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15 Nights Off the Beaten Track Namibia Self Drive with Kaokoland & Skeleton Coast Fly-In

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Tour Details

Namibia is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes of the planet. This off-the-beaten-track journey takes you to the less travelled destinations in Namibia. From the rugged Erongo Mountains to the stunning desert Damaraland landscape, to Swakopmund and to the Skeleton Coast National Park, enjoy trekking desert-adapted animals such as rhinos, elephants, lions and giraffes. Explore the remoteness and hostile but fascinating skeleton Coast, its ghostly shore and dunes. Get to know the indigenous Himba people and immerse yourself in their diverse and vibrant culture to discover how they managed to survive for centuries in such a hostile desert environment.

Summary of your Trip
  • 1 Night The Elegant Guest House (Windhoek) | Namibia
  • 2 Nights Ai Aiba Lodge (Central Highlands) | Namibia
  • 2 Nights Spitzkoppen Lodge (Damaraland) | Namibia
  • 2 Nights Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre (Swakopmund) | Namibia
  • 3 Nights – Hoanib Valley Camp (Kaokoland) | Namibia
  • 3 Nights Shipwreck Lodge Skeleton Coast (Skeleton Coast National Park) | Namibia
  • Enhance your trip with 2 or 3 Nights at Serra Cafema (Skeleton Coast)
Price Includes
  • Meet and Greet at Airports and airstrips road transfers
  • Accommodation and meals as specified as per itinerary
  • Local beverages, guest laundry and park entrance fees at Hoanib Valley Camp and Shipwreck Lodge
  • 4 x 4 Vehicle hire Windhoek to Swakopmund
  • Premium Cover insured vehicle rental
  • Scheduled domestic light aircraft flights on a seat rate
  • Road Transfer Hoanib Valley Camp to Shipwreck Lodge
  • Tour file with detailed itinerary, map, booking vouchers, contact numbers and useful information
  • 24-hour support
Price Excludes
  • International Flights and Airport Taxes
  • Drinks not mentioned as included
  • Meals and activities not mentioned as included
  • Premium drinks and cigars not mentioned as included
  • National Park entrance fees 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 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 The Elegant Guest House, a newly built gem situated close to the Windhoek Central Business District, which provides and prides itself on personalized service and genuine hospitality hence it is the perfect stopover for guests on their way or from their Namibian 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.

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

Day 2 - 3Windhoek - Central Highlands

This morning after a hearty breakfast, depart Windhoek on the B1 towards Okahandja, and later to Karibib and Swakopmund on B2 and C33 towards Omaruru. The drive to Ai Aiba Lodge takes around 3h40 hours.
Ai Aiba – The Rock Painting Lodge is set afoot massive granite rock boulders, overlooking the magically beautiful Erongo mountain range, a location which grants its guests amazing vistas over the surrounding landscapes, especially from the restaurant and bar area.

The Erongo Region is one of the most environmentally diverse areas in Namibia, hosting an array of endemic and near-endemic plant, reptile, mammal and bird species, as well as a wealth of cultural artefacts. The area with its many ancient rock paintings is best explored on foot either on a guided walk and Sundowners or on your own. Famous for its countless rock painting sites Ai-Aiba is a mystical exploration of nature.

In addition, guided cultural tours to a local San (Bushman) living museum can be organised, giving the guests an opportunity to learn about the San people and their days of living in the Namibian wilderness.
Towering boulders form the backdrop to the mountain-facing chalets with views that incorporate the rugged landscape.
10 African-inspired private chalets made up of 20 rooms including family rooms – provide comfortable accommodation that optimises the unique setting. Large windows frame the rocky outcrops and bush Savannah with its incredible display of endemic trees such as the Purple-Pod Terminalia.
Sleep with your curtains open and wake up to see the pink and blue hues of the African morning sky colour the landscape.

Accommodation: Ai Aiba Lodge
Meal Plan: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 4 - 5Central Highlands - Damaraland

After breakfast we continue with our exploration of dramatic granite boulders by visiting Spitzkoppen – arguably one of the most beautiful and scenically impressive locations which until recently was mostly visited by keen rock-climbers and adventure travellers staying in a campsite, as this was the only form of accommodation.

But just a few years ago with the discovery of water, the incredible Spitzkoppen Lodge was opened at the end of 2016. Set in its own small reserve, the lodge is tucked inside a massive 150-million-year-old granite boulder, between Usakos and Swakopmund.
Everything here has been created to blend into the environment – including the pool which is landscaped with rocks. There are only 15 private chalets built on high, raised platforms and equipped with all modern amenities and a covered deck. Two chalets are linked to create a family chalet.
Spitzkoppen Lodge offers an unforgettable world-class VIP service as it makes guests feel like Royalty.

During your stay:
1. Go for a walk and explore the imposing granite rock formations or
2. Take a guided tour and view ancient San rock art or
3. Embark on Guided Mountain Hiking / Climbing and sunset tours

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

Day 6 - 7Damaraland - Swakopmund

Leaving behind dramatic granite boulders, after a mouth-watering breakfast, our next stop on this “Off the Beaten Track’’ iconic journey is Swakopmund just around 3 hours drive from Spitzkoppen Lodge. Swakopmund is a quaint little seaside town known as the activity centre of Namibia because nowhere else in the country travellers will find such a variety of possible activities. While you are there, explore the small town on foot and make sure that you visit the Karakul Weavers with plenty of souvenir shops to choose from.

Drop from the Sky on a Skydiving Adventure: Swakopmund has one of the most unique environments on the planet, meaning you’ll surely get an experience free-falling that is unlike any before — and paying only a fraction of the price that you will pay at other places, it is definitely an opportunity not to be missed.

In the morning after breakfast take a 30mn drive to Walvis Bay which makes a great and easy day trip along a beautiful desert coastal highway. You’ll have the opportunity to explore a completely different city.
On your way there, you may pass flamingos and pelicans feeding on the surrounding wetland and on arrival, join a sailing excursion aboard a catamaran to Pelican Point (departure at 08h30) where a large Seal colony and playful Dolphins will entertain you. On board the boat you will be treated to fresh oysters, snacks, sparkling wine & soft drinks. The cruise lasts between 2 ½ – 3 hours.
Drive back to Swakopmund and spend the Afternoon at the Jetty and later enjoy dinner at any of its restaurants.

Accommodation is at Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre, a Beach front property which puts the best of Swakopmund at your fingertips, making your stay both relaxing and enjoyable.
You may decide to drop the car rental at the end of your coastal stay.

Accommodation: Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre
Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Day 8 - 10Swakopmund - Kaokoland

Today is the start of the fly-In section of this safari as we travel deep in north-western Namibia. After breakfast, you will be driven to the airport for your scheduled flight to Sesfontein Airstrip. On arrival there, you will be welcomed and transferred by road to Hoanib Valley Camp, a journey of about two hours.

The Camp is located in Kaokoland deep in north-western Namibia, an area made of towering mountains, sand dunes, and huge expanses of desert, scattered with unique wildlife and nomadic Himba settlements. It’s also one of Namibia’s most remote and wild environments and one that not many will get the chance to discover in a lifetime.
Hoanib Valley Camp is a small and intimate camp tucked into dry riverbeds and towering dunes. It comprises six rooms only which blend seamlessly with the environment, offering a simple aesthetic that matches the rugged landscape down to a tee. Guests visiting this camp can expect personalized service and attention to detail.

Enjoy the following activities during your stay
1. Game drives to track desert-adapted lions, elephants and giraffes
2. Nature walks
3. Rhino tracking
4. Cultural experiences with local Herero people
5. Visits to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation field-based

Accommodation: Hoanib Valley Camp
Meal Plan: Fully Inclusive and safari activities

Day 11 - 13Kaokoland - Skeleton Coast

This morning we make our way even further west to the Skeleton Coast where the sand meets the sea.
This is an early start for a 6 to 7-hour road transfer to Shipwreck Lodge with packed breakfast and lunch en route; seat, relax and enjoy the changing scenery and dramatic landscapes as well as some wildlife such as Giraffes, Oryx and if lucky even Elephants.
(This road transfer can be substituted with a scheduled light aircraft transfer – on own account- from Sesfontein airstrip to Möwe Bay airstrip – followed by a complementary two-hour road transfer to the lodge)

Shipwreck Lodge is one of the most uniquely designed lodges that one can ever hope to visit. It has been designed to echo the shipwrecks that are scattered along the tumultuous Namibian coastline and is the only lodge located inside the famed “Skeleton Coast National Park”. Surrounded by the stark realities that only a true desert can offer, Shipwreck Lodge is a singular experience. This exclusive destination opened its doors in June 2018 and is one of Namibia’s most mystical places to spend the night and the pristine, untouched surroundings will take your breath away. There’s nowhere on the continent quite like Shipwreck Lodge. In fact, there’s nowhere on the continent quite like the Skeleton Coast.
This area offers much more than simple isolation.

During your stay:
1. Explore the dunes of the Skeleton Coast, a dramatically beautiful yet eerily mysterious part of the country – Go quad biking on the skeleton coast’s dunes
2. Explore a raw, rugged and impossibly remote slice of the African wilderness.
3. Spend a day exploring the dry riverbeds, starting with a sunrise breakfast overlooking the incredible landscape and ending with a climb to the top of the great roaring dunes.
4. Learn about the history behind the dramatic shipwrecks that line the mist-enshrouded coastline.
5. Look for tok-tokkie beetles and the unusual plants and lichens that survive in the cold fog that rolls off the ocean.

Accommodation: Shipwreck Lodge Skeleton Coast
Meal Plan: Fully Inclusive and safari activities

Day 14Skeleton Coast – Windhoek - Departure

Today, your “Off the Beaten Track” spectacular Namibia journey comes to an end. After this morning’s last activity followed by breakfast, it is time to bid farewell to the staff at the lodge before embarking on a two-hour road transfer that will take you from Shipwreck Lodge to Möwe Bay airstrip to connect with your scheduled Light aircraft transfer to Eros Airport. Upon arrival there, you will be met and transferred to Hosea Kutako Windhoek International Airport for your onward 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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