Join the Women's Travel Club on this complete Namibia experience covering both the northern and southern highlights in depth, leaving you with a very real sense of this spectacular, vast and intriguing country. Few countries in Africa can match Namibia's sheer natural beauty. The country's name comes from it's oldest desert, the Namib. There are few more stirring desert realms on the planet, from the sand sea and perfect dead-tree valleys at Sossusvlei to the otherworldliness of sand dunes plunging down to the sea at the Skeleton Coast.
Arrive to Windhoek. Upon arrival at the airport today you will be met by a local guide and transfer to your hotel. Transfer to the hotel for a check-in and refresh before departure on a Windhoek City Tour with Katutura Township visit.
Windhoek is Namibia’s capital, home to an international airport and a plethora of restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and accommodation options. The city is clean, safe and well-organised, with a colonial legacy that is reflected in its many German eateries and shops, and the widespread use of the German language. Windhoek has an interesting mix of historical architecture and modern buildings, many of which are worth a look, including the Alte Feste (Old Fort), the 1896 Christuskirche (Christ Church), and the more contemporary Supreme Court.
Next we visit Penduka and Hope Village. Penduka is a sustainable local community project which provides work for about 499 women. Penduka gives out interest free loans and helps women getting loans for their study, driving licenses or to buy a house. The project educates women in crafts, design, hospitality, health risks like tuberculosis or HIV AIDS, and in management skills. It also assists mothers with school fees for their children if they can’t afford themselves and promotes respect, self-confidence and empowerment.
Currently Hope Village is the home to 85 children, and 14 of these children are under the age of 4 years. Hope Village gives loving, caring homes for abandoned and orphaned, vulnerable children infected and/or affected with HIV/AIDS. In these homes their basic needs for food, protection and accommodation are met. Moreover, the equally important needs for love, affection, and security are also shared on a daily basis. The aim is for each child to reach their full potential on an educational, psychological, emotional and physical level.
This evening at dinner we will be joined by a representative of Future Females Project. Future Females is a movement to inspire more female entrepreneurs, and better support their success. They provide a platform digitally, physically and emotionally where women can connect, inspire and collaborate with each other, and access the resources they need to succeed.
Accommodations: Windhoek Luxury Suites
Leaving Windhoek, we travel into the largest sand mass on Earth, the Kalahari Desert. The Kalahari is a vast semi desert of wind-blown sand held by a sparse mantle of thorn scrub making it the largest continuous stretch of sand covering 9 African countries. Unlike other true deserts, the Kalahari does receive erratic rainfall.
For many therefor “thirstland” is a more fitting description. Lacking permanent surface water, the Kalahari is a challenging place to live except for those who have adapted to not only survive but flourish here. The Bushmen refer to it as the “Soul of the World”, an emotive description for this area! With its deep red sand dunes and endless grass plains interspersed with acacia’s and shrubs, it is still home to a surprising large amount of specially adapted wildlife. Enjoy the opportunity to experience the red dunes, wildlife and plants, in this desert environment on an optional nature drive.
Kiripotib, a typical Namibian Guestfarm in the Kalahari. Claudia is the creative soul of the farm, she emphasizes and supports Namibian handcraft. In the weaving mill, you can watch local artists create unique carpets with wool from Namibian Karakul sheep. The raw material is carded, washed, dyed and spun by Claudia and her excellent team. Being a professional goldsmith, Claudia also makes her own jewellery in the farm workshop. In the farm gallery, you will find a tasteful selection of the unique carpets and jewelry created on the farm as well as hand-picked African art and decor.
After Check-In we will depart on a nature drive out into the desert. On the drive you will meet zebras, springbok, oryx, hartebeest, blesbok, kudus, warthogs, great bustards and many more. As another special highlight we also offer a guided tour of the daily feeding of our cheetahs. A Gin & Tonic from a local namibian distillery will be served at a scenic spot at sunset.
Dinner at the Guestfarm is always a special affair.
After breakfast and before departing to the Namib Desert, the ladies can visit the farm workshop and the weaving mill. The Namib is the world’s oldest desert, and although it stretches along the entire length of Namibia’s coastline, the Namib commonly refers to the vast sea of sand from Luderitz to Swakopmund. For a big sandy desert the scenery is remarkably varied, with the giant red dunes of Sossusvlei being the most famous part.
Because of how old it is the Namib is home to numerous species that don’t occur elsewhere and although no humans live in the desert an amazing array of flora and fauna manages to survive here. Famous species include the Welwitschia – a living fossil plant, endemic chameleons, fur seals along the coast, brown hyenas, jackals and remarkably one of Africa’s largest antelope the Gemsbok. The name Namib is of Nama origin and means "vast place" and vast it certainly is.
On arrival at Sossusvlei Lodge, there will be ample time to relax and take in the beautiful scenery surrounding the Lodge. The Lodge is famous for its barbecue dinner, served outside under the starts if the weather permits. Tonight will be an early night as the departure to the dunes will take place before sunrise tomorrow.
Accommodations: Sossusvlei Lodge
Departure on a Sossusvlei guided excursion in the early morning. At sunrise you reach the entrance gate of the Sossusvlei. You stop in the heart of the Sossusvlei and take a walk into the dramatically scenic “Dead Vlei”. The 'vlei' itself only fills after rare heavy rainfall when, in a complete turn-around, it becomes a spectacular turquoise lake.
The highlight of your Sossusvlei excursion is the view from atop the dunes! "Big Daddy", one of the world's tallest dunes, can be climbed for incredible views of Dead Vlei below and the entire area for miles. Aside from the spectacular scenery and geological fascinations at Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon, the area is ideal for observing some of the dune life for which the Namib is so well known. Geologists believe that this magnificent desert, that covers most of the Namib Naukluft National Park, is the oldest desert in the world. The older the dune the brighter the colour from slow iron oxidisation and a zillion tiny fragments of garnets. These dunes refract spectacular colours with the changing light and turn from burnt orange through reds to deepest mauve.
At the foot of the dunes, a beautiful continental breakfast is served, before the tour proceeds to the Sesriem Canyon.
Another early start for an unforgettable and most beautiful experience, a Balloon Safari over the Sossusvlei area is the ultimate treat to yourself. Take off and drift across this magic landscape at Sunrise towards an unknown destination... After an unforgettable one- hour flight, an Out of Africa Champagne Breakfast awaits you where you land. But before you get back to your original destination, one more surprise awaits you. Depending on where you land, a lovely nature drive takes you back to the take-off point.
Transfer via the scenic route leading past Kuiseb Canyon and Ghaub pass to the coastal town of Swakopmund. Our hotel is situated right at the edge of the ocean and within walking distance to the beach, the colonial city centre and many restaurants and bars.
Dinner tonight is at The Tug Restaurant which is popular amongst both tourists and locals in Namibia and has a reputation for providing delicious meals in a setting which creates and unforgettable ambience. Seating is available both indoors or outdoors on the terrace overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the historic Swakopmund Jetty.
Accommodations: Strand Hotel
In the morning departure for a Catamaran Cruise in Walvis Bay. This cruise is captained by Carol-Ann Möller, one of the few women in this male domain. The Catamaran takes guests on a scenic and informative trip through the harbour and across to Pelican Point. Along the way schools of dolphins usually escort and play alongside the boats.
The boat stops at the large seal colony off Pelican Point and one can usually witness some large male seals jumping on board the boat for some entertainment. To round off the trip fresh Walvis Bay oysters, snacks, and cold sparkling wine are served on board the boat. Beer and soft drinks are also included.
In the afternoon your guide will take you on a walk back in time to discover the history of Swakopmund.
In the early evening, the group will meet local ladies for an African cooking course and learn how to make African dishes. This will not only add new ideas to everyone’s recipe books but give great insights into the local culture. A relaxed evening where friendships are made! Accommodations: Strand Hotel
About 90 kilometers west of Khorixas in the Damaraland lies Twyfelfontein, one of the richest sites of rock engravings in the world. Over 2500 petroglyphs were counted. Engraved on a series of polished sandstone slabs, the engravings represent a series of animal or animal tracks, including game and cattle, as well as domesticated animals. The drawings are very recognizable and assigned to the San (Bushmen).
One does not agree on age. Treasures range between 2,000 and 10,000 years. In 1952 the valley of Twyfelfontein was declared a National Monument. UNESCO denies its belief in the World Heritage. A circular walk leads visitors to the eight most beautiful stone slabs.
Twyfelfontein is a World Heritage Site boasting one of the richest rock art concentrations in Africa. Thousands of tourists come to this site each year to view some 2, 500 Stone Age rock engravings. The area is home to 17 rock art sites, which collectively encompass 212 engraved stone slabs. There are an additional 13 sites displaying rock paintings. The guided tour is conducted by a female Damara guide. The ladies from the villages nearby have been trained to uplift their families and community by generating income. They are mostly the main bread winner in a large family. Accommodations: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge
Opuwo, meaning 'the end' in Herero, lies in the north western Kunene region of Namibia. It serves as the capital of the region and is known as the gateway to the magnificent Epupa Falls. The surrounding landscape is characterised by low-lying hills, and vast dry desert plains inhabited by a wealth of desert-adapted wildlife.
It serves as the central hub for the Himba culture. The town provides a perfect base for visitors wishing to explore the Kaokoland area and visit the local villages of the itinerant Himba people. The town and the Opuwo surrounding area is known as one of the cultural highlights of a trip to Namibia as it features an incredibly rich cultural heritage.
The Himba, one of the last tribes in Namibia still attempting to preserve and live their customs and traditions. The challenge of how to let a bronze age culture survive in our modern world without people living in museums is not a simple task. This proud nation, especially the regal women may just be up to this task. Their appearance is not accidental, each aspect either having practical reasons or represent age or status.
The daily life explained on your visit is fascinating, each facet reflected in their striking appearance. But beware, your visit may not be a one-sided affair, you too could be asked questions, your answers and their reactions will give you a greater understanding of who the Himba are.
Accommodations: Opuwo Country Lodge
Etosha is one of Africa’s great wildlife parks and Namibia’s prime wilderness conservation area. Spanning a vast 22,300 square kilometres (8,610 square miles), it consists mostly of grassy plains around a huge salt pan, which becomes a beautiful lake after heavy rains and attracts large flocks of pink candy-floss-coloured flamingo.
Transfer to Etosha National Park and check-in at Hobatere Lodge.
The afternoon is available for relaxation and watching wildlife at the Lodges own waterhole.
The Khoadi //Hoas Conservancy which Hobatere manages stands proudly as an international case study of how conservation efforts can be successful and sustainable in the long run. By visiting this part of the world and enjoying all it has to offer, you are contributing to the long-term sustainability of the area, it’s animals and the people. Hobatere Lodge is 100% owned by the conservancy, all proceeds go back to the community.
Departure for a full day safari drive. From desert to savannah to woodlands, Etosha's landscape is varied and jam-packed with wildlife. It's defining and, at 5000 square kilometres, its largest feature is the Etosha Pan which for most of the year is a bleak expanse of white; shimmering with mirages and the distant shapes of animals seeking the vital water found on the fringes of the pan.
The many natural springs scattered throughout Etosha attract a cross section of African wildlife from the diminutive – and endemic – Damara Dik Dik to the magnificent elephant. Of the 114 mammal species found in the park, several are rare and endangered, such as the black rhino and black faced impala while big cats such as lion, cheetah and leopard are all present and on the hunt!
Halfway between Etosha and Windhoek lies the well-known Okonjima Nature Reserve. The 22 000 ha Nature Reserve is surrounded by 96 km of fence and was finally completed in 2010.
Okonjima is home to AFRICAT, a Carnivore Conservation, which gives the captive carnivores a second chance to be released back into the wild and to take the time it needs, to become a completely independent hunter - in a protected area right in the middle of commercial farmland! Also in the Reserve is a 2000 ha 'safe' zone around Plains Camp, Bush Camp, Bush Suite, the Omboroko Campsite as well as the PAWS Environmental Education Centre.
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Double Occupancy - $8329 CAD per person (sharing a room) - approx. $6700 USD
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With its lush green gardens and lavish designer rooms, Windhoek Luxury Suites offers luxury and tranquillity in the heart of the Namibian capital. Styled with luxurious amenities and exquisitely decorated, the comfortable rooms open to a beautifully maintained private garden. The wood-decked pool area is great for relaxing and soaking up the Namibian sun, while a refreshing dip in the pool is essential for those hot summer months.
Barely a stone’s throw away, three restaurants will wow you with a range of mouthwatering dishes and some of the best fine dining in Windhoek. All rooms are air-conditioned, equipped with comfortable bedding, flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi as well as a private bathroom and garden area with sun terrace.
The Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge is aptly named as it finds itself between two sand dunes in an area peppered with Camelthorn trees which are endemic to this region. The 12 rondavel-style thatched huts are sparsely set against a backdrop of red dune sands, yellow grasses, piercing blue skies and the greens and browns of the wide-spread Camelthorn and Acacia trees. The 12 rooms are smaller than those at Zebra lodge but are styled the same way with crisp white linen on comfortable beds. The San-inspired décor compliments this stylish yet rustic style. The en-suite bathrooms are fitted with a large shower, air conditioning and a tea and coffee station.
Situated at the Entrance Gate to the Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei Lodge offers direct access to the towering red sand dunes, the famous pan of Sossusvlei, the scorched black trees of Dead Vlei and the remarkable depths of the Sesriem Canyon.
The 45 individual luxurious accommodation units at Sossusvlei Lodge are carefully laid out to perfectly blend in with the magnificent surrounding natural environment. Each fully air-conditioned unit has a patio, en-suite bathroom with shower and a spacious bedroom under canvas with adobe-style plaster walls to give the visitor a distinctive sense of being close to nature.
Experience the true art of Hospitality with the thoughtful touch of attentive staff to contribute to a truly memorable experience. Facilities include a sparkling pool, bar, beer garden and an al fresco terrace where one can enjoy exquisite food, award-winning wines and magnificent views of the floodlit waterhole.
The Strand Hotel Swakopmund is located directly on the mole (promenade) in Swakopmund, surrounded on three sides by the Atlantic Ocean, with direct access to the main beach in town.
On the fourth side it will back up to the town’s beautiful central park, through which it is a short five minute walk to the historic centre of this charming, German, Victorian era colonial seaside town, with all its shops, cafés, restaurants and bars.
With its extensive, unique and creatively entertaining restaurants, bars, deli, lobby-lounge, sea facing terraces and shops, set on this historic and iconic site, is a destination in itself for all visitors to and residents of Swakopmund. Its architectural inspiration finds its roots deep in Namibian German colonial history and reflects this in a tasteful contemporary manner. Every aspect of the Strand Hotel Swakopmund is being developed according to international four-star standards.
The Lodge is situated in the heart of the Twyfelfontein Uibasen Conservancy and boast 56 en-suite twin rooms, reception, lounge, curio shop, open dining room, bar and swimming pool. In construction utmost care was taken to reduce the visual impact on the environment and to blend into the mountainside with the use of thatch roofs, natural stone and paint colors toning in with the surrounding rock formations.
The Opuwo Country Lodge is situated on a hilltop with breath-taking views overlooking a valley, offering a 360° view and. magnificent sunset. Discover the culture of Namibia’s indigenous nomadic Ovahimba people. Situated on a hill just outside Opuwo, the Lodge offers great views of Opuwo and surrounding areas, and photographic opportunities of magnificent sunset and sunrises.
The name Hobatere means “Find me”, and once you do, you will enjoy a warm welcome and personalized service. Hobatere Lodge is located 80 km north of Kamanjab on the western border of the Etosha National park, situated in a concession area of 32 000 ha, which is home to a wide selection of game including Lion, Leopard, Oryx, Eland, Cheetah, Giraffe, Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra and Elephant. The Lodge also have a hide overlooking a nearby waterhole and a sundeck with panoramic views, which is floodlit for part of the night.
Not only is Okonjima a luxury lodge, but it is also home to The AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organisation, committed to long-term conservation of Namibia's large carnivores, especially cheetahs and leopards. A visit to Okonjima will give you an opportunity to witness some of AfriCat's work. OKONJIMA’S LUXURY BUSH CAMP is situated on the edge of a wilderness area. Each EXCLUSIVE chalet enjoys complete privacy and is a combination of earthy, ochre walls and khaki-green canvas, under a thatched roof.