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15 Day Intro to Namibia

Southern Namibia - Sossusvlei - Swakopmund - Spitzkoppe - Damaraland - Damaraland - Damaraland - Skeleton Coast - Damaraland - Kaokoveld - Etosha National Park - Etosha National Park - Central Namibia

15 Days / 14 Nights

Overview

Key

RO: Room only
SC: Self Catering
HB: Half Board
B&B: Bed and breakfast
B, B&L: Bed, breakfast and lunch
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: Namibgrens Guest Farm, Southern Namibia (Wed, 28 December)

Southern Namibia

Southern Namibia offers a harsh but beautiful environment, from the Orange River up to the Central Namibian highlands and between two deserts Southern Namibia is epitomised by vast, slowly changing landscapes.

Overnight: Namibgrens Guest Farm

The farm Namibgrens runs in the Rabie family since 1940. The old spacious farmhouse has been renovated and turned into a relaxed haven surrounded by a lovely garden. The summer temperatures is not very high, 10°C lower than that of the Namib desert and 5°C lower than Windhoek.
The large garden and abundance of water create an ideal environment for bird watchers with a variety of all types of species. Views from the 1850 meter high escarpment into the Namib desert are breath-taking. The farm can be explored by foot on well marked hiking trails from 2 hours to 3 days or by going on a 2-3 hour game / farm drive. A 4X4 self-driving trail takes the visitor on a challenging and picturesque adventure, with overnights (Granite Rock Camp) and camping grounds at the farmhouse and in the mountains. For the mountaineer, on offer are hiking trails up and around mountains 2700 meter high.

Directions - Hosea Kutako International Airport [WDH] to Namibgrens Guest Farm

⦁ Prendre la direction sud vers B6 (0,6 km)
⦁ Prendre à droite sur B6 (39,7 km)
⦁ Prendre à gauche sur Jan Jonker (1,9 km)
⦁ Tourner légèrement à gauche vers Robert Mugabe Ave (0,3 km)
⦁ Continuer sur Robert Mugabe Ave (2,1 km)
⦁ Au rond-point, prendre la 2e sortie (0,6 km)
⦁ Au rond-point, prendre la 3e sortie sur Sean McBride (1,9 km)
⦁ Prendre à gauche sur Mandume Ndemufayo Avenue (0,7 km)
⦁ Au rond-point, prendre la 1re sortie sur Rehobother Rd/B1. Continuer de suivre B1 (87,9 km)
⦁ Prendre à droite sur C24 (38,6 km)
⦁ Prendre à droite sur D1261 (33,5 km)
⦁ Tourner à gauche pour rester sur D1261 (22,7 km)
⦁ Prendre à droite sur D1275 (6,2 km)
⦁ Tourner à droite. Votre destination se trouvera sur la gauche. (0,4 km)

Included

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 2: Sesriem Campsite, Sossusvlei (Thu, 29 December)

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 wherer 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.

Directions - Namibgrens Guest Farm to Sesriem Campsite

⦁ Prendre la direction est vers D1275 (0,4 km)
⦁ Prendre à droite sur D1275 (44,3 km)
⦁ Prendre à gauche sur C14 (9,3 km)
⦁ Prendre à droite sur C19 (71,1 km)
⦁ Prendre à droite sur D826 (11,8 km)
⦁ Prendre légèrement à droite à C27 (0,4 km)

Included

Self Catering

Day 3: Hotel Pension Rapmund, Swakopmund (Fri, 30 December)

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: Hotel Pension Rapmund

Established in 1968 by the Rapmund Family the Hotel Pension Rapmund continues to be a family run hotel. As from 2008 the new owners Sonja and Enjo Mueller have been operating on a family oriented basis.
Enjoy hearty "German" breakfast in a friendly and personalized atmosphere, with a view of the ocean. The Hotel’s central location provides great access to the heart of town and the beach.

Directions - Sesriem Campsite to Hotel Pension Rapmund

⦁ Prendre la direction sud-est vers C27 (0,4 km)
⦁ Prendre légèrement à gauche sur D826 (11,8 km)
⦁ Prendre à gauche sur C19/M36. Continuer de suivre C19 (71,1 km)
⦁ Prendre à gauche sur C14 (230 km)
⦁ Au rond-point, prendre la 3e sortie sur B2 (1,0 km)
⦁ Continuer tout droit (0,2 km)
⦁ Continuer sur B2 (31,3 km)
⦁ Prendre à gauche sur Libertina Amathila Ave (0,4 km)
⦁ Tourner à droite au 3e croisement et continuer sur Bismarck St. Votre destination se trouvera sur la droite. (0,3 km)

Included

Bed & Breakfast

Day 4: Spitzkoppe Campsite, Spitzkoppe (Sat, 31 December)

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.

Directions - Hotel Pension Rapmund to Spitzkoppe Campsite

⦁ Prendre la direction sud sur Bismarck St vers Am Zoll St (0,1 km)
⦁ Prendre à gauche sur Sam Nujoma Ave (0,4 km)
⦁ Continuer sur Sam Nujome Ave (2,3 km)
⦁ Au rond-point, prendre la 2e sortie sur Sam Nujome Ave/B2. Continuer de suivre B2 (120 km)
⦁ Prendre à gauche sur D1918 (17,9 km)
⦁ Prendre à droite sur D3716 (11,7 km)
⦁ Prendre à gauche sur D1925 (3,2 km)
⦁ Tourner légèrement à droite (0,9 km)
⦁ Rester sur la file de gauche. Votre destination se trouvera sur la droite. (2,3 km)

Included

Self Catering

Day 5: Madisa Camp, Damaraland (Sun, 1 January)

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: Madisa Camp

Madisa Camp is situated on the D2612 road to Twyfelfontein, a very popular route. The camp is hidden between amazing rock formations which are scattered with Bushman Paintings and has privy to an ancient Desert Elephant route that often gets visited by these beautiful giants.

Each spacious campsite has an exquisite view of the Gauntegab River bed and rock formations. The campsites have individual ablution facilities situated on stilts hidden in the tree tops. The braai facilities also double up as a heater (donkey system) for hot running water at each open air shower. The camp sites are shaded by large Mopane trees and have a low rock wall around each site.

The swimming pool and bar area are very welcoming after a long day and give you a chance to rejuvenate and enjoy your surroundings. It’s also nice to meet fellow travelers and share tails around a communal camp fire at night while the sky puts on a breath taking show of stars.

Directions - Spitzkoppe Campsite to Madisa Camp

⦁ Prendre la direction nord (1,7 km)
⦁ Tourner à gauche (0,9 km)
⦁ Tourner légèrement à gauche (3,5 km)
⦁ Prendre complètement à gauche sur D3716 (8,2 km)
⦁ Prendre à gauche sur D1930 (74,5 km)
⦁ Prendre à gauche sur C36 (5,1 km)
⦁ Prendre à droite sur C35/M76. Continuer de suivre C35 (70,1 km)
⦁ Prendre à gauche sur D2612. Votre destination se trouvera sur la gauche. (17,0 km)

Included

Self Catering

Day 6: Palmwag Campsite, Damaraland (Mon, 2 January)

Damaraland

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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.

Directions - Madisa Camp to Palmwag Campsite

⦁ Prendre la direction ouest sur D2612 (59,6 km)
⦁ Prendre à gauche sur C39/M126 (43,3 km)
⦁ Continuer sur C43 (39,6 km)
⦁ Prendre à gauche sur C43/D3706/M128 (6,0 km)
⦁ Tourner à gauche (0,6 km)

Included

Self Catering

Day 7: Kaias Fountain Wild Camp, Damaraland (Tue, 3 January)

Damaraland

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Overnight: Kaias Fountain Wild Camp

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 8: Kaias Fountain Wild Camp, Damaraland (Wed, 4 January)

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 9: Hoanib River Wild Camping, Skeleton Coast (Thu, 5 January)

Skeleton Coast

Known by the Bushmen as the "land God made in anger" the Skeleton Coast is remoteness at its best. Thousands of miles of sandy desert dotted with shipwrecks meet with the cold waters on the Atlantic and somehow an amazing array of wildlife and flora manages to survive in this harsh but beautiful environment.

Overnight: Hoanib River Wild Camping

The Hoanib River Wild camp is situated close to the Hoanib River, in a remote region of Africa, where the desert landscapes of Kaokoland meet the Skeleton Coast. The camp provides a relaxed haven from where guests can explore the land. The rugged mountains and canyons of the Hoanib River provide a refuge for some of the continent's unique wildlife.

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 10: Palmwag Campsite, Damaraland (Fri, 6 January)

Damaraland

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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.

Included

Self Catering

Day 11: Hobatere Lodge, Kaokoveld (Sat, 7 January)

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: Hobatere Lodge

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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.

Directions - Palmwag Campsite to Hobatere Lodge

⦁ Prendre la direction nord-est vers C43 (0,6 km)
⦁ Prendre à droite sur C43/D3706/M128 (6,0 km)
⦁ Prendre à gauche sur C40 (100 km)
⦁ Continuer sur D2620 (0,6 km)
⦁ Continuer sur C40 (13,0 km)
⦁ Prendre à gauche sur C35 (68,6 km)
⦁ Tourner à gauche (14,7 km)
⦁ Tourner à gauche. Votre destination se trouvera sur la gauche. (0,2 km)

Included

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 12: Halali Campsite, Etosha National Park (Sun, 8 January)

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.

Directions - Hobatere Lodge to Halali Campsite

⦁ Prendre la direction ouest (0,2 km)
⦁ Tourner à droite (14,7 km)
⦁ Prendre à droite sur C35 (68,6 km)
⦁ Prendre à gauche sur C40 (72,0 km)
⦁ Prendre à gauche sur D2694 (18,4 km)
⦁ Tourner à droite (1,0 km)
⦁ Tourner à droite (2,8 km)
⦁ Tourner à gauche (4,7 km)
⦁ Tourner à gauche (6,2 km)
⦁ Prendre à droite sur D2710 (28,0 km)
⦁ Prendre à gauche sur C38 (115 km)
⦁ Tourner à droite (8,3 km)
⦁ Tourner à droite (0,3 km)
⦁ Continuer tout droit (0,1 km)

Included

Self Catering

Day 13: Okaukuejo Campsite, Etosha National Park (Mon, 9 January)

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.

Directions - Halali Campsite to Okaukuejo Campsite

⦁ Prendre la direction nord (0,3 km)
⦁ Continuer tout droit (60 m)
⦁ Tourner à gauche (8,3 km)
⦁ Prendre à gauche sur C38 (60,5 km)
⦁ Tourner légèrement à droite. Votre destination se trouvera sur la gauche. (0,4 km)

Included

Self Catering

Day 14: Heja Game Lodge, Central Namibia (Tue, 10 January)

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.

Directions - Okaukuejo Campsite to Heja Game Lodge

⦁ Prendre la direction nord vers C38 (0,4 km)
⦁ Prendre à droite sur C38 (183 km)
⦁ Prendre à droite sur Lang Street (1,4 km)
⦁ Tourner légèrement à gauche (1,0 km)
⦁ Au rond-point, prendre la 3e sortie sur B1 (174 km)
⦁ Tourner à gauche pour rester sur B1 (69,0 km)
⦁ Prendre la sortie en direction de B1 (0,8 km)
⦁ Prendre à gauche sur B1 (0,6 km)
⦁ Continuer tout droit (0,2 km)
⦁ Au rond-point, prendre la 1re sortie (1,8 km)
⦁ Prendre à gauche sur Nelson Mandela Ave (3,1 km)
⦁ Tourner légèrement à gauche vers Sam Nujoma Dr (64 m)
⦁ Prendre légèrement à gauche sur Sam Nujoma Dr (1,7 km)
⦁ Prendre à gauche sur B6 (11,1 km)
⦁ Prendre à gauche sur D1527 (0,6 km)
⦁ Tourner à gauche (2,0 km)
⦁ Tourner à droite. Votre destination se trouvera sur la droite. (0,5 km)

Included

Bed & Breakfast

Day 15: Departure (Wed, 11 January)

Directions - Heja Game Lodge to Hosea Kutako International Airport [WDH]

⦁ Prendre la direction est (0,5 km)
⦁ Tourner à gauche (0,3 km)
⦁ Rester sur la file de gauche (1,7 km)
⦁ Prendre à droite sur D1527 (0,6 km)
⦁ Prendre à gauche sur B6 (27,6 km)
⦁ Tourner à gauche. Votre destination se trouvera sur la droite. (0,6 km)

Included

Self Catering