Namibia 9 days - Private Guided

Introduction

Our program takes in Sossusvlei at the Namib Naukluft Park, coastal town of Swakopmund (with a Living Desert Tour), on to the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein and the Damara Living Museum.  A slight detour takes us to Grootberg where we have an afternoon scenic drive before travelling to a Himba Village and on to the AfriCat Foundation at Okonjima.   

Departure dates

  • Please Note:

    This tour can depart any day of the week.

Price

Tour Summary

  • Duration:

    9 Days / 8 Nights

  • Departs from:

    Windhoek any day of the week

  • Ends in:

    Windhoek

  • Group Size:

    Minimum 2, Maximum 14 guests (or more based on two larger vehicles)

  • Destinations:

    Windhoek - Sossusvlei - Swakopmund - Twyfelfontein - Palmwag - Okonjima Nature Reserve

  • Vehicles used:

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

Map

Namibia 9 days Private Guided

Overview

Accommodation
Destination
Basis
Room Type
Galton House
Windhoek
Bed and Breakfast
1x Luxury Double
Kulala Desert Lodge
Sossusvlei
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Standard Tent(s)
Beach Hotel Swakopmund
Swakopmund
Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Comfort Rooms Double
Beach Hotel Swakopmund
Swakopmund
Bed and Breakfast
1x Comfort Rooms Double
Camp Kipwe
Twyfelfontein
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Bungalow Rooms
Grootberg Lodge
Palmwag
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Double Room
Okonjima Plains Camp
Okonjima Nature Reserve
Full Board Plus - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities
1x Plains Camp View Rooms
  • Services of a Namibian English speaking guide 
  • Applicable vehicle relating to groups size 
  • 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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Galton House lounge

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Windhoek airport – Windhoek

  • Distance:

    50 km

  • Journey:

    You will be met by your guide and transferred from the airport to the City, a short city tour will be undertaken prior to check-in at your guest house.  Late afternoon at leisure, your guide can collect you should you wish to have dinner at one of the local restaurants. Situated in Central Namibia, the cosmopolitan city of Windhoek serves as the capital of the country. It is home to a plethora of restaurants, shops and entertainment venues. The city is clean, safe and well-organised and has an interesting mix of historical architecture and modern buildings, many of which are worth a look, including the Alte Feste an old fort, the 1896 Christuskirche Christ Church, and the more contemporary Supreme Court.

  • Accommodation:

    Galton House

Day 2: Namib Desert

Kulala Desert Lodge 2 1
Kulala Desert Lodge KDL3 D.Myburg.Jan2014

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Windhoek – Kulala

  • Distance:

    310 km

  • Journey:

    After breakfast embark on the drive to the Namib Desert, home to the giant red dunes, some of the most spectacular in the world, standing up to 300m high. It is a wild, beautiful and romantic spot, with sparse vegetation edging a few water courses which flow in from the Tsauchab River. Here Springbok and Ostrich are often seen. The lodge’s location allows for stunning views in every direction.

  • Accommodation:

    Kulala Desert Lodge

Day 3: Sossusvlei

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Kulala Desert Lodge 10

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Kulala – Sossusvlei - Kulala

  • Distance:

    100 km

  • Journey:

    Today you have an early start to drive to Sossusvlei and enter the national park at sunrise. The first rays of the sun light up the dunes with a deep orange glow making for a photographer's delight, and you will have the opportunity to climb “Big Daddy”, one of the tallest dunes. A visit will also be made to Dead Vlei with it’s stark contrast of dead trees against a white pan. You will also explore the cool passageways of the Sesriem Canyon on foot. The canyon is small but very picturesque - many plants grow in the shade and shelter it offers, and water pools attract several species of birds and animals. Sesriem means 'six thongs'; which refers to the six lengths of rawhide rope (from a wagon) needed to make a line long enough to lower from the rim of the gorge to the stream below, in order to haul up a bucket of water.

  • Accommodation:

    Kulala Desert Lodge

Day 4: Swakopmund

Beach Hotel Outside South West Side 11
Beach Hotel Roof Terrace Pool Johan 5

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Kulala Lodge – Swakopmund

  • Distance:

    345 km

  • Journey:

    Begin the drive to Walvis Bay stopping for photos at the Tropic of Capricorn sign. You will also stop at the Gaub and Kuiseb passes, and at any points of interest along the road. At Walvis Bay spend time at the lagoon which is Paradise for bird lovers with roughly 50 species of seabirds, including vivid flocks of flamingos, bulky- billed pelicans and glossy black cormorants. The promenade stretches for 3 kilometres along the water’s edge and it is a great place for a stroll. Continue to Swakopmund where the rest of the day will be at leisure. 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: Swakopmund

Beach Hotel Lounge Barman 11
Beach Hotel Hotel Outside South Side 21

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Swakopmund

  • Journey:

    In the morning we depart on The Living Desert Tour, this is a unique 4×4 adventure drive through the dunes outside Swakopmund, Namibia. Just the drive in the dunes is an amazing experience, the tour takes you from the vegetated, life-rich eastern side of the dunes, right through the dunes to the Atlantic Ocean on the western side of the dune belt. Afternoon at leisure to explore the town.

  • Accommodation:

    Beach Hotel

Day 6: Twyfelfontein

Camp kipwe kipwe 5 drinks
Camp kipwe kipwe 12 suite exterior

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Swakopmund - Twyfelfontein

  • Distance:

    450 km

  • Journey:

    We travel northwards along the coastline passing Wlotzkasbaken to Henties Bay. We’ll stop at the lichen fields before arriving at Cape Cross which has both historic and biological significance. 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. Our journey takes us to the abandoned mining town of Uis, passing the Brandberg Mountain through the picturesque Damaraland region to the Twyfelfontein area for overnight. 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:

    Camp Kipwe

Day 7: Grootberg Lodge

grootberg lodge
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Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Twyfelfontein - Grootberg

  • Distance:

    125 km

  • Journey:

    This morning we visit the Damara Living Museum before heading up the Grootberg Pass to our lodge which is situated on the Etendeka Plateau with views of the Klip River. This afternoon we will do a scenic drive on top of the plateau where we can experience a variety of wildlife sightings including zebra, antelope, jackal, springbok, kudu and oryx and occasionally leopard and lion.

  • Accommodation:

    Grootberg Lodge

Day 8: Okonjima

peeping oryx
mother and cub

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Grootberg – Okonjima

  • Distance:

    385 km

  • Journey:

    This morning you will have the privilege of meeting the Himba people and learning about their traditions and way of life. The Himba are the last semi-nomadic herders in Namibia, and their simple lifestyle has remained unchanged for generations, as they have chosen their traditional lifestyle over modernization. They have become iconic for using a characteristic red paste made of butter, fat and red ochre that they apply to their skin, and which serves an aesthetic purpose in beautifying their bodies, as well as protecting them from the scorching sun. You will visit the Himba orphan village where the children are cared for by some of the women. Continue onto Okonjima Nature Reserve where you will have the opportunity to visit the AfriCat Foundation and take a Nature Drive.  

  • Accommodation:

    Okonjima Plains Camp view room

Day 9: Final leg of your itinerary

cheetah
bird chilling on thornbush

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Okonjima - Windhoek

  • Journey:

    After breakfast we 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.