Day 1: Arrival- Windhoek-Sossusvlei
This morning you will be picked up from the Windhoek International Airport by your guide. Drive from Windhoek in your safari vehicle with your personal guide and drive southwest through the scenic Khomas Hochland highlands before you head down the Great Escarpment into the Namib Desert below. A picnic lunch will be served at a scenic location en-route. You will arrive at Hoodia Desert Camp in the late afternoon/evening where you will stay for two nights whilst you explore the remarkable sights of the Namib Desert with your guide. If there is still time today, your guide will take you to visit Sesriem Canyon, a nearby geological attraction, or you can relax and soak in the scenic and tranquil surroundings at Hoodia Desert Camp. Overnight at the Hoodia Desert Camp.
Day 2: Sossusvlei
This morning you will rise early for a magical excursion with your guide into the Namib Naukluft National Park, entering the Park gates at sunrise to capture the dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate their towering shapes and curves. This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world. Your guide will give you an insight on the formation of the Namib Desert and its myriad of fascinating creatures and plants that have adapted to survive these harsh environs. Once you have explored to your hearts’ content you can enjoy a relaxing picnic breakfast under the shade of a camel thorn tree. Return to Hoodia Desert Camp in the early afternoon for a late lunch, stopping off to view Sesriem Canyon if you haven’t already done so the day before. The rest of the afternoon and evening is at your leisure after the exhilarating experience in the morning. Overnight at the Hoodia Desert Camp.
Day 3: Sossusvlei-Swakopmund
NOTE: Option to include a sunrise balloon flight over the Namib Naukluft National Park before you depart for Swakopmund (optional extra at additional cost and should be pre-booked). The fascinating drive today takes you northwest through awesome and ever changing desert landscapes of the Namib Naukluft National Park, including the impressive Gaub and Kuiseb canyons. You will meet the coast at the port town of Walvis Bay and then continue north to Swakopmund where you can enjoy the pleasant seaside location and cooler coastal air for your next two nights. There will be time this afternoon to wander around town and along the waterfront on foot if appeals, before heading off for dinner at the popular Tug Restaurant by the jetty which specialises in fresh seafood. Alternatively, you will be taken to a restaurant of your choice by the guide. Overnight at the guest house/lodge in Swakopmund.
Day 4: Swakopmund
After an early breakfast your guide will drive you along the scenic coastal road to Walvis Bay for a memorable seal and dolphin cruise within the outer lagoon and harbour. This is an ideal way of seeing Cape fur seals, heaviside and bottlenose dolphins, pelicans, flamingos and a wide variety of sea birds. If you are lucky, there is also a chance of seeing whales, leatherback turtles and sunfish. During the course of the cruise snacks will be served along with local sparkling wine and fresh oysters. You will return to the jetty at roughly 12h30 after which you may like to explore Walvis Bay further before returning to Swakopmund for an afternoon at leisure at your guesthouse or in town. You may also like to partake in some of the many activities that Swakopmund has to offer, these include camel rides, scenic flights, quad-biking in the dunes, sky diving and more (all at extra cost). Overnight at the guest house/lodge in Swakopmund.
Day 5: Swakopmund-Damaraland
Continue on your safari after breakfast, heading north and east into the wonderful and diverse region of Damaraland. You will pass Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandberg which peaks at 2,573 m above sea level, and take time to view game and absorb the vastness of the scenery along the way. Damaraland is typified by displays of colour, magnificent table topped mountains, rock formations and bizarre-looking vegetation. The present day landscape has been formed by the erosion of wind, water and geological forces which have formed rolling hills, dunes, gravel plains and ancient river terraces. It is the variety and loneliness of the area as well as the scenic splendour which will reward and astound you, giving one an authentic understanding of the word 'wilderness'. If time allows this afternoon your guide will take you to visit the nearby attractions and geological sites of Twyfelfontein rock engravings (recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes. Overnight at Camp Kipwe.
Day 6: Damaraland
After an early breakfast you will be treated to an exciting 4x4 excursion along the Aba Huab River valley to explore this remarkable region and to search for game, including the elusive desert adapted elephants if they are in the area. Damaraland is home to a variety of desert adapted wildlife and hidden desert treasures. You will return to camp for lunch and this afternoon you may visit Twyfelfontein and other nearby attractions if you haven’t already done so, or take a walk with your guide into the local area around camp. Alternatively relax and enjoy some leisure time. Overnight at Camp Kipwe.
Day 7: Damaraland-Hobatere Concession
Begin with a gentle walk into the local area before breakfast, or enjoy a more leisurely start to your day if preferred. After breakfast you will depart and head northeast through northern Damaraland to reach the Hobatere Concession, stopping off to see the Petrified Forest en-route. Hobatere Concession is effectively a private game reserve, spanning 32,000 hectares along the western border of the Etosha National Park. The concession is home to a wide variety of game including lion, elephant, leopard, cheetah, eland, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, gemsbok (oryx), kudu, steenbok and much more. The scenery is attractive with large open plains blending into Mopane tree woodlands and granite outcrops. Overnight at the lodge in Hobatere.
Day 8: Hobatere Concession-Etosha National Park
The route today takes you from the Hobatere Concession into Etosha National Park, entering the Park through Galton Gate on the western boundary. You will game drive your way across the Park to arrive at Okaukuejo Restcamp in the afternoon. This evening you can relax by Okaukuejo’s excellent floodlit waterhole where game comes and goes throughout the night. Overnight at the lodge/resort inside Etosha.
Day 9: Etosha National Park
Today, you have the whole day to see the beauty of the Etosha National Park. Indulge in exciting game viewing on game drives with your guide and also explore Okaukuejo’s busy waterhole. Be it a lion or an elephant, a giraffe or a zebra; almost all African animal species are represented in the huge nature reserve, approx. 22 000 square kilometres in size. There is an estimated number of 250 lions in the park, 300 rhinos, 2 500 giraffes, 6000 zebras and more than 2 000 elephants. The dainty springbok are especially numerous; at least 20 000 of them roam the reserve. Often, they can be observed in enormous herds of several hundred animals. After enjoying the game drive, return back to your lodge/resort and have the rest of the late afternoon/evening for leisure. Overnight at the lodge/resort in Etosha.
Day 10: Etosha National Park-Okonjima
After early breakfast, game drive your way from Okaukuejo Resort to exit Etosha National Park at Andersson Gate and then continue south to stay at Okonjima Camp, located at the base of the Omboroko Mountains near Waterberg. This is a wonderful highlight to conclude your safari on. Here you can enjoy the welcoming atmosphere, superb accommodation and fantastic activities; starting with a guided afternoon excursion and a visit to the night hide after dinner. Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation, a wildlife sanctuary which focuses on the research and rehabilitation of Africa's big cats, especially injured or captured leopard and cheetah. Close encounters with leopards and cheetahs are an unforgettable highlight. Activities include leopard tracking by vehicle, a visit to the cheetah welfare project and a visit to the night hide where nocturnal animals such as porcupine, caracal, honey badger, and even leopard may be seen. Overnight at Camp.
Day 11: Okonjima-Windhoek-Departure
Early next morning, depart for one final game drive if you are really up for it or wake up around 0800 for your drive back to Windhoek via the town of Okahandja, to arrive at the capital in the early afternoon. Visit historical buildings, monuments and cultural museums within walking distance of Windhoek City Centre. See Christus Church, Tintenpalast (House of Parliament) and the Alte Fest (Old Fort) before heading to the Windhoek Airport to catch your flight back home.