Grand Namibia Safari
This luxury tour inludes all the highlights of Namibia. This tour can also be done as a self-drive tour. See the price list for more detail
This tour of Namibia is a luxury safari and completely tailormade to suit your needs. It will exclusively be your particular group on this safari. No other peoples hang ups and preferences that you will need to deal with. The program will therefore be highly flexible.
Your guide will be an expert, not only on Namibia, its environment, history and culture, but will ensure that he or she understands the economy and culture of your own country. The aim will be to make a meaningful contribution to your knowledge and interests and it will be his or her passion to make your Namibia Safari an enjoyable and exciting adventure
Only the most luxurious transport will be used. Our state of the art vehicles are equipped with all safety features and insurances. We strongly recommend overland tours as opposed to flying from one destination to the next. This is the only way to experience Namibia and its people. In order to enjoy this experience you need the highest levels of comfort and security in the vehicle.
Our preference is to include everything in your tour. Lunch is normally a light meal but evening meals are always of a really high quality. Accommodation is of the highest standards available in a particular area. At some destinations even your drinks are included, but generally speaking, drinks will be your only additional cost on this tour. Your guide will fit the bill for the first bottle of wine at the dinner table at his discretion.
Day 1: Windhoek - Canon Lodge. On arrival at the Hosea Katako International Airport near Windhoek, you will be met and transferred to Eros Airport from where you will be transferred by light aircraft to Canon Lodge near the Fish River Canyon in the south of Namibia. If you are flying from Cape Town you will fly via charter aircraft to Noordoewer where you will have customs clearance. From there an overland transfer will be done to Canon Lodge.
This is where your Grand Namibia Safari will start. Here you will stay in luxury caves which are extended to form beautiful and luxury rooms. You will be at leisure for the rest of the afternoon to enjoy the marvellous relaxing swimming pool and surrounds.
Day 2 and 3: Fish River Canyon – Helmeringhuasen Hotel – Duwesib Castle and Sossusvlei. We will visit the Fish River Canyon early in the morning. This is one of the world’s deepest and widest canyons. We believe that its magnitude and beauty is only second to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Early in the mornings, or late afternoons, the shadows and sun form a breathtakingly beautiful kaleidoscope of colours.
After breakfast we will depart to Helmeringhausen where we will stop for lunch. On our way we will stop at some of the most facinating rock formations and desert plants which present themselves as a perfect photo opportunity. The word "desert" will certainly have a totally new meaning for you.
After lunch we will visit Duwesib Castle, a 22 room neo-baroque fortress deep in the Namib Desert. This castle is rich in history and in a very good condition. If you were not aware of its existence it would certainly be the surprise of the Namibia safari.
Tonight we will overnight at Sossusvlei Lodge at Sesriem, a luxurious lodge deep in the Namib Desert at the entrance to the Sossusvlei area. (If your time does not allow you to do such a long tour you can fly from Windhoek to Sossusvlei where your guide will meet you. This will be option 2 on the price list.)
Day 4: Sossusvlei – Solitaire – The Stiltz Swakopmund: It will be another early morning. We will visit Sossusvlei at sunrise. The Namibians believe that the sand dunes around Sossusvlei are the highest in the world. Everybody agrees that this is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The early morning colours are ever changing and of another world. It is therefore no surpise that National Geographic have included Sossusvlei in Namibia in their list of photo hotspots of the planet..
We will return to Sossusvlei Lodge for breakfast and then depart to Solitaire where we will enjoy a light lunch and (arguably) the best Appletraffe. On our way to Solitaire we will stop at some breathtaking scenery such as the petrified dunes.
Our first stop in the afternoon will most likely be in the magnificent Kuiseb Canyons. This is in size is nothing compared to the Fish River Canyon but the rock formations and the vegetation is certainly something that you will remember for a very long time.
We will overnight at The Stiltz in Swakopmund. You did not come to Africa to experience Europe or America, neither to be uncomfortable. The Stiltz is uniquely Namibian and luxurious.
Day 5: Swakopmund – Walvisbay – Swakopmund: Today will be a very relaxed day. Swakopmund is Namibia’s premier coastal resort.
The German influence is eminent in older buildings. It is hard to believe that such a beautiful and colourful town is in one of the world’s driest deserts. We shall visit some of the German colonial buildings in the morning or you can do an optional quad bike safari into the desert.
Whatever you choose, there will be enough time to relax or to do shopping in this beautiful town.
This afternoon we will visit Walvis Bay, Namibia’s second city and premier harbour town, which is just 30 km from Swakopmund.
The main attraction of Walvis Bay is its excellent birdlife. Not only flamingos and other marine birds but a variety of bird species which are completely isolated from similar species at other places. They breed in the swamps which have developed around the area where the city’s sewage is pumped after purification.
Later we will visit the so-called moon landscape, an area where the only growing plants that you will see are isolated specimens of Welwitchia. These plants are living fossils which have adapted to survive and even flourish in the driest of dry deserts. This part of the Namib Desert is apparently the area with the lowest rainfall on earth. The rock formations make up for the lack of greeness and displays beautiful colours.
Day 6: Swakopmund – Skeleton Coast – Cape Cross. Today will be another rather relaxed day. We will enjoy a late breakfast and then continue with our Namibia Safari.
We will stop for lunch in Henties Bay, a fishing village along the Skeleton Coast of Namibia. After lunch we will travel to the Cape Cross Seal colony. Here you will see a very large concentration of Cape Fur Seals before we check into the Cape Cross Lodge.
The Cape Cross Lodge is a luxurious lodge in the desert. There is no fresh water and every litre of water which the lodge uses is transported by truck to this lodge.
The land mammals such as Jackal and Brown Hyena have adapted to survive without ever drinking water. They get their moisture from the marine animals blood on which they survive. This does not mean that they will refuse a fresh sip if it is on offer. The result is that they do visit the lodge daily in search of fresh water. You will see these animals from your room balcony. (If your time does not allow you to do such a long tour you can use a scheduled flight to Walvis Bay where your tour guide will meet you up at Walvis Bay Airport. This will be option 3 on the price list)
Day 7: Cape Cross Lodge – Skeleton Coast – Palmwag. We will drive north along the Skeleton Coast. The many ships that have been stranded along this coast is the origin of this rather strange name. Sailors have often died of starvation with the result that either nothing or only skeletons were ever found.
We will turn inland and drive to Damaraland where we will visit a local tribe. This will give you an opportunity to meet some of Namibia’s and the world's most isolated people.
We will have on a picnic basket for lunch. There are certainly no restaurants in this arid part of the world but very interesting landscapes, plants animals and people. Today will certainly be genuine safari experience.
We will overnight at Palmwag. Palmwag is a completely isolated oasis in the desert with amazingly richness in both fauna and flora. We will certainly see some smaller animals but hope to see Black rhino, elephants and perhaps even lions. These animals have adapted to survive for months without the luxury of drinking water.
Tonight you will hear complete silence while doing some star gazing and enjoying an excellent meal.
Day 8: Palmwag – Twyfelfontein – Ugab Terrace Lodge. We will visit the Petrified Forest on our way to Twyfelfontein. The trees of the Petrified Forest grew somewhere else and were carried by flood water to the present location in the Namib Desert. The massive trunks were deposited in silica rich mud where no oxygen could come into contact with it. The silica molecules then penetrated and replaced the wood molecules during the course of time. The miniralization of the wood has produced colourful rocks in which the grain of the wood and the knots are still very visible.
There are roughly 50 big trunks of which the largest is 30 m tall.
Lunch will be at Twyfelfontein Country Lodge. Centuries ago a normadic tribe, the San or Bushmen, have lived and hunted in this barren world. These people were the first inhabitants of Southern Africa. They used to hunt with a bow and arrow and they lived in caves.
The Bushmen use rock art as communication. These rock paintings can still be seen in certain areas. The rock paintings at Twyfelfontein are very well preserved. It is difficult to believe that they might be 6000 years old.
Before leaving the Namib Desert to continue our tour of Namibia, we will see the Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes. Here the rock columns resemble the pipes on a large church organ.
These columns were formed about 120 million years ago when the dolerite shrank as it cooled, forming these marvellous angular columns up to 5 m high in the process
Our tour will take us trough Khorixas and then on to the Ugab River Valley. Here in this valley on a hill with 180 degrees spectacular views, is Ugab Terrace Lodge.
From the lodge you will see the Vingerklip (Finger Rock) a 60 m high tower or finger which was formed when the surrounding rock and soil were eroded through wind and sand, over millions of years.
Day 9 and 10: Etosha National Park. Etosha National Park is Namibia's best known and largest National Park or game reserve which is not in the desert. The park is home to large numbers of game - rhino and elephant and the large predators such as cheetah, lion and leopard.
Your luxurious lodge will be at a waterhole. Numerous game will visit the waterhole day and night. The best game viewing is often from the lodge but we will do two game drives per day in order to explore a larger part of this massive park. Etosha is certainly Namibia's safari paradise.
Day 11: Waterberg Plateau National Park. This is most definitely one of Namibia's flagship National Parks. This park is elevated high above the surrounding plains.
The vegetation in the Waterberg mountains forms a very strong contrast with anything that you have experienced up until now. The Waterberg Plateau National Park is ecologically diverse and home to 200 different bird species. Since 1972 some rare animal species were translocated to this park in order to protect them from predators and poachers. This project was so successful that the Waterberg Plateau National Park now supplies other Namibian parks with rare animals. Black Rhino was reintroduced into the park in 1989 and since then their numbers are steadily increasing
We will be early enough to enjoy a hiking trip in this beautiful park which will be planned to accommodate everyone's fitness levels. Perhaps hard to describe, this is often the highlight of the Temba Namibia Safari.
Day 12 and 13: Erindi Game Reserve. People come to Africa to see big game and we at Temba Safari, understand this and welcome it. Game viewing is our passion. This is why we are going to surprise you with the best game reserve possible at the end of the magnificent Namibia tour.
Erindi Game Reserve is a 71 000 hectares, or roughly 160 00 acre, private game reserve - a mere 120 km from Windhoek.
It is home for some of the smallest insects to the largest land mammals on the planet. Intensive re-facilitation and conservation measures are being taken to ensure that this vast area remains a safe-haven for these creatures.
Game drives will be done in open Land Rovers and are lead by Erindi’s team of dedicated and experienced rangers. You can look forward to close encounters with animals in this pristine wilderness. We will follow the daily patterns of hunting, feeding, courting and suckling and discover creatures that many people do not even realize exist.
During these game drives you will share the safari vehicles with other guests of the park.
The day will begins before first light with an early wake up call. We will meet at the main lodge where the kitchen prepares freshly brewed coffee, tea, home made rusks, muffins and fresh fruit juice. We will depart in the Land Rovers, the air crisp and the morning alive with the sounds of the bush. The rangers have an intimate knowledge of the environment, reading signs of the previous night’s activities. They will take us into their world. It will not be long before we pick up the spoor of a predator left not long before as the first rays of the sun pierce the mountains in the distance. Communicating by radio, the vehicles share information on sightings giving us a greater chance of experiencing as much as possible.
Evening game drives are a very different experience. A short trip will take us to where all the vehicles meet for sundowners. Intense golden hues will make the evening surreal as we sip on cocktails and enjoy light snacks.
The light normally softens after a magnificent sunset, when the sun dips behind the horizon, the air cools and day transforms into night. This is when animals leave the safety of their daytime shelters.
The numerous nocturnal hunters, including lion and genet, pick up scents trailing the night air. Evening trips also bring incredible viewing of little creatures such as striped polecat, African wild cat, bat eared foxes, porcupine and pangolin, brown hyena, spotted hyena and jackal.
The accommodation is clearly world class. The impressive lodge comprises the main dining room and viewing deck as well as 35 well-appointed and spacious suites. The suites are equipped with all luxuries that you might expect.
Day 14: Transfer to the airport. If possible try to book an afternoon flight from Windhoek. This will give us time to enjoy the morning game drive before we depart. If time allows we shall do a short city tour of Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. There might also be time for last minute shopping before we say goodbye to the best Namibia safari that you can ever hope to experience
Mudumu National Park lies on the eastern bank of the Kwando River in the Caprivi strip in Namibia