Arrive In Windhoek
A guide is waiting at the airport in Windhoek to meet you and welcome you to Namibia and drive you to your luxury hotel. The airport is about 45kms from the city, giving you time to sit back and enjoy the ride. The Olive Exclusive is an all-suite hotel in a quiet suburb. Relax after your journey, maybe with a refreshing swim in the outdoor pool or chatting to fellow guests in the lounge. Your holiday has begun!
Fly To Namibrand Nature Reserve
After a good night's sleep and reviving breakfast your driver arrives to take you to Eros, the regional airport, for your flight 400kms south to NamibRand Nature Reserve, which takes just over an hour. You're driven from the airstrip to Wolwedans Dunes Lodge where you spend the next 2 nights. With just 9 chalets this is a small and intimate camp. You arrive in time for lunch and this afternoon you have your first foray into the nature reserve, one of the largest private reserves in Africa. You return in time to freshen up for dinner, followed by some superb star gazing.
At Namibrand Nature Reserve
An exciting day! This morning you can board a 4x4 vehicle to witness the varied scenery of NamibRand which include plains and dunes against the backdrop of the imposing Namib Mountains. Drives usually cover 40-50kms and take 3-4 hours. Have lunch in camp, followed by a siesta or swim in the pool, and in the afternoon you can set out again to a different part of the reserve. This trip includes sundowner drinks among the glowing sand dunes. Watch the changing colours as the light fades. You head back to camp, arriving in time for dinner.
Fly To Swakopmund
This morning you leave camp for the airstrip and the 80 minute flight to Swakopmund. On arrival you are driven to The Strand Hotel, overlooking the ocean. The afternoon has been left free so you can choose how to spend your time. The hotel is within walking distance of museums and shops, or you might prefer to have an easy afternoon down on the beach. Tonight you have your pick of the many restaurants, unless you opt to stay put and dine at the hotel sampling some delicious local seafood or game.
Swakopmund is called 'the adventure sports capital of Namibia', and there are opportunities to go sand boarding or quad biking on the dunes, try a parachute jump or go kayaking to Pelican Point. If you prefer something a little more sedate you can go for a boat cruise, browse among craft markets visit the seal colony at Cape Cross, or take a stroll along the beach. A scenic flight is a great way to view this amazing coastline and dunescape and should provide some great photo opportunities.
Fly To Damaraland
After breakfast you are collected by a driver for the 10 minute drive to the airport and your flight north to Damaraland, which takes about an hour. A guide from Mowani Mountain Camp is waiting to meet you and take you to the camp where you can enjoy a bite of lunch or afternoon tea, depending on the flight time. Later you can venture out on a game drive along the Huab River for your first sightings of the rare desert-adapted elephants for which the area is known. Arrive back for a delicious dinner.
Mowani Mountain Camp is located amidst stunning Damaraland scenery. As well as the desert-adapted elephants this area is home to black rhino, mountain zebra, oryx, springbok, giraffe and predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena, so there's plenty to see. 4x4 drives are complimented by self-guided nature walks by the camp with longer, guided walks also available. An afternoon excursion to the rock carvings at Twyfelfontein plus Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes can be arranged locally.
A second full day to enjoy in Damarland. You might like to accompany one of the guides on a walk to find out about the geology and history of the region, pausing to examine plants, small creatures, birds and reptiles that are often overlooked from a vehicle. As well as learning a great deal about Damaraland this is a good way to get close to nature and feel part of the scene rather than just an observer. Relax back at camp enjoying swim in the pool and resting on the deck after a light lunch, and in the mid-afternoon you can set off again on a scenic drive.
Fly To Etosha
Today you leave Damaraland on a short flight to Etosha, Namibia's best known national park. Your ultimate destination is Ongava Lodge in the reserve of the same name which borders the southern side of Etosha. Settle in, this is your home for the next 3 nights. Later you have your first Ongava safari. This private reserve is blessed with plentiful game making for an exciting drive, sure to whet your appetite for the next couple of days to come. Return to shower and change for dinner served either in the dining area or outside on the deck.
In Ongava Game Reserve
Widely regarded as one of the finest private game reserves in the country, Ongava is yours to explore today. A game drive is one of the best ways to experience this richness and variety, allowing you to cross large areas, and travel into the Okaukuejo area of Etosha National Park. You can hope to see lion, elephant, giraffe, both black and white rhino and many types of antelope. Be certain to have your camera at the ready to capture the many memorable moments. In the middle of the day you can rest at the lodge, socialising, sipping a drink from the bar and cooling off the swimming pool.
In Ongava Game Reserve
A second day to enjoy the abundance of Ongava. Today you might like to vary your safari with a nature walk. Leaving the vehicle behind gives a real sense of being at one with nature and lets you pay attention to the small details you might otherwise miss, all with the help of your expert guide. Rhino tracking is another fascinating option, carried out on foot, and adds an extra dimension to your safari experience. Keen photographers are sure to make a beeline to the hide for some exceptional sightings and shots.
Transfer To Okonjima
Enjoy breakfast as you watch wildlife at the waterhole, after which it's time to pack your bags for the drive to Okonjima. This will take around 4 hours, with your driver stopping en-route as you wish, and you should arrive at Okonjima Bush Camp by lunchtime. Okonjima is the home of the AfriCat Foundation, a non-priofit organisation that protects threatened cheetahs, leopards and other carnivores including wild dog, and this afternoon you can witness some of this work and see these creatures for yourself. Tonight enjoy dinner in camp followed by a nightcap by the camp fire.
Your visit to Okonjima includes the opportunity to take part in the radio tracking of rehabilitated leopards, not something you get to do every day! Hyenas and wild dogs may also be spotted. It's exciting and should give you a good stock of after dinner tales when you get home. You also have the chance to visit the AfriCat Carnivore Care and Information Centre to learn about the valuable work of the foundation and observe some of these superb creatures up close.
Transfer To Windhoek
After a leisurely breakfast your driver collects you for the journey back to Windhoek. This will take in the region of 3 hours, depending on stops en-route, and takes you back to The Olive Exclusive where your Namibian adventure began some 2 weeks ago. The remainder of the day is yours to do as you wish. You might want to take the opportunity to explore Windhoek or maybe stay put and relax, enjoying a swim in the pool or sitting among the flowers in the garden.
After breakfast in The Olive Restaurant, it's time to gather your belongings together, bid farewell to your hosts and be driven to the airport for your onward travel plans.
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