Omulunga Tour

Highlights of this Tour

Namibia is a diverse country with contrasting landscapes and equally diverse ethnic groups and cultures. This tour focuses on the Central Northern part of Namibia where approximately half of the population lives.

On the Omulunga tour visitors have an opportunity to experience the cultural and ethnic diversity of this part of the country. The area can be accessed in two ways. Entering Central North from Etosha through the northern gate, King Nehale Lyampingana. From Kunene via Opuwo and Oshakati, the area is within the radius of 45 km from Oshakati and Ondangwa towns. 

The main highlights of this tour is the visit to tribal villages such as Ongula- which is 160KM from Etosha or 60 KM from Oshakati, if entering from the north west of Owambo into the direction of Ruacana. Optional route as part of this is to go to Omedi- the palace of the Queen of Ovakwanyama – one of the biggest sub-tribes of the Ovambo people. This is about 65 km from Oshakati on the way to Oshikango, the last town before the border of Angola and Namibia. 

At both villages, visitors have the opportunity to experience some of the traditional “chores” of a village life.  Throughout this tour vistors will interact with the locals in a modern yet traditional setting but infused with local specialities. Seasonal events of the region are: during Rainy Season (hoeing, ploughing with bulls; sowing and milking cows) Harvesting Season (harvesting, threshing omahangu, making marula juices…ect)  and other ongoing activities (pounding omahangu, making local liqueur “ ombike”,)

Before exiting Ongula Village, visitors have 30 minutes stop-over at local sundowning place before proceeding to their destination of the day. The tour lasts for about 4,5 hours.

Day 1 - Windhoek

Transfer from the Airport to the Hotel (Safari Court, Villa Verdi or Olive Groove). Afternoon do a city tour in and around Windhoek and proceed to local bar for sun downing (the refreshment will be at your own account), this  will give you an opportunity to experience  what locals do in the afternoon after spending a day in the City. At around 19h00, proceed to a local house for dinner. 
(a la carte menu)
OVERINGHT 
    @ WILWITCHIA PACKAGE – HOTEL HEINITZBURG 
    @ NAMIB PACKAGE - OLIVE GROOVE GUEST HOUSE (BB) 



Day 2 - Windhoek - Okahandja - Otjiwarongo - Tsumeb

After breakfast drive north through Okahandja. Arrive in Otjiwarongo and visit the crocodile farm and proceed to Afri-Cat Foundation (Okomjima) for  lunch. After Lunch proceed to Tsumeb (the Copper Mine Town) 

Activities and Attraction site en-route to Tsumeb and Mokuti Lodge include:
  • Open air museum.
  • Ombili Foundation at Tsintsabis- where the bushman are taught skills to be self employed and refrain from Hunter-gather lifestyle. (A donation whether in cash or kind is always welcome at this project ).
The last stopping point is Kempinski Mokuti Lodge where the night will be at leisure or do a game drive either in the evening or the morning depending on the schedule of the lodge. Dinner will either be in the Restaurant or Bush Dinner.


OVERNIGHT 
    @ WILWITCHIA PACKAGE- ONGUMA PLAINS CAMP (HB)
    @ NAMIB PACKAGE-MOKUTI LODGE - PART OF KEMPINSKI GROUP (HB)

Day 3 - Arrival of Christianity

After break-fast drive through Etosha to King Nehale Gate to exit Etosha though the northern gate Nakambale Museum. Drive through Okashana to Omuthiya Gwiipundi and visit the King Nehale’s grave at Omandongo. For lunch you proceed to Nakambale Museum, a legacy of the Finnish Missionary. The Museum is located at Olukonda, the King Palace of Ondonga.  At Nakambale you will do a tour of the museum accompanied by a local guide. After Nakambale, the tour leads you further north east of Ondangwa, where the dinner will be served, hosted at a traditional chief’s house at a Village called Ongula. At this village- you will have an opportunity to experience how various local food are prepared.  After dinner, you will make a 30 minutes stop-over to take photos and proceed to Ondangwa area to the Cresta Lodge.

OVERNIGHT @ CRESTA LODGE (PROTEA GROUP) – ONDANGWA (BB)

Day 4 - The Ovambo Tribe

After break-fast, drive through Oshikango (now called Helao Nafidi) which is the last town at the border of Namibia and  Angola to the  Palace of the Queen of Ovakwanyama. At this village you will be welcomed by a group of women in their traditional attire. Lunch will be served at the palace. After lunch you will have a quick tour through the village to enjoy the landscape and the set up of the houses. Afterwards you drive to Oshakati Country Lodge. Dinner at leisure will be either in the Hotel or at Ben’s Entertainment Park. 
OVERNIGHT @ NAMIB PACKAGE-OSHAKATI COUNTRY LODGE(BB)

Day 5 - The Ovambo Tribe

After breakfast you proceed to Ombalantu for a refreshment and and to experience the very unique Boabab tree. This particular tree had various functions during the apartheid era. Lunch will be held under the Boabab tree. Drive and overnight at Ruacana Lodge.

OVERNIGHT @ NAMIB PACKAGE - RUACANA LODGE (BB)






Day 6 - The Himba Tribe

After breakfast visit the Ruacana Falls and drive to Opuwo/Kaokoland- the home to the the Ovahimba people.    Lunch will be a bush braai en-route to Opuwo. Arrive in Opuwo at around mid-day and visit Himba Cultural Villages and the evening will be at leisure. 
OVERNIGHT 
    @ WILWITCHIA PACKAGE-HUAB LODGE (HB)
    



Day 7 - Wildlife Experience

Departure from Kamajab area and proceed to Etosha National Park. Etosha was first established in 1907, when Namibia was a German colony known as South West Africa. At the time, the park’s original size was 100.000 km2 (38.500 sqmiles) made it the largest game reserve in the world. Due to political changes since its original establishments, the park is now slightly less than a quarter of its original area, but still remains a very large and significant area in which wildlife is protected.
OVERNIGHT
    @ WILWITCHIA PACKAGE-ONGAVA LODGE (HB)
    @ NAMIB PACKAGE-OKAUKUEJO REST CAMP (HB)



Day 8 - Conservancy

Departure from Etosha to Otjiwarongo area Okonjima is the home to The AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organization, committed to long-term conservation of Namibia's large carnivores, especially cheetahs and leopards. A visit to Okonjima will give you an opportunity to witness some of AfriCat's work.
OVERNIGHT
    @ WILWETCHIA PACKAGE-OKONJIMA BUSH CAMP (HB)
    @ NAMIB PACKAGE-OKONJIMA MAIN CAMP (HB)

Day 9 - Good Bye Namibia

Proceed to Windhoek through Okahandja. At Okahandja you have the possibility of stopping at the woodcarver’s market. Upon arrival in Windhoek you will have time at leisure and in the evening a farewell exclusive dinner at Gatheman’s Restaurant,  one of the Top-Restaurant in Namibia which combines the European and local food when in season.

OVERNIGHT @ OLIVE GROOVE-UP (HB)

Day 10 - Departure

You proceed to the Hosea Kutako Airport in time for departure.



This is an example of the Tour. Accommodations and routes can vary according to clients need. 
Please see your booking confirmation for final and definite route description.