Greater Windhoek – Sossusvlei – Swakopmund – Twyfelfontein – Palmwag – Etosha South – Onguma Game Reserve – Okonjima Nature Reserve
17 Days / 16 Nights
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
- Spending the first night in the capital to acclimatise and rest up before tackling the dirt roads.
- Make sure to always have drinking water in the vehicle.
- Wear sunscreen and hats.
- Do not leave any valuables visibly in the vehicle (cameras, phones, laptops etc.).
- Make sure to always have both (two) spare tyres.
Day 1&2: Arrival in Greater Windhoek
Welcome to Namibia!
You have arrived at one of the world’s most contrasting landscapes covering 824 269 km2, ranging from the world’s oldest desert to rugged mountains, dense woodlands and lily-carpeted waterways.
You will arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport, where you will be met by the car hire shuttle service.
After you have checked through passport control, picked up your luggage and passed through customs you will enter into the arrivals hall. Please be on the lookout for your name printed or written on the “Welcome” piece of paper which the driver will hold up.
You will then be transferred to the Na’an ku se Lodge & Wildlife Sanctuary.
Full Carnivore Feeding Tour
During the two and half hour drive you will visit our baboons, caracals, lions, cheetahs, wild dogs and leopards. Watch them being fed by our experienced guides while they explain how these carnivores came to live on this reserve. Followed by a scenic drive with a good chance of spotting some of the other wildlife. This is not just a great way to learn about these amazing animals and how they behave in the wild, it is also a great up-close photo opportunity.
A superb introduction to conservation and the work we do here at N/a’an ku sê.
Behind the Scenes with Marlice van Vuuren
Follow in Marlice’s footsteps and get an intimate view of the workings of a wildlife reserve and sanctuary. After enjoying a sumptuous breakfast at N/a’an ku sê Lodge, take a stroll on our beautiful reserve with a magnificent caracal, before meeting Marlice at the wildlife sanctuary. Here you will learn all about our human- carnivore conflict mitigation research and become smitten with our gorgeous sanctuary orphans. Bond with the baby baboons (there’s nothing like it) and become fully immersed in Marlice’s magical world!
Activities included: Join the full carnivore feeding tour & behind the scenes with Marelice van Vuuren.
Day 3&4: Sossusvlei
You will be transferred to the car hire depot, in the capital at 08H00 for vehicle hand-over. From here you will start your self-drive safari to Sossusvlei, sometimes written Sossus Vlei. It is 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.
The name “Sossusvlei” is often used in an extended meaning to refer to the surrounding area (including other neighbouring vleis such as Deadvlei and other high dunes.
This is one of the major visitor attractions of Namibia.
You will be staying inside the park, making it very convenient to visit the Vlei at sunrise or sunset.
Points of interest: Sesriem, Sossusvlei Vlei, Bid Daddy, Dune 45
Activities offered in the area: Hot Air Ballooning, Scenic Flights and plenty of guided nature drives
Day 5&6: Swakopmund
Today you are heading to the quaint and small coastal town of Swakopmund.
(German for “Mouth of the Swakop”)
Stop over at Solitaire, a small settlement in the Khomas Region of central Namibia near the Namib-Naukluft National Park.
It currently features the only gasoline station, post office, bakery, and the only general dealer between the dunes at Sossusvlei and the coast at Walvis Bay, as well as to the capital Windhoek.
Insider Tip: Try their Apple Strudel (Pie), it is amazing!
Make sure you fuel up before leaving, as the next fuelling station will only be in Walvis Bay.
Day 2 Activities in Swakopmund
Desert Explorers Kayaking Scenic Tour
Desert Explorers Kayaking Scenic Tour starts with a drive from Swakopmund down to Walvis Bay, stopping briefly at Paaltjies to observe the bird life. From there, the tour continues with a 4×4 drive to Pelican Point, where kayaking will take place for 2 hours. If guests are lucky they may have the opportunity to kayak with seals and play with dolphins. Afterwards, guests can enjoy a delicious picnic lunch on the beach at the Pelican Point.
Desert Explorers Quad Biking
Desert Explorers Quad Biking tours are available to guests in a variety of durations including 45 minutes, 90 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hour, 3 hour, as well as overnight. Quad biking tours range from adrenaline junky options which include wild dunes and spirals of the Namib desert, to much slower tours where guests can explore and discover the land’s plant and animal life.
Points of interest: Cape Cross Seal Colony, Namib Desert, Welwitschia, Martin Luther Locomotive
Activities offered in the area: Scenic Flights, Living Desert Tours, Quad biking, Sand Boarding and much more.
Restaurants we recommend: Brauhause, Kückie’s Pub, The Tug & The Lighthouse.
Day 7&8: Twyfelfontein
Get an early start, as you will be heading to the Damaraland today. From Swakopmund you will drive north up the Skeleton Coast.
You could detour north and visit the Cape Cross seal colony if you have not already visited the seals from Swakopmund.
The road will lead you to Twyfelfontein via Brandberg Mountain which is Namibia’s highest mountain. You can stop and hike up to the White Lady rock Painting (this is about a 2 hour detour).
A visit to the Twyfelfontein Rock engravings is highly recommended.
Other attractions in the area include the Petrified Forest, Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain. This landscape is best viewed as the sun begins to set.
Try to visit The Living Museum of the Damara.
Day 2 Activity from lodge lead by a guide.
Madisa Camp Elephant Tracking
Madisa Camp Elephant Tracking is a full day’s activity depending on how far away the elephants are. The tour involves guests going out with an experienced guide, tracking and learning how to read the bush, to find the gentle giants in their natural environment. The tour includes lunch and drinks.
Points of interest: Brandberg Mountain, World Famous Rock Paintings at Twyfelfontein, the Petrified Forrest & Organ Pipes.
Activities offered in the area: Guided Desert Elephant Tracking & Nature / Game Drives, Hiking Trails.
Day 9: Palmwag
After a scrumptious breakfast on the veranda of the restaurant with the Black Eagles hovering around the cliffs, the guests who prefer an early start to the day will depart at around 7.30 AM for a 3 hour walk on top of the plateau.
Our knowledgeable guide will enable guests to enjoy the local flora, the amazing rock formations of the Etendeka Mountains and the shy wild animals, long inhabitants of this plateau. For the afternoon walkers, departure is around 4.30 PM after coffee and tea, served with home-made cakes for extra energy for the hike.
Points of interest: Guided Hikes & Visiting a couple of authentic homesteads of the Damara people.
Activities offered in the area: Desert Elephant Tracking, Black Rhino Tracking and a visit to a local Himba or Damara Village.
Day 11&12: Etosha National Park South
Today you will head to Etosha National Park.
You can self-drive your game drives or pre-book guided game drives (at extra charge) from the lodge.
Points of interest: Etosha Watering holes.
Activities offered in the area: AM / PM Guided Game Drives as well as night time game drives with knowledgeable Guides / Rangers.
Day 13&14: Onguma Game Reserve
Onguma Game Reserve is situated on the eastern side of the Etosha Park in Namibia, bordering Fischer’s Pan. Onguma Bush Camp is one of five lodges set inside this Reserve and is signposted from the Namutoni Gate opposite Mokuti Lodge.
Onguma Game Reserve covers more than 20,000 hectares of protected land and wildlife. Their nature reserve boasts over thirty different animal species. Predators such as lion, cheetah and leopard are common residents of the area. The latest addition to the already abundant wildlife at Onguma Nature Reserve is a family of black rhinos!
Points of interest: Etosha National Park.
Activities offered in the area: Game & Nature Drives.
Day 15&16: Okonjima Nature Reserve
Okonjima Plains Camp is situated halfway between Windhoek and Etosha National Park. The lodge is home to The AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organization, committed to the long-term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores, notably cheetahs and leopards.
Okonjima – Large Carnivore tracking on foot
Guests staying at any of Okonjima’s camps can partake in a tracking, on-foot safari, alongside guides in search of AfriCat’s rehabilitated carnivores within our 22 000ha private nature reserve.
Okonjima Nocturnal Game Drives
After the sun has set and the temperatures have dropped, the African bush comes to life once again: bat-eared foxes roam about, aardwolves are on the hunt for insects, owls observe their surroundings from a height, while leopards and brown hyaena go out in search of unsuspecting prey. Guests are invited on a nocturnal game drive, led by our knowledgeable guides around the Okonjima Nature Reserve.
Points of interest: AfriCAT Foundation.
Activities offered in the area: Guided Game & Nature Drives.
Day 17: Arrival back in Windhoek
Today you will drive back to Windhoek and return the rental vehicle, to the car hire depot, about three (3) hours prior to departure flight, unless the flight leaves after 18H00, then the vehicle has to be returned at the latest, at 16H00.
The last airport transfer leaves Windhoek just after 16H00.
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