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Highlights of Namibia - 10 Days

Highlights of Namibia

Namibia · Group Tour · 10 Days
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Add the iconic deserts of Sossusvlei to the best route of Northern Namibia. This adventure takes the rich wildlife safaris of Etosha National Park, the Himba roots of Damaraland and the stunning marine views of Swakopmund before closing with the scenic landscapes of the Namib Desert. 

Highlights

  • Wander the immense desert landscapes of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei
  • Marvel at the numerous species that gather around Etosha National Park's waterholes
  • Try from skydiving to sandboarding in Swakopmund, Namibia's adventure capital
  • See flocks of hundreds of flamingos at the lagoons of Walvis Bay
  • Visit the homes and villages of the beautiful Himba tribe on a responsible visit

Itinerary

Day 1 - Windhoek → Okonjima
Day 2 - Okonjima → East Estosha
Day 3 - East Etosha → Okaukuejo, Etosha
Day 4 - Okaukuejo, Etosha → Grootberg
Day 5 - Grootberg → Twyfelfontein
Day 6 - Twyfelfontein → Swakopmund
Day 7 - Swakopmund
Day 8 - Swakopmund → Namib Desert
Day 9 - Sossusvlei
Day 10 - Namib Desert → Windhoek

What is included

  • Ground transportation by minibus (2-5 pax) or specialised vehicle (6-14 pax)
  • Pick up and drop off from accommodation in Windhoek
  • 7 nights accommodation at camp and 2 nights accommodation at guest house
  • All the meals mentioned in this itinerary
  • Tap drinking water, tea and coffee in camp
  • Park entrance fees, camping fees, camp assistant, all camping equipments
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Maximum group size is 14 people with a minimum of 2 participants. The style of safari is limited participation, you will be asked to assist put up and take down your own tent, however there will be a camp assistant to complete all the other campsite chores. Your tour guide will do all the shopping, cooking and day-to-day organization of the safari.

What is NOT included

  • International flights
  • Sleeping bag (Approx. 225 NAD)
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Alcoholic beverages & soft drinks

day
1
Windhoek → Okonjima

Friday. You will be picked up between 08:00 to 08:30 from anywhere within the Windhoek city limits.

We travel north, stopping at small towns along the way including Okahandjima, where we have time to visit Namibia’s largest wood carving market.

Continuing north, passing through farmland, we aim to arrive at Okonjima during the middle afternoon, giving us time to set up our camp and to relax in the shade for a while before heading out on to the property to take part in the afternoon.

In the afternoon, you will be taken on a tour to view some cheetahs that are part of the Africat rehabilitation programme. Most of the animals currently living at Okonjima have been rescued from various desperate situations, being orphaned or caught in a trap and the aim of the rehabilitation process is to re-introduce them into the wild.

After our educational tour, we will return to camp and prepare for dinner under the African stars. Overnight at the camp.

Q
Windhoek → Okonjima300 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Camping

Okonjima

day
2
Okonjima → East Estosha

Saturday. Starting early and continue to north, we pass through some small towns making short stops for fresh supplies and fuel.

Continuing on to East Etosha's Namutoni camp we again aim to arrive in time for lunch, affording us leisure time before heading into the park during the cool of the late afternoon for our first game drive.

Overnight at the camp.

Q
Okonjima → East Etosha300 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

East Etosha Namutoni Camp

Etosha National Park

day
3
East Etosha → Okaukuejo, Etosha

Sunday. Today have a full day game driving.

We again leave early to enjoy the cool morning air as we game drive our way through Etosha to Halali camp, situated in the middle of the park. Along the way we visit several waterholes and are afforded splendid views of the massive Etosha Pan.

We stop at Halali for a rest and a leisurely lunch. There is time to visit the Halali waterhole and to make use of the swimming pool and bar facilities before continuing on our way and game driving down to Okaukuejo.

Okaukuejo is famous for its waterhole, which has been described as one of the best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa. Situated on the doorstep of our campsite, black rhino, elephant, lion and numerous species of antelope are usually seen.

Overnight at the camp.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Okaukuejo Camp

Etosha National Park

day
4
Okaukuejo, Etosha → Grootberg

Monday. After breakfast, leaving Etosha we begin our journey south with a relatively short drive to the small town of Kamanjab.

Within this area we visit a Himba Village, the only traditionally functioning Himba community outside the far north Kaokoland region of Namibia. These tribes people have migrated here. We will learn about marriage customs, traditional food and the mysteries of the “Holy Fire” religion.

From here it is a short drive on to The Hoada Community Campsite which is located among beautiful granite hills and mopane trees. To add an eco-friendly touch, the hot water system works in combination with the barbecue area, therefore whilst your meal is being prepared, your water will be warmed up for your shower.

Overnight at the camp.

Q
Etosha → Grootberg310 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

The Hoada Community Campsite

Grootberg

day
5
Grootberg → Twyfelfontein

Tuesday. After breakfast, today we head into one of the most beautiful desert regions in Namibia, Damaraland.

We drive west via the Grootberg Pass and then take a detour to visit the ancient Bushman rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. At this location, we will have a local guide to conduct us on a short guided tour before we set up camp for the night.

Overnight at the camp.

Q
Grootberg → Twyfelfontein190 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Camping

Twyfelfontein

day
6
Twyfelfontein → Swakopmund

Wednesday. After breakfast, we head deeper into the desert and pass Namibia’s highest mountain, The Brandberg, (2573 m).

We make a stop in the small town of Uis, an old mining town, and one of the best places to buy semi-precious stones, for which Namibia is famous.

The next destination is Swakopmund, following the Skeleton Coast into Namibia's premier seaside town. The Swakopmund section of the trip is designed to allow people to relax either with the group or on their own. Your guide will offer to organise a group meal in a local restaurant for this evening. Participation is recommended but by no means required.

Overnight at the guest house.

Q
Twyfelfontein → Swakopmund420 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Swakopmund Guest House

Swakopmund

day
7
Swakopmund

Thursday. After breakfast, today you are free to explore Swakopmund on your own.

Swakopmund is a very pleasant seaside town with lots of shops, a good stretch of beach (although the Atlantic here is quite cold) and an open-air curio market. There is also a very good museum and the Namibian National Marine Aquarium is located in Swakopmund.

Alternatively, there are various optional activities that can be arranged. These include aeroplane and microlight flights over the desert, scenic drives, fishing trips, four-wheel motorcycle (quad bike) trips into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund, sand boarding trips, skydiving, surfing, bird-watching and many other activities are available.

Overnight at the guest house.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
\

Swakopmund Guest House

Swakopmund

day
8
Swakopmund → Namib Desert

Friday. We make first stop at Walvis Bay, situated about 40 km south of Swakopmund. South of the town there is a large marine lagoon which is home to a vast array of marine bird-life, in particular flamingos. Visit the large marine lagoon to see the birds and a short visit to Walvis Bay to collect any last minute supplies before once again heading out into the desert.

The second part of our journey today takes us across more of the seemingly endless Namib Gravel Plains.We traverse both the Kuiseb and Gaub passes, driving both times to the river beds at the bottom of the canyons and then climbing the long steep road to the top and the spectacular panoramas the mountains give us.

We cross some open grass savannah and farmlands and from here it is only a short distance to our next stop, the tiny town of Solitaire. We aim to arrive at our camp during the late afternoon and watch the colours glow and change on distant mountains to the east.

Overnight at the camp.

Q
Swakopmund → Sesriem300 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Camping

Sesriem

day
9
Sossusvlei

Saturday. A pre dawn start is essential this morning as we want to catch the soft light of the sunrise on the desert. After passing through Sesriem, the gateway to the dunes and driving into the heart of the dune field, we reach Sossusvlei itself by walking the last 5 km through the dunes.

We spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei, also visit Dune 45, and as the day wears on we return to Sesriem for lunch to escape the heat of the afternoon. As the day cools off in the late afternoon we will take a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon.

Overnight at the camp.

Q
Sesriem → Sossusvlei65 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Camping

Sesriem

day
10
Namib Desert → Windhoek

Sunday. After breakfast, we begin our journey over the mountains and along scenic roads, back to Windhoek.

We stop at Solitaire to stretch our legs then proceed back to Windhoek via the Khomas Hochland mountain range back to civilization.

We are due back into the city around 16:00 and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on our return.

Q
Sesriem → Windhoek450 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Okonjima
Y

Camping

Etosha National Park
Y

East Etosha Namutoni Camp

Etosha National Park
Y

Okaukuejo Camp

Grootberg
Y

The Hoada Community Campsite

Twyfelfontein
Y

Camping

Swakopmund
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Swakopmund Guest House

Sesriem
Y

Camping

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Photos

Okaukuejo Waterhole, Etosha
Himba Woman, Grootberg
Flamingos, Walvis Bay
Sossusvlei
Etosha National Park
Africat Foundation, Okonjima
Swakopmund
Sossusvlei

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