to Swakopmund you may like to take a scenic light aircraft flight over Sossusvlei and along the Diamond Coast (optional extra at additional cost). Your guide will drive to meet up with you in Swakopmund later in the day.

During your two nights in Swakopmund you will be accommodated at a charming and welcoming guesthouse conveniently located just minutes walk from the centre of town and the waterfront.
On day 4 your guide will drive you along the scenic coastal road back to Walvis Bay for a memorable seal and dolphin cruise within the outer lagoon and harbour. This is an ideal way of seeing Cape fur seals, heaviside and bottlenose dolphins, pelicans, flamingos and a wide variety of other sea birds.

You may also like to partake in some of the many activities that Swakopmund has to offer, these include camel rides, scenic flights, quad-biking in the dunes, sky diving and more (all at extra cost). All meals included.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Swakopmund Guesthouse
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Day 5-6: Rugged mountain scenery

Twyfelfontein

Continue on your safari, heading north and east into the wonderful and diverse region of Damaraland.
If time allows this afternoon your guide will take you to visit the nearby attractions and geological sites of Twyfelfontein rock engravings (recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes – if not there is plenty of time to do so tomorrow.
After an early breakfast on day 6 you will be treated to an exciting 4×4 excursion along the ephemeral Aba Huab River valley to explore this remarkable region and to search for game, including the elusive desert adapted elephants if they are in the area. You will return to Camp for lunch and this afternoon you may visit Twyfelfontein and other nearby attractions if you haven’t already done so, or take a walk with your guide into the local area around Camp, or relax and enjoy some well deserved leisure time. All meals included.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Camp Kipwe
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Day 7: Iconic Namibian landscapes

Etosha National Park

Today after a very early breakfast you set off on your journey to the Etosha National Park, travelling via the Grootberg Pass.

Along the way your guide will take you to visit a local Himba settlement – you may have to search for a while as the semi-nomadic Himba people sometimes move location with no notice.

They are one of the last truly traditional peoples of Namibia and have little time for conventional practices. Here you will learn about the customs and traditions of this very proud nation, and will be given insight into their beliefs, way of life and everyday routine.

After visiting the Himba you will head east through the small town of Kamanjab before heading on for tonight’s destination at the homely Andersson’s Camp, which is situated just south of the Etosha National Parks Andersson Gate. A picnic lunch will be had en-route and arrival will be in the very late afternoon or early evening (after a long but rewarding day).

After your arrival you will have some time at leisure, which can be spent appreciating the unique surroundings and enjoying the game viewing at the camp’s floodlit waterhole.

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Day 8-9: Wildlife encounters

Etosha National Park

Today is available for a full day of exciting game viewing within the central section of Etosha National Park from your private safari vehicle as you make your way from the southern Andersson’s Gate to Halali (where you may stop for lunch) and then on across via selected waterholes such as Goas, which are normally particularly good for game viewing, to Namutoni Camp in the east.

You will have to leave the Park before sunset and head out to stay at the delightful Onguma Tree Top Camp with enough time to relax and freshen up before for dinner.

The rest of the evening can be spent game viewing at the camp’s floodlit waterhole where game comes and goes throughout the day and night.

Etosha National Park: Etosha National Park covers 22,270 km², of which approximately 5,000 km² is made up of saline depressions or ‘pans’. The largest of these pans, the Etosha Pan, can be classified as a saline desert in its own right. The Etosha Pan lies in the Owambo Basin, on the north-western edge of the Namibian Kalahari Desert.

Until three million years ago it formed part of huge, shallow lake that was reduced to a complex of salt pans when the major river that fed it, the Kunene, changed course and began to flow to the Atlantic instead. If the lake existed today, it would be the third largest in the world. Etosha is the largest of the pans at 4,760 km² in extent.

It is nowadays filled with water only when sufficient rain falls to the north in Angola, inducing floods to flow southward along the Cuvelai drainage system. The Park consists of grassland, woodland and savannah. Game-viewing centers around the numerous springs and waterholes where several different species can often be seen at one time.

The Park boasts some 114 mammal and over 340 bird species. Wildlife that one might see includes elephant, lion, giraffe, blue wildebeest, eland, kudu, gemsbok (oryx), zebra, rhino, cheetah, leopard, hyena, honey badger and warthog, as well as the endemic black faced impala.

Accommodation: Onguma Tented Camp
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Day 10: Sunset over the city

Windhoek, Depart

Your early departure will take you south from Onguma Tree Top via Tsumeb, Otavi and Otjiwarongo to reach Okonjima’s AfriCat Day Centre, a wonderful highlight with which to conclude your safari. You will arrive in time for lunch before embarking on an exciting and informative game drive and tour of the centre.

Here you will learn about the function and vision of the AfriCat Foundation and will also get to meet some of the Foundation’s special carnivore ambassadors. After the excursion and freshening up, the journey continues further south to arrive back in Windhoek in the late afternoon, just as the sun is setting.

Upon your arrival in Windhoek you will be transferred to your accommodation establishment of choice, or out to the Windhoek International Airport (transfer to be booked additionally) if flying out in the evening – departure flights must be no earlier than 21h00 to allow sufficient time for the visit to the AfriCat Foundation and the journey back to Windhoek, or a final night in Windhoek can be arranged at additional cost if required. A final night in Windhoek is highly recommended!

Destination: Windhoek

Included

Includes professional English speaking guide, specialist safari vehicle, meals & activities as specified.

Excluded

Pre and post tour accommodation

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