Namib Desert – Sossusvlei – Swakopmund – Etosha National Park

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

Windhoek is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Namibia. It is located in the central Khomas Region, and has 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 Picollo

Tsaris Mountains

Day 2: Windhoek – Sesriem
Travel through the rolling hills of the Khomashochland Mountains into the Namib Desert towards Sesriem, the entrance to the Namib Naukluft Park and the Sossusvlei.
The Desert Homestead is situated south of Sesriem in an idyllic setting overlooking the endless vistas of the Namib Desert. Meals are served on the veranda of the main building or dining room.
The lodge offers accommodation in en-suite chalets, build from brick with a thatched roof and a little veranda allowing for an unsurpassed view of the Namib Desert and the majestic Nubib Mountains as a back-drop .

The Desert Homestead

Day 3: Sesriem – Sossusvlei
Enter the park early in the morning and proceed to the Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. Afterwards you have the opportunity to visit the Sesriem Canyon, a deep and narrow gorge in the Tsauchab River.

The Desert Homestead

Sossusvlei Barchan Dunes RetreatDay 4: Sossusvlei – Barchan Dunes Retreat
Travel through the Desert, past the Petrified Dunes and Solitaire to the Barchan Dunes Retreat, situated close to the “Rant Berge” Mountains. Enjoy the unsurpassed view from the bungalows built uniquely into the dunes.
Warm hospitality and personal service awaits you here. Tasty home-cooked meals are served on the terrace or in the dining room.
Spend a relaxing afternoon at the lodge or join an optional scenic drive with your host.

Barchan Dunes Retreat

Day 5: Barchan Dunes Retreat – Swakopmund
Proceed to Swakopmund through the Kuiseb Canyon, the Namib Naukluft Park and Walvis Bay. The Namib Desert is considered to be the oldest desert (± 80 million years) in the world. The vast and empty gravel plains 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.
The Central Guesthouse is centrally situated with good restaurants and shops within walking distance.
The rooms are cozy and stylish furnished offering all modern amenities.
Relax on the terrace or around the fire place in the lounge.

Central Guesthouse

SwakopmundDay 6: Swakopmund
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.

Central Guesthouse

Swakopmund TwyfelfontainDay 7: Swakopmund – Ugab Terraces
Travel north along the Atlantic Ocean and through the Namib Desert to Khorixas and the Ugab Terraces.
The Damara Mopane Lodge is set in Mopane woodlands with the chalets and main building imitating an African village. A vegetable and herb garden supplies fresh ingredients for the delicious meals prepared at the lodge. Relax around the big swimming pool.

Damara Mopane Lodge

Twyfeltontein Ugab TerracesDay 8: Twyfelfontein – Ugab Terraces
Visit the multitude of rock-engravings in this area, as well as the Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes.
Return to the Damara Mopane Lodge for a relaxed afternoon.

Damara Mopane Lodge

Ugab TerraceDay 9: Ugab Terrace – Etosha National Park
Today you reach the Etosha National Park and can enjoy your first game viewing. Leave the park in the late afternoon and drive to the Vreugde Guestfarm, meaning joy or happiness and that is exactly what the owners of the Vreugde Guestfarm strive to offer their guests.
Comfortable and carefully decorated rooms look out onto a tranquil and shady garden.
Home-cooked meals are served either in the farm house or in the garden, while your hosts pamper you.

Vreugde Guestfarm

Etosha National ParkDay 10: Etosha National Park
Enjoy game viewing on drives in the park on well maintained and marked roads. 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 offers a down-to-earth tented bush camp experience which is well suited as an exceptionally affordable base for independent travelers exploring the Etosha National Park. The main Bush Camp area is thatched and has a true bush camp feel to it. Meals are served on the thatched verandah with the bush being a mere step away. The spacious custom made en-suite tents are built from a combination of canvas and local limestone.

Mushara Bush Camp

EtoshaDay 11: Etosha
Enjoy this day with game viewing in the park. Proceed to the Etosha National 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

Etosha WaterbergDay 12: Etosha – Waterberg
Visit the the mining town of Tsumeb, where you can visit the small, interesting mining museum.
Continue to the Waterberg Guestfarm, situated at the foot of the majestic Waterberg Plateau in a 40 000 hectare in a private conservancy, a paradise of natural African savannah teaming with an incredible variety of free-roaming Namibian wildlife.
Guests are pampered in style befitting the spectacular surroundings. The comfortable en-suite rooms are built entirely of natural materials from the surrounding mountains. They offer all the modern amenities wrapped up in good old-fashioned romance.

Waterberg Guestfarm

Day 13: Waterberg – Windhoek
Return to Windhoek via Okahandja.

Casa Piccolo

Day 14: Departure
Relax around the pool or enjoy last minute shopping in Windhoek.
In time return your rental vehicle and transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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