The Elegant Guest House

Windhoek

Day 1: Windhoek

The Elegant Guest House Location Map

The capital of Namibia, Windhoek is set amongst green hills in the centre of the country. With a population of only 160,000, it is relatively small, but is still the largest city in Namibia. It has a very relaxed feel to it, with little of the angst associated with the other major cities in Southern Africa, and is also one of the cleanest cities in Southern Africa.

There are several interesting things to do in and around Windhoek, including the Daan Viljoen Game Park, home to a wide variety of wildlife, including blue wildebeest, zebra, kudu, baboons, gemsbok, eland and springbok, plus over 200 species of birdlife.

Attractions include

Gibeon Meteorite Fountain, with particles from the largest known meteorite shower of its kind in the world

Visiting the Alte Fest and the National Museum of Namibia

Hiking or self-driving in the Daan Viljoen Game Park

The Elegant Guest House is stylish, modern and up-market, and consists of 6 luxurious en-suite double rooms. All rooms are equipped with TV, telephone and air conditioning.

There is a beautiful garden with swimming pool where you can relax after a day of sightseeing.

Your hosts will endeavor to make your stay as comfortable as possible and to provide you with a personalized service and genuine hospitality.

Example Details For The Elegant Guest House

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Standard Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.
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The Elegant Guest House Location.

Address

The Elegant Guest House,56 Ziegler Street, Windhoek

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must normally please be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

Desert Homestead

Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert

Days 2 - 3: Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert

Desert Homestead Location Map

The huge red sand dunes at Sossusvlei are the most popular and visited tourist attraction in Namibia.  The dunes are often referred to as the 'dune sea', because they are constantly moving as the wind sculpts the sand into different shapes.

Whilst the journey to get there is long, it is truly worth the effort. The contrast between the clear blue skies, deep red dunes, and the cracked white base of the dry lakes (vleis) lends itself to some truly stunning photography, and climbing the easily accessible dunes to get a view over the spectacular 'dune sea' is unforgettable.

Balloon rides and scenic flights are very popular as well, and provide a fabulous opportunity to see the full extent of the dune sea which the Namib Desert is so famous for.

The dunes are in the Namib-Naukluft National Park, and the entrance to the dunes is at Sesriem. Near to the entrance to the Park is Sesriem Canyon, whose name is derived from the 6 thongs or 'sesriem' which were needed to be tied together to draw the water up from the gorge. The narrow gorge is only 1 km long and is a pleasant place for a short walk in the late afternoon.

The Desert Homestead & Horse Trails lies 32 km southeast of Sesriem, the entrance to the Namib-Naukluft National Park and home of the famous Sossusvlei sand dunes. 20 thatched en-suite chalets, all luxuriously decorated in pale linens and dark wood riempie furniture, each have their own verandah under a latte canopy views extending to the Rotterkaum Mountains.

The Desert Homestead will ensure you an unrivalled respite from the desert extremes. Tranquil surroundings, alfresco dining, delectably fresh farm cuisine, refreshing dips in the pool, and stunning sunsets and sunrises are the basic pleasures at this lodge.

Example Details For Desert Homestead

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x En-Suite Room
Includes: Breakfast and dinner are included.
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Desert Homestead Location.

Directions

From Windhoek: Leave Windhoek along the B1 to Rehoboth. Shortly behind Rehoboth turn right onto the C24 and drive for about 174km, via the Remhoogte Pass (drive here VERY SLOWLY), to the T-Junction with the C14. Turn left onto the C14 and continue for 77 km until Büllsport. Turn right here onto the D854 and after 71 km you will reach the T-Junction with the C19. Here turn right and after about 3 km you will find the Desert Homestead on your left hand side.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must please be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome. On all the activities the participation of children is at the own responsibility of the parents/guardians.

The rooms have separate bathrooms, private shaded sun decks, air conditioning (solar powered so limited period of use) and mosquito nets.

The main area consists of the restaurant and bar, reception, viewing deck, and a swimming pool with a sun deck and shaded areas. There are shaded parking places as well.

Activities available include guided horse trail rides (early morning and sunset), hot air balloon rides and game drives (additional cost). In addition, there is also a 10 km jogging track. 

Free Wi-Fi is available in the restaurant area. There is mobile phone connectivity.

There is a safety deposit box at the reception.

A laundry service is available.

Credit cards are accepted (Visa and MasterCard).

Central Guesthouse

Swakopmund

Days 4 - 5: Swakopmund

Desert Homestead Location Map

Surrounded on 3 sides by the Namib desert, and on the 4th by the Atlantic Ocean, Swakopmund is an interesting blend of African and German heritage, and one of the most friendly towns in Southern Africa. Many of the locals are of German descent, and together with its beautifully preserved German colonial architecture, the availability of German style beer, and the precise orderly manner which is evident everywhere, you would be forgiven for thinking you were in a small town in Germany, and not on the edge of the Namib Desert.

Probably the most popular single activity is quad-biking over the large red sand dunes that start from the edge of the town, or try sandboarding down the dunes as an alternative. The Cape Cross Seal Reserve is a 125 km drive north of Swakopmund, and home to breeding colonies of thousands of Cape fur seals. 

Several operators also offer scenic flights. The 2 most popular options are to take a flight north up the coastline, over the Skeleton Coast and back round, or to  fly across the desert to the Sossusvlei Dunes and back to Swakopmund along the coastline, taking-in a number of shipwrecks.

Just a 5 minute walk from the centre of Swakopmund, in a quiet area, the Central Guesthouse has welcoming and friendly staff.  There are 7 bedrooms, including a family room. 

All the en-suite rooms are spacious, with dark mahogany furniture and crisp white linen. Each room has air conditioning, tea/coffee-making facilities, a safe, a flat-screen satellite TV, a hairdryer, and WiFi access.

Outside the rooms on each floor is a well-stocked communal minibar, which is run as an honesty bar with a small selection of drinks, and sweet and savoury snacks and fruit.

Other guest facilities include a comfortable lounge with an open fireplace, and a small dining room, where a buffet-style breakfast is served. Outside is a small courtyard with a braai area that guests can use.

Example Details For Central Guesthouse

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x En-Suite Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.
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Address

Central Guesthouse,Corner of Luderitz and Leutwein Street, Swakopmund

Directions

From Sossusvlei: Take the C19 to Solitaire, and then follow the C14 all the way to Walvis Bay. Upon arrival in Walvis Bay, follow the street signs that will direct the route on the B2 along the coast towards Swakopmund, about 35 km from Walvis Bay. When entering Swakopmund, turn right onto Albertina Amathila Avenue/Libertina Amathila Avenue. Take the 2nd left onto Luderitz Street, and the guest house will be on your left.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must normally please be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

Camp Kipwe

Damaraland

Day 6: Damaraland

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Huddled in the rocks, with sweeping views across the Aba Huab valley, Camp Kipwe is full of surprises, starting when you first arrive. It appears as if rocks have tumbled down the hill to reveal this gem of a camp.

The surrounding space and endless views of Damaraland cannot be contained. They beckon you to explore - enjoy an early morning game drive in search of elusive desert dwelling elephants, hike in the ancient surroundings of the Aba Huab River or travel back in time at Twyfelfontein, Namibia’s first World Heritage Site.

Mowani’s local guides share with their guests an intimate knowledge and respect for the land that they have built up over a lifetime. With new insight into local traditions, you will come to fully appreciate the geology, botany and wildlife of the area. Local villagers are welcoming and keen to share their experiences.

The rooms are round in shape, with large outside decks to admire the view. The outside, partially open bathrooms adjoining the bedrooms have boulder, cement and rock walls, and roofs of rough mopane branches. Hot water is supplied by wood-burning 'donkey' boilers.

An inviting lounge area, where birds fly in to enjoy the water seeping from the rocks, a refreshing swimming pool nestled in the rocks and a scattering of bungalows complete this eco friendly camp.

Example Details For Camp Kipwe

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Bungalow
Includes: Breakfast and dinner are included.
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Camp Kipwe Location.

Address

Camp Kipwe,Off the D2612, Twyfelfontein

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 13:00 on the day of arrival and must normally please be vacated by 10:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

All of the rooms have an outside viewing deck, a private open air en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryers, in-room safe, a flashlight and an air horn (for emergencies). Hot water is supplied by wood-burning ‘donkey’ boilers and solar geysers.

The Kipwe Suite has a private lounge equipped with a satellite television and minibar, large double room with king size bed opens up onto an en-suite open air bathroom with a lovely bath area as well.

There is a swimming pool built into the rocks.

The camp has no Wi-Fi or mobile/cell phone reception due to the remote location.

Activities include a guided nature drives (approx 4-6 hours in the morning), or a Twyfelfontein, Burnt Mountain and Organ Pipes excursion (approx 2 hours in the afternoon).

Guests are free to follow the short walking trails with information showing the names of different plants and trees on their own (or, depending on guide’s availability they are welcome to ask the guides to take them on a longer walk).

Visa and MasterCard credit cards are accepted.

Okaukuejo Rest Camp

Etosha National Park

Days 7 - 8: Etosha National Park

Okaukuejo Rest Camp Location Map

Etosha National Park offers some of the world’s finest wildlife viewing. Tucked away in the north of Namibia and stretching across 22,000 square kilometres of unrivalled remote landscape, Etosha is home to 114 different species of mammal, including 4 of the famous Big 5 - 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 dinky Damara dik-dik, Southern Africa’s tiniest antelope, which stands only 40cm tall to the shoulder as a fully grown adult.

Okaukuejo Camp is situated within the Park, approximately 17 km from the southern Andersson Gate entrance.

The main attraction of the camp is that it overlooks a permanent waterhole which is floodlit at night. Here a wide diversity of wildlife congregate and interact - from lion to rhino to elephant and antelope. The spectacle starts at dawn, with animals coming in large numbers to quench their thirst. The activity continues throughout the day until late at night. In the early evenings, it is not uncommon to have black rhino, elephant and lion all drinking at the same time.

Accommodation is provided to suit every need - double storey 2 bedroom premier waterhole chalets with balconies overlooking the waterhole, standard waterhole chalets (situated close to the waterhole), bush chalets, double rooms and family chalets.

Other facilities include a restaurant, bar, shop, swimming pool, kiosk and camp sites.

Example Details For Okaukuejo Rest Camp

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Waterhole Chalet
Includes: Breakfast and dinner are included. PLEASE NOTE: Park fees are NOT included. IN ADDITION: You will be required to pay a room deposit amount of N$500 (subject to change) on arrival, which is refundable on condition that the room is left in the same condition it was in when you arrived.
 
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Okaukuejo Rest Camp Location.

Address

Okaukuejo Rest Camp,Andersson Gate, Etosha National Park (Andersson Gate)

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must normally please be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

Okaukuejo is only 17 km from the Anderson Gate, and is the administrative centre of Etosha. The camp is famous for its floodlit waterhole. After sunset is the best time and place to see the endangered black rhino, which can often be seen drinking alongside lion and elephant. The number and interaction of the animals is the major drawcard of a stay here.

The Waterhole Chalets are perfectly situated overlooking the popular waterhole allowing guests to view game from their patio or balcony. These units are en-suite and are available as double rooms or premier chalets with 2 bedrooms.

The Bush Chalets offers ample living space with a lounge and braai area as well as an en-suite bathroom.

Comfortable Double Rooms offer a good nights rest with en-suite bathrooms, a fridge and tea facilities.

There is a petrol station and a shop. The restaurant and bar offer refreshments and meals, while the swimming pool offers relief on hot days.

There is secure parking.

Mushara Bush Camp

Etosha National Park

Day 9: Etosha National Park

Mushara Bush Camp Location Map

The Mushara Bush Camp is situated a mere 10 km from the Von Lindequist gate of the world famous Etosha National Park.

Etosha National Park is one of Southern Africa's finest and most important game reserves, which was declared a National Park in 1907. The park covers an area of 22,270 square kilometres and is home to 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and one species of fish.

Guided game drives into the Park are offered as an additional activity in the morning and the afternoon.

The main Bush Camp House is thatched and has a true bush camp feel to it. In the early evenings, a camp fire is lit and guests can exchange stories of the day's wildlife sightings.

Dinner, lunch and breakfast are served on the thatched verandah with the bush being a mere step away.

The Mushara Bush Camp offers a down-to-earth tented bush camp experience, and can accommodate up to 32 guests as well as 8 children in 16 custom made en-suite tents (4 which have a double sleeper couch for children), which are built from a combination of canvas, wood and local limestone.

With their own private verandah and roof to floor windows, these tents are spacious and airy.

The large bathroom has an oversized window and shower looking into the surrounding bush, and the brushed cement floors and stone walls keep the tents cool from the afternoon sun.

Example Details For Mushara Bush Camp

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Luxury Tent
Includes: Breakfast and dinner are included.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

 
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Mushara Bush Camp Location.

Address

Mushara Bush Camp,Off the C38, Etosha National Park (Von Lindequist Gate)

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

Mushara Bush Camp is situated 10 km from the Von Lindequist Gate.

Each of the en-suite tents is built from canvas, wood and local limestone. With a private veranda and windows from floor to ceiling, these tents are spacious and airy.andnbsp; The large bathroom has a big window and the shower offers views into the surrounding bush. The brushed cement floors and stone walls keep the tents cool even in the afternoon sun.

The family tents have a sleeper couch, suitable for 2 children.

A coffee station, safe deposit box, mosquito net, socket for charging storage batteries, hair dryer and floor fan are standard in all rooms.

Wi-Fi is available in the common area/main lodge area.

Okonjima Plains Camp

Okonjima Nature Reserve

Day 10: Okonjima Nature Reserve

Okonjima Plains Camp Location Map

Situated halfway between Windhoek and the Etosha National Park, Okonjima is the home of 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.

A highlight for anyone visiting Okonjima is to learn about their big-cat passion. Leopards roam freely and hunt within the 20,00 hectare reserve, and an opportunity to see them on game drives led by experienced guides is why guests travel continents to stay here. You may also spot other rare and endangered species such as rhino and pangolin. Guests can also get involved in collecting and collating data, and assisting with actual research being conducted by AfriCat.

Some of AfriCat’s captive carnivores are too old or too habituated to be reintroduced to the wild, so another activity is to embark on an informative afternoon walking trail, and ending the day with a sundowner in an area which has a high density of rarely-seen brown hyena.

Okonjima Plains Camp offers a choice of en-suite accommodation depending on your budget - choose from Garden Rooms, Standard Rooms or the spacious View Rooms.  The Standard and View Rooms also offer views across the Okonjima grassy plains, and also each have a verandah.

Guests can enjoy relaxing around the swimming pool, or sitting around the open fire in the evening before dinner is served in the pleasant dining area.  At the nocturnal hide, guests can view after-dinner nightlife, such as porcupine, honey badgers and caracal, amongst others.

Example Details For Okonjima Plains Camp

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Garden Room
Includes: Breakfast and dinner are included. All shared activities are additional. PLEASE NOTE: All soft drinks, wine and spirits are also not included.

Children under 12 years of age are not allowed to participate in any tracking on foot activities.

 
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Okonjima Plains Camp Location.

Address

Okonjima Plains Camp,Off the B1, Okonjima Reserve

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may be occupied from midday on the day of arrival and must please be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests. In order to be in time for the afternoon activities, a general guide for arrival times is before 15:00.

Please can you provide the lodge with a rough estimated arrival time on the day of arrival - a telephone call prior to departure from your previous guest house would be much appreciated. The main approach road to Okonjima is gravel, and after heavy rainfall is not drivable by a 2WD vehicle, so the lodge has to arrange to meet you at the entrance and transfer you to the lodge. Your car is securely parked for you.

General Information For Guests

Children aged 7 years and older are welcome.

All rooms have a verandah, mini-fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, a ceiling fan, an en-suite bathroom with a W/C, shower and wash basin, a telephone and a room safe. Hairdryers are available at reception.

The main lodge area has 2 swimming pools, a dining and lounge area, and a curio shop. Undercover parking is available. Wi-Fi is available in the main area only.

Activities that are available at Okonjima for an additional cost include guided and self-guided nature hikes, game drives and visits to the AfriCat Foundation. Bird watching takes place during activities.

The camp is wheelchair accessible.

Visa and MasterCard credit cards are accepted.

A laundry service is available.

If there is an emergency, please call the camp on +264 (0) 81 127 6233.


Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Children under 12 years of age are not allowed to participate in any tracking on foot activities.