Kalahari – Namib Desert – Etosha National Park
Enjoy Namibia’s Ever-changing vistas and wildlife
Day 1: Windhoek – Arrival
Upon arrival at Windhoek International Airport you will be met and transferred into town for the handover of your rental vehicle.
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.
Accommodation in the Hotel Thule, situated high up on a hill above the city of Windhoek, offering unsurpassed mountain views, an exclusive getaway, and warm hospitality.
Optionally we can book a guided city tour in the afternoon.
Day 2: Windhoek – Kalahari
Head out after breakfast into the fringes of the Kalahari near Mariental.
In the fertile Auob Valley in the Kalahari near Stampriet the Kalahari Farmhouse offers rural ambience with up-market hospitality.
The restaurant and reception are in the old and carefully restored farm house, whilst accommodation is offered in modern bungalows in Cape Dutch style.
From the farm next door fresh produce is delivered to the farmhouse, which is used in the delicious meals served.
Activities on offer are scenic drives on the nearby Gondwana Kalahari Park, a visit to the farming business or just relax around the pool.
Day 3: Kalahari – Fish River Canyon
Proceed to the Fish River Canyon, a most spectacular geological phenomena, situated in the lower reaches of Namibia’s longest river, the Fish. It is second in size to the Grand Canyon, 161km long and 27km wide, with a varying depth of 550m.
Situated within the Gondwana Cañon Park, only 20km away from the Fish River Canyon, is the Canyon Lodge. The thatched roofed, natural stone, en–suite bungalows are tucked between mighty granite boulders, which provide the absolute feeling of living in nature. The welcoming restaurant is decorated in such a way that it tells the tale of the farming pioneers.
Day 4: Fish River Canyon
Spend the day in the area of the lodge, visiting the Fish River Canyon and going on self-guided game drives in the Gondwana Canyon Park, located in what is known as the Nama Karoo. Quiver trees, a typical stem succulent of the Nama Karoo of which several clusters can be found on the plains of Gondwana Canyon Park, forming bizarre silhouettes against Namibia’s blue skies.
Day 5: Fish River Canyon – Diamond Restricted Area – Lüderitz
Today’s travel takes you through the Diamond Restricted Area to Lüderitz, Namibia’s southern most harbour.
Overnight in the Lüderitz Nest Hotel, offering luxurious beachfront accommodation in a spectacular setting, where all the rooms are sea facing and have air-conditioning, en-suite facilities, satellite television and telephone. Guests can enjoy the sauna and swimming pool, or a sundowner in the Sunset Bar overlooking the bay.
Explore this little town with interesting buildings on rocky hills, or visit the Diaz Point, with a replica of the original cross put up by Bartholomeus Diaz in 1488.
Lüderitz Nest Hotel
Day 6: Lüdertiz – Aus
Visit the once flourishing mining town of Kolmanskop, now Namibia’s famous ghost town.
The first diamond was found here in 1908. The once large and elegant houses, now scoured and demolished by the wind are gradually becoming enveloped by encroaching sand dunes.
Return through the Diamond Restricted Area, where you might encounter some of the feral horses, to Klein Aus Vista near Aus. Overnight in chalets with en – suite facilities, offering breathtaking views over the endless plains of the Namib Desert. Meals are served at the Desert Horse Inn Restaurant.
Klein Aus Vista
Day 7: Aus – Namib Desert
Proceed through endless plains of the Namib Desert towards Sesriem, the entrance to the Namib Naukluft Park and the Sossusvlei.
Experience the beauty and tranquility of Hoodia Desert Lodge, situated on the banks of the Tsauchab River surrounded by majestic mountains, close to the Sesriem Gate, entrance of the world famous red sand-dunes of the Sossusvlei.
The chalets are well planned to assure privacy in this breathtaking environment.
Various optional activities are offered by the lodge.
Hoodia Desert Lodge
Day 8: Sossusvlei
An early rise is rewarded with the beauty of the sunrise over the dunes around the Sossusvlei, a dry clay pan surrounded by the highest dunes in the world.
Explore the Sossusvlei on you own or join an optional guided tour from the lodge.
Spend a relaxing afternoon or join another scenic drive or a guided walk.
Hoodia Desert Lodge
Day 9: Namib Desert – Kuiseb Canyon – Namib Naukluft Park – Swakopmund
Travel on through the Kuiseb Canyon and the Namib Naukluft Park, via Walvis Bay to Swakopmund, Namibia’s main seaside resort. This town is a place of singular charm, nestling between the Namib Desert and the Atlantic Ocean. It has a restful and relaxing atmosphere with lush green lawns, palm trees and carefully tended public gardens. Quaint architecture from a bygone era adds to the time-out-of-place atmosphere of Swakopmund.
The Hansa Hotel offers a relaxed, but personal approach to service. The rooms are individually decorated and classic paintings drape the walls throughout the hotel. The restaurant is renowned for its good food and unique wine list.
Day 10: Swakopmund
Join a “Living Desert Adventure” tour, an exciting educational tour that explores the local dunes. Reptiles such as chameleons are some creatures to be found on this exciting tour or one of the many other optional tours on offer around Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. We will gladly advise you here.
Or spend the day at leisure, exploring this quaint little town with a distinct Bavarian atmosphere.
Day 11: Swakopmund – Twyfelfontein
Depart via Hentisbay to Cape Cross, here a huge cape fur seal colony is at home.
Continue towards Twyfelfontein, where you will stay at the Mowani Mountain Camp, situated between the Ugab and Huab dry River bed, in the untouched wilderness of the southern Damaraland.
The main living area and the Boma, the Lounge and the Bar are built in an “African Village” style, blending in beautifully with the environment. The “rooms” are huge luxurious tented suites which were erected on wooden decks to offer the best view over the breathtaking landscape and surrounding wildlife.
Mowani Mountain Camp
Day 12: Twyfelfontein – Damaraland
You can spend the day at leisure at the lodge or explore the area around the lodge, visiting the organ pipes and burnt mountain or the rock paintings and engravings at Twyfelfontein.
Mowani Mountain Camp
Day 13: Damaraland – Etosha National Park
Continue your travels towards the Etosha National Park, and spend the night close to the Anderson’s Gate and the Etosha National Park. The Etosha Safari Lodge is situated on top of a hill offering stunning views of the surrounding bush savannah.
The modern and well equipped bungalows are nestled on the hill slope, blending in with the surroundings.
Delicious meals are served in the spacious restaurant.
Three pools invite you to unwind.
Etosha Safari Lodge
Day 14: Etosha National Park
After enjoying a lovely breakfast, set out into the Etosha National Park for your first game viewing.
Today’s Etosha National Park was proclaimed as Namibia’s first conservation area in 1907 by the then German government. With subsequent additions it became the largest game reserve in the world, covering a vast area 22 912 km².
Proceed east through the park to The Mushara Outpost situated only 10km from the entrance to the park.
Guests are accommodated in custom made tents on wooden decks nestled amongst trees on the western bank of a small ‘omuramba’, also known as a dry river bed.
The air-conditioned and extremely comfortable rooms are built out of wood and canvas, with large windows .
The main building is styled around an old farm house, tall walls, and corrugated iron roof with a large wrap around veranda.
The Mushara Outpost
Day 15: Etosha National Park
Consisting of saline desert, savannah and woodlands, its definitive feature is the Etosha Pan, a vast, shallow depression of approximately 5 000 km². For the greater part of the year the pan is a bleak expanse of white, cracked mud which, on most days shimmers with mirages. In local colloquial language the pan is referred to as the “great white place of dry water”.
Enjoy more game viewing in the Etosha National Park. Every day promises different sightings.
Huge herds of plains game attract predators like lion and cheetah.
The Mushara Outpost
Day 16: Etosha National Park – Windhoek
Depart to Windhoek via Tsumeb, Otavi, Otjiwarongo and Okahandja.
Day 17: Windhoek – Departure
Return of your rental car and transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight.
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