Private Highlight Safaris


Windhoek – Namib Desert – Sossusvlei – Swakopmund –Damaraland – Twyfelfontein – Etosha National Park – Windhoek

Monday:

Windhoek. Depart at around 09:00 from Windhoek via the scenic and steep Spreetshoogte Pass to the beautifully set Namib Naukluft Lodge. A light lunch will be served. During the afternoon you have time to relax at the swimming pool and/or join a walking trail in the mountains. (Optional: A flight in a light aircraft over the dunes at Sossusvlei. This excursion is not included – please book well in advance.) Overnight with full board at Namib Naukluft Lodge.


Tuesday:

Namib Naukluft Lodge. An early morning rise will be rewarded by the sight of the spectacular dunes at Sossusvlei on your excursion. Make the effort and climb one of the dunes and you may be overwhelmed by the sight of the dynamic and living desert. A full breakfast will be served under one of the camelthorn trees at Sossusvlei. Visit the Sesriem Canyon before returning to the lodge for lunch. During the late afternoon a sundowner drive to the natural marble mountains on this 25,000 ha private nature reserve is offered. Overnight with full board at Namib Naukluft Lodge.

 

Wednesday:

Namib Naukluft Lodge. En route to Swakopmund we will drive through the Namib Desert. Enjoy the Kuiseb Canyon, the drive along the Swakop riverbed and stops at the moonlandscape and at the Welwitschia Mirabilis, an ancient plant endemic to the Namib Desert. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure and you can explore the little coastal resort on your own. Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at one of the better Hotels or Pensions in Swakopmund: Hansa Hotel, the Swakopmund Hotel & Entertainment Centre or the Seaside Hotel and Spa, etc.


Thursday:

Swakopmund. We will drive to Walvis Bay this morning and you may want to join one of the optional tours (a boattrip with a catamaran or a motorboat from the Walvis Bay yacht harbour, kayaking on the Walvis Bay lagoon, Quadbiking on the dunes en route to Walvis Bay, etc.) or you might enjoy walking along the lagoon and view the prolific birdlife with a huge population of flamingoes. Return to Swakopmund in the afternoon and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (Optional – not included: A sundowner-flight along the coastline in a small aircraft) Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at the Hansa Hotel, the Swakopmund Hotel & Entertainment Centre or the Seaside Hotel and Spa.


Friday:

Swakopmund. Today we drive along the coastline via Henties Bay and Uis to the vast regions of the Damaraland. We shall visit the famous rock-engravings at Twyfelfontein and arrive at the Lodge during the course of the afternoon. The rest of the day is at leisure Overnight on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis at Twyfelfontein Lodge.


Saturday:

Huab Lodge. We carry on to the beautifully set Huab Lodge and participate in some of the activities offered in this magnificent area, where desert elephants are common visitors. A nature drive and birdwatching at Huab Lodge are unforgettable highlights. Your hosts, Suzi and Jan van der Reep are some of the most knowledgable and well-known conservationists in Namibia and their love for nature will make your stay an unforgettable one. Overnight on a full board basis at Huab Lodge.


Sunday:

Huab Lodge. After breakfast we depart to a Himba village, which has been set up for tourists in order to learn more about these nomadic living tribes. You have the opportunity to have lunch here – not included – on your own account. We shall stay in one of the lodges near the western gate of the Etosha National Park, Otjovasandu. During the afternoon you may want to join an optional game-drive on one of the farms. The rare Mountain Zebra and Elan antelopes are found here. Overnight on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis at Hobatere Lodge, Kavita Lion Lodge or Rustig Toko Lodge.


Monday:

Otjovasandu. Today we enter the Etosha National Park. We shall try and the Park from this western side. However, this is only possible if accommodation in Okaukuejo or Halali Restcamp can be booked. Arrive there at around lunchtime (lunch excluded). A floodlit waterhole at either of the camps enables you to view the game also during the evening and night time, which is otherwise not possible. Dinner, bed and breakfast at preferably Okaukuejo or Halali Rest Camp,otherwise in one of the Camps just outside the Etosha Park.


Tuesday:

Etosha National Park. A whole day in this great National Park lies ahead of us and we shall stop at various waterholes en route to view game. This Park is well-known for its huge herds of zebra and antelope. With a bit of luck we should be able to spot elephant, lion and/or other predators. We leave the Park at the eastern side and overnight just outside the Van Lindequist gate. Dinner, bed and breakfast at one of the lodges just outside: preferably Kempinski Mokuti Lodge, Mushara or Etosha Aoba Lodge or similar.


Wednesday:

Etosha National Park. We enter once more into the Etosha National Park and explore the ‘Fisherman’s Pan’ as well as the north-eastern side at Andoni. We return to the lodge with surely great memories of the Etosha National Park. Overnight on dinner, bed and breakfast basis at the same lodge as the night before.


Thursday:

Etosha National Park. After breakfast we depart to Tsumeb an old mining town and continue via Otjiwarongo to Okahandja, where we stop at the woodcrafters market. You can do some shopping here before we arrive in Windhoek during the late afternoon.


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