Honeymoon, Adventure or Family Holiday?
Issue 2 (May 2008) Are you looking for the ultimate honeymoon, an adventure or a cracking family holiday? These itineraries will give you an idea of what you could do with a fortnight in Namibia.

 

Honeymooners
Namibia has fabulously luxurious accommodation in romantic retreats that combine adventure with comfort and privacy – the perfect honeymoon.


Day 1-4 Arrive Windhoek direct from London. Two nights at Little Kulala with a visit to Sossusvlei (as an optional extra, try a balloon safari at sunrise over the desert landscape). Afterwards, transfer through to the heart of the NamibRand Nature Reserve for two nights at Wolwedans Dune Lodge.


Days 5-6 From the Namib, fly northwest to Swakopmund where you collect a Nissan 2x4 self drive car. Two nights are spent in the heart of the town at the Hansa Hotel – explore nearby Walvis Bay, take a drive to the seal colony at Cape Cross, or simply enjoy the heritage of the town.


Days 7-8 The next leg of your journey is by road, travelling northeast into Damaraland to the famous Twyfelfontein engravings. Two nights are spent at Mowani Mountain Lodge with the chance to explore locally in your own vehicle.


Days 9-10 Depart by air for the frontier of the northern Kunene region. Arrive at the Hartmann Valley and transfer through majestic scenery to Serra Cafema. You’ll meet the local Himba people and explore the mountains by quad bike, on foot, by vehicle or on a river cruise.


Days 11-14 Finally, you’ll fly back south to Etosha National Park to experience the wildlife of this land of contrast from the small intimate Onguma Tented Camp for three nights before retuning to Windhoek.

 

• From £5,935.00 per person.


Includes flights and self drive car hire. Includes full board, house drinks, conservation fees and activities at Little Kulala, Wolwedans Dune Lodge, Serra Cafema and Onguma Tented; bed and breakfast in Swakopmund; half board at Mowani.


With thanks to Safari Consultants www.safari-consultants.co.uk


Adventurers
Kaokoland region, in the far northwest of Namibia, remains one of the least-visited areas of Namibia. Driving there brings a whole new meaning to the term ‘off the beaten track’.


Days 1-3 Windhoek followed by a night near Outjo before heading into Damaraland and the magnificently positioned Grootberg Lodge for two nights. Here you can enjoy the spectacular views across the flat-topped mountains of the Grootberg Pass and enjoy an inclusive desert elephant nature drive.  

 

Days 4-5 Continuing northwards, the next two nights are spent at Mopane Camp just outside Opuwo, the main community within the traditional lands of the Himba people, whom you will meet during a village visit.  


Days 6-9 Next stop is Epupa Falls and the Kunene River. Two nights at Omarunga Camp near the falls with a sundown tour are followed by two nights at Kunene River Lodge and a trip out on a quad bike. Rafting and canoeing are also available.


Days 10-12 For the final leg of the journey you will head to Etosha National Park for two nights of outstanding wildlife viewing out of Namutoni.  You can drive yourself or take one of the guided game drives on offer from the rest camp.  


Days 13-14 The final night is spent at the base of the Waterberg Plateau with an early morning guided walk through lush vegetation to the top of this sandstone giant before returning to Windhoek for the flight home.


• Approx. £1120 per person


Including 4WD hire, accommodation with all breakfasts and most dinners. Includes activities mentioned above. Flights excluded.


With thanks to Africa Tourist Info (ATI Holidays) www.infotour-africa.com

 

Families
Namibia is a fabulous place for a self drive holiday. Taken carefully, the roads are safe and easy to navigate and there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy on the way.


Days 1-4  Drive straight up to Etosha. Spend two nights at Onguma Bush Camp (full board), just outside the park on the eastern side and then two nights at Namutoni on the western side of the park (accommodation only).


Day 5 Drive to Twyfelfontein Lodge (dinner, B&B included) From here you can explore 2000-year-old rock engravings or take a scenic flight over Burnt Mountain in the late afternoon and watch as its rock sides turn the colour of fire.


Days 6-8 Three nights in Swakopmund at The Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre  (B&B). The town is an adventure sport lover’s dream. From camel rides to boat trips and quad-biking to dune boarding, you will never be bored here.


Days 9-10 Two nights at Sossusvlei Lodge in a family room (full board). Get up before dawn to see the sun rise over the dunes and return to see it drop back down over the horizon in the evening.


Days 11-12 Two nights on the Tok Tokkie Trail in the magnificent NamibRand. This leisurely guided walk through the dunes is comfortably paced at no more than 10-12km a day and is suitable for children over the age of 12. Sleep under the stars.


Day 13 Drive back to Windhoek in time for an evening flight out.


• Cost from £1,534.00 per adult and £332 per child (aged 3-12) staying in a family room. Includes hire of a Nissan 4WD, excludes activities (except at Onguma) and international flights.


With thanks to Pulse Africa www.pulseafrica.com

 

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