One of the most comprehensive of our Namibia Tours. This safari has a fully accommodated itinerary in a selection of lodges and guest houses. It is designed to showcase some of Namibia's most spectacular highlights including stunning scenery, spectacular wildlife and enchanting culture.
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B = Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner
Price per person: N$ 40 850
Single supplement: N$ 2 900
Min: 2pax | Max: 8pax
(Prices valid until 31 Oct 2017)
All accommodation as listed below.
3 meals a day unless otherwise specified.
All park fees.
All activities mentioned below.
Passenger liability insurance.
Air conditioned vehicle.
VAT is included in the price.
Mineral water on the vehicles.
Other personal items.
Day 1: Windhoek to Kalahari Desert
(250km) (Camelthorn Lodge or similar)
Collection time is between 08:00 and 08:45 from Windhoek. We take the B1 road that goes to Rehoboth. After a few kilometers we turn to the left onto the C21 and head towards the Camelthorn Lodge which is situated on the D1268 road. The lodge is strategically situated in the centre of the Kalahari Desert. It is built with thatch and blessed with a staggering stone pool.
Day 2: Kalahari to Namib Desert
(Namib Desert Lodge or similar)
We proceed with the D1268 road, joining the C20 and then onto the B1 road as we make our way onto the gravel road that will take us past small villages and spectacular scenery. Lunch will be served somewhere along the road. We aim to arrive at our camp before sunset. Dinner will be served around the campfire.
Day 3: Namib Desert to Sossusvlei
(250km) (Namib Desert Lodge or similar)
Early start to catch the soft light of sunrise over the desert. In the cool of the morning we take a walk through the desert with the good chance of seeing gemsboks, springboks and ostriches. We spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei and drive to Sossusvlei Lodge for lunch, passing by the famous “Dune 45”. As the day cools in the late afternoon we take a short excursion to Sesriem Canyon before we return to our lodge.
Day 4: Namib Desert to Swakopmund
(300km/4h25) (Atlantic Villa Guesthouse or similar)
Namibia is a country of contrast. Today we will barter the desert for the sea. We will cross the Tropic of Capricorn and traverse both the Gaub and Kuiseb passes, driving down to the dry river bed at the bottom of the Kuiseb Canyon before climbing up the other side, watching the spectacular desert landscape unfold before us. Having arrived at the coast, we will make a stop in Walvis Bay to enjoy the view of flamingos and other birds in the lagoons and to visit the salt works. Dinner tonight is at the client's own expense at a local restaurant.
Day 5: Swakopmund
(Atlantic Villa Guesthouse or similar)
Free day with plenty of time to explore the town. Swakopmund is very pleasant seaside town with lots of shops, a good stretch of beach (although the Atlantic is quite cold here) and an open-air curio market. There is also a very good museum and the Namibian National Marine Aquarium is located in Swakopmund.
Alternatively, there are various optional activities that can be arranged. These include a boat-tour (with oysters and champagne!), scenic flights and micro-light flights over the desert, fishing trips (either from the beach or in a boat), quad-bike trips into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund, sandboarding, skydiving and many other activities. Your guide will discuss all the possible optional activities with you and offer to make pre-booking in advance. (N.B. all extra activities in Swakopmund are subject to availability and are made at the client's own risk and expense). Dinner and lunch tonight are not included in the price of the safari and will be at the client's own expense.
Day 6: Swakopmund to Twyfelfontein
(430km/6hrs) (Twyfelfontein or Damaraland Mopane Lodge)
We head to Damaraland along the Skeleton Coast and stop at the seal colony at Cape Cross where we can experience a close encounter with thousands of fur seals. We continue to the small town of Uis for supplies. Uis is an old mining town and a good place to buy semi-precious stones. We pass by the Brandberg, the highest mountain in Namibia, and arrive in Twyfelfontein in time for sunset. On the way we will have some time to visit the old rock engravings that are found in the area.
Day 7: Twyfelfontein to Palmwag
(Palmwag Lodge or similar)
Driving on one of the gravel roads that connects many of the places in the Kunene region, we pass by the village of Bergsig and proceed for another 45 kilometers to Palmwag. This part of the world is blessed with table mountains and spectacular scenery. Dinner will be served at the propitious Palmwag Lodge.
Day 8: Palmwag to Okaukuejo, Etosha National Park
(200km) (We stay inside the park)
We enter the Etosha National Park and drive through the restricted “west Etosha” zone. West Etosha is a huge area that has been set aside for wildlife research and to allow the animals to breed undisturbed by game drive vehicles. With a special permit we are allowed to transit through this area of the park. However, our special permit does not allow us to leave the main road or to make too many stops along the way. We should be lucky enough to see many animals, including elephants and maybe both white and black rhinos and mountain zebras, as well as other species which usually do not occur in the main tourist areas of Etosha. There is also a good chance of seeing black rhinos at the waterhole at Okaukuejo.
Day 9: Okaukuejo to Namutoni, Etosha National Park
Early start and game drive on our way to Namutoni via Halali Middle Camp. We will have time to explore the camp and visit the waterhole and perhaps also the swimming pool, the bar or the mini-shop. Along the way to Namutoni we will stop to experience the vast Etosha Pan with its shimmering salt crust. We will enjoy another short game drive in the late afternoon, stopping at some of the famous waterholes and waiting for the animals to come and drink.
Day 10: Namutoni to Okonjima
(300km) (Okonjima Bush Camp Lodge)
We will have a morning game drive before leaving Etosha. We drive through small towns via Lake Oshikoto to Okonjima and the AfriCat Foundation, where we enjoy an afternoon excursion to see the big cats and wild dogs and learn about the work of the Foundation.
Day 11: Okonjima to Windhoek
Back to Windhoek through the small town of Okahandja with the biggest craft market in Namibia. We stop to explore the market and perhaps buy some souvenirs before heading back to Windhoek. The stalls are operated on a co-operative basis by the local community and the market is a good place to do last-minute-shopping for truly Namibian souvenirs. We aim to arrive back in the city in the mid afternoon and you will be dropped off at your accommodation.