Namibia

Namibian Explorer

13 nights/14 days

From £2,965 per person

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With spectacular landscapes teeming with wildlife, Namibia is one of Africa’s best kept secrets. Add in some of the best prehistoric rock art on the continent and the wild red rock mountains and petrified forests, Namibia will delight with its smorgasbord of sights, experiences and adventures.

Itinerary

Namibian Explorer

13 nights/14 days from £2,965 per person (excluding international flights)

Day 1 – Arrival Windhoek
On arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport you will be met by your Avventura representative and taken to pick up your rental car for your 45 minute journey to your guest house.

The rest of your day is at leisure.

Accommodation: Villa Violet.

Meal Plan – Breakfast.

Days 2 & 3 – Sossusvlei
After breakfast at the hotel, you will travel south to Sossusvlei, a journey of approximately five and half hours for a two night stay at the Desert Homestead Lodge.

The lodge offers several activities for you to choose from:

Desert on horseback. Explore the wide-open plains riding over a varied terrain changing from soft, sandy, stretched open fields, to rockier mountain trails, through dry riverbeds, under social weaver’s nests and around camelthorn trees. This adventure includes either one or two nights sleeping at the Desert Homestead Outpost tented camp dependent on preference and experience.

Horses vary from very tame and easy to ride to some just as easily manageable but willing and able to give a more exiting ride. Beginners are just as welcome to join on this adventure as more experienced riders.

Namib Mountain Hike (4-6 hours). Before sunrise and after an early-bird-breakfast, the first leg of your guided hike consists of crossing the local landmark mountain. After one to one and a half hours, the mountain “saddle” will be reached just as the sun comes up. Here you will enjoy a rest with breakfast while watching the sun rise over the red Namib dunes covering the horizon.

You will then journey through the vast savannah that offers some grass for feeding oryx and springboks, zebras and ostriches. With luck, cheetahs or even a leopard are sometimes spotted. You will follow a tributary of the Tsauchab River with camelthorn trees scattered on its banks.

Once you reach the Desert Homestead Outpost, cool refreshments will be waiting for you to relax before your 4×4 transfer back to the main lodge for lunch. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Sossusvlei Drive. Your 4×4 drive options include either a half day guided journey through the rugged landscapes and dunes bathed in pastel hues or an early evening drive through the Witwater Wilderness Reserve concluding with sundowners and snacks before being driven back to the lodge for a sumptuous dinner.

Accommodation: Desert Homestead Lodge.

Meal Plan – Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner.

Days 4 & 5 – Swakopmund
After breakfast at the lodge, you will travel north west to Swakopmund, a journey of approximately five and a half hours for a two night stay at the Swakopmund Guesthouse.

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 breezes make it a very popular Namibian destination. Guests can enjoy a number of exciting activities including: quad biking, horse riding, paragliding, fishing, sightseeing and fascinating desert tours.

Accommodation: Swakopmund Guesthouse.

Meal Plan – Breakfast.

Days 6 & 7 – Twyfelfontein
After breakfast, you will travel north to Twyfelfontein, a journey of approximately four and a half hours for a two night stay at the Twyfelfontein Country Lodge.

Twyfelfontein in Damaraland is home to one of the largest collections of rock-art engravings found in Southern Africa. Not only did the Khoi-San and tribes of ancient years leave us with a true cultural heritage, but the whole area is characterised by natural wonders such as Doros Crater, Burnt Mountain, Organ Pipes, Petrified Forest and desert-adapted animals – of which the desert-adapted elephant is probably the most well-known species.

Over your two day stay in the heart of one of the world’s most magnificent wilderness regions you will have access to a number of activities including a guided drive along the ephemeral river where you can marvel at the rich vegetation with the possibility to encounter desert-adapted elephants in the dry Aba-Huab River valley. Be on the lookout to spot birds of prey, antelope, fairy circles, the Welwitchia Mirabilis endemic plant and many other interesting geological formations.

A visit to the rock engravings and paintings, The Burnt Mountain and The Organ Pipes accompanied by a resident guide is also not to be missed. Many of the rock formations are the products of prehistoric volcanic action.

You will have the opportunity to experience traditional village life, including seeing the works of blacksmiths, leather tanners, jewellers and craftsmen. After, you can take a guided bushwalk where the women collect plants from the bush for food, perfume and medicine and where the men show you how to set up traps, snares and how they used to hunt in the old times.

There will be time to relax and enjoy the tranquil majesty of the Huab Valley, desert plains and distant mountains as you sip on your freshly prepared sundowners.

Accommodation: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge.

Meal Plan – Breakfast & Dinner.

Days 8 & 9 – Etosha South
Following breakfast, you will depart for the Etosha National Park, a journey of approximately three and a half hours for a two night stay at the Etosha Safari Lodge.

The Etosha National Park provides one of Namibia’s premium game viewing opportunities. Guests may catch a glimpse of a variety of wildlife including lion, giraffe, elephant, white and black rhino, and a multitude of plains game.

During your two day stay you will have a choice of full or half-day guided game drives. In addition, you may choose to take part in other activities such as tracking rhino on foot and guided nature walks. Watch the sunset over this magnificent landscape before dining on the veranda under a dome of stars sat next to a blazing fire.

Accommodation: Etosha Safari Lodge.

Meal Plan – Breakfast.

Day 10 – Etosha East
After breakfast, it is time to head to the east of the Etosha National Park, a journey of approximately three hours for a one night stay at Mokuti Etosha Lodge.

Mokuti Etosha Lodge is the perfect venue for guests to explore the famous eastern side of Etosha National Park and is located on its own private 4,000 hectare nature reserve.

You can simply relax in the shade under the trees, visit the exciting reptile park, play a game of tennis, explore the reserve by following one of the marked walking trails or be pampered in the spa or workout at the gym. For the more adventurous, there is the option of accompanying one of Mokuti’s experienced game guides in an open safari vehicle into Etosha National Park.

Alternatively, you may choose to discover the thrill of nocturnal life and splendour not seen during the day on an evening guided bush drive including a traditional meal alive with flavour and authenticity. Just relax and sink into the call of the wild, owls hooting and the ‘sawing’ of the ever elusive leopard.

Accommodation: Mokuti Etosha Lodge.

Meal Plan – Breakfast & Dinner.

Days 11 & 12 – Okonjima
Following breakfast, you will travel to Okonjima Nature Reserve, a journey of approximately three hours 45 minutes for a two night stay at the Okonjima Plains Camp.

The Okonjima Nature Reserve sprawls over 200 square kilometres of undulating plains, mountainous outcrops, and riverine thickets, and it is here that leopard (panthera pardus), the most adaptable of all the wild cats, thrive.

These intelligent, solitary predators occur in high density in the expanse of Okonjima Nature Reserve’s multi-faceted topography. The Reserve’s predator research programme has spanned three decades, and its findings have provided great insight to leopard behavioural patterns as well as offering an upbeat prognosis for a sustainable future for the species in today’s Africa.

Your two day stay offers the best chance to view wild leopard in Namibia, as well as those collared for research purposes, in their natural habitats.

The Okonjima Nature Reserve, a huge protected area set amongst the rugged commercial farmlands of central Namibia, comprises a diversified ecosystem representative of both the large and small mammals of Namibia and most of the country’s endemic birds.

You will have the opportunity for game drives and guided bush walks offering you an intimate, up-close perspective of Namibia’s wildlife and, especially, its most protected species.

Accommodation: Okonjima Plains Camp.

Meal Plan – Breakfast.

Day 13 – Windhoek
Following breakfast, you will have the morning to enjoy the activities and facilities at Okonjima Plains before setting out for your return journey to Villa Violet for your last night in this wonderful country. The journey will take approximately two and a half hours.

On arrival in Windhoek, your afternoon and evening are at leisure.

Accommodation: Villa Violet.

Meal Plan – Breakfast.

Day 14 – Departure
Unfortunately, it is time to leave this marvellous country. After breakfast, you will drive to Hosea Kutako International Airport to drop off your rental car and check-in for your international flight home.

Location

Accommodation options

Windhoek

 

Villa Violet

Villa Violet is a smart and attractive guesthouse tucked away in a quiet neighbourhood of northern Windhoek and is a great place to start or end your time in Namibia.

The rooms at Villa Violet open onto small patios making an ideal spot to relax and read a book or have a cup of tea with you hosts, Ben and Heidi. Alternatively, rinse your travel-weary bones in the swimming pool or retreat to your air conditioned room with a book from the small library.

The décor is simple, elegant and modern with good amenities including wireless internet, flat-screen cable TV, climate control, tea/coffee, personal safe, honesty bar and hair dryers.

  • Villa Violet
  • Villa Violet
  • Villa Violet

Sossusvlei

 

Desert Homestead Lodge

The wide grassy valley surrounding the Desert Homestead Lodge is sheltered by the Nubib, Tsaris and Naukluft Mountains with a view reaching the distant dunes of the Namib Desert to the the west. In this exquisite position, the lodge offers stylish accommodation in thatched chalets designed with the fragile beauty of this remarkable environment in mind.

Tranquil surroundings, al fresco dining, delicious fresh farm cuisine, refreshing dips in the pool, stunning sunsets and sunrises are the basic pleasures here. Meandering across endless plains or discovering ancient water courses on a beautifully groomed steed is a magical and alternative way to appreciate the surroundings. The final remnants of each day see nature at her most profound. Rugged landscapes bathed in hues of pastel…a truly humbling experience.

  • Desert Homestead Lodge
  • Desert Homestead Lodge
  • Desert Homestead Lodge

Swakopmund

 

Swakopmund Guesthouse

Conveniently located in the heart of the town centre, Swakopmund Guesthouse is owned and run by the Borg family. Each of the twelve rooms has air-conditioning, complimentary wifi internet, flat-screen television and a lounge area. Set in a charming environment and renown for its highly personal service, this is a perfect place for guests wanting to indulge in a comfortable stay-over close to the ocean.

The Swakopmund Guesthouse is run with an eco-friendly approach including the use of solar energy.

  • Swakopmund Guesthouse
  • Swakopmund Guesthouse
  • Swakopmund Guesthouse

Twyfelfontein

 

Twyfelfontein Country Lodge

Welcome to Twyfelfontein Country Lodge. A true landmark situated in the heart of one of the world’s most magnificent wilderness regions. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Twyfelfontein in Damaraland is home to one of the largest collections of rock-art engravings found in Southern Africa.

Nestled along the mountainside, the lodge beautifully blends with its surrounding environment. Using natural stone, carefully selected paint colours and thatched roofs, its design compliments the sandstone rock formations with minimum visual impact on this picturesque landscape. Magnificent views from the deck over the Huab Valley, desert plains and distant mountains provide for hours of relaxed comfort, peace and tranquillity.

  • Twyfelfontein Country Lodge
  • Twyfelfontein Country Lodge
  • Twyfelfontein Country Lodge

Etosha South

 

Etosha Safari Lodge

Etosha Safari Lodge is a stylish lodge overlooking a vast expanse of mopane woodland located ten kilometres south of the entrance to Etosha National Park. This is a perfect and peaceful base from which to explore the animal bounty of the park.

The well-appointed airconditioned rooms are complimented by three swimming pools, relaxing communal areas and an excellent restaurant and bar. Dine under a dome of stars on the outside veranda, sit next to a blazing fire or sip sundowners as the sun sinks gracefully into the landscape.

  • Etosha South
  • Etosha South
  • Etosha South

Etosha East

 

Mokuti Etosha Lodge

Mokuti Etosha Lodge is the perfect venue for guests wanting to explore the famous eastern side of Etosha National Park and is located on its own private 4,000 hectare nature reserve sharing a common border with this impressive wildlife reserve.

Each thatched room is air conditioned and equipped with satellite television, a mini-fridge, safe, complimentary wifi, tea and coffee-making facilities and en-suite bathrooms. The lodge has several dining and bar options including the Tambuti Dining Room and Terrance, the Muarula and Pool bars and a traditional braai area, the African Boma.

  • Etosha East
  • Etosha East
  • Etosha East

Okonjima

 

Okonjima Plains Camp

Plains Camp honours the Hanssen’s family cattle-farming heritage within the secluded wilderness area of Okonjima Nature Reserve and boasts some of the most majestic views in the region.

Okonjima was originally a cattle farm from the early 1920s but is now transformed into a nature reserve sprawling over 200 square kilometres of undulating plains and mountainous outcrops. The reserve has a primary focus on carnivore conservation through The AfriCat Foundation with an emphasis on the leopard. Today it is a luxurious African safari destination in the heart of Namibia that is ideal for wildlife photography and famed for its cheetah, brown hyena and leopard sightings.

  • Okonjima Plains Camp
  • Okonjima Plains Camp
  • Okonjima Plains Camp

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