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DAY 1 ARRIVAL AT WINDHOEK to ETOSHA

Welcome to Namibia. Our local guide will meet you at Windhoek International Airport on your arrival. You’ll be transferred by shuttle to where you’ll have your briefing and can familiarize yourself with your vehicle. Everyone will have the opportunity to get acquainted with their Land Rover and get used to driving on the left-hand side of the road.

We’ll depart to our first destination, starting with an easy leisurely drive on tarred roads as we head north, then slowly introducing our first dirt roads as we reach our lodge, which is very close to the southern gate of Etosha National Park.

The meaning of Etosha is ‘place of dry water’, but it offers several waterholes. The meeting place for a variety of species. In the afternoon, we’ll go on a game drive with the lodge to experience our first taste of ‘Wildlife Namibia’ that gathers to quench their thirst at the end of a hot day.

That evening, we’ll sit very close to one of the few waterholes and watch numerous wild game emerging from the darkness whilst also experiencing the magic of a starry African night – intensified by the distant roaring of a lion.

DAY 2 ETOSHA WEST

After a hearty breakfast, we’ll start our full day of ‘Game Driving’ through Etosha National Park coming from the southern side heading towards the west. This part is also known as the ‘Wild West’ as it’s not on the main tourist route through Etosha. The terrain is rugged, the vegetation is greener than the better-known sides, and there is a very good chance that you can encounter two rare species that are only found in this section of the park: the Blackfaced Impala and Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra.

Etosha is unique and it’s one of the most accessible game reserves in Namibia and Southern Africa. The speed limit is only 60 km/ph for good reason. The driving today will be leisurely as you witness exciting African Wildlife either crossing the road, grazing nonchalantly on the plains, or drinking at one of the many water holes along the way. There is also always a good chance of seeing Elephants and Lions.

We’ll spend the night here at our lodge which is nestled on the banks of the Otjovasandu River. Which only lies a few kilometers from the Galton Gate, which we need to reach before sundown as self-drive vehicle movement at night is prohibited. The lodge offers an optional night safari drive where you have the opportunity to encounter nocturnal animals like the bat-eared fox, aardwolf and genet.

DAY 3 EPUPA

We’ll depart Etosha today and head north to Epupa Falls on the Kunene River.

This drive will teach you to master more dusty and challenging roads along the way, but all worthwhile for an extraordinary experience.

Situated in the Kaokoland area of Namibia, Epupa Falls is set near the border of Angola. Named by the Herero people after the spray it creates, Epupa means “waterfalling”. The falls consists of a series of little waterfalls created by the Kunene River as it drops 40 meters, creating hundreds of natural pools that provide the Himba people and visitors with a fantastic recreation spot. These incredibly beautiful falls create a spectacular contrast to the arid desert and rugged surrounding mountains.

We can look forward to discovering this unspoiled environment, including the majestic Baobabs and Wild Fig trees.

DAY 4 MARIENFLUSS

We’ll say goodbye to the freshness of the river today and start our journey southwest towards the harsh and unforgiving environment of the Skeleton Coast, which holds its own beauty.

This is where the real fun begins! Our direction will be motivated by our collective abilities and sense of adventure as we head off the beaten track towards Van Zyl’s pass and the Marienfluss.

Here we’ll get another demonstration of the unparalleled off-road mobility of our Land Rovers. The route leads us through Namibia’s beautiful changing landscape from shores and sandy roads to the stunning remote Hartmann Valley, a desolate yet entrancing moonscape of sand and rock. The valley is home to the Himba, one of the last true nomads in Africa. A cultural experience with the local Himba people is very rewarding. One of the last truly nomadic tribes in the world, their traditions and dress are fascinating to witness.

In the late afternoon, we’ll put up our tent and enjoy a beautiful sundowner around the campfire. We can simply relax and enjoy the peace and quiet as well as clear night skies which are amongst some of the most pristine in the world with their starry skies.

DAY 5 SKELETON COAST

There aren’t many things that beat the feeling of being woken up by noisy Spurfowl in the morning, as they rummage through your campsite looking for any crumbs that may have been left from the previous nights’ dinner. Then stepping out of your tent to the sight of pink and yellow skies as the sun rises, only to find that one of your shoes is missing from a curious Jackal that also raided your camp for scraps.

Namibia is a camping paradise. This is why we include 2 nights of wild camping on this journey. For the eternal photographers and the adventurous at heart, you are in heaven! On the road, the never-ending same (yet different) surroundings will keep you spellbound. It’s amazing to see what survives in the desert, and we can never guarantee, but there is a great chance to see desert-adapted Wildlife such as Rhino, Lions, and the shy Brown Hyena also known as the Strand Wolf.

There’s a wide choice of sites all over Namibia for seasoned campers, as well as for nervous novices on their first camping holiday, from luxury campsites under shady trees and grassy lawns, to wild places in rivers next to tall banks leftover from previous rainy seasons.

In the late afternoon, we’ll reach our campsite, where we’ll enjoy a sundowner with one of the most breath-taking sunsets whilst relaxing around the magical campfire. And what could be better than camping under the Milky Way? One of the spectacular features of the southern night sky, best viewed under some of the world’s darkest skies in Namibia. This is million-star accommodation!

DAY 6 SKELETON COAST

Today we’ll spend the day in the fascinating Skeleton Coast National Park. We’ll drive along sandy roads and over dunes towards the beach. The fog-shrouded beaches of this sprawling and remote wilderness area are littered with shipwrecks and whale skeletons.

This is where we’ll have our first deep sand driving experience. We’ll learn how to read the terrain and put the world’s most capable vehicle to the test. We’ll then head to our remote lodge where we’ll stay for the next two nights.

We’ll be welcomed by a refreshing breeze from the cold Benguela current and then the warm Namib desert sand under our feet, as we settle in at the lodge and get ready for an included sundowner activity where we can take a break from driving and enjoy being driven to the roaring dunes.

After dinner, served at the heart of the lodge, we’ll retreat to our rooms which are shipwreck-shaped cabins, nestled between the dunes with a view of the Atlantic Ocean.

DAY 7 SKELETON COAST

All activities today will be done with the lodge. One option is a 4×4 full-day excursion to the Hoarusib River with another opportunity to see desert-adapted Elephants and Lions or explore the “Clay Castles”. The Hoarusib is a dry river known for its steep canyon walls of black and red volcanic rock and strange makalani palms. The oasis character of the river valley and the high wildlife population of Hoanib makes this one of the last true wilderness areas in Namibia.

Weather permitting, a delicious lunch will be served on the vast empty beach. For the rest of the day, you can relax and enjoy the exclusive lodge and surroundings or if you feel adventurous, they also offer Quad-biking and Sandboarding activities.

In the evening, we can expect yet another unbelievable sundowner followed by dinner.

DAY 8 SWAKOPMUND

After breakfast, we’ll continue south through the Skeleton Coast National Park. The wind can sometimes be so strong here that you don’t see the road due to the sand that is swept in, which makes for a surreal driving experience.

We’ll exit the park at the Ugabmund Gate and cross over the Ugab river, which we previously were very acquainted with by the Brandberg. We’ll head to Cape Cross, where we’ll visit the massive seal colony and learn about the history of the area. We’ll be able to get very close to these fantastic animals in their protected reserve and have the chance to study their behaviours.

As we drive down towards Swakopmund, we will pass Zeila Shipwreck which you will be able to see from the main road. The Zeila was stranded on 25 August 2008 in the early morning hours near “Die Walle”, a popular fishing spot about 14km south of Henties Bay. This old fishing trawler was sold as scrap metal to an Indian company by Hangana Fishing of Walvis Bay got stranded after it came loose from its towing line while on its way to Bombay, India shortly after it left Walvis Bay.

Swakopmund is a coastal town in Namibia, west of the capital, Windhoek. Its sandy beaches face the Atlantic Ocean. Established by German colonists in 1892, the towns’ colonial landmarks include the Swakopmund Lighthouse and the Mole, an old sea wall. Next to the lighthouse, the Swakopmund Museum documents Namibian history. Inland, the elegant Swakopmund Railway Station, now a hotel, also dates to the colonial era.

Tonight, you will be treated to a mouth-watering dinner at a restaurant close to the beach.

DAY 9 BACK TO CIVILIZATION

After breakfast, we’ll use the morning to drive our Land Rovers around the Swakopmund area to get that last exhilarating feeling of offroad driving. Swakop is a playground for 4×4’s and we’ll have a lot of fun driving on the beach and teasing the shoreline. We then hit the tar road back to Windhoek. In the evening, we come together for a farewell dinner and to share stories and highlights of our time spent in Namibia.

DAY 10 WINDHOEK

Experience the thriving capital, Windhoek, on the final day of the trip. While strolling through the capital of Namibia you can experience the flair of the colonial era „German Southwest”. Many monuments bring back these times to mind but Windhoek is not only shaped by history and culture but also by modern trends. Since the independence of Namibia in 1990, the capital city has expanded at a fast pace. Many modern buildings emerged, which fit well into the general townscape.

Depending on your flight time, you’ll have the morning to relax and enjoy the nature around this wonderful place. And possibly get a little shopping done too. The Land Rover team will transfer you to the airport. Then it’s time to say goodbye!

We hope you had a great time with us in Namibia and have made many exciting memories. Have a safe journey and we hope to see you again on one of our future Land Rover Experience Adventures.

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DAY 1 ARRIVAL AT WINDHOEK to ERINDI

Welcome to Namibia. Our local guide will meet you at Windhoek International Airport on your arrival. You’ll be transferred by shuttle to where you’ll have your briefing and can familiarise yourself with your vehicle. Everyone will have the opportunity to get acquainted with their Land Rover and get used to driving on the left-hand side of the road. We’ll depart to our first destination, enjoying an easy leisurely drive on tarred roads as we head to Erindi Private Game Reserve and our lodge for the evening.

Erindi is a protected reserve in central Namibia that is a sustainable haven for nature. They pride themselves on their conservation through ecotourism initiatives, which also empower the local communities.

On arrival at the reserve, you’ll get a small taste of the many dirt roads yet to come as you drive towards Old Traders Lodge. After settling in and freshening up in your room, you’ll be treated to a colonial-style high tea to help you revive after your travels, whilst enjoying the views of the waterhole that surrounds the restaurant deck.

We’ll depart on a safari drive late afternoon, searching for some of Africa’s famous animals, which finishes with a sundowner. Round off your day by simply relaxing and enjoying nature, whilst taking in the breathtaking scenery of untouched Africa. After an exquisite buffet-style dinner, you can fall asleep in comfort and dream of the adventure yet to come.

DAY 2 ERONGO

This morning after breakfast in front of the hustling waterhole, we’ll depart to our next lodge which is Namibias’ highest mountain, The Brandberg.

The Erongo area is a geological and birding wonderland. Driving west, the distance that we’ll cover today is not far but because it’s mostly gravel roads and some riverbed cruising, we’ll take it easy so that you can get acquainted with your vehicle. Stopping when necessary to take breaks and photo opportunities. We’ll make sure that everyone’s comfortable with their driving capabilities before pushing the bar.

The Brandberg mountain, which means ‘burning mountain’ in Afrikaans, is a national monument that displays an intense variety of colours formed by volcanic activity interacting with organic material that transformed into a sedimentary bed over 125 million years ago. This is also home to the ‘White Lady’, a famous bushman rock painting and a protected heritage site.

Arrival at The White Lady Lodge will be in the early afternoon, where you can have a relaxing dip in one of their pools, or take a walk around to explore the area.

After lunch, we’ll go for a nature drive to look for the desert-adapted Elephants that are commonly found walking and browsing in the ephemeral Ugab river and connecting tributaries. These elephants have developed certain adaptations for desert life and tend to have relatively broader feet, longer legs, and smaller bodies than other African bush elephants.

Navigating the paths through the river beds is a lot of fun, and here you’ll enjoy real 4×4 driving. Taking turns climbing up hills or dipping into dried-out water paths. Ending your day with a lovely meal back at the lodge.

DAY 3 PALMWAG

Today you’ll head north towards Damaraland for some continued off-road driving adventure through Namibia’s dry riverbeds. The soft sand gives you moments where you’ll have to accelerate to get onto the harder clay. The smellsand the sounds of nature will fuel the exhilaration of your Land Rover 4×4 driving experience. Many animals and birds can be seen around here such as Springboks, Oryx, Ostriches, and small but prolific birds such as the Swallow-tailed Bee-eater and the brightly coloured Ruppell’s Parrot.

We’ll stop at the Bushman rock engravings, which is the main attraction in this Twyfelfontein area. The name ‘Twyfelfontein’ translates to ‘Fountain of Doubt’, which refers to the perennial spring situated in the impressive Huab valley flanked by the slopes of a sandstone Table Mountain. This spring attracted Stone Age hunters over 6000 years ago and it was during this time that an extensive group of rock engravings and paintings were produced.

This stop also gives you a moment to stretch your legs and do a bit of easy walking before we continue north through to the Palmwag Concession.

Here we’ll get another convincing performance of the unparalleled off-road capability of our Land Rovers along rocky roads and spectacular scenery. Stopping to take photos of Namibias’ National plant the Welwitschia Mirabilis, which is an ancient plant endemic to the Namib desert.

We’ll continue to our lodge where we’ll have dinner and relax for the rest of the evening.

DAY 4 ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK (Kamdescha Route)

From Palmwag, we follow the Kamdescha route which is renowned for its extremely dusty roads. Passing the Kamdescha Veterinary control point we’ll be heading through the plains of the Mopane savannah. It gets really dusty after that. We’ll be crossing the so-called “dust holes” where the sand is so fine that it raises dust like water splashing from a puddle while driving through the passage in our Land Rovers.

Our destination today is the Etosha National Park, one of the greatest game reserves in the world. Dense bushland and wide-open plains where large Zebra and Antelope herds await us on the journey. The meaning of Etosha is ‘place of dry water’, but it offers several waterholes, the meeting place for a variety of species. We continue our journey through Etosha National Park from the west until we reach the western side of the park to explore Namibia’s wildlife.

We spend the night here at your lodge which only lies a few kilometers from the Galton Gate, which we need to reach before sundown as vehicle movement at night is prohibited.

DAY 5 NORTHERN ETOSHA

After breakfast, we’ll start our full day of ‘Game Driving’ through Etosha National Park coming from the western side heading towards the east. This part is also known as the ‘Wild West’ as it’s not on the main tourist route through Etosha. The terrain is rugged, the vegetation is greener than the better-known sides, and there is a very good chance that you can encounter two rare species that are only found in this section of the park: the Black-faced Impala and Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra.

Etosha is unique and it’s one of the most accessible game reserves in Namibia and Southern Africa. The speed limit is only 60 km/ph for good reason. The driving today will be leisurely as you witness exciting African Wildlife either crossing the road, grazing nonchalantly on the plains, or drinking at one of the many waterholes along the way.

We’ll continue on and slowly start seeing more and more cars as we head towards the famous Etosha Pan, which is the park’s main characteristic. This landmark site is a large endorheic salt pan, forming part of the Kalahari Basin which draws wildlife such as Flamingos & Elephants.

This is a salt pan so large it can be seen from space.

Our day will start coming to an end as we head north to the King Nehale gate where we will exit the park. Our lodge is only 1km from the gate and is strikingly set on the Andoni plains. Each chalet has its own private splash pool in which you can soak your tired driving feet and digest all the sightings that you encountered today.

DAY 6 KUNENE

We have to cover a great distance today so we will start early.

Our drive will be through the bush and past mountains, but mainly sticking to the dirt roads. This part of Namibia is mostly farmlands and the roads are in a fairly decent condition as they don’t experience a lot of traffic. Namibia has more kilometers of road per head of population than any other country in Africa. The period from 1965 to date can be characterized by the consolidation and uplifting of Namibia’s roads network to one of the finest in Africa.

Our journey will take us to tonight’s lodge which is situated on the bank of the Kunene River. We’ll have a sandy but scenic drive, arriving at the lodge by afternoon allowing you to spend the late afternoon at your leisure. The lodge has various activities on offer, or you can choose to simply relax and enjoy a drink whilst overlooking the river and its spectacular location.

DAY 7 EPUPA

We’ll depart today to Epupa Falls also on the Kunene River.

This drive will teach you to master more dusty and challenging roads along the way, but all worthwhile for an extraordinary experience.

Situated in the Kaokoland area of Namibia, Epupa Falls is set near the border of Angola. Named by the Herero people after the spray it creates, Epupa means “waterfalling”. The falls consists of a series of little waterfalls created by the Kunene River as it drops 40 meters, creating hundreds of natural pools that provide the Himba people and visitors with a fantastic recreation spot. These incredibly beautiful falls create a spectacular contrast to the arid desert and rugged surrounding mountains.

We can look forward to discovering this unspoiled environment, including the majestic Baobabs and Wild Fig trees.

DAY 8 MARIENFLUSS

We’ll say goodbye to the freshness of the river today and start our journey southwest towards the harsh and unforgiving environment of the Skeleton Coast, which holds its own beauty.

This is where the real fun begins! Our direction will be motivated by our collective abilities and sense of adventure as we head off the beaten track towards Van Zyl’s pass and the Marienfluss.

Here we’ll get another demonstration of the unparalleled off-road mobility of our Land Rovers. The route leads us through Namibia’s beautiful changing landscape from shores and sandy roads to the stunning remote Hartmann Valley, a desolate yet entrancing moonscape of sand and rock. The valley is home to the Himba, one of the last true nomads in Africa. A cultural experience with the local Himba people is very rewarding. One of the last truly nomadic tribes in the world, their traditions and dress are fascinating to witness.

In the late afternoon, we’ll put up our tent and enjoy a beautiful sundowner around the campfire. We can simply relax and enjoy the peace and quiet as well as clear night skies which are amongst some of the most pristine in the world with their starry skies.

DAY 9 SKELETON COAST

There aren’t many things that beat the feeling of being woken up by noisy Spurfowl in the morning, as they rummage through your campsite looking for any crumbs that may have been left from the previous nights’ dinner. Then stepping out of your tent to the sight of pink and yellow skies as the sun rises, only to find that one of your shoes is missing from a curious Jackal that also raided your camp for scraps.

Namibia is a camping paradise. This is why we include 2 nights of wild camping on this journey. For the eternal photographers and the adventurous at heart, you are in heaven! On the road, the never-ending same (yet different) surroundings will keep you spellbound. It’s amazing to see what survives in the desert, and we can never guarantee, but there is a great chance to see desert-adapted Wildlife such as Rhino, Lions, and the shy Brown Hyena also known as the Strand Wolf.

There’s a wide choice of sites all over Namibia for seasoned campers, as well as for nervous novices on their first camping holiday, from luxury campsites under shady trees and grassy lawns, to wild places in rivers next to tall banks leftover from previous rainy seasons.

In the late afternoon, we’ll reach our campsite, where we’ll enjoy a sundowner with one of the most breath-taking sunsets whilst relaxing around the magical campfire. And what could be better than camping under the Milky Way? One of the spectacular features of the southern night sky, best viewed under some of the world’s darkest skies in Namibia. This is million-star accommodation!

DAY 10 SKELETON COAST

Today we’ll spend the day in the fascinating Skeleton Coast National Park. We’ll drive along sandy roads and over dunes towards the beach. The fog-shrouded beaches of this sprawling and remote wilderness area are littered with shipwrecks and whale skeletons.

This is where we’ll have our first deep sand driving experience. We’ll learn how to read the terrain and put the world’s most capable vehicle to the test. We’ll then head to our remote lodge where we’ll stay for the next two nights.

We’ll be welcomed by a refreshing breeze from the cold Benguela current and then the warm Namib desert sand under our feet, as we settle in at the lodge and get ready for an included sundowner activity where we can take a break from driving and enjoy being driven to the roaring dunes. After dinner, served at the heart of the lodge, we’ll retreat to our rooms which are shipwreck-shaped cabins, nestled between the dunes with a view of the Atlantic Ocean.

DAY 11 SKELETON COAST

All activities today will be done with the lodge. One option is a 4×4 full-day excursion to the Hoarusib River with another opportunity to see desert-adapted Elephants and Lions or explore the “Clay Castles”. The Hoarusib is a dry river known for its steep canyon walls of black and red volcanic rock and strange makalani palms. The oasis character of the river valley and the high wildlife population of Hoanib makes this one of the last true wilderness areas in Namibia.

Weather permitting, a delicious lunch will be served on the vast empty beach. For the rest of the day, you can relax and enjoy the exclusive lodge and surroundings or if you feel adventurous, they also offer Quad-biking and Sandboarding activities. In the evening, we can expect yet another unbelievable sundowner followed by dinner.

Day 12 SWAKOPMUND

After breakfast, we’ll continue south through the Skeleton Coast National Park. The wind can sometimes be so strong here that you don’t see the road due to the sand that is swept in, which makes for a surreal driving experience.

We’ll exit the park at the Ugabmund Gate and cross over the Ugab river, which we previously were very acquainted with by the Brandberg. We’ll head to Cape Cross, where we’ll visit the massive seal colony and learn about the history of the area. We’ll be able to get very close to these fantastic animals in their protected reserve and have the chance to study their behaviours.

As we drive down towards Swakopmund, we will pass Zeila Shipwreck which you will be able to see from the main road. The Zeila was stranded on 25 August 2008 in the early morning hours near “Die Walle”, a popular fishing spot about 14km south of Henties Bay. This old fishing trawler was sold as scrap metal to an Indian company by Hangana Fishing of Walvis Bay got stranded after it came loose from its towing line while on its way to Bombay, India shortly after it left Walvis Bay.

Swakopmund is a coastal town in Namibia, west of the capital, Windhoek. Its sandy beaches face the Atlantic Ocean. Established by German colonists in 1892, the towns’ colonial landmarks include the Swakopmund Lighthouse and the Mole, an old sea wall. Next to the lighthouse, the Swakopmund Museum documents Namibian history. Inland, the elegant Swakopmund Railway Station, now a hotel, also dates to the colonial era.

Tonight, you will be treated to a mouth-watering dinner at a restaurant close to the beach.

DAY 13 BACK TO CIVILIZATION

After breakfast, we’ll use the morning to drive our Land Rovers around the Swakopmund area to get that last exhilarating feeling of offroad driving. Swakop is a playground for 4×4’s and we’ll have a lot of fun driving on the beach and teasing the shoreline.

We then hit the tar road back to Windhoek. In the evening, we come together for a farewell dinner and to share stories and highlights of our time spent in Namibia.

DAY 14 WINDHOEK

Experience the thriving capital, Windhoek, on the final day of the trip. While strolling through the capital of Namibia you can experience the flair of the colonial era „German Southwest”. Many monuments bring back these times to mind but Windhoek is not only shaped by history and culture but also by modern trends. Since the independence of Namibia in 1990, the capital city has expanded at a fast pace. Many modern buildings emerged, which fit well into the general townscape.

Depending on your flight time, you’ll have the morning to relax and enjoy the nature around this wonderful place. And possibly get a little shopping done too. The Land Rover team will transfer you to the airport. Then it’s time to say goodbye!

We hope you had a great time with us in Namibia and have made many exciting memories. Have a safe journey and we hope to see you again on one of our future Land Rover Experience Adventures.

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DAY 1 ARRIVAL IN WINDHOEK – FIRST IMPRESSIONS

The Land Rover team and a local guide will meet you at the airport on your arrival into Windhoek early afternoon. You’ll be transferred by shuttle bus to where you’ll have your first briefing and can familiarise yourselves with the vehicles. Everyone will have the opportunity to get acquainted with their Land Rover and get used to driving on the left hand side of the road.

We’ll then drive north to our first lodge in the direction of Etosha.

DAY 2 ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

We leave the lodge to explore Namibia’s animal wildlife, our destination is Etosha National Park one of the greatest game reserves in the world. Dense bush land and wide open plains with large zebra and antelope herds await us on the journey. After lunch, we have our first safari drive in Etosha National Park. In the evening, we sit very close to one of the few waterholes and watch numerous wild game emerging from the darkness.

DAY 3 ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

We continue our journey through Etosha National Park. In the western part of the park, several rare species have established a nursery to raise their young. The wildlife has developed without human interference and endangered species such as the black rhino and black-faced impala have established themselves in the area. We spend the night in a resort in the western part.

DAY 4 KAMDESHA ROUTE AND DESERT DUST

This day we leave the park. After passing the Galton Gate we follow the Kamdesha route, which is renowned for its extremely dusty roads. Passing the Kamdesha Veterinary control point we’ll be heading through the plains of the Mopane savannah. In the afternoon, we reach our accommodation for the night and a relaxing dinner is served on the banks of the Hoanib River in the unique Khowarib Canyon.

DAY 5 PALMWAG NATURE RESERVE

We continue our journey through the Palmwag concession area. Here we’ll get another convincing demonstration of the unparalleled off-road mobility of our Land Rovers. The route leads us through Namibia’s open spectacular plains. We’ll spend the night in a traditional lodge with its fabulous sunsets over the Etendeka Mountains and the red sandstone cliffs of Twyfelfontein.

DAY 6 SWAKOPMUND

We head to Swakopmund. We will drive through the beautiful and bizarre mountain landscape with a good chance of spotting mountain zebras and other wild animals. Afterwards the landscape changes. The rough coast welcomes us with long beaches. The town of Swakopmund is located between gigantic dunes and the Atlantic Ocean. Its typical buildings from the German Colonial Era shape the cityscape.

DAY 7 BACK TO CIVILIZATION

Your last day behind the wheel and time for some exhilarating dune driving in the Namib-Naukluft Park desert. In the evening, at our hotel in Windhoek, we come together for a farewell party and to share stories and highlights of our time spent in Namibia

DAY 8 WINDHOEK Experience the thriving capital, Windhoek, on the final day of the trip. While strolling through the capital of Namibia you can experience the flair of the colonial era “German Southwest”. Depending on your flight time, you’ll have the morning to relax and enjoy the nature around this wonderful place. And possibly get a little shopping done too. The Land Rover team will transfer you to the airport.

Optional extra: One additional night in Windhoek (depending on flight times)

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DAY 1 WELCOME TO BOTSWANA

The city Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and the “tourism capital” of Botswana. The Land Rover team and a local guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel, where you’ll have your first briefing and can familiarise yourselves with the vehicles.

DAY 2 MOREMI GAME RESERVE

In the morning, you’ll have a full introduction to the Land Rover Defender vehicles. We’ll depart early and head for the Moremi Game Reserve, driving over gravel roads, for a full day’s safari drive. We’ll reach the park through the south gate and drive directly into pure wilderness. We’ll spend the night at a campsite outside of the park and finish the day with your guides cooking you an amazing bush dinner.

DAY 3 KHWAI REGION

You’ll have time to explore the park with its abundance of flora and fauna, along with countless animals, including a chance to see elephants, buffalos, giraffes, lions, crocodiles and hippos. We’ll depart the campsite for another full day’s safari drive through the Xakanaka area and onto the northern part of Moremi known as the Khwai area. Khwai is a small village on the north bank of the Khwai River in northwest Botswana. After an enjoyable drive, we’ll reach the Khwai Concession area and our campsite for the next two nights.

DAY 4 KHWAI REGION

Another day in the Khwai region. In the north of the park, you’ll find the dry areas of Savute. In the south, the lush vegetation of the Khwai region with numerous deep waterholes. The camp offers numerous water or land based activities. Alternatively, you can relax and have a break in your idyllic tented accommodation.

DAY 5 CHOBE NATIONAL PARK

Today we head north for the Chobe National Park, the road will take us through Mababe gate and along the Magikwe sand ridge until we reach Savute. The park in northern Botswana is home to Africa’s largest elephant population. This night we camp in the wilds of Africa. After a typical African cuisine dinner, we’ll have a talk from our local guide and hear some of their stories.

DAY 6 KASANE After breakfast, the road takes us out of the National park and north to Kasane. In Kasane we reach our next overnight stop. After a sumptuous lunch, we’ll depart for an amazing sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River, where we’ll glide slowly through the side channels of the river.

DAY 7 VICTORIA FALLS After breakfast, you’ll be transferred by shuttle bus to your hotel near Victoria Falls. We then cross the border into Zimbabwe where you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a walk to the majestic Victoria Falls. This spectacular, and one of the world’s largest, waterfall is surrounded by paradisiac beautiful nature – tropical rainforest and great wildlife.

DAY 8 VICTORIA FALLS – DEPARTURE After breakfast, the Land Rover team will transfer you to the airport.

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DAY 1 WELCOME TO ZIMBABWE

The Land Rover team will meet you from your morning arrival flight into Victoria Falls airport in Zimbabwe and transfer you to the hotel, near Victoria Falls, to check-in. That afternoon, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a walk to the majestic Victoria Falls. This spectacular, and one of the world’s largest, waterfall is surrounded by paradisiac beautiful nature – tropical rainforest and great wildlife.

DAY 2 KASANE

We leave Victoria Falls by shuttle bus and head west to Kasane, crossing the border to Botswana. Kasane is a small town sandwiched between the Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibian borders and the Chobe National Park. Once you’ve checked-in at our lodge for the night, you’ll have a full introduction to the Land Rover Defender vehicles. Then, we’ll depart for an amazing sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River.

DAY 3 CHOBE NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, we head south for the Chobe National Park. Tonight we camp in the wilds of Africa. The area is very well known for its lions and elephants in the camp and extra care should be taken when walking around the camp. After a typical African cuisine dinner, we’ll have a talk from our local guide and hear some of their stories.

DAY 4 KHWAI REGION

From Savute, the road will take us along the Magikwe sand ridge until we reach Mababe gate. After an enjoyable drive, we’ll reach the Khwai Concession area and our base location for the next two nights at a beautiful small lodge with tented accommodation. It is located just outside the northern entrance of the Moremi Reserve, which lies on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta.

DAY 5 KHWAI REGION

Another day in the Khwai region where you’ll have plenty of time to explore the majestic flora and fauna. In the north of the park, you’ll find the dry areas of Savute. In the south, the lush vegetation of the Khwai region with numerous deep waterholes. The camp offers numerous water or land based activities. Alternatively, you can relax and have a break in your idyllic tented accommodation.

DAY 6 MOREMI GAME RESERVE

We’ll depart early and head for the Moremi Game Reserve, driving through the Xakanaka area, for a full day’s safari drive. Today you’ll have time to explore the park with its abundance of flora and fauna, along with countless animals, including elephants, buffalos, giraffes, lions, crocodiles and hippos. We’ll spend the night at a campsite outside of the park and finish the day with your guides cooking you an amazing bush dinner.

DAY 7 MOREMI GAME RESERVE – MAUN

Before we leave the Moremi Game Reserve today, you’ll have plenty more time to explore the majestic flora and fauna. We’ll drive over sand tracks and, depending upon the water level in the delta, also through fords. We then pass the south gate and drive gravel roads towards Maun, the “tourism capital” of Botswana. We spend our last evening together celebrating with a farewell dinner and overnight stay at a lodge.

DAY 8 MAUN – DEPARTURE

After breakfast, the Land Rover team will transfer you to the airport.

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TAG 1 WILLKOMMEN IN NAMIBIA

Am Mittag landen wir in Windhoek, der Hauptstadt Namibias und der Ausgangspunkt unserer Reise. Wir werden von unserem örtlichen Guide am Flughafen abgeholt. Bei einem Begrüßungsgetränk und einem stärkenden Mittagessen findet eine kurze Tour Besprechung statt und wir erhalten eine Fahrzeugeinweisung, bei der wir die Annehmlichkeiten der Land Rover kennen lernen. Gemeinsames Abendessen in einem lokalen Restaurant und Übernachtung in Windhoek in einem zentral gelegenen Hotel.

TAG 2 WINDHOEK – WATERBERG PLATEAU PARK

Schon früh kehren wir Windhoek den Rücken. Unsere Strecke führt durch Farm- und Buschland in Richtung Norden zu unserer Lodge am Waterberg Plateau (Etjo Sand steinplateau). Diese Hochebene liegt rund 1.900 m über dem Meer und erstreckt sich über 48 km. Die hier abgefangenen Niederschläge verhelfen der Gegend zu einem höheren Vegetationsreichtum als in den Nachbarregionen. Nach dem Check-In in der Lodge gehen wir zum gemeinsamen Abendessen.

TAG 3 GROOTFONTEIN – TSUMKWE

Der Weg führt uns auf malerischer Strecke in südöstliche Richtung nach Grootfontein, der Stadt der „großen Quelle“, einem Kolonialstädtchen wie aus dem Bilderbuch. Hier können wir auch die Fahrzeuge wieder betanken. In der Nähe besichtigen wir den wahrscheinlich größten Meteoriten der Welt, der rund 55 Tonnen schwer ist. Wir verbringen die Nacht in einer Lodge im Nyae Nyae Gebiet südlich des Khaudum. Nach dem typisch afrikanischen Abendessen lauschen wir den Geschichten unseres lokalen Guides.

TAG 4 KHAUDUM NATIONALPARK

Wir bauen die Campsite ab und anschließend führt uns unser Weg Richtung Khaudum Nationalpark. Das rund 3.800 km² große, nicht eingezäunte Wildreservat ist für Off-Road Fahrer einer der spannendsten Teile Namibias. Der Park wird nicht häufig besucht, daher sollten in dieser Abgeschiedenheit immer mehrere 4X4 Fahrzeuge gemeinsam fahren. In diesem Trockengebiet leben noch einige Buschmannfamilien, die sich hauptsächlich von gesammelten Wildfrüchten ernähren. Wir statten einem Buschmann Dorf einen Besuch ab. Neben zahlreichen Wildtierbeobachtungen kommen auch Ornithologen auf Ihre Kosten, denn in dieser Region haben sich rund 320 verschiedene Vogelarten angesiedelt. Noch vor Einbruch der Dämmerung bauen wir unser nächstes Camp in der Wildnis auf und freuen uns auf das gemeinsame Abendessen am Lagerfeuer. Hier genießen wir die Ruhe und Abgeschiedenheit und können uns zumindest für diesen Moment wie richtige Buschmänner fühlen. In der Nacht begleiten uns die Geräusche der Wildnis.

TAG 5 KHAUDUM – MAHANGO NATIONALPARK

Früh verlassen wir unsere Campsite. Im tiefen Sand und durch ausgetrocknete Flussbetten führt uns unser Weg weiter Richtung Norden. Die Sandpisten lassen sich am besten am Morgen befahren, wenn der Sand noch kühler ist. Hier ist höchste Konzentration beim Fahren gefordert. Es geht nur langsam voran. Reifendruck senken, in der Spur bleiben und wenig lenken – nur so kommen wir vorwärts. Wir setzen die Fahrt Richtung Caprivi Streifen nach Rundu fort und betanken die Fahrzeuge. Vor uns liegt nun das der Mahango Nationalpark. Der nicht eingezäunte Park westlich des Okavango Flusses am Caprivi Streifen beheimatet zahlreiche Elefanten, Büffel, Flusspferde, Leoparden, Löwen und savannentypische Antilopenarten. Wir beziehen unser Quartier für die nächsten zwei Nächte. Die Unterkunft liegt direkt am Ufer des OkavangoFlusses. Zum Ausklang des Tages treffen wir uns zum gemeinsamen Abendessen in der Lodge.

TAG 6 POPAFÄLLE

Am heutigen Tag kann endlich mal lange ausgeschlafen werden. Wir können entweder in der Lodge zum Entspannen verweilen oder die Gegend erkunden. Möglich ist zum Beispiel eine geführte Pirschfahrt im nur 2 Kilometer entfernten Mahango Game Park. Durch die über 400 verschiedenen Vogelarten ist das Areal der Lodge aber auch für Ornithologen ein Paradies. Am Nachmittag starten wir zu einer Bootsfahrt zu den Popa-Fällen. Diese Stromschnellen des Okavango stürzen über Felsen in etwa drei Meter Tiefe. Flusspferde und Krokodile haben hier einen optimalen Lebensraum gefunden. Abends treffen wir uns wieder zum gemeinsamen Abendessen.

TAG 7 SHAKAWE – GUMA LAGOON

Morgens erreichen wir den Grenzposten für die Einreise nach Botswana. Nach dem Ort Shakawe können wir auf Sandpisten erneut die Geländegängigkeit der Land Rover austesten. Das heutige Ziel ist ein idyllisch gelegenes Camp am Ufer der Guma-Lagune. Ein versteckter Ort mit zahlreichen Bäumen, der malerisch vom Wasser umgeben ist.

TAG 8 MAUN

Am Morgen geht es bereits früh los. Wir können uns die malerische Wasserlandschaft des Okavango-Deltas zunächst aus der Luft betrachten, denn es besteht die Möglichkeit, mit einem Rundflug (freiwillig) einen Überblick über dieses einzigartige, komplexe Ökosystem zu erhalten. Über einen sandigen Streckenabschnitt verlassen wir unser Camp und fahren entlang einer der beeindruckendsten Regionen des Okavango Deltas in Richtung Gumare. Auf anspruchsvollen Off-Road Strecken müssen die Fahrzeuge und Fahrer Ihr Können erneut unter Beweis stellen. Ab Gumare fahren wir auf befestigten Pisten und erreichen schlussendlich über Asphaltstraßen Maun. Die Stadt Maun, am südlichen Okavango-Delta gelegen, fungiert als Tor zum Okavango-Delta. Der aufkommende Tourismus bestimmt das Stadtbild, die ursprünglichen Lehmhütten weichen modernen Betonbauten. Für diese Nacht ist eine Lodge bei Maun vorgebucht.

TAG 9 MOREMI NATIONALPARK

Von Maun aus geht es zunächst über Schotterpisten in Richtung Moremi Nationalpark. Dieser annähernd 5.000 km² große Teil des Okavango-Deltas steht unter Naturschutz und macht mehr als ein Drittel der Gesamtfläche des Deltas aus. Neben den Feuchtgebieten findet man ebenfalls ausgedehnte Trockenbereiche. Durch das Southgate geht es in den Park. Hier sind wir nicht in einem Streichelzoo, sondern in purer Wildnis, die wir im eigenen Interesse entsprechend der Parkregeln respektieren. Das Fernglas und die Kamera haben wir spätestens hier immer griffbereit. Wir übernachten in einer Campsite außerhalb des Parks.

TAG 10 MOREMI NATIONALPARK

Wir bauen unser letztes Wildniscamp ab und können erneut die Tierwelt im Park erkunden. Bei einer Wildsafari erwarten uns unzählige Tiere, darunter Elefanten, Büffel, Giraffen, Löwen, Flusspferde und Krokodile. Das Delta lässt sich aber auch vom Wasser aus erkunden. Im Boot gleiten wir durch das Wasserlabyrinth des Okavango-Deltas, das größte Binnendelta der Welt. Das Wasser ist teilweise nur kniehoch und lediglich das leise Surren des Bootsmotors durchbricht die Stille. Faszinierende Ausblicke auf Flusspferde und andere Wildtiere werden uns begeistern. Die Nacht verbringen wir in einem luxuriösen Camp im Park.

TAG 11 MOREMI NATIONALPARK – MAUN

Heute verlassen wir das Moremi Game Reserve. Es bleibt jedoch ausreichend Zeit, um die hier ansässige Tierwelt erneut zu erkunden. Ein besonderes Augenmerk liegt auf den unterschiedlichen Vegetationsformen des Parks: Eine dichte Bewaldung wechselt mit rauer Buschsavanne. Je nach Wasserstand im Delta fahren wir nicht nur auf Sandpisten, sondern auch durch einige Furten. Wir verlassen das Moremi Game Reserve und fahren zu unserer letzten Lodge in der Nähe von Maun.

TAG 12 HEIMFLUG UND ANKUNFT IN DEUTSCHLAND

Vormittags bringen wir Sie rechtzeitig zum Flughafen in Maun. Per Inlandsflug beginnen Sie Ihre Rückreise via Johannesburg. Hier wartet Ihr Langstreckenflug nach Frankfurt. Heute heißt es Abschied nehmen! Pisten und Staubwolken liegen hinter uns. Geblieben sind – neben ein paar müden Knochen – viele unvergessliche Eindrücke, die wir als Erinnerung mit nach Hause nehmen.

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TAG 1 WILLKOMMEN IN BOTSWANA (MAUN)

Am frühen Morgen landen wir am internationalen Flughafen Maun, wo Sie von unserem lokalen Land Rover Experience Guide am Flughafen abgeholt werden. Wir fahren gemeinsam zur Lodge, um Sie willkommen zu heißen. Am Nachmittag haben Sie etwas Zeit, sich nach Ihrem langen Flug zu entspannen. Maun ist bekannt als das Tor zum Okavango-Delta und die letzte Station, bevor Sie die Wildnis betreten. Nach einem kompletten Expeditionsbriefing werden wir unser Abendessen am Ufer des Thamalakane Flusses genießen und uns besser kennenlernen.

TAG 2 MOREMI NATURRESERVAT

Ein früher Start in den Tag – Wir brechen ins Moremi Naturreservat auf. Dieser annähernd 5.000 km² große Teil des Okavango-Deltas steht unter Naturschutz und macht mehr als ein Drittel der Gesamtfläche des Deltas aus. Hier machen wir uns auf den Weg zu den Black Pools und auf die Suche nach den Löwen des Okavango. Im Reservat werden wir einer Vielzahl von Wildtieren begegnen, darunter Giraffen, Elefanten, Flusspferde sowie viele verschiedene Antilopenarten. Wir fahren in ein Gebiet um die Xini-Lagune herum, bevor wir zu unserer Campsite in der Botswana Wildnis einkehren. Es gibt nichts Schöneres als in der echten Wildnis zu campen: keine Zäune, nur Ihr Zelt im ursprünglichen Afrika.

TAG 3 OKAVANGO-DELTA

Heute geht es tiefer in den Okavango, unsere Fahrt führt uns nach Norden und tiefer in die Wildnis, um mehr von Afrikas Tierwelt zu entdecken. Je nach Wasserstand halten einige Sand- und Wasserdurchfahrten alle Fahrer auf Trab. Wir übernachten in einer der wunderschönen Lodges des OkavangoDeltas. Bei Ihrem Lieblingsgetränk genießen Sie den Sonnenuntergang.

TAG 4 MOREMI NATURRESERVAT

Heute verlassen wir das Moremi Game Reserve. Bei einer frühmorgendlichen Safari in einem offenen Fahrzeug, haben wir noch einmal die Möglichkeit, die hier ansässige Tierwelt zu erkunden, bevor wir zum Lager zurückkehren. Nach dem Brunch werden wir aus unseren Zimmern auschecken und uns auf die Hauptschotterstraße begeben, die nach Süden und zurück nach Maun führt.

TAG 5 GUMA-LAGUNE

Nach einem großartigen Frühstück geht Ihre Reise weiter, während Sie auf die westliche Seite des Okavango Deltas fahren. Ihre Fahrt führt Sie durch die kleine Stadt Sehitwa und dann nach Norden hinauf zur Lagune Guma. Der letzte Teil der Fahrt führt durch den dichten Sand zu den großen Lagunen des westlichen Okavango-Delta. Nach der Ankunft werden wir das Lager aufstellen und dann den Abend am Lagerfeuer genießen.

TAG 6 BWABWATA NATIONALPARK – POPA FALLS

Nach einem guten Buschfrühstück führt uns unsere Reise zurück durch den dichten Sand zur Hauptstraße und nach Norden hinauf zur namibischen Grenze. Wir besuchen in einer geführten Tour die Tsodilo Hills in Botswana, die geheimnisvolle Heimat der Buschmänner und ihrer uralten Felsmalereien. Nach der Tour genießen Sie ein Mittagessen und dann werden wir den Grenzposten Mohembo passieren und nach Namibia fahren. Einmal über die Grenze führt Sie Ihre Reise durch den Bwabwatwa Nationalpark und zu den Popa Falls am Ufer des Kavango River. In Ihrer Lodge genießen Sie die freie Zeit vor dem Abendessen.

TAG 7 BWABWATA NATIONALPARK – POPA FALLS

Ein ganzer Tag am Ufer des Kavango-Flusses entlang, um den Bwabwato Nationalpark zu erkunden. Die Anzahl von Wild in diesem Bereich des Parks ist atemberaubend. Das Mittagessen wird am Ufer des Kavango-Flusses eingenommen, mit vielen schönen Sehenswürdigkeiten in der Nähe.

TAG 8 KHAUDUM NATIONALPARK

Heute verlassen wir unsere Lodge und stellen uns interessanten Off-Road Passagen in Richtung des Khaudum Nationalparks. Mit seinem extrem dichten Sand und den Sambesi-Teak-Bäumen ist er ein wirklich schöner, wilder und abgelegener Ort. Wir halten an vielen Wasserlöchern und hoffen, dass wir unterwegs viele Wildtiere sehen. In diesem Gebiet befinden sich einige der größten Elefanten Afrikas mit einem Gewicht von bis zu 7 Tonnen. Wir campen auf dem neu renovierten Campingplatz Khaudum. Am Lagerfeuer sitzend, lauschen wir den Geräuschen der afrikanischen Nacht.

TAG 9 TSUMKWE

In Richtung Süden fahren wir heute weiter durch den Khaudum Nationalpark. Sie müssen sich auf dichten Sand und einen harten Fahrtag vorbereiten. Wir werden zahlreiche Wasserlöcher besuchen, und zahlreiche Tiere beobachten. Der Khaudum Nationalpark ist auch berühmt für die sehr seltenen Pferde- und Rappenantilopen. Sobald wir den Nationalpark verlassen haben, ist es eine kurze Fahrt in die Stadt Tsumkwe. Tsumkwe ist die Hauptstadt des Buschmannlandes. Lassen Sie sich nicht davon täuschen. Es ist eine kleine Stadt in einer sehr abgelegenen Gegend. Diese Stadt ist die Heimat des fast vergessenen afrikanischen Stammes der Buschmänner oder San.

TAG 10 OTJITUUO COMMUNAL CONSERVANCY

Die Fahrt führt uns durch das Otjituuo Communal Conservancy und nach Süden zur Hauptschotterstraße, die zum Waterberg Nationalpark führt. Bei der Ankunft in der Lodge in der Nähe des Waterbergs werden Sie nach der Fahrt auf den staubigen Straßen Namibias einen Longdrink genießen.

TAG 11 WATERBERG

Nach einem reichhaltigen Frühstück fahren wir in den Waterberg Nationalpark. Der Waterberg Nationalpark ist einer der wenigen Orte in Namibia außerhalb des Caprivi, wo wir Kaffernbüffel sehen und er ist berühmt für die Rhino-Fahrt, bei der die Gäste fast sicher sein können, ein Nashorn aus nächster Nähe zu sehen. Der Waterberg bietet auch eine herrliche Aussicht auf die umliegenden Ebenen. Nach unserer Safari geht es weiter nach Süden in die Hauptstadt Namibias, Windhoek. Nach der Ankunft in Ihrem Hotel haben Sie etwas freie Zeit, bevor wir uns auf unser Abschlussdinner im Joe’s Beer House, einer Tradition in Windhoek, vorbereiten.

TAG 12 WINDHOEK

Morgens können wir bei einem Stadtbummel durch die Hauptstadt Namibias das Flair der Kolonialzeit erleben. Im Herzen Windhoeks hat sich ein Kuriositätenbasar angesiedelt, der zum ausgedehnten Shopping einlädt. Danach heißt es Abschied nehmen! Pisten und Staubwolken liegen hinter uns. Geblieben sind – neben ein paar müden Knochen – viele unvergessliche Eindrücke, die wir als Erinnerung mit nach Hause nehmen.

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