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17 Day Grand Namibia

Windhoek - Sossusvlei - Swakopmund - Spitzkoppe - Brandberg - Damaraland - Damaraland - Etosha National Park - Etosha National Park - Etosha National Park - Central Namibia - Windhoek

17 Days / 16 Nights

Overview

This self-drive holiday is combined with a few nights camping and some nice luxury lodges.

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

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 travellers seeking an unforgettable African experience in a uniquely beautiful untamed wilderness.

Day 1: Villa Vista Guesthouse, Windhoek (Wed, 15 February)

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.

Directions - Hosea Kutako International Airport [WDH] to Villa Vista Guesthouse

⦁ Head south toward B6 (0.6 km)
⦁ Turn right onto B6 (40.5 km)
⦁ Turn right onto Nelson Mandela Ave (1.2 km)
⦁ Turn left onto Bowker Street (0.1 km)
⦁ Turn right onto Uhland Street (1.3 km)
⦁ Turn right onto Liliencron Street. Destination will be on the left (0.2 km)

Included

Bed & Breakfast

Day 2-4: Sesriem Campsite, Sossusvlei (Thu, 16 February to Sat, 18 February)

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 - Villa Vista Guesthouse to Sesriem Campsite

⦁ Head north on Liliencron Street toward Luther Street (0.3 km)
⦁ Slight right onto Robert Mugabe Ave (1.9 km)
⦁ At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit (0.2 km)
⦁ Keep left to continue toward B1 (0.1 km)
⦁ Slight left onto B1 (0.2 km)
⦁ Sharp right toward B1 (0.4 km)
⦁ Slight left onto B1 (0.4 km)
⦁ Turn left to merge onto Western Bypass (3.1 km)
⦁ Continue onto Western Bypass (2.7 km)
⦁ Continue onto Western Bypass (4.2 km)
⦁ Turn right onto C26 (101 km)
⦁ Turn left onto D1265 (30.0 km)
⦁ Merge onto D1261 (22.7 km)
⦁ Turn right onto D1275 (50.5 km)
⦁ Turn left onto C14 (9.3 km)
⦁ Turn right onto C19 (71.1 km)
⦁ Turn right onto D826 (11.8 km)
⦁ Slight right at C27 (0.4 km)

Included

Self Catering

Day 4: Hotel Pension Rapmund, Swakopmund (Sat, 18 February)

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

⦁ Head southeast toward C27 (0.4 km)
⦁ Slight left onto D826 (11.8 km)
⦁ Turn left onto C19/M36. Continue to follow C19 (71.1 km)
⦁ Turn left onto C14 (230 km)
⦁ At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto B2 (1.0 km)
⦁ Continue straight (0.2 km)
⦁ Continue onto B2 (31.5 km)
⦁ Turn left onto Sam Nujoma Ave. Destination will be on the right (0.1 km)

Included

Bed & Breakfast

Day 5: Spitzkoppe Mountain Tented Camp, Spitzkoppe (Sun, 19 February)

Although not Namibia's highest mountains these giant granite domes with their amazing rock formations are its most famous.

Overnight: Spitzkoppe Mountain Tented Camp

A mountain oasis in the Namib Desert, with unique oversized boulders and secret caves, allows the visitor to camp at Spitzkoppe in complete peace and tranquility. With the majestic Namibian "Matterhorn" as backdrop, and with the next camping site kilometers away, visitors will feel as if they own the mountain.

Directions - Hotel Pension Rapmund to Spitzkoppe Mountain Tented Camp

⦁ Head east on Sam Nujoma Ave toward Hendrik Witbooi (0.1 km)
⦁ Continue onto Sam Nujome Ave (2.3 km)
⦁ At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Sam Nujome Ave/B2. Continue to follow B2 (120 km)
⦁ Turn left onto D1918 (17.9 km)
⦁ Turn right onto D3716 (11.7 km)
⦁ Turn left onto D1925 (2.2 km)

Included

Self Catering

Day 6: Brandberg White Lady Camping, Brandberg (Mon, 20 February)

The Brandberg (‘Fire Mountain’) Massif is Namibia’s highest peak, with its zenith, the Königstein (‘King’s Stone’), standing at a whopping 2573 metres above sea level. Named for the vivid shade of orange it sometimes turns at sunset, the Brandberg has been sacred to the San people for centuries, and the Tsisab Ravine at its base is permeated with over 45 000 ancient San rock paintings, including the famous ‘White Lady’.

Overnight: Brandberg White Lady Camping

Directions - Spitzkoppe Mountain Tented Camp to Brandberg White Lady Camping

⦁ Head east on D1925 toward D3716 (2.2 km)
⦁ Turn left onto D3716 (12.0 km)
⦁ Turn left onto D1930 (74.5 km)
⦁ Turn left onto C36 (5.1 km)
⦁ Turn right onto C35/M76. Continue to follow C35 (70.1 km)
⦁ Turn left onto D2612 (17.0 km)

Included

Self Catering

Day 7-9: Palmwag Campsite, Damaraland (Tue, 21 February to Thu, 23 February)

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.

Directions - Brandberg White Lady Camping to Palmwag Campsite

⦁ Head west on D2612 (59.6 km)
⦁ Turn left onto C39/M126 (43.3 km)
⦁ Continue onto C43 (39.6 km)
⦁ Turn left onto C43/D3706/M128 (6.0 km)
⦁ Turn left (0.6 km)

Included

Self Catering

Day 9: Onjowewe House, Damaraland (Thu, 23 February)

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Overnight: Onjowewe House

Directions - Palmwag Campsite to Onjowewe House

⦁ Head northeast toward C43 (0.6 km)
⦁ Turn right onto C43/D3706/M128 (6.0 km)
⦁ Turn left onto C40 (100 km)
⦁ Continue onto D2620 (0.6 km)
⦁ Continue onto C40 (33.4 km)

Included

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 10: Taleni Etosha Village, Etosha National Park (Fri, 24 February)

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: Taleni Etosha Village

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Affordable Luxury at Etosha National Park near Okaukuejo

Situated only 2km from the Andersson entrance gate to Etosha National Park, Etosha Village uniquely combines affordability with comfort, style and exquisite cuisine.

The 40 luxury individual suites offer a fully air-conditioned bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and a patio to enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. Two small children (under 12) can be accommodated with their parents on a fold-out sleeper couch in the unit.

Facilities include an open-plan bar with big screen television, 2 sparkling pools plus a kiddie pool, a restaurant serving delectable cuisine as well as a fully stocked utility and curio shop.

Explore Namibia’s animal kingdom with morning, afternoon or full day Guided Game Drives to Etosha National Park.

Enjoy the Walking Trails on our reserve where various small game can be spotted from the lookout decks and hides.

Sundowner Drives and Stargazing Sessions allow guests to experience the magic of our sunsets and famous star studded skies.
Let our team whisk you away to an enchanted venue in the Mopane Forest for a magnificent Boma Dinner Experience for your special function or private dinner.

Directions - Onjowewe House to Taleni Etosha Village

⦁ Head east on C40 (51.5 km)
⦁ Turn left onto D2694 (18.4 km)
⦁ Turn right (1.0 km)
⦁ Turn right (2.8 km)
⦁ Turn left (4.7 km)
⦁ Turn left (6.2 km)
⦁ Turn right onto D2710 (28.0 km)
⦁ Turn left onto C38 (34.8 km)
⦁ Turn left (0.1 km)
⦁ Slight left (0.7 km)
⦁ Turn right. Destination will be on the right (0.7 km)

Included

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 11-13: Halali Campsite, Etosha National Park (Sat, 25 February to Mon, 27 February)

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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 - Taleni Etosha Village to Halali Campsite

⦁ Head east (0.7 km)
⦁ Turn left at the 1st cross street (0.8 km)
⦁ Turn left onto C38 (80.2 km)
⦁ Turn right (8.3 km)
⦁ Turn right (0.3 km)
⦁ Continue straight (0.1 km)

Included

Self Catering

Day 13: Mushara Bush Camp, Etosha National Park (Mon, 27 February)

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Overnight: Mushara Bush Camp

The Bush Camp accommodates 32 guest and 8 children in custom made tent like structures. The Mushara Bush Camp offers a down-to-earth tented bush camp experience which is well suited as an exceptional affordable base for independent travelers and families exploring the magical Etosha Pan National Park. The main Bush Camp House is thatched and has a true bush camp feel to it. The early evenings see a camp fire lit where guest can exchange stories of the day’s wildlife sightings. Dinner, lunch and breakfast are served on the thatched verandah with the bush being a mere step away.

Directions - Halali Campsite to Mushara Bush Camp

⦁ Head north (0.3 km)
⦁ Slight right (1.8 km)
⦁ Turn left (21.3 km)
⦁ Turn left (7.9 km)
⦁ Turn right onto C38 (38.1 km)
⦁ Turn right to stay on C38 (19.4 km)

Included

Bed, Breakfast & Lunch

Day 14-16: Erindi Camp Elephant, Central Namibia (Tue, 28 February to Thu, 2 March)

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: Erindi Camp Elephant

Rugged with a touch of comfort and style, surrounded by unspoiled, game rich bush, Camp Elephant features 30 campsites. Each campsite features a solar heated shower and hand basin, individual kitchens with a washing up and food preparation area, as well as vehicle awning and a braai with adjustable grid.
Camp Elephant also offers self catering units comprising of fourteen chalets, situated in a semi circle overlooking the floodlit waterhole. Each chalet has two bedrooms, with two single beds and crisp clean linen. The open plan living area has a dining table, a sleeper couch, flat screen DSTV and a fully equipped kitchen. The bathroom has a spacious shower.

Directions - Mushara Bush Camp to Erindi Camp Elephant

⦁ Head east on C38 (15.6 km)
⦁ Turn right onto B1 (75.9 km)
⦁ Turn right to stay on B1 (180 km)
⦁ Turn right onto B1/C38 (3.4 km)
⦁ Turn left onto C33 (67.5 km)
⦁ Turn left onto C33/D2414 (1.6 km)
⦁ Turn right to stay on C33/D2414. Continue to follow D2414 (42.2 km)
⦁ Turn right (14.2 km)
⦁ Turn right (8.5 km)

Included

Self Catering

Day 16: Villa Vista Guesthouse, Windhoek (Thu, 2 March)

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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.

Included

Bed & Breakfast

Day 17: Departure (Fri, 3 March)

Directions - Villa Vista Guesthouse to Hosea Kutako International Airport [WDH]

⦁ Head south on Liliencron Street toward Uhland Street (0.2 km)
⦁ Turn left onto Uhland Street (0.8 km)
⦁ Turn left onto Metje Street (0.2 km)
⦁ Turn right onto Nelson Mandela Ave (1.6 km)
⦁ Slight left toward Sam Nujoma Dr (64 m)
⦁ Slight left onto Sam Nujoma Dr (1.7 km)
⦁ Turn left onto B6 (38.7 km)
⦁ Turn left. Destination will be on the right (0.6 km)