Experience the journey of a lifetime in one of Southern Africa's most rewarding and beautiful destinations - the unique desert country of Namibia.
This small group lodge safari offers all of the adventures of travelling overland in Africa, but with the extra comforts and amenities provided by the Luxury 4x4 Overland Vehicle and excellent-value lodges stayed at along the way. Enjoy a host of included activities as you explore the natural, cultural and wildlife treasures of Namibia, from famous Etosha National Park and captivating Damaraland to the popular seaside town of Swakopmund, the ancient Namib Desert and the red sands of the Kalahari, to name a few.
Our exploration of Namibia begins in its attractive and modern capital city - Windhoek. Located in the centre of Namibia, Windhoek is the cultural, economic and administrative heart of the country. This morning you meet up with your safari crew and fellow travellers and load up your adventure vehicle for the journey ahead. Then we hit the road for Waterberg Plateau northwest of Windhoek.
Arriving at Waterberg early this afternoon we set off on our first game drive in the national park, as part of the Activity Package of our overland safari. The national park is named after its main geographical feature, the flat-topped Waterberg Plateau. On our game drive, we explore the wilderness surrounding this ancient sandstone massif that towers up to 200 metres over the surrounding plains. Waterberg Plateau National Park plays an important role in wildlife conservation, hosting various endangered species. Keep your eyes open for white and black rhinos along with Cape buffalos, giraffes and antelopes. The Waterberg Plateau is also home to over 200 species of birds, most notably the only breeding colony of Cape Vultures in Namibia.
This safari comes with an optional Activity Package at an additional cost. The itinerary includes these highly-recommended activities. Contact African Budget Safaris for a detailed breakdown of what is included in the Activity Package and see the Full Pricing Information above for the cost of the Activity Package.
After breakfast on day two, we set off for Namibia's top game park, Etosha. Rated as one of the best wildlife destinations in Africa, Etosha National Park offers outstanding game viewing in dramatic wild landscapes.
Heading to our accommodation inside this massive national park the game viewing adventure begins right away! If we're lucky we may spot some of the predators of Etosha, including lion, cheetah, leopard, jackal and more. We are sure to see an array of large herbivores, from elephants and giraffes to blue wildebeest and eland.
Tonight we stay at either Okaukuejo or Halali Camp, both of which have floodlit watering holes for watching wildlife at night. Check into your en-suite room and head over to the spotlit waterhole to watch visiting animals, including lions and rhinos.
Day three is dedicated to game viewing in the rugged African bush. Etosha Park is home to huge numbers of wildlife, which can be seen roaming around the fringes of the vast Etosha Pan, covering much of the protected area. On our game drive, we visit the flat expanse of the salt pan to stare out across the stark plains where mirages shimmer and horizons stretch wide.
We also drive to various waterholes to see what animals luck brings. The watering holes are nodes of activity in this arid wilderness area drawing together thirsty herbivores and predators, often leading to fascinating encounters. At the end of our exciting day of game viewing, we make our way back to camp for dinner and leisure time. Visit the floodlit waterhole at camp to get a glimpse of the elusive night creatures that often come to drink here.
Alternatively, embark on a thrilling night game drive as part of the Activity Package. The night drive takes you exploring in an open 4x4 safari vehicle. Local guides conduct the night drive, using their experience and in-depth knowledge to search out nocturnal wildlife activity in Etosha Park.
This morning we get one last dose of wildlife viewing in Etosha National Park. Keep your eyes open for large mammals, birds and smaller creatures as we make our way out of the park through dramatic African landscapes.
From Etosha, we drive into the remote Kunene Region, in north-western Namibia. Here we visit the famous rock art of Twyfelfontein stopping at the Petrified Forest en route. The Petrified Forest consists of ancient tree fossils about 280 million years old and is a national monument. The first UNESCO World Heritage Site declared in Namibia, Twyfelfontein hosts one of the highest concentrations of rock engravings (petroglyphs) in Africa. About 2500 rock engravings and paintings are found here. Most of the rock engravings and paintings were created by the Khoi San hunter-gatherers who lived here about 6000 years ago. The valley was later inhabited by Khoikhoi herders who added to the collection of rock art between 2000 and 2500 years ago.
We overnight near the town of Khorixas in the underdeveloped southern Kunene Region of Namibia.
Today our travels take us to Swakopmund on the rugged Atlantic Ocean coastline, via Brandberg Mountain.
The name Brandberg means 'Fire Mountain' which describes the glowing hues that the mountain often displays at sunset. Reaching Brandberg, the tallest peak in Namibia, we set off on a short hike to the famous White Lady rock painting of Brandberg. Our walk takes us through rugged terrain, along the typically dry Tsisab River gorge. After walking for about an hour we reach the well-known rock painting created by the San around 2000 years ago. This is one of over 45000 rock paintings scattered across the Brandberg area.
After viewing the Branberg White Lady, we proceed to our last stop for the day, the charming seaside town of Swakopmund. Known as the Adventure Capital of Namibia, the lively town is an oasis of activity nestled between the icy ocean and baking hot desert.
On day six we linger in Swakopmund, allowing time for adventure activities and sightseeing.
The ultimate adventures on offer in and around Swakopmund include skydiving, scenic flights, hot air balloon rides, sandboarding and quad biking in the dunes of the Namib Desert. If the ocean is calling, you can take a boat cruise in search of dolphins and other marine animals, go fishing or sea kayaking, or brave a dip in the cold waters.
For those wanting to stay on dry land, there is plenty to do in Swakopmund, which like Windhoek features a charming blend of European and African elements. Relax at a quaint coffee shop and enjoy the German-inspired pastries, or visit the museums, galleries, monuments and more. As the top seaside holiday spot in Namibia, the fresh seafood is also a highlight of Swakopmund.
We are up early this morning, setting off into the ancient Namib Desert. Reaching the red-ochre dunes of the Namib we set off on a guided walk with a local expert who tells us about this fascinating ecosystem. Discover how animals, plants and people have long survived in this harsh desert environment as we explore on foot.
Today we also visit the small hamlet of Solitaire, the only settlement in the middle of the sparsely-populated Khomas Region. The bakery of Solitaire is famous for its delicious apple pie which you have a chance to try. After stretching our legs and exploring the tiny town of Solitaire, we continue to our lodge near the Namib Naukluft National Park.
On day eight we wake up in the heart of the Namib, the oldest desert in the world. We get going early this morning in order to catch the sunrise from the top of Dune 45, one of the tallest dunes in the Sossusvlei area. The views from the top of this iconic dune make the climb worthwhile. After surveying the red and orange hues and shifting shadows over the surrounding desert we head back down and continue deeper into the desert.
Next, we take a 4x4 transfer to the pans of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, the best-known landscapes of the massive 49768 km² Namib Naukluft National Park. These visually arresting clay pans attract photographers from far and wide, forming the archetypal desert scenery associated with Namibia. We explore Sossusvlei and Deadvlei on foot, taking in the stark scenes of cracked, dry pans underfoot and ochre-red dunes all around. Here gnarled dead trees, some still standing and others fallen, create surreal silhouettes in dramatic contrast with the blue skies and red dunes.
Leaving the sea of towering red-orange dunes behind we drive to Sesriem Canyon. Here we stop to admire the sedimentary rock layers formed over ages of river erosion through the narrow canyon. We spend another night at our peaceful desert lodge, marvelling at the endless star-studded skies.
Back on the road this morning, we travel east to the southern part of central Namibia. Leaving the enchanting Namib Desert behind we drive to Kalkrand in the Hardap Region of the Kalahari. As we journey into the Kalahari the sands become redder and the dunes lower and more vegetated with hardy shrubs and tall tufts of grass. We may spot a gemsbok (oryx) or other antelopes along the way, possibly even a meerkat.
Today's highlight: meeting the Nama people of the Hardap Region. The Nama are a Khoikhoi tribe, that have inhabited Southern Africa for thousands of years. These traditional pastoralists are of Khoisan ancestry, sharing roots with the San (Bushmen) hunter-gatherers tribes.
We spend the next two nights at a peaceful lodge on the fringes of the southern Kalahari, sitting back to admire the stars at night.
After breakfast this morning we head out to explore the Kalahari Desert region of Namibia. The day begins with a guided walk with the San (Bushman) of the Kalahari, followed by optional activities and free time to relax and take a refreshing dip in the pool.
Spend the day soaking up the rugged beauty of these remote open plains and hills with their fiery red sands. This semi-desert habitat supports surprisingly diverse forms of animal and plant life, receiving more rain than a true desert. Later today we embark on a sunset game drive (included in the Activity Package). We may come across a variety of antelope species, like eland, kudu, oryx and blue wildebeest, as well as zebras and other wildlife. Keep an eye out for the darting meerkat, as the Kalahari is famous for these curious members of the mongoose family.
The sparsely populated Kalahari is ideal for stargazing with its clear skies and dark nights. The lodge has a stargazing observatory with a state-of-the-art telescope for watching the stars and planets, so tonight you can settle down and marvel at the countless heavenly bodies.
Today we drive back to Windhoek where our Namibia Overland Adventure began. Enjoy the changing scenery from the comfort of our luxury overland vehicle as we cover the road back to civilization. On our last night, we stay at a comfortable hotel in the capital city and celebrate our trip together.
On day 12, our Namibia Adventure Safari finishes after breakfast at the hotel in Windhoek.
After the tour ends you can either relax at the hotel or explore the lively city of Windhoek. This safe and clean African city, makes for an interesting and pleasant visit, providing insight into Namibia and its people. Windhoek is home to a vibrant mix of cultures with strong German influences, especially visible in the cuisine, locally brewed beer and colonial-era architecture.
The above itinerary includes the Activity Package items. If you would like to participate in all of the activities listed, then you will need to purchase the Activity Package.
This Small Group Namibia Adventure is conducted in a state-of-the-art 4x4 vehicle custom built for African overland safaris. The luxury overland vehicle comfortably accommodates up to 12 guests, keeping the group size on safari small. These purpose-designed vehicles provide extra space and amenities, offering a more luxurious safari experience with all the adventure, but in added style and comfort.
Features include an onboard toilet and a water filtration system for purified drinking water throughout the journey. The vehicle has reclining leather seats that rotate 180 degrees and lock into your desired direction (windows, front etc). Each seat has overhead air-conditioning vents that can be independently operated for individual control of air flow and temperature. Every seat also features a USB port panel for charging your electronic devices and there is a reading light above each seat. Each seat has a safety deposit unit with individual key code access, for storing your passports, phones and smaller valuables.
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