If you are looking for an African destination that is a perfect mix of wildlife safari, amazing landscapes and authentic cultural experiences, yet it is safe and full of historic elements at the same time, you have found your dream itinerary! Namibia is truly the most scenic country on the African continent, featuring giant sand dunes, granite rock formations, breath taking beaches, vast expanses of the Kalahari bush, rolling farm hills, dry lake bottoms and a great variety of valuable habitats for wildlife. Several of its original inhabitants preserved their traditional lifestyle and are happy to share it with visitors, while the low population allowed for the establishment of a huge array of protected areas, private conservancies and natural parks. Namibia is beautiful, safe and diverse this trip is a must for the adventure traveller.
Day 1 : Okonjima Plains Camp, Okonjima Nature Reserve
Welcome to Namibia. Your guide will be waiting at Hosea Kutako International Airport with your name on a sign board or pick you up from your hotel. After introductions we will be on our way to Okonjima which is home to the Africat Foundation, known for their great effort in fighting to protect the lions, cheetahs, leopards and others carnivores in Namibia. We plan to arrive by lunchtime and you have the afternoon free for the activities offered by the foundation which include visiting the Africat Foundation, Leopard tracking, large carnivore tracking on foot, hiking trails and visiting the nocturnal animal hide.
Day 2 : Roy's Rest Camp, Otavi Mountain Region
After breakfast we are heading to one of the most remote corners of Namibia today, a vast bush land, home to the San people, to where very few dedicated travellers ever venture. After a quick stop to admire the world’s largest know meteorite at Hoba, we enjoy lunch in Grootfontein, and make our way north to our lodge where we will spend the night. Roy’s Camp is situated on a game farm and is the perfect base from which to explore and spend time with the Bushman/San people. We plan to reach our lodge just before the sun sets, so that we can enjoy the evening with a drink in our hands under the tall thatched roof of the restaurant area, followed by dinner and an early bed time.
Day 3 : Mushara Lodge, Etosha National Park
After a relaxing breakfast we will be in the vehicle and make our way to meet up with the Ju/'hoansi Bushman, who live in small villages scattered across Bushmanland. After a quick introduction and greeting ceremony, we set off right away, deep into the bush, with the village hunters, and spend most of the morning with them, looking for anything to prey on with their poisoned arrows, as well as for edible roots, berries, honey and whatever else would be welcomed by the villagers. We will break for an early lunch and coffee before we are back in the village again, interacting with the women whose job is to process whatever the hunters brought home from our morning excursion. If we are lucky, the villagers will have a good harvest or any other reasons to celebrate tonight, so that we can stay and participate in an original, traditional, non-organized singing and dancing event, before we make our way to Mushara Lodge situated on the boundary of Etosha National Park where we will spend the next 2 nights.
Day 4 : Mushara Lodge, Etosha National Park
After breakfast we will explore the game rich eastern section of the park. We plan to do a full morning game drive and arrive back at the lodge around lunchtime and after siesta we will be back in the park for an afternoon game drive. One of the most unique phenomena we will encounter this afternoon is Etosha Pan – a huge, 130km long and 50 km wide ‘nothing’. This is the dry, flat, endless bottom of the occasionally flooded Etosha Pan, a ‘must see’ for all adventurers. Naturally, the park consists of many more habitats as well, most of which are lush and very much habitable for wildlife, making Etosha one of the best safari destinations in Africa.
Day 5 : Okaukuejo Resort, Etosha National Park
Our entire day is dedicated for wildlife viewing in Etosha National Park. The rising sun will find us on the remote game drive routes across the park and along Etosha Pan, in search of the world’s largest (tallest) elephants and many other unique animals, along with endemic and rare bird species. We will stop for lunch en route and we should be at our lodge by mid to late afternoon. One of the great features of Okaukuejo is the flood-lit waterhole at the lodge which gives us the chance to enjoy game viewing long after the sun has set.
Day 6 : Okaukuejo Resort, Etosha National Park
We will do morning and afternoon games drives and relax at the pool or camp waterhole between drives.
Day 7 : Opuwo Country Lodge, Kaokoveld
Today we are heading to the exciting northern tribal territories of Namibia and have a long road trip ahead of us, so we check out of our lodge very early and drive out of the park within a couple of hours. Naturally, we will stop for great wildlife sightings, but overall, we will leave the park behind relatively early and make our way to a small town called Opuwo in the north. We are in the heartland of Kaokoland, known for its exciting Himba tribal villages and traditions, as well as the unique ‘desert elephants’ and other species that can’t be found elsewhere in Namibia. We plan on arriving in time for lunch and the afternoon is dedicated to the amazing Himba people – the last truly nomadic tribe in Namibia. We will be back at the lodge situated on top of a hill overlooking Kaokoland to enjoy a beautiful sunset and a well-deserved dinner.
Day 8 : Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, Twyfelfontein
After breakfast this morning, we head directly south, through dry riverbeds and rocky plains, until we reach the edge of Damaraland, where the landscape suddenly changes into one of the most spectacular and dramatic in Namibia. Damaraland boasts magnificent desert scenery, fascinating geological formations, archaeological sites and a unique variety of desert fauna and flora. It is also the southernmost roaming ground for the rare black rhino and the ‘desert adapted elephant’, which we will keep searching for all along. After a picnic lunch en route, we will stop to admire the 260 million years old logs of the Petrified Forest, as well as a beautiful, impressive specimen of Welwitschia mirabilis, the longest-lived plant on Earth. Before we check into our lodge this evening, we visit the geological formations of the ‘Burnt Mountain’ and the ‘Organ Pipes’, which are particularly stunning in the late afternoon golden light. After sunset, we quickly occupy our rooms and gather for a great dinner.
Day 9 : Swakopmund Sands Hotel, Swakopmund
After breakfast, we start the morning with a visit to Twyfelfontein world heritage site, where bushman communities engraved and painted over 2500 pictures some 6000 years ago. This will be followed by a very interesting visit to a Damara village, before we reach the abandoned mining town of Uis. We will take a short break here to photograph the buildings and learn about the history of mining in Namibia, before continuing towards the Atlantic Coast. This route crosses the desolate ‘gravel plains’ of the Namib Desert before arriving at the ‘Skeleton Coast’. After a nice lunch break on the roadside, we reach the ocean and turn northbound, in order to visit Cape Cross and its world famous Cape Fur Seal colony. We will take our time to adequately explore, enjoy and photograph the 80.000 inhabitants of the colony, before we continue south along the coast and make our way to Swakopmund – the first place with a real town feeling, since we have left Windhoek ten days ago! After a quick check-in at our city hotel, we use the remaining hour or two of the daylight, to explore this charming coastal city, booming in the middle of hostile desert environment. We will all be back at our hotel after sunset, for a nice dinner and a great night’s rest.
Day 10 : Swakopmund Sands Hotel, Swakopmund
After breakfast we will depart for a living desert adventure where we will encounter and learn more about the fascinating wildlife of the Namib Desert. We will look for gecko's, scorpions, side-winder snakes, lizards and beetles as well as the incredible plant life that survives in this harsh environment.
Once we are back in Swakopmund we enjoy lunch and then have the afternoon available to explore the town or perhaps finish the day with a quad-biking and dune-boarding adventure. Other optional activities that could be arranged include scenic flights over the coast and dunes.
Day 11 : Namib Desert Lodge, Gondwana Collection Namibia, Namib
After a relaxing breakfast we will make our way south, via the Namib Naukluft Park as well as through the Kuiseb and Gaub Canyons. We will reach our accommodation as the sun is disappearing behind the horizon, painting the surrounding sand dunes flaming red. A nice dinner and an early bed time will endure that we have enough energies for the early start tomorrow.
Day 12 : Namib Desert Lodge, Gondwana Collection Namibia, Namib
Once again, we will rise before the sun does today, and will be in the vicinity of the world’s highest, bright-red sand dunes when the first rays appear over the horizon. This is a truly magical time of the day here, as the giant, dark shapes suddenly dress in colour and the mosaic of shades and sunlight creates incredible photo opportunities. From our accommodation, we drive in the ancient bed of the extinct Tsauchab River, stopping at every great location, climbing a few dunes and slowly making our way to the world famous Dead Vlei, where red dunes provide a breath taking backdrop to centuries old, dry trees standing in the desert. It will take all morning to explore this true wonderland, so we will only be back at our accommodation after noon. A nice lunch and a siesta will ensure that we are ready for further exploration in the evening, though. A fantastic way to say good-bye to Namibia, one of the most scenic countries on Earth.
Day 13: Departure
After breakfast we will make our way to Windhoek. We plan to arrive in Windhoek by late afternoon and unless you have an evening flight home you will spend one night in a Hotel located in the centre of the city. This will be the perfect opportunity for some last minute curio shopping. This is the official end of our voyage, thank you for joining us and have a safe flight home.
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