12 days trip plan
DAY 1： WINDHOEK
Arrival at Windhoek international airport . Meet with your guide who will lead your discovery of Namibia.
Drive to the Hotel(four stars) and have lunch.
After Lunch , the guide will show you the beautiful views and popular attractions of Windhoek. Such as Christuskirche, Parliament Gardens, National museum of Namibia …
Christuskirche is a very famous church, it’s one of the well-known Windhoek's monuments.
The construction of the church commenced only in 1907. The site was chosen on the top of the hill visible from long distance and name (Church of Christ) was chosen to symbolize an idea of peace. The building was completed at cost of 360 000 German marks which was the double of what initially planned. The construction was supervised by Redecker who initially drew the plan. The only local material was sandstone mined in vicinity of present Avis dam and a small railway line was constructed to transport it to the construction site. The portico consists of Carrara marble which was imported from Italy while roof details, clock and other materials were shipped from Germany. Even after 100 years ,the beautiful colors of the wall and glass are still bright.
Parliament Gardens are located between Namibia’s Parliament buildings and Christuskirche. The Gardens are particularly popular during lunchtimes and over weekends. They are also a popular place for hold weddings and having wedding photos taken.
National Museum of Namibia hosts an excellent display on Namibia’s independence at the country’s historical museum which provides some enlightening context the pre-independence to struggles of this country.
Dinner at the restaurant (personal choice).
Day 2: Windhoek –Keetmanshoop Quivertree Forest Rest Camp (app.450km>5h)
Early departure with your guide and drive to Keetmanshoop Quivertree Forest which is located on the farm Gariganus just 13km north-east of Keetmanshoop. Visitors can explore the ancient and famous Quivertree Forest and the Dolerite Rock formations of the Giants playground at their leisure. The quiver trees are so named because the ancient Bushmen used to manufacture quivers from the bark of the trees.These trees are also known as Kokkerboom in Afrikaans, and they produce a bright yellow flower common in the southern Namib Desert and the Northern Cape of South Africa.
The trees in the forest are not trees at all. They do look like a weird kind of tree, but are in fact the genus Aloe, called Aloe dictoma in Latin.
The second site of interest in the area is the Giants Playground. Here visitors can see the massive collection of amazing Dolerite balancing rock formations, piled up on top of each other, primarily by millions of years of wind erosion. The Giants Playground is well-named, as visitors can just imagine giants playing with these massive stone toys. Visitors can take photos of the quivertree as background with the stars after dinner
Dinner and overnight at Quivertree Forest Restcamp
Day 3 Quivertree forest Restcamp – Fish River Canyon
Early photos of the Quivertrees in the morning ,and breakfast at the Quivertree Forest Restcamp. After breakfast, drive to the Fish River Canyon, For viewing purposes Visitors can choose one of the following five different points: Main view point, Hikers point,Sunset point, Rockies point, The edge.The Fish River Canyon(Afrikaans: Visrivier Afgronde, German: Fischfluss Canyon), is located in the south of Namibia. It is the largest canyon in Africa, as well as the second most visited tourist attraction in Namibia. It features a gigantic ravine, in total about 100 miles (160 km) long, up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550 meters deep.
The Fish River is the longest interior river in Namibia. It cuts deep into the plateau which is today dry, stony and sparsely covered with hardy drought-resistant plants. The river flows intermittently, usually flooding in late summer; the rest of the year it becomes a chain of long narrow pools. At the lower end of the Fish River Canyon, the hot springs resort of Ai-Ais is situated.
Public view points are near Hobas, a camp site 70 km north of Ai-Ais. This part of the canyon is part of the Ai-Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park.
Drive to Sossusvlei
Dinner and overnight at local hotel and restaurant
Day 4 Sossusvlei
Early drive to the dunes, sossusvlei is characterized by large red dunes, which are some of the highest in the world .The most famous one known as No.45 dune, that provides photographic enthusiasts with their wonderful images in the beautiful morning and evening light. And we will travel to Deadvlei, which is a clay pan characterized by dark, dead camel thorn trees contrasted against the white pan floor. The trees are estimated to be approximately 900 years old, not having decomposed due to the dry climate.
Day 5 Sossusvlei-Walvis Bay
Early departure to view the sunrise and take photos, After breakfast , drive to Walvis Bay .The town of Walvis Bay is the largest harbor of the in Namibia, It was first annexed by colonial England,Then by Germany,and thereafter by South Africa ,Wlvis Bay is situated on a wide lagoon with innumerable sea birds, pelicans and flamingoes.
Day 6 Walvis Bay
After breakfast, undertake an enjoyable horbour cruise being accompanied by Dolphins, Seals, Flamingoes , Pelicans ,Fresh oysters, champagne and snacks are served on board the Dream Chaser with our experienced skipper and crew. On board entertainment includes friendly seals and cheeky Pelicans joining the passengers for hand-fed fish. A guaranteed unforgettable excursion for all ages.for the afternoon, There is a 4×4 adventure to Sandwich Harbour allowing you to experience more nature.
Day 7 Swakopmund -Cape Cross( >100km, 1h)-Skeleton Coast- Twyfelfontein(>290km,4h)
Early the morning depart for Swakopmund,, Which another coastal town in Namibia, Swakopmund is characterized by the many German colonial buildings which have been well preserved and are steeped in history. Swakopmund boasts beautiful clean beaches and its coastline offers many unique plants, animals and birds. Other popular attractions include the Swakopmund Museum, the Swakopmund Aquarium, Kristall Galerie(the largest crystal cluster display in the world).and the restored jetty(that now includes a restaurant.
The drive to the Cape Cross Seal Reserve. The best-known breeding colony of Cape fur seals along the Namib coast is at this reserve, where the population has grown extensively due to the rich concentrations of fish found in the cold Benguela Current. The sight of more than 100,000 seals basking on the beach and frolicking in the surf,is impressive to behold.
From Cape Cross the tour continues to the Skeleton Coast National Park . The park constitutes a dry desert, with very few known natural sources of drinking water. The few places that occasionally have drinking water (the riverbeds) are home to wild animals such as lion, leopard and elephant, that in turn represented another threat to the human lives.
Drive from Skeleton coast to Twyfelfontein.
Day 8 Twyfelfontein --Opuwo
Twyfelfontein comprises of a spring in a valley flanked by the slopes of a sandstone table-shaped mountain, that receives very little rainfall and has a wide range of diurnal temperatures.
UNESCO approved Twyfefontein as Namibia’s first World Heritage Site in 2007. The site has one of the largest and most important concentrations of rock art in Africa. Not far from Twyfelfontein there is Damara living museum. The workers will show their culture to visitors, and there will be a wonderful show of the Damara women dancing and singing.
Drive from Twyfelfontein to Opuwo, which is the main town of the Kunene Region of Namibia. And also the only town of any consequence in the area ,making it an important base from which to explore the Kaokoland area and visit the nomadic Himba peoples The Opuwo Country Lodge is situated on a hilltop, it overlooks the surrounding valleys and mountains. The guest s will enjoy the dinner and the sunset.
Dinner and Over Night : Opuwo County Lodge
Day 9 Opuwo—Etosha National Park
Early departure with guide who can speak English and Himba to the Himba village near Opuwo. The Himba are indigenous people living in the northern Namibia . they are hunter and gatherers . the himba woman , who skins are beautified by a mixture of red ochre and natural oils and perfumed by an incense of aromatic plants. The wear the traditional dress exposes the breasts of women .they would like to be covered by the colorful blankets when they are cold.
Leave from Opuwo and drive to the Etosha National Park. Etosha National Park is home to 114 mammal species ,340 bird species, and the “Big 5”, lions, black rhinoceros, African leopard and African elephants can be found in the park. There has 3 main camps ,fact you won’t have to leave the rest camp, you may see the lion, elephant, rhino and any number of antelope and zebra quenching their thirst at the camps waterhole.
Dinner and Overnight : Etosha National Park
Day 10 Etosha National Park-Otjiwarongo
You may have a trip of tracking animals. Mornings and Sunset provide the best times to view animals that are out looking for food.. It’s also the best time for the photographers .Etosha translated as the “Great White Place”. Meaning an endless pan of silvery-white sand .
From Etosha , drive to Otjwarongo, Otjwarongo is a small town , not far from the national park, with a neat and peaceful environment. Otjiwarongo is one of Namibia’s northern towns with a large population of German-speaking people. German influence is also evident from its Germanic building.
Dinner and overnight : Otjiwarongo local hotel and restaurant
Day 11 Otjiwarongo-Windhoek
Drive early in the morning go to the Cheetah Conservation Found(CCF) .The cheetah is the fastest land mammal capable of reaching speeds of up to 100km/hr. Cheetahs are very timid and shy creatures, proving difficult to get up close to for photographs . CCF is also an ecotourism destination providing informative and memorable experiences.
Leave from CCF drive back to Windhoek
Dinner and overnight –four stars hotel and local restaurant
Day 12 Depart
English transfer to the international airport for your return flight.