NAMIBIA OPTION 1
On Arrival to Johannesburg International Airport please make your way for your connecting flight to Windhoek. Arrival at Hosea Kutako (Windhoek International) airport, where you will be met by your guide. Subsequent transfer to the capital of Namibia for check-in to Olive Grove Guesthouse. After check-in at the accommodation establishment, you will be taken on a city tour. Windhoek is a city of many contrasts. Modern skyscrapers blend with historic buildings dating from the turn of the century. Several buildings from the German colonial era have been preserved and restored to fulfil useful functions in the community today. Some of the sights you will see on your tour are the Ride Memorial, the Old Fort, the Parliament Building (also known as the “Ink Place”), the Lutheran Church, the Railway Station and many more.
After breakfast departure from Windhoek and drive via Rehoboth, the centre of Namibia’s Baster community into the red dunes of the Kalahari Desert to the Bagatelle Kalahari Game Lodge. Late afternoon, participate in a guided game drive to learn about the flora and fauna of the Kalahari Desert.
Today we travel through some of Namibia’s most spectacular sceneries. Vast expanses of yellow savannah are dotted with bushes and solitary camelthorn trees. Distant mountain ranges take on different nuances of purple and blue as the day progresses. Our destination is the Kulala Desert Lodge, situated south of the Sesriem gate at Sossusvlei.
Visit Sossusvlei - a clay pan surrounded by some of the highest sand dunes in the world) - and the Sesriem Canyon.
The route takes us north via the Kuiseb Canyon to Swakopmund. Highlights en route include a drive to the “Moon Landscape” and the ancient desert plant, “Welwitschia mirabilis”. This quaint desert town with its old-world charm and relaxed atmosphere hedged by desert and sea, is enhanced by lush green lawns and palm trees.
Morning dolphin cruise on the Walvis Bay Lagoon. The afternoon is at own leisure.
Departure from Swakopmund along the Atlantic Coast towards the North. Visit the lichen fields near Wlotzka’s Baken before continuing to Henties Bay, a small holiday resort. Onwards to the seal colony at Cape Cross. After visiting the seals, the journey continues via Uis to the Mowani Mountain Camp. You can experience the harsh transition from the Namib Desert to the Damaraland highlands with its impressive landscape and ragged valleys. In the afternoonwe visit the Twyfeflontein Rock engravings, the burnt mountain and the organ pipes.
DAY 8 & 9
We travel via the Khorixas and further on the tarred road to the Etosha National Park. Enroute we visit the petrified forrest. Afternoon arrival at the Ongava Lodge situated in the Ongava game reserve, on southern boundary of the Etosha National park.. At the heart of this National Park is the Etosha Pan, a vast dry shallow depression. Perennial springs feed the waterholes along the southern verge, which attract a myriad of animal species. From here we depart on game drives into the Etosha National Park.
Departure through the Andersons Gate , where we travel through the park from south to east to the Mushara Lodge. We are spending the day doing game drives in the park and visit the numerous waterholes that attract a large diversity of animal and bird species, many of these being endemic to the country.
DAY 11 & 12
Continue to the Okonjima Lodge, home of the Africat Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation and protection of Namibian wild cats, in particular leopard and cheetah. Enjoy the opportunity to admire and photograph these predators.
Return journey via Okahandja to Windhoek, where we spend the last night. Okahandja is an important centre for woodcarvers from the north. They practice their ancient skills at the Woodcarvers Market next to the main road. This is a good place to pick a last souvenir. In Windhoek you will have some time for shopping and exploring.
Road transfer to Hosea Kutako Airport for check-in for your flights International destination. Bid farewell to Namibia!