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Itinerary Highlights

All local flights included!

3 Nights at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

2 Nights at the Strand Hotel Swakopmund

2 Nights at Damaraland Camp

2 Nights on Safari at Little Ongava

Exeter International

Sample Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Namibia, Windhoek to Sossusvlei – Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Today you will arrive into Hosea Kutako International Airport where your 9-night Namibian adventure begins (please note the cost of this international arrival flight is not included). Upon arrival you will be met by your local assistant and transferred the short distance to the nearby Eros Airport.

On arrival at Windhoek Eros Airport you will be assisted to your scheduled charter flight to andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge. This flight will take a little over an hour and see you soar above the Namib Desert, a world of vast spaces, endless horizons, dramatic deserts-scapes and jagged mountain heights.

Having landed at the small local airstrip you will be met by your guide and together make your way to you home for the next three nights, the awe inspiring andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge. Here you have the next few days to explore the spectacular dunes of the Namib desert, soak in the utter tranquility and marvel at the extraordinary clarity of the night skies that make this area one of Africa’s most compelling landscapes.

Meals Included: Full board (Including Local Beers, Wine, Spirits & Soft Drinks)

&Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
&Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Cradled against the ancient mountains, &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge overlooks the starkly beautiful Namib Desert. 10 exquisite suites offer the sophistication of simplicity, reflecting chic desert-inspired minimalism, and the two-bedroomed Star Dune Suite is ideal for families or groups of friends, who prefer more privacy. The guest area features floor to ceiling, frameless glass panels that fold away to reveal unobstructed desert vistas. An inviting central-island bar and comfortable sitting room allow for convivial conversation, while a number of smaller spaces offer a more intimate option. A fine selection of wines from an impressive walk-in wine cellar complement sublime meals. Other signature features include a one-of-a-kind gym, elevated and ideally positioned to catch the desert sunrise while doing an early-morning yoga session, or quick session on the treadmill before breakfast. A two-part wellness centre offers a treatment room and a private spa-bath, as well as a wet treatment room with a shower and bath, complete with its own skylight for early-evening stargazing.

Day 2

Exploring Sossusvlei (including Balloon Safari) – Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Today you will enjoy one of the most special experiences available anywhere in Africa. At sunrise, in the world’s oldest desert, you will witness a spectacular hot air balloon inflation. You will then board this lighter-than-air craft and together set out on the flight of a lifetime. From your floating vantage point you will soar with the winds for an hour, over the oceans of sand and mountains, passing over endless vistas of shadows and lights.

Touching down at your destination, the splendid red dunes of the desert, you will be welcomed back to earth with an Out Of Africa style Champagne breakfast. Your pilot will then present you with a flight certificate before you take a leisurely nature drive back to your lodge.

Meals Included: Full board (Including Local Beers, Wine, Spirits & Soft Drinks)

&Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
&Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Cradled against the ancient mountains, &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge overlooks the starkly beautiful Namib Desert. 10 exquisite suites offer the sophistication of simplicity, reflecting chic desert-inspired minimalism, and the two-bedroomed Star Dune Suite is ideal for families or groups of friends, who prefer more privacy. The guest area features floor to ceiling, frameless glass panels that fold away to reveal unobstructed desert vistas. An inviting central-island bar and comfortable sitting room allow for convivial conversation, while a number of smaller spaces offer a more intimate option. A fine selection of wines from an impressive walk-in wine cellar complement sublime meals. Other signature features include a one-of-a-kind gym, elevated and ideally positioned to catch the desert sunrise while doing an early-morning yoga session, or quick session on the treadmill before breakfast. A two-part wellness centre offers a treatment room and a private spa-bath, as well as a wet treatment room with a shower and bath, complete with its own skylight for early-evening stargazing.

Day 3

Exploring Sossusvlei – Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Today you have at leisure to explore this incredible destination through any number of exciting activities. Scenic nature drives, dune ecology activities, fat tyre desert biking, quad bike excursions, rock painting excursions and outings to the renowned Sossusvlei and Deadvlei areas are all on offer.

Be sure to stay up late one night with the resident astronomer. Together you can sit in the observatory, drink in hand and gaze through the telescope at the dazzling stars and planets above. As Namibia has such an incredibly low population density and there are no cities for hundreds of miles, the skies are some of the clearest anywhere in the world.

Meals Included: Full board (Including Local Beers, Wine, Spirits & Soft Drinks)

&Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
&Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Cradled against the ancient mountains, &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge overlooks the starkly beautiful Namib Desert. 10 exquisite suites offer the sophistication of simplicity, reflecting chic desert-inspired minimalism, and the two-bedroomed Star Dune Suite is ideal for families or groups of friends, who prefer more privacy. The guest area features floor to ceiling, frameless glass panels that fold away to reveal unobstructed desert vistas. An inviting central-island bar and comfortable sitting room allow for convivial conversation, while a number of smaller spaces offer a more intimate option. A fine selection of wines from an impressive walk-in wine cellar complement sublime meals. Other signature features include a one-of-a-kind gym, elevated and ideally positioned to catch the desert sunrise while doing an early-morning yoga session, or quick session on the treadmill before breakfast. A two-part wellness centre offers a treatment room and a private spa-bath, as well as a wet treatment room with a shower and bath, complete with its own skylight for early-evening stargazing.

Day 4

From Sossusvlei to Swakopmund – Strand Hotel Swakopmund

This morning you will enjoy a leisurely breakfast before joining your guide for a short transfer back to the local airstrip. Here you will board your flight that will take you to Swakopmund Airport. Upon arrival at Swakopmund Airport you will be met by your local driver and be driven with fellow guests to Strand Hotel Swakopmund, your new home for the next two nights.

This charming little seaside town on Namibia’s western coast retains a strong German flavour – from the cobbled streets and picturesque buildings down to the typical German restaurants and pubs. Today you have at leisure to wander these quaint streets and breath in the invigorating sea air blowing in from the Atlantic.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Strand Hotel
Strand Hotel

Surrounded on three sides by the Atlantic Ocean, the magnificent Strand Hotel is situated on the iconic and historic Swakopmund Mole. With a distinct nod to Namibian and German heritage, the architecture of the hotel envelops its guests with contemporary design features that exude a homely atmosphere. Here, 125 rooms feature spectacular ocean, beach or flourishing garden views as well as a lovely ensuite bathroom, free internet connectivity, a personal bar, television and air conditioning. The main guest area features a dramatic ocean-view atrium that travels right through the hotel, providing exceptional views on either end. Three exciting restaurants serve a delicious array of menus, while a combination of convivial bar areas, sea-facing terraces, a tranquil beer garden and a private beach pavilion ensure that The Strand Hotel is one of the finest retreats in Swakopmund. After a fun-filled day of adventures guests can also take advantage of the hotel’s elegant Atlantic Spa – expect crystal steam rooms, rain showers, an exclusive relaxation lounge and a selection of soul-soothing treatments.

Day 5

Exploring Swakopmund – Strand Hotel Swakopmund

Today you have at leisure to enjoy this wonderful town however you wish. Chat to the concierge desk at your hotel for some suggestions for activities that can be booked and paid for locally.

Fishing trips, quad bike adventures, sunset cruises and even skydiving experiences are all available locally. However, don’t you feel you have to pack your day with adventure as this truly is a wonderful town to simply relax into and soak in your peaceful surroundings.

Located around 1.5 hours away from Swakopmund you will find the enormous (and very smelly) Cape Cross Seal Reserve. Here you will find tens of thousands of Cape Fur Seals all scrambling and jostling with one another. This activity would take up most of your day but chat to your hotel’s concierge desk if it is something you may be interested in.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Strand Hotel
Strand Hotel

Surrounded on three sides by the Atlantic Ocean, the magnificent Strand Hotel is situated on the iconic and historic Swakopmund Mole. With a distinct nod to Namibian and German heritage, the architecture of the hotel envelops its guests with contemporary design features that exude a homely atmosphere. Here, 125 rooms feature spectacular ocean, beach or flourishing garden views as well as a lovely ensuite bathroom, free internet connectivity, a personal bar, television and air conditioning. The main guest area features a dramatic ocean-view atrium that travels right through the hotel, providing exceptional views on either end. Three exciting restaurants serve a delicious array of menus, while a combination of convivial bar areas, sea-facing terraces, a tranquil beer garden and a private beach pavilion ensure that The Strand Hotel is one of the finest retreats in Swakopmund. After a fun-filled day of adventures guests can also take advantage of the hotel’s elegant Atlantic Spa – expect crystal steam rooms, rain showers, an exclusive relaxation lounge and a selection of soul-soothing treatments.

Day 6

Swakopmund to Damaraland – Damaraland Camp

This morning you will bid farewell to Swakopmund and make your way to the nearby airport. Here you will board a short 20-minute flight that will take you to Twyfelfontein Airstrip. Here you will be met by your local guide and together you will set off for Damaraland Camp!

On route to the camp you will pass through some incredibly beautiful scenery. The rocky outcrops of Twyfelfontein feature exceptional Bushmen engravings, which are considered to be some of the best-preserved etchings on the continent. The breath-taking mountainous region of Damaraland is also home to an assortment of desert-adapted wildlife such as elephant, rhino, zebra and lion, which eke out an existence in this near-barren landscape.

Having arrived at your home for the next two nights you will have a chance to unpack and enjoy a leisurely welcome lunch. You then have the remainder of the day to either enjoy any number of amazing activities offered by the Camp, or simply relax with a drink in hand and soak in your incredible surroundings.

Meals Included: Full board (Including Local Beers, Wine, Spirits & Soft Drinks)

Day 7

Exploring Damaraland – Damaraland Camp

Damaraland stands as one of the most beautiful areas found anywhere in Namibia, featuring a massive, untamed, and ruggedly beautiful region that offers travelers an adventurous challenge. Today you will explore this rugged region alongside your experienced and knowledgeable guide as together you search for the specially adapted wildlife that calls this area home.

Morning and afternoon game drives perfectly exhibit the intense scenery, sporting prehistoric water courses with open plains and grasslands, massive granite koppies, deep gorges, and captivating wildlife littered across the region. The breath-taking mountainous region of Damaraland is home to an assortment of this desert-adapted wildlife, such as the mighty desert-dwelling elephant, rare black rhino, banded zebra, and famed predators, like the wild-maned lion, spotted brown hyena, and swift cheetah.

The desert landscape further encompasses boulder-strewn valleys dotted with grazing herds and predators, adapted megafauna, volcanic rock shards cloaking scorpions and snakes, and wide open air filled with the fierce wings of snake eagles and 240 additional avian residents.

A key attraction in the region is the picturesque Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain, which is home to thousands of ancient rock paintings, most notably The White Lady, discovered in 1918.

The rock painting is gorgeously outlined on a small rock overhang and is shrouded in mystery and folklore. Namibia’s first World Heritage Site, Twyfelfontein, illustrates exceptional Bushmen engravings that depict the rich wildlife population on its rocky outcrops, universally considered to be some of the best-preserved etchings on the African continent. It is an unspoiled setting of an old world, where untamed wildlife and local herdsman live side by side without the restrictions of modern living.

Meals Included: Full board (Including Local Beers, Wine, Spirits & Soft Drinks)

Damaraland Camp
Damaraland Camp

Set in the Huab River valley, Damaraland Camp boasts sensational views of the surrounding desert plains, ancient valleys, and the soaring peaks of the Brandberg Mountains. Ten adobe-style thatch units are raised on individual wooden decks, park of which extends out to form a large viewing platform with magnificent vistas. Each tent features an en suite shower, a walk-in dressing area and built-in fan. The spacious thatch living area houses a restaurant and bar, complete with roaring fireplace. A sparkling swimming pool lies invitingly next to the bar. Adventures from the camp include guided nature drives, walks and mountain biking expeditions.

Day 8

From Damaraland to Ongava Private Game Reserve – Little Ongava

This morning you will check out and enjoy a short transfer back to the nearby airstrip. Here you will meet your next flight that will take you Ongava Private Game Reserve, one of Namibia’s hidden gem’s!

Sharing a common boundary with the world famous Etosha National Park, Ongava is considered one of the finest private game reserves in the region, enjoying global recognition for exceptional conservation, groundbreaking research and exciting safari adventures.

Situated in the Ongava Game Reserve, Little Ongava is built along the crest of a hill, with sweeping views of the plains below. Lion, elephant, cheetah, gemsbok, springbok, hartebeest and the resident white and black rhino can be spotted at many of the waterholes in Etosha National Park, promising an exhilarating nature experience at this superb wildlife location. Adventures in this area include game drives into the Okaukuejo area of Etosha, game viewing from hides at the waterholes and guided nature walks in the private reserve.

Having checked in and got settled you then have the remainder of your day to enjoy as you wish. This afternoon would be a great opportunity for an introductory safari drive!

Meals Included: Full board (Including Local Beers, Wine, Spirits & Soft Drinks)

Little Ongava
Little Ongava

Situated in the Ongava Game Reserve, Little Ongava is built along the crest of a hill, with sweeping views of the plains below. Accommodation consists of spacious suites, each with their own plunge pool, an en-suite bathroom boasting a bath overlooking the beautiful surrounds and a sala that is ideal for afternoon naps or birdwatching. The lounge and dining areas offer wonderful views of the busy waterhole, and are relaxed spaces for guests to linger over their delicious meals. Lion, elephant, cheetah, gemsbok, springbok, hartebeest and the resident white and black rhino can be spotted at many of the waterholes in Etosha National Park, promising an exhilarating nature experience at this superb wildlife location. Adventures in this area include game drives into the Okaukuejo area of Etosha, game viewing from hides at the waterholes and guided nature walks in the private reserve.

Day 9

On Safari at the Ongava Private Game Reserve – Little Ongava

Ongava is one of the largest private game reserves in Namibia, with over 125 square miles to explore and today you will explore a great deal of it! Early this morning you will meet your guide and climb into your specially designed safari vehicle and together embark on a memorable game drive across Ongava and into neighboring Etosha National Park.

Other exciting options include rhino tracking on foot in the company of your trained guide, nature walks, photographic hide visits, lounging by the pool, or relaxing on your private deck and allowing nature to come to you! Additionally, Little Ongava offers incredible night drive experiences which are always highly recommended. At night an entirely new world of animals both big and small emerge from their daytime retreats and observing them with the help of a powerful spotlight is a very special experience.

Regardless of how you choose to spend your day you will end today with a magnificent feast prepared by the lodges talented team of chef’s.

Meals Included: Full board (Including Local Beers, Wine, Spirits & Soft Drinks)

Little Ongava
Little Ongava

Situated in the Ongava Game Reserve, Little Ongava is built along the crest of a hill, with sweeping views of the plains below. Accommodation consists of spacious suites, each with their own plunge pool, an en-suite bathroom boasting a bath overlooking the beautiful surrounds and a sala that is ideal for afternoon naps or birdwatching. The lounge and dining areas offer wonderful views of the busy waterhole, and are relaxed spaces for guests to linger over their delicious meals. Lion, elephant, cheetah, gemsbok, springbok, hartebeest and the resident white and black rhino can be spotted at many of the waterholes in Etosha National Park, promising an exhilarating nature experience at this superb wildlife location. Adventures in this area include game drives into the Okaukuejo area of Etosha, game viewing from hides at the waterholes and guided nature walks in the private reserve.

Day 10

Depart Namibia

This morning you will bid farewell to Ongava and join a short flight from the local airstrip to Hosea Kutako International Airport. Here you will meet your onward international flight, the cost of which is not included.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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Estimated pricing for a private journey through Namibia

Classic Program

Includes more basic accommodation than that mentioned in the Program above: $7,680 per person.

Luxury Program

Includes the accommodation mentioned in the Program above (or equivalent): <br> $8,235 per person 

Premium Program

Includes more luxurious accommodation than that mentioned in the Program above: $10,225 per person. 

Please note the costs of the regional flights required for this itinerary are included, however the cost of the international flights to and from Africa are not. Please let us know if you would like assistance in booking your international airfare.  

Please note due to the bespoke nature of our itineraries combined with profound seasonal variations in accommodation costs and availability the above pricing estimates should be used only as a guide. An exact cost can be provided once exact dates and logistics have been discussed.

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    Have A Question?

    Why go through a company such as the Exeter Safari Company?

    An African safari is, for many people, a once in a lifetime trip and for that reason you will want to be sure the arrangements are flawless. A safari incorporates many different elements including airport arrival and departure services, transfers, light aircraft flights, the routing to remote lodges and the most knowledgeable local guides. Coordinating all these different services, often throughout multiple countries, languages and currencies can be daunting.

    By going through an experienced safari company which has a wealth of local knowledge, local connections and years of experience in the region you can be sure you will be receiving the highest possible level of service before, during and after your travels. At the Exeter Safari Company we work with only the best guides, highest quality lodges at every price point, and the most reliable transportation providers in Africa. Our extensive experience and connections throughout the continent will ensure your trip goes off without a hitch.

    In addition, you will enjoy the peace of mind knowing that you have access to 24/7 support both before your departure and during your time in Africa.

    What should I wear on safari?

    When deciding what clothing to pack for a safari trip your main priority is going to be comfort, coverage, durability and ease of packing. Keep in mind safaris often include light aircraft flights on to which normal hard sided suitcases are not allowed. You will therefore want to pack your clothing and other items into a soft sided duffel style travel bag (no larger than 24 inches long and 15 inches wide) that can be easily stored along with other travelers’ bags in the small luggage compartments on board. Note there is also a strict 15KG (33lbs) weight limit for your luggage.

    Regardless of the time of year you are traveling, or the expected temperatures, you will want to be prepared for some cooler occasions. In order to find animals while they are at their most active, safari drives generally take place in the early morning and late afternoon/early evening. You will therefore often be out and about during the cooler parts of the day and this combined with sitting in the back of an open sided safari vehicle means it can get chilly - even in the middle of Summer. Accordingly, you will want to bring one or two light jackets, preferably that can be layered, so when it does start warming up you are able to shed layers and maintain a comfortable temperature.

    It is also important where possible to wear long-sleeve shirts and pants to help with both sun and insect protection (fleece is great as insects can’t bite through it). Mosquitoes, Tsetse flies and other small flying insects can be bothersome during certain parts of your safari and preparing for them ahead of time will make your trip that much more pleasant. You will want to avoid bringing dark blue and black clothing as this color is known to attract certain flying insects such as Tsetse flies. You may also want leave behind your favorite white clothing as they can quickly become dirty from the dust in the air and climbing in and out of the safari vehicle. Last you will want to keep in mind you are trying to remain inconspicuous while on safari and so bright colors and loud prints should be avoided. Instead opt for more neutral tones in greens and browns that will help you blend into your surroundings.

    When it comes to footwear you will again want to choose an option that covers as much of your bare skin as possible, think hiking boots or closed shoes with long socks rather than flip-flops or sandals. You will also be climbing in and out of vehicles and walking on uneven terrain that could have sharp rocks or thorns and so you will want footwear that is relatively durable. Your safari may include bush walks and so you will want to wear sturdy hiking boots on these occasions. Around the lodge area you will be able to wear more casual and lightweight footwear including flip flops or sandals, assuming you have bug-spray to stop any pesky mosquitoes that may be in the area. While in your rooms you will normally have mosquito nets over the bed area however you may still want to bring some full-length pajamas to ensure you have less skin exposed to any mosquitoes that did manage to sneak in.

    When is the best time to travel to Africa?

    The short answer is anytime! While there are better and worse times to be on safari throughout the various regions of Africa because the continent is so large and so diverse whenever you are looking to travel there will be a destination that is right for you.

    Traditionally, the best time to go on safari is during the dry season that broadly runs from June through October, however this season does vary significantly depending where in Africa you are considering. During the dry season the vegetation is much less dense and because the grass is shorter it is much easier to track and locate wildlife. Additionally, when there is less rainfall there are fewer available water sources for wildlife to gather around. This results in the animals tending to congregate around the same lakes, pans and rivers which again makes for great game viewing (and leads to some interesting herbivore/predator encounters!).

    Often during the wet season, also called the green season, when water sources are abundant, the wildlife tends to spread out over an enormous area. Many camps and lodges close during this time of year, often December through February as the dirt tracks that surround the lodges become impassable.

    Another aspect to consider, especially if visiting East Africa, is the great migration. Please visit our page that explores this topic at length as it will give you a good idea as to where the migration is located at any particular time of year.

    What About Yellow Fever?

    Yellow Fever is a disease found in many parts of sub-tropical Africa transmitted into humans through Mosquito bites. As it can be quite a serious illness it is essential you receive a yellow fever vaccination before embarking on a trip to an effected country.

    The main safari destinations where Yellow Fever vaccinations are required are Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Uganda and Rwanda. Other countries such as South Africa and Botswana require you to arrive with a yellow fever vaccination even if you have only transited through or visited a country where yellow fever exists within the past 6 months (keep in mind many of the countries on this list are in South America).

    Check with your Exeter Safari Company expert for the specific requirements regarding the destinations included in your program. It is important to note the Yellow Fever vaccine requires 10 days before it becomes effective and so don’t leave it to the last minute!

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