1 May. 02 Windhoek
On arrival at Windhoek Airport you will be met by Stuart & Audrey and transfer to your lodge to rest after your journey. Day at leisure and this evening we gather for a group introduction and tour orientation before setting off to dine at the rustic Joe’s Beerhouse, a legend in the capital city and famous for its exotic meat dishes.
Overnight: Discovery Guest House, Windhoek – B&B
2 May 03 Sossusvlei, Namib Desert
We check out after breakfast and transfer south to the Namib Desert for a relaxing 3 day excursion in the pristine Sesriem area. Today will involve a 4 to 5 hour drive with lunch at the lodge on arrival. Namibia has many gravel roads and our choice of transport is a custom designed vehicle that can deal with Namibia road conditions and also provide comfort, panoramic windows, ease of Game Viewing and ample dust-free luggage space.
This afternoon is free to relax at the lodge, take a swim or a walk before we meet for dinner at the lodge Overnight: Namib Desert Lodge – Dinner, B&B
3 May 04 Sossusvlei, Namib Desert
An early wake-up call, coffee and light breakfast before we set off to the world famous Dunes of Sesriem / Sossusvlei. The scenery is breathtaking and we will be making stops for photographs and to experience the raw beauty, silence and serenity of this special place. The early morning start is to experience the beautiful early morning light that captures the scenery at its best.
For those fit enough and willing, you can choose to hike up Dune 45. Later we drive to Dead Vlei. This involves a short and easy hike across the sand dunes. For the fit and adventurous, a hike up the adjacent “Great Daddy” Dune will provide a bird’s eye view of Dead Vlei.
Nearby “Grand Daddy” and “Grand Momma” Dunes are the highest in the world.
We return to our lodge late morning and relax at the pool. Overnight: Namib Desert Lodge – Dinner, B&B
4 May 05 Sossusvlei, Namib Desert
Today will be a leisurely morning spent relaxing at the lodge. A Balloon trip over the Dunes is an optional extra activity as an alternative.
After lunch we pack a small overnight bag for a special treat in the Namib Desert. A short drive in 4 x 4 vehicles takes us to Dune Star Lodge where we settle into our chalet.
Before dinner we take a gentle guided walk in the desert with a local guide who shares his knowledge of this fascinating area.
Pre-dinner drinks on the lodge deck to watch the sunset precedes dinner and then we retire for a captivating evening. We roll our beds out onto the deck of each chalet (optional) to sleep under the stars and witness the milky way in all of its wonder. Overnight: Namib Dune Star Lodge – Dinner, B&B
5 May 06 Sossusvlei, Namib Desert / Swakopmund
An early wake-up call with coffee delivered to your chalet before a short guided walk to experience daybreak in the desert. At about 08h00 we board the 4 x 4 vehicles for the short drive back to Desert Lodge for breakfast.
We check out after breakfast and board our bus for the scenic 4 hour drive to Swakopmund on the coast.
Our accommodation is at the Sea Side Hotel & Spa, aptly named for it is literally right next to the Atlantic Ocean.
Dinner this evening at The Tugboat Restaurant
Overnight: Sea Side Hotel & Spa, Swakopmund – B&B
6 May 07 Swakopmund
A leisurely day is planned for today and options include a walk on the beach, a visit to the local Crystal Gallery that has the most amazing display of gigantic crystals, including the largest quartz crystal cluster in the world. Crystals from all over Namibia are on display and the jewelry on offer is exquisite.
We can also arrange for a relaxing Spa massage if required.
A light lunch and excellent coffee is scheduled in the centre of Swakopmund. Dinner this evening is at the Pier Restaurant. Overnight: Sea Side Hotel & Spa, Swakopmund – B&B
7&8 May 08& 09 Mowani Mountain Camp
We check out after breakfast and board our bus for the drive via Henties Bay northward into Damaraland to the spectacular Mowani Mountain Camp for a 2 night experience in the Namib wilderness.
Situated high up overlooking the pristine wilderness of Kaokaland, Mowani Mountain Camp is a peaceful haven allowing time for reflection, solitude, meditation and an opportunity to marvel at the amazing scenery.
The area is also famous for the free roaming Desert Elephants and our stay includes Game Drives in search of these mysterious animals that choose a desert existence.
Overnight: Mowani Mountain Camp – Dinner, B&B
9 May 10 Etosha
Leaving Mowani Mountain Camp after breakfast we head north to Etosha and a two night stay at Etosha Safari Lodge, which is situated just 10 kilometres from the Anderson Gate entrance to Etosha Game Reserve.
We will arrive at lunch time and settle into our chalets.
Pre-dinner drinks to witness the sunset from the Lodge Deck precedes dinner. Overnight: Etosha Safari Lodge – Dinner, B&B
10 & 11 May 11&12 Etosha
An early breakfast and we set off for a Game Viewing experience at one of Africa’s prime Game Reserves – Etosha.
Etosha National Park spans an area of 22,270 square kilometres and gets its name from the large Etosha Pan which is almost entirely within the park. The Etosha Pan(4,760 square kilometres covers 23% of the area of the total area of the Etosha National Park. The park is home to hundreds of species of mammals, birds and reptiles, including several threatened and endangered and species such as the black rhinoceros.
The Etosha experience is unlike any other African Game Reserve. Being in a very dry, desert area the animals rely on water holes for their existence and arrive in great numbers, thus providing wonderful viewing and photographic opportunites.
Although we will explore the reserve during our stay at Etosha Safari Lodge, the best viewing is usually to be had at Okakuejo Camp water hole where one can sit on viewing benches for hours observing the coming and going of a host of wildlife. Overnight: Etosha Safari Lodge – Dinner, B&B
12/13/14 May 13/14/15 Okonjima Luxury Bush Lodge
We check out of Etosha Safari Lodge after breakfast and drive southward to Okonjima Reserve, the home of the renowned Africat conservation project, where we settle in to our accommodation at Bush Camp near the Waterberg Plateau.
Okonjima is also the home of AFRICAT Foundation which became internationally renowned after featuring in an award-winning documentary filmed for the Discovery Channel in 1995 & 1996. The AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organisation, is committed to long-term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores, especially cheetahs and leopards. Namibia is home to the world’s largest wild/free-ranging cheetah population; the majority of this country’s cheetahs and leopards can be found on approximately 7000 commercial farms.
Okonjima & AfriCat are dedicated to creating conservation awareness through education; preserving habitat; promoting environmental education, research and the rehabilitation of captive carnivores (lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dog).
The programme has already reached over 25 000 children and young adults at the two education centres and through the Outreach Programmes.
As guests at the lodge we will have the opportunity to track rehabilitated leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs and other predators in the reserve and learn about their fight for survival and the Human Wildlife Conflict challenge that face both man and carnivore.
15 May 16 Windhoek
Check out after breakfast and depart for Windhoek for the flight home.
If preferred we can arrange an additional overnight in Windhoek before flying home on Day 16.