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Nepal Private

Nepal Private

DURATION

8 DAYS

WHEN

Feb – Mar 

DESTINATION

Nepal

TYPE

PRIVATE 

Nepal Expedition

Nepal is a vibrant piece of Asia, with soaring ice-capped mountains shimmering with rainbows of prayer flags and the hectic streets of Kathmandu a never-ending flurry of honking mopeds, chattering sellers, and flashy advertising. If there is such a thing as a hiker’s heaven, this is it. Nepal’s mountainous Himalayan region offers world-class trekking landscapes ranging from the lush Annapurna to the imposing Everest, as well as hundreds of undulating pathways that have been traveled for centuries.

Nepal is a delightfully complicated garden of over a hundred different ethnic groups and has a plethora of distinct traditions. Though trekking is a popular tourist attraction in Nepal, the country’s culture and traditional attractions are equally popular. Some traditions have ancient religious roots, while others are exclusive to a single ethnic group. The Nepalese customs and traditions list is so long and varied that it might fill a whole book.

In this fantastic adventure, we look forward to showcasing some exciting and distinct cultures, traditions, and landscapes in Nepal.

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • Explore the beautiful city of Kathmandu and its amazing stupas.
  • Visit Chitwan National Park in a search for elephants, tigers, leopards, rhinos, and pygmy shrews, the tiniest mammals in the world!
  • Visit Pokhara, Nepal’s second-largest city, and enjoy its picturesque views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, and Manaslu, three of the world’s ten tallest mountains.
  • Hike to the Peace Stupa while having a glimpse of the Annapurna I mountain.
  • Explora Patan, one of the most traditional cities in Nepal.
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner filled with traditional Nepalese food.

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail

-Ralph Waldo Emerson 

QUESTIONS?


If you have any questions, please let us know. We are here to help you!

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 
Arrive in Kathmandu:

On your arrival at the international airport in Kathmandu, and after clearing customs and immigration, an NPE representative will receive and escort you to your hotel.

Kathmandu city has remained unchanged since the Middle Ages. Its valley is famous for its cultural heritage, scenic beauty, beautiful countryside, and pilgrimages to the holiest shrines for Hindus and Buddhists; UNESCO declared seven World Heritage Sites just in the Kathmandu valley.

In the afternoon, you will drive to Boudhanath Stupa, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the spiritual home to the Tibetan exile community in Nepal. It is considered one of the world’s largest and most ancient Buddhist stupas, located on the original trade route leading to Lhasa.

After visiting the Stupa, you will embark on a journey to Shechen Monastery for evening prayers. The late Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche founded this beautiful monastery, famous for its architecture. Most Buddhist monasteries welcome visitors, and entering these atmospheric buildings can be a powerful and evocative experience.

Overnight at Hotel Yak & Yeti

Day 2
Kathmandu

After breakfast, we drive to Swayambhunath, one of the most revered Buddhist Stupas in the world, known as the Monkey Temple, after the tribe of monkeys that inhabit the hills.

After that, you’ll be taken to Bhaktapur, where you’ll learn about the city’s history and vibrant culture. Bhaktapur is Kathmandu’s most well-preserved medieval city and an architectural marvel. Before lunch, you will stop by the Pottery Square to see local artisans at work and try your hand at a traditional local pottery.

Visit the home of Shiva, Pashupatinath, Nepal’s oldest and holiest Hindu temple, in the late afternoon. This sacred Hindu temple is located on the banks of the Bagmati River. The river is essential in Nepalese culture, as rituals revolve around this holy river that feeds into the Ganges. The temple and its courtyard are only open to Hindus. From the eastern bank of the river, visitors can take in the sights and sounds of the temple.

Finally, witness the magnificent Arati, an intricate Hindu lighting ritual done every evening by a Hindu priest after visiting Pashupatinath. The Aarati is performed by priests who take oil lamps and move them in a circular motion, dedicating their performance to the Divine. This ceremony invites everyone to participate and fosters a sense of unity between God and the worshippers.

Overnight at Hotel Yak & Yeti (B, L, D).

Day 3 

Kathmandu to Chitwan

Today you will be driven to Chitwan National Park through the pristine mountain and winding roads. Upon arrival, you will have time to rest, have lunch and relax, enjoying the surroundings.

The Rapti, Reu, and Narayani rivers and other lakes and streams run through Chitwan National Park, providing lifelines for animals and allowing for a diverse floral diversity.

The world’s largest terrestrial mammal, a five-tonne elephant, can be found here beside one of the world’s tiniest mammals, the pygmy shrew, which weighs less than seven grams! Tigers, leopards, sloth bears, gaur, rhinos, wild dogs, porcupines, otters, martens, and shrews are among the 68 mammals documented in Chitwan National Park. Marsh crocodiles (Mugger) and the distinctive long-snouted «Gharial,» a crocodilian species native to the Indian subcontinent, can be seen in abundance in the rivers and oxbow lakes.

Chitwan’s proximity to the Himalayas gives the park a geographical advantage, making it a suitable stopover for winter and summer migratory birds. Great Hornbills, Painted Storks, Pied Kingfishers, and Red Headed Trogons are just a few unusual bird species that can be spotted here.

Overnight at Barahi Jungle Lodge (B, L, D).

Day 4

Chitwan

On this day, you will enjoy safari activities at the park, including wildlife viewing from a Jeep Safari, a Jungle Walk, bird-watching, river safaris, wildlife viewing, and photographing with highly experienced naturalists. A journey into the habitat of the greater one-horned rhinoceros, spotted deer, Hog Deer, Sambar deer, barking deer, and an abundance of flora and fauna.

Get prepared for the rare sightings of a leopard, sloth bear, or even the Royal Bengal Tiger.

Stay overnight at Barahi Jungle Lodge (B, L, D).

Day 5
Chitwan to Pokhara

After breakfast, start the scenic drive to Pokhara, the picturesque lakeside town and Nepal’s second most important tourist destination after Kathmandu, followed by a marvelous stay at the Temple Tree Resort.

Pokhara, Nepal’s second-largest city, lies roughly 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu, the country’s capital. The Kaski District, Gandaki Zone, and Western Development Region have their headquarters here. Pokhara is one of Nepal’s most well-known tourist attractions. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, and Manaslu, three of the world’s ten tallest mountains, are all within 30 miles (linear distance) of the city, providing a spectacular picture of the Himalayas from the city’s northern skyline.

Pokhara serves as a base camp for trekkers attempting the Annapurna Circuit in the ACAP region of the Annapurna ranges in the Himalayas due to its proximity to the Annapurna mountain range.

In the afternoon, visit the Mountain Museum, Bindybasini Temple, Tibetan Camp, Devi’s Fall, and the old bazaar of Pokhara.

Overnight at Temple Tree Resort & Spa. (B, L, D).

Day 6
Pokhara – Peace Pagoda Walk

Hike to the Peace Stupa for about 2 hours, from where you can have panoramic mountain views of the Fishtail, Annapurna ranges, Manaslu, and the Phewa Lake valley (subject to weather). Hike down through the forest and take a boat on Phewa Lake, visiting Barahi Temple, located on a small island in the lake.

Overnight at Temple Tree Resort & Spa (B,L,D).

Day 7
Pokhara – Kathmandu

After having breakfast, transfer to Pokhara airport to connect with a flight to Kathmandu.

Meet upon arrival at Kathmandu airport and proceed for a sightseeing tour of Patan City. Explore the nooks and crannies of Patan Durbar Square and the beautiful Patan Museum, which are housed in restored Malla Era royal residences.

Patan City: Nowhere else can you find such a dense concentration of monuments in such a tiny space as Patan Durbar Square. The 17th-century Krishna Mandir stands alongside the old royal palace, which towers over all others in beauty and magnificence. This shikhara-style tower, which has 21 pinnacles and is entirely made of stone, is dedicated to Lord Krishna, a Hindu savior deity. It’s also known for the unusual stone carvings on its walls, which portray scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata epic wars. 

Afterward, Kathmandu Durbar Square is the epicenter of historic Kathmandu. Explore the ancient temples, palace squares, narrow alleyways, and architectural marvels with our guide while witnessing the local people offering libations and prayers to various gods and goddesses: Walk through the vibrant, charismatic spice market and ancient trading hub Ason.

Farewell, six-course Nepali Dinner in Krishnarpan Restaurant at Dwarika’s Hotel.

Overnight at Yak Yeti (B, L, D).

Day 8
Fly back home

 This morning, you will be transferred to the airport to board your onward flight.

Meals: (B)

Lodgings

Hotel Yak & Yeti

The Druk is centrally located in Thimphu, near the city’s busy business, recreational, and government sites. This unique four-star premium hotel offers a tranquil and stylish retreat. A team dedicated to our visitors’ comfort and satisfaction provides respectful, sincere, and attentive service. The freshly restored rooms at Hotel Druk feature design elements from the Rustic Chic decor, evoking feelings of warmth and repose while still providing guests with modern and innovative amenities.

Barahi Jungle Lodge

In March 2014, Dhensa Resorts opened its first resort in Bhutan’s Punakha valley. This pioneering hotel invites you to retreat and revive your senses in Bhutan’s peaceful and beautiful nature. Dhensa is located in the lush and scenic Punakha Valley, overlooking the Punakha river and hundreds of paddy fields that stair-step down to the valley floor, surrounded by thick pine forests. 

Temple Tree Resort & Spa

RKPO Gangtey Lodge in the Phobjikha Valley offers a pleasant, homey ambiance to experience the surrounding landscape and views, with a magnificent valley overlooking Gangtey Monastery. The secluded RKPO Gangtey Lodge, reached by a long farm road, features only seven deluxe rooms and two suites. Most compact apartments have fantastic views of the Gangtey valley below and are adorned with traditional embellishments.

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Bhutan Private

Bhutan Private

DURATION

12 DAYS

WHEN

Feb – Mar 

DESTINATION

Bhutan

TYPE

PRIVATE 

Bhutan Expedition

Bhutan is an isolated Buddhist country surrounded by the Himalayan peaks, where age-old customs still sway.

Since time immemorial, it has been one of the few countries in the world that enjoy complete independence and sovereignty. Aside from the fact that this region was occupied as early as 2000 BC, little is known about Bhutan’s history due to its isolation from the rest of the globe. However, this abode of Buddhism and spirituality has a fascinating medieval and modern history. 

Explore Bhutan’s rich culture with an NPE Senior guide amid green valleys lined with old fortresses and shrines, learning how everyday living is linked with Mahayana Buddhism. Meet monks, nuns, farmers, and craftspeople; participate in ancient rites, and witness the careful evolution of this small country firsthand.

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • Arrive in Paro, Bhutan’s second most important city, known for its monasteries, museums, and traditions.
  • Visit the giant Buddha statue in Thimpu and the Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan.
  • Stop at Dochu La to visit the 108 stupas built on this 3,150-meter-high pass in honor of the fallen Bhutanese soldiers. 

     

  • Experience the Punakha Drobchen, a colorful and exciting ceremony in close contact with the local people.
  • Explore the majestic Phobjikha valley through forests and ancient villages.
  • Visit the picturesque valley of Bumthang and spend the night with an outstanding view.
  • Visit the Ta Dzong National Museum.

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail

-Ralph Waldo Emerson 

QUESTIONS?


If you have any questions, please let us know. We are here to help you!

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 
Arrive in Paro:

As you exit from the arrival hall of Paro airport, you will be met by your NPE guide and chauffeured to your hotel in Thimphu (1-hour drive). You will do an en-route stop to visit the Tamchogg Lhakhang and marvel at the iron bridge reconstructed using original chain links from the famous Tibetan bridge-builder Thangtong Gyelpo.

Afternoon, you will begin your sightseeing tour of Thimphu. You will make a visit to the National Memorial Chorten. This landmark of Thimphu was built in 1974 in the memory of third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, who is popularly regarded as Father of Modern Bhutan. It is a four-storey tall white building, containing statues and iconography of deities from complex tantric teachings.

Afterward, drive to visit the Motithang Takin Preserve on the edge of the city. The Takin, a large shaggy hoofed mammal, is closely related to the musk ox and is the national animal of Bhutan – so designated due to its prominent place in a popular Bhutanese myth from the 15th century. Drive further upwards towards Sangaygang where will have wonderful views of the Thimphu Valley from the hillside elevated 2685m, high above the town.

Overnight at Hotel Druk  (D).

Day 2
Thimpu

This morning, visit the Buddha Dordenma – a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue. The statue is filled with over one hundred thousand smaller Buddha statues, each of which, like the Buddha Dordenma itself is made of bronze and gilded in gold. 

In the afternoon, drive to visit the National Institute for Zorig Chusum. It is also commonly known as Arts and crafts school or painting school. 

Afterward, visit the Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan. Weaving is an integral component of the culture and tradition of Bhutan.

Overnight at Hotel Druk (B, L, D)

Day 3 

Thimpu to Punakha

After an early breakfast this morning, you will be driven to Punakha. The road climbs steeply through a scenic forest of pine and cedar trees, to Dochu La pass 3,150 m (10,334 ft). The pass offers fantastic panoramic views of the Himalayan Mountain ranges.

Stop on Dochu La to visit the 108 stupas built on this 3,150-metre-high pass in honor of the fallen Bhutanese soldiers.

Before reaching Punakha, stop en route and do a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang (fertility temple) and get transferred to your hotel.

Overnight at Dhensa Boutique Resort (B, L, D).

Day 4

Punakha

Early this morning, drive to visit Punakha Dzong. Constructed in 1637, this was the second of Bhutan’s Dzong and hosted Bhutan’s government for many years. 

Here you will witness Punakha Drubchen. Crowds of people gather in their finest hand woven dress, brightly patterned cloth for which Bhutan is renowned, creating an intensely colorful and exciting atmosphere that had remained unchanged in its traditional purity for centuries. Locals believe that dressing in their finest is another form of offering that could bring them blessings and allow them to please the deities. In return, it will bring them merit, luck, and prosperity.

After this fantastic experience, hike to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten. This three-story Lhakhang was built by Queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon for the protection of the country. It has an impressive view of Punakha valley.

Overnight at Dhensa Boutique Resort (B, L, D).

Day 5
Punakha to Phobjikha

After breakfast and a three-hour drive, we will reach the majestic Phobjikha valley.

In the afternoon, you will be escorted to the Gangtey Goemba (monastery), which enjoys the valley’s prime real estate, on a forested hill overlooking the green expanse of the entire Phobjikha valley. Pema Thinley, the grandson, and reincarnation of Pema Lingpa, founded the Nyingma temple here in 1613. The Goemba is the seat of the 9th reincarnation of the body of the Terton (treasure discoverer) Pema Lingpa.

Then walk along the Gangtey Nature Trail, crossing streams and rhododendron gardens to Sumchubara village. Afterward, you enter the Pine covered forest, which opens at a canopy that affords fabulous views of the valley.

Overnight at RKPO (B, L, D).

Day 6
Phobjikha

After breakfast,  we will start by walking downwards, following the path to the right of the road. The trail will lead you through bush bamboo towards a small cluster of village houses. There are beautifully colored rhododendron forests on both sides of the valley, and in the winter months, yaks graze in the area. Continue straight through the village upwards until you reach the start of the mysterious old-growth rhododendron forest.

Overnight at RKPO (B, L, D).

Day 7
Phobjikha to Bumthang

This morning, you will be driven to Bumthang.

Bumthang is one of the most fascinating valleys in Bhutan, encompassing four major valleys. It is the religious heartland of Bhutan and home to many of the oldest and most sacred monasteries. The valley has plenty of opportunities for day hikes, many involving visit to remote Goembas.

On your way to Bumthang, you will stop at the Chendebji Chorten and visit Trongsa Dzong. Like almost all towns in the Kingdom, this Dzong architecture dominates the entire Trongsa horizon dwarfing the surrounding buildings. Built in 1648, it was the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan. Both the first and second King ruled the country from this ancient seat. Protected from invaders by an impenetrable valley, Trongsa Dzong is an impregnable fortress.

Overnight at Mt. Lodge (B, L, D).

Day 8
Bumthang

After breakfast, you will do a short walk to Jambay Lhakhang. This site was built in the 7th century to subdue the giant demoness who was preventing the spread of Buddhism in Tibet and the Himalayan region. To overcome her, Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo decided to build 108 temples in one day, which would be placed all over her body to pin the ogress to the earth forever and at the same time, to convert Tibetan people to Buddhism.

In the afternoon, visit the Red Panda brewery and Swiss Cheese factory was started in the 1960s by a young Swiss man called Fritz Maurer. He came to live in Bumthang and established a small cheese production, producing Gouda and Emmenthal cheese.
Right next to it is the brewery, the Red Panda, one can witness the process which results in unfiltered Weiss Beer.
Overnight at Mt. Lodge (B, L, D).
Day 9
Bumthang

After an early breakfast, drive towards Tang Valley. On your way there, stop to visit Mebar Tsho (The Burning Lake).

In this lake, the Terton Pema Lingpa, the reincarnation of Padmasambhava, was supposed to have discovered a religious treasure in the 12th century. Mebartsho is not a lake but a
gorge on one of the rivers that run through the Tang valley. This lake is very sacred, and many Bhutanese visits during the auspicious days to offer butter lamps.

Tang is one of the remotest of Bumthang’s valleys and is a 10.5 km drive on an unpaved road from the main highway. The people of this valley raise sheep and, at higher elevations, yaks.

In addition to its beautiful landscapes, the valley also allows visiting 16th-century Naktshang (country manor)/Tang Ugyencholling Palace. Today, the palace functions as a museum to preserve its legacy and provide a place for religious studies, research, and solitude.

We will make a stop for lunch and, later, drive to the village of Bebzur, from where you will go on a hike known as the Bushman trail. From this picturesque village, you will start hiking up for about 30 – 45 minutes, after which is a pleasant and fairly easy hike to Kharchu Dratshang. The walk is through beautiful pine forests and gives you good views of the Pemacholling nunnery and Zangdopelri (Paradise of Ugyen Guru Rinpoche).

Your car will meet you at Kharchu Dratshang and drive you back to the lodge. The entire hike will take about 3 – 4 hours.

Overnight at Mt. Lodge, Bumthang.

Day 10
Bumthang to Paro

This morning, post breakfast, you will take a domestic flight to Paro.

Paro is a historic town with numerous religious sites, and historical structures are sprinkled throughout. Many of Bhutan’s oldest temples and monasteries and the National Museum are located here. Paro is known as one of the most fertile valleys in the kingdom, with terraced fields supplying the majority of the kingdom’s famous red rice.

After lunch, drive to visit the Ta Dzong or the National Museum, where you will find the famous watchtower built to defend Rinpung Dzong during the inter-valley wars of the 17th century. Ta Dzong holds a fascinating art collection, relics, religious paintings, and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps.

Afterward, you will visit a local farmhouse, a traditional village house. A cluster of old-fashioned farmhouses embellishes the Paro valley’s beauty. Bhutanese farmhouses are colorful, decorative, traditionally built without a single nail, and follow the same architectural pattern.

Overnight at Hotel Naksel, Paro.

Day 11
Paro

After breakfast, early this morning, you will take a short drive to the north of Paro Valley to Ramthankha. You will start a hike to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest). The trail climbs through a beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss.

Legend says that Guru Rinpoche, the founder of Buddhism in Bhutan, flew from Eastern Bhutan on a tigress, bringing Buddhist teachings with him, and meditated on this cliff. Taktsang is one of the most revered and sacred of all Buddhist sights worldwide.

This hike takes about 5hrs with a 3,000 feet/900 meters approximate gain in altitude.

Afterward, hike down to meet your driver before returning to the hotel by lunchtime and relax the rest of the day.

Overnight at Hotel Naksel, Paro

Day 12
Fly back home

 

This morning, you will be transferred to the Paro airport to board your onward flight.

Meals: (B)

Lodgings

Hotel Druk

The Druk is centrally located in Thimphu, near the city’s busy business, recreational, and government sites. This unique four-star premium hotel offers a tranquil and stylish retreat. A team dedicated to our visitors’ comfort and satisfaction provides respectful, sincere, and attentive service. The freshly restored rooms at Hotel Druk feature design elements from the Rustic Chic decor, evoking feelings of warmth and repose while still providing guests with modern and innovative amenities.

Dhensa Boutique Resort

In March 2014, Dhensa Resorts opened its first resort in Bhutan’s Punakha valley. This pioneering hotel invites you to retreat and revive your senses in Bhutan’s peaceful and beautiful nature. Dhensa is located in the lush and scenic Punakha Valley, overlooking the Punakha river and hundreds of paddy fields that stair-step down to the valley floor, surrounded by thick pine forests. 

RKPO

RKPO Gangtey Lodge in the Phobjikha Valley offers a pleasant, homey ambiance to experience the surrounding landscape and views, with a magnificent valley overlooking Gangtey Monastery. The secluded RKPO Gangtey Lodge, reached by a long farm road, features only seven deluxe rooms and two suites. Most compact apartments have fantastic views of the Gangtey valley below and are adorned with traditional embellishments.

 Mt. Lodge, Bumthang

Mountain Lodge is located overlooking the majestic Jakar Valley. This family-run resort provides outstanding accommodation to those visiting Bhutan’s depts, and it is the perfect base camp to continue your journey in this beautiful land. Its friendly staff and rooted sense of hospitality will make this resort feel like home throughout your stay.

Hotel Naksel

Naksel Boutique Hotel & SPA is located thirty minutes from Paro’s International Airport. It is a luxurious hideaway where man’s conveniences and nature’s presence mix for a calm respite in Bhutan’s hills. Naksel draws its name from the Dzongkha translation of ‘Forest,’ which only fits this Himalayan sanctuary. It is nestled on the edge of the national forest and the tranquil Ngoba Village. Naksel’s main lodge and surrounding cottages are situated on six acres of the apple orchard at about 2700 meters above sea level. Mount Jumolhari, Taktsang Monastery, Sangachoekhor Monastery, and the Paro valley below are visible from every room, cottage, and suite. Bhutan’s character is embodied by intricate hand-carved pillars and magnificent stonework, while tapered mud-brick walls give insulation and quiet.

Recommended Expeditions

Botswana Private

Botswana Private

DURATION

11 DAYS

PRICING

REQUEST A QUOTE

WHEN

Sept – Oct

DESTINATION

Botswana

TYPE

PRIVATE 

Botswana Expedition

Botswana is considered one of the best African destinations. Landlocked by Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, its location creates unique landscapes and prolific wildlife. Botswana has it all, and here, we can find one of the unique habitats in the world: The Okavango Delta.

The Delta of the Okavango is considered one of the world’s most exclusive wilderness areas. This UNESCO World Heritage Site serves as a backdrop to wild Africa’s magnificent display, offering unrivaled wilderness experiences in a tranquil inland delta. Deep in Africa’s pristine interior, a trip to the Okavango Delta is unlike any other, with enormous wetlands and extensive drylands. Visitors travel through the Delta’s meandering canals, palm- and papyrus-fringed islands, dense woods, lush foliage, and abundant wildlife. All Africa’s big five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and the rare rhino) can be spotted in the Okavango Delta, a truly a once in a live experience.

A visit to Botswana won’t be completed without exploring the Moremi Game Reserve. It is the first reserve in Africa created by locals. Concerned about the imminent extinction of wildlife in their ancestral territories due to unrestricted hunting and cattle invasion, the Batawana people of Ngamiland, led by the late Chief Moremi III’s wife, Mrs. Moremi, declared Moremi a game reserve in 1963. It is the Okavango Delta’s only officially protected area. As a result, it is essential in science, the environment, and conservation. Moremi is still considered one of Africa’s most beautiful reserves, if not of the world.

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • Charter flights over outstanding landscapes
  • Go deep into de Okavango Delta’s environments 
  • Sunset canoeing through the Delta
  • The amazing opportunity to spot Africa’s ‘Big Five’
  • Kanana afternoon and night game drives
  • Explore the Moremi Game Reserve with two game drives a day
  • Stay in the best-located campsites in Botswana

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail

-Ralph Waldo Emerson 

QUESTIONS?


If you have any questions, please let us know. We are here to help you!

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 
Arrive in Johannesburg:

On arrival, you will be met and greeted by an NPE representative at the airport. Our representative will assist you through immigration, baggage collection, customs, and on to your hotel. 

Overnight at Intercontinental Hotel OR Tambo. No Meals

Day 2
Flight Johannesburg to Maun, and Flight to Kanana.

Fly from Johannesburg to Maun. Once you land in Maun, our representatives will help you board the flight to Kanana Airstrip. This afternoon you will enjoy one safari excursion.

Kanana is a luxury safari camp, property of Ker & Downey, an organization that pioneered the luxury safari camp concept back in 1968.

Kanana Safari Camp is a hidden jewel on the Xudum River. It is located southwest of the Okavango Delta. The area encompasses a necklace of islands dotted with palms, figs, ebony, and knob thorn, and is home to a myriad of birds, plants, and animals. The nature of the habitat means it is the perfect place to experience the diversity of species found within the Okavango Delta.

Overnight at Kanana Safari Camp (B, L, D).

Day 3 & 4

The South of the Okavango from Kanana

Today, enjoy the safari activities available at Kanana. They include afternoon & night game drives, bush walks, boat and mokoro excursions, spectacular birding at a nearby heronry, and fishing. The lodge manager and the camp guides will help you plan each day. Enjoy two safari excursions each day.

Overnight at Kanana Safari Camp (B, L, D).

Day 5

To Okuti

Today you will enjoy a beautiful small aircraft flight over the Okavango Kanana to Okuti.

The Maunachira River, which flows right in front of the camp, influences Okuti. Its plentiful birds, fish, and sandy riverbanks remain a tranquil haven. Okuti is nestled in the Moremi Game Reserve, one of Botswana’s best game viewing areas.

Overnight at Okuti Safari Camp (B, L, D).

Day 6 & 7
Moremi Game Reserve

Today, enjoy morning and afternoon game drives, boat excursions, and birding.

Located amid the world-renowned Moremi Wildlife Reserve, guests can enjoy game drives in specially-designed safari vehicles with unobstructed views.

The Moremi Game Reserve is abundant in wildlife, and its year-round game viewing makes it perfect for both recurrent and first-time Botswana tourists.

Motorboat tours of the Okavango Delta are also available. The area’s broad lagoons and twisting waterways attract various birds, including herons and storks, during the breeding season.

Overnight at Okuti Safari Camp (B, L, D).

Day 8

To Shinde Enclave

Shinde Enclave is a private ‘camp within a camp,’ catering to six people and providing the highest level of personal attention and a fantastic wilderness experience. With a secluded main space that includes a bar, lounge, dining room, little library, outside fire deck, and sun lounger area, it’s the perfect place to unwind after a day of activities. A personal waiter-housekeeper, a professional guide, and a game drive vehicle are available to guests at this tiny refuge.

All meals, selected local brand beverages, private waiter, housekeeper, guide, and car, two daily safari activities, park fees, all transfers, and laundry are included in your stay at Shinde Enclave.

Overnight at Shinde Enclave (B, L, D).

Day 9 & 10

Shinde Private Concession

Enjoy morning, afternoon, and night game drives, bush walks, boat and mokoro excursions, and fishing during your stay at the camp.

The Shinde Enclave, located in the Shinde Private Concession, offers a variety of land and water-based sports as well as a large population of predators, including the leopard. Morning and afternoon wildlife drives in open safari vehicles are offered, with night drives following the evening dinner. Alternatively, go on a Mokoro with a ‘poler’ and cruise through the Okavango Delta’s serene waterways. Other possible activities include motorboat tours, strolling, and fishing, all of which should be scheduled and undertaken with the assistance of your individual, expert guide.

Overnight at Shinde Enclave (B, L, D).

Day 11

To Maun and flight back home

Shinde Enclave is a private ‘camp within a camp,’ catering to six people and providing the highest level of personal attention and a fantastic wilderness experience. With a secluded main space that includes a bar, lounge, dining room, little library, outside fire deck, and sun lounger area, it’s the perfect place to unwind after a day of activities. A personal waiter-housekeeper, a professional guide, and a game drive vehicle are available to guests at this tiny refuge.

All meals, selected local brand beverages, private waiter, housekeeper, guide, and car, two daily safari activities, park fees, all transfers, and laundry are included in your stay at Shinde Enclave.

Overnight at Shinde Enclave (B, L, D).

Lodgings

Intercontinental Hotel OR Tambo

InterContinental Hotel OR Tambo is a 5-star hotel located by Johannesburg International Airport. Its location will work perfectly for us, especially after a long flight. This hotel has all the amenities we need to relax and recharge our energies before our expedition starts.

Kanana Safari Camp

Kanana Camp is located on the Xudum River in southwest Okavango. Because of its location, we consider this camp a hidden gem and the best spot to start our expedition in Botswana. Kanana is a magnificent tented camp with year-round water and land activities and exceptional wildlife viewing. The area has a string of islands lined with palms, figs, ebony, and knobthorn trees and a diverse range of birds, plants, and animals. Located in a private concession, Kanana offers a wide variety of activities such as game drives, trekking, boating, and mokoro outings.

Okuti Safari Camp

Okuti Camp is a charming camp located beside the Maunachira River. It flows through Xakanaxa Lagoon in the world-famous Moremi Game Reserve, known for its year-round big game watching. With seven reed rooms placed along the riverbed, Okuti has a distinct charm.

Morning and afternoon 4×4 game drives exploring this particularly picturesque region of the Moremi, as well as boating along the quiet canals.

Recommended Expeditions

Wild Zambia

Wild Zambia

DURATION

13 DAYS

WHEN

Sept 4, 2023

DESTINATION

Zambia

TYPE

PRIVATE

Wild Zambia Expedition

Landlocked in Central Africa, Zambia is physically characterized by its vast rivers and basins, the most notable of which is the Zambezi.

Despite being best known for the breathtakingly beautiful Victoria Falls, the country boasts a diverse range of topography and habitats, which, combined with a tropical climate, makes it the ideal safari destination. Also, Zambia is known as the ideal destination to enjoy walking safaris, and with NPE, you will have the chance to enjoy such activities.

We will visit the three most important national parks, staying at the best small boutique properties, at the heart of the wildlife hot spots, but away from the tourist masses. Walking safaris, solar-power boat rides, canoe rides, 4×4 safaris, activities that guarantee close contact with locals committed to the preservation of flora and fauna of the country, and even the option to fish for the famous Zambezi Tiger-fish, one of the world’s most exciting sports-fish!

Also, we have prepared a fantastic extension to Victoria Falls. There we have selected a family-owned lodge that provides great excursions to the falls, Livingstone, and the other highlights of the region, and also has a first-class horse stable and excellent trails where to enjoy horseback riding.

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • Visit the most iconic National Parks in Zambia.
  • Stay at award-winning, small, upscale camps, right in front of the rivers.
  • Overnight at Lusaka at an intimate first-class hotel included.
  • Meet the actors of the most important conservation organization in the country.
  • Enjoy folk art at a remote camp.
  • Superb cuisine, with drinks included.
  • Amazing small-plane flights.
  • Fish for the Zambesi Tiger-fish (Optional but included).
  • Extension to Victoria Falls, with visits to Livingstone, nature parks, and horseback riding (Optional but included).
  • Enjoy soft hikes, boat rides, canoe rides, and 4×4 safaris.
Namibia is a completely different Africa. Beauty, adaptation, wildlife, all in one. Will go back.

Laura D. – Douglas-CO

QUESTIONS?


If you have any questions, please let us know. We are here to help you!

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 
Arrive in Lusaka

Your flight will have you arriving in Lusaka, Zambia, where you will be met and greeted by a New Paths Expeditions representative. Transfer to Latitude 15 Boutique Hotel. We will have free time to relax or enjoy the hotel facilities.

Overnight at Latitude 15 Boutique Hotel (Meals Aloft).

Day 2 to 4
Kafue National Park

After breakfast, your drivers will be waiting in reception for the journey west out of Lusaka to the Kafue National Park. Kafue National Park is the largest of Zambia’s 20 national parks, and the transfer will take about three and a half hours. As the city falls away in the rear-view mirror, you will be carried through small villages that become more and more sparse as the park approaches.

Our destination, Ila Safari Lodge, is set on the east bank of the Kafue River in the central part of the park and will be our home for the next three nights. You will be accommodated in large, luxuriously appointed tents, each overlooking the river in front. All meals, drinks, and snacks are included. Twice a day, every day, we will embark on open 4×4 vehicles to explore the area around the camp in search of the diverse wildlife that populates the park. We will leave camp early in the morning as the sun rises over the African bush, returning mid-morning for a hearty brunch. After enjoying time to rest at our wonderful camp, we will go out again in the mid-afternoon with sundowners and snacks on board. We will return to camp after dark most of the days to enjoy superb dinners.

Overnight at Ila Safari Lodge (B, L, D).

Day 5 to 9

South Luangwa National Park

We will enjoy another early start from camp this morning, but we will be driven back towards Lusaka this time. The road transfer to Lusaka Airport will take 3.5 – 4 hours. Then we will fly to Mfuwe.

The flight to Mfuwe, in the country’s east, will take just over an hour. Mfuwe is the gateway to the South Luangwa National Park.

The drive from Mfuwe Airport to Kafunta Safari Lodge will take about 40 minutes. First, we pass through local villages and the fields of the many subsistence farmers that choose to live along this small stretch of tarred road leading from the airport to the gate of the National Park.

As you turn off the tarred road, you realize what this part of the country is all about. The bush is all-encompassing, and you realize that there are almost as many animals living outside of the National Park as there are inside!

Kafunta Lodge will be our home for the next five nights. It is set overlooking a large floodplain leading down to the Luangwa River itself. In September, this floodplain is a grazing lawn and attracts many different species, all of which can be observed from the camp.

The South Luangwa is regarded across Africa as the ‘home of the walking safari’ We will go out to explore on easy hikes with our highly qualified guides. We believe that you will fully understand the saying that “from a vehicle, you can see Africa, but you can feel, sense, and smell Africa on foot.”

 Sticking with the general concept of conservation, we have also arranged for the Seka Theatre Group to visit us at Kafunta and put on one of their educational plays. This group has been working in the area for 25 years. Their main goal is to educate local communities on the importance of protecting the environment in which they live. They perform different plays throughout the Luangwa Valley communities. They will perform one for us one evening.

Overnight at Kafunta Safari Lodge (B, L, D).

Day 10 to 12

Lower Zambezi National Park

On the morning of day 10 in Zambia, you will bid farewell to the Luangwa and head to the Lower Zambezi National Park.

The flight from Mfuwe to Royal Airstrip will take about 1 hour and 45 minutes.

The strip is very close to our next camp, Royal Zambezi Lodge, so the transfer from the airfield will only take a few minutes. As with our previous safari camps, this one also overlooks the river.

The Kafue and Luangwa Rivers that we have visited previously are the two largest tributaries of the Zambezi River, so it is fitting that the Zambezi plays host to this, the final stop on our Zambia safari expedition.

Again, as with the previous camps, all meals and drinks are included while staying at Royal Zambezi, and this camp has earned itself an excellent reputation for the food it serves. You never go hungry while on safari, and this camp is no different. You will be offered an early breakfast before your morning activity, a big brunch/lunch in the middle of the day, a high-tea before your afternoon activity, and then a lovely 3-course dinner before bed. Don’t forget the snacks taken out for all activities. And the activities in this camp are wonderful and varied, you will be able to enjoy safaris in open vehicles and on foot as before, but in this camp, the water activities are something exceptional. You will have the opportunity to go out by boat or to canoe on the quiet side channels that run adjacent to the main river, and for those of you that wish, you will be able to try your hand at fishing for the famous Zambezi Tiger-fish, one of the world’s most exciting sport-fish!

Overnights at Royal Zambezi Lodge (B, L, D).

Day 13
Back home or continue with the Victoria Falls extension

After breakfast, we say goodbye to our wonderful hosts and drive to the Royal Airstrip and fly to Lusaka. There, our representatives will assist you with all the formalities to catch your flight back home.

Meals (B).

Day 13 & 14

Victoria Falls – Chundukwa Safari Lodge and Horse Ranch (Extension)

Continue your safari by driving north and east into Damaraland, a beautiful and diverse country. Along the route, you’ll cross Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandberg, which stands at 2,573 meters above sea level, and stop to admire and absorb the magnificence of the environment. Colorful displays, majestic table-topped mountains, rock formations, and strange-looking plants characterize Damaraland. Wind, water, and geological forces have eroded this environment, resulting in rolling hills, dunes, gravel plains, and ancient river terraces.

The area’s variety and solitude, as well as its scenic magnificence, will reward and astound you, giving you a true sense of the term «wilderness.» If time permits, your guide will take you to the adjacent sights and geological sites of Twyfelfontein rock engravings (recently designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Burnt Mountain, and the Organ Pipes.

Overnight at Doro Nawas (B, L, D).

Day 15
Fly Back Home

This marks the end of your Zambia experience. After breakfast, you will be driven back to Livingstone Airport and assisted with check-in for your flight back home.

Meals (B).

Lodgings

Latitude 15 Degrees Hotel

This boutique hotel is the perfect stop-over before heading on your safari adventure. Its location (20 minutes away from the city center and 30 minutes from Kenneth Kaunda International Airport) will make this hotel your best stop-over after a long flight. It has all the facilities you need for a relaxing day before departing on your adventure.

Ila Safari Lodge

Ila Safari Lodge is located on the banks of the Kafue River in the center of Zambia’s largest national park. This modern first-class lodge is more accessible than most of the camps in Kafue National Park and is perfect as a springboard for reaching some of the park’s more isolated areas.

Kafunta Safari Lodge

The Kafunta River Lodge is set in the riverside forest on the banks of the Luangwa River overlooking the South Luangwa National Park. This classic upscale safari lodge offers guests all the comforts while being situated in an unspoiled wilderness and provides a fantastic safari experience during your stay. You will be able to discover some of the richest wildlife areas of Africa – hippos grunting, elephants bathing, birds chirping above you; it is all at your doorstep.

Royal Zambezi Lodge

Situated on the mighty Zambezi River banks, this fantastic lodge is just minutes away from the Lower Zambezi National Park and Zimbabwe’s famous Mana Pools World Heritage Site. The Royal Zambezi offers the ultimate in luxury and cuisine while enjoying and participating closely in various activities. Game drives are still the best to view and photograph lions or other large predators, or if you want to spot leopards, you can request a night game. Flexibility is the most important feature of this lodge, so the possibilities are endless.

Chundukwa River Lodge

Located on the banks of the Zambezi river and 30 minutes away from Victoria Falls, this lodge is the best spot before and after visiting the falls. Its facilities and its wide variety of activities, such as horse riding in the lodge’s surroundings, provide a fantastic experience for travelers.

When to go

Namibia can be visited at any time of year because of its dry and warm weather. Between December and March, days with high humidity and a chance of rain, primarily in afternoon thunderstorms, are possible.

The best time to watch animals is during the dry season, from May to October. Wildlife gathers together around rivers and waterholes, making it easier to spot them. Also, weather-wise, clear skies are common during this dry season, making days sunnier and with excellent visibility.

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Namibia Private

Namibia Private

DURATION

12 DAYS

WHEN

May to Oct

DESTINATION

Namibia

TYPE

PRIVATE

Namibia Expedition

Namibia is a soul-stirring destination. Burnt-orange dunes stand a thousand feet high against a cobalt sky here on Africa’s southwest coast. Diamonds have been nestled into the sand mountains by waves and wind. The unrelenting ocean washes the coastal desert, while the sun bakes the plains inland into a fractured jigsaw of dried mud, pocked with enough grass and thornbush to support desert rhinoceros and other endangered animals. Arid gorges slicing across broad plateaus are surveyed by raptors, and dry riverbeds flow like veins throughout the terrain. There’s water here, too, though it’s hardly noticeable. Life is sometimes maintained solely by fog that drifts in from the sea. Waterholes attract wildlife in the desolate Etosha salt pan.

Namibia has one of the world’s most diverse animal populations, despite its dry climate. Namibia is home to 676 bird species, 90 of which are Southern African (13 are Namibian). It also has 217 mammal species, with 26 of them being endemic. The «Big Five» (lion, elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo, and leopard) may be found across the nation.

The following itinerary is a complete Namibia experience and can be customized to fit your interests and requirements. Contact your NPE Expedition Advisor to plan your Namibia experience.

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • Travel with one of Namibia’s most well-known naturalist guides.
  • Embark on a marine cruise on the Atlantic Ocean and enjoy close encounters with seals, dolphins, marine birds, and possibly even whales.
  • Track for desert-adapted elephants.
  • Walk amongst pre-historic rock art at the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Twyfelfontein.
  • Visit the iconic and scenic Erongo Mountain area.
  • Climb some of the world’s highest free-standing sand dunes at Sossusvlei.
Namibia is a completely different Africa. Beauty, adaptation, wildlife, all in one. Will go back.

Laura D. – Douglas-CO

QUESTIONS?


If you have any questions, please let us know. We are here to help you!

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 
Arrive in Windhoek:

Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, is nestled among undulating hills, limited on the east by the Eros Mountains, on the south by the Auas Mountains, and on the west by the Khomas Hochland. It is a crossroads of Africa and Europe: the new and the ancient. Well-preserved German colonial buildings contrast dramatically with current architectural forms on the capital’s main boulevard.

After landing at Windhoek’s Airport, you will be welcomed by an NPErepresentative who will transfer you to the Olive Exclusive Boutique Hotel, where you will spend your first two nights. After you arrive at The Olive Exclusive, you will have time to settle into your room before dinner.

Overnight: The Olive Exclusive Boutique (B, D).

Day 2
Windhoek to Sossusvlei

Your NPE guide will pick you up from The Olive Exclusive Boutique in the morning. After that, you and your guide will leave Kalahari in your safari vehicle and head southwest over the magnificent Khomas Hochland mountains before heading down the Great Escarpment into the Namibia Desert below. A picnic lunch will be served and ready for you along the way. You’ll arrive in the late afternoon at Desert Homestead Outpost, where you’ll spend two nights as your guide shows you around the Namibia Desert’s incredible sights. If there is enough time, you can choose between visiting the Sesriem Canyon, a local geological feature, or you can relax and soaking in the picturesque and serene surroundings at Desert Homestead Outpost.

Overnight at Desert Homestead Outpost (B, L, D).

Day 3 

Sossusvlei

You’ll get up early this morning for a spectacular expedition into the Namibia Naukluft National Park with your guide, entering the park gates at daybreak to capture the dunes while the light is soft and shadows enhance their towering shapes and curves. This region hosts some of the world’s tallest free-standing dunes. Your guide will explain how the Namibia Desert was formed and the remarkable wildlife and plants that have evolved to resist the harsh conditions of this area. After you’ve got your fill of exploring, sit back and relax with a picnic meal under the shade of a camel thorn tree. Return in the early afternoon for a late lunch, pausing to see Sesriem Canyon if you haven’t previously. After that, you’ll travel to the Desert Grace Lodge in Gondwana Namibia Park, where you’ll spend the night.

Overnight at The Desert Grace (B, L, D).

Day 4

Sossusvlei to Swakopmund

The fascinating trip today takes you northwest through the Namibia Naukluft National Park’s spectacular and ever-changing desert vistas, including the impressive Gaub and Kuiseb canyons. You’ll meet the shore in Walvis Bay, then continue north to Swakopmund, where you’ll spend the following two nights enjoying the nice seaside location and cooler coastal air. Before heading off for supper at the famed Tug Restaurant by the jetty, there will be time this afternoon to stroll around town and along the waterfront on foot if it appeals.

Swakopmund is a little German coastal city desert and the sea. It features a wonderful blend of German colonial architecture, as well as excellent hotels, boutiques, restaurants, museums, craft centers, galleries, and cafés. The Imperial Navy installed beacons on location in 1892, and Swakopmund was born as a landing station.

Overnight at Strand Hotel (B, L, D).

Day 5

Swakopmund

 In the morning, after an early breakfast, you will embark on an exhilarating dolphin cruise in the Walvis Bay Lagoon. Seals, dolphins, and, if you’re lucky, whales can all be seen here. After your expedition, you can relax at the Strand Hotel or explore the town for the rest of the afternoon.

Overnight at Strand Hotel (B, L, D).

Day 6

Swakopmund to Damaraland

Continue your safari by driving north and east into Damaraland, a beautiful and diverse country. Along the route, you’ll cross Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandberg, which stands at 2,573 meters above sea level, and stop to admire and absorb the magnificence of the environment. Colorful displays, majestic table-topped mountains, rock formations, and strange-looking plants characterize Damaraland. Wind, water, and geological forces have eroded this environment, resulting in rolling hills, dunes, gravel plains, and ancient river terraces.

The area’s variety and solitude, as well as its scenic magnificence, will reward and astound you, giving you a true sense of the term «wilderness.» If time permits, your guide will take you to the adjacent sights and geological sites of Twyfelfontein rock engravings (recently designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Burnt Mountain, and the Organ Pipes.

Overnight at Doro Nawas (B, L, D).

Day 7
Damaraland

Following an early breakfast, you will be taken to an exhilarating 4×4 drive through the ephemeral Aba Huab River valley to explore this magnificent location and look for animals, including the elusive desert-adapted elephants if they are present. Usually, you’ll pack a picnic lunch and eat it in the shade of a large Ana tree, ideally while watching a herd of elephants browses nearby, but you can alternatively return to Camp for lunch if you choose. If you haven’t already done so the previous day, your guide will schedule a visit to Twyfelfontein and other surrounding sights at a convenient time. When you get back to Camp, you will have enough time to go for a walk around the neighborhood with your guide or simply rest and enjoy some well-deserved rest.

Overnight at Doro Nawas (B, L, D).

Day 8 & 9
Damaraland to South Etosha National Park Boundary

After an early breakfast, we will head 90 kilometers south to Etosha Mountain Lodge. In the late afternoon, you will arrive at Etosha Mountain Lodge and, if time permits, go on a thrilling sundowner drive on the Etosha Heights Private Reserve. The next two days will be spent participating in resort activities with your local guide.

Overnightat Etosha Mountain Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 10
South Etosha National Park Boundary to Central highlands

After breakfast, we will head to  Erongo Mountains, where you will spend the next night at Epako Safari Lodge.

Overnight at Epako Game Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 11
South Etosha National Park Boundary to Central highlands

You will leave for Windhoek after breakfast in the morning. If it appeals, we’ll stop at the Okahandja woodcarvers artisan market for some last-minute curio purchasing. Your guide will bring you back to Galton House for the final night of your safari when you arrive in Windhoek. This evening, you and your guide can dine at Galton House or at one of the town’s popular restaurants. And prepare for your departure back home on the next day.

Okahandja, a town of immense significance to the Herero people since it was formerly the seat of Chief Samuel Maharero, is located just north of Windhoek. Thousands of Hereros arrive in the town every year on Heroes’ Day, August 26th, to pay honor to the tombs of their great chiefs. Some of the women are dressed in traditional red and black, while others are dressed in green and black, while the males are dressed in full military regalia with medals.

Overnightat Galton House (B).

Day 12

Fly Back Home

After breakfast, you will be driven to the airport for your international flight back home. (B).

Lodgings

The Olive Exclusive Boutique Hotel

Olive Exclusive is a charming new inviting boutique hotel in the calm neighborhood of Eros, near Windhoek’s city center. This new, elegant hotel is nestled within an olive tree plantation and offers unique suite accommodation with a beautiful view across the olive groves and the Windhoek highlands. Premier suites and junior suites are available. All guests have access to a stunning shared pool set within the olive grove, while premier suites include a large balcony and a plunge pool. All suites offer a private lounge and dining room, allowing guests to enjoy meals with their families or join the rest of the guests in the main restaurant.

Desert Homestead Outpost

Located deep within Desert Homestead Lodge’s 7000-acre nature reserve, the Outpost welcomes guests with casual hospitality in a natural setting. From the 11 houses, the family apartment, or the main house with a restaurant, lounge, and pool located at the foot of a mountain, you will be able to enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view. 

The Desert Grace 

The Desert Grace is located 5.6 miles from Weltevrede 4WD-Trail in a Solitaire Region. At the resort, guests can enjoy a continental breakfast. In addition, the lodge has an outdoor pool. The Desert Grace’s guests can go cycling nearby or relax on the sun patio. Sunset Picnic Spot is 8.7 miles away, while Viewpoint is 8.7 miles away.

The Strand Hotel

The Strand Hotel is a social epicenter and destination in itself for all visitors to and residents of Swakopmund, with its extensive, unique, and creatively entertaining restaurants, bars, deli, lobby lounge, sea-facing terraces, beach kiosk, and Conference & Banqueting Center. The Strand Hotel is a short walk from the town center and features vast stretches of sandy beach just outside its door. There are 125 rooms in all, 90 percent of which have views of the beach or the sea, and 10% of which have views of the garden or the park. Each room is tastefully decorated and includes en-suite bathrooms, complimentary internet WiFi access, Air Conditioning, Electronic Door Locks, Hairdryers, Safes, Direct Dial Telephones, LCD Televisions with Satellite TV Channels, Tea/Coffee Stations, Stocked Mini-Bars, and Working Desks with 220v International Plug Points for Europe, the United Kingdom, and South Africa.

Doro Nawas

Doro Nawas, which means «the site where rhinoceros used to reside» in Damara, appears as a stronghold on a rocky citadel, with 16 wood, canvas, and thatch suites, including a family unit, around it. The camp mixes in with the surrounding ochres and rusts, opens to the desert, and has a refreshing pool area. A bedroom, bathroom, outdoor shower, and balcony for stargazing or sleeping beneath the stars are included in each guest room. Indoor and outdoor dining places, as well as a small curio shop, are available.

Etosha Mountain Lodge

Etosha Mountain Lodge is situated in the Kamanjab Region, bordering the South-Western boundary of the Etosha national park. Etosha Mountain Lodge consists of 1 suite with six luxury chalets, built with privacy in mind and with a breathtaking view. The main complex, also with a wonderful view, includes a reception area, lounge, dining room, bar, swimming pool with teak deck, and wine cellar (grotto) where you can taste the best wines. A large number of game species can be found here, including black Rhino and White Rhino, Giraffe, Eland, Mountain Zebra, Kudu, Oryx, Cheetah, Leopard, Springbuck, Blue Wildebeest, Warthog, Duiker, Black-faced Impala, and sable antelope.

Epako Game Lodge

Epako Game Lodge is nestled amongst scenic mountains, overlooking the ephemeral Epako River. The Lodge is surrounded by 11,000 hectares of the dense African bush, harboring a rich diversity of wildlife and bird species. A game that can be seen on the reserve includes giraffe, rhino, cheetah, leopard, wildebeest (blue and black), impala, springbok, waterbuck, eland, hartebeest, zebra, ostrich, klipspringer, dik-dik, steenbok, kudu, oryx, caracal, and black-backed jackal. Accommodation consists of luxury en-suite rooms, complete with telephone, air-conditioning, mini-bar, and terrace.

Galton House

Galton House is named after Sir Francis Galton, a well-known explorer. It has a laid-back but efficient aesthetic that produces a warm and inviting atmosphere. Located just ten minutes drive from the city center and on the outskirts of Windhoek’s most affluent suburb, Eros, travelers vacationing here may expect peace and tranquility. A big parlor, dining room, swimming pool, and garden are among the community spaces. There’s also a lovely dining area beside the pool that serves delicious, freshly prepared meals. A multitude of shops, restaurants, and supermarkets are available within walking distance.

When to go

Namibia can be visited at any time of year because of its dry and warm weather. Between December and March, days with high humidity and a chance of rain, primarily in afternoon thunderstorms, are possible.

The best time to watch animals is during the dry season, from May to October. Wildlife gathers together around rivers and waterholes, making it easier to spot them. Also, weather-wise, clear skies are common during this dry season, making days sunnier and with excellent visibility.

Recommended Expeditions