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9 Days Discover Safari in Namibia

Desert Camp,Unnamed Road, Sesriem, Namibia

Amazing Safaris in Namibia

Join Lark Journeys Namibia on a guided journey through Namibia. This trip is run as a scheduled group tour with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 people. Their dedicated guides are known for their extensive knowledge of the region and understanding of local cultures, but also for their ability to connect with their guests. Take your time on this journey to enjoy the scenery and soak up the experience. Lark Journeys Namibia specializes in private and small group safaris.

Highlights

  • Guided safari trip
  • Excellent opportunities for photography
  • Visit the Etosha National Park, Damaraland, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, and Namib desert
  • English speaking tour guide/driver
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals

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9 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer available:
Hosea Kutako International Airport (US$17 per person)
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Accommodation

Desert Camp (Day 1 and 2)

Desert Camp is situated just five kilometers from the entrance gate to Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon in the Namib Nauklauft Park. Nestled under centuries-old camel thorn trees, Desert Camp offers unsurpassed views over the Desert landscapes and surrounding mountains - An absolute must for the nature lover and photographer!

The 28 affordable self-catering accommodation units are equipped with an en-suite bathroom, shaded veranda with a fitted kitchenette, barbeque, power points, and an adjacent parking area. Each air-conditioned room features twin beds and a fold-out sleeper couch to accommodate 2 small children (under 12) free of charge when sharing with two full paying adults.

Features

  • Room types: Self-catering units (twin bedded rooms)
  • Number of units: 28
  • In-room: Patio with kitchenette, barbeque facilities, en-suite bathroom, sleeper couch, air-conditioning
  • Facilities: Reception, bar area, sparkling pool, Wi-Fi (by the bar and reception-for those that need to work), barbeque facilities, and private parking

Swakopmund Sands Hotel (Day 3 and 4)

Swakopmund Sands’ location, on the platinum mile, is within walking distance along the beach leading directly into town. And for peace of mind, 24-hour secure parking is available. The Swakopmund Sands presents you with a choice of 21-rooms, ranging from luxury rooms, to single and family rooms.

Features

  • Room types: Standard twin / double
  • Number of rooms: 13
  • In-room: Flatscreen TV, safe, underfloor heating, fridge, tea and coffee station, and the bathrooms, utilizing all international power points, hairdryer and shaving facilities. Same day delivery laundry service.
  • Facilities: Wi-Fi and conference center

Buruxa Camp (Day 5 and 6)

Buruxa Camp is a tented camp in Damaraland, situated in the breathtaking scenery of the granite hills and bush savannah on the banks of the mostly dry Ugab river bed.

Features

  • Room types: Twin en-suite tents
  • Number of rooms: 18
  • In-room: Bedding with sheets, duvet and double pillow, Individual shower, nightstands, and mirror
  • Facilities: Swimming pool, main/dining area, bar and plug points

Okaukuejo Resort (Day 7 and 8)

Located 17 km from the southern entrance of the park, guests are attracted to its famous floodlit waterhole that draws a number of animals. Enjoy delicious meals or beverages at the restaurant and bar or take a dip in the pool. A shop and kiosk are also present there. Accommodation is provided in double rooms with en-suite bathrooms, a fridge and tea facilities.

Features

  • Room types: Double rooms
  • Number of rooms: 45
  • In-room: Bathroom with power points (hairdryer and shaving), and wardrobe closet
  • Facilities: Restaurant, bar, kiosk, shop, swimming pool and filling station

Program

Day 1: Windhoek to Sossusvlei, Namib Desert

You leave Windhoek at 9:00 a.m. to allow you enough time to get to your destination before sunset. From Windhoek, you are heading southwest, first through the Khomas Hochland Mountains before descending onto the plains of the Namib Desert.

The Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world, stretches some 2000 kilometers along the west coast of Namibia, with varying types of terrain, but it is there, in the Sossusvlei region that is known for its enormous sand dunes, and breathtaking photographic opportunities. On arrival at the lodge, you can enjoy a walk and prepare for a relaxing sundowner drink before dinner.

Day 2: Sossusvlei

A very early start this morning for the Sossusvlei guided excursion, you aim to leave the lodge well before sunrise to ensure that you are one of the first to enter the national park. From Sesriem, you drive further into the desert area, where the early morning light provides excellent opportunities for photography. Once you arrive in the 4x4 car park, you can then explore this area on foot, with a walk around Dead Vlei and Sossusvlei, and for the adventurous, a hike up Big Daddy, the tallest dune in the region, offering breathtaking views of the sand sea that is the Namib Desert.

By midday, you make your way back towards Sesriem with a stop at Sesriem Canyon, a small but important landmark for both the human and animal residents of the area. You then make your way back towards the accommodation where you’ll have time to rest and relax before dinner.

Day 3: Sossusvlei, Namib Desert to Swakopmund

A drive today takes you through to Swakopmund via the Gaub and Kuiseb passes. The first official stop is Solitaire, a small but important outpost for tourists and locals alike, and a popular place to stop and enjoy some more unusual photographic opportunities.

From Solitaire, you continue through the ever-changing desert landscapes before arriving in Walvis Bay, the main harbor in Namibia. There, you have the opportunity to visit the Walvis Bay Lagoon, a RAMSAR listed wetland site, famous as the feeding ground for many bird species including the Greater & Lesser Flamingos, as well as the endemic Damara Tern amongst others making it an ornithologist paradise. From Walvis Bay, it’s just a short drive to Swakopmund where you will spend the next two nights.

Day 4: Swakopmund

Today is a free day, and the chance to explore at your own pace. For some, this will mean joining a boat cruise in Walvis Bay, where you have a good chance to see some seals and dolphins, for others, this will mean a morning of sandboarding before exploring the dunes on a quad bike, or enjoying an scenic flight before skydiving, and for others, it might be something a little more calm as a leisurely breakfast, a visit to the aquarium before an afternoon scenic flight along the Skeleton Coast.

Swakopmund is the adventure capital of Namibia and there is certainly something to satisfy everyone. The town itself, an unusual mix of German and Namibian culture offers a relaxed and walkable town center to enjoy at our own pace. There are good restaurants in both towns, with seafood, of course, being a specialty.

Activities in Swakopmund are not included.

Day 5: Swakopmund to Damaraland

You start your day early as today's drive takes you northeast into Damaraland. Today, you head north up to Henties Bay where you can spot the most recent shipwreck to fall victim to the Benguela current, before heading inland, across the gravel plains for the Namib and north from Uis, with the chance to meet the local people, the Himba, Damara and Herero that call these areas home. Either way, if time allows, in the afternoon, you will visit Twyfelfontein (literally translated means ‘doubtful spring’), a UNESCO World Heritage site that is home to over 2500 rock etchings, making it one of the worlds largest collections of rock petroglyphs (alternatively you explore Twyfelfontein tomorrow after elephant tracking).

Day 6: Damaraland

You start the morning with a big breakfast before heading out on an excursion along the ephemeral rivers to explore this remarkable area and search for some animals including the elusive and amazing desert-adapted elephants. These animals have amazingly found a way to become accustomed to this semi-arid area, and this opportunity to find free-roaming desert elephant is a unique one, with these incredible creatures only being found in Namibia and Mali. In addition to the desert elephants, this unique environment offers breathtaking landscapes and with a local guide, you will have some incredible landscape photographic opportunities. A chance to relax this afternoon by the pool.

Day 7: Damaraland to Etosha National Park

After breakfast, you say goodbye to Damaraland and head northeast for Etosha National Park, one of Southern Africa’s premier game parks and wildlife enthusiasts paradise. You enter the park via the Andersson’s gate, on the southern boundary of Etosha and spend the next three days exploring. The park itself covers 22,270 square kilometers and gets its name from the salt pan that makes up approx 23% of the park. Once a massive lake, the Etosha Pan is now mostly dry, with the exception of good rainfall years when the pan fills up enough to become a breeding ground for flamingos that migrate between Walvis Bay and Sua Pan in Botswana.

This afternoon, you enjoy a game drive from the park gate, stopping at some popular (animal) waterholes, before arriving late afternoon at our lodge. Tonight you can relax by the floodlit waterhole, an excellent chance to view those creatures that prefer to be active during the cool of the night.

Day 8: Etosha National Park

Today will be devoted to exploring the park and maximizing your chances for amazing wildlife sightings. You start with an early morning game drive before breakfast. You will then return to the lodge for breakfast. From there, you will continue your search and drive from waterhole to waterhole (especially in the winter months), as they support a rich diversity of animals. These waterholes are one of the most unique aspects of Etosha National Park, and a major attraction for wildlife photographers and animal behavior experts as the different species of animals, both predator and prey alike, can often be captured (on camera) drinking at the same waterhole.

Depending on the route, you will return to your lodge, to relax by the lodge waterhole and pool during the hottest part of the day, before continuing your game drives late afternoon to try your luck some more.

Day 9: Etosha National Park to Windhoek

Today signals the end of your journey. After early morning breakfast and a final game drive out of the park, you head back towards Windhoek mid-morning. If time allows, you will stop in the small town of Okahandja at one of Namibia’s largest wood carving markets, a chance to support small local business and collect some last-minute souvenirs, before continuing on to Windhoek where you will be dropped at your accommodation and say goodbye to your guide.

Included excursions

This tour gives you a great overview of the main tourist destinations in Namibia. Enjoy exploring places like Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland and Etosha in a relatively short period. In addition, activities such as the game drives allow you an opportunity to view wildlife and the beautiful landscapes of Namibia.

Location

This tour will take place you to Namib Nauklauft Park, Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon, Swakopmund, Damaraland, and Etosha National Park.

Food

For this tour, you will be served with daily breakfast and dinner as mentioned in the itinerary. Let Lark Journeys Namibia know if you have any dietary requirements.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Stargazing
  • Photography
  • Game drives
  • Hiking
  • Quad biking
  • Sand boarding
  • Sky diving

What's included

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • English speaking guide
  • Guided Namib Desert, Swakopmund, Damaraland, and Etosha National Park trip
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Park entrance fees
  • Pickup and drop off at your accommodation in Windhoek
  • Transport in a 4x4 Land Rover Station Wagon, 4x4 Land Cruiser, or VW Kombi

What's not included

  • All drinks
  • International flights
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags (available to hire)
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. The cost is 300 ZAR.

Airport: Hosea Kutako International Airport Airport transfer available: Hosea Kutako International Airport (US$17 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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