Namibian Highlights

Duration:           8 days and 7 nights
               During the year 2004

Recommended time of travel: May to September is recommended, unless clients are happy to endure reputed Namibian heat.

Flight arrangements:
Flights can be from Europe, Johannesburg or Cape Town. Clients would need to arrive in Windhoek, preferably no later than midday.

Toyota Hilux Double-cab 4x4 with canopy with specialized modifications. Vehicles comfortably accommodate guide plus three passengers.

Your Guides:

aka Rog...Roger Jorgensen:
Veteran of numerous 4 x4 guided trips through Southern Africa, specializing in the remote deserts of Namibia. Broad knowledge of the region’s flora, fauna, geology and people. Interests include photography and archaeology, especially rock art.


DAY 1: Arrival Etosha National Park.

Arrive at Mokuti Lodge Airstrip. (OR WINDHOEK).
You will be met by your Africa Awaits Tours & Safaris guides, offered assistance with your luggage and given a brief on the days that lie ahead.

Drive to the Ongava Lodge (OR SIMILAR!!) for a relaxing afternoon.

Ongava Lodge is situated on the 30 000 hectare Ongava Private Game Reserve and shares a common border with Etosha National Park on its southern boundary. The lodge offers the full Etosha experience but at the same time offers greatgemsbok.jpg (54438 bytes) accommodation and service, as well as the opportunity to do night drives and nature walks on the reserve which are not allowed within Etosha National Park.

A level of luxury found in first class hotels compliments the friendly, sociable atmosphere at Ongava. The chalets, lodge and public areas are all decorated to the highest standards using indigenous furniture, materials and colours. Interiors combine a feeling of spaciousness, tranquility and exclusivity with a native African feel. However, genuine luxury has not been achieved at the expense of the environment.

The hilltop site has been specially built around the eye-catching rock formations and trees, giving it a quite unique character. Nestling on the hillside the Lodge and Chalets enjoy panoramic views.

Accommodation offered is in 10 chalets attractively built out of rock and thatch. All your comforts are taken care of. Each chalet has en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower. The main lounge, pub and dining area are under thatch and situated close to the top of a hill with wonderful views across the plains below. There is a pool as well.

Lodge facilities include air conditioning. mini bar, private sun deck as well as a luxury swimming pool. Exclusive dining, lounge and bar area.

Overnight at Ongava Lodge, enjoy fine dining, an introduction to the escarpment and a night drive on the private game reserve.


DAY 2: Etosha National Park and Kaokoland

An early start after breakfast.

Embark on a journey through Etosha National Park, entering at Anderson’s Gate and exiting at West Gate. This entire route is in itself a game drive - allowing an opportunity to spot some of the many animals the Park boasts. The entire western region of Etosha is for the enjoyment of selected tour operators only.

A picnic lunch will be prepared and enjoyed in the Park. On exiting Etosha, we take a challenging drive through the wilderness towards the Kaokoland Region and the town of Sesfontein.

Two nights at Fort Sesfontein. (OR SIMILAR!!)
Fort Sesfontein lodge has been rebuilt from an old german fort. It is situated near Sesfontein in the north-west of Namibia where the Damaraland enters the Kaokoveld - close to the Hoanib river. A gap in the mountains gives access to the valley basin on Sesfontein (six fountains) where lush green gardens give the landscape its special oasis character.

In 1896 the government of the former German South-West Africa built the Fort of Sesfontein as a control point for keeping cattle disease, arms smuggling and illegal hunting of big animals in check.
The fort was abandoned in 1914 and only ruins and a small army-cemetery still stood witness to the former German presence in the area.
Today, almost 100 years after the original establishment of the Sesfontein Station, the fort has acquired a second lease of life after being tastefully restored as a comfortable lodge for tourists. The fort offers comfortable double en suite rooms with bath\shower, bidet and toilet. All rooms are arranged around the central court that has been transformed into a unique oasis shaded by ancient palm trees.

Use of building materials characteristic of the region, such as clay walls, stone floors and reed linings convey a very special and original atmosphere. Visitors enjoy the modern facilities prevalent in the bathrooms, warm water from solar cells, mosquito net on the four-poster beds and fitted ceiling fans.

The former officers mess has been refurbished as a restaurant with integrated lounge and bar including a swimming pool. After the adventures of the day and the culinary delights of the evening, the guest will enjoy a relaxing night below the Southern Cross and a star-studded sky.

DAY 3: Desert Elephants and Himba

Depart after breakfast for further exploration of the area.Sesfontein is the southern gateway to Kaokoland, an area of some 5OOOO km2 between Hoanib and Kunene. Untouched landscape structures, such as sandy desert and interesting rock formations, vegetation and wild animals - elephant, giraffe, zebra, Oryx, ostrich, kudu, springbok and occasional lion - can be discovered in their natural habitat beyond the reaches of civilisation.

A guided 4x4 trip through thick sand in search of the desert elephant is nearly always rewarding (bring plenty of film), as is the opportunity to see the Overhimba in their natural environment. The Himba are a nomadic tribe with a way of life that has remained unchanged for centuries. They can be seen wandering with their herds of goats and cattle from watering hole to watering hole. Clad only with a loincloth the Himbas paint their body with an ochre-red pigment, which protects them from the sun and enhances their beauty.

Not far from the lodge is Warmquelle, and the Ongongo Springs where sparkling clear water rushes out of the burnt rocky ground, and you can swim under a waterfall, in a cave with terrapins!

A picnic lunch will be prepared and enjoyed en route.
Return to Fort Sesfontein for dinner and overnight.

DAY 4: Damaraland and Twyfelfontein

Mowani Mountain CampDepart Fort Sesfontein heading south towards Damaraland. Covering a distance of no more than 200km, this short transfer will take you through some of the toughest terrain imaginable. Blistering heat, baking red boulders, sharp splintered rocks and little or no vegetation will intensify the experience.

Between the Ugab and Huab Rivers in Damaraland lies a vast and unspoilt 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 roaming ground for the only unsupported population of black rhino in the world.

It is here that we find the Twyfelfontein Conservancy and rock-engraving site. We visit this truly unique and prolific concentration of ancient San/bushman work in the scree boulders overlooking a trio of waterholes.
This wonderful archaeological site offers more than 2,500 engravings as well as some paintings, and is probably the finest example of concentrated rock engraving in the world.

Head towards Mowani Mountain Camp (OR SIMILAR!!) where we will overnight.
Mowani Mountain Camp nestles amongst the boulders of this beautiful area on a high spot commanding distant views over the ancient landscape. 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.

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. Much care has been taken with the design of the public areas, creating the impression of an African Village, with dome-like thatched structures that blend in with the imposing boulders that are scattered around the outcrops.

Even in the heart of this desert, no efforts were spared to ensure luxury, adventure and relaxation for the visitor...

There are plenty of ways to relax at Mowani. Discover the pool deck, lodged between the boulders where you can soak up the sun whilst enjoying a refreshing drink, admiring the breathtaking views from you pool lounge. The Boma of Mowani is the ideal setting to reminisce over the day’s excursions, and plan the next day’s exciting events, whilst sitting around the warmth of the fire. Your room at Mowani will be another great source of relaxation. All the rooms are extremely private, while still offering an open view of the wonderful landscape.

Overnight in the luxury of this Lodge with an opportunity to enjoy a typical Namibian sunset.

DAY 5: Black Rhino, Skeleton Coast, Cape Fur Seals and Swakopmund

We depart the luxury of Mowani Mountain Lodge for a busy day of the tour with much to see.

We drive through Central Damaraland. An area now uninhabited due to its heat and aridity, except by hardy desert creatures such as Oryx, springbok, rhino, and, surprisingly, giraffe. Driving through the region is exhilarating, with the chance of catching sight of the rare black rhino being a privilege afforded to few people.

Occasionally the remains of modern man’s futile yet brave efforts to survive here can be seen.

Adding yet more drama to a dramatic region are the distinctly recognisable Doros and Messum craters, the result of major meteor impacts millions of years ago. We visit the nearby Brandberg Nature Reserve that boasts an impressive red-hued mountain reminiscent of Ayres Rock as well as the world famous “White Lady” rock painting.

The region is graced with some of the most stunning landscapes imaginable, harsh and vast, with fascinating geological features like the Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain.

We drive along the Skeleton Coast - a strange landscape of fog-bound coast, gravel plains and mirages. Its singular, eerie atmosphere is compounded by shipwrecks and abandoned mines. Its relentlessly stark beauty is highlighted by unexpected waterholes where a surprising number and variety of hardy desert animals gather. Gigantic Atlantic swells roll in and pound the barren dunes in a continuous dramatic natural confrontation.

Visit the Cape Cross Seal Reserve situated north of Henties Bay. One of the world’s largest seal breeding colonies, Cape Cross provides a spectacle of writhing, basking, playing, swimming mammalian life on an impressive scale. Here the Cape Fur seals flourish in the cold waters of the Benguela Current. Along the coast are numerous islets and isolated parts of the shore that they use as nurseries for their young.
This area is also of historical significance as the Portuguese navigator, Diogo Cao, planted a cross at this point in the year 1486.

Arrive at Swakopmund and overnight at the historical Hansa Hotel. (OR SIMILAR!!)

The Hansa Hotel - nestling in the very centre of the charming little town of Swakopmund, wrapped in the shape of a timelessly classical building dating from 1905, an integral part of Swakopmund architectural heritage, offers you a feeling of being enveloped in a luxurious and sophisticated hospitality with a satisfying blend of both classic atmosphere and truly elegant interior, matched with friendly and personalized service. Steeped in history this luxury establishment offers every modern amenity the discerning traveller could wish for.
The Hansa Hotel is renowned for its seafood and game specialties. The Hansa Hotel also has an extensive wine list that has won the coveted Diners Club Wine list of the Year Award.

Being centrally situated, the Hotel becomes a gateway to all tourist amenities, which Swakopmund has to offer. A five-minute stroll away from the beach, it is also within easy reach of sporting facilities like golf, tennis, horse and camel riding as well as the natural attractions of its dramatic desert environment. Surrounded by curio shops, first class jewelers, local tour operators and aviation safari offices, the new look Hansa Hotel is unbeatable.

Dinner and overnight at the Hansa Hotel - and an introduction to the architectural richness of Swakopmund.

NOTE: Whilst in Swakopmund, remember to buy any camera film or toiletries that you may need for the remainder of your trip.

DAY 6: Moon Crater and NamibRand Nature Reserve

Your morning will start with the group option of one of the following:
1. A visit to the moon crater landscape at Goanikontes, which is below sea level.
2. An optional quad bike excursion (not included) into the dunes between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay.
3. Leisurely morning in Swakopmund before embarking on the 400 km trip.

From here we head to the renowned Namib Rand Nature Reserve region. Exploring these areas :

The Namib-Rand Nature Reserve is not only the largest nature conservation area in Namibia, but it is rated as the fourth largest in the world, as well as being the most unusual. Landscapes range from an impressive mountain massif to desert plains and high dunes, from deep gorges to an estuarine lagoon.
For the connoisseur of scenery, atmosphere and the unusual, there is nothing quite like the Namib. It has an essence of timelessness, and, depending on the time of day there is a shift of moods, a play of light and shadow, giving desert landscapes entirely new tints and textures.

The Naukluft area includes the mountainous escarpment as well as the edge of the Namib Desert. It is a sanctuary for mountain zebra and other species of game.


Overnight at the Wolvedans Dunes Lodge (OR SIMILAR!!) for two nights.
Wolvedans Dunes Lodge - Once the hunting ground of the Spotted Hyena, Wolwedans takes its name from the African for "where the wolves dance". The very word conjures up an aura of mystery and romance, which when visiting Wolwedans, nature and the rhythm of the desert will evoke within you.

Nestled amidst the dunes in the heart of NamibRand Nature Reserve, and set against a backdrop of unparalleled beauty, Wolwedans provides the perfect base from which to explore vast stretches of awe-inspiring nature. Across this diverse canvas of contrasting landscapes traverse an exciting variety of large and small desert creatures - as wild and ancient as their habitat.

It is here, in this land of stretching blue skies, endless plains and countless creatures enacting nature's savagely exciting passion play, that you will find beauty feeding your soul, tranquility to clear your mind and space for your imagination to fly. Visit once, and you will long to return - that is a promise.

The NamibRand Nature Reserve originated as a dream of extending the desert frontiers by integrating a large number of former sheep farms and developing a sanctuary free of fences, so that once again the wildlife could roam their habitat unhindered. Inviting nature lovers from all over the world to share in this dream has always been one of our objectives, and today NamibRand is synonymous with some of Namibia's - if not Africa's - most breathtaking locations.

The golden colors of the Namib dunes contrast starkly with the-blue skies and the dunes rise majestically from the grasslands of Western Namibia. The sheer size of this area boasts a vast diversity of landforms, ranging from dune seas to open plains, gorges and high cliffs. Accompanied by experienced guides, you will be introduced to the many facets of this unique desert habitat with its manifold fauna and flora. Options are walking along trails, or a flight in a hot air balloon, game drives and climbing sand dunes. 

DAY 7: NamibRand Nature Reserve 

A full day to explore the area with the specialist Wolvedans guides.

On offer (but not included) is hot-air ballooning. Soaring silently over the dune belts and never-ending plains provides breathtaking 360-degree vistas as the leisurely wind carries you over an ocean of sand and waves of mountain. From the best viewpoint imaginable you admire the stark beauty of the Namib for about an hour, before you celebrate this extravagant experience with a champagne breakfast at the landing spot.

Accompanied by experienced guides, you will be introduced to the many facets of the NamibRand Nature Reserve's desert habitat with its diverse fauna and flora. The interpretive scenic drives in open Landrovers and / or walks with resident field-guides will reveal the wonders of the desert.
Packed picnic lunch enjoyed on the dunes.
A candle lit dinner tonight and overnight at Wolvedans Dune Lodge.


DAY 8: Depart for Windhoek

Awake before dawn to watch the sun rise above the sand dunes, followed by an early departure and a quick drive through to Windhoek airport. Assistance with luggage as you prepare for your international flight home.

There may be variations in activities and accommodation due to availability and weather conditions.

Numerous additional activities can be arranged on the client’s behalf at an additional cost. These include the following:
- White water canoeing on the Kunene River. (From Fort Sesfontein)
- White water canoeing on the Orange River.
- Fish River Canyon
- Luderitz. The ghost town of Kolmanskop
- Richtersveld National Park

The above itinerary offers a unique look at the highlights of Namibia. Off the beaten track, exploring by 4x4 new ground sought out by your guide on previous expeditions. A search for desert elephant, rhino and Himba that won’t leave you disappointed. Perhaps more suited to the select few that enjoy all that an arid African desert adventure has to offer by day - with unequalled luxury by night.


  • Upmarket Accommodation
  • All Meals as per itinerary
  • All Activities as per itinerary
  • Road transfers from and to Windhoek Airport
  • Specialist Namibian Guide
  • SATOUR Registered Guide
  • Modified Safari Vehicles
  • Entrance Fees


  • International Flights
  • Internal Flights
  • Holiday Insurance
  • Visas
  • Optional Activities: Hot Air balloons, Quad bikes
  • Personal Purchases
  • Bar Account
  • Gratuities
  • Laundry








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