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Michelle R
Michelle R
September 13, 2023.
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Wow! Just wow! Special lifetime memories. This company exceeded our expectations in every way. If you are on the fence about this company, you have no worries whatsoever. You are in competent hands. This was a special trip for my family, and it was totally planned and geared around us. Every situation was managed with experience, professionalism, and compassion. Any and every hiccup of the trip, which including things like being sick and needing immediate relief, a light bulb needing changed, to making sure I had something I left at home in hand, was handled at once! Not a single thing went over 30 minutes to 1 hour of being taken care of. If we thought it, it was done. Jaco was our tour guide, leader, protector, activity planner, consultant, educator, and driver all rolled up into one. He even had special activities planned for our anniversary that we were not even expecting. It was seriously like he was reading our minds. He was attentive and he listened. We would see something happen later in the trip that we knew he heard us say. Absolutely amazing! If I could give more stars I would. I must thank this company for an amazing anniversary trip that we will have memories of for a lifetime. Beauty in so many places.
CyTexas
CyTexas
September 6, 2023.
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Go with Bushtrails to Africa My husband and I just finished a 3-week photo safari with Jaco. It was an amazing adventure which exceeded our expectations. From the very start, we felt we had made the right decision going with Bushtrails. Our customized itinerary, was perfect from lodging, excursions, food and experiences. It was easy to travel with Jaco and in fact, we were comfortable with him and he became a friend not a guide. Jaco was very knowledgeable not only about the animals and parks, but also about customs and history of all the countries we visited. We fell in love with Africa and will definitely repeat the safari and highly recommend to friends.
deb
deb
March 27, 2021.
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African Safari - Trip of a Lifetime! We traveled with Jaco on a 12 day safari in June 2019 through 3 countries and had the experience of a lifetime! Our family of 4 included our 2 young adult sons. Our trip was private and customized to our preferences and budget. We felt safe from the moment that Jaco picked us up at the airport in Victoria Falls throughout the entire trip until he dropped us at the airport in Windhoek Namibia at the end of our vacation. We toured Victoria Falls, rafted the Zambezi River, walked with lions, rode elephants, learned so much about conservation and animal protection, drove quad bikes in the Namib desert, and cruised with dolphins off the Swakopmund coast in addition to the numerous safaris. So fortunate to have seen the Big Five along with so many more species, Jaco was an impeccable guide in national parks and private reserves! His knowledge and experience allowed us to see so many amazing animals. Jaco was attentive to every detail each step of the way, from the initial planning and booking to the timing of every activity along the way. When we arrived to each lodge he made sure we saw the sunset while enjoying a refreshing beverage, as he checked us in and hand delivered our luggage to our rooms. Jaco was so pleasant to work with and we appreciated his eagerness to adjust anything we desired. At the end of our trip, I had a problem with my airline ticket and Jaco stayed with us at the airport for over 3 hours until the problem was resolved. We would highly recommend Jaco and Bushtrails! I cannot say enough about Jaco and his superb customer service! Our African Safari exceeded all expectations and was truly our trip of a lifetime!
chris bergstrom
chris bergstrom
March 11, 2021.
Verified
Brilliant We have traveled numerous times to Africa. Our favorite experiences have been with Bushtrails Safaris. The personal touch by Jaco and his team exceeded all expectations. His ability to build an optimum trip based on your own personal likings are second to none.
alan s
alan s
February 11, 2021.
Verified
Don't Miss This Trip of Your Life!!!!! A phenomenal trip (September 2019). Great Guide, Great Pilot, Great Sights, Great Accommodations. ***** This was the best trip of our lives!!! We put our trust in Jaco and he tailored our private tour perfectly. Everything was taken care of. Our excursions and game drives were top notch and every day was a new adventure complete with plenty of great food, drinks and gorgeous sundowners. We not only had the sights of our lives, but also got acquainted with the local history and cultures. While our travel plans have been interrupted by the covid pandemic, we look forward to Jaco putting together another trip for us. If you have the opportunity for a Namibian adventure, Jaco is your guy!!!
Mjhebl
Mjhebl
February 10, 2021.
Verified
Amazing! Did a safari with Jaco throughout Namibia. It was a wonderful experience! Jaco is very knowledgeable and did a great job! From the itinerary to the accommodations, everything was first class. Wouldn't want to go with anyone else!
David C
David C
February 10, 2021.
Verified
Photo safari of a lifetime I have been to Namibia three times with Bushtrails on photo safaris. Jaco is a great guide and will cater your trip to the wildlife and scenic areas you would like to see. My last trip with Bushtrails I wanted to focus on the big cats. We were able to get incredibly close to lions , leopards and cheetahs and we saw kills by all three species. We also went on a river trip where we saw many elephants, hippos, water buffalo and crocodiles. Bushtrails chooses excellent accommodations for guest to stay at and the food is always good. I am currently planning another trip with Bushtrails. My last trip with Bushtrails was September 2018. September is a very good month to go. High temperatures are in the eighties with clear skies and no rain.
ScottM
ScottM
February 10, 2021.
Verified
Adventure of a lifetime My family and I were privileged to partake in the Bushtrails travel experience in Southern Africa. Jaco and his team created a family vacation for us that was without equal in terms of travel, safety, comfort, culture, dining and accommodations. For those seeking to break free at the end of this global pandemic, the open and beautiful vistas of Namibia (and its neighbors) beckon. And you will not find a better tour operator than Bushtrails. - Scott
N$ 11,364N$ 75,930 PPS

Waves and Wildlife

SELF-DRIVE SAFARI
N$ 14,041N$ 93,543 PPS

Guide Recommended

SELF-DRIVE SAFARI
N$ 6,772N$ 46,365 PPS

Wildlife of Africa

SELF-DRIVE SAFARI
N$ 5,565N$ 28,533 PPS

Sand and Sea

SELF-DRIVE SAFARI

Nambwa Camping

The splendour of Nambwa and the iconic environment it is located in, stimulate the senses and offer adventurous “wild camping” since its official opening in 2004. The location of Nambwa within the pristine and untouched Kwando Core area, has the local and migrant animal species wandering through the campsites.

Okavango Sunset Boat Cruise

Enjoy a romantic boat trip amidst the water world of the Kavango as the sun goes down. Refreshments and light snacks included. Approx. 1.5 hours. These activities are seasonal and depend on water levels.

Star Gazing

Prepare to memsmerised by the pure magnitude and depth the stary night sky. The NamibRand Nature Reserve has been designated a Gold Tier International Dark Sky Reserve by the International Darks Sky Association because of its exceptionally dark skies.

NamibRand Nature Drive

On this nature drive you will learn about small and large desert dwellers and their quest for survival in this harsh and unforgiving environment, and you’ll discover a diverse flora, ranging from resilient beauty to hardened survivor – not to mention NamibRand’s fascinating geology.

Kalahari Anib Lodge E-bike rides

If you love biking, this option is for you. Explore the Kalahari on electric fat-bikes. Pedal through the Gondwana Kalahari Park on selected routes. A trail map is available at the reception. Book directly at the Lodge. Subject to availability. Come and enjoy the cycling trip of your life through the exciting Kalahari desert.

Kalahari Anib Lodge Nature drives

These morning or afternoon drives are the perfect way to get acquainted with the Kalahari Desert. The morning or sunset drive through the park with panoramic views across the Kalahari dunes is something to remember forever. Drink in the beauty of the Kalahari where gemsbok flourish and sociable weavers build gargantuan nests atop camelthorn trees. Refreshments and a light snack will be provided. The sundowner dune drive includes a 30-40 min sundowner on a dune, where guests can enjoy a drink and snacks while watching the sunset. Arrival back at the lodge is in time for dinner. Departures are 30 minutes before sunrise, and at 17:30. You can also join a leisurely 2-hour morning family drive with a dedicated tour guide.

Kalahari Anib Lodge guided dune walks

Explore the Kalahari on foot safely with a guide. There’s nothing like feeling the burnished sands of the Kalahari underfoot and celebrate life atop a red Kalahari dune. Get down close to nature and witness the unique wildlife amongst the dunes. Refreshments and a light snack will be provided. Morning only – book directly at the Lodge on request. You can also explore the Kalahari on foot on your own initiative. A trail map is available at reception. Kalahari Anib Lodge is a relaxed and down-to-earth stopover for a taste of the true Kalahari desert.

Desert Elephant Nature Drive

Arrival and Departure day Accommodation will be provided at our very own Khaya Guesthouse. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, wi-fi, satellite television, mini bar and coffee station. The evenings will be spent around the fire pit discussing the adventure to come or safari memories that will last a lifetime. memories that will last a lif

Zambezi River White Water Rafting

Challenge yourself by tackling white water rafting at Victoria Falls. The names of rapids like Stairway to Heaven, The Terminator, The Washing Machine, Judgement Day, Devils Toilet Bowl and Oblivion, give you a small insight into what to expect. Safety is of paramount importance to these operators and they are extremely experienced in judging the safety of water levels. Lunch included.

Walvis Bay Dolphin Cruise

What a way to explore Walvis Bay Harbour!  Cruising around at a leisurely pace during the morning or afternoon – take your pick. See the beautiful, isolated lighthouse built in the middle of nowhere, and go to the wreck and the oyster farms in the bay. Meander through Pelican Point while spotting birds and sea life – all whilst enjoying a decadent picnic on deck with champagne, oysters and more! Spoil yourself.

Swakopmund Dune Boarding

If you have never done dune boarding, this is your chance to try lie-down or stand-up boarding. No experience needed. Six different slopes are included in the lie-down option. Speeds of up to 80km/h can be reached for the maximum adrenaline buzz! Stand-up boarding is like snowboarding with a difference. Two different slopes are on offer with various runs on either.

Pickup Time: 09H30 -13h30. Included: Transfers, light lunch & safety gear.

Swakopmund Desert Tours

Experience the Living Desert first-hand with this unique 4×4 adventure drive through the dunes outside Swakopmund, Namibia. The drive in the dunes is amazing by itself, but Tommy will show you a lot more than sand. The tour takes you from the vegetated, life-rich eastern side of the dunes, right through the dunes to the Atlantic Ocean on the western side of the dune belt. Refreshments of bottled water, 100% fruit juice and soft drinks. This Half Day Tour leaves at 8:00 in the morning and returns at approximately 13:30.

Zambezi River Canoe Trips

Canoeing above the Victoria Falls on the upper Zambezi is the perfect activity for those who not only want to see the abundant bird and animal life but also want to experience the peace, tranquillity and beauty of the Zambezi River. The river is a kilometre wide and in places a bit more. It has an indescribable beauty with crystal clear waters and a myriad of islands and channels to explore. Includes breakfast & lunch.

Swakopmund Quad Biking

Explore the desert with a Quad Bike for an enjoyable adventure. An experienced guide will lead you through the Swakopmund River mouth into the dune belt. Quad biking is very easy, and no experience is necessary. The quad bikes are semi-automatic, so no gear changing is necessary – all you have to do is steer and accelerate. You can decide how long you would like to drive.

Swakopmund quad biking and dune boarding combo

Why not do a 3-hour combo tour with both quad biking and sandboarding?!  This unique experience will include an hour quad drive to the sandboarding dune, one hour lie down sandboarding and then an hour quad tour back.

Victoria Falls Gorge Swinging

A super adrenalin rush awaits when your harness is attached to a rope, which is attached to the middle of a cable that runs across the full width of the gorge.

Once you are all set, you stand on a platform on the edge of a sheer 120m cliff, say a quick prayer and jump off – How crazy is that, you jump off and free fall for about 70m straight towards the rocks and river below, then as the rope becomes taught you will start to arc and thankfully swing away from the rocks you were hurtling towards fractions of a seconds ago.

Victoria Falls Bungee Jumping

Ready, set, jump! 111m of bungee that means you have a 4 second, adrenalin-fuelled, free-fall. 4 seconds that’ll change your life forever.

With Victoria Falls as the backdrop, the 114-year-old Victoria Falls Bridge as the starting point, and the Zambezi River rushing below, this is where adrenalin junkies come face-to-face with some of the most thrilling and picturesque experiences in the world.

Victoria Falls Helicopter Flight

At ground level, you can feel the enormous power of the Victoria Falls as tremendous volumes of water pound into the chasm below. But it is only when you take to the air that you can take in the whole panorama and enormity of this mighty spectacle. So why not take flight in a helicopter ride above the Falls and get the full view? It will be one of the highlights of your life.

Okonjima Nocturnal Game Drive

For a night of pure magic, let Bushtrails take you on a nocturnal game drive, led by knowledgeable guides. The drive through the 20,000ha Okonjima Nature Reserve allows guests a chance to spot the many nocturnal game species they wouldn’t normally see during the day. Okonjima is in the Omboroko Mountains, overlooking a small waterfall and halfway between Windhoek and Etosha National Park. After sunset the African bush comes to life with bat-eared foxes, aardwolves, owls, leopards and brown hyaenaYou will be amazed at what we encounter. The Nocturnal Game Drive is weather dependant so the activity cannot be guaranteed or pre-booked.

Okavango Tiger Fishing

Go out on the mighty Okavango River for a few hours and catch some of the world’s most unique species like Tigerfish, Tilapia and Catfish!

Okavango River Boat Cruise

Discover the amazing Okavango River and its surroundings.  We take you with our small or large boat down the stream where you will see an enormous variety of Birdlife and animals like hippos, crocodiles, and much more!

Kwando River Boat Cruise

A photographer’s dream with sunset cruises and guided morning walks in the park with experienced naturalist guides. The birdwatching is amazing with around 400 species of birds recorded in the East Caprivi.

Okonjima Plains Camp

700m from the airstrip within the secluded wilderness area of Okonjima Nature Reserve

Three-tier accommodation facility of 10 spacious View Rooms, 14 spacious Standard Rooms and six affordable Garden Rooms.

It is family-friendly and wheelchair accessible.

Victoria Falls Campsite

The Victoria Falls Rest Camp in Zimbabwe is a mere 2 km away from the mighty Victoria Falls – the campsite closest to this natural wonder in Zimbabwe.

The campsite is spacious with lots of shady trees, and each camping spot has a braai facility as well as power point and share communal ablutions (with hot water).

The Desert Grace

Located on the edge of the Namib Desert in the South of the country close to the infamous Sossusvlei.

Twenty-four bungalows, each with its own plunge pool.

Shark Island Campsite

On a peninsula in Lüderitz, Namibia Shark Island offers visitors campsites at budget rates, beautiful scenery and a rich history. Affordable accommodation and a good base from where to explore Luderitz.  Shark Island Resort was the site of a concentration camp during 1905 to 1907 and harboured Nama and Herero prisoners.

Shametu River Lodge

Shametu River Lodge is beautifully situated on the banks of the Okavango River near Divundu and Popa Falls. 22 Luxury Chalets are nestled between lush trees each with an en-suite bathroom and lounge area. Tented Chalets are built on stilts on the banks of the Okavango River each with an en-suite bathroom and lounge area. The Campsite lends itself to privacy and peaceful surroundings – allowing you to camp in comfort.

Serra Cafema Camp

Set amongst shady trees on the banks of the Kunene River, Serra Cafema is one of the most remote camps in southern Africa. The dining room and pool look out over the river.

Eight unique canvas and thatched chalets, each with its own en-suite bathroom.

Onguma Tamboti

You will find Onguma Tamboti Campsites inside the Onguma Game Reserve, close to the Etosha National Park. Because visitors are surrounded by bush, they can expect an authentic camping experience. Onguma Tamboti Campsite has a private bathroom with a shower, toilet as well as a power point. The campsite is kept clean for a comfortable camping experience.

Okonjima Camping

Camping in Okonjima Nature Reserve epitomises the African safari experience. The four, partially-equipped, private campsites share a swimming pool at the foot of the Ombokoro Mountains and are located in the 2000ha non-rehabilitation area. All four sites boast spectacular sundowner viewpoints. 

Okonjima Bush Camp

Situated within the 20 000-ha enclosed wilderness area of Okonjima Nature Reserve. Eight thatched, African-style chalets, a junior suite and three en-suite safari tents.

Junior suite Is wheelchair accessible.

Namib Desert Lodge

Located in Solitaire, 37.3 miles North of Sesriem.

Accommodation includes an outdoor pool and guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Each unit is fitted with a private bathroom with a shower. Towels are featured. Sunset Picnic Spot is 2.2 miles from Gondwana Namib Desert Lodge.

Mowani

In the heat, dust and stunning landscapes of Damaraland, there is a sanctuary – Mowani Mountain Camp. Dwarfed by massive ochre boulders, the camp is absorbed into the landscape, making it one with our shared history of life in this prehistoric land. Every soft curve or ragged edge frames the landscape in a different way, as if you are seeing for the first time, every time.

Klein Aus Vista Lodge

The lodge, nestled in the rocky Aus Mountains, is famed for its extensive and lovely vistas. The attractive and airy rooms are built in a style indicative of the late century farmhouse and painted a deep, rich sienna that glows alluringly in the late afternoon sunshine. Put up your feet on your veranda enjoying Klein-Aus calm or relax at the poolside designed in a unique horseshoe shape.

Klein Aus Vista Camp

Desert Horse Campsite at Klein-Aus Vista is a magical campsite. It will call you back again like an echo. Resting in an amphitheatre of rock, it is a hideaway that evokes the feeling of wilderness although only a 2 kilometer drive from Desert Horse Inn. The sites are positioned under giant camelthorn trees, some adorned with sociable weaver nests.

Eagle Nest

A seven-kilometre drive from the main lodge, the Eagle’s Nest Chalets are private self-catering retreats, each built individually, combining natural elements and boulders into their interiors in a rustic and luxurious blend.

Kalahari Anib Lodge

Kalahari Anib Lodge, situated 30 km from Mariental in the Kalahari Desert, is a good overnight stop if travelling between Windhoek and the south or continuing to the Kgalagadi.

The restaurant and chalets are arranged around a shaded courtyard with large swimming pool. Other amenities include a bar, hiking, game drives and electric bike rentals.

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

In a remote area of the Kaokoveld, with gravel-strewn plains and dry riverbeds that draw fascinating wildlife, lies Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp.

Accommodation consists of 8 large en-suite tents which include one family tent. They are fully solar-powered.

 

Erindi Elephant Camp

Camp Elephant set in the Erindi Private Game Reserve is a protected reserve in central Namibia, meaning “place of water”. It has been exclusively designed to offer superb views of a productive waterhole from the comfort of your accommodation. Nearby viewpoints offer other superb photographic opportunities which enhance your wildlife experience. Travellers who wish to self-cater on their holiday should stay in this sustainable natural wonderland.

Erindi Old Traders

The Old Traders Lodge is situated on the Erindi Private Game Reserve, a protected reserve in central Namibia.

Accommodation includes 51 luxurious suites, 9 Superior suites, 6 Standard suites, VIP suite, family suites and The Livingstone Suite.

Ai-Ais Hotspring

Ai-Ais is a 3-star hotel and spa at the southern end of the Fish River conservation area and marks the end of the 3–5-day Fish River Hiking Trail.  It offers an excellent place to relax around the thermal baths and heated swimming pool, especially after a hot, dusty drive, or when completing the Hiking Trail. The camping site is situated right alongside the riverbed at the end of the Fish River Canyon. 

Altebrucke

Altebrucke is ideally situated 200m from the beach, 1.2 km from the centre of Swakopmund within easy walking distance from many popular restaurants, pubs, local shops and attractions. Ample accommodation is available with 31 self-catering chalets to choose from.

Cresta Mowana

Situated on the banks of the mighty Chobe River in Botswana, luxury exists in harmony with nature at the 4 star Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa. This is a unique location from which to explore the magical wonders of untamed Africa. Plentiful wildlife, including herds of elephants, antelope, giraffe, zebras, lions, leopard and more, roam freely in the nearby Chobe Game Park. Sunrises and sunsets, with the river and Namibian flood plains as a backdrop, are the stuff of dreams. In these tranquil surroundings, experience true comfort, superb accommodation, gourmet cuisine, Africa-inspired menus, and only the very best of personalised African hospitality.

Swakopmund Woodcarvers Market

Swakopmund in Namibia has a unique street market that specialises in African tribal masks – very popular amongst tourists. The Namibian woodcarvers are renowned for their skills and also carve animals, birds and bowls. For some of them, it is their only source of income.

Zeila Shipwreck

Let Bushtrails take you to visit the Zeila shipwreck for a unique experience and stunning photographs. This unfortunate vessel was stranded during the early morning hours of 25 August 2008 near “Die Walle”, a popular fishing spot about 14km south of Henties Bay. The fishing trawler that was sold as scrap metal to an Indian company by Hangana Fishing of Walvis Bay got stranded after it came loose from its towing line while on its way to Bombay, India shortly after it left Walvis Bay. There are thousands of shipwrecks along the wild Namibian Coast.

Zambezi Sundowner Cruise

Celebrate the wonders of the Zambezi water world and watch the sunset while enjoying a relaxing boat cruise on the Zambezi River. Refreshments and light snacks included.

WWII Historical Sites

The history of Namibia has passed through several distinct stages from being colonised by Germany in the late nineteenth century to Namibia’s independence on 21 March 1990. From 1884, Namibia was a German colony: German South-West Africa. After the First World War, the League of Nations Mandated South Africa to administer the territory. Following World War II, the United Nations, instituted a Trusteeship system to bring all former German colonies in Africa under UN control. Namibia became independent on 21 March 1990, but memorials from the World Wars are still present – mainly in Windhoek, Swakopmund and Aus.

Windhoek Woodcarvers Market

Namibian wood crafters are well known for their extraordinary skills, and visitors love taking home souvenirs carved from wood. They are available at several street markets and craft markets in Windhoek. Animals and African masks are very popular. Many of these products are manufactured at the Okahandja Wood Market outside Windhoek. It specializes in large wooden carvings of Namibian animals, people, jewellery, décor, and curios, and is managed by the Rundu-based Namibian Carvers’ Association, ensuring goods of great quality.

Windhoek City Tour

A tour through Windhoek has much to offer. It is the capital and largest city of Namibia with a population of 446,000. It is the social, economic, political, and cultural centre of the country. See sights such as the Christuskirche (Christ Church), Heroes’ Acre, Alte Feste (Old Fort) Museum, The Gibeon meteorites and so much more.

Wildlife

Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe are superb destinations for wildlife enthusiasts. Housing a plethora of rich and diverse landscapes and wildlife. Namibia has 200 species of terrestrial mammals and 40 species of marine mammals, 645 species of birds, 115 species of fish and 200 species of reptiles. Botswana is home to 170 mammal species, 590 bird species and 85 species of freshwater fish. Zimbabwe is host to over 350 species of mammals, over 500 bird species, and 131 species of fish.

Among the many animals which you can see are lions, elephants, giraffes, hippopotamus, cheetahs, black and white rhinos, wildebeest, hyenas, wild dogs. jackals, ostriches, zebras, seals, baboons, springboks, wild dogs, kudus and oryx

Victoria Falls Tour

Victoria Falls is a spectacular waterfall in the Zambezi River, on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. It is considered to be one of the world’s largest waterfalls due to its width of 1,708 meters. It is also known as “The smoke that thunders” and is one of the major tourist attractions in the world. To access Victoria Falls, you will approach the entrance gate of the Victoria Falls National Park. The walk takes about 2 hrs (3.1 km Return) and heads through the delightful Blue Mountains National Park. The Victoria Falls walk is a great way to get up close to an amazing cascade. The walk explores the top and bottom of the falls, with the chance to climb behind Victoria Falls.

Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings

Arrival and Departure day Accommodation will be provided at our very own Khaya Guesthouse. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, wi-fi, satellite television, mini bar and coffee station. The evenings will be spent around the fire pit discussing the adventure to come or safari memories that will last a lifetime. memories that will last a lif

Spitzkoppe 2000-year-old Bushman Rock Art

The Spitzkoppe (“Matterhorn of Namibia”) is nearly 700 million years old. It is a group of bald granite peaks located between Usakos and Swakopmund in the Namib desert of Namibia. The peaks stand out dramatically from the flat surrounding plains. The highest peak is about 700m above the floor of the desert below. A minor peak – the Little Spitzkoppe – lies nearby Other prominences stretch out into the Pontok Mountain range. Many examples of Bushmen artwork, dating as far back as 2000 years ago, can be seen painted on the rock in the Spitzkoppe area.

Spectacular Scenery

Namibia is a nature-based tourism destination with spectacular scenery, including the world’s oldest desert, the world’s tallest sand dunes, a wide variety of wildlife, and community-based nature conservancies.

Sossusvlei and Deadvlei Nature Excursion

Huge red sand dunes of almost 400 meters high surround Sossusvlei, a large white salt and clay pan. Sossusvlei means “dead-end marsh”, where the dunes come together preventing the Tsauchab River to flow any further.  During a rainy season, the Tsauchab fills the pan with a glassy lake holding reflections of the surrounding dunes. Despite the harsh desert conditions, one can find a wide variety of plants and animals that have adapted to survive, such as gemsbok, springbok, aardwolf, hyena, fox and porcupine.

Deadvlei is a white 
clay pan located near Sossusvlei in Namibia. It means dead marsh in a valley between sand dunes which blocked the river. Some skeletons of trees which died more than 600 years ago can still be seen here.

Popa Falls

The Popa Falls is situated in the northern corner of Namibia. The course of the Okavango River is interrupted by a quartzite ledge, creating a four-metre-high series of rapids, known as the Popa Falls, before the river continues on its journey to Botswana and the Okavango Delta.

Petrified Forest

Namibia’s Petrified Forest with 280 million years old fossilized tree trunks is a national monument. It is located 42 km west of the Namibian town of Khorixas and has a deposit of large tree trunks that have “turned to stone” through a process of diagenesis. Two large tree trunks, each 45 metres long, are exposed to view, and several hundred others are located in the vicinity. It is believed that the trees were swept downstream by a large flood and covered by alluvial sands. Deprived of air, the organic matter could not rot and decay but were fossilized over millions of years. The surrounding sands became sandstone, which is now eroding away. There are also specimens of the Welwitschia Mirabilis – living fossil plants up to 1,500 years old and endemic to Namibia.

Quiver Tree forest

Unique ancient trees can be seen in the Quiver Tree Forest located close to Keetmanshoop in Namibia. It is a major tourist attraction and comprises about 250 specimens of Aloidendron dichotomum, a species that is locally known as the quiver tree or Kokerboom (in Afrikaans) because San people traditionally used its branches to make quivers to hunt antelope with their bows. The forest grows spontaneously and the tallest quiver trees are two to three centuries old. The forest was declared a national monument of Namibia in 1995. Quiver trees also grow in the nearby dolerite Moon Landscape area. The quiver tree is also known for looking upside down because the “leaves” look somewhat similar to roots. This tree is held in high regard with a long history of beliefs or superstitions.

Namib Desert Lodge E-bike Rides

Explore the Namib Desert in your own time on an electrical bicycle with a trail map available at reception. Book at the lodge. Maximum 4 hours, return before nightfall.

Namibia Craft Centre

The Namibia Craft Centre is located in the heart of the city and has become known as the leading retail space for handmade crafts, gifts and curios in Namibia. With 40 women-owned or community-driven craft enterprises that hail from rural communities, various ethnic groups and projects, it provides a platform for Namibian handicraft. It ranges from jewellery and pottery to leatherwork and carved tree roots and the artist and origin of each piece is documented. Centrally situated in Tal Street the Centre is easily accessible for drivers or pedestrians.

Namib Desert Lodge Nature Drives

Enjoy a crisp early morning drive to the red dunes and fossilised dunes – exploring the fascinating Namib Desert landscape.  Depart 30 minutes before sunrise and return after 2 hours.

Alternatively go on a sunset drive when the sand glows deep rich sienna illuminated in gold, extending from the soft dunes around you to the green ribbon of riverine trees and the purple-blue mountains in the distance. Refreshments included.  The Sundowner Dune Drive departs 2 hours before sunset and returns at dusk.

Namib Desert Lodge Hiking Trails

Explore the Namib Desert on foot and enjoy the vast fascinating landscape. A trail map and more information are available at reception. No charge.

Moon Landscape

Experience a moon landscape right here on earth – near Swakopmund in the Erongo region of Namibia. Get carried away to a unique “Moon valley” with its weird unearthly surface.   The moonscape was formed 450 million years ago when hot, molten rock rose through the cracks in mountains. Over time, harsh winds and the raging waters of the Swakop River cut through these mountains to leave spines of the much harder dolerite exposed on the ridges, like an elephant graveyard in this lunar valley. From the top of the ridge, you can see the dolerite boulders stretch for miles in each direction. Watch the sunset over the craters and dolomite hills for the experience of a lifetime.

Mahangu Game Drive

Have your camera at hand when you travel through Mahangu Game Park on the border between Namibia and Botswana, a short drive south of Popa Falls Resort. Driving the route through the park will take approximately half a day. Mahangu Park is rich in wildlife and home to 99 animal species including elephants, buffalos, hippos and crocodiles. The main predators are lions, leopards and hyenas. There are many antelope species, as well as giraffes, zebras, impalas and kudus. With over 300 species of birds, it has been designated an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International. About two-thirds of the bird species found in Namibia are located here.

Lüderitz Town Tour

Explore the harbour town of Lüderitz in the ǁKaras Region of southern Namibia. It lies on one of the least hospitable coasts in Africa. It is a port developed around Robert Harbour and Shark Island.

The town is known for its colonial architecture, including some Art Nouveau work, and for wildlife including seals, penguins, flamingos 
and ostriches. It is also home to a museum, and lies at the end of a currently decommissioned railway line to Keetmanshoop. The town is named after Adolf Lüderitz, a controversial colonial figure.

Kapika Falls

Arrival and Departure day Accommodation will be provided at our very own Khaya Guesthouse. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, wi-fi, satellite television, mini bar and coffee station. The evenings will be spent around the fire pit discussing the adventure to come or safari memories that will last a lifetime. memories that will last a lif

Kavango Living Museum

Time has stood still at the Kavango Living Museum where you can relive the ancient culture and observe some of their creative skills. Situated at Samsitu Lake close to Rundu, it represents a traditional village of the Kavango people, who have lived in this area for centuries. With the demonstration and preservation of the fishing and land-cultivating culture forming an essential part of its interactive programme, the main focus of the museum is to provide visitors with detailed insight into the traditional, pre-colonial culture.

The village has been built entirely from natural materials. The people wear clothes made from self-tanned leather and demonstrate traditional cuisine, fire making, basket and mat weaving, as well as bushwalks, fishing and highly specialised techniques like blacksmithing, pottery and the making of drums.

Kolmanskop Ghost Town

We offer you a unique opportunity to photograph the famous Kolmanskop ghost town. You will need a permit: either a visitor permit allowing access to the town during regular hours or separate permits for photographers. Amateur photography permits allow access to the town from sunrise to sunset and commercial permits allow all-hours access to photograph the spooky ruins. Amateur permit holders must sign a waiver stating they are not shooting the ghost town for commercial purposes and cannot resell the images.

Kunene River Cruise

What can be more invigorating than cruising down the Kunene river on a boat which allows you close access to the river banks to take spectacular photographs? This is a dream come true for many photographers, or tourists who just want to relax and absorb the tranquillity and pristine splendour of the surroundings. Enjoy the lush trees on the banks of the Kunene with the sound of rushing water around you. You may see lots of birds, crocodiles, hippos and wildlife coming to the river’s edge to quench their thirst. Just sit back, unwind and relax.

Impalila Island Village

If you want to see a 2,000-year-old Boabab tree and learn more about the culture of the indigenous people, you will find Impalila Island Village fascinating. It has a unique location as the meeting point between four countries:  Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana. The local tribe on Impalila Island is the Basubiya Tribe, and visitors to the island can enjoy a fascinating walk through the village while learning all about the local way of life, which includes mostly subsistence farming, raising cattle and catching fish – a simple, traditional life.

Giants Playground Excursion

An excursion to the unique Giants Playground in Namibia is fascinating and it is aptly named, looking as if Giants have been playing or fighting with big stones there. Situated next to the Quiver Tree Forest 14km from Keetmanshoop, the Giant’s Playground is a vast exposed dolerite formation over 160 million years old. These formations were created underground under extreme pressure, and as the surrounding sedimentary rock wore away, the angular formations resembling huge building blocks were revealed to the surface.  

Gem Market

If you like gemstones, you will have quite a choice in Namibia. The country is famous for producing some of the world’s finest quality diamonds and semi-precious gemstones such as amethyst, aquamarine, topaz, quartz and malachite. The trade is well regulated and gem centres can be found throughout Namibia. An array of sparkling stones are sold there, including fluorite, tourmaline, aquamarine, crystal quartz, garnets and topaz. Mining communities earn their livelihood from the sale of their stones which are mined at klein Spitzkoppe, Brandberg or the Erongo mountains. 

Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons Excursion

Scenic drives through the Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons in Namibia will leave a memorable impression. The road winds through the two gorges carved out by the Kuiseb and Gaub rivers over thousands of years.

Exceptional Restaurants

If you love good eating, there are some truly exceptional restaurants in Swakopmund with delectable mouth-watering dishes and magnificent ambience which keep tourists coming back for more. For example, The Tug Restaurant which is well-known for its excellent seafood and superb location right at the waterfront. The Jetty Restaurant with its superb setting on the Jetty with waves breaking around you or Swakopmund Brauhaus where you can let your hair down, relax and explore the taste of German cuisine alongside authentic décor and locally made beer to name a few.

Etosha Game Drive

Driving through Etosha National Park in search of wildlife is one of the most exciting experiences you can imagine. Located in northwestern Namibia, it spans an area of 22,270 km2. The Etosha salt pan covers 23% of the total area which is home to hundreds of species of mammals, birds and reptiles, including endangered species like the black rhino. Morning and evening game drives through the park are led by experienced and trained guides who tailor excursions to suit the preferences of guests. Etosha National Park is one of Africa’s renowned wildlife areas and is located in Namibia’s prime wilderness conservation area.

Erindi Game Drive

Erindi Private Game Reserve is home to many successful conservation projects. The large carnivores that can be found in the reserve include the Cheetah, Leopard, Lion, Brown Hyena, Spotted Hyena, and African Wild Dog.

Dune 7

Dune 7 is one of the most adventurous excursions in Namibia. It is the highest dune in Namibia at 383 meters and one of the highest in the world. It is named Dune 7 because it is the seventh dune one encounters after crossing the river Tsauchab. A spectacular, beautiful dune only 13km from Walvisbaai. Climbing it can be tough, but the view from the top of the dune makes it worth the effort.

Chobe Tiger Fishing

No trip to the Chobe is complete without trying your hand at a fishing safari. A stay on one of the three Chobe Princesses or at the tented Ichingo Chobe River Lodge and experience some of the best fishing Africa has to offer. Hook a tiger fish, or one of the many bream species, African pike, tilapia, catfish or upper Zambezi yellowfish as you explore the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers.

Desert Scenery

The Desert Scenery in the Namib and Kalahari has a special magic that resonates within one’s soul. The wide-open spaces, undulating red dunes, untamed wildlife and fascinating plant life take one back to your roots – away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. In contrast to the high dunes in the Namib Desert, the look of the Kalahari is characterized by little grass clumps and red dunes. The Kalahari Desert is a large semi-arid sandy savannah that covers eastern and southern Namibia, large parts of Botswana and the north-western area of South Africa, extending for 900,000 square kilometres.

Diaz Cross Coastal Drive

Diaz Cross Coast Drive past Diaz Point is a great drive out from Luderitz Namibia – stark and beautiful with rugged beaches and salt pans along the peninsula. The bay on which Lüderitz is situated was first known to Europeans when Bartolomeu Dias encountered it in 1487. He named the bay. The Diaz Cross is a replica of the original and honours his memory. The Diaz Point Lighthouse is located at Diaz Point.

Chobe River Wildlife Boat Cruise

Take in the beauty of the famous Chobe River on a boat safari while witnessing massive herds of animals and prolific birdlife along the riverfront. We offer mid-morning and late-afternoon boat safaris in one of the four electric-powered safari boats (three of which are fully solar-powered).

Chobe Game Viewing

Experience the beautiful Chobe River in Chobe National Park, see a host of birdlife, crocodiles, hippos and large herbivores making their way down to the river’s edge where game congregate to quench their thirst. See elephant, buffalo and lion, with eland, sable and roan antelope. Leopards are more elusive, but you may be lucky!

Chobe River Cruise

Enjoy an adventurous morning in the famous Chobe National Park. Start your day with a boat cruise on the beautiful Chobe River in Chobe National Park, to see a host of birdlife, crocodiles, hippos and large herbivores making their way down to the river’s edge.

Chobe Game Drive

Enjoy an adventurous afternoon game drive in one of our specially adapted open 4×4 vehicles. Drives are typically along the waterfront where game congregate to quench their thirst. See elephant, buffalo and lion, with eland, sable and roan antelope. Leopards are more elusive, but you may be lucky!

Chobe Bird Watching

If you are a keen birdwatcher, you will love the bird watching from the boats on the Chobe river through Chobe National Park in Botswana.  Large colonies of waterbirds can be found nesting on the sandbanks in the river, on small islands in the middle of the river, or roosting in the trees at the rapids. These include Fish Eagles, Storks, Cormorants, Kingfishers, Purple Heron, African Spoonbill, Great Egret and Green-backed Heron. More than 450 bird species have been recorded in Chobe. Birds often let boats come close, making photography easy.

Cheetah Excursion

Amazing work is being done by AFRICAT to rehabilitate cheetahs and other wild cats.  Among the carnivores being rescued, researched and rehabilitated by them are cheetah, leopard, lion, caracal, wild dog and hyaena. AFRICAT has had to take on a large number of captive cats/carnivores no longer wanted by other establishments.

THE CHEETAH PROJECT: Offers you valuable insight into the welfare work of The AfriCat Foundation.

CHEETAH TRACKING ON FOOT: You are invited to participate on foot in the radio-tracking of the rehabilitated cheetahs on the Cheetah Tracking Trail. Don’t miss this exhilarating experience.

Boma Restaurant

An unforgettable African experience infused with Zimbabwean cuisine, The Boma- Place of Eating is a Must-Do whilst in Victoria Falls.

Under the trees, but partially open to the African skies, it offers a unique experience that bombards the senses with the tastes, sights, sounds and smells of Africa – together with the warmth and hospitality of Zimbabwe and its people. Experience Africa in all its glory!

Aus Nature Drive

You will enjoy the nature drive at Aus where wild horses roam freely. The landscape around Klein-Aus Vista Lodge is extraordinary special – where streaks of Namib sand merge with the bleached grasses of the Pro-Namib. Contributing to the scenery, the Wild Horses of the Namib remind us of untethered freedom and appeal to our soul to embrace the wonderful adventure of life in its entirety.

Ai-Ais Hot Water Springs

AiAis Hotsprings is at the end of the Fish river canyon. Enjoy the warm baths and spa after an exciting ride through the canyon. It is a popular stopover for tourists. Ai-Ais resort is situated in the Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park within easy access to the viewpoint of the second largest canyon in the world. Ai-Ais means “burning water” in one of the local languages and has an incredible outdoor pool and sulphurous hot springs.

AfriCat Foundation

Amazing work is being done by AFRICAT to rehabilitate cheetahs and other wild cats.  Among the carnivores being rescued, researched and rehabilitated by them are cheetah, leopard, lion, caracal, wild dog and hyaena. AFRICAT has had to take on a large number of captive cats/carnivores no longer wanted by other establishments.

Africat Carnivore Centre

Caring for Carnivores Project. Observe how the animals at AfriCat are being housed in spacious enclosures of between twelve and fifty acres in a natural, stress-free environment. Providing a ‘healthy living environment’ for large carnivores in temporary or permanent captivity is fundamental to minimising illness and injuries. They are fed a well-balanced diet and vitamin and mineral supplements are used to prevent deficiencies. The animals are observed daily to monitor their wellbeing and condition, ensuring a quick response and treatment for any illness or injuries that may occur.

Solitaire

Solitaire is a small solitary settlement in central Namibia near the popular Namib-Naukluft National Park.

Situated at the junction of two major tourist routes, between the dunes at Sossusvlei and the coast at Walvis Bay, as well as to the capital Windhoek. It features the only fuel/gas station, Moose McGregor’s Desert Bakery (famous for thier apple pie), cafe, chapel and general dealer. As the surrounding area is sparsely populated, it is a common stopover for tourists. It also contains public restrooms, a tyre repair workshop, a motel and a campsite. An abundance of car wrecks has been picturesquely draped along the road into Solitaire.

Spreetzhoogte Pass

Spreetshoogte Pass is the steepest pass in Namibia, as well as the one straddling the biggest elevation difference, descending almost 1,000 metres within 4 kilometres of road. The top of the pass features a resting place from which there are views into the adjacent Namib desert. The pass was erected during World War II by farmer Nicolaas Spreeth, fortifying the path with quartzite rocks and patches of road ahead of every steep ascent. He built the pass literally with his own hands and dynamite. The pass today is part of the district road from Rehoboth to Solitaire traversing the Escarpment geological feature.

Skeleton Coast National Park

Skeleton Coast National Park is located alongside the Atlantic Coast in northwest Namibia and has mostly inaccessible shores, dotted with shipwrecks. The Park covers a large area of 16,845 km2. The southern section is open to 4 wheel drive vehicles, but the northern section can only be reached by a fly-in safari. The climate is inhospitable with dense ocean fogs. The coast is largely soft sand and high dunes, occasionally interrupted by rocky outcrops and gravel plains.

Sesriem Canyon

Sesriem Canyon is one of the most popular destinations in Namibia. It is located 4 km from Sesriem, a small settlement in the Namib Desert which forms the main access point to the Namib-Naukluft National Park with its famous Sossusvlei tourist attraction. The Sesriem Canyon is a natural canyon carved by the Tsauchab river in the local sedimentary rock, about one kilometre (58 mi) long and up to 30 metres (100 ft) deep. Sesriem Canyon is only two metres (6.5 feet) wide in some places and has a portion that permanently contains water, which many animals use. 

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