14 DAYS DESERT, WILDLIFE & DUNES OF NAMIBIA- GUIDED LODGE TOUR

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Windhoek – Etosha South – Opuwo – Kunene – Kamanjab – Palmwag – Skeleton Coast – Swakopmund – Sossusvlei

Overview

Day 1 Windhoek Gardens Boutique Hotel Windhoek D,B&B 1x Twin Room 1 Night
Day 2 Taleni Etosha Village Etosha South FB 1x Twin Room 2 Nights
Day 4 Opuwo Country Lodge Opuwo FB 1x Double
Room
1 Night
Day 5 Omarunga Epupa-Falls Camp Gondwana
Collection Namibia
Kunene FB 1x Double
Room
1 Night
Day 6 Oppi-Koppi Restcamp Kamanjab FB 1x Twin Room 1 Night
Day 7 Palmwag Lodge Gondwana Collection
Namibia
Palmwag FB 1x Double
Room
1 Night
Day 8 Cape Cross Lodge Skeleton Coast FB 1x Double
Room
1 Night
Day 9 The Stiltz Hotel Swakopmund HB+ 1x Double
Room
2 Nights
Day
11
Desert Quiver Camp Sossusvlei FB 1x Double
Room
2 Nights
Day
13
Windhoek Gardens Boutique Hotel Windhoek D,B&B 1x Double
Room
1 Nig

Itinerary

Day 1
Windhoek Gardens Boutique Hotel, Windhoek

Windhoek
Situated in Central Namibia, the cosmopolitan city of Windhoek serves as the capital of the country. It is home to an international airport and a plethora of restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and accommodation options. The city is clean, safe and well-organised, with a colonial legacy that is reflected in its many German eateries and shops, and the widespread use of the German language. Windhoek has an interesting mix of historical architecture and modern buildings, many of which are worth a look, including the Alte Feste an old fort, the 1896 Christuskirche
Christ Church, and the more contemporary Supreme Court.

Overnight: Windhoek Gardens Boutique Hotel
Windhoek Gardens Boutique Hotel is located 5 minutes away from the centre of Windhoek, making it a perfect mix of convenience and practicality. Windhoek Gardens Boutique Hotel boasts 28 uniquely Namibian themed rooms, each with high speed internet and an ample workstation.

All rooms are twin bedded and have en-suite bathrooms.
The gorgeously furnished modern fitted rooms combined with a restful and rustic setting offers you the perfect stop over in Windhoek. You can experience Etosha in the North to Solitaire in the South on premises

Basis
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 2
Taleni Etosha Village, Etosha South

Etosha South
Located just south of the boundary of Etosha National Park in northwestern Namibia, Etosha South makes up the southern region of this wild paradise. Ongava Private Game Reserve shares the southern boundary with Etosha National Park and offers an array of luxury lodges overlooking picturesque landscapes dotted with abundant wildlife.
The national park can be accessed via the southern entrance at Andersson’s Gate. Visitors can catch a glimpse of a variety of wildlife including: lion, giraffe, elephant, white and black rhino, and a multitude of plains game. Popular activities include: game drives, tracking rhinos on foot, guided nature walks, or watch the sunset over this magnificent landscape.

Overnight: Taleni Etosha Village
Affordable Luxury at Etosha National Park near Okaukuejo

Situated only 2km from the Andersson entrance gate to Etosha National Park, Etosha Village uniquely combines affordability with comfort, style and exquisite cuisine.
The 45 luxury individual suites offer a fully air-conditioned bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and a patio to enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. Two small children (under 12) can be accommodated with their parents on a fold-out sleeper couch in the unit.
Facilities include an open-plan bar with big screen television, 2 sparkling pools plus a kiddie pool, a restaurant serving delectable cuisine as well as a fully stocked utility and curio shop. Explore Namibia’s animal kingdom with a morning or full day Guided Game Drives to Etosha National Park.
Enjoy the Walking Trails on our reserve where various small game can be spotted from the lookout decks and hides. Sundowner Drives and Stargazing Sessions allow guests to experience the magic of our sunsets and famous star studded skies.
Let our team whisk you away to an enchanted venue in the Mopane Forest for a magnificent Boma Dinner Experience for your special function or private dinner

Activities
Etosha

Basis
Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3
Taleni Etosha Village, Etosha South

As Day 2

Day 4
Opuwo Country Lodge, Opuwo

Opuwo, meaning ‘the end’ in Herero, lies in the north western Kunene region of Namibia. It serves as the capital of the region and is known as the gateway to the magnificent Epupa Falls. The surrounding landscape is characterised by low-lying hills, and vast dry desert plains inhabited by a wealth of desert-adapted wildlife. It serves as the central hub for the Himba culture. The town provides a perfect base for visitors wishing to explore the Kaokoland area and visit the local villages of the itinerant Himba people. The town and the Opuwo surrounding area is known as one of the cultural highlights of a trip to Namibia as it features an incredibly rich cultural heritage. Don’t miss an opportunity to learn about the fascinating Himba community within this starkly beautiful landscape.

Overnight: Opuwo Country Lodge

Opuwo Country Lodge is situated on a northwest facing hilltop just outside the town of Opuwo.
An awe-inspiring 360º view of the surrounding area gives visitors a spectacular vantage point of the surrounding area. With luxury and standard accommodation, air conditioning, as well as well-appointed camping sites — the Lodge is the ideal base from which to explore the Kaokoland. Deck chairs and umbrellas set the scene for a relaxed day around the pool or a welcome respite from the heat after a hard day’s drive. Next to the pool is the Bar and Restaurant where guests can enjoy ice cold refreshments and mouth-watering meals. The lodge is within easy reach of Kaoko-Otavi, Epupa Falls and Swartbooisdrift, popular destinations for visitors to the area.
Road conditions between Kamanjab and Opuwo are in excellent condition (tarmac). The 85 km to Ruacana is also a tarmac road and in excellent driving condition.
Fly-in guests are welcome. Please be sure to arrange for pickup before your arrival. The lodge is unfortunately not suitable for guests in wheel chairs

Basis
Full Board- Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5
Omarunga Epupa-Falls Camp Gondwana Collection Namibia, Kunene

Kunene
Bordering Angola in northern Namibia, Kunene is a region as well as the name of a river, which is one of just five perennial rivers in Namibia. The Kunene River is an invaluable source of water for the local Himba people, and it has been the mainstay of their existence for hundreds of years. For travellers, the river’s most striking feature is the magnificent Epupa Falls, which cascade over a distance of more than a kilometre downstream, with an impressive vertical drop of around 60 metres. Whitewater rafting and kayaking are both popular pursuits in this areas. Visitors can look forward to an array of exciting activities including: learning about local culture with a trip to a traditional Himba village, hiking, sundowner cruises, canoeing, kayaking, game viewing and excellent bird watching.

Day Itinerary
the trail leads into the 5000 square kilometre private Concession Area of Palmwag Lodge. Breathtaking landscapes in
mountainous area teeming with game welcome the guest – springbok, oryx, kudu, ostrich, jackal, zebra, giraffe, hyena, occasionally lion, leopard and cheetah provide excellent photographic opportunity for wildlife photography in this vast open infrastructure less wilderness area. With a bit of luck encounter the endangered black rhino (Bicornis
Bicornis) and the famous desert elephant, which roam the area in absolute freedom.
Depending on game activities, the camp will be erected in the wild in the Hunkab spring area. Sip a refreshing drink while the guide prepares the meal on an open fire and absorb the day’s experiences.

Overnight: Omarunga Epupa-Falls Camp Gondwana Collection Namibia Off the C43 following the D3700
The peaceful flow of river and subtle crash of the Falls, keep you company when staying at the special destination. Tented chalets and charming guest areas allow for a comfortable stay. With the Epupa Falls and Kunene River ensuring spectacular views.

Activities

Omapha Himba Village
Omapha Himba Village in Etosha South, Namibia, is home to the indigenous Himba tribe, who are half-nomadic people. The people are famous for maintaining the traditional way of life of their ancestors up to recent times.
External influences have not polluted them, and this reflects in the way they dress, cook, trade, interact and live. An array of wildlife can be seen roaming freely close to the village. Guided tours are offered, and guests can look forward to exploring the village in its natural environment.

Basis
Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6
Oppi-Koppi Restcamp, Kamanjab

Kamanjab
Fringing the western edge of Etosha, Kamanjab is situated in the Kunene Region. It serves as an excellent base for visitors looking for adventure in the surrounding area. It is home to Peet Alberts Rock Engravings the second largest rock art site in Namibia with over 1,200 and 1,500 rock engravings featuring animal and abstract images. Visitors can look forward to an array of activities including a chance to meet the Himbas in Kaokoland and opportunities to see the desert elephants.

Overnight: Oppi-Koppi Restcamp
OPPI-KOPPI is an OASIS in the desert and a quiet place to enjoy youself and recharge before continuing the journey to DAMARALAND, KAOKOLAND, SKELETON COAST, ETOSHA or WINDHOEK. The bar is ONE of the friendliest in the whole North-west Namibia, and in the restaurant you can enjoy a delicious menu with European operation.

Activities
Otjitotongwe Cheetah Guest Farm
Otjitotongwe Cheetah Farm and Cheetah Park is home to the Save the Cheetah project and the farm has both tame and wild cheetahs. The name – Otjitotongwe – is derived from Oshiherero a native language in Namibia.
Guests can view the feeding of cheetahs, ensuring superb photographic opportunities.
Further unusual features that the lodge offers is indegenous plants, Fokea multiflora, Python Vines. Stromatolites (fossils algae), 600 – 700 million years old. These algae grow in a warm, shallow sea that once covered northern Namibia.
The bungalows as well as the campsites are surrounded by a wonderful bush landscape and the guests will feel at home with the cheetahs close by.

Basis
Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7
Palmwag Lodge Gondwana Collection Namibia, Palmwag

Palmwag
Palmwag is a nature reserve idyllically located along a palm-lined tributary of the Uniab River. Water is scarce in this area, so the river’s presence often lures elephants closer to the camps. Palmwag is situated halfway between Swakopmund and Etosha, and is the ideal base from which to see the sights of the Kunene region or embark on one of the many local hiking trails. The reserve is notable for its unusual species of palm tree, the hyphaena pertesiana, and for being home to the largest population of south-western black rhinos in Africa. Animal lovers can also get a peek at leopard, lion, cheetah, mountain zebra, Angolan giraffe, springbok, kudu, and African bush elephant.

Overnight: Palmwag Lodge Gondwana Collection Namibia
121km west of Kamanjab off the C43

A call from the far western wilderness beckons you to the home of the desert adapt world. With the largest predator population outside of Etosha National Park, this destination will not disappoint. With rooms and safari tents on offer, your stay will be most memorable.

Activities
Scenic Game Drives
An approximate 4-hour long morning or afternoon drive into the Palmwag Concession area. Refreshments and light snacks are included

Basis
Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8
Cape Cross Lodge, Skeleton Coast

Skeleton Coast
Stretching from the Swakop River to southern Angola, the Skeleton Coast is known as the ‘Land God Made in Anger’ and is remoteness at its best. Thousands of miles of sandy desert dotted with shipwrecks meet with the cold waters of the Atlantic and somehow an amazing array of wildlife and flora manages to survive in this harsh but beautiful
environment. Ocean fog creeps over the shoreline caused by the warm dry air of the Namib Desert colliding with the cold Benguela current. This otherworldly area is home to a diversity of wildlife including seabird colonies, Cape fur seals, zebra, gemsbok, desert-adapted elephant, lion and much more. Surfing enthusiasts are drawn to these
powerful waves and photographers flock from around the globe to snap a shot of this eerie shipwreck graveyard and for the unrivalled maritime photographic opportunities. This coast is desolate but breathtakingly beautiful.

Overnight: Cape Cross Lodge
Situated on the Skeleton Coast in Namibia, Cape Cross Lodge overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and presents a unique and serene stop for travellers. Nearby, rocky outcrops provide a perfect playground for a large colony of Cape Fur Seals. There is a museum situated within the lodge. The lodge features a mix of Cape Dutch and West Coast fishing village architecture and offers a selection of eighteen sea view standard suites, two sea view semi-suites, and a single self-catering unit. During their stay, guests can enjoy a la carte dining at the on-site restaurant

Activities
Cape Cross Seal Colony
This colony of Cape Fur Seals is one of the largest in the world, home to approximately 80 000 to 100 000 of these so-called ‘seals’, which are in fact a species of sea lion. Day trips to the colony are offered and the seals can be viewed from a walkway at a distance of roughly 200 metres.

Basis
Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9
The Stiltz Hotel, Swakopmund

Swakopmund
Set along Namibia’s spectacularly scenic coast, the seaside town of Swakopmund is known for its wide-open avenues, colonial architecture, and its surrounding otherworldly desert terrain. Founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South West Africa, Swakopmund is often described as being more German than Germany. Now a seaside resort town, Swakopmund is the capital of the Skeleton Coast tourism area and has plenty to keep visitors happy. The quirky mix of German and Namibian influences, adventure options, laid-back atmosphere and cool sea breeze make it a very popular Namibian destination. Visitors can look forward to a number of exciting activities including: quad biking, horse riding, paragliding, fishing, sightseeing and fascinating desert tours.

Day Itinerary
There is no reason to leave Anib Lodge particularly early today, you have a drive of around 300km’s which will take you around 4-5 hours (although the majority of travel will be on unsealed gravel roads). There are several routes to take -however our favorite is via the Spreetshoogte Pass – which offers stunning views from the top of the escarpment over the desert plains below. Aim to arrive at your accommodation in the late afternoon.

You are booked on a DBB basis.

Overnight: The Stiltz Hotel
This new accomodation is unique in every aspect. It offers the most spectacular views in Swakopmund overlooking either the Atlantic Ocean, the river-bed or the sand dunes and the bird rich lagoon at the river mouth. If that does not take your breath away, the architecture of these wooden bungalows built on stilts will. Each private bungalow has been attended to in the finest detail, interlinked by wooden walkways to the others and to the main dining bungalow. You will feel in a different space, yet you are only minutes away from the charming town centre with plentiful restaurants, loads of activities and all the amenities you could wish for… That is if you really feel like leaving your bungalow!

Basis
Half Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Activities

Day 10
The Stiltz Hotel, Swakopmund

Activities
Catamaran Charters
Sandwich Harbour 4×4

Catamaran Charters
The Catamaran Charters Team invites you aboard the 45ft Royal Cape Sailing Catamaran Silverwind, or the 60ft Simon Sailing Catamaran Silversand, or the 40ft Admiral Motorised Catamaran Silvermoon, to enjoy an adventure packed tour to Pelican Point and Walvis Bay’s beautiful bay area.
The chances of encountering dolphins, whales, turtles, seals and Mola Mola (sunfish) make the search for the marine big 5 and adventurous tour by enjoying sparkling wine, fresh oysters and other mouth-watering snacks aboard the spacious and comfortable catamarans.

Sandwich Harbour 4×4
Sandwich Harbour 4×4 is a safari company based in Walvis Bay, Namibia, offering 4×4 excursions to Sandwich Harbour, Marine Dune Days, Kayak Combos and Bird Watching Activities in the Wetlands around Walvis Bay.

Basis
Half Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Activities

Day 11
Desert Quiver Camp, Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei
Located in the scenic Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red dunes to make this one of the most scenic natural wonders of Africa and a photographer’s heaven. This awe-inspiring destination is possibly Namibia’s premier attraction, with its
unique dunes rising to almost 400 metres-some of the highest in the world. These iconic dunes come alive in morning and evening light and draw photography enthusiasts from around the globe. Sossusvlei is home to a variety desert wildlife including oryx, springbok, ostrich and a variety of reptiles. Visitors can climb ‘Big Daddy’, one of Sossusvlei’s tallest dunes; explore Deadvlei, a white, salt, claypan dotted with ancient trees; or for the more
extravagant, scenic flights and hot air ballooning are on offer, followed by a once-in-a-lifetime champagne breakfast amidst these majestic dunes.

Day Itinerary
Not a far drive today, after breakfast head for the Kalahari region.

Overnight: Desert Quiver Camp
Desert Quiver Camp uniquely combines modern self-catering accommodation with comfort and style. Conveniently located a mere 5km from the entrance gate to Sossusvlei, the inspiring scenery characterised by granite outcrops, spectacular views and roaming wildlife will captivate your senses.
The 24 uniquely designed self-catering accommodation units have spacious bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms, shaded patio areas and private parking. Each twin-bedded bedroom features a fold-out sleeper couch to accommodate 2 small children (under 12) free of charge when sharing with 2 full paying adults. The patio is equipped with a barbeque facility, a fitted kitchenette with under counter fridge and 2 plate hob and a wooden bench for seating. Utility boxes with most utensils needed are available at reception and fresh food supplies can be ordered daily.
Leisure facilities within Desert Quiver Camp include a bar with a big screen television, a sparkling swimming pool overlooking the grasslands and Elim Dune, 2 communal bomas which are perfect to cater for groups travelling together, and a reception area that has WI-FI connectivity.
Meals can be enjoyed at the nearby Sossusvlei Lodge restaurant and their Adventure Centre offers a range of exciting desert activities to explore the area.
A fully stocked shop, fuel and an Internet café is available at the Sossus Oasis Service Station.

Basis
Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

Day 12
Desert Quiver Camp, Sossusvlei

Activities

Sossusvlei
Dead Vlei
Sesriem Canyon

Sossusvlei
Located in the scenic Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red dunes to make this one of the most scenic natural wonders of Africa and a photographer’s heaven. This awe-inspiring destination is possibly Namibia’s premier attraction, with its
unique dunes rising to almost 400 metres-some of the highest in the world. These iconic dunes come alive in morning and evening light and draw photography enthusiasts from around the globe. Sossusvlei is home to a variety desert wildlife including oryx, springbok, ostrich and a variety of reptiles. Visitors can climb ‘Big Daddy’, one of Sossusvlei’s tallest dunes; explore Deadvlei, a white, salt, claypan dotted with ancient trees; or for the more
extravagant, scenic flights and hot air ballooning are on offer, followed by a once-in-a-lifetime champagne breakfast amidst these majestic dunes
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Dead Vlei
This ancient clay pan was once an oasis, studded with acacias and fed by a river that suddenly changed course, leaving the earth to dry up along with the trees it previously supported. So dry were the climatic conditions that the trees never decomposed – instead they were entirely leached of moisture so that today, 900 years later, they remain
as desiccated, blackened sentinels dotting the pan’s cracked surface. Surrounded by the red-pink dunes of the Namibia Desert, they create a surreal spectacle that is a photographer’s dream.

Sesriem Canyon
Sesriem Canyon, a deep chasm carved through the rocks by water, is a striking natural feature of the area that is best explored on foot. Stony walls rise up sharply on both sides of the canyon, while birds roost in its crags and lizards dart along the ledges. The canyon’s name was coined when early settlers used it as a water source, using six lengths
of leather (‘ses riem – six thongs) tied together to lower buckets into the water at the base of canyon.
Basis
Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

Day 13
Windhoek Gardens Boutique Hotel, Windhoek

Windhoek
As previously described

Day Itinerary
You will be met by a representative and transferred to our depo for the vehicle hand over.
after all formalities drive to Villa Voilet for the night.

Overnight: Windhoek Gardens Boutique Hotel

Windhoek Gardens Boutique Hotel is located 5 minutes away from the centre of Windhoek, making it a perfect mix of convenience and practicality. Windhoek Gardens Boutique Hotel boasts 28 uniquely Namibian themed rooms,
each with high speed internet and an ample workstation.
All rooms are twin bedded and have en-suite bathrooms.
The gorgeously furnished modern fitted rooms combined with a restful and rustic setting offers you the perfect stop over in Windhoek. You can experience Etosha in the North to Solitaire in the South on premises.

Basis
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 14
End of Itinerary

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