Upon your arrival at Windhoek International airport, your tour guide will pick you up and will take you to Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. The 45km drive to your guest house/hotel is followed by a short city tour to give you the chance to gather first impressions. It will also give you a chance to find out more about the itinerary. The afternoon is open at your leisure. You may take a nap after the long flight, go to town or just relax at the swimming pool.
Windhoek - Hotel Casa Blanca
From Windhoek you will drive south towards the Kalahari region, with its wonderful red sand dunes. A variety of animals can be seen there, for example oryx, springbok, ostrich, zebra, blue wildebeest and a diversity of smaller species, which are perfectly adapted to their environment. In the afternoon you will go on a nature drive where you can enjoy a drink while watching the sun go down.
Kalahari – Kalahari Bagatelle Lodge
After breakfast, the tour proceeds through the wide open spaces of the southern Namib Desert – past bizarre mountain formations and seemingly endless plains. At around 3pm we arrive at the Namib Naukluft Lodge, where coffee or tea and cake await you. Alternatively, you can go on a sundowner drive to see the Marble Mountains.
Naukluft – Namib Naukluft Lodge
Long before sunrise, a 4x4 vehicle takes you to the highest dunes in the world – the Sossusvlei. Breakfast is enjoyed in the middle of this awe-inspiring landscape. Of course, there is ample time to explore the nature surrounding you.
Our day trip then takes us to other attraction such as the Dead Vlei, an accumulation of weather-beaten tree skeletons in a pan which must have received regular natural inflows of water before drying up hundreds of years ago, as well as the Sesriem Canyon. The latter evolved through millions of years of erosion and is one kilometer long and 30 metres deep. Around 12am you will be returning to the lodge. The afternoon is at leisure.
Naukluft – Namib Naukluft Lodge
The safari continues through the Namib Desert, past the captivating valleys of the Ghaub and Kuiseb rivers and the legendary „Vogelfederberg“, through Walvis Bay to Swakopmund. Swakopmund is a small town on the Atlantic coast. It is characterized by a strong German influence. With its colonial buildings and German flair, it invites you to sightsee and shop. A sundowner at the Atlantic coast makes your visit here an unforgettable one. In the evening locally caught fresh seafood is on offer in one of the many restaurants in town.
Swakopmund – Pension Rapmund
Today’s highlight is a boat trip with Mola Mola Safaris. In the lagoon of Walvis Bay you will witness the striking contrast between the ocean and the dunes. Experienced skippers show you the diversity of marine life, including the variety of seabirds that live there. Whilst you are finding out about the local history, oysters and other snacks, as well as some wine or beer, can be enjoyed. All boats are half canopied, and are equipped with seats, as well as an on-board toilet. After the outing, you will return again to Swakopmund where you spend the afternoon at your own leisure.
Swakopmund – Pension Rapmund
Your tour proceeds north, along the Atlantic coastline, passing charmingly romantic holiday resorts, salt-mines and interesting biotopes of lichen. The lichen of Namibia are the rarest and most interesting in the world. The day’s highlight is a visit to the seal colony at Cape Cross.
Cape Cross – Cape Cross Lodge
After breakfast we continue our tour though the scenic landscape of the Damaraland. The route progresses past wide open spaces and long mountain ranges. Despite its semi-arid to arid climate the Damaraland hosts a remarkably varied plant and animal life.
Our next stop-over is Etendeka Mountain Camp. This lovely establishment is situated in the Etendeka Conservancy in the foothills of the mighty Grootberg mountain range.
Damaraland – EtendekaMountain Camp
Today you are guaranteed to experience one of the highlights of your tour through Namibia: rhino tracking. Namibia is one of the few countries on the African continent where a growth in the population of the Black Rhinoceros is recorded. In the Etendeka Conservancy you are very likely to spot a few specimens of this reclusive species.
Damaraland – Etendeka Mountain Camp
After breakfast you enter the Etosha National Park through the western gate and proceed to the newly-built Dolomite Camp. In this area of the park the landscape, as well as the flora and fauna, are quite different from the other parts of Etosha.
Etosha National Park – Dolomite Camp
Another thrilling game drive awaits you. Today you might just see the animals that you didn’t see yesterday. Every day is a new experience in Etosha. Shortly before sunset you arrive at your camp, which lies in the eastern part of the Etosha. At the illuminated waterhole, you will be able to observe the activities of the nocturnal animals. Especially in the dry season, a lot of different species gather at the waterhole, even black rhino!
Etosha National Park – Okaukuejo Camp
Alongside the Etosha pan, which is the heart of the Etosha National Park, you will be able to marvel at the variety of animals and experience the beauty of African nature. Many species of plains game such as zebra, elephant, giraffe, eland, oryx, springbok and kudu, inhabit Etosha National Park in large numbers. With a bit of luck you might also spot reclusive species such as lion, cheetah, leopard and black rhino. A lot of bird species live there, so it is a paradise for bird lovers.
Etosha National Park – Namutoni Camp or Onguma Bush Camp
In the early morning the tour proceeds towards Tsumeb. On your way there you will visit Lake Otjikoto, where in 1915 the “German Schutztruppe” disposed their weapons to hide them from the South African army. Some of the weapons were recovered, and these can be viewed in the museum.
Around 2pm you arrive at Mount Etjo Safari Lodge. The lodge was built in the Moorish style and will welcome you with coffee and cake. The game drive which follows gives you the chance to look at the fascinating fauna and flora. Back at the lodge, you have ample time to shower before moving on to dinner. As an option after dinner you can watch the lions being fed.
Central Northern Namibia – Mount Etjo Safari Lodge
After breakfast we depart for Windhoek. We will stop at the woodcarvers’ market in Okahandja, where you have a chance to buy some last-minute souvenirs. Arrival in Windhoek will be approximately at 3pm.
Windhoek – Hotel Casa Blanca
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