12 Days / 11 Nights
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
Day 1: Heja Game Lodge, 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: Heja Game Lodge
Heja Game Lodge is situated to the east of Windhoek, about 1900 meters above sea level, and is enclosed by the Auas Mountains in the south and the KhomasHochland and Eros mountains to the north and west. Heja Game Lodge is the ideal starting point for a ,visit to Namibiasince it is the closest game lodge to Windhoek, and is ideally situated in the middle between Windhoek and Hosea Kutako International Airport. The lodge overlooks the Hoffnung dam which is the oldest man-made lake in Namibia.
For the nature enthusiast there is a large variety of different bird species to be found on the lodge and over 2500 head from 13 species of game roam freely on the 20,000 ha farm and surroundings. Visitors can fully enjoy Heja's tranquil setting in one of the 50 en-suite rooms equipped with air-conditioning and satellite TV.
The à la carte restaurant offers a wide variety of dishes, with game dishes being a specialty. This, coupled with the ever-popular Chapel on the Hill and Waterfront reception area extending over the lake, makes Heja an ideal and favored destination. With beautiful surroundings, the simplicity of nature, enough accommodation for all guests and service excellence makes the Heja Game Lodge an ideal Namibian holiday spot.
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Day 2: Sesriem Campsite, 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: Sesriem Campsite
At the entry to Sossusvlei is Sesriem Canyon, At the foot of the gorge, which plunges down to 30 to 40 m, are pools that become replenished after good rains. Located perfectly at the entry to Sossusvlei inside the park gate is Sesriem Camping, right beside the gate into the desert and just a short drive from Sesriem Canyon where centuries of erosion have incised a narrow gorge about 1 km in length.
It is perfect for campers who want to experience the beauty of the Namib Desert with the sun setting over the Elim dune then the stars emerging until they fill the sky above you and the clicking of the desert barking Geckos and distant howl of the Jackal. Sit by the fire and imagine what you will.
After a good nights rest its up early (one hour before sunrise) for a drive to the sossusvlei where you can climb a sand dune and watch the colours change as the sun rises over the horizon slipping its morning warmth over the Namib desert dunes. Sesriem derives its name from the time when earlier pioneers tied six lengths of rawhide thongs (riem) together to draw water from the pools. Accommodation at Sesriem is provided in 24 campsites. Facilities found there include a gas station, convenience store and a secure parking area.
Day 3: Sophia Dale Base Camp, 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.
Overnight: Sophia Dale Base Camp
Located in an oasis along the Swakop River, Sophia Dale Base Camp has an inviting and familiar atmosphere. Accommodation is provided in authentic rondavels with an integrated kitchenette. Sophia Dale Base Camp also has a campsite with a wide array of locations for tenting or for a mobile home. Each site is surrounded by lush bushes and trees. Guests staying at Sophia Dale Base Camp can expect local and international cuisine served at the restaurant. Breakfast is also provided upon request. Also featured at Sophia Dale Base Camp is a beer garden.
Day 4: Spitzkoppe Campsite, Spitzkoppe
Although not Namibia's highest mountains these giant granite domes with their amazing rock formations are its most famous.
Overnight: Spitzkoppe Campsite
The Spitzkoppe Camp is one of Namibia's better run community camps, for years there was no camp site in the area and visitors had to bushcamp, now the local community has set up a campsite and built bungalows, that offer reasonable facilities.
Day 5: Palmwag Campsite, 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: Palmwag Campsite
Palmwag Lodge and Camping site is situated in Palmwag near the Uniab River. The Lodge and its surroundings used to be farming land and were later developed into a hunting concession for big game. However, as popular interest in the area increased, the hunting camp was revamped into a lodge. The lodge consists of 12 thatched bungalows, 12 luxury tents and a restaurant. Guests can enjoy the walking trail or relax at the swimming pool under the palm trees. The activities offered at the lodge are guided game drives, day trips or camping safaris into the concession area of Palmwag Lodge offering guests the unique opportunity to discover and observe the diverse species of free-roaming game, amongst others, the famous desert elephant, the rare black rhino, giraffe, zebra and a variety of antelope. The small camping site consists of 7 campsites with ablution facilities.
Day 6: Camp Aussicht Kaokoland, 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.
Day 7: Camp Aussicht Kaokoland, Kaokoveld
Day 8: Etosha Roadside Halt & Lodge, Kaokoveld
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Overnight: Etosha Roadside Halt & Lodge
Situated 69km NW of Kamanjab, off the C35, 0,5km north of Galton Gate (Etosha National Park). The campsite consist of 6 sites of which one a group site. Ablutions are tucked in between the granite boulders. Wood boilers (donkey) provide hot water to the showers and flush toilets are provided. No electricity is available. This campsite is situated in a wilderness area with wild animals roaming free. The campsites are not fenced and care should be taken, especially at night since predators may lurk in the dark.
Within walking distance from the campsite is a view deck over an animal drinking hole.
Day 9: Halali Campsite, 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: Halali Campsite
In an otherwise flat area Halali Campsite is perched between a few hills and koppies. Thicker vegetation makes this popular with leopard, rhino and elephant. Situated halfway between Namutoni and Okaukuejo, the Halali Campsite is centrally located in close proximity of some of the most popular waterholes of the Etosha National Park. A short walk will take you to the camp’s floodlit waterhole with excellent day and night game viewing.
‘Halali’ is the German word for the traditional ending of a hunt. The campsite signifies the end of game hunting and the rise of eco-tourism in Namibia. Halali offers active guests the largest pool in the park and its strategic location between Namutoni and Okaukuejo makes it a great stopover for lunch, ice cream, a cool drink or just petrol.
Day 10: Okaukuejo Campsite, Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park
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Overnight: Okaukuejo Campsite
Okaukuejo is located 17 km from the southern entrance of the park, Anderson Gate. Okaukuejo is the oldest tourist camp in Etosha and it also functions as the administrative centre of the park. Okaukuejo is also home to the Etosha Ecological Institute. It is situated at the western end of the Etosha Pan. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, shop, swimming pool, kiosk and camp sites.
The main attraction of this camp is that it overlooks a permanent waterhole which is floodlit at night. Here a wide diversity of wildlife congregate and interact from lion to rhino to elephant and antelope. The spectacle starts at dawn, with animals coming in large numbers to quench their thirst. The activity continues throughout the day until late at night. In the early evenings, it is not uncommon to have black rhino, elephant and lion all drinking at the same time.
Day 11: Düsternbrook Guest Farm, Central Namibia
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Overnight: Düsternbrook Guest Farm
Düsternbrook is the first guest farm in Namibia, situated near Windhoek. We offer 6 lodge rooms, 2 furnished safari tents, and a small campsite. Our guest farm is located on a mountain with a breath taking view overlooking a dry wide riverbed. The historical old farm house is built out of natural stone, in colonial style. Since 2010 we also have a chalet at the dam (where the hippos live), where you can stay really close to nature.
On our safari farm we have an abundant diversity of wildlife, such as oryx, steenbok, cape eland, kudu, giraffe, impala, waterbuck, hippo, zebra, baboon, cheetah, leopard and wildebeast. We offer special tours to see our cheetahs and leopards in their natural surroundings. Very exiciting are the hippos which live at our dam. Book yourself a rustic stay at our chalet and connect with these animals from your veranda.
In the morning we offer a mountain drive where you can experience the sunrise on the Khomas Highland, a beautifull scenery. After sunrise your guide will drive you into the mountains to experience nature waking up while you enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. With a bit of luck you will be one of few who has seen the rare Hartman Mountain zebra.
While staying at our guest lodge you can use our large pool, visit our information center or go for a hike on our marked trails.