You will be met and greeted from WindhoekHosea Kutako International Airport by a tour guide from Nali Safaris. Then you will be transferred to your accommodation in the capital city Windhoek at Vondelhof Guesthouse or similar. If you arrive early morning then the afternoon will be on for a city short tour or for a rest.
Today we leave the city heading to the central east of Namibia in the Kalahari Desert. Zelda Game Farm is extending over 10000ha of bushveld; Zelda Game & Guest Farm offers guests an opportunity to relax on real Namibian cattle and game ranch close to Gobabis town and the Trans-Kalahari Border Post (Botswana border). 5 000ha of the farm have been fenced off to form the game park in which a variety of wildlife roams freely.Accommodation: Zelda Game and Guest Farm (standard room)
Today you can opt for the excursion to partake for the morning and afternoon because at Zelda Game and Guest farm they offer activities where you will meet some of the most fascinating people of the country (and of the world) and some rare animal species that are not easy to spot. The combination of both will make your stay at Zelda Game and Guest farm absolutely unforgettable.
Accommodation: Zelda Game and Guest Farm (standard room)
The Kalahari green acacias and yellow grass on the red sand of dunes which extend over hundreds of km. Gondwana Kalahari Park will provide unforgettable impressions of the largest continuous stretch of sand on earth. The park is 100 km in size and situated 30 km north-east of Mariental. Animals like Springbok, Gemsbok and Ostrich as well as Jackal, Hare and Porcupine inhabit the dunes and dune valleys, referred to as streets.Accommodation: Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch or similar (Dune chalet)
Day 5: Namib Desert (Sesriem Area), Namib Naukluft Park
Today you have a beautiful scenic drive to reach Sesriem where you will stay for 1 day. Activities in the area include driving into the towering red sand dunes of the Namib Desert, guided walks to Deadvlei and Sossusvlei, dune climbing and hiking. Optional activities include scenic flights and hot air ballooning.Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge or similar (standard room)
After breakfast we proceed north-west to the seaside town of Swakopmund located on the Skeleton Coast. Leaving the dune fields far behind us we are soon back into the mountain desert. We cross the Tropic of Capricorn and traverse both the Gaub and the Kuiseb pass, driving down to the dry river bed at the bottom of the canyon before climbing up the other side, watching the spectacular desert landscape unfold before us. From the mountains we cross the desolate Namib gravel plains before reaching the coastal sand dunes at the port town of Walvis Bay. We will stop for a picnic lunch beside the ocean and there will be time to see the flamingos and other bird life in the Walvis Bay lagoon before continuing the now short drive into Swakopmund.
Accommodation: Hotel Rapmund or similar (standard room)
Today is a free day. The idea is to allow time for everybody to do their own thing. Swakopmund is a very pleasant seaside town with lots of shops, a good stretch of beach (although the Atlantic here is quite cold) and an open-air curio market. There is also a very good museum and the Namibian National Marine Aquarium is located in Swakopmund.Alternatively, there are various optional activities that can be arranged. These include airplane and micro-light flights over the desert, scenic drives, fishing trips (both from the beach or in a boat), four-wheel motorcycle (quad bike) trips into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund, sand boarding trips (also in the dunes), skydiving, surfing, bird-watching and many other activities are available.Your tour guide will discuss all the possible options with you before you reach Swakopmund and will offer to make bookings in advance of your arrival. (Note: All extra activities and excursions in Swakopmund are subject to availability and are made at the clients own risk and expense).
A long drive today, leaving early and heading north along the coast, after we pass the coastal town of Henties Bay we then turn east (inland), back into the desert and the beautiful area known as Damaraland and the next stop will be at the small remote town of Uis in the desert. Uis is an old mining town and one of the best places to buy semi-precious stones for which Namibia is famous. Here, rough Amethyst, Tourmaline etc. can be found at bargain prices. We arrive in Twyfelfontein area for excursions i.e. Rock Engravings, Burnt Mountain and Organ Pipes.Accommodation: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge or similar (standard room)
An early start to see more of the highlights of Damaraland - one of the last true wilderness areas in Africa; we pass through scenic landscapes en route to the Petrified Forest. We then head north of Twyfelfontein in DamaralandGrootberg mountain range. Grootberg Lodge was built with the ideals of providing the means to promote the holistic sustainability of the conservancy.We arrive in good time to join an afternoon scenic drive down the Klip River. The springs of the scenic, Klip River Valley is the lifeblood that draws numbers animals large and small to drink and forage. Springbok, zebra, kudu and Oryx are almost always present while elephants, lion and black rhinos as well as shy klipspringers are often spotted.Accommodation: Grootberg Lodge or similar (double room)
Day 10: Grootberg Mountain Area - Etosha National Park
We visit a Himba village on an early morning excursion, one of the last truly traditional tribes on the planet. These friendly people are closely related to the Herero and lead a semi-nomadic life as herdsmen, breeding mainly cattle and goats. The community living among the majestic Makalani palms at Palmfontein and invites visitors to learn more about their proud and ancient lifestyle and traditions. With their intricate hairstyles and traditional adornments, the Himba are one of Namibiamost distinctive tribes.We return to the lodge for our mid-noon departure to Etosha National Park, a park which is home to 4 of the Big 5 (elephant, rhino, leopard and lion) as well as a vast quantity of game and birdlife. You will spend your overnight stays in a luxurious bush chalet inside the park at the wildlife resort which all have floodlit waterholes for excellent night time game viewing. Morning and afternoon game drives are included daily in your package.Accommodation: Okaukuejo Wildlife Resort (bush chalet)
We spend another day in Etoshaunique desert landscape searching out for amongst other animals itlarge population of elephants and marvelling at its prolific bird life. We spend a full day in this world-class game park, visiting a number of waterholes to observe the wildlife. Etosha, translated, means The place of dry water and here we get our first view of the magnificent pan.Accommodation: Okaukuejo Wildlife Resort (bush chalet)
A full daygame drive and we leave early to enjoy the cool morning air. We game drive our way through Etosha in an open game drive vehicle viewing game and the beautiful landscape in the park. Along the way we visit several waterholes. The game viewing is usually excellent and we have the chance to tick off a few new species that are usually only seen on the western side of the park.Accommodation: Namutoni Wildlife Resort (bush chalet)