8-Day Etosha, Damaraland and Swakopmund Safari
This is an unforgettable experience designed to give you a comprehensive safari around the main highlights of central and western Namibia. It is a great itinerary for families and friends alike, who might be contemplating a trip to some of Namibia’s highlights. This experience leaves one with memories of beautiful landscapes, adventure, wildlife and most importantly, unique and worthwhile cultural experiences.
|Departures:||Any day of the week.|
|Price:||Starting from as low as N$25,370 pp sharing.|
You will be collected at the airport and transferred to Windhoek, which is the capital and largest city of Namibia. It is located in central Namibia in the Khomas Highland plateau area, at around 1,700m (5,600 ft) above sea level and is almost exactly at the country’s geographical centre. Your guide will familiarize you regarding the area and provide all crucial information.
Windhoek has developed at the site of a permanent hot spring known to the indigenous pastoral communities. It developed rapidly after Jonker Afrikaner, Captain of the Orlam tribe, settled here in 1840 and built a stone church for his community.You are booked for dinner at a local restaurant tonight, where you will discuss organizational matters with your guide.
You will be collected between 08:00 and 08:30, as our journey takes us to the northern part of Namibia. A long drive this morning to the Etosha National Park will see us passing through farmland and making a few stops in towns of Okahandja, Otjiwarongo and Outjo along the way; we aim to arrive at the Etosha National Park at shortly after noon, just in time for a scrumptious lunch.
Here, we will depart for our first official game drive in the Etosha National Park with our own vehicle, attempting to spot all of our favourite animals! At sunset we will need to indulge in a sundowner drink while enjoying the view of the African sun disappear over the horizon.
Today our guests will get better acquainted with the routes around the southwestern and eastern end of the Etosha National park, as they make their way their way around the Halali area with our vehicle and guide. We are especially curious to see the waterholes and vegetation of this great park after the recent heavy rains, and more of what it has in store for us as we set off early on the morning game drive. We will make time for lunch before continuing your afternoon game drive. It will not be until late in the afternoon when you’ll return to your accommodation, and enjoy another lovely dinner.
Today’s journey takes us to the heart of Damaraland. A scenic drive takes us to our lovely lodge. Damaraland is sub-divided in different conservancies, which are areas where human beings and wildlife are able to co-exist peacefully, and therefore this area is also home to the Desert-Adapted Elephants. Twyfelfontein, a massive open air gallery with more than 2000 unique rock engravings was declared as National Museum during 1952 and approved as World Heritage Site by UNESCO during 2007, and our guests will have the opportunity of exploring this area this afternoon. We will also see the Ugab Terrace and Umbrella Thorn trees in this area.
We take off from our lovely lodge very early this morning as we do have a lengthy drive to our final destination, the Namibian coast to the cosy town of Swakopmund. The city’s German origins are quite pronounced in beautiful old German colonial buildings throughout the city. Swakopmund is like a German North Sea town with an African flair. The first European explorers of the area, Dutchmen Sebastian van Reenen and Pieter Pienaar described the area in 1793 as one with plush vegetation, elephants and rhinos. Nowadays however, the area can be described as ocean on one side and desert on the other, with some shrubs as the only natural vegetation. Close to a century after the Dutch exploration, the area was a colony of the German Empire, and was chosen as a second port for German Southwest Africa after Luderitz.
This coastal town is known for its variety of activities that it offers to travellers, and our guests can take the opportunity to conduct some of the variety of activities that are on offer here in Swakopmund today. These include quadbiking in the dunes, sandboarding, paragliding, skydiving and much more. We’ve taken the liberty in arranging a dolphin cruise for you this morning on the catamaran in the town of Walvis Bay. This lovely experience on the still waters affords our guests a chance to learn about the marine life on the Namibian Atlantic coast and a possibility of seeing the various species of dolphins that we have in Namibia, whales, Cape fur seals and much more.
The afternoon is a relaxed one, where our guests can do some curio shopping or just wonder the lively markets of this unique city.
We do not start for Windhoek until late morning, so we will visit the local craft market in Swakopmund, giving you an opportunity to grab a special gift to spoil your family and friends when you go back home. Today we will head back to the capital city Windhoek via a few small town. We’ve also come to the end of our safari as we continue east heading on the B2 road to the capital city of Windhoek but transiting via Okahandja, and here we will take time to stop as this town is home to Namibia’s largest wood carving and craft market.
Today we have reached the end of our program and you will be transferred to the Hosea Kutako International Airport for you departure back home.
|Day 1||Windhoek||Hotel ★★★||–|
|Day 2||Etosha National Park||Lodge ★★★||B, D|
|Day 3||Etosha National Park||Lodge ★★★||B, D|
|Day 4||Damaraland||Lodge ★★★||B, D|
|Day 5||Swakopmund||Hotel ★★★||B|
|Day 6||Swakopmund||Hotel ★★★||B|
|Day 7||Windhoek||Hotel ★★★||B|
|Day 8||Hosea Kutako Int. Airport||–||B|
B – Breakfast
L – Lunch
D – Dinner
SC – Self Catering
FB – Full Board
Prices Effective From:
Nov 1, 2020 – Oct 31, 2023