Namibia in Focus
Our Namibia in Focus escorted tour is designed to not only visit Namibia’s highlights such as the Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund and Etosha National Park You also explore some of the further reaches of Damaraland, where you might not venture with a rental car. Here you may be lucky to encounter desert adapted elephant or rhino or perhaps visit the remore semi-nomadic Himba people. We use upmarket and charming accommodation and our own highly praised guides.
Note: As you have your own private guide, we tend to book the lodges on a DBB basis with your private guide doing the game drives into the reserves. However where it is beneficial, we also book some evening or morning activities with the lodges. Lunches are mainly light picnic lunches as you are often on the move.
Namibia in Focus Escorted Tour at a glance :
1 night at Olive Grove Guesthouse, Windhoek DBB
2 nights at Kulala Desert Lodge, Sossusvlei, Full Board
2 nights at Villa Marguerita or Cornerstone Guest House in Swakopmund – Breakfast & Lunch
1 night at Mowani Mountain Lodge, Twyfelfontein – Full Board
2 nights at Grootberg Lodge, Damaraland – Full Board
1 night at Ongava Lodge, Central Etosha – Full Board
2 nights at Onguma Tented Camp, Eastern Etosha – Full Board
1 night Windhoek, Olive Grove Guesthouse, Dinner,Bed & Breakfast
On arrival at Windhoek Airport you proceed to the Arrivals hall. Here you are met by our guide for the start of your Namibian tour. You are transferred to Olive Grove for your overnight stay.
Olive Grove is a contemporary 11 room guest house in a quiet location close to the centre of Windhoek. Rooms in the main house are spacious with a North African influence and earthy décor. Some have funky bathrooms incorporating organic oversize baths. Others are smaller with more classically elegant furnishings. All have spacious verandas with their own garden furniture. There’s a pool, terrace and secluded jacuzzi.
Accommodation: Olive Grove Guesthouse
Located in: Namibia - Windhoek
2 nights Namib Desert, Kulala Desert Lodge, Full Board & Nature Activities
Today the adventure begins! Our guide will collect you to set off across an extraordinary range of desert habitats and “moonscapes” on your way to the famous dunes at Sossusvlei for your two night stay at the delightful Kulala Desert Lodge.
This afternoon you enjoy an afternoon nature drive in their private concession with the guides of Wilderness Safaris.
The following morning (Day 3) you rise with the sun to see one of the most exhilarating sights in Namibia – the towering dunes of Sossusvlei, some of the largest in the world, rising more than 1000 feet above the desert. Many of our visitors lose their hearts to Namibia after seeing Sossusvlei. This is paradise for the photographer, as the shadows create a magnificent contrast of colours. Marvel at the gemsbok and other animals that manage to survive in these dry conditions. The energetic can climb one of the dunes for a panorama of the endless dune landscape and the changing play of light. This excursion will be with your guide in your private vehicle.
Kulala Desert Lodge is a small and intimate lodge with only 13 rooms and particularly fine cuisine. The lodge is 30km south of Sesriem but their private entrance to the Park is the closest to Sossusvlei, with some of the highest sand dunes in the world, and is used for their 4×4 guided dune excursions. Nature walks and sundowner drives are also offered, with horse riding and hot-air ballooning optional extras. Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert rivals Etosha as the highlight of a Namibian holiday.
Accommodation: Kulala Desert Lodge
Located in: Namibia - Sossusvlei & Namib Desert
2 nights Swakopmund, Villa Marguerita or Cornerstone Guest House, Breakfast & Lunch
You leave the Namib Naukluft after breakfast and travel to the German colonial resort of Swakopmund. The drive over the gravel plains of the northern Namib Desert is another long drive. But as you travel across the stark and hauntingly beautiful desert plains you will note that, although seemingly barren, this area is home to a surprising number of animals, including, ostrich, oryx and springbok. The sea breezes of Swakopmund make a refreshing change in the early afternoon, and on your way into town you can briefly tour the Bay, with its squawking flocks of flamingos and seabirds.
During your stay in Swakopmund, depending on your interests, you can visit Walvis Bay inhabited by Flamingos and waders, or visit the Welwitschia “forest” and the surreal landscape of the “Moon Mountains”, an area of deep chasms and interesting geological features. Alternatively Swakopmund provides a welcome resting place where you can meander along the beach, enjoy superb seafood or marvel at the High German architecture. Dinner is for your own account so that you can sample some of the excellent sea food restaurants in Swakopmund. Overnight at Villa Marguerita or Cornerstone Guest House.
Accommodation: Cornerstone Guesthouse
Located in: Namibia - Swakopmund
1 Night Damaraland, Mowani Mountain Lodge, Full Board
Journey up the coast, via Africa’s largest seal colony at Cape Cross, seeing a little of the infamous Skeleton Coast en route. Imagine the horror of early explorers whose shipwrecks lie strewn along the shore, doomed by treacherous fogs and currents. Then cut inland towards the Burnt Mountain, Twyffelfontein and the Petrified Forest. Stay overnight at Mowani Mountain Camp.
Mowani Mountain Camp, meaning “place of god”, lies amongst rugged boulders with sweeping panoramic views over Damaraland. Styled as an African village, a cluster of six thatched dome-shaped structures echo the surrounding boulders. The sides of the bar, lounge and dining areas are open giving a cool feel even on the hottest day.
Activities on offer (at extra cost) include nature drives, guided excursions to the Twyffelfontein Engravings and hot air ballooning.
Accommodation: Mowani Mountain Camp
Located in: Damaraland - Namibia
2 nights Grootberg Lodge, Damaraland, Full Board with picnic lunch
Head further north into Damaraland, to Grootberg Lodge for your two night stay. Damaraland is one of our favourite areas of Namibia – its innate beauty intensified by the solitude and the sense of freedom it engenders. This rugged mountain wilderness to the west of Etosha offers great photographic opportunities with its imposing granite domes and dramatic flat-topped mountains. Here you may be lucky enough to encounter some of the desert-dwelling elephant, the rare black rhino and other game which migrates across Damaraland according to the rains.
Grootberg Lodge was the first mid-market lodge in Namibia that is 100% owned by the conservancy. It enjoys a spectacular hillside setting and offers a win-win product. The visitor enjoys the great setting, good food and a number of optional excursions. Our guide will take you on game drives into the conservancy but there are some optional activities also offered by the lodge (at extra cost).
1 night Ongava Game Reserve, South of Etosha, Ongava Lodge or Andersson’s Camp, Full Board
Today you continue to Ongava Game Reserve adjacent to Etosha. Ongava Lodge lies in the private 30,000 hectare Ongava Game Reserve on the southern boundary of Etosha. The luxurious lodge has a magnificent setting, perched on a koppie overlooking an active floodlit waterhole and the African plains below.
With its resident White and Black Rhino, rhino tracking on foot is one of the most popular activities at Ongava. Guests also have the chance to see elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah and the plains species. Keen birders may see various species from a Pygmy Falcon to some of Namibia’s endemic species such as Hartlaub’s Francolin, the Barecheeked Babbler or Ruppel’s Parrot.
Note: As we stay here for only one night, we book one evening game drive with the lodge’s guides and then the following morning, you leave early to enjoy the full day on a game drive in Etosha with your own private guide.
Andersson’s Camp is a slightly more moderate camp which we use if there are only 2 people (and during the peak July to October period) to keep costs down. It is named after a famed Swedish explorer, Charles Andersson, one of the first Europeans to explore and describe Etosha.
Accommodation: Ongava Lodge
Located in: Etosha - Namibia
Accommodation: Andersson’s Camp
Located in: Etosha - Namibia
2 nights Etosha National Park, Onguma Tented Camp, Full Board
Today you travel through Etosha National Park, game-viewing en route towards the Eastern side of the Park where you stay at the luxurious Onguma tented camp which is adjacent to the park.
Onguma Tented Camp was originally part of Etosha Game Reserve. The 20,000ha Onguma reserve includes savannah, bushveld, omuramba and dry pan and lies on the eastern side of Etosha, bordering Fisher’s pan, and offers the opportunity to experience Africa in all her beauty and diversity. Onguma Tented Camp offers a unique bush experience and overlooks a waterhole. Visitors include rhino, lion, various antelope, birds and other wildlife. Plains game roam freely on the reserve and predators, although not easy to spot, are nevertheless common residents of the area.
Accommodation: Onguma Tented Camp
Located in: Etosha - Namibia
Return to Windhoek
This morning you head south back to Windhoek in time for your onward flight.
Olive Grove Guesthouse
Olive Grove is one of our favourite places to stay in Windhoek – a stylish contemporary 11 room guest house in a quiet location close to the centre of Windhoek. Olive Grove Guesthouse has a small swimming pool set in a courtyard garden, sun loungers under shade and a large terrace, which is ideal for alfresco meals. Inside there’s a comfortable lounge, with a computer with internet access if needed, and open plan kitchen. One charming feature of Olive Grove Guesthouse is the secluded Jacuzzi on the balcony, which is a great way to relax on your first evening on holiday in Namibia.
Kulala Desert Lodge
Kulala Desert Lodge is a lovely lodge of 23 thatch and canvas ‘kulalas’ (rooms), with a unique private entrance to the Namib Naukluft Park, making it the closest lodge to the majestic red dunes of Sossusvlei. The design and decor at Kulala Desert Lodge are both imaginative and sensitive to the fragile ecosystem of the area. Eco-friendly adobe walls give a Moroccan ambience to the lodge and provide a cool refuge from the Namibian heat.
Cornerstone offers the charm and intimacy of a family-run guest house combined with the modern amenities of a boutique hotel. Within a few minutes from the guest house you can walk to beaches, cafés, restaurants, lively pubs, Swakopmund tourist attractions and a variety of interesting shops and markets in the town.
Mowani Mountain Camp
Mowani Mountain is a beautiful and romantic camp among rugged boulders with sweeping panoramic views over Damaraland – a vast and unspoilt wilderness area with magnificent desert scenery, unusual geological formations, ancient rock engravings and a unique variety of desert fauna & flora. It lies close to the rock engravings, organ pipes and amber mountain of Twyfelfontein.
Ongava Game Reserve is a private 30,000ha reserve on the boundary of Etosha National Park. The luxurious Ongava Lodge has a magnificent setting, perched on a koppie overlooking an active floodlit waterhole and the African plains below. Paths and plenty of steps connect the 14 air-conditioned thatch and stone chalets which are dotted around the hillside. With its resident white and black rhino, rhino tracking on foot is a popular activity at Ongava. You also have the chance to see plenty of plains species and various bird species with the bird hide on offer.
Andersson’s Camp is an exciting example of sustainable construction in Namibia. It is situated right next to Etosha National Park (only 4.5km from the gate) in the private Ongava Game Reserve making it the ideal choice for self-drive visitors. Andersson’s Camp has 20 tents under thatch. Each is on raised wooden decks with double doors out to a small covered veranda with pleasant views of the Namibian bush. Each tent has natural stone en-suite bathroom with a unique shower.
Onguma Tented Camp
Onguma Tented Camp borders Fisher Pan in the 20,000ha private Onguma Reserve backing onto Etosha National Park. Plains game roam freely on the reserve. The seven glamorous tented rooms at Onguma Tented Camp offer a casual and timeless elegance with natural materials – wood, stone and textiles – making it a visual and tactile feast.
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