13 days guided Lodge Safari through the North of Namibia

 12 Night / 13 Day Guided Lodge Safari through Namibia  

Namibia is certainly one of the most fascinating countries in Southern Africa. When on safari through its unique landscapes, you experience the vastness and solitude of Namibia. In addition to the picturesque Kalahari, Namib Desert, Swakopmund and Etosha National Park, Namibia offers great hospitality, very good value for money and excellent cuisine. It is an interesting and varied travel destination combining the country’s German colonial history with wildlife, spectacular landscapes and friendly people. A guided safari is certainly the perfect alternative to a self-drive tour in Namibia.   

Day 1 | Windhoek, Namibia

Distance approx. 50 km; driving time approx. 1 h 

Upon your arrival at Windhoek International Airport, you will be picked up by a driver and taken to the Casa Piccolo. After check-in you will have some time to freshen up before meeting your guide and leaving on a short city tour through Windhoek. There is plenty to see and explore such as the Christ Church, Tintenpalast (House of Parliament) and Alte Feste (Old Fort). In the evening, you will go for dinner at Joe’s Beerhouse (optional) before returning to the Casa Piccolo where you will spend the night.


Day 2 | Windhoek, Namibia - Kalahari, Namibia

Distance approx. 300 km; driving time approx. 4-5 h 

After a quick safari briefing and after your luggage has been stored safely in the vehicle, you will leave Windhoek and travel southwards via Rehoboth in the direction of Mariental. The destination for the day is Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, a farm situated in the imposing red sand dunes of the southern Kalahari. Enjoy the peace of the desert, relax and take in the endless views of the dunes. The next morning, we encourage you to join a ‘Bush Walk’ where you will learn more about the flora and fauna found in the area (optional and not included in the tour price).


Breakfast | Dinner 

Day 3 | Kalahari, Namibia - Namib Desert, Namibia

Distance approx. 450 km; driving time approx. 5-6 h 

After a leisurely breakfast you head in the direction of Sesriem via Mariental and Maltahöhe. Sesriem is the gateway to see the shifting sand dunes of the Namib Desert at Sossusvlei. In the afternoon you will have time to relax at the Desert Homestead Lodge or to explore the property on foot. There are the options of booking a sunset horse-ride or drive. Dinner is a 3-course affair…


Breakfast | Dinner 

Day 4 | Namib Desert, Namibia - Rostock Ritz, Namibia

Distance approx. 250 km; driving time approx. 3-4 h 

At sunrise the gates of the Namib Naukluft Park open and you make your way into the Sossusvlei area. If you are early and fit enough you can even climb one of the dunes and enjoy the impressive view of the entire landscape. You will drive with the 4x4 vehicle to the Sossusvlei, which is a dry clay pan that only fills with water in years with a lot of rain. Thereafter you will continue to the Sesriem Canyon, formed by the Tsauchab River over millions of years. The destination of the day is Rostock Ritz Desert Lodge. Relax at the lodge, visit the resident meerkat colony or explore the walking trails of Rostock Ritz (optional).


Breakfast | Dinner 

Day 5 | Rostock Ritz, Namibia - Swakopmund, Namibia

Distance approx. 250 km; driving time approx. 3 h 

Today’s journey takes you to Swakopmund. This town is still home to many descendants of the late colonists and state officials of the German colonial era. Beautiful old German colonial buildings, cafés where you can enjoy not only the German hospitality, but also famous German cakes are found in the town centre. In the evening you will try one of the many restaurants Swakopmund has to offer (own expense) – do not miss the seafood! You will stay for two nights at Swakopmund Guesthouse, just five minutes’ walk from the Atlantic Ocean.



Day 6 | Swakopmund, Namibia - Cape Cross, Namibia

Distance approx. 250 km; driving time approx. 3 h 

After breakfast you have the morning free. Take a stroll through town, book a quad bike tour, a catamaran trip or a desert safari to follow the footsteps of the "Little Five" (all optional). In the afternoon you meet up with your guide and drive to the seal colony at Cape Cross. After a visit to the Diaz Cross you will drive back to Swakopmund where you will enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants (own expense).


Day 7 | Swakopmund, Namibia - Erongo Mountains, Namibia

Distance approx. 250 km; driving time approx. 3 h

Today you leave the Atlantic seaboard and travel inland. You will visit the 700 million years old Spitzkoppe; its granite dome-like peaks (1730 metres) can be seen from a distance. From here you continue to the Erongo Mountains. Your destination is Erongo Wilderness Lodge. The small luxury lodge is situated in a secluded valley with granite boulders – a dramatic backdrop. Relax in your room built on stilts with breath-taking views or join one of the guided tours (optional). See wildlife on a guided game drive, visit bushman rock art sites or go on a guided walk to discover this unique ecosystem.


Breakfast | Dinner 

Day 8 | Erongo Mountains, Namibia – Grootberg Pass, Namibia

Distance approx. 500 km; driving time approx. 6-7 h 

A long day is ahead of you, so getting an early start is needed. You travel past the Brandberg Mountain, Namibia’s highest mountain with a height of 2580 metres, to the Petrified Forest. Here you will stop to explore the 260 million year old fossilized tree trunks. Afterwards you visit the famous rock engravings and paintings of Twyfelfontein. You continue your journey to the Grootberg Lodge which is situated at the top of a plateau and offers spectacular views over the Klip River Valley. Dinner and overnight at Grootberg Lodge. www.grootberg.com

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 9 | Grootberg, Namibia - Elephant Tracking

Distance depending on choice of route

After an early morning breakfast you will leave the lodge with a guide and tracker in search of the rare desert elephants, which are known to be slightly smaller in comparison to the elephants found in Etosha. During the hike you will enjoy the unique landscape of Damaraland and learn more about the local people and their living conditions. With a bit of luck, you might see desert-adapted elephant and even black rhinos. In the afternoon you will return to Grootberg Lodge where you will have dinner and spend another night.

Breakfast | Dinner 

Day 10 | Grootberg, Namibia - Etosha National Park, Namibia

Distance approx. 350 km; driving time approx. 4-5 h (excl. game drives) 

Today’s journey takes you to the Etosha National Park, which was founded in 1907 and is one of the most famous national parks in Southern Africa. You will spend most of your time game viewing around the waterholes where elephants, rhinos, giraffes and different species of antelope come to drink. With a bit of luck you might even be able to spot lions and leopards. To experience nocturnal animals, join a night game drive with a park ranger (optional) or wait for animals that come to drink at the camp’s floodlit waterhole. Dinner will be for your account at the camp’s restaurant. You will overnight in a chalet at Okaukuejo Camp.



Day 11 | Etosha National Park, Namiba - Mushara Bush Camp, Namibia

Distance depending on choice of route 

After sunrise and a hearty breakfast you get ready for more game viewing. You drive along the vast salt pan that covers almost a quarter of the entire park and is Etosha’s most distinctive and dramatic feature. You will be able to spot herds of impalas, gnus, oryx and zebras that traverse the Etosha National Park. In the evening you exit the park at the Van Lindequist Gate and make your way to the Mushara Bush Camp where you will overnight in a permanent luxury tent with en-suite bathroom.


Breakfast | Dinner 

Day 12 | Etosha National Park, Namibia - Waterberg, Namibia

Distance approx. 400 km; driving time approx. 5-6 h 

After a leisurely breakfast you leave the camp and drive to Otjiwarongo. On your way you will pass the deep Lake Otjikoto, where German soldiers sank their weapons during the First World War. Close to Grootfontein you will see the Hoba meteorite, the largest known intact meteorite in the world. In the afternoon, you will arrive at the private nature reserve Waterberg Wilderness where you will spend the night at Waterberg Plateau Lodge. Relax at the lodge and enjoy the surroundings, take a walk along one of the well-marked trails or join a rhino drive (all optional).


Breakfast | Dinner 

Day 13 | Waterberg, Namibia - Windhoek, Namibia

Distance approx. 300 km; driving time approx. 4 h 

Today’s journey takes you back to the starting point of your tour, Windhoek. On the way there you can stop in Okahandja to buy some hand-carved souvenirs, baskets and jewellery at the big handcraft market. You will be dropped off at the airport or at a lodge of your choice in Windhoek.


Note | Our guided safaris depart with a minimum of two and a maximum of six guests. A window seat for each guest is guaranteed. In order to design your own tailor-made safari through Namibia, please contact the Gondwana Tours & Safaris team. 


  • Guided lodge safari as per the itinerary
  • Transport in a 4x4 safari vehicle
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • 12 nights’ accommodation in guesthouses, chalets, bungalows and lodges as indicated in the itinerary (depending on availability, accommodation of a similar standard will be booked)
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • All national park fees 


  • Flights (international & domestic)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Beverages (alcohol and soft drinks)
  • Optional activities
  • Visa, tips, personal expenses, travel insurance



Country : Namibia

From : from NAM$ 38.250 per person sharing (prices change as per season slightly)

Duration : 12 nights

Valid for Travel: 1.1-31.12.2017

Featured Benefits: explore Namibias North in the comfort of a guided tour