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Grand Namibia Safari

Accommodated trip to Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland & Etosha

The Grand Namibia Safari is an 11 day accommodated tour that visits the highlights of Namibia. This safari is tailor-made for smaller groups (with a maximum of 6 participants on any departure) and the itinerary has been designed to allow for some quality time to enjoy Namibia to the maximum. While on the Grand Namibia Safari you will enjoy:

  • The oldest desert on earth, the Namib, with it's wide range of landscapes, from gravel to rocky mountains, to huge dunes in varying colours of sand.
  • The red sand sea of Sossusvlei, a small valley between the dunes which sometimes experiences rainfall.
  • The Moon Landscape - a totally barren, undulating, rocky desert, which was formed by the valleys of the Swakop river, and the Welwitschia mirabelis, a plant that produces 2 leaves in it's life span.
  • The coastal town of Swakopmund, a popular holiday destination, with it's pleasant summer climate, decent beaches, surfing and fishing.
  • The engravings at Twyfelfontein, created over 2,000 years ago, notably the 'Lion Man' depicting the transformation of humans into animals, after sessions of trance-dancing.
  • The semi-nomadic Himba people in the remote Kaokoland area of Namibia.
  • The great Etosha National Park with an abundance of game. Much of the park consists of open countryside, with wide expanses of grassland savannah around the pan, a huge advantage when game viewing as the wildlife is easy to spot.

The Grand Namibia Safari is run as a privately guided safari, participants will not be paired with other groups and the pricing is structured according to how many people make up your party. This also means that the safari route, number of days and accommodation can be altered to suit your requirements. Feel free to contact us and we can make suitable safari suggestions for your group.

  • Namibia Ideal: Dune Sunrise
  • Namibia Ideal: Swakop Jetty
  • Namibia Ideal: Walvis Bay Flamingoes
  • Namibia Ideal: Animal 101
  • Namibia Ideal: Dunes 6
  • Namibia Ideal: Deadvlei
  • Namibia Ideal: Animal 109
  • Namibia Ideal: Animal 12
  • Namibia Ideal: Dunes 10
  • Namibia Ideal: Dunes 11
  • Namibia Ideal: Dunes 15
  • Namibia Ideal: Dunes 9
  • Namibia Ideal: Desert 01
  • Namibia Ideal: Etosha Waterhole
  • Namibia Ideal: Light House Swakop
  • Namibia Ideal: Lion
  • Namibia Ideal: Okaukueko Waterhole
  • Namibia Ideal: Swakop Cafe
  • Namibia Ideal: View From The Tower, Okaukuejo
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Day 1: Windhoek - Namib Naukluft Lodge
Guests will be collected around 09h00 from their Windhoek accommodation and the journey sets off via the scenic and steep Spreetshoogte Pass, to the beautifully set Namib Naukluft Lodge, where a light lunch will be served. During the afternoon there is time to relax at the swimming pool and/or join a walking trail in the mountains. In the evening guests can listen to the sounds of the barking gecko and gaze at the fascinating star-lit night skies. (Optional - A flight in a light aircraft over the dunes at Sossusvlei.)
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Namib Naukluft Lodge
Day 2: Sossusvlei
An early morning rise will be rewarded by the sight of the spectacular dunes at Sossusvlei. This clay pan is created by a river that flows through the Namib Desert, and even in the infrequent wet years, does not reach the Atlantic Ocean, but drains away in these dunes. The climb to the top of one of the dunes is well worth the effort, and a full breakfast will be served under a camelthorn tree. The Sesriem Canyon is invisible even from a short distance away, and a closer inspection reveals it brings you to a sharp drop, but there is a pathway leading down into its depths. Lunch is at the lodge and during the late afternoon, there is a 'sundowner' drive to the natural 'marble mountains' on the 25,000ha private nature reserve.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Namib Naukluft Lodge
Day 3: Namib Naukluft Lodge - Swakopmund
En route to Swakopmund, the tour will head through the Namib Desert, enjoying the Kuiseb Canyon and a drive along the Swakop river valley en-route. There are scheduled stops at the stark, bare and inhospitable Moon Landscape, a favourite with the film industry over the years and to the Welwitschia mirabelis, an ancient plant endemic to the Namib Desert, who's leaves are shredded into strips by the harsh desert winds. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure and an exploration of the coastal holiday resort is on the cards.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Hansa Hotel - Swakopmund or the Swakopmund Hotel & Entertainment Centre or the Seaside Hotel or a similar hotel in Swakopmund
Day 4: Swakopmund
A short drive down the coast to Walvis Bay, with the option of joining a tour, (kayaking on the Walvis Bay Lagoon, quad biking, or a catamaran trip from the Walvis Bay yacht harbour.) Many visitors enjoy walking along the lagoon to view it's prolific birdlife and huge population of flamingos. Return to Swakopmund in the afternoon and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (Optional - a sundowner flight along the coastline in a light aircraft.)
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: as per day 3
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Day 5: Swakopmund - Damaraland
It's up the coastline via Henties Bay and Uis to the vast regions of the Damaraland, one of the most interesting and dramatic regions in Namibia. There is a visit to the famous rock-engravings at Twyfelfontein and arrival at the lodge is during the course of the afternoon, where some free time follows. Twyfelfontein Country Lodge is set amongst a mountainous backdrop,
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge
Day 6: Kaokoland
The Grand Namibia Safari travels via Palmwag and Sesfontein (lunch excluded) into the Kaokoveld. This area is shared by elephant, black rhino, giraffe and lion, as well as the Himba people, one of the last nomadic tribes in Africa. Kaokoland is often described as one of the last true wilderness areas in the North West of Namibia. Tonight's lodge is located on a mountain side and you‘ll have beautiful views into the arid landscape.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Opuwo Country Lodge
Day 7: Kaokoland
After breakfast we take along a local guide and a few items for the Himba people and depart to a Himba settlement. You’ll meet with the people and will gain a bit of insight into their lives. A true African experience. We return to the lodge for lunch (excluded) and have the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Opuwo Country Lodge
Day 8: Etosha National Park
Today the tour enters the Etosha National Park from the western side, depending on the availability of Okaukuejo or Halali - otherwise an alternative route is used. The main attraction at these camps is that they both have a floodlit waterhole, enabling game viewing during the hours of darkness. The elephants in Etosha are reputed to be the largest in Africa. Halali's waterhole is set some 200m from the camp, so the animals are not disturbed or frightened by any unwelcome noises, as they come to drink and play.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner
Accommodation: Dolomite Camp, Okaukuejo or Halali Rest Camp
or a lodge near Etosha
Day 9: Etosha National Park
A full day's game viewing across Etosha, stopping at various waterholes en-route. This park is well-known for its huge herds of elephant, zebra and antelope and with a bit of luck, lion and other predators shouldn't be too far away. Departure is through the Van Lindquist gate and on to the overnight accommodation.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Mokuti Lodge, Mushara Lodge or Etosha Aoba Lodge
Day 10: Etosha National Park
Another full day into Etosha National Park as the tour explores the 'Fisher's Pan' good for springbok and wildebeest, as well as Andoni, the northern most waterhole, both excellent sites for bird-watching. A fruitful day of game viewing is anticipated, before returning to the lodge.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Mokuti Lodge, Mushara Lodge or Etosha Aoba Lodge
Day 11: Etosha - Windhoek
After breakfast it's time to head for the old mining town of Tsumeb, (generally pronounced Soo-meb.) There is a visit to the ethnological museum, before continue via the large town of Otjiwarongo. (The place where fat cattle graze.) It's then south to Okahandja, a small industrial town, (with no traffic lights) for a stop at the woodcraft market, an ideal destination to stock up on really good quality curio's and souvenirs. Arrival in Windhoek is during late afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast
Mode of transport
Air-Conditioned Mini Bus or 4x4 Landcruiser
Number Of Participants
Maximum of 6
Included
Safari in a small group with a qualified English and/or German speaking tour-guide.
Accommodation and meals as listed above: 10x breakfast, 3x lunch and 8x dinner.
Activities as mentioned in the itinerary are included - those marked as optional are for clients own account
Park entrance- fees and porterage, still and sparkling water on board the bus are free of charge.
Excluded
Meals not listed (e.g. 8x lunch and 2x dinners in Swakopmund).
All optional tours and trips are to be booked and paid in advance or to the tour guide, who will gladly assist with the necessary reservations.
Items of a personal nature
Tips
Travel Insurance
Route & Accommodation
The itinerary above is a guideline only and whilst we try to adhere to it there may be circumstances when it may change - for example weather and/or road conditions, seasonal daylight hours etc. Overnight stops on occasion may be altered from those indicated.

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