Authentic Namibia

Our 13 days Authentic Namibia tour is one of our classic tours around Namibia that gives you an excellent glance at its beautiful landscape, diverse culture, prolific wildlife as well as a proper knowledge of its governance, history and geography.

This departure covers mainly three areas of this beautiful country: its people, its fauna & flora and its geological formations which includes the unique region of Damaraland with its volcanic geology as well as the breath-taking monumental red dunes of the Namib Desert.

From the abundant wildlife of Etosha National park, through the traditional Himba people of Kaokoland and the coastal town of Swakopmund with its Germanic architecture, to the red monumental dunes of Namib Desert, said to be among the oldest deserts in the world, one has covered it all. The diversity of the landscape, the ever-changing colours and features of this country gives you the impression of visiting multiple countries in just one country.

This departure is guaranteed with a minimum of 4 participants, and can be conducted as an English or French speaking trip; the maximum number of participants per vehicle is 12. Please note, this departure can also be run as a camping tour on special request.

 

Included:

  • 9 nights accommodation in lodges on DBB basis (Dinner, Bed& Breakfast) and 3 nights accommodation in lodges/guestshouse on B&B (Bed&Breakfast) only, in Windhoek and Swakopmund.
  • Excursions and entry fees in Etosha national park, Twyfelfontein, Sossusvlei and Waterberg.
  • Airport transfers on day 1 and day 13 of the safari.

Non-included:

  • Flights, airport taxes, visas, drinks, lunch and dinners in Windhoek and Swakopmund, optional activities, gratuities and any other item of personal use (e.g. toiletries, etc.)

 

Day 1: Windhoek – Hotel (40km; +- 45min)

With its Germanic heritage in its architecture and atmosphere, Windhoek is the capital city of Namibia since Independence in 1990. Most Namibians are concentrated in Windhoek and surrounding areas (about 350,000 people out of a population of about 2.3millions).

We are met by our local guide at the hotel for a briefing; dinner at own account, accommodation at safari hotel or similar. (B&B basis)

 

Day 2: Windhoek – CCF – Frans Indongo (380km; +- 4h + 1h visit)

An early departure takes us to CCF, one of the renowned foundations specialized in the protection and rehabilitation of big cats, mainly cheetahs. We arrive on time for lunch and assist to the feeding of the cheetahs afterward and also receive information about the cheetah’s clinic of this unique foundation before proceeding to our lodge for the night. Accommodation at Frans Indongo lodge or similar, all meals

 

Day 3/4/5: Frans Indongo – Etosha National Park (280km; +- 3h30)

With its size of about +- 23,000 km², Etosha National Park is one of the most important wildlife sanctuaries in the World. Here, we have the opportunity to observe an abundant fauna: lions, elephants, Rhino (black and white), leopards, and different species of antelopes like gemsboks (Oryx), both the mountain and plain zebras, wildebeests, springboks, to mention but a few, as well as more than 300 different species of birds inventoried. Its numerous waterholes, both inside the park and at the edge of its three resorts, give an unprecedented wilderness experience that we have never seen before. The beautiful landscape, its salty pan and camel thorn trees, are all breath taking. We enjoy our morning and afternoon games drive to observe this unique fauna. Accommodation at Namutoni on day 3 and Okaukuejo or similar on day 4&5, all meals

 

Day 6: Etosha – Kaokoland – Opuwo (380km; +- 3h de safari + 2h de transfert)

Our journey today takes us to the discovery of Kaokoland, one of the remotes and less populated regions of Namibia, which is also considered as home of the Ovahimba people. We visit one of the numerous Himba villages in the area and get to familiarize ourselves with their traditional style of living. The women cover their body with ochre, a red powder mixed with fat from animals, to protect themselves against sunburn as well as bags bites. Many of them still live in this way. Accommodation at Opuwo country lodge or similar, all meals

 

Day 7: Opuwo – Sesfontein (150km; +- 2h30)

Sesfontein, an Afrikaans word for six fountains, derives its name from the six fountains that had been discovered within this hyper arid region of Namibia. We appreciate our sundowner walk along the ephemeral Hoanib River just next to our lodge before retiring to our lodge. Accommodation at Khowarib lodge or similar, all meals, sunset walk along the Hoanib river

 

Day 8: Sesfontein – Damaraland – Twyfelfontein (180km; +- 3h + 1h visit)

Home to the rare desert elephant and the few white rhinos still rooming in liberty, Damaraland is probably the most beautiful region of Namibia by its scenery. All geological features are clearly visible and distinctive. The surroundings of Palmwag are dominated by the table-like mountains, known locally as ‘Etendekas”. It’s also in this region that dwell the Damara people, a Namibian tribe characterized by the click language. We enjoy our nature drive through this region, with all possibility of spotting the mountain zebras, desert elephants and the white rhinos. We will also visit the renowned world heritage site of Twyfelfontein that contains more than 6000 rock engravings done by the ancient San people who lived in the area between 2000 and 6000 years ago, also known as Bushmen. Other sites to be visited include organ pipes and burnt mountain. Accommodation at Twyfelfontein lodge or similar, all meals

 

Day 9 – 10: Twyfelfontein – Swakopmund (320km; +- 4h30)

Our journey today takes us to the relaxing coastal town of Swakopmund, the second biggest city of the country after Windhoek. En route, we have an opportunity to drive through the southern part of what is known as “the skeleton coast”, an amazing coastal area for the natural beauty of its scenery. It is also renowned by the presence of numerous ship racks of more than a century old, of which the remaining ‘skeletons’ can still be seen. It was named after numerous skeletons of both humans and Wales were discovered here and figuratively the remains of the ship rocks are also assimilated to skeletons.

The afternoon is free to allow each participant to undertake any of the activities in option (scenic flight, sand boarding, township tour, etc.).

The following day is the discovery of the marine life through a splendid boat cruise, aimed at finding out the Benguela dolphins (or dusky dolphins), as well as the bottle-nose dolphins in their natural state. After enjoying a light lunch onboard at the end of the cruise, we will have the option of being taken in a 4-wheel drive for the Sandwich-harbour excursion, a visit that will allow us to discover life in the desert, prolific landscape with the encounter between the desert and the sea, salt-pans, to mention but a few; or just relax and do shopping in this coastal town. Accommodation at Hotel d’Avignon or similar (B&B; lunch and dinner at own account for these 2 days).

 

Day 11 – 12: Swakopmund – Namib Desert (300km; +- 4h)

The Namib Desert is surely one of the oldest deserts in the world. Its monumental dunes of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei have no match with any other sand dunes worldwide. The day is spent among these red sand dunes, a short excursion into the Sesriem canyon as well as a sunset hike on top of Elim dune are enjoyed. Accommodation at Namib Desert lodge or similar, all meals

 

Day 13: Namib Desert – Windhoek airport (340km; +-5h)

We depart from the desert straight to the airport and arrive on time for our flight (after 1’o clock). We can also choose to book an extra night in Windhoek at own account and relax before embarking the next day. Breakfast only.

Authentic Namibia Package