Northern Namibia Lodge Safari (NNL)

Dates

Code Start End
NNL - 1 27 Jan 2018 11 Feb 2018
NNL - 2 01 May 2018 16 May 2018
NNL - 3 06 Jun 2018 21 Jun 2018
NNL - 4 21 Jul 2018 05 Aug 2018
NNL - 5 24 Nov 2018 09 Dec 2018

Client involvement

The degree of satisfaction and enjoyment you feel at the end of each day and the end of the trip will depend on you and your capacity to enjoy yourself. This capacity, combined with an active and enquiring mind and a willingness to participate, is essential for all our tours. DSC01401 If you wish to be pampered and amused with minimal effort on your part, then our tours are not for you. Participation is essential on all trips and everyone is expected to help with chores to ensure the smooth running of the tour. A degree of flexibility is also essential because of the nature of the parameters in which we have to operate. Overview: Namibia is a vast country dominated by the Namib Desert, an extensive inland plateau and stunning geological mountain ranges. From the lush, northern Caprivi Strip and the wildlife of Etosha National Park to the vast and unforgettable Namib Desert and the desolate Skeleton Coast; the destination has something to offer everyone.

Highlights

  • Waterberg Plateau
  • Etosha National Park
  • Epupa Falls
  • Porus
  • Sesfontein
  • Twyfelfontein
  • Swakopmund
  • Petrified Forest
  • Kaokoland
  • Kunene River
  • Himba people
  • Brandberg

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1   2: Waterberg Plateau, B B in the Park (350km) +/-4.5Hours

After meeting the group, we travel north to Waterberg Plateau Game Park, east of the Otjiwarongo in Namibia. The ‘Waterberg’ (meaning water-mountain) plateau is 200 meters high and 20 km wide and has been the Herero people’s habitat for centuries. A scenic forest walk reveals the beauty of the area, a haven for wildlife as well as fauna and flora that will have avid photographers snapping away. We also take a moment to commemorate the loss of 40,000 Herero people during a battle with German soldiers in August 1904 in this region. (B,L,D)

Day 3   4: Etosha National Park, Etosha Safari Lodge (250km) +/-3.5Hours

Today we enter the Etosha National Park in search of the big game. We take you on extensive game drives with the highlight being a night visit to a watering hole. We watch the animals moving in silent parade down to the water where they quench their thirst. (B,L,D) One dinner will be own expense.

Day 5: Kunene River, Lodge. (180Km), +/-2.5Hours

We drive today upstream to the east along with the Kunene River. One drive that our 4x4 Land Cruiser come in handy. Unspoilt landscapes, wildlife and historic culture abound in this wild, remote part of Africa. The Kunene River forms a natural boundary at Namibia's northern extremity, and here we find one of the country's most famous adventure centres - Kunene River Lodge. In the afternoon we arrive at the Kunene Lodge were we enjoy the landscape. (Dinner not included). (B,L)

Day 6   7: Epupa Falls, Omarunga Lodge (450km) +/-5.5Hours

Set right on the riverside, Epupa Falls lodge in Kaokoland, offers you a rare opportunity to kick back and relax with the kind of soundtrack that only a setting like this can provide. Read a good book and sip on an ice-cold drink while the African sun warming your shoulders, or grab your binoculars and spy on rare birds building their nests in the treetops. Only a few minutes’ walk from the lodge, the Kunene River tumbles through the Epupa falls – it’s poetry in motion, a blend of power and poise, cutting through this inhospitable region that the nomadic Himba people have lived in for decades. (B,L,D) DSC01406

Day 8: Hoarusib River, Wild Camp. 380Km, +/-4.5Hours

Today we bid farewell to the Kunene River and embark on our return journey to Palmwag. The drive progresses along the border of the Skeleton Coast Park into the Hoarusib River. We traverse almost deserted contrasting landscapes, ranging from desert to the Kaoko highland. With a bit of luck the Desert Elephant can be sighted. Camping in the open in the Hoarusib River. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Hoanib River Valley, Wild Camp. 150Km, +/-3Hours

Break up camp and game drive in search of elephants and proceed further south into the Hoanib River. The Hoanib River Valley at times seems frightening and often appears unnavigable. Once in the riverbed we drive in a westerly direction. Abundant tree growth offers the desert elephant a healthy diet and provides shade to a variety of game against the Namibia sun. Overnight camp is erected in one of the side arms of the Hoanib River. It is not unusual for the elephants to pass by the camp during the night. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Porus, Porrus Bush Lodge (233km) +/-3.5Hours

Ever wanted to test your skills as a 4x4 driver? Well, this is your chance. As we move northwards we move into an area where the landscape demands that you combine brute strength with leopard-like agility. Having navigated the terrain and steered towards 4x4 successes we while away the night at Porrus Bush Lodge keeping an ear out for the telltale steps of a curious elephant coming to check out the new arrivals. (B,L,D)

Day 11: Sesfontein, Kwahorib Lodge (200km) +/-3Hours

Traveling through the heart of the Kaokoland we make our way south to Sesfontein where we will overnight at a local B B. Named after the ‘six springs’ that surface nearby, Sesfontein is a dusty but photographic spot. Take in the natural beauty of the desert landscape, dominated by umbrella thorns and beautiful, feathery real fan palms, admire its hot springs and, if you get the privilege, interact with the native people – as much a part of this land as the midday heat. Rise early to witness the local village come to life. On most days the national anthem can be heard drifting across the cool air, beautifully sung by the school children. (B,L,D)

Day 12   13: Twyfelfontein, Ugab Lodge (250km) +/-3Hours

Today we head into one of the most beautiful desert regions in Namibia. Driving south to the small town of Uis, we take a detour via the Petrified Forest geological site to see the ancient Bushman rock engravings at Twyfelfontien. Learn something new as local guides give you the inside story on the region’s history and geology, before we head deeper into the desert – to Namibia's highest mountain, The Brandberg. Spending the night sleeping under the shadow of this giant 2,573-meter high granite monolith revered as an ancient Bushman spiritual site, is bound to leave a lasting impression. (B,L,D) DSCF0493

Day 14   15: Swakopmund, B B (+/- 450km) +/-5.5Hours

Namibia's premier seaside town greets us with palm-lined streets and seaside promenades as we arrive just in time to see why it attracts surfers, anglers and beach lovers from all over Southern Africa. For dinner, your guide will point you to the best on offer locally – a range of restaurants to choose from. Namibia’s adrenalin capital, Swakopmund offers a wide range of gut-curdling activities – from skydiving to sand boarding, from quad biking to camel riding. The sky’s (literally) the limit in this town when it comes to exploration. Take an airplane or micro light flight over the desert or go on a scenic drive or, go fishing – reeling ‘em in from the beach or on a boat. It’s not hard to see why Swakopmund is Namibia’s most popular holiday destination. (B,D) One dinner own expense.

Day 16: Windhoek, Lodge (400km) +/-4.5Hours

Today we end our trip in Namibia’s largest and capital city, Windhoek. After dinner, we say goodbye to your friends and start the journey home. (B,D) Lunch will be own expense.

All included

All accommodation, Lodges all transfers, game drives and activities as per the itinerary, all meals that are indicated (B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner) and tea/coffees, services of a professional guide, entry and activities included on itinerary and transport in specialized safari vehicles.

Not included

Restaurant meals, visa, tips, curios, optional excursions beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water), insurance to cover for cancellation and curtailment, medical, baggage, emergency evacuation, sleeping bag (and small pillow) on all camping safaris and flights.