Etosha & Coastal Explorer

Tour Details

Duration: 11 days / 10 nights
Departure: On request
Pick-ups: Windhoek
Drop-off: Windhoek
Minimum Participants: 2 Pax
Maximum Participants: 12 Pax
Mode of transport: Air-conditioned vehicles
Languages: English and German
Prices: Available on request
Options: Luxury Version
Inclusive: Vehicle
Fuel
Qualified professional Driverguide = 1 Person
Accommodation
Accommodation & Meals for the Guide
Meals (as per itinerary)
Park entrance fees as per itinerary
Activities as indicated in the itinerary
Water on board
Porterage
Passenger Liability
15% VAT
2% Tourism Levy
Exclusive All expenses of personal nature
Entrance fees not mentioned in the itinerary
All meals not mentioned above
Drinks at lodges and on road
All optional excursions and activities
Airport transfers
Tips for tour guides
International flights and airport taxes
Items not mentioned in the itinerary

Our tour proposal is subject to availability.

Highlights: Windhoek, Waterberg, Etosha, Erongo Mountains, Swakopmund and Welwitschia Mirabillis

 


 

Itinerary:

01 Day / Windhoek

Arrival at the International Airport, where you will be greeted by your english speaking driverguide. Transfer to Windhoek and check-in.

The city is considerably enhanced by stately historic buildings in German architectural style of the turn of the century. You can visit the old buildings, which lend a singular charm to the city, which include the historic seat of government also known as the Tintenpalast, which means palace of ink in German. The Christuskirche, which is right next to the Tintenpalast, with its graceful sphere provides the city with a striking landmark.

The white - walled Alte Feste, which was once a fort and now a museum, reflects the history of the country. Windhoek lies 1650m above sea level. The population of Windhoek consists of only 300 000 people which nevertheless makes Windhoek the largest city in the country. The biggest part of Windhoek's population stays in Katutura, the Bantu speaking - suburb of the city. Katutura is an Oshiwambo word meaning: "the place where we do not want to stay". All along "Independence Avenue", the former "Kaiserstrasse" (German for "emperor's street"), one can see the old, colonial houses right next to the buildings of the modern, post - independence Namibia.

Bed and breakfast, Hilton Hotel or similar

 


 

02 Day / Windhoek - Frans Indongo Lodge

Breakfast and depart through Okahandja and Otjiwarongo to our superb lodge.

Directly north of Windhoek lies Okahandja, a town of great significance to the Herero because it was the seat of Chief Samuel Maharero. Every year in August thousands of Hereros gather here for a pilgrimage to pay homage at the graves of their great chiefs. Okahandja is an important centre for woodcarvers from the north. They practise their ancient skills at the Mbanguru Woodcarvers Market.

Originally known as Kanubes to the Herero, Otjiwarongo is said to mean "pretty place" or "place of the fat cattle", as the area is well known for its cattle ranches. Situated about 250km north of Windhoek, on a slope amid undulating plains. There are many guest farms and lodges in the Otjiwarongo district, information on which can be gained -from the Omaue Information Office in St George's Street. Two interesting features of the town is the Otjiwarongo Crocodile Ranch, where crocodiles are bred as well as the Cheetah Conservation Fund, an internationally-recognized organization dedicated to ensuring the long-term survival of the cheetah through research, conservation and education.

Afternoon game drive is waiting upon us on the arrival at the lodge.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Frans Indongo Lodge or similar

 


 

03 Day / Frans Indongo - Mushara Lodge

After a hearty at the breakfast your journey continues to direction of Etosha Nationalpark via Otavi, Grootfontein and Tsumeb.

En route we will visit Lake Otjikoto.

The town of Tsumeb, gateway to the north, has been closely linked to the mining industry since 1905. The history of Tsumeb is depicted in the Tsumeb museum, where a comprehensive collection of rare minerals can be viewed. In the Khorab room a collection of restored cannons and other armaments, which were dumped into Lake Otjikoto by the German forces, are displayed.

In 1915, during the South West African Campaign, retreating German forces dumped their military equipment into Lake Otjikoto. Some of the cannons have been retrieved and can be viewed in the museum in Tsumeb. Many legends surround the lake. A favourite myth is that Otjikoto and its sister lake Guinas are bottomless. Shaped something like an upside-down mushroom, Otjikoto was formed when the roof of a huge dolomite cave collapsed. Stalactite samples taken from an underwater cave have been estimated to be about 80 000 years old. A rare, mouth-breeding species of fish is found in the lake's depths.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Mushara Lodge or similar

 


 

04 Day / Erongo National Park

Rhino at Erongo National Park Breakfast and then we will drive into famous Etosha Nationalpark with our own vehicle.

The Etosha National Park, consisting of 22 270 sq km of saline desert, savannah and woodlands, is one of the largest parks in Africa. Its definitive feature is the Etosha Pan, a vast, shallow depression of approximately 5000 sq km. For the greater part of the year, the pan is a bleak expanse of white cracked mud which shimmers with mirages on most days. It is seeing vast herds of game with this eerie "great white place of dry water" as a backdrop which makes the Etosha experience unique. A total of about 114 mammal species are found in the park, including several rare and endangered, such as black rhino and black-faced impala. About 300 bird species occur in the park, of which approximately one third are migratory, including the European bee-eater and several species of waders.

Late afternoon we will exit the part and return to the lodge outside the park.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Mushara Lodge or similar

 


 

05 & 06 Day / Full Day Game Drives into Etosha Nationalpark

Another full day game drives into the Etosha Nationalpark with our tour vehicle.

We will leave the park and drive to our classic lodge situated outside the Anderson Gate.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Ongava Lodge or similar

 


 

07 Day / Etosha - Erongo Mountains

Today we will depart via Outjo and Omaruru to reach our beatifully situated lodge.

En route we will stop at Franken Tower in Omaruru to get some historical information about the town.

In 1870 a Swedish traveler and hunter, Axel Eriksson, made Omaruru the headquarters of his trading ventures. In the same year a mission station was established on the banks of the Omaruru River and the mission house, the oldest house in the town, now functions as the local museum, which displays early missionaries, an antique cool drink machine and farming implements, etc. In Herero, Omaruru means "bitter curd" - a reference to the bitter taste of the milk produced by cows, which have eaten the bitter bush.

Upon arrival at the lodge we will take part on the rockpainting drive which will draw you into the spell of mystic Africa.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Ai-AiBa Lodge or similar

 


 

08 Day / Ai-AiBa Lodge - Swakopmund

Depart via Karibib, Usakos and Arandis through spectacular view of Spitzkoppe and imposing Erongo Mountains to our coastal town.

The Erongo Mountains is a volcanic region dating back to some 150 million years ago and is a source to many minerals such as aquamarine, topaz and fluorite. Not only are there natural resources but it is also home to cultural artifacts like rock painting and engravings as well as rare and endemic mammal and plant species. The outstanding Black eagle can be spotted breeding in the mountains and there is a large population of leopard and brown hyena living in the Erongo region. The Erongo Mountain is located approximately 20 km due north of Usakos and 25 km northwest of Karibib in Damaraland, Namibia.

The imposing Spitzkoppe, also known as the Matterhorn of Namibia, is a well-known landmark between Usakos and the coast. Rising some 700 m above the flat surrounding plains, the Gross Spitzkoppe has a height of 1 728 m. Immediately to the east are the Pondok mountains, which owe their Afrikaans name to their resemblance to African huts. About 10 km southwest is the 1 572 m high Klein Spitzkoppe. Geologically the area correlates with the Damara and the younger Karoo Sequence, of about 350 - 150 million years ago. During the breakup of the Gondwana supercontinent in Karoo times, large parts of southern Africa were affected by volcanic activity. Vast amounts of lava were extruded through the Spitzkoppe, Brandberg and Erongo volcanoes, with subsequent intrusion of granitic magma forming the Spitzkoppe, Brandberg and Erongo complexes. Erosion has since exposed the granitic cores to form typical inselbergs, or island mountains.

Swakopmund villa Swakopmund is much loved by Namibians as a welcome respite from the inland heat. It is also popular amongst visitors because of its old-world charm and relaxed atmosphere. Founded in 1892 during the period of German colonial rule, it served as the territory's main harbour for many years. The distinct German colonial character has been well preserved and today many of the old buildings serve a useful purpose.The Woermann House (1905) now houses an art gallery. The Woermann Tower was used in earlier times to see if ships came into the harbour. Other old interesting buildings are: "Die Alte Kaserne", "Hohenzollern Haus", and the Railway Station Building.

Bed and breakfast, Hansa Hotel or similar

 


 

09 Day / Swakopmund

After breakfast we will leave to Walvis Bay where will have a spectacular and adventurous dolphine cruise.

A 3-hour long boat cruise in the lagoon of Walvis Bay will put you into another world. Some pelicans and flamingos might be spotted - and regularly dolphins and seals swim alongside the boat, with the possibility of one or two seals jumping into the boat to be fed. 12h00 - Lunch with snacks, oysters and champagne will be served in the lagoon.

The rest of the afternoon can be spend on own leisure or alternatively book activities on offer.

Bed and breakfast, Hansa Hotel or similar

 


 

10 Day / Swakopmund - Windhoek

Beach at Swakopmund We will depart via Walvis Bay and Ghaub Pass. En route we will visit the magnificient Welwitschia Mirabillis and Moon Landscape.

The Welwitschia mirabilis, a botanical curiosity endemic to the Namib Desert and certainly one of the most intriguing and bizarre plants on earth. Sprawling untidily on the desert plains, the welwitschia is believed to have a lifespan of up to 2000 years. The plant produces only two leaves throughout its lifetime. The desert winds tear at the fibrous, evergreen blades, shredding them into strips, which curl into snake-like thongs, leaving the tips withered and dry. A large concentration of these plants is found along the Welwitschia Trail.

Soft overlaying levels of earth deposited some 450 million years ago, were eroded over millenniums to create this eerie landscape. An unexpected cluster of eucalyptus and palm trees on the banks of the Swakop River at the farm Goanikontes surrounds a historic farmhouse dating back to the mid - 1850s. In earlier times the farm had a thriving vegetable garden, which supplied fresh products to Swakopmund.

Bed and breakfast, Hilton Hotel or similar

 


 

11 Day / Departure

Until your airport transfer the remainder of the day can be spend at own leisure.

 




Day Accommodation Meals Activities
Day 1 Hilton Hotel B Meet and greet by your guide and transfer to Windhoek
Day 2 Frans Indongo Lodge D,B Game Drive
Day 3 Mushara Lodge D,B Visit Tsumeb Museum and Lake Otjikoto en route to Etosha
Day 4 Mushara Lodge D,B Full Day game viewing in the park
Day 5 Ongava Lodge D,B Full Day game viewing in the park
Day 6 Ongava Lodge D,B Full Day game viewing in the park
Day 7 Ai-AiBa Lodge D,B Rockpainting drive activity
Day 8 Hansa Hotel B Scenic drive from Ai-AiBa Lodge to Swakopmund
Day 9 Hansa Hotel B Dolphin cruise in Walvis Bay
Day 10 Hilton Hotel B Welwitschia Mirabillis and Moon landscape
Day 11 Departure B Transfer to 45km situated Hosea Kutako International Airport
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