You will visit the renowned Africat Foundation at Okonjima Lodge & the hugely varied wildlife of Etosha National Park before heading south via the coast for two nights of unashamed luxury at Little Kulala Lodge near Sesriem and some excellent walking & warm hospitality at Zebra River Lodge in the Tsarisberge Mountains. Accommodation varies from simple chalets inside Etosha and owner managed Bed & Breakfast establishments in Windhoek and Swakopmund to the luxury lodges of Little Kulala, Ongava & Okonjima, so allowing you to enjoy the best of Namibia within a reasonable budget.Your hire vehicle is a 4x4 single cab vehicle. It is equipped with a medical aid box, towing rope, jack, pump, fanbelt, toolbox and two spare wheel tyres. Also included are unlimited kilometres, insurance at the specified excess rate, VAT, oil and maintenance. A GPS unit and satellite phone can also be hired as extras.
Day 1: Rivendell Guest House, Windhoek, B&B basis.
Land at Windhoek International Airport, where you will be met by a representative of the car hire company. Transfer to their city centre offices to collect your 4x4 double cab with full camping equipment before proceeding to Rivendell. Rivendell Guest House is located in a quiet suburb close to the city centre. Relax around the swimming pool or lounge area, and maybe take the afternoon to explore the shops and restaurants of the city. Facilities include TV lounge, swimming pool, self-catering kitchen & small bar.
Days 2 & 3: Okonjima Main Lodge, fully inclusive of activities & meals
Drive to Okonjima, via Okahandja where there is an extensive craft market. Arrive in time for lunch, or for the afternoon activities. Okonjima is home to the Africat foundation which works with farmers and the public to conserve the big cat species of Namibia. The inclusive activities here include lion & leopard viewing, nature walks, educational bushman walks and cheetah tracking. Accommodation is in luxurious rooms located in the main farmhouse and surrounded by lush gardens. Facilities also include a night hide and a swimming pool, which offers an ideal place to relax during the heat of the day.
Days 4 & 5: Namutoni rest camp, Etosha, accommodation only
Make your way further north via Otjiwarongo & Tsumeb to Etosha National Park. Travel to Etosha National Park. The Park is dominated by the vast Etosha salt pan, and many water holes exist, joined by a network of well maintained gravel roads to enable visitors the best chances of seeing the many inhabitants of Namibia’s premier wildlife reserve. Species present in the Park include lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, rhino, giraffe & zebra in addition to many antelope and bird species. Each camp in Etosha has a restaurant, swimming pool, small shop & petrol station, and game viewing can be extended into the evening at the floodlit waterholes. Park entry fees as above are payable on arrival. Namutoni is based around an old German fort whose tower provides an excellent place to watch the sunset.
Day 6: Ongava Lodge, border of Etosha, DB&B basis
Ongava is located in a private nature reserve bordering the Etosha National Park and closet to the Okaukuejo entrance gate. Make your way through the park at a leisurely pace today, allowing time to enjoy stopping at some of the many waterholes. Perhaps arrive at Ongava in time to take an optional guided game drive this afternoon, or in time for sundowner drinks. The lodge waterhole, situated in front of the main deck, provides the perfect place to relax and watch the movements of the many animals quenching their thirst. The accommodation is in luxurious brick & thatch chalets and a bar, dining area and swimming pool blend into the surrounding environment.
Day 7: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, DB&B basis
Continue your journey this morning, driving towards Damaraland via Outjo & Khorixas. The lodge has a scenic bar and restaurant overlooking the dry, boulder strewn plains and you may enjoy relaxing around the swimming pool this afternoon. In this area you might wish to visit Twyfelfontein or the Petrified Forest. The Petrified Forest is a collection of largely intact gymnosperm trees, transformed into stone by ongoing anaerobic conditions. At Twyfelfontein there are numerous fascinating examples of San rock art. The volcanic area of ‘Burnt Mountain’ is also close by, as are the dolerite ‘organ pipes’.
Days 8 & 9: Sea Breeze Guest House, Swakopmund, B&B basis
Drive onwards to the coast this morning, from the mountains of Damaraland to endless, gravel plains of the coast. If time allows, you may like to make a detour to Cape Cross, where as many as 100,000 Cape fur seals may be seen during breeding season. Swakopmund is a picturesque resort with good seafood restaurants, shops, an interesting museum and aquarium. Adventure activities such as sand boarding, tandem parachuting, fishing & quad biking can be arranged prior to arrival. Excellent day trips include the marine sanctuary of Sandwich Harbour, a unique environment comprising towering dunes, a freshwater lagoon and the wild Atlantic Ocean. Alternatively, a half day boat cruise from Walvis Bay may offer the opportunity to see dolphins, fur seals and many species of marine birds. Walvis Bay lagoon, is a wetland of international importance and home to many bird species including greater flamingos.Sea Breeze is a quiet friendly guest house located on the beach front. Enjoy excellent breakfasts and a relaxing time overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Days 10 & 11: Little Kulala Lodge, fully inclusive of activities & meals
Set off this morning for the dunes of the Namib Desert, near Sesriem and Sossusvlei. Arrive at Little Kulala, located on the Namib Rand Nature Reserve, this afternoon. This beautiful lodge has a swimming pool, bar and dining area overlooking the stark desert landscape of the Namib. Each room at Kulala has a roof-top sleeping platform offering guests the unique opportunity to sleep under the stars, as well as a private plunge pool and both indoor and outdoor showers. The lodge offers inclusive nature drives on the reserve as well as a guided excursion to the dunes of Sossusvlei through Kulala’s private entrance. On the morning of day 11 you can wake early and take an inclusive guided excursion to Sossusvlei. Enjoy the amazing scenery of the desert, and maybe take a short walk to the ancient camelthorn trees at Deadvlei, or climb the nearby dunes. Return to Sesriem and perhaps visit Sesriem Canyon, before returning to Little Kulala.
Days 12 & 13: Zebra River Lodge, Tsarisberge Mountains, all meals inc
Zebra River Lodge is a very friendly and peaceful establishment where you can enjoy self-guided walks into the mountains, or take guided drives to the spring pools in the lush valley or through the extensive, private concession area. Enjoy the small swimming pool & gardens here and learn about this ancient area from your welcoming and knowledgeable hosts.
Day 14: Drive to Windhoek and return the hire vehicle to the car hire offices in town, from where you will be transferred back to the International Airport in time to connect with your return flight.
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