This seventeen day guided safari combines the highlights of Namibia with four nights of camping adventure in the rugged Damaraland and Kaokoland. Visit the Afri-Cat Foundation at Okonjima, enjoy the abundant wildlife of the world famous Etosha National Park before starting on your adventurous camping trip to the Hoanib river valley in search of desert elephants, Purros and the diverse Palmwag Lodge Concession. After a visit to the rustic Palmwag Lodge, explore the romantic coastal town of Swakopmund, the bare plains of the Namib Desert and the apricot coloured dunes of Sossusvlei.
Arrival at Hosea Kutako (Windhoek International) Airport, where you will be met by your guide.
The tour departs at around 09h00 with a drive via the capital of Namibia, Windhoek, in a northerly direction via Okahandja to Okonjima, home of the AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation and protection of Namibian wild cats, in particular leopard and cheetah.
Enjoy the opportunity to admire and photograph these predators during the afternoon activity today.
Before we depart today, enjoy another activity at Okonjima.
Thereafter we depart the lodge via Otjiwarongo, Otavi and Tsumeb to Mokuti Lodge.
Mokuti is located only a short drive from the von Lindequist Gate on the eastern outskirts of the Etosha National Park. Discover the mysteries of the African bush in Etosha National Park.
The Etosha National Park is one of Southern Africa’s most pristine wildlife sanctuaries. It covers an area of 22,270 km² and is host to 114 mammal, 340 bird, 110 reptile, and 16 amphibian species.
We will be spending the days doing game drives in the park and visiting the numerous waterholes that attract a large diversity of animal and bird species.
Enjoy a full day game drive in the Etosha National Park with your guide in the tour vehicle.
From east to west the route leads past Fort Namutoni and Halali Camp to Etosha Safari Lodge just outside the Park.
En-route we will stop at a few more waterholes in search of the Big 5.
Today will be dedicated again to the National Park; with your guide you will enjoy another full day game drive in the tour vehicle.
Today’s destination is the Hobatere Lodge located at the western entrance gate to Etosha National Park.
Spend the afternoon at leisure.
The route leads through the wilderness area to the Khowarib Gorge, a narrow gorge in the dry Hoanib River and home to a few Damara and Herero families.
We set up camp at the Khowarib Community Campsite, which sits on the banks of the Khowarib River.
Enjoy the first night of your camping adventure, Namibia’s spectacular scenic beauty and colourful bird- and wildlife as well as the noises of the African nights, whilst sitting around the campfire.
Depart after a hearty bush breakfast.
The journey continues to the Hoanib River, a dry river bed densely overgrown with nutritious acacia trees providing the necessary fodder for the desert adapted elephant.
During a scenic drive today with your guide in the tour vehicle, you will have optimal chances to encounter one of the breeding herds of elephant.
The drive takes you through the valleys and side arms of this unique natural paradise.
Only a few places on the planet can offer the level of privacy and wilderness experience as the approximate 5000 square kilometre private Palmwag Reserve.
This desert reserve has a number of fresh water springs that support healthy populations of animals including desert-adapted black rhino and elephant as well as large populations of the Hartmann’s mountain zebra, giraffe, oryx, springbok and kudu.
The predator population is the largest outside the Etosha National Park with over 100 lion, cheetah, leopard, brown- and spotted hyena. Birdlife is prolific and diverse with most of Namibia’s endemics present.
The unique fauna and flora within the Concession also serve as a national, regional and global attraction.
After a last bush breakfast, we make our way to Palmwag Lodge, a paradise on the Uniab River and one of Namibia’s oldest and most popular tourist rendezvous.
En route to Swakopmund, we visit Twyfelfontein, which means “doubtful fountain” and resembles a large, open-air art gallery.
This treasure house of rock engravings left by stone-age artists is regarded as one of the richest collections of rock engravings in Africa. South of Twyfelfontein is the Burnt Mountain, a panorama of desolation with coloured rocks contrasting vividly against the grey-black surroundings.
The Organ Pipes, a mass of basalt slabs in a ravine gouged out by a river, is another geological curiosity in the area.
Arrival at Swakopmund in the late afternoon.
A dolphin cruise has been booked for you today. You will be picked up at your accommodation and driven to the nearby town of Walvis Bay, from where your boat cruise with Laramon Tours (or similar) departs. Please ensure that you have had breakfast and are ready to leave Swakopmund by approx. 08h00, as you are requested to be at the check-in at the Walvis Bay Waterfront by approx. 08h45.
The scenic drive from Swakopmund to Walvis Bay takes about 45 minutes. Don’t forget to take a hat, sunscreen and a warm jacket along. After 3 exciting hours the catamaran will dock and your guide will return you to the Guesthouse.
Your cruise today departs the Walvis Bay Yacht club at approx. 09h00 and takes you through the harbour, passing moored Russian trawlers en route and on to Pelican Point, where inquisitive seals will swim up to the boats looking for something to eat, all whilst pods of Heaviside and Bottlenose Dolphins swim alongside the boat. For bird lovers, apart from seeing flamingos, cormorants and pelicans, there are common sightings of the White Chinned Petrel, Wilson’s Storm Petrel, Black Oystercatcher and even the Jackass Penguin. With a bit of luck you might see a Sunfish (Mola Mola) and the Leatherback Turtles. In season, the larger mammals like the Southern Right Whale and the Humpback Whales may be spotted and occasionally the Killer Whales (Orcas).
To round the trip off you will be spoilt with fresh Walvis Bay oysters, snacks and cold sparkling wine on board as you make your way back to the docking station.
Departing from Swakopmund after breakfast in a southerly direction through the Namib Naukluft Park via the Kuiseb- and Gaub Passes into the low plains of the Namib Desert.
Spend the afternoon at leisure.
Very early departure today into the Namib Naukluft Park to witness one of Namibia’s most scenic attractions – the Sossusvlei and the highest dunes of the world. Visit the nearby Deadvlei, a dried out natural water pan with its dead acacia tree trunks rising to the blue sky.
The Sesriem Canyon is another attraction worthwhile seeing en route back to the lodge. A relaxing sundowner on top of the nearby ridge ends off an unforgettable day in the desert.
Return journey via the Remhoogte Pass and Rehoboth to Windhoek.
You will still have some time to explore the capital of Namibia, spend the afternoon at leisure.
Depending on your departure time, spend the day in Windhoek doing some last minute shopping on your own account.
In time for check-in on your outbound flight, a road transfer from Galton House will take you to Hosea Kutako Airport.
Bid farewell to Namibia, we wish you a safe journey home.
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