Namibia Luxury Safari
Arrival / Okonjima Reserve
Touch down in Namibia at Hosea Kutako International Airport. After passing through immigration and collecting your luggage, we will meet you as you enter the arrivals hall. You can change money, if necessary, before we proceed to collect your rental vehicle. After completing the necessary paperwork and checking the car - you are ready to start your Namibian safari adventure. Today's route is along a well-maintained tar road. The Okonjima Private Reserve is 147km north of Okahandja. Turn off the main tar road onto the signposted gravel road that leads to the reserve's entrance. Check-in at Bush Camp and relax before joining the afternoon's guided leopard tracking activity. Dinner and overnight at Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp.
Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp (1 night)
The Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp is on Okonjima Private Nature Reserve. Each exclusive chalet enjoys complete privacy and is a masterful combination of earthy, ochre walls and khaki-green canvas under a thatched roof. Game drives on the reserve enjoy frequent leopard and cheetah sightings. Our guests can also indulge in smaller pleasures such as the African bush's peace, spotting wildlife at the watering holes at each chalet and delicious meals. Okonjima offers guided activities, walking trails, bird watching and mountain biking. Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation, an organisation whose mission is to ensure a future for Namibia's large carnivores. Guests can witness some projects, such as the cheetah rehabilitation project at work during their stay at Okonjima.
Okonjima to Etosha
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before heading north to the eastern gate of the Etosha National Park. Today's journey takes you through the small towns of Otjiwarongo, Otavi and Tsumeb. These small towns all have fascinating histories, and Tsumeb is lovely with lots of greenery and well preserved historic buildings. The town has an excellent museum that tells the story of its mining history. Drive west out of Tsumeb until you reach your destination. Check in to your lodge and relax after the day's journey. Enjoy a cold drink while watching the animals come to drink at the waterhole right in front of you. Dinner and overnight at Onguma Tented Camp.
Onguma Tented Camp (2 nights)
Onguma Tented Camp is a classic safari camp. This chic camp is a beguiling mixture of sophistication and relaxation, of elegance and the earth. Seven beautiful tents provide private, exclusive accommodation. Expect elegant dining while enjoying a view of the active waterhole a mere 60 metres away. Enjoy lazy afternoons relaxing on the sofas in the lounge while watching the animals come and go. Or cool off in the rim-flow pool while sipping an ice-cold drink. Each tent has a patio with views out over the bush. Enjoy guided game drives in Etosha National Park as well as magnificent sundowner drives on the reserve.
Etosha National Park
Today you explore the vast Etosha National Park with a guide. The park’s main feature is the enormous, white clay pan and you are guaranteed to see hundreds of animals move between the many waterholes and natural springs that dot the landscape around the pan. Just sit and wait at one of the waterholes and the animals will come to you. The best times for game viewing are mornings and afternoons. You will return to the lodge for lunch and have the option of enjoying the afternoon at leisure or joining another guided activity. Dinner and overnight at Onguma Bush Camp.
Onguma to Okaukuejo Camp
Enjoy another full day of exploring the many waterholes of the Etosha National Park. Today you will drive through the middle of the park, all along the edge of the famous white salt pan that dominate the landscape. Tonight you stay inside the gates of the park and have the option of joining a guided night game drive after dinner.
Okaukuejo Camp (1 night)
Okaukuejo Camp is located inside the Etosha National Park, 17 km from the southern entrance. The camp is famous for its flood-lit waterhole, where visitors can observe at close quarters the spectacle of wildlife congregating and interacting. Okaukuejo provides a excellent base from which to explore the wildlife wonderland that is the Etosha National Park. It is worth considering a guided night drive whilst staying inside the park.
Okaukuejo Camp to Damaraland
Today you leave the Etosha National Park behind and travel east, deep into the rugged landscapes of Damaraland. Keep a lookout for the resident herds of desert-adapted elephants that roam the dry riverbeds and floodplains. Their grey hulks camouflage very well, and it takes a sharp eye to spot them. Arrive at your lodge in the early afternoon. Check-in and relax before joining a guided excursion to the World Heritage Site at Twyfelfontein. Return to the lodge for an incredible sundowner. Dinner and overnight at Mowani Mountain Lodge.
Mowani Mountain Camp (2 nights)
Mowani Mountain Camp offers luxury tented accommodation. Open-air en-suite bathrooms and private decks give you great views of the dramatic boulder-strewn landscape of Damaraland. The world heritage site of Twyfelfontein is nearby with its San engravings and paintings. The Twyfelfontein Conservancy has been protecting the southern most roaming ground of the black rhino and elusive desert elephant. Sustainable eco-tourism and community upliftment are of the utmost importance at Mowani. Guides from the local tribe compliment day-time game drive to track mountain zebra, kudu, springbok, klipspringer, and fortunate enough, the leopard!
Mowani Guided Twyfelfontein
This excursion usually departs at 15h00 and will last for +/- 2 hours taking in the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein to explore the rock engravings, along with seeing Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes.
Damaraland to Swakopmund
Travel via Uis to Swakopmund. You will see the hulk of the massive Brandberg Mountain from the road between Uis and Hentiesbay. The Brandberg is Namibia's highest mountain, with its highest point, Konigstein, standing at 2573m above sea level. Keep a lookout for desert-adapted wildlife like elephants, Giraffe, zebra and oryx. You'll arrive in Swakopmund in the late afternoon and check-in at The Strand Hotel right on the water's edge. Enjoy a stroll on the promenade to stretch your legs after the day's long journey. Enjoy an excellent seafood dinner at one of Swakopmund's excellent restaurants before retiring for a good night's rest.
Strand Hotel (2 nights)
The Strand Hotel Swakopmund is located directly on the mole (promenade) in Swakopmund, surrounded on three sides by the Atlantic Ocean, with direct access to the main beach in town. On the fourth side, it backs up to the town’s beautiful central park, through which it is a short five-minute walk to the historic centre of this charming, German, Victorian-era colonial seaside town, with all its shops, cafés, restaurants and bars. Strand Hotel Swakopmund is the perfect venue for travellers wanting to explore Swakopmund and its surrounding areas.
Sandwich Harbour 4x4 Scenic Excursion (Half Day)
Departing from the Walvisbay Waterfront, we do a short break at the Walvis Bay Lagoon to see masses of flamingos and other coastal birds that reside in and around the lagoon at different times of the year. From here, the drive initially takes us to the Kuiseb river delta, a dry riverbed where we might spot the odd springbok, oryx or jackal. We are the only operator allowed access to this area. If weather and tides allow, we will drive right to the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon along the beach, one of Southern Africa's most unique wetlands. If our vehicles cannot go all along the beach because of high tide, you will get a chance to see the lagoon area from one of our many beautiful lookout spots. You will have time to walk and explore as we'll have lots of time to stop along the way for photography. You may see animals that have adapted to the desert, like the black-backed jackal, the fog-basking beetle, the dancing spider ("white lady of the Namib"), golden mole, shovel-snouted lizard, palmato gecko, springbok, oryx, brown hyena and ostrich. We'll stop on top of a high dune overlooking the Atlantic Ocean to enjoy a selection of snacks, including oysters, sparkling wine, beers and cool drinks. The route homeward takes us over spectacularly high dunes. Guests will experience exhilarating 4x4 driving before arriving back on the beach for a leisurely cruise home to the Walvisbay Yacht Club.
Swakopmund to Sossusvlei
Today you leave the icy Atlantic waters behind and travel deep into the ancient Namib Desert. You'll drive along gravel roads with dramatic landscapes unfolding around every corner. Marvel at the rock formations around the Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons. These ephemeral riverbeds were once home to elephants, rhinos and lions. Their petrified footprints are still visible in the clay today - preserved by the shifting sands that cover them. Stop at Rostock Ritz Lodge for a lovely lunch and then at the tiny settlement of Solitaire for their famous Apple Pie and to refuel. Arrive at your destination in the late afternoon. Your lodge enjoys stunning views over gravel plains, and the sunsets are spectacular. Relax and enjoy the facilities.
Hoodia Desert Lodge (2 nights)
The lodge opened in 2008 to accommodate guests from all over the world on an individual and small scale. Therefore only 11 luxury chalets with great distance between each other were planned to assure privacy in this breathtaking environment. The lodge is family-owned and managed by Thomas & Henreza Becker, both enthusiastic regarding professional hospitality with a personal human approach. Ideally located for day trips to Sossusvlei, Deadvlei and Sesriem. Delicious food and great service.
Sossusvlei - Kalahari
Today you drive up the escarpment via Maltahöhe and Mariental back into the Kalahari. Check in at Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch before joining a guided sundowner drive that includes a cheetah feeding. Return the lodge for a delicious dinner enjoyed under the twinkling stars of the Milky Way.
Bagatelle Kalahari Boutique Farmhouse (1 night)
Bagatelle Kalahari Boutique Farmhouse is a boutique offering on Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch. The Farmhouse showcase the best views of the dunes and look out over the big clay pan. It offers plenty of space, comfort, great views and a fantastic safari experience.
Kalahari - Windhoek
Breakfast at Bagatelle. Today's journey to Namibia's capital, Windhoek, follows the main tar road. Arrive in Windhoek in time for lunch. Check in to your hotel/guesthouse before walking to a nearby restaurant for lunch. You have the option of joining a guided Windhoek City tour or simply relaxing by the pool this afternoon. We recommend dinner at the famous Joe's Beerhouse. The restaurant has been a Windhoek 'must-see' for many years and serves an extensive menu with various meaty favourites. The ambience is eclectic, and its outdoor bar a favourite with visitors and local patrons alike. Overnight at The Windhoek Luxury Suites.
The Windhoek Luxury Suites (1 night)
With its lush green gardens and lavish designer rooms, Windhoek Luxury Suites offers luxury and tranquillity in the heart of the Namibian capital. Barely a stone’s throw away, our three sister restaurants will wow you with a range of mouthwatering dishes and some of the best fine dining in Windhoek.
Today is the day of your departure after an unforgettable journey through Namibia. Enjoy a lovely breakfast, and depending on the time of your flight, you may have time to explore Windhoek and do some souvenir shopping at the Old Brewery Craft Centre. It is essential to arrive at the airport with enough time to check-in and pass through passport control before the departure of your flight. We look forward to welcoming you back to Namibia soon!