Windhoek to Windhoek
LIVE THIS !
Experience Namibia’s entirety. Let yourself be captivated by the surreal dunes at Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. Discover UNESCO and RAMSAR World Heritage Sites and the ancient Damara culture. Great wildlife encounters in the Etosha National Park.
|Vehicle recommendation||SUV or 4WD Double Cab|
|Meals||13 breakfasts and 5 dinners|
||Additional excursions / activities on request|
||Deluxe travel planner|
- Local Damara and Himba villages
- Bushmen rock paintings at Twyfelfontein
- Epupa Falls
- Giant baobab tree in Outapi
- The ‘Big 5’ in Etosha National Park
Day 1-2 | 360km
This morning your journey takes you to Swakopmund, an idyllic coastal town wedged between the Atlantic Ocean and the Namib Desert. En route you can visit the Okahandja Cultural village where you will receive a brief insight into the different cultures of Namibia. Swakopmund prides itself as being one of the most exciting activity centers in southern Africa and will definitely spice up your first two days on holiday. The following day is yours to spend at leisure. You can spend your time shopping, walking, taking in the sights or opt for the numerous activities available in Swakopmund or Walvis Bay. Activities in Walvis Bay include marine cruises, kayaking, birding and wind surfing. Swakopmund offers quad biking, desert tours, dune boarding, scenic flights, and also township tours.
Overnight at Organic Square Guesthouse – Breakfast.
Day 3 | 340km
On your way to the Damaraland you can visit the largest fur seal colony in southern Africa at Cape Cross. Your lodge for the evening is situated in the heart of the Damaraland, one of Namibia’s most geographically diverse areas, where game such as rhino, desert elephant, and kudu roam freely. Here you can visit a local Damara village. Together with the Bushman, the Damara were the first inhabitants of Namibia and have lived in the Damaraland area for thousands of years.
Overnight at Twyfelfontein Lodge – Breakfast and dinner.
Day 4-5 | 205km
After breakfast visit Twyfelfontein, a World Heritage Site where over 2 500 rock engravings and rock paintings cover the eroded surface of a pre-historic desert. On your way to your lodge you come across numerous welwitschia plants along the road, these are the oldest living desert plant in the world. Your journey takes you north into the Kaokoland, entering areas that are still very untouched and more known as being the home to one of Namibia’s well known cultures – the Himba.The following day, with a network of dry riverbeds and interspersed acacia plains, this area is the preferred habitat of the desert elephant and the rare black rhino. Join the lodge rangers on an optional experience of a lifetime, when they track these rare animals in the Hoanib Riverbed.
Overnight at Khowarib Lodge – Breakfast and dinner.
Day 6 | 260km
This morning you travel through the rugged and unspoilt Kaokoveld, a land marked by undulating hills and open plains inhabited by the Himba. These proud and statuesque people still adhere to their traditional values and cultures; over the next few days enjoy marvelous opportunities to visit one or more of the inhabited villages.
Overnight at Opuwo County Lodge – Breakfast.
Day 7 | 410km
EPUPA FALLS / KAOKOLAND
On a day excursion you travel further north to the Kunene River and the border of Angola. Once at the spectacular Epupa Falls, this water wonderland in an arid environment will have you gasping in awe. The falls delve into a 35mr gauge and create one of Namibia’s most celebrated pictures.
Overnight at Opuwo County Lodge – Breakfast.
Day 8 | 270km
After breakfast you travel west and enter the area locally known as the ‘Region of the four Os’. It is characterised by interspersed clumps of fan palm trees and inhabited by the Ovambo, the largest ethnic group in Namibia. Attractions on your way include a giant baobab tree in Outapi as well as a Royal King’s homestead in Tsandi. Staying alongside an active Owambo homestead, you have the opportunity to experience the traditional lifestyle of the Owambo people. Participate in the making of local traditional drinks and meals, discover the art of basket weaving and pottery and explore the beauty of this region.
Overnight at Ongula Traditional Village – Breakfast and dinner.
Day 9-10 | 350km
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
As you head to the Etosha National Park, your time will be devoted purely to the abundant wildlife. The park surrounds a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan, and is home to four of the ‘Big 5’ – elephant, lion, leopard, and rhino. The park’s waterholes support a diversity of mammals and birds, including species such as black-faced impala, cheetah, and Namibia’s smallest antelope, the Damara dik-dik. The following two days are spent at a camp inside the park.The following day, shortly after sunrise the gates to the park open, allowing you to experience a variety of animals and birds greeting the new day. You have the whole day available for extensive game drives, and have ample time available to wait at a selection of waterholes for different game species coming to the water to quench their thirst. No game drive is the same; every waterhole holds new surprises and attract different animal species.
Overnight at Etosha NWR Camp – Breakfast.
Day 11-12 | 560km
Your journey takes you to Tsumkwe, which lies in the far east of Namibia on the border of the Kaudum National Park and within the area commonly known as Bushmanland. Here you have the opportunity to gain an authentic insight into this ancient tradition and culture of the original inhabitants of southern Africa – the San/Bushmen. Guests can expect the most informal, liberating learning experience about these people, their history, lifestyle, and culture. Take part in bush walks, village life, making of tools, jewelry and traditional weapons.
Overnight at Tsumkwe Lodge – Breakfast.
Day 13 | 460km
WATERBERG NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, your journey takes you through the back roads of Namibia’s main cattle and agricultural hubs to the Waterberg National Park where you have time to explore this diverse bush savannah on one of the hiking trails or guided nature/game drives.
Overnight at Waterberg Wilderness Lodge – Breakfast and dinner.
Day 14 | 350km
Depart back to Windhoek for your return flight or for a last night (not included).