Day 1: 12 October
You will be met by your private tour guide who will take you first to Windhoek city for a short sight seeing tour, before you will be transferred to a great lodge, outside of Windhoek. Auas Safari lodge is nestled in an expanse of African savannah in the shadow of the Auas mountains. Less than an hour away from the Windhoek international airport Auas Safari Lodge lies in an unspoiled wilderness far removed from the trappings of city life.
The lodge offers 16 comfortably furnished, all en-suite rooms, with a terrace for guests to get in touch with the unique natural surroundings Auas Safari Lodge provides. The Lodge facilitates a swimming pool where guests can enjoy a truly fascinating view of the sunset, game and landscape combined. From the kitchen, guests will be served exquisite local cuisine in our dining area providing indoor seating as well as on the patio. Bar and Lapa facilities are also available and Coffee/Tea is available in each room.
Sustainable hunting is done on Auas and the wealth of game is testimony to a well-managed hunting philosophy. The lodge is a great choice for the first or last two nights of your Namibian trip. Some of the greatest sun sets with the Auas mountains changing color and texture can be experienced here.
Surrounded by plains filled with giraffe, eland ,zebra, kudu. oryx, impala, waterbuck, springbuck and all the smaller antelope species. If very lucky cheetahs can be see and the tracks of the leopards known to cross the farm. The bird life is very special with vultures and marabou storks often seen. The rooms are spacious and the staff very friendly. www.auas-safarilodge.com
Accommodation: Auas Safari Lodge - including dinner, bed & breakfast
Day 2 & 3: 13 and 14 October
Today your guide will take you to the famous Sossusvlei. Your domicile for the next two nights is Desert Camp is situated just 5 km from the entrance gate to Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon in the Namib Nauklauft Park. Nestled under centuries old thorn trees, Desert Camp has an unsurpassed 360 degrees view over the desert landscape and surrounding mountains. Twenty affordable eco-friendly accommodation units under canvas with adobe-style walls are available. Each twin bedded unit has a spacious bedroom with a fold-out sleeper couch en-suite bathroom equipped with a shower, toilet and wash basin, shaded veranda with fitted kitchenette, barbeque/braai, lights, power points and an adjacent parking area.
Facilities at the main building include a fully stocked and serviced bar with big screen television, a sparkling swimming pool.
The following morning you will enjoy a guided Sossusvlei Excursion in 4 x 4 vehicle to experience some of the highest dunes in the world. En route back a stop at the Sesriem Canyon is also included, before you exit the park again. www.desertcamp.com
Accommodation: Desert Camp - including dinner, bed & breakfast
Day 4 & 5: 15 and 16 October
On this day your guide drives you towards Swakopmund via the scenic Kuiseb- and Gaub Pass, where stops are recommended at the view points for photo shooting and to enjoy the great views. After about 3 ½ hours you will reach the port town of Walvis Bay, from there you drive the last 35 kilometers along the coastal road to Swakopmund. This is a very scenic route with the Atlantic on your left and the dunes of the desert on your right side. The main beach area is called the Mole, and is the result of a largely unsuccessful attempt to construct the artificial harbour (as South Africa owned the only natural harbor in the area at Walvis Bay). Explore the lovely town in the afternoon and visit the old colonial buildings like the Lighthouse and the Otavi Bahnhof. A visit to the Museum is to recommend, which offers great information on Namibias History, ethnic groups. The most iconic symbol is the Swakopmund jetty, initially used as mooring for ships it later became a popular are for anglers and walkers, it has fallen into disrepair on numerous occasions and has been subject to several attempts to rescue it from complete dereliction.
Hansa Hotel forms part of Swakopmund’s architectural culture dating back to 1905 and offers 54 twin/family rooms and five luxury suites, all with bathrooms en-suite, under-carpet heating, fully-fledged mini-bar, 12-channel TV. Being centrally situated, the hotel is a gateway to all the tourist amenities which Swakopmund has to offer: five-minute walk to the beach, golf, tennis, horse- and camel-rides. The Hansa Restaurant, fully air-conditioned, specialises in fish and game dishes. A catamaran trip is on the schedule on day 5, starting at 08h45 from Walvis Bay lagoon towards Pelican Point. Enjoy the fantastic Marine life while fresh oysters, snacks and sparkling wine is serviced. The tour ends at about 12h15. www.hansahotel.com.na
Accommodation: Hansa Hotel**** – including bed & breakfast
Day 6: 17 October
Your route will take you to the next beautiful accommodation, which opened in November 2016. The Spitzkoppe Lodge is situated between huge granite boulders, which were created more than 150 million years ago. Here breath taking views onto the Brandberg and Erongo Mountains are guaranteed. Each stylish and private chalets has a outside viewing deck, which connects the guest with the vast stretches of untouched sand and boulders beyond. The Spitzkoppe is one of the most photographed mountains in Namibia and a popular attraction. The best photos can be taken just after sunrise or just before sunset. The light is then truly amazing. The peak of the mountain stand out dramatically from the flat surrounding plains. Many examples of Bushmen artwork can be seen painted on the rock in the Spitzkoppe
From here your guide takes you on an excursion to a Living Museum of the San, on Farm Omandumba. The many rock paintings in the Erongo region are evidence that the San lived here. Through colonization and conflicts with other language groups the cautious Bushmen were driven out of this area a long time ago. Omandumba now attempts to give the San the opportunity to make a living with their Living Museum in an area where their ancestors used to live. The name Omandumba is derived from one of the many Namibian languages, meaning “the place where the bitter bush grows”. www.spitzkoppenlodge.com
Accommodation: Spitzkoppe Lodge - including dinner, bed & breakfast
Day 7: 18 OctoberOn this day your guide will take you back to Windhoek via Okahandja. Here you can stop at the popular Wood Craft market to buy some souvenirs, before the last leg to Windhoek international airport for your flight back to SA.
Included: private guided tour for 7 days, transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle, experienced English speaking guide, 6 nights’ accommodation included meals as indicated, Mineral water during the day while driving, activities as per program, park entrance fees, 15 % VAT
Excluded: International flight, meals not indicated, all activities not listed, all beverages in hotels/lodges, items of personal nature, gratuities, travel insurance