Grand tour of Namibia with tent and lodge

Day 1: Greater Windhoek

AIRPORT- WINDHOEK (ca. 42 km / 0:30 h)

After arrival at the airport in Windhoek you will be welcomed by a member of our agency staff. Afterwards you will be driven to the car rental station, where your booked camper will be waiting for you. Here you will be thoroughly instructed in the vehicle, you will be shown how to pitch the roof tents and how to drive them back in again, where to find which camping equipment and what else is important.

If necessary, you can visit one of Windhoek's numerous and well-stocked supermarkets and buy food, drinks and everything else you need for your upcoming adventure.

Your destination today is Na an ku se Lodge. This is the first time African safari feeling pure. Here you can choose from a variety of activities that are all about animal welfare and species conservation. Especially recommendable is the Carnivore Feeding Tour, during which you can visit the cats of prey living on the grounds and watch them feeding.

 

Day 2: Okonjima Nature Reserve

WINDHOEK- OKONJIMA NATURE RESERVE  (ca. 226 km / 2:33 h)

After breakfast we head north. On the well-developed national road you drive through wide country with numerous farms left and right of the road. Here you will find by far not only cattle, but also antelopes, giraffes, zebras, warthogs and much more. Here, too, they are committed to nature conservation and take care of the animals that have got into conflict with the farmers outside. Ideally, they are abandoned in the huge game reserve and can lead a normal life. In particular, this concerns leopards and cheetahs, which can often be spotted in their natural environment during game drives. Beside the big cats you will also find a lot of other animals, which are native to this place in Africa.

Day 3: Otjiwarongo

OKONJIMA NATURE RESERVE - WATERBERG REGION  (ca. 114 km / 1:32 h)

This morning there will be the opportunity to participate in the morning activities in the Nature Reserve. The trip then takes you to the pretty town of Otjiwarongo, which is still very German in many places today.

The Waterberg region is already strongly influenced by wild African nature. Here, there are many animals that one would actually only suspect in national parks. The mountains themselves have an everlasting supply of water, which makes them so important for the dry region.


 

Activities and Services

Day 4: Etosha South

WATERBERG REGION - ETOSHA SOUTH (ca. 185 km / 1:55 h)

This morning there will be opportunity to participate in the activities of your accommodation. In the course of the day you will head towards Etosha National Park. In Otjiwarongo or Outjo you should replenish your supplies for the days ahead in the National Park.

Once you've passed Outjo, it gets really lonely. Only very rarely do you see other cars here. Your current accommodation is near the Anderson Gate. There will be time to relax in your lodge before heading to the park tomorrow morning.

 

Day 5: Etosha National Park

ETOSHA SOUTH - ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK (ca. 120 km / 1:51 h)

You should leave early in the morning to start your safari adventure. Once you have passed the Anderson Gate, your first stop is the Okaukuejo base camp, where you should complete the necessary formalities. On the way here you have certainly seen some animals.

The rest of the day will be dedicated to the breathtaking fauna of Etosha. With your off-road vehicle you can drive today to the numerous waterholes, at which very often a huge number of animals are present.

But don't be too late for your camp so that you still have enough time to pitch your (roof) tents.
 

Day 6: Etosha National Park

ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

Today we have to get up very early! With the sunrise the national park gates open and you drive your jeep to the stalk. Around this time there is a lot going on here, the nocturnal animals return, the day-active ones come from their hiding places. In the light of the rising sun the bush shines in wonderful light, a paradise for photographers! Whether you are out all day or spend the heat of the day in your camp is up to you. 

There is always something to see, thirsty animals also come to the lodge's own waterhole, colourful birds drink in the pool, and small antelopes roam around the accommodations and enjoy the safety of the closeness of people. 

Etosha Pan Etosha Pan

Day 7: Etosha National Park

ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

A safari routine sets in. In the first morning light we go out into the wilderness, be it in the dense bush away from the big salt pan, or directly to the edge of the huge flat plain, which is mostly dry there. Depending on the amount of precipitation and the time of day, it is here that the largest number of animals can be found to drink at one of the few water points. 

Day 8: Etosha West

ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK - ETOSHA WEST (ca. 243 km / 4:05 h)

In the morning you break off your camp for good and drive west through the national park. Here lies a relatively new part of the national park, which was not accessible as a restricted area before. The landscape has changed a lot, here the landscape is lush and hilly. At the numerous water points, the local wild animals can be observed especially well.

Day 9: Twyfelfontein

ETOSHA WEST - TWYFELFONTAIN  (ca. 297 km / 4:20 h)

In the morning you leave the park and drive towards Damaraland. There is plenty to see on the way. The landscape here is dry and lonely. But even here there is a lot of animal life. With a bit of luck you can see the famous desert elephants. But also various living museums, villages, where the people living here show their way of life, a petrified forest, and much more invite you to stop. In the afternoon you reach your camp for tonight. Here you will experience a magical night surrounded by big red rocks in the middle of a breathtaking nature.
 

Day 10: Twyfelfontein

TWYFELFONTAIN  

Time to explore the wonderful surroundings. Damaraland offers many other sights besides the famous World Heritage Site Twyfelfontain. Twyfelfontain is one of the richest rock art galleries in Africa. In the national monument Burnt Mountain you can admire an intensive colour variety in the volcanic rock and the nearby dolomite columns of the organ pipes remind you strongly of organ pipes.
 

Day 11: Swakopmund

TWYFELFONTAIN  - SWAKOPMUND  (ca. 324 km / 4:14 h)

On the way to the coast you will pass through the wonderful landscapes of Damaraland. To the left and right there are exciting things to discover everywhere. On the way it is worth stopping at Spitzkoppe, the Matterhorn of Africa. The red rocks protrude steeply from the plain and can be seen from far away. One can hike and climb wonderfully here. Afterwards you drive to Swakopmund, the most German city in Africa. Here you can still see many relics of the German colonial period from over a hundred years ago. German is still spoken everywhere.

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Day 12: Swakopmund

SWAKOPMUND 

Enjoy the time in Swakopmund to enjoy the fresh sea air, to look at the ocean and to relax. Culinary Swakopmund also has a lot to offer: You can eat excellent fish everywhere, which is not usual in Namibia. Why don't you rent some big bikes and cycle through the dunes and along the beach? A great experience!

Swakopmund Jetty Jetty At Sunset

Day 13: Swakopmund

SWAKOPMUND 

Another day on the coast, perfect for excursions and explorations. We recommend a boat trip to observe dolphins and seals. You can book a variety of offers and, if you feel like it, you can also take a canoe for an environmentally friendly close-up view of the animals. Alternatively, you can take guided expeditions into the desert and marvel at the amazing variety of life in this rugged nature. Or how about a parachute jump? In Swakopmund there is a lot to experience.

Day 14: Sesriem

SWAKOPMUND - SOSSUSVLEI  (ca. 347 km / 4:33 h)

You leave the coast and turn into the desert at Walvisbay. The next 100km you believe to be in the Sahara. Sand as far as the eye can see. Soon the landscape becomes mountainous and greener again. However, it remains lonely and only few farms lie left and right at the sea. On the way you pass Solitaire, a small collection of buildings and a gas station. A good place for lunch before continuing on to one of Namibia's most famous sights: the red dunes at Sesriem with the Sossusvleij. World famous are the pictures of a majestic Oryx antelope in front of the deep red dunes. Today and/or tomorrow you have the opportunity to see it with your own eyes. Depending on your personal wishes, you can make an afternoon tour today or drive to sunrise tomorrow morning. And maybe you will also find time for the Sesriem Canyon?

Day 15: Sesriem

SOSSUSVLEI 

You should leave at the first opportunity and drive towards the big red dunes. In the morning light these majestic sand mountains shine in a magical light. Since the temperatures are still bearable, you can set out to climb them. The view is breathtaking. 

Further possibilities today would be a visit to the Sesriem Canyon, a deep gorge that can be walked through. And also the Naukluft Zebra Mountain Park is not far away and could be the destination of an excursion.
 

Sesriem Canyon

Day 16: Aus

SOSSUSVLEI  - AUS  (ca. 345 km / 4:50 h)

From Sesriem it goes further and further south. You drive through the Namib Rand Nature Reserve: sand and gravel plains and savannah sections alternate with mountain ranges, island mountains and green dune belts. Your destination today is the region around the small town of Aus, which lies on the disused railway line to L├╝deritz in a magical desert and mountain world.

Day 17: Aus

AUS

The dry landscape in this area is known for its unique botanical diversity. Aus is an excellent starting point to explore the area and visit the main attraction: the wild horses of the Namib Desert, which run wild and free in the thinly planted plains. Hikes through the beautiful landscape with its fascinating native flora and fauna are also a possible highlight.

Day 18: Fish River Canyon

AUS - FISH RIVER CANYON   (ca. 281 km / 3:10 h)

The journey leads through the barren, but beautiful landscape to the east to one of the greatest natural wonders of the continent. The Fish River Canyon is with its length of about 160km, a width up to 27km and a depth of up to 550m the largest canyon of Africa. After the Grand Canyon in the USA it is the second largest canyon in the world. 

Day 19: Fish River Canyon

FISH RIVER CANYON

Today you have the whole day the opportunity to let the dramatic nature affect you. From numerous vantage points there are always views into the gorge. The most famous is undoubtedly Hells Bend. We can only advise against a descent to the river bed, it can get very hot and the descents are very steep. But you can also discover a lot at the top. The wildlife has recovered very well and with some luck you can see mountain zebras, springboks, ostriches, giraffes, oryx antelopes, cow antelopes and kudus.

Day 20: Mariental

FISH RIVER CANYON - MARIENTHAL  (ca. 401 km / 4:22 h)

From the Fish River Canyon we head north again. You will pass Keetmanshoop, a small town with many testimonies of German colonial history. In the closer surroundings there is a quiver tree forest worth seeing and in the Giants Playground a variety of bizarre rock formations. Marienthal, your destination for the night, is the capital of the region and supplies the surrounding communities and farms. In the immediate vicinity is the Hardap Reservoir, which enables irrigation farming in the region.

Day 21: Windhoek

MARIENTHAL   - WINDHOEK (ca. 312 km / 3:34 h)

We continue north to the capital Windhoek. Here you can still feel a lot of influence of German colonial heritage. During a city tour you will pass most of the sights directly.
 

Day 22: End of Itinerary

WINDHOEK - AIRPORT

After the check out you have some time, depending on the booked program or departure time, to buy last souvenirs or to stroll through Windhoek's streets again.

Afterwards you drive back to the rental car company and hand in your car. An employee will then drive you to the airport.
 

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