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Tour Details

Namibia is an exhilarating and memorable place to visit, with its almost otherworldly dune landscapes, ancient deserts and incredible game viewing opportunities, Namibia is the ultimate African road trip destination for intrepid explorers.
This journey starts in the bustling city of Windhoek – Namibia’s capital where you will overnight before heading out on your safari adventure. During your stay at Olive Grove Guesthouse in Windhoek, you could visit one of the local craft centres, museums, or art galleries; or simply relax by the pool with a gin and tonic.
From here, proceed to the renowned Etosha National Park where you have the opportunity to experience exhilarating game drives that bring you up-close encounters with several of the 114 mammal species and 340 bird species residing in the park. All this while staying at Premium private game reserves accommodation in the vicinity of the National Park.
Upon leaving Etosha, your next destination is Damaraland. Enjoy a scenic drive through Damaraland, stopping along the way to interact with the warm-hearted people of Namibia and bargain for some souvenirs with the Himba, & Damara people. During your stay, discover gigantic boulders, desert plains, ancient valleys and towering peaks of the surrounding mountains. Visit the World Heritage Site – Twyfelfontein, home to one of the largest and most important concentrations of rock art to get a glimpse into a forgotten time.
Your next stop on this epic journey is the coastal town of Swakopmund, known as the adventure capital of Namibia. Explore the old town with its colonial architecture on foot
and enjoy some marine adrenaline activities.
Round off this safari with a visit to the NamibRand Nature Reserve, Africa’s first International Dark Sky Reserve for some spectacular stargazing and next door in the Namib Naukluft National Park explore towering dunes, canyons, gorges …

Summary of your Trip
  • 1 Night - The Elegant Guest House (Windhoek) | Namibia
  • 2 Nights - Onguma Tree Top Camp (Etosha National Park East) | Namibia
  • 2 Nights - Ongava Lodge (Etosha National Park South) | Namibia
  • 2 Nights - Mowani Mountain Camp (Damaraland) | Namibia
  • 2 Nights – Swakopmund Luxury Suites (Swakopmund) | Namibia
  • 2 Nights – Wolwedans Dune Camp (NamibRand Nature Reserve) | Namibia
Price Includes
  • Meet and Greet at Airports at Hosea Kutako International
  • Accommodation and meals as specified as per itinerary
  • Drinks (only at Wolwedans Dune Camp)
  • 4 x 4 Vehicle hire
  • Premium Cover insured vehicle rental
  • Tour file with detailed itinerary, map, booking vouchers, contact numbers and useful information
  • 24-hour support
Price Excludes
  • International Flights and Airport Taxes
  • Meals and activities not mentioned as included
  • Fuel costs for duration of the rental period
  • Vehicle Hire deposit
  • Entry visas
  • Porterage and staff Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • All items of a personal nature
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Windhoek

On arrival at Hosea Kutako Windhoek International Airport, you will be met by our representative who will assist with picking up your car rental. During a detailed briefing, our representative will answer all questions related to the trip. Then drive to Windhoek City to Elegant Guest House located in a quiet, peaceful suburb and the perfect place to stay pre or post-safari. The rest of the day is at leisure and may be spent exploring the city. 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 fulfil useful functions in the community today.
For dinner tonight, you can head into town for a bite to eat at one of Windhoek’s well-known restaurants.

Accommodation: The Elegant Guest House
Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Day 2 - 3Windhoek to Eastern Etosha National Park

This morning after a leisurely breakfast drive of around 5 hours to Onguma Nature Reserve situated on the eastern side of the Etosha National Park, bordering Fischer’s Pan. The Reserve covers more than 20,000 hectares of protected land and wildlife and boasts over thirty different animal species. Predators such as lions, cheetahs and leopards are common residents of the area. The latest addition to the already abundant wildlife at Onguma Nature Reserve is a family of black rhinos!

Accommodation is at Onguma Tree Top Camp which is the smallest camp in the nature reserve with only four private treehouses to accommodate 8 guests. The camp is situated around a busy waterhole and each private treehouse is equipped with outdoor showers, each overlooking the waterhole.
Arrival is around lunchtime. Enjoy welcome drinks while going through check-in procedures. Once settled in your private treehouse, enjoy lunch (at your own account) and later depart for your first sunset game drive in Etosha National Park or just relax at the camp and enjoy its amenities.
In the evening enjoy a delicious dinner under the stars around Africa’s roaring fire (weather permitting).

The following morning is an early start for your full-day game drive in Etosha National Park as this is the time when the game is busy going for a drink at a waterhole and for the big cats preying at a waterhole in need of an early morning breakfast on one of the small game. Make sure you have taken a packed breakfast with you, alternatively, you can stop for meals at a camp with a restaurant inside the national park – Namutomi maybe?
After lunch, continue with your game drive, and take your time to visit many different waterholes, where animals gather to quench their thirst. Vegetation elsewhere provides habitat for giraffes, zebra and oryx. Make sure to drive down or up dik dik drive waterhole to see not only the Damara dik-dik but herds of elephants as well.
As the sunset approaches drive back to the camp and soak up the sun on the camp’s lavish pool and later seat for a delicious dinner, this is the time to swap stories of your day sightings with other fellow guests.

Accommodation: Onguma Tree Top Camp
Meal Plan: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 4 - 5Etosha National South

Today is your last day at Onguma Tree Top Camp. Go for a nature walk in the game reserve to appreciate the flora and the little animals that do not get our attention during a normal game drive. Return back to the camp and seat for a leisurely breakfast followed by check-out procedures after which it is time to depart the camp for another day’s drive in the National Park. You will be driving from the eastern side of the National Park to the southern part of the park to Ongava Private game reserve, your new home for the following 3 days. Set along the southern boundary of Etosha National Park Ongava is one of the largest private game reserves in Namibia, with over owned 66,000-acre to explore. It nestles in the stunning landscape overlooking a natural waterhole regularly frequented by the best of Africa’s untamed animals, guests will enjoy unbroken views across breathtaking plains towards an endless horizon.

Your accommodation is at Ongava Lodge, perched on a hilltop in the Ongava Game Reserve. Because of its supreme location, Ongava Lodge has a commanding view of the surrounding bush and an active waterhole.
Activities include game drives into Etosha, spending time in the camp hide, and nature drives and walks on the reserve. Ongava has resident white and black rhinos, giving guests staying at Ongava the opportunity to see both species and to track White Rhino on foot with an experienced guide. Other game includes the lion and plains game.

Accommodation: Ongava Lodge
Meal Plan: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 6 - 7Etosha National South to Damaraland

This morning after your last game activity and a scrumptious breakfast, drive southwest to Damaraland, a place where elephants and rhinos roam free, and the stars at night are like a thousand fires burning against the black backdrop of the velvet sky. The vast stretches of Damaraland’s semi-desert landscape are a spectacular sight and are home to some rare and unusual sights, such as desert-adapted elephants striding along the dusty earth, and forests of petrified trees planted in beds of sandstone.

Your accommodation is at Mowani Mountain Camp set amongst a vast and unspoilt wilderness, between the Ugab and Huab Rivers. This allows for game drives to search for desert-adapted elephants, to the backdrop of outstanding desert scenery. Mowani Mountain Camp is renowned for its thatched dome-shaped chalets, a mirror image of the granite boulders surrounding the lodge.
Your stay is a 2-night package which includes All meals and 2 activities and returns road transfer to & from Twyfelfontein.
The first activity is a guided 4 x 4 nature drive in search of desert-adapted elephants leaving in a hostile environment they have smaller bodies with longer legs, and bigger feet, allowing them to survive in these harsh conditions
The other activity is a guided visit to the Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings, Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain. Over 2,500 engravings and paintings make up the collection, many of which were created up to 6,000 years ago by hunter-gatherers’ communities in the area. It was approved in 2007 by UNESCO as Namibia’s first World Heritage Site.

Accommodation: Mowani Mountain Camp
Room Type: Mountain Suite
Meal Plan: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 8 - 9Damaraland to Swakopmund

This morning after breakfast continue your journey down the Atlantic Coastline to the picturesque colonial town of Swakopmund known as the adventure capital of Namibia’s Atlantic coast because nowhere else in Namibia can one finds available such a plethora of activities. The drive should take around five hours depending on the number of stops en route.
Accommodation is at Swakopmund Luxury Suites located in the centre of the city just 1 km from Palm Beach and offers air-conditioned accommodation with free Wi-Fi. The rooms feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a seating area, a coffee machine and a private bathroom with a shower and free toiletries.

On arrival check-in and settle in your accommodation and relax, time to break your journey South and the cool Atlantic breeze is a welcome relief from the desert heat. For the following 3 days, explore the small town on foot and make sure you visit the Karakul Weavers with plenty of souvenir shops to choose from; have a half-day Sandwich Harbour Tour to see massive sand dunes run straight into the sea; go Skydiving or Spend an Afternoon at the Swakopmund Jetty Soaking Up the Pier (There are two excellent restaurants at each end of the long pier and a view that is to die for; Come back for the big African sunset in the evening as it is one of the most romantic places to visit in Swakopmund);
Finally, spend the Day Dolphin and Whale Watching or take a 30- minute to Walvis Bay for a boat tour with a seal whisperer and more.
Enjoy dinner at one of the many Swakopmund restaurants.

Included: Bed & Breakfast
Accommodation: Swakopmund Luxury Suites
Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Day 10 - 11Swakopmund to NamibRand Nature Reserve

After breakfast, leave Swakopmund and take a 30 – minute drive towards the harbour town of Walvis Bay. On your way there, you may pass flamingos and pelicans feeding on the surrounding wetland. On arrival you may decide to join a half-day kayak trip (own account) to Pelican Point – departure at 08h30 – a sand bar near Walvis Bay, where you share the sheltered lagoon with playful Cape fur seal colonies. If you’re lucky, you may also spot some dolphins. The trip is rounded off with fresh oysters, snacks and sparkling wine. The cruise last between 2 ½ – 3 hours.

Back on the road, travel South towards NamibRand Nature Reserve. Your route will take you through beautiful, scenic landscapes until your accommodation at Wolwedans Dune Camp a luxury gem positioned on the edge of a 250-metre-high dune with the most extraordinary views across the Namibrand reserve. The main areas are spread out across a series of interlocking decks ensuring that the lounge, dining area and tea room all enjoy views across the endless dune landscape to the mountains beyond. The tented and wooden structures are designed for the desert. The canvas sides can all be opened up capturing the cool breeze in the hot summer months, and in winter keeping you warm when the canvas sides are rolled down.
Dune camp has a wonderful charm which appeals to a traveller looking for a down-to-earth but still luxurious experience.
Wolwedans is about experiences, people and endless landscapes that will shift your perspective forever.

Activities included during your stay are:

1. Morning and evening scenic drives
2. Wolwedans Desert Sundowners
3. Heart and Home village tour
4. Wolwedans Water walk
5. “Antares” Naked eye star safari
6. Full-day scenic safari
7. Bushman walks and E-biking

If the above activities are not enough, visit next door to Sossusvlei and Sesriem including the surrounding areas. Embark on a full or half-day Dunes excursion with the added advantage of reaching Sossusvlei before sunrise to witness a kaleidoscope of colours reflecting off the dunes in the early morning light as well as stay well after sunset to be enchanted by a blanket of stars of the southern sky.

Accommodation: Wolwedans Dune Camp
Meal Plan: Fully Inclusive (All meals, House drinks and activities)

Day 12NamibRand Nature Reserve – Windhoek - Departure

Today is your last day at NamibRand Nature Reserve; for the past two days you have explored this area from the ground and this morning you will explore it from above because no visit to Sossusvlei is completed without the hot air balloon over the Dunes (Hot Air balloon at an extra cost).
An early rise is required for this spectacular activity. This is the most unforgettable and beautiful experience in the Namib Desert. The adventure begins before sunrise when you are collected from your accommodation and driven to the take-off area. Once the balloon is airborne you drift silently over the desert for about an hour. The views of the Namib Desert are, spectacular, and exceptional. On landing wherever the wind has taken you there is a champagne breakfast. Afterwards, you are driven back to your lodge. On arrival pack up and begin the drive back to Windhoek. Arrival is expected in the late afternoon, return the car rental at Hosea Kutako Windhoek International Airport and board your flight home.

Please note that check-in times for departures are at least 2 hours before the flight departure time. Kindly deliver your car to the car rental company beforehand, from where you will be transferred to the airport.

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