We Love —
- Visit a land of striking natural beauty on this immersive tour to some of Namibia's must see sights
- You will experience some of the best game viewing in Africa in Etosha National Park, and visit unique treasures such as the Petrified Forest and the stunning sand dunes at Sossusvlei
- Stay in some great lodges and hotels on the tour and enjoy the services of a shared guide along the way
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Your Destination —
This tour visits all of Namibia's hot-spots including Etosha National Park, the country's greatest wildlife reserve. At various waterholes zebra, wildebeest and gemsbok drink to the trumpeting of elephants and roaring of lions.
On to Swakopmund with its colonial architecture, atmospheric streets and delicious seafood, then finally to Sossusvlei in the heart of the Namib Desert and home to the world's tallest sand dunes, some of which tower over 300 metres high. Watching the changing mood and colours at sunrise and sunset is one of Namibia's highlights.
Your Itinerary —
Day 1 / Wednesday: NAMIB DESERT
Departing Windhoek, travel to the lodge in the Namib Desert. This is the gateway to Sesriem Canyon and Sossusvlei, where some of the highest sand dunes on Earth stand towering over the white desert plains. The afternoon can be spent relaxing at the pool, or taking part in optional activities offered at the lodge. Hammerstein Lodge.
This morning demands an early start. The first rays of sunrise paint the mountains of sand into a variety of apricot, red and orange, contrasted against a crisp blue skyline, enrapturing your senses, and providing an opportunity to capture this awesome landscape on film. You will be mesmerized by the surreal Deadvlei, surrounded by the highest dunes and Sossusvlei, where the mostly dry Tsauchab River ends abruptly amongst majestic dunes. Take the opportunity to walk up one of these dunes to admire the desert landscape beneath. Thereafter you will visit the Sesriem Canyon, a life sustaining natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert. Namib Desert Lodge - Breakfast.
Day 3 / Friday: SWAKOPMUND
After breakfast you will travel via the desolate, rolling hills of the Kuiseb Moon Valley towards the Atlantic Ocean. In Walvis Bay you'll visit the shallow lagoon, one of the most important wetland areas on the African continent and a RAMSAR World Heritage Site. Over 80% of the African flamingos feed in this lagoon and present a breathtaking picture when they appear in groups. Having arrived in Swakopmund, the rest of the day is spent at leisure. With palm-lined streets and seaside promenades, Swakopmund is a very popular holiday destination in Namibia.
The pleasant summer climate and long stretched beaches attract anglers and surfers from all over Southern Africa. For the international guest, Swakopmund is a bohemian mix of German architecture and African time, a laid back attitude with adrenalin-filled activities, misty mornings and desert heat. It is colourful, it is vibrant, but most of all, it is fun. Swakopmund Plaza / Beach Hotel - Breakfast.
Swakopmund is often fondly referred to as the “playground of Namibia”, it has numerous activities ranging from, adventure to exploring the fascinating features of the Namib Desert and the animals and plants that occur and survive here. Embrace the relaxed pace of this idyllic coastal town whilst enjoying coffee and freshly baked pastries in one of the many café’s.
Alternatively explore the rugged, sweltering desert on a day tour, or view this awesome, environment from the air on a scenic flight. Find your inner child and push adrenaline to its limits with extreme adventures such as skydiving over the desert or quad biking and sand boarding on the dunes. Take time to get the feel of this quaint town with its historic buildings, museums, shopping arcades and beach bar that has transformed into its own personality by the vibrant use of color and the bohemian lifestyle. Swakopmund Plaza / Beach Hotel - Breakfast.
Day 5 / Sunday: DAMARALAND
Heading further north, we travel via the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain (2.579m), into the Damaraland, one of the least populated and geologically diverse areas in Africa. This harsh, rocky environment is home to the rare desert elephant, the black rhino and free-roaming antelope species. We visit to Twyfelfontein, a heritage site where Bushman communities engraved and painted over 2500 pictures some 6000 years ago! After a visit to a nearby Living Museum of the Damara we proceed on to the Petrified Forest - a geological phenomenon depicting the creation and evolution of some of the oldest landmasses on Earth. Here we also visit the Welwitschia mirabilis plant – the oldest living desert plant on Earth. Damara Mopane Lodge - Breakfast.
Day 6 / Monday: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
After a relaxed breakfast, we travel towards the Etosha National Park, famous for its vast amount of wildlife and unique landscape. Once we have reached our camp located on the outside of the National Park, we have the rest of the day at leisure, but can optionally also book an afternoon guided game drive in open vehicles with the lodge. Etosha Safari Camp - Breakfast.
The day is devoted purely to the abundant wildlife found in the Etosha National Park, which surrounds a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan. The park is home to 4 of the Big Five - elephant, lion, leopard and rhino. The Park was proclaimed as Namibia’s first conservation area in 1907 by the then Governor, von Lindequist.
Despite the size of the Etosha National Park, only the southern edge of the pan is accessible to visitors. Game viewing in the park is largely focussed around the waterholes, some of which are spring fed and some supplied from a borehole, ideal places to sit and watch over 114 different game species, or for an avid birder, in excess of 340 bird species. Popular game species such as giraffe, blue wildebeest, plains and mountain zebra, hyena, lion, leopard, antelopes such as kudu, oryx, eland, as well as some of the endangered species such as Black rhino, cheetah and the black-faced impala are all found here. An extensive network of roads link the over 30 water holes allowing the visitor an opportunity to do a real game viewing safari over the stretch of the park as each different area will provide different encounters. Mokuti Etosha Lodge - Breakfast.
Day 8 / Wednesday: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
Today your guide again takes you on a game drive in the Etosha National Park. You may encounter animal species you have not seen the previous day and look forward to any new surprises at the different waterholes visited. The Etosha Pan dominates the park. This salt pan desert, which is nearly completely enclosed by the park and is lined by numerous watering holes, is roughly 130 km long and as wide as 50 km in places. During Etosha’s notorious dry spells the pan is a deathly place, lying parched and cracked under the molten African sun.
It is claimed that game viewing is best during the dry spells as animals will then congregate closer to water. But even in the rainy season the park remains an abundant wildlife haven. You then have the pleasure of experiencing the rebirth of life as the young foals, cubs and chicks are seen frolicking with their parents and the sprouting new green shrubs and grasses create a pleasing green oasis. In the afternoon we travel back to our lodge, where we enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure. Mokuti Etosha Lodge - Breakfast.
Day 9 / Thursday: DEPARTURE
After breakfast you will continue southwards to Windhoek. You will visit the craft markets in the main street of the capital city, where after you are dropped off at your hotel or at the international airport for your return flight. Breakfast.
Your Accommodation —
Hammerstein Lodge - 1 night
Hammerstein is situated between Swakopmund and Lüderitz, nestled between the Nubib and Tsaris mountains. It is an ideal stopover for travellers to the south of Namibia. It is in close proximity to the beautiful Sossusvlei region and only 60km from Sesriem.
Namib Desert Lodge - 1 night
Located at the foot of a red sandstone cliff, this is an ideal starting point for excursions into the Sossusvlei region.The accommodation is 46 rooms with en suite bath/shower, fans and a verandah. Facilities include a restaurant and swimming pool.
The Swakopmund Plaza Hotel - 2 nights
Swakopmund Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre is ideally located in the heart of Swakopmund and surrounded by a number of historic buildings and restaurants. The hotel offers a variety of 6 room types including stylish comfort rooms, suites, family rooms and an unique luxury suite. All rooms offer en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, heating, mini bar, safe, TV, tea & coffee facilities, telephone and free internet.
Damara Mopane Lodge - 1 night
Built in the wattle and daub style under mopane trees and connected by a labyrinth of paths, the main building and chalets of the lodge look like an African village.The walls are adorned with copies of the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein.
Etosha Safari Camp - 1 night
Space is an attractive element at Etosha Safari Lodge with its lavish view, spacious deck- and dining-area and airy rooms with private verandas. It's the place to open doors to the mystery and magic of Etosha, 'Place of Legends'. This is where stories were woven into the Hai//om mythology of the origin of Etosha's chalky pan, how Elephant saved the world with his generosity of spirit and the many tales about the animals below and the stars above that are part of the cycle of life in Etosha.
Mokuti Etosha Lodge - 2 nights
Mokuti Etosha Lodge in Namibia is the perfect venue for travelers wanting to explore the famous eastern side of Etosha National Park. Known for its excellent and diverse wildlife encounters, this Namibian icon has become a popular destination resort for international, Namibian and SADC visitors.
Your Journey —
Flights: The flights included are with either a scheduled or no-frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.
Transfers: private transfers are included as per itinerary.
The approximate transfer distances / times are as follows:
- Airport to Hammerstein Lodge: 233 miles / 4 hours 50 minutes
- Hammerstein Lodge to Namib Desert Lodge: 71.3 miles / 1.5 hours
- Namib Desert Lodge to Swakopmund Beach Hotel: 172 miles / 3.5 hours
- Swakopmund Beach Hotel to Damara Mopane Lodge: 196 miles / 4 hours
- Damara Mopane Lodge to Etosha Safari Camp: 135 miles / 2 hours 10 minutes
- Etosha Safari Camp to Mokuti Etosha Lodge: 107 miles / 2 hours 50 minutes