From your accommodation in Windhoek, we travel west through the Namib Desert and arrive in Swakopmund in time for lunch and take some time to explore this historical town. A selection of adventure activities are on offer including quad biking and sand boarding on the dunes near Swakopmund (choose from a list of other activities — activities are optional). Enjoy a sundowner drink overlooking the Atlantic ocean before dinner at an excellent restaurant in Swakopmund.
An early start gets us to Walvis Bay, Namibia’s main port, in time for a dolphin cruise on the Walvis Bay Lagoon, a world heritage site for marine life. Enjoy the boat ride on the calm waters of the lagoon in search of dolphins, whales, sun fish and cape fur seals. A light lunch is served onboard before disembarking at around noon (activity optional). Spend the afternoon exploring the Swakopmund’s many shops, restaurants, cafe’s and museums. Alternatively we take an afternoon drive into the Namib desert and explore sights such as the Moon Landscape and Dune 7. Enjoy dinner at yet another fantastic Restaurant in Swakopmund.
We travel north west past the Zeila Shipwreck and the highest mountain in Namibia, the Brandberg Mountain, toward the Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings. We arrive at the lodge in time for lunch and take some time to relax by the swimming pool before heading out into Damaraland on a nature drive in search of the Desert Elephants. We end the day with a spectacular mountain top sundowner.
Enjoy breakfast overlooking the vast landscapes of Damaraland. Take a short walk to view some of the best specimens of bushman rock engravings and paintings available in Namibia. We then visit the Petrified Forrest and a Himba village to learn more about the culture of this ancient tribe, it’s like taking a ride in a time machine! Continue north to Etosha National Park and enjoy an afternoon game drive before arriving to our place of stay.
Enjoy the entire day on a game drive in Etosha National Park. We’ll be driving between waterholes and packing in as many wildlife sightings as possible. This will no doubt be one of the favorite parts of your trip. It’s like waking up in the National Geographic Channel! Possible sightings include elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, zebra and many other plains game species. We overnight at a lodge on the border of the park.
We take the day to relax by the lodge or enjoy am and pm game drives in Etosha National Park.
We travel south towards Okonjima and the Africat foundation to start off the day. In the afternoon, we’ll go leopard tracking with an open-top game drive vehicle that allows you to get closer to these spectacular cats than you ever thought possible. After dinner, choose to go on a night drive to view some of Africa’s nocturnal animals. (activity optional)
We get up early to visit the Afri-Cat Carnivore Centre and go on a cheetah excursion. Return to the lodge for a delicious brunch. Travel south towards Okahandja and the famous woodcarvers market where you’ll get the opportunity to barter for that something special from Africa to take home with you. We do a short city tour of Windhoek and visit the craft center before enjoying a delicious lunch at the world famous Joe’s Beerhouse. Your guide will transfer you to your hotel of choice. Final Safari day accommodation is not included, please let us know if you require accommodation, we will happily arrange this for you.
If you require an airport transfer your guide will ensure you make it to the airport well in time for your flight back home.
|Group Size||Camping PPS||Lodging PPS||Luxury PPS|
|1||N$ 56,770||N$ 86,680||N$ 111,700|
|2||N$ 33,270||N$ 54,380||N$ 74,830|
|3||N$ 25,530||N$ 45,950||N$ 66,670|
|4||N$ 21,740||N$ 41,960||N$ 62,970|
|5||N$ 19,520||N$ 39,740||N$ 61,060|
|6||N$ 18,090||N$ 38,400||N$ 60,050|
|7||N$ 16,850||N$ 37,010||N$ 58,640|
|8||N$ 15,920||N$ 35,960||N$ 57,590|
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.
A unique tourist attraction in the southern part of the Namib. There are about 150 wild Feral Horses in the area of Garub near Aus. They roam around freely and have adapted to the harsh desert conditions. They are independent of humans and are usually in excellent condition.
The Namib Desert Horse is athletic in appearance and usually dark in colour. Their most likely ancestors are a mix of riding horses and cavalry horses from German breeding programs, released from various farms and camps during World War I.
Though harsh and inhospitable, this expanse of uncharted wilderness in northern Kalahari has nine different habitats and supports communities of hunter-gatherers and a high concentration of wild animals and birds. Bushmanland spans the 200km of emptiness between the prosperous farming and mining towns of Tsumeb, Grootfontein and Otavi to the border of Botswana and the Okavango Delta in the east. Cultural visits offer a fascinating experience with the Bushman communities who will take you on hunts and forages and introduce you to their customs, practices and beliefs.
Aptly and fondly known as ‘The Land of The Giants’, Chobe National Park in the north of beautiful Botswana is home to Africa’s largest elephant population and comprises more than 10,000km2 of rich ecosystems, diverse landscapes and an almost unparalleled abundance of wildlife and birdlife all centred around the stunning Chobe River, and in close proximity to a number of Southern Africa’s other safari must-sees.
The Mudumu National Park is situated in the Caprivi Strip in north Namibia. It covers an area of 1000 km² and has a landscape of rivers, reed islands and flat areas without any natural elevation. The Park has an abundance of wildlife but is rarely visited by tourists due to its remoteness and being situated in an acute malaria area, thus the use of prophylaxis is advisable when visiting. The southern part of the Park has a lot of water with elephants, zebras, antelopes, buffalos, hippos and crocodiles. It also has more than 400 different species of birds.
Bwabwata National Park is the second-largest national park in Namibia, and one of five neighbouring national parks located in the north-eastern part of the country. The ecosystem of the park is comprised of woodlands, riverine woodlands, shrub savanna, floodplains, and the Okavango Valley. Shelter is provided by African and Zambezi teak trees and wild seringa, Elephants form the backbone of the wildlife species among a variety of predators and grazers.
Mahango National Park is situated on the Botswana border next to the Okavango river. It covers an area of 250 km2 and is open throughout the year to day visitors only.Two game viewing roads provide the opportunity to view the diverse wildlife along the waterways. Over 400 species of birds have been recorded, and it supports vulnerable species of elephant, hippo and lion. The Park is renowned for its baobab trees.
The Okahandja Mbangura Woodcarvers Craft Market is situated at the Southern Entrance to the city of Okahandja. Woodcarvers from all over Namibia, who practice their ancient skills, market their goods at the market.
Joe’s Beerhouse is for those who like the road less travelled. A place where the unexpected can occur, where quirky is normal, and where nothing is ordinary. A bit like Namibia really. Comfortably, gloriously different. The restaurant is divided into five different sections, each with its own unique ambience. Forget gourmet, think great tasty authentic cooking. This is not fine dining, it’s fine eating. Joe’s is a little bit rustic, a whole lot casual… with a sensational steak house menu concentrating on Namibia’s exotic game meat. Yes, yes, you can have your salads and vegetarian dishes… but be prepared for Namibian-size portions.
Located in the heart of NamibRand Nature Reserve in southern Namibia.
Each of the nine spacious chalets has en-suite bathrooms and a private veranda.
The Okavango River in Namibia is the fourth-longest river system in southern Africa, running south-eastward for 1,600 km. It begins at 1,300 m altitude in Angola, forms part of the border to Namibia, and then flows into Botswana. The Okavango does not have an outlet to the sea but discharges into the Okavango Delta in the Kalahari Desert. The wildlife of the Okavango Delta is varied and plentiful thanks to the rich ecosystems and protection. It includes African bush elephant, buffalo, hippopotamus, blue wildebeest, giraffe, Nile crocodile, lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena, kudu, sable antelope, black and white rhinoceros, zebra, warthog, baboons and the endangered African wild dog. It also contains over 500 species of birds and 85 species of fish.
Part of the Onguma Game Reserve, situated on the eastern border of Etosha National Park.
Each suite’s lounge is complete with a satellite television system, bar fridge, and telephone facilities.
Accommodation includes 11 bush sites, 1 sultan suite, and 1 honeymoon suite.
The Fort has no fences and therefore no children under the age of 7 years will be allowed.
Located in the south of Etosha National Park, 17 km from Anderson Gate. Famous for its floodlit waterhole, Okaukuejo offers a variety of accommodation options and amenities.
A luxury hotel located at the centre of Victoria Falls town and 5 minutes walk from the Victoria Falls.
All rooms are en-suite and equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, telephone, hairdryer, safe and tea/coffee-making facilities.
The Chobe Princess Houseboats are located on the Chobe River, within the Chobe National Park. Accessible from Kasane through Kasane immigration. With only a small number of passengers on board, staying here is like being on your own houseboat.
Wooden bungalows built on stilts, minutes away from Swakopmund’s town centre.
Accommodation includes 8 bungalows, family bungalow and 2 villas.
For safety reasons children under the age of 12 are not recommended, however, should parents accept full responsibility children are welcome to accompany their parents.
The award-winning Lüderitz Nest Hotel is one of Namibia’s favourite hotels (est. 1998) and is located directly on the rocks and sea with its own private tidal beach and walk-on jetty – unique in Namibia.
Accommodation includes Executive Suites, Deluxe and Comfort Rooms (air-conditioned), Single, Twin, Double and Family Rooms.
Perfectly positioned within the town to enjoy all that Victoria Falls offers to the fullest. Built in 1904, The Victoria Falls Hotel was the very first hotel to be built in Victoria Falls. The hotel exudes original colonial Edwardian charm but recent refurbishments offer guests the modern comforts one would expect from a luxury hotel.
Onguma Tented Camp is in the Onguma Game Reserve.
The best feature of the camp is the luxury tents, each with a view over the waterhole. The tents all have an indoor bath with a luxury outdoor shower.
There are no fences and therefore no children under the age of 12 years will be allowed.
Meandering through the spectacular Caprivi Strip in northwest Namibia, the Kwando River rises from the central Angolan highlands forming the boundary between Namibia, Zambia and Angola. The area surrounding the Kwando River is known for its protected game reserves, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. It offers excellent game viewing with the perennial waters of the river attracting plentiful wildlife including large herds of elephant, hippos, crocodiles, red lechwe, turtles, zebra, impala, spotted-necked otters and over 400 species of bird.
The Zambezi is the fourth-longest river in Africa, and the largest flowing into the Indian Ocean from Africa. For 500 km it serves as the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe thundering over the Victoria Falls and through the narrow Batoka Gorge, providing a fantastic playground for white-water rafting, kayaking, river boarding and jet boating.
Benefitting from numerous conservation initiatives, it provides sustenance to a diverse array of game, birdlife and fish species. The riverine woodlands support many large animals, such as buffalo, zebra, giraffe, and elephant.
In Damaraland, there is a sanctuary – Mowani Mountain Camp.
Accommodation include mountain suite, mini suite, luxury room and 12 superior view rooms.
Okonjima is a nature reserve and Big Cat Sanctuary in Namibia with frequent leopard and cheetah sightings. It is spread across 220km2 within Namibia’s scenic Central Highlands halfway between Windhoek and the Etosha National Park, Okonjima Nature Reserve’s conservation work is underpinned by the AfriCat Foundation, which spearheads the conservation of carnivores, including brown hyena, aardvark and pangolin. There are also mountain zebra, blue wildebeest and giraffe, as well as numerous antelope. Birdlife is impressive too with many eagles and vultures.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 (5⁄8 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.
Rundu is a place to unwind and relax. It is the capital of the Kavango-East Region, located on the banks of the Kavango River in northern Namibia, on the border with Angola.
Rundu Open Market is a major tourist attraction and features a woodcarver’s market with unique wooden sculptures. Several local restaurants serve traditional food and fish from the Okavango River. Fishing, boat cruises and water sports are popular, as well as game drives and cultural activities.
The Orange River is the longest river within the borders of South Africa and the Orange River Basin extends extensively from Lesotho through South Africa and Namibia to the Atlantic Ocean. It plays an important economic role by providing water for irrigation and hydroelectric power.
It is also known as the River of Diamonds, since large diamonds such as the Eureka Diamond and Star of South Africa were discovered close to the river, causing a diamond rush.
The Kunene river flows for 1,050 km from the Angola highlands southwards to the border with Namibia until it reaches the Atlantic Ocean. The basin area covers 106 560 km².
Tourism attractions include the Epupa and Ruacana waterfalls, and rafting along wild untamed scenery. A vast array of wildlife can be sighted along the way, especially close to the Etosha National Park. These include lions, desert elephants, giraffes, wildebeest, zebra and antelope.
Windhoek is the capital and largest city of Namibia, located in central Namibia. It is the social, economic, political, and cultural centre of the country. Set amidst rolling hills, the city and suburbs span about 14 km by 7 km with a population of 446,000 people. The city is clean, well-structured and has a diverse range of cultural attractions, architecture and entertainment. Hot days and warm nights make it a city worth exploring.
This tour is an amazing photographic and souvenir collection opportunity. The Himba Tribe is one of the last tribes in Namibia that still embraces centuries-old traditions and customs. The Himba Orphan Village will give you an in-depth experience of the Himba tribe living in their Heritage. The funds generated by these tours are used to take care of the orphans and the families in the village.
This Village portrays the ultimate Ovahimba cultural experience.
The Hoanib River Valley is one of the last true wilderness areas in Namibia, and one of the last settlements of desert elephants. Located in the north-western corner of Namibia, it is characterised by rolling dunes, rocky mountains and desert plains all crisscrossed by ancient, dry riverbeds. Its length is 270 km. Elephants and other wildlife use the valley as a migration route. Other animals include lions, rhino, giraffes and many species of antelope. Adventure tourism is becoming important. At night the stars are spectacular.
The Huab River is ephemeral in the Kunene Region of north-western Namibia, flowing to the Skeleton Coast and the Atlantic Ocean. It includes the Twyfelfontein World Heritage Site.
The scenery is remarkably varied and dramatic: camelthorn, mopane and ana trees line the sides of the riverbed, huge sandy valleys are dotted with gigantic boulder outcrops and rocky hills, red-rock mountains punctuate the horizon, and massive dunes studded with black volcanic rocks make the desert elephants walking below them seem tiny.
Unique tourist attractions are the ancient rock engravings and Petrified Forest with its fossilised trees.
The Chobe River is an unsurpassed tourist destination with a wide variety of wildlife, birds and fish. Boat cruises and game drives along the river create excellent photographic experiences. The Chobe River area has the largest concentration of African elephants in the world, with up to 150,000 on both sides of the river. This life-giving mass of water flows for 731 km through Angola, Namibia and Botswana before passing through the spectacular Chobe National Park into the Zambezi river.
Divundu is a quaint village on the south-eastern banks of the Okavango River in Namibia. Game drives to the nearby national park, Bwabwata National Park, are well known for their diversity of wildlife in typical riverine and swampland habitats. The myriad of species includes the Big 5, Nile crocodile, Zebra and the endangered Wild Dog. The Okavango Delta is a bird viewer’s dream with over 500 species of birds. Fishing is sought after with 85 species of fish recorded. Boat cruises to the spectacular Popa Falls are popular, as well as guided village tours.
One of the greatest attractions in Africa and one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, Victoria Falls is located on the Zambezi River and is the only waterfall in the world with a length of more than 1 km and a height of more than 100 m. The noise of Victoria Falls can be heard from a distance of 40 km while the spray and mist from the falling water rises to a height of over 400 m and can be seen from a distance of 50 km. No wonder that the local tribes used to call the waterfall Mosi-o-Tunya “The smoke that thunders”.
Kasane is a town in Botswana, close to Africa’s ‘Four Corners’, where four countries almost meet: Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is at the far north-eastern corner of Botswana where it serves as the administrative centre of the Chobe District. Kasane briefly obtained international fame as the location of the remarriage of Elizabeth Taylor to Richard Burton, in 1975.
Victoria Falls National Park is the Zimbabwe protected area of the shared natural wonder of Victoria Falls with Zambia’s protected area being Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Together, these two national parks protect the world’s largest waterfall.
Elephant, buffalo, white rhino, eland, hippo, and varying antelope can be experienced with short game drives in the park.
Victoria Falls is the highlight of the national park. It is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
Situated within the Onguma Game Reserve. It borders on the eastern side of the Etosha National Park at Fisher’s Pan.
Accommodation include 14 twin bedded rooms, 3 family units and 1 settlers room.
Situated 16km from Rundu in the Kavango region.
Accommodation includes twin-, triple- and family -bungalows and Hakusembe Villa.
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.
The magnificent Fish River Canyon in Southern Namibia is 350 million years old – the largest canyon in Africa, and the second-largest in the world. The slithering ravine meanders alongside the longest river in Namibia, covering 160 x 27 km, and cutting 550 meters deep into a dry, stony plateau, sparsely covered with hardy plants. The river usually floods in late summer and flows intermittently the rest of the year to form a chain of long narrow pools. This destination belongs on your bucket list.
Covering around 50 000 square kilometres in the northwest of Namibia, the Kaokoland is an unspoiled wilderness popular among outdoor enthusiasts. It is bounded by the vast Skeleton Coast, Angola, and the Namib Desert. It is home to the nomadic Himba tribe famous for the ochre pigments they cover themselves with. The region is also a refuge for desert elephants that have adapted to the harsh climate.
Damaraland was a name given to the north-central part of what later became Namibia, inhabited by the Damaras. Damaraland has dramatic collections of landscapes – from red granite mountains and high red dunes to lush valleys and lagoons with aquatic birds. Damaraland is also one of the last unofficial wildlife regions with desert-adapted animals like elephant, lion, black rhino, giraffe, gemsbok, zebra and hyena. The mountains contain amazing caves and prehistoric rock art.
Brandberg Mountain is Namibia’s highest mountain and a popular challenge for mountaineers. Located in Damaraland, in the Namib Desert near the coast, it covers an area of approximately 650 km². With its highest point, the Königstein (King’s Stone) 2573m above sea level and located on the flat Namib gravel plains, it can be seen from a great distance. The Brandberg is famous for its 50.000 rock paintings, up to 4000 years old.
Twyfelfontein is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with almost 2,500 ancient rock engravings in northwest Namibia. It is officially known as Uri-Ais (meaning jumping waterhole). It consists of a spring in a valley flanked by the slopes of a sandstone table mountain with very little rainfall and a wide range of diurnal temperatures. The site has been inhabited for 6,000 years by hunter-gatherers and Khoikhoi herders. The motives of the rock engravings are hunting scenes with bow and arrow, and animal engravings of antelopes, zebras, giraffes, lions, and even a seal.
Walvis Bay (meaning Whale Bay) is the second-largest city in Namibia with 85,000 inhabitants and covers 29 square kilometres. The bay is a haven for sea vessels because of its natural deepwater harbour. Rich in plankton and marine life, these waters draw large numbers of southern right whales, attracting whalers and fishing vessels. The town is situated just north of the Tropic of Capricorn at the end of the TransNamib Railway to Windhoek.
The wild Skeleton Coast is known as the largest ship cemetery in the world with more than a thousand vessels of various sizes littering the rugged coast. The name is derived from the whale and seal bones that once littered the shore from the whaling industry. It stretches along the entire northern part of the Atlantic coast of Namibia. The local Bushmen called the region “The Land God Made in Anger”, and Portuguese sailors referred to it as “The Gates of Hell”. A spooky place with scary stories.
The Namib Naukluft Park is an ecologically protected area of almost 50,000 km² along the Atlantic coast of Namibia. It is covered with dune fields and is part of the famous Namib Skeleton Coast National Park with thousands of shipwrecks along the wild shoreline. The main visitor attraction is Sossusvlei, a clay pan surrounded by dunes, and Sesriem, a small canyon of the Tsauchab. The Naukluft Mountains are almost 2000 meters high, with dramatic blood-red granites and sandstone. Over 200 species of birds have been recorded in the Park, and many mammals like zebra, oryx, kudu, springbok, klipspringer and warthog. Plants include the weird desert plant Welwitschia mirabilis and aloe plants like the Quiver tree.
Luderitz is a quaint harbour town on the southern Atlantic Coast in Namibia. It boasts German history, art-deco architecture, a fascinating museum and excursions to the ghost town of Kolmanskop. Although surrounded by the Namib Desert, the abundant marine and birdlife include flamingos, ostriches, penguins, dolphins and seals. Harbour cruises and walks on the beach are popular and you can even dig for treasure on Agate Beach to find your own Desert Rose of crystallised gypsum. The restaurants specialise in delicious seafood meals.
Swakopmund on the coast of western Namibia in the Namib Desert is the fourth largest city in Namibia with almost 45,000 inhabitants, covering 196 km². It is a favourite beach resort destination with moderate temperatures. Tourists enjoy boat trips, hot air ballooning, sandboarding, surfing and delicious local Cuisine. Founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South-West Africa and a good example of their colonial architecture. The German influences remain evident by German street names and the German language being spoken by the locals.
Erindi Private Game Reserve is a protected reserve in Namibia, located on a central plateau about 3 hours drive from Windhoek. It is home to many successful conservation projects to ensure the recovery and ecological balance between vegetation, herbivores and predators. The large carnivores that can be found in the reserve include cheetah, leopard, lion, brown hyena, spotted hyena, and African wild dog.
The NamibRand Nature Reserve, located in southern Namibia, is a private nature reserve established to help protect and conserve the unique ecology and wildlife of the southwest Namib Desert. This is critically important in order to facilitate seasonal migratory wildlife routes and to protect biodiversity. It is probably the largest private nature reserve in southern Africa, extending over an area of more than 200,000 ha. Virtually all facets of the Namib Desert are represented on the Reserve – sand and gravel plains and stretches of savanna alternate with mountain ranges, inselbergs and vegetated dune belts.
The name Namib means “vast place” and is the oldest desert in the world and stretches over 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) along the Atlantic coast of Southern Africa. It is almost completely uninhabited by humans except for small settlements. Yet some animals and plants have managed to adapt to the harsh life, including Desert Elephants, Mountain Zebra, Gemsbok, moles and snakes. Plants include succulents and the shrub Welwitschia which can live for 1,000 years!
The desolate ghost town of Kolmanskop lies ten kilometres inland from the port town of Lüderitz. It was named after a transport driver named Johnny Coleman who, during a sand storm, abandoned his ox wagon on a small incline opposite the settlement. During the diamond boom of 1910, it became a rich town but is now deserted and a tourist destination run by the joint firm Namibia-De Beers.
The tranquil village Aus was a German Prisoner of War Camp during World War 1. What makes it special today is the herd of almost 200 feral horses in the area. These hardy athletic horses have adapted to the harsh desert climate. Tourists can watch them at the Garub artificial water hole. Aus is located in the Karas Region of southern Namibia – 125 km east of Lüderitz. It is small but has several amenities including a hotel, police station, shop and garage. The name is derived from the Khoi word Aus, meaning “place of snakes”.
The Kalahari desert with its vast plains and undulating red dunes offers a unique experience. The Kalahari is a large basin-like plain, covering an area of 930 000 square kilometers in Southern Africa, merging with Namibia. Kalahari means “Great thirst” or “Waterless place”, but it will quench your thirst for adventure.
Namibia, a country in southwest Africa, is distinguished by the Namib Desert along its Atlantic Ocean coast. The country is home to diverse wildlife, including a significant cheetah population. The capital, Windhoek, and coastal town Swakopmund contain German colonial-era buildings. In the north, Etosha National Park’s salt pan draws game including rhinos and giraffes.
Zambia is a large country in Africa with a population of 13 million. It has 73 different ethnic groups and almost as many languages.
Zambia is landlocked and surrounded by 7 countries: Angola, Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
There are numerous ecosystems in Zambia, such as forest, thicket, woodland and grassland. One-third of the country is made up of national parks, and all of Africa’s Big Five can be found there, including lions, rhinos and elephants. A total of 242 mammal species are found in the country, 757 bird species, 490 fish species, and 3,543 species of wild flowering plants – a wildlife tourist’s dream.
Zambia also shares the spectacular Victoria Falls with Zimbabwe – 108 metres high and also known as “The smoke that thunders.”
Botswana is a landlocked sovereign country in Southern Africa, bordered by Zimbabwe, South Africa and Namibia. Its transport system is well developed with a network of railway lines, roads, and airports.
The population is 2,3 million. The economy relies mainly on mining and tourism. Tourists love to observe the wildlife spread over many nature reserves in the Okavanga Delta, Kalahari desert, grasslands and savannas. Chobe National Park has the world’s largest concentration of African elephants and 350 species of birds. Other animal species include Lion, Rhino, African wild dogs, blue wildebeest and antelope.
Many tourists visit the Capital Gaborone to explore activities like the Lion Amusement Park, Yacht Club, Fishing Club, Gaborone Dam and Nature Reserve, as well as several museums and golf courses. Botswana offers tourism for every taste.
The Etosha National Park is a nature conservation area in northern Namibia and is one of the most significant game reserves in Africa. It covers an area of nearly 223,000km² and is completely fenced for the protection of the animals. The large mammals in Etosha National Park include lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, giraffe, wildebeest, cheetah, hyena, mountain and plains zebra, springbok, kudu, gemsbok and eland. Within the eastern part of the park, an approximately 5.000 km² large salt pan can be found, which was formed 2 million years ago when the Kunene Delta dried up and its river bed shifted.
Enjoy a trip on the Penguin catamaran to Halifax Island, home of a colony of African penguins. On route, we’ll cruise past the old whaling station at Stromvogelbucht, through Shearwater bay and around Diaz Point. Expect to see a host of marine wildlife including heavy side dolphins, aquatic birds, seals and even whales. The luxurious catamaran offers the perfect ride for the whole family – with shelter from the
On the banks of the Chobe River in Botswana, close to where the borders of four African countries meet – Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Zambia.
Accommodation includes 46 Safari Rooms, 22 Luxurious River Rooms and 8 Thatched Rondavels.
The Wild Horizons Elephant Sanctuary and Orphanage is home to several rescued and resident African Elephants that have been cared for, in Victoria Falls, for many years It was formerly used for the elephant back safari activity.
Situated on the banks of the Kwando River in eastern Caprivi about 24 km south of Kongola close to Mudumu and Mamili National Park.
Accommodation includes 25 rooms, 4 fully-equipped, self-catering tents, a restaurant, a bar and a swimming pool as well as a campsite.
The resort is located in the Bagani area, close to Divundu. The resort is built on the Okavango river banks, next to the Popa Falls.
Accommodation includes 20 luxury chalets that are located on a high riverbank, giving you an incredible overview of the Okavango River.
Situated in the Kavango, eastern region of Namibia, in close proximity of two game parks, Mahango and the Buffalo Core areas.
Accommodation includes 7 large en-suite meru tents, 8 Large thatched en-suite bungalows and 3 thatched en-suite chalets.
Located 20km east of the Fish River Canyon, this Namibia lodge is positioned in the Gondwana Canyon Park. Canyon Lodge is a child-friendly lodge.
Accommodation includes 20 chalets built around granite boulders.
Canyon Village is situated in the Gondwana Canyon Park about 20 km from the Fish River Canyon.
Accommodation includes: 42 cottages built in the Cape Dutch style.
Twyfelfontein Country Lodge is situated in the Huab valley in Damaraland.
Accommodation includes 56 Twin, Double, Triple and Interleading Rooms.
It also has 1 luxury suite with own lounge, kitchen nook, private pool, private terrace, balcony, satellite television, king size bed, spacious full bathroom and mini bar.
Experience the adrenalin rush of catching one of the strongest fighting fresh water fish in the world: the notorious Tiger Fish. Like the piranha, individual tigerfish have interlocking, razor-sharp teeth, along with streamlined, muscular bodies, and are extremely aggressive and capable predators who often hunt in groups. The African tigerfish is the first freshwater fish recorded and confirmed to attack and catch birds in flight.
The Stanley and Livingstone Private Game Reserve is situated a convenient 10-minute drive from Victoria Falls Town. The reserve is home to the Big Five.
Go in search of the Big Five guided by knowledgeable rangers and experience the sights, sounds and smells of Africa first hand. The morning game drive concludes with a bush breakfast. The afternoon game drive ends at sunset making a stop with some snacks and drinks as you watch the sun set behind the African bush, accompanied by birdsong and wildlife game sounds. Make your trip impossible to forget.
Lion Walking is a once in a lifetime activity. Accompanied by guides and handlers, you will interact with young cubs between 3 to 16 months old in the bush, and watch as they learn, explore and play while being informed about the rehabilitation programme. It’s an opportunity to learn about the species as well as get some fantastic photos – and memories! The lions roam freely and, proving that the project is well supervised and managed
Viewing the world’s oldest desert from this unique angle will be the highlight of your tour. Set out on the flight of a lifetime at sunrise and soar with the winds for an hour, crossing mesmerizing waves of sand and mountains with endless vistas of fluctuating shadow and light. Your destination will be the exquisite Sossusvlei dunes – the splendour of the desert.
This unique adventure includes the hot air balloon flight, champagne breakfast, flight certificate, Park or Reserve Fees and return transfers.
Get close to elusive leopards thanks to tracking systems and professional guides. Despite being notoriously shy, leopard sightings are common on Okonjima’s 20,000-hectare reserve. These magnificent big cats roam freely on the reserve, and you can radio track them from the comfort of a game-viewing vehicle. While some of the leopards are collared for the purpose of research, they all roam freely and hunt their own prey. Heading out in an open 4×4 game vehicle with an experienced guide and tracker offers guests an incredible experience to get close to these incredible cats. Tracking leopards in such vast landscapes can be challenging and even with experienced guides, sightings are not always guaranteed, but this just adds to the anticipation. Morning or afternoon game drives.
Namibia is world-famous for its magnificent Game Drives where tourists can experience the magic of getting close to wild animals. It provides a different kind of safari experience with its dramatic, sparse landscapes and widely dispersed wildlife. Depending on the drive and specific location you can expect to encounter anything from rhinos and elephants to large crocodiles and hippos to stunning birdlife and Springbok, Oryx, desert-dwelling lions and so much more.
Get a bird’s eye view of the Skeleton Coast and the Namib Desert, where you are offered the best in exclusive and luxury scenic flights across the magic desert, with famous sights like Kuiseb Canyon, Sossusvlei and Sandwich Harbour being some of the main attraction depending on the itinerary.
A true reflection of Bushman culture, the Living Museum of the Ju/’Hoansi-San can be visited on Farm Omandumba. The museum is run entirely by the San people. 90% of the generated income stays in the Living Museum and 10% goes to Omandumba for services rendered to the museum. This helps to keep the tradition alive and known to the world out there. Enlighten yourself and be amazed.
For a truly unique view of the Swakopmund Desert, why not ride a camel across the undulating dunes? Camels are also known as “Ships of the desert”. They have adapted over the ages to the harsh desert conditions. Enjoy a Safari trip riding a camel for an unforgettable experience. You will be guided on how to go about it, but these camels are friendly and tame and easy to handle. Unique photos to take home with you.
Can you imagine anything more exhilarating than kayaking in the Walvis Bay Lagoon amongst marine wildlife? For half a day you can enjoy watching dolphins, Cape fur seals, and even humpback whales during migration months. Birds include pelicans, flamingos and cormorants. Double and single kayaks are available. The duration of the tour is 4.5 hours. Departure time is 08:00 from the Yacht Club, returning at 12:30. The minimum number of persons per booking is 2 and the maximum 24. No prior kayaking experience is necessary. Age 3 years and older. Refreshments include tea and brötchens (sandwiches).
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.
Operator: Desert Explorers
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.
Lie down option: N$600.00 p.p. Stand up: N$700.00 p.p
Ai–Ais 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.