Guided Safari | 12 nights / 13 days |
Day 1: Windhoek
Arrival in Windhoek, where you are met by your English speaking driver guide. After the luggage has been stored away, we drive the 40km to Windhoek. After the check in at your accommodation, you have some time to relax from the long flight.
In the early afternoon your guide will pick you up again and take you on a sightseeing tour of Windhoek. You’ll visit historic sites such as the Parliament buildings, Colonial building, Christ Church, Old Fort and also take a short tour through the townships.
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 400 000 inhabitants, Windhoek is the biggest city in the country and also the commercial centre of the country.
Overnight: Hotel Pension Onganga including breakfast
Day 2: Spreetshoogte Pass and Sossusvlei Lodge
Today we depart Windhoek and travel southwards. The road will lead us past the Spreetshoogte Pass. We will stop at the view point from which we have an amazing view over the Namib Desert.
Leaving the pass behind us the landscape becomes more barren and you can see farther into the distance. A number of animals and predatory birds can be seen along the way and will allow us plenty of photographic opportunities. After check-in at the lodge the rest of the day can be spent at your own leisure. It can be used to participate in one of the activities offered in the area or simply to relax and enjoy the view of the surrounding areas.
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: Terra Africa including breakfast
Day 3: Namib Naukluft Park
Early in the morning you will join a guided tour to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. On the way you can see the first rays of sunshine paint the mountains of sand into a variety of apricot, red and orange, contrasted against a crisp blue skyline, provoke your senses, and award you the opportunity to capture this awesome landscape on camera. You can climb some of the breath taking dunes to adore the sea of sand from above.
Overnight: Sossusvlei Lodge including dinner & breakfast
Day 4: Swakopmund
After breakfast we drive via Solitaire, Gaub Pass and Walvis Bay to Swakopmund. We will arrive in Swakopmund in the afternoon and check in at the guesthouse, situated in the heart of Swakopmund. After check-in we will visit the Moonlandscape, Welwitscha Plains. The rest of the day is at leisure and could be used to explore the coastal town or to 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: Swakopmund Guesthouse including breakfast
Day 5: Cape Cross Lodge
After breakfast we depart Swakopmund and drive in northern direction, along the coast. Cape Cross Lodge is ideally situated near Cape Cross, north of Henties Bay. After guests have checked in at the Lodge, their guide will take them to Cape Cross, where they will visit the seal colony. Cape Cross eco daytrip offers an exclusive sightseeing of this isolated mountainous area of Namibia. The trip caters for those with particular interest in photography, geology, history, geography, desert fauna and the curious desert succulent flora (activity at own expense).
Overnight: Cape Cross Lodge including dinner & breakfast
Day 6: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge
Early in the morning we travel along the coast towards the north, then taking the road to Uis. We will be passing various landscapes, getting more and more desert like. Leaving the coast and travelling country inwards green bushes start reappearing as you enter the country of the almost distinct desert elephant and the home of the black Rhino, Damaraland. With much luck you’ll be able seeing the one of the thought after animals. Giraffe’s and Sprinbuck are often seen occupants in this part of the country. After check-in at the lodge we will visit Twyfelfontein.
Overnight: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge including dinner & breakfast
Day 7: Palmwag Lodge
The road today takes us deeper into the Damaraland, where we visit the and newly proclaimed UNESCO sight at Twyfelfontein, one of the largest collections of Bushmen rock engravings. We drive on via Palmwag to the Palmwag Lodge, where on the way we might encounter some Desert Elephant.
Overnight: Palmwag Lodge including dinner & breakfast
Day 8: Kaokoveld and Epupa Falls
Today we will continue to one of the highlights on this trip. Upon arrival at the Dolomite we will check in and make our way to the Etosha National Park. A previously restricted part of the Park, western Etosha, boasts some of the highest numbers of wildlife throughout the Park. The vegetation is mainly Karstveldt and Mopane shrubland with the geology dominated by dolomite formations – fittingly giving the new camp its name. Nestled in the dolomite outcrops of this vast area of western Etosha National Park, Dolomite Camp will offer its clients an intimate experience of one of the most scenic areas of the Park, an area where previously endangered species like the Black Rhinoceros and Black-Faced Impala have been successfully bred.
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: Dolomite Camp including dinner & breakfast
Day 9: Okaukuejo Camp
Covering over 8,000 square miles, the park encompasses a vast salt pan 80 miles long. These conditions make the game viewing in Etosha so very special and exclusive. Salt, dust, thorns, and heat may make Etosha seem a forbidding place to human intruders. But mammal and bird species call it home by the hundreds. Elephants and giraffes roam the land, and the rare black rhinoceros puts in an occasional appearance. Both Burchell’s and Hartmann’s zebras graze the park. Antelope number in the tens of thousands: springboks, gemsboks, red hartebeests, blue wildebeests, elands and kudus. The cats slinking through the grass are
Overnight: Okaukuejo Camp including dinner & breakfast
Day 10: Mokuti Lodge
Today we will again explore the Etosha National Park as we make our way to the eastern part of the park. We will visit various waterholes to watch the animals as they drink and play. Etosha is famous for excellent game viewing and game, such as giraffe, impala, springbok, zebra and wildebeest can be seen in vast numbers.
Overnight: Mokuti Lodge including dinner & breakfast
Day 11: Waterberg Camp
We continue to the Waterberg Plateau. The rest of the day is at leisure and could be used to explore the national park. The Waterberg Plateau is elevated high above the plains of the Kalahari of Eastern Namibia. The park boasts with over 200 different species of bird and some rare species of small antelope on the lower hills of the mountain.
Overnight: Waterberg Camp including dinner & breakfast
Day 12: Onjala Lodge
Our trip takes us southwards to Okahandja. Here we will stop over at the wood carvers market and you will have the opportunity to purchase some souvenirs. Via Windhoek we will continue to the Onjala Lodge. Upon arrival the rest of the day is at leisure. This could be used to relax or you can take part in an optional activity (at own cost).
Overnight: Onjala Lodge including dinner & breakfast
Day 13: Depart
Your tour guide will take you back to the Hosea Kutako International Airport, in time for your home- or onwards flight. The tour ends here.
Minimum participants: 4 | Maximum participants: 7
VW Transporter 4Motion
Windhoek » Namib Desert » Sossusvlei » Walvis Bay » Swakopmund » Cape Cross » Damarland » Grootberg » Etosha National Park » Otjiwarongo » Windhoek » Onjala » Windhoek Airport
Tour dates: TBS
PRICE ON REQUEST
Prices are nett and include VAT.
- 02 x overnight including breakfast
- 09 x overnight including dinner & breakfast
- 01 x overnight including 3 meals
- 1 x Sossusvlei excursion on Hoodia Desert Lodge
- English speaking tour guide
- VW Minibus and fuel
Entrance fees included:
- Cape Cross
- Etosha Nationalpark
- Additional meals, activities or entrance fees & permits
- Personal expenses (phone calls, drinks, tips etc.)
- Travel Insurance
- International flights