Namibia's Treasure Box - Self drive

Introduction

Travel through the Kalahari region of Namibia to the Fish River Canyon and on to the Aus and the ghost town of Kolmanskop.  No visit to Namibia should be without a stay in the Namib Desert where a visit is made to Sossusvlei.  Via Swakopmund to Damaraland with it’s wealth of rock engravings and desert adapted species.  Further north we travel through Kaokoland, visit the nomadic Himba people and spend time in the tranquil setting of Epupa Falls on the Kunene River.  Turning southward spend time on a private concession as well as within Etosha National Park where a wide variety of fauna and flora is to be seen.  This wonderful journey through Namibia ends with a few nights at the Cheetah Conservation Fund. 

Departure dates

  • Please Note:

    This self drive can depart on any day of the week.

Price

Tour Summary

  • Duration:

    28 Days / 27 Nights

  • Departs from:

    Windhoek and day of the week through the year.

  • Destinations:

    Windhoek - Mariental - Fish River Canyon - Aus - Sossusvlei - Swakopmund - Twyfelfontein - Opuwo - Epupa Falls - Ruacana - Etosha West - Etosha South - Etosha East - Waterberg Region

  • Vehicle Used:

    2 guests double cabin 4x4
    4 guests double cabin 4x4
    Please contact us for pricing on alternative vehicle such as Land Cruiser

Map

Overview

Accommodation
Destination
Basis
Room Type
Olive Grove Guesthouse
Windhoek
Bed and Breakfast
1x Luxury room
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch
Mariental
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
1x Savannah Chalet
Fish River Lodge
Fish River Canyon
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
1x Double Room
Klein-Aus Vista Eagle's Nest Chalets Gondwana Collection Namibia
Aus
Bed and Breakfast
1x Double Bed Chalet
Hoodia Desert Lodge
Sossusvlei
Bed and Breakfast
1x Twin Room
The Stiltz Hotel
Swakopmund
Bed and Breakfast
1x Double
Mowani Mountain Camp
Twyfelfontein
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
1x Superior View Room
Opuwo Country Lodge
Opuwo
Bed and Breakfast
1x Luxury Double Room
Epupa Falls Lodge
Epupa Falls
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
1x Twin Chalet
Kunene River Lodge
Ruacana
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
1x 8 DeLuxe Rooms (1-4 pax)
Hobatere Lodge
Etosha West
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
1x Double room
Okaukuejo Resort
Etosha South
Bed and Breakfast
1x Double
Mushara Lodge
Etosha East
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
1x Double Room
Cheetah View Lodge
Waterberg Region
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
1x Double
Olive Grove Guesthouse
Windhoek
Bed and Breakfast
1x Luxury room
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary. 
  • Vehicle – double cabin 4×4 
  • Transfers from/to airport 
  • VAT + Tourism Levy 
  • Activities as specified in program 
  • Fuel 
  • Meals other than specified 
  • Additional activities not specified in program  
  • Park /Entrance Fees (NAD80.00 per person & NAD10.00 per vehicle per day) & sightseeing fees (average NAD100.00 per person per day) – prices subject to change. 
  • All beverages (bottled water, juices, soft drinks & alcoholic drinks, snacks etc) 
  • International & regional flights and Airport Taxes (if applicable) 
  • Travel Insurance 
  • All expenses of a personal nature 

Itinerary

Day 1: Olive Grove Guesthouse, Windhoek

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Situated in Central Namibia, the cosmopolitan city of Windhoek serves as the capital of the country. It is home to an international airport and a plethora of restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and accommodation options. The city is clean, safe and well-organised, with a colonial legacy that is reflected in its many German eateries and shops, and the widespread use of the German language. Windhoek 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. 

Overnight: Olive Grove Guesthouse 

Olive Grove is a small upmarket accommodation establishment situated close to the city centre in a quiet, peaceful area. The guesthouse takes homely atmosphere to a different level. 

The newly renovated, open-plan kitchen allows guests to see how meals are prepared, while they enjoy a drink in the lounge. The menu was also reinvented and is now fully a la carte, quite unique for a guesthouse. Home-style food is rounded off with great presentation, pushing up the level of the guesthouse dining experience.  

Whilst each of the ten rooms and one suite cater for every need of the most discerning traveller, the emphasis remains one of simplicity and elegance. 

Basis 

Bed and Breakfast 

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Windhoek Hosea Kutako International airport - City

  • Distance:

    48 km

  • Journey:

    on arrival at Windhoek International airport you will be met and transferred to your overnight accommodation in the City. 

Day 2: Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Mariental

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Situated in south central Namibia, fringing the Kalahari Desert, the city of Mariental lies along the TransNamib railway and serves as the Hardap Region’s commercial and administrative capital. It provides an important petrol stop before heading west to Sesriem to view the red-orange dunes of SossusvleiMariental is located close to magnificent the Hardap Dam, which is the largest reservoir in Namibia. The Hardap Irrigation Scheme has breathed life into this arid terrain, which is now fertile with farmlands covered in citrus, melons, lucerne, wine and maize, and dotted with ostrich farms. The dam is a popular holiday resort which draws city slickers from Windhoek and offers an array of watersports, scenic walks, and abundant wildlife in a 20000-hectare nature reserve set on its western bank; where visitors can spot rhino, ostrich, antelope, springbok and a variety of bird species. 

Overnight: Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch  

The lodge lies on the edge of the Southern Kalahari in the mixed tree and shrub Savannah. 

The ranch is characterized by huge red sands dunes running parallel, and in a northern-westerly to south-easterly direction. This ‘Spirit of Africa’ atmosphere, coupled with service, delivered with graciousness and charm, in an unashamedly luxurious setting, will be the hallmarks of this establishment, providing excellent value and unforgettable memories for the discerning traveller. 

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Windhoek to Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch

  • Distance:

    265 km

  • Journey:

     Leaving Windhoek  head south passing through the town of Rehoboth, your destination for today is a private Reserve situated on the edge of the southern Kalahari are of Namibia, this is an area of mixed tree and shrub savannah crisscrossed by red sand dunes – quite different to the Namib Desert. 

Activities 

Optional 

Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch Afternoon Drive 

The Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, situated in Mariental, Namibia, offers guests an afternoon game drive. The activity includes a game drive in the reserve, viewing a variety of game such as giraffe, kudu, zebra, oryx, blue wildebeest and eland. Guests are able to experience breathtaking views of the reserve that has some of the highest dunes in the region, with views over the pan.  

The Kalahari has more than 150 bird species for guests who are bird enthusiasts. The well-known suricate, more commonly known as a meerkat can also to be seen. As the day draws to a close, guests are treated to a sundowner on the dune, complemented by refreshments and a Namibian snack, while enjoying a breathtaking sunset over the Kalahari. 

Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch Star Viewing 

The Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, situated in Mariental, South Africa, offers guests star viewing. Guests can view the spectacular Southern Hemisphere sky from the Bagatelle Observatory using a state-of-the-art computerized telescope. Planets, brilliant star clusters, galaxies and the moon will be revealed to guests by the resident astronomer. 

Basis 

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast 

Included 

Meals:  Breakfast and dinner 

Day 3: Fish River Lodge, Fish River Canyon

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Carving out an epic rocky wonderland in the south of Namibia, the Fish River has created Africa’s largest and the world’s second largest canyon. Hot, dry and stony, the Fish River Canyon measures a whopping 160 kilometres in length, at times 27 kilometres in width and 550 metres in depth. The awe-inspiring natural beauty of this ancient geological marvel draws visitors from around the globe. For those looking for adventure, the intense 85 kilometre Fish River Hiking Trail through1.5 billion years of geological history will definitely thrill avid adventure enthusiasts, and for visitors looking to relax, head over to the canyon’s southern end to enjoy a soak in the mineral waters of the renowned hot springs of Ai-Ais, or take in the spectacularly scenic views from Hobas Restcamp as well as numerous other viewpoints along its rim. Other popular activities include: scenic chartered flights, horse riding, nature drives and seasonal kayaking. 

Overnight: Fish River Lodge 

Fish River Lodge in southern Namibia is the only lodge perched directly on the rim of the Fish River Canyon offering guests breathtaking views of the canyon from sunrise to sunset.  

Experience first hand the geological forces that unfolded 300 million years ago, when the Fish River began to etch its way through hard quartzite forming a Canyon 90 kilometers long, 549 meters deep and 28 kilometers wide in some places, making it the world’s second largest Canyon. The 45 000 hectare Canyon Nature Park is a natural sanctuary for Karoo succulent flora and endemic wildlife. 

Incredible hiking trails meander down into the heart of the canyon affording guests spectacular scenery combined with 75 km river frontage made up of permanent water holes and rock pools that attract Hartmans Zebra, Kudu, Oryx, Springbok and many other smaller wildlife species and endemic bird life. 

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Bagatelle to Fish River Lodge

  • Distance:

    452 km

  • Journey:

    An early morning start as you travel down to Keetmanshoop, the original population of the town by a Nama tribe reaches back to the end of the 18th century,  proceed on to the Fish River region.  

Optional 

Mesosaurus Fossil Site:  The Mesosaurus is probably one of the most convincing examples to prove the drifting of continents. The same genus in the same rock formations is to be found in both southern Africa and South America.  In southern Africa the fossils can be found in the Whitehill formations, while in South America they are found in the Irats Formations. 

Basis 

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast 

Included 

Meals:  Breakfast and dinner  

Day 4: Fish River Lodge, Fish River Canyon

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Day Itinerary

Experience an amazing variety of geological features as you journey into the depths of the second largest canyon in the world. See rough limestone, shiny quartzite, fine shale and dramatic fault lines. Catch your breath as you take in the dramatic views of the river before descending into the base of the canyon for refreshments by the river. The activity includes a delicious light lunch on returning from the Rock Pools. The excursion is approximately 7 hours 

Activities 

Canyon drive from Fish River Lodge. 

Basis 

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast 

Day 5: Klein-Aus Vista Eagle's Nest Chalets Namibia, Aus

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Perched above the plains of the Namib Desert and tucked away in the rocky Aus Mountains, the small village of Aus is located in the ǁKaras Region in southern Namibia. The arid surrounding landscape is known for its unique botanical diversity. Aus serves as an excellent base from which to explore the area and to view the main attraction: the feral horses of the Namib Desert, which run wild and free in the sparsely vegetated plains. Catch a glimpse of these wild desert-adapted creatures at the water trough at Garub just twenty kilometres away from the village. Visitors can explore the Succulent Karoo with a visit to the beautiful Gondwana Sperrgebiet Rand Park, home to the most biodiverse desert in the world, and take a scenic hike to discover fascinating indigenous fauna and flora. Don’t miss the opportunity to camp under the clear Namibian night sky and view the vast desert landscape on horseback. 

Overnight: Klein-Aus Vista Eagle’s Nest Chalets Gondwana Collection Namibia 

Forever landscapes, solitude, silence and sunsets. Klein Aus Vista’s Eagle Nest is a self-catering getaway with eight individually-built rock chalets. Keep to yourself or drive to Desert Horse Inn’s restaurant for delicious fare and congenial company. Return to dream of peace and wake to magnificent sunrise scenery. 

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Fish River Lodge - Aus

  • Distance:

    225 km

  • Journey:

    After breakfast bid farewell to the Fish River Canyon as you head to the settlement of Aus.  

Activities 

Aus 

Perched above the plains of the Namib Desert and tucked away in the rocky Aus Mountains, the small village of Aus is located in the ǁKaras Region in southern Namibia. The arid surrounding landscape is known for its unique botanical diversity. Aus serves as an excellent base from which to explore the area and to view the main attraction: the feral horses of the Namib Desert, which run wild and free in the sparsely vegetated plains. Catch a glimpse of these wild desert-adapted creatures at the water trough at Garub just twenty kilometres away from the village. Visitors can explore the Succulent Karoo with a visit to the beautiful Gondwana Sperrgebiet Rand Park, home to the most biodiverse desert in the world, and take a scenic hike to discover fascinating indigenous fauna and flora. Don’t miss the opportunity to camp under the clear Namibian night sky and view the vast desert landscape on horseback. 

Basis 

Bed and Breakfast 

Included 

Meals:  Breakfast  

Day 6: Klein-Aus Vista Eagle's Nest Chalets Namibia, Aus

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Day Itinerary

There are a range of activities you could do today from taking a morning trip to Luderitz and viewing Kolmanskop (Ghost town), or participating in one of the activities the lodge has to offer.   

Optional 

Luderitz 

Sandwiched between the rugged and stark Atlantic Coast and the arid Namib Desert, the town of Luderitz is set in an incredibly unique geographical setting. This seaside town is something of an anomaly frozen in time – a piece of 19th-century Bavaria bordering the pinkish sand dunes of the Namib Desert. Lutheran churches, German bakeries, and colonial buildings boasting German art nouveau architecture are dotted about the settlement, while its windswept beaches are home to flamingos, ostriches, seals and penguins. The nearby ghost town of Kolmanskop, which has been taken over by the desert dunes, is one of the most fascinating area attractions, located approximately 10 kilometres from Luderitz central. Visitors can also take a trip to discover the wild desert-adapted horses located near the small town of Aus. 

Kolmanskop 

Amongst the sands of the Namib, the crumbling buildings of a small, once-luxurious town emerge from the drifting dunes. This ghost town is Kolmanskop, a reminder of the wealth of a time when diamonds could be picked by hand from the desert, and a remarkable photographic opportunity with few equals anywhere on earth. 

Klein-Aus Vista Hiking 

Klein-Aus Vista Hiking offers an opportunity to explore the flora and fauna of the Karoo Desert. There are numerous ways to discover the Gondwana Sperrgebiet Rand Park and its adjacent lands. For nature and adventure lovers, there are various marked hiking trails which guide hikers through the wildly romantic scenery of the Aus Mountains. 

The trails cater for both beginners and experienced hikers with six different hiking trails to choose from. All trails are carefully marked with different coloured arrows. At every starting point, there is an information kiosk with detailed maps and information on all trails and specific parking spots. 

Wild Horses of the Namib 

Fighting for a life in freedom they hold an irresistible fascination: the Wild Horses of the Namib in south-western Namibia. For centuries their origin was shrouded in mystery. Their habitat, the barren plains around Garub on the eastern fringe of the Namib Desert, is no paradise; nevertheless they have managed to adapt to the harsh conditions. Their forebears, once in the service of man, gained freedom for themselves: a life in the vastness of the Namib, away from human civilization, according to the rules of their own horse society. Perhaps this is the reason for the fascination of thousands of visitors every year. Plans for moving the herd to farms have been discarded by now: it has been decided that also in future the horses’ place is in Namib Naukluft Park. 

Basis 

Bed and Breakfast 

Day 7: Hoodia Desert Lodge, Sossusvlei

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LLocated in the scenic Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red dunes to make this one of the most scenic natural wonders of Africa and a photographer’s heaven. This awe-inspiring destination is possibly Namibia’s premier attraction, with its unique dunes rising to almost 400 metres-some of the highest in the world. These iconic dunes come alive in morning and evening light and draw photography enthusiasts from around the globe. Sossusvlei is home to a variety desert wildlife including oryx, springbok, ostrich and a variety of reptiles. Visitors can climb ‘Big Daddy’, one of Sossusvlei’s tallest dunes; explore Deadvlei, a white, salt, claypan dotted with ancient trees; or for the more extravagant, scenic flights and hot air ballooning are on offer, followed by a once-in-a-lifetime champagne breakfast amidst these majestic dunes. 

Overnight: Hoodia Desert Lodge   

We invite you to experience the beauty and tranquillity of Hoodia Desert Lodge, surrounded by majestic mountains on the banks of the Tsauchab River. Only a 20-minute drive will bring you to the Sesriem Gate, the entrance of the world-famous red sand-dunes of Sossusvlei. 

You will meet enthusiastic people, keen to share your adventures and the friendliness and personal attention of our staff will make your stay memorable. We love to share our knowledge about the region with its secrets, and our guided tours are an ideal entrance to the magical world of the desert. 

Hoodia Desert Lodge Sun Downer 

Hoodia Desert Lodge Sun Downer features an experience of the tranquillity and magic of the Namibian sunset with fine wines, traditional sundowner drinks and snacks at a private set up on one of their selected outlook points overlooking the Namib Desert

Basis 

Bed, Breakfast and dinner 

Included 

Meals: Breakfast and dinner  

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Aus to Namib Nauklfut Park – Hoodia Desert Lodge

  • Distance:

    363 km

  • Journey:

    Today we’ll be spending time travelling through the southern Namib, passing rural communities on the way.  This is a bleak, harsh and forbidding landscape yet we come across some open savannah and farms before encountering the dunes of the Namib Desert.  In the town of Maltahohe we will stop to experience the Amaburuxa Cultural Choir which was started in 2001.  This is a group of learners that dance and sing, most of whom are orphans or vulnerable.  Set up camp in the Sesriem area and visit Elim dune – a great place for sundowners with the dunes behind us and the Naukluft Mountains in the distance.

Day 8: Hoodia Desert Lodge, Sossusvlei

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Day Itinerary

Activities 

Hoodia Desert Lodge Sossusvlei Tour 

Hoodia Desert Lodge Sossusvlei Tour features a professionally guided tour to Sossusvlei. Visitors will discover the world of dunes, the vleis, and the photographic beauty of the desert. As a highlight of the tour, visitors will enjoy an exclusive dune lunch with fine wines, delicious food, and ice-cold beverages. The experience ends with a hike to the Sesriem Canyon and back to the Hoodia Desert Lodge in the 4X4 safari vehicle in the late afternoon. 

Sossusvlei 

Located in the scenic Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red dunes to make this one of the most scenic natural wonders of Africa and a photographer’s heaven. This awe-inspiring destination is possibly Namibia’s premier attraction, with its unique dunes rising to almost 400 metres-some of the highest in the world. These iconic dunes come alive in morning and evening light and draw photography enthusiasts from around the globe. Sossusvlei is home to a variety desert wildlife including oryx, springbok, ostrich and a variety of reptiles. Visitors can climb ‘Big Daddy’, one of Sossusvlei’s tallest dunes; explore Deadvlei, a white, salt, claypan dotted with ancient trees; or for the more extravagant, scenic flights and hot air ballooning are on offer, followed by a once-in-a-lifetime champagne breakfast amidst these majestic dunes. 

Dead Vlei 

This ancient clay pan was once an oasis, studded with acacias and fed by a river that suddenly changed course, leaving the earth to dry up along with the trees it previously supported. So dry were the climatic conditions that the trees never decomposed – instead they were entirely leached of moisture so that today, 900 years later, they remain as desiccated, blackened sentinels dotting the pan’s cracked surface. Surrounded by the red-pink dunes of the Namibia Desert, they create a surreal spectacle that is a photographer’s dream. 

Elim Dune 

Just five kilometres from the camp at SesriemElim 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. 

Sesriem Canyon 

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. 

Basis 

Bed, BreakfastLunch & dinner 

Day 9: The Stiltz Hotel, Swakopmund

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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. Visitors can look forward to a number of exciting activities including: quad biking, horse riding, paragliding, fishing, sightseeing and fascinating desert tours. 

Overnight: The Stiltz Hotel   

This new accomodation is unique in every aspect. It offers the most spectacular views in Swakopmund overlooking either the Atlantic Ocean, the river-bed or the sand dunes and the bird rich lagoon at the river mouth. If that does not take your breath away, the architecture of these wooden bungalows built on stilts will. Each private bungalow has been attended to in the finest detail, interlinked by wooden walkways to the others and to the main dining bungalow. You will feel in a different space, yet you are only minutes away from the charming town centre with plentiful restaurants, loads of activities and all the amenities you could wish for… That is if you really feel like leaving your bungalow! 

Basis 

Bed and Breakfast 

Included 

Meals:  Breakfast 

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Hoodia Desert Lodge -  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. 

Day 10: The Stiltz Hotel, Swakopmund

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Day Itinerary

Activities 

Sandwich Harbour 4×4 

Sandwich Harbour 4×4 is a safari company based in Walvis Bay, Namibia, offering 4×4 excursions to Sandwich Harbour, Marine Dune Days, Kayak Combos and Bird Watching Activities in the Wetlands around Walvis Bay. 

Sandwich Harbour 

Located roughly 50 kilometres from Walvis Bay, Sandwich Harbour is a natural lagoon framed by sand dunes on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. It is a prime angling and bird-watching site, with countless sea birds coming to feed on the rich fish population, including rare white pelican and vivid flocks of pink flamingos. 

Basis 

Bed and Breakfast 

Included 

Meals: Breakfast 

Day 11: The Stiltz Hotel, Swakopmund

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Day Itinerary

Activities  

Catamaran Charters 

The Catamaran Charters Team invites you aboard the 45ft Royal Cape Sailing Catamaran Silverwind, or the 60ft Simon Sailing Catamaran Silversand, or the 40ft Admiral Motorised Catamaran Silvermoon, to enjoy an adventure packed tour to Pelican Point and Walvis Bay’s beautiful bay area. 

The chances of encountering dolphins, whales, turtles, seals and Mola Mola (sunfish) make the search for the marine big 5 and adventurous tour by enjoying sparkling wine, fresh oysters and other mouth-watering snacks aboard the spacious and comfortable catamarans. 

Walvis Bay 

Situated along Namibia’s spectacular coastline, just south of Swakopmund, Walvis Bay (Whale Bay) is a thriving town, Namibia’s principal harbour and one of the country’s most popular tourist centres. It is known for its natural lagoon, striking orange sand dunes and wealth of outdoor activities, including fishing, bird-watching, sailing, sandboarding, swimming, surfing and golf. Located just outside town is Dune 7, one of the largest sand dunes in the world, offering fantastic views from the crest for those with the energy to climb it. Visitors can look forward to a number of activities including: visiting the expansive green and pink salt pans dotted with flocks of flamingoes, and jumping on a boat trip to view seals colonies, dolphins and friendly pelicans, while enjoying champagne and oysters. 

Basis 

Bed and Breakfast 

Included 

Meals:  Breakfast 

Day 12: Mowani Mountain Camp, Twyfelfontein

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Set in the Kunene Region of northwestern 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 flanked by the slopes of a sandstone table mountain. 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. Visitors can look forward to basing themselves at some wonderfully shady campsites along the Aba-Huab riverbed, while exploring over thirty different sites of these sacred records of ritual practices relating to traditional hunter-gatherer communities. 

Overnight: Mowani Mountain Camp 

Mowani Mountain Camp offers luxury tented accommodation with magnificent desert views. Open air en-suite bathrooms and private decks give you great views of Damaraland and the reliability of nearby Twyfelfontein with its San engravings and paintings is contrasted by the elusive desert adapted elephants.  

The Twyfelfontein conservancy has been protecting the southern most roaming ground of the black rhino and elusive desert elephant. Sustainable eco-tourism and community upliftment is of the utmost importance at Mowani. Guides from the local tribes compliment day-time game drives to track mountain zebra, kudu, springbok, klipspringer and if you are fortunate enough… the leopard! The adventurer in me took over at Mowani. Days were filled with game drives, hot air balloon trips over the Aba-Huab Valley, champagne breakfasts and al fresco meals amidst the dusky landscape beneath Mopani trees. 

Optional 

Brandberg 

Situated in northwestern Namibia, the Brandberg (Fire Mountain) Massif is Namibia’s highest peak, at its zenith, the Königstein (King’s Stone), standing at a whopping 2573 metres above sea level. Named for the vivid shade of orange it sometimes turns at sunset, this is undoubtedly the main highlight of the region. The Brandberg has been sacred to the San people for centuries. The Tsisab Ravine at its base is permeated with over 45 000 ancient San rock paintings, including the famous ‘White Lady’. Visitors flock here to view this unique bushman painting, said to be over 2000 years old. Other popular drawcards include its untouched natural beauty and its free roaming wildlife such as mountain zebra, kudu, springbok, and desert elephant. 

Basis 

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast 

Included 

Meals:  Breakfast and dinner  

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Swakopmund - Mowani Mountain Camp

  • Journey:

    We travel north along the coastline to Cape Cross Seal Reserve, home to between eighty and one hundred thousand Fur seals, endemic to southern Africa they are commonly known as “eared seals”.  Leaving the coast behind we cross the plains heading to the old mining town of Uis, our travels will take us past the Brandberg Moutain as we head into Damaraland, an area characterised by its rocky and rugged landscapes of rough, fascinating beauty.  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.

Day 13: Mowani Mountain Camp, Twyfelfontein

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Day Itinerary

Activities 

Mowani Mountain Camp Elephant and Dune Drives 

The Mowani Mountain Camp, situated in Twyfelfontein, Namibia offers guests elephant and dune drives. Guests can climb into an open-air vehicle and experience the rush of Africa. Local guides share with guests an intimate knowledge and respect for the land that they have built up over a lifetime. With new insight into local traditions, guests will come to fully appreciate the geology, botany, and wildlife of the area. The local villagers are welcoming and are eager to share their experiences. 

Mowani Mountain Camp Visit to Twyfelfontein 

The Mowani Mountain Camp, situated in Twyfelfontein, Namibia, offers guests a visit to Twyfelfontein. The area’s wealth of ancient rock engravings and the wonders of the Organ Pipes are shown to guests by guides. The visit around Twyfelfontein takes approximately two hours and usually takes place in the afternoon. Guests are taken in the Mowani Mountain Camp vehicles by guides. 

Basis 

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast 

Included 

Meals: Dinner & breakfast 

Day 14: Opuwo Country Lodge, Opuwo

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Opuwo, meaning ‘the end’ in Herero, lies in the north western Kunene region of Namibia. It serves as the capital of the region and is known as the gateway to the magnificent Epupa Falls. The surrounding landscape is characterised by low-lying hills, and vast dry desert plains inhabited by a wealth of desert-adapted wildlife. It serves as the central hub for the Himba culture. The town provides a perfect base for visitors wishing to explore the Kaokoland area and visit the local villages of the itinerant Himba people. The town and the Opuwo surrounding area is known as one of the cultural highlights of a trip to Namibia as it features an incredibly rich cultural heritage. Don’t miss an opportunity to learn about the fascinating Himba community within this starkly beautiful landscape. 

Overnight: Opuwo Country Lodge   

Opuwo Country Lodge is situated on a northwest facing hilltop just outside the town of Opuwo. An awe-inspiring 360º view of the surrounding area gives visitors a spectacular vantage point of the surrounding area.  With luxury and standard accommodation, air conditioning, as well as well-appointed camping sites — the Lodge is the ideal base from which to explore the Kaokoland. Deck chairs and umbrellas set the scene for a relaxed day around the pool or a welcome respite from the heat after a hard day’s drive. Next to the pool is the Bar and Restaurant where guests can enjoy ice cold refreshments and mouth-watering meals. The lodge is within easy reach of Kaoko-Otavi, Epupa Falls and Swartbooisdrift, popular destinations for visitors to the area.  Road conditions between Kamanjab and Opuwo are in excellent condition (tarmac). The 85 km to Ruacana is also a tarmac road and in excellent driving condition. Fly-in guests are welcome. Please be sure to arrange for pickup before your arrival.

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Mowani Mountain Camp - Opuwo Country Lodge

  • Distance:

    465 km

  • Journey:

    Via Khorixas and Kamanjab, this route may mean backtracking again in a few days yet is half tarmac driving so time-wise a bit of saving.  

Activities 

Petrified Forest 

Situated approximately 50 kilometers west of the town of Khorixas, in an area of open veld, lies a large deposit of massive tree trunks that have “turned to stone” through a process of diagenesis. These petrified tree trunks are up to 34metres long, 6 metres in circumference and are approximately 260 million years old. Due to the lack of root or branch remains, it’s believed that the trees were washed down an ancient river to the site in a massive flood. 

Basis 

Bed and Breakfast 

Included 

Meals:  Breakfast  

Day 15: Epupa Falls Lodge, Epupa Falls

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Situated in the Kaokoland area of Namibia, Epupa Falls is set near the border of Angola. Named by the Herero people after the spray it creates, Epupa means ‘ water falling. The falls consists of a series of little waterfalls created by the Kunene River as it drops 60 metres, creating hundreds of natural pools that provide the Himba people and visitors with a fantastic recreation spot. These incredibly beautiful falls create a spectacular contrast to the arid desert and rugged surrounding mountains. Visitors can look forward to discovering the unspoilt environment, the majestic baobabs and wild fig trees dotting the surrounds. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy world-class birdwatching and spot an array of species including the bee-eaters, hornbills, kingfishers, fish eagles, flycatchers, and herons. 

Overnight: Epupa Falls Lodge   

Visitors descending on the Kunene River are welcomed by a lush oasis of Makalani palms and Baobab trees and the Epupa Falls appear quite unexpectedly as a spectacular surprise!. Watching the numerous waterfalls from the Sundowner Hill on a late afternoon, while sipping a glass of wine, one is encouraged to stay for more than only a night. In the evening the singing, clapping and dancing of local people adds to the murmur of the river. During the early morning hours, the fish eagle’s call reminds visitors that they are indeed in Africa. 

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Opuwo Country Lodge - Epupa Falls Lodge

  • Distance:

    180 km

  • Journey:

    Leaving Opuwo head northwards to the Kunene River and Epupa Falls - Angola is across the river.

Activities 

Kaokoveld 

Straddling the Angola/Namibia border, the Kaokoveld is a dry, mountainous and relatively undeveloped region that takes in the harsh beauty of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast and the copper sands of the northern Namib Desert. The area is inhabited by three main ethnic groups – the Damara, Herero and Himba people – each with their own unique customs, traditions and rituals. The coastal Kaokoveld Desert stretches over 45000 square kilometres and is home to the renowned prehistoric welwitschia plant. A diverse variety of wildlife can be found in the desert including: giraffes, desert-adapted elephant, black rhino, a variety of endemic reptiles and many different bird species. 

Basis 

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast 

Included 

Meals: Breakfast and dinner 

Day 16: Epupa Falls Lodge, Epupa Falls

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Day Itinerary

This morning we take a drive to a nearby Himba settlement returning to the lodge for lunch.  

Activities 

Optional  

Himba Village Visit 

The Himba, one of the last tribes in Namibia still attempting to preserve and live their customs and traditions.  The challenge of how to let a bronze age culture survive in our modern world without people living in museums is not a simple task.  This proud nation, especially the regal women may just be up tp this task.  Their appearance is not accidental, each aspect either having practical reasons or represent age or status. 

The daily life explained on your visit is fascinating, each facet reflected in their striking appearance.  But beware, your visit may not be a one-sided affair, you too could be asked questions, your answers and their reactions will give you a greater understanding of who the Himba are. 

Sundowner 

The lodge offers guests the rare opportunity to explore a beautiful portion of the stunning, Namibian desert landscape. Every evening approximately 1 hour before sunset guests can be driven in an open safari vehicle to one of the hills overlooking the magnificent Epupa Falls to enjoy a sundowner surrounded by an explosion of color and striking shadows created by the African sunset. 

Basis 

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast 

Included 

Meals: Breakfast and dinner 

Day 17: Kunene River Lodge, Ruacana

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Situated in Namibia’s Omusati Region, near the border with Angola on the banks of the river Kunene, the town of Ruacana is famous for its enthralling Ruacana Falls, and its power station. In the rainy season, the falls can rival Victoria Falls for their majesty. Angola’s Caueque Dam and NamPower’s Ruacana Power Plant lie just upstream. The falls lie at the border, so to visit them, travellers have to temporarily leave the country and enter into Angola’s territory by signing an immigration register. The river provides some sustenance to the surrounds, where maize, watermelons, wheat, bananas and other produce are grown. The landscape here is ideal for fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and water sports. There is a variety of accommodation options on offer which includes camping sites, guesthouses and lodges. 

Overnight: Kunene River Lodge  

Kunene River Lodge has been described as “A Piece of Paradise”, situated on the bank of the mighty perennial river, overlooking Angola to the north.  A magnificent tree canopy shades the Lodge gardens, grounds and campsites, while the swimming pool beckons from a sunny green lawn.   

Here peace and tranquility abound as Guests relax and slow down to the gentle pace of the river, but in the nearby Ondorusu Gorge, anyone can experience the thrill of White-Water Rafting in some of the finest river conditions of southern Africa.  Meanwhile, birders will seek out some of the rare endemic species living in and around the Lodge or further afield.   

Other activities include Sundowner or Birding River Cruises and visits to a local Himba village where Guests can discover the customs and history of these ancient people who still maintain their centuries-old traditions and life-style. 

Basis 

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast 

Included 

Meals:  Breakfast and dinner 

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Epupa Falls Lodge - Kunene River Lodge

  • Distance:

    210 km

  • Journey:

    Return journey towards Opuwo, after this should you decide to branch off and head back towards the Kunene River this journey will take some time, especially the river road as very remote.  Conditions at present allow for around a 5 hour drive - road conditions do change.

Day 18: Kunene River Lodge, Ruacana

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Day Itinerary

Activities 

Optional 

Ruacana Falls 

Located in the remote border region where Namibia meets Angola, the Ruacana Falls are a highly worthwhile northern stopover. Plunging 120 metres into a basin, they are among the largest and widest waterfalls on the continent and a striking sight to behold. The falls are particularly spectacular in April and May after the rainy season when they are at their most powerful, and their sheer beauty comparable to that of the legendary Victoria Falls. A visit to this area gives travellers a good chance of encountering the tribal Himba people, who live a semi-nomadic existence according to their culturally rich traditions. 

Basis 

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast 

Included 

Meals:  Breakfast and dinner 

Day 19: Hobatere Lodge, Etosha West

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Situated in the western part of Etosha National park, Etosha West is a new addition to this world-famous wildlife sanctuary. Formerly a restricted area the wilder western region accessed through Galton Gate, has previously had limited access, today it is open to all visitors who wish to discover the secluded reaches of this spectacular park. Visitors to Etosha West can look forward to exploring the magnificent scenery of this remote north Namibian landscape characterised by lush undulating terrain and a reddish brown soil, which is a stark contrast to the white dusty clay soil of Etosha East’s flat expansive plains. The area boasts numerous waterholes attracting elephant, rhino, leopard, lion, and a variety of buck. Don’t miss the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the rare Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra and black-faced impala. 

Overnight: Hobatere Lodge  

Hobatere Lodge is strategically located 65 km north of Kamanjab on the western border of the Etosha National Park. The lodge has an airstrip and is situated in a concession area of 8,808 ha which is home to a wide selection of game, including elephant, giraffe, eland, and Hartmann’s zebra. 

The lodge offers the visitor the opportunity to experience game drives in open vehicles and nature walks with experienced and knowledgeable rangers. Early morning and night drives are part of the activities on offer. Many nocturnal animals, such as aardvark, cape fox, bat-eared fox, aardwolf, genet and many more can be encountered on a night drive. Before your exciting night drive, you will be able to enjoy the night sky at our Boma for dinner. Activities also include drives into the Etosha National Park. 

The lodge belongs to the #Khoadi //Hoas Conservancy. One of the primary objectives of the lodge is to increase the benefits to the local community, reducing human wildlife conflict and also conservation of the area. 

The name Hobatere means “Find me”, and once you do, you will enjoy a warm welcome and personalized service. 

Basis 

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast 

Included 

Meals:  Breakfast and dinner 

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Kunene River Lodge - Hobatere Lodge

  • Distance:

    275 km

  • Journey:

    Travel to the town of Ruacana and then head due south to a private concession situated outside the western boundary fence of Etosha National Park.

Day 20: Hobatere Lodge, Etosha West

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Day Itinerary

Activities 

Hobatere Lodge Game Drives 

Hobatere Lodge is located 80 km north of Kamanjab on the western border of the Etosha National park, situated in a concession area of 32 000 ha. The concession area is home to a wide selection of game including lion, leopard, oryx, eland, cheetah, aardvark, giraffe, Hartmann’s mountain zebra and elephant. The lodge offers early morning and night game drives in open safari vehicles. The activity includes professionally trained rangers and refreshments. 

Basis 

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast 

Included 

Meals:   Breakfast and dinner 

Day 21: Okaukuejo Resort, Etosha South

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Located just south of the boundary of Etosha National Park in northwestern Namibia, Etosha South makes up the southern region of this wild paradise. Ongava Private Game Reserve shares the southern boundary with Etosha National Park and offers an array of luxury lodges overlooking picturesque landscapes dotted with abundant wildlife. The national park can be accessed via the southern entrance at Andersson’s Gate. Visitors can catch a glimpse of a variety of wildlife including: lion, giraffe, elephant, white and black rhino, and a multitude of plains game. Popular activities include: game drives, tracking rhinos on foot, guided nature walks, or watch the sunset over this magnificent landscape. 

Overnight: Okaukuejo Resort   

Okaukuejo Resort is ideally located 17 km from the southern entrance of the park. Famous for its flood-lit waterhole, where visitors can observe at close quarters a spectacle of wildlife congregating and interacting. The comfortable guest chalets have views overlooking the waterhole. The bush chalets feature double rooms or family chalets. Other facilities include a restaurant, bar, shop, swimming pool, kiosk and camping facilities. 

Basis 

Bed and Breakfast 

Included 

Meals: Breakfast  

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Hobatere Lodge - Okaukuejo Resort

  • Distance:

    180 km

  • Journey:

    a morning game drive as you exit the Concession area, a short drive takes you to the Otjovosandu entrance gate to the Etosha National Park.  Game view your way through this previously restricted area to Okaukuejo Resort.  

Day 22: Okaukuejo Resort, Etosha South

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Day Itinerary

Full day in the Okaukuejo region on morning and afternoon game drives in your touring vehicle.   

Activities 

Optional 

Etosha West 

Situated in the western part of Etosha National park, Etosha West is a new addition to this world-famous wildlife sanctuary. Formerly a restricted area the wilder western region accessed through Galton Gate, has previously had limited access, today it is open to all visitors who wish to discover the secluded reaches of this spectacular park. Visitors to Etosha West can look forward to exploring the magnificent scenery of this remote north Namibian landscape characterised by lush undulating terrain and a reddish brown soil, which is a stark contrast to the white dusty clay soil of Etosha East’s flat expansive plains. The area boasts numerous waterholes attracting elephant, rhino, leopard, lion, and a variety of buck. Don’t miss the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the rare Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra and black-faced impala. 

Basis 

Bed and Breakfast 

Included 

Meals: Breakfast  

Day 22: Okaukuejo Resort, Etosha South

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Located in Northwestern Namibia, Etosha East is a protected sanctuary in the eastern part of the world-renowned Etosha National Park, known as one of the most accessible game reserves in Southern Africa. Etosha East boasts vast open plains scattered with semi-arid savannah grasslands dotted with watering holes and secluded bush camps. An impressive 5000-square-kilometre Etosha salt pan makes up a large area of the eastern side of the park and can even be seen from space. This remote area teems with abundant wildlife such as lions, elephants, black rhinos and giraffes, as well as a variety of birdlife featuring flamingos, ostriches, eagles, hornbills, and owls. 

Overnight: Mushara Lodge  

Mushara Lodge is the original establishment in the collection – the elegant lady. 

Located only 8 kilometres from the Von Lindequist Gate on  the eastern outskirts of the Estosha National Park, Mushara Lodge is ideally situated for the independent travellers visiting the park. Our lodge consists of ten spacious chalets, one family unit, two single rooms and a triple room. 

The name Mushara derives from the Purple Pod Terminalia tree, which grows in the abundance in the lodge grounds and the surrounding area. The thatched public area consists of a small library with a selection of good books, a bar with an extensive wine cellar, airy lounge with welcoming fireplace for winter evenings, a dining area and well stocked curio shop. Great attention has been paid to the décor, which is elegant and fresh – a blend of traditional African and modern art works combined with original paintings. 

Basis 

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast 

Included 

Meals:  Breakfast & dinner  

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Okaukuejo Resort - Mushara Lodge

  • Distance:

    Game Drive

  • Journey:

    today we are flexible depending on your requirements.  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.   Stop to stretch legs at Halali or have lunch here.  Exit the National Park and drive the short distance to Mushara Lodge.  

Day 24: Mushara Lodge, Etosha East

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Day Itinerary

Activities 

Mushara Lodge Afternoon Game Drive in Etosha National Park 

Etosha National Park is one of Southern Africa’s finest and most important game reserves. Great numbers of plains game such as zebra, kudu, oryx, wildebeest, giraffe, springbok, impala and eland abound on the grasslands while elephants can also be seen in large herds. Lions dominate the predator food chain, while smaller predators like the black-backed jackal trot about seemingly oblivious to the presence of humans.  

This is the place to watch Namibia’s greatest daily wildlife dramas and on Mushara Lodge’s game drives, guests can experience the fascinating perspectives of wildlife in Etosha. The game vehicles, designed for any weather condition, are spacious and comfortable and offer 360-degree unobstructed views from elevated seats. The rangers receive up-to-date information on game movement and therefore have a high success rate for spotting game. 

Basis 

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast 

Included 

Meals: Breakfast & dinner

Day 25: Cheetah View Lodge, Waterberg Region

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Situated just south of the renowned Etosha National Park, the Waterberg Region encompasses the magnificent Waterberg Plateau National Park and the farming districts from Outjo and Otjiwarongo in the west, to Grootfontein and Tsumeb in the east. Tranquil, vast, and breathtakingly beautiful, the Waterberg region is known for its natural attractions including undulating bushveld hills, deep gorges, clear streams, and magnificent mountains. The area features many game reserves which are home to an array of wildlife including the endangered roan and sable antelopes, rhino, blue wildebeests, Cape vulture and much more. Visitors can look forward to hiking through spectacular landscapes, jumping on a safari to the Waterberg Plateau and immerse themselves in the local Herero culture. 

Overnight: Cheetah View Lodge   

Located in Otjiwarongo, Namibia, Cheetah View Lodge offers uninterrupted views of the Waterberg Plateau and is the ideal setting for travellers who want to witness a world-class conservation facility at work. All proceeds from the lodge support the Cheetah Conservation Fund’s continuing efforts to save the cheetah, promote ethical farming and teach coexistence in Namibia. 

The lodge features 5 suites and the accommodation fees include breakfast and dinner, plus a 15% discount off all cheetah activities. The on-site Meal House offers a full-service restaurant with an open-air veranda for lounging and wildlife viewing

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Mushara Lodge - Cheetah view lodge CCF

  • Distance:

    300 km

  • Journey:

    leaving the Etosha National Park behind us we travel via the mining town of Tsumeb and south towards Otjiwarongo turning off to the Cheetah Conservation Fund.  

Optional  

Otjikoto Lake 

Otjikoto Lake is located in Etosha East, Namibia. It has an average depth of 148 feet, and takes up a surface area of 1.3 acres. The lake was used as a dumping ground for war materials during World War I. The majority of the larger pieces of ammunition have been recovered and placed in the Tsumeb Museum, however at least 2 cannons still remain in the lake. 

Tsumeb Museum 

Located on Main Street next to the Lutheran Church, facing the park, this museum houses excellent displays of the area’s rare minerals and mining history, as well as restored artillery and other artefacts of the Shutztruppe recovered from the Otjikoto lake. The museum is housed in a building that was declared a national monument in 1990. 

Basis 

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast 

Included 

Meals: Breakfast & dinner  

Day 26: Cheetah View Lodge, Waterberg Region

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Day Itinerary

Activities 

Optional 

Cheetah Conservation Fund Cheetah Drive 

Guests at Cheetah Ecolodge can enjoy a 1-hour game drive into a cheetah camp at the main center to meet some of the beautiful wildlife who live at the reserve, it is a great photo opportunity. The reserve is located at the Cheetah Conservation Fund in the vast tranquil bushveld of Otjiwarongo, Namibia. The country has earned the nickname “Cheetah Capital of the World” for having the largest population of wild cheetahs than any other area on Earth. 

Cheetah Conservation Fund Cheetah Run 

Visitors can experience a 30-minute duration thrill of close up views of cheetahs running as the animals commence with their morning exercise at the Cheetah Ecolodge, located in Otjiwarongo, Namibia. The cheetahs will be ‘hunting’ the reserve’s specially made lure, during this time one will have the chance to capture memorable photos and videos of their magnificent speed. The country has earned the nickname “Cheetah Capital of the World” for having the greatest density of wild cheetahs of any area on Earth. 

Basis 

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast 

Included 

Meals:  Breakfast & dinner  

Day 27: Olive Grove Guesthouse, Windhoek

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Overnight: Olive Grove Guesthouse  

Olive Grove is a small upmarket accommodation establishment situated close to the city centre in a quiet, peaceful area. The guesthouse takes homely atmosphere to a different level. 

The newly renovated, open-plan kitchen allows guests to see how meals are prepared, while they enjoy a drink in the lounge. The menu was also reinvented and is now fully a la carte, quite unique for a guesthouse. Home-style food is rounded off with great presentation, pushing up the level of the guesthouse dining experience.  

Whilst each of the ten rooms and one suite cater for every need of the most discerning traveller, the emphasis remains one of simplicity and elegance. 

Okahandja 

Located just north of Windhoek, in the central Namibian Otjozondjupa region, the bustling city of Okahandja serves as the main commercial centre of the area, as well as a prominent cultural centre for the local Herero people. The name ‘Okahandja’, means ‘The place where two rivers flow into each other to form one wide one.’ These two seasonal rivers are the Okamita and the Okakango. Known as the ‘Garden Town of Namibia’, Okahandja boasts a rich cultural heritage, numerous historical sites and excellent bird watching in the surrounding areas. Visitors can look forward to a variety of interesting activities including: browsing the colourful arts and crafts market, visiting the nearby Gross Barmen Hot springs for a soak in the rejuvenating thermal waters and enjoying an array of watersports at the nearby Von Bach Dam. 

Basis 

Bed and Breakfast 

Included 

Meals: Breakfast   

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Cheetah view lodge CCF - Windhoek

  • Distance:

    295 km

  • Journey:

    travels today return you to the city of Windhoek, via Otjiwarongo and Okahandja. 

Day 28: Final leg of your journey

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Day Itinerary

Transfer to Windheok Hosea Kutako International airport.   

Day Itinerary

Activities 

Mushara Lodge Afternoon Game Drive in Etosha National Park 

Etosha National Park is one of Southern Africa’s finest and most important game reserves. Great numbers of plains game such as zebra, kudu, oryx, wildebeest, giraffe, springbok, impala and eland abound on the grasslands while elephants can also be seen in large herds. Lions dominate the predator food chain, while smaller predators like the black-backed jackal trot about seemingly oblivious to the presence of humans.  

This is the place to watch Namibia’s greatest daily wildlife dramas and on Mushara Lodge’s game drives, guests can experience the fascinating perspectives of wildlife in Etosha. The game vehicles, designed for any weather condition, are spacious and comfortable and offer 360-degree unobstructed views from elevated seats. The rangers receive up-to-date information on game movement and therefore have a high success rate for spotting game. 

Basis 

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast 

Included 

Meals: Breakfast & dinner