Day 1Windhoek / Villa Violet
Arrive at the international airport Hosea Kutako. Meet and greet by one of our representatives and travel to Windhoek +- 50km. Check in at Villa Violet situated in the pretty suburb of Klein Windhoek. The en-suite rooms have doors leading onto a patio and a grassy central area. There is a small pool for your enjoyment and the rooms are fitted with air-conditioner, flat screen TV and a safe. Wireless internet, secure parking and laundry service is available.
The guesthouse is in close proximity to restaurants and shops and a short drive from the city center.
Dinner at one of the fine restaurants in Windhoek.
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Day 2Farm Friedrichstal / Grootfontein
We travel north past Okahandja, Otjiwarongo, Otavi, the corn triangle of Namibia to Farm Friedrichstal belonging to family Gärtner, near Grootfontein. The farm measures about 5500 hectares and has abundant wildlife. You may see Eland, the tiny Dik-Dik antelope, Kudu, Duiker and Giraffe. On arrival we have lunch and afterwards take a drive over the farmland looking for animals.
Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast and a tour of the farm
Day 3Nunda Safari Lodge / West Caprivi
After a good farmers breakfast we head north to the “Picture book of Africa” in the Kavango region where, to this day, the local communities lead a very traditional life. We stop over here today and have time to relax and unwind. Nunda River Lodge offers a homely relaxed atmosphere enhanced by a true African wildlife experience. ”Nunda” is the local Mbukushu name for the fruit of the Jackalberry tree. Excellent birding, magical wildlife encounters and great fishing opportunities as well as diverse cultural experiences will make you want to return.
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Day 4/5/6Zovu Elephant Lodge / Ost Caprivi
After breakfast the journey goes on to the more densely vegetated part of the Caprivi region. Zovu Elephant Lodge is a family operated lodge on the Namibian banks of the Chobe River opposite Kasane in Botswana. Four countries meet here: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
You will experience the Chobe wildlife roaming in front of the lodge on a daily basis. It is thus the perfect starting point for your visits to the Chobe National Park and also not far from one of the seven wonders of the world, the famous Victoria Falls, which we will visit on one morning during our stay. Depending on the amount of water in the Zambezi we may experience getting wet as we meander along the river overlooking the falls also known as “Mosi-oa-Tunya” (the smoke that thunders) An experience you will never forget. The sundowner boat cruise along the Chobe River is an absolute highlight not to be missed. You will be able to view game from really close by. Crocodiles, Hippos, Elephants, Buffalos and abundant birdlife is guaranteed to make any birders heart beat a little faster. A game drive along the Chobe River is also definitely worth doing.
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, Day Trip to Vic Falls & Game drive along the Chobe included
Day 7Nunda Safari Lodge / West Caprivi
We return to Nunda River Lodge and enjoy our stay here for another night.
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Day 8/9Onguma The Fort / Etosha
Our next destination is Onguma Lodge close to the eastern entrance of the Etosha National Park. It offers great game viewing, tranquility and adventure. The Fort is built just at the right spot to enable you to witness one of the best sunset views in Namibia. Luxury rooms and a swimming pool are available. The kitchen serves a mix of African and European cuisine at a Lapa around a fireplace under the starlit African sky. Activities include guided bush walks, sunset drives, game drives to Etosha and massage therapy.
Etosha National Park, a nature conservation area, measuring 22275km², is one of the most significant game reserves in Africa. In the eastern part of the park a large salt pan covers approximately 5000km² which was formed about two million years ago when the Kunene Delta dried up and its riverbed shifted. More than 100 mammal species and 340 different species of birds are found in the park.
The name Etosha is derived from the Oshivambo language meaning “big, white place”. After the Second World War Etosha became a favored tourist destination and it was necessary to supply accommodation within the park. In 1950 Okaukuejo, which is the main camp, opened its gates. Today there is a restaurant, post office, fuel station, souvenir shop, two swimming pools and an information center for tourists. The park has 4 more rest camps, Halali is situated in the middle between Okaukuejo and Namutoni on the eastern side. Onkoshi lies in the far north and Dolomite Camp in the east. An additional camp, Olifantsrus, which lies between Dolomite and Okaukuejo was built more recently and is purely equiped for camping.
The floodlit waterholes at the main camps make this park unique and it is any photographer or nature lover’s dream.
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Day 10/11Grootberg Lodge / Damaraland
Grootberg is the first lodge in Namibia which is completely run by members of the conservancy in which the lodge is located. It was financed by the EU as part of the “Namibia Tourism Development Programme”. The aim was to enable the local communities to benefit from the growing tourism in the area. Through active conservation black rhino and desert elephant still roam the land freely. Apart from game drives the lodge offers Rhino and Elephant tracking or a guided walk on top of the plateau as well as a visit to authentic homesteads of the Damara people of the #Khoadi//Hoas community. From here, It is also possible to visit UNESCO World Heritage Site” Twyfelfontein”.
This valley, which was originally inhabited by the Damara who called it Uri-Ais (jumping fountain), lies about 70km west of Khorixas. 1947 white farmers settled in the area and D. Levin who took over the farm called it “Twyfelfontein” which means “doubtful fountain” as the fountain was not a reliable source of water. In 1952 the area was declared as a national monument and in 1964 the farms were abandoned by the white settlers due to the Odendaal plan where the local population of Namibia was relocated in “Homelands” the then created Damaraland. UNESCO declared Twyfelfontein as World Heritage Site in 2007.
Twyfelfontein is famous for its rock paintings and rock engravings (Petroglyphs) which were most probably made by the San (Bushman). Over 2500 such engravings have been counted and specifications about the age fluctuate between hundreds and thousands of years. The engravings depict hunting scenes as well as animal engravings. For hundreds of years man and animals were attracted to the area because of the water from the fountain - this is certain. The paintings/engravings can only be visited with a local guide. On the walk you will be able to see endemic trees such as the Brandberg Acacia (Acacia montis-usti) and the whip-stick acacia (Acacia robynsiana).
Please also visit the Petrified Forest with its 280 million year old petrified tree trunks that were washed down a river in ancient times. Other attractions worthwhile seeing is a rock formation that comprises a group of columnar basalts which resemble massive “Organ Pipes” pushing towards the sky and the “Burnt Mountain” a small inselberg all in close proximity of Twyfelfontein.
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Day 12/13Erindi Game Reserve / Otjiwarongo
We travel to Erindi Private Game Reserve, home to more than 20 000 wild animals. The park is situated about 150km north of Windhoek in the heart of Namibia. With its 70719 hectares it is one of the largest Game Reserves in Africa. The large waterhole directly adjacent to the lodge lends itself perfectly for game and bird watching. The reserve is also home to some endangered species such as the Black Rhino and the African Wild Dog. The countryside boasts with vast landscapes, golden savannahs and thick African bushland. There are natural waterholes, pans and mountains. Enjoy the luxurious suites, friendly service, excellent food and guided safaris. This is truly a destination for the discerning traveler.
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, Lunch and activities included
Day 14/15Namib Guesthouse / Swakopmund
We travel via Omaruru, Karibib and Usakos to Swakopmund at the Atlantic coast. We arrive around lunchtime and the afternoon may be spent at leisure. Take a walk around the small town with its beautiful colonial buildings, the lighthouse, wooden jetty built in 1905 and Mole on the beachfront or visit the Crystal Gallery, Museum or the Aquarium. Have great coffee and cake in one of the fine cafes. Swakopmund offers a great variety of outdoor activities such as sandboarding, quad- or fat biking, fishing, skydiving, paragliding, horse riding, boat cruises, day or half day trips to the desert or township tours and more. Please speak to your guide one or two days ahead should you wish to take part in any of these that need prior booking.
Swakopmund is the capital of the Erongo Region and has about 44.000 inhabitants. It is situated just north of the Swakop River mouth amidst the dunes of the Namib Desert and the Skeleton Coast to the north. During the colonial period Swakopmund was an important harbor although the conditions were not favorable with no lagoon, shallow coastal water and the surf too strong. An artificial harbor was built at very high costs as the disembarkation of settlers and troops on boats was a life threatening undertaking. A 325 meter long wooden jetty was built in 1905. The complete supply of the colony was handled via Swakopmund.
Today Swakopmund serves mainly as a holiday resort with thousands of tourists visiting this quaint little town.
The climate is generally moderate which, especially in the summer months, attracts many tourists and people living inland trying to escape the scorching heat. The water temperature of the Atlantic hardly ever rises over 20°C due to the cold Benguela current.
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Day 16/17Hoodia Desert Lodge / Sossusvlei
The journey takes us along the edge of the Namib Desert where one may encounter antelope such as Oryx, Springbok or Zebra to Hoodia Desert Lodge situated on the banks of the Tsauchab ephemeral river. The afternoon may be spent relaxing at the lodge. Breakfast will be served very early on the next morning after which we shall depart to visit the highest dunes of the world at Sossusvlei. The dunes are situated in the Namib Naukluft Park which opens its gates at sunrise. This is the best time to photograph and experience the colorful dune landscapes. We travel to the parking place which is about 5km from the actual Sossusvlei. From here we may either take a shuttle or go on foot. Please don’t forget to take enough water, a hat, sunscreen and hiking shoes because the dunes warm up very quickly once the sun is shining. Flipflops are a NO GO! Enjoy the breathtaking scenery and be sure to also visit the Deadvlei on the way back to the parking lot. Here you will find a bizarre collection of dead camelthorn trees surrounded by dunes.
On the way back to the lodge we visit Sesriem Canyon close to the gate of the Namib Naukluft Park. This is a natural gorge carved millions of years ago by the Tsauchab River. The first settlers had to tie together six belts (Afrikaans - ses riem) to be able to reach down to get to the clear drinking water.
Return to Hoodia Desert Lodge.
Dinner, Breakfast, Accommodation and Activities included
Day 18River Crossing Lodge / Windhoek
After breakfast we travel to the River Crossing Lodge near Windhoek. Time to unwind and reminisce about the safari.
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Day 19Return Flight
After breakfast transfer to Hosea Kutako International airport and your flight home. Thank you.
IncludedIncluded in the price
- Vehicle with air conditioning
- German speaking guide
- Accommodation according to the program
- Food according to the program
- Entrance fees according to the program
- Activities according to the program
- Water en route
ExcludedNot included in the price
- Activities other than mentioned in the program
- Food other than in program
- Tips, Souvenirs, Laundry Service
We reserve the right to make changes in bookings for hotels/lodges/prices and routes