Best of Namibia

Overview

This scheduled safari highlights the best that Namibia has to offer. From the dramatic sand dunes of Sossusvlei to the lunar landscape of Damaraland; the wildlife in Etosha National Park to the coastal area of Swakopmund, this tour truly showcases Namibia’s vast contrasts. Experience walking safaris, game drives and kayaking adventures. Meet some of the last traditional tribes in southern Africa and learn about big cat conservation at the AfriCat Wildlife Sanctuary. Staying in comfortable accommodation with private facilities, this 10-day tour delivers the best that Namibia has to offer.

Itinerary

DAY 1: WINDHOEK – SOSSUSVLEI
This morning, you will travel from Windhoek through the scenic highlands of the Great Escarpment, before arriving into the Namib Desert. Two nights at DEAD VALLEY LODGE. (L, D)

DAY 2: SOSSUSVLEI
Wake early to explore the Namib Naukluft National Park, setting off before sunrise to capture a view of the dunes with the dramatic morning light on them. Explore Sossusvlei, Deadvlei and other nearby dunes, before enjoying a picnic lunch. (B, L, D)

DAY 3: SWAKOPMUND
Early this morning, you have the option to enjoy a sunrise balloon flight or scenic light aircraft flight (at additional cost) over the Namib Naukluft National Park. Afterwards, drive through desert landscapes en-route to Walvis Bay and the Namibian coast. Continue north to the seaside haven of Swakopmund and enjoy the afternoon at your leisure to explore the town before enjoying dinner at a local seafood restaurant. Two nights at THE DELIGHT HOTEL. (B, L, D)

DAY 4: SWAKOPMUND 
After breakfast, you will be driven along the scenic coastal road back south to Walvis Bay for a kayaking adventure. Cape fur seals, bottlenose dolphins, flamingos and a wide variety of seabirds are just some of the wildlife commonly spotted. There is also the option to partake in a boat excursion to the outer lagoon instead. After exploring the waterfront area of Walvis Bay, return to Swakopmund for an afternoon at leisure. (B, L, D)

DAY 5: SWAKOPMUND – DAMARALAND
Today you will head towards Damaraland and en-route you will pass Namibia’s highest mountain, Brandberg Mountain. Spend the day admiring the captivating landscape of this area, from its table-top mountains to its bizarre looking rock formations. If time permits, visit the pre-historic rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. Two nights at CAMP KIPWE. (B, L, D)

DAY 6: DAMARALAND
After breakfast, you will be taken on an exciting 4×4 excursion along the Aba Huab and Huab River valleys in search of the elusive desert elephants and other rare game. The afternoon is at your leisure, with the option to enjoy a guided walk in the local area. On return to camp, the rest of your day is at leisure. (B, L, D)

DAY 7: DAMARALAND – SOUTHERN ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
After an early breakfast, journey to Ongava Game Reserve, situated on the southern border of Etosha National Park. Arrive in time for an afternoon game drive, exploring the open plains and woodlands that are home to lion, leopard, rhino, giraffe, zebra and much more. Three nights at ONGAVA LODGE. (B, L, D)

DAY 8: SOUTHERN ETOSHA NP
Today you will depart on an early morning game drive in Etosha National Park. Upon return to your accommodation, enjoy lunch before departing on an afternoon game drive. There is also the option for a full day game drive with picnic lunch. Spend your evening game viewing whilst enjoying dinner at the camp’s waterhole. (B, L, D)

DAY 9: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK – ONGUMA GAME RESERVE
Today, you will be taken on another memorable morning of game viewing within Etosha National Park. Return to camp for lunch, then spend the afternoon on a game drive within the private Onguma Game Reserve. After sunset, enjoy your final safari dinner overlooking the waterhole. (B, L, D)

DAY 10: ONGUMA GAME RESERVE – WINDHOEK
This morning, you will visit the AfriCat Foundation, a wildlife sanctuary which focuses on the research and rehabilitation of Africa’s big cats. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon game drive and tour of the centre. You will then be transferred back to Windhoek Airport, or your accommodation (not included). (B, L)

 

Includes

• 9 nights accommodation on a twin share basis
• Meals as indicated (B, L, D)
• Transportation in a luxury airconditioned safari vehicle
• Services of a registered and experienced naturalist Englishspeaking safari guide
• Entrance fees and excursions as described in itinerary
• Mineral water on board the safari vehicle
• Option of either kayaking or catamaran boat cruise in Swakopmund
• Welcome pack

NOTE: Based on a minimum of 2 passengers travelling together. Tour departs selected Tuesdays and Saturdays.

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Ongava Lodge

Ongava Lodge is cleverly constructed on a small hill in the Ongava Game Reserve against the southern boundary of the Etosha National Park with views of the wildlife congregating around the waterhole. Accommodation at Ongava Lodge consists of 13 chalets and 1 family room, attractively built out of brick, rock and thatch. Each chalet has an en-suite bathroom with flush toilet, shower and double hand basins as well as air-conditioning and overhead fans. Mosquito nets are fitted to the windows and each room features a tea/coffee station and a safe. The rooms have glass-fronted doors which lead out onto a private, covered veranda, overlooking the plains.

Dead Valley Lodge

Just outside of Sossusvlei and positioned conveniently at the main entrance gate of Namib-Naukluft National Park, Dead Valley Lodge is the ideal place from which to begin your Namibian safari. Home to 20 luxury tented chalets, the property also features a swimming pool, restaurant and is designed to be environmentally friendly.

Onguma Tree Top Camp

Built on wooden stilts among the treetops, Onguma Tree Top Camp enjoys full views over a beautiful waterhole in the Onguma Game Reserve. Small and intimate, the camp consists of 4 tents with thatched roofs and canvas tent walls which can fully open and close. Each tent also features its own private balcony overlooking the waterhole. The main area features a dining area and open kitchen, a lounge with a fireplace and a deck with a small fire pit. Activities at the camp include morning and afternoon game drives in Etosha National Park, sundowner game drives in the reserve and guided bush walks.

Etosha Mountain Lodge

Etosha Mountain Lodge is located on the southwest border of Etosha National Park, in the exclusive Etosha Heights Private Reserve. This small intimate lodge offers accommodation in 9 chalets. The lodge’s main area comprises a swimming pool, a restaurant, a bar, a well-stocked wine cellar, a curio shop and plenty of lounging and sitting areas for viewing the surrounding landscapes and passing game. Guests can enjoy early morning and late afternoon game drives tracking rhino and elephant within the private reserve or venture out for a night game drive.

Camp Kipwe

Set amongst large boulders with views across the Aba Huab valley at Twyfelfontein, Camp Kipwe consists of innovative igloo-shaped bungalows. constructed of stone to blend in with the surrounding natural rock formations, they are also designed to cope with the extremes of Namibia’s climate. Each of the 9 bungalows is simple yet comfortable and has its own shaded veranda. Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea & dinner are served in the large open-fronted dining room. Tucked away between two rocks is a sparkling rock pool with shaded sun loungers.

Sossus Dune Lodge

Sossus Dune Lodge is situated within the Namib-Naukluft National Park, and is built in an environmentally sensitive manner, primarily from wood, canvas and thatch, in an attractive ‘afro-village’ style. The lodge has 25 spacious chalets, 13 on the left of the main area with views of the dunes and the remaining 12 chalets on the right of the main area having a view of the mountains and the Sesriem Canyon.

Lahia Tented Lodge

Discover Lahia Tented Lodge, where luxury meets wilderness. Immerse yourself in the rugged beauty of the Central Serengeti, all from the comfort of spacious, canvas tents with modern comforts. Accommodating 25 tents, Lahia Tented Lodge is situated 90km from the Serengeti National Park and is the ideal place from which to experience the thrill of safari.

Lion's Paw Camp

Positioned right at the very edge of Ngorongoro Crater, Lion’s Paw Camp offers a unique view across the caldera.  Guests indulge in tranquil luxury, and are spoilt every sunrise and sunset with views across the vast savannah. Enjoy thrilling game drives to explore the diverse landscape, immerse yourself in the local Maasai culture, and make unforgettable memories at this intimate camp.