Namib Desert – Sossusvlei – Swakopmund – Himba – Etosha National Park

WindhoekDay 1: Windhoek – Arrival
On your arrival at the Windhoek International Airport you will be met and transferred into town for the handover of your rental vehicle.
Situated in the Klein Windhoek Valley, the tastefully furnished Casa Piccolo offers comfortable rooms surrounded by a big, maintained garden with secure parking. Relax at the sparkling pool after your flight.

Windhoek is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Namibia, located in the central Khomas Region with a population of about 350 000. The hot springs attracted the first settlers to this area. In the mid-1800s Captain Jan Jonker Afrikaner settled near one of the main hot springs, located in the present-day Klein-Windhoek, an upper-class suburb of Windhoek.
After 1907, development accelerated as people migrated from the countryside to the city and also some immigrated from outside the country. There was also a larger influx of European settlers arriving from Germany and South Africa. Businesses were erected on Kaiser Street, present Independence Avenue, and along the dominant mountain ridge over the city, including the three eye-catching castles.

Casa Piccolo

Namib DesertDay 2: Windhoek – Namib Desert
Depart on your tour through the rolling hills of the Khomashochland Mountains into the Namib Desert. The Namib Desert is considered to be the oldest desert (± 80 million years) in the world. The vast empty gravel plaines of the Namib are unrealistic and fascinating at the same. Although the climate is very harsh with extreme temperature fluctuations and severe droughts, some animals and plants have adapted to live in this environment.
Situated closely to the entrance gate to the Sossusvlei the Sossus Desert Camp offers accommodation in luxury safari tents, all with en-suite bathrooms and a private terrace.
From the sparkling swimming pool you can enjoy the endless vistas of the Namib Desert.

Sossus Desert Camp

Sossusvlei Namib DesertDay 3: Sossusvlei – Namib Desert
Get up early in the morning to experience the beauty of the sunrise over the dunes around the Sossusvlei. On request we can book an optional guided tour into the Sossusvlei for you.
Continue to the Barchan Dunes Retreat close to the “Rantberge” Mountains. The en-suite chalets blend in well into the surroundings and are tastefully furnished offering a breathtaking view into the valley. Spend a relaxing afternoon at the lodge and indulge in a tasty home-cooked dinner.

Barchan Dunes Retreat

Day 4: Namib Desert – Kuiseb Canyon – Namib Naukluft Park – Swakopmund
Enjoy a relaxing breakfast before you proceed through the Kuiseb Canyon and the endless gravel plains of Namib Naukluft Park to Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.
Situated close to the beach in a quiet suburb of Swakopmund you are welcomed by your friendly hosts of the Royal Benguela Guesthouse.
The rooms are individually furnished and equipped with modern technology.

Royal Benguela Guesthouse

Walvis bayDay 5: Swakopmund – Walvis Bay
Many different activities are offered in and around Swakopmund. Let us advise you of the different options.
Small coffee shops invite you to sample a good cup of coffee or tea and tasty cakes. Enjoy a visit to the museum and aquarium.

Royal Bengueal Guesthouse

Swakopmund Twyfelfontein DamaralandDay 6: Swakopmund – Twyfelfontein – Damaraland
An early start in the morning will take you along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean towards the holiday resort of Henties Bay. Continue through the Namib Desert past the Brandberg Mountain to Twyfelfontein (meaning doubtful fountain). Here you will find many rock engravings left by stone-age artists.
Situated close to Twyfelfontein and other attractions in this area Camp Kipwe offers comfortable accommodation beautifully integrated into rocks.
From the restaurant and main area the unsurpassed view over the surrounding scenery.
Spectacular sunsets can be watched from a hilltop behind the lodge.

Camp Kipwe

Day 7: Twyfelfontein – Etendeka – Grootberg
Today you travel to the Grootberg Lodge, perched on the rim of the Etendeka Plateau, overlooking the Klip River Valley, where black eagles hunt just below the level of the private deck.
Enjoy this spectacular view from the private deck of you room or from the main building.
12 000 hectares have been set aside by the Koadi//Hoas community for conservation and tourism. Within this conservation area and pristine wilderness the lodge offers guided game/scenic drives and guided walks.

Grootberg Lodge

Grootbert HimbaDay 8: Grootberg – Himba
Grootberg Lodge offers optional activities such as a half-day excursion to a Himba village or join an experienced tracker in search of the black Rhinoceros.

Grootberg Lodge

GrootbergDay 9: Grootberg – Etosha National Park
Proceed via Kamanjab to the Vreugde Guestfarm, situated just 30 minutes drive from the Anderson Gate, the southwesterly entrance gate to the Etosha National Park.
Your friendly hosts welcome you to comfortable and carefully decorated rooms, looking out onto a lush garden.
Delicious meals are served either in the farm house, in the garden or in the “lapa” around a crackling fire.

Vreugde Guestfarm

Day 10: Etosha National Park
Enjoy game viewing on drives in the park on roads, well maintained and marked. Located on the eastern boundary of the Etosha National Park, close to the Von Lindequist entrance gate you will find the Mushara Bush Camp ideally situated for travelers visiting the park.
Mushara Bush Camp offering a down-to-earth but stylish and comfortable tented bush camp experience close to the Etosha National Park. The main area is thatched and has a true bush camp feel to it. Here all meals are served. Unwind around a camp fire under the star studded sky.
The custom made en-suite tents are built from a combination of canvas and local limestone. These rooms are spacious and airy, each with a large bathroom and a private veranda looking out into the surrounding bush.

Mushara Bush Camp

Etosha National ParkDay 11: Etosha National Park
Enjoy this day with game viewing in the park, which is one of the largest game parks in Africa. The park owes its unique landscape to the Etosha Pan, a vast shallow depression of approximately 5 000km². A series of waterholes along the southern edge of the pan guarantees rewarding and often spectacular game viewing. Several of the 114 mammal species found in the park are rare and/or endangered, including the black rhino and black-faced impala. Over 340 bird species have been recorded in the park.

Mushara Bush Camp

Day 12: Etosha National Park – Waterberg
Drive through the Otavi Mountains towards the Waterberg Mountains
Situated in huge private conservancy the Waterberg Guestfarm offers the ideal stop-over to explore this interesting area.
Conservation of the environment and active cattle farming is integrated well here.
Tastefully furnished rooms overlook the plains and savannah and delicious meals are served in a familiar atmosphere.
Optional activities are on offer.

Waterberg Guestfarm

WaterbergDay 13: Waterberg – Windhoek
Proceed via Otjiwarongo and Okahandja back to Windhoek

Casa Piccolo

Day 14: Windhoek – Departure
Return of your rental car and transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight.

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