Transfer by road from Windhoek Airport to Olive Grove Guest House
Day 2 - Day 3
Travel by road from Olive Guest House to the Waterberg departing at 8:00am
Once you have met your fellow travelers and had a briefing from your guide, you travel off the beaten track towards the Waterberg Plateau. Your route takes you through Kalahari Bush Savannah, with the chance to see several antelope species. The Waterberg Plateau itself extends over 48 kms from the southwest to the northeast. Surrounded by a wall of steep, reddish-yellow cliffs which seem to glow at sunrise and sunset, the massif rises at it highest peak in the southwest, some 1800m above sea level, whereas the northeast slope is very gradual. Your exclusive campsite is in one of the gorges, which forms a natural horseshoe, and looks down a valley towards the Northern Kalahari. After lunch you enjoy an afternoon walk along the top of the plateau, which affords some magnificent views, and where you might be lucky enough to encounter black or white rhino and buffalo. This evening you enjoy dinner under the canopy of lead wood and acacia trees, which surrounds your campsite.
Depart from our private campsite and travel westwards into the Park, stopping en route for lunch at one of the rest camps. A full day's game-drive will afford you the opportunity to visit several permanent waterholes. You will arrive at Okaukuejo in time for sundowners, and accommodation is in the Rest Camp’s chalets. After dinner, spend time at the floodlit waterhole watching a variety of species quenching their thirst.
Northern Damaraland has a significant population of lion, elephant, leopard, large antelope, giraffe, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, and the last free-ranging black rhino population in the world. Discover this truly unique area for the next two days, searching for hidden waterholes and camping in its wild and untouched landscapes. You will also have the opportunity to explore the ancient volcanic landscape on foot. Continue to the area between the Huab and the Ugab, where you will again be camping wild. Visit the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein – ancient works of Art attributed to the San (Bushmen) – and explore seasonal riverbeds with the possibility of encountering several species of game, including the elusive desert-adapted elephant. This area marks the southern limit of Damaraland.
No safari in Namibia is complete without a visit to the quaint coastal town of Swakopmund. Your route takes you from the unique landscape of Damaraland to the coast, and a visit to the Cape Cross seal colony. It is in this area that the Portuguese explorer, Diego Cao first set foot on Namibian soil, in 1486. You then continue southwards on the coastal road to Swakopmund. You spend two nights at the Strand Hotel, conveniently situated near the beach and within walking distance of the museum and shops. There is time to enjoy some of the town's exciting optional activities, such as quad biking, camel riding, and dune boarding. Another interesting excursion is the morning dolphins cruise leaving from Walvis Bay and traveling around Pelican Point with its seal and sea-bird colonies.
Namib-Naukluft, Namibia’s largest National Park, offers a surprising variety of landscapes and ecosystems ranging from Sossusvlei’s massive sand dunes to vast quartzite gravel plains, and the rugged Naukluft Mountains along the eastern edge of the Desert. Visit the awe-inspiring dunes of Sossusvlei – the highest dunes in the worlds, many of which are in excess of 300m high. Spend the afternoon climbing and exploring these fascinating dunes and pans before leaving the area for our exclusive campsite in the Naukluft Mountains. The Naukluft Mountains offer a surprising contrast to the surrounding area. Enjoy a 4x4 excursion up to the plateau, followed by a hiking trail to the quiver-tree gorge – the biggest fountain gorge in the Naukluft Mountains with many rock-pools to cool off in. Your hike ends back at our campsite, and an optional late afternoon activity is horse riding at a nearby guest farm.