Namibia: Desert, Dolphins, Beach & Safari

Drive through the beautiful, other-worldly Namib desert, watch lions and elephants gather at a desert oasis & spot dolphins off Namibia’s vast and secluded coast


12.1 Namibia

Day 1 & 2: Okonjima Bush Camp, Okonjima Nature Reserve, Namibia

Upon arrival at Windhoek International Airport, you will walk to the car rental desk and collect your hire car. You will then continue on to Okonjima Bush Camp (2.30hrs), in Okonjima Nature Reserve, where you will stay for 2 nights.

Activities available for you to to enjoy in the park over the next two days include nature-walks, a day learning about the San people of the area, game-drives and a night in a custom-built hide to view nocturnal wildlife.




Info: Okonjima Bush Camp & Okonjima Nature Reserve

For complete privacy, the chalets at Okonjima Bush Camp are situated a minimum of 80 meters apart. The chalets are formed of earthy ochre walls and khaki green canvas under a thatched roof. With half the chalet made from canvas, the entire front of the chalet can be rolled up at night, allowing the cool breeze and sounds of the Namibian bush into the bungalow. The less adventurous can securely close the sides and sleep safely in the knowledge that no wildlife can get in. There is a large, extremely refreshing pool in the camp and the restaurant serves a variety of traditional African dishes and meats.

The nature reserve was founded to protect Namibia’s large carnivore, such as the cheetah and leopard. It is still a family-run business that aims to return the land to its natural state, before colonists started using the area for farming over 200 years ago, and tries to involve the local community in its work in order to create a lasting legacy. The park’s open plains provide excellent game-viewing, with common sightings of the elusive leopard, as well as a huge variety of grazers, such as blue wildebeest.




Day 3 & 4: Onguma Tented Camp, Onguma Nature Reserve, Namibia

After breakfast and an early game-drive, you will continue on to Onguma Tented Camp (4.30hrs), in Onguma Private Game Reserve, where you will stay for 2 nights.

Over the next two days you will be able to enjoy twice daily game drives, with most of the day spent at leisure enjoying the luxuries of the camp.




Info: Onguma Tented Camp & Onguma Nature Reserve

Onguma Tented Camp, meaning “the place you don’t want to leave” , lives up to its name. With a stunning main building and seven tents providing private, exclusive accommodation, Onguma Tented maintains a sense of relaxed elegance and comfort. With a steady stream of wildlife gathering by the nearby watering hole and its secluded setting, it is the ideal place to relax and observe wildlife from the comfort of a lounge sofa. A lovely pool overlooking the plains provides a welcome relief after a game drive.

Onguma also became part of an innovative custodianship project relating to the black rhino. Six black rhino were darted in Etosha National park and shipped to the reserve. Here they are protected and monitored. More than 300 bird species can be viewed at Onguma. The reserve boasts the biggest breeding colony of white-backed vultures in Namibia. During the summer months Onguma becomes a bird-watchers paradise with thousands of species migrating to wetlands created by the seasonal rains and ephemeral river systems.




Day 5: Okaukuejo Resort, Etosha National Park, Namibia

After breakfast, you will drive through Etosha National Park en-route to your accommodation for the night, Okaukuejo Resort (2.30hrs), viewing game along the way.

The most popular resort and also the oldest in the Etosha National Park – it has been in existence since the early fifties- Okaukuejo, characterized by its thatched bungalows, provides exceptional game-viewing in a luxurious environment. Okaukuejo’s focal point is its floodlit waterhole, where an exciting variety of animals gather at night, including black rhino, elephant, giraffe and lion. The resort has a newly built restaurant, bar and shop complex, as well as a pool.




Day 6 & 7: Mowani Mountain Camp, Twyfelfontein Conservancy, Namibia

After breakfast, you will leave Etosha National Park and drive to Mowani Mountain Camp in the Twfelfontein Conservancy (4.30hrs).

The next few days will be spent enjoying twice daily game-drives, relaxing by the pool and, for those with an interest in anthropology, seeing some of the fascinating bushmen engravings spread throughout the area.




Info: Mowani Bush Camp & Twylfontein Conservancy

Nestled amongst the boulders of this beautiful area, Mowani enjoys commanding views of the plains and is uniquely build on stilts to minimise environmental impact. Accommodation is in 12 luxury East-African-style en-suite safari tents which are spread around the mountain crest. The tents have their own private veranda and have great views of the Aba-Huab Valley. The lounge, bar and restaurant are tastefully decorated and overlook a waterhole, which, in such an arid environment, always guarantees some excellent game-viewing.

Twylfontein consistsof a vast, unspoiled wilderness boasting magnificent desert scenery, fascinating geological formations, archaeological sites and a unique variety of desert fauna and flora. It’s also the Southernmost roaming ground for the rare black rhino and desert elephant.




Day 8 & 9: Okahirongo Elephant Lodge, Damaraland, Namibia

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Twyfelfontein airstrip for your flight to Okahirongo Elephant Lodge, where you will spend 1 night.

Sometimes springbok, gemsbok and ostrich can be seen, while desert-adapted elephants traverse the dry riverbed on their way to fresh water springs. Activities include morning, afternoon and night drives, as well as hikes in the Uarosib River and surrounding mountains. Highlights are tracking the rare desert-adapted elephants or visiting a nearby Himba village – where guests gain an insight into the hardy lifestyle & culture of these semi-nomadic desert-dwelling people.




Info: Okahirongo Elephant Lodge

Okahirongo Elephant Lodge, situated on the banks of the ephemeral Hoarusib River, is one of Namibia’s most remote destinations. A domed entrance gives access to the open-air buildings which are linked by wooden walkways all joining onto a central area with a rustic deck and infinity pool.

The cottages are decorated in a rich and sensuous fusion of ochre, honey and sand colors, whilst each one has its own unique style and atmosphere. The lodge has a spectacular wrap-around view and you can spend your days lazing around the pool, reading a book in the cool comfort of the library, relaxing in one of the 2 open air lounges or having a body massage. The cuisine is a delicious fusion of Italian and African cooking. Dinner is served by candlelight in one of the two dining rooms or under starry Namibian skies around a fire. Most of the fresh produce comes from the lodges’ organic garden.




Day 10 & 11: Swakopmund Guestouse, Swakopmund, Namibia

After breakfast, you will return to Mowani by plane to collect your rental vehicle. You will then continue on to the coastal town of Swakopmund (5hrs), where you will check-into Swakopmund Guesthouse. Upon arrival, the evening will be spent at leisure.

After breakfast the next morning, you will depart to Walvis Bay for your early morning dolphin cruise, where you will be able to enjoy the thrill of watching dolphins leaping alongside the boat, feeding seals by hand and enjoying fresh oysters and champagne served on the calm waters of the Walvis Bay Lagoon. You will be able to spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure or enjoying some of the other activitieson offer, such as quad biking, sand boarding or camel-riding.




Info: Swakopmund Guesthouse & Swakopmund

The Swakopmund Guesthouse has 12 en-suite rooms that are extremely comfortable, light and luxurious. Centrally located on the corner of Hendrik Witbooi and Rhode Allee it is within 5 minutes’ walking distance of the centre of town and the beach. It has a modern design and thus does cater for the discerning traveller. The hotel also has internet.

The city was founded in 1892 and still retains much of its distinct, German colonial charm, whilst nowadays being arguably Namibia’s primary beach resort. Sand dunes, its pristine beach, golf and the innumerable seal population that resides nearby are the primary tourist attractions of this quiet, charming city.




Day 12: Deert Homestead, Sossusvlei, Namibia

After breakfast and the morning at leisure, you will drop off your rental vehicle at the Swakopmund airport and check-in for your flight to Sossusvlei, departing at 14.15.

The wide grassy valley in which the lodge is situated is sheltered by the Nubib, Tsaris and Naukluft Mountains, with a view reaching the distant dunes of the Namib Desert in the west. In this exquisite position, the lodge offers simple but stylish accommodation in thatched chalets, which were designed with the fragile beauty of this remarkable environment in mind. The Desert Homestead will ensure you an unrivalled respite from the desert extremes. Tranquil surroundings, al-fresco dining, delectably fresh farm cuisine, refreshing dips in the pool, stunning sunsets and sunrises are the basic pleasures at the lodge. Enjoy an afternoon scenic drive before dinner back at the lodge.




Day 13-16: Wolwedans Dunes Lodge, NamibRand Reserve, Namibia

There will be an early morning departure for the towering dunes of Sossusvlei, in order to avoid the heat, where you will be able to view and climb some of the highest dunes in the world, some of which measures up to 325m from the base. Afterwards, you will return to the lodge for lunch before being transferred by road to the NamibRand Nature Reserve (2hrs).

The next few days will be spent enjoying game-drives or walking safaris, with the rest of the time spent at leisure. After check-out on your final morning you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight.




Info: Wolwedans Dunes Lodge & NamibRand Nature Reserve

The Wolwedans Dunes Lodge aims to provide a unique experience close to nature, without compromising on comfort and style. The entire lodge is constructed on wooden platforms and overlooks the panoramic eserve in all directions, capturing the desert in an intimate and memorable way. The building style is a combination of wooden poles and large canvas blinds that open up to the desert beyond. Each of the 9 spacious chalets has an en-suite bathroom and is tastefully designed. A careful selection of furniture, light-coloured linen as well as the selection of accessories gives the Dunes Lodge a distinct natural charm. The main complex – also built on stilts – consists of a bar and lounge, sun-downer decks with a fireplace and a spacious dining room.

Accompanied by experienced guides, visitors are introduced to the many facets of NamibRand Nature Reserve’s desert habitat, with its diverse fauna and flora, on foot or by car. In the reserve, you can enjoy half-day safari drives, full-day drives or just an evening drive, with the rest of the time spent at leisure, enjoying the luxury of the lodge.

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