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10 days
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Windhoek, Namibia
Windhoek, Namibia
Max People : 7

On your Ultimate Namibia safari you’ll explore 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. This is one of the lowest population densities in the world. It is also an ‘ageless land’, visible through its 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.

On your Ultimate Namibia safari, you will experience this magnificent and memorable country in a very personal way. Your professional and experienced safari guide will escort you on 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, but each also 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 guide will turn your Ultimate Namibia safari into the experience of a lifetime!

  • Travel with one of Namibia’s most reputable and well-known naturalist guides.
  • Stay in the world’s 4th largest National Park and enjoy early morning access to the dunes.
  • Climb some of the world’s highest free-standing sand dunes at Sossusvlei.
  • Sea kayak with seals and dolphins on the Skeleton Coast (alternative option boat).
  • Track for desert-adapted elephants in ephemeral river systems.
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Twyfelfontein.
  • Memorable and exciting guided game drives within the renowned Etosha National Park, from the vantage
    point of a specially modified, air-conditioned 4×4 with pop tops.
  • Game viewing at a floodlit waterhole at night.
  • Game drive on the private Ongava Reserve
  • Visit the world-renowned AfriCat Foundation and learn more about conservation initiatives involving Africa’s large cats.

Arrival & Departure

Arrival: Windhoek, Namibia

Departure: Windhoek, Namibia

Price Includes

  • Quality accommodation
  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 10 
  • Transportation in a luxury air-conditioned safari vehicle.
  • Return airport transfers
  • All Park and Private Concession fees
  • Entrance fees and excursions as described in the itinerary. Option of either kayaking or catamaran boat cruise in Swakopmund.
  • Two Ongava afternoon property drives in open game viewer with lodge guide
  • Mineral water on board the safari vehicle.
  • Services of a registered and experienced naturalist English-speaking safari guide.
  • Welcome pack.

Price Excludes

  • International airfares, airport taxes and visa fees
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • All beverages with the exception of mineral water on board the safari vehicle.
  • Hot air balloon flight over the Sossusvlei dunes (weather-dependent)
  • Laundry (laundry service available at lodges at extra cost)
  • Any Personal Expenses
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Pre and post safari accommodation in Windhoek
  • Any entrance fees and excursions not included in the above itinerary such as scenic flights.
Itinerary at a glance

Day 1Windhoek to Sossusvlei

This morning your Ultimate Namibia driver-guide will collect you from your accommodation or from 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 highlands before heading down the Great Escarpment into the Namib Desert, stopping for a picnic lunch at a scenic location along the way.
You arrive at Dead Valley Lodge mid afternoon and you will stay here for two nights while 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.
Sesriem Canyon: Sesriem Canyon has evolved through centuries of erosion by the Tsauchab River which has incised a narrow gorge about 1.5 km long and 30 meters deep into the surrounding conglomerates, exposing the varying layers of sedimentation deposited over millions of years. The shaded cool depths of the canyon allow pools of water to gather during the rainy season and remain for much of the year round. These pools were a vital source of water for early settlers who drew water for their livestock by knotting six (ses) lengths of rawhide thongs (riems) together, hence the canyon and surrounding area became known as Sesriem.

Day 2Sossusvlei / Namib Desert

This morning you will need to rise early for a magical excursion in the Namib Naukluft National Park. You will set off before sunrise to capture the spectacular 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 Sossus Dune 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.)

Day 3Sossusvlei to Swakopmund

NOTE: Option to include a sunrise balloon flight or scenic light aircraft flight over the Namib Naukluft National Park before you depart for Swakopmund (optional extra at additional cost). Please note that if making use of this offer, it will need to be booked in advance in order to fit in with other timings for this day.

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 locally harvested seafood.

Day 4Swakopmund

After an early breakfast, you’ll return 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 birdlife on your way to the launch point. The kayaking is an ideal way of seeing Cape fur seals, Heaviside and bottlenose dolphins, pelicans, flamingos and a wide variety of other sea birds. If you are lucky, there is also a chance of seeing whales, leatherback 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.

Should the kayaking not appeal you can take a seal and dolphin excursion within the outer lagoon and harbour. Here you should also see Cape fur seals, heaviside and bottlenose 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, leatherback 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 around 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 a scenic flight, sandboarding and more can all be booked at an extra cost.

Day 5Swakopmund to Damaraland

Continuing on your safari today you’ll travel north-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. 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. The remoteness and the scenic splendour are astounding.

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

Day 6Damaraland

After an early breakfast you will take an exciting 4×4 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. The elephants are most active in the mornings when you will have the best chance to see them then before returning to camp for lunch. You also have the option to take a picnic lunch to enjoy in the shade of a large Ana tree by the riverbed, ideally while watching a herd of elephant browsing nearby.

Your guide will take you to Twyfelfontein this afternoon if you haven’t already done so the previous day..

Day 7Damaraland to Southern Etosha National Park

Today you set off on your journey to the Ongava Game Reserve, which is situated on the southern border of Etosha National Park. You arrive in time for an afternoon game drive on the Ongava Game Reserve in an open game viewer with Ongava ranger, on shared basis with other lodge guests.

Ongava Game Reserve: The Ongava Game Reserve is effectively a private game reserve, spanning 30,000 hectares along the south-west border of Etosha National Park. The reserve is home to a wide variety of game including lion, leopard, giraffe, rhino, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, gemsbok (oryx), kudu, steenbok and much more. The scenery is attractive with large open plains blending into Mopane tree woodlands and dolomite outcrops.

Day 8Etosha National Park

Today you will be treated to an exciting morning guided game drive into the Etosha National Park, to see more of the wide variety of game and bird species that are to be found there. There is then time to relax by the refreshing swimming pool before you head out again for an afternoon game drive into Etosha before exiting the park before sunset.

Alternatively, you can opt to spend the whole day out in the park and either take lunch by one of the other rest camps in the area, or have a picnic while watching game at a particularly productive waterhole in the area. Once you are back (gates close at sunset), the rest of the evening can be spent game viewing at the camp’s floodlit waterhole while enjoying dinner, and afterwards.

Day 9Etosha National Park

Another morning dedicated to memorable game drives within the southern 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 Ongava Game Reserve. You then return after sunset with enough time to freshen up and enjoy your final ‘safari dinner’ overlooking the camp’s floodlit waterhole.

Day 10Etosha National Park to Windhoek via the AfriCat Foundation

Your early departure will take you south from Ongava via Outjo 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.
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. 

Day 10Departure

Your Ultimate Namibia safari ends after breakfast with a transfer to Windhoek International Airport to join your flight home.

Day 11Optional extra day at Okonjima AfriCat Foundation

You have the option to extend your safari for an additional night or two at Okonjima Bush Camp. This affords you the opportunity to get a more in-depth insight into the work being done by the AfriCat Foundation as well as enjoy a range of activities on offer by the lodge. Accommodation includes all meals, local drinks (excl. premier and imported brands) and 2 activities per person per day. The night hide and night drive activities are excluded but can be arranged direct at the lodge, subject to availability.

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Karen de Willimoff & John McIndoe

Couple Traveller

“We would like to say a big thank you for a fabulous trip.  We both loved every minute.  I am now a huge “Africa Convert.” Look forward to hearing about options for next year.”