6 Day Taste of Namibia Accommodated

See the wildlife and landscapes that make Namibia famous

Tour overview

The 6 day Taste of Namibia tour is a combination of our 3 day Etosha Accommodated Safari and our 3 day Sossusvlei Accommodated Tour. It’s designed to show you the very best of iconic Namibia, from the breath-taking landscapes of Sossusvlei and Sesriem to the unforgettable wildlife of the country’s premier Big Game location, Etosha National Park.

Tour Information

Departure This tour departs on every Wednesday from Windhoek.
Return Back to Windhoek on Monday late afternoon/early evening
Passengers Minimum 2 & a Maximum of 10 travelers per tour.
Style Accommodated safari
Vehicle Modified Safari Landcruiser, Toyota Quantum or Dyna Truck.
Places Deadvlei, Dune 45, Etosha National Park, Sossusvlei, Sesriem Canyon

Daily Tour Overview - accommodated

Day Destinations Accommodation Meals
1 Windhoek - Etosha National Park Okaukeujo Chalet L, D
2 Etosha National Park Namutoni Chalet B, L, D
3 Etosha National Park - Windhoek Galton House / Similar B, L
4 Windhoek - Sesriem area Sossusvlei Lodge or Similar B, L, D
5 Sesriem area Sossusvlei Lodge or Similar B, L, D
6 Sesriem area to Windhoek Return to Windhoek B, L
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, SC = Self-Categring, RO = Room Only

Daily tour description

Day 1 

Windhoek – Okaukuejo camp, Etosha National Park (450 km) (LD) (en-suite standard room)

You will be collected at your Windhoek accommodation between 08:00 & 08:30

Travelling north, you pass through some of the country’s best established commercial farmland and stop at quaint towns along the way, arriving at Anderson Gate by mid-afternoon.  After entering Etosha we game drive our way through to Okaukuejo, Etosha’s main rest camp and resort where we will check in to our accommodation. 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.

After your evening meal there are still more chances to see Etosha’s big game at a floodlit waterhole, situated on the boundary of our camp and easily reachable within a minute or two on foot.

The waterhole has been described as one of the “best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa” and the ideal venue to witness peculiar animal politics. Black rhino, Africa’s tallest elephants, lion and numerous species of antelope are regular visitors during the cool, dry season.

 

 

Day 2

Okaukuejo – East Etosha, Namutoni region (FB) (en-suite standard room)

A full day’s worth of game driving awaits and we leave early to enjoy the cool morning air, making our way 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, a shallow depression that is dry for the greater part of the year, but fed by moisture from perennial springs on the fringes. The pan covers about 25 percent of the park.  The game viewing is excellent throughout the year and we have the chance to spot a few new species that are not normally seen on the Okaukuejo side of the park.

We stop at Halali camp for a rest and a leisurely lunch and there is time to visit the waterhole and to make use of the swimming pool and bar facilities before continuing to the eastern side of the park and our overnight stop next to Fort Namutoni.

The lodge centres on an old German Fort overlooking the King Nehale waterhole; an elevated decked walkway provides excellent opportunities for enjoying the surrounding scenery, wildlife and the spectacular sunsets. The Fort has been developed into a hub of activity, offering two restaurants, a relaxation lounge, a bar, crafts boutique, curio shop, jewellers and bookstore. Accommodation is provided in comfortable double rooms or bush chalets.

 

Day 3

East Etosha – Windhoek (500km) (BL)

Be prepared for the long, scenic transit back to Windhoek. We pass through towns and rural areas, stopping in the small town of Okahandja, the home of Namibia’s largest wood carving market.  The stalls operate on a local co-operative basis and offer a vast array of truly Namibian souvenirs.

We are due back in Windhoek late afternoon/ early evening and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on our return.  This night’s accommodation is included in the price of the safari, but dinner will be for the client’s own account.

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 4

Windhoek – Sesriem area (350 km) (LD) (Accommodation)

You will be collected at your Windhoek accommodation between 08:00 & 08:30

We travel out over the Eros Mountains and along scenic roads on our way south-west to the desert.  We also pass over part of the Naukluft Mountains, which are of particular interest for the ancient geological history of this part of the country. Heading down from Namibia’s central plateau by way of the beautiful Remhoogte Pass, we reach open plains and the tiny settlement of Solitaire.

We cross some open grass savannah and farmlands before the terrain gives way to the immense red sand dune desert of the Namib.  We aim to arrive at our lodge during the late afternoon and watch the colours glow and change

 

Day 5

Sossusvlei Lodge, Sossusvlei (or Similar)

Sesriem area– Sossusvlei – Sesriem area (FB) (Accommodation)

A pre-dawn start is essential this morning as we want to catch the soft light of the sunrise on the desert. After passing through Sesriem, the gateway to the dunes, we 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!

We spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, also visiting dune 45.  Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib.  The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red sand dunes to make this one of the natural wonders of Africa and a photographers heaven.

The ancient clay pan at Deadvlei was once an oasis, studded with acacias and fed by a river that suddenly changed course, leaving the earth to dry up along with the trees it previously supported. So dry were the climatic conditions that the trees never decomposed – instead they were entirely leached of moisture so that today, 900 years later, they remain as desiccated, blackened sentinels dotting the pan’s cracked surface. Surrounded by the red-pink dunes of the Namibia Desert, they create a surreal spectacle that is a photographer’s dream.

Dune 45 is renowned for its elegant shape, which – along with its position close to the road – have earned it the distinction of ‘most photographed dune in the world’. If you’re not keen for the strenuous hike to the top of Big Daddy, Dune 45 is a more forgiving alternative, standing at only 80 metres and featuring a much gentler gradient.

As the day wears on we return to Sesriem for lunch, escaping the heat of the afternoon.  As the day cools off in the late afternoon we will take a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon.  Sesriem Canyon, a deep chasm carved through the rocks by water, is a striking natural feature of the area that is best explored on foot. Stony walls rise up sharply on both sides of the canyon, while birds roost in its crags and lizards dart along the ledges. The canyon’s name was coined when early settlers used it as a water source, using six lengths of leather (‘ses riem – six thongs) tied together to lower buckets into the water at the base of canyon

Return to the lodge for the overnight.

 

Day 6

Sesriem area – Windhoek (450 km) (BL)

After breakfast we begin our journey back to Windhoek following a different route, ascending the massive Gamsberg Pass in the Khomas Hochland Mountain Range on our way back to civilization.

We are due back in Windhoek late afternoon / early evening and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on our return

Tour dates

This tour departs on every Wednesday from Windhoek.

Price

Price per person starting from $20100

01 April 2017 – 30 June 2017:

$1700.00 single room supplement

01 July – 31 October 2017:

$23900.00 per person sharing

$2800.00 single room supplement

Upgrades

An upgrade is not available on this departure.