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2 Weeks in Namibia - Our Itinerary and Lodges/B&Bs

Understanding the "real price" when booking an accommodation is a bit difficult if you do the booking by yourself (and not through a tour operator or travel agent).

  1. Prices in Namibia are often quoted as "per person per night". This does not give a clear indication of the cost per room for a couple - so we will quote the full real cost for the room per night for two adults.
  2. Many price quotes do not include 15% VAT or 2% NTB levy. We have, whenever possible, included this in the prices below; 17% can make a difference. :-)
  3. Some lodges include a full dinner with their offer. Please see our comments.
  4. Waiters at restaurants expect a 10% tip as this is often the only income for the staff. This has not been included in the prices for restaurants.
All prices correct as of December 2006.

Prices given in Namibian Dollar (N$). To get a rough Euro amount, a (very rough) indication is to devide the N$ amount by 10. For current exchange rates or for other currencies (e.g. US$) we recommend to use the FXConverter by Oanda.com.

Please note that we can not guarantee the correctness of any of these prices today.

The estimated driving times are based upon our sedan type car (VW Polo Classic 1.6), not based upon a sturdy 4x4. Thus, we were significantly slower than other vehicles. Obviously, the driving time depends also on your driving style and the time you take for stops. But our estimate should provide you a first indication.

Days
1 and 2
Windhoek
Accommodation

  • Pension Christoph
    Heinitzburgstr. 33
    Ausspannplatz
    Windhoek
    Namibia
    Tel.: +264 (0)61-240777
    Fax: +264 (0)61-248560
    Web http://www.natron.net/tour/christoph
    N$ 468 double room incl. BF per night incl. taxes

    The Zanzig.com Rating: *** (good)

    Pension Christoph, Windhoek
    Pension Cristoph

Restaurants
  • Joe's Beerhouse
    160 Nelson Mandela Avenue
    Eros
    Windhoek
    Tel./Fax: +264 (0) 61-232457
    Web http://www.joesbeerhouse.com
    Prices: e.g. Zebra Steak N$ 75.50 incl. tax
    The Zanzig.com Rating: ***** (unmissable)
    TIP: Reservation is highly recommended for this place

  • Grand Canyon Spur
    251 Independence Avenue
    Windhoek
    Tel./Fax: +264 (0) 61-231003
    Prices: e.g. Beef Burger with Salad N$ 37.95 incl. tax
    The Zanzig.com Rating: *** (good)

What to do
  • Sidetrip to Gamsberg Pass
    If you plan to stay two nights in Windhoek, you will want to consider a sidetrip on a very scenic route to the Gamsberg Pass (using C26). Estimated driving time is 6 hrs for the round trip.

  • Visit the Owela Musem

  • Buy plenty of water, ideally enough for the whole trip (5 liters are roughly N$ 20)

  • Buy a Nambibian/South African power adaptor (N$ 17)

  • Get the necessary permits from the NWR
    You will need a permit (N$ 100) for the "Namib Section" of the C14, between Walvis Bay and Solitaire, if you want to visit the Vogelfederberg or Kuiseb Canyon. This permit is only available in Windhoek. They will also make reservations for all their camps, e.g. in Etosha National Park. You will also want to ask them about the opening times of the Skeleton Coast National Park. Please go to:

    National Wildlife Resorts Ltd. (NWR)
    181 Independence Avenue (close to Luisen-Apotheke)
    Windhoek
    Tel: +264 (0) 61-236975
    Fax: +264 (0) 61-224900
    Mail: reservations@nwr.com.na
    Web http://www.nwr.com.na

Day 3
Otjiwarongo
Accommodation & Restaurant
  • Otjibamba Lodge
    PO Box 134
    Otjiwarongo
    Namibia
    Note: the lodge is situated 4 km south of Otjiwarongo, off B1. A 800 m gravel road leads from the highway to the main building.
    Tel: +264 (0) 67-303133
    Fax: +264 (0) 67-304561
    Mail: info@otjibamba.com
    Web http://www.otjibamba.com
    N$ 784 double room incl. BF per night incl. taxes
    Dinner (a la carte), N$ 145 per person, incl. drinks and taxes

    The Zanzig.com Rating: **** (very good)

    Restaurant of Otjibamba Lodge, Otjiwarongo Otjibamba Lodge, Otjiwarongo
    Otjibamba Lodge

Estimated Driving Time
  • from Windhoek to the Otjibamba Lodge, with stop in Okahandja:
    4 to 5 hours (320 kilometers)

Day 4
Etosha-
Aoba-
Lodge
Accommodation & Restaurant
  • Etosha-Aoba-Lodge
    Note: the lodge is situated at the eastern entrance to the Etosha National Park, off C38. A 10 km gravel road leads from the main road to the lodge.
    Tel: +264 (0) 67-229106
    Fax: +264 (0) 67-229107
    Mail: info@etosha-aoba-lodge.de
    Web: http://www.etosha-aoba-lodge.com
    N$ 1390 double room incl. BF and taxes per night
    N$ 150 per person for a 3-course dinner, incl. tax

    The Zanzig.com Rating: ***** (unmissable)

    Bungalow Bedroom
    Swimming Pool Bungalow
    Etosha-Aoba-Lodge

What to do
  • Refuel your car in Tsumeb
  • See Lake Oshikoto
  • Sundowner with Georg at the Etosha-Aoba-Lodge (N$150 pP)
  • Buy "Map of Etosha" by Joy Frandsen, in Tsumeb or at the Lodge (N$40)

Estimated Driving Time
  • from the Otjibamba Lodge to the Etosha Aoba Lodge, including stops in Tsumeb and Lake Oshikoto:
    5 to 6 hours (300 kilometers)

Day 5
Halali
Accommodation & Restaurant
  • Halali Rest Camp
    National Wildlife Resorts Ltd.
    Etosha National Park
    Namibia
    Tel: +264 (0) 61-236975
    Fax: +264 (0) 61-224900
    Mail: reservations@nwr.com.na
    Web http://www.nwr.com.na
    N$ 500 double room incl. BF and taxes per night
    Dinner buffet N$ 110 per person

    The Zanzig.com Rating: ***** (unmissable)

    Note: The accommodation was "fair", and the restaurant was "good", so we usually would not issue the "unmissable" rating for this accommodation. However, the overall experience here at the quiet camp and the ability to rest in the middle of the Etosha National Park, complete with flood-lit waterhole within walking distance, this is indeed "unmissable". Thus, we strongly recommend to stay at least one night (better: two or three nights) in one of the rest camps at the Etosha Park.

    Note: Entrance fees to the Etosha National Park are not included in accommodation price. These are N$80 per person per full day, plus N$ 10 per vehicle once, tax-free.
    (We paid 4 x N$ 80 + N$ 10 = N$ 330 for our stay in Etosha.)

Day 6
Okaukuejo
Accommodation & Restaurant
  • Okaukuejo Rest Camp
    National Wildlife Resorts Ltd.
    Etosha National Park
    Namibia
    Tel: +264 (0) 61-236975
    Fax: +264 (0) 61-224900
    Mail: reservations@nwr.com.na
    Web http://www.nwr.com.na
    N$ 936 standard bungalow incl. BF and taxes per night
    Dinner buffet N$ 110 per person

    The Zanzig.com Rating: **** (very good)

    Swimming Pool Bungalow at Okaukuejo
    Okaukuejo Rest Camp

    Note: Entrance fees to the National Park are not included in accommodation price / see above.

What to do
  • Refuel your car in Okaukuejo!
  • See Outjo (on your way to Twyfelfontein)
  • See the Vingerklip Rock, on your way to Twyfelfontein, N$ 10
Day 7
Twyfelfontein Lodge
Accommodation & Restaurant
  • Twyfelfontein Country Lodge
    Central Reservations
    PO Box 6597, Windhoek, Namibia
    Tel: +264 (0) 61-374750
    Fax: +264 (0) 61-256598
    Mail: reservations@ncl.com.na
    Web: http://www.twyfelfonteinlodge.com
    N$ 1434 bungalow incl. BF, dinner and taxes, per night

    The Zanzig.com Rating: **** (very good)

    Main Building Reception
    Bungalow
    Twyfelfontein Country Lodge

What to do
  • Refuel your car at the Twyfelfontein Country Lodge!
  • See the Twyfelfontein rock engravings, N$ 70
Estimated Driving Time
  • from the Okaukuejo to the Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, including stops in Outjo and at the Vingerklip:
    6 to 7 hours (350 kilometers)

Days
8 and 9
Swakopmund
Accommodation
  • The Stiltz B&B
    P.O. Box 4045
    Strand Street
    Swakopmund
    Tel: +264 (0) 64-400771
    Fax: +264 (0) 64-400711
    Web http://www.thestiltz.com
    N$ 1120 family chalet incl. BF, per night

    The Zanzig.com Rating: ***** (unmissable)

    Bedroom Interior
    Bungalow
    The Stiltz B&B

Restaurants
  • The Tug
    Strand Street Promenade
    Swakopmund
    Namibia
    Tel./Fax: +264 (0) 64-402356
    Mail: tug@iafrica.com.na
    A la carte, e.g. Grilled Salmon Steak N$ 68 incl. taxes
    The Zanzig.com Rating: ***** (unmissable)
    TIP: Reservation is highly recommended for this place

  • Ocean Basket
    Strand Hotel
    Swakopmund
    Namibia
    Tel.: +264 (0) 64-401102
    A la carte, e.g. Platter for one N$ 69 incl. taxes
    The Zanzig.com Rating: *** (good)
Estimated Driving Time
  • from the Twyfelfontein Country Lodge to Swakopmund, including stops in the Skeleton Coast National Park and Henties Bay:
    8 to 9 hours (430 kilometers)

Days
10 and 11
Namib Desert Lodge
Accommodation & Restaurant
  • Namib Desert Lodge (Gondwana Namib Park)
    Lodge Manager: Anja von Reeken and Jörg Fischer
    Tel: +264 (0) 63-693376
    Fax: +264 (0) 63-693377
    Mail: info@gondwana-desert-collection.com
    Web http://www.gondwana-namib-park.com
    N$ 730 double room incl. BF, per night, incl. taxes
    Dinner buffet N$ 125 per person, incl. taxes

    The Zanzig.com Rating: **** (very good)

    Swimming Pool
    Namib Desert Lodge

Recommended Stops enroute
  • Walvis Bay and Pelican Point
  • Vogelfederberg (permit required, N$ 100)
  • Kuiseb Canyon (permit required, same as above)
  • Kuiseb Canyon Bridge on C14
  • Solitaire
Estimated Driving Time
  • from Swakopmund to the Namib-Desert-Lodge, including stops in Walvis Bay, at the Vogelfederberg, the Kuiseb Canyon and the Kuiseb Canyon Bridge, and Solitaire:
    8 to 9 hours (330 kilometers)

Day 12
Sesriem
Accommodation & Restaurant
  • Sossusvlei Lodge
    Sesriem
    Namibia
    Tel: +264 (0) 63-693223
    Fax: +264 (0) 63-693231
    Mail: admin@sossusvleilodge.com
    Web http://www.sossusvleilodge.com
    N$ 2100 tented bungalow incl. BF and dinner for two (incl. tax)

    The Zanzig.com Rating: ***** (unmissable)

    View from patio into the Savannah Tented bungalow
    Swimming pool with a view Bedroom
    The Sossusvlei Lodge

What to do
  • Sundowner Trip at the Sossusvlei Lodge (N$ 165 pP)
  • 90 min. Scenic Flight with Desert Air (N$ 6770, two passengers)
  • Visit Sesriem Canyon
  • Visit The Sossusvlei (permit required, N$ 80 pP, N$ 10 per car)
  • Use the shuttle service for the last 5 kilometers (N$ 90 pP)
Estimated Driving Time
  • from the Namib-Desert-Lodge to Sesriem:
    1 hour (60 kilometers)

Day 13
Mariental
Accommodation & Restaurant
  • Kalahari-Anib-Lodge (Gondwana Kalahari Park)
    Lodge Manager: Jaco Visser
    Tel: +264 (0) 63-240529
    Fax: +264 (0) 63-240516
    Web http://www.gondwana-kalahari-park.com
    N$ 790 bungalow incl. BF
    Dinner buffet N$ 125 per person, incl. taxes

    The Zanzig.com Rating: **** (very good)

    Swimming Pool
    Kalahari-Anib-Lodge

Estimated Driving Time
  • from Sesriem to the Kalahari-Anib-Lodge, including a stop in Maltahöhe:
    5 to 6 hours (450 kilometers)

Day 14
Windhoek
Accommodation
  • Swiss Chalets
    Ralph & Karin Hornung
    31 Avis Street
    Windhoek
    Namibia
    Tel: +264 (0) 61-222019
    Fax: +264 (0) 61-248832
    N$ 346 double room incl. BF and taxes

    The Zanzig.com Rating: *** (good)

What to do
  • Visit Hardap Recreation Resort (permit required, N$ 40 pP, N$ 10 per car)
Estimated Driving Time
  • from the Kalahari-Anib-Lodge to Windhoek, including a three-hour stop at the Hardap Recreation Resort:
    6 hours (270 kilometers)

Two final tips for planning your trip to Namibia

1. The itinerary above is perfectly valid, and we would recommend this to everyone who is planning a two-week trip to Namibia. We would, however, suggest one change: If you arrive in Windhoek in the morning, just stay for one night there (instead of two nights) and spend one additional night (three instead of two) directly in the Etosha National Park. Windhoek is a beautiful city, but all the attractions can be visited on one afternoon and the next morning. Etosha, on the other hand, is a truly unique once-in-a-lifetime experience.

2. Please read our second page containing more tips for your trip to Namibia. :-)

*****
unmissable
You will definitely miss an outstanding experience if you don't do/book this. Will provide you good memories. Best value for money. Fantastic!
****
very good
Clearly above average quality. Will give you a very good experience. High value for money.
***
good
Average quality and still recommended. A good experience and good value for money. Nothing to complain about, and you will not be disappointed.
**
fair
Below average quality and/or low value for money, but still acceptable. You will want to consider other options, though.
*
poor
You will most likely be disappointed when booking this. Lowest value for money. Not recommended.
We are in no way affiliated with or have been sponsored by the businesses listed on this page.
We paid the actual price for the services received with no discounts whatsoever.

Cost Overview
Item
N$
EURO
Flights from LTU (2 pax, Economy class, MUC-WDH-MUC)
-
1,668 €
Accommodation 13,002 N$ 1,394 €
Dining 3,076 N$ 330 €
National Park Fees 600 N$ 64 €
Excursions and Shuttle Services 833 N$ 89 €
Scenic Flight across Sossusvlei and the Namib-Naukluft-Park 7,670 N$ 822 €
Rental Car from Avis (two weeks, Class C) 6,042 N$ 648 €
Fuel (estimated) 1,465 N$ 157 €
Replacement Tyre 620 N$ 66 €
Other Cash Purchases (estimated) 2,440 N$ 262 €
TOTAL* 35,746 N$ 5,500 €
* Total N$ amount excludes flights which were paid in Euro in advance

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