Namibia in Focus – a private tour with a guide

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.

The Accommodation 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 Treetop Camp, Eastern Etosha – Full Board

Tailor-made options

As with nearly all our sample itineraries, it can be tailor-made to suit you and your interests and time-frame. Though we don’t recommend cutting it down in length by more than a night… As this is a sample itinerary, you can easily add a few nights in Cape Town or even Botswana.

Contact us for YOUR perfect African holiday!

See Day by Day
Day 1

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

Day 2 to 3

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

Day 4

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

Day 6

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

Day 7

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).

Accommodation: Grootberg Lodge
Located in: Damaraland - Namibia

Day 9

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.

Accommodation: Ongava Lodge
Located in: Etosha - Namibia

Day 10

2 nights Etosha National Park, Onguma Treetop 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 Treetop Camp which is adjacent to the park.

Onguma Game Reserve was originally part of the greater Etosha Game Reserve. The 42,000ha 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. Age-old and well-worn migration routes, once used by elephant and buffalo wander through Onguma’s three dry riverbeds.

Onguma Tree Top 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 Tree Top Camp
Located in: Etosha - Namibia

Day 12

Return to Windhoek

This morning you head south back to Windhoek in time for your onward flight.

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Meals and accommodation as specified in text, transport, services of a guide, all park and entrance fees
International & domestic flights, visas, items of a personal nature, meals not specified
Best time to go:
Mid March to October
Minimum number:
Prices shown for 2 or 4. Larger groups on request
Health requirements:
Anti-malarial precautions essential north of Windhoek
We have given prices for 2 or 4 people in a Toyota Landcruiser as well as 4 people in a Toyota Quantum. Lower prices for 6 people or more on request.
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