Namibia is a country of vast open spaces and dramatic desert scenery. This one-week safari flies you between the top attractions of this unique destination: the impressive natural beauty of the Fish River Canyon, the magnificent Sossusvlei sand dunes, the palm-lined streets of Swakopmund and Etosha National Park with its game-packed waterholes.
On arrival in Windhoek, you’ll be met at the airport by a Southern Africa Travel representative who’ll assist you in connecting to your charter flight to Fish River Lodge. The airstrip lies just 3km from the lodge, and the flight itself is a highlight as you look down on the mighty canyon and glistening Fish River.
Fish River Lodge is perched on the edge of the second largest canyon in the world. The lodge is run by excellent staff, has a relaxed feel and (whether you’re in the lounge, restaurant, bar or swimming pool) spectacular views out over the canyon.
As the day cools you might want to go for a walk along the lip of the canyon. Then in the evening toast your arrival in Namibia with a chilled drink, before sitting down to a three-course dinner.
A delicious breakfast in the glass-walled dining room of Fish River Lodge sets you up for your charter flight to Sossusvlei. You’ll arrive at Hoodia Desert Lodge in time for lunch, then the rest of the day is yours to do as you please.
Each chalet has its own shaded verandah looking out across the desert to the mountains in the distance. There’s a wonderful outdoor shower and bath, or you can take a dip in the lodge swimming pool. In the evening there’s the option of setting off for sundowner drinks and snacks served on a hillside overlooking the Namib.
Hoodia Lodge lies around a 20-minute drive from the Sesriem Gate to Sossusvlei. This puts you within easy reach of the famous red sand dunes, but far enough away to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Namib Desert.
Your day starts early with a guided tour of Sossusvlei where you’ll see (and if you’re up for the challenge climb!) some of the tallest sand dunes in the world. Another highlight is Deadvlei, a cracked white clay pan where skeleton-like trees stand stark against the red dune background.
After your tour you’ll be transferred to Sossusvlei Airstrip for your charter flight to Swakopmund. Here you’ll be met at the airport by a Southern Africa Travel representative who’ll transfer you to the Hotel Eberwein. Built in 1910, this hotel was once the stately mansion of Hermann Wille who designed many of the elegant, German colonial-style buildings in Swakopmund.
The next day after breakfast you’ll be driven to Walvis Bay for a boat trip out on the lagoon. This stretch of coastline is famous for its rich diversity of animal- and birdlife with large numbers of pelicans, flamingos and Cape fur seals. You’ve also got a good chance of seeing dolphins and (in season) humpback whales too.
On your way to Etosha National Park you stop at Twyfelfontein. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has one of the largest concentrations of petroglyphs (ancient rock engravings) in Africa with around 2,500 well-preserved images.
From there it's on to Etosha where you'll be staying at Etosha Safari Lodge. Set on a hilltop with fantastic views over the surrounding bush, this larger lodge has comfortable chalets and a wonderful deck where guests gather for sundowners and al fresco dinners under a starry sky.
Set off in the early morning on a game drive in the national park. This wildlife-rich wilderness has well-maintained roads leading to waterholes where in the dry season you're likely to see large herds of springbok, elephant, zebra, giraffe, rhino and even lion.
A Township Tour & Your Flight Back Home
After a final breakfast at Etosha Safari Lodge you catch your charter flight back to Windhoek.
Have a leisurely lunch in town, before going on a guided tour of the Katutura Township. This area has many lively markets with stalls selling traditional food called Kapana and traditional drink, Tombo.
In the late afternoon you’ll be driven to Windhoek International Airport for your international flight back home.
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