This journey starts in Windhoek where your pilot meets you for your flight into Etosha, one of Africa’s greatest game parks with its iconic shimmering salt pans. Then head west to explore the rugged and dramatic landscapes of Damaraland home to desert adapted wildlife and the hidden gems at Twyfelfontein.
A scenic flight over the Skeleton Coast reveals shipwrecks and colonies of cape fur seals before touching down in the beautiful Namib desert at Sossusvlei. Here you can climb up the world famous red sand-dunes and hike to Dead Vlei, the stunning white clay pan – a paradise for photographers.
On arrival into Windhoek, guests will be met by their Pilot from where you will fly north towards Etosha National Park.
Spend 2 nights at Mushara Outpost in a canvas, wood and glass fronted luxury tent, fully inclusive. The lodge’s main house is styled like an old farm house with high walls, corrugated iron roof and a large wrap-around veranda facing northeast to take advantage of shade. The ambiance is similar to that of a well lived-in house: friendly and extremely comfortable with a light feel to it.
Etosha National Park, proclaimed in 1907, is one of Southern Africa’s finest and most important game reserves. The park covers an area of 22,270 km² of saline desert and is home to dozens of mammal and reptile species, several amphibian species, 340 bird species and even one species of fish.
Morning and afternoon game drives into the Etosha National Park and/or Onguma Reserve will be a truly remarkable experience.
Depart Etosha on your flight heading west to Damaraland and your camp for the next two nights – Camp Kipwe in the Twyfelfontein Conservancy. ‘Kipwe’, meaning blessed in Swahili has a natural organic feel, built as it is out of boulders, small red basalt rocks and mopane branches.
Damaraland features vast khaki plains, sheer Rocky mountains and incredible desert-adapted wildlife. Explore the rugged land or sit back and enjoy the dramatic scenery.
Morning and afternoon activities include a visit to Namibia’s “open-air museum”, the Twyfelfontein petroglyphs and bushman paintings, Burnt Mountain, as well as the interesting Organ Pipes rock formations.
Another highlight is to go in search of a healthy population of desert adapted elephants as well as oryx, kudu, springbok, steenbok and occasionally rare desert-adapted black rhino. Carnivores include brown hyaena, bat-eared fox and black-backed jackal.
Bird life is excellent with Namibian endemics such as Monteiro’s Hornbill and Rüpell’s Korhaan.
Your adventure continues to the Skeleton Coast and Namib Desert.
Depart Damaraland with a scenic flight along the Skeleton Coast and the Namib Dunes to the landing strip close to the Namib Naukluft Park, where you will be met for a road transfer to Hoodia Desert Lodge.
Spend 2 nights at Hoodia Desert Lodge, fully inclusive.
The lodge is set in a peaceful desert valley around 20km west of the park gate at Sesriem.
Make an early morning rise for a light breakfast and then on to the beautiful Sossusvlei area for the day. Enjoy an amazing picnic style lunch under ancient acacia trees with a backdrop of magnificent sand dunes.
Other activities, as time allows is a visit to Sesriem Canyon, a balloon safari and quad-biking, as well as guided hiking options.
Also witness the sparsely distributed desert-adapted wildlife such as ostrich, springbok, oryx, spotted and brown hyaena, and bat-eared fox.
Depart the Namib Desert with a light aircraft flight to Windhoek, over the Namib Naukluft Mountain range where this amazing trip will end.
Consider an extension at the end of your Namibia adventure with an easy flight to explore Cape Town, South Africa’s “Mother City” or if you would like to visit Victoria Falls and cross the border into Botswana for amazing game viewing experiences, then do ask us about these outstanding journeys.
Mushara Outpost is a sophisticated luxury property set within its own private reserve and located on the doorstep to the wonders of Etosha National Park.
Mushara Outpost is a sophisticated luxury property that accommodates 16 guests in eight luxury custom tents made of wood, canvas and glass. Each tent is mounted on a wooden deck, 1.5 m above the ground, providing a different perspective of the bush. A large glass sliding door leads into the tent, all windows and doors are covered with fly-screens.
Large glass windows from floor to ceiling allow for plenty of air circulation during the night. Air conditioning adds an extra level of comfort on very warm afternoons. The open plan bathroom sports a ceiling, two large windows and a separate, enclosed toilet. The shower cubicle is glass from top to bottom. Unzip the external canvas cover as far as you are comfortable with and your time in the shower takes on a new dimension.
The ambiance at Mushara Outpost is similar to that of a well lived-in house: friendly and extremely comfortable with a light feel to it.
Camp Kipwe is an eco friendly lodge set within the Twyfelfontein Conservancy in Damaraland. The camp nestles amongst the majestic boulders of this beautiful area on a high spot, commanding distant views over the ancient landscape.
Camp Kipwe consists of 9 igloo-styled bungalows nestled into the boulders, each with its own shaded veranda to take in the glorious views across the Aba Huab valley.
Simple, yet comfortable bedrooms are decorated in neutral tones with accents of brightly coloured accessories. Twin or double beds on wooden bases are covered by crisp white linen. Bedside tables and lamps are in keeping with the back to nature feel and are constructed of wood. All rooms have air conditioning, digital safes and hair dryers. There is also a refreshing plunge pool, curio shop, bar and lounge.
Hoodia Desert Lodge, named after the flowering cactus, is surrounded by majestic mountains on the banks of the Tsauchab River and nestled in the dunes of Sossusvlei in the South West region of Namibia.
Hoodia Desert Lodge is family owned and managed, accommodating guests in 11 luxury tented chalets under thatch located to ensure privacy in this breathtaking location. Each chalet boasts both an indoor and outdoor bathroom, has air-conditioning, a fridge, coffee station and open air bathroom. There are also mosquito nets over the beds and each chalet has a shaded deck.
The main areas of the lodge include a large lounge with an eclectic mix of furniture, including some interesting artwork as well as a restaurant serving a wide range of local and international dishes. There is also a small swimming pool.
Just wanted to say how much we thoroughly enjoyed our safari holiday to Namibia. There is nothing I would change, the trip was exactly what we wanted it to be. We found the detailed itinerary particularly helpful, in fact invaluable, especially as it gave us detailed driving instructions, route co-ordinates for the SatNav and also estimated timings. We were hugely impressed!
We liked all the camps that Katharine chose for us, each was different in its own way and each experience at the respective camp was unique. I would have no hesitation in recommending The Big 5 to anyone wishing to book a safari holiday. In terms of your rating for our holiday I would give you a 10 without hesitation.
Sossusvlei is a natural wonder with stunning views in all directions - arrive at sunrise for outstanding photo opportunities!!
I just wanted to thank you once again for all the time and effort you put into making our holiday in Namibia such a fantastic experience. Our passionate and delightful guide in Etosha had such knowledge of the reserve and what it had to offer including grasses, trees and special birds that were a privilege to see!
Mushara Outpost – Fully inclusive of all Meals, Drinks and Guided Activities
Camp Kipwe – Full Board and Guided Activities
Hoodia Desert Lodge – Fully inclusive of all Meals, Drinks and Guided Activities
All inter camp flights ex Windhoek