Travel Namibia - Self-Drive

Introduction

This product is a mix of camping and accommodation, travel will be in a fully equipped vehicle.  The program takes in some areas that have wonderful walks / hikes, such as the Naukluft Zebra Park, Brandberg and Palmwag.   Balance of program takes one to the dunes at Sossusvlei and on for time at the coastal town of Swakopmund where an array of activities can be done.  Journey into Damaraland, Brandberg, Twyfelfontein and Palmwag, great scenery – desert adapted species and rock art.  Etosha National Park with its wide array of fauna and flora, ending with time at the AfriCat Foundation at Okonjima. 

Tour Summary

  • Duration:

    17 Days / 16 Nights

  • Destinations:

    Windhoek - Naukluft Mountain Zebra Park - Sesriem - Swakopmund - Brandberg - Twyfelfontein - Palmwag - Etosha South - Etosha East - Okonjima Nature Reserve

  • Rates are valid:

    01 November 2021 - 31 October 2022

Map

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Overview

Accommodation
Destination
Basis
Room Type
Duration
The Utopia Boutique Hotel
Windhoek
Bed and Breakfast
1x Standard Room
1 Night
Naukluft Campsite NWR
Naukluft Mountain Zebra Park
Self Catering
1x Campsite
1 Night
Sesriem Oshana Campsite
Sesriem
Self Catering
1x Campsite
2 Nights
Beach Hotel Swakopmund
Swakopmund
Bed and Breakfast
1x Comfort Room Twin
3 Nights
Brandberg White Lady Lodge
Brandberg
Bed and Breakfast
1 x double
1 Night
Madisa Campsite
Twyfelfontein
Self Catering
1x Campsite
1 Night
Palmwag Lodge Gondwana Collection Namibia
Palmwag
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
1x Twin Chalet
2 Nights
Okaukuejo Resort
Etosha South
Bed and Breakfast
1x Double
1 Night
Namutoni Resort
Etosha East
Bed and Breakfast
1x Double
2 Nights
Okonjima Plains Camp
Okonjima Nature Reserve
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
1x Plains Camp View Rooms
1 Night
  • Mixture of Accommodation and meals as indicated in the itinerary. 
  • Campsites are room only ie. Campsite fees paid 
  • Vehicle – fully equipped  (separate attachment) 
  • Transfers from/to airport 
  • VAT + Tourism Levy 
  • Fuel 
  • Meals other than specified 
  • Activities, excursions and activities 
  • 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: The Utopia Boutique Hotel, 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: The Utopia Boutique Hotel  

The modern N/a’ankusê@Utopia establishment has allied with the neighboring Pension Bougainvilla and offers serene rooms and luxurious suites situated amid beautiful, green lush gardens. The hotel is conveniently located in the tranquil suburb of Klein Windhoek. 

Utopia combines business and leisure in a modest manner, simultaneously welcoming modern travelers and tourists in need of relaxation. Boasting 14 standard rooms, 7 luxurious suites and 1 executive suite, N/a’ankusê@Utopia creates an ideal hideaway. 

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: Naukluft Campsite NWR, Naukluft Mountain Zebra Park

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Located north of the Namib Naukluft National Park, the Naukluft Mountain Zebra Park boasts a rich history, spectacular landscape, and abundant desert wildlife. The strikingly beautiful Naukluft Mountains are known for their interesting geology, as well as for their fauna, which includes leopards, Hartmann’s mountain zebras and diverse birdlife. Three separate layers of rock – the oldest of which is thought to date back some 2000 million years – form steep cliffs rising to a flat plateau that can be reached via walking trails and 4×4 routes. A highlight of the Naukluft region is the series of freshwater pools located near the Kudusrus campsite. Visitors can enjoy exploring this magnificent Namibian landscape on various safaris and catch a glimpse of the wide variety of endemic wildlife. 

Overnight: Naukluft Campsite NWR   

The Naukluft section of the park was created to serve as a sanctuary for Hartmann’s mountain zebra, which are endemic to Namibia. Other wildlife includes kudu, gemsbok, klipspringer, duiker, steenbok, leopard, baboon, black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox, African wild cat, caracal and aardwolf. Naukluft’s steep cliffs are nesting grounds for various cliff-breeding bird species, including Black eagles. Five different vegetation communities within the park ensure a wealth of tree and shrub species, and a variety of aloes. Accommodation at Namib Naukluft Campsite comprises of 6 guest rooms and 21 campsites. Facilities at the camp includes a kiosk and a bar.

Basis 

Self Catering 

Included 

Meals:  Breakfast 

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Windhoek to Namib Naukluft Park

  • Distance:

    290 km

  • Journey:

    Leave Windhoek travelling via the gravel roads and the Khomas Hochland mountain range, to the end of the escarpment (crossing the Tropic of Capricorn), descend via the Remhoogte Pass to the Naukluft Mountains.  Unlike Sesriem, the Naukluft Campsite is amongst gravel canyons and offers rock pools in the season.  The camp is in a quiet and tranqual setting and a great site to base yourself and explore the hiking trails.  The Olive Trail is a short 4 km hike and an excellent introduction to this area.  

Day 3: Sesriem Oshana Campsite, Sesriem

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Sesriem Dune

As there is no accommodation at Sossusvlei, visitors to this desert wilderness are likely to end up staying at Sesriem, 65 kilometres away, where camps and lodges serve as a base from which to explore the dunes. 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.) 

Overnight: Sesriem Oshana Campsite   

Sesriem offers ten (10) self-catering camping facilities with each campsite having its own private toilet and shower, washup kitchenette with hot and cold water and 220V electricity. Campers have full access to the shop, bar, restaurant and swimming pool at Sesriem. 

Recommended 

Naukluft Mountain Zebra Park 

Located north of the Namib Naukluft National Park, the Naukluft Mountain Zebra Park boasts a rich history, spectacular landscape, and abundant desert wildlife. The strikingly beautiful Naukluft Mountains are known for their interesting geology, as well as for their fauna, which includes leopards, Hartmann’s mountain zebras and diverse birdlife. Three separate layers of rock – the oldest of which is thought to date back some 2000 million years – form steep cliffs rising to a flat plateau that can be reached via walking trails and 4×4 routes. A highlight of the Naukluft region is the series of freshwater pools located near the Kudusrus campsite. Visitors can enjoy exploring this magnificent Namibian landscape on various safaris and catch a glimpse of the wide variety of endemic wildlife. 

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Naukluft Zebra Park - Sesriem

  • Distance:

    80 km

  • Journey:

    ufficient time this morning for a walk before packing up camp as a very short drive today to the Sesriem area, we suggest you spend the morning on hikes and start moving across late morning, early afternoon.

Elim Dune 

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. 

Basis 

Self Catering 

Day 4: Sesriem Oshana Campsite, Sesriem

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Sesriem Dune 45

Recommended 

Dune 45 

Named for its location 45 kilometres past the town of Sesriem, Dune 45 is renowned for its elegant shape, which – along with its position close to the road – have earned it the distinction of ‘most photographed dune in the world’. If you’re not keen for the strenuous hike to the top of Big Daddy, Dune 45 is a more forgiving alternative, standing at only 80 metres and featuring a much gentler gradient. 

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. 

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Sesriem – Sossusvlei - Sesriem

  • Journey:

    You will 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 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 

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 

Self Catering 

Day 5: Beach Hotel Swakopmund, 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: Beach Hotel Swakopmund   

Whether you are on a business trip, visiting our charming town Swakopmund, having a conference, a romantic weekend or holiday trip, Beach Hotel Swakopmund is a perfect place to stay and to feel comfortable.  

The ideal location of Beach Hotel Swakopmund, just 50 m from the Atlantic Ocean and within walking distance to the centre of Swakopmund, allows you to experience the flavour of our charming town, while providing you the opportunity to explore the surrounding areas.  

Beach Hotel Swakopmund offers the larges ranges of categories at the Namibian coast. From an upper market luxury apartment to an economically family unit! All rooms have a balcony and only 4 without sea views. 

Facilities on site include our Restaurant, “Anchor Point” which is open all year round as well as a lounge with Sundowner bar, a roof terrace with panoramic view and where you can enjoy some Sundowners or relax in the swimming pool. After a long day out you can enjoy a professional massage or head to the gym for the fitness enthusiasts. 

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Namib Naukluft Park - 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.

Activities 

Kuiseb Canyon 

Mysterious and remote, the Kuiseb Canyon was carved aeons ago by the Kuiseb River, which runs mainly underground.  This deep fissure is flanked by steep folds of rock on one side and the copper-coloured sand dunes of the Namib Desert on the other, and shelters several wildlife species that are acclimatised to the region’s harsh environment, including hyena, buck and even leopard. 

Basis 

Bed and Breakfast 

Day 6: Beach Hotel Swakopmund, Swakopmund

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Day Itinerary

Two full days in the coastal area, there are a wide variety of activities on offer from the Pelican Point Kayak tour, Marine Cruise, Sandwich Harbour – all from Walvis Bay, and closer to home in Swakopmund, The Living Desert Tour, quad biking, dune boarding and more.   

Activities 

Pelican Point Kayaking 

Our Pelican Point Kayaking tour gives our guests the opportunity to kayak amongst our permanent seal colony at the tip of the Pelican Point Peninsula about 35 km outside of Walvis Bay. We regularly encounter dolphins and – in season between July and November – even whales. 

The tour starts at 7h45 (from 01 September until 30 April) or 8h30 (from 01 May until 31 August) at the Walvis Bay Waterfront. We take our clients in our 4×4 vehicle on a scenic drive along the Walvis Bay Lagoon and the salt mines to Pelican Point. We stop along the way to take pictures of our our countless flamingoes, pelicans, large flocks of cormorants and great variety of other birds and wildlife. 

After a safety briefing on how to use the equipment and our local conditions, we kayak for app. 90 minutes amongst our seal solony on the protected side of the Pelican Point Peninsula.  

Our kayaks are molded plastic sit-inside double or single kayaks. They are very stable and suitable for inexperienced paddlers too.  After coffee, tea, rolls and cookies, we head back to Walvis Bay. 

Basis 

Bed and Breakfast 

Included 

Meals: Breakfast 

Day 7: Beach Hotel Swakopmund, Swakopmund

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Day Itinerary

Full day at leisure in Swakopmund. 

Basis 

Bed and Breakfast 

Included 

Meals:  Breakfast 

Day 8: Brandberg White Lady Lodge, Brandberg

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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. 

Overnight: Brandberg White Lady Lodge   

Brandberg White Lady Lodge is named after the San paintings for which the Brandberg became famous.  It is a place where you will feel at home and enjoy a true warm-hearted hospitality, “tranquility” is name of the game. At the Lodge you find a fully licensed restaurant, a well stocked bar, comfortable lounge and a large pool area.  And if you are lucky you might bump into a dessert adapted elephant. 

Activities 

Cape Cross Seal Colony 

This colony of Cape Fur Seals is one of the largest in the world, home to approximately 80 000 to 100 000 of these so-called ‘seals’, which are in fact a species of sea lion. Day trips to the colony are offered and the seals can be viewed from a walkway at a distance of roughly 200 metres. 

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Swakopmund - Brandberg

  • Distance:

    320 km

  • Journey:

    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, your travels take you to the Brandberg Mountain for overnight in the area. 

Brandberg White Lady Lodge Desert Elephant Drive 

Departing at 8 am, as well as at 2 pm in winter and 4 pm in summer, visitors can enjoy an exciting game drive with the possibility of seeing desert elephants are roaming the Ugab River. The elephants visit the area seasonally and sightings depend on the rainy season. The game drives can take up to three hours. 

Basis 

Bed and Breakfast 

Included 

Meals:  Breakfast 

Day 9: Madisa Campsite, 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: Madisa Campsite   

Madisa offers 9 private camp sites all with their own ablution facilities. These sites are spacious and are situated on the river bed with a low stone wall around . Each site has a braai area which doubles up as a donkey geyser for hot water. It’s a lovely atmosphere to kick back relax around a fire and listen to the nocturnal sounds of the bush. Madisa is also a fantastic place for star gazing, the nights are brilliantly clear. Each site has lights which are powered by generator (hopefully soon by Solar Power).  

The generator runs in the evening from sundown till 9pm. We also offer 5 overland sites which are large and each have a circle braai area with seating, a wash up basin and water supply. The ablution block is a communal one with nice clean showers and toilets. The swimming pool and bar area are tucked away at the foot of the spectacular granite koppie providing a great setting.  We have also built the elephants a drinking trough which can be viewed from on top of the koppie. 

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Brandberg - Madisa

  • Distance:

    140 km

  • Journey:

    A leisurely departure from the Lodge, travel the short distance to the Brandberg itself and join a hike to the White Lady.  From here you travel further into Damaraland, an area characterised by its rocky and rugged landscapes of rough, fascinating beauty.  Sufficient time to view the engravings at Tywfelfontein and visiting the Living Museum before setting up camp - take a meander round the camp, or join a short guided walk and finish with a sundowner up on a koppi for the most spectacular African sunset.

Recommended 

Damara Living Museum 

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.

Twyfelfontein 

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. 

 Basis 

Self Catering 

Included 

Meals:  Breakfast 

Day 10: Palmwag Lodge Gondwana Collection Namibia, Palmwag

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Palmwag is a nature reserve idyllically located along a palm-lined tributary of the Uniab River. Water is scarce in this area, so the river’s presence often lures elephants closer to the camps. Palmwag is situated halfway between Swakopmund and Etosha, and is the ideal base from which to see the sights of the Kunene region or embark on one of the many local hiking trails. The reserve is notable for its unusual species of palm tree, the hyphaena pertesiana, and for being home to the largest population of south-western black rhinos in Africa. Animal lovers can also get a peek at leopard, lion, cheetah, mountain zebra, Angolan giraffe, springbok, kudu, and African bush elephant. 

Overnight: Palmwag Lodge Gondwana Collection Namibia 

A call from the far western wilderness beckons you to the home of the desert adapt world. With the largest predator population outside of Etosha National Park, this destination will not disappoint. With rooms and safari tents on offer, your stay will be most memorable. 

Palmwag Guided Two Palms Walk 

Palmwag’s Guided Two Palms Walk takes place in both the morning and afternoon. The tour lets guests enjoy a true wild life experience, taking in the beauty of the lodge’s spectacular surroundings, on a guided walk with informative and experienced guides. 

Basis 

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast 

Included 

Meals:  Dinner & breakfast 

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Madisa - Palmwag

  • Distance:

    160 km

  • Journey:

    Take a walk in the area before heading on to Palmwag, a short drive away.  Partake in the many activities in the wildlife-rich Palmwag Concession, take a dip in the swimming pool and have a bite to eat at the pool bar, retreating to your room to soak up Kaokoveld peace.  Elephants, drawn by the water in the river, have been known to venture through the lodge grounds and campsite at night.  

Day 11: Palmwag Lodge Gondwana Collection Namibia, Palmwag

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Day Itinerary

Palmwag Damaraland Wildlife Excursion 

Palmwag’s Damaraland wildlife excursion is an approximate 8 hour tour. The excursion involves guests enjoying a tour in open 4×4 game-viewing vehicles. Guests can expect spectacular close-up viewing of Namibia’s only free-ranging game including zebra, kudu, oryx, springbuck, ostrich, jackal, brown and spotted hyena, and with a bit of luck the endangered black rhino and desert elephant. After the tour guests will enjoy a picnic lunch, and return to the lodge later in the afternoon for sundowners. 

Palmwag Rhino Tracking 

Palmwag Lodge, in a joint venture with the Torra Conservancy, Anabeb Conservancy, and Sesfontein Conservancy offers rhino tracking in the Palmwag Concession and in the Torra Conservancy. The communities and conservancies directly benefit from these excursions since part of the income generated through rhino tracking is paid to the conservancies. 

Rhino tracking excursions are guided by a qualified guide from Palmwag Lodge and a qualified tracker from the Rhino Rangers or Save the Rhino Trust.  Full-day and half-day tracking excursions are available and both options include breakfast. Lunch is included in the full-day tracking package. 

Basis 

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast 

Included 

Meals:  Breakfast and dinner 

 

Day 12: 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. 

Optional 

Otjikandero Himba Orphanage Village 

Otjikandero Himba Orphanage Village is located close to the local Kamanjab cattle farm in Himba Village. The village is inhabited by Himba kids, who are taken care of by volunteer mothers. All the children are raised in the traditional way, although a few of them have been slightly westernised because of the school they attend. Otjikandero Himba Orphanage Village is funded by the money received from tours to the village. Funds are used for medical purposes, food and other basic needs. Tourists will have the opportunity to see the Himba people in their natural environment as well as observe their culture. Excellent photo opportunities are also available. 

Basis 

Bed and Breakfast 

Included 

Meals:  Breakfast 

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Palmwag - Okaukuejo Resort

  • Distance:

    315 km

  • Journey:

    After breakfast travel up the Grootberg Pass an on to the town of Kamanjab, ion the area you may wish to stop at the Himba Village.  Then onward towards Outjo, turning off to travel to Etosha National Park.  A short game drive  on arrival as you enter the Park and make your way to the Resort for overnight. 

Day 13: Okaukuejo Resort, Etosha South

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Day Itinerary

Morning and afternoon game drives within the Etosha National Park – to and from Okaukuejo Resort in your touring vehicle. 

Guided game drives are offered from all the Resorts within Etosha National Park by Namibia Wildlife Resorts in open vehicles:  morning, afternoon and night drives with spotlight.  These drives can be booked on arrival. 

Recommended 

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 14: Namutoni Resort, Etosha East

namutoni view from deck
Namutoni waterhole

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: Namutoni Resort   

The lodge centres on an old German Fort overlooking the King Nehale waterhole; an elevated decked walkway provides excellent opportunities for enjoying the surrounding scenery, wildlife and the spectacular sunsets.  The Fort has been developed into a hub of activity, offering two restaurants, a relaxation lounge, a bar, crafts boutique, curio shop, jewellers and bookstore. Accommodation is provided in comfortable double rooms or bush chalets. Camping is also available. 

Etosha Pan 

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 supporting large herds of elephants. 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, including leopards, lions, white rhinos, hunting dogs and antelopes. 

Basis 

Bed and Breakfast 

Included 

Meals:  Breakfast 

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Okaukuejo Resort - Namutoni Resort

  • 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.   Lunch can be taken at the most central of the Resorts, Halali, 

Day 15: Namutoni Resort, Etosha East

namutoni view from deck
namutoni pool

Day Itinerary

Morning and afternoon game drives within the Etosha National Park – to and from Namutoni Resort in touring vehicle. 

Etosha East 

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.  

Basis 

Bed and Breakfast 

Included 

Meals:  Breakfast 

Day 16: Okonjima Plains Camp, Okonjima Nature Reserve

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Okonjima Plains Camp scouting previous 854530

Midway between the spectacular Etosha National Park and the capital city of Windhoek, lies the well-known Okonjima Nature Reserve. The 22 000 ha nature reserve is home to AfriCAT, a carnivore sanctuary, which gives the captive cats a second chance to be released back into the wild and become completely independent hunters in a protected area right in the middle of commercial cattle farmland. Visitors can enjoy a stay at a variety of excellent accommodation options including everything from luxury villas to secluded camping. Enjoy thrilling cat tracking guided safaris, leopard-spotting, off-road night drives and learn about local San culture along the Bushmen trail. 

Overnight: Okonjima Plains Camp  

Plains Camp honours the Hanssen’s family cattle-farming heritage with its three-tier accommodation facility of 10 spacious View Rooms, 14 spacious Standard Rooms and six affordable Garden Rooms.  It is family-friendly and wheelchair accessible. 

The Plains Camp is 700m from the airstrip within the secluded wilderness area of Okonjima Nature Reserve and has majestic sunset views. Its design honours the Hanssen’s family cattle-farming history with its three-tier accommodation facility of 10 large View Rooms, 14 spacious Standard Rooms and six affordable Garden Rooms. It is family-friendly and wheelchair accessible. 

Okonjima was a cattle farm since the early 1920s that was bought by Brahman breeders Val (VJ) and Rose Hanssen in 1970. By the time Namibia gained its independence in early 1990, they needed to address increasing livestock losses and growing interest in Namibia as a tourist destination. Three years later their herds of Brahman and Jersey cattle were sold and Okonjima’s attention turned to recovering the grass plains and transforming it into a nature reserve, with a primary focus on carnivore conservation through The AfriCat Foundation. Today it’s a luxurious African safari destination in the heart of Namibia that’s ideal for wildlife photography and famed for its cheetah, brown hyena and leopard sightings. 

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Namutoni Resort - Okonjima Nature Reserve

  • Distance:

    355 km

  • Journey:

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

Activities 

Okonjima Nature Reserve 

Midway between the spectacular Etosha National Park and the capital city of Windhoek, lies the well-known Okonjima Nature Reserve. The 22 000 ha nature reserve is home to AfriCAT, a carnivore sanctuary, which gives the captive cats a second chance to be released back into the wild and become completely independent hunters in a protected area right in the middle of commercial cattle farmland. Visitors can enjoy a stay at a variety of excellent accommodation options including everything from luxury villas to secluded camping. Enjoy thrilling cat tracking guided safaris, leopard-spotting, off-road night drives and learn about local San culture along the Bushmen trail. 

Basis 

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast 

Included 

Meals:  Breakfast and dinner 

Day 17: Last leg of your Journey

naukluft mountain zebra park 1
naukluft mountain zebra park 2

Your departure time from Okonjima today will depend on your outbound flight time – we suggest this is for around lunch-time or just after, should you have a morning flight then we will need to alter the program to allow for travel from Etosha  to Windhoek with last night in the City.  Outbound flights require a 2-3 hour check-in depending on regional or International travel. 

Basis 

Bed and Breakfast 

Included 

Meals:  Breakfast 

Day Itinerary

  • Route:

    Okonjima Nature Reserve - Hosea Kutako International Airport

  • Distance:

    265 km