Self-drive Safari | 9 nights / 10 days |
Day 1: Arrival in Windhoek and Hotel Thule
Upon arrival at the Hosea Kutako International Airport you will pick up your rental vehicle and drive the +-40km to Windhoek. Check in at the hotel and the rest of the day is at your own leisure. You have time to explore Windhoek and visit the famous landmarks of Windhoek or shop in the vibrant Independence Avenue.
Namibia’s capital Windhoek is often described as a city with a continental atmosphere. This can be ascribed to its architecture, cuisine, culture, dress codes and educational institutions. Windhoek combines the modern city architectural style with that of the German colonial era. Historic sites to visit in the town centre are the ‘Christuskirche’, ‘Alte Feste’ (Old Ford), ‘Tintenpalast’ (Parliament Buildings), Zoo Park, ‘Reiterdenkmal’, Museum and the Craft Centre.
With 280 000 inhabitants, Windhoek is the biggest city in the country and also the commercial centre of the country.
Overnight: Hotel Thule including breakfast
Day 2: Swakopmund and Beach Hotel
Depart after breakfast and drive via Okahandja, Karibib and Usakos to Swakopmund. After you have checked in at the Swakopmund Hotel, situated near the Swakopmund city centre and walking distance from the beach, you can spend the rest of the afternoon at own leisure. This could be used to explore this small coastal holiday town or simply relax at the beach.
Swakopmund was of major importance as a harbour during the German colonial era even though the water at the coast is actually too shallow and the bay is unprotected. But Lüderitz was too far away and the seaport of Walvis Bay was in British possession in those days. On 4 August 1892 the crew of a gunboat named Hyena erected two beacons on a large dune, probably in the vicinity of the present lighthouse. This is regarded as the founding date of Swakopmund. The first settlers were 120 Shutztruppe with equipment and 40 settlers who offloaded from the Marie Woermann using four landing boats. The settlers had to build caves on the beach to protect themselves against hostile weather. Before a breakwater was built in 1898, which later became known as the Mole, all offloading was done with special boats The 325 metre long wooden jetty was only completed in 1905 and it was in 1914 replaced by a more solid iron construction. Swakopmund became the gate to South-West Africa and the entire supply for the colony was wound up through this little town. The narrow-rail train to Windhoek started operations in 1902 while at the same time, the station was built. It was completely restored some years ago and has become an entertainment centre, a casino and a luxury hotel. It is one of the best preserved examples of German colonial architecture in the world.
The appearance of the town, with its 35 000 inhabitants, is characterised by numerous colonial buildings with the Woermann House from 1905 as its landmark. The former trading house in Bismarck Street with its 25 metre high Tower and its courtyard bordered by arcades today houses the city library and an art gallery. Swakopmund is a popular seaside resort with a slightly nostalgic atmosphere, many tourist attractions and a pleasant climate in summer.
Overnight: Beach Hotel including breakfast
Day 3: Swakopmund and surrounding area
Today you have the opportunity to explore Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and the surrounding area. We suggest that you visit the Moonlandscape, Welwitscha Plains (please note that you need a permit for this, which is available at Namib i in Swakopmund) or take part in one of the many alternative activities such as:
- Tandem Sky diving
- Quad Biking
- Sand Boarding
- Seal & Dolphin Boat Cruise in Walvis Bay
- Scenic flights
(Prices on request!)
Overnight: Beach Hotel including breakfast
Day 4: Erongo Wilderness Lodge
Drive via Usakos and Karibib to the Erongo Wilderness Lodge situated in the Erongo Mountains. Arrival at the lodge at around noon and the rest of the day is at your own leisure. The lodge offers optional activities, such as nature walks and drives, which you can take part in at own expense.
Overnight: Erongo Wilderness Lodge including dinner & breakfast
Day 5: Taleni Etosha Village
Today, you will drive via Outjo to the Etosha National Park. The rest of the day can be spent at own leisure. You can either take part in one of the activities offered by the lodge or explore the animal kingdom of the Etosha Park on your own.
Etosha National Park
Etosha was declared a game reserve by the German colonial administration back in 1907 and covers an area of more than 22 000 km². At a stage it covered a vast area of 93 240 km² and was the largest game reserve in the world. For various political reasons, the park was progressively diminished in size until by 1975 it had been reduced to its current size. In its centre lies a vast saltpan surrounded by grass and thorn savannah, Mopane bushland in the west and dry forest in the north-east. About two million years ago, this area was an enormous lake, fed by the Kunene River. However the lake slowly dried up because over time, the river changed its course. Today the pan is a shallow depression and has an approximate size of 5000 km².
Of the 114 mammals species found in the park, several are rare and endangered, such as the black Rhino and cheetah. Etosha’s current population of +- 600 Black Rhinos represents one of the few growing populations in the world.
The National Park has three Rest camps Okaukuejo, Halali and Namutoni. These all have restaurants, stores and swimming pools. The main entrance to the park is called the Andersson Gate at Okaukuejo in the south and the Von Lindequist Gate in the east near Namutoni.
Overnight: Taleni Etosha Village including dinner & breakfast
Day 6: Halali Restcamp
On this day you can explore the southern part of the Etosha National Park as you make your way to the Halali Restcamp, which is situated in the middle of the park. You can visit various waterholes where you can relax and watch the animals as they drink and play, like different kinds of antelopes, zebras, giraffes, elephants. With a bit of luck you can also spot lions, cheetahs and rhinos.
Overnight: Halali Restcamp including breakfast
Days 7 and 8: Mushara Lodge
Make your way to the eastern side of the park. Here the dense stands of Mopane forests support a large variety of antelopes and predators such as leopards, while it offers a variety of migratory as well as non-migratory bird species safe cover and nesting sites. With a bit of luck you will also be able to spot some lions. In the late afternoon you will exit the park through the eastern gate. Just outside the gate you will find the Mushara Lodge, where you will spend two nights.
Overnight: Mushara Lodge including dinner & breakfast
Day 9: Okonjima Main Camp
Drive via Otjiwarongo to the Okonjima Main Camp.
This afternoon you will have the opportunity to be taken on an optional tour (at own expense) during which you will be able to meet, close-up-and-personal, some of the cheetah that are going through the AfriCat rehabilitation programme. Most of the animals currently living at Okonjima have been rescued from various desperate situations, being orphaned or caught in a trap. The aim of rehabilitation process is to attempt to re-introduce them into the wild.
Overnight at Okonjima Main Camp including dinner & breakfast
Day 10: Departure
After breakfast at the guesthouse you will still have time before heading to the Hosea Kutako International Airport, where you check in for the onward or homeward flight.
- Swakopmund and surrounding area
- Erongo mountains
- Etosha National Park
- Okonjima Reserve
High Season (31.07 – 31.10.2017):
- 2 persons:
- NAD 14,805.00 (per person sharing in a double room)
- NAD 3,180.00 Single Room Supplement
Prices are nett and include VAT.
- 04 x overnight including breakfast
- 05 x overnight including dinner & breakfast
- Complete Information package, including maps, route description and vouchers
- Pre programmed GPS
Entrance fees included:
- All activities and entrance fees
- All meals not mentioned above
- Personal expenses (Telephone call, souvenirs etc)
- Car Rental