HONEYMOON & SILVER CLOUDS - HONEYMOON EDITION

Kalahari Namibia, NamibRand Nature Reserve, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Twyfelfontein, Etosha West, Etosha National Park, Etosha East and Okonjima Nature Reserve

14 Days - 13Nights | Reference Nº : HM/14/19-v.1.0.mb
Zebra Kalahari lodge & Spa ( Kalahari Namibia ) - 1 night D, B&B  

 

 

Wolwedans dunes lodge ( NamibRand nature reserve )  - 2 nights D, B&B  

 

 

Sossusvlei ( Sossusvlei) - 1 night D, B&B  

 

 

Strand hotel Swakopmund ( Swakopmund ) - 2 nights  B&B  

 

 

Mowani mountain camp ( Twyfelfontein ) - 2 nights D, B&B  

 

 

Hobatere lodge ( Etosha west ) - 1 night D, B&B  

 

 

Okaukuejo rest camp ( Etosha national park ) - 1 night D, B&B  

 

 

Onguma the fort ( Etosha east ) - 2 nights D, B&B  

 

 

Okonjima luxury bush camp ( Okonjima nature reserve ) - 1 night D, B&B  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 


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D, B&B : Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
B&B : Bed and Breakfast

NAMIBIA

Located in south-western Africa, Namibia boasts a well-developed infrastructure, some of the best tourist facilities in Africa, and an impressive list of breath-taking natural wonders. Visitors can explore the capital of Windhoek and discover the lovely coastal town of Swakopmund boasting remnants of the country’s German influence, reflected in the architecture, culture, cuisine and the annual Oktoberfest celebrations. To appreciate this extraordinary country appropriately, you will have to venture out of the cities to explore the remarkable natural landscapes Namibia has to offer. These include: the impressive Fish River Canyon; the vast Etosha National Park teeming with abundant wildlife, such as lions, desert-adapted elephants and the Hartmann's Mountain Zebra; the hauntingly beautiful Kalahari Desert; and of course the Namib Desert stretching for over 2000 km along the magnificent Atlantic Coast. Namibia is an ideal destination for travellers seeking an unforgettable African experience in a uniquely beautiful untamed wilderness.

BANKING AND CURRENCY

Currency

The currency of Namibia is The Namibian Dollar (NAD; symbol N$) is in note denominations of N$200, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of N$5, N$1, 50 cents, 10 cents and 5 cents. It is linked to the South African Rand (R) on a 1:1 basis (South African Rand = 100 cents). The South African Rand is also acceptable as currency in Namibia.

The import and export of local currency is limited to N$50,000. The import of foreign currency is unlimited, provided sums equal to or exceeding NAD5,000 are declared on arrival. Export of foreign currency is unlimited up to the amount imported and declared.

Banking

Banking hours: Monday - Friday 09h00 to 15h30 and Satuday 08h30 to 11h00

Banks are found in most towns, with most being closed on Sundays and public holidays. Most of them offer foreign exchange services - with cash, bank and credit cards as well as travellers  cheques. 

American Express, Diners Club, Mastercard and Visa are accepted. Credit cards are not usually accepted at petrol stations, so bear this in mind when you visit the ATM. Setting aside an emergency petrol cash fund is a good idea if you’re planning to drive.

You can also obtain cash from many of the ATMs. Several international banks have branches in main city centres. Always advise your bank that you are travelling outside of the country as they might block your purchases if they have not been informed. 

To avoid additional exchange rate charges, take traveller's cheques in US Dollars or South African Rand. In general, you can expect a better exchange rate for traveller’s cheques than for cash.

 


TRAVEL, TRANSPORT AND GETTING AROUND

 

Public transport in Namibia is geared towards the needs of the local populace, and is confined to main roads between major population centres. Although cheap and reliable, it is of little use to the traveller as most of Namibia’s tourist attractions lie off the beaten track.

It is easy to travel around Namibia by car, and a 2WD vehicle is perfectly adaquate for most journeys. However, long distances, poor mobile phone coverage outside of main towns and infrequent petrol stations that only accept cash mean that planning ahead is vital.

There are major airlines that fly into Windhoek and Swakopmund. Other destinations are reachable by car or charter flight. 

Namibians drive on the left and all signposts are in English. Seat belts must be worn at all times and talking in a mobile phone while driving is prohibited. The general speed limit is 120km/h on tarred roads outside of towns and 100km/h on gravel roads. In built up areas, the speed limit is 60km/h.

 


FOOD, DRINK AND CUISINE ADVICE

 

Traditional Namibian cuisine is rarely served and so the food at restaurants tends to be European in style and is, generally, of a very high standard. 

Namibia is very meat-orientated, and many menu options will feature steaks from various animals. However, there is usually a vegetarian and seafood section offered by most camps and restaurants.

In the supermarkets you'll find pre-wrapped fresh fruit and vegetables (though the more remote the areas you visit, the smaller your choice), and plenty of canned foods, pasta, rice, bread, etc. Most of this is imported from South Africa.

The water in Namibia's main towns is generally safe to drink, though it may taste a little metallic if it has been piped for miles. Natural sources should usually be purified, though water from underground springs and dry riverbeds seldom causes any problems. However, filtered and bottled water are readily available in most towns and all camps, lodges and hotels.

 


CLIMATE AND WEATHER

 

Partially covered by the Namib Desert, one of the world's driest deserts, Namibia's climate is generally very dry and pleasant – it's fine to visit all year round. Namibia only receives a fraction of the rain experienced by countries further east. Between about December to March some days will be humid and rain may follow, often in localised, afternoon thunderstorms. These are more common in the centre and east of the country, and more unusual in the desert.

April and especially May are often lovely months in Namibia. Increasingly dry, with a real freshness in the air, and much greenery in the landscape; at this time the air is clear and largely free from dust.

From June to August Namibia cools down and dries out more; nights can become cold, dropping below freezing in some desert areas. As the landscape dries so the game in the north of the country gravitates more to waterholes, and is more easily seen by visitors. By September and October it warms up again; game-viewing in most areas is at its best, although there's often a lot of dust around and the vegetation has lost its vibrancy.

November is a highly variable month. Sometimes the hot, dry weather will continue, at other times the sky will fill with clouds and threaten to rain – but if you're lucky enough to witness the first rains of the season, you'll never forget the drama.

 


CLOTHING AND DRESS RECOMMENDATIONS

 

Namibians have a somewhat relaxes attitude to dress codes. A jacket and tie is very unusual. In fact, long trousers and a shirt with buttons are often quite adequate for a formal occasion or work wear. A pair of sensible shoes, jeans and a t-shirt is recommended. 

During the day it is generally hot, so pack light weight loose fitting clothes in natural fabrics, such linen or cotton, that will keep you cool and are easy to wash and dry. 

Avoid blue clothing - the tsetse flies are drawn to the colour blue, and their bite can give you African Sleeping Sickness. 

Long sleeved shirts and long trousers will protect your against mosquitoes at night. 

 


ELECTRICITY AND PLUG STANDARDS

 

Electrical sockets in Namibia are Type M (SABS-1661). If your appliance's plug doesn't match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in. Travel plug adapters simply change the shape of your appliance's plug to match whatever type of socket you need to plug into. If it's crucial to be able to plug in no matter what, bring an adapter for all types.

Electrical sockets in Namibia usually supply electricity at 230 volts AC / 50 Hz frequency. If you're plugging in an appliance that was built for 230 volt electrical input, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you need. If your appliance isn’t compatible with 230 volts, a voltage converter will be necessary.



 






DAY 1 : KALAHARI NAMIBIA

Arrive at the Hosea Kutako International Airport and depart for the Kalahari and zebra Kalahari Lodge some 300 km south of the capital. Settle in and prepare for your afternoon game drive amongst the red linear dunes of the Kalahari of the 110 sq.km big Intu Afrika Game Reserve. The reserve is home to Zebra, Oryx, Wildebeest, Springbok (including the black Springbok), Waterbuck, Kudu, Blesbok, Tsessebe, Eland, Ostrich, Giraffe and even a lioness and there are many interesting bird species to discover whilst enjoying one of the two and a half hour game drives on offer. The guides are extremely knowledgeable and zealously share their passion for the animals, the plants and the area. The lone lioness whose partner succumbed to illness last year is a sight to behold in the Kalahari which is their natural habitat. She is enclosed in a 1000 hectare electrified camp.

At the end of the game drive watch the sun set from the top of dune, while sipping your favourite cocktail, which in Africa is traditionally called Sundowner. 

 

     
     

ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES

Intu Afrika Kalahari reserve 4 x4 safari: The Intu Afrika Kalahari Reserve, situated in Kalkrand, Namibia, offers guests a 4x4 safari. Game drives are the most popular activity at the Intu Afrika Game Reserve because of the high density of animals that live there and because of the different landscapes. The sparse vegetation allows guests to easily spot the plethora of game that lives in the reserve. The reserve is home to zebra, oryx, wildebeest, springbuck, waterbuck, kudu, blesbok, tsessebe, eland, ostrich, giraffe and even a lioness and there are many interesting bird species to discover. The guides are extremely knowledgeable and zealously share their passion for the animals, the plants, and the area. Game drives can be booked in the morning or in the late afternoon which allows the Kalahari to show off its magical sunsets. After a 2-hour drive, the guides set out a lavish display of snacks and drinks for guests to enjoy as they watch the sun set.



 
     
     



OPTIONAL

Intu Afrika Kalahari reserve Quad bike safari : the Intu Afrika Kalahari Reserve, situated in Kalkrand, Namibia, offers guests a quad bike safari. Guests are able to drive through the red dunes of the Kalahari together with a guide, get close to the animals and feel at one with nature. The quad bike safari allows guests to enjoy speed, the weather, fresh air, nature and the animals, all in one activity. Guides take guests through the reserve, up and down dunes in search of various animals and birds.

 
     
     


Intu Afrika kalahari reserve bushman walk : The Intu Afrika Kalahari Reserve, situated in Kalkrand, Namibia, offers guests an exciting, hour long bushmen walk in the Kalahari landscape. The walk usually takes place in the morning to avoid the harsh midday sun. The term ‘Bushman’ now referred to as the San people, refers to the nomadic hunter-gatherers indigenous to this area.

The San people know the Kalahari Desert better than any other human beings and have survived the dry conditions for generations. They have studied nature and know where to find food and water in the harsh conditions of the unrelenting and unforgiving desert landscapes. They are hunter-gatherers, hunting with bows and arrows, trapping small animals and eating edible roots and berries and they eagerly demonstrate this to guests.

 
     
     


  

DAYS 2 - 3  : NAMIBRAND NATURE RESERVE

From Zebra Kalahari Lodge depart for the NamibRand Nature Reserve and Wolwedans. After you checked in at Wolwedans Dune Camp and a light lunch depart for your afternoon scenic drive until sunset.

The next morning offers the possibility for a balloon safari followed by a champagne breakfast at the landing spot. The afternoon is spent with another scenic drive in the nature reserve.

The NamibRand Nature Reserve, located in southern Namibia, is a private nature reserve established to help protect and conserve the unique ecology and wildlife of the south-west Namib Desert. Conserving the pro-Namib, the area along the eastern edge of the Namib Desert, is critically important in order to facilitate seasonal migratory wildlife routes and to protect biodiversity. It is probably the largest private nature reserve in southern Africa, extending over an area of more than 200,000 ha. The Reserve shares a 100-km border with the Namib-Naukluft National Park in the west and is bordered in the east by the imposing Nubib Mountains. Virtually all facets of the Namib Desert are represented on the Reserve – sand and gravel plains and stretches of savanna alternate with mountain ranges, inselbergs and vegetated dune belts.

     
     



ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES

Wolwedans scenic drives: the Wolwedans camps are located in the heart of the NamibRand Nature Reserve and provide the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding Namib Desert. The camps offer scenic drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles accompanied by a knowledgeable guide.

Sunset drives take 1-2 hours and guests travel about 10 km into the dunes for sundowner drinks. Morning and afternoon drives cover a distance of 40-50 km and take 3-4 hours. The afternoon scenic drives often turn into sunset drives into the dunes. The popular day drive covers a distance of about 120 km and offers the highest degree of diversity in landscape scenes. Guests depart the camps after breakfast, enjoy a picnic lunch en route and return to camp before sunset.

 
     
     



OPTIONAL

Wolwedans hot-air balooning


RECOMMENDED

Wolwedans walking safaris: 
the Wolwedans camps offer a unique 2-night walking safari on the TokTokkie Trails in the southeast concession of the NamibRand Nature Reserve. The guided activity includes following in the footsteps of the local Bushmen (San) and distances do not exceed 10 km daily. Meals and drinks are included and guests are accommodated on comfortable camp beds under the starry skies each night.





 
     
     

 



DAY 4 : SOSSUSVLEI

Drive from Wolwedans to the Sossusvlei Lodge, where your safari vehicle will be waiting to take you to Dune 45, the Dead Vlei and Sossusvlei. Her you will enjoy a scrumptious champagne breakfast under shady camelthorn trees. On you way back, visit the Sesriem Canyon, a 36-metre deep, and 2 km long gorge carved in the surrounding limestone conglomerate.

In the late afternoon depart on a leisurely sundowner drive, to see the sun set over  the western horizon while sipping your favourite drink.

Situated in the largest conservation area in Africa (the Namib-Naukluft National Park), Sossusvlei is possibly Namibia’s most spectacular and best-known attraction. Characterised by the large red dunes that surround it, Sossusvlei is a large, white, salt and clay pan and is a great destination all year round. The dunes in this area are some of the highest in the world, reaching almost 400 meters, and provide photographic enthusiasts with wonderful images in the beautiful morning and evening light.

Sossusvlei literally translates to “dead-end marsh”, as it is the place where the dunes come together preventing the Tsauchab River to flow any further, some 60 km east of the Atlantic Ocean.  However, due to the dry conditions in the Namib Desert the River seldom flows this far and the pan remains bone-dry most years.  During an exceptional rainy season the Tsauchab fills the pan, drawing visitors from all over the world to witness this spectacular site. Photographic enthusiasts are spoilt with a glassy “lake” holding reflections of the surrounding dunes.  When the pan fills it can hold water for as long as a year.

Despite the harsh desert conditions in the area, one can find a wide variety of plants and animals that have adapted to survive.

     
     


ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES
 
Dune 45: Named for its location 45 kilometres past the town of Sesriem, Dune 45 is renowned for its elegant shape, which – along with its position close to the road – have earned it the distinction of ‘most photographed dune in the world’. If you’re not keen for the strenuous hike to the top of Big Daddy, Dune 45 is a more forgiving alternative, standing at only 80 metres and featuring a much gentler gradient.

Springbok in Sossusvlei
     
     



Dead Viei: 
This ancient clay pan was once an oasis, studded with acacias and fed by a river that suddenly changed course, leaving the earth to dry up along with the trees it previously supported. So dry were the climatic conditions that the trees never decomposed – instead they were entirely leached of moisture so that today, 900 years later, they remain as desiccated, blackened sentinels dotting the pan’s cracked surface. Surrounded by the red-pink dunes of the Namibia Desert, they create a surreal spectacle that is a photographer's dream. 

     
     


Sesriem Canyon: Sesriem Canyon, a deep chasm carved through the rocks by water, is a striking natural feature of the area that is best explored on foot. Stony walls rise up sharply on both sides of the canyon, while birds roost in its crags and lizards dart along the ledges. The canyon’s name was coined when early settlers used it as a water source, using six lengths of leather (‘ses riem – six thongs) tied together to lower buckets into the water at the base of canyon.


     
     


OPTIONAL

Sossusvlei lodge sundowner drive: Depart from the Lodge in the late afternoon in open game viewer vehicles. Breath-taking views over the desert grass plains with occasional photo stops where the knowledgeable guides explain the desert fauna and flora. For sunset go higher up to the mountains to watch a spectacular sunset while enjoying sundowner drinks and snacks.


Private bush dinner


 

DAYS 5 - 6 : SWAKOPMUND

Drive to the coast and Swakopmund via the Moon Landscape, traversing the Namib desert from east to west. Spend the afternoon exploring the town and sip a cocktail for Sundowner watching the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean.

The  next day spend a full day participating in a dolphin cruise in the morning and enjoying a 4x4 excursion to the freshwater lagoon of Sandwich Harbour in the afternoon. The return trip is a thrilling exercise in dune driving, where the off-road vehicles can show their best qualities as you cruise over and through the dune belt of the western Namib Desert.

The Namib is a coastal desert. The name Namib means "vast place". According to the broadest definition, the Namib stretches for more than 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) along the Atlantic coasts of Angola, Namibia, and South Africa, extending southward from the Carunjamba River in Angola, through Namibia and to the Olifants River in Western Cape, South Africa. The Namib's northernmost portion, which extends 450 kilometres (280 mi) from the Angola-Namibia border, is known as Moçâmedes Desert, while its southern portion approaches the neighbouring Kalahari Desert. From the Atlantic coast eastward, the Namib gradually ascends in elevation, reaching up to 200 kilometres (120 mi) inland to the foot of the Great Escarpment. Annual precipitation ranges from 2 millimetres (0.079 in) in the most arid regions to 200 millimetres (7.9 in) at the escarpment, making the Namib the only true desert in southern Africa. Having endured arid or semi-arid conditions for roughly 55–80 million years, the Namib may be the oldest desert in the world and contains some of the world's driest regions, with only western South America's Atacama Desert to challenge it for age and aridity benchmarks.

 

     
     



OPTIONAL

Living desert tours : the Living Desert Tour is a unique 4x4 adventure which specializes in bringing the desert to life while sharing the awesome beauty of the Namib Desert with travellers from all over the world. The coastal dune belt may seem barren and lifeless to many people, but in fact it is alive with a fascinating variety of little desert adapted animals, which are able to survive on the life-giving fog which consistently rolls in from the cold Atlantic Ocean.

Come see the Dancing White Lady Spider (Carparachne aureoflava) cartwheel 44 turns per second down a dune to escape the enemy. Admire the transparent Namib Dune Gecko (Pachydactylus rangei) with webbed feet that are equivalent to snow shoes. Learn about the different beetles and insects and how they survive in the dune desert. Follow in the tracks of a legless Lizard (Fitsimmon’s Burrowing Skink), observe Sand Diving Lizards (Meroles Anchieta) dancing on the hot sand, Sidewinder Snakes (Perinquey’s Adder), Desert Chameleons and many more fascinating creatures. Learn about the geology, structure and formation of the desert, and admire the vast and beautiful landscapes while enjoying a scenic dune drive combined with fun and adrenalin.

 
     
     
   
 
 
   



RECOMMENDED


Mola Mola marine dolphin cruise: Experience the beautiful Skeleton coast of Namibia and the amazing riches of the Atlantic Ocean with the Mola Mola Marine Dolphin Cruise. See an abundance of bird and mammal life up close and delight in the sea air, fresh oysters and bubbles – all in the morning. Frequent sightings include bottlenose and heavy side dolphins, cape fur seals, mola molas, penguins, leatherback turtles, and whales (July-November). Lunch can also be arranged on the beach by special request.

Marine Dune Day: After the Marine Cruise, you disembark onto the Waterfront Jetty. Boarding 4×4 vehicles, the dune adventure to Sandwich Harbour begins. Lunch is served on the boat and snacks in the dunes.
We have coined a phrase for the Marine Dune Day – “EPIC IN A DAY” – and that sums up cruising on the Atlantic with seals and dolphins, and then the adventure and beauty of big dune driving and breath taking scenery, all in one day!

Please note: it is not always possible to reach the actual lagoon at Sandwich Harbour by vehicle, as the tide may be too high at times.

     
     

Mola Mola Sandwich Harbour 4x4: Sandwich Harbour 4x4 is a safari company based in Walvis Bay, Namibia, offering 4x4 excursions to Sandwich Harbour, Marine Dune Days, Kayak Combos and Bird Watching Activities in the Wetlands around Walvis Bay.

 
     
     


DAYS 7 - 8 : TWYFELFONTEIN

Your journey continues to the rugged and mountainous desert region of Damaraland and Twyfelfontein. 

Twyfelfontein (Afrikaans: uncertain spring), officially  is a site of ancient rock engravings in the Kunene Region of north-western Namibia. It consists of a spring in a valley flanked by the slopes of a sandstone table mountain that receives very little rainfall and has a wide range of diurnal temperatures.

The site has been inhabited for more than 6,000 years, first by hunter-gatherers and later by Khoikhoi herders. Both ethnic groups used it as a place of worship and a site to conduct shamanist rituals. In the process of these rituals at least 2,500 items of rock carvings have been created, as well as a few rock paintings. Displaying one of the largest concentrations of rock petroglyphs in Africa, UNESCO approved Twyfelfontein as Namibia's first World Heritage Site in 2007.

Arrive in the afternoon and check in at Mowani Mountain Camp. Relax on the veranda and take in the breathtaking landscape surrounding you. The next morning depart for a nature drive in search for the unique desert elephants. in the afternoon visit the rock engravings of Twyfelfontein, the Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes. To end the day spend some time in the informative Damara Traditional Village.



     
     



ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES

Twyfelfontein rock art : Twyfelfontein is a World Heritage Site boasting one of the richest rock art concentrations in Africa. Thousands of tourists come to this site each year to view some 2, 500 Stone Age rock engravings. The area is home to 17 rock art sites, which collectively encompass 212 engraved stone slabs. There are an additional 13 sites displaying rock paintings.

 
 
     


Organ pipes : The Organ Pipes are located near Twyfelfontein and a few kilometres to the Burnt Mountain in Damaraland, Namibia. It is a 100m long feature of unusual dolomite columns these rocks were formed by volcanic activity and after erosion, the rocks have remained in the form of organ pipes.

 
     
     


Burnt mountain : Burnt Mountain is a small hill located near Twyfelfontein and just a kilometre from the Organ Pipes in Damaraland, Namibia. This national monument displays an intense variety of colours formed by volcanic activity interacting with organic material that transformed into a sedimentary bed over 125 million years ago.

 
     
     


OPTIONAL

Damara living museum : Observe and experience the traditional Damara way of life right in the heart of their traditional homelands. A unique opportunity to see a way of life that is slowly dying out.

Open daily

 
     
     



Mowani mountain camp elephant and dune drives: The Mowani Mountain Camp, situated in Twyfelfontein, Namibia offers guests elephant and dune drives. Guests can climb into an open-air vehicle and experience the rush of Africa. Local guides share with guests an intimate knowledge and respect for the land that they have built up over a lifetime. With new insight into local traditions, guests will come to fully appreciate the geology, botany, and wildlife of the area. The local villagers are welcoming and are eager to share their experiences. 




 
 
 




DAY 9 : ETOSHA WEST

Today's destination is Hobatere Lodge on the western border of the Etosha National Park. The lodge is situated in a concession area of 8 808 hectares, which is home to a rich diversity of game, including elephant and lion. With conservation in mind, the lodge is actively involved in promoting the peaceful co-existence of man and nature. Thatched roofs keep the well-appointed chalets cool and offer shade against the heat of the African savannah. Hobatere offers a walk on the wild side and is a paradise for birdwatchers and photographers.

Along the route visit a traditional Himba Village.  

The Himba (singular: Omuhimba, plural: Ovahimba) are an ancient tribe in Namibia, closely related to the Herero. They are a semi-nomadic, pastoral people who breed cattle and goats. Women tend to perform more labour-intensive work than men do, such as carrying water to the village, building homes, and milking cows. Men handle the political tasks and legal trials. Their homes are simple, cone-shaped structures of saplings, bound together with palm leaves, mud, and dung. The women are famous for rubbing their bodies with otjize, a mixture of butterfat and ochre, believed to protect their skins against the harsh climate. The red mixture is said to symbolise earth's rich red colour and the blood that symbolises life.

The Himba worship their ancestors and the god Mukuru. Often, because Mukuru is busy in a distant realm, the ancestors act as Mukuru's representatives. Their homes surround an okuruwo (ancestral fire) and their livestock, both closely tied to their belief in ancestor worship. The fire represents ancestral protection and the livestock allows for proper relations between human and ancestor. Each family has its own ancestral fire, which is kept by the fire-keeper, who attends to the ancestral fire every seven to eight days in order to communicate with Mukuru and the ancestors on behalf of the family.

 
     
     


ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES

Hobatere lodge game drives: Hobatere Lodge is located 80 km north of Kamanjab on the western border of the Etosha National park, situated in a concession area of 32 000 ha. The concession area is home to a wide selection of game including lion, leopard, oryx, eland, cheetah, aardvark, giraffe, Hartmann's mountain zebra and elephant. The lodge offers early morning and night game drives in open safari vehicles. The activity includes professionally trained rangers and refreshments.


 
 
 



DAY 10 : ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK


Continue your journey to the Etosha National Park,  to undertake your first game drive until sunset.  After dinner sit down at the illuminated  waterhole and watch as the nocturnal spectacle unfolds before you. The Okaukuejo waterhole is famous for the black rhino that frequent it at night to quench their thirst. Solitary elephants join in and assemble for their nightly silent rendezvous.  
Etosha owes its unique landscape to the Etosha Pan, a vast, shallow chalky-white depression of approximately 5000 sq.km that forms the heart of the park. Once a large inland lake fed by rivers from the north and east, it dried up 120 million years ago as continental drift changed the slope of the land and the course of the tributaries. A series of waterholes along the southern edge of the pan guarantee rewarding and often spectacular game viewing.
Of the 114 mammals species found in the park, several are rare and endangered, such as black rhino and cheetah, and the lesser-known black-faced impala, which is endemic to north-western Namibia and south-western Angola. Etosha’s current population of black rhino represents one of the largest growing populations of black rhino in the world. Other large mammals in the park include elephant, giraffe, blue wildebeest, mountain and plains zebra, hyena and lion. Cheetah and leopard complete the trio of ‘big cats’. Antelope species range from kudu, gemsbok, and the large and stately eland, to the diminutive Damara dik-dik. Smaller mammals include jackal, bat-eared fox, honey badger, warthog, and the ubiquitous ground squirrel.

     
     


ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES

Etosha West : Situated in the western part of Etosha National park, Etosha West is a new addition to this world-famous wildlife sanctuary. Formerly a restricted area the wilder western region accessed through Galton Gate, has previously had limited access, today it is open to all visitors who wish to discover the secluded reaches of this spectacular park. Visitors to Etosha West can look forward to exploring the magnificent scenery of this remote north Namibian landscape characterised by lush undulating terrain and a reddish brown soil, which is a stark contrast to the white dusty clay soil of Etosha East’s flat expansive plains. The area boasts numerous waterholes attracting elephant, rhino, leopard, lion, and a variety of buck. Do not miss the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the rare Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra and black-faced impala.


 
 
   





Okaukuejo Area : 
Part of Etosha National Park in northwestern Namibia, Etosha South makes up the southern region of this wild paradise. The national park can be accessed via the southern entrance at Andersson’s Gate. Visitors can catch a glimpse of a variety of wildlife including lion, giraffe, elephant, white and black rhino, and a multitude of plains game.

 
 
 
   
 
   



DAYS 11 - 12 : ETOSHA EAST

Spend another two days in paradise. Enjoy a full day game viewing while transferring to the eastern end of the park, where Onguma - The Fort is located in its own private game  reserve adjacent to Etosha. 
Onguma nature reserve boasts over thirty different animal species consisting of plains game including kudu, giraffe, eland, oryx, hartebeest, zebra, impala and many more roam freely as well as predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard, being common residents of the area. The latest addition to the already abundant wildlife at Onguma Nature Reserve is a family of black rhinos. More than 300 bird species can also be viewed at the reserve. During the Namibian summer months Onguma becomes a bird-watcher’s paradise with thousands of species migrating to the wetlands created by the seasonal rains and ephemeral river systems
The second day in Eastern Etosha participate in a guided game drive in the park organised by the lodge, while the afternoon is dedicated to a nature drive / photo safari in the the Onguma Game Reserve.


     
     


ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES

Onguma Etosha game drive :
Onguma Etosha Game Drive takes guests into the Etosha National Park in the mornings and afternoons, accompanied by experts tour guides in open-sided vehicles. Guests will have an opportunity to see about 114 species of mammal in Etosha. They include the black-faced impala and the threatened black and white rhino. There are however no buffaloes, hippos, crocodiles or monkeys, but there is enough to keep guests enthralled on the game drive.

 
     



Etosha East : Located in north-western Namibia, Etosha East is a protected sanctuary in the eastern part of the world-renowned Etosha National Park, known as one of the most accessible game reserves in Southern Africa. Etosha East boasts vast open plains scattered with semi-arid savannah grasslands dotted with watering holes and secluded bush camps. The impressive 5000-square-kilometre Etosha saltpan makes up a large area of the eastern side of the park and is visible even from space. This remote area teems with abundant wildlife such as lion, elephant, black rhino and giraffe, as well as a variety of birdlife featuring flamingos, ostriches, eagles, hornbills, and owls.

 

   


Onguma nature drives

 
 
 




DAY 13 : ONKOJIMA NATURE RESERVE


Expulsion from Garden Eden. Today you leave this terrestrial paradise and drive south on the last leg of your Africa adventure to reach Okonjima Nature Reserve and the AfriCat Foundation around lunchtime.  In the afternoon waits an exciting leopard tracking for you. 
Okonjima Nature Reserve is internationally renowned  for frequent leopard, brown hyena and pangolin sightings on its safaris, as well as The AfriCat Foundation. Since being founded in 1991, AfriCat's mission has been to make significant contributions to conservation, while trying to ensure the survival of Namibia’s predators in their natural habitat. It undertakes research and environmental education projects.
Activities delight and educate even the most experienced of travellers. Mornings begin early out in the Okonjima Nature Reserve lead by Okonjima’s experienced guides. In true African style, days end with game drives through the acacia thicket in search of elusive leopards followed by a sundowner. Whether you hike or are an avid bird watcher, there are endless ways to spend your time at Okonjima.
     
     


ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES

Leopard tracking


DAY 14 : END OF ITINERARY



All good things have to come to an end so today you transfer to the airport for your return flight back home. However, not before you went on another unforgettable early morning safari to crown your journey with a last highlight to see the prince of the savanna.

KALAHARI NAMIBIA

Spreading across Botswana, South Africa and Namibia, the Kalahari meaning 'the great thirst' is an exceptionally beautiful living desert. The landscape is characterised by a large semi-arid sandy savannah draped over a gently rolling inland sea of sand covering most of Botswana and large parts of Namibia and South Africa. It is also the last bastion of the indigenous San people with the modern world having enveloped all the other areas they once roamed. The Namibian portion is made up of red sands covered in thin, wispy, mostly golden grass and dotted with acacia trees and wide-ranging wildlife including gemsbok, impala, jackals and cheetah.

Zebra Kalahari lodge & Spa - Kalahari Namibia

Simply stylish and elegant, the Zebra Kalahari Lodge is the most decadent of the 3 lodges on the Intu Afrika Private Game Reserve. After a short drive through the contrasting Kalahari Desert where game languishes under trees or in pans, guests are welcomed with a much-needed refreshing drink and a smile as warm as the desert sun. The gurgling fish pond and the beautiful stone and wood buildings immediately soothe one’s soul and guests are ushered into the coolness of the lounge area overlooking a rather vibrant waterhole and swimming pool whilst logistics are efficiently handled. The rooms areas are huge and the walls are decorated with ancient African masks and ebony furnishings and are fitted with air conditioners, a minibar, a hairdryer and a coffee and tea station with a very large bathroom leading out to an outside shower. There are 8 rooms adjacent to the lodge area which consists of a lounge with comfortable leather seats, a dining area on a deck mirroring the waterhole and swimming pool and a bar. This lodge is ideal for families or for more mature travellers as the facilities at the main lodge are easily accessible from their rooms.
Your Stay: 1 Night,  Bed & Breakfast
Standard room

Our spacious, air-conditioned Standard Rooms are connected to the main building of the lodge. The rooms have an en-suite bathroom with indoor & outdoor shower, a lounge, desk, mini-bar & coffee/tea facility. Outside terrace overlooking the Kalahari Desert


PROPERTY FACILITIES

Bar, Conference Centre, Internet Access, Malaria Free, Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, En-Suite, Fan, Fireplace, Hair Dryer, Heater, Internet, Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Outside Shower, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower, Smoking Rooms, Tea / Coffee, Verandah

SERVICES

Credit Card, Laundry Service, Room Service

NAMIBRAND NATURE RESERVE

Spanning an area of 172,200 hectares and encompassing four distinct ecosystems, the Namib Rand Reserve is among the largest privately owned game parks in Southern Africa. Founded to conserve the unique environment and wildlife species of the south-western Namib Desert, the park’s mix of dunes, mountains, rocky outcrops, sandy flats and gravel plains provides habitats for a diversity of mammals – including hyenas, jackals, foxes, antelopes and various wild cats – as well as a plethora of bird species, reptiles, insects, frogs and flora. Visitors can discover the mysterious ‘fairy circles’, which dot the landscape and sip on sundowners while watching the sunset over this unspoilt ancient landscape. Having been named Africa’s first International Dark Sky Reserve, it is one of the least light-polluted areas in the world, so don't miss this excellent star gazing opportunity.

Wolwedan dunes lodge

The Dunes Lodge is perched on top of a dune plateau, overlooking panoramic vistas in all directions and capturing the beauty of the desert in a most memorable way. Building style is a combination of wooden structures and canvas blinds, opening up to the desert beyond.
The lodge reflects the ambience of a tented camp, but provides the comfort and protection of a permanent building. Each of the nine spacious chalets with en-suite bathrooms sports a private verandah, which connects you to vast stretches of untouched sand. Sleeping with your canvas blinds open is just like sleeping under the stars.

The main complex - which has completely been rebuilt during 2003 - consists of two lounges, a number of sundowner decks, a fireplace, a tea deck, a library, the wine cellar and two dining rooms.
The lodge also has a swimming pool, which is suspended above the sand. All communal areas of the lodge open out onto decks with superb views.

Your Stay:  2 nights, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Chalet

The tented chalet with an elevated deck on top of a dune plateau sleeps 2 adults in a king-size bed. The en-suite bathroom offers a double vanity, shower & toilet facilities. 2019 Fully Inclusive Package. 2020 Full Board + Shared Activities.

 
 
   


Family unit

Our Standard Rooms are furnished with two single beds, a coffee/tea station and bathroom with shower.


 
 
     


Mountain view suite

The Suite, capturing memorable vistas in all directions, is ideal for honeymooners or those seeking complete privacy. Comes with a private chef and has an outside bed for sleeping under the stars. Included is a generous lounge, bar cabinet and dining area

 
   
     

 

 

PROPERTY FACILITIES

Bar, Library, Pool, Restaurant

ROOM FACILITIES

En-Suite, Lounge Area, Shower, Verandah


SERVICES

Credit Card, Laundry Service

SOSSUSVLEI

Located in the scenic Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red dunes to make this one of the most scenic natural wonders of Africa and a photographer's heaven. This awe-inspiring destination is possibly Namibia's premier attraction, with its unique dunes rising to almost 400 metres-some of the highest in the world. These iconic dunes come alive in morning and evening light and draw photography enthusiasts from around the globe. Sossusvlei is home to a variety desert wildlife including oryx, springbok, ostrich and a variety of reptiles. Visitors can climb 'Big Daddy', one of Sossusvlei’s tallest dunes; explore Deadvlei, a white, salt, claypan dotted with ancient trees; or for the more extravagant, scenic flights and hot air ballooning are on offer, followed by a once-in-a-lifetime champagne breakfast amidst these majestic dunes.

Sossusvlei lodge - Sossusvlei

Luxury right at the entrance gate to Sesriem Canyon and the famous Sossusvlei Situated at the Entrance Gate to the Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei Lodge offers direct access to the towering red sand dunes, the famous pan of Sossusvlei, the scorched black trees of Dead Vlei and the remarkable depths of the Sesriem Canyon. The Superior Accommodation units at Sossusvlei Lodge feature a patio to enjoy views over the Desert landscapes, a spacious air-conditioned twin-bedded room and a full en-suite bathroom. The Standard Family Units feature two rooms back to back connected by a lockable inter-leading door between the two private bathrooms. An elegant Junior Suite boasts a spacious bedroom, living area, patio with a splash pool, large bathroom and inspiring views. Experience the true art of Hospitality with the thoughtful touch of attentive staff to contribute to a truly memorable experience. Facilities include a sparkling pool, bar, sundowner deck, beer garden and an al fresco terrace where one can enjoy exquisite food, award-winning wines and magnificent views of the floodlit waterhole. The Sossusvlei Lodge Adventure Centre provides a range of activities including Guided Excursions to Deadvlei and Sossusvlei, Elim dune walks, Sundowner Trips, Quad Buggy Nature Drives, Hot Air Ballooning, Scenic Flights and much more to explore the area’s natural beauty.

Your Stay: 1 Night - Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Info: Lodge
Nº rooms: 51
Spoken languages: Afrikaans, English, Germans
Special Interests:  Adventure, Nature, Relaxation
Superior units

The Superior Units at Sossusvlei Lodge features a patio to enjoy the magnificent views over the Desert landscapes and a spacious air-conditioned bedroom featuring twin beds. In addition there is a corner couch, refreshment area with tea and coffee making facilities, fridge, luggage space, in-room safe and a complimentary turn-down service. Each of the stylish en-suite bathrooms is equipped with a comfortable corner bathtub, spacious shower, toilet and double vanity.
Two of the Superior Rooms are designed to be handicapped and wheelchair friendly featuring no steps and are equipped with wider doors. Handles have been fitted in the bathroom and the shower has an open design for easier access.
 
 
   



Standard family units

The Standard Family Units feature two rooms back to back connected by a lockable inter-leading door between the two private bathrooms. Each unit consist of a patio to enjoy views over the Desert landscapes and an air-conditioned bedroom featuring twin beds, corner couch, refreshment area with tea and coffee making facilities, fridge, luggage space, in-room safe and a complimentary turn-down service. The en-suite bathroom is equipped with a spacious shower, vanity and toilet.

 
 
     




Junior suite

The Junior Suite ensures privacy and tranquillity with a fantastic view of the surrounding desert plains.

The Suite consists of a spacious air-conditioned bedroom with a luxurious queen-size bed, an adjacent living area and a private terrace boasting a small splash pool and comfortable seating to fully take advantage of the unsurpassed views extending over the Desert landscapes.

In addition there is an elegant bathroom with walk-in shower, separate toilet, double vanity and a freestanding feature bath underneath a skylight to admire the star studded skies whilst taking a relaxing bath.

Amenities include a refreshment area with tea and coffee making facilities, fridge, spacious closet, comfortable couch, safe and a complimentary turn-down service.



 
 
 
PROPERTY FACILITIES

Activity Desk, Bar, Conference Centre, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Malaria Free, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking


ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Disabled Rooms, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fridge, Laundry Service (Available), Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee

SERVICES

ATM, Credit Card, Travel Desk
Sundowner - Nature drive
Depart from Sossusvlei Lodge in the late afternoon on a leisurely drive on the Lodge's private reserve. Watch the shadows lengthen as your guide takes you out to a panoramic location where sundowner drinks will be served as you relax and watch the spectacular sunset. The inner tranquillity that a desert sunset imparts while you sit amongst nature is really something special...

 
 
     


Sossusvlei & Deadvlei excursion

An early start from the Lodge to enter the Namib-Naukluft Park at sunrise, while the temperature is still mild and when the dune contrasts are at their best. You will travel in one of our all-terrain URI Gameviewer vehicles, custom-built in Namibia for the Lodge, with your own specially trained guide who will share all his knowledge of the area, animals, plant life and much more with you.

Regular stops are made on the spectacular ±60 kilometre drive through the dune corridor down to the Vlei to gain information or take in the vistas. At Dune 45, we make a stop to view the the world's most photographed dune. Further along, a gradual 2,6 kilometer round-trip guided walk up to Dead Vlei is a must for the healthy visitors. The more energetic have the opportunity to climb to the upper ridge of Big Daddy Dune, one of the highest dunes in this area! We spend time exploring Sossusvlei before returning to the Lodge approximately 5½ hours later in time for lunch.


 
 
   



Quad buggy nature trail

A wonderful and different way to experience the spectacular local surrounds.

We depart from the Lodge in the late afternoon with our Quad Buggies for a slow nature drive on our private lodge reserve. Enjoy breath-taking views over the Desert grass plains with occasional photo stops where our knowledgeable guides explain the Desert fauna and flora.

We go higher up to the foothills to watch a spectacular sunset whilst enjoying non-alcoholic sundowner drinks and then make our way back to the lodge just before dark.

Compulsory: All guests wishing to participate and drive a buggy must have a valid driver's licence.

Child Policy: Children aged 6 – 18 can accompany an adult in the passenger seat.


 
 
     


Elim dune nature walk

The guided nature walk starts at sunrise, departing from the Lodge and takes place on and around the spectacular Elim Dune Belt.

Our knowledgeable guides focus on the small things often overlooked – nocturnal animal tracks, plant species and smaller wildlife.


 
 
     


Sesriem canyon excursion

Experience the remarkable depths of Sesriem Canyon. Our experienced guides will share the history behind this magnificent natural canyon carved by the Tsauchab River


 
 
     




Archery

Archery is a fun but challenging activity that can be mastered fairly quickly. Our instructors will be on hand to teach you age old art of the bow and arrow.

This is a more relaxed activity where archers can compete against each other or have a shoot out to see who the master archer is.


 
     
     




Helicopter flights

Discover the majesty of the Namib Desert by Helicopter!

Our Pilots are well experienced and will guide you through the scenery on an adventurous and informative flight.

We offer a range of scenic flights over the breath-taking grass plains to the towering dunes of Sossusvlei and the hidden mysteries of Deadvlei. Exciting flips over the Sesriem Canyon, Dune 45 and Elim Dune as well as custom built flights for photographers that wish to focus on specific areas of the Namib.


 
 
     




Scenic flights

Desert Air have a well-maintained 6-seater Cessna 210 light aircraft permanently based on the Sossusvlei Lodge property along with an experienced pilot who also doubles as a trained "aerial" desert guide.

A number of routes are available on request, including:
A 40 minute trip to Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon will provide you with wonderful aerial photographs of the Vlei and Canyon.
A longer hour trip to the forbidden coast (Sperrgebiet) and the area known as Lange Wand, which is the coastal area of the Namib Desert, will provide you incredible views where a 'sea of desert dunes' meet the Atlantic ocean.
An hour and a half trip over the Sossusvlei area will include Conception Bay, a seal colony, shipwreaks and even old diamond miners camps.


 
 
   




Hot air ballooning

"Up, up and away" as you sail silently over the reddish dune sea of the Namib. Add an exhilarating dimension to your visit to the desert.

The duration of the excursion is approximately 3½ hours. The Hot Air Balloon flight itself takes about one hour and ends with an exclusive Champagne Breakfast at the landing spot in scenic nature. The Breakfast is followed by a Nature drive back to Sossusvlei Lodge.

Special group rates apply for groups of min 24 pax, max 110 pax.

Due to the desert temperatures this activity is offered in the mornings only. Guests are collected at the lodge ½ hour before sunrise. The balloon rises as the sun rises. The first light hour of the day is known to be the most spectacular, especially in the desert with the rich contrast of colour and shape on the towering sand dunes of the Sossusvlei Area, on the vast desert plains and surrounding mountain ranges.


 
 
     




Bush dinner

Host you special function or bush dinner in the heart of the Namib Desert!

With views of towering red sand dunes amidst the vast desert plains, this is the most awe-inspiring venue nature has on offer.

Sossusvlei Lodge have perfected the art of outdoor catering enthusing guests with delightful bush dinners, breakfasts at Sossusvlei, special events and even private intimate dinners.

Each function will be planned according to your requirements. You can be assured this will be a function that will be talked about and remembered for a lifetime!


 
 
   




Breakfast at Sossusvlei

Host you special breakfast function in Sossusvlei with views of the towering red sand dunes under the shade of the age-old acacias.

Sossusvlei Lodge can provide a full English or Continental Breakfast complete with a table and chair setup.

Each function will be planned according to your requirements.


 
 
     
SOSSUSVLEI LODGE RESTAURANT

Sossusvlei Lodge is well known for sensational cuisine and many guests have praised especially the delectable buffet dinner experience.
The al fresco terrace offers magnificent views over Elim Dune and of the floodlit waterhole where you can watch the passing parade of oryx, springbok, jackal, ground squirrel and hyena, whilst enjoying exquisite food and wine.
You can start your day with a scrumptious buffet breakfast with an extensive selection of all the favourite delectable breakfast foods and treats.
For lunch the chef will spoil you with the mouth-watering meal of the day accompanied by a variety of salads and side dishes. An a 'la carte menu is available at the Sossusvlei Lodge Bar from 14h30 to 16h00.
The popular buffet dinner will leave you spoiled for choice between the salads, side dishes, grilled meats and stir-fries - all prepared fresh and in front of every guest! For the perfect ending there is a range of decadent dessert sensations as well as a variety of cheeses and biscuits.

 
 
 
 
 
 

SWAKOPMUND

Set along Namibia's spectacularly scenic coast, the seaside town of Swakopmund is known for its wide-open avenues, colonial architecture, and its surrounding otherworldly desert terrain. Founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South West Africa, Swakopmund is often described as being more German than Germany. Now a seaside resort town, Swakopmund is the capital of the Skeleton Coast tourism area and has plenty to keep visitors happy. The quirky mix of German and Namibian influences, adventure options, laid-back atmosphere and cool sea breeze make it a very popular Namibian destination. Visitors can look forward to a number of exciting activities including: quad biking, horse riding, paragliding, fishing, sightseeing and fascinating desert tours.

Strand Hotel Swakopmund - Swakopmund

With its extensive, unique and creatively entertaining Restaurants, Bars, Deli, Lobby-Lounge, Sea Facing Terraces, Beach Kiosk and state of the art Conference & Banqueting Center, all set on the Mole, a historic and iconic site surrounded by Ocean on three sides, the Strand Hotel Swakopmund is a social epicenter and destination in itself for all visitors to and residents of Swakopmund.

Its architectural inspiration finds its roots deep in Namibian-German history and reflects this in a tasteful contemporary manner. The interiors are residential in nature, and the brief to all designers involved was to create a non-hotel, hotel. One as charming and welcoming as the town it is located in. Simply very warm and comfortable, and as they say in German: “gemütlich” providing a genuine “sense-of-place” atmosphere adding to any Namibian visit.

Arriving at the Strand is a dramatic experience as one passes through its 13m high and 9m wide Ocean View Atrium which travels right through the Hotel offering sea views at either end. Off this Atrium Lobby is Reception, consisting of three individual desks and an inviting open fireplace which rounds off the residential feel and warm welcome.

 

Your Stay : 2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Info: 4 Stars Hotel
Nº rooms: 125 Rooms
Spoken languages: Afrikaans, English, German
Special Interests:  Adventure, Beach / Coastal, Birding, Cycling, Fishing, Flora, Golf, Gourmet, Hiking, History & Culture, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Shopping, Sports, Watersports, Wildlife
Standard room

Panoramic and sliding windows with views of the beach (55 rooms) or gardens (17 rooms). Each has an en-suite bathroom with shower, single vanity and separate toilet. All Standard Rooms are designed to accommodate up to 2 adults and 1 child in a cot.


 
   
     


Standard family room

Panoramic and sliding windows with views of the gardens. Each has an en-suite bathroom with shower, single vanity and separate toilet. All Standard Family Rooms are designed to accommodate up to 2 adults and 1 child up to the age of 10 years old

 
     
     


Luxury family - 1 child

Rooms offer sliding door with "step-out" balcony and beach view. The bathroom, with shower and separate toilet feature double his and her vanities. All All Luxury Rooms accommodate families of maximum two adults and 1 child up to 10 years.

 
   
     


Junior Suite

Suites offer sliding door with "sit-on" balcony and sea view. Open-plan lounge and bedroom. Suites have bathroom with shower, bath separate toilet and feature double vanities. Junior Suites accommodate of maximum 2 adults and 2 children up to 10.

 
 
   


Luxury Suite

Suites offer sliding door with "sit-on" balcony and sea view. Open-plan lounge and bedroom. Suites have bathroom with shower, bath separate toilet and feature double vanities. Junior Suites accommodate of maximum 2 adults and 2 children up to 10.

 
   
     


Presidential Suite

View of Main beach, sliding door lead out on to a terrace. Separate large master bedroom, fireplace, tea & coffee station, TV, walk in dressing room, executive desk and a bathroom with full bath, separate toilet and a double vanity. No kids are allowed in the Presidential Suite

 
 
     

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Bar, Business Centre, Conference Centre, Disability Services, Gym, Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Disabled Rooms, En-Suite, Fireplace, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Television

SERVICES

Babysitting Service, Credit Card, Foreign Exchange, Room Service, Travel Desk

ACTIVITIES AND ATTRACTIONS

The Strand Hotel Activity & Adventure Travel Office, staffed by local professional Travel Consultants, will help Guests plan their sojourn in Swakopmund ensuring they experience and enjoy all on offer in Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and along this exciting and very unique Southern Atlantic coastline and neighbouring Namib Desert. Their sole objective is making sure that every guest's stay is personalised and filled with interesting, exciting, educational and cultural activities and adventures is their sole objective.

It provides : 

  • Airline Re-confirmations
  • Car & Bicycle Hire
  • Transfer Arrangements
  • Restaurant Reservations
  • Shopping Advice & Information
  • Personalised Consultation

Brewer & Butcher

A Micro-brewery, Beer garden, Restaurant, Bar, Lounge with open fireplace, sea-facing terrace with two "Boma" fire pits and a fireplace. An a la carte Restaurant menu for Lunch, Dinner and Bar Snacks specializing in Namibian, German and other meat dishes and featuring its own "craft" beer and on site Micro-brewery. An opportunity to experience the actual brewing process.

 
   
     


Farmhouse Deli

A Delicatessen Retail Shop and Bistro style Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Bakery and sea-facing terrace. An all-day a la carte Restaurant menu - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Cakes, Pastries, Sandwiches, Brotchen, Teas and Coffees.

 
   
     


Ocean Cellar

Seafood Restaurant and Oyster & Wine Bar with sea-facing terrace specializing in all the Ocean has to offer including Namibian Oysters and Sushi or Sashimi and a vast selection of wines from the cellar served by the glass, carafe or bottle. A special and unique feature is its Show-Kitchin where diners sit at a counter watching the Chefs in action. An a la carte Restaurant menu - Lunch, Dinner and Seafood Bar Snacks.

 
 
   


Welwitschia Lounge

Located privately just off the Lobby Lounge with open fireplace, Bar and sea-facing terrace serves Cocktails, Drinks, Teas and Coffee with light hot & cold snacks, sandwiches, salads and a variety of cakes and pastries. Open from early morning till night.

 
     
     

TWYFELFONTEIN

Set in the Kunene Region of northwestern Namibia, Twylfelfontein is a spectacularly scenic area, featuring one of the largest and most important concentrations of rock art in Africa. The name ‘Twyfelfontein’ translates to ‘Fountain of Doubt’, which refers to the perennial spring situated in the impressive Huab valley flanked by the slopes of a sandstone table mountain. It was this spring that attracted Stone Age hunters over six thousand years ago, and it was during this time that the extensive group of rock engravings and paintings were produced. Visitors can look forward to basing themselves at some wonderfully shady campsites along the Aba-Huab riverbed, while exploring over thirty different sites of these sacred records of ritual practices relating to traditional hunter-gatherer communities.

Mowani Mountain Camp - Twyfelfontein

Mowani Mountain Camp offers luxury tented accommodation with magnificent desert views. Open air en-suite bathrooms and private decks give you great views of Damaraland and the reliability of nearby Twyfelfontein with its San engravings and paintings is contrasted by the elusive desert adapted elephants.

The Twyfelfontein conservancy has been protecting the southern most roaming ground of the black rhino and elusive desert elephant. Sustainable eco-tourism and community upliftment is of the utmost importance at Mowani. Guides from the local tribes compliment day-time game drives to track mountain zebra, kudu, springbok, klipspringer and if you are fortunate enough... the leopard! The adventurer in me took over at Mowani. Days were filled with game drives, hot air balloon trips over the Aba-Huab Valley, champagne breakfasts and al fresco meals amidst the dusky landscape beneath Mopani trees.

Your Stay : 2 Nights, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Info: Lodge
View rooms

These rooms have an elevated view across the valley. King size bed, Shower, Hairdryer, Robe, Safe, Tea & Coffee Station, Fan.


Standard view room

Room faces to the east or northeast and have a view into a boulder-strewn valley.
King size bed, Shower, Hairdryer, Robe, Safe, Tea & Coffee Station, Fan.


Superior view room

Room faces west with an exceptional panoramic distant view. King size bed, Shower, Hairdryer, Robe, Safe, Tea & Coffee Station, Fan.


Mountain Suite

A luxury thatched suite with butler service, a lounge equipped with air-conditioning, a satellite television and CD music centre, private dining and bar facilities, a double room with en-suite bathroom as well as a bush bath and shower with a view.


Mini suite

A luxury, thatched suite with a lounge equipped with air-conditioning, a satellite television, a double room with en-suite bathroom, a laundry service and minibar (drinks included).


Luxury room

Room has a panoramic distant view into a boulder-strewn valley: Double bed, Shower, Hairdryer, Robe, Safe, Tea & Coffee Station, Fan.

PROPERTY FACILITIES

Bar, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking

ROOM FACILITIES

Balcony / Deck, En-Suite, Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Outside Shower, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Verandah

SERVICES

Credit Card, Room Service

ETOSHA WEST

Situated in the western part of Etosha National park, Etosha West is a new addition to this world-famous wildlife sanctuary. Formerly a restricted area the wilder western region accessed through Galton Gate, has previously had limited access, today it is open to all visitors who wish to discover the secluded reaches of this spectacular park. Visitors to Etosha West can look forward to exploring the magnificent scenery of this remote north Namibian landscape characterised by lush undulating terrain and a reddish brown soil, which is a stark contrast to the white dusty clay soil of Etosha East’s flat expansive plains. The area boasts numerous waterholes attracting elephant, rhino, leopard, lion, and a variety of buck. Do not miss the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the rare Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra and black-faced impala.

Hobatere lodge - Etosha west

Hobatere Lodge is strategically located 65 km north of Kamanjab on the western border of the Etosha National Park. The lodge has an airstrip and is situated in a concession area of 8,808 ha which is home to a wide selection of game, including elephant, giraffe, eland, and Hartmann’s zebra.

The lodge offers the visitor the opportunity to experience game drives in open vehicles and nature walks with experienced and knowledgeable rangers. Early morning and night drives are part of the activities on offer. Many nocturnal animals, such as aardvark, cape fox, bat-eared fox, aardwolf, genet and many more can be encountered on a night drive. Before your exciting night drive, you will be able to enjoy the night sky at our Boma for dinner. Activities also include drives into the Etosha National Park.

The lodge belongs to the #Khoadi Hoas Conservancy. One of the primary objectives of the lodge is to increase the benefits to the local community, reducing human wildlife conflict and also conservation of the area.

The name Hobatere means “Find me”, and once you do, you will enjoy a warm welcome and personalized service.

Your Stay : 1 Night, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Info: Lodge
Nº rooms: 12 rooms 
Spoken languages: Afrikaans, English
Special Interests:  Birding, Flora, Nature, Wildlife
Rondawel

2 single beds


 
   
     


Double room

On request, can accommodate a family


 
 
   

PROPERTY FACILITIES

Bar, Communal Dining, Eco Friendly, Internet Access (Paid), Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking

ROOM FACILITIES

Fan, Hair Dryer, Mosquito Nets, Shower, Tea / Coffee

SERVICES

Credit Card

Game drives Am or PM

Hobatere offers the visitor the opportunity to experience game drives in open vehicles with knowledgeable and experienced rangers. In both the morning and afternoon drives the guests will have all the benefit of enjoying an exclusive wildlife-rich area, whilst bird-watching enthusiasts can also applaud the variety of species found in this concession.
Night drives are also offered where many nocturnal animals, such as aardvark, cape fox, bat-eared fox, aardwolf, genet and many more are encountered. An experience not to be missed.
Departure time from the lodge:
Morning: Summer 07h00
Winter 08h00
Duration is +/- 2-3 hours
Afternoon departure 16h00 (summer) or 15h00 (winter) after coffee & tea and home baked cake
Minimum 2 guests per excursion – Max 9 per vehicle
Children under 12 receive a discount of 50%



 
 
 
 
 


Etosha full day excursion

If you don’t feel like driving yourself and want to relax in a game viewer to just absorb one of the most beautiful game parks in Southern Africa through your camera lenses, come and join our 3/4 day Etosha drive. The excursion starts at approximately 06H30, depending on the park gate’s opening times which vary seasonally.
Departure time from the lodge:
Summer 06:00, Winter 07:00
Duration: full day.
Minimum 2 guests per excursion. Max 9 per vehicle.
Children under 12 receive a discount of 50%



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Night drive

Nocturnal animals, such as aardvark, cape fox, bat-eared fox, aardwolf, genet and many more can be encountered on a night drive.
Enjoy a sundowner drink and hearty dinner at our Boma under the the stars, before we start with the night driver
Departure after dinner at 21.00
Minimum 4 guests per excursion
Max 9 per vehicle
Children under 12 receive a discount of 50%

 

ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

Situated in north-western Namibia, the Etosha National Park offers a premier game viewing experience. The park’s diverse vegetation ranges from dense bush to open plains attracting a variety of wildlife. Located in the heart of the park is the Etosha Pan - a shallow depression that covers an area of 5000 square kilometres. Dry and shimmering for most of the year, the pans fill up with water after seasonal rains, making it the perfect habitat for wildlife. In the dry season, the wildlife is attracted to the perennial springs and waterholes that makes for excellent game viewing. Visitors can look forward to excellent game viewing including a variety of large mammals such as lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, zebra, giraffe, a diversity of birdlife such as flamingos and pelicans.

Okaukuejo rest camp - Etosha national park

Okaukuejo is located 17 km from the southern entrance of the park, and famous for its floodlit waterhole, where visitors can observe at close quarters a spectacle of wildlife congregating and interacting. Accommodation is provided to suit every need, in premier bush chalets overlooking the waterhole; bush chalets and double rooms; or family chalets. Other facilities include a restaurant, bar, shop, swimming pool, kiosk and camping facilities.
Okaukuejo Rest Camp is also the administrative centre of Etosha. Most visitors travel through this camp with its characteristic stone tower and Etosha Ecological Institute is also situated within the camp. The rest camp was formerly a military outpost founded in 1901 and the tower was added in 1963. Located in the south of Etosha National Park, Okaukuejo offers a wide range of accommodation as well as all the necessities such as a petrol station and a shop. The restaurant and bar offer refreshments and delicious meals, while the swimming pool offers relief on hot days. The waterhole is a hub of animal activity starting in the early hours of the morning.
Especially during winter, a diversity of game congregate in close proximity to the camp to quench their thirst. After sunset floodlights illuminate the waterhole. This is the best time and place to see the endangered black rhino. This archaic mammal can often be seen drinking alongside lion and elephant. The number and interaction of the animals is the major drawcard of Okaukuejo Rest Camp in Namibia.
Your Stay : 1 Night, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

ETOSHA EAST

Located in north-western Namibia, Etosha East is a protected sanctuary in the eastern part of the world-renowned Etosha National Park, known as one of the most accessible game reserves in Southern Africa. Etosha East boasts vast open plains scattered with semi-arid savannah grasslands dotted with watering holes and secluded bush camps. The impressive 5000-square-kilometre Etosha saltpan makes up a large area of the eastern side of the park and is visible even from space. This remote area teems with abundant wildlife such as lion, elephant, black rhino and giraffe, as well as a variety of birdlife featuring flamingos, ostriches, eagles, hornbills, and owls.

Onguma the Fort - Etosha East

Onguma The Fort is unlike any other, the only one of its kind in Namibia.
It is built in exactly the right spot to give guests probably one of the best sunset views in the whole of Namibia - overlooking the beautiful scarceness of the Etosha Pans, decorated only with its wild animals and hundreds of Camel Thorn trees.
Your Stay : 2 Nights, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Info: Safari Lodge 5 stars
Nº rooms: 13 rooms 
Spoken languages: Afrikaans, English, German
Special Interests:  Adventure, Birding, Gourmet, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife, Wine
Bush suites

All suites overlook Fischer's Pan in the Etosha Reserve. The suites are at least 50m apart from each other, ensuring privacy. Each room consists of twin beds, fireplace, air-conditioning, viewing deck,minibar, inside and outside showers.

 
 
 


Honeymoon suite

The Fort Honeymoon suite also boasts views across Fischer's Pan as well as fireplace, air-conditioning,minibar, with the added luxury of a lounge, TV, inside and outside showers and outside bath. Heaven on earth!


 
   
     
     


Sultan's suite

The Fort Sultan's suite is situated on the first floor in the main Fort complex and has commanding views across the waterhole and Fischer's Pan. It has a bathroom with an inside bath as well as a balcony.

 
 
 
   

PROPERTY FACILITIES

Bar, Conference Centre, Internet Access, Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Secure Parking

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Fan, Fireplace, Fridge, Internet, Mini Bar, Outside Shower, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Verandah

SERVICES

Credit Card, Laundry Service, Room Service

Onkolo hide

Onguma's fabulous new water-level hide affords guests a great opportunity to calmly sit and enjoy nature unobserved. Amateur and professional photographers alike love the angles and light from this equipped hide.
There is a small ablution facility nearby, benches from which to view the surroundings and lots of windows and vantage points for creative camera angles.



 
 
 



Onguma sundowner drive


Onguma Nature Reserve consists of 34 000 hectares of Namibian wilderness & is home to numerous plains game, more than 300 bird species ​and even 4 of the Big 5. ​The Reserve boasts over thirty different animal species. Plains game roam freely on the Reserve and predators although not always easy to spot, are nevertheless common residents of the area. Lions and Cheetahs are frequently seen and often heard. There is a healthy black rhino and leopard population and hyenas are also often seen and heard.


 
 
 


Etosha game drive

Etosha is a 22 750km² wildlife sanctuary in Namibia – one of Africa’s most stable and accessible countries. Etosha, meaning ‘place of dry water’, and refers to a flat calcrete depression (or pan) of about 5 000km². The ‘Pan’ (overlooked by the Onguma Reserve) provides a great, parched, silver-white backdrop of shimmering mirages to an area of semi-arid savannah grassland and thorn scrub. The pan itself contains water only after very good rains and sometimes for only a few days each year, but is enough to stimulate the growth of a blue-green algae which lures thousands of flamingos.


 
 
 


Bush walks

Africa takes on a new perspective when you experience it on foot as the first explorers did. A bush walk is a unique physical, mental and spiritual adventure through nature. Experience the sights, smells and sounds of the Namibian bush by conducting an early morning leisurely walk accompanied by one of our experienced armed rangers.



 
 
 


Massage therapy

Johan, our resident therapist, is a professional massage therapist with over 15 years experience, having lived and worked at renowned Wellness Centres in Asia and Africa. His passion for and dedication to massage therapy originated in the East, where he was trained and educated from the best teachers in their respective fields. Having the opportunity to spend considerable time with monks in Thailand, has also led him to incorporate focused awareness into his massage therapies.

We offer:

  • Therapeutic Full Body Massage - 60 min – N$ 850 / 90 min – NS 1000
  • Lymphatic Drainage Massage - 60 min – N$ 850
  • Back Neck & Shoulder Massage - 45 min – N$ 600 / 60 min – N$ 850
  • Head & Face Massage - 45 min – N$ 550
  • Thai Foot Massage - 45 min – N$ 550
  • Unique Combination of Therapeutic Massage & Thai Yoga Massage - 90 min – N$ 1150



 
 
 

OKONJIMA NATURE RESERVE

Midway between the spectacular Etosha National Park and the capital city of Windhoek, lies the well-known Okonjima Nature Reserve. The 22 000 ha nature reserve is home to AfriCAT, a carnivore sanctuary, which gives the captive cats a second chance to be released back into the wild and become completely independent hunters in a protected area right in the middle of commercial cattle farmland. Visitors can enjoy a stay at a variety of excellent accommodation options including everything from luxury villas to secluded camping. Enjoy thrilling cat tracking guided safaris, leopard-spotting, off-road night drives and learn about local San culture along the Bushmen trail.

Okonjima luxury bush camp - Okonjima nature reserve

The elegant Luxury Bush Camp is situated within the 2 000-ha enclosed wilderness area of Okonjima Nature Reserve, only 2.5 km from the Okonjima Plains Camp.
The Luxury Bush Camp consists of 8ight thatched, African-style chalets, a junior suite and three en-suite safari tents for pilots & guides.

The Luxury Bush Camp consists of:

Eight thatched, safari-chic chalets with earthy tones and African design elements.
Each of the private chalets are between 80-100 metres away from one other.
The junior suite.
A Camelthorn pod-shaped lapa that encompasses the reception area, curio shop, a cosy lounge area with inside and outside fireplaces, a restaurant and dining area. It looks out onto the waterhole.
A secluded, private swimming pool.
A Wi-Fi hotspot and has cellphone reception as well as undercover, private parking.

Your Stay : 1 Night, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Info: Lodge
Nº rooms: 9 rooms 
Spoken languages: Afrikaans, English, German
Special Interests:  Adventure, Birding, Hiking, Nature, Relaxation, Wildlife
Luxury bush camp chalet

Each Chalet has large glass panels and canvas windows that can be completely opened for unrestricted views of the savannah that offers a truly magical African bush experience.
Has an open-air sala with a semi-detached lounge area complete with a minibar, tea/coffee station and ample space to relax, and offers panoramic views of the natural surrounds.
Is equipped with: two queen-size beds, a working desk with telephone and comfortable leather chairs.

Has a Wi-Fi hotspot, cellphone reception as well as undercover, private parking.
Has a birdbath that’s a highlight for any bird lover and a bird-feeding container should guests want to feed the birds.



 
 
 
   




Luxury bush camp Junior Suite

The Junior Suite is a large 120m2 room with two queen-size beds and an en-suite lounge.

The fireplace and bathtub will keep you warm during the winter nights, while the outdoor shower is ideal for the summer time.
Combines relaxation and romance with its views overlooking Namibia’s spectacular landscape that epitomises a luxurious African safari experience.
Has a Wi-Fi hotspot, cellphone reception as well as undercover, private parking.
Is wheel-chair accessible.



 
 
 
   

 

 

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Bar, Eco Friendly, Internet Access, Malaria Free, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking

ROOM FACILITIES

Complimentary Wi-Fi, En-Suite, Fan, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee

SERVICES

Airport Shuttle, Credit Card, Laundry Service, Travel Desk

The Okonjima experience

The Okonjima Nature Reserve sprawls over 200 square kilometres of undulating plains, mountainous outcrops, and riverine thickets, and it is here that leopard (Panthera pardus), the most adaptable of all the wild cats, thrive. Read more about our Leopard Research.

These intelligent, solitary predators occur in high density in the expanse of Okonjima Nature Reserve’s multi-faceted topography. The Reserve’s predator research programme has spanned three decades, and its findings have provided great insight to leopard behavioral patterns as well as offered an upbeat prognosis for a sustainable future for the species in today’s Africa.

A two-day Okonjima stay offers the best chance to view wild leopard in Namibia, as well as those collared for research purposes, in their natural habitats. Research programme leopard are actively tracked, and their collars are an invaluable resource for locating, and then returning to the Reserve, cats which have migrated to surrounding farmland where they are perceived as threats to livestock.

The Okonjima Nature Reserve, a huge protected area set amongst the rugged commercial farmlands of central Namibia, comprises a diversified ecosystem representative of both the larger and small mammals of Namibia, as well as most of the country’s endemic birds.

Game drives and guided bush walks offer visitors an intimate, up-close perspective of Namibia’s wildlife and, especially, its most protected species.

The Okonjima Nature Reserve is home to, and runs extensive research projects on rare and endangered species, big and small




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   



Okonjima nature trails

Guests are invited to join a guided Off-The-Beaten-Track walk & drive activity.

This undemanding combination of a short walking trail and nature drive in the Okonjima Nature Reserve is especially loved by our younger guests and families, due to interactive and informative demonstrations.

This two-hour experience provides a stimulating insight into the flora and fauna, as well as culture, of Namibia.

Self-guided hiking along our nature trails:

Guests are encouraged to seek some self-reflection and solace in the Namibian wilderness, surrounded by Okonjima’s striking natural beauty and abundant wildlife. Between early morning and afternoon game drives, guests may go on a self-guided hike along one of three well laid-out hiking trails. The trails vary between four and six kilometres and, clearly marked, they meander along spectacular landscapes where wildlife abounds.

The trails start a short distance from either of the Okonjima Lodge camps.

Encounter all kinds of wildlife and birds whilst immersing yourself in the Okonjima wilderness.

Nature Game-Drive, looking for leopard: Morning or Afternoon

Off-The-Beaten-Track: Morning or Afternoon

AfriCat Carnivore Care and Information Centre: Morning, after Brunch, or Afternoon

Winter: Lodge Activity Times: Morning – departure at 6:30 Afternoon – departure at 15:30

Summer: Lodge Activity Times: Morning – departure at 6:00 Afternoon – departure at 16:00



 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Okonjima nocturnal game drives

After the sun has set and the temperatures have dropped, the African bush comes to life once again: bat-eared foxes roam about, aardwolves are on the hunt for insects, owls observe their surroundings from a height, while leopards and brown hyaena go out in search of unsuspecting prey. Guests are invited on a nocturnal game drive, led by our knowledgeable guides around the Okonjima Nature Reserve.


 
 
     


Okonjima bird watching

The landscapes within the Okonjima Nature Reserve, with its elevated sandy plateau between the major escarpments of the Omboroko Mountains, boasts mixed woodland and acacia thornveld plains, making it the perfect birding destination. Keep your binoculars at hand and enjoy the chance to identify over 250 bird species.



 
 
 



Okonjima carnivore care program

YOUR AFRICAT CARNIVORE CARE CENTRE EXPERIENCE…
Visit our project at AfriCat’s Carnivore Care and Information Centre.
A highlight at Okonjima is learning about our big-cat passion. The Okonjima Nature Reserve is home to the headquarters of The AfriCat Foundation www.africat.org a non-profit organisation committed to long-term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores.
AfriCat has evolved over the past three decades, and what started out primary as a welfare organisation has, over the years, identified the need to incorporate a focus on education and develop an ongoing collaboration with researchers, scientists, and conservation authorities. This is undertaken through practical research of species-specific ecology and behaviour, as well as through the development of effective conservation and management strategies.

AfriCat’s Carnivore Care Centre is a by-product of the Rescue and Release Programme which started in the early 1990s.
Some of AfriCat’s captive carnivores in our care today are too old or habituated to be reintroduced into the wild and will, therefore, remain under the expert care of the AfriCat Team. These animals have assumed the role of being Species Ambassadors for their wild counterparts.
Find out more about our ambassadors and how you can help by Sponsoring a Carnivore.

After an informative afternoon trail, we end the day with a sundowner in an area of the Okonjima Nature Reserve which has a high density of the secretly-social and rarely-seen brown hyaena.

AfriCat Carnivore Care and Information Centre:

Morning, after Brunch, or Afternoon (ACC+IC pm-trail: includes a short drive and sundowner in the ONR)
Winter: Lodge Activity Times: Morning – departure at 6:30 Afternoon – departure at 15:30
Summer: Lodge Activity Times: Morning – departure at 6:00 Afternoon – departure at 16:00