Africa Safari -- Namibia/Etosha 2021

This will be our 12th Namibian safari and our 5th to the Etosha National Park. At the time of our booking Namibia and South Africa are not in good shape, corona-wise. And the US is worse then all. Will Namibia and South Africa be open for visitors in 2021?

We were very happy with our Safari truck rental in 2020, so plan to do the same. We will be picking up our "Toyota truck" at "Safari Car Rental", which is a short distance from the airport, outside Windhoek.

Route of Safari

Day #1=>Depart SFO, on British Airways red-eye non-stop to Heathrow, London(w/masks and goggles)

Day #2=>We touch down the morning of day#2 in London where we spend a short layover before boarding another red-eye non-stop to Johannesburg, South Africa.

Day #3=>Another short layover and then board a short 2hr flight to our final destination, Windoek, Namibia. Upon arrival in Windhoek we are picked up by a representative from "Safari Car Rental" who will drives us to their location where we pickup our Toyota 4x4(any color you want as long as it is white).

The locations of the lodges we will visit on this trip are shown on the map to the right. Each lodge is represented with a different letters and will be referred to by the following day by day itinerary. Lodges F, G, and H are government camps inside Etosha National Park which is the green area on the map. Etosha means the "great white area" and refers to the huge salt pan. This is an impressive sight because it's certainly the biggest salt pan in Africa. What makes this park unique is the floodlit waterholes at all the main camps. Some of the camps even have photography hides near the waterholes.

After picking up our Toyota 4x4 it is a short drive to our first lodge (a new lodge for us), River Crossing Lodge, point "A" on our route map(DBB). The location of this lodge is also on the airport road, just 5 km before Windhoek.

We are spending one night at this lodge.

Etusis Lodge Etusis Lodge

Day #4 and #5=>Our 2nd lodge is west pf Windhoek the Etusis Lodge; point "B" on our route map(DBB). This is also a new lodge for us that is located in the Otjipatera Mountain range. Etusis has 7 bungalows each with a/c, mini-bar, and a coffee/tea station. A very relaxing location to recover from our jet-leg.

Desert Breeze Lodge Desert Breeze Lodge

Day #6, #7 and #8=>Our next stop is Swakopmund, a city we have visited many times before. Swakopmund is right on the Altantic Ocean so hot days is not a concern here. Our lodge is a return to the Desert Breeze Lodge, point "C" on our route map(DBB). We first stayed at this lodge during our 2020 Safari and liked is so much we had to come back. The lodge is on the east side of Swakopmund with great views of the Namib desert, known as the oldest desert in the world. Each of their 12 luxury bungalows have a private sun deck with breath-taking views.

Ugab Terrace Lodge Ugab Terrace Lodge

Day #9 and #10=>After cooling off at the coast we then head east into the heart of Damaraland to another new lodge for us the Ugab Terrace Lodge, point "D" on our route map(DBB). This lodge has 16 chalets set in a semi-circle on the edge of the mountain with a panoramic view over open valleys and the ancient terraces formed by water corrosion millions of years ago. There's also a restaurant and bar overlooking the Rock Vinger and beautiful Ugab Terraces valley.

Hobatere Lodge Hobatere Lodge

Day #11=>Our next lodge is Hobatere Lodge, point "E" on our route map(DBB). We first stayed at this lodge in 2018 but this time we are coming back to try their "Tree House" unit. The "Tree House" unit pictured to the right overlooks its own private waterhole.

Okaukuejo Resort Okaukuejo Resort

Day #12 thru #15=>Our first lodge in Etosha National Park is a favorite of ours Okaukuejo Resort, point "F" on our route map(self-carter). Okaukuejo is famous for its flood-lit waterhole, where visitors can observe at close quarters a spectacle of wildlife congregating and interacting.

Halali Resort Halali Resort

Day #16 and #17=>Our next Etosha lodge is also a long time favorite Halali Resort, point "G" on our route map(self-carter). Halali is located halfway between Okaukuejo and Namutoni. It is situated at the base of a dolomite hill, amongst shady Mopane trees. A flood-lit waterhole which is viewed from an elevated vantage point provides exceptional wildlife viewing throughout the day and into the night.

Namutoni Camp Namutoni Camp

Day #18 and #19=>Our last Etosha lodge is a new lodge for us the Namutoni Camp, point "H" on our route map(self-carter). Namutoni is located in the eastern part of Etosha National Park, built from an old German fort and features an elevated view of the King Nehale Waterhole. The camp is in close proximity to Fisher's Pan, making it a hotspot for birders. Fort Namutoni was declared a national monument in 1950 and was opened to tourism in 1957.

The camp features spacious and comfortable chalets with en-suite bathrooms. There are 2 restaurants at the camp, African Fusion and The Steakhouse. Other camp facilities include a bar, a shop, a petrol station, and a swimming pool.

Etosha King Nehale Etosha King Nehale

Day #20=>Our next lodge is just outside Etosha and is another new lodge for us Etosha King Nehale Resort, point "I" on our route map(DBB). This resort is part of the Gondwana Collection Namibia and opened in June 2020, and is about 5km north of the King Nehale Gate on the northern border of Etosha National Park. This resort has 40 chalets each with a veranda with private splash pool, Wi-Fi and more.

Onguma Tree Top Onguma Tree Top

Day #21 and #22=>Our next lodge is very unique and is new for us the Onguma Tree Top Camp, point "J" on our route map(DBB). The Camp is built on wooden stilts amongst the tree tops with full views over beautiful watering holes on Onguma Game Reserve. The Camp consists of 4 thatched rooms with canvass walls, a dining room and a main complex.

Mount Etjo Resort Mount Etjo Resort

Day #23 and #24=>Our last lodge on this trip is another new lodge for us the beautiful Mount Etjo Safari Lodge, point "K" on our route map(DBB). Since this was the end of our trip we decided to splurge and booked their "villa", which has a 180 degree view of the lake. The Villa is the pearl of Mount Etjo Safari Lodge. The Villa offers privacy, exclusivity and luxury, with a private swimming pool and garden, a Jacuzzi, a mini-bar, DSTV, a large lounge with a fire-place, two king-size beds.

'Etjo' means a place of refuge. Since 1975 Mount Etjo Safari Lodge has been the heart of the Okonjati wildlife sanctuary. The Lodge is built to face a large lake where animals regularly quench their thirst and hippos come to visit. Further in the distance lingers the magnificent Mount Etjo mountain, completing the picturesque scenery.

After breakfast on our last day we are driving back to "Safari Car Rental" (point "A" on map) where they will shuttle us to the airport to catch our 2pm flight to Johannesburg. In Johannesburg we will have a few hours to rest before our BA red-eye to London.

Day #25=>We arrive in London(Heathrow) in the early morning and have a few hours layover before boarding our last flight back to SFO. We arrive in SF later this day.