Best of Namibia
(lodge tour)

Route: Windhoek to Windhoek

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Namibia Tours & Safaris - Lodge tour

Introduction:

If camping is not your style and you would still like to join one of our Namibia tours and safaris, this lodge option could just be the thing for you! We cover all the important Namibian highlights and at night you will always have a comfortable bed to sleep in. These group tours and safaris conveniently start and end in the capital city of Windhoek. What are you waiting for? Join us on the adventure of a lifetime!

Included highlights: Windhoek city tour, Kalahari wild camp, Kgalagadi Trans Frontier National Park, Fish River Canyon, Ai-Ais Hot Springs, Orange River, Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Luderitz, Desert Horses, Private Namib Desert Reserve, Open-vehicle safari (game drive), Game walks, Desert night drive, 4×4 trip to Sossusvlei dunes, Sesriem Canyon, Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast, Cape Cross seal colony, Brandberg, Twyfelfontein rock engravings, Palmwag Reserve, Etosha National Park and Waterberg National Park!

 

  • Travel style:

1. Accommodated (hotels/ lodges): Clients overnight in a comfortable twin rooms or permanent safari tents, mostly with en-suite bathrooms.
As described below.

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2. Camping: Clients mostly overnight in comfortable two-man dome tents, with built in mosquito nets and of course a camp bed/ stretcher… and a couple of nights are upgraded to budget rooms.

  • The basics:

How much: € 2995
How long: 17 days
Group size: 12 clients max
Accommodation: 15 nights lodge/ cabin, 1 night hotel
Start point: Windhoek, Namibia
End point: Windhoek, Namibia
Meals: As indicated below
Countries: Namibia, South Africa
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Included: Accommodation and meals as indicated in the itinerary, transport, registered guides and selected activities as per itinerary.
Excluded: Flights, all items of a personal nature, alcohol, snacks, souvenirs, tips and optional activities etc.

  • Day to day description l Best of Namibia Tour l Lodges

Day 1: Windhoek
Our Namibia tours and safaris start in Windhoek at 14h00 when everyone meets at our hotel for a short tour briefing. We then set off on an afternoon of driving through Windhoek and viewing the attractions of the city, including the local museum and church before setting off to enjoy the warm hospitality and an own expense dinner at the infamous restaurant “Joe’s Beerhouse”, or a similar restaurant. We spend the night in comfort at our hotel and prepare for the next day’s adventure
Meals: Dinner own expense
Included highlights/ activity: Windhoek city Tour

Day 2: Windhoek - Kgalagadi
This morning, we leave the city behind, and begin our winding adventure south into the open plains of the vast Kalahari Desert. Our journey today takes us through remote farming towns that are seldom visited by travellers and where we possibly stop to engage with the local inhabitants. Our ride will take the majority of the day but there will be plenty of scenic beauty to keep us occupied. We will arrive at our overnight accommodation in Kgalagadi in the late afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included highlights/ activity: Scenic drive through the Kalahari Desert

Day 3: Kgalagadi Trans-frontier Park
After a sumptuous breakfast, we embark on our safari (game drive) through the Kgalagadi Trans-frontier Park, a National Park spanning both South Africa and Botswana. Well known for its predator population, including cheetah and the massive Black Maned Lion, the Kgalagadi Park offers unique game viewing opportunities and spectacular bird life. We will spend most of the day traversing the South African side of the park in search of animals. Our guide will take time to give us more information on the animals we encounter in the park and will explain how they survive in the desert conditions. Tonight we stay at a comfortable rest camp amongst the Camel Thorn trees.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included highlights/ activity: Extensive Game viewing experience (Game = Wild animals)

Day 4: Kgalagadi - Fish River Canyon
Rising early, we witness the sunrise over the red dunes before breakfast. Today we travel one of the most scenic Kalahari roads, crossing numerous high dunes which offer spectacular viewpoints. We make our way to Keetmanshoop where we have a short comfort break and then continue onto the Fish River Canyon - the second largest canyon in the world. We spend some time taking in the views of the canyon by visiting a couple of viewpoints before moving onto our stop for the night, Ai – Ais, the Hot Springs located in the depths of the canyon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included highlights/ activity: Keetmanshoop, Fish River Canyon, Ais Ais Hotsprings


Day 5: Fish River Canyon - Aus
This morning we will enjoy a short walk at the base of the canyon before travelling on remote roads to the southernmost point of our journey – the mighty Orange River. Forming the border with South Africa, the Orange River creates a narrow band of green vegetation that winds its way through the towering rugged mountains of this seemingly burnt landscape.

We will enjoy a lunch stop and possibly even a swim in the river. This afternoon we travel north along the diamond mining area of the Sperrgebiet and make our way to the charming little town of Aus where we spend the next two nights.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included highlights/ activity: Morning walk, Orange River


Day 6: Aus - Luderitz - Kolmanskop - Aus
We have an early start as we make our way across the open desert plains toward the Atlantic Ocean. Our first stop today will be at the Ghost Town of Kolmanskop. Once the site of a prosperous diamond mine, the town is slowly being reclaimed by the shifting sands of the desert. We enjoy an entertaining tour and a walk around the town and through the old buildings.

Then it’s on to Luderitz, a small harbour town on one of the most inhospitable coastlines imaginable. We will visit the cross planted here by Dias in 1487 and we will spend some time strolling around town, enjoying the unique architecture. This afternoon we travel back into the desert and will stop on route to hopefully see a colony of wild desert horses. Lunch today will be own expense.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner (Lunch at own expense)
Included highlights/ activity: Ghost Town of Kolmanskop, Luderitz, Wild desert horses

Day 7: Namib Desert Reserve
After a relaxed start we enjoy breakfast before we continue travelling north into the dry interior of Namibia. Today we venture into the heart of the Namib to a privately owned game reserve, taking in its vast plains, red dunes, and towering mountains of stone. Our next two nights will be spent at the remote desert camp nestled against a rock outcrop within a conservancy that forms part of the vast Namib Rand Nature Reserve. The reserve is home to a variety of desert adapted ecology and wildlife and we will enjoy extensive walks as well as day and night game drives during our time here.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included highlights/ activity: Private desert lodge, Private desert game reserve

Day 8: Desert Reserve
We awake to desert views that extend further than the eye can see. This protected wilderness has been conserved and is protected through the proceeds of tourism. All animals here exist in completely natural surroundings and are free to move unrestricted over the full extent of the 22,000 hectare reserve. Our guide will help us understand the unique desert fauna and flora. Today we start off with an informational and educational walk in this beautiful environment, looking for tracks and signs of animal’s behavior and survival strategies allowing them to exist in these harsh conditions.

There is time to relax during the heat of the day after which we do a desert drive in search of some desert adapted animals by covering a bit more distance with the open safari vehicle.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included highlights/ activity: Open vehicle desert safari, desert walk

Day 9: Sossusvlei dunes
It will be an early start to the day as we continue across the endless desert plains to the Sesriem Canyon and the awesome Sossusvlei dunes – said to be the highest in the world. After exploring the canyon on foot, we will transfer into the heart of the dunes and will spend time climbing these spectacular mountains of sand before moving on to our accommodation in the desert. On this day we take you to climb the dunes and explore the Sesriem Canyon, Sossusvlei and Deadvlei with a 4×4 transfer in and out of these attractions.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included highlights/ activity: Sesriem Canyon, Sossusvlei, Deadvlei, 4×4 transfer into these areas, dune climbing

Day 10 - 11: Swakopmund
Crossing through the Namib Naukluft Park, we make our way to the coastal town of Walvis Bay to view the lagoon. Then it’s on to Swakopmund where we spend two nights in a centrally located, comfortable lodge. We explore this holiday town and its surroundings thoroughly and enjoy both our evening meals at a local nightspot (own expense).

Swakopmund is the adventure capital of Namibia and offers guests a variety of adventure activities. Clients will have the opportunity to go quad biking, sand boarding or even skydiving! For those that simply want to relax, the town offers a variety of restaurants and shops where one can sit and enjoy the town atmosphere.
Meals on day 10: Breakfast, Lunch (Dinner at own expense)
Meals on day 11: Breakfast (Lunch and Dinner at own expense)
Optional activities: Skydive, quad bikes, dune boarding, desert tours, boat cruises
Included highlights/ activity: Scenic drive through Namib Naukluft National Park, welwitschia desert plants, Walvis Bay Lagoon, Swakopmund

Day 12: Skeleton Coast - Brandberg
Today we head up along the barren Skeleton Coast, scene of many a shipwreck, to the seal colony at Cape Cross where thousands of Cape Fur Seals can be seen ashore. We travel through the desert to visit the Bushman rock paintings at Brandberg, where we spend the night at the foot of the mountain at Mt Brandberg Nature Reserve. During our time here we hope to see the rare Desert Elephants.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlights/Activity: Cape Cross seal colony, Brandberg and Mt Brandberg Nature Reserve, White Lady Bushman paintings

Day 13: Twyfelfontein - Palmwag
It will be a busy day with many stops as we visit the Organ Pipes and the Ancient Rock Engravings at Twyfelfontein before entering Damaraland and crossing the Grootberg mountain pass to spend the night near the oasis of Palmwag. This is one of a few permanent waterholes used by the rare Desert Rhino, elephants, and many other desert adapted species. We hope to see these magnificent animals up close today.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included highlights/ activity: Organ Pipe rock formations, Twyfelfontein, Palmwag oasis

Day 14 - 15: Etosha National Park
We enter one of the biggest highlights of the tour today - Etosha National Park. We will spend two nights here within the park in search of the big game this park is so well known for. One evening will be spent at a floodlit waterhole watching the many animals that come down to drink. During these days, we will conduct extensive game drives, visiting all the little waterholes during the heat of the day and staying within the park the entire time. Our overnight accommodation is in one of the rest camps in the park.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  on both days
Optional Activities: Own expense night drive (safari) within the park
Included highlights/ activity: 2 days in Etosha, extensive game viewing

Day 16: Etosha - Waterberg
After a short morning game drive, we exit the park and travel down to the impressive Waterberg Plateau National Park. This plateau is ecologically diverse and has over 200 different bird species, some rare species of small antelope occur on the lower hills of the mountain. We will hike up the mountain in the afternoon  and enjoy the views of the Kalahari from the summit. We enjoy our last night of Namibia tour at the base of the Waterberg.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included highlights/ activity: short morning game drive, hike in the Waterberg

Day 17: Windhoek
We are up early again to pack up and begin our journey back to civilization. The drive to Windhoek will take approximately 5 hours and we intend to be back in the capital by 13h00 where the tour will officially come to an end. Lunch will be enjoyed at your own expense. For those who want to fly out this afternoon, please allow for check-in time and at least an hour for the airport transfer.
Meals: Breakfast
Included highlights/ activity: scenic drive to Windhoek

Please note: The day by day descriptions published are intended as a rough guideline only. Adventure travel by nature is unpredictable, weather patterns, game migrations, road conditions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard. 

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Before and after the tour services
To help with the planning of your trip, you are more than welcome to book these hotels before and/ or after your tour through us. These hotels are either the starting or end point of your tour, or it will be conveniently close to it. These hotels also offer airport transfers. For information on prices, just click "Hotels and Transfers" at the bottom of this page.

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