Namibia is a destination unlike any other in Africa. With its almost otherworldly dune landscapes, ancient deserts and incredible game viewing opportunities, Namibia is the ultimate African road trip destination for intrepid explorers.
|COST & VALIDITY||From ZAR 45 200,00|
1st April 2021 – 31st October 2022
|WHAT TO BRING|| Comfortable shoes|
Sunhat and sunglasses
|IMPORTANT NOTE||Namibia emergency number: +264 81 127 0564|
|INCLUDED|| 15 overnights in the listed accommodations|
activities as listed
vehicle hire with zero excess insurance option
detailed information pack with itinerary and route description
2% Tourism Levy
|NOT INCLUDED|| all services not mentioned above|
dinner in Swakopmund
all expenses of a personal nature
Our proposal is subject to availability of the relevant accommodation establishments, pilot and aircraft.
Arrival in Windhoek
Upon your arrival at the Hosea Kutako International Airport, you will be met by a representative of the car hire company, who will bring you to Windhoek. At their offices in town you will complete all the necessary formalities for your rental car. Afterwards you can spend some time in Windhoek, before heading to the River Crossing Lodge.
Situated in central Namibia, the cosmopolitan city of Windhoek serves as the capital of the country. It is home to a plethora of restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and accommodation establishments. The city is clean, safe and well-organised, with a colonial legacy that is reflected in its many German eateries and shops, and the widespread use of the German language. Windhoek has an interesting mix of historical architecture and modern buildings, many of which are worth a look, including the Alte Feste, the Christuskirche which was built in 1896, and the more contemporary Supreme Court.
Travel Distance: 40 km
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
RIVER CROSSING LODGE
Windhoek to Mariental
After enjoying breakfast at the River Crossing Lodge, you will head south, via Rehoboth to the Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, situated in the heart of the Kalahari Desert. On your way you can make a stop at the Tropic of Capricorn, which is sign posted, to take some photographs. Upon your arrival at the lodge, you can spend the afternoon relaxing, or you could book the optional afternoon sundowner drive.
Located in the Hardap region of Namibia, about 90 kilometres south of Windhoek, Rehoboth is surrounded by camel-thorn, sweet-thorn and candle-pod acacia and dotted with several natural hot springs. The area is known not only for its striking natural beauty but also its rich heritage. The Baster community, who came across the Orange River to settle here in 1870, have a long and interesting history. Plant lovers will be interested to find that some of the acacia trees here date back to around 2 000 years. History enthusiasts will delight in the interesting town museum.
Rehoboth makes for a convenient base for reaching popular destinations such as the Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei and the Hardap Dam.
The Tropic of Capricorn is one of the 5 major lines of latitude and the southernmost point of latitude from where the sun can be seen directly overhead. This line of latitude runs through many other countries such as Brazil, Mozambique and Australia to name a few.
Spreading across Botswana, South Africa and Namibia, the Kalahari, meaning “the great thirst” is an exceptionally beautiful desert. The landscape is characterised by a large semi-arid sandy savannah draped over a gently rolling inland sea of sand covering most of Botswana and large parts of Namibia and South Africa. It is also the last bastion of the indigenous San people, with the modern world having enveloped all the other areas they once roamed. The Namibian portion of the Kalahari is made up of red sands covered in thin, wispy, mostly golden grass and dotted with acacia trees and wide-ranging wildlife including gemsbok, impala, jackals and cheetah.
The Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch offers guests an optional afternoon game drive. The activity includes a game drive in the reserve. Guests have the opportunity of seeing a variety of game such as giraffe, kudu, zebra, oryx, blue wildebeest and eland. Guests are able to experience breath-taking views of the region, which has some of the highest dunes in the region, with views over the pan. The Kalahari is home to more than 150 bird species for guests who are bird enthusiasts. The well-known suricate, more commonly known as a “meerkat” can also to be seen. As the day draws to a close, guests are treated to a sundowner on a dune, complemented by refreshments and snacks, while enjoying an awe inspiring sunset over the Kalahari.
Travel Distance: 267 km
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
BAGATELLE KALAHARI GAME RANCH
Mariental to Sossusvlei
This morning you will enjoy a horseback safari in the red dunes of the Kalahari Desert. Afterwards you travel via Mariental and Maltahöhe to the Desert Homestead Lodge.
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch offers guests a variety of horses suitable for children, beginners, intermediate and advanced riders. Guests can experience the Kalahari’s silence on the well-trained quarter horses also known as cowboy horses, accompanied by a guide. Guests can enjoy a refreshing drink on a dune before heading back to the ranch.
Situated in south central Namibia, fringing the Kalahari Desert, the city of Mariental lies along the TransNamib railway and serves as the Hardap Region’s commercial and administrative capital. It provides an important petrol stop before heading west to Sesriem to view the red-orange dunes of Sossusvlei. Mariental is located close to the magnificent Hardap Dam, which is the largest reservoir in Namibia. The Hardap Irrigation Scheme has breathed life into this arid terrain, which is now fertile with farmlands of citrus, melons, lucerne, wine and maize, and dotted with ostrich farms.
The dam is a popular holiday resort which draws city slickers from Windhoek and offers an array of water sports, scenic walks, and abundant wildlife on a 20 000 hectare nature reserve set on its western bank, where visitors can spot rhino, ostrich and a variety of antelope and bird species.
Set on the edge of the Swartrand escarpment and serving as a popular stopover for visitors travelling to Sossusvlei and the Duwisib Castle, the village of Maltahöhe was established when the District Commissioner of 1899 decided that an outpost further west of the vast, central Namibian district was required. Maltahöhe is home to the oldest hotel in the country and serves as an excellent base from which to explore the scenic surrounding area including a local farm 35 kilometres north of the town that has an 800 hectare shallow pan that, after sufficient rains, is carpeted by colourful lilies for about a week before they are devoured by elephant-nosed beetles. Visitors can also look forward to viewing the imposing Dutch Reformed Church in the heart of the village, watching a concert by the local Ama Buruxa choir group, and enjoy a hearty traditional meal. Maltahöhe is the perfect spot to take a breather from the road and stock up on supplies before heading off again.
Travel Distance: 288 km
Horseback Safari at Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
DESERT HOMESTEAD LODGE
Before sunrise, you can venture to the Sesriem entrance gate. Here you can purchase a permit to enter into the Namib Naukluft National Park to view some of the highest dunes in the world at Sossusvlei, as well as explore the Sesriem Canyon. In the afternoon you can cool of at the sparkling pool at the Desert Homestead Lodge while enjoying a refreshing drink, or just marvel at the splendour of the Namib Desert landscape around you.
Located in the scenic Namib Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red dunes to make this one of the most scenic natural wonders of Africa and a photographer’s heaven. This awe-inspiring destination is possibly Namibia’s premier attraction, with its unique dunes rising to almost 400 meters – some of the highest in the world. These iconic dunes come alive in morning and evening light and draw photography enthusiasts from around the globe. Sossusvlei is home to a variety of desert wildlife including oryx, springbok, ostrich and a variety of reptiles. Visitors can climb the “Big Daddy”, one of Sossusvlei’s tallest dunes or explore the Deadvlei, a white, salt, clay pan dotted with ancient trees.
The Sesriem Canyon is a deep chasm carved through the rocks by water, a striking natural feature of the area that is best explored on foot. Stony walls rise up sharply on both sides of the canyon, while birds roost in its crags and lizards dart along the ledges. The canyon’s name was coined when early settlers used it as a water source, using six lengths of leather (ses riem – six thongs) tied together to lower buckets into the water at the base of canyon.
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
DESERT HOMESTEAD LODGE
Day 5 & 6
The following 2 days will be the highlight of your journey through Namibia. You will be spending these on a horse-riding safari onto the private reserve and sleep out in nature. The reserve is situated between the majestic red sand see of the Namib Desert and the rugged Naukluft Mountains. Leaving the stables and lodge behind, you will set off on an unforgettable journey through wide open plains, riding over terrain which changes from soft, sandy, stretched open fields, to rockier mountain trails, through dry riverbeds, under sociable weaver’s nests and around camel-thorn trees. Your experienced guide will eagerly tell you more about the environment, fauna and flora. You are almost guaranteed to come across a herd or two of grazing oryx, springbok, or zebra and some varieties of smaller carnivores, such as jackal and bat-eared foxes.
Located in central Namibia, the Naukluft Mountains cut a fine silhouette against the vast open skies of this incredibly beautiful country. Private farms occupy the northern reaches and to the south, the range falls within the spectacular Namib Naukluft National Park. Rising steeply from the vast plains of central Namibia, this rugged landscape holds a fascinating history, interesting geology and boasts a variety of deep gorges, caves, small streams and beautiful waterfalls. These mountains support an array of wildlife including over 50 mammal species such as leopard, mountain zebra, various antelope species and almost 200 species of birds.
The Namib Desert is the world’s oldest desert, and although it stretches along the entire length of Namibia’s coastline into southern Angola and even the Northern Cape Province of South Africa, the Namib commonly refers to the vast sea of sand extending from Lüderitz to Swakopmund. This vast expanse of breathtakingly beautiful desert features remarkably varied scenery including the massive red dunes of the world-renowned Sossusvlei, the moonscapes of the Namib Naukluft Park, the stark beauty of the Atlantic Coast and a diversity of fauna and flora. This windswept, arid, ancient landscape is teeming with desert-adapted wildlife such as endemic chameleons, brown hyenas, gemsbok, jackals and seals along the coastline, and a variety plant life including the famous Welwitschia plant, a unique living fossil.
Desert Experience Sleep-Out Ride
DESERT HOMESTEAD LODGE
Sossusvlei to Swakopmund
Proceed through the Namib Desert to the coastal town of Swakopmund. On your way, you can make a stop in Solitaire, which is famously known for its delicious apple crumble. After your arrival in Swakopmund, check-in at the Hansa Hotel and spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Situated in the Khomas region of central Namibia, the desert town of Solitaire serves as an oasis in the Namib Desert. There is not much to do or see in the small village of Solitaire, but nevertheless, it is an important stop on the way to the ancient dunes of Sossusvlei as it provides the only petrol station, general store and post office between Sossusvlei and Walvis Bay. Solitaire also has a small bar and is renowned for its famous apple pie, which is said to be the best in Namibia.
Set along Namibia’s spectacularly scenic coast, the seaside town of Swakopmund is known for its wide-open avenues, colonial architecture, and is surrounded by otherworldly desert terrain. Founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South West Africa, Swakopmund is often described as being more German than Germany. Now a seaside resort town, Swakopmund is the capital of the Skeleton Coast tourism area and has plenty to offer to keep visitors happy. The quirky mix of German and Namibian influences, adventure options, laidback atmosphere and the cool sea breeze make it a very popular Namibian destination. Visitors can look forward to a number of exciting activities including quad biking, horse riding, and paragliding, fishing and sightseeing as well as fascinating desert tours.
Travel distance: 357 km
Bed & Breakfast
Day 8 & 9
These days are free for you to spend at leisure. There are countless activities to choose from which are on offer in and around Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. These include quad biking in the dunes, living desert tours, catamaran cruises and well as horse and camel rides. You might want to do a horse ride which is offered by the Okakambe Horse Trails.
Okakambe Horse Stables is situated on the banks of Swakop riverbed, 12 kilometres outside of Swakopmund. “Okakambe” takes its name from the native Herero and Oshiwambo languages which translates to “horse”. All trails start early in the morning while the weather is still cool as the desert tends to get scorching hot as the day progresses. Horse rides can vary between one and three hours, or day and overnight tours. Camps are set up for guests which opt for an overnight trail with supper offered. An average daily distance covered on the trip will be between 30 and 40 kilometres depending on the weather conditions. On a trip, guests can expect to see lots of wildlife including jackals, springbok and plenty of birdlife.
Bed & Breakfast
Swakopmund to Twyfelfontein
Today you drive to the region of Namibia known as the Damaraland. Upon your arrival at the Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, you can spend the rest of the day relaxing at the lodge.
This vast desert landscape is known as one of the most beautiful regions in Namibia. Huge, untamed and ruggedly beautiful, Damaraland is an exceptionally scenic landscape featuring open plains, ancient valleys and spectacular rock formations. The major attractions are the sacred Spitzkoppe, the Brandberg, Twyfelfontein, Vingerklip and the otherworldly Petrified Forest. Visitors can take in the dramatic vistas, catch a glimpse of the rare desert-adapted elephant and enjoy spectacular stargazing in crystal-clear night skies from one of the many safari camps dotting Damaraland.
Travel distance: 332 km
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
TWYFELFONTEIN COUNTRY LODGE
You have the opportunity to visit the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site at Twyfelfontein, as well as view the Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain, all of which this region is well-known for. You could also book an optional guided excursion to these sights if you do not wish to drive on your own.
The Organ Pipes are located near Twyfelfontein in Damaraland, Namibia. It is a 100 meter long rock feature of unusual dolomite columns. It was formed by volcanic activity and after erosion, the rocks have remained in the form of organ pipes.
The Burnt Mountain is a small hill located near Twyfelfontein and just a kilometre from the Organ Pipes. This national monument displays an intense variety of colours formed by volcanic activity interacting with organic material that transformed into a sedimentary bed over 125 million years ago.
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
TWYFELFONTEIN COUNTRY LODGE
Twyfelfontein to Etosha National Park
En-route to the Etosha National Park, you will pass by the Petrified Forest, which is well worth a visit. Afterwards, continue on your journey via Outjo to the Toshari Lodge, situated just a few kilometres south of the Anderson Gate entrance to the Etosha National Park.
Situated approximately 50 kilometres west of the town of Khorixas, in an area of open veld, lies a large deposit of massive tree trunks that have “turned to stone” through a process of diagenesis. These petrified tree trunks are up to 34 meters long, 6 metres in circumference and are approximately 260 million years old. Due to the lack of root or branch remains, it is believed that the trees were washed down an ancient river to the site where they now lay during a massive flood.
Located in Namibia’s Kunene region, the city of Outjo is known as the gateway to the Etosha. Outjo’s central position also makes it an excellent stopover en-route to the Skeleton Coast and Damaraland, but that’s not the only reason to visit this small town. Set amidst rolling hills, Outjo is a charming getaway boasting attractive forest and savannah surrounds, friendly locals and several historical sites. Roughly an hour’s drive to the west you will find the Ugab Rock Finger, a 35-metre high stone monolith, while slightly further on is a 250-million-year-old petrified forest.
Travel Distance: 297 km
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Etosha National Park
You have the option to either do self-guided game drives in the Etosha National Park, or, alternatively, you could book an optional guided game drive at the Toshari Lodge. They offer half-day (morning or afternoon) or full-day game drives into the national park.
Situated in north-western Namibia, the Etosha National Park offers a premier game viewing experience. The park’s diverse vegetation ranges from dense bush to open plains attracting a variety of wildlife. Located in the heart of the park is the Etosha Pan – a shallow depression that covers an area of 5 000 square kilometres. Dry and shimmering for most of the year, the pans fill up with water after seasonal rains, making it the perfect habitat for wildlife. In the dry season, the wildlife is attracted to the perennial springs and waterholes that make for excellent game viewing.
Visitors can look forward to world-class game viewing of a variety of large mammals such as lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, zebra, giraffe, a diversity of birdlife such as flamingos and pelicans.
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Etosha National Park to Okahandja
Driving via Outjo, Otjiwarongo and Okahandja you proceed back toward Windhoek. The last establishment on your tour through Namibia is the Midgard Country Estate, which is situated between Okahandja and Windhoek and en-route to the Hosea Kutako International Airport.
Otjiwarongo – meaning “the place of fat cattle” – is a tranquil, German-influenced town with numerous lodging options, shops and other amenities, making it ideal for a stopover en-route to Windhoek, the Etosha National Park and the Waterberg Plateau. Points of interest include a craft market, the Cheetah Conservation Fund and Crocodile Ranch where visitors can view these fascinating reptiles and, if they fancy, sample a selection of crocodile meat dishes at the ranch restaurant.
Located just north of Windhoek, in the central Namibian Otjozondjupa region, the bustling city of Okahandja serves as the main commercial centre of the area, as well as a prominent cultural centre for the local Herero people. The name “Okahandja” means “the place where two rivers flow into each other to form one wide one”. These two seasonal rivers are the Okamita and the Okakango. Known as the “Garden Town of Namibia”, Okahandja boasts a rich cultural heritage, numerous historical sites and excellent bird watching in the surrounding areas. Visitors can look forward to a variety of interesting activities including browsing the colourful arts and crafts market, visiting the nearby Gross Barmen hot springs for a soak in the rejuvenating thermal waters and enjoying an array of water sports at the nearby Von Bach Dam.
Travel Distance: 381 km
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
MIDGARD COUNTRY ESTATE
Drive to Windhoek where you will drop off your rental car. Following this you will be transferred to the Hosea Kutako International Airport for your departure flight.
Travel distance: 73 km
River Crossing Lodge
“Feel the pulse of the city from the heart of the bushveld”. The River Crossing Lodge is situated 5 kilometres from Windhoek, on the road to the Hosea Kutako International Airport. The lodge is situated on top of a “koppie” on a pristine 6 500 hectare reserve, offering unparalleled sunset views. River Crossing will allow you to rediscover the nuances of a bygone era of farm life and offers the discerning traveller all the modern comforts.
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch
The lodge lies on the edge of the southern Kalahari in the mixed tree and shrub savannah. The ranch is characterized by huge red sands dunes running parallel, and in a northern-westerly to south-easterly direction. This “Spirit of Africa” atmosphere, coupled with service, delivered with graciousness and charm, in an unashamedly luxurious setting, are the hallmarks of this establishment, providing excellent value and unforgettable memories.
Desert Homestead Lodge
The wide grassy valley in which the lodge is situated is sheltered by the Nubib, Tsaris and Naukluft Mountains with a view reaching the distant dunes of the Namib Desert in the west. In this exquisite position, the lodge offers stylish accommodation in thatched chalets which were designed with the fragile beauty of this remarkable environment in mind. The Desert Homestead Lodge will ensure an unrivalled respite from the desert extremes. Tranquil surroundings, al fresco dining, delectably fresh farm cuisine, refreshing dips in the pool as well as stunning sunsets and sunrises are the basic pleasures at the lodge. And meandering across endless plains or discovering ancient water courses on a beautifully groomed steed is a magical and alternative way to appreciate the surroundings. The final remnants of each day see nature at her most profound. Rugged landscapes bathed in hues of pastel – a truly humbling experience.
Centrally situated, the Hansa 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 traveller looking for an adrenaline filled holiday or merely a bit of relaxation.
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 the Doros Crater, Burnt Mountain, Organ Pipes, Petrified Forest and desert adapted animals – of which the desert adapted elephant is probably the most well-known. 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 tranquillity. Twyfelfontein is much more than just accommodation; it is a destination in itself.
Nestled on an outcrop of dolomite rocks, under a forest of Mopane and white Seringa trees, Toshari Lodge offers affordable but enchanting accommodation close to the Etosha National Park. A warm welcome awaits you complimented by a refreshing cold drink. Absorb the peace and tranquillity of the natural African bush as you amble through a blend of manicured lawns and rustic bush gardens to your private room. Take a refreshing dip in the sparkling pools and enjoy wholesome Namibian cuisine, complimented with herbs and vegetables from the garden and fresh home baked bread, in the African Lapa with its stunning photographs of local Etosha wildlife. Situated just off the C38 between Outjo and Okaukuejo, Toshari Lodge is ideally positioned for day visits into Etosha National Park; on your own or on the expertly guided tours.
Midgard Country Estate
The Midgard Country Estate is located 85 kilometers north-east of Windhoek and only 70 kilometers from the Hosea International Airport in the unspoiled Otjihavero Mountains. An ideal family hide-away, first or last stop for international visitors, and the perfect venue for intimate meetings, team-building events or weddings. Carl List, the founder of the Namibian Corporation, Ohlthaver & List, acquired Midgard Country Estate in 1937. His son, Carl Werner List, farmed the 12 000 hectare estate, developing this private and intimate world into a household name in Namibia. Today our guests are invited to enjoy the tranquillity, while marvelling at the pioneering German Settler spirit which gave birth to it all. “Midgard”, a word found in Old Norse, Middle English and High German languages, has varying meanings, but is popularly thought to mean “a paradise where the earth rises again, fertile and green, creating a protected world and a safe empire for the people”. The lodge offers 46 newly decorated and fully equipped rooms, Carl’s Dining Room & Bar Terrace, a gym and sauna, and a private skittle alley. These are all spaciously situated in a sprawling country garden, bordering the banks of the Swakop River, as it meanders through the estate on its way to the Atlantic Ocean. Guests can soak up the ambience and enjoy doing absolutely nothing; or explore hiking and mountain trails, drive along 4×4 tracks, play volley ball, tennis, table tennis or outdoor chess, stargaze and view our vintage automobile collection. One of the estate’s major attractions is a sundowner drive to Hilltop, where guests can enjoy a stunning 360 degree view over the Otjihavero Mountains and watch the sun set with drinks in hand. They also get to experience what life was like on a traditional Namibian Farming and Game Estate in years gone by, with a morning or afternoon nature game drives through the separate 2 000 hectare nature reserve, along the Swakop River. Wildlife found at Midgard includes giraffe, blue and black wildebeest, oryx, kudu, hartebeest, eland, warthog, baboon and smaller antelope species such as the steenbok. The riverfront is a birder’s paradise.
Account holder: Africa Focus Tours Namibia (Pty) ltd
Bank: Nedbank Namibia
Account number: 1100 0070 752
Branch code: 461 696
Swift code: NEDSNANX
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- Balance to be paid 60 days prior to travel.
- 90 – 45 days prior to travel: 20% (forfeit the deposit paid)
- 44 – 30 days prior to travel: 30%
- 29 – 15 days prior to travel: 40%
- 14 – 08 days prior to travel: 60%
- 07 days to No Show prior to travel: 100%
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Terms & Conditions
- The hotels mentioned in the itinerary will depend on availability at the time of making the booking. Should alternatives be used it would be of similar standard.
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Travelling with Children
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