Namibia Extravagant

13 days (12 overnight stay)

 

Namibia Extravaganza is a unique dream trip through Namibia. You will stay in exclusive lodges and visit major highlights such as the the Kalahari Desert, the dunes at Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei, Sesriem Canyon, Welwitschia, Moon Landscape, Swakopmund, Twyfelfontein, Organ Pipes, Burnt Mountain, Etosha National Park and Namibia's capital city, Windhoek.

 

 

 

Day 1

 

 

 

On your arrival we will meet you at the international airport Hosea Kutako and accompany you to collect your rented car. After that we discuss your itinerary with you, provide some useful tips and tricks, hand over your travel documents and answer any questions you might still have. From there you travel towards the Kalahari Desert via Rehoboth. Extending into nine countries, the Kalahari is the largest interconnected sandy plain in the world. Its deep red sand lights up at sunset, shimmering between the grass tufts on the dunes, forming a unique backdrop to sundowners served to round off your game drive.

 

 

 

Accommodation: Zebra Kalahari Lodge (FI)

 

http://www.leadinglodges.com/

 

 

 

Day 2

 

 

In the early morning your San guides (Bushmen) will take you on a hike into the Kalahari. They will explain how they find their food and hunt in harmony with nature and will tell you fascinating stories featuring plants and animals. After that you continue your journey to the Namib Naukluft Park.

 

 

Accommodation: Le Mirage Desert Lodge & Spa (DBB)

 

http://www.leadinglodges.com/

 

 

 

Namib Naukluft Park
Namib Naukluft Park

Day 3

 

 

You get up very early to reach the gate to Sossusvlei together with the first rays of the rising sun because the beautiful interplay of light and shadow on the dunes of Sossusvlei is only visible at sunrise or at sunset. Following that, you should not neglect to visit Dead Vlei, named for the many dead trees said to be 800 years old, a sight to quicken the heartbeat of any photographer. A visit to the Sesriem Canyon tops off this day’s impressive adventures.

 

Accommodation: Le Mirage Desert Lodge & Spa (DBB)

 

http://www.leadinglodges.com/

 

 

Dead Vlei
Dead Vlei

Day 4

 

 

On your journey to Swakopmund via the Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons you can admire the Welwitschia, named after her discoverer the botanist Friedrich Welwitsch. These ancient plants may reach an age of 2000 years. Take a break at the scenic viewpoint and let your gaze wander across the stark vistas of the Moon Landscape.

 

 

 

Accommodation: Swakopmund Hotel (BB)

 

http://www.legacyhotels.co.za/hotel.cfm?hotelid=24

 

 

 

Day 5

 

 

The influence of German colonial times is still very obvious in the picturesque coastal town of Swakopmund. In addition to excellent restaurants and shopping it offers adventure activities such as boat trips, kayaking in the bay of Walvis Bay, quadbike tours, scenic flights, skydiving and much more.

 

 

 

Accommodation: Swakopmund Hotel (BB)

 

http://www.legacyhotels.co.za/hotel.cfm?hotelid=24

 

 

 

Day 6

 

 

On your way northwards along the west coast you may make a detour to Cape Cross, Namibia’s largest fur seal colony. Turning east, you enter Damaraland. From the unique setting of your abode, Mowani Mountain Camp, you enjoy a wonderful view over the surrounding landscape, which is studded with granite formations.

 

Accommodation: Mowani Mountain Camp (DBB)

 

http://www.mowani.com/

 

 

Cape Cross
Cape Cross

Day 7

 

 

Damaraland is not only famous for its scenic beauty, it is also home to the desert elephants, which live in the ephemeral rivers and which can be observed during a game drive. Continuing on your journey you visit Twyfelfontein, a World Heritage Site featuring more than 2500 rock engravings, ranking among the largest accumulations of this kind in Africa. Take a detour to the Organ Pipes consisting of many polygonous basalt pillars more than 5 metres high and to the Burnt Mountain.

 

 

 

Accommodation: Mowani Mountain Camp (DBB)

 

http://www.mowani.com/

 

 

 

Day 8

 

 

Your destination today is another highlight of your trip, namely the Etosha National Park, which was proclaimed in 1907. Your accommodation, Camp Okaukuejo, famous for its illuminated waterhole where game can be observed night and day, is situated inside the Park.

 

 

 

Accommodation: Okaukuejo Camp (BB)

 

http://www.nwr.com.na/

 

 

 

 

Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park

Day 9

 

 

 

Leaving Okaukuejo at the crack of dawn, you start on your drive to Camp Halali, your accommodation for that evening. Along the way you have ample opportunity to watch many different antelope species, giraffe as well as elephant and with some luck even lion, hyena, leopard and rhino. Situated in the heart of the Etosha National Park, Camp Halali also has an illuminated waterhole where animals can be observed day and night.

 

 

Accommodation: Halali Camp (BB)

 

http://www.nwr.com.na/

 

Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park

Day 10 

 

 

Again your day begins at the break of dawn and you continue driving through the eastern part of the Park until you exit through the Von Lindequist Gate to reach your Lodge Emanya after a few kilometers.

 

 

Accommodation: Emanya Lodge (DBB)

 

http://www.emanya.com/#home

 

 

 

Day 11

 

 

Today’s route passes through Otjiwarongo and takes you to your Lodge Okonjima, home of the AfriCat Foundation, which is dedicated to the protection of the large cats. Cheetah, leopard and lion are kept in large enclosures and can be observed on game drives during which you learn more about these fascinating animals.

 

 

Accommodation: Okonjima Main Camp (DBB)

 

http://www.okonjima.com/index.php

 

 

 

Day 12

 

 

Your return route takes you through Okahandja, where you can visit a large wood carvers’ market. In the afternoon you may explore the city of Windhoek with its numerous attractions or you might prefer to just enjoy your hotel’s graceful ambience and the beautiful view.

 

 

 

Accommodation: Hotel Heinitzburg (BB)

 

http://www.heinitzburg.com/

 

 

 

Day 13

 

 

You drive to the international airport Hosea Kutako and fly home taking along many beautiful new memories.