12 days part accommodated

Introduction

This program is a camping guided program with a few nights of accommodation so as to break the travel style up a bit.  On this program we visit the Namib Desert at Sesriem, spending time on the Skeleton Coast before heading inland to the spectacular Spitzkoppe and on the the engravings at Twyfelfontein.  Travelling through Damaraland we stop at a Himba Village before heading north to Etosha National Park where our main game viewing takes place.  The journey ends with a stop at Waterberg, a great place for walks up the escarpment.   

Departure dates

  • Please Note:

    This tour can depart any day of the week.

Price

Pricing is per person sharing –  we have limited packing space on the vehicles, tents are bulky items and as such we do require people of the same gender to share.  

Single tents may be supplied for those with valid health reasons, no single supplement payable. 

Tour Summary

  • Duration:

    12 Days / 11 Nights

  • Departs from:

    Windhoek any day of the week

  • Ends in:

    Windhoek

  • Group Size:

    Minimum 1 guest Maximum 14 guests (or more based on two larger vehicles)

  • Destinations:

    Windhoek - Sesriem - Swakopmund - Spitzkoppe - Twyfelfontein - Kamanjab - Etosha South - Etosha East - Waterberg Plateau National Park

  • Vehicles used:

    1-2 guests – SUV (or similar)
    3-4 guests – Quantum or Land Cruiser (or similar)
    5 + guests – Expedition Truck (modified safari vehicle)

Map

12 days part accommodated

Overview

Accommodation
Destination
Basis
Room Type
Hotel Thule
Windhoek
Bed and Breakfast
1x Double
Sesriem Oshana Campsite
Sesriem
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Campsite
Strand Hotel Swakopmund
Swakopmund
Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Standard Room
Strand Hotel Swakopmund
Swakopmund
Bed and Breakfast
1x Standard Room
Spitzkoppe Tented Camp and Campsites
Spitzkoppe
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Campsite
Madisa Campsite
Twyfelfontein
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Campsite
Otjitotongwe Cheetah Guest Farm
Kamanjab
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Campsite
Okaukuejo Campsite
Etosha South
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Campsite
Namutoni Resort
Etosha East
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Campsite
Hamakari Guestfarm Camping
Waterberg Plateau National Park
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Campsite
  • Professional guide 
  • Camp assistant 
  • Applicable vehicle type for group size 
  • Meals as specified 
  • Camping equipment (does not include sleeping bag / pillow / stretcher) 
  • National Park entrance fees 
  • Campsite fees 
  • Sleeping bag – can be rented for a daily fee of NAD45.00 
  • Stretcher – can be rented for a daily fee of NAD45.00 
  • Pillow 
  • Dinner in Windhoek, lunch and dinners in Swakopmund
  • Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks & bottled water 
  • Personal travel insurance – compulsory 

Itinerary

Day 1: Windhoek

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Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Windhoek airport – Windhoek

  • Distance:

    50 km

  • Journey:

    On arrival at Hosea Kutako International airport you will be met and transferred into the City of Windhoek.

  • Accommodation:

    Hotel Pension Thule

Day 2: Sesriem

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Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Windhoek - Sesriem

  • Distance:

    380km

  • Journey:

    we leave Windhoek travelling via the gravel roads and the Khomas Hochland mountain range, this area is one of farming communities till we reach the end of the escarpment (crossing the Tropic of Capricorn) where we descend via the Remhoogte Pass to the settlement of Solitaire.  The terrain varies dramatically as we travel to our campsite where arrival is due mid to late afternoon.  Set up camp.

    Just five kilometres from the camp at Sesriem, Elim Dune is best viewed at sunset, when the colours deepen, intensifying the contrast between the red dunes and the purple-blue Naukluft Mountains on the opposite horizon. Elim Dune is roughly 100 metres in height and the climb to its zenith takes under an hour.

  • Accommodation:

    Sesriem Oshana Campsite

Day 3: Sossusvlei

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Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Sesriem – Sossusvlei - Sesriem

  • Distance:

    120km

  • Journey:

    We’ll need to be on the move an hour before dawn as we make our way through a dry riverbed and across the gravel plains towards the Namib Dunes.  We’ll stop at Dune 45 before making our way to Sossusvlei with age old sands said to be around five million years old.  Dead Vlei with its white pan and contrasting black scorched trees is also on our visit list.  Whilst this region appears to be lifeless there are a variety of animal species that have adapted to these conditions and if we’re lucky may see Oryx antelope, ostrich, springbok and don’t forget about the birdlife and reptiles that inhabit the area.  Return to our campsite for lunch, late afternoon visit to the Sesriem Canyon where the ephemeral Tsauchab River has shaped the area over millions of years.

    Sesriem Canyon, a deep chasm carved through the rocks by water, is a striking natural feature of the area that is best explored on foot. Stony walls rise up sharply on both sides of the canyon, while birds roost in its crags and lizards dart along the ledges. The canyon’s name was coined when early settlers used it as a water source, using six lengths of leather (‘ses riem – six thongs) tied together to lower buckets into the water at the base of canyon.

  • Accommodation:

    Sesriem Oshana Campsite

Day 4: Swakopmund

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Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Sesriem – Swakopmund

  • Distance:

    345km

  • Journey:

    We leave the Sesiem area to the settlement of Solitaire, not far north of this we cross the Tropic of Capricorn.  The surrounds of the Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons provide good geological phenomenon, in addition we may see the elusive Mountain Zebra before travelling across the gravel plains of the Namib Desert with its endless horizons, our destination the Atlantic Ocean and coastal town of Swakopmund.

    Set along Namibia’s spectacularly scenic coast, the seaside town of Swakopmund is known for its wide-open avenues, colonial architecture, and its surrounding otherworldly desert terrain. Founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South West Africa, Swakopmund is often described as being more German than Germany. Now a seaside resort town, Swakopmund is the capital of the Skeleton Coast tourism area and has plenty to keep visitors happy. The quirky mix of German and Namibian influences, adventure options, laid-back atmosphere and cool sea breeze make it a very popular Namibian destination.

  • Accommodation:

    Strand Hotel

Day 5: Swakopmund

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Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Swakopmund

  • Journey:

    Day at leisure to explore the town of Swakopmund or participate in one of the many activities on offer from either Swakopmund or Walvis Bay. Visitors can look forward to a number of exciting activities including fascinating desert tours, marine cruise, Sandwich harbour to the more adventurous activities such as kayaking, quad biking, dune boarding, horse riding, paragliding, fishing and more.

  • Accommodation:

    Strand Hotel

Day 6: Spitzkoppe

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Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Swakopmund – Spitzkoppe (via Cape Cross Seal Reserve)

  • Distance:

    300km

  • Journey:

    We travel northwards along the coastline passing Wlotzkasbaken with its colourful houses, to Henties Bay. We’ll stop at the lichen fields before arriving at Cape Cross which has both historic and biological significance. The Portuguese navigator, Diego Cão,landed here in 1486 on his second expedition south of the equator and planted a stone cross (padrão) to mark his journey. This reserve is a sanctuary for the world’s largest breeding colony of Cape fur seals, with up to 210 000 seals present during the breeding season in November and December.

    Return to Henties Bay and head off through the gravel plains of the Namib to Spitzkoppe, known as the Matterhorn of Namibia. Sunrise and sunset showcase this area in the best light with ample opportunity to capture the contrast of light and shadow. All around the Spitzkoppe hundreds of rock paintings can be found and The Rock Arch is a well-known formation. Your guide will take you on an afternoon walk in the area.

  • Accommodation:

    Spitzkoppe Tented Camp and Campsites

Day 7: Twyfelfontein

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Madisa excursion

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Spitzkoppe - Twyfelfontein

  • Distance:

    335km

  • Journey:

    After a leisurely breakfast we pack up camp and wend our way to the abandoned mining town of Uis, passing the Brandberg Mountain through the picturesque Damaraland region to the Twyfelfontein area for overnight. We arrive into camp with sufficient time before setting off on a sundowner drive which meanders around the surrounding areas with spectacular views of the dunes, open plains and rock formations, ending high up on a koppi for the most spectacular African sunset.

    Set in the Kunene Region of north–western Namibia, Twylfelfontein is a spectacularly scenic area, featuring one of the largest and most important concentrations of rock art in Africa. The name ‘Twyfelfontein’ translates to ‘Fountain of Doubt’, which refers to the perennial spring situated in the impressive Huab valley. It was this spring that attracted Stone Age hunters over six thousand years ago, and it was during this time that the extensive group of rock engravings and paintings were produced.

  • Accommodation:

    Madisa Campsite

Day 8: Kamanjab

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Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Twyfelfontein - Kamanjab

  • Distance:

    240km

  • Journey:

    This morning we visit the Damara Living Museum before heading to Khorixas, a small rustic town. Flanked by lovely low rock formations, tiny Kamanjab functions as a minor service centre for northern Damaraland, just outside the town is our overnight campground. This Cheetah Park is home to the Save the Cheetah project, we’ll view the feeding of cheetahs ensuring superb photographic opportunities. In addition, one finds Stromatolites (fossils algae), 600 – 700 million years old. These algae grow in a warm, shallow sea that once covered northern Namibia.

  • Accommodation:

    Otjitotongwe Cheetah Guest Farm Campsite

Day 9: Okaukuejo, Etosha National Park

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Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Kamanjab - Etosha

  • Distance:

    180km

  • Journey:

    A short drive today takes us to the town of Outjo, which is cradled by a cluster of small hills, this is an area of livestock ranches. This town is always ‘buzzing’ as a gateway to Etosha National Park, Skeleton Coast and Damaraland. The Outjo Backerei Bakery is famous in the region for fresh tasty German pastries and coffee. We’ll stop here to re-supply before heading on to the National Park.

    One of the largest national parks in Africa and one of the oldest as first proclaimed in 1907, it has been reduced in size since then but still remains larger than several European countries. It is home to 114 large and small mammal species, more than 400 recorded bird species, scores of reptiles and even a fish species. On arrival we will conduct our first game drive in our touring vehicle.

  • Accommodation:

    Okaukuejo Resort Campsite

Day 10: Namutoni, Etosha National Park

namutoni pool
namutoni view from deck

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Etosha – game drive

  • Journey:

    Up before dawn, we need to be at the entrance gates when they open, one of the best times for game viewing is the cooler morning hours and late afternoon.  We make use of today on an extensive game drive in search of black and white rhino, elephants, lion, cheetah and the numerous species of plains game.  The drive will give you an overview of the National Park including its birdlife, flora and geology. A stop will be made at Halali, the most central of the resorts. 

    Aeons ago, Etosha Pan was the bed of a vast lake; today what remains is a glittering, silvery-green salt pan that stretches across roughly 5000 square kilometres. Etosha is protected by the Etosha Pan National Park surrounded by savannah plains and woodlands. When dry, the pan sustains little life except for the algae that gives it its distinctive colour, and migratory birds that use it as a pit stop, but with heavy rain it becomes a shallow lake where flamingos breed, pelicans wade and feed, and a variety of mammal species come to quench their thirst.

  • Accommodation:

    Namutoni Resort Campsite

Day 11: Hamakari Guest Farm, Waterberg

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Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Namutoni Resort - Hamakari

  • Distance:

    385km

  • Journey:

    A short game drive as we exit the National Park and head south to the mining town of Tsumeb, from here it's a straight drive to a private campsite in the Waterberg area south of Otjiwarongo. We go on an afternoon drive, for game viewing yet it’s also a working farm so possible to accompany the farmer on the numerous inspection and work trips thus gain insights into the background of farming in Namibia.

  • Accommodation:

    Hamakari Guest Farm Campsite

Day 12: Hamakari Guest Farm, Waterberg

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Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Hamakari - Windhoek

  • Distance:

    225km

  • Journey:

    After breakfast we pack up camp and return to Windhoek via the town of Okahandja, known as the ‘Garden Town of Namibia’, Okahandja boasts a rich cultural heritage and numerous historical sites. There are two large woodcarver’s markets where you can find beautifully carved crafts of good quality and at reasonable prices.

    For those wanting to fly out today, we request flights to be after 14h00..