Namibia - Road to Etosha
Namibia - Road to Etosha
SA

Highlights: Windhoek - Onguma Game Reserve - Okonjima Nature Reserve


Other departures: Glasgow - £3269, Edinburgh - £3285, Birmingham - £2779, Manchester - £3275, Belfast - £3419, Bristol - £3125, Norwich - £3135, Southampton - £3135, Newcastle - £3269


Hotels:
Windhoek - Olive Grove Guesthouse
Onguma Game Reserve - Onguma Tented Camp
Okonjima Nature Reserve - Okonjima Plains Camp


Itinerary:


Day 1: Flight from London to Windhoek


Day 2: Windhoek
Pulsing with life, opportunity and a sparkle of adventure, Windhoek is a multicultural city characterised by tranquil co-existence and enough living space for all its citizens, which number 350’000. Visitors can enjoy the best of two worlds between the European-style architecture and lifestyle, to the vivid beat of African culture and environs. The first recorded settlements were established because of the springs in the area. In about 1842, the Oorlam Kaptain, Jan Jonker Afrikaner, settled in at the strongest spring in the present Klein Windhoek. At the time, the place was called “/Ai-//Gams” (Fire Water) by the Namas, and “Otjomuise” (Place of Steam) by the Hereros, both names bearing references to the hot springs. The German colony came into being with the determination of its borders in 1890. Germany sent a protective corps (the “Schutztruppe”) under Major Curt von Francois to maintain order; the garrison was stationed at Windhoek, where it was strategically situated as a buffer between the Namas and Hereros, while the twelve strong springs provided water for the cultivation of food. The present Windhoek was founded on 18 October 1890 when Von Francois laid the foundation stone of the fort, which is known as the Alte Feste (Old Fortress). Windhoek has a rich cultural life where activities happily mix and match to produce some interesting combinations.The “township” of Katutura is an journey for discovering the sounds and smells of Africa. The highlight is a visit to the Tukondjeni Market, which offers services that satisfy many community needs. It’s a busy place, where one can purchase supplies and traditional Namibian food such as barbecued meat, dried fish, fried mopane worms (known as “omaungu”) and other traditional food such as “ombidi” and dehydrated wild spinach.


Hotel: Olive Grove Guesthouse
Board basis: Bed & Breakfast


Days 3 - 6: Onguma Game Reserve
Situated on the eastern side of Etosha, bordering Fisher's Pan, Onguma Game Reserve is one of Namibia's best kept secrets! Here you will be afforded the opportunity of experiencing Africa in all her beauty and diversity. Onguma Game Reserve has more than 34,000 hectares of protected land and wildlife. Our nature reserve boasts over thirty different animal species consisting of plains game including kudu, giraffe, eland, oryx, hartebeest, zebra, impala and many more roam freely as well as predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard, being common residents of the area. The latest addition to the already abundant wildlife at Onguma Game Reserve is a family of black rhinos! More than 300 bird species can also be viewed at Onguma Game Reserve. During the Namibian summer months the nature reserve becomes a bird-watcher's paradise with thousands of species migrating to the wetlands created by the seasonal rains and ephemeral river systems.


Hotel: Onguma Tented Camp
Board basis: Half Board


Day 7: Okonjima Nature Reserve
The 96 kilometre fence surrounding the 22 000 ha Okonjima private, Nature Reserve was finally completed in 2010. This fence has created:
- a 20 000 ha reserve for Captive Carnivore rehabilitation (also home to Brown Hyaenas and the resident Leopards);
- a 2000 ha 'safe' area around Main Camp, Bush Camp, Bush Suite, the Omboroko Campsite and the PAWS Environmental Education Centre.
Although hunting is instinctive in carnivores, many of the cheetahs at AFRICAT lack experience due to being orphaned or removed from the wild at an early age. This inexperience, as well as their conditioning to captivity, makes them unsuitable for release. The 200km Nature Reserve Park, provides captive cheetahs and other carnivores with the opportunity to hone their hunting skills and become self-sustaining and thereby giving them a chance to return to the wild. The captive cheetahs are fitted with radio-collars prior to their release into the reserve, so that their welfare and progress can be closely monitored.
Rehabilitation gives a captive carnivore a second chance to be released back into the wild and to take the time it needs, to become a completely independent hunter - in a protected area right in the middle of commercial farmland!


Hotel: Okonjima Plains Camp
Board basis: Half Board


Day 8: Back to Windhoek
Hotel: Olive Grove Guesthouse
Board basis: Bed & Breakfast


Day 9: Flight from Windhoek to London



Offer Includes

  • Flights from London with South African Airways
  • Airport taxes
  • 8 nights accommodation at chosen hotels as per itinerary
  • Rental vehicle as per insurance stated
  • Deluxe Travelplanner or Information Pack

Meal Plans

  • As per Itinerary