Namibia Safari Itinerary:
Classic Fly & Guided Namibia
- Days 1 – 2: Sossusvlei Desert Lodge.
- Days 3 – 4: The Stiltz
- Days 5 – 6: Damaraland Camp
- Days 7 – 8: Dolomite Camp
- Days 9 – 10: Ongava Lodge
- Day 11: Okonjima Bush Camp
- Day 12: Depart Windhoek in time for flight home.
Details and Costs
Safari Cost $6,700 per adult sharing
*In Namibia, accommodation as stated above, transportation, bush flight transfers from Windhoek to Sossusvlei and private charter scenic flight from Sossusvlei to Swakopmund, meals, guided lodge activities at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, private naturalist guide for duration of trip (beginning in Swakopmund), park entrance fees, desert elephant tracking, game drives in Etosha National Park, visit with the Himba people, afternoon activities at Okonjima Bush Camp.
Not Included Out of Pocket Costs to Consider
- International Air to and from Windhoek, Namibia.
- Lunch on day of departure from Windhoek
- All beverages with the exception of mineral water in safari vehicle in Namibia
- Travel Insurance – The camps require that you have comprehensive travel insurance with medical coverage. We sell Travel Guard and can provide a quote or you are welcome to purchase it from another provider.
- Health – visit to a Travel Clinic and any medications or vaccines needed.
*NOTE: Price quoted is a pay by check or bank wire price. We can process credit card payments but the bank charges a processing fee of 4% that we must add to any charge payments.
Introduction to Namibia
Namibia is a vast country, even by African standards, covering an area approximately four times the size of the United Kingdom but with a population of a mere 2 million – one of the lowest 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 fossilized tree trunks have lain for over 280 million years. Added to the space and silence, these 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 private guided 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 attitude of our guides are critical to a successful safari which is why we ensure that they are both personable and very professional.
Sossusvlei Desert Lodge – 2 Nights
One of the oldest, driest and most pristine areas on Earth, the Namib Desert is a world of vast spaces, endless horizons, dramatic desertscapes and jagged mountain heights. The largest private nature reserve in Southern Africa, the NamibRand Nature Reserve spans 180,000 hectares (445,000 acres) of this unspoiled desert wilderness. The spectacular dunes at Sossusvlei, arrayed in magnificent hues of orange, buttermilk, pumpkin and sienna, tower over a vast, dry pan. Over 230 metres (750 feet) high and constantly twisted and shaped by the wind, these breathtaking dunes are among the highest in the world. Known as “The Living Desert”, the dunes of the Namib abound with desert-adapted beetles, spiders, lizards, gerbils, golden moles and other creatures, all leaving their telltale tracks in the fine sand. The plains and dry watercourses are home to oryx, springbok, Burchell’s zebra, kudu, ostrich and giraffe. Predators include leopard, spotted hyena, black-backed jackal, Cape and bat-eared foxes, termite-eating aardwolf and African wildcat. The fascinating desert-adapted wildlife, combined with the endless space, utter tranquility and extraordinary light, make this one of Africa’s most compelling wilderness regions.
Conde Naste Traveller named Sossusvlei Desert Lodge as the number one place in the world for Stargazing and rightly so as the lodge has its own observatory staffed by a professional astronomer. Even laying in bed one can look out the star viewing skylight and appreciate the incredible night sky.
Activities included are scenic game drives in open 4×4 vehicles, quadbiking, nature walks, stargazing and a picnic excursion to the famous Sossusvlei dunes. Scenic flights and hot air balloon safaris are available for additional cost.
Cradled against the ancient mountains, &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is renowned for its desert experience with luxurious accommodation overlooking the stark yet beautiful Namib Desert. Designed to capture the splendour and solitude of the desert, there are just ten stone and glass desert villas spread out along the curve of the escarpment allowing absolute privacy. Each air conditioned suite features a private veranda, split-level bedroom and living room with fireplace, ensuite glass-encased bathroom and outdoor shower.
The villas are equipped with a star-viewing skylight, discreet CD system with a selection of music from the lodge library, custom stocked personal bar and compact spotting scope for magnificent star and game viewing. The guest area, where walls have become windows that fold away completely, boasts unimpeded desert vistas. The split-level Lodge features a fire-lit bar, comfortable sitting room, mezzanine library with CD and book collection, swimming pool, wraparound verandas and a Safari Shop. A fine selection of wines from an impressive walk-in wine cellar complements delicious Pan African meals. Guests can escape the desert heat with a revitalizing midday dip in the pool fed by water from an underground spring. At sunset, animals are drawn to a nearby waterhole, enhancing desert sundowner drinks.
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The Stiltz, Swakopmund – 2 Nights
With a real Lodge feeling and for the romantic adventurer, The Stiltz is the place to stay in Swakopmund. This unique bed and breakfast on stiltz 3.5 m above the ground with the most amazing views overlooking the sand dunes on the one side, the Atlantic Ocean on the other and in the center the small lagoon with many different bird species. The attention to detail, the handmade furniture and happy colors inside these wooden bungalows make for the most wonderful stay. We also have a luxury Villa that can sleep up to six people. Friendly staff and a great breakfast make the stiltz extraordinary. We are only a few minutes away from the town centre.
Accommodation in The Stiltz is in 9 bungalows. Each unit is stylishly decorated and furnished, and the interiors have been colorfully and artistically designed. The bathrooms have rosewood door frames, terracotta floor tiles and walls of colored steel sheeting! There are 3 twin rooms, 4 doubles, and 1 honeymoon bungalow, all accommodating 2 people each. There is also 1 family bungalow, which can accommodate up to 4 people.
All of the bungalows have en-suite bathrooms, with a shower, mini-bar a tea/coffee station, a small in-room safe, and heaters and electric blankets for those cold, chilly nights. They all have a balcony, with view of either the ocean, dunes, or the lagoon, all from the comfort of handmade director ‘fold-up’ chairs, crafted especially for The Stiltz. Wi-fi internet is available throughout the Stiltz.
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Damaraland Camp – 2 Nights
Damaraland Camp is situated in the rugged beauty of the northern slopes of the Huab River. This private paradise offers stunning silence, beauty and tranquility with nine large up-market, walk in canvas tents, each with ensuite bathroom. A small rock pool is a welcome relief after an exciting day. The dining room, pub and curio shop are combined under canvas and an open fire is enjoyed close by. The camp serves as an excellent base from which to search for desert adapted elephant and other game that frequent the local dry river beds. This unique and harsh desert environment is well worth exploring on foot as well. At this camp, wildlife, communities and safaris are brought together in a win –win situation for all.
Many residents of Damaraland are of mixed heritage, including Herero and the displaced Riemvasmakers of South Africa. The Damara name is derived from the Nama word ‘Dama’, meaning ‘who walked here’. This is because the Damara were known to the Nama people, by the footprints they left around water holes.
Damaraland Camp attempts to integrate the community, environment and wildlife on a sustainable basis. It has swept the board with an impressive collection of honours, including the 2005 WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Conservation Award.
Activities include guided nature drives and walks and mountain biking, revolving around morning and afternoon scenic tours into the Haub river system. The drives to search for desert-adapted elephant are a great favorite and gemsbok, greater kudu, springbok, and occasionally lion, cheetah and black rhino can be spotted.
Interesting flora such as euphorbia’s and shepherd’s trees, can be pointed out on the way. Trips to some of Africa’s best known rock engravings, including the famous Twyfelfontein etchings, can be organized from Damaraland Camp.
Sundowner drives to a scenic lookout point, are also popular.
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Dolomite Camp, Western Etosha National Park – 2 Nights
Dolomite Camp is located in western Etosha National Park, near the Dolomietpunt waterhole. It is the first camp to be built on this side of Etosha, opening up a section of the park previously not accessible to mainstream tourists. Wildlife here includes Hartmann’s zebra which does not occur in the eastern section of the park. The surrounding vegetation of mainly karstveldt and mopane shrubland is different to the rest of the park.
The camp is set amongst dolomite formations, ensuring game drives are conducted in one of the park’s most scenic locations. The dolomite hill, the setting of the camp, boasts hundreds of seasonally blooming plant species, a lure for botanists and photographers alike.
The western section now open to the public measures approximately one-third of the total area of Etosha Park itself. Although the main wildlife spectacles occur in and around the waterholes and vegetation of the Etosha Pan, game viewing is also very good in this area. There are no fewer than 15 waterholes in the vicinity of Dolomite Camp (although unlike other sections of the park here the access roads to many of these waterholes are not clearly marked). The hilly and rocky terrain here also becomes a wildlife retreat for the entire park during the wet season.
The emphasis at Dolomite Camp is on a more exclusive experience with a focus on personal service and smaller numbers. The staff is friendly and well trained. Dolomite Camp offers excellent value for money. On arriving at Dolomite Camp guests are required to park their vehicles in the parking area at the foot of the hill. From this area you, and your luggage, are then transported (by golf cart) up the hill to reception. From here you will be shown around the camp and to your room. As Dolomite Camp is an unfenced camp, guests are not allowed to walk around after dark, and a member of staff will escort you to and from your room (all rooms are equipped with a phone – which can be used to request an escort).
The camp’s interior blends and harmonizes with the immediate environment. Facilities include a reception, guest lounge, fireside boma, laundry service, 2 restaurant areas, swimming pool and secure parking. A fairly long and steep path from the bar and restaurant area leads to the accommodation, this distance and uneven surface can lead to issues for some older or less fit visitors (although golf carts are available to ferry people around the camp). There are 20 elevated thatched en-suite chalets, nestled amongst dolomite rocky outcrops. Privacy and dramatic panoramic landscape views are guaranteed.
Large herds of zebra, giraffe and antelope wander the plains around Dolomite Camp. Black and white rhino are present in numbers, often at Klip-pan waterhole. Previously endangered species such as the black rhino and black-faced impala have been successfully bred here. Wildlife excursions are conducted by professional and knowledgeable tour guides. Apart from the normal Etosha game viewing a special attraction of the Otjiovasondo area is the opportunity to see both the Plains Zebra and the Mountain Zebra drinking or grazing side by side and spotting the rare Sable Antelope.
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Ongava Lodge, Western Etosha National Park – 2 Nights
Ongava Lodge is situated on the 35,000 hectare Ongava Private Game Reserve. It shares a common border with one of Africa’s largest game parks, Etosha National Park, Namibia’s premier game viewing destination. A perfect destination in its own right, it is also an ideal place from which to base your activities when visiting Etosha.
The lodge is set close to the top of a hill with wonderful views across the plains. Take advantage of the magnificent views over the 2 waterholes and across the wide plains below.
There are 13 chalets and 1 family room, attractively built out of brick, rock and thatch. Each chalet has an en-suite bathroom with flush toilet, bath, shower and double hand basins. There is air-conditioning, overhead fans, mosquito nets fitted to the windows, a tea/coffee station and an in-room safe. The rooms have glass fronted doors which lead out onto a private, covered verandah, overlooking the bush.
Outdoor dining under the stars, whilst viewing game drinking at the waterhole, is something never to be forgotten. A buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner, can be served in the restaurant under thatch, or in the split-level lounge or dining room. Both have an outstanding view of the camp’s waterhole.
There is also a swimming pool and a large curio shop, stocking a good selection of African gifts and branded safari clothing.
Large herds of plains game concentrate around the waterholes in the dry season, including elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, springbok, oryx, kudu and the diminutive Damara Dik-Dik.
Local specials of bird include the Short-toed Rockthrush, Hautlaub’s Francolin, Rockrunner, Ruppells Parrot, White-tailed Shrike and Chestnut Weaver. Ostrich and raptors are also in abundance.
At Ongava Game Reserve, you have an excellent opportunity to view black and white rhino. For those who enjoy close wildlife encounters, tracking white rhino on foot with an armed guide is a highlight not to be missed.
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Okonjima Bush Camp – 1 Night
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. Close encounters with leopard and cheetah are an unforgettable highlight. Activities include leopard tracking by vehicle, a visit to the cheetah welfare project and a visit to the night hide where nocturnal animals such as porcupine, caracal, honey badger and even leopard may be seen.
Okonjima Bush Camp is run separately from the main camp, and offers an up market alternative to the ever popular Okonjima Main Lodge. It is situated on a wilderness area approximately 3km from the main camp and consists of nine luxurious thatched African Chalets. Accommodation at Okonjima Bush Camp is in charming thatched African style chalets linked by walkways to a main Lapa area shaped like a camelthorn pod where meals are taken and activities begin. Each exclusive chalet is completely private and the green canvas ‘walls’ can be rolled up to give you an 180 degree view so you can lie in bed and watch life in the bush going on around you whilst you relax in total comfort.
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