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Sample Ultimate Namibia Safari Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1 – Olivie Grove Guesthouse/Windhoek – Bed and Breakfast – Upon arrival into Windhoek airport, you will be helped through customs and immigration and then driven to your guesthouse for your overnight stay.

DAY 2 – AndBeyond Sossevlei Desert Lodge/ Namib Rand Reserve – Fully Inclusive – This morning, you will be driven to the airport in time to check in for your schedule flight to Sossusvlei and Sossusvlei Desert Lodge for a 2 night stay. This afternoon will be spent exploring the dunes on foot or by quad bike.

DAY 3 – AndBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge/ Namib Rand Reserve – Fully Inclusive – Today you can choose between an array of exciting activities including exploring the San Rock Art, a Sossusvlei excursion into the Namib-Naukluft National Park, hot air ballooning, e-biking or scenic helicopter flights.

DAY 4 – Hoanib Valley Camp/Kaokoveld – Fully Inclusive – After breakfast you will be driven to the airstrip in time to fly via scheduled flight along the Skeleton Coast to the Hoanib Valley Camp for a 2-night stay. This afternoon you will explore the rugged area on a game drive learning about its remarkable flora and fauna and giraffe research that is conducted in this area.

DAY 5 – Hoanib Valley Camp/Kaokoveld – Fully Inclusive – Morning desert rhino tracking and afternoon visit to meet the local Himba and Herero people and learn about their unique nomadic cultures.

DAY 6 – Serra Cafema Camp/Kunene – Fully Inclusive – This morning, you will be flown up to the northern part of the country and to Serra Cafema camp for a 3-night stay. This afternoon you will have a boating excursion on the Kunene River.

DAY 7 – Serra Cafema Camp/Kunene – Fully Inclusive – Morning nature drive and walk in the Hartsmanns Valley, afternoon Quad biking excursion or visit to Himba community.

DAY 8 – Serra Cafema Camp/Kunene – Fully Inclusive – Full day excursion to Marienfluss Valley.

DAY 9 – Serra Cafema Camp/Kunene – Breakfast – This morning, you will have an amazing scheduled scenic flight back to Windhoek airport. On arrival, you will to check-in for your onward connection.

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Olive Grove Guesthouse/Windhoek

Olive Grove is a small upmarket accommodation establishment situated close to the city center in a quiet, peaceful area. The guesthouse takes a homely atmosphere to a different level.

The newly renovated, open-plan kitchen allows guests to see how meals are prepared, while they enjoy a drink in the lounge. The menu was also reinvented and is now fully a la carte, quite unique for a guesthouse. Home-style food is rounded off with lovely presentation, pushing up the level of the guesthouse dining experience.

Whilst each of the ten rooms and one suite cater for every need of the most discerning traveler, the emphasis remains one of simplicity and elegance.

ROOM CONFIGURATION

There are 11 rooms total from which you can choose between a standard room, luxury room or executive suite. All standard rooms include a double/twin bed, en-suite with shower or bath or both, private wall-mounted safe, multi-channel satellite television, remote-controlled air conditioning/heating, 100% cotton bed linen & kimonos, and down duvets, coffee/tea making facilities, homemade cookies, turn down of Namibian chocolate & port, fully stocked minibar fridge and room amenities.

For those who are accustomed to Life’s very finest, we recommend the executive suite. This large 80m², spacious suite has its own private lounge and dining area, separate bedroom and luxurious bathroom, which begs for pampering and self-indulgence.

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Bar, Eco Friendly, Internet Access, Malaria Free, Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Hair Dryer, Heater, Internet, Mini Bar, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Television, Verandah

SERVICES

Airport Shuttle, Babysitting Service, Credit Card, Laundry Service, Room Service

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AndBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge/ Namibrand Nature Reserve

One of the most pristine areas on Earth, the Namib Desert is a world of vast spaces, endless horizons, dramatic landscapes and jagged mountain heights. Cradled against the ancient mountains, andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is renowned for its luxurious accommodation overlooking the starkly beautiful Namib Desert. Designed to capture the splendor and solitude of the desert, just ten stone and glass suites spread out along the curve of the escarpment, allowing absolute privacy.

The guest area, where walls have become windows that fold away completely, boasts unimpeded desert vistas. The split-level lodge has a fire-lit bar, comfortable sitting room, wraparound veranda and Safari Shop. A fine selection of wines from an impressive walk-in wine cellar complements the delicious meals. Guests can escape the desert heat with a revitalizing midday dip in the pool, fed by water from an underground spring. At sunset, animals are drawn to a nearby waterhole, enhancing desert sundowner drinks. A state-of-the-art observatory and resident astronomer provide insight into the magnificent constellations of Africa’s first International Dark Sky Reserve.

ACTIVITIES

There are a large variety of activities to choose from including:

  • Sossusvlei excursion into the Namib-Naukluft NP
  • Living dunes – explore the dunes on foot or by quad bike with a specialist guide
  • Desert people – explore the san rock art at heritage sites in the Namib desert and gain insight into the San people
  • Desert drive – Explore the unique landscape on this fascinating geological excursion, in a vehicle and on foot.
  • Big dune walk – Exclusive experience at &Beyond Sossusvlei Private Desert Reserve, the only private reserve featuring the iconic star dunes of Namibia.
  • Stargazing – Get a closer look at the night sky from the sophisticated observatory with resident astronomer and state-of-the-art telescope.
  • Healing Earth Wellness Treatment – Indulge in one of the many relaxing treatments for a truly authentic African spa experience that rejuvenates the mind, body and soul.
  • Hot air ballooning – Gain a bird’s eye perspective over the spectacular scenery surrounding the lodge.
  • E-biking or Quad biking – Traverse the stark beauty and vast expanse on an e-bike. Easy to ride and super fun, these nifty bicycles are fitted with a battery-powered ‘assist’ that gives a boost via a throttle when pedaling.
  • Hiking – Explore the lodge surrounds on foot, take the time to sit in the stillness and be enchanted by the views.
  • WILD Child program – andBeyond’s WILDChild program, designed especially for children is filled with fun, interactive activities that offer opportunities to learn and discover new experiences and cultures.
  • Scenic helicopter flights over the Namib Dunes or Skeleton Coast – Soar over the vast expanse of the desert, hover over jagged mountain tops that emerge from the iconic Namib dunes, over a landscape that has remained unchanged for millions of years. An extended flight offers spectacular views of the ocean, where the red dune belt drops 500 feet into the sea. Observe a seal colony at Black Rock and fly with doors off allowing you to capture red dunes, resident desert-adapted wildlife, rocky mountains and sandy plains.

ROOM CONFIGURATION

Designed to capture the splendor and solitude of the desert, just ten stone and glass suites spread out along the curve of the escarpment, allowing absolute privacy. Each air-conditioned glass-fronted suite is designed to complement the expansive views of the different habitats, perfectly framed from the spacious internal areas. Featuring a private veranda, bedroom with retractable skylights for in-bed star-gazing, a living room with a fireplace, an ensuite bathroom with a glass-encased rain shower offering 180º views, and a perfectly-positioned private plunge pool for some sublime respite after a long day in the desert heat. All suites include star-viewing skylights, discrete music systems and customized personal bars.

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Bar, Internet Access (Complimentary), Pool, Restaurant

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, Complimentary Wi-Fi, En-Suite, Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Outside Shower, Safe, Shower, Verandah

SERVICES

Babysitting Service, Credit Card, Room Service

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Hoanab Valley Camp/Kaokoveld

Located in one of the most beautiful areas of Namibia, the camp and its surrounds are truly breathtaking with many visitors feeling time spent here is a life-affirming experience. The northwestern area, Kaokoland, is identified by its vast open desert wilderness, towering dunes and swathes of rocky mountains. Tucked into the backdrop are six guest tents exuding a modern safari style that reflects their surrounds in the furnishing and design.

Your days are spent exploring this spectacular area, understanding its unique geology, wildlife and culture. Home to one of the last great nomadic tribes, the iconic Himba, as well as the Herero, there is plenty of opportunity for cultural interaction. The Giraffe Conservation Foundation, with whom this is a joint venture, add a wealth of specialist knowledge to your morning and afternoon drives, searching for the desert-adapted elephant, giraffe, lion, black rhino and mountain zebra. Alternatively, there are few better places to spend restful time contemplating the beauty around you than from the privacy of your veranda before enjoying exceptional hosting and dining.

ACTIVITIES

  • Game Drives – Explore the rugged area on a morning or afternoon game drive learning about its remarkable flora and fauna including the giraffe research that is conducted in this area.
  • Desert Rhino Tracking – With your guide you can track the elusive desert-adapted black rhino on foot.
  • Meet Local Communities – Spend time with the local Himba and Herero people, understanding their unique cultures who represent one of the last true nomadic tribes of Africa.

ROOM CONFIGURATION

There are 6 rooms total including 5 fully inclusive, twin tented luxury accommodations and one family unit consisting of 2 adjoining tents, one with a king-size bed and one with twin beds. Each has its own private veranda and is en-suite. The family unit can accommodate a maximum of 2 adults and 2 children.

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Battery Charging Facilities, Eco Friendly, Internet Access (Complimentary), Malaria Free

ROOM FACILITIES

Complimentary Wi-Fi, En-Suite, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Lounge Area, Shower, Tea / Coffee

 

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Serra Cafema Camp/Kunene

Set amongst shady trees on the banks of the Kunene River, Serra Cafema is one of the most remote camps in southern Africa, its Portuguese name originating from the mountains that dominate the northern skyline. Guests fall asleep to the sound of rushing water, while by day they explore one of the driest deserts in the world.

Bordering Angola in northern Namibia, Kunene is a region as well as the name of a river, which is one of just five perennial rivers in Namibia. The Kunene River is an invaluable source of water for the local Himba people, and it has been the mainstay of their existence for hundreds of years. For travellers, the river’s most striking feature is the magnificent Epupa Falls, which cascade over a distance of more than a kilometre downstream, with an impressive vertical drop of around 60 metres.

ACTIVITIES

Activities here are varied, including boating (water levels permitting), walking, viewing breathtaking landscapes, as well as carefully guided quad-bike excursions that tread lightly on the dunes. In this isolated region, the Himba people continue their nomadic, traditional way of life and when in the area, guests have the opportunity to meet them and learn about their lifestyle and traditions. Activities include:

  • Visits to a Himba community
  • Quad biking excursions
  • Boating trips on the Kunene River
  • Nature drives and walks in the Hartsmanns Valley
  • Full day excursion to Marienfluss Valley

ROOM CONFIGURATION

There are seven twin bed tents and one family unit which sleeps four in two adjacent rooms connected with a door. The twin beds can be moved together to make a double bed on request.

PROPERTY FACILITIES

Bar, Library, Pool, Private Vehicle Available

ROOM FACILITIES

Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Hair Dryer, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Mosquito Nets, Outside Shower, Safe, Tea / Coffee, Verandah

 

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