Namibia is a unique African destination. Namibia is the ultimate African road trip destination for adventurous adventurers, with almost otherworldly dune landscapes, ancient deserts, and amazing game viewing opportunities.
|COST & VALIDITY||From ZAR 40 640.00
1st March 2021 – 31st October 2021
|WHAT TO BRING||Comfortable shoes
Sunhat and sunglasses
|IMPORTANT NOTE||Namibia emergency number: +264 81 127 0564|
|INCLUDED||14 x Breakfast, 4 x Lunch and 12 x Dinner
Air-Conditionered Rooms/Chalets at Lodges and Hotel
Wine Tour and Tasting with Lunch at Erongo Mountain Winery
Exclusive Sundowner at Waterberg
All camping equipment supplied (Tents, Stretchers, Bedding, Camp Shower, Camp Toilet, Tables and Chairs, Towels, 3 Meals Daily.)
Full Day Excursion in and around Walvis Bay and Swakopmund: Pelican Point Kayaking Morning Activity, Afternoon Dune Buggy Driving Excursion Namib Desert Coastal Dunes
Evening Sundowner on the Dunes with Wine, Sparkling Wine, Namibian Beers, Soft Drinks & Snacks
All Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei/Sesriem and Etosha National Park Entrance Fees
2% Tourism Levy
|NOT INCLUDED||Meals not stated as Included in the itinerary
All beverages are for own account, with the following exceptions: Erongo Winery Tasting (7 Products), Swakopmund Dunes Sundowner Activity
All Flights plus Visa Fees if required
Entrance fees and excursions not stated as included in itinerary
Expenses of a personal nature
Gravel roads make up more than two-thirds of Namibia’s roads. We suggest renting a 4×4. Since Windhoek, where most rental car companies are located, is 45 kilometers west of Hosea Kutako International Airport, you will need to make arrangements with your rental car company for a transfer from the airport to Windhoek. Alternatively, please contact us, and we will arrange for you to rent a car and move. Rates are available upon request.
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.
River Crossing Lodge: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Wake up to a tasty, leisurely breakfast in the cool morning after your first night in Namibia. After that, you say your goodbyes to your gracious hosts and begin your journey.
Travel through Okahandja, a historically significant town, and on to Wilhelmstal, where you’ll find a turn-off to the north-west. After 67 kilometers on a gravel path, you will arrive in Omaruru, where you will be pampered at the Erongo Mountain Winery. A light lunch at the renowned Gourmet Restaurant “The Jewel” complements an insightful Wine Tour and Tasting.
Travel on after that, satiated by your delicious and interesting experience, until you reach the Waterberg Area, just outside of Otjiwarongo. The Lodge, which is situated on a hill overlooking the broad valley and the red cliffs of the Waterberg Plateau, is not far along this scenic route (28 km). Check in and unwind while taking in the panoramic view and listening to the sounds of the African bush.
You will be driven to a secluded spot with a beautiful view in the late afternoon, accompanied by a Guide, where you will enjoy an exclusive sundowner experience – what better way to celebrate Namibia than this? Then it’s back to the lodge for dinner and another night under the starry skies of Namibia.
Waterberg Valley Lodge (dinner, bed and breakfast)
This morning, sleep quietly until the birdsong wakes you up and the sun tempts you outside. Breakfast can be taken at your leisure, as the journey today is not long – passing through Otjiwarongo and Outjo, you will arrive at your next destination, the renowned Etosha National Park Area, around midday.
Check into your lovely, spacious Lodge, which is surrounded by lush green gardens and provides a striking contrast to the surrounding bush savannah. You can either stay at the Lodge and relax, or go on an optional excursion (Park Entrance on this day is optional and fees are not included) in the form of a short trip into Etosha National Park for the afternoon: take a break to watch the game from your vehicle or from the convenient shady benches overlooking the Okaukuejo Camp waterhole. Leave before sunset and spend the early evening at leisure, swimming in the cold, sparkling pool or sipping sundowners while watching the sun set in the west.
Toshari Lodge offers dinner, bed and breakfast.
After breakfast, you board your vehicle once more and journey into the Etosha National Park, travelling as far you wish through the vast Park. Marvel at the vastly differing landscape and vegetative areas you will travel through, with the variety of fascinating wildlife that inhabits each area as observed from your vehicle.
The Etosha National Park is one of Africa’s largest parks, covering 22 270 square kilometers of saline desert, savannah, and woodlands. The Etosha Pan, a large, shallow depression covering approximately 5000 square kilometers, is its defining feature. The pan is a desolate expanse of white broken mud that shimmers with mirages on most days for the majority of the year. The Etosha experience is unlike any other, with huge herds of game and the eerie “great white place of dry water” as a backdrop. The park is home to 114 mammal species, including some uncommon and endangered species like black rhino and black-faced impala. Many bird species, including the European bee-eater and many wader species, can be found in the park, with about a third of them being migratory.
Lunch can be had en route in the form of a hearty Lunch Pack picnic ordered before departure from the Lodge, or at one of the Camp’s restaurants. Before leaving the Park and returning to your cozy and friendly Lodge, take a refreshing dip in the pool.
Toshari Lodge offers dinner, bed and breakfast.
Day 5: Travel to Outjo, where you will be greeted by your guide. Before you go, he’ll put a 2-Way Radio in your car and follow you in his own vehicle, which is fully packed with everything you’ll need for the next four days. Early in the afternoon, you arrive at the well-kept Ongongo Hot Springs Camp Site. Each secluded site has a private ablution block and hot showers in a beautiful setting next to Hot Springs, a picturesque waterfall and natural rock swimming pool.
Day 6: Dismantle camp, load the Guide vehicle with your belongings, and depart Ongongo for Twyfelfontein. Travel through untamed, ever-changing landscapes of unparalleled views reaching to the horizon in all directions. Set up a wild camp in this area to enjoy nature, solitude, and unexpected comfort in a truly unique and exceptional environment.
Day 7: A hearty breakfast awaits you as you set out on a trip to search of the elusive and renowned Desert Elephants and Lions. In the afternoon, you set up a wild camp in Namibia’s Desolation Valley’s Gai-As sector.
Day 8: Leave your wild camp site and head to Dorob National Park on the coast. Stop on a wild, windswept beach to see the wreck of the Zelia, where history clings to the rusted hull and broken beams. Finally, you continue your journey until you arrive in Swakopmund, where you bid your Guide farewell, and he builds out the radios before returning to his home in Walvis Bay. After a dusty day on the sun-baked sandy roads and the windy beach, check into your luxury hotel on the beachfront and relax in cool comfort.
Dinner is available at each of the hotel’s restaurants.
3 nights full board (drinks not included)
Strand Hotel Swakopmund, Bed and Breakfast
Today is dedicated to relaxation, rejuvenation, and leisure. Spend time walking around town getting to know this charming town, or stop for coffee or a refreshing drink and a delicious meal (not included) at one of Swakopmund’s fine restaurants. If the weather is good, a beach day will beckon. Your hotel has a Spa that offers a wonderful range of fine treatments.
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.
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.
Dinner can be had at any of Swakopmund’s well-known and well-liked restaurants once more (not included.)
Strand Hotel Swakopmund, Bed and Breakfast
After breakfast, drive to Walvis Bay along the coastal path, which is flanked on one side by Namib Desert dunes and on the other by the rolling waves of the cold Benguela current that runs along Namibia’s coastline.
Your car is safely parked at the Yacht Club, and you board the vehicle that will take you out to the desolate, windswept Pelican Point, which is home to large colonies of Cape Fur Seals. Stop along the way to photograph a variety of birds and animals, including numerous Flamingos, Pelicans, huge flocks of Cormorants, and more. After about an hour, you’ll arrive at Pelican Point, where you’ll be greeted by tens of thousands of seals. Within minutes, you’ll have issued your waterproof trousers and coats, as well as Life Jackets, to wear over your own clothes if desired. You’re ready to paddle once you’ve climbed into your very stable double (2 people) kayaks. And when you paddle right next to them, the seals are very sweet and playful, and they are not afraid of the kayaks. They’re curious, and they’ll always get close enough to brush your oars. You don’t need to be physically fit or experienced to enjoy a morning of kayaking, and you’ll be staying on the peninsula’s safe side, where the sea is calm.
Depending on the weather, plan on spending about 1.5 hours on the lake. The guide will take some pictures with a waterproof camera that will be emailed to you within a few days, so you won’t have to worry about getting your own camera wet. After that, refuel with fresh rolls and hot coffee and tea on the beach before returning to Walvis Bay between 12h00 and 13h00 pm. You can either drive back to Swakopmund or have lunch in Walvis Bay before returning to Swakopmund. Drive yourself to a spot halfway between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund for a Dune Buggy Driving excursion in the afternoon. (Those who do not wish to enter may either accompany the others and relax in the garden with a cool drink from the Kiosk, or stay in Swakopmund for some TLC in the Hotel Spa or some shopping along safe streets lined with interesting shops and numerous cafés and coffee shops.) Enjoy a 2-hour activity traveling on the rolling dunes between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund with an experienced DriverGuide on a Quad Bike.
This evening’s operation is as follows: your Guide will pick you up from the hotel and drive you in his vehicle to a spot high up on the dune face in the early evening. While watching the sun sink on the horizon over the coast, you will enjoy Sparkling Wine, Namibia Beers, Softdrinks, and Wines. Your Guide will return you to the Hotel until the last flash of the sun falls into the sea and the sky is still bright and stunning.
Strand Hotel Swakopmund, Bed and Breakfast
Travel inland from Swakopmund via Walvis Bay, away from the coast, and into the vast Namib Desert. You’ll pass through the Namib Naukluft Park through Solitaire, which is the ideal place to stop on your way between Sesreim and Sossusvlei and Swakopmund.
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.
Continue on the final leg of your journey today, arriving at the spectacular Desert Hills Lodge’s entrance doors. The sun will reflect on the wide, panoramic windows of the lodge as you drive along the long, straight gravel road carved into the rocky plain, and the softly rounded thatched chalets will gradually emerge from the landscape. You’ll have a hard time deciding whether to relax on your private, shaded balcony or on the shaded or sun-baked decks of the sparkling pool when you’re invited and shown to your spacious, individually built chalets.
While the sun sets, relax on the upstairs deck and patio with a cocktail from the bar, or take a 5-minute walk up the pathway to the View Point above the lodge for sundowners (optional, cost not included.)
Desert Hills Lodge offers dinner, bed and breakfast.
This morning, you get up early for coffee/tea before setting out on a pre-dawn journey to Sossusvlei, a sand sea. When you first enter the park at dawn, you will be able to see and scale some of the world’s highest sand dunes. Before tackling the 1.1 km walk to see the popular and eerily beautiful Dead Vlei, relax in the shade of the trees that miraculously live on the edge of the dry Vlei and enjoy a delicious picnic breakfast prepared by the lodge. Finally, you’ll come to Sesriem Canyon as you leave the dune landscape. You can quickly descend into the canyon’s depths and walk along the winding water and wind-eroded channels. Perhaps water can still be found in some of the deeper pools.
When you return to the cabin, take a nap or relax in the pool while gazing out at the panoramic view of the plains and distant mountains. Finally, before dinner, relax with a cold drink and watch the setting sun in the west.
Desert Hills Lodge offers dinner, bed and breakfast.
This day is yours to enjoy at your leisure, taking in the elegance and splendor of your surroundings as well as this magnificent lodge. Desert Hills is located on a large swath of arid land that includes a section of the Tsauchab River as well as the ever-shifting, land-altering Hebron Vault. The ancient SAN people danced about their adventures together on this level, surrounded by their yellowed grass huts and bathed in the glow of their evening fire. The huts of these interesting, gentle people were influenced by the huts of these resilient hunter-gatherers who carved out a life on the plains and mountains where Desert Hills Lodge now stands.
The afternoon is perfect for a Nature Drive on a nearby property to see the Southern White Rhino Project in action. Observing the Rhino feed in the late afternoon and watching 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 excursion, not included in cost.)
Return to Desert Hills for your final night in this amazing place.
Desert Hills Lodge: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Before you go, have one last breakfast with this spectacular view. The landscape morphs fluidly from grassy plains to breathtaking valley views as you drive along the gravel paths. And once you hit the top of the Zaris Pass (1,672 meters above sea level), you’ll be surrounded by breathtaking scenery of rugged valleys flanked by flat-topped mountains. You rejoin asphalt roads once you reach Maltahöhe, then continue on through Mariental and Rehoboth until you reach Windhoek once more.
The sunset-bathed deck beckons for a final sundowner in the fresh, clean air and balmy evening light, and you’re welcomed back to River Crossing as old friends. 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 in this lively area, followed by some last-minute souvenir shopping if time permits. Finally, you return your rental car to the Depot and then fly out of Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport. Check in for your next flight once you’ve arrived.
We hope this is the first of many trips to our diverse, interesting, and beautiful country!
Location: River Crossing Lodge offers a serene marriage of blissful, undisturbed nature and comfortable modern amenities. The 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 feature: 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: Situated on a hill in a wide valley of the Waterberg mountain range, the Waterberg Valley Lodge overlooks the green valley and the red mountain cliffs of the Waterberg Plateau.
Rooms: 9 double room chalets with canvas walls and brick bathrooms
Facilities: All rooms have toilets, showers and basins and their own private balcony. The restaurant dining room also has a Bar and Fireplace and is the perfect setting in which one can relax after a long day outdoors. The main lodge offers a lovely swimming pool and for those enjoying a 2-night stay, a laundry service is available.
Special feature: Game on the property includes giraffe, hartebeest, zebra, blue wildebeest, eland antelope and even white rhinos. The funds for this private nature reserve are generated by the hospitality business, which is run as environmentally friendly as possible. The lodges and campsites run on solar power which is an eco-friendly alternative to power generated by coal-fired power stations in South Africa or even hydropower stations in Namibia. Additionally, high-voltage power lines disturb the landscape and are a death trap for large birds.
Hot water for the bathroom is supplied by “donkeys”, wood-fired geysers. The fire wood is a product of debushing, which is necessary to keep the grass planes open. The water in the lodges and at the watering holes comes from the strong spring at the end of the valley. Activities include visits to a Plateau Hike, exclusive “Honeymoon” Sundowner and Rhino Tracking.
Distance to Airport: App. 335 km from Hosea Kutako International Airport Windhoek, travelling time is app. 4.5 hours
Location: Nestled on an outcrop of dolomite rocks and under a forest of Mopani and White Seringa trees, at Toshari you will find the ideal tranquil atmosphere to relax in. Situated only 25 km from the entrance to the Etosha National Park, it is an ideal base from where to explore this Animal Kingdom.
Rooms: 38 rooms (27 standard, 5 luxury, 3 honeymoons, 3 family units)
Facilities: Facilities at the lodge include a restaurant, bar and swimming pool. All rooms include air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, mosquito nets, coffee bar and small patio.
Special feature: Its proximity to Etosha National Park, as well as a homely and family-friendly atmosphere, ensure that you will leave Namibia inspired to return.
Distance to Airport: Situated approximately 435 km’s from Hosea Kutako International Airport which is near Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Driving time at least 5 – 6 hours.
Location: Ongongo means “magical” in the Herero language and it is indeed a truly magical, if not spectacular place. It is set in a small canyon in the far northwest of Namibia, in a virtually barren landscape. The Ongongo Waterfall Campsite is situated 6 km from Warmquelle, which is app. 90 km north of Palmwag.
Rooms: 10 luxury campsites including private ablution facilities per site.
Facilities: Facilities at each camp site include hot showers and a shaded area with washbasin.
Special feature: At Ongongo you will find permanent water simply seeping out of the mountain. The water is relatively warm which allows for swimming year-round.
Distance to Airport: Situated approximately 725 km’s from Hosea Kutako International Airport which is near Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Driving time at least 10 hours.
Location: Located at the ‘Mole’ promenade on the beachfront, with views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Rooms: 125 Rooms
Facilities: Elegantly furnished, the luxurious rooms are equipped with air conditioning, minibar and TV and guests can enjoy sea or garden views. The bathrooms are spacious, comfortable and fitted with a hair dryer. The hotel has a popular Deli Restaurant, a renowned Seafood Restaurant and a small Craft Brewery which also specializes in Namibian and German meat dishes.
Special feature: Here you will find lovely beach areas, the nearby Palm Alley to wander along at your leisure, a tour desk and luggage storage. The spa offers a variety of massages and treatments and also features a rooftop garden with water features. Guests can work out for no additional charge, in the hotel fitness center.
Distance to Airport: Situated approximately 40km’s from the nearest airport, Walvis Bay International. Driving time approximately 50 minutes.
Location: Desert Hills lies on a vast swathe of arid earth including a stretch of the Tsauchab River, plus the ever-shifting, land-altering Hebron Vault. This was the stage for the ancient SAN people who danced about their adventures together within the glow of their evening fired, surrounded by their yellowed grass huts. These resilient hunter-gatherers etched out a living on the plains and mountains where Desert Hills Lodge rests today. The property is a mere 30km from the Entrance Gate to the Namib Naukluft Park and the fascinating Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei.
This incredible lodge is inspired by the huts of the ancient peoples of the Namib and offers organic surfaces, gently rounded dome roofs and luxurious comfort within.
Rooms: 18 Individual luxury Chalets.
Facilities: Each chalet provides large spaces with beautifully designed and elegant seating, 100% cotton towels and luxurious bed linen on the large high quality beds. A state-of-the-art Air-conditioner, mini bar and coffee/tea station compliment the rooms, while the bathrooms offer a spacious shower, luxurious bathtub and twin basins. Built in such a way as to ensure total privacy and tranquillity for each and every guest, the uninterrupted sweeping view of the Namib Desert from your private patio, or even from your bed through the glass-front of your chalet is simply breath-taking. Fine cuisine is served in the restaurant and the main lodge offers a fully licenced bar, wine cellar, library and a deck pool with an outside barbeque area and fire pit. Guests can relax around the bar, refresh themselves at the pool or on the expansive shaded and sun-baked decks, all overlooking the magnificent vastness.
Special feature: Every moment of your stay at Desert Hills will be a visual delight. You can book a three-hour nature drive including refreshments, to look at the unique fauna and flora adapted to desert life in the area, sun-downers to greet yet another spectacularly full day or even just hiking along the mountain trails cut into the mountains by zebras over centuries.
Distance to Airport: Situated approximately 355 km’s from Hosea Kutako International Airport which is near Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Driving time at least 4.5 hours.
Accommodation is available on a first-come, first-served basis. If we are unable to book the requested accommodations, we will search for a similar alternative and notify you.
Please see your doctor for advice regarding vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis.