Day 1 – Windhoek
On your arrival in Namibia you will be met by your guide at the airport who will drive you to the Olive Exclusive All Suite Hotel.
Spend the afternoon and evening relaxing after your flight.
Your stay here includes breakfast and dinner.
Day 2 – 3 Sossusvlei – Little Kulala
This morning you will depart Windhoek with your guide, who will drive you southwest through the scenic Khomas Hochland highlands before you head down the escarpment into the Namib Desert. A picnic lunch will be served at a scenic location on route. You will arrive at Little Kulala in the late afternoon and will stay for
two nights while you explore the remarkable sights of the Namib Desert with your guide. If there is still time today, your guide will take you to visit Sesriem Canyon, or you can choose to relax and soak in the scenery and beautiful surroundings.
You will visit Sossusvlei at dawn as well as a short walk to Deadvlei. This area is home to some of the highest, shifting sand dunes in the world and is a truly remarkable landscape.
Hot air balloon rides and helicopter flights are also possible.
Day 4 & 5 Swakopmund : The Strand Hotel
After breakfast you and your guide will head Northwest for the incredibly scenic drive through the Namib Naukluft National Park. This includes the impressive Gaub and Kuiseb canyons. You will reach the coast at the port town of Walvis Bay, visiting the lagoon to see the interesting mix of pelicans, flamingos and other sea-birds before continuing north to Swakopmund. This area is cooler and the Strand Hotel is perched right over the water. Enjoy this small and quaint town for the next two nights. In the afternoon there will be time to wander around town and along the waterfront on foot if you wish before heading off to dinner at the popular Tug Restaurant by the jetty, which specialises in fresh seafood.
Your stay here includes all meals, some of which may be taken outside of the hotel.
Day 6 & 7 Twyfelfontein : Damaraland Camp
After breakfast you will leave Swakopmund and head into the Damaraland of north-western Namibia. You will be driving inland, passing Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandberg at over 2600 meters in height and make your way towards Twyfelfontein.
The geology here is typified by stunning displays of colour, table-topped mountains, rock formations and very odd looking vegetation, Damaraland offers some of the most breath-taking scenery on your safari. The landscape has been formed by the erosion of wind and water over millions of years. It is the variety and desolation of the area, as well as its scenic splendour, that will amaze you.
If time allows this afternoon, your guide will take you to visit the nearby attractions of the Twyfelfontein rock engravings (recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes. If there is not sufficient time they can be done the following day. Return to your accommodation in time for a sunset walk in the area.
The breathtaking mountain region of Damaraland is situated on the eastern side of the Skeleton Coast National Park and southwest of Etosha National Park. An assortment of desert adapted wildlife such as elephant, rhino, zebra and lion live in this near-barren landscape. The rocky outcrops of Twyfelfontein feature exceptional Bushmen engravings, which are considered to be some of the best preserved etchings on the continent. The Petrified Forest displays gigantic fossilised trees, some up to 30 metres (100ft) in length.
Your stay includes Full Board and activities.
Day 8 – Ongava Tented Camp
Today’s route takes you northeast towards Etosha National Park, travelling via the farming centres of Khorixas and Outjo. Just south of the Etosha National Park you will enter the private Ongava Game Reserve and enjoy wildlife sightings as you drive through the reserve to Ongava Tented Camp. If time allows your guide will take you on your first game drive in the Etosha National Park this afternoon.
Your one night stay includes all meals and activities.
Day 9 & 10 – Onguma Tented Camp
Today your whole day is going to be filled with game viewing in Etosha National Park. You will be driving the breadth of the park entering at the Andersson gate in the South and making your way past Okaukuejo, Halali, and Namutoni. You will be stopping at selected waterholes where your guide knows the game congregates and where the best possible sightings will be.
Departing the park at the eastern Von Lindquist Gate before closing time at sunset you will arrive at Onguma Tented Camp with time to relax before dinner.
Etosha National Park is one of Namibia’s prime wildlife conservation areas. Spanning a vast 22 300 km² (8 610 square miles), it consists mostly of grassy plains around a huge salt pan, which becomes a beautiful lake after heavy rains and attracts large flocks of pink flamingos. Etosha hosts a vast array of animals, including the Big Five. Giraffe and rare and unusual species like the black-faced impala, Hartmann’s mountain zebra and the smallest antelope in the world, the Damara dik-dik. Large herds of elephant can also be seen, while predators range from lion to black-backed jackal. The wildlife in Etosha congregates around the watering holes, making for exciting and productive game viewing.
Your stay is on Full Board including activities.
Day 11 – Okonjima Bush Suite
After breakfast you will have a tour of the AfriCat Foundation and visit Lake Otjikoto en route. You will arrive in time to enjoy lunch at Okonjima, which is located at the base of the Omboroko mountains near Waterberg. Here you can enjoy the welcoming atmosphere, superb accommodation in a Okonjima Bush Suite as well as fantastic activities, starting with a guided afternoon excursion.
A Herero name meaning “place of the baboons” this spectacular area is home to the world’s largest free-ranging population of cheetah and Namibia’s wildcat population. Created as a refuge for rehabilitated predators, the reserve is a haven for cheetah, leopard, spotted hyena and African wild dog, as well as several species of antelope.
Activities include tracking cheetah and leopard on foot, bird watching and the opportunity to embark on the Bushmen Trail, during which guests can experience a day in the life of a San Bushman.
Night drives set off after dinner, providing a glimpse into the nocturnal life of the predators, as well as magnificent viewing of the star-studded skies. Keen hikers can set off into the majestic solitude of the desert on a selection of nature trails, while bird watchers will be sure to spot and photograph a number of colourful species.
Your stay includes private guide, private vehicle, chef, all meals, activities, drinks (excluding premium and imported brands), wi-fi and park fees.
Day 12 – Departure
After a leisurely breakfast, you will depart for Windhoek in the late morning. The drive will take you through the town of Okahandja, where you can stop at the craft market. On arrival in Windhoek you will be driven to Windhoek International Airport to check in for your flight home (departure flight must be no earlier than 16h00 to allow for drive back to Windhoek).