DAY 1 WINDHOEK – URBAN CAMP
Arrive at the Hosea Kutako Airport Windhoek. A transfer will collect you from the airport and take you to the 4×4 rental company. After the rental formalities, travel to Urban camp, where you 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 very clean and has a cosmopolitan flair. 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 Namibia’s National Museum.
Overnight at Urban Campsite.
DAY 2 WATERBERG PLATEAU PARK 279km
Leave Windhoek and drive in a northerly direction to Okahandja where you can have a proper breakfast. Then travel to Waterberg Plateau Park. Here you will overnight in their campsite. The majestic and spectacular Waterberg Plateau Park towers about 200 metres above the surrounding landscape, with its fascinating rock formations and sheer cliffs, and is the home for a great number of rare wildlife species and numerous birds. The Waterberg Region was traditionally part of the settling area of the Herero. In August 1904 about 40,000 Herero were surrounded by 1600 German soldiers and was almost annihilated. Only a few escaped to Botswana.
Overnight at the campsite in the Park.
DAY 3 JU/HOANSI HISTORIC LIVING VILLAGE AT GRASHOEK 321km
Leaving from Waterberg Plateau Park, travel in a north-easterly direction to Bushmanland. On the way you will visit the Hoba Meteorite near the town of Grootfontein. It was discovered by Mr Jacobus Brits in 1920. After refuelling at Grootfontein, drive to the Ju/Hoansi Historic Living Village at Grashoek where you will be bush camping for the night. Here you can partake in excursions like bushwalks with the Bushmen and participate in traditional wedding ceremonies, singing, dancing and games around the campfire. The Bushmen Cultural Tour is the most wonderful experience to partake in. The Bushmen people are very friendly and have a deep understanding of nature and ecology. The men are expert archer hunters whereas the woman collect wild fruits, like berries and wild onions that are rich in starch. There is about 30,000 Bushmen that live in Namibia, but only 2,000 of them still follow a traditional way of life.
Overnight at Grashoek campsite.
DAY 4 ROY’S CAMP 80km
Today you can spend a full day with the Bushmen people. Learn archery and spear throwing, watch a traditional doctor healing a patient and enjoy a day you will never forget. Late afternoon, say goodbye to these wonderful people, and travel to the well-known Roy’s Camp. Here you will camp for the night.
DAY 5 ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK – NAMUTONI CAMP 225km
After breakfast, travel to Etosha National Park. One of the highlights in Namibia safari is a visit to Etosha. In 1907, Etosha was declared a game reserve by the German colonial administration. Etosha covers an area of more than 22,000sqkm and represents almost all African animal species. The very large herds of springbok are a beautiful picture to observe. The vast Etosha 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. 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 your overnight home. A night game drive is available at your own account. It is highly recommended.
DAY 6 ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK – OKAUKUEJO CAMP 145km
After breakfast, depart from Namutoni camp, enjoying 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. Visit the waterhole at Halali camp and also have lunch. Depart for Okaukuejo camp, which houses the Etosha Ecological Institute where research is done. A permanent waterhole that is floodlit at night, gives 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.
DAY 7 HIMBA VILLAGE – KAMANJAB 249km
Departing after breakfast, with very good memories, leave the Etosha National Park to continue on to Outjo where you will re-fuel, do shopping and have brunch. The Herero’s named Outjo, that means ‘little hills’.
After lunch, continue your self-drive safari to Kamanjab where the Himba Village is. The afternoon will be spent with the Himba people to experience their culture. Overnight close to the Himba Village.
A visit to a Himba Village is one of the highlights on this safari. 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 bloodline 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 8 BRANDBERG WHITE LADY LODGE 368km
After breakfast at the Himba Village, on way to Brandberg, visit the Petrified Forest with its 300 million-year-old tree trunks and also have lunch. Also, visit the Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings – an extensive gallery of rock engravings consisting of about 2,000 petroglyphs. Then continue your Namibian safari to the Brandberg Lodge via Uis Mine.
Brandberg Mountain is located in Damaraland, in the northwestern Namib Desert, near the coast, and covers an area of approximately 650sqkm. With its highest point, the Königstein (German for ‘King’s Stone’), standing at 2,606 m (8,550ft) above sea level and located on the flat Namib gravel plains, on a clear day ‘The Brandberg’ can be seen from a great distance. There are various routes to the summit, the easiest (also steepest) being up the Ga’aseb river valley, but other routes include the Hungurob and Tsisab river valleys.
DAY 9 SWAKOPMUND – AMANPURI LODGE 228km
After breakfast, leave from Brandberg and travel via Henties Bay where you will enjoy a takeaway lunch on the beach. The town of Henties Bay, named after Major Hentie v/d Merwe who started recreational fishing here, is also where you will refuel the vehicles. Thereafter travel about 80km, along the coastal road to Swakopmund, passing places with very interesting names like Jakkalzputz, Wlotskasbaken and Mile 4. Staying at a lodge in Swakopmund for two 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. Sandboarding, horse riding, parasailing, ballooning, kayaking, camel rides, scenic flights, quad biking and fishing are only some of the large number of activities on offer. The Living Desert Tour is an exceptional excursion that is highly recommended.
DAY 10 SWAKOPMUND – AMANPURI LODGE
Enjoy a full day of adventurous excursions, or enjoy a bit of relaxing in Swakopmund. 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 mementoes for family or friends.
DAY 11 SESRIEM – NWR CAMPSITE 347km
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, you will have the opportunity to take beautiful pictures of the rich birdlife that lives here, like pelicans and flamingos. Continue on to Naukluft Park which is Namibia’s largest nature reserve of about 50,000sqkm (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 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 have lunch, and then continue to Sesriem. Overnight at Sesriem campsite for one night. Sesriem Canyon is situated about 5km 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.
DAY 12 11 SESRIEM – NWR CAMPSITE 132km
Leave camp very early to travel a short distance to view the spectacular sunrise at Sossusvlei. These magnificent red-coloured sand dunes are absolutely a photographer’s dream.
The Sossusvlei is a huge clay pan surrounded by these majestic mountains of sand. Some of these dunes are 300m high (the 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.
DAY 13 WINDHOEK – SAFARI HOTEL 346km
Leaving the Namib Desert and the coastline behind, 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 2,000m above sea level. Overnight in a jotel in Windhoek.
DAY 14 WINDHOEK / BACK HOME
At the appropriate time, a transfer will take you to the Airport for your flight back home.
Total Distance: Approximately 3000km
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