8 days and 7 nights
During the year 2004
Recommended time of
travel: May to September is recommended, unless clients
are happy to endure reputed Namibian heat.
Flights can be from Europe, Johannesburg or Cape Town. Clients
would need to arrive in Windhoek, preferably no later than midday.
Toyota Hilux Double-cab 4x4 with canopy with specialized
modifications. Vehicles comfortably accommodate guide plus three
Veteran of numerous 4 x4 guided trips through Southern Africa,
specializing in the remote deserts of Namibia. Broad knowledge of
the region’s flora, fauna, geology and people. Interests include
photography and archaeology, especially rock art.
ROUTE & ACCOMMODATION:
Arrival Etosha National Park.
Arrive at Mokuti Lodge Airstrip. (OR WINDHOEK).
You will be met by your Africa Awaits Tours & Safaris guides,
offered assistance with your luggage and given a brief on the days
that lie ahead.
Drive to the Ongava Lodge (OR SIMILAR!!) for
a relaxing afternoon.
Ongava Lodge is situated on the 30 000
hectare Ongava Private Game Reserve and shares a common border
with Etosha National Park on its southern boundary. The lodge
offers the full Etosha experience but at the same time offers
accommodation and service, as well as the opportunity to do night
drives and nature walks on the reserve which are not allowed
within Etosha National Park.
A level of luxury found in first class hotels
compliments the friendly, sociable atmosphere at Ongava. The
chalets, lodge and public areas are all decorated to the highest
standards using indigenous furniture, materials and colours.
Interiors combine a feeling of spaciousness, tranquility and
exclusivity with a native African feel. However, genuine luxury
has not been achieved at the expense of the environment.
The hilltop site has been specially built
around the eye-catching rock formations and trees, giving it a
quite unique character. Nestling on the hillside the Lodge and
Chalets enjoy panoramic views.
Accommodation offered is in 10 chalets
attractively built out of rock and thatch. All your comforts are
taken care of. Each chalet has en-suite bathroom
with a bath and shower. The main lounge, pub and dining area are
under thatch and situated close to the top of a hill with
wonderful views across the plains below. There is a pool as well.
Lodge facilities include air conditioning.
mini bar, private sun deck as well as a luxury swimming pool.
Exclusive dining, lounge and bar area.
Overnight at Ongava Lodge, enjoy fine dining,
an introduction to the escarpment and a night drive on the private
National Park and Kaokoland
An early start after breakfast.
Embark on a journey through Etosha National
Park, entering at Anderson’s Gate and exiting at West Gate. This
entire route is in itself a game drive - allowing an opportunity
to spot some of the many animals the Park boasts. The entire
western region of Etosha is for the enjoyment of selected tour
lunch will be prepared and enjoyed in the Park. On exiting Etosha,
we take a challenging drive through the wilderness towards the
Kaokoland Region and the town of Sesfontein.
Two nights at Fort
Sesfontein. (OR SIMILAR!!)
Fort Sesfontein lodge has been rebuilt from an old german fort. It
is situated near Sesfontein in the north-west of Namibia where the
Damaraland enters the Kaokoveld - close to the Hoanib river. A gap
in the mountains gives access to the valley basin on Sesfontein
(six fountains) where lush green gardens give the landscape its
special oasis character.
In 1896 the government of the former German
South-West Africa built the Fort of Sesfontein as a control point
for keeping cattle disease, arms smuggling and illegal hunting of
big animals in check.
The fort was abandoned in 1914 and only ruins and a small
army-cemetery still stood witness to the former German presence in
Today, almost 100 years after the original establishment of the
Sesfontein Station, the fort has acquired a second lease of life
after being tastefully restored as a comfortable lodge for
tourists. The fort offers comfortable double en suite rooms with
bath\shower, bidet and toilet. All rooms are arranged around the
central court that has been transformed into a unique oasis shaded
by ancient palm trees.
Use of building materials characteristic of
the region, such as clay walls, stone floors and reed linings
convey a very special and original atmosphere. Visitors enjoy the
modern facilities prevalent in the bathrooms, warm water from
solar cells, mosquito net on the four-poster beds and fitted
The former officers mess has been refurbished
as a restaurant with integrated lounge and bar including a
swimming pool. After the adventures of the day and the culinary
delights of the evening, the guest will enjoy a relaxing night
below the Southern Cross and a star-studded sky.
Desert Elephants and Himba
Depart after breakfast for further exploration of the
area.Sesfontein is the southern gateway to Kaokoland, an area of
some 5OOOO km2 between Hoanib and Kunene. Untouched landscape
structures, such as sandy desert and interesting rock formations,
vegetation and wild animals - elephant, giraffe, zebra, Oryx,
ostrich, kudu, springbok and occasional lion - can be discovered
in their natural habitat beyond the reaches of civilisation.
A guided 4x4 trip through thick sand in
search of the desert elephant is nearly always rewarding (bring
plenty of film), as is the opportunity to see the Overhimba in
their natural environment. The Himba are a nomadic tribe with a
way of life that has remained unchanged for centuries. They can be
seen wandering with their herds of goats and cattle from watering
hole to watering hole. Clad only with a loincloth the Himbas paint
their body with an ochre-red pigment, which protects them from the
sun and enhances their beauty.
Not far from the lodge is Warmquelle, and the
Ongongo Springs where sparkling clear water rushes out of the
burnt rocky ground, and you can swim under a waterfall, in a cave
A picnic lunch will be prepared and enjoyed
Return to Fort Sesfontein for dinner and overnight.
Damaraland and Twyfelfontein
Fort Sesfontein heading south towards Damaraland. Covering a
distance of no more than 200km, this short transfer will take you
through some of the toughest terrain imaginable. Blistering heat,
baking red boulders, sharp splintered rocks and little or no
vegetation will intensify the experience.
Between the Ugab and Huab Rivers in
Damaraland lies a vast and unspoilt wilderness. This area boasts
magnificent desert scenery, fascinating geological formations,
archaeological sites and a unique variety of desert fauna and
flora. It's also the roaming ground for the only unsupported
population of black rhino in the world.
It is here that we find the Twyfelfontein
Conservancy and rock-engraving site. We visit this truly unique
and prolific concentration of ancient San/bushman work in the
scree boulders overlooking a trio of waterholes.
This wonderful archaeological site offers more than 2,500
engravings as well as some paintings, and is probably the finest
example of concentrated rock engraving in the world.
towards Mowani Mountain Camp (OR SIMILAR!!) where we will
Mowani Mountain Camp nestles amongst the boulders of this
beautiful area on a high spot commanding distant views over the
ancient landscape. Mowani is taken from the word M'Wane, meaning
"Place of God", and it is here, that you will find the
true meaning of peace and tranquility.
luxury-tented accommodation is built unobtrusively, so as to
ensure minimum impact on the natural environment. The stilt-like
supports of the tents ensure that very little excavation was
needed in order to create this special oasis. Much care has been
taken with the design of the public areas, creating the impression
of an African Village, with dome-like thatched structures that
blend in with the imposing boulders that are scattered around the
Even in the heart of this desert, no efforts
were spared to ensure luxury, adventure and relaxation for the
There are plenty of ways to relax at Mowani.
Discover the pool deck, lodged between the boulders where you can
soak up the sun whilst enjoying a refreshing drink, admiring the
breathtaking views from you pool lounge. The Boma of Mowani is the
ideal setting to reminisce over the day’s excursions, and plan
the next day’s exciting events, whilst sitting around the warmth
of the fire. Your room at Mowani will be another great source of
relaxation. All the rooms are extremely private, while still
offering an open view of the wonderful landscape.
Overnight in the luxury of this Lodge with an
opportunity to enjoy a typical Namibian sunset.
Rhino, Skeleton Coast, Cape Fur Seals and Swakopmund
We depart the luxury of Mowani Mountain Lodge for a busy day of
the tour with much to see.
We drive through Central Damaraland. An area now uninhabited due
to its heat and aridity, except by hardy desert creatures such as
Oryx, springbok, rhino, and, surprisingly, giraffe. Driving
through the region is exhilarating, with the chance of catching
sight of the rare black rhino being a privilege afforded to few
Occasionally the remains of modern man’s
futile yet brave efforts to survive here can be seen.
Adding yet more drama to a dramatic region are the distinctly
recognisable Doros and Messum craters, the result of major meteor
impacts millions of years ago. We visit the nearby Brandberg
Nature Reserve that boasts an impressive red-hued mountain
reminiscent of Ayres Rock as well as the world famous “White
Lady” rock painting.
The region is graced with some of the most
stunning landscapes imaginable, harsh and vast, with fascinating
geological features like the Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain.
We drive along the
Skeleton Coast - a strange landscape of fog-bound coast, gravel
plains and mirages. Its singular, eerie atmosphere is compounded
by shipwrecks and abandoned mines. Its relentlessly stark beauty
is highlighted by unexpected waterholes where a surprising number
and variety of hardy desert animals gather. Gigantic Atlantic
swells roll in and pound the barren dunes in a continuous dramatic
Visit the Cape Cross Seal Reserve situated
north of Henties Bay. One of the world’s largest seal breeding
colonies, Cape Cross provides a spectacle of writhing, basking,
playing, swimming mammalian life on an impressive scale. Here the
Cape Fur seals flourish in the cold waters of the Benguela
Current. Along the coast are numerous islets and isolated parts of
the shore that they use as nurseries for their young.
This area is also of historical significance as the Portuguese
navigator, Diogo Cao, planted a cross at this point in the year
Arrive at Swakopmund and overnight at the historical Hansa Hotel.
The Hansa Hotel
- nestling in the very centre of the charming little town of
Swakopmund, wrapped in the shape of a timelessly classical
building dating from 1905, an integral part of Swakopmund
architectural heritage, offers you a feeling of being enveloped in
a luxurious and sophisticated hospitality with a satisfying blend
of both classic atmosphere and truly elegant interior, matched
with friendly and personalized service. Steeped in history this
luxury establishment offers every modern amenity the discerning
traveller could wish for.
The Hansa Hotel is renowned for its seafood and game specialties.
The Hansa Hotel also has an extensive wine list that has won the
coveted Diners Club Wine list of the Year Award.
Being centrally situated, the Hotel becomes a
gateway to all tourist amenities, which Swakopmund has to offer. A
five-minute stroll away from the beach, it is also within easy
reach of sporting facilities like golf, tennis, horse and camel
riding as well as the natural attractions of its dramatic desert
environment. Surrounded by curio shops, first class jewelers,
local tour operators and aviation safari offices, the new look
Hansa Hotel is unbeatable.
Dinner and overnight at the Hansa Hotel - and
an introduction to the architectural richness of Swakopmund.
NOTE: Whilst in Swakopmund, remember to buy
any camera film or toiletries that you may need for the remainder
of your trip.
Crater and NamibRand Nature Reserve
Your morning will start with the group option of one of the
1. A visit to the moon crater landscape at Goanikontes, which is
below sea level.
2. An optional quad bike excursion (not included) into the dunes
between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay.
3. Leisurely morning in Swakopmund before embarking on the 400 km
From here we head to the renowned Namib Rand
Nature Reserve region. Exploring these areas :
The Namib-Rand Nature Reserve is not only the
largest nature conservation area in Namibia, but it is rated as
the fourth largest in the world, as well as being the most
unusual. Landscapes range from an impressive mountain massif to
desert plains and high dunes, from deep gorges to an estuarine
For the connoisseur of scenery, atmosphere and the unusual, there
is nothing quite like the Namib. It has an essence of
timelessness, and, depending on the time of day there is a shift
of moods, a play of light and shadow, giving desert landscapes
entirely new tints and textures.
The Naukluft area includes the mountainous
escarpment as well as the edge of the Namib Desert. It is a
sanctuary for mountain zebra and other species of game.
Overnight at the Wolvedans Dunes Lodge (OR
SIMILAR!!) for two nights.
Wolvedans Dunes Lodge - Once the hunting ground of the Spotted
Hyena, Wolwedans takes its name from the African for "where
the wolves dance". The very word conjures up an aura of
mystery and romance, which when visiting Wolwedans, nature and the
rhythm of the desert will evoke within you.
Nestled amidst the dunes in the heart of
NamibRand Nature Reserve, and set against a backdrop of
unparalleled beauty, Wolwedans provides the perfect base from
which to explore vast stretches of awe-inspiring nature. Across
this diverse canvas of contrasting landscapes traverse an exciting
variety of large and small desert creatures - as wild and ancient
as their habitat.
It is here, in this land of stretching blue
skies, endless plains and countless creatures enacting nature's
savagely exciting passion play, that you will find beauty feeding
your soul, tranquility to clear your mind and space for your
imagination to fly. Visit once, and you will long to return - that
is a promise.
The NamibRand Nature Reserve originated as a
dream of extending the desert frontiers by integrating a large
number of former sheep farms and developing a sanctuary free of
fences, so that once again the wildlife could roam their habitat
unhindered. Inviting nature lovers from all over the world to
share in this dream has always been one of our objectives, and
today NamibRand is synonymous with some of Namibia's - if not
Africa's - most breathtaking locations.
The golden colors of the Namib dunes contrast
starkly with the-blue skies and the dunes rise majestically from
the grasslands of Western Namibia. The sheer size of this area
boasts a vast diversity of landforms, ranging from dune seas to
open plains, gorges and high cliffs. Accompanied by experienced
guides, you will be introduced to the many facets of this unique
desert habitat with its manifold fauna and flora. Options are
walking along trails, or a flight in a hot air balloon, game
drives and climbing sand dunes.
NamibRand Nature Reserve
A full day to explore
the area with the specialist Wolvedans guides.
On offer (but not included) is hot-air ballooning. Soaring
silently over the dune belts and never-ending plains provides
breathtaking 360-degree vistas as the leisurely wind carries you
over an ocean of sand and waves of mountain. From the best
viewpoint imaginable you admire the stark beauty of the Namib for
about an hour, before you celebrate this extravagant experience
with a champagne breakfast at the landing spot.
Accompanied by experienced guides, you will
be introduced to the many facets of the NamibRand Nature Reserve's
desert habitat with its diverse fauna and flora. The interpretive
scenic drives in open Landrovers and / or walks with resident
field-guides will reveal the wonders of the desert.
Packed picnic lunch enjoyed on the dunes.
A candle lit dinner tonight and overnight at Wolvedans Dune Lodge.
Awake before dawn to watch the sun rise above the sand dunes,
followed by an early departure and a quick drive through to
Windhoek airport. Assistance with luggage as you prepare for your
international flight home.
There may be variations in activities and
accommodation due to availability and weather conditions.
Numerous additional activities can be arranged on the client’s
behalf at an additional cost. These include the following:
- White water canoeing on the Kunene River. (From Fort Sesfontein)
- White water canoeing on the Orange River.
- Fish River Canyon
- Luderitz. The ghost town of Kolmanskop
- Richtersveld National Park
The above itinerary offers a unique look at the highlights of
Namibia. Off the beaten track, exploring by 4x4 new ground sought
out by your guide on previous expeditions. A search for desert
elephant, rhino and Himba that won’t leave you disappointed.
Perhaps more suited to the select few that enjoy all that an arid
African desert adventure has to offer by day - with unequalled
luxury by night.
- Upmarket Accommodation
- All Meals as per itinerary
- All Activities as per itinerary
- Road transfers from and to Windhoek
- Specialist Namibian Guide
- SATOUR Registered Guide
- Modified Safari Vehicles
- Entrance Fees
- International Flights
- Internal Flights
- Holiday Insurance
- Optional Activities: Hot Air balloons,
- Personal Purchases
- Bar Account