Namibia Highlights

Windhoek to Windhoek

13 days from €4,840 per person

At 824,000 square kilometers, Namibia is immense even by African standards. But it’s what occupies this seemingly endless amount of space that makes it special. Namibia is filled with rugged, beautiful landscapes of every kind creating an otherworldly environment from which an amazing wealth of wildlife has adapted and thrived. It’s perfect for nature lovers, for adventurers or solace seekers, and for people looking to be inspired long after their departure.

Part of the allure of Namibia is that it’s four countries in one. Four different landscapes, each with its own characteristics and attractions. The most definitive is the Namib, a long coastal desert that runs the length of the country. The central plateau is divided between rugged mountain ranges and sand-filled valleys. Next is the vast Kalahari Desert with its ancient red sand and sparse vegetation. Finally, Kavango and Caprivi, blessed with tropical forests, perennial rivers and woodland savannahs.

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Departure on March 10th, 2019

From €4,840 per person

Total price including the flights, based on 2 sharing.

Day 1: Windhoek

10 March

Upon arrival meet your local driver and guide and transfer to your hotel in Windhoek to check in and enjoy the rest of the day free at leisure after a long flight.
Accommodation: Windhoek Safari Court Hotel
Distance travelled: 47km | 45 mins
Day 2: Sossusvlei

11 March

Subtle shifting sand dunes sculpted by the wind, Sossusvlei is often referred to as the “Dune Sea”. Located in the heart of the Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei facets an air of isolation and tranquility where one can find perspective and serenity amongst the orange dunes and ‘cracked white floor’ of the vlei (dried up saltpan). Upon arrival in Sossusvlei enjoy the rest of the day relaxing, where you will experience a true African accommodation experience.
Accommodation: Desert Hills Glamping
Distance travelled: 315km | 4,5 – 5hrs
Day 3: Sossusvlei
12 March
We will start very early this morning to catch the beautiful sunrise in Sossusvlei, and to avoid the most heat. Morning excursion into Sossusvlei & Deadvlei where guests have the option of climbing the world’s highest sand dune, or simply stroll around the breathtaking Deadvlei area. To experience the full magnitude of this ancient 32000 square kilometers sand sea, one has to climb the dunes. The highest dune being Big Daddy at 325 meters is the most accessible but toughest to take on. The reward however is a panoramic view of the Dead Vleiwith the 900-year-old Camelthorn trees. The contrasts of the shadows on the dunes, the clear blue sky and blackened dead trees against the orange dunes is a must see when visiting Namibia.
Accommodation: Desert Hills Glamping
Distance Travelled: 140km | 2hrs
Day 4: Swakopmund
13 March
This morning you will get the opportunity to fly in a Hot Air Balloon over the desert, a truly unique experience–kindly note this is not included in the program, but can be booked and paid for on spot. In the early afternoon transfer to Swakopmund. Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Namib Dunes you will find a jewel of a town filled with historic buildings and landmarks creating the ambience of a small German town. Travelers can expect to dine at some of the finest restaurants overlooking the Atlantic, and enjoy luxury accommodation, often a stone throw away from the beach. Various activities are offered in and around the coastal town and you’ll the get the opportunity to experience whatever suits you. Being one of Namibia’s main tourist towns visitors are welcomed by the locals and guaranteed friendly service and a memorable stay.
Accommodation: Strand Hotel
Distance Travelled: 350km | 5 – 5,5 hrs
Day 5: Swakopmund
14 March
You have today free at leisure, where you can stroll through the beautiful town of Swakopmund and/or join some excellent guided
tours in the area. There is enough to choose from and something to suit everyone’s interests. For example you can Camel ride or Quad bike in the Namib Desert, experience Sandwich Harbor where the sand dunes meet the Atlantic Ocean, sail on a Dolphin Cruise, Skydive, visit Spitzkoppe and so much more.
Accommodation: Strand Hotel
Day 6: Damaraland
15 March
From Swakopmund we are heading North. Today’s destination is Damaraland Untamed and rugged, Damaraland is one of Namibia’s most scenic attractions. Highlights include Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandberg or ‘Burnt Mountain’ most famous for the rock painting of the White Lady’; Twyfelfontein with thousands of bushman rock paintings and of course Rhino & Desert Elephant tracking, truly magnificent and majestic creatures who adapted to survive in the harsh desert conditions. Impressive mountains await and with so many beautiful places to see, you may just end up visiting a place with no name. Upon arrival in our unique & exclusive lodge, enjoy the day at leisure.
Accommodation: Malansrurs Glamping
Distance Travelled: 330 km | 4.5 – 5 hrs
Day 7: Damaraland
March 16
Today we will explore the area, and enjoy guided excursions to view the Bushmen’s rock Engravings, as well as a safari tour in search of the magnificent Desert Elephant.The San, or Bushmen, are indigenous people in Southern Africa.Their ancient rock paintings and carvings are found in caves and on rock shelters. The artwork depicts non-human beings, hunters, and half-human half-animal hybrids. In Twyfelfontein we will walk around and view many of these impressive rock engravings. The Desert Elephant can only be found in 2 places in the world, here in Namibia and Mali. They are of high national and international conservation priority, and have been designated as top priority for protection by the IUCN. They have adapted to their dry, semi-desert environment by having a smaller body mass with proportionally longer legs and seemingly larger feet than other elephants. Their physical attributes allow them to cross miles of sand dunes to reach water.
Accommodation: Malansrurs Glamping
Day 8: Etosha National Park
17 March
After breakfast we transfer to Etosha National Park. Showcasing some of the most common and rarest wildlife species, Etosha offers visitors unforgettable sightings of free roaming wildlife. Experience the contrasts of wide grasslands, Camelthorn and Mopani trees with an enormous salt pan covering 4731km2; so big it can be seen from space. Being the 3rd largest game park in Africa, Etosha is a must for your travel list. Upon arrival at your lodge enjoy the rest of day free at leisure.
Accommodation: Safari Hoek
Distance Travelled: 300km | 4.5-5 hrs
Day 9: Etosha National Park
18 March
Early morning we will board a modified open-truck for a half day Safari in Etosha National Park. The tour is guided by a lodge guide with tremendous experience to help find the animals. The afternoon is free at leisure. Use the day to relax by the pool, sit at the waterhole or book an optional (not included) open-truck safari.
Accommodation: Safari Hoek
Day 10: Etosha National Park
19 March
Transfering from Etosha South side, to Etosha East gate we enjoy a full day Safari in search of all the African animals. Etosha National Park is unique in Africa. There is abundant wildlife that congregates around the waterholes, giving you almost guaranteed game sightings. At the same time Etosha is one of the most accessible game reserves in Namibia and Southern Africa. The areas with thicker vegetation are home to elephant (some of the largest in Africa due to the vitamins and nutrients found in the ground), the endangered black rhino and even leopard. Lions are camouflaged in the pale-golden colour of the grasslands, while giraffes rise high above most of the dry vegetation. Birders will love the experience, where more than 340 bird species have been counted in Etosha National Park. The migratory species, the European bee-eater is possibly the most popular sighting. The game reserve is also home to the world’s largest bird, the ostrich, and the heaviest flying bird, the kori bustard. We will enjoy lunch mid way through the park, and upon arrival at our lodge enjoy the evening free at leisure.
Accommodation: Namutoni Lodge
Distance Travelled: 275km | full day
Day 11: Otjiwa
20 March
From Etosha we are heading South bound towards Windhoek. Our next destination is Otjiwa. Set amidst the unspoilt beauty of Namibia’s oldest game farm, Otjiwa Safari Lodge is the ultimate holiday destination for those in search of an authentic African experience that meets the very best in international tourism standards. Enjoy the rest of the day free at leisure.
Accommodation: Otjiwa Lodge
Distance Travelled: 320km | 3.5 – 4 hrs
Day 12: Okonjima
21 March
Okonjima Nature Reserve is home to The AfriCat Foundation, renowned for its conservation work with predators across Namibia. It has grown significantly since it was established as a welfare organization in the early 1990’s and registered as a non-profit organization in 1993. Today, AfriCat’s mission is the long-term conservation of some of Namibia’s largest carnivores – such as brown hyena, leopard and cheetah, all of which can be seen during an environmental education visit to Okonjima. After breakfast we will go to Okonjima and enjoy the morning at AfriCat’s visitor center where we learn everything about the great work they do, followed by a visit to the Cheetah enclosure and then lunch. After, transfer back to Otjiwa for the afternoon at leisure. For those interested, it’s possible to book a Rhino tour from the lodge, subject to availability on spot.
Accommodation: Otjiwa Lodge
Day 13: Windhoek Airport
22 March
After breakfast we transfer to Windhoek Airport for your departure flight.
Destination: Windhoek Airport
Distance Travelled: 260 km |3–3,5 hrs

What’s included?

 

Accommodation: 12 nights
  • 1 night Safari Court Hotel, Windhoek
  • 2 nights Desert Hills, Sossusvlei
  • 2 nights Strand Hotel, Swakopmund
  • 2 nights Malansrus, Damaraland
  • 2 nights Safari Hoek, Etosha (west)
  • 1 night Namutoni, Etosha (east)
  • 2 nights Otjiwa Lodge
Meals
  • Breakfast every morning
  • 10 x lunches
  • 10 x dinners
Activities
  • Sossuvlei & Deadvlei Excursion
  • Elephant River Drive
  • Rock Engravings tour
  • Open Safari-Truck game drive
  • Okonjima AfriCat experience
Vehicle & local driver-guide throughout program
Tour Leader throughout program

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