Day 1: Windhoek/ Omaruru
Arrive Windhoek and head north via Okahandja and then west through commercial cattle ranches to Omaruru. The drive from Windhoek will take about 3 hours and, as an optional extra, join the afternoon game drive on this private game reserve.
The unique woodlands protect Omaruru Lodge from the heat of the African sun. The lodge has been constructed in an architecturally sophisticated way. All the buildings are built along the lines of traditional huts, the bungalows and restaurants are located next to the water. Guests can observe the wildlife directly through the big windows or from the veranda. Accommodation is on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.
Days 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6: Etosha National Park
A visit to the Etosha National Park is one of the highlights of travelling to Namibia. Etosha, which was declared a game reserve by the German colonial administration in 1907, covers an area of more than 22 000 square kilometres. In its centre lies a vast saltpan surrounded by grass and thorn savannah, Mopane bush land in the west and dry forest in the north-east. About two million years ago, this area was an enormous lake, fed by the Kunene River. However the lake slowly dried up as, over time, the river changed its course.
The pan is nearly always dry. However, in the southern parts there are water-holes scattered throughout the area, which form the basis of life for countless animals. In years of good rain, sections of the pan are flooded and becomes home to many bird species, a speciality being flamingos that come to breed.
There are an estimated 250 lions in the park, 300 rhinos, 2 500 giraffes, 6 000 zebras and more than 2 000 elephants. The dainty springbok are especially numerous – at least 20 000 of them roam the reserve. Often, they can be observed in enormous herds of several hundred animals. The Etosha National Park has a good infrastructure. Well-maintained gravel roads (un-tarred) lead to the waterholes, where game viewing is at its best
Four full days are set aside to spend on game drives and game viewing at various waterholes in this beautiful Park. View numerous species of animals drinking at the same waterhole, not often seen in other African Parks!
Three nights will be spent in a private lodge on the eastern edge of the park with the next two nights in the central area (outside the park)
Onguma Tented Camp (3 nights)
Onguma is one of Namibia’s best kept secrets. The Lodge is luxury accommodation, situated around a water-hole which is frequented by rhino, lion and various antelope. Guests are afforded the opportunity of a truly unique safari experience. Accommodation is on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.
Ongava Game Lodge (2 nights)
Ongava Game Reserve is an extension of the Etosha National Park, offering exclusive and luxury accommodation Set amongst long stretches of arid savannah and situated on the foothill of a small mountain range Ongava overlooks active plains and a floodlit waterhole. Air-conditioned en-suite chalets are built from stone and thatch complete with private veranda. Extra activities include partaking in day and night game drives, nature walks and rhino-tracking. Accommodation is on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.
Day 7: Okonjima/ AfriCat
Head south today via Outjo and Otjiwarongo to the AfriCat Foundation. The AfriCat Foundation was established in 1991 and officially registered as a non-profit organisation in August 1993. AfriCat has grown significantly since then and what started out primarily as an animal welfare organisation has over the years, identified the need to include a focus on education and research as being essential to our mission – the long-term conservation of large carnivores in Namibia. Join one of the afternoon activities (leopard tracking) and after dinner, see what appears at the night hide (blind).
Okonjima Main Camp is part of the original Hanssen-family farmhouse, reconstructed as a Lodge in 1992. All 10 double rooms overlook a lush garden and the open-fire entertainment area. Accommodation includes all meals and activities.
Day 8: Windhoek
Early morning rise for tea/coffee at the Lion Lapa and then go to the cheetah enclosures to learn about the AfriCat Foundation. Return to the lodge for a large Namibian breakfast, and then head back to Windhoek where the safari will end.
Cost: from ZAR 17 290 per person, based on 2 persons travelling