Windhoek, Waterberg, Etosha, Damaraland, Skeleton Coast, Swakopmund, and Sossusvlei (14 days/13 nights)
Namibia truly is a unique holiday destination which never fails to enthral. A photographer’s paradise, it is a land of contrasts with big game safaris, spectacular vistas and an exhilarating sense of space. While highlights include game viewing in Etosha, sunsets in Damaraland and the infamous dunes of Sossusvlei, Namibia has far more to offer. Dip your toe in and you will be smitten…
Day 1 Windhoek
Arrive at the Windhoek International Airport where you will be met and transferred to Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia.
The modern, upmarket guesthouse consists of 6 luxurious en-suite double rooms and a fully equipped boardroom. Guests can indulge in the contemporary flair and stylish surroundings of the Elegant Guesthouse. During your time here, your hosts will endeavor to make your stay as comfortable as possible and to provide you with personalised service and genuine hospitality.
Day 2 Waterberg region
Enjoy breakfast after which you will be transferred to the car rental office in order to collect your rental vehicle.
Frans Indongo Lodge is situated in the heart of a 17.000 ha (170 km²) farm in the bush savannah, north-east of Otjiwarongo. The main complex is modelled on traditional Ovambo homesteads: palisades of tall pointed stakes embrace the lodge and convey a feeling of the warmth and security of home right in the middle of the African bush. The lush green garden is shaded by tall trees and sports an artificial brook. The gourmet kitchen whips up a variety of venison dishes served with farm-fresh vegetables and salads seasoned with aromatic ingredients from the herb garden.
Day 3 & 4 Etosha National Park
Continue to the eastern side of the Etosha National Park.
The Onguma Game Reserve borders onto Etosha National Park and is situated next to the von Lindequist gate which is the eastern entrance to the park. The Onguma reserve covers an area of 20 000ha and incorporates ecological substrata such as savannah, bushveld, omuramba and dry pan. Age-old and well-worn migration routes, once used by elephant and buffalo wander through Onguma’s three dry riverbeds. Onguma reserve boasts over thirty different animal species. Plains game roam freely and predators although not easy to spot are nevertheless common residents of the area. More than 300 bird species can be viewed at Onguma.
Day 5 Etosha National Park
Spend another full day of game viewing inside the Etosha National Park.
Okaukuejo Camp is located 17 km from the southern entrance of the park, and famous for its flood-lit waterhole, where visitors can observe at close quarters a spectacle of wildlife congregating and interacting. Accommodation is provided to suit every need, in premier bush chalets overlooking the waterhole; bush chalets and double rooms; or family chalets. Other facilities include a restaurant, bar, shop, swimming pool, kiosk and camping facilities.
Day 6 & 7 Damaraland
Drive to the heart of Damaraland.
Between the Ugab and Huab Rivers in Southern Damaraland lies a vast and unspoiled wilderness. This area boasts magnificent desert scenery, fascinating geological formations, archaeological sites and a unique variety of desert fauna and flora. It’s also the Southernmost roaming ground for the rare black rhino and desert elephant. Mowani Mountain Camp is characterised by its thatched dome-shaped structures which echo the shape of the granite boulders amongst which they are built. Much care has been taken with the design of the public areas, creating the impression of a (very upmarket) African Village, with dome-like thatched structures that blend in with the imposing boulders which are scattered around the outcrops.
Day 8 & 9 Swakopmund
After breakfast, at leisure depart for the coastal town of Swakopmund. Swakopmund Guest House is situated in the town centre, a mere five-minute walk from the beach and main shopping area. The guesthouse has been completely revamped to offer 15 rooms and 1 family suite for guests wanting to indulge in a comfortable stay-over close to the ocean.
Optional activities that can be enjoyed in and around Swakopmund include quad biking, sand boarding, dolphin cruise, camel rides etc, or perhaps a visit to the museum, aquarium or the crystal gallery.
Day 10 Namib Desert
After a relaxed breakfast and the morning at leisure, drive to the Swakopmund airstrip, drop off your rental vehicle and commence on your light aircraft flight to the Sossusvlei environs. Transfer from the airstrip to the lodge, have a siesta and take part in a sundowner drive offered by the lodge.
The wide grassy valley in which the Desert Homestead Lodge is situated is sheltered by the Nubib, Tsaris and Naukluft Mountains with a view reaching the distant dunes of the Namib Desert in the west. In this exquisite position, the lodge offers simple but stylish accommodation in thatched chalets which were designed with the fragile beauty of this remarkable environment in mind. The Desert Homestead will ensure you an unrivalled respite from the desert extremes. Tranquil surroundings, Alfresco dining, delectably fresh farm cuisine, refreshing dips in the pool, The final remnants of each day see nature at her most profound.
Day 11 Namibrand Nature Reserve
Early morning departure towards the towering dunes of Sossusvlei. Here you will be able to view and climb some of the highest dunes in the world, some of which measures up to 325 m from its base.
After some quality time in the Sossusvlei area, you will be transferred to the NamibRand Nature Reserve. This is a scenic drive and it will be mainly on public roads with open LandRovers. Experience this drive with the expanse of the Namib Desert passing by you, as in time. Located on the very edge of a 250-meter high dune in the 185 000 hectare NamibRand Reserve, the Wolwedans Dune Camp sleeps 12 guests in a totally unspoilt setting. Guests stay in comfortable tents pitched on wooden platforms and there are furnished with standard beds, bedside tables and a suitcase rack.
Day 12 & 13 Namibrand Nature Reserve
Each morning, awake to enjoy coffee/tea on your private verandah, with an unequalled view of the beauty around you before a delicious breakfast in the early morning sunshine. Then board the LandRover and experience the unique NamibRand Nature Reserve landscape during a morning and afternoon excursion by Landrover through the dunes, endless grassy plains and along mystical mountain formations. You could encounter large and small desert animals, learn about their unique habits and explore the ancient hunting spots of the Bushmen.
After breakfast you will be transferred down to the farmhouse to bid Wolwedans farewell and commence on your return light aircraft flight to the Windhoek Eros airport. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the Windhoek International Airport in order to be there in time for your outbound flight
Prices from: ZAR 76,500 per adult sharing
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Best time to visit:
General: May to November
Accommodation and meals as per above brief outline
VAT, Tourism levy
Vehicle rental – 4×4 Jeep Wrangler or similar, radio, air conditioner, super cover and unlimited km for a duration of 8 days, one way drop off fee
Dune Hopper seats – Swakopmund / Sossusvlei & Wolwedans / Windhoek Eros
All scheduled activities at Wolwedans Dunes Camp, Sundowner drive & Sossusvlei excursion at Desert Homestead
Road transfer between Sossusvlei and Wolwedans, relevant airport and airstrip transfers for the fly-in section, excess luggage transfer from Swakopmund to Windhoek
Prices based on two adults sharing travelling between April to June 2020.
The above excludes all international flights and activities not specified.