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Welkom (welcome) to Windhoek! Namibia's vibrant capital city is a study in contrasts, with rolling green hills and sleepy suburbs surrounding a modern city that highlights a unique mix of African, Dutch and German influences. After touching down, you'll connect with your Costsaver representative before joining your Travel Director and fellow guests for a welcome briefing and dinner at the hotel.
Jump into the morning bustle for an orientation tour around Windhoek to visit the Christuskirch, Alte Feste and Tintenpalast. Then, swap the city for the bush as you head to Otjiwa, Namibia's oldest game farm, where you can hop on an afternoon game drive. Or, consider joining a guided hike around the lodge to take in the scenery and stretch your legs. After dinner at the lodge, the evening is yours. Relax in your room or consider adventuring into the night for a drive around the property to spot nocturnal animals.
Today, you'll glimpse into the lives of the Herero people, a semi-nomadic tribe that has retained its traditional dress, customs and culture. Discover how they make a livelihood on tending livestock, and meet some of the tribe members. Chock full of stories, you'll stop for lunch (and pastries!) at Outjo's famous bakery. Then head to your accommodation to rest up before tomorrow's full-day safari in Etosha National Park.
Open grasslands, a salt pan that can be seen from space and an amazing amount of wildlife make Etosha National Park an unforgettable safari experience. Spend a full day exploring the park in your touring vehicle or opt to join our guided game drive on an open safari vehicle. Either way, you'll be astounded by the park's shimmering horizons and abundant elephant, wildebeest, zebra and springbok. As the sun sets, cruise back to enjoy dinner and perhaps drinks in the lodge's traditional shebeen (informal bar).
A leisurely morning will let you soak in the final views of Etosha before heading to the Erongo region. You'll hop out for a wine tasting in Omaruru, where locals produce tasty wines despite the high desert environment. Then head to your lodge at the base of the Erongo Mountains. Spend your afternoon relaxing or consider joining a guided hike. If you want an even more relaxed evening, take a sundowner drive to watch the sun set with a drink in hand.
Swap one natural marvel for another as you leave the mountains behind and travel to the seaside town of Swakopmund. Before heading out, spend the morning enjoying a leisurely breakfast or opt to visit a local San village to get a glimpse of daily life in the bush. Continue on to Swakopmund, where your Travel Director will give an orientation tour before letting you loose to stroll the bustling promenade or sample some of Namibia's culinary specialities. To see a different side of the town, sign up for a scenic flight that takes you over spectacular rolling dunes and rocky coast.
Swakopmund is yours to explore today! If you're feeling sporty, why not spend it speeding down local dunes on a sandboarding or quad biking adventure. Or hop on a Living Desert Tour for a half-day expedition to discover how the local wildlife survive in this seemingly deserted environment. But if the sea is calling, hop on a catamaran cruise from Walvis Bay to Pelican Point for a chance to catch sight of curious seals, dolphins, pelicans, or even the 'Marine Big 5'.
Set your sights on the dramatic red dunes of Sossusvlei, with no shortage of adventure along the way! First up are the brilliant pink flamingos in Walvis Bay. Then you'll head up Dune 7, the highest sand dune in the Namib Desert, to see the vast landscape below. Your journey continues across the Tropic of Capricorn to your accommodation for the next two days. If you're keen to explore, spend the afternoon on a guided nature drive with a Local Specialist.
Start today in the surreal beauty of Sossusvlei and its surrounds as you head out before dawn to try and catch the sun rising over the park's giant red dunes. After, hop on a 4X4 ride to Deadvlei, where century-old camelthorn trees create an awe-inspiring contrast against the white-clay pan. Then, tighten your boots for a hike to the top of the tallest dune in the area, Big Daddy, before a visit to the towering rock formations of Sesriem Canyon. To top it all off, consider hopping on a sundowner drive to toast another epic day.
You'll coast back to Windhoek today, where your Namibian adventure first began. Stop in the historic town of Rehoboth along the way, which has remained autonomous despite its tumultuous past. Once back in Windhoek, settle into your hotel or opt to spend your final night at one of Windhoek's most famous beer houses.
With memories of natural wonders, endless sky and magnificent wildlife, it's time to say farewell to Namibia. Enjoy breakfast before heading to the airport for your flight onward. Safe travels!
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Venture out on foot and get up close and personal with the spectacular nature of Otjiwa, the oldest game ranch in Namibia. Your expert guide knows the area like the back of their hand and they can tell you all there is to know about the unique wildlife of Namibia. From the smallest insects to the largest rhino, you’ll get to know the secrets of Namibia’s nature, all while soaking up the stunning landscapes on the trail.
Adult Price: NAD 165
Grab a cozy blanket and hop on a safari game vehicle to experience a guided night drive through Otjiwa, Namibia’s oldest game farm. Soak up your spectacular surroundings as you drive under Namibia's brilliant starry sky, one of the clearest night skies in the world, while looking out for unique nocturnal wildlife that you can only spot at this time of day. Keep your eyes peeled for chameleons, porcupines and owls and if it's your lucky night, you may even catch sight of the elusive leopard.
Adult Price: NAD 590
Venture out on an unforgettable sundowner game drive through Otjiwa, the oldest game ranch in Namibia. Your expert driver and guide will take you past a few of the 22 water dams in the area, each with its own natural beauty and bird habitats. Keep your eyes peeled for all kinds of wildlife ranging from the small national springbok to the huge white rhino. At the end of the drive, you’ll head to one of the hills on the ranch, where you’ll treat your eyes to one of Namibia’s famous sunsets, with spectacular views over the wild grassy plains. Approx. duration 2.5 hours
Adult Price: NAD 735
There’s nowhere on earth like Etosha and you’ll get to explore Namibia’s most iconic national park with an expert local guide who knows all the most active waterholes and the animals that visit them. Climb aboard a game vehicle for the best seat in the house, then head out in search of Etosha’s unique wildlife including elephants, lions, giraffes, zebras, wildebeest and so much more. Refreshments and snacks will be provided to keep you fueled up on this thrilling all-day adventure. Approx. duration 9 hours.
Adult Price: NAD 1,270
For the best chance of spotting Etosha’s incredible wildlife, head out on a game drive in the early morning or late afternoon, when the animals are most active. You’ll be accompanied by an expert local guide who knows all the best waterholes and the animals that often visit them. Get the best seat in the house with the elevated seat of a game vehicle, then go on a thrilling search for the unique wildlife of Etosha including elephants, lions, giraffes, zebras, wildebeest and so much more. Refreshments will be provided on this half-day adventure.
Adult Price: NAD 956
Lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails on a guided hike through the stunning Erongo Mountains. You'll spend one to two hours exploring the area's sandy riverbeds, spectacular granite structures and massive red boulders that make up this once-active volcanic range. While you're exploring the region's famous caves and ancient rock art, you'll also likely spot the furry natives - springbok, oryx, baboon and red hartebeest - that call these awe-inspiring mountains home.
Adult Price: NAD 225
Sundowners are one of the most iconic parts of any African safari and you’ll enjoy an evening sundowner drive through the spectacular landscapes. Cruise through the unique vegetation just at the thrilling time when animals come to life in the cool of the evening, and keep your eyes peeled for leaping antelopes, wildebeest and other incredible wildlife. As the sun begins to retreat, you'll toast to another wonderful day in Namibia with a sundowner drink, and soak up the glorious African sunset.
Adult Price: NAD 455
Erongo is a bird lover’s utopia, with more than 200 bird species recorded in the region. For the best chance at spotting the diverse birdlife, you’ll have access to a spacious shelter hide at Hohenstein Lodge. The hide has been specially set up under some large shady trees and looks out over a small waterhole that is regularly frequented by different birds. Climb inside this cozy protected spot and observe and photograph Namibia’s diverse birdlife to your heart’s content! The route to the hide is well marked for guests to visit at their leisure.
Get a fascinating insight into the ancient hunter-gatherer culture and the traditional way of the San on this guided bushwalk in the Erongo. You’ll learn about the native plants of the region and discover their different medicinal uses, and also visit some of the thousands of rock paintings and get an insight into their origins and meanings. The incredible archaeological findings are a testament to just how long the San have lived and hunted in this region, and you’ll have the chance to learn about their ancient rituals and see their handmade jewelry, axes, tools, bows and arrows, and more.
Adult Price: NAD 220
The desert has so much more to offer than just sand and you’ll learn the incredible secrets and surprising hidden life of the Namib Desert on this unique tour. The Namib is the oldest desert in the world and a seemingly inhospitable part of the planet, yet you’ll find all kinds of life from a transparent gecko to the sidewinder and the Namaqua Chameleon. Discover how these animals have adapted and survived in this harsh land from a local expert, who will share their passion and knowledge of this fascinating ecosystem.
Adult Price: NAD 800
Get a bird’s eye view of Namibia’s spectacular Skeleton Coast with a scenic flight. You’ll kickstart the flight with views over the Rössing and Husab Mines, then continue over the iconic Spitzkoppe granite inselberg and Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain range. See the striking geological formations between the Ugab River and the southern stretches of the Skeleton Coast, then head south towards Cape Cross, home to one of the world’s largest Cape fur seal colonies. See if you can catch a glimpse of any marine creatures, then pass over the Zeila Shipwreck, which was stranded in 2008 near Henties Bay. The final view will be of the stunning salt pans, before touching down in Swakopmund. Please note: The price of this activity will vary depending on the number of participants. The per-person price shown is based on 4 guests signing up for this Optional Experience.
Adult Price: NAD 6,050
Explore the spectacular desert of Namibia on four wheels with this exciting quad biking tour. You’ll cruise through the striking landscapes in search of all the different plants and animals that live in the ancient Namib Desert, with your local guide sharing all their expert knowledge about the unique creatures of the desert. Discover the surprising signs of life hidden in the sand, and zoom across the Namibian dunes for an unforgettable experience.
Adult Price: NAD 725
You may have heard of surfing in the ocean - but can you ride the waves of the desert? Test your skills on a sandboard - either standing up or lying down - as you speed down the towering dunes of Namibia’s iconic desert at speeds of up to 80km/h. No experience is needed for this adrenaline-pumping experience, and don’t forget to take in all the incredible views at the top, from the blazing red desert on one side to the sparkling ocean on the other. Please note: Choose between lie-down boarding for NAD 670 or stand-up boarding for NAD 780.
Adult Price: NAD 670
Grab your boat shoes for a catamaran cruise from Walvis Bay to Pelican Point, where you'll be welcomed by the resident pelicans, Cape fur seals, dolphins and, when in season, whales. Watch the playful seals bustling around and basking in the sun, and perhaps even tick Namibia's 'Marine Big 5' off your list if you're lucky enough to spot all five - seals, dolphins, turtles, whales and mola molas. Then enjoy a delicious lunch on board, with plenty of fresh oysters just plucked from the bay.
Adult Price: NAD 995
The best time to spot wildlife is either early mornings or late afternoons, and you’ll get to pick your preferred time of day for this thrilling nature drive through the striking landscapes between the Nubib and Tsaris mountains. Climb aboard your safari vehicle and keep your eyes peeled for the chance to spot all kinds of wild animals including southern white rhino, mountain zebra, giraffe, springbok, oryx, ostrich, lechwe, eland and gnu. If you’ve got your sights set on the region’s nocturnal creatures, you can also head out on a night game drive to spot the more elusive creatures of these desert landscapes.
Adult Price: NAD 580
Toast to the end of an epic Namibia tour with a farewell dinner. Head to Joe's Beerhouse and enjoy a tasty dinner including Namibia's traditional game meats, or vegetarian options, all washed down with a famous Namibian beer. You'll soon see why its quirky décor and lively atmosphere make it the most popular restaurant in Windhoek.
Adult Price: NAD 700
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