You will be met by one of our staff members on the Airport, who will take you to The Olive Exclusive Hotel (or Something Similar eg. Am Weinberg Hotel etc., pending of availability) and will Assist in Obtaining your Vehicle from the Car Hiring Company and hand over all documents and explain the Itinerary.
The Olive Exclusive – the first ultra-luxurious sanctuary of its kind in the Namibian capital – is cool, contemporary and stylish but with a warm heart and authentic African soul. Its sleek, modern lines are complemented by organic textures, natural furnishings, an eco-friendly approach and dedicated personal service.
Kulala Desert Lodge – Namibia
after a six hour drive pending on your speed (Remember it is mostly gravel and it can be corrugated.Pending on How Namibian Roads Authority has up keep the road.)And maybe stop for a break at enjoy fresh baked goods and espresso, the famous apple pie,take-away sandwiches and cold drinks at McGregor’s Bakery in Solitair on your way to Kulala Desert Lodge
Exclusive, easy access to the breathtaking red dune landscape of Sossusvlei – one of Namibia’s most spectacular attractions Climb some of the highest sand dunes in the world Guided nature drives and walks reveal the fascinating splendor of the world’s oldest desert A hot air balloon safari at dawn is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Kulala Desert Lodge is located on the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve and provides convenient and close access to the iconic red dunes of Sossusvlei. Sossusvlei is situated within Africa’s largest conservation area, the Namib Naukluft Park, which is also home to the world’s oldest desert – the Namib. Atop this vast arid landscape lie what some consider the world’s largest sand dunes. The highest of these sand mountains, blazing rust-red in the early morning sun, rises nearly 300 metres above the valley floor.
The most popular of the activities at Kulala Desert Lodge is a guided 4WD morning drive into the dunes, to include a visit to Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. The Kulala Wilderness Reserve has its own private entrance into the Namib-Naukluft National Park, less than ten minutes’ drive from the lodge, so participants don’t need to access the dunes via the gate at Sesriem.
Full board and activities, which includes lunch, most local drinks, and two daily activities organised by the lodge. Premium brand or imported drinks and hot-air ballooning will always cost extra.
You will be Picked up at the Airfield at about 11h30 by one of Skeleton Coast Safaris Guides to take you on a Standard Skeleton Coast Safari.Your Car Will be Driven by one of the car-hire employees to Swakopmund.
We fly towards the coast, the flight includes an aerial view of the famous Eduard Bohlen shipwreck at Conception Bay.
After landing and refuelling at Swakopmund, we continue with a low-level flight north along the Skeleton Coast past the seal colony at Cape Cross for a light picnic lunch near the beach. After lunch we cross the desert by aircraft to the Ugab formations, a nearly lifeless ‘moon landscape’ of numerous black ridges in stark contrast to the white desert floor. From here we proceed to our Kuidas camp in the Huab River Valley where we stay for the night.
After breakfast we depart by Land Rover to explore the colorful red lava and yellow sandstone of the Huab River environs and to be introduced to the ecological aspects of this area with its wide diversity of flora and fauna. This includes the Welwitschia Mirabilis, a tree that has been dwarfed by the rigours of the encroaching desert climate. We have lunch at Kuidas camp before flying along the coast to Terrace Bay in the Skeleton Coast Park. The most prominent shipwrecks along this part of the coast are the Montrose and Henrietta.
At the coast we access the roaring dunes by Land Rover, which always proves to be a stimulating experience. We also visit the beach with its profusion of multicolored pebbles consisting of agate, lava, granite and quartz. Interesting to see are old bleached whale bones scattered along the beach above the high tide mark. We return to the aircraft and continue north to our Leylandsdrift camp in the Hoarusib Valley in the Kunene Region, where we stay for the night.
After breakfast we embark on a scenic drive along the Hoarusib Valley to visit a settlement of the nomadic Himba people. We might be lucky enough to come across the desert-dwelling elephant who frequent this valley. We return to Leylandsdrift for Lunch.From here we continue north along the Skeleton Coast by aircraft to the Kunene River acting as a border to Angola. The Kaiu Maru shipwreck and pieces from old sailing vessels lie scattered along this part of the coast. From the airfield we take a scenic drive by Land Rover through the mountains and dunes of the Hartmann Valley – which extends to the Kunene River – reaching our Kunene River camp in the late afternoon.
An early morning boat trip on the Kunene River as it flows through scenic desert landscape, observing bird life and possibly some crocodiles. Birds vary from aquatic species on the perennial waters, to endemic desert varieties and those that inhabit dense riverine vegetation. After lunch at the camp, we fly back to Swakopmund for your drop-off before we continue back to Eros Airport, Windhoek, arriving in the late afternoon.
You Will meet up with your Rental car at the Airfield,where you will continue to the Hotel(Villa Margherita).
Set in 4 historic Colonial buildings(Constructed between 1908 and 1913), this polished boutique hotel is 8 minutes’ walk from the Swakopmund Museum, 1 km from Palm Beach and 2 km from the National Marine Aquarium of Namibia,most of the preferred restaurants are also within walking distance.
Elegant, individually decorated rooms come with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as safes, and tea and coffee-making equipment; most rooms have living areas. Loaner laptops and room service are available. Complimentary breakfast is served in-room.
For this day ,you can Explore Swakopmund and prepare yourself for your Journey Further North.
There Are Quite a few activities in and around Swakopmund that you can participate in eg. Mola Mola Lagoon Cruises(Duration: 3.5 hours,start Location: Walvis Bay Waterfront, you will have to give yourself a 45 min gap to be able to drive from Swakopmund to Walvisbay.),Living Desert Adventures (3 to 4 Hours in the morning,they pick You Up at the Hotel).
The Hotel staff can inform you more on what to do in Swakopmund.
It is Also A good idea to use the Afternoon to Prepare yourself for A picnic lunch for the Next days journey.(It can be arranged to get a lunch pack prepared by Villa Marghetita.)
Today you will set off on a journey to Grootberg Lodge. Your drive will be at least a 6.5 Hour drive to cover the 455 km stretch as the roads can be corrugated.The first 198.7 km is asphalt and salt compacted roads and traveling goes fairly fast. En-route you will pass a few ship wrecks (The closest to the road is the Zeila (stranded on 25 August 2008), just 19 Km south of the town called Hentiesbay.
The other shipwrecks is quite far of the road and the possibilities of getting stuck is possible Cape Cross has a fairly big seal colony and is also a possible visit. You just have to give yourself a bit of time.After the Ugab Entrance to the Skeleton Coast Park the road can become a bit corrugated,specially the 20 km section before the Springbokwasser turnoff.The rest of the road should be fine and the possibility of spotting animals is fairly good.
You’ll be arriving in Grootberg Lodge in the late afternoon.
Grootberg Lodge is a popular lodge situated right on top of the Etendeka Plateau in the northern Damaraland. The Lodge is owned by the Conservancy of the #Khoadi//Hoas community.
The views from the top are stunning.
Today you will set off on a journey to <strong>Ongava Lodge</strong>. Your drive will be at least a 4 Hour drive to cover the 273 km stretch.The first 96 Km is Gravel and road is usually kept in a good condition.The last section is asphalt.
If yo set-off round about 8h00 am you will arrive at Ongava Lodge most probably before lunch.It will give you enough time to have lunch and join the afternoon activity.
Ongava Lodge is one of Namibia’s premier lodges, situated in the privately owned Ongava Game Reserve, along the southern boundary of the Etosha National Park. Positioned at the foothills of the Ondundozonanandana mountain range, the vantage point is beautiful and overlooks a frequently visited waterhole.
Ongava is home to white and black rhino and you might have the opportunity to see both species.
After breakfast you will set off on a 174 km journey through the Etosha National Park en-route to Mushara Lodge.This journey will take you the whole day as you’ll be stopping at the various waterholes along the way.You’ll be Passing Halali rest camp (government owned) half way trough the park.The restaurant does not serve lunch, but there is a kiosk open during the day, where you’ll find basic meals, including toasties and chips. If You do not want to eat at Halali but have more time at the water Holes,lunch packs can be organised from Ongava Lodge before you leave.Entry fees must be paid after entry at the Anderssons Gate at the Okaukuejo Rest Camp.You must be out of the park before sunset.
Mushara Lodge is located just 8 km from the Von Lindequist Gate.
Today you will set off on a journey to Okonjima Lodge.Your drive will be at least a 5 Hour drive to cover the 399 km stretch.your first 159 km will lead you to the town of Tsumeb. Here you can spend some time in the town maybe a visit to the museum.Namibia does not have many museums and this one (next to Swakopmund and nearby Grootfontein) is a must! This is a private initiative featuring history from the mineral-rich surrounding, cultural exhibits and exhibits from the colonial era (especially the German – South African conflict in the First World War.
You Can Have a good Lunch At The Minen Hotel.Can never go wrong with their snitchel. After lunch you set off on your Journey to Okonjima Lodge witch will take you on another 2H40 min ,250 km stretch.
Okonjima is A two-day Okonjima stay offers the best chance to view wild leopard in Namibia, as well as those collared for research purposes, in their natural habitats.
Pending on your flight leaving, the time to Hosea Kotako Airport will take you 3.5 hours.One has to be at the airport 2 hours in advance and you still have to deliver the car back to the car rental company ±1 Hour.
It is almost better to stay over for the night