7 Days Northern Odyssey
Venture into Namibia’s wild heartland. Travel north from the desert coast to the rugged Damaraland, then explore the world-famous Etosha National Park with its abundance of animal and bird life.
RATE ON REQUEST
Valid: 1 July – 31 October 2020
Departures: Alternate Fridays – min 2 guests / max 20 guests
- 1 Night at Brigadoon Guesthouse or similar
- 2 Nights at Twyfelfontein Lodge or similar
- 2 Nights at Etosha Safari Camp or similar
- 2 Nights at Mokuti Etosha Lodge or similar
- 6 Breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 lunch pack & 6 dinners
- Transportation in air-conditioned vehicles with bottled water on board
- Porterage, entrance fees and sightseeing as specified, with all departures in dual language German/English commentary
DAY 1 – FRIDAY WINDHOEK – SWAKOPMUND
A Transfer takes you to the coastal town of Swakopmund. Upon your arrival in the early afternoon you check into your hotel. With palm-lined streets and seaside promenades, Swakopmund is a popular holiday destination in Namibia. For the international guest, Swakopmund is a bohemian mix of German architecture and African rhythms, a laid back attitude with adrenalin activities. It is colourful, it is vibrant, but most of all, it is pure fun.
DAY 2 – SATURDAY SWAKOPMUND
Swakopmund is often fondly referred to as the “playground of Namibia”, it has numerous activities ranging from, adventure to exploring the fascinating features of the Namib Desert and the animals and plants that occur and survive here. Embrace the relaxed pace of this idyllic coastal town whilst enjoying coffee and freshly baked pastries in one of the many café’s. Alternatively explore the rugged, sweltering desert on a day tour, or view this awesome, environment from the air on a scenic flight.
DAY 3 – SUNDAY SWAKOPMUND – DAMARALAND
On long yet interesting and scenic roads we head further north into the Damaraland, one of the least populated and geologically diverse areas in Africa. This harsh, rocky environment is home to the elusive desert elephant, the black rhino and free-roaming antelope species. Accompanied by a local Damara guide we visit Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO heritage site with over 2.500 bushman rock engravings. After a visit to the nearby Living Museum of the Damara we proceed to the Petrified Forest – a geological phenomenon depicting the creation and metamorphosis of wood into stone and the Welwitschia mirabilis – the oldest living desert plant.
DAY 4 – MONDAY DAMARALAND – ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
After a relaxed breakfast, we travel towards the Etosha National Park, famous for its vast amount of wildlife. After we have reached our camp located just outside of the National Park, we explore the various waterholes located close to Okaukuejo and the Anderson gate for our first park wildlife encounters. Optional and time permitting open vehicle game drives can be booked with the lodge.
DAY 5 – TUESDAY ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
The day is devoted purely to the abundant wildlife found in the Etosha National Park, which surrounds a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan. The park is home to 4 of the Big Five – elephant, lion, leopard and rhino. Game viewing in the park is largely focussed around the waterholes, some of which are spring fed and some supplied from a borehole, ideal places to sit and watch over 114 different game species, or for an avid birder, in excess of 340 bird species. Popular game species such as giraffe, blue wildebeest, plains and mountain zebra, hyena, lion, leopard, antelopes such as kudu, oryx, eland, as well as some of the endangered species such as Black rhino, cheetah and the black-faced impala are all found here.
DAY 6 – WEDNESDAY ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
Today your guide again takes you on a game drive in the Etosha National Park, or optionally you can book an open game drive park drive with the lodge. We may encounter animal species we have not seen the previous day and look forward to any new surprises at the different waterholes visited. In the afternoon we travel back to our lodge, where we enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure or experience the wellness centre.
DAY 7 – THURSDAY ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK – WINDHOEK
After breakfast we travel back through the centre of the country to the capital, Windhoek. Time permitting, en-route we may stop at the famous wood carvers market in Okahandja or the craft market in the main street in Windhoek to pick up a last few souvenirs. Windhoek is a cosmopolitan melting pot of European architecture with African culture, with a variety of good restaurants to choose from. You will be dropped off at your accommodation of choice, or transferred to the airport for your outward flight.
Optional extra nights can be added, please contact us for prices.