Namibia is an exhilarating and memorable place to visit, offering a variety of captivating and enchanting attractions, with something for everyone. Teaming with life despite the seemingly harsh landscapes, Namibia is a truly captivating place. With scenes of dramatic landscape, sparkling coastlines and rolling red dunes, Namibia also offers spectacular big five wildlife experiences, and is home to Africa’s largest game park, the Namib-Naukluft Park. The dramatic scenery boasts diverse animal and bird life, which has adapted to the harsh, dry terrain. This journey gives you a small taste of this extraordinary landscape as you travel through Windhoek, Etosha National Park, Damaraland, Swakopmund and Sossusvlei.
Summary of your trip
- 1 Night – The Elegant Guest House (Windhoek) | Namibia
- 2 Nights – Onguma Tree Top Camp (Etosha National Park East) | Namibia
- 2 Nights -Ongava Lodge (Etosha National Park South) | Namibia
- 2 Nights – Mowani Mountain Camp (Damaraland) | Namibia
- 2 Nights – Swakopmund Luxury Suites (Swakopmund) | Namibia
- 3 Nights – Sossus Dune Lodge (Sossusvlei)| Namibia
Day 1 Arrival in Windhoek
Arrive at OR Tambo International Airport and board on a morning flight to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. On arrival at Hosea Kutako Windhoek International airport, you will be met by our representative who will assist with picking up your car rental. During a detailed briefing our representative will answer all questions related to the trip. Then drive to Windhoek City to Elegant Guest House located in a quiet, peaceful suburb and the perfect place to stay pre or post safari. The rest of the day is at leisure and may be spend exploring the city. Windhoek is a city of many contrasts. Modern skyscrapers blend with historic buildings dating from the turn of the century. Several buildings from the German colonial era have been preserved and restored to fulfil useful functions in the community today.
For dinner tonight, you can head into town for a bite to eat at one of Windhoek’s well-known restaurants
Included: Bed & Breakfast
Day 2 – 3 Windhoek to Eastern Etosha National park
This morning after a leisurely breakfast drive between 4 – 5 hours to Onguma nature Reserve
situated on the eastern side of the Etosha National Park, bordering Fischer’s Pan. The Reserve covers more than 20,000 hectares of protected land and wildlife and boasts over thirty different animal species. Predators such as lion, cheetah and leopard are common residents of the area. The latest addition to the already abundant wildlife at Onguma Nature Reserve is a family of black rhinos!
Accommodation is at Ouguma Tree Top Camp which is the smallest camp of the nature reserve with only four private treehouses to accommodate 8 guests. The camp is situated around a busy waterhole and each private treehouse is equipped with outdoor showers, each overlooking the waterhole.
Arrival is around lunch time. Enjoy welcome drinks while — check in procedures. Once settled in your private treehouse, enjoy lunch (at own account) and later depart for your first sunset game drive in Etosha National Park or just relax at the camp and enjoy its amenities.
In the evening enjoy a delicious dinner under the stars around the Africa roaring fire (weather permitting).
The following morning is an early start for your full day game drive in Etosha National Park as this is the time when the game is busy going for a drink at a waterhole and for the big cats preying at a waterhole in need on an early morning breakfast on one of the small game. Make sure you have taken a packed breakfast with you, alternatively you can stop for meals at a camp with a restaurant inside the national park – Namutomi may be?
After lunch continue with your game drive, take your time to visit many different waterholes, where animals gather to quench their thirst. Vegetation elsewhere provides habitat for giraffe, zebra and oryx. Make sure to drive down or up dik dik drive waterhole to see not only the Damara dik-dik but herds of elephants as well.
As the sunset approaches drive back to the camp and soak up the sun on the camp lavish pool and later seat for a delicious dinner, this is the time to swap stories of your day sightings with other fellow guests.
Included: Dinner & Breakfast, VAT, Social Development levy and NTB tourism levy.
Day 4 – 5 Etosha National park East to Etosha South
Today is your last day at Ouguma Tree Top Camp. Go for a nature walk in the game reserve to appreciate the flora and the little animals that do not get our attention during a normal game drive. Return back to the camp and seat for a leisurely breakfast followed by check out procedures after which it is time depart the camp for another day drive in the National Park. You will be driving from the eastern side of the National Park to the southern part of the park to Ongava Private game reserve, your new home for the following 3 days. Set along the southern boundary of Etosha National Park Ongava is one of the largest private game reserves in Namibia, with over owned 66,000-acre to explore. It nestles in the stunning landscape overlooking a natural waterhole regularly frequented by the best of Africa’s untamed animals, guests will enjoy unbroken views across breath-taking plains towards an endless horizon.
Your accommodation is at Ongava Lodge, perched on a hilltop in the Ongava Game Reserve. Because of the supreme location, Ongava Lodge has a commanding view of the surrounding bush and an active waterhole.
Activities include game drives into Etosha, spending time in the camp hide, and nature drives and walks on the reserve. Ongava has residents white and black rhino, giving guests staying at Ongava the opportunity to see both species and to track White Rhino on foot with an experienced guide. Other game includes lion and plains game.
Your stay includes all meals, twice daily scheduled camp activities (guided tours to Etosha National Park and on the Ongava Game Reserve), park fees, laundry and local drinks, Government Tourism Levy and Environment Levy. Excludes premium imported brands and champagne.
Day 6 & 7 Etosha National South to Damaraland
This morning after your last game activity and a scrumptious breakfast, drive south west to Damaraland, a place where elephant and rhino roam free, and the stars at night are like a thousand fires burning against the black backdrop of the velvet sky. The vast stretches of Damaraland’s semi-desert landscape are a spectacular sight and are home to some rare and unusual sights, such as desert- adapted elephants striding along the dusty earth, and forests of petrified trees planted in beds of sandstone.
Your accommodation is at Mowani Mountain Camp sets amongst a vast and unspoilt wilderness, between the Ugab and Huab Rivers. This allows for game drives to search for desert-adapted elephants, to the backdrop of outstanding desert scenery. Mowani Mountain Camp is renowned for its thatched dome-shaped chalets, a mirror-image of the granite boulders surrounding the lodge.
Your stay is a 2-nght package which includes All meals and 2 activities and return road transfer to & from Twyfelfontein
The first activity is a guided 4 x 4 nature drive in search of desert adapted elephants and leaving in a hostile environment they have a smaller body with Longer legs, bigger feet, allowing them to survive in these harsh conditions
The other activity is a guided visit to the Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings, Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain. Over 2,500 engravings and paintings make up the collection, many of which were created up to 6,000 years ago by hunter-gatherers’ communities in the area. It was approved in 2007 by UNESCO as Namibia’s first World Heritage Site.
Day 8 – 9 Damaraland to Swakopmund
This morning after breakfast continue your journey down the Atlantic Coastline to the picturesque colonial town of Swakopmund known as the adventure capital of Namibia’s Atlantic coast because nowhere else in Namibia can one finds available such a plethora number of activities. The drive should take four to five hours depending on the number of stops en route
Accommodation is at Swakopmund Luxury Suites located in the centre of the city just 1 km from Palm Beach and offers air-conditioned accommodation with free Wi-Fi. The rooms feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a seating area, a coffee machine and a private bathroom with a shower and free toiletries.
On arrival check in and settle in your accommodation and relax, time to break your journey South
and the cool Atlantic breeze is a welcome relief from the desert heat. For the following 3 days,
explore the small town on foot and make sure you visit the Karakul Weavers with plenty of souvenir shops to choose from;
have a half day Sandwich Harbour Tour to see massive sand dunes run straight into the sea;
go Skydiving or Spend an Afternoon at the Swakopmund Jetty Soaking Up the Pier (There are two excellent restaurants at each end of the long pier and a view that is to die for. Come back for the big African sunset in the evening as it is one of the most romantic places to visit in Swakopmund);
Finally spend the Day Dolphin and Whale Watching or take a 30- minute to Walvis Bay for a boat tours with a seal whisperer and more.
Enjoy dinner at one of the many Swakopmund restaurants.
Included: Bed & Breakfast
Day 10 Swakopmund to Sossusvlei
After breakfast, leave Swakopmund and take a 30 – minute drive towards the harbour town of Walvis Bay. On your way there, you may pass flamingos and pelicans feeding on the surrounding wetland. On arrival you may decide to join a half-day kayak trip (own account) to Pelican Point – departure at 08h30 – a sand bar near Walvis Bay, where you share the sheltered lagoon with playful Cape fur seal colonies. If you’re lucky, you may also spot some dolphins. The trip is rounded off with fresh oysters, snacks and sparkling wine. The cruise last between 2 ½ – 3 hours.
Back on the road, travel South towards Sossusvlei you have a drive of around 4 to 5 hours. Your route will take you through beautiful, scenic landscapes, including passing by the Kuiseb Canyon and across the Tropic of Capricorn. You may even spot wildlife, including mountain zebra, springbok, ostrich and even suricate. Arrival is in the late afternoon at your accommodation at Sossus Dune Lodge located inside the Namib Naukluft National Park giving you the advantage of having access to Deadvlei and Dune 45 an hour before the gates open and late after the gates have closed. Some of the red sand dunes at Sossusvlei are over 300 meters high, giving you a great vantage point to look out over the Namib Desert.
On arrival at the lodge, check in and settle in your room. The rest of the afternoon is yours to do as you please. You may decide to take up residence by the pool to cool off after a long drive or take a walk directly into the nearby Sesriem Canyon: a natural canyon carved by the Tsauchab River in the local sedimentary rock, about 1 km long and up to 30 meters deep.
Enjoy dinner at the lodge restaurant and bar (own account) with a panoramic view of the surrounding rugged landscape
Included: Bed & Breakfast
Day 11- 12 Sossusvlei
Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia. The name “Sossusvlei” is often used in an extended meaning to refer to the surrounding area including
Sesriem Canyon and other neighbouring vleis such as Deadvlei and other high dunes.
You have the following 3 days to explore and absorb the beauty and biological diversity of the desert environment.
Sunrise and sunset are, predictably, the best times to witness the dunes’ ethereal beauty.
Sossus Dune Lodge offers professional guided excursions to Sossusvlei, Sesriem and the surrounding areas. Embark on full or half day Dunes excursion with the added advantage of reaching Sossusvlei before sunrise to witness a kaleidoscope of colours reflecting off the dunes in the early morning light as well as stay well after sunset to be enchanted by a blanket of stars of the southern sky.
Dune 45 and the Petrified dunes – Dune 45 is so called because it lies 45 km past Sesriem on the road to Sossusvlei. It is also known as “the most photographed dune in the world”; because of its unusually simple and fascinating shape. Petrified dunes are found in several places in the Sossusvlei area. They are very ancient (billions of years old) red sand dunes that have solidified to rock.
Deadvlei – Deadvlei is another clay pan, about 2 km from Sossusvlei. A notable feature of Deadvlei is that it used to be an oasis with several acacia trees; afterwards, the river that watered the oasis changed its course.
The pan is thus punctuated by blackened, dead acacia trees, in vivid contrast to the shiny white of the salty floor of the pan and the intense orange of the dunes. This creates a particularly fascinating and surrealistic landscape, that appears in uncountable pictures and that has been used as a setting for films and videos (e.g, The Cell, a Hollywood motion picture starring Jennifer Lopez).
Elim Dune is a very popular one to climb.
Set out on a quad bike adventure trail through the Namib dunes, gliding across the smooth, silk-like texture of the tawny desert sand, in sharp contrast to the bright, cerulean sky above, and the russet, rugged mountain ranges of the Namib escarpment in the distance.
Exceptional stargazing, with a highly sophisticated telescope and professional astronomer
Included: Bed & Breakfast
Day 13 Departure
Today is your last day at Sossusvlei and for the past few days you have explored this area from the ground and this morning you will explore it from above because no visit to Sossusvlei is completed without the hot air balloon over the Dunes.
An early rise is required for this spectacular activity. This is the most unforgettable and beautiful experience in the Namib Desert. The adventure begins before sunrise when you are collected from your accommodation and driven to the take-off area. Once the balloon is airborne you drift silently over the desert for about an hour. The views of the Namib Desert are, spectacular, exceptional. On landing wherever the wind has taken you there is a champagne breakfast. Afterwards you are driven back to your lodge. On arrival pack up and begin the drive back to Windhoek. Arrival is expected in the late afternoon, return the car rental at Hosea Kutako Windhoek International airport and board your flight home
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Star this Self drive with an overnight stop in Windhoek the capital of Namibia to unwind and get ready for your trip the following morning. Well rested drive to Eastern Etosha National park for a 2-night stay at Onguma Tree Top Camp. Then continue to Ongava Lodge situated on the southern border of Etosha National Park and enjoy spectacular game view inside the national park on the private game reserve. Then travel to Damaraland in search of desert adapted elephants and the following day take a trip to the Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings, Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain. Your next stop is in Swakopmund known as the adventure capital of Namibia’s Atlantic coast.
Etosha and enjoy 2 nights at Ongava Lodge. Venture into the remote wilderness of Damaraland for 2 nights at Mowani Mountain Camp. Enjoy the many activities in Swakopmund and spend 2 nights at Swakopmund Guesthouse. Absorb the solitude and tranquillity of Sossusvlei Desert Lodge for 3 nights.
Wildlife & Animals – Etosha NP. Elephants roam in large herds. A constant stream of herbivores is commonly seen at waterholes. They include blue wildebeest, zebra, giraffe and several desert-adapted antelopes such as springbok and gemsbok. Dusk and dawn is the best time for spotting black rhino, lion, leopard and cheetah.
Voc = game viewing inside Etosha National Park.
Take your time to visit many different waterholes, where animals gather to quench their thirst. Vegetation elsewhere provides habitat for giraffe, zebra and oryx. Make sure to drive down or up dik dik drive waterhole to see not only the Damara dik-dik but herds of elephants as well.
As the evening approaches exit the park via the eastern von Lindequist Gate to Mushara Bush Camp, the perfect location from which to explore Etosha Park wilderness as the camp is situated just 5 mn drive from the gate.
Etosha National Park is home to four of the Big 5. Elephants and lions are common in the park, while the elusive leopard hides in the densely vegetated areas. However, one of the best reasons to visit Etosha is its healthy population of black rhinoceros. This archaic beast is endangered, and the waterholes are probably among the best places in the world to see this precious animal
Above all else, Etosha is known for its wealth of big game. Four of the Big 5 are present and regularly sighted (elephant, rhino, leopard and lion); other favourites include Giraffe, Cheetah, Hyena and Gemsbok. Overall, the park is home to a staggering 114 mammal species, as well as 340 bird species.