Namibia’s Untouched North
from 4.149€per person
This private tour is meant for Africa connoisseurs and people interested in culture who want to discover the lesser developed north of Namibia. This journey leads you via Swakopmund over the Kaok land and the Kunene region to Etosha National Park where you can watch the diverse animal kingdom of the African continent during exciting game drives.
|Day||Route||Transfer||Accommodation||National Park / Region||Food|
|1||Windhoek||4×4 Safari vehicle||The Elegant Guesthouse||Windhoek|
|2||Windhoek – Grootfontein||4×4 Safari vehicle||Roys Rest Camp||Grootfontein||Breakfast, dinner|
|3||Grootfontein||4×4 Safari vehicle||Roys Rest Camp||Grootfontein||Breakfast, lunch, dinner|
|4||Grootfontein – Etosha National Park||4×4 Safari vehicle||Mushara Lodge||Etosha National Park||Breakfast, dinner|
|5 & 6||Ethosha National Park||4×4 Safari vehicle||Dolomite Camp||Ethosha National Park||Breakfast|
|7||Ethosha National Park – Kunene Region||4×4 Safari vehicle||Kunene River Lodge||Kunene Region||Breakfast, dinner|
|8||Kunene River – Epupa Falls||4×4 Safari vehicle||Omarunga Lodge||Epupa Falls||Breakfast, dinner|
|9||Epupa Falls||4×4 Safari vehicle||Omarunga Lodge||Epupa Falls||Breakfast, dinner|
|10||Epupa Falls – Sesfontein||4×4 Safari vehicle||Fort Sesfontein||Sesfontein||Breakfast, dinner|
|11||Sesfontein||4×4 Safari vehicle||Fort Sesfontein||Sesfontein||Breakfast, lunch, dinner|
|12||Sesfontein – Vingerklip||4×4 Safari vehicle||Vingerklip Lodge||Vingerklip||Breakfast, dinner|
|13||Vingerklip – Okahandja||4×4 Safari vehicle||The Elegant Farmstead||Okahandja||Breakfast, dinner|
|14||Okahandja – Windhoek||4×4 Safari vehicle||Windhoek||Breakfast|
Day 01: Windhoek
Upon your arrival at Hosea Kutako Airport you will be met by your transfer driver and taken to the Elegant Guesthouse in Windhoek, where you will have some time to rest and freshen up after your long flight. In the afternoon, you will meet up with your guide for a tour of the city. You will visit the Alte Feste (Old Fort) and museum, the Christ Church, the Tintenpalast (House of Parliament) and the former Kaiserstraße, now called the Independence Avenue. In the evening, you can join your fellow travellers for dinner at the well-known Joe's Beerhouse.
Day 02: Windhoek - Grootfontein Area
After breakfast it is time to head north! Along the way you will pass vast farmlands and the historic Waterberg Plateau, towering majestically over the surrounding flat plains. As you reach Grootfontein, you will take a detour to the Hoba meteorite. It impacted the ground roughly 80,000 years ago and is the largest known meteorite on earth. In the afternoon, you will reach your accommodation for the night, the rustic Roy's Rest Camp.
Day 03: Grootfontein Area - Living Museum of the Ju/'Hoansi-San
Today you will visit the Living Museum of the Ju/'Hoansi-San and embark on a journey through the ages. The reconstructed traditional village gives an authentic insight into the past and present lives of the San, one of the earliest indigenous people of Namibia. The San, dressed in traditional garb, bring home their hunter-gatherer culture, their traditions and their way of life in a very interesting way. Try your hand at setting traps, starting a campfire, searching for water and food or archery. After this unique experience, you will return to Roy's Rest Camp, where you will stay another night.
Day 04: Grootfontein Area - Etosha National Park
After breakfast you will continue through Tsumeb and along the deep blue Lake Otjikoto, a place where many stories and myths have originated, on your way to Etosha National Park. Your accommodation for the night is situated just outside the park gates. You have some time to relax before your first game drive in the national park in the afternoon. Etosha ('Great White Place') is one of the biggest national parks in Africa and with its diverse wildlife and landscape - from Acacia trees on the wide-open plains to the large salt pan, stretching as far as the eye can see - it is definitely one of the most interesting. Keep an eye out for elephants, giraffes, lions, many antelope species and much much more! Sitting around the campfire in the evening you have time to reflect on the events of the day, before enjoying a delicious meal. You will stay the night at Mushara Bush Camp.
Day 05-06: Etosha National Park
The next two days are set aside for game viewing in the Etosha National Park. You will spend most of your time close to the waterholes, where you can observe the animals and birds as they come to quench their thirst. In the dry months, these places are especially good for seeing elephant herds, zebras, giraffes, wildebeests, oryx, impalas, springboks and with a little bit of luck also lions, rhinos and leopards. You will stay one night at the Okaukuejo Camp. In the evening, you should take some time to visit the camp's illuminated waterhole as park residents can be quite active here at night. The following day you will head to the western part of the national park, where you will overnight at the Dolomite Camp, beautifully nestled on an outcrop of dolomite rocks. At both camps you can take part in night game drives in search of nocturnal animals accompanied by a park ranger (optional).
Day 07: Etosha National Park- Kunene River
On your way out of the park you will enjoy some more game viewing. Be on the lookout for any animals you might have missed during the previous days. You will leave the Etosha National Park through the Galton Gate and continue in a northerly direction. You will pass Opuwo, the district capital of the Kunene Region and the gateway to the Kaokoland. A combination of tradition and modernity shapes this town and you will see many traditionally clothed Himba people as well as Herero women in their colourful garbs walking along the roads. You will then travel further through Epembe to the Kunene River Lodge, situated directly on the Kunene River, which forms the border between Namibia and Angola. This lodge is like an oasis after spending so much time in the aridness. In the late afternoon, you will take part in a boat cruise on the Kunene River, where you can search for more animals and birds. As the sun sets behind the mountains, watch as this idyllic landscape changes colour before disappearing into darkness. You will stay the night at Kunene River Lodge.
Day 08: Kunene River - Epupa Falls
After a leisurely breakfast with a beautiful view over the river, it is time to continue your journey. Your destination for the day is the Omarunga Lodge, also situated on the banks of the Kunene, but a bit more to the north and only a stone's throw away from the Epupa Falls. Here, against a breathtaking backdrop, the Kunene River cascades down into a 60-meter-deep gorge - a spectacular sight to behold. Once you are at the lodge you have time to relax and enjoy your surroundings. If you would like to stretch your legs, you can always go for a stroll to the Epupa Falls. In the late afternoon, you will be taken to a nearby viewpoint, where you can enjoy the picturesque sunset and scenic landscape dotted with Makalani palms and Baobab trees. You will stay the night at Omarunga Lodge.
Day 09: Epupa Falls
In the morning, you will visit a Himba village, where you will not only learn more about the culture and traditions of these proud people, but also get an insight into their everyday lives. Most striking is the intense red colour of the women's bodies. By using a paste of butter fat, ochre powder and wood ash, they dye their hair and protect their skin from the sun. You also cannot help but to admire their intricately braided hair and their gorgeous jewellery, made from iron, copper and shells. In the afternoon, you will join a walk along the Kunene River accompanied by a Himba guide. He will explain the different vegetation found in the region and you might even see a crocodile lounging in the sun. After about 2-3 hours you will head back to your lodge. You will stay another night at Omarunga Lodge.
Day 10: Epupa Falls - Sesfontein
Let yourself be awakened by the gentle sounds of the Kunene... After a leisurely breakfast your journey takes you back to Opuwo and continues south along the Joubert Mountains and over the steep Joubert Pass. Your destination is the Fort Sestfontein. This old fortress was built in 1896 as an outpost to guard against poaching and weapons smuggling. It has now been converted to a comfortable lodge, where you will spend the night.
Day 11: Sesfontein - Hoanib Valley
Today calls for an early start as you embark on a journey through the Kaokoland. Enjoy the awe-inspiring and diverse landscape as you cross the sandy Hoanib River Valley and drive through shallow grassland and gravel desert. Always keep an eye out for wildlife as here you can find desert elephants, giraffes, lone oryx and zebras. Even lions can be seen from time to time in this inhospitable wilderness. A well-deserved shower awaits you back at the lodge to wash away the dust of the day. You will stay another night at Fort Sesfontein.
Day 12: Sesfontein - Vingerklip
You will leave early in the morning and make your way past Palmwag to the heart of the Damaraland. You will stop along the way to more closely inspect the Welwitschia plants, which grow here in abundance. Driving through Khorixas you will finally reach the Vingerklip Lodge. Sit back and enjoy the last rays of sunshine as your eyes glide over the picturesque valley with its flat top hills, known as the Ugab Terraces. You will have your evening meal and overnight stay at the Vingerklip Lodge.
Day 13: Vingerklip - Okahandja
If you have not yet had the opportunity, you will visit the Vingerklip together with your guide in the morning. This remarkable 35-meter-high rock needle resembles a finger, hence the name 'Finger Rock'. Hiking trails will take you up to the Vingerklip, offering great photo opportunities of the valley below. You will then continue to Okahandja. Take some time to browse through the well-known souvenir market, where you can find wood carvings, textiles and jewellery to name but a few. Just a short drive further and you will reach the Elegant Farmstead, situated in a private game reserve. Take a sunset drive (optional) or just relax and reflect on everything you have seen and experienced over the past days. In the evening, you will be treated to a typical Namibian farmer's meal.
Day 14: Okahandja - Windhoek
After breakfast, you will head back to Windhoek. Depending on the rest of your travel plans, you will be taken directly to the airport or to a hotel of your choice. You will say farewell to your guide - totsiens - until next time.
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Round trip as stated in the itinerary
Transport in a 4x4 safari vehicle
Professional English speaking guide
13 nights accommodation in rest camps, lodges or guest houses as indicated in the itinerary (depending on availability, alternative accommodation of a similar category)
Meals as stated in the itinerary
All National Park entrance fees
Water during game drives (1,5l)
Services Not Included
International & national flights
Meals and beverages not stated in the itinerary
Tips, personal expenses for souvenirs etc.
Minimum number of persons: 2 persons
Maximum number of persons: 6 persons
Handicapped accessible: This journey can be carried out handicapped accessible on request.
Travel guide: english speaking
Type of travel: only available as private tour
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This exemplary itinerary can individually be amended to your wishes. Of course, also other accommodations are possible. The exemplary route can be individually changed. We can for example shorten or lengthen the route, include additional stops, mix lodges etc.
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