A 13 night itinerary where the main focus is on wildlife and getting back to nature. Enjoy game drives across Etosha's vast plains, walk as the sun rises through the bush, track leopard and desert elephants, and visit Bushmen rock art sites.
After a night in Windhoek to recover from any lost sleep after your international flight, you set off for the drive to the Erongo Mountains. Just a few hours north of Windhoek, this is a beautiful way to start your holiday. Relax, go on walks or scenic nature drives, and enjoy the Bushman art found here during your 2 night stay.
Then you head to the Etosha National Park, spending a total of 6 nights at 3 different camps, on the west, southern and eastern side of the Park. Go out with a guide to explore the Park on a game drive, before hopping in your own car and driving across the Park under your own steam. Head out on a morning bush walk and enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of the bush without any engine noise, and depart on a night drive to hunt out the nocturnal animals of the bush.
Etosha is home to 114 different species of mammal, including 4 of the famous Big Five - lion, leopard, elephant and rhino (both black and white). It also boasts over 400 species of bird and 110 species of reptile. You'll also find 3 rare antelope species amongst its hills and valleys - the lovely black-faced impala, the graceful roan antelope and the Damara dik-dik, Southern Africa's tiniest antelope, which stands only 40cm tall to the shoulder as a fully grown adult.
You then head to Damaraland for 2 nights. Activities include nature drives and walks while further afield, ancient rock art and geological wonders dot the area. At the end of each day, the open campfire and outdoor boma will be where you will spend your evenings and the stargazing is superb, thanks to the crystal-clear night skies.
Finally, you visit Okonjima for the last 2 nights of the trip - home to the AfriCat Foundation, an organisation whose mission is to try and ensure a future for the large carnivores of Namibia. Witness some of the projects at work during your stay here.
You then drive back to Windhoek Airport, arriving in time to check in for your flight home.
Arrive into Windhoek Airport. Go through Immigration, collect your luggage and clear Customs, then make your way into the Arrivals Hall. You will be met here by your transfer driver, he will wait for you in Arrivals with a name board. There is an ATM and a money exchange booth at the airport so you should be able to change or withdraw money if you need to. They are not always open/working but there are other options in the centre of town. The drive into Windhoek takes around 45 minutes, so you can relax in air-conditioned luxury and enjoy the scenery on the way to your first destination.
During your short time at The Elegant Guesthouse, the staff will endeavor to make your stay as comfortable as possible and to provide you with personalised service and genuine hospitality.
Once you have checked in, our representative will call to see you and go through your itinerary in detail, answering any last minute questions you may have. She will also hand over a full holiday pack, including full directions and a map, a cell phone with a pre-paid SIM, a first aid kit, a cool box and Emergency Evacuation Cover.
Your hire car will also be delivered during this time, and our representative will help you with the paperwork.
13 Day Car Rental: Group W (4X4 Toyota Hilux Double Cab or similar) - SUPER COVER
Allow about 2.5 hours to drive to Ai Aiba Lodge, set afoot massive granite rock boulders and overlooking the magically beautiful Erongo mountain range. This is a perfect place to spend the day by the pool with a good book, or take a walk or drive with one of the experienced guides through the mountains to view the Bushman rock art. The San Living Museum offers the opportunity to walk with bushmen on a guided walk, learning about their ways and traditions.
Later this afternoon enjoy a relaxing sundowner drive on the 34,000 hectare private Onguma Concession. The nature reserve boasts over 30 different animal species consisting of plains game including kudu, giraffe, eland, oryx, hartebeest, zebra, impala and many more roam freely as well as predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard, being common residents of the area. The area is also home to black rhino and over 300 bird species.
Depart this morning with fellow guests on a guided morning drive into the Etosha National Park with an Onguma guide. The Etosha National Park offers truly amazing game viewing. Zebra and springbok are scattered across the endless horizon, while the many waterholes attract endangered black rhinos, lion, elephant and large numbers of antelope. Return to camp for lunch, then depart in the afternoon again on another guided game drive.
Depart Onguma after breakfast and enter the Park, and enjoy a full day driving across the Park, stopping for a packed lunch when it suits. Exit the Park at the Andersson Gate and head to Etosha Heights Safarihoek Lodge. Safarihoek Lodge is located on Etosha Heights Private Game Reserve and is part of a 60,000 hectare reserve which shares borders, for about 65 km, with Etosha National Park.
A guided walk this morning on the reserve are offered to the more adventurous. A short drive out, and then the fun starts as you experience a whole new way of finding and viewing animals. Be sure to follow every instruction your guide gives you and you will have a great time. Upon your return to the lodge, you can either enjoy a rest day or jump in your car and head back to the Etosha National Park for some more game viewing.
After an early dinner depart on a night drive on the reserve in search of some of the nocturnal species that roam the reserve. You will look for all of them, from bugs to birds and maybe something bigger!
Depart after breakfast and re-enter the Park, and drive across the far Western border, where you will find Hobatere Lodge. The lodge is situated in a concession area of 8,808 hectares which is home to a wide selection of game, including elephant, giraffe, eland, and Hartmann's zebra.
Depart today with a Hobatare guide and relax in a game viewer to just absorb one of the most beautiful game parks in Southern Africa through your camera lenses on this full day Etosha drive. The excursion starts at approximately 06:30. The vehicles take a maximum of 9 guests.
Allow about 4 hours (267 km) to drive to Damaraland Camp. Damaraland Camp is situated in the Huab River Valley in one of the best wilderness areas in Namibia, offering endless vistas across stark plains, ancient valleys and a stunning ochre-purple mountain backdrop. Activities include nature drives and walks while further afield, ancient rock art and geological wonders dot the area. Desert-adapted elephant are the highlight of the area.
Depart this morning after breakfast for the 4.5 hour drive to Okonjima Nature Reserve. Okonjima Nature Reserve is equally famed for frequent cheetah and leopard sightings on its safaris, as well as The AfriCat Foundation. Since being founded in 1991, AfriCat's mission has been to make significant contributions to conservation, while trying to ensure the survival of Namibia's predators in their natural habitat. It undertakes research, community support and environmental education projects, as well as conservation work to rehabilitate carnivores such as cheetah and hyena.
The Okonjima Nature Reserve sprawls over 200 square kilometres of undulating plains, mountainous outcrops, and riverine thickets, and it is here that leopard, the most adaptable of all the wild cats, thrive. These intelligent, solitary predators occur in high density in the expanse of Okonjima Nature Reserve's multi-faceted topography. The Reserve's predator research programme has spanned 3 decades, and its findings have provided great insight to leopard behavioral patterns as well as offered an upbeat prognosis for a sustainable future for the species in today's Africa.
The leopard programme here offers the best chance to view wild leopard, as well as those collared for research purposes, in their natural habitats. Research programme leopard are actively tracked, and their collars are an invaluable resource for locating, and then returning to the Reserve, cats which have migrated to surrounding farmland where they are perceived as threats to livestock.
Allow about 3 hours to drive back to Windhoek Airport, where you will return your hire car and check in for your flight home. Passengers are advised to check in 2.5-3 hours prior to the departure time of the international flight.