14 Day Camping – Wildlife, Desert and Dunes
± € 1725.00

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Namib Naukluft National Park
Sossusvlei
Etosha National Park

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ITINERARY

DAY 1: ARRIVAL

Flight to Namibia via Johannesburg or directly to Windhoek.
NB. Please remember to bring a comfortable pair of walking shoes.

 

DAY 2: WINDHOEK – NAMIB NAUKLUFT NATIONAL PARK

Safaris starts at the Hosea Kutako International Airport where your English / French speaking guide will meet you.
We depart southwards passing by Rehoboth, town of the Basters.
Lunch will be enjoyed on the road (prepared by the guide with the assistance of the clients). We arrive at our campsite in the Namib Naukluft National Park and set up our tents.
The Namib-Naukluft National Park encompasses part of the Namib Desert as well as the Naukluft mountain range and is the largest game park in Africa. Wildlife found in this spectacular setting includes Hartmann’s mountain zebra, kudu, gemsbok, klipspringer, duiker, steenbok, leopard, baboon, black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox, African wild cat, caracal and aardwolf. The Naukluft Mountain’s steep cliffs are nesting grounds for various cliff-breeding bird species, including Black eagles. Over 200 species of birds have been recorded here.
Dinner will be prepared by the guide with the assistance of the clients. Enjoy your first night under the stars.
Camping
Meal plan: lunch and dinner

 

DAY 3: NAMIB NAUKLUFT NATIONAL PARK

After an early breakfast we depart for a walk in the Naukluft Mountains which rises impressively from the desert sea around it. The area is extremely beautiful and perfect for hiking. Occasional heavy rainstorms feed a network of natural springs and streams which we will explore as well as wonderful rock pools which are found in the area.
We will encounter a variety of wildlife and birds during our outing.
We will enjoy our lunch packs either at the pools or back at the campsite.
After lunch, we pack up and take a scenic drive to Sesriem where we set up camp. Dinner will be prepared by the guide with the assistance of the clients.
Sesriem campsite
Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

DAY 4: SESRIEM – SOSSUSVLEI

We wake up early to some tea, coffee and biscuits before departing towards an area which boasts some of the highest and most spectacular dunes in the world. We enjoy breakfast on a dune with wonderful views over the red sand vista.
Sossusvlei itself is a large, white, salt and clay pan located in the midst of this ancient, red wilderness and provides wonderful photographic opportunities. Occasionally the pan fills up with water offering a fantastic spectacle as the glassy lake reflects the surrounding dunes. Nearby is Deadvlei, another dry pan which is characterised by the ghostly skeletons of scorched dead trees, some as old as 1000 years, standing scattered across the white expanse. This eerie scene of stark contrasts, makes for stunning photographs.
We will visit both pans during the course of the morning.
Lunch will be had back at the campsite before visiting Sesriem canyon in the afternoon. The canyon has been shaped over millions of years by the Tsauchab river and is one of the few places in the area that holds water all year round. It is up to 30 metres deep at points and about 1km long with a width of between 1 and 3 metres. The canyon is a fun and interesting place to visit. We will walk through its narrow passageway viewing the different rock formations and exposed layers along the way.
We spend the night at Sesriem campsite under the beautiful gaze of the stars.
Sesriem campsite or similar
Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

DAY 5: SESRIEM – SWAKOPMUND

Today we depart for Swakopmund, one of Namibia’s charismatic coastal towns. We stop over at Solitaire, famous for its German cake apple tart. We continue our journey, passing over the Tropic of Capricorn and across the Kuiseb canyon, an important landmark which prevents the progression of the dunes towards the north.
We arrive in Swakopmund and settle into our accommodation.
Delight hotel or similar
Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

DAY 6: SESRIEM – SWAKOPMUND

After breakfast, we will depart on a boat cruise which includes a wonderful brunch (no lunch). Enjoy a variety of seafood, soft drinks and sparkling wine. You will have the opportunity to spot some of the Atlantic Ocean marine life including dolphins, seals, flamingos, pelicans and, if you are lucky, whales.
In the afternoon, you are free to try out some of the many activities Swakopmund has to offer (own account). These include:

  • Scenic flights over the Namib dunes and Atlantic ocean in a small Cessna 210 aircraft of 5 passengers.
  • Sandwich Harbour 4×4 Drives on the Namib dunes with a very well experienced off-road driver including champagne and a lovely brunch with a selection of seafood.
  • Quad bike rides in the dunes boasting lovely views of both the sea to the west and the plains on the east.
  • Shopping and exploring the historical German buildings in town.
  • Sand boarding in the dunes.
  • Desert Living Adventure in the dunes looking for small reptiles such as snakes, geckos, lizards and scorpions.

Dinner will be at one of Swakopmund’s many fine restaurants.
Delight hotel or similar
Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

DAY 7: SWAKOPMUND – SPITZKOPPE

We travel north along the beautiful Namibian coastline towards the Cape Cross, home to one of the largest breeding colonies of Cape Fur Seals on the planet, with up to 210 000 seals present during November, December.
After our visit here, we continue towards the Spitzkoppe. This impressive granite massif rises about 700m above the surrounding plains. Its beauty is found in its many unique and fantastic rock formations. It is a wonderful landscape for walks as one navigates its many nooks and crannies beneath towering rock forms. Look out for the yellow ‘Butter’ trees and ‘Poison’ tree, whose poisonous white juice is used by the San to dip their arrows. We will visit the San paintings at ‘Bushman’s Paradise’, situated under an overhanging rock wall.
Campsite (semi-Bivouac)
Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

DAY 8: SPITZKOPPE – TWYFELFONTEIN

We leave for the Brandberg, the highest mountain in Namibia at 2573 metres above sea level. We will stop here and walk up to see the famous White Lady painting, part of a group of several paintings found in a cave including other human figures and oryxes. The White Lady is the most detailed and measures about 29.5 x 29cm. There has been a lot of conjecture about her role and the interpretation/meaning of the scene itself.
We continue on to Aba Huab campsite where we will set up camp and enjoy dinner prepared on an open fire.
Aba Huab campsite
Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

DAY 9: TWYFELFONTEIN

After breakfast we visit the celebrated rock engravings of Twyfelfontein.
Twyfelfontein is the site of one of the largest concentrations of rock petroglyphs (engravings) and rock paintings in Africa. It consists of a spring in a valley flanked by the slopes of a sandstone mountain. The rock art forms an extensive record of ritual practices relating to hunter-gatherer communities in this part of southern Africa over at least 2 millenia. UNESCO approved it as Namibia’s first World Heritage Site in 2007.
We have lunch on the road (prepared by the guide and with the assistance of the clients). In the afternoon we visit the Damara Living Museum.
The Living Museum of the Damara lies close to Twyfelfontein and is the first traditional Damara project in Namibia and the only one of its kind. Here we have the unique opportunity to experience traditional Damara culture. Together with the Bushmen, the Damara belong to one of the oldest nations in Namibia. Their original nation was a mixture of hunter-gatherer culture and herders of cattle, goats and sheep. Although their culture is now largely lost, the museum contributes to its preservation, as well as bringing in an income for the Damara community that built it.
We will enjoy a night of camping at the Aba Huab campsite.
Aba Huab campsite
Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

DAY 10: TWYFELFONTEIN – ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

Today we drive through the spectacular Damaraland landscapes towards the Etosha National Park, passing through Khorixas (khori means mustard tree), former capital of the Kunene region. We have a picnic lunch on the road, prepared by the guide with the assistance of the clients.
The Etosha National Park spans an area of 22 270 square km, a large part of which is taken up by a vast salt pan. This beautiful barren and often haunting landscape is surprisingly abundant in game, which often congregate around the various waterholes scattered around the park, allowing for some spectacular game viewing. The park is home to hundreds of species of mammals, birds and reptiles, including several threatened and endangered species such as the black rhinocerous. Visitors can expect to see many buck species, elephants, giraffe, rhino and lions. If you are lucky you will see leopard and cheetah. After good rains, the salt pan fills with water attracting a mass of flamingos. More than 340 bird species have been counted in the park.
We spend the night camping in tents at the Okaukuejo campsite inside the park.
Okaukeujo campsite
Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Earth Safari - Namibia - Etosha - elephant
 

DAY 11: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK SAFARIS

Today will be a full day of game viewing safaris allowing plenty of opportunities for good sightings and spectacular photographs of the African wildlife.
We will enjoy a picnic lunch on the road.
In the late afternoon, we will settle into our camp at Namutoni inside the reserve. For dinner, we will enjoy a barbeque.
Namutoni campsite
Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

DAY 12: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK SAFARIS

We have breakfast and depart early (the best time for seeing animals) for another game drive in the park. We stop at the various waterholes along the way. We have a picnic lunch in the park.
We enjoy another night at the Namutoni campsite after a barbeque around the fire.
Namutoni campsite
Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

DAY 13: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK – WINDHOEK

We start our journey back to Windhoek. If time allows we will stop by the crocodile farm in Otjiwarongo.
Lunch and dinner will be on your own account today.
You will overnight in a hotel or guesthouse in Windhoek.
Avani Hotel or similar
Meal plan: breakfast

 

DAY 14: WINDHOEK – FLIGHT BACK HOME

After breakfast, you depart for the airport for your international flight back home. We wish you a safe return back home and we hope you enjoyed your time
Meal plan: breakfast

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • All transports
  • Accomodation
  • All meals as described
  • Guiding services
  • All entrance fees as per itinerary

 

EXCLUDED

  • International Airfare
  • Tips & gratitudes
  • Personal insurance
  • Drinks