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North Namibian Road Trip Adventure

19 Nights

Tour Highlights:

A unique hot air balloon ride over the ancient landscape.
From kayaking with seals to Rhino tracking, immerse in intimate wildlife experiences.
Engage in ethical wildlife conservation and capture stunning moments through wildlife photography.

North Namibian Road Trip Adventure

Journey Overview

Embark on an extraordinary 20-day adventure through the stunning landscapes of Namibia, known for its raw beauty and unparalleled wilderness. Starting from the luxurious confines of Windhoek's Belvedere Boutique Hotel, this North Namibian Road Trip Adventure promises an unforgettable journey through the heart of Africa.

Your expedition kicks off in the tranquil ambiance of Windhoek, providing a serene introduction to the thrilling escapade ahead. Traverse through the captivating landscapes of southwest Namibia, where the rugged allure of Solitaire beckons and the opportunity to soar above the iconic Namib Desert in a hot air balloon awaits, granting a mesmerizing aerial view of this ancient terrain. Encounter the diverse wildlife of the region, from the majestic cheetahs in a dedicated sanctuary to the nocturnal marvels of the desert, including an enthralling hunt for fluorescent scorpions under the vast Namibian sky.

Venture deeper into the untouched splendor of Naukluft, a realm seldom explored by travelers, and immerse yourself in the scientific wonders at the Gobabeb Research Centre, nestled in the heart of the desert. Your journey then leads you to the coastal charm of Walvis Bay, where the Pelican Point Lodge offers a luxurious rendezvous with nature, allowing for intimate wildlife encounters such as kayaking with seals amidst the bustling harbor.

Continuing onward, the adventure unfolds at the vibrant Meerkat Guesthouse in Swakopmund, providing a vibrant retreat following exhilarating explorations along the Atlantic shores. Prepare for a wild experience at Palmwag Guesthouse, nestled in a sanctuary for the rare desert Black Rhino and teeming with enchanting wildlife. Engage in activities like Rhino tracking and overnight safaris amidst the captivating presence of oryx and hyenas. Discover the ancient marvels of Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage site adorned with millennia-old rock carvings, before rejuvenating in the soothing thermal baths of Huab Lodge.

Immerse yourself in ethical hunting pursuits and capture breathtaking wildlife photography at Byseewah, before culminating your adventure with a journey to the majestic Etosha National Park. Here, indulge in a safari experience like no other, as you stay at the opulent Onguma the Fort and spend two nights immersed in the heart of the bush at Onguma Tamboti, offering unparalleled encounters with the mesmerizing wildlife of Namibia.

Conclude your epic journey amidst the familiar comforts of Windhoek's Belvedere Boutique Hotel, where cherished memories and captivating stories from the heart of Namibia will forever linger. This expedition transcends mere holidaying; it's an odyssey into the soul of Africa, promising boundless excitement, profound discoveries, and an enduring connection with nature that will leave an indelible mark on your spirit.

day 1
Windhoek

City and Serenity: Exploring Windhoek's Diverse Delights

  • Your Accommodation

    Upon arriving at Windhoek Airport, Naffi from Pride Safaris will warmly welcome you and escort you to your urban oasis - the Belvedere Boutique Hotel (B&B). This chic retreat in the heart of Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, seamlessly blends contemporary skyscrapers with traditional Germanic architecture, seasoned with a distinct African flair.

    Your home away from home:

    Belvedere Boutique Hotel
    www.belvedere-boutiquehotel.com
    76 Dr. Kwame Nkrumah Street, Windhoek
    Tel +264 61 258 867

  • Your Travel Time

    40 minutes

  • Your Activities

    Windhoek's central location makes it an ideal spot for those looking for an immersive experience, even during a brief stay. Explore the 40 square kilometer Daan Viljoen National Park with serene walking trails, visit the National Botanical Research Gardens & Zoo Park, experience local culture at the Namibia Craft Centre, and indulge in the culinary delights of Klara's Market Place. The hotel itself offers a pristine pool, jacuzzi, beauty and spa treatments, a floodlit tennis court, and a putting green for relaxation and activities. Before your adventure in Namib-Naukluft Park, obtain the necessary permit for exploring the western side of Solitaire and the Gobabeb site over two days. This step is essential for your upcoming adventure in the breathtaking landscapes of Namibia.

  • Your Food

    The Belvedere Boutique Hotel, under the attentive eye of owner Herman Davin, is an epitome of modern elegance. Your stay includes a delightful breakfast. For culinary enthusiasts, Klara's Market Place, a gastronomic paradise, is nearby.

days 2 - 3
Namib Naukluft

Solitaire Serenity: A Desert Haven

  • Your Accommodation

    Your home away from home for the next two nights is Solitaire Lodge (B&B). Situated on the Namib Naukluft National Park's edge, Solitaire has evolved from a mere fuel stop into a conservation-focused destination. The Solitaire Land Trust, spanning 45,000 hectares, reflects this commitment. The lodge impresses with quality food, wine, and amenities like air conditioning. Enjoy nature drives, cheetah tracking, mountain biking, and hiking. The lodge combines traditional design with modern comforts in its rooms.

    Your home away from home:

    Solitaire Lodge
    www.solitairenamibia.com
    Solitaire, Namibia
    Tel +264 81 560 1400

  • Your Travel Time

    280km / 3 hours 40mins

  • Your Activities

    On day 2, with your double-cab 4x4 fully equipped for camping, take the B1 – C24 route (280km / 3 hours, 40 minutes) to Solitaire Lodge. Explore the Solitaire Land Trust with nature drives, cheetah tracking, mountain biking, and hiking. On the morning of day 3, embark on a breathtaking flight over the Namib Desert, weather permitting, around 07h00. Visit the Namib Carnivore Conservation Center (NCCC) in Solitaire, playing a crucial role in protecting cheetahs. Conclude your day with a night game drive across the Solitaire Land Trust's 45,000 acres, offering chances to spot nocturnal wildlife.

  • Your Food

    Your stay at Solitaire Lodge includes a delightful breakfast. The lodge's commitment to quality food ensures a satisfying culinary experience.

day 4
Namib-Naukluft Park National Park

Discovering Desert Wonders, Starlit Night Adventure

  • Your Accommodation

    Tonight's accommodation is at the Gobabeb Namib Research Institute (DLB&B). Located deep within the heart of the Namib-Naukluft Park, this remote research station offers basic yet functional accommodation. Settle into the practical focus of the station, providing an authentic experience within one of the world's most remote and driest locations.

    Your home away from home:

    Gobabeb Namib Research Institute
    www.gobabeb.org
    Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
    Tel +264 64 694 198

  • Your Travel Time

    230km / 3-hour

  • Your Activities

    Upon arrival at Gobabeb, you can enjoy lunch (not included) and a tour of the station and its facilities. If time allows, consider joining a Scorpion Tour (not included in your stay) after dinner, usually post-20h00. This nocturnal quest for scorpions, which glow under UV light, provides a unique and intriguing experience. The evening concludes with dinner at Gobabeb, allowing you to immerse yourself in the desert environment and its mysteries.

  • Your Food

    Your stay at Gobabeb includes breakfast, lunch (not included in your accommodation), and dinner. The dining experience is an opportunity to savor meals under the clear desert skies.

days 5 - 6
Walvis Bay

Seaside Serenity: Kayaking with Seals

  • Your Accommodation

    Your accommodation for this segment is at Pelican Point Lodge (DLB&B), located in Walvis Bay. The lodge offers the luxurious Captains Cove suite, providing a 360-degree panoramic view of the surrounding sand, sea, and sky. Nestled on its own tranquil peninsula under a historic cast iron lighthouse, Pelican Point Lodge promises a unique and secluded coastal setting.

    Your home away from home:

    Pelican Point Lodge
    pelicanpointlodge.com
    Pelican Point Peninsula, Walvis Bay
    Tel +264 64 221 282

  • Your Travel Time

    3 hours

  • Your Activities

    Upon arrival, you'll embark on a Peninsula drive to explore Namibia's diverse coastal wildlife, including pelicans, flamingos, seals, and avocets. The tour includes a visit to a salt refinery, sights of a shipwreck, an old jetty in the lagoon, and a mesmerizing guided sunset tour. On day 6, after breakfast, you'll have the opportunity to don a wetsuit, grab a kayak, and join the approximately 50,000 Cape Fur Seals for a unique and playful morning kayaking experience. This adventure allows for close encounters with flamingos and dolphins, adding to the overall marine wildlife experience.

  • Your Food

    Your stay at Pelican Point Lodge includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The lodge's restaurant serves fresh and uncomplicated ocean fare, beautifully complemented by South African wines.

day 7

Sea Safari and Colonial Charms

  • Your Accommodation

    Your stay at Organic Stay offers a modern guesthouse experience with spacious private rooms and luxurious amenities, thoughtfully designed for your immediate comfort. Each room features its own delightful garden, creating a perfect backdrop to enjoy Swakopmund's pleasant coastal weather. Start your day with a nourishing continental breakfast served in the bright breakfast area before you set out to explore the unique surroundings and partake in the exciting adventure opportunities that Swakopmund has in store.

    Your home away from home:

    Organic Stay
    www.guesthouse-swakopmund.com
    56 Rhode Allee, Swakopmund, Namibia
    Tel +264 81 149 0449

  • Your Travel Time

  • Your Activities

    Your day kicks off with an adventurous Dolphin cruise (weather permitting) from Pelican Point, concluding at the Waterfront in Walvis Bay. This cruise, starting at 08:30, offers a fantastic opportunity to observe and learn about the local dolphins, witnessing their playful antics up close. If weather or sea conditions are unfavorable, an alternative exit via 4x4 will be arranged, retracing the inbound route. The cruise concludes around 10:30 at the Jetty of Walvis Bay. A guide will greet you, leading you back to your vehicle, setting you on your way by 11:00.

    Swakopmund, your next stop, is a fascinating town with a rich colonial history. Day 7 is ideal for exploring Swakopmund's architectural marvels, including the operational Swakopmund Prison and the restored jetty and railway station, now home to the Swakopmund Hotel.

    Swakopmund is also known as Namibia's adventure capital, offering a plethora of activities such as fishing, quad biking, skydiving, dune tours, beer tours, and home cooking experiences.

  • Your Food

    Enjoy a nourishing continental breakfast bathed in the warm sunlight of the breakfast room.

days 8 - 9

Off-the-Grid Thrill to Palmwag Paradise

  • Your Accommodation

    Today, you will be staying at Palmwag Lodge (DB&B) for two nights. Situated within a 582,000 ha concession area, Palmwag Lodge is more than just lodging; it is deeply rooted in local culture and history. Surrounded by larger trees like makalani palms and mopane, thanks to the Uniab River, Palmwag started as a modest farmstay and has undergone recent upgrades that improved the standard of rooms and food without losing its charm. The lodge has a significant solar power installation, showcasing its commitment to sustainable practices.

    Your home away from home:

    Palmwag Lodge
    store.gondwana-collection.com/accommodation/palmwag-lodge
    Palmwag, Namibia
    Tel +264 81 620 6887

  • Your Travel Time

    530km / 6.5-hour drive

  • Your Activities

    Palmwag Lodge collaborates with non-profit organizations like Save the Rhino Trust, offering a range of activities. Options include Rhino Tracking and Game Walks. Given the extensive drive on the previous day, a full-day Damaraland excursion might be too much, but the shorter afternoon game drive is a great alternative. This activity provides opportunities to spot mountain zebras, giraffes, and even the desert-adapted elephants and black rhinos.

  • Your Food

    Your meals for this segment include breakfast and dinner.

days 10 - 11

Ancient Echoes to Desert Delight

  • Your Accommodation

    Your next destination is Huab Lodge (DB&B), located around 140km away from Twyfelfontein. Huab Lodge, originally a simple rest camp in the 1970s, has evolved into an extraordinary retreat in Damaraland, winning multiple environmental awards. Since the fall of the apartheid-era Bantustan system in 1989, the owners, Jan, Suzi, and their assistant Cathy, have transformed the lodge into a haven. It offers an immersive experience amidst the Damaraland desert elephants and diverse birdlife, with luxurious 45sqm stone and thatch bungalows. With a maximum occupancy of 16 guests, the lodge ensures exclusivity and tranquility. Meals are communal, hosted by the owners, fostering a warm and interactive atmosphere.

    Your home away from home:

    Huab Lodge
    www.huab.com
    Kamanjab, Namibia
    Tel +264 61 224 712

  • Your Travel Time

    3.5 hours

  • Your Activities

    Your package includes 'The Bushman’s Newspaper,' a guided morning walk where you'll learn to interpret the African bush's subtle cues, followed by breakfast. Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to embark on game drives exploring beyond the main camp. The day concludes with another drive and sundowner drinks in the wilderness, followed by dinner. This routine of discovery and relaxation repeats, including thermal pool dips, swimming, and on-site massages for post-drive rejuvenation.

    In this vibrant ecosystem, where over 210 bird species thrive near the seasonal Huab River, the air is filled with constant birdsong, adding to the magic of your stay.

  • Your Food

    Your meals for this segment include breakfast and dinner.

days 12 - 13

Nature's Renaissance: Byseewah's Conservation Symphony

  • Your Accommodation

    Your next destination is Byseewah Safaris, located on the fringes of Etosha National Park. Byseewah stands out as a unique retreat, offering both sustainable hunting and photographic safaris tailored for individuals and families. At Byseewah, you'll find comfort in their charming rondawal bungalows, set amidst a lush garden of indigenous flora, creating a serene haven in the midst of this distinctive game farm. This private conservation expanse spans 30,000 hectares (about 70,000 acres) in northern Namibia, just south of Etosha.

    Your home away from home:

    Byseewah Safaris
    byseewah.com
    Namibia

  • Your Travel Time

    140km / 2.25-hour drive

  • Your Activities

    Byseewah offers a rich array of activities. You can learn the art of bow and rifle hunting, understand tracking techniques, and discover why hunting is integral to environmental sustainability. Additionally, you can enhance your wildlife photography skills, try your hand at the target range, and explore the observatory.

    Hunting activities adhere to the principles of Ethical Hunting, involving tracking and stalking game on foot with expert guides. You might track various antelope, hyena, and perhaps even spot a leopard if luck is on your side.

  • Your Food

    Your meals for this segment include breakfast and dinner.

days 14 - 15

Etosha Splendor - A Wildlife Haven!

  • Your Accommodation

    Your next destination is Onguma The Fort, an exquisite luxury hotel nestled in Etosha National Park. The Fort harmonizes beautifully with its surroundings, constructed with local materials where feasible and featuring raw plaster walls. It has a towering viewing platform that offers breathtaking vistas across the Etosha Pan, and its decor is an elegant blend of North, West, and Southern African styles.

    During your 2-night stay, you'll be accommodated in a Bush Suite. The Fort has only 12 ground-floor suites, each offering expansive views of the reserve right from your bed. Designed for privacy and spaced about 50 meters apart, each suite includes amenities like a bar fridge and air-conditioning for those warmer days. The spacious bathrooms come equipped with both indoor and outdoor shower areas. From your room, wooden decks lead to an outdoor seating area and sun loungers, perfect for soaking in the stunning views.

    Your home away from home:

    Onguma The Fort
    onguma.com
    Etosha National Park, Namibia
    Tel +264 61 237 055

  • Your Travel Time

    300km / 4-hour drive

  • Your Activities

    Onguma offers a wealth of activities. One unique experience is the new water-level hide, Onkolo, which provides a distinct vantage point for game viewing, allowing you to observe wildlife at foot level, usually as part of a guided three-hour morning activity. You can also book this for the next two days while staying at the Tamboti campsite.

    Onguma Nature Reserve is a 34,000-hectare private concession within Etosha, where wildlife, including predators like lions, cheetahs, black rhinos, leopards, and hyenas, roam freely from the public national park into the reserve.

  • Your Food

    Your meals for this segment include breakfast and dinner.

days 16 - 17

Bush Bliss: Unwind in the Heart of Etosha

  • Your Accommodation

    For the next segment of your adventure, you'll be staying at the Onguma Tamboti Campsite (Self-Catering). This campsite is located just 10 km or 15 minutes away from your previous accommodation at Onguma The Fort. The campsite offers a unique and luxurious camping experience, known as camping the Onguma way.

    The campsite features 15 individual sites, each discreetly tucked away amongst the trees of the Onguma Reserve, providing both privacy and ample space to immerse yourself in the bush environment. Each site has a personal ablution block with a large shower area, a separate toilet, and covered areas for washing up, offering plenty of room to unpack and organize. Unlike traditional campsites with shared facilities, here you have the luxury of private showers and toilets. Remarkably, each site also includes numerous electrical outlets to ensure your cooler boxes remain chilled and your camera batteries are fully charged. Additionally, each campsite receives daily servicing, similar to hotel room housekeeping.

    Your home away from home:

    Onguma Tamboti Campsite
    onguma.com/tamboti-luxury-campsite
    Etosha National Park, Namibia
    Tel +264 61 237 055

  • Your Travel Time

    10 km / 15 minutes

  • Your Activities

    During your two-night stay at the Onguma Tamboti Campsite, situated just 10 kilometers from the impressive Etosha National Park, you'll have the unique opportunity to deeply engage with the captivating wildlife and natural wonders of the region. Immerse yourself in the iconic Etosha landscape by embarking on guided game drives within the national park, offering glimpses of elephants, lions, giraffes, zebras, and a myriad of bird species. The distinctive salt pans and waterholes provide excellent vantage points to observe the abundant wildlife, especially during the early morning and late afternoon when animals are most active. Additionally, consider joining guided nature walks within the Onguma Reserve, gaining insights into the intricate ecosystems and encountering smaller creatures often overlooked during conventional game drives. Take advantage of the waterhole at the campsite, attracting a variety of wildlife, making it an ideal spot for waterhole watching and photography. The self-catering setup allows for flexible exploration, enabling self-drive adventures, bird watching, and tranquil moments for stargazing under the pristine Namibian night sky.

    As you relish the serenity of the campsite, surrounded by indigenous flora and fauna, seize the opportunity to connect with nature on a deeper level. Enjoy the freedom to plan your schedule, balancing guided activities and self-driven explorations. Engage in bird watching, where over 340 bird species thrive, capturing the vibrant avian life of the region. The campsite's private facilities, including personal ablution blocks and electrical outlets, offer a unique blend of camping and comfort, ensuring a hassle-free and rejuvenating experience. Whether you choose to dine under the stars, savoring the outdoor lifestyle, or opt for meals at the lodge's restaurant, your self-catering adventure at Onguma Tamboti Campsite promises two nights of tranquil reflection, wildlife encounters, and exploration in the heart of Namibia's extraordinary natural landscapes.

  • Your Food

    Cooking is entirely optional at the Onguma Tamboti Campsite. The main lodge houses a restaurant where you can effortlessly order meals and dine while gazing out at the waterhole. Alternatively, you can embrace the outdoor lifestyle by cooking under the stars and sourcing your essentials from the on-site supply store.

    Your meals for this segment are self-catering, giving you the flexibility to choose whether to cook your own meals or dine at the main lodge's restaurant.

days 18 - 20

Wilderness Farewell: On the Road to Windhoek

  • Your Accommodation

    As your Namibian wilderness adventure concludes, you'll return to the familiar comfort of the Belvedere Boutique Hotel in Windhoek. The hotel offers a relaxing atmosphere after a day of travel, with reserved parking for your 4x4. The Belvedere provides a convenient and comfortable base for your final night in Namibia.

    Your home away from home:

    Belvedere Boutique Hotel
    www.belvedere-boutiquehotel.com
    76 Dr. Kwame Nkrumah Street, Windhoek
    Tel +264 61 258 867

  • Your Travel Time

  • Your Activities

    The following day in Windhoek offers opportunities to explore the city further. Consider a visit to the Namibian Craft Centre for shopping, where you can witness artisans at work and explore fascinating exhibits. Another recommended activity is a visit to Naankuse Na/ankusê, a conservation project supported by Angelina Jolie. Here, you can engage in various activities, including carnivore feeding tours, guided nature walks, horseback riding, game drives, and even tracking rhinos, elephants, and leopards. These activities provide a memorable conclusion to your Namibian adventure.

    On Day 20, it's time to say goodbye to Namibia today. You'll be picked up from Belvedere and taken to the airport for your flight home this afternoon.

    We'll be here for your next adventure. Travel safely !

  • Your Food

    For dinner on your return to Windhoek, Sicilia restaurant, located nearby, is recommended since the Belvedere does not offer in-house dinners. Sicilia provides a delightful dining experience, allowing you to savor a delicious meal without the need to venture far from your accommodation.

    Meal Inclusions: Breakfast Only

YOUR JOURNEY ENDS HERE

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