Etosha National Park
Namib Naukluft Park
Kaudom Game Park
(Tours can be adapted to personal preference)
Day 1 Windhoek
Arriving at Hosea Kutako Airport in Namibia. After completing the formalities at Customs, you will be met by your Tour guides.
From the Airport, a transfer will take you to a hotel in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. The city 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. In the evening we will have dinner and enjoy the hospitality of a Namibian Beer-house.
“While waiting in anticipation for the clients 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 Grootfontein
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the 4×4 rental company. Here you will be introduced to the vehicles and their equipment. After these formalities, we will leave Windhoek and travel in a Northerly direction to Grootfontein (big fountain), passing through the towns of Okahandja, Sukses and passing the flat top Waterberg Plateau.
On way visit the world’s largest iron meteorite, weighing some 60,000 kg and was found on the farm Hoba in 1920 near Grootfontein. Overnight at Roy’s Camp, Lodge accommodation, 50 km from Grootfontein.
“This part of Namibia is well-known to us as a family, due to the fact that we lived there for a long time, and travelling through the cattle-farming area, brings back pleasant memories to us.
I still remember my first visit to the Hoba Meteorite as a child with my father, and the amazement that we experienced to think that this big piece of metal, was once a Star in Heaven.”
Day 3 Omuramba – Bushmanland
Leaving from Grootfontein, we will travel in a northeasterly direction to Tsumkwe. Tsumkwe is a small town where the San (Bushmen) tribe lives. The Bushmen people are very friendly and have a deep understanding of nature and the ecology. The men are expert archer hunters whereas the woman collects wild fruits, like berries and wild onions that are rich in starch.
There is about 30,000 Bushmen that lives in Namibia, but only 2,000 of them still follow a traditional way of life. From Tsumkwe we will travel North to the Kaudom Game Park, which is the most pristine nature conservation area in Namibia, that lies in the 3842 sqkm Kalahari Sandveld.
This landscape consists of dry forests with Omiramba, (broad sandy riverbeds) and only after heavy rain it runs for a short time. A 4×4 vehicle is the absolute necessity, and slow speed is essential in this soft and sandy roads. There are only two camps in the park, Sikeretti, where we will stay for the first night, and Khaudum that is further on to the North.
This Game Park has no fences, so the game can move freely between Namibia and Botswana and into the Caprivi. A very beautiful, game-rich park with large herds of elephant, giraffe, wildebeest, many antelope species, lion leopard, hyena and more than 300 different bird species.
“Arriving in Bushmanland is to me like a homecoming.
The Bushmen is the oldest inhabitants of Southern Africa and listening to their tongue-clicking conversations and the singing of the children while playing their games, brings back memories of our children, playing in the farmyard, with the Bushmen children, practicing archery with the small Bushmen bow & arrow.”
Day 4 Kaudom Game Park
After an early breakfast at Sikeretti camp, we will travel north to the Khaudum camp. Like the day before, the travelling speed will be very slow.
While travelling we will enjoy wildlife viewing, and have stopovers at different waterholes, to view all sorts of wildlife. A well deserve dinner will be enjoyed in the evening with interesting stories to tell of this past day.
“The Bushmen people, although small in posture, is very brave and friendly. Tsumkwe, a small town nearby, and its people also have good memories. Years ago we lived in Namibia and my brother was a teacher at a school in Tsumkwe. I visit him regularly and enjoy all the stories and a lot of interesting happenings of the ‘little people’ at his school.
Kaudom Game Park – Sand. Beauty. Game. Beauty. Sand. Game. There are only three words that describe this park the best. Which word comes first? You will decide for yourself at the end of the two days!!”
Day 5 Rundu
We will again depart very early from the Khaudum camp, to travel very slowly up to Katere, and on to Rundu, that lies directly on the Okavango riverbank. Rundu is the gateway to the Caprivi and the only commercial centrum in the Kavango region. The beautiful river offers spectacular sunsets for the photographer.
The Kavango people are maize, vegetable and livestock farmers and very skilful woodcarvers. They originate in Angola.
The border is practically “non-existent”, because the Kavango’s lives on both sides of the Okavango River. Optional excursions – Sunset Rafts/Horse Trails/Cultural Excursions ect. Overnight at a Lodge in Rundu.
“More Beauty. More Game. More Sand. The 80 km road to the northern exit up to Katere, can sometimes takes 8 to 9 hours of driving, that is why a group with only one vehicle, is not allowed into the park.
The roads in this park, can test your 4×4 driving skills to the utmost best, that is why I will always be a Real 4×4 exploration fanatic”
Guide experience: “What I will always remember about Rundu, is the early morning singing of the woman, while doing the washing of the family’s clothes and the children cheerfully playing on the sand of the Okavango river.”
Day 6 Etosha National Park
After a good breakfast at the lodge, we will travel southeast 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 gives life for a large number of game. The three rest camps, Namutoni, Halali and Okaukuejo are well-maintained camps.
Namutoni is situated at the eastern entrance of Etosha and centres on an old German fort, which was built before the turn of the century. The campsite will be our overnight home. A floodlit waterhole next to the fort is another highlight of our stay.
“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.”
Day 7 Etosha National Park
After breakfast at the Restaurant we will depart from Namutoni camp, doing wildlife viewing at some of the waterholes, while driving to Halali camp which is halfway between Namutoni and Okaukuejo camp. Halali got its German name from the call made to announce the end of a hunt.
We will visit Halali camp and have a stop at the Restaurant for Lunch. Depart for Okaukuejo 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.
Overnight at Okaukuejo campsite.
“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 8 Khorixas
Departing after breakfast, with very good memories, we will leave the Etosha National Park to continue on to Outjo where we will re-fuel and Lunch.
The Herero’s named Outjo, that means ‘little hills’. On the way to Khorixas we will visit the Rock Finger, Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings, and an extensive gallery of rock engravings consisting of more of less 2000 petroglyphes.In the same area we will visit the basalt columns called Organ Pipes and Petrified Forest with about 300 million Year-old tree trunks.
Khorixas forms the centre of Damaraland. The Damara people together with the Bushmen are the oldest inhabitants of Namibia. This town was formerly known as Welwitschia. We will overnight at a camping site near Khorixas.
“Leaving the Etosha National Park, always leave one with a little feeling of sadness, but with a lot of wonderful memories and moments to remember for ever.
Moving into Damaraland and again experiencing the wide openness of this rocky and unforgiving area, which can be transformed from a completely desert area into a green landscape if only the rain will come.”
Day 9 Swakopmund
After an early breakfast we will leave from Khorixas to travel to Swakopmund where we will be staying for 2 days at the Swakopmund Municipal Flats. On way we will travel through Uis (former mining town) through the gravel plains of the Namib, passing the 2573 m high Brandberg that dominates this area.
Arriving at the coastline town of Henties Bay, named after Major Hentie v/d Merwe who started recreational fishing here. We will stop here for Lunch. 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. 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.
“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 reminds me of all the wonderful sea holidays that we as a family had. Swakopmund the Adventure Capital of Namibia. 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 10 Swakopmund
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 mementos for Family or friends.
“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 German beer, you have the feeling that you could just as well be somewhere in Europe.”
Day 11 Sesriem
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.
After an early lunch 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. We will overnight at Sesriem campsite for 1 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.
“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 12 Solitaire
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. In the afternoon we will travel to Solitaire Lodge where we will overnight in the camping site.
” 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 13 Windhoek
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 2000 m above sea level. Overnight in a Hotel in Windhoek.
“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 14 Windhoek
You can spend this day for shopping, relaxing at the pool, or exploring Windhoek.
At the appropriate time a transfer will take you to your next accommodation or to the international Airport for your flight home.
”And again I am standing on the airport 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.”
(Tours can be adapted to personal preference)
DETAILS OF THE TOUR:
Self Drive Group Tour
Hotels & Lodges & Flat accommodation:
3* Hotel for the first and last night
Lodge & Flat for Day 2,5,9 & 10
Camping sites with a choice of rooftop tents or ground tents for:
Day 3,4,6,7,8,11 & 12
Fully equipped exploration vehicle with all recovery and camping equipment
Camping, Lodge and Hotel accommodation as specified
All meals except where specified otherwise
Two Way Radios
All Park and vehicle entrée fees
Airfares to and from Namibia
Day 1 Breakfast & Lunch
Day 5 Dinner
Day 7 Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 Dinner
Day 9 Dinner
Day 10 Lunch, Dinner
Day 14 Lunch, Dinner
All excursions which are not included
Water and Drinks
All Vaccinations and Medicine
All Required Visas(inquire at your travel agent)
International Driving License