An Adventure In Namibia

It is quite crazy to think that I have just returned from an adventure in Namibia that only went into planning about six months ago.

To provide some context, I received the following mail a few months back from the guest I recently hosted on this private guided safari in Namibia;

"Hi Michael,

So lovely following along all the Mana Pools updates!  No rush in responding, as I know you're very busy on tour and with spotty connectivity, but I'm looking ahead to 2022 for travels - "just do it" right - haha.  It's amazing how soon things start booking up a year in advance.  I'm interested in Mana Pools, especially because I love the small group atmosphere of safari, but I'd say higher on my list right now are Namibia and the Okavango Delta. I'm not seeing a Wild Eye tour that fits both of those at the moment, so I'm curious about exploring a private itinerary.

Logistics-wise, is it possible to do Namibia and Okavango in one trip? (I'm open to other areas in Botswana, but with priority on Okavango -- I've only visited Chobe and never Namibia).  I'd be looking at 12-15 days, give or take.  

What's the best time of year for those places? I am flexible in late April and most of May 2022 and then all of August and early September 2022.  

Look forward to hearing your expert feedback!

Chat soon!"

Kristi Tonn

My response was a long one providing all the ins and out. I will not add that here, saving you time but the gist of it was me recommending that Kristi visits the two destinations separately. The main reason for this is because to get the most of an adventure in Namibia, one would need to spend a lot more than just a week in this incredibly diverse country.

One thing lead to another and before we knew it we were in a 4x4 vehicle touring through the oldest desert in the world!

This was a tour unlike any other Wild Eye Safari. Self drive, self catering, camping…

With that said, I’d like to take the opportunity to thank the incredible logistics team we have in the office. You guys/girls absolutely rock!

I only have a few days back in Johannesburg. Scrambling to get ready for my two upcoming safaris - Best of Uganda which is shortly followed by The Best of Iceland in Summer all while trying to rest a bit, I decided that I need to get a short trip report out because the beautiful country of Namibia is just so worth it!

As I do not have much time, I will not be writing too much about what we got up to and will let some images below do the talking for me. In saying that, I do wish I had the time to write about this experience. How I would’ve done this, I have no idea… who am I kidding, I will never be able to do it any justice.

All I’ll say about it is that the country is so much more than you would ever expect it to be!

If unimaginable diversity, incredible experiences, raw natural beauty, soul fueling moments, great people, were a country - Namibia!

I can assure you that an adventure in Namibia is nothing close to what you’d expect it to be… it’ll be so much better!!!

Our itinerary

Accommodation

Destination

Start

End

Basis

Room Type

Duration

The Windhoek Luxury Suites

Windhoek

3 May

5 May

B&B

2x Single Room

2 Nights

Sesriem Oshana Campsite

Sesriem

5 May

7 May

SC

2x Camping

2 Nights

Little Kulala

Sossusvlei

7 May

8 May

FI

2x Single Room

1 Night

Beach Lodge Swakopmund

Swakopmund

8 May

10 May

B&B

2x Single Room

2 Nights

Spitzkoppe Tented Camp and Campsites

Spitzkoppe

10 May

11 May

SC

2x Camping

1 Night

Madisa Camp

Twyfelfontein

11 May

13 May

D,B&B

2x Single Room

2 Nights

Namutoni Campsite

Etosha East

13 May

14 May

SC

2x Camping

1 Night

Ongava Tented Camp

Ongava Private Game Reserve

14 May

15 May

FI

2x Single Room

1 Night

Ongava Tented Camp

Ongava Private Game Reserve

15 May

16 May

FI

2x Single Room

1 Night

The Windhoek Luxury Suites

Windhoek

16 May

17 May

B&B

2x Single Room

1 Night

Image Galleries

Windhoek

Spending two nights in the capital was a good way to settle in, meet some locals, stock up on road trip supplies and also to enjoy some local food/drinks and sites.

An Adventure In Namibia - Michael Laubscher - Wild Eye - Namibia - Private Safari
An Adventure In Namibia - Michael Laubscher - Wild Eye - Namibia - Private Safari

Swakopmund

The two nights spent in this coastal city is what I think surprised me most. Having visited and backed by my research, it safe to say that Swakopmund is the most beautiful and interesting town in the country. It's definitely worth including it in your Namibia road trip itinerary. There are many amazing things to do in Swakopmund from observing incredible landscapes/wildlife from a helicopter, to skydiving over the oldest desert/Atlantic Ocean, exploring the beautiful historical town and tasting local craft beer as well as some of the best seafood ever!

An Adventure In Namibia - Michael Laubscher - Wild Eye - Namibia - Private Safari
An Adventure In Namibia - Michael Laubscher - Wild Eye - Namibia - Private Safari

Spitzkoppe

An astrophotographers dream!!! The Spitzkoppe is a group of bald granite peaks or inselbergs that are more than 120 million years old and the highest outcrop rises about 1,728 metres above sea level. The peaks stand out dramatically from the flat surrounding plains, making for some incredible photography and hiking. Oh and if you visit, be sure to spend time at the impressive natural arch between campsite 5 and 7.

Madisa Damaraland

This two night stop over was purely to enjoy some R&R as well as spending a day tracking down the dessert adapted elephant. Research was done prior to the trio but Madisa Camp setup was a pleasant surprise. Nestled in the heart of Namibia’s north-western region known as Damaraland, surrounded by ever-changing landscapes and desert adapted wildlife, making it the perfect escape for nature lovers. Dwarfed by massive rock formations and ancient Mopane Trees, this safari camp embraces its rugged environment perfectly. The majestic Desert Elephants that call the area home, regularly move through the camp to reach sources of water and food, truly making Madisa an oasis for all.

Etosha National Park

There is a really great feeling that comes along with driving around one of the largest national parks in Africa by yourself. Our focus here was to maximise time at the various water holes within the park where hundreds of animals congregate but to also enjoy the tranquility of the eye level hides at Ongava Private Game reserve which borders Etosha.

All the above sums up what was an incredible two weeks touring through Namibia. It ended where it all started - Windhoek. We were lucky enough to meet up with Andrew Beck and his two guests (who are currently on an adventure in Namibia) for a dinner at the best known restaurant in Namibia- Joe’s Beerhouse.

I’ll end with this, over the past 15 years, Namibia has been a bucket list destination. I have done a lot of research, looked at all the images and non of this did the experience any justice.

This country will only be truly understood once experienced!

Get yourself there! It is so worth it!

And as always, feel free to reach out at any time if you have any questions and I'll happily assist in answering them.

Michael Laubscher

Lets Get You To Namibia

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