A 14-day self-drive tour to North-western of Namibia. From the Brandberg to the Kaokoland, Kunene river and Etosha, a real adventure.
Day 1: Arrive in Windhoek
Relax at the swimmingpool/in the gardens. After coffee & cake, depart on a game drive ending with a sundowner. Lodge near Windhoek.
Day 2: Depart to Omaruru
Drive via Okahandja and a visit to the woodcarvers’ market. Enjoy a self-guided walk to the bushman paintings. You may decide to visit the bushman „living museum“. Lodge in the Erongo mountains with bizarre rock formations.
Day 3: Drive via the Brandberg to Twyfelfontein
Sightseeing of the famous Bushman engravings, a World Heritage Site. A geologically fascinating area that includes the stone Organ pipes and Burnt Mountain. Lodge in the Erongo mountains with bizarre rock formations
Day 4: Palmwag Lodge on the Etendeka volcanic plateau
We can decide to do a game drive with our lodge along the Huab river in search of desert elephant and other wild animals. We continue north west to travel up a mountain pass to reach the Etendeka Plateau with its ancient volcanic rocks and bizarre and interesting flora. Lodge on the Palmwag Concession.
Day 5: To the Khowarib Schlucht and the Hoanib River
The Palmwag Concession is well know for its many springs and plentiful water that make this rugged country an animal paradise. We enjoy a self-guided game drive onto the concession in search of many different animal species including elephant, black rhino, Hartmann’s mountain zebra and many different antelope species. We continue to the
Khowarib gorge where we settle into our rustic lodge in the shade of the evergreen Mopane trees. Lodge at the Khowarib Schlucht.
Day 6: Excursion along the Hoanib River
The Hoanib River is one of the larger ephemeral rivers that serve as a linear oasis for the desert adapted wildlife found here. We can book a Hoanib game drive with the lodge to go and explore this very wild and beautiful area that is home to a number of herds of Namibia’s famous desert elephant. A full day adventure into the wilderness on the edge of the Kaokoland. Lodge at the Khowarib Schlucht
Day 7: To Opuwo, the home of the Himba tribe
We drive up the Joubert Pass to reach the highlands leading to Opuwo. Along the way we discover the huge Baobab trees, thousands of years old. We reach Opuwo, a dusty and colourful town with hundreds of Himba people in their tradtional dress going about their business. We spend the afternoon relaxing at the beautiful lodge overlooking the
Himba cattle kraals as far as the eye can see. Opuwo Country Lodge.
Day 8: Depart to the Kunene River on the Border to Angola
We depart the vibrant and colourful African town of Opuwo, the capital of the Kunene Region. We drive north past dozens of Himba Kraals to the Kunene River, which forms the border between Namibia and Angola. The thundering sound of the Epupa waterfalls is a welcome relief to the heat and dust of the Kaokoland. We can take a hike along the
waterfalls and/or visit a Himba settlement to observe and learn more about this fascinating tribe. Lodge at the Epupa waterfalls.
Day 9: Kunene River Lodge
This is a birds paradise. The lodge enjoys the shade of the huge trees along the rivers edge. We can sit and enjoy the peace of the river with views across to Angola or take a fishing trip or canoeing trip down river. In the late afternoon we are booked on a sundowner boat cruise. Lodge at the Kunene River.
Day 10: Drive to the Dolomite hills in western Etosha
We travel south to enter Etosha at Otjovasondu. On the drive to our camp we may be lucky to view the first wild animals including various antelope, zebra and rhino. Gameviewing at the lodges’ waterhole. We may see the elephants or possibly lions coming to quench their thirst. Lodge in the western part of the Etosha National Park.
Day 11: All day game drive to Okaukuejo
We travel eastwards through an area with many waterholes where we can stop to view the wildlife. We reach the great white place, Etosha, a huge salt pan of over 4000 sq km in size. Okaukuejo is well know for its floodlit waterhole where animals come to drink throughout the day and the night. Restcamp at Okaukuejo.
Day 12: Drive via Otjiwarongo to the Waterberg
In the early morning we have yet another opportunity to sit at the waterhole and watch hundreds of wild animals coming and going. After a late breakfast we drive via Outjo and Otjiwarongo to our next destination, the Waterberg. This is a nature paradise, geologically unique and offers a big variety of fauna and flora. Waterberg Restcamp.
Day 13: Depart for Windhoek
Our journey is slowly coming to an end. We travel via Okahandja to reach our lodge between the mountains. We can relax in the lovely gardens and at the pool. In the late afternoon we may decide to take a final game drive. Lodge in the country just north of Windhoek.
Day 14: Windhoek and International flight home
Return of rental vehicle and outbound flight.
You are welcome to make changes to the above program to create your very own unique tour.
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