Discover the charm of Namibia with its breathtaking landscapes and its exciting attractions! Experience the Kalahari desert – the largest expanse of sand in the world – with the highest dunes in the world at Sossusvlei. Enjoy the feeling of the sea breeze that caresses your skin, while seals and dolphins take you on a spectacular mini cruise; discover the largest open-air museum in Twyfelfontein where, more than 6,000 years ago, the Bushmen left important testimonies of their lives. Finally, observe the remarkable adaptability of the Ovahimba population, and then return to the arms of Mother Nature in the splendid setting of the Etosha National Park.
Your group tour
Day 1: Arrival in Windhoek
Arrival at Windhoek International Airport and meeting with our guide. Departure for the capital. With around 350,000 inhabitants, Windhoek is the largest city in the country and is situated in a lush valley of particular landscape interest in the Auas Mountains (the second highest mountain range in Namibia). Windhoek is a fusion of modern and traditional culture, fashions and different architectural styles and thanks to its central location, it marks the access point to the famous tourist attractions of the country. In the evening, try typical Namibian cuisine in one of the city’s many restaurants. Rest of the evening available to experience the nightlife of the capital.
Day 2: Around Sossusvlei
After breakfast, we leave Windhoek and travel south to the Namib desert, one of the oldest deserts on our planet, where we will stay for two nights. The lodge is located in the immediate vicinity of Sesriem, the entrance gate to the National Park that leads to the famous area of Sossusvlei – a place that we will visit the next day – to observe the highest sand dunes in the world and take a short walk to the Dead Vlei. Rest of the day available. You can relax by the pool or at the bar of your lodge and with a little luck, watch the antelopes and small desert mammals go and drink in the puddle of water surrounding them. You can also book a naturalistic safari on the dunes, or take a naturalistic ride with quad bikes.
Day 3: Visit of Sossusvlei
Today get ready for a quick awakening to watch the sunrise over the highest sand dunes in the world! We will also visit the area of the “Dead Vlei” a depression surrounded by monumental dunes, which was cut off from the course of the Tsauchab river some 500 years ago. After an easy walk of about 1 km, we reach the “vlei”, characterized by a silence that is at times almost unreal, with the clayey soil dotted with ancient “camelthorn” trees dating back to about 800 years ago. Sossusvlei, whose name means in the Bushman language “the place where the waters end”, is a clayey depression where the Tsauchab river can no longer flow due to the sand dunes that prevent its passage. We will visit the important Sesriem Canyon, which dates back to 18 million years ago and which was formed following an erosive process.
Day 4: Crossing the Namib Naukluft Park
Today we start towards the Atlantic Ocean, through the Namib Naukluft Park which, in addition to being the 3rd largest park in the entire African continent, is also a natural sanctuary for the mountain Zebra, now covering an area of 5 million hectares. Among the many attractions of the park, the 2 most famous are certainly the Welwitschia Mirabilis plants and the spectacular Valle della Luna. The Welwitschia Mirabilis is one of the rarest and also the oldest plants in the world, able to reach 2,000 years of age! Continuing along the path, we reach the Valley of the Moon, an eroded valley built on the dry bed of the Swakop river, which really reminds of a suggestive lunar landscape. Continue on to Swakopmund, set between the dunes and the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
Day 5: Visit of the port to Walvisbay
The day begins early and after breakfast, departure for Walvisbay, Namibia’s main port, a centre of the fishing industry and a rapidly developing tourist destination. We are waiting for the chance to discover the marine life that exists on the Namibian coast and in the noisy waves of the Atlantic Ocean with a cruise. Crossing the lagoon in the direction of Pelican Point, we will be able to spot large herds of dolphins and a large colony of seals that often swim next to the boats, offering spectacular entertainment while we… we will taste excellent sparkling wine and fresh Namibian oysters ..! Rest of the afternoon available.
Day 6: The Damaraland region
Along the way to the Damaraland region, there are many of the natural attractions that we will visit today. We will pass the largest expanse of lichens of different species in the world, some of which date back 2,000 years. Opposite this reserve is the town of Wlotzkasbaken, a small fishing village. Along the way, we will pass the highest mountain in the country (2,579 m) – Brandberg – and then, in the late afternoon, reach the “Burnt Mountain” and the “Canes of Organ”, geological attractions enclosed in the mountains of an ancient desert that they take on spectacular colours at sunset. We will also visit the largest “open-air museum” in all of southern Africa: Twyfelfontein, whose name means “doubtful spring”, inspired by the presence of a source – unreliable – kept in the mountains. An extraordinary combination of over 2,500 cave paintings and engravings are scattered over the entire surface of the area. Continue to our lodge and rest of the day available.
Day 7 to 8: Travel to Kaokoveld to meet local people
This morning we will travel in the pristine Kaokoveld, a territory characterized by undulating hills and open plains, inhabited by the Ovahimba. These proud and statuesque people have been able to maintain their traditional values and culture unchanged. We will visit one of their villages the next day (day 8). The Ovahimba still live in huts built with Mopane wood poles and covered inside with a layer of clay and animal excrement, in order to repair the environment from the scorching temperatures of the day. Our lodge is located on a hill and offers a spectacular 360-degree view of the Kaokoveld.
Day 9: The Etosha National Park
After breakfast, we head to the borders of the Etosha National Park, via Kamanjab and Outjo. Our lodge is located near the famous and renowned Etosha National Park.
Day 10: Safari at the Etosha Pan
The Etosha National Park, which opens at the dawn of the first rays of the sun, extends over an area of 22,270 square kilometres characterized by heterogeneity of vegetation, alternating grassy savannas extended to the horizon, to densely wooded areas. The depression of the Etosha Pan gives its name to the whole park and consists of a vast saline area that covers about a quarter of the entire surface, sparkling with silvery reflections during the hottest hours of the day. The water present in this depression is 2 times saltier than that of the sea, for this reason, the animals do not drink there, preferring instead the different pools of fresh water. These pools – fed by artesian aquifers – constitute a precious source of life for as many as 114 different animal species and 340 species of birds.
Day 11: Return to Windhoek
This morning we will go on another safari in the Etosha National Park for 2-3 hours before leaving for Windhoek. On our way back to Windhoek we pass the Otoko mountains, 2 twin peaks with a curious cone shape of inverted ice cream. Once in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, our guide will accompany you on a visit to our capital! Hotel registration and the rest of the day available.