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Black-faced Impala Guided Safari

A unique mix of luxury and adventure in our original, and perhaps most varied, destination on a privately guided Namibian overland safari. Perfect for families, friends or couples travelling together.

Black-faced Impala Guided Safari: Day-by-day

More detailed information of what each day entails, and the various places you’ll stay on the Black-faced Impala Guided Safari. Everything we do is completely tailor-made so while this is an idea which works well, we’ll always design an itinerary just for you.


Day 1

Starts: Windhoek International Airport

Day 1

Windhoek Airport to the city by road

You driver will meet you in the airport's arrival hall before driving you to your guesthouse. You may wish to head out to explore the city or enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants, although the Exclusive's own restaurant takes some beating.

Olive Exclusive
Day 1

Olive Exclusive

1 night
Half BoardWindhoek, Namibia

The Olive Exclusive combines understated luxury with contemporary amenities for a top-class small hotel close to the centre of Windhoek. If views over a tranquil olive grove from your own private courtyard sound appealing, read on.

Olive Exclusive

The Olive Exclusive combines understated luxury with contemporary amenities for a top-class small hotel close to the centre of Windhoek. If views over a tranquil olive grove from your own private courtyard sound appealing, read on.

For at the Olive Exclusive, just a few minutes’ drive from the centre of Windhoek, that vision is reality. With their subtle colours, natural materials and carefully chosen photographic artwork, four premier suites and three smaller but no less luxurious suites ooze a feeling of relaxation, as if the olive trees themselves have had a calming influence on the designers of this attractive boutique hotel.

As a place to recuperate after a long international flight, or to round off a self-drive trip around Namibia, it would be hard to beat. Ease away the stress of the journey with a hot bath, complete with candles, or slip off your shoes and wander outside, coffee or glass of sherry in hand, and settle down in the shade of a mature tree. In-suite facials and massages take indulgence to the next level, while a pool (or private plunge pool) offers a refreshing lift.

"lovely rooms and friendly staff"

Ms GfromMerton

Arrived 5 Aug 2018, 1 night

When hunger calls, dine at the hotel’s equally exclusive restaurant, The Olive, which looks out over the twinkling lights of the city. Then wind up the day in the comfort and seclusion of your own personal oasis. See our full report on Olive Exclusive

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32 reviews of Olive Exclusive by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Cultural excursion

Day 2

Windhoek to Sossusvlei with your private guide

This morning you private guide will collect you form your hotel to begin your privately guided Namibian adventure. It takes about four and a half hours to get from Windhoek to Camp Sossus, although this depends on the the number of photo stops you make along the way.

Camp Sossus
Days 2-5

Camp Sossus

3 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesNamib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Camp Sossus opened in April 2018. It is a semi permanent tented camp in the Greater Sossusvlei-Namib area in the Neuhof Nature Reserve. Operating between April and November and available only to book on an exclusive basis, it offers an exclusive and unique experience as a part of a guided trip round Namibia.

Camp Sossus

Camp Sossus opened in April 2018. It is a semi permanent tented camp in the Greater Sossusvlei-Namib area in the Neuhof Nature Reserve. Operating between April and November and available only to book on an exclusive basis, it offers an exclusive and unique experience as a part of a guided trip round Namibia.

We pride ourselves in keeping up to date with as many as possible of Namibia's camps, new and old, in order to give you an impartial opinion based on personal experience. While we haven't yet had a chance to visit Camp Sossus, we expect it to be an exclusive and authentic option for your safari holiday. Once we have more information and/or one of our team has visited, we'll post more details here. See our full report on Camp Sossus

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0 reviews of Camp Sossus by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Fly-camping

Guided walking safari

Helicopter

Hot air ballooning

Quad-biking

Sleeping under the stars

Day 5

Sossusvlei to Swakopmund with a private guide

Leaving the dunes and mountains of the Namib-Naukluft behind, you'll head north to the coastal town of Swakopmund. This often spectacular drive of 4-5 hours takes you past gravel plains, over the Kuiseb Pass and through Walvis Bay.

Strand Hotel
Days 5-7

Strand Hotel

2 nights
Full BoardSwakopmund & Walvis Bay, Namibia

The Strand is an exciting new development located on Swakopmund's historic 'Mole'. Built on the site of the old Strand Hotel, and opened in 2015, it has the Atlantic Ocean on three sides – giving uninterrupted sea views from some of the 125 rooms.

Strand Hotel

The Strand is an exciting new development located on Swakopmund's historic 'Mole'. Built on the site of the old Strand Hotel, and opened in 2015, it has the Atlantic Ocean on three sides – giving uninterrupted sea views from some of the 125 rooms.

"A very nice modern hotel."

Mr & Mrs LfromSurrey

Arrived 29 Sep 2019, 2 nights

Although a significantly larger offering than most of the accommodation we recommend in Swakopmund, the Strand offers a very modern and comfortable stay in a great location. ‘It also benefits from its own four restaurants, and is well placed for other local eateries, so you don’t have to travel for lunch or an evening meal. See our full report on Strand Hotel

90%
47 reviews of Strand Hotel by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Boat trip

Dune-boarding

Fishing

Kayaking

Mountain biking

Quad-biking

Dolphin and seal cruise
Day 6

Dolphin and seal cruise

A boat cruise around Walvis Bay lagoon is a must for lovers of wildlife and the great outdoors. Seek out the ‘marine big five’ – from Cape fur seals to bottlenose dolphins – and marvel at the range of bird species for whom this haven on the Skeleton Coast is home. Then round off the morning with an oyster brunch. Read all about Dolphin and seal cruise

Day 7

Swakopmund to Damaraland with your private guide

Today there are several possible routes your guide might follow, depending on your interests. Stops might include the Zelia Shipwreck, a detour to the Cape Cross seal colony or perhaps Namibia's tallest mountain, the Brandberg. No matter the route it is a beautiful drive with lots to see.

Huab Under Canvas
Days 7-10

Huab Under Canvas

3 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesDamaraland, Namibia

Huab Under Canvas is an exclusive semi-permanent tented camp located in the Huab Conservancy of Namibia’s Damaraland. This is a remote and unique area, in which visitors are able to track black rhino and elephant, avoiding the often congested Twyfelfontein area. This seasonal camp focuses on a no-frills wilderness experience, with an emphasis on great guiding.

Huab Under Canvas

Huab Under Canvas is an exclusive semi-permanent tented camp located in the Huab Conservancy of Namibia’s Damaraland. This is a remote and unique area, in which visitors are able to track black rhino and elephant, avoiding the often congested Twyfelfontein area. This seasonal camp focuses on a no-frills wilderness experience, with an emphasis on great guiding.

"What a fun and friendly bunch, we loved the meal introductions in two languages,"

Greg's group fromRegina

Arrived 10 Oct 2019, 2 nights

We pride ourselves in keeping up to date with as many as possible of Namibia's camps, new and old, in order to give you an impartial opinion based on personal experience. While we haven't yet had a chance to visit Huab Under Canvas, we expect it to be a very exclusive and authentic option for your safari holiday. It should be an ideal base for black rhino or elephant tracking. Once one of our team has visited, we’ll post more details here. See our full report on Huab Under Canvas

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1 reviews of Huab Under Canvas by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Guided walking safari

Sleeping under the stars

Day 10

Damaraland to the Ongava Reserve

Today your guide will take you on the 4-hour drive from the mountains of Damaraland to the private Ongava Reserve, a conservation success and wildlife hotspot. While there aren't many specific highlights along the way, Namibia is a beautiful country so keep your camera to hand.

Andersson's at Ongava
Days 10-12

Andersson's at Ongava

2 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesEtosha National Park, Namibia

A reinvention of the original camp, Andersson’s at Ongava invites travellers to expand the parameters of a Namibian safari. While the wildlife is more or less a given – in both the national park and on the Ongava Reserve – a sunken hide adds a whole new dimension, with eye-level access to the animals that frequent the waterhole. Discover more about wildlife at the on-site Ongava Research Centre, then turn your attention to the pantheon of stars that gild the Namibian night sky.

Andersson's at Ongava

A reinvention of the original camp, Andersson’s at Ongava invites travellers to expand the parameters of a Namibian safari. While the wildlife is more or less a given – in both the national park and on the Ongava Reserve – a sunken hide adds a whole new dimension, with eye-level access to the animals that frequent the waterhole. Discover more about wildlife at the on-site Ongava Research Centre, then turn your attention to the pantheon of stars that gild the Namibian night sky.

The new Andersson’s is itself something of a revelation, its nine suites emerging luxurious and exclusive from extensive renovations. You might expect air conditioning and WiFi, but to watch animals at the waterhole on your own smart TV is a real plus.

Of course, you can keep an eye on the waterhole from your own wraparound veranda too, or listen to the sounds of the bush in your outdoor shower.

"fabulous...waterholes..with an array of animals worthy of Noah's Ark. Unmissable"

Mr & Mrs DfromSussex

Arrived 29 Sep 2019, 2 nights

With the whole lodge discreetly fenced, you can also wander around in relative safety – perhaps to the viewing deck, or to the firepit for a relaxed evening drink. Or cool off in the infinity pool where elephants drink alongside from their own trough. Now that deserves star billing. See our full report on Andersson's at Ongava

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5 reviews of Andersson's at Ongava by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Guided walking safari

Night drive

Day 12

Ongava to Omaanda with your guide

Most of this 5-hour drive will be on smooth tar roads, providing a welcome break from long days on gravel roads. There are relatively few places of interest along the route but you may choose to stop at the Okahandja woodcarvers market or one of several other towns to stretch your legs.

Omaanda
Days 12-14

Omaanda

2 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesWindhoek, Namibia

Shoot-the-lights-out luxury lodge in a private reserve near Windhoek airport that takes warm, safari-chic design very seriously. This turbo-luxury lodge from celebrity favourite Zannier Hotels manages to upstage a spectacular savannah backdrop. Get ready to blow the budget at Omaanda, set in a 9,000 hectare private reserve between Windhoek and the airport, which operates at the very highest level of safari chic.

Omaanda

Shoot-the-lights-out luxury lodge in a private reserve near Windhoek airport that takes warm, safari-chic design very seriously. This turbo-luxury lodge from celebrity favourite Zannier Hotels manages to upstage a spectacular savannah backdrop. Get ready to blow the budget at Omaanda, set in a 9,000 hectare private reserve between Windhoek and the airport, which operates at the very highest level of safari chic.

This Zannier Hotels property ticks all the luxe boxes: glinting azure infinity pool, which sets off the surrounding orange-green savannah beautifully; cutesy thatched roof gin bar, repping plenty of local brands; and a sweeping beige, gunmetal-grey and aquamarine colour scheme peppered with wood and metal furnishings and plenty of glossy design magazines.

The reserve’s wildlife, spanning white rhino, a pride of lions, antelope of all kinds and warthogs, roam astonishing close to the smart 10 thatched roof stone huts. Sunrise and sunset game drives are offered to each guest to get up close and personal with them - with a cold glass of wine in your hand while you do it.

"A truly luxurious camp with beautiful accommodations"

Mr & Mrs CfromGolden CO

Arrived 1 Feb 2020, 1 night

Add to Omaanda’s book a peaceful, all-natural spa and the finest food and wine in blockbuster surroundings and you’ve got one of the most rarefied lodge experiences in all of Namibia. Note: Omaanda is the place to end your trip, not start it... See our full report on Omaanda

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2 reviews of Omaanda by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Guided walking safari

Night drive

Day 14

Omaanda to Windhoek Airport by road

After a relaxed morning, you'll be driven back to the airport which takes around 40 minutes.

Day 14

Ends: Windhoek International Airport

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