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16 Day Northern Namibia Adventurer

16 DAYS - 15 NIGHTS
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INTRODUCTION

Highlights 

The itinerary starts with a drive to Spitzkoppe, there are a number of short walking trails. Continuing towards Twyfelfontein and Damaraland, you have another opportunity to search for the elusive desert-adapted elephant, great fun when self-driving.

Then the drive west is to the area known as Kaokoland. Although this region shares a border with Owamboland, the atmosphere and landscape could not be more different. This is one of the sparsest populated areas in the world as the local inhabitants are the nomadic Himba people.The true wilderness adventure continues with the opportunity to go canoeing on the Kunene River. It is now time to head south.

Heading towards Rundu and the Tsumkwe Bushmanland where you are exposed to one of Namibia’s oldest tribes.

The next day you will drive to Etosha National Park, one of southern Africa’s most spectacular wildlife destinations. This safari is offered in standard accommodation and camping versions. If you prefer luxury accommodation please inquire.

 

Start Accommodation Option Destination Basis Duration
Day 1 Windhoek Gardens Boutique Hotel Accommodation/camping Windhoek B&B 1 Night
Day 2 Spitzkoppen Lodge accommodation Spitzkoppe D,B&B 1 Night
Spitzkoppe Campsites camping Self-catering
Day 3 Twyfelfontein Country Lodge accommodation Twyfelfontein D,B&B 1 Night
Madisa Campsite camping Self-catering
Day 4 Opuwo Country Lodge accommodation Opuwo B&B 2 Nights
Opuwo County Lodge Campsite camping Self-catering  
Day 6 Ongula Village Homestead Lodge accommodation Ovamboland D,B&B 2 Nights
Ongula Village Campsite camping Self-catering
Day 8 Hakusembe River Lodge Gondwana Collection Namibia accommodation Rundu B&B 2 Nights
Hakusembe Campsite Gondwana Collection Namibia camping Self-catering
Day 10 Tsumkwe Country Lodge accommodation Bushmanland B&B 2 Nights
Tucsin Tsumkwe Camping camping Self-catering
Day 12 Namutoni Resort accommodation Etosha East B&B 1 Night
Namutoni Campsite camping Self-catering
Day 13 Halali Resort accommodation Etosha National Park B&B 1 Night
Halali Campsite camping Self-catering
Day 14 Okaukuejo Resort accommodation Etosha South B&B 1 Night
Okaukuejo Campsite camping Self-catering
Day 15 Erindi Old Traders Lodge accommodation Erindi Game Reserve D,B&B 1 Night
Erindi Camp Elephant camping Self-catering

 

Key
B&B: Bed and Breakfast. D,B&B: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

1

Day 1: Windhoek Gardens Boutique Hotel, Windhoek

Day Itinerary

Upon arrival in Windhoek, collect your vehicle and drive to your Guesthouse, here you will meet one of our tour consultants’ who will go through your travel plans and answer any last minute questions. Depending on your arrival time perhaps wander into the city centre, relax by the pool or join an optional township tour, horse ride, or even head out for a birding trip. Overnight in twin share room with en suite facilities on a bed and breakfast basis, all other meals will be at client’s own expense. 40mins from airport to city

Overnight: Windhoek Gardens Boutique Hotel: both options 

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.

Windhoek Gardens Boutique Hotel is located 5 minutes away from the centre of Windhoek, making it a perfect mix of convenience and practicality. Windhoek Gardens Boutique Hotel boasts 28 uniquely Namibian themed rooms, each with high-speed internet and an ample workstation.

All rooms are twin bedded and have en-suite bathrooms.

The gorgeously furnished modern fitted rooms combined with a restful and rustic setting offers you the perfect stop-over in Windhoek.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

2

Day 2: Spitzkoppen Lodge, Spitzkoppe

Today the journey takes us up north towards the famous Spitzkoppe Mountain. When here make sure not to miss the amazing starry nights for the nature lovers, those that want a bit more action, we have unguided hikes you are welcome to explore. Approx. 4 hours

Accommodated option

Overnight: Spitzkoppen Lodge- DBB

Camping option

Overnight: Spitzkoppe Rest Campsite – no meals included 

Basis

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

3

Day 3: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, Twyfelfontein

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, we head further north towards the lovely Damaraland area where you have the opportunity to meet the colorful people and learn a bit more about the traditions and way of life. The following day you have time to visit the famous Petrified Forest.  Approx. 2.5-3 hours

Accommodated option

Overnight: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge- DBB

Camping option

Overnight: Madisa Campsite – no meals included

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

 

4-5

Day 4-5: Opuwo Country Lodge, Opuwo

Day Itinerary

Depart for the town of Opuwo, the gateway to the Kunene region in the north-western part of Namibia. The remote area south of the Kunene River is home to the Himba people, who have kept their ethnic individuality and culture in the seclusion of Kaokoland. Approx. 5 hours 

Accommodated option

Overnight: Opuwo Country Lodge- BB

Camping option

Overnight: Opuwo Country Lodge Campsite – no meals included

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

6-7

Day 6-7: Ongula Village Homestead Lodge, Ovamboland

Day Itinerary

Onto Ongula Village Homestead located in the densely populated Owamboland region where you have the opportunity to experience authentic village life at an Owambo homestead. The first thing that strikes visitors to this part of Namibia is the abundance of people, unlike the rest of the country this is a densely populated region. People, livestock, shebeens (bars) and markets are everywhere, seemingly all existing harmoniously in unplanned chaos.  Approx 4hours 

Accommodated option

Overnight: Ongula Village Homestead Lodge- DBB

Camping option

Overnight: Ongula Village Homestead Campsite – no meals included

Basis

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

8-9

Day 8-9: Hakusembe River Lodge Gondwana Collection Namibia, Rundu

Day Itinerary

After breakfast drive towards Rundu, there is a significant change along the way – this is rural Namibia, but with increased rainfall. In the north there are more local inhabitants, you will find cattle and goats grazing by the side of the road close to the villages, and yet the region manages to retain a wild and untamed feeling in the game reserves of the area. Your base this evening is situated on the riverbank overlooking Angola and depending on the time of arrival, you may have a chance to join an optional activity of a river boat cruise for sunset (optional and can be booked when you arrive).  Approx. 6 hours 

Accommodated option

Overnight: Hakusembe River Lodge- BB

Camping option

Overnight: Hakusembe River Campsite – no meals included

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

10-11

Day 10-11: Tsumkwe Country Lodge, Bushmanland

Day Itinerary

Today your journey takes you towards the native Bushmanland, here you will be based for the following two nights. Whilst here, join in an optional activity whereby you experience the life as the natives experience it, learn their way of life. Approx. 5 hours

Accommodated option

Overnight: Tsumkwe Country Lodge- BB

Camping option

Overnight: Tsumkwe Campsite  – no meals included

Recommended

San Living Museum

 

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

12

Day 12: Namutoni Resort, Etosha East

Day Itinerary

Onward to Etosha, one of the best game reserves in Southern Africa and home to many species of game including lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, hyena, giraffe, and many types of antelope including the endemic black faced impala. Enter from the north of the park at the little-used King Nehale Gate and game drive to Namutoni via the Andoni Plains. Recommend driving around Fischers Pan, during the rainy season the pan floods and flamingos flock here in their thousands to breed, a remarkable sight. Approx. 5hours to gate. Game drives vary

Accommodated option

Overnight: Namutoni Resort – BB

Camping option

Overnight: Namutoni Campsite  – no meals included

Activities

Etosha Pan

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

 

13

Day 13: Halali Resort, Etosha National Park

Day Itinerary

Today, game drive across to Halali stopping at Etosha Pan viewpoint to appreciate the endless vistas and shimmering mirages – it’s one of the few places where you can get out of your vehicle and wander around! Continue to Halali to overnight, during the dry season the floodlit waterhole attracts many species of game including large herds of elephant, plains game as well as predators such as lion, leopard and hyena…

Accommodated option

Overnight: Halali Resort- BB

Camping option

Overnight: Halali Campsite  – no meals included

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

 

14

Day 14: Okaukuejo Resort, Etosha South

Day Itinerary

Enjoy more game driving this morning – drive further west towards Okaukuejo, the main rest camp within the park and one last chance to tick off the final sightings of animals and bird species from your list…

Accommodated option

Overnight: Okaukuejo  Resort – BB

Camping option

Overnight: Okaukuejo Campsite- no meals included

Activities

Etosha National Park

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

15

Day 15: Erindi Old Traders Lodge, Erindi Game Reserve

Day Itinerary

Drive south to Erindi Old Traders Lodge, situated on a large private reserve full of enticing game such as elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah and even endangered wild dog, not forgetting hippo and crocodiles. This afternoon perhaps enjoy an optional game drive, heading off into the veldt in search of some of species of game and birds before returning to the lodge around sunset. The waterhole at the front of the lodge is particularly active and attracts plenty of animals. Alternatively, sit by the swimming pool or your room overlooking a floodlit waterhole and watch the game come to quench their thirst. Approx. 4hours drive.

Accommodated option

Overnight: Erindi Game Reserve- DBB

Camping option

Overnight: Erindi Elephant Campsite  – no meals included

Basis

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

 

16

Day 16: End of Itinerary

Day Itinerary

If time permits, you may wish to join another activity at own cost before returning to Windhoek to drop off your vehicle and take your onward connection. Note the drive is around 2.45hours to city, plus approx 40mins to airport and time for vehicle drop off – recommend no flights before mid-afternoon. End of services

Consultant Notes

As with all car hire companies if you have an accident and they prove you were negligent– for example – speeding then the zero excess becomes void and you are liable. You will complete the contract and discuss any extras with the car rental company upon collection of the vehicle – please check the vehicle carefully as you are responsible for it thereafter. If you have any problems with the car whilst you are on the road please contact them directly. With all car rentals you will need to provide your passport, driving licence (written in English or an international licence), as well as supply credit card for refundable deposit. A GPS is often available by the car rental companies (at clients’ own expense), however, we do find that due to our road network system (and small population), it is not normally required, we realize this is a personal preference and are happy to pre-book for you. Please do not drive around/after sunset

Please note that this quote is based on the availability of both accommodation/ vehicle and on the understanding that no bookings have been made. Should we need to use alternative options the price and itinerary is subject to change

Please note that this price is in 2 currencies NAD for the Namibia section and U$ for Botswana and Victoria Falls

Price per person to Serene African Adventures

Valid from 1st November 2021 until 30 June 2022

Accommodated options 

Based on 2 people sharing travelling with a 4×4 standard vehicle: N$ 32,535.00 + U$ 500.00

Based on 3 people sharing travelling with a 4×4 standard vehicle: N$ 28 085.00 + U$ 500.00

Based on 4 people sharing travelling with a 4×4 standard vehicle: N$ 25 865.00 + U$ 500.00

Single Supplement                                             N$ 3,350.00

Camping options
Based on 2 people sharing travelling with a 4×4 fully equipped vehicle: 1 Tent
N$ 21, 010.00 + U$ 500.00

Based on 3 people sharing travelling with a 4×4 fully equipped vehicle:
N$  16, 325.00 + U$ 500.00

Based on 4 people sharing travelling with a 4×4 fully equipped vehicle:
N$ 13, 610.00 + U$ 500.00

Single Supplement                                                    N$ 230.00

Valid from 1 July 2022 until 31 October 2022

Accommodated options

Based on 2 people sharing travelling with a 4×4 standard vehicle: N$ 34,245.00 + U$ 505.00

Based on 3 people sharing travelling with a 4×4 standard vehicle: N$ 29, 575.00 + U$ 505.00

Based on 4 people sharing travelling with a 4×4 standard vehicle: N$ 27,245.00 + U$ 505.00

Single Supplement                                             N$ 3,740.00

Camping options
Based on 2 people sharing travelling with a 4×4 fully equipped vehicle: 1 Tent
N$ 21,950.00 + U$ 500.00

Based on 3 people sharing travelling with a 4×4 fully equipped vehicle: 2 Tents
N$ 16 975.00 + U$ 500.00

Based on 4 people sharing travelling with a 4×4 fully equipped vehicle: 2 Tents
N$ 14,095.00 + U$ 500.00

Single Supplement                                                    N$ 230.00

Included

 

  • Accommodation / Campsite and activities as set out in itinerary;
  • Car rental as indicated;
  • Meals as stated in itinerary;
  • vat; tourism levy;
  • welcome pack;

Standard Inclusions for car rental- these might vary depending on the car rental – All vehicles on zero excess

  • Unlimited kms,
  • Super CDW,
  • Super theft loss waiver;
  • Stamp duty, VAT;
  • airport surcharge; map, inbound guide;
  • tyre & windscreen cover
  • 1 or 2 spare wheel/s depending on car rental

Extra for Camping vehicle inclusions for car rental- these might vary depending on the car rental – All vehicles on zero excess

  • Standard Camping Equipment (2-4 pax)
  • Rooftop Tent OR Ground Tent

Please inquire for the details list of camping equipment.

Excluded

  • International and other flights;
  • visas; fuel;
  • additional meals and optional activities; personal
  • insurance; tips/gratuities; items of a personal nature;
  • curios; entry fees to parks and places of interest;
  • extras for car hire as indicated below

Standard exclusions for car rental- these might vary depending on the car rental – All vehicles on zero excess 

  • Rental deposit
  • contract fee
  • fuel; tyre/rim/glass (all) waiver combined;
  • refuelling fee
  • additional driver per rental
  • young driver surcharge N (18-20 yrs);
  • fine handling fee
  • claim handling fee
  • Assessors fee in event damage is greater than N$5000
  • Baby seat/booster seat
  • GPS unit + (plus refundable deposit)
  • Jerry can  (plus refundable deposit);
  • second spare wheel – depending on car rental company – please inquire
  • delivery/collection fee during office hours – Within 25km
  • Further than 25km; delivery collection after hours /weekends within 25km; further than 25km
  • Water/sand/and undercarriage damage renters account; hail damage ;
  • towing charges if not mechanical – renters account; no show fees/cancellation T&C; lost keys surcharge /call out  + replacement of keys;
  • valet service (only if car excessively dirty and at discretion of the car rental company – renter account;
  • damage to equipment – renter account; towing – mechanical (car rental);
  • towing – accident – renter account;
  • carbon emission tax ;

From 2019 proposed park entry fees: N$250/person/day; N$100/child under 16 years and N$50/vehicle day – subject to change – please note that visitors must be in rest camps or outside the park – gates open/close at sunrise/sunset

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