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Exploring Namibia2018-07-24T00:22:05+00:00

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Exploring Namibia

13 Days

Windhoek to Windhoek

SCHEDULED GUIDED TOUR
SOAN-EN

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The classic Namibian Safari. This is an introduction to the major highlights of Namibia. The contrasting landscapes of the country, including the awe-inspiring Fish River Canyon, the surreal Namib Desert and the majestic mountain ranges in Damaraland mixed with the vibrant cultures that live there and the amazing wildlife in Etosha and conservancies. This safari will leave you engrossed in Namibia.

Namibia Explorer
Languages Bilingual – English / German
Departure days Saturdays
Classification Classic and Superior
Vehicle Minibus or coach
Group size Classic: 2-20 guests
Superior: 2-6 guests
Accommodation As specified
Meals Classic: 12 Breakfasts | Superior: 12 Breakfasts and 12 Dinners
Entrance Fees
Fish River Canyon; Namib Naukluft National Park; Twyfelfontein; Petrified Forest; Living Museum of the Damara; Etosha National Park
Activities
As specified
General
24hrs Medical Evacuation Insurance
Optional Extras
Dinner supplement for Classic Tour (Day 1-6 and 9-12), excluding Swakopmund
Activity package (Classic version): Namib Desert nature drive; Catamaran/marine cruise; Etosha open safari vehicle game drive
Additional Excursions / Activities on request
Excluded: all international / domestic flights and taxes • visas • travel and personal accident insurance • personal expenses • excursions / activities not specified • gratuities

Bilingual Departure Dates  

Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
3,10,17,24 1 5,19 9,23 9,23 6,20 4,18 1,15,29 13,27 3,10,17,24,31 7,14,21,28 5,12,19,26
Special Discount / No Single Supplement, English Departures
Arrival flights on day of tour departure to be no later than 09h00.
Same day flight departures out of Windhoek International are only possible after 19h00.

Day 1 | Saturday

KALAHARI DESERT

Leaving Windhoek, we travel into the Kalahari Desert, referred to by the Bushmen as the “soul of the world”. With deep, red, undulating sand dunes and endless grass plains interspersed with acacias and shrubs, it is home to a surprising large amount of specially adapted wildlife.

Classic overnight: Intu Africa Camelthorn Lodge.
Superior overnight: Intu Africa Zebra Lodge – Dinner and a nature drive in the Kalahari.

Day 2 | Sunday

FISH RIVER CANYON

We continue south through arid and extensive rocky plains and visit the unique Garas quiver tree forest nestled amongst huge, stacked dolerite boulders, known as “Giant’s Playground”. We continue to our lodge situated close to the Fish River Canyon where we can explore the area on foot or on an optional guided nature drive.

Classic overnight: Canyon Village – Breakfast.
Superior overnight: Canyon Lodge – Breakfast and dinner.

Day 3-4 | Monday and Tuesday

LÜDERITZ

Starting our morning on the edge of the Fish River Canyon we gaze into the second largest canyon on earth. We continue our journey past the quaint wine farm at Naute and past Garub, home of the wild horses of the Namib Desert to Luderitz. The next morning we visit Kolmanskop ghost town, a haunting monument to the thriving past and luxurious decadence, offering visitors unique photo opportunities.

Classic overnight: Nest Hotel – Breakfast.
Superior overnight: Nest Hotel Superior Room – Breakfast and dinner.

Day 5 | Wednesday

NAMIB DESERT

After an early breakfast we travel across wide open plains north along the Tiras mountain range to our lodge in the Namib Desert. The afternoon can be spent relaxing at the sparkling pool, enjoying the vast open desert plains, or taking part in optional activities offered at the lodge.

Classic overnight: The Elegant Desert Lodge – Breakfast.
Superior overnight: Sossusvlei Lodge – Breakfast and dinner.

Day 6 | Thursday

NAMIB DESERT

Entering the Namib Naukluft National Park with sunrise, the first rays of sunlight paint the mountains of sand into a variety of apricot, red and orange, contrasted against a crisp blue skyline, providing an opportunity to capture this awe-inspiring landscape on film. Explore the surreal Dead Vlei surrounded by some of the highest dunes on earth at Sossusvlei where you can climb one of the dunes. We stop at Sesriem Canyon on our way back to our lodge.

Classic overnight: The Elegant Desert Lodge – Breakfast.
Superior overnight: Sossusvlei Lodge – Breakfast and dinner.

Day 7-8 | Friday and Saturday

SWAKOPMUND

Travelling via the desolate, rolling hills of the Kuiseb Valley we head towards Walvis Bay and visit the lagoon where over 80% of the African flamingos feed. In Swakopmund we have a range of optional activities (tandem skydiving, dune boarding, quad biking, cycling, living desert tours or scenic flights). Embrace the relaxed pace of this idyllic coastal town whilst enjoying coffee and freshly baked pastries in one of the many cafés.

Classic overnight: Swakopmund Plaza / Beach Hotel – Breakfast.
Superior overnight: Strand Hotel – Breakfast, dinner and a marine cruise (day 8).

Day 9 | Sunday

DAMARALAND

On long, scenic roads we head into the Damaraland, one of the least populated and geologically diverse areas in Africa and home to the elusive desert elephant, rhino and free-roaming antelope species. Accompanied by a local Damara guide we visit Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with over 2 500 bushman rock engravings. After a visit to the nearby Living Museum of the Damara we proceed to the petrified forest – a depicting the metamorphosis of wood into stone and the welwitschia mirabilis – the oldest living desert plant.

Classic overnight: Damara Mopane Lodge or similar lodge in Damaraland – Breakfast.
Superior overnight: Vingerklip Lodge – Breakfast and dinner.

Day 10-12 | Monday – Wednesday

ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

After a relaxed breakfast, we travel towards the Etosha National Park, famous for its vast amount of wildlife. After we have reached our camp located just outside of the National Park, we explore the various waterholes located close to the Anderson Gate for our first wildlife encounters. Optional and time permitting open vehicle game drives can be booked with the lodge. Our second day here is devoted purely to safari. The park is home to four of the ‘Big 5’ – elephant, lion, leopard and rhino. The abundant wildlife is largely focussed around the waterholes, ideal places to sit and watch over 114 different game species, or for an avid birder, in excess of 340 bird species. On the final day, your guide again takes you on safari in the Etosha National Park, or optionally you can book an open game drive park drive with the lodge. In the afternoon we travel back to our lodge, where we enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure or experience the wellness centre.

Day 10: Classic overnight: Etosha Safari Camp – Breakfast.
Superior overnight: Etosha Village – Breakfast and dinner.

Day 11-12: Classic overnight: Mokuti Etosha Lodge – Breakfast.
Superior overnight: Etosha Village – Onguma Collection – Breakfast and dinner.

Day 13 | Thursday

DEPARTURE

After breakfast we travel back to the capital, Windhoek. En-route we may stop at the famous wood carvers market in Okahandja or the craft market in the main street in Windhoek to pick up a last few souvenirs. Windhoek is a cosmopolitan melting pot of European architecture with African culture, with a variety of good restaurants to choose from. You will be dropped off at your accommodation of choice, or transferred to the airport for your outward flight.

Breakfast.

Namibia Experience

Please Note: For the Namibia Experience, the tour is extended with an unwinding 2-night package at either The Elegant Farmstead (Classic) or the GocheGanas Nature Reserve (Superior).

Classic Extension
Day 13-14
| Thursday and Friday

OTJIHAVERA MOUNTAINS

Departing Etosha, we travel south towards Windhoek, where the following days are spent on a typical Namibian farm. Besides being a haven for birders, the farm boasts game species such as eland, giraffe and kudu, which we are able to view during an optional afternoon nature drive. The following day, we have the morning at leisure for a late sleep in followed by a scrumptious breakfast. During the day we can chose from a palette of optional activities, including a visit to the Ovitoto Village, a cheetah walk or a scenic drive.

Overnight at The Elegant Farmstead – Breakfast and a nature drive (day 14).

Day 15 | Saturday

DEPARTURE

Via mountainous terrain we travel to the international airport or you can also be dropped off in Windhoek at your accommodation of choice.

Breakfast.

Superior Extension
Day 13-14
| Thursday and Friday

GOCHEGANAS NATURE RESERVE

Departing Etosha, we travel south towards Windhoek, where the following days are spent on a nature and wellness reserve situated amidst the beautiful and scenic Auas Mountain range. The second day is spent at leisure on the game reserve. You can unwind with a wellness treatment in the modern and comprehensive wellness centre or explore the natural surrounding area on a scenic walk or by mountain bike. In the afternoon we embark on a guided open game drive safari.

Overnight at GocheGanas Nature Reserve – Breakfast, dinner and Game Drive.

Day 15 | Saturday

DEPARTURE

We travel via mountainous terrain to the international airport or you can also be dropped off in Windhoek at your accommodation of choice.

Breakfast.

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