Deserts and Dunes of Namibia
FURTHER JOURNEYS IN NAMIBIA
Day 1 - Arrive at Windhoek
Your flight will connect from Johannesburg through Windhoek. Having cleared customs, you will be met by our Red Savannah representative and chauffeured to The Olive Exclusive Boutique Hotel.
The Olive Exclusive Boutique Hotel is set amidst an actual olive grove, hence the name. As the first exclusive boutique hotel in Windhoek, The Olive is an oasis of tranquillity located just outside the city centre. All the suites have magnificent views of the Eros Mountains framed by the unique olive grove and are fully equipped to offer you a high level of luxury.
Each suite is decorated to reflect a different region in Namibia, with its own lounge area, fireplace and dining room. As the first step of your African adventure, The Olive offers all the necessary creature comforts to relax and prepare for the rest of the trip.
Overnight - The Olive Exclusive Boutique Hotel.
Day 2 - 3 -Etosha National Park
Today you will travel 400km north of Windhoek to Okaukuejo Resort, 17km within the Etosha National Park. Originally a German fort, Okaukuejo now hosts nightly game watching down by the waterhole. Illuminated at night, this permanent waterhole draws all types of wildlife. Only 8km south of the massive Etosha salt pan, this waterhole is an essential source of life for the local animals. All year round, elephant, lion, black rhinoceros and many others frequent this floodlit stage.
Accommodation ranges from two-story premier chalets with balconies overlooking the waterhole through to bush chalets, family chalets and double rooms. Activities to be enjoyed at Okaukuejo include museum excursions, game viewing by the waterhole, game drives (morning, afternoon and evening), bird watching and excursions to the saltpan.
Overnight - Okaukuejo Resort.
Day 4 - Khoadi / Hoas Conservancy- Kunene Region
Perched on the edge of the Grootberg Plateau, the Grootberg Lodge commands striking and majestic views over the Klip River Valley. Owned outright by the local native community, Grootberg Lodge is a landmark in Namibia's tourism industry. Small day trips and guided walks, from animal tracking to horseback sundowners will form the type of activities you can choose from.
The lodge comprises of 12 chalets and the main building, all of which are constructed out of thatch and the naturally occurring red granite of the plateau. Each chalet has an en-suite bathroom and a gorgeous view of the valley below. Outside on your private deck, if you can bear to look down over the edge, you might catch a glimpse of black eagles hunting.
The ethos at Grootberg Lodge is very much about blending into the landscape. Apart from using natural materials in their buildings, Grootberg is also the driving force and financier behind local projects and campaigns. The money you spend staying here will be used to support marginalised people and go towards reducing human/animal conflict in the area.
Overnight: Grootberg Lodge.
Day 5 - 6 -Purros Conservancy - Kunene Region
One of Namibia's most remote destinations, Okahirongo can only be reached in 4x4's or on a 2¼hr flight from Windhoek. This is where elephants, black rhinos, giraffes and lions live in a desert environment.
As a tranquil place, you could spend the day lazing around the pool, reading a book in the cool sanctum of the library, relaxing in the open air living rooms, or having a body massage. Mind you, game drives, cultural visits and hiking are probably equally as likely, depending on your energy levels.
As its name suggests, Okahirongo Elephant lodge is well situated for seeing desert elephants. A desert elephant will have a smaller body with proportionally longer legs and larger feet than the average elephant, to help with navigating sand dunes. Able to go several days without drinking water, these creatures have been known to cross vast distances to reach oases. This area is only one of two places in the whole world where you can find these amazing animals.
Overnight: Okahirongo Elephant lodge.
Day 7 - 8 - Huab Nature Reserve - Kunene Region
The Huab Nature Reserve is particularly characterized by its unique rock formations. Geologically known as the Huab Complex, these rock formations are amongst the oldest on earth. The Huab River has played an integral role in the formation of the Kunene region for the past two billion years.
A favourite with photography enthusiasts, the colourful red lava rock, yellow sandstone and green foliage surrounding the riverbed, form a surprisingly beautiful location. Despite its desert conditions, the Huab River has also produced a wide diversity of flora and fauna, including desert adapted black rhino, Terebrionid beetles which collect fog for water and the Welwitschia Mirabilis, a tree dwarfed by the rigours desert life.
Overnight - Huab Camping.
Day 9 - Twyfelfontein Conservancy - Kunene Region
Mowani Mountain Camp wraps around a high granite kopje, over-looking the vast savannah. It is distinguished by its ability to blend into the surroundings. Thatched dome-shaped structures mirror the granite boulders amidst which they are built. This inconspicuous eco-lodge consists of 12 luxury tents set upon stilted decks, each with en-suite facilities and commanding spectacular views. If you are after ultimate bush luxury and privacy however, 'The Suite' is also available, built on its own rocky outcrop.
Nature drives and walks will provide another opportunity to see the unique desert elephants, and will also display other marvels. The opal trees nicknamed the 'petrified forest' and the ancient San man-made rock engravings of Twyfelfontein present some of the amazing phenomena in this area. With one of the lowest light pollution levels in Africa, the night skies at Mowani are simply a 'must see'.
Overnight: Mowani Mountain Camp.
Day 10 - 11 - Swakopmund - Erongo Region
Situated in the centre of Swakopmund, Swakopmund Guesthouse is a short 5-minute stroll to the beach and local shops. An eco-friendly establishment, their effort to reduce our impact on the environment is extremely noteworthy.
Accommodation consists of four standard rooms, seven luxury rooms and one family suite close to the ocean.
Overnight - Swakopmund Guesthouse.
Day 12 - Walvis Bay - Erongo Region
Starting at the Walvis Bay Yacht Club, the morning Dolphin and Seal cruise, by Catamaran, leaves at 08:30 and returns at 13:00. Sailing out into the bay area, you will visit a shipwreck, a lighthouse, oyster platforms and maybe even some marine life. Meeting pelicans, friendly dolphins that follow the Catamaran and feeding seals are likely, but spotting shy leatherback turtles, killer whales and humpbacks might require some extra luck.
Throughout the charter, a guide will help you to identify the different species and also to give a detailed history of the bay. Tasting some local produce is optional, as oysters are their particular favourite, but other snacks and sparkling wine will be provided. Depending on your preference, you may enjoy all this on deck, on the trampoline or in the luxury of the saloon.
After your morning sea outing, you will then travel south east to the Wolwedans Dunes Lodge. Perched atop a plateau of red sand and tufts of dry grass, you will enjoy spectacular 360˚ panoramic views. As the most amazing place to experience sunset and dawn, the canvas flaps which form your bedroom walls can be rolled up to ensure you on of the most breath-taking views ever seen from your bed.
Overnight - Wolwedans Dunes Lodge.
Day 13 - NamibRand Nature Reserve - Hardap Region
Having woken up in the NamibRand Nature Reserve landscape, you will enjoy a morning and afternoon excursion by Land Rover. Travelling through the dunes, over the endless grassy plains and along phenomenal mountain formations, you will spot large and small desert animals and learn about their unique habits and habitats. You will effectively be exploring the ancient hunting grounds of the incredible San Bushmen.
Overnight - Wolwedans Dunes Lodge.
Day 14 - Depart from Windhoek
After checking out of Wolwedans Dunes Lodge for your return flight to Windhoek, one last look at the majestic landscape will signal the heart-breaking end of your Namibian journey. But the sights, sounds and beauty of this wilderness will leave you revitalised and enriched, ready for the bustling lively town of Windhoek, then onwards back home.
From £5,330 / $8,533 per person for land arrangments only, based on two people sharing a room.
All of our itineraries are tailor-made according to the interests of our clients. Please contact our Africa specialist, Chris Evans, for your own tailor-made holiday to Namibia on +44 (0)1242 787806.