Namibia Explorer

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18 Days / 17 Nights

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Overview

This safari takes you to some of Namibia’s highlights. Admire the deep gorges of the Fish River Canyon, climb the world’s highest dunes at Sossusvlei and discover that the desert “lives”. Allow yourself to be enchanted by the magic of Lüderitz and Swakopmund, two charming towns on the Coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy the drive to Grootberg Lodge and cross the world famous Etosha National Park from West to East before returning to Windhoek via the popular Okonjima Lodge.

Itinerary
Day 1

Itinerary

Arrival at Hosea Kutako (Windhoek International) airport, where you will receive your rental vehicle. Once you have sorted out all the formalities for your vehicle, drive to Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. After check-in at the accommodation establishment, you can explore the city of Windhoek. Windhoek is a city of many contrasts. Modern skyscrapers blend with historic buildings dating from the turn of the century. Several buildings from the German colonial era have been preserved and restored to fulfill useful functions in the community today.

Accommodation

Overnight stay at Olive Exclusive – bed & breakfast

Day 2

Itinerary

After breakfast departure from Windhoek and drive via Rehoboth, the centre of Namibia’s Baster community, into the red dunes of the Kalahari Desert. Late afternoon you can optionally participate in a guided game drive to learn about the flora and fauna of the Kalahari Desert.

Accommodation

Overnight stay at Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch – dinner, bed & breakfast

Day 3

Itinerary

A full day’s journey takes you south through the desert-dominated landscapes to a picturesque Quiver Tree Forest. This prehistoric tree reaches skyward with graphically forked branches, their trunks peel and form intricate patterns as the tree matures, these are rewarding subjects to photograph. Giant’s Playground is an impressive jumble of massive boulders; a virtual maze where time can be spent wandering through the extensive rocky labyrinth. You proceed to Keetmanshoop and thereafter continue via the Naute Dam, to the Fish River Canyon, which is the second largest in the world.

Accommodation

Overnight stay at Fish River Lodge – dinner, bed & breakfast

Day4

Itinerary

Today you can view the spectacular northern fringes of the Fish River Canyon from various vantage points. Here the impressive surrounding rock formation provides many interesting hours for enthusiastic nature lovers.

Accommodation

Overnight stay at Fish River Lodge – dinner, bed & breakfast, incl Canyon excursion

Day 5

Itinerary

The next leg of the journey takes you via the small historic village of Aus and through the vast barren expanse of the Prohibited Diamond Area, to Lüderitz. Lüderitz is renowned for its old-world charm and distinctly German colonial architecture. Set around the bay, with their original gables, winding stairwells, verandas, turrets and bay- and bow windows still intact, these buildings have a unique character.

Accommodation

Overnight stay at The Nest Hotel – bed & breakfast.

Day 6

Itinerary

The next leg of the journey takes you via the small historic village of Aus and through the vast barren expanse of the Prohibited Diamond Area, to Lüderitz. Lüderitz is renowned for its old-world charm and distinctly German colonial architecture. Set around the bay, with their original gables, winding stairwells, verandas, turrets and bay- and bow windows still intact, these buildings have a unique character.

Accommodation

Overnight stay at Wolwedans Lodge – dinner, bed & breakfast

Day 7

Itinerary

Today you travel through some of Namibia’s most spectacular sceneries. Vast expanses of yellow savannah are dotted with bushes and solitary camelthorn trees. Distant mountain ranges take on different nuances of purple and blue as the day progresses. En route you visit the Duwisib Castle, which was built by Baron von Wolff for his American wife Jayta in 1909. The furnishings and paintings were imported from Germany. Your destination today are the dunes of Sossusvlei.

Accommodation

Overnight stay at Moon Mountain Lodge – dinner, bed & breakfast

Day 8

Itinerary

Early morning rise for a visit to the Sossusvlei dunes. The road from Sesriem to the 2×4 car park (4 kilometres from the vlei) is tarred but is in poor condition and is pot-holed. Because the dunes close in and the road becomes a sandy track near the vlei itself, if you do not have your own 4×4 you will have to either walk the final stretch from the 2×4 parking area to the vlei or use the 4×4 transfer service. The second attraction here is the Sesriem Canyon.

Accommodation

Overnight stay at Moon Mountain Lodge – dinner, bed & breakfast

Day 9

Itinerary

The route takes you north via the Kuiseb Canyon to Swakopmund. Highlights en route include a drive to the “Moon Landscape” and the ancient desert plant, “Welwitschia mirabilis”. Swakopmund, a quaint desert town with its old-world charm and relaxed atmosphere hedged by desert and sea, is enhanced by lush green lawns and palm trees.

Accommodation

Overnight stay at The Stiltz – bed & breakfast.

Day 10

Itinerary

This day is spent in Swakopmund. The sweep of the coastline and desert hinterland offers many options for adventure and relaxation. You can contact our office in Swakopmund for more information of things to do.

Accommodation

Overnight stay at The Stiltz – bed & breakfast.

Days 11 to 12

Itinerary

Departure from Swakopmund along the Atlantic Coast towards the North. Visit the lichen fields near Wlotzka’s Baken before continuing to Henties Bay, a small holiday resort. Onwards to the seal colony at Cape Cross. After visiting the seals, the journey continues via Ugabmund to the southern Skeleton Coast Park to inspect a shipwreck. You leave the Skeleton Coast Park in the early afternoon via Springbokwasser and can experience the harsh transition from the Namib Desert to the Damaraland highlands with its impressive landscape and ragged valleys.

Accommodation

Overnight stay at Mowani Mountain Camp – superior room – dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 13

Itinerary

Today’s drive takes you to the Etosha area. You can either take a detour and visit Twyfelfontein or you can take the route via Kamanjab and Outjo. Twyfelfontein, which means “doubtful fountain” resembles a large, open-air art gallery. This treasure house of rock engravings left by stone-age artists is regarded as one of the richest collections of rock engravings in Africa.

Accommodation

Overnight stay at Mowani Mountain Camp – dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 14

Itinerary

Discover the mysteries of the African bush in Etosha National Park, whilst going on game drives in the Etosha Park. Relax at the waterhole and delight in the comings and goings of a variety of game at the floodlit waterhole.

Accommodation

Overnight stay at Okutala Etosha Lodge – dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 15

Itinerary

You travel east through Etosha National Park and leave the Park through the von Lindequist Gate, the eastern gate of Etosha to Mushara Bush Camp. En route, you stop at the numerous perennial springs found along the edge of the salt pan in search of lion, leopard, elephant and black rhino. Leave the Park via the eastern von Lindequist Gate and spend this night in a Lodge outside the Park.

Accommodation

Overnight stay at Mushara Outpost – dinner, bed & Breakfast.

Day 16

Itinerary

After breakfast you travel via Tsumeb to the “Hoba Meteorite”. En route visit the Otjikoto Lake and the mine museum of Tsumeb. Continue to the Okonjima Lodge, home of the Africat Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and protection of Namibian wild cats, in particular leopard and cheetah. Enjoy the opportunity to admire and photograph these predators.

Accommodation

Overnight stay at Okonjima Bush Camp – full board incl activities.

Day 17

Itinerary

Return journey via Okahandja to Windhoek. Okahandja is an important centre for woodcarvers from the north. They practice their ancient skills at the Woodcarvers Market next to the main road. This is a good place to pick a last souvenir.

Accommodation

Overnight stay at Olive Exclusive – bed & breakfast

Day 18

Itinerary

Depending on the departure time of your flight, you will have some time for last minute shopping before driving to the Windhoek International Airport in time to return your rental vehicle, take care of all formalities and check-in on your outbound flight. Bid farewell to Namibia! End of services.

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