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Ultimate Namibia: Windhoek to Windhoek

Duration
10 Days
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US$ 5,887

This Ultimate Namibia safari affords you the chance to experience this magnificent country in a very personal way. You will have your own professional and experienced safari guide who will enhance your enjoyment of this unique country by ensuring a stress-free journey of discovery amid dramatic, ever-changing scenery.


This 10-day trip through Namibia uncovers one of Africa’s most awe-inspiring, yet enigmatic countries. Giant dunes, skeletal ghost towns, a native culture dating back thousands of years, and wildlife unlike anywhere else on the continent all form part of Namibia’s compelling puzzle.

Set out from Windhoek in your private safari vehicle, bound for the Sossus Dune Lodge in the most scenic part of the Namib Desert. Built with conservation in mind, the lodge is the ideal place to refresh from your flight, or if you have the energy, the ideal jumping off point for a visit to Sesriem Canyon, or Elm Dune. Be sure to get some rest for the following day, when you visit Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, the otherworldly desert park where ghostly Acacia trees rise from the long dried marsh, all in the shadow of towering orange dunes. You can also pre-book (at extra cost) a hot air balloon flight for the early morning before you depart.

If Swakopmund seems like a small German beach resort, it’s with good reason. Namibia was once a German colony, and the architecture here preserves some of that past. As a result, it’s one of the most interesting seaside resorts you’ll ever visit. Swakopmund is as much a playground for nature lovers as it is history buffs. Journey out to Walvis Bay for kayaking in the outer lagoon. See fur seals, dolphins, flamingos, pelicans, and other wildlife that thrive in this largely unspoiled habitat.

Head into the mountainous region known as Damaraland, famous for its rock formations and pre-historic rock engravings. Hunter gatherers inhabited this land for thousands of years, leaving another fascinating piece of Namibia’s puzzle to explore. This is also another rich wildlife region. Keep your eyes peeled for elephants, rare black rhinos, and giraffes, all of whom call this desert landscape home. Adapted to this environment, some of Namibia’s animals differ to their counterparts in neighbouring South Africa or Botswana.

You’ll really start to notice this in Etosha National Park, probably Namibia’s most famous wildlife park. It’s also home to the native Himba people, and you’ll visit a local Himba settlement as part of your visit. After that, it’s time for game viewing in Etosha! There’s no telling exactly which animals you’ll see on any given day, but elephants, lions, giraffes, wildebeest, eland, kutu, zebra, oryx, rhinos, the world’s densest concentration of cheetahs…the list goes on. With so much to potentially see, you’ll have two days of game viewing here, staying at the beautiful Onguma Treetop Camp.

Your last day in Namibia takes you to the AfriCat Day Centre, which conducts valuable research and rehabilitation of injured or captured big cats including leopards and cheetahs. You’ll arrive back in Windhoek by late afternoon in time for a night flight, or stay an extra night if you’d rather not rush.


 

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,887

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Day 1

Arrival

This morning, a Goway representative will collect you from your various accommodation establishments or from the Windhoek International Airport (assuming you land before 8:00am). You then depart Windhoek in your safari vehicle with your private guide and drive southwest through the scenic Khomas Hochland highlands before heading down the Great Escarpment into the Namib Desert below, stopping for a picnic lunch at a scenic location along the way. You arrive at Sossus Dune Lodge in the mid-afternoon and you will stay here for two nights whilst you explore the remarkable sights of the Namib Desert with your guide. If there is still time today, your guide will take you to visit Sesriem Canyon, a nearby geological attraction, or explore Elim Dune. However, if you prefer, you can just relax and soak in the scenic and tranquil surroundings at Sossus Dune Lodge.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Sossus Dune Lodge

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    Sossus Dune Lodge



    Built in an environmentally sensitive manner, primarily from wood, canvas and thatch, in an attractive 'afro-village' style, Sossus Dune Lodge will offer guests an evocative and life changing experience. Situated within the park, guests benefit from being able to reach Sossusvlei before sunrise, and to ...

    Built in an environmentally sensitive manner, primarily from wood, canvas and thatch, in an attractive 'afro-village' style, Sossus Dune Lodge will offer guests an evocative and life changing experience. Situated within the park, guests benefit from being able to reach Sossusvlei before sunrise, and to stay until after sunset, and on their return after an exhilarating day, to relax in the tranquility and splendour of the Namib Desert, under the spectacular African sky.

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Day 2

Sossusvlei

This morning, you will need to rise early for a magical excursion with your guide in the Namib Naukluft National Park, normally setting off before sunrise to capture the dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate the towering shapes and curves. This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world and your guide will give you an insight on the formation of the Namib Desert and its myriad of fascinating creatures and plants that have adapted to survive these harsh environs. Once you have explored Sossusvlei, Deadvlei and surrounding dune fields to your heart's content you can enjoy a relaxed picnic brunch in the shade of a camel thorn tree. You then return to Sossus Dune Lodge in the early afternoon in time for a late lunch, with the option to visit Sesriem Canyon afterwards if you haven't already done so the day before. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure (from experience, this is usually welcomed after an exhilarating morning in the dunes).

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Swakopmund

The fascinating drive today takes you northwest through awesome and ever changing desert landscapes of the Namib Naukluft National Park, including the impressive Gaub and Kuiseb canyons. You will meet the coast at the port town of Walvis Bay and then continue north to Swakopmund where you can enjoy the pleasant seaside location and cooler coastal air for your next two nights. There will be time this afternoon to explore the town and wander along the waterfront on foot, before heading off for dinner at a popular restaurant which specializes in fresh seafood.
NOTE: Option to include a sunrise balloon flight or scenic light aircraft flight over the Namib Naukluft National Park before you depart for Swakopmund (optional extra at additional cost). Please note that if making use of this offer, it will need to be booked exclusively with Goway in order to fit in with other timings for this day.
NOTE: As an alternative to the drive from Sossus Dune Lodge to Swakopmund you may like to take a scenic light aircraft flight over Sossusvlei and along the Diamond Coast (optional extra at additional cost), allowing you a bird's eye view over the dune sea, abandoned mining camps, shipwrecks, Sandwich Harbour and salt pans before you land at Swakopmund Airport. Your guide will drive to meet up with you in Swakopmund later in the day. Please note that if making use of this offer, flights will need to be booked exclusively with Goway for absolute logistical reasons.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Day 4

Swakopmund

After an early breakfast, your guide will drive you along the scenic coastal road back south to Walvis Bay for a memorable kayaking adventure within the outer lagoon. After meeting your kayaking guide you will be taken on a short scenic drive to Pelican Point to see its lighthouse and windswept beauty, stopping briefly at the salt works to view the variety of birdlife on your way to the launch point. The kayaking is an ideal way of seeing Cape fur seals, Heaviside and bottlenose dolphins, pelicans, flamingos and a wide variety of other sea birds. If you are lucky, there is also a chance of seeing whales, leatherback turtles and sunfish. During the course of the day the guide will stop and inform you about the environment and light refreshments will be served on the beach before heading back to Walvis Bay.
You also have the choice to partake in a memorable motorized boat seal and dolphin excursion within the outer lagoon and harbour should the kayaking not appeal. Here you should also see Cape fur seals, heaviside and bottlenose dolphins, pelicans, flamingos and a wide variety of other sea birds. Again, if luck is on your side, there is also a chance of seeing whales, leatherback turtles and sunfish. During the course of the excursion snacks will be served along with local sparkling wine and fresh oysters, before you will return to the jetty at roughly midday.
You then have the opportunity to explore the waterfront area of Walvis Bay further before returning to Swakopmund for an afternoon at leisure at your guesthouse or out in town. Activities such as camel rides, scenic flights, sandboarding and more can all be booked at an extra cost.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Damaraland

Continuing on your safari today, the road takes you north and east into the wonderful and diverse region of Damaraland. You pass Namibia's highest mountain, the Brandberg which peaks at 2,573 m above sea level, and take time to view game and absorb the vastness of the scenery along the way. Damaraland is typified by displays of colour, magnificent table topped mountains, rock formations and bizarre-looking vegetation. The present day landscape has been formed by the erosion of wind, water and geological forces which have formed rolling hills, dunes, gravel plains and ancient river terraces. It is the variety and loneliness of the area as well as the scenic splendour which will reward and astound you, giving one an authentic understanding of the word 'wilderness'.
If time allows this afternoon your guide will take you to visit the nearby attractions and geological sites of the pre-historic Twyfelfontein rock engravings (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) - if not, there is plenty of time to see them tomorrow.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Camp Kipwe

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    Camp Kipwe



    Huddled in the rocks, with sweeping views across the Aba Huab valley, Camp Kipwe is full of surprises, starting when guests first arrive. It appears as if rocks have tumbled down the hill to reveal this gem of a camp. The setting is one of ...

    Huddled in the rocks, with sweeping views across the Aba Huab valley, Camp Kipwe is full of surprises, starting when guests first arrive. It appears as if rocks have tumbled down the hill to reveal this gem of a camp. The setting is one of intimacy and space. An inviting lounge area, where birds fly in to enjoy the water seeping from the rocks, a refreshing swimming pool nestled in the rocks and a scattering of bungalows complete this eco friendly camp. The surrounding space and endless views of Damaraland cannot be contained. They beckon you to explore - enjoy an early morning game drive in search of elusive desert dwelling elephants, hike in the ancient surroundings of the Aba Huab River or travel back in time at Twyfelfontein, Namibia's first World Heritage Site.

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    • Bungalows
    • Ensuite Bathrooms
    • Free Parking
    • Lounge
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 6

Damaraland

After an early breakfast, you will be treated to an exciting 4x4 excursion along the ephemeral Aba Huab and Huab River valleys to explore this remarkable region and to search for game, including the elusive desert adapted elephants if they are in the area. Damaraland is home to a variety of desert adapted wildlife and hidden desert treasures. As the elephants are mostly active in the mornings you will normally have the best chance to see them then before returning to camp for lunch. However, if all the safari participants agree, you also have the option to take a picnic lunch and stop to enjoy that in the shade of a large Ana tree by the riverbed, ideally while watching a herd of elephant browsing nearby.
Your guide will arrange to fit in a visit to Twyfelfontein and other nearby attractions at a suitable time if you haven't already done so the previous day. On return to camp, there should be time to take a walk into the local area with your guide if desired, or simply relax and enjoy some well-deserved leisure time.

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Day 7

Southern Etosha National Park

Today, after a very early breakfast, you set off on your journey to the Etosha National Park, travelling via the scenic Grootberg Pass. Along the way your guide will take you to visit a local Himba settlement- you may have to search for a while as the semi-nomadic Himba people sometimes move location with no notice. They are one of the last truly traditional peoples of Namibia and have little time for conventional practices. Here you will learn about the customs and traditions of this very proud nation, and will be given insight into their beliefs, way of life and everyday routine. Depending on the school semester and school holidays, you may also visit the Grootberg Primary School, a rural school where Ultimate Safaris' Conservation Travel Foundation is actively involved, assisting with improved education infrastructure and methods. After visiting the Himba and school you will head east through the small town of Kamanjab before heading on towards tonight's destination at the homey Andersson's Camp, which is situated just south of the Etosha National Park's Andersson Gate. A picnic lunch will be enjoyed en-route and arrival will be in the very late afternoon or early evening (after a long but rewarding day). After your arrival you will have some time at leisure, which can be spent appreciating the unique surroundings and enjoying the game viewing at the camp's floodlit waterhole and enjoy a different vantage point from the camps underground hide.

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Duration1 Night
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Safarihoek Lodge

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    Safarihoek Lodge



    Located outside the south-western border of Etosha National Park, Safarihoek Lodge offers accommodation set amongst the Mopani trees. This lodge boasts an outdoor swimming pool and panoramic views of Etosha from the elevated deck.

    Located outside the south-western border of Etosha National Park, Safarihoek Lodge offers accommodation set amongst the Mopani trees. This lodge boasts an outdoor swimming pool and panoramic views of Etosha from the elevated deck.

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    • Bar/Lounge
    • Bar/Lounge

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Day 8

Eastern Etosha National Park

Today is dedicated to a full day of exciting game viewing within the central section of Etosha National Park from your private safari vehicle as you make your way from the southern Andersson's Gate to Halali (where you may stop for lunch) and then on across via selected waterholes such as Goas, which are normally particularly good for game viewing, to Namutoni Camp in the east. You will have to leave the Park before sunset and head out to stay at the delightful Onguma Tree Top Camp with enough time to relax and freshen up before for dinner. The rest of the evening can be spent game viewing at the camp's floodlit waterhole where game comes and goes throughout the day and night.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Onguma Treetop Camp

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    Onguma Treetop Camp



    Onguma Tree Top Camp is a small and intimate camp, especially designed for those travellers who would like to truly experience the bush in all its raw splendour. This is where guests are able to come and relax for a few days in the midst ...

    Onguma Tree Top Camp is a small and intimate camp, especially designed for those travellers who would like to truly experience the bush in all its raw splendour.

    This is where guests are able to come and relax for a few days in the midst of their busy travelling schedule, and just breathe in the aromas of the bush and take in all the wildness that this place has to offer.

    The Camp is built on wooden stilts amongst the tree tops with full views over one of the most beautiful watering holes on Onguma Game Reserve. The Camp consists of 4 thatched rooms with canvas walls, outside showers, a dining room and a main complex.

    Onguma Tree Top Camp is a place to savour, small bits at a time. A place where giraffe, zebra, lion, and many other species of antelope come to quench their thirst. A place where birds and animals become your daily companion. Onguma - a place you will not want to forget.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Hairdryers
    • Outdoor Shower

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Day 9

Onguma Game Reserve

Another morning dedicated to memorable game drives within the eastern section of Etosha National Park with your guide. You return to camp for lunch and an early afternoon rest, spending your final afternoon on a game drive on the private Onguma Game Reserve, culminating in a sundowner overlooking Fischer's Pan. You then return after sunset with enough time to freshen up and enjoy your final 'safari dinner' overlooking the camp's floodlit waterhole.

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Day 10

Departure

Your early departure will take you south from Onguma Tree Top via Tsumeb, Otavi and Otjiwarongo to reach Okonjima's AfriCat Day Centre, a wonderful highlight with which to conclude your safari. Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation, a wildlife sanctuary which focuses on the research and rehabilitation of Africa's big cats, especially injured or captured leopard and cheetah. You arrive in time for lunch before embarking on an exciting and informative game drive and tour of the centre. Here you will learn about the function and vision of the AfriCat Foundation and will also get to meet some of the Foundation's special carnivore ambassadors. After the excursion and freshening up, the journey continues further south to arrive back in Windhoek in the late afternoon, just as the sun is setting. Upon your arrival in Windhoek you will be transferred to your accommodation establishment of choice, or out to the Windhoek International Airport (transfer to be booked additionally) if flying out in the evening - departure flights must be no earlier than 9:00pm to allow sufficient time for the visit to the AfriCat Foundation and the journey back to Windhoek, or a final night in Windhoek can be arranged at additional cost if required. A final night in Windhoek is highly recommended!

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DEPARTURES:

Group Departures: Tuesdays
Private Touring: Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation as indicated
  • Transportation in a luxury air-conditioned safari vehicle
  • All meals as mentioned
  • Services of a registered and experienced naturalist English-speaking safari guide
  • Entrance fees and excursions as described in itinerary
  • Mineral water on board the safari vehicle
  • Welcome pack

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International flights to Namibia and airport taxes
  • Return airport transfers from Windhoek International Airport - Windhoek - Windhoek International Airport
  • Pre and post safari accommodation in Windhoek
  • Any entrance fees and excursions not included in itinerary
  • All beverages with the exception of mineral water on board the safari vehicle
  • Laundry (laundry service available at lodges at extra cost)
  • Gratuities
  • Items of personal nature (telephone expenses, curios, medicines etc)
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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