First let me say that this forum has been invaluable in helping my plan our upcoming trip to Namibia. Everyone here is extremely helpful and so many of you share your vast knowledge so freely. Thank you!
Now then, we leave for Namibia in two months! Time has flown by, but I wish it would get here sooner. I just wanted to ask for a sanity check on our itinerary, as this is probably our last chance to change anything without incurring cancellation fees:
May 13 – Evening arrival from USA in Jo’Burg (1 night near airport)
May 14 – Flight to Windhoek (1 night at Rivendell)
May 15 & 16 – Drive to Sossusvlei (2 nights at Sossus Dune Lodge)
May 17 – Drive to Swakop (1 night at Cornerstone)
May 18 – Tommy’s Living Desert Tour (1 night at Cornerstone)
May 19 – Seal Kayaking + Sandwich Harbour Tour (1 night at Cornerstone)
May 20 – Drive to S. Damaraland and see rock paintings (1 night at Camp Kipwe)
May 21 – Desert Ele tracking (1 night at Camp Kipwe)
May 22 – Drive to N. Damaraland (1 night at Grootberg)
May 23 – Rhino Tracking (1 night at Grootberg)
May 24 – Sundowner horse ride (1 night at Grootberg)
May 25 & 26 – Drive to Etosha (2 nights at Dolomite)
May 27 & 28 – Third and fourth day in Etosha (1 night each at Halali and Namutoni)
May 29 – Drive to Otjiwarongo (1 night at Frans Indongo)
May 30 – Spend day at CCF (1 night at Frans Indongo)
May 31 – Drive to Windhoek (14:00 flight to Jo’Burg, 19:30 flight back to USA)
The only concerns I have are really around Etosha. We've never been to Africa before so of course seeing the wildlife is important to us. Questions keep running through my mind (are we spending enough time in Etosha? Are we staying at the right camps? Will we have good wildlife viewing? Etc). I know everyone swears by Okaukuejo but from what I can gather we'll be there at the tail end of the rainy season and the viewing at the west and eastern sides of the parks tends to be better during these times (hence Dolomite and Namutoni).
I know that 1-night stays are generally to be avoided, but we just don't have enough time! (isn't that always the case)? Should I take a day away from Swakop or Grootberg and add it to Etosha? Could I get away with not doing the Living Desert Tour since I'm doing Sandwich Harbour? Do I really need that third night at Grootberg? Burning questions I tell you!
Any feedback would be most welcome, and again thank you all for all the support thus far. Two more months!