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Into the Wild

Description

Do you want a trip of unforgettable adventure? Africa promises up-close and personal experiences with its wild animals and magnificent landscapes. If you’ve always wanted to experience the pure and true forms of Africa at your own pace, then our rental car trip is just right for you! This round trip goes through three countries of southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. This journey will give you unforgettable insights into the culture, flora and fauna of this beautiful patch of earth. It starts in the endless expanse of Namibia, which stands in contrast to the evergreen Okawango Delta, then off to the animal-rich Chobe National Park in Botswana. Visiting the sublime Victoria Falls crowns the end of this remarkable journey.

Highlights

  • Hot air balloon ride over the dunes of Sossusvlei towards the sunrise
  • Exclusive lodges and hotels
  • Contribute to the preservation and culture
  • Do a safari on foot or with a Jeep in Damaraland
  • Find out more about projects AfriCat Foundation and Save the Rhino-Trust

Destinations

Best travel time

May to December - Dry season: During the dry season it is not too hot and it does not rain. During this time, the temperatures during the day are at least 25 ° Celsius in a bright blue sky. During the night, especially from May to August, the temperatures drop sharply and it can sometimes be up to 0 ° C cold. The water points are regularly started during these months. End of December to April - Rainy Season: In the first four months of the year, the nature of Namibia exerts a special charm on travelers. Many plants are blooming and the animals are much more active.

Day 1: Windhoek - Before you is an unforgettable holiday

After your arrival you will be warmly welcomed by our partner agency and transferred directly to the ** Na'ankuse Wildlife Reserve**. This organization plays a fundamental role in the ecological protection of endangered wildlife in Namibia. The reserve is intended for assistance in relocating cats of prey and threatened animals, such as the Rhino. With ** your visit, you support the measures for the preservation of the nearby Wildlife Conservation. ** The facility accommodates injured animals, which can not be safely brought back to the wilderness. The afternoon will be spent in a small Bushman community that will introduce you to their culture, traditions and survival during a bushwalk. In the evening, a delicious dinner awaits you at Na'ankuse Lodge. Journey time: Windhoek Airport - Na'ankuse Wildlife Reserve: 40 km / approx. 50 minutes 2 nights in the Na'ankuse Lodge with full board in the standard room, Na'ankuse Wildlife Reserve, Namibia

Day 2: Na'ankuse Wildlife Reserve - get closer to cheetahs

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Day 3: From Na'ankuse Wildlife Reserve to Namib Naukluft Park

After breakfast, your destination is the NamibRand Nature Reserve. It welcomes your pilot / tour guide for the upcoming trip. This leads across a dry river bed and gravel planes through a land with many faces. You fly from the Eros Flighafen in Windhoek with a Cessna 210 to the northern NamibRand Nature Reserve, directly to the airstrip of the Sossusvlei Desert Lodge - your accommodation for the night. Your lodge is located in the middle of the original Namib Desert. For the discerning traveler, here a place of distinct elegance and comfort has been created from which to explore the secrets of the desert. In the afternoon you can take part in a nature tour and in the evening observe the legendary African sunset. The Namib Desert stretches along the Atlantic Ocean and brings together different landscapes. In no other part of the world can you capture as many different moods in such an abandoned landscape as in the NamibRand Nature Reserve. Duration / Duration Na'ankuse Wildlife Reserve - Namib Naukluft Park: 320 km / 5 hours or 35 min 3 nights in the andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge with full board and activities in one suite , Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia

Day 4: Namib Naukluft Park - On Land Rover Safari

In the early morning you drive with a vehicle of the lodge to Sossusvlei UNESCO World Heritage Site. The huge, ocher-colored sand dunes of Sossusvlei offer an unforgettable panorama - up to 320 meters they hover timelessly in the heart of the park. Human footsteps seem like ant trails to nowhere. The white veils of the area contrast sharply with the red sand and the endless blue sky. Animals and plants that rely on the desert fog at night find refuge in the sand and under the weathered camel thorn trees before the sweltering midday heat. In the afternoon, enjoy the heavenly silence in this fascinating landscape. That the desert really lives, illustrates a Land Rover Safari, on which you will encounter a number of large and small animals. The unique combination of authentic Africa with its bright blue sky, the sublime beauty of the Namib Desert and the mysterious civilization of the San Native Americans, makes a stay in this beautiful part of the world a pleasant rest for body and soul!

Day 5: Sossusvlei - hot air balloon ride over the dunes

You will be picked up at your accommodation before sunrise and driven to the center of Sossusvlei. At sunrise, you will experience the magnificent, ever-changing dune landscapes out of a hot air balloon. Driven by the wind, you float through the air and enjoy the view around you. After landing, a hearty breakfast awaits you in the desert!

Day 6 - 7: From Namib Naukluft Park to Swakopmund - Day at the sea

After breakfast, we leave this unique dune landscape, drive through the Kuiseb Canyon and over wide gravel areas to Swakopmund, where you have the first part of the afternoon at leisure. The coastal town of Swakopmund is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Namib Desert. The palm-fringed streets, beach promenade, flower gardens, half-timbered houses and colonial architecture add to the charm and relaxed atmosphere of this place. A short drive brings you the next day to Walvis Bay, from there you start a catamaran ride. They visit Namibia's only deep-sea port, observe seabirds and fur seals and get the opportunity to observe various dolphin species. Indulge in oysters, canapés and iced South African sparkling wine on this relaxed boat ride. Of course, non-alcoholic drinks are also available. After the visit you drive back to Swakopmund, where you have the rest of the day at leisure. Duration of the trip Sossus Desert Lodge - Beach Hotel: 353 km / approx. 4.5 hours 2 nights in ** Strand Hotel** with full board in Luxury Room, Swakopmund, Namibia

Day 8: From Swakopmund to Damaraland - desert elephants and other animals

Along the coast, your journey north over the vast plains of the Namib Desert through the small mining town Uis and past the impressive Brandberg massif to the inland. You reach the Damaraland with its varied landscapes, its rugged mountains and its almost deserted places. The Damaraland is one of the last regions in Africa where Hartmann's Mountain Zebra, Giraffe, Springbok, Black Rhinoceros and Desert Elephant** live in the wild. Your present accommodation is located in the Twyfelfontein Hedge Area between huge granite blocks. Each of the luxury tents gives you a fabulous view of the untouched expanses of the Damaraland. Duration of the trip Beach Hotel - Mowani Mountain Camp: 324 km / approx. 6 hours 1 night in ** Mowani Mountain Camp** with full board in Superior View Room, Damaraland, Namibia

Day 9: From southern to northern Damaraland - Save the Rhino

Continue towards northern Damaraland to the famous Desert Rhino Camp, located in the 450,000-acre Palmwag Concession. Here's a close-up look at how the Save the Rhino Trust is doing its great work to preserve and protect the critically endangered rhinoceros. Your exclusive camp is located directly in the heart of northern Damaraland in a minimalist and partly still untouched landscape. In the evening you can hear a contract about the work in the "Save the Rhino" -Trust. 2 nights in the Desert Rhino Camp with full board and standard tent activities, Damaraland, Namibia

Day 10: Damaraland - Wild rhinos on safari

You spend the entire day in the concession looking for the Desert Rhinos, either on foot or by jeep. Get first-hand information and insights into the unique flora and fauna. After this eventful day, enjoy dinner under the starry sky.

Day 11: From Damaraland to the Etosha National Park - itravel insider tip

Your journey today will take you to the border of the Etosha National Park on the Ongava Wild Reserve. The private safari lodge is an insider tip among Namibians and is located in the middle of an animal-rich private nature reserve. As you refresh in the pool, the animals at the nearby waterhole will do the same. In the afternoon, join a Bush Walk to learn more about the conservation activities of the Onguma Game Reserve from your ranger and, with luck, see some animals you have not seen yet. 1 night in the Ongava Lodge with full board and activities in the standard chalet, Onguma Wild Reserve, Namibia

Day 12 - 13: Etosha National Park - On safari

After a leisurely breakfast overlooking the waterhole, take a guided safari through Etosha National Park, founded in 1907. At the heart of the 22,270km² animal paradise is the approx. 5,000 km² large salt-free pan, which fills with life-giving water in rainy times. Enormous numbers of animals include over a hundred species of mammals, including: cheetahs, leopards, lions, black rhinos, giraffes, the rare black-nosed impalas and the famous Etosha elephants, which are said to be the largest specimens of their genus , Ongava Lodge to Onguma Game Reserve: 271 km / approx. 4 hours 2 nights in Onguma Tented Camp in full board on Day 12, full board and activities on Day 13 in the Luxury tent, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Day 14: From the Etosha National Park to the AfriCat Foundation - Up to the cheetahs

After breakfast with a view of the waterhole, we head south to Okonjima - the name is Herero "AfriCat Foundation". Activities include Leopard and Cheetah Observations, as well as a highly informative bushmann walk. Just a few meters from the lodge, you can watch birds and small animals from several viewpoints. At the AfriCat Foundation, you get to know lions, leopards and cheetahs up close and have the opportunity to take fantastic photos. Driving time Omguma to Okonjima: 390 km / 6 hours 2 nights in the Okonjima Bush Camp with full board and activities (including Safari) ** in the Luxury Bush Chalet, Waterberg Plateau, Namibia

Day 15: AfriCat Foundation - A day to relax or discover

Enjoy the entire day at the lodge or join the activities of the lodge, which will be explained in detail by your ranger.

Day 16: Departure - See you soon in Namibia

After breakfast, travel back to Windhoek today and depending on the time of departure, your guide will take you to the airport in time. Driving time Okonjima to Windhoek: 267 km / approx. 3 hours

Your accommodations:

Na'ankuse Lodge, Na'ankuse Wildlife Reserve, Namibia The lodge, whose proceeds flow fully into charity projects, offers modern luxury using natural materials such as wood and stone. The dining area, bar and large swimming pool offer views of the vast savannah and a riverbed. Among the projects supported by the Foundation is the improvement of the living conditions of the San culture as well as various conservation projects. The rooms at the lodge are decorated with African design elements and offer extra space for privacy. Each of the free-standing thatched chalets has an open-plan bathroom, separate toilet, air-conditioning etc.

2 Nights

andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Sossusvlei, Namibia The luxurious and Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is The ideal accommodation to explore the magical Namib Desert to the fullest. Perched on a hill in the far north of NamibRand Nature Reserve, you can enjoy great views of the expanse of the Namib Desert. Stay in one of the ten natural stone suites, each with a spacious bedroom, a cozy living room and a large sun terrace. A special highlight is the skylight above the bed, from where you can watch the starry sky. The main house houses a restaurant, a bar and a library. The outdoor pool is a welcome cooling off on hot summer days. 3 Nights

Strand Hotel Swakopmund, Namibia The luxurious house is located directly on the beach and is the perfect place to explore the beautiful surroundings. All 125 rooms offer fantastic views of the sea or the surrounding gardens. Floor-to-ceiling windows intensify the view. In addition, the rooms have their own bathroom with separate toilet, tea and coffee station, minibar, hairdryer, TV, Wi-Fi, telephone and air conditioning. In the three exclusive restaurants and bars you will be spoiled only the finest. Whether fresh fish and seafood, home-brewed beer or exotic cocktails - here nothing to be desired. 2 Nights

Mowani Mountain Camp, Damaraland, Namibia Situated between huge granite cliffs in the south of Damaraland, the luxurious camp promises a lot of tranquility in a unique atmosphere. Moreover, this property is the ideal starting point for a trip to Twyfelfontein. In total, the Mowani Mountain Camp has 13 rooms located on elevated platforms, two luxury suites and seven campsites. The African-style main building houses a restaurant, bar and lounge. 1 night

Desert Rhino Camp, Damaraland, Namibia The camp operates in conjunction with the Save the Rhino organization. Here's an idea of how the Rhino Trust seeks to preserve the ecological balance and original nature of this region. At the same time, the camp also supports wildlife conservation. In the camp have max. 16 people. Each of the 8 Meru tents has an en-suite bathroom. Trained conservation guides accompany you on selected activities. Rare black rhinos, mountain zebras, oryx antelopes or Angola giraffes can be spotted here. The main area has a large dining area, a comfortable lounge with leather armchairs and sitting areas, and a fire pit. 2 nights *

Ongava Lodge, Onguma Wild Reserve, Namibia The luxurious Ongava Lodge is located in front of a waterhole on the southern border of the Etosha National Park. You stay in one of the 14 chalets, which are all equipped with an en-suite bathroom, an indoor and outdoor shower. The on-site terrace offers beautiful views of the surrounding Mopane Savanna and the waterhole, which attracts numerous animals. Fresh meals are served either in the dining area overlooking the waterhole or al fresco. After a fun-filled safari, cool off in the outdoor pool and enjoy a refreshing drink at the bar. Optional Ongava Lodge activities include bird watching, game drives and bush walks. 1 night stay

Onguma Tented Camp, Etosha National Park, Namibia** "A place you do not want to leave" and the Camp has the best arguments for this. The rooms are bright and modern with African touches. The large main house has a dining room and lounge overlooking an impressive waterhole, from where you can watch the hustle and bustle. 2 Nights

Okonjima Bush Camp, Waterberg Plateau, Namibia The lodge is home to the AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of rescued, supervised and rehabilitated cats. The Okonjima Bush Camp has eight thatched, open chalets that create an African ambience. The tent walls can be rolled up - so enjoy 100% pure bush feeling. 2 nights

Services and Infos

Travel duration: 16 days / 15 nights

Inclusive

  • 15 nights in listed lodges and hotels
  • English speaking guide
  • NamibRand Nature Reserve flight to Sossusvlei Desert Lodge airstrip
  • All meals according to itinerary
  • Activities according to itinerary: Day 3: Nature tour, Day 4: Land Rover Safari, Day 5: Hot air balloon ride, Day 6: Catamaran Fagrt from Walvis Bay, Day 10: Jeep or Walking Safari, Day 11: Bush Walk in Onguma Wild Reserve, Day 14: Bushman Tour at Waterberg
  • Entrance Fees: NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namib Naukluft National Park; Dorob National Park, Twyfelfontein, Palmwag Concession, Etosha National Park
  • Porter fees
  • Accommodation according to itinerary
  • Tourism Fee & Taxes
  • 24 hour emergency evacuation insurance

Exclusive

  • International flights
  • Meals not mentioned, activities
  • Visas, if needed
  • Travel & Personal Accident Insurance
  • Personal expenses, such as gratuities

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