On arrival at the Windhoek Airport you will be met by your guide and transferred to Namibia’s Capital, Windhoek. Overnight accommodation will be at the Safari Court Hotel / similar on a bed and breakfast basis. The remainder of the afternoon will be at leisure to visit the city centre. Lunch and dinner today are for own account.
This morning you will depart from Windhoek in a northern direction towards the central Otjiwarongo Region. An excursion on route will be included to the Okahandja wood carvers market. Afternoon arrival at Mount Etjo Safari Lodge / similar, where you will be accommodated on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. Late afternoon a game viewing excursion will be conducted in open safari vehicles. Lunch today is for your own account.
Departing in a northerly direction today’s route continues via the small towns of Otavi and Tsumeb and on to Etosha National Park. An excursion on route will be conducted to the Lake Otjikoto – a large sink-hole type lake. Afternoon arrival at Mokuti Lodge. If time allows conduct a late afternoon game viewing excursion to some of the numerous waterholes in the Namutoni Region of the Park. Overnight accommodation will be at Mokuti Lodge / similar on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. Lunch will be for your own account.
Today will be spent on game viewing in the Etosha National Park, Namibia’s premier wildlife destination. The park has recorded over 114 mammal species, 350 bird species and 21 different vegetation types. The most common plains game species encountered include zebra, springbok, black-faced impala, blue wildebeest, oryx, giraffe and red hartebeest. The Etosha National Park also boasts healthy populations of lion, elephant and black rhino. While in the park a visit will be included to the Etosha Pan or the “Great White Place” as we traverse from the eastern Namutoni Region through to the central Okaukuejo Region. During the afternoon leave the Etosha National Park and drive to Eagle Tented Camp. Overnight accommodation will be at the Eagle Tented Camp / similar on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis only. Lunch will be for your own account.
Leaving Eagle Tented Camp we drive via Outjo and Kamanjab before continuing in a northerly direction towards the administrative capital of the Kunene Region, Opuwo. Formerly known as “Kaokoland”, the Kunene Region is situated in Namibia’s remote northwest, hosting the inhospitable Skeleton Coast and bordering Angola. The Kunene River, forming the border between these two countries, has given its name to the area. Many of Namibia’s primary attractions are found here: the famous desert-adapted elephant, the ancient culture of the semi-nomadic Himba people, the rare black rhino as well as beautiful landscapes and interesting geological formations. Inhabitants of this area are divided among three dominant ethnic groups, the Damara, Herero and the Himba. Picnic lunch is included en route. Overnight accommodation will be at the Opuwo Country Lodge / similar on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis only.
A highlight of any visit to Namibia is a chance to interact with one of the country’s most traditional ethnic groups. Kaokoland is home to the Ova-Himba people a nomadic tribe with a way of life that has remained unchanged for centuries. They can be seen wandering with their herds of goats and cattle from watering hole to watering hole. Clad only with a loincloth, the Himba’s paint their bodies with an ochre pigment, which protects their skin from the sun, and makes a picturesque decoration. While in Opuwo an excursion will be conducted to some of the local Himba homesteads. Overnight accommodation will be at the Opuwo Country Lodge / similar on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis only. Lunch today is for your own account.
Leaving this fascinating region we continue in a southerly direction into an area of vast unspoiled beauty. Damaraland boasts magnificent desert scenery, fascinating geological formations, archaeological sites and a unique variety of desert fauna and flora. It is also the southern most roaming ground for the rare black rhino and the desert adapted elephant.
Guided walking excursions will be conducted to the Twyfelfontein Heritage site, one of Namibia’s richest areas of rock engraving and san paintings and the geological formations of the “Burnt Mountain” and the “organ Pipes”. Overnight accommodation will be at the Twyfelfontein Country Lodge / similar on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis only. Picnic lunch is included en route.
Today’s journey continues in a southerly direction through the southern Damaraland Region towards the abandoned mining town of Uis and Namibia’s highest Mountain Range, the Brandberg, before continuing towards the Atlantic Coast. This route crosses the desolate gravel plains of the Namib Desert before arriving at the Skeleton Coast. An excursion conducted en route will include a visit to the Cape Fur Seal Colony at Cape Cross. This site was first visited in 1486 by the Portuguese explorer, Diego Cao who erected a cross in honour of John 1 of Portugal. In addition to being of historical interest, Cape Cross has a breeding colony of up to 80 000 Cape Fur seals during the peak-breeding season. Late afternoon arrival in Swakopmund where accommodation will be at the Hansa Hotel / similar on a bed and breakfast basis only. Lunch and dinner are for your own account.
While in Swakopmund an excursion will be conducted to Namibia’s largest commercial harbour, Walvis Bay and the Walvis Bay Lagoon, protected under the RAMSAR Convention as an important wetland. The lagoon is renowned for its seasonal abundance of both the Greater and Lesser Flamingo species. The remainder of the day will be at leisure to explore Namibia’s premier coastal resort town. Today this quaint town nestled between desert and ocean is enhanced by lush green lawns, palm trees and carefully tended gardens. There is a good selection of restaurants and coffee shops selling traditional German cakes and pastries, while the coastline and the desert respectively offer many options for adventure or relaxation. Overnight will be at the Hansa Hotel / similar on a bed and breakfast basis only. Lunch and dinner are for your own account.
Departing Swakopmund today’s route returns across the gravel plains of the Namib Desert. Entering the Namib Naukluft Park, there is an excursion to the “Moon Valley” and Namibia’s ancient plant species the Welwitschia mirabilis before crossing through the Kuiseb and Gaub Canyons. Late afternoon arrival at the Le Mirage Desert Lodge located on the eastern boundary of the Namib Naukluft Park. Overnight accommodation at the Le Mirage Desert Lodge / similar on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis only. Picnic lunch is included en route.
Enjoy an early morning excursion along the path of the ancient Tsauchab River into the Namib Sand Sea including a visit to the famed Sossusvlei, Dune 45 and Deadvlei. Many visitors to Namibia say that no part of the desert is more stunning than Sossusvlei, with its monumentally high dunes, the shadows of their sinuous crests continually changing as the day waxes and wanes. Gigantic star-shaped mountains of sand, the highest estimated at 325 metres. The warm tints of the sand, ranging from pale apricot to brick orange and deep red, contrast vividly with the dazzling white surfaces of the deflationary clay pans at some of their bases. An afternoon excursion will be conducted to the Sesriem Canyon, a small yet picturesque canyon carved over millions of years into the Tsauchab River. Overnight accommodation will be at the Le Mirage Desert Lodge / similar on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis only. Lunch today is for your own account.
Departing from the Namib Desert today’s journey crosses the western escarpment via the Tsarishoogte Pass en route to the central Hardap Region passing through the old “Karakul” farming centre of Maltahohe and the capital of the Hardap Region, Mariental. Afternoon arrival at the Intu Africa Zebra Lodge. Conduct a late afternoon game viewing drive in open safari vehicles among the parallel Kalahari Dunes. Overnight accommodation will be at the Intu Africa Zebra Lodge / similar on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis only. Activity is included. Lunch today is for your own account.
After breakfast we return to Windhoek via the small settlement of Rehoboth. Rehoboth is home to the “Baster Community” a fiercely independent people who are the descendants of a group of farmers of mixed European and Khoisan blood. These people first migrated to the area from the Cape in 1870 where they established a settlement at the site of an abandoned Rhenish Mission Station. Midday arrival in Windhoek from were you will be transferred to the International Airport in time for you scheduled regional or international departure flights. Lunch today is for your own account.
Departure to 30 June
2 – 5 Passengers: ZAR 28 835 per person
6 plus Passengers: ZAR 24 250 per person
Supplement for single traveller: ZAR 4 125
Departures 01 July to 31 October
2 – 5 Passengers: ZAR 31 320 per person
6 plus Passengers: ZAR 26 300 per person
Supplement for single traveller: ZAR 4 125
Departure dates: 2008
– The tours are quoted on half board basis or as per programme except for Windhoek and Swakopmund.
– Services of a qualified driver / guide
– Fuel & Transportation in an air-conditioned VW Microbus / similar
– Bottled water on board of vehicle while in transit only
– Excursions as described in above itinerary
– Entrance & Admission Fees were applicable
– Emergency Medical Evacuation Insurance
– Namibian Bed Levy
– Additional meals (as stated in the itinerary) and beverages
– Optional Extra Excursions
– Items of personal nature i.e. telephone calls, bar bills, laundry etc.
– Gratuities and Porterage
– Personal Travel & Luggage insurance
– Flights arrangements