Central Namibia
The glossy Starling

Travel through Central Namibia! Experience the changing colours of the Sossusvlei dunes as the sun goes by, the Namib Desert with its endless landscape and the unique wildlife of the Etosha National Park. 

Day 1: Airport – Windhoek

After your arrival at the Windhoek International Airport, you will start you Namibia Tour by driving to Windhoek. Spend the day at leisure – you might want to go on a city tour.
Windhoek is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Namibia. Notable landmarks are: Parliament Gardens, Christ Church and the Tintenpalast.
Overnight in the Olive Grove Guesthouse

Day 2: Windhoek – Namib Region

The journey leads you to the fascinating dunes in the Sossusvlei area. Enjoy a scenic drive via the Spreetshoogte Pass to Solitaire.
Spreetshoogte Pass is a mountain pass in central Namibia, connecting the Namib Desert with the Khomas Highland by traversing the Great Escarpment, a geological feature of much of the southern part of the African continent. The top of the pass features a rest place from which there is a spectacular view into the adjacent Namib.
Now still continue towards south till you reach the lodge.
Overnight in the Desert Homestead Lodge
 

Day 3: Sossusvlei

Today you can explore the Sossusvlei, surrounded by the world’s highest dunes.
The sand dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert are thought to be the highest dunes in the world. The best time to view Sossusvlei is close to sunrise and sunset, when colours and shades change constantly, offering a photographer’s dream.
Overnight in the Desert Homestead Lodge

Day 4: Sossusvlei - Swakopmund

Your journey leads you to the coast line of Namibia. Today you will drive through the barren Namib Desert with its unique eco-system. You can visit the ancient Welwitschia plants and the moonlandscape.
The Namib Desert, the world's oldest desert (43 million years), covers just under 50 000km² and incorporates the Namib Naukluft Park, a section of the diamond area to the south and the Skeleton Coast to the north, which was recently proclaimed as the Dorop Park.
Overnight in the Namib Guesthouse

Day 5: Swakopmund

Enjoy the day in leisure.
Swakopmund was founded in 1892 as the main harbor for German South-West Africa, and a sizable part of its population is still German-speaking today. Boats were offloaded at Swakopmund’s landmark, the jetty. The town has a lot to offer which include attractions like: the National Marine Aquarium, the Crystal Gallery, the Martin Luther Steam locomotive and “things to do” like fishing, skydiving and quad biking, dune riding, ballooning, camel riding and excellent shopping possibilities.
Overnight in the Namib Guesthouse

Day 6: Swakopmund - Erongo Mountains

You will enjoy another hearty breakfast at the guesthouse, before you continue your journey via Usakos into the Erongo Mountains. En-route you might want to visit a SAN living museum to explore the traditional live of the SAN people.
The stunning Erongo Mountains are located in Damaraland, west of the town of Omaruru, and represent a 130-million-year-old volcanic complex of about 30km in diameter. The variety of rock and landscape formations in the Erongo mountains are every nature lovers, photographers and artists dream.
Overnight in the Erongo Wilderness Lodge

Day 7: Erongo – Etosha National Park

You can go on an early morning guided walk, before you depart for the famous Etosha National park. On your way there, you will pass through Omaruru and Outjo.
Omaruru, a picturesque town, is rich in history. It is also home to many artist and offers a yearly artist festival in September.
Overnight at the Vreugde Guestfarm

Day 8: Etosha National Park

On your first game drive, you will get to know some of the abundant wildlife Namibia has to offer.
Etosha National Park offers excellent game viewing in one of Africa’s most accessible venues. Zebra and springbok are scattered across the endless horizon, while the many waterholes attract endangered black rhinoceros, lion, elephant and large numbers of antelope.
Overnight at the Vreugde Guestfarm

Day 9 and 10: Etosha National Park

Enjoy some more game-viewing whilst driving toward the eastern part of the park. With just a little luck you will be able to see a herd of elephants, splashing in one of the few waterholes.
Elephants are the largest living land animals on earth today. They typically live for 50 to 70 years, but the oldest recorded elephant lived for 82 years. The male elephant weighs about 10,900 kg with a shoulder height of 3.96 meters. Elephants suck water up 14 litres of water into the trunk and then blow it into their mouths.
Overnight at the Mushara Lodge

Day 11: Etosha National Park – Okonjima

You will depart in the morning and drive via Tsumeb, Otavi and Otjiwarongo, till you reach the homeland of the AfriCat Foundation.
Tsumeb is the largest town in Oshikoto region in northern Namibia. The town is the site of a deep mine (the lower workings now closed), that in its heyday was known simply as "The Tsumeb Mine" but has since been renamed the Ongopolo mine.
Overnight at the Okonjima Plains Camp  

Day 12: Okonjima - Windhoek – Airport

Early in the morning you can still participate on one of the activities offered by the lodge, before departing for Okahandja and Windhoek. You will then have to carry on to the Windhoek International Airport.

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