Windhoek to Windhoek
SCHEDULED GUIDED TOUR
LIVE THIS !
Explore Namibia and experience our diverse cultures whilst visiting the highlights of the country. Whether it is taking a walk and stretching your legs in some awesome landscapes and environments, or following a 4WD trail off the beaten track through majestic geological formations, or seeing wildlife up close and personal – this tour gets to touch Namibia under its skin. Meet people and follow their way of traditional living and learn about the survival strategies of the last few remaining nomadic tribes. Combined with the traditional highlights, Etosha’s wildlife kingdom, the ever changing landscapes and the world’s highest dunes at Sossusvlei, this is a safari into the heart of Namibia, its people, its wildlife and its land.
|Languages||Bilingual – English / German|
|Vehicle||4WD Land Cruiser or 4WD truck|
|Group size||Classic: 2-12 guests|
||Etosha National Park; Himba Village; Twyfelfontein; Living Museum of the Damara; Namib Naukluft National Park|
||24hrs Medical Evacuation Insurance|
||Dinner supplement (Day 1-8, 11 & 12), (Dinner is not included in Swakopmund)
Activity package (Classic version):
• Namib Desert nature drive • Catamaran/marine cruise • Etosha open safari vehicle game drive
Additional excursions / activities on request
Bilingual Departure Dates
Day 1 | Wednesday
Our safari starts travelling the short distance towards the foot of the Otjihavera Mountains on the outskirts of Okahandja. On this local Namibian farm we can experience our first afternoon game drive and typical African sundowner. Take time to absorb this natural habitat whilst taking photos or just listening while our ranger describes the various fauna, flora and birdlife of the farm.
Overnight at The Elegant Farmstead.
Day 2 | Thursday
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
Departing Okahandja we travel north to the Etosha National Park, famous for its abundant wildlife scattered throughout the park and especially densely populated at the waterholes. In the afternoon, should time allow guests can still optionally book a guided game drive in open game viewing vehicles. At the lodge enjoy the unique and local flair of proud Namibian cuisine.
Overnight at Mokuti Etosha Lodge or Shikamasha Etosha Camp – Breakfast.
Day 3-4 | Friday and Saturday
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
The day is devoted purely to safari in the Etosha National Park, which surrounds the parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan. The park is home to four of the ‘Big 5’ – elephant, lion, leopard and rhino. The abundant wildlife is largely focussed around the waterholes, ideal places to sit and watch over 114 different game species, or for an avid birder, in excess of 340 bird species. We will take the entire day to traverse the park looking for exciting animal encounters – stopping en route for something to eat (not included).
Late afternoon we will exit the park for our accommodation for the evening. The next day, your guide again takes you on safari in the Etosha National Park, or optionally you can book an open game drive park drive with the lodge. We may encounter animal species we have not seen the previous day and look forward to any new surprises at the different waterholes visited. In the afternoon we travel back to our lodge, where we enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Overnight at Mondjila Safari Camp – Breakfast.
Day 5-6 | Sunday and Monday
This morning we have our last opportunity to explore the western parts of the park and exit through the most western border of the Etosha National Park. In the late afternoon we reach Opuwo, the “capital” of Kaokoveld, home to some of the last true untouched wilderness areas in Africa. Our lodge is set high on a hill and allows us a magnificent view over the far reaching landscape. Opuwo is a contrast of people that have remained true to their traditions and cultures and those that have embraced western culture, living in harmony side by side.
The following day, enjoy a slow pace with an excursion to an authentic local village of the Himba tribe. Today the Himba live as they have for centuries as proud cattle farmers. They will demonstrate important parts of their culture, religion, beliefs and traditions including daily life, food production, craftsmanship, the holy fire, singing and dancing and the importance of livestock.
Overnight at Opuwo Country Lodge – Breakfast.
Day 7-8 | Tuesday and Wednesday
After an early breakfast we travel south into Damaraland, one of the least populated areas in the world, with majestic mountain formations, similar to those experienced in the Alps. The area, almost exclusively communal land, exhibits neither fences nor boundaries. After we arrive at our lodge, we have the afternoon at leisure to stretch our legs and explore this unique and remote area on walking trails. After breakfast the next day, we are accompanied by a local Damara guide we visit Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with over 2 500 bushman engravings and drawings.
Thereafter we visit a living museum of the Damara to learn about how these people lived in the past, their beliefs, traditions and customs. Returning to our lodge we drive off the main roads traversing dry riverbeds and rugged off-road trails in search of the elusive desert elephant and other desert adapted game. En route your guide will stop and serve a light lunch of some refreshments and snacks.
Overnight at Brandberg White Lady Lodge or similar Damaraland Tented Camp – Breakfast.
Day 9-10 | Thursday and Friday
Departing Damaraland we travel past the Brandberg via off the beaten track dirt roads passing through the Messum Crater with its giant Welwitschia plants onwards towards the Atlantic Ocean. Situated along the Skeleton coastline, Swakopmund is a bohemian mix of German architecture and African rhythms, a laid back attitude with adrenalin activities, misty mornings and desert heat. It is colourful, it is vibrant, but most of all, it is pure fun. Swakopmund is often fondly referred to as the “playground of Namibia”, as it has numerous activities (tandem skydiving, dune boarding, quad biking, cycling, living desert tours or scenic flights).
Embrace the relaxed pace of this idyllic coastal town with its historic buildings, museums, shopping arcades and beach bar or enjoy coffee and freshly baked pastries in one of the many cafés.
Overnight at Swakopmund Plaza Hotel – Breakfast.
Day 11 | Saturday
Today we continue south into the heart of the Namib Desert, the seas of sand of which have also been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our journey takes us via two geologically interesting canyons (Kuiseb and Ghaub) and via endless desert plains into the vicinity of Sossusvlei. Our eco camp, in harmony with its surroundings, is located in close proximity to Sesriem, the gateway to Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon, offering true Namibian hospitality within the magnificent desert vistas.
Overnight at The Elegant Eco Desert Camp/Desert Lodge – Breakfast.
Day 12 | Sunday
SOSSUSVLEI / NAMIB DESERT
Entering the Namib Naukluft National Park with sunrise, the first rays of sunlight paint the mountains of sand into a variety of apricot, red and orange, contrasted against a crisp blue skyline. You will be captivated by the surreal Dead Vlei surrounded by some of the highest dunes on earth and Sossusvlei, where the dry Tsauchab River ends abruptly amongst dunes. On our way back to the lodge we stop at the Neuras Wine & Wildlife Estate to taste a selection of wines produced in this harsh and dry environment.
Overnight at The Elegant Desert Eco Camp/Desert Lodge – Breakfast.
Day 13 | Monday
After breakfast we travel back to the capital in the centre of the country. Windhoek is a cosmopolitan melting pot of European architecture with African culture, with a variety of good restaurants to choose from. You will be dropped off at your accommodation of choice, or transferred to the airport for your outward flight.