Go beyond with Above and Beyond Holidays' safari special offer in Namibia! Immerse yourself into the exotic and beautiful views of Namibia's famous safari sites and cities such as Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Ongava Private Game Reserve, and Onguma Game Reserve in a small group package. These are just the highlights of the holiday. Book your holiday and experience the complete real life adventure yourself!
You will depart from the airport or your hotel this morning at 08:00 then meet your fellow travelers and guide. You will then arrive at the lodge in the mid-afternoon. This afternoon you will visit Sesriem Canyon.
This morning, you will need to rise early for a magical excursion with your guide in the Namib-Naukluft National Park, normally be setting off before sunrise to capture the dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate the towering shapes and curves. This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world and your guide will give you an insight on the formation of the Namib Desert and its myriad of fascinating creatures and plants that have adapted to survive these harsh environs.
Once you have explored Sossusvlei, Deadvlei, and surrounding dune fields to your heart’s content, you can enjoy a relaxed picnic brunch in the shade of a camel thorn tree. You then return to Sossus Dune Lodge in the early afternoon in time for a late lunch with the option to visit Sesriem Canyon afterward if you haven’t already done so the day before. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure. From experience, this is usually welcomed after an exhilarating morning in the dunes.
The fascinating drive today will take you northwest through awesome and ever changing desert landscapes of the Namib-Naukluft National Park, including the impressive Gaub and Kuiseb canyons.
You will meet the coast at the port town of Walvis Bay and then continue north to Swakopmund where you can enjoy the pleasant seaside location and cooler coastal air for your next two nights. There will be time this afternoon to explore the town and wander along the waterfront on foot, before heading off for dinner at a popular restaurant which specializes in fresh seafood.
After an early breakfast, your guide will drive you along the scenic coastal road back south to Walvis Bay for a memorable kayaking adventure within the outer lagoon. After meeting your kayaking guide, you will be taken on a short scenic drive to Pelican Point to see its lighthouse and windswept beauty, stopping briefly at the salt works to view the variety of birdlife on your way to the launch point. Kayaking is an ideal way of seeing Cape fur seals, Heaviside and bottlenose dolphins, pelicans, flamingos, and a wide variety of other sea birds.
If you are lucky, there is also a chance of seeing whales, leatherback turtles, and sunfish. During the course of the day, the guide will stop and inform you about the environment and light refreshments will be served on the beach before heading back to Walvis Bay. You also have the choice to partake in a memorable motorized boat seal and dolphin excursion within the outer lagoon and harbor. You then have the opportunity to explore the waterfront area of Walvis Bay further before returning to Swakopmund for an afternoon at leisure at your guesthouse or out in town.
Continuing on your safari today, the road will take you north and east to the wonderful and diverse region of Damaraland. You will pass Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandberg, which peaks at 2,573 meters above sea level. You will take the time to view the game and absorb the vastness of the scenery along the way. Damaraland is typified by displays of color, magnificent table topped mountains, rock formations, and bizarre-looking vegetation. The present day landscape has been formed by the erosion of the wind, water, and geological forces which have formed rolling hills, dunes, gravel plains, and ancient river terraces.
It is the variety and loneliness of the area as well as the scenic splendor which will reward and astound you, giving one an authentic understanding of the word 'wilderness'. If time allows, this afternoon your guide will take you to visit the nearby attractions and geological sites of the prehistoric Twyfelfontein rock engravings (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), if not there is plenty of time to see them tomorrow.
After an early breakfast, you will be treated to an exciting 4x4 excursion along the ephemeral Aba Huab and Huab River valleys to explore this remarkable region and to search for game, including the elusive desert-adapted elephants if they are in the area. Damaraland is home to a variety of desert-adapted wildlife and hidden desert treasures.
As the elephants are mostly active in the mornings, you will normally have the best chance to see them before then returning to camp for lunch. However, if all the safari participants agree, you will also have the option to take a picnic lunch and stop to enjoy that in the shade of a large Ana tree by the riverbed while watching a herd of elephant browsing nearby.
Today after a very early breakfast, you will set off on your journey to the Etosha National Park, traveling via the scenic Grootberg Pass. Along the way, your guide will take you to visit a local Himba settlement. You may have to search for a while as the semi-nomadic Himba people sometimes move the location with no notice. They are one of the last truly traditional peoples of Namibia and have little time for conventional practices. Here you will learn about the customs and traditions of this very proud nation and will be given insight into their beliefs, a way of life, and everyday routine. Depending on the school semester and school holidays, you may also visit the Grootberg Primary School.
After visiting the Himba and school, you will head east through the small town of Kamanjab before heading on towards tonight’s destination at the homey Andersson’s Camp, which is situated just south of the Etosha National Park’s Andersson Gate. A picnic lunch will be enjoyed en route and arrival will be in the very late afternoon or early evening (after a long but rewarding day). After your arrival, you will have some time at leisure, which can be spent appreciating the unique surroundings and enjoying the game viewing at the camp’s floodlit waterhole and enjoy a different vantage point from the camps underground hide.
Today will be dedicated to a full day of exciting game viewing within the central section of Etosha National Park from your private safari vehicle as you make your way from the southern Andersson’s Gate to Halali where you may stop for lunch and then on across via selected waterholes such as Goas, which is normally particularly good for game viewing, to Namutoni Camp in the east.
You will have to leave the park before sunset and head out to stay at the delightful Onguma Tree Top Camp with enough time to relax and freshen up before for dinner. The rest of the evening can be spent game viewing at the camp’s floodlit waterhole where games come and go throughout the day and night.
This is another morning that will be dedicated to memorable game drives within the eastern section of Etosha National Park with your guide. You will return to your camp for lunch and an early afternoon rest, spending your final afternoon on a game drive on the private Onguma Game Reserve, culminating in a sundowner overlooking Fischer’s Pan. You will then return after sunset with enough time to freshen up and enjoy your final safari dinner that overlooks the camp’s floodlit waterhole.
Your early departure will take you south from Onguma Tree Top via Tsumeb, Otavi, and Otjiwarongo to reach Okonjima’s AfriCat Day Centre, a wonderful highlight with which to conclude your safari. Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation, a wildlife sanctuary which focuses on the research and rehabilitation of Africa's big cats, especially injured or captured leopard and cheetah. You will arrive in time for lunch before embarking on an exciting and informative game drive and tour of the center. Here, you will learn about the function and vision of the AfriCat Foundation and will also get to meet some of the Foundation’s special carnivore ambassadors.
After the excursion and freshening up, the journey continues further south to arrive back in Windhoek in the late afternoon, just as the sun is setting. Upon your arrival in Windhoek, you will be transferred to your accommodation establishment of choice, or out to the Windhoek International Airport (transfer to be booked additionally) if flying out in the evening. Departure flights must be no earlier than 21:00 to allow sufficient time for the visit to the AfriCat Foundation and the journey back to Windhoek, or a final night in Windhoek can be arranged at additional cost if required. A final night in Windhoek is highly recommended!
Sossusvlei, located in the southern Namibia, is a place where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red sand dunes to make this one of the natural wonders of Africa and a photographers heaven.
Sesriem Canyon, a deep chasm carved through the rocks by water, is a striking natural feature of the area that is best explored on foot. Stony walls rise up sharply on both sides of the canyon, while birds roost in its crags and lizards dart along the ledges.
Stretching across the pink-orange sands of the Namib Desert and the Naukluft Mountains to the east, the Namib-Naukluft National Park is Africa’s biggest wildlife reserve. Despite the unforgiving conditions, it is inhabited by a plethora of desert-adapted animals, including reptiles, buck, hyenas, jackals, and insects.
The Namib is the world’s oldest desert, and although it stretches along the entire length of Namibia’s coastline, the Namib commonly refers to the vast sea of sand from Luderitz to Swakopmund. For a big sandy desert, the scenery is remarkably varied, with the giant red dunes of Sossusvlei being the most famous part.
Now a seaside resort, Swakopmund is the capital of the Skeleton Coast tourism area and has plenty to keep visitors happy. The quirky mix of German and Namibian influences, colonial-era buildings and the cool sea breeze make it very popular.
Walvis Bay’s calm natural lagoon is a twitcher’s paradise, teeming with roughly 50 species of seabirds, including vivid flocks of flamingos, bulky-billed pelicans, and glossy black cormorants. It’s also a popular spot for windsurfing, kitesurfing, and kayaking. Meanwhile, the promenade stretches for 3 kilometers along the water’s edge is a great place for a scenic stroll.
Pelican Point stretches out into the sea, creating a sheltered bay that is ideal for kayaking, and taking a gentle paddle out to the seal colonies is a wonderful way to while away a few hours.
Huge, untamed, and ruggedly beautiful Damaraland is an exceptionally scenic landscape of open plains and spectacular rock formations. The major attractions are Spitzkoppe, the Brandberg, Twyfelfontein, Vingerklip, and the Petrified Forest. Twyfelfontein is a site of ancient rock engravings in the Kunene Region of north-western Namibia.
The reserve is home to lions, eland, black-faced impala, Hartmann's mountain zebras, and a variety of other antelope species. Additional, it is one of the few private reserves in Southern Africa where both black and white rhinos can be observed. The recorded bird life has reached over 340 species. Its spacious lounge areas, reflecting the colors and textures of the African bush, invite guests to relax, enjoy a drink from the bar, or simply gaze out into the distance and be surprised as Ongava’s spectacular wildlife emerges from the bush.
The Etosha National Park is Namibia's premier game viewing experience, situated in the northwest of Namibia and is an area well known for its wildlife. Vegetation ranges from dense bush to open plains attracting a diversity of wildlife. In the heart of the park is The Etosha Pan, a shallow depression that covers an area of 5000 square kilometers.
Situated on the eastern side of Etosha, bordering Fisher's Pan, Onguma Game Reserve is one of Namibia's best kept secrets. Here you will be afforded the opportunity of experiencing Africa in all her beauty and diversity. Onguma Game Reserve has more than 34,000 hectares of protected land and wildlife.
You will be served 3 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 4 dinners.