Namibia is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes of the planet. This off the-beaten-track journey takes you to the less travel destinations in Namibia. From the rugged Erongo Mountains to the stunning desert Damaraland landscape, to Swakopmund and to the Skeleton Coast National Park, enjoy trekking desert- adapted animals such as rhinos, elephant, lion and giraffe. Explore the remoteness and hostile but fascinating skeleton Coast, its ghostly shore and dunes. Get to know the indigenous Himba people and immerse yourself in their diverse and vibrant culture to discover how they managed to survive for centuries in such a hostile desert environment.
Summary of your Trip
- 1 Night – The Elegant Guest House (Windhoek) | Namibia
- 2 Nights – Erongo Wilderness Lodge (Central Highlands) | Namibia
- 2 Nights – Spitzkoppen Lodge (Damaraland) | Namibia
- 2 Nights – Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre (Swakopmund) | Namibia
- 3 Nights – Hoanib Valley Camp (Kaokoland) | Namibia
- 3 Nights – Skeleton Coast Shipwreck Lodge (Skeleton Coast National Park) | Namibia
- 2 Nights – Serra Cafema (Skeleton Coast) | Namibia
Day 1 Arrival Windhoek
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 The Elegant Guest House, a newly built gem situated close to the Windhoek Central Business District and which provides and prides itself on personalized service and genuine hospitality hence it is the perfect stopover for guests on their way or from their Namibian 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.
Included: Bed & Breakfast
Day 2-3: Windhoek to Erongo Wilderness
This morning after a hearty breakfast depart Windhoek on the B1 towards Okahandja, and later to Karibib and Swakopmund on B2 and C33 towards Omaruru. The drive to Erongo Wilderness Lodge takes 2h30 hours. The lodge is located in a secluded valley and features 12 luxury tents raised on stilts, and are in harmony with their surroundings, with broad, shaded decks, and indulgent bathrooms built around the existing rocks and trees.
Erongo Mountains is the place where the desert, mountain, and bushveld ecosystems combine. Here guests can mix birdwatching with scenic walks or can enjoy nature drives, self-guided walking or hiking trails.
Included: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Day 4-5: Spitzkoppen Lodge
After breakfast drive east to one of the less visited area in Namibia: Spitzkoppe, arguably one of the most beautiful and scenically impressive location which until recently was mostly visited by keen rock-climbers and adventure travellers staying in a campsite as this was the only form of accommodation. But just few years ago with the discovery of water the incredible Spitzkoppen Lodge was opened at the end of 2016. Tucked inside a massive 150-million-year-old granite boulders, the lodge is set in its own small reserve located between Usakos and Swakopmund. Everything here has been created to blend into the environment – including the pool which is landscaped into the rocks. There are only 15 private chalets built on high, raised platforms and equipped with all modern amenities and a covered deck. Two chalets are linked to create a family chalet.
Spitzkoppen Lodge offers an unforgettable world class VIP service as it makes guests feel like Royalty. During your stay:
go for a walk and explore the imposing granite rock formations or
take a guided tour and view ancient San rock art or
Embark on Guided Mountain Hiking / Climbing and sunset tours
Included: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Day 6-7: Swakopmund
After a leisurely breakfast, your next stop on this “Off the Beaten Track“iconic journey is Swakopmund just 3 hours drive from Spitzkoppen Lodge. Swakopmund is a quaint little seaside town known as activity centre of Namibia because nowhere else in the country travellers will find such a variety of possible activities. While you are there
- Explore the small town on foot and make sure that you visit the Karakul Weavers with plenty of souvenir shops to choose from.
- Drop from the Sky on a Skydiving Adventure: Swakopmund has one of the most unique environments on the planet, meaning you’ll surely get an experience free-falling that is unlike any before — and paying only a fraction of the price that you will pay at other places, it is definitely an opportunity not to be missed.
- In the morning after breakfast take a 30mn drive to Walvis Bay which makes a great and easy day trip along a beautiful desert coastal highway. You’ll have the opportunity to explore a completely different city.
On your way there, you may pass flamingos and pelicans feeding on the surrounding wetland
On arrival join a sailing excursion aboard a catamaran to Pelican Point (departure at 08h30) where a large Seal colony and playful Dolphins will entertain you. On board the boat you will be treated to fresh oysters, snacks, sparkling wine & soft drinks. The cruise last between 2 ½ – 3 hours.
Drive back to Swakopmund and spend the Afternoon at the Swakopmund Jetty Soaking Up the Pier
One of the most popular things to do in Swakopmund is to check out the Swakopmund Jetty!
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.
Accommodation is at Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre, a Beach front property which puts the best of Swakopmund at your fingertips, making your stay both relaxing and enjoyable.
Dinner is at one of Swakopmund’s many fine restaurants.
Included: Bed & Breakfast
Day 8 – 10 Swakopmund to Hoanib Valley Camp (Kaokoland))
Today is the start of the fly-In section of this safari. When do you drop the rental car?
After breakfast you will be driven at the airport for your schedule flight to Hoanib Valley Camp. On arrival at Sesfontein airstrip you will be welcomed and transferred to the camp (road transfer duration is 2 hours).
Hoanib Valley Camp is tucked deep into the dry riverbeds and towering dunes of in the heart of the remote and rugged Kaokoland in north-western Namibia. This is a small intimate camp opened in June 2018 has only 6 tents therefore guests receive a personalized service and attention to detail.
Game drives to track desert adapted lion, elephant and giraffe
Cultural experiences with local Herero people
Visits to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation field-based
Included; All meals, local beverages, guest laundry, Daily activities, expert guiding, park entrance fees & VAT, return road transfer to and from the airstrip.
Day 11 – 13 Hoanib Valley Camp to Shipwreck Lodge (Skeleton Coast)
This morning make your way even further west to the Skeleton Coast where the sand meets the sea.
This is an early start for a 6 to 7-hour road transfer to Shipwreck Lodge with packed breakfast and lunch en route; seat, relax and enjoy the changing scenery and dramatic landscapes as well as some wildlife such as Giraffes, Oryx and if lucky even Elephants.
(This road transfer can be substituted with a scheduled light aircraft transfer – on own account- from Sesfontein airstrip to Möwe Bay airstrip – followed by a complementary 2-hour road transfer to the lodge)
Shipwreck Lodge is one of the most uniquely designed lodges that one can ever hope to visit. It has
been designed to echo the shipwrecks that are scattered along the tumultuous Namibian coastline and is the only lodge located inside the famed “Skeleton Coast National Park”. Surrounded by the stark realities that only a true desert can offer, Shipwreck Lodge is a singular experience. This exclusive destination opened its doors in June 2018 and is one of Namibia’s most mystical places to spend the night and the pristine, untouched surroundings will take your breath away. There’s nowhere on the continent quite like Shipwreck Lodge. In fact, there’s nowhere on the continent quite like the Skeleton Coast.
This area offers much more than simple isolation. During your stay:
Explore the dunes of the Skeleton Coast, a dramatically beautiful yet eerily mysterious part of the country – Go quad biking on the skeleton coast’s dunes
Explore a raw, rugged and impossibly remote slice of African wilderness.
Spend a day exploring the dry riverbeds, starting with a sunrise breakfast overlooking the incredible landscape and ending with a climb to the top of the great roaring dunes.
Learn about the history behind the dramatic shipwrecks that line the mist-enshrouded coastline.
Look for tok-tokkie beetles and the unusual plants and lichens that survive in the cold fog that rolls off the ocean.
Included; All meals, local beverages, guest laundry, Daily activities, expert guiding, park entrance fees & VAT, return road transfer to and from Möwe Bay airstrip
Day 14-15 Shipwreck Lodge to Serra Cafema (Skeleton Coast)
To travel further to Namibia less visited locations, the last stop of this iconic journey takes you to Serra Cafema one of the most remote camps in southern Africa. After a hearty morning breakfast, a 2 -hour road transfer will take you from Shipwreck Lodge to Möwe Bay airstrip to connect with your scheduled Light aircraft transfer to Serra Cafema. On arrival at the airstrip, you will be met and transferred to the camp.
Serra Cafema is set on the banks of the Kunene River at the border with Angola and has only eight chalets raised on elevated decks and crafted in wood, canvas and thatch that blend perfectly with their surroundings and celebrate the culture of the Himba people. Serra Cafema Camp combines luxury and great service. The Camp is the ultimate African off-beat track and wilderness experience. Spend time in the breath-taking landscape of the Hartmann Valley to the south and game view desert-adapted wildlife, such as Oryx, herds of springbok, ostrich and even leopard.
Traverse sand dunes on 4×4 safaris, go quad biking on the dunes or float down the Kunene river on one of the camps boat trips, watching Kunene crocodiles basking on the riverbanks as you drift by.
For those who enjoy foot safaris, the remote mountain and river valley walking trails, will present a challenging, but safe pursuit.
Connect with the Himba Community, which continues to live their traditional semi-nomadic way of life like their ancestors did centuries ago. Learn how these inhabitants still survive despite the harsh conditions in which they live.
Included: All meals, twice daily scheduled camp activities, local drinks, park fees, laundry, Namibian VAT & Tourism levy
Day 15 Departure
After this morning last activity followed by breakfast, it is time to bid farewell to the staff at the lodge as your “Off the Beaten Track” spectacular Namibia journey comes to an end today.
It is a perfect place to end a Namibia trip because the pace at Serra Cafema is slower than most safari camps. You will be transferred to the airstrip for your 3-hour long light aircraft flight to Windhoek with en route stops to refuel.
On arrival at Eros Airport you will be met and transferred to Hosea Kutako Windhoek International airport for your onward flight home.
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