Namibia 12 days - Private Guided

Introduction

Travel to the oldest desert in the world – the Namib,  explore the diversity of our coast including the Skeleton Coast National Park to our inland regions of Damaraland with its wealth of rock engravings and diverse scenery.  The world famous Etosha National Park where you’ll go on extensive game drives to the Conservation area and home of the AfriCat Foundation at Okonjima Nature Reserve.   

Departure dates

  • Please Note:

    This tour can depart any day of the week.

Price

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 - Sossusvlei - Swakopmund - Skeleton Coast - Twyfelfontein - Etosha South - Onguma Game Reserve - Okonjima Nature Reserve

  • Vehicles used:

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

Map

12 day PG

Overview

Accommodation
Destination
Basis
Room Type
The Utopia Boutique Hotel
Windhoek
Bed and Breakfast
1x Standard Room
Desert Homestead Lodge
Sossusvlei
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Double or Twin rooms with private terrace
Beach Hotel Swakopmund
Swakopmund
Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Comfort Room Twin
Beach Hotel Swakopmund
Swakopmund
Bed and Breakfast
1x Comfort Room Twin
Terrace Bay
Skeleton Coast
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Double
Twyfelfontein Country Lodge
Twyfelfontein
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Double Room
Okaukuejo Resort
Etosha South
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Double
Onguma Bush Camp
Onguma Game Reserve
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Deluxe Rooms
Okonjima Plains Camp
Okonjima Nature Reserve
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Plains Camp View Rooms

– Services of a Namibian English speaking guide 

– Vehicle:  Double Cabin 4×4 (for two people) 

– Fuel 

-  All national Park and sightseeing entrance fees  

-  Water on board vehicle 

– Accommodation as listed 

– Meals: breakfast from day 2 till breakfast on last day – with exclusion of Windhoek & Swakopmund 

– International & regional flights into Namibia 

– Insurance – compulsory for travel 

– Items of a personal nature 

- Meals:  excludes dinner in Windhoek, 1 x lunch in Swakopmund, 2 x dinner in Swakopmund) along with any drinks at meals and alcoholic beverages 

– Guide gratuity 

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:

    Utopia Boutique Hotel

Day 2: Desert Homestead Lodge, Sossusvlei

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Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Windhoek - Namib

  • Distance:

    310 km

  • 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 lodge where arrival is due mid to late afternoon.

  • Accommodation:

    Desert Homestead Lodge

Day 3: Desert Homestead Lodge, Sossusvlei

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Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Desert Homestead – Sossusvlei – Desert Homestead

  • Distance:

    170 km

  • Journey:

    We’ll need to be on the move early today 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 lodge 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:

    Desert Homestead Lodge

Day 4: Beach Hotel Swakopmund, Swakopmund

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Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Desert Homestead – Swakopmund

  • Distance:

    345 km

  • 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:

    Beach Hotel

Day 5: Beach Hotel Swakopmund, Swakopmund

ponds by the ocean
playful dolphins

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Swakopmund

  • Journey:

    The Desert Tracks Full Day Marine Cruise & 4×4 Sandwich Harbour Dune Drive Combo will offer visitors breath-taking views of friendly seals coming on-board, dolphins and pelicans. Visitors will also visit Sandwich Harbour with lots of exciting dune-belt driving and a home-cooked lunch served in the dunes en-route. The tour also includes a light lunch and drinks. Afterwards, visitors will depart from the Walvis Bay Waterfront via the Salt Pans towards Sandwich Harbour

  • Accommodation:

    Beach Hotel

Day 6: Terrace Bay, Skeleton Coast

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skeleton gate entrance

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Swakopmund – Terrace Bay

  • Distance:

    360 km

  • Journey:

    Leaving Swakopmund behind we travel due north along the coast to Cape Cross Seal Reserve and north to the Skeleton Coast National Park, the Ugab River Gate with the two skeleton heads and whale bones on both sides has become an attraction in its own right.   There are a number of shipwrecks in the area, yet most are rusted and no much remains, along the main road which passes close to the shore, you should be able to see the rusting remains of the ‘South West Seal’ (SW Seal) wrecked in 1976.  Within this area we will stop and take a short walk into the river bed as this gives one the opportunity to observe animal tracks and vegetation. Tracks could include oryx, springbok, black-backed jackal and possibly brown hyena.  North of the Ugab Gate, we find the  rusty remains of an old oil rig which has become a nesting place for a breeding colony of Cape Cormorants. The colony attracts brown hyena and black-backed jackals.  South of Terrace Bay we have the Uniab River Delta where a hide has been set up next to a waterhole, we'll stop a while to observe the animal and birdlife.  

  • Accommodation:

    Terrace Bay

Day 7: Twyfelfontein

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Twyfelfontein Country Lodge entrance

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Terrace Bay - Twyfelfontein

  • Distance:

    220 km

  • Journey:

    Leaving the coast we start out journey inland through the National Park, exiting at the Springbokwasser gate, we drive into Damaraland and wend our way down to Twyfelfontein area. A spring in the area 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. Within this area we will take time at the Damara Living Museum where we can observe and experience the traditional Damara way of life right in the heart of their traditional homelands. A unique opportunity to see a way of life that is slowly dying out.

  • Accommodation:

    Twyfelfontein Country Lodge

Day 8: Okaukuejo Resort, Etosha National Park

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Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Twyfelfontein – Okaukuejo Resort, Etosha National Park

  • Distance:

    342 km

  • Journey:

    This morning we head to Khorixas, a small rustic town and on to Outjo, a town which is always ‘buzzing’ as it is 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. On arrival we will conduct our first game drive in our touring vehicle.

  • Accommodation:

    Okaukuejo Resort

Day 9: Okaukuejo Resort

hydrating giraffes
thirsty elephants

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Etosha National Park

  • Journey:

    Extensive morning and afternoon game drives within the Okaukuejo area of Etosha National Park in our touring vehicle. This is 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.

  • Accommodation:

    Okaukuejo Resort

Day 10: Onguma Game Reserve

sunset by the pool
waterfront view with bonfire

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Etosha – game drive

  • Journey:

    Today we are flexible. The day can unfold by heading out at dawn into the Okaukuejo area for a game drive, returning for breakfast before packing the vehicle and heading off towards Namutoni.  Alternatively up early, pack vehicle, quick breakfast and head off.  Our guide will advise on the best option for the day once there as weather and game viewing opportunities vary day to day. Lunch will be taken at the most central of the Resorts, Halali, before exiting the National Park to Onguma Game Reserve for overnight.  

  • Accommodation:

    Onguma Bush Camp

Day 11: Okonjima

peeping oryx
mother and cub

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Namutoni Resort - Okonjima

  • Distance:

    355 km

  • Journey:

    Leaving the Etosha National Park behind us we travel via the mining town of Tsumeb and south to Otjiwarongo.  We aim to arrive at Okonjima just after lunch so as you can participate in the afternoon endangered species game drive.

  • Accommodation:

    Okonjima Plains Camp, view room

Day 12: Final leg of your itinerary

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Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Okonjima - Windhoek

  • Distance:

    265 km

  • Journey:

    After breakfast we leave Okonjima Reserve 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.