With its well-developed infrastructure, some of the best tourist facilities in Africa and an impressive list of breathtaking natural wonders, touring Namibia is truly a pleasure.
Visit the capital of Windhoek and the lovely coastal town of Swakopmund to discover remnants of the country’s German influence, reflected in the architecture, culture, cuisine and the annual Oktoberfest celebrations. To properly appreciate this extraordinary country you will have to venture out of the cities to explore the remarkable natural landscapes that Namibia has to offer.
These include – the impressive Fish River Canyon Park, the vast Etosha National Park teeming with local subspecies, such as desert lions, desert elephants and the Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra, the hauntingly beautiful Kalahari Desert and of course the Namib Desert stretching for nearly 1000 km along the magnificent Atlantic coastline. Namibia is an ideal destination for travellers seeking an unforgettable African experience in a uniquely beautiful untamed wilderness.
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 1: Overnight Travel
Take the flight from London Heathrow to Johannesburg.
Day 2: The Elegant Guesthouse, Windhoek
Situated in Central Namibia, the cosmopolitan city of Windhoek serves as the capital of the country. It is 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 an old fort, the 1896 Christuskirche Christ Church, and the more contemporary Supreme Court
After collecting your luggage you will be transferred to The Elegant Guesthouse and in the afternoon your hire car will be delivered to you. A representative will come and see you to talk through your itinerary. The rest of the afternoon/evening is for exploring Windhoek.
Overnight: The Elegant Guesthouse
Situated in the up-market residential area of Klein Windhoek, corner of "von Eckenbrecher - Ziegler Street" in Klein Windhoek, 5 minutes walk to Joe's Beerhouse (Africa's most famous Pub/Restaurant. This modern, up-market Guesthouse consists of 6 luxurious en-suite double rooms and a fully equipped boardroom. Guests can indulge in the contemporary flair and stylish surroundings of The Elegant Guesthouse.
One of Windhoek’s best-recognised landmarks, the Christus Kirche, or Christ Church, lords it over the city centre from a traffic island which it has all to itself. This church is absolutely beautiful both inside and out. The walls are Windhoek sandstone and the portal is of Italian Carrara marble. The church was extensively renovated in 1967, and in 1971 the roof was re-tiled and the outer natural stonework cleaned. The Christus Kirche was proclaimed a national monument on 29th November 1974 and is still used for services to this day. The services are conducted in German at 10.00 am on Sundays.
Joe's Beerhouse (Optional)
Joe’s Beerhouse opened its doors to the public in October 1991. Joe’s Beerhouse is divided into various areas: theinside bar and extension (68 + 50 pax), the extension Bismarck (56 pax), the lapa (169 pax), the boma (112 pax); the garden and main bar (60 pax) and the function room – for conferences, special or private events, with tables also accommodating couples (35 pax). This restaurant offers buffet and carvery, set menus or a varied selection from an a la carte menu.
Basis: Bed & Breakfast
Day 3: Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge, Mariental
Situated in south central Namibia, fringing the Kalahari Desert, the city of Mariental lies along the TransNamib railway and serves as the Hardap Region’s commercial and administrative capital. It provides an important petrol stop before heading west to Sesriem to view the red-orange dunes of Sossusvlei. Mariental is located close to magnificent the Hardap Dam, which is the largest reservoir in Namibia. The Hardap Irrigation Scheme has breathed life into this arid terrain, which is now fertile with farmlands covered in citrus, melons, lucerne, wine and maize, and dotted with ostrich farms. The dam is a popular holiday resort which draws city slickers from Windhoek and offers an array of watersports, scenic walks, and abundant wildlife in a 20000-hectare nature reserve set on its western bank; where visitors can spot rhino, ostrich, antelope, springbok and a variety of bird species.
Leave Windhoek behind and travel to Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge. There are a number of optional excursions that you may wish to book and pay for locally.
4x4 Game Drive
Game drives are the most popular activity at the Intu Afrika Game Reserve because of the high density of animals that live here and because of the different landscapes one can lose themselves in.
The sparse vegetation allows one to easily spot the plethora of game that live in the reserve and the high density of the game enhances our notion of respect for nature and will delight any traveller wishing to reconnect with Mother Nature.
Let our guides explore this 10 000 hectare paradise in the Kalahari with you as they are extremely clued-up on the fauna and flora of the area and have many interesting anecdotes to share with our guests.
The reserve is home to Zebra, Oryx, Wildebeest, Springbuck (including the black Springbuck), Waterbuck, Kudu, Blesbok, Tsessebe, Eland, Ostrich, Giraffe and even a lioness and there are many interesting bird species to discover whilst enjoying one of the two and a half hour game drives on offer. The guides are extremely knowledgeable and zealously share their passion for the animals, the plants and the area. The lone lioness whose partner succumbed to illness last year is a sight to behold in the Kalahari which is their natural habitat. She is enclosed in a 1000 hectare electrified camp.
Game drives can be booked in the morning or in the late afternoon which allows the Kalahari to show off its magical sunsets. After a 2-hour drive, the guides set out a lavish display of snacks and drinks for our guests to enjoy as they watch the sun set.
Walk with the San People
One of the most interesting and exciting activities on Intu Afrika is an hour long ‘Bushman Walk’ in the Kalahari landscape that is conducted at the guests requests and can be booked from any of the lodges on the Intu Afrika Kalahari Game Reserve.
The term ‘Bushman’ now referred to as the San people, refers to the nomadic hunter-gatherers indigenous to this area. The San People know the Kalahari Desert better than any other human beings and have survived the dry conditions for generations. They have studied nature and know where to find food and water in the harsh conditions of the unrelenting and unforgiving desert landscapes. They are hunter-gatherers, hunting with bows and arrows, trapping small animals and eating edible roots and berries and they eagerly demonstrate this to guests.
What makes this phenomenal experience is the click language that the San use to express themselves and with dramatic illustrations, guests are able to communicate with and understand the interesting information the San people share.
Allow the original people of this area to teach you their desert survival secrets and you will be amazed by what you learn.
Quad Bike Safari
Driving through the red dunes of the Kalahari together with a guide, get close to the animals and feel one with the nature. For all the adventerous ones among us is it a challenge to push your limits. Explore the most beautiful creatures of nature when you are on a Quad Bike, there is no better way to go and discover all the secrets of the Kalahari Desert.
You will be able to see the animals so close that you won’t believe your own eyes. The vegetation that grows in this dry desert is unbelievable, the camelthorn tree is one of the most common tree in the Kalahari Desert. Every time you take a run-up to get up a dune, you get the adrenaline and want more and more. And when you are on the top of a dune, you will have a view full of camlthorn trees, animals and sand dunes.
Every dune is a surprise, you never know what you’re going to see! Going on a quad bike safari is probably one of the most amazing activities you will have ever done, you can enjoy the speed, the weather, the fresh air, the nature and the animals, all in one activity!
This is a unique experience where your dining room is on top of a dune in the Kalahari desert. Peace and quiet, there will be no one else around you. The perfect end of a day is, with now doubt, a dune dinner. Enjoying the sunset on the top of a red sand dune, you can see every single phase, with its own color, of the sunset. The amazing view over the Kalahari Desert, with your feet in the warm sand, the cosy light of a candle-light,… And when you look up, you will see the night sky with it’s thousands stars, you even can see the Milkyway. Next to all this, you can hear the sounds of silence, and sometimes penetrated with the roars and cries of the African Bush. Sit back and relax, your dining room is changed into a red sand dune! The staff will organise your dinner, so you don’t have to think about anything! Going to the top of the dune is by a game drive vehicle or a quad bike, this makes it even more exciting.
Overnight: Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge
The 12 rooms are styled the with crisp white linen on comfortable beds. The San-inspired décor compliments this stylish yet rustic style. The en-suite bathrooms are fitted with a large shower, air conditioning and a tea and coffee station. This lodge is designed to cater for the more young at heart and the rooms are therefore at an adequate distance from one another. Each rondavel has a small stone patio from which the captivating scenes of the Kalahari Desert can be taken in.
An inviting, sparkling blue pool which attracts the odd Oryx despite there being a waterhole in close proximity is the first sight to catch your eye as you enter the main area of the lodge. The lounge has comfortable leather seating and is next to the bar that leads to a boma area where large fires are lit and barbecues can be enjoyed at night. An upstairs restaurant overlooking the majestic sights serves an alternative area where sumptuous meals are served. The kitchen is also replenished with organically grown vegetables from the neighbouring farm, Twilight and guests truly enjoy the finest and freshest culinary delights that the Kalahari has to offer.
Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Day 4-5: Elegant Desert Lodge, Sossusvlei
Located in the scenic Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red dunes to make this one of the most scenic natural wonders of Africa and a photographer's heaven. This awe-inspiring destination is possibly Namibia's premier attraction, with its unique dunes rising to almost 400 metres-some of the highest in the world. These iconic dunes come alive in morning and evening light and draw photography enthusiasts from around the globe. Sossusvlei is home to a variety desert wildlife including oryx, springbok, ostrich and a variety of reptiles. Visitors can climb 'Big Daddy', one of Sossusvlei’s tallest dunes; explore Deadvlei, a white, salt, claypan dotted with ancient trees; or for the more extravagant, scenic flights and hot air ballooning are on offer, followed by a once-in-a-lifetime champagne breakfast amidst these majestic dunes.
Leave the Kalahari behind and drive through to Sossusvlei. Arrive at the Elegant Desert Lodge. There are a number of activities available at the lodge.
2 Hour Scenic Drive with Sundowner drinks included
2 Hour Quad Bike Scenic Drive PM
1.5 hour Quad Bike Scenic drive (AM) with Breakfast
Half Day Sossusvlei Excursion with Breakfast
Overnight: Elegant Desert Lodge
Situated on beautiful farmland 38 km from the gate to the Namib Naukluft Park, The Elegant Desert Lodge offers child-friendly accommodation in 29 air-conditioned rooms in a variety of configurations, all with en-suite bathrooms and tea/coffee making equipment. Guests can enjoy typical Namibian food served buffet-style under a thatched roof or on the lawn. The restaurant incorporates a bar and there is also a guest lounge where guests can relax with a drink. Other facilities include a swimming pool, free Wi-Fi, a parking area, disabled access, secure parking, and a landing strip for light aircraft.
Activities include scenic drives, quad biking, and excursions to the Sesriem Canyon and Sossusvlei. A tour guide isprovided free of charge for groups of 8 people or more.
Basis: Bed & Breakfast
Day 6-7: Hotel Zum Kaiser, Swakopmund
Set along Namibia's spectacularly scenic coast, the seaside town of Swakopmund is known for its wide-open avenues, colonial architecture, and its surrounding otherworldly desert terrain. 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 town, 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, adventure options, laid-back atmosphere and cool sea breeze make it a very popular Namibian destination. Visitors can look forward to a number of exciting activities including: quad biking, horse riding, paragliding, fishing, sightseeing and fascinating desert tours.
Make your way to Swakopmund today. We highly recommend the Marine Cruise that departs from the neighbouring town of Walvis Bay. If you are lucky you will receive a surprise visitor on board!
Overnight: Hotel Zum Kaiser
Perfectly positioned on Sam Nujoma Avenue in the picturesque Swakopmund, the luxurious Hotel Zum Kaiser offers direct access to the beach and the town’s vibrant street life, quaint architecture, shopping and fine dining. This exclusive hotel houses 21 fully air-conditioned bedrooms, each featuring a full en-suite bathroom, television, coffee and tea making facilities, bar fridge, electronic safe and wireless internet.
The tastefully decorated hotel offers a combination of Court Yard Suites, Front Facing Suites and 3 family rooms with inter-leading doors. Each of the Front Facing Suites is equipped with a private balcony to enjoy splendid views of the historic town and partial views of the nearby Atlantic seaboard. Uniquely combining modern furnishings with a touch of classic elegance dating from imperial times, the Hotel Zum Kaiser creates a truly authentic and intimate ambiance.
Enjoy delectable cuisine at the on-site Bistro Zum Kaiser and sip sun-downers whilst experiencing the spectacular sunsets over the Atlantic from the hotel’s idyllic Roof Terrace. The Hotel Zum Kaiser is fully equipped and offers the ideal setting for conferences, banqueting and celebrations. Exciting activities in the area can be booked directly at reception.
Let our attentive team welcome you to our kingdom and make you feel like an Emperor.
Basis: Bed & Breakfast
Day 8: Ugab Terrace Lodge, Damaraland
This vast desert landscape is known as one of the most beautiful regions in Namibia. Huge, untamed and ruggedly beautiful, Damaraland is an exceptionally scenic landscape featuring open plains, ancient valleys and spectacular rock formations. The major attractions are the sacred Spitzkoppe, the Brandberg, Twyfelfontein, Vingerklip and the otherworldly Petrified Forest. Visitors can take in the dramatic vistas, catch a glimpse of the rare desert-adapted elephant, and enjoy spectacular stargazing in crystal-clear night skies from one of the many safari camps dotting Damaraland. Other popular activities include: guided drives, nature walks and visiting the local communities. Don’t miss the opportunity to view the Damaraland's world-famous ancient rock art.
After breakfast head into the centre of Namibia and explore Damaraland. A visit to the Petrified Forest and an excursion to find the Twyfelfontein Rock Art is highly recommended.
Overnight: Ugab Terrace Lodge
Ugab Terrace Lodge is set deep in the heart of a rare and untouched mystery situated within Namibia’s famous tourist attractions. The lodge provides a unique African experience with friendly staff and delicious cuisine that will make visitors feel at home. Indulge in the breathtaking view while enjoying a refreshing drink and overwhelming experiences of bathing in a splash pool constructed in the natural rocks at the top of the mountain surrounded by unspoilt valleys and bush.
Book an adventure tour such as a guided walk in nature to experience the lustrous vegetation, a thrill ride on the 15th longest zip line in the world, a nature drive to the historical Vinger klip and much more. Ugab Terrace Lodge's accommodation comprises of 16 chalets set in a semi-circle on the edge of the mountain with a panoramic view over open valleys and the ancient terraces formed by water corrosion millions of years ago. There's also a restaurant and bar overlooking the Rock Vinger and beautiful Ugab Terraces valley.
Basis: Bed & Breakfast
Day 9-10: Taleni Etosha Village, Etosha South
Located just south of the boundary of Etosha National Park in northwestern Namibia, Etosha South makes up the southern region of this wild paradise. Ogava Private Game Reserve shares the southern boundary with Etosha National Park and offers an array of luxury lodges overlooking picturesque landscapes dotted with abundant wildlife. The national park can be accessed via the southern entrance at Andersson’s Gate. Visitors can catch a glimpse of a variety of wildlife including: lion, giraffe, elephant, white and black rhino, and a multitude of plains game. Popular activities include: game drives, tracking rhinos on foot, guided nature walks, or watch the sunset over this magnificent landscape.
Leaving Damaraland behind make your way towards Ethosha National Park.
Etosha Village offer a range of excursions that you can book in advance and pay locally.
Morning or full day game drives - Depart from Etosha Village for a Morning Game Drive with our knowledgeable guides to explore the abundance of wildlife, plants and history of Etosha National Park.
Sundowner drive - Depart in the late afternoon to experience breath-taking views of the Mopane forests high up in the foothills and watch a spectacular sunset.
Sunrise Guided walks - Follow a beautiful footpath winding through the lush Mopane Forest with our knowledgeable guides who will focus on tracks, indigenous tree species and local wildlife.
Star Gazing - A chance to see our Southern sky and various constellations.
Boma Dining Experience - Let our Team at Etosha Village whisk you away to an enchanted venue in the Mopane Forest for a spectacular Boma Dinner.
Overnight: Taleni Etosha Village
Affordable Luxury at Etosha National Park near Okaukuejo
Situated only 2km from the Andersson entrance gate to Etosha National Park, Etosha Village uniquely combines affordability with comfort, style and exquisite cuisine.
The 45 luxury individual suites offer a fully air-conditioned bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and a patio to enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. Two small children (under 12) can be accommodated with their parents on a fold-out sleeper couch in the unit.
Facilities include an open-plan bar with big screen television, 2 sparkling pools plus a kiddie pool, a restaurant serving delectable cuisine as well as a fully stocked utility and curio shop.
Explore Namibia’s animal kingdom with a morning or full day Guided Game Drives to Etosha National Park.
Enjoy the Walking Trails on our reserve where various small game can be spotted from the lookout decks and hides.
Sundowner Drives and Stargazing Sessions allow guests to experience the magic of our sunsets and famous star studded skies.
Let our team whisk you away to an enchanted venue in the Mopane Forest for a magnificent Boma Dinner Experience for your special function or private dinner
Basis: Bed & Breakfast
Day 11: Mokuti Etosha Lodge, Etosha East
Located in Northwestern Namibia, Etosha East is a protected sanctuary in the eastern part of the world-renowned Etosha National Park, known as one of the most accessible game reserves in Southern Africa. Etosha East boasts vast open plains scattered with semi-arid savannah grasslands dotted with watering holes and secluded bush camps. An impressive 5000-square-kilometre Etosha salt pan makes up a large area of the eastern side of the park and can even be seen from space. This remote area teems with abundant wildlife such as lions, elephants, black rhinos and giraffes, as well as a variety of birdlife featuring flamingos, ostriches, eagles, hornbills, and owls.
Travel across Etosha to the east and stay at Mokuti Etosha Lodge. There is the option of booking further game drives in this area.
Overnight: Mokuti Etosha Lodge
Mokuti Etosha Lodge is the perfect venue for travellers wanting to explore the famous eastern side of Etosha National Park and is located on its own private 4 000 hectare nature reserve, which shares a common border with this impressive wildlife reserve. Known for its excellent and diverse wildlife encounters, it has become a popular venue for meetings, incentives, weddings and honeymoons. This intimate lodge has 90 rooms and 16 luxury rooms. Recently refurbished, they are all air conditioned and come equipped with satellite TV, a mini-fridge, safes, free WiFi, tea/coffee-making facilities and en-suite bathrooms. The lodge also offers the Tambuti Dining Room and Marula Bar, the Pool Bar and Terrace, two tennis courts, a spa, a gym and the only open air African Boma in the area.
Basis: Bed & Breakfast
Day 12: The Elegant Farmstead, Okahandja
Located just north of Windhoek, in the central Namibian Otjozondjupa region, the bustling city of Okahandja serves as the main commercial centre of the area, as well as a prominent cultural centre for the local Herero people. The name ‘Okahandja', means 'The place where two rivers flow into each other to form one wide one.' These two seasonal rivers are the Okamita and the Okakango. Known as the ‘Garden Town of Namibia’, Okahandja boasts a rich cultural heritage, numerous historical sites and excellent bird watching in the surrounding areas. Visitors can look forward to a variety of interesting activities including: browsing the colourful arts and crafts market, visiting the nearby Gross Barmen Hot springs for a soak in the rejuvenating thermal waters and enjoying an array of watersports at the nearby Von Bach Dam.
Leave the animals behind and drive through to Okahandja. The town is an important centre for woodcarvers from the north, who sell their carvings at the side of the road. This is a perfect opportunity to buy some carvings to take home with you.
Overnight: The Elegant Farmstead
The Elegant Farmstead offers accommodation in 11 tastefully furnished rooms with en-suite bathrooms. This unique combination of old and new is tucked away in a beautiful garden with lush plants and trees. Just beyond stretches the vast African bush with an abundance of wildlife.
The Elegant Farmstead also offers a large variety of wildlife and plenty of birds on the 2500 hectare farm. Springbok, Eland, Waterbuck, Giraffe, Kudu, Hartebeest, Blesbok, Duiker, Steenbok, Warthog, Ostrich and Jackal roam freely amongst the breath-taking setting of mountains, dry river beds, and open plains. Take pleasure in a game drive or view the game from the tranquil wooden deck. Various hiking trails along dry river beds and over open plains can be explored on your own.
Basis: Bed & Breakfast
Day 13: Overnight Travel
Return your hire car to Windhoek Airport and check in for your flight to Johannesburg where you will connect on to London Heathrow.
Day 14: End of Itinerary
Arrive into London Heathrow.