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: Windhoek to Sossusvlei
  • 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 Hosea Kutako International Airport, you will be met by a representative who will assist you to the Vehicle hire Kiosk for the collection of your hired vehicle – Group K4 Renault Duster 4×4 or similar.

For packages excluding vehicle hire, there will be no Meet & Greet included.

Self-drive to The Olive Grove Guest House, where a one night stay will be enjoyed.

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.

 The Olive Grove Guest House:-

Located close to the Windhoek city center, 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, check out procedures are to follow

Depart Windhoek and drive south to Sossusvlei where a 2-night stay will be enjoyed.

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

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.

Experience the true art of Hospitality with the thoughtful touch of attentive staff to contribute to a truly memorable experience. Facilities include a sparkling pool, bar, sundowner deck, beer garden an al fresco terrace where one can enjoy exquisite food, award-winning wines and magnificent views of the floodlit waterhole.

 Sossusvlei Lodge

Situated at the Entrance Gate to the Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei Lodge offers direct access to the towering red sand dunes, the famous pan of Sossusvlei, the scorched black trees of Dead Vlei and the remarkable depths of the Sesriem Canyon. The Superior accommodation units at Sossusvlei Lodge feature a patio to enjoy views over the Desert landscapes, a spacious air-conditioned twin-bedded room and full en-suite bathroom.

 Overnight: Sossusvlei Lodge – Superior (DBB) or similar

Day 3: Sossusvlei – Sesriem

Rise very early and self-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: Sossusvlei Lodge – Superior Room (DBB) or similar

Day 4: Sossusvlei to Swakopmund

After breakfast depart Sossusvlei for a two-night stay in Swakopmund, Namibia’s premier holiday resort.

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

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.

Brigadoon GuestHouse:

Brigadoon Guesthouse offers spacious, well-appointed rooms for accommodating two people, in style and comfort allowing an opportunity for total relaxation, away from the hustle, bustle and buzz of Namibia’s most vibrant town. Each room overlooks a lush garden from its own private decked patio; where guests always appreciate their individually served breakfast each morning.

Being within walking distance of the center of Swakopmund, all the usual facilities and amenities of an international, first world city are close at hand: Banks, Post Office, hospitals, foreign exchange, and range of restaurants and coffee bars.

Overnight: Brigadoon Guest House – 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.

You are welcome to pre-book these excursions through Albatros Travel

Overnight: Brigadoon 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.

Driving time: Approximately 5-hour drive from Swakopmund to Etosha travelling along B2 the C33. The distance is about 465 km.

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.

Toshari Lodge

Nestled on an outcrop of dolomite rocks, under a forest of Mopane and white Seringa trees, Toshari Lodge offers affordable but enchanting accommodation close to Etosha National Park, one of Namibia’s major attractions.

Situated only 25 kilometers from Andersons Gate at the edge of the magnificent Etosha National Park and close to the main road between the towns of Outjo and Okaukuejo; Toshari Lodge is ideally positioned for day visits into the park; on your own or on our expertly guided tours. A warm welcome awaits you.

Dinner can be included while staying at Toshari Lodge – please enquire at time of booking

Overnight: Toshari Lodge – 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!

Lunch Packs can be included  – please enquire at time of booking

 Overnight: Toshari Lodge – 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 2-hour drive from Toshari lodge to Waterberg travelling along the C38 and the B1. The distance is about 205 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 to be – 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 the 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 before arriving at Hosea Kutako International Airport.

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

Includes:

Inclusions:

  • 1 night Olive Grove Guest House in a Standard Room on a Bed & Breakfast basis
  • 2 night Sossusvlei Lodge in a Superior Unit on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis
  • 2 night Brigadoon Guest House in a Standard Room on Bed & Breakfast basis
  • 2 night Toshari Lodge in a Luxury Room on a Bed & Breakfast basis
  • 1 night Waterberg Guest Farm in a Bush Chalet on a Bed & Breakfast basis
  • Vehicle Hire – Group K Renault Duster 4×4 or similar (if vehicle hire option taken)
  • Applicable taxes

Vehicle Hire Inclusions

  • Airport Surcharge
  • Stamp Duty
  • Unlimited Mileage
  • Vehicle Assist
  • Third Party Liability
  • Contract fee
  • GPS
  • Vat @ 15%

Excludes:

Exclusions:

  • Any other accommodation not mentioned as an inclusion
  • Any other vehicle hire (if option taken) not mentioned as an inclusion
  • All lunches & Dinners (except at Sossusvlei Lodge where dinner is included)
  • 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

Vehicle Hire Exclusions

  • 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 Afterhours fee
  • Delivery / Collection fee per km in excess of 25km from rental location
  • Water, Sand & under carriage damage
  • Tyre & Windscreen Waiver
  • Towing Charges (if not mechanical)
  • Cancellation / No Show Fees
  • 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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