Best Of Namibia Safari

Best Of Namibia Safari

NAD 94,300 pps *
16 Days

Overview

This trip takes you from the Kalahari to the Namib Desert. Along the Skeleton Coast, up through Damaraland to Etosha and finally a visit to a wildlife rehabilitation centre. A chance to get up close to some big cats. You’ll also visit Fish River Canyon, Kolmanskop Ghost Town near Luderitz, Sossuvlei and Dead Pan with a whole lot in between. 16 days, 15 nights. You know you want to.

On this guided small group safari tour you will visit some of the best destinations Namibia has to offer! See the best this magnificent country has to offer, with a group of like minded travellers in 11 days. This magnificent tour departs from Windhoek and heads south west to Sossusvlei. The Bushmen believe that the sand dunes are where the first stars and galaxies formed, come see if you agree? A vast sea of red dunes, sun bleached-white pans, blackened age-old trees - this landscape is a photographer’s paradise and beckons musicians, Instagrammers, and bloggers from all over the world! Namibia’s most famous landscape, Sossusvlei is known for the highest dunes in the world. After Sossusvlei we head north west to the coastal town of Swakopmund, for 2 nights. Swakopmund is nestled in the rolling fog banks along the Atlantic Coastline. This quint German town offers rest and a cool ocean breeze after the desert interior. (Pack a jersey!) Most travellers regret not staying an extra day. This is undoubtedly the adventure capital of Namibia. W We leave Swakopmund behind for Damaraland. This part of Namibia is often missed by the traveler that is strapped for time! And it is a great pity! Home to the desert-adapted elephant, lion, rhino, and oryx, to name just a few, this harsh land offers majestic beauty of its own! From Damaraland you will be making your way to Etosha National Park for a wildlife show like no other! The Etosha National Park is Namibia’s oldest and largest national park- and without doubt, the most popular tourist destination in the country as it guarantees the ultimate safari experience, second to none! From the Etosha pan, we depart for the very impressive Okonjima Nature Reserve! We’ll stay for a night and get to visit the AfriCat Foundation. Namibia places great emphases on conservation. Okonjima has played a significant part in the conservation journey!

Destinations:

Kalahari, Fish River Canyon, Luderitz, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Etosha, Waterberg

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Highlights

  • Go see the great Fish River Canyon. Hike. Explore. Enjoy the sunset
  • Explore Kolmanskop Ghost Town. Desolate. Old. Spectacular
  • Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei and Dune 45. Explore Sesriem Canyon. Climb dunes
  • Go in search of the desert-adapted elephants in rugged Damaraland
  • Wildlife and safari extravaganza in Etosha National Park
  • Visit the cheetah rehabilitation centre at The AfriCat Foundation. See the cats up close
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What's Included?

  • Accommodation
  • Meals (details on request)
  • Vehicle hire
  • Meet and Greet
  • Airport transfers
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Comprehensive travel diary with detailed itinerary

What's NOT included?

  • International flights
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Visas and visa applications
  • Optional extra activities
  • Fuel
  • Park entry fees
  • Staff gratuities

Itinerary

DAY 1: WINDHOEK (1 NIGHT)

Welcome to the magnificent land of Namibia, where adventure awaits at every turn! Upom arroval, you’ll be warmly greeted by one of our friendly reps and provided with your vehicle rental paperwork and essential travel documents, ensuring a seamless start to your journey.

On Day 1, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. Set against a backdrop of rolling hills, this cosmopolitan hub blends modernity with a rich cultural heritage. Take a leisurely stroll through the bustling streets, where German colonial architecture gracefully stands alongside contemporary buildings. Discover local markets offering a kaleidoscope of colours, tastes, and aromas, and sample Namibian delicacies.

As the day unfolds, you’ll have the opportunity to visit key landmarks such as the iconic Christuskirche, Independence Avenue, and the National Museum of Namibia. Dive into the fascinating history and diverse cultures that shape this storied nation.

After a day of exploration, retreat to The Olive Exclusive, your luxurious accommodation for the night. Nestled in the heart of the city, this boutique hotel offers a tranquil oasis where you can unwind, sample gourmet cuisine, and reflect on the exciting adventures that lie ahead.

Accommodation
The Olive Exclusive
The Olive Exclusive Website
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 1: WINDHOEK (1 NIGHT)
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 1: WINDHOEK (1 NIGHT)
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 1: WINDHOEK (1 NIGHT)
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 1: WINDHOEK (1 NIGHT)

DAY 2: KALAHARI (1 NIGHT)

Leaving Windhoek behind, your incredible self-drive safari adventure continues into the captivating wilderness of the Kalahari. A mesmerising landscape of golden dunes and sprawling savannah awaits, where nature reveals its raw and untamed beauty. Your digs for the night is the remarkable Zebra Kalahari Lodge, a luxury hidden gem nestled amidst this awe-inspiring expanse.

Immerse yourself in the magic of the Kalahari with a range of exciting activities. Venture on exhilarating game drives, where you may spot graceful antelopes, mighty predators, lots more. Delve into the fascinating world of the San people, as expert guides share stories and traditions of this ancient settlement. Embark on nature walks, unraveling the secrets of the desert’s resilient flora and fauna.

As the sun sets, indulge in a sumptuous dinner under a sky ablaze with stars, embracing the serenity of this remote oasis. Reflect on the day’s adventures and marvel at the vastness of the Kalahari’s untouched wilderness. Zebra Kalahari Lodge offers a sanctuary of comfort, where you can relax, rejuvenate, and prepare for the next leg of your extraordinary Namibian journey.

Accommodation
Zebra Kalahari Lodge
Zebra Kalahari Lodge Website
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 2: KALAHARI (1 NIGHT)
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 2: KALAHARI (1 NIGHT)
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 2: KALAHARI (1 NIGHT)
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 2: KALAHARI (1 NIGHT)

DAY 3: FISH RIVER CANYON (1 NIGHT)

Prepare to be enthralled as your self-drive safari takes you from the captivating Kalahari to the awe-inspiring wonder of the Fish River Canyon. As you embark on this leg of your journey, the anticipation builds, knowing that you are en route to witness one of Namibia’s most breathtaking natural spectacles.

Arriving at Fish River Canyon, prepare to be mesmerised by the sheer magnitude of this geological marvel. As the second-largest canyon in the world, its dramatic landscapes stretch as far as the eye can see, inviting you to embark on a journey of exploration. Hike along the rim, feeling the immensity of the canyon beneath your feet and witnessing the interplay of light and shade across its rugged terrain.

For the adventurous at heart, a hike into the canyon’s depths unveils a world of ancient geological formations, revealing the untamed power of nature. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of this remote wilderness, capturing breath-taking photographs that will forever etch this moment in your memory.

As the day transitions into night, bask in the warm ambiance of Fish River Lodge, where you’ll find comfort and serenity amidst the rugged surroundings. Savour a refreshing tipple while gazing out over the canyon’s grandeur, before retreating to your luxury bedroom for a well-deserved rest. Let the mystique of the Fish River Canyon captivate your senses, leaving you in awe of nature’s majestic creations.

Accommodation
Fish River Lodge
Fish River Lodge Website
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 3: FISH RIVER CANYON (1 NIGHT)
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 3: FISH RIVER CANYON (1 NIGHT)
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 3: FISH RIVER CANYON (1 NIGHT)
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 3: FISH RIVER CANYON (1 NIGHT)

DAY 4 & 5: LUDERITZ (2 NIGHTS)

Continuing on your incredible expedition through Namibia’s diverse landscapes, your self-drive safari leads you to the enchanting coastal town of Luderitz. Nestled between the glistening Atlantic Ocean and the stark Namib Desert, Luderitz offers a fascinating blend of historical charm and natural beauty. Your base for exploration will be the renowned Luderitz Nest Hotel, where luxurious facilities await, ensuring a memorable stay.

Luderitz beckons with its intriguing mix of colonial architecture and windswept coastal vistas. Explore the town’s historic landmarks, such as the iconic Goerke House and the quaint Felsenkirche, which stands as a testament to German colonial influence. Stroll through the colourful streets adorned with ornate buildings, each with its own story to tell.

Venture beyond the town’s limits (roughly 10km) to witness the haunting beauty of Kolmanskop, an abandoned diamond mining ghost town engulfed by shifting sands. As you wander through its deserted streets, imagine the bustling past and marvel at the eerie allure that remains.

For nature enthusiasts, a boat trip to nearby Penguin Island offers an encounter with colonies of African penguins, their playful antics a delight to behold. Admire the rugged coastline and its resident seals basking in the sun.

Back at the Luderitz Nest Hotel, indulge in a world of luxury and comfort. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of your spacious room, complete with modern amenities and stunning ocean views. Unwind by the poolside, sinking refreshing cocktails while the Atlantic breeze whispers tales of maritime adventure. Let the Luderitz Nest Hotel be your haven as you explore the wonders of this captivating coastal destination.

Accommodation
Luderitz Nest Hotel
Luderitz Nest Hotel Website
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 4 & 5: LUDERITZ (2 NIGHTS)
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 4 & 5: LUDERITZ (2 NIGHTS)
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 4 & 5: LUDERITZ (2 NIGHTS)
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 4 & 5: LUDERITZ (2 NIGHTS)

DAY 6 & 7: SOSSUSVLEI (2 NIGHTS)

Your self-drive safari now takes you to the mesmerising dunes of Sossusvlei, a place of unparalleled beauty and awe-inspiring landscapes. As you embark on this leg of your journey, prepare to be blown away by the stark contrasts and ever-shifting sands that define this extraordinary region. For the next two nights, your sanctuary will be the exquisite Desert Homestead Outpost, a haven nestled amidst the vast desert expanse.

Sossusvlei beckons with its towering sand dunes, their fiery hues transforming with the changing light. Rise early to witness the sunrise paint the dunes in a golden glow, casting enchanting shadows across the desert. Ascend the mighty Dune 45 or challenge yourself to conquer the legendary Big Daddy, an exhilarating feat rewarded with sweeping panoramic views.

Explore the hauntingly beautiful Deadvlei, where ancient camel thorn trees stand frozen in time against a backdrop of cracked clay pans. This surreal landscape offers photographers and nature enthusiasts a truly magical experience.

Embark on a scenic nature drive, immersing yourself in the desert’s vastness and discovering the fascinating flora and fauna that have adapted to this harsh environment. Engage in guided walks, where knowledgeable guides share insights into the delicate balance of life in the desert.

Returning to the Desert Homestead Outpost, you’ll find solace in this luxurious accommodation. Unwind in spacious and elegantly designed chalets, offering comfort and privacy. Relax by the pool, surrounded by breath-taking desert vistas, or savour delectable cuisine inspired by local flavours.

Accommodation
Desert Homestead Outpost
Desert Homestead Outpost Website
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 6 & 7: SOSSUSVLEI (2 NIGHTS)
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 6 & 7: SOSSUSVLEI (2 NIGHTS)
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 6 & 7: SOSSUSVLEI (2 NIGHTS)
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 6 & 7: SOSSUSVLEI (2 NIGHTS)

DAY 8 & 9: SWAKOPMUND (2 NIGHTS)

Venturing onwards from the mesmerising dunes of Sossusvlei, your next stop on this unforgettable self-drive safari adventure is the beguiling coastal town of Swakopmund. As the arid desert landscapes give way to the bracing ocean breeze, a new chapter of exploration unfolds. Standing tall along the vibrant promenade, the exquisite Strand Hotel awaits, an emblem of coastal elegance and respite.

Swakopmund, a captivating fusion of German colonial architecture and untamed coastal beauty, invites you to immerse yourself in a sensory tapestry of experiences. Traverse the charming streets, where cafes exude the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, and boutique shops unveil treasures crafted by local artisans.

Adventure beckons in Swakopmund, where exhilarating activities abound. Set out on a thrilling quad biking escapade, navigating the undulating dunes that stretch to the horizon. Discover the rich marine life on a incredible boat tour, encountering playful seals and perhaps even catching a glimpse of majestic dolphins. Indulge in a leisurely horse ride along the shoreline, feeling the rhythmic pulse of the ocean beneath you.

At the Strand Hotel, dine at your choice of three excellent restaurants, where delectable dishes are paired with exceptional ocean views. Unwind at the stylish bars, where skilled mixologists craft signature cocktails to tantalise your taste buds. As day gives way to night, find solace in your luxury bedroom, where modern amenities and a soothing coastal breeze create an atmosphere of serenity and ultimate comfort.

Accommodation
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 8 & 9: SWAKOPMUND (2 NIGHTS)
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 8 & 9: SWAKOPMUND (2 NIGHTS)
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 8 & 9: SWAKOPMUND (2 NIGHTS)
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 8 & 9: SWAKOPMUND (2 NIGHTS)

DAY 10 & 11: DAMARALAND (2 NIGHTS)

Damaraland, a haven for adventure and discovery, is the next stop on this safari adventure of a lifetime. Embark on thrilling game drives, where you may encounter desert-adapted elephants, the elusive desert lion, and other fascinating wildlife species. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the region by visiting traditional Himba villages and engaging with the local community.

Explore the iconic geological formations of Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage site adorned with ancient rock engravings. Marvel at the organ pipes, a peculiar formation of basalt columns that stand as nature’s artistic masterpiece.

Your sanctuary amidst this breath-taking terrain will be the renowned Mowani Mountain Camp, offering a harmonious blend of luxury and natural splendor.

Here you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool or admire sweeping views of the surrounding landscapes from the stunning lounge and dining area. This luxury camp’s facilities also include a charming outdoor boma area, perfect for relaxing and unwinding after a day of exploration.

Accommodation
Mowani Mountain Camp
Mowani Mountain Camp Website
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 10 & 11: DAMARALAND (2 NIGHTS)
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 10 & 11: DAMARALAND (2 NIGHTS)
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 10 & 11: DAMARALAND (2 NIGHTS)
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 10 & 11: DAMARALAND (2 NIGHTS)

DAY 11 & 12: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK - SOUTH (2 NIGHTS)

As the wheels of your self-drive safari vehicle carry you further into the heart of Namibia’s untamed wilderness, your next destination awaits: the iconic Etosha National Park South. A symphony of wildlife and magical landscapes, Etosha beckons with its abundance of breathtaking encounters.

Etosha National Park South is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. Embark on captivating game drives, venturing into the heart of the park’s diverse ecosystems. Witness the enchanting spectacle of elephants, giraffes, and zebras congregating around the waterholes, while predators stealthily roam in pursuit of their prey. Marvel at the sight of endangered black rhinos and elusive cheetahs, their grace and power leaving you in awe.

Experience immersive guided nature walks, allowing you to connect intimately with the bush, uncovering hidden wonders at every turn. Savour the magic of starlit evenings as you engage in stargazing sessions, discovering the constellations that have guided generations.

When it’s time to get some rest, retire to the oasis of Ongava Lodge and let yourself be enveloped by its unparalleled luxury. Discover refined suites seamlessly integrated into the natural surroundings, offering privacy and comfort. Unwind in the inviting lounge or take a refreshing dip in the pool while soaking in the beauty of the African savannah.

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Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 11 & 12: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK - SOUTH (2 NIGHTS)
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 11 & 12: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK - SOUTH (2 NIGHTS)
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 11 & 12: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK - SOUTH (2 NIGHTS)
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 11 & 12: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK - SOUTH (2 NIGHTS)

DAY 13 & 14: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK - EAST (2 NIGHTS)

As your self-drive safari continues its odyssey through the untamed wonders of Namibia, you now venture into the fascinating realm of Etosha National Park East. A realm where nature’s symphony dances across vast plains and wildlife holds court in all its glory. Prepare to embark on an enchanting expedition as you spend the next two nights at the extraordinary Mushara Outpost, an oasis seamlessly woven into the tapestry of this untamed paradise.

Etosha National Park East unveils a world of extraordinary experiences. Set out on thrilling game drives, traversing the golden savannahs in search of elusive predators and graceful herbivores. Witness the ethereal beauty of the sun as it bathes the landscape in hues of fiery gold, casting a magical glow on the African wilderness. Enjoy romantic sundowners at scenic vantage points, raising a toast to nature’s artistry while the sky transforms into a canvas of vivid colours.

Retreat to the tranquility of Mushara Outpost when night falls, a sanctuary where luxury embraces the rugged charm of the African wilderness. Delight in gourmet cuisine that tantalises the senses, crafted with local ingredients and international flair. Unwind in the inviting lounge, relishing the ambiance of relaxation and camaraderie around the crackling fire.

Accommodation
Mushara Outpost
Mushara Outpost Website
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 13 & 14: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK - EAST (2 NIGHTS)
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 13 & 14: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK - EAST (2 NIGHTS)
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 13 & 14: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK - EAST (2 NIGHTS)
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 13 & 14: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK - EAST (2 NIGHTS)

DAY 15: WATERBERG (1 NIGHT)

As the fiery sun paints the Namibian sky in hues of orange and gold, casting a majestic glow over the vast plains of Waterberg, your self-drive safari reaches its grand finale.

Before settling into the enchanting Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp, an unforgettable encounter awaits at the Africat Foundation. Here, amidst the rugged landscapes, conservation efforts thrive, and the magnificence of Namibia’s big cats unfolds before your eyes.

At Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp, you will discover a treasure trove of comforts in the form of a cosy lounge area adorned with both indoor and outdoor fireplaces. Here, stories are shared and laughter dances in the air. Overlooking a bustling waterhole, the restaurant and dining area provide not only delectable cuisine but also a front-row seat to the mesmerising theater of wildlife.

As the night sky twinkles with a thousand stars, the final night of this self-drive safari in Namibia’s Waterberg region is etched in memories; this is a spectacular finale to an adventure that will forever echo in the hearts of those who embark upon it.

Accommodation
Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp
Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp Website
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 15: WATERBERG (1 NIGHT)
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 15: WATERBERG (1 NIGHT)
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 15: WATERBERG (1 NIGHT)
Best Of Namibia Safari - DAY 15: WATERBERG (1 NIGHT)

DAY 16: WINDHOEK (DEPARTURE / END OF TOUR)

With a very heavy heart, the end of your epic self-drive adventure is in sight: it’s time to drive back to Windhoek for your departing flight home.

Take in Namibia’s beautiful landscapes one last time as you make your way back to the capital. Cherish the memories of thrilling adventures and unforgettable encounters from your safari as you bid farewell to the Soul of Africa.

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