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Private Safari in Namibia

Visions of Africa offers you this luxury private safari in Namibia, enjoy the wonders of this beautiful country with the five star surroundings

Prices from £4495.00 per person

Galton House, Windhoek

Windhoek

Windhoek is Namibia’s capital, home to an international airport and a plethora of restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and accommodation options. The city is clean, safe and well-organised, with a colonial legacy that is reflected in its many German eateries and shops, and the widespread use of the German language. Windhoek has an interesting mix of historical architecture and modern buildings, many of which are worth a look, including the Alte Feste (Old Fort), the 1896 Christuskirche (Christ Church), and the more contemporary Supreme Court.

Day Notes

After clearing immigration and collecting your luggage you will be met in the arrivals hall for your transfer to Galton House. In the early afternoon you will meet your guide. After a short tour briefing, you will be taken on a city tour. Windhoek is a city of many contrasts. Modern skyscrapers blend with historic buildings dating from the turn of the century. Several buildings from the German colonial era have been preserved and restored to fulfil useful functions in the community today. Some of the sights you will see on your tour are the Ride Memorial, the Old Fort, the Parliament Building (also known as the “Ink Place”), the Lutheran Church, the Railway Station and many more.

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Overnight: Galton House

Galton House is Windhoek’s newest accommodation establishment. Named after the famous explorer Sir Francis Galton, it has a relaxed but efficient style which creates a very welcoming atmosphere. Impressive wildlife photography adorns the walls whilst the rest of the interior is a combination of modern minimalistic and understated chic. A mere ten minute drive from the centre of town and perched on the edge of Windhoek’s northernmost affluent suburb of Eros, guests staying here will be ensured of peace and tranquillity. There is Wi-Fi throughout the property and the eight guest rooms all have wired internet connectivity and satellite television. There is a coffee/tea station available in the reception area and these can also be provided in the rooms on request. The communal areas consist of a large lounge, indoor and outdoor dining areas, a swimming pool, an early arrival/late departure day room (including toilet, shower, changing and re-packing facility) as well as understated garden areas. There is also a delightful ‘al fresco’ dining area by the pool where freshly prepared and very tasty meals are served (including lunch and dinner). A number of shops, restaurants and supermarkets are within easy striking distance.

Zebra Kalahari Lodge & Spa, Southern Namibia

Southern Namibia

Southern Namibia offers a harsh but beautiful environment, from the Orange River up to the Central Namibian highlands and between two deserts Southern Namibia is epitomised by vast, slowly changing landscapes.

Day Notes

After breakfast, depart from Windhoek and drive via Rehoboth, the centre of Namibia’s Baster community into the red dunes of the Kalahari Desert to the Intu Africa Reserve and the Zebra Lodge. After lunch, head out on a Bushman walk with the lodge. Zebra Lodge is situated in The Intu Afrika Kalahari Private Game Reserve, a 10,000ha wildlife sanctuary, located in the Namibia’s south-western region of the Kalahari. Set along the upper reaches of the Auob river system, the open, grassy plains are surrounded by acacia woodlands and the red sand dunes of the Kalahari Desert. The expanse of the reserve is characterized by parallel red dunes, sparsely covered by unique vegetation. Grassy plains, peppered with centuries old camelthorn trees commonly known as “dune streets” or valleys, separate the dunes, providing refuge for diverse animal and bird life indigenous to the Kalahari.

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Overnight: Zebra Kalahari Lodge & Spa A 10 000 ha wildlife sanctuary located in the south-western region of the Kalahari, along the upper reaches of the Auob river system of Namibia. The expanse of the reserve is characterized by lofty ancient parallel red dunes sparsely covered by unique vegetation.

Le Mirage Desert Lodge & Spa, Namib

Namib

The Namib is the world’s oldest desert, and although it stretches along the entire length of Namibia’s coastline, the Namib commonly refers to the vast sea of sand from Luderitz to Swakopmund. For a big sandy desert the scenery is remarkably varied, with the giant red dunes of Sossusvlei being the most famous part. Because of how old it is the Namib is home to numerous species that don’t occur elsewhere and although no humans live in the desert an amazing array of flora and fauna manages to survive here. Famous species include the Welwitschia – a living fossil plant, endemic chameleons, fur seals along the coast, brown hyenas, jackals and remarkably one of Africa’s largest antelope the Gemsbok. The name Namib is of Nama origin and means “vast place” and vast it certainly is. Further south the routing takes you via Maltahöhe into the low plains of the Namib Desert to the Sossusvlei area, stopping for lunch along the way. The Sossusvlei Lodge is situated at the main entrance to the dunes and ideally located for early morning excursions in the area.

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Overnight: Le Mirage Desert Lodge & Spa

Le Mirage Desert Lodge & Spa, probably the most unique construction in the Namib desert is situated at 21 km from the Sesriem gate to Sossusvlei. This makes it one of the lodges closets to the Sossusvlei and the ideal place to stay when you want to visit the highest dunes in the world! Guests are accommodated in 25 luxury rooms with en-suite facilities, air-conditioning, safe, mini bar and coffee & tea facilities. The lodge is accommodated in a large castle sheltering guests against the harsh desert climate. Our spacious restaurant serves a fusion cuisine of European and Namibian dishes. A highlight at the lodge is our Mystique Spa, wellness centre which is specialized in massages, pedicures, manicures, aroma massages and de-stress treatments. In the large courtyard guests can retreat at the swimming pool sheltered from the desert in an oasis of palm trees. We offer quad bike tours, nature drives on our private domain and nature drives to Sossusvlei, scenic flights and hot air ballooning. The lodge offers guests a luxury home after a day in the desert.

Le Mirage Desert Lodge & Spa, Namib

Day Notes

Head out for an early morning visit to Sossusvlei, (a clay pan surrounded by some of the highest sand dunes in the world), which is filled only with water in years when exceptionally good rainfall is received. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon we visit the Sesriem Canyon. It is said that the canyon got its name during the time of the ox wagon, when a person had to use six harness straps to haul water from the bottom of the canyon.

The Stiltz Hotel, Swakopmund

Swakopmund

Founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South West Africa, Swakopmund is often described as being more German than Germany. Now a seaside resort, Swakopmund is the capital of the Skeleton Coast tourism area and has plenty to keep visitors happy. The quirky mix of German and Namibian influences, colonial-era buildings and the cool sea breeze make it very popular.

Day Notes

The route takes you north via the Kuiseb Canyon to Swakopmund. Highlights en route include a drive to the “Moon Landscape” and the ancient desert plant, “Welwitschia mirabilis”. Stop for a picnic lunch en-route. This quaint desert town with its old-world charm and relaxed atmosphere hedged by desert and sea, is enhanced by lush green lawns and palm trees. In the evening your guide takes you to dinner at the local The Tug restaurant.

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Overnight: The Stiltz Hotel This new accomodation is unique in every aspect. It offers the most spectacular views in Swakopmund overlooking either the Atlantic Ocean, the river-bed or the sand dunes and the bird rich lagoon at the river mouth. If that does not take your breath away, the architecture of these wooden bungalows built on stilts will. Each private bungalow has been attended to in the finest detail, interlinked by wooden walkways to the others and to the main dining bungalow. You will feel in a different space, yet you are only minutes away from the charming town centre with plentiful restaurants, loads of activities and all the amenities you could wish for… That is if you really feel like leaving your bungalow!

The Stiltz Hotel, Swakopmund

Day Notes

This morning your guide transfers you to the neighbouring town of Walvis Bay for a boat cruise on the Walvis Bay Lagoon. The cruise departs Walvis Bay Yacht club at 09h00 and takes you through the harbour to Bird Island, you then cut across the lagoon to the moored Russian trawlers where inquisitive seals will swim up to the boats looking for something to eat. From there we head to Pelican Point where entertainment is provided by a large seal colony and pods of Heavyside and Bottlenose Dolphins swimming alongside the boats. For bird lovers, apart from seeing flamingoes, cormorants and pelicans, there are common sightings of the White Chinned Petrel, Wilson’s Storm Petrel, Black Oystercatcher and even the Jackass Penguin. To round off the trip you will be spoilt with fresh Walvis Bay oysters, snacks and cold sparkling wine served on board the boat. The afternoon is at leisure to relax at the guesthouse or explore the town. In the evening, your guide takes you to dinner at the local The Wreck restaurant.

Mola Mola Marine Cruise

Highlights: Pelican Point, oyster farms, Walvis Bay Harbour and Pelican Point Lighthouse. Common Sightings: Bottlenose and Heavyside Dolphins, Cape Fur Seals, Mola Molas, penguins, Leatherback Turtles, whales (July-November). Bird Sightings: Flamingos, pelicans, cormorants, White Chinned Petrel, Wilson’s Storm Petrel, Cape Gannet, Black Oystercatcher

Etendeka Mountain Camp, Damaraland

Damaraland

Huge, untamed and ruggedly beautiful Damaraland is an exceptionally scenic landscape of open plains and spectacular rock formations. The major attractions are Spitzkoppe, the Brandberg, Twyfelfontein, Vingerklip and the Petrified Forest.

Day Notes

Departure from Swakopmund along the Atlantic Coast towards the North. Visit the lichen fields near Wlotzka’s Baken before continuing to Henties Bay, a small holiday resort. From here, head inland into Damaraland, your route taking you via the mining village of Uis. Stop for lunch along the way. Experience the harsh transition from the Namib Desert to the Damaraland highlands with its impressive landscape and ragged valleys. Early afternoon arrival at Camp Kipwe in the Twyfelfontein area.

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Overnight: Etendeka Mountain Camp Following the signing of the groundbreaking joint-venture agreement with the neighbouring communities, the decision was made to completely rebuild and relaunch Etendeka Mountain Camp. The unique new dining area stays true to Etendeka’s long standing and award winning commitment to eco-friendly values. In the foothills of the Grootberg massif, set amidst magnificent scenery and the ancient Etendeka lavas of northern Damaraland, the ten new en-suite Meru tents have been refitted with luxury mattresses and 100% cotton linen. Necessary comforts have not been overlooked with the bathrooms also benefiting from a makeover, while the traditional, open-air bucket shower still holds pride of place. Simple, fresh, wholesome meals are prepared, either in solar ovens or on open fires, and enjoyed under African skies. Extensive use is made of solar power throughout the camp. Etendeka is one of only two establishments that have been awarded the highest rank in the Namibian Eco-awards. At Etendeka, wildlife has acclimatised to a precarious existence amongst the towering basalt mountains and dry mopane-shaded river courses of the Kunene Region. A strong focus is on walking activities. “The feel at Etendeka is rustic; we wanted to bring back that rugged element of the traditional tented camp that most have unfortunately lost.” Manager and co-owner of Etendeka Mountain Camp, Dennis Liebenberg has been running the property for the past 20 years and knows the area like the back of his hand. He loves to share his knowledge with guests.

Etendeka Mountain Camp, Damaraland

Day Notes

The following morning we visit Twyfelfontein, which means “doubtful fountain” and resembles a large, open-air art gallery.   This treasure house of rock engravings left by stone-age artists is regarded as one of the richest collections of rock engravings in Africa. South of Twyfelfontein is the Burnt Mountain, a panorama of desolation with coloured rocks contrasting vividly against the grey-black surroundings. The Organ Pipes, a mass of basalt slabs in a ravine gouged out by a river, is another geological curiosity in the area. After lunch back at the lodge, head out with the lodge on an elephant / nature drive that takes you into the dry riverbeds of the area to search for the elusive desert adapted elephant.

Andersson’s Camp, Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park

The Etosha National Park is Namibia’s premiere game viewing experience, situated in the northwest of Namibia and is an area well known for its wildlife. Vegetation ranges from dense bush to open plains attracting a diversity of wildlife. In the heart of the Park is The Etosha Pan – a shallow depression that covers an area of 5000sq kilometres. Dry and shimmering for most of the year, the pans fill up with water after good rains to a depth which is seldom deeper than 1m. In the dry season wildlife is attracted to perennial springs and waterholes that makes for excellent game viewing. Within the park are three large public rest camps catering for the more budget orientated traveller. There are several smaller establishments on the outskirts of the park on private land offering a more intimate and comprehensive experience. All of these establishments offer excellent value for money.

Day Notes

We travel on through central Namibia via the tarred road to the Etosha National Park. Your route takes you via Kamanjab, where you visit the Otjikandero Himba Village to learn more about this nomadic people and their traditions & cultures. Midday arrival at the Andersson Camp, situated on the private Ongava Game Reserve adjacent to the Etosha National Park. Surrounded by scrub-covered plains on white calcrete soils, Andersson’s Camp is situated close to Etosha National Park and takes its name from that of the famed Swedish explorer.An erstwhile farmstead has been tastefully rebuilt and now forms the main area fronting onto a waterhole. From here 20 tented guest units radiate outwards with distant views of the low range of Ondundozonanandana Mountains. The tents are a clever mix of calcrete stone cladding, canvas and wood all with en-suite bathrooms and elevated on wooden decks. The tents have double doors and a small veranda for uninterrupted views and feature a uniquely designed open-air private shower. Andersson’s Camp’s close proximity to Etosha is ideal for full-day self-drives into the Park which take in the plethora of game found here. Etosha National Park is Namibia’s premier wildlife destination and at almost the size of Switzerland it is certainly one of Africa’s largest game parks. Large herds of plains game concentrate around the waterholes in the dry season, whilst the summer months’ sporadic rainfall produces a profusion of new life – pronking baby springbok and comical young wildebeest herald the onset of summer. Birdlife in this area is prolific with over 340 species already recorded, amongst them 10 of Namibia’s 14 endemic bird species.

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Overnight: Andersson’s Camp Nestled in mopane scrub on white calcrete soils, Andersson’s Camp is situated 4.5km from Etosha’s Andersson Gate. The camp was named after Swedish explorer Charles Andersson – one of the first Europeans to ‘discover’ Etosha, Africa’s largest saltpan. The resurrected former farmstead that stands on the site now forms the centre of a charming camp fronting onto a productive waterhole. The 18 tented en-suite units are raised on decks for an enhanced view of the waterhole and surrounding plains. The camp is an exciting example of sustainable construction; this model of eco-sensitive lodging provides an authentic, safe and down-to-earth experience for small groups, families and independent travellers to the Etosha region and is easily accessible by either road or air. Activities include morning and/or afternoon game drives in Etosha National Park, night drives (on request) and nature walks on Ongava Reserve. Subject to the availability of vehicles and guides, morning and afternoon/evening game drives on Ongava Game Reserve can be arranged at camp at extra cost.

Day Notes

These days are spent discovering the mysteries of the African bush in Etosha National Park. Enjoy game drives in the park and visit the numerous waterholes that attract a large diversity of animal and bird species, many of these being endemic to the country. The game drives are conducted in open 4×4 vehicles to ensure optimal photographic opportunities.

Okonjima Plains Camp, Garden Room

Day Notes

Depart the Etosha area and head south via Otjiwarongo to the Okonjima Lodge, home of the Africat Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation and protection of Namibian wild cats, in particular leopard and cheetah. Enjoy the opportunity to admire and photograph these predators.

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Overnight: Okonjima Plains Camp Not only is Okonjima a luxury lodge, but it is also home to The AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organisation, committed to long-term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores, especially cheetahs and leopards. A visit to Okonjima will give you an opportunity to witness some of AfriCat’s work. MAIN CAMP is the original Hanssen-family farmhouse, reconstructed as a lodge in 1992.

Day Notes

Return journey via Okahandja to Windhoek. Okahandja is an important centre for woodcarvers from the north. They practice their ancient skills at the Woodcarvers Market next to the main road. This is a good place to pick a last souvenir. Arrival in Windhoek with transfer to Hosea Kutako Airport for check-in on your outbound flight. Bid farewell to Namibia! For more information on this private safari in Namibia or any of our luxury safaris please contact our expert team on 01444 225640 or e-mail info@visionsofafrica.co.uk