This is a high-end three-star package, in clean and decent accommodations covering the best of Namibia, including the Fish River Canyon, Luderitz, and the Nomadic Himba tribes of the North, and also includes all breakfasts, and most dinners.
Day 1 – Windhoek – Windhoek Gardens Guesthouse – standard room – Bed and breakfast
Upon arrival at Windhoek International airport you will be met by our driver. You will then be transferred to your overnight accommodation in Windhoek.
Tomorrow after a hearty breakfast, our representative will deliver your travel documentation. This includes maps, itinerary with detailed driving directions, vouchers, emergency contact numbers, and also answer any questions you may have. Your 4x4 vehicle will also be delivered this morning. We recommend you buy some water and snacks to take on the road with you. Your vehicle includes two spare tyres, tow rope, second battery, jumper cables, tools for tyre change, fuses and a compressor.
Windhoek Gardens Boutique Hotel is located 5 minutes away from the centre of Windhoek, making it a perfect mix of convenience and practicality. Windhoek Gardens Boutique Hotel boasts 28 uniquely Namibian themed rooms, each with high speed internet and an ample workstation. All rooms are twin bedded and have en-suite bathrooms. The gorgeously furnished modern fitted rooms combined with a restful and rustic setting offers you the perfect stopover in Windhoek.
Day 2 – Kalahari – Kalahari Farmhouse - standard room – Dinner, Bed and breakfast
If there was ever an enchanted garden, this is it. Entering the Kalahari Farmhouse is like stepping into a magical enclave or an oasis in the desert - far away from the world. It urges you to take off shoes, lie on the soft grass, open a book and relax. The cottagey chalets with colourful patchwork quilts, fireplaces and oodles of charm look onto the garden lined with towering palms. Birds flutter through the trees, water runs in the streamlets and the feeling of peace pervades the intimate Kalahari resort. Well-positioned on the outskirts of Stampriet where life-giving artesian water spurts to the surface, the Farmhouse enjoys this generous boon in the Kalahari Desert.
The ample water supply allows the garden to be kept lush and Gondwana's Self Sufficiency Centre to grow its produce for the collection of lodges around the country. The gods surely smile on this land where goodness grows. At the Centre, adjacent to the lodge, seasonal vegetables are grown, cows are milked, and a variety of salamis, sausages and biltong are produced. Chickens wander about and pigs grunt contentedly from their enclosures. Take the time off on a trip to put up feet at Kalahari Farmhouse. Easily accessible if travelling between Windhoek and the South, or if en route to the Kgalagadi or South Africa, the lodge is best enjoyed over a few days. Visit the Self Sufficiency Centre, lounge around the pool or in the garden, join a sunset excursion into the burnished dunes at Kalahari Anib Lodge, 30km away, and REST.
Day 3 & 4 – Fish river Canyon – Canyon Village – standard room – Dinner, Bed and breakfast basis
Quiver trees, Nama culture, rugged landscape and an impressive sweeping rock formation characterise Canyon Village. Stone-and-thatch chalets are positioned in a horse-shoe design around a celebration of young quiver trees and the sprawling thatched central area, bedecked with bougainvillea, serving as restaurant, bar, lounge and reception. A cart drawn by a team of mules waits outside, conveying luggage to the chalets in a flurry of activity and laughter. 'Take a walk on the South's side' is a suitable motto for this Fish River Canyon lodge.
The history of southern Namibia is depicted in murals on the restaurant's wall and a colourful and lively rendition of life in the golden time of the missions graces the wall in the reception area. An ox-wagon with hundreds of years of history ingrained in its wood stands in the buffet area and a well-preserved horse cart has been placed amongst the boulders in the cosy bar.
Take a moment to honour the ancient Nama deity, Haitsi Aibeb, at the front entrance and to request a blessing for the journey ahead. Staff members take pride in wearing their traditional patchwork dress and headdresses here, bringing in the spirit of the south and the Nama people, one of the first peoples of southern Africa. The honey-coloured people have a knack for story-telling and have lovingly woven song and dance into their traditions. Their smile stretches far and wide.
These homely touches bring warmth and intrigue to a lodge which is an ideal base to explore the Fish River Canyon, Namibia's star attraction, twenty kilometres away. Join a guided excursion to the canyon viewpoints to be inspired by new perspectives or a 3-4-day Canyon Trail for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Be awed by this great Earth masterpiece patiently carved over the millennia.
And make the time to put feet up, soak in the sun at the pool, loaf in one of the comfortable couches in the lounge, watch the sun set over the Gondwana Canyon Park on a sunset drive or stretch legs on the numerous walks through the rocky hills. You haven't gained a suitable perspective of the surrounds until you glimpse the spectacular view from the rocky heights. Gondwana Canyon Park has an abundance of wildlife. The plains animals are visible on the 4x4 Wildebeest Drive between Canyon Village/Lodge and Roadhouse.
Enjoy a slow meander in the morning watching zebra, wildebeest, springbok and gemsbok, and include a stop at the Roadhouse for lunch before circling back on the gravel. There's an earthy appeal to the Village that mirrors the landscape of southern Namibia with an honest authenticity and integrity. Canyon land. Nama charm. And a wealth of rich storytelling.
Day 5 – Luderitz – Kairos Cottage – deluxe room – Bed and breakfast basis
Kairos Cottage is a unique bed & breakfast accommodation and coffee shop boasting stunning sea views! Our guests can enjoy a lovely breakfast from our menu while being serenaded with a song or two.
We offer five rooms, each with its own en-suite bathroom with a shower and spectacular sea views and sunsets. Good quality linen and towels are provided, and each room also has a television and coffee station with a bar fridge. At Kairos Cottage, you will experience a supreme moment that you will never forget!
Day 6 & 7 – Sossusvlei – Tscauchab river camp – Standard room – Dinner, Bed and breakfast
The unique Tsauchab River Camp guest farm with its exclusive chalets and private camping sites is situated on the banks of the Tsauchab River, surrounded by the imposing Naukluft and Tsaris Mountains.The Tsauchab River, with its giant wild fig trees and sparkling clear springs, is the main source of water when in flood to Sesriem Canyon and Sossusvlei.This natural phenomenon abruptly ends in a dry lake at the foot of the world’s highest dunes.
The beautiful sunsets combined with the indigenous fauna, and flora will leave an unforgettable impression on you!
Day 8 & 9 – Swakopmund – Namib Guesthouse – standard room – Bed and breakfast
A preferred bed and breakfast in Swakopmund, the luxurious Namib Guesthouse is designed to invite the warmth of the African sun, to capture the magnificence of our surrounding natural beauty, and to coax our guests into more than just a little self-indulgent relaxation.
Elegantly furnished and spacious, our selection of rooms varies from single and double suites to a two-bedroom family suite – and our luxury suites are complete with both decadent bathtubs and large showers.
Day 10 – Damaraland – Igowati – standard room – Dinner, Bed and breakfast basis
iGowati Lodge offers a decent base to explore the wonders of Damaraland. The main attractions are Twyfelfontein, the Petrified Forest, the Organ Pipes, Vingerklip and The White Lady rock painting at the Brandberg Mountain. In the Damara language, iGowati means 'desert dunes.' The lodge is situated in the small, slightly run down, town of Khorixas (named after the Khori bush, Salvadora persica).
The thatched lodge been decorated in the colours of the Namib Desert. The restaurant and bar (with satellite TV) are located inside. Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be ordered from the 'a la carte' menu. Buffet style meals are served for groups of 10 or more. The swimming pool offers a welcome respite from those hot, Namibian afternoons.
Other facilities include a curio shop and an internet facility. A safe is available in the office to lock up valuables. There is secure parking and 24hr gate security. Children of all ages are welcome are iGowati Lodge.
On some nights the Aba’s Khab traditional dance group are in house to entertain their guests. Mr. Michael Doeseb a local cultural historian is at hand on most evenings to share some interesting facts about the Damara people and their traditions.
Accommodation is in 29 en-suite rooms, with a combination of baths or showers. They are all equipped with a fan, telephone, tea/coffee station, mini-bar and a fridge. Some of the rooms have mosquito nets. Due to a very central location the lodge can get a bit noisy, especially on the weekend, when the surrounding bars and clubs start to pump - this can be excellent for those wanting to experience a bit of local entertainment flavour, but not ideal for those looking to get some rest.
Activities revolve around self-drive trips to all of the main attractions of Damaraland. Although the does not offer guided activities, general information is freely and readily available, and lunch packs and soft drinks can be provided on request.
A slightly more unusual and fun day is a (per-booked) donkey cart trip through the town of Khorixas, just as the Damara people used to travel. (And some still do!) The journey stops at a local shebeen for a drink or two and a taste of some of the local delicacies, such as Mopane worm. There is a strong emphasis on interacting with the Damara people, before returning to iGowati Lodge for perhaps a more familiar tipple!
Day 11 – Opuwo - Ohakane lodge – standard room – Dinner, Bed and breakfast basis
Ohakane Lodge is situated in Opuwo, the administrative capital of Namibia's Kaokoland region. This is an ideal budget for a night to meet the Himba on the way to Epupa Falls. The Ohakane Lodge is named after the Ovahimba word for the African Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus). This wild animal has recently been added to the list of endangered species in Namibia, after having been hunted virtually to extinction. The Wild Dog has incredible stamina. It is known for its tenacity and excellent group hunting skills and is sometimes called the clown of the carnivores, on account of its colourful, patched fur. The thatched main building houses the restaurant, bar and lounge, with a small swimming pool set invitingly only a few feet away. Breakfast and dinner are served buffet-style and a mid-day meal can be ordered from their set lunch menu. A laundry service is also available. There are 13 en-suite, air-conditioned rooms. Mosquito repellent is available on request.
Visit a Himba settlement and learn about the lifestyle of these nomadic people. Half, full day and night Himba village excursions can be taken. Ohakane Lodge's experienced guides will lead you off the beaten track, showing you the harsh beauty of Kaokoland and its fragile environment.
Through the sale of T-shirts in the curio shop, Ohakane Lodge supports a WWF research programme on the African Wild Dog, which aims at ensuring the species' survival.
Day 12 – Etosha National Park – La Rochelle – luxury bungalow – Dinner, Bed and breakfast
Nestled amongst chalky plains with islands of Makalani palms towering the sky and Acacia thickets wrapped with endless grasslands you will find the 10 000ha Guest Lodge, La Rochelle. Home to a myriad of bird life and game species which allows for photographic game drives and waterhole sightings.
Situated only 40km north of Tsumeb on the newly tarred road M75 to Tsintsabis and the Okavango River, close to the eastern gate of Etosha Park, Guinas and Otjiikoto lakes. And another place of interest close to us is the Hoba meteorite which lies between Tsumeb and Grootfontein
Day 13 – Etosha National park (Okeukeujo side) – Etosha safari camp – standard room – Dinner, Bed and breakfast basis
Down to earth, relaxed, innovative and charming are Etosha Safari Camp's alluring qualities - and of course, its proximity to Etosha National Park. This friendly safari camp has cosy accommodation set between the mopane trees, an inviting circular swimming pool, a lush green campsite and ample character. Extending the theme of Etosha as being a 'Place of Legends', Etosha Safari Camp takes it one step further by bringing home the story and spirit of Africa. And the result is - legendary! Here, the typical informal bar or shebeen, well-known and beloved throughout southern Africa, is given expression in the Okambashu ('Our home') restaurant and Oshebeena bar with local colour and country bric-a-brac.
A delicious array of food is laid out on an old train compartment. Guests have a choice of dining in the intriguing 'township' dining rooms, around fireplaces in the cooler months or outside in the courtyard where The Etosha Boys strum guitars and sing lively local songs. African wildlife takes priority during the day at this Etosha camp, only a short drive from Andersson Gate, the portal to the magnificence of the animal kingdom.
Explore the national park on your own or join our professional guides for an enlightening and informative wildlife journey. Or do both, with a break in the day for a siesta at the Camp. From the black-faced impala to the wizened elephant giants and lion kings, the wild world is simply spellbinding. As the end of the day approaches, race the sun home to Etosha Safari Camp to laughter, comfort and good cheer. Tap toes to the beat of Africa.
Day 14 – Waterberg – Waterberg rest camp – standard room – Bed and breakfast basis
The Waterberg Camp underwent extensive upgrading in 2007. It nestles along the base of the cliffs of the Waterberg Plateau, inside the National Park of the same name. It towers some 200m above the surrounding landscape, and the plateau with its sheer cliffs and fascinating rock formations, serve as a breeding area for endangered animal species.
Facilities include a restaurant, kiosk, (which is open outside restaurant hours) and adjacent to the reception office is a shop which stocks basic groceries, beer, wine, wood and souvenirs. The restaurant and bar are still located in the old, historic Rasthaus, which was built in 1908 and originally used as a police post.
The food and service here are of a decent standard, it has always had the reputation as one of Namibia's best rest camps. There is a swimming pool, with the newly built pool bar.
Accommodation is in a combination of double rooms, premier (bush) and family chalets. Each room has an en-suite bathroom, with wrought iron vanity units and ceramic basins, (complementary toiletries and soft towels), a ceiling fan, twin bed with comfortable bedding, bedside lamps, a wardrobe, a dressing table with mirror, a couple of lounge chairs, a tea/coffee station and a mini-fridge. A big sliding door leads into a private porch are, complete with table and chairs. Some of the rooms have barbeque facilities.
From AUD $2905.00 per person sharing inclusive of accommodations, meals and 4x4 single or double cab vehicle as listed above.