Day 1: Windhoek
Welcome to Namibia!
Arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport Windhoek. Hopefully you had a pleasant flight.
After having gone through immigration and customs procedures, please immediately check your passports to see if you have been granted enough days for your holiday.
After collecting your luggage, you will be met by a representative of the car rental company in the arrival hall and then proceed to Windhoek where you will take over you car rental.
When you have your vehicle you proceed to Hotel Thule where you can enjoy the view over Klein Windhoek and have time to relax and arrive.
Dinner at Joe's Beerhouse.
Day 2: Waterberg Plateau National Park
Today your exciting safari starts!
After breakfast you make your way onto the A1 / B1 to Okahandja. Shortly after Okahandja you have to turn right to stay on the B1 towards Otjiwarongo. About 28 km before Otjiwarongo you turn right onto C22 towards Okakarara. After 42 km turn left onto D2512 until you get the turn-off to Waterberg Wilderness (about 25 km)
Report at reception and you will be shown the way to your lodge.
Day 3: Waterberg Plateau National Park
There are some good hiking trails at Waterberg Wilderness which are free of charge – please enquire at reception. Other activities include:
Guided hike onto Waterberg plateau N$ 250.00 pp
Rhino drive N$ 660.00 pp
Game tracking on foot N$ 600.00 pp
Day 4: Onguma Game Reserve
Today you will be proceeding to Etosha National Park, one of Africa’s biggest game reserves. Continue on D2512 and D2804 until you reach B8. If you want to visit the Hoba Meteorite (the biggest meteorite on earth), then go straight over B8 and proceed via D2860 and D2859 and follow the signs. After visiting the meteorite, you drive on D2859 until you reach the C42, turn left and carry on to Tsumeb from where you take the B1 towards Oshivelo. After 74 km you turn left onto C38 to Namutoni. The turn-off to Onguma is directly in front of Von Lindequist Gate, the entrance gate into Etosha National Park on your right. Follow the signs to Onguma Bush Camp (about 7 km).
If you arrive early at Onguma Bush Camp, you can make your way into the Etosha National Park and go onto your first safari. At the gate you will get the “rules & regulations” of the park and now you are already on your first game drive to Namutoni. Here you have to pay the park entrance fees as you have to show the receipt when you leave the park.
Park entrance fees: N$ 80.00 per person per day and N$ 10.00 for the vehicle.
At the shop in Namutoni you can buy a map of Etosha with all the waterholes and roads.
Alternatively you can take part in an activity offered by Onguma. There is a waterhole at the lodge which is lit at night.
Day 5: Onguma Game Reserve
The day is at your leisure and you can explore the Etosha National Park. You can either drive with your vehicle or you can join one of the activities from the camp.
Morning/Afternoon Etosha Game Drive N$ 840.00 per Person
Onguma Sundowner Drive (incl beverages) N$ 500.00 per Person
Guided Walking Safaris (incl beverages) N$ 500.00 per Person
The Hide (incl beverages) N$ 420.00 per Person
Activities and Services
Day 6: Etosha South
Today you will drive through Etosha National Park from Von Lindequist Gate near Namutoni to Andersson Gate near Okaukuejo. Explore the different waterholes between Namutoni and Halali in the morning and then maybe have a lunch break at Halali. Carry on with your game drive towards Okaukuejo. You have to leave the park before sunset. Etosha Safari Lodge is just 10 km outside the park on your right hand side.
Day 7: Palmwag
You will be leaving the Etosha National Park and depart to Palmwag Lodge. Drive on C38 towards Outjo and 9 km before Outjo you turn right onto C40 to Kamanjab.
From Kamanjab proceed on the C40 via Grootberg Pass for about 115 km and then turn right onto C43, after approx. 6 km you will find the entrance gate to Palmwag Lodge on your left.
Please note: Just before getting to Palmwag Lodge you have to pass through a veterinary control post. As you are coming from the south there are no restrictions of what you are allowed to take along. But when you come back you are not allowed to have any meat and dairy products in the vehicle (because of foot-and-mouth disease).
Day 8: Erongo Mountains
From Palmwag you proceed on C43 and C39 towards Khorixas and turn right onto D2612 and continue to Twyfelfontein on D3214.
Here you will have an opportunity to immerse in the artistic work of the forefathers of the San people. Twyfelfontein is Namibia’s first world heritage site and offers Africa’s largest known accumulation of rock art as far as engravings are concerned. For thousands of years these hunters populated the fertile valley hunting their prey from the abundance of game attracted by the lavish feeding grounds after good rains.
You will pass by Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings and besides the Rock Art Engravings you can also visit the Valley of the Organ Pipes, Burnt Mountain and the Damara Living Museum.
Afterwards you will proceed on D2612 and join C35, follow this road to the mining town of Uis. In Uis you can take a break and stop at the "Cactus & Coffee Teagarden", a delightful café in the middle of a cactus garden. Here you get friendly service and can order light meals and fresh coffee with homemade cakes. Afterwards you take the C36 all the way to Omaruru. Once you drove through Omaruru you take the C33 towards Karibib and turn right onto D2315 after 3 km. After 10 km of gravel road enter the Conservancy gate. Another 36 km will bring you to the entrance of Ai Aiba Lodge.
Day 9: Erongo Mountains
Ai Aiba Lodge forms part of the 200 000 hectare Erongo Mountain Nature Conservancy. This pristine wilderness area straddles the Erongo Mountains: a natural reserve within a vast volcanic crater complex, which boasts unparalleled biodiversity. At Ai Aiba Lodge, we like to encourage our guests to relax and take the time to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the Erongo Mountains and the Bushveld. It is a perfect place to spend the day by the pool with a good book, or if the energy of the granite mountains inspire you, to take a walk or drive with one of our experienced guides through the mountains.
Nature Drive / Bushman rock art
This drive takes about 3 hours, through the scenically beautiful lodge property, with selected stops at sites to view and learn about bushman rock art. The drive will also include a stop for refreshments and snacks. A must-see for anyone visiting the area. This drive can be done both in the morning or the afternoon.
Guided Walks (Morning & Sundowner)
Walking the area surrounding the Lodge is highly encouraged and is an excellent way to experience the beauty of the Erongo Mountains. Our guides have been very well trained on the interesting Fauna and Flora of the area and are available to escort guests through the property.
Walk with visit to the San Living Museum
This walk is approximately 3 hours. Our guides will walk with you to the San Living Museum, stopping at certain rock art sites en-route. Once at the Living Museum the bushman will take guests on a bushwalk, and then our guides will lead you back to the lodge again.
Day 10: End of Itinerary
Unfortunately your holiday has come to an end and you have to make your way back to Windhoek where you will return your car rental. Then you will be taken to the airport for your departure.