Namibia’s Wildlife – here is the Kalahari Desert, the world’s oldest desert, the Namib Desert and the water – rich Caprivi Strip in the far north. In the country you see everything from red dunes in Sossusvlei, wildlife in Etosha, seals in abundance at Cape Cross. You may have the opportunity to meet some of the country’s indigenous people, the San people or the Himba and Herero people, who live in their traditional way. The country is vast but has only 2 million residents according to Countryaah. German used to be spoken here after the colonizers, but today English is doing well everywhere. Welcome to the country where the silence and the stories are.
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Departure from Sweden.
Upon arrival at the airport in Windhoek, you will be greeted with a nameplate. There is an ATM / ATM and exchange office at the airport and here you can exchange / withdraw money. It is also possible to withdraw money inside the city, but they are not always open or functional.
From the airport it takes about 45 minutes, a transfer where you can enjoy the scenery!
Windhoek is the capital of Namibia and today we go in a southwesterly direction where the landscape changes from the savannah bush to high dunes and here is the oldest desert on earth. We will cross Capricorn’s tropics – a photo on the sign is almost mandatory
For those who want to experience a little more adventure, Desert Homestead offers a unique experience where guests can ride out in the private reserve with an overnight stay out in nature. The reserve is located between the majestic red sands of the Namib Desert and the rugged Naukluft Mountains. From the horseback we will experience an unforgettable nature from soft sandy open fields to rocky mountain roads and through dry river beds.
The riding takes place at a comfortable pace. Slower riders can ride calmly while the more experienced rider can enjoy galloping across the grassy plain. After seeing the majestic sunset over the mountains, it’s time to kick off your riding boots and enjoy in the tent camp under the Namibian night sky.
After a night in a tent, we wake up to the smell of coffee, bacon and eggs. Enjoy breakfast while the horses get ready for another day of adventure.
Beginners are just as welcome to take part in this adventure as more experienced riders.
“Desert Experience” starts early in the morning and has tours with horseback riding and an overnight stay in a tent. We start early in the morning from Desert Homestead and we ride for about three hours through the savannah and over the mountains. When the day is the hottest, we take a lunch break at Desert Homestead Outpost. Here we can enjoy lunch, a moment of rest and for those who want to cool off, there is a pool to dip in. Then we continue in the afternoon for about 3 more hours before we reach our tent camp.
Today we leave the red dunes and continue towards the picturesque coastal town of Swakopmund. On the way we will eventually stop at Solitaire which is world famous for its apple pie and we will pass over the Kuiseb Pass.
Swakopmund looks like a Bavarian village located right in the Namibian desert.
Eco Marine offers a magical kayaking experience on the beautiful lagoon in the surrounding waters of Walvis Bay, Namibia. The spectacular bird life will fascinate and captivate both nature lovers and photographers. Walvis Bay is a precious gem framed by desert and ocean. Jeanne Meintjes, owner and operator of Eco Marine Kayak Tours, personally guides each tour and emphasizes both safety and enjoyment.
We will meet Jeanne in Walvis Bay at 8am at the Fishing Club / Dolphin’s Cafe on Atlantic Street. Jeanne will contact you the night before and confirm the exact meeting time which may be a little later in the winter. The meeting place is next to the yacht club and here you can park your car safely. From here you get a transfer from Jeanne to Pelican Point, a drive of about 40 km on a scenic road that can usually feel as rewarding as the actual kayaking trip.
Jeanne gives us everything we may need for this trip, including waterproof clothing, a bag for your camera, snacks and drinks. Jeanne will take plenty of pictures which she will then share via email.
We’re back in Walvis Bay around 12: 30-13: 00
DAY 7 & 8
Today we go back inland through the desert and to one of the richest and most fertile regions in Namibia. The landscape consists of granite blocks that appear to have been thrown randomly into nature. Here the bird life is incredible.
DAY 9 & 10
We continue today along the gravel roads, via Namibia’s first UNESCO World Heritage List at Twyfelfontein to Palmwag. This region from Erongo to Twyfelfontein is an absolute treasure trove of Bushman art.
The guide takes us to Palmwag and further transfer to the lodge.
DAY 11 & 12
Etosha, meaning “Great White Place”, is dominated by a massive mineral boiler. The salt flats are part of the Kalahari Basin, whose floor was formed about 1000 million years ago.
Etosha Pan covers about 25% of the national park. This salt plain was originally a lake fed by the Kunene river which is now dried up and consists of salt and mud, when it rains it fills up but dries quickly again. During the short time that the temporary water is in Etosha Pan, thousands of waders are attracted.
To enter Etosha National Park, you must pay a park fee of 250 NAD (Namibian dollars) per person per day and 50 NAD per vehicle. Children under the age of 16 may pay 100 NAD. The fee is charged per 24-hour period and can unfortunately not be paid in advance. Okaukuejo, Halali & Namutoni are three rest camps that have a restaurant, small shop and gas station.
If you live inside Etosha National Park, a deposit of NAD 500 will be paid, which will be refunded when you check out.
Etosha National Park opens its gates at sunrise and closes at sunset. At the entrance gates there are large bells that indicate the opening and closing times that change with the seasons. The speed limit inside the park is 60 km / h so be sure to plan your drive through the park. Many of the roads have steep edges and wild animals can run across the road so remember to drive carefully!
DAY 13 & 14
Etosha Heights – Mushara:
A guided full day with safari.
Today we are looking for the leopard in the Okonjima Nature Reserve, however, these cats are very shy of people so there are no guarantees we will see it.
After all these memorable days, it’s time to check out. At the airport you return the rental car. From Okonjima Plains Camp to the city it takes about 45 minutes and remember to also be at the airport no later than 2 hours before check-in so plan your drive and be out well in advance!