10-day Ultimate Namibia Safari

Namibia is a vast country, even by African standards, covering an area approximately twice the size of California and four times the size of the United Kingdom, but with a population of a mere 2 million. This gives one of the lowest population densities in the world. It is also an ‘ageless land’; visible through our heritage of rock art created by stone-age artists and geological attractions such as the petrified forest where fossilised tree trunks have lain for over 280 million years. When added to the space and silence, these factors all contribute to a feeling of antiquity, solitude and wilderness.

The climate is typical of a semi-desert country. Days are warm to hot and nights are generally cool. Temperatures are modified by the high plateau in the interior and by the cold Benguela Current that runs along the Atlantic coastline. Except for the first few months of the year, the country is generally dry with very little rain.

This Ultimate Namibia Safari affords you the chance to experience this magnificent and memorable country in a very personal way. You will have your own professional and experienced safari guide who will enhance your enjoyment of this unique country by making it a fascinating and stress-free journey of discovery amidst very dramatic scenery. The knowledge, experience, and character of our guides are critical to a successful safari which is why we ensure that they are both personable and very professional.

Your guide will have an intimate knowledge of each area and camp/lodge that you visit, allowing them to share the local insights and highlights whilst adding continuity and depth to your safari. It goes without saying that they all know exactly what a “True African Safari” is all about. Not only are our guides highly qualified, each has a specific area of expertise. Together they possess the breadth and depth of knowledge to allow them to answer questions and satisfy the particular interests of each of our guests. The presence and company of your safari guide will turn your safari into an experience of a lifetime!

Highlights

  • Windhoek
  • Etosha South
  • Onguma Game Reserve
  • Sesriem
  • Swakopmund
  • Twyfelfontein
  • Namibia
  • Namibia

Tour Summary

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Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1 : Sesriem

This morning your safari guide will collect you from your various accommodation establishments or from the Windhoek International Airport (assuming you land before 08h00).  You then depart Windhoek in your safari vehicle with your private guide and drive southwest through the scenic Khomas Hochland highlands before heading down the Great Escarpment into the Namib Desert below, stopping for a picnic lunch at a scenic location along the way. You arrive at Dead Valley Lodge in the mid-afternoon and you will stay here for two nights whilst you explore the remarkable sights of the Namib Desert with your guide.  If there is still time today, your guide will take you to visit Sesriem Canyon, a nearby geological attraction, or explore Elim Dune.  However, if you prefer, you can just relax and soak in the scenic and tranquil surroundings at Dead Valley Lodge.

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Day 2 : Sesriem

This morning you will need to rise early for a magical excursion with your guide in the Namib Naukluft National Park, normally setting off before sunrise to capture the dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate the towering shapes and curves.  This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world and your guide will give you an insight on the formation of the Namib Desert and its myriad of fascinating creatures and plants that have adapted to survive these harsh environs.  Once you have explored Sossusvlei, Deadvlei and surrounding dune fields to your heart’s content you can enjoy a relaxed picnic brunch in the shade of a camel thorn tree.  You then return to Dead Valley Lodge in the early afternoon in time for a late lunch, with the option to visit Sesriem Canyon afterwards if you haven’t already done so the day before.  The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure (from experience, this is usually welcomed after an exhilarating morning in the dunes).

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Day 3 : Swakopmund

The fascinating drive today takes you northwest through awesome and ever changing desert landscapes of the Namib Naukluft National Park, including the impressive Gaub and Kuiseb canyons.  You will meet the coast at the port town of Walvis Bay and then continue north to Swakopmund where you can enjoy the pleasant seaside location and cooler coastal air for your next two nights.  There will be time this afternoon to explore the town and wander along the waterfront on foot, before heading off for dinner at a popular restaurant which specializes in fresh seafood.

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Day 4 : Swakopmund

After an early breakfast your guide will drive you along the scenic coastal road back south to Walvis Bay for a memorable kayaking adventure within the outer lagoon.  After meeting your kayaking guide you will be taken on a short scenic drive to Pelican Point to see its lighthouse and windswept beauty, stopping briefly at the salt works to view the variety of bird life on your way to the launch point.  The kayaking is an ideal way of seeing Cape fur seals, Heaviside and bottle-nose dolphins, pelicans, flamingos and a wide variety of other sea birds.  If you are lucky, there is also a chance of seeing whales, leather-back turtles and sunfish.  During the course of the day the guide will stop and inform you about the environment and light refreshments will be served on the beach before heading back to Walvis Bay.

You also have the choice to partake in a memorable motorized boat, seal and dolphin excursion within the outer lagoon and harbour should the kayaking not appeal.  Here you should also see Cape fur seals, heaviside and bottle-nose dolphins, pelicans, flamingos and a wide variety of other sea birds.  Again, if luck is on your side, there is also a chance of seeing whales, leather-back turtles and sunfish.  During the course of the excursion snacks will be served along with local sparkling wine and fresh oysters, before you will return to the jetty at roughly midday.

You then have the opportunity to explore the waterfront area of Walvis Bay further before returning to Swakopmund for an afternoon at leisure at your guesthouse or out in town.  Activities such as camel rides, scenic flights, sand boarding and more can all be booked at an extra cost.

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Day 5 : Twyfelfontein

Continuing on your safari today, the road takes you north and east into the wonderful and diverse region of Damaraland. You pass Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandberg which peaks at 2,573 m above sea level, and take time to view game and absorb the vastness of the scenery along the way.  Damaraland is typified by displays of colour, magnificent table topped mountains, rock formations and bizarre-looking vegetation.  The present day landscape has been formed by the erosion of wind, water and geological forces which have formed rolling hills, dunes, gravel plains and ancient river terraces.  It is the variety and loneliness of the area as well as the scenic splendour which will reward and astound you, giving one an authentic understanding of the word 'wilderness'.

If time allows this afternoon your guide will take you to visit the nearby attractions and geological sites of the prehistoric Twyfelfontein rock engravings (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) - if not there is plenty of time to see them tomorrow.

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Day 6 : Twyfelfontein

After an early breakfast you will be treated to an exciting 4x4 excursion along the ephemeral Aba Huab and Huab River valleys to explore this remarkable region and to search for game, including the elusive desert adapted elephants if they are in the area.  Damaraland is home to a variety of desert adapted wildlife and hidden desert treasures.  As the elephants are mostly active in the mornings you will normally have the best chance to see them then before returning to camp for lunch.  However, if all the safari participants agree, you also have the option to take a picnic lunch and stop to enjoy that in the shade of a large Ana tree by the riverbed, ideally while watching a herd of elephant browsing nearby.

Your guide will arrange to fit in a visit to Twyfelfontein and other nearby attractions at a suitable time if you haven’t already done so the previous day.  On return to camp there should be time to take a walk into the local area with your guide if desired, or simply relax and enjoy some well-deserved leisure time.

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Day 7 : Etosha South

Today after a very early breakfast you set off on your journey to the Etosha Mountain Lodge, which is situated on the south western border of Etosha National Park.   You arrive in time for an afternoon game drive on the Etosha Heights Game Reserve in an open game viewer with Etosha Mountain Lodge ranger, on shared basis with other lodge guests.

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Day 8 : Onguma Game Reserve

Today is dedicated to a full day of exciting game viewing within the central section of Etosha National Park from your private safari vehicle as you make your way from the southern Andersson’s Gate to Halali (where you may stop for lunch) and then on across via selected waterholes such as Goas, which are normally particularly good for game viewing, to Namutoni Camp in the east.  You will have to leave the Park before sunset and head out to stay at the delightful Onguma Tree Top Camp with enough time to relax and freshen up before for dinner.  The rest of the evening can be spent game viewing at the camp’s floodlit waterhole where game comes and goes throughout the day and night.

Etosha National Park: Etosha National Park covers 22,270 km², of which approximately 5,000 km² is made up of saline depressions or ‘pans’.  The largest of these pans, the Etosha Pan, can be classified as a saline desert in its own right.  The Etosha Pan lies in the Owambo Basin, on the north-western edge of the Namibian Kalahari Desert.  Until three million years ago it formed part of huge, shallow lake that was reduced to a complex of salt pans when the major river that fed it, the Kunene, changed course and began to flow to the Atlantic instead.  If the lake existed today, it would be the third largest in the world. Etosha is the largest of the pans at 4,760 km² in extent.  It is nowadays filled with water only when sufficient rain falls to the north in Angola, inducing floods to flow southward along the Cuvelai drainage system.  The Park consists of grassland, woodland and savannah.  Game-viewing centers around the numerous springs and waterholes where several different species can often be seen at one time.  The Park boasts some 114 mammal and over 340 bird species.  Wildlife that one might see includes elephant, lion, giraffe, blue wildebeest, eland, kudu, gemsbok (oryx), zebra, rhino, cheetah, leopard, hyena, honey badger and warthog, as well as the endemic black faced impala.

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Day 9 : Onguma Game Reserve

Another morning dedicated to memorable game drives within the eastern section of Etosha National Park with your guide.  You return to camp for lunch and an early afternoon rest, spending your final afternoon on a game drive on the private Onguma Game Reserve, culminating in a sundowner overlooking Fischer’s Pan.  You then return after sunset with enough time to freshen up and enjoy your final ‘safari dinner’ overlooking the camp’s floodlit waterhole.

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Day 10 : Departure

Your early departure will take you south from Onguma Tree Top via Tsumeb, Otavi and Otjiwarongo to reach Okonjima’s AfriCat Day Centre, a wonderful highlight with which to conclude your safari.  Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation, a wildlife sanctuary which focuses on the research and rehabilitation of Africa's big cats, especially injured or captured leopard and cheetah.  You arrive in time for lunch before embarking on an exciting and informative game drive and tour of the centre.  Here you will learn about the function and vision of the AfriCat Foundation and will also get to meet some of the Foundation’s special captive carnivore ambassadors.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no tracking of wild cats on this visit and should that be required an overnight extension should be booked as per the below.

After the excursion and freshening up, the journey continues further south to arrive back in Windhoek in the late afternoon, just as the sun is setting.  Upon your arrival in Windhoek you will be transferred to your accommodation establishment of choice, or out to the Windhoek International Airport (transfer to be booked additionally) if flying out in the evening - departure flights must be no earlier than 21h00 to allow sufficient time for the visit to the AfriCat Foundation and the journey back to Windhoek, or a final night in Windhoek can be arranged at additional cost if required.  A final night in Windhoek is highly recommended!

Included

Accommodation as stated above.
Transportation in a luxury air-conditioned safari vehicle.
All meals.
Services of a registered and experienced naturalist English-speaking safari guide.
Entrance fees and excursions as described in above itinerary.
Mineral water on board the safari vehicle.
Option of either kayaking or catamaran boat cruise in Swakopmund.
Onguma afternoon property drive in open game viewer with lodge guide

Excluded

International flights to Namibia and airport taxes.
Return airport transfers from Windhoek International Airport – Windhoek – Windhoek International Airport.
Pre and post safari accommodation in Windhoek.
Any entrance fees and excursions not included in the above itinerary.
All beverages with the exception of mineral water on board the safari vehicle.
Laundry (laundry service available at lodges at extra cost).
Gratuities.
Items of personal nature (telephone expenses, curios, medicines etc).