Namibia

Namibian Odyssey

8 nights/9 days

From £3,080 per person

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Explore the rugged beauty of the volcanic Erongo Mountains with its rich array of rare game including the critically endangered black rhino. Journey through some of the most spectacular landscapes from the wooded and thorn-scrubbed savannahs of Etosha to the dessert wilderness of Damaraland – “the” definitive bucket list road trip.

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Itinerary

Namibian Odyssey

8 nights/9 days from £3,080 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 collect your rental car for your journey to your hotel.

The rest of your day is at leisure.

Accommodation: AM Weinberg Hotel

Meal Plan – Breakfast

Days 2 & 3 – Etosha
After breakfast at the hotel, you will travel north to Etosha, a journey of approximately four and a half hours for a two night stay at the Ongava Lodge.

The well-established Ongava Lodge is situated in the privately owned Ongava Game Reserve along the southern boundary of Etosha National Park. Located close to the top of a hill in the foothills of the Ondundozonanandana range, the vantage point is beautiful and overlooks a well-frequented waterhole and the plains beyond.

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 the Etosha National Park, Namibia’s prime savannah wilderness area. See the massive saltpan as well as the perennial springs that provide the water required by the Park’s high-density big game population, including its elephant population.

In addition, you may choose to take part in other activities such as tracking rhino on foot and guided nature walks.

You will also be able to immerse in the world of natural history and science at the Ongava Visitor Centre. With dozens of in-depth displays that feature information on the geology, animals, plants and the ecological functioning of this fascinating region, guests can meander through the self-guided exhibition area at their leisure.

In the evenings you will be able to relax and watch the sunset over this magnificent landscape before dining on your private deck.

Accommodation: Ongava Lodge.

Meal Plan – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Days 4 & 5 – Twyfelfontein
After breakfast at the lodge, you will travel south west to Twyfelfontein, a journey of approximately four hours for a two night stay at Damaraland Camp.

Twyfelfontein 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. For the more daring, a night walk to seek scorpions and other Namib nocturnal critters and creatures is a must.

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 learn about the unique heritage of the local people, which include Nama-Damara, Herero, Owambo, and the displaced Riemvasmaakers of South Africa. You will be able to respectfully engage with these communities including a visit to the local Bergsig School.

Accommodation: Damaraland Camp.

Meal Plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Days 6 & 7 – Erongo Mountains
After breakfast, you will travel south east to the Erongo Mountains, a journey of approximately four hours for a two night stay at the Erongo Wilderness Lodge.

The Erongo Mountain Range stretches across the plains between the towns of Omaruru and Karibib and is home to a remarkably rich natural heritage. This expanse of rugged wilderness serves as one of Namibia’s most popular tourist drawcards, with its spectacularly scenic landscapes, magnificent caves and rock painting sites, and its impressive array of wildlife species. These include, among others: rhino, elephant, cheetah, leopard, giraffe, wildebeest, impala, blesbok, waterbuck, kudu, warthog, mountain zebra, oryx, eland, springbok and over 200 species of bird.

Walking the area surrounding the lodge is highly recommended as the best way to experience the beauty of the Erongo Mountains. Your expert guides will explain the interesting flora and fauna of the area and will adapt each walk to suit individual groups’ fitness levels.

Various options are available from early morning walks to see the beauty of the Erongo Mountains during the stunning early morning light to sundowner walks where you will be guided up a granite hill where you can enjoy a cold sundowner drink while watching the sun set over spectacular views of the Erongo and Brandberg Mountains.

You can of course make the experience a more personal one by simply exploring on your own or just soaking up the atmosphere from the private deck of your tent.

Accommodation: Erongo Wilderness Lodge.

Meal Plan – Breakfast & Dinner.

Day 8 – Windhoek
Following breakfast, you will have the morning to enjoy the activities and facilities at the lodge before setting out for your return journey to Windhoek 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: AM Weinberg Boutique Hotel.

Meal Plan – Breakfast

Day 9 – 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

 

Am Weinberg Estate’s Boutique Hotel

The Am Weinberg Estate’s Boutique Hotel provides all the exclusivity and privacy you would expect from this prestigious Estate – making it the perfect retreat for your stay in Windhoek.

The elegant 41-bedroom hotel wraps around a heritage building, creating an inviting courtyard. The design complements its historic character, while modern amenities ensure the utmost comfort. Aside from the location and spectacular views, guests also have access to facilities including the Soulstice Day Spa, hair salon and its five upmarket restaurants.

  • Am Weinberg
  • Am Weinberg
  • Am Weinberg

Etosha

 

Ongava Lodge

Ongava Lodge is one of Namibia’s premier lodges on one of the country’s most important private game reserves.

The well-established lodge is situated in the privately owned Ongava Game Reserve along the southern boundary of Etosha National Park. Located close to the top of a hill in the foothills of the Ondundozonanandana range, the vantage point is beautiful and overlooks a well-frequented waterhole and the plains beyond.

Ongava Lodge offers luxury accommodation in 14 rock-and-thatch en-suite chalets. There are impressive views over the camp’s waterhole from the main lounge and dining areas and there is also an inviting pool to cool off in the heat of the day. Meals are either served in the main dining area under thatch or on the dining deck under the stars.

Activities include game drives into Etosha, spending time in the camp hide, and guided walks on the reserve. Ongava has resident white and black rhino, giving guests staying at Ongava the opportunity to see both species.

  • Ongava Lodge
  • Ongava Lodge
  • Ongava Lodge

Twyfelfontein

 

Damaraland Camp

In the Huab River Valley lies one of the best wilderness areas in Namibia, offering endless vistas of plains, valleys and mountains. Damaraland Camp is run in partnership with the Torra Conservancy and visits to the local farmstead reveal the fruits of this very positive relationship.

Each of the ten large en-suite adobe-style thatched rooms has a large private viewing deck. Guided nature drives and walks offer sights of the desert-adapted wildlife, ancient rock-art and the striking geological formations. End the day with a sundowner and revel in the astonishing night skies that define this wonderful land.

  • Damaraland Camp
  • Damaraland Camp
  • Damaraland Camp

Erongo Mountains

 

Erongo Wilderness Lodge

There is a special wilderness area, encircled by the Erongo Mountains, where the desert, mountain, and bushveld ecosystems combine. Here, in a secluded valley, you will find twelve luxury tented chalets in a dramatic setting of granite boulders and breathtakingly beautiful views.

Each elevated ‘meru style’ en-suite tent is luxuriously appointed and opens onto a large shaded deck with spectacular views. Each tent, raised on stilts, is in harmony with its surroundings with an indulgent bathroom built around the existing rocks and trees. Tent facilities include complimentary Wi-Fi, fan, mini bar, mosquito nets and a safe.

Many rare, endemic species of animal, bird, and plant life thrive here, making this one of Namibia’s most diverse and wildlife-rich areas. This wealth of natural and cultural history can be enjoyed by joining a guided nature drive, visiting one of the Bushman rock art sites, or walking among the mountains with one of the lodge’s knowledgeable guides.

  • Erongo Wilderness Lodge
  • Erongo Wilderness Lodge
  • Erongo Wilderness Lodge

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