Damaraland & Erongo Experience

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: Namibia's biggest attractions are the variety of animal and birdlife in the Kingdom of Etosha National Park, as well as massive Damaraland, with its beauty.

 


 

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 - Erongo Mountains

Breakfast and depart through Okahandja, Karibib and Omaruru to your 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.

Mountains 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.

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

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Erongo Wilderness Lodge or similar

 


 

03 Day / Erongo Mountains

After a hearty breakfast you have the whole morning at your own disposal to explore this beautiful nature at this superb lodge or alternative relax at the swimming pool.

In the afternoon a very informative nature drive is waiting on us for a duration of 2 to 3 hours and includes Bushman Rock art at Paula's Cave. To end our day we will enjoy the sundnwer at the end of the afternoon drive.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Erongo Wilderness Lodge or similar

 


 

04 Day / Erongo Mountains - Damaraland

Today we will depart via Uis to reach Damaraland.

En route we will stop at Brandberg before proceeding to Twyfelfontein.

The imposing Brandberg massive is a challenge to rock climbers, especially its peak "Königstein", which at 2573m is the highest peak in Namibia. While its name is Afrikaans for "burnt mountain" the Brandberg is most famous for the rock painting known as the "White Lady", which is painted on an overhang in Maack's Shelter - named after the surveyor who discovered it in 1917. Maack's Shelter lies in the Tsisab gorge, a wild and beautiful ravine amongst a vast jumble of rocks, remnants of many ancient landslides.

Our journey will continue with the sightseeing visits to Twyfelfontein Rockengravings, Burnt Mountains and Organ Pipes.

Twyfelfontein, meaning doubtful fountain, which lies to the west of Khorixas, resembles a large, open-air art gallery. This treasure house of rock engravings left by stone-age artists is regarded as one of the richest collections in Africa.

South of Twyfelfontein is the Burnt Mountain, a panorama of desolation with coloured rocks contrasting vividly against the grey-black surroundings. The Organ Pipes, a mass of basalt slabs in a ravine gouged out by a river, is another geological curiosity in the area.

Late afternoon arrive at the lodge and check-in.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Mowani Mountain Camp or similar

 


 

05 Day / Damaraland

This morning we will spend between 4-6 hrs on a morning drive exploring the region in search of the elusive desert-adapted elephants. Usually they travel up to 60kms over inhospitable terrain between feeding areas and known waterholes. In times of drought they will dig holes in dry river beds until water seeps up. This also supplies other desert dwelling creatures.

Afternoon can be spend at own leisure or alternatively take part on the activities on offer.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Mowani Mountain Camp or similar

 


 

06 Day / Damaraland - Kaokoland

After breakfast we depart via Palmwag to Grootberg Lodge.

En route we will shortly stop at Petrified Forest and then proceed to Grootberg Lodge.

Here some antediluvian flood deposited giant treetrunks, some up to 30m long. The age of these fossil trunks is estimated to be 200 million years. They subsequently turned to stone, millions of years ago. Today the Namib's living fossil plant, Welwitschia mirabilis, grows among these prostrate fossilised trunks.

Upon arrival at the lodge, the rest of the day can be spend at own leisure till afternoon. Afternoon we will join the scenic drive offer by the lodge on top of the Etendeka Plataeu with the possibility of seeing a variety of wildlife population of zebras, antelope, jackal and occasionally leopard and lions.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Grootberg Lodge or similar

 


 

07 Day / Damaraland - Kaokoland

We will have an early morning breakfast at the lodge before we start the day with our himba trip.

Visit one of the most traditional and last nomadic tribe of Namibia. They have a small settlement near Palmfontein in the Kaokoveld surrounded by makalani palms and dry river beds. These friendly people, closely related to the Herero, are herdsmen, breeding mainly cattle and goats while leading a semi-nomadic lifestyle. Learn how the proud Himba women spend many hours on beauty care and cleansing themselves with herbal scented smoke baths. See their cone shaped homesteads, made from palm leaves, mud and cattle dung.

In the afternoon we will return back to the lodge to spend the remainder of the day at own leisure.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Grootberg Lodge or similar

 


 

08 Day / Kaokoland - Vingerklip Lodge

Breakfast at the lodge and depart to direction to Vingerklip Lodge via Kamanjab.

Situated in northern Damaraland, this small town is one of the last stops for provisions when heading north into Kaokoland.

Vingerklip also known as Finger of stone is one of Namibias most dramatic rock formations, and receives its name as it looks like a large finger. It stands proudly as a 35 meter pillar of rock dominating the landscape of the Ugab terraces between Outjo and Khorixas. This unique colossal rock is over 15 million years old and can be accessed conveniently in your own transport or by 4x4 guided trips.

The remainder of the day can be spend at the own leisure or alternatively take part on any activity on offer.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Vingerklip Lodge or similar

 


 

09 Day / Vingerklip Lodge

Today you have the whole morning to spend at own leisure. There are two swimming pools and jacuzzi at the lodge where you can enjoy the real wilderness .

We will enjoy the sundowner drive in the afternoon to end the day, and a chance to see some animals but guaranteed to see beautiful landscape, and just to enjoy nature whilewatching the sun set with a glass of champagne.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Vingerklip Lodge or similar

 


 

10 Day / Vingerklip Lodge - Gocheganas Lodge

Our drives takes us back today to direction of Windhoek via Outjo, Otjiwarongo, Okahandja and Windhoek to Gocheganas Lodge.

Safari landscape Located in a cluster of low hills is the town of Outjo, the southern gateway to the Etosha National Park. The town developed around a spring where a trader, Tom Lambert, settled in 1880. Depicted in the Outjo Museum is the history of the town and its surroundings, with the focus on gemstones and wildlife.

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.

Arrival at the lodge and check-in at this beautifully situated lodge to relax your last day of the tour.

Afternoon we will go on the game drive with the opportunity to see family rhino with a bit of luck.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Gocheganas Lodge 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 at the airport and transfer to Windhoek
Day 2 Erongo Wilderness Lodge D,B Drive from Windhoek to Omaruru with sightseeing's en route
Day 3 Erongo Wilderness Lodge D,B Nature Drive at the lodge
Day 4 Mowani Mountain Camp D,B Twyfelfontein rockpainting engraving, burnt mountain and organ pipes
Day 5 Mowani Mountain Camp D,B Elephant Nature Drive activity
Day 6 Grootberg Lodge D,B Scenic drive activity
Day 7 Grootberg Lodge D,B Himba trip activity
Day 8 Vingerklip Lodge D,B Day at own leisure (optional activities on offer)
Day 9 Vingerklip Lodge D,B Sundowner Drive
Day 10 Gocheganas Lodge D,B Depart from Vingerklip Lodge and drive to Gochegans Lodge
Day 11 Departure B Drop-off in Windhoek / Windhoek International Airport
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