Eco-friendly, independent, and breathtaking. Discover the iconic natural landmarks of Namibia with this 15 day self-drive itinerary. We will provide you with all of the resources necessary to have a true leisurely adventure while exploring this wonderful country. With high class eco friendly accommodations and access to some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa, this trip embodies what Namibia has to offer.
Land at Windhoek International Airport today where you will be met by a transfer driver holding a sign in the arrivals hall who will escort you to the city center. Our in country representative will meet you here to hand over your vouchers, road map and itinerary and to answer any last minute questions you may have.
This afternoon at 2:00 PM you will be collected for your half day city and township tour. You will have the opportunity to learn something of the history of Windhoek and Katutura Township, you will also visit the vibrant marketplace and have a chance to taste some of the Namibian delicacies before having a look around a local woman’s craft co-operative.
Your rental car (Nissan Double Cab 4x4 or similar - Manual; CD Player, AC; power-steering) and camping equipment will be delivered to your accommodation. We have requested the car with Zero Excess Insurance which is the best insurance you can get in Namibia. Please note that the driver and any authorized co-driver must produce a valid driver's license and passport at the time of rental. The driving license needs to be in English. If not, an International driver's license will be required. Please take care to examine your vehicle and all tires, including the spare, before signing it off on arrival. It is also essential that you read the Namibia Car Rental Contract extremely carefully. Be aware of all the inclusions and exclusions in your contract.
Today you will make your way to the Okaukuejo side of Etosha (Approximately 293km/4 hours excluding stops). This is measured from the center of Windhoek to Okaukuejo, so please allow for the extra km that you will drive from specific lodge to lodge. From Windhoek you will take the B1 north via Okahandja and Otjiwarongo. Otjiwarongo is a good town at which to stop for a break, fuel and maybe some shopping for snacks and drinks in the big Spar supermarket here. There is also a Wimpy restaurant next to the Spar. Make sure you keep your car locked, and that no valuables are on display. Continue north on the C38 via Outjo to enter Etosha National Park through the Andersson Gate.
The Okaukuejo waterhole is often voted as the best of all the rest camp waterholes and enjoys an amazing array of wildlife. Animals that visit appear to be oblivious of the camp – unaware of the bright lights or the people sitting on benches just behind the low stone wall. The light doesn't penetrate into the surrounding bush. It creates something of a stage with the water at its center focusing the attention on the animals that come to drink. During the dry season, you're bound to see something of interest by just sitting here for a few hours in the evening so bring a couple of drinks, your binoculars, and some warm clothes in winter, and settle down to watch. Among the regulars are elephants and jackals, while lion and black rhino often visit during the dry season.
Today you will make your way from Okaukuejo to the Namutoni side of Etosha (Approximately 123km/2.5 hours excluding stops). This is measured from Okaukuejo to Namutoni, so please allow for the extra km that you will drive from specific lodge to lodge. Take the main C38 road through the Park, or divert and do some game viewing on the smaller roads along the way. The speed limit inside the park is 60 km/h so please keep this in mind when planning your day driving through the Park!
Originally part of the greater Etosha Game Reserve, Onguma Game Reserve is one of Namibia’s best kept secrets. Situated on the eastern side of Etosha, bordering Fisher’s pan, it has so much to offer visitors. The Reserve covers an area of over 34,000ha and incorporates ecological substrata such as savannah, bushveld, omuramba and dry pan. Ageold and wellworn migration routes, once used by elephant and buffalo wander through Onguma’s three dry riverbeds.
The Reserve boasts over thirty different animal species. Plains game roam freely on the Reserve and predators although not easy to spot are nevertheless common residents of the area. Lions are frequently seen and often heard. There is a healthy black rhino and leopard population and hyenas are also often seen. More than 300 bird species can be viewed at Onguma. The reserve boasts the biggest breeding colony of whitebacked vultures in Namibia. During the summer months Onguma becomes a birdwatchers paradise with thousands of species migrating to wetlands created by the seasonal rains and ephemeral river systems. This part of Namibia has been identified as one of the key bird watching sites in Southern Africa. Game drives, nature walks and Rhino Drives on the 34,000 hectare Onguma Reserve can be booked at a separate cost. Please book these activities in advance to avoid disappointment.
Today you will make your way from Namutoni to Ongula (Approximately 194km/3 hours excluding stops). This is measured from Namutoni to Ongula, so please allow for the extra km that you will drive from specific lodge to lodge. From Namutoni, follow the road north through the Park for approximately 44km, and exit Etosha through the King Nehale gate. Drive on the D3646 for 17km and then join the B1, turning left and driving up to Omuthiya, the capital Town of Oshikoto Region. Continue on the B1 towards Ondangwa, driving for approximately 103km. 8km before Ondangwa turn right onto the M121 road. Drive up to the end of the tarred road, and continue driving for 6km on the gravel road until you see a signpost for OngulaYaNetanga settlement area. At this signpost turn left and follow the feeder road for 4km until reaching Ongula Village Homestead Lodge.
Situated a stone's throw from Ondangwa, north of the world famous Etosha National Park, Ongula Village Homestead Lodge offers an experience like no other. Here you are taken on a cultural journey, exploring traditional Namibian practices, resting next to Makalani palm trees and visiting traditional homes. With the aim of discovering the beauty, simplicity and dignity of traditional village life, you are invited to look beyond the familiar Namibia of dunes, wildlife and vast landscapes. Here you will discover the Owambo, a people with a rich cultural history.
You will have a chance to participate in the traditional daily activities of the homestead and its community. Watch the simplicity and sometimes harsh reality of tradition finding its place within modern society and offering the best of both worlds. Here you don't simply watch, you will be encouraged to join in and learn the art of basket weaving, cooking on an open fire, cattle herding and clay pot making. You can even create your own gift to take home with you.
Today you will make your way from Ongula to Kunene River Lodge (Approximately 224km/3.5 hours excluding stops). This is measured from Ongula to Kunene River Lodge, so please allow for the extra km that you will drive from specific lodge to lodge. From Ongula take the C46 tar road via Outapi to Ruacana. From Ruacana, take the gravel D3700 for the last 50km, take car and drive slowly on this last section of road, especially in the rainy season. If you stop to take photos of the local people, please ask their permission first.
You will be staying at the lodge's campsite. The lodge has twelve Campsites set in the grounds amid the lush undergrowth, and under the shade of the wonderful old Leadwood and Jackalberry trees by the Kunene River. Most enjoy a location directly overlooking the river. Live close to nature and as rough or as comfortably as you choose, but with all the facilities of Kunene River Lodge nearby.
Campsite Facilities include: Electricity power point power from 6am - 10pm (approx.); Braii (BBQ); Separate communal ablution blocks for men and women (Each block has 4 WCs, 4 hot & cold showers, washbasins). Campsite Guests are requested to refrain from making noise after 10pm. Laundry services are not normally available for Campers. Restaurant meals by special request subject to availability.
Take this free day at your leisure. Enjoy a relaxing time at the lodge, and appreciate the lush river region of this mainly desert country. Besides its exceptional location, accommodation and hospitality, Kunene River Lodge offers an outstanding range of activities (Please Note: The following activities are not included - can be arranged upon request).
-White-Water Rafting Adventures are in a class of their own and unique in Namibia for the river conditions bestowed by the magnificent Kunene. They suit both novices and the most intrepid experts.
-Kunene River Lodge is a Birders' Paradise. The region hosts some endemic species, and several near-endemics, making it a very exciting area for bird enthusiasts to visit and explore, alone or with a guide.
-Dawn is an ideal time to glimpse bird-life and at Kunene River Lodge we love to offer our Guests an early-morning Birding Cruise with opportunities to spot - who knows what?
-Everyone has heard about spectacular African sunsets - but what better way of enjoying them than from the river, with a cool drink in your hand on a Sundowner Cruise?
-The Himba people are now recognized the world over. The lodge offers an escorted visit to a local family in their kraal so that you can witness their way of life for yourself.
-As if all this weren't enough, there is still more to do and enjoy during your stay - including Fishing, Canoeing, Hiking and Swimming in the pool.
Today you will make your way from Kunene River Lodge to Opuwo (Approximately 213km/3.5 hours excluding stops). This is measured from Kunene River Lodge to center of Opuwo, so please allow for the extra km that you will drive from specific lodge to lodge. From Kunene River Lodge take the D3700 eastwards for approximately 50km to Ruacana. Here continue for around 22km on tar road until you turn southwards onto the C35, and follow this all the way to the junction with the C41. Here you will turn right and follow this road all the way to Opuwo.
Opuwo Country Lodge is situated on a hilltop, northwest of the bustling town of Opuwo. It overlooks the surrounding valleys and mountains and is an ideal base to explore Kaokoland. Opuwo is the gateway to Namibia's Kaokoveld region. This remote area, south of the Kunene river, is home to the Himba; people who have kept their ethnic individuality and culture, while still surviving in the seclusion of Kaokoland.
The lodge offers the following activities (activities are not included - available upon request):
-Himba Excursion: 3 hour guided excursion to traditional Ovahimba villages to experience their culture and traditions.
-Epupa Falls Excursion: The drive will take about 3 hours to Chief Kapika's Village, lunch packs provided and we will enjoy that on the banks of the Kunene River, back at the lodge before sunset.
Today you will make your way from Opuwo to Grootberg Lodge (Approximately 244km/4 hours excluding stops). This is measured from center of Opuwo to Grootberg Lodge, so please allow for the extra km that you will drive from specific lodge to lodge. From Opuwo, take the C43 road south. Sesfontein and Palmwag should have fuel, but they sometimes have problems with supply so please fill your tanks before you leave Opuwo to be on the safe side. Warmquelle hot springs are a lovely place to stop for lunch or just a rest, there are no facilities here so please take a lunch pack with you if you plan to stop a while. Continue on the C43 to Palmwag, and then turn eastwards onto the C40 road all the way to the Grootberg Pass. You can park at the bottom of this steep pass and the security guard here will radio up to the lodge so that they can come and fetch you in their 4x4, or you can drive yourselves up if you have a head for heights!
The 12 000 hectare exclusive area that the lodge encompasses, boasts a myriad of Damaraland flora and fauna, with Desert elephant, Black rhino and even lion occasionally ghosting an appearance. For travelers making their way between Swakopmund and Etosha, the lodge provides the ideal midway stopover, whilst allowing guests to experience the true wilderness that is Damaraland.
Enjoy a full day of relaxing around the lodge, enjoying the scenery and maybe taking part in one or two of the optional activities (see descriptions below) to make the most of the surrounding environment and your unique destination (Please Note: activities are not included - available upon request).
-Elephant tracking: Elephant tracking at Grootberg Lodge has become one of our most popular activities. Guests will set out in the early morning (07:30) with a guide and tracker to the surrounding farms in search of elusive desert elephant. Since the elephants roam free in the conservancy, sightings cannot always be guaranteed but the experience also gives one the opportunity to learn and appreciate more about the lifestyle of the local people. Lunch is provided in the shade of a tree in the remote wilderness of Damaraland. You can expect to return to the lodge during the early afternoon enriched by the unique beauty of Damaraland and a good chance of having spotted one of Namibia”s unique desert elephants.
-Guided walks on top of the plateau: After a scrumptious breakfast on the veranda of the restaurant, guests who prefer an early start to the day will depart at around 7.30am for a 3 hour walk on top of the plateau. Our knowledgeable guide will help to spot the various shy inhabitants of the plateau. Other highlights of the walk include local flora, the amazing rock formations of the Etendeka Mountains.
-Rhino tracking: Even those who prefer to avoid the morning rush by catching a few more hours of sleep, will agree that there are things worth getting up early for. Rhino tracking is one such an activity and those wishing to accompany our guide and game trackers down the flow of the Klip River will have to be ready by 06:00. The experience is a mixture of 4×4 game drives and setting off on foot, for a trip you'll never forget!
Make your way south again towards the famous rock etchings and paintings of Twyfelfontein. Madisa Campsite is situated on a very popular route between unusual rock formations with newly discovered Bushman paintings and has access to an ancient elephant route that often gets visited by these big footed friends. Ideal for the traveler who wishes to stay in luxury without compromising the experience of exclusive camping on the bed of the Gauntegab River. Each spacious campsite has an exquisite view of the river bed and rock formations and offer individual shower facilities situated on stilts hidden in tree tops, offering that unique outdoor feeling with river sand under foot for dust free camping and easy tent setup. The barbeque facilities also double up as a heater for hot running water at each open air shower. Wood and braai packs, camping equipment and crockery are also offered for an additional fee.
Maybe make an excursion to the Twyfelfontein rock etchings and paintings today, a local guide will escort you around the ancient hillsides which are open for guests between 08:00 and 17:00. This area is covered in numerous fascinating examples of San rock art and is well worth a visit where a local guide will explain the area to you.
The ‘Burnt Mountain’, an interesting area of volcanic rock, is also worth visiting. This area is an amazing sight as the sun shines over these rocks, giving the impression of flames moving over the mountain. Another intriguing site is the ‘Valley of the organ pipes’ situated across the road from the Burnt Mountain. This strange formation was formed when basalt slabs were gouged out by a river thousands of years ago. Camping only – payment must be made direct as the community campsites do not accept advance bookings.
Today you will make your way from Grootberg Lodge to Twyfelfontein (Approximately 127km/2.5 hours excluding stops). This is measured from Grootberg Lodge to the Twyfelfontein rock etchings, so please allow for the extra km that you will drive from specific lodge to lodge. Travelling from Grootberg you will drive west on the C40 towards Palmwag. Before you reach Palmwag you will turn southwards onto the C43 road, following this for approximately 39km until it becomes the C39. Approximately 43km further along the C39, towards Khorixas, you will reach the junction of the C39 and the D2612. Turn off onto the D2612 and follow signs to the lodge. Look out for the rare desert elephant, and other species, along your drive.
Campsite is situated on the D2612 road to Twyfelfontein, a very popular route. The camp is hidden between unusual rock formations and has privy to an ancient desert elephant route that often gets visited by these beautiful giants. Madisa is ideal for the traveler who wishes to camp comfortably without compromising the experience of exclusivity in a vast and magnificent area of Namibia. Each spacious campsite has an exquisite view of the Gauntegab River bed and rock formations. The campsites have individual ablution facilities situated on stilts hidden in the tree tops. The braai facilities also double up as a heater (donkey system) for hot running water at each open air shower. The swimming pool and bar area are very welcoming after a long day and give you a chance to rejuvenate and enjoy your surroundings. It’s also nice to meet fellow travelers and share tales around a communal camp fire at night, while the sky puts on a breathtaking show of stars.
Today you will make your way from Twyfelfontein to Swakopmund (Approximately 328km/4.5 hours excluding stops). This is measured from Twyfelfontein rock etchings to the center of Swakopmund, so please allow for the extra km that you will drive from specific lodge to lodge. Travelling from the Twyfelfontein area you drive on the D2612 towards the C35. On reaching the C35, travel south and drive via Uis and onward to Henties Bay. The scenery changes from the mountains of Damaraland to endless, gravel plains as you journey towards the coast. Take care on this stretch of road as it ca be quite flat and boring, and there may be a temptation to drive too fast, keep your speed down! If time allows, you may like to make a detour to Cape Cross fur seal colony where as many as 100,000 individuals may be seen during breeding season. From Henties Bay you will take the C34 South to Swakopmund.
Swakopmund itself is a fascinating and intriguing resort town, complete with German half wooden architecture, monuments, historic buildings, well maintained gardens and palm lined avenues, coffee bars and great seafood restaurants. The weather is unpredictable, though temperatures rarely drop below 15C and rainfall is practically zero, the town is subjected to 9 months of morning fogs each year. These damp and grey conditions often result in cool temperatures persisting the whole day, but this mist band, stretching up to 30km inland, gives water and life to the deserts plants and animals giving rise to 80 types of lichen and ancient Welwitschia plants. The many ingenious adaptations to water collection, like the Tok-Tokki beetle which condenses vapor on its raised back, make for fascinating walks and drives in the ‘Moon Landscape’ or ‘Welwitschia Drive’, located close to the town.
Enjoy this day in Swakopmund at your leisure. There are many adventure activities such as sand boarding, tandem parachuting, fishing and ATV biking which can be arranged prior to arrival. We can also recommend some excellent day trips including the marine sanctuary of Sandwich Harbor, a unique environment comprising towering dunes, a freshwater lagoon and the wild Atlantic Ocean. Alternatively, a half day boat cruise from Walvis Bay may offer the opportunity to see dolphins, fur seals and many species of marine birds. Please ask us for advice on restaurants, the more popular ones should be booked in advance and we are happy to do this for you.
Today you will make your way from Swakopmund to Ai Aiba (Approximately 240km/3.5 hours drive excluding stops). This is measured from the center of Swakopmund to Ai Aiba, so please allow for the extra km that you will drive from specific lodge to lodge. From Swakopmund, the route is very scenic. Follow the B2 from Swakopmund to Usakos. At Usakos, turn North onto the D1935 towards Okombahe. After approximately 31km you will join the D2306 (this is probably not a turnoff, just a continuation of the same road, but keep an eye out for the road numbers changing). After 24km, turn right onto the D2315 towards Omaruru, and continue along this road for approximately 10km until you see the signs to turn left at Ai Aiba Lodge.
Ai Aiba - The Rock Painting Lodge, is set among a massif of granite rock boulders, and the view overlooking the Erongo Mountain Nature Conservancy, is simply stunning. This is the place to come and explore an area rich in historic rock paintings. Ai Aiba is a Khoekhoegowab word meaning 'the person who walks in front to show the way'.
Activities at the lodge are geared towards exploring the full and diverse subject of rock paintings. There are various guided walking trails to enjoy, including a short hiking trail quite close to the lodge, which serves as a good introduction to rock art in general. With the choice of a guide, four other sites can be visited in about 45 minutes. The optional Ai Aiba Rock Painting Drive is approximately 3 hrs long, with rock art discovered along the way. A visit to a neighboring farm, the Ai Aiba Etemba picnic drive, highlights the paintings in the well known Hain Cave. Please Note: Activities/Excursions are not included - available upon request.
Your adventure comes to an end today, as you make your way back to our local office in Windhoek to drop off your camping equipment. The office is on the main Hosea Kutako Drive that transects Windhoek. As the road is so busy it is safer to enter our premises from the rear access on Osler Street. We are positioned on the edge of the CBD, opposite the main railway goods yard, and a stone’s throw from the central railway station. To reach our offices from the B1 coming from the North, turn left off the Western bypass (B1) onto Independence Avenue. Before the junction slip road there is a ‘Katatura Windhoek NORTH’ sign, and just as you pull off there is a brown ‘Katutura Hospital’ sign. At the Tjunction turn left towards Windhoek NORTH.
Get into the right hand lane and at the first set of traffic lights turn right onto Hosea Kutako Drive. Keep driving straight along Hosea Kutako until you reach the third set of traffic lights (you will first cross traffic light junctions at Mahatma Gandhi & Ooievaar). Before you reach the third set of lights get into the right hand lane, and then turn right into Harvey Street. Turn first left into Gesell and at the junction with Van Rhijn Street, turn left again and then almost immediately right into Osler Street (a split height street with two levels). We are situated near the far end of Osler, number 35 (next to an open piece of land).
You will continue your drive out to the airport, to drop your hire car off in good time to connect with your onward flight. The drive to the airport from town, takes around 45 minutes and you should plan to arrive no later than 2 hours before your flight departs, in order to give you plenty of time. There is one petrol station at the airport, for easy accessibility to fill up the tank, before dropping off the car.
We hope you had in incredible Namibian experience and we wish you safe and pleasant travels home!
Located in a quiet suburb of Namibia’s capital city Windhoek, Rivendell caters for guests who enjoy homely, comfortable accommodation at a reasonable price. Rivendell is for many, “the last homely house before the wilds”! Relax around the swimming pool or lounge area, and maybe take some time to explore the shops and restaurants of the city. Accommodation consists of five en-suite rooms, five rooms with shared bathroom facilities, and two self-catering flats. Facilities include satellite TV lounge, large swimming pool, gardens, self-catering kitchen, honesty bar, free of charge WiFi internet, guest computer for people travelling without laptops, guest phone and safe off-road parking.
Okaukuejo was the first tourist camp to open in Etosha and it currently functions as the administrative hub of the park, and home of the Etosha Ecological Institute. It is situated at the western end of the pan, and about 120km north of the town of Outjo. The Okaukuejo waterhole is often voted as the best of all the rest camp waterholes and enjoys an amazing array of wildlife. The waterhole chalets are located very close to the floodlit waterhole. Although they do not have direct views over the waterhole, they are a very short stroll from the seating areas and are perfectly positioned for a post-dinner or pre-breakfast look at who might be drinking there. There is one bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, and there is also a fridge and tea station. There is a small shop and post office on site, as well as a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, a snack kiosk and a bar. There is also a swimming pool for cooling off during the heat of the day, and a petrol station.
The sites are all nestled in the trees of the Onguma Reserve and each camper is ensured privacy and space to enjoy the bush. Each campsite has its own private ablution facility with spacious shower room, separate toilet and covered washing up areas with lots of space to unpack and organize your stay. Each unit also has ample plugs to ensure cooler boxes keep cool and cameras get charged. There is a stunning main area with restaurant where you can enjoy a hearty meal while looking out across the waterhole. The supply store stocks essentials and the deep verandas ensure there is shade to relax in. Although the Onguma Campsite is fenced in, adult supervision of children is required at all times. Game drives, nature walks and Rhino Drives on the 34,000 hectare Onguma Reserve can be booked at a separate cost. Please book these activities in advance to avoid disappointment.
Ongula Village Homestead Lodge situated in the heart of Owambo North of world famous Etosha National Park offers you the perfect add-on to your classic Namibia journey. With only 5 chalets, Ongula Village Homestead Lodge provides authentic Owambo experience in a relaxing, comfortable village life whilst offering all the comforts of home with a touch of luxury and attention to detail, ensuring your comfort amidst the unexplored wilderness and harsh beauty of your surroundings. Each chalet has an ensuite bathroom with shower, tea & coffee making facilities, a mosquito net and twin beds.
Kunene River Lodge is situated on the northern border of Namibia on the banks of the River Kunene, which forms the boundary with Angola. It is 50kms west of the Ruacana Falls and 100km east of the Epupa Falls in the region known as Kaokoland. The terrain is rugged, but there are tarred roads as far as Ruacana. Local roads are generally good, gravel surfaces, although the riverside road is subject to occasional flooding during the wet season. In addition to its idyllic setting, facilities and in-house activities, the lodge also serves as an ideal gateway for those setting out to explore the rugged and beautiful Kaokoland region of north-west Namibia. It has a restaurant, bar, pool and a shop and a laundry service. A popular gathering point, and focal point of the lodge is the large wooden deck built over the river which serves as the main seating area for the restaurant and bar. Kunene River Lodge offers the perfect balance of tranquil surroundings, excellent service & management, and fun activities (the rafting trips are a highlight and although they are not 'hardcore', they offer a perfect balance of time to enjoy the amazing scenery and the occasional adrenaline rush).
Opuwo Country Lodge is situated on a hilltop, northwest of the bustling town of Opuwo. It overlooks the surrounding valleys and mountains and is an ideal base to explore Kaokoland. Opuwo is the gateway to Namibia's Kaokoveld region. This remote area, south of the Kunene river, is home to the Himba; people who have kept their ethnic individuality and culture, while still surviving in the seclusion of Kaokoland. The lodge offers 21 luxury twins rooms, 1 luxury double room, 3 sets of twin inter leading rooms (6 rooms) and 12 standard twin rooms. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms and are fitted with air conditioners. The hotel however is not wheelchair friendly. The hotel has a dining room, bar, lounge, wine cellar, curio shop, patio and swimming pool. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are normally served buffet style, but guests are welcome to order from the 'a la carte' menu if they prefer. Snacks can be ordered throughout the day. Optional activities include a guided excursion to an authentic Himba village, Epupa Waterfalls trip, or pioneer track hikes.
Perched on the lip of the Grootberg Plateau, with an infinite view down the Klip River Valley, lies Grootberg Lodge. This benchmark project in mainstream tourism draws the local Khoadi/ Hoas community into the many benefits of the tourism industry. The community owns the lodge which was built using EU funding, and the management and staff training has been subcontracted out to a private lodge management company while the community becomes self sustainable. The lodge consists of 16 thatched en-suite chalets, with hardwood verandas that project one into the impossible view. Black Eagles are a regular sight, hunting just below your private deck. Gorgeous feather duvets, polished concrete floors and endless views make for a luxurious, comfortable and unforgettable stay. The 12 000 hectare exclusive area that the lodge encompasses, boasts a myriad of Damaraland flora and fauna, with Desert elephant, Black rhino and even lion occasionally ghosting an appearance. For travelers making their way between Swakopmund and Etosha, the lodge provides the ideal midway stopover, whilst allowing guests to experience the true wilderness that is Damaraland.
Madisa Campsite is situated on a very popular route between unusual rock formations with newly discovered Bushman paintings and has privy to an ancient elephant route that often gets visited by these big footed friends. Ideal for the traveler who wishes to stay in luxury without compromising the experience of exclusive camping on the bed of the Gauntegab River. Madisa offers 9 private campsites all with their own ablution facilities. These sites are spacious and are situated on the river bed. Each site has a braai area which doubles up as a donkey geyser for hot water. It’s a lovely atmosphere to kick back, relax around a fire and listen to the nocturnal sounds of the bush. Madisa is also a fantastic place for star gazing, the nights are brilliantly clear. Each site has lights which are solar powered. The swimming pool area and bar are tucked away in amongst the granite koppies providing a great setting. This is also the local drinking point for elephant so don’t be surprised if they arrive for a slurp out of the pool.
Cornerstone Guesthouse is a small, private and peaceful bed and breakfast situated within easy walking distance of the ocean and the town center of Swakopmund. Occupying a quiet corner of Swakopmund’s old town, near the aquarium and the old brewery, Cornerstone offers the charm and intimacy of a family run B&B combined with the modern amenities of a luxury hotel. Within a few minutes from the guest house you can walk to beaches, cafés, restaurants, lively pubs, Swakopmund tourist attractions and a variety of interesting shops and markets. All the rooms have en-suite bathrooms with large solar assisted showers and modern fittings. Peter and his team offer an inclusive breakfast with a fresh selection of fruits, juices, yogurts, breads, preserves and eggs and bacon cooked to order. Wash that all down with your choice of either freshly brewed coffee or tea, and you'll be ready to explore the attractions of Swakopmund and the Skeleton Coast.
Set afoot massive granite rock boulders, overlooking the magically beautiful Erongo mountain range, is Ai Aiba - The Rock Painting Lodge. The overwhelming panoramic view from the restaurant and bar is amazing. The crystal clear pool invites you to refresh and relax. Your view sways leisurely over the endless landscape. Here you can enjoy the tranquility and purity of Africa. Ai Aiba is an active member of the Erongo Mountain Nature Conservancy, an association of farmers dedicated to the protection and preservation of the unique fauna and flora, as well as the magnificent granite landscape of the Erongo.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.