NAMIBIA LODGE SAFARI
Fish River Canyon, Namib Desert, Sossusvlei Dunes, Damara Cultural Village, Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings, Petrified Forest and Etosha National Park
R 55,000 pp
14 days/13 nights
Windhoek to Windhoek
Namibia is a huge country bordering the cold Atlantic ocean to the west, South Africa to the south, Angola and Zambia to the north and Botswana to the east.
The cold Atlantic is responsible for the desert that prevails along the entire west coast, while the rest of the country remains dry with limited rainfall, making Namibia an arid country for sure. Having said that Namibia is the most scenic and ruggedly beautiful country in Africa by far!
Traveling this magical place is such a privilege and it’s something everybody should do at least once in a lifetime.
We have put together a marvelous 14 day lodge safari which aims to bring you all the scenic beauty combined with some cultural experiences, as well as exposure to the amazing wildlife of the country. The adventure commences and ends in Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia.
This is the perfect safari for those who want to experience a bit of the wild side, but still enjoy the comforts of a good lodge. Our lodges are all 3 and 4 star African lodges, all offering very good quality at very affordable prices. Great scenic drives, great wildlife and great lodges, this adventure has it all!
After collection at the international airport of Windhoek we travel to Mariental, a few hours drive in a southerly direction, and regarded by many as the true Namibian Kalahari.
Our lodge is situated amongst the most pristine red sand dunes you will find anywhere on earth and we spend the rest of the afternoon taking in the beauty all around us.
Optional game drives by the lodge are available and you are welcome to join in the search for giraffe, oryx, kudu and more.
Dinner is enjoyed at the lodge and you will be spoilt for choice… kudu. oryx. Springbok, beef and more will be available on a superb menu.
We have a long, yet scenic drive ahead today as we travel in the direction of the fish river canyon, the second biggest canyon on earth, and one of the many great attractions on our adventure, and the first stop of our journey today.
We arrive at our lodge in time for a refreshing swim, after which we freshen up for another delightful dinner enjoyed at the lodge restaurant.
We depart our lodge soon after a great breakfast and travel to the historic small of Aus, known for the area where the Namib desert horses can be found.
Upon arrival in Aus we book into the desert horse inn, our lodge for tonight, before taking a 30min scenic drive to the watering hole where the horses can sometimes be found…we might be lucky and let’s hope we are, but do bear in mind that these are wild animals and it’s not always possible to predict their movements.
Back at the lodge we enjoy a well deserved dinner before turning in for the night… another great day in Africa…
An early breakfast is needed today as we have a long road ahead, traveling to Sesriem area, where the biggest sand dunes on earth can be found.
Our journey takes us through some of the most scenic parts of Namibia and we arrive at our lodge in time for a well deserved sundowner, freshen up, followed by a delicious dinner prepared by the lodge restaurant.
The big dunes of Sossusvlei await us and we depart our lodge well before sunrise to allow us to arrive at the gates to Sossusvlei a few minutes before gates to the reserve open.
Once inside we head on to dune 45, followed by the big daddy and finally dead vlei…. do bring your hiking shoes, sunscreen and a sun ha, there is a lot of dune climbing for you today and you need to be suitably prepared.
DAY 6 and 7
This morning we enjoy a relaxed, no rush breakfast as we have an easy, yet scenic, drive to coastal town Swakopmund.
En route to Swakop we stop by Solitaire, a famous bakery in the Namib desert to sample their apple pie, have a coffee and fill up with fuel.
Arrival at our lodge is mid afternoon, after which you can visit the many curio shops in town before enjoying a great dinner for own account at The Tug, a popular beachfront restaurant perched right on waters edge and serving wonderful dinners in a number of interesting themed rooms.
On day 7 you can partake in an optional half day kayaking experience where you explore a section of the Atlantic ocean in the company of a guide, looking to find dolphins and seals as you paddle along.
For the not so adventurous the town centre of Swakopmund is there for you explore.
Our destination today is Twyfelfontein which is situated in the heart of Damaraland, one of the most scenic regions of Namibia by far.
You will be blown away by the many beautiful mountains as well as the wild animals that roam these parts, giraffe, zebra, springbok and kudu to name a few.
Twyfelfontein also hosts a Unesco world heritage site, namely the Twyfelfontein rock engravings, which we will visit upon arrival in the area
not to be missed is the Damara cultural village, which will be our last port of call today, before retiring to our lodge for a relaxed evening of good food and good company.
DAY 9, 10, 11
There is great excitement in camp today as we travel to our next lodge which is situated a few kilometers from the entrance to Etosha National Park, Namibia’s premier wildlife destination.
En route we stop by the Petrified forest for a guided tour of the area where large numbers of petrified tree stumps occur, all washed here thousands of years ago during ancient floods from parts of Africa way up to the north and in time became covered in soil, only to be exposed after many years buried deep in the earths crust and in the process became petrified by the heat and pressure exerted whilst in this covered stage.
On days 10 and 11 we will enjoy extended game drives in Etosha lokking out for elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, hyena, giraffe, as well as many antelope species and smaller creatures.
After 3 amazing evenings at our lodge we turn back south and spend our last evening at an amazing lodge halfway in the direction of Windhoek.
Tonight we are a little sad as our adventure is nearing its end, but we nevertheless enjoy a great dinner and reminisce about the wonderful time we had in this great place they call Namibia!
We have a last breakfast before tackling the last 3 hours to Windhoek, where we arrive around lunchtime.
Your flight is early evening and we enjoy a last lunch in town before arrival at the airport in time for your flight back home.
What Altis says about this safari
This is the perfect safari for those who want to experience a bit of the wild side, but still enjoy the comforts of a good lodge. Our lodges are all 3 and 4 star African lodges, all offering very good quality at very affordable prices.
Great scenic drives, great wildlife and great lodges, this adventure has it all!
Do remember that the itinerary is totally flexible and I am happy to adapt, change, add on or remove some parts.
As with all our safaris it’s all about you and we leave no stone unturned to ensure you have an adventure of a lifetime.
All road transport
All lodge accommodation
Passenger and public liability insurance
Entry into the Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei dunes, the Damara cultural village, Twyfelfontein rock engravings, Petrified Forest and Etosha National Park
5 game drives at Etosha
Coffee and tea as needed
Sundowners after game drives
International and domestic air travel
Personal travel insurance
One restaurant dinner in Swakopmund
Personal items, sweets and snacks
Bottled water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
Game drives at private game reserves
Activities available for own account
Hot air ballooning
Game drives at private game reserves
Neutral colours are recommended when on a wildlife safari, whilst random colours are in order when on scenic and landscape safaris.
The choice of clothing will depend on the season during which you travel
Cooler months – May through August
Although evenings will be cool to cold, nights might drop to zero degrees celsius or even below zero
days might be cool but sunny and temperatures could reach mid 20’s regularly.
During these months we recommend some long pants, long sleeve tops, jerseys and jackets as well as warm socks, gloves, a beanie and scarves
A travel towel or two
Sleeping bag liner
Short sleeve shirts t shirts, skirts and sandals for warmer days
At least one nice outfit
Warm months-September through April
During these months do bring predominantly short sleeve shirts, dresses, skirts, shorts, sandals as well as a few warm items in case of freak weather
Sandals as well as hiking shoes
A travel towel or two
At least one nice outfit
We recommend you bring some basic items including:
Tablets for headache, nausea, cramps as well as diarrhea
Camera with spare batteries
A torch or headlamp
A good book to read
A water bottle
A universal power adaptor
A power pack or portable charger with usb cable
A diary to document your travels
Credit card, visa or MasterCard only as other cards might not be accepted
An international driver’s license if you intend doing any driving before or after the safari
Travel insurance-this should be taken out before you arrival in Africa and please ensure that tour curtailment and cancellation is included
To experience the real Africa is a priviledge that changes you for ever. There is no other place on earth like it…
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