Namibian Northern Odyssey
Venture into Namibia’s rugged northern regions on a 8-day tour that takes in the dramatic landscapes of Damaraland and exhilarating wildlife encounters in Etosha National Park. Discover the astonishing amount of diverse life that thrives in Namibia’s dry regions, including the elusive desert-adapted elephant. Marvel at the landscapes of Moon Valley, the Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain, explore ancient rock art galleries at Twyfelfontein and experience exceptional game viewing around the shimmering Etosha Pan.
DepartureWindhoek / Windhoek
IncludedNamibian Northern OdysseyGerman & English GuideAccommodationBottled waterSpecified mealsPorterageSpecial entrance fees
Not IncludedFlightsSingle SupplementsTravel Insurance
Day 1 - Friday: Windhoek - Swakopmund
Upon your arrival in the early afternoon, you will check into your hotel where the remainder of the day
will be at leisure. With its palm-lined streets and seaside promenades, Swakopmund is a popular
holiday destination in Namibia. For the international traveller, Swakopmund is a bohemian mix of
German architecture and African rhythms, a laid-back attitude mixed with a variety of activities. It is
colourful, it is vibrant, but most of all it is pure fun.
Day 2 - Saturday: Swakopmund
ranging from, adventure to exploring the fascinating features of the Namib Desert and the animals
and plants that occur and survive here. There are a myriad of optional activities on offer from
Swakopmund. You may choose to explore the town on own accord and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere
or enjoy freshly baked pastries and coffee in any of the many cafes and coffee shops dotted around
the town. Afternoon cake and coffee is taken very seriously and a delicious way to meet some of the
locals. Alternatively explore the rugged, sweltering desert on a day tour, or view this awesome,
environment from the air on a scenic flight.
Day 3 - Sunday: Swakopmund - Damaraland
takes us through the mining village of Uis and past the Brandberg, Namibia's highest mountain, just
shy of 2 600m. We then continue further into Damaraland, one of the least populated and most
geologically diverse areas in Africa. This harsh, rocky environment is home to the elusive desert
elephant, the black rhino and free-roaming antelope species. Arrival at the lodge will be in the
afternoon, with the remainder of the day at leisure to soak up the atmosphere of the lodge.
Day 4 - Monday: Damaraland
as we make our way towards the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain. This is the best time to
capture the perfect light of sunrise and catch the last mist engulfing the mountain. We then continue
down into the dry Ugab riverbed, which we follow back towards the camp. Stopping under one of the
majestic camelthorn trees we enjoy a light picnic lunch. On our drive along the meandering river we
might encounter the elusive desert elephant that roam the dry riverbeds of the Damaraland, feeding
on the nutritious pods of the trees lining the riverbanks. Arriving back at the camp we have enough
time left to enjoy the scenery or follow one of the walking trails.
Day 5 - Tuesday: Darmaland Etosha National Park
Damara guide, who takes us to Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO heritage site where Bushman communities
engraved and painted over 2.500 pictures some 6.000 years ago! After a visit to the nearby Living
Museum of the Damara, we proceed to the Petrified Forest - a geological phenomenon depicting the
creation and metamorphosis of wood into stone amongst some of the oldest landmasses on Earth.
Here we also see the Welwitschia mirabilis plant – the oldest living desert plant on Earth. Our onward
journey takes us to the wildlife heaven of Namibia - the Etosha National Park. We check into our lodge
located on the border of the Etosha National Park and can unwind after the adventure filled day
alongside the pool.
Day 6 - Wednesday: Etosha National Park
a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan. The park is home to 4 of the Big Five - elephant, lion,
leopard and rhino. The Park was proclaimed as Namibia's first conservation area in 1907 by the then
Governor, von Lindequist. Despite the size of the Etosha National Park, only the southern edge of the
pan is accessible to visitors. Game viewing in the park is primarily focussed around the waterholes,
some of which are spring fed and some supplied from a borehole, ideal places to sit and watch over
kudu, oryx, eland, as well as some of the endangered species such as Black rhino, cheetah and the
black-faced impala are all found here. An extensive network of roads link the over 30 water holes
allowing visitors the opportunity of a comprehensive game viewing safari throughout the park as each
different area will provide various encounters.
Day 7 - Thursday: Etosha National Park
species we have not seen the previous day and look forward to any new surprises at the different
waterholes visited. The Etosha Pan dominates the park. This salt pan desert, which is nearly
completely enclosed by the park and is lined by numerous watering holes, is roughly 130 km long and
as wide as 50 km in places. During Etosha’s notorious dry spells the pan is a deathly place, lying
parched and cracked under the molten African sun. It is claimed that game viewing is best during the
dry periods as animals will then congregate closer to water. But even in the rainy season, the park
remains an abundant wildlife haven. You then have the pleasure of experiencing the rebirth of life as
the young foals, cubs and chicks are seen frolicking with their parents, and the sprouting new green
shrubs and grasses create a pleasing green oasis. In the afternoon we travel back to our lodge, where
we enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure. An optional open vehicle game drive can be booked with
Day 8 - Friday: Etosha National Park - Windhoek
capital in the centre of the country. Time permitting, en-route we may stop at the famous wood
carvers market in Okahandja or the craft market in the main street in Windhoek to pick up the last few
souvenirs. Windhoek is a cosmopolitan melting pot of European architecture with African culture, with
a variety of excellent restaurants to choose from. You will be dropped off at your accommodation of
choice, or transferred to the airport for your outward flight
Travel from Windhoek to the seaside town of Swakopmund, discover the landscapes of Damaraland and experience exhilarating wildlife encounters in Etosha National Park.
- Rates valid: 01/11/2023 - 31/10/2024:
- Bed and Breakfast basis:
- NAD 35 850 per person sharing
- NAD 2 900 single supplement
- Rates are valid: 01/11/2021 - 31/10/2022:
- Dinner, Bed and Breakfast basis:
- NAD 38 950 per person sharing
- NAD 2 900 single supplement
- Activity package: NAD 3 240.00 per person (Catamaran Marine Cruise, Full Day Open Vehicle Etosha Game Drive.)
- Tour Exclusions
- Pre and post tour accommodation
- Items of a personal nature
- Optional extras
- Single supplements (all departures require a minimum of 2 people)
- Game drives in open vehicles can be booked at an additional cost
- Travel insurance
- Accommodation Used:
- Hansa Hotel or similar x 2 nights
- Ondjamba Hills or similar x 2 nights
- Eldorado Lodge or similar x 2 nights
- La Rochelle Lodge or similar x 1 night
- This tour departs on selected Fridays: please enquire for departure dates.
- This tour departs on selected Saturdays and Thursdays subject to a minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 16 guests.
- Accommodation as specified in the itinerary. Similar accommodation will be arranged where there is no availability.
- All departures are in dual language German/English commentary unless specified.
- Pre and post accommodation in Windhoek is required for this trip. Please note this is excluded from the tour cost.
- Departure of the tour will be between 08:00 and 09:00 on the first day. Should the flight arrival be before 09:00 the guide will collect at the airport.
- Same day departure flights from Windhoek should only be booked after 19:00.
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