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R42,900.00

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Safari

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The classic Namibian safari, introducing you to the major highlights of Namibia. Experience the contrasting landscapes of the country mixed with the vibrant cultures that live there, with the amazing wildlife found in the national parks and conservancies.

Price p/p:

R42,900.00

Duration:

12 days

Route:

Windhoek to Windhoek

Class:

Classic

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Journey Highlights

Namib Desert Horse

Namib Desert Horses are feral horses found in the Namib Desert of Namibia. Approximately 90-150 Namibian Wild Horses live in Africa, making them the only feral horse herd on the continent.

Kolmanskop

Kolmanskop is a ghost town in the Namib Desert found in the midst of what is referred to as the 'forbidden zone.’ Kolmanskop is an incredible experience and is a highly recommended excursion when exploring southern Namibia.

Deadvlei

The Deadvlei white clay pan is located in Namibia, near the famed Sossusvlei salt pan. One of the many reasons to go is to experience the sunrise (or sunset) over the huge red dunes of the Namib Desert.

Etosha National Park

See African wildlife up close and personal at Etosha National Park. The park is the number one game reserve in Namibia with incredible game viewing and luxurious lodges, here you will find the perfect safari getaway.

Itinerary

On the day of arrival, your flights should arrive no later than 09h00.

Leaving Windhoek, we travel into the largest sand mass on Earth, the Kalahari Desert. The Kalahari is a vast semi-desert of wind-blown sand held by a sparse mantle of thorn scrub making it the most extensive continuous stretch of sand covering 9 African countries. Unlike other true deserts, the Kalahari does receive erratic rainfall. For many, therefore “thirstland” is a more fitting description. Lacking permanent surface water, the Kalahari is a challenging place to live except for those who have adapted to not only survive but flourish here. The Bushmen refer to it as the “Soul of the World”, an emotive description for this area.

With its deep red dunes and endless grass plains interspersed with acacia’s and shrubs, it is still home to a surprisingly large amount of specially adapted wildlife. Enjoy the opportunity to experience the red dunes, wildlife and plants in this desert environment on an optional nature drive.

  • Overnight at Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge
  • Breakfast

Continue south through arid and extensive rocky plains. Visiting the unique Garas Quiver Tree Forest where you are welcomed by quirky human-made sculptures of scrap metal which set a contrast to this serene, timeless space with Quiver trees and aloes nestled amongst huge dolerite boulders, stacked mysteriously, the area is also aptly referred to as “Giant’s Playground”. Continue to your lodge, situated in close vicinity to the Fish River Canyon. Here you can explore the area on foot or take an optional guided nature drive in the later afternoon highlighting the Quiver trees, rugged landscape and impressive sweeping rock formations.

  • Overnight at Canyon Village Gondwana Collection Namibia
  • Breakfast

Your morning starts early on the edge of the Fish River Canyon where you gaze into this magnificent geological phenomenon. The Fish River Canyon is located in the northern part of the Nama Karoo and is the second-largest canyon on earth, featuring a gigantic ravine that measures in total about 160 km long, up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550 meters deep.

The Fish River is the longest interior river found in Namibia, but its current flow is just a drop compared with the immense volume of water that poured down its length in ages past. Continue your journey past the Naute dam, where you will have a short stop at the Naute Kristall Cellar and Distillery, to taste some of their unique liquors (optional) or simply enjoy a delicious cup of coffee. Proceeding onwards you head towards the coastal town of Lüderitz. On the way to Lüderitz, stop at Garub, which is the viewing point for the Wild Horses of the Namib Desert.

Arriving in Lüderitz, we recommend stopping at Diaz Café for an optional fresh and delicious seafood snack before heading out along the “Große Bucht” towards Diaz Point. Your hosts for the evening will have you enjoying a typical Namibian homestay feeling and atmosphere.

  • Overnight at Obelix Village Guesthouse
  • Breakfast

After an early breakfast, your morning starts with a visit to Kolmanskop ghost town. Kolmanskop is a deserted diamond mining town in the Sperrgebiet National Park. Once an opulent and decadent town, a monument to the diamond boom and built to last…until the diamonds ran out.

Today Kolmanskop stands as a haunting monument to the thriving past, offering visitor’s unique photo motives into a bygone era. Continue across vast open plains, stopping for an optional light lunch in the countryside town of Helmeringhausen before continuing further north along with the Tiras Mountain range to your lodge in the Namib Desert.

Your lodge is located close to Sesriem the gateway to Sossusvlei, Deadvlei and Sesriem Canyon, with some of the highest dunes on Earth towering over the white desert plains. 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.

  • Overnight at The Elegant Desert Lodge
  • Breakfast

The morning demands an early start. Entering the Namib Naukluft National Park shortly after 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, enrapturing your senses, and providing an opportunity to capture this impressive landscape on film. You will be captivated by the surreal Deadvlei surrounded by some of the highest dunes on earth and Sossusvlei, where the dry Tsauchab River ends abruptly amongst dunes.

Take the opportunity to walk up one of these majestic dunes to admire the desert landscape beneath. After this thrilling experience, we visit the Sesriem Canyon, a life-sustaining natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert before returning back to your lodge and cooling off along the swimming pool or with a refreshing drink at one of the quiet retreats located all around the lodge.

  • Overnight at The Elegant Desert Lodge
  • Breakfast

After breakfast continue your journey approaching the little settlement of Solitaire on the edge of the Namib Naukluft National Park, feeling like you have arrived in the middle of nowhere, before travelling via the desolate, rolling hills of the Kuiseb Valley towards the Atlantic Ocean. Reaching the coastal harbour town of Walvis Bay, you will visit the shallow lagoon, one of the most important wetland areas on the African continent and a RAMSAR World Heritage Site. Over 80% of Africa’s lesser flamingos breed in this lagoon and present a breath-taking picture when they appear in groups.

Continuing along the scenic route between the dune belt and the Atlantic Ocean you will reach Swakopmund, where the rest of the day is spent at leisure. With palm-lined streets and seaside promenades, Swakopmund is a popular holiday destination in Namibia. Its pleasant summer climate and long stretched beaches attract anglers and surfers from all over Southern Africa. Swakopmund is a bohemian mix of German architecture and African rhythms, a laid back attitude with adrenalin activities, misty mornings and desert heat. It is colourful, it is vibrant, but most of all, it is pure fun.

  • Overnight at Hansa Hotel
  • Breakfast

Swakopmund is often fondly referred to as the “playground of Namibia”, it has numerous activities ranging from adventure to exploring the fascinating features of the Namib Desert and the animals and plants that occur and survive here.

Embrace the relaxed pace of this idyllic coastal town while enjoying coffee and freshly baked pastries in one of the many café’s. Alternatively explore the rugged, sweltering desert on a day tour, or view this awesome, environment from the air on a scenic flight. Find your inner child and push adrenaline to its limits with extreme adventures such as skydiving over the desert or quad biking and sandboarding on the dunes. Take time to get the feel of this quaint town with its historic buildings, museums, shopping arcades and beach bar that has transformed into its own personality by the vibrant use of colour and the bohemian lifestyle.

  • Overnight at Hansa Hotel
  • Breakfast

Today you will first head east into the Erongo Mountain range to stretch your legs on a short informative bush walk with local Bushmen, whereby we listen to stories of the bushman culture, traditions and see some of their desert survival skills.

Returning from the walk your journey continues through Uis past the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain (2.579m), into Damaraland, one of the least populated and most geologically diverse areas in Africa. This harsh, rocky environment is home to the elusive desert elephant, the black rhino and free-roaming antelope species. Arrive at your lodge in the afternoon, where you have the remaining day at leisure.

  • Overnight at Damara Mopane Lodge Gondwana Collection Namibia
  • Breakfast

During the cooler hours of the morning, you start your adventure-filled day in the company of a local Damara guide, who takes you to Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO heritage site where Bushman communities engraved and painted over 2.500 pictures some 6.000 years ago. After a visit to the nearby Living Museum of the Damara, proceed to the Petrified Forest – a geological phenomenon depicting the creation and metamorphosis of wood into stone amongst some of the oldest landmasses on Earth. Here you also see the Welwitschia mirabilis plant – the oldest living desert plant on Earth. Your onward journey takes you to the wildlife heaven of Namibia – the Etosha National Park. Check into your lodge located on the border of the Etosha National Park and unwind after the adventure-filled day alongside the pool.

  • Overnight at Etosha Safari Camp Gondwana Collection Namibia
  • Breakfast

The day is devoted purely to the abundant wildlife found in the Etosha National Park, which surrounds a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan. The park is home to 4 of the Big Five – elephant, lion, leopard and rhino. The park was proclaimed as Namibia’s first conservation area in 1907 by the then Governor, von Lindequist. Despite the size of the Etosha National Park, only the southern edge of the pan is accessible to visitors.

Game viewing in the park is primarily focused around the waterholes, some of which are spring-fed and some supplied from a borehole, ideal places to sit and watch over 114 different game species, or for an avid birder, more than 340 bird species. Popular game species such as giraffe, blue wildebeest, plains and mountain zebra, hyena, lion, leopard, antelopes such as kudu, Oryx, eland, as well as some of the endangered species such as Black rhino, cheetah and the black-faced impala are all found here.

An extensive network of roads links over 30 water holes allowing visitors the opportunity of a comprehensive game viewing safari throughout the park as each different area will provide various encounters.

  • Overnight at Mokuti Etosha Lodge
  • Breakfast

Today your guide again takes you on a game drive in the Etosha National Park, or optionally you can book an open game drive with the lodge. You may encounter animal species you have not seen the previous day and look forward to any new surprises at the different waterholes visited.

The Etosha Pan dominates the park. This salt pan desert, which is nearly completely enclosed by the park and is lined by numerous watering holes, is roughly 130 km long and as wide as 50 km in places. During Etosha’s notorious dry spells the pan is a deathly place, lying parched and cracked under the molten African sun.

It is claimed that game viewing is best during the dry periods as animals will then congregate closer to water. But even in the rainy season, the park remains an abundant wildlife haven. You then have the pleasure of experiencing the rebirth of life as the young foals, cubs and chicks are seen frolicking with their parents, and the sprouting of new green shrubs and grasses create a pleasing green oasis. In the afternoon travel back to your lodge, where you can enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure. An optional open vehicle game drive can be booked with the lodge. Your guide will assist you with this booking.

  • Overnight at Mokuti Etosha Lodge
  • Breakfast

After breakfast, travel back through the centre of the country exposing bushland savannah to the capital in the centre of the country. You will be dropped off at your accommodation of choice, or transferred to the airport for your outward flight. Same-day flight departures out of Windhoek International are only possible after 19h00.

Max 2-16 guests.

Accommodation of a similar standard may be offered depending on availability at the time of booking.

Price is subject to the rate of exchange fluctuation based on the day of full payment.

Availability based at the time of booking.

Travel insurance highly recommended.

What's Included

  • Classic: 11x breakfasts
  • Entrance Fees: Kolmanskop, Fish River Canyon; Namib Naukluft National Park; San Living Museum; Twyfelfontein; Petrified Forest; Living Museum of the Damara; Etosha National Park
  • Portages
  • Still mineral water on bus
  • Activities as specified
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Tourism levy and government taxes where applicable
  • 24hrs medical evacuation insurance
  • Services of registered driver-guide throughout the tour
  • Social Support: You donate to the Bishop Kameeta Kindergarten (Orphan Kindergarten)

What's Excluded

  • All international/domestic flights and taxes
  • Visas
  • Travel and personal accident insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Excursions/activities not specified
  • Gratuities

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