7 Day Wildlife & Dunes Private Safari

Tour overview

This 7 day trip are for those that has limited time in Namibia and wish to include the main highlights of our beautiful country.  With 7 Days you will have  quick overview of the Etosha National Park, Swakopmund and the Famous Sossusvlei.  The tour is fully customize-able and can also be done as a self-drive safari.   Further more you can choose between fully accommodated,  camping, or a combination between accommodation and camping.

Tour Information

Departure Tour can depart from Windhoek on any day. Subject to availability of accommodation.
ReturnWindhoek
PassengersNo minimum number. Prices according to number of travellers.
StyleThis tour suggestion is based on a accommodated safari. Camping or combination between camping and accommodation is also available.
Vehicle2 – 4 guests Toyota Quantum , 4×4 Double Cab or Landcruiser.5- 14 guests Toyota Dyna truck – modified safari vehicle

Daily Tour Overview - Camping

DayDestinationsAccommodationMeals
1Onguma Reserve – East EtoshaOnguma CampsiteL, D
2Etosha – OkauekujoOkaukeujo CampsiteB, L, D
3SwakopmundProst HotelB, L
4SwakopmundProst HotelB
5SesriemSesriem CampsiteB, L, D
6SesriemSesriem CampsiteB, L
7Return to WindhoekB, L
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, SC = Self-Categring, RO = Room Only

Daily Tour Overview - Accommodated

DayDestinationsAccommodationMeals
1Onguma Reserve – Etosha EastOnguma Bush CampL, D
2Etosha – OkaukeujoOkaukeujo RestcampB, L, D
3SwakopmundSwakopmund Sands HotelB, L
4SwakopmundSwakopmund Sands HotelB
5Sesriem / SossusvleiSossus Dune LodgeB, L, D
6Sesriem / SossusvleiSossus Dune LodgeB, L
7Return to WindhoekcampingB, L
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, SC = Self-Categring, RO = Room Only

Daily tour description

Day 1

Windhoek – Onguma Game Reserve (420km) Onguma Bush Camp

Your guide will meet you in the morning at your accommodation in Windhoek.

We travel north, stopping at small towns along the way including Okahandja, where we have time to visit Namibia’s largest wood carving market.  The market is operated on a local co-operative basis and is one of the best places to shop for truly Namibian souvenirs.

Leaving Okahandja we travel to the town of Otjiwarongo which provides a convenient stop over on route to the north of the country. As, with most towns in central Namibia the name Otjiwarongo originates from the Herero language, which translated means “place of the fat cattle” or “beautiful place”.   Travelling via the commercial farming areas we arrive at the mining town of Tsumeb.  Leaving Tsumeb we travel north passing Lake Otjikoto, a unique museum which has its origins in 1915 when, during the South West Africa Campaign, retreating German forces dumped their military equipment into Lake Otjikoto.  Many legends surround the lake. A favourite myth is that the Otjikoto and its sister lake Guinas are bottomless (entrance fees not included).

Situated on the eastern side of Etosha, bordering Fisher’s Pan, Onguma Game Reserve is one of Namibia’s best kept secrets! Here you will be afforded the opportunity of experiencing Africa in all her beauty and diversity. Onguma Game Reserve has more than 34,000 hectares of protected land and wildlife.  The nature reserve boasts over thirty different animal species consisting of plains game including kudu, giraffe, eland, oryx, hartebeest, zebra, impala and many more roam freely as well as predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard, being common residents of the area.

The latest addition to the already abundant wildlife at Onguma Game Reserve is a family of black rhinos! More than 300 bird species can also be viewed at Onguma Game Reserve. During the Namibian summer months the nature reserve becomes a bird-watcher’s paradise with thousands of species migrating to the wetlands created by the seasonal rains and ephemeral river systems.

Tonight we stay at Onguma Bush Camp.

Time permitting we may take a quick game drive into the Etosha National Park – the outer entrance gates close at sunset.

 

Day 2

Onguma Game Reserve – Okaukuejo Resort (game drive) 

The gates to the Etosha National Park open at sunrise to an early start this morning so as to get the most out of the game viewing during the cooler morning hours.  We will enter the park through Von Lindquist Gate driving to Namutoni Resort for a short break.

Today’s Etosha National Park was proclaimed as Namibia’s first conservation area in 1907 by the then German government and is one of the largest game reserves in Africa.  Consisting of saline desert, savannah and woodlands, its definitive feature is the Etosha Pan, a vast shallow depression. For the greater part of the year the pan is a bleak expanse of white, cracked mud which, on most days shimmers with mirages.  Seeing vast herds of game against this eerie backdrop, referred to in the local vernacular as the ‘great white place of dry water’, makes the Etosha game-viewing a unique experience.  Of the 114 mammal species found in the park, several are rare and endangered, such as black rhino, cheetah and black-faced impala.  Etosha’s current population of more than 700 black rhino represents one of the few growing populations of black rhino in the world.

About 340 bird species occur in Etosha, about one third being migratory.  For the greater part of the year (the dry season) Etosha’s animals and birds are dependent on about 30 springs and waterholes.  These provide excellent game viewing and photographic opportunities.  During the rainy season, especially the bird life at the main pan and Fischer’s Pan is worth viewing.

We game drive our way through Etosha to Halali camp, situated in the middle of the park.  Along the way we visit several waterholes and are afforded splendid views of the massive Etosha Pan.  The game viewing is usually excellent and we have the chance to tick off a few new species that are not normally seen on the Namutoni side of the park.

We stop at Halali for a rest and a leisurely lunch.  There is time to visit the Halali waterhole and to make use of the swimming pool and bar facilities before continuing on our way and game driving down to Okaukuejo.

Okaukuejo is the main administrative camp of the Etosha National Park, and was officially opened for visitors in 1957. A variety of accommodation is available from self-catering chalet units to twin bedded bungalows. Facilities at the rest camp include a restaurant, shop, post office, swimming pool and filling station. Okaukuejo is also home to the Ecological Institute, which is responsible for the research and management of the park. The Okaukuejo waterhole is probably one of the most renowned waterholes in the park. The presence of game is seasonal but winter offers game enthusiasts a unique experience as the illuminated waterhole is situated next to the camp. Common sightings include large herds of elephant, black rhino, lion, cheetah, brown hyena, Burchells and Hartman’s Mountain Zebra, Gnu and numerous antelope species.

 

Day 3

Okaukuejo Resort – Swakopmund (520 km)   

We begin our journey south with a relatively short drive to the small town of Outjo.  From here we continue our journey to Omaruru.  Like many towns in Namibia, Omaruru originated as a mission station.  The missionary Hugo Hahn was the first European to set foot in the area.  When Omaruru was besieged by Herero forces during the Herero / German war, it was freed by Captain Victor Franke and his men.  The Franke Tower, built to commemorate this event, was inaugurated in 1908.  The oldest building on Omaruru, the Old Mission House, now serves as the town museum.  The name in the local Otjiherero language means ‘bitter milk’, as the cattle used to browse on a local bush that turned their milk bitter.

The small sun-baked town of Usakos, nestled in the valley of the Khan River, developed around a station on the old narrow-gauge railway built in 1900.  Beyond Usakos is the Trekkopje Battlefield, site of one of the most important battles fought during the short-lived 1915 campaign involving South African and German forces.

When traveling between Usakos and the coast an extraordinary granite mass, the Spitzkoppe, dominates the desert plain towards the north.  This 1 728m high inselberg, sometimes referred to as the Matterhorn of Namibia, is a severe test for any rock climber.  The area is also well known for its rock art and semi-precious stones. The next destination is Swakopmund, Namibia’s premier seaside town.  Swakopmund (German for “Mouth of the Swakop”) is a city on the Atlantic coast of north-western Namibia, 400 km west of Windhoek, Namibia’s capital.

Swakopmund is a beach resort and an excellently preserved example of German colonial architecture. It was founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South-West Africa. It is one of the few places anywhere outside of Europe where a sizable minority of the population speaks German and has German roots.    With palm-lined streets, seaside promenades and fine accommodation for all budgets, Swakopmund is Namibia’s most popular holiday destination, and its pleasant summer climate and decent beaches attract surfers, anglers and beach lovers from all over Southern Africa.

Overnight at a Guesthouse in Swakopmund.

 

Day 4

Swakopmund                                                                                                                                                

Full day to spend relaxing in  Swakopmund.  It has many superb shops, a good stretch of beach (although the Atlantic here is quite cold) and an open-air curio market.  There is also a very good museum and the Namibian National Marine Aquarium is located in Swakopmund.

Alternatively, there are various optional activities that can be arranged.  These include aeroplane and microlight flights over the desert, scenic drives, fishing trips (both from the beach or in a boat), four-wheel motorcycle (quad bike) trips into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund, sand boarding trips (also in the dunes), skydiving, surfing, bird-watching and many other activities are available.

Your tour guide will discuss all the possible options with you before you reach Swakopmund and will offer to make bookings in advance of your arrival.  (N.B.  All extra activities and excursions in Swakopmund are subject to availability and are made at the client’s own risk and expense).

 

Day 5

Swakopmund – Namib Naukluft Park, Sossus Dune Lodge (350 km)                                     

This morning we travel to the neighbouring harbour town of Walvis Bay and out via the gravel plains of the Namib Desert via the Kuiseb and Gaub Canyons to the tiny settlement of Solitaire. We will stop here for coffee and to stretch our legs, before we continue on to the Namib Naukluft Park and our Lodge for overnight.

We cross some open grass savannah and farmlands before the terrain gives way to the immense red sand dune desert of the Namib.  Your arrival time will be during the late afternoon, in time to watch the colours glow and change on distant mountains to the east.

A picnic lunch will be taken on route to the Desert

Sossus Dune Lodge lies just 4km from the Sesriem gate, at the base of a mountain. There are magnificent views of the distant dunes to the west. It is the first, and currently only, lodge to be built in the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Guests can walk directly from the lodge into the nearby Sesriem Canyon.  The main central areas of Sossus Dune Lodge are raised on wooden decking. There is a small reception room, large open-plan restaurant with separate lounge/bar areas, all fitted with large sliding doors. There is also a swimming pool, with a few lazy-loungers, but guests should bring suntan lotion, as the pool area is not shaded. Self-drive vehicles are parked in a shaded parking area, and guests are transferred by electric golf cart!

Each of the 25 Sossus Dune Lodge chalets has been erected using a wooden frame with orange/yellow canvas for walls, capped with a thatched roof. They are loosely modelled on traditional Ovambo homes.

 

Day 6

Sossus Dune Lodge – Sossusvlei – Sossus Dune Lodge                                                                   

A pre-dawn start is essential this morning as you want to catch the soft light of the sunrise on the desert. After passing through Sesriem, the gateway to the dunes, you head into the heart of the dune field, reaching Sossusvlei on foot, trekking the last 5 km through the dunes.  Landscape photo opportunities abound in the cool of the morning, with dawn’s soft light first illuminating the dunes from crest down the back slope, then blazing orange everywhere, creating a powerful contrasting vista across the whole desert.  Ancient mineral pans, stunted camel thorn trees and the chance of seeing a gemsbok or ostrich makes it essential to remember your camera!

Spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei, also visiting dune 45. As the day wears on return to Sesriem for lunch, escaping the heat of the afternoon.  As the day cools off in the late afternoon take a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon.

Sossusvlei – many visitors to Namibia say that no part of the desert is visually more stunning than Sossusvlei with its monumentally high dunes.  These gigantic star-shaped mountains of sand – one of the largest was measured from the base to be 325 m high – are a sought-after topic for artists and photographers.  The warm tints of the sand contrast vividly with the dazzling white surface of the large deflationary clay pans at their bases. One of these. Referred to as Dead Pan, is a large ghostly expanse of dried white clay, punctuated by skeletons of ancient Camelthorn trees, carbon-dated as being between 500 and 600 years old.

 

Day 7

Namib Naukluft Park, Sesriem area – Windhoek                                                                          

After breakfast we begin your return journey to Windhoek, first stopping in Solitaire so as to visit the Namib Carnivore Research Centre, your tour starts at 09h30 and finishes at 10h30.  We need to be at Solitaire 10 minutes before so as to sign indemnity forms and settle the tour.  After this we return to Windhoek via the Gamsberg Pass in the Khomas Hochland Mountain Range.

Your arrival back in Windhoek will be during mid-afternoon where your guide will drop you off at your accommodation.

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