A unique small group guided tour makes this 10 night/11 day trip an unmissable opportunity to explore Namibia.
Departing on just a few selected dates in 2020, take in the sand dunes of Sossusvlei, the small friendly town of Swakopmund, the stunning scenery of Damaraland, the wildlife of Etosha, and become part of a 28 year old study into at the Okonjima Africat Foundation.
The itinerary is:
Day 1: Explore Windhoek city.
Day 2: Start your trip to Sossusvlei, the journey will take about 5 hours.
Day 3: Drive through the Sesriem gate and onwards towards Sossusvlei, around 70 km from the Park entrance. The entrance opens at sunrise and this is the best time of day to see the dunes.
Day 4: Head to Swakopmund, about a 5 hour drive. Your guide will show you around the quaint town and then you will have the rest of the day at leisure. The town centre is within walking distance of the hotel so it's ideal to explore on foot.
Day 5: Head to the Walvis Bay Waterfront (the Yacht Club) for a few hours aboard a catamaran, where you will experience the lagoon in luxury, style and comfort!
Day 6: Depart to Damaraland. The duration of the drive is 5 hours.
Day 7: Take part in a morning nature drive along the Aba Huab River.
Day 8: Head to Etosha National Park (about a 4.5 hour drive). Your guide will take you on a game drive in Etosha this afternoon.
Day 9: Go on another game drive into Etosha with your guide and hopefully spot more animals!
Day 10: Head south to Okonjima and partake in an activity this afternoon (The Okonjima Experience) at the lodge.
Day 11: Depart to Windhoek and then fly home.
The tour dates depart 14th June, 12th July, 9th August, 13th September and 11th October 2020.
Arrive into Windhoek Airport. Go through Immigration, collect your luggage, then make your way into the Arrivals Hall where your driver will meet you.
You will then be transferred to Rivendell Guet House.
Located in a quiet suburb of Namibia's capital city Windhoek, Rivendell caters for guests who enjoy homely, comfortable accommodation. Relax around the swimming pool or lounge area, or maybe take some time to explore the shops and restaurants of the city.
Our representative will meet you at Rivendell Guest House to hand over your info pack and vouchers. They will also go through your itinerary route, chat through the itinerary, and answer any questions that you may have. They can also assist in making restaurant bookings or reservations for any additional activities that you may like to take part in. You will also meet your guide this afternoon or evening.
Today you will depart Windhoek and begin the 5 hour drive to Sossusvlei. You will stop to enjoy a packed lunch along the way. Situated adjacent to the oldest desert in the world, Sossusvlei Lodge is a luxurious retreat in this premier tourist attraction area in Namibia. Shaded by camelthorn trees, the lodge blends in perfectly with the spectacular desert surroundings and bears testament to the ingenuity of an eco-friendly design. A dip in the sparkling pool or an ice cold beer under the shady trees in the Acacia beer garden on arrival makes for the best relaxation after a long day of travelling.
This morning you will wake early and depart on a drive through the Sesriem gate and onwards towards Sossusvlei, around 70 km from the Park entrance. The entrance opens at sunrise and this is the best time of day to see the dunes. You will stop for a picnic breakfast. The desert can be extremely hot from mid-morning onwards, so please remember plenty of water, a hat and good walking shoes! Enjoy the amazing scenery of the desert, and maybe take a short walk to Deadvlei, a bizarre collection of ancient camelthorn trees, or climb the nearby dunes. Return to the lodge for lunch and a free afternoon.
This morning you will depart the lodge for the drive to Swakopmund (approximately 5 hours excluding stops). You will stop to enjoy a packed lunch along the way. The Hansa Hotel - nestling in the very centre of Swakopmund - is located in a timelessly classical building dating from 1905, and is an integral part of this small town's architectural heritage. The Hansa offers guests a feeling of being enveloped in luxurious and sophisticated hospitality, with a satisfying blend of a classical atmosphere and a truly elegant interior, matched with friendly and personalised service.
Dinner tonight will be for your own account.
This morning you will make your way down to the Walvis Bay Waterfront (the Yacht Club) for a few hours aboard a catamarans, where you will experience the lagoon in luxury, style and comfort! You need to arrive by 08:30 and check in at the Catamaran Charters cafe. You will depart from the Walvis Bay Yacht Club at around 09:00, and cruise into the beautiful bay area. Your guide will serve drinks, and you will cruise towards the Pelican Point lighthouse where you will see the Cape Fur Seal colony, with large numbers of playful seals both in and out of the water. The old supply railway line can still be seen from the years when the lighthouse was occupied by the coastguards. The guide will also point out the local oyster platforms and explain the workings of that industry, and you will see something of the enormous bird diversity of this area. Depending on the time of year, and of course on luck, you may also see dolphins, and occasionally the bizarre mola-mola (sunfish), leatherback turtle, humpback, southern right or orca whale. This 3.5 hour excursion includes sparkling wine, Walvis Bay oysters, snacks and other drinks whilst on board. You will return to the Yacht Club at around 12:30. Dinner tonight will be for your own account.
Today you will be transferred from Swakopmund to Doro Nawas Camp (approximately 5 hours excluding stops). You will stop to enjoy a packed lunch along the way. Doro Nawas is situated on a rugged, rocky hill, on the edge of the dry Aba Huab River. The elevated site supplies endless and spectacular views of the Etendeka Mountains, and the red sandstone cliffs of Twyfelfontein (famous for the San rock engravings). This area of Namibia is commonly referred to as Damaraland, or more recently the Southern Kunene Region, and is one of the most rugged and uninhabited areas on the African continent.
This morning you will depart on a guided nature drive. Desert-adapted elephants and other wildlife to be seen and the scenery is stunning.
Today you will be transferred from Damaraland to Etosha National Park and head into the Park for a game drive before checking into your lodge late afternoon. Eagle Tented Lodge is known for its unique Victorian style and high quality service. As well as being a good base from which to explore Etosha National Park, it also offers a wide variety of activities on its own private Wildlife Reserve. The main lodge building houses the restaurant and some cosy lounge areas. The stunning swimming pool offers the perfect place to relax after some dusty wildlife viewing activities.
This morning you will depart on a game drive into Etosha National Park early so that you can enjoy a few hours of prime wildlife viewing in and around the Okaukuejo area. Your guide will drive slowly between waterholes, spotting the various species along the way, and there will also be time to enjoy viewing at the famous Okaukuejo waterhole. You will then head back to the lodge in the afternoon to relax.
This morning, the tour continues with a 3.5 drive to the Okonjima Nature Reserve.
Situated halfway between Windhoek and the Etosha National Park, Okonjima 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.
This afternoon, depart on the Okonjima Experience - an opportunity to search for the rare and endangered species rarely seen. This activity offers clients the opportunity to be part of the 28 year study, aiming to provide insights into a sustainable future for the leopard populations.
Whilst clients are out on the leopard project, the experienced guides will often find other rare wildlife such as rhino, brown hyaena and pangolin. Leopards are frequently seen, giving visitors an opportunity to observe these magnificent predators that are 'radio-tracked' from the game-viewing vehicles. The leopards roam freely and catch their own prey within the 20,000 hectare rehabilitation nature reserves. These cats however, are notoriously people-shy and sightings are not guaranteed.
Today, the tour comes to an end and you will be driven back to Windhoek (allow 3.5 hours excluding any stops). Upon arrival, you will then meet your transfer driver for the drive back to the airport, arriving in time to check in for your flight home.