The Namibia Experience
Namibia is a country located in south western Africa. On it’s southern border is South Africa, to the east is Botswana and in the north Angola, other neighbouring countries include Zimbabwe & Zambia. Since independence in 1990 Namibia has become a major African tourist destination – popular due to its vast distances and tiny populations. Travellers enjoy the desert vistas of the Namib Desert and some of the best game viewing in the world at Etosha National Park.
This is one of the many tour options in Namibia. You will be given a choice of several itineraries to select from, please contact us to discuss the options available. Accommodation will be in the venues mentioned below or similar.
NAMIB NAKLUFT LODGE: 2 NIGHTS
Depart from Windhoek and travel to the Kupferberg Pass, through cattle farm land and hilly landscapes with splendid views of fertile valleys. Our journey continues via the scenic and steep Spreetshoogte Pass, one of one of the steepest passes in Namibia! Stop at the small settlement of Solitaire, before continuing to the beautifully set private nature reserve, :NamNau Habitat, which hosts a variety of desert adapted game like Springbok, ostrich, earth wolf, bat-eared fox and many more.
Enjoy early morning coffee and tea before departing for Sossusvlei, a fascinating world of ecology and unearthly geography. The route travels along the Tsauchab dry riverbed, which has found a way through the dunes until it reaches the vivid white clay saltpan, called Sossusvlei. After a good rainy season, approximately every 7-10 years, the Tsauchab River runs in full flood and fills the Vlei with water, offering sensational scenery with prolific birdlife. The early morning sun offers spectacular pastel colours in the star-shaped dunes. The first stop will be at Dune 45 before continuing to Sossusvlei. Climb one of the dunes – there are plenty – and you might be overwhelmed by the sight of the dynamic and living desert! Breakfast will be served as a picnic under one of the shady camelthorn trees. Afterwards, walk over patches of dunes until you reach the base of the ‘Dead Vlei’, another pan where water once flowed, but all that remains today are the skeletons of trees. Visit the rugged Sesriem Canyon before returning to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon join a guided nature drive to the ‘marble mountain’ (drinks for own account) or relax on your verandah and enjoy a spectacular sunset
BRIGADOON GUEST HOUSE: 2 NIGHTS
Explore the quaint town of Swakopmund. You may wish to book an optional day tour in Swakopmund, (guided tour through the Mondesa township, quad-biking, sand-boarding; a scenic flight over the Skeleton coast or a catamaran cruise in Walvis Bay). Many optional activities are on offer: visit the aquarium, various museums or the crystal gallery. Activities for own account.
TWYFELFONTEIN LODGE DAMARALAND: 2 NIGHTS
Depart early morning and travel on the salt road towards Henties Bay, past salt pans and an array of bird life, to Damaraland, one of the most scenic areas in Namibia. Visit Twyfelfontein, a site of ancient rock engravings and the Organ Pipes, a distinctive series of dolerite pillars that have been exposed by erosion. Arrive at your lodge during the late afternoon.
The morning is at leisure, to relax at the lodge until lunchtime. In the afternoon, join a sundowner drive in the Aba Huab River and possibly encounter the desert dwelling elephants (seasonal). These elephants are not a distinct species but are African bush elephants that have made their homes in the Namib and Sahara deserts. They were once more widespread in Africa, but are currently found only in Namibia and Mali.
ETOSHA SAFARI CAMP ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK: 2 NIGHTS
After breakfast, depart Damaraland and journey to the Etosha National Park. Visit a Damara village near Twyfelfontein and learn more about the culture and the tradition of this half-nomadic people. Continue via the little town of Outjo. Lunch stop (for own account) – possibly meet fellow guests joining the Etosha tour. From there continue to Etosha National Park. Arrive in the early afternoon and undertake your first game drive, in your closed touring vehicle, into the park
The entire day will be spent in the Etosha National Park, exploring the waterholes along this enormous saltpan. Enjoy a lunch stop at one of the rest camps. There are close to 114 species of mammal in Etosha, including the black faced impala and the threatened black and white rhino. The Etosha Pan contains water only after very good rains and sometimes only for a few days each year, but is enough to stimulate the growth of a blue green algae which lures thousands of flamingos
MOKUTI ETOSHA: 1 NIGHT
Enjoy another full day exploring this world famous National Park. Your guide will introduce you to the complex subject of managing such an enormous reserve, that’s considered to be one of the world’s great wildlife sanctuaries. Lunch at one of the rest camps.