Itinerary Details

Upon arrival at Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH), you will be welcomed by a Rahhalah representative. When the whole group assembles, you will head to Grootfontein, known as “Bushman Homeland”. Grootfontein serves as a center for cattle grazing and is also known for its jacaranda and other flamboyant trees. Lunch en-route.

Note: The distance from the airport in Windhoek to Grootfontein is a 5-6-hour drive (550kms) on tar road, so it is imperative that you arrive at Namibia by 9am maximum. If you need to arrive one day earlier, an extra night at Windhoek can be arranged for you (at additional cost).

When in Grootfontein, you will embark on a Bushman excursion. The Ju/Hoansi Bushmen represent the oldest surviving culture in the world, still living as hunters-gatherers. Their survival knowledge and skills, especially in harsh conditions, amaze all visitors. Such skills depend on a profound understanding of the balances existing in nature, acquired over thousands of years of presence and experience.

Accommodation: Fiume Bush Camp (2-3-star: https://www.fiume-bush-camp.com/) or similar.

After breakfast, you will head to the Far North (approx. a 4-5-hour drive, 400km), to meet the Aawambo: the single largest ethnic group in Namibia, accounting for about half of the population. The Aawambo people practice a mixed economy of subsistence agriculture and stock farming with cattle and goats. Their houses are traditionally of the rondavel type, mostly surrounded by wooden palisades and often connected by passages, while open markets, a feature of all their towns, are bustling places where vendors sell a variety of traditional food and other products.

Upon your arrival, you will have the opportunity to connect with the Aawambo lifestyle by engaging in various activities like donkey cart rides, village walks, homestead tours, music, or even a drum & dance experience.

Accommodation: Ongula Village Homestead lodge (2-3-star: https://ongula.com/) or similar.

After breakfast, you will bid the Aawambo village farewell, heading to Etosha National park (approx. a 4-6-hour drive on tar and gravel road; 300km).

The Etosha National Park:
Africa’s largest salt pan forms the centerpiece in Namibia’s largest protected wildlife reserve. A chain of natural springs is the meeting point of various species, their interactions fascinating visitors since 1907. As such, the park is famous for the wildlife that congregates in the numerous waterholes, offering ample reward for those who are patient. Plains game such as zebra, kudu, oryx, wildebeest, giraffe, springbok, impala and eland abound in great numbers on the grasslands while large herds of elephants are common. Lions dominate the predator food chain and make good use of the water holes as hunting grounds whilst the black-backed jackal trot around, remaining oblivious to humans.

Upon your arrival, you will embark on game viewing, in search of some of the park’s most renowned residents.
Optional: if you wish to extend your Etosha experience, you may join an evening excursion to a Waterhole or a Night Game drive (additional cost applies: USD 15.00 per person).

Accommodation: Okaukuejo Camp in Bush Chalets (3-star: Etosha National Park - Namibia Wildlife Resorts nwr.com.na) or similar.

After a morning game drive in the Etosha National Park, you will checkout and drive westwards to Damaraland via the Grootberg Pass (approx. a 4-5-hour drive on tar and gravel road; 300km). Upon arrival at your new lodge and after a brief relaxation, you will enjoy a Scenic Sundowner Drive on the Plateau.

This late-afternoon scenic drive will take you on top of the plateau where you will stop at two different viewpoints to admire amazing vistas of the Canyon. Your guide will also explain the geology, flora and fauna of this fascinating landscape. Watch the sunset while enjoying drinks, snacks and panoramic views of the canyon and river.

Accommodation: Grootberg Lodge (3-star: https://grootberg.com/) or similar.

There are very few places in Africa where you can step out of the vehicle and track rhinos on foot. Damaraland in Namibia is home to Africa’s largest population of black rhino (over 35% can be found here), and, as such, at the top of the bucket list for anyone interested in watching these incredible animals in their natural habitat.

Once listed as critically endangered, black rhino populations in Namibia have increased significantly thanks to a conservation partnership between local communities and eco-tourism efforts. Grootberg Conservancy has been recognized by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism as a rhino custodian, and they continue to this day their huge endeavors to protect this highly poached species.

Today’s full-day adventure is a combination of walking and driving amidst the cliffs and the volcanic basalt ridges of the Damaraland Region. At lunchtime, you will stop near the springs to enjoy refreshments. Note that driving on bumpy roads and walking on rocky terrain is not for the faint-hearted. Plus, as always in nature, rhino sightings are not guaranteed.

Accommodation: Grootberg Lodge (3-star: https://grootberg.com/) or similar.

After breakfast, you continue driving southwards towards Twyfelfontein (approx. a 2-hour drive; 130km). There, you will find one of the biggest collections of ancient rock art and engravings, done thousands of years ago by the San people; because of that, Twyfelfontein has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Enjoy lunch en route.
After admiring the rock art in Twyfelfontein, you will continue to Swakopmund (approx. a 4-hour drive; 315 km). Swakop is Namibia’s leading adrenaline destination offering a wide range of activities to suit all ages and interests (like sandboarding, quad biking, dune carting, parachuting, hot air ballooning, shark fishing, deep sea fishing and beach angling to name but a few). If not interested in such adventures, you may explore the numerous restaurants, cafes, art galleries, the Swakopmund Museum, the snake park or the aquarium.
Enjoy the evening at leisure, exploring the place at your own pace.

Accommodation: Strand Hotel Swakopmund (4-star: https://www.strandhotelswakopmund.com/) or similar.

In the morning, you will embark on an exciting Seal Kayaking adventure. You will start with a 40km-drive in 4x4s from Walvis Bay to Pelican Point, across the ocean's edge of the Namib Desert past bright pink salt lakes and beautifully protected wetlands with thousands of birds.
When at Pelican Point, you will start kayaking near the lighthouse and over to the seal colonies (duration of tour: 4.5 hours; time spent on water 1 - 1.5 hours). No special fitness or experience are required. While kayaking, you will also enjoy excellent bird viewing, the delightful seals and possibly Bottlenose dolphins that often come to play around the kayaks.

Spend the afternoon at leisure, relaxing, strolling around, exploring the area or engaging in some of the available activities.

Accommodation: Strand Hotel Swakopmund (4-star: https://www.strandhotelswakopmund.com/) or similar.

Today is your last day in Namibia, unless you wish to extend your trip to include the Sossusvlei / Namib Naukluft Park Optional Extension.

After breakfast, you will drive back to Windhoek (approx. a 4.5-hour drive; 408 kms). Depending on your departure times, you may enjoy a City & Township Tour before bidding Namibia farewell.

Note: Given the distance to Windhoek, your departure flight must be late in the evening. If you need to depart one day later, an extra night in Windhoek can be arranged at an additional cost.

Optional Extension: Namib Naukluft Park – Sossusvlei

After an early breakfast, you will head to Sossusvlei: a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert (regarded by some scientists as the oldest desert in the world), in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia. The name "Sossusvlei" is often used to refer to the broader area. On the way, you will pass by the Walvis Bay Lagoon, famous for its large numbers of flamingos, and the Kuiseb Canyon which, for two years during World War II served as home to two Germans and their dog. It is a 5-hour scenic drive to the outskirts of the Namib Naukluft Park.

In the afternoon, you will enjoy a Nature Dune Drive.

Accommodation: Desert Homestead Lodge (3-star: https://www.ondili.com/en/lodges-en/desert-homestead-lodge/) or similar.

Very early in the morning – before the crack of dawn – you will depart towards the entrance gates of Sossusvlei. On the way, you will have some excellent opportunities to capture the sunrise on the dunes, especially the famous Dune 45 (a star dune in the Sossusvlei area; its name comes from the fact that it is at the 45th kilometre of the road that connects the Sesriem gate and Sossusvlei; standing over 170 m, it is composed of 5-million-year-old sand that is detritus accumulated by the Orange River from the Kalahari Desert and then blown there). Finally, a climb up the dunes will offer a superb view of the Tsaucab River Canyon and the valley that stretches amidst the wilderness.

Later you will head to a place that already sounds like the opposite of life in the Namib Desert: the Dead Vlei. Indeed, this area is absolutely dry since the sand masses of the dunes made it impossible for the smallest drop of water to come through. Views of black and dead trees on white wrenched clay soil surrounded by 300-metre-high dunes will be revealed to you. Absolutely amazing!

Afterwards, you will explore the Sesriem Canyon on foot, before checking out and departing toward Windhoek (approx. a 4.5-hour drive; 350 kms). You will arrive in time to grab a lunch snack and enjoy your hotel.

In the afternoon, you will go on a City & Township tour and end your day (and trip to Namibia) with a cultural dinner with a Namibian family or in local restaurant offering traditional cuisine.

Accommodation: Elegant Guesthouse (3-star: http://www.the-elegant-guesthouse.com/) or similar.

After breakfast and depending on your departure details, you will head to the airport for your flight back home.