It’s hard to imagine how the German colonisers of Namibia coped with the unlimited elbow room, vast deserts and annual quota of 300 days of sunshine, but that’s exactly what draws travellers nowadays. Wedged between the Kalahari and the chilly South Atlantic Ocean, it’s a land of deserts, seascapes, wildlife reserves, ancient rock art, gentle bush-walking terrain and an exhilarating sense of sheer boundlessness. Somerset Tours & Travel now invites you to join us on our tour to this unique country. Our tour commences at touchdown in Windhoek on 18 April 2024 from where the group heads to the Gamsberg Mountains for an overnight stay at Hakos Guest Farm to enjoy the magnificent and wild desert scenery.
Our next stop on the itinerary is the charming coastal town of Swakopmund. The quirky mix of German and Namibian influences, colonial-era buildings and the cool sea breeze make it very popular. While in Swakopmund for 3 days we’ll visit Walvis Bay lagoon, home to thousands of water birds and have a guided tour through the living desert.
From Swakopmund we’ll proceed north along the Skeleton Coast then inland to the Brandberg in Damaraland for one night. Here, we’ll explore the surrounds including an easy walk to the White Lady painting in the Brandburg.
It’s a short drive from the Brandberg to Twyfelfontein in Damaraland. In 2007, UNESCO approved Twyfelfontein as Namibia’s first World Heritage Site as one of the largest concentrations of rock petroglyphs in Africa. These rock engravings date back between 2 000 to 10 000 years ago and provide wonderful insights into the history of the area and the people that lived there. While in the area we’ll also visit the Organ Pipes rock formations and Petrified Forest, which dates back millions of years and offers a haunting landscape of gigantic fossilized trees.
Etosha is the greatest wildlife sanctuary in Namibia and one of Africa’s top safari destinations. Comprising grasslands and woodland savanna and dominated by a giant salt pan, Etosha is home to 114 species of mammals, including four of the Big Five and the world’s largest concentration of black rhino. Here we’ll spend a night at Okaukuejo on the south-western side of the park and a night at Mushara Bush Camp in the East.
Heading further north-east one night will be spent in Rundu en route to Divundu in the Caprivi. Often described as Namibia’s answer to Botswana’s Okavango Delta, the wetlands and forests of the Caprivi Strip support a diverse range of animals that include several species such as hippo and buffalo that are absent from the country’s more famous but far drier Etosha National Park. The birdlife in the Caprivi is fantastic; the Caprivi Strip as a whole has recorded a staggering 500 plus species with many regional rarities and raptors in abundance.
A visit to the Hoba Meteorite is included in the itinerary (for own account) and a short overnight stop at Roy’s Camp south of Grootfontein has been planned to break the journey.
Okonjima Plains Camp, en route from Grootfontein, to Windhoek is recognised as one of the premier places to stay to witness carnivores and other endangered specials like aardvark, pangolin and brown hyena. We’ll spend a night here with a leopard tracking experience included.
Our last night will be spent at the Na’an ku se Lodge outside Windhoek and we’ll return home on 03 May 2024.
Lyn Mair will be leading the group from South Africa and professional English-speaking local guides will be escorting the group through Namibia. This will be a unique and unforgettable experience for every member of the group.
Namibia is the soul of Africa, characterised by vast open spaces, breathtaking scenery, colourful tribes and great contrasts – ocean, dunes, mountains and deserts. This vast desert country of salt pans, rugged mountains, rolling dunes, big blue skies and endless vistas stirs the spirit and moves the heart.