Windhoek – Mariental – Sossusvlei – Swakopmund – Damaraland – Palmwag – Etosha West – Etosha South – Waterberg Region
16 Days / 15 Nights
Available for two (2) persons sharing.
This tour is available for Low, Mid-Range, Luxury & Exclusive budgets.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Hosea Kutako International Airport|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Check in at least 2 hours before your flight.|
Things we recommend
- Make sure to always have drinking water in the vehicle.
- Wear sunscreen and hats.
- Do not leave any valuables visible in the vehicle (cameras, phones, laptops etc.).
Day 1: Windhoek
The adventure begins as soon as you touch ground at Hosea Kutako International Airport. Our friendly guide will be waiting for you at the arrival gates.
Catch your first glimpses of Windhoek through the car window as we transport you directly to your hotel to freshen up and unwind.
In the afternoon we will head out on a guided Windhoek City & Township Tour. Learn about the city’s rich heritage through the eyes of our expert guide and taste some delicious local cuisine.
For your first Namibian dinner, we will take you to the world-famous Joe’s Beerhouse.
Day 2&3: Mariental
Making our way South we will spend the next two nights in the Kalahari Desert.
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Lodge lies on the edge of the southern Kalahari only 50-minute drive from Mariental.
This is a peaceful owner-run lodge located in a mixed tree and shrub savanna setting, broken by deep red parallel sand dunes. The valleys in between the parallel dunes are commonly known as ‘dune streets’.
The lodge has the following on offer (Rates on request).
In association with the Cheetah conservation fund, Bagatelle is the custodian of cheetah kept in an enclosure right next to the recreation area. The facility was built exceeding the requirements laid down by the Ministry of Tourism and wildlife and under the guidance of the Cheetah conservation fund. These captive cheetahs are not able to be released into the wild and have to remain in captivity for the rest of their lives. The aim is to ensure that this happens in a way that ensures the best quality of life for these speedsters of the savanna.
Morning Scenic Drive
The quiet of the early morning is best experienced in the dunes. An amazing diversity of animal and bird life live here. Learn about the unique dune topography and vegetation on your route.
Afternoon Sundowner Drive
Watching the sun set and the ever-changing colours of the landscape is a photographers delight. Cool sundowner drinks add to the enjoyment.
Morning Walk With The San
The Kalahari Desert is alive with desert-adapted creatures large and small. With your knowledgeable guide the opportunity to explore the dunes is not to be missed. This is a fascinating excursion to learn how these hardy creatures can survive in such harsh conditions.
Horseback safaris around the ranch can be organized. Booking in advance is necessary.
Night Game Drive
As Bagatelle is on private property a night drive can be organized. Search for some of the more elusive creatures that only appear after dark. Stargazing: The beautiful bright Namibian skies offer unparalleled stargazing opportunities.
Birdwatching trips at Bagatelle can be organized around the Kalahari dunes. Doves and raptors have been recorded here and the spectacular displays of the white-quilled korhaan in the breeding season are of great interest.
Day 4&5: Sossusvlei
The road takes you south-west, to the oldest desert in the world.
You will be spending the next two nights in the vast and glorious Namib Desert, more specifically the Sossusvlei area. A salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert and in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia.
Hoodia Desert Lodge is situated on the banks of the Tsauchab river and is only 22 km from the Sesriem entrance to Sossusvlei. It is the ideal location to visit Sesriem Canyon, the magnificent dunes of Sossusvlei and on to the Namib Naukluft Park.
Rise early and enter the park to see the beautiful colours change, as the sun rises over the towering red sand dunes. You will visit Sossusvlei and Deadvlei with your guide.
You have the afternoon is at leisure, but your guide can take you back out into the dunes for further explorations. The sunsets are spectacular too!
Day 6,7&8: Swakopmund
Today we will leave Sossusvlei and make our way to the Atlantic Ocean. Swakopmund, a quaint and small coastal town means “Mouth of the Swakop” in German.
Passing through Solitaire en-route, which is known in The Netherlands because of the book of the same name, by Dutch author Ton van der Lee, telling about his stay in this place.
This settlement it is located in central Namibia near the Namib-Naukluft National Park and currently hosts the only cafe, gasoline station and bakery. We will stop here for their world-famous Apfel Strudel (Apple Pie).
There is also a small general dealer, the only one between the dunes at Sossusvlei and the coast at Walvis Bay, as well as all the way to the capital of Windhoek.
Imagine being out at sea with the fresh ocean air, surrounded by dolphins, while sipping on sparkling wine and snacking on oysters. If that sounds good to you then this is the tour for you!
Dolphins are found in this area all year round, and the possibility of feeding a friendly seal on board the boat, makes this an experience you won’t soon forget. Returning back to the harbour around lunch time, your guide will take you back to Swakopmund for lunch.
Activities offered in the area: Catamaran Cruise
See the Namib Desert come to life and discover its many wonders. Stand the chance to encounter sidewinder snakes, Namaqua chameleons, dancing lizards and much much more.
The Living Desert Tour makes for excellent photographic opportunities.
Activities offered in the area: Full Day Living Desert Tour
Day 9: Damaraland
Get an early start, as you will be heading to Damaraland today.
There is much to see and explore in the Twyfelfontein area. In order to visit here, you will need about 2 hours.
Activities offered in the area: Hike to the White Lady Rock Painting, Desert Elephant Nature Drive, Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings, Petrified Forest, Burnt Mountain, Living Museum of the Damara.
Day 10&11: Palmwag
Today we make our way to Etendeka Mountain Camp, a small, friendly and relaxed rustic camp set on the edge of the rocky Namib Desert.
Owner-run for over 2 decades the location in an area of 50 000-ha is beautifully nestled in the foothills of the Grootberg Massif. An absolute treat!
Head out on guided game & nature drives. Expect to see Hartmann’s mountain zebra, oryx and springbok on the drive in. Rare sightings of black rhino and aardwolf have also been recorded on Etendeka game drives.
Day 12: Etosha West
The road takes us to Otjitotongwe Cheetah Farm Today. Situated in north-eastern Namibia, 24 km east of Kamanjab on the north side of the road.
It is home to a non-profit organization, aimed at conserving cheetahs in a natural environment. The 7,000-ha farm, has both tame and wild cheetahs, many bought from farmers to prevent them from being killed.
Day 13&14: Etosha South
Today we will head north to Etosha National Park. We will be staying just 8 km outside the park which makes it very convenient to explore the park.
Head out for a full day of game viewing. Make sure you have your camera batteries charged!
Day 15: Waterberg Region
Making our way back to Windhoek we will stop over in the Waterberg region.
Aloegrove Safari Lodge specialize in hosting small private groups. The main emphasis here is on undivided personal attention and the owners and management pride themselves in putting their guests first.
The main wildlife attraction here is their daily lion, cheetah and leopard feeding. This makes for some fantastic photo opportunities.
Day 17: Return to Windhoek
Today you will drive back to Windhoek and return the rental vehicle to the car hire depot. An airport transfer will be arranged after vehicle check-in.