The 'must see' highlights of Namibia
Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland and The Etosha National Park
This Safari in Namibia includes:
- Accommodation for 10 nights in 3 & 4-star hotels and lodges (2 Sossusvlei, 2 Swakopmund, 1 Damaraland, 2 Opuwo, 3 Etosha National Park)
- English speaking guide
- VW Microbus or 4x4 Landcruiser transport
- Complimentary Springboard Vacations Travel Protection Plan
- Springboard Vacations’ 24/7 local travel assistance and support
Land only - does not include airfares
DAY ONE - WINDHOEK TO THE NAMID DESERT
Depart at around 900A from Windhoek via the scenic and steep Spreetshoogte Pass to the beautifully set Namib Naukluft Lodge. A light lunch will be served. During the afternoon you have time to relax at the swimming pool and/or join a walking trail in the mountains. Overnight with full board at Namib Naukluft Lodge.
DAY TWO – NAMIB DESERT
An early morning rise will be rewarded by the sight of the spectacular dunes at Sossusvlei on your excursion. Make the effort to climb one of the dunes and you may be overwhelmed by the sight of the dynamic and living desert. Visit the Sesriem Canyon before returning to the Lodge for lunch. During the late afternoon a sundowner drive to the natural marble mountains on the 25,000 ha private nature reserve is offered. Overnight with full board at Namib Naukluft Lodge.
DAY THREE – SOSSUSVLEI TO SWAKOPMUND
En route to Swakopmund we will drive through the Namib Desert. Enjoy the Kuiseb Canyon, the drive along the Swakop riverbed and stops at the moonlandscape and at the Welwitschia mirabelis, an ancient plant endemic to the Namib Desert. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure and you can explore the little coastal resort on your own. Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at the Hansa Hotel or similar.
DAY FOUR – WALVIS BAY
Today, we will drive to Walvis Bay and you may want to join one of the optional tours (kayaking in the Walvis Bay lagoon, quad biking on the dunes en route to Walvis Bay, a boat trip from the Walvis Bay yacht harbor, etc.) or you might enjoy walking along the lagoon to view the prolific birdlife including a huge population of flamingos. Return to Swakopmund in the afternoon and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (Optional: A sundowner flight along the coastline in a small aircraft). Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at the Hansa Hotel or similar.
DAY FIVE – SWAKOPMUND TO TWYFELFONTEIN
Today, we drive along the coastline via Henties Bay and Uis to the vast regions of the Damaraland. We shall visit the famous rock-engravings at Twyfelfontein and arrive at the lodge during the course of the afternoon. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis at Twyfelfontein Lodge.
DAY SIX – TWYFELFONTEIN TO OPUWO
We carry on via Palmwag & Sesfontein into the Kaokoveld. This area is shared by desert elephant, black rhino, giraffe and lion, as well as the Himba people, one of the last nomadic tribes in Africa. The Kaokoland is often described as one of the last truly wild areas in the North West of Namibia. Our lodge is located on a mountain side and you'll have beautiful views into this arid landscape. Overnight on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis at Opuwo Country Lodge.
DAY SEVEN – HIMBA SETTLEMENT EXCURSION
After breakfast, we take along a local guide and a few items for the Himba people, and depart to a Himba settlement. Here you will meet the people and gain some insight into their day to day lives. We return to the lodge for lunch (for your own account) and have the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Overnight on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis at Opuwo Country Lodge.
DAY EIGHT – OPUWO TO ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
Today we enter the Etosha National Park at the western side. This gate is closed to the public and only open for tour operators with a special permit. We shall see the ' Haunted Forest ', before we arrive at Okaukuejo or Halali. A floodlit waterhole at either of the camps enables you to view the game also during the evening and night time, which is otherwise not possible. Dinner, bed and breakfast at Okaukuejo, Halali Rest Camp or outside the park at one of the private lodges.
DAY NINE – ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
We follow the rhythm of the animals during our stay in Etosha - up early to watch them feed in the coolness of the morning, returning to camp then heading across the Park to one of the lodges just outside Etosha, our base for tonight. Etosha is home to species of game including elephants, black and white rhino, lion, leopard, endangered cheetah, hyena, giraffe and numerous species of antelope, it's a wildlife enthusiast's paradise. Overnight, dinner, bed and breakfast at Mokuti Lodge.
DAY TEN – ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
We enter once more into the Etosha National Park to explore the 'Fisher's Pan' as well as the north-eastern section at Andoni. We return the same route through the Etosha National Park for more game viewing before we arrive back at the lodge. Overnight, dinner, bed and breakfast at Mokuti Lodge.
DAY ELEVEN – RETURN TO WINDHOEK
After breakfast we depart to Tsumeb, an old mining town. We visit the ethnological museum here and continue via Otjiwarongo to Okahandja, where we stop at the woodcrafters market. You can do some shopping here before we arrive in Windhoek during the later afternoon.
Dates & Conditions
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Subject to availability
Price is USD based at today's foreign exchange rate
Begins and ends in Windhoek
Land only - does not include airfares
Currency data courtesy coinmill.com
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Safari code: 30302NA01