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- This tour starts and ends in Windhoek
- We can book your international flights
- Fly to Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek
- Fly back from Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek
- A transfer from and back to the airport is included
- Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for an extra cost
Upon arrival in Namibia, a Safari Haute Couture representative will meet you at the airport and whisk you away to your Windhoek accommodation.
Your first day is a chance to acclimatize and explore Windhoek, a multicultural city of 350,000 with a distinctly European feel to it.
As part of your first day with us, we will take you on a half-day city tour to see historic sites such as Alte Fest, Christ Church, the Supreme Court building, and more.
Dinner is included at your hotel, but more adventurous travelers might wish to venture out and experience Windhoek’s dynamic dining scene.
Windhoek to Spreetshoogte Pass to Sossusvlei
We’ll set out after breakfast today for the picturesque drive south to the world-famous dunes of Sossusvlei.
Your drive takes you through Spreetshoogte Pass, the perfect place for a gourmet picnic lunch with one of the best views to be found anywhere in Namibia. Your picnic lunch offers a window into the European-African fusion that predominates Namibian cuisine, as you’ll try game meats, wurst sausages, and fresh-baked bread.
After your lunch is complete and photos have been taken, we’ll continue down to your Sossusvlei accommodation.
Once check-in formalities are complete and you’ve had a cold drink, you’ll have the option to head out for an afternoon nature drive through the stark beauty of the Namibian desert. Finish your day with a sundowner – beer, wine, or a cocktail – and soak in the serene silence that permeates the region.
The Dunes of Sossusvlei
It’s an early start today, as we look to experience the majesty of the dunes of Sossusvlei at sunrise. The rising sun sets fire to the brilliantly red dunes, painting the entire landscape in vivid colours.
If you’re feeling especially energetic, you can start your day with a brisk climb up Dune 45 – one of the largest sand dunes in the world.
From here, we’ll head to nearby Deadvlei, famed around the world for its stark beauty. Here, the blackened stumps of trees rise from a white pan, creating the surreal beauty that saw the area used as a filming location in the Jennifer Lopez movie, The Cell.
Here, you’ll also have the opportunity to stretch your legs with a shorter sand dune hike that affords you breathtaking views of a sea of sanguine sand.
Once your time in the desert is done, you’ll return to your accommodation for a delicious lunch, a dip in the pool, and some time to savour the memories you’ve made.
To Swakopmund and the Skeleton Coast
We bid farewell to the Namib Desert today as we make our way to the windswept Atlantic coast. Here, the town of Swakopmund stands as Namibia’s premier beach playground.
Along the way, we’ll pay a visit to the quaint desert town of Solitaire. Like something out of post- apocalyptic fiction, this isolated little desert town has developed a reputation for having the best apple pie in the world. Having tried it ourselves, we can attest to its deliciousness!
Our next stop will be the small town of Walvis Bay. Here, we’ll pay a visit to one of the most remote places in all of Namibia – the lonely lighthouse at Pelican Point. After the heat of the desert, the cool of the coast will make for a refreshing change, and you’ll spend your afternoon viewing the marine
wildlife that calls the region home: including jackals, seals, and huge numbers of bright pink flamingos.
Our final stop will be Swakopmund proper, where we’ll arrive in time for a delicious dinner.
A Day at the Beach
After a hearty breakfast, we’ll have the day to explore the beach town of Swakopmund. Namibia’s most popular holiday town is famous for its palm tree lined streets and bustling promenade lined with boutiques, cafes, and antique shops – the perfect place for a lazy stroll!
Your day is one of relaxation, with Swakopmund famed for the local tradition of Kaffee-Kuchen: taking a break from your exploration for coffee and cake along with a spot of people watching.
You’ve a wealth of options at your fingertips for dinner tonight, as Swakopmund is undoubtedly Namibia’s culinary hotspot. Whether fresh seafood, hearty German fare, or international cuisine – we’ll be able to make a recommendation sure to satisfy.
To Etosha National Park
We’ll bid farewell to the Skeleton Coast after breakfast and make our way north towards Etosha National Park.
Our true destination is the nearby Ongava Game Reserve, a world-class nature reserve that shares an ecosystem with the busier national park it borders.
After checking in and freshening up, we’ll head out for an afternoon safari. The Etosha biosphere is home to a huge variety of wildlife including giraffes, zebras, lions, elephants, rhinoceros, and more.
From the safety and comfort of your open-top vehicle, you’ll get front row seats for a spectacular wildlife viewing experience.
Returning to your lodge in time for a sundowner, you’ll have time to relax by the fire and reflect upon the day you’ve had.
A Day on Safari
We’ve got a full day for exploring Ongava Reserve today, divided into morning and afternoon game drives to maximize your chances of spotting more elusive wildlife.
A sunrise game drive gives you an ideal opportunity to see predators such as lions and hyenas on the hunt, while a sunset game drive offers you the chance to snap spectacularly colourful photos of the dramatic landscapes against a backdrop of purple, orange, and pink.
In between and after your game drives, you’ll have time to relax and enjoy the lodge.
Okonjima Cheetah Reserve
We’ve saved something special for your last full day in Namibia, as we’re headed to the world-renowned Okonjima Cheetah Sanctuary for an up close and personal interaction with these gorgeous big cats.
Your accommodation includes a number of activities including night game drives to spot cheetahs and the elusive pangolin, self-guided hiking, an afternoon game drive, and the chance to see the resident leopards and cheetahs up close.
It’s a once in a lifetime game viewing experience sure to be a highlight from your trip.
Back to Windhoek
After breakfast, its time to hit the road back towards Windhoek.
Stopping along the way at the famous Woodcarver’s Market in Okahandja, you’ll have the chance to buy some last-minute souvenirs from the Herero people who live in the region. Instantly recognisable in their colourful dresses and distinctive headdresses, the Herero are one of Namibia’s most famous tribal people.
We’ll then continue onto Windhoek, where you’ll be taken to the airport for your onward travel.
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