THIRSTLAND EXPEDITION 14-DAYS NAMIBIA OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
Pioneer Safari
(Tour Code NT)
Starting from NAD22,270

Private departures are possible, subject to vehicle and guide availability.

For Rates and Departure Dates, please contact us.

DAY 1:
Windhoek

Upon arrival at Windhoek International Airport you will be met by your safari guide and road transferred to Olive Grove Guest house for dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 2:
Waterberg Plateau

You will meet your safari guide in the foyer of the Olive Grove Guest House at 08h00. Embark on a beautiful journey through Namibia’s wide open landscape to the Waterberg, stopping en route for a guided tour of the Olive Farm followed by lunch in these tranquil surrounds. Continue towards the Waterberg Plateau Park - renowned for its flamboyant red sandstone formations and lush green vegetation. Home to a large variety of game, plant types and over 240 bird species, the Waterberg is also steeped in history - it was here that the Herero people lost their greatest battle to the German colonial forces at the beginning of the 20th century. Our exclusive campsite provides a shady refuge situated under a canopy of trees. Enjoy a late afternoon walk and sundowners on top of the Waterberg.
DAY 3:
Etosha
After breakfast, continue your journey to our exclusive campsite in the private Fischer’s Pan Game Reserve - adjacent to the eastern edge of Etosha National Park - visiting the San (Bushman) community at Ombili en route. Started as a self-help scheme, guests are invited to visit the community’s local school and craft center. In the afternoon enjoy your first exploratory game drive in Etosha - one of the world’s greatest conservation areas comprising of 22,270 square kilometers. Visit the permanent water holes and viewing points at the vast grey-white Etosha Pan, which covers 4,590 square kilometers of the park.
DAY 4:
Etosha

Depart on an early game drive into Etosha to further explore the eastern side of the park, where numerous water-holes and subterranean springs attract large herds of animals - including springbok, zebra, gnu, giraffe, kudu and elephant. Excellent game viewing occurs when prides of lions dominate the water resources. Depending on game sightings and movements, you will spend the day in the park stopping for a delicious picnic lunch at one of the rest camps.
DAY 5:
Etosha
Depart from our private campsite and travel westwards into the park, stopping en route for lunch at one of the rest camps. A full days’ game drive will afford you the opportunity to visit several permanent water holes. You will arrive at Okakuejo in time for sundowners, and accommodation is in the rest camp chalets. After dinner, spend time at the floodlit water hole watching a variety of species quenching their thirst.
DAY 6, 7, & 8:
Damaraland
After breakfast, continue to northern Damaraland, which has a significant population of lion, elephant, leopard, large antelope, giraffe, Hartmann’s Mountain zebra, and the last free ranging black rhino population in the world. Discover this truly unique area for the next two days, searching for hidden water-holes and camping in its wild and untouched landscapes. You will also have the opportunity to explore the ancient volcanic landscape on foot. Continue to the area between the Huab and Ugab rivers, where you will again be camping in the wild. Visit the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein - ancient works of art attributed to the San (Bushmen) - and explore seasonal riverbeds with the possibility of encountering several species of game including the elusive desert-adapted elephant. This area marks the southern limit of Damaraland.
DAY 9 & 10:
Swakopmund
No safari in Namibia is complete without a visit to the quaint coastal town of Swakopmund. Travel from the unique landscape of Damaraland to the coast where you will visit the Cape Cross seal colony. It is here that the Portuguese explorer Diego Cao first set foot on Namibian soil in 1486. Continue southwards to Swakopmund where you will spend two nights at the Strand Hotel - conveniently situated near the beach and within walking distance of the museum and shops. Enjoy some of the town’s existing optional activities such as quad biking, camel riding, dune boarding, and the morning dolphin cruise which leaves from Walvis Bay and travels around Pelican Point.
DAY 11, 12 &13:
Namib Naukluft
Continue to the Namib Naukluft, Namibia’s largest National Park. Here you will experience a variety of landscapes and ecosystems ranging from Sossusvlei’s massive sand dunes to vast quartzite gravel plains, and the rugged Naukluft Mountains along the eastern edge of the desert. Visit the awe-inspiring dunes of Sossusvlei. These dunes are the highest in the world, many of them exceeding 300 meters in height. Spend the afternoon climbing and exploring these fascinating dunes and pans before leaving the area for our exclusive campsite in the Naukluft Mountains. The Naukluft Mountains offer a surprising contrast to the surrounding area. Enjoy a 4 x 4 excursion up to the plateau, followed by a hiking trail to the quiver tree gorge. This is the biggest fountain gorge in the Naukluft range and has many rock pools to cool of in. Your hike ends back at the campsite, and an optional late afternoon activity is horse riding at a nearby guest farm.
DAY 14:
Safari Terminates
After a leisurely breakfast you will return to Windhoek where your safari terminates in the late afternoon.