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Total Namibia

Duration: 25 days

This is our most comprehensive tour and allows you to see Namibia to the fullest.

Day 1: Swakopmund – Arrive at Walvis Bay Airport where we will meet you with your hire car and transfer you to Swakopmund for your full tour briefing. Swakopmund is the main coastal town of Namibia with distinctively German colonial architecture. Here you can pick up any shopping for your trip ahead. The shopping is good with many stores stocking recognisable European brand goods as well as traditional African crafts.

Days 2 & 3: Twyfelfontein – Start your Namibian adventure heading north from Swakopmund. You pass through the town of Henties Bay and you can stop at the Cape Cross seal colony, one of the world's largest colonies of Cape Fur Seals. Your destination is Twyfelfontein, a world heritage site with magnificent surroundings, ancient rock carvings, petrified forest and the mysterious burnt mountain.

Days 4, 5 & 6: Etosha – Leaving Twyfelfontein you continue your journey northwards to the Etosha National Park. You will spend 3 nights at Etosha allowing for amazing game viewing. It is worthwhile to rise early and head out on your game drive as soon as the gates open at sunrise. Animals are most active in the cool of the day (early morning & late afternoon) and in order to maximise your chances of good viewings it is worth imitating their behaviour. The roads in Etosha are unsealed gravel roads but are in good condition, and the general tourist behaviour is to drive between various waterholes searching for animals.

Days 7: Oshakati – Leave Etosha via the King Nehale Gate (north of Namutoni). Here you are entering a much more heavily populated area of Namibia. Around 60% of the country's population live in this small region of the country, so you can expect to see lots of people, markets, cows, goats and many cuca shops (shebeens or street-side bars). The predominant cultural group in this area are the Owambo people.

Day 8: Ruacana – From Oshakati you follow the main road in a north easterly direction towards Ruacana (a waterfall and hydro electric station on the Kunene River). At Otapi stop and have a look at the giant Baobab, a huge hollow tree that has served as a post office, a chapel and a hiding place. From here it is only a short drive to Ruacana where you will spend the night. Ruacana is a busy border crossing between Angola & Namibia and here you will meet your first Himba People. They make beautiful jewellery and you can often purchase pieces from them. Take a walk along the Kunene River and if you are interested visit the hydro electric scheme.

Days 9 & 10: Epupa – From Ruacana you enter Kaokoland. During the wet season this can be a very tricky stretch of road so plan to have a lot of time to complete the drive. It is imperrative to have at least one spare tyre for this leg of your journey! You have two nights to fully appreciate this wild area and perhaps visit a local Himba village.

Days 11 & 12: Palmwag – You have a long drive today, and the roads are often not good in this remote area. Palmwag is an oasis which is frequently visited by desert elephant, rhino and other wildlife. You have a full day here and have the option to join one of the guided activities that take you around the concession area in search of these animals.

Days 13 & 14: Okonjima – Today you have a relatively easy drive to your destination. Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation which is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation and protection of Namibia’s threatened cats, primarily cheetah and leopard. Guests will be able to see this programme at work and learn more about these beautiful creatures, in addition to having some excellent photographic opportunities. For clients wanting to get in touch with nature there are a number of walking trails including a guided San trail where you will learn about the traditional lifestyle and philosophy of these unique and ancient people.

Day 15: Windhoek – The next day is a short drive to our capital city. Take in a township tour and enjoy curio shopping, and in the evening be sure to experience the famous Joe's Beerhouse for a truly unique dining experience!

Day 16: Mariental – The Kalahari Desert is very different to the Namib, primarily because it receives more rainfall. In some respects the Kalahari is more scenic than much of the Namib as the red dunes with clumps of golden grass are very photographic. Unsurprisingly given the higher rainfall, there is also a higher density of wildlife in the Kalahari and you can expect to see fairly large herds of buck species in the dunes.

Day 17 & 18: Fish River Canyon – A full day’s journey takes you south through the desert-dominated landscapes to a picturesque Quiver Tree Forest. Giant’s Playground is an impressive jumble of massive boulders; You proceed to Keetmanshoop and thereafter to the Fish River Canyon, which is the second largest in the world. On your second day you can view the spectacular northern fringes of the Fish River Canyon from various vantage points. Activities include sundowner drives, walks, horse riding and magical scenic flights over the canyon.

Days 19 & 20: Aus – This area is well known for it's wild horses of the Namib. You will spend two nights near Aus from where you can do a day trip to Luderitz or spend the time exploring this starkly beautiful area.

Day 21 & 22: Sossusvlei – Today you head north along the edge of the Namib-Naukluft Park reaching your accommodation in time to cool off at the pool and take in the stunning sunsets with a sundowner. Rise early on your second morning, the 60km drive from Sesriem through the dunes towards Sossusvlei while the sun rises is a truly unique experience. A visit to the Sesriem Canyon is also worthwhile.

Days 23 & 24: Swakopmund – You have a 4-hour drive ahead of you on gravel roads. Stop at Walvis Bay, Namibia's harbour town and one of the most important harbours in Southern Africa. The lagoon with it's large numbers of flamingoes and other bird life is worth a visit. Swakopmund is just a 30-minute drive along the stunning coastal road with dunes on one side ocean on the other. Activities in Swakopmund include sandboarding and quad biking, sky-diving or a dolphin cruise. No activities are included in this package but they can be pre-arranged.

Day 25: Departure – Return to the airport in Walvis Bay and hand in your hired car.

PLEASE NOTE: Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours!