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Explore Namibia and experience our diverse cultures in the regions whilst visiting the highlights of the country. Whether it is taking a walk and stretching your legs in some awesome landscapes and environments, or following a 4x4 trail off the beaten track through majestic geological formations or seeing wildlife up close and personal – this tour gets to touch Namibia under its skin. Meet people and follow their way of traditional living and learn about the survival strategies of the last few remaining nomadic tribes. Combined with the traditional highlights, Etosha’s wildlife kingdom, the ever changing landscapes and the world’s highest dunes at Sossusvlei, this is a safari into the heart of Namibia, its people, its wildlife and its land.
Duration: 13 Days
After arriving to the airport, you will be met by a representative and transferred to Otjihavera Mountains. After checking in, you can choose to relax in your chosen hotel or alternatively, take an optional game drive, following a typical African sundowner. The farm offers rich bird life and there are 11 different animal species to see, eland, kudu, oryx, springbok and giraffes to name just a few.
There are great opportunities to spot animals and take photos while your guide describes to you the various fauna, flora and birdlife of the farm. Drinks and snacks will be served while you watch and enjoy the spectacular sunset.
Enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure and perhaps observe the animals at the nearby lit up waterhole from your terrace.
Departing Okahandja we travel north through extensive cattle farming areas and bush land to the Etosha National Park, famous for its abundant wildlife scattered throughout the park and especially densely populated at the waterholes. In the afternoon after we have reached our camp located on the outside of the National Park, should time allow guests can still optionally book a guided game drive in open game viewing vehicles. The park is home to 4 of the Big Five - elephant, lion, leopard and rhino as well as numerous antelope species. The Park was proclaimed as Namibia’s first conservation area in 1907 by the then Governor, von Lindequist.
At the lodge enjoy the unique and local flair of proud Namibian cuisine.
The day is devoted purely to the abundant wildlife found in the Etosha National Park, which surrounds a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan. Game viewing in the park is largely focused around the waterholes, some of which are spring fed and some supplied from a borehole, ideal places to sit and watch over 114 different game species, or for an avid birder, in excess of 340 bird species.
Popular game species such as giraffe, blue wildebeest, plains and mountain zebra, hyena, lion, leopard, antelopes such as kudu, oryx, eland, as well as some of the endangered species such as Black rhino, cheetah and the black-faced impala are all found here. An extensive network of roads link the over 30 water holes allowing the visitor an opportunity to do a real game viewing safari over the stretch of the park as each different area will provide different encounters.
Traversing Ovamboland, enjoy the diversity of small villages and kraals, expanding pans and majestic palm trees with cattle, goats and donkeys roaming freely. As you reach Opuwo, the “capital” of Kaokoveld, your lodge is set high on a hill that allows a magnificent view over the far reaching landscape. Opuwo is a contrast of people that have remained true to their traditions and cultures and those that have embraced western culture, living in harmony side by side.
Today you will visit a local village of the Himba tribe and experience an authentic introduction into the Ovahimba culture. The Himba have managed to maintain much of their traditional lifestyle, perhaps owing to the fact that the land they inhabit is extremely harsh and unyielding that it has been rarely coveted by the colonialists and commercial farmers. Today the Himba live as they have for centuries.
During your visit the Himba demonstrate important parts of their traditions including daily life, food production, craftsmanship and singing and dancing. You will learn and see details of their homestead, the holy fire, their religious beliefs and the importance of livestock. You are more than welcome to join in at the activities. Hereafter we will explore the surrounding area before returning to our lodge to relax at the sparkling pool, looking at our pictures and reliving the moments or just contemplate the awesome environment from our perch on top of the mountain.
After an early breakfast we travel south through the Joubert Pass and Sesfontein (weather and road conditions permitting) into Damaraland, one of the least populated areas on earth with majestic mountain formations, similar to the formations experienced in the Alps. The area exhibits neither fences nor boundaries in its vast, stony desert landscape. It is marked by endless vistas across stark plains, ancient valleys and mountain massifs which bind the traveler closer to nature. It’s also the home of the elusive desert elephant and free roaming rhino population. After we arrive at our lodge, we have the afternoon at leisure to stretch our legs and explore this unique and remote area on walking trails.
Accompanied by a local Damara guide we visit Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO world heritage site where Bushman communities engraved and painted over 2.500 pictures some 6.000 years ago! The reddish sandstone boulders seem to glow in the fierce heat, yet ancient Bushman and Damara sheltered from enemy and spied on game from these surreal rock formations. Thereafter we visit a Living museum of the Damara to learn about how these people lived in the past, their beliefs, traditions and customs. Returning to our lodge we drive off the main roads traversing dry riverbeds and rugged off-road trails in search of the elusive desert elephant and other desert adapted game. En route your guide will stop and serve a light lunch of some refreshments and snacks.
Today we travel past the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain and home to the famous “White Lady” rock painting (2.579m) a spiritual site of great significance to the San (Bushman) tribes. We proceed passing through the Messum Crater with its giant Welwitschia plants onwards towards the Atlantic Ocean along the Skeleton coastline. The route is an unusual one and will allow you to explore areas of Namibia seen by very few travellers. Reaching the coast, we head south to Swakopmund where the rest of the day is spent at leisure. Swakopmund is a bohemian mix of German architecture and African rhythms, a laid back attitude with adrenalin activities, misty mornings and desert heat. It is colourful, it is vibrant, but most of all, it is pure fun.
Swakopmund is often fondly referred to as the “playground of Namibia”, it has numerous activities ranging from, adventure to exploring the fascinating features of the Namib Desert and the animals and plants that occur and survive here. Embrace the relaxed pace of this idyllic coastal town whilst enjoying coffee and freshly baked pastries in one of the many café’s. Alternatively explore the rugged, sweltering desert on a day tour, or view this awesome, environment from the air on a scenic flight. Find your inner child and push adrenaline to its limits with extreme adventures such as skydiving over the desert or quad biking and sand boarding on the dunes. Take time to get the feel of this quaint town with its historic buildings, museums, shopping arcades and beach bar that has transformed into its own personality by the vibrant use of colour and the bohemian lifestyle.
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. Our journey takes us via two geologically interesting canyons (Kuiseb and Ghaub) and via endless desert plains into the vicinity of Sossusvlei. Our Eco Camp, in harmony with its surroundings, is located in close proximity to Sesriem, the gateway to Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon, offering true Namibian hospitality within the magnificent desert vistas.
The morning demands an early start. Entering the Namib Naukluft National Park with sunrise, the first rays of sunlight paint the mountains of sand into a variety of apricot, red and orange, contrasted against a crisp blue skyline, enrapturing our senses, and providing an opportunity to capture this awesome landscape on film. You will be captivated by the surreal Deadvlei surrounded by some of the highest dunes on earth and Sossusvlei, where the dry Tsauchab River ends abruptly amongst dunes. Take the opportunity to walk up one of these majestic dunes to admire the desert landscape beneath. Thereafter we visit the Sesriem Canyon, a life sustaining natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert. On our way back to the lodge we stop at the Neuras Wine & Wildlife Estate to taste a selection of wines produced in this harsh and dry environment.
Here you have the option of enjoying a light lunch (lunch not included) before returning to our desert hide away to enjoy stunning views of the wide open plains during sunset.
After breakfast we travel back through an ever changing landscape, 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 good restaurants to choose from. You will be dropped off at your accommodation of choice, or transferred to the airport for your outward flight.
Please do not schedule any international flights to depart before 7.00pm.
|23 Oct 2019 - 04 Nov 2019||$4133 AUD pp||Contact us|
|Windhoek||The Elegant Guesthouse|
|Etosha National Park||Mokuti Etosha Lodge|
|Etosha National Park||Mondjila Safari Camp|
|Kaokoland||Opuwo Country Lodge|
|Brandberg||Brandberg White Lady Lodge|
|Swakopmund||Swakopmund Plaza Hotel|
|Namib||The Elegant Desert Lodge|
This group tour operates with a minimum of 2 passengers and a maximum of 12 passengers.