Simply Namibia - 19 days
Individual Self-Drive Trekking Safari
Upon arrival, guests will be given a warm and hearty Namibian welcome by a representative of Abenteuer Afrika Safari before beginning their journey. Our representative will review the itinerary and directions as well as direct you to your rental vehicle.
Once settled into the vehicle, you will drive to the Mariental area where you will check into your accommodation at the Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge.
Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge
On one of the most beautiful sand dunes of the Kalahari Desert lies the Red Dune Lodge. In an area boasting a good rainfall by desert standards, this area enjoys an abundance of varied fauna and flora. Comfortable, well spaced, en suite tents built on stilts at the edge of the ‘vlei’ provide the sleeping accommodation.
TRANS KALAHARI WALK
Day 1 – Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge
Upon arrival at Red Dunes Lodge, you can relax while observing animals at a watering hole, take a dip in the pool, or take part in a scenic nature drive before enjoying dinner and resting up for the next day’s walking tour.
Overnight: Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge on a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast Basis
Day 2 – All-day hike through the Kalahari, accommodation in a luxury tented camp
An early start to the day begins with watching a Kalahari sunrise from a dune-sofa while sipping freshly-brewed coffee in pleasantly cool morning temperatures. The tour continues with a ramble over a chain of red dunes which cross a vast tree savannah. Guests should be on the lookout for Giraffe and Oryx herds which are often be spotted in the area.
A lunchtime rest-stop will be held in a lovely shaded valley. After a hearty meal and two hours rest to evade the midday heat, the expedition continues through valleys and dunes.
Overnight: Teufelskrallen Tented Camp on a Full Board Basis
Day 3 – Karoo hike, accommodation at Red Dunes Lodge
Enjoy a healthy breakfast before the walk continues to the Devil’s Claw Plantation. The Devil’s Claw is a plant of the sesame family, native to Namibia, and gets its name from the odd appearance of its hooked fruit. The plant’s large roots are used medicinally to reduce pain, fever and arthritis.
Overnight: Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge on a Full Board Basis
Today, your journey continues as you drive further south to the Ranch Koiimasis. On the way, you might wish to see Duwisib Castle, a castle fortress built in the hills of southern Namibia by German Baron Captain Hans Heinrich von Wolf for his wife.
In the midst of the Tiras Mountains, and on the edge of the Namib desert, Koiimasis Ranch is picturesquely surrounded by red shining granite rocks. The name »Koiimasis« means »meeting point« and comes from the San people who once lived in the area. The landscape varies from desert to quiver tree forest and may be explored by car, on foot or on horseback. For individual travellers and nature-loving self caterers the ranch offers a great variety of activities: rock climbing, nature and game watching, visiting an ostrich and parrot breeding centre, San caves and paintings or a stroll through the quiver tree forest at sunset. On request: desert dune trips, 4x4 route for self-drivers, horse riding.
Overnight: Ranch Koiimasis on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Basis
Travelling deeper into the Namib, your adventure continues with a 3-day leisurely, fully catered walking safari with Tok Tokkie Trails, a guided desert trail on the NamibRand Nature Reserve for 2 nights/ 3 days
Overnight: Tokkie Trails on a Full Board Basis
Tok Tokkie Trails brings visitors close to the desert’s awesome beauty, where they can experience many different aspects of the surreal desert scenery - from mountainous terrain to sandy dunes. In addition to the fantastic scenery and unfenced wildlife, the desert holds big and small wonders of adaptation that cannot be experienced while driving. There are many discoveries to be made regarding the secrets of the desert - the red sand is buzzing with life!
With an expert Trails guide, you will discover the desert and its amazingly adapted inhabitants. The guide
will show and explain the region during the daily walks and at night will answer questions while you relax with a sun downer and enjoy a three-course dinner before falling asleep under the stars...
After a leisurely breakfast, the self-drive excursion continues into the Namib Desert to Sossus Dunes Lodge.
Sossus Dune Lodge
The first lodge to be situated inside the Namib-Naukluft Park, Sossus Dune Lodge was constructed in an environmentally sensitive manner, primarily from wood, canvas and thatch. The lodge offers guests an evocative and life-changing experience. As they are located within the park, guests benefit from being able to reach Sossusvlei before sunrise, and to stay until after sunset, when all other visitors to the Park may only enter at sunrise and must leave by sunset. On the return to the lodge, guests may wish to relax in the tranquil splendour of the Namib Desert, under a spectacular African sky.
Overnight: Sossus Dunes Lodge on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Basis
After breakfast, your travels lead you to Namibia’s Coastal Jewel: Swakopmund. The road travels through two of Namibia’s most scenic canyons, the Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons. In addition, approximately 35 kilometers before Swakopmund you will pass Namibia’s port town of Walvis Bay.
Namib Guesthouse is elegant guesthouse, situated in a quiet neighbourhood and within walking distance of town and shopping centres.
The stylish and tranquil accommodation is elegantly furnished and spacious. All rooms have been thoughtfully designed to make the most of the exquisite views and the warm African sun.
Surrounded by breath-taking beauty, Namib Guesthouse offers all the creature comforts of modern living, spacious and sunny rooms, scrumptious breakfasts, and warm hospitality.
Overnight: Namib Guesthouse in a Standard room on a Bed and Breakfast basis
Day 10 is at leisure. We do however recommend a Marine Cruise on the Walvis Bay Lagoon
Leaving Swakopmund for the Erongo Region, you will have the opportunity to visit Spitzkoppe, Ameib and the arty village of Omaruru en route to the next lodge.
Erongo Wilderness Lodge
The chalets are built on stilts, set against towering granite formations. Each chalet has its own niche amongst the rocks, ensuring peace, privacy and exclusivity. The luxury Meru tents are pitched under steep thatched roofs for shade, and have netting across all windows and doors, allowing only the breeze to enter. The en-suite bathrooms are cleverly built around the existing rocks and trees in a very natural way. With a private deck, bush-style mini-bar, and spectacular setting, each chalet is the perfect way to experience the lush Erongo environment.
Overnight: Erongo Wilderness Lodge on a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast basis
Walking is the best way to experience the beauty of the Erongo Mountains.
Popular walks include:
The Mountain Top Walk: Best in the early morning; a guide will lead a 2 to 3 hour walk through the bush and to the top of an imposing granite dome, before returning to a well-earned brunch.The Sundowner Walk: In the late afternoon participants are guided up a nearby lofty granite outcrop with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.
Visitors may also set off on their own and explore the area in their own time, and at their own pace.
The next destination is Etosha National Park
Okaukuejo Restcamp, located near the southern entrance of Etosha National Park, is famous for its flood-lit waterhole from which visitors can observe wildlife. Several types of accommodation are available, including some with barbeque facilities. Other facilities include a restaurant, bar, shop, swimming pool, kiosk and camping facilities.
Overnight: Okaukuejo Rest Camp on a Bed and Breakfast basis
Etosha National Park
Etosha was first established in 1907, when Namibia was a German colony known as South West Africa. At the time, the park’s original 100,000 km² (38,500 mile²) made it the largest game reserve in the world. Due to political changes since its original establishment, the park is now smaller; but still spans 23 000 km² of savanna and shrub lands, supporting up to 114 different mammal species, including the endangered Black Rhinoceros and endemic Black-nosed Impala; as well as some 300 different bird species. The Etosha Pan dominates the park. This salt pan is roughly 130 km long and as wide as 50 km in places. The pan is usually dry, but fills with water briefly in the summer, when it attracts pelicans and flamingoes. Perennial springs attract a variety of animals and birds throughout the year.
From Okaukuejo Restcamp which is situated in the south center of Etosha, you will drive eastwards to Namutoni.
Namutoni Rest Camp
Namutoni is located in the eastern side of Etosha National Park. It centres on an old German Fort, overlooking the King Nehale waterhole. The Fort has been developed into the hub of activity, offering two restaurants, a relaxation lounge, a bar, crafts boutique, curio shop, jewellers and bookstore. The Fort area is for pedestrian access only, and an elevated decked walkway along the water-hole facing wall will provide opportunities for enjoying the surrounding scenery, wildlife and the spectacular sunsets. Accommodation is provided in comfortable double rooms or bush chalets. Camping is also available.
Overnight: Namutoni Rest Camp on a Bed and Breakfast basis
Today’s drive leads to the Waterberg Plateau near Otjiwarongo.
The buildings of Waterberg Wilderness Lodge lie sheltered in a long valley in the midst of the Waterberg massif. Built from red Waterberg sandstone they are nestled under enormous old trees. In the mature, well-kept garden with its two pavilions and the bricked-in spring water basin lined by giant bamboo the atmosphere is idyllic and there are many cool and shaded spaces.
Overnight: Waterberg Wilderness Lodge on a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast basis
Waterberg Plateau hikes (mornings, 3 hrs)
These hikes take guests onto the famous plateau of Waterberg. Although animals will usually keep their distance, the hiking guide is almost certain to show you fresh scent of leopard, rhino, buffalo and various antelope. From the plateau are spectacular views of the fertile valley of Waterberg Wilderness and across the Omaheke (or Sandveld), as this particular part of the Kalahari is called. Also discover striking sandstone formations, massive fig trees and a natural spring. The difference in altitude of about 150 metres needs to be managed on the way up, and later on the way down again.
After enjoying a leisurely breakfast, the tour leaves the Waterberg Plateau Region and returns to Windhoek.
N/a’ankuse Lodge & Wildlife sanctuary
Created by Marlice van Vuuren, a well known Namibian conservationist, together with her husband Dr. Rudie van Vuuren and their friend Chris Heunis, N/a’an ku sê Lodge & Wildlife Sanctuary is committed to playing a key role in conservation and the protection of the Namibian wildlife, land and people. The Lodge is crafted from ecologically clean material including solid logs and glass to complement N/a’an ku sê’s beautiful wilderness setting. Guests will find luxurious, individual chalets and a tranquil dining area with stunning views, bar and swimming pool. There are also beautifully appointed and fully equipped holiday houses available for hire. The Lodge provides a breathtaking backdrop for weddings and conferences.
Either one of the van Vuuren family or one of our expert field guides, will accompany guests on a unique and exciting walk with the cheetah Kiki through the stunning African veldt. During this walk one may have the opportunity of being a witness to Kiki stalking and hunting. There is also an excellent chance of spotting small antelope, white backed vulture and other species.
Rudie and Marlice van Vuuren, or one of our expert field guides, will escort guests on a delightful walk through the veld with two of their tame caracals. During this walk one discovers more about how these animals behave in the wild, stalking birds and small mammals as they employ their natural instincts and hunting skills.
|1||Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge||Breakfast, Dinner||
Meet and greet by Abenteuer Afrika Representative
|2||Trans Kalahari Walk||Full Board||Guided trek|
|3||Trans Kalahari Walk||Full Board||Guided trek|
|5||Tok Tokkie Trails||Full Board||Guided trek|
|6||Tok Tokkie Trails||Full Board||Guided trek|
|7||Sossus Dune Lodge||Breakfast, Dinner|
|8||Sossus Dune Lodge||Breakfast, Dinner||Optional: Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon|
|10||Namib Guesthouse||Breakfast||Optional: Marine Cruise in the Walvisbay Lagoon|
|11||Erongo Wilderness Lodge||Breakfast & Dinner|
|12||Okaukuejo Rest Camp||Breakfast|
|13||Namutoni Rest Camp||Breakfast|
|14||Waterberg Wilderness Lodge||Breakfast, Dinner|
|15||Waterberg Wilderness Lodge||Breakfast, Dinner|
|16||Naankuse Lodge||Breakfast, Dinner|
|17||Naankuse Lodge||Breakfast, Dinner|
- Meet and Greet at the Windhoek International Airport
- Accommodation as stated above
- 17 x Breakfast; 13 x Dinner