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Best Of Namibia

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Esmari Britz

Nature Travel Namibia

Namibian Based Tour Operator

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Best Of Namibia

If you are looking for an African destination that is a perfect mix of wildlife safari, amazing landscapes and authentic cultural experiences, yet it is safe and full of historic elements at the same time, you have found your dream itinerary! Namibia is truly the most scenic country on the African continent, featuring giant sand dunes, granite rock formations, breath taking beaches, vast expanses of the Kalahari bush, rolling farm hills, dry lake bottoms and a great variety of valuable habitats for wildlife. Several of its original inhabitants preserved their traditional lifestyle and are happy to share it with visitors, while the low population allowed for the establishment of a huge array of protected areas, private conservancies and natural parks. Namibia is beautiful, safe and diverse; this trip is a must for the adventure traveller.

DAY 1

Okonjima Nature Reserve

Welcome to Namibia. Your guide will be waiting at Hosea Kutako International Airport with your name on a sign board or pick you up from your hotel. After introductions we will be on our way to Okonjima which is home to the Africat Foundation, known for their great effort in fighting to protect the lions, cheetahs, leopards and others carnivores in Namibia. We plan to arrive by lunchtime and you have the afternoon free for the activities offered by the foundation which include visiting the Africat Foundation, Leopard tracking, large carnivore tracking on foot, hiking trails and visiting the nocturnal animal hide Read more

Okonjima Plains Camp
DAY 2

Otavi Mountain Region

After breakfast we are heading to one of the most remote corners of Namibia today, a vast bush land, home to the San people, to where very few dedicated travellers ever venture. After a quick stop to admire the world’s largest know meteorite at Hoba, we enjoy lunch in Grootfontein, and make our way north to our lodge where we will spend the night. Roy’s Camp is situated on a game farm and is the perfect base from which to explore and spend time with the Bushman/San people. We plan to reach our lodge just before the sun sets, so that we can enjoy the evening with a drink in our hands under the tall thatched roof of the restaurant area, followed by dinner and an early bed time. Read more

Roy's Rest Camp
DAY 3

Etosha National Park

After a relaxing breakfast we will be in the vehicle and make our way to meet up with the Ju/'hoansi Bushman, who live in small villages scattered across Bushmanland. After a quick introduction and greeting ceremony, we set off right away, deep into the bush, with the village hunters, and spend most of the morning with them, looking for anything to prey on with their poisoned arrows, as well as for edible roots, berries, honey and whatever else would be welcomed by the villagers. We will break for an early lunch and coffee before we are back in the village again, interacting with the women whose job is to process whatever the hunters brought home from our morning excursion. If we are lucky, the villagers will have a good harvest or any other reasons to celebrate tonight, so that we can stay and participate in an original, traditional, non-organized singing and dancing event, before we make our way to Mushara Lodge situated on the boundary of Etosha National Park where we will spend the next 2 nights. Read more

Mushara Lodge
DAY 4

Etosha National Park

After breakfast we will explore the game rich eastern section of the park. We plan to do a full morning game drive and arrive back at the lodge around lunchtime and after siesta we will be back in the park for an afternoon game drive. One of the most unique phenomena we will encounter this afternoon is Etosha Pan – a huge, 130km long and 50 km wide ‘nothing’. This is the dry, flat, endless bottom of the occasionally flooded Etosha Pan, a ‘must see’ for all adventurers. Naturally, the park consists of many more habitats as well, most of which are lush and very much habitable for wildlife, making Etosha one of the best safari destinations in Africa. Read more

Mushara Lodge
DAY 5

Etosha National Park

Our entire day is dedicated for wildlife viewing in Etosha National Park. The rising sun will find us on the remote game drive routes across the park and along Etosha Pan, in search of the world’s largest (tallest) elephants and many other unique animals, along with endemic and rare bird species. We will stop for lunch en route and we should be at our lodge by mid to late afternoon. One of the great features of Okaukuejo is the flood-lit waterhole at the lodge which gives us the chance to enjoy game viewing long after the sun has set. Read more

Okaukuejo Resort
DAY 6

Etosha National Park

We will do morning and afternoon games drives and relax at the pool or camp waterhole between drives.

Okaukuejo Resort
DAY 7

Kaokoveld

Today we are heading to the exciting northern tribal territories of Namibia and have a long road trip ahead of us, so we check out of our lodge very early and drive out of the park within a couple of hours. Naturally, we will stop for great wildlife sightings, but overall, we will leave the park behind relatively early and make our way to a small town called Opuwo in the north. We are in the heartland of Kaokoland, known for its exciting Himba tribal villages and traditions, as well as the unique ‘desert elephants’ and other species that can’t be found elsewhere in Namibia. We plan on arriving in time for lunch and the afternoon is dedicated to the amazing Himba people – the last truly nomadic tribe in Namibia. We will be back at the lodge situated on top of a hill overlooking Kaokoland to enjoy a beautiful sunset and a well-deserved dinner. Read more

Opuwo Country Lodge
DAY 8

Twyfelfontein

After breakfast this morning, we head directly south, through dry riverbeds and rocky plains, until we reach the edge of Damaraland, where the landscape suddenly changes into one of the most spectacular and dramatic in Namibia. Damaraland boasts magnificent desert scenery, fascinating geological formations, archaeological sites and a unique variety of desert fauna and flora. It is also the southernmost roaming ground for the rare black rhino and the ‘desert adapted elephant’, which we will keep searching for all along. After a picnic lunch en route, we will stop to admire the 260 million years old logs of the Petrified Forest, as well as a beautiful, impressive specimen of Welwitschia mirabilis, the longest-lived plant on Earth. Before we check into our lodge this evening, we visit the geological formations of the ‘Burnt Mountain’ and the ‘Organ Pipes’, which are particularly stunning in the late afternoon golden light. After sunset, we quickly occupy our rooms and gather for a great dinner. Read more

Twyfelfontein Country Lodge
DAY 9

Swakopmund

After breakfast, we start the morning with a visit to Twyfelfontein world heritage site, where bushman communities engraved and painted over 2500 pictures some 6000 years ago. This will be followed by a very interesting visit to a Damara village, before we reach the abandoned mining town of Uis. We will take a short break here to photograph the buildings and learn about the history of mining in Namibia, before continuing towards the Atlantic Coast. This route crosses the desolate ‘gravel plains’ of the Namib Desert before arriving at the ‘Skeleton Coast’. After a nice lunch break on the roadside, we reach the ocean and turn northbound, in order to visit Cape Cross and its world famous Cape Fur Seal colony. We will take our time to adequately explore, enjoy and photograph the 80.000 inhabitants of the colony, before we continue south along the coast and make our way to Swakopmund – the first place with a real town feeling, since we have left Windhoek ten days ago! After a quick check-in at our city hotel, we use the remaining hour or two of the daylight, to explore this charming coastal city, booming in the middle of hostile desert environment. We will all be back at our hotel after sunset, for a nice dinner and a great night’s rest. Read more

Swakopmund Sands Hotel
DAY 10

Swakopmund

After breakfast we will depart for a living desert adventure where we will encounter and learn more about the fascinating wildlife of the Namib Desert. We will look for gecko's, scorpions, side-winder snakes, lizards and beetles as well as the incredible plant life that survives in this harsh environment. Once we are back in Swakopmund we enjoy lunch and then have the afternoon available to explore the town or perhaps finish the day with a quad-biking and dune-boarding adventure. Other optional activities that could be arranged include scenic flights over the coast and dunes. Read more

Swakopmund Sands Hotel
DAY 11

Namib

After a relaxing breakfast we will make our way south, via the Namib Naukluft Park as well as through the Kuiseb and Gaub Canyons. We will reach our accommodation as the sun is disappearing behind the horizon, painting the surrounding sand dunes flaming red. A nice dinner and an early bed time will endure that we have enough energies for the early start tomorrow. Read more

Namib Desert Lodge, Gondwana
DAY 12

Namib

Once again, we will rise before the sun does today, and will be in the vicinity of the world’s highest, bright-red sand dunes when the first rays appear over the horizon. This is a truly magical time of the day here, as the giant, dark shapes suddenly dress in colour and the mosaic of shades and sunlight creates incredible photo opportunities. From our accommodation, we drive in the ancient bed of the extinct Tsauchab River, stopping at every great location, climbing a few dunes and slowly making our way to the world famous Dead Vlei, where red dunes provide a breath taking backdrop to centuries old, dry trees standing in the desert. It will take all morning to explore this true wonderland, so we will only be back at our accommodation after noon. A nice lunch and a siesta will ensure that we are ready for further exploration in the evening, though. A fantastic way to say good-bye to Namibia, one of the most scenic countries on Earth. Read more

Namib Desert Lodge, Gondwana
DAY 13

Departure

After breakfast we will make our way to Windhoek. We plan to arrive in Windhoek by late afternoon and unless you have an evening flight home you will spend one night in a Hotel located in the centre of the city. This will be the perfect opportunity for some last minute curio shopping. This is the official end of our voyage, thank you for joining us and have a safe flight home. Read more

Windhoek

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Okonjima Nature Reserve
Day 2
Location Otavi Mountain Region
Day 3
Location Etosha National Park
Day 5
Location Etosha National Park
Day 7
Location Kaokoveld
Day 8
Location Twyfelfontein
Day 9
Location Swakopmund

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner with the exception at Swakopmund
  • Drinking water in the vehicle
  • Activities as specified in the itinerary
  • Private vehicle
  • Private guide
  • Fuel
  • Park Fees

Package excludes

  • Flights
  • Pre and post-trip accommodation if required
  • Drinks
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Dinner at Swakopmund

More information

  • For a more exclusive safari experience we normally limit our group sizes to 6 travellers.

REVIEWS

12 Reviews

Leah, United States

Our small group had the good fortune to go on two safaris with Nature Travel Namibia in August, 2013. Prior to our arrival, the email communication was very informative and professional. We basically just showed up, and every last detail was attended to. ​ ​ Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, personable, and fun. He went above and beyond to make sure we had an unforgettable experience. We travelled comfortably in a small van, our accommodations were clean and pleasant, and the meals were delicious. But most of all, we had the benefit of being in a small group, guided by a true expert, and therefore had the most magnificent wildlife viewings. What a gift. Read more

Marilyn Sullivan, United States

Nick was wonderful & very knowledgeable about all things African. We saw everything we dreamed of seeing.​ There were 8 of us & he guided us expertly through game drives, lodging & meals. Definitely a 5 star tour!

Alison, United States

Our trip was packed full of adventure, fun and record numbers of mammals including: Caracal! African cat, and all the big game; Lions, (many sightings, great photos) Rhino, Elephants, Hippos, leopard, and much more. We had 350 species of birds including Pell's fishing owl! Our guide Nick was very attentive, thoughtful of our comfort and desires throughout the trip. Everyday was jammed packed with new sightings, surroundings and sheer joy. I loved this trip to Namibia and Botswana and would recommend this company and guide to everyone. Read more

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