9 Day – Discover Namibia

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Discover some of Namibia’s best highlights, from Sossusvlei to Swakopmund and onto Etosha and completing the tour at Waterberg

This self drive tour shows you the highlights of Namibia. Visit Sossusvlei with its high, golden sand dunes and age old presence, Swakopmund is the adventure capital of Namibia. Then Etosha National Park, a game viewing paradise with a huge variety of wildlife roaming the African wilderness.

End your tour at Waterberg, a green oasis in arid Namibia. The diversity of this amazingly vast country is emphasised on this tour, capturing four of Namibia’s major attractions. Go on the Namibian adventure of a lifetime!

Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Windhoek: Arrival
  • Day 2: Sossusvlei and Namib Desert
  • Day 3: Deadvlei and skeletal trees
  • Day 4: Sossusvlei to Swakopmund
  • Day 5: Swakopmund
  • Day 6: Swakopmund to Etosha National Park
  • Day 7: Etosha National Park
  • Day 8: Etosha National Park to Waterberg Plateau Park
  • Day 9: Waterberg Plateau Park to Windhoek

Tour Information:

Day 1: Arrival at Windhoek

Upon arrival at the Airport, a representative will be waiting to escort you to the vehicle for your private road transfer to your Guest House for a one night stay.

Depending on your time of arrival you can choose from many optional excursions for today; a Windhoek City Tour or a Township Tour, each exploring the history and background of different parts of the city. Alternatively, indulge in an afternoon game-viewing excursion to a game farm north of Windhoek.

The Olive Grove Guest House:-

Located close to the Windhoek city centre, in a quiet and peaceful area, the Olive Grove Guesthouse is ideal to start and finish your journey through Namibia. This boutique guesthouse combines stylish architecture, simple but carefully selected decoration and personal service. Olive Grove Guesthouse caters for every need of the most discerning traveller, with emphasis on simplicity and elegance.

The 11 en-suite rooms are spacious and the cemented brick cupboards and bed bases are beautifully rounded off with thick mattresses, quality linen, cane basket drawers, wrought-iron furniture, and as a special touch, different Moroccan lampshades and a silver Moroccan teapot. Care was taken to ensure that the mini-bar is stocked with everything from wine to nuts and that every room has proper filter coffee and a plunger. The contrast between the rustic cement, off-white linen, old silver and luxurious touches, is enchanting. One of Olive Grove’s main features is the large veranda in front of the rooms.

The inside lounge is tastefully decorated, with comfortable chairs and a fireplace. The open-plan kitchen allows the guests to enjoy a glass of wine in the lounge while the chefs prepare dinner. Alternatively, for those who prefer some privacy, meals can be enjoyed in their rooms or on the patio.

A guest computer is available, for people to check their emails and stay in touch with family and friends back home and because staying in touch is so important we ensured free wifi is available throughout the property & in the privacy your room. The garden is rounded off with a designer plunge pool, comfortable chairs to enjoy the tranquillity and a small sun lounge.

Overnight: Olive Grove Guest House – Standard Room (BB) or similar

Day 2: Windhoek to Sossusvlei

After a scrumptious breakfast, your hire vehicle will be delivered to your Guest House.

Depart Windhoek and drive south to Sossusvlei in the heart of the Namib Desert, where a 2 night stay will be enjoyed. Enjoy the ancient atmosphere of the world’s oldest desert as you marvel at some of the highest dunes in the world. Sossusvlei is almost totally surrounded by sharp edged dunes, beyond which a sea of sand that stretches to the Atlantic on the west coast.  Arrive in the afternoon and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Driving time: Approximately 4.5 hour drive from Windhoek to Sossusvlei travelling along the C24 and C14 respectively. The distance is about 365 km

Namib Desert Lodge

One of the Sossusvlei lodges, Namib Desert Lodge is imbued with its own special character. Enjoy the relaxed and friendly ambience while cooling off at the pool, watching gemsbok arrive at the waterhole to drink, walking the trails into the dunes or dining in the cosy restaurant. Down-to-earth and homely, it is a place to put up feet, explore, discover and love. For the ultimate desert experience, spend a night in the dunes at Dune Star Camp. An intimate adventure, this slick and simple hideaway stands alone deep in the Namib Desert.

Overnight: Namib Desert Lodge – Standard Room (BB) or similar

Day 3: Sossusvlei and Skeletal Tree

Rise very early and drive to the dunes for a thrilling excursion. Enter the park at Sesriem and then drive for about 45 minutes to the 2×4 car park. Unless your rental car is a 4×4, you can either walk from here or take the 4×4 dune shuttle which runs around the clock. Climb the highest dunes and marvel at the view from the top. Walk over Deadvlei, a sight to be seen with its cracked white clay and skeletal trees. Pay a visit to the Sesriem Canyon which offers a refreshing reprieve from the harsh desert heat. Return to the lodge around lunchtime and spend the rest of the day at the swimming pool or enjoying a drink at the bar.

Overnight: Namib Desert Lodge – Standard Room (BB) or similar

Day 4: Sossusvlei to Swakopmund

After breakfast depart for Sossusvlei for a two night stay in Swakopmund, Namibia’s premier holiday resort. Explore the small coastal town on foot, visiting some of the many sidewalk cafés and boutique stores. This town boasts older buildings in the German Colonial style.  The snake park and aquarium are also worth a visit.  Take a leisurely stroll along the beach and enjoy the sunset.

Driving time: Approximately 5 hour drive from Sossusvlei to Swakopmund travelling along the C14. The distance is about 365 km

Sandfields GuestHouse:-

Sandfields Guesthouse is a small, family run, boutique establishment in Swakopmund. The guest house is located in an upmarket area only a short walk from the beach – while the town center is only a short drive away. Sandfields Guesthouse is set around a large central lounge which opens onto the garden. The lounge is houses deep comfortable lounge furniture and a massive fireplace and is a splendid place to end your day or start your evening with an aperitif from the honesty bar. The large breakfast room opens out onto the garden with outside seating for clear Swakopmund mornings. Breakfasts are a feast of yogurts, cheeses, cold cuts, preserves and hot fry-ups made to order. Wash it all down with your choice of fresh fruit juices, teas, freshly brewed coffee or a decadent mug of hot chocolate. Those seeking connectivity with the world beyond Namibia will be pleased with the free Wi-Fi and satellite TV. One of the features which sets Sandfields apart from other establishments is that each of the rooms has a log fireplace allowing guests to enjoy a warm intimate environment – the perfect way to beat a misty & cold Swakopmund evening. Each of the 5 rooms has a private entrance and is spacious, light and comfortable rooms with an en-suite bathroom. The natural sandstone fireplaces are well complimented by wood flooring and hand-crafted rosewood details. Crisp white cottons and light touches of blue offer a modern take on the classic beach house ambience. Sandfields accommodation is in double or twin configured rooms and a family room can also be provided. Families with children of all ages are welcome here and the guesthouse has a secluded garden and a playground set in a secure and safe environment. Guests frequently comment on the friendly service and excellent local advice which is provided by the owners and staff making Sandfields the ideal destination from which to explore the town of Swakopmund & the surrounding Namib Desert.

Overnight: Sandfields GuestHouse – Standard Room (BB) or similar

Day 5: Swakopmund

Swakopmund is known as the adventure capital of Namibia, and there are a wide range of adrenaline-filled activities to choose from, including quad biking, sand boarding and scenic flights to name a few.  You could also enjoy a leisurely boat trip amongst dolphins and seals, or enjoy a township tour which offers you the opportunity to meet the local people. A desert tour takes you out into the beautiful expanse of the Namib to see the animals roaming the desert sands.

Overnight: Sandfields GuestHouse – Standard Room (BB) or similar

Day 6: Swakopmund to Etosha National Park

Proceed north from Swakopmund to Etosha National Park, the jewel in the crown of Namibia.  Etosha, or ‘place of dry water’, covers a vast expanse of Northern Namibia and is dominated by a unique feature – a 5,000km² salt pan. Game and birdlife abound in this sanctuary, where you can choose between a self-drive safari or guided game drive (for your own account) through the reserve.  Return to the lodge at sunset and enjoy hospitality in true Namibian style.  Creatively furnished bungalows offer a warm African ambience, and facilities at the camp include a swimming pool and internet café.

Driving time: Approximately 6.5 hour drive from Swakopmund to Etosha travelling along the C35. The distance is about 561 km.

Etosha Safari Camp

Etosha Safari Camp is situated just 10 km south of Andersson Gate on the C 38 between Outjo and Okaukuejo. 50 twin-bedded chalets nestle among Mopani trees and impart a feeling of living in the lap of African nature. Each of them is equipped with mosquito gauze, air conditioning and its own bathroom and small veranda. Special attractions are the Okambashu Restaurant and the Oshebeena Bar, styled like a typical little township bar and brimming with African joie de vivre. Etosha Safari Camp is the perfect base for safari excursions into Etosha – with an experienced guide on the daily game drive or by yourself in your own car.

Overnight: Etosha Safari Camp – Standard Room (BB) or similar

Day 7: Etosha National Park

Spend a full day exploring the game park either on a self-drive safari or guided game drive (for your own account). Be on the lookout for the big four, there are no buffalo in Etosha. Large herds of animals wander over the plains and gather at the many waterholes, making Etosha National Park a true game viewing paradise.

You can game drive from Okaukuejo until Halali and have a lunch stop there before returning to Okaukuejo’s gate by sunset. Halali is the park’s central camp and game viewing around the area is very good. The gates of Etosha National Park open at sunrise and close at sunset. With over 114 species of mammals there are always animals to be seen roaming the plains, and herds of 50 elephant or more can be seen occasionally walking right in front of you in the middle of the road – a safari-goers’ dream!

Overnight: Etosha Safari Camp – Standard Room (BB) or similar

Day 8: Etosha National Park to Waterberg Plateau Park

After breakfast today depart Etosha and drive to the Waterberg Plateau Park; a lush, green, water-rich area with an abundance of birds and small antelopes which can often be seen on the walking trails. Enjoy the flourishing vegetation as a backdrop here at the fertile Waterberg, contrasting with the stark desert and savannah terrain of the rest of Namibia.

Driving time: Approximately 3 hour drive from Etosha to Waterberg travelling along the C38 and the B1. The distance is about 250 km.

Waterberg Guest Farm

Situated at the foot of the majestic Waterberg Plateau in Northern Central Namibia is the magnificent Waterberg Guest Farm, a 42 000 hectare paradise of natural African savannah. The original 1930s manager’s house was converted into a guesthouse with 4 double and twin rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. 

We offer guided and un-guided walking trails. These lead up the Small Waterberg or to the Omumborombonga Forest. The trails are as long as you want them – but in general between 1.5 and 3 hours.

The Lodge offers a range of Wellness Treatments. These range from Aromatherapy, Deep Tissue to Hand and Feet Massages. 

Overnight: Waterberg Guest Farm – Standard Room (BB) or similar

Day 9: Waterberg Plateau Park to Windhoek

Rise early to ensure enough time for a last walk up the plateau before departing for Windhoek. Drive via Okahandja where you can stop at the large craft market for last minute gift shopping and best bargain prices. Arrive at Windhoek International Airport in time for your outbound flight.

Driving time: Approximately 4 hour drive from Waterberg to Windhoek International Airport travelling along the B1. The distance is about 350km

Includes:

  • 1 night Olive Grove Guest House in a Standard Room on a Bed & Breakfast basis
  • 2 night Namib Desert Lodge in a Standard Room on a Bed & Breakfast basis
  • 2 night Sandfields Guest House in a Standard Room on Bed & Breakfast basis
  • 2 night Etosha Safari Camp in a Standard Room on a Bed & Breakfast basis
  • 1 night Waterberg Guest Farm in a Bush Chalet on a Bed & Breakfast basis
  • Vehicle Hire – Group K Mitsubishi ASX or similar (if vehicle hire option taken)
  • Applicable taxes

Car Rental Includes:

  • STLW, SCDW
  • Airport Surcharge, Stamp Duty, Vat @ 15%
  • Unlimited Mileage
  • Third Party Liability
  • Vehicle assist
  • Carbon Emissions Tax
  • Contract fee

Excludes:

  • Any other accommodation not mentioned as an inclusion
  • Any other vehicle hire (if option taken) not mentioned as an inclusion
  • All lunches & Dinners
  • Any personal expenses: laundry; curio purchase; telephone calls; room service, etc
  • Beverages and gratuities
  • All entrance & park fees
  • All activities
  • All schedule flights
  • Visa arrangements
  • Travel Insurance
  • Anything not mentioned as an inclusion

Car Rental Excludes:

  • Rental Deposit
  • Additional Driver per driver per rental
  • Fuel
  • Refuelling Fee
  • Young Driver Surcharge (18 – 20) per day
  • Baby/Child seat
  • GPS
  • Claim Admission Fee
  • Assessor’s Fee
  • Traffic fine admission fee
  • Overdue due admission fee
  • One way fees
  • One way border fees
  • Delivery/Collection Office / Afterhours fee
  • Delivery / Collection fee per km in excess of 25km from rental location
  • Water, Sand & under carriage damage
  • Tyre & Windscreen Waiver
  • Hail Damage Waiver
  • Towing Charges (if not mechanical)
  • Lost Keys & Call out fees
  • Valet or excessive dirt
  • Cancellation / No Show Fees

Prices & Terms

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