On this luxury Namibian safari you will be introduced to the big cats at the Africat Foundation; experience the wildlife of the Etosha National Park; visit the Himba people, ancient rock engravings, petrified forest, desert mountains and wild Atlantic coast - all within little more than a week. This safari can be combined with our 3 Day Namib Desert tour to make an unforgettable 10 Day combination safari.
|Day||Destination||Accommodation||1||Okonjima Nature Reserve||Okonjima Plains Camp||FB+|
|2||Etosha National Park, East||Mushara Lodge||FB+|
|3||Etosha National Park, South||Etosha Safari Lodge, Gondwana Collection Namibia||FB+|
|5||Twyfelfontein, Damaraland||Mowani Mountain Camp||FB+|
B = Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner
FB+ (Full Board Plus) = Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Activities
Price per person sharing from: N$ 42 500
Single supplement: N$ 2 450
Min: 2pax | Max: 6pax
(Prices valid until 31 Oct 2022)
Price per person sharing from: N$ 47 500
Single supplement: N$ 3 350
Min: 2pax | Max: 6pax
(Prices valid until 31 Oct 2023)
7, 21 Aug 2022 | 4, 18 Sept 2022 | 9, 23 Oct 2022
8, 22 Jan 2023 | 5, 19 Feb 2023 | 12, 26 March 2023 | 9, 23 April 2023 | 7, 21 May 2023 | 4, 18 June 2023 | 9, 23 Jul 2023 | 6, 20 Aug 2023 | 3, 17 Sept 2023 | 8, 22 Oct 2023
All accommodation as listed or similar.
3 meals a day.
All park fees.
All activities mentioned.
Passenger liability insurance.
Air conditioned vehicle.
VAT is included in the price.
Mineral water on the vehicles.
Personal travel insurances.
Other personal items.
ITINERARYDETAILED Itinerary (offsite)
Day 1: Windhoek to Okonjima Nature Reserve
(300km)(Okonjima Plains Camp or similar)
You will be picked up at your accommodation at around 08:00 am and transferred to Okonjima which is about 2.5 hours from Windhoek. Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation, a conservation operation that focuses on the long term survival of Namibia's large carnivores in their natural habitat, particularly the cheetah. During the afternoon you will be taken on a tour that will provide more insights into this programme and the opportunity to see some of these majestic animals.
Activity: AfriCat Foundation excursion
Included: Lunch, Dinner and Activity
Day 2: Okonjima to Etosha National Park, East
(300km)(Mushara Lodge or similar)
This morning we make an early start and head off towards the Etosha National Park. We will travel via Lake Otjikoto, which is Namibia's second largest, permanent, natural lake. It is distinguished by its great depth and emerald-green waters. We will rest here and learn about the history and geology of this unusual landmark.
Having arrived at Etosha, we will check into our luxury lodge which is situated just outside the Von Lindequist gate on the eastern boundary of the Etosha National Park. Mushara Lodge boasts a small library, bar with extensive wine cellar, an airy lounge area with a fireplace for winter evenings, dining area and curio shop. The well-spaced chalets are arranged around a beautiful swimming pool surrounded by well-manicured lawns.
We embark on our first game drive during the cool of the afternoon. The game viewing is usually excellent with close sightings of springboks, zebras, impalas, giraffes, gemsboks and plenty of birds. If we are lucky we may also experience close encounters with elephants and lions. We will return to our accommodation just before sunset.
Activities: Otjikoto Lake, Etosha Game Drive with your guide
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Park Fees and Activities
Day 3: Etosha National Park, South
(Etosha Safari Lodge, Gondwana Collection Namibia, or similar)
Today will be spent searching for and observing wildlife. A visit to a number of waterholes is high on the agenda. We will also stop at the Etosha Pan, the “place of dry water”. This extensive, flat depression is about 5,000 km2. Seeing large herds of game in this setting of shimmering mirages is a unique experience. We may stop at Halali middle camp to have lunch before we continue to our lodge near the southern side of the park.
Etosha Safari Lodge is set on a hillock overlooking sprawling mopane woodland. The chalets each have their own private verandah with panoramic views. The main area offers a spacious deck, dining area, bar, lounge and three swimming pools.
Activity: Etosha Game Drive with your guide
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Park Fees and Activity
Day 4: Etosha to Palmwag
(320km)(Grootberg Lodge or similar)
We kick start our day with a game drive before leaving the park and driving into the desert mountains of the Kaokoveld, one of the last true wildernesses of southern Africa and home of the Himba people. During the afternoon we will pay a visit to Otjikandera Himba village where we will meet the local inhabitants. A special guide is going to be available for the time we are there. The guide will translate for us and introduce us to this indigenous “tribe” of nomadic pastoralists. We will learn about their marriage customs, traditional way of life and food and we will visit the “holy fire”.
We spend the night at Grootberg Lodge. Situated at the very edge of the Etendeka Plateau, it offers spectacular views over the Klip River Valley. Black rhino and desert elephant freely roam this area. Enjoy a sundowner on the deck or a swim in the pool.
Activity: Otjikandera Himba Village Excursion
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Activity
Day 5: Palmwag to Twyfelfontein, Damaraland
(400km)(Mowani Mountain Camp or similar)
Today we will continue further south into Damaraland, travelling through a variety of landscapes. The area is known for desert elephants and, if we are lucky, we might spot some. We will visit the Twyfelfontein UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring one of the largest and most important concentrations of rock art in Africa. We will pass by the Organ Pipes, a striking rock formation of columnar basalts which resemble organ pipes. The afternoon can be spent relaxing at the lodge.
Our luxury lodge is set in a stunning location, nestled amongst massive ochre boulders with amazing views over the vast and unspoilt surrounding wilderness. Sunsets here are spectacular.
Activity: UNESCO Bushman rock engravings at Twyfelfontein
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Entrance fees and Activity
Day 6: Twyfelfontein to Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast
(Strand Hotel or similar) (260km)
We depart early to enjoy the cool of the morning. Our first stop is the small town of Uis, an old mining town and one of the best places to buy semi-precious stones for which Namibia is famous. Here rough amethyst, tourmaline and other stones can be found at bargain prices.
Having arrived at the coast we drive to Cape Cross, a vast seal colony, north of Swakopmund. Here you are able to get up close to thousands of wild Cape fur seals and observe them in their natural environment.
Our accommodation at the Strand Hotel offers extensive, unique and creatively entertaining Restaurants, Bars, a Deli, Lobby-Lounge, Sea Facing Terraces, Beach Kiosk and state of the art Conference & Banqueting Centre, all set on the Mole, a historic and iconic site surrounded by ocean on three sides. It is a social epicenter and destination in itself for all visitors to and residents of Swakopmund.
Tonight we will dine at one of Swakopmund's excellent restaurants. The seafood here is superb.
Activity: Cape Cross Seal Colony
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Park fees and Activity
Day 7: Swakopmund to Windhoek
Swakopmund is a charming seaside town characterised by German colonial architecture, palm-lined streets, great restaurants, plenty of shops and beautiful beaches. This morning, you will be free to explore the town on your own. It offers plenty to do including a good museum and aquarium. Your guide will discuss all optional activities with you and offer to make pre-bookings in advance. 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 a boat), quad-biking in the desert, sandboarding and skydiving. Note that all extra activities in Swakopmund are subject to availability and are made at the client's own expense.
We return to Windhoek where your guide will drop you off at your accommodation at around 14H30 in the afternoon, depending on your activities in the morning.
Included: Breakfast, Lunch
A spectacular Namibia Safari!