Guided Tour to the North & West in Namibia
Daily Tour Description - 10 Day North West Tour
Windhoek – Mount Etjo Safari Lodge | Travel time approx. 4 hours - 300 km
I will collect you early in the morning either at your accommodation in Windhoek or at the airport. Now we are going to travel north, stopping at the small town of Okahandja, where we can visit Namibia's largest wood carving market and based on a local co-operative. Here you can find some truly Namibian souvenirs. Continuing north, we should arrive at the Mount Etjo Safari Lodge by lunchtime. This beautiful lodge, established in 1975 offers luxury accommodation in beautiful and tranquil surroundings. A large lake facing the lodge is a regular place for animals to quench their thirst and, the Mount Etjo mountain in the background completing the harmony of an African natural world. We will enjoy our light lunch next to the magnificent swimming pool and take a rest afterwards, before we head off for our first game drive in the afternoon. Dinner will be at leisure in the restaurant of the lodge.
Overnight: Mount Etjo Safari Lodge - Dinner and Breakfast included
Mount Etjo – Namutoni Etosha East | Travel time approx. 4 hours - 300 km
The next morning we are on our way to the Etosha East region to arrive at our next destination the old German Fort Namutoni, which has been converted to a luxury camp and offers two restaurants, a relaxation lounge, a bar, crafts boutique, curio shop, jewellers and bookstore. In time for our light lunch and time to relax before heading into the park during the cool of the late afternoon for our second game drive. Alternatively, you may spend the afternoon at leisure at the pool or for your own activities at the lodge. After we enjoy our dinner, we have the opportunity to observe wildlife and the surrounding scenery on an elevated decked walkway, which overlooks the 'King Nehale' waterhole, before we retire for the night.
Overnight: Namutoni Rest Camp - Dinner and Breakfast included
Namutoni Rest Camp – Okaukuejo | Travel time approx. 4 hours - 130 km
After a sumptuous breakfast we are off for our "Game Drive" through the park to our next destination the Okaukueja Camp in the South of the park. In order to appreciate the scenery and being restricted with our speed limit, we can only drive at 60 km /h inside the park. Etosha National Park was proclaimed as Namibia’s first conservation area in 1907 by the then German government and is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. Consisting of saline desert, savannah and woodlands, its definitive feature is the Etosha Pan, a vast shallow depression. Of the 114 mammal species found in the park, several are rare and endangered, such as black rhino, cheetah and black-faced impala. Etosha’s current population of more than 700 black rhinos represents one of the few growing populations of black rhino in the world. 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. The game viewing is usually excellent, and we have the chance to tick off a few new species that are not normally seen on the Namutoni side of the park. 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 to our second night's destination. Okaukuejo offers facilities such as a restaurant, shop, post office, swimming pool and filling station. The Okaukuejo waterhole is probably one of the most renowned waterholes in the park and the illuminated waterhole situated next to the camp offers game enthusiasts a tremendous opportunity to view large herds of elephant, black rhino, lion, cheetah, brown hyena, Burchells and Hartman’s Mountain Zebra, Gnu and numerous antelope species. We will enjoy our dinner, which is usually served buffet style, after which there is time to observe the huge variety of animals at the flood-lit waterhole, before we retire for the night.
Overnight: Okaukuejo Rest Camp - Dinner and Breakfast included
Okaukuejo – Hobatere Lodge | Travel time approx. 4 hours - 210 km
Today we travel west through the previously restricted area of the Western Etosha National Park and leave the park via the Galton Gate traveling on the main road north for only a few kilometers until we reach the Hobatere Lodge. This stunning property is situated in a concession area of 32 000 ha, which is home to a wide selection of game including Lion, Leopard, Oryx, Eland, Cheetah, Giraffe, Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra and Elephant. A number of activities are on offer including a visit to a nearby Himba village, night game drives, bird watching and guided walks, affording guests ample opportunity to view the abundance of wildlife and endemic species in the area. (Activities are optional and not included) The Lodge also has a hide overlooking a nearby waterhole and a sundeck with panoramic views, which is floodlit for part of the night. We will be arriving in time for our lunch and, the afternoon is free for any activities at your disposal. Dinner will be served on the terrace or in the restaurant.
Overnight: Hobatere Lodge - Dinner and Breakfast included
Hobatere – Twyfelfontein | Travel time approx. 4 hours - 340 km
After breakfast, we head for Twyfelfontein where we will visit the famous "World Heritage Site". Here we can take a walk of about 2 hours with a local guide, where we can admire the more than 2000 years old rock formations of the then "Bushmen", who once lived here many years ago. (Cost of activity not included). Thousands of tourists come to this site each year to view some 2, 500 Stone Age rock engravings. The area is home to 17 rock art sites, which collectively encompass 212 engraved stone slabs. There are an additional 13 sites displaying rock paintings. Tonight we will be staying at the Twyfelfontein Lodge, which is situated in the heart of the Twyfelfontein Uibasen Conservancy and boast 56 en-suite twin rooms, reception, lounge, curio shop, open dining room, bar and swimming pool.
Overnight: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge - Dinner and Breakfast included
Twyfelfontein – Swakopmund | Travel time approx. 6 hours - 420 km
Today we are traveling deeper into the desert and pass Namibia’s highest mountain, The Brandberg, (2573 m) and more beautiful Damaraland scenery. 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. From here we turn directly west and cross the gravel plains on our way to the Atlantic Ocean and the Skeleton Coast. We will be arriving in Hentjes Bay by late afternoon. Here we can get our first taste of the cold Atlantic Ocean at the beautiful clean beach and after a short break we continue to our destination the hotel "Deutsches Haus" in Swakopmund. Swakopmund is Namibia's premier seaside town and a very popular beach resort preserved with excellent German colonial architecture. It was founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South-West Africa. Swakopmund has a very pleasant climate but early morning fog patches over the town is a regular occurrence. Temperatures never reach high degrees and cool evenings are the norm. We are going to stay here for two nights looking forward to some exciting adventures in and around town.
Overnight: Hotel Deutsches Haus - Dinner and Breakfast included
After breakfast, we have a full day to spend relaxing in Swakopmund. We can explore the town which has many superb shops, walk on the beach or visit the museum and the Namibian National Marine Aquarium. Alternatively, there are various optional activities that can be arranged. These include aeroplane and microlight flights over the desert, scenic drives, fishing trips (both from the beach or in a boat), four-wheel motorcycle (quad bike) trips into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund, sand boarding trips, skydiving, a catamaran tour in nearby Walvis Bay and many other activities are available. We candiscuss all the possible options with you before we reach Swakopmund and offer to make the necessary bookings in advance. (N.B. All extra activities and excursions in Swakopmund are subject to availability and are made at the client’s own risk and expense). Tonight we take the chance to sample one of the excellent restaurants. The seafood in Swakopmund is superb. My recommendation is the ultra German "Brauhaus" or in the landmark restaurant "Jetty 1905" which is situated about 270 meters on the jetty in the ocean.
Overnight: Hotel Deutsches Haus - Breakfast included
Swakopmund - Sossusvlei Lodge | Travel time approx. 5 hours - 350 km
This morning we travel to the neighbouring harbour town of Walvis Bay and out via the gravel plains of the Namib Desert via the Kuiseb and Gaub Canyons to the tiny settlement of Solitaire. We will stop here for a light lunch, before we continue on to the Namib Naukluft Park and Sossusvlei Lodge our overnight stop for the next two days. We cross some open grass savannah and farmlands before the terrain gives way to the immense red sand dune desert of the Namib. We arrive at the lodge during late afternoon, in time to watch the colours glow and change on distant mountains to the east. After check in we refresh and now have the opportunity to go on a nature sundowner drive or relax on the sundowner deck before we head off for our dinner on the "Al Fresco Terrace" overlooking the flood-lit waterhole.
Overnight: Sossusvlei Lodge - Dinner and Breakfast included
We will have to get up very early in order to enjoy our breakfast before we go on our exciting morning trip to Deadvlei and Sossusvlei Pan. We have to drive 61 km to reach the 2 x 4 parking area passing Dune 1 and the famous Dune 45 along the way. From here we drive a further 5 km to reach the Sossusvlei Parking area. Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red sand dunes to make this one of the natural wonders of Africa and a photographer's heaven. Please note these 5 km can only be driven with 4 x 4 vehicles. Having visited the Sossusvlei Pan we drive back to the Deadvlei Parking area from where we will take a 1.1 km walk to the Deadvlei. Very fit persons can enjoy this walk via the "Big Daddy" dune. We spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei and Deadvlei and on our way back we visit the famous Dune 45. This dune is renowned for its elegant shape, which – along with its position close to the road – have earned it the distinction of ‘most photographed dune in the world’. If you’re not keen for the strenuous hike to the top of Big Daddy, Dune 45 is a more forgiving alternative, standing at only 80 meters and featuring a much gentler gradient.
By now it will be time to escape from the heat and return to Sesriem for lunch and a good rest. By late afternoon we will take a short excursion into the Sesriem Canyon. The Sesriem Canyon is the second most important tourist attraction in the area after Sossusvlei. It is a natural canyon carved by the Tsauchab rivier in the local sedimentary rock, about a kilometer long and up to 30 meters deep. The name Sesriem is Afrikaans and means "six belts", which was given by settlers on the Dorsland Trek who had to attach together six belts (made of oryx hides) in order to let buckets down into the canyon to scoop up water. The Sesriem Canyon is only two meters wide in some places, and has a portion that permanently contains water, which many animals use. On our return to the lodge we will enjoy a sun downer on the terrace of the lodge before we go for our dinner and retire from the day.
Overnight: Sossusvlei Lodge - Dinner and Breakfast included
Sossusvlei Lodge – Windhoek | Travel time approx. 7 hours - 450 km
After breakfast, we begin our journey back to Windhoek, first stopping in Solitaire to visit the Namib Carnivore Research Centre, our tour starts at 09h30 and finishes at 10h30. We need to be at Solitaire 10 minutes before in order to sign indemnity forms and settle the tour. Then we are on our way back to Windhoek via the Gamsberg Pass in the Khomas Hochland Mountain Range.
Our arrival back in Windhoek will be during mid-afternoon where I will drop you off at your accommodation or alternatively at the airport.
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According to your booking
- 1 x Accommodation / Dinner / Breakfast - "Mount Etjo Lodge"
- 1 x Accommodation / Dinner / Breakfast - "Namutoni Camp"
- 1 x Accommodation / Dinner / Breakfast - "Okaukuejo Camp"
- 1 x Accommodation / Dinner / Breakfast - "Hobatere Lodge"
- 1 x Accommodation / Dinner / Breakfast - "Twyfelfontein Lodge"
- 1 x Accommodation / Dinner / Breakfast -"Hotel Deutsches Haus"
- 1 x Accommodation / Breakfast -"Hotel Deutsches Haus"
- 2 x Accommodation / Dinner / Breakfast - "Sossusvlei Lodge"
- 3 x Lunch at "Mount Etjo", "Namutoni" and "Halali"
- 3 x Lunch at "Hobatere", "Solitaire" and "Sossusvlei"
- Entrance fee "Etosha National Park"
- Entrance fee "Naukluft National Park Sesriem"
- Entrance fee "Namib Carnivore Research Centre"
- Refreshment drinks during the trip
- Car with air condition incl. insurance without excess *
- Namibian road map per vehicle *
Not included in the price are the travel expenses to Windhoek and back. Dinner not mentioned as included, as well as drinks with meals. Cost of excursions and activities in Hobatere, Twyfelfontein and Swakopmund. Tips for staff and personal expenses. Petrol costs for car hire.
* For the self-propelled option, a normal car Compact Class is included in the travel price and is absolutely sufficient for our trip (except for the 5 km road from 2 x 4 parking area to the Deadvlei parking area). If you prefer to travel with a Jeep or Toyota, it would be possible for an extra charge. On the guided tour, we make use of the following vehicles: Jeep Cherokee (4 x 4), Toyota Fortuner (4 x 4), Mitsubishi Delica Luxury (4 x 4), VW T5 Microbus or Toyota Quantum depending on the number of guests travelling.
2.300.- EUR per person in a double room (guided tour - rate reduces if more than 2 guests are booked)
2.900.- EUR per person in a double room (guided self-drive tour option - rate applies to the driver(s) of car(s) only)
Single supplement 500.- EUR (in both cases)
Prices valid from 1 November 2017 to 31 October 2018
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