Africa

Namibian Adventure Itinerary

Duration
12 Days Itinerary
From
USD $3,695 Dates/Prices
Day
Day 1
1

Windhoek

Welcome to Namibia! After arrival into Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport we are transferred to Windhoek, the country’s lively capital city. Surrounded by rolling hills, Windhoek is well known for its colonial German architecture and is the gateway to Namibia’s finest attractions.

We meet our small group this evening for a welcome dinner at Joe’s Beerhouse, considered Namibia’s best-known restaurant.

Note

Roads in Africa, particularly in the reserves and national parks, are comprised of dirt or gravel and as a result can be bumpy.

[Dinner]

Day 2
2

Windhoek to Sossusvlei

Our small group spends the morning exploring Windhoek on a city tour. We visit the Penduka Foundation and the Diamond Works at the Old Brewery Craft Centre - a great place for souvenirs. 

We then depart Windhoek and journey through the Namib Desert, the oldest desert on Earth, before arriving in Sossusvlei. Arguably Namibia’s most outstanding natural attraction, Sossusvlei is home to the world’s highest sand dunes. 

[Breakfast and Dinner]

Day 3
3

Sossusvlei

We rise before the sun this morning and enter Sossusvlei National Park at sunrise. A 4WD vehicle takes us through the park towards the highest sand dunes on Earth. Reaching the sand dunes, the sheer size of them will take your breath away. Visually stunning and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, we take part in a 1.5 kilometre walk across the dunes before making our way to the intriguing Dead Vlei.  A white clay pan surrounded by monumental dunes and dotted with age-old Camelthorn tree skeletons, Dead Vlei, or Death Valley, is a striking arid landscape and an incredible place to enjoy our breakfast this morning. After our feast we return to our lodge for a well-earned rest.

In the afternoon we venture to Sesriem Canyon to walk through its incredible rock formations, before enjoying a sundowner at Elim Dune. A photographer’s dream, we’ll witness the vivid contrast of colours between the changing sky, the red sand and the Naukluft mountains in the distance.

This evening we enjoy dinner served in the bush, surrounded by stunning nature and under the Namibian night sky.

[Breakfast and Dinner]

Day 4
4

Sossusvlei to Swakopmund

Swakopmund, where colonial-style architecture meets the coast. This friendly seaside resort city is a coastal playground with a range of sand and water-based activities, a wide choice of local boutique shopping, and a variety of cafes and restaurants.

We depart Sossusvlei this morning and journey on to Swakopmund. We cross through two geologically fascinating canyons, the Gaub and the Kuiseb, and the rolling hills of the Kuiseb Moon Valley as we make our way towards the Atlantic Ocean. We arrive in Swakopmund in the early afternoon and have the rest of the day to explore the city at our leisure.

Note

You may wish to take a scenic flight over the Skeleton Coast during your free time in Swakopmund. It is at an additional cost and requires separate organisation. We suggest you discuss your intentions with your tour guide.

[Breakfast]

Day 5
5

Swakopmund

Special Experience

This morning we take to the water on a half-day marine cruise on board a catamaran. The relaxed cruise will take us across the shallow waters of Walvis Bay lagoon as we spot marine life and enjoy a light lunch aboard the catamaran.

Spend the afternoon at leisure, exploring more of Swakopmund at your own pace.

[Breakfast and Lunch]

Day 6
6

Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe

We journey through the Namib desert today until we reach Spitzkoppe – the large granite rock formations that dramatically stand tall in the flat desert landscape. This afternoon we enjoy a sundowner and take in the incredible views of Spitzkoppe.

[Breakfast and Dinner]

Day 7
7

Spitzkoppe to Twyfelfontein (Damaraland)

Today we head further east into the heart of the Damaraland. Home to the rare desert elephant, the black rhino and free-roaming antelope species, this harsh, rocky environment is a sight to behold. Damaraland’s dramatic scenery isn’t short of spectacular, its plains are vast and wide with large mountains serving as the backdrop of this desert landscape.

Special Experience

Driving through one of the region’s many dry riverbeds, this afternoon we embark on a desert elephant drive. We explore the region’s dramatic scenery whilst keeping a look out for the incredible and rare desert elephant.

[Breakfast and Dinner]

Day 8
8

Twyfelfontein to Etosha West

We uncover the history of Damaraland this morning visiting Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where more than 2,500 ancient rock engravings are located. These fascinating 6,000-year-old engravings were made by the local Bushman communities of the time. We discover these ancient engravings, learning more about the history of the area. After our visit to Twyfelfontein we stop at the Damara Living Museum. Here, we gain further insight into the traditional Damara culture and way of life. We continue to the Petrified Forest, made up of over 50 fossilised trees thought to be 260 million years old.

Special Experience

We visit Himba Village this afternoon. Here, we mix with the local people and learn about their culture, traditions and way of life.

Next, our small group departs for Etosha. We enjoy dinner this evening at our lodge.

[Breakfast and Dinner]

Day 9
9

Etosha National Park

Famous for the variety of wildlife that fill its vast and unique landscape, Etosha National Park is Africa’s third largest game park. Giraffes, elephants, rhinos, lions and more call Etosha home and can be found lazing the day away throughout the park. The park’s landscape is made up of a large saltpan and low-lying scrubland, creating perfect conditions to spot large herds of local wildlife.  Locals refer to Etosha as ‘the great white place of dry water’.

Today is all about wildlife as we embark on a full day of game viewing throughout the park. We rise before the sun and spend our day in 4WD safari vehicles aiming to spot a variety of different animals, including 4 of the ‘Big Five’ – elephant, lion, leopard and rhino.

We visit the many waterholes in the park where more than 100 different game species and more than 340 bird species can be spotted. We marvel at the wonders of the park and experience the magic of witnessing some of the world’s most spectacular wildlife in their natural habitat

[Breakfast and Dinner]

Day 10
10

Etosha National Park

We rise early this morning for our first game drive of the day. We explore more of Etosha National Park and watch as the animals wake for the day. Our game drive continues throughout the day and we enjoy lunch in the national park. We arrive at our lodge and enjoy dinner together this evening.

[Breakfast and Dinner]

Day 11
11

Etosha East to Okapuka

We make our way to Okapuka today stopping along the way at the Tsumeb Museum. Housed in a colonial building built in 1915, we learn about the Tsumeb mine and the history of the building itself that once served as a school and hospital for German soldiers.

We arrive at our lodge this afternoon and enjoy a game drive on the ranch.

[Breakfast and Dinner]

Day 12
12

Okapuka to Windhoek

Our tour concludes after breakfast this morning. We drive back to Windhoek, bidding farewell to our new friends and to the untamed wilds of Namibia.

[Breakfast]

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