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19 Days Classic Namibia

Windhoek - Kalahari Namibia - Sossusvlei - Swakopmund - Erongo - Twyfelfontein - Damaraland - Kaokoveld - Kaokoveld - Etosha National Park - Central Namibia - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

19 Days / 18 Nights

19 Days Classic Namibia

Overview

Key
RO: Room only
SC: Self Catering
HB: Half Board
B&B: Bed and breakfast
D, B&B: Dinner, bed and breakfast
FB: Dinner, bed, breakfast and lunch
FB+: Dinner, bed, breakfast, lunch and activities daily
FI: Fully inclusive

Included

- Safari Vehicle / Fuel
- French Guide
- Guide accommodation and 3 meals per day
- Accommodation / meals / activities as per itinerary for clients
- Park fees
- Water in vehicle
- Transfer to Whk International Airport
- Transfer from Pamusha Lodge to Vic Falls International Airport

Namibia

With its well-developed infrastructure, some of the best tourist facilities in Africa and an impressive list of breathtaking natural wonders, touring Namibia is truly a pleasure. Visit the capital of Windhoek and the lovely coastal town of Swakopmund to discover remnants of the country’s German influence, reflected in the architecture, culture, cuisine and the annual Oktoberfest celebrations.

To properly appreciate this extraordinary country, you will have to venture out of the cities to explore the remarkable natural landscapes Namibia has to offer. These include: the impressive Fish River Canyon Park; the vast Etosha National Park teeming with local subspecies, such as desert lions, desert elephants and the Hartmann's Mountain Zebra; the hauntingly beautiful Kalahari Desert; and of course the Namib Desert stretching for nearly 1000 km along the magnificent Atlantic coastline.

Namibia is an ideal destination for travelers seeking an unforgettable African experience in a uniquely beautiful untamed wilderness.

Day 1: Villa Vista Guesthouse, Windhoek

Windhoek

Windhoek is Namibia’s capital, home to an international airport and a plethora of restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and accommodation options. 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 (Old Fort), the 1896 Christuskirche (Christ Church), and the more contemporary Supreme Court.

Overnight: Villa Vista Guesthouse

Villa Vista is an upmarket family owned and managed guesthouse situated in a quiet neigbourhood close to the Windhoek city centre. Being well situated makes it a true home hidden in the big city life.All the rooms are individually decorated in a unique style, using wood, glass, candles and natural elements.
Looking out over the garden, swimming pool, town, western mountains and afternoon sunsets, the open terrace offers a romantic and peacefull experience.

Day 2: Kalahari Farmhouse, Gondwana Collection Namibia, Kalahari Namibia

Kalahari Namibia

The Kalahari is an exceptionally beautiful living desert 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 San people with the modern world having enveloped all the other areas they once roamed.
Here in Namibia it is typically red sands covered in thin, wispy, mostly golden grass and dotted with acacia trees and wide ranging wildlife including gemsbok, impala, jackals and cheetah.

Overnight: Kalahari Farmhouse, Gondwana Collection Namibia

Located in the midst of the Kalahari, on the fringes of the village of Stampriet in the fertile valley of the seasonal Auob River, Kalahari Farmhouse combines upmarket hospitality with a rural ambience. The reception and restaurant are housed in a manor, built in the heyday of Karakul farming 50 years ago. The small farming business next-door keeps the kitchen stocked with fresh produce for the delicious dishes on the menu. For guests there are 11 tastefully decorated rooms in chalets reminiscent of the Cape Dutch style.
Enjoy the serene tranquillity at the pool, visit the farming business or join a scenic drive in Gondwana Kalahari Park, just 30 km away.

Activities

scenic drive @ kalahari anib lodge

Included

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 3: Desert Camp, Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red sand dunes to make this one of the natural wonders of Africa and a photographers heaven.
Aside from the attractions at Sossusvlei - Dune 45, Hiddenvlei, Big Daddy and Deadvlei - other attractions in the area include the Sesriem Canyon and Namib-Naukluft National Park, where the mountains of the Namib meet its plains.

Overnight: Desert Camp

Self-catering at its Best amidst unparalleled Desert Beauty...
Desert Camp is situated only 5 km from the entrance gate to Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon in the Namib Naukluft Park. Nestled under centuries old thorn trees, Desert Camp offers an unsurpassed view over the desert landscape and surrounding mountains.
The 20 affordable, self-catering accommodation units under canvas are equipped with an en-suite bathroom, shaded veranda with a fitted kitchenette, barbeque, power points and an adjacent parking area. Each twin-bedded bedroom features a fold-out sleeper couch where 2 small children (under 12) can be accommodated for free when sharing with their parents.
Facilities at the main building include a fully stocked and serviced bar with big screen television, a sparkling swimming pool and 2 communal boma-areas which are perfect for groups travelling together. Fresh food supplies can be ordered daily at reception.
Meals can be enjoyed at the nearby Sossusvlei Lodge restaurant. Exciting desert activities like Guided Excursions to Sossusvlei, Quad Biking, Sundowner Drives and magnificent Scenic Flights over the dunes and coast can be booked at the Sossusvlei Lodge Adventure Centre.
A fully stocked shop, fuel and an Internet café is available at the Sossus Oasis Service Station.

Activities

Sesriem Canyon
Elim Dune

Sesriem Canyon
Sesriem Canyon, a deep chasm carved through the rocks by water, is 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.

Elim Dune
Just five kilometres from the camp at Sesriem, Elim Dune is best viewed at sunset, when the colours deepen, intensifying the contrast between the red dunes and the purple-blue Naukluft Mountains on the opposite horizon. Elim Dune is roughly 100 metres in height and the climb to its zenith takes under an hour.

Included

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 4: Desert Camp, Sossusvlei

Activities

Sossusvlei
Big Daddy 250m
Dead Vlei

Sossusvlei
Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red sand dunes to make this one of the natural wonders of Africa and a photographers heaven.
Aside from the attractions at Sossusvlei - Dune 45, Hiddenvlei, Big Daddy and Deadvlei - other attractions in the area include the Sesriem Canyon and Namib-Naukluft National Park, where the mountains of the Namib meet its plains.

Big Daddy 250m
Big Daddy is the tallest dune in the Sossusvlei area. This magnificent dune is situated between Sossusvlei and Deadvlei and at 325 meters it dwarfs the other dunes. Should you want the ultimate bragging rights, take a lot of water and trek to the top of Big Daddy where you can look down onto Deadvlei.
At 325 meters, Big Daddy may be the highest dune in the Sossusvlei area, however it is not the highest in the Namib Desert. This honour is given to Dune 7, which has been measured at 388m. Dune 7 earned its name by being the 7th dune along the Tsauchab River.

Dead Vlei
This ancient clay pan was once an oasis, studded with acacias and fed by a river that suddenly changed course, leaving the earth to dry up along with the trees it previously supported. So dry were the climatic conditions that the trees never decomposed – instead they were entirely leached of moisture so that today, 900 years later, they remain as desiccated, blackened sentinels dotting the pan’s cracked surface. Surrounded by the red-pink dunes of the Namibia Desert, they create a surreal spectacle that is a photographer's dream.

Included

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 5: Chris’s Selfcatering Apartment, Swakopmund

Swakopmund

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, Swakopmund is the capital of the Skeleton Coast tourism area and has plenty to keep visitors happy. The quirky mix of German and Namibian influences, colonial-era buildings and the cool sea breeze make it very popular.

Included

Bed & Breakfast

Day 6: Chris’s Selfcatering Apartment, Swakopmund

Activities

Sandwich Harbour 4x4

Sandwich Harbour 4x4
Sandwich Harbour 4x4 is a safari company based in Walvis Bay, Namibia, offering 4x4 excursions to Sandwich Harbour, Marine Dune Days, Kayak Combos and Bird Watching Activities in the Wetlands around Walvis Bay.

Included

Bed & Breakfast
Fully Inclusive

Day 7: Hohenstein Lodge, Erongo

Erongo

The Erongo Region is one of the largest of the 13 regions found in Namibia and received its name for the majestic Erongo Massif that dominates the area around Karibib, Omaruru and Usakos. The region reaches up to the Atlantic Ocean and includes the coastal towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, its northern boundary ending at the Ugab River where the Skeleton Coast National Park begins its stretch to Angola.

Overnight: Hohenstein Lodge

The Hohenstein Lodge is located on the bottom of the Hohenstein, the highest peak of the Erongo mountains. Measuring up to 2,319 ms above sea level, the Hohenstein represents the impressive western edge of the Erongo mountain range. In the evening, spectacular sunsets above the desert plain bathe the mountain in fantastic red light.
Towards the west, the view over the impressive scenery extends as far as the Spitzkoppe peak, a prominent relief from the plain in a distance of about 30 km.

Activities

Guided hikes to Boulder Forest and the mineral miners:
The guide will take our guests on a half-hour ride with the Land Rover to Boulder Forest. From there, a hike through the canyon leads up to the giant rocks and abundant vegetation.

Visiting the mineral miners will give a small insight to life and work on the mountain's steep slopes. On the way back, the vista over the lowlands and the view over the lodge grounds will turn the descent into a great photo experience.
We also offer well prepared hiking trails for our guests to discover the nature on their own.
Sundowner drives and swimming pool supplement the activities .

Absolute Erongo
Hohenstein Lodge offers its guests exclusively a 2-day adventure program. The first day guests stay at Hohenstein Lodge and go for a hiking trail to see the mineral miners at the Hohenstein. The second day they will stay on farm Etemba. After a 'scenic drive' through the Erongo rhino trust area and a more hours hiking in the breathtaking landscape of the granite gramadulla rock formations with a lot of bushmen paintings, the guests stay overnight in a tented camp in the mountains.

Rock Paintings on Farm Etemba in the Erongo Region
The famous Rock Paintings on Farm Etemba in the Erongo Region were discovered initially by Walter Kahn in 1965 and the sites and rock paintings were recorded in some detail for prosperity. Further excavations were undertaken in 1968 by the archaeologist Wendt and he found rock paintings at 2 out of 4 sites he and his team unearthed. All of the rock paintings situated at different places on Etemba Farm were declared as one national monument and proclaimed as such on 1st May 1967, more than 50 years ago.

Included

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 8: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, Twyfelfontein

Twyfelfontein
Twyfelfontein is a site of ancient rock engravings in the Kunene Region of north-western Namibia.

Overnight: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge
The Lodge is situated in the heart of the Twyfelfontein Uibasen Conservancy and boast 56 en-suite twin rooms, reception, lounge, curio shop, open dining room, bar and swimming pool. In construction utmost care was taken to reduce the visual impact on the environment and to blend into the mountainside with the use of thatch roofs, natural stone and paint colors toning in with the surrounding rock formations.

Activities

Twyfelfontein Rock Art

Twyfelfontein Rock Art
Twyfelfontein is a World Heritage Site boasting one of the richest rock art concentrations in Africa. Thousands of tourists come to this site each year to view some 2, 500 Stone Age rock engravings. The area is home to 17 rock art sites, which collectively encompass 212 engraved stone slabs. There are an additional 13 sites displaying rock paintings.

Included

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 9: Grootberg Lodge, Damaraland

Damaraland

Huge, untamed and ruggedly beautiful Damaraland is an exceptionally scenic landscape of open plains and spectacular rock formations. The major attractions are Spitzkoppe, the Brandberg, Twyfelfontein, Vingerklip and the Petrified Forest.

Overnight: Grootberg Lodge
14 Twin and 2 family rock and thatch chalets gaze out over the Klip River Valley, where Black Eagles hunt just below your private deck. Two family units provide enough space for parents and two children to share comfortably.

Activities

Scenic sundowner drive on plateau @ grootberg

Included

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 10: Grootberg Lodge, Damaraland

Activities

Morning guided walk grootberg
Afternoon game drive in Palmwag with Namvic guide

Included

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 11: Camp Aussicht Kaokoland, Kaokoveld

Kaokoveld

The Kaokoveld is a dry, mountainous and relatively undeveloped region that takes in the harsh beauty of the Skeleton Coast and the coppery sands of the northern Namib Desert. The area is inhabited by three main ethnic groups – the Damara, Herero and Himba people – each with their unique customs, traditions and rituals.

Overnight: Camp Aussicht Kaokoland

Situated in the northwest of Namibia, Camp Aussicht ("Camp with a View") offers exactly what it’s name promises: spectacular views of Damara and Kaokoland. Camp Aussicht sits on top of a hill overlooking Damaraland to the west. Originally built as a dioptase mine (a rare mineral found only here and in Russia) Marius Steiner started a small lodge and campsite.
Accommodation at Camp Aussicht features 4 double rooms. And, just above the lodge area is a perfect camping spot. There are 5 places with enough room for a car, tent and braai facilities.
Breakfast and dinner at Camp Aussicht are served either on the terrace or in the dining room.

Activities

Morning drive in Palmwag concession with Namvic guide

Included

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 12: Camp Aussicht Kaokoland, Kaokoveld

Activities

Himba visit with Marius

Included

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 13: Hobatere Lodge, Kaokoveld

Overnight: Hobatere Lodge

The name Hobatere means “Find me”, and once you do, you will enjoy a warm welcome and personalized service.
Hobatere Lodge is located 80 km north of Kamanjab on the western border of the Etosha National park, situated in a concession area of 32 000 ha, which is home to a wide selection of game including Lion, Leopard, Oryx, Eland, Cheetah, Giraffe, Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra and Elephant. Our activities centre around day or night game drives, bird watching and guided walks, affording guests ample opportunity to view the abundance of wildlife and endemic species in the area. We also have a hide overlooking a nearby waterhole and a sundeck with panoramic views, which is floodlit for part of the night.

Activities

Hobatere game drive

Included

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 14: Etosha Safari Camp, Gondwana Collection Namibia, Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park

The Etosha National Park is Namibia's premiere game viewing experience, situated in the northwest of Namibia and is an area well known for its wildlife. Vegetation ranges from dense bush to open plains attracting a diversity of wildlife. In the heart of the Park is The Etosha Pan - a shallow depression that covers an area of 5000sq kilometres. Dry and shimmering for most of the year, the pans fill up with water after good rains to a depth which is seldom deeper than 1m. In the dry season wildlife is attracted to perennial springs and waterholes that makes for excellent game viewing.
Within the park are three large public rest camps catering for the more budget orientated traveller. There are several smaller establishments on the outskirts of the park on private land offering a more intimate and comprehensive experience. All of these establishments offer excellent value for money.

Overnight: Etosha Safari Camp, Gondwana Collection Namibia

Etosha Safari Camp is situated just 10 km south of Andersson Gate on the C 38 between Outjo and Okaukuejo. 50 twin-bedded chalets nestle among Mopani trees and impart a feeling of living in the lap of African nature. Each of them is equipped with mosquito gauze, air conditioning and its own bathroom and small veranda. Special attractions are the Okambashu Restaurant and the Oshebeena Bar, styled like a typical little township bar and brimming with African joie de vivre.
Etosha Safari Camp is the perfect base for safari excursions into Etosha - with an experienced guide on the daily game drive or by yourself in your own car.

Activities

Etosha West

Etosha West
The area and vegetation is very different to the south-eastern and eastern part of the park and the Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra can be found here.
In this area and with a more undulating landscape, it makes for a very different wildlife experience. White dust and clay which makes up the Etosha Pan turns to a reddish brown soil during this time which may lead you to believe you have entered an entirely new park when you visit.

Included

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 15: Etosha Safari Camp, Gondwana Collection Namibia, Etosha National Park

Activities

Etosha Pan

Etosha Pan
Aeons ago, Etosha Pan was the bed of a vast lake; today what remains is a glittering, silvery-green salt pan that stretches across roughly 5000 square kilometres. Etosha is protected by the Etosha Pan National Park surrounded by savannah plains and woodlands supporting large herds of elephants. When dry, the pan sustains little life except for the algae that gives it its distinctive colour, and migratory birds that use it as a pit stop, but with heavy rain it becomes a shallow lake where flamingos breed, pelicans wade and feed, and a variety of mammal species come to quench their thirst, including leopards, lions, white rhinos, hunting dogs and antelopes.

Included

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 16: Sweet Thorn Retreat Airport Lodge, Central Namibia

Central Namibia

The central Namibian highlands are much cooler and less harsh than the arid lowlands that make up the majority of the country. This is great cattle ranching country and most tourism facilities have their origins in cattle and more recently game ranching.

Overnight: Sweet Thorn Retreat Airport Lodge

The main lodge is situated further away from the river, its elevation offers a greater view of the Seeis Valley and surrounding Finkenstein Mountains.
This facility has ten en-suite bedrooms with cooling and television. Seven rooms are outside the main building. Three rooms are inside the lodge building. One room has 2 double beds, One room has two 3/4 size beds and one has twin beds. All have en-suite shower facilities.
The dining area has a fully stocked bar and overlooks the pool area. Above this is an open viewing deck for guests to enjoy sundowners and stargazing. Quite often some of the antelope (waterbuck, blesbuck and springbuck) can be seen down at the floodlit waterhole.
We offer seven fully equiped 'Meeru' tents and three spacious campsites. There is plenty shading and a splash pool for children plus a small playground where the youngsters can be entertained while adults enjoy an afternoon barbecue."

Activities

Namvic Guided Katutura / Whk City Tour

Included

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 17: Pamusha Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi river at the western end of the eponymous falls, this popular tourist town is compact enough to walk around and makes an ideal base for travellers exploring the seventh wonder of the world, the unfathomably vast Victoria Falls. About two thirds of the falls can be viewed from the Zimbabwean side and, while the falls are undoubtedly the star attraction, the area provides both adventure seekers and sightseers with plenty of opportunities to warrant a longer stay. Popular activities include scenic flights over the falls in helicopters or micro lights, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, white-water rafting (seasonal), and day trips to Chobe National Park. The town itself offers some excellent accommodation and restaurant options as well as an eclectic variety of African curios and authentic art sold by friendly Zimbabwean locals who are wonderfully welcoming and eager to help you enjoy your stay.

Overnight: Pamusha Lodge

Pamusha is charming bed and breakfast lodge nestled in the Victoria Falls suburbs only 2km away from the majestic Victoria Falls. The Lodge offers diverse room types from single, family and luxury rooms, each of the above is air-conditioned, with en suite bathrooms, DSTV, overhead fans and room service around the o’clock.
Pamusha offers a 24hr food and beverage department featuring an exclusive buffet and a la carte restaurant, famous for our traditional signature dishes, complimentary self- service tea and coffee station plus a well-stocked bar.
In addition, Pamusha offers a 24hr shuttle service and operates transfers from the local airport, inter-town routes and to neighbouring countries Zambia, Namibia and Botswana. The transfer fleet has the capacity to cater for large groups and private family needs.

Included

Bed and Breakfast

Day 18: Pamusha Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Included

Bed and Breakfast

Day 19: Departure

Transfer to Vic Falls Airport

Transport