Namibia individual travel

HIKING SAFARI

Hiking Safari

28 April to 11 May 2018

1 - 14 September 2018



Day 1: Arrival in Windhoek


Arrival at Windhoek International Airport. There we will be met by our tour guide and driven to the Auas Safari Lodge. Although very close to the capital Windhoek, the Auas safari lodge is already in the middle of the African bush. Here we can relax at the pool after our long flight, or sit by the bar or on the terrace outside our room with a view of the Auas mountains. In the evening we take a short hike and probably already see antelopes, warthogs, baboons and giraffes. After dinner, we could even take a short walk to the "crocodile dam" which is illuminated at night.
(Travel time: 1 hour, walking time: 1 hour)
(Auas Safari Lodge)

Day 2: Drive to the Tsarismountains

Today's journey takes you to Tsauchab River Camp via Rehoboth, Klein Aub and B├╝llsport. Tsauchab River Camp is located directly on the banks of the dry river Tsauchab. At the foot of the Tsaris Mountains great fig and camel thorn trees receive us. Today we take an afternoon hike, where we visit the crystal clear springs. We can enjoy dinner under the beautiful night sky.
(Travel time: 4-5 hours, walking time: 2 hours)
(Tsauchab River Camp)

Day 3: Naukluft Mountains

Sossusvlei AdventureAfter breakfast we are well strengthened to go on a hike in the Namib Naukluft Park. The area of the Naukluft Mountains offers deep gorges, caves, and bubbling springs. The trail leads to the plateau and the Quiver Tree Gorge. Along the way we see many antelopes, with some luck even the rare mountain zebra. Then we drive to the Desert Camp directly at Sesriem. The landscapes allow us to imagine what awaits us during the next few days. The incredible vastness of the Namib desert with scattered hills and dunes.
(Travel time: 2 hours, walking time: 6-7 hours)
(Desert Camp)

Day 4: Visit to Sossusvlei

Today we get up before sunrise. The drive to Sossusvlei we experience in a fascinating dreamscape. Since the sun is still pretty low after sunrise, the high sand dunes shimmer golden, yellow and red on one side, but are dark and shady on the other side. We walk to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei and then have the opportunity to climb the "Big Daddy"? It is one of the highest sand dunes in the world with approximately 300 meters in height and a great challenge! Before we leave the park, we still visit the Sesriem Canyon. Then the journey continues north to Rostock Ritz Desert Lodge. We can relax by the pool and at sunset go on a hike to the local mountain.
(Travel time: 4 hours, walking time: 3-4 hours)
(Rostock Ritz Desert Lodge)

Day 5: Drive to the Atlantic coast

We drive through the Ghaub- and Kuiseb Canyon and the central Namib Desert. Along the way we see ostriches, but perhaps also springbok, zebra or Oryx. We take a walk around the Blutkuppe, a granite island mountain in the middle of the desert. We climb a hill and have a wonderful view of the vastness of the Namib. Then it goes to the Atlantic coast to Swakopmund. Located in the center of Swakopmund, we check into our rooms located close to the sea in the Hotel / Pension Rapmund. WE enjoy dinner in a restaurant next to the sea. Full of all the impressions today we are likely to sleep well in the cool night air, hearing the sound of the Atlantic in the background..
(Travel time: 5 hours, walking time: 2-3 hours)
(Hotel Pension Rapmund)

Day 6: Catamaran Tour

Early in the morning we drive to Walvis Bay and take a very interesting "Dolphin & Seal Cruise" with the Catamaran. We will certainly see hundreds of seals, possibly dolphins, pelicans and flamingos. In the afternoon we again have time visit shops in Swakopmund, or to enjoy a piece of cake in one of the German cafes. It's worthwhile to visit the museum, which clearly the depicts the history and the different cultures of Namibia. The sea aquarium and the snake park are also interesting.
(Travel time: 1 hour)
(Hotel Pension Rapmund)

Day 7: Drive to the Erongo Mountains

ErongoWe say goodbye to the sea and drive across the Spitzkoppedie lunar landscape into the Swakopcanyon. On foot, we first explore the valleys of Swakopriviers, a dry river bed that has water only in the rainy season. We experience the lunar landscape. It's enormous, how the rocks have been eroded by the river over millions of years. The walk is very interesting, and runs between high rocks. We see the famous Welwitschia plants , but also Nara plants and other interesting plants that are trying to survive in the dry Namib desert. Then we drive back to Usakos to Ameib Ranch. Ameib is very specifically at the foot of the mighty Erongo mountains. In the West we see the majestic Spitzkoppe, Namibia's so-called Matterhorn, which rises 600 meters out of the plane.
(Travel time: 3 hours, walking time: 3-4 hours)
(Ameib guesthouse)

Day 8: Drive to Brandberg

Morning walk to the Bulls Party with the bizarre granite rock formations. It almost seems as if big round granite balls were rolled around by unearthly giants. After we climb a little to the Philipp's Cave, where we discover some Bushman paintings, our tour continues via Uis to the Brandberg, Namibia's highest mountain. In the numerous overhangs the of mountains we find San rock paintings. In the afternoon we hike to the "White Lady", the most famous of over 48,000 rock paintings. We stay in the Brandberg White Lady Lodge, situated at the foot of the Brandberg.
(Travel time: 3 hours, walking time: 4 hours)
(Brandberg White Lady Lodge)

Day 9: Visit Twyfelfontein

The journey continues to Twyfelfontein where we visit the world famous rock engravings. Twyfelfontein was appointed as a World Heritage Site in 2007, which we visit on a small guided tour. The name Twyfelfontein is Afrikaans and, means "dubious source". We then make a detour to the Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes, which are just around the corner. Here, about 130 million years ago, when South America separated from southern Africa, glowing hot magma invaded upon underground rocks. After millions of years of erosion, these rocks have now come to the fore. We head to our next destination, the Damara Mopane Lodge. The spacious lodge is embedded in varied gardens. From the lookout deck we have a fantastic view of the sunset as well as the beautiful starry sky.
(Travel time: 5 hours, walking time: 1 hour)
(Damara Mopane Lodge)

Day 10: Drive to Etosha National Park

Now we move to the realm of wildlife, the Etosha National Park. A few kilometers from the entrance to the park is the entrance to our beautiful Etosha Safari Lodge. Situated on a hill, restaurant and bungalows offer magnificent views of the African bushveld. This afternoon we make a small game drive in the Etosha National Park. The Etosha National Park is one of the biggest game reserves in the world and is considered one of the finest game parks in Africa. Maybe we are lucky and already see lions or elephants.
(Travel time: 3 hours + game drives)
(Etosha Safari Lodge)

Day 11: Etosha National Park

Oryx EtoshaOur guide takes us through the park in an easterly direction. Along the way we see wildlife such as giraffes, kudu, zebra, oryx antelope, black-faced impala, wildebeest, springbok, ostrich and with a little luck elephants and lions at the various water holes. Huge herds of plains game remind us to drive slowly. Before sunset we leave the park and drive to Onguma Bush Camp, which lies just outside the Lindequist gate of the park.
(Travel time: 4 hours + game drives)
(Onguma Bush Camp)



Day 12: Back to the Waterberg

In the morning we take a guided hike in search of wild animals in Onguma Game Reserve. A guide will explain how we have to behave. Then we leave the wildlife of Etosha Park and drive to the Waterberg. The Waterberg is known for its particularly diverse flora, its rare animal species, and its magnificent scenery. The Waterberg Camp is beautifully situated on the mountain and the restaurant is housed in a former German police station.
(Travel time: 5 hours, walking time: 2-3 hours)
(Waterberg Camp)

Day 13: Drive to Windhoek

Today we take a hike to the high plateau of the Waterberg, where we see almost all trees and shrubs that exist in Namibia. Up here, there are also some animals such as kudu, buffalo and even rhino (rarely seen). The view from the plateau to the endless plains of the savanna is breathtaking. Then we go to Okahandja, where we visit the local wooden craft market. Then it goes to Okapuka, just outside Windhoek. The farm is 120 square kilometers with many game species such as rhino, sable antelope, eland, giraffe, wildebeest, kudu and springbok. We can relax by the pool, let the last day recap and take a rest before the long flight tomorrow.
(Travel time: 3-4 hours, walking time: 2-3 hours)
(Okapuka Lodge)

Day 14: Departure

Unfortunately this is when our Namibia holiday comes to an end. We drive to Windhoek, where we make a few impressions of Namibia's capital and may still be able to do some last minute shopping (depending on the time of departure). Then we drive to the airport, where we will board the home bound plane.
(Travel time: 1.5 hours)

Dates (from/to Windhoek):
28 April to 11 May 2018
1 - 14 September 2018

Price from/to Windhoek:
Participants minimum 6 and a maximum of 12
Prices available on request.

Included:
Accommodation

Accommodation, full board, mineral water, snacks for the walking trails, tour guide, entrance fee.

Excluded:
Flights, tips, own drinks, activities not included in the above program.

We look forward to your contact regarding prices and detailed information about the tours above. Contact Andrew via email: andrew@nit.com.na