Self-drive 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.
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. After you checked in at the bush camp (in a suite), 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 dinner & breakfast
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 dinner and breakfast
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 dinner & breakfast
Day 6: Little Ongava
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: Little Ongava including all meals, local drinks and activities
Day 7 & 8: 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.
The Next day after breakfast 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: Mowani Mountain Camp Suite including dinner & breakfast
Day 9: Swakopmund and Beach 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 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 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 10: Beach 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
- Seal & Dolphin Boat Cruise in Walvis Bay
- Scenic flights
(Prices on request!)
Overnight: Hotel Zum Kaiser including breakfast
Day 11: Sesriem Canyon and Little Kulala
From Swakopmund continue southwards via Gaub Pass and Solitaire to Little Kulala. After arriving at the lodge you can either relax or take part in the alternative activities offered. Alternatively you can visit the Sesriem Canyon.
Overnight: Little Kulala including all meals, local drinks and activities
Day 12: Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei and Little Kulala
Today you will take part in one of the activities offered by the Adventure Centre, the Sossus Drive.
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.
Overnight: Little Kulala 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.
- Okonjima Reserve
- Etosha National Park
- Damaraland & Twyfelfontein
- Namib Naukluft Park, Sesriem Canyon & Sossusvlei
- GocheGanas Nature Reserve
Nett Price (01.07 – 31.10.2017):
- 2 persons:
- N$ 68,525.00 per person sharing a double room
- N$ 17,190.00 Single Room Supplement
Prices are nett and include VAT.
- 03 x overnight on a Bed & Breakfast basis
- 01 x overnight on a Dinner, bed & breakfast basis
- 06 x overnight on a Full board + activities basis
- 03 x overnight on a Fully inclusive basis (local drinks included)
- Complete Information package, including maps, route description and vouchers
- Should you book your vehicle through us we will also provide you with a GPS (with programmed route)
Entrance fees included:
- Optional activities and excursions
- Personal expenses (Telephone call, souvenirs etc)
- Car hire (Please see car hire)