Himba herder
Binoculors SAFARIS

Etosha & the wild North-West

A beautiful tour which travels into Namibia's remote and rugged north west, starting at the wildlife haven of the reknowned Etosha National Park, and continuing into beautiful Kaokoland to see Epupa Falls and visit the Himba people. It continues through the harsh, untamed Skeleton Coast to the mountainous Damaraland and then down to the spectacular dunes of Sossusvlei.
TOUR DETAILS | ITINERARY

Tour Details

Major Attractions on this Trip:

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On this trip you will experience some of Namibia's most iconic attractions as we take you to the abundant wildlife of the Etosha National Park and then north to the last semi-nomadic pastoralist tribe in Namibia. Destinations like the thundering Epupa Falls, the little visited North-West and the treacherous Skeleton Coast await you, not to mentions the amazing landscape of Damarland and the towering sand dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

DURATION:

13 Days | 12 Nights

Min: 2pax

Standard Tour

COST:

2647.85 Euro per person

TOUR INCLUDES:

Transport/fuel, accommodation (or tents/camping equipment), meals as per itinerary, national park entrance fee, tour guide for the entire tour, transfer to and from the airport, pick-up in Windhoek and guests' transfer to the lodge/hotel after the tour.

TOUR EXCLUDES:

Scheduled flights (bus tickets) to and from Namibia, individually extended accommodation or additional transfers, sleeping bags on camping tours, compulsory insurance, water and drinks, alcoholic beverages, optional activities/attractions, snacks, gratuities and tips, trip extensions, personal shopping, visa to Namibia.

Itinerary

Day 1

Etosha National Park

Pick up will be arranged from your Hotel in Windhoek or at the Airport. From there we will begin our journey to the famous ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK. We will pass by several towns on our way including the small town of Outjo, where we will stop for our lunch. We will arrive at the popular resort of Okaukuejo through the Anderson gate during the late afternoon. If time permits, we will enjoy our first afternoon game drive in the park.
Etosha is one of the largest wildlife parks in Africa. Here you can experience thousands of animals in their natural environment. The park covers 22 000 square km and is home to some of Africa's big game, including rhino, elephant, lion and giraffe. For the next 2 days we will explore this magnificent wildlife kingdom. The vast expanse of the park makes it great for game viewing.
After dinner you are welcome to sit at the floodlit waterhole at the camp and watch the theatre of nature unfolding before your eyes as animals of all kinds come down to drink.

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Okaukuejo Resort /Halali Resort/Namutoni Resort

Distance: Approx. 550 km, tarred roads

Lion and Springbok Zebra and Wildebeest Hornbill

Day 2

Etosha National Park

Today we keep tracking more of the Savannah's big game as we pass by waterholes like Nebrowni, Aus, Okondeka, impressive Goas and dark water Nuamses. We will have opportunities to take some stunning panoramic pictures as we head down to the Etosha lookout point where you have a 360° view of the majestic Etosha pan which is about 70km wide and 130 km long and covers an area of approximately 4 755 square km. We will get a chance to see more plain animals by mid-noon as they prefer to drink when it is hot enough.
This park boasts over fifty species of game and over two hundreds bird species. There is a huge population of springboks in the park amongst others. The contrasting vegetation zones of the Etosha National Park make it one of the best game viewing parks in Africa and it is a prime photographic destination boasting some good birding opportunities.
In the evening after dinner you can sit at the waterhole to watch different animals come down to quench their thirst.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Okaukuejo Resort /Halali Resort

Day 3

Kaokoland

After breakfast, we travel further north into Kaokoland, the Land of the Ovahimba people. We arrive in the remote town of Opuwo, which is the capital of the Great Kunene region, at around noon. The town is located far from civilisation. Here you will be welcomed by the Himba people who try to balance their traditional lifestyles with western encounters. The Himba people are one of the last few tribes in sub-Saharan Africa that still maintain and practice a traditional nomadic way of life.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Opuwo Country Lodge /similar accommodation

Day 4

Kaokoland

Today, after breakfast, we head north to the mighty Epupa falls. On the way you will have the opportunity to see more authentic Himba villages and learn more about their unique lifestyles while at the same time admiring the beautiful vistas this part of the country has to offer. Here one has the opportunity to experience the exotic and unique life these people have maintained for so long in one of the driest and hottest regions on our continent. We called the region of Kaokoland arid, barren, unforgiving; yet the Himba called it Home.
The adventure will take us through a rugged landscape of hills and mountains all the way to the majestic Epupa Falls on the border with Angola were we will stop for lunch before heading back to our Opuwo.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Opuwo Country Lodge /similar accommodation

Day 5, 6

Kaokoland

Today after breakfast we are heading north-west into a deeper remote area of Kaokoland. We will be passing many Himba villages on the way as we explore more of this untamed wilderness. The Himba have called the Namib Desert their home for countless generations, living in the Kunene region close to Angola. Known for their distinctive skin and hair, colored red with ochre, these semi-nomadic people have traditionally relied on livestock, but today are finding new ways of living.
Some are now working in the tourism sector in camps, where they are able to educate international tourists about Himba life. This makes easier for other people to understand the culture.
Most Himba prefer to work and return to their settlements after a few months, because they want to be and stay in their traditional way of life.
Lunch will be provided en-route and we will pass by the lonely settlement of Orupembe, the last frontier before meeting the Skeleton Coast boundary. We arrive late in the small village of Purros, where we check-in and relax.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Okahirongo Elephants Lodge

Himba Village Epupa Falls Desert Elephants

Day 7

Kaokoland

Today we embark on a search of the elusive desert adapted Elephants of the Hoarusib River, and many other desert adapted animals, including Oryx, Giraffe, Zebra, Springbok and Ostrich. We will also see the bird life that lives along this wet river bed. After lunch we pay a visit to see the clay ‘castles’ down this amazing Hoarusib River canyon. The area is also known for its beautiful landscapes.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Okahirongo Elephants Lodge

Day 8

Damaraland

After a late breakfast, we travel to the Palmwag area in Damaraland, passing by the endless fairly circles of the Griepes Vlakte and through the rugged landscape of the North-West. We arrive in the town of Sesfontein where we can freshen up, stock up on goodies and enjoy lunch. After a late arrival at our next camp, there is time enough to explore our surroundings. Dinner will be served at the Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Palmwag Lodge

Day 9

Damaraland

As this area is well known for desert adapted Black Rhino, today you embark on a full day of rhino tracking to see if you are lucky enough to spot one before the heat of the day chases them into hiding. The area boasts high numbers of other game ranging from elephant, lion and many plain animals. If one is not in the mood for the full day excursion, you can always do a split morning and afternoon sunset drive in the adjacent area.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Palmwag Lodge

Damarland View Giraffe Meerkat

Day 10

Swakopmund

Today after breakfast we travel to the coastal town of Swakopmund through the Skeleton Coast. The Skeleton Coast covers nearly 690 square kilometers of coastline, from the Angolan border southward to the Swakop River. Africa's skinniest and longest park offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience, which includes wild animals, ghostly shipwrecks, roaring sand dunes and breathtaking landscapes.
The harsh desert stretches out for more than 30,000 square miles and receives less than .4 inches of rain per year. It is a tough place for a tourist, even with a 4x4 and supplies on hand. Now imagine being an animal and calling the place home. And yet many do. From lions to elephants, the extreme climate has not deterred some of nature's finest beasts, though many have had to adapt to survive.
All of the desert's mammals are strategic when it comes to dealing with the lack of water. “It's the super athletes that live here. Because certainly the weak will not survive.” Few places on earth are as remote or harsh as the Namib Desert. Yet, humans and large animals have found a way to adapt to this unforgiving expanse. We arrive late at the hotel with just enough time enough to walk around before dinner at one of the iconic coastal restaurants.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Meerkat Guesthouse /Plaza hotel Swakomund/Swakop Sands Hotel/Stay@Swakop Guesthouse

Day 11

Swakopmund

Today you can join your guide on a tour of the Moon Landscape and a Welwitschia Exploration. This exciting tour will take you to a bygone era as you experience a surreal landscape resembling outer space and study an ancient living fossil plant. Alternatively choose from an abundance of optional activities at the coast. Your guide can assist in arranging them. Examples are: quad biking, scenic flights, boat cruises, skydiving etc.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Meerkat Guesthouse /Plaza hotel Swakomund/Swakop Sands Hotel/Stay@Swakop Guesthouse

Day 12

Sossusvlei

After a relaxing breakfast we travel along the edges of the Namib Naukluft Park in the Namib Desert. You will have the opportunity to test how far your eyes can see as we travel through the endless vastnesss of the desert. We venture through the rugged terrain of the Namib, passing by two geologically impressive canyons, Gaub and Kuiseb, respectively. We stop for a geographical picture at the Tropic of Capricorn. From there we enjoy lunch in a desert restaurant at the small, iconic settlement of Solitaire and you are more than welcome to taste the famous apple pie at the desert bakery. We arrive late at our lodge. After we check in we can relax or walk around the camp surroundings, witnessing the sun set over the Namib Desert.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Desert Camp /Sossusvlei Lodge /Quiver Desert Camp

Distance: 325 km, gravel roads.

Day 13

Sossusvlei

Today we wake up early to explore one of the most visited parks in Africa. We will stop to allow for your first sunrise picture in the Namib Desert on our way to Sossusvlei (translated as ‘dried up pan, or a shallow depression’ that can hold water after a very good rain). We will be driving through a dune corridor created by the towering dunes of the Namib. You can choose to climb on some of the popular dunes including Dune 45 (80-90 metres high) or the second highest, Big Daddy Dune, standing at ±312 metres above the surrounding plains. After climbing the dunes a 1km walk to Deadvlei is must-do. Once in Deadvlei we witness a surreal landscape of old Camelthorn (Acacia trees) silhouetted impressively against the dunes in the now dried-up lake. Trees here are estimated to be around 800 years old. This is one of the most photographed places on earth. After a visit to the picturesque Sossusvlei itself we drive back to Sesriem before the heat of the day becomes unbearable. We stop for lunch at Sesriem camp and relax. In the afternoon we explore the fascinating geology of the nearby Sesriem Canyon. After that we return to the lodge bringing this exhilarating and adventurous day to an end.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge /Desert Camp /Quiver Desert Camp

Day 14

Windhoek

After a relaxing breakfast we bid farewell to the Namib Desert and head back to the capital just in time for your next departure plan /flight. If time permits, take one last opportunity to buy yourself some Namibian souvenirs.

Meals: Breakfast

Quad Biking, Swakopmund Dune climb Gemsbok
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