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19 Day Namibia Highlights Safari

An exciting combination of scenic Focal Points and extensive Wildlife Experiences


Daily Travel Description – 19 Day Namibia Highlights Safari

Day 1

Windhoek – Hotel Thule

We meet upon your arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport, take care of formalities such as currency exchange, and possibly buy 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

Day 2

Windhoek – Ai Aiba Lodge (Erongo Berge) / Travel time approx. 3 hours – 248 km

Our beautiful 19 days Namibia Highlights Safari starts this morning after breakfast at 8 am. We are on our way on the B1 to the town of Okahandja. Shortstop here for a cup of coffee and a possible visit to the wood carving market. Then we continue on the B2 towards Swakopmund. At Karibib we turn right to reach the town Omaruru after about 60 km. Here are a few attractions to see, and we can also visit the crystal winery for a Namibian wine tasting. Now another 47 km 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. An excellent three-course menu is offered for dinner.

Overnight: Ai Aiba Lodge – dinner and breakfast included

Day 3

Ai Aiba Lodge  – The Stiltz Swakopmund / Travel time approx. 4 hours – 250 km

After breakfast, we leave at 8:30 am to reach our intermediate destination, the famous Spitzkoppe, around 11:00 am. Here we take 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 was 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 in the Stiltz Lodge (chalets with sea view) located on the beach. Our recommendation for dinner tonight is the ultra-German Brauhaus or the landmark restaurant Jetty 1905, which is situated about 270 meters on the pier in the ocean.

Overnight: The Stiltz – breakfast included

Day 4

The Stiltz Swakopmund

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 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 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 6 pm and can refresh ourselves and then enjoy our dinner in one of the very good restaurants, such as Old Steamer very cozy or in the old and very popular Kückis Pub.

Overnight: The Stiltz – breakfast included

Tag 5

Swakopmund – Cape Cross Lodge / Travel time approx. 2 hours – 128 km

We leave after breakfast at 9 am and drive north along the coast until we reach Henties Bay after about an hour. Here we have the opportunity to see the first shipwreck, the “Zeila” located 14 km south of Henties Bay and stranded in 2008. After our short visit to the beach, we continue to our destination for today, the Cape Cross Lodge, where we arrive at noon and enjoy our lunch break. In the afternoon, we visit the seal colony not far from the lodge. Up to two hundred ten thousand seals are bustling around here in the rutting season with an unforgettable scent and noise. We will also see the historic cross of the Portuguese navigator Diego Cao, which he built here during his second voyage of discovery in 1486. A visit to the museum in the lodge and the art gallery is highly recommended. Dinner is served as a three-course meal in the restaurant of the lodge with a view on the Atlantic Ocean.

Overnight: Cape Cross Lodge – dinner and breakfast included

Day 6

Cape Cross Lodge – Palmwag Lodge /  Travel time approx. 6 hours – 320 km

After a nice breakfast, we will continue at 8 am along the Skeleton Coast in a northerly direction, and we will see one or the other shipwreck. We have our “lunch packs” with us because now there is no longer a restaurant in question until we are in Palmwag. We pass the old Toscanini diamond mine and turn shortly before Torra Bay to continue after about 100 km driving on the C39 then the C43, which now takes us on a scenic drive to the now not so distant Palmwag Lodge Arriving around 3 pm. 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. In the concession area around the Palmwag Lodge, there are large populations of Hartmann’s mountain zebra, giraffe, oryx, springbok, and kudu. The predator population is the largest outside the Etosha National Park with over 100 lions, cheetahs, leopards, browns, and spotted hyenas. Birdlife is very diverse and most endemics in Namibia are present. This afternoon we still have the opportunity to take part in a guided hike with a local guide that starts at 4 pm and ends at 6 pm. (This hike is included in the tour price). The professional guide shows us the different traces of the animals that live in the concession area and the wonderful and interesting flora that lives in this dry landscape. Afterward, we look forward to the dinner, which is offered here in buffet form, and the well-deserved night’s rest.

Overnight: Palmwag Lodge – dinner and breakfast included

Day 7

Palmwag Lodge

Today we have various options, and we can either take a full-day tour with an experienced local guide that starts at 7 am and is about 8 hours long. The experienced guide will discover with us the endless beauty and vast spaces of the Palmwag Concession. In addition to the breathtaking landscape, the “Damaraland Wildlife Experience” offers free-roaming wild 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. Around noon, our guide will organize a picnic for us. The tour returns to the lodge at 3  pm and we can enjoy the rest of the day in peace and take advantage of the wonderful facilities the lodge has to offer. (This tour is optional and not included in the tour price). Alternatively, there is the option to take part in a morning or afternoon “Game / Scenic-Drive” of about 4 hours in an open SUV which is always included in the travel price and is again led by a local guide. With the day filled in, we go to the pool bar for our “sundowner” in the evening and then for dinner.

Overnight: Palmwag Lodge – dinner and breakfast included

Day 8

Palmwag Lodge – Khowarib Lodge (Sesfontein) / Travel time approx. 2 hours – 90 km

We can sleep a little longer today and enjoy our breakfast at 9 am because today we continue on the C43 through a beautiful landscape until we arrive at the Khowarib Lodge quite early. We check-in and go on a small excursion to the very small town of Warmquelle and drive 4 km on the D3706 until we reach the Ongongo waterfall campsite, where we take our lunch break (if necessary with packed lunches). Here the crystal-clear rock pool with the waterfall invites us to swim. Back at our lodge, we enjoy the sunset with a cold beer on the beautiful wooden deck of the lodge. The excellent dinner is offered here as a three-course menu.

Overnight: Khowarib Lodge – dinner and breakfast included

Day 9

Khowarib Lodge

Today, after breakfast, a 7 to 8 hour trip to the Hoanib River Valley is planned. The Hoanib is one of the largest non-perennial rivers in northern Namibia. The river bed with its water resources offers habitat for the protected desert elephants, antelopes, ostriches, giraffes, and also lions. Here we experience the diversity of African wildlife in a natural environment and more pristine than in the parks. On this tour, the landscape changes with grass steppes, desert landscapes as well as the mountain country and the river beds serve as roads in this part of the Kaokoveld. This adventurous excursion is always included in the travel price. With a lot of luck, we will see the very rare desert elephants, the Hartmann’s mountain zebra, lions, and possibly also rhinos, as well as various antelope species on our trip into the Hoanib Valley. We can enjoy our “packed lunches” we brought with us today in the wild. After a hopefully very eventful day, we can enjoy a “sundowner” on the wooden deck at the lodge followed by an excellent dinner.

Overnight: Khowarib Lodge – dinner and breakfast included

Day 10

Khowarib Lodge – Hobatere Lodge (Etosha West) / Travel time approx. 4 hours – 280 km

We leave this morning at 8 am and drive south on the C43 until after a few kilometers we see a small Himba village on the left. We pay a short visit to this village to learn a little more about its traditions, culture, and way of life. Then our journey continues, and a little later we take a short break at the Palmwag Lodge. From here we travel further on the C40 over the beautiful Grootberg Pass. We arrive in the small village of Kamanjab and drive north on the C35 tar road for 84 kilometers until we reach the gate of the Hobatere Lodge. Only a few more kilometers through beautiful bush terrain until we arrive at the 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 freely available here and activities offered by the lodge are for your own account. Dinner is usually served as a three-course meal on the terrace or in the restaurant.

Overnight: Hobatere Lodge – dinner and breakfast included

Day 11

Hobatere Lodge

We have to have a very early breakfast today, because we want to take part in a “Morning Game-Drive” at 6:30 am, which is led by a local guide of the lodge. This game drive of approximately 3 hours in length usually goes to the southwestern side of the property. With a little luck, you will see some of the animals already mentioned yesterday. Afterward, there is free time and we meet for lunch at 1 pm on the terrace of the lodge. At 4 pm we go on our “afternoon-game- drive” with Felix and maybe we are lucky enough to see a few other animals than in the morning. Dinner again on the terrace with a view of the illuminated water hole.

Overnight: Hobatere Lodge – dinner and breakfast included

Day 12

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

We leave at 8 am after breakfast 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 now continue through the park at only 60 km / h and past the wonderful viewpoint Olifantsrus, where we make a short stop to observe the usually large number of wild animals at the water hole. 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 go to bed.

Overnight: Taleni Etosha Village – dinner and breakfast included

Day 13

Taleni Etosha Village – Mushara Lodge (Etosha Ost) / Travel time approx. 5 hours – 173 km

This morning after breakfast at 8:00 am we go back to the park and we drive east again past a couple of water holes to reach the Halali Camp for our lunch break. Here you can use the swimming pool to refresh yourself. After the break, we continue on the Rhino and Elandsdrive before we visit several waterholes near the pan again. We leave the park through the “Von Lindequist Gate” and after a few kilometers, we are at the luxurious Mushara Lodge the next time we arrive. This lodge has 10 beautiful chalets built around the equally beautiful swimming pool, as well as exquisite cuisine and wines, which will surely make our dinner particularly interesting.

Overnight: Mushara Lodge – dinner and breakfast included

Day 14

Mushara Lodge – Aloegrove Safari Lodge / Travel time approx. 5 hours – 370 km

Today we leave after breakfast at 9 am and drive a few kilometers on the asphalt road until we reach the B1 main road and turn right. We make a short stop at the “Otjikoto Lake” before we continue to the mining town of 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. Then we continue on the B1 in a southern direction, and we cross a beautiful pass of the Otavi Mountains until we arrive in Otavi and take a short coffee break. We continue on the B1 until we turn left onto the D2433 about 50 kilometers before Otjiwarongo and reach the Aloegrove Safari Lodge a little later. This beautiful lodge on its 8,800-hectare property offers excellent views of the surrounding bush savannah and the Waterberg Plateau. We are in time for our lunch break at the lodge and now have some free time until in the late afternoon we go on a game-drive with the owner of the lodge.

Overnight: Aloegrove Safari Lodge – dinner and breakfast included

Day 15

Aloegrove Safari Lodge – Waterberg Guest Farm / Travel time approx. 2 hours – 103 km

Nature Reserve, which is only 105 kilometers from the lodge, to not only learn a little more about the big cats in Namibia but also to see them in their natural habitat, the Okonjima Nature Reserve is home to the AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the long-term protection of the large wild cats in Namibia. See also: Okonjima is the home of the cheetahs in Namibia, which you rarely see in the wild, but are definitely worth a visit here. At 11 am we go on a guided trip to the AfriCat Carnivore care and information center to learn more about these wonderful animals and to meet our Carnivore ambassadors. We will be back at 1 pm and have our lunch break in the day center restaurant. This activity is included in the tour price. This was hopefully a very eventful and valuable day, and we continue our journey to our destination for today, the Waterberg Guest Farm, which is only 71 kilometers away. We now have free time and can make use of the beautiful swimming pool. We are going to enjoy an excellent menu afterward in the restaurant of the lodge.

Overnight: Waterberg Guest Farm – dinner and breakfast included

Day 16

Waterberg Guest Farm

This morning we leave after breakfast at 9 am to pay a visit to the Waterberg Resort. We drive only half an hour and arrive at the gate of the Waterberg Resort. Various hiking trails are available here, but the most strenuous and best is the way to the plateau, from where you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Waterberg. We return to the restaurant of the resort for our lunch break and then have the opportunity to visit the military cemetery of the German soldiers who died in the Herero war. After a nice day at Waterberg, we return to our lodge and can still take full advantage of the ambiance of this unique property before we go to dinner.

Overnight: Waterberg Guest Farm – dinner and breakfast included

Day 17

Waterberg Guest Farm – Mount Etjo Safari Lodge / Travel time approx. 2 hours – 110 km

We can have a very relaxed breakfast this morning to leave the Waterberg Guest Farm at 10 am. Now we drive again on the C22 to the B1 main road in the south and then after about 40 kilometers turn right onto the gravel road D2483. It is now 40 kilometers to the lodge where we arrive at noon and have our light lunch. The afternoon is now free for us but the game drive at 3:00 pm, organized by the lodge, is highly recommended and is included in the travel price. After dinner, lion feeding is optionally available at 9 pm but is for your own account. With a nightcap, we wish us a good night and retire from the day.

Overnight: Mount Etjo Safari Lodge – dinner and breakfast included

Day 18

Mount Etjo Safari Lodge

This morning after breakfast we can hike a bit and admire the footprints of the dinosaurs living here hundreds of thousands of years ago, as well as visit the local school for which we do not need a guide. Back at the lodge we relax a little and enjoy a light lunch at 1 pm. Free time is again planned for the afternoon because you will surely be able to admire many of the wild animals residing here on the beautiful grounds of the lodge. At 5 pm there is the possibility to participate in cheetah feeding, which in turn is not included in the travel price. We are looking forward to our last dinner, which is offered as an extensive buffet and served in the authentic African restaurant of the lodge.

Overnight: Mount Etjo Safari Lodge – dinner and breakfast included

Day 19

Mount Etjo Safari Lodge – Windhoek / Travel time approx. 2.5 hours – 225 km

Our Namibia Highlights Safari is now coming to an end, and we are on our way back to Windhoek at 10 am. We drive again on the B1 until we reach Okahandja after about an hour and a half, take a short coffee break, maybe visit the wood carving market and then continue for another 65 kilometers to arrive in Windhoek at around 2 pm. Maybe we have time for a stroll in the city and a farewell drink on the terrace of the Heinitzburg Hotel before we drive to the airport and bid Felix and Namibia farewell.

Services Included

Activities with third parties included in the tour price:

Guided tour Spitzkoppe (rock art)
Catamaran tour Walvis Bay
Guided hike afternoon (Palmwag Lodge)
Game Drive 4 hours (morning or afternoon Palmwag Lodge)
Game Drive 3 hours Hobatere Lodge
Game Drive Aloegrove Safari Lodge
Day visit Okonjima Game Reserve Game
Drive Mount Etjo Safari Lodge

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 depending on the time and location

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

Hotel / Lodge List:

Hotel Thule – bed & breakfast
Ai Aiba Lodge – half board
The Stiltz – bed & breakfast
Cape Cross Lodge – half board
Palmwag Lodge – half board
Khowarib Lodge – half board
Hobatere Lodge – half board
Taleni Etosha Village – half board
Mushara Lodge – half board
Aloegrove Safari Lodge – half board
Waterberg Guest Farm – half board
Mount Etjo Safari 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.


5,450 EUR per person in a double room – the travel price is reduced for more than 2 people
SRO 850.- EUR
Prices valid from 1 November 2020 to 31 October 2021

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