Namibia Self-Drive Birding Special
Namibia Birding Special – Self-Drive 15 Days
This comprehensive itinerary has been specially designed for birding enthusiasts wishing to enjoy an authentic safari experience in one of Africa’s prime birding destinations. With a birding checklist of 676 species including 16 near endemics and more than 40 of Africa’s raptors, Namibia is a rare birdwatcher’s treat. The coastal areas, combined with deserts and plains, provide a superb variety of habitats and species. This fantastic itinerary offers an excellent diversity of landscapes and habitats, from the coastal areas of Walvis Bay and Swakopmund to the arid lands of Sesriem and Erongo.
On this self-drive itinerary you will visit enchanting areas, birding hotspots and some of Namibia’s finest National Parks on a constant search for the rich birdlife that will astound here. Yet its not only the birding that will impress, spectacular scenery at every turn and wildlife including elephants, rhino, lions, countless reptile species and much more will surely make this the ultimate Namibian nature experience.
Please see detailed itinerary below for specific species you are likely to see in each destination.
Shown prices are per person in low season, based on 2 people sharing. 4x4 car hire and mid-range accommodation included throughout.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
- Discover a wide variety of diverse areas from coast to desert
- Special locations specifically chosen for their birdwatching benefits, with included guided birding excursions
- Witness abundant birdlife across multiple diverse landscapes including Walvis Bay, Erongo, Sossusvlei and the Kunene River
- Visit enchanting National Parks including Etosha, Namib-Naukluft and the Waterberg Plateau
- Opportunities for game drives, hikes and guided walks
- Chances to observe a huge array of other wildlife including lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, zebras, giraffes, wildebeest and much more
- Spectacular scenery at every turn
- Mid-range accommodation throughout
- Travel at your own leisure with included car hire
- Accommodation throughout with board basis as described in the itinerary
- Arrival transfer from Windhoek airport
- 14 days 4x4 car hire
- Full-day Dune Lark and Walvis Lagoon Birding & Eco tour
- Cinderella Waxbill birding excursion in Kunene River area
- Information pack
- Cell phone
- MediVac insurance
ITINERARY14 Nights 15 Days
- Day 1 | Windhoek
- Days 2 - 3 | Sesriem / Sossusvlei
- Days 4 - 5 | Walvis Bay - Dune Lark Birding Tour
- Day 6 | Erongo
- Days 7 - 8 | Etendeka Mountain Camp
- Days 9 - 10 | Kunene River - Cinderella Waxbill Excursion
- Day 11 | Hobatere
- Day 12 | Okaukuejo - Etosha National Park
- Day 13 | Etosha National Park
- Days 14 - 15 | Waterberg Plateau / Depart
Welcome to Namibia, an enchanting country where the landscapes and cultures are as diverse as the wildlife that abounds here. Having arrived independently to Hosea Kutako airport in Windhoek, the charming capital of Namibia, you will be met at arrivals for your luxury private transfer to the Rivendell Guesthouse for your overnight stay.
After settling in to your welcoming en-suite bedroom you may have time to explore your surroundings and take in dinner in one of the nearby restaurants, before enjoying a great night’s sleep in preparation for the adventures that lie ahead.
1-night accommodation in an en-suite room at Rivendell Guesthouse. Breakfast Included.
Car hire: Your Ford Ranger 4x4 (or similar) will be delivered to you today at the hotel. Your 14-day rental will include Classic Plus Super Cover Insurance, and the car will be equipped with air-conditioning, Bluetooth, USB and power steering. Please ensure all drivers have a valid unendorsed driver's license and passport with them to take delivery of the car.
Sesriem / Sossusvlei
After a great night’s sleep and a tasty breakfast, this morning your self-drive Namibian adventure will truly begin as you make an approximately 5-hour drive from Windhoek to the beautiful Desert Homestead Lodge located close to the Namib-Naukluft National Park. (Driving directions for all routes on the itinerary will be provided.) This welcoming lodge is perfectly located for exploring around the incredible National Park and the renowned red dunes of Sossusvlei. Depending on your arrival time you could choose to partake in some of the lodge’s numerous activity options which include horse safaris through the Namib desert, sun downer drives, guided walks and excursions to Sossusvlei and the Naukluft Mountains. Alternatively, you could simply relax after your long drive, indulging in the exceptional hospitality, enjoying a dip in the swimming pool and soaking up the soothing views over the plains to the dunes and mountains.
The nearby Namib-Naukluft Park is one of the least populated areas in all of Namibia, and we recommend taking day 3 as your opportunity to discover this vast wilderness in all its glory. If you are self-driving into this magical area, you could choose to wake early and drive to the Sesriem gate and onwards towards Sossusvlei, around 70km from the Park entrance. Sossusvlei, with its monumental dunes, up to 325m when measured from their base, is one of the most famous destinations in all of Namibia. The entrance opens at sunrise and this is the best time of day to see the dunes. National Park entry fees of N$250 per person are applicable (children under 16 are charged N$100) and N$50 per vehicle per day. The last section of the road into Sossusvlei is 4x4 area only and you can either leave your vehicle at the car park and proceed either on foot (a beautiful walk), or take the shuttle which usually runs between here and Sossusvlei which is 5km away.
Over 60 bird species have been recorded in the area. Some of the notable birds include Rueppell's Bustard, Monteiro's Hornbill, Dune Lark, Black-eared Sparrow-Lark, Kopje Warbler, and Karoo Thrush.
2 nights’ accommodation at Desert Homestead Lodge in a standard room with breakfasts and dinners included.
Walvis Bay - Dune Lark Birding Tour
This morning you will leave Sesriem behind and take a 5-hour drive to the beautiful coastal area of Walvis Bay, close to Swakopmund on Namibia’s western coastline. Walvis Bay is home to a famous RAMSAR Heritage Site lagoon and is a wetland of international importance, home to many bird species including the greater and lesser flamingo. The delightful Oyster Box Guesthouse, your accommodation for the next 2 nights, is located right on the lagoon so is the perfect spot from which to enjoy some relaxing aquatic birdwatching. The most notable bird in Walvis is the Dune Lark which is endemic to Namibia. Other larks to be found in the desert include Gray's Lark and Stark's Lark. Numerous pelagic birds can be seen from boat cruises , including a number of sub-Antarctic species. The parks and gardens can also be a good place to spot birds, with species such as Orange River White-eye often present.
Upon arrival here the rest of the day will be at your leisure and you can choose to simply relax on the open deck soaking up the sun and the views, enjoy dinner in one of the 3 nearby restaurants or take the 5 minute drive into town. Should you wish to venture further afield, the fascinating German-inspired town on Swakopmund is less than an hour’s drive away. At the end of the day you can indulge in a customary "sundowner" in the sheltered lounge and bar before retiring to your comfortable air-conditioned en-suite bedroom.
On the morning of day 5 you can enjoy your included full-day Dune Lark / Kuiseb Dunes and Walvis Lagoon Birding & Eco Tour. Accompanied by professional and knowledgeable birding guides this will offer you a first-class interpretive tour of the natural wonders of Namibia, with a focus on the varied species of birds found in this area. You will be collected from the guesthouse at 8am this morning to be transported to the unique lands of the Kuiseb Delta to search for sightings of the only true endemic of the country, the arid adapted Dune Lark. Out of the 16 near endemic birds of Namibia the Dune Lark is the only true endemic, and this little lark is one of the most arid-adapted birds in the world. In the Kuiseb you can find it running rapidly over the bare sand between patches of vegetation and dune grass. It scurries between the dunes searching for seeds and small insects on which it feeds.
On this full day excursion we will spend a short time at the sewerage works near Walvis Bay where large numbers of Common Moorhen, Hottentot Teal, Red-knobbed Coot and other wetland species may be found, before travelling to the Salt Pans near Swakopmund to look for any specials that may be around at the time. We will then travail through the surrounding desert plains to search for Gray’s Lark, Rufous-eared Warbler and Tractrac Chat. If time allows we can spend some time around the vegetated Swakop river and may encounter Orange River White-eye, Yellow-bellied Eremomela, Red-faced and White-backed Mousebird, Rufous vented Tit Babbler, Rock Kestrel, Dusky Sunbird, Bokmakierie, Fiscal Shrike, Common Waxbill, Cape Sparrow, Black-Chested Prinia and with luck Peregrine Falcon. The Key species for this trip are the Dune Lark, Gray’s Lark, Orange River White-eye, and the Tractrac Chat. Drinks and a light picnic lunch will be provided during the day and you will be transferred back to the guesthouse around 4pm.
2 nights’ accommodation at Oyster Box Guesthouse in a standard room with breakfast and full-day birding tour included.
This morning you will take an approximately 3.5 hour drive to Erongo Wilderness Lodge, set in the foothills of the Erongo Mountains on the edge of the enormous Erongo Crater. This small lodge blends beautifully into the surrounding boulder-strewn landscape and is another excellent spot for birding enthusiasts. Upon arrival you can choose to partake in some of the lodge’s optional excursions including guided walks (free of charge) and guided nature drives into the 200,000 ha conservation area (fees apply). Birding is one of the main attractions here, with 48 different species having been sighted in the immediate vicinity, including Black Eagle, Rosy Faced Lovebird & Ruppell’s Parrot. Raptor present in the surrounding mountains include Black-chested Snake-Eagle, Booted Eagle, and Verreaux's Eagle. An early morning drive is likely to produce Hartlaub's Francolin and Rockrunner. This is one of the best places to see the francolin, which can be very difficult to see and is generally found only early in the morning, so tomorrow may be the best time for a drive if you would like to seek out sightings of these. Other interesting birds include Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, White-tailed Shrike, Herero Chat, Pale-winged Starling, and Dusky Sunbird.
In the evening you can enjoy a delicious dinner either under the stars overlooking the floodlit waterhole or in the beautiful thatched dining area complete with magnificent views, well stocked bar and good wine cellar, before enjoying a good night’s rest in your luxurious tented chalet.
1 night’s accommodation at Erongo Wilderness Lodge in a luxury tent. Breakfast, dinner and guided walks included.
Etendeka Mountain Camp
This morning you will make your way to Palmwag, an approximate 5.5-hour drive, for the next two nights of adventure. Access to the Etendeka Mountain Camp is by special 4x4 vehicle and you will be required to meet your guide at 4pm at Palmwag Lodge, so please plan your drive accordingly (full directions and instructions will be provided). You will be able to safely leave your car parked at the Palmwag Lodge for the duration of your stay and your guide will take you on the 90-minute scenic drive through the beautiful & rugged terrain of the Etendeka Mountains to your camp.
Etendeka Mountain Camp offers a unique, pristine wilderness experience which will appeal to photographers, naturalists, astronomers and geologists alike, as well as lovers of peace, quiet and open space. The Etendeka Tourist Concession comprises an area of 50,000ha in the foothills of the Grootberg on the edge of the rocky Namib Desert, and being part of the old Damaraland where wildlife is free to roam uninhibited you may be able to expect sightings of Hartmann's mountain zebra, black rhino, giraffe, springbok, oryx and maybe even desert-adapted elephants during your time here. Many of Namibia's endemic birds occur here, such as Herero Chat, Monteiro's Hornbill, Rüppell's Korhaan and Rockrunner. Your stay here will be on a fully-inclusive basis and a wide variety of fantastic guided walks will bring you into the heart of this beautiful nature.
2 nights’ accommodation at Etendeka Mountain Camp in a tent on a fully inclusive basis with two course dinners, continental breakfasts, lunches, afternoon teas, a full bar, return transfers to the camp, guided nature walks and scenic drives.
Kunene River - Cinderella Waxbill Excursion
Today will bring another approximately 5.5 hour drive as you make your way from Palmwag to the birding hotspot of the Kunene River area. Your accommodation for the next two nights, the Kunene River Lodge, is idyllically situated along the banks of the river nestled beneath a beautiful canopy of indigenous trees. Offering the perfect balance of relaxation and adventure, the lodge provides a number of optional activities including white water rafting, canoeing, 4x4 drives and birding cruises. This afternoon and evening can be enjoyed at your leisure, and should you wish to simply relax then this is the ideal place to do it, with unrivalled hospitality and tranquil surroundings.
On day 11 you can enjoy your included Cinderella Waxbill Birding Excursion. The species count at this birding hotspot is fast approaching 300, including a remarkable number of endemic sightings, most notably the Angolan Cave Chat. Of considerable interest, and principal among the endemics, are the Cinderella Waxbill and Rufous-tailed Palm Thrush, and this 2-hour guided walk will offer you the chance to sight these rarely seen birds within close proximity to the lodge. There are very high chances of sighting the Cinderella Waxbills on this walk, but of course this cannot be guaranteed. An additional guided trip to sight the Angolan Cave Chat can be arranged upon request.
2 nights’ accommodation at the Kunene River Lodge in an A-Frame bungalow with dinners and breakfast included.
Today will bring you to Hobatere Lodge, 65km north of Kamanjab on the western border of the Etosha National Park. The drive to here should take approximately 4.5 hours and upon arrival you will be offered a number of optional activities including morning and night time game drives and guided nature walks. Situated in a concession area of 8,808 ha, the lodge is home to a wide variety of wildlife including Hartmann's zebra, giraffe, elephant and eland. Should you wish to simply relax after the exertions of your previous days then the personalised service, excellent food, swimming pool and inviting chalets will be simply perfect.
1 night’s accommodation at the Hobatere Lodge with dinner and breakfast included.
Okaukuejo - Etosha National Park
This morning you will begin your drive to the Okaukuejo side of the incredible Etosha National Park and what may well be the highlight of your whole trip. Your accommodation for the next 2 nights will be at the Okaukuejo Rest Camp, the first ever camp to open in Etosha. We recommend travelling to camp through Etosha, allowing you to enjoy your first experience of this remarkable park. The rest camp itself is a haven for wildlife, and its waterhole is often voted as the best of all the camps in Etosha. Chilling out in camp with some drinks, binoculars in hand, you are likely to see everything from lions and black rhinos to elephants and jackals. For birding, the camp is home to a good colony of Social Weaver. The attendant Pygmy Falcon are also found as well as various seedeaters, finches, and other birds.
We recommend taking some time to relax today before venturing into the park tomorrow for a full-day exploration.
2 nights’ accommodation at Okaukuejo Rest Camp in a Waterhole Chalet with breakfast included.
Etosha National Park
Today is free to spend at your leisure, and the recommended plan for today will likely be to venture into the stunning Etosha National Park, Namibia's premier game viewing destination. Okaukuejo Rest Camp is located right at the western end of the pan, meaning you could not be better placed for exploring this fantastic park that is home to 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species and 16 amphibian species.
Advice will be provided on which routes to take, safe driving practices and the best places to spot some of the park’s most enchanting wildlife. To enter Etosha you will need to pay park entry fees of N$250 per person per day and N$50 per vehicle (children under 16 are charged N$100), and the park is open from sunrise to sunset.
The birding list for Etosha is extensive, but some of the specialty birds are Black-faced Babbler, Violet Woodhoopoe, Carp's Tit, and Bare-cheeked Babbler, Monteiro's Hornbill , Rueppell's Parrot, Hartlaub's Francolin, White-tailed Shrike and Rockrunner. We can provide full information on the best areas for birdwatching, including Fisher’s Pan where flamingos and other water birds can be seen, Springtontein where the open flats feature Double-banded Courser and Temminck's Courser, and Andoni Plains which is very good for Blue Crane, Burchell's Sandgrouse, several larks, and other grassland birds.
Driving through this magnificent park on a constant lookout for wildlife, surrounded by enchanting scenery at every turn…without doubt this will be a day that will live long in the memory!
Waterberg Plateau / Depart
Leaving the wonders of Etosha behind, there is time for one last adventure as you drive through the park, out of the Anderson Gate and take the approximately 3.5 hour drive to the magnificent Waterberg Plateau Lodge. Perched part way up the awe-inspiring Waterberg plateau and boasting amazing views across the plains, the lodge is surrounded by the national nature conservancy of Waterberg National Park which is home to a number of threatened species such as buffalo, rhino, leopard, vulture and other antelope. It is also a haven for over 200 species of birds. A must-see target bird is Rueppell's Parrot, and a small population of Violet Wood-hoopoe is also present, mainly around permanent water. Rosy-faced Lovebirds are common around the cliffs. A number of other notable birds include; Orange River Francolin, Hartlaub's Francolin, Blue Crane, Bradfield's Swift, Damara Red-billed Hornbill, Carp's Tit, Rockrunner, and Rufous-winged Cisticola.
Enjoy a day of exploring around your incredible wildlife-rich surroundings before availing of a tasty dinner and a well-deserved rest.
1 night accommodation at Waterberg Plateau Lodge in a Rock Chalet with breakfast and dinner included.
On the morning of day 15 it will be sadly time to say goodbye to Namibia as you make your way back to Windhoek International Airport to drop off your hire car and connect with your onward or homeward flights, filled with memories of your unforgettable Namibian adventure.
Your Itinerary Accommodation
Rivendell Guest house, Windhoek
This welcoming and homely guesthouse is located in a leafy suburb just a short walk from Windhoek city centre and provides fully equipped self-catering facilities and bed & breakfast to guests looking for relaxing and comfortable accommodation before or after their Namibian safari adventure.
This lovely guest house prides itself on providing a warm, friendly and helpful service to guests and is the perfect base for exploring the Namibian capital.
Beautiful bedrooms and fantastic facilities combine to make a stay at Rivendell a truly relaxing and enjoyable experience. Fantastic self-catering facilities are available in a large open-plan kitchen and if you choose to go for Bed & Breakfast instead you will be delighted with the choice on offer including full cooked English breakfast in addition to fresh fruit, yoghurt, breads, pastries and a cold meat & cheese platter. There is also a self-service bar as well as a communal lounge where guests can relax and watch satellite TV, dining room, shaded veranda, well-kept gardens and a large patio area with swimming pool.
Rivendell also has safe, off-road parking behind electronic gates, secure storage for luggage, staff-operated laundry facilities, internet access and a metered guest phone.
Etendeka Mountain Camp, Damaraland
Set amongst stunning scenery in the ancient Etendeka lava flows of northern Damaraland, the Etendeka Mountain Camp is a natural, eco-friendly camp where the emphasis is on becoming one with nature and experiencing a relaxing and authentic safari experience.
Lying at the foothills of the Grootberg massif this simple yet elegant camp offers the chance to explore Namibia’s unique natural attractions including beautiful landscapes and an array of wildlife.
Simple and cosy accommodation is provided in 10 en-suite meru tents which are connected by pathways to the main dining tent. Extensive use is made of solar power throughout, both in the kitchen and the guest bathrooms, as well as for general electricity requirements. All tents have flush toilets, hot-and-cold running water and fantastic open-air “bucket” showers. Delicious fresh meals are prepared, either on solar or on open fires, and are enjoyed al-fresco under the clear Namibia skies.
Days at Etendeka Mountain Camp are spent exploring the area via game drives or on foot and with the help of the exceptionally knowledgeable guides you will get the chance to encounter a diverse number of plant and mammal species including desert elephant, black rhino, cheetah, scorpions, snake eagles and thundering herds of oryx.
Okaukuejo Rest Camp
Okaukuejo Camp is the largest and oldest tourist camp in Etosha and its long standing history of providing good quality accommodation plus its well-established waterhole, which attracts a variety of game in large numbers, make it also one of the most popular in the area.
The famous floodlit waterhole where a hub of diverse animal activity takes place throughout the day and night makes the camp a perfect place for a stopover as you visit the world renowned Etosha National Park, and provides fantastic opportunities for witnessing an abundance of rare and intriguing species.
The camp has a total of 102 chalets, offering 5 different styles and levels of luxury.
The most luxurious of the accommodation options are the 5 Premier Waterhole Chalets which as the name suggests offer the best views of the waterhole. These beautiful chalets are set over 2 floors and have private balconies, 2 bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms and lounge areas.
There are also 30 standard Waterhole Chalets, 2 self-catering family chalets, 25 bush chalets and 40 double rooms. All rooms and chalets feature en-suite bathrooms, simple yet stylish furnishings, and large comfortable beds.
There are also a number of camping areas with electricity supply, braai area and access to hot showers.
The large main area of the camp features everything you will need for a short stay including 3 swimming pools, tourist shop, curio shop, post office, buffet restaurant, bar and tourist information centre.
Many visitors to Okaukuejo Rest Camp tend to come on a self-drive basis and choose to explore the National Park (approximately 30 minutes drive away) in their own time, however, the camp does provide a range of activities for those who do not have their own car including guided day time and night time game drives and day tours to the Park where you can expect to witness exactly what Etosha National Park is famous for - a diverse and wide range of wildlife including all of the big cats, black rhino and a plethora of birdlife.
Erongo Wilderness Lodge
Encircled by the Erongo Mountains,where the desert, mountain, and bushveld ecosystems combine you will find the Erongo Wilderness Lodge, a secluded and tranquil wildlife paradise.
This friendly and relaxed lodge caters to guests wishing to witness beautiful scenery and remarkable birdlife and wildlife in the heart of the wilderness without sacrificing on comfort.
Hidden in a secluded valley surrounded by granite boulders and breathtaking views are 10 luxurious tented chalets which have been designed and decorated to the highest of standards and where guests can expect a good night's sleep and access to some of Namibia's most impressive views.
Each tented chalet has been raised upon stilts so as to emphasise the views and offers comfortable and stylish accommodation with en-suite bathrooms, sumptuous beds and private sundecks.
Walking across raised wooden platforms you will find the main lodge area sitting atop a hill waiting to welcome guests with open arms. Here there is a large restaurant and lounge, a dining area and a traditionally decorated 'mokoro' bar overlooking a floodlit waterhole.
There is also a fabulous sundowner deck and a small swimming pool for guests to relax in comfort after a long day of exploring this remarkable area.
One of the many reasons this area is so popular is due to the many rare, endemic, and special species of animal, bird, and plant life which thrive here, making this one of Namibia’s most diverse and wildlife-rich areas. This wealth of natural and cultural history can be enjoyed by joining a guided nature drive, visiting one of the Bushman rock art sites, or walking among the mountains with one of the lodge's experienced and knowledgeable guides.
Kunene River Lodge
This unique and remote lodge is located in the very north of Kaokoland and is only accessible via light aircraft. Upon landing at the isolated airstrip guests will enjoy a thrilling 4x4 scenic drive through the Hartmann Valley before arriving at the wonderful Kunene River which acts as a border between Namibia and Angola.
Kunene River Lodge is perched atop large boulders along the lush banks of the river where a diverse range of wildlife, activities and stunning scenery combine to create a river oasis for guests looking for a unique ending or beginning to their Skeleton coast safari trip.
Kunene River Lodge is home to one of the country's most famous adventure centres, where adrenalin goes hand-in-hand with peace and tranquillity, in the most beautiful setting you could imagine.
The lodge itself offers a range of accommodation options including deluxe air-conditioned rooms, rustic chalets and beautiful campsites.
The 4 delightful rustic chalets are located on their own plot amongst lush trees and shrubs and offer comfortable and authentic style accommodation with beautiful decor, en-suite shower rooms, electricity supply, shaded outdoor areas and large comfortable beds.
The 8 light and spacious Deluxe rooms have been furnished and decorated to a high standard and feature air-conditioning, en-suite shower rooms, fitted wardrobes, electricity supply and beautiful verandahs with comfortable seating and views over the gardens.
There are also 12 shaded camp sites in the lodge grounds with fabulous views over the river, barbecue areas, hot & cold showers, bathrooms and electricity power points.
The fantastic main lodge area benefits from a large restaurant, bar, WiFi areas and a beautiful swimming pool set in a secluded area surrounded by plants and trees.
A wide range of activities can be arranged here including exhilarating experiences like white water rafting, canoeing and 4x4 drives. For a more relaxed activity there are birding cruises, sundowner cruises and escorted visits to local Himba villages available.
Oysterbox Guesthouse, Swakopmund
Located right on the waterfront of the Walvis Bay lagoon and just five minute's drive from the town, this excellent guest house is an ideal base for exploring the Walvis Bay and Swakopmund area. The lagoon itself is one of the most important coastal wetland sites in Southern Africa and attracts thousands of migrating species as well as its many residents, including Flamingos.
Beautifully designed, the guesthouse offers a very high standard of comfort for visitors to this wonderful area. A hearty breakfast will set you up for a day of exploring or you can simply relax on the deck overlooking the beautiful lagoon and soak up the sunshine. In the evening enjoy customary "sundowners" and regale tales of your adventures so far before enjoying a great night's sleep in your elegant private guestroom.
The guesthouse has 12 elegantly decorated and furnished rooms with en-suite bathrooms, satellite TV, air conditioning and wifi. A filling breakfast is served each morning and dinner is available at one of three restaurants within walking distance. There is also a lounge and bar with snack service overlooking the lagoon.
A whole range of activities are bookable from the guesthouse including fishing, boat cruises, quad biking, scenic flights, watersports, desert tours and much more.
Hobatere Lodge, Etosha
Hobatere Lodge is located 80 km north of Kamanjab on the western border of the Etosha National park, situated in a concession area of 32 000 ha, which is home to a wide selection of game including Lion, Leopard, Oryx, Eland, Cheetah, Giraffe, Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra and Elephant. Activities centre around day or night game drives, bird watching and guided walks, affording guests ample opportunity to view the abundance of wildlife and endemic species in the area. We also have a hide overlooking a nearby waterhole and a sundeck with panoramic views, which is floodlit for part of the night.
6 twins, 6 doubles which, on request, can accommodate a third person, and 2 single rooms.
Each room has a shower, toilet and washbasin complimented with the necessary guest amenities.
Each room also has a writing desk, bedside lamp and a small deck in front of the unit. A small coffee and tea station with hot water flask (refillable at reception) included for your convenience.There is a swimming pool next to the main area with sun lounges for relaxing under the Namibian sun.
A spacious restaurant is complimented by a lounge, bar area and an outside veranda with seating allowing for viewing of the waterhole. A small curio shop is available.
Desert Homestead Lodge, Sossusvlei
Desert Homestead Lodge, 30km southeast of Sesriem and the entrance to Namib-Naukluft-National Park, is the perfect starting point for tours to Sossusvlei or an oasis for a relaxing rest after visiting the world‘s highest dunes. The lodge is located in a private nature reserve adjoining the Unesco World Heritage site “Namib Sand Sea”
The Desert Homestead Lodge offers relaxed hospitality with a natural atmosphere. In 2014, the lodge was renovated and upgraded with environment-friendly technology thus, solar power is now the only energy source for power generation and water heating.
The 20 thatched guest houses all have en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning and a private shaded sun deck. The main lounge offers plenty of seating where you can enjoy wonderful views of the surrounding desert. Tea and coffee are on offer all day here, with homemade cakes in the afternoon. During the warmer months, homely meals are eaten on the wide veranda, with lanterns under the stars and on colder evenings, candle-lit dinners are served in the romantic indoor dining room, warmed by the fire. Steps down from the main veranda lead to a small sparking pool surrounded by sun loungers where you can come and cool off at the end of a hot day.
Desert Homestead Lodge offers a range of activities, but is probably most famous for its horse safaris through the Namib desert which are suitable for experienced riders as well as beginners under the guidance of experienced riding instructors. If horses are not your thing then consider sun downer drives, guided walks and excursions to Sossusvlei and the Naukluft Mountains. The helpful reception staff can also help you book, hot air ballooning, scenic flights and quad biking.
Waterberg Plateau Lodge
Perched part way up the magnificent Waterberg plateau, Waterberg Plateau Lodge boasts amazing views across the plains and is surrounded by the national nature conservancy of Waterberg National Park. The National Park is home to a number of threatened species such as buffalo, rhino, leopard, vulture and other antelope, and is also a haven for over 200 species of birds.
Each of the lodge’s well-appointed chalets sit between red sandstone rocks in the midst of green bush, offering excellent privacy and very special views. Each chalet has an en-suite bathroom, comfortable twin beds, a lounge area and a fireplace for the chillier winter evenings. The private shady terrace in front of each chalet also boasts a plunge pool which guests will find wonderfully refreshing during the hot summer months. The fresh spring water also attracts birds and klipspringers (small antelope); early in the mornings you may be able to watch them from your bed!
The main lodge area offers a swimming pool, restaurant with 270-degree-views, fireplace, lounge, bar and observation deck. The only private establishment in the Waterberg region, the lodge offers guided hiking tours onto the Waterberg Plateau.
What Our Customers
• The lodges were excellent and very welcoming, I particularly remember the Kulala Desert Lodge for its wonderful location, however I think Damaraland Lodge has to take top spot, for the amazing bush lunch and dinner under the stars that they organised. I will also never forget the giant eagle owl that we saw hunting at dawn, a truly magical moment.
• We can’t thank you enough for recommending Namibia, it’s simply amazing! The people are so friendly, the landscapes are awe inspiring, the night skies unforgettable and the wildlife so diverse, we loved every minute. Doing a self drive was definitely the right option for us, it gave us just the flexibility we crave and felt completely safe, we would do it again without a doubt.
Really glad I went. Had a brilliant time. Guides were great. What an experience , saw everything I wanted and more. Village visit and project visits (despite my slightly negative expectation) were really enjoyable, in fact taught me a lesson or two.
How WILDFOOT creates your holiday Adventure
Talk to someone who knows. Our specialist consultants are here to help you every step of the way – here’s how..
Talk to a specialist
Visit the wildfoot website for inspiration on your choice of adventures and destinations, then call us and speak to one of our specialists for first hand advice. We can start the planning process straight away, if you are ready.
Create your personal
Your specialist consultant will set the ball rolling and work with you to choose the right itinerary (and the right ship, if you are going to the arctic or antarctic) just for you, to suit your requirements and budget.
Help right up
We will answer any questions about your trip that may arise and, when you have paid your balance (12-15 weeks prior to departure), we will send you your detailed itinerary and go through it with you.
We are still there for you even when you have left home – our partners overseas are there to assist, especially for emergencies and you can contact us at any time in the uk by e-mail or telephone.