Fantastic Adventure Trip to the North of Namibia
Daily Travel Description – 8 Day Namibia Safari
Windhoek – Ai Aiba Lodge (Erongo Berge) / Travel time approx. 3 hours – 248 km
We meet upon your arrival at Hosea Kutako airport, take care of formalities such as currency exchange, etc. and drive to Windhoek. Now our 8-day Namibia North Safari begins. We leave Windhoek and drive on the B1 to the small town of Okahandja. Shortstop here and a chance to visit Namibia’s largest wood carving market. Then we continue on the B2 towards Swakopmund. Just before Karibib we turn right to reach the town of Omaruru after about 60 kilometers. There are a few attractions to view here, and we can also visit the crystal winery for a Namibian wine tasting. Now only another 47 kilometers to the Ai Aiba Lodge, which we should reach by 1 pm. We check-in and now have free time that we can either spend at the swimming pool or maybe go for a hike. There is a marked path on which flora and fauna as well as San rock engravings can be admired. Dinner at the lodge offers excellent cuisine.
Overnight: Ai Aiba Lodge – dinner and breakfast included
Ai Aiba Lodge – Twyfelfontein Country Lodge / Travel time approx. 3.5 hours – 250 km
Breakfast and departure at 8h30 on the gravel road C36 towards the west to Uis, an old mining village and known for semi-precious stones. Now we drive further north and after a few kilometers turn left to visit the highest mountain in Namibia, the 2573-meter high Brandberg. Here we have the opportunity to take part in a guided hike to see the world-famous rock painting of the “White Lady”. This is a guided tour and included in the tour price. Short lunch break at the “Brandberg White Lady Lodge” and further on the C35 and D 2612 where we reach the “UNESCO World Heritage Site” after about 2.5 hours. Here we go on a guided tour with a local Damara guide to admire the rock engravings and paintings of the Bushmen who once lived here (again included in the tour price). Then the “Organ Pipes” and the “Burnt Mountain” are on the program before we reach our destination for today, the uniquely beautiful Twyfelfontein Country Lodge. The lodge offers 56 attractively 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. We check-in and meet later at the rustic bar for a “sundowner” and then take our dinner, which is offered as an extensive buffet.
Overnight: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge – dinner and breakfast included
Twyfelfontein Country Lodge – Khowarib Lodge / Travel time approx. 3 hours – 190 km
After a nice breakfast at 7 am we continue on the C43 through a scenic landscape northwards until we reach the Palmwag Lodge for a coffee break. The Palmwag Lodge is a paradise on the Uniab River in northwestern Namibia and nestled in a spectacular landscape with swaying palm trees that whisper in the wind, the Palmwag Lodge is one of the oldest and most popular tourist attractions in Namibia. After our coffee break, we take a trip to the concession area of the Palmwag Lodge. We drive to various viewpoints and sights in a breathtaking landscape, hoping to get some of the wild animals living here into the photo lens. Wildly roaming game species such as mountain zebra, giraffe, kudu, oryx, springbok, ostrich, jackal, brown and spotted hyena as well as the desert-adapted elephant, the endangered black rhino, and lion, are at home in this 5,500 square kilometer concession area. After our tour in the concession area, we drive another 80 kilometers to arrive at the first-class Khowarib Lodge at noon. We check-in and take our lunch break to go on a short trip to the very small village of Warmquelle. From here we drive 6 km on the D3706 until we reach the Ongongo Waterfall Campsite. Here the crystal clear rock pool with the waterfall invites us to swim. Back at our lodge, we can go on a little hike in the Hoanib Gorge, which has an incredibly beautiful bird paradise. Afterward, we enjoy a wonderful sunset with a cold beer on the terrace of the lodge and look forward to a very tasty dinner.
Overnight: Khowarib Lodge – dinner and breakfast included
Khowarib Lodge – Epupa Camp / Travel time approx. 6 hours – 310 km
Today after breakfast at 7:30 am, we continue to my second home Kunene Nord, and we drive a scenic route on the C43 over the Joubert Pass to Opuwo the capital of the region. Here we take our coffee break at Annette’s Bistro, refuel, and continue on the gravel road to Epupa. Halfway we reach Ongangwati and many Himbas along the road will be happy to see us. We are in the mountains and a unique site for some nice photoshoots. At around 2 pm we should arrive at Epupa Camp, where our hosts will meet us. We take a break before we go on our “Sundowner” excursion on the hill that overlooks the falls in the late afternoon. Maybe we’ll drop by a friend’s lodge for a cold beer on the terrace by the river followed by a wonderful dinner at Epupa Camp.
Overnight: Epupa Camp – dinner and breakfast included
Today Felix is in his element because we visit his authentic Himba village 4 km outside of Epupa. Here we see, experience, and learn everything about the traditions and way of life of these very special semi-nomadic tribes of Africa who moved from West Africa to this area in the middle of the fifteenth century. We also visit a Himba cemetery and the Epupa primary school. In the afternoon there is the possibility to take a “River Rafting Tour” on the Kunene River (absolutely suitable for beginners but not included in the tour price) or to go for a hike on the river with my local guide Manjoro. We end the day with a “sundowner” on the terrace of the lodge right next to the Kunene river followed by an excellent dinner.
Overnight: Epupa Camp – dinner and breakfast included
Epupa Camp – Hobatere Lodge / Travel time approx. 5 hours – 375 km
We leave at 9 am and return to Opuwo to refuel our vehicle. A short coffee break at Annette’s Bistro and then we continue on tar road C41 in a westerly direction and further on tar road C35 in a southern direction until we turn right and drive into the grounds of the Hobatere Lodge. This breathtaking property is located in a concession area of 32,000 hectares which is home to numerous wild animals such as lions, leopards, oryx, eland, cheetahs, giraffes, Hartmann’s mountain zebras, and elephants. A number of activities from the lodge are on offer, including a visit to a nearby Himba village, night game drives, bird watching, and guided walks that give guests ample opportunity to see the many different wildlife and endemic species in the area. The lodge also has a hideaway overlooking a nearby waterhole and a panoramic sun terrace that is illuminated for part of the evening. The afternoon is free at your disposal and activities offered by the lodge are charged to the customer. Dinner is usually served as a three-course meal on the terrace or in the restaurant.
Overnight: Hobatere Lodge – dinner and breakfast included
Hobatere Lodge – Taleni Etosha Village / Travel time approx. 5 hours – 210 km
We leave after breakfast at 8 am and drive a few kilometers south until we reach the “Galton Gate” and enter the west side of the Etosha National Park. After we have organized the permit, we travel through the park at only 60 km / h. The first stop is at the viewpoint of Olifantsrus, where we have a good chance to view some animals at the waterhole. We arrive in Okaukuejo at around 1 pm and have our lunch break before leaving the park through the “Anderson Gate” to reach our accommodation for tonight, the Taleni Etosha Village. Now there is free time at the lodge, which offers two beautiful swimming pools, and we look forward to dinner in the form of a wonderful buffet with many game dishes before we retire for the night.
Overnight: Taleni Etosha Village – dinner and breakfast included
Taleni Etosha Village – Windhoek / Travel time approx. 4 hours – 415 km
We say goodbye to the Etosha National Park and start the return trip to Windhoek at 8 am. We drive for 114 kilometers on tar road to the town Outjo, where we take a short coffee break at the German bakery. Our trip continues via Otjiwarongo to Okahandja with the last chance to buy a few souvenirs at the wood carving market. We arrive in Windhoek at noon, take our lunch break in the city, and can do a city tour to visit the most important sights in Windhoek, which include Christ Church, Ink Palace, Old Fort, National Museum, Equestrian Monument, Namibia Culture Center, Katutura, and Penduka Village. To round off, maybe a short visit and farewell drink on the terrace of the Hotel Heinitzburg or at the forever popular Joe’s Beerhouse before we make our way to the airport to take the flight back home in time.
Activities with third parties included in the tour price:
Guided tour Brandberg White Lady
Guided tour World Heritage Site Twyfelfontein
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:
Ai Aiba Lodge – half board
Twyfelfontein Country Lodge – half board
Khowarib Lodge – half board
Epupa Camp – half board
Hobatere Lodge – half board
Taleni Etosha Village – 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.
2,100 EUR per person in a double room – the travel price is reduced for more than 2 people
SRO 370.- EUR
Prices valid from 1 November 2020 to 31 October 2021
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