Your journey at a glance
Indulge in a privately guided Namibian safari in the company of a dedicated and experienced safari guide, who will ensure that you enjoy a fascinating and stress-free journey of discovery amidst dramatic scenery. The knowledge, experience and attitude of our guides are critical to a successful safari which is why we ensure that they are both personable and very professional.
Your private guide will have an intimate knowledge of each area that you visit, allowing you an intimate glimpse into the highlights of the area. Not only are our guides highly qualified, but each has a specific area of expertise and possesses the breadth and depth of knowledge to allow them to answer questions and satisfy the particular interests of guests of all ages.
What to expect …
Transfer to Windhoek Day 1
Upon arrival at Hosea Kutako (Windhoek) International Airport you will be warmly welcomed by your private guide. Kick-start your adventure with approximately an hours’ drive to Olive Exclusive in Windhoek.where you will spend the night.
Namibia’s capital, Windhoek 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. Situated in a pretty valley, Windhoek boasts 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 in Windhoek Day 1
Spend one night in a premier suite at Olive Exclusive in Windhoek.
The rest of the afternoon is available for you to relax and settle into your accommodation, with the option to explore Windhoek’s shops and craft market if desired. That evening, enjoy dinner with your guide as you discuss the itinerary for your upcoming safari.
Transfer to Namib Desert Day 2
This morning you will leave Windhoek in your safari vehicle, accompanied by your guide, who will drive you southwest through the scenic Khomas Hochland highlands before you head down the Great Escarpment into the Namib Desert below. A picnic lunch will be served at a scenic location on route.
Overnight in the Namib Desert Day 2 - 4
Spend two nights at &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge.
Sossusvlei, situated at the heart of the enormous Namib-Naukluft Park, is one of the highlights of any trip to Namibia. Easily accessible to visitors, Sossusvlei is a clay pan that is only rarely filled by water but is nevertheless a place of awe-inspiring beauty. Visitors to the region will be left spellbound by the magnificent ochre-coloured sand dunes, which rise over 300m (985 feet) into the sky – among the highest sand dunes in the world.
Float over the desert dunes Day 3
Hot air balloon adventures in Sossusvlei promise a most memorable and truly romantic way to experience Namibia’s brilliant vista. This soul-satisfying journey offers excellent photographic opportunities and lifelong reminiscences. Awaken before dawn and set out in the early morning moonlight to a designated launch site and watch excitedly as the balloons are brought to life. Giant, hot bursts of flame slowly inflate the brightly coloured nylon, strung to robust baskets that rest on the side. As the sun’s first rays peek over the scarlet sand dunes, the hot air balloon drifts slowly upward, revealing the undulating landscapes of Sossusvlei. The sensory inducing experience allows travellers to see the world from a true bird’s eye view, whiff the cool fresh air, feel the wind caress your hair, touch the warm pockets of air created by gusts of flame overhead, and taste the champagne victory upon landing, a longstanding tradition among balloon pilots. As you float amongst the clouds, the sun rises dramatically over the horizon emitting magnificent gold and blush hues across the vast sky that illuminates the shadowed desert. Marvel at the wide expanse of sand dunes that seemingly never end, and peppered with glorious, lush vineyards. Watch as mighty herds of elephant shrink to resemble dedicate marching ants, and spot the long frame of the giraffe, as it grazes along dwindling treelines. Spot rafts of hippo lazing about in the drop-like river and, if the timing is right, witness enormous herds of the Great Migration, as zebra’s amble on their never-ending trek in search of greener pastures. The balloon soars at varying heights and gradually rotates with the morning breeze, constantly giving passengers a new perspective of the desert. Many animals gaze up to the heavens, at the neon ball and basket in surprise and with great curiosity. The seasoned pilot will eventually select the perfect landing spot, in time for a grand celebratory champagne breakfast, where you can recount the morning’s bucket list moment..
Transfer to Swakopmund Day 4
Today’s fascinating drive takes you northwest through the awe-inspiring and ever-changing landscapes of the Namib Naukluft National Park, including the impressive Gaub and Kuiseb canyons. You will reach the coast at the port town of Walvis Bay, visiting the lagoon to see the interesting mix of pelicans, flamingos and other sea-birds before continuing north to Swakopmund, where you can enjoy the pleasant seaside location and cooler coastal air for the next two nights. In the afternoon there will be time to wander around town and along the waterfront on foot if you wish before heading off to dinner at the popular Tug Restaurant by the jetty, which specialises in fresh seafood.
Overnight in Swakopmund Day 4 - 6
The charming little coastal retreat of Swakopmund on Namibia’s western coast retains a strong German flavour, from its cobbled streets and picturesque buildings down to its 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 seafood, including fish, lobster and the utterly delicious oysters.
Spend two nights at Hotel Zum Kaiser in Swakopmund.
Sandwich Harbour tour Day 5
Discover the magic and beauty of Sandwich Harbour, ideally located in Walvis Bay, over a thrilling 6.5 hour tour. Marvel at the colossal sand dunes that reflect gold shimmers, running uninterrupted and straight to the teeming shores of the cerulean ocean framing it. Spot the fringes of jade and sepia hued vegetation that thrive in the seemingly hostile environment, elegantly stippled throughout the vast sand dunes. Begin your adventure in Walvis Bay under the warm breeze and morning sun, first rolling in to the shores of the Bay’s deep blue lagoon, admiring its resident flocks of candy floss coloured, long-legged flamingos and hefty mouthed pelicans, silhouetted by the winged frames of smaller aquatic birds. Depart the city and drive south across the velvet sand dunes to the linear oasis, Kuiseb River delta, a dry river bed and ephemeral river, bordered between immense desert sand and harsh, barren rock, inhabited by sporadic wildlife, including the fleet-footed springbok. Travel through soaring sand dunes to Sandwich Harbour Lagoon, an extraordinary wetland created by fresh water that seeps through from an underground aquifer. If the weather and tides permit, drive right up to the lagoon, attempting the last few kilometres on foot. Along the way, stop to admire the views from one of a multitude of lookout spots and savour a delicious picnic lunch, served high atop a lush dune looking out onto the azure, chilly Atlantic Ocean below, in the near distance. Sample famous Namibian oysters, as well as a selection of appetisers, fresh salads, wholesome breads and sweet fruit, paired wonderfully with sparkling wines. End the tour by returning to Walvis Bay via the massive hills and changing massifs of superb sand dunes, ascending to the 65 metre peak of the Roaring Dune, dominating the surrounding landscapes of golden shimmers, clear skies and cerulean ocean.
Transfer to Damaraland Day 6
After breakfast you will leave Swakopmund and head into the Damaraland of north-western Namibia. You will head inland, passing Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandberg, and make your way towards Twyfelfontein. Typified by displays of colour, magnificent table-topped mountains, rock formations and bizarre-looking vegetation, Damaraland offers some of the most breath-taking scenery on your safari. The present day landscape has been formed by the erosion of wind and water, as well as geological forces that have formed rolling hills, dunes, gravel plains and ancient river terraces. It is the variety and loneliness of the area, as well as its scenic splendour, that will reward and astound you, giving you an authentic understanding of the word ‘wilderness’.
The breathtaking mountain region of Damaraland is situated on the eastern side of the Skeleton Coast National Park and southwest of Etosha National Park. An assortment of desert-adapted wildlife such as elephant, rhino, zebra and lion live 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.
Overnight in Damaraland Day 6 - 7
Spend two nights at Mowani Mountain Lodge in Damaraland.
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 fossilised trees, some up to 30 metres (100ft) in length.
Walking along the Damaraland desert Day 7
Explore the rugged desert plains of Damaraland, featuring a hypnotic appeal across the vast open landscape. The Desert Rhino Camp is ideally situated over 4500 hectares of rolling grounds and rocky outcrops on a Palmwag Concession. The area is rife with desert adapted wildlife and adapted megafauna that are found in boulder strewn valleys, volcanic rock shards, and vast arid plains. Experienced guides lead the tour, housing a wealth of knowledge about the area, its ancient geological past and lucid present, the arid land that sprouts distinctive plant life, and the myriads of adapted wildlife dotted across. The multifaceted tour begins in the early morning with a drive in specialised 4×4 safari vehicles, behind Save the Rhino trackers, who monitor rhino sightings. This enables them to track and keep record of the rare rhino over immense expanses of land. Once a sighting takes place, travellers disembark to begin the walking aspect of the tour. This is wholly dependent of the position and whereabouts of the rhino at the time. The beauty of the landscape on foot is keenly different to that aboard the safari vehicle. Walks elicit a far more intimate excursion and encourage sensory experiences that include touch, feel and scent. As you slowly walk along paths treaded by untamed wildlife, you’re humbled and left in awe of the natural setting and simple way of life. The native Himba people still roam the unembellished land, keenly aware of their ancient culture, dress and deep roots. Discover the finer details, smaller flora and unassuming wildlife ordinarily overlooked, such as the sombre scorpion hidden securely in the remnants of volcanic slivers. The stark environment showcases the harsh milieu of life in the desert, bringing to light the visceral details of the bush, its clear, jagged lines, and the marked footprints of its four legged residents.
Transfer to Etosha National Park Day 8
Today’s route takes you northeast towards Etosha National Park, travelling via the farming centres of Khorixas and Outjo, with a stop at the fascinating Petrified Forest along the way. Just south of the Etosha National Park you will enter the private Ongava Game Reserve and enjoy wildlife sightings as you drive way through the reserve
Overnight in Etosha National Park Day 8 - 9
Spend the night at Ongava Tented Camp, set on the central outskirts of Etosha National Park.
Game-viewing in the Etosha National Park Day 9
Today is spent game-viewing in the Etosha National Park from your private safari vehicle. You will make your way through the breadth of the park, entering at Andersson’s gate on the southern boundary. You will then make your way across the park via Okaukuejo, Halali, and Namutoni, stopping at selected waterholes along the way to observe the game gathered there. You will leave the park through the eastern Von Lindquist Gate before it closes at sunset, arriving at your selected accommodation in good time to freshen up for dinner.
Etosha is one of Africa’s great wildlife parks and Namibia’s prime wildlife conservation area. Spanning a vast 22 300 km² (8 610 square miles), it consists mostly of grassy plains around a huge salt pan, which becomes a beautiful lake after heavy rains and attracts large flocks of pink candy-floss-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 and the smallest antelope in the world, the Damara dik-dik. Large herds of elephant can also be seen, while predators range from lion to black-backed jackal. The wildlife in Etosha congregates around the watering holes, making for exciting and productive game viewing.
Apart from its wildlife, Etosha is also known for its immense salt pans, which covers 4 731 km² (1 827 square miles) at the heart of the park. Formed by a massive lake that gradually evaporated, this vast stretch of shimmering salt forms a picturesque contrast to the rich range of wildlife found in the park.
Overnight in Etosha National Park Day 9 - 11
Spend two nights at Onguma Tented Camp on the eastern outskirts of Etosha National Park.
Safari game drive Day 10
Today will be a full day of exciting game viewing within the eastern section of Etosha National Park. After discussion with your guide, you can opt to go into the park in the morning and the afternoon and return to your camp for lunch and an early afternoon rest, you can choose to head back west to spend more time in the area around Halali or you can head north past Fischer’s Pan and up into the Andoni Plains. Either way, you will return to the comforts of your accommodation before sunset.
Transfer to Okonjima Day 11
After breakfast you make your way to Okonjima. which is located at the base of the Omboroko Mountains near Waterberg. Here you can enjoy the welcoming atmosphere, superb accommodation and fantastic activities, starting with a guided afternoon excursion.
Acquire indispensable conservation skill Day 11
Situated on the route between Windhoek and Etosha National Park, the AfriCat Foundation is ideally located at the beautiful Okonjima Nature Reserve, which stretches across 22 000 hectares (54 363 acres) of pristine land. A non-profit organisation committed to the conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores, the foundation is home to a number of magnificent wild cats.
Over the years, the foundation has recognised the absolute need for emphasis on essential success elements such as education, community support, research and rehabilitation. AfriCat continues to make a noteworthy impact in Okonjima and embraces an ethos of conservation through education, keeping in mind the objective for the long term survival of Namibia’s predators in their natural, unaltered territory. AfriCat supports continuing co-operation with researchers, academics, scientists and conservation specialists by working diligently with farmers and permitting productive study to take place in support of the long-term protection of Namibia’s predators.
AfriCat offers an environment where large carnivores that could not previously be released can refine their hunting skills in the Okonjima Nature Reserve. Carnivores eventually learn and develop to the point of becoming independent, which opens up the prospect of returning them to their natural environment. Day visits to AfriCat include a guided drive through the reserve to the AfriCat Carnivore Care and Information Centre, where you can revel in the opportunity to meet some of Africa’s most majestic and largest predatory cats. The centre houses animals that cannot be rehabilitated into the wild and are thus looked after. The expert, trained guide will expound upon the work that AfriCat does with its resident carnivores and those in the surrounding areas. You will also enjoy the opportunity to take exceptional photographs of the foundation’s charges. The 1.5 hour tour includes a light lunch or snack boasting Namibian flavours and spice.
overnight Day 11- 12
Spend one night at Okonjima Bush Suite in the Okonjima Reserve.
Transfer to Windhoek Day 12
After a leisurely breakfast, you will depart for Windhoek in the late morning. The drive will take you through the town of Okahandja, where you can stop at the craft market. On arrival in Windhoek you will be driven to Windhoek International Airport to check in for your flight home (departure flight must be no earlier than 16h00 to allow for drive back to Windhoek).