You will be met at the Windhoek International Airport and transferred to your hotel. Relax before you start your exciting tour of diverse Namibia!
This morning you depart Windhoek, heading south through the Khomas Hochland highlands before descending the Great Escarpment into the Namib Desert. Enjoy a scenic picnic lunch en route, and arrive to your lodge in the late afternoon. Time depending, you can explore the area with your guide, or just relax and freshen up before dinner.
Rise early and move further into Sossusvlei, beating the crowds coming from outside the park, and experience the unique dawn lighting over some of the world's tallest freestanding sand dunes. Once you have explored Sossusvlei, Deadvlei, and the rest of the surrounding dunes fields, return to the lodge to enjoy a free afternoon, a welcome respite after an exciting morning of dune exploration.
Travel northwest through Namib Naukluft National Park, where you will see the Gaub and Kuiseb canyons. Arrive to the port town of Walvis Bay where you can explore the lagoon and see an interesting mix of sea birds such as flamingos, and pelicans. Continue on to Swakopmund and wander around the waterfront before heading to dinner at a popular restaurant which specializes in sea food.
*Option to include sunrise balloon flight, or scenic light aircraft flights over the Namib Naukluft National Park before departure.
Take to the Atlantic Ocean by sea kayak this morning to see the seals and dolphins play in the wild, if you are lucky, you may even see whales, leatherback turtles and sunfish. Enjoy a light lunch before heading to the inner lagoon of Walvis Bay where you will find several varieties of sea birds. Retreat to the lodge for the heat of the afternoon, but return to the shore for another dinner out.
*Activities such as camel rides, scenic flights, quad biking in coastal dunes, tandem or solo sky diving can all be booked at an additional cost
Continue northeast on your safari towards Damaraland passing Namibia's highest peak, the Brandberg. Wind, water, and other natural forces have created this expansive landscape of hills, table top mountains, gravel plains, and ancient river terraces. Enjoy the feeling of solitude as you take the day traversing this sprawling countryside. If time allows, your guide will make stops at the Twyfelfontein rock engravings (Recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Burnt Mountain, and the Organ Pipes.
After an early breakfast proceed on an exciting 4x4 expedition along the ephemeral Aba Huab River Valley in search of game, with any luck, the elusive desert adapted elephants will be in the area. The desert is home to several species of animal so keep your eyes peeled. Return to camp for lunch and enjoy your afternoon by either spending time wandering the area with your guide, or relaxing and enjoy some well-deserved leisure time.
Visit an extremely remote Himba village on your way to Etosha National Park. This can take some time as the semi-nomadic Himba are known to move location with no notice. You will be able to spend considerable time with them learning about that traditions, beliefs, and daily routine. There has been virtually no modern influence on these communities, which makes for a fascinating cultural exchange. Enjoy lunch en route as you continue on your journey. By late afternoon you will arrive to camp, which will give you time to investigate the grounds prior to dinner. Spend your evening watching the local game visit the camp's floodlit waterhole.
Navigate westward across the Etosha salt pans today watching out for exciting game sightings. Etosha houses huge salt pans which are leftover from a shallow lake that existed there three million years ago, lending to its name, which translates to 'Land of Dry Water'. Game-viewing revolves around the numerous springs and waterholes where numerous diverse species can often be seen at the same time. The park boasts over 100 mammal and over 340 bird species including elephant, lion, giraffe, blue wildebeest, kudu, gemsbok, zebra, rhino, cheetah, leopard, hyena, honey badger and warthog, as well as the endemic black faced impala. Depart the park before sun down and arrive to camp in time for dinner. Spend the evening in the boma telling tales of your safari adventures and keeping an eye on the watering hole for visitors.
Move through Etosha this morning on another game drive in the park. Return to camp to enjoy lunch before heading out on your final game drive on the private Onguma Game Reserve. The nature reserve boasts over thirty different animal species consisting of plains game including kudu, giraffe, eland, oryx, hartebeest, zebra, impala and many more roam freely, as well as predators such as lion, cheetah and leopard, being common residents of the area. Onguma Game Reserve is now also proud to be home to a family of black rhinos! Enjoy sundowner's overlooking Fischer's Pan and return to camp for your final safari dinner.
Travel south from Etosha early this morning to arrive at Okonjima's AfricaCat Day center in time for lunch and a game drive and tour of the center. Learn about the function and vision of the AfriCat Foundation and meet some of the Foundation's special carnivore ambassadors before continuing on Windhoek, where you will be dropped off at your hotel.
Today you will be transferred to the Windhoek international Airport in time for your international flight home.
$620 single supplement
Rates based on 2014 High Season.
Rates based on current exchange rate ZAR/US dollars. Please contact us for exact quote in US dollars.
Low season departures: $3,395