FRIday 11 november-sunday 20 November 2022
Blistering emptiness, immense vast landscapes and eye-catching natural beauty; that is Namibia. Travel to Wonderland Namibia, the place where your soul can breathe again.
Day 1 – friday 11 november 2022:
Welcome in Wonderland Namibia!
Today you arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek. Welcome to Wonderland Namibia! Welcome to the Soul Safari Retreat ‘Extraordinary Namibia’! After a warm greeting at the airport, we depart northwards with our guides and jeeps to Okonjima Nature Reserve. We install ourselves in the ‘View Rooms’ of Okonjima Plains Camp. As the name of the rooms suggests, we can enjoy magnificent views of the grassy plains that are home to animal grazers. Oryxes, zebras, giraffes, dik-diks, wildebeest & impalas are loyal visitors. We get to know the Soul Safari Ladies during the welcome lunch and leave soon afterwards for our first fantastic safari adventure in the African bush in search of leopards! Nature offers no guarantees, not even at Okonjima, but the odds of spotting leopards here are exceptionally high. We end the day with a delicious apéro during a stunning sunset. We return to the lodge, freshen up and enjoy a delicious dinner in ‘The Barn’. Will you spot the nocturnal visitors at the waterhole?
Day 2 – Saturday 12 November 2022:
Wild things you make our hearts sing
As the rising sun paints the sky in streaks of pink and citrus colours, we board the jeeps for an encounter with cheetahs in their habitat. Afterwards, we visit the AfriCat Visitor Centre and learn more about the conservation and animal welfare of large carnivores and endangered big cats in Namibia, as well as the many rescue and release programs the foundation runs and supports. In the last 17 years, AfriCat has rescued more than 1000 predators and more than 85% have been released back into the wild. After a special morning, we enjoy brunch at the lodge. We will freshen up ourselves, put our travel bags in the jeeps and travel on to Etosha National Park. A fact: Okonjima means ‘place of the baboons’ in Herero. You can bet that the leopards and cheetahs made an unforgettable impression, much more so than the naughty baboons. In the afternoon we arrive at Etosha Safari Lodge, situated on the south side of the national park. The lodge opens the doors to the mystery and magic of Etosha, ‘Place of Legends’. We stay in cosy chalets, they are lovingly integrated into nature. We will have a nice lunch and then it’s YOU time! Relax & take in the beautiful surroundings by the pool or on your terrace with savannah views. We meet again for a sundowner overlooking the waterhole where rhinos are regularly spotted. A sundowner? This is a word you must remember before you leave on a Soul Safari Retreat. Enjoying a refreshing gin & tonic, wine or beer with tasty snacks and admiring a breathtaking sunset together with the Soul Safari Ladies. We will warm ourselves around the campfire and make plans for the next day, more safari adventures await us in Etosha National Park. We feast on a 4-course dinner and get ready for the night. Nighty night!
Day 3 – zondag 13 november 2022:
Fascinating wildlife in Etosha National Park
Get up early today and have a quick breakfast to discover Namibia’s most wildlife-rich park. There is no park that can be compared to Etosha National Park. The white-grey dust of the Etosha salt pan spreads throughout the park and gives Etosha its special character. Etosha is the largest salt pan in Africa and is even visible from space. The park hosts 114 mammal species and 340 bird species. In the white endless plains, nothing seems to survive, but nothing is less true. Dozens of animals come together to drink at the waterholes, wonderful safari moments guaranteed. Zebras, giraffes and elephants, rhinos and lions, impalas and oryxes, hyenas and honey badgers, all at the same waterhole, YES this is Etosha! Pinch yourself, picture perfect moments! We picnic at Okaukuejo rest camp and the special waterhole where herds of elephants come to quench their thirst. After a day full of safari adventures, we arrive back at Etosha Safari Lodge just before sunset. Treat yourself to an appetizer, enjoy a refreshing shower and have a delicious dinner. Sweet safari dreams!
Day 4 – monday 14 November 2022:
Ultimate freedom & absolute silence
After breakfast we travel off the beaten track to Damaraland! We continue our route and cross rough terrain to reach Grootberg Lodge in the early afternoon, our home for the next two nights. Along the way we enjoy wildlife sightings and take in the vastness of the landscape. You’ll feel like you’re on the moon… We also get an insight into the life of the Himba people, a proud semi-nomadic tribe who manage to adapt as little as possible to Western civilization and are one of the last nomadic tribes in Africa. Immerse yourself in their way of life, which is so far removed from ours.Women with ochre skin and hair stiff with goat fat show you their village. The Himba women protect themselves from the sun with a mixture of goat fat, ochre and herbs. This gives their skin the typical red-brown colour. Settle into your tent, refresh yourself in the rock pool, sip a cold drink and feel the ultimate freedom and absolute silence. In the late afternoon we enjoy the mighty play of colours during a sundowner, when the sun slowly disappears behind the horizon and colours Damaraland in beautiful golden, red and pink hues.The warm ‘safari magician team’ of Grootberg Lodge ensures a perfect stay. We are treated to delicious food and drinks in the most fantastic setting. Damaraland is characterised by displays of colour and by magnificent table topped mountains, impressive giant rock formations and bizarre looking vegetation. The landscape has been shaped by erosion and wind, water and geological forces that have formed rolling hills, dunes, gravel plains and river terraces. The beauty and serenity of Damaraland will reward and amaze you, giving one an authentic understanding of the word ‘wilderness’. Become silent and enjoy the vast phenomenal landscapes. Your ‘wildest’ expectations will be exceeded.
Day 5 – dinsdag 15 November 2022:
Desert rhinos & elephants
Today we will explore the scenic splendour of rugged rough calm Damaraland with our professional guides by jeep. We leave early in the morning for a nature drive through the fascinating landscapes in search of unique animals that have adapted to the harsh and dry desert environment. We spot giraffes, oryxes, springboks, ostriches … and the very rare desert elephants and the highly endangered black rhinos. We will identify the rhino tracks and follow them during an exciting safari. Safari moments that you will remember forever! Damaraland is the place in Africa where the black rhino is increasing in numbers due to the absence of humans and conservation projects. Afterwards we return to Grootberg Lodge for a freshly prepared brunch and enjoy some relaxing time during the heat of the day. Enjoy YOUR time! Swimming & lounging in the stunning landscapes of Damaraland is a treat. After a day full of exciting wildlife encounters we have dinner under the stars. Good night!
Day 6 – wednesday 16 november 2022:
From endless empty landscapes to
the Wild Atlantic Ocean
Today we will drive all the way through Damaraland to reach the cool coast of the Atlantic Ocean. We will stop in Twyfelfontein to discover the ancient rock art and engravings of the San (Bushmen). Along the way, we’ll find self-service stalls selling the precious stones and minerals found in the region around Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain. Himba & Herero families also sell their souvenirs in roadside stalls. The ideal way to learn more about these special cultures. The Himba are semi-nomadic people who still live in traditional ways. To protect themselves against the sun, the Himba women apply a mixture of goat fat, ochre and herbs. This gives their skin its typical red-brown colour. The Herero people also have a nomadic background. The only difference between the two cultures is that the Herero have adapted to the wishes of the German colonists more than 100 years ago. The Herero ladies were asked to dress in a Victorian style of clothing. The ‘special’ hats on their heads refer to the horns of the cattle. The style of the dresses is still passed on from generation to generation. Our guides will choose a nice scenic spot en-route for a scrumptious picnic lunch. Enjoy a cheese & cold meat platter, some breads, a salad, a meat dish, small quiches or wraps. Near the town of Henties Bay, we continue south to see the rusting remains of the Zeila shipwreck. Now home to roosting cormorants and other seabirds. The combination of dense fog, unpredictable currents and choppy ocean caused many shipwrecks. An ominous reminder of why this stretch of beach is known as the Skeleton Coast, ships sticking up from the sea or sand dunes like figurative skeletons. We arrive in the early afternoon in the coastal town of Swakopmund, nestled between the desert and the ocean. Swakopmund breathes out a typically German atmosphere through its colonial architecture with half-timbered houses. Swakopmund is a nice place to stay after days in the remote but dazzling nature of Damaraland. We will stay in The Delight, a lovely boutique hotel. You will be surprised by the thoughtful touches in the beautifully decorated rooms. Then we set off to Swakopmund’s best restaurant, The Tug. Fine dining in a boat with ocean views, yummy (sea)food & drinks situated at the jetty of Swakop. Have a tasty evening!
Day 7 – thursday 17 november 2022:
Adventure capital Swakopmund
After breakfast, we drive to the harbour town of Walvis Bay. We cruise on the tarmac road with high sand dunes and palm trees lined up on our left and the misty Atlantic Ocean on our right. We pass the lagoon of Walvis Bay and the salt mines of Pelican Point. Photos can be taken along the way of posing pink flamingos, large groups of pelicans and other seabirds. Once on the beach, the kayaks are ready for an enjoyable sea kayaking trip. We search for happy playing sea lions and admire their funny acrobatic tricks. Out of curiosity, they often come right up to your kayak. We spend two hours on the water and then enjoy a nice double breakfast of fresh rolls, coffee and tea. After kayaking, we drive with our jeeps to Sandwich Harbour for a sensational 4X4 jeep tour through the unique landscape of giant sand dunes that run into the ocean. The desert meets the ocean! Enjoy the many amazing viewpoints, climb or run from the high dunes, see a jackal trotting across the beach or admire a jumping dolphin just off the coast. The excursion takes us to the typical fauna and flora of the area. Animals that have developed ways to adapt to the desert include the black-backed jackal, the mist beetle, the dancing spider (‘white lady of the Namib’), the golden mole, the palmato gecko, the springbok, the oryx, the brown hyena and the ostrich. The Nara plant is endemic to the central Namib Desert and has adapted well to the desert: its root can reach more than 15 metres into the ground to reach water sources. Our guide selects a nice spot on top of a high dune or on the beach and serves a selection of oysters and snacks with bubbles, beers and cool drinks. In the late afternoon we return to Swakopmund and freshen up for a cosy dinner at Kucki’s Pub which is known for its extensive menu that includes hearty German dishes, fresh seafood and mouth-watering grilled dishes. Something for everyone! Fancy an apple strudel for dessert, no problem ordering one here. You will be served in fluent German.
Day 8 – friday 18 November 2022:
oldtimers & apple pie in the namibian sea of sand
After a delicious breakfast, we say goodbye to The Delight and travel further with our minibus. The drive from Swakopmund to Sossusvlei is a unique route winding through the Namib Desert. We make photo stops at two highlights. The first is at the Tropic of Cancer sign. Then we continue our road trip to photo stop number two, Namibia’s coolest petrol station with photogenic oldtimers and apple pie in Solitaire. Upon arrival, we have lunch at Desert Homestead Lodge, our base for the next two nights. The lodge is situated against a beautiful backdrop of rugged mountains and vast grassy plains. Endless dune vistas await us. A landscape that has remained unchanged for a million years. Enjoy rolling dancing dunes majestic dunes in beautiful terracotta colours that reach up to a clear blue sky. Namibia is a desert wonderland! Settle into your rustic cosy cottage, open the large windows and enjoy an endless view of an impossibly beautiful desert landscape. Refresh yourself in the swimming pool, take a refreshing shower, enjoy your terrace with amazing views or if you prefer to stretch your legs for a short walk, the time is yours! In the late afternoon we set off on a sundowner dune drive. We discover the petrified dunes, the red dunes on top of the plateau and the many wonders of the Namib Desert. Our driver knows how to find a perfect spot for a breathtaking sunset. Raise your glass to the end of a wonderful day and enjoy a lovely dinner. Stare at the night sky with thousands of shimmering stars. Nighty night!
Day 9 – saturday 19 November 2022:
on safari in sossusvlei & deadvlei
Today you will wake up early to explore the oldest desert in the world. At sunrise, we enter the gateway of Africa’s largest national park. You will experience magical moments when the soft light colours the dunes and the shadows cast their shapes and their curves on the sea of dunes. The sun and shadow side seem to represent two separate worlds. We learn about the origins of the Namib Desert and the countless fascinating creatures and plants that have adapted to survive in this harsh environment. The wind creates the highest sand dunes, some of which rise more than 350 metres above the desert and are among the highest in the world. Enjoy the sound of silence, the warm wind waves and the stunning beauty of the desert. Empty and endless. Ancient and adventurous. Climb Big Daddy or Big Mamma, both one of the highest sand dunes on our planet; or Dune 45, the most photographed dune in the world because of its specific shape. The dune lies 45 kilometres from the Sesriem gate and reflects the splendour of the Namib Desert. We visit Deadvlei and the hidden and raw beauty of silhouettes of dead trees. A surreal, impressionistic and desolate landscape against the warm orange sand dunes. The dry, cracked earth is also fascinating to see. We explore the Namib Desert, which means ‘great open plain’ and enjoy a leisurely picnic breakfast in the shade of a camel thorn tree. On the panoramic route back to Desert Homestead Lodge, we stop at the Sesriem Canyon. We take a short walk through the deep canyon and admire the rock formations. In the afternoon we arrive back at the lodge for lunch. Enjoy YOU time at the lodge or explore the desert landscapes around the lodge on an e-bike. Enjoy an enchanting sunset with all its pink, orange and golden hues. Africa warms your heart and the simplicity of Mother Nature will move you. Enjoy a delicious dinner. The Namib Desert is one of the darkest places on earth, with virtually no air pollution. Admire the different galaxies and the Milky Way with your naked eye. Enjoy the nightly silence that whispers in your ear.
Day 10 – zondag 20 november 2022:
Goodbye land of contrasts & beauty
We head back to Windhoek after the emptiness, immense open landscapes and eye-catching natural beauty of the Namibian desert. We cross the Great Escarpment and the picturesque Khomas Hochland. Upon arrival in Windhoek, we enjoy a farewell lunch in The Stellenbosch Wine Bar. Afterwards, we visit Penduka, a social enterprise and training centre for disadvantaged women in Namibia. We learn more about the programs that this remarkable organisation for women runs and we shop for the last beautiful souvenirs to bring home. We contribute to the empowerment of women in Namibia. Do good, feel good! We say goodbye to our guide, who have shown us the beauty of Namibia with an incredible amount of passion, enthusiasm, pride, humour and an inexhaustible knowledge. Extraordinary Namibia, the Soul Safari Retreat comes to an end. A life-enriching unique and authentic journey that will leave a deep impression. Safari chic: wildlife spectacle combined with an overwhelming beauty of spectacular landscapes and gems of safari lodges. For photography fanatics Namibia is the place to be. A fantastic setting of light & colours, sun & sand, breathtaking landscapes and a wealth of animals. Relax, unwind, breathe deeply & recharge in exceptionally beautiful Namibia. Sometimes you feel on the moon, sometimes on Mars. The land of contrasts and beauty that leaves you speechless. Namibia will conquer your heart and enchant your soul!
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Soul Safari Retreat ‘Extraordinary Namibia’
9 night in a shared double room with twin beds (2 separate beds)
I believe that sharing a room creates extra friendship. This works perfectly & I provide friendly guidelines.
1 night in Okonjima Plains Camp, Okonjima Nature Reserve
- 2 nights in Etosha Safari Lodge, close to Etosha National Park
2 nights in Grootberg Lodge, Damaraland
2 nights in The Delight, Swakopmund
2 night in Desert Homestead Lodge, Namib Desert
Arrival & departure transfers
9 ontbijten, 10 lunches en 9 diners
Water tap available on our 15-seater minibus
Excursions and activities as described
All park & conservation fees
Local English speaking guide during the whole trip, who will be happy to share her knowledge & passion with you. We will experience a wonderful carefree journey in the comfort of our group and the expertise of our guide. The transfers will be done by a 15-seater minibus. I am working with Akilanga (based in Johannesburg). This is an established and reliable tour operator that offers fantastic travel experiences in Southern Africa.
Safari Sophie as your host, Africa lover & enthusiast before, during and after the Souls Safari Retreat.
Extensive information package upon booking, including background information about Namibia, tips & tricks, interesting facts & a detailed packing list.
Whatsapp group to keep in touch
E-meet up before departure to get to know the Soul Safari Tribe + pre departure meeting
Printed travel itinerary & program upon arrival
My signature do-goodie bag, made & filled with local love from conscious brands
International flights to & from Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport
Travel & medical insurance (required!)
Medications, and/or vaccinations or Covid testing (please contact your personal doctor)
Medications, and/or vaccinations or Covid testing (please contact your GP for suitable advice)
All warm & cold drinks: coffee, tea, waters, soft & alcoholische dranken (except welcome drinks, drinks during breakfast & sundowners)
Tips for guides/drivers (at your discretion)
Optional payable activities (balloon safari & scenic flight Namib Desert)
Services not mentioned in the program
Important note: Travelling to and in Africa requires a flexible attitude & an open mind. The travel program, the choice of accommodation and the activities have been composed as detailed as possible, but can be changed before the start or on location, depending on the situation and availabilities.
€ 3330 per person
30% deposit to secure your spot
Remaining balance is due 6 weeks before departure
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