DAY 1 WINDHOEK
After your arrival at Hosea Kutako Airport, Windhoek, you will be transferred to Windhoek Central to collect your 4×4 vehicle. Tonight, go and explore the city of Windhoek and soak up some German Hospitality in one of the local beer halls.
DAY 1 NAMIB NAUKLUFT NATIONAL PARK
Travel from Windhoek on a lesser-known route taking you over some of the most beautiful mountain passes and scenery to the Namib Naukluft Park. This immense park is 50,000sqkm and includes the Sesriem Canyon and the world renowned Sossusvlei with its red sand dunes which are reputed to be the highest in the world. Also visit the Sesriem Canyon which is 1 km long and 30–40m deep. This canyon has no water for most of the year and therefore you can walk in the bed of this canyon.
Relax in the afternoon with a cold one in the hand and the splendour of the sunset over the Namib Desert.
DAY 3 SOSSUSVLEI
Today, visit the world-renowned Sossusvlei dune fields which are said to be the highest star dunes in the world. Also, visit a dried up clay pan called Deadvlei which hasn’t received water for the last 1,000 years. In the afternoon visit the petrified sand dunes for an unforgettable sundowner.
DAY 4 SWAKOPMUND
Travel from Sesriem to Swakopmund. On the way pass through the Gaub pass, Kuiseb pass and the gravel desert plains of the Namib. After lunch in Walvis Bay, visit the welwitschia plains which have a unique type of desert plant which lives up to 3,000 years. Also, make a stop at the Swakop River to view the barren landscape amply named the’ Moon Valley’.
Enjoy the Desert town of Swakopmund with its Bavarian architecture and great nightlife.
DAY 5 SWAKOPMUND
Swakopmund is the adventure capital of Namibia. This day can be spend at own leisure either partaking in some of the activities like quad biking through the dune field, sand boarding in the dunes, tandem skydiving, parasailing, ballooning, cable slides, and paragliding or just enjoying the peace and German atmosphere that Swakopmund can offer.
DAY 9 KHORIXAS
Travel from Swakopmund to Khorixas. On route visit the Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings at the red and black coloured Burned Mountain. This site has more than 1,500 engravings made by the Nama and the Bushman people. Thereafter visit the Petrified Forest with its petrified tree trunks that were turned into rock. The Basalt columns which reach into the air carry the name of ‘Organ Pipes’ – walking between these rock structures takes you back to the time when the Planet followed the strict laws of nature.
DAY 7 ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
Travel from Khorixas to the Etosha National Park. On route to Outjo visit the Vingerklip rock formation. This 35m high rock needle stands tall in the Ugab valley since the time when it was made by the different cycles of erosion. From here, travel to Outjo to do replenishments and then onto the Etosha National Park. The Etosha National Park is one of the well known parks in the world and consist of an area of 22,270sqkm of which the white Etosha pan covers 5,000sqkm. Vast herds of animals still migrate across this great park following their old migratory routes.
Game viewing in the late afternoon is always rewarding, letting Mother Nature take her course and being there to partake in the experience!
DAY 8 ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
Enjoy a full day of game viewing and exploring this great park while travelling to the next overnight spot which is Namutoni camp. The main building of Namutoni is an old German Fort which was renovated to serve as accommodation for tourists visiting the Etosha National Park and afterwards turned into a restaurant, shop and offices.
DAY 9 RUNDU
Leaving Etosha National Park, head north on some of the back roads, stopping at a very large Baobab tree and proceeding onto Mururani Gate. This gate is the border between the farming area of Otjozondjupa and tribal region of the Kavango tribe. Proceed onto Rundu which is the administrative capital of the Kavango Region and which is situated on the banks of the Okavango River which is the border between Namibia and Angola.
DAY 10 KAUDOM GAME PARK
Leaving Rundu, travel along the bank of the Okavango River. On this road, you will see the tribal villages and visit one of the local ‘cuca’ shops where the locals sell beverages and foodstuffs. (The name ‘cuca’ reveres to an Angolan beer that was sold in these shops years ago.)
Travel 120km along this road until you reach the turnoff to the Kaudom Game Park. From here travel in a southerly direction on a very, VERY sandy track to reach the Kaudom camp situated in the Kaudom Game Park.
DAY 11 KAUDOM GAME PARK
The Kaudom Game Park covers 380,000ha which consists of savannah vegetation and borders Botswana and the Kalahari sandveld. This park is remote and only four-wheel drive vehicles are allowed in the park. Animals like roan antelope, giraffe, gemsbok, tsessebe, eland and elephant are frequently seen in this park. There is also a great opportunity to spot lions, leopard, hyena and the endangered African wild dog.
Because of the fact that this is a very sandy area, The Kaudom Game Park is still one of the unexplored ‘jewels’ of Africa.
Travel from Kaudom Camp, along the way doing game viewing to Sekeretti camp which lies in the Southern Part of the Kaudom Game Park.
DAY 12 GROOTFONTEIN
Leave the Kaudom Game Park, travelling to Tsumkwe. Here is where the Haixon, Kung and Mbarankwengo live, better known as the Bushmen. From here, travel to Grootfontein, passing the Omatako Omuramba (dry river bed) and the Makalani Palm Tree Plains.
DAY 13 WINDHOEK
Today travel back to Windhoek. Along the way, visit the Hoba Meteorite which is the largest meteorite in the World. Afterwards, drive past the picturesque and historical Waterberg Plateau which rises 200m above the flat savannah area. Continuing onto Otjiwarongo, Okahandja and Windhoek.
Tonight, have a farewell dinner at the famous Joe’s Beerhouse to relive the tour in full with a cold Namibian beer in hand and the hospitality of the Namibian people.
DAY 14 WINDHOEK
Today, proceed with the handing back of the vehicles and equipment. The rest of the day can be spend sightseeing and shopping in Windhoek and the transfer to the airport will be done according to flight times.
(Tours can be adapted to personal preference)
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