- 12 Days from$3,442 p/p in USD
- DeparturesYear Round
Guided, Large Group, Small Group
Namibia offers space, silence and the chance to really get away from it all, and is not usually associated with fine wines! However, this safari gives you a unique opportunity to see what the wine in Namibia is all about and involves wine tasting! This wine tour goes where no wine tour has gone before and will be tasting the undiscovered – give it a go! Wine is one of the most amazing ways to understand and experience a new culture. A cliché, but true, Namibia is a country of contrasts. From its people to the environment, the diversity found in this country is quite surprising for a land mostly made up of desert and with a population below three million. Yet, this mix of characteristics is the reason why more than a million people visit Namibia annually. And why not experience this remarkable country through its wine on this unique safari, as well as its amazing wildlife and scenic beauty.
- Safari types:Cultural Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
- You will visit:Etosha National Park, Damaraland, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Sossusvlei, Sesriem Canyon
- Wildlife:Birds, Antelope, Oryx/Gemsbok, Black-faced Impala, Zebra, Hyena, Cheetah, Leopard, Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Jackal, Warthog, Springbok, Ostrich, Red Hartebeest, Damara Dik Dik, Kudu, Honey Badger, Wildebeest, Dolphin, Cape Fur Seal
- Activities:Game Drive, Boat Cruise, Nature Walk, Sightseeing Tour, Wine Tasting, Culinary Experience
- Getting around:Transfer Vehicle, 4x4 Vehicle
- Start/end:Start/end in Windhoek
Price Per Person – EURO
From EURO 3,190 per person
- 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 10 dinners
- Airport meet and greet
- Professional English guide from day 1 to day 12
- Bottles of mineral water available during the transfers
- Transport, fuel and insurance all included
- Wine Visits and Wine Tasting
- Visit of Cheetah Conservation Fund
- Two Full Day Game Drives in Etosha
- Boat Cruise
- Quad Bike
- Visit of Dead Vlei and Sossusvlei
- Windhoek City Tour
- International flights
- Drinks (soft and alcohol) in lodges and restaurants
- Tips for guides, driver, lodge staff
- Personal expenses
- Covid-19 test
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Day by Day Overview
Meet your Namibian host at the airport who will transfer you to Okahandja, the Namibian capital of dry meat (biltong) production. Continue to Otjiwarongo, situated in central-north Namibia on the TransNamib railway. It is the largest business centre for the Otjozondjupa Region and is located on the B1 road with links between Windhoek, the Golden Triangle of Otavi, Tsumeb and Grootfontein and Etosha National Park.
Overnight: Hadassa Guesthouse
After breakfast, depart to the Cheetah Conservation Fund and check in for a cheetah visit and cheetah feeding. Have lunch on the farm before departing to Otavi. On arrival check in at Thonningii Cellar in Otavi and enjoy a wine visit with wine tasting.
Thonningii’s Cellar’s specialty is syrah, the grape best-suited to the Otavi valley climate. They’ve also managed some colombard and viognier that they use for a white wine and we sample from the ‘barrel’. They have recently planted vines of Barbera, Verdhelo, Mourvèdre and Tannat. Whether any of those will prove successful remains to be seen. Total production typically ranges between 2,000 and 3,000 liters although they’re hoping for 5,000 next year.
Breakfast then leave for Tsumeb for another experience in our journey. Visit a winery in Tsumeb for wine tasting and lunch followed by our departure to Etosha National Park. Check in at our lodge and relax a little before we set off on our first game drive in Etosha.
Etosha National Park is unique in Africa with its salt pan so large it can be seen from space. There is abundant wildlife that congregates around waterholes, giving you almost guaranteed game sightings. At the same time Etosha National Park is one of Africa’s most successful conversation stories and one of the most accessible game reserves in Namibia and Southern Africa.
Dinner and overnight: Mushara Lodge
Enjoy a full day of game drives in Etosha National Park and explore the bush looking for wildlife and birds and taking in the scenic beauty. The animals are often best seen as they gather around waterholes to drink.
Dinner and overnight: Mushara Lodge
After breakfast we leave for another game drive in Etosha before having lunch and departing for Omaruru. Omaruru is a small town situated between Otjiwarongo and Karibib in the Erongo Region, near Erongo mountain, on the usually dry Omaruru River. The name in the local Otjiherero language means ‘bitter milk’, as the cattle used to browse on a local bush that turned their milk bitter. Omaruru is known for its annual festival where the Herero people commemorate their past local chiefs.
Dinner and overnight: The Erongo Wild Lodge
Have breakfast then leave Omaruru and visit the Kristal Killerie Winery. With the Omaruru River sometimes flowing nearby, Kristal Kellerei, just outside the town of Omaruru, manages to produce 6,000 liters of wine each year. After time in stainless steel tanks, this winds up in 12,000 500ml bottles. If water supply permits, they hope to eventually increase to 30,000 liters/year. The winery was started in 1990 and the current owners took it over in 2008. Over the years, they’ve tried to grow shiraz and merlot without luck so these days focus on one red and one white.
Have lunch with wine tasting then head back to Omaruru for a visit to the town. Afterwards depart for Omaruru Mountain Winery where you enjoy wine tasting and dinner. Omaruru Mountain Winery is situated along the Omaruru River at 1200m above sea level and surrounded by the beautiful rugged mountains of the Erongo region. This trailblazing and innovative boutique winery is pioneering the Namibian wine industry, carving out its legacy in the arid dry granite rock.
Dinner and overnight: The Erongo Wild Lodge
Breakfast then we depart for Swakopmund, with a visit en route to Uiba-Oas Crystal Market, which is situated at the Spitzkoppe turnoff along the B2 between Usakos and Swakopmund. For over a decade the market consisted of only a few stands run by hardy, small-scale miners until in September 2010 it was endorsed and inaugurated as a proper facility by the Namibian Government in conjunction with the European Union and the Rossing Foundation. You’ll find an impressive collection of semi-precious stones, crystals and minerals at this market. Many people believe that crystals have healing powers. Whether or not you agree, they’re always a pretty sight, especially when the light passes through them.
On arrival check in at Swakopmund Sand Hotel followed by free time to walk around the town and the beach. Lunch is at your own expense. Swakopmund is a coastal town with its rich history and beautiful Wilhelmine architecture. It’s a popular destination for holidays for both local and international visitors. Tonight’s dinner at own expense.
Overnight: Strand Hotel
After breakfast we leave for Walvis Bay for our morning activity, a boat cruise along the beautiful Namibia coast. Learn about the amazing riches of the Atlantic Ocean and see an abundance of bird and mammal life up close as well as delight in the sea air and the oysters you are served. Along the Namibia coastline bottlenose and heavy side dolphins, cape fur seals, mola molas, penguins, leatherback turtles and whales (July-November) are frequently sighted.
Stop at Walvis Bay Lagoon, which is known as a sanctuary for marine birds and has gained the Ramsor recognition from the international bird committee. The lagoon is also known to accommodate the two types of flamingo found in the world, the lesser and greater flamingo, year round. In the afternoon experience the sheer thrill of riding a quad bike through Namibia’s boundless expanse of shifting sand dunes. After the engines are revved up and ready to roll, an experienced guide will lead you through the Swakopmund River mouth into the dune belt. Feel the freedom of riding through one of nature’s great wildernesses. As the towering dunes approach, we weave our way through the smaller ones towards the ‘Amphitheater’.
Overnight: Swakopmund Sand Hotel
Depart for the Namib Desert after breakfast. Stop to see the welwitschia plant, a monotypic gymnosperm genus, comprising solely the distinctive welwitschia mirabilis, endemic to the Namib desert within Namibia and Angola. The plant is commonly known simply as welwitschia in English, but the name tree tumbo is also used as well as kharos. Welwitschia is the only living genus of the family Welwitschiaceae and order Welwitschiaceae in the division Gnetophyta, which contains three genera altogether. Informal sources commonly refer to the plant as a ‘living fossil’.
Lunch at Solitaire and continue our route to Sesriem, a small settlement in the Namib Desert, close to the southern end of the Naukluft Mountains. It is especially known because the Sesriem gate is the main access point to the Namib-Naukluft National Park for visitors entering the park to visit Sossusvlei.
Dinner and overnight: Sossusvlei Lodge
At 06:00 leave for Sossusvlei, Deadvlei and for those feeling strong a climb up Big Daddy dune. Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park. The name ‘Sossusvlei’ is often used in an extended meaning to refer to the surrounding area, which is one of the major visitor attractions of Namibia. Deadvlei is a white clay pan located near the more famous salt pan of Sossusvlei. Also written Deadvlei or Dead Vlei, its name means ‘dead marsh’. The pan also is referred to as ‘Dooie Vlei’ which is the Afrikaans name.
Enjoy lunch at Sossusvlei Lodge and time to relax from the heat of the desert. At 16:30 depart for Sesriem Canyon, located approximately 4.5 km from the entrance gate of the Namib-Naukluft National Park. The Tsauchab River has shaped the canyon over millions of years and it is one of the few places in the area that holds water all year round. The early Afrikaans explorers in the region named the canyon after the fact that they had to use six (“ses”) leather straps (“riem”) tied together to create a rope long enough to lower buckets into the canyon below in order to fetch water. There are parking facilities so that visitors can park their vehicles and take a walk through the canyon. The canyon is narrow at places, however, it is worth exploring due to the stunning rock formations that will captivate your attention.
Dinner and overnight: Sossusvlei Lodge
Breakfast then we depart for Neuras Winery where you enjoy a visit to the winery and wine tasting. The farm is on one of Namibia driest territories and is fed by five natural springs allowing vines to grow. Founded in 1996, Neuras is now owned by N/a’an ku se Foundation, a land and wildlife conservation foundation. Neuras produces approximately 3,000 bottles each year of wine and half are shiraz and the other are what they label Namib Red, a blend of shiraz, merlot and petit verdot, both are aged for 10 months in French oak before bottling. The shiraz is one of the lightest, easy-drinking wines. Enjoy lunch at Neuras.
Depart for Windhoek via Rehoboth and check in at our lodge. GocheGanas offers its guests the unique experience of enjoying a combination of hospitality, wellness, wildlife and nature, all working together to compliment a sense of well-being. The tranquil surroundings, stunning landscapes and glimpses of herds of game beckons guests to enjoy the variety of activities on offer, ranging from outdoor activities such as walks and guided game drives to relaxing in the comfort of the Wellness Village.
Dinner and overnight: Gocheganas Lodge
After breakfast we depart to Windhoek for a city tour with a tour guide. Visit the National Museum and Lutheran church in the city centre as well as take a walk along Independence Avenue to witness life of the city. Windhoek is the capital of Namibia located in the country’s central highlands. South of the city, the sprawling Heroes’ Acre war memorial commemorates Namibia’s 1990 independence. On a hilltop in the city center are the 1890s Alte Feste, a former military headquarters with historical exhibits together with Independence Memorial Museum. Colonial influences are visible in nearby buildings like the sandstone Lutheran Christus Church. After the tour there’s a short transfer to the airport for your flight back home.