WINDHOEK - OKONJIMA - ETOSHA NP - DAMARALAND -
SWAKOPMUND - SOSSUSVLEI - WINDHOEK
Day 1: Windhoek
Upon your arrival at Hosea Kutako (Windhoek) International Airport you will be met by our representative who will drive you to the exceptional Olive Grove Guest House. Windhoek, the country's capital is a bustling metropolis that is unexpectedly neat and orderly - though this is perhaps less surprising when one considers it was a German territory for many years. This is the main port of call for most tourists and all travellers pass through the city at least once. Windhoek lies in a pretty valley with buildings very much in the German architectural style. The German presence can be strongly felt in the food, restaurants - and of course the beer. The Namibian beer is said to be the best in Africa, and is brewed in Windhoek.
Overnight at the Olive Grove Guest House in a luxury room on bed and breakfast basis.
Days 2 & 3: Okonjima Park
On Day 2, wake up to a sensational breakfast before you hop into your car for a 3 hour, scenic drive to Okonjima Bush Camp. Just west of the renowned Waterberg Plateau Park, amidst vast plains scattered with the remnants of ancient sandstone outcrops that skirt the Omboroko Mountains, is Okonjima. A Herero name meaning “place of the baboons” this spectacular area is home to Okonjima Lodge and the world-famous AFRICAT Foundation, which supports the conservation of the world’s largest free-ranging population of cheetah and Namibia’s large wildcat
population.Among the carnivores being researched and rehabilitated at AFRICAT are cheetah, leopard, lion, caracal, wild dog and hyena. Visitors to the area can embark on interpretive tours of the foundation as well as enjoy breathtaking nature drives.
Adventures include cheetah tracking on foot, leopard tracking, birdwatching and the opportunity to embark on the
Bushmen Trail where guests can experience a day in the life of a San Bushman. Overnights at Okonjima Lodge on full board basis.
Days 4 & 5: Etosha National Park
After a wholesome breakfast on Day 4, head off on a 3 to 4 hour self drive adventure to the beautiful Onguma Tented Camp.
Etosha is one of Africa’s great wildlife parks and Namibia’s prime wildlife conservation area. Spanning a vast 22 300km², it consists mostly of grassy plains around a huge saltpan, which becomes a beautiful lake after heavy rains and attracts large flocks of pink candy-flossed-coloured flamingos. Etosha hosts a vast array of animals, including the Big Five as well as giraffes and rare and unusual species like the black-faced impala, Hartmann’s Mountain zebra or the smallest antelope in the world, the Damara dikdik.Spend two nights at Onguma Tented Camp in a twin bedded tent. Your stay includes meals as well as two guided
nature walks. Optional adventures include morning and afternoon game drives into Etosha National Park.
Overnights at Onguma Tented Camp on full board basis
Day 6: Etosha
Today you’ll drive through breathtaking wilderness to Ongava Lodge where you will spend the next two nights. Your travelling time will depend on how long you choose to view the exceptional wildlife you may encounter on your route. Etosha National Park is Namibia's premier wildlife destination and one of Africa's largest game reserves. Large herds of wildlife teem around the waterholes and the endless plains offer breathtaking vistas. The Ongava Game Reserve shares an unfenced boundary with the Etosha National Park, enabling large game such as elephant and lion to move freely between the Park and the Reserve. Spend one night at Ongava Lodge in a chalet with ensuite bathroom. Your stay includes all meals and scheduled activities.Adventures revolve around day and night wildlife-viewing drives, visiting hides that overlook waterholes and walks with experienced guides. Game drives and daytrips into the easily accessible Okaukuejo area of Etosha National Park are rewarding, with sightings of lion, elephant, gemsbok, springbok, red hartebeest, and white and black
rhino. Overnight at Ongava Lodge on full board basis.
Day 7 & 8: Damaraland
On Day 7, hop back into your car for the approximately 5-hour journey to Mowani Mountain Camp.Situated on the eastern side of the Skeleton Coast National Park and southwest of Etosha National Park, is the
breathtaking mountainous region of Damaraland
Here, an assortment of desert-adapted wildlife such as elephant, rhino, zebra and lion seek-out an existence in this near-barren landscape. A not-to-be-missed attraction is the picturesque Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain, which is home to thousands of ancient rock paintings – most notably, The White Lady. While nearby, the rocky outcrops of Twyfelfontein feature exceptional Bushmen engravings, which are considered to be some of the best preserved etchings on the continent. Visitors to Damaraland can view one of its more unusual habitats – the Petrified Forest, which dates back millions of years
and offers a haunting landscape of gigantic fossilized trees, some up to 30 meters (100ft) in length.
Adventures include two guided nature walks and a selection of two other adventures, which include an elephant nature drive, a petrified forest nature drive and an excursion to Twyfelfontein, Burnt Mountain and Organ Pipes. Overnights at Mowani TentedCamp on full board basis.
Days 9 & 10: Swakopmund
After breakfast on Day 9, drive to Swakopmund where you will spend the next two nights.
Swakopmund is a charming little seaside town, on Namibia’s western coast, retains a strong German flavor –from the cobbled streets and picturesque buildings, down to the typical German restaurants and pubs. This town is traditionally a holiday spot for locals and foreigners alike, with many opportunities for adventure sports and some good old-fashioned fun. Swakopmund is an ideal place to relax after a few days in the desert; wash off the sand and sample some of the finely-brewed local beer and renowned Swakopmund fare such as fish, lobster and the utterly delicious Swakopmund oysters.
Overnights at the Swakopmund Guest House on bed and breakfast basis.
Days 11 - 13: Sossusvlei / Namib-Naukluft Park
After exploring the many sights of Swakopmund, drive approximately 5 to 6 hours to Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, passing through some of Namibia’s most dramatic landscapes en route. One of the highlights of any trip to Namibia is a visit to Sossusvlei in the heart of the enormous, almost 50 000km² Namib-Naukluft Park. Easily accessible to visitors, Sossusvlei is a clay pan, only rarely filled by water, but a place of awe-inspiring beauty. Visitors to the region will be left spellbound by the magnificent ochre-colored sand dunes, which rise over 300m into the sky – the highest sand dunes in the world.
During your two day stay. activities include scenic drives with an opportunity to encounter a variety of desert-adapted animals such as gemsbok, zebra, springbok, bat-eared fox, aardwolf, caracal and jackal. Guided walks and hiking trails are also available, as are guided quad bike trails on set paths through the dunes. A resident astronomer and high-powered telescope provide breathtaking views of the clear desert night skies. Sossusvlei excursion is also included for 2013.
Overnights at &Beyond Desert Lodge on full board basis.
Day 14: Departure
After breakfast drive back to Windhoek Airport , drop off your car and hop on your onward flight.