This is a four-star luxury package with superior accommodations, located close to the Namibian attractions, the Fish River Canyon and Luderitz, adding the Nomadic Himba tribes of the North, including all breakfasts and most dinners
Day 1 – Windhoek – Windhoek Gardens Guesthouse – standard room – Bed and breakfast
Upon arrival at Windhoek International airport you will be met by our driver. You will then be transferred to your overnight accommodation in Windhoek.
Tomorrow after a hearty breakfast, our representative will deliver your travel documentation. This includes maps, itinerary with detailed driving directions, vouchers, emergency contact numbers, and also answer any questions you may have. Your 4x4 vehicle will also be delivered this morning. We recommend you buy some water and snacks to take on the road with you. Your vehicle includes two spare tyres, tow rope, second battery, jumper cables, tools for tyre change, fuses and a compressor.
Windhoek Gardens Boutique Hotel is located 5 minutes away from the centre of Windhoek, making it a perfect mix of convenience and practicality. Windhoek Gardens Boutique Hotel boasts 28 uniquely Namibian themed rooms, each with high speed internet and an ample workstation. All rooms are twin bedded and have en-suite bathrooms. The gorgeously furnished modern fitted rooms combined with a restful and rustic setting offers you the perfect stopover in Windhoek.
Day 2 – Kalahari – Bagatelle Kalahari game ranch – dune chalet – Dinner, Bed and breakfast basis
Bagatelle - this French word refers to something small, of little consequence, not very important!
The lodge lies on the edge of the Southern Kalahari in the mixed tree and shrub Savanna. The ranch is characterised by huge red sands dunes running parallel. These unique wooden stilt chalets on top of the dune belt offer an unsurpassed view and is perfect to see and breathe in the colours and smells of the Kalahari. A relaxing walk with the Bushman (SAN), sharing with you their ancient survival skills and secrets from their forefathers. Game drive, cheetah feeding and sun-downer on the dune.
Day 3 & 4 – Fish River Canyon – Fish river Lodge – standard room – Dinner, Bed and breakfast basis
Making the most of the beautiful vistas, the Fish River Lodge has been built in harmony with its stark, striking surroundings. Completed in 2009, all the buildings that make up the lodge pay tribute to the amazing landscape, offering spectacular views of the Fish River Canyon from sunrise to sunset. The architecture and interiors of Fish River Lodge have taken their cue from the rugged landscape that surround it. Contemporary, and at times monastic, the lodge was designed to reflect the unique beauty of its location.
When you gaze upon the striking beauty of the The Fish River Canyon, it is easy to see why it is the second most visited tourist site in Namibia. Every year hundreds of hikers from all over the world gear up to brave the extremes along a 90km trail from the eastern side and all vow to do it again.
The Fish River Lodge offers a unique canyon hiking experience to small parties of guests. Set in the western side of the Fish River Canyon, the 45 000ha Canyon Nature Park offers exclusive hiking and 4×4 access down into the canyon where 74km of the Fish River meanders through the privately-owned park.
To experience the beauty and serenity first hand, lace up your hiking boots, grab your binoculars and join us on a private journey along and down into the canyon.
Day 5 – Luderitz – Luderitz Nest hotel – deluxe room – Bed and breakfast
The Lüderitz Nest Hotel enjoys a superb on the rocks and sea location, with far reaching uninterrupted views. The hotel’s private tidal beach with walk-on jetty, unique in Namibia, allows the guest to get close-up to the sea. All rooms and suites have direct sea views. The outdoor sparkling residents' pool with sun-loungers and parasols is surrounded by verdant gardens. The sea-facing sauna extends relaxation opportunities. The two on-site restaurants serve international and Namibian cuisine, as well as delicious Lüderitz oyster and west coast rock lobster. Facilities include FREE Wi-Fi throughout, complementary full-buffet breakfasts as well as free secure parking. The hotel delivers a friendly service in a relaxed environment.
Day 6 & 7 – Sossusvlei – Desert Homestead Lodge – standard room – Dinner, Bed and breakfast basis
The Desert Homestead Lodge offers relaxed hospitality with a natural atmosphere. The 20 guest houses in the style of a thatched horse farm convey quaint coziness. Enjoy the impressive panoramic view either from the main house set on a hill and including restaurant, bar and lodge, or from the swimming pool. Early in 2014, the lodge was renovated and upgraded with environment-friendly technology. Thus, solar power is now the only energy source for power generation and water heating.
Located 30km south-east of Sesriem, the Desert Homestead Lodge is the perfect starting point for tours to the Namib-Naukluft National Park, to the Sossusvlei and the Sesriem Canyon. And it is the perfect oasis after a day-trip to the world ‘s highest dunes. The lodge is located in a private nature reserve close by the Unesco World Heritage site “Namib Sand Sea”.
Day 8 & 9 - Swakopmund – Namib Guesthouse – standard room – Bed and breakfast
A preferred bed and breakfast in Swakopmund, the luxurious Namib Guesthouse is designed to invite the warmth of the African sun, to capture the magnificence of our surrounding natural beauty, and to coax our guests into more than just a little self-indulgent relaxation.
Elegantly furnished and spacious, our selection of rooms varies from single and double suites to a two-bedroom family suite – and our luxury suites are complete with both decadent bathtubs and large showers.
Day 10 – Damaraland – Camp Kipwe – Bungalow – Dinner, Bed and breakfast basis
Huddled in the rocks, with sweeping views across the Aba Huab valley, Camp Kipwe is full of surprises, starting when guests first arrive. It appears as if rocks have tumbled down the hill to reveal this gem of a camp. The setting is one of intimacy and space. An inviting lounge area, where birds fly in to enjoy the water seeping from the rocks, a refreshing swimming pool nestled in the rocks
Day 11 & 12 – Grootberg – Grootberg lodge – standard room – Dinner, bed and breakfast basis
Grootberg Lodge is perched on the rim of a plateau and stands sentinel over the Klip River Valley. They offer a warm welcome, high-standard of professional service, extremely good food, well-trained guides and exceptionally good local management in great surroundings.
Grootberg Lodge is a landmark in Namibia's tourism industry. It is the first middle-market establishment in the country that is 100% owned by the conservancy. The European Union funded the project, through the Ministry of Environment and Tourism's Development Programme. At the same time, the private sector has been called in to supply the training and management skills, while the community becomes self-sustainable. Some 12 000 hectares have been set aside by the Khoadi / Hoas community for conservation and tourism, and it is through this pristine wilderness that you meander either on foot or by vehicle to encounter the inhabitants of this remote biosphere. The local community benefits greatly, thanks to the revenues generated by the Lodge.
The main thatched lodge has a restaurant, lounge and bar. Guests can charge electrical goods here. A set menu is available for all meals. The swimming pool is close to the main building.
Grootberg Lodge has 16 rock and thatch chalets.
Desert elephant, black rhino and lion are some of the more impressive mammals to be found. But you will also find a myriad of smaller mammals, birds, reptiles, insects and plants.
Guests can take advantage of rhino and elephant tracking trips in the valley. Morning and afternoon scenic drives on the plateau at Grootberg Lodge offer an alternative pursuit.
Day 13 – Opuwo – Opuwo Country Hotel – standard room – dinner, bed and breakfast
The Kaokoveld, Kunene Region: Rugged mountains, dry river courses and solid 4x4 country associated with names like van Zyl's Pass, Hartmann Mountains, Marienfluss, Epupa, Ruacana and Swartboois Drift. A land vast and uninhabited, a wilderness in its own right where pockets of wildlife roam freely. This is also home to Namibia's last remaining nomadic tribe, the Ovahimba. Dictated by seasonal rainfall and constantly in search of new grazing for their cattle, the Himba remain nomadic and primitive. Their unique lifestyle and adaptability to survive the harsh Kaokoland environment has earned them their ethnic individuality.
The traditional Himba still prefer living the way their forebears hundreds of years before the colonial era or the appearance of westerners. Himba villages close to Opuwa town are accustomed to visitors wanting to learn and experience more about their culture and lifestyle. As part of our responsible tourism community programme, we at Opuwo Country Hotel have a standing arrangement with certain Himba villages to include them in our activity programmes. Our Himba guides escort guest and translate while guest photograph and inter act with the villagers.
Opuwo, meaning "finished" or "up to here and no further" Opuwo is the gateway to the Kaokoveld, the small town is the administrative hub of the Kunene Region. It has a few shops, filling station, school and houses. The airfield in town is managed by Opuwo Country Hotel and offers refueling and a transfer services to and from the Hotel. Opuwo Country Hotel is situated on a hilltop just outside of town providing luxury and standard accommodation with air conditioning, swimming pool, bar and restaurant, and camping sites, your ideal base from where to explore Kaokoland.
Day 14 – Etosha National park (Namutoni side) – Onguma Tented camp – safari tent – dinner, Bed and breakfast basis
Onguma Tented Camp is a beguiling mixture of sophistication and relaxation, of elegance and the earth.
It is this intriguing combination and attention to detail that makes Onguma Tented Camp, the ultimate in safari chic.
In the local Herero language, Onguma means, "the place you don't want to leave." With a stunning main building and seven tents providing private, exclusive accommodation, Onguma Tented Camp, certainly lives up to its name.
Like the bush where soft air blows against sharp thorns, Onguma Tented Camp is a study in contrasts. Textures such as stone, suede, linen and steel create a setting that is sleek and modern but also inherently of the earth. Inspired by a photograph of an Oryx on Etosha's Fisher's Pan, the interior echoes the colours of its natural surrounds. Grey, charcoal, black, white, and creams, together with a touch of muted or unexpectedly bright green, adds sophistication and earthiness to the atmosphere.
An atmosphere of elegant dining prevails, complimented by the daily activities taking place around the watering hole, approximately 60 meters away. The surrounding nature lends itself to long lazy afternoons, spent relaxing on the sofas in the lounge, watching the animals go. And when things heat up, all that is required is a gentle stroll to the rim flow pool. Sit and relax in the flowing waters while enjoying an ice-cold cooler. Alternatively, if more strenuous activity is required, then relaxing on your patio and reading a good book should provide you with all the exercise you may need.
Day 15 – Etosha National park (Okaukeujo side) – Ongava Lodge – Standard room – Dinner, Bed and breakfast
Ongava Lodge is one of Namibia’s premier lodges on one of the country’s most important private game reserves.
The well-established Ongava Lodge is situated in the privately owned Ongava Game Reserve along the southern boundary of Etosha National Park. Placed as it is close to the top of a hill in the foothills of the Ondundozonanandana range, the vantage point is beautiful and overlooks a well-frequented waterhole and the plains beyond.
Ongava Lodge offers luxury accommodation in 14 rock-and-thatch en-suite chalets. There are impressive views over the camp’s waterhole from the main lounge and dining areas and there is also an inviting pool to cool off in the heat of the day. Meals are either served in the main dining area under thatch or on the dining deck under the stars.
Activities include game drives into Etosha, spending time in the camp hide, and nature drives and walks on the reserve. Ongava has resident white and black rhino, giving guests staying at Ongava the opportunity to see both species.
Day 16 – Waterberg – Okonjima plains camp – standard room – dinner, bed and breakfast basis
The family-run Okonjima Lodge rests at the foot of the sandstone Omboroko Mountains amidst Acacia thornveld in a Malaria-free area. It is halfway between Namibia’s capital city, Windhoek, and the Etosha National Park – only a two-and-a-half-hour drive or a brief flight into the reserve’s private airstrip.
Okonjima Nature Reserve is equally famed for frequent cheetah and leopard sightings on its safaris, as well as The AfriCat Foundation. Since being founded in 1991, AfriCat’s mission has been to make significant contributions to conservation, while trying to ensure the survival of Namibia’s predators in their natural habitat. It undertakes research, community support and environmental education projects, as well as conservation work to rehabilitate carnivores such as cheetah and hyaena.
Okonjima Lodge offers a wide spectrum of accommodation offerings, ranging from well-appointed private camp sites to breathtaking safari lodges. The award-winning Okonjima African Villa and Private Bush Suite offer an unparalleled luxury safari experience, indulging guests with a private chef, guide and safari vehicle. Okonjima guarantees a unique African safari to remember.
Our activities delight and educate even the most experienced of travellers. Mornings begin early with tracking cheetahs on foot in the Okonjima Nature Reserve alongside our experienced guides. In true African style, days end with game drives through the acacia thicket in search of elusive leopards followed by a sundowner. Whether you hike, bike or are an avid bird watcher, there are endless ways to spend your time at Okonjima.
From AUD $4785.00 per person sharing inclusive of accommodations, meals and 4x4 single or double cab vehicle as listed above.