Live It!

Discover all the major highlights of Namibia. The fascinating and endless Namib Desert, cultures and the majestic mountain landscapes of Damaraland. Impressive animal and plant diversity in national parks and concessions. This safari is perfect for the Namibia beginner.

 

COST Classic Version (2-16 Guest)
ZAR 33, 500.00 per person sharing with breakfast
ZAR 37, 100.00 per person sharing half board
ZAR 2, 570.00 single supplement
Superior NH-S (2-6 Guest)
ZAR 92, 500.00 per person sharing
ZAR 11, 910.00 single supplement
WHAT TO BRING Comfortable shoes
Warm jackets
Sunhat and sunglasses
Sun cream
Cameras
Personal belongings
Personal medication
IMPORTANT NOTE  Namibia emergency number: +264 81 127 0564
INCLUDED All meals as per itinerary
Classic: 8 x breakfast
Superior: 8 x breakfast; 9 x lunch, 6 x dinner
Drinks:
Superior: Includes selected drinks with lunch and dinner
Entrance fees: Namib Naukluft National Park; Twyfelfontein; Petrified Forest; Living Museum of the Damara; Etosha National Park.
Porter fees
All meals as per itinerary
Still water in the vehicle
Activities as per itinerary
Accommodation as per itinerary
Tourism fee & taxes
24 hour emergency evacuation insurance
NOT INCLUDED All International / Regional Flights & Taxes
Visa
Travel & Personal Accident Insurance
Expenses of a personal nature
Excursions / activities not mentioned
Gratuities

Please note

Languages on Tour Bilingual English/German and a registered tour guide who is also the Driver (Driver Guide) on the entire trip.

 

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Day 1

Namib Desert

Our journey takes us from Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, to the edge of the plateau that marks the border with the Namib Desert. We travel to the Sossusvlei area, where some of the world’s highest dunes rise from the sea of sand. We will visit this spectacular natural spectacle early the next morning as the sun rises. At our lodge we have the opportunity to relax by the pool after the drive, go for a hike or nature tour in the beautiful surroundings (activities not included).

Classic: The Elegant Desert Lodge
Superior: Sossusvlei Lodge -Lunch, Dinner (including selected local drinks)

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Day 2

Namib Desert

Today it’s time to get up early! A cup of tea or coffee at dawn and off we go; the last kilometres to Sossusvlei. After all, we want to experience the morning atmosphere with a view of the dunes. The view from the heart of the Namib onto the red shimmering sea of dunes in the light of the early sun rays is unforgettable. Even morning grouches are just happy there. Here at Sossusvlei, where the water from the Tsauchab River seeps between the mighty sand dunes every few years in a good rainy season, nature gives us magnificent sights: The white, mostly dried-up clay pans (vleis) compete with the red dunes and the deep blue sky, weathered trees provide the necessary contrasts in Deadvlei and the gnarled camel thorn trees, which miraculously find enough water in the groundwater to survive, provide shade and habitat for animals and plants from the heat. Drinking water is a must – but you will soon notice that for yourself! After first climbing high up in the sand, we then descend in the rock. The Sesriem Canyon, carved into the ground by the Tsauchab River millions of years ago, is about one kilometre long and a narrow gorge 30 metres deep in places. Anyone unfamiliar with the canyon would easily overlook it on the plain. Early settlers had to tie six (ses) leather straps (rieme) together to reach the water below. Speaking of water – a wonderful cue in the desert heat: whether in the pool to cool off or frozen into ice cubes in a drink at sunset – back at the lodge we have a relaxing evening.

Classic: The Elegant Desert Lodge – Breakfast
Superior: Sossusvlei Lodge – desert breakfast, lunch, dinner (including selected local drinks)

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Day 3

Swakopmund

Today the Namib Desert shows us once again what it has to offer. First we head north between the sea of dunes and the overwhelming mountain ranges. In Solitaire, a miniature village in the middle of nowhere, we can enjoy the legendary apple strudel. Then we continue through the bizarre Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons. Over millions of years, these canyons and their tributaries have dug themselves deep into the desert floor, so that today we can feel as if we were on a lunar expedition. The last section goes through the shimmering heat of the gravel Namib straight west towards the sea. Now and then, with a bit of luck, we can still see oryx, mountain zebra, springbok and ostrich, which have adapted to the dryness and only survive here because of the morning mist. Mist? Yes, read that right! Due to the clash between the desert heat and the cold Atlantic Ocean, bands of fog sometimes drift far into the desert at night. We realise how cold the Atlantic must be when we reach the coast in Walvis Bay. Jumpers or jackets are the order of the day, even in summer! Next to the deep-sea harbour there is a large shallow lagoon, a recognised bird sanctuary and important mud flats. It is so beautiful here that up to 160,000 birds seek shelter and over 200,000 terns from the Antarctic come here to feed. And best of all: depending on the season, flocks of several thousand flamingos can be seen in the lagoon. In the afternoon, we arrive in Swakopmund, or “Swakop”, as the locals affectionately call the town situated between the hot Namib Desert and the cold Atlantic Ocean. After desert and nature, we all deserve a little pampering and here we find just that: cosy restaurants and cafés in wonderfully renovated colonial houses, a beach promenade, palm trees and a newly renovated jetty leading out into the Atlantic. Even a small but  fine pedestrian zone with souvenir shops and bookstores awaits us. Our hotel is centrally located and from here we can do everything on foot and plan in the evening who wants to do what the next day (dinner not included).

Classic: Hansa Hotel – breakfast
Superior: Strand Hotel – breakfast, lunch (including selected local drinks)

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Day 4

Swakopmund

It is not without reason that Swakopmund is called “Namibia’s playground”. Namibians from all parts of the country flock to the small coastal town during the big summer holidays at the latest, because everyone gets their money’s worth here. You just have to decide which guided activity you are most in the mood for: A discovery tour into the desert with a visit to the moonscape, an adrenaline kick with sandboarding or quad biking in the nearby dunes, or a breath-taking parachute jump? For those who are drawn to the water, there are kayak tours or catamaran trips in Walvis Bay. Even sightseeing flights over the Namib dunes and along the Skeleton Coast start from here. You can just as easily unwind with a walk by the sea, sample the cafés and ice-cream parlours and browse in the beautiful souvenir shops. In the evening, come together again in one of the cosy restaurants. As befits a seaside resort, lovers of seafood and fish dishes will get their money’s worth (dinner not included).

Classic: Hansa Hotel – Breakfast
Superior: Strand Hotel – Breakfast & Catamaran Cruise

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Day 5

Damaraland

We have only just said goodbye to the Atlantic Ocean and the fresh sea breeze when the shimmering heat of the country catches up with us again. On our drive into Damaraland we pass the Erongo Mountain Region and go on a bush walk with local bushmen. We then drive through the former mining town of Uis and past the majestic Brandberg Massif (Namibia’s highest peak at 2,579 m) into Damaraland. This awaits us with the untouched beauty of barren rocky landscapes and wide dry river courses. The nature seems fascinatingly inhospitable, but it is home to desert elephants, antelopes and even black rhinos. This remote region is home to the Darama people – along with the Bushmen, they are among the true indigenous people of southern Africa. After stones and dust, many kilometres of driving and several hours of learning about history and local history, we have fully deserved the relaxing evening in our comfortable lodge!

Classic: Damara Mopane Lodge – Breakfast
Superior: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (including selected local drinks)

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Day 6

Etosha National Park

It pays to get up early! The day starts early with a visit to the UNECSO World Heritage Site Twyfelfontein. Where at first sight we only see stones glowing in the heat, San people lived 6,000 years ago and recorded their hunting experiences in pictures. Afterwards, we learn everything about tradition and culture at first hand in a Damara Living Museum. Who in Germany would think that one can live so far away from civilisation with what the barren nature has to offer? Our fascinating next stop of the day is the Petrified Forest, which takes us back in time by time machine. The gigantic trunks lying here look like wood, even sound like wood, but are actually millions of years old fossils that have come back to the surface of the world here. And on we go, because we have great things ahead of us: the next few days we are in the world-famous Etosha National Park. 114 different animal species and 340 different bird species live in the park – the visitors are clearly outnumbered. And as befits the scale of the park, the roles are reversed: in the park, guests are fenced in for the night or for their lunch break in secure camps, while elephants, lions and co. roam freely over 22,000 square kilometres.

Classic: Eldorado Lodge – Breakfast
Superior: Etosha Oberland – Breakfast, Light Lunch, Dinner (including selected local drinks).

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Day 7

Etosha National Park

Are all camera batteries charged? Good! Because today we experience the entire Etosha National Park in all its diversity and the wilderness up close…spotted, striped, spotted, long-necked or short-legged…around every corner there is something new to discover. For more than 100 years, zebra, elephant, giraffe, blue wildebeest, oryx, springbok, kudu and rare animals like the black-nosed impala have lived here completely undisturbed. The tourist cars on the few dusty roads are hardly worthy of a glance. The abundance of animals is overwhelming. With a portion of luck, you can see the nocturnal lions, leopards and cheetahs, hyenas or jackals roaming through the bush in the early morning or late evening. Etosha is also a paradise for birders, with hundreds of documented species. The Etosha Pan itself, a gigantic salt pan, shimmers dry and dusty in the midday heat, depending on the season, or it attracts thousands and thousands of migratory birds after rainfall. We drive along the edge of the pan eastwards through the park and reach our lodge near Namutoni Gate at sunset, when the park is quiet.

Classic: Eldorado Lodge – Breakfast
Superior: Onguma Collection – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (including selected local drinks).

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Day 8

Etosha National Park

One last day of animal adventures. The exciting thing is that in the morning we don’t yet know what wild encounters we will have that day. The only certainty is that it will be exciting and varied! The vegetation in the eastern part of the park is diverse and every waterhole tells different stories. Sometimes it is only the watchful glance of an antelope that lets us recognise the lion or the hyena in the shade under a bush. By the way, the animals are no different from us – in the midday heat they prefer to take a nap under a shady bush. And that’s why the best times for our game drives are early morning or late afternoon, when it’s still cool or the heat of the day has subsided. The only thing that glows is the finger on the camera shutter. If you are looking for the real safari adventure and prefer to roam through the park in an open off-road vehicle, you can also book a drive directly with the lodge on site – the tour guide will be happy to assist you with the booking. And then it’s sundowner in the Namibian bush for the last time. Tonight you should stay awake – maybe you will see a shooting star that will make you wish to come back soon?

Classic: La Rochelle Lodge – Breakfast
Superior: Onguma Collection – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (including selected local drinks).

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Day 9

Departure

After breakfast we say goodbye with heavy hearts. Via the towns of Tsumeb, Otjiwarongo and Okahandja we take a relaxed drive on the asphalt road back to the central plateau. The endless sky and the thorn bush savannah show themselves once again from their best side and also some antelopes or warthogs can be seen before we arrive again in the bustling capital Windhoek. Depending on whether the journey continues for you or whether home is calling, our guide will take you to your hotel or directly to the airport. Packed with unforgettable memories and experiences, you will head home with only one thing left to say: Bye until next time!

Classic: Breakfast
Superior: Breakfast, lunch (including selected local drinks)

Classic Option:

Elegant Desert Lodge

Soulful, liberating and elegant

Situated on the border of the World Heritage site of the Namib Desert and only 37 kilometers from the gate to Sossusvlei, the Elegant Desert Lodge offers accommodation in 29 tastefully furnished, air conditioned rooms. All en-suite, the stylish and comfortable rooms invite you to recline in the soulful yet liberating atmosphere of the world’s oldest desert.

A beautiful and tranquil garden offering various, innovative seating arrangements inspire an image of an oasis nestled in the Namib Desert. Alternatively, enjoy the vistas of the desert plains from the veranda of your room. We suggest you treat yourself to a casual lunch with a bottle of fine South African Wine, each handpicked by the owners. In the afternoon you can relax in one of our chic lounges in the gardens or at the sparkling pool, or you can participate in the Scenic drive with spectacular views overlooking the Namib Desert.

Hansa Hotel

Centrally situated, the hotel serves as the perfect getaway to all tourists amenities which Swakopmund and surrounding areas have to offer, from sand-boarding some of the highest dunes in the world to big game viewing in one of our country’s world-known game parks. Surrounded by local tour operators, aviation and safari offices and five minutes from the beach, the Hansa Hotel is perfect for the discerning traveler looking for an adrenaline filled holiday or merely a bit of relaxation.

Damara Mopane Lodge Gondwana Collection Namibia

Damara Mopane Lodge is located 20 km east of Khorixas on the C 39 (Damaraland). Built in a labyrinth design, this innovative lodge has 55 chalets, each with its own vegetable garden. Savour the charm from your stoep where sunflowers peep over walls, refresh in the pool, visit the Twyfelfontein rock engravings 100km away and watch the sun sink into mopane woodland.

Eldorado Guest House

Guests who want to experience true Namibian farm life, will find that we offer clean, comfortable, affordable accommodation, warm welcoming Namibian style hospitality and excellent farm food with fresh veggies, and meat from our farm. We are on Etosha National Park’s doorstep, a mere 8km from Anderson gate!

Our rooms have coffee making facilities and air-con and we have a swimming pool and bar for guests to relax.

We offer free wi-fi (when available) on our verandah for our room guests and a separate wi-fi for campers at the campsite who will find it more relaxing to have access until late, while lying in bed.

We offer free viewing of our cheetahs for our overnight guests.

Optional is the viewing of our leopard, caracal, brown hyena, spotted hyena and genets @ a fixed rate.

La Rochelle Luxury Lodge

Slightly east from Etosha on the B15 / M75 road only 45 km north from Tsumeb is La Rochelle Lodge.

Amidst majestic fig trees, lush gardens and meandering fresh water springs is a fine complement of Luxury and Private accommodation. The 10 000ha, game reserve is host to a variety of indigenous antelope species and bird life. Game drives and hiking on foot are popular activities amongst others. La Rochelle fits in perfectly as a one night or longer stay destination with a focus on optimum luxury, personalised hosting and relaxation. Its location and venue is ideal for intimate weddings, small functions and corporate breakaways.

Etosha National Park can be reached on a more scenic route via the D3001 district road before reaching Tsintsabis. Travelling further north is definitely an option for the intrepid traveller who wishes to explore the kaleidoscope of traditional villages and local culture.

Other Attractions en-route:

Etosha National Park, Oshikoto and lake Guinas are easy to reach within a day`s travel.

Between Tsumeb and Grootfontein is the Hoba meteorite. It`s the world`s largest meteorite and still visible were it hit the ground approximately 80 thousand years ago.

Superior Option:

Sossusvlei Lodge

Luxury right at the entrance gate to Sesriem Canyon and the famous Sossusvlei Situated at the Entrance Gate to the Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei Lodge offers direct access to the towering red sand dunes, the famous pan of Sossusvlei, the scorched black trees of Dead Vlei and the remarkable depths of the Sesriem Canyon. The Superior Accommodation units at Sossusvlei Lodge feature a patio to enjoy views over the Desert landscapes, a spacious air-conditioned twin-bedded room and a full en-suite bathroom. The Standard Family Units feature two rooms back to back connected by a lockable inter-leading door between the two private bathrooms. An elegant Junior Suite boasts a spacious bedroom, living area, patio with a splash pool, large bathroom and inspiring views. Experience the true art of Hospitality with the thoughtful touch of attentive staff to contribute to a truly memorable experience. Facilities include a sparkling pool, bar, sundowner deck, beer garden and an al fresco terrace where one can enjoy exquisite food, award-winning wines and magnificent views of the floodlit waterhole. The Sossusvlei Lodge Adventure Centre provides a range of activities including Guided Excursions to Deadvlei and Sossusvlei, Elim dune walks, Sundowner Trips, Quad Buggy Nature Drives, Hot Air Ballooning, Scenic Flights and much more to explore the area’s natural beauty.

Strand Hotel Swakopmund

With its extensive, unique and creatively entertaining Restaurants, Bars, Deli, Lobby-Lounge, Sea Facing Terraces, Beach Kiosk and state of the art Conference & Banqueting Center, all set on the Mole, a historic and iconic site surrounded by Ocean on three sides, the Strand Hotel Swakopmund is a social epicenter and destination in itself for all visitors to and residents of Swakopmund. Its architectural inspiration finds its roots deep in Namibian-German history and reflects this in a tasteful contemporary manner. The interiors are residential in nature, and the brief to all designers involved was to create a non-hotel, hotel. One as charming and welcoming as the town it is located in. Simply very warm and comfortable, and as they say in German: “gemütlich” providing a genuine “sense-of-place” atmosphere adding to any Namibian visit. Arriving at the Strand is a dramatic experience as one passes through its 13m high and 9m wide Ocean View Atrium which travels right through the Hotel offering sea views at either end. Off this Atrium Lobby is Reception, consisting of three individual desks and an inviting open fireplace which rounds off the residential feel and warm welcome.

Twyfelfontein Country Lodge

Welcome to Twyfelfontein Country Lodge. A true landmark situated in the heart of one of the world’s most magnificent wilderness regions. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Twyfelfontein in Damaraland is home to one of the largest collections of rock-art engravings found in Southern Africa. Not only did the Khoi-San and tribes of ancient years leave us with a true cultural heritage, but the whole area is characterised by natural wonders such as Doros Crater, Burnt Mountain, Organ Pipes, Petrified Forest and desert adapted animals – of which the desert adapted elephant is probably the most well-known species. Nestled along the mountainside, the lodge beautifully blends in with its surrounding environment. Using natural stone, carefully selected paint colours and thatched roofs, its design compliments the sandstone rock formations with minimum visual impact on this picturesque landscape. Magnificent views from the deck over the Huab Valley, desert plains and distant mountains provides for hours of relaxed comfort, peace and tranquility. Twyfelfontein is much more than just accommodation; it is a destination in itself.

Etosha Oberland Lodge

The Etosha Oberland Lodge, 10km away from the southern gate of Etosha National Park opened in March 2020 and is nestled in a private nature park adjacent to the park. The lodge offers an inviting lobby with restaurant and a bar with adjoining lounge with fire pit. To enhance the experience, guests are invited to enjoy a viewing deck and swimming pool as well as free wifi in communal areas.

The accommodation comprises of 18 beautifully appointed premium chalets that offer comfortable amenities such as an en-suite bathroom, an outdoor shower, private sun terrace, which is equipped with comfortable chairs.

Onguma Collection

Onguma Safari Camps is situated on the eastern border of Etosha National Park, in friendly Namibia. Onguma offers great game viewing, romance, tranquility, adventure and so much more! With 5 lodges, two campsites and 34 000 hectares of private wilderness to explore, Onguma has an accommodation option that is just right for you!

Departure Dates:
Tour Language: Bilingual English Dates
Departure days Wednesday Wednesday
2022 November 9, 23, 30 16
2022 December 7
2023 January 11, 25
2023 February 8, 22
2023 March 22 8
2023 April 19 5
2023 May 3, 17 31
2023 June 14 28
2023 July 12, 26
2023 August 2, 16, 23, 30 9
2023 September 13, 20, 27 6
2023 October 11, 25 4, 18