Guided Safari | 14 nights / 15 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: Terra Africa 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: Sossusvlei Lodge including dinner & 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 (guided excursion to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei)
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 Beach Hotel including breakfast
Day 5: Ai-Aiba – The Rockpainting Lodge
Today we will depart to the beautiful set Ai-Aiba Lodge situated in the Erongo Mountains. Here you can enjoy an overwhelming panoramic view while relaxing at the pool. Alternatively you can take part in one of the activities offered by the lodge (at own expense), such as:
- Unguided hiking trails or nature walks
- A sundowner drive to the famous rock paintings of which some are more than 2000 years old
Overnight: Ai-Aiba – The Rockpainting Lodge including dinner & breakfast
Day 6: Etosha Safari Lodge
Via Outjo we will continue to one of the highlights of our tour. The next few days are dedicated to exploring the National Park and game viewing. 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 difficult to spot, but be assured prides of lions and a few cheetahs and leopards are stalking their prey.
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: Etosha Safari Lodge including dinner & breakfast
Day 7: 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. In the late afternoon we will settle in at the Mokuti Lodge, just outside the park.
Overnight: Mokuti Lodge including dinner & breakfast
Day 8: Hakusembe River Lodge
Today we leave the Etosha National Park and travel to the western part of Rundu to arrive at the Hakusembe River Lodge. Late in the afternoon you can join a sundowner cruise (at own expense) or just relax on the banks of the river.
Overnight: Hakusembe River Lodge including dinner & breakfast
Day 9: Nunda Safari Lodge
After breakfast we will drive to the Mahangu National Park. On the way we will do a short stop at the Popa Falls. After you have reached the lodge you can explore the area in your own vehicle. The Mahangu Game reserve offers excellent opportunities to view elephants, buffalo, red lechwe and sable antelopes, to name a few, in typical riverine and swampland habitat. In the evening you will take part on a boat cruise around sunset and enjoy the tranquillity of this area.
Overnight: Nunda Safari Lodge including dinner & breakfast (1 x sundowner boat cruise)
Days 10 & 11: Bwabwata Nationalpark and Namushasha River Lodge
We set off this morning travelling onto the Mudumu National Park via the Bwabwata National Park. On our way there, we might encounter Elephant herds and various other animals with a bit of luck. The Kwando River is known for it vast birdlife, which you can enjoy from the comfort of the lodge. In the afternoon you will take part on a sundowner boat cruise.
On the second day we will take part on a game drive on open 4×4 vehicles.
Overnight: Namushasha Country Lodge including dinner & breakfast (sundowner boat cruise & game drive)
Day 12: Zovu Elephant Lodge
Today we will drive to Kasane, where we will be met and taken by boat to the Zovu Elephant Lodge. The lodge lies on the Namibian side of the Chobe River across of the Chobe National Park. After a short boat trip you will reach the Zovu Elephant Lodge, where you will check in and have some time to relax before taking part on the afternoon boat cruise.
Overnight: Zovu Elephant Lodge including all meals and activities
Day 13: Zovu Elephant Lodge
Another day at the lodge, which could be used to take part on offered activities, such as:
- Game boat cruises up the Chobe river
- Bird watching (420 species recorded) by boat or on foot
- Sundowner cruises
- Tribal village visits
Overnight: Zovu Elephant Lodge including all meals and activities
Day 14: Ilala Lodge
After a boat transfer back to the immigration in Botswana, we will cross into Zimbabwe drive to the Ilala Lodge in Victoria Falls. After check-in at the lodge the rest of the day will be used to visit the Victoria Falls and explore the area. There are several paths that you can follow and take some amazing pictures of the Falls. The Victoria Falls, one of the seven world wonders, offers the opportunity to do some adventurous activities, such as water rafting and bungi jumping (activities not included).
Overnight: Ilala Lodge including breakfast
Day 15: Depart
After a leisurely breakfast, your guide will drive you to the Victoria Falls Airport, in time for your home- or onwards flight.
Minimum participants: 4 | Maximum participants: 7
VW Transporter 4Motion
Windhoek » Namib Desert » Sossusvlei » Walvis Bay » Swakopmund » Erongo Mountains » Etosha National Park » Rundu » Mahango Park » Bwabwata National Park (Caprivi) » Kasane » Chobe National Park » Victoria Falls
Tour dates: TBS
PRICE ON REQUEST
Prices are nett and include VAT.
- 03 x overnight including breakfast
- 08 x overnight including dinner & breakfast
- 01 x overnight including 3 meals
- 02 x overnight including 3 meals & scheduled activities
- 1 x Sossusvlei excursion at Sossusvlei Lodge
- 1 x Sundowner boat cruise at Nunda Lodge
- 1 x Sundowner boat cruise at Namushasha Lodge
- 1 x game drive at Namushasha Lodge
- English speaking tourguide
- VW Minibus and fuel
Entrance fees included:
- Moon landscape
- Etosha National Park
- Mahangu National Park
- Mamili National Park
- Additional meals, activities or entrance fees & permits
- Personal expenses (phone calls, drinks, tips etc.)
- Travel Insurance
- International flights