This guided safari has a fully accommodated itinerary with a selection of lodges and guesthouses throughout. It is designed to give you some of the very best highlights of Namibia's scenery, wildlife and culture from the wild north to the dry beauty of the south.
|1||Windhoek||Hotel / guesthouse||D|
|3||Fish River Canyon||Lodge||B/L/D|
|4||Fish River Canyon||Lodge||B/L/D|
|13||Etosha National Park||Lodge||B/L/D|
|14||Etosha National park||Lodge||B/L/D|
|15||Etosha National park||Lodge||B/L/D|
|18||Fly home/ Airport||Airport||B|
B = Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner
Price per person: N$ 76 500
Min: 2pax | Max: 8pax
(Prices valid until 31 Oct 2017)
All accommodation as listed below.
3 meals a day unless otherwise specified.
Hot air balloon ride.
All park fees.
All activities mentioned below.
Passenger liability insurance.
Air conditioned vehicle.
VAT is included in the price.
Mineral water on the vehicles.
Meet and greet by Blue Crane guide at the airport.
Bushman sundowner walk; Visit Fish River Canyon.; Visit Lüderitz; Ghost Town Kolmanskop Tour; Sussusvlei excursion; Sesriem Canyon; Dolphin Cruise; Rock paintings; Game drives in Etosha; Okonjima Africat Program; Grootberg Lodge excursion with rhinos
Other personal items.
Day 1: Airport to Windhoek
(45km)(Olive Grove Guesthouse or similar)
Depending on what time your flight lands, a guide from Bluecrane Safaris will pick you up from the airport which is about 42 km outside of Windhoek. Once in Windhoek, after a brief meet and greet, you will be dropped off at your accommodation for the night. You can use the time to relax after your long flight. Later in the day our guide will pick you up at the guesthouse and you will be taken on a City Township Tour. Afterwards you will go with your guide to Joe's Beerhouse for dinner.
Day 2: Windhoek - Kalahari Desert
(250km) (Camelthorn Lodge or similar)
Tour pick up time is between 08:00 and 08:30 am. We will take the B1 road that goes to Rehoboth. After several kilometers we turn left onto the C21 and head towards Camelthorn Lodge 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. The ambience is distinctly San Bushman, one of the oldest cultures in the world, and is enhanced with indigenous décor and home to a fine collection of San artefacts. Later in the day there will be Bushman walk and sundowner on the red dunes.
Day 3 & 4: Kalahari Desert - Fish River Canyon
(465km) (Canyon Lodge)
This morning we will continue further south to Namibia's Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world.
On arrival in the early afternoon, we will drive to the main view point where you will witness one of nature' most wonderful spectacles. Far below, we will see the river sparkling in the sunlight and barely be able to imagine how many millennia it took for the forces of erosion to carve out such a magnificent vista. We will visit the Canyon again in the morning.
Canyon Lodge is situated on the 520 square km, privately owned Gondwana Canyon Park. It is only 20kms from the main viewpoint and is built from natural materials, including local rock and thatch. The lodge is an ideal starting point for visits to the Fish River Canyon. We will be staying here for the next two nights. There is a hiking trail that you can enjoy in the morning for 2-4 hours, or as a sundowner walk. Watch the sun go down with a drink to end off the lovely day.
Day 5: Fish River Canyon - Lüderitz
(408km) (Lüderitz Nest Hotel)
After an early start and breakfast we will head for Lüderitz on Namibia's south coast, with the aim of arriving in the early afternoon. Dinner will be at the hotel as we learn more about the south and Lüderitz in general. Lüderitz is renowned for its old world charm and distinctly German colonial architecture. It is home to a wide variety of aquatic birds. Large numbers of flamingos, cormorants and seagulls inhabit the shallow lagoon.
Day 6: Lüderitz - Namib Desert
(465km) (Le Mirage Lodge & Spa)
Just before you leave Lüderitz you will visit the famous Kolmanskop ghost town, which has been abandoned for years. You will learn about the history of the town and how the first diamond was found by a railway worker. After our visit to the ghost town our guided tour will proceed to the Namib Desert. On our way we will stop for lunch in Aus. Afterwards we will continue north into the Namib Desert. After checking in at the Sossusvlei Lodge in the afternoon you can enjoy the sunset from your room.
Dinner will be served at the lodge.
Day 7: Namib Desert
(Le Mirage Lodge & Spa)
The tour makes an 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 a good chance of seeing gemsboks, springboks and ostriches. We spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei and drive to Sesriem Camp for lunch, passing by the famous “Dune 45”. As the day cools in the late afternoon we go on a short excursion to Sesriem Canyon before returning to our lodge. We will have lunch at Sossusvlei lodge.
Day 8: Sossusvlei and Surrounding
(Lodge or similar)
Situated in the heart of the Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei, one of the most fascinating landscapes in Namibia, is a photographer's dream. Gigantic orange dunes, dramatic shadows, undulating plains and Rocky Mountains create a magical kaleidoscope of colours and shapes. To the east, Namib Rand Nature Reserve's vast sandy plains are surrounded by towering granite mountains and rolling dunes. Here, in the oldest desert on the planet, amazingly adapted animals and plants come together to form one of the most visually stunning ecosystems in the world. And truly the best way to experience the heart of the Namib Desert is with a hot air balloon safari.
Watching the spectacular sunrise over this magnificent landscape from a silent hot air balloon is the experience of a lifetime, never to be forgotten. Having completed the activity for the day, we return to the lodge, freshen up and relax by the pool.
Day 9: Namib Desert - Swakopmund
(346km)(Atlantic Villa Guesthouse)
Namibia is a country of contrast. Today we will swap 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 will be at one of the local restaurants in Swakopmund.
Day 10: Swakopmund
(Atlantic Villa Guesthouse)
A free day with plenty of time to explore the town. Swakopmund is a 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, sand boarding, skydiving and many other activities.
The boat tour (Dolphin cruise) will be included in tour. Lunch will be at your own expense.
Dinner will be enjoyed at a different restaurant in Swakopmund.
Day 11: Swakopmund - Twyfelfontein
Heading for Damaraland along the Skeleton Coast we stop at the seal colony at Cape Cross where we enjoy a a close encounter with thousands of fur seals. Our tour continues 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 spend some time visiting the old rock engravings that are found in the area. Tonight we will stay at Grootberg Lodge.
Day 12: Twyfelfontein - Damaraland
Before driving we will visit Damaraland's most famous attractions including the Burnt Mountain, the Organ Pipes and the highlight of your trip over 2,500 rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, a World Heritage Site. Driving on the gravel that connects many places in the Kunene region, we pass by the village of Bergsig and proceed for another 53 kilometers to Grootberg lodge. This part of the world is blessed with table mountains and spectacular scenery.
Grootberg is the ideal place for Desert adapted Elephant and Black Rhino tracking. We will do this with the assistance of the guides from Grootberg Lodge. Rhinos and Elephants move around the Palmwag concession area. With luck on our side we will spot them. The animals here are special, as they have adapted to the harsh desert conditions.
Day 13: Damaraland
(234km) (Epacha Game Lodge or similar)
We drive into the Desert Mountains of the Kaokoveld, one of the last true wildernesses of Southern Africa and home to the Himba people. During the afternoon we pay the Oases village a visit to meet the locals. There will be a special guide for our time there, who will translate for us and introduce us to the Ovahimba people. We will learn about marriage customs, traditional food and also visit the “holy fire”. Afterwards we continue to Epacha Game Lodge.
Epacha Game Lodge is situated in Epacha Game Reserve, south of Namibia's Etosha National Park. The lodge and game reserve offer a great location to view a considerable selection of Namibian wildlife, and the outstanding beauty of the breathtaking, surrounding mountains and valleys.
Day 14: Epacha Game Lodge - Onkoshi
We will drive through the Etosha National park making a stop at Okuakuejo waterhole to watch as the animals come to drink water. We may have lunch at Halali and then proceed to Onkoshi where we will spend the night. The Onkoshi Camp is an exclusive, low impact environmentally friendly semi-permanent, up-market lodge on the eastern edge of the Etosha Pan, situated on elevated wooden decks. Onkoshi Camp offers superb views over the pan, with dramatic, sunset and sunrise textures and colors.
Day 15: Etosha and surrounding area
Today we will spend most of the game driving and visiting a number of waterholes. We will stop over at the Etosha Pan, the “place of dry water”. The Pan is an extensive flat depression of about 5,000 km2. This great, white expanse is a place of shimmering mirages and seeing large herds of game in this setting makes Etosha a unique experience in Africa.
Some of the major waterholes around Halali include. Batia: A good waterhole for viewing plains animals. Blue wildebeest, springbok and elephant can be found here. Charitsaub: Popular water hole with plains animals – springbok, gemsbok, plus cheetah. Goas: Lots of animals visit this waterhole. Black faced impala, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest, elephant, lion, zebra and birds of prey. Rietfontein: Very popular and large waterhole frequented by springbok, elephant and lion along with nearly all other species found in the park, including leopard. It's a little far from the road for photographers, but a must visit. Salvadora: Popular waterhole with plains animals – springbok, gemsbok. Sueda: Popular waterhole with plains animals – springbok, gemsbok.
We will later proceed to Namutoni as we make more stops at various waterholes. Dinner will be served at Namutoni resort.
Day 16: Namatoni camp - Okonjima
(290km) (Okonjima Camp)
Today we will have a morning game drive before we depart Namatoni. You will have the opportunity to see different wild animals and flora in the surrounding area. On our way we will make a quick stop at the famous Lake Otjikoto and learn about its history and what makes it special. We will proceed towards Okonjima passing by the towns of Tsumeb, Otavi and finally Otjiwarango where we will stop for some essentials.
Day 17: Okonjima and surrounding area
The lodge is home to The AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organization, committed to the long-term conservation of Namibia's large carnivores, notably cheetahs and leopards. The more secluded and luxurious Okonjima Bush Camp, The Bush Suite, and The Villa, are all affiliated to the main camp. We shall visit the Africat Project area and meet some of the cheetahs or accompany our guides as they monitor the progress of the cheetahs in the Tusk Rehabilitation camp. Okonjima is home to over forty cheetahs, many of whom were separated from their mothers before they learnt how to survive on their own. The Rehabilitation Camp gives these cheetahs the opportunity to learn survival skills such as hunting, in a closely monitored environment. Successful cheetahs are relocated to parks and game farms. There are over 250 species of birds to be found around the area, including Namibian endemics such as Carps Black Tit, Hartlaub's Francolin, and the Damara Rock Runner. The abundance of animals, birdlife and spectacular scenery make Okonjima is a photographer's dream.
Day 18: Okonjima - Airport
This morning after breakfast we will depart back to Windhoek via the small town of Okahandja which boasts the biggest craft market in Namibia. We will stop to explore the market and perhaps buy some souvenirs before heading back to Windhoek. The local community operates the stalls on a co-operative basis and the market is a good place to do last minute shopping for truly Namibian souvenirs. The aim is to arrive back in the city in time for your flight. At the airport the guide will assist you with checking in for your flight. Here he will greet you and we hope to see you again in the future.