Namibia Highlights

Trip Highlights: AfriCat Foundation, Etosha National Park, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, NamibRand Nature Reserve, and Sossusvlei Sand Dunes.

When: Best wildlife viewing at Etosha National Park is in the dry season (May-October)

Duration: 8 Days/ 7 Nights

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Below are some of our sample itineraries, but note that we can customize the perfect Namibia adventure that meets your needs.

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Sample Itinerary


DAY 1: Windhoek/Omboroko Mountains/Okonjima ~ Upon your arrival at Windhoek International Airport, you will be met by your private guide before setting off to Okonjima, located at the base of the Omboroko Mountains near Waterberg. There is an option to stop off to visit the local wood carvers’ craft market in Okahandja on the way. Arrive in time for lunch at Okonjima Bush Camp (depending on what time you depart Windhoek).

Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation, a wildlife sanctuary founded in 1991 that is dedicated to creating conservation awareness, preserving habitat, promoting environmental educational research and supporting animal welfare. Their main focus is Africa’s big cats, especially injured or captured leopard and cheetah. Here you can enjoy the welcoming atmosphere, superb accommodation and fantastic activities; starting with a guided afternoon excursion and a visit to the night hide after dinner. Overnight at Okonjima Bush Camp. (L,D)

DAY 2: Okonjima/Etosha National Park ~ You will rise early this morning for another memorable guided activity before you return to Bush Camp for a sumptuous breakfast/brunch. After freshening up you will depart and head north to the eastern boundary of Etosha National Park in the late morning, driving via the town of Otjiwarongo. En-route you have the option to stop off and visit the sinkhole of Lake Otjikoto before you continue to Mushara Outpost. Arrive at Mushara Outpost in time for lunch and after lunch you will have some time to relax before going on your first game drive into Etosha National Park with your guide. Return to the comforts of Mushara Outpost just before sunset. Overnight at Mushara Outpost.

Giraffe in Namibia

Etosha National Park ~ Covers 22,270km², of which approximately 5,000km² is made up of saline depressions or ‘pans’. The Park consists of grassland, woodland and savannah. Game-viewing centers around the numerous springs and waterholes where several different species can often be seen at one time, especially during the dry season. The park boasts some 114 mammal and over 340 bird species. Wildlife that one might see includes elephant, lion, giraffe, blue wildebeest, eland, kudu, gemsbok (oryx), zebra, rhino, cheetah, leopard, hyena, honey badger and warthog, as well as the endemic black faced impala.

(B,L,D)

DAY 3: Eastern Etosha National Park ~ Today is designed for you to have time to relax in lovely, comfortable surroundings at Mushara while still having ample for game viewing in Etosha. Your guide will discuss the proposed program with you and take you back into the park as often as you want and whenever it suits you (except before sunrise and after sunset due to national park regulations). Mushara Outpost is an ideal base from which to operate. Overnight at Mushara Outpost. (B,L,D)

DAY 4: Mokuti/Swakopmund ~ This morning your guide will transfer you to the Mokuti airstrip where you will board a light aircraft for your scheduled air transfer to Swakopmund. Upon landing at Swakopmund Airport you will be met by a local representative who will transfer you to Cornerstone Guesthouse. Swakopmund resembles a small, German coastal resort nestled between desert and sea. It boasts a charming combination of German colonial architecture blended with good hotels, shops, restaurants, museums, craft centers, galleries and cafés. There will be time this afternoon to wander around town and along the waterfront. Overnight at Cornerstone Guesthouse. (B)

DAY 5: Swakopmund ~ This morning you will go on an exciting educational tour that explores the local dunes between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, and the abundance of life therein. Transfer back to Swakopmund for an afternoon at leisure. Overnight at Cornerstone Guesthouse. (B)

DAY 6: Walvis Bay/Scenic flight to NamibRand Nature Reserve ~ After an early breakfast, you’ll be met at the guesthouse and transferred along the scenic coastal road to Walvis Bay for a memorable kayaking experience with playful seals. Dolphins, whales, and even leatherback sea turtles are sometimes seen while kayaking, so keep an eye out. Transfer to the Swakopmund airport in time for your scenic scheduled flight to Sossusvlei Desert Lodge located in the NamibRand Nature Reserve. If there is still time today, you can explore the area on one of the scheduled activities as arranged by the lodge or you can just relax and soak in the scenic and tranquil surroundings. Overnight at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge. (B,D)

DAY 7: Sossuvlei Sand Dunes/ Namib Desert ~ This morning you will rise early for a magical excursion into the Namib Naukluft National Park. Plan on entering the park gates at sunrise to capture the dunes while the light is soft and shadows accentuate their towering shapes and curves. This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world. Your local guide will give you an insight on the formation of the Namib Desert and its myriad of fascinating creatures and plants that have adapted to survive these harsh environs. Once you have explored the areas around Sossusvlei and Dead vlei to your heart’s content, you can enjoy a relaxing picnic breakfast in the shade of a camel thorn tree. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure or can be spent on another guided scheduled activity within the NamibRand Nature Reserve as offered by the lodge. Overnight at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge. (B,L,D)

Sossusvlei Namibia

 

DAY 8: Windhoek/Departure ~ After breakfast this morning, you have the option to go on another scheduled activity (if there is time) before being transferred to the airstrip for your scheduled flight back to Windhoek. After arriving in Windhoek, you will be collected at the airport and transferred to a pleasant and welcoming guesthouse in town. You will have a day room where you can freshen up and relax, or spend time relaxing at the on-site swimming pool. Spend as much of the day as is available relaxing at the guest house or exploring town until it is time to be transferred to the Windhoek International Airport in time for your international flight home. (B) 

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DETAILS

Meals: B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner

Pricing from $5500 per person based on double occupancy.

Package includes airport transfers as listed, all flights mentioned, guide and camp fees, park entrance fees, concession fees, guided tours, accommodations and meals as listed in the itinerary. A donation to support local conservation efforts will be made on behalf of each participant.

Exclusions: international airfare, passport/visa fees, taxis, excess baggage fees, optional activities, gratuities, alcohol, items of a personal nature, and travel insurance.

This sample itinerary is a suggested outline.  It can be customized to best suit your travel plans.