Fantastic Safari through Namibia and Botswana to the Victoria Falls
Daily Travel Description – 21 days three-country safari
Windhoek – Hotel Thule
We meet upon arrival at Hosea Kutako International airport, take care of formalities such as currency exchange, and possibly purchase a SIM card for the cell phone (if required). A short drive of about 40 km takes us to the Hotel Thule in the Eros district with a beautiful view over Windhoek. Now we can refresh and have time for a lunch break. In the afternoon we go on a city tour to see the sights of the Namibian capital. The recommended attractions we are able to visit in Windhoek are Christ Church, Ink Palace, Old Feasts, National Museum, Equestrian Monument, Namibia Culture Center, Katutura Township with Penduka Village. Alternatively, free time for individual experiences and visits. My recommendation for dinner would be the popular Joe’s Beer House or the Kubata Restaurant opposite Joe’s (highly recommended) in the Eros district.
Overnight: Hotel Thule – breakfast included
Windhoek – Omaruru Game Lodge / Travel time approx. 2.5 hours – 226 km
Our fantastic 21-day Namibia-Botswana-Zimbabwe safari starts this morning after breakfast at 9:00 a.m., and we leave Windhoek in a northerly direction on the B1 main road until we arrive in the small town of Okahandja after about 80 kilometers. Here we take a short coffee break and have the opportunity to visit the largest wood carving market in Namibia. Then we continue on the B2 towards Swakopmund. At Karibib we turn right and drive on the C36 to arrive a little later in the small town of Omaruru. There are a few attractions to see here, and we can also visit the crystal winery for a Namibian wine tasting. Then we continue on the D2329 gravel road until we reach the fabulous Omaruru Game Lodge at noon. This lodge, owned by a Swiss couple, is located in a 39 square kilometer nature reserve and is now famous and popular for its wildlife, great atmosphere, and surroundings, as well as for the good food and friendly staff.
Overnight: Omaruru Game Lodge – dinner and breakfast included
Omaruru Game Lodge – Swakopmund Strand Hotel / Travel time approx. 2 hours – 210 km
After breakfast, we leave at 8 am to reach our intermediate destination, the famous Spitzkoppe, around 11:00 am. Here we go on a short tour to see the rock paintings of the “Bushmen” who lived here many years ago. After our lunch break, we continue to the coast and we arrive in Swakopmund in the early afternoon. We have enough time for a stroll in the city and can also visit the Crystal Gallery or the Namibian National Marine Aquarium. Swakopmund is Namibia’s first-class city on the sea and a very popular beach resort with excellent German colonial architecture. Swakopmund founded in 1892 as the main port for German South West Africa. The climate here is very pleasant, but fog over the city occurs very regularly in the early morning. Temperatures never reach high degrees and cool evenings are the norm. We stay here for two nights and are looking forward to the next day with many interesting opportunities to spend our time around Swakopmund. Here we stay on a bed & breakfast basis at the first-class Swakopmund Strand Hotel located right on the beach. For dinner, we have the choice of many excellent restaurants in Swakopmund, such as the ultra-German Brauhaus or in the landmark restaurant Jetty 1905, situated about 270 meters on the pier in the ocean.
Accommodation: Strand Hotel Swakopmund – breakfast included
Swakopmund Strand Hotel
After breakfast, we have all day to relax in Swakopmund. But as often requested, we will start early and drive to Walvis Bay to take part in the very popular catamaran tour, which starts at 9:00 am and ends at 12:30 pm. 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 short 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 6 pm and can refresh ourselves and then enjoy our dinner in one of the very good restaurants, e.g. Old Steamer or in the very popular Kückis Pub.
Accommodation: Strand Hotel Swakopmund – breakfast included
Swakopmund Strand Hotel – Brandberg White Lady Lodge / Travel time approx. 3 hours – 230 km
We leave after our breakfast around 8:30 am and drive north along the coast via Henties Bay and then inland to reach our destination for today, the Brandberg White Lady Lodge, in time for our lunch break. In the afternoon we have the opportunity to drive to the entrance of the Brandberg, 16 km away, to see the world-famous rock painting of the “White Lady”. This is a guided tour and is included in the tour price. Optionally, the lodge also offers a “Desert Elephant Drive” at 4 pm and a “Sunset Scenic Drive” shortly before sunset, which is not included in the tour price. Various beautiful hiking trails are also available to us. A three-course dinner is served in the restaurant of the lodge today.
Overnight: Brandberg White Lady Lodge – dinner and breakfast included
Brandberg White Lady Lodge – Twyfelfontein Country Lodge / Travel time approx. 2 hours – 110 km
Today we continue to Damaraland and Twyfelfontein and we have enough time to enjoy this wonderful drive through the unique landscape of Damaraland. We visit the Petrified Forest and the Organ Pipes, both basalt rock formations that were formed by cooled lava flow about 80 million years ago, in order to then take part in a guided tour of the “World Heritage Site”. Here we can walk for about 2 hours with a local guide, where we can admire the rock formations of the “Bushmen” who lived here many years ago, over 2000 years old (included in the tour price). Thousands of tourists come here every year to see the roughly 2,500 Stone Age rock engravings. The area is home to 17 rock art sites, which together comprise 212 carved stone slabs. There are another 13 locations with rock art. Tonight we will spend the night at Twyfelfontein Country Lodge. With a lot of luck, the rare desert elephants will visit us.
Overnight: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge – dinner and breakfast included
Twyfelfontein Country Lodge – Khowarib Lodge / Travel time approx. 3.5 hours – 190 km
After a nice breakfast at 7 am, we continue on the C43 through a beautiful landscape northwards until we reach the Palmwag Lodge after a short time and have a coffee break. The Palmwag Lodge is a paradise on the Uniab River in northwestern Namibia and nestled in a spectacular landscape with waving palm trees that whisper in the wind. The Palmwag Lodge is one of the oldest and most popular tourist attractions in Namibia. After our visit to the Palmwag Lodge, we drive 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 do 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 delicious three-course dinner.
Overnight: Khowarib Lodge – dinner and breakfast included