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14 Days / 13 Nights

14 Day self-drive safari into Northern Namibia with a focus on hiking

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  • 14 Days / 13 Nights
  • Max People : 26
  • Min Age : 10+

Includes

  • Toyota Hilux 4x4 DC/ Nissan NP300 4x4 D/C/ Ford Ranger 4x4
  • Zero Excess Fee
  • GPS & latest Track4Africa software
  • 12-220v inverter with USB
  • Fridge
  • Airport transfers
  • If Driver needed it can be arranged

Excludes

  • Excludes International Flights
  • Excludes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Excludes Park Fees
  • Excludes Drinks
  • Excludes Upgrades on accommodations
  • Excludes Fuel
  • Excludes Park Fees 
Emergency Services:
Emergency evacuation services are included.

Drivers: A valid and unendorsed license must be produced by all drivers. The minimum age for authorized drivers is 23 years.

Fuel: The renter will receive the vehicle with a full tank of fuel. Upon the return of the vehicle/termination of the hire, the vehicle will be refilled at the renter’s expense.

Insurances: The rental vehicle includes Zero Excess

Rental Agreement: Upon renting the vehicle the renter and additional drivers will be required to complete a standard rental agreement with the car rental company. A valid credit card is required for the rental deposit.

Health: It is the client’s responsibility to ensure that he/she is medically fit and able to embark on the tour.

Force Majeure: We do our utmost to conduct the tour as described in the program; however, we cannot guarantee it. Unfavorable weather conditions, rivers in flood, organizational problems, unforeseen events, or other factors may force us to change the course of the tour. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Haus Sonneneck, Windhoek (45km)

After your arrival at the Hosea Kutako International Airport approx. 45 km east of Windhoek, you will be welcomed by the car rental company and taken to Windhoek where you will take over your vehicle with all the necessary instructions and information. Afterwards you will drive to your accommodation where you are able to freshen up and rest. In the afternoon you will be picked up by your guide from Bwana Tucke-Tucke for an interesting Windhoek city tour, during which you will get to know historical buildings and the township of Katutura. In the evening you can go out for a relaxing dinner. We can recommend Joe’s Beerhouse, Cape Town Fish Market or The Stellenbosch.

Windhoek

Situated in Central Namibia, the cosmopolitan city of Windhoek serves as the capital of the country. It is home to an international airport and a plethora of restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and accommodation options. The city is clean, safe and well-organised, with a colonial legacy that is reflected in its many German eateries and shops, and the widespread use of the German language. Windhoek has an interesting mix of historical architecture and modern buildings, many of which are worth a look, including the Alte Feste an old fort, the 1896 Christuskirche Christ Church, and the more contemporary Supreme Court.

Overnight: Haus Sonneneck     

Situated in the Eros Hills, it enjoys proximity to Restaurants, a Shopping Centre and the City, while retaining the quiet of a country estate.

The spotless rooms are spacious and include every possible comfort for your personal freedom and relaxation.

All rooms have en-suite facilities with a cosy and comfortable atmosphere, making your stay most enjoyable.

The heart of Sonneneck is the area around the sparkling swimming pool, surrounded by large, shady trees and a lush garden, where you can absorb the warmth of the Namibian sun.

Whether you are visiting our capital for business or pleasure, Haus Sonneneck is the perfect stop-over prior to your excursion into our beautiful country.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 2: Ameib Guesthouse, Erongo Mountains (250km)

After breakfast you can buy some supplies at the supermarket. Heading north you take the B1 to Okahandja. Continue on the B2 via Karibib and Usakos. In Usakos look out for the signboards to Ameib Lodge. In the afternoon you have enough time to explore the famous Bull’s Party and Elephant’s Head. Giant boulders scattered on vast granite field bathed in the soft afternoon light make provide beautiful photographic motives. Experienced climbers might want to consider a climbing trail up the Elephant’s head with some beautiful rock paintings at the beginning of the trail and spectacular views at the end.           

 

Erongo Mountains

Conveniently located only a few hour’s drive from Namibia’s capital city of Windhoek, the Erongo Mountain Range stretches across the plains between the towns of Omaruru and Karibib, and is home to a remarkably rich natural heritage. This expanse of rugged wilderness serves as one of Namibia’s most popular tourist drawcards, attracting visitors with its spectacularly scenic landscapes, magnificent caves and rock painting sites, and its impressive array of wildlife species. These include, among others: rhino, elephant, cheetah, leopard, giraffe, wildebeest, impala, blesbok, waterbuck, kudu, warthog, mountain zebra, oryx, eland, springbok and over 200 species of bird. Visitors can look forward to enjoying a variety of adventurous activities such as hiking, rock climbing, games drives, horse riding safaris and mountain biking.

 

Overnight: Ameib Guesthouse  

Located at the foot of the majestic Erongo Mountains, Ameib Guesthouse offers comfortable accommodation in a beautiful natural setting and near attractions such as Phillip’s Cave, Bull’s Party and Elephant’s Head. The property’s spacious bungalows include en-suite bathrooms and barbeque facilities. The on-site restaurant serves delicious dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Additional amenities include a bar

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 3: Ameib Guesthouse, Erongo Mountains

After a hearty breakfast you can drive to the marked parking for the cave and take a 40 minute hike through magnificent scenery.  Alternatively you start directly form the campsite / guesthouse, which will take you about 20 minutes one way. Look out for endemic bird species like the Hartlaub Francolin and White-tailed Shrike. Philip’s cave is well known for its abundance of ancient rock paintings by the San (Bushmen), the most famous one being the ‘White Elephant’.

There are a few shorter trails around the guesthouse that can be done in the afternoon. Alternatively you can go on a scenic sunset drive and enjoy the landscape from the back of an old Unimog or Land Rover (optional).       

 

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 4: Brandberg White Lady Lodge, Brandberg (140km)

The journey continues after breakfast. You drive through the dry and dusty landscape of the Damaraland. After around two hours you will reach the little village of Uis where you can have lunch in one of of the restaurant or rest camps in town. After lunch you pass through Uis and turn right onto the C35. Follow this road for 13 km before turning left onto the little gravel road towards the majestic Brandberg. Follow the signs to the Brandberg White Lady Lodge. The Brandberg Massif not only holds the highest mountain in Namibia (Königsstein 2573m), but is also home to about 50.000 rock paintings. We highly recommend a visit to the famous “White Lady” rock painting. A 40-minute walk with a local guide through the Tsisab Gorge will take you to this beautiful painting. Depending on the weather conditions you can visit the Mountain either in the afternoon or in the cooler hours of the next morning.           

 

Brandberg

Situated in northwestern Namibia, the Brandberg, meaning ‘Fire Mountain’, Massif is Namibia’s highest peak, at its zenith, the Königstein (King’s Stone), standing at a whopping 2573 metres above sea level. Named for the vivid shade of orange it sometimes turns at sunset, this is undoubtedly the main highlight of the region. The Brandberg has been sacred to the San people for centuries. The Tsisab Ravine at its base is permeated with over 45 000 ancient San rock paintings, including the famous ‘White Lady’. Visitors flock here to view this unique bushman painting, said to be over 2000 years old. Other popular drawcards include its untouched natural beauty and its free-roaming wildlife such as mountain zebra, kudu, springbok, and desert elephant.

 

Overnight: Brandberg White Lady Lodge      

Brandberg White Lady Lodge is named after the San paintings for which the Brandberg became famous.  It is a place where you will feel at home and enjoy a true warm-hearted hospitality, “tranquility” is name of the game. At the Lodge you find a fully licensed restaurant, a well stocked bar, comfortable lounge and a large pool area.  And if you are lucky you might bump into a dessert adapted elephant.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 5: Mowani Mountain Camp, Twyfelfontein (120km)

As you continue deeper into the Damaraland, the landscape becomes increasingly dramatic. You should reach your accommodation around lunch time. In the afternoon you will visit the Twyfelfontein rock engravings, the Burnt Mountain and Organ Pipes, geological rock formations bearing witness of a time long gone.

Enjoy another breath-taking sunset with a refreshing drink.  

 

Twyfelfontein

Set in the Kunene Region of northwestern Namibia, Twyfelfontein is a spectacularly scenic area, featuring one of the largest and most important concentrations of rock art in Africa. The name ‘Twyfelfontein’ translates to ‘Fountain of Doubt’, which refers to the perennial spring situated in the impressive Huab Valley flanked by the slopes of a sandstone table mountain. It was this spring that attracted Stone Age hunters over six thousand years ago, and it was during this time that the extensive group of rock engravings and paintings were produced. Visitors can look forward to basing themselves at some wonderfully shady campsites along the Aba-Huab riverbed, while exploring over thirty different sacred ritual sites of the traditional hunter-gatherer communities.

 

Overnight: Mowani Mountain Camp     View iBrochure

Mowani Mountain Camp offers luxury tented accommodation with magnificent desert views. Open air en-suite bathrooms and private decks give you great views of Damaraland and the reliability of nearby Twyfelfontein with its San engravings and paintings is contrasted by the elusive desert adapted elephants.

The Twyfelfontein conservancy has been protecting the southern most roaming ground of the black rhino and elusive desert elephant. Sustainable eco-tourism and community upliftment is of the utmost importance at Mowani. Guides from the local tribes compliment day-time game drives to track mountain zebra, kudu, springbok, klipspringer and if you are fortunate enough… the leopard! The adventurer in me took over at Mowani. Days were filled with game drives, hot air balloon trips over the Aba-Huab Valley, champagne breakfasts and al fresco meals amidst the dusky landscape beneath Mopani trees.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 6: Mowani Mountain Camp, Twyfelfontein

Today you have an early start into the day as you will spend the larger part of the morning in search of the illusive desert-adapted elephants. The hot part of the day is spent at the lodge or campsite. We recommend a visit to the Damara Living Museum in the afternoon where you will have a unique experience of historic Damara culture.   

 

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 7: Etendeka Mountain Camp, Palmwag (110km)

After yesterday’s early start you can have a late sleep today and a very relaxed breakfast – after all, you are on holiday! Today’s destination is Palmwag Lodge, which is only about two hours’ drive from Mowani. You travel along the D2612 until you get to the T-junctionC39. Here you turn left and continue through the beautiful Damaraland landscapes for about 60km before turning onto the C 43 to Palmwag Lodge.

Here a driver collects your luggage, who takes everything to the River Camp of the Etendeka Walking Trail while you meet your guide for the next three days. The first leg of the trail takes about 2-3 hours and takes you through impressive areas from the Palmwag into the Etendeka Concession. Your knowledgeable and experienced guide will introduce you to the flora and fauna of this arid Eden. You’ll arrive at the River Camp in the afternoon.

Dinner at River Camp is prepared over an open fire and enjoyed together. Sitting around the campfire, listening to stories told by the guide, another adventurous day comes to an end.       

 

Palmwag

Palmwag is a nature reserve idyllically located along a palm-lined tributary of the Uniab River, halfway between Swakopmund and Etosha, providing an ideal base from which to see the sights of the Kunene region or embark on one of the many local hiking trails. Water is scarce in this area, so the river’s presence often lures elephants closer to the camps. The reserve is notable for its unusual species of palm tree, the hyphaene petersiana, and for being home to the largest population of southwestern black rhinos in Africa. Animal lovers can also get a peek at leopard, lion, cheetah, mountain zebra, Angolan giraffe, springbok, kudu, and African bush elephant.

 

Overnight: Etendeka Mountain Camp View iBrochure

In the foothills of the Grootberg massif, set amidst magnificent scenery and the ancient Etendeka lavas of northern Damaraland, the ten en-suite Meru tents have been refitted with luxury mattresses and 100% cotton linen. Necessary comforts have not been overlooked with the bathrooms also benefiting from a makeover, while the traditional, open-air bucket shower still holds pride of place.

Simple, fresh, wholesome meals are prepared, either in solar ovens or on open fires, and enjoyed under African skies. Extensive use is made of solar power throughout the camp. Etendeka is one of only two establishments that have been awarded the highest rank in the Namibian Eco-awards.

At Etendeka, wildlife has acclimatized to a precarious existence amongst the towering basalt mountains and dry mopane-shaded river courses of the Kunene Region. A strong focus is on walking activities.

“The feel at Etendeka is rustic; we wanted to bring back that rugged element of the traditional tented camp that most have unfortunately lost.”

Manager and co-owner of Etendeka Mountain Camp, Dennis Liebenberg has been running the property for the past 20 years and knows the area like the back of his hand. He loves to share his knowledge with guests.

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Bed and Breakfast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 8: Etendeka Mountain Camp, Palmwag

Early wake up from your first night under a starry sky filled with sounds and smells of the Namibian wilderness. Enjoy a tasty breakfast and pack your days provisions into the backpacks provided. Embark on the hike to Mountain Camp taking you through pristine landscapes around the Grootberg Mountain.

Walking distance today is between 15 and 20 kilometers. Depending on the fitness level of the group this takes about 6-7 hours.

The rocky plain offers a wonderful view onto the ancient Etendeka-Basalt formations and the flat mountains are home to many desert-adapted animals and plants. Giraffes, mountain zebras, oryx and steenbock are some of the mammals found here. With some luck you can even get to see the famous desert-adapted elephants and endangered black rhino. Your guide can show you countless animal tracks and has detailed knowledge about the history of the region.

The Mountain Camp is reached in the early afternoon in time for a light lunch. During the hottest time of the day it is time for a siesta. Also a time to reminisce about the impressions of the last few days.

The Mountain Camp is situated on top of the Crystal Mountain offering spectacular vistas, exquisite crystals and beautiful rock formations. You will again spend the night on platforms very similar to the ones at River Camp.

In the late afternoon you go on a short sundowner walk around the plateau. Afterwards a simple but delicious, wholesome meal is enjoyed around the camp fire.

 

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 9: Etosha Safari Camp Gondwana Collection Namibia, Etosha South (300km)

Enjoy a short morning walk to Etendeka Mountain Camp after breakfast. Drive through picturesque landscapes in an open vehicle back to Palmwag Lodge where you pick up your vehicle and continue towards another highlight of your journey – the Etosha National Park.

From Palmwag Lodge you take the C40, which will take you along the breath-taking Grootberg Pass to the small village of Kamanjab. Continue towards Outjo and then northwards towards the wonderful Etosha National Park and your accommodation, the very pleasant Etosha Safari Camp.

Relax at the refreshing swimming pool after a long day of driving and start looking forward to tomorrow’s excursion into the famous Etosha National Park.            

 

Etosha South

Located just south of the boundary of Etosha National Park in northwestern Namibia, Etosha South makes up the southern region of this wild paradise. The area is comprised of a collection of world class private game reserves. The national park can be accessed via the southern entrance at Andersson’s Gate. Visitors can catch a glimpse of a variety of wildlife including: lion, giraffe, elephant, white and black rhino, and a multitude of plains game. Popular activities include: enjoying an open 4×4 safari with an expert guide, half day or full day drives with the option of a picnic lunch with wine on the full day game drive.

 

Overnight: Etosha Safari Camp Gondwana Collection Namibia   View iBrochure

Tap toes to an African beat in the novel Oshebeena Bar and relax at this friendly Camp, 10 kilometres from Etosha National Park. 50 chalets, shaded by mopane trees, and a grassy campsite provide a comfortable home from which to explore the abundant animal kingdom. Legendary.

Location: 10 km south of Andersson Gate on the C 38 (Etosha National Park).

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

 

Day 10: Etosha Safari Camp Gondwana Collection Namibia, Etosha South (150km)

 The morning and afternoons you will spend exploring the park always on the lookout for the wild animals of Namibia. The Etosha National Park hosts more than 110 mammals, some of which are elephants, white and black rhino, lion, leopard, hyena, several smaller predators, giraffe, zebra and uncountable antelopes. Furthermore more than 340 different bird species are found here. During the hot midday you can relax in the rest camp or return to your accommodation.

A stop at the Pan’s edge is as recommendable as exploring the different waterholes in the area. Especially during the dry season, which is from Mai to November/December, large herds of game gather at the waterholes to quench their thirst. In the visitor’s books at the restcamp receptions one can sometimes find hints about interesting sightings of rather rare species like leopards and predator kills.

Depending on the season one should focus on the central parts of the Etosha National Park around Okaukuejo or the eastern area around Namutoni, as the larger herds and with them the predators move between the areas during the course of the year. We will of course take this into consideration, depending during which season you book your safari and will advise accordingly.         

 

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

 

Day 11: Mushara Lodge, Etosha East (150km)

Another whole day for exiting game viewing. You cross the park from the central area to the east. Experience new impressions on the way like a drive around the beautiful Fisher’s Pan. Enjoy your last day in the Etosha National Park!      

 

Etosha East

Located in Northwestern Namibia, Etosha East is a protected sanctuary in the eastern part of the world-renowned Etosha National Park, known as one of the most accessible game reserves in Southern Africa. Etosha East boasts vast open plains scattered with semi-arid savannah grasslands dotted with watering holes and secluded bush camps. An impressive 5000-square-kilometre Etosha salt pan makes up a large area of the eastern side of the park and can even be seen from space. This remote area teems with abundant wildlife such as lions, elephants, black rhinos and giraffes, as well as a variety of birdlife featuring flamingos, ostriches, eagles, hornbills, and owls.

 

Overnight: Mushara Lodge         View iBrochure

Located just 8 km from the Von Lindequist Gate on the eastern boundary of Etosha National Park, Mushara Lodge is an ideal overnight stop for visitors to the game reserve. The lodge consists of ten spacious chalets, one family unit, a triple room and two single rooms. The name Mushara is derived from the Purple Pod Terminalia tree which grows abundantly on the lodge grounds and in the surroundings. The thatched public area includes a small library with a selection of good books, a bar with an extensive wine cellar, an airy lounge complete with welcoming fireplace for winter evenings, a dining area and a well stocked curio shop. Great attention has been paid to the décor, which is an eclectic blend of traditional African and modern works of art mixed with original older paintings.

 

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 12: Waterberg Guest Farm, Waterberg Plateau National Park (400km)

After one last early game drive you exit the Etosha National Park. Hint: Before leaving, make a turn at Chudop and Klein Namutoni waterholes. This is often well worth it.

On the way to the Waterberg via Tsumeb and Otavi two small highlights can be visited: the Otjikoto Lake (a collapsed kast cave, into which the German troops dumped a large amount of weapons and ammunition from the Frist World War) and the Hoba Meteorite, the largest meteorite ever found until today.

You reach the Waterberg in the early afternoon. Enough time to go for a walk on one of the marked hiking trails or to book a guided game drive offered by your accommodation.        

 

Waterberg Plateau National Park

Situated in north central Namibia and named for the springs that emanate from its foothills, the Waterberg Plateau National Park is a fascinating geological site featuring compressed sandstone crags, 200 million-year-old dinosaur footprints, and petrified sand dunes. The area’s natural water sources make it far more fertile than its environs, and the park is blessed with a plethora of plant and animal species, including leopards, rhinoceros, vultures, cheetahs, bush babies, ferns and fig trees. Visitors can enjoy a wide selection of activities including: learning about the local Herero culture on an informative village tour, tracking rhino on a guided safari, exploring the Waterberg’s 50-kilometre-long and 16-kilometre-wide sandstone plateau, dubbed ‘table mountain’, and catching a glimpse of the rare and endangered sable and roan antelope.

 

Overnight: Waterberg Guest Farm       

Our guests are pampered in a style befitting the spectacular surroundings.

The original 1930s manager’s house was converted into a guesthouse with 4 double and twin rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms.

The spacious dining room is also located in the guesthouse, along with the comfortable lounge – the perfect spot to relax after a long day outdoors.

Guests can also soak up the atmosphere of the unspoilt African bush in our two secluded, luxury ‘bush bungalows’ situated 160 metres from the main guesthouse. The truly unique bungalows are built according to the traditional Herero method using natural materials from the surrounding mountains.

While the bungalows themselves are constructed with only natural materials, the interiors are decorated in contemporary African design and offer all the modern amenities to ensure your comfort. They also offer the unique choice of showers either inside or outside, surrounded by breathtaking views!

The traditional African grass-roofed “lapa” next to the swimming pool offers al fresco dining and a fully stocked ‘honesty bar’. Here guests can sit on the wooden deck and watch the floodlit waterhole as antelope, warthog and the occasional leopard come to drink, and in turn, be watched by our resident family of baboons.

Our concept is simple – a small luxury guest house, accommodating a limited number of guests, set in the midst of a wildlife haven with personal attention, spectacular surroundings and exceptional cuisine.

Over dinner, your hosts can share their broad knowledge on numerous and diverse subjects ranging from the local history and culture, wildlife and nature, conservation efforts and predator management through to the realities of day-to-day life on an operational Namibian ranch.
Animals can be viewed on guided game drives through the rugged surrounding terrain in four-wheel drive vehicles, or just by sitting on the viewing deck at our floodlit waterhole.

And after a long day in the bush, there’s nothing quite like relaxing with an ice-cold sundowner around the pool, watching as the setting sun illuminates the blood-red Waterberg Plateau.

Catering for only a limited number of guests also enables us to personalize your visit to suit the specific wishes of your group. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary or any other special occasion, we can customize your stay to ensure a truly memorable occasion.

Day 13: Waterberg Guest Farm, Waterberg Plateau National Park (300km)

One of the specialities of Waterberg Guest Farm is a guided excursion to the Cheetah Conservation Fund. The drive takes you through the grounds of the farm where you are introduced to cattle farming in Namibia as well as the challenges life-stock farmers face when it comes to predators, before reaching the Cheetah Conservation Fund. This visit will closely introduce you to these majestic predators, with the opportunity to take amazing pictures. On your return drive you will cross the “Little Serengeti” and enjoy your last magnificent African sunset of this journey.       

 

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 14: End of Itinerary (240km)

Today is the last day of your journey. Depending on your flight schedule you might have time to enjoy a relaxing massage offered by the lodge before saying farewell to the Waterberg and Namibia.

The drive back to the capital takes about 2.5 hours. You drop off your vehicle at the car rental and they will take you to the airport, as arranged at the beginning of your tour 

Windhoek

As previously described

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

 

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