Accommodation: As specified
Meals: All meals as specified in the itinerary
12 Breakfasts and 1 dinner
Entrance Fees: Etosha National Park, Uukwaluudhi Royal Homestead Museum, Himba Village, Twyfelfontein, Living Museum of the Damara, Petrified Forest, Namib Naukluft National Park
General: Still mineral water on bus, tourism levy and government taxes where applicable, 24hrs medical evacuation insurance
All International / Domestic Flights and taxes, Visas, Travel and Personal accident insurance, Personal Expenses, Excursions / Activities not specified, Gratuities
Day 1 | Wednesday
As we leave Windhoek, we head north through Okahandja, travelling through beautiful farmland and scenic mountain bushland. On route, our guide will make a stop to welcome you in typical Namibian fashion with refreshment and some snacks while taking you through the adventures lying ahead. Arriving at the Guestfarm located directly on the banks of the Omaruru River, you have the afternoon at leisure.
Overnight at Klein Eden Guestfarm.
Day 2-3 | Thursday – Friday
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
Our first Safari is awaiting us! We travel to the border of the famous Etosha National Park. The afternoon is devoted to the abundant wildlife found in the National Park, which surrounds a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan. Game viewing in the park is primarily focused around the waterholes, ideal places to sit and watch over 114 different game species and 340 bird species.
Late afternoon we will exit the park to our accommodation. The following day we enter the Etosha National Park again. We may encounter animal species we have not seen the previous day. In the afternoon we travel back to our camp, where we enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure. An optional open vehicle game drive can be booked with the lodge.
Overnight at Mondjila Safari Camp – Breakfast.
Day 4 | Saturday
We cross the park towards the Galton Gate to explore the north-western parts of the park. We continue travelling north towards the Kaokoland, where we reach our country lodge situated on a hilltop just outside of Opuwo, the bustling capital of Kaokoland, providing comfortable accommodation and endless views across the mountainous bush land of northern Namibia. Enjoy the vista from the terrace of your room or from the edge of the pool.
Overnight at Opuwo Country Lodge – Breakfast.
Day 5 | Sunday
Today we explore the local Himba culture. Your hotel has an exclusive agreement with the local authority to visit his traditional homestead. Accompanied by a guide / interpreter we are able to meet the Himba people where you have ample time to ask questions; interact and photograph one of the last remaining nomadic tribes of Africa. The Himba have managed to maintain much of their traditional lifestyle. We then proceed back to modern comforts at our hotel to enjoy the remaining day cooling of in the pool.
Overnight at Opuwo Country Lodge – Breakfast.
Day 6 | Monday
After an early breakfast and the cultural highlight we travel further south past the western border of the Etosha National Park and through Kamanjab to the Clay Terraces of the Ugab River in Damaraland, one of the least populated areas on earth. From the elevated terrace of our lodge we enjoy endless views onto the Ugab terrace and Mopane savannah.
Overnight at Ugab Terrace Lodge – Breakfast.
Day 7 | Tuesday
Today we depart the clay terraces lining the Ugab River. Our stops include the Petrified Forest and the Twyfelfontein UNESCO Heritage sight, before visiting the Living Museum of the Damara. Afterwards, we arrive on the banks of the Ugab River, which is home to the elusive desert elephant and our accommodation for the night. We recommend the participation in an optional nature drive in the striking Ugab river bed in search of desert elephants that reside in this fragile eco-system. Returning to the lodge enjoy a sundowner on your terrace or from the lounge offering unmatched views of the Brandberg.Overnight at Brandberg White Lady Lodge – Breakfast.
Day 8 | Wednesday
After breakfast, we take a walk on one of the walking trails taking your through this serine area. We continue travelling through Uis, past the Erongo Mountain range towards the Matterhorn of Namibia – the Spitzkoppe. Here we spend the night in a unique and local Damara community-run Tented Camp at the foot of the Spitzkoppe. This allows us easy access to walk along the Spitzkoppe and its magnificent boulders, setting the perfect scenery for an unforgettable Namibian sundowner.
Overnight at Spitzkoppe Mountain Tented Camp – Breakfast.
Day 9-10 | Thursday – Friday
Today you have the option of having a late breakfast, afterwards, explore Bushman’s paradise on a walking trail taking you into the Spitzkoppe mountains or depart early to the coastal town of Swakopmund and stop at a local café to enjoy a relaxed brunch before checking into your hotel.
Once in Swakopmund, the rest of the day is spent at leisure. Swakopmund is often fondly referred to as the “playground of Namibia”, it has numerous activities. Explore the rugged, sweltering desert on a day tour, or from an aerial view on a scenic flight. Take time to get the feel of this quaint town with its historic buildings, museums, shopping arcades and beach bar.
Overnight at Swakopmund Plaza Hotel – Breakfast.
Day 11-12 | Saturday – Sunday
Today we continue south into the heart of the Namib Desert, the seas of sand of which have also been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. The afternoon can be spent relaxing at the sparkling pool or participate in optional activities offered by the lodge.
The next day demands an early start. We enter the Namib Naukluft National Park shortly after sunrise. You will be captivated by the surreal Deadvlei surrounded by some of the highest dunes on earth and Sossusvlei. Before returning to our lodge, we visit the Sesriem Canyon, a natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert. In the evening, we meet for dinner under the open starlit sky and enjoy a traditional “Namibian braai dinner.”
Overnight at The Elegant Eco Desert Camp / Desert Lodge – Breakfast and dinner.
Day 13 | Monday
After breakfast, we travel back through an ever-changing landscape of the Naukluft Mountain range, from white gravel plains to shrub bush vegetation to bushland savannah, until we reach the capital in the centre of the country. Windhoek is a cosmopolitan melting pot of European architecture with African culture, with a variety of excellent restaurants to choose from. You will be dropped off at your accommodation of choice, or transferred to the airport for your outward flight.