11 Day / 10 Night Namibia Lodge Safari
Windhoek, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Walvis Bay, Twyfelfontein, Petrified Forest, Game Drives in Etosha National Park, Omaruru and Spitzkoppe.
DAY 1: WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA
On arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport in Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation for the night. Your guide will meet you at the lodge and we then embark on a short orientation city tour of Windhoek. The evening is spent at leisure. Accommodation: Klein Windhoek Guest House or similar.
DAY 2/3: WINDHOEK – SOSSUSVLEI, NAMIBIA
Today we make our way to the Namib Naukluft National Park, which contains what is considered to be the oldest desert in the world. The next morning we need to wake up early to visit the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. At sunrise and sunset these dunes, which can reach heights of over 300 m, are absolutely spectacular and provide for a fantastic photo opportunity. With luck, there may even be water in the vlei (lake). We also stop to view the Sesriem Canyon, which was carved millions of years ago by the Tsauchab River. Accommodation: Agama River Camp or similar [BL][BL]
DAY 4: SOSSUSVLEI – SWAKOPMUND, NAMIBIA
The day is spent driving through the Namib Naukluft National Park on our way to Swakopmund. The Namib-Naukluft Desert is an ancient land with an ageless spirit.
It is home to some of the rarest plant and animal species in the world. Sightings of these unique fauna and flora are a must on a Namibian safari. The animals of this harsh landscape include the oryx, springbok and Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra. We arrive at the charming coastal town of Swakopmund in the afternoon, where you will have the opportunity to partake in a few of the many optional activities this afternoon and the following day. Alternatively, just soak up the atmosphere of this quaint, little German town and enjoy its beauty and beaches. Accommodation: Hotel A La Mer or similar [BL]
DAY 5: SWAKOPMUND, NAMIBIA
Early morning departure to Walvis Bay Waterfront. We will meet a local kayak guide and continue on a scenic drive along the Walvis Bay Lagoon to Pelican Point. We stop along the way to take pictures of countless flamingos, pelicans, large flocks of comorants and great variety of other birds and wildlife. After one hour we will reach Pelican Point where we will get our kayaks ready for adventure. Your local kayak guide will give you a safety briefing on how to use the equipment. The kayaking takes place on the protected side of the peninsula. We spend around 2 hours on the ocean, depending on the general weather conditions. After kayaking, we recharge with some fresh broetchens, tea and coffee before we return to Swakopmund. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure.Accommodation: Hotel A La Mer or similar [B]
DAY 6: DAMARALAND, NAMIBIA
Leaving the cold Atlantic coastline behind us, we then head inland across the desert plains to Spitzkoppe, an iconic group of curved granite mountains with vivid colours. After a walk amongst the boulders to view the ancient Bushmen paintings and engravings, we continue on to the town of Omaruru where we overnight. Once a mission station, the settlement has great historic significance and has evolved into an artistic hub for local crafts and small industries. Accommodation: Omaruru Guesthouse
or similar [BL]
DAY 7: BUSHMAN EXPERIENCE, NAMIBIA
Today we will have a remarkable cultural experience encountering a local Bushmen community who will offer us a glimpse into their ancient hunter gatherer ways on a guided bush walk. On our visit to the Living Museum of the San at Omandumba Farm, we will have the opportunity to learn about the traditional uses of plants and herbs, collecting food, hunting, snaring and tracking as well as lighting fire. In the afternoon, we will stop at local distillery and small wine cellar in Omaruru to taste some of its home-grown produce.Accommodation: Omaruru Guesthouse or similar [BL]
DAY 8 & 9: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK, NAMIBIA
On our journey today we will travel to Namibia’s best-known highlight of the north – Etosha National Park. We will fill the next 2 days with game drives in the hopes of spotting lion, leopard, elephant and rhino as well as cheetah, giraffe, zebra and the numerous different types of antelope the park has to offer. Etosha was declared a National Park in 1907 and it is home to approx. 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish.
Accommodation: Toshari Lodge or similar[BL] [BL]
DAY 10: RETURN TO WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA
This morning we bid farewell to the wild animals of Etosha and travel back to Windhoek through the beautiful countryside, making short stops en-route. Once we arrive, the rest of the afternoon can be spent at leisure before we enjoy true Namibian hospitality and a farewell dinner at the legendary Joe’s Beerhouse restaurant.
Accommodation: Klein Windoek Guest House or similar BLD]
DAY 11: END OF TOUR
Our safari ends after breakfast. You will be transferred to Windhoek Airport in time for your departure flight. We hope to welcome you again one day on another of our African adventures.[B]
GROUP SIZE: 4-12 clients.
ACCOMMODATION: On your safari we make use of mid-range typical African standard lodge accommodation. Accommodation is situated either in National Parks, on the banks of a river, or in other places of interest. The accommodation will be a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps. Most of them have a private bathroom with a shower and toilet, whilst others have shared ablutions available. Some properties are equipped with swimming pools and/or bar areas.
FOOD & DRINKS: Where included, most breakfasts and dinners will be enjoyed in the restaurants of the various accommodation establishments. Lunch packs are provided for driving days and excursions. Alternatively, the guide will prepare lunch en-route. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance
VEHICLES: Fully equipped Toyota Land Cruisers, 12-seater 4×4 safari vehicles or other appropriate vehicles with comfortable seating, large windows for game viewing, a music and PA system and air-conditioning. All luggage, besides hand luggage and photo equipment, is carried on the vehicle or trailer roof racks to ensure maximum comfort in the vehicle.