The great Namib


Trip description

Namibia is a wonderfull for anyone thirsty for wild horizons. From North to South, you will travel through this land of a thousand faces for a diversified circuit around 17 days full lodge.

This exclusive trip will allow you to discover more of the most unforgettable moments of this part of Southern Africa with its many attractions and extraordinary authentic sites. The discovery start in the heart of the city of Windhoek, the administrative, political and financial capital of the country, the Waterberg plateau with a possibilities of hiking, the Etosha National Park, the deep Kaokoland through Opuwo to Epupa falls with no poor cultural meeting with the Himba people, the pearl of Damaraland, a rugged and interesting area for geologists without forgetting its rock engravings and paintings, the burnt mountain, the Organ Pipes and the petrified forest at Twyfelfontein, the Atlantic coast by the Cape Cross along the Skeleton Coast, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay port city, passage of the Tropic of Capricorn, stop at Solitaire and enjoy the good local cake, the Namib desert and its highest dunes in the world, take a beautiful hike ascending without any risk, a real view of Dead Vlei and its dead trees, a walk in the Sesriem canyon, the Naukluft Mountain Zebra Park where the best path is signposted trekking from the country into the mountains and eventually back to civilization by Windhoek. In summary: a road trip rich in landscapes, colors, flora and wild fauna and for hikers. Emotion guaranteed!

Indeed, this proposal is very flexible and can be modified to your liking since it has been tailor-made in full self-drive. We can also on request involve a local English, French or Spanish speaking guide experienced with in-depth knowledge of the country for quality support.

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17 days

From : €2,590*

Day 1: Arrival - Windhoek

Day 2: Windhoek - Okahandja - Waterberg Plateau

Day 3: Waterberg Plateau - Otjiwarongo - Etosha Park

Day 4: Etosha National Park

Day 5: Etosha National Park

Day 6: Etosha National Park - Opuwo

Day 7: Opuwo - Epupa falls

Day 8: Epupa falls - Himba village

Day 9: Epupa falls - Opuwo - Sesfontein - Plamwag

Day 10: Palmwag - Twyfelfontein

Day 11: Twyfelfontein - Cape Cross - Swakopmund

Day 12: Swakopmund - Walvis Bay - Swakopmund

Day 13: Swakopmund - Kuiseb Canyon - Solitaire - Sesriem park

Day 14: Sesriem - Dune 45 - Big Day - Deadvlei - Sesriem Canyon - Sesriem

Day 15: Sesriem National Park - Naukluft Mountain Zebra Park

Day 16: Naukluft Mountain Zebra park - Rehoboth - Windhoek

Day 17: Return - Windhoek international airport

Day 1 : Arrival - Windhoek

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Arrival in Windhoek according to the flight time selected in the program, going through police and customs formalities, collecting your luggage. Welcome by our representative according to your preferred language from the airport, assistance with signing the vehicle rental contract without forgetting to take charge of your vehicle. Road to Windhoek, formality at the hotel, delivery of your road book with a detailed map of the country. Review and practical information on your itinerary day after day with our representative.

Dinner free and overnight at Londiningi Guest House or similar.




Day 2 : Windhoek - Okahandja - Waterberg Plateau

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Breakfast at the lodge

Departure to the north of the country towards the city of Okahandja visiting the handicraft exhibition market, continuation to the Waterberg Plateau by taking the C22 towards the small town of Okakarara which will take you to the National Park of Waterberg which is a 405km2. The Park offering a unique landscape in Namibia with a flat top, superb landscapes and excellent wildlife. It is largely composed of red sandstone carved into amazing shapes, and dotted with freshwater springs. The mosaic of wooded areas, lush green meadows and ravines on top is particularly well suited for hikers. There are combinations to be made. (Example: From the swimming pool to the begins of the plateau, see the ascent of the plateau on the marked path where some parts you have to climb rather than walk but doable. Nice view once you reach to the top of the plateau at the view point which leaves perplexed).

 

Dinner included and overnight at Waterberg Spring NWR or similar.




Day 3 : Waterberg Plateau - Otjiwarongo - Etosha Park

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Breakfast at the lodge

Departure to Etosha Park, passing by Otjiwarongo towards Lindequist Gate, the Est entrance for Etosha National Park, free lunch and installation at the lodge. Safari at the end of the afternoon, the best hours of the day when the animals, crushed by the heat and the sun, finally start to live again. The scenes parade between a cohort of animals heading towards the water points, dust in the setting sun and dazzling landscapes.

Dinner included and overnight at Mokuti Lodge or similar.

 




Day 4 : Etosha National Park

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Breakfast at the lodge

Departure for a full day of safari in the Etosha National Park to admire the African wild fauna in freedom in their natural environment by crossing the park towards its western part. You have time to browse all the trails from water point to water point to surprise animals that come to drink. Free lunch at Halali Camp or picnic. Continuation of the safari in the afternoon until sunset. Exit Etosha National Park via Anderson Gate and check in at your lodge.

Dinner included and overnight at Etoha Safari Camp or similar.

 




Day 5 : Etosha National Park

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Breakfast at the lodge,

Departure for a full day safari in Etosha National Park to admire the African wild fauna in freedom in their natural environment. An explosive day going through all the trails from water point to water point to surprise animals who come to quench their thirst. Free lunch. Continuation of the safari in the afternoon until sunset. Return to the lodge by Anderson Gate.

Dinner included and overnight at Etosha Safari Camp or similar.

 




Day 6 : Etosha National Park - Opuwo

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Breakfast at the lodge

Departure on a morning safari in Etosha Park, crossing the western part of the Park, once off-limits to tourists, but now open to visitors. Free lunch and exit from the park by Galton Gate and drive to the Opuwo, the world capital of the Himba peoples in the Kaokoland region.

Dinner included and overnight at Opuwo Country Camp or similar.




Day 7 : Opuwo - Epupa falls

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Breakfast at the lodge

 

Departure for deep Kaokoland to border between Namibia and Angola. Along the way you will have to discover the maklani palm trees and the Baobab, the tallest trees in Africa. To fall through Epupa Falls on the Kunene River. The falls are a series of 60 m waterfalls over a distance of about 1.5 km creating a multitude of canals which subsequently form hundreds of small islands covered with vegetation. While most travelers are content with a glance from the road not far from the falls. Free lunch, there is a path along the rocks above the river, downstream from the falls, offering beautiful views. From here you will be able to appreciate the expanse, beauty and discover the range of plants including maklani palms, wild fig trees and baobab trees. You will be able with a site map available at the lodge to take a walk in this green region. Cycling and Rafting or Canoeing are also practiced along the Kunene River, an ideal way to admire the landscapes, the birds and watch the crocodiles basking on the sandbanks.

Dinner included and overnight at Omarunga Lodge or similar.




Day 8 : Epupa falls - Himba village

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Breakfast at the lodge

Departure with your Himba guide to visit a village for a cultural encounter and sharing. The Himba people are part of the Herero ethnic group, mainly concentrated in the desert and inhospitable region of Kaokoland, in northwestern Namibia. This herding people with archaic garb took advantage of the inaccessibility of their territory for decades to preserve traditions that have now disappeared in the rest of the world. Few, only a few thousand, nomads in constant search of new pastures, proud and beautiful, they ignore a way of life which, unfortunately, is catching up with them quickly. Lunch and afternoon free.

Dinner included and Overnight at Omarunga Lodge or similar.




Day 9 : Epupa falls - Opuwo - Sesfontein - Plamwag

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Breakfast at the lodge

Departure to the pearl of Damaraland, The Palmwag concession abounds with large populations of animals such as mountain zebras, giraffes, oryx, springboks, Kudus, Desert elephants and black rhinos. The number of predators here is the highest outside of Etosha Park with over 100 lions, cheetahs, leopards, spotted hyenas etc ...

Dinner included and Overnight at Khowarib Lodge or similar.

 




Day 10 : Palmwag - Twyfelfontein

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Departure to the site of Twyfelfontein, an archaeological site in Namibia. Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2007. A significant concentration of petroglyphs with nearly 2,000 figures listed are 6,000 years old. The site consists of a valley flanked by sandstone mountains which receive very little rainfall and have a wide range of daytime temperatures. The classic walk is done in the company of a guide and allows you to discover on the rock faces the countless representations left by the first Bushmen. Made in red sandstone and remarkably preserved, they represent animals: sea lions, lions, giraffes, elephants, rhinos, antelopes ... Other sites are worth a visit in the vicinity of Twyfelfontein. You could also focus on another curiosity. Burnt Mountain: a volcanic chain that seems to have been devastated and Organ Pipe: a basalt wall 100 m high and 4 m high. Another geological wonder is the Petrified Forest, with conifer trunks 30 m long and 6 m in diameter fossilized in sandstone and estimated to be around 260 million years old.

Dinner included and Overnight at Twyfelfontein Country Lodge or similar.




Day 11 : Twyfelfontein - Cape Cross - Swakopmund

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Breakfast at the lodge

Departure towards the Atlantic coast through Cape Cross National Park where you will have the opportunity to visit a stone cross erected by Diego Cao Portuguese explorer in 1486 to mark the southernmost point ever reached by Europeans in Africa and a gigantic beach that is home to the largest of 15 Seal Lion colonies, a colony can have some 100,000 members. Continuation to city of Swakopmund, the first seaside resort in the country along the Skeleton Coast while discovering the many wrecks of beaching boats, Swakopmund is a city very popular with the inhabitants of the capital with its charm of a German provincial town. Between green lawns and flowery gardens, modern buildings alternate with colonial architecture and luxury boutiques line the streets of the city center here you have the opportunity to do a shoping, change money etc ...

Dinner free and overnight at Beach Lodge or similar.

 




Day 12 : Swakopmund - Walvis Bay - Swakopmund

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Breakfast at the lodge

Transfer at 7:30 am to Walvis Bay for a Boat Cruise (Catamaran) or Kayak depending on your choice being included in the day's program and invite you to discover this famous bay populated by flamingos and colonies of  Seals Lion . This excursion is for all levels, even if you've never done a kayak and can't swim! Indeed excellent supervision, good equipment, a compulsory life jacket for kayaking, a champagne cocktail with seafood is served during or after the activity. Lunch and free afternoon. You can therefore take the opportunity to make an excursion of your choice at your own expense, either shopping, strolling around the city or on the shores of the lagoon.

Dinner free and Overnight at Beach Lodge or similar.




Day 13 : Swakopmund - Kuiseb Canyon - Solitaire - Sesriem park

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Breakfast at the lodge

Road to Namib Desert. Free lunch. Cross of the Gaub pass and the Kuiseb pass. Folded shale geological formation through which the Kuiseb river has carved an impressive canyon. This river marks the limit between the immense rocky plains of the north and the sea of ​​sand which joins the Orange river. Passage of the Tropic of Capricorn between the 2 passes. Solitaire is a small town in central Namibia near the Namib-Naukluft National Park. This hamlet, which has kept its 1950s character, is an almost compulsory stopping point. Particularly isolated, the place is sometimes nicknamed the Namibian Bagdad Café, we can taste one of the best apple crumbles in the world! At the end of the free afternoon after settling in at the lodge, we set off for a walk of about 2 hours around ancient fossilized dunes. Make way for astonishment with the end of the day light across the red dunes, real natural masterpieces. From the crest of the dunes where the sand begins to glow, a magnificent view awaits us, stretching from gentle dunes to river trees to the purple-bluish mountains. Return to accommodation before sunset.

Dinner included and overnight at Sossusvlei Lodge or similar.




Day 14 : Sesriem - Dune 45 - Big Day - Deadvlei - Sesriem Canyon - Sesriem

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Departure at dawn to reach dune 45. Ascent of the dune for an observation of the sunrise and admire the view and the extraordinary colors of the desert. On the way down, take your breakfast to take away at the foot of the dunes. Continuation of the visit to discover Dead Vlei. Which is certainly the most famous place in Namibia, with its famous dunes, dry lakes and dead trees; it is a real postcard landscape that exudes a strong emotion. Then, it is the site of Sossusvlei that we survey as well as its giant dunes. In Sossusvlei you will discover the highest dunes in the world (over 300 meters) in the oldest desert on the planet. This park is also the kingdom of the oryx, a very beautiful antelope which has adapted to the extreme conditions of the desert. The more sporty can climb to the top of Big Daddy and admire the view of the sea of ​​dunes which goes on forever (don't forget to bring water and good protection against the sun). The visit of this site is preferable in the morning is, thanks to the play of lights on the dunes, dazzling.

Dinner included and Overnight at Sossusvlei Lodge or similar.




Day 15 : Sesriem National Park - Naukluft Mountain Zebra Park

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Breakfast at the lodge

The Naukluft Mountains are part of the high escarpment that marks the western boundary of the interior highlands of Namibia. The flat plateau, similar to the summit of the mountain complex, is separated from the adjacent mountain plateau to the south by impressive almost vertical cliffs, while to the northwest and west its highest peaks rise to nearly a thousand meters above the Namib plains. The top of the plateau consists mainly of dolomite and limestone formations. Free lunch.

 

Olive Trail: This hiking trail begins near Kudusrus Campground in the Naukluft Mountains and follows a 10 km loop, much of which is populated by wild olive trees. (Hence the name) At the start of the trail there are some olive trees, and this announces the start of an ascent to the top of the mountain. The descent down into a river bed follows a beautiful gorge where you will be able to see some quiver trees. A "slight difficulty" at the end of the gorge where you have to use a "chain" to cross the rocks. Baboons and kudu were seen on the road. Hikers should carry enough food and water for the day, and remember to wear appropriate clothing for the time of year.

 

Waterkloof Trail: This 17km hike begins near Kudusrus Campground in the Naukluft Mountains and takes approximately 8 hours to complete. The first and last parts of the trail follow the stunning rock pools on the Naukluft Mountains, while the middle section of the hike takes you through the dry plateau area. Surprisingly for such a dry country, the Waterkloof Trail begins and ends with swirling streams and deep, clear pools set amidst stunning scenery. You will need enough food and water for the day, and consider wearing appropriate clothing for the time of year. Both circuits, departure compulsory around 6.30am - 7am.

Dinner included and Overnight at Naukluft Camp NWR or similar.




Day 16 : Naukluft Mountain Zebra park - Rehoboth - Windhoek

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Breakfast at the lodge

Departure to Windhoek, Founded around 1844 by Jonker Afrikaner, Windhoek (pronounced "Vihnt houk") means "place where the wind blows" is the capital of the Republic of Namibia since its independence in 1990, after having been that of the colony German then South African. It is located in central Namibia at an altitude of 1,700 meters, it is the country's largest city and its political, cultural, economic, financial and social center.

Dinner free and overnight at Londiningi Guest House or similar.




Day 17 : Return - Windhoek international airport

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Breakfast at the lodge,

You return your rental vehicle to the rental company and are accompanied to Windhoek International Airport for your return trip.

NB: Plan to be at the airport 2 hours before your flight time.

 




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