EXPLORE NAMIBIA - Group
11 Day Lodge Safari through Namibia [CSCJENAL10]
‘Namibia’ means ‘open plains’ in the ancient Khoikhoi language. It is a sought-after tourist destination, defined by endless sunshine, surreal and scenic beauty and of course, the iconic and contrasting topography. Namibia is sandwiched between two deserts: the Namib Desert - said to be the oldest in the world - on its western coastline, and the Kalahari Desert in the eastern interior of Southern Africa. Northern Namibia features the great Etosha National Park, with the country’s largest concentration of game, and in the south, you have the majestic Fish River Canyon. Enjoy the diverse and always changing allure of the Namibian landscape during this lodge safari. Starting off in Windhoek, this safari takes you through the dune-intense deserts of the Namib-Naukluft National Park, and the world-famous Etosha National Park, to the picturesque coastal town of Swakopmund.
Day 1 - Windhoek, Namibia
On arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport in Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation for the night. Your guide will meet you at the lodge and you will then embark on a short orientation city tour of Windhoek. The evening is spent at your leisure.
Klein Windhoek Guesthouse or similar
Day 2 & 3 - Windhoek - Sossusvlei, Namibia
Today you will make your way to the Namib Naukluft National Park, which contains what is considered to be the oldest desert in the world. The next morning you will need to wake up early to visit the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. These dunes, which can reach heights of over 300 m, are absolutely spectacular and provide for a fantastic photo opportunity. With luck, there may even be water in the vlei (lake). A visit to the Sesriem Canyon, which was carved millions of years ago by the Tsauchab River, is a soulful and worthwhile stop.
Agama River Camp or similar (BLD, BLD)
Day 4 & 5 - Sossusvlei - Swakopmund, Namibia
The day is spent driving through the Namib Naukluft National Park on your way to Swakopmund. The Namib-Naukluft Desert is an ancient land with an ageless spirit. It is home to some of the rarest plant and animal species in the world. Sightings of these unique fauna and flora are a must on a Namibian safari. The animals of this harsh landscape include the oryx, springbok and Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra. You will arrive at the charming coastal town of Swakopmund in the afternoon, where you will have the opportunity to partake in a few of the many optional activities this afternoon and the following day. Alternatively, just soak up the atmosphere of this quaint, little German town and enjoy its beauty and beaches.
Alte Brücke or similar (BL, B)
Day 6 - Cape Cross Seal Colony, Twyfelfontein and Petrified Forest
Today, you travel along the barren Atlantic coast, on your way out of Swakopmund to visit Cape Cross - the largest breeding site of the Cape Fur Seal. Leaving the coastline behind, you will head inland across the desert plains for Twyfelfontein and view the ancient Bushmen paintings and engravings. Twyfelfontein was named a World Heritage site in 2007, the first Namibian location to receive this honour. The next morning you will enjoy a stop at the Petrified Forest: the trees of which are estimated to be 250 million years old.
Twyfelfontein Country Lodge or similar (BLD)
Day 7 & 8 - Etosha National Park, Namibia
Today you travel to Namibia’s best-known highlight of the north – Etosha National Park. The next 2 days will be filled with game drives in the hopes of spotting some of the Big Four, as well as cheetah, giraffe, zebra and the numerous different types of antelope that the park has to offer. Etosha was declared a National Park in 1907 and it is home to approx. 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish.
Toshari Lodge or similar (BLD, BLD)
Day 9 - Etosha National Park – Waterberg Plateau Park, Namibia
This morning we bid farewell to the wild animals of Etosha and travel via the Cheetah Conservation Foundation at Otjiwarongo to the Waterberg Plateau National Park. The CCF is an internationally recognised centre for research and education on cheetahs and their eco-systems. It boasts an extensive visitor’s centre, which encourages tourists to learn more about these beautiful cats and the efforts being made to save them. The Waterberg is a sandstone plateau which rises over 200m from the surrounding plains and gives name to Namibia’s only mountain game park. The Waterberg now supplies other Namibian parks with rare species. In 1989, black rhino were reintroduced to the area from Damaraland, sparking a successful breeding programme of national and international significance for the species. There are various walking trails where you can enjoy searching for the elusive Damara dik-dik, and also take in a good variety of birds.
Waterberg Camp or similar (BLD)
Day 10 - Return to Windhoek, Namibia
Today we bid farewell to the Waterberg Plateau, and travel back to Windhoek through the beautiful countryside, making short stops en-route. Once you arrive, the rest of the afternoon can be spent at your leisure, and dinner can be enjoyed in one of the many fabulous restaurants in this city.
Klein Windhoek Guesthouse (BL)
Day 11 - End of Tour
Our safari ends after breakfast. You will be transferred to Windhoek Airport in time for your departure flight. We hope to welcome you again one day on another of our African adventures.
Type of Safari
Small Group Lodge Safari
Min 4 - Max 12 people
Meals: 10 x breakfast, 8 x lunch, 6 x dinner
Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
Transport in fully kitted, 12 seater 4×4 safari vehicle or similar
Game drives and activities as mentioned
Meals as per itinerary
Park entrance fees
Experienced local guide
Flights and airport taxes
pre and post tour accommodation
All drinks, tips, curios
12-seater 4x4 safari vehicle
PRICE PER PERSON
from $2 370 2016
Single supp $295