The Best of O&L – Namibia – 8 nights
The Etosha Pan and the area that would later come to be known as Etosha National Park was first discovered by Europeans in 1851, when explorers Charles Andersson and Francis Galton came to the wild region in the company of Ovambo traders. Etosha can be loosely translated as “Great White Place” in the Ovambo language.
The Etosha Pan is a vast, bare, open expanse of shimmering green and white that covers around 4,800km², almost a quarter of the beautiful Etosha National Park. At 130 km’s long and up to 50km’s wide in places, it is comfortably the largest salt pan in Africa and is the park’s most distinctive and dramatic feature, visible even from space. The pan was originally a lake but over time the earth’s climate forced the rivers that once fed the lake to change course and flow into the Atlantic Ocean. If one were to try find where the lake once lay today, only the dry baked alkaline clay marks would give you a clue.
One thing Swakopmund isn’t is boring. It’s Namibia’s most popular holiday destination, and there are myriad attractions for enjoying the great climate including surfing, fishing, lolling around on the beach and finding ways to terrify yourself – it’s the adventure sports capital of Namibia.
Some find it soothing, others weird….. The people of Swakopmund are a quirky mix of German-Namibian residents and overseas German tourists, who feel right at home with the town’s pervasive Gemütlichkeit, a distinctively German appreciation of comfort and hospitality. With its seaside promenades, half-timbered homes and colonial-era buildings, it seems that only the wind-blown sand and the palm trees distinguish Swakop from holiday towns along Germany’s North Sea and Baltic coasts.
Day 1: Windhoek – Midgard
On arrival at the Windhoek International Airport you will proceed to collect your hire vehicle (not included) and self drive to your first over night accommodation, approx. 1hr drive.
At Midgard Country Estate we invite our guests to enjoy the tranquility, while marveling at the pioneering German Settler spirit which gave birth to it all. “Midgard”, a word found in Old Norse, Middle English and High German languages, has varying meanings, but is popularly thought to mean “A paradise where the earth rises again, fertile and green, creating a protected world and a safe empire for the people”.Namibia’s capital city, Windhoek
Midgard Country Estate – Bed and Breakfast
Day 2 – 4: Etosha
This morning after a hearty Africa breakfast, you depart Midgard country estate and make your way North to the Etosha National Park approx. 5 hour drive.
Upon arrival, guests are welcomed by a cool, green, tropical oasis. Charming thatched buildings throughout the Hotel garden and two sparkling pools nestled among the vast indigenous gardens, give credence to the name “Mokuti”, which in Ovambo means “In the forest”. At Mokuti Etosha Lodge your accommodation is being spread throughout our forest and gardens.
Mokuti Etosha Lodge promises you a warm Namibian welcome, and a stay during which you will be hosted in a relaxed, uncomplicated manner.
As the closest lodge to Etosha National Park, Mokuti is only four minutes drive from the eastern Von Lindequist Gate near the historical Namutoni Fort and is located on its own private 4.000 hectare nature reserve, which shares a common border with this fascinating wildlife reserve.
Mokuti Etosha Lodge – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast (Incl. 3 x Etosha Game drives during stay – incl. entrance fee)
Day 5: Midgard
After a leisurely breakfast, this morning your depart from Etosha and over night at Midgard Country Estate
Midgard Country Estate – Bed and Breakfast
Day 6 – 8: Swakopmund
This morning you travel 4 hrs in a Westerly direction towards the coast and on to Swakopmund.
Arriving at the Strand is a dramatic experience as one passes through its 13m high and 9m wide Ocean View Atrium which travels right through the Hotel offering sea views at either end. Off this Atrium Lobby is Reception, consisting of three individual desks and an inviting open fireplace which rounds off the residential feel and warm welcome.
Uniquely located on the iconic and historic Swakopmund Mole and surrounded on three sides by the Southern Atlantic Ocean its 125 Rooms and Suites will offer the finest uninterrupted sea views available anywhere in this quaint historic town.
Its architectural inspiration finds its roots deep in Namibian German history and reflects this in a tasteful contemporary manner. The interiors are residential in nature, and the brief to all designers involved was to create a non-hotel, hotel.
One as charming and welcoming as the town it is located in. Simply very warm and comfortable, and as they say in German: “gemu¨tlich” providing a genuine “sense-of-place” atmosphere adding to any Namibian visit.
Strand Hotel Swakopmund – Bed and Breakfast
Day 9: Depart Windhoek
After breakfast enjoy your last bit of sight seeing as you make your way (approx. 4hrs) back to Windhoek International Airport where you can connect with your regional or international scheduled departure.
Why not stay for an extra night? A chance to experience the ‘other side’ of the Victoria Falls. Perhaps ‘Walk with Lions’, ride an elephant, enjoy a game drive or bungee jump? Canoe along the Zambezi or photograph the Falls from a helicopter? Ask about a range of options.
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