Best of Namibia Adventure 7 Days
This trip offers an amazing overview of Namibia. You will experience the world’s oldest desert, the Namib, you have an opportunity to climb the famous Dune 45 and enjoy a sunrise walk into Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. Game viewing of wildlife at the Africat Foundation and Etosha National Park before immersing yourself in our culture, meeting Himba people and a visit to Twyfelfontein’s rock engravings.
- Accommodation as stated in the itinerary.
- Transportation in a luxury air-conditioned safari vehicle.
- All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
- Services of a registered and experienced English-speaking safari guide.
- Entrance fees and excursions as described in above itinerary.
- Mineral water on board the safari vehicle.
- Option of either kayaking or catamaran boat cruise in Swakopmund.
- International flights to Namibia and airport taxes.
- Any entrance fees and excursions not included in the above itinerary.
- All beverages apart from mineral water on board the safari vehicle.
- Laundry (laundry service available at lodges at extra cost).
- Gratuities, items of personal nature (telephone expenses, curios, medicines etc).
- ENTRY VISA FEES (make sure to double-check if your country’s citizens need a VISA to enter Namibia or not.
- BANK CHARGES (as per bank or 3.5% commission for VISA/MASTER and 4.5% commission for AMEX).
Day 1 Windhoek City > Sesriem Area (Namib Desert)
Between 8h00 – 8h30 AM, you will be picked up by your guide, we leave Windhoek and we then head south via a small town of the Basters (Rehoboth). The main inhabitants of the town are the Baster Community the descendants of people of mixed parentage who trekked across the Orange River under their leader Hermanus van Wyk, and settled at Rehoboth in 1870. The town is divided into 7 neighbourhoods, called blocks. We stop at Solitaire, Namibia’s second smallest town, for afternoon tea before driving on to our accommodation near the sand dune sea. Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge or similar Meals: BLD
Day 2 Sesriem > Sossusvlei (tall red sand dunes) > Sesriem Area
A predawn start is essential this morning as we want to catch the soft light of the sunrise on the desert as we drive in. We will arrive at the entrance to the dunes on sunrise and then travel through the dune field as the sun is coming up. The light casts strong contrasts of colour on the edges of the dunes and offers stunning views from the dry river bed you travel through. From here we drive another 60 km to Sossusvlei itself, transferring to special desert vehicles for the last 5 km through the dunes. The drive is like nothing else, enjoying the changing light and coolness of the morning. Ancient mineral pans, stunted camel thorn trees and the chance of seeing a gemsbok or maybe an ostrich make the photo opportunities perfect. We spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei, also visiting dune 45″, and as the day wears on we return to Sesriem for lunch and to escape the heat of the afternoon. As the day cools off in the late afternoon we will take a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon then we return to our place of stay. Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge or similar Meals: BLD
Day 3 Sesriem Area > Swakopmund City
An early start today, we are heading north-west to the seaside town of Swakopmund located on the Skeleton Coast. Leaving the dune fields far behind us we are soon back into the mountain desert. We cross the Tropic of Capricorn and traverse both the Gaub and the Kuiseb pass, driving down to the dry river bed at the bottom of the canyon before climbing up the other side, watching the spectacular desert landscape unfold before us. From the mountains we cross the desolate Namib gravel plains before reaching the coastal sand dunes at the port town of Walvis Bay. We will stop for lunch at The Raft restaurant beside the ocean and there will be time to see the flamingos and other bird life in the Walvis Bay lagoon before continuing the now short drive into Swakopmund. Accommodation: – Beach Hotel or similar Meals: BLD
Day 4 Swakopmund (Day Activities)
Today is a free day. The idea is to allow time for everybody to do their own thing. Swakopmund is a very pleasant seaside town with lots of shops, a good stretch of beach (although the Atlantic here is quite cold) and an open-air curio market. There is also a very good museum and the Namibian National Marine Aquarium is located in Swakopmund. Alternatively, there are various optional activities that can be arranged. These include aeroplane and micro light flights over the desert, scenic drives, fishing trips (both from the beach or in a boat), four-wheel motorcycle (quad bike) trips into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund, sand boarding trips (also in the dunes), skydiving, surfing, bird-watching and many other activities are available. Your tour guide will discuss all the possible options with you before you reach Swakopmund and will offer to make bookings in advance of your arrival. (Note: All extra activities and excursions in Swakopmund are subject to availability and are made at the clients own risk and expense). Accommodation: – Beach Hotel or similar Meals: BLD
Day 5 Swakopmund > Twyfelfontein Area
A long drive today, leaving early and heading north along the coast, we will first visit the seal colony at Cape Cross where it is possible to see thousands of Cape Fur Seals in the water and on the surrounding rocks and beaches. From here we will turn east, back into the desert and the beautiful area known as Damaraland and the next stop will be at the small town of Uis, located in the remote desert. Uis is an old mining town and one of the best places to buy semi-precious stones for which Namibia is famous. Here, rough Amethyst, Tourmaline etc. can be found at bargain prices. We proceed to our beautiful accommodation in a stunning desert setting. There is time this afternoon to join an optional activity, game or nature drives are available for those who want to explore the area, but the views across the desert from the lodge are truly awe inspiring for those who would like to relax at the lodge. Accommodation: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge or similar Meals: – BLD
Day 6 Twyfelfontein > Palmwag Area
After the excursions we depart to Palmwag, it is a paradise on the Uniab River in northwest Damaraland a vacation opportunity with a difference. Waving palms whispering in the wind, spectacular surroundings which harbour the famous desert elephant, the rare black rhino, giraffe, zebra, gemsbok and many other wild animal species, sunsets to dream of this is Palmwag Lodge, one of Namibia’s oldest and most popular tourist rendezvous. Morning and afternoon game drives are offered daily. The well laid-out hiking trails let you enjoy and discover the neighboring nature. In the concession area around Palmweg Lodge there are large populations of Hartman’s Mountain Zebra, giraffe, oryx, springbok and kudu. The predator population is the largest outside of the Etosha National Park, with over 100 lions, cheetah, and leopard, brown and spotted hyena. Bird life is prolific and diverse with most of Namibia’s endemics present. This concession supports a healthy population of desert adapted black rhino and elephants, under the management of the Save the Rhino Trust. The views across the desert from the lodge are truly awe inspiring for those who would like to relax at the lodge. Accommodation: Palmwag Lodge or similar Meals: – BLD
Day 7 Palmwag Area > Kaokoland – Opuwo, (land of the Himba tribe)
After breakfast we depart to Kaokoland, home to some 6000 Himba people. These friendly people are closely related to the Herero and speak the same language. The Himba are herdsmen, breeding mainly cattle and goats while leading a semi-nomadic life. They migrate with their herds to the different waterholes from season to season. For the Himba, clothes, hair and jewellers hold a special meaning and form an important part of their tradition and culture. Even new-born babies are adorned with pearl necklaces while older children are given bracelets crafted from copper and decorated with shells. Accommodation: Opuwo Country Lodge Meals: – BLD
Day 8 Kaokoland – Opuwo > Epupa Falls > Opuwo
An early morning departure to discover the culture and traditions of Ovahimba, we embark upon an excursion to visit a Himba village in their remote locale areas and we also visit the Epupa Falls in Namibia. The proud Himba women spend many hours on beauty care and grooming every day. They cream their whole body with a mixture of rancid butterfat and ochre, scented with the aromatic resin of the Omuzumba shrub. The cream lends the body an intense reddish glow, which reflects the Himba ideal of beauty. After visiting the Himba village we take a glimpse of Epupa Falls. Epupa, which means ‘Falling Waters’ in Herero language, the Kunene River fans out into a vast flood plain and is ushered through a 500m-wide series of parallel channels, dropping a total of 60m over 1.5km. The greatest single drop, an estimated 37m, is commonly identified as the Epupa Falls. After a visit to the falls we drive back to our accommodation. Accommodation: Opuwo Country Lodge Meals: – BLD
Day 9 Kaokoland > Etosha National Park
After breakfast we leave Opuwo town to the famous Etosha National Park. Traveling through the previously restricted area of Western Etosha National Park, entering the park via the Otjovasandu Gate, we transit through this area that was set aside for research and breeding. We have the chance to see some species not normally seen in the main tourist areas of the park. Accommodation: Okaukuejo Rest Camp or similar Meals: – BLD
Day 10 Etosha National Park (full day game viewing)
A full day game driving and we leave early to enjoy the cool morning air. We game drive our way through Etosha to Halali camp, situated in the middle of the park. Along the way we visit several waterholes and are afforded splendid views of the massive Etosha Pan. The game viewing is usually excellent and we have the chance to tick off a few new species that are usually only seen on the eastern side of the park. We stop at Halali for a rest and a leisurely lunch and there is also time to visit the Halali waterhole and to make use of the swimming pool and bar facilities before continuing on our way and game driving down to Namutoni. A short stop here to check the camp waterhole for game and then we leave the park, checking into a lodge located on the eastern boundary of Etosha. Accommodation: Namutoni Rest Camp or similar Meals: – BLD
Day 11 Etosha National Park > Okonjima AfriCat Foundation
After an early morning game drive, we enjoy our breakfast before we exit the Park in the east at Von Linderquist gate to Okonjima AfriCat Foundation. We then head predominantly south, passing through the Otavi Mountains and our accommodation for the night is in the foothills of sandstone but in a picturesque range. After dinner – join us at the nocturnal hide where you may view ‘Nightlife’ such as porcupine, honey-badgers and caracal, amongst others. The following morning (day of departure) – visit The Cheetah Project, which offers you valuable insight into the welfare work of The AfriCat Foundation, after your arrival you can join an optional Cheetah or Leopard tracking. Accommodation: Plain’s Tented Camp Meals: – BLD
Day 12 Okonjima AfriCat Foundation > Windhoek city
Today you will rise early morning before sunrise to join an amazing optional excursion to participate on foot in the radio-tracking of the ‘rehabilitated carnivores’ on the Tracking Trail within the 20 000ha / 200km2 rehabilitation nature reserve. After the morning excursion, we will enjoy a brunch meal and then after we depart for the capital city Windhoek. We have time to stop in Okahandja, home to Namibia’s largest woodcarving market. The stalls are operated on a co-operative basis by the local community and the market is a perfect place to do last minute shopping for truly Namibian souvenirs. We aim to arrive back in the Capital city in the afternoon. You will be dropped off at your accommodation in the city or if you are flying out then you will be dropped off at Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport afternoon flight.