14 Days 13 Nights
Distance approx. 50 km; driving time approx. 1 hour Arrival at Hosea Kutako Airport no later than midday. Your transfer driver awaits you and takes you to the Elegant Guesthouse in Windhoek, where you have some time to rest and freshen up after your long flight. In the afternoon, you meet up with your guide for a tour of the city. You visit the Christ Church, the Tintenpalast (House of Parliament) and the former Kaiserstraße, now called the Independence Avenue. In the evening, we recommend you having dinner at the well-known Joe’s Beerhouse (own expense).
Distance approx. 550 km; driving time approx. 7 hours After breakfast it is time to head north! Along the way you pass vast farmlands and the historic Waterberg Plateau, towering majestically over the surrounding flat plains. As you reach Grootfontein, you take a detour to the Hoba meteorite. It impacted the ground roughly 80,000 years ago and is the largest known meteorite on earth. In the afternoon, you finally reach your accommodation for the night, the Fiume Bush Camp. Sit back, enjoy your peaceful surroundings and look forward to the next day which will be filled with interesting encounters.
An authentic cultural experience with the San, one of the oldest people of the world, awaits you today. Proudly, they give you a detailed insight into their way of life, their customs, and their traditions and explain how their ancient hunter-gatherer culture was practiced not too long ago. Go on an informative walk through the bush and try your hand in starting a campfire, in making a bow and arrow or in crafting jewelry as you enjoy some traditional dancing and singing. Take a break from the world as you know it an engage on an equal footing with the San. You spend another night at Fiume Bush Camp.
Distance approx. 230 km; driving time approx. 2-3 hours After breakfast you continue through Tsumeb and along the deep blue Lake Otjikoto, a place where many stories and myths have originated, on your way to Etosha National Park. Your accommodation for the night is situated just outside the park gates. You have some time to relax before you embark on your first game drive in the national park. Etosha (‘Great White Place’) is one of the biggest national parks in Africa and with its diverse wild- life and landscape – from Acacia trees on the wide-open plains to the large salt pan, stretching as far as the eye can see – it is definitely one of the most interesting. Keep an eye out for elephants, giraffes, lions, many antelope species and much more! Sitting around the campfire in the evening you can reflect on the experiences of the day, before enjoying a delicious meal. You stay the night at Mushara Bush Camp.
The entire day is set aside for game viewing in the Etosha National Park. You spend most of your time close to the waterholes, where you can observe the animals and birds as they come to quench their thirst. In the dry months, these places are especially good for seeing herds of elephants, zebras, gi- raffes, wildebeests, oryx, impalas, springboks and with a little bit of luck also lions, rhinos and leopards. Your home for tonight is the Okaukuejo Camp. In the evening, you should take some time to visit the camp’s floodlit water- hole as park residents can be quite active here at night.
After breakfast your journey continues to the western part of Etosha National Park, where a full day of exciting wildlife encounters awaits you. You will be amazed by how much you have already learned about the flora and fauna of the area. Keep an eye out for animals you might not have seen these last few days. In the afternoon you leave the Etosha National Park and head to the nearby Hobatere Lodge. Enjoy the drive through the beautiful scenery of the Hobatere concession area as the sun slowly begins to set. After a delicious dinner you can opt to take part in a night game drive in an open safari vehicle (optional) and with a little bit of luck find some of those shy nocturnal animals.
Distance approx. 330 km; driving time approx. 5-6 hours In the morning you leave Hobatere and drive north. You pass Opuwo, the district capital of the Kunene Region and the gateway to the Kaokoland. A combination of tradition and modernity shapes this town and you will see many traditionally clothed Himba people as well as Herero women in their colourful garbs walking along the roads. You then travel further to the Kunene River Lodge, situated directly on the Kunene River, which forms the border between Namibia and Angola. This lodge is like an oasis after spending so much time in the aridness. In the late afternoon, you take part in a boat cruise on the Kunene River, where you can search for more animals and birds. As the sun sets behind the mountains, watch as this idyllic landscape changes colour before disappearing into darkness. You stay the night at Kunene River Lodge.
Distance approx. 170 km; driving time approx. 3 hours After a leisurely breakfast with a beautiful view of the river, it is time to continue your journey. Your destination for the day is the Omarunga Lodge, also situated on the banks of the Kunene, but a bit more to the northwest and only a stone’s throw away from the Epupa Falls. Here, against a breathtaking backdrop, the Kunene River cascades down into a 60-meter-deep gorge – a spectacular sight to behold. Once you are at the lodge you have time to relax and enjoy your surroundings. If you would like to stretch your legs, you can always go for a stroll to the Epupa Falls. In the late afternoon, your guide takes you to a nearby viewpoint, where you can enjoy the picturesque sunset and scenic landscape dotted with Makalani palms and Baobab trees. You stay the night at Omarunga Lodge.
In the morning, you will visit a Himba village, where you will not only learn more about the culture and traditions of these proud people but also get an insight into their everyday lives. Most striking is the intense red color of the women’s bodies. By using a paste of butterfat, ochre powder, and wood ash, they dye their hair and protect their skin from the sun. You also cannot help but to admire their intricately braided hair and their gorgeous jewellery, made from iron, copper and shells. In the afternoon, you will join a walk along the Kunene River accompanied by a Himba guide. He will ex- plain the different vegetation found in the region and you might even see a crocodile lounging in the sun. After about 2-3 hours you will head back to the Omarunga Lodge.
Distance approx. 350 km; driving time approx. 5-6 hours Wake up to the gentle sounds of the Kunene... After a leisurely breakfast, your journey takes you back to Opuwo and continues south along the Joubert Mountains and over the steep Joubert Pass. Your destination is the Fort Sestfontein. This old fortress was built in 1896 as an outpost to guard against poaching and weapons smuggling. It has now been converted to a comfortable lodge, where you spend the night.
Today calls for an early start as you embark on a journey through the Kaokoland. Enjoy the awe-inspiring and diverse landscape as you cross the sandy Hoanib River Valley and drive through shallow grassland and gravel desert. Always keep an eye out for wildlife as you can find desert elephants, giraffes, lone oryx and zebras here. Even lions can be seen from time to time in this inhospitable wilderness. A well-deserved shower awaits you back at the lodge to wash away the dust of the day. You stay another night at Fort Sesfontein Lodge.
Distance approx. 350 km; driving time approx. 5-6 hours You leave early in the morning and make your way past Palmwag to the heart of the Damaraland. You stop along the way to more closely inspect the Welwitschia plants, which grow here in abundance. Driving through Khorixas you finally reach the Vingerklip Lodge. Sit back and enjoy the last rays of sunshine as your eyes glide over the picturesque valley with its flat top hills, known as the Ugab Terraces. You have your evening meal and overnight stay at the Vingerklip Lodge.
Distance approx. 400 km; driving time approx. 5 hours If you have not yet had the opportunity, you visit the Vingerklip together with your guide in the morning. This remarkable 35-meter-high rock needle resembles a finger, hence the name ‘Finger Rock’. Hiking trails take you up to the Vingerklip, offering great photo opportunities of the valley below. You then continue to Okahandja. Take some time to browse through the well-known souvenir market, where you can find wood carvings, textiles and jewellery to name but a few. Just a short drive further and you reach the Elegant Farmstead, situated in a private game reserve. Take a sunset drive (optional) or just relax and reflect on everything you have seen and experienced over the past days. In the evening, you will be treated to a typical Namibian farmer’s meal.
Distance approx. 150 km; driving time approx. 2 hours After breakfast, you head back to Windhoek where you will arrive between 2pm and 3pm. Depending on the rest of your travel plans, we take you directly to the airport or to a hotel of your choice in Windhoek. You say farewell to your guide – totsiens – until next time.
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