Namibia is unlike any other African destination. Namibia is the ultimate African road trip destination for intrepid adventurers, with its almost otherworldly dune landscapes, ancient deserts, and amazing game viewing opportunities.
|COST & VALIDITY||From ZAR 19 850.00
1st March 2021 – 31st October 2022
|WHAT TO BRING||Comfortable shoes
Sunhat and sunglasses
|IMPORTANT NOTE||Namibia emergency number: +264 81 127 0564|
|INCLUDED||Airport Arrival/DepartureTransfers on Days 1 and 9
9 x Breakfast
2 x Lunch
6 x Dinner
Rental Vehicle including Zero Excess Insurance Daily Coverage (4×4 Double or Single Cab or Similar)
2% Tourism Levy
Meals and beverages not stated as Included in the Itinerary
• Vehicle will be full (Fuel) on collection and must be returned full (Fuel).
• The minimum legal age to drive a vehicle in Namibia is 18 years of age.
• All drivers must have a valid International driver’s license which must be in English.
• Accident/theft of the vehicle must be notified within 24 hours of the incident.
• If the customer returns the vehicle earlier than the agreed upon drop-off date stated in the rental contract, the rental company will not refund the customer for any unused days.
• Please note that local conditions prevalent at the time of travel may result in modifications to tour contents without prior notice.
• For self-guided visits, entrance fees for both persons and vehicle are payable directly at the gate/front desk of each Park or attraction.
Your English-speaking Transfer Service will greet you at the Hosea Kutako International Airport, located just 40 kilometers outside of Windhoek, before taking you to the Rental Vehicle Depot.
You will receive a detailed vehicle handover at the Depot, including safety and operating instructions. Following that, you embark on the first leg of your Namibian safari, driving towards the city of Windhoek, which is surrounded by mountains, and then turning off to your lodge for the first night’s stay just outside the city limits. On this short journey, you’re almost guaranteed to see a range of birds and wildlife!
After a long flight, arrive at the cabin, check in, and unwind. Your cozy and cool suites, the expansive balcony, pool area, and bar, as well as the luxurious indoor lounge, all provide space to relax and rejuvenate while taking in the breathtaking view. Mountains and valleys surround the city on three sides, with distant mountains to the west flanking the city limits. The twinkling city lights in the distance will clash with the bright night sky above Windhoek at night – even above the country’s largest city, the stars are clearly visible and a truly amazing sight to behold.
Stately historic buildings constructed in the German architectural style of the turn of the century add a lot to Windhoek.
The Tintenpalast and the Christuskirche can be visited, and along Independence Avenue, old colonial houses sit alongside new, post-independence Namibian structures.
River Crossing Lodge: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Breakfast will set the tone for today’s journey into the Namib Desert, which is vast and diverse. In the early afternoon, you arrive at your breathtaking destination in the Namib Naukluft Park region via Mariental and Maltahöhe.
The Namib, which is thought to be the world’s oldest desert, was arid at least 80 million years ago. It crosses the Orange River into South Africa in the south, and the Kunene River into Angola in the north. The Namib is mostly found in Namibia, where it covers 1500 kilometers of Atlantic coastline. Its width ranges between 80 and 140 kilometers, but it can stretch up to 200 kilometers inland in some areas. The Namib sand dunes, which reach heights of 300 meters and stretch for 32 kilometers (20 miles), are the world’s second highest.
Turn off the main gravel road onto a trail carved into the rocky terrain that appears to vanish straight into the towering mountain face a few hours later. You follow the now-winding path over the rounded mountain slopes until the Desert Hills Glamping Camp appears before you in a nearly barren landscape of mountains and valleys as the gradient begins to rise.
Your hosts will greet you, help you unload your luggage and check you in to the surprising comfort of you tented chalet, with an unequalled view in the desert solitude. Evening sundowners while you view the incredible Namibian desert sunset will undoubtedly be memorable, before a sumptious and delicious dinner.
Dinner, Overnight, Breakfast & Lunch Desert Hills Glamping Camp
This day is yours to enjoy at your leisure, taking in the beauty and splendor of your surroundings and this fantastic camp. Desert Hills Glamping Camp is located behind the mountains that surround a vast swath of arid land, including a stretch of the Tsauchab River and the ever-shifting, land-altering Hebron Vault. Within the light of their evening flames, surrounded by their yellowed grass huts, the ancient SAN people danced about their adventures together here. These hardy hunter-gatherers carved out a life on the plains and mountains where the camp now stands, and evidence of their presence can be found in some well-hidden rock-paintings on a nearby site.
The afternoon is ideal for a guided (optional, non-included) Nature Drive on a nearby property to learn more about the Southern White Rhino Project. Observe the Rhino feeding in the late afternoon and watch them roll around in the mud pool built in front of the lodge for their enjoyment. The tour concludes with a drive around the property to see the “family” Zebras and their “adopted” orphan calf, as well as a variety of other interesting animals such as Jackals, Bat-Eared Foxes, and a variety of antelope and bird species (Optional, not included in cost.)
Finally, return to your lovely camp for your final night in this spectacular setting.
Desert Hills Glamping Camp offers dinner, overnight, breakfast, and lunch.
This morning after breakfast at leisure you pack your rental vehicle and bid this wonderful location farewell. Driving down the mountain in the cool air of the desert morning, you may well observe Oryx Antelope grazing on the plains or kicking up the dust with their hooves and they run from the sound of the vehicles. Your journey is short, and it brings you to the Sesriem region of the Namib. Along the road you turn off to where you can see the triangular, sloping wooden pole roofs of your next location a short distance away.
Check into Desert Quiver Camp, where your spacious tented chalet provides unexpected touches of luxury between sand dunes and granite outcroppings. A barbeque, a fitted kitchenette with under counter fridge, 2 plate hob, and a wooden bench for seating are all available on your private patio. At reception, there are utility boxes with most of the required utensils, and fresh food supplies can be ordered on a regular basis. You may thus order a Dinner Basket from the extensive menu and cook your own meal, grilling your meat over an open fire and serving it with salads, breads, and condiments. Dinner can also be had at the nearby Sossusvlei Lodge restaurant, where you will also be served breakfast the next morning. A fully stocked bar with a large screen television, a sparkling swimming pool, and two communal Boma-areas are all available in the main building of your camp, making it ideal for groups traveling together. The Sossus Oasis Service Station has a fully stocked store, diesel, and an Internet café.
In the afternoon, take a quick drive to Sesriem Canyon, where you can quickly descend on rough-hewn stone steps to explore before returning to camp before sunset (Entrance fees not included.)
The Sesriem Canyon, located at the entrance to Sossusvlei, has been carved out by centuries of erosion into a narrow gorge measuring 1 km in length. Deep pools of water can be found at the bottom of the gorge, which drops 30 m to 40 m and is replenished after good rains. The name Sesriem comes from the time when early settlers drew water from these ponds by tying six lengths of rawhide thongs together.
Desert Quiver Camp (dinner, overnight, and breakfast)
You’ll get up early today for coffee/tea before setting off on your pre-dawn journey across Sossusvlei’s sand shore. There is an opportunity to scale one of the world’s highest sand dunes there. (Admission fees are not included.)
Sossusvlei is a stunning dune wonderland with 300-meter-high dunes surrounding a massive, dried-up pan. Their rich tints range from pale apricot to bright reds and oranges, extending as far as the eye can see. The Tsauchab River flows into the pan during a successful rainy season, creating a refuge for birds.
Oryx, Springbok, and Ostrich can be seen feeding on the sparse vegetation along the watercourse even during the dry season. Before continuing on your journey to the west, return to the Sossusvlei Lodge for breakfast. The roads will take you to Swakopmund via Solitaire and Walvis Bay.
Solitaire refers to a single solitaire diamond, while solitude or loneliness refers to the area’s solitude or loneliness, and the two meanings combined establish the impression of a unique, valuable, and solitary location. A gas station, post office, store, and restaurant are all located in this small village, which is well-known for its delicious apple pie. It’s the ideal place to stop on your way between Sesreim and Sossusvlei, and Swakopmund or Windhoek.
Walvis Bay is Namibia’s main harbor area, and it’s quickly becoming a sought-after destination for beach vacations. The lagoon, with its abundant bird life, is one of the main attractions, with an estimated 80 000 wading birds, including flamingos and rare white pelicans, to be seen. Walvis Bay and the offshore islands were integrated into the Republic of Namibia on March 1, 1994, after becoming a former South African enclave. The town has a well-developed and productive port, and its fishing harbour serves as the center of Namibia’s rapidly expanding fishing industry.
After traveling along the path that runs directly between the Namib’s towering sand dunes and the Benguela current that runs along Namibia’s coastline, we arrive in the afternoon. After a dusty day on sandy roads and rocky mountain passes, check into your Guesthouse where you can relax in cool comfort.
Namibia Nights Guesthouse (overnight and breakfast).
Take it easy and enjoy a nice day. Many activities are available in Swakopmund, including a Catamaran cruise in the Walvis Bay lagoon with oysters and sparkling wine served on board, the popular ‘Living Desert tour,’ and a Quad Bike excursion into the dunes. Visit the Crystal Gallery to see some of the world’s largest crystals, or take a guided Fatbike Tour through town or into the dunes. Alternatively, take an optional city tour or explore this charming and lovely town on foot.
Namibians consider Swakopmund to be a welcome respite from the inland sun. It is also well-liked by tourists due to its old-world charm and laid-back atmosphere. It was founded in 1892 during the German colonial era and served as the territory’s main port for many years. The distinctive German colonial character has been well preserved, and many of the old buildings are still functional today.
The Woermann House (1905) now houses an art gallery, while the Woermann Tower was once used to keep an eye on ships entering the harbor. The “Alte Kaserne,” the “Hohenzollern Haus,” and the Railway Station Building are among the other historic structures worth visiting.
When your last day at the beach approaches, scale the sand dunes to watch the sun fall over the ocean, which is always tinged with bright red and orange hues and seems to go on forever. Dinner can be had at any of Swakopmund’s well-known and famous restaurants throughout the evening.
Namibia Nights Guesthouse, Overnight and Breakfast
Today’s departure from the cooler coastal temperatures is preceded by yet another delectable meal. You go on in your rental car, passing through the fascinating Spitzkoppe Mountain region en route to the Erongo Mountains, where you visit the Omandumba Farm and have a fascinating encounter with the local SAN Bushmen Tribe. Spend a few unforgettable hours learning about the interesting and fun-loving SAN and participating in events such as jewelry making with Ostrich Egg Shell or bow and arrow shooting.
Finally, after arriving in the afternoon, you check into the Omandumba Bush Camp for the night. A comfortable stay is ensured by spacious Safari Tents with masoned, stylishly fitted bathrooms at the back of each tent. Each tent is equipped with a wide double bed and a private terrace with spectacular views of the Erongo Mountains. Nature’s sounds can be heard through the tent canvas, allowing you to become one with your surroundings and prolonging your Namibian nature experience. In the lounge room, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all shared. There’s also a bar here, as well as a wide verandah with views of the waterhole.
Omandumba Bush Camp, Dinner, Overnight, and Breakfast
Before leaving, have one last breakfast in the quiet bush surroundings. Returning to the gravel roads, you’ll eventually connect with the main road connecting Namibia’s cast and the capital, continuing on Okahandja until you reach Windhoek once more. If time allows, you can do some last-minute souvenir shopping in this vibrant city once you arrive.
Finally, you’re greeted as old friends upon your return to River Crossing, and the sunset-bathed deck beckons for a final sundowner in the fresh, clean air and balmy evening light. Tonight, after dinner, reminisce about the memories you’ve made on your Namibian adventure – we hope they’ll last a lifetime.
River Crossing Lodge: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast and the early morning hours that followed. Finally, you drive out to the Depot to return your rental car, then take a taxi to Hosea Kutako International Airport outside of Windhoek. Check in for your onward flight once you arrive.
We hope that this will be the first of many visits to our incredibly diverse, interesting, and beautiful country!
Location: River Crossing Lodge is located on a pristine 6500 hectare reserve which is home to 19 different species of game, while being only a 5-minute drive from the heart of Windhoek.
Rooms: 20 chalets with en-suite bathrooms.
Facilities: All rooms are equipped with TV, Mini Fridge with complementary water, a small balcony with a beautiful view, coffee station, air conditioning and a shower and wc.
Meals are a rather splendid and delicious affair; at dinner, the sun sets over the horizon and candles light the dining room. In winter, the central fire place radiates warmth like a heart. During summer, watch the day settle as you dine out on the deck.
The main lodge also offers a stunning swimming pool, an extensive raised deck and a comfortable Bar. The view from every room is exceptional.
Special Features: Take an engaging morning or afternoon game drive through the reserve. The views are superb, the flora varied and the game abundant. Nineteen different species roam the reserve, including Oryx, Kudu, Giraffe and Wildebeest. Leopard and Cheetah are also seen from time to time. The drives last 2 – 3 hours and include some drinks and snacks.
The reserve can also be explored on foot in the company of a guide, or on your own. Walks with an experienced and knowledgeable guide will last up to 2 hours.
Distance to Airport: App. 40 km from Hosea Kutako International Airport Windhoek, travelling time is app. 45 minutes
Location: The camp is situated on a ridge overlooking a valley behind the mountains that flank a vast swathe of arid earth including a stretch of the Tsauchab River, plus the ever-shifting, land-altering Hebron Vault. It is a mere 30 km from the Entrance Gate to the Namib Naukluft Park, deep within the Namib Desert.
Rooms: 11 twin tents (ca. 43 sqm) with en-suite shower, wash basin and flush toilet in a separate room, freestanding fans and 220V electricity. All rooms have aluminum sliding doors and there is an additional Flysheet erected overhead for more shade over each tent.
Facilities: The main area consists of a large modern stylish mess tent with lounge and small bar area and the dining area leads out to an outside shaded patio. A fire pit in front of the main unit will be the perfect spot to enjoy the spectacular Namibian night skies. The pool close to the main area invites guests to cool-off during the hot summer days and a well-stocked bar and bar service is available in the main dining room tent.
Special feature: The construction of the facilities and tents are a combination of wooden-style frames with canvas panelling covered by a wide flysheet to avoid extreme heat, but to still provide the tented effect.
Distance to Airport: Situated approximately 350 km from Hosea Kutako International Airport near Windhoek. Driving time approximately 4 – 5 hours.
Location: Conveniently located a mere 5 km from the entrance gate to Sossusvlei, the inspiring scenery is characterised by granite outcrops, spectacular views and roaming wildlife to captivate your senses.
Rooms: 24 uniquely designed self-catering accommodation units with spacious air-conditioned bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms, patio and private parking.
Facilities: Each twin-bedded room is spacious and comfortable. The patio is equipped with a barbeque facility, a fitted kitchenette with under counter fridge, 2 plate hob and a wooden bench for seating. Utility boxes with most utensils needed are available at reception and fresh food supplies can be ordered daily. At the main building there is a fully stocked bar with a big screen television, a sparkling swimming pool and 2 communal boma-areas which are perfect to cater for groups travelling together. A fully stocked shop, fuel and an Internet café is available at the Sossus Oasis Service Station.
Special feature: Desert Quiver Camp uniquely combines modern self-catering accommodation with comfort and style. The nearby Sossusvlei Lodge Adventure Centre offers a range of exciting desert activities to explore the area.
Distance to Airport: Situated approximately 370 km from Hosea Kutako International Airport near Windhoek. Driving time approximately 5 hours.
Location: This quaint guest house is located right in the centre of town and in the heritage part of Swakopmund, rich in beautiful old buildings and amazing scenery.
Rooms: 8 comfortable double rooms with en-suite bathrooms, Smart TV, Bar fridge and coffee station.
Facilities: Relaxing garden with confortable furniture and a restaurant on site.
Special feature: A number of popular Swakopmund restaurants are on your doorstep and there are Swakopmund heritage buildings and attractions all around. The Beach front is only minutes away.
Distance to Airport: Situated approximately 405 km from Hosea Kutako International Airport near Windhoek. Driving time approximately 5 hours.
Location: The Bush Camp is located right at the foot of the Erongo Mountains, on the privately owned Farm Omandumba.
Rooms: 4 spacious safari tents with a firmly bricked, tastefully furnished bathroom in the rear area. Each tent has a large double bed and a private terrace.
Facilities: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are eaten together in the dining area. There is a bar and a large terrace with a view of the waterhole.
Special feature: There are a number of activities on offer, including sundowner excursions, interesting drives/walks to view historic rock paintings and of course visits to the San and their Living Museum. Furthermore, guests can enjoy walks and on climbing excursions.
Distance to Airport: Situated approximately 300 km from Hosea Kutako International Airport near Windhoek. Driving time approximately 3 – 4 hours.
Seek your doctor’s advice with regards to vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis.