16 Day Namibia Exploration Safari - 15 Days

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Day 1
Day 1: Windhoek - Namib Naukluft Park:

This morning you will wake full of excitement for the awesome adventure safari that awaits you. We leave at 08:00 from the Roof of Africa Lodge after breakfast. Before you leave your guide will welcome you and familiarize you with the vehicle. The guide will also give you a detailed briefing on your day ahead.

We travel South/West on gravel roads to our destination, via Namibgrens, to the Namib Desert which is the oldest Desert in the world with the highest sand dunes. En-route we stop at the one-horse-town Solitaire. Make sure to visit their shop and also to taste some of the bread and apple crumble pie which is baked at their local bakery.

When we arrive at the loge we check in and you have enough time to relax or to explore your beautiful new surroundings. Later in the afternoon, we drive a short distance to explore the Sesriem Canyon after which we go to Elim Dune for snacks and sundowner drinks admiring the beautiful view of the Namib Desert.

Accommodation: Namib Naukluft Lodge.

Included Meals: Dinner.

Distance Travelled: xxx.

Included Highlights:

  • Travel to the Namib Naukluft Park via Namibgrens.
  • Visit to Solitaire,
  • Sesriem Canyon.
  • Sundowner drinks at Elim Dune.
  • Dinner at Namib Naukluft Lodge.

Day 2
Day 2: Namib Naukluft Park:

Today we have a very early start with a very exciting day ahead of us. We drive a short distance to Sesriem where we enter the Namib Naukluft Park when the gate opens for the public. We drive 45 km to the world famous Dune 45. You can climb the Dune to the top or get yourself a comfortable spot from where you can watch the sunrise over the Namib Desert. After you have taken in the breathtaking scenery and taken some amazing photos we will enjoy breakfast and coffee in the parking area of Dune 45.

We drive another 15km to the 2 x 4 parking area where we will leave our vehicle. Your guide will give you a detailed safety briefing on your excursion to Deadvlei and Sossusvlei. Make sure you have your hat, sunglasses, sunblock, closed shoes, enough water and film and a good sense of humour. Your guide will book you a seat on the transfer vehicles that will take you the Sossusvlei picnic area. Your guide will accompany you on your hike to Deadvlei and around the Sossusvlei area. When everyone is done and ready the vehicles will transfer you back to our vehicle. We take a leisurely drive back to the lodge taking in the amazing scenery all around you with high sand dunes to your left and right. Look out for Orix, Springbok, Ostrich, Wildebeest, Bat Eared Fox, and Jackal.

The afternoon at the Lodge is to spend at leisure. There will be an option for one of the local guides to take you on a guided hike on the Private Reserve where he will explain to you the local Fauna & Flora, some Bushman stories and other interesting facts about the area. It is also great for some identification of tracks and spoor left by the many creatures of the Desert. At night time the Desert is alive with activity and you will be able to read it all in the prints in the sand.

Accommodation: Namib Naukluft Lodge.

Included Meals: Dinner.

Distance Travelled: xxx.

Included Highlights:

  • Park Fees.
  • Sunrise at Dune 45.
  • Breakfast at Dune 45.
  • Lunch at Namib Naukluft Lodge.
  • Hiking and exploring Deadvlei & Sossusvlei.
  • Guided Desert Walk at Namib Naukluft Lodge.
  • Dinner at Namib Naukluft Lodge.

Day 3
Day 3: Namib Naulkuft Park - Swakopmund:

Today we leave the Namib Desert and make our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund, the adrenalin capital of Namibia. A five-hour drive north takes you through the gradual change from mountains and dunes to rolling grass-covered hills with scattered acacia trees. We stop at Solitaire for refreshments before we continue our journey.

We cross back into the Namib Naukluft Park, look out for the endemic Hartmann's Zebra, Orix, Springbok, and Ostrich. Your guide will stop at various lookout points on the way for some photo opportunities, which there is plenty of, the scenery and landscape changes all the time. before we arrive in Swakopmund we visit the Walvis Bay Lagoon - a RAMSAR wetlands site - where thousands of flamingos, pelicans, and numerous waders feed in the nutrient-rich shallows.

On arrival in Swakopmund, we check into our accommodation where the guide will give you a detailed briefing and orientation of Swakopmund. Your guide will also arrange for a presentation of all the optional activities on offer. Please, refer to the detailed list of optional activities in Swakopmund together with the prices for each activity. You can book all your optional activities and the operators will confirm the pick-up time with you.

This evening we will go to a local restaurant for dinner (own expense) after which you can explore the nightlife of Swakopmund or just have a relaxing evening at the Lodge.

Accommodation: Zum Kaiser Hotel.

Included Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.

Distance Travelled: xxx.

Included Highlights:

  • Breakfast at Namib Naukluft Lodge.
  • Visit Solitaire with apple pie and coffee.
  • Lunch at Walvis Bay Lagoon.
  • Presentation of optional activities.

Day 4
Day 4: Swakopmund:

Today you have a free day to explore the town of Swakopmund and to partake in the many optional activities on offer. Among the many optional activities, we recommend a scenic flight over the Skeleton Coast; a comfortable and informative boat cruise of Walvis Bay where you meet dolphins, sea lions, pelicans, and terns; tandem skydiving, sandboarding, deep sea fishing and quad biking, which is an exciting way to experience the sand dunes.

Accommodation: Zum Kaiser Hotel.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Distance Travelled: xxx.

Included Highlights:

  • Breakfast at Zum Kaiser Hotel.
  • Lunch at Zum Kaiser Hotel.
  • Dinner at Zum Kaiser Hotel.

Day 5
Day 5: Swakopmund - Damaraland:

We leave Swakopmund after breakfast and we travel up the Skeleton Coast via the fisherman's Village of Henties Bay to Cape Cross - the largest breeding Cape Fur Seal colony in the world. The stench of 100,000 seals can be a tad over-powering: take a handkerchief to cover your nose. From Cape Cross, we travel to Spitzkoppe. This Rock formation is a large granite intrusion in the middle of the Damaraland and the Namib Desert region. Home to many a Khoi-san culture. We will explore these granite rock faces and the rock art galleries.

After exploring Spitzkoppe we travel to the Erongo Region with the Brandberg Mountains as a backdrop. The Brandberg is better known for its rock paintings and carvings, of which the ''White lady'' is the best known. This painting, located in the Tsisab Ravine, is about 2000 years old.

Accommodation: Mowani Mountain Camp.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Distance Travelled: xxx.

Including Highlights:

  • Breakfast at Zum Kaiser Hotel.
  • Drive to the Skeleton Coast via Henties Bay.
  • Visit Cape Cross Seal Colony.
  • Hiking around Spitzkoppe.
  • Bushman Paintings at Spitzkoppe.
  • Lunch at Spitzkoppe
  • Dinner at Mowani Mountain Camp.

Day 6
Day 6: Damaraland:

This morning we visit the Brandberg Mountains with a hike to the famous White Lady Bushman Painting. The Brandberg (‘Fire Mountain’) Massif is Namibia’s highest peak, with its zenith, the Königstein (‘King’s Stone’), standing at a whopping 2573 metres above sea level. Named for the vivid shade of orange it sometimes turns at sunset, the Brandberg has been sacred to the San people for centuries, and the Tsisab Ravine at its base is permeated with over 45 000 ancient San rock paintings, including the famous ‘White Lady'.

This harsh, rocky environment is home to the rare desert elephant, the black rhino and free-roaming antelope species. We visit Twyfelfontein, a heritage site where Bushman communities engraved and painted over 2500 pictures some 6000 years ago! After a visit to a nearby Living Museum of the Damara, we proceed on to the Petrified Forest - a geological phenomenon depicting the creation and evolution of some of the oldest landmasses on Earth. Here we also visit the Welwitschia mirabilis plant – the oldest living desert plant on Earth.

Accommodation: Mowani Mountain Camp.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Distance Travelled: xxx.

Including Highlights:

  • Breakfast at Mowani Mountain Camp.
  • Brandberg Mountain.
  • Hike to the White Lady Bushman painting,
  • Twyfelfontein Rock Art Tour.
  • Lunch at Twyfelfontein.
  • Search of Desert Elephants.
  • Dinner at Mowani Mountain Camp.

Day 7
Day 7: Damaraland - Kunene River, Kaokoland:

Our safari takes us further north to the Kaokoland region. We travel via the town of Opuwu to the Kunene River where we will spend the night. The Kunene River forms a natural boundary between Angola to the north and Namibia to the South. Your lodge will offer spectacular views of the river with activities such as a sunset cruise, fishing, white water rafting etc...

For birding enthusiasts, there is a wide range of endemic and visiting species to enthral them during their stay, including the diminutive and secretive Cinderella Waxbill whose range is limited to just a short stretch of the Kunene River.

In conjunction with the local conservancy, the World Wildlife Fund has re-introduced a limited range of mammals to the region and some might be lucky enough to spot kudu, zebra, black-faced impala or giraffe while driving in the area.

Accommodation: Kunene River Lodge.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Distance Travelled: xxx.

Including Highlights:

  • Breakfast at Mowani Mountain Camp.
  • Search for Desert Elephant, Lions & Rhino.
  • Drive through spectacular Kaokoland.
  • Picnic Lunch in the Kaokoland.
  • Sunset cruise on the Kunene River.

Day 8
Day 8: Kunene River, Kaokoland:

The Kunene River forms a natural boundary between Angola to the north and Namibia to the South. Your lodge will offer spectacular views of the river with activities such as a sunset cruise, fishing, white water rafting etc...

For birding enthusiasts, there is a wide range of endemic and visiting species to enthral them during their stay, including the diminutive and secretive Cinderella Waxbill whose range is limited to just a short stretch of the Kunene River.

In conjunction with the local conservancy, the World Wildlife Fund has re-introduced a limited range of mammals to the region and some might be lucky enough to spot kudu, zebra, black-faced impala or giraffe while driving in the area.

Accommodation: Kunene River Lodge.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Distance Travelled: xxx.

Including Highlights:

  • Breakfast at Kunene River Lodge.
  • Visit to a Himba Village.
  • Lunch at Kunene River Lodge.
  • Afternoon Drive searching for Desert Elephants.
  • Dinner at Kunene River Lodge.

Day 9
Day 9: Epupa Falls, Kaokoland:

Our Safari will guide us along the Kunene River towards the Epupa Waterfalls where we spend the next two nights. This wild country is known as the Himba land. A nomadic tribe that is cattle herders and lives traditionally along this region. The spectacular drive will have views of Angola and the Kunene River. Our Base is at the Epupa Falls for the next two nights. Our visit includes a visit to a traditional Himba Village.

Accommodation: Epupa Falls Lodge.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Distance Travelled: xxx.

Including Highlights:

  • Breakfast at Kunene River Lodge.
  • Drive to Epupa Falls.
  • Lunch at Epupa Falls Lodge.
  • Visit Epupa Falls.
  • Dinner at Epupa Falls Lodge.

Day 10
Day 10: Epupa Falls, Kaokoland:

Today you will have a full day to explore the region. We take a 4 x 4 route along the river towards the town of Ruacana where we will view the Ruacana Falls. Meet Himba villagers and discover their fascinating ways; scenic drives through Kaokoland to view the Ruacana Falls; hikes; birdwatching and game viewing; excursions to the Kunene River with Himba villages along the way.

Accommodation: Epupa Falls Lodge.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Distance Travelled: xxx.

Including Highlights:

  • Breakfast at Epupa Falls Lodge.
  • Himba Tribes.
  • Epupa Falls & Ruacana Falls.
  • Picnic Lunch on the banks of Kunene River.
  • Game viewing.
  • Dinner at Epupa Falls Lodge.

Day 11
Day 11: Western Etosha National Park:

Today we leave the tranquillity of the Kunene River and the Epupa Falls behind as we travel south through Kaokoland and Damaraland to the western section of Etosha National Park where we will spend the night. The western sector has only recently been opened to the public and this vast area of grassy plains is quite unique to the rest of the park. Wildlife here includes Hartmann's zebra which does not occur in the eastern section of the park. The surrounding vegetation of mainly karstveldt and mopane shrubland is different from the rest of Etosha Park. The unusual rock formations ensure that game drives are conducted in one of the park's most scenic locations. The dolomite hill setting of the camp, boasts hundreds of seasonally blooming plant species, a lure for botanists and photographers alike.

Enjoy game drives twice daily in the exclusive western sector of Etosha National Park; birdwatching; scenic and photographic.

Accommodation: Dolomite Camp.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Distance Travelled: xxx.

Including Highlights:

  • Breakfast at Epupa Falls Lodge.
  • Drive through the Kaokoland.
  • Game viewing along the way.
  • Picnic Lunch.
  • Afternoon Game Drive in Western Etosha National Park.
  • Dinner at Dolomite Camp.

Day 12
Day 12: Etosha National Park - South:

Still exploring Etosha National Park we travel through the western section to Okaukuejo, one of the three mayor Rest Camps in the Park. We spend some time at Okaukuejo who has a great waterhole as well as shops, a restaurant and a swimming pool. We travel a short distance to our lodge in the Southern section of the Park. On the game drive, you can regularly spot the black rhinos, the black-faced impalas, leopards, lions, springboks, oryx, red hartebeests and many species of birds.

Accommodation: Ongava Lodge.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Distance Travelled: xxx.

Including Highlights:

  • Breakfast at Dolomite Camp.
  • Game drive to Etosha National Park.
  • Lunch at Okaukuejo Camp.
  • Game drive to Ongava Lodge in Etosha South.
  • Dinner at Ongava Lodge.

Day 13
Day 13: Etosha National Park - East:

We continue exploring Etosha National Park travelling to the Eastern section of the Park where we will spend the next two nights. Etosha National Park is unique in Africa. The park’s main characteristic is a salt pan so large it can be seen from space. Yet there is abundant wildlife that congregates around the waterholes, giving you almost guaranteed game sightings. At the same time, Etosha National Park is one of the most accessible game reserves in Namibia and Southern Africa.

Our game drive takes us along the edge of this great salt pan with its many waterholes. We stop at Okaukuejo, Halali and Namatoni before we arrive at our Lodge in the late afternoon.

Accommodation: Mushara Outpost.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Distance Travelled: xxx.

Including Highlights:

  • Breakfast at Ongava Lodge.
  • All Day Game Drive in Etosha National Park.
  • Lunch at Halali Rest Camp.
  • Dinner at Mushara Outpost.

Day 14
Day 14: Etosha National Park - East:

Today is our final day of exploring Etosha national Park looking to find all the animals that have evaded us so far. We do a guided 3-hour game drive in the morning inside Etosha National Park before returning to our Lodge. You have the rest of the day to relax around the pool or to read a book. In the late afternoon, one of the local guides will take you on a guided game walk on the Private Game Reserve.

Accommodation: Mushara Outpost.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Distance Travelled: xxx.

Including Highlights:

  • Breakfast Mushara Outpost.
  • 3-4 Hour Game Drive in Etosha National Park,
  • Lunch Mushara Outpost.
  • Guided game walk on Private Game Reserve.
  • Dinner Mushara Outpost.

Day 15
Etosha National Park - Waterberg Plateau:

Today we travel to the Waterberg Plateau, stopping en-route visit the world's largest meteorite; have picnic lunch at Lake Otjikoto or Lake Guinas.

The Waterberg Plateau Park has several excellent hiking trails, the wildlife and birdlife and scenery make for a good hike; private game farms in the area offer game viewing and some have active conservation programmes like AfriCat and the Cheetah Conservation Fund.

Accommodation: Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Distance Travelled: xxx.

Including Highlights:

  • Breakfast at Mushara Outpost.
  • Visit world's largest meteorite.
  • Visit Lake Otjikoto.
  • Lunch en-route.
  • Afternoon Game Drive in the Waterberg Plateau.
  • Dinner at Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp.

Day 16
Day 16: Waterberg Plateau - Windhoek:

As all good things come to an end we drive the last leg back to Windhoek where to safari ends on arrival. The journey should take about three hours, so you've got time for an early wildlife activity and a leisurely breakfast. En-route we stop at the craft market at Okahandja to collect any carvings you set aside.

Accommodation: None.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Distance Travelled: xxx.

Including Highlights:

  • Breakfast at Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp.
  • Morning activity at Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp.
  • Drive to Windhoek.
  • Craft market at Okahandja.
  • Transfer to Airport.

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Trip Facts

  • Mobile Adventure Safari
  • 16D-NES/2019
  • 16 Days/15 Nights
  • Windhoek
  • Windhoek
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  • Transfers, Hiking, Game Drives, Culture
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