Honeymoon Safari | 13 nights/ 14 days |

Day 1: Arrival in Windhoek and Hotel Heinitzburg

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 Heinitzburg 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.

Windhoek

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 Heinitzburg including breakfast

Day 2: Okonjima Bush Camp

Today you will drive via Okahandja to the Okonjima Reserve. You will check in at the bush camp (in a suite), where you will have some time to settle in before lunch is served. After lunch you will take part in a game drive. A radio tracking device is used to locate the leopards, which move freely on the 4 500 ha Game Reserve. You will return to the camp in time for dinner.

Thereafter you will have the opportunity to join the nocturnal hide. Here you will be able to see the animals, which are active during the night, such as honey-badgers and caracals.

Overnight: Okonjima Bush Camp (in a suite) including lunch, dinner, breakfast and activities

Day 3: Okonjima Bush Camp

After breakfast you can take part in the bushman trail, where you will learn more about the tradition of the San, their arts and how they have adapted to the harsh weather conditions. Alternatively, you can take part in the radio-tracking of the rehabilitated Spotted Hyenas.

You will return to the camp for a light lunch, before joining the next walking trail. On this trail you will be able to see some of the 250 species of birds, which live in this area. Some of the birds that can be spotted with a bit of luck are the Carp’s Black Tit, Hartlaub’s Francolin and the Damara Rock Runner.

After a coffee/tee break at the camp you will visit the AfriCat Foundation, where you will learn more about the programme to protect endangered species, like cheetahs and leopards. You will also learn more about the ways and lives of these amazing and beautiful animals.

Overnight: Okonjima Bush Camp (in a suite) including lunch, dinner, breakfast and activities

Days 4 & 5: Etosha National Park and Onguma Tented Camp

Today you will be heading northwards in direction Etosha National Park.

After you checked into the Onguma Tented Camp, you can spent the rest of the day at own leisure. You can either take part in one of the activities offered by the camp or explore the Etosha National Park on your own. Return to the Onguma Tented Camp in the late afternoon where you have the opportunity to enjoy a sundowner drink, while overlooking the palm lined waterhole. You will spend two nights at this camp.

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: Onguma Tented Camp including all meals and two activities

Day 6: Ongava Tented Camp

Enter the Park for a game drive with stop overs at various waterholes and game viewing en route to the Southern side of the park. Exit the park through the Anderson’s Gate and drive to the Ongava Reserve.

In the late afternoon you will take part on a game drive on the Ongava Reserve. Here you will discover a large variety of plants and vegetation, including the Mopane woodlands.

Overnight: Ongava Tented Camp including all meals, local drinks and activities

Days 7 & 8: Mini Suite at Mowani Mountain Camp

The road today will take you via Outjo and Khorixas to the vast regions of the Damaraland. After you have checked in at the camp the afternoon can be spent exploring the surrounding area or you can simply relax at the lodges stunning rock pool.

After breakfast on the next day you will have the opportunity to visit the famous open air museum at Twyfelfontein, the Organ Pipes and the Burnt Mountain. The rest of the day can be spent at own leisure.

Overnight in a mini suite at the Mowani Mountain Camp including all meals and two activities

Day 9: Swakopmund and Strand Hotel

Depart the camp and drive via Uis and Hentiesbaai to Swakopmund. You will arrive in Swakopmund in the afternoon and check in at the Swakopmund Boutique Hotel, situated near the Swakopmund city centre and walking distance from the beach. The rest of the day can be spent relaxing or exploring this small coastal holiday town.

Swakopmund

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: Strand Hotel including breakfast

Day 10: Strand Hotel

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
  • Ballooning
  • Paragliding
  • Seal & Dolphin Boat Cruise in Walvis Bay
  • Scenic flights

(Prices on request!)

Overnight: Strand Hotel including breakfast

Day 11: Sesriem Canyon and Little Kulala Lodge

From Swakopmund continue southwards via Gaub Pass and Solitaire to Little Kulala Lodge. After arriving at the lodge you can either relax or take part in the activities offered. Alternatively you can visit the Sesriem Canyon. The Tsauchab River has dug a 30m deep gorge into the rock formations. The name Sesriem comes from the first colonialists that cut six leather strings from Oryx skin in order to retrieve water in buckets out of the river below.

Sossusvlei

The Sossusvlei is a huge clay pan, enclosed by giant sand dunes. Some of the spectacular hills of sand are, at a height of 325 metres, the highest in the world. Only after a heavy rainfall, which is a rare event in this area, does the vlei fill with water. As the clay layers hardly allow any water infiltration, a turquoise lake will remain for quite some time. The Dead Pan is a large ghostly expanse of dried white Clay, punctuated by Skeletons of ancient camelthorn trees, about 600 years old. The dunes of the Namib Desert have developed over a period of many millions of years. It is thought that the vast quantities of sand were deposited into the Atlantic Ocean by the Orange River. This material was subsequently moved northwards by the Benguela current to be dumped back onto the land by the surf. The coastal dunes developed as a result of this and were shifted further and further inland by the wind. Wind continuously reshapes the patterns of the huge dunes of the Namib Desert.

The last 5 km are only negotiable with 4×4 vehicles. Should you not have one, there are 4×4 Shuttles available if you don’t want to hike there.

Overnight: Little Kulala Lodge including all meals, local drinks and activities

Day 12: Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei and Kulala Desert Lodge

Today you have two options on how to spend your day. You can either take part in one of the activities already included onto Sossusvlei. Early in the morning you will be taken to the Namib Naukluft Park to see the play of colours over the dunes at sunrise. You will travel in an all-terrain URI Gameviewer vehicle, custom-built in Namibia for the lodge with your own specially trained guide who will share all his knowledge of the area, the animals, the plant life and much more. Regular stops are made on the ±60 kilometre drive down to the vlei to gain information or take in the vistas. At Dune 45 the more energetic have the opportunity to climb to the upper ridge of the world’s most photographed dune. Further along you can take a gradual 2,6 kilometre round-trip walk up to Dead Vlei. Spend time in Sossusvlei before returning to the lodge approximately 5½ hours later in time for a light lunch.

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For the most beautiful and unforgettable experience take part in the hot air balloon safari (at own expense). Drift over the Sossusvlei and experience the magic of this landscape from high above the ground. After a champagne breakfast you will be taken back to the start point on a nature drive. In the afternoon you now have the opportunity to take part on a Nature drive on the Kulala Reserve.

Overnight: Little Kulala Lodge including all meals, local drinks and activities

Day 13: GocheGanas

Depart the lodge and drive to the GocheGanas Lodge, which overlooks the Auas Mountains. After you checked in you can either just relax at the lodge or take part on the optional afternoon game drive (not included in the price).

Alternatively you can visit the wellness village, which consists of 11 specialist treatment rooms featuring state of the art equipment, a heated indoor swimming pool under a cathedral like masonry vault, an outdoor swimming pool on the Oasis Peninsula affording breathtaking views, a granite bath (cave sauna), kneipp showers and also include fitness, gym and yoga facilities, fruit and juice bar.

Overnight: GocheGanas including dinner and breakfast

Day 14: Departure

After breakfast, you depart the lodge and drive directly to the Hosea Kutako International Airport, where you check in for the onward or homeward flight

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Prices:

High Season (01.07 – 31.10.2017):

  • 2 persons:
    • N$ 78 437.00 per person sharing a double room

Prices are nett and include VAT.

Prices include:

  • 03 x overnight on a Bed & Breakfast basis
  • 01 x overnight on a Dinner, bed & breakfast basis
  • 02 x overnight on a Full board + activities basis
  • 07 x overnight on a Fully inclusive basis (local drinks included)
  • Complete Information package, including maps, route description and vouchers
  • Pre programmed GPS
  • Car Rental – 4×4 Double Cab or similar (Zero Excess)

Entrance fees included:

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Prices exclude:

  • Optional activities and entrance fees
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses (Telephone call, souvenirs etc)
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Car Hire (Please see car hire)