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14 Day Namibia Safari

Fascinating Wildlife, Coastline & Dunes Safari

 

Daily Travel Description – 14 Day Namibia Round-trip

Day 1

Windhoek – Mount Etjo Safari Lodge / Travel time approx. 3 hours – 240 km

We will meet at your accommodation in Windhoek or alternatively at Hosea Kutako Airport upon your arrival. Then our 14-day Namibia Safari to the North begins. Our first stop is in Okahandja, where we have the opportunity to visit the largest Namibian wood carving market. Many interesting and real Namibian souvenirs are offered here. We continue north until we reach Mount Etjo Lodge at noon. This beautiful lodge, opened in 1975, offers luxurious accommodation in a beautiful and quiet environment. A large lake with a view of the lodge and Mount Etjo mountain in the background is regularly visited by wild animals that quench their thirst here. This is a typical example of a natural African natural world in absolute harmony. Time for our lunch at the beautiful swimming pool and a break before we go on our first game-drive in the afternoon, included in the travel price, and organized by the lodge. Later dinner is served in a very authentic African restaurant. After dinner, lion feeding is optionally available at 9 pm but is at the customer’s expense. With a nightcap, we retire from the day and wish us a “Good night”.

Overnight: Mount Etjo Safari Lodge – dinner and breakfast included


Day 2

Mount Etjo Safari Lodge – Waterberg Guest Farm / Travel time approx. 1.5 hours – 110 km

After a very relaxed breakfast, we leave this morning at 9 am and return to the B1 main road and drive north until we turn right after about 40 kilometers on to the C22 and a little later the beautiful Waterberg Guest Farm under the management of the owner Harry Schneider. We arrive in time to take part in the unique experience of a visit to the “Cheetah Conservation Fund Education Center” (see: https://waterbergnamibia.eu/aktivitaeten). After our return around 6:30 p.m., we have free time, and we enjoy the beautiful surroundings and the wonderful view from the very stylish “Bush Chalets” of the lodge and afterward enjoy an excellent dinner in the restaurant of the lodge before we retire for the night.

Overnight: Waterberg Guest Farm – dinner and breakfast included


Day 3

Waterberg Guest Farm – Mushara Lodge / Travel time approx. 3.5 hours – 334 km

We leave at 9:00 am after breakfast and drive on the B1 via Otjiwarongo and the old mining town of Tsumeb until we arrive at the “Otjikoto Lake” shortly after Tsumeb. Here, the German forces on the retreat from the South Africans in 1915 had sunk all their weapons before surrendering. The alleged treasure of 6 million gold marks has not yet been found. The exact depth of the lake is still unknown. We continue on the B1 for about 70 kilometers and turn left to reach the entrance gate of the Mushara Lodge after a few kilometers. We arrive in good time for our light lunch, refresh ourselves, and can then go on an afternoon game drive in the park. Today we will explore a bit from the north side and turn right at Fort Namutoni. We continue north to the “Stinkwater Waterhole”, which is often visited by herds of elephants. Then we make a short visit with a break at the Onkoshi Lodge. On the way back we pass the “Groot Okevi” and “Klein Okevi” water holes and with a little luck we can see rhinos and cheetahs. Now we leave the park and look forward to our well-deserved dinner in the elegant Mushara Lodge.

Overnight: Mushara Lodge – dinner and breakfast included


Day 4

Mushara Lodge

This morning it is advisable to drive very early into the park in order to see as many animals as possible at different water holes. So we first take a tour around the “Fisher Pan” and pass the “Aroe” and “Two Palms” water holes, where elephants, wildebeest, and occasionally rhinos quench their morning thirst. The Fisher Pan is a paradise for bird enthusiasts during and after the rainy season, when large flocks of flamingos, pelicans, and other bird species make the pan their home. We now head west and visit several waterholes including “Okerfontein” and “Springbokfontein” and then slowly return to Fort Namutoni. Here we pay a visit to the old fort for our lunch break and have the opportunity to take some nice photos. Then we take a look at the memorial of the Ovambo warriors who attacked the fort on January 28, 1904, under the leadership of Captain Shivute and destroyed it after the escape of only 6 German protection forces the following day. We leave the park for today and return to our beautiful Mushara Lodge. The afternoon is then free at our disposal.

Overnight: Mushara Lodge – dinner and breakfast included


Day 5

Mushara Lodge  – Taleni Etosha Village / Travel time approx. 4 hours – 165 km

A very interesting day today. We enjoy our delicious breakfast and then leave and drive back into the park through the “Von Lindequist Gate”. This is a fairly dusty ride, and we are not allowed to drive faster than 60 km per hour in the park. Our safari now leads us past various water holes until we reach “Halali Camp” for a short lunch break around noon. On our way we will pass few water holes, as well as a viewpoint with a view of the pan, to then leave the park through the “Andersson Gate”. In the late afternoon, we arrive at today’s destination, the beautiful Taleni Etosha Village. We check-in and then have the opportunity to refresh ourselves in the two offered swimming pools at the lodge. We enjoy our dinner with a very extensive buffet with many game dishes before we go to sleep.

Overnight: Taleni Etosha Village – dinner and breakfast included


Day 6

Taleni Etosha Village – Hobatere Lodge / Travel time approx. 5 hours – 210 km

After breakfast, we drive back into the Etosha National Park to continue our game drive from yesterday. Several water holes are available again for further wildlife viewing. We will certainly get a lot of animals into the photo lens at the “Olifantsrus Camp” with a wonderful viewpoint over the water hole. After about another 60 kilometers we leave the park through the “Galton Gate” and drive a few more kilometers to reach the beautiful Hobatere Lodge at noon. This breathtaking property is located in a concession area of ​​32,000 hectares which is home to an enormous number of wild animals such as lions, leopards, oryx, eland, cheetahs, giraffes, Hartmann’s mountain zebras, and elephants. The afternoon is free for you to take part in the activities offered by the lodge or to relax by the swimming pool.

Overnight: Hobatere Lodge – dinner and breakfast included


Day 7

Hobatere Lodge

We have to have a very early breakfast today because we want to start at 7:00 am for our morning game-drive, which will take us to the southwest side of the concession. With a little luck, we will see some animals already mentioned. For our lunch break, we return to our lodge and after a relaxing break, maybe at the swimming pool, we go on our last “game-drive” at 4 pm, but this time on the other side. Hoping that we made a good end with many animal sightings on this day, we now say “goodbye” to the great wildlife and look forward to beautiful Damaraland the next day.

Overnight: Hobatere Lodge – dinner and breakfast included


Day 8

Hobatere Lodge – Twyfelfontein Country Lodge / Travel time approx. 4 hours – 340 km

Our departure to Twyfelfontein is planned today after breakfast at 9 am, and we drive south on the C35 until we reach the small village Kamanjab and refuel our car. We continue on a gravel road through a very beautiful landscape until we arrive in the small village of Khorixas after another 105 kilometers. Here we take a short break and then drive on the C39 for about 60 kilometers to take part in a guided tour at the “Petrified Forest” (included in the tour price). The name is somewhat misleading because it is not a forest that turned to stone, but a collection of enormous petrified tree trunks that are approximately 280 million years old. Now it is not too far to the uniquely beautiful Twyfelfontein Lodge, our accommodation for the next two nights. The lodge offers 56 beautifully furnished rooms with different layouts and sleeping options, as well as a restaurant with a view of the wide valley and an impressive swimming pool. The afternoon is at our free disposal, and we meet later at the rustic bar for a “sundowner” and then have our dinner, which is offered as an extensive buffet.

Overnight: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge – dinner and breakfast included


Day 9

Twyfelfontein Country Lodge

After breakfast at 8:30 am, the sights around Twyfelfontein are on the program today. We only drive a few kilometers to reach the “Burnt Mountain” and the “Organ Pipes”, both basalt rock formations that were formed by cooled lava flow about 80 million years ago. It continues to Namibia’s World Heritage Site, the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here we take a 2-hour hike with a local guide who will tell us a lot about the more than 2000-year-old rock engravings and rock paintings of the Khoisan (Bushmen) who lived here many years ago. (Tour costs included in the tour price). Thousands of tourists come here every year to see the approximately 2,500 Stone Age rock engravings. The area is home to 17 rock art sites, which together comprise 212 engraved stone slabs. There are another 13 locations with rock paintings. We return to our lodge for our lunch break and can rest a little. In the afternoon, the lodge offers various activities, which are optional and not included in the travel price. However, if you are interested, we can do our own hike in the late afternoon. On this hike, we encounter fascinating plants in the area, including the Welwitschia Mirabilis, the Moringa, and a variety of Commiphora species. Before it gets dark we are back and enjoy our dinner on the terrace of the lodge.

Overnight: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge – dinner and breakfast included


Day 10

Twyfelfontein Country Lodge – The Stiltz Swakopmund / Travel time approx. 5 hours – 350 km

We drive this route through scenic Damaraland past the Brandberg, the highest mountain in Namibia, and on via the mining village Uis to Henties Bay on the Atlantic Ocean. In Uis, we stop briefly for our lunch break. Now 80 km along the coast to arrive in Swakopmund in the afternoon. We stay here for 2 days and have the opportunity to explore the city, visit the Marine Museum and many other optional activities are available, such as a trip to the ancient castle of Nonidas and the lunar landscape. We will also see the world-famous hundreds of years old plant “Welwitschia Mirabilis”. Here in Swakopmund, we are booked on a bed and breakfast basis in the beautiful “The Stiltz” lodge right next to the beach. Dinner in one of the very good restaurants at your own expense. The seafood in Swakopmund is excellent. My recommendation is the ultra-German Brauhaus or the landmark restaurant Jetty 1905, which is approx. 270 meters on the jetty in the ocean.

Overnight: The Stiltz – breakfast included


Day 11

The Stiltz Swakopmund

After breakfast, we have the whole day to relax in Swakopmund. But as so often requested, we will start early and go to Walvis Bay to take part in the very popular catamaran tour, which starts at 9:00 am and ends at 12:30 pm (included in the tour price). This goes along the coast and sea lions, as well as dolphins, are constant companions of the boat. Fresh oysters and sparkling wine are served. Back in Walvis Bay we may have a little lunch break before continuing in the afternoon with a 4×4 safari along the ocean to the endpoint of Sandwich Harbor. However, this tour can only be done when the tide is low. If necessary, we take a different trip. We should be back in Swakopmund around 18h00 and can refresh ourselves and then enjoy our dinner in one of the very good restaurants, such as the cozy Old Steamer Restaurant or the very popular Kückis Pub.

Overnight: The Stiltz – breakfast included


Day 12

The Stiltz Swakopmund – Sossusvlei Lodge / Travel time approx. 5 hours – 350 km

This morning our tour takes us to the neighboring port city of Walvis Bay and across the grassy areas of the Namib Desert past the Kuiseb and Gaub canyons to the small settlement of Solitaire. We will stop here for a light lunch before continuing on to Namib Naukluft Park and Sossusvlei Lodge, our accommodation for the next two days. We cross an open grass savannah and farmland before the terrain gives way to the immense red sand dunes of the Namib. In the late afternoon, we arrive at the lodge to see the changing glowing colors on the distant mountains in the east. We refresh ourselves and now have the opportunity to go on a nature tour or relax on the Sundowner Deck before heading out to the “Al Fresco Terrace” for dinner with a view over the waterhole.

Overnight: Sossusvlei Lodge – dinner and breakfast included


Day 13

Sossusvlei Lodge

We have to get up very early to enjoy our breakfast (alternatively, we can take our breakfast packages with us) before embarking on our very interesting morning trip to Deadvlei and Sossusvlei Pan. We drive 61 km past Dune 1 and the famous dune 45 until we reach the 2 x 4 parking lot. From here we drive 5 km to the Sossusvlei car park. Sossusvlei is where we will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue sky contrasts with the huge red sand dunes, which is one of the natural wonders of Africa and a paradise for photographers. After visiting the Sossusvlei Pan, we drive back to the Deadvlei car park, from where we take a 1.1 km hike to reach the Deadvlei pan. If you are in good shape, you can also take this walk over the “Big Daddy” dune. We spend the morning around Sossusvlei and Deadvlei and on the way back we visit the famous dune 45. This dune is known for its elegant shape, which, along with its location near the road, has won the award for the most photographed dune in the world, If you have done without the strenuous hike to climb the “Big Daddy”, Dune 45 is an easier alternative because it is only 85 meters high with a gentler rise. Now it’s time to escape the heat and return to Sesriem for lunch and a good rest. In the afternoon we take a trip to the Sesriem Canyon. The Sesriem Canyon is the second most important tourist attraction in the area after Sossusvlei. It is a natural gorge carved into the local sedimentary rock by the Tsauchab rivier, about a kilometer long and up to 30 meters deep. The name Sesriem is Afrikaans and means “six belts”, which was named by the settlers on the Dorsland Trek. Six belts (consisting of Oryx skins) had to be tied together to bring water up from the canyon’s bottom with buckets. The Sesriem Canyon is only two meters wide in some places and sometimes has permanent water points, which many animals use. When we return to the lodge, we can enjoy a ‘sundowner’ on the lodge terrace followed by dinner and then retiring for the night.

Overnight: Sossusvlei Lodge – dinner and breakfast included


Day 14

Sossusvlei Lodge – Windhoek / Travel time approx. 5 hours – 450 km

Today our 14-day Namibia Safari comes to the end and after breakfast at 8 o’clock, we are on our way back to Windhoek. We drive north on the C14 and take a short coffee break in Solitaire (the best apple strudel in Namibia). After another 73 kilometers, we turn right onto the C26 and now pass the Gamsberg Pass and the Hakosberge on the left. A scenic drive and we are almost in the Khomas Highlands. We arrive in Windhoek over the Kupferberg Pass. We take our lunch break in the city to visit the most important sights in the capital afterward. Perhaps there is still time for a farewell drink on the terrace of the Hotel Heinitzburg, after which you will be taken to your accommodation or alternatively to the Hosea Kutako airport so that you can start your flight home in time.

Services Included

Activities with third parties included in the tour price:

Game Drive Mount Etjo Safari Lodge
Cheetah Conservation Fund Tour Waterberg Guest Farm
Guided Tour Petrified Forest
Guided Tour World Heritage Site
Catamaran Tour Walvis Bay

Also included are all other excursions and game drives according to my travel program, entrance fees to parks, museums, etc., mineral water on the trip

Light lunches as stated in the travel program, but due to time and location

Accommodation (3 to 4 stars) on half board or bed and breakfast according to the travel program

Hotel / Lodge List:

Mount Etjo Safari Lodge – half board
Waterberg Guest Farm – half board
Mushara Lodge – half board
Taleni Etosha Village – half board
Hobatere Lodge – half board
Twyfelfontein Country Lodge – half board
The Stiltz Swakopmund – bed & breakfast
Sossusvlei Lodge – half board

Not included in the travel price are the flight costs to Windhoek and back, personal costs, drinks with meals, and tips for employees. For our tours, we use either a Jeep Cherokee (4 x 4), Toyota Fortuner (4 x 4), Mitsubishi Delica Luxury (4 x 4), VW T5 Microbus or Toyota Quantum according to the number of guests booked.

Price

3,950.- EUR per person in a double room – the travel price is reduced for more than 2 people
SRO 650.- EUR
Prices valid from 1 November 2020 to 31 October 2021

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