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Cape Fox Guided Safari

A classic clockwise circuit around Namibia’s northern highlights with a private guide and vehicle. We can’t think of a better way to see more in this timeframe.

Cape Fox Guided Safari: Day-by-day

More detailed information of what each day entails, and the various places you’ll stay on the Cape Fox 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

Private transfer into Windhoek

Your driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall of the international airport. Depending on traffic, it's a transfer of about 30 minutes to Am Weinberg, passing through the hills that surround the capital before you reach the outskirts of the city.

Weinberg Hotel
Day 1

Weinberg Hotel

1 night
Half BoardWindhoek, Namibia

A stunning hotel focused around the estate house of an old vineyard, the Weinberg Hotel is arguably Windhoek's hidden gem. In its 21st-century incarnation, the Weinberg Estate amounts to a luxurious self-contained village, with most amenities that you could need without having to venture into the city centre.

Weinberg Hotel

A stunning hotel focused around the estate house of an old vineyard, the Weinberg Hotel is arguably Windhoek's hidden gem. In its 21st-century incarnation, the Weinberg Estate amounts to a luxurious self-contained village, with most amenities that you could need without having to venture into the city centre.

Enjoy a few hours of pampering and relaxation at the Soulstice Spa or a refreshing swim in its outdoor pool; settle down with a glass of wine in the library; sample the local cuisine at one of five restaurants on the estate; or take in the views of Windhoek from the Sky Lounge.

The on-site gym has a view too, softening the blow of exercising off those excess pounds, and there's a hair salon to help you prepare for an evening out. The estate even has its own ATM.

"friendly, helpful staff"

Mr & Mrs ZfromSaratoga

Arrived 16 Sep 2022, 1 night

And then there are the rooms. Just 41 of them make up this unusual hotel, in six different styles – some with views, some with kitchenettes (did we mention the on-site delicatessen?), some split level – and all very comfortable indeed. With so many options, the Weinberg works for individuals, couples, even families; what more could you ask? See our full report on Weinberg Hotel

94%
25 reviews of Weinberg Hotel by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Cultural excursion

Day 2

Windhoek to Sossusvlei with your guide

This morning your private guide will collect you from AM Weinberg to begin your tailormade Namibian adventure. The drive from Windhoek to Dead Valley Lodge takes about 4½ hours, although – with some spectacular scenery along the way – timing will depend on the number of photo stops you make.

Dead Valley Lodge
Days 2-4

Dead Valley Lodge

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

Dead Valley Lodge opened on the 1st of July 2019. The lodge is situated inside the Namib-Naukluft Park, in-between Sesriem and Elim Dune. We understand it’s a good value mid-range lodge and an excellent base from which to visit the famous dunes and pans of Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei.

Dead Valley Lodge

Dead Valley Lodge opened on the 1st of July 2019. The lodge is situated inside the Namib-Naukluft Park, in-between Sesriem and Elim Dune. We understand it’s a good value mid-range lodge and an excellent base from which to visit the famous dunes and pans of Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei.

"the accommodation was very comfortable and atmosphere relaxed."

Mrs H.fromWhitchurch

Arrived 3 Sep 2022, 3 nights

We are looking forward to visiting Dead Valley Lodge for the first time. It seems like a great new addition to the Sossusvlei area and being inside the park makes it an interesting new prospect. See our full report on Dead Valley Lodge

93%
11 reviews of Dead Valley Lodge by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Helicopter

Hot air ballooning

Quad-biking

Self-guided walking

Day 4

Sossusvlei to Swakopmund with your guide

Leaving the dunes of the Namib Sand Sea behind, you'll head north to the coastal town of Swakopmund. The 4–5-hour drive takes you past gravel plains, over the spectacular Kuiseb Pass and on to Swakopmund, perhaps passing through Walvis Bay en route.

Cornerstone Guesthouse
Days 4-6

Cornerstone Guesthouse

2 nights
Full BoardSwakopmund & Walvis Bay, Namibia

Small, friendly and particularly personable, Cornerstone has a welcoming feel that makes you feel instantly at home. It’s also in a near-perfect location: close to the heart of Swakopmund, yet just a short walk to the ocean, and barely more than that to the fringing sands of the Namib Desert. After a long drive or a busy safari, this owner-run bed and breakfast is an ideal spot to catch your breath.

Cornerstone Guesthouse

Small, friendly and particularly personable, Cornerstone has a welcoming feel that makes you feel instantly at home. It’s also in a near-perfect location: close to the heart of Swakopmund, yet just a short walk to the ocean, and barely more than that to the fringing sands of the Namib Desert. After a long drive or a busy safari, this owner-run bed and breakfast is an ideal spot to catch your breath.

Set yourself up for the day in the large, bright breakfast room, where a substantial buffet is matched by home-cooked bacon and eggs. Enjoy a freshly brewed coffee or tea against a background of soft music, or rummage through the selection of books about Namibia before setting off to explore.

Swakopmund itself has cafés, shops, museums and restaurants aplenty – all within easy walking distance of Cornerstone. You could take a guided trip into the desert, head south to the lagoon at Walvis Bay, or challenge yourself to one of the local adrenalin activities.

"very helpful owner and receptionist... Lovely breakfast"

Mr & Mrs NfromPortsmouth

Arrived 13 Sep 2022, 3 nights

Returning to your comfortable room in the afternoon, a powerful shower awaits, as does a private patio set with a table and chairs – or you could wander round the attractive gardens. Then all you need to do is decide where to have dinner – perhaps over a cool beer. See our full report on Cornerstone Guesthouse

94%
250 reviews of Cornerstone Guesthouse by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Boat trip

Dune-boarding

Fishing

Kayaking

Mountain biking

Quad-biking

Kayaking with seals
Day 5

Kayaking with seals

Get up close and personal with a colony of Cape fur seals on a kayaking excursion from Walvis Bay. Enjoy a gentle morning’s paddle in Walvis Bay Lagoon as seals surround and interact with you and your kayak. If you’re lucky you may even catch a glimpse of some Heaviside’s or bottlenose dolphins. Read all about Kayaking with seals

Day 6

Swakopmund to Damaraland with your guide

Today, depending on your interests, there are several routes your guide might choose. Stops might include the Zelia shipwreck, a detour to the Cape Cross Seal Reserve or perhaps Namibia's tallest mountain, the Brandberg. No matter the route, it is a beautiful 4–5-hour drive with lots to see.

Doro Nawas
Days 6-8

Doro Nawas

2 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesDamaraland, Namibia

A partnership with the local community, the fortress-like Doro Nawas is strategically placed for visiting the highlights of Damaraland. Brooding atop a rugged hill like some dark, Moorish castle, Doro Nawas boasts 360-degree views across the surrounding plains.

Doro Nawas

A partnership with the local community, the fortress-like Doro Nawas is strategically placed for visiting the highlights of Damaraland. Brooding atop a rugged hill like some dark, Moorish castle, Doro Nawas boasts 360-degree views across the surrounding plains.

Like all proper castles, it comes complete with great big wooden doors, a crackling fireplace, and a rooftop look-out post where 21st-century inhabitants can gaze at the stars – or scan the plains for wildlife such as ostrich or even desert-adapted elephants.

Encircling the slopes below, steeply thatched chalets are cool and dark inside, contrasting with the harsh sun above. A cooling fan and extra blankets are on hand to counter the extremes of temperature, and fluffy towels bring warmth to the spacious bathrooms.

Outside, a shaded veranda features a shower-with-a-view, with privacy guaranteed by simple wooden palisades. But when the veranda really comes into its own is after dark, when the beds can be rolled out for you to cosy up under the stars.

"The location is incredible, the staff could not be more attentive"

Mr & Mrs HfromBromley

Arrived 13 Oct 2022, 2 nights

Born of a joint venture between Wilderness Safaris and the Doro !Nawas community, the lodge is an outstanding example of such partnerships. A stay here is particularly memorable as most of the staff are drawn from the area, giving guests the opportunity of an insight into their culture that is far more personal than any structured village visit. See our full report on Doro Nawas

93%
446 reviews of Doro Nawas by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Guided walking safari

Night drive

Sleeping under the stars

Day 8

Damaraland to the Etosha Heights Reserve

Today your guide will take you on the four-hour drive from the mountains of Damaraland to the wildlife haven of the Etosha Heights Reserve, south of the national park. Do keep your camera to hand; the scenery of this time-worn landscape can be beautiful.

Mountain Lodge
Days 8-10

Mountain Lodge

2 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesEtosha National Park, Namibia

Perched atop a dolomite hill, Mountain Lodge has commanding views of one of Namibia’s largest private reserves. This wildlife-rich area, Etosha Heights, covers 600km² and shares a 65km fence with the iconic Etosha National Park. The lodge, more formally known as Etosha Mountain Lodge, was established in 1999 as the original safari destination on the reserve.

Mountain Lodge

Perched atop a dolomite hill, Mountain Lodge has commanding views of one of Namibia’s largest private reserves. This wildlife-rich area, Etosha Heights, covers 600km² and shares a 65km fence with the iconic Etosha National Park. The lodge, more formally known as Etosha Mountain Lodge, was established in 1999 as the original safari destination on the reserve.

"spectacular views... a very large, open, remote area"

Mr & Mrs BfromWitney

Arrived 31 Oct 2019, 4 nights

Mountain Lodge is a comfortable lodge in the classic Namibian style, within a wildlife haven that is of a different kind to the neighbouring national park. We recommend travellers come here to avoid the crowds of Etosha and enjoy the kind of flexible activities that can only be enjoyed on a private reserve, such as walking, night drives and driving off road. Time spent here would combine well with a few nights closer to the national park. See our full report on Mountain Lodge

95%
8 reviews of Mountain Lodge by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Guided walking safari

Night drive

Day 10

Game-drive transfer across Etosha

Today you’ll leave Mountain Lodge to get into Etosha as early as possible. From here, your transfer is conducted as a game drive, visiting waterholes and spotting wildlife along the way. Depending on what you see you may stop for lunch in the park before reaching Mushara in the afternoon.

Mushara Bush Camp
Days 10-12

Mushara Bush Camp

2 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesEtosha National Park, Namibia

Simple yet exceptionally welcoming, the relaxed Mushara Bush Camp is a perfect option for families. Family tents can sleep two small children; a fenced shallow pool sits alongside its larger sibling; books, crafts and toys are there for the asking; there are even childminders on hand. For the safari goer with youngsters, it’s pretty impressive.

Mushara Bush Camp

Simple yet exceptionally welcoming, the relaxed Mushara Bush Camp is a perfect option for families. Family tents can sleep two small children; a fenced shallow pool sits alongside its larger sibling; books, crafts and toys are there for the asking; there are even childminders on hand. For the safari goer with youngsters, it’s pretty impressive.

Yet it’s by no means all about children, for Bush Camp has plenty of other cards up its sleeve. Excellent value, for starters, along with really friendly service and a superb location for visiting Etosha.

Then there are cool, spacious tents, their beds festooned with net curtains adorned with small buttons, their lighting reminiscent of old-fashioned lanterns. And private verandas with twin canvas chairs that overlook the bush.

Plentiful and varied meals may be taken in the warmly lit dining area, but are often served semi-alfresco, shaded beneath a deeply thatched roof. As the temperature falls after sunset, gather around a welcoming campfire to discuss the day’s adventures.

"Far exceeded our expectations. Service from team was incredible. Best we’ve had."

Mrs A.fromNewcastle

Arrived 22 Aug 2022, 3 nights

With Etosha just 9km from Mushara, those adventures can be many and varied. Explore the park in your own vehicle, perhaps watching animals at one of the waterholes, or join a guide for a 4WD game drive, and benefit from their experience and knowledge. Both can be excellent; what a choice! See our full report on Mushara Bush Camp

94%
250 reviews of Mushara Bush Camp by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Day 12

Etosha to the Erongo Conservancy with your guide

Most of this six-hour drive will be on smooth tar, providing a welcome break from long days on gravel roads. The traffic is typically light, the scenery pleasant, and you may choose to stop at Lake Otjikoto or one of several small towns along the way to stretch your legs.

Ai Aiba Lodge
Days 12-14

Ai Aiba Lodge

2 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesCentral Highlands, Namibia

Nestled at the foot of a granite kopje, with superb views of Namibia's Erongo Mountains, Ai Aiba Lodge is sometimes marketed as 'The Rock Painting Lodge'. It stands in an area with a high concentration of Bushman rock art, some of it up to 2,000 years old and much of it in good condition.

Ai Aiba Lodge

Nestled at the foot of a granite kopje, with superb views of Namibia's Erongo Mountains, Ai Aiba Lodge is sometimes marketed as 'The Rock Painting Lodge'. It stands in an area with a high concentration of Bushman rock art, some of it up to 2,000 years old and much of it in good condition.

"Superb lodge, game/rock art drives and self-walking trails - excellent Staff"

Richard & CarolinefromGB

Arrived 31 Aug 2022, 1 night

We are tremendously excited to see Ai Aiba Lodge back on the map. This is another option in a less-visited area of Namibia with some superb examples of rock art and we cannot wait to visit again. We will keep this page up-to-date with any new information we receive and look forward to giving our full report once we have visited. See our full report on Ai Aiba Lodge

89%
26 reviews of Ai Aiba Lodge by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Guided walking safari

Self-guided walking

Day 14

Erongo Conservancy to Windhoek with your guide

From Ai Aiba it is about a four-hour journey through the central highlands rolling hills, on mostly smooth tar roads, to Windhoek International Airport. Your guide will ensure you reach your destination in plenty of time to make for your onward travel connections.

Day 14

Ends: Windhoek International Airport

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