Day 1 : Windhoek
Arrive at the Windhoek International Airport, check through customs and immigrations and continue through to the arrival hall, where a representative will meet you and transfer you to Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia.
When Count von Schwerin commissioned castle Heinitzburg for his fiancé, Margarethe von Heinitz in 1914, love was his inspiration, elegance was his achievement. The Raith family have preserved and complimented his vision to combine comfort with luxurious charm.
Today Hotel Heinitzburg offers spacious and generously appointed en-suite rooms. Each room is fully equipped with air-conditioning, direct telephone lines, electronic safes, mini-bars, televisions with cable channels and music facilities. The Pool Side Twin Deluxe rooms have both a shower and bath. Leo's At the Castle is a gourmet restaurant that overlooks the skyline of the capital city and varied cuisine is served ranging from international to French à la carte. The Garden Terrace serves meals, coffee and cakes from the hotel patisserie throughout the day along with superb view over the city and the surrounding mountains. Snacks and sundowner cocktails are also served on this viewpoint with marvellous vistas of spectacular sunsets.
Lunch & dinner are on own account
Hotel Heinitzburg (Superior Deluxe - Bed and Breakfast)
Day 2 : Okonjima Nature Reserve
After a relaxed breakfast, you will be picked up by your guide to depart on your guided safari.
Okonjima's luxury Bush Suite is 500m from Bush Camp and 3,5km from Main Camp. This select, private Suite is a uniquely designed, African Bush-Cottage. The Okonjima Bush Suite has 2 select, luxury, en-suite bedrooms - each room with 2 queen-size beds, air-conditioning and heating facilities, a roof-fan, a private safe, a bath, an inside and outside shower, a private toilet and bidet, and a ladies dressing-table. The Suite has Wi-Fi wireless or dial-up internet facilities and cell phone reception. One of the wheeled, queen-size beds rolls out onto the terrace, to sleep under the stars. There is a large swimming pool, overlooking the savanna bushveld and the Omboroko Mountains as well as a private kitchen.
Activities commence 15h00 in winter and 16h00 in summer and are as follows:
Cheetah tracking on foot and the Cheetah Project; Leopard tracking; Birding; Photography and the Bushmen trail.
Okonjima Bush Camp Suite (Full Board and Activities)
Days 3 - 4 : Onguma Game Reserve
Enjoy your morning activity and brunch before continuing to the eastern side of the Etosha National Park.
Onguma Plains is a fort situated on Fischer's Pan, bordering on the Etosha Park in Namibia. At Plains Camp you will encounter friendly staff, massive raw walls, stunning stone clad features and a huge tower with the best views over Etosha and its pans.
This Fort blends a classical African feeling a touch of Morocco and India, this is epitomised in a selection of the most beautiful antique windows and doors. Inside the tall, cool, roughly plastered walls, a courtyard and a large water feature will refresh the senses. Across the courtyard is a spacious beautifully decorated lounge and open air dining room. A large wooden deck will leads outside, with scattered romantic seating spaces, in full view of the waterhole where many species of buck, giraffe, lion, zebra and birds come to drink.
Meals are served on either the viewing deck, at the outside dining area, around the lantern-lit pool at night, or inside the courtyard at the water feature.
Accommodation at Onguma Plains is in 12 mini-suites, all situated adjacent to the Main Fort extending on both sides to the south and the north. Every Suite is completely private with a main bedroom and dressing room area, all open plan and equipped with a bar fridge, telephone and an air cooling system for those warmer days. The spacious bathroom with some added privacy, has both an inside shower as well as an outside shower area. From every area of the room, wooden decks lead you towards the outside seating area and sun loungers for just relaxing and enjoying the extraordinary view.
The Main Fort Suite is situated inside the Main Tower, it has a large beautifully designed bedroom that leads into a lounge area and out onto a private viewing deck. The lounge is equipped with bar fridge and telephone facilities. And for those warm evenings, you have an air cooling system as well as various doors that open up into the room to allow the smells and sounds of the bush to enter in. The large bathroom has a wonderful open shower area, as well as a bath in which to relax and reflect upon your day's experiences.
Onguma The Fort - Sultan Suite (Fort Suite - DBB + Lunch)
Day 5 : Etosha South
Enjoy another full day of game viewing inside the Etosha National Park.
Okaukuejo Camp is located 17 km from the southern entrance of the park, and famous for its flood-lit waterhole, where visitors can observe at close quarters a spectacle of wildlife congregating and interacting.
Accommodation is provided to suit every need, in premier bush chalets overlooking the waterhole; bush chalets and double rooms; or family chalets. Other facilities include a restaurant, bar, shop, swimming pool, kiosk and camping facilities.
Okaukuejo Resort (Premier Waterhole Chalet - DBB + Lunch)
Days 6 - 7 : Twyfelfontein
Continue to the Damaraland area.
Between the Ugab and Huab Rivers in Southern Damaraland lies a vast and unspoiled wilderness. This area boasts magnificent desert scenery, fascinating geological formations, archaeological sites and a unique variety of desert fauna and flora. It's also the Southernmost roaming ground for the rare black rhino and desert elephant.
Mowani is taken from the word M'Wane, meaning "Place of God", and it is here, that you will find the true meaning of peace and tranquility. Mowani Mountain Camp nestles amongst the boulders of this beautiful area on a high spot commanding distant views over the ancient landscape. The luxury tented accommodation is built unobtrusively, so as to ensure minimum impact on the natural environment. The stilt-like supports of the tents ensure that very little excavation was needed in order to create this special oasis.
The main complex at Mowani consists of a reception, bar, dining room and a lounge which overlooks the waterhole. Accommodation is in 12 luxury East-African-style en-suite safari tents which are spread around the mountain crest. The tents are built on raised wooden platforms, each with its own private veranda and great views of the Aba-Huab Valley.
The suite at Mowani is the ultimate retreat! Built high upon a rocky outcrop, the views from every room are spectacular! This luxury thatched suite comes complete with butler service and is tastefully furbished with a distinct African flavour. The private lounge is equipped with a music centre and satellite television, complimented by private dining and bar facilities. Whether relaxing in the folds of your crisp white bed, enjoying a romantic dinner under the stars or throwing caution to the wind in the open-air bush bathroom, you'll be delighted by this unique bush experience!
Visit the Twyfelfontein, Burnt Mountain and Organ Pipes area. A nature drive in search of the desert elephant and the elusive black rhino resident in this area will also be enjoyed during your stay here with your guide.
Mowani Mountain Camp - Mountain Suite (DBB + Lunch)
Day 8 : Swakopmund
Leave the Damaraland area and continue to the coastal town of Swakopmund. Lunch will be enjoyed en route.
The story of the Hansa Hotel is a century in the making. Established in 1905 in the romantic town of Swakopmund, the Hansa's reputation was built on providing luxurious and sophisticated hospitality, complimented by the highest standard of friendly, personalized service. Today, the hotel is as synonymous with the town as the giant sand dunes of the great Namib Desert that surrounds it.
The name "Hansa Hotel" is derived from the Old High-German word for group or team. It changed to "Hansa" in the Middle Ages and became the common term after 1358 for a powerful association of German traders who traded with the rest of the world. Today the Hansa Hotel offers 2 world class restaurants. The Terrace makes for the perfect venue as guests enjoy a leisurely lunch while overlooking the inner gardens. Breakfast and dinner is served in the main dining room where seafood and game specialities are on offer.
The Hotel also boasts 5 family units, 2 suites, 2 executive suites and 49 twin/double rooms. Each room is individually decorated and fitted with under-floor heating, TV, radio, telephone, high speed internet access, hairdryers, safes, coffee/tea facilities and en-suite bathroom facilities.
Hansa Hotel (Suite - Bed and Breakfast + lunch en route)
Day 9 : NamibRand Nature Reserve
After spending some time along the coast, your guide will transfer you to the Swakopmund airport for your light aircraft flight (seat rate) to the impressive Sossusvlei area, departing at 14h15. Your guide will transfer any excess luggage to Windhoek.
Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is situated in the northern foothills of the vast, privately owned NamibRand Nature Reserve (184 000 hectares). In the reserve, the eerie beautiful Namib Desert has been painstakingly reclaimed for conservation to create the largest private nature reserve in Southern Africa, exclusive to lodge residents. It's a world of vast space, far horizons, desertscapes and jagged mountain heights.
There are 10 stone and glass desert suites combined with unprecedented sophistication with the stark beauty of the desert landscape. The air-conditioned and spacious rooms are designed to capture the splendor and solitude of the desert. Spaced well apart, each suite is a private haven with a shaded deck overlooking the far horizons of the Namib Desert.
The split-level suites are located at the foot of a mountain overlooking an expansive Namib grass plain leading into a sea of orange sand dunes. Each suite is equipped for the climatic extremes of the desert. There is a fireplace in the split-level lounge for winter evenings. For the hot desert days, there are showers in the en-suite, glass-encased bathroom. There are also outdoor showers for starlit bathing. An expansive star-viewing window above the bed is every child-atheart's dream come true. The rooms are equipped with personal compact telescopes for game- or star-spotting, a service-intercom to the main lodge and a CD system.
On winter evenings, guests can select wine from the walk-in wine cellar before wandering through to the fire-lit bar. After relaxing, drink in hand, in the main lounge and terrace, or in our upper lounge and viewing deck, you may browse through our curio shop or CD and book library. Sossusvlei Mountain Lodge's own observatory houses the most powerful electronic telescope in Namibia outside the National Observatory, allowing for breathtaking clarity during stargazing. In the airy dining room, you can enjoy delectable African cuisine, prepared by a first-class Namibian chef.
Lunch is on own account
Sossusvlei Desert Lodge (Fully Inclusive)
Day 10 : NamibRand Nature Reserve
Enjoy an early morning guided excursion to the towering dunes of Sossusvlei. Here you will be able to view and climb some of the highest dunes in the world, some of which measures up to 325 m from its base.
Return to the lodge where you will be picked up by a Wolwedans representative for your road transfer to Wolwedans. (approximately a 1 hour transfer)
The Mountain View Suite is just over 200 square meters of deck rising above the dunes provides ample living space and adds a touch of luxury to the Wolwedans Collection. Located within walking distance from the Wolwedans Dunes Lodge, yet secluded, and nestled amidst a magnificent dunes landscape, The Suite allows friends of Wolwedans to spend more than two nights in a homely and stylish atmosphere with ample space, maximum comfort and a high degree of privacy.
The Suite consists of a spacious bedroom with a king-size double bed allowing guests to enjoy the view of their private dune valley to the fullest. There is an en-suite bathroom facility with two wash basins, a shower and toilet. A shaded patio provides an ideal venue for out-door meals and relaxed hours in the shade floating about in a hammock.
Add to this a spacious lounge, bar and dining area and you have a wonderful home away from home. In the event that guests wish to enjoy meals "entre-nous"; an open plan kitchenette supports the preparation of meals at the suite. An east-facing veranda and sun-deck lead from the platform into the surrounding dunes. A special attraction is the "star-gazing" bed incorporated into the main veranda, providing a wonderful sleep-out venue during summer.
Keeping in line with the traditional Wolwedans style the ambience is that of plain elegance embraced by a natural, comfortable charm. The Suite is furnished with colonial/safari style furniture and a well balanced variety of decorative items. The Suite can be regarded as very elegant, yet allowing for a casual, relaxed and unpretentious life-style.
Wolwedans Dunes Lodge - Mountain View Suite [Fully Inclusive]
Days 11 - 12 : NamibRand Nature Reserve
Each morning, awake to enjoy coffee/tea on your private verandah, with an unequalled view of the beauty around you before a delicious breakfast in the early morning sunshine. Then board the LandRover and experience the unique NamibRand Nature Reserve landscape during a morning and afternoon excursion by Landrover through the dunes, endless grassy plains and along mystical mountain formations. You could encounter large and small desert animals, learn about their unique habits and explore the ancient hunting spots of the Bushmen.
Absorb the incredible landscape around you and Wolwedans' commitment to care for guest and nature alike. Here in this land of stretching blue skies, endless plains and countless creatures enacting nature's savagely exciting passion play, you will find beauty feeding your soul, tranquillity to clear your mind and space for your imagination to fly!
Optionally (depending on tours and season), you could join a day-safari with picnic lunch en-route at one of the famous picnic sites - the "HardRock Café" for example.
Day 13 : End of Itinerary
After a sumptuous breakfast, you will be transferred to the airstrip and commence on your return Dune Hopper flight to the Eros Airport at 09h00. Upon arrival at 10h15 you will be met and transferred to the Windhoek International Airport, in time for your outbound flight.