DAY 1 WINDHOEK – URBAN CAMP
Arriving at the Hosea Kutako Airport Windhoek. You will be met by your hosts, Schalk & Annamarie Burger. A transfer will collect you from the Airport to the Rental company. After the rental formalities we will travel to Urban camp, where we will overnight in the camping area. The city of Windhoek is bordered by the Eros and Auas mountains and towards the west stretches the Khomas Hochland. Windhoek is for an African town still very clean and has a cosmopolitan flare. The German influence in the language and culture is still very much present, although English is the official language. An interesting visit is “Tintenpalast” (“Ink Palace”) that houses Namibia’s parliament as well as the “Alte Feste” (Old Fort) that is now, since 1997, Namibia’s National Museum.
Overnight at Urban Campsite Dinner is included.
Guide experience: “While waiting in anticipation for the client’s arrival, I experience the dry heat of Windhoek. I am re-thinking every detail of the coming safari. There are many questions regarding clients that I only have names of that I still have to meet. And all these questions are driven from my mind by the fact that I can take them on the exploration of this country that lies very close to my heart.
DAY 2 ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK – OKAUKUEJO CAMP 435km
After Breakfast, we will travel to the Etosha National Park. One of the highlights in Namibia is a visit to this park. In 1907, Etosha was declared a game reserve by the German colonial administration. The park covers an area of more than 22 000 sqkms, and represents almost all African animal species. The very large herds of springbok, is a beautiful picture to observe. The vast saltpan in the centre is surrounded by thorn and grass savannah, and is always dry except in the southern parts where there are numerous waterholes that give life for a large number of wildlife. Okaukuejo are a well-maintained camp, which houses the Etosha Ecological Institute where research is done. A permanent waterhole that is floodlit at night, give you a wonderful opportunity to see regular visitors like elephants, lions and black rhinos as well as the shy, nocturnal wildlife.
The campsite at Okaukuejo will be our overnight home. Breakfast & Lunch is included. Dinner own account.
Guide experience: “A lot of good memories will always fill my mind, thinking of the Etosha National Park. First of all, the beautiful, very near sights of the numerous game at most of the waterholes, taking a lot of photo’s, and afterwards going back and developing all the film, to find that we can only speculate on the photo, and decide to buy a better camera next time!!
Another memory is, of my 3 year old youngest son, who was asleep during the drive, after a visit to the park, suddenly woke up and show us an ‘elephant’. He started to cry when he realised that he only had a dream and still some memories of his visit, and was very sad when he find out that we already have left the park.”
“Visiting Okaukuejo will always remind me of an incident years ago while sleeping in my tent during one of my numerous visits. During the night my wife woke me to tell me of the roar of lions at the floodlit waterhole. I wasn’t fully awake and told her that it was the neighbour campers that were snoring, only to find out the next morning, that it wasn’t our neighbour snoring, but a lion that caught a kudu at the waterhole during the night. In one’s dreams, the roaring of a lion sounds exactly like the snoring of a human.”
DAY 3 & 4 ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK – OLIFANTSRUS CAMP 130km
After breakfast, we will depart from Okaukuejo camp, doing wildlife viewing while driving to Olifantsrus camp which is about 130km from Okaukeujo camp. This is a new camp on the Western side of Etosha NP. Here we will spend 2 nights at their campsite.
One of the key attractions of Olifanstrus campsite is the state of the art hide which is probably the first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa or Southern Africa. This is a double story building (hut) with aluminium glasses around it in front of a man made waterhole engineered for peaceful game viewing.
Day 3 & 4 – All Meals included.
DAY 5 RUACANA – HIPPO POOLS CAMP 240km
Departing after breakfast, with very good memories, we will leave the Etosha National Park to continue on to Ruacana where we will re-fuel, do shopping before we drive to our overnight camp, Hippo Pools, which is situated next to the Ruacana Falls. For Bird lovers, this camp is a paradise, because of the large number of rare bird species in the area. Ruacana used to be the place where Himba people sacrificed their cattle out of deep respect for their ancestors. Ruacana Falls are waterfalls located near Ruacana on the Kunene River. The waterfall is 120m high and 700m wide in full flood. It is among the largest waterfalls in Africa.
The Kunene River flows from the Angola highlands south to the border with Namibia. It then flows west along the border until it reaches the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the few perennial rivers in this region, and it’s about 1,050km long.
All Meals included.
DAY 6 & 7 EPUPA FALLS LODGE 220km
After breakfast we will leave our campsite and travel to Epupa Falls Lodge where we will stay for 2 nights in their campsite.
A visit to a Himba Village is one of the highlights on this Safari.
The Epupa Falls are created by the Kunene river on the border of Angola and Namibia. The river is 0,5km wide and drops in a series of waterfalls spread over 1,5km, with the greatest single drop being 37m.
The name Epupa, means foam in the Herero language.
The Otjikandero Himba Orphan Village Project was started in 1999 when Jaco Burger moved to Kaokoland to work and live with the local Himba tribe. He had met Mukajo there previously. As a result of leukaemia she could never have children, but as the last queen in her blood line of the Ovahimba’s and considering her great love for children she was desperate. Jaco and Mukajo came together for the Himba Orphan project and had a traditional Himba marriage. Women are not allowed to have children in the Ovahimba tradition unless they’re married. Jaco decided to live with the Ovahimba’s in Kaokoland and he was adopted by the Ovahimba’s as well as the Chiefs. He also has a Himba mother with whom he lived for a couple of years, which enabled him to learn their language.
Day 6 – Breakfast & Lunch is included. Dinner own account. Day 7 – All Meals included.
DAY 8 SESFONTEIN – KHOWARIB LODGE 326km
Today we will leave this special part of the Kaokoland and travel in a Southernly direction to Sesfontein. We will drive through Opuwo which is the capital of the Kunene Region in north-western Namibia. After re-fuelling and shopping, we will drive to our overnight camp at Khowarib lodge.
All Meals included.
DAY 9 TWYFELFONTEIN – AABADI LODGE 295km
After breakfast we will leave our camp at Khowarib Lodge and travel on the C43 road, through Palmwag to the Petrified Forest with their 300 million Year-old tree trunks, as well as the desert plant called Welwitchia. From Petrified Forest we will drive to Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings, which are an extensive gallery of rock engravings consisting of more or less 2000 petroglyphes, and is an exceptional experience. We will overnight at their campsite.
All Meals included.
DAY 10 SWAKOPMUND – AMANPURI LODGE 320km
After breakfast we will leave from our camp and travel via Brandberg and Uis to Henties Bay where we will enjoy Lunch. The town of Henties Bay, named after Major Hentie v/d Merwe who started recreational fishing here, where we will also refuel the vehicles. Thereafter we will travel about 80 km, along the coastal road to Swakopmund, passing places with very interesting names like Jakkalzputz, Wlotskasbaken and Mile 4. We will be staying at a Lodge in Swakopmund for 2 nights.
Swakopmund is named after the Swakop River. In 1892 Captain Curt von Francois built a military post on the site where the present town is today. Swakopmund offers a lot of excursions in and around the town. Sand boarding, Horse riding, Parasailing, Ballooning, Kayaking, Camel Rides, Scenic Flight’s, Quad Biking and Fishing is only some of the large number of activities that is on offer at your own account. The Living Desert Tour is an exceptional excursion that is highly recommended.
Breakfast & Lunch is included. Dinner is on own account.
Guide experience: “Just outside of Henties Bay, at Jakkalzputz a very nice fishing spot, the place where I had my first saltwater fishing experience and my eldest son his first and only burying of the evening meal. During that fishing expedition, I caught a nice Kabeljou, and as the custom is, to dig a shallow hole to bury the fish, and mark the place, so that it will stay fresh till the time of going back to the campsite at Henties Bay. I asked my four year old son to do it, and you can imagine what happened, yes he did not mark it well and we didn’t find it either. That night we had a canned meat dinner, which was also very good. Luckily, the next day we caught another kabeljou and had a very nice meal. Swakopmund will always remind me of all the wonderful sea holidays that we as a family had.
Swakopmund the Adventure Capital of Namibia.
Guide experience: “Besides the wonderful fishing excursions we also had, the sand and Dune-Explorations mixed with fish finding, with our blue 4×4 vehicle, that will always be part of my on-going existence. On one of these explorations, everything went smoothly during the drive until reaching a huge dune that I had to cross. Not quickly enough, I changed to 4×4 Low, but it was too late. We were stucked for about an hour and decide to go fishing before the big dig-out. This calmed our spirit, while catching a couple of barbell, and soon we were ready for the dig-out excursion. Luckily the tyre pressure was already reduced to a minimum, and it did not take us long to get out, and going on to the next sand dune.”
DAY 11 SWAKOPMUND – AMANPURI LODGE
Enjoy a full day of Adventurous excursions, or doing a bit of relaxing. A visit to the town centre is also a wonderful experience. The German influence is very remarkable. Aside from the language and architecture, the best place to experience it, is to have lunch, at a German Backerei und Café.
There are numerous little shops where you can buy presents and momentos for family or friends.
Breakfast is included. Lunch & Dinner on own account.
Guide experience: “Swakopmund always reminds me of all the adventurous times that we spend on the dunes: Sand boarding, Quad biking, Dune driving (for which not all has the courage, like Annamarie), and Surf- and Boat fishing. In the evening after the day’s exploration, when the mist roll in from the sea, and you are sitting in one of the Brauhause’s enjoying an excellent meal & German beer, you have the feeling that you could just as well be somewhere in Europe.”
DAY 12 SESRIEM – NWR CAMPSITE 347km
Today we will leave early to visit Walvis Bay, on way to the Namib Naukluft Park. Walvis Bay is the only deep harbour of Namibia. Due to the richness of the fishing in this area, there’s a lot of Fisheries in town. On the Lagoon in Walvis Bay, is an opportunity to take beautiful pictures of the rich birdlife that lives here, like Pelicans and Flamingos. We will continue on to Naukluft Park which is Namibia’s largest nature reserve of about 50,000 sqkms, (The size of the Netherlands) consisting of gravel plains, mountain and dune areas.
Most parts of this very large area are not accessible to man. One can only visit a small part north of the Kuiseb River, the Naukluft Mountains and the Sossusvlei in the central dune fields. The road from Walvis Bay through the Namib Naukluft Park has spectacular landscapes, and the scenery is absolutely beautiful. At Solitaire campsite we will have lunch, and then continue to Sesriem. We will overnight at Sesriem campsite for one night. Sesriem Canyon is situated about 5 km from the campsite and is in the upper Tsauchab River. The name Sesriem comes from the time when early settlers and pioneers travelling in the region with ox wagons had to join six lengths of rawhide ropes called ‘riems’, to reach the water below in the canyon.
Breakfast & Dinner is included.
Guide experience: “I can still up to today, not believe that the earlier Pioneers could travel by ox wagons through this vast area where surface water is not available except in good rainy years. One always has this notion that around the next bend, you could stumble on a Camel-train with their Arabian masters. Till today it is unbelievable to me that wildlife can adapt to this vast and rough terrain and seeing the Oryx gazelle running up the side of the red sand dune in a healthy condition, leave me in absolute amazement of the adaptability of the Plant- and Wildlife of this country of contrast.”
DAY 13 SOLITAIRE CAMPSITE 220km
We will leave our camp very early to travel a short distance to view the spectacular sunrise at Sossusvlei. This magnificent red-coloured sand dunes is absolutely a photographer’s dream.
The Sossusvlei is a huge clay pan surrounded by these majestic mountains of sand. Some of these dunes are 300 m high (highest in the world). The dunes have developed over a period of many millions of years. Climbing one of these dunes will give you a panoramic view of Sossusvlei, Deadvlei, Narravlei and Cessna Pan. Deadvlei is a true and typical portrayal of the history of the cluster of pans collectively known as Sossusvlei.
After lunch, we will travel back to Solitaire, where we will overnight. Breakfast & Lunch is included. Dinner own account.
Guide experience:” What astounds me, of this Sossusvlei area, is that every time you arrive in the vicinity of the majestic red sand dunes, you feel the smallness of man. Standing on the ridge of the dune, looking onto the white clay pan with the dead Camel Thorn trees, one can only marvel at the breathtaking view of the contrast of the different colours of the landscape.”
DAY 14 WINDHOEK – SAFARI HOTEL 270km
Leaving the Namib Desert and the coastline behind, we will travel in a North-westerly direction, through the picturesque semi-desert countryside of the Khomas Hochland, with its rolling hills, that was once an extensive mountain land. Now a mere stump of the original, it nevertheless is the highest part of the highlands, with altitudes that range between 1 700 and 2000m above sea level. Overnight in a Hotel in Windhoek.
Breakfast and Farewell Dinner is included. Lunch on own account.
Guide experience: “Having experience all the different sides of Namibia, we are now entering one of the parts that is quite unique from the others. Where it was flat plains, dune landscapes, we are now entering the uneven hill landscape, with the Remhoogte and Kupferberg Passes to arrive at Windhoek. This also brings us to the end of this Unique Namibian Safari.”
DAY 15 WINDHOEK / BACK HOME
At the appropriate time a transfer will take you to the Airport for your flight back home.
Breakfast is included. Lunch and Dinner is on own account.
Back home: Full of impressions, good memories and unique photos.
Guide experience: ”This last day, with this difference that my mind is now filled with a lot of new images of the past Safari, and saying goodbye to clients that over the past days became friends. This is normally a very emotional part of this Safari, but is also the conclusion of an excellent experience.”
Accommodation is subject to change due to availability
Total Distance: Approximately 3100km
DETAILS of THE TOUR:
Lodge/Hotel & Camping:
Excursions: Himba Village visit, Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings, Sesriem Canyon, Petrified forest, Sossusvlei
Meals – Included
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