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16-Day Best of Namibia Safari with Southern Extension - Luxury - Private Guided

This 16-Day Best of Namibia Safari takes you from the Kalahari to the Namib Desert. Down the Skeleton Coast, up through Damaraland to Etosha and finally a visit to a wildlife rehabilitation centre. You’ll also visit Fish River Canyon, Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Sossusvlei and Dead Pan. Namib means ‘vast place’. At times a harsh, brutal, desolate land but the animals do that amazing evolutionary thing, they adapt. Desert elephants take it in their stride and Namibia is home to the world’s largest population of free roaming cheetahs.

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $11362 - $12471
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 16 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited: Namibia Namibia
Parks visited: Etosha, Namib-Naukluft
Activity level: Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
  • Birding
  • Self-drive
Includes • Accommodation as indicated - can change depending on availability and request at time of booking • Meals as indicated • Car hire as per picture below for 2 & 4 pax - for 6 pax the vehicle is slightly larger • All vehicle costs including fuel • All park entry fees • Guide and guide costs • Water in the vehicle at all times • Activities as shown in the itinerary … all activities that can be done with NTS guide and vehicle are included • Tour file with detailed itinerary, map with route descriptions, vouchers etc. • 24 hour personal and friendly support • Fast and efficient response to service providers Vehicle Hire as Included Suggested vehicle type: 4X4 Safari Converted Vehicle Excludes • Items of a personal nature • Optional extra activities • International flights • Holiday or personal insurance • Staff gratuities • Visas and visa applications

Itinerary and Accommodation

1

Windhoek

The Olive Exclusive

BB – Junior Suite

  • You will be met by your guide on arrival in Windhoek and handed your travel documents
  • City tour of Windhoek (if time permits)
  • The remainder of the day can be spent relaxing at your own leisure
  • For dinner tonight, you can head into town for a bite to eat at one of Windhoek's well known restaurants

 

2

Kalahari

Zebra Kalahari Lodge

DBB

Windhoek - Kalahari                   245km - approximately 3 to 4 hours

  • After breakfast, you can still pop into town for anything you might need and then depart heading south from Windhoek to the red sand dunes of the Kalahari
  • Spend the remainder of the day at leisure in this beautiful setting
  • Optional activities here include game and nature drives as well as a Bushman experience

 

3

Fish River Canyon

Fish River Lodge

DBB

Kalahari – Fish River Canyon     440km - approximately 7 to 8 hours

  • Head south via Mariental and Keetmanshoop to the Karas region, the Fish River Canyon area
  • Detour en-route to Giant's Playground and Quiver Tree Forest, a beautiful site where three large aloes grow between rocks
  • Enjoy the view from the lodge at sunset to end the day

 

4 & 5

Luderitz

Nest Hotel

BB

Fish River Canyon – Luderitz      385km - approximately 5 to 6 hours

  • Enjoy a morning canyon view before heading west through harsh but beautiful terrain which changes to wide open desert plains as you make your way to the coast
  • Your drive will take you via Aus, where you may be lucky to view the wild desert horses in the area
  • 1 full day is set aside to enjoy the historic town of Lüderitz and visit the amazing Kolmanskop Ghost Town with your guide
  • Lunches and dinners can be enjoyed at any of the local restaurants in town

 

6 & 7

Namib Desert

Desert Homestead Outpost

DBB

Luderitz – Sossusvlei                 505km - approximately 7 to 8 hours

  • After breakfast, you will depart to the "sea of sand" backtracking to Aus and then heading north via Helmeringhausen
  • Wake up early for breakfast (Day 7) and then head to the entrance to Sossusvlei, the Sesriem Gate
  • Spend the whole day in the beautiful Sossusvlei area, exploring the highlights: Sossusvlei,  Dead Vlei, Dune 45, Big Daddy, Elim Dune and the Sesriem Canyon
  • Return to the lodge for lunch or arrange a lunch pack to enjoy in the dunes and return late afternoon for a well-earned rest
  • Optional extra activities: Hot air balloon safari, Nature drives

 

8 & 9

Swakopmund

Strand Hotel

BB

Sossusvlei – Swakopmund         350km - approximately 5 to 6 hours

  • Depart after breakfast and head north to Solitaire, then west crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, through the Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons via the Namib Gravel Plains to the coast
  • Either via Walvis Bay to Swakopmund, or (recommended) detour via Ganab to the Welwitschia Plains and Moon Landscape
  • The Namibian coastline is generally known as The Skeleton Coast due to the barren areas, ship wrecks and, in days gone by, whale skeletons left on the beach
  • 1 full day is set aside for this lovely area where Swakopmund and Walvis Bay offer a wide range of activities such as: Dolphin cruise, Sandwich Harbour excursion (a real Skeleton Coast experience), Dune quad biking, Sand boarding, Sea kayaking, Lots more…
  • Lunches and dinners can be enjoyed at a café or restaurant overlooking the sea

 

         

10 & 11

Damaraland

Mowani Mountain Camp

DBB – Superior Room

Swakopmund – Damaraland       445km - approximately 7 to 8 hours

  • Head north along the Skeleton Coast, via Henties Bay to visit the Cape Cross seal colony. Along the way, stop at the Lichen Fields as well as the ship wreck between the colourful small town of Wlotskasbaken and Henties Bay
  • Backtrack to Henties Bay and head inland through wide open plains to Uis, then north to the Twyfelfontein area
  • Visit to Namibia's Open Air Museum, the Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings as well as the interesting Organ Pipes rock formations and Burnt Mountain
  • Take a drive with your guide, west (4x4 needed) to the Huab River to look for desert adapted elephants as well as oryx, springbok, ostrich and more (recommended with a lodge guide)
  • Visit the Damara Living Museum for a hint of culture

 

12

Etosha National Park

Ongava Lodge

DBB

Damaraland – Etosha (south)     325km - approximately 4 to 5 hours

  • After breakfast, drive east towards Khorixas stopping at the Petrified Forest en-route
  • From Khorixas head further east along the tar road to Outjo and then north to your lodge which is situated very close to the southern entrance of Etosha, the Andersson Gate
  • If time permits, enter Etosha for an afternoon game drive. Depending on how often you stop today, you should arrive at your lodge in time for lunch (optional extra)
  • On entering the park, the first stop would be Okaukuejo where you pay your entry fee (included) and I suggest you pop in at the local shop to purchase some drinks and snacks and most importantly, a map of Etosha which will show you all the waterholes along the way
  • Etosha is one of Africa's great game parks. With 114 species of mammal and 340 species of birds you are sure to see a great variety of wildlife on your safari

 

13 & 14

Etosha National Park

Mushara Outpost

DBB

Etosha (south) – Etosha (east)   a full days game drive through the park

  • From one side to the other side of the park is a full day game drive as you drive slowly east stopping at numerous waterholes along the way
  • Take a slow drive in the morning then stop for lunch at the Halali Resort which is half way between Okaukuejo and the eastern gate or take a picnic lunch along and stop at a waterhole
  • 1 full day is set aside for game viewing, either all day or alternate with morning and afternoon guided drives

 

15

Central Namibia

Okonjima Bush Camp

FI

Etosha (east) – Okonjima           315km - approximately 4 to 5 hours

  • Head south via Otavi and Otjiwarongo to Okonjima, which is home to the AfriCat Foundation. Aim to arrive here by 14h00 latest in order to enjoy the afternoon tea/coffee and cakes before heading off on your afternoon excursion
  • After dinner, an optional visit to the night hide to view some nocturnal animals

 

16

Windhoek

END

 

Okonjima – Windhoek                225km - approximately 3 to 4 hours

  • Early morning rise for a quick snack before joining the morning activity, which will be to visit the AfriCat Foundation or for a drive in the animal enclosure, which is more a game reserve
  • Back to the lodge for a hearty Namibian breakfast before departure
  • Head back to Windhoek today, where your guide will drop you at the airport in time for your departure flight (Keep in mind that you need to be at the airport 2 hours prior and the airport is still a 45 minute to 1 hour drive from town)

 

 

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Windhoek: The Olive Exclusive
  • Kalahari: Zebra Kalahari Lodge
  • Fish River Canyon: Fish River Lodge
  • Lüderitz: Nest Hotel
  • Sossusvlei: Desert Homestead Outpost
  • Swakopmund / Walvis Bay: Strand Hotel
  • Damaraland: Mowani Mountain Camp
  • Etosha National Park: Ongava Lodge
  • Etosha National Park: Mushara Outpost
  • Central Namibia - AfriCat Foundation: Okonjima Bush Camp
  • Windhoek END

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