Etosha, Windhoek
Destination
11 Days
Duration

Important Information

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 34 590,00
1st May 2021 – 31st October 2022
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 Accommodation and meals as per itinerary
Sightseeing Sossuvlei, Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon (entrance fee included)
4 x 4 four wheel drive vehicle the last 5 km in Sossusvlei (included)
Fuel, insurance and fees for the vehicle in the national parks
Game drives in Etosha National Park from the coach as per program
Qualified Professional English Speaking Driver guide
Recommended vehicle for the Tour according to Namibian Standards and fuel
Porterage’s
Transfer from the International Airport to the accommodation Day 1
Transfer from the Accommodation to the International Airport Day 11
Mokuti Etosha Game Drive
Hilltop Sundowner Drive(Midgard)
Tourism Levy
15% VAT
NOT INCLUDED Flights
Travel insurance
Optional and recommended Excursions
Expenses of a personal nature
Visa fees (where applicable)
Airport taxes
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Day 1

Windhoek

Arrival at the Windhoek International Airport. Here you will be met by your personal Guide/Driver for your Namibian Safari. Your guide will welcome you and assist with your luggage before you proceed to Windhoek, the Capital of Namibia.

Situated in Central Namibia, the cosmopolitan city of Windhoek serves as the capital of the country. It is home to an international airport and a plethora of restaurants, shops, entertainment venues, and accommodation options. The city is clean, safe, and well-organized, 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 an old fort, the 1896 Christuskirche Christ Church, and the more contemporary Supreme Court.

After you check-in at the hotel, your guide will take you on a city tour.

Overnight and Breakfast at the Utopia Boutique Hotel

Travel distance: 42.0 km

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Day 2

Windhoek to Walvis Bay

After a hearty breakfast, you will travel to the coastal town of Swakopmund.

Swakopmund is much loved by Namibians as a welcome respite from the inland heat. It is also popular amongst visitors because of its old-world charm and relaxed atmosphere.

Founded in 1892 during the period of German colonial rule, it served as the territory’s main harbor for many years. The distinct German colonial character has been well preserved and today many of the old buildings serve a useful purpose. The Woermann House (1905) now houses an art gallery. The Woermann Tower was used in earlier times to watch ships entering the harbor. Other old interesting buildings are: „Die Alte Kaserne“, „Hohenzollern Haus“, and the Railway Station Building.

Upon arrival in Swakopmund, continue to “lang strand” where the hotel is situated.

Langstrand (long beach) is a small beach resort situated between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.

Overnight and Breakfast at the Bayview Resort Hotel

Travel distance: 381.5 km

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Day 3

Walvis Bay

Today is at your leisure. You can optionally take part in one of the many activities offered in and around Swakopmund and Walvis Bay or explore the city on your own, stroll through the woodcarving market, or just stroll along the beach and enjoy a cup of coffee right on the Beach.

The coastal town of Swakopmund, located on the spectacular coast of Namibia, is known for its sprawling tree-lined avenues, colonial architecture and is surrounded by otherworldly desert terrain.

There are several excursions optionally available:

Optional: Levo Dolphin & Seal Tour

This dolphin and seal cruise departs at 08:30 am from the Walvis Bay Tanker Jetty and lasts for approximately four hours. The trip begins with a tour of the Walvis Bay Harbour and past the fish factories, and then on to Bird Island past the Russian Trawlers to Pelican Point where guests can view the Cape Fur Seal Colony. A variety of birds such as pelicans, flamingos, cormorants, and more can be seen en-route. Guests can snack on fresh oysters and champagne while watching the dolphins play in the tranquil waters.

Optional: Charly’s Desert Tours Living Dunes Experience

Charly’s Desert Tours Living Dunes Experience is an extraordinary exploration of the coastal dune belt just outside Swakopmund. To the untrained eye the dunes are just a pile of sand, however, the skilled and experienced guides will introduce visitors to a wealth of desert life. Often referred to as a “Living Desert Tour”, we will track Palmetto geckos, sand diving lizards, the famous fog-basking tok-tokkie beetle, sidewinder snakes, spiders, scorpions, and chameleons. As we explore this breathtaking terrain, we will share a lot of information on the origin, weather, and the special adaptations of its inhabitants.

Optional: Namib Sky Balloon Safaris

Situated in the heart of the Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei, one of the most fascinating landscapes in Namibia, is a photographer’s dream. Gigantic orange dunes, dramatic shadows, undulating plains, and rocky mountains create a magical kaleidoscope of colors and shapes. To the east, Namib Rand Nature Reserve’s vast sandy plains are surrounded by towering granite mountains and rolling dunes. Here, in the oldest desert on the planet, amazingly adapted animals and plants come together to form one of the most visually stunning ecosystems in the world. And truly the best way to experience the heart of the Namib desert is with a hot air balloon safari. Watching the spectacular sunrise over this magnificent landscape from a silent hot air balloon is the experience of a lifetime, never to be forgotten At landing, you come back to earth with an “Out Of Africa” style Champagne breakfast set up in the middle of nowhere. Your pilot will present you with a flight certificate before you take a leisurely nature drive back to the pick-up point.
Overnight and Breakfast at the Bayview Resort Hotel

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Day 4

Walvis Bay to Otjiwarongo

After breakfast drive to Otjiwarongo where you will stay at your next lodge.

You will pass through the small towns of Karibib and Usakos.

Karibib is renowned for the high-quality marble quarried in the area since 1904, which is being used to enhance public buildings and private homes in Namibia, as well as for export purposes. Lined along the main road are historic buildings, which today are used for restaurants and hotels. Only a small number of buildings are still used for the same purpose they were built for.

The small sun-baked town of Usakos, nestled in the valley of the Khan River, developed around a station on the old narrow-gauge railway built in 1900. Beyond Usakos is the Trekkopje Battlefield site, on which one of the most important battles fought during the short-lived 1915 campaign involving South Africa and German forces took place.

Arrive at the lodge in the afternoon.

Dinner, Overnight, and Breakfast at Frans Indongo Lodge

Travel distance: 441.5 km

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Day 5

Otjiwarongo to Etosha East

Today your journey takes you to the surroundings of the famous Etosha National Park.

Drive through Otavi and Tsumeb to reach your lodge on the eastern side of the Etosha National Park.

Otavi is a small town that lies beneath the soaring Otavi Mountains. The Khorab Memorial, about 3 km from Otavi, dates back to the First World War and marks the spot where a Ceasefire was signed at Khorab on July 9, 1915. 35 km northeast of Otavi, on Ghaub farm, are the Ghaub Caves and Bushman paintings.

The town of Tsumeb, gateway to the north, has been closely linked to the mining industry since 1905. The history of Tsumeb is depicted in the Tsumeb Museum, where a comprehensive collection of rare minerals can be viewed. In the Khorab room a collection of restored canons and other armaments, which were dumped into Lake Otjikoto by the German forces, are displayed.

Arrive and settle into the lodge.

In the afternoon you will embark on your first safari in the Etosha National Park which offers without question one of the most beautiful wildlife pictures in the world.

Travel distance: 270.4 km

Dinner, Overnight, and Breakfast at the Mokuti Etosha Lodge

• Included: Entrance fee into National Park

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Day 6

Etosha East

Today is a full day of game viewing in the park. Depart at dawn and witness the morning colors in the plains of Etosha.

Discover the waterholes where you can observe surprising gatherings of different species.

Situated in northwestern 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 5000 square kilometers. 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 including a variety of large mammals such as lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, zebra, giraffe, a diversity of birdlife such as flamingoes and pelicans.

Dinner, Overnight, and Breakfast at the Mokuti Etosha Lodge

• Included: Entrance fee into National Park

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Day 7

Etosha East to Etosha South

Not have enough animal photos yet?

After breakfast, you can still shoot animal photos. Drive through the park and exit on the southern side to your next lodge.

Arrive at the lodge in the afternoon.

Dinner, Overnight, and Breakfast at the Toshari Lodge

Travel distance: 190.7 km

• Included: Entrance fee into National Park

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Day 8

Etosha South to Okahandja

Today, after breakfast you drive via Outjo and Otjiwarongo to Okahandja.

To get to your destination, you pass through Outjo and Otjiwarongo.

Outjo, located in Namibia’s Kunene region, is known as the “Gateway to Etosha.” Outjo’s central location makes it an ideal stopover on the way to the Skeleton Coast and Damaraland, but that’s not the only reason to visit this small town. Outjo is a charming getaway set among rolling hills, with attractive forest and savannah surroundings, friendly locals, and several historical sites. A 35-metre-high stone monolith, the Ugab Rock Finger, can be found about an hour’s drive to the west, while a 250-million-year-old petrified forest can be found slightly further on.

Otjiwarongo, which translates as “the place of fat cattle,” is a peaceful, German-influenced town with a variety of lodging options, shops, and other amenities, making it an ideal stopover on the way to Windhoek, Etosha National Park, and the Waterberg Plateau. A good craft market, the Cheetah Conservation Fund, and the Crocodile Ranch, where visitors can view these fascinating reptiles and, if they wish, sample a selection of crocodile meat dishes at the ranch restaurant, are all worthwhile stops.

Arrival at the hotel and check-in.

The rest of the afternoon is yours to spend at leisure.

Dinner, Overnight, and Breakfast at the Okahandja Country Hotel

Travel distance: 314.4 km

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Day 9

Okahandja

After breakfast, you depart to a tranquil farmstead oasis, Midgard. The last accommodation of your trip.

In the afternoon you will embark on a Hilltop Sundowner drive.

Travel distance: 68.4 km

• Included: Sundowner Drive

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Day 10

Okahandja

Today is at your leisure. You can optionally take part in one of the many activities offered in and around the Lodge.

Dinner, Overnight, and Breakfast at the Midgard Country Estate

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Day 11

Departure

Time to pack your bags. The day is at your disposal until the airport transfer. Farewell to the tour guide. We wish you good flight home.

Travel distance: 72.8 km

The Utopia Boutique Hotel

The modern N/a’ankusê@Utopia establishment has allied with the neighboring Pension Bougainvilla and offers serene rooms and luxurious suites situated amid beautiful, green lush gardens. The hotel is conveniently located in the tranquil suburb of Klein Windhoek.

Utopia combines business and leisure in a modest manner, simultaneously welcoming modern travelers and tourists in need of relaxation. Boasting 14 standard rooms, 7 luxurious suites and 1 executive suite, N/a’ankusê@Utopia creates an ideal hideaway.

Bay View Resort Namibia

Bay View Resort Hotel is a one of a kind, 4-star beach resort located in Dolphin Beach, halfway between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, Namibia. The property offers 44 luxury rooms and two executive penthouse suites, all sea-facing with private balconies overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Guests can make use of the conference facility, the in-house SALT Restaurant as well as a Sky Bar on the 6th floor to take in views of the dunes and the sea.

Frans Indongo Lodge

You can truly relax with us. Let us pamper you – after all, you are on holiday. Relax on the sundeck at the swimming pool and watch a succession of Sable Antelope, Black Springbok and Nyala quench their thirst at the nearby water hole. Relish the special African atmosphere: the lodge and the interior decoration feature stylish traditional elements from the Ovambo culture in northern Namibia – the birthplace of Frans Indongo.

You can’t afford to miss this! Watch cheetahs sprinting and learn more about the fastest terrestrial animal on the planet at the nearby Cheetah Conservation Fund or explore Waterberg Plateau Park, where water is plentiful.

While staying with us you will also experience purest nature, of course. The 170 km² farm boasts an extraordinary abundance of game, including White and Black Rhino, Black Wildebeest and Hartebeest. We take you game-viewing on sundowner drives. For active holidaymakers we have laid out trails which meander through the bush savannah and lead onto a hill with a magnificent look-out point.

We are right on your way. Frans Indongo Lodge is located north-east of Otjiwarongo and north-west of Waterberg Mountain. Thus it is ideally suited as a stop-over on your way from Windhoek to Etosha, the far north, to Bushmanland or the Caprivi. We are close to the tar road but nevertheless in the midst of the African bush savannah.

One little hint: take your time. Our guests keep complaining that they would have liked to stay longer…

Mokuti Etosha Lodge

Mokuti Etosha Lodge is the perfect venue for travellers wanting to explore the famous eastern side of Etosha National Park and is located on its own private 4 000 hectare nature reserve, which shares a common border with this impressive wildlife reserve. Known for its excellent and diverse wildlife encounters, it has become a popular venue for meetings, incentives, weddings and honeymoons. This intimate lodge has 90 rooms and 16 luxury rooms. Recently refurbished, they are all air conditioned and come equipped with satellite TV, a mini-fridge, safes, free Wi-Fi, tea/coffee-making facilities and en-suite bathrooms. The lodge also offers the Tambuti Dining Room and Marula Bar, the Pool Bar and Terrace, two tennis courts, a spa, a gym and the only open air African Boma in the area.

Toshari Lodge (Etosha Gateway)

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 Etosha National Park. A warm welcome awaits you complimented by a refreshing cold drink on arrival. 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 tranquillity of the striking African Lapa with its stunning photographs of local Etosha wildlife. Campsites are also available; each pitch having a private shower room with hot and cold water, 220v power point, and herb garden and braai place. 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.

Okahandja Country Hotel

Okahandja Country Hotel is situated 2 km north of Okahandja, on the main road leading to Etosha, Damaraland, Caprivi and numerous other tourist attractions situated in the north of Namibia, as well as the main road leading to Swakopmund and Walvis Bay at the coast. The hotel offers accommodation in 22 comfortably furnished en-suite twin rooms and 2 family units.  All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning/heating, television and satellite TV, bedding, bath towels, soap and coffee making facilities. Other hotel features include a restaurant, beer garden, fish pond, swimming pool and braai facilities.

Midgard Country Estate

Midgard Country Estate is located 85 km (one hour) north-east of Windhoek and only 70 km from 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.

It’s an intimate world of its own.  One which offers 46 newly decorated and fully equipped rooms, Carl’s Dining Room & Bar Terrace, gym and sauna, and private skittle alley (kegelbahn).  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.

Payment Terms

  • 20% Prepayment at time of booking.
  • Balance to be paid 60 days prior to travel.

Terms & Conditions

General Terms

  • 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.

Health

  • See your doctor for advice in regards to vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis.