Day 1: Windhoek
Today you will be met on arrival at the airport and transferred across to your hotel. The remainder of the day can be spent relaxing at your own leisure. If you would like to do a guided city tour (3 hours) then we can make these arrangements for you.
For dinner tonight, you can head into town for a bite to eat at one of Windhoek's well known restaurants. We recommend Joe's Beerhouse as it is popular with locals and tourists alike.
Days 2 - 3: Sossusvlei
After breakfast, you can still pop into town for anything you might need and then it's time to depart, heading south from Windhoek to your lodge for the next 2 nights. The route will take you either via the beautiful Spreetshoogte or Remhoogte Pass, both showcasing the natural beauty of Namibia
Wake up early for breakfast (Day 3) and then head to the entrance to Sossusvlei, the Sesriem Gate. You get to spend the whole day in the beautiful Sossusvlei area, exploring the highlights: Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei, Dune 45, Big Daddy, Elim Dune and the Sesriem Canyon.
You can return to the lodge for lunch or arrange a lunch pack to enjoy in the dunes and return late afternoon for a well-earned rest!
Optional extra activities: Hot air balloon safari, Nature drives
Days 4 - 5: Swakopmund
Depart after breakfast and head north to Solitaire, then west crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, through the Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons via the Namib Gravel Plains to the coast. We suggest that you either travel via Walvis Bay to Swakopmund, or (recommended) detour via Ganab to the Welwitschia Plains and Moon Landscape.
The Namibian coastline is generally known as The Skeleton Coast due to the barren areas, ship wrecks and, in days gone by, whale skeletons left on the beach.
1 full day is set aside for this lovely area where Swakopmund and Walvis Bay offer a wide range of activities such as: Dolphin cruise, Sandwich Harbour excursion (a real Skeleton Coastexperience), Dune quad biking, Sand boarding, Sea kayaking, Lots more...
Lunches and dinners can be enjoyed at a cafe or restaurant overlooking the sea. We recommend Jetty 1905 and the Tug Restaurant, but there are plenty of options to choose from.
Days 6 - 7: Twyfelfontein
Today head north along the Skeleton Coast, via Henties Bay to visit the Cape Cross seal colony. Along the way, stop at the Lichen Fields as well as the ship wreck between the colourful small town of Wlotskasbaken and Henties Bay. You will then backtrack to Henties Bay and head inland through wide open plains to Uis, then north to the Twyfelfontein area.
Why not visit Namibia’s Open Air Museum, the Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings as well as the interesting Organ Pipes rock formations and Burnt Mountain. You can also visit the Damara Living Museum for a hint of culture.
You can also take a drive with your guide, west (4x4 needed) to the Huab River to look for the desert adapted elephants as well as other game such as oryx, springbok, ostrich and lots more.
Days 8 - 9: Palmwag
Today you can spend your morning at leisure enjoying the incredible area, either visiting the Twyfelfontein highlights or on a nature drive with your guide.
It is then time to head north through open plains and mountain ranges to the veterinary control fence close to Palmwag Lodge. The lodge guide will collect you from the pick-up point with his safari vehicle and take you to the lodge from here. It is not that far to the lodge, but the road is quite rough and therefore the afternoon will be spent on a nature drive to get there. A great way to see the beautiful scenery, not to mention all the wildlife
A full day is set aside in this incredible area for activities such as a nature hike or game drive to enjoy this remote and harsh, but beautiful landscape.
Day 10: Opuwo
Today you will transfer back to your vehicle after breakfast and then head north crossing the Hoanib River, up and over Joubert Pass to Opuwo, the centre of Kaokoland. Opuwo is a small typical African town, where a range of different people live, from the traditional Himba tribes to Herero, Damara and Owambo cultures. Along the way stop at various villages to interact with the local people
Depending on arrival time, enjoy a Himba village visit this afternoon with your guide.
Day 11: Etosha West
Today it is time to head off towards the famous Etosha Safari Park. You will head east and then south towards the west side of Etosha.
Arrival here will be in the early afternoon and if you wish you can join an afternoon or evening game drive (optional extra).
Days 12 - 13: Etosha South
After breakfast, enter the park for a full morning game drive to Okaukuejo and exit Etosha at the southern gate, Anderson gate. On entry, your guide will pay your entrance fee (included) and we suggest you pop in at the local shop to purchase some drinks and snacks and most importantly, a map of Etosha which will show you all the waterholes along the way. You will also return into Etosha for an afternoon drive with your guide, offering more opportunities to spot some of the amazing wildlife here.
Staying here 2 nights gives another full day for this lovely area and you can either do a full day's drive, or alternate with morning and afternoon drives into Etosha -just let your guide know the day before.
Etosha is one of Africa's great game parks. With 114 species of mammal and 340 species of birds you are sure to see a great variety of wildlife on your safari
Days 14 - 15: Etosha East
From one side to the other side of the park is a full day game drive as you head slowly east stopping at numerous waterholes along the way. Take a slow drive in the morning and then enjoy a snack or lunch overlooking one of the waterholes before continuing on through the park to the eastern side.
One full day is set aside for game viewing, either all day or alternate with morning and afternoon drives. These are self-drive game drives but you can arrange at the lodge to go with their open safari vehicle and guide (optional extra).
Day 16: Okonjima Nature Reserve
Head south via Otavi and Otjiwarongo to Okonjima, which is home to the AfriCat Foundation. Aim to arrive here by 14h00 latest in order to enjoy the afternoon tea/coffee and cakes before heading off on your afternoon excursion of choice.
You have 2 activities included during your stay.
Day 17: End of Itinerary
It's an early morning rise today for a quick snack before joining the morning activity, which will be to visit the AfriCat Foundation or you can swap fo a drive in the animal enclosure, which is more a game reserve. After the chosen activity you will head back to the lodge for a hearty Namibian breakfast before departure.
Head back to Windhoek today, where your guide will drop you at the airport in time for your departure flight.
If you would prefer to book an extra night in Windhoek to relax before your flight home then this can be easily arranged.