Off The Beaten Track Namibia
An unusual itinerary that will take you away from the regular routes. Something for the old Africa hands or perhaps second time visitors to Namibia. This adventure can be driven or flown really easily.
At a Glance
Get off the beaten track and see some of the more un-trodden areas of this unique country
This itinerary perfectly combines authentic safari experiences completed with top guides with a few luxurious stops along the way
The perfect itinerary for anyone who's been to Africa before and is looking to dig a little deeper of what Namibia has to offer
Enjoy this itinerary at your own pace with a self drive or if you are a bit pushed for time, it can easily be flown
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Your journey would begin in Windhoek, where you could either hire a car if you fancy hitting the high way under your own steam, or else you can board a charter flight to soar over the Namibian landscape from place to place. Either way this is an adventure around some of the most interesting areas of a fascinating country, giving you the chance to keep off the beaten track, avoid the usual tourist spots and really experience something new and unforgettable.
First stop on your journey would be the flame red dunes Namibia that is so famous for, where you would be spending 3 nights at Wolwedans Dunes Lodge, where you can relax at a comfortable lodge, all the while taking in the spectacular desert views. Wolwedans is away from Sossusvlei so offers even more of a sense of total isolation and jaw dropping scenery. The lodge is set on top of the dunes so you literally have panoramic vistas in every direction. There is a sense of tranquillity and total seclusion here than really can't be found in many places today, and it's the perfect place to begin an epic adventure. Besides enjoying the scenery you can also go on guided nature walks, safari drives looking for oryx and plains game, or even a hot air balloon ride which will glide you over the dunes as the sun rises.
A Namibian adventure is never complete without a couple of nights at Pelican Point Lodge at Walvis Bay. This is a location as different as you can imagine to the dunes of the south. The lodge is situated on a remote peninsula, at the base of lighthouse, with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the lagoon of Walvis Bay on the other. An absolute must for any keen photographer, it's an incredibly unique setting and you are staying in a luxurious boutique property whilst you enjoy it. There is also plenty of wildlife here with whales and dolphin frequently spotted from the deck, and thousands of seals to be found if you take a walk down the peninsula.
Next for an adventure on foot as you head to Mundulea Nature Reserve for a two day walking trail through an incredible wilderness, accompanied by Bruno Nebe, one of Namibia's top guides and a passionate wildlife photographer and conservationist. You'll need practical clothing, good walking shoes and a desire for a genuine experience of the Namibian bush. The camp is relatively basic and it's all about getting back to nature with four large tents, with en suite bathrooms. Evenings are spent round the fire and the days exploring savannah, mountain trails, canyons, gorges and even caves. Tracking wildlife is a big part of the experience, and watching the wildlife in their natural surroundings, without the interference of game vehicles or other tourists or anything that disturbs the surrounding environment.
Then when you are ready to relax again you can enjoy the more East African style Meru tents of Etendeka Mountain camp at the foothills of the Grootberg Massif. Here you'll find yourself surrounded by towering mountains and deep valleys, all just waiting to be explored either on foot should you fancy some more walking, or in open safari vehicles. There's great desert adapted wildlife to be found here such as desert-elephants and lion. Also commonly sighted here are cheetah, oryx and black rhino so it's a great destination for those looking for the unique Namibian wildlife.
Also in the Damaraland region is your next stop, Damaraland Camp, located in the pristine Huab River Valley. Again you'll have incredible scenery but this time with more luxuries so that you can really unwind for a few days towards the end of your trip. The ancient San rock art nearby at Twyfelfontein is not to be missed and here you can experience both day and night game drives, whenever you're not relaxing in the swimming pool or the many comfortable areas of the camp.
Finally to cap it all off you can end at GocheGanas, a luxury lodge perched on a hillside overlooking yet more incredible landscapes, and just an hour's drive from Windhoek so your traveling the next day is kept as minimal as possible. There's plenty to do here and the lodge manages to offer a superb combination of wildlife, nature and spa pampering, so if a day's not enough then we can certainly look at extending your time here as your itinerary will be completely customized to your wishes.
|Johannesburg - Windhoek||Day flight|
Namibrand Nature Reserve
|Wolwedans Dune Camp|
|Pelican Point Lodge|
|2 nights||Damaraland, Namibia||Mundulea Walking Trails|
Etendeka Concession Area, Damaraland
|Etendeka Mountain Camp|
|Windhoek - Johannesburg||Day flight|
Location & Directions
Namibia is a vast desert country, but easily accessible on a self-drive itinerary. There are very few roads, making it hard to lose your way, and destinations and lodges are well signposted and you will be given detailed directions. There are picnic stops at regular spots where you can relax and stretch your legs, too. After an initial night in the capital, Windhoek, you will drive south to the famous sand dunes at Sossusvlei, around five hours' drive, passing through dramatically changing scenery on the way. After exploring this region, head northwest to Swakopmund on the coast, passing through mountain passes and valleys on the way, another journey of around five hours. Spend a few days exploring the coast and enjoying activities before driving further north to Mundalea where you can stretch your legs with Bruno's amazing walking safaris. Then head west to Damaraland before driving back to Windhoek and home.
When to go
If you're visiting Namibia, the best thing to do is avoid their summer, which is extremely hot. Therefore, the best time to visit Namibia is in winter (May-September) but bear in mind that the desert regions can be bitterly cold at this time of year. The climate of the southern coast is hospitable from February to May, but quite cool and misty year-round, and particularly windy in August.