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11 Nights – Best of Namibia Safari

Windhoek, Namibia
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Duration

10 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

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Overview

This 11-day safari will take to you to three of Namibia’s must-see natural wonders. We will visit the Namib Desert and Sossusvlei which is home to some of the highest sand dunes in the world. Then we move on to Swakopmund where the desert and the coast come together. We will then make our way up along the Skeleton Coast and turn inland into the dramatic and scenic Damaraland. Last but not least we will move on to Etosha which is one of Africa’s best game viewing destinations.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • As per the Namibian Government, we strongly recommended that you purchase comprehensive personal travel insurance before you embark on your safari. Travel insurance is for your own protection, and we consider it to be an essential part of modern travel.
  • Note that this Tour will be conducted in English unless otherwise specified, all safaris will be conducted in National Park English unless request a different language.
  • Electrical plugs are 220 V and are 3 pins (round pin as opposed to square pin the same as South Africa). Adaptors will be distributed to each room for possibility to re-charge batteries at your own comfort. Please note Rafiki Tours and Safaris will supply each room with the Adapter.
  • The Namibian Dollar (N$) has a fixed 1-1 exchange rate to the South African Rand (ZAR). ZAR notes and coins are legal tender in Namibia.
  • It is customary in Namibia to tip 10% at restaurants. Your Local Host and assistant can be tipped at your own discretion.

Itinerary

Day 1: Airport – Windhoek
Day 1: Airport – Windhoek

Meet Your Namibian Host and a short transfer to Windhoek which is about 42 kilometers, nestle in between the Eros Mountain to the north, Khomas Hochland to the west and Aus mountain to the South, which make the capital to be in a dugout Mountain and continue to our Lodge in between Aus Mountain. Sunset with a drink in hand is way to be welcome in Namibia and have some cocktails with few snacks at the Hotel.

Windhoek is the capital of Namibia, in the country’s central highlands. South of the city, the sprawling Heroes’ Acre war memorial commemorates Namibia’s 1990 independence. On a hilltop in the city center are the 1890s Alte Feste, a former military headquarters with historical exhibits, and Independence Memorial Museum. Colonial influences are visible in nearby buildings like the sandstone Lutheran Christus Church
Basis - Bed and Breakfast
Overnight: Voightland Guesthouse

Day 2: Windhoek - Namib Desert Lodge Gondwana Collection Namibia
Day 2: Windhoek - Namib Desert Lodge Gondwana Collection Namibia

After breakfast and meeting your guide for the safari we will depart for Sossusvlei. We will drive through the Khomas Hochland and down the escarpment via one of the scenic mountains passes into the Namib Desert. This journey will take about 4 hours depending on the number of stops for photographs. Dinner and accommodation will be at one of the best lodges in the area perfectly situated to explore the surrounding desert and its attractions.

Namib Desert Lodge is located 60 km north of Sesriem on the C 19 (Sossusvlei Area).
Set below striking fossilized dunes, the comfortable lodge provides a spectacular experience of ancient desert. 65 rooms, two swimming pools and a waterhole are surrounded by sandy splendor. Breathe in the grandeur on a sunset drive and feel the earth underfoot. Relax in the arms of the Namib.
Basis All Inclusive - Bed and All Meals

Day 3: Namib Desert – Sossusvlei
Day 3: Namib Desert – Sossusvlei

After an early breakfast and coffee, we will depart for a morning excursion to Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. We will stop at the scenic Dune 45 along the way and spend a couple of hours at both Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. Some of the dunes in the area are a few hundred meters high but the view from the top for those that dare is one you will never forget

Sossusvlei
Located in the scenic Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red dunes to make this one of the most scenic natural wonders of Africa and a photographer's heaven. This awe-inspiring destination is possibly Namibia's premier attraction, with its unique dunes rising to almost 400 metres-some of the highest in the world. These iconic dunes come alive in morning and evening light and draw photography enthusiasts from around the globe. Sossusvlei is home to a variety desert wildlife including oryx, springbok, ostrich, and a variety of reptiles. Visitors can climb 'Big Daddy', one of Sossusvlei tallest dunes; explore Deadvlei, a white, salt, claypan dotted with ancient trees; or for the more extravagant, scenic flights and hot air ballooning are on offer, followed by a once-in-a-lifetime champagne breakfast amidst these majestic dunes.

The Namib is the oldest desert and boasts the highest sand dunes in the world. This region is one of the most spectacular areas of Namibia and always one of the highlights of any safari. The name Sossusvlei refers to the vlei or pan into which the seasonal Tsauchab River flows in years of exceptional rainfall. The neighboring Dead Vlei with the ancient dead Camel Thorn trees is one of the most photographic sites in good early morning light. The Sesriem canyon is a narrow gorge about 1 km long and is well worth a visit.

Basis All Inclusive - Bed and All Meals
Overnight: Namib Desert Lodge Gondwana Collection

Day 4: Swakopmund Sands Hotel, Swakopmund
Day 4: Swakopmund Sands Hotel, Swakopmund

After a relaxing breakfast we will depart for Swakopmund via the Namib Naukluft National Park. We will spend the next 2 nights at a guesthouse and have dinner at some of the top restaurants in Swakopmund. Please note that dinner tonight is not included and for your own account.
Swakopmund is an extremely popular holiday destination for many Namibians and will probably be the only place that you will visit on the Namibian safari that has a real town feel to it. Wedged between the Namib Desert and the cold Atlantic Ocean, Swakopmund which is known for its very relaxed atmosphere, has something for everybody. There are plenty of great restaurants and bars, good shopping opportunities and fascinating architecture. For the adventurous there’s quad biking, sandboarding, skydiving, beach angling and scenic flights over the coastline and Sossusvlei to name a few. The nearby Walvis Bay, Namibia’s major Harbour town is well known for the lagoon and its prolific bird life.

Swakopmund
Set along Namibia's spectacularly scenic coast, the seaside town of Swakopmund is known for its wide-open avenues, colonial architecture, and its surrounding otherworldly desert terrain. Founded in 1892 as the main Harbour for German Southwest Africa, Swakopmund is often described as being more German than Germany. Now a seaside resort town, Swakopmund is the capital of the Skeleton Coast tourism area and has plenty to keep visitors happy. The quirky mix of German and Namibian influences, adventure options, laid-back atmosphere and cool sea breeze make it an extremely popular Namibian destination. Visitors can look forward to a number of exciting activities including quad biking, horse riding, paragliding, fishing, sightseeing and fascinating desert tours.

Overnight: Swakopmund Sands Hotel
The Swakopmund Sands is literary minutes’ walk away from the extremely popular Jetty and TUG restaurants as well as other tourist attractions and yet you have total privacy once on the premises. Each room is equipped with a flat screen TV, safe, heating, fridge, as well as tea and coffee facilities for your convenience. A laundry service is available for same day delivery.
Each bathroom has a hairdryer and shaving facilities and all international power points can be used. In the morning you will be able to enjoy a sumptuous buffet breakfast in a very relaxing and tranquil dining area.

Basis - Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5: Swakopmund Sands Hotel, Swakopmund
Day 5: Swakopmund Sands Hotel, Swakopmund

After breakfast we will depart for a living desert adventure where we will encounter and learn more about the fascinating wildlife of the Namib Desert. We will look for gecko's, scorpions, side-winder snakes, lizards, and beetles as well as the incredible plant life that survives in this harsh environment.
Once we are back in Swakopmund we enjoy lunch and then have the afternoon available to explore the town or perhaps finish the day with a quad-biking and dune-boarding adventure. Other optional activities that could be arranged include scenic flights over the coast and dunes.

Basis - Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, Twyfelfontein
Day 6: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, Twyfelfontein

Today we will embark northwards along the Skeleton Coast. After visiting a shipwreck will turn inland towards Damaraland. We will drive past the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain with the highest peak at 2573 meters. We will be at our lodge in time for a sundowner drink while we enjoy the view over this beautiful landscape.

Twyfelfontein
Set in the Kunene Region of northwestern Namibia, Twyfelfontein is a spectacularly scenic area, featuring one of the largest and most important concentrations of rock art in Africa. The name ‘Twyfelfontein’ translates to ‘Fountain of Doubt’, which refers to the perennial spring situated in the impressive Huab valley flanked by the slopes of a sandstone Table Mountain. It was this spring that attracted Stone Age hunters over six thousand years ago, and it was during this time that the extensive group of rock engravings and paintings were produced. Visitors can look forward to basing themselves at some wonderfully shady campsites along the Aba-Huab riverbed, while exploring over thirty different sites of these sacred records of ritual practices relating to traditional hunter-gatherer communities.


Overnight: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge

Welcome to Twyfelfontein Country Lodge. A true landmark situated in the heart of one of the world’s most magnificent wilderness regions. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Twyfelfontein in Damaraland is home to one of the largest collections of rock-art engravings found in Southern Africa. Not only did the Khoisan and tribes of ancient years leave us with a true cultural heritage, but the whole area is characterized by natural wonders such as Doros Crater, Burnt Mountain, Organ Pipes, Petrified Forest, and desert-adapted animals – of which the desert-adapted elephant is probably the most well-known species.

Nestled along the mountainside, the lodge beautifully blends in with its surrounding environment. Using natural stone, carefully selected paint colors and thatched roofs, its design compliments the sandstone rock formations with minimum visual impact on this picturesque landscape. Magnificent views from the deck over the Huab Valley, desert plains and distant mountains provide for hours of relaxed comfort, peace, and tranquility.

Twyfelfontein is much more than just accommodation; it is a destination in itself.

Basis: All Inclusive - Bed and All Meals

Day 6: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, Twyfelfontein
Day 6: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, Twyfelfontein

After breakfast we will embark on a half day tracking adventure to try and find the desert adapted elephants. We will return to the lodge for lunch and spend the afternoon visiting the Twyfelfontein rock engravings (Namibia’s only world heritage site), burnt mountain and organ pipes rock formation and the Petrified Forest

Basis - All Inclusive - Bed and All Meals

Day 7: Toshari Lodge, Etosha South
Day 7: Toshari Lodge, Etosha South

Today our journey continues to Etosha National Park where will spend the next 4 nights. Etosha is one of Africa’s biggest and best National Parks and one of the main tourist attractions in Namibia. It is 22 912 km 2 in size of which the Etosha Pan, a shallow depression that only holds water after good rainy seasons, is 5000 km 2 in size. Etosha is known for its spectacular game viewing and the waterholes attract huge numbers of game in the dry season when all the open water has dried up. During the rainy season, the park is transformed into a green oasis, and this is the time you find young of various animal species in huge numbers. 114 Species of mammal are found in the park, and it is the best place in the world to see Black Rhino. One of the highlights of the park is the flood-lit waterholes at the 3 main camps where game viewing continues long after the sun has set.

Etosha
Located in Northwestern Namibia, Etosha East is a protected sanctuary in the eastern part of the world-renowned Etosha National Park, known as one of the most accessible game reserves in Southern Africa. Etosha East boasts vast open plains scattered with semi-arid savannah grasslands dotted with watering holes and secluded bush camps. An impressive 5000-square-kilometre Etosha salt pan makes up a large area of the eastern side of the park and can even be seen from space. This remote area teems with abundant wildlife such as lions, elephants, black rhinos, and giraffes, as well as a variety of birdlife featuring flamingos, ostriches, eagles, hornbills, and owls.

Overnight: Toshari Lodge
Basis - All Inclusive - Bed and All Meals

Day 8: Toshari Lodge, Etosha East
Day 8: Toshari Lodge, Etosha East

After breakfast we will do morning and afternoon games drives and relax at the pool or camp waterhole between drives. The area and vegetation are quite different to the south-eastern and eastern part of the park and the Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra can be found here.

In this area and with a more undulating landscape, it makes for a vastly different wildlife experience. White dust and clay which makes up the Etosha Pan turns to a reddish-brown soil during this time which may lead you to believe you have entered an entirely new park when you visit.
Basis

All Inclusive - Bed and All Meals
Overnight: Toshari Lodge

Day 9: Mushara Lodge, Etosha East
Day 9: Mushara Lodge, Etosha East

After breakfast we will do morning and afternoon games drives and relax at the pool or camp waterhole between drives. The area and vegetation are hugely different to the south-eastern and eastern part of the park and the Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra can be found here

From here we will make our way across the park in a full morning game drive to Mushara Lodge on the eastern boundary where we will spend the next 2 nights. We love this part of the park with excellent game viewing and are sure you will enjoy this as well.

Overnight: Mushara Lodge

Mushara Lodge is the original establishment in the collection – the elegant lady.
Located only 8 kilometres from the Von Lindquist Gate on the eastern outskirts of the Etosha National Park, Mushara Lodge is ideally situated for the independent travelers visiting the park. Our lodge consists of ten spacious chalets, one family unit, two single rooms and a triple room.
The name Mushara derives from the Purple Pod Terminalia tree, which grows in the abundance in the lodge grounds and the surrounding area. The thatched public area consists of a small library with a selection of good books, a bar with an extensive wine cellar, airy lounge with welcoming fireplace for winter evenings, a dining area and well stocked curio shop. Great attention has been paid to the décor, which is elegant and fresh – a blend of traditional African and modern art works combined with original paintings.

Basis - All Inclusive - Bed and All Meals

Day 10: Mushara Lodge, Etosha East
Day 10: Mushara Lodge, Etosha East

We will do morning and afternoon games drives and relax at the pool or camp waterhole between drives.

In the vast arid space of Northern Namibia lies one of Southern Africa’s best loved wildlife sanctuaries. The Etosha National Park offers excellent game viewing in one of Africa’s most accessible venues. Zebra and springbok are scattered across the endless horizon, while the many waterholes attract endangered black rhinoceros, lion, elephant, and large numbers of antelope.

Etosha, meaning ‘place of dry water’, is encloses a huge, flat calcrete depression (or pan) of about 5 000km². The ‘Pan’ provides a great, parched, silver-white backdrop of shimmering mirages to an area of semi-arid savannah grassland and thorn scrub. The pan itself contains water only after particularly good rains and sometimes for only a few days each year but is enough to stimulate the growth of a blue-green algae which lures thousands of flamingos.

Basis - All Inclusive - Bed and All Meals

Day 11: End of Itinerary
Day 11: End of Itinerary

After an early morning breakfast, we will depart for Windhoek where you will catch your connecting flight

Basis - Bed and Breakfast

Included/Excluded

  • Park fees (For non-residents)
  • All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • International flights
  • Insurance covers
  • Visas for Namibia
  • Items of personal nature

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Windhoek, Namibia

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