LAND OF THE BRAVE LITTLE HUNTER - ETHNIC EDITION
|Belvedere boutique hotel ( Windhoek ) - 1 night D, B&B||
|Mount Etjo safari lodge ( Waterberg region ) - 1 night D, B&B||
|Fiume bush camp ( Bushmanland ) - 2 nights FI||
|Onguma bush camp ( Northern Namibia ) - 2 nights D, B&B||
|Opuwo country lodge ( Kaokoveld ) - 1 night D, B&B||
|Epupa camp ( Epupa falls ) - 1 night D, B&B||
|Hobatere lodge ( Etosha west ) - 1 night D, B&B||
|Camp Kipwe ( Twyfelfontein ) - 1 night D, B&B||
|Casa al mare ( Swakopmund ) - 2 nights B&B||
|Desert hills lodge ( Sossusvlei) - 2 nights D, B&B||
|Zebra Kalahari lodge & Spa ( Kalahari Namibia ) - 1 night D, B&B||
D, B&B : Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
FI : Fully inclusive - Bed. all meals, fees and activities
B&B : Bed and Breakfast
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Arrive at the Windhoek international airport and spend the first night of your Namibia adventure at the Belvedere Boutique Hotel, a small friendly guest establishment in the eastern suburbs of Windhoek.
DAYS 2 : WATERBERG REGION
Your Namibia adventure commences with a transfer to Mount Etjo Safari Lodge some 240 km north of the capital.. Check in around lunch time. the afternoon is dedicated to an exciting photo game viewing excursion. After dinner you have the opportunity to participate in the lodge's lion feeding activity, when these majestic beasts are given their daily food ration.
ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES
Afternoon game drive
Dinner, bed & breakfast
Afternoon game drive and lion feeding activity.
Mount Etjo Safari Lodge is located in the heart of the Okonjati Game Reserve.
One of the first private Game Reserves established in Namibia and founded by world-renowned conservationist Jan Oelofse.
Home to over 8000 animals and a impressive variety of bird species the Okonjati Wildlife Sanctuary is a true Conservation Area, this historic lodge deservedly carries the name “Etjo”, meaning place of refuge. Mount Etjo Safari Lodge is where the peace accord, the most important declaration towards Namibia's Independence was signed in 1989 (The Mount Etjo Declaration).
Experiencing Wildlife activities and Enjoying Nature on the Okonjati Game Reserve is memorable and everlasting , while enjoying exquisite cuisine and luxurious accommodation, Mount Etjo Safari Lodge is and remains one of the most favourite destinations to visitors from around the world.
DAYS 3 - 4 : BUSHMANLAND
As you head further east towards Fiume Bush Camp in Bushmanland, visit the world's biggest "fallen star", the 55-ton massive Hoba meteorite. From here continue to Fiume Bush Camp, where you will arrive in the mid-afternoon. Settle in and relax the remainder of the afternoon on your veranda.
The entire next day i spent with the resident San community. Learn about their survival skills in the bush, the art of making strings for nets and the expertise of making bows and arrows. The afternoon is filled with games and dances, crowned by the famous healing dance of the San.
Fiume bush camp bushman excursion : 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.
DAYS 5 - 6 : NORTHERN NAMIBIA
San Bushmen experience
Etosha National park is waiting for you. After a 3-hours drive check in at Onguma Bush Camp and start your first wildlife experience with an afternoon game drive in the park. Eastern Etosha is elephant and rhino country, so be prepared to encounter these prehistoric creatures during your game viewing excursion, as well as lion and if lady luck smiles at you, even leopard and cheetah.
If so wanted you have the opportunity to partake in a guided Etosha game drive organised by Onguma Bush Camp, while the afternoon offers you the possibility for a nature drive in the Onguma Game Reserve.
The days in this animal paradise are the perfect opportunity to use your smart phones and tablets exclusively for photo shooting and practice some digital detox while you marvel at nature's interactions unfolding before you.
Guided game drives in Etosha and the Onguma Reserve
DAY 7 : KAOKOVELD
It is time to leave this terrestrial Garden Eden behind and explore new horizons. The route leads through the northern regions beyond Etosha, where Namibia's largest single ethnic group originates. In the early afternoon you will reach your destination at Opuwo, capital in the heartland of the Himba peoples. Check in at Opuwo Country Lodge and prepare for your guided afternoon excursion to visit an authentic traditional Himba Village.
Because of the harsh desert climate in the region where they live and their seclusion from outside influences, the OvaHimba have managed to maintain and preserve much of their traditional lifestyle. Members live under a tribal structure based on bilateral descent that helps them live in one of the most extreme environments on earth.
Under bilateral descent, every tribe member belongs to two clans: one through the father (a patrician, called oruzo) and another through the mother (a matriclan, called eanda). Himba clans are led by the eldest male in the clan. Sons live with their father's clan, and when daughters marry, they go to live with the clan of their husband.
Members of a single extended family typically dwell in a homestead (onganda), a small family-village, consisting of a circular hamlet of huts and work shelters that surround an okuruwo (sacred ancestral fire) and a kraal for the sacred livestock. Both the fire and the livestock are closely tied to their veneration of the dead, the sacred fire representing ancestral protection and the sacred livestock allowing "proper relations between human and ancestor".
The OvaHimba use a heterogeneous pasture system that includes both rainy-season pastures and dry-season pastures. Dry-season pastures are rested during the rainy season which results in higher biomass production in the soil compared to constantly grazing all pastures.
ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES
In the afternoon visit of a traditional Himba Village
DAY 8 : EPUPA FALLS
DAY 9 : ETOSHA WEST
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 : TWYFELFONTEIN
Today you will discover Africa's biggest collection of rock engravings as you travel to Twyfelfontein in the heart of Damaraland, some 300 km south of Hobatere. Once you have arrived at Camp Kipwe and checked in, depart again to explore these unique examples of prehistoric rock art. After you have admired the ancient artistry, spend some time at the Damara Living Museum. To conclude the day, visit the Burnt Mountain and the organ Pipes, two geological formations in the vicinity of Twyfelfontein.
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.
Damara living museum
DAYS 11 -12 : SWAKOPMUND
Mola Mola marine 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.
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!
Sandwich harbour 4 x 4 : 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.
All dinners, all activities
DAYS 13 -14 : SOSSUSVLEI
Today it is back into the Namib desert again for the highlight of your Namibia discovery, Sossusvlei. Your first stop will be at the Moon Landscape, owing its name to the barren appearance without vegetation that gives you the impression to be on the moon. There are sceptical voices that say man never landed on the moon, all the photos were taken here.
Then you will traverse the Kuiseb and Gaub passes, descending to the dry riverbeds and ascending again to the breath-taking panoramas the vast open spaces interspersed with solitary inselbergs and the red glowing dune fields of the sandy desert on the western horizon. Interrupt your journey at the desert outpost of Solitaire to visit the bakery there and try its famous oven-fresh apple crumple (rumour has it that this bakery is the single biggest consumer of apples in Namibia).
After this welcome break hit the road again and drive some 90 km until you reach Desert Hills Lodge. Check in, settle down and enjoy a well-deserved sundowner before heading to dinner.
The next day start early and enjoy the morning in the dune world of Sossusvlei. Climb Dune 45, and take a walk to Dead Vlei surrounded by one of the highest dunes in the world (395 m). Visit Sossusvlei with its shady camelthorn tree and on you way back visit Sesriem Canyon, a 36 metre-deep gorge that extends for 2 kilometres into the desert. After you have relaxed from the morning action, you have the possibility for a sunset drive with lodge, to enjoy a sundowner from an elevated spot to see the sun settle over the dunes in the west.
The moon landscape : This area is traversed by the Tropic of Capricorn and is mostly flat, although some scenic canyons and elevations are found in some areas, for example in the Moon Valley system. While most of the soil is rocky, sand dunes are still occasionally found in this region; for example, sand dunes occupy much of the coastline between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.
Solitaire : Situated in the Khomas region of Central Namibia, the desert town of Solitaire serves as an oasis in the Namib Desert. There is not much to do or see in the small village of Solitaire, but it nevertheless, it is an important stop on the way to the ancient dunes of Sossusvlei as it provides the only petrol station, general store and post office between Sossusvlei and Walvis Bay. Solitaire also has a small bar and is renowned for its famous apple pie- said to be the best in Namibia. Home to a luxury desert lodge, a motel and a campsite, visitors can easily find comfortable accommodation in Solitaire. Enjoy a scenic sundowner with views of the spectacular Namib desert, hike and bike through the unspoilt natural scenery and visit the local Cheetah Sanctuary.
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.
Deadvlei : 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.
Sundowner drive at Desert Hill Lodge
DAY 15 : KALAHARI NAMIBIA
Kalahari nature drive
DAY 16 : END OF ITINERARY
Sadly, your tour has come to an end, and so you transfer to the airport for your return flight back home.
Belvedere boutique hotel - Windhoek
Belvedere Boutique Hotel is a unique, up-market sanctuary for the modern day traveler. The hotel is conveniently situated in Ludwigsdorf, Klein Windhoek - Belvedere is an exclusive boutique hotel boasting a total of 18 individualized rooms – equipped for both the business traveler and tourist.
The luxurious living area offers the perfect venue for meeting with business acquaintances and the stylish cigar lounge equipped with flat screen television and music centre is the perfect place to relax with friends before a night out. In Summer you can relax on the wooden deck next to a bubbling jacuzzi or cool off in the sparkling pool. The fireplace adds to the cozy atmosphere of our Boutique Hotel and is guaranteed to warm the coldest night.
Our Standard Room are furnished modern but elegant, providing the perfect retreat for the business or leisure traveler. The room offers a double bed, coffee/tea station, air conditioner, TV, safe, hair dryer and mini bar
Our Luxury Rooms are spacious, furnished modern but elegant and overlook the lavish hotel garden. The room offers a queen size bed, coffee/tea station, air conditioner, TV, hair dryer and safe.
Our Family Room are furnished modern but elegant, providing the perfect retreat for families. There are two bedrooms, one with a queen size bed and the other offers a bunk bed for two children
Our Penthouse Suite is spacious, furnished modern but elegant and overlooks the lavish hotel garden. The room is fitted with a king size bed, Espresso coffee machine, air conditioner, hair dryer and safe.
Internet Access, Pool, Secure Parking, Spa
Air Conditioning, Complimentary Wi-Fi, En-Suite, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Mini Bar, Safe, Satellite - Cable Television, Shower, Tea - Coffee
Credit Card, Laundry Service
Mount Etjo lodge - Waterberg region
Two twin beds, suitable for accommodating families with children. Equipped with a tea/coffee station. Jacuzzi & shower - swimming pool and waterhole view.
Single smaller room
Our Standard Rooms are furnished with two single beds, a coffee/tea station and bathroom with shower.
Family room ( wheelchair friendly )
Two twin beds furnished to accommodate the needs for our guests in wheel-chairs. Handle-bars in the bathroom and lower-set washing basins.
Perfect accommodation for a honey-moon or for a special getaway. Spacious room fitted with a large lounge, an exquisite bedroom with a king size bed.
180 degree view of the lake. The Villa is the pearl of Mount Etjo Safari Lodge. The Villa offers privacy, exclusivity and luxury, with a private swimming pool and garden, a Jacuzzi, a mini-bar, DSTV, a large lounge with a fire-place, two king-size beds.
This Suite is furnished with two twin beds, a shower and bath tub and a large lounge with a fire place. The Suite overlooks a pond in the garden where the flamingos frolic.
These rooms are furnished with one king-size bed and/or a shower and bathtub. All the king rooms face the flamingo pond in the garden.
Bar, Malaria Free, Pool, Restaurant
Air Conditioning, En-Suite, Hair Dryer, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Television, Verandah
Fiume bush camp - Bushmanland
Fiume Bush Camp is situated on a sand dune, which is surrounded by Kalahari Desert vegetation and savannah grass lands. Come and celebrate the freedom of the African Bush and at the same time rejuvenate, relax and enjoy the riches of nature and the San Culture.
Situated just 75 km north east from the town Grootfontein on the D2844 Fiume Bush Camp is the ideal stop for travellers who have a special place in their hearts for ancient cultures. Fiume Bush Camp is an ideal in between two night stop over when heading towards the Caprivi, Waterberg and Etosha.
Comfortable accommodation is offered in 8 safari tents. All equipped with necessities one needs for a comfortable two night stay; en-suite bathroom, cupboard, twin beds and mosquito nets.
The Fiume Bush Camp offers an all included package of the following during the two night stay: a full buffet breakfast; a fresh and light lunch; and a 2 course dinner meal, served with the wine of the day.
Fiume Bush Camp also offers the bushmen excursion. Activities of this excursion involve fire making, a bush walk, learning how to make jewellery and how to hunt as well as various other cultural practices.
All tented rooms are fitted with twin beds, a coffee/tea station, en-suite bathroom and a hair dryer. The price includes 2 nights stay with breakfast, lunch and dinner including a Bushmen Excursion.
Bar, Eco Friendly, Pool
Balcony / Deck, Shower, Tea / Coffee
Onguma bush camp - Northern Namibia
Onguma Bush Camp is ideal for families who would like to have a base from which they can explore Etosha National Park. Upon your return, relax and cool off around the swimming pool while watching a spectacular sunset... and the children can run around on the lawns as this is an enclosed camp.
Dinner is served in the dinning area overlooking a large waterhole. Here you will be treated to an excellent combination of European and traditional African cuisine while watching the game coming to drink.
The new water-level hide will provide hours of game viewing opportunities for guests.
Onguma Nature Reserve now offers an opportunity to start a safari from the moment guests touch down at the private airstrip!
Spoken languages : Afrikaans, English, German
Nº rooms : 18
Special interests : Adventure, Birding, Gourmet, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife, Wine
These twin bedded Waterhole or Pool side rooms have stunning views over the surrounding bush. Each room has a large en-suite bathroom and small patio from which to admire the view.
Standard - Loft room
Standard/ Loft rooms offer ensuite bathrooms, twin beds and a small patio overlooking the gardens, with extra loft beds for children.
The three rondawels are part of the original lodge buildings and are built in the traditional circular style with thatched rooves. They offer ensuite bathrooms, twin beds and a small patio overlooking the gardens.
The 1 Family Units has two inter-leading bedrooms each with its own en-suite bathroom.
Bar, Conference Centre, Internet Access, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking
Air Conditioning, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Internet, Pure Cotton Linen, Shower
Credit Card, Laundry Service, Room Service
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 drives
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.
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.
Children on Safari
Namibia can offer a truly memorable and interactive experience in the wilderness for families travelling with children by offering children's accommodation, specially designed game drives for children, activities and meals.
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.
Opuwo country lodge - Kaokoveld
Luxury Double rooms
Luxury twin room
Luxury twin rooms
Standard twin rooms
24-hour Security, Bar, Barbeque Facilities, Conference Centre, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa
Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, En-Suite, Fan, Laundry Service (Available), Mosquito Nets, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Verandah
Airport Shuttle (Available), Credit Card
Epupa camp - Epupa falls
Epupa Camp offers you a relaxing yet exhilarating few days of personalised service and excellent meals in the seclusion of a lush riverine wilderness of ana trees, wild figs, makalani palms and baobabs.
We are situated on the southern bank of the Kunene River, from which the Kunene Region in the northwest of Namibia, takes its name. Epupa Falls, acclaimed by many international travel writers as a must-see tourism destination, is about as far north as you can drive in Namibia.
Epupa Camp offers three kinds of accommodation, namely tented rooms, self-catering tented-campsites and traditional campsites, where you do the do-it-yourself-roughing-it, or the city-sleeker caravan or rooftop camping.
The ten comfortable safari-style tents consist of eight twin tented rooms, one honeymoon tented room with a queen-sized bed and a four-bed family tented room, all with en suite bathrooms. The tents have electrical lights and mosquito netting at the windows and doors. Shaded patios in front of the tents overlook the Kunene River on its flow to the Atlantic Ocean.
Apart from our private island and swimming pool with a river view, our facilities include an outdoor bar with free wifi, lounge with small library and dining room.
Activities include guided cultural tours, sundowner drives, rafting on the Kunene River and several nature walks.
Nº rooms: 9 Rooms,
Spoken languages: English
Special Interests: Birding, Fishing, Flora, Hiking, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing
Tented double room
Family tented room
Camping - self catering
Kingfisher tent - self catering
Bar, Barbeque Facilities, Internet Access (Complimentary), Library, Malaria Free, Pool
Guided visit to a Himba village
For those of our guests who want more than just to gaze at the Kunene River, we offer seasonal rafting trips twice daily, namely after breakfast and lunch between May and November. After taking you upriver in our open safari vehicle, our qualified guide will provide you with the equipment needed and brief you on the day's expedition. He will then lead you on a gentle cruise down the river with ample time to stop and enjoy the scenery, watch the birds and the crocodiles sunbathing on the banks, and take photographs. En route we will stop at one of the islands for refreshments.
For those who do not want to paddle or are a bit wary of the water, we have 8-seater rafts where our guides do the paddling and manoeuvring for you The greatest fun, however, is the 2-seater crocs, where you and your partner do the paddling. No advance rafting experience is required. Our guide will instruct you and also give you a safety briefing. Helmets, safety jackets and dry bags for cameras and other personal belongings are provided.
Bird watching trip by boat
For bird lovers, we offer river birding trips where our expert guide will point out some of the 238 recorded species that inhabit the Kunene region, including Rufous-tailed Palm-Thrush (a permanent resident at our camp), Monteiro’s Hornbill, African Paradise-Flycatcher, Goliath Heron, African Fish-Eagle, various bee-eaters, kingfishers ranging from the Giant to the tiny Malachite Kingfisher, bulbuls, rollers (Purple, Lilac-breasted and European), Rosy Faced Lovebird, Golden, Spectacled and Lesser Masked-Weaver, and sunbirds, to name just a few. This is as close to nature as you will get, and truly a soothing way to spend your morning or afternoon.
Exclusive birding trips need to be booked well in advance.
Guided hikes at and around the Epupa falls
Our guides can take you along the river or into the surrounding hills to explore the flora and fauna of Kaokoland and enjoy stunning views of the Kunene snaking its way through the dry desert landscape. During your hike you are likely to come across Bushman’s poison bushes with their beautiful but deadly pink flowers and large Euphorbia bushes, of which the poisonous milky-white latex has been used by the San and Himba for hunting for centuries. Also easily recognisable are the makalani palms, mopane scrub and the flat-topped umbrella thorn with the almost Mexican name: Acacia tortilis.
Depending on your interests, we offer guided walks to one of the following:
To and around the Epupa Falls down to a white beach below the Epupa Falls. The walk will take you through the village to the main fall where the Himba people often come to wash their clothes, bathe, or play in the shallow pools.
Into the surrounding hills to explore the fauna and flora of this riverine area and beyond.
The crocodile trail, a 3 km walk meandering eastwards along the Kunene River bank.
Birding walks at Epupa Falls and the surrounding area.
These walks can take up to three hours. In summer these are best undertaken in the early morning hours. The starting time depends on the guests and their interests.
Our guides can take you along the river or into the surrounding hills to explore the flora and fauna of the Kaokoland and enjoy stunning views of the Kunene snaking its way through the dry desert landscape.
During your hike you are likely to come across large Euphorbia bushes (whose poisonous milky-white latex has been used by the Himba for hunting for centuries), rose quartz crystals, mopane scrub, and the flat-topped umbrella thorn with the almost Mexican name: Acacia tortilis.
Epupa Camp joined the Straw Wars and now invites all Kunene Region lodges to join us in this plastic straw combat.
Bar staff and waiters agreed, although a plastic straw seems like a small piece of plastic, one does not really need it.
More important is to focus on our rivers and oceans to eliminate plastic as far as possible.
Even if this is just a drop in the ocean, our aim is to create awareness for the sake of our children’s planet.
Although we are a small remote tented camp, we meet many international travellers who can help us spread the message.
Our guests, once we have explained why we do not serve a rock shandy with a straw, appreciate our efforts.
So do not wait to draw the last straw!
From the Epupa Camp Team - in peace
At Epupa, we serve three meals a day with complimentary coffee and tea available all day. Our bar is always available for something more exotic.
A fine cuisine is always servedBreakfast is served from 07h30 and consists of a healthy buffet with fresh fruits and nuts, cereals, homemade muesli, freshly baked bread, meats, cheeses, tomatoes, cucumbers, and eggs.
A light lunch is served at 13h00 and usually consists of quiches, lasagne, or pasta accompanied by fresh salads. Complimentary afternoon tea, coffee and cake is served at 16h00.
If weather permits, romantic candle-lit three course dinners are served on riverfront under the Namibian starlight. Please inform us well in advance if you have any special dietary requirements (the nearest food supplier is about 200 km away!).
Depending on the season, some of the vegetables will be our own organic crop, home-grown in one of our vegetable gardens.
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.
Nº rooms: 12 rooms
Spoken languages: Afrikaans, English
Special Interests: Birding, Flora, Nature, Wildlife
2 single beds
On request, can accommodate a family
Bar, Communal Dining, Eco Friendly, Internet Access (Paid), Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking
Fan, Hair Dryer, Mosquito Nets, Shower, Tea / Coffee
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.
Morning: Summer 07h00
Children under 12 receive a discount of 50%
Etosha full day excursion
Summer 06:00, Winter 07:00
Children under 12 receive a discount of 50%
Enjoy a sundowner drink and hearty dinner at our Boma under the the stars, before we start with the night driver
Minimum 4 guests per excursion
Max 9 per vehicle
Children under 12 receive a discount of 50%
Camp Kipwe - Twyfelfontein
Camp Kipwe is an intimate and remote bush lodge located in Namibia's arid yet starkly beautiful Twyfelfontein region, home to many ancient Bushman etchings. The 9 specially-designed rooms are unique and private, with an outdoor bathroom, thatched roofs and spectacular views over the surrounding area. A luxury thatched suite with a lounge equipped with air-conditioning, a satellite television, a double room with en-suite bathroom, laundry service and a mini-bar.
Camp Kipwe offers guided nature walks around the Twyfelfontein Conservancy, as well as trips to see the Bushman etchings, the mysterious Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain. For a very special experience, an Elephant Nature Drive is a must-do; explore the terrain in search of these elusive desert-dwelling elephants who have adapted to the dry and sandy conditions of northern Namibia.
Nº rooms: 10 rooms
Spoken languages: Afrikaans, English
Special Interests: Adventure, Birding, Flora, Hiking, History & Culture, Indigenous Culture and Art, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Wildlife
The twin-bedded rooms are in the shape of rondavels and have boulder, cement and rock walls ensuring that on entry, feel like a cool secluded cave with outside decks to admire the view. The en-suite, open-air private bathrooms are built amongst the rocks, allowing guests to take advantage of the outdoor weather. Hot water is supplied by wood-burning ‘donkey’ boilers and solar geysers.
The Kipwe Suite is an air-conditioned, luxury elevated thatched suite that has a private lounge equipped with a satellite television and minibar with drinks included. The large double room with king-size bed opens up onto an en-suite open air bathroom with a beautiful bath area.
24-hour Security, Bar, Battery Charging Facilities, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Private Vehicle Available, Restaurant, Secure Parking
Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, En-Suite, Hair Dryer, Mini Bar, Shower, Verandah
Credit card, Room service
Casa al mare - Swakopmund
True hospitality at the West Coast now has a name: CASA AL MARE. This quaint little but exclusive guest house only two minutes from the beach offers a warm and passionate welcome to the weary traveller who wants to rest his head after a long journey under the scorching sun through the barren wide open spaces of the Namib Desert. And here, where the desert meets the Ocean, two hearts have amalgamated to offer their guests something really special: Unrivalled exquisite and precious Namibian – Italian hospitality.
This is choice if you want friendly, warm Namibian reception with Italian “allegria”, a cosy relaxing and inspiring atmosphere with the sound of the ocean waves only a few steps away and truly feeling at home. Because here is where your heart is HAPPY.
Guests really do enjoy Italian-Namibian hospitality in five Italian-styled cosily equipped sea facing bedrooms with satellite TV, a sea facing lounge and breakfast restaurant that also offers dinner on demand – obviously with World Heritage Quality pizzas on the Mediterranean menu and many other passionately prepared and home-made dishes that leave the palate lingering for more. And a sun terrace for that healthy seaside tan to the envy of your neighbours complete the service
Room has 2 Single beds that can be converted into a double bed. Equipped with a shower ,desk,toilet,DSTV,TV, and a safety deposit box.
Twin room upstairs
Oasis twin luxury rooms with en-suite facilities, air-conditioning, safe, mini bar and coffee & tea facilities
Family room upstairs
Family room has 3 x Single beds in it. Room equipped with shower, desk, Safety box, bidet, DSTV,and a TV.
Communal Dining, Internet Access (Complimentary), Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Secure Parking.
Complimentary Wi-Fi, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Lounge Area, Pure Cotton Linen, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Television.
Desert hills lodge - Sossusvlei
All the chalets are built in such a way as to ensure total privacy and tranquility for each and every of our guests.
24-hour Security, Communal Dining, Eco Friendly, Pool, Restaurant
Air Conditioning, En-Suite, Mini Bar (Complimentary), Tea / Coffee
Zebra Kalahari lodge & Spa - Kalahari Namibia
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
Bar, Conference Centre, Internet Access, Malaria Free, Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa
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
Credit Card, Laundry Service, Room Service