Guests on this Guided Safari option will be able to develop a deeper appreciation, for not only Namibia’s natural beauty, but also the country’s rich cultural heritage and diverse ethnic groups. Highlights of this safari include visiting Bushmanland, the Etosha National Park, the far north and north western regions of Ovamboland, Kaokoland and Damaraland, the coastal town of Swakopmund and the Namib Desert while coming into contact with the various population groups of Bushmen, Ovambo, Ova-Himba, Herero, Berg Damara and Nama.

Day 1
Upon 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 you own account

Day 2
After breakfast the route takes us in a northerly direction, to the Waterberg Plateau Park. An excursion on route is included to the Okahandja wood carvers market. Afternoon arrival and overnight accommodation at the Bernabe de la Bat Rest Camp / similar on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis only. Optional excursions while at the Waterberg include guided hiking trails to the summit of the plateau and game viewing drives in open safari vehicles. Lunch today is for your own account.

Day 3
Today’s we continue towards the commercial farming town of Grootfontein, and an excursion to the world’s largest known meteorite at Hoba, is included. From Grootfontein we continue into an area which is often referred to as “Bushmanland”. Here there are a number of San settlements. The San are the earliest inhabitants of Namibia. While many now live a settled existence in villages, a few of them still manage to practice their traditional itinerant lifestyle. Although their culture is vanishing fast, it is hoped that their great love for stories and songs will survive as a record of their ancient heritage. Afternoon arrival at the Tsumkwe Lodge for overnight accommodation on a full board basis.

Day 4
Enjoy a full day guided excursion to the local Ju’/hoan San community. The emphasis on this excursion is to discover more about the hunting skills and techniques, traditional uses of local plants, village life and dancing. Overnight accommodation is at Tsumkwe Lodge on a full board basis.

Day 5
Leaving Bushmanland, today’s route returns via the town of Grootfontein before continuing towards the mining town of Tsumeb and the Etosha National Park. If time allows, there will be a short game drive into the Park this afternoon. Overnight accommodation is at Mokuti Lodge on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis only. Lunch today is for your own account

Day 6
Today will be spent conducting a full day of game viewing activities in the Etosha National Park, Namibia’s premier game viewing 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-faces impala, blue wildebeest, oryx, giraffe and red hartebeest. The Etosha National Park also boasts healthy populations of lion, elephant and black rhino. Today’s journey will also include a visit to the Etosha Pan – the “Great White Place”. Overnight accommodation is at the Mokuti Lodge on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis only. Lunch today is for your own account

Day 7
Departing from the Etosha National Park today’s journey continues into the far north of the country, an area formerly known as Ovamboland. This region, with a total population of 650 000, is the country’s most densely populated area and has been described as Namibia’s indigenous and cultural heartland. The landscape is characterized by flat, sandy plains dotted with Makalani palms, Savannah grassland and Mopane woodland. The central area is dominated by an exceptionally flat plain covered by a network of shallow ephemeral watercourses, known as Oshanas. The major towns in the area are Oshakati, Ondangwa and Ongwediva. Excursions include visits to various markets, historical sites and the Cuca shops. Overnight accommodation will be at the Oshakati Country Lodge on a full board basis.

Day 8
Today we continue with our discovery of the region as we travel via the town of Ruacana en route to the Kunene Region. Formerly known as “Kaokoland”, this region is situated in Namibia’s remote northwest, home to the inhospitable Skeleton Coast, and forming the border with 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 – Damara, Herero and Himba. Overnight accommodation will be at the Opuwo Country Lodge / similar on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis only. Picnic Lunch is included en route.

Day 9
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 paint their bodies with an ochre pigment, which protects their skin from the sun, and makes a picturesque decoration. While in Opuwo, the administrative capital of the Kunene Region, an excursion is 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 account

Day 10
We leave this fascinating region and 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. A guided walk is enjoyed to the Twyfelfontein Heritage site, one of Namibia’s richest areas of rock engraving and San paintings. You will also get to see 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.

Day 11
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. A visit is included 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 some 80 000 sealsduring the peak breeding season. There is a late afternoon arrival in Swakopmund where overnight accommodation will be at the Hansa Hotel / similar on a bed and breakfast basis only. Lunch and dinner is for your own account.

Day 12
While in Swakopmund, there is a chance to visit 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, Swakopmund. 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 your own account.

Day 13
Today’s route returns across the gravel plains of the Namib Desert, and includes visits 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 will be at the Le Mirage Desert Lodge / similar on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis only. Picnic lunch is included en route.

Day 14
There is an early morning excursion along the path of the ancient Tsauchab River into the Namib Sand Sea, which includes 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 is undertaken 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.

Day 15
Return to Windhoek over the western escarpment and the Khomas Hochland highland region. Mid-day arrival in Windhoek for some time at leisure before being transferred to the International Airport in time for your scheduled regional or international departure.

Cost
4 or 5 Passengers ZAR 36 720 per person
6 or more Passengers ZAR 30 710 per person

Supplement for single traveller ZAR 4 375

Departure dates:
18 July
17 August
02 September

Included Services:
– The tours are quoted on half board basis or as per programme except for Windhoek and Swakopmund.
– Services of a qualified driver / guide
– Fuel and 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 and Admission Fees were applicable
– Emergency Medical Evacuation Insurance
– Namibian Bed Levy
– 15% VAT (Value Added Tax)

Excluded Services:
– 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 and Luggage insurance
– Flights arrangements

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